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Yea I don’t like saying State Capitalist because righties think that I’m being hypocritical and US left think that it means something else entirely


It’s funny you mentioned him, I recently started reading Muammar al-Qaddafi’s Green Book. I’m only on the first or 2nd chapter bc I downloaded it and I usually read physical books first


He doesn’t support Trump, he looks at whatever Trump does and he says “look at (insert Lib here) make fun of Trump” and he’s a big Bill Maher guy


nah lol it was HS and I was a SocDem. Our first argument was actually over whether the Queen of England was a sweet old grandma or a conniving asswipe. So at worst she thinks I’m a Bernie bro who hates the Queen, not risky


What is Lukashenko like? What are his policies?
I know that he’s anti-imperialist and that people say critical support. But my question is what does he do? Not saying anything good or bad about him, I’m just saying from the libs I hear he’s bad and a dictator and he’s evil, people who are decently far left say “he’s far from perfect but worthy of critical support” and I can’t criticize or praise his actions as I know nothing of his policies or history and lord knows looking it up doesn’t help these days

I would just try it out, there are always people who are new to it and since it’s individual, you don’t have to worry about burdening others, it’s just your own personal goals


I have a rollercoaster love hate relationship with cold showers. Sometimes it’s great and gets me going other times I feel like I’m punishing myself unnecessarily


Yea unfortunately it’s something that is not talked about nearly enough in medical communities and also because (not justifying it, just explaining) it’s tougher to see certain skin cancers on darker skin, my old Slavic grandparents have had several skin cancers removed and luckily they were all easily visible on their pale skin


That fucking sucks, there was a girl I talked to for a while (dodged a bullet shes FBI now) who had really bad eczema, she had to buy like big tube of lotion every week and yea you’re right most medical care in the US doesn’t really pay enough attention to skin conditions like that, especially in minorities unfortunately


Loofahs are awesome, not to get gross but who tf wants to touch every square inch of their body with their fingers? 1.) That’s gross no matter how much soap you need, 2.) it’s faster to use a loofah, 3.) the exfoliating effect is awesome. I fucking Love me a Loofah.


If you wanna fully dive into the dignity and acceptance of aging gracefully, be my guest, but I wanna look hot, lol jk Im sure you look great, do your thing, nothing wrong w that


I may try the one blade, I wanna save a bit of money and electric razors are nice but not as close of a shave. And diet changes are always good so long as it changes for the better. I’ve been trying these juice blends recently that’s just watermelon crushed strawberry and lemon juice and pith. I like it bc it’s like a smoothy but without any added 110% daily sugar intake


Yea Biden is probably my best hope because knowing that the “lesser of two evils” brought us here has to be a real mindfuck


Born here, culturally I feel a bit connected to the East because of my grandma who lived in the Ussr for a period. It’s kinda funny actually, I see anti-Russian sentiment and staunch heavy support for Ukraine everywhere, but it seems Americans don’t actually know what is Russian unless a big Russian flag is draped over it. I regularly wear my Team Russia jersey which features the coat of arms. People have asked me if its from Poland. So I’m not too spooked by the Russophobia, more of an exhaustion thing, like ok guys I get it can you guys be obsessed w Will Smith again or bike lanes like seriously the “Russian people are all Voldomort” “barely human” is gettin old and not particularly fun to engage in when I have to either play defense in a conversation or just submit myself to hearing dumb nonsense.



Well if poisoning public debate gets you the Death Sentence, I don’t even wanna know what they do to soldiers that kill children and innocent mothers and fathers and send rockets at apartment buildings of civilians.


So, do y’all do skincare or anything? Thinking about it after a really bad(and uneven) sunburn recently and figured I should take better care of my skin.
I’m white(according to Hakim, I am a POC because I’m half Irish, half-Russian lol jk), pasty white. So that means when I’m in the sun, which happens quite a lot since I do manual labor outside, I burn not only quickly but harshly too. A few weeks ago I decided to suntan and used sunspray instead of lotion, the spray was so inconsistent and concentrated only in the center of the spray, so I have large swaths and splotches of sunburn. Worse things have happened but it sucks. It looks like I had a red body that someone spray painted white in a few seconds lol. So that point aside, I’ve been trying to take better care of my skin, and I figured I’d ask y’all since I trust you to not just try selling me expensive skincare products and stuff lol. I currently just use some facial wipes to prevent acne (idk if it makes a difference, I’ve never had acne besides like a few rogue pimples) and Aloe Vera just because I heard it’s good for burns and because it sounds good for skin in general. I obviously shower but I think my soap is not really skincare, just regular soap

