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# General [Anti-Communist Myths Debunked (GDocs)](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Gxwhh-vdeB--47HM-20cEVRC9eAMhrapbNf0Sk8VSOs/edit) [Collection of Reading Lists (GDocs)](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1k-OPPy9UM9ApPuWVIsPcvX3zQh1LUsVbPQocD9mUhyA/edit) [Useful Studies and Sources for Debating Reactionaries](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/1066) [Masterpost for Defending Socialism Against Anarchist Attacks](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/1068) [Socialism FAQ (This is actually amazing)](https://github.com/dessalines/essays/blob/master/socialism_faq.md) # Theory [The Importance of Ideological Discipline: Why the USSR Fell While China Prospers](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/1158) # Nations ## Bolivia [Masterpost on the Achievements of Socialism in Bolivia](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/1070) ## China [China Megathread 1: Everything a Leftist Must Know](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/1152) [China Megathread 2: Debunking Western Propaganda](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/1153) [Detailed Analysis of the Living Standards Under Mao Zedong, Based on Academic Sources](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/1156) [Imagine being China and having to put up with the Hong Kong bullshit](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/1148) ## German Democratic Republic [Masterpost on the German Democratic Republic](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/1071) ## Soviet Union [How Much Power Did Stalin Have?](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/1072) [Masterpost on the USSR (Part One: The Achievements of Soviet Socialism)](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/1069) [On the Crimes of the USSR](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/1075) ["Yezhov's Opposition" an excerpt](https://old.reddit.com/r/communism/comments/cc7b63/yezhovs_opposition_an_excerpt/) [Historians Proving that the Ukrainian Famine Was Not Caused by Stalin/Socialism](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/1155)
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Some links responding to "antifa are just as violent as white supremacists"
> I saw this list on Reddit and thought I’d post it here: > > Nazi’s Caught Dressing As BLM Protestors To Instigate Riots https://bipartisanreport.com/2020/07/27/nazis-caught-dressing-as-blm-protestors-to-instigate-riots/ > > White supremacists pose as Antifa online and instigate violence https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/george-floyd-protests-antifa-twitter-white-supremacists-far-right-racist-a9544276.html > > Gov Walz: Organized Groups Now Using Protests to ‘Break the Back of Civil Society’ https://heavy.com/news/2020/05/gov-walz-organized-groups-now-using-protests-to-break-the-back-of-civil-society/ > > Police: Richmond riots instigated by white supremacists disguised as Black Lives Matterhttps: //www.wsls.com/news/virginia/2020/07/27/police-richmond-riots-instigated-by-white-supremacists-disguised-as-black-lives-matter/ > > Mystery ‘Umbrella Man’ Vandal From Minnesota: Police Say He’s A White Supremacist Instigator https://www.forbes.com/sites/mattperez/2020/07/28/mystery-umbrella-man-vandal-from-minnesota-police-say-hes-a-white-supremacist-instigator/#1b39787f48ee > > Trump’s words show that yes, he has encouraged violence https://www.ajc.com/news/national-govt--politics/trump-words-show-that-yes-has-encouraged-violence/7sIekwrBayVArwRRmZf6HI/ > > ‘No Blame?’ ABC News finds 54 cases invoking ‘Trump’ in connection with violence, threats, alleged assaults. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/blame-abc-news-finds-17-cases-invoking-trump/story?id=58912889 > > Were white supremacists following Trump’s advice about dealing with protesters? https://www.newsweek.com/trump-told-white-supremacists-attack-protesters-so-they-did-650622

red lichtenstein?
https://lemmy.ml/post/205104
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Why even a "free market" is doomed to fail.
Mirrored from Reddit, not my work. Source: https://teddit.net/r/InformedTankie/comments/hg2qu4/why_even_a_free_market_is_doomed_to_fail/ Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20220325041808/https://old.reddit.com/r/InformedTankie/comments/hg2qu4/why_even_a_free_market_is_doomed_to_fail/ ----- "its not capitalism! its Corporatism." "its not the market, its regulation." we hear these 2 sayings all the time, but lets see what would happen using history and raw data to see what will happen if conservatives and libertarians got there dream of laissez-faire. i will give my case on why the "free market" would fail. Business will do anything, i mean anything to get out of head to head competition. with a super competitive market, whatever you sell so does your competition, that means lower and lower profits. Why do you think branding exists? # Natural Monopoly: **Merging and simple competition:** Firstly i hope many people know why monopoly is bad, at least capitalist monopolies. Many people like to claim there would not be any monopoly in a free market but this is demonstrably false: After the [Airline Deregulation Act of 1978](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airline_Deregulation_Act) politicians were excited to see many new competitors and thus improving the airline industry. the opposite happened, although competition did flourish and many new competitors hit the market it was a matter of time till the companies [started merging, thus eliminating competition](https://money.cnn.com/infographic/news/companies/airline-merger/) and the rest ended up going [bankrupt.](https://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/17/business/17air.html?pagewanted=print&_r=0) And there was even [more Airline companies before deregulation.](https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2013-06-21/airline-industry-changes) Many people don't realize, companies don't want competition and will do **anything** to assure competition is eliminated, whether this be buying competitors, merging, out performing them based on scale (smaller companies give better quality the richer company can easily temporarily do better) and even other forms of sabotage. this is very general and simple, but competition has winners. **Utility monopoly:** this one is simple for several companies to run sewer systems, power lines, etc is simply inefficient resulting in a very common and natural monopoly. **Resource monopoly:** A resource monopoly occurs when a company has control of a scarce or location specific resource. Yes, not as widespread but still very possible for example: ALCOA—the Aluminum Company of America controlled almost all the supply of Bauxite. No other companies could produce enough Aluminum to compete. Another example is DeBeers who had control over the production of diamond in most of the 20th century. taken from socialisci: # Intimidation and barriers to entry: Businesses have developed a number of schemes for creating barriers to entry by deterring potential competitors from entering the market. One method is known as **predatory pricing**, in which a firm uses the threat of sharp price cuts to discourage competition. Predatory pricing is a violation of U.S. antitrust law, but it is difficult to prove. Now imagine no law against it. Consider a large airline that provides most of the flights between two particular