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  andrewcarr
 
07:37am 19/04/2006
 




There are so many depths and sub-avenues of the way that the government manipulated and lied to us on the subject of Iraq, that it would take all day for me to go through them all. Things like the way that foreigners were demonised as anti-patriotic, the media bias, the powerful sense of nationalism. In particular, the way the French were made out to look like the bad guys, regardless of how true that was. If you remember, the French said they would vote against the war only if it were to proceed before the weapons inspectors were finished their work. Not, as is the perception, that they would have veto-ed the war regardless. Of course, if they had held on for the French in the UN, they wouldn't have got it, because if the weapons inspectors had finished their work, they would have said that Saddam had nothing and we wouldn't have been able to have that lovely war.

I want to focus on two points, not the propaganda on the build up to the war, but the lasting perception in people's minds that it has left.

1. As a message to Middle Eastern governments:
People say it's important to find WMDs, but it isn't. Not finding WMDs wouldn't particularly have harmed the President's support (let's go with Bush, because Blair has no support left to lose*) at home if it wasn't for the lingering war, the occupation and the continuing death toll. In fact, not finding WMDs would send a very clear message to the rest of the Middle East. If America wanted to send the message that they're a dangerous rouge state, attacking for resources and didn't need any reason to do so, then they couldn't have done better. If they wanted to intimidate, let's say, Syria, then a very clear message has been sent.

2. To alter the minds of the country:
This is my main point. Because of this war, governments have somehow used the excuse of a pre-emptive war, based on WMDs as a supposedly justifiable reason to destroy a country and plunge it into chaos. Now Iran, North Korea and a host of other countries could be in our sights, and all our governments have to do for public approval is prove they have weapons. It doesn't matter if they pose no threat to us, or have no intention whatsoever to hurt us... they have weapons. It doesn't matter that this concept is highly illegal and Tony Blair and George Bush would have been hung under Nuremburg law because... they have weapons.

Let's go back to 1945 in Germany. This is what was read out to Nazi soldiers before they were hung:

"To initiate a war of aggression is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the acumilated evil of the whole"

To think that we're any different from the Nazis because we're under a mythical pretension of rightousness would be stupid. Hitler and the Germans also proclaimed this. They proclaimed they they were Christians. They manipulated the media to extordinary lengths to convince the nationals that they were on the right side.

And, more importantly and more relivantly, the early invasions of neighbouring countries prepared the psychological landscape for the massacre that was to come.

Famously, George Orwell once wrote:

"Who controls the present controls the past, who controls past controls the future"

We are forgetting the past and allowing ourselves to be decieved again. Educated people like us should be able to to snap out of our willing ignorance. Pre-emptive war isn't a new idea, it's existed for a long time and just because the BBC says that everybody hates us, doesn't mean that everybody is going to attack us. A tense peace is better than an intense war. Our need for resources shouldn't be the cause of the end of the world. Yes, they have weapons, but so do we. And there's only one side being aggressive.

*except Hilary Armstrong
 
     

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Carnival of Socialism 
  ex_jangliss590
 
03:25pm 18/04/2006
  X-posted across leftist communities.

The Carnival of Socialists is begun! This Blog Carnival will highlight a few of the best examples of Socialist blog construction each fortnight.

Link to http://community.livejournal.com/crnvl_socialism/
http://carnivalofsocialism.blogspot.com
or http://xanga.com/carnivalofsocialism/

For more information, visit sites on our blogroll or email camusfan@msn.com.

Solidarity,

John
 
     

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We want you! YES YOU! 
  sugared_chick
 
10:52pm 17/09/2005
 
mood: dorky


Join the newest outsider art revolution.

Have some tea.

Check out our website as well! http://www.freewebs.com/sugarpacketrevolution/

Thanks!
 
     

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Open Source National Law Project (x-post) 
  rayne_vandunem
 
11:14pm 07/09/2005
  Hi, I'm going to Oglethorpe University, and one of my 4 courses is Business Law I.

Well, as I do have a long-lasting interest in politics, as well as in computer technology, this particular class has inspired me to concoct this particular idea that combines law and open source in a potentially earth-shaking manner. This is what I was writing just a few minutes ago:

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Open Source and Socialism 
  rayne_vandunem
 
08:45pm 29/08/2005
  Open question:

What do you think about "open source", from a Socialist/Communist perspective?



x-posted to comunistas, redstarrevolt, revolutionarycp, revolutionaryid, and socialistworker.
 
     

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  samoshuk
 
11:29am 29/04/2005
 
‘No nukes, no war!’: Global convergence at UN demands end to nuclear weapons
Author: Dan Margolis
People's Weekly World Newspaper, 04/28/05 13:44


NEW YORK — The worldwide movement to end nuclear weapons, energized and united with the antiwar movement, is converging here for a month of actions. Kicking it off is a May 1 mass “No Nukes! No Wars!” march. On May 2, the United Nations opens a review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which aims to curb and eventually eliminate these weapons of mass destruction.

In addition to UN events, numerous activities, sponsored by a wide variety of nongovernmental organizations from more than 90 countries, will fill the month of May. Hibakusha — Japanese survivors of the U.S. atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 — will be touring the country and meeting with local community organizations.

“They have seen the horror of nuclear war, and want to guarantee it never happens again,” said Judith Le Blanc, co-chair of United for Peace and Justice.

A Mayors for Peace delegation, representing 105 cities in 25 countries, will rally for its “vision campaign” to eliminate all nuclear arsenals by the year 2020.

Other public events include forums on depleted uranium, the Iraq war and a nuclear-free Middle East. Abolition Now and UFPJ, two of the sponsoring organizations, are helping to coordinate the participation of the many peace, disarmament, women’s, trade union and youth groups coming from around the world.

