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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    

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

17 February 2018. A Marxist Deliberation…

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All too often, the Left in the West simply forgot that it actually has to convince people. It conflates any attempt to do so with the Liberal idea of the “free market of ideas” and believes that you can morally shame people into better politics. It doesn’t work. Demonstrably. You have to demonstrate that your politics can meet the material interests and change the horizons of possibility for people. You HAVE to engage people.

15 February 2018

Marxist Memes

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I was a college student; now, I’m a union construction worker. I can say the average worker has a better head for discussing the world than the average academic. You can’t swindle or shame the working-class into following your ideas; you have to earn leadership. Mao wrote about the mass line because a proletarian method of leadership is necessary to organise our class. Instead, we have a Left that abandoned the trade-unions and holed itself up in academia, non-profits, and declassed radicals, so we get these petty-bourgeois methods of misleadership.

16 February 2018

Tadafar Sourov

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Saturday, 28 October 2017

28 October 2017. What Modern Russia Thinks of the Great October… As Seen in Piter

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In the square opposite the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, workers are installing a replica of an armoured car used in the 1917 October Revolution. It has the motto Vrag Kapital! That means “Enemy of Capital”. That doesn’t sound too friendly to neoliberalism and free enterprise, does it? Methinks that the touted death of socialism may turn out to be wishful thinking. A spectre DOES haunt Mar-a-Lago and Tarrytown…

The Great October still lives! That does have implications for the USA and its soulless evil capitalistic programme…

BMD

Friday, 27 October 2017

Bolshevik Revolution Was an Escape From Disaster

We Did It!

Sergei Lukin

1960

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S E Kurginyan, the leader of the Essence of Time movement, said on 26 October live on-air on the Evening with Vladimir Solovyov TV show on Pervy Kanal:

The Great October Socialist Revolution saved the country from total collapse and disintegration. The February Revolution marked the collapse of the Russian Empire, followed by many months of troubled times that nearly plunged the country into permanent non-existence. The disaster of February happened, everything began to break down, and this collapse would’ve been total had not the Bolsheviks come.

Kurginyan cited Lieutenant-General A I Denikin (a leading general of the anti-Bolshevik White movement in the Russian Civil War), who recognised that the Bolsheviks, despite their small numbers, had no equals when it came to state-building in 1917:

It turned out that there was a group of about 30,000 or 50,000 people who were extremely passionate, sufficiently educated, and most importantly, and had a dream; it relentlessly removed any obstacles in the way of making this dream a reality. This is why this group rescued everything from the grasp of total collapse and disintegration.

Kurginyan explained:

In this sense, October wasn’t a revolution, but rather a post-catastrophic reintegration. This is what we called “‘falling on an attractor”. This rescue kindled hope for a new social and spiritual future in the whole world. A great flame of a colossal historical hope blazed; therefore, it isn’t serious to say today that it was “an event of minor importance”. The Great October and the Ten Days that Shook the World changed the world in the most fundamental way.

27 October 2017

Essence of Time

http://eu.eot.su/2017/10/27/sergey-kurginyan-bolshevik-revolution-was-an-escape-from-a-disaster/

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