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The Horrific New Marriage Between Your Post Office and Amazon Sunday | Alternet
The seven-day workweek for the CCA is not exclusive to Greensboro, NC either; as the Federal Soup forums can attest, the same is being done nationwide.  As with all things in life, CCA abuse runs along a continuum with some stations showing more mercy while others unrelentingly utilize their CCAs. Sadly, most stations seem to be falling into the latter group.
business  socialism 
22 hours ago by foliovision
Socialists in the Kool-Aid | Intercollegiate Studies Institute: Educating for Liberty
“The supposed religious fanatics of Jonestown had hosted a Soviet delegation, taught Russian to residents in preparation for a mass pilgrimage to the place Jim Jones dubbed the group’s ‘spiritual motherland,’ and willed millions of dollars to the Soviet Union. Peoples Temple goons confiscated Bibles reaching Jonestown from the United States. Jonestown celebrated December 25 as Revolution Day. They sang songs about Jim rather than Jesus. Jones openly denounced the ‘stupid Skygod.’ When the jungle community ran out of toilet paper, Jones distributed Bibles for bathroom use—a practice hitherto unknown among fundamentalist Christians.”
RevJimJones  HarveyMilk  Jonestown  SanFrancisco  Socialism  MustRead 
yesterday by cbearden
A Leninist Hero of our Times - In Memory of Valery Sablin: The true story of Red October | Marxist
It's not mutiny, of course. Misconduct by officers would technically be barratry. But I'm not sure how much of a distinction they'd make in the Soviet navy.
history  sailing  coldwardinosaur  socialism 
3 days ago by gominokouhai
“One Weird Trick” to Building Socialism
I would suggest the Cuban system, at least in terms of its organizational structure, is at the very least much closer to the ideal I have laid out than Norwegian-style market socialism. According to the mathematician and ecologist Richard Levins, Cuba emerged from the 1992 UN Conference on the Environment and Development determined to take the resolutions of that conference and put them into practice without sacrificing developmental progress. These resolutions included a mandate to systematically examine patterns of production, encourage the development of alternatives to fossil fuels, and address the imminent shortages of water. Writing in ReVista in 2000, Levins asserts that integrating these resolutions into their development plans “represents the final recognition that despite society’s commitment to a rising standard of living, natural limitations will not allow a world-wide consumer society with consumption of energy and materials at Euro-North American levels.” Instead of expanding the scale and scope of that consumer society, development should instead be focused on “quality of life, cultural development, education, and people taking care of people.”
socialism  swf  politics  economics  from instapaper
5 days ago by max_read
Vladimir Lenin - The State and Revolution
Chapter 5: The Economic Basis of the Withering Away of the State "Democracy for an insignificant minority, democracy for the rich--that is the democracy of capitalist society. If we look more closely into the machinery of capitalist democracy, we see everywhere, in the “petty”--supposedly petty--details of the suffrage (residential qualifications, exclusion of women, etc.), in the technique of the representative institutions, in the actual obstacles to the right of assembly (public buildings are not for “paupers”!), in the purely capitalist organization of the daily press, etc., etc.,--we see restriction after restriction upon democracy. These restrictions, exceptions, exclusions, obstacles for the poor seem slight, especially in the eyes of one who has never known want himself and has never been in close contact with the oppressed classes in their mass life (and nine out of 10, if not 99 out of 100, bourgeois publicists and politicians come under this category); but in their sum total these restrictions exclude and squeeze out the poor from politics, from active participation in democracy. "
political_science  history  socialism 
7 days ago by loimprevisto
YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: Stefan Molyneux and His Critics! A Tom Woods Interview
'Stefan Molyneux's work has had over half a billion views and downloads. He has stirred up controversy among libertarians in recent years, having supported Donald Trump and entertained more controversial topics. So Tom Woods decided to raise some of these criticisms with him and give him an opportunity to say whatever he liked.' -- Plato is my friend, but truth is a better friend. ~ Aristotle
philosophy  statism  socialism  conservativism  libertarianism  discourse  StefanMolyneux 
7 days ago by adamcrowe
Ben Garrison/Grrr Graphics -- Our Democracy