The global call is to abolish all nations’ nuclear weapons. However, the United States — in particular the Bush administration — has been singled out as the main roadblock to abolition.
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  samoshuk
 
01:35am 30/12/2004
 

Lifelines of the Rich and Famous: How Capitalism Stays Afloat
by Wadi'h Halabi


Economy 
Abstract: In the US economic downturn that began in mid-2000, job losses were devastating, especially in manufacturing; households’ incomes fell; and corporate profits plummeted. But US GDP barely declined, consumer spending actually rose, and monopolies’ profits quickly rebounded. This article explores how US capitalism pulled through the crisis. China’s continued rapid growth stabilizes the global economy, as its purchases from capitalist economies keep the circulation process moving. Wall Street dominance of world markets facilitates pushing off losses onto smaller competitors. The US war in Iraq, by driving up oil prices, cheapens labor, destroys or limits unused productive capital, and flushes massive amounts of capital into the US. This capital has been recirculated as loans to households, deepening their debts but allowing consumers to continue buying in the face of low wages and lost benefits. Wall Street’s solutions thus set the stage for deeper crises.


The four years since July 2000 have arguably been the most difficult for US workers since the 1930s. Well over 60 million people lost their jobs, through layoffs, firings, corporate bankruptcies and just plain "job churning." Industrial workers and their unions – the heart of the US working class – suffered tremendous blows.


Most of the 60 million eventually found other jobs. But the US economy recorded three million net job losses in 40 months, before upticks in the spring of 2004. And even one day of unemployment is highly stressful, economically, socially and personally. New jobs typically pay less and come with fewer or no benefits. Many unemployed find jobs only by opening their own businesses, which commonly spells six- and seven-day workweeks, lower pay, no vacations or benefits.


Tens of millions of workers have suffered significant losses in retirement benefits. Retired steel and airline workers, and employees of bankrupt corporations, live with brutal cuts in pensions and health care. Cuts in health benefits can bankrupt overnight. The cost of housing, energy and transport has soared in recent years, translating into lower wages.


Two of those years have not been pretty for corporations, either. Beginning in July 2000, manufacturing suffered 16 consecutive months of decline in output. Business investment dried up. Exports plummeted. There were unparalleled bankruptcies – Enron, WorldCom, KMart and United Airlines, to name some. There were crises worldwide, including in Argentina and Turkey. And the profits of US monopolies took a pummeling in 2001 and 2002.


And yet, the US recession of 2001, as measured mainly by GDP, was exceptionally mild. GDP declined only in three quarters of 2001. Consumer spending rose through the period, instead of falling, as might be expected considering the drop in jobs, wages and benefits. And the profits of the largest US monopolies, the Fortune 500, rebounded in 2003 back to their 2000 heights.


How could this be?
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consumer price index 
  shroom_farmer
 
12:22am 15/11/2004
  this is the percent change of prices on selected items. the change is from 1990 goods/services to 2003 goods services.

college tuition and other fees.....+150.7%
elementary and high school tuition and fees.....+149%
hospital services, nursing homes and aldult day care.....+141.4%
educational books and supplies.....+104.6%
dental services.....+98.5%
housing at school, exluding board.....+96.3%
prescription drugs and medical supplies.....+90.8%
motor vehicle insurance.....+85.2%
fees for lessons and instructions.....+82.4%
public transportations within city.....+62.1%
motor vehicle maintenance and repair.....+55%
rent of primary residence.....+53.2%
gasoline(all types).....+51%
motor oil, coolant and fluids.....+46.4%
eye glasses and eye care.....+36.6%
nonprescription medical equipment and supplies.....+32.8%
over the counter drugs.....+28.1%
housekeeping supplies.....+27%
electricity.....+19.7%
vehicle parts and equipment other than tires.....+7.6%

but, there is good news

mens foot wear.....-1.7%

theirs an act called the american jobs creation act, h.r. 4520. more information about that later, but what i do understand is that this act will decrease federal revenue by 4 billion 2005, 8 billion by 2006, and 4 billion by 2007. the deficit will also increase.
 
     

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What?! 
  crazy_girl18
 
04:09pm 13/11/2004
  Well its good to see that people still post on this as one of the creators i am suprised but pleased. I have been away for a while at Army basic and i was talking to someone the other day that didnt even know who Che was... i was like "Do you live under a rock!" oh well ... long live the revolution!  
     

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  samoshuk
 
08:41am 11/11/2004
 

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat dead
75-year-old, both revered and reviled, succumbs in Paris

MSNBC News Services
Updated: 6:45 a.m. ET Nov. 11, 2004


RAMALLAH, West Bank - Yasser Arafat, the guerrilla leader turned Nobel Peace Prize winner who forced his people’s plight into the world spotlight, died Thursday at age 75.

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Bush Wins: America Loses 
  samoshuk
 
