Communist morality: specific forms of political and interpersonal relations and behavior of communists that results from living with the perspective and conviction that the abolition of scarcity, commodities and wage labor by the working class’ own struggle is as necessary as it is possible in the present time.
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Origin of Communist morality
When Engels wrote in the Anti-Dühring (1878) that proletarian morality presents the future in the transformation of the present, what he was pointing out was that communist morality is based on that particular relationship of the class with the future. And that by bringing forward universal human needs, needs that can only be universally satisfied after the overcoming of capitalism, communist morality seeks to raise and represent even today the abundance -and therefore the freedom to be achieved- in the behavior, attitudes and ways of acting of the most class-conscious elements.
Communist morality is not a state of mind or a set of rules or “commandments”; it is a perspective of the future that is realized through the forms of political and interpersonal relations and behavior.
Meaning of Communist morality
Rebelling against the system of exploitation that universally articulates society can only lead to widespread opposition to all social inequality and power of domination. That is why the moral attitude of the communist has nothing to do with the condescension of the stuck-up leftist and the resentment and obsessive violence of the internet troll.
Humanity seen from the communist perspective is the result of a gigantic collective work, spurred on and accelerated in its march by class struggle, which has accumulated such extensive and powerful knowledge and capabilities that it makes possible -today- a society of full abundance and freedom for each and every one: Communism.
This potential, as well as its negation by decadent capitalism, is present and shapes every manifestation of our world and every expression of its contradictions. From this we draw strength and optimism. Not from necessity, nor from hatred, nor from the desire for justice, nor from charity, but from the capacity to discover in the present the immense potential for emancipation of our class and what it means: the self-liberation of our species.
Communist morality, the intimate link between the way of doing, speaking and fighting and the permanent perspective of the abolition of scarcity, commodities and wage labor, is not an ornament or a mystical drift, it is a material fact with material consequences. Without the conscious strengthening of communist morality, idealistic fetishes, reactionary utopias of social automatons and control panels, if not the apocalyptic dreams that relieve the communists of any historical responsibility, will come back over and over again, disarming one by one the best efforts of our class.