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Competence Anonymous 03/16/2021 (Tue) 07:16:48 No. 1329198 [Reply]
Let us talk about the future of the West, and the dropping of competence, and the ramifications of this. Mass migration from Africa and the Middle East for Europe and South America for the United states. I believe Culture has a lot to do with competence, look at the Oriental communities in America and Europe and how easy they integrate and succeed, education and excellence demanded by the parents and the parents themselves helping the child. Where I live we have third-generation Moroccans that still come out of school without being able to read or write. In the coming decades, we will see a drop in competence most of which have to do with parents not good at speaking or writing the language and helping their children in school. My prediction is more crime and violence, the preseeved inequality. My argument is we need the great reset we need UBI. To create a Consuming underclass that watches Netflix and sits on Twitter all day and plays videogames and talks about these things with a passion, this will pacify and entertain. I wasn't pro-UBI before but thinking it true, this might be the only thing that can save the West and its ideas from dying and China taking over. What do you guys think?
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>>1329198 Zoomer believes nïggers only came into existence in 2002 part 450690
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Competence is dependant on how society reproduces itself. In the previous epoch of feudalism artisans have apprentices long term on the job training with a guild the market doesn't become overcrowded so artisans are not competing with each other thus free to share knowledge within the guild as there is always demand for skilled workers in the economy. The Soviet Union spared no expensive in providing students with skills and allowing adults to acquire new ones through not only free universal education but with hobby and youth groups also acting to drive people to learn. Lastly in our modern society capitalists don't care as they lost understanding of how their system works thus simply assume skilled workers poof into existence without society investing in them.
>>1329198 Fuck the US, and fuck the globohomo-gayplex
>>1329198 >we need to create an underclass to make society more competent believing this garbage is proof of incompetence
>>1329631 I agree globalism is not natural and can only succeed under total controle of the masses this controle will be made reality by division of the normys and make them focus on retarded subjects like trans and preceeved rasism.

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Individuality Anonymous 02/22/2021 (Mon) 12:00:13 No. 1324881 [Reply]
Is individuality a part of the cause of the falling of the west? Could it be that structuring a society of individuals is not a healthy one and result in a free for all grab before your competition gets it? Such a society only worked because of over-arching values that no longer being followed? And how will mass migration of peoples who still have this collectivism impact western countries? How will democracy work for instance?
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>>1324881 Civilization does not run on values and philosophy, such ideals crop up AFTER the construction of the material circumstances that are conducive to their growth. Individualism is the philosophy of capitalism, because it justifies capitalist property relations. >"Why does one man get to own this factory?" >"That is his right as an individual, of course" In reality his ownership is justified only through the force of the bourgeois state behind him, but the fantasy of philosophy is a net made to trick as many people as possible into ignoring material reality.
Are you saying communism is when people are literally the same?
>>1331816 Individualism is reducing the subject to the individual for example you'd attribute history to great men in the idea only individuals can be subjects or as Thatcher said "There is No Such Thing as Society".
Communism is the most extreme form of individualism. The subject of class war is not the oppressed masses, it's the rightful owner of the world hostage of the class order.
>>1331819 You should have taken Thatcher seriously. Eliminating "society" was their program and they succeded.

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Anarkittens Anonymous 03/21/2021 (Sun) 08:09:08 No. 1329858 [Reply]
Can we have an anarchist thread? what currents do you follow/affiliate with feel free to talk about praxis as long as it doesn't drive in the feds (or do i don't care) >also post anarchist cats So, i'm basically a "Stirnerite" (read that as you wish) i like anarcho-syndicalism and illegalism I could well be a tankie but i don't believe in states or hierarchies or authority beyond the "might makes right" concept, which i can see how some people may feel like that concept deserves criticism, and i think it's fair for some people as it is on their might, however being accustomed to violence and all, i really can't buy into that kind of morality I kinda like what the ALF does and i'd love to do stuff like that but i'm afraid they won't like me since i refuse to be vegan (not because i don't believe in veganism as praxis but because my moral views on animal consumption is about the same as "cat eats fish") i could totally go on a fish and bread diet tho.
