‘The political desperadoes and ignoramuses, who say they would “Rather be Dead than Red”, should be told that no one will stop them from committing suicide, but they have no right to provoke a third world war.’ — Morris Kominsky, 1970

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Violence against someone based on their beliefs is never ok.

Evidently, the founders of the U.S. never got the message.

When you put it that way you make it sound vastly more interesting than it truly is.

I remember watching my half‐sister play Active Worlds all the way back during the dot com boom, and aside from the lack of virtual reality it sounds like it was almost identical to this: level‐building, character creation, custom textures and models, vanities like pubs and rollercoaster rides, but it had a substantially larger userbase and consequently more content. (It probably even looked better than this, too.)

That was a little over two decades ago. It should be no surprise to anybody that this latest entry in the glorified chatroom genre was dead on arrival: the only new thing that it brings is the virtual reality aspect, which isn’t good enough and just makes accessing this product more expensive.

Everything else that this offers has already been done and done better in Active Worlds, Second Life, Roblox, and other glorified chatrooms that have more than umpteen times the content of this gimmicky crap. They don’t even care enough to moderate it properly!

It would be awesome if this bankrupted Meta, but I’m sad to say that they’ll probably have to do a lot worse than this. Maybe Elon Musk can give Meta a few pointers—or seize it himself.

>As hinted at by its historical development, libertarianism is particularly appealing to white middle class men. It seems fairly obvious why; this group is perhaps the most privileged in our society, and sees little reason for a change in the societal order in place. > >Similarly, the alt-right and all levels of far-right politics hold exactly the same goal, though admittedly they aim to achieve them through different means. But when the advantages start to erode, that’s when they are forced to turn to more reactionary, authoritarian ideologies. > >Immigration is an ideal example for this, since under a libertarian ideology, immigration should not be restricted in any way. Borders are one of the major constructs of the state, and we shouldn’t be restricting the right of people to choose where they live. > >However, if you actually talk to libertarians, very often you’ll find that they are far more against immigration than their supposed ideology would suggest. The same rhetoric around the ‘undeserving poor’ is used both towards people on welfare, and immigrants who are apparently coming to live on welfare. This is also due to the idea that immigrants will vote for left-wing parties more (which they do), and then lead to a stronger welfare state. > >Time and time again, libertarians have shown to be willing to abandon what they would claim as their core principles to uphold the societal order, which places them at the top.

>An anti-trans rally in Melbourne, Australia over the weekend included the shocking sight of black-clad neo-Nazis goosestepping to the front of Victoria’s Parliament House and throwing the sieg-heil salute. Now the state’s government is saying they’ll ban the [Fascist] salute. > >The Let Women Speak rally, led by notorious U.K. transphobe Posie Parker, attracted an angry mob of about 400 anti-trans protesters on Saturday to the streets in front of the state of Victoria’s seat of government, and at least 30 members of the far-right Nationalist Socialist Movement. > >[…] > >From their perch on the steps of Parliament House, the neo-Nazis, some disguised under black balaclavas, shouted slurs at the LGBTQ+ counter-protesters and chanted “White power!” The group held a large banner emblazoned with the words, “Destroy Paedo Freaks.” > >As the neo-Nazi cohort taunted counter-protesters with anti-gay slurs, trans-rights activists chanted, “Posie Parker you can’t hide, you’ve got Nazis on your side!” Related: [*Anti-trans Posie Parker supporters give Nazi salutes and chant ‘white power’*](https://www.thepinknews.com/?p=624063) [*New Zealand is reportedly reviewing whether it will permit Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull enter the country, after an Australia rally attracted support from a group of Neo-Nazis.*](https://www.thepinknews.com/?p=624374) [*Australian premier slams neo-Nazis at Posie Parker event, tells trans citizens: ‘Our government will always support you’*](https://www.thepinknews.com/?p=624297) [*Nazi salute to be banned in Victoria, Australia after ‘disgusting’ gesture seen at anti-trans rally*](https://www.thepinknews.com/?p=624673)

>Bridging urban food autonomy in Mexico to a long tradition of Mexican and indigenous social movements, the speaker asked the crowd if anyone knew any figures from Mexican revolutionary history. The crowd shouted “the Zapatistas!” and “Flores Magon!” The talk proceeded with a brief history of land and subsistence struggles in Mexico and the ways in which the modernization of the country changed peasants’ relationship to land and the form that these struggles took.


If anticommunists are going to openly memorialize somebody like this, then I honestly have no idea what’s stopping them from doing the same for Adolf Schicklgruber. Other than, I suppose, his army’s violence against other Westerners.

Liberal capitalists greatly rearmed prefascist Romania, which traded heavily with Fascist states
For most of the 1930s, Czechoslovakia and Romania were both ‘democracies’ (by neoliberal standards, of course) that were soon to mutate into a property of the Third Reich and a minor Axis power, respectively. One of the most popular political parties in the Kingdom of Romania was the Liberal Party. The Liberal Party was the winning party from 1933 until losing an election in December 1937, but not to worry, that was plenty of time to set the stage for monarchofascism in 1938. Quoting Grant T. Harward’s [*Romania’s Holy War*](https://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=3E50A7D348362248B6279B07ADE0C38C): >Legionaries brawled in the streets during the election, but the Liberals won handily. On 10 December, the new prime minister, Ion Duca, outlawed the Iron Guard, and on 29 December three Legionaries assassinated him in revenge. […] Before his murder, **Duca appointed General [Ion] Antonescu as chief of staff**, with a mission to renegotiate arms contracts. […] > >Antonescu should be seen not as a naïve soldier who dabbled in politics but as an opportunistic politician with a military background. **Without him it is less likely Romania would have later committed itself so fully to [Fascist] Germany’s war effort on the eastern front. Antonescu’s promotion to chief of staff, jumping ahead of more senior officers, was a key step on his path to dictator.** (Evidently, the Liberals’ outlawing of the Iron Guard was probably about as stern and ruthless as [the Weimar Republic’s own suppression of Fascism earlier](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/366971).) >In April 1935, with the economy improving, the [Kingdom of Romania’s] Liberals passed a ten‐year rearmament plan to modernize and expand the military to twenty‐two infantry divisions, three cavalry divisions, three mountain brigades, and one armored brigade. The Liberal government also enacted pre‐military training. While some arms contracts went to local manufacturers, large numbers of heavy weapons could only be obtained from abroad. > >France was unwilling to sell to Romania because it was rearming itself (in reaction to [Fascist] Germany’s rearmament), nor was France willing to subsidize Romania’s purchases of modern weaponry, because the French Army judged the Romanian Army as inept and not worth the investment. **Czechoslovakia was willing, so in 1936 an agreement was signed worth 2.5 billion lei; Czechoslovak investors bought Romanian bonds to help finance the deal, and soon 70 percent of Romania’s heavy weapons came from Czechoslovakia.** > >[…] > >**[The Third Reich] needed Romania’s oil, food, and raw materials and was willing to pay with manufactured goods, so in 1936 Romania adopted a position of neutrality between the Western Allies and [the Third Reich] in an increasingly bellicose Europe. Soon half of Romania’s trade was with [the Third Reich].** Not only this, but the Kingdom of Romania was easily Fascist Italy’s most important source of oil, even during the reinvasion of Ethiopia. Quoting Prof. Gian Giacomo Migone’s [*The United States and Fascist Italy*](https://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=AC6D6B57F6ECEEC34AEC76AC7C6E174E), page 328: >When […] in Geneva the extension of the embargos to oil was being seriously considered, Italy had already begun revising its import strategy for raw materials. First of all there was a drop in imports from those countries that appeared most hostile to Mussolini’s Ethiopian project and were most committed to the sanctions already in place. The imports from the Soviet Union, while remaining consistent, diminished notably starting in 1934. The same was true for Iran, which marked its total dependence on British imperial policy. > >Imports from the United States, however, grew proportionally starting in the autumn of 1935. This impression is strengthened by observing the data regarding the imports directly to the theater of war, which throw into greater relief the political influence on the overall configuration of Italian imports. **Romania not only remained the principal source but increased its overall share during the period considered.** (Emphasis added in all cases.)

As obnoxiously inconsiderate as he is, beating a child is never a good approach to take.

