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Well it's both, as I see it. There are definite immediate benefits to being white. Using race to divide workers hurts on a broader scale.

I am a little bothered that it seems to reduce racism to its effects on white people. I mean sure, it was used to divide white workers, but the worst effects were still on black people.


It doesn't. That's just the part that is most contentious, so it is talked about the most. Ignatiev and Allen were members of a black-worker centered Chicago-area New Left Maoist collective known as the Sojourner Truth Organization, which gives some clue as to the focus of their politics.


Fair enough.


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Today is Workers Memorial Day


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May Day march today, which I kicked off with an invigorating and pointless argument with the Economic and Philosophic Review man, who couldn't fathom why anyone would object to his publication constantly referring to 'Jewish Freemasons', the thing.

Not that well attended, possibly because there was another Save the NHS march in the next town over at the same time, and closely resembled a Labour Party pre-election rally, but that's not terribly surprising.

We formed a miniature Red Bloc with the Partido Communista in Ingleterra, and the man who he roped in to help hold his banner up, and were addressed by a local MP, a doctor, a representative of the Fujitsu strikers and the leader of the ASLEF rail workers' union, who looks a bit like Roy Wood (ELO/The Move), without the hair dye and makeup.


Synergistic Weirdiosity

One of my baby boomer Facebook comrades (he's in Socialist Action who, for a long time, were the American section of the Mandelite international, but I don't think they are anymore, not sure) did a commie version of "10 concerts, 9 are real, 1 is a lie" except with commie rag subscriptions (although I guess he did more than 10 because he wants to show off):

1. The Militant (SWP)
2. Socialist Worker (ISO)
3. Changes (International Socialists)
3. Fightback (FRSO)
4. Forward Motion (FRSO)
5. Workers Vanguard (Sparts)
6. Revolutionary Worker (RCP)
7. Urgent Tasks (Sojourner Truth Organization)
8. Challenge (Progressive Labor)
9. People's World (CPUSA)
10. News and Letters (News and Letters)
11. Socialist Action
12. Freedom Socialist (Freedom Socialist Party)

with the STO newspaper the lie.

May Day is tomorrow, here. Big push these past few days to get out the leaflets although the last on campus meeting was a bit of a disappointment. Last night we had a communist birthday party for Young Gay Autistic Comrade and Slightly Lumpen Student Comrade. While my back was turned someone fed High School Student Comrade her first reefer cigarette and she insisted that we spend the rest of the night listening to A Love Supreme.

Today I gotta do so some time-and-a-half Sunday ot to make up for possible May Day wage loss, although, to be honest, I think I'm going to spend all day in the streets of Lawrence and then report to work on time in the evening as usual. Please don't throw rocks at me.

Shadow Lodge

13) peoples front of judea


Is that a paper or a group?


We're the Peoples Front of Judea!

Alright, bag of otters noses then...
Make it two.


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Darren Hayman - May Day 1894

In which Darren puts a poem by William Morris to music, sounding quite a lot like Big Star, IMO.


Didn't go to work after all.

May Day in the morning in Lawrence was fun. 1,500 people, I believe, got a chance to mangle quite a few chants in Spanish. Only points to be gathered Leftist Bingo-Wise was from the retired Maoist who made quite a splash handing out his "No Deportations, No Fascism!" posters that, I think, one in three marchers were carrying.

Later in the afternoon, much smaller immigrant rights demo in Manchester. No other lefties, but the Oath Keepers were out and our new ex-cop comrade has been having a field day doxxing them as off-duty police officers from upstate.

Meanwhile, Mr. Comrade has been researching homegrown fascistic organizations that have been popping up since Trump was elected. Stick Man (he's planning a provocation in Boston later this month), the Proud Boys and the Red Elephants? Sounds like something out of The Gangs of New York or something.


Haven't looked for any articles, but I like this video from Cosecha Lawrence.

Huelga! Huelga! Huelga! Huel-ga! Huel-ga!

Catchy tune.

If you see a red flag in the crowd, that's Young Gay Autistic Comrade.


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Hi, guys. Rather untrue to my scabby roots, I may have sent some work your way. I know this thread isn't specifically designed for arguments, though, so if any of you are in the mood to debate the merits of communism, it'll probably be New Thread Time. Just giving y'all a heads-up.


