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 No.33

Does anyone here knows any book or more information, about the socialist revolution, that happened in the Caribbean island of Grenada. And also, what are your thoughts on Maurice Bishop
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 No.34

File: 1608527921862.pdf (11.4 MB, (On Grenada) Tony Martin (….pdf)

I already talked about this on leftypol(>>347039), but I'll share the thoughts of a Grenadian on Bishop here too

>"As far as the common person goes, people seemed to really like Maurice Bishop. Both sides of my family say a lot of positive things about him (most were living in the country at the time he was Prime Minister). Many people went to free him from house arrest after members of his own party detained him. And, as was mentioned in an earlier comment, the island’s airport was named after him. I think it’s safe to say he was well-liked, but for those who think that’s a stretch, we can at least say a lot of people past and present like(d) him."


>"Why was Bishop so well-liked? There are a few reasons, but I’m going to boil them down to the most essential:


&ltHis predecessor, Eric Gairy, was abusing in a way that frustrated the Grenadian people.

&ltBishop and his party members worked in a very grassroots manner, giving them face time with people such that people would feel heard.

&ltBishop was pretty charismatic, so that always helps with being liked.

&ltAfter Bishop and his party took power, things were getting better in Grenada. I understand “better” is subjective, but here’s what I’m defining as better: GDP was up, illiteracy was down, and unemployment was way down."

>"A lot of the “better” results came from Bishop wanting Grenada to be a more self-sufficient nation (a goal you see a lot with revolutionary/socialist leaders of third-world countries). He figured there’s a lot that Grenada can do for itself and not rely on other countries for. Why import so much food when you can produce it yourself? Why send your fruits/vegetables out of the country to be refined into goods when you can build the proper infrastructure to do it yourself? If you want a country with a thriving tourism industry, why not have a standard, up-to-snuff international airport instead of having people fly into another country, then fly/boat from there to Grenada? Being more self-sufficient is a dream anyone would buy into, so it’s not a shock that the people of Grenada (at least a sizable amount of them) bought into it, liking Bishop in the process."


>"Obviously, everything wasn’t all perfect. After the government was taken down, there were people who said that they were imprisoned for speaking out against the government (which is believable, given that happens with a lot of socialist governments). There were plots to overthrow the government during its time, and the final plot was actually successful. It was actually members of the ruling party turning on Bishop. I won’t lay out all the details, but just know that it ended with Bishop and a few other Bishop loyalists being killed, followed by a US invasion to topple the whole thing about a week after the killings."


>"I feel kinda mixed about the invasion. I understand that, given the way the government and country were going, something had to be done. In that regard, I appreciate the invasion for getting rid of the bad government in place."


>"But, I’m saddened because there were so many things they got rid of that Bishop had put in place. The organizing bodies they had created for unions, women, and the youth were done away with. Other services down to things as simple as providing people with free milk were done away with. Relationships with other countries that were helping Grenada become more self-sufficient were done away with. I feel like the US was waiting for an opportunity to come in and get rid of all “socialist” elements in Grenada, and the chaos that the government devolved into after Bishop’s execution was the perfect excuse."


>"The conflict with the Americans was…strange, to say the least. This is going to be very simplified (not doing justice to all the nuances of why certain decisions were made or what overall outcomes needed to be considered), but here’s a rough sequence of events:


&ltBishop is asked by members of his party to enter a power-sharing agreement which would see him now split power with Bernard Coard (deputy prime minister at the time). Bishop refuses, and is put under house arrest.

&ltCitizens break Bishop out of house arrest, and then go up to one of the forts to gather weapons and take back the government from Coard and the party members who supported him. Soldiers shoot on the crowd, killing a number of people. This altercation ends with the execution of Bishop and a number of loyalists who were serving in government with him.

&ltCoard is now prime minister, but only for a few days. Another coup occurs, ending with the head of the military in charge and declaring martial law. It’s at THIS point that the Americans step in, invade, topple the government, and take steps to usher back in democracy.