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>>1329953 >breaking up concrete Top kek based Anti-civ praxis
>>1330109 Federalism is an administrative system based on the free interaction of codependent entities with the same level of legislative, executive and representative power
>>1330109 >unionism The praxis of syndicalism, the action of organizing in worker unions, striking etc >syndicalism Ok so this one is kinda tricky, depending on what you are referring to, it can be a strategy or an ideology. If it´s just "syndicalism" with no adjectives atached, it´s a socio-economic resistance strategy based on the use of a syndicate or trade union to organize workers under a common cause which can range from a pay rise to the takeover of the whole industry. On the other hand, if you mean Anarcho-Syndycalism, that is an ideology that proposes a revolution that re-organizes society into an anarchist, federalist and communist patchwork of industry councils and free municipalities, through a syndicalyst revolution consisting on regional-scale coordinated strikes, sabotage, expropriation and colectivization, using a confederation of several worker unions as the organizing tool of the workers.
>>1329858 Cyber-nihilist with some egoist and communization tendencies checking in.
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Are Muslims the new Jews? Anonymous 03/16/2021 (Tue) 15:32:54 No. 1329220 [Reply] [Last]
The French bougie media has been parading the term islamo leftism recently, insinuating that there is a conspiracy between Muslims and leftism to subvert France, I'm not even kidding
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>>1331704 Western "leftists" are fucked up beyond recognition. If you point that they focus too much on race or gender identity instead of workers and third world country's exploitation, you will be flagged as a racist, misogynist, or fascist. Fuck this stupid board, even the russian 2ch /po/ is better than this.
>>1330182 kek good point
>>1331696 cringe
>>1329220 Classic capitalists, they will blame any group to avoid confronting their failure
>>1329220 Interesting how western countries have transitioned from saying that minorities are in bed with the reds in order to persecute them, to saying that socialists are in bed with minorities to discredit socialism.

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Book for someone who reads Thomas Sowell and Jordan Peterson Anonymous 03/28/2021 (Sun) 21:15:24 No. 1331393 [Reply]
If you could recommend one book to someone in the hopes that they stop championing "intellectual heavyweights" the likes of Jordan Peterson and Thomas Sowell, what would it be? I'm dealing with a guy from college who has an obvious confirmation bias problem - not even a good friend, just someone I talked to during Philosophy club meetings. It seems like he's still dealing with sexual frustration (he was a weirdo for a girl in the club, who luckily got a restraining order of some sort), and now repeats a lot of insane fragile white talking points (claims like critical race theory will lead to SJW's putting people like little ol' white me in concentration camps). Not to mention his love for Stephen Crowder and fear that his right to say the n-word in public may be jeopardized (ofc maintaining that that doesn't make him racist). After one conversation while trying to play a game, I've made a point of avoiding further contact for my own sanity, but he's still messaging me every few days presumably to "help" me break from my short-sighted, Marxist ways. I'm at the point where I'll humor him and read parts of Sowell's "Knowledge and Decisions", but insofar as he agrees to read a Marxist's work on its own merits. He's already mildly interested in Zizek after I mentioned the debate between him and Peterson, so hopefully I can keep the trend going. Not quite sure which direction to go in however - he seems to posit himself as academic (he bragged about owning 17 books by Sowell) capable of reading "dense works," but simultaneously I recall him being totally incapable of grasping simple concepts like social contract theory (he was curious what category literal aliens from space would fall into), so his reading level is questionable. Idk, just curious what sources you'd use in the face of this crap - I was considering one of Marx's pamphlets like "Wage labor and Capital".