Thank you for the delightful plug, Comrade Scab! I was quite tickled, shared it with Mr. Comrade and he was also tickled. Didn't read the actual argument, but I'm glad my goblin (even if in disguise) minions are monitoring the other sections of the messageboards.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
recently I attended an event at UML with a speaker from Black Lives Matter Boston (I, alas, forget his name at the moment)

Martin Henson. I only "remembered" because he's coming to Nashua this weekend.

BLM Speaks at UU Nashua


'Is Spongebob Squarepants the new Che Guevara?', asks Vice.

Two paragraphs in, it appears that the answer is 'No'.

I'm quite disappointed that the video for the song 'Ana SpongeBob' doesn't seem to be available on Youtube, too.


Help Send 4 Activists to MN for Activist Training Camp

Please help send Slightly Lumpen Student Comrade, Young Gay Autistic Comrade and High School Student Comrade to summer late spring camp in Minnesota. Although Mr. Comrade is also on the list, he wants everyone to know that he is unhappy that SLSC included him in the fundraiser because he is "a grown man with a job and can pay his own f@$*ing way."

It's unclear as to whether any of them will be able to stay to help with the Ginger Jentzen campaign.


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Introduced Baby Gersen to The Incredibles last night, which she loved. Plot summary: Everyman hero of the people and his family smash an egomaniacal billionaire industrialist.


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And a very happy birthday to Comrade Longears from all of us at Comrade Anklebiter's Fun-Timey Revolutionary Socialism Thread!


QUIZ: Is He Into You, Just a Friend, or Trying to Get You to Join the Democratic Socialists?

Meanwhile, I'm going to forward the one on fellatio technique to La Principessa...


OMG, I've dated guys like "C"


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Scenes From Boston's Ugly "Free Speech Rally"

Some strange flags at the alt-right confab. Stars and stripes, obviously, the Confederate battle flag, which was a little surprising, it being New England and all, but apparently people were bussed in from all over for this one, a Rising Sun flag, a made up flag for a made up country ("Kekistan") and, oddest of all, a golden eagle on a crimson background with S.P.Q.R. scrawled across the bottom. I was the only one in my bunch of commie nerds who knew what that meant, but I'm still not sure why they had the flag.

All in all, I thought the demo was kinda lame. I mean, if I had known the "anti-fascist mobilization" was just gonna be 200 lefties yelling at 200 rightists who were yelling back, I would probably have stayed home.

Best bit was, early on, before all the rightists and cops had assembled, me and Mr. Comrade were up on the hill and watched a jacked elderly man get into a dust-up with a guy in camo. We were too far away to make them out clearly but I turned to Mr. Comrade and said "Hee hee! I bet that's [Retired Maoist Ironworker who Lives in Lawrence]!" We joked about it a couple of more times, and then, fifteen minutes later, Retired Maoist Ironworker Who Lives in Lawrence came strolling up the hill. "He offered me one of their leaflets, I flipped him off, he told me he was going to put me in an oven, so I said 'Oh yeah?' and then I punched him in the face!"


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Well, I feel better about it, I guess.

Anarchist article reporting on friction between Proud Boys and Oath Keepers on Saturday and an assessment by some alt-rightist that we "humiliated" them and other admissions of defeat:

Oath Keepers Protect Alt-Right Boston Rally, Antifascists Counter Rally

But I didn't feel better for long:

More Hate Speech Found on UNH Campus


China Miéville, author of centenary Russian Revolution book and, um, some others, on various Russian Revolution centenary-type things:

Why does the Russian revolution matter?


Cross Post!

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

I'm kinda embarrassed I didn't know this before, but, apparently, "Charlie on the MTA" was written as a campaign jingle for a 1949 Progressive Party (commie symps and dupes who split with the Dems after WWII) Boston mayoral race.

Walter O’Brien: The Man Who Never Returned

Kingston Trio pushing commie propaganda


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I love trivia like that! I'm a transit nerd, so that song is dear to me. Now it's even better


I like that the whole "why doesn't Charlie's wife hand him a nickel instead of a sandwich?!?" conundrum has been baffling listeners since the song was first written.

More trivia: That same race was the last one for Boston's legendary Dem party boss, James Michael "The Rascal King" Curley, and thus, partly the inspiration for Edwin O'Connor's The Last Hurrah which John Ford later turned into a movie with Spencer Tracy and then became the name of various Boston-area eateries, bars, etc., etc.

