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Starlight Glimmer and the Communists by ChenTheIrken Starlight Glimmer and the Communists by ChenTheIrken
Alright, something I've been meaning to post ever since it first came to mind upon watching the Season 5 premier of MLP... Oh, that reminds me:

MAJOR spoilers for MLP's Season 5 premier episode (aka "The Cutie Map", originally to be titled "Cutie Markless", I believe) ahead!!!



Now that we have that message out of the way, onto my rant! X3

It wasn't just upon first seeing the episode that I've been brewing these thoughts, though. I've noticed the implications upon seeing the previews of the episode beforehand, with the creators of the show explaining Starlight's intentions and plans and whatnot. And also since then, upon looking around DA and YouTube, a lot of people seem to think that Starlight Glimmer's town society (which was never specifically named, by the way) was run under communism.

As a communist myself, I can without a doubt confirm that Starlight's society is NOT communism. Not in the bloody slightest. I may or may not be the first one to point this out, but I still feel a dire need to say it. Too many people are confused by this brutal mistake... even the writers of the episode itself.

Now, at first, I tried curbing myself from jumping to conclusions, giving the episode a chance to show that the little town Starlight is running is more of its own thing, rather than what the writers may be implying is communism, despite not having that strong a grasp of what it is beyond what 'Murican textbooks falsely describe it as. Upon first entering the very uniform town, Starlight explains her philosophy of how individualism (via cutie marks, of course) leads to disagreement and unhappiness, and that absolute equality of ability and identity is the true path to peace- or, as she puts it, "friendship". This, in itself, is technically more akin to the Equalist cult of Amon, as seen in Legend of Korra's first season; which, by the way, is a far more accurate allusion for Starlight's town than communism, and I give very kind kudos to anyone choosing to make that reference rather than the unoriginal bandwagon assumption. That considered, I gave it more of a chance as the episode progressed.

Then we came upon the second part's progression, where the Mane 6 were apprehended by Starlight's community, had their cutie marks confiscated from them, and were all locked in one of the equally constructed little houses, forced to endure consistent loudspeaker propaganda such as "In sameness, there is peace," "Exceptionalism is a lie," "Free yourself from your cutie mark," "Choose equality as your special talent," "Difference is frustration," "To excel is to fail," "Be your best by never being your best," "Conformity will set you free," "Accept your limitations, and happiness will follow," and "You're no better than your friend," to name what could be heard in the episode. Now, as far as I know, there probably wasn't consistent loudspeaker propaganda played in the Soviet Union (which is hardly an example of real communism, anyway, but that's another story), at least not as frequently as that. Besides, those particular repetitive phrases sound a lot more Orwellian anyway, and we all know (or at least, most of us know) that Orwell was set out on exposing the evils of totalitarianism specifically, which can encompass any kind of government, just so long as there's a government for it to utilize as a host.

Thus far, things were looking okay, and Starlight's society looked quite like its own thing to me, while drawing influence from several unique dystopian sources that could be considered definitively separate from communism. But then, Twilight spoke up, and revealed my worst suspicions of the writer's intentions. She said, and I quote,

"I haven't studied Eastern unicorns as much as I should've, but I'm pretty sure Metalwork only had 8 magical items, not 9."

... Allow me to repeat the first part of that sentence again.

"I haven't studied Eastern unicorns as much as I should've"

... Yeah. "Eastern" unicorns. They very specifically and deliberately said "Eastern". They were referencing the East side of the world, the former USSR, on purpose. ... Yup, the writers WERE making Starlight's town out to be like communism. For fucking shame.

