Just a commie interested in city planning and writing. Always asking pesky questions!

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Cake day: Mar 26, 2022


I watched Che pt 1. With my family and it was amazing. We’ll watch pt 2 shortly. Such a breath of fresh air to see a movie that takes the communist leaning of Che as a given. It shows the struggle to liberate Cuba and all the talks Che gave at the UN.

It’s a must watch for commies :) both parts are on HBO Max. And if in US I think they’re on AMZN Prime

Yeah, I think that as long as peeps watch them without thinking they agree with leftists, it’s a great resource.

Yeah, I know. Like I said, I watch these guys on the reg, I think they do an incredibly good job, but it still bothers me how reticent they are to disagree with far-right rhetorics. They don’t express agreement, but they don’t openly disagree often with some of their absurd superchats lol.

I like these guys. I watch them almost every day, but I was a little taken aback by their lack of concern for the voting of fan girl Mussolini and now the really odd gesturing of Putin toward right-wingers. I know they are reserved to say things one way or another, but idk. It’s kinda cringe not to say anything when Putin is going off about the nuclear family and “made up” genders in the west.

I get those points are somewhat tangential to the speech, but they still make me feel a bit uneasy.

State media is not very reliable for foreign affairs. State media is and always has been pure propaganda. I wouldn’t take it too seriously unless there is undeniable evidence to the fact.

What does Makhno have to do with Ukrainian Nationalists?

People take time to change. Like multiple years. I think if you value your friendship, give it time to breathe and take away the pressure of having to agree on this subject for a while.

If you can remove yourself emotionally from the anger and dispare that you are feeling, you might be able to forgive him. It’s understandable to be frustrated with your friend. That is valid. However, if you can learn to have discussions about topics without getting heated or angry at them(easier said than done), you might be able to show them why it is unproductive to be an ultra. He may be leaning into being an ultra simply because he might feel aggravated, not necessarily bc he disagrees. People are not logical in general and may be holding onto beliefs simply bc it is too painful or difficult to think of his identity or the world in another way. Or just to identify himself as separate from you.

I understand you feel hurt, and thus angry. But try to remember that if your friend is a good friend overall, you might have to make the decision to see passed his flaws, which make him nothing more or less than human. Try to have compassion for your friend. If he is a good friend, he deserves that much from you. With patience, you will be able to maintain a life-long relationship.

With that being said, all relationships have their ebbs and their flows. Let things take their own pace.

Commies need a Communist Rifle Association where people are strictly communists/MLs. Anything short of that, a distraction and largely unproductive. A “CRA” could train on guerrilla tactics, mountaineering/hiking fitness, wilderness, reading, first aid, as well as mutual aid and agitprop.

“The world is in utter chaos. The situation is excellent.”

Mao had some banger knowledge on this one and highlights a daoist, almost mystic wisdom. Here’s my meditation on that quote.

In daoism we learn that the world is forever out of control. Things happen, we don’t really understand why, yet we go through the motions until we can’t anymore. No one really knows why. We must accept this fact, and love it. Yet, we must trust the universe to guide our hearts and actions. We have a guide, materialism and the truth of Marxism and Lenin and Mao and millions, if not billions of people. We have the knowledge that people die and wallow in suffering without proper education, medicine, work, food or shelter. That is a basic truth that no liberalism or idealism can defeat.

Trust yourself and your conviction. Be an example to those who are more lost even than you. Know, we are caught in chaos and we can do very little, but we must do what we can, and follow what guides us. Some may see us as lunatics, but we may not be. What’s the difference? We often cannot know the truth.

Trust that your actions and words reverberate around you and change things and beings around you, even if these changes are imperceptible. Over time, that example you set, will amplify. You can trust that fact. You can also trust that you are not alone, and that there are people all over the world working for the same thing you are. We’re with you, comrade! Stay strong, trust yourself, and let things take their course.

Honestly, Guerrilla Warfare by Che is really cool. It helps solidify in the mind what a REAL anti-imperial war would look like just about anywhere on Earth. It helped me see that, with some updates, it is viable, it’s a great sacrifice, but it is possible to wage a war like this. Really, any committed communist revolutionary should read it.

It is less philosophical and more practical. Something I really appreciate. Beyond that, it’s an interesting view into the mind of a great one like Che.

Besides that, On Contradiction by Mao is awesome. Critique of the Gotha Program is so good.

No point in speculating. This war is interesting, but cannot be a source of predictions or conjecture. If Russia loses territory in Ukraine, does it really matter outside of the Donetsk or Lughansk oblasts? I say, no.

Are you near the front line, are you an expert? No? Kick back, observe, feel those feelings. Then, stop arguing. What is there to win?

