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Moderation Thread

Direct all hotpocket related inquiries here.

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/leftypol/ reading list

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/index.htm

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1875/gotha/index.htm

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/wage-labour/index.htm

^^^Absolute beginner material^^^

More Marx and Engels:

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/sw/index.htm

Lenin

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

Other Selected Marxists

https://www.marxists.org/archive/selected-marxists.htm

Classical Works Recommended To High-Ranking Cadres

https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-8/mswv8_56.htm

Many important books can be found on libgen:

http://gen.lib.rus.ec/

Libcom is run by a liberal retard, but you can search it for some good books/documents:

https://libcom.org/library

Other links:

https://archive.is/L8uFD

Various assortment of historical and biographical works.

https://archive.org/search.php?query=uploader%3A%22kocotosi%40gmail.com%22&sort=-publicdate

Original post content:

>Honeybees make decisions collectively–and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable and richly illustrated account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees.

>In the late spring and early summer, as a bee colony becomes overcrowded, a third of the hive stays behind and rears a new queen, while a swarm of thousands departs with the old queen to produce a daughter colony. Seeley describes how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site, and navigate together–as a swirling cloud of bees–to their new home. Seeley investigates how evolution has honed the decision-making methods of honeybees over millions of years, and he considers similarities between the ways that bee swarms and primate brains process information. He concludes that what works well for bees can also work well for people: any decision-making group should consist of individuals with shared interests and mutual respect, a leader's influence should be minimized, debate should be relied upon, diverse solutions should be sought, and the majority should be counted on for a dependable resolution.

>An impressive exploration of animal behavior, Honeybee Democracy shows that decision-making groups, whether honeybee or human, can be smarter than even the smartest individuals in them.

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FAQ and Rules

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FAQ:

>How can you call yourselves leftist politically incorrect?

/leftypol/ posters are allowed to voice opinions that offend liberals, SJWs, and so on. All sects on the left are allowed to post on /leftypol/, leading to plenty of fighting and shitflinging between leftists, which other forums might ban. However, this was only a minor consideration in the naming of /leftypol/. Since the concept is simply a leftist version of /pol/, the entire name of /pol/ was retained.

>I'm not a leftist can I post here?

Non-leftists can come here to ask questions. Board moderation here is more focused on maintaining a good board index, so non-leftists have to be on better behavior as OP than they do as participants in someone else's thread. If you aren't b8ing or shitposting, your thread is likely to stay up.

>Are you liberals? Are you SJWs? Do you like Clinton? Are you all Zionists???

No liberals here. We hate the Democrat party.

As for Israel, leftism is anti-Zionist. It is not anti-Jew. Unlike /pol/, /leftypol/ fully supports Palestinians, and doesn't think they're "mudslimes."

Pretending to be an SJW or Zionist will very likely get you banned.

>Why did you leave /pol/ and why does this board exist?

/leftypol/ exists to help the 8chan community focus on leftist topics without being slid or flooded to death.

>Do you support gun control?

While posters on /leftypol/ have varying stances on gun control (training requirements, mental health checks, etc.), they are overwhelmingly in favor of arming the proletariat.

>Do you support "national" socialism?

No.

RULES:

Don't:

-spam

-post cuckshit, "commies BTFO," or any of that kind of shit

-post any porn depicting underage (including drawings)

-deny the problems of climate change or imperialism

-attempt to cloak reactionary politics in left-wing rhetoric (Strasserism, "Nazbol" Strasserism, National "Socialism," Zionism, "Die cis scum"/"Kill all white men" SJW shit)

-voice support for NATO intervention, or explicitly state that you support imperialism in any context

-incite specific acts of terrorism or similar acts (use your head, don't act like a fed)

Do:

-be respectful, ask questions, and know your place if you're a reactionary

-feel free to flame, shitpost, and be sectarian if you are a leftist (just keep it somewhat within reason)

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Gusanos on the Loose

Eleven-year-old Florida student arrested after refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance

Just another Monday in crypto-fash Amerikkka

>On Monday, February 4, an 11-year-old boy was arrested at his school in Lakeland, Florida, due to a confrontation he had with a teacher and school officials over his refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States. He is now facing misdemeanor charges for disrupting a school function and resisting an officer without violence

>The incident occurred at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, after the sixth grader told his substitute teacher, Ana Alvarez, that the American flag is “racist” and that the national anthem is offensive to black people.

>According to a handwritten statement Alvarez gave to the district, she provoked the student, asking him, “Why if it was so bad here he did not go to another place to live.” The 11-year-old reportedly replied that it was because “They brought me here.” Alvarez then told the boy, “Well you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel I’m not welcome here anymore I would find another place to live.”

>Alvarez wrote in her statement that she then had to call the office because she no longer wanted to continue “dealing with him.” Lakeland Police Department said in a press release that the school resource officer and a school administrator then tried to calm the student and asked him to leave the classroom more than 20 times. “Suspend me! I don’t care. This school is racist,” the young student, who is African American, allegedly shouted as he left the class.

>According to the arrest affidavit, the student was arrested by the officer because he refused to follow multiple commands, repeatedly called school leaders racist, and was disruptive. The police claim the young child threatened to have the school resource officer and the principal fired and also threatened to beat the teacher—something which the student and his mother have denied.

Why are gusanos so univerally awful? Castro was smart letting these pieces of shit leave if they wanted to, good riddance. Daily reminder to never stand for the pledge or anthem no matter how much hate you receive.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/19/pldg-f19.html

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/leftytrash/: Once More

ITT: movies, anime, music, feels, e-celebs, internet drama, fetishes, shitposting, etc.

This is a voluntary thread that users can choose to post in, if… I forgot the rest of whatever the old OP was. Honestly, I just wanted to bring this old thread back.

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Soviet military hardware performance

Does anyone knows did Soviet military hardware fared against nato hardware in the field?

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Leftist YouTube Channels

What would you say are the dos and don't dos of leftist YouTube and podcasts? I've been thinking of making one but I don't want to become just another channel that appeals exclusively to imageboards and preaches to the choir.

I'd guess you'd have to be

>informative and interesting

>not LARPing

>knowledgeable

>not bogged down in inter-channel drama

Is it even worth my time? People say I have a "voice for radio" all the time

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Here we.. here we.. here we gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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How much do degrees make

I found out all these articles about lifetime degree earnings that have been pedaled at me for years all cite the same census data from 2000. How much do degrees actually make? Are they still "profitable" or have I fallen for prole propaganda yet again?

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Right to self determination

Doesn't this concept directly contradict the goals of communism (uniting the world under proletarian rule)? Why should communists value arbitrary borders and "independent self rule" of different nations? Doesn't this just open opportunity for infighting and sabotage?

Look at Hoxha vs Mao vs USSR vs Tito for example.

Look at how Yugoslavia fell apart. I doubt things would have went as terribly if Tito was more ruthless towards eradicating ethnic nationalism.

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PARIS, MOSCOW, WASHINGTON, KUALA LUMPUR, TOKYO, BRUSSELS, HONG KONG

BERLIN, JAKARTA, NEW YORK, STOCKHOLM, ROME, SHANGHAI, CARACAS, COPENHAGEN, MEXICO CITY, AMSTERDAM, ATLANTA, GENEVA, MARSEILLES, LISBON, SEOUL, SINGAPORE, SAN DIEGO, NAILES, BOSTON, ANTWERP

THE WORLD HAS COLLAPSED

ONLY BRITAIN SOLDIERS ON

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Plato's Republic and Philosophy before Marx

What do you think of the classic philosophical texts which developed into Western philosophy as we know it? In the Republic, Plato clearly advocated for a militarized state ruled by a class of guardians skilled in combat and gymnastics. He argued for a socialistic view of roles within a community, each producing their own share and consuming what they need from each other. He also argued for censorship of intellectuals, fashioning works into moral texts very similar to the socialist realism tendencies advocated by György Lukács and exemplified during the Soviet Union. From Plato what does Marx owe philosophically, and how much can Marx take credit for original thought in the context of western philosophy? This does not mean to be explicit criticism but rather constructive inquiry.

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Trump recognizes US-backed head of Venezuela’s opposition Juan Guaido as country’s interim president

https://www.rt.com/news/449533-trump-recognizes-venezuela-opposition/

US President Donald Trump has recognized Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president in a provocative move against the elected government of Nicolas Maduro.

"Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela," Trump said in statement.

He added he would use "the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy" and encouraged other governments in the Western Hemisphere to also recognize Guaido.

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Post Left / Insurrectionary Anarchism / Illegalism thread

Haven't had these in a while. Discussion about post left theory, illegalist praxis and insurrection.

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FUCK FASHION

How will socialism work towards solving the clothing problem? The fashion industry, particularly the idea of "fast fashion" is one of the most exploitative industries on this planet and a lucrative business for imperialists, not to mention the environmental cost of all of these fabrics thrown away annually. Aside from working to abolish exploitation in a general sense, how could clothing differ under socialism in working towards a more ecologically friendly alternative? What about the gendering of clothing? inb4 utopianism, it can be interesting to speculate

Should we take a page from Edward Bellamy's Equality?

>No longer are the making and cleaning of clothes farmed out to tailoring businesses and laundries. Rather, clothes and shoes are also manufactured from various grades of treated and strengthened paper. They are made by machines, which can be set easily to produce either standard ranges or one-offs to your own design and size. Dirty clothes are discarded and recycled: no washing, no ironing. Julian West remarks that 'it is rather startling to find the problem of clean clothing solved by the abolition of the washtub, although I perceive that that was the only radical solution'

Should we emulate Pol Pot?

>Pot forced all the people to dye their clothes black, and appears to have issued new clothes periodically only to soldiers, cadres, and some peasants.

Universal nudism?

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Blanqui and Blanquism

What is /leftypol/'s opinion on Louis-Auguste Blanqui?

Also is Blanquism a feasible strategy for communist revolution?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPQZ1AxfEM8

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/leftpol/ is dead

/leftpol/ is dead. It has been taken over by /pol/ and "NazBols", dressing up racist, Nazi, misogynistic, etc. propaganda as "leftism". Space has spaced out and the volounteers have abandoned the board. Space actually tried to shill his other imageboard (one of two) here: >>2816759. The fucking gall on that guy.

Pic related are the threads that are up right now, that the mods actually thought was a good idea to leave up.

If you still post over there, stop and let it die. Last thing we need is for /pol/yps to infiltrate leftist discussions and have people think those kinds of people are welcome.

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/uspg/ - US Politics General

The last thread died, long live the new thread.

Midterms rapidly approaching gomrades. With impeachment proceedings likely on the horizon, the next congress will surely be a historic one.

What do you all think will happen? Let's discuss the spectacle of bourgeois liberal democracy in the era of Gronald Grumph.

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2018-midterm-election-forecast/senate/

https://www.electionbettingodds.com/

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Hello /leftypol/. I'm a regular lurker, but I never post here. I live in one of the more "leftist" countries (Iceland).

We have a strong people's movement that opposes the current media braindeath of hard-neoliberalism and soft-neoliberalism, but it really hasn't paid off, for decades now. I think that the Icelandic revolution started maybe 2009-2010? It depends on how you define the revolution?

We've been struggling here, arresting bankers, often illegally, of course the movements' voice is completely silence in state dossiers, but wtf? We have sent at least 500-600 messages to the French Yellow vests, it's exactly the same as with Greece, it's a complete blackout

Never happened. What is happening? How can you post 5000+ photos of an event and it never shows up on the news? Then it is made to disappear on the original media?

SERIOUSLY. WHERE IS THE MEDIA.

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/leftybritpol/ - Crying Over Split Melts Edition

Thought of a good title, hoping to redeem myself from last thread.

Previous thread:

>>2806827

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Why does the media want this evil bitch to be the Dem nominee in 2020 so badly?

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Hi my name is Wedge. I am posting on leftypol.

I love leftypol very very much

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Reform or Revolution?

Im starting to become more revolutionary and almost don't really care about reforms that much. Most parties I see that are "revolutionary" suck, they are mostly protest groups that have a couple of niche issues they protest, idpol obsessed, or old trots. Democrat Cops of America is basically an arm of the democratic party and hence the state. I want a pure marxist class party that doesn't cuck to the state or reformist. Where do I go? (america)

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/podcast/

ITT: we post and discuss lefty podcasts.

Chapo Trap House - https://soundcloud.com/chapo-trap-house

Black Wolf (Chapo premium episodes) - https://s221659.gridserver.com/blackwolf/rss/

Economic Update w/ Richard Wolff - https://www.democracyatwork.info/tags/economic_update

Revolutionary Left Radio - https://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/

Moderate Rebels w/ Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton - https://soundcloud.com/moderaterebels

Citations Needed w/ Nima Shirazi and Adam Johnson - https://soundcloud.com/citationsneeded

Unauthorized Disclosure w/ Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola - http://unauthorizeddisclosure.libsyn.com/

Dead Pundits Society - https://soundcloud.com/deadpundits

Zero Squared w/ Douglas Lain - http://zero-books.net/blogs/zero/category/zero-squared/

David Harvey's Anti-Capitalist Chronicles - https://www.democracyatwork.info/acc

Media Roots Radio w/ Abby Martin and Robbie Martin - https://soundcloud.com/media-roots

Proles of the Round Table - https://prolespod.libsyn.com/

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/prc/ - People's Republic of China general

To reduce clutter and low-quality threads about China I'm going to start anchoring threads and redirecting to here instead. If the subject is important enough to warrant a separate thread (let's say, a thread discussing maoism) then feel free to do so.

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Video Games Thread Reborn

Okay okay I might have just made this thread to shill my latest video, but still there wasn't one in the catalog.

https://youtu.be/qxdjWNRYtvA

Discuss videogames shit and how to convert the current Bethesda hate into class consciousness.

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Y'all can we please make reddit.com/r/leftypol more active? I feel like reddit is a resource we haven't tapped much into

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News 2/19

Pink Floyd's Waters slams Venezuela border aid concert

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters slammed an upcoming “Live Aid”-style concert to raise funds for humanitarian aid for Venezuela, calling the event a U.S.-backed effort to tarnish the socialist government in a video circulating on Tuesday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-concert/pink-floyds-waters-slams-venezuela-border-aid-concert-idUSKCN1Q8223?il=0

EU, UK to have more Brexit talks but key disagreement intact

The European Union on Tuesday warned British Prime Minister Theresa May that her trip to EU headquarters to seek an elusive breakthrough in Brexit negotiations stands no chance of success when it comes to her central demand for the divorce deal to be reopened.

https://www.apnews.com/31b9e8f4f9644bbd9c62941cee19446b

Thousands take to streets of France after antisemitic attacks

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in cities across France to protest against a recent rise in antisemitic attacks.The prime minister, Édouard Philippe, was expected to attend the march in the capital along with ministers and lawmakers, while the president, Emmanuel Macron, will hold a moment’s silence at the city’s Holocaust memorial.

https://news.google.com/topics/CAAqJggKIiBDQkFTRWdvSUwyMHZNRGx1YlY4U0FtVnVHZ0pWVXlnQVAB?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen

Trump Officials Tried To Rush Nuclear Technology To Saudis, House Panel Finds

The Trump administration sought to rush the transfer of American nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of the law, a new report from the House Oversight and Reform Committee alleges.Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings' staff issued an "interim staff" report Tuesday, citing "multiple whistleblowers" who raised ethical and legal concerns about the process.

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/19/695954246/trump-officials-tried-to-rush-nuclear-technology-to-saudis-house-panel-finds

More Labour MPs are set to quit the party as Corbyn refuses to back a new Brexit referendum

There is a feeling within Labour that more MPs will quit the party next week if leader Jeremy Corbyn fails to support an amendment which pushes for a new referendum on Brexit.Seven MPs resigned from Labour on Monday morning in the party's biggest split in nearly four decades.

https://www.businessinsider.com/the-labour-party-braces-itself-for-more-mp-resignations-brexit-jeremy-corbyn-2019-2

Justin Trudeau's top adviser resigns as 'political meddling' scandal widens

Prime minister Justin Trudeau’s top adviser has resigned while denying allegations that he pressured Canada’s former attorney general to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering company.Principal secretary Gerald Butts has been Trudeau’s closest adviser and best friend since university, and his resignation over the widening scandal was a significant blow to the prime minister.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/19/justin-trudeaus-top-adviser-resigns-as-political-meddling-scandal-widens

Cheap and green: Pyongyang upgrades its mass transit system

Pyongyang is upgrading its overcrowded mass transit system with brand new subway cars, trams and buses in a campaign meant to show that leader Kim Jong Un is raising the country’s standard of living.The long-overdue improvements, while still modest, are a welcome change for the North Korean capital’s roughly 3 million residents, who have few options to get to work or school each day.

https://www.apnews.com/6cda1d7d1d4c4b7b9f2e15725cf04c9b

Indian government intensifies retaliatory threats against Pakistan

The Indian government has intensified its threats of retaliatory strikes against Pakistan over last Thursday’s terrorist attack in Kashmir. It immediately blamed Islamabad for the suicide bombing that killed more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, after the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)’s claimed responsibility for the attack.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/19/kash-f19.html

In Spain, Far-Right Populists Rise On Anti-Separatist Sentiment

For years, Spain had avoided the rise of far-right populists, dodging a trend sweeping other parts of Europe.But recently, that all changed.In December, the far-right party Vox won 12 seats in the regional parliament of Andalusia, in southern Spain. It is the first time a far-right party has entered mainstream Spanish politics since the end of its decades-long dictatorship in the late 1970s.

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/19/695775055/in-spain-far-right-populists-rise-on-anti-separatist-sentiment

U.S. Palestinian mission to merge with Israel embassy in March

The United States Consulate General in Jerusalem, which serves Palestinians, will be absorbed into the new U.S. Embassy to Israel in March, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-usa/us-palestinian-mission-to-merge-with-israel-embassy-in-march-idUSKCN1Q82BC

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"Capitalism is brutal, you know. I'm a Marxist." - Jimmy Dore

Nu The World According To Jimmy episode, fuckers

>Corporate Debt Crisis & Presidential Wars with Jimmy Dore

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjkvcK-_kXo

>Producer Brigida Santos and Jimmy discuss the looming corporate debt crisis. Constitutional Lawyer Bruce Fein talks about ending wars started by presidents without congressional approval.

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Educational videos to watch?

What would you suggest? Leftism-related is fine but can be anything interesting / important.

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New here what ppl think of bobby sands?

New to this place of the internet, what do people here think of bobby sands

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Gilets jaunes / Yellow vests general

This time with a French OP. Can we get a cycling thread for as long as the crisis is ongoing?

Also as a Frenchman, I can probably answer any questions you guys might have.

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News 2/18

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa government clamps down on popular opposition

The economic situation in Zimbabwe continues to worsen, with food shortages, high fuel prices, and a currency shortage exacerbating an already tense social crisis.The scale of the crisis is immense. The Independent Online reports that more than half of the population in rural areas faces hunger, a significant increase compared to less than 30 percent just last year.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/18/zimb-f18.html

Seven lawmakers quit UK Labour Party citing Brexit 'betrayal', anti-Semitism

Seven Labour lawmakers quit on Monday over leader Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit and a row over anti-Semitism, saying Britain’s main opposition party had been “hijacked by the machine politics of the hard left”.

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-labour/seven-lawmakers-quit-uk-labour-party-citing-brexit-betrayal-anti-semitism-idUSKCN1Q70LO

No remorse? Spanish media still nostalgic over volunteers who fought for Hitler

A Spanish newspaper has published an article lauding the “heroism” of volunteers who fought for Hitler against the Soviet Union. The piece highlights only the hardships they faced – and doesn’t bother to tell the whole story.

https://www.rt.com/news/451765-spanish-media-wwii-volunteers/

Tense standoff spells endgame for IS militants in Syria

This is the last speck of land held by the Islamic State group — a patch along the Euphrates River in eastern Syria where an estimated 300 militants are mixed in with hundreds of civilians, refusing to surrender and trying to negotiate an exit with the U.S.-backed forces surrounding them.

https://www.apnews.com/350baf7eab724e40944a68ebac672052

Brazil's Bolsonaro fires cabinet minister amid scandal

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday fired one of his most senior aides, Secretary General Gustavo Bebianno, amid a scandal involving campaign financing for some of his party’s congressional candidates, a presidential spokesman said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-politics-bebianno/brazils-bolsonaro-fires-cabinet-minister-amid-scandal-idUSKCN1Q71WP

Venezuela's Maduro to throw concert rivaling Richard Branson

President Nicolas Maduro’s government barely missed a beat Monday in announcing plans for its own huge concert to rival one being organized by a billionaire backer of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

https://www.apnews.com/66f55780a73a4754a41529a062f7d057

Israel to withhold $138mn from Palestinian taxes it collects, citing support of prisoners

Tel Aviv has decided to deduct some $138 million from the amount of taxes it collected on behalf of Palestine. It comes in retaliation to stipends the Palestinian Authority pays to families jailed over violent anti-Israeli crimes.The move was announced by the Security Cabinet of Israel on Sunday, as it decided to put into effect a law, passed by the country’s parliament last July.

https://www.rt.com/news/451679-israel-withholds-palestinian-tax/

Yemen and Houthi rebels agree to withdrawal deal

Yemen’s government and Houthi rebels have agreed on the first phase of a withdrawal from the key city of Hodeidah, in a deal the UN described as important progress.The redeployment from Hodeidah is a critical part of a ceasefire agreed in Sweden in December that calls on the government and Houthis to move forces away from ports.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/17/yemen-and-houthi-rebels-agree-to-withdrawal-deal

Gibraltar spits fury as Spanish warship tells UK vessels to leave its ‘territorial waters’

With Brexit looming, Spain has ramped up its claims to Gibraltar. Its patrol boat ordered British vessels anchored there to abandon the enclave, forcing the Royal Navy to send an inflatable vessel to defuse the situation.

https://www.rt.com/news/451735-gibraltar-spanish-navy-territorial-waters-foolish-games/

The US wants to set up a liaison office in North Korea

The US is considering setting up a diplomatic office in North Korea — a symbolic move that could show how relations between Washington and Pyongyang have seriously begun to thaw.

https://archive.is/Os9KE

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DPRK Portraits

One, why such an extreme emphasis on portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il? I get having a portrait or even portraits of the founder of the country and his son, but why in people’s houses, in buildings, etc?