Alright, so I've gone on about the episode's details long enough. You're all clearly wondering, "But HOW is it not communism?" Well, my friends, I'll gladly tell you, specifically with a comparison of definitions:

Starlight's town:
While the town remains unnamed, it's definitely strong in its intents and purposes, as Starlight explains to us. She describes it as a town where all within it live without their cutie mark, so that absolute equality envelops the town's populace. Her reasoning for this is that the special talents resulting from cutie marks lead to inequality of opportunity, making some ponies more or less talented than others, leading to disarray and injustice. Therefore, with her "Staff of Sameness" (merely a stick found in a CrackerJacks box the desert), she removes any participating townsfolk's cutie mark, locking them away in a grand vault in a cave just outside of her town, and replacing them with the town's equal sign. Everypony is practically the same except for their name and given specialty, which isn't exactly a talent, more as it's an assigned position based on their previous talent. Therefore, everypony is equal in ability; nopony is better than anypony else in anything they do. Adequacy all around. And yet, everyone is perfectly happy with the conditions set before them within their town- unnaturally happy, as Pinkie suspected from the start, but very happy nonetheless. The majority actually feels a great deal of gratitude towards Starlight in the belief that she truly has brought them the happiness and peace she claims to have brought them. ... Aaaand that's about it. :P

Communism:
The Wikipedia definition of communism is "a socioeconomic system structured upon the common ownership of the means of production and characterized by the absence of social classes, money, and the state; as well as a social, political and economic ideology and movement that aims to establish this social order." Personally, I'm quite proud of Wikipedia's surprising accuracy of summarizing and defining communism so well. Many 'Murican textbooks will tell you that in communism, "the state" controls the means of production, and insinuates the unfair and prejudicial stigma that communists adhere to the state as their source of identity and belonging. That is a miserable and slanderous lie, and has already been debunked by Wikipedia's definition, in stating that communism is stateless. Real communism, anyhow. The communism that Karl Marx himself (who, by the way, is the pony seen on the far left) innovated and set out the first official form of, if only in writing. Very sadly, no creed of humanity has ever successfully accomplished real communism in history, and the concept has been bastardized by corrupt, power-hungry dictators who used it as a means of manipulating a desperate populace to their iron will... but I digress. Basically, communism is supposed to be a true utopia free of state, class and capital (money). The removal of state results in truly communal democracy, where each and every citizen has the right of say in what goes on in the community, and everyone provides for and benefits from each other on a level basis. The removal of class results in prejudice, bigotry, inequality and poverty (among other horrendous conditions) to be washed away completely, harmonizing all within the community. Finally, the removal of capital eliminates one of the most insidious of humanity's vices: greed. Without money to corrupt the people, the endless consequences of greed are no more, and gratitude for what is already there is realized in greater actuality and immediacy. I could go on about the benefits and absence of vices/hindrances in the communist utopia, but I think I've covered pretty much all I can of it.

Now that I have the two properly defined, how do they compare or contrast? Well, they both have unique ideas of absolute equality and peace thereof, but upon further inspection, they have very different ideas of what that equality is. Starlight's community believes this equality to result from everypony being on the exact same level of ability and identity, basically equating to the total removal of individuality in order to remove the potential disharmony of talents being superior or inferior to one another. Communism sees equality as having all on a same level as well, regarding the removal of class, but this same level is established from a standpoint of economic status, meaning nobody is richer or poorer than anyone else, particularly because of the removal of capital that would result in such inequality and poverty.

When it all narrows down to the one most important difference, it's revealed to be the matter of individuality. What does each ideology say about that? Let's take a look see, shall we?

Starlight's town: Strictly and explicitly calls for the absolute removal of individuality, believing it to be the inherent source of disharmony and suffering. They believe absolute equality, keeping everypony at the exact same level of ability and identity (apart from name, that is), is the true path to peace and friendship.
Communism: As far as I know, Marx never made any specific statements about individuality's place or lack thereof in the communist utopia. It was probably not really a concern of his at the time, for his innate intentions in creating communism was to engineer a method of both elimination and replacement for capitalism, which, around his time, was creating a great slew of suffering, poverty and inequality on a devastating level... a level that can actually be seen in today's modern economy and society, if one is willing to look past the propaganda of the news media and government and take a look at the conditions of the world around them, as well as the empirical statistics proving the line between the rich and the poor to be paper-thin, exposing the drastic difference between the 99% (poor) and the 1% (rich), and revealing 5.5 million deaths per year to result from the poverty and inequality that capitalism produces... but again, I digress. Point is, Marx's focus was not individuality in creating communism.