09:39am 08/11/2004
 
mood: aggravated
The election’s over and I’m feeling just a little bit let down. John Kerry lost and now we’ve got four more years of George W. Bush. Honestly, I just don’t understand it; I really thought that after the first four years, that most Americans would see the mess we’re in and realize that it’s time to do some nation building here at home.
When you consider some of the following, it really just doesn’t make sense that George W. Bush was reelected. We are in a situation in Iraq that we won’t likely be out of anytime soon. Our invasion and occupation of Iraq has created more danger for the United States; the people that we went to Iraq to liberate are now fighting against us. The situation there is one of ever-increasing danger. David T. Williams, a Retired Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Navy, said this of the Iraq situation, “The situation here is steadily deteriorating not just from my perspective but also from those who I talk to who have been in-country for a year or more…The bottom line is that we (U.S.A.) are involved in an Urban Warfare situation and we are playing defense…Defensive posture does not work in winning Urban Warfare…If we are not willing to go after the enemy then we should pull out altogether. Half measures that result in continued sacrificing of the lives of our countrymen is unacceptable. This may be a slow bleed but it is constant…Even more exasperating is the effect of this insurgency on the people of Iraq who really desire change. They are being killed at a much higher rate and their sense of hope is fading.” Since March 2003, 1,127 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq.
Secondly, many of the states that George W. Bush carried in this election, such as Ohio and South Carolina, have seen significant job loss due to the policies of his administrations. President Bush’s heavy support of free trade and lower taxes for the rich have severely hurt the American worker, yet many American workers still voted for him. In South Carolina, we have lost more jobs under George Bush than we have lost since…The Great Depression! Not only are people finding that jobs are scarce, but the cost of living has risen significantly. Prices of health care, education, and gasoline have all risen dramatically under this administration. There is less government money to fund education and medicine programs because of the President’s tax cut for the wealthiest Americans. The revenue from the taxes of the rich makes up a considerable amount of federal money; with this money being returned to rich people, federal programs have gone without funding, states have found themselves with less help from the government, and as a result health care, education, and state taxes have risen significantly. 44 million people in the United States now have no health care…at all.
I think the problem is that people just automatically believe their leaders, regardless of all the evidence right in front of them. I think that’s the only explanation when the family of a soldier killed in Iraq votes for the man who sent his son to die. It’s the only possible explanation when someone whose job was outsource to India, China, or Honduras votes for the man who said that outsourcing is a good thing. I am simply perplexed. My only hope is that after four more years of George W. Bush people will finally wake up and realize what has happened to our country. There was a time, about four years ago, when we had a budget surplus, sustained economic growth, a friendly relationship with the rest of the world, affordable health care, jobs for our workers, and $0.63 gas. Somehow, George W. Bush and the Republican Party have convinced America that reversing these things is good for America and good for the world. It looks a lot different when it’s laid out that plainly doesn’t it?
 
     

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America has spoken 
  shroom_farmer
 
10:16pm 04/11/2004
  America has spoken. they have decided to restrict our civil liberties in the name of christianity. america has spoken to make it hard on us to get health insurance. america has spoken to put education on hold.

so what are our values? we dont want abortion because they dont want to kill inocent lives, but they dont help to make childrens lives around the world any easier. i have been living without healthcare since this summer. what are our values, when we built this country because we wanted to govern ourselves, not by some imperialistic nation, yet we do the same in the middle east. what are our values, when we want nations to work and cooperate with us, yet we dont work together with all nations.

when it comes to civil liberties, our nation has had our problems. It was only after the civil war that Afro-Americans were allowed to marry in all areas of the U.S.. It was only after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1967 that mixed race couples could marry anywhere in the U.S.. But, until recently, same-sex couples could not marry here in the u.s. because its morally incorect. women in the 20's could not vote or hold high positions in jobs because it was morally incorect. in the 60's, their was segregation everywhere, because to mix whites and blacks would to tear the moral fabric of society. again, history has been repeating itself.

we fight the war on terrorism, but we can never get rid of terrorism. revolutionist can never fight america head on, so they use terrorism. and we cant fight that. they are everywhere, yet there are nowhere. and america does not get it. we have not learned our mistakes from vietam. we say that sadam hussien was evil, but are we any better? is it wise to use exessive violence to combat violence? good is mesured by the size of your gun. besides, we have brought this problem to ourselves, ever since we put up the state of israel, and we pissed off many ppl living in palestine.

when it comes to domestic issues, are children to blame for the mistakes of the parents? if you were born into a poor family, you cannot afford many things the wealthy kid can. he can go to a better school, and acheive a better education. he can have good health coverage. he can live a less stressfull life. where as the poor kid, has to struggle thru everyday life, and deal with issues at home. many people dont see the struggle of the everyday life of this kid. again, i ask, what is our values?

by Brian Licor, with special thanks to my awsome buuuudy, Steven Magner.
 
     

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THE TAKE - those of you in Canada, support this crazy film! 
  harold_penis
 
06:06pm 28/10/2004
  This movie's only playing in Canadian theatres as yet (openin in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal this weekend). But if its opening weekend is successful, it'll get distribution in the States.

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In Vancouver, it's playing Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:00, and 9:25, all PM. My friends and I are going to the 7:00 showing on Friday.

For those of you who don't know, the film is about the occupied factories in Argentina, specifically Zanon Ceramics, Brukman, and the Forca auto-parts factory. The back story goes something like this: Argentina gets screwed over by the IMF, probably more spectacularly than any nation that's happened to so far. The economy crumbles, big business flees the country and takes its capital with it, and factories close down in droves. ...Argentinos say "Fuck that," occupy the factories, hold off the police with slingshots, and start producing again, with no boss. I LOVE THIS! I'm not explaining it well, but the idea is so exciting. No bosses, not even a revolutionary leader - just people, nifty and brave people but just people, asserting their ability to live outside the standard economic/political model. Argentinos: 1, The Man: 0.

Now then, kids: The number of people who see the movie this weekend is what determines whether this film gets wide distribution - so if you think this is a good cause, pass it on. (Cross-posted everywhere.)
 
     

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  samoshuk
 
09:12am 14/10/2004
 

Why Being Anti-War Means Being Anti-Imperialist
by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Revolutionary Worker #1219, November 16, 2003, posted at rwor.org

Wednesday, 22 October 2003 --What everybody knows, after the mass protests that were held in cities around the earth over a year ago, is that the forces of the U.S. government could care less about the popular protests that shook the planet.

