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  1. Tim Cornelis
    23rd November 2014 01:24
    Tim Cornelis
    Capital vol III "The principal agents of this mode of production itself, the capitalist and the wage-labourer, are as such merely embodiments, personifications of capital and wage-labour". The capitalist class is the personification of capital. Capital is a social relationship, so inevitable there'll always be those who command and control capital, and as such constitute the bourgeoisie despite perhaps not legally owning means of production -- such as CEOs or CFOs. I'd call these the functional bourgeoisie. (Engels would disagree). The USSR had upper layers in its social arrangement that commanded and controlled capital, and hence it had such a functional bourgeoisie.
  2. Tim Cornelis
    23rd November 2014 01:23
    Tim Cornelis
    I think the rural areas under anarchist control was a well functioning workers' state, with force, pressure, and coercion exerted to socialise production. The abolition of money was optional, and did not emerge from socialisation itself, as one would expect to happen from Marx's analysis of the social character of labour. It was an experiment, in other words.
  3. Tim Cornelis
    16th November 2014 12:46
    Tim Cornelis
    Failure of Russian revolution, one of the primary reason I'd say is substitutionism. But again, I will re-evaluate my positions regarding the Russian revolution in the near future.
    Spanish Revolution, I generally agree with POUM. Anarchist urban areas were flawed in that market exchange was permitted to flourish; rural areas were better.
  4. Tim Cornelis
    12th November 2014 21:42
    Tim Cornelis
    Lenin, okay communist (theoretically).
    The Russian counter-revolution began in 1918 by the Bolsheviks.
    This position hasn't evolved since my anarchist days, and it's due for re-evaluation, but I'm guessing after doing some research it will be roughly the same.
  5. Sabot Cat
    8th November 2014 22:24
    Sabot Cat
    I have a very poor grasp on the Spanish language, although I know some basic words and grammatical things. I didn't know the nuanced distinction between the two terms, but I'm glad to have learned it. =)
  6. Tim Cornelis
    8th November 2014 16:13
    Tim Cornelis
    Yes. It's from here:
    "For the first two months of 1974, the Conservative government under Edward Heath imposed a three-day week ... Commercial users of electricity (with exemptions for essential services) were limited to three consecutive daysí use with no overtime ... The miners launched an all-out strike on 9 February. A general election was held at the end of February and Heath lost his majority. Labourís Harold Wilson became Prime Minister, a deal was struck with the miners which finished the strike, and the three-day week was officially ended on 8 March 1974.6 When the crisis ended, analysts found that industrial production had dropped by only 6 per cent. Improved productivity, combined with a drop in absenteeism, had made up the difference in lost production from the shorter hours.7 More than 1.5 million people registered as unemployed as a result of the three-day working week.8"
  7. Tim Cornelis
    8th November 2014 16:02
    Tim Cornelis
    The Alliance of Socialist Democracy and the International Workingmen’s Association, here:
  8. Mistress Sinistra
    8th November 2014 15:36
    Mistress Sinistra
    Hi how are you?
  9. communer
    3rd November 2014 06:28
    aha, i'm surprised anyone noticed!

    I switch back and forth based on a couple different factors; neither is predominant. This is my more formal, academic voice...

    and this is what i use when i'm not being serious or if i'm talking to someone i know well. even the language changes a bit because nobody talks all wordy like that from their actual mouth... it would just come across as being pretentious, if anything
  10. Mistress Sinistra
    2nd November 2014 20:28
    Mistress Sinistra

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