cities. A new, small start-up airline decides to offer service between these two cities. The large airline immediately slashes prices on this route to the bone, so that the new entrant cannot make any money. After the new entrant has gone out of business, the incumbent firm can raise prices again. After this pattern is repeated once or twice, potential new entrants may decide that it is not wise to try to compete. Small airlines often accuse larger airlines of predatory pricing: in the early 2000s, for example, ValuJet accused Delta of predatory pricing, Frontier accused United, and Reno Air accused Northwest. In 2015, the Justice Department ruled against American Express and Mastercard for imposing restrictions on retailers who encouraged customers to use lower swipe fees on credit transactions. In some cases, large advertising budgets can also act as a way of discouraging the competition. If the only way to launch a successful new national cola drink is to spend more than the promotional budgets of Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola, not too many companies will try. A firmly established brand name can be difficult to dislodge. # Violent cycles: Instability would be a plague of Free market advocates whilst the USSR had no recessions besides maybe a downturn during the war, the USA had [50 recessions, let me say that again, 50 recessions.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_recessions_in_the_United_States) This is some proper stability my friends. i mean ffs free market policies caused the [2008 financial crisis.](https://publications.lakeforest.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1054&context=seniortheses) the whole idea of competition is instability, tons of new competitors and tons of businesses going out of business. a super packed industry is ideal for quality and lowering of prices (as i've shown there's many problems with this) but this creates violent cycles of job instability, job loss, etc. # Resource allocation: Yes the usual market forces will be there but so will the [crushing](http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_SqhhJb_P3Kk/STBEeJZNT0I/AAAAAAAADHs/QMSfg5eUMLg/s400/stealing+food+from+starving+child.jpg) [poverty](https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/proxy/SQ8FodfkC6RV41UTAjghRemGrM7EWkXF-Zcua6_Xna_W5Ueo91MCDnpJclIm4KZhNN4-dJfanGziT66ivsZYMm9BMk4=w1200-h630-n-k-no-nu) [worldwide.](https://i.pinimg.com/736x/31/aa/ec/31aaec3dcbd3c4d3358444c29ae3543f--sad-pictures-taking-pictures.jpg) but without any real government aid to other nations we should expect things to be much worse. It is not profitable to sell food to 3rd world nations, but they are good cheap labour so under a worldwide libertarian type system expect some crazy inequality and [unequal ](https://archive.org/details/HowEuropeUnderdevelopedAfricaByWalterRodney/mode/2up) [exchange.](https://web.archive.org/web/20170919180937/http://snylterstaten.dk/english/unequal-exchange-and-prospects-socialism-communist-working-group) ​ # principles needed to have a "Free market": (credit to Reddish\_vp) \- Rational agents; \- Monoatomic enterprises; \- Homogenuos products; \- No barriers to entry or exit the market; All of those items are purely theoretical and each have a whole world of problems of their own. # Profit and Waste its quite simple, a company runs on profits, capitalism runs on profits and if you do not keep coming back to buy there product there not making any money thus fail. this practice which is called planned obsolescence is very common, wasteful and exploitative. The made to break motive started mainly in the 1930s with the [pheobus cartel](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoebus_cartel) at a time when the average light bulb could last up to 25,000 hours! but then all companies were commanded to only allow a max of 1,000 hours of life to increase demand. this is a prime example of the wastefulness caused by capitalism. if this is not fixed this wasteful and disgusting trait of capitalism will worsen the lives of many as life grows more unsustainable. these are not just numbers, these are finite resources that with proper allocation and correct production could better the lives of everyone whilst keeping world sustainability. Excerpt from TBS: "advertisements each and every day whose sole purpose is to convince us to keep on shopping under the promise that doing so will make our lives better. Through advertising, companies have managed to make us confuse our needs with our wants, thus making us desire to acquire things that we don’t truly need, so that we can fill in their pockets by emptying our own." this quote will remain crucial to the following points and crucial to this whole post in general. Not too long ago apple was fined for deliberately [slowing older phones](https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-51413724) so people buy the new ones. W: another example, inkjet printer manufacturers employ [smart chips in their ink cartridges](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inkjet_printing#Business_model) to prevent them from being used after a certain threshold (number of pages, time, etc.), even though the cartridge may still contain usable ink or could be refilled (with ink toners, up to 50 percent of the toner cartridge is often still full). This constitutes "programmed obsolescence", in that there is no random component contributing to the decline in function. **other examples/ways items are made to break:** Nylons: not nearly as quality as they use to be. Consumer Electronics: the case of apple deliberately slowing older phones and as shown below the tricks like placing the most sensitive part next to the hottest part on the circuit. Cars: Vehicles that mere made before world war 2 were still being driven in the 60s. but this is not profitable, so companies created plans. 1. “routinely discontinue parts that could otherwise be made available for repairs.” 2. ” confirm to a strict yearly cycle of model releases, often introducing purely cosmetic changes from one year to the next.” 3. “retire popular models and bring out something new every few years, making it harder to fix older vehicles.” (instead of “sticking with hits and standardizing them over time, which would better support a repair aftermarket”) Cars today, for many, are seen as a fashion accessory and statement. It has become common for people to buy the new model of a car, even if the one they own is in great shape, and still has years to live. [Reached character limit, continued in this comment.](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/174606/comment/120522)

Analysis of Hong Kong, the second "most free" economy on earth. (Mirror)