>So, what does this have to do with Grenadians speaking favorably about the Americans? Well, Grenadians more often liked Bishop than not. So, Bishop being killed and Coard taking over upset the people. Then, the declaration of martial law upset them even further. When the US invaded, Grenadians saw them more as saving them from the chaos caused after Bishop’s death, rather than saving them from the things Bishops as doing. That’s how you can have Grenadians speak well of the Americans while still wanting the airport named after Bishop."


>"TL;DR: Americans overthrew the people who overthrew Bishop. Since Grenadians liked Bishop, they disliked the people who overthrew him, but liked that the Americans proceeded to overthrow those people. Hopefully that makes sense lol"


And also this book, In Nobody's Backyard: The Grenada Revolution in its own Words, it's a great introduction to the topic
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 No.35

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKhRE61VE0E

Here is Michael Parenti talking about Grenada
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 No.1189

File: 1608528058603.pdf (5.5 MB, Stewart Bell - Bayou of Pi….pdf)

After the Venezuela Shitpost of Pigs. I was looking for info about coups foiled like that. And found this book, I posted some days earlier. It's a noovelized history of the "Bayou of Pigs". The failed neo nazi coup in Dominica. But according to the book, it started as an anticommunist coup idea to Maurice Bishop and the JEWEL goverment. So in 2 chapters (even 3) they make mention on the situation of Grenada and the rise of power of Bishop.
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 No.1190

>>34
>I already talked about this on leftypol(>>347039), but I'll share the thoughts of a Grenadian on Bishop here too
>>>/leftypol/347039
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 No.2520

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>Brothers and Sisters,

>This is Maurice Bishop speaking.


>At 4.15am this morning, the People's Revolutionary Army seized control of the army barracks at True Blue.


>The barracks were burned to the ground. After a half an hour struggle, the forces Gairy's army were completely defeated, and surrendered.


>Every single soldier surrendered and not a single member of the revolutionary forces was injured.


>At the same time, the radio station was captured without a single shot being fired.


>Shortly after this, several cabinet ministers were captured in their beds by units of the revolutionary army.


>A number of senior police officers, including Superintendent Adonis Francis, were also taken into protective custody.


>At this moment, several police stations have already put up the white flag of surrender.


>Revolutionary forces have been dispatched to mop up any possible sources of resistance or disloyalty to the new government.


>I am now calling upon the working people, the youths, workers, farmers, fishermen, middle- class people, and women to join our armed revolutionary forces at central positions in your communities and to give them any assistance which they may call for.


>Virtually all stations have surrendered. I repeat, we stress, resistance will be futile.


>Don't be misled by Bogo DeSouza or Cosmos Raymond into believing that there are any prospects of saving the dictator, Gairy.


>The criminal dictator, Eric Gairy, apparently sensing that the end was near, yesterday fled the country, leaving orders for all opposition forces, including especially the peoples' leaders to be massacred.


>Before these orders could be followed, the Peoples' Revolutionary Army was able to seize power. The people's government will now be seeking Gairy's extradition so that he may be put on trial to face charges, including the gross charges, the serious charges, of murder, fraud and the trampling of the democratic rights of our people.


>In closing, let me assure the people of Grenada that all democratic freedoms, including freedom of elections, religious and political opinion, will be fully restored to the people.


>The personal safety and property of individuals will be protected. Foreign residents are quite safe and are welcome to remain in Grenada.


>And we look forward to continuing friendly relations with those countries with which we now have such relations.


>Let me assure all supporters of the former Gairy government that they will not be injured in any way. Their homes, their families and their jobs are completely safe, so long as they do not offer violence to our government.


>However, those who resist violently will be firmly dealt with. I am calling upon all the supporters of the former government to realize that Gairy has fled the country and to cooperate fully with our new government. You will not be victimized, we assure you.


