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For the appreciation and creation of socialist audiobooks. Recording spoken word socialist works in the public domain as audiobooks needs encouraging. Whether these are appreciated by the visually impaired or those that prefer to learn aurally, or those that just enjoy podcasts (not all podcasts are audiobooks). Exchange tips and information on technical, legal, oral and social aspects here. Discuss sharing on commons.wikimedia.org, LibriVox.org, Marxists.org, iTunes store, Archive.org etc. Works published prior to 1923 are generally public domain hence the historical authors chosen as topics in this group. Hence the absence of 20th and 21st Century figures in this group.Last Activity: 26th October 2015 12:57
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Vexilloligists. A person who studies flags is a vexillologist. Vexillography is the art of designing flags; a person who designs flags is a vexillographer. A person who simply likes, admires, or enjoys flags is a vexillophile. All are welcome here.Last Activity: 28th March 2016 15:44
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Socialist US flag?
The pre-eminent British socialist, libertarian socialist and founder and still principal figure of the Arts and Crafts movement. Co-founder and chief editor of the Social Democratic Federation 1881 to 1883, Socialist League 1884 to 1890 and the Hammersmith Socialist Society 1890 to his death in 1896. Co-founding father of fantasy fiction. Inspiration for the William Morris Society and its Journal of William Morris Studies published biannually since 1961.
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Fellowship is Heaven, London (September 12 2015- May 31 2016)
Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. The aim was to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality." Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself and/or an idea/concept.
Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur; however, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artifact. Leader André Breton was explicit in his assertion that Surrealism was, above all, a revolutionary movement.
Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920s onward, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film, and music of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, philosophy, and social theory.Last Activity: 24th March 2016 21:34
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Historical study and discussion group on the history of mainland South-East Asia, commonly referred to as "Indochina" by the British and French colonialists, from it's first rice-farming societies and kingdoms before 400BC, through the double millennium of the various changing political landscape of the region, leading up to the modern day states of Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand & Vietnam.
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This project is to here to collect the works of Otto Rühle in all languages and to translate them into English.
Otto Rühle (23 October 1874 in Großschirma – 24 June 1943 in Mexico) was a German Marxist active in opposition to both the First and Second World Wars, and a founder along with Karl Liebknecht, Rosa Luxemburg, Franz Mehring and others of the group and magazine Internationale, which posed a revolutionary internationalism against a world of warring states, and also the Spartacist League (Spartakusbund in German) in 1916.
The Spartacist League took an oppositional stance to Leninism, and was attacked by the Bolsheviks for inconsistency. Though Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg were murdered in 1919 for their involvement in the German Revolution, Rühle lived on to participate in the left opposition of the German labour movement, developing both an early communist critique of Bolshevism, and an early opposition to fascism. Rühle saw the Soviet Union as a form of state capitalism with much in common with the state-centred capitalism of the West, as well as Fascism:
"It has served as the model for other capitalistic dictatorships. Ideological divergences do not really differentiate socioeconomic systems."
He also saw the Leninist Party as an appropriate form for the overthrow of Tsarism, but ultimately an inappropriate form for a proletarian revolution. As such, no matter what the actual intentions of the Bolsheviks, what they actually succeeded in bringing about was much more like the bourgeois revolutions of Europe than a proletarian revolution:
"This distinction between head and body, between intellectuals and workers, officers and privates, corresponds to the duality of class society. One class is educated to rule; the other to be ruled. Lenin’s organisation is only a replica of bourgeois society. His revolution is objectively determined by the forces that create a social order incorporating these class relations, regardless of the subjective goals accompanying this process."
Rühle was also critical of the party as a revolutionary organisational form, stating that "the revolution is not a party affair", and supported a more Council Communist approach which emphasised the importance of factory councils run by workers.
List of works in German:
- Der erste Strauß. Ein Liederbuch. 1894
- Aus jungen Tagen. Ein neues Liederbuch. 1896
- Die Schundliteratur und ihre Bekämpfung von Seiten des Lehrers. 1896
- Sechs Jahre in einem sächsischen Lehrerseminar. 3 Teile, 1896
- Die Geschichte der Nordpolfahrten. 1897
- Schulen ohne Gott. o.J. 
