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Oh, I guess we were talking past each other.
No, I don't.
But since you think we're talking past each other, I should probably get going to the Black Student Union meeting at UML on "Organizing Against Racism: Beyond Black Lives Matter". They got a rival commie from Boston coming up.
See anecdote above. You'd have to be some real kind of not paying attention for the last eight years to think "Obama" is a legit answer to "What is sanctuary?"
You can call bullshiznit all you want. Won't change my mind and won't change the Dems.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Yeah, well, that's a common theme among Democrats outraged by Trump, isn't it?
Anyway, it reminds me of an anecdote from a couple months back:
We went to a meeting, "What Is Sanctuary?" held by the Merrimack Valley Project, a local labor/interfaith organization that was laying the groundwork for resistance to ICE raids.
A layer of the city's liberal Democrats, newly energized by Trump's victory, attended. When the presenter, a South Asian woman, was standing by the flipmat, asked the crowd to yell out what "Sanctuary" meant to them (she would then write the answers on the flipmat), one of the liberal Democrats* shouted out "Obama!", the woman made a face, stuck out her tongue, said "I'm not so sure about that," but wrote it down anyway.
*And how do I know they were Democrats? Because they identified themselves as the contigent from the "Greater Lowell Democrats."
I don't know what you mean. Their ideological purity is pretty obvious: they are an ideologically capitalist party.
"On February 16, Clinton campaign surrogate, Sen. Claire McCaskill complained that she will likely face a primary challenger in her 2018 re-election campaign. 'I may have a primary because there is, in our party now, some of the same kind of enthusiasm at the base that the Republican party had with the Tea Party,' she said in an interview. 'We are seeing that same—and many of those people are very impatient with me because they don’t think I’m pure. For example, they think I should be voting against all of Trump’s nominees and of course I’m judging each nominee on its own merit.'"
"McCaskill’s tone-deaf response illuminates how clueless she and the Democratic Party are with regards to why primary challengers are running against them. It’s not about purity; it’s about serving the public, especially the working, middle class, and low income Americans. The weak opposition to President Donald Trump’s nominees—McCaskill claimed that 'some of Trump’s cabinet picks have been good'—is just one example of the Democratic Party’s ineptitude."
Man, reading The Observer is a bit of a head f*&!.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
I think the following day's video was released by something called "The Reagan Battalion."
Interesting article about the Reagan Battalion by some website I didn't vet.
Spoiler: They appear to be anti-Trump Republicans who backed Rubio, then McMullin, with possible Dem fundraisers and super PACs involved.
Just got a weekly email from the NH DSA and their activities this week are:
--Contract rally for newly organized passport workers that I told them about;
--Our "In Honor of Ona Judge: NH Black History" event;
--An organizing meeting for the NH Greens featuring Dr. Jill Stein.
We're totally gonna clean up with these people.
Back to the Running Antifa Subtheme:
As I've said, our young 'uns are all in love with Black Bloc and Antifa and we kept catching them trying to get rides to Worcester on Sunday to attend a joint Antifa/John Brown Militia anti-President's Day event.
We weren't terribly concerned because neither of them have cars, but then they tried to get our black high school student to give them a ride and we had to step in. We didn't exactly use the phrase "white skin privilege" but the implication was heavy, they felt guilty, and, luckily our high school student had better instincts than they and didn't want to go.
Anyway, they went, it was a farce, they narrowly avoided arrest, and they came back saying "You guys were right."
F*!!in' a right, we were.
There were plenty of German-Americans fighting on the revolutionary side. There were also Germans from what would later become Germany fighting on the revolutionary side, the most famous probably being the Prussian Baron Frederick William who was commissioned as a Brigadier General by the Continental Congress and died after the failed Canadian campaign.
Well, I don't know if that's an accurate assessment of Irontruth's position, I think he was just filling in a lull in activity on the thread to tell us about what he's been reading up on about hate speech for some paper he's writing.
Although, I do like the idea of using it against politicians using hate speech to contribute to the war on drugs and mass incarceration. Could we do so ex post facto?
Hmm. Well, that link was private. Not sure I understand the point of a private event page, I mean, I just spent the morning putting it in different groups all over the place, what's the point if they can't even see it?!?!?
To calm myself, a comic about Marx on Jeopardy.
Article I read said that the hate speech thing was Section 130 and the tv host under Section 103.
At first, I figured it was just because it was an article about free speech in Germany, but now I'm wondering if the latter is just a typo. Anyone?
EDIT: Different EDIT EDIT: sections. One about hate speech and one about insulting foreign leaders.
Well, if you're as rich as Trump, you get to smoke the real good shiznit, I bet.
Anyway, rally for newly organized passport workers who Comrade Omar worked with shortly before passing.
Running Subtheme: Communist Witches
Article shared by a communist witch about an anarchist witch's feud with another witch, but what kind I don't know, but I'm sure you guys do.
Just got back from the second meeting of the newly formed New Hampshire branch of the Democratic Socialists of America meeting. About thirty people, none of whom I had ever seen before, all of whom had joined since the election. They didn't really have any idea what they wanted to do, and listened, jaws agape, as we rattled off all the stuff going on in the area.
