La revista digital Espartaco, publicó en enero “Réplicas de fascismo”. En donde, ante la emergencia de fenómenos como Bolsonaro en Brasil, Trump en Estados Unidos, el Frente Nacional en Francia, Vox en el Estado Español, entre otros, problematizan la posibilidad de una alternativa de ultraderecha en Argentina, ahora que estamos cerca de las elecciones. ¿Estaremos al borde de una batalla entre un campo faccioso y otro democrático? ¿O vivimos la crisis que renueva la crítica de las masas al sistema?
On February 22, 1946, leading US diplomat in Moscow George Kennan sent what would become known as the "Long Telegram" to the State Department, detailing his analysis of the Soviet mindset in the early post-war era, particularly in light of their resistance to the newly created World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
Kennan asserted that the Russians felt themselves in perpetual war with capitalism and that they would use controllable Marxists in the capitalist world as allies to create a sphere of influence. He stated that, by their very nature, socialism and social democracy was an enemy of the US, and that Russia's "neurotic view of world affairs" would be "impervious to the logic of reason," but "highly sensitive to the logic of force." He concluded that Russia would infiltrate "backward" countries with socialist leanings, as well as labor, youth and women's organizations, effectively declaring war on those elements within our own country by the government in coordination with the press. This, coincidentally neurotic assessment, effectively outlined US Cold War foreign policy for the next 40+ years, despite relatively friendly relations with Russia during WWII and its immediate aftermath. It would also set the basis for US fears of socialism and social democracy to this day.
The tensions that resulted from this telegraph were on full display during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, as the US Men's National Hockey team, made up of amateurs, played the 4 time defending Gold medalist Soviet team, made up of professionals, during the opening match of the medal round played on February 22, 1980. The US upset the Soviets 4-3 in a moment immortalized by Al Michaels' call "Do you believe in miracles?! YES!" as time expired. The US would go on to win the gold medal, beating Finland in the final.
So by the Liberal guide book of "Rules For Radicals!" does an earlier 'immigrant' supersede an original primary indigenous culture? Or is there a cutoff point past which a lately arrived immigrant group is in fact trespassing on the rights of the original or others that have arrived a little later? In terms of the 'equal' rights of the Proletariat is cultural appropriation of ethnic customs allowed across all boundaries? Or do certain legacy groups get to pick and choose without abiding by the overall rules? Silly game! Isn't it!
In the last couple of weeks I’ve watched on #netflix a Spanish TV series that I enjoyed a lot. You probably already watched it and know that I’m talking about Money Heist (original title “La casa de papel).Not only I enjoyed the performance of the actors, the scripts, the story and all those elements that make a TV series enjoyable and successful (this is one of the most watched series on TV), but I enjoyed its deeper message (there’s a lot of action, so it’s a bit hidden). The story is that of a group of small criminals that get into the Royal Mint of Spain, lock themselves in for a few days with hostages, and print as much money as they can. The plan has been thought through into detail by The Professor (interpreted by the amazing @alvaromorte ), a ridiculously smart guy. The plan is perfect not only because the amount of money they are going to obtain is insane, but also because, from a moral perspective, the plan is not as morally blameworthy as other heists. The money they print is not stolen from anyone. Nobody is going to find less money in their bank account because of the heist. Indeed, as the professor explains, government print money for “liquid injections” on a regular basis. I thought that @lacasadepapeltv seems to take Marxism to its unavoidable implications: people no longer have means of producing anything, production of most goods is in the hands of a few companies, then people assault the money factory itself! La casa de papel means “the house of cards” but can also mean “the money factory”, I suppose. The fact that money is described as merely “paper” is also quite revealing. The value of money is completely made up by complex mechanisms that only a few people understand into details, and for the the greater good. I thought that this was very interesting and that the story, as well as the meta-story, was absolutely brilliant. #lacasadepapel#alvaromorte#moneyheist#lacasadicarta#marxist#marxistseries#netflixlacasadepapel#ursulolita#casadepapel#elprofessor#elprofesor#theprofessor#ilprofessore@alvaromorte#pedroalonso#ursulacorbero#miguelherran#itziarituno#itziarituño#albaflores
“Tuition is a regressive tax on students. To finance education we shouldn’t be taxing students, we should be taxing the rich. The ruling class accumulates huge sums of wealth by rigging the economy and buying government influence. Don’t forget: this is the class that got filthy rich in the run-up to the 2007 financial crash and then turned around and got the government to spend trillions covering their gambling debts. Then they paid themselves big bonuses. And to top it off, many of these same financial institutions profited from and continue to profit from exploitative student loan interest. When we tax them we merely lay hold of a chunk of what they stole from us. Anyone who tells you tuition-free college isn’t “realistic” is simply covering up the crimes of the richest 1%.” - @socialistworker#socialismmemes#jointhesocialists#socialismftw#capitalismsucks#trysocialism#socialism#socialist#marxism#marxist#inequality#democraticsocialism#democraticsocialist#taxtherich
Tuition is a regressive tax on students. To finance education we shouldn’t be taxing students, we should be taxing the rich. The ruling class accumulates huge sums of wealth by rigging the economy and buying government influence. Don’t forget: this is the class that got filthy rich in the run-up to the 2007 financial crash and then turned around and got the government to spend trillions covering their gambling debts. Then they paid themselves big bonuses. And to top it off, many of these same financial institutions profited from and continue to profit from exploitative student loan interest. When we tax them we merely lay hold of a chunk of what they stole from us. Anyone who tells you tuition-free college isn’t “realistic” is simply covering up the crimes of the richest 1%. #socialismmemes#jointhesocialists#socialismftw#capitalismsucks#trysocialism#socialism#socialist#marxism#marxist#inequality#democraticsocialism#democraticsocialist#taxtherich
Socialists want to change the whole system. We want real democracy, real popular sovereignty, real freedom for the masses. If you want to keep the system we have, answer for its crimes. Tell us why it’s simply not possible for humanity to do better. Tell us why there’s no conceivable way for human beings to improve upon a rotten system that has degraded humanity and the planet. #jointhesocialists#socialism#socialist#socialismftw#trysocialism#socialistmemes#marxism#marxist
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Happy Birthday #AntonioGramsci!!! ⠀
On this day we celebrate the 128th birthday of Antonio Gramsci, philosopher, #Marxist theorist, politician and Italian journalist. He was one of the founders of the Italian Communist Party and became Secretary of the party between 1924 and 1927. Gramsci was imprisoned for speaking out against fascism. His thoughts and theories have deeply influenced Marxism worldwide and are considered a fundamental contribution to 20th-century #politicaltheory. #antifascism#revolutionary#Gramsci