4th August 2015, 06:07
It is a matter of commitment. You cannot assume that you are a Communist for all the right reasons. This is quite the problem - Why are you a Communist must be the first question. How seriously do you take such ideas? To be a Communist requires the maturity of being able to not fall back on moral abstractions like "because I want a better society" or "because I am against exploitation". To be a Communist is irreducible to this kind of rhetoric.
University can be useful, in some ways, in that - if you can afford it - it might be a decent place to search for like-minded individuals, obtain degrees that might (I cannot think of much) be useful for political work, and so on. The problem is that you cannot be a Communist as a student.
But no, going to university isn't going to give you the education necessary to constitute a "vanguard", in fact, as a committed Communist, if you go to university you ought to retain a mentality of critical vigilance in courses that pertain to social processes. You could try organizing your fellow students, for example - but how far could this extend? Student's loyalty to political causes is usually just a temporary idiosyncrasy, stages of their life until they go on to become yuppie scum. But, for example, if you might be able to help organize students whose prospects at paying off their college debt look dim, and so on. Besides that, you could try to organize students on political lines with no illusions of them constituting a basis of revolution, counteract reactionary ideas and so on. To fight the class struggle in domains outside of the direct class struggle, however, requires consciousness of the reality that you are not fighting as a student, or as an individual, you are fighting for something that is infinitely beyond you.
It is a matter of - as mentioned, acquiring a sense of humility. Immerse yourself in the theoretical tradition first, if you cannot do this, then your reasons for calling yourself a Communist are probably stupid.
|If that is based on morals, then how should I attack capitalism|