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Reading General

Hello leftypol, we noticed an under-appreciation for the theory that upholds our political ideologies: As such, we have decided to revive the reading sticky! This thread will be dedicated to the sharing, discussing, and general banter about various leftist thinkers, theories, and political outlooks.

But, other than that, we believe there are other important reads that must be addressed, especially, for beginners and those just now getting into leftism.

Don't forget to check out >>>/edu/ for more reading and discussion!

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Common Right Wing Talking Points Debunks
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Check out the /edu/ thread at
https://leftypol.org/edu/res/5576.html

Also see the relevant leftybooru tag
https://lefty.booru.org/index.php?page=post&s=list&tags=debunk
Add topics into the tag list to further narrow down your search!


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Introduction to Marxism Reading List - Thanks to the /read/ matrix room (https://app.element.io/#/group/+leftyread:matrix.org)
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Absolute Beginners Tier:

'Principles of Communism' by Friedrich Engels
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/11/prin-com.htm

'Three Source and Three Component Parts of Marxism' by V.I. Lenin
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1913/mar/x01.htm

Not a book but Halim Alrah's youtube channel is good for the absolutely basics of Marxism but obviously not a replacement for reading
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGog4JPn5-W3_XIKccENysg

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Marx and Engels Reading List
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Tier 1:

'Manifesto of the Communist Party'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/index.htm

'Critique of the Gotha Programme'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1875/gotha/

'Socialism: Utopian and Scientific'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1880/soc-utop/index.htm

Tier 2:

'Wage Labour and Capital'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/wage-labour/

'Value, Price and Profit'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1865/value-price-profit/

'Theses on Feuerback'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1845/theses/theses.htm

By this point you should have a good understanding of the basics of Marxism and are ready to branch out to other theorists and also read Capital.

Tier 3:

'Capital vol.1'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/

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Lenin Reading List - By Moo (aka Zizekposter)
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Lenin Essentials:

'State and Revolution'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/

'“Left-Wing” Communism: an Infantile Disorder'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1920/lwc/

'Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/imp-hsc/

Petit Bourgeois Philistine Tier:

'What is to be done'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1901/witbd/

'The Proletarian Revolution and Renegade Kautsky'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1918/prrk/

'Two Tactics of Social Democracy in the Democratic Revolution'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1905/tactics/index.htm

ADHD Tier:

'Socialism and Religion'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1905/dec/03.htm

'Zizek's Introduction to Revolution at the Gates'
https://kabirabud.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/slavoj_zizek_repeating_leninbookfi-org.pdf

'Revolutionary Adventurism'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1902/sep/01.htm

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MLM Reading List
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Essentials:

Why MLM?
https://why-mlm.medium.com/why-mlm-af48aba14f8a

Marxism-Leninism-Maoism Basic Course
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/S01-MLM-Basic-Course-Revised-Edition-10th-Printing.pdf

'Continuity and Rupture: Philosophy in the Maoist Terrain'
https://libgen.lc/get.php?md5=a00646f118a3427ec19263021b3e84e1&key=06Q5Q1W5DFK8YOHU&mirr=1

Mao:

'On Practice & Contradiction'
https://marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-1/mswv1_16.htm
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/N04-On-Contradiction-Study-2nd.pdf

'On Guerrilla Warfare'
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/works/1937/guerrilla-warfare/index.htm

'On Protracted War'
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-2/mswv2_09.htm

China:

'Fanshen: A Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village'
http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=00F5750256E291B678E2A0039D3CF54E

'Red Star Over China' - Edgar Snow
http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=BD54E7C5F9CDE90E30BD0CB5E91F0049

'The Unknown Cultural Revolution' - Dongpin Han
http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=2495C43CFA7395ACA45CA812A304A701

Peru:

Interview With Chairman Gonzalo
https://the-red-flag.org/en/central-committee-of-the-communist-party-of-peru-interview-with-chairman-gonzalo/

General line of the PCP
https://gplpcp.wordpress.com/

'Shining Path: Terror and Revolution in Peru' - Simon Strong
http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=4FB5D349F9D3250453C5F0525F5890DD

India:

Operation “Green Hunt” in India
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/N08-Operation-Green-Hunt.pdf

Eight Historic Documents (AZAD)
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/S18-Historic-Eight-Documents.pdf

'Urban Perspective'
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/S14-Urban-Perspective-4th-Printing.pdf

Philippines:

Araling Aktibista - Activist Study ARAK
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/S22-Activist-Study-ARAK-2nd-Printing.pdf

'Stand for Socialism Against Modern Revisionism'
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/S07-Stand-for-Socialism-3rd-Printing.pdf

'Philippine Society and Revolution'
https://bannedthought.net/Philippines/CPP/1970s PhilippineSocietyAndRevolution-4ed.pdf

Political Economy:

'Rethinking Socialism' – Deng-yuan Hsu & Pao-yu Ching
https://foreignlanguages.press/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/S11-Rethinking-Socialism-4th-Printing.pdf

'China: A Modern Social-Imperialist Power' - CPI(Maoist)
http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=F68AC84D480D41A222818D802F3AF7CA
or
https://library.bz/uploads/main/c0105702c9219cf136bdae79008daaa4.epub
or
https://why-mlm.medium.com/china-a-modern-social-imperialist-power-d5ac7a9455f7

'Maoist Economics & the Revolutionary Road to Communism' - The Shanghai Textbook
http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=8B44F61D828997487E2FDE607FCF2FEB

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Leftcom Reading Lists
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r/marxism101's reading list:
https://i.imgur.com/s70UUPQ.jpg

r/bruhinternational's reading list:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Bruhinternational/comments/m53hon/official_rbruhinternational_reading_list/

Bordiga:

'The Democratic Principle'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/bordiga/works/1922/democratic-principle.htm

'Proletarian Dictatorship and Class Party'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/bordiga/works/1951/class-party.htm

'The Spirit of Horsepower'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/bordiga/works/1953/horsepower.htm

'Report on Fascism'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/bordiga/works/1922/bordiga02.htm

'Activism'
https://libcom.org/library/activism-amadeo-bordiga

'The Lyons Theses'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/bordiga/works/1926/lyons-theses.htm

'Theory and Action in Marxist Doctrine'
https://libcom.org/library/theory-action-marxist-doctrine-amadeo-bordiga

'Dialogue with Stalin'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/bordiga/works/1952/stalin.htm

Pannekoek:

'World Revolution and Communist Tactics'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/pannekoe/1920/communist-tactics.htm

'Party and Class'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/pannekoe/1936/party-class.htm

Herman Gorter:

'Open Letter to Comrade Lenin'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/gorter/1920/open-letter.htm

'The World Revolution'
https://www.marxists.org/archive/gorter/1918/world-revolution.htm

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Bookchin Reading Lists - based off of posts by Gorm1918 (pbuh)
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'The Next Revolution'
https://libcom.org/files/Murray%20Bookchin-The%20Next%20Revolution.%20Popular%20Assemblies%20and%20the%20Promise%20of%20Direct%20Democracy-Verso%20(2015).pdf

'Urbanization Without Cities'
http://188.165.199.119/files/Urbanization_Without_Cities_-_Ebook.pdf

'The 3rd Revolution'
https://libcom.org/library/third-revolution-popular-movements-revolutionary-era

'The Ecology of Freedom'
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/murray-bookchin-the-ecology-of-freedom

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Links to Resources and Libraries:
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More Marx and Engels:
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/sw/index.htm

Lenin:
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/

Other Selected Marxists:
https://www.marxists.org/archive/selected-marxists.htm

Classical Works Recommended To High-Ranking Cadres:
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-8/mswv8_56.htm

Many important books can be found on libgen:
http://gen.lib.rus.ec/

Libcom has some good books/documents:
https://libcom.org/library

Other links:
https://archive.is/L8uFD

Various assortment of historical and biographical works:
https://archive.org/search.php?query=uploader%3A%22kocotosi%40gmail.com%22&sort=-publicdate

The Leftist Bookshelf (4.16 GB, 600+ files)
https://mega.nz/#F!QUFQSBja!hPbmmLolJBGwSQ848nncnw
This was originally a torrent but I can't find the link anymore. Its description was: "640 eBooks, mostly in PDF format (a bunch are CHM, DJVU or ePUB), from a revolutionary Leftist viewpoint. The main subjects are politics and philosophy, history, economics, and much much more."

Political Theory (MLM) (2.64 GB, 550+ files)
https://mega.nz/#F!4M1FnTgI!CdM8WWjpBC_UHGCJk9AHzA
I found this on reddit years ago (circa 2016) Don't really remember who made it or where it came from, but this is a reading course (politics, philosophy, economics, etc) focused on Maoism. Has many books and articles on the USSR, PRC, Stalin, Mao, etc.

The Anarchist Library (669 MB, 4000+ files)
https://mega.nz/#F!gRFkQCLY!5gUkmaubpp_P_yKLZiBJ9Q
This is a complete mirror of the anarchist library with pdfs and epubs

Little Bunker of Marxism-Leninism (680 MB, 100+ files)
https://mega.nz/#F!0QtCiI7L!MJZJk-SdjyBuBZOuNJuOPQ
Unfinished project focused on M-L with more than 100 books on several topics like history, economics, politics, etc. Lots of stuff on the USSR.

Historical Materialism series (330 MB, 100+ files)
https://mega.nz/#F!9IkymYBZ!B8vB2yDP0Qv_-DPS2ro-HA
A pdf archive of over 100 books from the Historical Materialism book series. I got this from thecharnelhouse.org years ago and the website had released many marxist books from other publishers but unfortunately it's been taken down.

/leftypol/ with a slash of liberty (239 MB, 100+ files)
https://mega.nz/#F!sFMQXJ6J!JboByVCZScC6Jq2YXE0Exw
I didn't make this, just reuploading it. This is a classic /leftypol/ link, marxist stuff mixed with anarchism.

Marx & Engels Collected Works (900+ MB, 50 files)
https://mega.nz/#F!BJEmkQiZ!vylIbCWFrqIeYaLiuN2szg
The official, complete works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels organized in 50 volumes and 3 categories.
R: 500 / I: 172

/Ukraine Thread/: Infinity Wars

THE PUNCH HEARD AROUND THE WORLD EDITION
Friendly reminder there are other world conflicts going on, too: https://emmeline.carto.com/viz/b69015da-136a-11e5-a64a-0e43f3deba5a/public_map

For previous threads, check >>>/leftypol_archive/


LIVE MAPS AND UPDATES

>N.B. liveuamap.com is not to be trusted, they mostly parrot Ministry of Defence, these others may not be better, check their reporting first


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60506682

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/2/28/russia-ukraine-crisis-in-maps-and-charts-live-news-interactive

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/world/europe/ukraine-maps.html

https://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2022/02/the-russian-invasion-in-real-time.html


NEWS

$1 million bounty on Putin offered by Russian businessman
https://www.jpost.com/international/article-699098

Kherson falls to Russian forces, first major Ukrainian city conquered (LIVE UPDATES)
https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/kherson-falls-to-russian-forces-first-major-ukrainian-city-conquered-nyt/

Kyiv reports ‘powerful explosion near train station’ as UN votes to condemn Putin (LIVE UPDATES)
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-ukraine-vladimir-putin-latest-news-mariupol-kyiv-b2026996.html

Lavrov says Russia wants list of weapons that can never be deployed in Ukraine
https://www.reuters.com/world/lavrov-says-russia-wants-list-weapons-that-can-never-be-deployed-ukraine-2022-03-02/

Four Russian Fighter Jets Violate Swedish Airspace: Military
https://www.barrons.com/news/four-russian-fighter-jets-violate-swedish-airspace-over-baltic-sea-military-01646248208

U.S. cancels ballistic missile test to avoid escalating Russia tensions
https://www.axios.com/us-cancels-ballistic-missile-test-to-avoid-escalating-russia-tensions-538040ee-bf55-4853-926e-d1de81920aa5.html

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich says he will sell Chelsea soccer club amid Ukraine war
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/02/russian-oligarch-abramovich-says-he-will-sell-chelsea-soccer-club-amid-ukraine-furor.html

Egypt urges quick political solution to Russia-Ukraine crisis, rejects unilateral economic sanctions
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/1234/462137/Egypt/Foreign-Affairs/Egypt-urges-quick-political-solution-to-RussiaUkra.aspx


ANALYSIS

Žižek: What Does Defending Europe Mean?
https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/europe-unequal-treatment-of-refugees-exposed-by-ukraine-by-slavoj-zizek-2022-03

Kiev junta facing defeat as Russia roots out fascist militias from Ukraine
https://thecommunists.org/2022/03/01/news/ukraine-kiev-junta-facing-defeat-russia-roots-out-fascist-militias/

Ignored Warnings: How NATO Expansion Led to the Current Ukraine Tragedy
https://www.cato.org/commentary/ignored-warnings-how-nato-expansion-led-current-ukraine-tragedy


HISTORY

China joins Russia in opposing Nato expansion
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-60257080

Ukrainian army keeps shelling Donbass cities, civilians killed — Russia’s top brass
https://tass.com/world/1409797?utm_source=startpage.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=startpage.com&utm_referrer=startpage.com


WATCH TOGETHER

NEWS / EVENTS: https://tv.leftypol.org/r/HappeningsviaKlash

HANGOUT / CHILL: https://tv.leftypol.org/r/bloodcast


WAR TWITTER

https://nitter.net/rwapodcast

https://nitter.net/asbmilitary

https://nitter.net/wargonzoo

https://nitter.net/plnewstoday

https://nitter.net/RALee85

https://nitter.net/MarQs__

https://nitter.net/KofmanMichael

https://nitter.net/IntelCrab

https://nitter.net/NotWoofers

https://nitter.net/michaelh992

https://nitter.net/ELINTNews


WAR TELEGRAM

https://t.me/milinfolive

https://t.me/hueviykharkov

https://t.me/conflictzone

https://t.me/vorposte

https://t.me/intelslava

https://t.me/grey_zone

https://t.me/AussieCossack

https://t.me/asbmil

FINAL CYCLICAL UNTIL FURTHER HAPPENINGS DEMAND A NEW THREAD. SCREENSHOT OR ARCHIVE ANY NEW HAPPENINGS YOU WANT TO SAVE THANKS
R: 500 / I: 68

/USApol/

🗽United States Politics🦅

Absolute State of America Edition

Thread for the hellish discussion related to the greatest, best country God has ever given man on the face of the Earth.

🏈💵💸🍔

State mandated propaganda livestreams:
CNN: https://www.livenewsnow.com/american/cnn-news-usa.html
MSNBC: https://www.livenewsnow.com/american/msnbc.html
FOX: https://www.livenewsnow.com/american/fox-news-channel.html
Bloomberg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp8PhLsUcFEegalitarianism
R: 207 / I: 53

/canleft/ - Canadian Leftism/Politics General

Financial Grindset General =)
Moulinet Financier Général =)

Anyone happen to know a good area in Ontario to find a manufacturing job easily? Tired of lumpen hell tbh.
R: 500 / I: 151

/crisis/ General

💰️DOW/Market Watch Thread💰️
monitoring the market, trends, fluctuations, etc.
🎩
👀
🐽
👄
R: 63 / I: 11
2 shootings in not even a full week of each other
one by a zoomer who got radicalized on 4chan and the other by an old schitzo chinese dude, fucking hell
R: 82 / I: 39
VERSIÓN 3.0
Edicion Mafalda
Anything Latinoamérica related, let's unite in discussion while the CIA-funded military hasn't decide to torture us to death for the time being.
R: 84 / I: 33

Redpill me on Khmer Rogue

Title says it all. The Khmer Rogue are a black mark on the history of communism, with good reason too. That said, what drove them to do the batshit insane things they did
R: 45 / I: 6

Singapore

What is the reason for Singapore's post-colonial success with their capitalist model combined with a lot of government intervention? What differentiates Singapore from other capitalist countries and if Singapore's model is superior, why isn't it adopted by other countries, such as the capitalist ones that praise it?
R: 500 / I: 96

/isg/ - /Internet Spectacle General/

A thread focused on discussing the parasocial relationships cultivated by the Almighty Algorithm to generate profit off of our atomization and society's hyper-normalization of petty internet drama.

Reminder that none of this is real!
Society of the Spectacle
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/debord/society.htm

The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/adorno/1944/culture-industry.htm
R: 383 / I: 65

Monkeypox spreads: WHO convenes emergency meeting

The latest spread of the monkeypox virus has prompted The World Health Organization (WHO) to convene an emergency meeting, Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reported on Friday. The disease, which is typically confined to forested areas of western and central Africa, has been spreading rapidly in a number of European countries, as well as the US and Australia since early May.

According to the report, high on the meeting’s agenda are the mechanisms behind the virus’ transmission and possible vaccination strategies. Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, is reportedly attending the discussion.

The newspaper claims that the WHO is looking at whether smallpox vaccines could be used effectively to tackle the spread of back to monke.

Meanwhile, the UK government has already ordered additional stocks of the smallpox vaccine, which is being administered to people who may have been exposed to monkeypox, the Telegraph reported. On top of the 5,000 doses the British authorities have on hand at present, an order has been placed for 20,000 more shots, according to the report.
https://12ft.io/proxy?ref=&q=https://www.rt.com/news/555825-monkeypox-who-emergency-meeting-report/

In Africa, reports of the risk of death, if untreated, are as high as 10% to 11% in the Central African clade of monkeypox.[1][11]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkeypox
R: 8 / I: 1

If you haven't read it yet, now is the time.

Socialism or Extinction: Climate, Automation and War in the Final Capitalist Breakdown is a systematic theoretical/Marxist analysis of the unprecedented crises engulfing humanity, arguing:

• that capitalism per se – because its ever-growing dependence on exploiting labour makes the labour-intensity of extraction-based production increasingly necessary – is the cause of and can only continue to accelerate the climate crisis;

• that the overall rate of profit is trending historically towards (a permanent) zero and that the final expression of this is the tendency towards fully automated production, which is eliminating the sole source of profit/surplus value – the exploitation of commodity-producing human labour;

• that, drawing on the work of Karl Marx and Henryk Grossman, capitalism is heading unavoidably, in purely economic terms, towards a final, insurmountable breakdown that is destined to strike much earlier than a zero rate of profit – and, indeed, that the next, looming crisis will at some point see all fiat currencies collapse against precious metals, ie worldwide hyperinflation. It is also argued therefore that a global digital currency whereby exchange-value/value creation is based on labour's use-value instead of its surplus value – ending the exploitation of labour – is becoming an economic necessity;

• that the accumulation crisis is forcing the world’s imperialist powers into direct confrontation, meaning humanity faces not one extinction threat, but two;

• that the solution to the climate crisis requires: value creation to become based on use-value instead of surplus value, ending the absolute economic need to plunder the environment; an incentivised transition towards a communal system of living in order to achieve massive efficiency gains; and the end of the alienation capitalism imposes between man and nature, in large part by ending the international prohibition of hemp, nature’s most prolific and versatile crop – and the key not only to reversing desertification and stabilising the climate, but to the next stage in technological and industrial development, ie a green industrial revolution that is actually green;

• that the productive forces, in line with their historical development, now demand democratic central planning of the economy as a whole – ie a public monopoly – meaning the all-socialist state and a Communist International remain necessary during the transition to (global, stateless) communism, a borderless world of equality and relative abundance for all.
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/brg/ -=Brasil-Brazil General=- /brg/

Sonic for President of Brazil Edition
Cause Brazil gotta go fast!
Feeling our beautiful country is too slow and it needs to accelerate? Tired of being ruled by the Centrão lead by Dr. Robotnik Sarney?
Vote for Sonic the Hedgehog and Brazil will go fast!
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Henry Kissinger: Ukraine must give Russia territory


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/05/23/henry-kissinger-warns-against-defeat-russia-western-unity-sanctions/

>Veteran US statesman Henry Kissinger has urged the West to stop trying to inflict a crushing defeat on Russian forces in Ukraine, warning that it would have disastrous consequences for the long term stability of Europe


>Dr Kissinger said the war must not be allowed to drag on for much longer, and came close to calling on the West to bully Ukraine into accepting negotiations on terms that fall very far short of its current war aims.


>He told the World Economic Forum that Russia had been an essential part of Europe for 400 years and had been the guarantor of the European balance of power structure at critical times. European leaders should not lose sight of the longer term relationship, and nor should they risk pushing Russia into a permanent alliance with China.
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We're completely fucked

The FED just popped the biggest bubble in the history of man kind and we are about to experience one of the most dramatic down turns in history.

The question is what are YOU doing in order to take control of history and lead the prolotariate out of this endless market anarchy?

Look at this:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/more-subprime-borrowers-are-missing-loan-payments-11652952602

subprime loans are begging to default

This is the same kind of predetory borrowing that we saw in the 2008 financial crisis and these people, forced to choose between debt and good in the face of infaltion, obviously are choosing food.

Fanne Mae expects economic contraction in the housing market.

https://therealdeal.com/2021/04/20/fannie-freddie-say-housing-market-could-see-slight-hiccup/

Not only are subprime loans defaulting, but, the housing market bubble is finally about to crash; At historic highs the housing market bubble is about to crash and, of course, the poorest people are the only ones who are going to loose to this and massive monopolies like blackrock are going to get much richer.

Food Shortages are about to occur

Ukraine and Russia are just the tip of the ice burg. Ukraine and Russia are responsible for a not so insignificant portion of the worlds exports of grains and if you haven't noticed sanctions on Russia and war against Ukraine are making global wheat supplies dry up.

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/indonesia-mps-seek-palm-oil-export-ban-review-industry-warns-storage-2022-05-19/

India has started Closing off to the global economy and egypt has as well and many other countries are about to follow as this becomes a cascading effect where each country is looking out for its own.

African nations are literally about to straight up starve. The sitution is extremely dire.

Economics say it could be 3 - 4 years before we bounce back, but, nowing the truth I think we are about to enter a straight up great depression the likes of which we have never seen and will not even remotely bounce back till 2030. As we all know this is because of the greater over arching system of capital and its mad dash for profits, but, the fed raising interest rates after lowering them in covid might have just done the trick.

Prepare for dark days ahead. you should either be trying to get the fuck away from this collapsing civilization or trying to build bonds because things are about to get much, much, much, worse.

More reading:

https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/scorching-heat-in-india-to-deal-new-blow-to-global-wheat-supply

https://www.insider.com/world-has-10-weeks-of-wheat-supplies-left-in-storage-food-expert-warns-2022-5

https://www.reuters.com/business/finance/imf-says-governments-must-protect-vulnerable-when-things-fall-apart-avert-unrest-2022-04-20/
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Do your friends and family know your political tendencies? I'm personally pretty hesitant to talk about that stuff with friends for fear that they'll discover my power level, and my family don't even know I'm not a Christian (though I think it would be easier to tell them I'm a communist). What about you?
R: 38 / I: 6  

Red pill me on dinosaurs

Where do dinosaurs fit into dialectical materialism?
Dinosaurs were the dominant land animals for over 100 million years, much more significant than monkeys from Africa, but Marxist theory never discusses them?
R: 15 / I: 2

News 5/24/22

CPI (Maoist) Squad Carries Out Armed Action In Balaghat District
After setting fire to the bags, the Maoists left a letter at the site warning that anyone who helps police would have to meet a similar fate. The incident was reported from Lanji tehsil of Balaghat district where the Maoists set on fire the tendu leaves stored at Dadekasa, Bilal Kasa tendu leaves collection centre under south forest division general.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/cpi-maoist-squad-carries-out-armed-action-in-balaghat-district/

Station Masters Announce One-Day Strike Against Delay in Filling Vacancies
The All India Station Masters’ Association (AISMA) has given a call to observe a one-day strike on May 31 to press for its demands, including filling vacancies in the Railways. According to the association, out of the sanctioned strength of 34,000-plus station masters across all the railway zones, around 6,800 are vacant.
https://www.newsclick.in/station-masters-announce-one-Day-strike-delay-filling-vacancies

Iraqi court annuls food security bill
The parliamentary Finance Committee announced on May 14 that the money allocated under the food security bill had increased to 27 trillion Iraqi dinars. Yet this bill was aborted by the Federal Court on May 15, because it contradicts the constitution, which embarrassed the cabinet, according to the finance minister. The federal court rejection came a day before discussing it in the parliament. The decision was denounced by the three elements of the largest coalition in the parliament, Saving the Homeland, which consists of Muqtada Sadr’s movement, Masoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party and Muhammad Halbousi’s Sovereignity Alliance.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/iraqi-court-annuls-food-security-bill

Iraq's political stalemate raising chances of Shia on Shia clashes
After months of frustration and impasse, relations between Muqtada al-Sadr and his Iran-backed Shia rivals have deteriorated so badly that Iraqi Shia leaders are predicting armed clashes could even be on the cards. Sadr, an influential Shia cleric with a fiercely loyal following, emerged from Iraq’s October parliamentary elections as the clear winner. But his victory was quickly followed by a series of defeats that have stopped him and his allies forming a government.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-political-stalemate-raising-chances-shia-clashes

Turkey threatens new Syria incursion amid NATO debate
Erdogan said the operation would extend the Turkish armed forces’ areas of control in Syria to a depth of 30 kilometers along the two countries’ shared border. “The main target of these operations will be areas which are centers of attacks to our country and safe zones,” the Turkish president said today.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/turkey-threatens-new-syria-incursion-amid-nato-debate

Afghanistan: Taliban to sign deal with UAE to operate airports
The Taliban and the United Arab Emirates will sign an agreement on controlling and managing Afghan airports, according to a Twitter announcement made on Tuesday by Afghanistan's acting deputy prime minister, Abdul Ghani Baradar. The deal comes after a months' long scramble for influence in Afghanistan between the UAE, Turkey and Qatar.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/afghanistan-uae-taliban-deal-operate-airports

Moscow-Held Kherson Region to ‘Ask’ for Russian Military Base
The Moscow-appointed leaders of southern Ukraine’s Kherson region will “ask” for a Russian military base, state media reported Tuesday in the latest example of Russia's creeping grip on captured Ukrainian territories.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/24/moscow-held-kherson-region-to-ask-for-russian-military-base-a77776

Protesters besiege Foreign Ministry building
The Armenian capital has seen clashes and arrests with demonstrators, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, blockading the Foreign Ministry building. Anti-government unrest reignited in Armenia a month ago over the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, with the opposition accusing Pashinyan of trying to give the disputed region away to Azerbaijan.
https://www.rt.com/russia/556004-armenia-protest-nagorno-karabakh/
https://archive.ph/DI4St

Peru communities protesting MMG's Las Bambas mine to meet President Castillo
A group of Peruvian indigenous communities that have been protesting MMG Ltd's (1208.HK) huge Las Bambas copper mine will meet with President Pedro Castillo on Tuesday in Lima in a new bid to defuse the crisis, a community leader told Reuters.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/peru-communities-protesting-mmgs-las-bambas-mine-meet-president-castillo-2022-05-24/?rpc=401&

Police Operation Leaves 11 People Dead in Rio De Janeiro
In the early hours of Tuesday, a joint operation by the Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE) and the Federal Highway Police (PRF) left 11 citizen dead in Rio de Janeiro's Vila Cruzeiro shantytown.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Police-Operation-Leaves-11-People-Dead-in-Rio-De-Janeiro-20220524-0005.html

U.S. prepares renewal of Chevron's Venezuela license without broader terms
The U.S. Treasury Department is getting ready to renew in the coming days Chevron Corp's (CVX.N) license to operate in Venezuela, but likely without the greatly expanded terms the U.S. oil major sought, four people close to the talks said.
https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/us-prepares-renewal-chevrons-venezuela-license-without-broader-terms-sources-2022-05-24/

Lula, allies begin crafting strategy to beat Bolsonaro’s “authoritarianism”
Former Brazilian President – and current presidential candidate – Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his main political allies on Monday began stitching together the strategy with which they intend to defeat the “authoritarianism,” “fake news” and “violence” they say is being perpetrated by ultrarightist President Jair Bolsonaro as the October general election approaches.
https://www.laprensalatina.com/lula-allies-begin-crafting-strategy-to-beat-bolsonaros-authoritarianism/

Exclusive: After revamping Venezuela's smallest oil refinery, Iran to fix the largest
Iranian state firms have started preparations to revamp Venezuela's largest oil refinery, the 955,000-barrel-per-day Paraguana Refining Center, four people close to the talks said, following a contract to repair its smallest facility.
https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/exclusive-after-revamping-venezuelas-smallest-oil-refinery-iran-fix-largest-2022-05-23/

Rail workers protest hundreds of job cuts on day Liz line opens
LONDON’S railways are in “managed decline,” despite the fanfare welcoming the long-delayed opening of the new Elizabeth line, RMT warned today. The rail union said that the “world will be told how great transport in London is” now that the £18.8 billion Crossrail project, which links Reading and Essex via the centre of the capital, is finally up and running.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/rail-workers-protest-hundreds-of-job-cuts-on-day-liz-line-opens

Sinn Fein to tell Tory MPs to 'stop pandering' to DUP over Northern Ireland protocol
Sinn Fein will tell Conservatives to “stop pandering to the DUP” over the Northern Ireland Protocol by threatening to rip up the Brexit treaty at a historic meeting with Tory MPs in Parliament on Tuesday night.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/05/24/sinn-fein-tell-tory-mps-stop-pandering-dup-northern-ireland/
R: 34 / I: 11

Post the most ridiculous anticommunist propaganda you see in popular media

We have all seen absurd caricatures, outright lies, uncited rumors, and subtle slanders in popular media depicting communists and communist figures. Post the most ridiculous shit you've seen. Even in "comedies" or other such genres that reinforce their propaganda through the pretense of "merely" being a joke or satire.
R: 18 / I: 6
New Xinjiang fabrication just dropped

https://www.xinjiangpolicefiles.org/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/85qihtvw6e/the-faces-from-chinas-uyghur-detention-camps

> The Xinjiang Police Files, as they’re being called, were passed to the BBC earlier this year. After a months-long effort to investigate and authenticate them, they can be shown to offer significant new insights into the internment of the region’s Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities.


>Their publication coincides with the recent arrival in China of the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, for a controversial visit to Xinjiang, with critics concerned that her itinerary will be under the tight control of the government.


>The source of the files claims to have hacked, downloaded and decrypted them from a number of police computer servers in Xinjiang, before passing them to Dr Adrian Zenz, a scholar at the US-based Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation who has previously been sanctioned by the Chinese government for his influential research on Xinjiang.


Appearabtly journalism according the BBC is now more akin to a propagandistic piece of activist art than just writing about facts.
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/prc/ - People's Republic of China general

A general thread for all China related discussion.

Original threads:
https://archive.ph/S2XYA
https://archive.ph/Ytckv
leftypol.org archives:
https://archive.is/https://leftypol.org/leftypol/res/30501.html
bunekrchan.xyz archives:
https://archive.is/https://bunkerchan.xyz/leftypol/res/8925.html
https://archive.is/yrBUN
R: 273 / I: 68

Rojava

mod reminder: assuming board consensus is a wrecker tactic and technically against the rules
OP:

What do you guys have against Rojava? Look how Iraq and Turkey treat the Kurds. Look up the Anfal campaign.

A libertarian socialist breakaway state for the Kurds is far, far better than fucking Assad, even if it's working with Americans.

Russia didn't do jack shit to help imperialism, all they did was bomb civilians.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/3/5/syrians-recount-horror-under-russian-air-attacks
R: 27 / I: 7

Alejando Cao De Benos and crackdown on leftists

Alejandro Cao de Buenos is going to Guantanamo for breaking USA law that doesn’t exist in Spain, however, Spain (and pretty much al EU member states) are USA bitches and they will probably hand him over to USA.
With all this Ukraine-Russia thing there are tons of leftists going to prison for dissenting from the empire.
What do you think about this whole thing?
Why did it happened in the first place?
When will this crackdown end?
How do we avoid getting sent to Guantanamo?
R: 12 / I: 1

Redpill me on Christian Identity Terrorism

>Christian Identity (also known as Identity Christianity) is an interpretation of Christianity which advocates the belief that only Celtic and Germanic peoples, such as the Anglo-Saxon, Nordic nations, and/or Aryan people and people of kindred blood are the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and are therefore the descendants of the ancient Israelites

>Independently practiced by individuals, independent congregations, and some prison gangs, it is not an organized religion, nor is it affiliated with specific Christian denominations. Its theology is a racial interpretation of Christianity. Christian Identity beliefs began to develop in the early 1900s among adherents of British Israelism by authors who regarded Europeans as the "chosen people" and regarded Jews and non-whites as the cursed offspring of Cain, who they believe was a "serpent hybrid". This aspect of Christian Identity theology is commonly called the serpent seed or the two-seedline doctrine. White supremacist sects and gangs later adopted many of these teachings


>July 18, 1984 - James Huberty goes on a shooting rampage at a McDonald's in the San Ysidro district of San Diego, killing 21 before he was shot and killed by a SWAT officer. 20 of the victims were Mexican-Americans. Huberty had links to far right movements and believed that immigration was destroying the country and that Ronald Reagan was a communist


>April 19, 1995 - Timothy McVeigh blows up a federal office complex in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 19 children. Most of McVeigh's victims, including most of the children killed, were white. Exactly two weeks before the bombing, Timothy McVeigh telephoned Elohim City, a Christian Identity village


>July 27, 1996 - Eric Robert Rudolph detonates a nail bomb at the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia, where the 1996 Summer Olympics were being held. 2 people died and 111 more were injured. Rudolph, a practitioner of Christian Identity, cited the U.S. government's support for "abortion on demand" as his motive for the bombing. The attack was one of a series of Rudolph's bombings at LGBT nightclubs and abortion clinics in the southeastern United States


>July 2-4, 1999 - Benjamin Nathaniel Smith commits a series of drive-by shootings targeting blacks, Asians, and Jews in Illinois and Indiana, killing an African-American former university basketball coach outside his home and a Korean-American on his way to church. Smith kills himself with the same gun he used to kill others on July 4 after a high speed police chase. Smith was a member of the Creativity Movement, a white nationalist atheist pseudo-religion
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do you have thought about soy?

The soy…that mystical substance seen by libertarians and rightoids as cause of the "pussyfication" of modern men at hands of globohomo and international socialism.
what the fuck is the soy? it seems like it's something derived from the soy plant that "jewish medics" try to pass as a safe replacement for milk https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34004412/, but the capitalism agents know better, and is obviously a substance used by da joos and commies to rising up the number of white traps to being fucked by big black cocks, and also to establish a new race of creepy-smiled golems called "soybois", "consoomers" or "soyim", who will destroy the white race buying funkos in bulk, enjoying cuck porn, and not breeding.
Oh, but poor libertarians and rightoids, because the capitalism, da best system ever and the end of history uses soy as a base ingredient in every food product today, and they make those creepy-ass funkos as a side dish for the greater good of (((socialism))) because capitalism truly wants a working class capable to think further than the next marvel movie and are those filthy commies who want to enslave everyone, so they try to keep the capitalism, but without the natural result of the consoomer mentality promoved by it.
basically, rightoids know about our plans, ABORT, ABORT! oy vey!
R: 500 / I: 140

/DPRK/ - Democratic People's Republic of Korea General

Thread for news and discussions of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, its material conditions, the status and health of its socialist tradition, disproving common myths about it, etc.

Archive of the previous DPRK thread:
https://leftypol.org/leftypol_archive/res/12395.htmldprkDPRK
R: 387 / I: 120

/leftybritpol/ - Ed Balls Day Celebration Edition

Ed Balls day's today!
Lets Hear a Hurray!
Ed Balls Day's today!
Let's song and dance and play!

Make yourself look like a tit
do your part do your bit
celebrate ed miliband
and on twitter do not get banned

For it's Ed Balls day today,
For it's Ed Balls day today.
R: 221 / I: 56
Breadpill me on CPUSA.

Were they truly Soviet "puppets" like the right-wing claims? Were they "outside agitators" or sincerely a part of workers' struggles?

Any deep lore I should be aware of?
R: 500 / I: 100

Hungarian Thread for /voros/ refugees

Második felvonás!
R: 142 / I: 22
So no threads on sri lanka?

Shits on fire yo, ripe for revolution

https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/05/15/violence-intensifies-in-major-riots-in-sri-lanka-over-economic-crisis/
https://www.deccanherald.com/international/world-news-politics/cash-strapped-sri-lanka-out-of-petrol-says-pm-1109768.html

NO PETROL
NO IMPORTS
FOOD RUNNING SCARCE
MASS RIOTING AND LOOTING
REPORTS OF CANNIBALISM ALREADY HAPPENING
R: 6 / I: 0

Self defense

What are /leftypol/ belief systems you abide by regarding self defense from home robberies to personal attacks to on people on street to being jumped?

How far can people go to protect themselves in your view? Can they kill if you enter their property or attack them? Should they be banned from using lethal force to stop intruders or attacks?

What is your codes that draw your beliefs together? Share your thoughts
R: 500 / I: 126

/nordpol/ - Nordic General - Skåneutgåvan

Thread for all things Nordic. Recommended languages: Finnish, Scandinavian and English.
R: 27 / I: 0

wang ming > mao

people say deng xiaoping was terrible. That he was somehow this evil capitalist force that ruined communism. I say no to that the worst motherfucker that ruined socialism in the east was mao himself. He and his literal peasent nationalism singlehandley corrupted eastern socialism into that godawful mess that either lead to dengism or fucking gonzalo shit

wang ming was way better than mao since wang ming WAS AN ACTUAL MARXIST LENINIST
R: 500 / I: 91
QTDDTOT - Questions that don't need their own thread. The last one died, so here post your questions here.

I'll start, why is a centralized authority important to achieving communism and why is this seen a positive aspect.
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/auspol / - Australia General Vl

'LNP Bros…It's over' edition

- News/info:
https://www.michaelwest.com.au/
https://www.reddit.com/r/AustralianPolitics/
https://overland.org.au/
https://arena.org.au/
https://www.greenleft.org.au/
https://www.themonthly.com.au/
https://www.crikey.com.au/
https://www.redblacknotes.com/
https://www.surplusvalue.org.au/McQueen/index.htm
https://www.auscp.org.au/militant-monthly
https://redflag.org.au/
https://marxistleftreview.org/?topic=australia

Fresh guardian just dropped:
https://cpa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Guardian2007_2022-05-23.pdf

McNamara and Richmond got turned into Lab v. Green races, So a Lab/Grn MP no matter what there.
Everywhere else except Brisbane is just Lab v. LNP within a % point of each other at 70% counted.
Could end up with Lab-Grn de-facto coalition, Could still just be a Lab majority at this point.
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/cybersoc/

The other thread was full

READING
http://ricardo.ecn.wfu.edu/~cottrell/socialism_book/
For a complete reading list, see: https://paulcockshott.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/two-reading-lists/

Cockshott's Patreon, YouTube and blogs
https://www.patreon.com/williamCockshott/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVBfIU1_zO-P_R9keEGdDHQ
https://paulcockshott.wordpress.com/
http://paulcockshott.co.uk/

Videos torrent archive
Here's the torrent with all of Paul Cockshott's YouTube channel videos up to 27/10/2020 (i.e. Eliminating inequality):
Magnet link:
magnet:?xt=urn:btih:d5e5cc7a91228fef2ea213f816b27cfea8185961&dn=Paul%5FCockshott%5F%28October%5F27th%5F2020%29&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.opentrackr.org%3A1337%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2F9.rarbg.to%3A2710%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2F9.rarbg.me%3A2710%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.internetwarriors.net%3A1337%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.cyberia.is%3A6969%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexodus.desync.com%3A6969%2Fannounce&tr=http%3A%2F%2Fexplodie.org%3A6969%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fp4p.arenabg.ch%3A1337%2Fannounce&tr=http%3A%2F%2Ftracker1.itzmx.com%3A8080%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker3.itzmx.com%3A6961%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.zerobytes.xyz%3A1337%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.tiny-vps.com%3A6969%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.ds.is%3A6969%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fopen.stealth.si%3A80%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fopen.demonii.si%3A1337%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.torrent.eu.org%3A451%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fretracker.lanta-net.ru%3A2710%2Fannounce&tr=http%3A%2F%2Fopen.acgnxtracker.com%3A80%2Fannounce&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.moeking.me%3A6969%2Fannounce
Torrent file:
https://anonymousfiles.io/RileL0Sn/

This thread is for the discussion of cybersocialism, the planning of the socialist economy by computerized means, including discussions of related topics and of course the great immortal scientist himself, WILLIAM PAUL COCKSHOTT.

Archives of previous thread
1) https://archive.is/uNCEY
2) https://web.archive.org/web/20201218152831/https://bunkerchan.xyz/leftypol/res/997358.html
3) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1092975361
4) YOUR LINK HERE
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Esoteric Hitlerism General: All Fascists Are Still Pedos

This is the thread dedicated to researching, discussing, exploring, and laughing at, that element of the far right which we have come to term "esoteric hitlerist" but more broadly a thread for documenting the extreme right.

To sum up, as it says in the title, this entire strand of thought is more or less an intelligence operation carried out mostly by pedophiles, with a strong satanic/ esoteric influence. On top of this, there are several interesting connections to these operations and operatives and Zionism.

The purpose of these operations, as are the purpose of all CIA operations, is to suppress and destroy the real movement that abolishes the present state of things, the mass movement of organised workers, the socialist and communist movement.

What follows is a series of links, references and thoughts which document this feature of capitalist hegemony.


Link to last thread archive:

https://web.archive.org/web/20220213224836/https://leftypol.org/leftypol/res/56299.html

the one before:

https://web.archive.org/web/20210109172410/https://bunkerchan.xyz/leftypol/res/1059488.html

the one before that:

https://bunkerchan.net/leftypol/res/702127.html (oh fuck this archive is dead now, how can we get it back? )

The thread from which it was born:

https://archive.fo/GSZBb
R: 55 / I: 12

Why do rightoids get all their views from Jordan Peterson?

>Always been as a minimum a labor aristocrat but claims he was poor in his young adult years and larps as having a working class background that was supposedly worse than almost all people's background.
>Joined a social democrat party tells people he knows socialists are evil as he was in a pro small business soc dem party.
>Gets addicted to drugs nearly dies cries all the time.
>obsessed with being a christcuck but Daughter sleeping with a saintinist communist.
>Claims to be the beacon of mens rights but hates the working class.
>Is le tough alpha male but for some reason randomly cries all the time.
>Gets rich by telling people to clean their room and act confident in a book filled with sexism and details that incorrectly teach you how to meet women.
>Lost his job as a psychologist due to poor performance and not even showing up and commits crimes such as insulting his clients to crowds of people.


How come right-wingers have a great deal of respect for Jordan and follow his ideas like shouldn't things he does such as randomly crying all day put them off him?
R: 50 / I: 3 (sage)

escaping western epistemology

even in using the term "epistemology", how the fuck do you live within an exclusive culture, as in, your culture? the west turned every country into a collage of western culture and maybe im too manichaean about this, but i really want to escape this, like, having your OWN epistemology like japan or something, or at least the tools for it, meanwhile in china they make anime of marx worshipping white western german culture, how cucked, worshipping some self hating jewish german.
R: 65 / I: 3

Is it time to go prepper?

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-06-28/water-wars-are-coming-to-the-american-west
https://bylinetimes.com/2022/05/17/global-banks-privately-prepare-for-dangerous-levels-of-imminent-civil-unrest-in-western-homelands/
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/jun/12/pentagon-mass-civil-breakdown
https://www.insider.com/world-has-10-weeks-of-wheat-supplies-left-in-storage-food-expert-warns-2022-5
https://www.iea.org/commentaries/what-does-the-current-global-energy-crisis-mean-for-energy-investment
Looks like everything is going to fucking shit. The Western Left is comatose paraplegic like usual so the likely outcome of all of this is a deepening of Neoliberal authoritarianism and a rise of Fascist solutions to Capitalist crisis.
Normally I would think that prepping is a pretty extreme solution, but without food, things can hit the fucking fan real fucking fast and we're 10 weeks away from a complete breakdown of the global food supply. Banks and Insurance company's own internal reporting predicts widespread violent civil unrest this year.
So I think it's probably in the best interest of most leftists, to prepare to be safe in this crisis. I'm not going to lie, I have no idea how to Prep. I'm going to read a lot in the next week and I'm already ordering sacks of flower and brown rice and other essentials, but I'm sure there are people here who have some good advice here and can provide said advice.
Think it's time to prep and what good advice can people here give to fellow leftists in this pretty fucking tense time to prepare?
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Why did porkies allow the housing crisis to happen

Housing is the easiest problem to solve. Literally just build more houses and commie blocks. Instead porkies would rather just kneecap their own economy and force people to live in shoeboxes and coffin homes. All of our rent is syphoned into the hands of a few individuals and land porkies making people unable to spend their money on anything. This will ultimately harm porky in the end when people cant spend money on anything other than basic necessities… But why is it allowed to happen.. Are they just retarded?
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Stinky dirty Nazis

Nazis sure had shit tier hygiene!

In all, without exception, the memories of both soldiers and officers of the Wehrmacht – lice. Constant companions of the German soldier and officer, up to the generals. Their fighting comrades, so to speak. Comrades.
I somehow came across the memories of a Russian woman who happened to live for several years among the Chukchi in their camp in the 20s. The poor woman was in a state of overcoming a nervous shock for several years after that. It was all about the lice. And it's not that the Chukchi were so wild by nature, just the lack of soap and difficult living conditions, on the verge of survival. Children of nature. The Germans also called our fighters children of nature for their ability to adapt to the harshest conditions. But it seems that the body of the German was much more adapted to the difficult conditions of life than the body of the Slavs. During the Civil War, the infection of the army and the population with pediculosis caused a colossal outbreak of typhus in Russia. If, instead of a German soldier in the Wehrmacht, a soldier of Slavic blood, the Wehrmacht would have died of typhus. Of course, I'm just being ironic. They had enough rash, especially in winter.
If anyone does not know, there was a bath day in the Red Army every week. In the active army during the war – once every two weeks. Without fail. No, if the situation did not allow, the environment, for example, then – if possible, but these are exceptional cases. And a bath day in the active army is not just to wash with hot water and soap. It's also a change of clothes. Underwear, footclothes until February 1942, since February 1942 - and gymnasts with breeches. Everything is complete. In return, laundry and uniforms, washed and fried from parasites, were given out. After the bath – in the clean.
Why such changes since February? Because our command faced something that it did not expect. No one even imagined this. After all, they fought with Europe. We didn't think Europe would be lousy. Of course, this is not because the German soldier himself is a drunken, dirty pig. If a Soviet soldier had the same command as in the Wehrmacht, our army would have become just as lousy.
The difference was that about washing and washing, the Germans – it was the problem of each individual Indian. Get out of it as best you can, if you don't get out of it, go like that, but no one will create conditions for you on purpose. Therefore, they "walked like this" for months.
In the Red Army, hygiene issues were the responsibility of the command of the units. In the direct duties of commanders of all levels. In each regiment, in each separate battalion, there should be a bathhouse and a period. Every soldier had his legal right to go to the bathhouse once every two weeks and change his underwear and footclothes. And period.
By definition, the German command did not have such a duty. And the Wehrmacht soldier had no rights to ensure that he was provided with a wash and a change of clothes.
Therefore, by 1942, we were faced with the fact that the fascist army carried with it not only the death of our people from bullets, shells and bombs, but also was a source of dangerous infections. And not only for the population of the occupied areas, but also for the troops of our army. On February 2, 1942, the State Defense Committee was forced to adopt a special resolution "On measures to prevent epidemic diseases in the country and the Red Army."
Control over the execution of this Decree, by the way, was entrusted to Kosygin and comrade Rosalia Zemlyachka. Why Rosalia Samuilovna? Yes, because the authorities and the military command in some places could consider this issue not of paramount importance and push it into a corner somewhere. It didn't work out with a fellow countryman. A principled Bolshevik. And the question was the most important – an outbreak of epidemics could deal a terrible blow not only to the army itself, but also to industry. The shutdown of factories due to the fact that workers have contracted typhus is more terrible than a lost battle.
By this Decree, in addition to all measures to protect the population and the army from epidemics, 200 bath and laundry detachments were created to serve the active army.
Now imagine a Wehrmacht soldier who has not washed for several months. It, this animal, could still swim in some pond in the summer and wash its pants there if there was a respite between battles or marches for several days. In winter, everything. Amba. To read the memories of these brutes about their socks decomposing on rotting feet, and lice–infested underwear - you almost physically feel how it stank. And the ingenious invention of the German sanitary service to combat lice – dust. A dirty, unwashed body for months, greasy underwear with a crust of blood from combs (lice – itches) and, in addition, smelly dust. Aryan. The superior race.
A competent organization of the Wehrmacht, right, Mr. Isaev? Or did they think everything through, right up to the assault groups, but forgot about the fact that the soldier is not a pig, from which the manure will fall off by itself?..
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I know this is a weird question but why is it that all the schizos you see are all right-wing? Kind of makes me suspicious. I heard that schizophrenia in the states are different than the rest of the world but I sincerely wonder what the fuck is going on.
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Bachelor tax. Is this a good idea?