Biden being worse than Trump is certainly a hot take, but I agree with that. Trump had some real demons in his administration but Biden’s ppl are making the world actively worse than Trump did. Sendinthetanks was one of my last favorite subs, I haven’t gone on Reddit in a long time. Yea that’s the only thing that really separated Trump from a few other presidents, he was louder and more obnoxious, that’s about it. Pompeo didn’t just get his start from Trump, John Bolton wasn’t exactly working at a grocery store before Trump brought him into his administration, these war hawks are all recycled from one presidency to another, playing a larger or smaller role according to each President’s agenda and nepotism.


How to Cure my Father’s Terminal Case of Trump-Brain
My father is a great guy, introduced me to basics of Democrats and Republicans as a kid and told me a few shitty things the Us gov did at a young age. He’s a Democrat and we have our disagreements but intl politics don’t come up as often as I’d like and I mostly don’t hide a single political view. I let him know that Ukraine joining NATO is not symbolic, that as Russians, we should be offended by this worldwide witchhunt that should’ve ended in the 90s(shouldn’t have started in the first place) but is now starting war. I let him know that high ranking CIA officials in 2013 knew that crossing the border for NATO would start war, and did it anyways. Now those high ranking officials run the CIA. He believes it(astonishingly) but he needs it to connect to Trump. Is there any cure for this? Is Trump the only person that liberals can criticize or even analyze? Why is this? He can recognize all the prior shit that started this and how it was all BEFORE Trump, but now he says Trump probably set up Ukraine to be easily invaded. I don’t get how you can see Trump’s actions in this

That’s good that you took it upon yourself to help move things along. You’re a lot braver than I am. It’s also great to hear that there are still teachers like that in the US. My uncle is a teacher and I respect the hell out of the occupation for what they have to put up with(telling teachers what they can and cannot teach or rushing lesson plans), I hope you’re feeling better, I know how HS can affect people mentally, and it’s very rarely for the better


Running is great bc there’s usually a wide group of people. The top runners(usually a bit stuck up and brown-nosers), the average runners(that was me and my friends) and then the back of the pack is people who are slower and less motivated but usually really fun people. Everywhere is different tho obviously, so be yourself and have some fun, because in all seriousness, that’s basically what these programs are ACTUALLY for, fun and bonding.


When I accidentally bust a nut on my hand and need to wipe it off:


Just don’t ask Hoxha about what Euro-communism is lol. /s


Livia Soprano looks like a female version of Hegel.
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So, this is my ML Reading Guide So far. I ABSOLUTELY intend on expanding this for important topics once I understand them more. I will add in a section on Black Liberation, Intersectionality and more
``` 1.)Intros to Marxism and Basic Origins 2.) Historical and Dialectical Materialism 3.) Scientific Socialism 4.) Philosophy of Marxism 5.) Marxian Economics 1.) Introductions to Marxism and its basic origins A. Principles of Communism by F Engels B. 3 sources and component parts of Marxism by VI Lenin C. Why Socialism? by A Einstein D. On Authority by F Engels E. The Communist Manifesto by K Marx & F Engels 2.) Historical and Dialectical Materialism A. Anarchism or Socialism? by JV Stalin B. The German Ideology by K Marx C. On The Origin of the Family, Private Property and The State by F Engels D. Dialectical and Historical Materialism by JV Stalin 3.) Scientific Socialism A. Socialism: Utopian and Scientific by F Engels B. Critique of the Gotha Programme by K Marx C. What is To Be Done? by VI Lenin D. Reform or Revolution by R Luxembourg E. The State and Revolution by VI Lenin F. Imperialism and the split in socialism by VI Lenin G. Left Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder by VI Lenin H. Combat Liberalism by M Zedong I. Foundations of Leninism by JV Stalin J. Marxism and the National Question by JV Stalin 4.) Philosophy of Marxism A. On Practice by M Zedong B. On Contradiction by M Zedong C. On correcting mistaken ideas within the party by M Zedong D. Oppose Book Worship by M Zedong E. Serve The People by M Zedong F. Quotations from the Chairman by M Zedong G. 12 Recommendations by HC Minh H. Theses on Feuerbach by K Marx 5.) Marxian Economics A. Value, Profit and Price by K Marx B. Wage Labor and Value by K Marx C. Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by VI Lenin D. Das Kapital by K Marx``` I will add more in the future, I just want to gather more texts so I can put it in an order that makes sense. For example, I would still like to add in The Green Book, Bloodlies and Khrushchev Lied by Furr, Sakai’s Settlers, Blackshirts and Reds somewhere and if absolutely necessary I can add in more Marx and Engels and Lenin, but I feel that I have a good amount of them already. If you have any suggestions or any essential texts that could pertain to Black Liberation, Intersectionality or historical overviews, lmk, I’m tweaking this list to make the most sense to both a beginner and an experienced Marxist, i.e, Don’t make the rookie mistake of skipping DialMat, but also don’t bore people with DialMat before you explain the basics. Any suggestions lmk, thanks

In general, what is your focus for muscle groups?
Obviously anybody exercising knows that you don’t just do one muscle group, you alternate and get more well rounded in your skills. But that being said, we all have areas that we want to improve on. I have pretty decent arms and chest, but now I think I need to work my traps and and shoulders. I have some notes that I’ve been writing down for what exercises to focus on and what the muscles do. What do y’all wanna work on? I love exercise and talking about it, everyone interacts with it in a different way, gets tired at different paces, sweats more or less, does more or less reps or sets.

What was Albania like before?
I know they had Hoxha and even though I disagree with some of his criticisms(like calling Guevara an adventurist for traveling to other countries to help with Revolution, absolutely small brain take) I didn’t understand why Albania fell in 1992. They were not the Soviet Union, they weren’t in the Warsaw pact for long and were not Yugoslavs, so why did they fall? Was it lack of support from the USSR after it had fallen, because I had heard that was the main cause of DPRK’s Arduous March? Was Albanian Socialism a good system? What were the issues and what went right(I know that Hoxha helped bring electricity not much else I know)

Not sure if this is something to be worried about.
https://www.opentech.fund/results/supported-projects/preparing-tor-browser-android-mainstream-adoption/ I was looking around to see what else USAGM(us agency for global media) funds besides the obv RFE/RFA/VOA. So I looked on USAGM website to see what else they fund, they also fund Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Middle East Broadcasting Network and Open Technology Fund. I never heard of the last few, so I check Tech Fund. I see stuff about supplying internet to areas (I presume giving technology to armed insurgents or something) and other stuff. I look to see who These People are funding, and now I see they fund a shit load of tech projects, donating thousands upon thousands of dollars to each project. One of them is a Tor Browser. This is kinda weird because Tor Browsers market themselves as being more subtle with your info and stuff, yet they are being actively funded by the US Government’s Media Branch. What do you guys think?

Not sure if this is something to be worried about.
https://www.opentech.fund/results/supported-projects/preparing-tor-browser-android-mainstream-adoption/ I was looking around to see what else USAGM(us agency for global media) funds besides the obv RFE/RFA/VOA. So I looked on USAGM website to see what else they fund, they also fund Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Middle East Broadcasting Network and Open Technology Fund. I never heard of the last few, so I check Tech Fund. I see stuff about supplying internet to areas (I presume giving technology to armed insurgents or something) and other stuff. I look to see who These People are funding, and now I see they fund a shit load of tech projects, donating thousands upon thousands of dollars to each project. One of them is a Tor Browser. This is kinda weird because Tor Browsers market themselves as being more subtle with your info and stuff, yet they are being actively funded by the US Government’s Media Branch. What do you guys think?

