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  1. - The ABC of Communism, Nikolai Bukharin & Yevgeni Preobrazhensky
  2. -Emma Goldman, Anarchism: What is it? -Pyotr Kropotkin, Anarchist Communism, Basics and Its Principles
  3. Old School RuneScape

  4. This is officially the first post for the Study Group (the previous one was an introduction), I recently announced. I decided to begin with a passage from The Critique of the Gotha Programme written by Karl Marx, and which I believe will shed some light on the difference between what we mean when we say Socialism and what we mean by Communism. Read and comment below: Next: What is Anarchism?
  5. This is where the posts for the Study Group will be organized. Announcement: School of the Left Introduction: Are we still relevant? 1.1 Difference between Socialism and Communism 1.2 What is Anarchism? 1.3 Surplus Value 1.4 The Party More to be added...
  6. World Assembly Security Council Proposal

    Putting the repeals (and liberations, which actually do something) aside, the Security Council offers two choices for proposals: commendations and condemnations. However, it is not like "this is a great region, we should commend it" or "this is a disgusting region (eg a fascist one), we should condemn it". Those who are condemn are usually raiders that pursue to be condemned. Usually a condemnation equals a raider's commendation. People actually campaign for a condemnation. And we cannot, for example, condemn a fascist region with the reasoning of them being fascists. There are rules, and many rules. It is not simply 'democratic'. Plus condemnations and commendations are only badges. They do nothing.
  7. Well, it is rather late for that. However, we do have this library in which you can still contribute: https://theredand.black/forums/topic/601-the-internationales-library/ and a new kind of study group which just started and you can find here: https://theredand.black/forums/topic/731-school-of-the-left/
  8. Without taking into account the 'ethical' ground of using the State as a means, do you believe that the withering away of the State is possible after it has fulfilled its purpose? If so, why and how?
  9. School of the Left