Two, what is with the pins citizens in the DPRK seemingly force themselves to wear?

Three, why not have portraits or represent other Marxist Leninist icons? Marx, Engels, Lenin. Not even Mao? It seems like its always KIS and KJI.

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LABOR ARMY NOW

Why haven’t socialist states formed industrial armies? From the early twenties until mid to late thirties the entire population, male and female should be mobilized for mandatory labor duty. At the end of their service, they have paid their duty to the state and are exempt from work barring periodic call-ups for emergencies in production.

>but I can’t work 15 years in mandatory labor duty!

Sure you can. Working hours are already too long, and without the need (or existence) of capitalists to extend the working day in order to squeeze as much surplus from you as possible, the work day need not be longer than 4 or 5 hours a day, depending on the job.

>but what about education

I see no reason why people can’t work short days and attend school simultaneously, and even for especially gifted students more dedicated to university studies in lieu of their labor-service, would be subject to periodic mobilizations, not to mention the service they would pay after their higher education. Here begins the gradual abolition of mental and physical labor.

>but what about after I complete my service

You can now enjoy life, have children, devote your life to hobbies, continue your education, travel, truly LIVE

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Similarities between Socialism and White Nationalism

Now, please don't leave just because you read the title and assumed I'm one of those braindead horseshoe retards. I'm a socialist but lately I've been thinking how there's a lot in common with Socialism and white nationalism that goes way beyond the retarded "they're both authoritarian therefore the same lmao" centrists love to shit out.

The first huge thing I noticed is the relation we have with the working class and the relation white nationalists have with whites. Obviously, we believe workers are being opressed by capitalists and they believe whites are being oppressed by jéws/their useful idiots. But then we see another similarity in that socialists and white nationalists alike have pointed out that both of these oppressed groups have been submissive with their oppressors and have tolerated their oppression for way too long, which makes both of us somewhat pissed at them. Now, I'm not saying these socialists hate workers (how would that even be possible) but that imo a proper socialist that has a proper understanding of history should recognize and be aware that another key element of why socialism hasn't happened is that workers have tolerated their oppression for quite a while now, or worse, they become class traitors. After all, being all "oh you poor, poor workers, this isn't your fault in the slightest, it's all the capitalists' fault!" is a pretty garbage stance to make, and the workers themselves don't like it and the few class conscious workers that exist are aware that a big part of their fellow workers are reactionary and tolerant of their own oppressors. I believe also it was Trotsky who acknowledged this issue by saying something like "obviously I want the liberation of the workers, but it's hard for me to have sympathy for someone who has tolerated their oppression for centuries". After all, socialism when you really think about it isn't so much about sympathy and embracing the brutal reality: not only the capitalists, imperialists or revisionist party members are at fault.

Then you analyze the white nationalist stance; obviously they like the white race and want them to "liberate" themselves or whatever by having their own ethnostate and overthrowing the oppressive jewish elite but they themselves are also very critical of their race. They understand that many members of their own race have tolerated their "oppression" for forever and that in a way they're also at fault for not having a white utopia yet. To this we can also add how many workers and whites don't really feel opressed and that our explanations of their oppression won't click with them. In this scenario, it actually ends up being feels>reals unironically. How can you get someone to stand up for themselves and act if they don't feel they're oppressed?

Then we move on to other things, like how capitalists control and separate the working class by smart and intelligent deceptions. Being brutal and privatizing everything isn't what crushes the worker's spirits, in fact that would make them hate the capitalists and revolt against them. What deceives them into accepting (or even liking) their oppressors is what truly keeps them ignorant and willfully oppressed. Shit like welfare, obssessive idpol, immigrants, that horseshit bussiness owners say about "being a family" and all that other shit that divides the working class without having to be violent against them. Like history has shown us, at that point where the capitalists are brutal against the working class is where a revolution (or fascist counterrevolution) are imminent.

The same thing applies to white nationalists. They (stupidly) believe the jews are deceivingly keeping the white race submissive and ignorant by also other methods which exclude violence. If we did live in the world where white nationalists believe we live in and the jews were truly ruling the world, whites would probably also revolt against them if they were being explicitly brutal and deeply triggering and problematic against them.

Discuss further some other examples of this topic also yes I'm aware that one of the reasons for many of this similarities is that both socialists and white nationalists believe there's something very wrong with the way our current world works but for different reasons obviously, I still wanted to share this similarities I found

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Hilarious anarkiddie anti-communist propaganda

https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/ziq-tankies-and-the-left-unity-scam

I'm not surprised an anarchist wrote this hot garbage.

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im chinese and i focking hate mao. this is why i ended up being born in mauritius. can maoist here name 1 good thing he did for the people's republic of china?

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esto es el fin sionista

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Hoi4/gsg thread

Post Hoi4/gsg content of you spreading the revolution, comrades. There have been lots of Hoi4 posts, but they were never appropriate for the thread they were posted in. Also, when you want to post screenshots - you most likely want to post a lot of them or ask for tips on the game.

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/br/ Brazil Thread - Fio Brasileiro

Quase uma semana depois do limite de bampes, um novo fio.

A new br thread, since the last one died of death.

Um lembrete: o /bantifa/ existe, movitem aquela joça.

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First Worldism

>MAOISM-THIRD WORLDISM IS IDPOL REEEE REVOLUTION IS COMING IN THE FIRST WORLD ANYDAY NOW!

>BASED BERNIE, revolution is imminent! We'll have full socialism after voting for free shit socdem imperialist man #23342432!

Can anybody explain to me how first-worldism is not a thing?

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ITT: Post websites you used to enjoy that have been ruined by the far right

4chan (particularly /lit/) has been irreversibly altered due to /pol/.

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Haiti Protests

Since were talking about Venzuela. Haiti is having huge protests against the government that is accused mismanaging the PetroCaribe funds for fixing the country.

https://www.rt.com/news/451268-haiti-venezuela-protests-difference/

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CPRF & Leftism in Russia

What is status on leftism, Marxism in Russia?

Last I heard the CPRF ran a billionaire or something for president, and another communist party named the Communists of Russia formed splitting from the CPRF? Anyone Russian or knowledgeable on it that can tell about what the fuck is going on over there?

Also is the CPRF just full of old boomer ☭TANKIE☭s and Gorbachev-adjacent remnants, is there efforts to renew it, or what?

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DOW/Market Watch Thread

monitoring the market, trends, fluctuations

original post:

How can a lefty exploit this to their advantage? Is it too soon to try? DOW down about 1000 points since Thursday.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/02/05/dow-falls-300-points-open-extending-declines-last-week/306400002/

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The Authoritarian Personality

This will be a book review, or, more precisely, a TL;DR of a book, for (you). I've read several threads lately that bemoan the lack of proper theory threads lately, so I'll try (again) to make digestible an otherwise long- and boring-ass book for my beloved community of leftypol. Bumps of interests, intelligent questions, screen-caps, etc. will be much appreciated. Let's begin.

Let's start with the most important thing:

>I'm a regular leftypol faggot, and why should I read your shit book TL;DR?

Good question, faggot. This might help you to better undestand:

1. the absolute state of /pol/tards;

2. the absolute state of your reactionary relatives;

3. and probably, your own background.

>What do I gain from this?

Understanding. Better debating skills. Theory to act upon…

Background info to the book:

Some intellectual faggots (Jews, communists, psychoanalysts, sociologists, socialists, progressives, "plain democrats", and the mixture of all of these) who would otherwise face purging in Nazi Germany escaped to America. They took up the task to analyze contemporary (1947-1950) U.S. society based on their experiences and derived theories of European fascism. Their self-imposed tasks were to:

1. determine whether there was a threat of fascism in the US;

2. identify the main trends and mechanisms of fascism (worldwide);

3. identify the reasons for fascism.

To complete these tasks, said faggots employed first and foremost (at that time cutting-edge) sociological methods: surveys of 2k+ people, and interviews of 'extremes' [high scoring and low scoring individuals based on their closeness to fascistic ideals], based on the surveys. Two thirds of the book is sociological in nature: they meticulously lay down the methods used, the theories behind the questionnaire, the reasons for their questions, their own errors, and the data that seem to support their theories.

I will, for better or worse, leave out the sociological-technical shit, and focus on the actual findings.

The structure of the book:

Each chapter is structured in the following way:

1. general introduction;

2. reasons for the questions in the questionnaires/personal interviews;

3. presentation of the findings.

Except Adorno does a qualitative reading of said data, from a philosophers POV.

Let's begin.

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/ita/ - terza edizione

>La crisi consiste appunto nel fatto che il vecchio muore e il nuovo non può nascere: in questo interregno si verificano i fenomeni morbosi più svariati.

Quest'uomo era un genio e un profeta.

Intanto, un ben noto ruffiano, procuratore di mignotte (sia femmine che maschi) d'alto bordo, ha annunciato di voler acquistare la testata de "l'Unità". Al tempo stesso, per un miserabile scazzo di natura corporativa, la "professione" giornalistica italiana organizza flesc' mobbese per le strade. Cosa di cui non si sarebbe reso conto nessuno se gli oziosi telegiornali che ci fanno sorbire tutti i giorni non avessero dato ampio spazio alla cosa. Ovviamente ben più importante dei massacri a Gaza e nello Yemen.

Più fenomeni morbosi di così!

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Trans vs cis women representation

How come in every online leftist group almost all the women are trans women. I see this everywhere on leftbook and left Twitter. Even in irl left orgs 30-50% of the women, especially the younger ones, are trans.

Do cis women tend to be turned off from leftist groups?

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Do you guys agree with the notion that, if during struggle, you don't start resembling your enemy in tactics and methods, you're setting yourself up for failure?

That's why I think Communists have been more successful at insurgency and civil war than parliamentary, activist or labor union socialism, even though insurgency is technically harder. When you get shot at the only way to organize yourself is shooting back. The contradiction is clear and so is the path to victory. On the other hand, peaceful struggles within democratic means tend to blur the picture a bit, it's easy to fall in the moralisms of "don't be like your enemy" and easy for people to become comfortable with the process of struggle itself (radical academics, labor aristocracy, party careerists, movement leaders, radical artists) to the point where they don't really want to risk ending it because it might thraten their comfort.

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So… now that the dust has settled.

Was 9/11 an inside job conducted by the CIA? Or was it just coordinated by Saudi billionaires?

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Lange model

Anyone have good sources that explain/discuss in depth the Lange model of economic planning? I first heard of him in one of Cockshott's videos, which gave me the mistaken impression that it was adopted throughout the Eastern Bloc (according to Wikipedia, it wasn't fully implemented in any country).

How does it differ from Yugoslavia's form of "market socialism", the Perestroika proposals, etc.?

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Art & Aesthetic theory

Hello leftypol, what are your thoughts on art? Modern art? Are there any art theories you have read & want to share?

General art thread

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OC Thread 3.0

OC Thread 3.0

I suppose we should establish a new thread dedicated to /leftypol/ original content.

Feel free to post original content you've made, or OC someone else recently made which you would like to share.

Or, collaborate on improving content within this thread.

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HAPPENINGS DOWN IN PAJEET LAND

India/Pakistan tensisons grow after bombing that killed 40, and shooting of 3 more the next day

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/02/18/world/asia/kashmir-jaish-soldiers.amp.html

Strike in India led by the youth branch of the I.N.C, calls for a law breaking wildcat strike, and flies in the face of Ghandism through it's closing of shops, and in cases of popular backing, even roads.

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/kerala-flash-hartal-buses-and-passengers-attacked-shops-forced-shut-across-dists-96922?amp

My dad is a Pajeet, so I could answer some questions

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>yfw america will never be socialist

Do you think Bernie will ever talk about something other than succdem?

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Thread for asking questions that don't deserve their own thread

ITT: ask questions you think don't deserve their own thread, or are simple to the point they don't fit the character limit for thread creation.

This thread can be used by both leftists and non-leftists.

Contributions of individuals in reply to your questions do not represent the posters of this board as a whole.

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Warsaw Pact General

Was gonna make a USSR general, but it's better to expand a little.

Try and go beyond sharing aesthetic pics and post more informative stuff.

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Naziposter

For those that remember him, he was unironically the best poster to ever grace this board.

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Non-burger here, why do /pol/yps refer to California as Commiefornia or some sort of leftist paradise?

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/nederdraad/

Oude draad is dood, tijd voor een nieuwe.

Als starter een vers artikel van Comac (jongerenbeweging van de belgische PVDA) dat er goed in slaagt om de marxistische visie op de klimaatcrisis aantrekkelijk te maken voor een breed publiek: http://www.comac-studenten.org/longread_de_klimaatrevolutie_kan_de_wereld_veranderen

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Base and Superstructure

Can Marxists explain this to me? The idea that a society's ideology and government is economically determined by the mode of production makes no sense to me. I can make various objections:

Pro-capitalist governments doing things against capitalist interests like regulations, taxes, bad relations with other states

The government being captured by religious extremists, military generals or democratic socialists who don't care at all for capitalists

The fact that capitalism exists in many different countries with totally different governments and social ideologies in all those different capitalist countries

The fact that many political and social institutions in capitalism predate capitalism

Etc.

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Is there a materialist analysis of the phenomenon that Grabacer detailed in "Bullshit Jobs: A theory"?

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Socialist Propagand Thread

The last one was removed becuase of glow in the dark niggers.

Feel free to drop art, political cartoons, and posters here, and discuss optics.

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What are some history books by Marxists on the Proletarian Revolutions in Africa in the 20th century? I don't want to read it through a Rhodesia-fag lens and Wikipedia is a Rhodesia-fag lens.

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Vladimir Jaffe

Can we get a thread on this kulak and kulaks like him? He's a vehement anti-communist who has based his entire life around going to communist protests, debating communists there, and posting the videos on youtube for likes and money.

He was born in the USSR, having witnessed the collapse and the misery caused by people like gorbachev and yeltsin, so he thinks communism is when your great nation collapses because of people like yeltsin.

He's been on the news numerous times, and i wouldn't be surprised if he's a state puppet who recieves funding for propaganda work.

I never see him mentioned here, but he has made such an effort to debate communists for propaganda purposes that i think it's worth mentioning him and others like him.

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Abolition of the Family

Any resources on what a socialist mode of child rearing would look like? To what extent should concepts like fatherhood and motherhood be preserved? Should things like cultural heritage continue to exist?

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Almost all former communists were liberals

Have you noticed that the vast majority of former communists who turned into succdems, ancrappers, and neolibs were trotskyists, leftcoms, market socialists, east euro revisionists etc. Very few, if any, national bolsheviks, ☭TANKIE☭s, jucheists and Asserists renounced their support for socialist economics, even if it was in their professional or political interest to do so. Why is that?

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Reminder to first and foremost bash the cash, fascism and the possibility of fascist governments are subsidiary problems.

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/leftybritpol/ - OP is a retard editon

Bump Limit hit.

Last thread lasted about two weeks, but there doesn't seem to be so much to look forward to for the next few weeks.

Previous thread:

>>2787895

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Have the majority of economics professors even read Marx?

I'm going for a minor in economics, and in every single one of their classes when Marx gets inevitably brought up all they have to say about him is

>Marx's theories were discredited by the fall of the Soviet Union, which is why we don't teach them anymore

Am I stupid or something? Weren't the majority of Marx's theories about the capitalist system and not how a future civilization should be built? What the hell does the fall of the Soviet Union have to do with like 75% of what Marx said?

Just how common is this lazy form of teaching? Does it get any better? I've only got one or two classes to go before I finish my minor

Pic related, it's from my Micro textbook. Note that there's no mention of the food shortages that plagued the neoliberal administration

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Cockshott Thread: Dickblast Towards a New Socialism

Since I couldn't find the Cockshott thread I am now creating a new thread to discuss direct-democracy, cybernetic planning and various assorted socialist ideas for the 21st century.

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/dprk/ -- North Korea General

Thread for discussions of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Disproving common western myths about North Korea.

Archive of first ~500 posts:

https://archive.fo/pRkxK

Subsequent archives:

https://archive.fo/OKKCX

Related archives:

https://archive.fo/HbuXi

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East germany

Why did the east Germany do worse than the west economically? I've heard that factories in east Germany were destroyed after the cold war for some reason. Is there any truth to this?

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Abduction of Shin San-ok and Choi Eun-hee

I just learned of this story recently, but like wtf.

This sounds pretty insine (obviously) but unlike other stories about the dprk I coudln't find any ☭TANKIE☭ position trying to defend North Korea.

Anybody here got some usefull infos?

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What are some topics in sociology, economics, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, or history you think leftists should explore more often, and why?

What would make a good topic of exploration if, say, you were writing a graduate thesis from a leftist perspective in the humanities or social sciences?

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Why is it that countries like China, Vietnam, North Korea and the former USSR, that call/called themselves Marxist or socialist tend to be more actually reactionary (reactionary) and familial (reactionary)?

China's average age at first sexual intercourse: 22.1

http://chartsbin.com/view/xxj

Why don't they shame each other for being virgins or not getting laid often? In civilized Western cultures we've figured out that your worth as a male is based on not just how much money and commodities you have, but also how many women you manage to sleep with (including married women, your friends' mothers and sisters) in your lifetime and how frequently you do so. They don't actually want to be betas, do they?

Pornography is illegal in China and their state cybersecurity agencies have started tracking IP addresses that have posted pornography on Chinese web servers and go after these users to investigate their devices and take them in for questioning:

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

Why are they being reactionaries about something as trivial as pornography?

70% of Chinese millennials are homeowners:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-39512599

They have yet to experience rentier capitalism which started engulfing America in the 80s.

China's child custody laws almost always favor the father because financial solvency is the most important variable Chinese courts look at:

http://family.jrank.org/pages/254/China-Tradition-Persistence-Transition.html

http://www.globaldialoguefoundation.org/files/FAM.2009-mar.China.pdf

Xi Jinping's government has banned television shows showing "abnormal sexual relationships and behaviours, such as incest, same-sex relationships, sexual perversion, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual violence, and so on. The ban also extends to smoking, drinking, adultery, sexually suggestive clothing, even reincarnation. China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television told television producers it would constantly monitor TV channels to ensure the new rules were strictly adhered to."

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/mar/04/china-bans-gay-people-television-clampdown-xi-jinping-censorship

They also banned shows that "that promote promiscuity which challenges the sanctity of marriage".

https://mashable.com/2016/03/04/new-china-tv-bans/

LGBT community are heavily suppressed and looked down upon in China, Vietnam, North Korea and the former USSR.

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/leftypol/ /SIG/ – Self Improvement General

ITT: self-improvement, fitness, body & mind training, life tips, how to organise your life etc.

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ITT Future Speculation

Post how you think geopolitics will play out long-term this century. Here's my prediction for North America.

>Global economy collapses due to many bubbles, ecological collapse, etc.

>US and Canada balkanize

>without burger influence, the rest of the world prospers

>Canada splits by population area mostly, more or less maintains territorial boundaries even though the northern regions are not actually controlled any more

>Quebec and Ontario become independent (obviously)

>The northern reaches become uninhabitable except to the indigenous peoples

US:

>Alaska

Becomes independent, but population starts collapsing due to dependence on men moving there for oil jobs. Mad Max situation.

>Washington

The chill west coast becomes a democratic republic that legalizes drugs, gives reparations to natives, and safeguards the old growth forests. Market socialist mostly.

>California

The Council of Billionaires rules over this minarchist, neofeudal dystopia. People near the borders flee for Mexico or Washington. In the major cities, gamers pilot drones to hunt down the homeless.

>Holy Roman Empire

This shit comes back, after the white reactionaries congregate in the former flyover states. It's just as shit as it always was, but now it's full of Applebees. Not actually a theocracy though, just reactionary.

>Holy Mormon Empire

White ethno-nationalism but, like, polite. Even more psychotic than Mormonism already is, they become a regular doomsday cult theocracy.

>Dakota

Petroleum companies fight a genocidal war against the indigenous peoples and set up a fascist state trying desperately to sell oil to somebody.

>Republic of Texas

Always on the brink of civil war, has numerous big businesses but also a lot of radicals with guns. National pride is pretty much the only thing keeping peace in a reformist social democrat state with a large co-op sector.

>Rustland O' Lakes

After the collapse of business and left to their own devices, the workers just walk into the factories and start working with nobody to stop them. Democratic state socialist, just don't call it socialism.