Mirrored from Reddit, not my work. Source: https://teddit.net/r/InformedTankie/comments/hfgup4/analysis_of_hong_kong_the_second_most_free/ Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20220325040243/https://old.reddit.com/r/InformedTankie/comments/hfgup4/analysis_of_hong_kong_the_second_most_free/ https://web.archive.org/web/20220325041017/https://www.reddit.com/r/InformedTankie/comments/hfgup4/analysis_of_hong_kong_the_second_most_free/ ----- according to the heritage foundation (a conservative think tank) Hong Kong is ranked [number to and in other rankings is ranked number 1](https://www.heritage.org/index/ranking?version=317) in economic freedom and how they go about classifying these nations is i quote: "We measure economic freedom based on 12 quantitative and qualitative factors, grouped into four broad categories, or pillars, of economic freedom: 1. **Rule of Law** (property rights, government integrity, judicial effectiveness) 2. **Government Size** (government spending, tax burden, fiscal health) 3. **Regulatory Efficiency** (business freedom, labor freedom, monetary freedom) 4. **Open Markets** (trade freedom, investment freedom, financial freedom)" so lets see how this mostly "ideal capitalism" serves the people. first of all Hong Kong has one of the [biggest](https://theprint.in/global-pulse/hong-kong-once-a-symbol-of-wealth-prosperity-is-now-fighting-income-inequality/262207/) wealth disparities and is still [growing](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/dc5571b1-b3fd-4268-9b09-075d83aee5be.png) ([image source](http://i2.cdn.turner.com/money/dam/assets/141106091110-chart-gini-coefficient-monthly-wages-1024x576.png)). **Hong Kong’s gap between the rich and the poor is at its widest in nearly half a century.** ![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/a62274e4-d074-480b-979e-13e96bfaa57d.webp) rich Hong Kong people live [here](https://i.insider.com/5b9bbf371982d81d008b5de6?width=964) ([image source](https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5b9bbf371982d81d008b5de6-964/02.jpg)) all whilst a typical Hong Kong resident lives [here](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/fd1fb25c-1e0f-4b89-b459-939e43d46b8b.jpeg) ([image source](https://static01.nyt.com/newsgraphics/2019/07/10/hk-housing/60cb7be70ccae7f7b8c1878a7f8d039e2edf3bdf/top-720.jpg)), some nice economic freedom. if you want a good illustration of average living space look here: ![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/0bd6f8c8-8a7d-4553-9cbe-f7b338922e33.png) ([Image source](https://static01.nyt.com/newsgraphics/2019/07/10/hk-housing/60cb7be70ccae7f7b8c1878a7f8d039e2edf3bdf/subdivided-945.png)) **Nearly one in five people living in poverty. With a minimum wage of $4.82 an hour.** again, some nice economic freedom. all whilst it has the [The longest working hours in the world, and even with the best counter arguments still have some of the longest working hours in the world.](https://coconuts.co/hongkong/news/hong-kong-has-longest-working-week-world-study-says/) They also boast [the highest rent prices in the world.](http://www.demographia.com/dhi.pdf) The average home in Hong Kong also costs 20 times the median salary: ![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/20f13043-0827-4621-8340-e505bb4bbfb0.png) ([Image source](https://static01.nyt.com/newsgraphics/2019/07/10/hk-housing/60cb7be70ccae7f7b8c1878a7f8d039e2edf3bdf/ratio-600.png)) ​ It would take the [average Hongkonger today more than 18 years](http://www.scmp.com/business/article/2064554/hong-kong-named-most-expensive-housing-market-world-seventh-straight-year), using all their salary, to buy a flat of less than 500 square feet, according to the affordability survey by Demographia. #### [Average living space for Hong Kong’s poorest residents same as that of prisoners](http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2117810/average-living-space-hong-kongs-poorest-residents-same) [250,000 people are waiting to be let in to public housing because the second most free economies private sector has failed them.](https://www.housingauthority.gov.hk/en/about-us/publications-and-statistics/prh-applications-average-waiting-time/index.html) **Corporate tax in Hong Kong is among the lowest for major global cities.** but it helps nobody but the rich. the largest wage increase was when a statutory minimum was put in place. Hong Kong's [about half of Hong Kongs flats cost 70% of the median income.](https://www.scmp.com/business/article/2160554/nearly-half-hk-flats-rent-us2550-month-70-cent-median-household-income) [recently Hong Kong hit its highest poverty level in a very long time. very nice economic freedom.](https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/20/hong-kong-20-of-residents-live-in-poverty) The top 10 percent in Hong Kong [earn 44 times more](https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/poverty-poor-in-crazy-rich-hong-kong-10781210) than the lower 10 percent in the city. [Hong Kong came dead last for customer 'smiling index'. this my friends is what its like being a clog in a machine.](https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1934543/service-scowl-hong-kong-dead-last-global-customer-survey-smiling) excerpt from scmp: "Having to spend an average of nine hours a day at work, on top of three hours commuting between her home and the office, Chow, who is in her 40s, still manages to see the brighter side of life." this was a small analysis using a bit of resources but it goes to show even being the the "second most free nation" doesn't really make anyone anymore happy, or improve the standard of living compared to countries with heavy intervention. my next post will be on Singapore, the most "free" place on earth.

Resources to help bernie supporters [or liberals/socdem in general] understand socialism (Mirror)
Mirrored from Reddit, not my work. Source: https://teddit.net/r/bernieblindness/comments/hdiha0/resources_to_help_bernie_supporters_understand/ Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20220325032437/https://old.reddit.com/r/bernieblindness/comments/hdiha0/resources_to_help_bernie_supporters_understand/ I've replaced www.youtube.com URLs with yewtu.be, and www.reddit.com with teddit.net. They are open source YouTube and Reddit webclients respectively, for better privacy. Just switch the domains back if you want undo this and get back to the vanilla YouTube link. **TODO: Archive all the Google Drive/Docs stuff too.** ----- NOTE: if you have any good resources please link them in the comments so i can add them to my personal list ive been building. im giving a decent list of free Marxist books/resources for everyone's use. i compiled this for the comrades who cannot afford to buy/order such books and for learning for everyone. This list should not be credited too much to me, a lot of the resources come from other comrades hard work and compiling and hours of researching, i found much here but most credit should go to everyone else who compiled/made/created these resources (some writing is even pasted from other comrades posts). i recommend the youtubers first. **Introduction to socialism:** [I think every single socialist should watch this video at least once in order to understand the unprecedented impact such leftist systems have in human history; Micheal Parenti](https://yewtu.be/watch?v=6Tmi7JN3LkA) [What is Marxism](https://yewtu.be/watch?v=Vz3eOb6Yl1s) [Is Capitalism Bad For You](https://yewtu.be/watch?v=JvJTUZaivCI) [Richard Wolff: Introduction to Marxism](https://yewtu.be/watch?v=T9Whccunka4) [Alienation](https://yewtu.be/watch?v=PZ4VzhIuKCQ) [The difference between personal and private property](https://yewtu.be/watch?v=eknoQYrgq60) **Books:** Reform or revolution by Rosa Luxembourg [https://www.marxists.org/archive/luxemburg/1900/reform-revolution/](https://www.marxists.org/archive/luxemburg/1900/reform-revolution/) How Europe under-developed Africa by Walter Rodney [https://archive.org/details/HowEuropeUnderdevelopedAfricaByWalterRodney/page/n1/mode/2up](https://archive.org/details/HowEuropeUnderdevelopedAfricaByWalterRodney/page/n1/mode/2up) Unequal exchange: The prospects of socialism [https://web.archive.org/web/20170919180937/http://snylterstaten.dk/english/unequal-exchange-and-prospects-socialism-communist-working-group](https://web.archive.org/web/20170919180937/http://snylterstaten.dk/english/unequal-exchange-and-prospects-socialism-communist-working-group) Fundamentals