Never saw the movie, but the book's pretty good, actually.


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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Anarchist article reporting on friction between Proud Boys and Oath Keepers on Saturday and an assessment by some alt-rightist that we "humiliated" them and other admissions of defeat...

I just googled "Proud Boys", (which also led me to the Kekistan stuff.)

I...
Wha...
I guess I just can't really believe they are a real thing... I mean, a group of guys who got their name from some Disney Broadway show-tune, and are all about Purity of Essence? HOW IS THIS A THING!?! It is like they watched American Beauty, and thought, "Wow! That closeted army dude from next door is my f*@$ing HERO!"

And the Kek stuff - ... Because 3 'K's weren't enough!

I just don't know. I was almost unfazed by fascist furries, but this just pushes past my suspension of disbelief. I give you a lot of credit for going out and dealing with these people in 'real' life.

EDIT: Also, once again, it sucks to see Oath Keepers acting like that. I got a great impression from an OK I talked with a lot down in FL. He was like the exact opposite of the guys in the video. I'm starting to see wayyyyy too much racism constantly swirling around that group.


Weirdest thing about the Proud Boys, imho, is they were started by one of the founders of Vice.


Hate to seem obsessed, but I just saw the Daily Beast article about Saturday with a nice picture centered on Slightly Lumpen Student Comrade's waving Young Gay Autistic Comrade's Soviet flag.

Teens Bring 4chan Politics to Boston


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Oscar López Rivera and Chelsea Manning released today. Huzzah!


Strike Looming at AT&T Mobility: Friday, May 19.


Greeks walk out in general strike over cuts


After arrest, undocumented immigrant says Trump targets activist leaders for deportation

Over the weekend, the third defendant, Cesar Alex Carrillo, was deported to Mexico on a voluntary departure order which, allegedly, gives him a better chance to get back into the country.


Random Leftie History Article of the Day

The Commune: Evolving Form of Freedom

Like the Paris Commune of 1871, the lesser-known Gwangju Commune of 1980 stands as a concrete embodiment of freedom’s phenomenological form.


To be honest, Soundgarden was, along with Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the many nineties band teenaged Doodlebug was too snobby for (although I remember digging Badmotorfinger before they blew up), but quickly after being a communist I learned that there were much more important things to be sectarian about.

Anyway, show Chris and Tom Morello did for us three years ago:

Tom Morello & Chris Cornell - 15Now Benefit - El Corazon Seattle 9.26.14

[Clenched fist salute]


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Not liking Red Hot Chili Peppers isn't snobbery, it's common sense.


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Live trolling of the Conservative Party's manifesto launch - in sunny Halifax!

Not the Halifax in Canada, but the original and best.


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My sole source of knowledge about Halifax, Canada


I thought it was going to be a Sloan video.


Well, I'm not certain if there are even any actually striking AT&T workers in the area because the phones in New Hampshire are FairPoint (strike 2015) and Massachusetts is Verizon (strike 2016), but there's a picket line in Nashua and one in Boston (at retail locations, I believe) so that's where we'll be heading at three.

The DSA kids were having a Theory Work Group on Sunday about union organizing in the Granite State, so I sent them a message telling them they should have it at the picket line. An hour later, they had created a %7D]%22%7D]Facebook event page for the strike. I was pretty pleased with myself (they have a bigger mailing list than we do) but then Mr. Comrade was upset. "We should have done that, we should be the ones mobilizing people for picket lines!"

"People's Front of Judea," I replied, thinking of BNW.


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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
oddest of all, a golden eagle on a crimson background with S.P.Q.R. scrawled across the bottom. I was the only one in my bunch of commie nerds who knew what that meant, but I'm still not sure why they had the flag.

The fascists in Italy ripped off a lot of old imperial Roman symbols and stuff: example.

(For the uninitiated, the bundle of sticks the eagle is standing on is the "fasces," hence the name of the political movement. Of course everyone in this thread already knew that, but casual visitors might find it an interesting piece of trivia.)


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Danny DeVito urges Brits to vote Corbyn

So there you go.


Kajehase wrote:
My sole source of knowledge about Halifax, Canada

My sole source of knowledge about Halifax, Canada


Limeylongears wrote:

Danny DeVito urges Brits to vote Corbyn

So there you go.

