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“The weapon of criticism cannot, of course, replace criticism of the weapon, material force must be overthrown by material force; but theory also becomes a material force as soon as it has gripped the masses.”

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Verbs have different forms depending not only on time (1 present, 2 pasts and 2 futures) and on person (I/you/s|he), but also on number (I/we - s|he/they).

These aspects of the verb have more forms when the verbs denote a uncertain, hypothetical or conditional event (e.g. if I knew / when I go). And they have more forms when the verb is acting as a request or order.

The picture I presented is actually a very regular verb, where all these forms follow patterns we see in most verbs. But Portuguese also has an immense quantities of irregular verbs, and it’s usually the most important verbs such as “to be”*, “to go”, “there is” (which is a single verb), “to say”, “to know”, “can”, “to come”, “to want”, “to ask”, “to give”, all verbs essential for communication and language.

There’s no such thing as a difficult language for native speakers. They have much time to develop their language skills through social life, but learning Portuguese for an outsider is quite tough.

* There are two verbs for "to be," denoting either a transitory or a permanent state of being, which is something I honestly think English is missing badly



Much like you can write 0÷0, you still cannot solve it. Leninism has a base in Marxism, it is therefore already a part of its development and cannot be understood without it.




You cannot subtract Marxism from Leninism


The best thing you can do to get people to learn about politics is to simply have constructive and casual conversations about your beliefs, […]

If I may correct you on this part of your text, this is the best thing you can do as an individual acting by themself. The actual best thing you can do is to join an organization to direct your political action. And beforehand, study these organizations, know their positions and their history.


I agree that everyone can learn with these discussions, but if it’s pervasive misinformation, then it should be dealt with. The safety and well-being of a community also depends on the quality of discussions as well. Do not necessarily ban them, but the information should either be corrected for future reference, or should be prevented to spread.




It is clear that Caleb Maupin is someone that should be highly regarded, he is loved by international Communists.

The beginning of your last paragraph summarizes the whole content of your text. You deliver an eulogy of Maupin as a martyr, a hero, and as someone of infallible character, hiding, consciously or not, his flaws and connections to reactionaries. He is far, very far from perfect, and is hard to say he should be “highly regarded” by communists, “international” or not, without sounding incoherent.

I understand that you initially developed your communist views and support of China because of him, but your understanding only begun with him, and shouldn’t end with him as well. There are many other communist figures, leaders you can mirror yourself on, much more appropriate than Maupin. While some of his works may be acknowledged, this uncritical support of him and his views will not be tolerated further, and you should refrain yourself from making such one-sided posts in the future.


Everything inconvenient is not addressed at all and the same goes for Maupin.

This is precisely what I mentioned about mentioning their mistakes whenever possible or opportune. And this is a big mistake on the part of the OP. By hiding Maupin’s real and de facto association with Nazbols (which I wasn’t even fully aware until your comment), it promotes a false and misleading view of Maupin which hides a much more clear reason why he is called a Nazbol, and OP even risks associating himself with Nazbolism by disregarding that.

On the matter of sublation, Maupin has apparently written a work denouncing the ties of famous BreadTube members to imperialist organizations recently mentioned by Grayzone. This may be very useful information for us, independent of Maupin’s reactionary tendencies. But by hiding these tendencies, OP actually hinders our cause, uncritically associating himself with reactionaries and misleading readers into doing the same.

It’s hard to navigate in the sea of contradictions that is people, and reality itself. But it’s an effort that every coherent communist should be attentive to.


Very nice text, comrade. The fact that Caleb Maupin has been called a misogynist, a transphobe, a Nazbol and other bogus claims by liberals makes me believe his work is somewhat hurting the current establishment. Although I couldn’t verify some of those claims, if they are true, we should be critical of those views but not necessarily dismiss all of his work. The same goes for people like Paul Cockshott, for instance, which is a full-blown outspoken and virulent transphobe, but does great work in the economic and theoretical field, except for his essentialist vulgar materialist views on gender shared by his peers on CPGB-ML.