of Marxism-Leninism [https://archive.org/details/FundamentalsOfMarxismLeninism](https://archive.org/details/FundamentalsOfMarxismLeninism) Das Kapital by Karl Marx [https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.124455/page/n5/mode/2up](https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.124455/page/n5/mode/2up) The communist Manifesto by Karl Marx [https://archive.org/details/ComManifesto/mode/2up](https://archive.org/details/ComManifesto/mode/2up) Its not over: Learning from the socialist experiment [https://www.ebookphp.com/its-not-over-learning-from-the-socialist-experiment-epub-pdf/](https://www.ebookphp.com/its-not-over-learning-from-the-socialist-experiment-epub-pdf/) Economic problems in the USSR by Josef Stalin [https://archive.org/details/economicproblemssocialismussrstalin](https://archive.org/details/economicproblemssocialismussrstalin) The Myth of Capitalism Reborn: A Marxist critique of Theories of Capitalist Restoration in the USSR [https://archive.org/details/TheMythOfCapitalismReborn/page/n53/mode/2up](https://archive.org/details/TheMythOfCapitalismReborn/page/n53/mode/2up) Killing hope: US military and CIA interventions since World war 2 [https://archive.org/details/pdfy-q0ULBH2DJICRS3Vg/mode/2up](https://archive.org/details/pdfy-q0ULBH2DJICRS3Vg/mode/2up) Socialism: Utopian and Scientific by Friedrich Engels [https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1880/soc-utop/index.htm](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1880/soc-utop/index.htm) Imperialism The Highest Stage Of Capitalism By Lenin [https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.3317/mode/2up](https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.3317/mode/2up) The State and Revolution by Lenin [https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/ch01.htm](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/ch01.htm) Wage Labor and Capital [https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/download/pdf/wage-labour-capital.pdf](https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/download/pdf/wage-labour-capital.pdf) Marxism and Feminism [https://www.marxists.org/archive/harman/1979/marxism/ch12.html](https://www.marxists.org/archive/harman/1979/marxism/ch12.html) Economics for dummies, to help people understand capitalism but be wary, it is semi pro capitalism [https://archive.org/details/EconomicsForDummies\_/mode/2up](https://archive.org/details/EconomicsForDummies_/mode/2up) The great conspiracy against Russia by Michael Sayer and Albert E. Kahn [https://mltheory.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/great-conspiracy-against-russia.pdf](https://mltheory.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/great-conspiracy-against-russia.pdf) \\ Towards a new socialism by W. Paul Cockshott and Allin Cottrell [http://ricardo.ecn.wfu.edu/\~cottrell/socialism\_book/new\_socialism.pdf](http://ricardo.ecn.wfu.edu/~cottrell/socialism_book/new_socialism.pdf) Socialist political Economy [https://www.marxists.org/subject/economy/authors/pe/](https://www.marxists.org/subject/economy/authors/pe/) Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of communism (an absolute must read for Marxists-Leninists) [https://eastsidemarxism.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/michael-parenti-blackshirts-and-reds-rational-fascism-and-the-overthrow-of-communism.pdf](https://eastsidemarxism.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/michael-parenti-blackshirts-and-reds-rational-fascism-and-the-overthrow-of-communism.pdf) Late Victorian Holocausts by Mark Davis (how the introduction of capitalism causes famine) [https://archive.org/details/latevictorianhol00dav\_wbr](https://archive.org/details/latevictorianhol00dav_wbr) Anti Communism: Who benefits from it? by Vladimir Mshvenieradze. it reveals just how prevalent anti-communism was and still is. [https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-V4quceAKK9bXVaOEx0Nm4xXzQ/view](https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-V4quceAKK9bXVaOEx0Nm4xXzQ/view) **Youtubers and Youtube Videos:** Hakim (Marxist-Leninist youtuber) [https://yewtu.be/channel/UCPPZoYsfoSekIpLcz9plX1Q](https://yewtu.be/channel/UCPPZoYsfoSekIpLcz9plX1Q) TheFinnishBolshevik (Marxist-Leninist youtuber) [https://yewtu.be/channel/UCCvdjsJtifsZoShjcAAHZpA](https://yewtu.be/channel/UCCvdjsJtifsZoShjcAAHZpA) Every anti-communist argument debunked [https://yewtu.be/watch?v=MjwL1mSrPLA](https://yewtu.be/watch?v=MjwL1mSrPLA) Benji (Marxist-Leninist youtuber) [https://yewtu.be/channel/UCDG87s\_QtD4YrIamqb9k5WQ](https://yewtu.be/channel/UCDG87s_QtD4YrIamqb9k5WQ) DemocraticSocialist01 (Marxist-Leninist youtuber) [https://yewtu.be/user/MrReco12](https://yewtu.be/user/MrReco12) ComradeSloth (Marxist-Leninist youtuber) [https://yewtu.be/channel/UCZtETWkXOblKAN5V1GUfnyg](https://yewtu.be/channel/UCZtETWkXOblKAN5V1GUfnyg) Tovarisch Endymion (Marxist-Leninist youtuber) [https://yewtu.be/channel/UCTG-iJm0HtjWVOAwN8sA4Xg](https://yewtu.be/channel/UCTG-iJm0HtjWVOAwN8sA4Xg) Spooky Scary Socialist (Marxist-Leninist youtuber) [https://yewtu.be/channel/UCl\_A\_42M6kvjH8Gr-rwfCUw](https://yewtu.be/channel/UCl_A_42M6kvjH8Gr-rwfCUw) Capitalism is destroying us, socialism is not an option [https://yewtu.be/watch?v=CVpV\_wVYOEg](https://yewtu.be/watch?v=CVpV_wVYOEg) How capitalism is theft [https://yewtu.be/watch?v=GFEzJovH2yo](https://yewtu.be/watch?v=GFEzJovH2yo) **Resource document pages and Archives:** A complete Marxist archive [https://www.marxists.org/](https://www.marxists.org/) Venezuela myths debunked: [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FgJdjKwWHow6Yy1-zmiiwxX\_DDgaF8kHkmVohkL\_Yew/edit?usp=drivesdk](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FgJdjKwWHow6Yy1-zmiiwxX_DDgaF8kHkmVohkL_Yew/edit?usp=drivesdk) The basics of Marxist-Leninist Theory [https://archive.org/details/basics\_of\_marxist\_\_leninist\_theory](https://archive.org/details/basics_of_marxist__leninist_theory) Massive document page debunking anti socialist lies by Albamc35 [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rRBtOd7tCPwJgXNy4m1PLvDnPrbMcn6yMe7mVIIHZfA/edit](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rRBtOd7tCPwJgXNy4m1PLvDnPrbMcn6yMe7mVIIHZfA/edit) The case for Marxism-Leninism [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uOAy23Rouv\_Mg14\_NgcEOm-K19ragMTlB03RV7Td01Q/edit](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uOAy23Rouv_Mg14_NgcEOm-K19ragMTlB03RV7Td01Q/edit) Another document page debunking lies against socialism [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Gxwhh-vdeB--47HM-20cEVRC9eAMhrapbNf0Sk8VSOs/edit](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Gxwhh-vdeB--47HM-20cEVRC9eAMhrapbNf0Sk8VSOs/edit) massive right winger fact sheet [https://socdoneleft.github.io/stinky\_rightwinger\_factsheet.html#public\_healthcare](https://socdoneleft.github.io/stinky_rightwinger_factsheet.html#public_healthcare) Socialist archive [https://revolutionarydemocracy.org/index.htm](https://revolutionarydemocracy.org/index.htm) Huge socialist book archive [https://archive.org/details/@ismail\_badiou](https://archive.org/details/@ismail_badiou) Huge Marxist-Leninist archive [https://neodemocracy.blogspot.com/](https://neodemocracy.blogspot.com/) Huge soviet archive and pro socialist articles [https://northstarcompass.org/](https://northstarcompass.org/) [Reached character limit, continued in this comment](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/174525/comment/120502)