Please do some short reading on this I'll drop 2 Wikipedia links below. Search elsewhere about it too if you'd like

Ussr thought it was a good idea and implemented it for many years as did other communist countries

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bachelor_tax

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_on_childlessness

>The tax on childlessness (Russian: налог на бездетность, romanized: nalog na bezdetnost) was imposed in the Soviet Union and other Communist countries, starting in the 1940s, as part of their natalist policies. Joseph Stalin's regime created the tax in order to encourage adult people to reproduce, thus increasing the number of people and the population of the Soviet Union. The 6% income tax affected men from the age of 25 to 50, and married women from 20 to 45 years of age.[1]


>The tax remained in place until the collapse of the Soviet Union, though by the end of the Soviet Union, the amount of money which could be taxed was steadily reduced. Minister of Health Mikhail Zurabov and Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Health Protection Nikolai Gerasimenko proposed reinstating the tax in Russia in 2006, but so far it has not been reinstated.[2]


>In 1946, communist Poland introduced a similar increase of the basic income tax rate, in effect a tax on childlessness, popularly called bykowe in Polish ("bull's tax", the "bull" being a metonymy for an unmarried man). First, childless and unmarried people over 21 years of age were affected (from 1 January 1946 till 29 November 1956), then only over 25 years of age (30 November 1956 till 1 January 1973).[4]


>Taxes on childlessness were part of the natalist policy introduced by Nicolae Ceaușescu in Communist Romania in the period 1967-1989. Along with the outlawing of abortion and contraception (1967) and mandatory gynecological revisions, these taxes were introduced in various forms in 1977 and 1986. Unmarried citizens had to pay penalty for childlessness, the tax income rate being increased by 8-10% for them.[5][6]


During the Soviet Union, Russia had a higher fertility rate than it did in the years after the fall of the Soviet Union, prompting some Russian leaders to propose bringing back the tax on childlessness.[2] According to the Health Ministry, the total fertility rate dropped from 2.19 children/woman to 1.17 children/woman in the aftermath of the Soviet Union. According to the Russian Director of the Center for Demography Anatoliy Vishnevskiy, this birth rate is among the lowest in the world, and Russian leaders have described the demographic issues in Russia as being symptomatic of a "crisis".

While the tax on childlessness has not been re-enacted, other proposals have been. For example, Vladimir Putin enacted a proposal to provide cash incentives for women who are willing to have a second child.[7]

In 2018, they had some debate in China on a Childless tax to counter their own birth rate issues.[8][9]
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WikiGlow

post examples of Wikipedia glowing

* glowie rhetoric/rightoid cope on the talk pages
* sus revision histories
* bizarre rightoid editors
* right wing articles with no leftist counterpart
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'Guerilla Urbanism'

Post examples of 'Guerilla Urbanism', unofficial construction and renovation in public spaces for the benefit of the people. Manuals and discussion are also welcome.
This includes activities such as tree planting, road safety additions (e.g. installing traffic calming devices or painting crosswalks), deconstruction of anti-homeless architecture. For the sake of focus, street art and graffiti are not included unless they serve a significant functional service like providing directions.
Try not to flood a single form of urbanism when the thread isn't dying (don't just post 50 guerilla planting posts and nothing else)

Add an approximate date where you can!

OP images:
[?] Unknown carden.
[May 2022] Guerilla Garderners planting in Downtown Cleveland to fill a neglected hole in the sidewalk: https://www.clevescene.com/news/downtown-cleveland-guerilla-gardeners-exposed-38964765
[May 2022] Cleveland residents install a speed bump after a child was killed by a vehicle: https://www.clevescene.com/news/urbanist-guerillas-fed-up-neighbors-install-speed-bump-on-street-where-five-year-old-was-struck-and-killed-38879832
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News 5/21/22

Sudanese forces fatally shoot anti-coup protester in renewed crackdown
Sudanese security forces killed one protester on Saturday during renewed demonstrations against a military takeover that derailed a transition to civilian rule last year, medics said. The victim, who was not identified, died as a result of "a bullet to the chest" in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the pro-democracy Central Committee of Sudan Doctors said in a statement.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/sudanese-forces-fatally-shoot-anti-coup-protester-renewed-crackdown

Political Prisoner Ahmed Sa’adat Re-Elected Secretary-General Of PFLP
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) announced on Friday the re-election of political prisoner Ahmed Sa’adat as its Secretary-General, who is serving a term of 30 years in Israeli jails, a press release confirmed.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/national-liberation-struggle/political-prisoner-ahmed-saadat-re-elected-secretary-general-of-pflp/

US drops 5 groups from foreign terror blacklist
The United States removed five groups from its terror blacklist for inactivity on Friday, including a radical Jewish organization in Israel and two Islamist movements in Egypt and the Palestinian territories. The State Department has revoked the foreign terrorist organization designations of the Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, Kahane Chai and Gama’a al-Islamiyya, as well as Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo and the Spanish separatist group Basque Fatherland and Liberty.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/us-drops-5-groups-foreign-terror-blacklist

Biden administration approves large sale of anti-tank missiles to Egypt
Move comes as US officials say that Russia's invasion of Ukraine presents an opportunity to pry Egypt away from orbit of Russian arms … "This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that continues to be an important strategic partner in the Middle East," the statement added.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/biden-approves-large-sale-anti-tank-missiles-egypt

Temperatures in parts of Spain reach highest on record for May
Parts of Spain are experiencing their hottest May since records began, as a mass of hot, dry air blows in from Africa, bringing with it dusty skies and temperatures of more than 40C (104F). Spain’s state meteorological agency, Aemet, has warned of a weekend heatwave of an “extraordinary intensity”, with temperatures between 10C and 15C above the seasonal average and more akin to high summer than mid-May.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/21/spain-heatwave-temperatures-highest-on-record-may

Spycops targeted anti-racism campaigners in the wake of the Brixton riots
The riots, sparked in April 1981 amid anger over the abuse of stop-and-search powers against the black community in the south London area, were considered the “most significant event in the public order field” by senior police officers in a secret Metropolitan Police unit.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/spycops-targeted-anti-racism-campaigners-in-the-wake-of-brixton-riots

Meet the Derbyshire communists helping feed the city’s poor
Like Harney, Derbyshire's communists are battling the “capitalist system” but also helping to supply Derby’s food banks and provide nutrition for those in need. They can frequently be seen helping out at Mandela Centre, in Pear Tree Road, delivering food and drink.
https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/meet-derbyshire-communists-helping-feed-7112021
https://archive.ph/dbMMM

Russia cuts off gas exports to Finland in symbolic move
Russia halted gas exports to neighboring Finland on Saturday, a highly symbolic move that came just days after the Nordic country announced it wanted to join NATO and marked a likely end to Finland’s nearly 50 years of importing natural gas from Russia.
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-putin-moscow-helsinki-6f6ce1c5d65e643d76bcd66e5ebbd4ea

China-Russia relations: Chinese producers lament loss of once-lucrative Russian deals
Gone are the days when Russia was a reliable source of big profits for Chinese producers, who have become wary of running afoul of Western sanctions
Before the war, more than 40 per cent of Chinese exports to Russia comprised various kinds of machinery and electrical equipment, but deliveries of such goods have since plunged
https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3178563/china-russia-relations-chinese-producers-lament-loss-once

Australia's prime minister concedes despite millions of votes left to be counted
Australia's center-left opposition party toppled the conservative government after almost a decade in power, and Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese in his Saturday election victory speech promised sharper reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while he faces an early foreign policy test.
https://www.npr.org/2022/05/21/1100533342/australia-scott-morrison-concedes-election
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Opinion on altwoke?

Have not seen much discussion about this shit. I think its interesting atleast.
https://tripleampersand.org/alt-woke-manifesto/
https://monoskop.org/images/f/fa/The_AltWoke_Companion_Apr_2017.pdf
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“But plants are living things too”🙄

One different plants actually want to be eaten and shittted out as seeds can feed off the spare nutrients and dead cells found in feces that’s rich in detritus decomposers can also feed off of providing even more to plants
Second there’s literally billions to trillions of those things making eating them pretty much irrelevant to their actual populations assuming your not eating them in a place like Antarctica where there’s barely any desalinated water or good temperatures that can support life in abundance
Third the impacts of eating meat in excess is not only bad for your health due to the fact that plant based foods not only have over 10 times more potential energy left in them compared to animals which is why 80% of the planet eats grain foods but also due to the sheer amount of empty calories created which can cause fat building up in blood vessels forming god awful disorders like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, increased risks of obesity etc. every macronutrient you can get from an animal can be obtained from a plant and mass killing farm animals that are so genetically mutated from what they should be in nature to the point where we can’t release them without risk of fucking up ecosystems is a waste

Fuck you tofu, lab grown meat and veganism is the safe less destructive alternative(stfu about monocultures there’s already containment procedures for that I can hear you typing that asshole)
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Veteran hate thread. Fuck the troops.

Can we get a soldier hate thread going? Also reminder that babykillers aren’t working class or revolutionary.

https://anti-imperialism.org/2016/12/08/legionnaires-defeating-the-soldiertariat-myth/
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Docs

Let's talk about dox.
No, this thread is not for sharing dox, that's off-topic and there are a thousand better places to do it.
This thread is about looking at groups who do it, discussing its merits and effects, and whether it is (or can be) a valuable use of time for activists and orgs.

>what is it

Fundamentally, distributing dox is just sharing private personally identifying information, like someone's real names, physical addresses, workplaces and hidden online accounts. For an everyday person, its trivial information, but it's usually performed against targets of internet harassment, political opponents and/or perpetrators of crimes.

>why it may not matter

I'm sure most people have heard a variation of a quote with the following line:
>"These people have names and addresses."
And yet despite millions of people thinking they know who is responsible for destroying our environment and a myriad of other global crimes against humanity, and where they live… nothing happens to them. Maybe a couple of CEOs got knee-capped in Greece, but that's about all.
The bottom line is not many people are willing to do anything beyond petty trivial harassment, apart from deranged serial shooters who can't even pick a worthwhile target. Seriously, they hate mega-corp jews and not one has aimed at Zuckerberg or Soros yet.

The point is, I believe that most people aren't that important or vulnerable that having public information about them actually matters.

>why it can matter

Doxing can be effective against to people with views seems as socially unacceptable (like it or not, capitalist parasitism is generally accepted under liberalism so those people responsible aren't going to lose their job or have their life ruined, but a white supremacist in a liberal area or an LGBTQ+ person in a conservative area might).
Some recent concrete examples are evident in the ongoing doxing of Patriot Front members by various antifa groups:
>"Update […] his employment has been terminated." - https://torchantifa.org/daniel-turetchi-patriot-front/
>"Update: Gancarz’s BJJ gym membership has been terminated." - https://torchantifa.org/paul-gancarz-patriot-front/
This is probably particularly effective against people with exclusive/hatred beliefs (like racism) living in liberal areas where they cause reputational risk and social ostracization.
Naturally, I'm sure this activity would just radicalize them further, but it might help to hinder their resources and waste their time if they're being kicked from services.

There are a few groups who participate in collecting dox with intent to identify for political purposes. A couple of American examples:
Right-wing:
https://antifawatch.net/
[intermittent /pol/-orbitting threads like https://mlpol dot net/mlpol/334600 ]
fbi.gov groups (e.g. https://theintercept.com/2017/09/06/how-right-wing-extremists-stalk-dox-and-harass-their-enemies/ )
Left-wing:
https://torchantifa.org/patriot-front-members
https://phillyantifa.org/starting-tomorrow-keystone-united-exposed/
https://rosecityantifa.org/articles/

Again, this thread is about looking at groups who do it, discussing its merits and effects, and whether it is (or can be) a valuable use of time for activists and orgs. Keep it on topic, there are plenty of better places to discuss other stuff.
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Times you read and Oof'd

Just learned about Sablin ;_;

>"Trust the fact that history will judge events honestly and you will never have to be embarrassed for what your father did. On no account ever be one of those people who criticise but do not follow through their actions. Such people are hypocrites—weak, worthless people who do not have the power to reconcile their beliefs with their actions. I wish you courage, my dear. Be strong in the belief that life is wonderful. Be positive and believe that the Revolution will always win."

>Valery Sablin's last letter to his son before his execution.

>"I am convinced that a revolutionary consciousness will catch fire among our people."

>Valery Sablin's farewell letter to his parents.
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who the fuck was this guy

https://en.wikNicola Bombacci (24 October 1879 – 28 April 1945) was an Italian Marxist and later, Fascist revolutionary. He began in the Italian Socialist Party as an opponent of the reformist wing and became a founding member of the Communist Party of Italy in 1921, sitting on the fifteen-man Central Committee. During the latter part of his life, particularly during the Second World War, Bombacci allied with Benito Mussolini and the Italian Social Republic against the Allied invasion of Italy. He met his death after being shot by communist partisans and his body was subsequently strung up in Piazzale Loreto.ipedia.org/wiki/Nicola_Bombacci
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News 5/23/22

Joe Biden launches IPEF initiative, making explicit the goal of blunting China’s clout
The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) seeks to restore ‘US economic leadership’ across the region, without Taiwan for now US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo says the long-awaited plan aims to make Indo-Pacific countries beyond China more attractive as manufacturing hubs
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3178804/joe-biden-launches-ipef-economic-initiative-making-explicit?module=lead_hero_story&pgtype=homepage

China says it will take targeted steps to support the economy
China will broaden its tax credit rebates, postpone social security payments and loan repayments, roll out new investment projects and take other steps to support the economy, state television quoted the cabinet as saying on Monday.
https://www.reuters.com/markets/asia/china-take-targeted-forceful-steps-support-economy-cabinet-says-2022-05-23/

Venezuelan businessman given probation in top bribery case
A bribe-paying Venezuelan businessman whose criminal case implicates a prominent opponent of President Nicolás Maduro was sentenced Monday to five years’ probation in recognition of his efforts to expose rampant corruption in the country’s judiciary.
https://apnews.com/article/politics-caribbean-venezuela-miami-f2eb35cff19bebefc642b847837d490d

Colombia’s election campaigns come to an end amid extreme tensions
Candidates in Colombia’s elections finalized their campaigns on Sunday amid extreme tensions. Opposition Senator Gustavo Petro, the frontrunner in the race, ended his campaign on the central Bolivar Square in the capital Bogota. Petro’s main rival, Federico Gutierrez, ended his campaign with a mass gathering in Colombia’s second largest city Medellin. According to multiple polls, the two candidates are most likely to make it to run-off elections after the first round on Sunday.
https://colombiareports.com/colombias-election-campaigns-come-to-an-end-amid-extreme-tensions/

Former Sao Paulo governor drops bid for Brazil’s presidency
The former governor of Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, João Doria, dropped out of October’s presidential elections on Monday, saying he lacks support of top party leaders. His decision narrows the field ahead of a race expected to be dominated by President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
https://apnews.com/article/jair-bolsonaro-politics-south-america-elections-presidential-1fc1f56cd4df66feee146fb589eb926a

Turkey: Circassians commemorate anniversary of mass killings by Tsarist Russia
Thousands of people gathered in Istanbul’s Yenikapi Square on Saturday to commemorate the mass killings of Circassians by the Russian empire in 1864. Hundreds of thousands of Circassians are believed to have been killed by the Russian empire in the three-centuries-long war with Circassian peoples in the 19th century. ..
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-circassians-demand-justice-anniversary-mass-killings-russia

Iran: Revolutionary Guard officer assassinated in Tehran
Hassan Sayyad Khodayari was killed by five gunshots as he returned home near Mojahedin-e-Islam Street at about 4pm (11:30 GMT), reported the state news agency IRNA on Sunday. The news agency published images showing a man slumped over in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, with blood around the collar of his blue shirt and on his upper right arm. The IRGC, the ideological arm of Iran’s military, identified Khodayari as a colonel.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/22/iran-irgc-quds-force-member-assassinated-in-tehran-state-media

Israel raises security alert level abroad following killing of IRGC colonel
Israeli diplomatic missions have raised their security, as it braces for Iranian retaliation following the assassination of a senior member of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Tehran on Sunday. Israel has not claimed responsibility for the killing of colonel Sayad Khodai, who was shot by two gunmen riding a motorbike outside his home in Tehran before fleeing the scene.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-security-raised-following-irgc-colonel-killing

Russian Children with Cystic Fibrosis Facing Shortage of Vital Drug
Children living with cystic fibrosis in Russia are experiencing shortages of a vital drug as the state charity responsible for its supply faces logistical issues due to sanctions over Ukraine, The Moscow Times’ Russian service reported Monday. … Although vital medicines are excluded from Western sanctions against Russia, mutual airspace closures between the West and Russia as well as a departure of shipping companies from the Russian market have led to supply chain snarls.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/23/russian-children-with-cystic-fibrosis-facing-shortage-of-vital-drug-a77770

Root cause of Ukraine conflict named by ex-German SPD leader
In an interview with left-wing newspaper Junge Welt published on Saturday, Lafontaine argued that “for a long time, we have been in a situation where Russia and China have been militarily encircled by the US.” The former SPD leader said Moscow had made it clear to NATO for 20 years that Ukraine should not become part of the military alliance – a scenario, which, according to Lafontaine, would mean US missiles deployed on the Ukraine-Russia border.
https://www.rt.com/news/555905-spd-ex-chair-nato-ignored-russian-interests/
https://archive.ph/jDKUM

Greece: Mass rally at the Ministry of National Defence against involvement in the imperialist war
A mass rally was held on Sunday 22/5/2022 at the Ministry of National Defence of Greece, the finishing line of the 40th Marathon Peace March, which had started at 8 am from the Marathon Tomb, conveying the message of opposition to the imperialist war, Greece’s involvement in it, and the country’s entanglement in the dangerous plans of NATO.
https://www.idcommunism.com/2022/05/greece-mass-rally-at-ministry-of-national-defence-against-involvement-in-imperialist-war.html

European trade unionists celebrate record French fine for McDonald's
The European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU) has welcomed a record fine handed to fast-food giant McDonald’s in France last week for tax avoidance. General secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan said it was great news that McDonald’s “will not feed on impunity” after the bumper €1.1 billion (£93 million) fine was issued on Friday.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/european-trade-unionists-celebrate-record-french-fine-mcdonalds
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Hot take: nukes are good

Not sure if this is an unpopular opinion on here but it certainly seems to be so in the general consensus but nukes are a boon to humanity.
I have yet to see any credible refutation of the iron-clad game-theoretic logic of Mutually Assured Destruction. It's a simple formula . Either both sides use nukes, in which case both are annihilated, or neither side uses nukes. If one side uses nukes the other side, tit-for-tat, reciprocates. The most rational option is to not use nukes. It's the only thing that has prevented WW3.

Sweet nukes are what we have to thank for preventing an incalculably bloody WW3 between the USA and NATO powers versus the USSR and China.

Wonderful nuclear weapons are the sole reason the NATO and Russia are not already engaged in a massive war that levels half of Eurasia and ensures that the Russo-Ukrainian war remains a localized tragedy.

A nuclear society is a polite society. Through the enlightened path of nuclear self-armament, quarreling nuclear powers must instead sit down at the negotiating table and act like adults.

To solve the problem of war, nukes should be openly distributed. If every country was a nuclear power war would become a thing of the past.

Nukes represent the Hegelian logical end-state of the dialectic of arms races. Arms races follow a process by which each side seeks to technologically outperform the other by creating ever more deadly weapons. Until the point that the ultimate weapon is one that could destroy the entire universe, including those who wield it. Because this is an illogical outcome, arms races must terminate at a state which negates the arms race, settling at an equilibrium in which rival powers can no longer go to war with each other without invoking the principle of MAD.

The geopolitical benefits of nukes far ought-weigh the cons. So what do you think? Anyone else here love nukes?
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Swedish young military-aged males most reluctant to join NATO

>Swedish males between the ages of 18 and 29 are the demographic most reluctant to join NATO, according to a new poll.
>The poll, conducted by Novus, found that 43% of young men are in favour of NATO membership, while another 43% – the same proportion – are opposed.
>By comparison, only 32% of women in the same age range opposed the move.
>Young males were the only demographic somewhat hesitant of the idea, with all other groups showing clear support for joining the alliance. Overall, 53% of the Swedish public say they support joining NATO – an increase from last week’s 48%.
>However, speaking to Swedish broadcaster SVT, Novus CEO Torbjörn Sjöström said that younger people were generally much more hesitant about NATO membership than older age groups.
>“If we go up to the age group 30-49, 51% are in favour,” he said.
>“And then it continues slowly but surely upwards to the oldest age group, 65-79 years, where 61% are positive.”
>In Sweden all men between the ages of 19 and 47 are eligible for military service and conscription.
>In 2017 Sweden re-introduced conscription in response to Russia’s Baltic military drills. This means that thousands of young Swedes born in a certain year are chosen at random to undergo military assessment, and conscripts are required to serve in the military for 9 to 12 months.
>Sweden previously had military conscription until 2010, but at that time only men were eligible for the draft. Now women can qualify as well.
https://gript.ie/swedish-young-military-aged-males-most-reluctant-to-join-nato/
THE ETERNAL BOOMER STRIKES AGAIN
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So fucking irresponsible

Nitrogen carbon and phosphorus cycles eroding more each day.
Monocultural agricultural practices destroying entire ecosystems due to dogshit biodiversity.
Literal island of trash still stuck in the ocean is only contributing more to coral reef destruction which is causing visible declines including entire wipeouts of edible fish we need to eat
Climate change caused by humans straight up irreversible due to albedo affect.
Eurofags now deciding to fuckup neighbouring countries geography since they already killed their own with plastic junk and wasted food and supplies they’ll never fucking use
Multiple water reservoirs like the Colorado lake, Ganges river, xiechi lake all fucking dying
All of this on top of a mountain of trash no one’s bothering to at least try to recycle or dispose of properly in favour of dumping e waste in countries with functional ecosystems like Ghana.

And of course no one’s paying attention or even thinking about these things even though the effects are obvious due to water lines, shortages of fish, soil degradation via leaching, etc because it’s just doesn’t make enough money as climate change
Uggghhhhhhjjhjjjhhh
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Don't enter the dreaded Vampire's Castle

I wonder where that weird period of 2014-2016 neo-reaction went or where it fits into the overall fash resurgence in the West. I remember seeing, like, "anarcho-monarchist" blogs and such back then alongside texts like Land's.
My guess is that it incidentally works a lot like other fash literature in presenting the movement with this veneer of intellectualism. Generating a vast library of voluminous material on the subject makes it appear deep and thoughtful.
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Looking for more redpills on Jucheism

Hello, I just recently started delving into Jucheist theory, though I must say that at best i’m still at baseline level. Would any of you mind sharing any infographs about Jucheism, or any books/literature around it? Thank you all in advance
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REVOLUTION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The revolutionary situation in the United States off American and the world is bad. It's bad and you are going to have to make it better. The following conditions will need to happen for revolution to happen in the United States of America:

1. Most of the third world must have already engaged in successful revolution to overthrow their neocolonialist regimes in place. This will cause a crisis in capitalism back in the imperialist core without the exploitation of the third world meaning a ramping up of exploitation of their own populations and heightening the contradictions. This is why anti-imperialism and anti-war comes first and foremost in the struggle as imperialism is the primary contradiction.
2. Organize anywhere and everywhere you can, specifically in an org (one that isn't dysfunctional) or union. In terms of who to organize, go from the lowest sections of society, the lumpenproletariat and the fourth world (natives) and move up once you organize them, with the most reactionary elements in society being the first last we organize. One keyway of organizing is through mutual aid programs.
3. No to reformism. The destruction of the Democratic Party must come first before the Republicans can be destroyed, as the Democrats are the ones keeping the Republicans alive. Any reform offered must be swiftly rejected and electoralism must at all costs be rejected.
4. Dependence on the state must be weaned off, that means stocking up on guns and policing our own communities, growing and making our own food and water via wells, any and all methods to stop paying taxes though whatever loophole you can like declare your house a religious building or something, hide undocumented immigrants, literally anything to weaken the state.

These are the four steps needed for revolution.
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Most right wing conspiracy theories ultimately can be traced back to the Ur theory of a Jewish (or equivalent boogieman) cabal/secret society which acts as a worldwide eminence gris, controlling the socioeconomic and political systems with the goal of eradicating or replacing their good, wholesome race with the degenerate, sexually perverse brown races. So the obvious question is, qui bono? What do the Jews have to gain (if they are, as we said, already in power) from getting rid of white people and populating the western world with brown ones? What is the motivation?
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Read "The Real Agenda of the Gates Foundation" by Jacob Levich

> Gates's "philanthropy" is mostly to bring workers in the third world under his direct stewardship and control

> Gates is attempting to monopolize healthcare and agriculture simultaneously
> Gates is using third world women and children as guinea pigs for untested vaccines, often press ganging them into clinical trials, and having his people in those countries forge signatures
>Gates regularly uses Malthusian/Racist rhetoric about how the population is growing too fast in "places where we don't want it to."
>Antivax magatards think gates is doing white genocide when he's actually using third worlders as slaves and guinea pigs
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/leftydeutschpol/ - Deutschland General

Letzter Pfaden wurde dank der /Pol/acken vom Brett gepusht. Deshalb ein neues Deutschland General.
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OC Thread 12.0

Thread dedicated to /leftypol/ original content.
Post original content you've made, or OC someone else recently made which you want to share.
Or ITT collaborate on improving content already made.

Previous thread: >>>/leftypol_archive/556657

This is the place where you can find all /leftypol/ memes n' shit:
https://lefty.booru.org/
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MOLOTOV RIBBENTROP PACT EFFORT POST

The liberal democracies of Europe made similar agreements with Hitler *before* the USSR, and shot down Stalin's suggestions of an anti-fascist alliance.

https://archive.ph/vQOWB#selection-1688.1-1699.188

Furthermore, US industrialists were directly inspired by Fascist Germany and Italy to carry out the failed Business Plot against FDR.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Plot

The USA also paid reparations to German industrialists for their destroyed property after the war was over (Yes, even German industrialists who used Holocaust slave labor, like Krupp).

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

1933 - UK, France, Italy - The four powers pact

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four-Power_Pact

1934 - Poland - Hitler-Pilsudski Pact

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German%E2%80%93Polish_declaration_of_non-aggression

1935 - UK - Anglo-German Naval agreement

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-German_Naval_Agreement

1936 - Japan - Anti-Comintern pact

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Comintern_Pact

1938 - September - UK - German-British Non Aggression Pact

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_Agreement

1938 - December - France - German-French Non Aggression Pact

https://www.ibiblio.org/pha/fyb/part_2.html

1939 - March - Romania - German Romanian Economical Treaty

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German%E2%80%93Romanian_Treaty_for_the_Development_of_Economic_Relations_between_the_Two_Countries

1939 - March - Lithuania - Non aggression ultimatum

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1939_German_ultimatum_to_Lithuania#The_ultimatum

1939 - May - Italy - Pact of Steel (Friendship and Alliance)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pact_of_Steel

1939 - May - Denmark - Non aggression pact

https://archive.ph/cfkpX

1939 - June - Estonia - non aggression pact

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German%E2%80%93Estonian_Non-Aggression_Pact

1939 - July - Latvia - non aggression pact

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German%E2%80%93Latvian_Non-Aggression_Pact

1939 - August - USSR - Molotov-Ribbentrop Non Aggression pact - the only ones libs care about - no source needed because everyone knows it happened

Stalin with regards to this said:

"Indeed, it would be ridiculous and stupid to close our eyes to the capitalist encirclement and think that our external enemies, the fascists, for example, will not, if the opportunity arises, make an attempt at an attack upon the USSR. Only blind braggarts or masked enemies who desire to lull the vigilance of our people can think like that."

Even the US state department confirmed Stalin's rationale for a pact with Hitler

https://archive.ph/AX8DF

"The Soviets signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with Nazi Germany after the British and French rejected Soviet offers to establish a military alliance against Germany"

CIA declassifies its dealings with ex nazis

https://archive.ph/KuXrp

Stalin 'planned to send a million troops to stop Hitler if Britain and France agreed pact'

https://archive.ph/vQOWB#selection-1643.0-1643.90

How the Allied multinationals supplied Nazi Germany throughout World War II

https://archive.ph/LkZ0x#selection-259.0-259.75
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Should the DPRK be defended by Marxists?

I've been watching videos lately on a YouTube channel called Proletarian TV, which is attached I think to the Communist Party of Great Britain. They and the Stalinist Society have some videos of rather rambling lectures defending the DPRK. Mainly the argument boils down to that the DPRK has at least some form of socialism (does it? do workers own anything?), therefore it's at least better than imperialist nations, and should be defended by Marxists.

It seems to me that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) reports on human rights have to be ignored to really do this. The only response I've seen to that in the comments has been "They're fake". Anyway - thoughts? Sorry if this is a tired old subject here.

Side note: I'm new to Marxism, so please feel free to correct me on this or that.
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Learning that the Texas power grid is responsible for 40% of US Bitcoin mining has driven me completely insane. They keep warning us to conserve power so the grid doesn’t get blown out when it’s a hundred ten degrees outside
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Anti-natalism might be the dumbest ideology there is

Schopenhauer's mother was a great novelist and heroine of Weimar's academic scene. She introduced him to everyone, she's the reason he's famous.
And his entire philosophy is just him resenting her for creating him and giving him nice things.
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Iran is the last concretely anti imperialist country, financing and fighting the imperialist forces all around middle east.

Iranian people are the best, iraqi people are the best, Syrian people are the best, Lebanese people are the best, Yemeni people are the best, fuck Jizzrahell, fuck KSA, fuck Qatar, fuck Turkey.

And I know Russian are fighting in Syria, and I know China is economically fighting USA imperialism, still the last soldiers on the ground that fight every where it's needed are Iranian backed or directly Iranian soldiers.

General Soleimani is one if not the best strategist actually living, and the Iranian forces are not to be joked about, like Saddam did.

Of course all these have a cost, especially when you are under an embargo, so I have a huge thoughts for all Iranian brothers and sisters that pay the hard price of it. Yet I want them to know that all their sacrifices are not in vain, and that a lot of people around the ME are aware of their acts. We will free Al Qods, we will free the whole region of USA influences, and we will do it thanks to Iranian sacrifice.

I'm speaking as a Lebanese, as a French Yellow vester, and also as a fellow human being that is amazed by the resilience and the strength of the Iranian people.

I wish I could have say a word in Farsi, but I can't, unfortunately, and as I know you Iranian use a lot of French word, I'll conclude with this simple word:

Merci.
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/SEA/ - Southeast Asia and Oceania General

6th Edition: 新年快乐! SEA edition.

Discuss anything on Southeast Asian politics. Elections, open orgs, Ongoing war in Myanmar or just random shit. There are still dozens of us… hopefully! South Asia and Oceania posters can come in to discuss their regional politics too!

Matrix room: https://matrix.to/#/!YeYeuZuLSYkegWssey:matrix.org?via=matrix.org

Last threads:
https://archive.is/Jlc7A
http://archive.is/0NhJH
http://archive.is/nDq1K
https://archive.vn/cxwty
https://archive.is/ayshz
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what are some lesser known leftists guerilla/insurgent groups that you feel more people should know about it

I was recently learning about the Dalforce, an insurgent group created the battle of Singapore,, primarily made up of chinese men who were members of various leftist parties, they were ad-hoc unit, creating during the middle of the conflict, having at most 3 weeks of training and armed with kukri knives and hunting shotguns, they suffered many casualties but they still managed to piss off the Japanese, killing soldiers in ambushes and giving support to the MPAJA, sure they didn't change the world or have the biggest impact but they were heroes and badass mf-ers

https://www.roots.gov.sg/stories-landing/stories/Dalforce-Dalleys-Desperadoes/story
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I was reading some of Lenin's works and, whilst he accepts that bureaucracy is necessary he writes that it should be minimal and that they should be payed the same as workers. This makes sense. However, socialism didn't end up playing out this way, and in many countries the bureaucracy got so powerful it undermined the revolution. So what's the answer to this? There must have been a reason they were empowered. Did Lenin later write anything on this subject that I should read? Was the bureaucracy even a problem, or am I falling for liberal lies?

Pic unrelated
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Thread against Zionism

It's May 15, 74 years since the Palestinian catastrophe. I think this merits a good old general thread against Zionism. Discuss and post all your content and news related to Israel, zionism, anti-zionism and the zionist lobby here.

Sources and recommended reading –
The Hidden History of Zionism, Ralph Schoenman: https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/document/mideast/hidden/index.htm
Zionism in the Age of Dictators, Lenni Brenner: https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/document/mideast/agedict/index.htm
51 Documents - Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis, Lenni Brenner: http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=135501FA35E1760F7737FEF03A55E306
Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict, Norman Finkelstein: http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=40FFA6387E06D0A95C84FC4AF92D26A1
Israel - The Hijack State, John Rose: https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/document/mideast/hijack/index.htm
Anatomy of the Middle East Conflict, Yevgeny Primakov: https://archive.org/details/anatomymiddleeastconflictprimakov
Zionism - A Form of Racism, Leonid Berenstein: https://archive.org/details/zionismracism
Zionism - Past and present: https://archive.org/details/ZionismPastPresent/
The Dark Side of Zionism, Thomas Baylis: http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=B511D0B8A1C212DEF9E4AFDCB7B18159
Zionism - Its role in world politics, Hyman Lumer: https://archive.org/details/ZionismItsRoleInWorldPolitics/
https://www.counterpunch.org/2006/04/25/is-the-us-waging-israel-s-wars/
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Why are we still pretending China is Socialist?

The Cultural Revolution was literally a civil war between the left-wing and the right-wing. The right-wing won. Today we see the effects.
>"but wasn't the KMT the right-wing"
Both the Communist Party and the KMT were "big tent" in terms of both class and ideology. The founder of the KMT was literally praised by Lenin. It wasn't until Kai-shek that the KMT took a, let's say, "fascistic" turn thus the collapse of its "big tent". In conclusion while yes the KMT had a "fascistic" turn, the Communist Party still had right-wingers in its ranks. So it wasn't the defeat of the KMT which signaled the victory of Socialism, the actual Revolution was the Cultural Revolution. And it was a disaster. Mao died, much of the left-wing was purged, untold horrors such as cannibalism were inflicted for revenge… Truly the blackest of reactions. Soon after Deng would rise which leads us to the China of today.

So again, why are we still pretending China is Socialist?
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One of my major qualms with Marx is that he doesn't really go into detail about what full communism looks like. Do anarchists give a better description of this?
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>get in argument with person on… reddit, yes, I know, about how China is totally a big threat to Australia and the US would always be our greatest ally
>they say that China are super oppressive, murder all the minorities, big bad racist dictatorship gonna terrorise poor Taiwan rah rah rah unlike the US
>ask them which country was going around starting wars and coups in modern history
>they link to 'Chinese warcrimes' and tell me to have a read like they're doing me a favour of pulling me away from brainwashing
>it's events from over 500 fucking years ago, the only modern warcrimes listed were by the fucking KMT, the party who lead the country he was talking about being oppressed by China up until 2016
Is there any actual point to listing sources and rooting your arguments in evidence? It feels like people just shit out a bunch of sources that they think will support their claims without actually reading them, call you a shill and then call it a day.
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Facts vs feelings

For a long time that I've been on imageboards people have been saying that leftists only care about feelings and don't take into account the real situation and want to live in a utopia where everyone lives in peace, but isn't it the other way around?

The left is based on theory, a deep analysis of society, of the economy with solid bases and solutions, the rightists and above all the fascists are constantly concerned with ambiguous concepts like "homeland" "traditional values", etc. They do not want progressivism because it hurts their feelings and what they are familiar with, they do not want immigration because it hurts their feeling of pride and belonging, they do not want atheism because it hurts their religious feeling, they are the ones who want to live in a romanticized society, with a distorted vision of the past.

They have such a naive and innocent view of the world that many of them want to "trad gfs" without taking into account that we humans are extremely complex, but they want to simplify everything.

I tried to read Revolt against the modern world by Julius Evola and literally the whole entire book is autistic rambling about tradition and that's it, it has no solid basis, no real approach to what reality is, he just defends it because it makes him feel good.
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Zoomers about to get fucked

I'm 10000% against conscription, but there's a really good chance the US brings back a draft considering most people under 50 don't see the US government as being much more trustworthy than Putin or Xi. Burgers, would you pick civil conflict or international conflict if forced to make the choice?
>inb4 muh civil war
thinking its not a possibility is massive cope
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What do white supremacists even like about the west?

They hate the Enlightenment, they hate “modernity” (whatever that is), they don’t even seem to like the majority of white people, what about “the west” let alone “white people” DO they think is worth spilling blood over? Yeah, as a lefty I’m not exactly thrilled about “da west” either but at least I have a few gems in my life in the west. I like my neighbors, I actually get along pretty well for my co-workers, and I spent the past few days just hiking (not that I am planning on hurting someone over my love for these things).
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Cuba thread!

Tell me about Cuba. I want to learn. I imagine it's just a spanish-speaking North Korea, which i like, but i want to learn the specific details about Cuban life and the economy. I already know that they have free penis enlargement surgery and gender transition surgery. Anybody got infographs or files?


Some useful links:

Government and mass organizations
President and Government: www.presidencia.gob.cu

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.minrex.gob.cu

Communist Party of Cuba (PCC): www.pcc.cu

Young Communist League (UJC): www.ujc.cu

Workers’ Central Union or Cuba (CTC): www.cubasindical.cu

Federation of Cuban Women (FMC): www.mujeres.cu

Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR): www.cdr.cu


National media
Granma, newspaper of the Central Committee of the Communist Party: www.granma.cu, www.en.granma.cu

Juventud Rebelde, newspaper of the Young Communist League: http://www.juventudrebelde.cu

Trabajadores, newspaper of the Central Workers’ Union of Cuba: http://www.trabajadores.cu

Prensa Latina, a state news agency: https://prensa-latina.cu, https://www.plenglish.com

Cubadebate, editorial journal discussing imperialist campaigns against Cuba and defamation of Cuba in foreign press: www.cubadebate.cu, www.en.cubadebate.cu

Revista Bohemia, an old magazine which predates the Cuban revolution with commentary on various domestic matters: www.bohemia.cu


Regional newspapers
Tribunal de La Habana — Havana: http://www.tribuna.cu

Girón — Matanzas Province: http://www.giron.cu/

Vanguardia — Santa Clara: http://www.vanguardia.cu

5 de Septiembre — Cienfuegos: http://www.5septiembre.cu

Escambray — Sancti Spíritus: http://www.escambray.cu

Guerrillero — Pinar del Río: www.guerrillero.cu

Invasor — Ciego de Ávila: www.invasor.cu

Adelante — Camagüey: www.adelante.cu

Periódico 26 — Las Tunas: www.periodico26.cu

Ahora — Holguin: www.ahora.cu

La Demajagua — Granma Province: www.lademajagua.cu

Sierra Maestra — Santiago de Cuba: www.sierramaestra.cu

Venceremos — Guantanamo: www.venceremos.cu

Victoria — Isla de la Juventud: www.periodicovictoria.cu


TV and Radio
Televisión Cubana, public tv: www.tvcubana.icrt.cu

Radio Cubana, public radio: www.radiocubana.cu

Radio Rebelde, the original revolutionary radio station set up by Che Guevara in the mountains of Sierra Maestra in 1958: www.radiorebelde.cu

Radio Havana Cuba, international broadcaster: www.radiohc.cu


Misc.
Cubarte, cultural portal: www.cubarte.cu, www.cubarte.cu/en

Tourism portal: www.cubatravel.cu

EcuRed, Cuban encyclopedia: www.ecured.cu

EcuRed article on the U.S.: www.ecured.cu/Estados_Unidos
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Covid-19

Welp edition
Live Updates: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Global Tracker: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
The mod team asks you to please limit all covid discourse outside the mainstream media (vaccine skepticism, mask non-compliance, etc..) to this thread
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Marxism is not a Science and that's a Good Thing

Recently there has been a lot of debate on whether Marxism, historical materialism, dialectics ect are "sciences" or not. I honestly just feel like a lot of people want to call it a science for the prestige and to give a veil of "facts and logic" to empiricism brained liberals rather than an analysis of the facts.

I don't think Marxism is or should be a science because to be a science would narrow its scope and distort its principles. A science is a field where observations are made, hypothesis formed, experiments are carried out and theories to explain natural phenomena are made. Marxism is radical critique from the standpoint of active opposition to the prevailing system. To include science in there, with its peer reviewers, neutrality on matters of politics, empiricism ect is to reduce the scope of marxism. Marxists don't study economics so we can scientifically determine what the most efficient way to distribute resources in capitalism is.

A good example of this schism is when Agent Kochinski came out to argue against raising the minimum wage "too high" because it would badly effect small business owners and therefore "the economy". Scientifically he might be right, but as Marxists we shouldn't care, we are not here to play Sim City for the Democrat party. Science injected into Marxism leads to reformist annoyances and petty arguments over whether absolutely everything anyone says is "technically right" rather than looking at the bigger picture.

Nor should Marxism intrude on science. Every time Marxists have tried to inject Marxism into science directly it has led to a Frnakenstein's monster of revisionism and bad science, such as Lysenkoism, Mao believing local cadres telling him you could grow a 150 tonnes of rice in acre and other delusions. Scientists are best left to do their science and give the party accurate and unbiased results without party quotas rather than fanciful nonsense in service of the "eternal science" or whatever.

Science and Marxism absolutely should have a relationship, a Marxist cannot do good work without taking from and interpreting science and a scientist who isn't a Marxist is an imbecilic drone unconcerned with the fate of field on society, but the two realms of work should remain formally separated and that is a good thing, despite what spreadsheet facts and logic obsessed liberals try to say.
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Isn't this counterproductive?

Since when did the Left get associated with stances in favor of pornography, prostitution, and hard drugs? Those are not even very progressive for usual causes taken up by socialists, as misogyny and harm to families are frequently effects of proliferation of such activities like prostitution and the illegal drug trade in society and also as most socialist countries, historical and current, harshly regulated such. The bourgeoise even can outright admit that distractions like porn and drugs are useful opiates to diminish enthusiasm for revolution. So how is it that so many leftists in the imperial core take an uncritically positive position voluntarily on this sort of shit, that almost literally glowies have encouraged to sabotage communist revolutionaries' effectiveness as occurred with the Black Panthers?
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SQ: Suburbs Question

Will socialism have SUBURBS at all? will there be any form of single family homes? and if not what form will outer rim/fringe development take? Is there any place for neighborhoods of single family large lot detached homes which require cars to access in an evolved form of political economy?
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I find it kind of amusing not how fast but how I became disinterested within the MSM

My disinterest with whatever new dogshit garbage Hollywood or dumbass streaming service pushed out or the new world ending threat of the month the ainstream news spreads simply because I just got sick of it and left. It wasn’t a bang or some major shock or some industry wide failure that finally got me to quit watching them, just a gradual fucking conclusion made in a weekend that I just didn’t want to see any of their shit and left and didn’t watch anything they made for years now at this point.
Did anyone else turn out like this? Not just increasingly disinterested to even bother turning on the news for anything along with media but just overall don’t even wanna hear anything they or hollywood has to say?
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>Lemann is a co-founder of Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital, which owns brands such as Burger King, Anheuser-Busch and Heinz
>A Brazilian billionaire owns burger king

Uh, guys? The eternal empadão strikes again?
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They're turning the freaking frogs fat

We're fucked, aren't we.

Environmental toxins are worsening obesity pandemic, say scientists

>The idea that the toxins called “obesogens” can affect how the body controls weight is not yet part of mainstream medicine. But the dozens of scientists behind the review argue that the evidence is now so strong that it should be. “This is critical because the current clinical management of obese patients is woefully inadequate,” they said.


>The most disturbing aspect of the evidence is that some chemical impacts that increase weight can be passed down through generations by changing how genes work. Pollutants cited by the researchers as increasing obesity include bisphenol A (BPA), which is widely added to plastics, as well as some pesticides, flame retardants and air pollution.


https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/19/environmental-toxins-are-worsening-obesity-pandemic-say-scientists
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Class struggles in Maoist China

The Communist Party of China, unlike the Bolshevik Party in Russia, didn't emerge from proletarian class struggle against the bourgeoisie of China, but from patriotic intelligentsia which sought inspiration on Soviet Russia after the failure of the 1911 revolution, in fact it's program was essentially one of national liberation and land reform. This is understandable given the semifeudal and semicolonial conditions of 1920s China. That is not to say that the proletarians had no part on the foundation of the CPC, but in actuality the party consisted of several classes and fractions (proletarians, peasants, national bourgeoisie, petite bourgeoisie and intellectuals) united on the goal of liberating China from feudalism and colonialism. This worked fine during the War of Liberation since the proletariat, the national bourgeoisie (those sectors of the petite bourgeoisie and the capitalists who didn't depend on imperialism) and the peasantry had a common goal. With the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Communist Party headed a democratic-bourgeois government of alliance between the classes that participated in the national liberation, under a policy of state capitalism and people's democracy. This is what Mao called New Democracy, or People's Democratic Dictatorship.

But once the period of socialist construction began (with land reform, agricultural collectivization and nationalization of industry) there were severe differences in political line between the the proletarian left (headed by Mao Zedong) and the national bourgeois right (headed by Liu Xiaoqi and Deng Xiaoping). In short, the left wanted to go forward with socialization of the economy and strengthening proletarian dictatorship, while the right wanted to maintain the alliance with the national bourgeoisie and continue with the state capitalist economic strategy. Agricultural and political policies changed from left to right several times while a soviet-style planning was introduced to heavy industry, specially in Manchuria.

The main economic problem of China at the time was that it lacked the infrastructure needed to develop modern agriculture (railways, canals, large irrigation etc) and heavy industry, a problem made worse with the ending of Soviet economic aid due to the Sino-Soviet split. The Great Leap Forward was an attempt pushed by the left to solve the problem through mass mobilization of the masses, in order to use the huge manpower of China to build the needed infrastructure. At the beginning was very successful, but the first successes made the CPC leadership too optimistic, and the base militants organizing the effort too eager to go faster and faster with collectivization and industrialization, putting a major stress on the national economy. In 1958 and 1959, droughts and floods did great damage to the harvests, and the agriculture came to the breaking point, provoking a famine. Even so, it should be pointed out that the ultimate outcome was successful , in the sense that the needed basic infrastructure was built up and mass famine was no more a problem in China, something that had been endemic before 1949 thanks to the collectivization of agriculture. After such a disaster, the right wing used the failure to turn right back towards state capitalism, and expel the left wing cadres of positions of leadership in the CPC. Mao himself was forced to step down from the position of Chairman of the PRC. The new course began policies to go turn back collectivization of agriculture.

Pro-Mao cadres and radical workers began to accuse the right wing leadership of the CPC of being capitalists and railroaders, while Mao and his close comrades began to throw ideological darts at the right wing policies on education and culture. Eventually this came to ahead in 1966 and 1967, when radical factory workers in Shanghai overthrew the municipal government and established a commune based on the model of the 1871 Paris one, and radical students began forming mass organizations outside the control of the CPC to fight back the influence of the right wing in education. Mao Zedong gave support to both, putting his massive prestige among the masses behind the rebels. The top right wing leaders of the CPC were ousted from power, and a new radical left wing coalition took it's place, but the middle ranks of the right wing in the Party bureaucracy managed to resist the initial push of the proletarian forces, and began to organize their own shock forces and mass organization, resisting the policies of the Cultural Revolution Group (the new top organ of leadership) while claiming to be fighting against revisionists and anti-Party rebels. This led to armed confrontations between radical and conservative militarized Red Guards and worker militias across urban China, and the overthrow of Party authorities in many cities. Fearing a civil war, and unwilling to let go of the old Party-State model in favor of the Paris Commune model defended by the radicals, Mao and Zhou Enlai used the PLA to suppress the popular disturbances and force the radicals into a compromise with the right wing, ditching the commune model in favor of the Revolutionary Committees, troikas made up of representatives of the radical workers, the Party and the PLA. The more radical wing of the rebel factory workers, which was beginning to fight for greater autonomy and selfmanagement, was denounced as economistic and suppressed.

Zhang Chunqiao published "On Exercising All-Round Dictatorship Over the Bourgeoisie", and Yao Wenyuan published "On the Social Basis of the Lin Piao Anti-Party Clique", both clear ideological attacks on the political line of Deng Xiaoping, while Jiang Qing began to agitate against the "centrism" of Zhou Enlai and Hua Kuofeng. But in truth, with the dispersal of the mass movement and the suppression of the radical workers, the left had lost much if it's former power and in the 70s was reduced to palace intrigues.

The right wing used this breathing space to regroup and put their men in top PLA and Party positions, specially after the Lin Biao affair. The precarious balance of power between left and right maintained itself under the slogan of "continue the revolution and develop the economy" until 1976, the year when Zhou Enlai and Mao died.

A few weeks after the death of Mao, Hua Kuofeng used the PLA to launch a coup that decapitated the leadership of the CPC left, while crushing their power base in Shanghai before it could react. After that, the top leaders of the left (the so called gang of four) where put on trial and used as escape goats for every wrong real or imagined between 1966 and 1976, and their supporters were purged and suppressed. Thanks to the purging of the proletarian line inside the CPC, Deng Xiaoping became paramount leader of China and found himself with free hands to dismantle all the progress in socializing the economy made in the 50s and 60s, and returned to the policy of state capitalism with the aim of turning China into a great power. The backlash by urban workers against the market reforms, and a movement of liberal students and anti-communist bourgeoisie hoping to accelerate the market reforms, led to massive protests against Deng's government, which caused the Tienanmen protests. Deng used the PLA to suppress the protests, and followed a policy of agrarian enclosure and abolishment of social safety nets that transformed the growing numbers of the dispossessed rural poor into a huge industrial reserve army. His successors continued the market reforms while maintaining an autocratic nationalist government under the CPC, offering migrant rural labor to western imperialism as a source of cheap, disciplined labor, in exchange for massive foreign capital investment, and that leads us pretty much to today.

