‘The political desperadoes and ignoramuses, who say they would “Rather be Dead than Red”, should be told that no one will stop them from committing suicide, but they have no right to provoke a third world war.’ — Morris Kominsky, 1970
Thank you for sharing this! It helps with my research on the Axis.
Unfortunately, I suspect that a great deal of Westerners are likely to dismiss this important news out of hand because the archaeologists are Chinese. I remember reading a year or two ago about somebody discovering a mass grave of hundreds of Soviets and Redditors were writing it off as ‘Russian propaganda’.
Currently preparing a post concerning Eritrea under Fascism, a subject of which I suspect we know very little.
I plan on using this as the title picture, as I think that it sums up the situation rather nicely.
Is anyone familiar with the rationale behind these deportations?
After I wrote that, I learned about forced laughter and that became my coping mechanism.
I’m serious. Your body can’t tell if you are laughing intentionally or naturally, and if you prolong your fake laughter it soon evolves to become natural and almost uncontrollable. Even if you force yourself to laugh it still releases dopamine and after a while it can diminish the effects of an unpleasant memory.
I wish that somebody had told me this earlier, because it’s relatively easy and it makes more sense than useless advice like ‘just get over it’.
Under PRC law, religion is free. However, in 1954, the State Council established a Religious Affairs Bureau; this set up the Chinese Islamic Association, with which all mosques and other religious places must register. Islam continued to be openly practiced in Xinjiang and even the Sufi orders “experienced an explosion of popularity” in the early 1950s. The authorities left the Islamic clergy and education in place, while expanding the comprehensive secular education their political predecessors had instituted.
At the same time, however, the CCP took several measures that undermined the extensive social control and political and economic influence of the Islamic clergy. These measures included land reform, which abolished Islamic taxes and eliminated rents from land, and the substitution of PRC secular law for Islamic law everywhere.
In the late 1950s, PRC policy became considerably more radical. The Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) saw the fiercest persecution of religion in modern Xinjiang (as well as Chinese) history. Mao Zedong and his followers appeared determined to uproot all traditional thought and culture, which included religion and anything to do with it, especially the influence of its clergy.
As a monotheistic religion with a socially highly influential clergy, Islam was a prime target of their attacks. The Islamic Association discontinued operations, but revived after Deng Xiaoping came to power in 1978.
(Source. Judging from this text, it looks like the Chinese Communists were far more concerned with organized religion than religion per se.)
I know that this is a brief overview and it raises its own questions, but I hope that it helps anyway.
Nothing special, I’m afraid; it’s from my latecoming respect for Bolshevism despite still being anarchist. Most people would insist that it’s either one or the other, making me a black sheep. Coincidentally, though:
Garcia Oliver supported the idea of a paramilitary organization as the only way to stand up to counter-revolutionary attacks, which gave him the label of anarcho-bolshevik and caused problems for him in the F.A.I.
Every single statement in this image is false.
Even the one about Cuba not bombing countries. They bomb the U.S. on a daily basis.
Source: I’m Cuban. That automatically makes it true. (Oh, and it’s really nice here in Miami, by the way.)
Go to Cuba and see how much you like it.
it’s a fucked up thing to say but I wonder about chemical castration sometimes.
The other day I was wishing that I could undergo shock therapy or lobotomy just so that I might stop obsessing over unpleasant memories. I made the mistake of bringing up one of them to my best friend a few days ago and (long story short) he actually made me end up feeling worse. Now I’m hardly talking to anybody and I feel like I don’t want friends anymore.
It seems to me that, unfortunately, the war will go on for a long time. Russia is systematically knocking out Western weapons, but new ones are being supplied daily. When Ukraine runs out of manpower to make up for losses at the front, the West will be looking for mercenaries all over the world.
Already American comrades write that poor Americans, who are on unemployment benefits, are being agitated to join the so-called International Legion to defend Ukraine. It seems to me that the war will be fought to the attrition of one side, and at some point, it may come to a nuclear conflict.
The Fascists were very interested in getting a hold of Petsamo nickel, which was why the Soviets wanted to complicate access to it:
The Soviet Union had indicated an interest in the Petsamo area during the negotiations with Finland in the fall of 1939, but primarily on the basis of military considerations. When the Finnish–Soviet “negotiations” were resumed in March 1940, Molotov again told the Finns that Soviet military circles wished to see the area annexed to the Soviet Union.
Nevertheless, the Petsamo area stayed with Finland under the terms of the Treaty of Moscow, and there was no hint of any Soviet economic interest in it. The [Fascist] conquest of Norway shortly afterward obviously caused the Soviet leaders to regret their generosity, however.
[The Third Reich’s] interest in Finnish nickel also dated back before the Winter War. The Finnish–German trade agreement of October 1939 envisaged the early exploitation of the nickel resources at Nivala in Qulu province, and the nickel to be extracted was to be sold to [the Third Reich]. In return, the [Fascists] were to deliver, among other items, 134 anti‐aircraft guns, and 50 of these actually reached Finland before the war began.
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I just returned from a lovely event called the Concert of Lights, which featured songs composed by people who were stuck in Axis concentration camps. I was expecting all of the songs to be somber, for obvious reasons, and while some were there were others that felt determined or even joyous. It was a very emotional experience. I also learned that there was at least one occasion where the Fascists intentionally selected 613 prisoners to massacre because 613 is a sacred number to Judaists.