Doing a report on this would have a deeper and longer lasting effect on him.

>Beyond shouts, the groups didn’t clash immediately. Attendees began trickling past the growing throng of riot police and into the event center. As police presence grew heavily, a quick and brutal arrest was made of an outlying activist, then a second. Six Proud Boys slowly peeked out before making their way into the field, some holding up white power symbols. The crowd jeered for them to come closer. Outnumbered twenty-five to one, they backed away. > >Suddenly, the crowd came alive and surged towards the fleeing [neo]fascists. When the corner was turned, the crowd regained the target of the event and struck back against it, subverting police forces and evading [neo]fascists. Riot police slowed by bewilderment and equipment were unable to stop property damage.

Good grief… if the U.S.S.R. was the Reich’s ‘ally’ then so was Poland, France, the United Kingdom, and every other piss bucket in Europe.

To quote my thesis:

It was no doubt disgraceful that Soviet Russia should make any agreement with the leading Fascist state; but this reproach came ill from the statesmen who went to Munich. […] [The German–Soviet] pact contained none of the fulsome expressions of friendship which Chamberlain had put into the Anglo–German declaration on the day after the Munich conference.

Indeed Stalin rejected any such expressions: “the Soviet Government could not suddenly present to the public German–Soviet assurances of friendship after they had been covered with buckets of filth by the [Fascist] Government for six years.” The pact was neither an alliance nor an agreement for the partition of Poland. Munich had been a true alliance for partition: the British and French dictated partition to the Czechs. The Soviet government undertook no such action against the Poles.

They merely promised to remain neutral, which is what the Poles had always asked them to do and which Western policy implied also. More than this, the agreement was in the last resort anti‐German: it limited the German advance eastwards in case of war, as Winston Churchill emphasized. […] [With the pact, the Soviets hoped to ward] off what they had most dreaded—a united capitalist attack on Soviet Russia. […] It is difficult to see what other course Soviet Russia could have followed.

— A.J.P. Taylor, The Origins of the Second World War

The Kremlin wasn’t staffed with amnesiacs; they had the common sense to know that the capitalists were going to reinvade Soviet Eurasia. The question was when; intelligence reports were often contradictory, which was why Moscow hesitated before fighting back.

See Molotov’s explanation.

[I]t was impossible not to miscalculate. How could you know when the enemy would attack? We knew we would have to deal with him, but on what day or even what month. […] We are blamed because we ignored our intelligence. Yes, they warned us. But if we had heeded them, had given Hitler the slightest excuse, he would have attacked us earlier.

We knew the war was coming soon, that we were weaker than Germany, that we would have to retreat. The question was, retreat to where—to Smolensk or to Moscow, that’s what we discussed before the war.

We knew we would have to retreat, and we needed as much territory as possible. We did everything to postpone the war. And we succeeded—for a year and ten months. We wished it could have been longer, of course. Stalin reckoned before the war that only in 1943 would we be able to meet the Germans as equals.


On the whole, everyone expected the war would come and it would be difficult, impossible for us to avoid it. We delayed it for a year, for a year and a half. If Hitler had attacked us half a year earlier, you know, bearing in mind our situation then, it would have been very dangerous.

So it was impossible to begin obvious preparations without revealing to German intelligence that we were planning serious measures. We took many serious steps, but still not enough. We didn’t have time to finish very much. Some think Stalin should have to answer for all this. But there was the people’s commissar for defense, the chief of the general staff…


Also, that Wikipedia link does not support the Redditor’s claim.

Yes and no:

The Chetniks […] were fighting the partisans often with more vigor than the Axis. They also would negotiate ceasefires with the Italians. They also at times made alliances with the Ustaše and Nazis against the partisans, and at times in alliance with the partisans against the [F]ascists.


Reminder that Italian anticommunists pardoned Fascists while punishing thousands of partisans
:::spoiler [Excerpt] >In the weeks that followed the electoral success of the **centre‐right coalition** in the 18 April 1948 general elections, and particularly after the attempt on Togliatti’s life, on 14 July 1948, the Italian Republic experienced a wave of judicial repression, marked by hundreds of arrests, prosecutions and disciplinary actions against former partisans, for acts committed during the war for liberation which took place between 1943 and 1945. > >Certainly, in the phase of transition, post 1945 and up to the spring of 1947 (with the ousting of the Left from De Gasperi’s cabinets of national unity), **hundreds of partisans were charged for homicide of fascists, requisitions of weapons, and attacks and sabotage on the German invaders.** > >During this phase, guilty verdicts against partisans by the Italian post‐war courts were strongly linked with the trials against [Axis] collaborators and the larger failure to purge Italy after the fall of Fascism. The main feature of the so‐called ‘trial of the Resistance’ is that **it was conducted exclusively by the same judges who had served during the Fascist period and who applied the provisions of the 1930 Fascist Penal Code.** > >In addition, while special legislation and courts tried individuals for crimes linked with collaboration, trials against partisans were made possible because of the continued use of laws emanated during the fascist régime; laws that denied the political justification of partisan actions during the war and defined such actions as robberies, extortions, private vendetta, unlawful entry and homicide. > >Up until the second half of the 1950s, **trials against partisans involved hundreds of thousands of accused. Judicial prosecution against communist and communist inspired partisan groups was certainly a political as well as a judiciary phenomenon.** > >It is not only proof of the ‘continuity of the State’ and of the power fascists and collaborationists maintained within the state administration, but it is also symbolic of the conflict between ‘reform’ and ‘conservation’, and moderate–conservative and socialist–communist political forces within Italian society in the 1950s. > >**Even though it was carried out within a formal democracy, the ideological conflict between the main parties (especially the Christian Democratic Party and the Communist Party) was translated into a phenomenon of intimidation and the repression of dissent and political participation.** > >The socio‐political context was that of a country which had just passed through a fascist dictatorship and maintained an open conflict characterized by questioning the real democratic nature of the adversary, in order to prevent legitimization of the opposition. > >The number of victims injured during demonstrations with the police, the numerous arrests of activists, political and trade union and communist leaders seem to attest to this attempt to silence any opposition. In other words, in this period Italy was a country that felt like it was on the verge of a second civil war. > >Because of the perceived danger that communist partisans could go ahead and start a revolution, the De Gasperi government tried to respond to such alleged threat by tackling what he saw as the roots of the problem: poverty and need for social reform as well as by brutally repressing any opposition and by maintaining public order at all costs. > >[…] > >In the case of Via Rasella, Catholic propaganda from 1944 was used during the electoral campaign of 18 April 1948 in order to shift Italian public opinion towards criticism of the communist resistance and, consequently, to delegitimise the PCI as a credible political force in a democratic system. This reading of history was validated by **the neo‐fascist MSI (Italian Social Movement), which tried to ally itself with centrist governments** with a view to enlarging the government’s majority. > >The neo‐fascists supported, for example, the journalistic campaign launched by moderate and conservative newspapers around the issue of missing Italian prisoners of war still inside the USSR. In this way, the neo‐fascists carved out a space within the panorama of republican politics as ‘healthy parts’ of the nation, against both the Soviet enemies overseas and the communist partisans as proponents of a totalitarian, anti‐democratic doctrine at home. > >Between 1948 and 1953, with the release of important exponents of the old fascist régime from prison, such as Renato Ricci (ex‐head of the GNR) and Marshal Rodolfo Graziani (who became honorary president of the MSI), there was greater convergence between the appeal for reconciliation put forth by neo‐fascists in the name of defence of the country from the ‘red threat’, and the spirit of reconciliation which inspired exponents of the Christian Democrat Party. (Emphasis added.) :::

To any commie saying that it was good that German POWs were treated terribly in Soviet captivity

It’s interesting how this comment is addressed to ‘any commie’ — as if Jews, Roma, gay folks, transgender people, the disabled, the houseless, and others, cannot be expected to share the same indifference towards their oppressors suffering.

it’s also sad that many others would never have this opportunity.

Somehow, I get the feeling that the author of this reply was not thinking about the dozens of millions of Soviets who lost relatives to Axis forces.