Before ending the post, I wanna make clear that while the economic progress under the capitalist-roaders has been impressive, the idea that China didn't develop productive forces in a significant way until the 1980s is a myth. GDP and national income grew rapidly between 1949 and 1978, as did life expectancy and population, and without the grave wealth disparity and ill social effects that we see today. At the same time, any comparative study of macroeconomic data between China and India between 1945 and 1975 shows the superiority of the Chinese planned economy over the Indian market one, which disproves the idea that markets and material incentives are inherently superior to socialist planning in regards to economic development. The difference between then and now is that during the Maoist era, the hostile relations between China and the US made foreign capital investment was impossible, and it has been this modernization of machinery (mechanization of agriculture, development of light industry through foreign investment) the factor that explains the rise of GDP in China in the last decades. Until when can this model be sustained, given the growing hostility between China and the US, the growing Chinese labor movement and the inherent instability of the market economy with looming overproduction and a constantly lowering rate of profit, we can only guess.
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>When the ARA got going in 1919, Hoover offered aid to Soviet Russia, but this offer was flatly rejected. Even though Russia was in bad shape in 1919, and could have used all the relief it could get, this was the hottest period of the civil war, and as the American Hoover is offering this aid, American expeditionary troops, as well as forces from several other allied countries, were occupying Russian soil. They were actively funding and supplying the White armies trying to topple the Soviet government. So it did not take much to see the ARA as a Trojan horse. Especially as Hoover stipulated the organization must be allowed to deliver food and supplies equally to all who needed it, that the Russian government must not interfere with their activities, and that they be given priority access to the Russian railroads. In 1919, it would have been nearly impossible for Lenin’s government to see this as anything but an attempt to insert a supply chain for the White armies, so Lenin aggressively passed on Hoover’s offer.

>But two years later, in the summer of 1921, circumstances had changed. The need for relief was far greater, the threat of being overthrown by western powers much reduced. After all, the British had just signed a trade deal with Russia. So in August 1921, negotiators from the Russian government and the ARA met in Riga to hammer out a deal. The ARA reiterated its demand to work freely and independently inside Russia without interference, and that they must be able to hand out food and supplies on the basis of simple need, without distinction of ethnicity, class, or political affiliation. Further, while the ARA was a venture whose costs were covered by the US government and private donations, the ARA demanded the Russians kick in some of their gold reserves. So it became a joint venture. After a deal was reached, the U S Congress appropriated $20 million under the Russian Famine Relief Act of 1921. The Russian government pledged $18 million of its own, with various other public and private organizations making their own contributions, taking the grand total of the budget up to about $80 million — roughly $1 billion in today’s money.


>Now practically the day this agreement was signed, Lenin double crossed all those people who had joined the Russian Public Committee to Aid the Hungry. And in retrospect, it seems pretty obvious that him allowing this committee to be formed was a PR gesture meant to soften western public opinion. Lenin was very aware an organization composed of people hostile to the Communist Party to drive their relief work in politically seditious ways and he wasn’t going to have it. On August 27th, the Cheka arrested most of the members of the Committee on vague charges of counter-revolutionary activity. Some were exiled abroad, some exiled internally, and some administratively confined to a certain area. Lenin told Gorky that now was probably the right time for him to leave Russia for good if he knew what was good for him. Gorky took the hint, and in September 1921 departed for 10 years of exile, spent mostly in Italy.


what did Lenin mean by this
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National Committee for a Free Germany (NKFD)

Thoughts anon bros? This org of KPD exiles, Wehrmacht prisoners/deserters, artists, and intellectuals seem to be the nucleus from which the GDR was born. From a communist perspective, this looks like a Popular Front-type organization. Here's a thread to post some lore, pictures, and anything about the NKFD. Some questions I have.

Did the NKFD have actual combat units which fought with the Red Army?

How many Germans joined the NKFD?

How did the German Communists and German POWs get along?
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Are palace economies communist?

Was the Minoan civilization communist? Paul cockshott claims that the incas were communist. Both the Minoans and the incas were palace economies, does that mean palace economies are communist?
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PSA: If we all stop pre-rinsing before putting dishes in the dishwasher, we could save .0000001 degree of warming and give your grandkids one more acceptable day in the wastelands before heat stress, aging and malnourishment finally takes them at 24. Glad the Times is going after the real wasters and polluters!!
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How are current ethnic manchus viewed in modern China?
one of the many sinicized minority ethnic groups who are ban-esque or as despaired past colonizers?
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Distributism

Explain why you think Distributism is wrong? (Preferably with a greater understanding of the theory than the following Wikipedia introduction)

>Distributism is an economic theory asserting that the world's productive assets should be widely owned rather than concentrated.

>Distributism views both laissez-faire capitalism and state socialism as equally flawed and exploitative, favoring economic mechanisms such as cooperatives and member-owned mutual organizations as well as small to medium enterprises and large-scale competition law reform such as antitrust regulations.
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Putin's favourite fascist

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Ilyin

>Ilyin has been quoted by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and is considered by some observers to be a major ideological inspiration for Putin.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16] Putin was personally involved in moving Ilyin's remains back to Russia, and in 2009 consecrated his grave.[17]


Can RusAnons please explain this? Is Vlad the Ukrainer Brainer a closet fascist, or is this just part of the rehabilitation of pre-Soviet reactionaries to legitimise the oligarchic rule of United Russia? Other Reactionaries rehabilitated by Putin:

https://engelsbergideas.com/notebook/solzhenitsyn-putin-and-the-historical-myth-making-that-drives-russian-imperialism/

https://jordanrussiacenter.org/news/tsar-nicholas-putin-continuity-or-coincidence/
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Politoons thread

Trying to find comics from this artist
I think their nickname is Mouse Bones/mrsocietyman
Help

In the meantime, general political cartoon thread.

We will discus all our faviourite editorials such as:
DayByDay by Chris Muir
Dry Brones
Ted Rall
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>Whatever Beso [Stalin's father]'s role as a father, and the original promise of his union with Keke [Stalin's mother], the marriage disintegrated. Most biographers, following Keke’s version, usually attribute the breakdown to Beso’s alcoholism and inner demons, asserting either that Beso was a natural drunkard or that he took to the bottle from grief after the early death of his firstborn son and never stopped.33 This may be true, although after that early tragedy, and particularly after the birth of Soso, Beso’s workshop seems to have operated for a time. To be sure, the traditional Georgian-style shoes that he made may have had trouble competing with newer European styles.34 That said, Keke, still young and pretty, may have been a cause of the trouble by flirting with married men: Yakov Egnatashvili, the Gori pub owner and wrestling champion; Damian Davrishevi, the Gori police officer; Kristopore Charkviani, the Gori priest—all of whom would be rumored as the future Stalin’s real father. Whether Keke was flirtatious, let alone promiscuous, is unclear. She had been ambitious in marrying Beso the artisan, and she may have moved on to more prestigious men. Perhaps they targeted her.35 Reliable evidence about the possible liaisons of the future Stalin’s mother is lacking. Still, gossip about Keke’s promiscuity circulated in Gori. Beso took to calling his son “Keke’s little bastard,” and once he appears to have tried to strangle his wife while denouncing her as a “whore.”36 (A common-enough epithet.) Beso is also thought to have vandalized the pub owned by Egnatashvili and to have attacked the police chief Davrishevi, who, in turn, may have ordered Beso to leave Gori. Around 1884, Beso did depart for Tiflis, hiring himself on at the Armenian-owned Adelkhanov Tannery. Whoever was at fault, the result was a broken home.37
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The Left's "Dark Triad" wrecker problem

So I think a lot on the left missed this study, it's a study into the Psychology of Wreckers and Woke victim grifters generally on the left of politics.
https://www.gwern.net/docs/psychology/personality/2020-ok.pdf
The left genuinely has a problem with setting very strict boundaries against these Dark Triad/Cluster B types. They prey on the fact that the left is obsessed with "Social Justice" and equality, and their disorder and acting to create a victim pillar for themselves, then use that to extract essentially fuel for their own narcissistic self gratification while manipulating and destroying anyone they see in their way.
Been seeing people start to call out these sorts of people in the left more and more, and one of the defenses that these dark triad/Cluster B types have started using, which I've seen time and time again over the past year or so is "How dare you criticise blah blah, you're stigmatising BPD/NPD/ASPD etc, they're actually more empathetic than the normal person, you're going to get people killed! you're a monster" and the sad thing is, I've seen this bullshit victim blaming manipulating argument work in IRL and online leftist spaces over and over.
How in fuck do you successfully sideline these people in your org, without them succeeding in turning everyone against them because you're being "ableist" or "bullying someone with poor mental health"?
Also feel free to share your own experience with a Cluster B/Dark Triad wrecker. I've experienced a lot of these types through my political activism through the years (Socialist groups, Environmental groups, Green party campaigns) so I'm sure we all probably have a few stories about these wreckers and how they manipulated and wrecked their way through a campaign or organisation you were a part of.
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Socialism and Islam

How is islam in anyway compatible with Marxism? despite the fact that Marxism is a materialist analysis of the world and Marx himself believed that religions are a tool used by the people in power to to control the masses (can be true in some cases). How is it compatible with Islam when

1. Marxists want to emancipate people while Islam is explicitly about slavery (Muslims call themselves slaves of God and their daily ritual is bowing down like a slave) plus Islam means to surrender

2. The quran explicitly grants property rights, allows free association (except with non-muslims in some cases) and free trade (except with some forbidden substances and trade with non-muslims in some cases) Therefore Islam is compatible with capitalism or you could call it capitalistic in nature

3. The Quran is not concerned with material equality at all and sees the material world as a fleeting moment and glorifies the afterlife. However there is a concept called zakat which is basically a flat tax given by rich muslims to poor muslims but the goal is not to achieve material equality

This thread is not about whether islam is right or not so there is no need to argue about that and if you dont have any good explanations or anything nice to say then dont reply at all
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bill gates did a reddit AMA

https://old.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/ut7yj0/im_bill_gates_cochair_of_the_bill_and_melinda/

Teddit link:
https://teddit.net/r/IAmA/comments/ut7yj0/im_bill_gates_cochair_of_the_bill_and_melinda/

the top comments roasted his ass for being a pedo

in this one situation, i will hand it to reddit, they did not waste an opportunity to spitroast that porky
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Communism never succeeded and everytime it did it was Nationalism

What do you guys think about this (mostly) right wing argument? Especially regarding Mao and Lenin, when people from the right give credit to the USSR, China or even countries like Cuba, they tend to claim that everything they achieved was due to the fact that their leaders were not real communists but nationalists. De Gaulle said this about the USSR and Lee Kuan Yew said this about Mao's China.
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>A new kind of society cannot be designed on paper. That is, you cannot plan out a new form of society in advance, then set it up and expect it to function as it was designed to do.
- Ted Kaczynski
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The Fermi “Paradox” isn’t a FUCKING paradox, Kardashev was an idiot, tech isn’t magic

Time to put this fucking sci-fi horse shit to bed, sci-fi writers should be penalized for pulvarizing normies’ intelligence, at least fantasy writers don’t make you retarded while making you think you are smart
First off, the Fermi Paradox is dogshit, precisely because Fermi was making a hypothesis of how many civilizations should exist based off variables he didn’t actually have, he knew a single civilization, fuck, a single life bearing planet exists and that’s it, too fucking dumb to extrapolate from the actual evidence that no other civilizations have been observed, didn’t even consider the feasibility of interstellar societies when you can’t even communicate between stars fast enough to coordinate a multi-system civilization, fucking moron
Kardashev meanwhile thought technology was fucking magic, guess he was too fucking dumb to recognize that as societies become more technologically advanced they become greater and greater threats to their own existence, guess he was too fucking DUMB fo even account for the fact that a star is 99% of the mass in any given solar system unless it’s a system with multiple stars, “oh yea we’re gonna make Dyson Spheres we’ll create the elements to produce it out of magic” FUCK
The Star forge from Star Wars the Old Republic was less retarded since it was at least based off LITERAL MAGIC

All you dumb spacefags
>Oh I fucking LOVE science
Soy motherfuckers
NO YOU FUCKING LOVE SCIENCE-FICTION
You fucking DESPISE real science that won’t actually give you your faggot Mars colony or your stupid Star Trek telefaggotry and tells you at best only 36 civilizations exist in the Milky Way and have comparable tech to our own and don’t last very long
JUST FUCK OFF YOU FUCKERS JUST FUCK OFF
There ARE NO INTERSTELLAR EMPIRES, GET IT THROUGH YOUR SKULLS
KURZGESAGT IS A DOGSHIT POP SCIENCE YOUTUBE CHANNEL AND POP SCIENCE ONLY EXISTS FOR FUCKING NORMIE MIDWITS YOU ARE DUMB AS FUCK
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PKK. Based or cringe?

What's the run down on PKK are they /our/ guys and doing the right things or are they a terrorist group and we shouldn't like the things they do

What is your take

.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurdistan_Workers'_Party
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other then nazbol what are some more weird idiosyncratic ideological mixes, I was just learning about Canaanism, a fringe radical ideology during the mandate of Palestine
It branched off from Zionism and wanted to RETVRN to a pre-Jewish era for Hebrews, where the native arabs and returning hebrews would embrace their shared canaanites Levantine semitic heritage, a lot of the ideas would later be copied by the SSNP, In the last Israeli elections, the new Cannanite movement, got 622 votes

so what are some similar schizophrenic political ideologies in other nations and throughout history, bonus points if its a non-European nation cause they get even weirder and funnier
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Warcraft 3 reforged and capitalist incompetence

There’s one thing I see many on this board and in real life assume to often about capitalists and it’s the belief that they always know what they’re doing

It’s no secret or surprise that companies are not managed by one person but rather are clusters of bureaucracy that each fulfill individual tasks to make the collective of a for profit institution wealthier but when these clusters get inefficient it’s noticeable and destructive z

Warcraft 3 reforged is by far a perfect example of when this incompetence is fully realized and I’ll explain why. The game when it was released was a full scale downgrade of everything vivendi made in the original Warcraft 3 before it became activision blizzard and when you understand how low the prospects were for the remaster you’ll realize that not only shouldn’t have there been a way for blizzard to fail at remastering the game but also that they shouldn’t have fucked up as badly as they did as all that they promised were remasters of old models animations textures and lights. Why did this occur? As mentioned prior incompetence

Capitalists are not immune to error loads of mistakes happen all the time in capitalist institutions to the point where the full scale collapse of entire industries around the world is a regular occurrence and in blizzards case that incompetence came in the form of mismanagement, teams being randomly rescheduled, failing either to assign developers their roles or forcing them to churn them out to quickly etc. the end result was a game so buggy, graphically outdated and mediocre that it was reported the main menu consumed more memory than the actual game as it ran on a chrome browser than on the cpu cache or at least the GPU on its initial release all before being labelled as one of the worst releases in gaming in the year it was first sold. Please to all readers do not forget this and when you see more instances of these poor releases by companies small or large never forget Warcraft 3 and the incompetence of capitalist institutions
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Sinn Féin

What the fuck is up with them? Need it or keep it? Even if they signed the cringe peace accords, they do seem smart and pragmatic and don’t fall into the idiocy of political indifferentism. I think I might have some faith in them.
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News 5/20/22

Iran vows harsh crackdown on economic protests
Much of Iran's impoverished south and southwest has been rocked by protests over the past 10 days amid a jump in the already high food prices. The new rallies gathered steam after hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi introduced an ambitious regulatory program aimed at abolishing subsidies, making up for them with higher cash handouts. The government has defended the plan as an "economic surgery" leading to a fair distribution of public funds.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/iran-vows-harsh-crackdown-economic-protests

Turkey accused of war crimes as chemical weapons used 44 times
TURKEY has been accused of using chemical weapons more than 70 times on guerilla positions this week as its war on Iraqi Kurdistan intensifies. The banned munitions are said to have been used to strike bases held by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Avashin, Metina and Zap mountain ranges, known collectively as the Medya Defence Zones.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/turkey-accused-of-war-crimes-as-chemical-weapons-used-44-times

Israeli press review: Far-right march granted approval to pass through Muslim quarter
Israel has approved its annual far-right Flag March to pass through Jerusalem's Damascus Gate and the Old City’s Muslim quarter, drawing condemnation from the Palestinian Authority and activists. On Tuesday, Israel’s Public Security Minister Mer Bar-Lev, along with Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai, reached an agreement with right-wing march organisers to allow the event, the Israeli website Haaretz reported.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-far-right-march-approval-through-muslim-quarter-press-review

Palestine activists arrested after dousing Israeli arms HQ in red paint
THREE young activists were arrested today after locking themselves to the entrance of the London HQ of Israel’s largest private arms firm for the second time in a week. The three, who are members of Palestine Action, threw red paint over the building at 77 Kingsway Road, Holborn, and blocked off the entrance, preventing workers from entering.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/palestine-activists-arrested-after-dousing-israeli-arms-hq-in-red%20paint

Siberian Students Uncover Soviet Peers' Wish for Peace in 50-Year-Old Time Capsule
In a letter placed inside the time capsule, the Soviet middle schoolers recite the history of the Young Pioneers and boast of the engineering achievements of the U.S.S.R. before wishing their descendants peace and international cooperation. “Life is so beautiful and amazing, and you have to make it even more wonderful, so don’t waste your time … Live your life the same way that the bright sun shines on everyone, so that your thoughts and deeds warm and delight everyone,” the message reads. “May you have friends all over the world. May there always be peace!”
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/20/siberian-students-uncover-soviet-peers-wish-for-peace-in-50-year-old-time-capsule-a77745

German ex-Chancellor Schroeder leaves Russian oil firm
Rosneft praised their “strategic vision” and “significant contribution to the international business of the company”. “Their role in the implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects in Russia and Germany, aimed at increasing the efficiency of the Germany economy and its industry and the well-being of its citizens, is invaluable,” Rosneft said in a statement.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/20/german-ex-chancellor-schroeder-leaves-russian-oil-firm

Apocalyptic Coal Smog Sweeps Siberian Mining Region
Clouds of thick black dust blanketed Siberia’s coal mining region of Kemerovo, local news outlet Sibdepo reported Thursday. Residents of the mining towns of Kiselevsk and Belovo shared footage showing massive clouds of coal dust covering the streets amid strong winds and thunderstorms.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/20/apocalyptic-coal-smog-sweeps-siberian-mining-region-a77748

TN: Chennai Sanitation Workers Strike Reaches Fifth Day
The work strike of temporary staff of the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) reached its fifth day on May 20. The workers have occupied the space outside the Metro Water head office in Pattinapakkam, Chennai demanding permanent employment.
https://www.newsclick.in/TN-chennai-sanitation-workers-strike-reaches-fifth-day

Assam: The mushrooms killing India tea garden workers
Mushroom poisoning routinely makes headlines in Assam and the neighbouring north-eastern states where locals forage the woods for elusive mushroom colonies, ferns and wild berries, and cook them into various food preparations. Wild mushrooms are also considered a delicacy in some parts, to be relished in the form of a thick soup and cooked vegetables.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-61475397

Academics call for defense of historical truth, academic freedom
Filipino scholars and academics launched an online petition calling for historical truth amid the looming proclamation of presumptive president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and presumptive vice president and incumbent Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
https://www.bulatlat.com/2022/05/19/academics-call-for-defense-of-historical-truth-academic-freedom/

Communist party members arrested after visit to Kordofan
Two leading members of the Communist Party of Sudan (CPoS) were detained in Khartoum yesterday after their return from Juba, the capital of South Sudan, earlier that day. They had visited South Kordofan to talk to Abdelaziz El Hilu, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), and Abdelwahid El Nur, leader of the Sudan Liberation Movement in Darfur.
https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/communist-party-members-arrested-after-visit-to-kordofan

Israel is an 'evil state that must be destroyed' - South Africa's EFF
Israel is an "evil state which must be destroyed as a matter of urgency," South Africa's radical left-wing communist party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said in a statement released after the violent clashes during the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh last week. The EFF, the third-largest party in the South African parliament, is a pan-Africanist faction that "draws inspiration from the broad Marxist–Leninist tradition," according to its constitution. The party and its leader, Julius Malema, have been criticized for encouraging racist sentiments against whites and Indians and Malema himself was twice convicted of hate speech.
https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/article-707221
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My teacher says I can't use "Industrial Society and Its Future" by Ted Kaczynski as a source :(
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Anarchy General: Sewage and Web1.0 Edition

Anarchy General, you know the drill
Theory:
<https://theanarchistlibrary.org/search?query=
<INSERT TEXTS HERE; BRAED bOOK, SPOOGS BOOK, JOY BOOK BOOK, DESERT BOOK

News:
>https://freedomnews.org.uk/
>https://anarchistnews.org/
>https://itsgoingdown.org
>https://enoughisenough14.org/
>https://sub.media/

/ourgirl/ of the thread is PhinFisher, also known as Subcowmandante Marcos. Why is she so based, anons? Why can't we all be close to as based?
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Let's Define: Developing Nations

Which states deserve the title of developed nation, and which deserve to be named a developing nation? Can a superpower be developing? In this week's edition of Let's Define, we reconsider how realistic Wikipedia's sources really are.

Bonus mode: Do not consider the United States of America to be a single nation.
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Are nazis and polfags actually like genuinely that retarded or just really predictable

Watching those actually closeted faggots behave the way they do is like watching a nature documentary after knowing what the species your watching does all day

Constantly flooding threads with soft and hard core porn, Twitter screencaps, 0 effort click bait thumbnails. Not to mention comedically being prone to violence along with having some of the most generic opinions to date while simultaneously constantly seeing themselves as seperate or a “not like other guys” kind of guy is just fucking satirical to watch. I know real mentally handicapped people that live their lives just fine and perform just well in life but seeing those degenerates feels like watching something different entirely. What is that kind of mind? It can’t just be plain retardation even in places like Nepal where bad soil causes mental retardation rampantly it’s been shown clearly that the inhabitants can think and maintain their country just fine…
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/webm/ Thread 4.0

Post yer vids 'ere, webms, mp4s are welcome.

First thread: >>>/leftypol_archive/9920

Second thread >>>/leftypol_archive/481354

Third thread >>>/leftypol_archive/492596

WebMConverter by WebMBro: https://github.com/WebMBro/WebMConverter "WebM for retards."
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Sorry Cockshott fantards, but Hegel was NOT an idealist

Hegel has already destroyed you in this excerpt long before you were even born. Hegel was a materialist in all but content. Only ever on the terms of Hegel could we ever appreciate his thought.
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New Multitude Thread

https://newmultitude.org/

Anyone still reading or writing for New Multitude? It has a lot of articles from around the world talking about local issues.
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Printing a lot of new money. Does it have a negative impact?

So my conventional beliefs is that it DOES but I've seen some leftist argue that it doesn't have any negative impact to print a ton of money and that the causes for inflation and price increases isn't this at all but other things

It kind of baffles me to hear this but I'd like to hear explanations to have a open mind and hear other perspectives.

Does printing a lot of money increase inflation/hurt economy or do you have an alternative theory? Thanks
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It's his birthday today
What does /leftypol/ think of one of the greatest revolutionaries in world history? What do you think of the haitian revolution?
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Canda Elections

provincial elections are making the rounds in canada, ontario will soon be having its election for new premier and the rest of the provinces are to follow so i do have to wonder what the canuck anons have to say about canadian politics
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>you will never see Tenochtitlán

>Bernal Diaz del Castillo, one of Cortés' men, describes Tenochtitlán:

>When we saw all those cities and villages built on water; and the other great towns on dry land, and that straight and level causeway leading to Mexico, we were astounded. These great towns and shrines and buildings rising from the water, all made of stone, seemed like an enchanted vision from the tale of Amadis. Indeed some of our soldiers asked whether it was not all a dream. It is not surprising therefore that I should write in this vein. It was all so wonderful that I do not know how to describe this first glimpse of things never heard or, never seen, and never dreamed of before.

>In order, most potent Sire, to convey to your Majesty a just conception of the great extent of this noble city of Tenochtitlan, and of the many rare and wonderful objects it contains, of the government and dominions of Moctezuma, the sovereign; of the religious rites and customs that prevail, and the order that exists in this as well as other cities appertaining to his realm: it would require the labor of many accomplished writers, and much time for the completion of the task. I shall not be able to relate an hundredth part of what could be told respecting these matters but I will endeavor to describe, in the best manner in my power, what I have myself seen; and imperfectly as I may succeed in the attempt, I am fully aware that the account will appear so wonderful as to be deemed scarcely worthy of credit; since even when we who have seen these things with our own eyes, are yet so amazed as to be unable to comprehend their reality. But your Majesty may be assured that if there is any fault in my relation, either in regard to the present subject, or to any other matters of which I shall give your Majesty an account, it will arise from too great brevity rather than extravagance or prolixity in the details; and it seems to me but just to my Prince and Sovereign to declare the truth in the clearest manner, without saying any thing that would detract from it, or add to it.
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How Socialist is The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka?

Just found out that Siri Lankan is officially called The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and that socialist played a major roll in there independence movement. I never see Siri Lanka discussed here (or anywhere really) and I was wondering what kind of socialist policies they've had in the past and have today.
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Should I become a PMC

Hey comrades. I need someone to talk some sense into me.
I enrolled for a degree in computer science, after a fruitless year of communist organizing. I figured it would be a valuable major because computer science is necessary to plan economies and most programmers are classcucked reactionaries that would emigrate or sabotage a socialist economy. I wanted to get a professional job because my day job was mind numbing. But I am worried that going into such a classcucked profession is going to turn me into a square and alienate me from the productive working class.

I would appreciate any advice on how to avoid this, especially any anons with a technical degree who are in a professional field. Any other C.S./Engineering students on here with the same problem?
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Thoughts on Universe 25?

What are your thoughts on this experiment, whereby some scientist decides to create a mouse utopia and all the population ended up dead? Can this apply in real life - and how should we prevent a scenario like this from happening?

#curious
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Actual orginising thread

This is a thread only for people who actually do IRL organizing to exchange tactics and ideas. Its time to stop whining about bullshit like Wiccans or shizo pedo rape cult conspiracies, and actually get some actual lessons out of each other, for fucks sake.

Explain your situation, ask a question on what you would like some advice on, and give insight into what you do right now and how successful you are.

Let me start off
>I am the chairman of a local chapter of a socialist nation wide youth org of a european country
>We have, on paper, 90+ youth members in our local chapter
>We have, on paper, 1000+ members nationally
>Recently formed out of a split, still very much in flux
>The real local cadre is around 10-15 people with varying levels of commitment, about 6 people at each weekly or so meeting
>The ideological and practical education of our cadre is low
>Following a broadly orthodox marxist line, as opposed to classical marxist leninist, or maoist, but also containing trotskyites and anarchists

Now the thing I would like your feedback on is explaining how you conduct meetings, how to educate cadre, how to retain cadre, how to ensure people show up, what communist youths are even supposed to do. So let me sketch out what we do now

>We meet once every 2 weeks, set time, set place, set day

>The meetings agenda is made during the two weeks by people finding interesting topics to discuss, and compiled by me, together with any things that need to be done organizational wise
>We discuss developments nearby, such as opportunities for media stunts on specific topics (such as fucking with rich fucktards), setting up protests, our involvement in activist groups and the student union/labour union protests
>We check our list of tasks we made last time, and see what got done
>We discuss the points of that week
>We formulate new points of action based on the outcome of the discussion
>End of meeting

Now, what we do not do is, but not out of any conscious decision
>educating cadre
>stands
>making or selling newspapers

I think our largest issues right now is retaining and educating our cadre, both ideologically and in terms of skills, as well as finding enough tasks to do to keep our members engaged if more people happen to show up. We have an okay influx of new members because of the media attention we have, and via direct recruitment via friend circles. The biggest issue is making sure new members keep showing up after the first 3 times.
How do your orgs handle these topics, how would you do it differently, and does it translate into tangible results? How do we (if we should at all) find work to do for our, on paper, sizable cadre, that youths (below 28, mostly highschool and student aged) find enjoyable that also contributes to the workers movement and our party?

Inb4
>Do you have a motherparty?
Sort of, but not really. Our org is the result of an entire youth wing getting expelled together with a few, but not many, older members. The youth currently dominates the amount of members, which is both a blessing and a curse.
>Go commit terrorism
No
>Doing anything actually useful is CIA, just post on leftypol about anime titties behind 4 vpns instead
Kill yourself
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Global capitalist food shortage is starting.

Our Liberal rulers are declaring a global food shortage is about to happen.

"The banks collapsed in 2008 – and our food system is about to do the same"
George Monbiot
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/19/banks-collapsed-in-2008-food-system-same-producers-regulators

MSNBC: "There are very real possibilities that we are going to see critical food shortages for potentially billions of people. It's a terrifying story."

https://www.reddit.com/r/collapse/comments/ut4rij/msnbc_there_are_very_real_possibilities_that_we/?utm_term=1862916427&utm_medium=post_embed&utm_source=embed&utm_name=&utm_content=header
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News 5/19/22

Italian workers strike over military spending on war in Ukraine
ITALIAN workers are set to walk out tonight in a 24-hour general strike in protest against the country’s arming of Ukraine as they demanded “lower your weapons, raise your wages.” Rallies will take place across the country today in most major cities including the capital Rome with the walkout affecting both the public and private sectors. Trade unions are angered over the government’s military spending on Ukraine which they say would be better spent on raising workers’ wages at a time when the economy is predicted to slide into recession.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/italian-workers-general-strike-over-military-spending-war-ukraine

Communist-backed Panspoudastiki triumphs in Greek university student elections
In what can be characterized as an electoral triumph “Panspoudastiki KS” (All Student Cooperation Movement), supported by the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE), emerged first in the nationwide student elections held on Wednesday 18 May throughout the country's universities and technological institutes. Thousands of students supported the lists of Panspoudastiki thus giving a significant boost for the regroupment of the students movement, especially during a period when the conservative New Democracy (ND) government tries to implement reactionary reforms in Education.
https://www.idcommunism.com/2022/05/communist-backed-panspoudastiki-triumphs-in-greek-university-student-elections.html

Rent rises and cuts to universal credit fuel surge in evictions
THE cut to universal credit (UC) and surging rent prices are fuelling evictions, campaigners warned yesterday as new statistics showed that private-sector evictions were their highest level for years.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/rent-rises-and-cuts-to-universal-credit-fuel-surge-in-evictions

Afghan surgeon who fled Ukraine says he was treated differently at Polish border
It marks the end of a long and arduous road. A week after Ukraine was invaded in February, Haji crossed the Polish border alone in search of his wife and child who had already fled. At the border, he said he was treated differently. Other BAME refugees have reported similar experiences. “Because they [volunteers] saw me: that I’m not white and I don’t have green eyes and I’m not blond,” said Haji, who waited at the border for three days with no belongings. “But … I serve for Ukraine more than [many] Ukrainians.”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/19/afghan-surgeon-who-fled-ukraine-says-he-was-treated-differently-at-polish-border

Protest in front of the UN: Stop Erdogan who paves the way for ISIS!
The sit-in protest in front of the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland, staged every Wednesday for the freedom of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan on the basis of the "Dem dema azadiyê" (Time for Freedom) campaign, continued this week.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/protest-in-front-of-the-un-stop-erdogan-who-paves-the-way-for-isis-60029

Hamas-linked student bloc wins West Bank university election by landslide
A Hamas-affiliated bloc has won student elections at a leading West Bank university despite arrests and threatening text messages by the Israeli army ahead of the vote. The Islamic Wafa bloc scored a landslide victory with 5068 votes in Ramallah's Birzeit University's elections on Wednesday, winning 28 seats of 51 available.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/palestine-west-bank-hamas-affiliated-student-bloc-wins-landslide-key-university-election

Sudan arrests two Communist Party leaders - official
Authorities arrested Mohammed Mokhtar al-Khatib, secretary general of the opposition Sudanese Communist Party, and another party leader on Thursday after they returned from a visit to South Sudan, a party official said.
https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/sudan-arrests-two-communist-party-leaders-official-2022-05-19/

Workers at Sibanye Stillwater’s gold mines in South Africa have been striking for over 70 days
The strike in the gold mines of Sibanye Stillwater in South Africa continues in its third month as the fourth negotiation meeting between the company and the unions failed to find a resolution to the conflict over wages on Tuesday, May 17. Around 30,000 workers in the company’s gold mines downed tools on March 9 demanding a pay hike of R1,000 for the lowest paid workers, which would raise their salary to R10,000.
https://peoplesdispatch.org/2022/05/18/workers-at-sibanye-stillwaters-gold-mines-in-south-africa-have-been-striking-for-almost-100-days/

McDonald’s Agrees Sale of Russian Restaurants to Siberian Oil Magnate
McDonald’s will sell its Russian restaurants to Siberian businessman Alexander Govor, the U.S. fast-food giant announced Thursday. Govor, who co-owns oil firm NefteKhimServis, already operates 25 of the chain’s restaurants in Russia.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/19/mcdonalds-agrees-sale-of-russian-restaurants-to-siberian-oil-magnate-a77737

Russian Official Caught Trying to Cross U.S.-Mexico Border
Viktor Kamenshchikov, was a Communist Party member who served as a deputy at the Vladivostok Duma (Parliament) in the administrative center of the Primorsky region in Russia's far east. RIA Novosti reported that a source informed the Russian state news agency that Kamenshchikov had been arrested, although "it is not yet known for what exactly, presumably for an illegal border crossing."
https://www.newsweek.com/viktor-kamenshchikov-russian-official-us-mexico-border-detained-ukraine-putin-1708020
https://archive.ph/Ujqci

Ruling Nepali Congress set to sweep local level polls
The Nepali Congress is set to sweep the local level elections in the country with the ruling party bagging over 400 posts of mayors/chiefs and deputy mayors/deputy chiefs out of the 753 units which went to polls, as counting of votes entered its last phase on Wednesday evening.
https://theprint.in/world/ruling-nepali-congress-set-to-sweep-local-level-polls/961544/

Small, Marginal Farmers Worst hit by Heatwave, Farm Unions Demand Rs 500 Bonus/Quintal for Wheat
Dharampal Sheel is in a fix over his expenses and future income after he found that his yield of wheat over his four-acre farm has substantially reduced to 54 quintals this season compared to 72 quintals the previous year. The reduced yield has been mainly attributed to extreme heatwaves across north and central India. The heatwave gripped the regions when the crop was in the grain filling stage in March.
https://www.newsclick.in/Small-Marginal-Farmers-Worst-Sufferers-Heatwave-Farm-Unions-Demand-Rs-500-Bonus-per-Quintal-Wheat

Venezuela hopes "all sanctions" will be lifted by Washington -VP
Venezuela's Vice President Delcy Rodriguez on Tuesday said her government hopes the United States' decision to ease some sanctions, as a key political dialogue is set to resume soon, will pave the way for a total lifting of restrictions on the country.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/venezuela-hopes-all-sanctions-will-be-lifted-by-washington-vp-2022-05-17/
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Senate Intelligence Committee Holds Hearing On China Challenges

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lycBpmlD1Lw&t=2502s

its a gold mine of interesting cope about china

quote: "Where is China's Steve Jobs" … "he's forced under common prosperity to give up millions of dollars" - nice (around 1hour 8 minutes)

1:33:40 | "When China becomes the dominant power, we become the vassal state" - one of Nazak Nikkakhtar's hawkish quotes. This must be the fear.

1:38:38 | "China is exporting smart cities model to Africa and other belt and road countries, … and rearchitecting the internet, internet 2.0, that is very surveillance friendly and very national sovereignty friendly
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What is the materialist explanation for people caring about abortion? Abortion proves that a materialist explanation of the world isn't sufficient: you have people here moved by metaphysical claims about the world.
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News 5/18/22

UK union threatens strike disruption to queen's Jubilee party
A British trade union said on Wednesday a planned strike at two London underground stations next month would cause "significant disruption" to people wanting to join in celebrations in the capital for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee. The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union (RMT) said it would hold a 24-hour walkout at the busy 'Tube' stations on June 3, in the middle of four days of celebrations to mark the monarch's 70 years on the throne, unless action was taken against a manager it accuses of bullying.
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/uk-union-threatens-strike-disruption-120544748.html?guccounter=1
https://archive.ph/UFWxe

Orbán and US right to bond at Cpac in Hungary over ‘great replacement’ ideology
Hungary’s nationalist leader, Viktor Orbán, will be the star speaker at an extraordinary session of America’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to be held in Hungary this week, in an effort to cement bonds between the radical right on both sides of the Atlantic under the banner of the “great replacement” ideology.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/18/cpac-conference-budapest-hungary-viktor-orban-speaker

Poland launches paid voluntary military service
Recruitment for Poland’s new voluntary general military service will kick off this weekend as the government seeks to double the size of its armed forces. The defence ministry has revealed details on the conditions for the year-long service, including pay rates and benefits.
https://notesfrompoland.com/2022/05/18/poland-launches-paid-voluntary-military-service/

Far-right Israeli group calls for dismantling Dome of the Rock on 'Jerusalem Day'
The leader of an Israeli far-right group called for the demolition of the Dome of the Rock Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday. Bentzi Gopstein, the founder and leader of Lehava, published the controversial post online in which he called on Israeli settlers to unite on "Jerusalem Day" on 29 May to break into Al-Aqsa and start dismantling the revered Muslim landmark and pave the way for building a Jewish temple at Al-Aqsa Mosque.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-jerusalem-far-right-dismantling-dome-rock

Israeli forces arrest 20 Palestinians in raids a day after another attack on a funeral
AT LEAST 20 Palestinians were detained in Israeli military operations across the occupied territories in the early hours this morning, according to local reports. House raids took place in Bethlehem while Israeli forces detained two Palestinians in the West Bank district of Hebron.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/israeli-forces-arrest-20-palestinians-raids-day-after-another-attack-funeral

Iran protests spread to major central province; unofficial death toll rises to six
Protests have broken out in several Iranian provinces – including Khuzestan, Lorestan, Charmahal and Bakhtiari, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad and Ardebil – since a government announcement last week that the cost of staple foods such as cooking oil, chicken, eggs and milk would rise as high as 300 percent. Activists have reported at least six deaths since the protests began last week, blaming security forces for the deaths. The sound of gunfire could be heard in several recent protest videos on social media.
https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2022/05/18/Iran-protests-spread-to-major-central-province-unofficial-death-toll-rises-to-six
https://archive.ph/ISwp0

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields
Since the start of 2021, plans by Russia's Lukoil (LKOH.MM) and U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) to sell stakes in major fields to Chinese state-backed firms have hit the buffers after interventions from Iraq's oil ministry, according to Iraqi oil officials and industry executives. Selling a stake to a state-run Chinese company was also one of several options being considered by Britain's BP (BP.L), but officials persuaded it to stay in Iraq for now, people familiar with the matter said.
https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/iraq-balks-greater-chinese-control-its-oilfields-2022-05-17/

US charges one American, four Chinese officials with spying
A US citizen and four Chinese intelligence officers have been charged with spying on Chinese dissidents, human rights leaders and pro-democracy activists living in the United States, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday. The indictment alleges Wang Shujun, of Queens, New York, used his status within Chinese diaspora and dissident communities to collect information about activists on behalf of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS).
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3178270/us-charges-one-american-four-chinese-officials-spying

CPI (Maoist): Chhattisgarh Government Must Create Conditions Conducive To Peace Talks
The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has said that it was up to the government of Chhattisgarh state to create a conducive atmosphere for holding peace talks. “We had shown our willingness to hold talks and made our stand clear. Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel’s reiteration that his government was ready to hold talks if they expressed faith in the Constitution and his silence shows that the government is adamant,” CPI (Maoist) Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee spokesperson, Comrade Vikalp, said in a statement on Monday night.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/cpi-maoist-chhattisgarh-government-must-create-conditions-conducive-to-peace-talks/

FIR Against DU’s Hindu College Prof for Social Media Post on Shivling
The Delhi Police has registered a first information report (FIR) against an assistant professor of Delhi University’s Hindu College for his allegedly objectionable social media referring to the claims of a Shivling being discovered at the Gyanvapi Mosque, the police said on Wednesday.
https://www.newsclick.in/FIR-Against-DU-Hindu-College-Prof-Social-Media-Post-Shivling
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What are /leftypol/'s Thoughts on the Rimland/Heartland/Seapower Theories?:

Are they as influential on US/NATO, Russia/China's geopolitical strategies as some say? Like the Belt and Road initiative?

Some Chinese say it isn't. While others have said China's Belt and Road is a combination of all three.

These theories were definitely influential on the USA's and USSR's foreign policy or geopolitical strategies during the Cold War

The NSDAP were in favour MacKinder's Heartland theory too, as it says in the pic. Dugin aswell

The British Empire obviously used the seapower strategy and that worked out very well for them at the time.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Geographical_Pivot_of_History

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Influence_of_Sea_Power_upon_History

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rimland

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tellurocracy

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermediate_Region
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Marriage

Seems like a bourgeois creation that is now used just to profit off of people, lock them into contracts and make lawyers truckloads of cash.

What is the Marxist analysis of this? I think we should get rid of the idea entirely and have people date together if they want and separate when they chose to do so
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Greece

Tell me about Greece, within the context of their current socialism and anarchism movements.

I see a few people on other sites praising their communist party and claiming they're the most likely state to have the next revolution or swing to socialism. Voooting doesn't seem to reflect that claim, but there's more to a good party than that. Their anarchists certainly seem hardcore.
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You're in the club and this guy comes up, slaps your girl's ass, and says:

<The need for ‘purging’ the movement of opportunists and “accidental elements” was to be a central demand of the ‘Twenty-one conditions’. The periodic purge was also to be one of the central weapons the Bolshevik leadership promoted against corruption and bureaucratic degeneration once the party had taken power. In this character it was - to put it mildly - wholly ineffective. Individual bureaucrats and corrupt elements might be purged, but the overall effect of the purges was to increase the power of the party bureaucracy as such over the rank and file, and therefore reduce and, indeed, rapidly eliminate the ability of the proletariat as a class to fight for its class interests through the Communist Party.


<So-called ‘Leninist’ sectarians believe that splitting organisationally from the right and repeated purges will make a pure revolutionary organisation. The political collapse of such sectarians into the most abject opportunism has been a repeated feature of the history of Trotskyism and Maoism.


What do you do?
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Architectural Styles

What architectural style should socialism/communism have? Should it be classical Stalinist Brutalism? Or should it be avant-garde? What type of density and urban planning, and public transit, if any, should be favored? busses? Light rail? Bullet trains? Should there be "Urban gardens"?

Rank architectural styles from based and commie to cringe and reactionary.

https://tiermaker.com/list/history/architectural-style-tierlist-188776/1495503
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Information and Postmodernity

I just had a thought

What I've realized is that post-truth is an inevitable consequence of the information revolution and the digital age. There's a huge amount of attention paid out there to "disinformation" aka false information, but the problem isn't disinformation its the sheer quantity of information. It's like facts are the dots and interpretations of those facts/theories are lines you can draw through them. By multiplying the amount of information we are necessarily multiplying the number of plausible interpretations of those facts. So "postmodernity" aka there is no one truth but merely different narratives, is the necesssary consequence of this information explosion, EVEN IF EVERY BIT OF DISINFORMATION WAS ERADICATED. Because you can still piece together enough true facts to support multiple theories and narratives.

So the fracturing of realities is inevitable AFAIK
R: 49 / I: 8 (sage)

Was the movie Grand Torino a racist larp for white boomers and /pol/ types?

I randomly saw a clip of Gran Torino and it got me thinking about the movie which I saw years ago.

Was the movie Gran Torino a stealth racist larp for racist whites?

The whole movie is about some racist white guy who killed people in vietnam confronting muh "Nig#ers, Beaners and Ch!nks" and winning "fights" against them/scaring them.

It is making me think the entire movie is a larp about fighting non whites especially for boomers as the actor is old.

They get away with it because the "Character" is racist and helps a Vietnamese kid. Whist the movie promotes Vietnamese racism all throughout.
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https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2022/5/7/sinn-fein-hails-new-era-with-historic-northern-ireland-vote-win

What does it mean that Sinn Fein now holds the largest number of seats in the Northern Irish parliament? What is the likelihood of reunification? What do you think of the IRA? Just what in the hell is going on here, and what are the implications for geopolitics, hibernian politics, bong politics, and leftist movements generally?
R: 615 / I: 345 (full)

/brg/ -=Brasil-Brazil General=- /brg/

TROTS LOVE NAZI UKRAINE EDITION

Nosso amado Juntes(MES-PSOL) está militantando pelo AZOB.


Enquanto isso no petismo, o b247 têm orgasmos múltiplos com o Opus dei e Humberto bosta explusar Marília arraes do Petezao
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What is to be done when, despite clear evidence of class conflict and massive inequality, the majority of the proletariat refuses to organize or engage in class struggle and simply passively accepts their own immiseration?
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Prove you aren't an indoctrinated dogmatist. Say one nice thing about an ideology you despise.

The mark of a mind of higher caliber is able to entertain viewpoints from all angles rather than view everything in over-simplistic all or nothing terms.
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News 5/17/22

Biden Approves Plan to Redeploy Several Hundred Ground Forces Into Somalia
President Biden has signed an order authorizing the military to once again deploy hundreds of Special Operations forces inside Somalia — largely reversing the decision by President Donald J. Trump to withdraw nearly all 700 ground troops who had been stationed there, according to four officials familiar with the matter.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/16/us/politics/biden-military-somalia.html
https://archive.ph/65z2v

US to remove Jewish Kahane movement from terror blacklist
The official added that Kahane Chai "will remain a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) entity", even if it is dropped from the FTO list. "The US government remains concerned by the legacy of Kahane Chai and the continued use of its rhetoric among violent right-wing extremists." The State Department designated Kahane Chai an FTO in 1997, three years after Baruch Goldstein - a supporter of the group - massacred 29 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-to-remove-jewish-kahane-movement-from-terror-blacklist

Shireen Abu Akleh: New footage shows police storming hospital before funeral
The video clips, security footage from inside East Jerusalem's Saint Joseph's Hospital, were presented during a press conference by local Vatican-affiliated Christian leaders, where they condemned the conduct of Israeli forces, Israeli media reported.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/shireen-abu-akleh-new-footage-shows-police-storming-hospital-funeral

Erdogan’s home loan incentives threaten to fan inflation
A loan package to encourage home sales announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week threatens to further stoke Turkey’s consumer inflation, which is already on course to hit an annual of 100% in the coming months.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/erdogans-home-loan-incentives-threaten-fan-inflation

HPG: 24 soldiers killed in guerrilla actions dedicated to the martyrs of May
Guerrilla operations in the Medya Defense Zones left 24 soldiers of the Turkish army dead. The guerrillas destroyed several Turkish military positions and seized ten kilos of TNT. In addition, a drone was shot down.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/hpg-24-soldiers-killed-in-guerrilla-actions-dedicated-to-the-martyrs-of-may-59993

Opposition claims military contractor poses risk to Turkish elections
Turkey’s opposition has raised fears that a private military contractor close to the government could threaten elections due to be held over the next year. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), warned last week of Sadat International Defense Consultancy’s possible involvement in electoral violations.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/opposition-claims-military-contractor-poses-risk-turkish-elections

ELN declares unilateral ceasefire ahead of Colombia’s elections
"Before knowing who the winning candidate may be, we dare to create a new political moment, generating a better environment for the next election day on May 29. To this end, we decree a unilateral ceasefire from 0:00 hours on May 25, until 24:00 hours on June 3, for those who wish to vote, to do so in peace. This ceasefire only covers the government’s Military and Police Forces; we reserve the right to defend ourselves in case we are attacked."
https://colombiareports.com/eln-declares-unilateral-ceasefire-ahead-of-colombias-elections/

Venezuela plans stock sale in break from socialist model
The government on Monday intends to offer 5% to 10% stakes in companies ranging from telephone and internet service providers to a petrochemical producer. In another country, those industries might be attractive targets for investors, but questions remain as to who would be willing or able to take a minority position in the Venezuelan companies that have suffered from years of neglect and mismanagement.
https://apnews.com/article/venezuela-caribbean-south-america-caracas-cbcb1aeaad2b221763ed5994d92f3207

Talks between Venezuela's Maduro, opposition expected; U.S. easing some restrictions -sources
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the country's opposition are expected to announce a resumption of political negotiations in Mexico, as Washington eases some restrictions on Maduro's heavily sanctioned government, people familiar with the matter said.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/talks-between-venezuelas-maduro-opposition-expected-us-easing-some-restrictions-2022-05-17/

Wages plummet to lowest level in over a decade as cost-of-living soars
Regular pay excluding bonuses dropped by 2.9 per cent in March when taking Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation into account — the biggest fall since November 2011, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/wages-plummet-lowest-level-as-cost-of-living-soars

Sweden and Finland to formally submit Nato bids ‘hand in hand’
Sweden and Finland will formally submit simultaneous requests to join Nato on Wednesday, the Swedish prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, has said, in a seismic shift in Europe’s security architecture after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/17/finland-parliament-approve-nato-sweden-turkey

Medvedev Criticizes ‘Unfair’ Wimbledon Ban on Russian Players
Speaking ahead of this week’s Geneva Open in Switzerland, Medvedev, the men’s tennis world No. 2, said he finds the ban “unfair” but would be “happy to play” if a decision was made to reverse it. “On the one hand, I can understand [the decision] and, on the other, I find it unfair,” Medvedev told Swiss media Sunday, according to the state-run TASS news agency.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/16/medvedev-criticizes-unfair-wimbledon-ban-on-russian-players-a77687
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NATOwave

HOLY FUCKING KEK
did anyone check this cringe out? these NATO warmongering dogs were ready to eat other out all these years and now they're flashing imperialist propaganda and pretend they're all cool with each other.
goes to show you how in the face of a common enemy you can manipulate human behavior with propaganda however you want.
never trust the anglosphere.
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Whataboutism

What do you say when liberals pull the "whataboutism" hand-wave dismissal? Empirical comparisons are the basis of fairness and justice and point out unfair hypocrisy, yet they dismiss any comparisons using this emotional word as a strawman.
I'm not even close to being western, so I don't entirely understand the liberal mentality outside of interacting with them on r/worldnews and r/ukraine.
It's like they have this underlying assumption that the west should decide the very meaning of fairness and justice and apply this understanding to the rest of the world. This must be where their assumption that they are the "civilized world" stems from, and that everyone else is either uncivilized or made up of oriental despots.
As such, the people under these governments can be liberated from their supposed oppression or killed for "the greater good", but they can't make decisions for themselves, especially if they gain any sort of influence or strength. Essentially, when people say "but that's whataboutism", they mean that only the atlanticist west can be the agents of history, and everyone else can only be acted upon.
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Communist Party funded housing

Realistically, would it be feasible for a communist party or any worker's organization for that matter to invest in real estate for the sake of freely housing those in need? I was thinking that maybe the party could start out small by buying out a few apartments at first and renting them out for as small a fee as possible so that they could amass some capital at first before expanding outwards and buying more real estate while freeing up some of those apartments to be rented completely for free, that way a party could probably gradually take over entire blocks whose inhabitants would have undying loyalty to the party whose housing them.
Of course there is the issue of real estate holders jacking up prices to keep the party out of the market or even refusing to sell to them entirely but regardless of that would it still even be possible? Has anything like that even been tried before?
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William Paul Cockshott 1952 - 2022

Paul Cockshott was a Scottish computer scientist and Marxist political economist.
>His prolific works in computing, he had worked on parallelism, 3D imaging, the limits of computability, video encoding, electronic voting and various special purposes computer designs.
>In political economy, he worked on value theory, socialist planning theory and the econophysics models of production and money.
>He was an honourary research fellow and reader at the University of Glasgow, having retired from teaching though he continued to educate the next generation through his YouTube channel.
>He had authored multiple works in the tradition of scientific socialism, most notably Towards a New Socialism and How the World Works, with his most recent work being Computation and its Limits, and Classical Econophysics.
William Paul Cockshott passed away peacefully at his home in Glasgow on the evening of the 17th of May 2022. He was aged 70 years old and will be missed by his close colleague Allin Cottrell and family.
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the kyiv independent is spooky as hell

I'm sure you've all seen the Kyiv Independent online during all this. They've been one of the most prolific propaganda arms of the Ukrainian state, with over a million followers and a seemingly endless stream of (almost always unconfirmed and unconfirmable) posts.
I was doing a little legwork on one of their more odious propagandists, the admitted Azov member Illia Ponomarenko (https://twitter.com/IAPonomarenko) and I seem to have stumbled on a NATO propaganda op.
I'll get back to Illia in a moment, but for now we must turn an eye to the paper he works for, the Kyiv Independent. While ostensibly it seems to be a normal paper, when you start to look at the "journalists" they employ, a certain pattern emerges.
https://kyivindependent.com/team/
Let's start from the top.
Olga Rudenko, Editor-in-Chief:

According to her Linkedin she worked for three years with an organization called "Objective Investigative Reporting Project" as a grant coordinator for "independent Journalists"
A little digging around finds that she is referring to this, of which no next step is necessary given as the sidebar tells us what we need to know.
“Launched in July 2013, Objective is a new media development project and joint venture of Niras/BBC funded by the Danish Foreign Ministry. The project will run for four years in seven countries - Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey.”