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something forall... 
  rainmetalroof
 
02:15am 24/08/2004
  something for all to partake in during the Republican National Convention'

.Lets show them thier actions are not justified, and they cant just ignore the violence that thier doing.

CHECK OUT:www.RuDoPeace.org or

http://phil.ist-backup.de/rncelectronic/

this is the perfect oppurtunity to do something and be part of the momentum to tear down the walls and boxes created to disorient us for the sole purpose of weaking and taking advantage of us. THIS WEEK WE SAY FuCK you!1No! MoRE!!!

SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO!!!



A BANNER DROP, DISTRUBUTION OF LITERATURE, AN ACT OF CIVILDISOBEDIANCE, NOT GOING TO WORK, NOT BEING A CONSUMER, ACTS OF ARTWORK, RIDING YOUR BIKE!!!, LISTENING TO MUSIC, READING A BOOK, QUESTION THE ONES ATTACKING US!!! HAVIENG FUN,

DOING WHAT WE'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO, RECYCLING, GIVING AWAY FREE FOOD, NOT PAYING FOR FOOD, DONATING CLOTHES, GARDENING, SMOKE A BOWL, GO OUT, SMASH THE tv

dont ignore THIS week, go support a punk show,

RemBer They CaPitalize off our unhappiness, our discouragement, our feeling of helplessness, and our feeling of unpossibility.

FoR US to Win we Must Not LET THESE FEELINGS ConSUme US, OR STOPUS FROM BECOMING SO MUCH MORE THEN WHAT THEY WANT US TO BECOME



Every action Taken IS NOT A LONE OR single ACTION but is part of a massive collective struggle for individuality and our freedoms



Every Act is AnACTofRECLAMATION of and over ouR LIVES
 
     

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  freed0mfighter6
 
06:57pm 09/08/2004
 
mood: devious
I have recently been spending lots of time at Border's and trying to read up about the mexican revolution as well as the story of Che and Fidel but everything I've picked up is just sooo academic and boring. If anyone has any suggestions or even sites on the internet that would kick ass. Solidaridad!
 
     

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  freed0mfighter6
 
06:56pm 09/08/2004
  United States Grammar School Interim Report to Parents
May 25, 2004
By Nancy Greggs

Dear Mr. and Mrs. G.H.W. Bush,

Once again, it is that time of year when we update the parents of our students on their child's progress, and we regret to inform you that your son, Georgie, is not doing as well as we'd hoped and expected when he embarked on his four-year program at our school.

As you are well aware, Georgie was installed as class president at the start of the school year, despite the fact that the majority of his fellow students did not vote for him. We foresaw problems immediately, but were assured by several school board members (who, as we understand it, are friends of your family) that this would not result in any real difficulty. Unfortunately, they have been proven wrong.

In the area of scholastic achievement, despite our best efforts, Georgie is still reading and speaking at a grade level far below our usual standards. At this point, we are not sure if his failure to learn is due to laziness and a lack of ability to apply himself to his studies, or if he simply lacks the intellectual capacity to improve in these areas.

His oral presentations to the class are particularly troubling; it is apparent that Georgie has not read the necessary materials, and he often simply fabricates facts to hide this shortcoming. In oral exams, he tends to repeat the same answers over and over, e.g. "The economy is good; jobs are on their way," indicating a profound failure to keep up with the Current Events portion of the curriculum.

Georgie also tends to fabricate elaborate stories about himself - which, admittedly, can sometimes be very amusing. During a school celebration last May, he delighted his fellow students by coming to class in a little "flight suit" (just like the grown-ups wear!), and had everyone in stitches with his story about the family dog having eaten his report card from military pre-school!

On the whole, however, Georgie does not play well with other children. His "leadership" in the classroom continues to divide many students, one against the other. Other study groups, such as our French and German-language classes, are no longer willing to cooperate with Georgie's group, even though they have traditionally done so in the past.

Your son also displays a lack of taking responsibility for his failings, and seems unable to appreciate the consequences of his actions. Although he was provided with the best textbooks on the subjects of the Economy, Job Creation, The Environment, et cetera, these books were damaged or completely destroyed within a matter of months. Georgie insists that he "inherited" these books in poor condition, despite all evidence to the contrary. (In fact, these same textbooks were previously used by one of our very best students, who actually returned them in better condition than he found them!)

During his first few weeks with us, Georgie quickly became part of a group of other "problem students." Despite warnings, he has consistently befriended children whom we consider to be "bad elements," such as Little Kenny Lay and a foreign-exchange student named Chalabi. Both of these youngsters have been expelled from other schools due to their involvement in cheating other students out of their lunch money. We feel that these kinds of relationships can only lead to no good, and hope that you will advise your child accordingly.

Georgie often displays aggressive behavior in the schoolyard, and recently assaulted a student in another school district, completely unprovoked. When asked about this incident, Georgie insisted that the other child was armed and dangerous. When investigation into the matter proved otherwise, Georgie changed his story several times: he was just trying to "democratize" the other child, the other child's school was harboring gang members, and so on. Quite frankly, his story on this topic has so changed from week to week, we simply can't trust his word at all anymore.

Georgie's friends, while not great in number, are very loyal, but tend to be over-protective. If any of the other students point out Georgie's failing grades, these friends simply shout them down and tell them not to speak at all. When Georgie was summoned to the principal's office several weeks ago, he insisted that his "best friend" come with him. We feel that it is in Georgie's best interest to learn to stand up for himself; failure to do so could seriously damage his ability to handle a leadership role in his adult years.

As you are aware, final exams will be held in November, and Georgie's past performance leads us to conclude that he will not be able to achieve the grades necessary to continue on with another four-year term at our institution.

