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He is but he’s pretty critical of Israel as a totalitarian police/surveillance state. Probably a believer in a two-state solution, which to be honest there are Palestinians that support that too.

Either way, he’s got a point about mythmaking. All of recorded history is essentially storytelling – narration of varying degrees of unreliability. History is propaganda, and whatever class controls the narrative of history at any given point in time, also controls the advancement of their struggle and the sustaining of their rule.

In Marxist terms, it’s just one way the superstructure can influence the base. So it’s not he’s particularly advancing anything new, just articulating the same notion from a different angle with different phrasing.


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If social media was around in the 1910s, Lenin’s Twitter page would be absolutely savage.


Wait I don’t understand. Is China state capitalist or full blown tankie commoonism?


Total historical revisionism. It’s frustrating as all hell. I’ve got a friend who grew up in Ukraine this decade under fascist education and they insist that Lenin and Stalin banned the Ukrainian language.

Nevermind that in actuality Ukrainian culture flourished under Stalin and Russian chauvanism was actively combatted through government policies. Nevermind that more art and books in the Ukrainian language were created than ever before. Nah. They’re rewriting history because of feels.

“The main danger, Great-Russian chauvinism, should be kept in check by the Russians themselves, for the sake of the larger goal of building socialism. Within the (minority) nationality areas new institutions should be organized giving the state a national (minority) character everywhere, built on the use of the nationality languages in government and education, and on the recruitment and promotion of leaders from the ranks of minority groups. On the central level the nationalities should be represented in the Soviet of Nationalities.” - Stalin


Lotsa communists in the imperial core still fighting over the century old dead guy feud between Trotsky and Stalin as if the conditions of semi-feudal Russia are super relevant to organizing their own countries with advanced economies in the 21st century.


It’s amazing watching liberals cheer on Zelensky purging his government but condemn socialist leaders for doing the same. Just amazing.


The whole concept of whiteness is the destruction of unique cultural traditions in favor of class collaboration. There is Irish, Italian, Spanish, Germanic culture, etc. But they all get enveloped in the cultural cemetery that is “whiteness,” at least that’s the case in the US. You can see the same process starting within sects of the Latin American community as well.

IMO we really ought to be encouraging white people to decolonize and re-engage with their ancestry in a way that reveals and teaches them how their cultures were devoured in service of the ruling class. Because the fascists are doing just that, but misleading them along the way (which is one reason I think there is such a heavy emphasis on Norse mythology in a lot of white nationalist symbology; white people are ignorantly reclaiming lost culture in service of capitalism rather than opposition to it).


That’s exactly what the state strategy is. It’s fucked up beyond belief.


The same US liberals that virtue signal “Never again” are about to let it happen again.


Conversion therapy is still legal in half of the US lol


I mean, we still have so many cultural carryovers from other empires throughout history. American culture will likely have relevance long past the age of American empire. That’s just how history is.


"We are in danger of producing an educated proletariat. … That’s dynamite! We have to be selective on who we allow [to go to college].”

Roger Freeman, educational advisor to Richard Nixon


Wouldn’t be surprised if it was a staged q&a


Especially if you’re part of the broke working class and can only afford piece of shit cars that need constant repairs. You end up spending way more money on said piece of shit car than something more reliable that you can’t get approved for. I’m finally out of that cycle now but lived that life for way too long and it was always a major stress in the back of my mind. When is this piece of shit gonna break down next and take all my year’s savings with it?


Well said. No one is infallible. I know we’re all communists here, but let’s not pretend that we don’t all know some stupid/dogmatic communists.


Dontcha love how Russia blowing up a major sector of their economy while they commit to a costly invasion makes perfect sense to liberals? Like the logic is 100% sound. Putin is just that irrationally evil and short sighted.


Didn’t the whole “Xi looks like Pooh” thing start out as a harmless meme from Chinese citizens though? Wasn’t it Western social media that co-opted it and turned it into a racist caricature?


