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A forum for meaningful dialogue between people affiliated to or supportive of left wing politics....communism/socialism/anarchism/syndicalism etc. It's essentially meant to be an anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist forum.

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Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on December 1, 2010 at 9:22am
Chomsky: Leaked cables reveal America’s ‘profound hatred of democracy,’

In the context of Israeli and US policymakers view of Iran shown in the cables, Chomsky said that the perspectives of the leadership stand in sharp contrast to the opinions of the populations they supposedly serve.

Read more >
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/wikileaks-show-leaderships-profo...

Interview: See also >
http://www.democracynow.org/2010/11/30/noam_chomsky_wikileaks_cable...

Other news:
http://www.rawstory.com/

Other news and interviews:
http://www.democracynow.org/
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on November 29, 2010 at 2:41pm
Noam Chomsky - Libertarian Socialism Contradicting terms
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wriQGI5NGOM
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on November 3, 2010 at 8:40am
Scott Tucker essay morning after Democratic Party defeat.


"The Democrats have the incurably bad breath of reliably broken promises. They collar and corner us with mobster charm, they pick our pockets while pretending to pick our brains. Then as the big election day draws near, they lean heavily upon us and whisper an almost romantic confession: 'Sure, we spit in your faces and ask you to pretend it's rain. But the other guy is a real brute and would also break your arms.' "
- Scott Tucker, the morning after midterm election defeat of Democrats, 2010.

Apocalypse Again: The Boom-and-Bust Cycle of Bipartisan Politics
by Scott Tucker

http://readersupportednews.org/off-site-opinion-section/72-72/3813-...
Comment by Shawn Anonymous on November 2, 2010 at 7:01pm
Hello Friends,

I've been away from AN for a bit, so its been a while since some of us have talked. I hope all is well. I wanted to tell you all about my new article on the Black Skeptics Blogspot, its called "Humanity's Child". If you get a chance, I hope you'll read it and post a comment on the page. If you like it, or simply find it interesting, I hope you'll forward it to your friends and/or groups across the net. You can find a link to the article below. Thanks in guys!

Best,
Shawn


PS- For those of you who are interested, you can also find my previous article entitled "What If" by searching that title on the Black Skeptics Group at Blogspot or RichardDawkins.net


http://blackskeptics.blogspot.com/2010/11/humanitys-child.html
Comment by Shawn Anonymous on November 1, 2010 at 10:21pm
Hello All! I'm new to the group and just wanted to say hello.
Comment by Ian Mason on November 1, 2010 at 9:56am
Indeed. The Socialist party in Denmark has long been in favour of military service on the grounds that the Forces should not be separate from the people. There's less likelyhood of them being use as strike breakers
Comment by TNT666 on November 1, 2010 at 9:24am
Re: the Soldier's Revolt. I heard a very interesting piece a couple of years ago (npr or Link?) regarding the differences between the invasions in Vietnam and Iraq. The idea was that the soldier's revolt in Vietnam was made possible by the fact that they were a conscripted army. There was a mass appeal to the idea that the country was sending it's youth to die "against their will" and so citizens and soldier's had a 'moral high ground' to denounce the injustice. Today's soldiers being volunteers, they no longer have the moral high ground of saying "my country is forcing me to do this" as they are now an army of volunteers. I found that contrast to be very enlightening. It is counter-intuitive to think that conscription can have it's good side in being a force to impose a higher moral ground onto an event. In the end, I think I prefer an entire nation to be trained in warfare, as is done in France and Switzerland, rather than have professional armies made up of nation's poor and disadvantaged.
Comment by Ian Mason on November 1, 2010 at 8:41am
Remember "Tour of Duty"?

"Who's fighting this war? The hicks, the spicks and the niggers"
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on October 31, 2010 at 5:53pm
The Hidden Story of the Americans that Finished the Vietnam War

Excerpts and adaptation:
The Soldier’s Revolt
by Joel Geier

http://poorrichards-blog.blogspot.com/2010/10/hidden-story-of-americans-that-finished.html

"Our army that now remains in Vietnam is in a state approaching collapse, with individual units avoiding or having refused combat, murdering their officers and noncommissioned officers, drug-ridden, and dispirited where not near-mutinous conditions exist among American forces in Vietnam that have only been exceeded in this century by ...the collapse of the Tsarist armies in 1916 and 1917." -Armed Forces Journal, June 1971

The most neglected aspect of the Vietnam War is the soldiers’ revolt–the mass upheaval from below that unraveled the American army. It is a great reality check in an era when the U.S. touts itself as an invincible nation. For this reason, the soldiers’ revolt has been written out of official history.
The army revolt pitted enlisted soldiers against officers who viewed them as expendable. Liberal academics have reduced the radicalism of the 1960s to middle-class concerns and activities, while ignoring military rebellion. But the militancy of the 1960s began with the Black liberation struggle, and it reached its climax with the unity of White and Black soldiers...
Comment by david perry on October 31, 2010 at 3:55pm
Since this is supposed to be about what he thinks is Marxism, it might be interesting, especially if you ignore the omissions and distortions.
Otherwise it's just scary.
 

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