- Die Volksschule, wie sie ist. 1903, 1909
- Die Volksschule, wie sie sein soll. 1903, 1911
- Das sächsische Volksschulwesen. Eine zusammenfassende Darstellung der sächsischen Schulverhältnisse. 1904
- Arbeit und Erziehung. Eine pädagogische Studie. o.J. 
- Kinder-Elend. Proletarische Gegenwartsbilder. o.J. 
- Die Aufklärung der Kinder über geschlechtliche Dinge. 1907
- Atemgymnastik. Mit zahlreichen Abbildungen. 1909
- Das proletarische Kind. Eine Monographie. 1911, 1922
- Grundfragen der Erziehung. 1912, 1923
- Das proletarische Kind. Erziehungsbeilage. Breslau [u. a.] 1912–1915
- Umgang mit Kindern. Grundsätze – Winke – Beispiele. o.J. , 1924
- Du und dein Kind. Schriftenreihe. Verlag Buchhandlung Görlitzer Volkszeitung, Görlitz 1914
- Die sexuelle Erziehung des Kindes. 1914
- Kind – Alkohol und Erziehung. o.J. 
- Erziehung zum Sozialismus. Ein Manifest. 1919
- Die Kommunisten und der Friede: Schriften zur Propaganda. o.J. 
- Der U.S.P.-Frieden. Der Friedensvertrag ist unterzeichnet. 1919
- Die Spaltung der K.P.D. (Spartakusbund). 1919
- Schlagworte der U.S.P.. 1920
- Moskau und wir. 1920
- Kind und Umwelt. Eine sozialpädagogische Studie. 1920
- Neues Kinderland. Ein kommunistisches Schul- und Erziehungsprogramm. 1920
- Zur Sexualethik des Kommunismus. 1920
- Die Revolution ist keine Parteisache. 1920
- Grundfragen der Organisation. o.J. 
- Über die Märzkatastrophe des deutschen Proletariats. 1921
- Die Sozialisierung der Frau. 1921, 1922
- Von der bürgerlichen zur proletarischen Revolution. 1924
- Am andern Ufer. Blätter für sozialistische Erziehung. Verlag Am andern Ufer, Dresden und Leipzig (1. Jahrgang 1924 – 2. Jahrgang 1925) (Hrsg. von Otto Rühle und Alice Rühle-Gerstel)
- Die Seele des proletarischen Kindes. 1925
- Schriftenreihe des Freidenkerverlages. Gemeinschaft proletarischer Freidenker (GpF), Leipzig-Lindenau: Verlagsanstalt proletarischer Freidenker (1925)
- Das Proletarische Kind. Monatsblätter für proletarische Erziehung. Dresden und Leipzig: Verlag Am andern Ufer (1. Jahrgang 1925 – 2. Jahrgang 1926)
- Das verwahrloste Kind. 1926
- Schwer erziehbare Kinder. Eine Schriftenfolge. Verlag Am andern Ufer, Dresden 1926–1927
- Die Revolutionen Europas. Band 1–3, 1927
- Karl Marx. Leben und Werk. 1928
- Sexual-Analyse. Psychologie des Liebes- und Ehelebens. 1929
- Illustrierte Kultur- und Sittengeschichte des Proletariats. Band 1, 1930
- Illustrierte Kultur- und Sittengeschichte des Proletariats. Band 2, 1977 (Manuskriptabschluß: 1930)
- Imperialismus in Mexiko. Ertrag einer Mexiko-Reise. 1931 [Veröffentlicht unter dem Pseudonym Carl Steuermann]
- Weltkrise – Weltwende. Kurs auf Staatskapitalismus. 1931 [Veröffentlicht unter dem Pseudonym Carl Steuermann]
- Der Mensch auf der Flucht. 1932 [Veröffentlicht unter dem Pseudonym Carl Steuermann]
- Baupläne für eine neue Gesellschaft. 1971 (Manuskriptabschluß: 1935)
- La escuela del trabajo. 1938
- The living thought of Karl Marx. 1939, 1949
- Schriften: Perspektiven einer Revolution in hochindustrialisierten Ländern. 1971 (Manuskriptabschluß: 1939 und 1940)
- The struggle against fascism begins with the struggle against bolshevism. 1974
- Revolution und Sozialismus (Révolution et socialisme). 1970
Limited German collection on MIA: http://www.marxists.org/deutsch/archiv/ruehle/index.htm
Shorter English collection: http://www.marxists.org/archive/ruhle/index.htmLast Activity: 3rd September 2015 21:27
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Paganism is very broad and has no set definition. I theorise there being 2 spectrums of paganism.