As is usual with anticommunists, that author’s attempt at describing history is comparable to Christopher Duntsch’s surgical procedures: all the care and precision of a small child playing with tinker toys. To start:

Tito didnt send any hit squats [sic] to find these Ustase unless he wanted to eliminate someone he thought threatened his authoritarian rule at home.

The implication here that Tito never would have thought that the Ustaše would threaten his ‘authoritarian rule’ (as opposed to libertarian rule) is such illogical nonsense that hopefully no refutation is needed on that.

More to the point, though, there is evidence that Tito, and his friends, did want to eliminate Ustaše…

On 13 May 1945 Tito sent a message to his First Army: ‘A group of Ustashi and some Chetniks, a total of over 50,000 men, is reported by the Third Army in the Konjice-Sotanj area. It includes Pavelic […] and a huge number of criminals. They are attempting to cross at Dravograd and give themselves up to the British.’ Tito issued the order for their ‘annihilation’, but some twelve thousand anti-communist Serbs, including many Chetniks in German uniforms, reached Allied headquarters.


Following in Pavelic’s wake were a number of senior Ustashi who made it to a safe base near Salzburg. Wanted for ‘war crimes’ by the Yugoslav authorities, according to Mark Aarons and John Loftus, they included:

  • Stejpan Hefer, regional governor-general of Baranja, where he was responsible for the slaughter of Serbs and the deportation of Jews by terror squads.
  • Ljbo Milos, a senior official at the Jasenovac concentration camp, where his speciality had been the ‘ritual killing’ of Jews, using a knife to cut their throats and to slice open their stomachs.
  • Dr Vjekoslav Vrancic, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and undersecretary in the Interior Ministry; wanted for administering the camps.
  • Veliko Pecnikar, head of the Poglavnik’s personal bodyguard and also commander of the brutal Gendarmerie which worked in close collaboration with the Gestapo.
  • Bozidar Kavran, commander of Pavelic’s headquarters and a trusted aide.
  • Srecko Rover, implicated in a plot to assassinate Yugoslavia’s King Peter. He held a senior position in Pavelic’s personal bodyguard.
  • Lovro Susie, Minister of Corporations, who worked closely with the Nazis on the deportations for forced labour in Germany and later served with the SS Division Prince Eugen.
  • Father Josip Bujanovic, a Croat priest party to the massacre of Orthodox peasants.

The British Army in Austria, under the command of Field Marshal Alexander, initially disarmed the Ustashi and, in late May 1945, surrendered to Tito’s forces, quite legitimately, around 18,500 Chetniks, Ustashi, Slovenian White Guards and Domobrans. In the near-civil war that followed in Yugoslavia, a great many atrocities were committed. The killings were, a senior member of Tito’s Politburo admitted, ‘sheer frenzy’.

(Emphasis added. Source.)

tens of thousands of innocent people

This is what you sound like right now.

only concentration camp in post war Europe

The Kingdom of Sweden kept running one of these after 1945. Perhaps more obviously, though, the Allies frequently recycled Axis camps (like Dachau) and did not fully disestablish them until years afterwards.

Tito definitely didnt [sic] kill any Bulgarian fascists either considering he had a very good relationship with George Dimitrov

Dimitrov, being the chap who famously defined fascism as “the open terrorist dictatorship of the most reactionary, most chauvinistic, and most imperialistic elements of finance capital”, would have been most unlikely to have any objections to somebody executing fascists, whether they shared his nationality or not. Also, there’s no ‘definitely’ regarding Tito’s (indirect) involvement in the killing of Bulgarian fascists:

Tito, however, refused to sanction the loss of Macedonia; in fact he had hopes of extending his own control to embrace Pirin (Bulgarian) Macedonia. Near the end of May 1941, he sent Lazar Kolishevski, a Macedonian, to take control of the Macedonian Party from Shark and to organize armed resistance to the Bulgarian occupation.


Tito made an alliance with the Bulgarians who were killing us for three years. None of them faced justice.


As Romania changed sides, seeing the way the wind of war was blowing, Bulgaria declared her neutrality on 23 August 1944 and announced that she was withdrawing from the war. In spite of that, on 8 September 1944, Soviet troops entered Bulgaria; Bulgaria now declared war on Germany. Bogdan Filov and Prince Kyrill were condemned to death by a “people’s court” and executed in February 1945.

(Emphasis added. Source.)

Marko Mesić

[Commentary by John Erickson]

Their enforced wait upon the wishes, or the whims, of Stalin provided some opportunity for the Yugoslav mission to observe the Soviet Union at war and enabled them to clear up at least one mystery. What puzzled the Yugoslavs was where all the men had come from to form the ‘Yugoslav Anti-Fascist Brigade’, when so many of the Yugoslav communists resident in the Soviet Union had perished long before in the purges.

Djilas discovered that the Brigade was manned largely by the collaborationist Croats from the ill-fated regiment sent by Ante Pavelic to serve on the Eastern Front. Like the Rumanians, Italians and Hungarians, the Croat soldiers along with their commander Mesic were sucked into the catastrophe of Stalingrad, taken prisoner and politically re-educated, to emerge as the ‘Anti-Fascist Brigade’, officered by Russians and with a few émigré Communists providing the political staff.

It was even proposed that these mongrelly soldiers should wear the insignia of the Royal Yugoslav Army until Veljko Vlahovic protested and med to devise a matching emblem with Tito’s partisans, though he was hampered in never having seen the original. On finding the same commander still at the head of this regiment Djilas apparently could not restrain his criticism, a point the Russians blandly brushed aside by saying that Mesic had ‘recanted’; there was nothing for the Yugoslav mission to do but leave ‘everything as it was’.


But I’ll admit, I would be quite reluctant to trust anticommies to clean up a mess that they made. Evidently, so were the Yugoslav communists.

SS Handzar Divison from Bosnia (Bosnian‐Muslims working directly for the Nazis) were granted amnesty by the communists and allowed to join the Partisans.


As the war situation worsened in the winter of 1943–4, increasing numbers of Muslims joined their ranks, though the proportion of Muslims in Tito’s ranks should not be overestimated. In spring 1944, according to Tito’s own assessment, only 2.5 per cent of his men were Muslims. A first Muslim partisan unit had already been formed in the summer of 1941, and Marshal Tito willingly repeated Moscow’s religious wartime propaganda that portrayed communism as the only hope for Islam.

I’ll let you draw your own conclusions from that one.

killing Serbian families who were anti communist.

If only I could show you the things that I’ve seen…

spies of Tito who only killed milk men and taxi drivers in the diaspora.

See here. Again.

>In a March 2020 talk to the National Network on Cuba, University of Glasgow lecturer Dr. Helen Yaffe stated that Cuba initiated biotechnology five years before the first capitalist biotech company was established. Dr. Yaffe explained that Cuban biotech was nonprofit — based on collaboration, not competition — and is tied to their education system. > >“Cuba bet on biotechnology very early, opening the first research manufacturing facility in the country in 1981,” [said Agustín Lage, founder and former director of BioCubaFarma’s Center of Molecular Immunology.](https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/388715204.pdf) “Those early steps set the stage for the sector’s current performance in Cuba — supplying over 60% of the country’s essential medicines list, exporting to more than 40 countries, registering innovative products, showing tangible impact in public health and owning more than 2,000 patent filings worldwide.”

>The demonstration, jointly organized by Workers World Party, Buffalo; UB Young Democratic Socialists of America; DSA; Buffalo DSA; the Graduate Student Association of the UB School of Social Work; and No Hate at UB, drew support from both university students and members of the community. Speakers called for the maintenance of an atmosphere of inclusivity on campus at UB and in Buffalo at large and denounced Knowles’ and YAF’s hateful rhetoric.

Yugoslav survivors of Fascist war camp lament Italy’s apathy
>Six decades after the Italian military imprisoned Slovenes, Croats and Jews in a concentration camp on this island, the memories are vivid for the few remaining survivors. > >But as they reach their final years, the survivors lament that memories are apparently not as sharp across the Italian border. There is a general amnesia about the Rab concentration camp, they say. > >Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister of Italy, recently told an Italian newspaper that the fascist government of Benito Mussolini "never killed anyone."

>Speaking of the food crisis, the Biden administration announced on March 1 devastating cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that helped sustain low-income families and individuals with extra allotments during the pandemic that began March 2020. These allotments expired in 32 states and impacted 30 million people enrolled in the program. This will deepen hunger and malnutrition in the richest country in the world.