Though, if anything, it's very likely hinted that individuality is, in fact, important to the function of communism! :D

Capitalism may constantly brag about how it's the system of opportunity, claiming that anyone can accumulate personal success and wealth with enough hard work and thrift, but in reality, such opportunity is reserved specifically for the spoiled 1%, most of which gained such wealth from inheritance and never really work that much to begin with, especially not compared to the toiling and oppressed working class (the proletariat, as Marx defined it) building the 1%'s success for them. It's especially hard nowadays to really excel in what you're talented at without investing a great deal of money into it, specifically with the education system and how it runs its colleges, the majority of them being expensive as hell and impoverishing graduating students with heaps of debt. Not only that, but certain degrees only get people so far, and don't even come close to the range of opportunity and success that they may have envisioned in pursuing a desired career path that such a degree would be vital for, resulting in monotonous desk jobs for the majority with degrees, and toilsome, exploitative positions of labor and basic service for those without degrees, who are harshly labeled by society as "unskilled", just because they don't have an expensively earned piece of paper to prove otherwise. 

Therefore, with the elimination of class and capital, opportunities to explore desired career paths and exercise special talents are opened up to literally everyone. Education for these skills would be public and open to anyone with the desire and determination to learn them. The success of these careers and abilities would be defined not by monetary income, but by how much of an impact they make upon the community by serving them and providing what they need. This does include all forms of art, by the way. An advanced utopia such as communism would embrace the importance of art and its significance in society, and the expression of creativity would be absolutely unhindered and unrestrained, especially by capitalist limitations such as focus groups, unnecessary censors, etc. All this considered, the way careers and talents would flourish in the communist utopia ultimately debunks the conservative myth that communism/socialism eliminates the incentive to work, simply because of equal/no pay, resulting in a lack of wealth and decadence. The contrary is true, to be exact. Money isn't, and shouldn't, be the incentive for work at all; rather, it's the joy one takes in doing their job, because they're talented at it and it's what they love doing, giving them a sense of purpose and belonging in society, creating an overall healthy and happy environment, resulting in a great deal of efficiency and community benefit.

So there you have it, comrades! Articulate and empirical proof that Starlight Glimmer's town of "equality" is, in fact, NOT communism in the very slightest. I really do hope this clears up any confusion or misunderstandings of the case in the future...


... Oh yes, of course! X3 The artwork description!! Silly me, I cant leave a description of mine without one! Well, it can be clearly seen that Starlight is being chewed out by a select few of history's most influential communists, and ironically admired by the greatest traitor to communism and history's worst monster, Joseph Stalin. The two real communists circling Starlight are Karl Marx (left) and Vladmir Lenin (right). Stalin, of course, is on the far right. Marx's retort to Starlight is a poised, but disappointed and shame-striking, inquiry as to her apparent ignorance of what his invention of communism truly is. His cutie mark is of the communist hammer and sickle, the inherent and most recognizable symbol of communism, representing the strength of the proletariat (they are both tools of the common working man, banded togther to display strength and unity). Lenin, known historically as a powerful-speaking revolutionary (as can be seen by his communist-fist cutie mark), is humorously characterized here as outspokenly enraged at Starlight for her distasteful misrepresentation of communism through her equalist ideals, berating her with bitter, unforgiving and unapologetic rancor. Stalin's motives in this piece are already explained, though his place isn't entirely defined yet. You'll notice that he's considerably shorter than the rest of the ponies here, specifically because in real life, he was actually particularly short. 5'4", to be exact, a lot shorter than what USSR propaganda depicted him to be. His cutie mark is the soviet star, representing how he manipulated the ideals of communism and used them to create a totalitarian state which he ruled with an iron fist, since the star is supposed to be more of a state symbol rather than a symbol of communist strength or ideals. Each communist (and not-real-communist) pony has a hide color according to the shade of their personality as best as I could pinpoint it to. Marx is shaded a light red, for having invented communism itself, which is practically always associated with the color red. Lenin is a faded and light shade of orange, both to represent how close he was to achieving Marx's communism in his day of leading the USSR (since orange is a very close shade to red), and to display his most influential revolutionary actions to take place around the time of the October Revolution. Orange is a color associated with autumn, and October is an autumn month, so it makes sense in that manner. Stalin is a very dark but faded shade of blue, as close to black as possible, to represent his black heart and sinister demeanor.