The question could now be asked of how Miss Rudenko was able to get this grant (and it must have been a significant one, given as it was paying for 3 years of work) so quickly after graduating. Perhaps further investigation would reveal this answer.

She would also, at some point, become a fellow of the Wilson Center, another US Government funded think tank for whom she has also written some news articles.

Piror to the Kyiv Post, and later Independent, she would work as a foreign freelancer for a somewhat mysterious, albeit probably mostly benign organization, Associated Reporters Abroad, wherein she wrote stories for various American and overseas press.
Jakub Parusinski, CFO:

The CFO of the Independent, Jakub is a suspiciously young person to be holding such a position graduating college only in 2015.
Managed a London office for McKinsey, I'm not sure if much more even needs to be said about that. The history of McKinsey and US intelligence working together is long and clear.
However, a deeper look shows that he also worked for the International Center for Policy Studies, a think tank founded in 1994 by the Open Society Institute, and funded in large part by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, which was founded by the German government and is currently funded by USAID more than any other donor (view page 20)
Daryna Shevchenko, CEO
Her background starts off hot working for a company called IREX, who, according to it's financial disclosure forms says the following
IREX receives funds from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), other Federal agencies, and private-sector sources. Approximately 86 percent and 90 percent of the funds received in 2020 and 2019 including cost share, respectively, were through awards from the U.S. government.
But it gets better! After that, she founded a company called the Media Development Foundation, which works with both the National Endowment for Democracy and the US Embassy in Kiev before getting together with Jakub to found jnomics media, then the Kyiv Independent.
Oleksiy Sorokin, COO and Political Editor
Started out with Transparency International which, according to it's own disclosures is funded by the US Department of State, UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the Foreign offices of many other NATO/US aligned states.
He then went straight from that into a COO and editor job after only 3 years experience, something which would be odd indeed was this a real journalism outfit.
Illia Ponomarenko, Defense "Reporter" and Azov Member
Now we're back to this punk.
A man who attended a strange university, Mariupol State Humanitarian University, founded in only 1991 seemingly by Greek immigrants and ALSO funded by USAID (scroll down to the bottom it's on the front page), who's 36 year old rector, Mykola Trofymenko (appointed at 34) has the same profile as a ghost despite his meteoric rise to the head of a University.
From there, he went straight into working as a "defense reporter" and befriending Nazi militia commanders and becoming one of the most odious propagandists in this war.
It didn't take me long to find all of this. A little more digging and we could get even more, I think. Even with this, the line between US/NATO governments, regime change ops and intelligence and the Kyiv independent is clear and direct.


help me dig more stuff about these people pls
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>The only "serious crisis" that confronted the friendship and collaboration between Marx and Engels occurred with the death of the latter's partner, Mary Burns, a woman of working-class Irish extraction, in 1863. Both she and Engels refused to marry for their entire relationship.
>When Engels sent the news of Mary's death to his friend, Marx replied curtly, comparing Engels' pain to his personal problems, saying "One calamity is a distraction from another", before dismissing the letter.
>Engels, sad and angry at the little importance his friend gave him, replied: "You will find that, this time, my own misfortune and the cold gaze you had on her, have made it impossible for me to answer you soon"
>Marx, completely embarrassed by his attitude, replied: "It was very wrong of me to write you that letter, and I regretted it as soon as I sent it. However, what happened was in no way due to insensitivity."
>Once he received her reply, Engels, relieved, replied: "When your letter arrived, she had not yet been buried… Your last letter made up for it and I am glad that, although I lost Mary, I did not also lose my best and oldest friend". The friendship between the two was restored.

<ywn have a friendship as strong and everlasting as Marx and Engels's

Why the fuck even live?
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Hunter Biden E-Mail Leak

It seems to be real. Nobody talks about it but the darkest internet corners, but it seems to be real

https://kiwifarms[DOT]net/threads/hunter-bidens-full-e-mail-dump-uncovered-from-his-laptop-is-released.119035/

https://www.bid*nlaptop*mails.com/

Find some keywords. I recommend club pink. Also make backups before its down cause I swear it will be.
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Thoughts on the French Election?

Who between the two is the best chance for furthering the dialectic?
Should a Leftist bother voting for either or no??
I can kind of se arguments for both but am interested in what you all have to say.
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Rate Of Profit

How do we explain to working class Westerners that their lives suck because of the falling rate of profit and not because of some racial boogeyman?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tendency_of_the_rate_of_profit_to_fall

https://newpol.org/issue_post/the-tendency-for-the-rate-of-profit-to-decline-and-why-it-matters/
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What is the strongest communist/socialist party and force as of the moment?

Do not include AES, whatever that term includes. I'm talking about communist parties in capitalist, bourgeois or right wing countries.

What is the strongest communist/socialist party and force as of the moment? I'm talking about those who are very nearly ready to lead a successful revolution if it could, or those that are able to mobilize and engage any uprising or mass protest. It could be those who have sufficiently built enough people power. Keep in mind this is all relative, so the "strongest" could still be a non-starter for all we know.

To extend the question, why hasn't there been yet a significant communist/socialist presence or force even as we reach more than two decades of neoliberalism? Do you believe that as time goes by, the socialist presence will strengthen more and more, or are we doomed to fail if many do not change strategies?
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Labor Theory of Property

Redpill me on the labor theory of property. Is ot the same thing as the labor theory of value?

Are they related? What are the differences?

>The labor theory of property (also called the labor theory of appropriation, labor theory of ownership, labor theory of entitlement, or principle of first appropriation) is a theory of natural law that holds that property originally comes about by the exertion of labor upon natural resources. The theory has been used to justify the homestead principle, which holds that one may gain whole permanent ownership of an unowned natural resource by performing an act of original appropriation.
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Crypto and Fictitious Capital

With the recent, highly predictable crypto-crash making headlines I would like to open a discussion about Marx's highly prescient notion of fictitious capital and its relevance as described in Capital Vol. III Part V Chapter 25.

In this chapter Marx describes what he categorizes as "bills of exchange" which are different from money in that they are like second-order paper (or digital) signifiers of money, which can be chained to other signifiers, in a complicated rationalized network of imaginary financial products. Whereas money is capable of immediately being "cashed out" in exchange for a commodity, or converted, these second-order and third-order bills of exchange, which he calls fictitious capital, comprise a complex imaginary game of finance with its own internal set of rules, well divorced from concrete use-values.

Fictitious capital is represented in the practice of fractional reserve banking, in which banks, having no real capital but only money –which is by itself worthless– must keep the money circulating by loaning it out . In doing so it creates financial products, debt obligations, which themselves become tradable "assets" even though they are not immediately convertible. And perhaps never be, hence the numerous catastrophes capitalism has induced over the decades, abominations such as "collateralized debt obligations" and other securities.

Crypto is the utmost acme of fictional capital. Take a look at the complex network of diagrams above. It is a semiotic vacuum, a hyper-rationalized system of technologies, protocols, and standards which do precisely nothing of real value besides perpetuating its own mirage. It's pure nothingness despite all the machinery of computer systems and software engineered to implement it.

As we see with the recent collapse to near zero of the luna token, eventually this algorithmic illusion must come crashing back to reality, and once the game is up, its real value is shown: zero.

I want to understand the dangerous implications of these mechanisms. The outcome is highly predictable according to marxist theory and is unfolding before our eyes in real time.

The worrisome thing is that things are already quite bad considering the old-fashioned forms of fictive capital in the stock market and traditional finance industry. Now we have this whole new tumorous outgrowth of the cryptomarkets which is must, at minimum, double the self-destructive effects of the capitalist "business cycle", especially considering that the money that goes into crypto is essentially destroyed once it crashes. The money, which is a symbolical "something" in the sense that it is convertible into commodities, was put into a symbolical "nothing", that was then tied to another nothing and another nothing… in an irreversible chain that leads nowhere. Are cryptocurrencies economically destructive?
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/armchair/ Ultra General

ULTRA GENERAL
Hate capitalism? Hate fellow "communists" just as much? Big fan of great and authentic revolutionaries? Do you have extremely opinionated takes on obscure sectarian struggles within the early Italian Communist Party? Then boy, this is the thread for you!

>Left-Communist Reading List

https://jovial-perlman-b35199.netlify.app/

>/r/bruhinternational Reading List

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bruhinternational/comments/m53hon/official_rbruhinternational_reading_list/

>ICP Website (great web design)

https://www.international-communist-party.org/

<NOTE: Thread is open to any and all discussion of tendencies that fall under the "leftcom" umbrella. Camattist anarcho-cavemen are welcome

yes, I know ultra and leftcom are retarded terms that don't represent a real tendency
And yes, I am bringing Bordiga memes from the dead
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Why do woke idpol leftists seem obsessed with policing each other?

Basically, why are woke idpol types seemingly obsessed with policing their spaces and eating their own? They constantly seem to be hunting for any sort of slip up or any thought that can be construed as non-woke if you intentionally give it the most uncharitable interpretation and effectively expect you to beg for forgiveness if you trip one of their censors. Why do they do this? Why do they seek to make their circles as insular and irrelevant as they can?
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What is the difference between neoliberalism and fascism? After finding out more about the economic characteristics of fascism, I find it very hard to distinguish between fascist Italy and for example the USA.
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Hold me tight leftypol...

"Fascism is the dominant form of politics on a dying planet. It has to be, if you think about it, because on a dying planet, the only form of political action left anymore is desperate competition for increasingly scarce resources. Conflict is therefore its handmaiden."
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I still don't quite understand what you guys really want.
Let's say you guys come to power in a country like Japan as it is now. What policies will you guys implement in such a hypothetical case? I brought up Japan because I feel like you guys will ban stuff like, loli, comiket, eroge, maid cafes etc. I mean how can comiket function in a communist system when it's all about selling/buying doujins in a free market.
I mean otaku stuff organically evolved and gave rise to multiple forms of expression due to flexibility of markets. Won't the rigidity and elitism imposed by the state curb that creativity? How can normal hobbyists make money by contributing to the scene like all those doujin creators on dlsite?
Also what do you guys think of market anarchism?
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News 5/16/22

Turkey demands extradition of PKK members from Sweden, Finland for Nato bid
“We told them that we cannot be satisfied with Sweden’s already existing declaration that the PKK is on their terror list,” Cavusoglu said after meeting Swedish and Finnish foreign ministers in Berlin on Sunday. “They told us that they will come up with a new plan.” Turkish officials believe Finland is closer to striking a deal with Turkey over the PKK than Sweden. "They are being more responsive and constructive," Cavusoglu said.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/sweden-finland-nato-turkey-demands-extradition-pkk-members

IDPs from Serêkaniyê denounce Turkey's plans to annex occupied regions
The statement remarked that the AKP has been trying to take advantage of the changes in the Middle East since the day it came to power in 2002. “Turkey has supported extremist Brotherhood movements and terrorist organizations and provided them with military, logistical and political support. Turkey has thus intervened in some regions to annex the lands of neighbouring countries to its own territory and established military bases in some neighbouring countries.”
https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-syria/idps-from-serekaniye-denounce-turkey-plans-to-annex-occupied-regions-59968

Global energy crisis opens possibilities for Israel’s natural gas drillings
The discovery of another marine natural gas reservoir, announced May 9 by British natural gas company Energean, underscores Israel’s emerging status over the past decade as a regional power in the field of natural gas. The country is capable of providing not only for its own needs, but for the needs of its neighbors as well, and even for other countries around the world.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/global-energy-crisis-opens-possibilities-israels-natural-gas-drillings

UP: Mother of Cow Slaughter Suspect Dies After Allegedly Being Shot by Police During Raid
Yet another incident of police atrocity has been reported in Uttar Pradesh. This time, a horde of policemen swarmed into a house in Siddharthnagar district during a raid to arrest a person who was suspected in a cow slaughter case. His 53-year-old mother died allegedly after sustaining a bullet injury in police firing while resisting her son's arrest.
https://www.newsclick.in/UP-Mother-Cow-Slaughter-Suspect-Dies-Allegedly-Being-Shot-Police-During-Raid

Sri Lanka down to last day of petrol, PM tells crisis-hit nation
Sri Lanka's new prime minister said on Monday the crisis-hit nation was down to its last day of petrol, as the country's power minister told citizens not to join the lengthy fuel queues that have galvanised weeks of anti-government protests.
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/sri-lanka-pm-address-crisis-hit-nation-fuel-stocks-run-short-2022-05-16/

CAF Trooper Injured By IED Planted By Naxalites In Bijapur District
A trooper of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) was injured on Saturday after a pressure improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Naxalites exploded in Bijapur district. The incident occurred around 11 am near Pandemurga where a road opening party of the CAF’s 8th Battalion was patrolling, Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) Sundarraj P said.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/caf-trooper-injured-by-ied-planted-by-naxalites-in-bijapur-district/

Rachel Riley says ‘attacks’ on JK Rowling’s trans views stem from her defence of Jews ‘against Jeremy Corbyn’
Rachel Riley has said that criticism of JK Rowling’s views on trans rights stems from her speaking out “against Jeremy Corbyn and antisemitism”. The Countdown whiz, who has appeared on the show since 2009, was asked about the backlash Rowling has received during a new interview.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/rachel-riley-jk-rowling-b2079359.html

Labour to call for vote on windfall tax as oil and gas profits expected to soar
LABOUR will call for a vote in the Commons on Tuesday on a windfall tax on energy profits, to give Tories another opportunity to back the party’s plans for a one-off levy on oil and gas companies.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/labour-to-call-for-vote-on-windfall-tax-as-oil-and-gas-profits-expected-to-soar

Wakefield Labour chiefs walk out of final vote on byelection candidate
Wakefield’s Labour party executive has walked out of the final selection meeting for the party’s byelection in protest at the choice of candidate, which members termed a stitch-up by Labour HQ. In a rebellion by activists that could harm the party’s chances of taking the crucial West Yorkshire seat, the local party’s executive walked out en masse ahead of the vote on the final two shortlisted candidates. The vote was won by Simon Lightwood, a former staffer for the ex-Labour MP Mary Creagh.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/may/15/wakefield-labour-party-walks-out-of-final-vote-on-bylection-candidate

Aslef rejects Labour disaffiliation
On the opening day of the union’s 2022 conference in Bournemouth, delegates overwhelmingly voted by 74 votes to 9 against a motion to sever Aslef’s official ties with the union, which go back more than a century. The push to disaffiliate had been pushed by leftwingers disillusioned by party leader Sir Keir Starmer, Scottish members keen to build closer ties with the SNP and some on the right of the union who do not usually vote Labour, but it failed.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/aslef-rejects-labour-disaffiliation

North Korea's Kim orders military to stabilise supply of COVID drugs
Leader Kim Jong Un has ordered North Korea's military to stabilise distribution of COVID-19 medicine in the capital, Pyongyang, in the battle against the country's first confirmed outbreak of the disease, state media said.
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/nkoreas-kim-orders-military-stabilize-drug-supply-amid-covid-19-outbreak-2022-05-15/

Chinese Communist Party warns retired members not to make ‘negative’ political comments
The statement called for all party departments to ensure that retired cadres and party members “listen to the party and follow the party” and warned that “violations of disciplinary rules should be dealt with seriously”. An unnamed spokesperson for the Central Organisation Department told Xinhua that the new rules are a response to some party members committing disciplinary offences after retirement.
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3177966/chinese-communist-party-warns-retired-members-not-make-negative?module=lead_hero_story&pgtype=homepage
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Capitalism has at least 3 historical stages that should not be confused with each other

Agrarian Capitalism, described by Meiksins-Wood. Predates Industrial Capitalism. Not to be confused with mercantilism, which isn't capitalism. Enclosure dissolves feudal relations in England. Changes the social relations and turns everyone in the agricultural sector into wage working tenant farmers, or big land owners. The Kantian logic of enclosure/improvement copies over to the artisans giving rise to…

Industrial Capitalism: Capitalism as understood by Marx. The logic of machine automation kills off traditional artisans and their guilds. The industrial proletariat emerges.

Finance Capitalism: Captialism as understood by Lenin. Finance capitalism devours industrial capitalism in the imperial core, and exports industrial capitalism to the third world. This is why the USA has de-industrialized and China has industrialized.

Anything to add? Critique? Is this correct?
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RUSSIAN THREAD

The previous thread died (is full) for our sins. >>326202
>>>/leftypol_archive/485713.
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Everything Russia related belongs here.
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On the ideological level of /leftypol/

Most users on /leftypol/ are honest in their communist convictions, and yet the average theoretical and political level of posts is very low.

Most threads focus on historical trivia, petty news or shitposting with no greater attempt at elevate political consciousness, news on the local conditions of the users, ideas and discussions on theory and organizing…
How can we elevate the ideological level of discourse on this site? Obviously /leftypol/ is a chan and not a real party, newspaper or political organization, but nevertheless I'm sure there's room for improvement and ways we could help each other learn, specially when I think back to /marx/ (and I'd say that even /leftypol/ has seen a dip in the quality of discussions for a while in respect to before).

I think the fundamental task of "red" sites such as this should be to provide information and discourse in order to elevate the ideological level of the users. So, what can we do?
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https://www.businessinsider.com/urban-exodus-people-leaving-cities-charts-exurbs-real-estate-moving-2021-8

Despite the popularity of Ted K in the youth in general, there seems to be a return of people to the cities. It seems as if people didn't really like ruralfaggotry afterall…despite all the ruckus that anti-urbanfags do.
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Why does everyone hates this guy ?

Yeah yeah I get it, renegade, WW1 etc.
The fact is, despite his later opportunism, his theorical texts stays immensly important. He was the writer of the Erfurt Programme that solidified marxism inside the SPD. Strategically, he always fight both against left and right deviationism. Without Kautsky, there would be no Lenin. Even if tactically disimilar to him, the latter was on the same page philosophically, as a principled marxist, always a defender of the classical theory of Marx-Engels, and defender of the programmatic content of communism.
So, why such hatred and ignorance against this guy ? Is it only the fact Lenin attacked him AFTER WW1, and despite the fact he lauded his works "when he was a marxist" ? Is it the slanders against him that we can find in the neo-hegelian marxists such as Korsch and Lukacs ? Or is it simply because it's "common-sense" leftism ?
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KINO

"Westernoids will never get this" thread.

I'll start: picrel.

Post more shit that non-Eastern-bloc faggots will NEVER get.

Let's focus on fucking Eastern-KINO these mother fuckers never even heard of.
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Can someone give me examples of dedollarisation in action? I understand its in its infancy but I want some concrete examples.
From what I understand:
1) saudi arabia did something with yuan and fucked the dollar
2) russia and china something something
3) russia and india both directly trade together now in rupees and rubles
Any articulations of these examples out there?
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Marxism is Not Scientific

In order for an ideology to be
>"scientific"
it must adhere its ideology to the scientific method.
Any disproof of any aspect of a given ideology would require the ideology to be abadoned in its wholeistic form and a new one reconstructed on the basis of tested material reality
Yet Marxist explicitly DOES NOT do this decries those who attempt to as
>"Revisionists"
Ergo it is not scientific, or for that matter even materialist but instead tottally idealistic and utterly unfounded
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(PS the mods will censor this post as a tasid admission i am correct in a few moments, if any of you have intellecual honesty to speak of you will admit THEY believe i am correct on this through their action)
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Right, so I don't know how to start this, so I'll just sort of let everything flow. I need advice. You may remember a series of posts over the past half a year here on /b/ about how I thought I had a girlfriend and then it turned out she was a lesbian. Well, I thought it will get better, but now everything only seems to be getting worse. I guess one good thing is that I mostly got over her, but now I am tortured by what I can only describe as a gaping hole in my heart. I thought that the end of quarantine will help and I will finally have the guts to talk to some female students now that I'll meet them in person. Well, I did, and I actually made friends with two of them, and I just know that if I wanted, I could start meeting up with them and probably, eventually become a boyfriend to one of them. But then like a fucking massive gutpunch I realized that I just don't want to be truly close with either of them. Sure, I get horny, but appart from that I realize that I just don't have anything in common, and any relationship would end up turning to shit for either of us with both of them. Because, well, its so fucking stupid to say, but because they are so fucking normal and boring. The lesbian I used to love was… just amazing. We used to listen to metal together, discusing the various songs. We watched serious art films and discussed them. We binged a whole sleuth of the so-called legendary Japanise anime antologies and films, debated the past and future of global strands of animation and lemented the loss of Soyuzmultfilm, had a huge discussion where we both kind of agreed about anti-imperialism after I shared the "Writing on the wall" music video, we went to various modern art museums, discussed the essance of what it is to be human and how is our experiance compared to animals and I could go on and on… and I just don't feel even the barest hint of any of that when I talk to those two new friends. They seem as fucking bland as the fucking redditman guys who soyface over the latest steaming pile of Christoper Nolan's diarhea, except female.

Another thing that happened to me is that I started to dream of a girl. Well, started is a bad word, I only saw her twice. In the dream I met her in some sort of classroom, and it was clear this was our first meeting, and I just felt when I looked at her, and when she looked at me, that at that very moment we instantly fell in love. I remember we talked, and were so happy to do so. I don't remember the second dream events, but I remember that there was one like that. Perhaps there were more, but again, don't remember anything that may have happened in them. I can't form a face in my mind, but I am pretty sure she looks somewhat like the lesbian, but also definetly isn't her. Maybe its just repressed fact that I never let go materialized in a dream, but I wish to think it isn't. Because I do feel as if I truly love that girl from my dream, far more than any of those previously described friends. I keep thinking of her when falling asleep, and the last three days were all marked by me starting to weep right before falling asleep. I am extremely becoming more and more irratable and snappy. People think its the stress because Uni, but even though Uni is hard, I know its not that, but this shit. And on the topic of weeping, I broke down a few times over the last months in the middle of the day when no one would be around me, especially after a harder day. There is a very clearly metalhead guy in my course and when I was going to catch my bus, I saw him walking down the street with a wiccan looking girl with bleached hair, hand in hand, and I couldn't stop thinking how beutiful they both looked together, and then I broke down, afraid and so sad that I might never be in his shoes.

One of those two friends I mentioned earlier is more and more seeming to attempt and get my attention, and I am loosing my fucking mind because I know not what the fuck to do. I don't want to hurt anyones feelings, and just because (haha this will sound pathetic) I am a nice guy, even though I am not trying to get to her, I am afraid that my overly friendly demenour to anyone who I consider a friend will just encourage her more. I am afraid I'll end up breaking her heart just like mine was shattered into a million pieces half a year ago.

I talked about this to a good friend of mine. Hell, I fucking talked about this with the lesbian after I sent her a massive letter in which I layed out what I feel. Only real advice appart from "there there, it will be ok" I got from either was "just wait, it will pass", but its been half a year, I think I actually got over her in particular, but it all just got worse. The lesbian recomended me trying to talk with someone from my course (well, I just told you how that ended up going), while the friend shilled tinder.

I don't know. I feel I actually need to install tinder (or badoo, which you guys shilled the last time I layed this shit out). But I just can't bring myself to do it, I really don't like the idea. I am very afraid everyone on there being just a lustful idiot who only wants one night stands. And even if its not true, I am afraid of putting myself out there. I am confident in my looks, but I am very afraid of putting my face out there, and even more afraid of creating a bio that would describe me and my weirdo tastes. I know what sort of person I am looking for - a traditionally un-feminate woman who is just as much a weirdo as me, but I wan't to stab myself in the eye from cringe by just writing it here, far less on a public site using my real face and name where it would look like a pathetic advert of some shitter chaser who wants "le goth gf" or something like that. Also the very fact that I never used a dating app scares me to use one, I have no clue how to open a conversation. I don't know how to even use a fucking thing. And I am very afraid that such person that I am looking for simply isn't out there, or even if they are, they are all just lesbians.

What should I do, please help, because I don't know how long I can take it and I don't know what to do. I know I won't kill myself, but each day I feel closer and closer to a public screaming-kicking meltdown at worst, or just fainting in the middle of the street from all the stress that will end up getting me sectioned.
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Third Red Scare

It's pretty obvious that this is in response to the positive opinion of socialism amongst Gen Z and Millenials. Thay said, will the people fall for the propaganda again?

How hard will porky crack down on the reborn American socialist movement this time around?
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Pink Wave Capitalism

So I guess PSUV's finally giving up it's farcical bolivarian fantasy of class collaborationism and now embracing its perestroika moment. Idrgaf how small the trade off of state assets are into the private sector, this is sign of a trend to come out of Caracas.
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need help on building leftcom study regimen

who do i need to read to be a leftcom
i want to be smart leftcom
i believe no communism has ever existed
please suggest good book thank you
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News 5/14/22

Israeli settlers forcibly seize Palestinian-owned building in Hebron
Dozens of Israeli settlers took over a Palestinian building in the Old City of Hebron on Friday, while flanked by Israeli soldiers. Issa Amro, director of the Hebron-based Youth Against Settlements activist group, tweeted a video of the scene which showed settlers carrying their belongings, including mattresses and suitcases, as they stormed the three-storey building.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-settlers-forcibly-seize-palestinian-building-hebron

Egypt, Ethiopia compete for US support in Nile dam file
Ethiopia has appointed former Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Seleshi Bekele as a new ambassador to the United States, in a move aimed to counter Egyptian efforts to draw US support in its favor in the yearslong dispute with Addis Ababa over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/egypt-ethiopia-compete-us-support-nile-dam-file

Thousands march against occupation and betrayal in Berlin
Kurds and their friends are joining a central rally in Berlin under the motto 'Defend Kurdistan Against Occupation and Betrayal'. The demonstration is directed against the Turkish attacks on the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq) and the betrayal of the ruling party KDP that cooperates with Turkey in its invasion campaign against the guerrillas.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/thousands-march-against-occupation-and-betrayal-in-berlin-59932

Germany logs rise in right-wing extremist cases in security agencies
An official report found concrete evidence of right-wing extremism in over 300 cases within Germany's top security agencies, Germany's Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said at a press conference on Friday. The report comes amid increase scrutiny of German security authorities, following a slew of high-profile cases involving far-right chat groups among police officers and extremism in Germany's military.
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-logs-rise-in-right-wing-extremist-cases-in-security-agencies/a-61787235
https://archive.ph/XHXqh

More people buying less food due to cost-of-living crisis
THE number of people buying less food due to the cost-of-living crisis has dramatically soared over the past month, according to damning new figures. The latest survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 41 per cent of adults reported cutting back on their grocery shop due to the rising costs.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/more-people-buying-less-food-due-to-cost-of-living-crisis

Nephew Of CPN Cadre Murdered By Police In Udayapur District
The deceased has been identified as local Nabin Katuwal (19). He was hit by a bullet in the chest. Katuwal was the nephew of Gaur Bahadur Katuwal, an independent candidate of the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/nephew-of-cpn-cadre-murdered-by-police-in-udayapur-district/

Newly appointed Sri Lankan PM pledges to implement brutal IMF program
Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapakse swore in Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister on Thursday to enforce the International Monetary Fund (IMF) austerity dictates. Wickremesinghe has assumed office after weeks of anti-government protests and strikes fueled by soaring inflation, acute shortages of essential foods, fuel and medicines and lengthy daily power outages.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2022/05/14/ecyh-m14.html

TN This Week: Stalin Writes to PM, Forcefully Evicted People Write to Stalin
Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin once again wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This time it was for ensuring social diversity in the appointment of judges, setting up of Supreme Court branches, and declaring Tamil as an official language in the Madras High Court. On the other hand, people affected by housing and livelihood issues are regularly writing to Stalin. A prolonged eviction took place from the banks of Buckingham Canal in Chennai. The victims wrote to the CM to intervene. But Stalin spoke about the issue in the legislative assembly only after a person self-immolated in protest on May 9.
https://www.newsclick.in/tN-this-week-stalin-writes-PM-forcefully-evicted-people-write-stalin

Thousands mourn in Havana the victims of Hotel Saratoga explosion
A lethal explosion caused by a gas leak when the hotel was being served in the morning of Friday 6th killed 46 and wounded 53, of whom 13 are still in hospital. They were Saratoga workers, neighbors from a nearby building, students from a close by school and passersby.
https://www.plenglish.com/news/2022/05/14/thousands-mourn-in-havana-the-victims-of-hotel-saratoga-explosion/

Peru to Sue Repsol for 4.5 Billion USD for Oil Spill
The National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (Indecopi) filed the first civil lawsuit for strict liability for diffuse interests in Peru against the oil company Repsol, due to the oil spill in Ventanilla that affected consumers, users and third parties.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Peru-to-Sue-Repsol-for-4.5-Billion-USD-for-Oil-Spill-20220514-0004.html
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What is it about this work that makes liberal academics cope and seethe?

So, I've heard, again and again, from many people that they learned a little bit about Lenin in college, but that it was mostly just about this relatively obscure work and why it was bad and wrong and Lenin should have been ashamed for writing it. Not that he was an evil dictator who killed eleventy bajillion people like you might expect, but this work specifically and why its bad and dumb and wrong. At least in Burgerland, anyway. So, what gives? Why, of all the shit Lenin wrote, does this get on liberal professors' nerves enough that they'll include it in their curriculums just to trash it?
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Situation in Ukraine with Soviet/non-nazi people.

Hi !
As you probably noticed the nazi regime which built by western "partners" in my country is not compatible with life, especially for civilians, like me. I mean all the shit they do, they make money on blood and death. The problem is there is no way to escape to east or north, people who have nothing to eat has no choice to avoid human trafficing by moving west. It is not a good option even if you have some money, which will be kept on all those checkpoints to pass through. I know from history how nazi in 1941-1945 moved civilians west to use them as slaves, and want to avoid this shit.
The problem is - nobody speaks that nazi don't let people go east, to Russia or Belarus, it is a big chance to get killed for this. I know that someday here will be nothing to eat and became impossible to survive in Kiev the only chance will be to move somehow. Nobody speaks about millions of people who want escape to Russia. Even if it seems impossible and extremely dangerous we have to speak about it because lots of people here don't like nazis, which make them (nazis) really crazy.
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Can you please leave me alone?

I'm unsure where most of this stuff is coming from and so forth but this is an open notice to everyone basically and because I was most famous here let me say: I am Dark Gnosis and I am no longer O9A, no longer Nazi, renounced crime, violence, terror, extremism, etc. I just want to study Sufi Islam and philosophy on my own go back to university okay.

Just please stop calling me schzio, rapist, drug addict, tweaker, etc. It's really getting to me because at first I laughed at it but it's honestly lies.

And I don't get why you are all laughing that I was molested as a kid yet criticizing the O9A for somebody saying they were O9A then raping a kid? Where's the logic there?

I'm sorry for whatever I did to you all but I honestly didn't do anything wrong to any one of you besides call you names online. I've never hurt anyone of another race or religion etc. Nor hurt anyone in general really - in self defense yes I did I've punched out a lot of people.

Anyways, look I am not violent to begin with. I liked writing edgy shit. I got it off my chest. I'm going on with my life alright.

Just leave me alone. I don't believe in politics anymore I'm done with it. Done with all of it. Done with Satanism. Done with Nazism. Done with whatever else I'm supposed to not believe.

So just tell me what you want from me so I can have peace and quiet already.

I hate Hitler I love Jews I love whatever you all love here. Alright just leave me alone seriously. I just want to write on my own and its really my freedom of speech to write. No one besides psychotics are stupid enough to bomb shit cause of a PDF off the internet. Same people who play GTA then go out and kill hookers.

I just want to live in peace. All my writings keeping to myself not putting online. As in I keep a journal now or diary.

I am done with every aspect of esoteric, occult, etc.

I am a new man and I have outgrown Satanism and edgelord stuff alright. And offensive humor.

Just can you all accept this and let Dark Gnosis meme die already?

I want to live a normal life as Jon now not as DG and O9A guy etc.

Alright thanks for listening sorry for spam. But I had to get this off my chest. It's fucking impossible to not be called nazi trash satanist everywhere I go online and its only a matter of time before this goes in the offline world. So officially leave me, leave my family and leave my friends alone.

I learned whatever lesson I was supposed to. You all win. I'm a loser I'm a schzio etc etc. Just stop and let me be myself.

Let me study Islam, chemistry and philosophy make a good life for myself. Thats all I want. If i'm not allowed study those things just tell me what I am supposed to do so you leave me alone.

This is not surrendering or out of fear this is just me saying can you please not call me Dark Gnosis everywhere online and refer to me as the methhead rapist nazi guy?
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Anatomy of the microsect

Just read this and I am having trouble understanding what Drapper means by a "political center"
>What Lenin helped to launch was a Marxist political center in a non-sect form, in the form of a periodical manned by an editorial board, Iskra
Does anybody know exactly what is meant by the concept of a political center?
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If you controlled the US Supreme Court

I'd immediately strike down all right to work laws, rewrite the federal minimum wage law declaring that it's now $26/hour tied to the cost of living in a city/county, overturn Citizens United, declare Billionaires and Corporations have violated worker's inalienable right to unionize and fine them trillions. Also declare the Fed's QE unconstitutional. Essentially pass a huge amount of rulings that would create many legal nightmares for Porky and trap him in them, giving as much support to grassroots worker movements. Also declare that Cops cannot violate worker's unionizing, otherwise all police unions are declared constitutional. All soldiers get to unionize.

Bring back Eisenhower's 92% tax rate for Porky, expand it to capital gains, rentier capitalism, outsourcing labour, shell companies, etc.

Also keep blaming Congress and the State legislatures, Governors, President, lower courts for all being so corrupt and "abandoning their duty to the working class". Declare a national constitutional crisis and declare a class war.
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Marx, living in the 19th century, reproduces in Das Kapital, Smith and Ricardo's mistake notion of the primitive barter economy, and of money as a commodity that satisfies the need of being a universal third good. I don't think this affects his broader theories on labor's surplus value, or its appropriation by the capitalist through the contrivance of private property as a social institution, but I do have to wonder if Marx would have written capital differently if he knew that credit economies and ledgers and informal recordkeeping and trust-based exchanges predate money as a physical commodity, i.e. that goods and services could be exchanged not in real time, through the upkeep of social relations. This was substantiated by anthropologists and archeologists after he died, so I can't really blame him for the mistake, since he was building on Smith, and Smith was building on Aristotle's assumptions, which turned out to be wrong.
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77 years ago...

< May 2nd 1945 – World War II: General Helmuth Weidling, the German commander of Berlin, surrendered to Soviet forces led by Marshal Georgy Zhukov, ending the Battle of Berlin.
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Genuine question. How do Maoists justify Mao splitting the Communist bloc and later siding with the United States of America at the height of the cold war?
What are some older written analyses on the whole shit?
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The "People"

Why is it when communists come into power their way of referring to the revolutionary group changes from the proletariat to the "people"? People is not a class. People don't lead revolutions, classes do. It's always been something that has bugged me. It's not uncommon today to see in Sakaist and idpol circles this "people" terminology too. As if by some magic "people" are the revolutionary group. At the same time these circles do not mind the usage of terms which imply class such as labor aristocracy and settlers! So what gives? Class for thee, but not for me? Sounds like a dangerous combination of opportunism and revisionism to my ears.
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Communist Party of Kenya

August 9 this year, Kenya is having a general election. Looks like they're campaigning hard, and in turn being repressed by the state apparatus of Kenya.

Repression: http://www.idcommunism.com/2021/04/kenyan-police-storms-communist-party-offices-in-nairobi.html

International solidarity by CPK: https://anfenglish.com/women/women-s-league-of-the-communist-party-of-kenya-expresses-solidarity-with-rojava-revolution-56014

Thread theme: https://piped.kavin.rocks/watch?v=GNMiEnoOumM



How realistic are their chances of winning the general election?

Looks like the liberal parties of Kenya united in protecting capital.
>President Uhuru Kenyatta and rival Raila Odinga and have buried their many differences and formed a “Quest for Unity” alliance or “Azimio la Umoja”, joining up the Jubilee Party with the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and allied to 15 other political parties. Today Kenyatta and Odinga are a team. Last week at the National Delegates Convention the President declared his Jubilee Party had chosen Odinga to be his Presidential successor.
https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/world/9-august-kenyans-will-choose-new-president
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Is African Union an imperialist alliance?

When Kwame Nkrumah has been talking about the unification of Africa, what he had in mind was: "To combat … neo-colonialism on the African continent, Nkrumah delves into several solutions. First and foremost, Nkrumah asserts that the concept of unity must be applied to the economic realm of both individual nations and the continent as a whole. Nkrumah declares, “Quite obviously, therefore, unity is the first requisite for destroying neo-colonialism.”[6] Economic unity specifically requires re-organizing African countries to specialize in the production of crops and goods that they are most suited for.[7] It also lays the groundwork for unified agricultural, transportation, and communications policies.[8] From economic unity stems the principle of non-alignment, or not cooperating solely with capitalist, socialist, or mixed economies.[9] Instead, Nkrumah argues that careful national planning and investing with the country’s interest in mind makes African countries the masters of their own destinies.[10] Secondly, Nkrumah speaks of political unity as a concept that must go hand in hand with economic unity: “When Africa becomes economically free and politically united…a new struggle will arise within which the liquidation and collapse of imperialism will be complete.”[11] Nkrumah also declares, “Economic unity to be effective must be accompanied by political unity. The two are inseparable, each necessary for the future greatness of our continent, and the full development of our resources.”[12]" (source: https://www.e-ir.info/2016/01/13/navigating-nkrumahs-theory-of-neo-colonialism-in-the-21st-century/ )
In general I think pan-africanism is wrong because it is not a class based analysis. I think it came as a response to the mistakes of theTthird International. In some european countries, the united front against fascism completly degraded the revolutionary capacity of the CPs, because this tactic in the name of unity understimated the treachery of social-democacy, fought against fascism not for socialism, like we saw in eastern europe but for the restoration of capitalism, ended up with reformism and legalism and class collaboration with the "national" capitalist, in the final analysis it supported national imperialism against fascist imperialism because it did not see the connection between capitalism and fascism. I think this led a lot of ex-communists, communists and anti-colonial revolutionaries in general to a dead-end. When soviet union adopted the line of peacful coexistence the CPSU, and the parties that were somewhat materially dependent on it, stoped seeing imperialist aggression as a core part of monopoly capitalism and gave rise to the utopian idea that imperialism would tolerate on the long run the forces that were breaking it up. This naturally led the anti-colonial movement to neutrality that couldn't get past nationalist lines. However Nkrumah clearly recognized that the only way foreward was socialism, so he argued for the unification of Africa as a means of a protracted struggle that would turn from a democratic struggle against neo-colonialism into a struggle for socialism if it were to succeed.

Now, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the capitalist rhetoric as such on the African Union (AU) for "promoting democracy, defending human rights and the sustainable development of the African continent" if it weren't echoed by european imperialist like the then president of the EU when the AU when it was created. Also, when it comes to an AU army, I wouldn't dissmiss the pretexts pretext of preventing "wars, genocide or gross human rights abuses" as suchm if the African leaders didn't openly recognize it as a substitute for the "international community", ie UN, NATO, EU and other imperialist institutions, like like Intervention Brigade "composed exclusively of Africans".
I think the situation is problematic even when they use the pretext of combating western intervention. It is clear that for the working masess of dozens of African countries it does not matter whether the soldiers of the force which is carrying out the imperialist intervention will do so under the flag of France, the USA, South Africa or Egypt. What matters to the peoples is that an imperialist mission, regardless of flag, has as its main role the defense of the interests of big business. It only contributes to the intensification of intra-imperialist rivalries in sub-Saharan Africa, where they clash.

The Τrans-African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which promoted reform and improving infrastructure in transport, trade, and the economy is a material precondition for the welfare of the people, but, like all objective conditions toward socialism, it cannot actually be for the intrests of the working class if it does not hold power. So obviously this market of approximately 1.2 billion people and a combined GDP of $ 3.4 trillion is for the intrest of African and foreign firms.

Also: South Africa’s role in global economy and geopolitics was, during the apartheid era, explicitly sub-imperialist, as the West’s ‘deputy sheriff’ in a tough neighbourhood But, with democracy in 1994, there arose a debate surrounding the difference between the liberation government’s (leftist) foreign policy rhetoric and its practice. Defining the sub-imperial standpoint at this stage is important in because of the extreme economic, social and environmental contradictions that have worsened within South Africa, for which anti-imperialist rhetoric is sometimes a salve. However, the explicit strategies for global engagement chosen by Pretoria, including joining the Brazil–Russia–India–China (bric) alliance in early 2012, have not proven effective in reforming world power relations. The degree to which brics has recently accommodated imperialism—especially in matters related to economic and ecological crises—suggests that critics should more forcefully confront the general problem of sub-imperial re-legitimation of neoliberalism. That problem requires a theory of sub-imperialism sufficiently robust to cut through the domestic and foreign policy claims made by the brics regimes, of which South Africa’s are among the most compelling given the ruling elite’s ubiquitous ‘talk left, walk right’ tendency and the extremely high levels of social struggles against injustice that result. (source: https://sci-hub.se/10.1080/01436597.2013.775783)

Just look at the measures that were decided by the confrence of the AU with the Agenda 2063 for the strengthening and upgrading the economic and politico-military role of the African Union, so that the wider region of the African continent in the coming years becomes a strong economic pole, which will further attract the interest of monopolies: introduction of a 0.2% levy on imported products with the aim of raising 1.22 billion annually from 2017, the modeling of the CFTA after the unified EU market to increase trade between 25% and 30% with the abolition of tarrifs on 90% of products and the future - gradual elimination of tarrifs and the remaining 10%, in order to create said unified market, the AMISOM, the mission in southern Sudan etc.)

Let's have a historic review:
Plans to create an African common market are not current. The first step was taken in 1980, with the approval of the 20-year-old "Lagos Action Plan" at a meeting of the then "Organization of African Unity" in Nigeria. From then until today, efforts have been made to build the infrastructure of regional African economic associations, with the aim of facilitating African monopolies against competitors from former European colonial powers (eg Britain, France, Germany, etc.).
Today, the African Union has eight regional economic communities, through which regional capitalist integration is promoted:
-The Economic Community of the Arab Maghreb and North Africa (UMA) was formed in 1989 by five countries (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia) with the aim of "free movement of persons, goods, services and capital". The implementation of the agreement is delayed until today, among other things due to the political instability in Libya and Tunisia, which provoked interventions by western imperialists, and due to the long-standing rivalry between Morocco and Algeria over the regime in Western Sahara. In 2015, 50% of UMA's countries's exports went to non-African countries and only 3.4% to member countries.
-The East African Community (EAC) has six members (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda). In 2005 it established a tariff union. The EAC Common Market was established in 2010 to promote investment and improve the productive base by facilitating the free movement of persons, goods, capital and services. Member countries are committed to eliminating tariffs and barriers to harmonizing criteria and establishing a common trade policy. Almost 90% of all goods entering EAC countries enter through the ports of Mombasa (Kenya) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and no further customs control has taken place since. The EAC is considered to be the most comprehensive African regional union, with exports between member countries reaching 18% of the total of 2017.
-The 19-member East-South African Common Market (COMESA) planned to create a common market in 1994. An attempt at a customs union was launched in 2009, but failed because not all member states had harmonized tariff systems. COMESA performs poorly on the indicators of African Regional (capitalist) Integration. Only 11% of the countries' exports concern members, while over 80% of exports in 2015 went to non-African countries.
-The 16 countries of the West African Community (ECOWAS) link "good governance" with peace and economic development by adopting a "security pact" to prevent conflicts in the region. Almost complete economic integration was planned by 2020, through a common tariff system (it was only partially succesful). In 2015, 12% of ECOWAS countries's exports went to member countries and 6% to other African countries. The other 80% went to non-African countries.
-The South African Development Community (SADC) is the second most integrated regional economic community in Africa. Its 15 members announced an agreement to establish a free trade area in 2008, through progressive tax abolition by 2012.
-The Sahel and Sahara Community (CEN - SAD) was established in 1998. It has 28 members, including most of West and North Africa and some of Central and East Africa. In 2015, exports between member countries accounted for only 10% of total exports. Exports to African countries were at 15%, while 85% went to non-African countries. CEN - SAD has the smallest restrictions on the free movement of people, which is the only good thing to come out of this whole thing.
-The Central African Economic Community (ECCAS) has been dormant for many years due to conflicts in the Great Lakes region, particularly in the DRC and Angola and Rwanda. It now focuses on lifting tariffs and restrictions on the free movement of people.
-The eight member countries of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) in East Africa tried to tackle drought and desertification in the Horn of Africa together in the early 1990s. Data from 2016 show that 12% of exports were made between member countries, 26% went to other African countries and the remaining 74% to non-African countries.