Many of these ethnocidal anticommunists may have indeed contributed in hopes of eventually being rewarded with national independence, but their nation‐states most likely would have assumed the form of anticommunist dictatorships as they had been before the 1940s.

Somewhat off‐topic…

…but I find it pretty telling how that chapter’s author gives examples of Soviet suppression as justifications for Baltic anticommunism, but doesn’t use the anticommunist régimes’ blatantly antidemocratic behavior to explain Soviet suppression.

>The General Confederation of Labor (CGT) says many workers went on strike on March 7 without demonstrating, and on March 11 a million protesters came out for the same issue. The CGT is the largest union group in the coalition that has called for major demonstrations throughout the country for the day the French parliament votes on increasing the age of retirement from 62 to 64 years old. The vote must take place on or before March 26.

>The event’s main message was that despite the [neocolonial] terror of the settlers and the Israeli government, Palestinians are more determined than ever to win their freedom. Monadel Herzallah, co-founder of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN), said: “Palestinians will continue to fight; Palestinians will continue to resist, because the enemies of the Palestinians are the enemies of peace.”

a certain political ideology has managed to kill 100 million people in a century


That subcommunity is just… depressing to read. They love repeatedly equating ‘tankies’ with neofascists, but don’t bother subjecting the former to class analysis and making a concerted effort to understand why anybody would turn to supporting the USSR and the PRC.

Let me give you an example. In this article about propertarians becoming alt‐right, there is class analysis (propertarians are quite often white, male, and petty‐bourgeois), and there is an explanation as to why propertarians to frequently become alt‐right: neofascism’s aggression suits many propertarian demands well. That is an analysis; an etiology.

Never have I seen anybody make an analysis even comparable to that in the case of ‘tankies’. The class background of this crowd goes entirely unmentioned, and more importantly, they never explain why people become ‘tankies’ in the first place.

The closest thing to that that you’ll see is this:

I think a lot of them are in it for the aesthetics and are fundamentally unserious and immature people who don’t know and especially don’t care about the meanings of the things they’re saying

And that is all that they’ve got.

The go‐to response, regarding predominantly Muslim countries that are friendly with the PRC, is simply that they’re all sellouts and obsequious to the Chinese government because of the economy.

Fiume, for those of us unaware, was a disputed territory from 1918 to 1920, then a microstate under League of Nations and Italian supervision starting in November 1920. ![](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Flag_of_the_Free_State_of_Fiume.svg/320px-Flag_of_the_Free_State_of_Fiume.svg.png) On September 1919, [Gabriele D’Annunzio and various other Italian ultranationalists (legionnaires) entered the territory and established a protofascist state](https://fluxirr.mcgill.ca/article/view/120/98), with the ultimate goal of making Fiume a territory of the Kingdom of Italy. :::spoiler Click here for a few glimpses of this rule. >Fiumian workers — both pro and anti‐annexationist — submitted a set of requests to D’Annunzio, which ranged from economic claims to the withdrawal of politically motivated expulsions, the re‐employment of dismissed workers and the right to opt for Fiumian *pertinenza* for those who were already residents before the war. […] > >D’Annunzio was initially open to negotiation, siding with the workers against the National Council and proposing to limit expulsions to individuals regarded as “anti‐Italian,” rather than those promoting “socialist propaganda.” > >However, no compromise could be achieved and the workers proclaimed a general strike based on claims regarded as political on April 20. **The repression was harsh; hundreds of nonpertinent workers were to be expelled, including the leaders of the Socialist Party.** > >[…] > >On July 11, a list of over one hundred shop owners, who were members of a pro‐Yugoslav League of the Fiumian Industrials, was circulated by D’Annunzio’s command. As had already happened in February, expulsions were preceded by an investigation that aimed to detect their target. > >**The next day several shops owned by pro-Yugoslav merchants were plundered and the boats anchored in the Dead Channel that flowed between Fiume and Sušak were set on fire. These attacks were followed by expulsion orders against pro‐Yugoslav nonpertinents.** > >[…] > >However, formal expulsion orders were not the only measures that pushed Croats to leave. D’Annunzio’s command reported that legionnaires or civilians disguised as soldiers threatened Croats, telling them to leave if they wanted their life to be spared. > >Legionnaires later settled in the houses of evicted families. The image of luxury apartments destroyed by Italian soldiers further fueled frustration and led some expellees to resort to corruption to avoid having their apartment confiscated. The Italian Army evicted D’Annunzio in January 1921, and most of his legionnaires followed. But not to worry, there were others to continue his glorious legacy of freedom: >During a long phase of instability that ran from D’Annunzio’s eviction to the annexation to Italy in 1924, expulsions never ceased to play a rôle in the political struggle. > >While the Free State of Fiume was officially established by the Rapallo Treaty in 1920, it was in power only for a couple of months. Before and after this, the city’s reins of power lay in the hands of temporary bodies that increasingly pursued Fiume’s annexation to Italy. > >Those bodies continued to use expulsions to get rid of political and social undesirables, as did many of their predecessors. Similarly, implementing the expulsions was more wishful thinking than reality. ([Source.](https://hrcak.srce.hr/file/413004)) And of course (quoting Dominique Kirchner Reill’s [*The Fiume Crisis*](https://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=A15091447752166CEFA22018A5177906), pgs. 226–7): >[The Fascist bourgeoisie’s] official annexation of the city to Italy in 1924 instigated a remaking of Fiume along textbook nationalist, Italian centralist lines. Gone were programs aimed at making Fiume look and feel Italian while keeping it functioning much as it had before the war. The pragmatic exceptionalisms Fiumians had hoped would give them a leg up once they were reabsorbed into a big state never came to pass. > >**Crown‐lire exchange rates never arrived at the 1 to 1 everyone had hoped for; by 1924 the now meek and exhausted Fiumians gratefully accepted the 2.5‐to‐1 rate Italy offered. Laws were no longer a mash‐up of Hungarian priors, Italian additions, and Fiume‐only innovations: now the laws enforced from Palermo to Venice were instated en masse in Fiume, regardless of community wishes.** > >**Women lost the vote, divorce became illegal, and tax codes benefited Rome, not Fiume’s regional trade. Pertinency disappeared from the citizenship rolls: with the 1924 annexation, Fiume pertinents had to opt for Italian, Serb‐Croat‐Slovene, or some other citizenship, with nothing in between except statelessness. Fiume pertinents who chose not to become Italian lost the right to state employment.** > >Under these conditions, many Croatian‐ and Slovene‐speaking Fiumians moved across the river to Sušak, where their ethnic identification bolstered their rights instead of impeding them. Name changes were no longer voluntary—there were specific Fascist protocols about how they were enacted. Fiume’s textbooks and geography lessons were replaced by the national curriculum. > >Under Mussolini, Habsburg Fiume was decisively annulled in a way it had not been at any of its earlier crisis points—not the dissolution of Austria–Hungary, the arrival of Inter‐Allied troops, Woodrow Wilson’s diplomatic pronouncements, the takeover of the Italian National Council, the arrival of D’Annunzio and his followers, the Christmas of Blood, or the international recognition of the Free State of Fiume. > >Though the majority of locals remained, the contours of their world now reflected the desires of their new empire in formation, the Fascist one, and not the old one, the Habsburg one, whose legacy had lived on for so long. (Emphasis added in all cases.) ::: \ Per *The Adriatic Sea Encyclopedia*, representatives from the Kingdoms of Italy and Yugoslavia convened on January 27, 1924 and agreed to the Treaty of Rome — a.k.a. Italy-Yugoslavia Treaty — which partitioned(**!**) the microstate, assigning the City of Fiume to the Fascists and the City of Sušak to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia; the border between the countries passed along the river Rječina. The International League of Nations recognized the partition as legal on April 7, 1924.

I couldn’t agree more! This is like a Czech politician in 1938 denouncing German atrocities when the Czechs were committing far worse atrocities against the Germans in Sudetenland!

