Global Rollback: After Communism by Michael Parenti + Reflection on the Overthrow of Communism

Workers Of The World Unite!

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published at Third World Traveler
CovertAction Quarterly, Spring 2002
Previously posted Sept. 26, 2011
November 9, 2017

Lately we have been hearing a great deal about “blowback.” But the real menace we face today is global rollback. The goal of conservative rulers around the world, led by those who occupy the seats of power in Washington, is the systematic rollback of democratic gains, public services, and common living standards around the world.

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Abby Martin and Brian Becker: The First Time The Red Flag Was Waved + Caleb Maupin: Why Did The Russian Revolution Happen?

Abby Martin and Brian Becker: The First Time The Red Flag Was Waved

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Nov 7, 2017

Nov. 7, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the seizure of power by workers and peasants in the Russian Revolution, regarded as the most world-altering event in the history of civilization.

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Crossover As Transformation — My Testimony by Gaither Stewart

Capitalism isn't working

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
October 31, 2017

I woke up in the early 1970s. Since such an awakening happened in my life, I believe something similar happens also in the life of others. Though I didn’t realize it I had stood for sometime at a crossroads. I had to take the left. This sounds reductive but in retrospect it feels that my transformation happened more or less like that. Before, I was one person. Afterwards—the interval might have been months long, maybe a couple years—I was another. No need to over-dramatize and claim that the event happened as if it arrived like a thunder bolt. In any case, over a period of time, in the same way revolution happens, I revolted against my own self of the time; against my old life. And I became another. Today, as a result, part of my personal philosophy of life is that people can and do change. Fundamentally.

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The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx Bookcover

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Ancient Recitations on Nov 24, 2015

The Communist Manifesto is a political pamphlet written by German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. First published in 1848 in London, the manifesto helped fuel the Spring of Nations revolutions of the same year.

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Socialism, Land and Banking: 2017 Compared to 1917 by Michael Hudson

Communist Revolution Islands Brygge, Copenhagen (1998)

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by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
October 23, 2017

An article written for the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, to be read in Beijing today.

Socialism a century ago seemed to be the wave of the future. There were various schools of socialism, but the common ideal was to guarantee support for basic needs, and for state ownership to free society from landlords, predatory banking and monopolies. In the West these hopes are now much further away than they seemed in 1917. Land and natural resources, basic infrastructure monopolies, health care and pensions have been increasingly privatized and financialized.

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Caleb Maupin in Red Square: Let’s Talk About Communism!

Caleb Maupin in Red Square: Let’s Talk About Communism!

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page)
October 14, 2017

Interview with Savvy Business Radio on Socialism and Communism

Caleb Maupin on Oct 13, 2017

Caleb Maupin is a radical journalist and political analyst who resides in New York City. Originally from Ohio, he studied political science at Baldwin-Wallace College.

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Dr. Najib — A Sketch of A Man and A Country by Gaither Stewart

Central Command Responsibility Map

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
October 9, 2017

When in 1978 the 31-year old Afghan Communist politician-activist, Mohammad Najibullah, arrived in Tehran, “exiled” to neighboring Iran as Afghanistan’s Ambassador, I had just left Iran where I had worked throughout the year of 1977. Najibullah’s political party, the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) had come to power in Kabul in April, 1978 in what is known as the Saur Revolution, the name of the month in the Afghan calendar when the Communist Revolution took place. Far from united, the PDPA was divided into two factions: the more revolutionary faction (Khalq-People’s) that first took power in Kabul in that crucial year of 1978 (crucial in both Afghanistan and Iran), preferred to have the charismatic Najibullah of the Parcham faction (Banner) of the PDPA far from the halls of power.

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The Gray Zone: The Fascistic Dream World In Which Ideologies Are Dead by Gaither Stewart

ALDO MORO

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
September 5, 2017

Yet: a world in which Pinochet Is Better Than Communists!

Premise: Reporting on the still unresolved abduction and murder of statesman, Aldo Moro, by the Red Brigades in 1978—or at least in their name—the current Rome occasionally left-wing investigative magazine, Espresso, reports that not only the USA but also many European leaders considered Premier Moro’s project to bring the Italian Communist Party (PCI) into the Rome government destabilizing and of the utmost danger to European security. Thus, on both sides of the Atlantic, the Premier himself was considered an obstacle to be removed at all costs.

