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24 August 2007 @ 11:21 pm
Really nervous new member.  
Uhm.
Hello...
I'm Emma.
I'm fifteen years old, and ever since I was little I was told that communism was wrong, that it couldn't work, and that it was a bad thing. Recently, in the past three or four years I started questioning this, and have slowly been learning as much about the various guises of communism as possible. What grabbed me, were the Russian ideas of it, some of these made sense to me, more so than capitalism - and the teachings of Leon Trotsky have started to inspire me greatly since I've begun reading what small amount I can get hold of.
It's difficult to explain really, and I feel a little out of my depth here, being surrounded by insanely educated people - whilst in the real world I'm forever trying to keep out of the way of people who don't understand.
Argh.
That probably makes no sense whatsoever.
Basically, I'm hoping to learn more from you guys, and share the inspiration and interest I get from reading Trotsky's speeches and works.
Heh.
I'm not the most articulate of people, I'm sorry. :/
 
 
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dontbeascab on August 25th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
Welcome comrade
Nothing to be sorry about.
At first, coming to terms with how capitalism works can be really overwhelming. They try and make it seem too hard to figure out. Marxism is supposedly too intellectual for the average person...but that's not true. Every worker on the planet can look around and "learn" what communism is all about just by living in a world they built but can't own.

The reason why communities like this need to exist is precisely to combat this idea that understanding the world is too hard.

Don't be afraid to ask questions, voice opinions, bring up new ideas or drag out old ones.

I want to leave you a few links to check out. Maybe this stuff can help you out...
http://socialistworker.org/Featured/Tradition.shtml

Here are some other resources you may find useful from time to time:
-A great weekly socialist newspaper-
http://socialistworker.org/

-A great bi-monthly socialist journal-
http://isreview.org/

-socialist writers archive (I love this site)-
http://marxists.org/
PS:This site is really good for literature that you may not be able to find in print

-This site is updated all the time. Also a great news site and archive-
http://marxist.com/
Devo: [Chazz Michael Michaels /is/ ice skatingdevolutions on August 25th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Welcome comrade
Thank you so much!
I'll be sure to check out the sites you mentioned!
And you explained that perfectly, cheers.
the_red_menace on September 3rd, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)
Trotsky, Trotsky everywhere.......
Hi Emma,
There's alot of parties, many with websites that claim to be Trotskyist. I think a good starting point is the wikipedia article on Trotskyism -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trotskyism
It gives a relatively simple rundown of what Trotskyism has meant through-out the 20th century and also provides a short summary on current Trotskyist organisations. There's a heap of links, so I'm sure the site will keep you "entertained" for some time.
As for Trotsky's own works, most can be found at the marxist internet archive - www.marxists.org
I recommend "My Life", Trotsky's autobiography as a great introduction into Trotsky, his life and his writing style.
There's alot of information out there and alot of parties claiming Trotsky's heritage. Being 15, you will have plenty of time to read, learn and absorb this information, as long as you are willing!
dontbeascab on June 10th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
I would say that due to the low level of activity on this page that if you're not already in it, you should join this community: http://community.livejournal.com/marxism