Made in Sketchbook Pro 2011. Hope you all enjoy, constructive feedback is always welcome! :D
Starlight Glimmer, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and all related names and properties (c) Hasbro and Lauren Faust (known on DA as :iconfyre-flye: )
Communism is the creation of Karl Marx, the inspiration for Lenin and his accomplishments, and the greatest victim of Stalin's destructive grasp...</span>
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Gayfromcali Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm quaking. 
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15098D Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018
# Fake Communism
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NIKOLAIBAK Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018
saw this on google and just wanted to say kill youreself
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Hobbyist
Kill myself for telling the truth and debunking misinformation? We're reaching levels of salt that shouldn't even be possible. Fuck off, child.
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SUPERDEMONKING Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018
from what you saying ChenTheIrken of starlight to me she sound like a tyrant like Stalin.
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Hobbyist
That was already implied in the episode itself, but I'm glad I could have raised at least that much awareness.
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SUPERDEMONKING Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018
i enjoy learning about communists.
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Hobbyist
Very glad to hear that. ^^ If you're curious about anything regarding communists, feel free to ask me anything you like about them. I'd be happy to help you learn more.
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SUPERDEMONKING Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018
thank you for the offer.
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  Hobbyist
No problem! :3 Always happy to help!
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bigkahuna127 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Student General Artist
Exactly what I thought with her being a Stalinist over a Marxist-Leninist.




I like communism to much.
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Hobbyist
Trust me, comrade, the only way anyone can like communism too much is if they lose sight of it being a liberation movement and fall towards the dark, authoritarian path of Stalinism. You and I are at just the right level of communism appreciation, I'd say.
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SlipperySally666 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017
*TOO
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isaacandr Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016
It's a very nice approach, but I am afraid that Glimmer Starlight's society  was actually a parody The Stepford Wives and not a reference to communism.
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Hobbyist
The Stepford Wives? I don't believe I'm that familiar with that given source material...
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isaacandr Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018
do you know stepford wives? It was a horror novel about a small town isolated from the rest of society in which women were forced to be happy because otherwise they were killed and replaced by an identical robot; and husbands are so stupid that I did not notice the difference.
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  Hobbyist
Oh wait, I know that now! X3 That's a Hulu original series based on the novel as well, isn't it? Now that I think of it, it's a lot harder to compare Starlight's village to The Stepford Wives. Just because it involves a reclusive small-town cult doesn't mean it's enough to serve as a proper parallel.
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isaacandr Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018
Yes, But the Hulu It is not exactly the example I wanted to give. In the original novel, all women are always smiling and that is what caught the attention of the protagonist being its most terrifying and notorious characteristic.
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  Hobbyist
Oooohhhh, so THAT was the slight reference there... X3 I guess they borrowed quite a few elements to make Starlight's town, didn't they?
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Matthais123 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016
You were really nasty to MountainLygon (comments.deviantart.com/1/5257…). Regardless of your political stance, you don't have to be rude. You don't have to launch a cluster of F-Bombs at someone just because they disagree with you. The guy didn't threaten you or hurt you in any way. It's natural to want to defend your political view/religion/ideals/etc. You have no idea how lucky you are to be able to freely speak about communism in the United States, and you've got some nerve to tell someone else that they can't disagree with you. You're not better or superior to him. You BOTH have Freedom of Speech, so you BETTER unblock that guy, apologize to him, and agree to disagree. If not, then you're not better than all the other "Fake Communist" dictators who censored the media and imprisoned/killed people for disagreeing with them. You know, it really is ironic. You're all like "Stalin is a bad monster who ruined Communism," and yet you act just like him. It's actually kind of hilarious. 
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist
Hey, buddy... I've got a message for you: FUCK YOU. You think you have any right to storm in here and tell me what to do?? You think you know better than me? You think your self-righteous moral compass is so much more superior than mine? You literally disgust me.

