Orwell, Hitchens, and the Hollow Self-Righteousness of Trotskyism by Rainer Shea

George Orwell's Animal Farm

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by Rainer Shea
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rainer Shea: Anti-Imperialist Journalist, Aug. 1, 2019
August 6, 2019

In addition to all of the propaganda pieces that anti-communists use to legitimize their position, they often utilize a more general rhetorical tool, which is the denunciations of communism that have come from two of the last century’s most prominent intellectuals: George Orwell and Christopher Hitchens. These figures maintain large cult followings and are widely seen as moral authorities for their crusades against civilization’s evil and hypocritical aspects, which for Orwell was a crusade against totalitarianism and for Hitchens was a crusade against organized religion. Yet the cultural and ideological makeup of both of these men caused them to infuse their works with the anti-communist agenda, and to give this agenda’s followers the sense that they’re righteous upholders of honesty and virtue.

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Chris Hedges, Kali Akuno and Richard Wolff: Lenin: His Works’ Pertinence Here and Now, Left Forum 2019

Leningrad

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with Chris Hedges, Kali Akuno and Richard D. Wolff

Left Forum 2019

A century ago, Lenin led the world’s first revolution against capitalism that successfully established a new and different government and society, the USSR. Lenin’s work before, during and shortly after that revolution left a legacy of insights, strategies, and programs. This panel aims to highlight and discuss some of the most pertinent aspects for today of Lenin’s life and work. We intend to include time for audience participation and discussion.

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Caleb Maupin: History and Overview of Marxism in 12 Minutes + Socialist Heroism in Our Time

Karl Marx by Robert Diedrichs, 1970. Courtesy WikiCommons

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
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June 5, 2019

“Marxism and Karl Marx taught us there are two classes. There is the bourgeois and the proletariat. There are those who own the major centers of economic power, the factories, the banks, the means of transport, the means of communication and make profits from them. And then there are the rest of us who sell our labor power to those capitalists in order to survive. We get wages, we live by working, we’re proletarians. They live by owning, they’re capitalists.” — Caleb Maupin

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Plutocracy V: Subterranean Fire (must-see)

Diego Rivera mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts

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“If you think by hanging us you can stamp out the labor movement … the movement from which the down-trodden millions, the millions who toil in want and misery, expect salvation — if this is your opinion, then hang us!

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Will Griffin: The North Korea You’ve Never Heard About

Will Griffin: The North Korea You've Never Heard About

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
April 8, 2019

“The principle of self-reliance–that one can and should solve one’s problems utilizing one’s own resources and skills and not become dependent on foreign powers–was the guiding philosophy of North Korea’s founding leader Kim Il-sung since the Korean people’s anti-colonial struggle against the Japanese. And it has been the country’s guiding philosophy ever since. North Korea’s experience during the Korean War–when countries that had pledged support didn’t come through with supplies of armaments in its moment of desperate need–reaffirmed its belief that to guarantee its survival, it cannot rely on others and needs to develop its own resources.” — Soobok Kim from ZoominKorea

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Caleb Maupin: The Actual Nature of Revolution

Caleb Maupin: The Actual Nature of Revolution

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
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March 15, 2019

“Marxism and Scientific Socialism as they emerged, they came to understand the concept of revolution as human beings advancing to higher stages of civilization.” — Caleb Maupin

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Yellow Vests, Class Struggle and Spontaneous Revolution by Gaither Stewart

Les Gilets Jaunes

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
January 18, 2019

In What Is To Be Done of 1902 Lenin opposed revolutionary spontaneity because it “strips away the disciplined nature of the Marxists idea of revolution, leaving it arbitrary and ineffective.” True to himself, Lenin then returned to opposition to spontaneous revolution after WWI during the German Revolution of 1918-19 when in a spontaneous uprising against the post-WWI system Rosa Luxemburg and the Spartacist League failed in an attempt to overturn German capitalism.

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Caleb Maupin: Socialism Will Save America!

Happy Birthday to Jesus, the Anti-Imperialist Socialist!

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page)
October 12, 2018

“This notion that the Pentagon is a humanitarian rescue organization that goes around the world saving people is a fiction. And how many more times are we going to fall for this?”

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Who Is Karl Marx, The Critic? by The Anti-Social Socialist

Karl Marx by Robert Diedrichs, 1970. Courtesy WikiCommons

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“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” — Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto, 1848

“Marx was keenly aware of capitalism’s ability to innovate and adapt. But he also knew that capitalist expansion was not eternally sustainable. And as we witness the denouement of capitalism and the disintegration of globalism, Karl Marx is vindicated as capitalism’s most prescient and important critic.” — Chris Hedges, Left Forum, May 30, 2015

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Pope Francis and Beijing: The Geopolitics of the Vatican by Caleb Maupin

Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics

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by Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page)
New Eastern Outlook, Sept. 18, 2018
September 27, 2018

The Roman Catholic Church and the Peoples Republic of China are set to sign an agreement, which would formally end the hostilities between these two entities. The Chinese government will formally acknowledge the Pope as the leader of the Catholic Church in China. In exchange, the Pope will reinstate ex-communicated Bishops selected by the Communist Party to lead Catholics on the Chinese mainland. In this context, it is worth reviewing the shifts and evolutions of Catholicism in global politics.

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What Were George Orwell’s Political Views? by The Anti-Social Socialist

George Orwell's 1984

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“I have seen British Imperialism at work in Burma, and I have seen something of the effects of poverty and unemployment in Britain. In so far as I have struggled against the system, it has been mainly of writing books which I hoped would influence the reading public. I shall continue to do that, of course, but at a moment like the present writing books in not enough. The tempo of events is quickening; the dangers which once seemed a generation distant are staring us in the face. One has got to be actively a Socialist, not merely sympathetic to Socialism, or one plays into the hands of our always-active enemies.” — George Orwell, 1938

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“Creating Wealth” through Debt: The West’s Finance-Capitalist Road by Michael Hudson

Swimming With the Debt Sharks

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson, May 2, 2018
May 7, 2018

Peking University, School of Marxist Studies
May 5-6, 2018

Volumes II and III of Marx’s Capital describe how debt grows exponentially, burdening the economy with carrying charges. This overhead is subjecting today’s Western finance-capitalist economies to austerity, shrinking living standards and capital investment while increasing their cost of living and doing business. That is the main reason why they are losing their export markets and becoming de-industrialized.

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Happy 200th Birthday Karl Marx!

Karl Marx by Robert Diedrichs, 1970. Courtesy WikiCommons

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International May Day 2018

WSWS on May 5, 2018

The 2018 International Online May Day Rally will begin at 5:30 PM EDT on Saturday, May 5. This event is hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International.

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