Capitalism is unsustainable (Mirror)
Mirrored from Reddit, not my work. Source: https://teddit.net/r/InformedTankie/comments/hnc2cr/capitalism_is_unsustainable/ Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20220325030335/https://old.reddit.com/r/InformedTankie/comments/hnc2cr/capitalism_is_unsustainable/ ----- a [study](https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-018-0021-4) published in nature found that the world western level quality of life cannot be sustained at all. and not even developing nations can sustain there quality of life. one word, Capitalism. # made to break: its quite simple, a company runs on profits, capitalism runs on profits and if you do not keep coming back to buy there product there not making any money thus fail. this practice which is called planned obsolescence is very common, wasteful and exploitative. The made to break motive started mainly in the 1930s with the [pheobus cartel](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoebus_cartel) at a time when the average light bulb could last up to 25,000 hours! but then all companies were commanded to only allow a max of 1,000 hours of life to increase demand. this is a prime example of the wastefulness caused by capitalism. if this is not fixed this wasteful and disgusting trait of capitalism will worsen the lives of many as life grows more unsustainable. these are not just numbers, these are finite resources that with proper allocation and correct production could better the lives of everyone whilst keeping world sustainability. Excerpt from TBS: "advertisements each and every day whose sole purpose is to convince us to keep on shopping under the promise that doing so will make our lives better. Through advertising, companies have managed to make us confuse our needs with our wants, thus making us desire to acquire things that we don’t truly need, so that we can fill in their pockets by emptying our own." this quote will remain crucial to the following points and crucial to this whole post in general. Not too long ago apple was fined for deliberately [slowing older phones](https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-51413724) so people buy the new ones. the resources used to make iphones are [deemed critically low](https://www.usgs.gov/news/interior-releases-2018-s-final-list-35-minerals-deemed-critical-us-national-security-and) yet they have the audacity to break phones so people buy new ones? absolutely repulsive. W: another example, inkjet printer manufacturers employ [smart chips in their ink cartridges](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inkjet_printing#Business_model) to prevent them from being used after a certain threshold (number of pages, time, etc.), even though the cartridge may still contain usable ink or could be refilled (with ink toners, up to 50 percent of the toner cartridge is often still full). This constitutes "programmed obsolescence", in that there is no random component contributing to the decline in function. **other examples/ways items are made to break:** Nylons: not nearly as quality as they use to be. Consumer Electronics: the case of apple deliberately slowing older phones and as shown below the tricks like placing the most sensitive part next to the hottest part on the circuit. Cars: Vehicles that mere made before world war 2 were still being driven in the 60s. but this is not profitable, so companies created plans. taken from RTP: 1. “routinely discontinue parts that could otherwise be made available for repairs.” 2. ” confirm to a strict yearly cycle of model releases, often introducing purely cosmetic changes from one year to the next.” 3. “retire popular models and bring out something new every few years, making it harder to fix older vehicles.” (instead of “sticking with hits and standardizing them over time, which would better support a repair aftermarket”) Cars today, for many, are seen as a fashion accessory and statement. It has become common for people to buy the new model of a car, even if the one they own is in great shape, and still has years to live. Unavailable/high cost spare parts: underproduction of a spare part leads to no availability of said part. but they will offer this \*new\* part that costs much more than the old part but its now the only choice you got. Vulnerability to wear and tear: examples are the fact some electronics most sensitive parts are exposed to the hottest part on the circuit. but it is not limited to the previous example. Warranty: many do not bother to keep a receipt, it gets lost, etc. but its not limited to that, especially if the repair can take months. also cases of having to send it to the manufacturer with out-of-pocket expenses. these are just a few examples of 'made to break' or planned obsolescence. this is widespread, considering the fact this system relies on profit and demand. # Overproduction and waste: relevant comment by u/jbid25 Taken from TWC: Most things as i've shown are made to break but general wastefulness and environmentally safe procedures are not widespread. [use it and lose it is the western philosophy](https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/american-consumption-habits/). We way overproduce, and discard just about everything we use instantly. we dont care what items they are whether it be tossing our old tv in the trash to getting groceries with plastic bags. we waste a lot, some has to do with the fact things are not made to last but it also has to do with the fact capitalism is ecologically inefficient in production. taken from TG: "A record 54m tonnes of “e-waste” was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21% in five years, the [UN’s Global E-waste Monitor report](https://globalewaste.org/) found. The 2019 figure is equivalent to 7.3kg for every man, woman and child on Earth, though use is concentrated in richer nations. The amount of e-waste is rising three times faster than the world’s population, and only 17% of it was recycled in 2019." this is unsustainable, almost nothing is being done about it. These are precious resources in a finite planet these are not just numbers. we need a more efficient system that systematically deals with waste and we need to systematically deal with how we dispose of things. decades and capitalism has not fixed it. this all gets back to the original study, the world cannot sustain its living standards BECAUSE OF CAPITALISM. capitalisms inabilities to deal with these billions of tonnes of precious finite resources being wasted and dumped. but the study only dealt with current statistics, the thing is we can create a more efficient economy, a planned economy with proper technology, organization and planning so we can give everyone a decent standard of living on a finite planet. its simple. its not profitable to allocate resources for 'free' so there dumped. a staggering **2.9 trillion pounds** is wasted every year, this is enough to feed the entire world. taken from [here](https://www.rubicon.com/blog/statistics-trash-recycling/): ​ The amount of trash generated by the UK could [fill](http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/facts.html) Britain’s largest lake, Lake Windermere, in just 8 months. We used to get through 500 million plastic bags every week in the UK – amounting to billions of bags and thousands of tonnes of plastic. Sadly, each bag will take between 500 and 1,000 years to decompose in landfil At Christmas, as much as 83 square kilometres of [wrapping paper](https://www.envirowaste.co.uk/blog/articles/christmas-waste-statistics-making-christmas-green/) will end up in UK bins when it could have been recycled instead. That’s the same size as Sunderland! The number of disposable nappies each baby gets through weighs the same as a family [car](https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/real-nappies) Humans now buy a million plastic bottles a minute. Most of this plastic ends up in the ocean. By 2050, the ocean will contain more [plastic](https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change) by weight than fish. It’s not just what goes in the bin that counts as waste – water can be wasted, too. A single leaky tap in your house can waste as much as [5,000 litres](http://www.edenproject.com/learn/for-everyone/water-saving-tips) of water a year. If we all fixed our dripping taps we could supply 120,000 people with a day’s worth of water. Nine-tenths of all solid waste in the United States does not get recycled. **Landfills are among the biggest contributors to soil pollution – roughly 80% of the items buried in landfills could be recycled.