I mean, FFS, every German with whom I’ve spoken assured me that the Czech atrocities were real! Huh? What you mean they’re all ‘petty‐bourgeois’ and ‘members of the Anti‐Komintern’? What does that have to do with anything‽

Even if this rumor be true (Hakim mentioned this once, heh), it would have not one iota of relevance to the fact that the Fascists were vicious anticommunists who arrested hundreds of thousands of suspected communists in the 1930s and massacred millions in the 1940s.

But it looks like anticommies have decided that Mussolini being an ex‐socialist and Goebbels being a former communist sympathizer are a thousand times more important than the deaths of 27 million Soviets (whose deaths, by the way, were entirely our faults; to even insinuate that anticommunists had anything whatsoever to do with those would be not only absurd but completely unfair!!!).

I agree, living standards in the Russian Federation need to improve. That means that you’ll oppose the sanctions on it and endorse the NATO’s disestablishment, right…?


The overwhelming majority of communists would endorse putting this living, breathing irrelevance against the wall.

Speaking of those presumed historians:

Eric Weitz, who is by no means an opponent of comparing the Soviet and Nazi régimes, attributes to [Stéphane] Courtois the same (in)famous rôle as that played in the West by Ernst Nolte, the chief trivializer of Nazi régime crimes by deflection of guilt to Lenin and Stalin’s Russia. Both historians, he writes, “engaged in polemics that masked as scholarship.”

Let us examine a few examples among many. On 7 March 1998, Floricel Marinescu, a Romanian historian with links with the previous régime, was writing in Aldine (a supplement of the daily România liberă) : “from the strict quantitative perspective, the number of crimes perpetrated in the name of communist ideology is much larger than that of those perpetrated in the name of Nazi or similar ideologically-minded regimes.”

Unlike President Emil Constantinescu, who had apologized for his country’s rôle during the Holocaust during a recent visit to Washington, Marinescu wrote, “no prominent Jewish personality [from Romania] has apologized for the role that some Jews have played in undermining Romanian statehood, in the country’s Bolshevization, in the crimes and the atrocities committed [by them]. Proportionally speaking, the Romanians and Romania suffered more at the hands of the communist regime, whose coming the Jews had made an important contribution to, than the Jews themselves had suffered from the Romanian state during the Antonescu regime. […] The Red Holocaust was incomparably more grave than Nazism.”

(Emphasis added. Source.)

innocent men, women, and children

You mean the White Army, Axis collaborators, and millions of hypothetical babies, carelessly lumped in with famine victims, whom the Communists struggled to save with food aid?

Advice for novice socialists: don’t expect a coherent and helpful answer to that question. The average anticommunist explains history in the same way that Christopher Duntsch performed surgery. For evidence, see here.

>Family members of Quantez “Quan” Burks, 37, and Shrewsbury, 45, attended the March 4 rally. Burks was an African American resident of Beckley, while Shrewsbury was white and lived in a rural town in neighboring Wyoming County. Both counties were once thriving with unionized coal mining jobs but are now plagued with severe poverty, due to decades of union busting, corporate greed and capitalist automation that destroyed their communities. Burks died at the jail, while Shrewsbury was taken to a local hospital before he was officially declared dead.

the term is misunderstood to mean that, as the chosen people, the Jews think they are better than everyone else. God singles out people—assigns the Jewish people—to announce to humanity that (1) every human being is chosen for a task that no other human being can perform and (2) every soul that enters creation is indispensable to all of creation. The Jews are chosen to say to the world, “Each of us is summoned to an absolute responsibility to God for how we treat our neighbor,” and this absolute responsibility includes risking death for the sake of our neighbor, as the Righteous among the Nations did during the Shoah. The exceptionalism here is not about privilege or superiority; it is about the obligation and the responsibility that define humanity. It is about the cry of “Here I am for you!” to the human outcry all around us, a cry for which I am singled out.


Please try to avoid generalizing Judaists and their beliefs; don’t conflate right‐wing Judaists with devout Judaists.

In addition to that, *The Economist*’s market commentary one day after the Fascists invaded Poland was “[*It may be argued that the Stock Exchange has been deceiving itself this week […] Even with imminent apprehension of war, American and British security prices are no lower[.]*](https://nitter.lacontrevoie.fr/i/status/1497719649303207946)” :::spoiler [Transcriptions] (Bear with me as I try to represent a table and transcribe teeny‐tiny numbers. Also, some of the fractions have no unicode characters, so I used decimals.) ># INVESTMENT NOTES >---- >**Hitler and the Markets.**—The behaviour of the stock markets this week has afforded reassuring evidence that London continues to possess the qualities appropriate to an international centre in time of crisis. > >**Hitler's *coup* caused little selling, and no trace whatever of panic, although the full realisation of the European crisis put the market nervously on the defensive on Thursday.** The markets, in fact, adopted the technique which stood them in good stead in the Wall Street crash of 1929 and, to name a more recent instance, in the “Sanctions crisis” of last September. > >Dealers, as an initial precaution, marked down the quotations of securities on a moderate scale, and, for two days, the market “stood fast.” On Thursday, however, renewed selling and a disinclination to keep a wide book by most jobbers brought considerable falls in all sections. > >The ordinary share index of *The Financial News* fell from 112.9 on Friday of last week to 111.2 on Monday and 109.4 on Thursday. The impact of the crisis on the prices of individual securities may be gathered from the following table:— > >Stock or Share 1935 High Low Feb.19, 1936 Mar.6, 1936 Mar.9, 1936 Mar.12, 1936 Change this Week > >2½% Consols… 94⅜ 80 85¾ 85½xd 85.375xd 84⅜xd −1½ >3½% Conversion… 112⅞ 100½ 109.642 107½ 106⅜ 105⅞ −1½ >3½% War Loan … 110⅛ 101½ 107.071 107 106¾ 105⅞ −1⅓ > >Associated Portland Cement (£1) … 68/9 39/− 79/7½ 88/4½ 86/− 83/1½ −5/3 >Courtaulds (£1) … 60/7½ 47/6 55/4½ 53/− 52/6 51/1½ −1/10½ >Imperial Cont. Gas (£100) 222½ 175 177¾ 177 168 168½ −8½ >Imperial Tobacco (£1) … 7.687 6.468 7.718 7.687 7.656 7½ −0.028 >**General Electric** (£1) … 75/7½ 45/9 80/4½ 79/− 77/6 75/9 −3/3 >Turner and Newall (£1)… 71/6 51/7½ 76/4½ 77/10½ 76/10½ 73/6 −4/4½ > >Fairey Aviation (10/−) … 30/− 19/4½ 41/6 37/7½ 39/− 39/7½ +2/− >Bristol Aeroplane (10s.)… 73/− 52/3 77/− 79/9 78/9 76/10½ −2/10½ >Hawker (5s.) … 33/6 24/3 33/3 31/3 31/− 30/− −1/3 >Hawker‐Siddeley (5s.) … 27/3 15/6 32/9 30/− 29/10½ 28/9 −1/3 > >Hadfields (10s.) … 19/10½ 13/6 25/4½ 24/4½ 24/1½ 24/− −4½d >Vickers (6s. 8d.) … 21/7½ 8/9 27/4½ 25/1½ 24/11 25/− −1½d ---- ># Investment > >**Resolute Markets.—It may be argued that the Stock Exchange has been deceiving itself this week, but the fact is inescapable that as the crisis has lengthened, hopes have revived, and with that revival prices have made a sharp response.** Under present technical conditions, hope, however insubstantial it might be, was bound to produce that result. > >Trading has naturally been restricted to the minimum, and **brokers’ activities have been concentrated on the establishing of emergency sub‐offices and the safeguarding of records. *Even with imminent apprehension of war, American and British security prices are no lower*, on the average, than in April and February respectively this year. Viewed against the political background, indeed, the stock market’s behaviour during the past month has shown astonishing composure.** > >The accompanying chart reveals, indeed, that the rate of decline both in London and New York was in no way more severe than in earlier reactions this year. > >---- > >**The market, however, would be hard put to find positive reasons for this week’s price movements**, though some investors translated wishful thinking into new buying on Wednesday. The following table, which includes leading securities in all sections of the Stock Exchange list, shows the widespread extent of the gains:— > >Name of Security Minimum Price Aug.24, 1939 Aug. 25, 1939 Aug. 28, 1939 Aug. 29, 1939 Aug. 30, 1939 Aug. 31, 1939 > >Consols. 2½% … 62½ 62½ 62⅞ 62.937 64⅜ 65¾ 65 >War Loans 3½% … 88½ 88½ 88¾ 88½ 89⅛ 90.812 90¼ Conversion 2½%, 1944–49 93¼xd 94½ 93¼xd 93⅜xd 93¾xd 93¼xd 93½ >Conversion 4½, 1940–44 100¾ 101¼ 100¾ 101 100.781 101⅜ 101 > >Sep.28 1938 Low > >German 5% … 19½ 23 23½ 23½ 25 29½ 29 >Japan 5½%, 1930 … 35 34 37 39 40 45 44 >G.W.R. ord. … 33 26½ 26½ 26½ 28½ 28½ 26 >L.M.S. 1923 pref. … 24½ 33½ 33½ 33½ 37½ 37½ 36½ >L.N.E. 2nd guar. 55½ 54½ 54½ 54½ 55½ 56½ 55 >Southern pref. ord. … 50 56 56 56 57 58 56 > >B. Am. Tob. (£1) … 3.076 4⅛ 4¼ 4.437 4.562 4¾ 4.454 >Brit. Oxygen (£1) … 3¼ 3⅝ 3.562 3⅝ 3.687 3¾ 3.781 >Courtaulds (£1) … 26/− 26/− 27/− 27/3 28/9 30/− 28/6 >Dunlop (£1) … 22/6 25/− 25/7½ 25/7½ 26/3 27/6 27/− >I.C.I. (£1) … 26/3 28/3 29/− 29/9 30/− 30/6 29/3 >Marks and SPencer (5s.)… 42/6 55/− 55/− 55/− 56/3 58/9 58/1 >Tube Invest. (£1) … 70/− 87/− 85/− 85/− 85/− 86/3 86/3 >Vickers (10s.) … 17/6 16/3 16/3 16/3 17/3 17/9 17/4 > >Sub Nigel (10s.) 10¼ 10⅜ 10½ 11⅛ 10⅞ 10⅞ 10⅞ >West Wits. (10s.) … 4⅜ 3⅞ 4 1¼ 4⅞ 4⅞ 4 >Rhokana (£1) … 9.031 10¼ 10⅝ 11⅜ 11½ 11½ 11¼ >“Shell” Transport (£1)… 33.812 3.968 4.093 4¼ 4.312 4.312 4.156 >Trinidad Leaseholds (£1) 4.437 3⅞ 3.937 4⅛ 4⅛ 4¼ 4.281 >Allied Sumatra (£1)… 11/3 13/6 14/4½ 14/4½ 15/− 15/− 15/6 > >Financial News Indices— >Ordinary shares … 73·7 74·1 74·8 75·3 77·5 78·8 77· >Fixed interest secs. 120·0 112·6 112·1 111·7 112·1 113·4 113· :::