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>>1331552 >You're not wrong ;3 >I'm not against it in principle - I have started reading "Knowledge and Decisions", and plan to listen to more of his discussions/interviews on things like "the myth of inequality". I won't enjoy it though. >As far as I understand, he used to be a Marxist, but distanced himself from the ideology/philosophy once he took up work in government, in the vein of Reaganite thought that "Government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem." So from my brief exposure with his self-proclaimed marxism, I was left with a dubious impression of his actual understanding of it (ofc brief exposure, I obviously haven't read his book on Marxism yet). Yeah, he distanced himself from marxism when he saw what minimum wages did. Can't say I know what Marx said about that. (And in case someone wonders about The Swedish Model™, the wages are negotiated every year.) I can't either vouch for his understanding about marxism. But he has done research about minorities. And I think this is a good sum-up of his theory of how ideas lives: A) The geography shapes the society. Mountainous areas are often underdeveloped, lawless and fosters tribalism. Rough areas too, but to a smaller degree. B) Ideas can live long after they made sense, if people moves to another area, their ideas can go into full bloom. C) It is only when people are faced with the full consequences of their own bad ideas that new ideas can take root.

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>minimum wage <After completing undergrad at Harvard and obtaining a master’s in economics, Sowell landed a summer internship with the Department of Labor. While there, he researched the impact of minimum wage law on employment. Sowell learned two things, both of which he found startling. <First, minimum wage laws create job loss by pricing the unskilled out of the labor force. Second, Sowell discovered that “the people in the labor department really were not interested in that, because the administration of the minimum wage was supplying one-third of the money that was keeping the labor department going. ... I realized that institutions have their own agendas and their own incentives.” This shouldn't be hard to see as an indictment of an economic system that prioritizes profit over public well-being, instead of how he sees it as evidence of government meddling in an "otherwise healthy" labor market. If attempts to raise wages result in lay-offs, renewed investment in labor-saving technologies/automation, etc., I'd be more upset about the current system being incompatible with providing the majority of people with a comfortable livelihood than the supposedly ineffectual government overreach. Why critique the immiseration of people due to wage hikes as opposed to that caused by the normal, everyday mechanizations of the labor market - which ultimately beget the minimum wage being introduced in the first place (save for the nuance of the labor movement that fought for the minimum wage)? >A) The geography shapes the society. Mountainous areas are often underdeveloped, lawless and fosters tribalism. Rough areas too, but to a smaller degree. >B) Ideas can live long after they made sense, if people moves to another area, their ideas can go into full bloom. >C) It is only when people are faced with the full consequences of their own bad ideas that new ideas can take root. "A" is only really uncontroversial insofar as we limit what we mean by "shapes the society." Mountains don't determine what kind of government society operates by for example, but have an effect on how many foreigners - with different cultural goods and ideas - interact with that society, or how the culture of that society develops. There's an obvious reason why skiing is more popular in the Alps than it is in Guam. However, to say that geography has a direct input-output effect on the ideas a society upholds is clearly incorrect - geography is not a social process, but an obstacle for other processes like farming, travel, etc. which necessarily must interact with the world. I say this because "B" and "C" seem to require substantiation regarding how ideas come from a certain area, instead of certain people. Slavery, as a sort of hyperbolic example, did not originate due to a certain climate (and I shouldn't need to point out the obvious that slavery has been "invented" around the world, and did not necessarily require people from "slaving regions" to travel to those "not-yet enslaved, though that did happen). If my understanding of archaeology is correct, slavery originated in direct relation to the invention of agriculture, as the product a person could produce at that point was adequate to not only maintain himself, but to produce a surplus beyond that which he/she needed to consume. This is distinguished from pre-civilization, where generally speaking an individual's labor did not reliably create a surplus beyond that which it took to feed himself, and thus the institution of slavery was underdeveloped. "C" is a bit laughable. Slavery, monarchism, and a whole slew of other "bad" ideas were not overcome via debate or exposure to their results - in fact, at least to those perpetuating such ideas, the consequences were desirable. For instance, in Haiti slaves were not bestowed with freedom once their captors realized how awful slavery truly was; on the contrary, slave and slaver fought tooth and nail over the ruling "idea" (insofar as whoever controlled Haiti had power over said ruling idea) and freedom was won not through articulation of the slave's plight, but through their "convincing" use of instruments of war. Perhaps on a micro level, "C" makes some sense. Pro-life protesters, for instance, can be seen trying to do this as they show people disturbing pictures of aborted fetuses, in the same way as anti-war protesters try to spread awareness of atrocities committed by the military. However, on the level of the world stage, "C" doesn't hold water. I know this was just your summary of some of Sowell's thought, so it shouldn't be taken as a direct criticism of him. Though, it does little to dissuade me from thinking Sowell comes off as little more than an idealist ideologue.