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Caleb Maupin: What Would A Socialist America Be Like? + Fascism vs. Communism + Immigration: Liberals and Rightists are Both Wrong

Capitalism isn't working

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page)
September 2, 2017

Caleb Maupin on Sep 1, 2017

Excerpt from “Debate: Revolutionary Left vs. Revolutionary Right” In this clip, Caleb Maupin explains what a revolutionary socialist or communist government in the United States might look like.

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The Difference Between Socialism, Communism, and Marxism Explained by a Marxist

The Difference Between Socialism, Communism, and Marxism Explained by a Marxist

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azureScapegoat on Feb 18, 2017

Ever wondered what the actual difference between socialism and communism were? Well wonder no longer!

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Rational Fascism by Michael Parenti

Fascism

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.michaelparenti.org, 1997
Originally posted: June 22, 2011
August 10, 2017

Excerpted from Chapter 1 of Blackshirts and Reds

While walking through New York’s Little Italy, I passed a novelty shop that displayed posters and T-shirts of Benito Mussolini giving the fascist salute. When I entered the shop and asked the clerk why such items were being offered, he replied, “Well, some people like them. And, you know, maybe we need someone like Mussolini in this country.” His comment was a reminder that fascism survives as something more than a historical curiosity.

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Italy: The Weak Under-Belly of Europe–The Malfunctioning of the Bel Paese by Gaither Stewart

Piazza Venezia (Rome, Italy)

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
July 22, 2017

After World War II the USA and NATO labeled Italy the “soft under-belly of Europe”, chiefly because of the presence of The Italian Communist Party (PCI), Europe’s biggest political formation of the left. Because of capitalist Italy’s unpredictable and individualistic character existing like a Trojan Horse inside the European Union (EU), that label stuck even after the PCI died following the dissolution of the USSR. The party’s later iterations were reduced to rivulets as dry as the river Po in August and about which hardly a murmur is heard today. That label however has conditioned US-NATO relations with Italy since then. The Bel Paese became not only a US vassal state but an occupied country, an aircraft carrier jutting out toward North Africa and hosting dozens of US military bases. Today’s La Repubblica, Italy’s major newspaper, reported that 70 American atomic bombs are concealed on the US Airbase of Aviano in NE Italy, the greatest number in one country of the 180 atomic bombs scattered across Europe.

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Chris Hedges, Richard Wolff and Kate Crehan at The Left Forum 2017: Gramsci’s Importance for the Left Today

Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013

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with Chris Hedges, and

OpenUnivoftheLeft on Jun 5, 2017

Left Forum 2017, Gramsci’s Importance for the Left Today, John Jay College, CUNY, 6-2-2017, New York City, Laura Flanders, Chair, The Laura Flanders Show, Chris Hedges, Truthdig, On Contact RT, Richard D. Wolff, Democracy at Work; Left Forum, Kate Crehan, College of Staten Island, Graduate Center, CUNY

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The Early Christian Communists by Roman A. Montero

The Disciples gather the Bread

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by Roman A. Montero
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Libcom, May 4, 2017
Oslo, Norway
May 8, 2017

The early Christian Communities practiced communism, here’s how we know.

When I wrote the book All Things in Common, The Economic Practices of the Early Christians some people suggested I drop my use of the term ”communism” from the text; their reasoning was sound: the term communism has many negative connotations. When most people hear the world “communism”, they think of one of two things: totalitarian regimes such as Stalinist Russia or Maoist China, or some far off utopia where the entire world lives without any property whatsoever or any state. The actual classical meaning of the word, the meaning that actually represents something in reality, is basically nothing more than any social-relationship or structure where the principle of “from each according to his ability to each according to his need” is the primary moral framework of the social relationship or structure. Instead of replacing the term with something else, I went through the trouble of breaking down what communism actually means and contrasting it with other principles of social-relationships like hierarchy or exchange. The reason I stuck with the term “communism” was simple: that term is simply the most fitting term for the economic practices of the early Christians that differentiated them from the larger Roman world; the more I studied the issue the more I became convinced of that.

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