The U.S. School That Trains Dictators & Death Squads

Resources on SOA/WHINSEC graduates

The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas

the Death Squads of El Salvador

Top 10 US-Backed Atrocities and Authoritarian Regimes (partly off‐topic; try youtube-dl if the video doesn’t work)

The Argentine Military and the Antisubversivo Genocide: The School of Americas’ Contribution to the French Counterinsurgency Model

Many officers who passed through SOA were later involved in coups, military rebellion, and serious human rights violations. These included some who became dictators in Argentina (Leopoldo Galtieri), Bolivia (Hugo Banzer), Ecuador (Guillermo Rodríguez), Panama, (Manuel Noriega), Peru (Juan Velasco Alvarado), and others active in high-profile political murders, such as two of the three officers involved in assassinating Archbishop Oscar Romero in El Salvador in 1979.’ (source)

>This is why showing solidarity and support through actions taken like the homeless rights conference and the protest at the sweep, not to mention autonomous actions like the banner drops, is so important. When we take actions to inform people of their rights, they are more likely to want to organize to assert those rights. When signs of support show up our comrades know they are not alone. It is our duty as radical organizers to be in the streets, showing our solidarity at these times. We are grateful to all those who responded regionally to our calls for action and made their way to Aberdeen to show up for the unhoused having their lives disrupted.

>As attendees started to leave the event around 12:15 PM, community members escorted families to their cars, shielding them from the Proud Boys’ view with umbrellas. The Proud Boys yelled and jeered, and were eventually told to, “Get the fuck off my property!,” by a local neighbor who saw the group standing in his front yard. Another neighbor came out of his house to thank the community group for coming out and protecting the event.

>After this increased intimidation from the landlords, Thurow Tenants planned another direct action at the home of the landlords to deliver rent in person. On February 28, Thurow Tenants, supported by HTU members and other tenants, marched to the landlords’ residence. As tenants approached the front door, Alvaro Elias, who was collecting his trash can, fled to the backyard. The tenants announced they were there to deliver rent and chanted their support, but neither Alvaro or Katia appeared at the door to collect rent. In fact, Katia started closing the blinds in the house and Alvaro turned on loud music in an attempt to drown out the chants of solidarity. Tenants and supporters declared that “Slumlords live here!” and stayed to speak to some of their neighbors about the abuse these slumlords have been conducting on the tenants.

>Fulfer and his sister were later seen screaming at law enforcement across the street only minutes later, who seemingly had looked on while Fulfer’s sister pointed a handgun at a large crowd. > >“You have not enforced the law…watch commander,” stated one far-Right streamer ironically with “First Responders’ Media,” to which a member of law enforcement stated, “We’re working on it…There’s probably a plan being worked out.” Later in the stream, one of the [far-Right activists stated](https://yewtu.be/QckGQZpVyQ4?t=6234), “Yeah [the law enforcement officer] knows me. That’s officer Moose. Last time we were down here…I actually have his number.”

>Nearly 60 percent of South Koreans said they are against a move to resolve a wartime labor row between the country and Japan that would see **Seoul** compensate former Korean laborers, a public opinion poll found. > >The result by Gallup Korea reflects public antagonism toward the resolution, **which would not require direct payments from Japanese companies, regarding ~~alleged~~ forced labor during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.** > >The survey found 59 percent of respondents are opposed to the plan as they believe it provides no apology or reparations from Japan, while 35 percent said the solution will help bilateral relations and national interest. > >The South Korean government announced last week its decision to compensate wartime laborers under [the Empire of] Japan's 1910–1945 colonization through a government foundation with donations from South Korean companies. > >**The move came after two Japanese firms — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd and Nippon Steel Corp — were ordered in separate rulings by South Korea's Supreme Court in 2018 to pay damages to former Korean laborers and their relatives over alleged forced labor during World War II.** > >The two Japanese companies have refused to comply with the South Korean top court rulings, as the Japanese government has maintained that all issues stemming from its colonization of the Korean Peninsula were settled under a bilateral agreement signed in 1965. (Emphasis added.) :::spoiler [Additional information] >About half of respondents in their 60s and 70s expressed support. But only around 20% of those in their 30s and 40s — a demographic that takes a less favorable view of the Yoon administration — responded positively. > >Compensating wartime laborers has long been a source of friction between South Korea and Japan. Lawsuits brought by former laborers against big Japanese industrial groups played a rôle in the fraying of bilateral ties over the past few years. > >The Japanese government maintains [that] all such claims were resolved by a 1965 treaty between the two countries. > >Asked about relations between Seoul and Tokyo, 31% of respondents said ties should be improved as quickly as possible, while 64% said there is no hurry to do so unless Japan changes its attitude. > >A senior official from South Korea's Foreign Ministry told reporters Friday that Seoul did not envision the accused companies participating in the plan in the short term. The government is not closing the door on the possibility of contributions from Japanese businesses, however, and hopes they will do so in the long term, the official said. > >The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea has welcomed the effort to improve South Korea-Japan relations and said it will donate to the foundation. U.S. President Joe Biden also welcomed the compensation initiative. ([Source.](https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Japan-South-Korea-rift/Wartime-labor-proposal-opposed-by-59-of-South-Koreans-poll)) :::

>Judge Griffen expanded on this: “If the government is charging us, they cannot hide stuff that clears us. They have an obligation to produce and deliver all evidence they have of our innocence. You don’t need a law degree to know that things got jacked up in Mumia’s case.” > >[…] > >In a Dec. 16, 2022, hearing, trial Judge Clemons ruled that Abu-Jamal’s attorneys should have access to examine all of the prosecution’s evidence in this case. Her decision is expected later in March.