What was so different about Romanian/Polish/Czech/Hungarian socialism that made so many of them seem more reactionary?
cross-posted from: https://lemmygrad.ml/post/324204 > Perhaps I’m making a generalization, but from what I hear these people were the most comfortable with Western ideas and bourgeoisie domination. Is this true, because the Imperial Core has awful lies about the USSR and I’d like to know more about the USSR accurately, even the Westernmost areas. I might as well toss GDR in as well, basically just lmk about Western USSR bc I have literally little to zero knowledge of the policy or differentiations of these SSRs, thanks

What was so different about Romanian/Polish/Czech/Hungarian socialism that made so many of them seem more reactionary?
Perhaps I’m making a generalization, but from what I hear these people were the most comfortable with Western ideas and bourgeoisie domination. Is this true, because the Imperial Core has awful lies about the USSR and I’d like to know more about the USSR accurately, even the Westernmost areas. I might as well toss GDR in as well, basically just lmk about Western USSR bc I have literally little to zero knowledge of the policy or differentiations of these SSRs, thanks

Please, make people accept liberalism🥺
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How do we feel about Umberto Eco’s UR Fascism?
I leafed through it a while ago and my main beef was that (I may be wrong on interpretation but this I what I remembered) having one or two aspects may make it entirely fascist, yet having every aspect or nearly all doesn’t necessarily dictate that it is fascist. I was wondering generally what y’all think.

Hey y’all, I’m looking for good documentaries on modern Fascism and the radicalization of the right wing.
I’ve recently posted a documentary that I saw from ProPublica+FrontLine. It was presented a bit naïve, not understanding some of the issues leading to these fascists being ignored. If you can find anything that’s recent(like preferably past 10 yrs or so) I’d appreciate it to better understand why America is so quickly devolving into chaos

The doc focuses in on the AtomWaffen group specifically, but many topics are discussed. The Oklahoma City bombing, the Charlottesville riot and other insane recent events. Many of these Fascists have military ties and at 28:20, they even mentioned that veterans would train others to use Al Qaeda or Taliban techniques to wage Guerrilla war from within the country. One of the fascists mentioned had kept a correspondence with Charles Manson. For a MSM doc, this is literally one of the best presented ones I’ve ever seen.


Found a new Org to check out. Warning:absolute Ghouls🚫🪦
CSIS(Center for Strategic and international solutions is Gold. The Donor page is full of absolute ghouls. If you see who they fund, it’s just as bad. In fact in some cases it looks like they fund politicians that fund them, so the whole thing is sus from the start. Them you get into the biased articles and it’s all about how the US needs to fuck up China or Fund UkroNazis. This is better than reading RFA, the whole thing is a huge mess of ideological spoon-feeding and it’s such a disgusting organization that I kinda can’t help but laugh that they check off all the boxes of a capitalist “unbiased Think Tank Foundation”. Seriously check out who they fund and who funds them, the pages are split between wealthy individuals, between Corporations, between Foundations and between governments.The more you look up about them the worse it gets [](https://www.csis.org/programs/support/our-donors)

Don’t forget to check out Radio Free Asia every now and then, it’s helpful
Yesterday, for a larf, I go to rfa’s website and see if they’re able to spin the recent CPC crackdowns on cheap vape products and illegal black markets in their favor. I start laughing because the main thing on the page is that HK will put in books that say HK was never a colony. I say to myself “Ha! That’s a good one! I’m guessing they made that up. Well, I guess there’s no news today according to them.” And I exit out the tab. Later that same day, 4 hrs later, my brother and I are talking about news(he’s on the path towards being a leftist, he’s kinda in that SocDem/DemSoc no mans land)and he says he sees an article (not RFA, but a larger name I forget which but it wasn’t WaPo or NYT or anything) that says the exact same title as the RFA post. I immediately cracked up and let him know that they’re the news source that cries wolf, you’ll never know what the hell is going on by listening to these people, they don’t merely distort the truth, they creatively invent it for their own head canon. Moral of the story, check RFA and RFE sometimes to see what the idiots are up to

How do interest rates affect the working class? And what does it have to do with inflation?
I’m not very experienced with complex nuances of Economic systems, recently I saw the news say that the US gov will raise interest rates to slow inflation. I don’t much about interest rates, but I’ve heard an argument from the left (not sure who) that inflation can be solved by dealing with unemployment or with interest rates and I think the person was arguing in favor of dealing with unemployment. But what happens when interest rates are raised or lowered? And what is the affect on inflation? What happens to wages and benefits? Sorry it’s probably a lot of questions but any help would mean a lot, I wanna understand the current economy from a Marxist perspective

This is Gold
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