The former doesn’t preclude the latter unfortunately.



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There are people out there who are suffering from such immense pain or have such a lack of dignity in their end stage of life that they’d rather go out on their own terms. The conversation is worth having. But currently, yes, assisted suicide in most cases is very much a bandaid solution as long a capitalism is what drives people to develop extreme disease, dementia, mental illness etc.




“Ghost cities” lol


The Harry Potter books hahaha


Look up LABZIK by Chaver Paver :)


This maybe a vulgar idealist take, but I really do think that gen z has the correct instincts for guiding us into the future. Yes there is a lot of obstacles. Yes there is the opportunity for immense tragedies, some which will be inevitible like climate catastrophe. But ultimately they have the temperament and sensitivity for others that will influence the generation after them.

As a Millennial, the same thing can’t really be said for the way we grew up and were raised.


Seriously. You can say some of the tankiest shit to these people and they’ll nod along up until the point where you ask them to sympathize with AES. And then it’s like a switch gets flipped and they revert back to liberal insanity. How in the world do they expect to challenge capitalism in their first world home countries, which is centered around US empire, without supporting the nations that are resisting said empire?

Hell, we don’t need them to even “like” or be knowledgeable about socialism in other countries. We just need them to recognize the enormous fucking primary contradiction that is US imperialism and divert their energy towards challenging that. If they can’t even do that, they’ll never get their wish for whatever utopia they have in their heads.


Day 4 of fighting COVID infection. Again.

I really miss when I could see my friends and family during the holidays without this being an everlooming risk. I hate that this is the expected cost now for trying to preserve my mental health and social life.


Russia is currently anti-imperialist due to their circumstances, not because of state ideology. It only makes sense their news media would reflect that.


I got in the most frustrating conversation with another “communist” about the DPRK. I didn’t even attempt to say their government was “good” or anything. Just dispelled US talking points and encouraged them to look at things from the perspective of a highly sanctioned country that has a history of being genocided by yankees. Like, that’s a pretty mild statement and even then the hairs were raised on the back of their neck from me even asking them to try and sympathize.

Just was nothing but moving goal posts and being painted as crazy for… you know… actually having a memory of history and a clue about what I was talking about.

The propaganda is strong.


Idk if it’s still the case, but just a few years ago there was a study that showed that there were more surveillance cameras per capita in the US, not China. So once again, projection from the West.


This… this is actually real…
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Also to remember that Jimmy Carter’s administration actually started “Reaganomics.”


Democracy is being able to choose which flavor boot you wanna lick dontchaknow?


Seriously though. I watched one of those Hitler documentary on Netflix this year and some the parallels are pretty damn glaring


I’ve been taking a break from politics for the past 2 weeks. Trying to get my mental health to a good place. Feel a little guilty not keeping up with stuff though.


One of these people shut down a labor strike with the threat of state violence. During the holidays.


In my experience, most US veterans I’ve met are either super to the left or super to the right. Once you see from inside the machine it’s really hard to stay neutral about it.


It’s not a good thing. Just one more reason why capitalism is fucking irrational.


Might earn me some downvotes saying this, but the Western Left needs to stop looking at their veterans as enemies and more as opportunities. A revolution simply won’t be successful without significant factions of the military on the communist side – and that includes veterans. Plenty didn’t jump into the military to kill people; they were just dumb kids without class consciousness who didn’t know shit about politics and were promised a stable financial future.

There is a difference between learning to forgive veterans/raising their consciousness though and condoning pro-imperialist veteran culture. We very much need to encourage the former. Luckily, there are many veterans from US wars that are actively involved in the anti-imperialist and communist struggle.