>>1331393 >It seems like he's still dealing with sexual frustration (he was a weirdo for a girl in the club Why do you want to waste your time with literal incels? Anyway, Capitalist realism is what im gonna shill here. It requires no deep thinking or philosophical knowledge. But it plants the seed of "why do i think current state of affairs is the only one possible?". Perfect intro book, but it cant be the only one presented.
I find it hard to believe that anybody who reads something on the level of Sowell would also enjoy Peterson, a much dumber guy who gets spiritual and starts speaking in tongues when watching Disney kitsch made for tweens. >>1331731 It's a no-brainer that raising the minimum wage to something fantastic like 100 dollars an hour would have chaotic effects. It is not clear whether a slight increase would have any bad effect for involuntary unemployment. It is clear that this is not clear using some banal observations: Employers have no commitment to employ as many as they can while just staying in the black and they have monopsonic power. Employment is not independent of demand and demand is not independent of income. Supply and demand curves with exactly one neat crossing point telling you the "right" price and quantity are an illusion. If I have a choice to work fewer hours and still get by and I have the expectation that this will remain so for some time to come, it can be quite rational for me to choose part-time employment over full-time employment. That means there is no simple monotonic relationship between wage levels and the number of hours people are willing to work, which means there is no single equilibrium point. So, why do economists talk as if there were unaware of these arguments against a totally "free" determination of wages? This can be only explained by a commitment to the kind of people who pay them or mental defects.
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>forcing a living wage >pricing uncompetitively cheap jobs out of the labor market It's often forgotten, but the primary purpose behind the minimum wage was originally unrelated to either of these modern concerns. Instead, the issue it addressed (along with the then-new institution of bankruptcy in lieu of debtors' jails), was forcing "employers" to pay wages AT ALL in actual state-issued money. Remember that before minimum wage was instituted in the 1930s MOST WORKERS in the USA and similar countries were literal slaves, "paid" in truck scrip chits that could only be redeemed for goods and services at exorbitant rates from the boss's own store, typically combined with credit denominated in the same scrip, resulting in lifelong debt bondage. I would be fascinated if Sowell touched on this issue, and how it could be averted without a minimum wage.

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property in communism Anonymous 03/31/2021 (Wed) 01:36:59 No. 1331726 [Reply]
Do the people here have a general framework on how property and ownership would be handled in higher phase communism? Would communes have their own workplaces, would property be universal, would it be abolished altogether etc.
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>>1331751 >Usage rights can be temporary time slots. That means you can have renting without property rights. Rent implies someone to rent to, and being a renter implies ownership
>>1331726 Property and ownership are negative rights, if you own something, it is denied to everybody else. Higher phase communism has unconditional exclusive ownership for personal use (people have belongings and unrestricted user control for personal technology) Everything else has use-rights that are positive rights, everybody is guaranteed to have conditional access too. It requires material abundance and a sophisticated society that is very well organized, not atomized. The most important feature for a society to achieve higher phase communism is the abolishment of money and markets. Highmunism has material democratic planning and production for use. It is an absolute must because money is pregnant with the relation of private property and production for exchange. Money creates social and economic forces that will recreate private property relations and extreme inequality of wealth distribution unless a dotP intervenes and terminates the pregnancy before a new bourgeoisie can spawn. A strong socialist state ruled by proletarian dictates can have money and markets, but that is lower phase socialism. A very confused anon in this thread has talked about mixing rent with higher phase communism. Rent is conditional on private property and money. Please read more Marx.