I remember seeing a video of him talking up Corbyn during one of the Labour Party elections.

And, of course, he was a Bernie supporter.

Also, I usually get robocalls from him every Teamster election.

Danny DeVito's pretty awesome.


Kirth Gersen wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
oddest of all, a golden eagle on a crimson background with S.P.Q.R. scrawled across the bottom. I was the only one in my bunch of commie nerds who knew what that meant, but I'm still not sure why they had the flag.

The fascists in Italy ripped off a lot of old imperial Roman symbols and stuff: example.

(For the uninitiated, the bundle of sticks the eagle is standing on is the "fasces," hence the name of the political movement. Of course everyone in this thread already knew that, but casual visitors might find it an interesting piece of trivia.)

Yeah, that's true, but I don't think they think of themselves as fascists. I guess they're pointing to republican (small "r") roots.

Anyway, after a couple of days, Mr. Comrade went rooting through all of the right-wing videos about what they, apparently, are calling "The Battle of Flagstaff Hill" (where we rallied at the base of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument to the Union dead; after they went marching around the city, we dispersed, they returned and then filmed themselves taking the hill making it look like they had driven us off or something). Got a better chance to hear what they were yelling ("Go get a sex change, you communist!" was probably my favorite) and marvelled at how many of them (the Kekistanis) are, apparently, internet trolls who hate SJWs because they ruin their messageboard fun. Or something.


So, I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that, in fact, the retail workers at AT&T Mobility at the Pheasant Lane Mall are, in fact, organized into the Communication Workers of America.

We held a picket line in front of the store, in the mall. Air conditioning, food courts, bathrooms, lots and lots of eye candy, from now on I think I am only going to picket lines in malls.

Best parts: a Spanish-speaking grandmother shouting "Huelga!" and pumping her fist in the air; hearing a resounding chorus of "U-nion! U-nion! U-nion!," looking up and seeing four barely pubescent boys on the top level shaking their fists at us (they later came and joined the picket line); four eighth-grade girls doing pretty much the same thing; and, finally, one of the customer reps apparently had some kind of beef with one of the clerks at the Foot Locker across the way, because they kept yelling stuff at each other in Spanish and making various gestures that I didn't recognize.


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And, last for tonight, another installment of

Tales from the Shopfloor

This actually happened a couple of weeks ago, but I keep forgetting to write it up, so I will now.

There was a union sister whom I had to represent a couple of times, years ago, when I was still a steward. Think I posted about her once, but anyway, she had a history as an amateur stock car racer so, unlike a lot of UPS part-timers, had no anxieties about becoming a driver, so she very quickly went full-time (it's much easier to go full-time if you're willing to drive). I ran into her the other day, while going in, and she told me that she had been bumped off road (seniority stuff) for the summer and was working the twi-mid shift until they put her back on road. "How long have you been here now?" I asked.

[Sigh] "Five glorious, glorious years."

"Oh, come on, you're already full-time, you must be making bank, you're doing alright."

"They've fired me twice."

"Well, I notice you're still here. What'd they fire you for?"

"Well, the first time it was for [makes scare quotes] 'assaulting a customer.'"

"What?!? You gotta tell me that story!"

So, apparently, she had just made a delivery to a construction site and was driving away when a guy yelled out at her "I'll give you ten thousand dollars if you suck my dick!" So she looked for a parking spot, pulled her truck over, got out, went up to him, and punched him in the face.

I laughed, apologized for laughing, asked her what the union said, etc. She talked about the constant low-level sexual harassment that she puts up with, etc., and the long and the short of it was the union talked it down from termination to a five-day suspension.

"So, hold on," I said, "Go back to after you hit the guy in the face, what happened then?"

"Well, all his buddies swarmed around and started yelling."

I assumed they were yelling at her so I was surprised when she said,

"That's probably what saved my job. He was so embarrassed, when the cops showed up he refused to press charges."

"Huh?"

"Yeah, they all swarmed around and started yelling 'That's what you get! That's what you get for yelling at women! Hit him again! Hit him again!'"

Anyway, sexual harassment aside, I thought that was a pretty heart-warming story.


Lied about last one for the night.

Random Leftie Article


Revival of Iraqi Communism among Youth alarms Shiite Militias

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