Sandum citizens, earlier this evening, I received an article in relation to our state’s age old policy to defend our people’s philosophy. We have a long history of defending our socialism and defending our beliefs. In this article is the same untrue and malicious information disseminated last spring during the Great Ideological Conflict. Whilst this government was not concerned before over Emerald Isle’s policy to blockade relations with communist states, it is an issue that is currently being discussed in that nation. We must, however, begin to consider and respond to these stereotypical messages uttered by the President of Emerald Isle.
First, I feel the need to address why we are communists and towards what we work towards. Knowing this, we may be able to find common ground and open mutual discourse between states. As a communist, I realise that there are in this world who suffer greatly. With no placing of blame on any group just yet, we must begin to look at those who suffer in this world. If we look at the problems we see, we see that those who tend to suffer most are those who have little food and no means to attain it; those who have no education and no means to attain it; no healthcare and no means to attain it; and, no home and no means to attain it. If we look at the people who lack these things, we see a common similarity amongst them: they are all impoverished.
But, why are they impoverished? Some have no job and no means to attain it simply because they have no education or no means to attain it. If one has no job, they have no home. Without a home, they have no rights. And, very true, those who have a home that is not desirable is just slightly better than having no home. But, look who do have the large, ornate homes. Look to those who have the best means of attaining education. Who are those people? I can assure you, they are the bourgeois.
However, what can be changed by this? Let us be honest: there are several things that can change. There is no definite amount of changes that can be done. But, if there is an infinite amount of changes, what surely must matter is their impact. The very idea of trickle down economics does not work well. Of course, it works, but does it work well? It surely can not. For instance, imagine one has much money and wants to live in a modern, ornate home. One furnishes, decorates. Surely, the money one spends goes to all industries affected. But, what amount goes to them? Not much, it must be noted. For, although there must be a carpenter to craft the furniture, such a carpenter is subject to his company’s owners. And, we must realise that those who own the company tend to earn more than those who conduct the actual affairs of the company. Knowing this, trickle-down economics works, but not well or quickly. It provides for discrepancies in the economy based on the rich man’s preference.
But, say the industries were socialised. This does not always mean that the products will be bad. Just as in other societies, factories in socialist societies wish to out-produce each other. It is common competition that provides for the utility and the quality of the product. Not only will the products be of quality, but who will be purchasing? That one has now become many, who, because they have a job, now have the money to re-cycle the economic status of the money which they have earned by work. For instance, a store clerk is paid and wants to buy furniture for his home. All people working in the industries are affected on a stable basis. They no longer are alterable to the preference of the rich man, but to the preference of the common labourer who wishes to purchase.
Knowing this may, perhaps, allow us to understand eachother. I welcome the Senate of Emerald Isle’s efforts to re-align themselves with Sandus. I challenge them to following through with their efforts and be mindful that this state tends to involve itself with states which exhibit professionalism and conduct themselves in accord to the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.
However, we must be mindful of the President’s remarks towards this state. Although we are not mindful of the state of Emerald Isle, we must recognise that such efforts to provide for our peaceful coexistence will be hindered by comments as rhetorical and aggressive as these. The beliefs in socialism and communism vary amongst the states of this community. The broad belief that we all adhere to is that a democratic, rightful state provides for its own people first. As Vladimir Ilyich Lenin said,
No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.
This quote is one which Sandus and the CCPS adheres to. Whilst the political reform and revolutions in such nations as the United States adhere to the concept of liberty, our revolutionary thought adheres to the very thought of people being fed. It was an alien concept to the writers of the American Declaration of Independence. Very few people starved in that era, nor did they face repressive regimes that failed to feed them or provide them housing. However, if we recognise the Russian revolution, we realise the differences from the Russian Revolution and the Revolutionary War. Few starved in the American colonies; many starved and were serfs in Russia. Some saw the increase of political pressure over the colonies; some realised how the Tsar failed to provide for his own people first. Recognising this, our state realises that the very necessary things to life outrank the liberty that is enjoyable. In Sandus, we have a concept known as the right to life. In this right, we include the right to a job, the right to a home, education, food, healthcare, rest & leisure, to have children, et cetera. However, it all comes under one obligation that follows the Swiss motto “Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno“, All for one, one for all: “From each according to his ability, to each according to their needs and work.” Noticing these, we feel that our socialist society will prevail in the future.
Following these policies, they make the idea of political liberty an alien concept to socialist states. However, it is not. In the former Soviet Union, citizens could discuss issues with their local soviet (soviet is Russian for council) and local party members. Furthermore, as workers in their places of work, they could discuss with other workers, managers, et cetera. I will not ignore the truth that there may be many who suffered under Stalin or other dictators outside of the Soviet Union, but to say that there is no liberty in socialism or communism is not true. All channels must be tried first. It is from this that we find these comments distasteful. To be only mindful of the large failures of these governments to meet a peaceful resolution is to be ignorant of the facts that there events in “liberal democratic” governments that are failures as well. Each year, there are riots across the world that result in violence in liberal democracies. To say that these events only happen in socialist countries is to be ignorant of the fact that we make the same failures as well and that we promote corrupt dictators who respond violently to political distress and rig elections. For instance, Tunisia’s Ben Ali was kept in power by US support. Syria’s Assad has been supported, as well. Israel has been supported, and yet they colonise occupied regions in the East Bank. The US, as well, supported the Greek 1967-1974 Junta. In 1893, the US annexed the Hawai`ian Kingdom, to the protest of many native Hawai`ians and Queen Lili`oukalani. There are many more instances where liberal democracies have responded in violence to calls for political reform or revolution. We merely tend to remember instances such as Tienanmen Square due to an “us and them” mentality.
Though, I must reiterate that we are prepared to accept efforts to expand our affairs with Emerald Isle, if they are just as prepared to conduct themselves in terms of good-neighbourliness and peaceful cooperation. We hope for a term of peaceful co-existence between our two states, but it must be noted that we shall not concede or yield to instances to provoke ignorance or the suffering it causes. We shall remain ever mindful of the fact that we are a state of people working in the best interests of eachother, towards a common goal of statehood and sovereignty over our people and realm. We shall remain mindful of the story of our socialist past and remain mindful of the hopes we have for ourselves, our posterity and our world.
— Sôgmô Sörgel