Yours Truly,

Ms. J.Q. Public, Assistant Principal
 
     

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  samoshuk
 
10:40am 08/08/2004
 

                                                                       


Bush vs. Bush Lite
Where’s the choice?


August 6, 2004 | Page 1


JUST HOW far will John Kerry go in pandering to Republicans? With its lineup of retired generals, displays of U.S. flags and endless talk of a "strong" America, the Democratic National Convention in Boston last month was explicitly aimed at conservative voters.


Kerry even bragged about supporting the Republicans’ agenda of slashing government spending on programs for poor and working people. "When I came to the Senate, I broke with many in my own party to vote for a balanced budget, because I thought it was the right thing to do," Kerry declared.


No wonder Kerry--and the entire convention--left many progressive commentators cold. "I'm already getting tired of the bulk e-mail messages claiming that Kerry is the embodiment of progressive dreams," wrote columnist Norman Solomon. "Please."


Naomi Klein, the author and Nation columnist, wrote about "Kerry's vicious support for the apartheid wall in Israel, his gratuitous attacks on Hugo Chávez in Venezuela and his abysmal record on free trade." And in a recent speech, Fahrenheit 9/11 filmmaker Michael Moore warned that if Kerry is "weak-kneed and wimpy and wishy-washy," he "will encourage millions to stay home" on Election Day.


Nevertheless, Moore, Klein and Solomon all support John Kerry--in the name of stopping George W. Bush. They may dislike Kerry, but they claim that Bush is such a danger that he must be stopped at all costs.


Yet Kerry has made it plain that his presidency would embrace all the main elements of the Bush agenda. Kerry, like Bush, wants to continue the occupation of Iraq--and increase the already bloated military budget.


He has vowed to limit government spending--other than for national security and health care--at the rate of inflation. This would lock in the Bush administration’s budget cuts--and prevent the funding of urgently needed programs to create jobs, alleviate poverty, rebuild public housing and schools. And Kerry’s health care proposal would keep the system in the grip of profit-hungry pharmaceutical companies and health insurance giants--and leave tens of millions uninsured.


Kerry’s campaign slogan is "we can do better"--and we can. Not with Kerry and his conservative running mate, John Edwards, but with a genuine alternative--Ralph Nader for president and Peter Camejo for vice president.


Where Kerry-Edwards want to reward their corporate backers, Nader-Camejo call for taxing big business to pay for social programs, like universal, national health care. Where Kerry-Edwards want to keep the grip of U.S. imperialism on Iraq, Nader-Camejo call for ending the occupation--and bringing the troops home.


We don’t have to accept a choice between George W. Bush and Kerry’s copycat policies. Nader and Camejo are giving a voice to the vast majority left out of this rotten political system--and their campaign deserves our support.



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CPUSA - Marxist Leninist? 
  pukainti
 
12:46pm 28/07/2004
  The CPUSA claims to be a Marxist-Leninist party. Their policies prove otherwise.
Three of the main books regarding Leninism, are negated by the CPUSA policy.

What is to Be Done?

This work is mainly on the construction of the vangaurd party of the proletariat. A group of highly organized group of professional revolutionaries, with the purpose of doing away with the capitalist state. They operate on a democratic centralist process.
You can join the CPUSA over the internet. There's no core of dedicated revolutionaries, just campaigners for elections.

The State and Revolution

This work outlines how the vanguard party, in a revolutionary situation, leads the revolting masses to disassemble the old state.
The CPUSA is no vangaurdist nor do they believe in Revolution.

The Party is then to establish workers organs of power, transferring power into the hands of the workers. Soviet commitees are set up in the cities, peoples commitees in the countryside. The party interacts and organizes with the organs of the New Power. Eventually the New State becomes less and less useful, until it is obsolete and ceases to exist.
The CPUSA participates in elections within the capitalist state, thus legitimizing the corrupt system. They do not believe in overthrowing capitalism. The CPUSA constitution "unholds the United States Constitution." The same document that said blacks were 3/5 human, that only white, property owning males could vote. The US constitution states the reight to "go into business and to compete." Socialism would hindr the cuthroat competition of american business, thus not allowing the CPUSA to introduse socialism in the case of an electoral "victory."

Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism

Imperialist countries are capitalist countries that have developed to the point of collecting capital from other nations as well, exporting the capital, making the country poorer and poorer. This allows the parasitic country to create a larger labor aristocracy, buying off larger portions of the working class.
Elections cannot solve this problem. The US constitution will not allow the government to change it. Thus the USA will, in the event of a CPUSA victory, will become a social imperialist country as the USSR was, and the CPUSA blindly supported. A modern Sparta, at best.

Marx spoke of the Proletarian Revolution, not the election. The elections are the event every few years where the working class is partly given a chance to decide who will mislead and exploit them. All illegitimate governmental elections should be boykotted.

Lenin wrote immensly on the danger if revisionism to the working class. <1> Against Revisionism</i> is just one of his many works on the subject. Anyone in the CPUSA who considers themself Leninist should read some of Lenin's writings, or renounce Leninism.
 
     

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Book of Resistance 
  resistancexxx
 
11:56am 28/07/2004
  To Fight!

To Hunger!

To Resist!



1.

My death is the only thing certain in life. Like everyone else my lifeless body will be flung into a tepid hole in the earth, or they will burn me, or scatter my ashes, or they will leave me to rot under the burning sun in the scorching desert. I will vanish forever, leaving no mark upon the future generations. There will be no trace of my once short human existence. What I breathed, felt, loved, hated, and wished will have no bearing on the future. My eyes will shut forever, my voice will speak no more, my heart will stop beating, and the mind will think no more. This is all that is certain in my life, everything else isn't. This knowledge makes me free. This knowledge binds me to nothing, to nothing but the dirt and blood that is inherently within me.



