Voices from Russia

Saturday, 24 February 2018

24 February 2018. What Is To Be Done?

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I see many posts in socialist groups like this:

There are 50,000 people in this group… what if just 10,000 of us organised… imagine that!

Or other variations of the same sentiment. The only problem is that we don’t know if those people are actually workers, we don’t know what their motivation or mode of survival is… how could that make a productive union?

I’m not so much encouraged by the prospect of 10,000 of us banding together with ill-formed internet goals than I’m encouraged by the prospect of what’d happen if those 10,000 radicalised their workplaces, educating and boosting the morale of workers actively engaged in the struggle of wage slavery, people whose lives would improve should a socialist revolution take place. That’s what’s required for a workers’ revolution, workers in a workers’ environment, living in constant antithesis to the hierarchy of our parasitic economy.

Go to work. Be the most intelligent, helpful, productive, firm, courageous, stable, and dedicated worker you can be. Move up through high performance and always assert your importance to the workplace, demonstrate workers’ confidence, confidence in your contribution. Do this not for the surplus value of the boss but to embolden your fellow worker. They’d remember that the kindest, greatest, and hardest worker that they ever met was a Marxist Socialist and they’d know you have their back with the whole of the potency you brought to the workplace. Embolden your fellow worker and they’d rise up, they just need to see.

24 February 2018

Wolfgang Schneider    

Facebook

24 February 2018. Babylon Bee Posts Satire on Russiagate… Good Stuff

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Here is the satire referenced:

Russia Announces New Plan to Let the USA Tear Itself Apart Unaided

On Thursday, after years of meddling by Russian agents, Russia-funded bots, and hacking attempts, the Kremlin announced it would withdraw from all activity in the USA, and would instead allow the country to tear itself apart without any help from them. President Putin said in a press conference:

Our spies and bots simply couldn’t keep up with the rapid pace at which America is destroying itself. They’re on the verge of tearing each other to shreds. Really, it’s quite impressive. Our spies stationed abroad tried their hardest to divide America, but were outpaced and outclassed at every turn by the country’s highly-motivated politicians and partisan activists, who are doing a far better job than his own spies could at ripping the country apart. They don’t need our help, apparently. So, we’ll just get out of the way and let them have at it. Bravo, America!

22 February 2018

Babylon Bee

http://babylonbee.com/news/russia-announces-new-plan-just-let-u-s-tear-apart-unaided/

This is satire, but it has truth in it. Remember what satire is… it’s using irony and humour to say “unsayable” things. This is stark truth… the USA is ripping itself apart and has done so since the time of Ronald Reagan. We’re paying for “Greed is good” and “The race goes to the swiftest”. Do note that the Born Again crowd cheers the nabobs of selfishness on. It tells you much about both groups, does it not?

VVP simply believes, “A bad peace is better than a good war”… his elder brother died in Leningrad during the siege due to starvation-related disease. Nearly all Russians feel the same way. Russians think that Americans are crazy to call World War II “the Good War”. As one of my friends at the Centre put it:

Only unbalanced and insane people call war “good”.

America IS tearing itself apart. Clinton and Trump are only symptoms… not causes. Neoliberalism is ripping the USA apart… its interlocutors simply watch and wonder. They aren’t doing anything… we’re doing it all on our own.

BMD

24 February 2018. Where’s the REAL Troll Farm?

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I’m seeing it everywhere. Useful idiots are calling any red-blooded US citizen who disagrees with them a Russian troll. They attack actual Americans with their neo-McCarthyite bullshit… attacking actual progressives with their neoliberal narrative. I’m as red-blooded as they come (part native blood too, get off MY land), canvassed a year-and-a-half for Bernie, then went on to help elect three progressive city council candidates, was an activist for NoDAPL, BLM, Justice For Andy Lopez, an anti-war activist, live in California, just moved to Lake County where I have chickens, sheep, and horses, and work with municipal clean energy providers that are putting California on overdrive towards a green infrastructure.