Anyway, we had heard a lot about some fabled "left-wing" of DSA that was anti-Democratic Party, but it wasn't much in evidence tonight. They told us to get involved with our local branches of the DP, any one who shows up can take over, etc., etc. I turned to one of the few people in the room who has been active for more than four months (Green Party, like us, not DSA) and said, "Just walk in and take over the Democratic Party, huh? You ever hear that before, Keith?" "Yeah," he deadpanned. "I've heard that before."
One of their members in attendance, but from Boston, who has been in for six months, piped up and said, "Well, actually, in Boston we don't work in the Democrats, we do other stuff, but in New Hampshire, unique opportunity, blah blah blah" and later returned to some vague, anti-Democrat comments. I ran straight over and threw some names at her and, of course, it turned out that she is a protege of Ex-Mrs. Comrade.
Anyways, it was fun. They all thought we were great, we invited them to our Anti-President's Day Black History Event (it's not even on President's Day, that's how anti it is) and hopefully we'll recruit some of the more promising ones.
I know I've always maintained an anti-anything to do with the Democratic Party position on these boards, but I've changed my mind: All you "take the party back" Democrats should go join DSA so I can recruit your friends.
Also, finished off our mini-game yesterday.
Epic fight against a squad of leveled ratmen. Party is victorious, we go into the next room and find a ratman ritual going on. Big ratman dude tells us that he has just ingested a piece of the Titan Chern, and that the return of the Scourge is nigh.
We are told to go be his emissaries; to let the world know of his coming.
We are all like, "f$~% that" and try to attack, but the DM makes it known that that would be suicide. My characters says, "f$%% it" and leaves. The rest try to put up a fight, but also give up.
Afterwards, the DM is all like, "wasn't that cool? The return of Chern?"
And I'm all like, yeah, I guess that was a pretty cool plot development, but, you know what? Dungeons and Dragons is supposed to be an interactive game where the players help make the story. Robbing the players of agency in order to bring about cool plot lines is kind of anathema to how the game is supposed to be played....and he's all like, "Yeah, but it's the return of Chern! How cool is that?"
Whatever, I got to use the bear traps I was lugging around all game.
(Grimmy if you're out there, hit me up!)
Today, in labor history:
"It wasn't dying that made Karen Silkwood great - it was how she lived that made her important for us and for the rest of labor.
"She made a conscious decision to place the interests of humanity and of her fellow workers above the interests of her job. And, as some of your officers have pointed out at this convention, that is something that the workers alone can decide to do.
"No politician, no union official can change the world today; only workers can do that...
"So I dedicate this mural to Karen Silkwood - because she showed us how to live and how to extend solidarity in real life, by building her union.
"I present this mural to you, the elected delegates of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union, who represent the great rank and file of this union and those who, in the future, you will organize into its ranks.
"The bosses killed Karen Silkwood, but they can't kill the union, they can't kill our movement - Karen Silkwood will rise again."
(Excerpted from the dedication speech by Mike Alewitz, to the 1994 convention of the Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers International Union)
Readings in Engels' The Peasant War in Germany are fun stuff full of medieval German revolts that I don't know much about. Some I have some vague idea about (Anabaptists, Hussites) some were complete revelations.
For example, the Taborites, a radical Bohemian Hussite sect that apparently seized the gold mines around the city of Tabor and led a primitively communist society for almost a generation until crushed in 1437 at the Battle of Cesky Brod by another Hussite sect who had already capitulated to the Emperor Sigismund.
Or something like that. It's kind of hard to keep track of them all.
Haven't even gotten to the actual Peasant War the book's supposed to be about and it's already full of secret peasant leagues called cool shiznit like "The Union Shoe" or "Poor Konrad."
Anyway, I was looking for more about the stuff above and found an old Kautsky book on the internet that I wanted to look at later so am linking here, Communism in Central Europe in the Time of the Reformation.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
John Riddell is a pretty well-established Canadian Russian Revolution scholar, mostly known for his collections of original documents, e.g., his The Communist International in Lenin's Time of which, I think, I only have the volume covering the Congress of the Peoples of the East in Baku.
Anyway, he's got a weekly feature on his website reprinting centennial commie leaflets, so that's pretty cool.
#1: Appeal to revolutionary students, December 1916 (Bolshevik)
#2: ‘The day of the people’s wrath is near’ (Social Democratic Interdistrict Committee [Mezhrayonka])
#3: ‘Only a provisional government can bring freedom and peace’ (Menshevik)
This form of heresy was joined in by the dream visions of the mystic sects, such as the Scourging Friars, the Lollards, etc., which in times of suppression continued revolutionary tradition.
--Frederick Engels, The Peasant War in Germany
The SFs and the Lollards each get their own footnote, that between them take up two pages.
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
We've gotten 5 more people to join in our little backwater branch. I believe we had hit a thousand before the election, so I'm guessing about 300?
Well, I don't know what Citizen Moonrunner's on about, but there was a union-busting angle to "workfare" that was much commented upon at the time, at least by us reds. Seems to have gotten into the NYT at least once:
I don't know. It sounds like some here will still be on the "destroy the Dems, build a pure third party" bandwagon.
I saw an interview with Comrade Kshama on Al-Jazeera that our party ranks have increased by 30% since the election.
Meanwhile, our "let's-reform-the-Democrats" trendjumper rivals over at DSA are reporting a growth spurt taking them up to 15k.
Anyway, I prefer to call it jumping on the socialism train.
DM Klumz wrote:
The "Lexit" position didn't get much airtime on this side of the pond.
11) Be swept into the dustbin of history.
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