1. Tendency (e.i Celtic, Wiccan, Norse, Druid, Christo', Islamo')
2. Belief (Cultural, literal, Metaphorical, spiritual, pantheist)
Cultural Norse, Spiritual Druid etc.
Note that paganism is not inherently the belief in many gods, most neo-pagans are not literal pagans.
Btw I am a materialist-atheist. I only follow the year-wheel of the pagans not the religion.Last Activity: 9th February 2016 04:41
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For the discussion of podcasts. Podcasts are audio files distributed on the internet usually of the Mp3 filetype and for free. Podcast content is mostly spoken word, sometimes radio episodes and can be about any subject. Podcasts are generally slightly different to audiobooks (which have a separate group here). Sometimes you can subscribe to podcasts for notifications of new ones in a series (using software such as Juice). People listen to podcasts on computers, iPods, iPads, mobile phones or any other Mp3 devices. Podcasts and audio can be found at BBC radio, NPR, iTunes store, Archive.org etc.Last Activity: 12th January 2016 23:13
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Marxism-Leninism is the theory and practice of the Communists, who uphold the works of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin in the struggle for proletarian revolution, the construction of socialism, and the triumph of communism on a world scale. It is the scientific ideology of the working-class and its vanguard which accomplish these aims.
Marxism-Leninism bases itself on historical and dialectical materialism, taking into account the objective material conditions existant in each country and region. It supports just struggles against imperialism and neo-colonialism whose victories are guaranteed through the leading role of the working-class in said struggles. It supports internationalism as the guiding basis of the foreign policy of the socialist state and in the approach to inter-imperialist conflicts. Marxist-Leninists fight for both democratic and socialist demands and, where necessary in the world, carry out any bourgeois-democratic tasks in tandem with the uninterrupted move over into the socialist revolution.
Marxism-Leninism is hostile to opportunism and revisionism within the working-class movement. The struggles waged by Marx and Engels against Lassalle and other petty-bourgeois "socialists," and the struggles waged by Lenin and Stalin against Bernsteinism, Menshevism, Kautskyism, Bukharinism, Trotskyism and other revisionist and renegade trends within the working-class movement, constituted both the defense of Marxism and its creative development, opposing both "left" and right-wing deviations.
The Soviet Union under the leadership of J.V. Stalin witnessed the construction of socialism being completed in the main. After his death, however, a new trend became ascendant: that of Khrushchevite revisionism, which worked to restore capitalism and transform the foreign policy of the USSR into that of a social-imperialist power, "socialism in words, imperialism in deeds" as Lenin described the term. The 20th Party Congress of the CPSU in 1956 was a pivotal event in the rise of modern revisionism.
The doctrines of Soviet revisionism carried over into almost all the Eastern European states; Comecon and the Warsaw Treaty were transformed into instruments of neo-colonialism and military intervention on the part of Soviet revisionism in the affairs of member-countries. Various anti-imperialist and anti-colonial revolutions in Cuba, Angola and elsewhere were soon shackled to Soviet social-imperialism owing to the treachery of their local leaderships who came from and represented the national bourgeoisie and petty-bourgeois classes employing "socialist" rhetoric.
Marxism-Leninism remains the ideology of the working-class by virtue of its scientific content and objective merits in the epoch of imperialism and the decay of capitalism.
* http://ml-review.ca/aml/CLASSES/CourseInt-CL.htm (for the very basics)
* http://marx2mao.com/Other/HCPSU39NB.html (History of the CPSU(B) Short Course, which outlines the development of Leninism, the road to the October Revolution, and the construction of socialism in the USSR.)