2.

My life is short. There is no time to live my life in vain. There is no time to waste it on mindless bullshit, in things that don't exist, in things that have no certainty or meaning. Heaven is not certain. God is not certain. Love is not certain. Faith is not certain. Friends are not certain. These things may or may not exist. To bind myself to their ideas and rules is pointless and demeaning to my inherent freedom. I will not go down that way. My path is not etched in stone by madmen of long past generations. My path is for me to mold in any way I choose. My path is clear before me, and no one has the right to judge me, or tell me, to expect anything from me. I am free. Free to live, free to choose, free to die. My freedom is the last and only thing that I have on this planet, it is my freedom to think and refuse. My freedom can only be taken with my death, until then I am unstoppable. On my horizon an unlimited fire is raging, unbearable greatness, things to attain that life has yet unseen. Nothing will stop me from reaching that horizon, not prison bars, not rusted chains around my wrists, nor the pressure and stress of human existence. My thirst and hunger for freedom will be quenched only once I set my eyes on what I have accomplished, until those flames of freedom have ignited the sky and all beneath it.



3.

To be certain in my death is the first step towards self liberation. To free myself from the bondage of religion and social expectations I have to realize and accept my ultimate death and my short existence. I must not have one shred of doubt plaguing me in the heart. Society has guilt ridden me to the core, implanted thoughts of sadness and doubt that slow me down, that make me desperate, that exasperates my will and fill me with shame. But I have nothing to be ashamed about! Once I release all my doubt and falsified shame I will rise up. I will be free to think out loud without a care in the world. Because I am free to stand up for my beliefs, free to fight for my freedom, free to hunger for justice, I will be able to resist the onslaught of destruction and lies. In the course of this resistance I will be faced with horrible situations. My ideas are isolated from the masses, that is only because the masses worship at the alter of religion, hysteria, and obedience. I am nothing like the masses. Those who choose to be free are always choosing a life of isolation, loneliness, exile, and imprisonment. But these things to do not scare me, I would rather spend my whole life alone then to attend a single congregation of mindless drones. I would rather spend my whole life alone then to have friends who value nothing, who disrespect me and myself, who are weak, who are dependant upon everyone and everything else. There is not one group in the world that I want to belong to. Not one philosophy, idea, religion, sect, ethic, music, lifestyle, expresses me and my freedom completely. All lifestyles, ideas, religions, and movements self-destruct in the end, I have no purpose to contribute to this destined destruction. I am alone on this earth till death. If I am unable to accept my destined isolation then I am unprepared to live my life freely.



4.

I respect myself. I will not lower my dignity to satisfy others. I will not lower my dignity to fill a temporary emotional, psychological, or physical void. My dignity will not be lowered in the names of oppression, capitalism, fascism, zionism, hedonism, greed, etc. I will not even accept food or shelter if it lowers my dignity, I would rather starve and freeze to death then to watch my dignity go down the drain. Because I am the only one who holds it my dignity will never be lowered. Respecting myself means keeping promises to myself, and that is the strongest discipline in the world. I cannot lie to myself. If I cannot keep a promise to myself then how can I accomplish anything? I must work hard at this discipline. I must be able to overcome the pressure of temptation, need, sorrow in order to be able to conquer this mountain. It is a hard path, but I feel with all the certainty in my heart that it is a path that will save me. In the end I will be victorious, I will look back at my life with joy, without any regrets, with a full knowledge in all that I am capable of. This is the greatest reward. To live my life devoid of sweetness is better then living without an appetite.



5.

Because I respect myself others respect me. Even if they do not agree with my ideas, they respect me because I do not flinch, because I am open minded, and most of all because I stick to my word. My strength and pride and honor is sensed through my eyes, it radiates out from me, it inspires others. Because these people respect me I respect them, even if I do not agree with their beliefs. I am not on this earth to convert anybody to anything. I am not on this earth to enslave anyone or to enchain anything. As a human I am equal to all humans. Once I begin to preach to someone on how to live I have thus become the tyrant, system, religion, politic, that I had for so long resisted. That is not my way. I will take another path. I will never betray myself!



6.

I will resist all forms of mass worship. A mindless collection of people gathered like cattle into mass stadiums is a senseless form of social obedience, a total submission to the heartless mob which only wishes to fulfill a hungry void. It is an aspect of a decaying and a corrupted society. There must be no confusion between mass worship and public protest. The first is a senseless gathering of people which accomplishes nothing in the course of its gathering, the other is an open appeal for social change, under a banner of freedom and justice, where the protesters actually participate, organize, and cause change. Mass worship is a large collection of people from all aspects of society that come to worship a certain set of beliefs, such as sport, religion, and politics. To join the ranks of these drones is to fall under a blanket of misery, stupidity, and obedience. Mass worship is a continuation of a deathly philosophy, it is a clever systematic enslavement of a population. It is geared to distract the poor and oppressed from their poverty and oppression by their oppressors. It is a philosophy that is meant to pacify people, to make a people obsessed with something that completely does not speak to the individual. I am forever disgusted with mass worship, I will forever resist mass worship, I will forever work to its destruction.



7.

