“I’m a communist” – Scott Gee
I am not a communist; but Scott Gee is.
When I meet people for the first time I like to ask an annoyingly open ended question, “What is your thing?”. Scott was quick to respond with the most intriguing answer I have ever heard, “Oh, I’m a communist”.
In this conversation we discuss:
- Church without spirituality
- Experiences from occupy wall street
- Getting punched by Nazis
- Disputes within communism
And I propose the common objections to communism like:
- Communism hasn’t worked
- Rulers are innately corrupt
- Humans are fundamentally greedy
- What about free-speech?
Whether or not I agree with the ideals of communism, it’s refreshing to experience a discussion beyond the duality of American politics.
RFK- Kansas March 18, 1968
Excerpt I quoted begins at 16:08
“Even if we act to erase material poverty, there is another greater task, it is to confront the poverty of satisfaction – purpose and dignity – that afflicts us all. For too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values for the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product, now, is over $800 billion dollars a year, but that Gross National Product – if we judge the United States of America by that – counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities… Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.”