Earlier I briefly continued my research on Fascist police cars.
I know that details like these are unrequired for basic history, but seeing as how horribly “antifascist” anticommunists get that wrong, they almost certainly don’t even know (or care) about these either. That’s another advantage that I have over them.
For a minute I thought about replying to this thread with a joke, but, aside from that possibly being too inappropriate, it would be better if I took this opportunity to mention something that I learned about yesternight: the Ocoee massacre.
Has anybody else here heard of this?
I am glad that you asked about this. Anticommunists like sharing these photographs without giving any context.
I don’t speak Chinese, but judging from this (crudely translated) article, Luc Kim Phung (sometimes translated as Liu Jinfeng) suffered the death penalty for committing mariticide. Her husband was very abusive and infanticidal. ‘At the police station, Luc Kim Phung admitted all of [her] actions. In March 1995, Luc Kim Phung was sentenced to death, although the court considered all relevant circumstances, […] because she had a criminal record, there could be no other sentence.’
Unfortunately, many of the anarchists that I’ve encountered online do seem to be under the vague impression that the dictatorship of the proletariat is some sort of personal choice, rather than a historical inevitability. They don’t seem to understand that you first have to abolish the conditions that make it so probable (notably capitalists’ political power) before you can convince others that it’s unnecessary. Arguing with or outright pestering communists isn’t gonna cut it.
I don’t see its prevention as a particularly worthwhile goal anyway. I’m so tired of the status quo that I would have eagerly settled for the Paris Commune. Like the Bolivarian Republic, there’s little to do about it other than working however you can to continue raising your people’s living standards; attacking it would only alienate the lower‐class people who do support it.
P.S. the Paris Commune suppressed ‘freedom of speech’ too, just like the monstrous Mao “Che” Stalin did back in 1917.
It’s okay. If you don’t like working for businesses, just work so hard that you can supply all of your needs and utilities (food, potable water, running water, shelter, healthcare, furniture, electricity, clothing, education, telecommunications) yourself.
I think that most people will agree with me when I say that that is a perfectly reasonable suggestion.
If the Chinese government should be fully responsible for starving millions, then it would be no less logical to give it credit for saving millions, too:
During the Difficult Three Year Period the state also expended large amounts of money and materials carrying out famine relief in the heavily stricken areas. Spending on relief funds was increased, the basic food supply for disaster victims was guaranteed, large teams of medical care workers were sent to provide medical aid in the disaster-stricken areas, and so forth. With mobilization and direction from the CPC and the state, the entire nation fought together against droughts, floods, locust plagues and other natural disasters, using a variety of production and self-rescue activities.
Honestly…I’ve been trying to mentally prepare myself in the event that somebody bans me for writing that reply.
I had a conversation with somebody on Reddit who seriously though that the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia would never have happened if only they knew about Marx’s comments on Slavs.
Anticommunists can’t understand how anybody can compartmentalize theories and theorists. Marx’s opinions on Slavs are about as relevant to scientific socialists as Einstein’s opinions on Asians are relevant to physicists.
I’m glad that you read them! Although there are plenty of books that I’d like to share, I understand that not everybody has the time to go through thousands of pages of history either, so usually I focus on snippets, articles or theses for my posts as those are easier to fit into people’s schedules.
That being said, I can relate to wanting to die and being unable to focus on studies, it has been similar for me over the last months…
If it makes you feel any better, there is a 2% chance that the ghosts of Fascists are exacting their petty revenge on us by repeatedly messing with our brain chemistry. (The 98% chance, on the other hand, is that the real explanation is something far more mundane and less exciting.)
Seriously though, I hope that you feel better soon. Thanks for your feedback!
I am actually in a goodish mood now, and I don’t have any plans to try something lethal. In fact, now that I think about it, my dream can be interpreted in such a way as to discourage me from reattempting: despite all my effort I didn’t accomplish anything other than make about a dozen shallow flesh wounds.
You raise a good point about physical activity. I’ll be having more promenades this month, especially since the temperature is so tolerable now.
Thank you for your feedback! It helps me think about the situation differently.
Regarding the posts you say are not getting visibility, can you tell me which communities you post them in?
I haven’t griped about that in a while, but most of them go in /c/capitalismindecay, sometimes /c/mediacriticism, /c/us_news, or a few others. I wouldn’t say that the inattention breaks my heart, only that sometimes it’s mildly disappointing. Inattention only really upsets me when it’s while I’m repeatedly dealing with somebody difficult, and that hasn’t happened in a long time.
I’m still dumbfounded that they have cemeteries dedicated to thousands of Wehrmacht troops.
Anticommunists would likely argue that the Chinese military incursion into Tibet in the early 1950s constituted a war, but I am unaware of any states recognising it as such. The centrist John Powers’s History as Propaganda notes that ‘though Chinese troops had entered Tibet numerous times at the behest of Tibetan governments prior to the 1950s, [some see] no contradiction in denying China a right to send in its military while arguing that Britain’s military incursion was legitimate.’
P.S. If you want to go through the candidates, you can skim here. Note, though, that not all of these conflicts would legally qualify as wars, and the PRC’s responsibility for any, like the Sino-Indian War, is quite arguable.
I would informally summarise the Empire of Japan as Asia’s equivalent to the Third Reich. Now, naturally there are some limitations to that analogy, but as a starting point it works well.