I have a clear understanding of my goals and my choices. I understand the clear line between accomplishments and social trophies. Marriage is not an accomplishment. Buying a house, or having the ability to purchase, is not an accomplishment. Climbing the social order is definitely not an accomplishment. An accomplishment is climbing a mountain of personal hardships, it is building an obelisk out of rage and despair. It is molding yourself into the person you want to be. I have no desire to accomplish the same pointless things that people have been doing for the past thousands of years, that is no accomplishment, it is mere heredity. An accomplishment is when I stand up for what I believe in. When in the face of oppression I offer resistance. When in the face of destruction I put up creation. When in the face of sorrow and despair I have an eternal flame of resistance that cannot be put out by the storms of emotions. Accomplishment is full control of my feelings, my emotions, my abilities. When I set up goals for myself I work to achieve them until I drop. I will always work towards my goals, my goals will be my only love, my only friends, my only joy. It will be the burning fire of resistance that will come to me in my dreams, that will keep me comforted all night. I will not rest until my goal, whatever it is, is fully accomplished the exact why I had planned it. Nothing will stop me, and all that tries to stop me will be annihilated. With a sleepwalkers certainty I will walk the clear path towards my goals, knowing that they will come into existence.



8.

I take care of myself. The body is my vehicle, it must be sustained, cleaned, and not wasted. While I still have my youth I will use it to the full potential. I will not discard my healthy body, my sober mind, my clear eyes, to the waste that takes hold of my generation. There is nothing better then a clean and sober mind. There is nothing better then a fit and healthy body. There is nothing better then a heart that is pure and honest. I will eat healthy and I will cherish food. The greatest disrespect that anyone can offer to the world is to waste food, to throw food away, to use it as toys. Food is the fuel of life, it is what sustains and offers us existence. There are people and animals on earth that do not have a crumb to eat. I will not waste food, I will eat as much as I need and no more. I will offer food to those who have none or have very little. I will not allow food to be wasted by anyone around me, because it is precious and often in life very rare. I will never take food for granted. The same as with food, the same with water. Water is precious and must never be wasted. The same with shelter I will never take too much shelter as it takes shelter away from others, I will take what is needed and no more. I will offer shelter to those that have none or have very little. The same with clothing. I will not take any more clothing then I need. I will give clothing to those that have none or have very little. I do not want anything in reward for these deeds, not any heavenly bliss or saintly label. I do it because I know when I am poor and unfortunate I want others to help me out also.



9.

Because I believe shelter is used for living, thinking, and sleeping and must not be wasted I don't believe in private property. Everyone has a right to live, think, and sleep. Everyone has the right to be able to rest, and eat in a safe and clean environment. Everyone has the right to enjoy their life without being intruded upon, and everyone deserves privacy for the moments of solitude and rest. Land is not something that belongs to a certain individual. The claims based on property based on money, inheritance, heritage, civilization, or history, has no meaning in my eyes. They are man-made borders and man-made properties. You are not born with land in hand, before you were here the land was here and it will be here after you go. This land is everybody's. Everyone is entitled to breathe air, to walk the fields, to swim in the ocean and lakes and streams. Everyone is entitled to climb mountains and walk the rocky shores. No one has the right to close these things off to me, it is my birth right. No one has the right to restrict me from swimming in their lake, or walking in their fields. No one has the right to burn the fields, to pollute the air. They don't have this right because it is not theirs to pollute. If they wish to pollute their minds and their bodies they are free to do so. Respecting myself means also respecting the world around me. Look at how kind the world is to us. It feeds us, it gives us its wood to keep us warm in our homes, it gives us fire, and water, and air. We must respect it and take care of it. If we disrespect it we will pay a heavy price. Such is the law in all matters. When we disrespect those who help us they will stop helping us. We must respect all that give us help, and thank them and try to help them out as well.



10.

I will avoid power. I will avoid all aspects of leadership and positions of power. Power is the source of corruption and oppression. Those that want to lead only want to oppress and control. There is nothing good in leadership, there is nothing that a leader can offer to any of us that we cannot decide, accomplish, or understand on our own. I am always disgusted by those seeking positions of power, because I know in their hearts they are seeking to poison us with rules, laws, and their ideas. Power destroys families, friends, and nations. Power allows people to place themselves above the rest only because of their position, those below them always suffer. I will forever be against whoever is in power. I will take a position of leadership only if life and death demands it, if people all unanimously ask for it, and I will take my power away as soon as possible. While I am in any position of authority I will expect everyone to view me with bitterness and weariness, because that is the way it is supposed to be, power is a force of corruption and I will need people to keep me in line. I will always disrespect those that choose to be in power. I have seen the deathly sickness of authority, I have seen it in the eyes of police officers, in the military, in the judges and lawyers, in the doctors, in the politicians, in the religious and spiritual leaders. The only leader of my life is me. I will never bow to anyone on this planet, I will never join their ranks. I will fight them, I will hunger for their destruction, I will resist them to the death!



11.

I will nerve join the military. I will never fight for any government, politician, religion, or idea other than mine own. As I have explained to myself before, "There is not one group in the world that I want to belong to." I will not be herded like a slave into a bunker, I will not wear any uniform, I will not clean their weapons for them. I will not leave my home and walk for hundreds of miles to a certain destination on a map where the ones in authority have charted a place for war. I will not pick weapons and kill people that I do not know for reasons unknown to me. I would rather have my body ripped in half them to kill for someone else. I will never fight for the perverse system, I will not be its tool of destruction. If the leaders want war, let them go and fight for themselves. I am not a pawn that will be slaughtered in exchange for their sins. My duty is to end wars. My duty is fight the war-hawks. My duty is to defend what I love. I also realize that there is a clear difference between joining a military organization of a government, politic, religion, idea, and joining a peoples militia which is fighting only in self-defense. If the militia is fighting in order to occupy, invade, destroy, pillage, rape, or plunder then it is just as wrong and unjust as the government. I will forever resist all militaries to the death. The all-destructive arm of the army will never touch anything and anyone that I love. The greatest way to die is to parish fighting for what I love. My blood will not be spilled in vain. My blood will soak the fields and plant it with vengeance. The seeds of vengeance shall harvest the fields of revolution. Life isn't worth living if it isn't worth dying for it.



12.