'They all say it. The people on the left, that is. If you’re listening, you’ve probably heard it, too: The words “Our Democracy.” -- Hillary Clinton says it incessantly. She won the popular vote and therefore thinks she should be president. She’s irked that the pesky Electoral College stopped her. She hates those damn fly-over red states. George Soros funds protests for ‘Our Democracy.’ Barack Obama has said it plenty of times, even though he’s supposedly a constitutional scholar. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has said it and now she’s calling for the removal of the Electoral College. Michael Moore wants socialism outright, but says ‘Our Democracy’ at every turn. Bill Maher and his guests say it frequently each week on his HBO talk show, “Politically Incorrect.” Last week he said people should be forced, by government, to pay for solutions to ‘climate change.’ Karl Marx would be tickled if he could hear ‘Our Democracy’ being endlessly repeated because he said, “Democracy is the road to socialism,” i.e., communism. History has shown what socialism leads to – Hell on Earth. -- I believe the left is endlessly repeating ‘Our Democracy’ for a reason. They know it leads to what they really want—socialism. They know a mob will vote for free stuff at the expense of individual liberties. It’s one of the reasons we hear the left stridently calling for the end of the Electoral College, which helps protect our Constitutional Republic. Cortez claims it’s ‘racist.’ Bill Maher says the Electoral College is an anachronism. He even claimed it’s not necessary to have two Dakotas or Wyoming. “Nobody lives there, why do they get two senators?” Because we’re the United States, Bill – not the United Blob of Washington D.C. -- Bill and Hillary and their ilk want only the cities to have the say. They know mob is easily propagandized and controlled in the cities—it’s one of the reasons it’s now dangerous to wear a ‘MAGA’ hat in them. The lefty mobs there think physically assaulting their opponents is virtuous. They no longer want civility. The left controls their thinking—the endless repetition of ‘Our Democracy’ is a form of mind control. They want people to think of our country as a democracy—not a republic. -- America is NOT a democracy. The word is not in our Constitution. Our founding fathers despised a naked democracy, because they knew it would quickly lead to tyranny. It’s one of the reasons why Obama and the left want open borders. The influx of a mob looking for free stuff will vote as they’re told – they’ll vote to take away our guns, our money and in the end, our lives. The mob will vote to destroy the individual. Obama and his lefties want tyranny. They see the people as cattle. We must be tagged, brainwashed, and taxed. The Deep State wants more power and control and the left wants bigger and ever-more controlling government. “Our Democracy” is repeated endlessly because they want to control minds to achieve this end. Shamefully, even some Republicans are now saying it. No MAGA-minded person should ever say “Our Democracy!” -- Keep your radar turned on for the phrase ‘Our Democracy,’ and when you hear it, immediately say to yourself, “NO! We are a REPUBLIC.” -- We must fight to keep it.'
rkselectiontheory  rhetoric  america  statism  democracy  incrementalism  fabianism  socialism  communism 
7 days ago by adamcrowe
Don't Get Fooled Again: The Continuing Necessity of Anti-Communism - Quillette
Socialism is having an unprecedented moment in America: opinion polls show its increasing popularity, especially among youths; membership in the Democratic Socialists of America continues to swell.
communism  socialism 
8 days ago by kogakure
“Too Big” Is Too Little | Jacobin
As Jacobin authors have repeatedly argued (here, here, and here — for a start), we need a more expansive understanding of finance’s role in everyday life. Finance makes the economy go. It allows countries, communities, households, and individuals to plan, build, and grow. It is central to capitalism and would be just as central to socialism...As such, finance should be a central part of any socialist vision. Instead of band-aid reforms and free-market fantasies, we should socialize finance, re-envisioning it as a public utility rooted in decommodified institutions that enable us to collectively decide upon and enact projects oriented toward people instead of profit.
banksters  socialism  neoliberalism 
8 days ago by altoii
ELI5: The difference between Communism and Socialism : explainlikeimfive
The tl;dr is simply: Communism is a form of socialism. Pure Communism doesn't exist. Neither does pure socialism. Both words are used in so many different ways (especially socialism these days) that there is no clear distinction to be drawn, until you focus on a particular ideology (Marxist Communism vs. Anarchist socialism, Maoism vs. Social Democracy, etc.).