The Hegelian dialectic teaches us that to overcome/sublate (Aufhebung) the abstract towards the concrete, we must not disregard the abstract entirely, but also retain the useful portions of it. If an incorrect view is enough to dismiss a whole body of work, we learn nothing, because everyone is bound to make mistakes. Their mistakes, however, should be correctly acknowledged in every possible opportunity.

Just imagine if Marx dismissed Hegel because he had idealist deviations and became a grumpy metaphysician in his later years. Engels would have written his ground-breaking work Socialism: utopian and less-utopian



Processing triggers for man-db (2.9.4-2)

The Man is certainly triggered by the advance of class consciousness


Excerpt from the book Socialism betrayed: behind the collapse of the Soviet Union, by Roger Keeran and Thomas Kenny. The book underlines the reasons behind the collapse of the Soviet Union by analyzing both the economic and political disputes inside the USSR. …


A clear and undeniable effect of colonialism, because if you see in the map, it largely affects lands previously imperialized by the British, except in North America




@30:19:

“Interviewer: I think that these constants accusations against the West, or NATO, or Poland, or whoever else, that they created problems here, that everything that happens here is a result of their work, that is not true. That’s fairytale.”

Nice “interview”. Props to Lukashenko for pushing the truth hard enough for BBC to clearly show itself as an imperialist propaganda outlet


Does the minister means selling more cheap Ghanaian labour to large Canadian mining factories when he says “giving Ghanaians greater space in mining”? Because if he does, it won’t change much.





Because every millionaire has a wet-dream of punching poor people on the streets. He also does not hide half of his face from the police so they can see he is white…


Laos, the little socialist country that carries the title of the most bombed country in the world (by the US in the Vietnam War, during which they dropped about 260/270 million bombs on the region), with less than 7 million inhabitants, has just received its first bullet train, which arrived this Sa…


Your argument seem to imply that only someone who identifies as a woman can talk about feminism, an argument I profoundly disagree. Feminism critiques a concrete structure of our society, patriarchy. It is concrete because it’s materialized through our social relations. The effects of this in society is real, identifiable and produces enough evidences to guarantee that it’s not merely a subjective experience.

If you think about it, this idea that only those who suffer are able to speak about their problems is a form of “individualization” of struggles. The same argument applied elsewhere can easily reveal its logical failures: imagine hearing that “only those who are starving can talk about hunger”, or fight against it.

Also, this is a wonderful community, we really need discussions about feminism from a revolutionary classist understanding.



It’s so outrageous that it’s possible to pay agencies that respond to criticism with no particular ideological relationship with who’s paying. It’s just more ways to make money. I love how the US still manages to impress me with a society as morally corrupt as that bourgeois empire.


Yeah, it’s Facebook, Inc. after all. I have the same suspicion about Instagram and Facebook itself.


A small step towards the rebirth of the Soviet Union 🥲 …


It’s known since 2018 that Bolsonaro’s election campaign used mass spreading of WhatsApp messages with false news and defamatory propaganda against the opposition. While it was suspected the internet robots and propaganda network was still being maintained, it’s the first time evidence about it was unearthed, as far as I know.



Is it “okay” in what sense? Is it a legitimate way of working? Why not?

I don’t think going with Patreon beforehand is necessary. Experiment first, see if you’re okay doing it, how periodically can you make videos, etc. Then, if you can make content consistently, you can make a Patreon if your videos are able to reach a wider audience some time.

I say that because setting up those platforms take up time in itself, so if you’re not sure if that’s what your thing, setting up platforms beforehand sounds like work waiting to be wasted






On opportunism

Note: this text was originally published by me in Brazil and, therefore, it contains a lot of references of the Brazilian revolutionary movement, but the discussions I bring are nonetheless valuable to revolutionaries of any nation


“According to Die Zeit, if the AfD enters the Bundestag for the second time, its foundation could receive up to €80 million a year. This money would be used to promote “German interests in the world” along with the party’s international contacts, according to the foundation’s website.”…