>>1331760 There are various regulations and penalties in place. Not every regulation and its corresponding penalty for disobeying implies an ownership relation, certainly not in pre-capitalism, but also not in capitalism even though the role of these regulations has become smaller. If you murder a guy, you can go to prison for that. Not because of the dubious concept of "self-ownership" (the guy doesn't care about the damage to the body he "owned" because he is dead) and also not because of the property rights of somebody who owned him. Usage right is not the same as ownership right. Are you talking like you do for the sake of getting a reaction? If what you say is a genuine expression of what you think, you are soaked in capitalist propaganda and projecting that. (I wouldn't even say you project capitalist understanding because capitalists do understand the distinction). >>1331761 >A very confused anon in this thread has talked about mixing rent with higher phase communism. Rent is conditional on private property and money. I strongly doubt that something like a pure higher stage of communism can be even achieved. There is no reason why housing couldn't be something apportioned by means of consumption vouchers, which don't count as money in the writings of Marx and Engels. Picture a supply of housing which belongs to the public and which is rented to individuals who use their vouchers for that. There is no private property in this picture and no money.
>>1331766 >I strongly doubt that something like a pure higher stage of communism can be even achieved. It's the topic of the thread, just play along. >There is no reason why housing couldn't be something apportioned by means of consumption vouchers, which don't count as money in the writings of Marx and Engels. Picture a supply of housing which belongs to the public and which is rented to individuals who use their vouchers for that. There is no private property in this picture and no money. What are consumption vouchers ? Marx said labor vouchers. Higher phase communism and homelessness don't mix, would rent be voluntary ? Labor vouchers can't be used for rent because they don't circulate like money. Communism builds for use, not for rent. Public property houses would sit empty waiting for somebody to rent them like inefficient capitalist markets. It would pose a privatization risk. No it's better if houses are the personal property of the inhabitants. Jamming rent into higher phase communism is transcendental liberalism disorder, avoid repeating the capitalist patterns. Invent something new, like transportable houses, so people can take it with them when they move.
>>1331771 >What are consumption vouchers ? Marx said labor vouchers. It's the same concept. I just prefer the term consumption vouchers. >would rent be voluntary ? No. >Labor vouchers can't be used for rent because they don't circulate like money. Bug in the argument: If you have to plan for a monthly deduction from your account for rent, it does not logically follow in any way that this deduced amount has to circulate somewhere instead of being just deleted. >Communism builds for use, not for rent. That's a mindless feel-good slogan and not rigorous argumentation. People hoard all sorts of durable things without need to use them. They don't necessarily do this because they are petty, they can simply be unaware of the needs and wants of other people. They can indeed forget completely about some things in their possession. A simple way of dealing with this issue is that people rent durable things, so they are more inclined to only take possession of something during the time they actually want to use it. >Public property houses would sit empty waiting for somebody to rent them like inefficient capitalist markets. It's exactly the other way around. If some houses stay empty for long, we can just lower the rent. If the houses are personal property of the inhabitants and space in that location is temporarily scarce (even with the best planning, this will happen), there will be a stickiness and lack of fluidity. Inhabitants who believe the temporary scarcity will stay that way for some time will be more reluctant to move out, expecting it will be hard to come back to live there again. If the habitation has shared spaces and current inhabitants have some say over who can move in, there will be bribes. >Jamming rent into higher phase communism is transcendental liberalism disorder Using big words doesn't make up for shallow thinking. >Invent something new, like transportable houses Already exist. Since they take up space, they don't solve the issue which can be solved by paying rent.

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The Soviet Union may have had an idea that was ahead of its time Anonymous 03/31/2021 (Wed) 04:00:49 No. 1331734 [Reply]
https://archive.is/6NAD8 >The dream of central economic planning died with the USSR. Thirty years later, technologies for matching supply and demand are a reality in America — as is the potential for surveillance Lenin and Stalin could only have dreamed of.
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>>1331734 >as is the potential for surveillance Lenin and Stalin could only have dreamed of. shut the fuck up bitch
>>1331734 >the potential for surveillance Lenin and Stalin could only have dreamed of. Find me where in Lenin's (or even Stalin's) writings where they state the more pervasive and intrusive your surveillance and advertisement in your society is, the more socialister it does do be.
>>1331753 Why would that be included in their books?