Don't you fucking DARE tell me how "lucky" I am to express my natural right as a human fucking being. Freedom of Speech is not a privilege exclusive to certain countries, you ethnocentric piece of shit. Just because other countries oppress their people and prevent Freedom of Speech there doesn't mean it's at all excusable. In the words of Optimus Prime, freedom is the right of ALL sentient beings. Not only that, but you are SO fucking ignorant regarding how "free" people are to speak of communism in the United States. Sure, they're technically free to speak their mind as the First Amendment grants them to, but that won't save them from the deep-rooted bigotry against communism that's been plaguing the American mindset since the Red Scare of the 50's. News flash, kid: America isn't the sole haven of freedom in the world that it constantly brags and lies about being. It's not even in the Top 10 statistically ranked freest nations in the world. You have no fucking place to talk to me about freedom when you don't know the first fucking thing about it.

That asshole was VERY deliberately harassing me, and I reserve the right to block him, and anyone else (which could include you, if you push your luck), if I see fit so as to prevent any further harassment. This is MY artwork, and I'm rightfully entitled to do whatever the fuck I want with the comments. In fact, you should consider yourself lucky I'm still allowing your infuriatingly idiotic words to be seen in my comment section to begin with. I could just block you and flag your despicable comment for the spam that it is. But even if I did, that would simply be me exercising my right to protect myself against inexcusable slander such as what you're exerting against me. You're actually luck that I'm fighting such slander head-on, especially since it gives me the chance to teach you a much-needed lesson.

The arrogance in your presumptions is almost as bad as your blatant homophobia. Yeah, I saw your profile. Nothing stopped you from stalking my comment section, so I simply returned the favor. Blocking someone in order to prevent further harassment and properly roasting his sorry ass doesn't even come CLOSE to Stalin's actions. You're honestly going to sit there and tell me that blocking someone is the exact same thing as imprisoning someone and/or killing someone?! That's an extremely fucking STUPID thing to say. You should be ashamed of yourself for even thinking for a mere microsecond that such an assessment was even the slightest bit logical. If you're going to call someone out for hypocrisy, start with yourself, with how your half-assed preaching about freedom clashes with you ordering and demanding me to do shit, like you have any fucking authority over me. You're not my fucking parent, kid. Don't you dare act like it. Oh, and not to mention your homophobia, like I mentioned earlier. Sure, to you, Freedom of Speech is a-okay, just so long as it doesn't have to do with love between two people of the same gender. Fuck you, you bigoted piece of shit. You were literally ASKING for me to roast you like this the minute you started typing that ill-fated comment of yours.

I'm not unblocking anybody unless I fucking want to. That asshole deserves no apology; he deserved what I dealt him. And if you know what's good for you, you won't EVER attempt to boss me around EVER AGAIN, you won't try calling me out on non-existent hypocrisies, and you won't even THINK about defaming my image just like he did. Otherwise, you know what's coming to you. I'm not going to warn you about this again, you condescending, egocentric little shit. In fact, the course of minimum conflict for you at this point is to just not reply anymore, while you still have the chance to fuck off and leave me alone permanently, without me blocking you in the process.