>People of Grenada, this revolution is for work, for food, for decent housing and health services, and for a bright future for our children and great grand-children.


>The benefits of the revolution will be given to everyone regardless of political opinion or which political party they support.


>Let us all unite as one. All police stations are again reminded to surrender their arms to the people's revolutionary forces.


>We know Gairy will try to organise international assistance, but we advise that it will be an international criminal offence to assist the dictator, Gairy.


>This will amount to an intolerable interference in the internal affairs of our country and will be resisted by all patriotic Grenadians with every ounce of our strength.


>I am appealing to all the people, gather at all central places all over the country, and prepare to welcome and assist the people's armed forces when they come into your area. The revolution is expected to consolidate the position of power within the next few hours.


>LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE OF GRENADA!


>LONG LIVE FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY!


>LET US TOGETHER BUILD A JUST GRENADA!
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 No.2522

File: 1608528194122.jpg (66.5 KB, 720x778, redpilledbishop.jpg)

In just 4 years in power:
> Illiteracy rate dropped in 49% in just 2 years
> Over six hundred poor workers received house repair materials through the National House Repair Programme
>Thirty Community Centres opened, others being built
>Numerous communities cleaned up and improved by voluntary work brigades.
>50,000 Grenadians treated by members of the Cuban Medical Workers Team in Grenada
>Social projects Units set up in the Ministry of Communications and Works to provide materials for community work around the country
>More than 2500 new jobs created
>All anti-worker laws abolished.
>Trade Union membership increased to 50% from 30% under Gairy to 80% now.
>Workers protected by Trade Union Recognition Act.
>Maternity Leave Law passed. Major benefits for women in the country.
>Equal pay for equal work established by PRG.
>All forms of discrimination against women outlawed, law passed to guarantee opportunities to the women of our country.
>Secondary School fees reduced to $12.50 per term from $50.00 before the Revolution. In September, secondary education will be free
>Over 250 Grenadian students studying abroad on scholarships, as opposed to 3 in 1978.
>Volunteer teachers of the Centre for Popular Education, CPE, have started to teach illiterate persons in the country.
>Volunteer teachers of the Centre for Popular Education, CPE, have started to teach illiterate persons in the country.
&lt Much, much more, read about it here https://www.thegrenadarevolutiononline.com/majorachievements.html

Was this man the most based socialist leader in history?
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 No.2523

File: 1608528194235.pdf (2.28 MB, Alister Hughes_Eye Witness….pdf)

>>34
One more book on Grenadian history
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 No.2524

File: 1608528194314-0.gif (48.52 KB, 185x307, mauricebishop4.gif)

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Also here is my collection of videos, documentaries, speeches on Maurice Bishop and The People's Revolutionary Government:

> Bishop's speech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7MtydR-fiI
&lt An inside on The People's Revolutionary Government
> AP Archive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYg0nLgGyn0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeEQobmmuwk
> Fidel visits Grenada
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhsRGC18m3o
> Grenada - Revo Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFiYHj3nAJI (part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6ZBTa47o_w (part 2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtvGdbg3skI (part 3)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-4WkI3PNoo (part 4)
&lt About Bishop
> Grenada's Transformative Figures - Chapter 3 - Maurice Bishop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flgHVdEurso
> General video on Bishop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el5AjPGusDM
> MAURICE SAW THEM COMING
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_W3fab2ppw (part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSz1oFOjK7M (part 2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uMv-EACux4 (part 3)
> Sankara talking about Bishop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h__k3UuU9BA

Probably there are way more, but these I think are the most relevant
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 No.2525

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Also I forgot some more important links

> Bishop's biography

https://thegrenadarevolutiononline.com/bishopcopyrighted.html
> List of all Bishop's speeches
https://thegrenadarevolutiononline.com/bishspeechlist.html
> Bishop's writing "Why a newspaper?"
https://thegrenadarevolutiononline.com/bishnewspaper.html

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