>Appalachia

Friendly with Rustland and Dixie even if the two hate each other. Has enough coal to power itself even if nobody will buy it, trades the other things mined here. Run by democratic confederalism.

>Dixie

Full on "race war" (read: massacres), all the time. Trade with Appalachia out of need and to prevent being at war on all fronts. Constantly at war with HRE, USA, and the Caribbean Confederacy. A bunch of delusional faggots who believe they can conquer the US. The feudal states mostly have dual power between the corporate state and the corporate megachurches.

>United States

The remnants of the US federal government occupies little territory but many military resources. They are constantly losing ground while trying to keep their military functional so they can try to conquer and settle anywhere they can. Mostly replaying the Civil War but with drones. Military dictatorship run by the generals and intelligence community, President as figurehead. Can't get anything done because of Game of Thrones bullshit between the intelligence community and the generals. Definitely going to implode eventually.

>New England

They don't bother anybody and nobody bothers them. The US stays away to avoid provoking a war of liberation from Rustland who has the resources to roll them in a land war. They're culturally united but politically are run at the municipal level. Communalism but with a lot of foreign trade.

>Mexico

Mexico keeps together and actually gains land overall. They flip two US states, plus land from two others without bloodshed. The Zapatistas finally manage to break away, separating the Yucatan peninsula, which becomes independent. Without the drug market in the USA any more (since the drug war has collapsed), the Mexican government has much more control and the people successfully move for left-wing reforms.

>UNACEN

Without US interference, Central America stabilizes and installs democratic governments, and forms an international union: Union of Nations of Central America (UNACEN).

>Caribbean Confederacy

Without US interference and with some foreign aid, the Caribbean starts to prosper and forms a confederacy starting with Cuba and Puerto Rico. They conquered Florida, causing an exodus of Cuban-Americans to Dixie.

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What the fuck does it mean to be 'philosophically left-wing'?

https://www.reddit.com/r/socialism/comments/aiuaso/philosophically_im_very_wellversed_in_left_wing/

I ask because as time passes, I am able to relate to others who consider themselves 'leftist' less and less. It seems that nowadays being a 'leftist' comes with a lot of philosophical baggage and to be a Real Comrade(tm) you have to hold all kinds of views.

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general webm thread

I just wanted to bring this old thread back.

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Music thread

Post explicitly or implicitly leftist music, or hell if you really love a non-political song post it too. We haven't had one of these threads in a while. To start things off, these three covers of "Hasta Siempre Comandante" are easily my favorite, check out these bops:

https://youtu.be/1ofG7aHN2PY

https://youtu.be/86LSuXi5TLU

https://youtu.be/vgE11M0tSMM

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The /leftypol/ Ambassador Program

A lack of dialectic has slowed the traffic on this board down to a halt. In order to remedy this problem, we must establish closer diplomatic ties with other internet communities to enable new cultural exchange and thus spiritually enrich the people of /leftypol/. Inter-ideological dialogue is what makes us strong. Seeing that in this digital age it has become all too easy to insulate yourself from other belief-systems, we must take conscious action to stimulate such conversation.

The purpose of this thread is to send official diplomatic envoys to other internet communities. I suggest that our first target be 4/pol/. The proud people of 4/pol/ are known for their slow wits and sharp edge. Their board moves at a fast pace, making it a relatively harmless subject on which to conduct the first trial of this program.

> Why reach out to reactionaries?

/leftypol/ has always been a borderland between leftist politics and image board culture, the latter of which has now become strongly reactionary. If there is any value to our existence, it is to give the left some grasp on the culture of the alt-right. Without interacting with these reactionaries we cannot fulfill this purpose.

Beyond this there is also the faint hope that we might teach them something.

> Are we raiding other boards?

These missions aren't exactly "raids." Raids occur when one community storms another with the intention of disrupting it. We do not want to disrupt anything, only enrich the local population with our presence. Our approach should be civil and well-contained. If this disrupts a community it is their own doing.

> Won't they storm our board in return?

Likely. This is part of the purpose of the program. Generate new traffic on our board. Reactionaries might not make very good posters, but their posts form a useful baseline of conversation. There's no better way of refining your theoretical understanding of socialism than repeatedly explaining it to a disingenuous critic.

The dumb debates we have with reactionaries also generate great memes.

> What are we doing concretely?

Not sure yet. That's the first thing this thread will have to figure out. My proposal is that we start an official /leftypol/ communist thread on 4chan, and then go from there.

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Cops and Klan…

We got a partially complete set of messages exchanged between

> PORTLAND POLICE OFFICER

Lt Jeff Niiya

>ALT RIGHT PROVOCATEUR

Joseph Owan Gibson

https://pastebin.com/kwAfZAEv

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Technical discussion about capitalism

Post articles, infographics, books, arguments about these topics:

- Efficiency ( energy efficiency and EROEI, artificial scarcity and planned obsolescence, optimal allocation of resources)

- Open source, intellectual property and copyrights (Are copyrights inherently linked with capitalism? Counterarguments about the libertarian wet dream)

- Monopolies and megacorporations (Are they inherently linked with capitalism?)

Secondary topics (optionals):

- environment and climate change, science quality and education, public transportation

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is she /ourgirl/?

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Bad feels

What do you guys do to rekindle hope in the left?

Do I just let it die?

I'm losing hope that us commies will ever be able to change the world we live in.

Are we really doomed to live in the shadows of liberals? We're forced to sit by and watch as our rhetoric is stolen by the right. At this point, even the word 'socialism' is twisted into shitty capitalism.

Feels awful man.

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News 2/16

‘I do not recognize my country’: Yellow Vests who have lost eyes, limbs demand justice from Macron

France gathered for the 15th week of Gilets Jaunes protests, with the injury toll of the worst civil unrest in decades now resembling that of a small war. Yet despite pleas from victims, Emmanuel Macron is tightening the screws.

https://www.rt.com/news/451632-france-yellow-vests-eye-hand-injuries/

Karl Marx's London memorial vandalised for second time

The tomb of Karl Marx in Highgate cemetery in London has been vandalised for the second time in the space of a month.The words “doctrine of hate” and “architect of genocide” were found daubed in red paint across the Grade I-listed monument in the north London graveyard on Saturday.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/feb/16/karl-marxs-london-memorial-vandalised-for-second-time#img-1

US military planes land near Venezuela border with aid

The U.S. Air Force began flying tons of aid to a Colombian town on the Venezuelan border on Saturday as part of an effort meant to undermine socialist President Nicolas Maduro and back his rival to leadership of the South American nation.

https://apnews.com/a0104bdf3ceb4a14a883fbe5f19575df

Islamic State's 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria

U.S.-backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic State’s last, tiny enclave on the Euphrates, the battle commander said on Saturday, bringing its self-declared caliphate to the brink of total defeat.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-islamicstate/islamic-states-caliphate-on-brink-of-defeat-in-syria-idUSKCN1Q5064

Nationwide public sector strike hits Portugal

Tens of thousands of teachers, nurses, garbage collection workers and other public sector employees took part in a nationwide strike in Portugal yesterday. They are fighting against wage cuts and austerity demanded by the European Union and imposed by the Socialist Party government of Prime Minister Antonio Costa.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/16/port-f16.html

Iran says Pakistan to 'pay high price' over attack, warns Saudi

Iran warned neighboring Pakistan on Saturday it would “pay a heavy price” for allegedly harboring militants who killed 27 of its elite Revolutionary Guards in a suicide bombing near the border earlier this week, state television reported.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-pakistan/iran-says-pakistan-to-pay-high-price-over-attack-warns-saudi-idUSKCN1Q507R

CRPF sub-inspector dies in landmine blast triggered by Maoists in Bihar’s Gaya

A CRPF sub-inspector was killed in a landmine blast triggered by the Maoists during a combing operation in Bihar’s Gaya district and two hardcore Maoists making plans for disruptive acts during the Lok Sabha polls were arrested in Bhojpur district, police said on Thursday.

https://archive.is/vK5ey

Latin American Social Movements Show Support to The Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela

Several groups of artists, journalists, intellectuals and social groups from around Latin America have shown their support for Venezuela, its Bolivarian Government, and have rejected any interventionist acts perpetrated by the United States.

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Social-Movements-Support-Venezuela-And-Reject-US-Intervention-20190215-0014.html

There's a cavity underneath Antarctica that's two thirds the size of Manhattan — a sign ice sheets are melting faster than we thought

Scientists have spotted a never-before-seen hole under the Antarctic ice.The cavity d is 984 feet tall and roughly two-thirds the size of Manhattan. It's a sign that this part of the Antarctic ice sheet is melting faster than experts thought.

https://www.businessinsider.com/cavity-underneath-antarctica-ice-sheet-melting-fast-2019-2

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CIA coup handbook

1) Bribe the country’s leader in the form of personally lucrative business deals. If he accepts, leader will amass a personal fortune in exchange for "privatizing" the resources you wish to extract. skip to step 15.

2) If he denies, begin the regime-change process. Engage in economic warfare by imposing crippling sanctions on the country and blame the ensuing shortages on the leader's "socialist" policies.

3) Work with allies inside country to fund and organize an "astroturf" opposition group behind a corporate-friendly puppet.

4) Hire thugs inside country to incite unrest and violence against the government in coordination with your opposition group. Use corporate media to publicize the orchestrated outbursts as popular outrage and paint a picture of a "failed state" mired in corruption and chaos.

5) When the government arrests your thugs, decry the response as the brutal repression. Use corporate-owned media to demonize the target government as a despotic regime while praising your puppet opposition as champions of democracy.

6) Work with their military leaders to organize the overthrow the government (offer them the same business deals the current leader refused).

7) If a military-led coup cannot be organized, create a mercenary army to carry out acts of terrorism against the government and its supporters. Portray the mercenaries as "freedom fighters" and their acts of terrorism as a "civil war".

8) If the target government has popular and military support and is too well-defended for your mercenaries to overthrow: label the country a "rouge state" and wait for the right time to invade. Meanwhile, continue to wear the country's government and populace down using steps 3 - 7.

9) Escalate the terror campaign within the country to provoke a military response from the country against the US. If they won't take the bait, fabricate an attack or threat that you can sell to the US population as justification for an invasion.

11) Once the government is removed, set up your puppet regime to provide the illusion of sovereignty. The regime will facilitate and legitimize your appropriation of the country's resources under the guise of "free" trade.

12) As you continue to extract the country's resources, provide intelligence and military support to the puppet regime to suppress popular dissent within the country.

13) Use the demise of the former government as yet another example of the impracticality of "socialism."

14) ???

15) Profit

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Extirpating Reactionary and Bourgeois Culture

How far do would we reasonably have to go to combat bourgeois and reactionary culture if a communist government gained power within the imperial core? I unironically think Pol Pot (despite his ultra-leftist barracks-communism) had the right idea here in pursuing a “clean slate” and abolishing / uprooting the cultural, literary and artistic remnants of the exploiting and reactionary classes. Before someone cries about “muh art and books”, remember the words of Mao when he said that even these are not without class-character. Or, as an example perhaps more palatable to people here, Enver Hoxha carried on a cultural revolution against many aspects of bourgeois culture and reactionary beliefs. Class-struggle continues and even intensifies under the period between the end of capitalism and the coming of classlessness. To leave in place these elements of culture would be like leaving weeds to grow in your garden.

Palingenetic eco-communism with mass book-recycling sessions when?

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What about Ethiopia

I hear no one talk about ethiopia's communist era. From my limited knowledge it seems like country that just happened and fell with the rest. Was it as bad as sources say, or is there another side? Any reading recommendations?

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Translation

Translation anon here. So I translate a lot of cyryllic language posts on leftybooru, however since not a lot of people visit that site and because Tomoko-Stalinstache poster suggested it, I'm making a translation thread.

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Why don't you all redistribute your wealth yourselves? That would be the morally right thing to do after all.

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How come communists/socialists always try to differentiate from liberals? They're quite literally the same thing, communists/socialists just have more radical economical opinions.

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News 2/5

Karl Marx's London grave vandalised in suspected hammer attack

The tomb of Karl Marx at London’s Highgate cemetery has been vandalised in a targeted attack that means the Grade I-listed monument will “never be the same again”.The suspected vandal damaged a marble plaque which was taken from Marx’s original 1883 gravestone and incorporated into the 1954 monument.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/05/karl-marx-london-grave-vandalised-suspected-hammer-attack-highgate-cemetery

France fires nuclear-capable missile in a rare show as Russia and the US feud over arms treaty

France, one of Europe's two nuclear powers, said on Tuesday that it had fired a nuclear-capable missile from a fighter jet, while the US and Russia feud over the death of a nuclear treaty that saw Europe purged of most of its weapons of mass destruction during the hair-triggered days of the Cold War.

https://www.businessinsider.com/france-fires-nuclear-capable-missile-during-inf-row-with-russia-us-2019-2

Russia must create land-based hypersonic missiles with 500km+ range by 2020 – MoD

In response to the US suspending the INF treaty, Russia is boosting its land-based missile development. Moscow wants hypersonic missiles of 500km+ range and a land-based version of the Kalibr cruise missile, ready by 2020.According to a plan earlier greenlighted by Russian President Vladimir Putin, existing missiles will be modified, and new ones created, within two years' time.

https://www.rt.com/news/450679-russia-missiles-range-inf/

Washington's Gulf allies gave sophisticated American weapons to al Qaeda, says report

The White House’s closest Persian Gulf allies have been handing out sophisticated American weapons to al Qaeda and dangerous groups in Yemen in violation of US an export rules, an investigation by CNN has revealed.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/al-qaeda-weapons-saudi-arabia-uae-us-terror-houthi-rebels-yemen-war-conflict-a8764161.html

Iran warns Israel against further air strikes in Syria

Iran warned Israel on Tuesday of a “firm and appropriate” response if it continued attacking targets in Syria, where Tehran has backed President Bashar al-Assad and his forces in their nearly eight-year war against rebels and militants.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-iran-israel/iran-warns-israel-against-further-air-strikes-in-syria-idUSKCN1PU1BD

Taliban Attack Kills Dozens Of Soldiers And Police, Even As Peace Talks Continue

Taliban fighters stormed an army post in northern Kunduz province early Tuesday, setting off a clash that killed more than two dozen people — most of them soldiers, Afghan officials said.

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/05/691537070/taliban-attack-kills-at-least-26-soldiers-and-police-even-as-peace-talks-continu

Lack of teachers, work overload undermine Dutch education system

More than 10,000 respondents, all members of the education union AOb, shared their experiences. Teachers reported that they are going to work while sick, that they are training one temporary teacher after another, and that they are not able to give the individual attention and guidance pupils need.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/05/neth-f05.html

Emmanuel Macron admits failures as he battles gilets jaunes

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has conceded there has been a “clear breakdown in equality” in high-rise suburbs and housing estates on the edge of major cities as he tours France to try to stem the gilets jaunes (yellow vest) anti-government protests.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/04/emmanuel-macron-admits-failures-as-he-battles-gilets-jaunes

Third of Himalayan glaciers can no longer be saved: study

One-third of Himalayan glaciers will melt by the end of the century due to climate change, threatening water sources for 1.9 billion people, even if current efforts to reduce climate change succeed, an assessment warns.

https://www.apnews.com/edc8954676484920a361da62c7f48388

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Were there really cults of personality around any of these three niggas? if there were i doubt they would any different than the ones that form around current politicians.

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What's his endgame?

I know capitalism is mostly an impersonal force, but bear with me.

What's his endgame? In the USA and the world.

Wages are already depressed, social services are being cut/privatized, labor movements have been crushed by the state, and this is also reflected in how life expectancy for workers is flatlining or declining (in the US and UK). But it still seems like it isn't enough for these people.

What more does he want?

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Lets play a game:

The rules are simple, you have to add some information to the post before, it has to be directly relevant information but apart from that it can be whatever you want but keep bried, the purpose of the game is to gather together all the tid bits of knowledge we all know about a certain subject related to the left, but also to go on tangents and see how comprehensive we can get.

The starting piece of information is:

The government of Jacobo Arbenz was toppled on June 18 1954

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Your Fascist Campus

If you are a university student in the West, chances are that your campus is intensely militarized. Most of the research budgets come from the military industrial complex and intelligence agencies. Your professors have all worked and are working on missile systems, surveillance, counterintelligence, propaganda, or something similar. Half the fucking companies at the career shows are weapons manufacturers, intel agencies, the military, oil companies, and banks. There are military recruiters all over campus every day, and they have a recruiting office on campus. There are probably buildings and monuments on campus paid for by all these organizations with their names on them. All your peers and classmates are tripping over each other to get an internship or a junior position at these places. ROTC freaks march all over the place, attend class in uniform, and get special accommodations from the professors. Don't point any of this out, that's creating an unsafe atmosphere for our country's heroes…

Yet this is clearly a paradise for communists, right? What the fuck are people smoking? We need to talk about this more. What are some examples of this shit that you have seen?

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Bank runs are praxis

Why don't we try to come up with convincing propaganda? Educate people about the possibility of a bank run in a highly overinflated market will necessarily make the bank run happen for real. Make normie-targeted videos with shit like Requiem for a dream music in the background and spread them around Whatsapp, Normiebook & other social media. Don't make it a political act, make it about self-preservation. If the material is convincing enough and spread properly, a critical mass for viral propagation will be reached. With probably less than 2 grands you can buy 50k fake views which is probably enough to get the ball rolling and make it snowball from there. If working-class people pull their savings from the bank, the system crashes instantaneously and porky is stunned.

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Soviet Union Documentary

Hello comrades,

This is a two part documentary about the Soviet Union in the 1960s, at the height of its economic powers. It's a excellent showcase of all that is good about communism. However, the full video is not online. A few small clips can be viewed on youtube. Can we pool our efforts to get the full version of this video online? I think this would be excellent for propaganda. There is so much disinformation and very little documentation of all the good things about the Soviet Union.

Link to clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExHCAjRsZhA

Link to website https://hrmediaarchive.estuarypress.com/documentary-films/soviet-union/

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Liz Bruenig

Please explain this woman to me: Heard her for the first time on a recent episode of Chapo Trap House (new listener) and she seemed pretty run of the mill until she said something about women needing to be removed from positions of power in order to make America socialist. Everyone seemed to be in agreement with her, but they also don't seem like progressive Christian/"pro-life liberals". What is the intersection of "dirtbag" socialism and whatever this broad believes?

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Redpill me on communism

I am a Not Socialist (nazi) I wanted to see your point of view, I have some questions about communism I would like answered.

1. What are the benefits of communism?

2. How can a communist revolution be brought about?

3. Can communism work? If so, then explain how.

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I'm blackpilled af famalam. Seems like all leftist efforts to bring about change are just neoliberal make believe psyops sponsored by coporations. Cheer me up pls.

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Richard Stallman on the Empire of the Megacorporations

Empire of the Megacorporations

Last update: 01/2018

These articles illustrate the injustice of the empire of the megacorporations — how it mistreats the non-rich and grabs more power.

>Health and Environmental

Scientists paid by Monsanto to investigate vinyl chloride, concluded that it did not cause cancer, a conclusion that was later rejected.

Businesses are lobbying to block the EPA from regulating toxic chromium ions in drinking water.

The corporations that pollute our water supplies are setting up phony efforts to present themselves as the providers of water.

Big Pharma’s Coup of Health Care Sphere, getting a pharmaceutical company executive to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Corporations hijacked the Paris climate agrement negotiations.

Big pharma companies lobby to cause opioid addiction.

Tobacco companies harass states that try to reduce smoking.

The White House acts as a mouthpiece for Exxon.

Global capitalism produces addictive goods.

>Economic

Vulture capitalist funds starved Puerto Rico for decades.

Vulture capitalists pushed Puerto Rico into debt.

Companies such as Amazon get public subsides to the deteriment of local competition.

Amazon imposes its power over the US retail economy, control both retailers and suppliers.

Subcontracting allows companies to employ slaves.

>Surveillance and Speech

The FCC gave the internet away to Big Telecom by eliminating network neutrality.

Neighborhoods under Google control.

Record companies want control over what we can and cannot post online.

Survelliance by internet businesses causes a chilling effect.

The copyright industry wants to renegotiate NAFTA.

https://stallman.org/empire.html

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little red book of Mao

hey /leftypol/ can you guys redpill me on the little red book of Mao?

http://www.spacechan.xyz/b/res/374.html#374

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mental illness

Is there truth to the "myth" that capitalism causes or boost certain mental illneses? If anything can someone post some papers about it? Are those caused by capitalism or modern society in general?

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So… what's the consensus about this comrade so far? He's coming pretty based to me.

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Where is the post about this?

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Taxation

What would be the "proper" leftist take on taxation? Is it entirely possible to be a socialist and also be against taxes, for the most part? I feel like that would really help dispel the whole "commies want to take away my paycheck" nonsense libertarians and conservatives spout.

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High Speed Rail

I know everyone outside of the US is laughing at us for our trains. Its incredible how hard people in the US have gone to bat to take down a pretty modest high speed rail plan in California.

All of the news around it is about how expensive it is and how its over budget blah blah. No mention of how almost all infrastructure projects go over budget or what the alternative is to moving people around. US should have HSR in the east, mid west, south and west. Holy Fuck we're so backwards.