Also wtr to the African Development Bank: "In recent years, the ADB has received very little attention as an organization originally designed to “…finance activities that help reduce poverty and promote sustainable development.”[15] Instead of operating as an independent body that utilizes economic principles that benefit Africa, the AfDB works closely with the World Bank and the European Union through co-financing to promote “trade & investment liberalization” as well as “privatization” of state owned companies.[16] … Additionally, reports such as Examining the African Development Bank: A Primer for NGOs by the Bank Information Center state “…the AfDB has not done a good job of putting its policies into practice, partly because of the lack of financial and human resources it devotes to policy implementation.”[17] The report also asserts, “The AfDB is struggling to define its priority lending areas and determine its “comparative advantage” vis-à-vis the World Bank and other donors.”[18] The AfDB is responsible for only 6% of overall assistance to Africa because it “lacks the financial resources, the staff capacity and the range of staff skills and experience of the World Bank.”[19] As a result, the AfDB closed all field offices in 1995 and now has little influence past its headquarters in Cote d’Ivoire or Tunisia.[20]"

Lenin said on the slogan for a United States of Europe, that despite it having some importance (in his time) to the degree that it aggitated the masses towards an internationalist political struggle, such a unifciation under capitalism would be reactionary, ie the slogan SHOULD have a class content. Capital has become international and monopolistic, it exploits the whole world with the export of capital and the oppression of whole peoples. In such a basis the unification of Europe would be (and is) an imperialist agreement for the redivision of the world according to capital and its force. Its goal is essentially anti-communism and the stregthening of the strategic position that the bourgoisie of its member states hold against competition. This of course doesn't eliminate the contradictions within the member states and their capitalists. Also, Lenin dissmised this slogan because it didn't take into account the law of uneven development and hence blocked the development of socialism in one country. (https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1915/aug/23.htm)

In this stage of imperialism multinational corperations are becoming more and more important. This means that the determining factor of economic activity and hence also of political activity as its reflection are those monopolies that based on the origin of their capital as well as on their sphere of action, are international. In other words: The multinational monopoly is held simultaneously by monopoly funds of more than two countries and operates internationally.
Now, I am not saying that any single African country is imperialist (except maybe S. Africa and Egypt could be characterized as sub-imperialist), but the capitalist class as a whole opperates on the stage of imperialism. A stage is time-phase differantiated by previous phases because the social formations that go though it are changed by new internal determenations. Capitalist-imperialism is not a policy followed by finance capital, but the the lawful tendency of capital under the conditions that Lenin described in Imperialism. Of course, because of the necessery development of capitalism, the conditions of primitive accumulation which required colonialism, still mark capitalism. Its international existence is still very much dictated by its History of uneven development, which means that the African bourgoisie is still dependent on foreign capital. But this dependency doesn't change the fact that they benefit from their countries subjecation or that they have no imperialist tendencies which they simply cannot really act upon on their own.
The overexploitation of African working masses is a remenant of the structural history of capitalist development. The similair characteristics of monopoly do not negate the qualitative differences between diffrent countries on the basis of their different classification in the imperialist pyramid. Quantitative and qualitative differences coexist dialectically.
The countries at the top of the imperialist pyramid can become more and more diverse in the course of the development of monopoly capitalism. In the last years capitalism has been going through radical restructuring and reorganization.

This is why I think that even though the AU is still dependent on foreign aid, has the purpuse of redivisioning Africa for the benefit of the multinational capitalists in accordance with the principle of force. They may not in any way quantitativly match western capitalists, but the qualitative essence of their economic intrests is the same. Indications for this can be seen in Kwame's later book "Class Struggle in Africa": "Recent African history has exposed the close links between the interests of imperialism and neo-colonialism and the African bourgeoisie. This book reveals the nature and extent of the class struggle in Africa, and sets it in the broad context of the African Revolution and the world socialist revolution."

Their unification for example in a Unitated States of Africa remains impossible in the near future because of the contradicting intrests among capitalists, between but if those intrests, as they seem to be doing, do drive them in to conflict with their former western masters, Africa will be unified to defeat them. This however does not entail anything good to the intrests of the global working class in itself. I do not believe, that Africa will become an imperialist center before the revolution or the destruction of the world by capitalism. However, if communist crawl behind the tail of the bourgeoisie and their various temporary alliances it will be inefective in bringing about revolutions. Sure, we should take advantage of imperialist contradictions but to take sides in imperialist conflicts is just kautskyism and Lenin proved it was dumb a hundred years ago.

As for the Chiense intervention in Africa, it sure has helped the objective conditions for a quicker transition to socialism and independence from imperialism, but it is only the internal class struggle of Africans themselves that will liberate them, and the chinese have not helped one iota in this regard. If they weren't such opportunists and revisionists they would have learned and not repeat on greater scale the mistakes of the Soviet Union. But still, they are the only force that stands between current African development and the complete destruction of the continent by western imperialism… still as communists we shouldn't compromise.
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Densify or dispersal?

In America we are facing an intersection, of the future of our infrastructure. In the next few decades we will have to repair and replace trillions of dollars of infrastructure. We can continue with are current car based infrastructure, or do a variety of modes of public transportation. As we all know suburban sprawl is resource intensive. Problem is millions of people are on and attached, to the current infrastructure for their survival.

To fix this sprawl we will likely have to destroy and remove these areas, for more efficient modes of city planning. We may have to wipe say entire neighborhoods of single family homes, for more resource efficient apartment complexes. Problem is peoples comfort is more important then whether we have sustainability. Sentimental attachment due to "my family has lived here" "my childhood was here"… Due to physical and emotional attachments the future of Infrastructure is trapped where it lays.

So we have real dilemma here, we have a public determined to keep what we have and a trajectory that can't continue. This leads to 2 possibilities! 1. We act now and achieve sustainability before major consequences. 2 consequences hit and the circumstances FORCE US to change. So what is to be done about this fate?

The Soviets relied on the destruction of war to do their city planning. To do that kinda radical shift, we basically need war level destruction. Are their modes of transportation that can do what cars do for the ability to maintain rural lifestyles? If not do we need to remove most the roads? Anons push people to the cities or continue sprawl. What's most sustainable and environmentally stable?
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News 5/13/22

Photos: Israeli forces attack Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral
Israeli police have stormed the grounds of a Jerusalem hospital to forcibly prevent a funeral march for Shireen Abu Akleh, the Al Jazeera journalist who was killed by Israeli forces while covering an Israeli army raid in Jenin on Wednesday.
https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2022/5/13/journalist-shireen-abu-akleh
https://archive.ph/yLVXw

Tunisia’s president to establish 'new republic' amid fear of new dictatorship
Tunisia’s President Kais Saied has announced plans for a new constitution and a different system of government, which raises concerns among political and human rights circles about the possibility of imposing a dictatorship in the country.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/tunisias-president-establish-new-republic-amid-fear-new-dictatorship

Luqman Ehmê: Turkey’s ‘resettlement’ project is a war crime
As a result of heavy attacks against North and East Syria, the invading Turkish state and its mercenaries occupied Afrin, Girê Spî, and Serêkaniyê. The Turkish state, which forcibly displaced hundreds of thousands of citizens, perpetrated crimes against the region's indigenous peoples and altered the region's demographic structure.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-syria/luqman-ehme-turkey-s-resettlement-project-is-a-war-crime-59915

Turkey will not support Sweden and Finland's Nato bid over PKK links
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey does not view Finland and Sweden’s Nato membership bids positively due to their welcoming attitude towards the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). “Scandinavian countries have become a safe haven, a so-called guest house for PKK and other terror groups,” Erdogan said in a televised statement on Friday. “Some terrorists even participate in Sweden’s and the Netherlands’ parliaments.”
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/sweden-finland-nato-membership-turkey-not-support-over-pkk

Soviet monument controversy triggers Latvian government crisis
Two days of gatherings by Russian-speakers in the Latvian capital at a controversial Soviet war monument, with some openly supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, have culminated in a government crisis and a decision by lawmakers that paves the way for the memorial to be demolished. … The NA has accused Golubeva, who represents the liberal For Development/For (APar) alliance, of dereliction of her duties by allowing people commemorating the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany to lay flowers at the monument on May 9 despite a ban on gathering near the site.
https://www.laprensalatina.com/soviet-monument-controversy-triggers-latvian-government-crisis/

Siberian Enlistment Office Hit by Molotov Cocktails – Report
A military recruitment office was attacked with Molotov cocktails in the Siberian city of Omsk overnight, local media reported Friday. Photographs published by the Om1.ru news website showed a red brick building with at least two broken windows and burn marks.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/13/siberian-enlistment-office-hit-by-molotov-cocktails-report-a77662

Culprits behind Grenfell are ‘getting off scot-free,’ union leader says
The general secretary urged delegates gathered in Brighton for the union’s annual conference to “fight with every ounce of strength” to ensure those culpable face justice. He reiterated his criticisms of the “back-to-front” inquiry into the blaze, which killed 72 people in a west London tower block on June 14 2017.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/culprits-behind-grenfell-scot-free

NI Election 2022: DUP criticised for blocking NI Assembly Speaker
The DUP said its actions sent a "clear message" that it was serious in its protest against post-Brexit trading arrangements for Northern Ireland. Its leader, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, said it was for the prime minister "to outline what he intends to do". The party's move follows the assembly election on 5 May.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-61427418

House Democrats urge Biden to lift Venezuela sanctions
In a letter dated May 10, led by Reps. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Jesús García (D-Ill.), the group wrote, “It is clear that broad sanctions have failed to achieve their aims.” “In light of this, and the dire human costs incurred, we urge you to lift all U.S. financial and sectoral sanctions that exacerbate the humanitarian situation, though without hindering or delaying the urgent action needed to transition the U.S. economy off of fossil fuels,” the letter reads.
https://thehill.com/policy/international/3487036-house-democrats-urge-biden-to-lift-venezuela-sanctions/
https://archive.ph/8XFbJ

Surveillance video shows Mexican law student Debanhi Escobar before her death as unsolved case becomes "spectacle"
The still-unsolved death of law student Debanhi Escobar has brought into sharp focus not just the dangers facing women in Mexico but also the questionable judicial and media handling of the high-profile case.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/debanhi-escobar-death-surveillance-video-unsolved-case-spectacle-mexico/

Venezuela Ready to Reopen Commercial Border With Colombia
According to the governor, the reopening will improve both nations since the economic relations between the Colombian department of Norte de Santander and Táchira are historical and both regions depend on each other.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Ready-to-Reopen-Commercial-Border-With-Colombia-20220512-0029.html

Eleven migrants drown trying to reach US territory
The Coast Guard first learned of the capsize after the ship - which was taking part in an "illegal voyage" - was spotted by a Customs and Border Patrol aircraft about 10 nautical miles (18km) off the coast of Desecheo, an uninhabited island in Puerto Rico. …
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-61417926
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Sports and Nationalism

Are sports a nationalist propaganda? Talking about national sports, not niche sports like MMA, say. I've noticed that in bourgeois nationalist states basic things like education and healthcare may get a shitty financing but the sports and the military always get as much money as they need. Heck, even Nazi Germany invested in sports and had its own sports teams. And the audience doesn't watch national sports because they genuinely enjny watching sports. They watch it because they root for their "team," which fuels the nationalist sentiments even further. What do you think?
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Space Colonization

Will the human race ever develop faster than light space travel and visit other planets in person? is it even worth it to try? Or is it a total fantasy and science fictional.
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Hilo general Latinoamérica--LatAm general thread

VERSIÓN 2.0
The other thread was full.
Anything Latinoamérica related, let's unite in discussion while the CIA-funded military hasn't decide to torture us to death for the time being.
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Why Antifa sleep when Democrats does it?

Why do Antifa sleep when Democrats does it?

Literally still kids inside the cage in America. Too distracted about Ukraine and Zelensky being part of Avengers fantasy?
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Sino Soviet split is fake Russia is still communist.

Reminder that the sino-soviet split fake, proving KGB's defector Anatoly Golistyn right and that Russia ARE still communist, only hiding behind a mask.

For a start

Check out my attached document and please watch

>Infrared

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>The Dive with Jackson Hinkle
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Learn the truth

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How to contribue to the struggle without party membership

How can one contribute to the struggle as a non party member?
I don't have the time to dedicate to being a member of a Leninist party, but would still like to advance Leninism in my town. How does one go about building red power where the only functional parties are too intense to subject oneself to? I live in Portland and the intermediate and advanced masses are currently being lead by DSA and smashies respectively. Because the anarchists have well developed networks and mobilization tactics from the long hot summer, they are able to outnumber and co-opt attempts by reds to organize, and often even find themselves leading the intermediate masses. Yesterday, a red mass mobilization over roe v wade was hijacked by black bloc in my town. Is it possible to work to promote red leadership over a movement without being a party member? Anybody got ideas?
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My revolt against the modern world started in kindergarten, continued into school and… never ended.

Grow up? Get a normal job? Stop being a "contrarian"?

No thanks. This world is sick to the core and I am still RIGHT to revolt against it.
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What are your opinions on a socially traditional state? Furthermore how does that state view homosexuals (and other deviants) a "nuclear" family (mother and father) and progressive ideals?
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Cults

What does leftypol think about cults from a sociological/political/psychological perspective? Personally I'm fascinated by the phenomenon and its implications.

Below are some scattered thoughts on the subject to pose questions or spur discussion.

* What defines a cult? I've heard it said that the difference between a religion and a cult is one of degree, not of kind. A religion is simply a cult with a large following and a long established history. Are there any other distinctions?
I've also heard it said that cults must have a pathological or abusive nature, but this attribute does not satisfactorily distinguish it from religions, which can also inspire maladaptive or socially destructive behavior.

*To what extent is the classification of a group as a cult become a form of politically motivated stigmatization? From a relativist perspective, a cult is simply a culture whose values simply have not been instituted as the norm. If everyone thought the same way cultists do, it would not be a cult but a culture. Cults seem to be defined in contrast to existing norms. The power dynamics of labeling a deviant group a "cult" carries certain political connotations which cannot be ignored.

* Does modernism and capitalism drive a demand for cults? A certain cultural vacuousness involved in these paradigms seem to engender a sense of emptiness in a certain type of person susceptible to persuasion. This emptiness creates a craving for meaning and purpose which empty consumerism, careerism, selfish individualism and materialism is unable to provide. These anti-values of consumerism coincide with a diminishment in religion and other traditional sources of communally shared meaning.

* Are there any modern day movements or political trends you would consider cultic in nature? Wokeism? Trumpism?

* As a leftist, are your thoughts on Jim Jones? If you don't already know, he was an ardent socialist and Soviet fellow traveller who despised capitalism and the US government. He led his followers to the infamous Jonestown in a remote jungle and eventually prompted a mass suicide of nearly 1,000 people.
Such irrationalism runs counter to communist values which emphasize an empirical, scientific, secular and agnostic or outright atheistic worldview . What explains this aberration?

*These days it seems that cultlike mentalities appeal most to the right wing, and is closely associated with conspiracy theories such as Qanon. What was so different about the 1970s that cultlike tendencies appealed more to the left?
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Can you prove class is the basis for everything?

And that there is such thing as class conscious? Race, culture and nationality is clearly what unites people, as a nationalist I think MENA folk (Arab and Iranian alike) should have kinship based on our ethnic and cultural similarities not because of religion or class, I support a MENA super state akin to North Korea, armed to the teeth with WMD pointed at America and Euroachistan (our ancient, eternal accursed enemies).

So tell me an instance of class conscious in our world, leftypol, what the fuck do I have in common with some white american or european blue collar worker? Why should I feel sympathy for them when these people don't even see mine as human beings? Why should I feel sympathy for European and American working class over a MENA brother who happens to be of a higher social status? I'm genuinely want to see your arguments here
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5/11/22

American journalist killed by IDF, network says; Israel calls for investigation
Israeli forces killed a Palestinian American journalist for the Al Jazeera news network in the West Bank early Wednesday, according to the network and the Palestinian Health Ministry. Israel said the journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, was killed in an exchange of gunfire and called for an investigation.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/05/11/israel-jazeera-journalist-jenin/
https://archive.ph/WZhEe

Biden administration asks US Congress to approve new weapons sales to Turkey
The Biden administration has asked Congressional leaders to approve the upgrade of Turkey's F-16 fighter jet fleet, setting up a potential litmus test for further military sales to the Nato-ally. US officials familiar with the request said the Biden administration may use the deal to gauge the level of support in Congress for a separate proposal to sell 40 new F-16s to Turkey, according to the Wall Street Journal.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-f16-fighter-jets-sale-biden-administration-congress

Reduction of Euphrates water decreases electricity production in North-East Syria
The Turkish state continues to reduce the water flow of the Euphrates River to North-East Syria, negatively affecting the basic services in the region such as agriculture and electricity. Electricity production has decreased dramatically recently due to the lack of water storage capacity at the Tishrin Dam, one of the important dams in the region.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-syria/reduction-of-euphrates-water-decreases-electricity-production-in-north-east-syria-59875

Sri Lanka troops in capital ordered to shoot any protesters deemed violent
SRI LANKAN authorities deployed armoured vehicles and troops on the streets of the capital today, two days after pro-government mobs attacked peaceful protesters, triggering a wave of violence across the country. Security forces have been ordered to shoot those deemed to be participating in violence, as sporadic acts of arson and vandalism continued despite a strict nationwide curfew that began on Monday evening.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/sri-lanka-troops-capital-ordered-shoot-violent-protesters

UK plans law to tackle protests at ‘key national infrastructure’
Boris Johnson’s government will seek to tackle disruptive protests head on with new laws that will allow sentences of up to 12 months in prison for those who “interfere with key national infrastructure” such as airports or printing presses.A new public order bill to be included in Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech will target protesters from groups such as Extinction Rebellion who have brought disruption to the country in recent years.
https://www.ft.com/content/6e6f9e49-403c-4fab-b78d-1e30edec5e51
https://archive.ph/EvQRH

Tory MP Lee Anderson claims people reliant on foodbanks ‘cannot cook or budget properly’
Mr Anderson, MP for Ashfield, invited the opposition benches in the Commons to visit a foodbank in his constituency to “see the brilliant scheme we have got in place: when people come for a food parcel, they have to register for a budgeting course and a cooking course.”
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/tory-mp-lee-anderson-claims-people-reliant-on-foodbanks-cannot-cook-or-budget-properly

Former guerrilla Petro would win Colombia's presidency in runoff - poll
Leftist presidential candidate Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla fighter promising to "democratize" Colombia's economy, is polling nearly double the support of his closest rival, center-right Federico Gutierrez, and would beat him in a runoff.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/former-guerrilla-petro-would-win-colombias-presidency-runoff-poll-2022-05-11/

Peru: President leads Decentralized Council of Ministers in Tumbes
The purpose of this session is to prepare the territorial development agenda for Tumbes region, for the benefit of more than 240,000 inhabitants. According to the official program, the event began with the participation of Tumbes Province Mayor Carlos Silva, Governor Jose Aleman, and Prime Minister Anibal Torres, among other authorities.
https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-president-leads-decentralized-council-of-ministers-in-tumbes-892609.aspx

Bolivian president will not attend U.S. summit if other nations excluded
Arce's position mirrors that of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who said on Tuesday that he would not attend the June 6-10 summit in Los Angeles, California, if the three leftist-run countries are not invited. In April, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Brian Nichols said that Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government were unlikely to be invited to the summit.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/bolivian-president-will-not-attend-us-summit-if-other-nations-excluded-2022-05-11/

Most Great Barrier Reef coral studied this year was bleached
More than 90 percent of Great Barrier Reef coral surveyed this year was bleached in the fourth such mass event in seven years in the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem, Australian government scientists said.
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/great-barrier-reef-coral-studied-year-was-bleached-rcna28265
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Why are leftwing political movements allowed to not only exist but, proliferate under a supposed oligarchic capitalist society while the supposed Fascism that these systems employ do not recognize/support modern day Neo Fascists?
>Also nice job on the filters. Though most of them are shitty carbon copies of one another with ominous names the diversity is still going for you
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News 5/12/22

Syrian Kurdish unity talks crumble as Turkey escalates anti-PKK campaign
Turkey’s military escalation against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has deepened the gulf between Syrian Kurdish groups and put the kibosh on US-mediated talks that were aimed at forging unity in northeast Syria between the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) and an array of opposition parties known as the Kurdish National Council (KNC).
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/syrian-kurdish-unity-talks-crumble-turkey-escalates-anti-pkk-campaign

'Turkey’s refugee resettlement project threatens the security of communities'
The Press Center of the People's Defense Forces (HPG) released a statement providing information about the ongoing war in the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq) where the Turkish army has been conducting an invasion operation since April 17.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-syria/turkey-s-refugee-resettlement-project-threatens-the-security-of-communities-59894

Lebanon elections: Hezbollah and Amal court bitter and broke southerners
Ayman Mroueh, candidate for the opposition list Together Towards Change in South II, which includes Sour and Zahrani districts, says that while some candidates are calling for Hezbollah’s disarmament, the same cannot be said for others. “They [Hezbollah and Amal] are using this issue as a tool to pressure people to vote for them, or else they are branded as traitors,” he tells MEE. “They accuse you of being against the resistance, but that’s not true. I represent the Communist Party, which was the first party to launch a national resistance.”
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/lebanon-elections-hezbollah-amal-court-bitter-southerners

Criticism follows Wickremesinghe's return to power in Sri Lanka
Mr Wickremesinghe was handed a sixth term as prime minister by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today after the president’s brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, relinquished the post on Monday amid a political and economic crisis that has led to violent unrest.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/criticism-follows-wickremesinghes-return-power-sri-lanka

Electoral violence in Colombia doubled since 2018
According to the MOE, deadly violence like homicides and forced disappearances remained virtually the same despite the sharp increase in general violence. The NGO registered 103 assassinations and four cases of forced disappearance with a possible electoral motive. Ahead of the 2018 election, 110 leaders were murdered and one disappeared.
https://colombiareports.com/electoral-violence-in-colombia-doubled-since-2018/

Nurses begin indefinite strike in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
A strike ballot on May 1 resulted in an overwhelming majority of 98.3 percent in favour of an indefinite strike. On the first day of action, Wednesday, May 4, almost 2,000 nursing staff went on strike. Stoppages are taking place at the university hospitals in Aachen, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Essen, Cologne and Münster. Around 70 percent of all operating theatre capacity is at a standstill, all scheduled operations are postponed and entire wards are closed.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2022/05/12/noew-m12.html

Russia Reports First Civilian Casualty in Ukraine War
Russia reported one civilian casualty in a strike on a town near the border with Ukraine, the first such death since the start of the country’s invasion of its western neighbor. Vyacheslav Gladkov, governor of the Belgorod region, said Wednesday that one person had been killed and seven injured after munitions fell on the Russian village of Solokhi, 10 kilometers from the Ukraine border.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/12/russia-reports-first-civilian-casualty-in-ukraine-war-a77643

Russia threatens retaliation after Finland's leaders vow to seek Nato membership
RUSSIA threatened retaliation today after Finland’s leaders said they were in favour of applying to join Nato and with Sweden expected to follow suit within days. In Moscow, the Foreign Ministry warned that Russia “will be forced to take retaliatory steps of military-technical and other characteristics in order to counter the emerging threats to its national security.”
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/russia-threatens-retaliation-after-finlands-leaders-vow-seek-nato-membership

AliExpress Russia said to be laying off employees amid risks of secondary sanctions
AliExpress Russia, the e-commerce joint venture between Alibaba Group Holding and three Russian partners, including Mail.ru Group, has begun a wave of lay-offs, according to a Russian news report, as Chinese tech companies scale back their operations in the country after the invasion of Ukraine.
https://www.scmp.com/tech/big-tech/article/3177524/aliexpress-russia-said-be-laying-employees-amid-risks-secondary

North Korea confirms 1st COVID outbreak, Kim orders lockdown
North Korea imposed a nationwide lockdown Thursday to control its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak after holding for more than two years to a widely doubted claim of a perfect record keeping out the virus that has spread to nearly every place in the world. The outbreak forced leader Kim Jong Un to wear a mask in public, likely for the first time since the start of the pandemic, but the scale of transmissions inside North Korea wasn’t immediately known.
https://apnews.com/article/covid-health-pandemics-south-korea-north-0e0cb1be7a3878a771124dcdcbdba06c
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Glowie-Redditfag Witty Smugness

Haven’t you noticed how feds will all have this smug “witty” attitude when they’re online? They sound exactly like redditfags. Pics related: This glowuygha was caught being an agent for the NED. You can find more evidence of this on twatter: https://twitter.com/DanielDumbrill/status/1374157179121397760
I'll show more examples of this weird phenomenon.
Note: I asked this question here >>655576 and some anon made a great response to it but his response "somehow" got deleted. He basically explained that the idea is to overwhelm the other opposing commentators in order to sound intelligent and give off a sense of legitimacy. The anon claimed it's likely written in a handbook somewhere because it's so common among glowies.
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Politics of spite.

I am getting kind of sick of this era where politics is about being a dick instead of being a dick being a byproduct of your politics. Like I get being selfish and wanting your own positions to be advanced but adopting a position that will ultimately fuck you over because it spites people who are mostly only ever on the internet is fucking retarded and unironic cuck-tier.
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USA exceptionalism thread.
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I'm confused are those 2 difrent books? If so why do I get "Lenin's Imperialism in the 21st Century" (Sison) when trying to download "Imperialism in the 21st Century: Updating Lenin's Theory a Century Later" (Becker) from z-libs? Which is better? Does anyone Have the PSL one in pdf?
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Seize the means of killing

the means of killing are far more important than the means of production. the means of production can simply be taken back from you by whoever has the means of killing. Who has the means of killing? The cops, the troops, every right wing paramilitary, every nationalist militia. The arms manufacturers arm these guys on purpose. If you seized an arms factory from porky, you wouldn't even know what to do with it. In minutes you would have it taken back from you.
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Just how strong is the US military?

The heart of the golem - this one must be addressed. In terms of its ability to fare wars, it is still the best, right? Does anyone have a shot at combating them? Or are they severely overrated? Their performance during the World Wars was better than other countries but it seems kind of lacking in the recent years. Does the PRC have a chance to catch up?
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Volveremos a despertar para acabar con los asquerosos gringos que nos han jodido tanto
LARGA VIDA A LA ACCION REVOLUCIONARIA MEXICANISTA Y UNION NACIONAL SINARQUISTA
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>Shireen Abu Akleh was executed with shot to the head by Israeli snipers while wearing helmet and bulletproof vest with PRESS on it
https://www.newsweek.com/what-shireen-abu-akleh-videos-reveal-about-how-she-was-shot-death-1705725

It was pretty anti-Semitic of Shireen Abu Akleh to get herself killed in a way that would make it look like Israel may have done something objectionable. Disgusting.
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Do you think that the trend under communism would be away from monogamous, heterosexual relationships and toward polyamory and pansexuality? It seems that the traditional romantic configuration likely came about out of material necessity, but do you think that is sort of biologically encoded to some degree or is it more a result of culture? If it is primarily culturally driven, do you think it is too ingrained for the culture, even under communism, to ever move away from heterosexual monogamy being the norm?
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>12.5k upvotes
Is it over? Do people really just accept American imperialism that much? How can you not look at something like this and not think there's something wrong with you?
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You know what’s amazing about the metric system

It’s actually useful and maintains consistency
It can be interchanged with all kinds of statistics
It’s easy to work with
It can yield you the same answers regardless of what units your using
You can use the most precise measurements you want and never have your calculator make miscalculations thanks to the simplicity of the number
It can go on pretty much forever or as low as you want it to. Such a good fucking system
And best of all over 190 countries use it meaning it allows information to be transferred beautifully
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Country values

>The Inglehart–Welzel cultural map of the world is a scatter plot created by political scientists Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel based on the World Values Survey and European Values Survey. It depicts closely linked cultural values that vary between societies in two predominant dimensions: traditional versus secular-rational values on the vertical y-axis and survival versus self-expression values on the horizontal x-axis. Moving upward on this map reflects the shift from traditional values to secular-rational ones and moving rightward reflects the shift from survival values to self-expression values.According to the authors: "These two dimensions explain more than 70 percent of the cross-national variance in a factor analysis of ten indicators—and each of these dimensions is strongly correlated with scores of other important orientations." The authors stress that socio-economic status is not the sole factor determining a country's location, as their religious and cultural historical heritage is also an important factor.

Is this map BS or accurate?
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mao walked the walk and talked the talk, threw himself into his own chaotic nietzschean interpretation of marx, he went to the logical endpoint of ruthless dialectics. mao is the ultimate marxist, and in some sense the ultimate hegelian, because he truly embraces the nihilistic interplay of historical dialectic to the point that he conceives of history itself as something to be destroyed & sublimated into a higher form. he abolishes time itself.
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News 5/9/22

Sri Lankan PM resigns as supporters attack peaceful protesters
SRI LANKAN Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned today following weeks of protests demanding that he and his brother, the president, step down over the country’s worsening economic crisis. Mr Rajapaksa confirmed on Twitter that he had submitted his resignation to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. It follows an attack by the brothers’ supporters on a peaceful protest led by trade unionists demanding the pair to step down.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/sri-lankan-pm-resigns-supporters-attack-peaceful-protesters

Delhi: As AAP Govt ‘Backtracks’, Terminated Anganwadi Caregivers go on Indefinite Hunger Strike
On Monday, led by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU)-affiliated Delhi Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union, a section among the terminated women claimed that they have been “wrongly terminated.” They added that they will continue the hunger strike till the terminated caregivers are reinstated.
https://www.newsclick.in/delhi-AAP-govt-backtracks-terminated-anganwadi-caregivers-indefinite-hunger-strike

Supreme Court rejects Communist party’s petition against Shaheen Bagh demolition drive, asks them to approach High Court
The Supreme Court has refused to hear the plea filed by the Communist Party against the MCD’s demolition drive against illegal encroachments in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh area. As per reports, the apex court rejected the CPM’s plea, stating that none of the affected parties has been a part of the petition and it is purely political in nature.
https://www.opindia.com/2022/05/supreme-court-refuses-to-hear-communist-partys-petition-against-shaheen-bagh-demolition-drive-approach-high-court/

Starmer commits to resigning as Labour leader if fined for Covid breach
SIR KEIR STARMER pledged today to resign as leader of the Labour Party if police find he broke coronavirus rules. The Labour leader made the announcement following speculation over his position after Durham police relaunched an investigation into a beer-and-curry gathering he attended in April last year during a Hartlepool by-election campaign visit.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/starmer-commits-to-resigning-as-labour-leader-if-fined-for-covid-breach

French appeal court upholds conviction of François Fillon for embezzlement
However, the judgment, announced on Monday, reduced the sentences imposed on the couple during their trial almost two years ago: Fillon was given a four-year sentence, three years of which were suspended; a fine of €375,000 (£320,000); and a 10-year ban from holding a public position. His wife was given a two-year suspended sentence and the same fine. The couple had been allowed to remain free pending the outcome of the appeal.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/09/french-appeal-court-upholds-conviction-of-francois-fillon-for-embezzlement

Communists in Berlin honored the Great Antifascist Victory despite police ban
Communists in Berlin honored on Sunday the 77th anniversary of the Great Antifascist Victory of the People's despite the police ban which prohibited the use of the red flag with the sickle and hammer. As 902.gr portal reported, members and friends of the Communist Parties of Greece (KKE) and the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) organized a joint commemoration event at Treptow Park, where the Soviet monument stands.
https://www.idcommunism.com/2022/05/communists-in-berlin-honored-great-antifascist-victory-despite-police-ban.html

AGC kill 26 during 4-day terror campaign in northern Colombia
The paramilitaries allegedly carried out another 15 assassination attempts as they enforced a lockdown in regions under their control. In total, the AGC carried out 309 attacks against the civilian population in 11 of Colombia’s 32 provinces where the paramilitaries imposed their “armed strike.”
https://colombiareports.com/agc-kill-26-during-4-day-terror-campaign-in-northern-colombia/

Ecuador prison riot leaves 43 dead in latest bloody episode
Forty-three prisoners were confirmed dead on Monday as more than 200 police commandos retook control of the maximum-security wing of the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas prison, about two hours drive from the capital Quito, but the death-toll is likely to rise.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/09/ecuador-prison-riot-leaves-scores-dead

Istanbul mayor’s PR fiasco bruises presidential ambitions
Ekrem Imamoglu, the mayor of Istanbul, has long been seen as the single man most likely to unseat the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in elections that are due to be held by the summer of 2023. However, a public relations faux pas and his flippancy in its aftermath have bruised Imamoglu’s presidential aspirations, leaving Erdogan and his supporters gleeful.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/istanbul-mayors-pr-fiasco-bruises-presidential-ambitions

PYD: Turkey plans to settle refugees in occupied areas in Syria
The Turkish regime has recently been trying to exploit the regional powers, parties and international issues for its own interests. The Turkish officials are now talking about sending one million Syrian refugees back. However, they do not want to send them to their native cities. Turkey plans to settle these refugees in the occupied areas under the sponsorship of pro-violence Muslim Brotherhood associations. The international community turns a blind eye and a deaf ear to this situation, which is why the Turkish state considers this as an opportunity to continue escalation of tensions in Syria, to destroy the social structure of Syria, and to continue the acts of terror and destruction against our people in the occupied regions.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-syria/pyd-turkey-plans-to-settle-refugees-in-occupied-areas-in-syria-59835

North Darfur farmers warned of predicted summer locust scourge
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Livestock in North Darfur has warned that widespread locust swarms are expected with the onset of the upcoming rainy season, which may cause such damage to crops as to endanger the entire summer agricultural season in the state.
https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/north-darfur-farmers-warned-of-predicted-summer-locust-scourge

Australian Labor leader Anthony Albanese pitches to big business at Chamber of Commerce
Albanese, knowing that his remarks would be released online and reported in the media, repeated his guff about the need for “wage growth” and “social inclusion.” In reality, Labor has not outlined a single policy to boost pay, and has allocated a pittance to health, education and social spending.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2022/05/09/eitg-m09.html
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capitalism, socialism, and camerialism?

so being born in this neoliberal world ive been thought that there were 3 tendecies, fascism, capitalism, and socialism(this is a oversimplification but eh). But then i started looking up the history of third positonism and ive realized third position wasnt something new. Rather it was a historical contitutation of the intellectual trend of cameraialissm or german state capitalism

Now whats important about this, is that it shows that fascism wasnt this short lived thing but rather different forms of a preexisting thing. That this preexisting thing export based nationalistic state capitalism has existed since the 18th centurary. That it has competed against the anglo more liberatarian based free market capitalism. And that even when germany lost ww1, this state capitalism merely reformed into fascism. And then after fascism lost, this thing reformed into dirigsme.

That this idea of state capitalism has spread into many different countries, and that the mainstream pretends this connection didnt exist.

Of course whats the point of this tirade, the point is regarding china. After the collapse of the soviet bloc and the increasing neoliberalisation of dirigsme countries, it seems that anglo style capitalism won. That all other forms of economic organization lost against the american horde. But then comes to the existance of china.

After deng took over, china reformed its socialism back into a nep style economic system. A nep system that seems to have been influenced by german bourgesise style economic development in the first place. While at the same time china seems to have examined other state capitalist countries that also had a economic system historically connected to the german system. This being sk, japan, taivwan and etc

However even tho this happend the chinese gov never forgot its marxist leninist core. It still kept the marxist leninist political structure intact, it still follows the "science" of marxist leninism and etc while at the same time praising past communist leaders. It never forgot that in the long term the point is to transfer to a communist society after the development of productive forces and it still praises mao.

And that leads me to a question, did nationalistc export based state capitalism and marxist leninist fuse together? After all you cant call china a purely communist or socialist country anymore but you cant realy call china a state cap country that the dirigsme, fascist , or camerialist states were. However you can point out that china seems to have borrowed elements of b both systems. Combining them into one holy or unholy system which makes up china today. A sorta fourth positionist ideology
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is there any form of resistance to a government that is essentilally undefeatable? I mean actions that carry little danger of capture and can be sustained indefinitely? Asking for an anti-fascist.
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The uprising against anti-abortion laws has begun.

A mysterious group calling themselves Jane's Revenge firebombed an anti-abortion office in Wisconsin and wow to continue militant actions until the religious estabilishment falls. They say this is only a warning and a beggining and that they intend to fight all over the US. The following is their first communique.

Happening or not?
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Symbionese Liberation Army

Were they just a bunch of adventurists lead by some convict or a federal honeypot to entrap radicals? They're only infamous for kidnapping William Randolph Hearst's granddaughter and killing some random superintendent.
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Paypig Wife

>Her paternal grandmother, Jeanie Wishart (1742–1811), was a Scottish noble: her father, the Very Rev Dr George Wishart, (son of William Wishart Principal of Edinburgh University) a descendant of the 9th Earl of Angus, and the 3rd Earl of Marischal, the latter in turn a direct descendant of King James I, of the House of Stuart,[7] while her mother Anne Campbell was the daughter of John Campbell (both a grandson of Sir James Campbell and of Sir Robert Campbell, grandson of Robert Sempill, 3rd Lord Sempill and John Stewart, 4th Earl of Atholl), heir of the Ardkinglas branch of the Clan Campbell, and part of the family of the Dukes of Argyll,[8] who were for centuries Scotland's most powerful family. This would lead to a famous incident in 1854, when Karl Marx was arrested trying to pawn some of Jenny's Argyll silverware bearing the ducal insignia; the police suspected that a German refugee could not have acquired Argyll's property legally.


>Marries bourgeois woman

>pawns her shit

Lol based Karl. How do I find myself a booj paypig wife?
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Phillipines

Why are Filipinos going to elect the son of Marcos? This seems pretty cucked. There's a communist insurgency going on in parts of the country but the people want the legacy of being America's puppet?
Someone explain what's going on please.
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What stage of grief is /pol/ on regarding trans people?

I saw a thread on /pol/ talking about what stage of grief they are on regarding trans people popping up and being accepted etc.

What stage of grief is /pol/ on?
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News 5/10/22

Dubai couriers strike for better pay and conditions
COURIERS across Dubai were on strike today for the second time in weeks over poor pay and conditions, despite harsh laws against dissent in the United Arab Emirates. The foreign workers contracted by Talabat, the Middle East unit of Delivery Hero, began their walkout after organising on social media, crippling the application’s services.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/dubai-couriers-strike-better-pay-and-conditions

Israeli forces raze Jerusalem homes, leaving 40 Palestinians destitute
More than 40 Palestinians were made homeless on Tuesday after Israeli forces razed their homes in occupied East Jerusalem. Early in the morning, Israeli forces and bulldozers arrived at the Silwan town and removed residents of a three-storey building owned by the Rajabi family ahead of its demolition. Residents had little time to move their belongings, an eyewitness told Middle East Eye, and were assaulted by police for resisting the demolition along with neighbours who arrived at the scene to show support.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palesitne-jerusalem-silwan-raze-homes-destitute

Energean discovers new gas off Israel's coast
Eastern Mediterranean-focused oil and gas producer Energean (ENOG.L) said on Monday it had made a new commercial gas discovery off the coast of Israel, although it fell far short of the company's previous estimates.
https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/energean-discovers-new-gas-off-israels-coast-2022-05-09/

Iraqi militia power plays bring back outcast Sunni leader
A Shiite, Iran-linked Coordination Framework (CF) delegation reportedly plans to visit the Kurdistan Region’s capital in the coming days to speak to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) after alleged attempts to divide the Sunni component of their rival alliance seem to have fallen short.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/iraqi-militia-power-plays-bring-back-outcast-sunni-leader

Military rescues Sri Lanka's Prime Minister in pre-dawn operation as violent clashes leave seven dead
Sri Lanka's outgoing Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was rescued in a pre-dawn military operation Tuesday, hours after his resignation, as violent clashes between pro and anti-government protesters left several dead and 217 injured.
https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/10/asia/sri-lanka-protest-deaths-economic-crisis-intl-hnk/index.html
https://archive.ph/xw8bS

Protests across the world to stand against India's plan to mine tribal forests
PROTESTERS will gather across the world on Wednesday to stand against plans by the Indian authorities to mine tribal forests for coal. Indigenous people in the Hasdeo Forest in Chhattisgarh have been resisting the destruction of their lands after authorities approved the large mine at Parsa.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/protests-across-world-stand-against-indias-plan-mine-tribal-forests

Bihar: Lack of Drinking Water in Schools Deprive Mid-Day Meals to Hundreds of Students
Amid scorching summer, the lack of basic drinking water facilities in hundreds of government-run schools in Bihar has deprived hundreds of students of a midday meal for months. Due to non-functional hand pumps, school authorities failed to prepare or cook midday meals. This resulted in students being denied a daily quota of nutrition through mid-day meals.
https://www.newsclick.in/bihar-lack-drinking-water-schools-deprive-mid-day-meals-hundreds-students

Mexico president says hiring Cuban doctors, praises Cuban counterpart
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday lavished praise on Cuba's leader, reiterated his wish for the Caribbean island nation to be invited to the Summit of the Americas in June and said Mexico would be hiring over 500 Cuban doctors.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/mexico-president-says-will-hire-500-cuban-doctors-work-mexico-2022-05-09/

Colombia made $1.2B available for possible slush funds
Colombia’s constitutional court ordered the government to recover more than $1.2 billion (COP5 trillion) that was granted to municipalities and private contractors ahead of the elections. The court order is a major blow for Duque whose congressional coalition in November illegally suspended legislation that is meant to prevent election fraud.
https://colombiareports.com/colombia-made-1-2b-available-for-possible-slush-funds/

Venezuela begins imports of Iranian heavy oil for refining -PDVSA documents
Venezuela has begun importing Iranian heavy crude to feed its domestic refineries, documents from the state-run oil company PDVSA showed, a deal that widens a swap agreement signed last year by the U.S. sanctioned countries.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/venezuela-begins-imports-iranian-heavy-crude-refining-pdvsa-documents-2022-05-09/

Czech cities stripping Soviet-era “heroes” of their honorary citizenship
Prague councillors have voted in favour of stripping the late Soviet military commander Ivan Konev, who led the Red Army’s liberation of Prague, of his honorary citizenship. Among the reasons for the move is his repressive role within the Communist bloc in the years that followed. Others, who were honoured in the past, have suffered a similar fate.
https://english.radio.cz/czech-cities-stripping-soviet-era-heroes-their-honorary-citizenship-8750050

South Korea's Yoon suggests 'audacious' economic plan if North Korea abandons nukes
South Korea's new president, Yoon Suk-yeol, said on Tuesday that North Korea's weapons programmes pose a threat but that he is ready to provide an "audacious" economic plan if the North is committed to denuclearisation.
https://www.reuters.com/world/china/new-south-korean-president-seen-facing-early-north-korea-inflation-tests-2022-05-10/

‘Rich Also Cry’: Russia’s Sanctioned Oligarchs Lose Luxuries
From superyachts and mansions to private jets and works of art, mega-rich Russians are being deprived of their expensive playthings, under swingeing sanctions that implicate them in Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine. The seizing and freezing of assets is proving the toughest trial yet for the Kremlin-favored "oligarchs," many of whom got rich on the back of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/10/rich-also-cry-russias-sanctioned-oligarchs-lose-luxuries-a77631
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>boss fires me
<in any case, anon, can you contribute to this project, plz? It would be a minor work, I promise.
These ppl aren't human. Jfc.

Boss horror stories general, I guess.
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Theory Shilling Thread

ITT: Shamelessly plug whatever theorists or topic you are fascinated by and tell people why they should read it. The more niche or obscure the better.

Or explain why someone else's theory is erroneous or revisionist.
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why is the polchud worldview so sad?

>the parametres of intelligence are pattern recognition therefore i believe in iq
why would anybody willingly believe in this bros? didnt taleb spank their booties yet?
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Japanese management: real existing fascism or pure ideology?

Recently I've been getting into management theory and one topic that seems to be very hyped up is the "Japanese work ethic" and "Japanese management" (I'll shorten to JM) as some sort of city on a hill that should be replicated globally, but can't be achieved due to Japanese culture not being replicable.

The general description of JM is a system based on respect, patriarchal leadership and familial company structure. It is collectivist corporatism that prioritizes self sacrifice and workplace bonds. However it is not a pure enslavement of the worker, as the general idea suggest that the leadership should act like parents and take care of the workers, and a large emphasis is given on company welfare, refusal to sack workers and a more vetted and limited hiring process. The JM companies are also focused on long term, rather than short term goals, distinguishing them from western capitalist firms. Finally, JM refuses to grade workers based on skill, and usually only pays each category the exact same wage, BUT with an infinately rising pay with age.

All in all, this seems incredibly fascist, and by fascist I mean the real deal Italian idealist liberal intelectual Fascist of the late 19th century that we never actually saw in practice in Europe. The emphasis on strong leadership, on experiance and respect for ones seniors, on family structure and most importantly - class colaboration, where the JM boss and the worker are reduced to atoms of the greater living being of the familial corporation. Replace familial with national and corporation with state, and you get the "leftcom of fascism" fascism. Also it does seem to defeat some of the capitalist tendencies of corporations, such as short term planning and worker abuse.

So here's the main thing. How much of this is bollocks? Because on paper this almost seems like an empirical proof that idealist Fascism can work. So in reality, is it just Nipp propaganda about how awsome their corporations are, and in reality they are just as rotten, with perhaps only differance being the Japanese culture being abused to better exploit workers through national ideology? Is it just bubbles of larp blown up by guru larpers that get money from grifting on western companies through thousand dollar ticket advice seminars? The death-at-work metrics of Japan might be proof of the former, but then again, a counter argument is that JM executives are just as big never-retiring workoholics like the proles.

So, anyone got some knowladge on the topic? I just discovered it, so this is all just an unorganized shower thought writeup.
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RationalWiki? More like ... IrrationalWiki!

Is RationalWiki run by glowies or are they just ideological?

I used to like their site for their articles about anti-vaccine psychos and right-wing wingnuts, but I have noticed that they have some terrible articles about leftist organizations and movements. For example, their article (https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Party_for_Socialism_and_Liberation) on the PSL describes the organization as having a "strongly pro-Putin" stance, but the source they site completely contradicts this claim.
(from the PSL statement they literally cited):
>Recognizing that Russia has legitimate security concerns does not require an endorsement of all its military actions, nor Putin’s suggestion that Ukraine has no basis to exist as an independent county, nor his larger geopolitical strategies.
>The role of the U.S. antiwar movement is not to follow the line of countries in conflict with U.S. imperialism, but to present an independent program of peace and solidarity and anti-imperialism.
It is plain to see that it is a baldfaced lie to assert that the PSL is "strongly pro-Putin" for saying that NATO caused the conflict AND to also say that their condemnation of NATO is not itself a praise or endorsement of Putin.

It gets worse. Their article about Karl Marx is similarly fucked.
>Most controversial of his bigotries was Marx’s anti-semitism. Despite Marx’s Jewish heritage, Marx didn’t identify as a Jew and wasn’t raised as one.
>He went on to write disdainful comments on Jews throughout his career. ”On the Jewish Question"[7], in which he argues against Bruno Bauer that a secular state would not emancipate people from their material conditions, is often considered his most anti-semitic work (though some may contest this).
Whoever wrote this diatribe is clearly a tool. Marx was arguing against Bruno's assertions that Jews are greedy people in this work. His point was that even if jews are money men, it would only be because they have literally been forced by material conditions into being money men, which is objectively true when you look at how Christian kingdoms treated jews during the middle ages. If you were Jewish in medieval Europe, you were not allowed to join guilds, you weren't allowed to do certain jobs, you might not have even been allowed to live inside certain towns and cities. Since money lending was considered usury and a major sin in Christianity, the only people willing to do the necessary task of money lending was … you guessed it … jews! Marx was not endorsing Bauer's' views, but the editor of this RationalWiki article is so fucking stupid (either intentionally or unintentionally) that they could not grasp the subtlety of that.

Anyway, the other questions that I would like to pose to leftypol users is what is to be done about pseudo-intellectuals from reddit who write articles for rationalwiki? What is to be done about this scourge of misinformation?
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Are Black people wrong about slavery being based on race?

I'm a liberal, which is why I can't agree with the blacks about slavery. Black people were enslaved because they were vulnerable, not because how they looked. The people of the Balkans were enslaved by fellow Europeans, as well by the Turks, before any African was brought to western hemisphere. Before modern era, Europeans enslaved other Europeans, Asians enslaved other Asians, and Africans enslaved other Africans, and the indigenous people of the western hemisphere enslaved other indigenous people of the western hemisphere.

Also, the Africans sold their African slaves to Europeans. If their logic is right, that would mean the original slave owners who were African themselves were racist too.
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a neo historical school?

has there been the rise of a new economic historical school of thought that the mainstream didnt notice

ive been reading industrial policy books some from chalmers(tho hes kinda ehhh)some from ezra vogel, some from ha joon chang, and etc. And all of these books argue one thing a sorta semi authoritarian development state where the state engages in dirigsme style capitalism to build up the industrial base through both exports and import substitution.

And whats odd about this shit is that no one seems to have noticed this, most of the time people only seem to focus on "free market capitalism", social democracy, or communism. And if someone does mention this they refer to china while at the same time being blind about this developmental school that developed in response to it. A developmental school that teaches identical lessons to the previous historical school by fredich list
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Happy 264th birthday to French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre, founder of the left-wing Jacobin Club and a key figure to the fall of the French monarchy.

say something nice about him
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Champagne Socialism

So, I want to work in international affairs. I'm an American.
Do y'all think it is positive to have closeted communists working in the Federal government?
I can see it being extraordinarily helpful to the cause and also self excusing, "Yeah I know my work is wrong so it's fine."
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Are nazbols even real or are they just a meme?
Like where is a place they gather and be serious about it?
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Do you guys agree with Marx when he talks about capitalism as a progressive historical force? Was the genocide of the native Americans progressive? What about what the British did to India, Ireland, the rest of the world?
What about the continual destruction of the world that happens today. Is this a progressive historical force?
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If it isn't absolutely clear:
This thread was made by /pol/ or reddit or 9gag. Hilarious schizophrenia inside.


Why do Leftists want it to seem like the left is losing all the time? We are winning and have been. Every decade since the 18th century has been more liberal than the previous ones and this has been consistently true. Just for a modern example liberals in the 2000's were basically conservatives and look at them now. In the next 10 years they will move even further to the left as they have every decade. Academia is without a doubt leftist anyone who has been to college will know. Every history classes is basically Howard Zinn and the youth is majority leftist. Conservativism and Christianity are dying every year with the elderly. Also there is no other decade when you could imagine someone calling themselves a Democratic Socialist becoming a president yet it almost happened and will likely happen within the next few elections. Just imagine what the next 50 years will look like
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That dude's supercomputer controls the world economy

Capital consolidation has progressed to such a level that now we're ruled by a literal AI called Aladdin owned by a shady wall street company that is governed by the richest preindustrial families in history…
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Picard references the US protest on the Capitol in a montage of humanity's worst moments in the latest Star Trek show.
All mainstream (American and thanks to hegemony global) culture is now made to cater to the same kind of Gen X/Millennial liberal nerd and to reflect their, and only their, hopes and fears.
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"Freedom from Democracy"

Has the American right has given up on democracy?

