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Communist work in the SP?

Posted 21st March 2013 at 20:02 by Q

Some of the older members here might remember how I was expelled from the Dutch Socialist Party back in 2009. This, officially, for being a member of a "party within a party" (the CWI section in the Netherlands).

I rejoined the party back in August last year. It was however a paper membership up until now. So, why did I rejoin? It was more or less out of a sense of "spreading my odds". I've been active in whatever social movement I can get my hands on: Occupy (as...
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On "degenerated workers state", collapse of the SU and the current tasks of the left

Posted 15th March 2013 at 12:27 by Q

This time a repost from a old discussion that originally happened in the "Anti-Stalinists" user group. That group no longer exists, but it was reposted in the Revolutionary Marxists group and this way was brought to my attention again. It is a good summary of my reservations on the "degenerated workers state" concept as an explanatory model for the USSR.

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I think Q, who is a member of this group, is a member of the CWI and dismisses degenerated worker's state.
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Learning Mandarin Chinese (PT1)

Posted 14th March 2013 at 15:08 by TheGodlessUtopian (Claiming the Mantle)

So as some of you might know from my post in Non-Political I have taken to learning simplified Mandarin Chinese. While I actually began this journey over a year ago it is only recently that I have doggedly stuck with it. So now that I am on a regular basis I figure that I should update a bit more regularly just to give my education some added impetus.

Some basics:
  • Why I am learning
  • My goals after learning
  • Some details regarding my current stage
For the first point I can...
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Why national roads to socialism are bound to fail

Posted 8th March 2013 at 11:44 by Q

A short reply on the obvious need for international revolution.

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There are several left groups supporting Scottish independence. All are basing themselves on some variant of being able to build a socialist society or, at least, have a pro-working class government in Scotland, if only the link with London was cut. Added to this are, at best, calls to have a "voluntary confederation" with England, Wales and Ireland as a step towards a "socialist Europe". How this
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The USSR: State Capitalist? Socialist? Same fallacy...

Posted 7th March 2013 at 22:08 by Q

So, below posts were made in a thread on Cuba. It was first in response to the claim that Cuba (and later on, the USSR) were 'capitalist'. However the same fallacy is used (although mirrored) by those who claim that the USSR was "socialist".

I take issue with the fallacy

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What? 'Make Cuba capitalist'???? It's never been anything else, since the overturning of feudal property relations.
I'm not so sure comrade. Has there been universal commodity
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