General HSR/train discussion thread xoxo

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News 2/15

Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro invites Trump envoy Elliot Abrams for talks

A month into Venezuela‘s high-stakes political crisis, Nicolas Maduro has revealed his government held secret talks with the Trump administration and predicted he would survive an unprecedented global campaign to force his resignation.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/venezuela-nicolas-maduro-government-resign-elliot-abrams-trump-a8781131.html

Ankara says only Turkish forces should be in Syria safe zone: Anadolu

Only Turkish forces should deploy in the planned safe zone in northeast Syria, Turkey’s Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted by state-owned Anadolu news agency as saying on Friday. It says the safe zone should be cleared of the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish one big US military base in Syria militia which Ankara considers a terrorist group.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/ankara-says-only-turkish-forces-should-be-in-syria-safe-zone-anadolu-idUSKCN1Q41QW

US military aircraft to deliver more aid to Venezuela border

The Trump administration is sending another large shipment of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border in Colombia, for the first time using U.S. military aircraft as it increases pressure on Nicolas Maduro to give up power, according to a State Department email sent to Congress.

https://www.apnews.com/23c85f4db8954ab89f65ff15361f4360

Climate strike: Schoolchildren protest over climate change

upils from around the UK went "on strike" on Friday as part of a global campaign for action on climate change.Students around the country walked out of schools to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem. Organisers Youth Strike 4 Climate said protests took place in more than 60 towns and cities.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47250424

New Zealand housing crisis intensifies under Labour government

Fifteen months into the New Zealand Labour Party-led government’s term in office, the country’s housing crisis is worsening, affecting wide sections of the population.Last month Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was forced to admit that initial targets for her government’s flagship KiwiBuild housing program could not be met, with just 47 of 1,000 homes promised by July built so far.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/15/nzho-f15.html

Spain to get 3rd gov’t in 4 years amid fragmenting politics

Spain will elect its third government in less than four years after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s fragile socialist government acknowledged Friday its support had evaporated and called an early general election.Sanchez’s eight-month-old administration met its end after failing to get parliament’s approval for its 2019 budget proposal earlier this week.

https://www.apnews.com/2615b904b41f4325b2390c4ce3e900c4

Journalist's Arrest In Philippines Sparks Demonstrations, Fears Of Wider Crackdown

Press freedom advocates across Manila, Philippines, including students and some faculty at a handful of universities, have been rallying the past two days following the arrest of journalist Maria Ressa this week.

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/15/695062771/journalists-arrest-in-philippines-sparks-demonstrations-fears-of-wider-crackdown

U.S. military denies taking part in raid on al Qaeda site in Libya

The spokesperson for Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the Presidency Council of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord of Libya, said in a statement late on Wednesday that a site with a number of al Qaeda members in Ubari was “raided” by joint U.S.-Libyan forces.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security/us-libya-forces-raid-al-qaeda-site-in-libyan-city-of-ubari-libyan-official-idUSKCN1Q3050

'Poles collaborated with the Nazis': Netanyahu reignites Holocaust spat with Poland in Warsaw

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a fresh diplomatic row with Poland after he defied the controversial Holocaust law, which criminalizes blaming the Polish state for the extermination of Jews.Adding fuel to the fire, Netanyahu made the inciting comment on Polish soil, in the capital Warsaw, while speaking on the sidelines of the conference on the Middle East on Thursday.

https://www.rt.com/news/451512-netanyahu-poland-collaboration-nazis/

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Communist Anime Videos

What do you guys think of the Alt-Right further co-opting the identity of artistic mediums like anime? As the media is used an alt right context, this is an entry point for the fans of said media to join the alt right. Left wingers need to be found in media-discussion spheres. A lot of people's first exposure to communism is through Zizek's analysis of They Live. If you communicate to the people through what they already love, that what they love has something to say about communism we can get that audience.

https://youtu.be/Ii_iS287h4k

https://youtu.be/iABuriFcKTM

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Sri Lanka: SEP and Abbotsleigh workers’ committee organise picket to oppose witch hunt in plantation

Sri Lanka: SEP and Abbotsleigh workers’ committee organise picket to oppose witch hunt in plantations

>The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the Abbotsleigh Estate Workers Action Committee have organised a joint picket near the central bus stand in Hatton town in central hills district on February 17 to oppose the witch-hunt of plantation worker activists.

>On December 13, amid the struggle of plantation workers for higher wages, the management of Annfield Estate at Dickoya suspended S. Balasubramaniyam, a worker and the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) branch leader at the St. Leys division of that estate.

>The management accused Balasubramaniyam and three other workers, Pathmanathan, Subramaniyam and Krishnan, of blocking the gate to the estate factory and preventing the transport of tea leaves inside. Pathmanathan is the local leader of the CWC branch at the Stamford division of the Annfield estate.

>The management also formally complained to the police against these workers and three CWC officials, Arulnayahi, Clera and Sivasami, saying they were also present when the incident took place.

After taking statements from these individuals, the police said that charges would be filed against them in the courts.

>In an inquiry by an assistant labour commissioner into a complaint against the company’s suspension of Balasubramaniyam, the estate manager accused him of causing a loss of 700,000 rupees (nearly $US4,000) by blocking transportation of the tea leaves.

Balasubramaniyam and the other activists have rejected the accusations made by management.

>Such threats, intimidation and witch-hunting were widespread in the plantations during the estate workers struggle for better wages.

>In early January, an assistant manager of the Abbotsleigh estate warned the president of the workers’ action committee, P. Suntharalingam, over his activities. In front of other workers, the assistant manager told Suntharalingam: “You have made trouble in the estate by forming the committee. I will take action against you.”

These repressive acts on the part of plantation management, with the backing of the government and police, are aimed at intimidating workers who launched a determined struggle for a 100 percent increase in their daily basic wage which is currently just 500 rupees ($US2.80).

>More than 100,000 workers launched an indefinite strike from December 5 to press their demand for a wage rise. Strike was called off by the CWC after nine days, with the backing of other unions, citing a false promise by President Maithripala Sirisena to “solve” the wage issue.

>On January 28, the CWC together with Lanka Jathika Estate Workers’ Union signed a sellout agreement with the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon limiting the basic gross daily wage to 750 rupees, and ending other bonuses.

>Workers have expressed broad opposition to the agreement by launching strikes and protests. Now, the leaders of the National Union of Workers, Democratic People’s Front, Upcountry People’s Front and Joint Plantation Trade Union Centre have begun futile discussions with the government and companies in a bid to defuse workers’ opposition. Companies have already rejected any further increase.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/14/plan-f14.html

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Looks like halfchan's having a bit of trouble. What do you believe to be the cause of this? I honestly don't think this is all the fault of /pol/ in itself, but the lack of good memes from 4chan outside of say /biz/. However I'm kind of a fucking moron, so I want your takes on 4chan's decline. I'm sure 8chan will blame SJWs for this somehow.

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#4 on trending

nOT BiAsED At aLL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I79TpDe3t2g

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>My heart beats anxiously for the Russians, but unfortunately I have no hope for a victory by the Leninists.

>The events in Russia are of amazing grandeur and tragedy. Lenin and his people will not of course be able to win out against the insuperable tangle of chaos, but their attempt, by itself, stands as a deed of world-historical significance

lol I guess that evil, blanquist democratic socialism is a much better organizational tool than she thought huh?

Fuck german socialism bro. After Engels died they all became SPD careerists and "theorists" who didn't really mean a word they said, and talked about real revolutionaries like they were watching them from safe distance in a zoo.

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Anti-Revisionism General /arg/

>CTRL + F “Hoxha”

>no Hoxha thread

Has this board gone revisionist?

<built bunkers

<waged ideological struggle against over-bureaucraticization, bourgeois culture, lifestyle and superstitions in the Albanian Cultural Revolution

<hostile to delusions of “peaceful coexistence”

<paid respect to Stalin until the end

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Rich Marxists

How do you feel about Marxists that earn $150k+ a year

What should they do with their wealth

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Maoist Revolutionaries Destroy Revisionist Forces

<Workers World Party (WWP) and the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) attempted to hold a protest at the intersection of East Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley in Southeast Austin this past Saturday. But the area is home to revolutionary forces, the enemies of revisionists. Masked militants descended on the revisionist protestors almost immediately.

<Both the WWP and PSL are nearly identical “Marcyite” revisionist organizations that trace their origin to the late American former Trotskyite and revisionist Sam Marcy who founded the WWP. Marcy’s revisionist politics defended social-imperialism and all revisionist governments.

<A reader leaked information to Incendiary from a WWP chat group in the Signal app.

<“Anytime PSL or Eno[ch] are involved, [the militants] are going to come. They smashed the mega[phone], tore up signs and were very intimidating,” a Marcyite said in the chat.

VIDEO of the confrontation: https://incendiarynews.com/2019/02/05/video-militants-confront-workers-world-party-party-for-socialism-and-liberation/

WRITE up: https://incendiarynews.com/2019/02/04/workers-world-party-confronted-in-southeast-austin/

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he done it boi

BREAKING: Mitch McConnell says Trump will sign spending deal and declare a national emergency

>WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday afternoon that President Donald Trump will sign a government spending package that resulted from bipartisan negotiations over border security and also will declare a national emergency.

"I just had an opportunity to speak with President Trump and he’s prepared to sign the bill," McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor. "He will also be signing a national emergency declaration at the same time."

>After the Senate votes, the House is also expected to pass the spending package. This came after Trump said earlier in the day that he was still reviewing the bill. In the morning, Republican senators had said that they "pray" Trump signs it into law, averting another government shutdown on Friday.

>The Senate is expected to act first on the 1,159-page bill, which was released just after midnight. The House will likely vote later in the evening, ahead of the Friday night deadline to prevent another partial government shutdown. Trump has said he is not "happy" with the measure, though he has been expected to sign it. "Reviewing the funding bill with my team at the @WhiteHouse!" he tweeted Thursday afternoon, ahead of the Senate vote.

>The bill would provide $1.375 billion for 55 miles of pedestrian and levee fencing in the Rio Grande Valley, significantly less than Trump's $5.7 billion request. It also prohibits the use of a concrete wall or other Trump prototypes and specifies that only "existing technologies" for fencing and barriers can be used.

https://archive.is/dfL1D

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/government-shutdown-vote-border-bill-trump-n971576

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/12/78-detainees-escape-haiti-prison-protest/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_fb

Haitians are revolting against their government.

>they have stormed a prison and released 80 prisoners

>they are in revolt over 2m embezzled funds

>funds came from Petrocaribe, the cheap oil deal between Venezuela and many other countries in Latin America

>Hilllary Clinton couped Honduras over Petrocaribe in 2009

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Cold War sim

>BoP 1953 is a Geopolitical Simulation game which starts in the year 1953, the players play nation states and choose their objectives and methodology to achieve those objectives. Your actions will have an effect both on the external world but also on your own people, you need to worry about both the enemy without and the potential enemy within in order to survive. You will have to contend with other Player nations, but also with NPC nations as simulated by the GM team.

http://eregime.org/index.php?c=57

(also most of the players are leftists)

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Hey, I'm new to this whole "leftism" thing, but won't have time to read a lot of books for the forseeable future. What are the quintessential lefty channels on YT?

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Red planet

There was a thread here a while ago that set up this website, but I think I need to shill it a bit more to get it off the ground. I'm not the original OP, but I am a moderator on the site.

It's a pretty basic forum that doesn't require email registration and allows anonymous posting. The layout is quite old-fashioned (reminds me of early 2000's forums), but it all works fine.

Anyway, here is the link: leftist.site

WARNING: It will ask you for email when you make an account. This is due to the software used and is not necessary to make an account. Leave that section blank.

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News 2/14

One-day national strike paralyzes Belgium

Large parts of Belgium were brought to a standstill yesterday, as tens of thousands of workers joined a national 24-hour strike to demand wage increases, and oppose government attacks on pensions and other social entitlements, and growing social inequality.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/14/belg-f14.html

US sabotage may be behind Iran's embarrassing rocket launch failure

The US has been secretly sabotaging Iranian missiles and rockets for years, the New York Times reported Wednesday, citing half a dozen current and former officials. Since the program began a little over a decade ago, 67 percent of Iran's orbital launches have failed. The global failure rate for similar launches is only 5 percent.

https://www.businessinsider.com/us-sabotage-may-be-behind-irans-embarrassing-rocket-launch-failures-2019-2

Poland buying $414mn of US rocket artillery to ‘guarantee its security’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s calls to “strengthen resistance” against Russia has resonated with Poland’s leadership, as the country signed a $414-million deal to purchase an American weapons system.A product of Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems, the M142 HIMARS is capable of launching both rocket artillery and tactical ballistic missiles with an estimated operational range of 480km.

https://www.rt.com/news/451423-poland-usa-himras-deal/

Brexit: Theresa May suffers fresh Commons defeat

Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered another Commons defeat after MPs voted down her approach to Brexit talks.MPs voted by 303 to 258 - a majority of 45 - against a motion endorsing the government's negotiating strategy.The defeat has no legal force and Downing Street said it would not change the PM's approach to talks with the EU.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47245992

With Constitution Changes, Egypt's President Could Stay In Power Until 2034

Egypt's parliament has overwhelmingly approved proposed constitutional changes that would allow Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to potentially stay in office until 2034.The changes, which must be approved by a referendum to enter into force, would also further enshrine the authority of the Armed Forces in "maintaining the foundations of the civil state."

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/14/694675332/with-constitution-changes-egypts-president-could-stay-in-power-until-2034

Dozens of Indian paramilitaries killed in Kashmir car bombing

Dozens of Indian paramilitaries have been killed in the first suicide car bombing in the disputed region of Kashmir in nearly two decades.A lone militant is believed to have driven a vehicle laden with explosives close to a central reserve police force (CRPF) convoy and detonated it just after 3pm on Thursday on a busy highway outside the state capital of Srinagar.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/14/indian-paramilitaries-killed-in-suicide-car-bombing-in-kashmir

Venezuela prosecutor to investigate Guaido appointments

Venezuela’s chief prosecutor said Thursday he has launched an investigation into opposition leader Juan Guaido’s appointment of a transitional board of directors for the state oil company.Attorney General Tarek William Saab said the appointments by Guaido and his National Assembly are part of an illegal power grab backed by foreign governments.

https://www.apnews.com/4c241827c6be440cb52781d0b5bd744b

EU POLITICIANS FINALISE NEW COPYRIGHT RULES THAT COULD TRANSFORM THE INTERNET

The final wording of dramatic and wide-ranging copyright rules that campaigners say could fundamentally alter the way the internet works has been decided, the EU has announced.The new regime has been accused of forcing companies to “ban memes” as it transforms the way people are able to share information online. Companies such as Google have intensely criticised the rules – with YouTube suggesting it could even have to ban Europeans from uplodaing videos entirely.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/eu-copyright-rules-new-article-11-13-youtube-google-meme-ban-a8779101.html

30 years on, Russia views Afghan war with pride

As Russia prepares to mark Friday’s anniversary of the Soviet withdrawal, many see the 10-year Soviet war in Afghanistan as a necessary and largely successful endeavor. Just like the ongoing Russian campaign in Syria, the Afghan war is widely perceived as a legitimate action against U.S.-backed militants.

https://www.apnews.com/e130cfcb747d43ecae2a496e6cb9e764

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Will Digital Dictatorships Replace Liberal Democracies?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71asxA5LGAA

Artificial intelligence shifts the global balance. While the West is conducting ethics debates, one global power in the far east is expanding its autocratic system with big data. How will the technology affect the ground structure of our democratic systems? And which system will prevail at the end?

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On a scale of 1 to based. How based was this dude?

>Personally leads Yugoslavia through her darkest moments of WW2 with little to no Soviet assistance

>Following WW2, unifies Yugoslavia under a single party.

>Has the balls of steel to defy Stalin at nearly every turn.

>Gave zero fucks about the Percentages Agreement and openly supported the National Liberation Front during the Greek Civil War

>Successfully implemented a based version of market socialism that defies porky's logic

>Held Yugoslavia together as a single ethnic state with his bare hands

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Why do so many left-wingers from the USA and European countries want to bring foreigners (including illegals) into the USA and into European countries?! Exactly that only plays into the hands of the reactionary parties and politicians! Because they can represent themselves again as the protectors of the native workers! For example, when the neoliberal capitalists bring foreigners into their countries to let them work for them as cheap laborers, the neoconservative capitalists use this to portray the foreigners as the enemies of the native workers and to present themselves as protectors and by that win the native workers for themselves and their reactionary, neoconservative parties!

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Damn, anti-soviet propaganda is effective like THAT ?

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/leftypol/ does cyberpunk

Okay my comrades. What do you think the world will look like in 20-30 years? (Given that there isn't a global revolution or society gets wiped out by climate change.)

In my opinion most of the world will become uninhabitable, with megacities on the now-temperate coast of Antarctica. We probably won't have a moon colony yet, but I expect some private enterprise to mine moon rocks and asteroids. Government survelliance will increase, and with it, classism. Many new jobs will need to be forcefully created and most people will make a living tending to machines.

There might be some revolutions in third-world countries, but nothing promiment. Migration will increase and reactionaries will be salty about it.

What do you think, /leftypol/?

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Education in socialist countries.

Does anyone know how highly rated is education in Cuba and how highly rated was education in Soviet Union? I have found info graph that states that according to UNESCO Soviet education system was third best in the world. According to PISA Vietnam and China are both rated highly, but I can't find any information on Cuba or Soviet Union.

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Young socialists

Watching young people trying to be Socialists nowadays is painful.

Most of them are still in that awkward stage where your radical views are being assiduously interrogated by people around you ("what about Stalin? what about Pol Pot? what about the Soviet Union collapsing? what about north Korea? what about what about what about???") and because they lack the theory, the historical insight and the data to properly understand and explain what Socialist experiments in the XX century tried to do and where and why they were derailed, they usually seek refuge in utopianism.

They start describing themselves as libertarian socialists, left-communists, anarchists, and try to out-do their critics by being the harshest critics of the actually existing Socialism themselves, because they think they're being perceived by others as such rebellious spirits so eager for liberty that they criticize Left and Right with the same relentless fire!! While in reality they're being perceived for what they are: confused young people too chickenshit to be associated with failure, and finding refuge in fantasy as response.

How, in God's name, do we fix this? The right theory and the right teaching of history can give people the foundations to process a thousand Stalins or Venezuelas without losing conviction or entering in panic "Quick! Find ideology that rejects all of those experiments in principle to avoid shame!" mode. But few people learn that by themselves, and we don't have solid organizations where more experienced/educated members can educate newcomers.

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Laugh at the Right Thread

Let's post some cringey right-wingers. The alt-right, neo-nazis, conservative boomers, libertarians, etc. My folder is mainly MAGA/Kekistan cringe so any other type would be especially welcome.

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Look likes the wall is getting built lads. National Emergency has been declared, and Trump gets his funding bill.

lmao.

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https://boards.4chan.org/pol/thread/203223973

reddit in shutdown mode over Trumps wall bill

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Chinese Anime triggers the WeebRight

This little show that merely is about Karl Marx, his friendship with Engels, how he met the love of his life and how his story began…. has made several anime Youtubers come out of the closet as right wingers. TomoNewsUS also has sperged out about the anime calling it a "horrible show" before it even was released. No one freaked out like this when the Japanese Happy Science sect made an anime about how their Buddha-Jesus saves the world from some Demonic Atheist Nazi Empire judging every Atheist as being possessed by Demons and China as a conspirator and warmongerer.

Most critiques of the Karl Marx anime are excellent now whatsoever and it is being praised the animation of the show which is above average despite being a Chinese production. Really makes me think. How could Xi the madman piss off all of the AnCap and Nazi Weebs by simply releasing a show like this?

Links:

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wwfpMAibHc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0l-EJf7lIs

https://www.chinasmack.com/japanese-anime-portrays-china-as-nazis-bent-on-world-domination

https://www.chinasmack.com/japanese-anime-portrays-china-as-nazis-bent-on-world-domination

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News 2/13

Christophe Dettinger: French 'yellow vest' boxer convicted

Christophe Dettinger was given 30 months, 18 of them suspended. He will be able to serve the 12 months in what is termed "semi-liberty".He was filmed on 5 January throwing punches in a widely-shared clip.The protests began in mid-November over fuel taxes but broadened into a revolt against President Emmanuel Macron.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47229968

Child Victims of Colombia’s Armed Conflict Increased in 2018

During 2018, the armed conflict in Colombia has affected 213 children and young people, according to a report delivered Tuesday by an NGO to the Special Justice for Peace (JEP).According to the analysis, between January and December 2018 a total of 331 armed actions were registered in the South American country.

