Why is North America specified as “Anglo”? I don’t think Mexico is part of Central America and we are certainly not anglos, so, no option for non anglo speaking north america? What about the caribean countries? Is Cuba not relatively north of the continent? What about Belize? Since it can be considered anglo but it is right next to Mexico.
I haven’t seen the video, but when seeing this kind of stuff I always remember that it is way harder to debunk a lie that to just say it. I wouldn’t be surprised if chinese mining companies have a lot of weight in Congo, but also remember that it really doesn’t matter. Unlike basically any other country, if the goverment sues one of their companies, the chinese government will actually back up the country and punish their own company.
Also, if domestic bourgeoisie uses the opportunity to expand its local power through foreign enterprises, then that’s another problem.
Today was a normal day, was listening some music and Gojira came out on my playlist with a song from their latest album called “The Chant”. I liked the beginning and so looked it up on youtube to send the song to a friend. First thing that comes out is the official music video and what do I found? Bs propaganda about “Cultural genocide” in Tibet by China. Day ruined. Not listening to Gojira again.
My favorite picture of Villa is this one with Zapata because I find it really funny.
The story goes that Villa arrived at Mexico City with just small military hat, while Zapata had his usual hat. And when this photo was taken, he was looking directly at Zapata’s hat with a little bit of jealousy lmao.
There will be a book launch today streamed on YouTube and it will have some amazing speakers (Radhika Desai, Gabriel Rockhill, for example).
The thing about the war between Russia and Ukraine is that the russians have been clear only in some of the objectives and we have had to fill in the rest through speculation. What they are clear on is the neutrality of Ukraine (in other words stopping NATO) and protecting the Donbass’ republics. That seems to be the objectives of the Special Military Operation.
Obviously, stopping NATO in Ukraine is a tremendous task since it is the entire european apparatus working to feed the war machine. Neutrality of Ukraine was almost agreed on the first months of the war. The first stage of the conflict was the shock and awe doctrine actually used for politics. And it worked, Ukraine and Russia were at the negotiating table in Istanbul. Of course, NATO didn’t like this so the political arm was used and through Boris Johnson a stop was put. So, the only alternative was demilitarization. And how do you demilitarize a country which its government doesn’t want to demilitarize? Through a brutal war of attrition.
This indicates to me that the russian objective is highly likely to weaken Ukraine to the point they don’t have the ability to not negotiate. People like Lavrov have been explicit in their willigness to solve the conflict through dialogue but that it depends on Kiev.
As far as I know, many people in Russia are more willing to go to war if that means an end to the conflict once and for all. But I suspect that the reason for the russian government not to do that is because: 1. Total war would be such a massive escalation that I think no one knows what the West reaction would be, and 2. The beginning of the conflict was a gamble for the russian economy. The sanctions could actually have destroyed Russia and the war ended before it started. It seems people like Nabiullina from the Central Bank were even surprised Russia whitstood the sanctions as it did. Of course they prepared for it, but it was a point of uncertainty that could have easily backfired. Total war would be another point of uncertainty, both economic and political. War is actually bad for bussiness, even if as a bussiness is very lucrative.
So, if no total war is launched, no general mobilization in Russia unless theres an absolute need to do it, the only path is to slowly grind down the ukrainian armed forces.
Then, the second global objective of the SMO the russians have been explicit is the protection of the republics. I think this ties to the previous point, because up until now they haven’t been fighting the war as if they were really protecting russian territory but rather assisting independent countries. If they are actually defending Russia I think it would mean already total war. Even with the referenda of the four regions to join Russia.
If you look at a map, none of the four regions have been taken fully by the russians. I think this is on purpose. Strstegically, they had to funnel the armed forces of Ukraine, so they are not overstretched. After all, Ukraine had the best army in europe, and it is being pumped full of weapons still to this day (even if it’s not as much as Kiev would like). Once the AFU is weakened enough (ie. after Bakhmut and the ukrainian counteroffensive), the russians will probably start pushing more rapidly towards Kiev, maybe Odessa too. We could see the four regions being completely taken by Russia in a matter of weeks, but only after the ukrainian military is weakened enough to not pose a danger after the war is over.
But this is just my opinion and conjectures based on what I have seen this last year. I think everyone talking about what the russians want or how the war is going on is just speculating. We don’t really know what is going on in the Kremlin. If the conflict could be resolved diplomatically as soon as possible it would be a wonder. But it ks clear that the interests of the US Empire are playing a bigger role here.
Carlos Garrido from Midwestern Marx made an excellent interview with him about Lukács in which this talk with the Marx Memorial Library was mentioned, so I looked it up.
This is the best explanation I’ve read of dialectical materialism in natural science (specifically biology): http://ashipunov.me/shipunov/school/books/na_perelome_1997.pdf#page=13
“The so-called dialectical world view is by and large also the world view of the naturalists, as opposed to that of the physicalists. Naturalists have always been opposed to reductionism and to the other physicalist interpretations of the Cartesians. I would not be surprised to learn that Engels got this world view in part from reading the writings of Darwin and of other naturalists. Dialectical materialism was for Engels and Marx a general philosophy of nature. It was achieved primarily by an elimination of physicalism and Cartesianism. Would that be a philosophy of science that fully accounts for the autonomous characteristics of biology? The viewpoint I have presented in my recent book “This is Biology” is that it is necessary to develop the characteristics and principles of the various “provincial” sciences, such as physics and biology, in order to construct eventually a comprehensive Philosophy of Nature, which does equal justice to all sciences.”
You can also read the works cited by Meyr in the essay of Levins and Lewontin. Also, JBS Haldane writing in “Dialectical Materialism and Modern Science”.
I’ve always hold sympathies for leftist causes. It is not that I was a red diaper as they say, but I was raised by my mother to help others and be compassionate. I think it is fair to say that her interpretations of Christianity and catholisism also had an effect in that, although I’ve never been too keen on the church. Even as a kid I admired Hugo Chavez, because while I didn’t understand everything he said at the time, I knew he was talking and acting in favor of the working people in Venezuela. As an adult with class consciousness today I realize that growing up in a world where there’s no Soviet Union has been quite fucked up and feel hopeful thanks to China’s rise.
I feel I was primed to turn left in my politics since childhood and being a biologist the appreciation I gained for life in the planet was also a huge influence, but the pandemic was the turning point where I realized all the lies and the capitalist system as the driving force behind the crisis more than the virus. Marxism and dialectical materialism have exactly both the scientific outlook I always look for and the call to action that reminds me the world can be changed for better. Also, one day a colleague posted a video on facebook about K-pop’s late stage capitalism and it was a rabbit hole from then on due to my ADHD making me hyperfixate on it.
I don’t even remember how I found GenZedong, but I think it was through BayArea415. Damn, I miss him.
Is it just me or the rest of Lemmygrad just feels like GenZedong expanded?