I think its pretty obvious that the right in the US is no longer really conservative, but is veering into post-liberal reaction. They keep namedropping the idea of a civil war, a counter-revolution, a second American Revolution. This isn’t just LARPing in my opinion, its homicidal ideation and normalizing the idea of right wing political violence. I think they know their ideas are getting less popular by the day and they know it.

It's funny to read right wing boomers with advanced degrees written barely intellectualized versions of what is essentially an 8chan /pol/ post, minus the blatant anti semitism. This article is from last year but since then I think the American right has grown even more histrionic in it’s paranoid seething.

https://americanmind.org/salvo/why-the-claremont-institute-is-not-conservative-and-you-shouldnt-be-either/

>Let’s be blunt. The United States has become two nations occupying the same country. When pressed, or in private, many would now agree. Fewer are willing to take the next step and accept that most people living in the United States today—certainly more than half—are not Americans in any meaningful sense of the term. I don’t just mean the millions of illegal immigrants. Obviously, those foreigners who have bypassed the regular process for entering our country, and probably will never assimilate to our language and culture, are—politically as well as legally—aliens. I’m really referring to the many native-born people—some of whose families have been here since the Mayflower—who may technically be citizens of the United States but are no longer (if they ever were) Americans. They do not believe in, live by, or even like the principles, traditions, and ideals that until recently defined America as a nation and as a people. It is not obvious what we should call these citizen-aliens, these non-American Americans; but they are something else.


>Practically speaking, there is almost nothing left to conserve. What is actually required now is a recovery, or even a refounding, of America as it was long and originally understood but which now exists only in the hearts and minds of a minority of citizens. This recognition that the original America is more or less gone sets the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy apart from almost everyone else on the Right. Paradoxically, the organization that has been uniquely devoted to understanding and teaching the principles of the American founding now sees with special clarity why “conserving” that legacy is a dead end. Overturning the existing post-American order, and re-establishing America’s ancient principles in practice, is a sort of counter-revolution, and the only road forward.


>The great majority of establishment conservatives who were alarmed and repelled by Trump’s rough manner and disregard for “norms” are almost totally clueless about a basic fact: Our norms are now hopelessly corrupt and need to be destroyed. It has been like this for a while—and the MAGA voters knew it, while most of the policy wonks and magazine scribblers did not… and still don’t. In almost every case, the political practices, institutions, and even rhetoric governing the United States have become hostile to both liberty and virtue. On top of that, the mainline churches, universities, popular culture, and the corporate world are rotten to the core. What exactly are we trying to conserve?


This is palingenetic nationalism, plain and simple. The mythic core that forms the basis of my ideal type of generic fascism is the vision of the (perceived) crisis of the nation as betokening the birth pangs of a new order. It crystallizes in the image of the national community, once purged and rejuvenated, rising phoenix-like from the ashes of a morally bankrupt state system and the decadent culture associated with it. I was drawn to exploring the heuristic value of this ideal type as a result of noticing recurring references in Fascist texts to the alleged decay of ‘old Italy’ (its senility, decadence, sickness, decline, disintegration, collapse, debilitation, etc.) and the urgent need for its rebirth (reawakening, regeneration, health, revival, rejuvenation, invigoration, etc. in a ‘new’ Italy. Such slogons bear an uncanny resemblance to the slogans of other ‘putative’ fascist movements, such as the Nazis’ cry of ‘Germany awake’, the British Union of Fascists’ campaign for a ‘Greater Britain’, or the Romanian Iron Guard’s call for the appearance of the New Man.

Like many fascist theoreticians, the author of the Claremont essay puts the condition of America in terms of a “toxin,” a “disease,” a “sickness,” and awaits the appearance of a providential man with the cure: “What is needed, of course, is a statesman who understands both the disease afflicting the nation, and the revolutionary medicine required for the cure.”

There are also hints of the kind of dehumanizing rhetoric that fascist propagandists employ:
>If you are a zombie or a human rodent (who wants a shadow-life of timid conformity, then put away this essay and go memorize the poetry of Amanda Gorman. Real men and women who love honor and beauty, keep reading.

One might object to characterizing this all as “fascist” because of the lack of an explicitly-named racial enemy, but we know from historical experience that fascism does not always require that, especially in its works of propaganda. Mussolini’s fascism was not antisemitic in its original conception, but it became so, in no small part because of the political needs of a closer relationship with Germany. It also imposed a racial order in in its conquest of Ethiopia. Colonel de la Rocque’s Croix de Feu in France was also not antisemitic, a rare exception on the French far right, but it had members who certainly were antisemites and it aligned itself with anti-Jewish groups. It might also be objected that the author’s references to America’s democratic tradition prevents this text from being truly comparable to fascist ideas. First, I would just note again that the piece opens with the radically anti-democratic conceit of delegitimizing the citizenship of the majority of the country. Second, there are conceptions of “true” and authoritarian democracy that are clearly within the fascist and radical reactionary tradition. The Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt argued in his The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy that the division of the polity into true citizens that have full and equal rights and other groups that do not qualify to be real part of the democratic polity is not incompatible with democracy, but is actually the essence of a true democracy, which requires a homogenous citizenry for political equality to function properly. Equality of all persons is according to him a “liberal” rather than “democratic” idea. You can see something similar in the Claremont author’s idea of democratic equality in the U.S: It’s predicated on the essential homogeneity of the population:

>For the first time, the idea of a social compact uniting all the people would form a truly nonpartisan regime. The great difficulty is that this idea only works if everyone agrees—that is, if everyone “gets it” and acknowledges that we are all fellow citizens (friends, ultimately) and that any temporary majority in power must represent the rights and interests of all. This is the vital heart of what made American self-government work as long as it did. And it is the repudiation of this idea that animates the progressive, or woke, or “antiracist” agenda that now corrupts our republic, assaults our morality, and suffocates our liberty.


The author makes it clear that these other conceptions are not tolerable in the context of a pluralist society, but are actually threats to the integrity of the American nation. Actually existing pluralism, and its consequent multiplicity of interests and perspectives, is not real democracy but its perversion. In the U.S. context it also makes sense that the reactionary mind would inevitably mythologize a “truer” version of our republican and democratic traditions as the author does in this piece, because those are the basic symbols of our political tradition. In the French context, many fascist and para-fascist groups declared fealty to the republican tradition, which is as nearly predominant in that country as it is in our own. This was sometimes out of ideological syncretism, the search for a novel solution to the supposed national crisis, and sometimes just done out of pure political opportunism.

I urge you to take some time and read the Claremont piece. I think it’s really striking both in the similar rhetorical choices and the parallels in the program and intent being laid out, particularly in how Claremont is presented as having a special role in the movement for national restoration.

>In the meantime, give up on the idea that “conservatives” have anything useful to say. Accept the fact that what we need is a counter-revolution. Learn some useful skills, stay healthy, and get strong. (One of my favorite weightlifting coaches likes to say, “Strong people are harder to kill, and more useful generally.”) Also, read some books, like this one, and this one, or any of these; and consider one of the Institute’s fellowship programs, for yourself or a smart young person you know. It’s all hands on deck now.


I think it’s clear the author does not think the counter-revolution is entirely metaphorical: he prescribes physical strengthening and some kind of literal combat is the offing. The rhetorical context here is again quite fascist: there’s the image of physical strength, combat, the prospect of killing, etc. which are meant to stir to the reader to consider themselves as combatants in a grave moment of crisis requiring an extraordinary effort: “It’s all hands on deck now.”

One might object that this is not really cause for concern as the Claremont Institute is just a tiny Ivory Tower without much mass reach. True enough, but the fact remains that we have these sorts of political notions being trotted out in an organization that exists to give such things “intellectual” or respectable trappings. Again, this is not the seamy underbelly of the internet: this is part of the world of bourgeois respectability.

I believe the Claremont essay includes a number of the “mobilizing passions” described by Robert Paxton in his Anatomy of Fascism, namely “a sense of overwhelming crisis beyond the reach of traditional solutions;” “dread of the group’s decline under the corrosive effects of individualistic liberalism, class conflict, and alien influence;” and “the need for closer integration of a purer community, by consent if possible, or by exclusionary violence if necessary.” There are also hints of “the belief that one’s group is a victim, a sentiment that justifies any action, without legal or moral limits, both internal and external;” and “the need for authority of natural chiefs (always male), culminating in a national chieftain who alone is capable of incarnating the group’s historical destiny.
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What the hell happened to Argentina? Why on earth did it become so poor? How did a country once so prosperous and competitive become so impoverished and dysfunctional?
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How bad is it to move into a newly-built apartment complex that's blantantly gentrifying a working-class neighborhood? Like shit, there's no honor in poverty and living in a rundown apartment in the hood just to be "authentic." The complex is offering move-in specials and my rent will actually be very reasoanble considering the area. But goddamnit do I hate landlords and soulless gentrification and I don't know if I can live with myself being the problem. What is a leftist to do?

Also, how can a leftist/anarchist be more involved in pushing for strong towns (i.e., more robust public transport, walkable cities, etc.). only reason I'm considering moving into gentro-apartments is because the area is walkable and close to public transport…

To sum up, how big of a piece of shit am I for moving into pic related?
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christianity is the ur-paganism

Is modern christianity just the most evolved form of EMEA paganism?

Even the christian author CS Lewis saw the similarities between european paganism but he explained it as the idea that god gave the ancient peoples of europe and other cultures a vision of Jesus but they misinterpreted it as for example Odin hanging on Yggdrasil.

>In order to learn of the runes that are used to control the worlds odin hangs himself from the great world tree Yggdrasil, and stabs himself with his spear. He forbids the other gods from helping him, and he then hangs there for 9 days, staring into the dark waters below, after which he gains the knowledge he searched for. Doing this was basically him making a sacrifice of himself to himself, a sacrifice that made him worthy to obtain the knowledge he wanted.


>Jesus is put on trial by the Romans and sentenced to death. He is put on a cross, on which he claims his father (God) has forsaken him. He dies, which is confirmed by stabbing him with a spear. He descends to hell, but comes back after 3 days, after which he has sacrificed himself (basically to himself in a different person), after which the sins of the world are forgiven.


In fact there's a case to be made that real Christianity aka gnostic christianity died out long ago. The orthodox/proto-orthodox christianity is a christianized abstraction of greco-roman, middle eastern, north african, and nordic paganisms.

Proto-Orthodox/orthodox Christianity accepted Pagan mythology as literal truth of real events. the original, main Christian movement was Gnostic Christianity. They kept their inner mysteries secret, revealing them only to those who have been initiated into their branch of the Christian faith. Some early non-Gnostic, "literalist" Christians were unaware of the inner mysteries of Gnosticism. They came to accept the Gnostic outer, public, mysteries and their myth of a god-man savior as an actual description of the historical Jesus. The literalist Christians, being ignorant of the inner mysteries, did not realize that the god-man story was only a legend about a mythical being. Decades later, literalist Christianity became the dominant movement. They oppressed and exterminated the Gnostics, their rituals, and their knowledge.

Gnostic christianity was more similar to neoplatonism, buddhism, etc. Spinoza in that sense was closer to being a Christian than his protestant critics.

Experts in religion have also mentioned that Odin is similar to the god Mithra, the main savior deity of the late ancient world, who also has twelve disciples, all of whom are represented by the twelve signs of the Zodiac. But it looks like the idea of the god that dies and resurrects is around 5000 years old, if you go all the way back to the myth of Horus. Odin’s most ecstatic aspect is pretty similar to the description of the Greek god Dionysius. Both Mithra and Odin were celebrated at the Spring Equinox, and the Christians celebrate Easter at spring as well.

In other words, it is more than likely that the Christians took over an elder myth and blended it into their own belief system. The Jews were strongly influenced by the Egyptians, and monotheism was grounded in Egypt. The first Christians were most likely Jews who were inspired by the pagan world’s ideas about salvation, and thus added those ideas into their own belief system. The pagan teachings about salvation did not claim to be the only way to salvation, and thus accepted other religions. The idea that everyone must think in the same way and fight for the same belief system, did not exist amongst the polytheistic religions.

Both Mithra and Dionysius were celebrated with mystery plays, and also in partially secret societies. It is thus believable that the first Christians believed in a mythological savior that was born, lived, created miracles and then got executed, just to resurrect and come back to Earth.

Later on, when Christianity increased in popularity, some of the Christians started to believe that their savior was a real, physical being, that lived and acted in a recent past. The Christians started to think that the “physical” savior lived and died in the 30-s of our time. Since the Christians converted as many as possible to Christianity, their converts literally believed everything that was taught to them. The monotheistic religions are struggling even nowadays with their so called literalism.

The Pagan-Christian parallels are convincing proof that much of the magical components of the gospels are of Pagan origin: the virgin birth, bringing dead people back to life, the many miraculous healings, exorcisms, transfiguration, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, Jesus' anticipated return to judge humanity, etc. These stories were derived from Pagan material that had been circulating for centuries when Jesus was born. Except for the occasional coincidence, that material cannot refer to real events in Jesus' life. Many key Christian beliefs have to be questioned and perhaps abandoned.

The fact is that some of the basic teachings of Christianity and some of the traditionally accepted events of Jesus' life may actually be over 4,500 years old, grounded in the pre-history of humanity. Another is that, when we strip away the miraculous and supernatural legends in the gospels which came from Pagan sources, we are left with the natural. What remains is a story of an itinerant Jewish teacher who followed the teachings of the 1st Century BCE Jewish philosopher: Hillel.

We have a Jewish Rabbi who taught through parables and by example. These are the core teachings of Jesus which emerge from the gospels – undiluted by Pagan material. Modern Christianity is essentially ur-paganism.
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what do you think about making money on the stock market right now. is it bad time? stock seem to be down a lot lately would i be an asshole to buy twitter 4$ below buyout price? Thx just trying to figure it out because everything is taking.
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News 5/7/22

Palestinians facing eviction by Israel vow to stay on land
Everything here is makeshift, a result of decades of uncertainty. Homes are made from tin and plastic sheets, water is trucked in and power is obtained from batteries or a few solar panels. The lives of thousands of Palestinians in a cluster of Bedouin communities in the southern West Bank have been on hold for more than four decades, ever since the land they cultivated and lived on was declared a military firing and training zone by Israel.
https://apnews.com/article/us-supreme-court-middle-east-israel-west-bank-bedouin-51db50660fb38576e4d28626a4e43c18

Egypt arrests TikTokers over satirical videos on high food prices
Islam Salama, the lawyer for the three men known as the “Zorafaa el-Ghalaba” (Poor People’s Funny Band), told Al-Manassa website on April 28 that his clients were charged with spreading false news after they published satirical clips about the high food prices. The prosecution ordered their imprisonment for 15 days pending investigations, and they were transferred to Abu Zaabal prison in Cairo, he added.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/egypt-arrests-tiktokers-over-satirical-videos-high-food-prices

HBDH Cafer Cangöz Militia: “We Sabotaged the Police Vehicle”
HBDH Cafer Cangöz Militia carried out a sabotage action with a special technique against the Ural brand armored police vehicle in Sarıyer on Monday, May 2nd. As a result of sabotage, the police car overturned. 1 policeman died, 2 policemen were seriously injured.
https://www.tkpml.com/en/hbdh-cafer-cangoz-milisleri-polis-aracina-sabotaj-duzenledik/

Covid in China: another Beijing district works from home in rapid clearance push
Work from home orders have been issued for a second district in Beijing as the Chinese capital aims for a swift “clearance” of coronavirus infections in the community. Fangshan district followed Chaoyang’s lead, with employees of government agencies and state-owned companies told to avoid their offices and work from home on Saturday, a work day on the mainland.
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3176899/covid-china-another-beijing-district-works-home-rapid-clearance

North Korea fires likely submarine-launched ballistic missile, South Korea says
North Korea fired a ballistic missile from a submarine on Saturday, South Korea said, an escalation just before the inauguration of a South Korean president who has vowed to take a hard line against the North and the visit of the U.S. president.
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/nkorea-fires-unidentified-projectile-off-its-east-coast-skorea-military-2022-05-07/

Troubled retailer McColl's collapses into administration, 16,000 workers at risk
CONVENIENCE chain McColl’s confirmed today it will collapse into administration, putting 1,100 shops and 16,000 workers at risk. The troubled retailer held talks with its lenders this morning in the hope they could extend their loan agreements.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/troubled-retailer-mccolls-collapses-into%E2%80%93administration-16k-workers-at-risk

Sinn Fein hails ‘new era’ as it wins Northern Ireland vote
The Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, which seeks unification with Ireland, hailed a “new era” Saturday for Northern Ireland as it captured the largest number of seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly for the first time in a historic win
https://apnews.com/article/business-europe-ireland-northern-belfast-ab45c4ca47a3258d807b33449bff01c2

Berlin bans Russian and Ukrainian flags during WWII commemoration
Authorities in Berlin have banned Russian and Ukrainian flags from being flown near the city’s memorials this weekend as people commemorate the 77th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
https://www.politico.eu/article/berlin-ban-russia-ukraine-flag-memorial-world-war-ii/
https://archive.ph/Vz9oo

Powerful explosion at upscale hotel in Havana, Cuba, kills 22 people and injures dozens: "I thought it was an earthquake"
A powerful explosion apparently caused by a natural gas leak killed at least 22 people, including a child, and injured dozens Friday when it blew away outer walls from a luxury hotel in the heart of Cuba's capital. No tourists were staying at the 96-room Hotel Saratoga because it was undergoing renovations, Havana Gov. Reinaldo García Zapata told the Communist Party newspaper Granma.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/havana-cuba-hotel-explosion-deaths/

Teachers' Hunger Strike Continues in Ecuador Due to Low Wages
The teachers are demanding the full implementation of the Organic Law of Intercultural Education (LOEI), including equalizing teachers' salaries at the national level. The case has already reached the Constitutional Court, which will have to decide whether the reform is constitutional or not.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Teachers-Hunger-Strike-Continues-in-Ecuador-Due-to-Low-Wages-20220506-0025.html

Afghanistan’s Taliban order women to cover up head to toe
Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers on Saturday ordered all Afghan women to wear head-to-toe clothing in public — a sharp, hard-line pivot that confirmed the worst fears of rights activists and was bound to further complicate Taliban dealings with an already distrustful international community.
https://apnews.com/article/afghanistan-taliban-49b17d77d03022ad4817eeecf4f5da93

Two Hundred Homes Ablaze, Deaths in Siberia Fires: Authorities
Several fires have broken out in southern Siberia, affecting about 200 buildings and causing at least five deaths, local authorities said on Saturday, adding they had placed the area under a state of emergency. The fires in the Krasnoyarsk region covered more than 16 zones, spreading to around 200 buildings, several sawmills and a children's playground, the regional ministry for emergencies said on Telegram.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/07/two-hundred-homes-ablaze-deaths-in-siberia-fires-authorities-a77613
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Karl Marx 1818-2022

Marx turns 204 years old today
What are YOU doing to remember him today? Perhaps read up on some theory, painful and horrific as it might be to some of you? Or don't?
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May Day Party Documentation Thread.

Post pictures, videos, or just share how people are celebrating International Workers' Day

Currently Feminists are having a pre-party on the streets of Berlin, chanting "Take back the night" and other feminist slogans. Police seething.

Comrades going out today or tomorrow, take care of each other.
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News 5/6/22

Massive explosion destroys hotel in Cuba
A major explosion ripped through Havana’s Saratoga Hotel on Friday, destroying multiple floors of the building. So far, the cause of the blast remains unclear and there are no estimates of casualties. The blast happened at around 11am local time, with witnesses telling local media the explosion "sounded like a bomb."
https://www.rt.com/news/555095-massive-explosion-cuba/

AMLO Calls For Latin American Unity To Face Migration Crisis
During an official visit to Guatemala on Thursday, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) urged for the promotion Latin American unity and sovereignty. "Leaving ideologies aside, we must put an end to the hegemonic policy that has prevailed for over two centuries in our continent and promote economic and cultural integration to solve problems such as migration," AMLO stated.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/AMLO-Calls-For-Latin-American-Unity-To-Face-Migration-Crisis-20220506-0010.html

AGC shuts down northwest Colombia after extradition of “Otoniel”
Paramilitary group AGC began a four-day terror campaign in northwest Colombia on Wednesday in response to the extradition of their former leader, “Otoniel.” One person was assassinated in the Cordoba province on Thursday allegedly for opening his shop against paramilitary orders.
https://colombiareports.com/agc-shuts-down-northwest-colombia-after-extradition-of-otoniel/

Ukrainian journalist arrested in Spain at behest of Kiev’s intelligence services
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said that it had conducted a “multilevel special operation” alongside Spanish authorities on Thursday, which has been confirmed by Spanish police. Mr Shariy was quickly released but has been forced to surrender his passport and remain in Spain. Ukraine has 40 days to apply for his extradition.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/ukrainian-journalist-arrested-in-spain-at-behest-of-kiev-intelligence-services

U.S. intel helped Ukraine sink Russian flagship Moskva, officials say
Intelligence shared by the U.S. helped Ukraine sink the Russian cruiser Moskva, U.S. officials told NBC News, confirming an American role in perhaps the most embarrassing blow to Vladimir Putin’s troubled invasion of Ukraine.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/us-intel-helped-ukraine-sink-russian-flagship-moskva-officials-say-rcna27559

Halt eviction proceedings on water poramboke: CPI(M)
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has urged the State government to pass a motion in the Assembly to issue pattas for houses along water poramboke here. The party cadre staged a demonstration calling for a halt to the eviction proceedings.
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/halt-eviction-proceedings-on-water-porampoke-cpim/article65388010.ece
https://archive.ph/nkL8Y

J&K: Oldest Surviving Militant Among 3 Killed Near Amarnath Yatra Route
According to the Jammu and Kashmir police, who, along with the Indian Army and paramilitary troopers, carried out the operation, Mohd Ashraf Khan, also known as Ashraf Molvi, was killed during the gunfight. His killing was confirmed by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar. "Ashraf Molvi (one of oldest surviving terrorists of HM terror outfit) along with two other terrorists killed. Successful operation on the yatra route is a major success for us," IGP Kashmir said.
https://www.newsclick.in/Jammu-kashmir-oldest-surviving-militant-3-killed-amarnath-yatra-route

HDP appeals for international support after Turkish police threaten to kill one of its MPs
TURKEY’S opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has appealed for international solidarity and action in the face of renewed attacks, including a threat made by a police officer to kill one of its MPs.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/hdp-appeals-international-support-after-police-threaten-kill-one-its-mps

Saudi authorities hide abuses in migrant centres amid wave of arrests
Saudi authorities are concealing rampant abuses and pitiful conditions at migrant detention centres while continuing to arrest thousands of African and Yemeni migrants, Middle East Eye can reveal. Ethiopian migrants awaiting deportation said Saudi authorities have conducted mass searches of the centres, confiscating phones and any devices that could be used to relay images of their suffering to the outside world.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-arabia-migrant-centres-abuses-authorities-concealing

Footage of KDP drone downed by guerrillas in Gare
Gerîla TV published footage of an KDP drone which was downed by guerrillas on May 4th in the Gare region of the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq).
https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/footage-of-kdp-drone-downed-by-guerrillas-in-gare-59777

SDF announces balance sheet of attacks and violations in April
The Turkish army has accelerated its aggressions and attacks against North-East Syria in an attempt to occupy new areas, taking advantage of the international preoccupation with the new war in Ukraine to impose a new occupying reality.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-syria/sdf-announces-balance-sheet-of-attacks-and-violations-in-april-59772

Yemen: Saudi-led coalition begins freeing Houthi rebels in peace gesture
Saudi Arabia is freeing a batch of Houthi rebel prisoners as part of what it says are efforts to bring an end to the seven-year war in Yemen. The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) announced on Friday there would be "three stages of air transport of prisoners" to the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa and the southern port city of Aden. A video posted by SPA on social media on Friday claimed to show a plane transporting dozens of Houthi prisoners:
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-war-saudi-coalition-houthi-rebels-freed-peace-gesture
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Materialism and Metaphysics

Is it possible to be a communist and believe in God?
Marx stated that religion is "the opium of the people", but, does is philosophy the sole canon of the working class?
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What do we think about Malcolm X

I see conflicting opinions of him from real leftists. Some say he was a looney pseudo-islamic freak with a noble goal. Other that he was litteraly the best communist to ever commune.
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/antiwar/: Anti-War Class Struggle General

Here Marxists, class-struggle anarchists and egoist anarchists can bitch and whine about how Ukraine is an oligarchical shithole that supports neo-Nazis, how Putin is a quasi-fascist Mussolini wannabe and how NATO is an imperialist trash, as well as share information on class resistance and insurrectionary activity in both countries.

I'll start first: here's a multi-part interview with Ukrainian class struggle anarchists who were fighting Azov Batallion, Right Sector and C14 way before that war even started: https://invidious.snopyta.org/jglY_rB1HzI?iv_load_policy=1&t=1

NO WAR BUT THE CLASS WAR!
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go ahead

rank the nations of the earth from biggest satan to littlest satan

use this list

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_dependencies_by_area
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Incels vs Feminists

Well culture wars have been incessantly discussed in the public sphere for the last few years, and there's certainly a contradiction here between the two opposing sides.

Incels make the claim that social status, both in the private sphere as well as in the workplace, largely depends on your physical features that are immutable and governed by your genetics. Furthermore they claim that this is not the case for women (ie, even unattractive women have an infinitely easier time finding a partner in spite of any physical shortcomings because as a conclusion of our evolutionary circumstances, women are valued more than men). It follows from the last point, as incels claim, that women in modern liberal democracies are now in a privileged position over men.

Likewise, feminists counter these arguments with the claim that women continue to be oppressed even under liberal democracies, that men who cannot find a mate have no right to object to this because their view that companionship and sexual gratification are biological or social needs is an expression of entitlement and a reflection of male privilege.

Is there any synthesis between these opposing points of view? Because it's viewed as taboo (I don't have to explain why) to even seriously consider the incel arguments, although if you're a materialist you should at least wonder what the external factors have precipitated movements like PUA, MRA, MGTOW, and Incels. Surely they don't appear in a vacuum and dismissing them as merely reactionary seems handwavy.
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Is doomerism a psyop?

It is somewhat well-known that the whole drug subculture and Hippie movement were basically psyops to control the Left and turn it from a struggle for material progress to a neutered movement for personal freedom - which dovetailed very nicely with the then-upcoming Neoliberal ideology. Now, with the ruling Neoliberalism in an intractable crisis both domestically and abroad and the decline of the petit-bourgeois "anti-authoritarians", there needs to be a way to head off the opposition before it becomes uncontrollable. Doomerism seems to have these goals - to instill a sense of pessimism and foreclose any collective action to fight Capital and the evils it produces, such as racism, ignorance and climate change. But what am I talking about? After all, its the End of History and Earth is going to look like Venus in 10 years, so why not just lie down, stop fighting the capitalists, return to Monke and smoke a blunt?
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Freedom

What does freedom mean and how is the meaning manipulated, and what genuine differences are there in the way we can approach the idea?

Was talking to someone recently who was talking about how they were worried that ecosocialists would ban them from using their car. They saw this as an affront to their personal liberty. On the other hand we could argue that pollution from cars is damaging the freedom of those who are made ill from the fumes.

How would we approach this topic of freedom and what strategies might we use to essentially retake the more broader definition?
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Has any communist society ever established a dictarorship of the proletariat? If not, why not? If they once existed but no longer exist, why did that happen?
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The Banderites

Let's talk about Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory and his gang.

I mean, Stepan Bandera, OUN-UPA [Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and Ukrainian Insurgent Army] and their relevance in today's Ukraine and its politics.
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Is creating our own culture an important or unimportant part of leftism to you?
Why is there a deficit in cultural output from communists on the left in comparison to other tendencies?
If you are critical of crafting leftist culture what are your arguments against it?
Why is the inclination from many in the communist camp to reach in to the past instead of in to the present or creating things new?
Do you think an artists art can still be valid or worthwhile if the artist does nothing outside of propaganda or is the message simply enough?
Who is your favorite leftist artists?
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News 5/5/22

Pentagon: Iran-backed militias, PKK coordinated vs. Turkish troops in Iraq
Prominent Iran-backed militias have publicly slammed Turkey’s military operations targeting fighters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) from the mountains of northern Iraq, citing violations of Iraq's sovereignty. The militias are also behind a small but increasing number of rocket attacks on Turkish forces in both Iraq and Syria in recent months, according to the declassified report. Some of the strikes in Iraq were carried out “in cooperation with the PKK,” the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) reported.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/pentagon-iran-backed-militias-pkk-coordinated-vs-turkish-troops-iraq#ixzz7SGyqiU4x

US Senate passes motion barring Biden from removing IRGC terror designation
The US Senate passed a non-binding motion on Wednesday prohibiting the Biden administration from removing the foreign terrorist designation on Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as part of a revived nuclear deal. The Senate voted 62-33 on the motion introduced by Republican Senator James Lankford, which also included language calling for any nuclear agreement to address Tehran's destabilising activities in the region and the trade of sanctioned Iranian oil with China.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iran-nuclear-deal-us-senate-votes-irgc-terror-designation

Israeli court paves way for eviction of 1,000 Palestinians from West Bank area
After a two-decade legal battle, Israel’s high court has ruled that about 1,000 Palestinians can be evicted from an area of the West Bank and the land repurposed for Israeli military use, in one of the single biggest expulsion decisions since the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories began in 1967.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/05/israeli-court-evict-1000-palestinians-west-bank-area

Palestinian human rights advocates refused entry to US, blocked from leaving Palestine
According to Francis, the airline's agents contacted the US embassy and were told that Francis could not board the flight, and was not allowed to enter the United States. “This was all despite the fact that I passed Israeli security without any issues, and had a valid visa to the US, which expires in April 2023,” Francis told Middle East Eye.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestinian-campaigners-us-refused-entry

J&K parties unhappy with delimitation panel’s final draft
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which boycotted the panel during its visits to J&K, said the party’s fears had come true. “Our party from day one has looked at the delimitation exercise as an extension of the process started on August 5, 2019 to disempower people from a particular community and a region. The Government of India has used or misused independent institutions to turn the electoral majority into a minority by using geography, access as a ruse,” Naeem Akhtar, senior PDP leader and a close aide of Mehbooba Mufti, said.
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/jk-parties-unhappy-with-delimitation-panels-final-draft/article65385397.ece

UP: SKM Caravan in Lakhimpur to Meet Victims' Families, Threatens Mahapanchayat on May 10
Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh is likely to become the next epicentre of the farmers' agitation as a huge caravan of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan, under the banner of Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), along with Rakesh Tikait of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), on Thursday descended there to meet the families of victim farmers who were mowed down last year.
https://www.newsclick.in/skm-caravan-lakhimpur-meet-victims-families-threatens-mahapanchayat-may-10

Macron’s party announces name change and centrist alliance
Guerini spoke at a joint press conference with Richard Ferrand, the LREM president in the French parliament, François Bayrou of the ‘MoDem’ party which currently forms a group with LREM and Edouard Philippe of the ‘Horizons’ party. … The three announced that they will be creating a federation called “Ensemble” to bring together these three parties in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections.
https://www.thelocal.fr/20220505/macrons-party-announces-name-change-and-centrist-alliance/
https://archive.ph/qlwRJ

Portuguese workers’ union demands minimum wage increase
“We do not accept that the employers and the government use the mumbo-jumbo that wage increases cause spiralling inflation,” Isabel Camarinha told thousands of people gathered after participating in the CGTP’s 1 May parade in Lisbon. The government should take “effective measures on price control,” demanding “an extraordinary increase of the national minimum wage, setting it at €800 as of 1 July 2022,” said Camarinha. She also called for an increase in pensions “of at least €20” and, again, demanded a €90 salary increase for all workers this year.
https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/short_news/portuguese-workers-union-demands-minimum-wage-increase/
https://archive.ph/dUS8H

Scottish Labour to introduce new fuel cost-cutting Bill
SCOTTISH Labour will introduce a new Bill to help cut fuel costs and emissions in all new homes, the party revealed today. The Domestic Building Environmental Standards (Scotland) Bill would see all new housing built to Passivhaus standard or to a specific Scottish equivalent.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/scottish-labour-introduce-new-fuel-cost-cutting-bill

Sweden says it received U.S. security assurances if it hands in NATO application
Sweden has received assurances from the United States that it would receive support during the period a potential application to join NATO is processed by the 30 nations in the alliance, Foreign Minister Ann Linde said in Washington on Wednesday.
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/sweden-says-it-received-us-security-assurances-if-it-hands-nato-application-2022-05-04/
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Uh-oh.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/02/supreme-court-abortion-draft-opinion-00029473

Realistically, what are the outcomes of this going to be? All I can see happening is, proletarian women getting into extreme medical debt from childbirth and childcare costs rising.
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Elon Musk's Twitter Takeover

OLIGARCH MONOPOLY CAPITAL IN THE DIGITAL ERA

Previous thread full. Liu Haoyan, an associate professor of Marxism at Xiamen University, has an article about Elon Musk's attempted takeover of Twitter. Here's a rough translation.

>On April 25, Tesla CEO and "the world's richest man" Musk reached a final agreement with the board of social media Twitter company to acquire Twitter for about $44 billion.


>The purpose of this acquisition cannot be simply summed up by Musk’s own sentence of “freedom of speech,” because Musk must be clear that no matter who becomes Twitter’s “behind-the-scenes player,” it is impossible to achieve true freedom of speech. So what was the motivation for this acquisition? What does this "combination of powers" mean for the digital economy market and ordinary people?


>In fact, "freedom of speech" is just a gimmick. Musk's ultimate goal is to build a closed-loop business ecological empire that spans multiple economic and social fields and multiple levels of the digital economy. This should draw our attention to the expansion of monopoly capital in the digital economy era.


>When observing competition and monopoly issues in the digital economy era, we should not only pay attention to the analysis of the horizontal dimension, but also to the analysis of the vertical dimension.


>The biggest change in the market in the digital economy era is not the emergence of various technology companies or platform companies, but the formation of a "multiple competition structure" that is different from the traditional market structure and needs to be observed from a vertical dimension. An important basis for understanding the competitive relationship between enterprises and the mechanism of monopoly in the digital economy era.


>Before understanding the multiple competitive structure, we must first see the layered characteristics of the digital industry, which is the most direct reason for the emergence of the multiple competitive structure.


>The business scope of enterprises in the Internet industry is not the same. The entire industry is a consortium formed by specific levels that undertake different functions. Although the main businesses of enterprises at different levels are different, they are mutually dependent on each other and influence each other, which together constitute an interrelated overall market. These enterprises can be roughly divided into four levels from low to high, namely content layer, platform layer, system layer and physical layer.


>First, the content layer, that is, the layer that produces Internet content and applications, or relies on the Internet to provide real products and services.


[…]

>Awareness of multiple competing structures can help us understand Musk's true intentions.


>The dynamic connection between different levels makes more and more digital companies at high-dimensional levels realize the strategic significance of vertical integration. On the one hand, vertical integration can help companies reduce their dependence on other levels, and on the other hand, they can build barriers to restrict SMEs [small and mid-sized enterprises] from entering the market. Due to the unequal dependencies between different levels, once the oligarchs form an independent and complete business closed loop at the higher-dimensional level, it is easy to extend to the lower-dimensional level.


>Therefore, it is not difficult for us to understand why words such as "ecology" and "integration" have become common words in the mouths of digital capitalists in recent years, and what Musk envisaged is based on his own physical layer such as Starlink, automobiles, artificial intelligence and so on. Products, open up all levels, form a strong ecological closed loop, and expand business in various fields of economy and society. Twitter, which already has large-scale traffic and user stickiness, is an ideal object to expand to the platform layer. Although most of Twitter’s revenue in the past came from advertising, its economic value is self-evident after being included in Musk’s empire.


>In fact, in addition to Musk, many digital companies have begun to expand across layers in recent years, conducting business expansion and corporate mergers.


[…]

>Therefore, we can judge that the acquisition of Twitter is just the beginning. In the future, Musk is very likely to continue to enter the fields of smart devices, operating systems, software applications and other fields through acquisitions, cooperation or independent research and development.


>Compared with platform-focused giants such as Meta, Musk's existing business empire has significant advantages. Because enterprises in the physical layer of the highest dimension are the top priority of competition in the entire digital field, and dominate the supply chain of the physical layer, they can more easily carry their own operating systems, recommend their own platforms, and follow the trend to the application layer.


>The major Internet giants in the United States have also been interested in or have already intervened in the hardware market in recent years. For example, Google is actively developing its own chips, successively launching its own mobile phones, speakers, headphones, etc., and integrating smart watches, smart eyes, and smart automobiles are the key areas of attack.
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Hello everyone, may I please ask a question about Marxism?
Marx asserts that class struggle is the mechanism by which social change is achieved, which is clearly derived from Hegel's dialectic of history, which is only really useful in the context of an internal, closed system, and therefore does not account for externalities.
So within Marxist thought, is there an explanation for non-class struggle forms of social change?
When the CIA overthrows an elected government or when the coalition of the willing annihilated the ruling political class of Iraq, or when the developed world pumps carbon into the atmosphere and the world heats up and sea levels rise and Pacific islands lose land to the rising ocean and thus face a natural disaster caused by the economic practices of other nations, these have massive consequences but are far outside the bounds of a class struggle based theory of societal development.
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Pagan Nubia
>Wealthy, populous, and literate society
>Actually were kangz of ancient Egypt at one point
>One of the first Christian nations, converted on its own
>Built thousands of pyramids and Coptics churches, as well as several metropoles
>Beat back Arab invaders for almost 800 years
>Birthplace of Pharaoh Piye, Amanitore, Silko, Saint Moses the Black, and possibly the legendary Prester John

Muslim Sudan
>Third World shithole
>Ruled for 30 years by Muslim Brotherhood retard in cahoots with bin Laden
>Forced to adopt Islam and Arab identity by Mamluks
>Built nothing of significance, own capital city was founded by Egyptians
>Gets cucked by Darfuri peasants, swamp Drow, and Arabs on a daily basis
>Birthplace of Ahmad Muhammad (Clock Kid) and Muhammad Ahmad (fake Mahdi who is hated by majority of his own people)

How did one of the oldest civilizations in Africa get fucked up so badly? Can it ever be fixed?
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Future Prediction Thread

What do you guys think the world will be like in 2122? The last time thier was a thread like this was back on 8ch in 2017. Lets bring it back. Previous threads were really interesting to read and had a lot of effortposts.
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So were these guys not actually idealist hippies that believed in the liberal judicial system

Was the movie revisionist?

Anybody got more info on these guys, abbie hoffman and their politics and thoughts during the trial

Were they actual radical and had theory but got unlucky?
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Why did the people who lived in Communist countries let Communism die? Why didn't they rebel? Why did they let American liberal capitalism take over so easily? You would think if 90%+ of the country knew of the superiority of the Communist system they wouldn't let one guy in power completely change everything they would revolt like they did before and they had the numbers to win but they didn't really do anything? Why?
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What do you think raya dunayevskaya and marxism-humanism
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Is it really possible to be a good communist or anarchist and have a family?

For real, doesn’t having to tend to a spouse and kids take away time from organizing and further the bourgeois social structure?

I’ve always wanted to get married and have kids, but I’m always thinking doing so goes against my principles as an anarchist.

Any thoughts?
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News 5/4/22

French Socialists, Communists and Greens to ally with Melenchon for a left majority and 'radical programme'
FRANCE’S Socialist Party reached an agreement in principle today with Jean-Luc Melenchon’s La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) to form an alliance for the legislative elections. The Communist Party struck a deal with Mr Melenchon last night, and the Greens did so earlier this week, meaning the French left could display its greatest unity in decades as it seeks to win a majority in the National Assembly and make Mr Melenchon, who came a narrow third in the recent presidential election, prime minister.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/french-socialists-communists-and-greens-ally-melenchon-left-majority-and-radical-programme

Amazon France pay deal rejected by unions on last day of talks
Most unions at U.S. e-commerce giant Amazon's (AMZN.O) French arm rejected the company's 2022 pay proposal on the final day of talks, but no immediate industrial action is planned, union representatives said. A group unions had proposed a 5% pay increase to compensate for a sharp rise in inflation in France. The company, meanwhile, offered a 3.5% general increase from June 1, with only the CFE-CGC management union accepting the terms, union sources said.
https://www.reuters.com/business/amazon-france-unions-reject-wage-increase-proposal-last-day-talks-2022-05-03/

Sudan’s coup leaders hold secret consultations with political leaders
In a television interview with Sudania 24 broadcast on Tuesday, but recorded on April 30, Atta who is tasked with the political file in the military-led Sovereign Council stressed that all the military leaders believe that only dialogue can lead to the end of the political stalemate.
https://sudantribune.com/article258276/

Bolsonaro's Son to Be Investigated for Mocking Torture
The son of President Jair Bolsonaro is already being investigated for "sexist offenses", encouraging acts against democratic institutions, and making statements against COVID-19 prevention measures. The new investigation arose after the far-right politician responded ironically to Leitao's criticism of the economic situation in this South American country.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Bolsonaros-Son-to-Be-Investigated-for-Mocking-Torture-20220504-0010.html

Senate sends special team to probe rape and murder of indigenous girl that has rocked Brazil
Leaders of the indigenous group, which numbers around 30,000 and lives in an area approximately the size of Portugal in the north of the gigantic rainforest, say a 12-year-old Yanomami girl was raped and killed by illegal gold miners. The case, first reported on April 25 by Junior Hekurari Yanomami, president of the Yanomami and Ye’kwana Indigenous District’s Health Council, has sparked uproar across Brazil for highlighting the dangers to native peoples from the rapid expansion of logging and mining in supposedly protected areas under President Jair Bolsonaro.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/senate-sends-special-team-probe-rape-and-murder-indigenous-girl-has-rocked-brazil

US issues visas in Cuba for first time in more than four years
The United States embassy in Cuba began issuing visas for the first time in more than four years after disruption due to alleged sonic attacks against its diplomatic personnel, and at a time when the island is experiencing increasing emigration.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/3/us-issues-visas-in-cuba-for-the-first-time-in-more-than-4-years
https://archive.ph/kc5Q5

Health workers slam Badoy for ‘red-tagging’ them again
A group of health workers have condemned once again anti-insurgency task force spokesperson Lorraine Badoy after she linked them anew to the armed communist movement. The Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) urged the Office of the Ombudsman and the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) to expedite the complaints they earlier filed against her for red-tagging them.
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1592359/health-workers-slam-badoy-for-red-tagging-them-again

Sri Lanka foreign reserves at record low, politics in crisis
Sri Lanka’s economy is in dire straits with its usable foreign reserves down to less than $50 million, the country’s finance minister said Wednesday. Ali Sabry was speaking to Parliament after returning to Sri Lanka from talks with the International Monetary Fund. He said any IMF rescue program, including a rapid financing instrument needed to urgently resolve shortages of essential goods, would depend on negotiations on debt restructuring with creditors and would take six months to implement.
https://apnews.com/article/covid-business-health-economy-sri-lanka-a742a0ebe7a7e0734960d68e49bed69a

LIC Employees Strike in Protest Against IPO Launch
“LIC IPO, down, down” slogans resonated at the branches and divisional and zonal offices of the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) across the country as insurance employees staged a walkout strike for two hours on Wednesday against the opening of its initial public offering (IPO).
https://www.newsclick.in/LIC-employees-strike-protest-against-IPO-launch

Dissident Faction Expels Netra Bikram Chand From CPN
Central Committee member Guna Raj Lohani, one of the leaders of the faction, said that Chand was removed from the post for taking part in the local level elections against the decision of the party central committee, and for forming an electoral alliance with the CPN-UML and the Nepali Congress who supported the $500 million US grant assistance under the Millennium Challenge Corporation, among other issues.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/dissident-faction-expels-netra-bikram-chand-from-cpn/
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Evil Tech Overlords

General thread to bitch about the modern internet, how we're all playing in the bougie garden and having our actions and thought constricted by these structures.
I really just wanted to make a thread about Google rolling out this new feature to enforce proper language. I'm sure the next word that will be too offensive to be rendered will be "exploitation".

Vice article with examples: https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7dk8m/googles-ai-powered-inclusive-warnings-feature-is-very-broken
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Happening Preparation

You somehow learn that a major civil-war grade happenings is to occur in approximately 6 months time. No more time to waste sitting around.

What do you do?

pic unrel
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Well, fuck

I am a nonwhite person who was introduced to /pol/ as a child. I agreed with /pol/ because I was bullied and harassed for being mixed race most of my life and for the most part, I blamed integration for the issues I faced and felt that if segregation remained, I'd be better off. I can't be for /pol/ talking points anymore because I also face racism myself and am tired of the /pol/ talking points. I want to change. What can I do? I still have full on natsoc/third position values and I don't know how to stop having such views. I feel like the mindset has become part of who I am now.
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Do people think differently due to culture. I'm asking because I've noticed studies on this subject where when investigating Asian and white cultures, the people from these two groups thought differently. Of course it's not genetic since it's been found if you raise a asian in a European cultural environment they think like an European. But at the same time I'm just wondering could this be why socialism never took over the west. That due to the individualistic culture framework alongisde other reasons of the west liberalism was the only natural outcome of western society
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Leftypol TV - Local Cytube Isntance

This is a main thread for the local cytube instance, Leftypol TV. It is user-driven and not directly affiliated with the main site's staff. Anybody can create an account and control multiple channels with the full feature set. You do not need an account to view the content or join a chat. Guest users can type in a screen name and start chatting immediately.

A full guide to the standard Cytube 3.0 system can be found here:
https://github.com/calzoneman/sync/wiki/CyTube-3.0-User-Guide

Home Page: https://tv.leftypol.org
It is listed on the top bar as "cytube" next to git.

Channel List
Note that if you view the home page, channels will only be visible if there are current viewers and the channel admin(s) checked the "List Channel Publicly" box in the channel settings under the admin settings tab.

Happenings & News
https://tv.leftypol.org/r/HappeningsviaKlash

Bloodcast (E-Celeb Hatewatching etc.)
https://tv.leftypol.org/r/bloodcast

Movies, TV, Documentaries, Lectures
https://tv.leftypol.org/r/MovieNight

Sports
https://tv.leftypol.org/r/Sportsball

Trains
https://tv.leftypol.org/r/Trains

Economics & /crisis/
https://tv.leftypol.org/r/FederalReserve

Educational Content
https://tv.leftypol.org/r/Lectures
And see this thread >>>/edu/6087 for lectures to queue/request

Live Streaming and Content Creators
https://tv.leftypol.org/r/Streaming

How To Use
Each channel has a playlist where channel moderators (optionally users) may queue videos. If the queue is open you will see a green check mark ✅ under the video player (instead of a red padlock 🔒), and users can add videos by clicking the plus button and pasting URLs in the field that opens. Who can add videos is up to the channel owners and highly configurable. Video or streaming playback is synchronized so that everyone on a channel watches the same thing simultaneously, including if they join late.

If a "Leader" is designated on the channel, they gain additional privileges above regular users including the ability to set the place in the video so playback can be controlled/corrected. They may also gain other powers according to what the channel admin configures. This is usually unnecessary and because it can cause lag, we normally only use it if a video got interrupted and we need to return to where we left off.

You can identify user roles on a channel by how the name appears in the user list. The Leader gets a star ⭐ next to their name. Moderator names are in green and Admin names are in orange. Guest user names are in a faded text color. Users who have gone idle (timeout is configurable) will have their names in italics with a clock 🕘. If you click on someone's username, various options will be available including private messages or selectively muting them. If they have an account and have set any information this will appear when you mouse-over the name. Mods and admins can toggle the name color on or off in the chat itself.

If you want to get somebody's attention with a highlighted message, you can type their username in the message. This works with guest users as well. If you partially type a name and hit the Tab key, it will cycle through complete usernames of people in the chat. Tab also does this with the names of emotes.

Formatting and Commands
Full list here https://github.com/calzoneman/sync/wiki/CyTube-3.0-User-Guide#chat-commands

For italics bracket text with single underscores _ Names with underscores can break the formatting and tagging system.
For bold bracket text with single asterisks *
For
monospace
bracket with the grave accent `
For strikethrough bracket with two tildes ~

There are commands that can be use by anybody:
/me will send your message as an action
/sp will spoiler your message, hiding it until mouse-over
/afk will toggle your idle status

These commands are exclusive to moderators:
/say put the message in big red text
/d <message> calls for a drink with the message
/d# [<message>] calls # drinks with or without a message
/clear removes all messages from chat
/clean <user> removes all playlist entries added by that user

Sites that can be embedded
<Youtube
<Twitch
<Vimeo
<Dailymotion
<Rumble
<Streamable
<Soundcloud
Note that sometimes an embed is disallowed on an individual basis. For instance, youtube blocks embedding if the video is flagged as inappropriate for some audiences. These cases may or may not throw an error message when you attempt to queue the content (you might only be able to tell by trying to play it).

Contact
Matrix Chat (Public)
https://matrix.to/#/#leftycytube:matrix.org
For more permanent/stable feedback, discussion, requests, and image hosting for chat emotes.
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How do I convince people I have a job?

I am from Mississippi (US) and work full time. When someone finds out I am a communist they almost always say get a job or you don't have a job. If I show them stuff from my work that proves I have a full time job they still say I fabricated documents or I am using communist tricks and get aggressive.

Its like they are total NPC's and communism = no job in their script (brain).

How do I actually convince people it is possible for communists to have a job if they think my pay slips are fabrications and I bought my work clothes to trick them?
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What's the proper response for "problem" children"?