** **Although 75% of America’s waste is recyclable, we only recycle around 30% of it.** A single recycled plastic bottle saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours. It also creates 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than would be created when making a new bottle. Recycling plastic saves *twice* as much energy as it takes to burn it. It only takes 5 recycled plastic bottles to make enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket. Motor oil never wears out, it just gets dirty – [and it can be recycled.](https://www.rubicon.com/commodity-oil/) Over 11 million tons of recyclable clothing, shoes, and textiles make their way into landfills each year. Glass bottles take 4,000 years to decompose. Glass, like aluminum, is infinitely recyclable – without any loss in purity or quality. the above list is very small and only highlights a few things but i hope this gives everyone an idea of what is going on. The United States throws out the amount of office paper it would take to build a 12-foot wall from Los Angeles to New York City (2,794 miles). [Reached character limit. Continued in this comment.](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/174512/comment/120480)

List of Marxist channels and Marxist resources (Mirrored)
Mirrored from a Reddit post, not my work. Source: https://teddit.net/user/SavageTruths74/comments/j6dfxz/list_of_marxist_channels_and_marxist_resources/ I didn't mirror this Reddit thread on archive.org because there were no comments at the time of posting this, so basically all the useful information is in this post. I've replaced www.youtube.com URLs with yewtu.be, an open source YouTube webclient, for better privacy. Just switch the domains back if you want undo this and get back to the vanilla YouTube link. ----- I will also be rating the channels from 1-10 based on quality. though opinions may vary so watch them all. i will NR if i have not watched/heard enough to comment. * [YUGOPNIK](https://yewtu.be/c/YUGOPNIK/videos) (covers a wide variety of topics) 7/10 * [Socialist Swann](https://yewtu.be/channel/UCitdSK4Gta0tjqr0bSxaFlA/videos) (so far, mainly only has amazing videos on the GDR) 9/10 * [SpookyScarySocialist](https://yewtu.be/c/SpookyScarySocialist/videos) (covers a wide variety of topics) 10/10 * [Halim Alrah](https://yewtu.be/channel/UCGog4JPn5-W3_XIKccENysg/videos) (covers a wide variety of topics) 8/10 * [Paul Cockshott](https://yewtu.be/channel/UCVBfIU1_zO-P_R9keEGdDHQ/videos) (Covers lots of economics and many other topics) 8/10 * [Space Babies](https://yewtu.be/c/SpaceBabies/videos) (covers many things, some better than others) 6/10 * [The Marxist Project](https://yewtu.be/channel/UCNalGyK3DaK37GTLIHSwmyA/videos) (covers lots of economics and many other topics) 10/10 * [AnotherBolshevikConspirator](https://yewtu.be/channel/UClkbdrFG-8kGjcdMF_FCeXQ/videos) (New channel so far mainly only has videos on colonialism) NR * [Socialist Voice](https://yewtu.be/c/SocialistVoice/videos) (an Ireland based channel that covers a wide variety of topics) 8/10 * [Politsurm International](https://yewtu.be/channel/UCfix0TWJgJdBvdsAtXKfG3A/videos) (covers a wide variety of topics) 7/10 * [TheFinnishBolshevik](https://yewtu.be/channel/UCCvdjsJtifsZoShjcAAHZpA/videos) (the OG Marxist-Leninist on Youtube. covers a wide variety of topics) 9/10 * [Hakim](https://yewtu.be/c/ComradeLenin/videos) (covers a wide variety of topics) 10/10 * [Swoletariat](https://yewtu.be/channel/UCReRffTpdfRgDsNVLAKBH0g/videos) (covers a wide variety of topics) 9/10 * [DemocraticSocialist01](https://yewtu.be/user/MrReco12/videos) (covers a wide variety of topics) 10/10 * [TovarishchEndymion](https://yewtu.be/c/TovarishchEndymion/videos) (covers a wide variety of topics) 10/10 * [Juche Gang](https://yewtu.be/c/shanelawrence86/videos) (almost exclusively DPRK focused content) 7/10 * [Bay Area415](https://yewtu.be/channel/UCdaFmmHTdGygThLv7nNy6zA/videos) (dengist \[neo-marxist\] channel focused a lot on china) * [Paul Morrin](https://yewtu.be/c/PaulMorrinIE/videos) (an irish based channel that covers a wide variety of topics) NR

Today's home page is full of anti-war reflections and empathy. Since we all want to reflect so much, then I will seriously give you a reflection on how this matter in Ukraine has come to this point. 1. Ukraine had a fantastic start Many people see Ukraine as a small and weak country, but this perception is actually limited. In terms of the size of the country, Ukraine is as large as Britain, France, Germany, and other European countries, and its population is 50 million. In terms of resources, Ukraine is the third-largest exporter of food in the world, along with the Northeast of China and the Mississippi of the United States. There are more than 80 kinds of rich minerals that can be mined, including coal, iron, manganese, nickel, titanium, mercury, graphite, and so on. Basically, they have all the necessary resources to become a strong power. It is important to note that Ukraine is not an agricultural country with resources, but an industrial country with a very advanced industrial system and a system of universal education, which was also established as a production center in the former Soviet Union. With a literacy rate of 99.7%, Ukraine probably had the fourth-highest level of education in the world at that time, and had a large number of universities. Moreover, Ukraine inherited a bunch of highly sophisticated factories from the Soviet era. For example, the Nikolaev Shipyard - better known to the Chinese as the Black Sea Shipyard - was the largest shipyard in Europe at the time and built nine aircraft carriers for the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the predecessor of China's Liaoning aircraft carrier “The Varyag” the predecessor of China's Liaoning aircraft carrier, was nearly 70% completed here. Kharkiv Morozov Mechanical Design Bureau, where the famous T34 was designed and developed. Antonov Design Bureau - in the 1980s the world's largest aircraft was built - the An-225 transport aircraft. Madasich - the world's largest aero-engine research and manufacturing company, specializing in the supply of engines for all types of aircraft, known as the "power tsar" Ukraine inherited 3,594 Soviet military-industrial enterprises, with 3 million workers, capable of producing aircraft, tanks, aircraft carriers, rockets, large transport aircraft, and land, maritime, aero equipment, and they were all