My brain couldn’t process it was PCUSA and not TPUSA. Lol, what?! What’s up with all these narc, criminal, toxic brocialists crawling around?

Treating it too glibly and assuming everyone was on the same page.

That’s understandable. To be completely honest, I do that kind of stuff all the time, lol.

I guess I just didn’t realize it was such a hot-button issue with some popular support from comrades. That was a wake up call that we in the western left needs to work on this imo.

Yeah, same here. I’ve been feeling pretty ambivalent about Nietzsche for years, until yesterday. I kinda knew he was a douche, but mostly glazed over his nonsense as I’ve grown accustomed to when reading lots of continental philosophers(Descartes, Rousseau, Aristotle, Plato, Kant). But, oh boy, when you connected the dots, it’s pretty bleak for Nietzsche. I feel like he is/was a pretty bleak person.

I have some criticism to hand out, I’m sorry. I don’t name names(not a narc), but the way the discussion was handled around Nietzsche was too combative and angry for my taste… I like to always remember: **Unity, criticism, unity** First off, let’s get one thing clear; Nietzsche was an a55hole, racist, eugenicist, misogynist and overall misanthrope. Beyond redemption, really. However, his deconstruction of Christianity, Platonism, and good/evil morality is correct. If you want to arrive to the same conclusions without the toxic reactionary bs, read eastern philosophy, read Daoism and Legalism. With that being said, I don’t think it’s right or helpful or a positive thing to berate normal people or comrades who don’t arrive at this conclusion by themselves or are even reticent to do so. We’re firstly communists here, not philosophers. It is intellectually arrogant to assume that all of us would naturally know about Nietzsche’s horrid track record, considering that the information is not readily available/popular and there have been many decades dedicated toward the rebranding and rehabilitating of Nietzsche. Thanks to Losurdo for writing a good book to dismantle Nietzsche, but it’s 1000 pages! Dammit Losurdo, like who is actually going to read that? I would, but I’m weird. Nietzsche, ugh, like Lemmygrad friends, comrades, let’s make sure we don’t idolize him and work to shed light on the truth of his philosophy as reactionary and bourgeois. We can yet learn from him(know yourself and know your enemy) bc there are many, many people who still idolize him. That cannot be undone by being angry but by carefully dismantling the arguments. We can only do that from a place of understanding and compassion. I for one, believe that most people are misguided or are misunderstanding Nietzsche and his project. The man did not care for being “understood.” He wrote for bourgeois elites after all. I think he’d have a lot less good-faith followers, esp from the left, if he was more openly and more often, taken down. May I suggest a superthread and prolewiki page on the subject? Anyway, comrades, that is all. Thanks for reading. Please share questions, further reading, concerns, disagreements, corrections below. All resources in this post are not mine. I did not do the work. Don’t thank me. https://www.marxists.org/archive/kollonta/1923/winged-eros.htm https://twitter.com/search?q=nietzsche%20(from%3Arodericday)&src=typed_query&f=top https://redsails.org/nietzsche-the-chinese-workers-friend/

Do you think SRA, for all its benefits, attracts anti-communists, too? I was close to joining when I lived in us, but I didn’t own a gun, so yeah, lol. My impression was that it was full of anarchists and Bernie bros, not people typically friendly to commies.

That’s true, but there is no evidence nietzsche ever read Marx. I think he was too far in his own bubble to even notice tbh. When nietzsche refers to socialists i believe he is referring to who we’d call the utopians. Not dialectical materialism.

The way I understand it, nietzsche hated Plato and Socrates because they were idealists, he thought idealism was the birth of Christianity and the denial of the real world. I agree with that. Nietzsche is an edge lord tho.

Part of the reason I read him is exactly bc of his collision with socially-minded philosophies. Call me a masochist but I want to understand the idiot nietzsche edge lord as deeply as possible. One of the biggest reasons being that a lot of reactionaries like JPeterson and his followers use nietzsche to fit their needs and there are few people that ever challenge them or their made-up great man ideology.

My opinion is that there is a lot of good in nietzsche at least when it comes to aesthetics, morality, a kind of psychology and some decent social critique. However, he is no anthropologist. I think it was Beyond Good and Evil that he posits that trade is the beginning of humanity. A cursory view at animal behavior disproves this premise quite easily.

His idea of the ubermensch and all that’s related is both terribly named and contradictory to his own claimed philosophical project. He constantly repeats the idea that philosophy should be species-nurturing and life-affirming, the “gay science” right? Well, the ubermensch is anything but life affirming or species nurturing. It is a complete rejection of humanity. It is the anti-mensch. It is human to be average. If we weren’t, humanity would have never existed. It would be more akin to tigers or pumas, non-cooperative. He also claims to be against resentiment, but his philosophy is built on it. It doesn’t really compute.