Especially if they come from other families who are clearly the cause for the kid to behave that way? Ostracizing a little kid feels wrong, but when they're bullying and actively ruining the lives of children around them what else can you do under this shitty system?
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Why do radical anti-capitalists and radical reactionaries frequently accuse wikipedia of being a bad source?
There was a similar thread a while back.

Don't feel the need to write paragraphs if you can just link to a sourced answer already written somewhere else. Answers without evidence are useless. Links to relevant talk pages or edit wars are good evidence.
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News 5/3/22

Municipal workers in Germany begin rolling pay strikes as unions condemn rising arms spending
GERMAN social services and education workers began rolling strikes on Monday ahead of a new round of pay negotiations on May 16, warning the government not to spend money on arms that should go to raise wages and address climate change.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/municipal-workers-in-germany-begin-rolling-pay-strikes-as-unions-condemn-rising-arms-spending

Czech progressives slam plans to permanently deploy US military in the country
Progressive sections in the Czech Republic have criticized plans to allow the permanent stationing of US military troops in the country. Various groups including the Czech Peace Movement (CMH), Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM), Young Communists (MK), Communist Youth Union (KSM), and others raised strong objection to statements made by representatives of the incumbent center-right government that favor plans to allow a permanent foreign military base inside the Czech Republic. On April 27, communist leader and CMH chairman Milan Krajca urged the government to reject the deployment of foreign troops, bases and weapons in the country.
https://peoplesdispatch.org/2022/05/02/czech-progressives-slam-plans-to-permanently-deploy-us-military-in-the-country/

Pope Francis offers to meet Putin to try to end Ukraine war
Francis has frequently denounced the weapons industry and the announced increases in defence spending by the West in recent weeks. But he has also defended the right of Ukrainians to protect their territory from the Russian invasion, in line with Catholic social doctrine. He told Corriere he felt he was too removed to judge the morality of resupplying the Ukrainian armed forces from the West. But he also said he was trying to understand why Russia had reacted as it had. Maybe “this barking of NATO at Russia’s door” had prompted it, he was quoted as saying, “An anger that I don’t know if you can say was provoked, but may be facilitated.”
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/3/pope-francis-wants-to-travel-to-russia-to-meet-putin
https://archive.ph/SJwBd

‘We are living in hell’: Pakistan and India suffer extreme spring heatwaves
As the heatwave has exacerbated massive energy shortages across India and Pakistan, Turbat, a city of about 200,000 residents, now barely receives any electricity, with up to nine hours of load shedding every day, meaning that air conditioners and refrigerators cannot function. “We are living in hell,” said Ahmed.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/02/pakistan-india-heatwaves-water-electricity-shortages

Worldwide Food Inflation is Expected to Rise Steeply, Adding to the Woes of the World’s Hungry
ndonesia announced a ban on palm oil exports to check domestic prices of this crucial edible oil. The ban is likely to continue as the Joko Widodo government has repeatedly failed to control its prices. The decision immediately put Indian edible oil importers and traders in a fix. India currently imports 45% of its crude palm oil and 70% of RBD or Refined Bleached Deodorised palm oil from Indonesia. Most palm oil is imported in its refined form.
https://www.newsclick.in/worldwide-food-inflation-expected-rise-steeply-adding-woes-worlds-hungry

Sudan’s Ansar Affairs Authority welcomes tripartite mechanism and accuses govt of failing to protect citizens in Darfur
Abdel Mahmoud Abu, Secretary-General of the Ansar Affairs Authority*, welcomed the tripartite initiative of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), African Union, and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to facilitate negotiations between different parties in Sudan to resolve current disputes.
https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-s-ansar-affairs-authority-welcomes-tripartite-mechanism-and-accuses-govt-of-failing-to-protect-citizens-in-darfur

Ethiopian drought leading to ‘dramatic’ increase in child marriage, Unicef warns
Drought-afflicted areas of Ethiopia are seeing “dramatic” increases in child marriage as the worst climate-induced emergency for 40 years pushes people to the brink, the head of Unicef has said. Three consecutive failed rainy seasons have brought hunger, malnutrition and mass displacement to millions of people in the Horn of Africa, including parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Djibouti.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/apr/30/ethiopian-drought-leading-to-dramatic-increase-in-child-marriage-unicef-warns

Feminists join Carmelite nuns in protest after court hearing over archbishop's ‘violence’ gets postponed
FEMINIST groups joined Argentinian Carmelite nuns in protest today after a court hearing into allegations of psychological and physical violence by Archbishop of Salta Mario Antonio Cargnello was postponed indefinitely.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/feminists-join-carmelite-nuns-protest-after-court-hearing-over-archbishops-violence

Colombia presidential candidate Petro says gang planned to kill him on campaign trail
Gustavo Petro, the leftist front-runner in Colombia's presidential election, on Monday canceled events in the country's coffee region because of what his office said was a plot by a crime gang to attempt to take his life. Petro, a former M-19 guerrilla and mayor of Bogota, was scheduled to travel to the region, including the city of Manizales, on Tuesday and Wednesday, ahead of the scheduled vote on May 29.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/colombia-presidential-candidate-petro-says-gang-planned-attack-him-campaign-2022-05-02/

Palestinians fume at UNRWA’s proposed delegating of services to other UN agencies
A proposal by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees to delegate some services to other United Nations agencies has sparked outrage among Palestinians, who have warned of a plot to “dismantle” the body.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinians-fume-at-unrwas-proposed-delegating-of-services-to-other-un-agencies/
https://archive.ph/SlQFq

HRE: 14 invaders were killed in Afrin and Shehba
On April 30, an action was carried out against a military base of the invading Turkish army in the village of Kîmare, leaving 7 Turkish soldiers dead and many others injured. The military bases and positions of the invading troops were destroyed in this action. Furthermore, 2 AK-47 guns and some technical equipment were seized by our forces.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-syria/hre-14-invaders-were-killed-in-afrin-and-shehba-59709

Egypt braces for third-stage filling of Nile dam
Before the start of the third-stage filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s (GERD) reservoir and with the start of the planting season in the summer, Cairo is considering all scenarios related to water resources management for this year.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/05/egypt-braces-third-stage-filling-nile-dam
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News 5/2/22

May Day 2022 in Greece: "The working class does not bow its head" (VIDEO)
“The working class will not bow its head” was the message sent by thousands of demonstrators on May 1st in Athens' Syntagma Square, on the occasion of the International Workers' Day. With a militant rally, trade unions that participate in the ranks of the All-Workers' Militant Front (PAME) raised their voice against the rise of prices and Greece's involvement in the imperialist war in Ukraine.
https://www.idcommunism.com/2022/05/may-day-2022-in-greece-working-class-does-not-bow-its-head-video.html

Germany: Feminists and squatters kick off early May Day protests in Berlin
Following a couple of years of limited actions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Berliners took to the streets on Saturday to launch this year's May Day protests and festivities. A feminist demonstration marched under the slogan of "Take back the night" protesting violence against women. German news agency DPA estimated that around 2,500 people were taking part in the march, accompanied by a heavy police presence.
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-feminists-and-squatters-kick-off-early-may-day-protests-in-berlin/a-61648027

Violent May Day clashes in Paris (VIDEOS)
At least 5,000 police officers were deployed to the streets of the French capital, backed up by armored cars and water cannons. This year's protests came a week after French President Emmanuel Macron was re-elected, and with around 250 demonstrations planned in the city alone, trade union boss Philippe Martinez called on citizens to “take to the streets” and make the protests “as massive as possible." Leftist leader Jean-Luc Melenchon called on his followers to oppose Macron's planned pension reforms, and marches held banners decrying the centrist president's plans to raise the retirement age to 65. Amid crowds of peaceful marches, groups dressed in black and wearing masks soon scuffled with police. Tear gas was fired and video footage showed officers tackling suspects to the ground, while another clip showed a group of heavily-armored officers charging protesters who pelted them with projectiles.
https://www.rt.com/news/554823-paris-may-day-protests-violence/

Cubans take to streets on Worker's Day for first time in three years
Cubans poured onto the streets in celebration of International Worker's Day on Sunday, the first such parade since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, touting fluttering flags, posters of former leader Fidel Castro and chanting "Cuba Lives and Works."
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/cubans-take-streets-workers-day-first-time-three-years-2022-05-01/

Protesting miners stop May Day speech by South Africa’s president
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa abandoned his Workers’ Day speech in the northwestern city of Rustenburg on Sunday when striking mineworkers stormed the stage. The workers employed by the Sibanye-Stillwater mine are demanding a wage increase of 1,000 rands ($63) per month instead of the 850 rands ($54) being offered by the mine.
https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2022/5/2/protesting-miners-stop-speech-by-south-africas-president
https://archive.ph/PbXs8

Workers across Turkey mark May Day
Thousands of people across Turkey attended events to mark May Day. Demonstrators voiced criticism of the government due to the economic crisis, as well as chanting slogans in favor of the Gezi Park protests and the İstanbul Convention.
https://bianet.org/english/labor/261303-workers-across-turkey-mark-may-day
https://archive.ph/0B3cq

Iraq: Yazidis flee as army launches offensive on Sinjar armed group
Residents of the northern Iraqi province of Sinjar are bracing themselves for another bout of violence after Baghdad launched a military operation to clear the region of forces linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). On Sunday evening, heavy fighting erupted between the Iraqi army and the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS) - an armed group composed of members of the Yazidi religious minority who largely live in Sinjar - near Dugri. On Monday the fighting also spread to the town of Sinune.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-sinjar-yazidis-flee-offensive-armed-group

Palestinians slam Israeli rejection of appeal over Gaza killings
Relatives of four Palestinian children who were killed by an Israeli air raid while playing on a Gaza beach eight years ago have denounced a decision by Israel’s Supreme Court to reject a request to reopen an investigation into the deaths as inhumane.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/4/30/palestinians-slam-israeli-rejection-of-appeal-over-gaza-killings
https://archive.ph/2w7W5

IDF to close West Bank, Gaza crossings for Memorial and Independence days
The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday announced the closure of crossings to the West Bank and Gaza Strip for Memorial Day and Independence Day. The closure will begin Tuesday at 3 p.m., and last until midnight between Thursday and Friday, May 6.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-to-close-west-bank-gaza-crossings-for-memorial-and-independence-days/
https://archive.ph/Nq7Zc

Organisations Urge Health Ministry to add Warning Labels for Unhealthy Food Products
The organisations also wrote to the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mansukh Mandaviya, in April, 2020, urging him to make front-of-pack labels (FOPL) mandatory for unhealthy food products. The letter said, "Being aware that diseases like diabetes, cancers and heart attacks constitute majority of annual deaths in India, and the strong association of ultra-processed unhealthy diet with such diseases, we believe that to minimise the burden of NCDs, the reduction of rising consumption of unhealthy food products is pivotal."
https://www.newsclick.in/organisations-health-ministry-add-warning-labels-unhealthy-food-products

Beijing concerned with rising North Korea tensions, envoy says in Seoul
Beijing is concerned about the tense situation on the Korean peninsula, China's Korean affairs envoy said as he arrived for talks in Seoul this week, adding that both the symptoms and root cause of tensions needed to be addressed. Amid stalled denuclearisation talks, North Korea has conducted a flurry of weapons tests this year, from hypersonic missiles to intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/beijing-concerned-with-rising-north-korea-tensions-envoy-says-seoul-2022-05-02/

Marcos Jr. Keeps Lead Ahead of Philippine Presidential Poll
The late dictator’s son was favored by 56% of respondents in April, unchanged from the previous month. Robredo got 23% of the support, down from 24% previously, while boxer-turned politician Manny Pacquiao edged out Manila Mayor Isko Moreno to take third place with 7%. The survey of 2,400 adults nationwide was conducted from April 16 to 21. The election will be held on May 9.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-02/marcos-jr-keeps-lead-ahead-of-philippine-presidential-election
https://archive.ph/kRPhA
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Let me know if this is wrecking and delete this post if it is wrecking. I am sharing I guess as a moral boost to say they are doing something and you can join. I know I will sound like a schizo/liar but this is actually the truth.

Austin Maoists never broke up they made it look like they broke up to the feds.

Austin Maoists are now in a new clandestine (secret) organisation called "Commission to reconstitute the cpusa" where they are seeking to make the CPUSA Maoist. Hence why they don't make public statements etc.
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I just want to be free. Thats all.

I just want to be free man. I dont know what else to say.
I dont want to fear prison. I dont want to fear wageslavery. I dont want to fear authoritarianism. I dont want to fear conscription. I dont want to fear fascism. I just want freedom. Im past worrying about class warfare, intersectionality and other billshit. I want to be free in every possible sense.
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Bordiga's Reputation is a Productive of Ignorance and Exaggeration

I've been reading some Bordiga, especially this interview and in context his quotes are far more reasonable than they at first seem to be.
https://overland.org.au/2017/11/against-anti-fascism-amadeo-bordigas-last-interview/

For example, his "the worst product of fascism is anti-fascism" claim is actually saying that the idea that fascism is special and not a product of the industrial "progressive" capitalists but only the most reactionary ones is bullshit. This was quite difficult to see in early 20th-century Italy when the most vocal supporters of fascism were agrarian landlords, the clergy ect and it *appeared* like the industrial capitalists were steadfastly against it, but the history of the late 20th-century and especially the era of neoliberalism since the 80's has proven this 100% correct. Today we live in an era where "the kind progressive industrialists" neoliberals regularly threaten to unleash the far-right and neo-nazi right onto us pretty much every election unless we give up our principles and support for the left in favor of voting for people like Marcron, Biden or Kier Starmer. This proves the fascists are not some unstoppable evil force but instead only ever take over with the permission of the industrial capitalists. This has been disastrous, because now anyone can call themselves "left wing" and throw a wrench into leftist movements by saying you're a bad "anti-fascist" if you don't pony up and vote for the right wing neoliberal.

Another "extreme" position: his opposition to all united front tactics. This seems extreme until you realize that the situation that prompted his party to adopt that view was basically that his organization would have to submit hierarchically to socdems. Bordiga even said that he would support their organizations unions forming a united front on strike action, but that they would not sacrifice their principles. This is apparently "extreme". If there was a united front today and fucking Agent Kochinski and Adam Something were the leaders of it, would you really submit your organization to *his*, even if there was a fascist threat? I'd hope not.

Put simply, whether you agree with him or not, his positions were not so extreme in context, especially since most of you instinctively hold them today.
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"classical fascism myths

so in my travels in the internet ive encountered some interesting claims about classical fascism
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*classical fascism isnt racist
*hitler corrupted classical fascism
*mussolinis fascism was semi socialist(im mixed about this one especially regarding the 1930s period)
*italian fascism is basically dengism

and etc

my question to you anons is how true or false are these claims and to post evidence to debunk or prove them
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What makes “gender” a valid category when it has no basis in concrete reality at all? There are no differences between transgender "women" and the general male population, other than that trans "women" may be skewed towards more feminine brains and may be of certain opinions.
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Answer honestly

let's say you live in a world that has abolished the commodity form, that has abolished the bourgeois class, that has abolished wage labor, where the working class collectively owns the means of production… but ethnic minorities get lynched, women aren't allowed reproductive rights, and LGBT rights aren't recognized.

Would you find a society like this "good enough?"

If so, why is the oppression of certain subgroups in the proletariat acceptable to you?

If not, what sort of actions should be taken to correct this? What sort of analytical framework should be used to think about this?
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Pençe Kilit Operation -- Turkish invasion of Iraqi Kurdistan

Looks like Turkey has embarked on its own "special military operation" but in Iraqi Kurdistan.

https://www.aa.com.tr/tr/gundem/msb-pence-kilit-operasyonu-ile-teror-orgutunun-bolgedeki-varligina-agir-darbe-indirildi/2566076

https://tr.euronews.com/2022/04/18/turkiye-kuzey-irak-ta-pkk-ya-yonelik-pence-kilit-operasyonu-baslatt

Will be interesting to see the extent of how far they go, how Iran reacts, how Russia reacts, and ofc how Israel/NATO react.
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>HPG: 16 Turkish soldiers were killed in actions by guerrillas
<Seven Turkish military personnel were killed in the Botan region in retaliation by Kurdish women guerrillas for resistance martyrs in Zap and Avaşin. Nine other soldiers were killed in southern Kurdistan.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/hpg-16-turkish-soldiers-were-killed-in-actions-by-guerrillas-59696
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ITT: Japanese authors criticizing Japan

People on this board often whine about Japan wanking and Yamato Damashii, but sometimes certain Japanese authors see beyond blind nationalism and point out the flaws of their culture and country.
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How dogshit is “Dawn of Everything” by David Graeber?

Been listening to the Kushvlogs (OG Matt Christman fucking Thad) about Graeber’s book Dawn of Everything, and, idk, the underlying notion seems to be “overturning” the current anthropological consensus of a material origin for classes, hierarchies, and states in favor of the idealist notion that these things arose due to culture and people just sort of chose it on a whim or something
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Too Many Books

Is it harmful to read too many books?

Perhaps we could instead say there are diminishing returns on theoretical development. There's a certain amount of theoretical understanding that is necessary in order to even attempt a revolutionary project, and a clearer theoretical understanding can significantly improve such an endeavor. But how does that scale up? How does the sliding scale of better theory affect actually existing socialism? How much benefit do the workers get from their leadership understanding the basics vs the more advanced things? We all should understand the idea of critical support; how theoretically sound should we push movements to be? Is there a limit (including a "soft" one)?

This question is relevant because there is a tradeoff here. Educational and academic resources are finite. The question of deep theoretical development is balanced against the question of broad theoretical education. It's widely accepted that the workers need to be educated in theory, but on balance, how much of the educational resources available (e.g. labor power of educators) should be allocated toward advanced theoretical development vs mass education? Which is more useful, in what quantities, and at what stage of the revolutionary process?
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Car Hate Thread

I just wanted to make a thread to discuss how the fuck we get over cars, what the barriers are, what you can do in your city etc.

This isn't directly related to communism or anything, having a decently designed city really isn't beyond liberalism. European cities are generally leagues better than American cities, even if some areas are better than others. I'm an American, so from my perspective I live in the fucking pit and while 99% of the rest of my politics revolve around hatred of capitalism, the 1% that doesn't is almost entirely hatred of the car city and the desperate desire to live to see the day where I don't have to own a car.

Of course, that will require America to actually build heavy rail one day to connect its cities, but I've been sufficiently convinced that that is a later step compared to improving cycling infrastructure in the city. I really think that is the key, because cycling infrastructure can start small and generally not be that obstructive, and can just be rigged on to roads that are already too wide for their own good. So the cost should be relatively small compared to other options, but the only immediate barrier is that it might require shrinking lanes or even removing lanes from car usage, which creates an immediate local lobby against it by boomer car owners.

But the other leg of that is to encourage more dense residential development within the city, if it isn't already there. A lot of cities should already be zoned for multifamily closer to downtown, so hopefully this isn't too difficult. But it's necessary, because the idea is you significantly expand bike infrastructure in the city to make it trivial to travel anywhere by bike, so people will naturally start choosing it over cars (they always do). Then not only does everybody see and envy the life within the city, but then the city also has much less use for its roads. So you can pivot into building out a rail network to connect the bike friendly city with areas at a longer distance, which the residents all want now that they enjoy using bikes. Then the nodes that get connected to the city can start being targeted for the same process of increasing bike infrastructure, which rots out the car dependency, which creates demand for density etc. and all the suburbs start to rot on the vine and people migrate to the denser areas with higher quality of life.
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IWW May Day Meetup

Hey Guys, I came back from my IWW may day celebration and it was great. Feels good to reach out to real community in the real world. I can't wait to see them again.

Love you
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Prisoner exchange done by the U.S what is the real reasoning for this. Help me here?

So to start it's widely accepted here the usa does not give a shit about random American civilians livelihood so why as this example are they releasing a Russian drug smuggler serving 20 years in prison in exchange for wait it..

A low rank u.s marine who got arrested for fighting an officer in Russia?

What does this singular marine provide them to make such a trade? This is just one example I've seen these type of trades happen before with random pedestrian Americans who in my mind couldn't possibly hold important government roles or information.

What does the usa gain out of these type of traders? Please provide legit reasoning for why this happens

https://nationalpost.com/news/russia-says-it-swaps-former-u-s-marine-reed-for-russian-prisoner-held-in-u-s

https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-europe-united-states-prisoner-exchange-8fd1e58e690350019c7aab55af41bbbf

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/russia-releases-us-marine-vet-part-prisoner-exchange-rcna26214
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🐖🇪🇺🐷/EUROpol/ - Europe Politics general💶

Can we get a europe general?
I'm kinda curious what's going on in the countries of my fellow europeans, but I feel like having a general for each separate country, with each speaking their own language segregates us further fellow euro brothers and sisters.

So dump news, banter, events, feels, and so on and so on
Let's create a better general than /USApol/

Reposting this from the bunker cause why not, it's been a while since the last one
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Is helping people bourgeois?

Being a 'good person' as the mainstream media defines it seems like a pretty big psyop to me. Stuff like volunteering, donating to charities, holding doors open for people, doesn't actually do anything to fight capitalism or strengthen the working class. If anything it just makes people more comfortable and less willing to rebel, while reinforcing bourgeois notions of 'caring' and 'tolerance' that are weaponized by the security state against socialist and anti-imperialist countries abroad.

As communists shouldn't we focus first on fighting capital and exposing bourgeois lies about how 'good' and 'happy' people can be? Returning a shopping cart to the grocery store doesn't radicalize anyone, but slamming a door in someone's face might just wake them up to the necessity of revolution.
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I decided to post a World Map of Imperialist Blocs in the "New Cold War".

I classified countries in the U$ and Chinese Imperialist Blocs, primarily based on military alliances, with all NATO, EU (expect Cyprus, due to its dispute with Turkey), Rio Pact, Major Non-NATO Allies (except Pakistan, due to its deep ties with Dengist China), GUAM, and GCC members automatically placed in the U$ Imperialist Bloc, with a couple exceptions, and all CSTO, Axis of Resistance, ALBA, Sino-North Korean alliance, members automatically placed in the Chinese Imperialist Bloc, with a couple exceptions, and many other counties that are not a member of any of these specific alliances grouped based on which Imperialist Bloc they have closer military, economic, and political ties with (ie. Pakistan is placed in the Chinese Imperialist Bloc and India is placed in the U$ Imperialist Bloc, etc.). An important note I must make is that I automatically placed all of Sub-Saharan Africa in the “Unaligned” category, because most of these Comprador Capitalist States have deep ties with both Imperialist Blocs, and I’m not much of an expert on this region, 😂.

Personally, I feel the “New Cold War” is a bit exaggerated and that World War III is still unlikely for now (primarily due to the fact that Dengist China is still a massive sweatshop for U$ Corporations despite its Imperialist FDI projects like the “Belt and Road”, though a limited conventional war between the U$ and Russia is quite possible due to the Russian Imperialist Invasion of Ukraine and American Air Supremacy, along with the fact that neither country is interested in using Nukes for obvious reasons), hence the fact I put it in quotations. However, I do feel that my Map does a really great job showing which countries are in the sphere of influence of each of the two most powerful Imperialist powers (the U$ and Dengist China), and thus is a great visual guide to Inter-Imperialist conflict in the 21st Century, along with showing the two global Imperialist alliances that would be fighting each other in the small chance World War III did break out.

Remember, that unlike the First Cold War, these two “Blocs” are not defined by ideology and/or economic system (Liberal Capitalism vs. Marxist-Leninist Socialism), instead they are both firmly integrated into the Global Capitalist-Imperialist System with one Imperialist “Bloc” consisting of a Hodge-podge of countries that include the last two Revisionist Marxist-Leninist States (Cuba and the DPRK) desperate to protect themselves after the USSR collapsed, a few Latin American Social Democracies (Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia), a Shia Islamist Theocracy (Iran), a rapidly declining Imperialist power with a Crypto-Fascist Oligarchical/Kleptocratic failed “Bourgeois Democracy” led by an aging strongman (Putinist Russia), and a rapidly rising Imperialist power with a government that disguises Fascism (a One-Party State in the Capitalist Mode of Production) with “Marxist-Leninist” aesthetics (Dengist China), that are only United in their belief that Dengist China is a “lesser Evil” to the U$ (with Dengist China taking advantage of this to promote its own Imperialist interests), while the other Imperialist “Bloc” consists of all the countries that are firmly aligned with U$ Imperialist Hegemony or have severe disputes with Dengist China (ie. India and Vietnam), with most of these being Capitalist Bourgeois Democracies, albeit many of which have strong Crypto-Fascist tendencies (ie. Brazil, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Israel, India, the Philippines, and the U$ itself when Republicans are in the White House, etc.), while some are Absolute Monarchies (ie. Saudi Arabia) or One-Party Fascist States (ie. Vietnam).

Thus, the “New Cold War” is most historically comparable, not to a ideological conflict like the First Cold War, but to the Inter-Imperialist competition during the buildup to World War I, between the Hegemonic Imperialist power (the U$/British Empire) and a rising Imperialist Power (Dengist China/Imperial Germany), with the only thing stopping this from having the same result (World War), being the close economic relationship between the U$ (the Worlds consumer) and Dengist China (the Worlds factory/sweatshop), though this doesn’t stop other aspects of this "New Cold War" from going hot, particularly the NATO-Russia tensions (If Putinist Russia keeps showing extreme military weakness in its Imperialist Invasion of Ukraine, the U$ could decide to launch a Air Campaign to destroy the Russian Military forces in Ukraine and the bordering parts of Putinist Russia, with a Desert Storm style beat down of Putinist Russia being the result due to U$ Air Supremacy in the form of Stealth Bombers and Standoff Cruise Missiles), the Iran-Israel/Saudi Arabia tensions (The next Republican U$ President is practically guaranteed to Invade Iran in order to please their White Evangelical Christian Zionist Voters and Wall Street Jewish Zionist Donors), and the India-Pakistan tensions (this is an obvious powder keg that can blow at any moment), with the only pieces of good news being that I feel all of these would be High-Intensity Conventional Conflicts, due to it not being in anyones interest to use Nukes, along with the fact that in the small chance (though much higher then I thought before the Russian Imperialist Invasion of Ukraine) that this Inter-Imperialist "New Cold War" escalates into World War III (a high-intensity Conventional Conflict between the U$ and Chinese Imperialist Blocs, fought in East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent), it will result in a World Protracted People's War to Liberate the Workers and Oppressed Nations of the World and place them on the Shining Path to Communism!
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Why is ecology such an ignored topic in climate change discussions?

All that light along with carbon dioxide and water vapour in the atmosphere that accounts for most greenhouse gases don’t go nowhere they get absorbed by earths many ecosystems and then recycled for important shit like ATP or glucose production. And it’s not like humans even compare to the amount of organic molecules pumped by volcanoes regularly that even allow new biomes and fuel for life to even form in the first place.

Shouldn’t there be greater focus on preserving ecosystems and coming up with better methods of overall manufacturing that a
Provide life a basis to grow, survive and adapt to earths climate whom has been under change since its inception
B
Provide an actually viable solution that does yield positive feedback for both humanity and nature than trying to literally force the planet into being an ideal it just shouldn’t be?
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any good books or articles on the Taiwanese aborigines people and their relations with other indigenous people, I remember reading on some youtube comment they had contact with native american groups in americas and Maori nationalist groups in new zealand, discussing various indigenous issues and forming cultural exchange and I tried looking it up and couldn't find much

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwanese_indigenous_peoples
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Is NATO expansion democratic?

Some friend of mine keep arguing that Ukraine joining NATO is democratic because it's done by referendum, which I countered by explaining that this referendum wouldn't expand into the breakaway regions of Lugansk and Donestk, making it undemocratic since these regions wouldn't be able to voice their choice.
He conceded his point for Ukraine but he argued that NATO breaking its promise to Russia to not expand eastward was "justified" and "democratic" because these countries held referendum to join. I tried to argue that these were done under the influence of pro-Western propaganda but he wasn't conviced.

So is NATO expansion into Eastern Europe "lawful" and "democratic" or is it done through pressure and propaganda?
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Soviet losses in WW2

https://p-balaev.livejournal.com/1507827.html
https://p-balaev.livejournal.com/1508049.html
https://p-balaev.livejournal.com/1508213.html

He murders Krivosheev and other "archive historians" and proves without any doubt that Krovisheev was an antistalinist who based his figures on random number generator. Time to admit that 27 millions figure is bogus, and USSR really has lost total 7 millions in the war, military and civilians.
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Why the hell there's no May 1st thread? Is because the soyified burgers were so cucked that they allowed their exploiters to change the day of the Intl Workers day without saying shit?
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Tell me the truth about the periphery of the EU

Is this comic wrong? Because to me it looks like EU apologia. At the same time I don't know why it's wrong. I would appreciate it if you anons shared your wisdom or posted some links. I'm also interested in learning about how the EU caused the crisis in PIIGS countries.
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violent revolution is the answer only if you can win

I feel like the discourse around whether violence is the solution or not is kinda dumb, cause in most cases if your some western country, your planned revolt is always gonna lose, there's a difference between a third world military that can be overthrown like cuba and a competent army, look at every insurrection movement in the US(Spoilers they got crushed)

Let's say I get my entire neighborhood or hell majority of my entire city to take up arms and "stand against the government!" I don't know what would happen, but I know it would be considered a national threat and be retaliated against in some way, and neighbor Joe's homemade body armor and molotov cocktail won't protect him from tanks/jets with bombs–it just won't, it doesn't matter how passionate he is or how many friends/family he convinced to join him.

but what about the Taliban, is a common reply I've seen, but that was an external conflict in a nation that was not even fully under US control,
violent revolution can only happen when the state is at its weakest
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looking back, it's really insane that something like the Iraq War took place. I get imperialists need wars but I'm pretty sure most of the oligarchs were aiming for Iran or Libya not Iraq, like a small clique of highly ideologized individuals who had at their disposal a sleeping ogre, got high on their own supply and thought they could rewrite the political culture of an entire civilization. Appointing MBAs like Paul Bremer the effective role of Proconsul of Mesopotamia, with the ensuing collapse of order that followed, was the hallmark of the unreality of things.
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What are some essential Posadist texts? In other words, what do I need to read to be able to call myself a Posadist unironically?
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Make a glowie mad

Say something nice about one of these news media outlets. They put the glowbots and shitlibs on full cope and seethe mode. That's a virtue practically unto itself.
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Baizuos, you must get your priorities straight and critically support Russia and China, and use domestic anti-establishment populist currents in the west to their advantage. This is because anti-imperialism is the primary contradiction today, and it should be the premier focus of western communist efforts in terms of having a class analysis in the west. One of the very basic Maoist positions held for a very long time is that the forces positioned against imperialism in the west, whether they come from the working class, the petite bourgeoisie or even some factions of the haute bourgeoise are objectively and formally a more progressive element than "people" like the fake Maoist "king lear" namefag and Sabotabby flagposter, who only in content and not form oppose imperialism.
This is a no-brainer. This is something Lenin talked about, that imperialism is the primary contradiction, and that communists should be aligned with the democratic petite bourgeoise that is opposed to the imperialist ruling class. So when I talk about popular fronts, I believe that the communist party should not have a position of class isolationism, but rather recognise the need for a broad popular front that cuts into the revolutionary potential of classes besides the working class.
Baizuos have it all wrong not trying to align themselves with the plethora of class forces in the west, positioned against these two-party rotating puppet wheel systems, which are the premier vectors of western imperialism in general. The populist currents in western nations are sceptical of the establishment because they understand that the republicans/tories are bought out, the democrats/labour/liberals are bought out, and they are all the establishment.
The two-party puppet wheel imperialist establishment also doesn't represent any of the achievements made under bourgeois democracy. I am not an ideological fanatic. I understand that progressive achievements under bourgeois democracy are something that communists have to take the role of defending. Some of Stalin's last speeches addressed communist parties of the world, telling them they must take up the banner of defending basic bourgeois liberties.
As a matter of fact, the imperialist establishment represents the forces which day by day, inch by inch encroach upon every last democratic bourgeois liberty that westerners historically enjoyed. From the 1st amendment rights to the monopolist economic rigging, and to all sorts of fucked up activities when it comes to spying, surveillance and censoring journalists. Look what they did to Snowden and Assange, and look at what they did with the Patriot Act, and the new laws passing regarding domestic terrorism after 9/11.
My point is that these represent principle obstacles and threats to any semblance of bourgeois democracy, and you must recognise that the struggle isn't going to be coming from the democrats, it's going to be coming from a broad populistic momentum. Remember the lesson of Lenin, it was the Mensheviks who wanted to side with the big liberal city bourgeoise, and got cosy with the Kadets which was basically the equivalent of democrats in Russia at the time. The Mensheviks aligned with Kadets using the excuse of the Black Hundreds threat.
Lenin said that the Black Hundreds threat that they were talking about did not justify the degree to which they have entered into a coalition with the Kadets, who were the party of the city urban and liberal big bourgeoisie. Just like how faggots like the Sabofaggot flag poster can not use the Putin threat to justify opposing Russia in their struggle against western imperialism.
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News 4/30/22

Azerbaijan desecrates Hadrut church: cross removed, Armenian inscription erased
Holy Resurrection Church in Hadrut has been desecrated, war.karabakhrecords.info reports. On April 27, 2022, pro-government Azerbaijani news agencies published articles entitled “Easter celebrated in Hadrut,” publishing new photos from the Holy Resurrection Church in the city. Examination of the photographs clearly shows that the cross was removed from the church.
https://en.armradio.am/2022/04/28/azerbaijan-desecrates-hadrut-church-cross-removed-armenian-inscription-erased/

Azerbaijan continues to illegally hold Armenian PoWs hostage – Mirzoyan
Azerbaijan continues to illegally hold Armenian prisoners of war and civilians hostage, Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said after a meeting with his Georgian counterpart Ilia Darchiashvili in Yerevan Saturday, April 30. In a statement for the press, Mirzoyan he offered a comprehensive breakdown of the situation around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and Armenia's position on the processes aimed at establishing regional peace and stability, and on the negotiations on a comprehensive peace agreement with Azerbaijan.
https://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/300001/

Deutsche Bank HQ in Frankfurt raided over suspected money laundering
Officers from the financial regulator BaFin, the federal police, and the Frankfurt public prosecutor’s office launched a raid on the bank’s glass-panelled offices – known locally as the “twin towers” – on Friday morning after securing a search warrant from the local court.
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/apr/29/deutsche-bank-hq-frankfurt-raided-suspected-money-laundering

Swedish PM rejects referendum on possible NATO membership
Sweden's government does not plan to hold a referendum if its parliament decides to proceed with an application for NATO membership, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Friday.
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/swedish-pm-rejects-referendum-possible-nato-membership-2022-04-28/

Germany: Berlin temporarily bans pro-Palestine protests citing 'public interest'
Following two years of pandemic-related restrictions, Sunday will see the return of Berlin’s May Day celebrations. At least 15 separate demonstrations are scheduled for the comeback events. In the past, protests like these have drawn tens of thousands of people with an atmosphere somewhere between a street party and a full-blown riot. Yet in an unprecedented move, police have banned all pro-Palestinian protests until 2 May.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/germany-berlin-bans-pro-palestine-protests

Kurds call on trade unionists to take action to stop Turkey's war in Iraqi Kurdistan
KURDISH officials appealed to trade unionists and progressives to stop Turkish war crimes in Iraqi Kurdistan today as Ankara’s forces were accused of using chemical weapons once more. “The British government has not only turned a blind eye to this invasion, but has also supported it by supporting [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan’s regime and his Kurdish collaborators,” a Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) spokesman told the Morning Star.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/fw/kurds-call-on-trade-unionists-to-take-action-to-stop-turkey-war-in-iraqi-kurdistan

In win for Israel, US seems to backtrack on removing IRGC from terror list
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett put the odds of a new deal being signed on Iran’s nuclear program at 95% — until a few days ago. Some of his associates even put them at 100%. “The agreement is ready,” one of his associates had told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity a few weeks ago. “It is on the table, alongside a pen. Only the signature is missing.”
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/04/win-israel-us-seems-backtrack-removing-irgc-terror-list

India's wheat export boom brings a bonanza to farmers, and budget relief
For the first season in over a decade, Indian farmer Rajensingh Pawar is selling his new wheat crop to private traders instead of the state stockpiler, as a global wheat price rally gives India's suppliers a rare profitable export window.
https://www.reuters.com/world/india/indias-wheat-export-boom-brings-bonanza-farmers-budget-relief-2022-04-28/

Healthcare Continues to Remain Inaccessible for Dalits and Adivasis, Says Study
Health outcomes have remained grossly unequal, with India's dalits and adivasis living shorter lives of poorer quality, as per a recent paper published by Oxfam India. Private infrastructure now accounts for nearly 62% of India's health infrastructure. However, only 4% adivasis and 15% dalits utilise private facilities. According to the 75th round of the National Sample Survey for inpatient care, Out of Pocket Expenditure (OOPE) in private facilities is 524% higher than in public facilities. This is unaffordable for a large section of the marginalised communities, as 45.9% of adivasis and 26.6% of dalits are in the lowest wealth quintile.
https://www.newsclick.in/healthcare-continues-remain-inaccessible-dalits-adivasis-study

Any Bolsonaro attempt to undermine Brazil election should be met with sanctions, ex U.S. diplomat says
The opinion piece in the O Globo newspaper from Scott Hamilton, the U.S. consul in Rio de Janeiro from 2018 to 2021 who retired from the State Department this week, is likely to irk Bolsonaro. The far-right populist has made baseless allegations of Brazilian electoral fraud, which Hamilton called part of a plan to reject any defeat in the October election.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/any-bolsonaro-attempt-undermine-brazil-election-should-be-met-with-sanctions-ex-2022-04-30/
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GENERAL STRIKE

GENERAL STRIKE THREAD
""A call for a general strike on May 1st has been declared in the United States""

The following demands have been listed:=
1. ""UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE""
Healthcare is a ""right"" not a commodity. The majority of the citizens in the United States support a universal healthcare system, specifically a Medicare-for-All system.

2. ""REPARATIONS""
Reparations for Slavery
Former slaves were promised "forty acres and a mule". This promise has yet to be fulfilled. Modern scholars have estimated the current value of this promise to be roughly $3.0 trillion. These reparations could be handed out in cash.
Reparations for COVID-19
American oligarchs, which include the multi-millionaire and billionaires of the top 1%, have MADE between 5 and 7 TRILLION dollars while workers have LOST more than 1.3 TRILLION dollars.
Reparations should be given to those who have lost during the pandemic from those who have gained during the pandemic. These payments would be provided for in either cash or through shares in the market.

3. ""LIVING WAGES""
A federal minimum wage of $20 an hour is REQUIRED for workers to live.

Additional strikes will occur on June 1st and July 1st. It's time to finally take a stand on these problems. /leftypol/ should encourage those to take a lead in rights for the American worker.
It is your duty to inform as many people as possible over these strikes. Create flyers and organize protests. Join mutual aid groups. Post links and resources to this thread whenever possible.
Solidarity Forever
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indo european symbolism in western european politics

i feel like nations are doomed to eternally relive motives found in their mythology, that this especially applies to western europe specifically and that liberalism is the culmination of it, in the original creation myth of the progenitors of modern europeans, there is this motive where god, before creating man, seperates infinite good from infinite evil, and this seperation gives birth to twins (?), and somewhere along the lie they are given a cow to nourish them with milk, then, either the twins decide to sacrifice the first cow so god can make the world from it, or (and this seems to be the root of a lot of european neuroticism) the first man sacrifices his twin, cuts him into pieces and turns each part of his body into a part of the world, now aint that somethin'?
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How do people not kill themselves or not become communist?

This may seem dumb but it is a serious post.

>Be me

>Wake up at 6am
>Get ready for work
>High stress hard job
>Finish at 5
>Home at 6-630
>Get ready for bed at 8


>Repeat 5 timed in a row

>Get paid minimum wage


>Do basically nothing for 2 days except use the internet and complete a few tasks for work which I don't get paid for So I can recover to work again.


>Having a full time job and living in the first world makes me better off than like 90-95% of people



Seriously how don't we have 90% of the population communist?

How do people not want to kill themselves?
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Why has the internet not been nationalized in most major yuro countries by now? Everyone needs it to get by nowadays, life is extremely inconvenient without it. I know porky doesn't want his money bags gone, but considering the fact that we use it for everything, there should be a push amongst the people to make it a right just like healthcare.
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News 4/29/22

Peru's ruling party turns on Castillo; calls for president to step down in 2023
Peruvian lawmakers from the ruling Peru Libre party on Thursday presented a bill to cut President Pedro Castillo's presidential term from five to two years, with general elections set for 2023, an unprecedented setback from within his own ranks.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/perus-ruling-party-turns-castillo-calls-president-step-down-2023-2022-04-29/

He's running to be Colombia's 1st left-wing president. Here's what he plans to do
Petro talks of raising taxes on the rich — and printing money — to pay for anti-poverty programs. To move toward a greener economy, he promises to stop all new oil exploration and to cut back on coal production, even though these are Colombia's two top exports. … Petro has outlined a 12-year transition period and says the country could replace the lost income from fossil fuels with a major boost to tourism, and improvements in agriculture and industry.
https://www.npr.org/2022/04/28/1094609544/colombia-election-candidate-gustavo-petro

Honduras: Non-Essential Personnel Laid-off Due to Debts
The strategy of the Hernandez government was political patronage to have control of a mass of activists to defend his government and many of these without justified assignments. The instruction is that layoffs occur as long as the secretariats or directorates have funds to pay the labor rights of these workers.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Honduras-Non-Essential-Personnel-Laid-off-Due-to-Debts-20220428-0032.html

Shootings Erupt on Russia-Ukraine Border – Governors
Shootings erupted at two checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian border Friday, regional authorities said as Russia’s military offensive on Ukraine continues to spill into its own territory. “It was a restless morning in the border district of Rylsky,” Kursk region Governor Roman Starovoit said on social media.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/04/29/shootings-erupt-on-russia-ukraine-border-governors-a77534

Belarus may execute 'terrorists'
Belarus has responded to efforts by anti-war activists to sabotage the nation’s railway network by taking steps to make attempted terrorist attacks punishable by execution. The former Soviet republic’s lower house of parliament approved plans on Wednesday to widen use of the death penalty, according to state-run media outlet Belta. The Belarus criminal code will be revised accordingly, if the upper house votes in favor of the plan and President Alexander Lukashenko signs it into law.
https://www.rt.com/russia/554644-belarus-may-expand-capital-punishment/
https://archive.ph/58Rfz

Solomon Islands PM says won't accept militarisation of Pacific
Sogavare said Campbell and a separate Japanese delegation had warned him against allowing China to build a naval base because it was not in the region's interests. Sogavare, who has previously said that there were no such plans, said he agreed with the delegations. "We don't need to be reminded of the cost of war," Sogavare told parliament. … Echoing comments made by China's foreign ministry, Sogavare also criticised Australia's signing of the AUKUS defence alliance with the United States and Britain last year without consulting Pacific island nations.
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/solomon-islands-pm-says-wont-accept-militarisation-pacific-2022-04-29/

Ex-miner and Orgreave campaigner no-platformed at Labour meeting
Mr Dunn said: “Last night I was booked to speak at Stoke West Labour Party, on behalf of the campaign. “I spent some time preparing my speech, only to find that minutes before I was due to join the meeting I had been no-platformed and could not speak. “They didn’t even have the courtesy to inform me. I was told by one of our supporters who had asked me to go.”
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/ex-miner-and-orgreave-campaigner-no-platformed-labour-meet

‘Unacceptable provocation’: Greece-Turkey spar over airspace
Greece has accused Turkey of undermining NATO unity by violating its airspace with fighter jets, prompting an angry Turkish response that blamed Athens for “provocative” violations of its own airspace. Greece’s foreign ministry said it protested to the Turkish ambassador in Athens on Wednesday over a series of overflights in the Aegean Sea, saying they were unlawful and an “unacceptable provocation”.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/4/28/unacceptable-provocation-greece-turkey-spar-over-airspace
https://archive.ph/uoouI

Complaint filed with ICC over Israel's 'systematic' targeting of Palestinian journalists
The complaint details the targeting of Palestinian journalists on behalf of four named victims – Ahmed Abu Hussein, Yaser Murtaja, Muath Amarneh, and Nedal Eshtayeh – who were killed or wounded by Israeli snipers while covering demonstrations in Gaza and the occupied West Bank. According to the complaint, all of them were wearing clearly marked “press” vests at the time they were shot.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-icc-complaint-filed-systematic-targeting-journalists

HPG: 6 Turkish soldiers killed in Zap and Avaşîn
6 Turkish soldiers were killed and 2 more injured in a series of counter attacks launched by the mobile guerrilla teams against the Turkish army conducting an invasion operation in the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq) since April 17.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/hpg-6-turkish-soldiers-killed-in-zap-and-avasin-59628

Women in Yemen trapped by war, abuse
The report also indicated that there are more than 900,000 displaced women in the camps of the Marib governorate as a result of the ongoing war in the country. The Houthi movement has the highest rate of abuses against women with 70% of the cases, followed by Yemen government forces with 18%, the Southern Transitional Council with 5% and other parties with 7%. The violations varied between deliberate killings and severe injuries against female civilians and activists — acts that are tantamount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to the report.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/03/women-yemen-trapped-war-abuse

Iran piles pressure on Iraq's Kurdish and Sunni leaders to crack Sadr’s alliance
Iran has begun piling pressure on Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani and the speaker of Iraq’s parliament, Mohammed al-Halbousi, hoping to convince them to abandon Muqtada al-Sadr’s political project and save Tehran’s Iraqi allies.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-iran-pressure-sunni-kurdish-leaders-crack-sadr-alliance
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Twitter bought by Musk for $44bn

I think this is fair to separate from ITG since it's actual news, it's pretty funny that some people are up in arms over this though when Jack was already a libertarian dweeb.
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Concrete things.

What are some real life, concrete things that your average western leftist could be doing to help comrades in different countries who are actually living the struggle. Maybe how to even open direct C2C (comrade-to-comrade) communication?

Communist activists in India organizing farmers.

LatAm comrades.

The Philippines.

People struggling in these countries justifiably have a pretty low opinion of western leftists. Having a direct connection and regular communication between your locality and a hotspot in India would give people a level of accountability.


Call it a pen pal program or whatever.
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Career ideas for leftypol users?

What careers would a leftypol user find interesting, I don't care about the morals of said job just if it would be something a leftypol user would like.

For example I was considering studying history as I guess I already technically do that as a hobby but I don't know of a career that could come from it.
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Serious question

What's the best way to go about approaching people like this?

>You know why libs and conservatives constantly beat socialists in debates, Dev? Because WE ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND THEIR POSITION BETTER THAN THEY DO. We can argue from both sides because most of us have done the reading. They literally think "free market is evil" and that's their thesis and full explanation. Meanwhile, many of us have been on the left when we were young and idealistic and dumb and didnt pay bills and have 2000$ a month going to taxes for services we dont use and for the government to waste most of it. We understand the benefits and cons of both, when they literally just think "my side is good and moral, their side is wrong and evil". When you listen to people like Hasan unironically, that's where you end up. Ben Shapiro would shred Hasan to pieces, Jordan Peterson would bury him. They have no real thought leaders because their ideology is bunk. That's how they end up worshipping twitch streamers with "babbys first political opinion".
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Why are they so irresponsible?

>filled with morons that believe in overpopulation
>samefags have a culture obsessed with sex, and relationships
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May I Introduce you all to Sayyid Qutb, the father of modern salafi jihadism, see any two bit mullah could rile up an uneducated peasant into blowing himself up but Qutb created a comprehensive and revamped version of jihadism made for the inteligencia and upper class society
he was also a racist, misogynistic, hypnotical incel

>Qutb never married, in part because of his steadfast religious convictions. While the urban Egyptian society he lived in was becoming more Westernized, Qutb believed the Quran taught women that 'Men are the managers of women's affairs …'[37] Qutb lamented to his readers that he was never able to find a woman of sufficient "moral purity and discretion" and had to reconcile himself to bachelorhood.[38]


>Qutb noted with disapproval the openly displayed sexuality of American women:

>the American girl is well acquainted with her body's seductive capacity. She knows it lies in the face, and in expressive eyes, and thirsty lips. She knows seductiveness lies in the round breasts, the full buttocks, and in the shapely thighs, sleek legs – and she shows all this and does not hide it, These curvy jezebels then pursue boys with wide, strapping chests and ox muscles

>He also commented on the American taste in arts:

>The American is primitive in his artistic taste, both in what he enjoys as art and in his own artistic works. "Jazz" music is his music of choice. This is that music that the Negroes invented to satisfy their primitive inclinations, as well as their desire to be noisy on the one hand and to excite bestial tendencies on the other. The American's intoxication in "jazz" music does not reach its full completion until the music is accompanied by singing that is just as coarse and obnoxious as the music itself. Meanwhile, the noise of the instruments and the voices mounts, and it rings in the ears to an unbearable degree… The agitation of the multitude increases, and the voices of approval mount, and their palms ring out in vehement, continuous applause that all but deafens the ears

he may seem ridiculous(and he is) but his writings have had a massive impact upon the muslim world and has radicalized many upper class muslims who would use then use there wealth to fund and support jihadism, the most famous example of one of the men he inspired was Osama bin Laden and he also laid the groundwork of how a modern Islamic state was to be implemented which ISIS used as a guide in their short lived thiefdom
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The permissionless route

> There are two ways to make [UBI] happen.
> 01. The political route
> Convince nations in control of the existing currencies to distribute their new money to everyone on earth
> 02. The permissionless route
> Start a new currency that does this by design, then make the world opt in to it

Fuck, how did we not think of that? Who thought wealth redistribution and ending poverty could be so simple?

https://www.globalincomecoin.com/
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Slovenian post-election thread

Yesterday Slovenia went to the polls to select a new parliament. The Orbanist line with the SDS party and Janša, it's leader, has suffered a major defeat and a new centre-liberal party won massively. The election are also a disastrous defeat for the Left party (which are to the left of socialdemocrats), which fell from 9 MPs to 5. The social democrats and christian democrats also got their seats (7 and 8).

