scoutaholic wrote:Before you all go too far in bashing this boy and his oppinion of communism, you may want to understand it yourselves.
Communism is an economic system. It is not a political system, nor a religious system.
Communism does not exclude religion, In fact, if you know your religious history, the Apostles and the early Christian church lived a form of Communism. Several groups of very religious people have attempted to live in a communist economic communities.
Communism would not have to be mutually exclusive of a republic. In recent history, when communism is paired with a political system, that political system has been socialism, but that doesn't mean that other political systems could not work with a communist economic system.
Communism in itself does not violate the scout oath, nor any part of the scout law. It certainly does not voilate the 'Help other People at all times' portion as suggested above. The whole point of communism is to forget ones personal ambitions in favor of doing things for the good of everyone. To live successfully in such a community, one would have to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, etc. The reason most communist communities don't work is because people give in to their self-serving desires and forget the scouting values.
I am not an advocate for communism. I don't believe that the people of our society could make it work. However, those of you arguing against communism because of your preconceived and false understanding of it are only showing that you don't understand, rather than making any point that could help this young man to change his mind.
cad-guy wrote:Greetings everyone....I have a dilema about a current scout. This young man is extremely smart (book smart that is) and reads alot. He is the kind of kid who thinks he is smarter than everyone. He is a good kid, not getting into any trouble, but he has all of a sudden started talking about how great communism is. Everyone working, everyone eating, and he fails to hear any of us when we discuss the downfalls of communism. He has even go so far as not to say the Pledge of Allegience. This bothers me to no end, as I know that I will be asked to serve on his EBOR someday. What is a guy to do? Excuse myself from the BOR? I know the scoutmaster is aware of his recent political views. THis boy is still probably a year out from Eagle, but this has just been weighing on me and I wanted to see what othes thought. Wouldn't these views keep this young man from earning his eagle?
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