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    Today, 12:23
    Blake's Baby replied to a thread Anti-Consumerism in Theory
    There is no 'clean' consumption in capitalism. As an individual you can not-buy from companies whose practices you find particularly abhorrent, but...
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    Today, 11:35
    If I say 'in my conception, which I think is in line with Marx's theorisations, the revolution works like this' and you throw in a load of...
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    Yesterday, 16:13
    According to you it doesn't bother, as every coup is a 'revolution' in your book all the working class has to do is wait for some conspiratorial...
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    1st December 2016, 17:10
    Of course the bourgeoisie was once revolutionary, it overthrew feudalism. That was a revolution - the replacement of one class by another. Feudalism...
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    30th November 2016, 20:58
    So, when you say the revolution succeeded because the Bolsheviks created a 'socialist state', what do you think you mean? You've said that a...
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    28th November 2016, 21:05
    I asked a question about whether we were closer to a socialist society now or in 1958. Half your answer was devoted to North America, and some of it...
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    28th November 2016, 17:06
    No, the main reason is that it stopped spreading. Socialism in one country is not possible; when a proletarian revolution is isolated, it inevitably...
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    27th November 2016, 22:48
    Blake's Baby replied to a thread Hello everyone in Introductions
    Welcome to RevLeft, I hope you find what you're looking for. I'm really glad you're at least claiming to be approaching this in a spirit of trying...
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    27th November 2016, 22:40
    You can't export socialism at bayonet-point, did Poland 1920 teach you nothing?
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    27th November 2016, 22:38
    Except it was only really the revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat for about 3 months. Then it became the counter-revolutionary dictatorship...
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    27th November 2016, 20:29
    Blake's Baby replied to a thread What's to be done? in Learning
    In France in 1968, around 10 million workers were on strike (around 1/5 of the total population) and that wasn't a revolutionary situation (though,...
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    27th November 2016, 20:06
    Death to kings. Really, not much more than this. Not just kings need to go but the idea of monarchy. How far from 'socialism' Cuba is can be seen...
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    27th November 2016, 11:25
    That's not what I asked. I asked about 1958, and I'm not concerned about a North American perspective, you do after all have less than 10% of the...
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    26th November 2016, 22:24
    That's true of everywhere isn't it? Do you think the world was closer to a socialist society in 1958 than it is now?
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    26th November 2016, 09:32
    Blake's Baby replied to a thread What's to be done? in Learning
    And once again you go off half-cocked on what you think people are saying not what they are actually saying. Instead of ascribing positions to...
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    26th November 2016, 09:29
    And what in your view is 'socialist' about that?
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    23rd November 2016, 22:05
    OK, let's start at the beginning... When you use those words, what do you imagine they mean?
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    21st November 2016, 20:13
    Hey Johnnymarxist, welcome to RevLeft. Hopefully along with the 'liberal tendencies' you'll also purge the anti-proletarian dross of Stalinism. I...
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    21st November 2016, 20:04
    Oh dear. Well, as John Nada has already Said, Jan Appel actually fought in the German revolution. He knew more about this than you do. ...
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    21st November 2016, 18:56
    Blake's Baby replied to a thread What's to be done? in Learning
    And who said "... the socialist revolution was automatically going to happen anyway..."? The working class makes the revolution. Not a few...
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    19th November 2016, 00:20
    Welcome, though I have to say if you think Bernie Sanders is a socialist, you might get a hard time round here. Most of us would see Bernie Sanders...
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    19th November 2016, 00:18
    Blake's Baby replied to a thread What's to be done? in Learning
    No, they didn't. They elaborated on what the working class was already doing. Marx and Engels didn't form the Communist League - radical workers did...
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    19th November 2016, 00:14
    Nice 'Anarchist' there who believes in prison. There have been multiple threads about this. My thinking is set out in this one: ...
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    18th November 2016, 16:58
    Blake's Baby replied to a thread USSR after Stalin in History
    So you're admitting they were commodities, while trying to claim they also weren't, and admitting there was wage labour... the very fact that there...
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    18th November 2016, 10:13
    So, states are seen as natural because we live in class societies. That's a tautology. What you are failing to grasp is that shattering class...
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    18th November 2016, 09:33
    Blake's Baby replied to a thread Tactical Issues in Learning
    There was a significant 'black bloc' event in the UK in 2011 - March I think - where a crowd of Anarchists broke away from a union-organised march...
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    18th November 2016, 09:04
    So, so far, we have discovered that you are 'the kind of Leftist who changes political opinions in a couple of days'. Can I make a suggestion?...
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    18th November 2016, 08:56
    Blake's Baby replied to a thread What's to be done? in Learning
    Don't forget Stalin and Kamenev, who were trying to do deals with the Provisional Government. Of course there were Bolsheviks and Mensheviks and...
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    18th November 2016, 08:41
    Blake's Baby replied to a thread USSR after Stalin in History
    What distinguishes capitalism from other forms of economy is the generalisation of commodity production through wage labour. The Soviet Union...
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    17th November 2016, 20:43
    Blake's Baby replied to a thread USSR after Stalin in History
    Absolute rubbish, the USSR was always capitalist.
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    Hey I'm having trouble with the Labor theory of Value. It is the whole "socially necessary" thing as a qualifier. Marx defines that as socially unseccary. I'll take one of the examples I found on Wikipedia

    "Robert Nozick has criticised the qualifier "socially necessary" in the labor theory of value as not well-defined and concealing a subjective judgement of necessity.[9] For example, Nozick posits a laborer who spends his time tying knots in a piece of cord. The laborer does his job as efficiently as is humanly possible, but Marx would likely agree that simply tying knots in cords is not a socially necessary use of labor. The problem is that what is "socially necessary" depends entirely on whether or not there is demand for the finished product, i.e., the knotted cord. In this way, introducing the "socially necessary" qualifier into the labor theory of value simply converts the theory into a roundabout and imprecise description of supply and demand."
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