>>1331764 Bourgeois media will have you believe that intense surveillance is a tenant of socialism and/or a direct consequence of it.

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News 3/30/21 News Anon 3.0 03/30/2021 (Tue) 21:14:50 No. 1331706 [Reply]
Taiwan’s KMT leader proposes talk with Chinese Communist Party According to Chiang, the KMT has kept the lines of communication open with the CCP for better mutual understanding, but it has limited leeway as an opposition party. Any engagement with Beijing must be based on a reformed, Constitution-backed 1992 Consensus, and any shift in cross-strait relations cannot happen without the mandate of the Taiwanese people, CNA quoted him as saying. https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4164032 https://archive.is/DDfS9 Felixstowe's Communist candidate's scathing attack on Tory and Labour party associations 'raking in' £40k covid grants from tax payers Communists in Suffolk, including Felixstowe's Mark Jones, have challenged one local Conservative association and three local Labour party branches to explain whether they will return a total of £40,000 of public money they have received under Government grants schemes aimed at helping out businesses struggling to survive during the COVID19 pandemic. https://felixstowe.nub.news/n/felixstowe39s-communist-candidate39s-scathing-attack-on-tory-and-labour-party-associations-39raking-in39-40k-covid-grants-from-tax-payers France accused of violating international law in Mali air strike that killed 19 civilians MINUSMA’s report claims that a wedding was being held where the strike hit, with 100 civilians gathered and five armed individuals believed to be militants from the Katiba Serma jihadist group. The military action killed at least 22 people, 19 of whom are thought to be civilians, according to the UN’s findings. https://on.rt.com/b4xz German union calls four-day strike at Amazon sites ahead of Easter Verdi said the strikes at Amazon’s sites in Rheinberg, Werne, Koblenz, Leipzig and at two locations in Bad Hersfeld signalled an “unofficial start” to wage talks for the retail and mail order industry, which are due to begin in the next few weeks. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-germany-strike-idUSKBN2BK0GU

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Amazon loses effort to install camera to watch counting of ballots in pivotal union vote The closely watched vote in Bessemer, Alabama, concluded Monday. Approximately 5,800 workers at the facility in Bessemer were eligible to vote to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Vote counting was slated to begin at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday, but the final tally may be days or weeks away, as Amazon and the RWDSU can contest ballots. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/30/amazon-loses-effort-to-install-camera-to-watch-ballot-box-in-union-vote.html 'Be aware': The Pentagon's target list for extremist infiltrators — right and left Flags from the left-wing Antifa movement. Depictions of Pepe the Frog, the cartoon character that's been misappropriated by racist groups. Iconography from the far-right Proud Boys, including the phrase "stand back and stand by" from former President Donald Trump. They are all signs that extremists could be infiltrating the military, according to internal training materials that offer a more detailed view into the array of radical groups and ideologies the Pentagon is trying to keep out of the ranks. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/27/military-extremism-target-list-478200 https://archive.is/Fc6cZ Over 4,000 migrants, many kids, crowded into Texas facility The Biden administration for the first time Tuesday allowed journalists inside its main border detention facility for migrant children, revealing a severely overcrowded tent structure where more than 4,000 people, including children and families, were crammed into a space intended for 250 and the youngest were kept in a large play pen with mats on the floor for sleeping. https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-immigration-texas-59d0eafb23d135f901dfc50ff326cfcd Judge rules against Georgia’s limits on third-party House candidates Georgia’s steep requirements for Libertarian and other third-party candidates to run for Congress are “overbroad,” shutting them out of the political process, a federal judge ruled Monday. The decision could open U.S. House races to candidates other than Republicans or Democrats. https://www.ajc.com/politics/judge-rules-against-georgias-limits-on-third-party-house-candidates/56S6YA2IJFFU5IXA4Z437DXLTA/ https://archive.is/WqVyJ