>A press conference was held to inform people of what really happened that morning and to repeat that this movement, which represents so many connected struggles of oppressed and working-class peoples, not just in Atlanta but globally, will not be defeated.

>The proposals of the strikers were initially met with great resistance from Temple University officials. According to Manasa Gopakumar, a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy and a member of the TUGSA negotiating team, the administrators didn’t listen to many of the union’s proposals and were unwilling to go beyond a mere 3% wage increase. In addition to this, on Feb. 8 the University revoked its tuition remission for the striking students, telling them that they had until March 8 to pay the full semester cost, and the administration cut off the striking students’ medical insurance.

>As Workers World Party’s First Secretary Larry Holmes wrote in October 2022, “This is no normal economic downturn. However long and drawn out this economic crisis is and whatever events push it forward, it’s the development that many Marxists (as well as bankers and billionaires who are willing to utter words of truth) consider to be the biggest global capitalist economic crisis in history. The capitalist crisis that is under way is unique in that it is symptomatic of a dying system entering its end-stage.”

>According to WACL historian Keith Allen Dennis, the ACWF represented a right-wing anti-communist coalition led by the American Security Council, which we’ve previously [touched on](https://vocinfo.substack.com/p/john-singlaub) as an influential “Cold Warrior think tank.” By 1974, Lee Edwards became the secretary of the ACWF, which organized that year’s WACL conference in Washington. **Special guests included Yaroslav Stetsko, former “Prime Minister” of a pro-Nazi government in 1941 western Ukraine** that the [Third Reich] immediately squashed, **and the Nicaraguan dictator, “whose security guard was only slightly smaller than our president’s,” recalled Edwards.** > >Edwards acted as the master of ceremonies at a “WACL Freedom Rally,” and was reportedly named Secretary General of the World Anti-Communist League. “I am proud of that conference,” he wrote years later. “But as I traveled about meeting WACL chapter leaders and discussing the program agenda, I became uneasy. Some chapters were led by men who were openly anti-Semitic.” But he was mainly referring to the Mexicans, instead of **Stetsko’s Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations, which Scott and Jon Lee Anderson described as the “largest and most important umbrella of former Nazi collaborators in the world.”** > >The ACWF coalition included the National Captive Nations Committee and the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, both chaired by **Lev Dobriansky, who was under the sway of Yaroslav Stetsko as leader of the far-right Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (1968–86)**. Dobriansky eventually co-founded the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) with Lee Edwards, but more about Dobriansky in “The Founders, Pt.2.” All you need to know for now is that Edwards eulogized him as a “hero of the Cold War.” (Emphasis added.) Without mentioning it by name, it also seems that the foundation subscribes to the ‘cultural Marxism’ canard: >Just ahead of the event, almost thirty years in the making, the Washington Free Beacon interviewed a member of the VOC Speakers Bureau, who explained to the right-wing outlet, “Marxism has gained a foothold in the American education system through the rise of cancel culture, revisionist history lessons, critical race theory, and divisive gender ideology… The coronavirus pandemic, [she] said, unveiled the extent of Marxist ideology in public education…”

I don’t even know half of shit on the left💀

This looks like a job for Anarcho‐Bolshevik!

From left‐to‐right, top‐to‐bottom:

U.S. flag, flag of the Russian opposition to the 2022 invasion of Ukraine, Polish flag (with coat of arms), emblem of the Ukrainian ‘Kraken’ unit, symbol of the 15. Waffen-Grenadierdivision der SS, Vatican City flag, symbol of the 19. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS, Ukrainian flag, Georgian flag, emblem of the Georgian Legion, ‘anarcho‐capitalist’ (read: neofeudalist) flag, ecofascist flag, flag of Brazil’s Southern Independence Movement, Hoppean variant of the ‘Anti-Communist Action’ flag, São Paulo separatist flag, flag of the Empire of Japan, emblem of the azov-prykarpattia battalion, flag of Lithuania, emblem of Ukraine’s Tornado Battalion, Azov Batallion emblem, Taiwanese flag (or maybe the Reorganized National Government’s flag, heh heh), Latvian flag, and Estonian flag.

By the way, I found most of these through this website.

Know the enemy. That’s my motto.

I just noticed that gusanos and other anticommunists, who deny the very presence of communists in former people’s republics, are utterly silent on the fact that there are still numerous neofascists in countries that were once under Axis occupation.

U.S. support allowed Italy’s Fascist govt. to succeed in stabilizing its currency
Quoting Prof. Gian Giacomo Migone’s [*The United States and Fascist Italy*](https://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=AC6D6B57F6ECEEC34AEC76AC7C6E174E), page 164: >Lamont, too, had always been perfectly conscious of the real balance of power in the field. His decision not to travel to Rome in May 1926 had been, in the final analysis, the most discreet and clear signal to the minister that he needed the Morgan Bank more than the bank needed him. Lamont knew very well that **only vigorous American support would allow the Fascist government to succeed in stabilizing its currency — a success that was fundamental to the internal and external consolidation of the régime.** > >He also knew that American support would only be channeled through the auspices of Morgan Bank, which at that moment controlled [Fascist] access to the American financial market. It was true that precisely this fact conditioned the Morgan Bank’s strong interest in assuring the successful stabilization of the lira. But to Volpi it was clear that he had no alternatives to the relationship with Morgan Bank, as the other American banks had recently given ample demonstration. (Emphasis added.) ‘[*The US capital market in particular became the main foreign source of financial supply of the Italian industry.*](https://books.google.com/books?id=RkUrDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA84)’ — Luciano Segreto

By the summer of 1948 Truman and [George] Marshall had delegated personal responsibility for political oversight of all peacetime clandestine operations to George Kennan, according to a later Senate investigation of U.S. foreign intelligence activities. […] Key members of Kennan’s Policy Planning Staff—officially a somewhat egg-headed institution dedicated to planning U.S. strategy for ten or twenty years in the future—were detailed to help him with this task. […]

A new stage in the American effort to use ex-Nazis began. The early “tactical” or short-term utilization of former Fascists and collaborators—techniques somewhat akin to the exploitation of prisoners of war by intelligence agents—gradually came to an end. American agencies and policymakers replaced the tactical approach with a deeper “strategic” appreciation of the usefulness that émigré groups might have in large-scale clandestine operations against the USSR. The U.S. government increasingly accepted the exiles’ organizations as legitimate and began to pour substantial amounts of money into them—at least $5 million in 1948 alone, and probably considerably more.

(From Christopher Simpson’s Blowback.)

The United States would provide Spain with the “opportunity […] to develop its resources and play a normal part in the revival of world commerce and industry.” The final outcome was to be a friendly relationship with Spain “in the event of international conflict.” The proposals were approved by [George] Marshall and Truman in January 1948.


Although President Truman was never fully comfortable about dealing with Franco and the British and the French strongly objected, the State Department and the military, particularly Generals Marshall and Omar Bradley, were adamant about obtaining air and naval bases in Spain.

(David F. Schmitz’s Thank God They’re on Our Side.)

In return for lowering barriers to US exports, Washington financed a massive programme of financial credits to war-torn countries. ‘The United States could not passively sanction the employment of capital raised within the United States for ends contrary to our major policies or interests’, said the State Department’s Herbert Feis in 1944. ‘Capital is a form of power.’ The post-war program of Marshall Plan loans and grants to countries made this explicit. ‘Benefits under [the Marshall Plan] will come to an abrupt end in any country that votes Communism to power’, said General George Marshall, President Truman’s secretary of state and the aid program’s namesake.

(Chris Bambery’s The Second World War. Emphasis added in all cases.)

For some reason lately I’ve been fretting over something in particular that I said several years ago. I wrote ‘Third Reich analogies are shit and they should not be necessary to get a point across.’ I kind of regret saying that; I feel like it was too harsh and I only said it because I was angry at the time.

