On the Iran Protests

There are real grievances in Iran. That does not mean joining in the chorus of the imperialist powers hoping to overthrow and install a puppet regime like they did after overthrowing Mossadegh.

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L’Ami du peuple/The Friend of the People

As the French Revolution is one of the subjects of history which occupies my mind a lot of the time, I find it is good to share this very short post.

The Friend Of The People

Guillotines, decapitated elite, and a bloody revolution. No this isn’t a meme on Leftbook, this is the French Revolution that lasted from 1789 to 1799. The aftermath left a nation with a headless monarch as well as ushering in a new area of political thinking. The reasons behind the revolution are vast ranging from rising socioeconomic inequalities, economic mismanagement, environmental factors leading to agricultural failure, unmanageable national debt, and political mismanagement on the part of King Louis XVI. The censoring of newsletters and pamphlets also played a role in attempting to suppress the people from information which lead to many rouge writers to create their own source of info for the masses.

One of those newsletters was L’Ami de Peuple (Friend of the people or The friend of the people) written by Jean-Paul Marat and was celebrated as “The most radical paper of the Revolution“. While typically a…

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Text: Friend or Foe? The role of criticism in China

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The following is the text of the preceding video:

A central aspect of democratic practices in whatever type of democracy we are thinking about is the role of criticism. How does criticism work in the Chinese situation of socialist democracy? A common international perception of China is that nearly all criticism is simply squashed down; it is censored and you cannot engage with it. This is actually not the case.

Criticism works in a number of ways in a Chinese situation. First of all, there is a long socialist tradition of what is called ‘criticism and self-criticism [piping yu ziwopiping]’. This tradition also meshes with Chinese culture in a way that is pervasive and productive. But there is a fundamental distinction between constructive criticism and destructive criticism. Or to put it another way, there are certain boundary lines. So it is very common to identify a particular problem…

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Against Fascism and War: A Short Biographical Sketch of Georgi Dimitrov

Georgi Dimitrov Mikhailov was born 18 June, 1882 in the village of Kovachetsi, Bulgaria. Eventually, him and his family moved to the capital, Sofia, and as an adolescent worked as a typesetter. In 1902, Dimitrov joined the Bulgarian Social Democratic Workers' Party, which splintered in 1903, with Dimitrov following the Marxist Social Democratic Labour Party … Continue reading Against Fascism and War: A Short Biographical Sketch of Georgi Dimitrov