* http://marx2mao.com/Stalin/FL24.html (The Foundations of Leninism, by J.V. Stalin)
* http://marx2mao.com/Lenin/SR17.html (The State and Revolution, by V.I. Lenin)
* http://marx2mao.com/Lenin/LWC20.html ("Left-Wing" Communism, An Infantile Disorder, by V.I. Lenin)
* http://marx2mao.com/Lenin/IMP16.html (Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, by V.I. Lenin)
* http://marx2mao.com/Stalin/MNQ12.html (Marxism and the National Question, by J.V. Stalin)
* http://www.prisoncensorship.info/archive/etext/classics/mao/polemics/peaceful.html (a polemic contrasting peaceful coexistence under Lenin and Stalin and its distortion by Soviet revisionism.)
* http://www.prisoncensorship.info/archive/etext/classics/mao/polemics/prolrev.html (another polemic denouncing Soviet revisionism)
* http://www.revolutionarydemocracy.org/archive/mpS1.htm (Marxist Philosophy)
* http://www.revolutionarydemocracy.org/archive/PoliticalEconomy.pdf (Political Economy)
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Orthodox Trotskyism, so called by both adherents and detractors, is a political current within the broader Trotskyist movement that bases itself on the work of Leon Trotsky and his associates, such as James P. Cannon, who advanced Marxist theory in the direction indicated by Trotsky's work, in opposition to the revisionist theories of Pablo, Shachtman, Cliff and others. Orthodox Trotskyists emphasise the analysis, first outlined by Trotsky, of the Soviet Union as a degenerated workers' state, of the Stalinist bureaucracy as a contradictory stratum, and of the present epoch of the class struggle as being characterised by a deep crisis of leadership that can only be resolved by forging, on a firm basis, a Fourth International of revolutionary Bolsheviks-Leninists. This group is for adherents to the orthodox Trotskyist line, and every comrade who is interested in orthodox Trotskyist theory.Last Activity: Yesterday 15:30
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Pan-leftism is an ideology, or the lack there of one, which promotes the notion that Anti-Capitalist Leftists of all shades should cooperate instead of constantly bickering amongst themselves.
Pan-leftists welcome all Anti-Capitalists be they Anarchist; Communists of all shades including Maoists, Trotskyists; Religious Socialists (Such as Liberation Theologists or Islamic Socialists); Democratic Socialists (of the sort who don't support the Capitalist means of production); Syndicalists or any other ideology which supports the working class against Capitalism and Fascism.
Marx is famously quotes as saying "workers of the world, unite!"
Shouldn't that last word apply to us as well?Last Activity: Yesterday 15:28
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Why is the socialdemocrat symbol in the picture?
This group is for communists who do not subscribe to a particular doctrine or "ism". If you are a "Marxist-Leninist," Trotskyist, Maoist, Stalinist, Hoxhaist, Luxemburgist, Bordigist, Bukharinist or one of a million other doctrinal "ists", this group is not for you. However, if you recognize that even a blind squirrel can find a theoretical nut, or have no qualms about slaughtering your own sacred cows, or really understand what Marx meant when he said, "If anything is certain, it is that I myself am not a Marxist", then you might just be a non-doctrinaire communist. Group members must be able to agree with the Non-Doctrinaire Communist Credo.Last Activity: Yesterday 15:28
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Non-Doctrinaire Communist Credo
This group was created in opposition of the divide between UltraLeftists, Stalinists, Anarchists, Trotskyists, and other groups, while keeping the traditions of Karl Marx and other Scientific Socialists.
We deny access to anyone we deem to be 'Sectarian' and 'Dogmatic,' and we only adhere to the Scientific Socialist positions of Karl Marx and those who furthered his material philosophies.
We here don't deny the legitimacy of ANY school of thought, nor Leftist intellectuals. We rather deny the allowance of propagation by militant scoundrels who are more interested in pushing their ideology than dialogue.Last Activity: Yesterday 15:20
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This is the group that formed http://marxistcenter.com which is a writers collective popularising the ideas of revolutionary Social-Democracy of the late 19th and early 20th century. We are also open for contributions and if you like to do so you could reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“When and where did I ever claim to have created any sort of special trend in international Social-Democracy not identical with the trend of Bebel and Kautsky?”
A related political group is the Dutch Communist Platform: http://www.revleft.com/vb/group.php?groupid=1244Last Activity: 29th June 2016 01:40
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