The choice is yours. Make the right one.
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Matthais123 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018
You are such a joke! It's like you're not even a real person, you're so overblown and overtop and ridiculous! It's really funny how insulted you are, like I could possibly hurt you in any way. This is just too funny! Thank you so much for making me laugh!
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Edited Mar 15, 2018  Hobbyist
Going a completely other direction in your flawed excuse for argumentation, are you? First you're the one flustered and triggered over me (rightfully) blasting assholes who were objectively harassing me, and NOW you think you have any place to laugh at me over my response to you?? The desperation and delusion you're trapped in is truly unbelievable. The only reason I'm not blocking you right on the spot is because you've left me alone for a good long while (nearly 2 years, at that), regardless of whether or not you intended that to begin with.

If you think you're making any sort of argument by forcing yourself to laugh at me (an obvious distraction from the fact that you pissed yourself in fear at my previous response), guess what, kid? You're not. For that matter, you're not even talking like a normal human being, so don't expect me to take you seriously anytime soon.
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Inky-the-unicorn Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016
As someone who appreciates the teachings of Marxism/Leninism, I was super annoyed not just by the episode but by the way everyone kept toting her as a great example of communist ideology (which, as you pointed out excellently, she was not). If we're being generous, she's closer to Stalinism which itself was a brutal distortion of Marx and Lenin's work. Basically, Starlight's town was a collection of propaganda from the '50s that the writers found lying around.
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Hobbyist
Took the words right out of my mouth, my friend. Glad to hear we're on the same page!
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Billybobjoeman Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Stalin Glimmer's getting chewed out by the professional communists? Where has this been all my... last couple months...
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SomeKindofMonster666 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
You successfully convinced a thirteen year old that communism isn't bad. Well done. This was very interesting 
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Hobbyist
Glad to have convinced you! ^^ I hope my little explanation there helped further an interest in what communism really is...
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realevilcorgi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I have eye cancer now.
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist
Good. You didn't deserve sight anyway, considering your pessimistic and antagonistic disposition. Fuck off...
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mat2468xke Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
Hello, just dropping by. I hope you don't mind a long post.

I think when people say Starlight Glimmer's a communist, they're probably just kidding or saying it ironically as in being a parody of people who don't know what it is. I could be wrong, though. But yeah, misinformation is bad.

I am well aware that the western view of communism has been distorted for over the years. That Marx's original concept is different and has been corrupted. From dictators giving it a bad name to western propaganda.

Anyways, I like the way you've described communism. I think I would like to thank you for giving me a good view on what it is. I really didn't have a clear view on it before. This makes me appreciate communism a bit more. Although it might be a bit ironic because I consider myself, or at least my father, somewhere between the middle class. I'm also a bit lazy and prefer to use the computer as a form of entertainment. I'm also just a teenager, so please spare me if I'm being a bit too naïve when it comes to these kind of topics.

Somehow, I agree with both Marx and Starlight on certain aspects. With Marx, I don't necessary agree that there should or shouldn't be a government or authority. I believe that it should exist as a way to keep things in order. However, I don't think that it should take advantage of its poor and helpless citizens.

I believe that there should be no discrimination against classes. Or any group of people such as race, sex, gender, age, etc. But it seems that discrimination is innate in humans. Only a few are not discriminative. So it seems that removing groups and acting as one is the way to go. Groups, in my opinion, are fine for as long as it's used to distinguish. If it's used to discriminate, then that's a no-no.

I don't believe that money is evil. People seem to miss that the love or lust for money is the root of most, if not, all evil. Money was invented to help in trading and replace barter. But it seems that the love of money, or at least greed, is natural in most humans. So we might as well say money is evil.

We could see the effect of corporate and the greed the humans have for money in our world. And I could relate this to what you've said earlier. People seem to value money over art, which focuses on individuality. Creating art usually doesn't get us that much money and people would often discourage you and instead just tell you to get a "real job." Art by huge corporations are also usually copyrighted and not even fair use could rescue you. Maybe I wouldn't say that people value money over art, but it is made "valuable" and hard to earn by the world. Further discouraging any artistic route.