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Child-Victims-of-Colombias-Armed-Conflict-Increased-in-2018-20190213-0013.html

Not-So-Veiled Threat of War as John Bolton Says Iran May Not Have 'Many More Anniversaries to Enjoy'

As Iranians this week mark the 40th anniversary of their country's 1979 revolution, President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton declared in a message to Iranian leaders on Monday that he doesn't think they will "have many more anniversaries to enjoy"—a comment that was immediately perceived as a direct threat of war.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/12/not-so-veiled-threat-war-john-bolton-says-iran-may-not-have-many-more-anniversaries

Five killed, 22 feared trapped in South African mine explosion

Five people were killed last Wednesday, and 22 others are trapped and feared dead after an explosion in a coal mine that has been closed in the South African province of Mpumalanga.Since the explosion, mine rescue workers, who have not been paid since last October, have been unable to enter the mine because of high levels of methane and carbon monoxide gas.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/13/safr-f13.html

Suicide bomber targeting Iran’s Revolutionary Guard kills 27

A suicide car bomber claimed by an al-Qaida-linked group attacked a bus carrying members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard paramilitary force Wednesday, killing at least 27 people and wounding 13 others, state media reported.

https://www.apnews.com/bfb5d18dd16a417eb1bdc87b8c786270

Prominent Journalist And Duterte Critic Maria Ressa Arrested In Philippines

Award-winning journalist Maria Ressa was arrested on Wednesday at the headquarters of Rappler, the news outlet she runs in the Philippines, the latest in a deluge of legal attacks on the journalist by President Rodrigo Duterte's government.

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/13/694202077/prominent-journalist-and-duterte-critic-maria-ressa-arrested-in-philippines

Israel and Arab nations discuss 'common interests of war with Iran' - Netanyahu

Israel and Arab countries are in talks “in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran”, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said, although the translation from Hebrew was later downgrade to mere “struggle.”The promise of a major conflict in the Middle East was floated by the Israeli leader during his trip to Warsaw.

https://www.rt.com/news/451405-netanyahu-iran-war-arab-nations/

Anti-Semitism: Germany sees '10% jump in offences' in 2018

The German government has revealed a sharp increase in the number of anti-Semitic offences recorded last year.Crime data, detailed in German media on Wednesday, says 1,646 crimes were linked to a hatred of Jews in 2018 - showing a yearly increase of 10%.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47223692

Bulgaria freezes accounts of Venezuelan state oil firm after Washington ‘tip-off’

Authorities in Bulgaria have blocked transfers out of bank accounts belonging to Venezuelan state-controlled energy corporation PDVSA, according to Bulgaria’s chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov.Sofia apparently received information about transfers made by the Venezuelan oil giant, via its accounts in Bulgaria, to reportedly channel the money elsewhere.

https://www.rt.com/business/451386-bulgaria-freeze-venezuelan-pdvsa/

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Astroturfing on Venezuela

>Make anything even remotely defending Maduro or shitting on US imperialism

>Immediately get dogpile by fake Venezuelans

<Dude I used to live in Venezuela 20 years ago so I have a point!

<Dude I’m a leftist but I support the US and hate immigrants especially Venezuelans

<Dude Venezuela is literally Hezbolah, China, Russia, Iran, Communism!!!

<Dude I’m rich and my family have direct economic interest with the American puppet but because I know English I’m representing all of Venezuelans!

I mean just look at this shit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTTzA9yrZW4

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Just curious, what do you think about Ilhan Omar? She seems to be most radical mainstream politician in the US right now, and she really rustles some jimmies.

I know the IdPol that she adheres to and the fact she's still a Democrap but she seriously started to grow me after she got dogpiled with bullshit accusations of antisemitism for her criticism of the AIPAC (the whole "it's all about the Benjamins" Tweet really hit the spot) and yesterday she made Elliot Abrams loose his shit as she basically told him to shut up and quoted his record and called his actions in Latin America genocide. Compared to all the lukewarm shit Bernie, AOC and Gabbard are pushing she really feels like a breath of fresh air.

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Amazon HQ2 in NY Cancelled

Amazon opts out of building New York City headquarters

The company's plans for a campus in the borough of Queens were vigorously opposed by local politicians, who objected to tax subsidies and gentrification.

>Amazon announced Thursday that it is backing out of plans to open a new headquarters in New York City, blaming state and local politicians who "had opposed our presence and will not work with us."

>The retail giant announced in November it would build a campus in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens for 25,000 employees, fueled by $3 billion in state and city incentives to Amazon. "After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens," the company statement said. Many activists said the project would worsen congestion in the area and lead to gentrification and higher housing prices.

>The company put the blame for its decision squarely on the shoulders of politicians who had objected to the development and been critical of city and state leaders for offering Amazon huge tax subsidies. "For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term."

>New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a booster of the Amazon deal, expressed anger that "a small group of politicians" put their own "narrow interests above their community." The Amazon decision will prove costly to "the state's economic future and the best interests of the people of this state," the governor said in a statement.

>But City Council Speaker Corey Johnson aimed his ire at Amazon, saying New York rejects "vulture capitalism." "I look forward to working with companies that understand that if you're willing to engage with New Yorkers and work through challenging issues," Johnson said in a statement. "I hope this is the start of a conversation about vulture capitalism and where our tax dollars are best spent."

>New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also blasted the retailer and said other businesses will fill any void from its canceled plans. "Instead of working with the community Amazon threw away that opportunity. We have the best talent in the world, and every day we are growing a stronger and fairer economy for everyone," the mayor said.

>State Sen. Michael Gianaris, a Democrat who represents the Long Island City neighborhood where Amazon would have been, said the company's action speaks for itself. “Today’s behavior by Amazon shows why they would have been a bad partner for New York in any event," according to Gianaris. "Rather than seriously engage with the community they proposed to profoundly change, Amazon continued its effort to shake down governments to get its way."

>And U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat whose district borders Long Island City, celebrated Amazon's withdrawal. “I think it’s incredible," she told reporters in Washington, D.C. "It shows that everyday Americans still have the power to organize and fight for their communities."

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/amazon-opts-out-building-new-york-city-headquarters-n971636

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>I don’t see why it should necessarily represent an infringement of the Social-Democratic principle if a man puts up candidates for some political office for which election is required and if he votes for those candidates, even if he is engaged in an attempt to abolish that office. One might consider that the best way to abolish the Presidency and the Senate in America would be to elect to those posts men who had pledged themselves to bring about their abolition; it would then be logical for one to act accordingly. Others might consider this method to be inexpedient; it’s a debatable point. There could be circumstances in which such a mode of action might also involve a denial of the revolutionary principle; why it should always and invariably be so, I entirely fail to see. For the first objective of the labour movement is the conquest of political power for and by the working class. Once we are agreed on that, differences of opinion between upright men, in full command of their wits, as to the ways and means of struggle are unlikely to give rise to a dispute over principles. In my view the best tactics in any given country are those which lead most quickly and surely to the goal.

Given this passage, here's my question: did this guy fuck as much as legend say he did?

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Acceleration killing late stage capitalism?

So, capitalism is failing and Communism is inevitable, but have you seen some of the odd signs of it lately?

The furthest right thought leader is probably Tucker Carlson and he is now calling for higher taxes on the upper class. I have a suspicion as to why. He sees the Koch bros. Support for open borders and sees it as scab labor. The wages are already so low that it's impeding the basic micro-commune that all Capitalism depends on. The family. The normies can't even afford to have kids.

What's more, the Tea Party is all but forgotten. Instead Right-wingers like Scott Adams are pushing… UBI? That's seriously on the table now.

When the Psuedo-prole Bougies at Huffpo got laid off from their make-work "blog for a living" job they were inundated with "Lrn 2 code, lol." EVERYONE is sick of them.

4 more years of Orange-man and we won't even have to storm the glass towers of silicon valley. They'll beat us to it!

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anyone know a good site to get stock footage of the russian revolution? i want to make a video about the subject but im having a hard time finding good footage without shitty watermarks

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Red pill me on Communism

What am I missing? Been a conservative for most of my life, but all the future seems to hold for me and the rest of the American working class is debt then death. Retirement is a pipe dream, healthcare ravages what little savings I've accrued, and the cost of everything rises at a rate disproportionate to what I make.

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>tfw you finally start to read Capital

How can you call yourself a Marxist if you don’t understand his critique of capitalism?

<b-b-but I watch Unruhe and Finnbol for my theory!!!1!

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Cuba charges U.S. moving special forces, preparing Venezuelan intervention

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-cuba-idUSKCN1Q31RU?utm_source=34553&utm_medium=partner

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Alex Jones digs up old video of Joe Rogan in which he equates black people to apes

https://www.newswars.com/scandal-joe-rogan-just-said-black-people-are-apes-black-neighborhoods-are-the-planet-of-the-apes/

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A Sacred Mission

Comrades, today Yanis Varoufakis' Diem launched the first semi-open primary for President of the EU Commission in its history. The process is twofold, first open nominations. then closed election. The open nominations can come from anywhere in the world, and can theoretically nominate anyone. They have asked that people nominate two women, and two men.

As such, it is the cvyaschennaya duty of every poster on this board to submit Slavoj Zizek's name on to it. He was robbed of the Slovenian presidency 30 years ago, now it is time for him to ascend to the European presidency.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeBIXyLKWLZMgsx_mvHjcxuLkybtivSvBuIfjcMDLnbIBVqAA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2gKl32xHDj7MLtF6Mn76BmlMHKF9jcDgI6F8m6QX34XINyUPKvFX7rwQQ

^Nominate people there.

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Great Recession Nostalgia Thread

Yeah, I know a lot of families went bankrupt and people starved blah blah but I had a great time. I went to occupy protests and slept in tents. I met a bunch of cool (and some extremely batshit insane) socialists some of whom remain my friends to this day. I tried acid for the first time with homeless people and learned about myself. During the recession everyone was so cool and if you stole or didn't have a job or were a weedfiend everyone understood. It was, for a brief moment, culturally acceptable to be poor and idle. There was this class consciousness that unified people of all races and backgrounds, if ever so briefly.

Are there any oldfags like 25+ who remember this time as fondly as I do? Do you have any nostalgiac memories to share about this time?

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War criminals in your government

It's amazing to me that such a brazen, unapologetic war criminal like Eliot Abrams can stay out of prison and have significant positions in the US government.

Are there people who are just as bad elsewhere in European countries, Australia, Canada or other "democratic" countries?

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Is it just me or is there an implicit homosexuality in fascist discourse?

Take the United States: ask any American why you should support the military/police and their answer almost always ends up either in porcine rage or (if you get lucky) a lengthy diatribe about how "hard" it is.

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"I'm liberalist"

I have decided to make a liberalism thread. Essentially a few of my friends identify themselves as "liberalist" except not really; they support the notion that people should be free and the markets should be free, but they have NO CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS AT ALL. They don't even know they're exploited, or at least had no time do think about it.

Any tips to "sway" them to "the left"?

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>it's activism, but I just have to do things that I enjoy doing!

why are people like this

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>the libertarian mascot is a snake

>the snake is the greatest deceiver in the bible, a beast of satan himself

mere coincidence? I think not

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My dad told me that before a certain TV channel became Current TV, which was Al Gore's TV station, was then bought and became Al Jazeera America, which idk what happened to it after AJA tanked, probably bought by another Al.

But anyway, someone told my dad that before the channel was bought by Al Gore, it was some kind of international news thing where diplomats give hour long reports, not only on local news in their country but on international news from their perspective. 24 hour cycle but each hour is a different diplomat.

Does this still exist in any fashion? Are there any similar streams I can watch where I can get international news from different perspectives?

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Bourgeois media acting as law enforcers of regressive tolling in New York

https://twitter.com/InsideEdition/status/1094309962912677888

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"Green New Deal" revealed, no nuclear power

Fucking kill me. Even the most ambitious push for abating the death of every fish in the ocean is plagued by anti-nuclear spooks. AOC's bill was unveiled today and it specifically says there will be zero investment in new nuclear because it "isn't renewable". While that is true, its also necessary. The claim that it isn't environmentally friendly because of the waste omits that the alternative, massive amounts of batteries for base renewable power, requires ripping up the global south for hazardous material. It's not much better, and real people are going to be getting cancer and dying from it in real time, they just happen to all be from places like Africa! To contrast, the hazard of nuclear waste is VERY MANAGEABLE if the political will is there to do it.

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Mossad/Israel involvement in US elections

https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1095068787810934784?s=19

Unsurprisingly, Russia has been a red herring all this time and /pol/ was duped into shilling for a Zionist stooge.

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Title: The Abolition of Work

Author: Bob Black

Topics: anti-work, critique, post-left, second wave

Source: Retrieved on February 12th, 2009 from www.primitivism.com

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Capitalism Destroyed My Life

TL;DR: I lost my house in an earthquake and also all my money on a U.S. based cryptocurrency exchange because U.S. government sanctioned normal Iranian citizens like me and now I'm homeless. I am inside Iran and live in a tent.

You can read the full story here:

https://medium.com/@collapsed/how-i-lost-my-home-in-an-earthquake-and-all-my-life-savings-on-a-cryptocurrency-exchange-called-26411b5a4416

Ask me anything you want to know regarding my situation.

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Capitalist Media supporting social democracy

I have seen alot of the mainstream media do thins like criticise wars, criticise money in politics, side with social democrats sometimes, talk about corruption in certain businesses, promote certain reforms etc

now obviously I know that social democracy is not the establishnment and i know that the mainstream media does criticise social democrats quite alot like CNN and MSNBC. but its still confusing. I know social democracy is just welfare and reform and not the actual socialism that i want. But it is still confusing why so much pro worker and anti corporation stuff is in the liberal media. Can someone explain why sections of the ruling class would work against their own profit making interests like this?

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Pharma is using idpol

Look prole, taking antidepressands is normal whe should all be tolerand to people who consume them.Yes and you shouldn´t be ashamed of taking them. Yeah we all take them and we are so happy, look at how we dance and laught! Sure there are some sideeffects but thats normal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG6HZMMDEYA

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Porky thread

Post your best porkies!

Especially if they mock SuccDems.

Let’s get a good one going comrades.

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A Thread for Deconstructing Right-Wing Rhetoric

Considering how close we are to /pol/ and how often we encounter them, let's have a thread where we analyse, deconstruct and debate the mechanisms of Alt-Right and fascist rhetorics and help each other counter their techniques.

I, myself, have began to notice something I'd like to call "the right wing riposte"

Essentially, whenever an argument is made against a right-winger, they say something that is meant to turn a defense into a counter attack. A right winger will never defend their positions with well-researched facts, they will only say what they think will make them win the argument. Therefore, a rightwinger can espouse contradictory views at different points without suffering from any kind of mental dissonance.

A good example would be their defence for whenever someone shuts someone down for being overtly or explicitly racist.

"So much for the tolerant left" or "I thought leftists cared about freedom of speech", is a counter we've all heard many times, I'd bet and the technique is sort of Genius; instead of the debate being about the overt bighotry of the one being shut down, the debate is instead being turned into a discussion where the intial accuser must defend themselves from seeming like hipocrites or intolerants themselves, not because right.wingers actually care about biggotry or even free speech, but simply because right-wingers understand that controling the conversation is what will make them win everytime.

Thus, many discussions with duch individuals are simply turned into shouting-matches where the merits of the original argument is never even adressed. The right wing shut down argument, because right-wing ideology is not fundementarily about any kind of ideological esence or any real standpoint, it is most about in-group mentality and aesthetics.

What are some other right-wing rhetorics that you guys have noticed online?

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Can someone explain where Marx would have invested his money if he had gotten those 5,000 Talers from Lassalle?

Full quote:

"The Jewish nigger Lassalle who, I’m glad to say, is leaving at the end of this week, has happily lost another 5,000 talers in an ill-judged speculation. The chap would sooner throw money down the drain than lend it to a ‘friend’, even though his interest and capital were guaranteed. "

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When the revolution comes around can I be a commissar? I just want to be an inspiring propaganda officer who helps his fellow comrades.

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I love my country and I love my freedom, I am proud to be white and I will be slaughtering filthy towelheads in durkastan for america.

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Oh no.

If any actual non-bot or operative is alive on this forum (for who knows what reason), it was compromised years ago, same goes for all of 8ch.

Most of the posts and threads you read here are basically bot/pr posts with a heavy emphasis on sliding the forum towards fash/capi brownshirt mindset. A quick glance at the front page I dare say no one is left, but just incase.

Everyone here is a cop and have no relation to those that were here years back. Have fun.

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nsa's here

>>2814059

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look at the filenames

>>2810145

then see

>>2814043

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Direct Action & Organisational Praxis

So I'm a bong and I'm planning to write a manifesto for the reorganisation of the org "Momentum" and I wanted to ask people what techniques both for internal organisation and direct action works well? Mostly trying to gather info so I can incorporate elements.

A few examples is like the D.S.A. doing the brake light fixing thing to stop black people getting pulled-over by cops, DiEM25's "thematic" organising collectives, and shit like that. Cheers lads.

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News 2/12

'Test of democracy': Catalan leaders on trial amid political turmoil for Spanish government

The divisive issue of Catalan independence strikes again in Spain, where a trial of jailed provincial leaders started this week. The government is on the brink of collapse without the support of Catalan lawmakers in parliament.Catalonia, Spain's autonomous northern region with a long history of pro-independence sentiment, attempted to secede in October 2017.

https://www.rt.com/news/451303-catalonia-referendum-spain-trial/

Anti-Semitic acts hit France amid anti-government protests

Portraits of a Holocaust survivor stained with swastikas. A memorial in honor of a Jewish man vandalized. A bagel shop with the German word “Juden” sprayed on its front window.These are just a few of the hundreds of anti-Semitic acts that have been committed in recent months in France, home to the world’s largest Jewish population outside Israel and the United States.

https://www.apnews.com/3778f241925f4df8816f5827cac2d19a

May seeks more time to find Brexit deal, tells lawmakers: Hold your nerve

Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs on Tuesday to hold their nerve over Brexit and give her more time to negotiate a deal acceptable to both the European Union and the British parliament.The United Kingdom is on course to leave the European Union on March 29 without a deal unless May can persuade the bloc to amend the divorce deal she agreed last year and get it approved by British lawmakers.

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu/may-seeks-more-time-to-find-brexit-deal-tells-lawmakers-hold-your-nerve-idUSKCN1Q10NH

Turkey issues 1,100 arrest warrants for Gülenist coup suspects

Turkey has issued arrest warrants for a further 1,112 people with suspected connections to the outlawed Gülenist movement, as the impact of the 2016 failed military coup continues to reverberate around the country.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/12/turkey-issues-more-arrest-warrants-for-gulenist-coup-suspects

UK: Anti-Semitism witch-hunt provokes backlash in Labour Party

But the refusal to oppose the Blairite liars has opened the way for members of the Wavertree Constituency Labour Party to be victimised for the “crime” of moving a no confidence motion against their MP, Luciana Berger, who has been named as a leading figure in a plot to form a right-wing pro-European Union breakaway party.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/12/labo-f12.html

Bolsonaro To Erase Paulo Freire and Feminism From Textbooks

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his administration have announced the desire to revise school textbooks, eliminating any references to feminism, homosexuality and violence against women, and even the works of Brazilian liberation theologist and internationally renowned educator Paulo Freire.

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Bolsonaro-To-Erase-Paulo-Freire-and-Feminism-From-Textbooks-20190212-0018.html

Thailand disqualifies king's sister from running for election

Thailand’s election panel has disqualified the sister of the king from running for prime minister, putting an end to a stunning yet short-lived candidacy by echoing King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s words that royalty should be “above politics”.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/11/thailand-king-sister-princess-ubolratana-pm-election-running

Insects are dying off at record rates — an ominous sign we're in the middle of a 6th mass extinction

Somehow, it's easier to be concerned about wolves, sea turtles, and white rhinos dying off than it is to feel remorse over vanishing bugs.But the loss of insects is a dire threat — one that could trigger a "catastrophic collapse of Earth's ecosystems," a new study said.

https://www.businessinsider.com/insects-dying-off-sign-of-6th-mass-extinction-2019-2

SYRIA REPORTS NEW ISRAELI STRIKES JUST AS RUSSIA CALLS ATTACKS 'UNLAWFUL' AND 'ILLEGITIMATE'

fficial Syrian media has reported new strikes from Israel, just as a leading Russian diplomat condemned such actions.The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency and the pro-government Al-Ikhbariya news station have reported a series of Israeli strikes near the town of Tel al-Durayya in the southwestern province of Al-Quneitra.

https://archive.is/H7OlR

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Infiltration? Or just IDPOL?

>friend is a muh reparations muh Obama black liberal

>slowly becomes a succdem

>invite him to local org

>is as close to a model comrade a socdem can be

>helps with community support programs, helps raise money

>goes to jail for a serious theft charge

>Gets out three months early

>Not out an entire day he's blowing me up asking what's going on with the org, when the next meeting is

>Meeting comes, we have him speak to welcome him back

> idpol is cranked up to 100%

>recommends kicking the whites out of the org because working class whites are actually bourgeoisie in disguise

>objects to plan to help the homeless because it doesn't give special treatment to black homeless kings

>cracker organizers afraid to do anything about it because they don't want to "silence black voices"

>am working on a leftist gun club project

>he's hyped to join

>tell him he can't because he's a felon and if someone informed on us that we were arming felons we'd be fucked

>Gets irrationally angry, accuses me of calling him a snitch

>accuses black cofounder of being a tool of the white bourgeoisie for dating a white guy once and confounding with a white devil

Is he a snitch? Or did being locked up exacerbate his hatred of the white man? Either way he's a huge liability. How do I make the accusation that someone is a snitch without causing widespread paranoia among the group? How do we get rid of him and minimize the damage he can cause.

