"It was formerly the "accepted" idea that the world has been divided from time immemorial into inferior and superior races, into blacks and whites, of whom the former are unfit for civilisation and are doomed to be objects of exploitation, while the latter are the only bearers of civilisation, whose mission it is to exploit the former. That legend must now be regarded as shattered and discarded."
- J. V. Stalin, The International Character of the October Revolution (1927)
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Today, on the anniversary of the Oct. 16, 1859, raid on Harper's Ferry by a band of Black and white abolitionist guerrillas led by John Brown, read Vince Copeland's important essay on the U.S. Civil War and the Black liberation struggle, "The Unfinished Revolution":
“How could twenty Black and white revolutionaries have created so much hysteria, while the organized invasion of massed Northern troops was met by a fervor of militant, self-confident, and even temporarily victorious defensism?
“The difference between the John Brown raid and the long-fought Civil War was not just in the massive character of the latter as opposed to the allegedly individualist character of the former. It wasn‘t just that the Northern army had conventional organization into companies, regiments, brigades, and so on, as opposed to the general guerrilla insurrection almost begun by Brown and Anderson.
“The real difference lay in the fact that one conceived of a slave uprising and took the first steps in that direction — while the other, although forced to free the slaves in the long run, and forced to enlist nearly 200,000 Black men in its ranks, did not at first contemplate an actual slave uprising, and, in fact, opposed it.”
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Daily reminder that personal automobile usage is a massive waste, and should be curtailed as soon as possible in a communist society. Living quarters and cities must be planned according to the proletariat, free from capitalist subversion where one is coerced to operate an automobile to go about daily tasks. Even hypercapitalist nations such as South Korea and Japan could devise an efficient public transport system and cities accordingly.
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Did anyone have “the co-opting of socialist language/imagery to advertise a ‘productivity enhancing’ human shock collar” on their late stage capitalism bingo card?
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The fact that thousands of Jewish families across the United States are being forced to decide whether to send their children to their first day of school or observe their religious practices is just more proof that antisemitism is culturally Ingrained and that westerners never cared about diversity or considering religious and ethnic minorities. Having one of the most important school days on one of the most important Jewish holidays (Rosh Hashanah) is so tone deaf, especially with the increasing amount of antisemitism and violence against America’s Jewish community this year.
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this is how we win
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I’ve Noticed Something:
Anarchists and Marxists don’t understand human nature, at all.
Marxists don’t understand that those in power will always seek to increase their power, up to & including, taking more for themselves and their friends.
Anarchists don’t understand that while humans are chaotic, we also love order and thus, will always create a government. Hell, our family units resemble small governments: parents are the rulers, and offspring (and sometimes grandparents) are the subjects.
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56 new billionaires. 8 million fall into poverty.
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Class consciousness spotted in the wild in r/unitedkingdom
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No healthcare and housing in the United States but Jeff Bezos is on the moon
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The Cuban Revolution is one of the greatest events in 20th first century history. It wasn't just the leadership of Castro and Guevara that fought the Batista dictatorship to a standstill. Events like the general strike in Havana were instrumental in kicking out Batista as well.
It's worth looking at what life was like before the planned economy in Cuba. The United states owned 90% of the mines, 80% of the public utilities, 50% of the railways and 25% of the bank deposits.
The American mafia used the Island as a private background to practice the drug trade and child prostitution (which was pretty much unpunished by Batista’s government).
Therein lies the crux of the issue. American imperialism has not forgiven the fact that Castro and Guevara dared to kick them out of their own backyard. Look at the way the Cuban gusanos in Miami call for intervention in Cuba under the Monroe doctrine.
But the bigger point that needs to be emphasized is that the Cuban revolution was not something imposed from the top by men like Castro and Guevara. It was because the Cuban workers and peasants refuse to prop up the Batista dictatorship when it couldn't solve day to day problems
Even now, as the counter-revolution rears its head in Cuba, there are multitudes in Cuba that still defend the revolution and rightfully so. This isn't a duel between a "dictatorship and a free people" but the product of an economic crisis that has reached every country.
The only real solution to the crisis in Cuba (and the continent) is the overthrow of imperialism in the Latin American continents and the creation of a socialist federation of Latin American states.
Such a federation would be able to put an end to the profit motive and help each member nation support each other to weather the crisis as we struggle for worldwide socialism in our lifetimes
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.. WHO told the Instagram meme makers about our interests..??
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Capitalist production therefore reproduces in the course of its own process the separation between labor power and the conditions of labor. It thereby reproduces and perpetuates the conditions under which the worker is exploited. It incessantly forces him to sell his labor power in order to live, and enables the capitalist to purchase labor power in order that he may enrich himself. It is no longer a mere accident that capitalist and worker confront each other in the market as buyer and seller. It is the alternating rhythm of the process itself which throws the worker back onto the market again and again as a seller of his labor power and continually transforms his own product into a means by which another man can purchase him. In reality, the worker belongs to capital before he has sold himself to the capitalist. His economic bondage is at once mediated through, and concealed by, the periodic renewal of the act by which he sells himself, his change of masters, and the oscillations in the market price of his labor.
The capitalist process of production, therefore, seen as a total, connected process, i.e., a process of reproduction, produces not only commodities, not only surplus value, but it also produces the capital-relation itself: on one the hand the capitalist, on the other hand the wage laborer.
Karl Marx, “Simple Reproduction [of the Process of Accumulation of Capital]”, in Capital, Vol. I, trans. by Ben Fowkes, New York: Penguin, 1990, pp. 723-724.
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