You’re going to call ME a Russian troll? You’re going to call my compatriot American progressive activists, people who probably practise more actual American activism in one week than you do in a year, you’re going to call THEM Russian trolls? Fine. Then, let’s just agree that we can assume that anyone who calls anyone else a Russian bot is a Correct The Record troll because, as a progressive, that was certainly the only trolling with a significant presence that I saw in 2016. They directly attacked progressives using neoliberal narratives and the dirtiest tricks. Slimy, disgusting, weaponised hypocrites, paid professionals who’d run ten sock puppets at a time. That sounds exactly like what you’re doing. Calling an American a Russian bot when that American is simply expressing their own political views is EXACTLY what a CTR shill would do. There’s no reason for me to assume other than that you are one.

22 February 2018

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Since we’re all running around with our pants on our heads and our armpits on fire about troll farms, how about we get some indictments for Hillary Clinton’s troll farm, Correct The Record and its offspring ShareBlue? As opposed to the Russian troll farm, whose goal was to make clickbait cash, those VERY well-funded troll farms had the specific task of infesting pro-Bernie groups and progressive activist groups to sow dissent, manipulate discussion, and corrupt conversation. Seriously, these people were the worst, to the point that “somebody” posted kiddie porn on some Bernie activist Facebook groups (225,000 activists were in those groups), getting nine of them shut down right as the New York primary was happening, along with all the illegal voter roll activity.

Now, I’m not saying there’s any connection between the poster of kiddie porn and CTR, but wouldn’t this clear-cut case of a troll farm manipulating the election deserve to bear just as much scrutiny, given that there were actual crimes committed in this case as well? Yet, they insist, “No, more scrutiny!” Whereas CTR had the clear intent specifically to manipulate the electorate and its political opinion and squash a political candidate, clearly, the Internet Research Agency was, as the indictment indicated, solely dedicated to using already-existing political opinions to generate profit. It’s weaponised hypocrisy. It’s situational morality. It’s pretending to care about electoral manipulation. They use this weapon opportunistically. If you’re not screaming as much about Correct The Record as you are about “Russian trolls”, you’re just revealing your own disingenuousness.

23 February 2018

Eric Gregory

Facebook

Editor:

Clintonistas accuse others of being trolls to hide their own trolling. By the way… Eddie Snowden evaded all his tails… it shows that Deep State operatives aren’t as good as they claim they are. In like manner, Chilly Hilly’s trolls weren’t very skilful either. We caught them with their hands in the cookie jar… ergo, their lies about Russian trolls. That is, the servitors of the neoliberals aren’t particularly bright or competent, but they ARE vicious and mean-spirited, so do have a care. The main venue for such attacks seems to be Facebook. Several times, when I was posting a comment, someone piggybacked porn onto the content. Of course, I hit “edit” and removed the porn. I’m very careful with any comments posted on FB. It looks like Zuckerberg is allowing Clinton operatives to attack their enemies on this platform (of course, he’d blandly deny it in public, so one has to use the construction “looks like”… but we all know that it passes the “smell test”).

It’s real… it’s serious… so be vigilant and make sure that your comments don’t have any unwanted schmutz added to them. If so, simply edit it out… don’t complain, it doesn’t do any good. I note that such has become rarer in my case… perhaps, they see that their efforts are for nought. Be wise… be prudent… keep your wits about you. The Clintonistas are feral and vile. NOTHING is illicit for or to them. Yes, I repeat, have a care. I do have a final warning… don’t argue with Hillarybots… they won’t listen and they’ll go crying to FB to have you banned. Also, beware “Anti-Trump” groups… I was in one and they basically kicked me out for not kissing Hillary’s ass big-time and incessantly. Such groups seem to be run by the same bunch that ran CTR… they have the same mentality. These people are feral… never forget that… they’ve perverted all too many minds… do have a care with friends who’ve drunk their Kool-Aid. Remember… you can never “unsay” something. What a disgusting time we live in…

BMD

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