at the top of the world at the time. The most important thing is that Ukraine is not a fat sheep, it directly inherited 700,000 Soviet troops, more than 6,000 tanks, 1,500 aircraft, 300 ships, 176 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and -- 2,500 tactical nuclear weapons. So you think this is a small and weak country? Have you ever heard of small countries with nuclear bombs in their hands? When the family was divided, Ukraine's overall strength was second only to Russia, to Chinese, it is as known as the "second hairy". (Big hairy Russia two hairy Ukraine three hairy Belarus, hairy bear, of course, is the Soviet Union) Although it is no longer the might of the hairy bear, it by no means is a small country that can be compared to an average country. But the problem is In 1989, Ukraine's GDP per capita was 1598$, Romania's GDP per capita was 1818$, Russia's GDP per capita was 3429$, and China's GDP per capita was only 311$. Ukraine was five times larger than us. Then twenty years passed In 2016, Ukraine's GDP per capita is still only $2186$, Romania's GDP per capita is $9520$, Russia's GDP per capita is $8748$, and China's GDP per capita has come to $8123$ (source IMF official website) We are almost five times more than Ukraine. So there are many countries in the world that can cry themselves miserable, such as some small countries in Africa, with poor natural conditions, little land resources, more than 90% of their land are deserts, they are not close to the shoreline and transportation is not convenient, so the gods can't help. But Ukraine is not. Ukraine had a fantastic start, which other countries, including us, could not even think about at that time. 2. The Textbook of Color revolution So how did Ukraine end up where it is today? Ukraine is a textbook of color revolutions on all fronts, because it is really hard to imagine a country that has bought into the evil of the other side like this First, there was shock therapy. After Ukraine's independence in 1991, Kravchuk became president, and in order to bring Ukraine's economy out of stagnation and quickly transform from a planned economy to a market economy, he believed in "shock therapy" as did Yeltsin in Russia at the time. As you may have guessed, like Russia, the Ukrainian economy went from stagnation to chaos, with prices soaring and the currency devalued, while some senior officials took the opportunity to use their power to acquire state property and become oligarchs. But there is still something to say, after all, no one had the experience back then, the problem is the rest of the operations. When Ukraine wanted to join the European NATO after USSR's dissolution, in order to convince the west as soon as possible that he was not a threat, he believed in the promises of Europe and the United States and destroyed his nuclear weapons. On the surface, for Ukraine at the time, this step was profitable both in terms of reducing the funds for maintaining nuclear weapons and in exchange for Western assistance. But realistically speaking, only a company can discuss whether it makes money or not, a country cannot just consider whether it makes money or not, nuclear and non-nuclear countries are completely different things in terms of discourse. Why did they attack Iraq? Because it was suspected of having weapons of mass destruction So why not go after North Korea? Because it really does have weapons of mass destruction. Ukraine could negotiate terms with Europe and the United States back then, not because Europe and the United States were kind-hearted, but because you really had thousands of nuclear warheads in your nuclear arsenal. After Ukraine destroyed its own nuclear weapons, Europe and the United States not only did not fulfill their promises, but even the previously promised loans started to come with conditions. In addition to nuclear weapons, Europe and the United States also coerced and lured Ukraine into giving up a whole bunch of military equipment. For example, when Ukraine had already built the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ulyanovsk, a Norwegian company offered Ukraine's help to build six ships, but to build them on Platform 0, where the Ulyanovsk carrier was located, and another American steel company took the opportunity to offer a high price for the steel used in the carrier's construction. Ukraine had an idea: wouldn't it be a good move to kill two birds with one stone? So Ukraine dismantled the Ulyanovsk carrier and prepared to sell it, freeing up the shipyard for the orders of new ships. But when the carrier was dismantled, the US company refused to buy it on the pretext that the contract was invalid, and then the Norwegian shipbuilding contract was canceled for some reason. After your economic and military, the next is your whole industrial chain. The famous "aviation power tsar" Madasic company president Boguslaev once told reporters that when he took his products to France to exhibit and tender, Western aviation manufacturers unceremoniously told him, "'Your engine is very good, but we don't want it '. Why? Because "your product does not meet the standards." And what are the standards? The standard is that 24 ways of cutting environment-friendly humanitarian diamond and if you don't buy it then you don't love it. The standard is that the only champagne is the wine produced in the Champagne region of France. If you can produce diamonds in West Africa, then I will emphasize the cut, diamonds are important, but a good cut is equally important, only diamonds that produced in the City of London by a century-old master, with hyperbolic 4C technique are worth the money, you don’t know that thing which is called an artisan spirit! If you have the cut, I will then emphasize the brightness, only bright diamonds are worth the money, your dim ones are inferior! As a result, when China's man-made diamond technology exploded, and they have all the brightness and cut, but… Guess what the opposite side said? Only those with flaws are natural! Only natural ones are worth the money! Your Xinjiang cotton is cheap and good, I will just say that you used slave labor, the standards are in my hands and can change at any time, how do you play with it? Therefore, repeatedly teased by the west, Ukraine came to its own realization. Ukraine wasn't stupid, of course, they also reacted to the good old "freedom and democracy." Everything will become better they said, turns out that's not true at all, is it? In 2004, the Ukrainian public felt that we had to change our mindset, not what the west said, so they elected a pro-Russian Yanukovych and tried to move closer to Russia. Then the final form of the color revolution emerged when the pro-Western Yushchenko, after losing the presidential election, called on his supporters to hold peaceful demonstrations in major cities across the country on the basis of "massive election fraud by Yanukovych", which became known as the "Orange Revolution" because Yushchenko and his supporters wore orange clothes and waved orange flags. Under strong pressure, the Constitutional Court ruled that the election results were invalid and a new election was held early the following year, which Yushchenko won by a narrow margin. The Orange Revolution in Ukraine, along with the Rose Revolution in Georgia and the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan, are considered to be color revolutions, with the common denominator that they took place in the former Soviet Union and that the initial winners were all pro-Russian or socialist parties.