From the NYTimes Opinion Section: "Dear President Xi: Please accept my country’s gratitude and congratulations as you embark on your third term as general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. Though it may not be obvious now, we believe your reign will one day be recognized as one of the great unexpected blessings in the history of the United States, as well as that of other free nations. A few exceptions aside, this was not what was generally expected when you first became paramount leader 10 years ago. Back then, many in the West had concluded that it was merely a matter of time before China was restored to its ancient place as the world’s dominant civilization and largest economy. China’s astonishing annual growth rates, frequently topping 10 percent, put our own meager economic progress in the shade. In one industry after another — telecommunications, banking, social media, real estate — Chinese companies were becoming industry leaders. Foreign nationals flocked to live, study and work in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing; well-to-do American parents boasted of enrolling their children in Mandarin immersion classes. At the policymaking level, there was widespread acceptance that a richer China would be vastly more influential abroad — and that the influence would be felt from Western Europe to South America to Central Asia to East Africa. Though we understood that this influence could at times be heavy-handed, there was little political will to curb it. China seemed to offer a unique model of capitalist dynamism and authoritarian efficacy. Decisions were made; things got done: What a contrast with the increasingly sclerotic free world. Not that we thought that all was well with China. Your rise coincided with the dramatic downfall of your principal rival, Bo Xilai, amid rumors of a possible coup. Longer-term challenges — widespread corruption, an aging population, the role of the state in the economy — required prudent management. So did the international resentments and resistance that swiftly rising global powers invariably engender. Still, you seemed up to the job. Your family’s bitter experience during the Cultural Revolution suggested that you understood the dangers of totalitarianism. Your determination to crack down on corruption seemed matched by your willingness to further liberalize your economy — demonstrated by your appointment of the competent technocrat Li Keqiang as your premier. And your stay with a family in Iowa in the 1980s raised hopes that you might harbor some fondness for America. Those hopes haven’t just been disappointed. They’ve been crushed. If there’s now a single point of agreement between Donald Trump and Joe Biden — or Tom Cotton and Nancy Pelosi — it’s that you must be stopped. How did you do it? Your war on corruption has turned into a mass purge. Your repression in Xinjiang rivals the Soviet gulags. Your economic “reforms” amount to the return of typically inefficient state-owned enterprises as dominant players. Your de facto policy of snooping, hacking and intellectual-property theft has made Chinese brands like Huawei radioactive in much of the West. In 2020 F.B.I. Director Christopher Wray noted in a speech, “We’ve now reached the point where the F.B.I. is opening a new China-related counterintelligence case every 10 hours.” Your zero-Covid policy has, at times, transformed China’s great metropolises into vast and unlivable prison colonies. Your foreign policy bullying has mainly succeeded in encouraging Japan to rearm and Biden to pledge that America will fight for Taiwan. All of this may make your China fearsome. None of it makes you strong. Dictatorships can usually exact obedience, but they struggle to inspire loyalty. The power to coerce, as the political scientist Joseph Nye famously observed, is not the same as the power to attract. It’s a truism that may soon come to haunt you — much as it now haunts Vladimir Putin as his once-fearsome military is decimated in Ukraine. You could still change course. But it seems unlikely, and not just because old men rarely change. The more enemies you make, the more repression you need. Surrounding yourself with yes men, as you are now doing, may provide you with a sense of security. But it will cut you off from vital flows of truthful information, particularly when that information is unpleasant. The Achilles’ heel of regimes like yours is that the lies they tell their people to maintain power ultimately become lies they tell themselves. Kicking foreign journalists out of China makes the problem worse, since you no longer have the benefit of an outside view of your compounding troubles. None of this solves our problems here in the United States. In many ways, your truculence exacerbates them, not least in the increasing risk that we may someday come to blows. But in the long-run competition between the free and unfree worlds, you are unwittingly helping make the case for the free. To adapt a line from my colleague Tom Friedman, does anyone want to be your China for a day? I doubt it. Which is why we want to say thanks. We know our Union is faulty; we know our leaders are flawed; we know that our society’s edges are frayed. To take one hard look at you is to prefer all this to your dismal alternative." 🤣🤣🤣
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