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  1. "Vanguardism" Revisited

    We do not say to the world: Cease your struggles, they are foolish; we will give you the true slogan of struggle. We merely show the world what it is really fighting for, and consciousness is something that it has to acquire, even if it does not want to. (Karl Marx)

    All over the Marxist spectrum, there is a crisis over the word vanguard. Historical events have tainted that word, such that it is now synonymous with Blanquist elitism: the notion that a secret group of conspirators ...
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  2. Libertarian socialist quotes

    "Now, if the Soviet State serves as a model for fascism, it must contain structural and functional elements which are also common to fascism. To determine what they are we must go back to the 'soviet system' as established by Leninism, which is the application of the principles of bolshevism to the Russian conditions. And if an identity between bolshevism and fascism can be established, then the proletariat cannot at the same time fight fascism and defend the Russian 'soviet system.' Instead, ...
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  3. Pseudophilosophical ramblings

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    First, I will make an admission - religious fundamentalists fascinate me. They have a worldview so completely alien and opposite to mine that to read their screeds that are frequently posted on Fundies Say The Darndest Things is to take a glimpse into a strange and terrifying (and to me at least) new world. These are people that genuinely believe they have an all-benevolent cosmic father watching over them, that He has a plan for the human species. Many of them also believe ...
  4. Exceptionalism Reborn: The Rise of Race-Neutral Imperialism

    The election of Senator Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States has been met with joy and a renewed faith in the American dream around the world. Rama Yade, the black French junior minister of Human Rights, remarked On this morning, we all want to be American so we can take a bite of this dream unfolding before our eyes. Egyptian feminist Iman Bibars commented "When Obama won, I felt it was the return of the American dream. Obamas election, however, raises some critical questions, ...
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  5. A Travesty We're Still Paying For

    Major metropolitan areas all over the US are beginning to realize that their transportation systems are inefficient, wasteful, and, in almost all cases, in need of great expansion to meet rising population demands. While our politicians have no problem pumping billions of dollars into road construction and maintenance (largely due to the huge lobby this industry supplies), little long-term planning is present. For reasons ranging from the inevitable election cycle, in which candidates are dependent ...

    Updated 7th May 2009 at 07:06 by TheCultofAbeLincoln

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