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Breitbart -- Delingpole: The Commie Masterplan to Make Britain the Next Venezuela
'...The Communist Party of Britain (CPB), it’s true, is not in itself a significant electoral force. In 2017, it had a total of just 734 members; and in the 2015 general election, it gained a grand total of 1,229 votes. -- Unfortunately key figures from CPB, including Andrew Murray — the man believed to have had a hand in writing the 2011 edition of Britain’s Road to Socialism — are now Jeremy Corbyn’s key advisors. -- These also include Seumas Milne, a privately educated admirer of the Soviet Union, now Corbyn’s Director of Strategy and Communications; Chris Williamson, a hard-left cheerleader for the Chavez regime; and, of course, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell — who has made little secret of his violent revolutionary leanings: -- When McDonnell told a gathering of supporters, “I am a Marxist. This is a classic crisis of the economy — a classic capitalist crisis. I have been waiting for this for a generation”, it was this that he was referring to. His praise for students “kicking the shit out of Millbank” (the Tory HQ) as being the “best of our movement” raised eyebrows too but, once again, such sentiments are logical for a Marxist. Marx and Engels defended the use of violence in pursuit of the revolution. Engels wrote that “nothing can be achieved without violence” while Marx declared that “only revolutionary terrorism” could “shorten the bloody birth throes of the new society”. -- How scared should we be? -- Well personally, I think we’re already well past Peak Corbyn. -- In the most recent YouGov poll, his popularity hit an all time low. -- But the worrying detail here is that the decline had more to do with his wavering position on Brexit than it did with his left-wing lunacy. -- ... The reason for Corbyn’s ambiguity on Brexit is that he, like many of his hard-left inner circle, sees the European Union’s regulations as an irritating constraint on his ambitions to implement full Communism in the UK. In other words, Corbyn is secretly as pro-Brexit as Jacob Rees-Mogg but he just can’t admit it. Sure, it would make him more popular in the Labour voting strongholds of the north, but he’s probably got their vote anyway. More important to his strategy is to avoid giving Theresa May’s shaky government any more support than is necessary. So it suits him to sit on the fence: that way, there’s more of that much-needed instability which, he hopes, will lead to the wave of popular frustration which propels him into power. -- If history weren’t taught so badly in schools, everyone would know that Communism — or “democratic Socialism” or whatever fancy euphemisms the hard-left uses to mask its intentions — has failed everywhere it has been tried. -- But a lot of people in Britain either don’t know this or are naive enough to imagine that next time will be different. Corbyn’s PR machine nurtures this delusion by presenting him as a harmless avuncular figure who just wants to bring about social justice in a world brought low by the failed model of capitalism. -- Chavez was just the same. Before he came to power, he was very careful to present himself as a moderate figure — certainly not the type to do anything so radically left wing as nationalise all the industries, confiscate everyone’s assets, and imprison his critics. -- Corbyn probably won’t get as far as Chavez did — and consequently won’t enter nearly the same league of infamy. But it won’t be for want of trying. If the Corbynistas ever get their buttocks on the seat of power, what seems like a joke today will suddenly seem very unfunny indeed.' -- Hard times create strong men, Strong men create good times, Good times create weak men, Weak men create hard times.
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7 days ago by adamcrowe
Breitbart -- Pinkerton: The AOC-ization of the Democrats Boosts Trump in 2020
'#The Cycle of Presidential Elections: U.S. presidential elections follow a predictable cycle, which we can formulate into a thesis, the first part of which runs like this: When a party loses the White House, its establishment is discredited; after all, the establishment’s candidate just lost. And so in the absence of establishmentarian constraints, the party’s base—that is, the activists out in the grassroots, expressing a purer, more zealous ideology—finds itself in charge. Such dominance by the activist base then shapes the next presidential nomination. So in the first “out-year” presidential election—that is, four years after losing the White House—the party’s new nominee is now reflective of the base’s activist ideology. So the base candidate is therefore easily painted as an extremist in the general election, and, as a result, the base candidate loses, often in a landslide. -- ... After the activists run, and lose, in the first “out-year” presidential election, the moderate establishment makes a comeback in the second “out-year” election, most likely leading the party back to victory. After all, national elections are won in the middle.'
politics  ideology  panarchy 
7 days ago by adamcrowe
Episode 58: The Neoliberal Optimism Industry de Citations Needed Podcast
"We're told the world is getting better all the time. In January, The New York Times' Nick Kristof explained "Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History." The same month, Harvard professor and Bill Gates' favorite optimist Steven Pinker lamented (in a special edition of Time magazine guest edited by - who else? - Bill Gates) the “bad habits of media... bring out the worst in human cognition”. By focusing so much on negative things, the theory goes, we are tricked into thinking things are getting worse when, in reality, it's actually the opposite.

For the TEDtalk set, that the world is awesome and still improving is self-evidently true - just look at the data. But how true is this popular axiom? How accurate is the portrayal that the world is improving we so often seen in sexy, hockey stick graphs of upward growth and rapidly declining poverty? And how, exactly, are the powers that be "measuring" improvements in society?

On this episode, we take a look at the ideological project of telling us everything's going swimmingly, how those in power cook the books and spin data to make their case for maintaining the status quo, and how The Neoliberal Optimism Industry is, at its core, an anti-intellectual enterprise designed to lull us into complacency and political impotence.

Our guest is Dr. Jason Hickel."
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9 days ago by robertogreco
T. Greer on Twitter: "Genesis 1st half of Exodus Basic passages of the Deuteronomic Covenant Select scenes from Numbers-Judges Samuel I-II Job Ecclesiastes Proverbs Select Psalms Select passages of Isiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel Jonah 4 Gospels+Acts Romans
https://archive.is/YtwVb
I would pair letters from Paul with Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find."

I designed a hero's journey course that included Gilgamesh, Odyssey, and Gawain and the Green Knight. Before reading Gawain you'd read the Sermon on the Mount + few parts of gospels.
The idea with that last one being that Gawain was an attempt to make a hero who (unlike Odysseus) accorded with Christian ethics. As one of its discussion points, the class can debate over how well it actually did that.
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So I would preface Lord of the Flies with a stylized account of Hobbes and Rosseau, and we would read a great deal of Genesis alongside LOTF.

Same approach was taken to Greece and Rome. Classical myths would be paired with poems from the 1600s-1900s that alluded to them.
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Genesis
1st half of Exodus
Basic passages of the Deuteronomic Covenant
Select scenes from Numbers-Judges
Samuel I-II
Job
Ecclesiastes
Proverbs
Select Psalms
Select passages of Isiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel
Jonah
4 Gospels+Acts
Romans
1 Corinthians
Hebrews
Revelation
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11 days ago by nhaliday
Can there be an Anti-SJW Left? - YouTube
No, there can't, because these behaviors arise from material conditions...but--> When we take attitudes and cultural expressions to be at the CENTER of our political project, we risk ignoring the real material basis of society and abdicate our responsibility to create radical, foundational change.
identity  ideology  left  politics  social_justice  psychology 
29 days ago by jstenner
‘What Can You Believe If You Don’t Believe in God?’ – People's World
He admits as much toward the end of the book: “Europeans may not need church because they have been informed by a centuries old Humanist culture. Generally their Humanist community is the community at large. The European Western Enlightenment tradition of Humanism is deeply imbedded in their culture, unlike the United States where religion has been and is still a dominant force in our culture.” And a little further on:
religion  ideology  belief 
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