    Didn't expect that many people to be interested from the start. Exciting! First post here:
  10. Announcement here: https://theredand.black/forums/topic/731-school-of-the-left/ I was wondering with what I should begin. Of course the first thing that struck my mind was something from Karl Marx. Those of you that know wouldn't be really surprised by that. Then I thought about starting with something more 'neutral'. Answering what is socialism, for example. However, in the end I chose to begin with a different question: are we, the Left, even relevant anymore? On a first glance, this may seem like a pretty pointless question. We are here and we are talking about how to achieve a Socialist society, what it would be like and all these conventional themes for discussion between leftists. Nevertheless, I believe that the question of relevance is far superior than any other, at least at our times. If the demand of Socialism is irrelevant today, then every other discussion about it would be meaningless. In that case capitalism has won and the end of history lies here, in liberal democracy, as some supported at the time of the Soviet Union's collapse. For this reason, the question of relevance should precede any other. In order to attempt an answer for it, I have found an article from the Marxist Student Federation. Note: It talks about the relevance of Marxism, specifically, but you should take this as if it talks about socialism in general, if you are not a Marxist. Read it below: "All too often, Marxists are posed with questions such as “surely Marxism isn't relevant any more? We've moved on since Marx was writing” or “why do you still defend a man who was writing about the conditions of a couple of centuries ago?” The answer to such questions is simple: not a lot has changed. In What is to be Done? Lenin famously talks about the spontaneous development of the masses, expressed through trade union politics, that can sometimes to economism, i.e., the waging of the economic war alone, and not the political. This is dangerous because the struggle for socialism must be political as well as economic and without an understanding of that, political ideas alien to the working class can creep into the movement. While we must fight for reform that benefits the working class, by no means is it the be all and end all of the struggle. In the words of Lenin: “Hence, our task, the task of Social-Democracy, is to combat spontaneity, to divert the labour movement from its spontaneous, trade unionist striving to go under the wing of the bourgeoisie, and to bring it under the wing of revolutionary Social-Democracy.” These words can be seen as truer than ever today. The trade unionist leadership, left without communist ideas and direction, has adopted bourgeois ideas of reformism and “responsible capitalism”. Trade union bureaucrats can get away with such policies during a period of capitalist upswing, and the relative economic boom of the last 60 years has indeed seen a move to the right by union leaders and the Labour Party, epitomised by Blair. As stated before, while we must fight for reforms that benefit the working class, it is not the be all and end all of struggle. However the Labour Party and the trade unions, in the last period and still today, treat it as such. At a time like now, when capitalist crisis is crushing the workers, this reformism without reforms leads only to further misery for the working class. To quote Lenin, “without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.” Quite clearly the modern trade union movement, whose leadership has been left completely without revolutionary Marxist thought, needs revolutionary theory now more than ever so as to build a revolutionary movement against austerity. This is why Marxists must be on marches, demonstrations and rallies making the argument for revolutionary socialism. We should always be where the masses are. Therefore, we, as Marxists, must argue for a socialist direction for the mass trade union movements. We must use the institutions of bourgeois democracy as well as trade unions, demonstrations, rallies, etc. as a platform to speak our views and to convince people of the need for a socialist transformation of society, which will not fail us in fighting for decent living standards and protection of our rights. To conclude with regards to trade unionism: the relevance of Marxism here is to act as a force for socialist ideas amongst the mass of people, to direct them to a new, internationalist proletarian cause—to break the link with bourgeois politics and economism. As far as the economic struggle goes, it is fundamental that it is not split from the political struggle. However, that does not mean that it mustn’t go without analysis, without scrutiny. In Wage-labour and Capital, Marx pretty much sums up with the near enough prophetic lines: ‘[But] capital not only lives upon labour. Like a master, at once distinguished and barbarous, it drags with it into its grave the corpses of its slaves, whole hecatombs of workers, who perish in the crises.’ By this, Marx is of course referring to the endless anarchy and cyclical crises of production under capitalism, the crises that take place in the international markets which claim victims each time, be it through poverty, famine, desperation, slavery and even death in the most down-trodden and exploited countries. In Wage-labour and Capital, Marx explains the dialectical and dependent nature of both wage-labour and capital, and how one sustains the other; without capital, the wage-labourer cannot survive, as he receives no wages; and without wage-labour, capital cannot exist and profits cannot be made. The question is this: do these social conditions still exist? The simple answer is yes, they do. We have not abandoned this system, thrown away the chains, and released the wage-labourers from the dominion of capital. Workers are still routinely exploited for profit; commodity production, i.e., producing in the name of profit, still exists; imperialism is still attempting to secure its gains in many countries; cyclical crises, owing to the anarchy of production and overproduction, are still borne by sacrifices made by the proletariat without their consent; and the list goes on. From this, then, the economic relevance of Marxism—in its explanation of the nature of capital, in its offering of an alternative—can be seen in the bluntest and most upfront manner possible. It is to free the workers from the dominion of capital, from the capitalist parasites who, to quote Marx, ‘will do anything for the workers but get off their backs.’ Marxism is still hugely relevant in both the economic and political struggle, as one without the other will inevitably lead to concessions to bourgeois thought. With the seizure of power and with the smashing of the old system, the proletariat will fulfil its potential to change society, and become able, for the first time, to act in its own interests, to free itself, and to lead the way to communism. Marxism’s relevance in the 21st century is thanks to the fact that things haven’t really changed, and the proletariat is still subordinate to capital. What’s more, as a result of this people are still taught, from a young age, that greed is good, and that merciless selfishness is the basis of their so-called (actually distorted) conception of “human nature”. The most relentless propaganda wars against Marxist thought are waged; people are encouraged not to look past the bourgeois democratic pantomime of Parliament. The ideas of Marxism are the ideas we need to fight back against all these things. ‘‘Let us finally imagine, for a change, an association of free men, working with the means of production held in common.’’ —Karl Marx " (Link for the source: http://marxiststudent.com/what-is-the-relevance-of-marxism-today/) Question: Do you think that the capitalist system has changed much (if its roots have changed) from the time of the Russian Revolution (1917)? If so, what are the biggest changes that the Left should try to cope with, in order to maintain a relevant program? Next post will be about the difference between socialism, only, and communism. Awaiting to see how this goes.
  11. This is a new project, I firstly talked about a couple of weeks ago. Every member of a NSLeft region can join and non-members who just want to participate will be accepted too. That means SoL is open to everyone. But what is it? The School of the Left will include two separate activities: The Intelligentsia, which will be about serious discussions concerning the leftist movement. Although by the name it may sound 'elitist', it isn't. I just suck at choosing names. A theme for a discussion will be given and anyone will be able to state their opinion and participate in it by answering to others. Pretty simple. Anyone can start a discussion. However, it is suggested to add something that will indicate what this is about in the title (start with SoL: or intel: for example). There will be at least 2 different topics a month. The Study Group, which will attempt to educate 'students' by providing material which will be discussed by the group. This material may include: short passages from books/essays, articles from websites/blogs, videos from YouTube and maybe other similar stuff. Material will be provided by me, who will be in charge of managing this, probably once a week at the beginning. A specific duration will be better decided after seeing this working on practice. I would like everyone who is interested in this to comment below, in order to help me understand if there is sufficient interest in order to kick this off. Nevertheless, you can join at any time by commenting to a relevant topic. More activities may be added in the SoL. If you have any suggestion or interest to organize one yourself, feel free to contact me via a TG in NS or in Discord. The first topics will be opened soon.
  12. Kardaschev: The Lonely Oddessy

    We wanted to restart that thread since... forever. Glad that someone did. I don't have experience with RPs and such, but you can count me in.
  13. Good luck everyone! Happy that we finally have enough candidates, in order to have a vote.
  14. You are a joke too, so you got poor Zengan confused. (kidding I love you, please don't ban me ) Anyway, I know you are only saying that because you are losing (even from me)!
  15. Warm regards

    Welcome to The Internationale, comrade! What is the best leftist beard, in your opinion? Favorite thinker in the social sciences? (Marx is always excluded from being chosen)