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Need a Quote From an Official Enemy Denouncing Democracy? Do Like the New York Times and Make It Up You know you’re in for a hard sell when the New York Times (3/29/21) publishes an article under the headline “An Alliance of Autocracies? China Wants to Lead a New World Order.” And Times Beijing bureau chief Steven Lee Myers doesn’t disappoint. He asserts: "China hopes to position itself as the main challenger to an international order, led by the United States, that is generally guided by principles of democracy, respect for human rights and adherence to rule of law." “Generally” is doing a lot of work in that sentence. I don’t think I have to spend too much time reminding you that the United States is a massive supporter of coups and undemocratic governments; has an ongoing history of torture, detention without trial and extrajudicial killing; and asserts the right to invade and coerce countries in defiance of international law. But it’s what Myers does with this deceptive summary of US policy that I find most striking; he immediately follows with: "Such a system “does not represent the will of the international community,” China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, told Russia’s, Sergey V. Lavrov, when they met in the southern Chinese city of Guilin." https://fair.org/home/need-a-quote-from-an-official-enemy-denouncing-democracy-do-like-the-new-york-times-and-make-it-up/ To Save America, Help West Virginia A Democratic swing vote in an evenly divided Senate, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin has already proved to be a significant obstacle to progressive policy. His opposition was a significant reason for Biden’s failure to raise the minimum wage to $15; Manchin also played a key role in shrinking the household stimulus checks, as well as the weekly unemployment checks. He will be a necessary and highly undependable vote as Democrats attempt to address the climate crisis, advance union organizing rights, and counter racist Republican efforts to legislate voter suppression. However, the infrastructure bill that Biden and the Democrats are preparing to unveil, which is expected to call for $3 trillion in investment in public goods and services, presents an opportunity for West Virginians — and for all of us. Manchin has been championing this legislation, even calling for it to be funded with an increase in taxes on corporations and the wealthy. On this issue, Eric Levitz of New York magazine has convincingly argued, Manchin is actually pulling Biden to the left. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/03/west-virginia-manchin-infrastructure-bill-biden-green-energy Peter Watkins: The Paris Commune, 1871 On the occasion of the 150-year anniversary of the revolutionary Paris Commune, we revisit the experimental film that Peter Watkins made to summon the spirit of the Commune, a bold challenge to the role of cinema and an example of historical memory as a weapon. An earlier draft of this text appeared in issue 8 of Rolling Thunder, our anarchist journal of dangerous living. https://crimethinc.com/2021/03/28/peter-watkins-the-paris-commune-1871-revisiting-a-revolutionary-film-on-the-150-year-anniversary-of-the-paris-commune
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Thanks news anon
>>1331706 >four-day strike at Amazon sites Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. And Friday is a holiday. 😎 >Verdi said the strikes at Amazon’s sites in Rheinberg, Werne, Koblenz, Leipzig and at two locations in Bad Hersfeld signalled an “unofficial start” to wage talks for the retail and mail order industry If only. But let's not lose hope. >>1331709 >Peter Watkins: The Paris Commune, 1871 I have heard of this guy. He has made several experimental pseudo-documentaries over the decades and seems like an intelligent version of Michael Moore. >5 hours 45 minutes Welp.

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Anonymous 03/28/2021 (Sun) 15:46:41 No. 1331335 [Reply]
Slavery exists as long as we choose life over dignity The world's first slaves had a chance to die fighting back, or kill themselves. But they chose life over their own dignity throughout time, and now you are here wasting away, humiliating yourself. A dishonor just like your ancestors
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>>1331390 >In relative terms the slave mode of production is phasing out. This isn't true, if anything slavery is growing. Every study on it seems to shows that the depth of slavery is greater then what the last study showed. Neoliberalism is incentivizing slavery to the point that they're seriously proposing completely sovereign "company towns" in Japan and Nevada. Slavery is the defacto standard in places like Dubai.
>>1331503 >Every study on it seems to shows that the depth of slavery is greater please link studies >Neoliberalism is incentivizing slavery to the point that they're seriously proposing completely sovereign "company towns" in Japan and Nevada. Company towns attempted to privatize municipal governments. Neoliberals exhuming another failure from the 19th century is bad uncreative people screwing everything up but it's not slavery. Socialists can take over company towns and the bourgeoisie will re-nationalize municipal services or loose control one corporate serfdom at a time. >Slavery is the defacto standard in places like Dubai. A dying monarchy is not representative of the world. They are very backward and modernity will hit them like 40 tons of steal girders traveling at hypersonic speeds. Waged work in capitalism can be life denyingly inhuman while technically not slavery.