You cannot overcome humanity; to do so means extinction. At the very least, the rhetoric is absurd.

Edit: I think to get anything from nietzsche it has to be read in a specific way with a lot of disclaimers and caveats. Just read Lao Tzu and Guangzhou. They’re better and less tedious IMO.

Go check it out, but don’t expect to feel positive about humanity if you spend significant amount of time there. I’d check out the film and lit and music boards. I go there to try to find some cool charts if my music is feeling a bit tiresome. But the culture tends to be toxic and gate-keepy.

I think I’ve posted there once in the last 10 years lol.

It’s wild to me that nearly all China haters are either stupid Americans or crazy.

Lib gets WRECKED by Nathan Rich ☺️ Harris is a loser. Someone should make a video called “Why is Harris so DAMN dumb?!”

I got into a r*ddit level argument with some Hoxhaist who was convinced that we are just revisionists and blah blah blah. Anyway, he got banned, idk for how long, but I went looking for some info on Hoxha and his project in Albania. I found this video, which was pretty interesting and very level-headed. It focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of the Hoxha project. You should also support this channel, since it only has abt 1.5k subs and they have some pretty good content. They have a pretty good video on Stalin, breaking down all the boogeyman bs peddled by nazis and msm. Even if he was annoying, here’s to our hoxhaist comrade o7 May he find some nuance.

I am very confused. it seems the KMT is against the DPP. I know Chiang Kai-Shek was the leader of the KMT who landed them in Taiwan. I know the DPP has also recently banned the KMT. Why? Why is the Ex-Chair of the Chinese KMT appearing in CGTN and talking about the mainland helping reunification? Can someone help me understand the situation? Has the KMT changed? I thought the KMT hated the the CPC.

Este video es parte de una serie de docenas de videos sobre las mujeres de la revolución bolchevique. No he visto todos, ¡pero parecen ser bastante buenos! Este se trata de Vera Pávlovna Lebedeva. Tal vez a veces son un poco pesimistas, o anti-Stalin, pero es una serie bastante buena por lo que es para la educación pública y para enfatizar las mujeres de la revolución rusa. Han visto otros videos de esta serie?

The US has fucked up. Do they really want war at all costs?
So China is having none of America’s shit anymore. I wonder how much longer China will trade with America for. This article is the most stern of warnings calling the US out for what it is; a provocative, senile fool. This article writes scathingly to the “independence forces” of Taiwan. Calling them out for their insistence on Pelosi’s visit. China has every right to be making these kinds of statements. Are these the death throes of the American empire? The PLA will be conducting bombing exercises around the waters of the island, definitively proving areal and naval superiority.

So, I was glossing over some of the PSL and CPUSA platforms and I was kind of disappointed. Not by anything that they have said that is wrong, but that it is not ambitious. CPUSA has $15 minimum wage and PSL is focused on anti-war and anti-capitalism. This are wonderful things that are materially based and would help so many people, but I have always felt it is missing something. What I have come up with is that it fails to capture people’s imagination. The vision should be front and center of any campaign. Think about it: America offers(its its racist way) a dream, a nation, “e plurbus unum” and all this like mythology around itself as a bastion of freedom and democracy. This is totally false and manipulative, however, it is good at capturing the imagination. We may call for a revolution; we may be too good at pointing out the flaws, but what do we propose to the average American? What do we offer them in exchange for their struggle against the hand that “feeds” them? $15 minimum wage? A 30hr workweek? That’s if we succeed at taking over the government? I don’t think the average Joe is captivated by this enough to upend everything they know… Thus, we must really think about what could get an American to fight for their freedom. Xi, has called on us as Marxists to develop socialism for our nations. That is why I think there should be a key point in changing and appealing to the American mind. 1: land reform. From Republicans to Democrats, everyone in America is deeply aware that the American dream is being taken away by Black Rock and their ilk. The richest of the rich have forsaken the hard-working American from the right to own a home. I call it Land and Liberty. Any communist party that wants to appeal to average Americans can through the access and rights to land. This is a perfect opportunity to appeal to, eventually, living up to the promise of 40 acres and a mule(change this to maybe 4acres and a tractor or something) to black people. Anyone that can prove a slave past, they can get land. We need to think out the details. 2 capitalism: I think in America and others, capitalism will be a big part of any platform. We cannot just abolish capitalism in the heart of capitalism, at least mom and pop stores, those are a key subject to the American identity. At least full unionization to all who want to be part of one. Maybe even a natl, general Union. 3: Right to work: no one likes being homeless, no one likes seeing homeless people everywhere, therefore, the right to competitively paid work and mental health care shall be a right to anyone who seeks it and is of age. 4: Immigration: I’m an immigrant in the imperial core, yet as much as it pains me, I know most Americans really don’t like immigrants. That’s a cultural thing that will take time to change. But we had a brasero program, where seasonal workers could freely walk the border to work legally. Something similar should be proposed to solve the “problem” of immigration. Legalize all that are undocumented, and provide more and faster options for immigrants. From what I’ve noticed, Americans just want people to follow the rules, Americans are just dumb about how insane and racist the rules are. Anyway, these are just some ideas, maybe some are bad, maybe all of them, lol. But take them as a brainstorming session of really making socialism work in America. We have to give something to fight for, and we can’t pretend that we can sell the American on the Soviet model. We have to make a socialism for the United States(honestly changing the official name to just the US would be a great step). We also have to acknowledge and meet people where they’re at, otherwise we would be adventurists. Work out all the details. Tl;dr use your imagination Goddamn it! Give the Americans something ambitious to fight for and be realistic. We’re dealing with some ignorant and reactionary people, but as workers, they have concerns and beliefs that unify them. Appeal to those to sell them on socialism.