I will always push myself to the limits of my abilities. I will strive to be faster, quicker, stronger, smarter, healthier, and more courageous. I will strive to be honest and good. I will strive to be a good judge of character, knowing my enemies from my allies. I will fight like a bulldog against anything that wants to inflict damage upon me or on anything I hold as sacred, beautiful, or needed. I will always be learning something. I will always be helping someone. I will always be questioning everything. My mind is open for expansion. My mind is limitless. The boundaries that have been designed by governments and religions upon our conscious will have no bearing upon me. I will destroy all these boundaries and borders with one clean swoop. The gates of freedom will be open within me, all the raging floods of love, despair, anger, and happiness will flow unstopped out from me. I will constantly push myself forward, even when thirst has sliced my throat and I am unable to crawl any further on the desert of life, I will keep pushing until the last drop of sweat has been squeezed out from my pores. I will never stop fighting. Even if the whole world has abandoned me, even when all the enemies weapons are aimed against me, when there is absolutely no one on earth that will agree with me or stand up for me - I will resist till the end. I will remain true to my belief in freedom. Because if I cannot believe in freedom with such a raging hunger then I will never know what freedom feels like. In my final moments of battle I will sense that liberation, I will feel that momentous feeling come over me, because I know what it is true, it is what I believed in - it is the promise that I had made, kept, and achieved. Let the whole world hate me, in my eyes the whole world may parish without any meaning if it so wishes.



13.

I value work. I value the work that is done by me and the work done by other workers. I value the sweat and blood that has been spilled on the roads and fields of my land. It is the same blood that runs within me, the blood that sowed the seeds of revolution, the blood that is the fuel of my resistance. I am a worker to the core. I work to live and to sustain myself and those that I love. I work to build a better world untouched by the greedy hands of thieves and rapists. In the same light I value every other being that does the same work as I . I value each being that sweats under the merciless sun to sustain what it loves. I value each individual mining in the dirt, each being that is enchained in the factory system, each being slaving under electric light in plastic boxes, each boy and girl subjected to the work of school and labor. I value each one of these people because the same blood flows within their veins as in mine. Each time they beat and tortured a slave, they beat and tortured me. Each time they raped an innocent life, they also raped me. Each time they made a being suffer under long hours for miserable pay, they also inflicted pain on me. Every time they abused someone's freedom, they abused my own. For all these things we will have vengeance, and it will happen in my lifetime before my eyes.



14.

In my lifetime there are two forces: the Working Class and the Class Enemy. The Working Class is all of us, it is the slaves and the workers, it is all of life that strives to perfect its situation and benefit society. The Working Class is united by all races and genders, buy subgroups and subcultures, it is all accepting and all growing. Within the Working Class there are billions of different people, with different ideas, different outlooks on life, religions, etc. But with all the differences that exist amongst them, only one thing unites them all: they are enchained by the Class Enemy. The Class Enemy is the total opposite of me. It is a small, petty, segregated group of individuals who hold nothing sacred except for money. The Class Enemy is the one who makes billions while the workers barely make enough to feed themselves. The Class Enemy is the being that brings drugs and prostitution to our streets, it sends us war, it humiliates and degrades our existence. The Class Enemy is always the capitalist the government, the police and the secret police, the teachers, the bankers, the military, and the ones in power. The Class Enemy has only one goal: to enslave as many as possible, to destroy as much as possible, to turn the world into a police state, to always be at war. The Class Enemy holds nothing sacred, it doesn't respect itself or its people. Its pleasure is momentary, its existence is a burden on the rest of the world. It cannot be bargained with. It only understands violence and war. The Class Enemy only knows how to produce and consume, and it will produce the rope with which we shall hang them! The Class Enemy is my eternal enemy. Because of it I must watch my mother work herself to death, I must watch my father dig his own grave, I must watch my brother's and my sister's youth fly past them because of war, poverty, and a wasted society. In their names I will resist the enemy till death. In the names of my loved ones I will pick up the sword of justice and behead the Class Enemy! The enemy of the working class deserves total, universal, merciless destruction. It will be ripped out by the root and nothing will be left. Of all this I am certain.



15.

I am dangerous. I more dangerous to the Class Enemy then the foreign soldiers who have sworn to destroy it. I am dangerous because I am youth that is free. I am dangerous because my eyes see clearly through the lies of the system, my veins are pure, my mind is sober, and my heart is free. I will not be swayed by their mass worship or lured by their drugs. I will never disrespect myself in exchange for momentary or eternal pleasure. They cannot bribe me, and they cannot wash my mind with lies. My very existence is their greatest nightmare, I am living walking proof of their ultimate destruction. I am dangerous because I am certain in the annihilation of private property, mass worship, and the class system. I am certain in my hatred for authority and religion. I am certain that there is not one individual or group on earth that can dictate my life for me, in the past, present, or future. I am free to live, to choose, to die. I will fight to the death for my beliefs. I will hunger for freedom. I will resist the enemy till the end. All these things are true. These things are not myths or legends, they exist here in front of me before my very eyes, they are as real as the pavement and the blood that runs through me. My freedom is just as natural as the trees and the sky, and because it is natural it is beautiful. The knowledge of these things is what liberates me. This knowledge puts me in control of my life, it lets me make clear choices, it allows me to be free and untainted by the ideas of others. Once I have regained control over my life it is only natural that I want to make a positive contribution to the world around me. I will not, however, convert anyone to my beliefs. These facts are so positive and real that people will come to them by themselves, they will realize it. It will be as if they are looking in the mirror and for the first time seeing their reflection. There is nothing new in here, it is all within, it is all us before me. This book will reach them in their hour of darkness and they will make clear choices on their own from then on.



To Fight. To Hunger. To Resist.


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