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Roger Waters, lead of Pink Floyd, supports SEP in their defense of Julian Assange

Roger Waters, 9th February 2019

Switzerland

Julian Assange is a national Australian treasure. He is a brilliant, brave, honest, humane, relevant, genuine, journalist and publisher of immense influence and significance on the world stage. He has shown himself to be an enormous power for good in a world that is sadly, with some notable exceptions, (Yes John Pilger, I mean you among others,) starved of his ilk.

What Julian Assange is, as a publisher of real news, is a real hero. What he is not is a criminal. His initiative, WikiLeaks, helped expose to the world the hidden machinations of the real criminals in our society: the oligarchs, who in their insatiable quest for more and more wealth, would destroy the fragile planet we call home.

Julian, like all truth seekers scares the sh*t out of them. The truth is their enemy, that is why they and their agents, the governments of the western world, are determined to destroy him.

We, the citizens of the world, have an absolute duty to protect Julian Assange from their unwarranted and illegal attacks.

I unreservedly support and applaud the demonstrations called by the Socialist Equality Party in Australia to demand that the Australian government takes immediate action to secure the freedom of their citizen, Julian Assange, from his near seven-year house imprisonment in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. At least until recently the Ecuadorian presidency was solid in its promise of asylum, but the new president of Ecuador is showing himself to be more susceptible to insidious US pressure. Julian’s situation is dire.

BRING HIM HOME NOW!!!

RESIST!!!!!!!!!

DEMONSTRATE on MARCH 3rd in SYDNEY and MARCH 10th in MELBOURNE

AROUND THE WORLD, RAISE YOUR VOICE EVERYWHERE

DEMAND A SAFE HAVEN FOR JULIAN ASSANGE IN HIS HOME AUSTRALIA.

Love, R

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/11/rwed-f11.html

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Bullshit Jobs

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskMenOver30/comments/am2tbj/how_many_of_you_spend_most_of_your_day_at_work/

This thread hurts.

'I played 30 games of overwatch on Wednesday, sent 7 emails and reformatted 4 pages in a word document. All from my house and being paid stupid money. What is the point. I'm an IT product manager and get a boss who has no fucking clue what he’s doing so ignores me if everything is on the green or orange. The company outsources it all to a massive software house so I just talk to their product manager every few days.

It’s shitte, nothing more disheartening that hating what you do but not being able to move because of other responsibilities'

'Isolating is a good way to put it. Since I never worked with people (because I did no work in the first place) I also missed all the opportunities for bonding, team building, camaraderie, dicking off in meetings, after work drinks, etc.

Everyone thought I had a dream job but in reality it’s no fun to feel worthless. Even if you’re getting paid like you’re not, you still can be and then feel like it.'

'I do maybe a couple of hours of work a week and make 130k salaried as a project manager. I do listen to a lot of bullshit from customers and the guys I manage but for the most part, I do almost nothing. I have papers spread out on my desk at all times and my computer pulled up on the quarterly commission sheet just to look busy. But behind my cubicle and filing cabinets, I’m browsing reddit and buying shit on Amazon… I’m miserable tho.

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Has Louis Blanc's brand of socialism, where the government nationalizes certain natural resources and industries and uses the money to set up and subsidize coops, seen any implementation in the 20th century?

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Leftist Cosplayers

What is it with Left-wing politics in the 21st century that seems to lend itself to being so readily adopted by people who view it as an aesthetic/lifestyle choice rather than as a meaningful political position.

Teenage ☭TANKIE☭s, anarkidies, Larpers, twitter slacktivists, why do these people far outnumber any actual working class Socialists involved in party building or Trade Unionism?

I guess what I'm saying is that every time I see some obese 20-something with a black beret they've affixed a red star to, I want to gouge my eyes out, especially when they're amongst the people most likely to wail about how their "comrades are wrong/problematic/liberal" when they meet anyone who does anything meaningful.

pic related.

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Is there a right to political self-determination?

I'm interested in the idea of a new nation for the southern US but under a socialist framework. Given overwhelming southern support for succdems Huey Long and FDR, it appears that possibility is there.

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STOP looking for "Marxist video games."

STOP wasting your life shitposting on the internet.

STOP getting caught up in petty praxis feuds.

_______

DO get involved in your local community.

DO teach people the importance of material realities in building a functioning society.

DO become a light of commune-ism.

That is all.

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what is wrong being a nationalist can someone explain why? i heard you guys hate nazbols

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The Imperial-core "Left"

The 'left' in israel, the labour party, was responsible for more house demolitions than the likud party, and it was responsible for the wall. The 'left' in America is hopelessly out of touch, most Americans didn't give two shits about the Venezuelan coup just now. Bernie Sanders is quick to throw around the work "authoritarian" whatever the fuck that means.

What is the problem with the western left? All they can do is, right at the moment of an American coup, give their oh-so-principled precious criticism. Why not support groups like Hezbollah that actually accomplish something?

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US Military Conducts drills in Downtown Los Angeles

This shit is fucking nuts. There were low flying attack helicopters and ground troops in the heart of LA. The USA is preparing to move towards military dictatorship as well as preparing for domestic war.

"The US military conducted a series of urban warfare exercises in the city of Los Angeles this week. With little in the way of advanced warning, thousands of frightened Los Angeles residents awoke to the sound of low-flying helicopters, gunfire and explosions.

In a statement released by the US Army on Monday, the day the drills began, residents were told they may hear loud noises associated with training including aircraft and weapons simulations. Almost none of the city’s more than 4 million residents saw this perfunctory announcement or were otherwise made aware of the impending military operation in the second largest city in the United States.

The Army’s statement justified the surprise operation explaining that the army will be “enhancing soldier skills by operating in various environments and settings. The local terrain and training facilities in Los Angeles provide the army with unique locations and simulates urban environments the service members may encounter when overseas. There is no replacement for realistic training. Each location selected enables special operations teams and flight crews to maintain maximum readiness and proficiency, validate equipment and exercise standard safety procedures.”

The Los Angeles Police Department, which is coordinating with the military, publicly acknowledged the training on Tuesday while the offices of Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti has thus far said nothing about the operation.

Residents in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood shared chilling video on social media Monday night of attack helicopters flying low in formation without lights on. Some also reported that vibrations from nearby aircraft were strong enough to shake walls and household items as if in the midst of an earthquake. One resident interviewed by NBC 4 news reported, “People ran out of the store we were at because the store was shaking. That’s how low they were flying. A woman working in a security booth ran out because she thought her booth would fall apart.”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/07/lain-f07.html

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Global insect decline may see 'plague of pests'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/science-environment-47198576

>A scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40% of species are undergoing "dramatic rates of decline" around the world.

>The study says that bees, ants and beetles are disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds or reptiles.

>But researchers say that some species, such as houseflies and cockroaches, are likely to boom.

>The general insect decline is being caused by intensive agriculture, pesticides and climate change.

>Insects make up the majority of creatures that live on land, and provide key benefits to many other species, including humans.

>They provide food for birds, bats and small mammals; they pollinate around 75% of the crops in the world; they replenish soils and keep pest numbers in check.

>Many other studies in recent years have shown that individual species of insects, such as bees, have suffered huge declines, particularly in developed economies.

>While some of our most important insect species are in retreat, the review also finds that a small number of species are likely to be able to adapt to changing conditions and do well.

>"Fast-breeding pest insects will probably thrive because of the warmer conditions, because many of their natural enemies, which breed more slowly, will disappear, " said Prof Dave Goulson from the University of Sussex who was not involved in the review.

>"It's quite plausible that we might end up with plagues of small numbers of pest insects, but we will lose all the wonderful ones that we want, like bees and hoverflies and butterflies and dung beetles that do a great job of disposing of animal waste."

>Prof Goulson said that some tough, adaptable, generalist species - like houseflies and cockroaches - seem to be able to live comfortably in a human-made environment and have evolved resistance to pesticides.

Imagine living in a world where the only insects around are fucking cockroaches. I hate this hellish timeline.

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News 2/11

'Napalm girl’ Kim Phuc receives German prize for peace work

Kim Phuc, known as the “napalm girl” after a well-known photo of her from the Vietnam war, has received an award in Germany for her work for peace. Organisers of the Dresden prize say the 55-year-old, who lives in Canada, is being honoured for her support of Unesco and children wounded in war, and for speaking out against violence and hatred. She received €10,000 (£8,800).

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/11/napalm-girl-kim-phuc-prize-peace-work

Chinese authorities extract forced confessions from student activists

Over the past month, Chinese authorities have intensified their crackdown on student labour activists from elite universities, about 50 of whom have been detained. Many are members of the Jasic Workers Solidarity Group, which last year had supported workers seeking to establish an independent union at the Jasic Technology factory in Shenzhen.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/11/chin-f11.html

Netanyahu Fires Back at Iran: Attack Tel Aviv and 'It'll Be the Last Anniversary You Celebrate

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded on Monday evening to a threat issued by an Iranian commander, saying that if Iran attacks Tel Aviv, it "would be the last anniversary of the revolution that they celebrate."

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/netanyahu-to-iran-attack-tel-aviv-and-it-ll-be-the-last-anniversary-you-celebrate-1.6931595

Maduro kicks off Venezuela’s ‘most important military drills in history'

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has launched what he described as the ‘most important’ drills in history, preparing to repel any potential invasion after the US and its allies backed self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Guaido.The drills will last until February 15 and are set to become the largest military exercises the country has held in its 200-year history.

https://www.rt.com/news/451155-maduro-venezuela-historic-military-drills/

US Navy warships just challenged China with a South China Sea sail-by operation, and Beijing is furious

The US Navy sent two guided-missile destroyers to challenge China in the South China Sea, and Beijing is outraged.Two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers — the USS Spruance and the USS Preble — conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation on Monday, sailing within 12 nautical miles of Chinese outposts in the contested Spratly Islands.

https://www.businessinsider.com/us-warships-infuriate-beijing-with-south-china-sea-sail-by-operation-2019-2

'Far Left and far Right' yellow vest protesters fight in streets of Lyon

A vicious street brawl between rival “yellow vest” factions has highlighted bitter divisions among the anti-government protesters as the speaker of the National Assembly warned of a culture of violence engulfing French politics.Dozens of far Right supporters and ultra-Leftists taking part in yellow vest protests fought with fists, rocks and sticks in the eastern city of Lyon on Saturday night.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/10/far-left-far-right-yellow-vest-protesters-fight-streets-lyon/

Spain: Thousands demand Pedro Sanchez resign

An estimated 45,000 people packed into the capital's Plaza de Colon, many of them waving Spanish flags and signs reading "Stop Sanchez" and "For a united Spain, elections now!"The rally was organized by the conservative opposition Popular Party (PP) and the center-right Citizens Party, with backing from the far-right party Vox.

https://www.dw.com/en/spain-thousands-demand-pedro-sanchez-resign/a-47447370

Undercover spy exposed in NYC was 1 of many

When mysterious operatives lured two cybersecurity researchers to meetings at luxury hotels over the past two months, it was an apparent bid to discredit their research about an Israeli company that makes smartphone hacking technology used by some governments to spy on their citizens.

https://www.apnews.com/a1d1af4256c04cc5a36347667e966a14

RUSSIA PLANS TO BRIEFLY DISCONNECT FROM THE INTERNET TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS

Russia is planning to disconnect itself from the internet as part of a planned experiment designed to protect the country from state-backed cyber attacks.Internet service providers in the country are working with the Russian government in preparation for the test, which comes in response to a proposed new law that will see all internet traffic pass through Russian servers.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/russia-internet-disconnect-experiment-isp-cyber-war-putin-data-a8773961.html

Trump-Kim summit to focus on NKorea nuke complex, US rewards

Before they meet again in Vietnam on Feb. 27-28, there’s growing pressure that they forge a deal that puts them closer to ending the North Korean nuclear weapons threat.

https://www.apnews.com/96c452858e154029977db474411ad334

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Whats the best city to live in? I don't mean the more leftist city or anything but of Bookchin's ideas of civic elements, localism, good community etc.

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Cristcoms, Islamic socialists, jewcoms? what is easier?

Converting Christians to communism or converting Communist to Christianity?

btw I not implying that you spend every waking moment trying to convert people I'm just curious about how non communist Christians take to Communist ideology? and vice versa.

I originally just wanted to throw this question out to christcoms but twas narrow minded of me also I couldnt be fucked changing anything but the title and wasn't sure what Jewish communist are called Trotskyist? lel jk

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Consumer Technology

Contemporary consumer technology sucks, few products just works or follows the doctrine of Keep It Simply Stupid.

Sure computers are faster but software mostly is poorly written, bloated and spying on you. Mobile phones allow covenant communications but smart phones suffer from the same problems as computers.

But really where can they take smart phones now other then making even more bloated software to make current smart phones perform worse?

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Climate change seen as top threat, but U.S. power a growing worry: poll

>The largest shift in sentiment centered on the United States, it said, with a median of 45 percent of people naming U.S. power and influence as a threat in 2018, up from 25 percent in 2013, when Barack Obama was U.S. president.

>In 10 countries, including Germany, Japan and South Korea, roughly half of respondents or more saw U.S. power and influence as a major threat to their nation, up from eight in 2017 and three in 2013, the poll showed.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-security/climate-change-seen-as-top-threat-but-u-s-power-a-growing-worry-poll-idUSKCN1PZ0QU

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How are neoliberals so willingly deluded?

It's seriously concerning, the fall of capitalism is so certain due to the tendency of the rate of profit to fall that you can't ignore it. So why do so many economists choose to do so? How do they chose to do so? Because as far as I know, their only "argument" is that technology will get infinitely better over time to combat this, and that economic growth will continue forever as a result; which is ridiculous as that violates the laws of thermodynamics

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Richard Wolff

Is he a revisionist? Don’t get me wrong, I like the guy and he’s had a lot of influence on my understanding of Marxism and the way I explain socialism to people IRL but through recently moving towards his written work I have come across things which I have never seen orthodox Marxists ever discuss. Here is Marcel van der Linden’s explanation of Wolff and Resnick’s class theories in his book Western Marxism and the Soviet Union:

>They based themselves on a unique class theory, according to which society must be viewed as a totality of overdetermined processes, i.e. a complex whole in which every process ‘is determined by each and every other process constituting that society’.There existed innumerable ‘entry points’ to explore this totality, and no one entry point can be conceived as ‘the essential cause or determinant of any other process(es) in the society’.Marxian social theory’s entry point was class, defined here as the economic process of ‘producing and appropriating surplus labor’.

>In Resnick and Wolff’s theory, two kinds of class processes exist: fundamental and subsumed. The fundamental class process concerns the production of the surplus-product by one class for the other. Subsumed class processes encompass the distribution of this surplus-product between other classes. In a capitalist society, productive workers and industrial capitalists are personifications of the fundamental class process, while landlords, unproductive workers or supervisory managers are personifications of subsumed class processes.

>Thus, by highlighting the social organisation of surplus, Resnick & Wolff claimed that the Soviet Union was state-capitalist, where state capitalism is defined as the co-existence and interaction of two processes, namely capitalist production, appropriation and distribution of the surplus on the one side, and, on the other side, ‘processes that place state offcials (rather than private individuals) in the class position of appropriators and distributors of the surplus’.

Furthermore, Wolff and his coauthor discuss their non-traditional Marxist theory in a 2013 paper titled simply “Marxism” from the journal Rethinking Marxism, which they call an “overdeterminist class theory”. Some quotes from said paper:

>This is our argument: class refers specifically to this economic process of producing and appropriating surplus or, as Marx puts it, unpaid labor. Class is not, for us, defined by the very different matters of who owns or controls means of production, who wields broad social power, or any of the millions of other social processes that overdetermine the production and appropriation of surplus.

and

>A third defect is demonstrated by the twentieth-century experience of applying a traditional Marxism focused on relations of production formulated as systems of property ownership that classified populations into the propertied and the proper- tyless. Class exploitation then became a reflection of, or was conflated with, who owned what and how much of it. The consequences were hardly minor. When socialists came to power in the USSR and then elsewhere, the first order of socialist business was to radically alter the modes’ relations of production: namely, to replace the existing private with the newly established collective ownership of the means of production. The expected result: class exploitation would thereby be abolished.

Thoughts? Am I getting sucked into a revisionist whirlpool? I still think co-ops are silly but am I deviating from scientific socialism by agreeing with any of this?

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ITT: Discuss potential for Burgerland

What are the odds of America becoming socialist? Not Bernie tier socdem shit, but an actual proletariat state or at least getting a step in the right direction. As far as I know there's the CPUSA but even then they are very small and from what I've heard may or may not be a sham. If there truly is no hope, anons discuss how we can escape and immigrate to a different country, I would guess Cuba since it's already pretty close and not doing that bad. Ideas?

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Post-Sovietism in Eastern Europe

Why do conservatives always cite post-Soviet Eastern Europeans' views on the horrors of communism in order to refute Western socialists, when Eastern Europe's response to communism ever since its fall has been to elect autocratic, oligarchic, corporatist far-right governments who actively undermine the power of their own national judiciaries and restrict freedom of the press.

Fucking hell, Poland literally banned saying that Poland had anything to do with the Holocaust. Sure, Soviet communism wasn't all sunshine, but it really does seem like Poles, Hungarians, and Czechs aren't actually all that much wiser for having experienced it.

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Transportation in Socialism

How would transportation be arranged under socialism? I would imagine there would be less cars and more public transportation options.

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Debunking racist memes

Post & debunk racist/contheo/poltard memes.

>pic related

>The Hebrew symbol for the number 6

It's called a letter. The 6th letter. And writing numbers with Hebrew letters takes into account the addition of their values. "ווו" will get you 6+6+6 which is 18, not 666. To get 666 you'll need תרסו or any other combination of letters whose sum equals to this number, like שמש גיגי. On top of that image's blatant retardation, one of these lines is longer than the other two, which is a different letter seen on the middle row, leftmost. And that letter's value is 50.

Explaining the retardation-tier further:

>F is the sixth letter in the alphabet

>#FFF is white in short hex color code

>666

>whiteys are literally the devil

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Uni kitchen/living room setup

cozy times at uni

post your setups for a slightly stoned anon bros

fun fact reslife gave the whole flat an email ordering us to take down a commie flag we put up in the window the other week

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Documentary about slavery of disabled people in South Korea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNb-twWyEz8

CaPiTaLiSm Is ThE mOsT mOrAl SyStEm GuYz

but seriously it's pretty hilarious how the slavers will just talk to him openly, that's how tolerated it is.

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Capitalism

Capitalism has lifted millions upon millions out of poverty, while communism has slaughtered millions. Government regulation is the miasma that strangles human prosperity. A minimum wage, for example, actually increases unemployment and drives up the cost of production. Competition ensures innovation. Funny how every Marxist economy has been stagnant and rife with problems. Class differences don’t matter, capitalism is THE system which allows the peasant to become a king. There is no alternative

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Latin America general

With so much happening in Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Brazil and other countries, I think we should have a Latin America general. Any news and information on aforementioned and other Latin American countries is welcome.

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Losing Hope

Have you ever felt like it's pointless to put so much time in politics? I'm seriously starting to lose the small hope I had. It feels like for every socialist there is, there are 5 retarded reactionaries who won't ever consider your position or have an honest discussion about their beliefs. It's becoming increasingly more depressing, how can people not care about humanity or the world's resources? Can we actually change people's mind over this shit before it's too late?

Everything's going to shit and it's time to either take extreme measures or sit back and enjoy the show

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/chairopol/ General - AnivdelaRev.

Mexico general.

I haven't found any compilation of communism in Mexico, and I have a brainlet tier knowledge of Mexican history, but some highlights in no particular order:

>President Lázaro Cárdenas nationalized oil, expropriating large landed estates and distributing land to small holders in collective holdings (ejidos), tried to secularize (and inculcate leftism) in public schools (but peasants where church-cucks and fought back so he had to desist), legalized communist parties, granted asylum to Trotsky (RIP in Picks), among other great leftist strides.

>World renowned artists, Frida Khalo and his husband Diego Rivera were both members of the communist party and up until this year, were the images that appeared in the highest (actively) circulating money note.

>Diego Rivera, along with Siqueiros and other muralists, painted murals of the struggle of the indigenous people and the oppression they suffered. Siqueiros, a hardcore ML, led a failed attempt to assasinate Trotksy.

>Mexico also has a long history of labor unions, although they were eventually coopted by the government and are still in cahoots and deeply corrupt. Of note is the CTM which started out as an honest and very progressive labor union, but eventually became an unofficial branch of the ruling party through which they effected influence.

>Subcomandante Marcos and the EZLN, troubled history with the Mexican government to assert themselves as independent. Very based. The indigenous leaders write some essays which are #woke as fuck.

>EPR (Ejercito Popular Revolucionario), lesser known than EZLN, are an armed revolutionary army which have carried out multiple terrorist attacks, one of which cost the Mexican state 100MM USD per day (unclear how many days) (according to the english wikipedia article). They have also fought against many armed forces and in one attack cost the mexican government 30 troops.