I’m really excited to read them. They’re from 1950 and 1952. Some book collector salvaged them from his friend’s parents abandoned house. There are articles about communist and soviet women and all kinds of stuff!

Disclaimer: this is just my opinion based on posts we make on lemmygrad. As the title suggests, it is of my opinion that we do not make a good enough effort at highlighting the accomplishments and contributions of women in revolutions besides Luxembourg and Kolontai. I myself am relatively ignorant on the subject, and it wasn’t until recently in history that we have started to take note of the vast contributions women made, oftentimes in the background, to revolutions or progress in general. I think that it’s a task that shouldn’t just be handed over for the socialist-feminists to deal with either. It should be a conscious effort to make women be seen in revolution and communist societies. It would help us become more approachable and make places like the ussr a real place that wasn’t just the place of great men like Stalin, Lenin or Marx. These happen to be the biggest names in communism but the revolution was not made by them but by the men and women that contributed their lives and careers in upholding communist nations. It is a positive thing to find the ones whose names we’ve forgotten, and give them new life in our minds. For example: Nadezhda Krupskaya was the secretary of the Central committee and held important positions as a newspaper editor and helped create the Soviet education system. There is also an asteroid named after her. Anyone got any favorite, underrated socialist women they know?

Dearest Lemmygrad, I don’t feel very sorry for the imperial core for getting inflation. Obviously poor people suffer the most, but up until recently that’s all who anything has ever affected. Now the commoner is being affected. It seems to me regular people in the imperial core have been the most passive slaves in history. They, and I could include myself at times, have been such comfortable slaves that they don’t really care what happens in the world. Not everyone obviously. It’s very much a NIMBY kind of attitude. But as soon as the consequences of imperialist military adventurism knocks on their door in the form of the Russian-Ukraine conflict, everyone freaks out. It turns into a both sides argument. To me, from a global south country, I say good riddance. People have often wondered what it will take for the west to rise up. I say, nows the time. If Russia has proven anything is that the west is full of shit and that they can be challenged. Much of the west is so full of racist, xenophobic, lumpen proles reactionary, colonialist and imperial leeches. It’s like, damn, something that happens in the world is actually affecting you? So sad. Cry me a river. Welcome to the club of what life is like for everyone else. Maybe now you’ll wake the fuck up and do something to get rid of those golden chains of unbridled consumerism you have so happily worn for so long. Maybe the white-supremacist ideology of the west will crumble once Russia has a victory in Ukraine. For we all know, if anyone cared ab Ukrainian lives, the west would’ve surrendered or entered negotiations months, if not years ago. No, Russia is not some sort of ally, anti-imperialist or even socialist. Maybe their govt is kind of a joke. It will not be socialist, at least under putin. But I don’t really care at this point. The west needs to humble itself. Overall, it’s good for communists worldwide to know their resistance can prevail! Especially now that the west has shown it’s true colors. Tl;dr I’m glad Russia is winning. The west’s racist ideology is crumbling. This probable victory helps show social movements can resist and overcome western aggression. The west can’t even beat their own pariah. I feel shitty for thinking like this, but I can’t help but feel justified…? maybe I’m just a big ol’ callous asshole. Maybe it’s both. Cheers, Samubai

A couple of weeks back, I saw a post from someone warning against the idealization of China. So, I am wondering what would be the modern political trends of Chinese communists? What do people think? What kind of organizing do regular communists in China do on a daily basis? Are there any friendly disagreements going on about how they want communism to develop? I’m not wondering about any color revolutionary idiots. I’m strictly concerned with modern Chinese communist political trends and how praxis looks like for them. I know a good amount of you speak or can read Chinese. If you have any information, documentaries, or resources, I would really appreciate it.