>>1331525 >please link studies Here's one, I'll link more as I find them. https://www.theworldcounts.com/stories/Modern_Day_Slavery_Statistics >Hours of slave labor this year: 50.2 Billion That doesn't include things like prison labor, which is also slave labor. Half of all lithium batteries have child slave labor. >Over 50 percent of the world’s cobalt is currently produced in DR Congo, with the copper belt in the southern Katanga region accounting for almost half of the world’s reserves at 3.4 million metric tons. Although much of this is produced at large-scale industrial mines, the Congolese government reports that around 20 percent of cobalt exports from the country originate in artisanal mines, a majority of which are unregulated and operate illegally. >Shockingly, 40,000 children are estimated to be employed in artisanal mines in southern DR Congo, including in cobalt extraction. https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/green-battery-revolution-powering-social-and-environmental-risks Slave labor has always been an integral part of capitalism. The study of slave labor is a deeply neglected topic because it undermines the myth that porky wants to perpetuate. That capitalism doesn't rely on slave labor and that slave labor under capitalism is an aberration when nothing could be further from the truth.
>>1331525 >Neoliberals exhuming another failure from the 19th century is bad uncreative people screwing everything up but it's not slavery. It will become slavery, what serious impediments do the government put up to stop the exploitation of workers? The only reason to set up a company town would be to ensnare your workforce into indentured servitude. Something they'd be protected from by their countries laws unless, ooops, they're living on land that is a corporate sovereign state. >A dying monarchy is not representative of the world. Are you on crack? Dubai is not dying, nor is the monarchy. Dubai is the epicenter of trade and capitalism for Europe, Africa, China and the Middle East. It's one of the riches cities on earth.
>>1331528 Slavery: People are property, people are sold as commodity Wage labor in capitalism: People only sell their labor power as commodity how do you define slavery ? >The study of slave labor is a deeply neglected topic because it undermines the myth that porky wants to perpetuate. That capitalism doesn't rely on slave labor and that slave labor under capitalism is an aberration when nothing could be further from the truth. Workers in capitalism can be exploited as badly as slaves, while it's technically still wage labor. Many people you count as slaves are super exploited workers. >>1331529 >It will become slavery >The only reason to set up a company town would be to ensnare your workforce into indentured servitude. Neoliberals intent to recreate serfdom conditions and trap the workforce. But company towns will fail because they will be captured by socialists or outlawed by the bourgeoisie. The other capitalists get surplus jealousy if you lock up labor power in a company town. >what serious impediments do the government put up to stop the exploitation of workers? Something they'd be protected from by their countries laws unless, ooops, they're living on land that is a corporate sovereign state. Corporate sovereignty is idealism. If a social organization can defend sovereignty it's a state. If a new state forms inside an old state, that is a secession, if many new states form, it's balkanization. Are the USA or Japan so weak that they are falling apart ? >Dubai is not dying, nor is the monarchy. It will become seasonably uninhabitable in 20 years and sheiks are monarchs. >Dubai is the epicenter Their Oil super profits are drying up. Tourism and real-estate don't make revenue like oil. Climate change will make subsistence cost explode, because they have to desalinate water and irrigate land. They have sunlight and sand, if they can't turn that into a commodity, it's over.

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Anonymous 03/28/2021 (Sun) 03:18:44 No. 1331258 [Reply]
fitness board when?
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>>1331562 dilate ywnbaw
>>1331516 the shit men come up with instead of visiting a psychologist
>>1331624 psychology is a pseudoscience and psychologists literally don't help at all, you're basically talking to a wall that goes "uh huh", "yeah", while collecting fat stacks
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>>1331624 >the shit men come up with instead of visiting a psychologist
>>1331595 Can someone please explain to me what these people even mean by "dilate"

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