Over the Time our Subreddit has accumulated quite a lot of Megathreads regarding different Nations. As it has been pointed out by u/Zaroden in his [comment](https://www.reddit.com/r/communism/comments/cnydo8/we_need_a_soviet_union_megathread_debunking/ewezc15?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x) it would be useful to organise them in a helpful manner. So here is my take on that. I got together all the Megathreads that i know about but I certainly would be happy to make addition if I am missing out on one or a new one gets made.During the making of my Mega-Megathread I found a helpful [post](https://www.reddit.com/r/communism/comments/cg2tu1/compilation_of_sourcelists_and_masterposts/) made by u/flesh_eating_turtle which already gathered most of the Megathreads. 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Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
Note: This is not mine and unfortunately, I didn't keep credit of the original poster. The original post was on r/MTC and, of course, now it's gone. The British and French were trying to goad Germany and Russia into war. The Soviets were the last country in europe to sign a pact with the Nazis and here's a [handy infographic of the countries that did sign](https://pics.onsizzle.com/what-countries-signed-contracts-with-hitler-and-when-1933-uk-1601874.png). The Soviets spent over a year trying to sign an anti Nazi alliance with the British and the French. The British confirmed all of this in 2009 when the 70 year limit ran out and their archive was opened and the full scale of what Stalin offered the Brits and French was basically enough to ensure WW2 never happened The British and French however sent delegates with no authority to sign an alliance. The polish hated the Soviets because they were fascists under Pilzudski and were hoping for an alliance with Hitler. Poland also realised that if they allowed the Soviets onto Polish territory the Soviets would unilaterally annexe the land the Polish had stolen from the Soviet Union in the 1918-1920 invasion of the USSR where Poland annexed land from Belarus, Lithuania (they stole Villinus the capital of Lithuania) and Ukraine. The Polish then enacted a forced "Polandisation" of the citizens living there. Suppressing native languages and treating Belarussians/Lits and Ukrainians as 2nd class peoples. Bear in mind this is one year after they signed the Munich agreement which gave Hitler Czechoslovakia. > "Papers which were kept secret for almost 70 years show that the Soviet Union proposed sending a powerful military force in an effort to entice Britain and France into an anti-Nazi alliance. > The new documents, copies of which have been seen by The Sunday Telegraph, show the vast numbers of infantry, artillery and airborne forces which Stalin's generals said could be dispatched, if Polish objections to the Red Army crossing its territory could first be overcome. > But the British and French side - briefed by their governments to talk, but not authorised to commit to binding deals - did not respond to the Soviet offer, made on August 15, 1939. Instead, Stalin turned to Germany, signing the notorious non-aggression treaty with Hitler barely a week later. > The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, named after the foreign secretaries of the two countries, came on August 23 - just a week before Nazi Germany attacked Poland, thereby sparking the outbreak of the war. But it would never have happened if Stalin's offer of a western alliance had been accepted, according to retired Russian foreign intelligence service Major General Lev Sotskov, who sorted the 700 pages of declassified documents. > **"This was the final chance to slay the wolf, even after [British Conservative prime minister Neville] Chamberlain and the French had given up Czechoslovakia to German aggression the previous year in the Munich Agreement,"** said Gen Sotskov, 75. > The Soviet offer - made by war minister Marshall Klementi Voroshilov and Red Army chief of general staff Boris Shaposhnikov - would have put up to 120 infantry divisions (each with some 19,000 troops), 16 cavalry divisions, 5,000 heavy artillery pieces, 9,500 tanks and up to 5,500 fighter aircraft and bombers on Germany's borders in the event of war in the west, declassified minutes of the meeting show. > **But Admiral Sir Reginald Drax, who lead the British delegation, told his Soviet counterparts that he authorised only to talk, not to make deals.** > *"Had the British, French and their European ally Poland, taken this offer seriously then together we could have put some 300 or more divisions into the field on two fronts against Germany - double the number Hitler had at the time," said Gen Sotskov, who joined the Soviet intelligence service in 1956. "This was a chance to save the world or at least stop the wolf in its tracks." *" [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/3223834/Stalin-planned-to-send-a-million-troops-to-stop-Hitler-if-Britain-and-France-agreed-pact.html](https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/3223834/Stalin-planned-to-send-a-million-troops-to-stop-Hitler-if-Britain-and-France-agreed-pact.html) And yes, there were talks to join the axis! Germany at this point was in war with Britain and France and the Soviets needed another year and would still suffer horrendous losses (27 million dead) So what was the result of those axis talks? (Besides the end point which was Germany invading the Soviet Union but let's continue down the fantasy path that the Soviets trusted fucking Hitler and they were going seriously joining any German axis) . > "Hitler, however, saw the Soviet territorial ambitions in the Balkans as a challenge to German interests and saw its plan as effectively making Bulgaria into an adjunct of the Axis pact. On several occasions, Molotov asked German officials for their response to Moscow's counterproposals, but Germany never answered them. Germany's refusal to respond to the counterproposal worsened relations between the countries. Regarding the counterproposal, Hitler remarked to his top military chiefs that Stalin "demands more and more", "he's a cold-blooded blackmailer" and that "a German victory has become unbearable for Russia" so that "she must be brought to her knees as soon as possible.""** **-Ericson, Edward E. (1999), Feeding the German Eagle: Soviet Economic Aid to Nazi Germany, 1933–1941,** Right so the axis talks ended with Hitler so pissed off at the Soviet Union Hitler assessed - Stalin was a "cold blooded blackmailer" and that he "demands more and more" - "A German victory is unbearable for russia" - that the Soviets were trying to have Germany "brought to her knees as soon as possible" And Hitler killing the talks. We've established thus far that the Soviets prioritised a British-French and polish anti nazi alliance. That the British, Poles and French were rat bastards that saw communism as a greater evil than fascism and were hoping for the Germans and Russians to kill each other. At this point though I've only quoted bourgeois sources so let's see what the Soviets said about all this **.** > "After the first imperialist war the victor states, primarily Britain, France and the United States, had set up a new regime in the relations between countries, the post-war regime of peace. The main props of this regime were the Nine-Power Pact in the Far East, and the Versailles Treaty and a number of other treaties in Europe. The League of Nations was set up to regulate relations between countries within the framework of this regime, on the basis of a united front of states, of collective defence of the security of states. However, three aggressive states, and the new imperialist war launched by them, have upset the entire system of this post-war peace regime. Japan tore up the Nine-Power Pact, and Germany and Italy the Versailles Treaty. In order to have their hands free, these three states withdrew from the League of Nations.** > The new imperialist war became a fact. > It is not so easy in our day to suddenly break loose and plunge straight into war without regard for treaties of any kind or for public opinion. Bourgeois politicians know this very well. So do the fascist rulers. That is why the fascist rulers decided, before plunging into war, to frame public opinion to suit their ends, that is, to mislead it, to deceive it. > **A military bloc of Germany and Italy against the interests of England and France in Europe? Bless us, do you call that a bloc? "We" have no military bloc. All "we" have is an innocuous "Berlin-Rome axis"; that is, just a geometrical equation for an axis. (Laughter.)** > **A military bloc of Germany, Italy and Japan against the interests of the United States, Great Britain and France in the Far East? Nothing of the kind. "We" have no military bloc. All "we" have is an innocuous "Berlin-Rome-Tokyo triangle"; that is, a slight penchant for geometry. (General laughter.)** > **A war against the interests of England, France, the United States? Nonsense! "We" are waging war on the Comintern, not on these states. If you don't believe it, read the "anti-Comintern pact" concluded between Italy, Germany and Japan.** > That is how Messieurs the aggressors thought of framing public opinion, although it was not hard to see how preposterous this whole clumsy game of camouflage was; for it is ridiculous to look for Comintern "hotbeds" in the deserts of Mongolia, in the mountains of Abyssinia, or in the wilds of Spanish Morocco. (Laughter.) > But war is inexorable. It cannot be hidden under any guise. For no "axes," "triangles" or "anti-Comintern pacts" can hide the fact that in this period Japan has seized a vast stretch of territory in China, that Italy has seized Abyssinia, that Germany has seized Austria and the Sudeten region, that Germany and Italy together have seized Spain – and all this in defiance of the interests of the non-aggressive states. The war remains a war; the military bloc of aggressors remains a military bloc; and the aggressors remain aggressors. > **It is a distinguishing feature of the new imperialist war that it has not yet become universal, a world war. The war is being waged by aggressor states, who in every way infringe upon the interests of the non-aggressive states, primarily England, France and the U.S.A., while the latter draw back and retreat, making concession after concession to the aggressors. > Thus we are witnessing an open redivision of the world and spheres of influence at the expense of the non-aggressive states, without the least attempt at resistance, and even with a certain amount of connivance, on the part of the latter.** > Incredible, but true. > **To what are we to attribute this one-sided and strange character of the new imperialist war?**

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