Mostly, I wanna comment the Left party's disastrous result. The party was taken over by the MP parliamentary faction after 2016 which only wanted to work through PR and had completely abandoned the labor struggle and workers' organizing efforts. They slowly cut from their party programm stuff such as workers' self management in companies, worker takovers of companies, that all workers should get a share of the profits and so on. They slowly drifted towards left-liberalism and now they suffered a devastating blow. The leaders have offered their resignation to the executive committee, but it's just a formal move as the committee is just full of supporters and friends of the leadership.

So, Slovenian voters did kick Orbanism in the groin, but the socialist left also suffered a major defeat. Slovenia will go remain a good neoliberal boi to Germany and France and EU.

Pic are the christian democrats.
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I am a slight Posadist anprim who thinks society and general civilization including cities should be destroyed either by nukes or war and that would be enough just cause to revert back to a more primitive like state, but with slight modern enhancements that don't help the rebuilding process.
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>deploys ballistic missile launchers with nukes in Cuba in your path
Why do people hate this gigachad? he was the only Soviet leader with gonads big enough to stand up to the west
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What is the real story of September 11, 2001? Was it an op? Did they let it happen? Was it actually just gross incompetence? What do you think and why?
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>you have to pay more attention than is good for your mental health to even realize what is truly going on in politics
>you have to overcome dozens of hurdles in information warfare just to realize what is truly going on in politics
>you have to sacrifice the time you would spend caring about other things just to realize what is truly going on in politics
>once you truly realize what is going on in politics, you are isolated from most normal people, and seem like a crank
>you are forced to watch in horror as well-intentioned people in the imperial core get used in order to carry out unspeakable acts of violence against the periphery and the proletariat
>they don't even realize they're being used in this way because the system is so abstracted from its results by propaganda that they appear totally unrelated
>attempts to connect results of the system to the system instead appear are made to appear like enemy propaganda
>well intentioned gullible people who paly half-attention have a centrist instinct to search for the "middle" between the two narratives, but the lies of the western imperial core capitalists clutter so much of the narrative that the "middle" is still actually heavily skewed in their favor.
> you can only watch in horror until you die
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News 4/21/22

‘Brazil needs fixing’: Lula confirms comeback run against Bolsonaro
The former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has confirmed he will kickstart his campaign to reclaim the presidency from his right-wing adversary Jair Bolsonaro next month, comparing their rivalry to a clash of the titans between Liverpool and Manchester City.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/20/brazil-needs-fixing-lula-confirms-comeback-run-against-bolsonaro

In Bolivia, a battle over a receding glacier 'doomed to disappear'
In the Andean mountains of Bolivia's high western plains where snow lies powdered over dark rocks that rise into a hard gray sky, scientists and climbers are fighting for the future of a dying glacier that has become a controversial lure for tourists. … It has been retreating fast, losing some 1.5 meters in thickness each year, according to the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA) and the French Research Institute for Development, reflecting wider issues facing glaciers throughout the Andes.
https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/bolivia-battle-over-receding-glacier-doomed-disappear-2022-04-21/

Peruvian Troops Destroy 30 Illegal Mining Camps
The Southern Operational Command (COS) and the National Police of Peru, alongside the Environmental Prosecutor's Office, carried out articulated efforts during operations conducted in the communities of Tocabe and Barranco Chico, located in the Inambari district given, as a result of the discovery of the mining camp.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Peruvian-Troops-Destroy-30-Illegal-Mining-Camps-20220419-0020.html

SDF releases balance sheet of Turkish violations in Ain Issa and Tal Abyad
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) released the balance sheet of Turkish violations in Ain Issa and Tal Abyad. The statement said: “Since the beginning of April, the Turkish occupation and its mercenaries have escalated the shelling targeting villages in the vicinity of Ain Issa and the M4 International Road. To the west, they targeted the villages of Muallak, Sida, Jadida, Ain Issa camp, and the M4 International Road with about 48 shells of artillery, mortars, and tanks.”
https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-syria/sdf-releases-balance-sheet-of-turkish-violations-in-ain-issa-and-tal-abyad-59425

Saudi Arabia: Survey reveals 'devastating impact' of Jeddah evictions and demolitions
Between the end of 2021 and the start of 2022, Saudi authorities evicted hundreds of thousands of residents from their homes as part of a wider plan to develop Jeddah, according to the government. The large-scale demolition programme and ensuing displacement caused a housing crisis, with rental prices skyrocketing across the city. In some cases, rents doubled in a matter of days, residents said, and many were unable to afford them.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-arabia-jeddah-evictions-demolitions-devastating-impact

Israeli police fire rubber bullets in new Al-Aqsa incursion
Israeli police forces have launched a new incursion into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, wounding dozens of Palestinians, according to medical sources. A medic, who was inside the compound reported 30 people injured by the use of pepper spray and rubber bullets to their arms and legs.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/4/21/israeli-police-fire-rubber-bullets-in-new-al-aqsa-incursion
https://archive.ph/FhL0g

Bihar: Maize Farmers’ Hope of Income Dashed by Strong Winds and Rains Damaging Standing Crops
Thousands of maize growing farmers, mostly marginal and small, suffered heavy loss in Bihar’s Seemanchal and Koshi regions following their crops being damaged due to thunderstorms and rain in the last two days. What worries these maize farmers is that the local weather office warns of likely more rain and strong winds in the next 24 hours.
https://www.newsclick.in/Bihar-Maize-Farmers-Hope-Income-Dashed-Strong-Winds-Rains-Damaging-Standing-Crops

Indian communists condemn authorities over arrests and house demolitions
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) slammed the government and Delhi police for conniving at the “illegal” bulldozing of Muslim areas inhabited by “the poorest of the poor” yesterday, continuing even after a Supreme Court order to stop.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/indian-communists-condemn-authorities-over-arrests-and-house-demolitions

Putin calls off assault on Mariupol steel plant
Retreating Ukrainian forces, including the notorious Azov regiment, have entrenched themselves in these tunnels and have since used them as their last line of defense. On Thursday, Shoigu told Putin that Russian forces and the Donbass republics' militias have fully seized the city of Mariupol, except for the Azovstal plant complex. Shoigu has also said that a military operation at the plant could be finished in three to four days, apparently planning to storm the facility. Putin has instead ordered his troops to "seal the area so that a fly cannot get through."
https://www.rt.com/russia/554273-putin-call-off-assault-mariupol-plant/

China’s Visa, Mastercard Alternative Backs Away From Russia – Reports
China’s UnionPay system refused to cooperate with Russia’s biggest lender Sberbank and suspended talks with other banks for fear of secondary sanctions, the RBC news website reported Wednesday. Russian banks planned to issue cards using UnionPay after Visa and Mastercard suspended operations last month in compliance with sanctions imposed over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The Russian lenders, including Sberbank, are under U.S., U.K. and EU sanctions.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/04/21/chinas-visa-mastercard-alternative-backs-away-from-russia-reports-a77433

China Signs Forced Labor Treaties as Xinjiang Scrutiny Grows
The nation’s top legislative body decided Wednesday to sign onto the Forced Labor Convention and Abolition of Forced Labor Convention, according to the website of the National People’s Congress. The conventions were respectively adopted in 1930 and 1957 by members of the International Labor Organization. “The elimination of forced labor is a fundamental principle and right at work,” the ILO said in a statement sent to Bloomberg. “As such, ratification of these fundamental Conventions by China would be highly significant.”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-04-20/china-to-sign-forced-labor-treaties-as-xinjiang-scrutiny-grows
https://archive.ph/mMPo2

Trade unionists demand Australian company takes responsibility for ongoing strike at British subsidiary
TRADE UNION activists gathered outside the headquarters of Australian-owned Brambles today to call on the company to take responsibility for ending the ongoing strike at its subsidiary Chep UK. Unite’s members at the pallet supplier at Trafford Park in Manchester have been on strike for five months and, having now rejected the company’s latest pay offer, could be on strike into the summer.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/trade-unionists-demand-australian-company-takes-responsibility-for-ongoing-strike-at-british-subsidiary
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Proletariat has no reason to be a communist in the first world

>first world proletariat
>Full time minimum wage is enough to get by and save money
>Can invest said savings transforming into a capitalist over time
>Most jobs already make you do this via retirement plans


>Literally all workers forced to be capitalists



What motivation is their to be a communist?
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I'm not much of a historian I really don't know anything about history but if I'm not mistaken Stalin and Hitler had a pact or friendship or something. If Hitler didn't declare war out of fear then likely the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany would have gained control of every inch of the world. There would be no more liberalism on the earth and it would be only two superpowers. I don't see Hitler really caring about Latin America, Africa, US, Asia so he would allow the Soviets to keep control of that for all eternity for peace reasons and Communism would be in control of the vast majority of land until the end of history. Now knowing this if you could go back in time would you tell Hitler to not declare war on the USSR to save Communism or would you let both systems die and liberalism take control? Deep philosophical question. This isn't a troll post so mods please don't delete genuinely curious.
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Biden's Ministry of Truth

Biden sets up a Ministry of Truth to tackle "misinformation" on social media.
Even the right wing is like "hold on… that's too much fascism!"

Don't forget to parrot Biden, Bezos and Blackrock, folks. You wouldn't want to spread "misinformation" by criticizing their misdeeds, wouldn't you.

Related: Italia sets up a test for the Social Credit System. Be good, consumer. Or else.
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Space Colonization

Humans will never live on Mars. The only possible kind of space colonization will be in O'Neill cylinders.

Forgetting everything else that makes terraforming Mars and all that bullshit a fantasy. Most of all the gravity will kill you.

>The surface gravity of Mars is just 38% that of Earth.


>Bone metabolism also changes. Normally, bone is laid down in the direction of mechanical stress. However, in a microgravity environment, there is very little mechanical stress. This results in a loss of bone tissue approximately 1.5% per month especially from the lower vertebrae, hip, and femur.[66] Due to microgravity and the decreased load on the bones, there is a rapid increase in bone loss, from 3% cortical bone loss per decade to about 1% every month the body is exposed to microgravity, for an otherwise healthy adult.[67] The rapid change in bone density is dramatic, making bones frail and resulting in symptoms that resemble those of osteoporosis.


So colonies on Mars and anywhere else in the solar system are out of the question. Their gravity can't sustain human life. They will solely be resource extraction and farming sites for colonies in O'Neill cylinders where you have 1G.
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Why the fuck do we have political leaders?

Society grows in spite of them not because of them and that’s proven by the amount of full scale government collapses globally for literal centuries not to mention the fact that every time a society has fallen it can be attributed to a leader actively trying to prevent civilians from making their home better to live in rather than what you’d think like simple errors
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Pixel planet thread
I'm turning the ancap flag into anprim flag pixelplanet.fun/#d,2539,2592,45
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a question about "tankie"

Why are Stalinists called tankies when it was Kruschev who sent the tanks into Hungary?
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News 4/28/22

Fuel prices: Stalin hits out at PM over tax cuts, says people know the facts
Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of tax cuts on petroleum products, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday said people were aware of the fact behind the issue and pointed out at his government effecting a Rs 3 a litre cut on petrol earlier. Making a statement in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Stalin said since 2014, whenever international crude rates dipped, the NDA government did not pass on the benefit to the customers but only pocketed the additional revenue earned from the differential.
https://english.varthabharati.in/india/fuel-prices-stalin-hits-out-at-pm-over-tax-cuts-says-people-know-the-facts

Tripura: Tea Garden Workers Struggling due to Violence From Biker Gangs, Meagre Wages
There are around 55,000 tea garden workers spread across 56 tea gardens of Tripura, which produces the orthodox CTC tea. The condition of these workers with wages as low as Rs 105/day is beyond contemplation. Their houses have not been repaired in the last five years, especially since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government came to power in the state.
https://www.newsclick.in/Tripura-Tea-Garden-Workers-Struggling-due-Violence-Biker-Gangs-Meagre-Wages

NIA special court jails 3 terrorists of Kangeleipak Communist Party
A special NIA court here on Wednesday jailed three terrorists of the Kangeleipak Communist Party for raising funds by terrorising and committing extortion to further the activities of the proscribed terrorist organisation.
https://theprint.in/india/nia-special-court-jails-3-terrorists-of-kangeleipak-communist-party/933734/

General strike intensifies pressure for Sri Lanka's president to quit
Businesses were closed, teachers absent and public transport disrupted as educators and other professionals – even bankers – held parades and joined the main protest site opposite the president’s office, where demonstrators have gathered for weeks.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/general-strike-intensifies-pressure-sri-lankas-president-quit

Raúl Castro will participate in the parade for May 1 in Cuba
At the conclusion of the sessions of the IV Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, the also first secretary of that organization pointed out that the Army general was aware of the debates of the forum.
https://www.plenglish.com/news/2022/04/28/raul-castro-will-participate-in-the-parade-for-may-1-in-cuba-2/

Human Rights Watch condemned Salvador police tweets amid crackdown on gang violence
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH condemned social media posts of Salvadorean police which show gang suspects being arrested, calling the government’s strategy “first arrest, then tweet, investigate later.” El Salvador Defence Minister Rene Merino praised the extension by congress of emergency measures following the arrest of more than 17,000 suspected gang members in a month.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/human-rights-watch-condemned-salvador-police-tweets-amid-crackdown-gang-violence

Scottish trade unions condemn Turkish invasion of Northern Iraq
An emergency motion passed yesterday at the Scottish Trade Union Congress draws attention to an invasion and war that has been largely ignored by Western media. In condemning Turkey’s attacks in Northern Iraq, which “constitute an invasion of a neighbouring state”, they noted that, “Turkey has increased its military presence in Northern Iraq over recent years and the scale of the current mobilisations reinforces fears of a Greater Turkey, to include territory in the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Syria.”
https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/scottish-trade-unions-condemn-turkish-invasion-of-northern-iraq-59610

Marine Le Pen’s party has high hopes for French parliament elections
Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party has turned its attention to June’s parliamentary elections after its defeat in the presidential contest, vowing to field candidates in every constituency and claiming the electoral system is stacked against it.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/28/marine-le-pens-party-has-high-hopes-for-french-parliament-elections

‘Relentless’ destruction of rainforest continuing despite Cop26 pledge
Pristine rainforests were once again destroyed at a relentless rate in 2021, according to new figures, prompting concerns governments will not meet a Cop26 deal to halt and reverse deforestation by the end of the decade. From the Brazilian Amazon to the Congo basin, the tropics lost 11.1m hectares of tree cover last year, including 3.75m ha of primary forest critical to limiting global heating and biodiversity loss.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/28/destruction-of-pristine-rainforest-globe-relentless-rate-aoe

Sudan: Security forces 'forcibly disappeared' scores of protesters since coup
Sudan’s security forces have unlawfully detained hundreds of protesters since December and forcibly disappeared scores as part of a clampdown on opposition to October's military coup, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. The US-based group called on Sudanese authorities to free all those unlawfully detained and for the international community to impose targeted individual sanctions on those responsible.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/sudan-security-forces-forcibly-disappeared-scores-rights-group-says

Khamenei urges Iranians to prepare for 'new world order'
Khamenei said that the war in Ukraine must be viewed from this perspective, though he didn’t offer details. He did warn that the Islamic Republic of Iran should be prepared for this world order with soft and hard power to guarantee the interests of the country. Khamenei encouraged the university students to play an active role in these endeavors.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/04/khamenei-urges-iranians-prepare-new-world-order

Israel: Seven settlers convicted over wedding where they mocked dead Palestinian toddler
Following a 2015 wedding where Israeli settlers waved around and stabbed photos of Ali Dawabshe, a murdered Palestinian toddler, a top Israeli court has convicted seven people for incitement to violence and terrorism. One of the accused was also found guilty on Wednesday of supporting a terrorist organisation, incitement to racism and possession of a weapon, according to court documents. One wedding guest was acquitted of incitement to violence and terror.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-settlers-convicted-mocking-dead-Palestinian-toddler-wedding
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Let's talk about fucked up shit NATO did before 2014

Let's talk about fucked up shit NATO did before 2014

1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.

2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at zero percent interest by law.

3. Having a home [is] considered a human right in Libya.

4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 dinar (U.S.$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.

5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25 percent of Libyans were literate. Today, the figure is 83 percent.

6. Should Libyans want to take up [a] farming career, they would receive farming land, a farm house, equipment, seeds and livestock to kickstart their farms are all for free.

7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need, the government funds them to go abroad, for it is not only paid for, but they get a U.S.$2,300/month for accommodation and car allowance.

8. If a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidizes 50 percent of the price.

9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.

10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amounting to $150 billion are now frozen globally.

11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession, as if he or she is employed, until employment is found.

12. A portion of every Libyan oil sale is credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.

13. A mother who gives birth to a child receives U.S.$5,000.

14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $0.15.

15. 25 percent of Libyans have a university degree.

16. Gaddafi carried out the world's largest irrigation project, known as the Great Manmade River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.

When he was the president of the UN General Assembly, Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua used to talk about ‘redecorated colonialism’. Western countries, notably the United States, had lost their legitimacy with the illegal war against Iraq of 2003 and with the nancial crisis of 2007. It was to ‘redecorate’ colonialism that they pushed for a new doctrine – Responsibility to Protect (R2P) – to continue to justify the massive Western military apparatus that encircled the world and to justify the Western military interventions from West Asia to Central America. It was this ‘redecorated’ colonialism that enabled the Western powers to refurbish the ‘liberal’ international order and its economic instruments. It is this‘redecorated’ colonialism that has cannily been able to reinsert itself as the humanitarian bloc in international affairs. A romance of the imperialist bourgeoisie asserted itself – US President Barack Obama playing a key role here as the ‘cool’ face of the brutal war machine. Trump’s boorishness did not result in wishing for an end to the imperialist project, but – for the liberals in the West – a return to the sophistication of Obama. It is ideological suffocation that allows people to believe that the US-led bloc acts with high-minded intentions when it bombards places such as Iraq and Libya, and when it suffocates countries like Iran and Venezuela; even more so, it is this myopia that allows the view that the US-led bloc seeks to protect civilians and to offer development aid to li the weight of misery off the world’s hungry. In 2011, the United States and France whipped the world into a frenzy about Muammar Qadda and the possibility of genocide in Libya. there was no evidence of any such danger; Saudi news outlets became the source for the Western press. It was this frenzy that allowed the United States and France to get a UN resolution to attack Libya, which they did immediately. Part of the resolution demanded a post-con ict study of the war. Once the dust settled by 2012 – although the Libya war still continues by other means – the UN set up a Commission of Inquiry to study NATO’s actions in its bombing of Libya. this was a fairly straightforward action, with no ulterior motive behind the investigation. the Commission was tasked to look at the actions of all parties in the con ict that led to the decimation of Libya. NATO refused to cooperate with the inquiry. NATO’s legal advisor Peter Olson wrote to the UN that these ‘NATO incidents’ are not crimes of any kind. ‘We would accordingly request,’ he noted in his letter, ‘that in the event that the commission elects to include a discussion of NATO actions in Libya, its report clearly state that NATO did not deliberately target civiliansand did not commit war crimes in Libya.’ In other words, that NATO get a free pass for its form of warfare. there was no liberal outrage at NATO’s refusal to cooperate, no howls from the establishment’s humanitarian champions. they simply assume that the imperialist bloc is innocent of any malevolent motive and that it cannot be seen to have deliberately targeted civilians or destroyed a nation. Even an investigation into such actions was not tolerable. this is the extent of the redecoration of colonialism. John Bolton, who would go on to become Trump’s National Security Advisor, said in 2000, ‘If I were redoing the Security Council today, I’d have one permanent member because that’s the real re ection of the distribution of power in the world.’ Who would that member be? ‘ the United States,’ Bolton replied. He was right. there is no other way, for example, to explain the behaviour of the Israeli state against the Palestinian people than to acknowledge the way the United States mobilizes its full power through the United Nations on behalf of the Israelis.
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I’ve never met a North Korean. I’ve been to Asia, around Europe and lived in a diverse, vibrant global community in western Europe. I’ve never met a North Korean. It got me thinking, if it was so bad there and the regime was so bad, if communism had failed in North Korea, you’d think people would leave to live under capitalism. But I don’t see that happening. You’d think the anti Korean propaganda would look ridiculous in light of the fact people choose to live there in such numbers…but hey, people still buy into it. Maybe if people knew how much better things are in North Korea capitalism would collapse as a mass relocations begins, and Korea takes over the world as its strengthened further by this union of socialism and diversity.
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I’ve never met a North Korean. I’ve been to Asia, around Europe and lived in a diverse, vibrant global community in western Europe. I’ve never met a North Korean. It got me thinking, if it was so bad there and the regime was so bad, if communism had failed in North Korea, you’d think people would leave to live under capitalism. But I don’t see that happening. You’d think the anti Korean propaganda would look ridiculous in light of the fact people choose to live there in such numbers…but hey, people still buy into it. Maybe if people knew how much better things are in North Korea capitalism would collapse as a mass relocations begins, and Korea takes over the world as its strengthened further by this union of socialism and diversity.
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who gets out of prison after the revolution? Revolutionaries always gave amnesties to prisoners after revolutions. Bonus question is what will happen to prisons? What would you like to happen to them or the prisoners?
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I read le ebin theory, now what? Went to a DSA meeting and that was a huge mistake. Should I just go acceleration gang and vote straight Republican for the memes?
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News 4/27/22

India's worst heat wave for a century sets landfill on fire engulfing New Delhi in smoke
The landfill in northern Delhi’s Bhalswa is taller than a 17-storey building and covers an area larger than 50 football pitches. Waste workers who live in nearby homes had emptied onto the streets on Tuesday evening. But by this morning, the thousands of people who live and work at the landfill had begun the dangerous process of trying to salvage garbage from the fire.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/indias-worst-heat-wave-century-sets-landfill-fire-engulfing-new-delhi-smoke

Kolkata: Left Parties March Against Rising Communalism, Jahangirpuri Demolition
Despite the scorching heat, scores of people, under the banners of different Left parties, marched in the city to protest against rising communalism in the country, particularly the incidents of communal violence during Ram Navami celebrations a few weeks ago.
https://www.newsclick.in/kolkata-left-parties-march-against-rising-communalism-jahangirpuri-demolition

In Chile's capital city, drought is making grass 'unacceptable' for many
In Chile’s capital Santiago, grass is becoming a rare luxury amid a decade-long drought that has forced the city to roll out emergency measures to limit water use and led local authorities and landscapers to replace lush green plants with desert flora. The changing face of the city of some 6 million people underscores how the Andean country, a major copper and food producer, is having to adapt to a shifting and drier climate with an extended period of drought now in its thirteenth year.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/chiles-capital-city-drought-making-grass-unacceptable-many-rcna26098

Colombia: Former Soldiers Admit Farmers' Extrajudicial Killings
In a public hearing before the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) held on Tuesday, a group of eleven retired soldiers admitted their participation in the extrajudicial killings of farmers that took place during counterinsurgency operations in the 2000s.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Former-Soldiers-Admit-Farmers-Extrajudicial-Killings-20220427-0009.html

New Israeli rules on foreigners visiting West Bank stir outrage
The rules also further complicate and formalise written and unwritten entry restrictions for foreigners wishing to visit, do business, reunite and reside with their Palestinian families, work or volunteer in the West Bank, or study or teach at Palestinian academic institutions. Foreign-passport holding Palestinians must provide information – for visa purposes – on an application for approval prior to travel, which includes the names and national ID numbers of “first-degree” relatives, or other non-relatives with whom they may stay or visit.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/4/27/new-israeli-rules-on-foreigners-visiting-west-bank-stir-outrage
https://archive.ph/foKfF

Europe urged to free itself from climate-wrecking fossil fuel industry after Russia cuts off Poland and Bulgaria's gas
Gazprom, Russia’s state-controlled gas company, announced that it was turning off the taps because the Polish and Bulgarian governments had refused to pay for the fossil fuel in roubles as President Vladimir Putin had demanded following Western sanctions that have cut off Russian access to about half its foreign currency reserves.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/europe-urged-free-itself-climate-wrecking-fossil-fuel-industry-after-russia-cuts

Prime Minister blasts Nottingham City Council for investing in 'communist energy company'
During a fiery PMQs in Parliament on Wednesday (April 27), Prime Minister Boris Johnson blasted Labour-run Nottingham City Council for investing in what he called a "communist energy company". Discussing the upcoming local elections on May 5, the Prime Minister referenced a number of Labour-run local authorities which have faced financial hardship. Describing Labour administrations as "bankrupt shambles", he mentioned Nottingham City Council's investment in Robin Hood Energy. That was a failed energy company which lost taxpayers an anticipated £38m when it went into administration in 2020. However, despite the PM's claims of the city council being bankrupt, this is not the case, as confirmed by the city council.
https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/prime-minister-blasts-nottingham-city-7005847
https://archive.ph/6dbaV

Germany to supply Ukraine with heavy weaponry for first time
Germany announced on Tuesday its first delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine to help it fend off Russian attacks, after weeks of pressure at home and abroad to do so amid confusion over its stance. German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said the government, which is also racing to reduce its heavy reliance on imported Russian energy, had approved the delivery of Gepardtanks equipped with anti-aircraft guns from the stocks of company KMW on Monday.
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/germany-supply-gepard-anti-aircraft-systems-ukraine-2022-04-26/

US won’t rule out military action if China establishes base in Solomon Islands
One of the most senior US officials in the Pacific has refused to rule out military action against Solomon Islands if it were to allow China to establish a military base there, saying that the security deal between the countries presented “potential regional security implications” for the US and other allies. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, was part of a high-level US delegation to the Pacific country last week.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/26/us-wont-rule-out-military-action-if-china-establishes-base-in-solomon-islands

China’s big new infrastructure plan prioritises national security in face of ‘extreme conditions’ at home, abroad
“We must strengthen the construction of national-security-related infrastructure to improve our capacity to deal with extreme conditions,” says the transcript of the meeting of the Central Financial and Economic Affairs Commission, which President Xi Jinping presided over on Tuesday. This preceded a Politburo meeting that is expected to be held in the coming days to lay out priorities in an effort to tackle risks stemming from coronavirus lockdowns and geopolitical tensions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3175723/chinas-big-new-infrastructure-plan-prioritises-national?module=lead_hero_story&pgtype=homepage
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How should a good communist live in a capitalist society, so as to not "get the wall" when the revolutions comes? What are you not allowed to do if you want to not face execution?
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ITT we classify people into classes, such as proletariat and petty bourgeois.

This will be a shitfest. You know it will be a shitfest. Don't go in here expecting it not to be a shitfest.
People can be hypothetical or real, it does not matter.
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This place is awesome! Finally a place out of all the gazillion internet left places where you don't get immediately banned just for speaking things. Nice place, love it.
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Video Discussion

I wanted to discuss this short clip.
https://worldstarhiphop.com/mobile/web/video-c.php?v=wshh6906TP26Y7l2AQdg
Is he wrong?
Even if you make next to nothing, if you’re EXTREMELY (but not necessarily unreasonably) cheap with your living expenses for a few years, and save the rest up so it can be invested into a business venture, can anyone regardless of educational background or connections relatively easily escape poverty?
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> muh iron curtain

< they don't know that "iron curtain" was just a speech churchill gave delineating East/West spheres of influence, and that NATO was actually formed BEFORE the Warsaw pact, and that the Warsaw pact was formed in RESPONSE to NATO


<they don't know that the USA injected millions into reconstructing West Germany and getting chancellor Konrad Adenaeur to pivot from denazification to reconstruction/privatization/reintegration of former nazis into the west German government


<they don't know that NATO formed 6 years before the Warsaw pact


<they don't know that the USSR was rejected from joining NATO in 1954


<they don't know West Germany was allowed into NATO in 1955 despite having done the holocaust only 10 years earlier


<they don't know several NATO, UN, and EU officials were former nazis


<they don't know that the USSR rejected marshall plan aid on the grounds that they viewed it as capitalism imposing itself on the soviet union, and not on the basis that they literally opposed countries rebuilding after the war for no reason


<they don't know that the marshall plan wasn't charity, it was loans that came with interest rates and effectively rendered europe a debt peon to the USA, while also providing funding for CIA fronts


<instead we get

>muh iron curtain
>muh stalin wouldn't negotiate
>muh USA was just trying to be nice and give charity to europe to rebuild and molotov said no because he was stubborn and mean
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Productive forces and class struggle

The theory of productive forces is a kautskyian economistic deviation of marxist thought. It puts the focus on means and tools, instead of people and politics. The motor of history is not the productive forces but class struggle, politics are always in command.

The idea that the road to communism is simply made by building productive forces until reaching overabundance of commodities denies the role of human agency and politics, the importance of the superstructure, and abandons class struggle. If such a thing was possible, if a capitalist economy could reach communism simply by it's own natural development, what would even be the point of revolution, of the proletarian dictatorship?
Such a thesis is antithetical to historical materialism. Development of productive forces may be considered a necessary requirement for the construction of communism, but it's not the only nor the most determinant factor.
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News 4/26/22

N. Korea’s Kim vows to bolster nuke capability during parade
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to accelerate the development of nuclear weapons and threatened to use them if provoked in a speech he delivered at a military parade that featured powerful missiles capable of targeting the country’s rivals, state media reported Tuesday.
https://apnews.com/article/covid-health-business-united-states-lifestyle-baf6ab0f2e2585efa0690e8f3e9f6610

‘Hurting the vulnerable’: Indonesia’s palm oil ban ignites prices
The export ban, announced by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Friday, comes as global food supplies come under strain due to disappointing harvests in some countries, export disruptions due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and labour shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2022/4/25/hurting-most-vulnerable

Berlin Administrative Court affirms secret service observation of left-wing newspaper junge Welt
A judgement in the main proceedings is still pending, but the grounds for the decision in the summary proceedings, which the World Socialist Web Site has seen, leave no doubt that the outcome will be the same. junge Welt had initiated summary proceedings and applied for a temporary injunction because being named in the report by the Verfassungsschutz (Office for the Protection of the Constitution), as Germany’s secret service is called, impairs its work and threatens to destroy its economic existence. The main proceedings can often drag on for years.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2022/04/26/jung-a26.html

UK civil society groups urge government to halt 'anti-boycott' bill
A group of civil society organisations called on the UK government on Tuesday to halt legislation that would limit the right to support causes such as Palestinian rights, climate and social justice through boycott campaigns. The 46 UK-based groups said in a statement they oppose plans by the government to table an "anti-boycott" bill, saying it presents a "threat to freedom of expression, and the ability of public bodies and democratic institutions to spend, invest and trade ethically in line with international law and human rights".
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-israel-palestine-boycott-bill-civil-society-groups-oppose

CWU slams 'Victorian' living conditions as child poverty now 'endemic'
CHRONIC child poverty has led to the country’s poorest communities resembling those of Victorian Britain, Communication Workers Union (CWU) members warned today. The union’s Roz White told members at the CWU annual conference that, following more than a decade of Tory austerity, parts of the country look more like 1882 than 2022.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/cwu-slams-victorian-living-conditions-child-poverty-now-endemic

BJP to Launch Bulldozer Drive in Bihar Despite JD(U) Objection
Ignoring the strong reservation expressed by the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ally Janata Dal (United), Bihar revenue and land reforms minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Surat Rai made it clear on Tuesday that a “bulldozer drive” will be launched against absconding criminals and those encroaching the state government’s land.
https://www.newsclick.in/BJP-Launch-Bulldozer-Drive-Bihar-Despite-JDU-Objection

CPI opposes police high-handedness against SilverLine protesters
The CPI leadership slammed the incident in which a protestor was brutally stomped with boots by a policeman. Strict action should be taken against the guilty official without any further delay to send out a strong message, the party said.
https://www.onmanorama.com/news/kerala/2022/04/26/cpi-oppose-police-measures-against-silverline-protesters.html
https://archive.ph/U0FtN

Solomon Islands tells Japan it will not allow China military bases
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Mannaseh Sogavare told a visiting Japanese delegation on Tuesday that he had no intention of allowing China to build military bases in his country, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said.
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/solomon-islands-tells-japan-it-will-not-allow-china-military-bases-2022-04-26/

Sweden and Finland agree to submit Nato applications, say reports
Sweden and Finland have agreed to submit simultaneous membership applications to the US-led Nato alliance as early as the middle of next month, Nordic media have reported. The Finnish daily Iltalehti said on Monday that Stockholm had “suggested the two countries indicate their willingness to join” on the same day, and that Helsinki had agreed “as long as the Swedish government has made its decision”.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/25/sweden-and-finland-agree-to-submit-nato-applications

Clock ticking as French left mulls coalition deal to humble Macron
The fractured French left – buoyed by strong polling by veteran progressive Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the presidentials – was this week clambering to agree a coalition deal that would unite the Greens, Socialists and Communists under a common banner with the far-left France Unbowed party (LFI) in time for legislative elections in June.
https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20220426-clock-ticking-as-french-left-mulls-coalition-deal-to-humble-macron

Garbage Piles Up in Siberian Trash Collectors Strike
As garbage began to pile up, the striking drivers were given 22 smaller trucks and told they would have to work double-time without a pay increase. “The trucks they gave us are not equipped with scoops or brush cleaners. We can’t drive them through narrow courtyards or streets,” one of the striking workers told local news outlet Sib.fm. “We aren’t refusing to go to work, it’s that we’re not being provided with conditions in which we can work.”
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/04/26/garbage-piles-up-in-siberian-trash-collectors-strike-a77479

Russia targets rail and fuel facilities far from the front lines after US diplomats meet with Zelensky to discuss weapons
RUSSIA targeted Ukrainian rail and fuel facilities as part of its latest offensive today after US diplomats met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The string of attacks, using missiles and warplanes, took place far from the front lines of Russia’s eastern offensive in an apparent bid to slow the movement of Ukrainian supplies and disrupt the flow of fuel.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/russia-targets-rail-and-fuel-facilities-far-front-lines-after-us-diplomats-meet
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Trotskyism with American Characteristics

>USA fights Russia to the last Ukrainian
>USA successfully balkanizes Russia and folds Ukraine into NATO
>USA continues to wage proxy wars between the balkanized Russian states while folding them into NATO
>USA then balkanizes China and India and Pakistan a similar way
> Every country on Earth folded into the NATO caste system
> all global militaries are subordinate to the US and only exist as "peacekeeping" forces to keep markets open and ensure global capitalism runs smoothly
> We now have a global capitalist empire
> everyone's national identities are commodified and sold back to them as products, rendering them every bit as meaningless and cheap as a fandom
> same thing with everyone's sexual, religious and ethnic identities
> global capitalism triumphant
> a few generations go by
> everyone on earth speaks english as primary language
> all the workers can communicate with each other
> the workers finally connect with each other as workers, and cooperate across class lines, since their religious/ethnic/national/sexual identities have all been rendered meaningless, and only class remains
> they wage global revolution against the capitalist class and finally establish communism

is this why trotskyists all turned into neocons in the late 20th century? is this their grand plan?
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You really can't trust anyone

>Wake up one morning to the sounds of planes and bombs and people screaming
>Your village is on fire
>It's been attacked by an American air raid
>You get struck by a falling napalm bomb
>You live, but the napalm has left burn scars on half of your body that will never heal
>The scars aren't just numb tissue, they constantly ache, leaving you in near-constant agony
>The photo taken of your naked, half-burned body becomes a symbol of the horrors of the Vietnam war and American war crimes in Indochina
>The Americans retreat, South Vietnam falls and you're quickly taken up by the new communist government as a symbol of the crimes of American imperialism against the Vietnamese people and engage with you and your story often
>The new government puts you through college
>They let you go to Cuba to study pharmacology
>You meet a Vietnamese boy also studying in Cuba, you hit it off and decide to get married
>The Vietnamese government offers to let you honeymoon in the Soviet Union
>At some point in all this, you convert to Christianity
>Use the honeymoon in the Soviet Union as an opportunity to defect to Canada at an airport in Newfoundland
>Spend the rest of your time going on speaking tours in the United States preaching some bullshit about "forgiveness"
>Go to a go to a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC
>Literally hug the commander that ordered the bombing on your village
This is why the only communist movements that have ever lasted any period of time or gotten anything done have all been paranoid.
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Co-existing with intelligent aliens?

Let‘s say in the future of interstellar empires, we come into contact with alien civilizations of unequal advancements, unequal intelligences and unequal sensibilities. How would we co-exist? Would we co-exist?
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Industrial and post-industrial tech

When did you realize that Ted Kaczynski is right? Technology only serves to strip us of basic liberties and humanity. The system isn't designed to bring us happiness, it's designed to increase it's own efficiency, constantly, without a real end goal, and at our cost. Regardless of who "runs" it, be it communists, capitalists, or whoever else.
Innovations are almost never made with harm in mind, yet they are always, inevitably misused by the system. Man today is much less fulfilled, much more depressed than his ancestors. Physical suffering is also common, with chemical spills, carcinogenics, pollution, microplastics and other such things bringing much pain to the western world; less developed nations endure even more calamities, with deaths from starvation, dehydration, transmittable diseases being common occurences there.
Modern jobs are unfulfilling, modern life is unfulfilling. What benefits do we get from technology, aside from living ~15 years more than medieval peasants (15 years of miserable life in the system)? None. Especially since these prolonged lifespans are fuelled by the work of poor masses in the 3rd world.
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GOOD NEWS THREAD,

if you guys are like me then you see a lot of bad news, its easy to let all this bad news make you feel depressed and negative, bad things are happening in the world, and they cant be ignored but lets have a thread for some of the good that is going on, big or small political or non political recent or a little old. .
>https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-resurgence-of-unions-amazon-and-jfk8/
as most of us have heard, the workers of amazon won against a whole hired machine whose only purpose was to stop them from unionizing and return them to being disposable cogs in the machine

>https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/10/world/europe/france-macron-nuclear-power.html

macrons a retard but nuclear power seems like something we need more of.

>https://theconversation.com/giant-sea-bass-are-thriving-in-mexican-waters-scientific-research-that-found-them-to-be-critically-endangered-stopped-at-the-us-mexico-border-165153

I was happy when I saw this
R: 30 / I: 7

Fuck America

>went to state uni as a conservative
>studied six figure major, was in ROTC, worked full time in major’s field
>didn’t sign onto become an officer, it didn’t pay enough
>did math, my job wouldn’t cover the rest of the college tuition
>started dipping toes into socialism, realizing how unsustainable it was that a middle class job couldn’t pay for school
>dropped out senior year super burnt out
>went to trade school to pay for college
>move back home, beat by family in the mornings on the way to school for being “such a loser”
>wound up spending 50 hours a week on campus studying / in class for a year
>get out, move out, make really good money working 70 hours a week
>find out prior major can get me into management in this trade, make boat loads of $
>start going to new state uni part-time
>finished all my major’s classes, studying until 11 or 12 a lot of nights, waking up at 5 for work
>have 250 college credits already
>they put me on hold, had me map out the graduation plan, keeping me from enrolling in the two classes I needed
>missed the deadline for enrollment, have a bunch more GE requirements now
>will need to do another at least another year to graduate
>will graduate with over 300 credits now wasting money to learn about dancing and African-American history
>I could’ve gotten a PhD by now, not that I would’ve

God I hate my life. I work my ass off so fucking hard, I’m very financially responsible, and it kills me that my life plan has been so derailed. I live as a transient tradie now, with no decent romance prospects, with no family in 1000 miles of me, sleeping alone in a tiny trailer and doing schoolwork off Starbucks Wi-Fi

I didn’t think I made the wrong decision but I’m starting to think maybe there’s no right decision to make in this shitty system. The conservatives were right, college turned me into a socialist, but so did the workplace and everything else about this failing country. Capitalism did it, and liberals were part of it, but not in the way they think lol
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Will revolution happen even in coming 100 years? Has not communism also turned into one of the abrahamic religions which waits for the judgement day?
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Horseshoe

Horseshoe theory I believe is an essential tool of the bourgeoisie. It seeks to blur the lines of the class dynamics of these 2 very separate* ideologies.( That being fascism and communism ofc) There is a disasterous double think at the heart of this, that first needs some context. Many sections of the "left" believe AES, had nothing resembling a actual socialism. They believe their status in the lower stage disqualifies them from legitimacy. These "illegitimate" socialist states, are then seen as state capitalist.(a real example is early South Korea) Here's where the blurring of ideology begins.

Fascism is about the revival of the nation from the deprivation of capitalism to save capitalism. The nation for capital, capital for the nation (that serves it). When you come to believe that AES, was nothing more then bureaucrats that used state owned industry for private use. You can begin to see how one gets into the horseshoe meme. If you believe this meme, in that view what's the difference between collective ownership "owned" by a private few. To actual private ownership in the name of the collective?

This Mischaracterization of what happened, then leads to the soiling of all of communism.
Add the Robert Conquest and Goebbels lies and you get a false reality we're the Soviets were the "real" Nazis but more brutal. The future fascism will be "anti-fascist" as it will openly reject it's old incarnation. With the old left bonded with this old incarnation, the new "left" will seek to be true "Leftist" through left anti-communism. Essentially fascism cleanses it's imagine by saying it's old incarnation was actually Communist, while it destroys the ability to actually fight it by making it look like the only thing that can fight it, was it and allied with it. It makes the liberal believe it is fighting the red fascist (which is the worse type of fascist) while not even knowing they are picking sides with the new fascist. (Azov nothing is a shining example of this new trend)
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If Stalin supported the partition of Palestine and the formation of Israel, then why did those Jewish doctors try to kill him in 1951? Shouldn't the Zionists have been happy that the USSR was supporting their efforts to create their own nation-state?
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Why does the media no longer care about black people getting killed execution style by pigs?
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News 4/25/22

Anti-Iran fever heats up as Iraq's political deadlock continues
The political deadlock is caused by Iranian-backed militias and groups such as Coordination Framework (CF), its Kurdish ally the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and few Sunni members with ties to Iran. The Iranian-backed CF is leveraging its "blocking third" votes to halt the political process of electing a new president and prime minister, creating a new wave of anti-Iranian sentiment among the Iraqi public. On April 17, a demonstration erupted in the poor and neglected Sadr City, where Muqtada al-Sadr enjoys popular support. The protesters chanted slogans against Iran first used by Sadrists in 2015, when they penetrated the Green Zone in Baghdad.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/04/anti-iran-fever-heats-iraqs-political-deadlock-continues

Iraqi army enters Shengal with tanks
A tense atmosphere continues to prevail in the main Yazidi settlement area of Shengal in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq). Parallel to the Turkish army's invasion of the guerrilla areas in southern Kurdistan, tensions and clashes provoked by the Iraqi army have been occurring in Şengal since the beginning of last week. An attack on the self-governing security forces in the region killed a female fighter from the Women's Resistance Units (YJŞ), founded in response to the ISIS genocide in 2014. Other people were injured.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/iraqi-army-enters-shengal-with-tanks-59548

Osman Kavala: Turkish philanthropist sentenced to life in prison after four-year detention
The businessman, a founder of a number of organisations advocating inter-communal dialogue and democratic reforms in Turkey, was detained over allegations of involvement in the Gezi Park protests and the 2016 coup attempt. In 2019, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Kavala's detention was political and called for his immediate release, a request which has been repeated numerous times but has so far been ignored by Turkey.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-osman-kavala-philantropist-sentenced-life-prison

==South Africa's Ruling Party Weighs More Private Involvement in Economy
The African National Congress document, seen by Bloomberg, recommends that private companies invest in infrastructure and take over state-owned firms. It also envisions businesses and individuals donating land to kickstart a program to improve access for Black farmers.
https://financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/south-africas-ruling-party-weighs-more-private-involvement-in-economy

CPI(M) to press for merger of minor parties in LDF
The CPI(M) leadership is exerting pressure on Kerala Congress(B), the Democratic Kerala Congress (DKC), and Kerala Congress (Skaria Thomas) for their amalgamation Even as newly appointed Left Democratic Front (LDF) convenor E.P. Jayarajan is keenly trying to expand the base of the Left coalition, the State leadership of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI-M] is eagerly enthusiastic about the merger of minor constituents within the front.
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/cpim-to-press-for-merger-of-minor-parties-in-ldf/article65353252.ece

BJP’s Peninsular Pitch | In Bid to Conquer Kerala, Party Taps Into Christian Community's Concerns
Electoral success keeps eluding the Bharatiya Janata Party in Kerala despite its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) being active in the state for decades. However, the top leadership believes that there will be a gradual change in the coming years, with the saffron party’s development plank for the poor and downtrodden resonating among the locals.
https://www.news18.com/news/politics/bjps-peninsular-pitch-in-bid-to-conquer-kerala-party-taps-into-christian-communitys-concerns-5045935.html

Belgian working class protests cost of living crisis, demands rise in wages
Workers in Belgium were hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis and have now been pushed to the brink by the worsening cost of living crisis with higher energy and food prices triggered by the ongoing war in Ukraine and profiteering by monopolists.
https://peoplesdispatch.org/2022/04/25/belgian-working-class-protests-cost-of-living-crisis-demands-rise-in-wages/

P&O Ferries attempts and fails to cut pay of its new, cheaper agency staff
MARITIME union RMT slammed law-breaking P&O Ferries today after the disgraced company made an unsuccessful attempt to cut the pay of its new, cheaper agency staff. The union vowed to keep the pressure on P&O after the U-turn and also repeated its calls for the company to be taken into public ownership and for the 800 workers it sacked in a crude cost-cutting move to be reinstated.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/pno-ferries-attempts-and-fails-to-cut-pay-of-its-new-cheaper-agency-staff

Germany: Left party to hold leadership vote amid turmoil
Germany's Left party said Sunday that it will hold a leadership vote in June amid a series of internal spats including over the handling of sexism allegations. Co-leader Susanne Hennig-Wellsow resigned Wednesday, citing the sexism spat and unfulfilled hopes for the party's renewal. “In light of the party's difficult situation the executive board requires a new mandate from the party convention,” it said. The statement also cited the need to clarify its political direction and reform the party structure.
https://www.stltoday.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/germany-left-party-to-hold-leadership-vote-amid-turmoil/article_dcefb72b-e783-5d7b-8453-a3859a13d1ff.html

‘Traitors’ will be executed – Ukrainian governor
Vitaly Kim, who serves as the governor of Ukraine’s Nikolaev Region, has warned that citizens cooperating with Russian forces will face extrajudicial execution. He revealed the chilling fate awaiting “traitors” during a live TV broadcast last Thursday. Kim made the comment, on the Ukraine 24 TV channel, after the presenter brought up claims made earlier by officials in Kherson, according to which, information about pro-Ukrainian activists, veterans who had fought in the Donbass, as well as journalists living in the city had been leaked to Russian forces.
https://www.rt.com/russia/554475-ukraine-governor-traitors-extrajudicial-executions/
https://archive.ph/IKr8p

Second Moscow Airport Furloughs Staff as Passenger Numbers Tumble – Reports
Vnukovo International has become the second Moscow airport to furlough staff amid plunging passenger traffic following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian media reported Monday. The move comes less than a week after Russia’s largest airport, Sheremtyevo, announced it had furloughed one-fifth of its staff. Moscow’s second-largest airport, Domodedovo, has also introduced a part-time schedule for its workers.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/04/25/second-moscow-airport-furloughs-staff-as-passenger-numbers-tumble-reports-a77481

Oil depot on fire in Russian region bordering Ukraine
“The evacuation of the population is not planned. According to preliminary information, there were no victims,” its press service stated, according to TASS. Local residents have reported that explosions were heard and sirens are audible in social media videos. Another fire was recorded in the Fokinsky district of the city, the causes of which have not yet been established, Moscow daily Kommersant has reported. Bryansk is home to over 400,000 people, and is an important regional hub.
https://www.rt.com/russia/554454-oil-depot-on-fire/
https://archive.ph/f9nXH

Russian IT Firms Fear Equipment Shortages as Western Sanctions Bite
Russian social media platform Vkontakte (VK) and tech giant Yandex have both reported difficulties sourcing new equipment, particularly computer servers. VK has called on Russia’s Digital Development Ministry for help purchasing “tens of thousands of servers,” essential for the company’s continued operations, Kommersant reported.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/04/25/russian-it-firms-fear-equipment-shortages-as-western-sanctions-bite-a77482
R: 10 / I: 0

Hundi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundi

Could Hundi systems be a way for leftists to organise and support each other globally, as well as escaping the institutional dominance of the dollar and other imperialist currencies?

Hundis are essentially a form of IOU that are used to transfer money across distances. Of course for this to work you need to reliable institution, but this wouldn't be too hard and groups that fail to keep records properly would be easy to distinguish.
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/Larouche/ Thread

Post videos of LaRouche saying funny things, memes, or anything related to Lyndon B LaRouche.

Drinking game: Everytime LaRouche mentions the following take a shot

>Energy Flux Density

>Treaty of Westphalia
>British Agent
>City of London
>The Queen
>Synarchists
>Obamacare is a Hitlerite Policy
>Frankfurt School
>Von Hayek is a fascist satanist