While I agree that Reich analogies can be a crude way of getting a point across (being rhetorical shortcuts) and I prefer that nobody overuse them (like the right does), I don’t want anybody to scorn lower‐class people for using them against their oppressors either. In general, I believe that the ways in which we respond to our oppression should preferably not be controlled; that can only make an unpleasant situation worse, and anyway, we have legitimate grievances.

At one point in 2020 I became acquainted with a communist on Twitter who compared the U.S. police force to the Wehrmacht. I found that inaccurate, personally, but given how the police oppress us I didn’t bother nitpicking. In fact, it was a nice opportunity for me to share examples of antisemitic neofascists in the police force.

What pisses me off is when somebody equates the oppressed (e.g., Palestinians, lower‐class communists) with the Reich instead. That is when the analogies go from being mildly questionable to enraging and make me regret the very phenomenon of Godwin’s law. On the other hand, that is probably a slight overreaction on my part.

What do you think? Am I being too hard on myself?

>Upon gaining power, the Fascist régime took this practice to an extreme. Ancient Roman buildings were enthusiastically ‘liberated’ from the ‘parasitic’ accretions of later periods. In practice, **this often meant the wholesale demolition of other structures around the ancient ones, regardless of whether they were occupied by people and irrespective of their own historical value.** > >As pointed out by Dr. Martina Caruso, author of the book *Italian Humanist Photography from Fascism to the Cold War*, “huge swathes of medieval Rome were destroyed in the late 1920s and replaced with rationalist or imperialist‐style buildings.” In part, these clearances were an attempt to address pressing issues such as traffic congestion and unsanitary housing conditions, but **the solution of cutting multilane roads through the heart of neighborhoods entailed the forced eviction of thousands of residents and irrevocably changed the nature of the city.** (Unfortunately, the author left the identities of the demolishers and the architects unspecified. Naturally, the profits made from these adventures is left unclear as well.) >The 1920s–40s remains a very difficult and controversial period in Italy’s history. Its legacy is everywhere in the city, but how to deal with it is complicated. Martina Caruso sees “one of the main challenges, which is not being met currently, is to achieve a modicum of historical transparency and communication with the public in terms of the ways in which these monuments are or may be being restored, how, why and to what end.” > >Many of the buildings are exceptional works of architecture, but they were built in service of a now‐discredited ideology. In some places, fasces and inscriptions have been defaced or removed, **but elsewhere Mussolini’s name and his régime’s imagery is very present.** (Emphasis added in all cases.)

If people actually learn history from the perspective of people who were there

I can find adults who lived in the Eastern Bloc too, and guess what? They’re still Communist sympathizers. You want a fucking medal or something?

I despise all dictatorships of the upper classes and even I am not so mindless as to believe that more than 95% of their populations hate every second that they spend living under them.

Adrian Carton de Wiart, an aristocratic bellicist who fought for the British Empire.

Postbellum European internment camps (not just Yugoslavia’s) had low living standards, and anticommunists see that as evidence for the bigoted extermination of Germans and Italians…rather than the fact that maybe war and occupation tend to force a general decrease in living standards, for obvious reasons.

The majority of the ethnic Germans who fled or were expelled from Eastern and Central Europe expellees lived in communities that had existed in territories in the eastern parts of Germany, such as East and West Prussia, East Pomerania, East Brandenburg, and Silesia, for centuries. Others comprised similarly long-established minority populations in various areas of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, Hungary, Russia, and the Baltic states. In 1939, these ethnic Germans totaled approximately 18 million. Part of Hitler’s efforts to expand the Third Reich included consolidating this diasporic German population. The [anticommunist] régime sought to create more Lebensraum (living space) for Germans. As Hitler annexed and occupied territories across Europe, he sought to bring the Volksdeutsche (ethnic Germans) living throughout Central and Eastern Europe “home to the Reich.” Between 1939 and 1944, approximately one million Germans moved to these areas. These resettlements were accompanied by efforts to “purify” these regions of Jews, Poles and other populations targeted by the [Axis].

[Anticommunist] efforts to ethnically cleanse these regions of certain populations and repopulate them with Germans directly led to the flight and expulsion of Germans from these areas after the war.

(Emphasis added. Source.)

Germans who could confirm that they had actively aided the Allies, or at least were citizens of neutral states, were seen as trustworthy and could avoid expulsion; this alone complicates the simplistic ‘anti‐German ethnic cleansing’ narrative. Unfortunately, these people were the minority, not only because Allied collaboration was risky, but also because, as the quoted text indicates, Berlin appealed to foreign Germans on an ethnic basis. Consequently, the majority of Germans were Axis sympathizers, and often profited handsomely from Fascism.

Some anticommunists point to the young expellees as further proof that the expulsions were ethnically motivated, but I think that the obvious explanation (obvious except to anticommunists, apparently) is that forcibly separating kids from their families would have been traumatic and far worse than keeping innocents together with their untrustworthy parents. Instead, anticommunists like to emphasize the lack of trials and the inclusions of women, children, and the elderly, implying or suggesting that the internments and expulsions were all simply forms of collective punishment.

Finally, I’d like to add that I noticed that a lot of the people, websites (IHR, DavidDuke, Revisionist, &c.), and organizations promoting the ‘ethnic cleansing’ and ‘collective punishment’ narratives are either neofascist or closely tied to former Axis personnel, and like to explicitly or implicitly equate the persecution of millions of suspected Axis collaborators with the Shoah…I’ll let you draw your own conclusions from that one.

ethnicly cleansed minorities (Germans, Italians etc.)

Because, if you think about it, we really only have ourselves to blame if anticommies prefer to keep their settlers, armies, and (often petty‐bourgeois or upper‐class) collaborators as ethnically homogeneous as possible. Now, please ignore the Italian and German emigrants to the SFRY, don’t look for Italian and German communists and definitely don’t ask them for their thoughts on the subject; they aren’t convenient for my simplistic ‘ethnic cleansing’ narrative.

>“I was asked for a photo while walking between hearings, accommodating as I do for all photo requests, and was not aware of the individuals’ identity or affiliation with these hate groups that stand in stark contrast to my personal beliefs.” If this explanation be true, it serves to reinforce the suspicion that the differences between neoliberalism and neofascism need not be so repellent as to prevent diplomacy and repeated [collaboration](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/512749) with one another, as Ukraine’s foreign relations from 2014 to the present have already suggested. I am sure that some of us believe that neoliberalism and neofascism are best friends or even synonymous. I find that exaggerative, personally, but there is one perspective that I won’t deny: they’re certainly next‐door neighbors, neither of whom seems particularly eager to move out (even if, on occasion, one will threaten it…only to subsequently fail to follow up).

“seven taboo” topics that are banned from discussion in classrooms, including freedom of speech, universal values, civil rights and past mistakes the party made.

Sounds legit; I’m sure that Bloomberg isn’t misrepresenting or grossly oversimplifying reality (again).

(Not to be confused with how **Austria**’s Fascists got away with supporting the Third Reich, which is another story for another time.) >“Nothing happened to them after the war,” she says. “They went back to their farms, back to their work. Thought they got away with it. Which they did, I suppose. > >“But they left a legacy of shame that reflects on the rest of the German community [in South Australia]. Unfairly, because most of them were loyal.” > >[…] > >The journalist Mark Aarons, author of [War Criminals Welcome](https://web.archive.org/web/20220204193405/https://www.blackincbooks.com.au/books/war-criminals-welcome), says the story continued along familiar lines in the decades after the war. Some German [Fascists] and collaborators from eastern Europe found a new home in Australia, and Aarons says he confirmed a group of ex-SS officers set up a clandestine organisation in SA to keep their ideology alive. > >Aarons says successive Australian governments sought to avoid asking too many questions about the past, as **many former [Fascists] and their collaborators went on to be recruited by intelligence services during the cold war, or became involved in politics.** (Emphasis added. Compare all of this with [the Australian state’s suppression of socialists and their materials](https://web.archive.org/web/20200630021958im_/https://leftypedia.org/wiki/Rhetoric:Liberal_Democracies_Are_Benevolent#cite_ref-43) during the short twentieth century.) See also: [*A brief history of Nazism in Australia*](https://web.archive.org/web/20190116230954/https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-17/a-history-of-nazis-and-the-far-right-in-australia/10713514)