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Lenin’s Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism deals with this topic at length. He speaks about how industrial capital has given way to finance capital, that is, how banks have become the lynchpin of the world capitalist system and are consequently predominant over politics, displacing the political influence of the formerly dominant industrial capitalists of the 1800s due to the increasingly important role banks play in the controlling capital.

I was banned from r/communism for the “unmarxist” view that party members should reach out across lines to communists from other groups in order to find common ground and avoid sectarian bickering. They’re all either Trotskyist dupes or out and out liberals.

I’ve just had to write an article on this. The lion’s share of the most experienced Ukrainian soldiers seem to be encircled in Mariupol. Once the Russians finish pacifying Mariupol they’re likely to strike out west for Odessa, landlocking Ukraine. One potential end game scenario most commentators consider possible is that Ukraine will be reduced to a rump state, with all the Russian speaking people in the south and east being cobbled together into Russian aligned breakaway republics like Donetsk and Luhansk. This would leave Ukraine greatly diminished in territory and demographic power (~a quarter of Ukraine’s population is ethnically Russian), along with other economically disastrous factors like loss of access to all ports on the black sea, not to mention the loss of important urban centres like Odessa itself.

An important aspect to bear in mind which I think is a strong indicator of which way the wind is blowing is the use of air power in this war. While at first there was a lot of footage of Russian jetss and helicopters flying low to evade Ukrainian air defences and occasionally being shot down by MANPADs it now appears the Russian air force are targeting the Ukrainian rear at Lviv, seemingly with impunity, from far higher altitudes. This suggests to me that Russia has achieved air superiority.

Think it’s maybe a few years old? Anything Ukraine related is topical right now so I’m chucking anything I can find on here.

Can I be annoying and ask for some more details on this? I’m really interested in learning more about the YCL case in particular.

Are you referring to the SWP affair with Comrade Delta when you talk about sexual assault cover ups here or something else?

Nah mate. My fellow activist recently tried applying this line axiomatically with an organised mass of anti-vaxxer people. Even if you go to these people open handed the fact of the matter is communism has 200 years of baggage against it these days. We have to adapt Marxism to our modern conditions, we can’t treat something Marx wrote in 1848 as a catechism.

I have good relations with a lot of the YCL people in my area. According to them there’s a stark difference between the line preferred by the youth compared to the old guard. None of them want to amble on with the British Road to Socialism anymore and frankly seem a bit embarrassed by it.

In my experience Red Fightback are too sectarian. They won’t even agree to meeting representatives of other communist parties.

I recently tried to get all the various organisations in my area to come together around a monthly forum to discuss areas where we could all co-align and they didn’t even entertain the idea. The leadership in CPB, Workers Party, CPG, CPGBML etc at least approached the issue seriously and put forward proposals.

Half the reason why there are so many splinter groups in UK radical politics is because there is no intercourse between the various organisations. A radical political alternative will never coalesce around Britain’s labour movement if its active political organisations aren’t even open to communicating with each other. It’s precisely this kind of thing that has driven the stagnancy of British communism and the tendency towards squabbling little sects.

This is posturing for the sake of negotiation. In reality it appears the Germans and French have no real leverage in this situation so they’ll now jostle for a deal whereby the gas keeps flowing while allowing them to save face. It’ll take only a month of no heat before people are in the streets in Paris and Berlin.

My opinion is that its a divisive question that has often been exploited by agent provocateurs to undermine organisations.

In terms of practicality I don’t think anything good really comes from obsessing over it beyond acknowledging that age of consent is good in itself. Picking at the particulars of it does no one any good and isn’t really a special area of interest for socialists and communists anyway.

Just chiming in here to say welcome to all the new comrades and to recommend that you come join us at lemmygrad.ml/c/documentaries where we post documentary films and series of all kinds!

It’ll take time and commitment from its early userbase, but eventually it should pull in enough people to become a self sustaining counterculture community to the swamp that is reddit. People don’t come here for the content, but rather the community itself.

I’m a branch secretary and activist for the Workers Party of Britain and also a member of a communist party, as well as a very active member of ACORN, a community union. I spend most of my time leading and supporting member defence cases for ACORN members who have issues with their landlords, but I also occasionally do public speaking engagements, comms activities, party journalism, reading groups etc…

Is “Fuck Cars” a pro-city/anti-rural philosophy?

Pretty much, yeah. The only place where cars make a hell of a lot of sense is out in the sticks where everything is spread out for miles around. In urban centres this obstacle doesn’t exist, as everything is concentrated in a far more manageable distance.

Got introduced to it some time on reddit and thought the idea sounded neat. Something that’s always concerned me is the monopolisation of all these big platforms by private interests. It’s essential we have our own platforms.

The last film of Masao Adachi before his joining the JRA in Palestine. This agitative film calls for international action against Imperialism, Zionism and Israel in particular, on behalf of the Palestinean people.

1 . "A New Germany (1933-1939)" 31 October 1973 The rebirth of Germany and growth in power of the Nazi Party leading up to the outbreak of war. Interviewees include Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist-Schmenzin, Werner Pusch and Christabel Bielenberg. Program chronicles the draconian measures taken by Adolf Hitler to become absolute dictator of Germany and begin his domination of Europe.

In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in November of that year. Lenin returns in April. In July, counter-revolutionaries put down a spontaneous revolt, and Lenin's arrest is ordered. By late October, the Bolsheviks are ready to strike: ten days will shake the world. While the Mensheviks vacillate, an advance guard infiltrates the palace. Anatov-Oveyenko leads the attack and declares the proclamation dissolving the provisional government.

Nice brief showcase of the elegantly simple and effective PKM light machine gun; a support weapon that effectively shares all the key design elements of the AK family, just flipped upside down. The 2 action mechanism is simple and remarkably effective, with the use of old fashioned non-disintegrating ammo belts offering recyclability and fantastic economy of production compared to more modern machine guns.

Is this trick legit? What about the loss of the finish on your hammer?

Thoughts on Lenin's "importance of gold"?
Having recently read [this article](https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1921/nov/05.htm) of Lenin's on the adoption of the NEP and the dangers of "exaggerated revolutionism" you can easily see the rationale adopted later on by the Chinese after Mao. In fact, it's so obvious to me that they were following the Leninist line on this issue that it surprises me a lot that American policy makers didn't understand what was going on and assumed the Dengist reforms would somehow pave the way to a liberalisation of China. What happened? How did the imperialists and their Sovietologists not see this coming? They were slap bang in the middle of an ideological struggle and yet they seem to have missed something so fundamental. What kind of internal screw ups might have occurred that duped the west so thoroughly on this issue?

History is Marching is a feature length documentary analysing the rise in tensions between major powers across the globe over the course of 2018.

First in a series of Al Jazeera documentaries on their investigations into pro-Israeli lobbying in the British Labour party.

Based on a book by Professor Richard Werner, a visiting researcher at the Bank of Japan during the 90s crash during which the stock market dropped by 80% and house prices by up to 84%, This film uncovers how the Bank of Japan pumped up and then crashed the Japanese economy, with an aim of justifying the complete remodelling of the Japanese economy. Today, what happened in Japan 25 years ago is repeating itself in Europe, with an aim of centralizing power in the Eurozone.

A French documentary on how groups of youth in Paris generated a backlash against the Neo-Nazi skinhead subculture, and by doing so earned themselves the nickname Chasseurs de Skins or 'Skinhead Hunters'.