>AMLO (Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador), elect president by a huge landslide, accused of being a populist and of wanting to instill Venezuela """communism""" in Mexico. Largely leftist rhetoric. Insists on dismantling the "mafia of power" (aka the corrupt ruling party and the corrupt bourgs who sorround them, like top 5 billionaire Carlos Slim, but never mentions them by name). Wants to cut government spending dramatically. Part of this is cancelling a billion dollar project, already 30% underway and already over budget, for a new airport in Mexico City. This caused an uproar in the middle and upper classes and caused them to hold the most white and instagrammed protest in a long time. AMLO claims he will hold the "fourth revolution" and will transform the country. As usual, probably a socdem, probably will disappoint, probably will eventually betray the working class and suck the boujie dick.

>There have been communist parties, mostly defunct. There are many small anarchist and communist unions (not sure if any is on the ballot), with representation in basically all large cities. Some I have found: Partido Comunista de Mexico, Federación de Jóvenes Comunistas, Union Anarchosindicalista (UAS) with facebook pages for different states and/or cities. The UAS Monterrey Facebook page has some particularly based memes https://www.facebook.com/anarcosindicalistasmty/

Anyways, what are you chairos up to? Have you been to a socialist meeting?

Do you personally know any fascist? Do you personally know any other communist? Have you ever tried to agitate at your workplace? What do you think AMLO has in store for us?

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Marxism and the Household

How have socialists states past or present handled the issue of domestic labor? The issue is more important than some may think and obviously varies from household to household but it is not incorrect to state that most capitalist states are composed of at least two very different exploitative class structures: enterprises and the home. In the a non-capitalist class process undeniably occurs. Raw food materials are transformed into finished meals, dirty rooms are cleaned, clothing repaired, etc. Of course, commodities are rarely produced but this labor can easily be exploitative. One person in a household typically performs surplus labor in these situations which are appropriated in the form of surplus products. Of course, the domestic division of labor is usually with the woman as laborer and the man as appropriator, but the same exploitative process can still occur to either gender. Before it is laughed off as non-issue, I have seen the destructive effects of a too-rigid division of household domestic labor in the past and know that it must go beyond my own home. Will socialism seek to slowly abolish the isolated, inefficient domestic economy?

Some words of Engels to think about (MECW volume 47):

>True equality between men and women can, or so I am convinced, become a reality only when the exploitation of both by capital has been abolished, and private work in the home been transformed into a public industry.

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Statistics on Socialists

Are there any journal articles wherein the researchers not only ask survey participants if they identify as pro-capitalism/socialist/etc, but also ask how they would define the economic system they're in favor of?

There are plenty of studies claiming things like "50% of people from 18-35 identify as socialists," except they follow this up with another figure from a question like "do you think a strong government is necessary to solve today's complex economic problems, or do you think a free market is capable?" This mode of questioning leaves a divide between the represented identities and beliefs I think could be shrunk or eliminated altogether.

I'm planning a survey of my own at my uni - in some respects I'm looking forward to the shallow responses ("Bernie/AOC 2020 is socialism!"), while also dreading the fact that the alleged 50% socialist population is far from true class consciousness.

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How do anarchists define "the state"?

What exactly is the anarchist critique of the state?

Also, are there any anarchist critiques of western political philosophy (Plato, Aquinas, Hobbes, Locke, Hegel)?

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Green New Deal Discussion

It's all here: https://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=5729033-Green-New-Deal-FINAL

it's bad

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>advocated participation in a powerless, counter-revolutionary Duma whose conservative members were all there due to corrupt electoral processes so he and his party could push for an agrarian programme that called for american-style capitalism in the agrarian sector

lmao who invited the lib

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Why did she selfishly steal Lenin from the workers? Was she a false revolutionary sent by French capitalists to distract him?

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/pol/fag who's trying to understand marxism here

If the end goal of communism is a stateless and moneyless society, then doesn't that make Stalin and ☭TANKIE☭s not real communists?

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Trump reopens government without wall

right wing on suicide watch

>President Trump said Friday that he will support a short-term spending bill to re-open the government, temporarily ending the partial government shutdown that has dragged on for more than a month – despite a day earlier saying Republicans would not “cave” on his demands for funding for a wall on the southern border.

>“I am very proud to announce we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” he said to applause from gathered Cabinet members.

>He said the deal would keep the government open for three weeks until Feb. 15 and that a bill would go before the Senate immediately. He made reference to his previous threats to declare a national emergency, calling it a “very powerful weapon,” but saying he didn’t want to use it.

<The deal appeared to include no money for a wall or steel barrier, but he said he hoped negotiations would continue to come to an agreement on wall funding.

https://archive.fo/K9LXF

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HAIL GUAIDO FUCK SOCIALISM

t. dolan dup state of union 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpf1IYU0poY

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I've noticed that every time someone brings up this picture in normie internet today, the comments will be filled of people saying it's a hoax, photoshop, that it's not really him, etc. despite the fact that no historian disagrees that this is in fact a real photo of Stalin.

For real, this bothers me a lot because it reflects an utterly childish mindset. Anti-communists are such a pathetic bunch that they can't even admit a communist was good looking in their youth. For them, the world has to be as black and white as possible in every single aspect: historical communists weren't just evil, incompetent, joyless and tyrannical, they were also ugly.

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what is your unironic opinion on Varg?

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If, hypothetically speaking, a civil war were to break out in the USA with a leftist pro-socialist/communist faction and a rightist faction, which members of the bourgeoisie do you think would betray their class interests by joining the communist side? There's always a few.

Give your reasons too.

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Were you ever embarrassed of being part of a left-wing organization? Maybe not embarrassed but like, left out? Like it's not for you?

I've been attending events and protests organized by a few organizations where I live because I want to join one of them and start doing something, but honestly it seems like everyone in those is always 20 and I just feel like the old weird guy being there.

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What is the consensus on here about him? Is there any consensus? Good or Bad?

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What socialists before Marx are worth reading/learning about?

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News 2/9

U.S.-backed Syrian force launches 'final battle' against Islamic State

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group’s “caliphate” in the one big US military base in Syria’s area of operations.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-islamicstate-bat/u-s-backed-syrian-force-launches-final-battle-against-islamic-state-idUSKCN1PY0EU

Protester has hand RIPPED OFF during Yellow Vest march in Paris

The right hand of one of the Yellow Vest protesters has been blown off by a police grenade, according to an eyewitness, during Saturday's demonstrations in Paris.RT video agency Ruptly's footage from the scene shows clouds of smoke billowing around the street as protesters and police clash outside the grounds of the National Assembly.

https://www.rt.com/news/451055-yellow-vest-france-protests/

UK scraps Brexit ferry deal with firm that has no ships

The British government has canceled a contract to ship goods to the country after it leaves the European Union with a company that turned out to have no boats and no experience running a ferry service.Authorities had been criticized for the 13.8 million pound ($18 million) deal with Seaborne Freight.

https://www.apnews.com/9aea07b87d14493589a508f0c5a20988

Morocco freezes involvement in Saudi led coalition in yemen

Government officials say Morocco has stopped taking part in military action with the US-Saudi coalition in Yemen’s war, and has recalled its ambassador to Saudi Arabia.Tensions have been mounting between Morocco and Saudi Arabia, amid international concerns about Saudi actions in the Yemen war and other issues.

https://archive.is/fsiUE

Iran showcases massive UNDERGROUND missile factory, with new rockets & warheads galore

As Tehran unveiled its newest weapon, it also shared rare footage of a secretive underground complex where Iranian missiles are being built. It has vowed to carry on with its missile program, despite objections from the West.

https://www.rt.com/news/451073-iran-underground-missile-factory/

Corbyn leadership bows before Blairite’s anti-Semitism witch-hunt

Labour’s Blairite right-wing has doubled down on its smear campaign against party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters, citing bogus claims of widespread anti-Semitism on “the left.”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/09/labo-f09.html

Millions of students affected by Chand-led Maoist party’s strike

Millions of students—from pre-primary to university level—were affected on Thursday as most of the academic institutions remained closed due to a strike called by the student wing of the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN, demanding release of its leader.

https://archive.is/5GkkL

‘I got cheated. All of us got cheated’: Captured German Isis member says he regrets joining terror group

Lucas Glass had not long finished school when he decided to join Isis. In the summer of 2014, shortly after the terror group declared its global caliphate, he left his home city of Dortmund and set off with his wife to start a new life in Syria. He was just 19 years old.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-syria-fighter-germany-lucas-glass-islamic-state-assad-islam-a8769911.html

Netherlands Recognizes Gaza, West Bank as Official Birthplaces for Palestinians

Palestinians living in the Netherlands will soon be allowed to register Gaza and the West Bank as their official place of birth, Dutch State Secretary Raymond Knops told the House of Representatives in The Hague on Friday.

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/holland-recognizes-gaza-west-bank-as-official-birthplaces-for-palestinians-1.6917784

Canada mosque mass murderer sentenced to life term

A Canadian man who shot and killed six members of a Quebec City mosque in 2017 has been sentenced to life in prison but could be eligible for parole after serving at least 35 years.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/08/canada-mosque-alexandre-bissonnette-sentence-life-attacker

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Reading pre-WW2 socialist history I'm astonished at how much the Left was different back then.

The Left used to have a culture. It wasn't just a declaration of principles, it was a lifestyle. Being a member of the SPD in its Marxist days was like being member of a whole separate country. People would fraternize with each other, attend events together, go to Socialist theaters, join study groups, be active in their party and its meetings. They had places to hang out and places to work at. They'd open their houses to political exiles of other Second International parties. People knew what was being debated and followed the inner-party conflicts. Before WW1 the SPD even had a school in Berlin. And obviously, after the split, Communist parties all over the globe attempted to re-create this type of communal structure, some with considerable success.

This is why Fascism has won, because we were never able to get back to that. Everywhere they destroyed a whole culture that had been half a century in the making, and since then "Socialist" refers to an atomized individual with vague left-wing preferences. But he's not initiated by a community. He doesn't learn the rites, the theory, the language, he's not taught how to organize or how to write propaganda. He's not "integrated" into something. His just reads a book or watches a video, decides Socialism makes sense, and his life carries on as it did before. They succeeded in destroying our means of cohesion and coordination, because they know Socialists isolated from each other can't do anything to fight the system.

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How is a capitalist dictatorship doing better in terms of housing than leftists countries?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cjPgNBNeLU

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“Meteor” explodes over Cuba

There is no doubt in my mind that this was an imperialist missile

Meteor EXPLODES, shatters windows in western Cuba

https://www.rt.com/news/450362-meteorite-strikes-cuba-photos/

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Finland’s SHOCKING basic income experiment results: People love to get paid for not working

https://www.rt.com/news/451028-finland-basic-income-results

A limited experiment with “basic income” in Finland failed to move the needle on unemployment or self-employment, but those who received no-strings-attached government money reported feeling happier, to the surprise of no one.

Beginning in 2017, some 2,000 recipients of unemployment benefits were given a monthly stipend of €560, tax-free and without any conditions, as part of an experiment in simplifying welfare and lowering unemployment.

A preliminary report published on Friday by the Finnish welfare administration Kela shows that the experiment’s effect on unemployment or self-employment was almost nonexistent. However, the recipients of the stipend reported feeling happier and less stressed than the control group, made up of those who received traditional unemployment and welfare benefits.

“The recipients of a basic income had less stress symptoms as well as less difficulties to concentrate and less health problems than the control group,” said Minna Ylikännö, lead researcher at Kela. “They were also more confident in their future and in their ability to influence societal issues.”

However, they were also “no better or worse than the control group at finding employment in the open [labor] market,” according to Ohto Kanninen, research coordinator at the Labour Institute for Economic Research.

Kela statistics showed the stipend recipients worked an average of half a day more than the control group, and actually earned €21 less on average from self-employment. However, 55 percent of them described their health as good or very good – compared to only 46 percent of the control group. Stress levels were also eight percentage points lower among the stipend recipients, in line with reports from the program’s early days.

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"But.. But.. it's their hard-earned money! even if it will solve for world hunger, poverty, and our medical problems. It's still theft!!"

One must be a fucking idiot to think that bourgs' money is theirs. They stole it from their labor.

If you work on 15$/hour, save all your money, and work 24 hours a day, you would still have to work more than 300 fucking years to reach half of Jeff Bezos' wealth. He must be god if he earned all that through "hard work".

I hate it when leftists ignore conservative claims that "taking the rich's money is theft" and just say "But it would solve for this and this problem!"

No it isn't their own wealth at all. Always reply that it is stolen or taken from exploited labor so its not theirs in the first place to consider it "theft". Don't let them have this point.

Just wanted to rant after seeing many leftists ignore this point and subconsciously agreeing with neolibs over it.

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Climate Engineering

Climate change is reaching the point of no return and we aren't going to stop using fossil fuels. Should we start using technologies like genetically modified corals and iron fertilization (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_fertilization) to mitigate the damage caused by climate change?

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FBI investigated civil rights group as 'terrorism' threat and viewed KKK as victims

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/01/sacramento-rally-fbi-kkk-domestic-terrorism-california

>The FBI opened a “domestic terrorism” investigation into a civil rights group in California, labeling the activists “extremists” after they protested against neo-Nazis in 2016, new documents reveal.

>Federal authorities ran a surveillance operation on By Any Means Necessary (Bamn), spying on the leftist group’s movements in an inquiry that came after one of Bamn’s members was stabbed at the white supremacist rally, according to documents obtained by the Guardian. The FBI’s Bamn files reveal:

>The FBI investigated Bamn for potential “conspiracy” against the “rights” of the “Ku Klux Klan” and white supremacists.

>The FBI considered the KKK as victims and the leftist protesters as potential terror threats, and downplayed the threats of the Klan, writing: “The KKK consisted of members that some perceived to be supportive of a white supremacist agenda.”

>The FBI’s monitoring included in-person surveillance, and the agency cited Bamn’s advocacy against “rape and sexual assault” and “police brutality” as evidence in the terrorism inquiry.

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Without exception EVERY video on youtube where the topic has at least 5 seconds of content about Venezuela there are destined to be floods of comments like these.

Is to stretch the imagination to think that these comments are bots, or paid trolls?

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How do I combat Anecdotal evidence

Title is pretty self explanatory, occasionally online I’ll encounter someone who claims that they live, have lived, or know someone who’s lived in a country that is or was deemed socialist, nowadays it’s usually people claiming to be from Venezuela (even though they aren’t socialist), people claiming to know people from Cuba and the USSR, how do I combat these types of anecdotes especially when dealing with people describing things like family members being executed or being sent to labor camps?

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News 2/1

That’s rich! Millionaire Macron says he’d be a Yellow Vest for a higher salary

Protesters in France finally have the sympathies of multi-millionaire Emmanuel Macron. The leader nicknamed “President of the Rich” says he could be a Yellow Vest too, if it means getting paid more.On Thursday, Macron, a man who reportedly earned millions as an investment banker and has recently been making televised statements to the poorest citizens from rooms dripping with gold.

https://www.rt.com/news/450303-macron-i-am-yellow-vest/

‘It smells dirty’: scandals loom over Bolsonaro after first month in office

Pietro Sambugaro wept with joy when the far-right firebrand Jair Bolsonaro was confirmed as president of the world’s fourth-largest democracy. A month into Bolsonaro’s reign, he remains on cloud nine.“The mood is of immeasurable satisfaction,” the diehard 28-year-old bolsonarista gushed this week.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/01/it-smells-dirty-scandals-loom-over-bolsonaro-after-first-month-in-office

Forty years since revolution, Iran taunts 'declining' America

Forty years after its revolution, Iran has no fear of a “declining” America, a senior cleric said on Friday at the start of official commemorations of the uprising that made the country a permanent enemy of the United States.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-revolution-anniversary-cleric/forty-years-since-revolution-iran-taunts-declining-america-idUSKCN1PQ4MQ

Footage shows police pointing assault rifles at child detainees in Australia

Last month, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) released previously suppressed CCTV footage documenting the aggressive response of guards and police officers to a disturbance at the Northern Territory’s Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre last November.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/01/dale-f01.html

Blackwater founder's Hong Kong firm signs Xinjiang training camp deal

A Hong Kong-listed security firm founded by Erik Prince has signed a preliminary deal with authorities in China to build a training centre in Xinjiang, where Uighur Muslims have experienced a huge security crackdown.Frontier Services Group, which specialises in providing security and logistics for businesses operating in risky regions, said it had signed a deal to run a training base in the city of Kashgar.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/01/blackwater-founder-erik-prince-to-build-training-camp-in-chinas-xinjiang

Crickets strike again? Canada to halve diplomatic staff at Cuba embassy over 'mysterious illness'

Ottawa is considering slashing its embassy staff in Havana by half after a new case of a diplomat suffering from a mysterious ailment causing dizziness, nausea and possible ear damage was reported on Wednesday.The unidentified diplomat has become the 14th person in Canada's Cuban embassy to fall victim to the illness, the origins of which are still shrouded in mystery.

https://www.rt.com/news/450202-canada-halves-staff-cuba/

U.S. Announces It Will Withdraw From Nuclear Arms Control Treaty With Russia.

The Trump administration announced Friday that the United States will formally begin the process of withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the Cold War-era arms control accord with Russia.The declaration by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been expected for months.

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/01/690632548/u-s-announces-it-will-withdraw-from-nuclear-arms-control-treaty-with-russia

Uber services suspended in Barcelona

Ride-hailing company Uber says it has suspended its services in the Spanish city of Barcelona because of new regulations.The decision comes after the Catalan government insisted on imposing a 15-minute delay before passengers could be picked up.Uber has been the target of protests by taxi drivers in Barcelona who say their business is being undermined.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47071710

Bangkok flies drones as PM warns of costs in pollution fight

A fleet of drones, trucks and small planes sprayed water to try to reduce air pollution around Bangkok on Thursday while the city’s governor invited critics to brainstorm better ideas to improve the air quality in the Thai capital.

https://www.apnews.com/77d1e355d6714bb0b47f66d560f119f9

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Literature and Revolution

Who are your favorite Marxist literary theorists? Lukács? Benjamin? Eagleton?

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Leftypol non-activity

What is going on tovarishi? Usually interesting debates were ongoing in this Mongolian basketweaving community, but now barely any activity (except for shitposting) is happening. In 1 week there has been barely any new posts in the brexit thread. Venezuela gained some traction, but still not a debate, just short posts about nothing. Why is this happening?

A while ago I had to check the active threads multiple times per day to stay in the debate, now once in 24 hours is too much. Are we at an end?

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Should socialists compromise with socialdemocrats in order to gain a bit of power in the government?

Let's say we have two options, as a leftist party: either join an alliance with other parties to get more votes and compromising in the process, or go by yourself without any compromise but with much less votes.

In the former you have a greater chance to get in the government and have some, although probably not much, power.

In the latter, you stay true to your Marxist ideals and much less chances of being corrupt or doing anti-worker stuff, like any succdem reforms.

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News 1/31

Matamoros, Mexico maquiladora workers threatened with mass plant closures

The strike of auto parts and electrical workers in Matamoros, Mexico has powerfully demonstrated the international character of the class struggle.In the third week of the strike by auto parts and electrical workers, 23 companies representing 31 plants have agreed to meet the workers’ demands of a 20 percent wage increase and a $1,700 bonus.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01/31/mata-j31.html

EU parliament urges member states to recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president

The European Parliament voted to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela and urged EU leaders to do the same.

https://www.rt.com/news/450229-eu-parliament-guaido-president/

WHO Warns Of Dire Conditions, Deaths Of Children At Refugee Camp In Syria

At least 29 children and newborns have died over the past two months in or on their way to the Al-Hol refugee camp in northeastern Syria, the World Heath Organization says, as the camp struggles to deal with cold winter conditions and an influx of displaced people

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/31/690267966/who-warns-of-dire-conditions-deaths-of-children-at-refugee-camp-in-syria

U.S. to stop complying with nuclear pact with Russia after talks flop

The United States will stop complying with a landmark nuclear pact with Russia as soon as this weekend after last-ditch talks with Moscow to save it fell flat, a senior U.S. arms control official said on Thursday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-nuclear-russia/us-to-stop-complying-with-nuclear-pact-with-russia-after-talks-flop-idUSKCN1PP0FN

Israeli forces kill knife-wielding Palestinian girl: police

Israeli forces shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who tried to carry out a stabbing attack at a checkpoint between the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem on Wednesday, police said.There have been sporadic Palestinian street attacks on Israelis since U.S-brokered peace talks broke down in 2014.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-violence/israeli-forces-kill-knife-wielding-palestinian-girl-police-idUSKCN1PO1IX

Anger persists after Vale vows to make amends for Brazil dam disaster

Residents of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais reacted with indifference and in many cases anger at a series of measures miner Vale SA has pledged to adopt following last week’s dam burst that almost certainly killed over 300 people.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-vale-sa-disaster/brazilians-little-moved-by-vale-overtures-in-wake-of-disaster-idUSKCN1PP0ZE

Macron declared war on French people, but we won’t retreat – wounded Yellow Vest activist to RT

The French government won’t stop the Yellow Vests by force, but only by doing what the people demand, according to prominent protester Jerome Rodrigues, who may remain blind in one eye after being injured by the police.

https://www.rt.com/news/450185-rodrigues-yellow-vests-france-macron/

Matteo Salvini makes U-turn on prospect of facing kidnapping trial

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s far-right interior minister, has asked his government to deny prosecutors the right to try him on potential kidnapping charges over his order to prevent 177 people from disembarking a migrant boat.The move is a stark reversal from Salvini’s previous position that he was ready to be tried and proud of “having defended the country from illegal migrants”.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/30/matteo-salvini-makes-u-turn-prospect-facing-kidnapping-trial

Xi’s tough talk on Taiwan backfires, as Tsai support surges

Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to push Taiwanese closer to unification with a new year speech mixing carrots and sticks.That hasn’t panned out. Instead, his independence-leaning Taiwanese counterpart, Tsai Ing-wen, has enjoyed a surge in support following a brutal drubbing of her political party in local elections last year, according to public opinion surveys and interviews.

https://www.apnews.com/7761497efcbc42bd81400fc8eff45d13

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Leftcom self-crit

It's time for you inferior left-coms to think like the Marxist-Leninists do!

