With the new season of MLP:FiM out, we of the Socialist Republic of Horse News express great dismay at the pro-capitalist message expressed within the season opening.Op-ed by unaffiliated HN associate.
(sorry if this is a bit too serious, but I had to get this off my chest)
The new episodes of MLP:FiM are not about communism, but rather about cults.
You see, communism is a theory of political economics based around the elimination of Capitalism and the State, drawing its conclusions from a combination of an examination of the dehumanizing and alienating effects of the Capitalist wage-labour system, combined with a Hegelian theory of the history of economics.
Communism does not say that everyone should be exactly the same. It says that everyone should be free and equal, all working together to make sure that the community as a whole has its needs met. (From each according to his/her ability, to each according to his/her needs). Marxists strive to provide a level economic and social playing field by giving control of industry to the workers, and providing for the needs of all by equally distributing any surplus that may be manufactured. No private ownership of business; no private accumulation of wealth. You keep as much of what you make as is necessary for you and yours to live on, and extra is shared with the rest of society.
In the episode though, Starlight Glimmer created a society based on an egalitarian social system and a unified class. Glimmer did not change the economic principles, nor did she change the function of the state in her town. In fact, the ruling class of her town is still very much present. She did, however, strip her followers of their fundamental cultural identity (their cutie marks), thus lowering the status of ponies within the privileged tiers of society to that of the more disadvantageous. Essentially, everyone became a blank flank, except they suck at everything apparently.
Rather than elevating the lower classes of society by providing social welfare, Glimmer handicapped the upper classes, punishing them for their status. At that point, the system devised by Glimmer did not strive for the success of the community, but instead held its citizens for ransom by the very roots of their identity. Deceived by Glimmer's cult of personality, the citizens followed blindly hoping that one day their town would better. The less capable classes believed they were somehow more capable, and the more capable classes now believed that by hiding their abilities they were helping the community.
Marx made no illusions about the fact that some of us are not born as advantaged as others. We are not all equal in strength, intelligence, or technical skill. What he set out to do was provide the idea for a system where those people would not needlessly suffer for their disadvantages, and where society as a whole would work together to make sure they were on the same playing field as everyone else.
Now, if you want to argue how that practice has not gone the way theory predicted, I’m not going to argue with that. You’re right. “Communism” as such has not done what it set out to do. And I can give a lot of different theories as to why that is, but that doesn’t change the actual situation of a piss poor understanding of a piss poor stereotype about Marxist thought that simply doesn’t exist. It’s me giving the equivalent of a headcanon to explain away a bad episode.
TL;DR episode is not actually communism
Edit: changed some of the terms for ease of understanding, apparently some of you horsefuckers aren't educated in socialist and Marxist theory