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Our Ideology: A Communique from the Ideological Department of the PCUSA

Weekly communique from PCUSA Ideological Department

{This is the first in a series of educational communications from the PCUSA Ideological Department for Party members.}

What is an ideology? An ideology is one’s world outlook and its application to both domestic and international topics. A communist party has a world outlook that is based on scientific socialism.

Its pioneers in the nineteenth century were Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. Vladimir Lenin developed scientific socialism in the twentieth century, the age of imperialism-the highest stage of capitalist development. Scientific socialism is frequently called Marxism-Leninism, named after the leading founders and practitioners of this new science. Like any true science, it begins with the study of the world as it actually is, not on how we want it to be. Marxism-Leninism rests on two major topical foundations.

1) Human society, like the natural world of which it is apart, is capable of scientific explanation. The development of human society is governed by laws that can be scientifically ascertained, that is, derived from and tested by human experience and

2) A study of the world as it actually is must conclude the world in the process of change, for change is its most durable feature. At times, change proceeds, almost imperceptibly, at other times, change proceeds by revolutionary leaps. To regard the world as static is to distort reality. For communists, the real question is not whether society will change, but what laws govern that change, and what forces can tell the change. To the extent that we find scientific answers to such questions, we can through conscious effort, facilitate the change and minimize the hardships that the change might bring.

To summarize, the world outlook of a communist is materialist, rejecting any ideas which come outside of the natural. The method a communist uses is dialectical, recognizing change as fundamental and rejecting world static, frozen concepts of reality