Moving on to Starlight, I agree with the fact that we should all just work together as one rather than gloating our achievements and thinking that we're superior than the people around us. It's fine to rejoice and celebrate one's achievements, we all need to feel good once in a while. But having the ego to rub it on other people's faces doesn't help at all. And it's probably just me, but I find it extremely annoying when people do that.

However, I do disagree that Starlight has to eliminate the individuality of others. I still believe people could be equal in a sense that they all get the same ethical treatment. And even if person A is better at activity A than person B, he's bad at activity B which person B is good at.

I also don't get why some people are so revolted by the ideas of peace and equality. They claim that the authority in these kind of stuff aren't "equal" to their subjects yet they accept this world's governments. An authority has to have a form of power or respect, but not an unfair advantage such as being able to escape the law if they commit crimes.

They also claim that without competition, society would fall apart. And that if society both lacked competition and war, it would also lack any form of quick technological progressions. I'm not saying that a little bit of competition is bad, but some people seem to have that idea stuck on their heads and act hostile to others.

I am frankly tired of all the discrimination, inequality, negativity, and hostility in this world. I've seen enough. I would be willing to sacrifice almost anything just for world peace.

Anyways, I guess that's all. I could ask one question, what's the difference between communism and socialism? It seems that people associate the two. If not, they even think both are the same thing.
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BraveGunner Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Student General Artist
As a 5 year standing Marxist-Leninist, Starlight Glimmer is NOT a communist. 
Her fascination with equality is far from the communist motive, for in communism equality is nothing if justice is not tied to it, same vise versa. 
Along with this the distorted view of her being or acting like a communist is due to the misunderstanding and misrepresentation of communism itself. Communism is the absence of government, leaders, currency, state, etc. It is the creation of a world wide society of self-governing people. This is only made possible through the transition state (socialism) that is established by the communist party, which is controlled by the working people of the nation through the direct action of the representative council (first example of this was the USSR soviet council) which could not act without civilian insight and the head of state. 
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist
I am more than pleased that you and I agree on the same matter, dear comrade. ^^ I am not sure whether or not you are making supplementary comments or are attempting to correct me in any form or fashion, but if it is indeed the former, then I am comforted in the fact that you took the time to read my elaborate description detailing the matter at hand... that is, if that truly is the case, I hope. Rest assured, I am just as much a communist as you are, specifically identifying as an anarcho-Marxist, in which I believe that while Marx's writings and philosophies are absolutely vital to the foundation of communism, there are several aspects that he either omitted or had inaccurately detailed, and the responsibility of filling in those gaps falls upon us, the children of his invention, to use our imaginations and ingenuity to complete the blueprints of Marx's communist utopia.
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BraveGunner Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Student General Artist
It was a supplementary comment. I have grown tired of the rumor that spreads calling Starlight Glimmer a communist, in fact, if you look at my recent uploads you'll see a drawing I did that highlighted this issue. 
I may be a Marxist-Leninist, but I do accept anarcho-communists or anarcho-Marxists as comrades.
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist
Ah, wonderful! :D Very glad to hear that, then! I did indeed see the artwork you posted regarding the issue, and you at least have it summarized to a much more concise point than I do. X3

I'm more than willing to accept you as a comrade as well. ^^ Point is, we both believe in Marx's utopia and its inevitability, yes?
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BraveGunner Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Yes, but I'm sure we would have our disagreements.
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist
Eh, probably not too many. ^^ None that would distract us from the common goal we have in mind, yes?
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BraveGunner Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Student General Artist
as long as we discuss logic, facts and science, it shouldn't
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ChenTheIrken Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist
In that case, you and I seem to be great friends already! :D
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Man, I'm not even sure I want to watch that episode.

The bullshit spewed by their speakers ... :iconponyhorrorplz::iconsaysplz:The bullshit! THE BULLSHIT!!:iconsays-endplz:


"
unnaturally happy, as Pinkie suspected from the start, but very happy nonetheless."

But still unnaturally happy. An utterly fake happiness.
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