Socialism is a broad term used to mean a lot of different things. For some people it's just the idea of everyone helping everyone else out to make sure no one dies from a lack of basic needs (food, water, shelter, etc.). For others it means an economic system, usually the opposite of Capitalism, where things are in place to stop how much capital (stuff that makes money) gathers up in any one person's hands. At it's core though, socialism is always concerned with the idea of the good of the larger number, rather than the pursuit of individual gain. Some people who believe in Capitalism think that pursuing individual gain helps everyone in the end anyway, but Socialists would disagree with that.

Socialism is also used negatively to describe things people see as getting in the way of successful Capitalism. All governments place limits on the free market ideal of Capitalism to some extent, but when people strongly disagree with how far those limits go, they'll often label them socialism to let people know they think they're bad. In the United States, for example, someone earning $500,000 a year will pay more in taxes than someone earning $50,000 a year. But (in theory) their children will have access to the same public education system – the person earning $50,000 will be getting a greater return, thanks to government redistribution. While this occasionally comes under attack, however, it is generally considered a good use of the government, so no one labels it Socialism. In many developed countries a similar system exists for health care, and it's often not labeled as Socialism. In the United States, though, a similar system for healthcare is usually called socialism – even if it isn't nearly extreme enough for a real Socialist to think it is.

There are a lot of different types of socialism, ranging from some schools of Anarchism (like Social Libertarianism) to Communism to Democratic Socialism (like, sort of, in Venezuela) to Social Democracies (Sweden).

Communism is just a special type of socialism. There are actually many different theories of Communism, and they are pretty different. But they all grow out of the teachings of Karl Marx. Marx believed (to simplify) that one of the really important parts of achieving a socialist state was that the people had to own all of the things that made things (capital) collectively, rather than letting individuals own factories, farms, and things like that, which would allow them to become richer and buy more factories and farms. Marx's vision of pure Communism actually required massive technological advances so that we were living in a world of extreme abundance, so that everyone could have anything they needed without anyone else not having it. What most people think of as a 'Communist State' would be seen by a pure Marxist as an intermediary step on the way to real Communism – where the very ideas of capital, class, economies, etc. all disappear, because we don't need them anymore.

Like I say, the words are misused so much that it's hard to really come up with a clear difference. Some people would say the difference is that Communists believe the state has to have a fundamental change of character for a collectivist world to exist, while socialists believe it can be done within the existing state. But socialist Anarchists believe very strongly in the abolition of the state first.

In fact, the great schism between the Anarchists and the Communists in Marx's time came from the opposite disagreement – Communists believed the fastest way to achieve equality was to have the state seize all property and forcibly redistribute it. Anarchists believed (unfortunately, mostly rightly) that once the state seized all of the property, those in power wouldn't want to then redistribute it.

EDIT: To really drive this home, because reading through all of the comments I think it's the most important point: while people are trying to answer your question, they're doing it based on the definitions of "Communism" and "Socialism" that they choose to use. As a result, some of the (relatively good) answers are contradicting one another, and most of them are hugely problematic. It's not your fault, because the words are used in public discourse as though they have very clear single definitions, but ultimately the question is like asking: What's the difference between a beetle and an insect? The problem is that not only is a beetle a type of insect, but it matters a lot what kind of beetle you're talking about, and what kinds of other insects you're comparing them to.
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