I get it, I support you, I hope against all odds you win. but I doubt you will, so I'm hoping you can correct me.

Why did your experiments fail?

Why hasn't trotskyism worked?

>boo-hoo stalin bullied us

Why has Anarchism never lasted more than a few minutes?

>boo-hoo capitalist imperialism

Why does democratic socialism always result in some reactionary coup?

>boo-fucking-hoo CIA sponsored some reactionary to take over

but then when you ask the MLs why most of their experiments failed

>You see, our government processes, methods, and education weren't good enough to catch and prevent the revisionism and redefinition of socialism in these countries, as well as some of their armies needing to be better organized.

MLs are practically the only ones blaming themselves for failures, despite the inevitable betrayals of Anarchists, and later leftcoms

these ooky-spooky forces that keep bullying you still exist and will continue to exist. Please tell me why your shit attempt at a revolution will be different next time, and I mean EXACTLY why

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News 1/30

Moderate rebels? Defecting Venezuelan soldiers beg Trump for weapons on CNN

Two Venezuelan soldiers loyal to self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó have pleaded with the Trump administration for arms, in a bid to “realize Venezuelan freedom.” What could go wrongThe former soldiers, living outside Venezuela, told CNN that hundreds of willing defectors inside the country had been in contact with them, asking the US for weapons and support for a planned revolt.

https://www.rt.com/news/450160-venezuela-defecting-soldiers-cnn/

U.S. INTELLIGENCE CHIEF SAYS ISRAEL'S ATTACKS IN SYRIA INCREASE THE THREAT OF WAR WITH IRAN

resident Donald Trump's top intelligence chief has told lawmakers that Israeli strikes against Iranian positions in Syria may push Iran to fight back, potentially triggering a wider regional war.Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified Tuesday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on which he previously served during his tenure as Indiana senator.

https://archive.is/ozLu2

Taliban say they are not looking to rule Afghanistan alone

The Taliban said Wednesday they are not seeking a “monopoly on power” in a future administration in Afghanistan but are looking for ways to co-exist with Afghan institutions — the most conciliatory statement to date from the militants.

https://www.apnews.com/0624283628154a48b09f31ff173e3ad9

Exclusive: UAE used cyber super-weapon to spy on iPhones of foes

A team of former U.S. government intelligence operatives working for the United Arab Emirates hacked into the iPhones of activists, diplomats and rival foreign leaders with the help of a sophisticated spying tool called Karma, in a campaign that shows how potent cyber-weapons are proliferating beyond the world’s superpowers and into the hands of smaller nations.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-spying-karma-exclusive/exclusive-uae-used-cyber-super-weapon-to-spy-on-iphones-of-foes-idUSKCN1PO1AN

Jeremy Corbyn to meet Theresa May for Brexit talks

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to meet Theresa May on Wednesday afternoon to discuss Brexit, with 58 days remaining until the UK leaves the EU.The meeting was confirmed by Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary. It comes two weeks after Corbyn rejected the prime minister’s invitation on the grounds that she should first rule out a no-deal Brexit.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/30/jeremy-corbyn-to-meet-theresa-may-for-brexit-talks

Al-Qaida’s advance in northern Syria threatens fragile truce

It only took a few days for al-Qaida-linked militants to seize more than two dozen towns and villages in northern Syria from rival insurgents earlier this month, cementing their control over an area the size of neighboring Lebanon.

https://www.apnews.com/97c39f4461504230a9919fa451a8c232

Indian government fires hundreds of teachers as Tamil Nadu strike faces a crossroads

Ongoing indefinite strike action by hundreds of thousands of Tamil Nadu teachers and government employees has reached a political crossroads. The strikers, who confront a massive state crackdown by the right-wing All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)-led state government, are being isolated by the unions.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01/30/tnst-j30.html

Toxic smog forces Bangkok to close hundreds of schools

Toxic smog forced Bangkok authorities to issue an unprecedented order to shut nearly 450 schools on Wednesday as authorities struggled to manage a pollution crisis that has stirred widespread concern.The Thai capital has been shrouded in murky haze for weeks, forcing residents to don masks and sparking social media criticism of the uneven response by the government.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/30/toxic-smog-forces-bangkok-to-close-hundreds-of-schools

Israel leader scorned for wooing Holocaust-distorting allies

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warm welcome to Lithuania’s prime minister marks his latest embrace of an eastern European leader who has offered strong political support while promoting a distorted image of the Holocaust

https://www.apnews.com/2b1eb6dbe0f44763b515fbb4c6398f2b

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Muh Berlin Wall

Is there any information on this? It's brought up more and more as a liberal talking point.

It hasn't really bothered me before, people trying to get into the imperialist West wasn't exactly limited to Second World nations (and, at about 100,000 over the course of three decades, not that many really attempted to cross on the grand scale of things), but I'll admit it's not really something I know much about, wanted to ask people who might know a bit more.

For reference, liberal talking points tend to be:

1) If socialism is so great, why do you have to wall people into it

2) Something about people getting shot trying to cross

3) I've never heard people trying to cross the wall into East Germany!

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No idea if this has been addressed but what’s the consensus regarding women in the far right? What’s the appeal for them? Far right vs lefty women (differences)? Are women starting to be more drawn to fascism as opposed to Marxism? Is it for attention primarily?

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Anarcho-Thread

NO ☭TANKIE☭ SHITPOSTING

anarcho-thread for anarchist commentary on recent happenings in world, and general anarchist thread.

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Internal power dynamics among socialists

What do I need to read in order to understand this?

I've just seen an discussion online where a man and a woman were discussing some point of marxism/socialism and then suddenly the woman basically accused the guy of mansplaining ("steaming in" to correct a woman were her words) and then a dogpile began where another person said that the guy should be paying for the educational labour of the woman, then another person telling them to "shut the fuck up".

I just don't get it. what causes socialists (or people that claim to be) to be so toxic and mean to each other? Is there a social/psychogical explanation? Has there been much written about this?

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New People's Army Thread

So we know that in 2017 the NPA had a surge of recruitment from about 3,700 troops to around 5,000 during the ceasefire a few years ago, what are they up to now? Have decades of protracted people's war bore any fruit whatsoever?

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SEP to hold rally in February 9th in defense of Autoworkers

"The World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter has received many statements of support in the last few days for the Saturday, February 9 demonstration in Detroit called by the Autoworker Newsletter and the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees. The demonstration is aimed at mobilizing opposition to the plans by General Motors to close five plants in the US and Canada, including major assembly plants in Detroit, Michigan, Lordstown, Ohio and Oshawa, Ontario, and the elimination of the jobs of more than 14,000 production and salaried workers.

The United Auto Workers (UAW) and the Unifor union in Canada have opposed any industrial action to fight the plant closings and mass layoffs. Instead, the unions have ramped up their anti-Mexican nationalism in an effort to prevent a unified struggle between autoworkers in the US and Canada and their brothers in Mexico who have been waging a determined battle against poverty wages paid by multinational auto parts producers in Matamoros.

The demonstration is fighting for the formation of rank-and-file factory and workplace committees, independently of the UAW and Unifor, to unite autoworkers in the US, Canada and Mexico, along with other sections of the working class to fight the attack on jobs by GM and other global automakers.

The urgency of the demonstration is underscored by the start of the jobs massacre today with 4,250 engineers, IT workers, marketing employees and other salaried workers being marched out of the GM Tech Center in Warren, Michigan and other locations. “I will be trembling at my desk, just waiting for HR or my director to say: ‘I’m sorry sir, it’s time for you to leave,’” one global marketing worker wrote on the web blog thelayoff.com last night.

The job cuts come in advance of the company’s 2018 report due out Wednesday that is expected to show a decline in profits from the $11.9 billion the company made in 2017. The aim is to reassure Wall Street investors that the company is stepping up attacks on its workforce in order to drive up its earnings in 2019."

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/04/auto-f04.html

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Anybody else flabbergasted by the fact that so many communists opposed the Soviet invasion of Hungary to put down the "revolution" of 1956?

How clueless about foreign influence and regime change were people back then?

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News 2/8

Varoufakis roasts Tusk over ‘Brexiteer hell’, says there’s one for eurozone creators too

The “special place in hell” that EU Council President Donald Tusk says is reserved for Brexiteers is not that different to the one for those who devised the EU monetary union, ex-Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis believes.

https://www.rt.com/news/450982-varoufakis-tusk-place-hell/

UK, Norway, Iceland agree on citizens' rights if no-deal Brexit

Britain and the so-called EEA EFTA countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, have reached an agreement on citizens’ rights should Britain leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement, Iceland’s government said on Friday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-norway/uk-norway-iceland-agree-on-citizens-rights-if-no-deal-brexit-idUSKCN1PX13B

Rome's war of words with President Macron may prove self-defeating

Diplomatic etiquette would normally classify the recall of an ambassador for “consultations” as a middle-order symbol of displeasure. During the cold war, the summoning, or withdrawal, of an ambassador was mundane. More recently, Hungary pulled its ambassador from the Netherlands in 2017, in response to criticism by the outgoing Dutch ambassador in Hungary.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/08/romes-war-of-words-with-president-macron-may-prove-self-defeating

'Death to America' aimed at Trump, not American nation, Iran leader says

Iranians will chant “Death to America” as long as Washington continues its hostile policies, but the slogan is directed at President Donald Trump and U.S. leaders, not the American nation, Iran’s supreme leader said on Friday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-revolution-anniversary-khamenei/death-to-america-aimed-at-trump-not-american-nation-iran-leader-says-idUSKCN1PX0T8

Two Palestinian Teenagers Killed by Israeli Live Fire in Protests, Gaza Authorities Say

Two teenagers, aged 14 and 18, were killed and at least seven other Palestinians were wounded by Israeli live fire during protests at the fence separating the Gaza Strip and Israel on Friday, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/gaza-authorities-14-year-old-palestinian-killed-by-israeli-live-fire-in-protests-1.6916944

WHO IS VOLODYMYR ZELENSKIY? TV SITCOM PRESIDENT LEADING UKRAINE'S ELECTION RACE

Ukraine may become the next nation to welcome a TV star as its president.Volodymyr Zelensky initially found fame as a stand-up comic known for mocking the venality of his country’s politicians. He then scored a global audience after Netflix picked up the Russian-language television program Servant of the People, in which he stars as a high-school history teacher who wins an election to become president of Ukraine.

https://archive.is/MFo62

Dutch, Russia in talks about responsibility in MH17 downing

The Netherlands is in diplomatic discussions with Russia about the European country’s assertion that Moscow bears legal responsibility for its role in the 2014 downing of a passenger jet over Ukraine, the Dutch foreign minister said Thursday.

https://apnews.com/e94cd52aab55410b80211fa6eb1551c1

Jeremy Corbyn backs a soft Brexit and dashes hopes of a second referendum

Jeremy Corbyn has offered to back a revised version of Theresa May's Brexit deal in the clearest indication yet that the Labour leader is ready to work with the prime minister to deliver Brexit.In a letter to May published on Wednesday evening, the Labour leader says he will back May if she drops her red lines and accepts the United Kingdom retaining closer ties with the European Union.

https://www.businessinsider.com/jeremy-corbyn-backs-a-soft-brexit-and-dashes-hopes-of-a-referendum-2019-2

Candace Owens: 'If Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well — OK, fine'

Conservative activist Candace Owens said it would have been “OK” if Adolf Hitler wanted to keep his activities to Germany while speaking at a British conference in December.Owens was responding to a question about her support for nationalism and said it was different from Nazi Germany."If Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well — OK, fine.

https://archive.is/LqJmw

Saudi study: Millennial jihadis educated, not outcasts

A study by a Saudi research center is challenging the notion that jihadi fighters are necessarily disenfranchised and lacking opportunity, with its lead researcher saying Thursday that a new generation of Saudi militants are relatively well-educated, not driven purely by religious ideology and show little interested in suicide missions.

https://www.apnews.com/deba42d6115f43e18a1f37acaaa45abd

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Oh Lawd! Someone call an ambulance! Richard "Co-opman" Wolff savagely tears new assholes in the smug, bratty, constantly-interrupting far-right libertarian (Bold TV) and neo-conservative (The Daily Caller) internet show hosts live on Bold TV's New York studio

>Bold TV: Is Socialism Inherently Bad?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfr2bkzrUCk

>Professor Richard Wolff, founder of Democracy at Work and author of "Understanding Marxism," joined Bold TV to discuss his new book, socialism, and Venezuela. He debated with Benny Johnson, a columnist at The Daily Caller.

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The point of the State according to Schopenhauer:

1. Protect the people from each other

2. Protect the people from the State

Is he based and redpilled?

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...Wew

Browsing TPB. Constantly coming across loonies sharing nazi propaganda. Do a bit of a background check. aNd iMaGiNe mY ShOcK1. When will Politica Dextro Cornu Schizophrenia be added to the DSM.

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Slaving Cults

Leftist orgs seems to be filled with opposite extremes, on one hand we have inactive social clubs that do nothing or are very ineffective, on the other hand we have slaving cults ruled completely by one or a few people and use the guise of communism and liberation to control their members and makes them work for the party or give all their money to party as their life purpose.

Is this good dedication or just exploitation be the leadership?

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News 2/7

Labour MPs who back Tory Brexit face moment of reckoning, say activists

Labour activists are to target 30 Labour MPs with warnings of “a moment of reckoning” including deselections unless they vote down any Brexit deal brought by Theresa May, organising phone banks and campaign days to pile pressure on MPs.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/feb/07/labour-mps-who-back-tory-brexit-face-moment-of-reckoning-say-activists

Brazilian president Bolsonaro has pneumonia, says he is well

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has pneumonia after registering a fever during a hospital stay, but a tweet on the far-right leader’s Twitter profile on Thursday said he was “well.”Bolsonaro had an operation on Jan. 28 to remove a colostomy bag that was put in place after he was stabbed while campaigning ahead of Brazil’s election last year.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-bolsonaro/brazilian-president-bolsonaro-has-pneumonia-hospital-says-idUSKCN1PW2GR

Theresa May Dines with Millionaires as UK Faces Food Shortages in Case of No-Deal Brexit

The heads of Britain's largest supermarkets and the British Retail Association warned of “significant disruption to food supplies” if May cannot agree to a deal before March 29.The Labour Party has criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May for attending a party fundraiser for wealthy donors Thursday as the country hurtles towards a no-deal Brexit.

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Theresa-May-Dines-with-Millionaires-as-UK-Faces-Food-Shortages-in-Case-of-No-Deal-Brexit-20190207-0020.html

Washington issues ultimatum to Venezuela over “humanitarian aid” ploy

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an ultimatum to the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday, demanding that it throw open its borders to a US-orchestrated scheme to deliver “humanitarian aid.” Washington’s aim is either to provoke a fissure within the country’s armed forces or set the stage for a US-led military intervention.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/07/vene-f07.html

Turkey says work on roadmap for Syria's Manbij has accelerated

Work to implement an agreement between Turkey and the United States over the Syrian town of Manbij has recently accelerated, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Wednesday, adding that Kurdish Y..P..G militia remained inside the town.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-says-work-on-roadmap-for-syrias-manbij-has-accelerated-idUSKCN1PW020

6 times Macron gave other leaders advice, while boasting an approval rating of… under 30%

French President Emmanuel Macron is not shy about dishing out advice to his international counterparts but, with an approval rating at home hovering in the late 20s, is he really the person to be doling out instructions to others?

https://www.rt.com/news/450929-macron-lectured-venezuela-egypt-africa-trump/

2nd North Korea Nuclear Summit Will Take Place In Vietnam This Month, Trump Says

A second nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is scheduled for the end of the month in Vietnam. President Trump made the announcement during Tuesday's State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/06/691873051/second-north-korea-nuclear-summit-will-take-place-in-vietnam-this-month-trump-sa

Diplomats sue Canada government over mystery illness in Cuba

A group of Canadian diplomats is suing the country's government for C$28m ($21.1m; £16.4m) after they succumbed to a mysterious illness in Cuba.The group of 14, including diplomats' family members, says Ottawa took too long to warn, evacuate and treat them.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47154987

U.S., RUSSIA AND FRANCE ALL LAUNCH NUCLEAR-CAPABLE MISSILES WITHIN HOURS OF ONE ANOTHER AS TREATY FALLS APART

The United States, Russia and France have all test-launched nuclear-capable missiles within hours of one another as international fears of a global arms control collapse heightened.The U.S.

https://archive.is/3b9IT#selection-373.0-373.275

Lula: Brazil court adds 13 years to ex-president's sentence

A Brazilian court has sentenced former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to a further 12 years and 11 months in prison for corruption.Lula, 73, was found guilty of taking renovation work from a company implicated in a massive corruption scheme.The former president is already serving a 12-year sentence over work done on a beach-front property.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47151645

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Why is social democracy so hated here when alongside unions it's the thing that actually helps the working class on a practical basis?

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News 2/6

Strike wave hits Kosovo

Kosovo has been hit by a strike wave with workers demanding better wages and conditions and opposing a new salaries law.The strikes are the beginning of a resurgence of the class struggle in the Balkans.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/06/koso-f06.html

US test-launches Minuteman ICBM from southern California (VIDEO)

An intercontinental ballistic missile lit up the southern California sky before hurtling across the Pacific Ocean to an atoll 4,200 miles away. The test launch came at a time of rising tensions around nuclear missile treaties.Footage showed the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) blasting out of its silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, spewing fire and smoke.

https://www.rt.com/usa/450812-us-ballistic-missile-launch-minuteman/

Donald Tusk says there is a 'special place in hell' for Brexit campaigners

European Council President Donald Tusk has lashed out at Brexit campaigners in the United Kingdom, saying there is now a "special place in hell" for those who campaigned to leave the European Union without a plan.

https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-tusk-says-there-is-a-special-place-in-hell-for-brexit-campaigners-2019-2

Macri Would Lose If Argentines Went to Polls Now: Survey

A survey conducted by an Argentine polling agency shows that incumbent and President Mauricio Macri is set to lose to former head of state Christina Fernandez in the country’s next elections to take place in October.

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Macri-Would-Lose-If-Argentines-Went-to-Polls-Now-Survey-20190206-0026.html

Taliban official says US promised to withdraw troops in Afghanistan by April

A Taliban official on Wednesday said the United States has promised to withdraw half of its troops from Afghanistan by April, a claim the U.S. State Department immediately disputed.The official, Abdul Salam Hanafi, made the comments in Moscow where he was part of a Taliban delegation attending peace talks with senior Afghan political figures. Afghanistan government officials did not attend the delegation.

https://abcnews.go.com/beta-story-container/International/taliban-official-us-promised-withdraw-troops-afghanistan-april/story?id=60884193

Trump announces 2nd meeting with Kim, takes credit for avoiding ‘major war’ with North Korea

Donald Trump plans to hold a second meeting with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam on February 27-28, the US president announced during his State of the Union address, claiming full credit for avoiding a devastating war.“My relationship with Kim Jong-un is a good one…. Our hostages have come home. Nuclear testing has stopped.

https://www.rt.com/news/450753-trump-kim-meeting-february/

Palestinians Warm to Gantz After Remarks on West Bank Settlements

Abu Rdeineh told Reuters after ex-general Benny Gantz, discussing accommodation with the Palestinians, told an Israeli newspaper he opposed dominating another people and suggested Israel might repeat its 2005 removal of Gaza settlers.

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/palestinian-authority-encouraged-by-gantz-s-remarks-on-west-bank-settlements-1.6913691

Macedonia signs accord to join NATO despite Russian misgivings

NATO members signed an accord with Macedonia on Wednesday allowing the tiny ex-Yugoslav republic to become the 30th member of the U.S.-led alliance after a deal with Greece ended a 27-year-old dispute over its name.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nato-macedonia/macedonia-signs-accord-to-join-nato-despite-russian-misgivings-idUSKCN1PV1KB

2018 was 4th warmest, but next 5 years could break records

Two U.S. agencies, the United Kingdom Met Office and the World Meteorological Organization analyzed global temperatures in slightly different ways, but each came to the same conclusion Wednesday: 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record behind 2016, 2015 and 2017.

https://apnews.com/49ac762ece5b403a98579a91f449c9b7

U.S. to Purchase Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense, Citing 'Immediate Need'

The U.S. military said Wednesday it plans to buy a limited number of Iron Dome missile defense systems from Israel to fill a short-term need for interim indirect fire protection capability. "The Iron Dome will be assessed and experimented as a system that is currently available to protect deployed U.S. military service members against a wide variety of indirect fire threats and aerial threats".

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/u-s-to-purchase-israel-s-iron-dome-missile-defense-citing-immediate-need-1.6913980