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I do not endorse the views in the first 3 parts posted below or completely support the P.L.G.A. of India completely as there are important distortions of massline by the Maoist party.Yet there are noble objectives whatever the errors.I advise readers to study the articles below it in memory and solidarity of the Peoples Liberation Guerrilla army 14th anniversary celebrations.True it is not a red army based on the massline like in China based on the foundations of strong agrarian revolutionary movement and worker base or built genuine base ares like in the time of the 1940's in China .The subjective conditions were hardly as prevalent for forming the PLGA as in China or later Phillipines.Yet we have to salute the sacrifices inspite of insufficient development of armed agrarian revolutionary movement as in theTelengana armed struggle.Greater autonomy and independent initiative should be granted to the Revolutionary peasant councils and the Maoist party must not impose it's ideology on the R.P.C's or the P.L.G.A.. There should be greater de-centralisation within the R.P.C's.The Revolutionary peasant councils should be granted the right to recall and elect party members.However the party centralism and vanguard role must never be lost.The defeat of the Sendero Luminoso in Peru whose entire central leadership was decimated should be a lesson for the Indian P.L.G.A.The sacrifices of the Indian P.L.G.A and it's achievements rank amongst the foremost since the victory of the Chinese revolution. turning a spark into a Priarie fire and illuminating the flame of Maoism.
India - The Army of the People
1.In the article of Comrade Ganpathy posted below I greatly admire the analytical,dialectical,self-critical,undogmatic assesment which above all expresses humilty.It shows in depth application of MLM ideology.Comrade Ganapathy superbly elaborates the gains and setbacks or shortcomings.He is never scared to admit the extent to which the central leadership has been decimated but is still optimistic..Although I subscribe most to the line that originated with T.Nagi Reddy and culminated into the Communist Party Re-Oragnization Centre of India(MarxistLeninist)I still admire the bravery and tenacity of the Maoist party.Inspite of subjective factors not prevalent they have defied the world and proved the legitimacy of PPW.True India needs to create a path suitable to it's own conditions and not blindly or mechanically imitate the Chinese path.Com Ganapathy compares to any great Maoist leader in the world since the Chinese Revolution.In his article he brilliantly illustrates the zig zag nature of P.P.W.He is the equivalent of Comrade Gonzalo.of Peru to India.He also explains the necessity of the party to protects itself from the enemy.Overall he displays mastery of MLM ideolgy....
"All great ideas are dangerous" - Oscar Wilde Frank Zappa once warned that censorship means that we are afraid of ideas—that ideas are dangerous. But that ship has sailed. In the US our government has made it clear that those in other countries who believe in things outside our bourgeois democracy, are dangerous and those who believe in them need to be eradicated, eliminated, and destroyed. There is no room for negotiations or room for their ideas in US occupied countries for such groups as the Islamic State (IS). That includes ignoring the many Iraqis that preferred IS to their US occupiers and we are going to try "deprogramming" those who want to go to the Middle-east to join with IS. But we can look at Peru to see how an imperialist lackey and bourgeois democracy, based on the US, is attacking political parties because their "ideas are too dangerous." Since 1980, Peru has been a country besieged by members of the Communist Party of Peru (known in the press as Shining Path). In several reports the government is bragging that they have successfully beaten Shining Path (from here on out I will refer to them with the official letters of their name PCP) militarily:
"Three months later, the December 9, 2013 arrest of Alexander Dimas Huaman (a.k.a. Héctor), Artemio’s successor, led the head of Peru’s national drug police to declare that Shining Path had disappeared from the upper Huallaga Valley and that the region had been pacified (El Comercio [Lima], December 9, 2013)."
That means that the government believes they have beaten PCP once and for all. But are they breaking out Champaign or resending all the draconian police state actions that came a result of being challenged by an armed group—NOT AT ALL. A lot of young Maoist have joined with ex-PCP people in forming a new political party around the idea of pushing for amnesty for all political prisoners including all those captured guerillas of the PCP, including Chairman Gonzalo (Abimael Guzmán). This new party, MOVADEF (Movimiento Por Amnistia Y Derechos Fundamentales/Movements for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights) has tried to register as a legal political party. The government has treated them as if they are just another formation of the PCP guerillas. In other words—it was not just the violence the government opposed—it was the ideas.For example:
LET US REMEMBER THE 22ND DEMOLITION YEAR OF THE BABRI MASJID WITH OUTRAGE!MAY THE CULPRITS BE PUNISHED!
Today on December 6th we remember with rage the tragic demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6th 1992 and the subsequent riots.The author cant express in words the rage it erupted in the hearts of the masses like a burning flame.It was one of the most fascistic attacks ever of the last century and the attack on the Muslim community bore comparison with the Jewish ghettos in the Nazi regime.The minority community became the victims of deep humiliation and were supressed by the iron feet of opression.The author from 1986 was part of the anti communal front'Ekta' in Mumbai which comprised of leftist and secular mas organizations but unfortunately became a platform of communal harmony and not mass revolutionary resistance against communalism or struggle from the headquarters of the working class. Neverthless left revolutionary activist fronts handsomely confronted the bulwark of communal forces patronised by the Congress govt.Earlier this year we also commemorated 25 years since the Bhaglapur riots in 1989.The participation of the youth was significant in the protest movement against communal fascism .The Gandhian class collaborationist methods were exposed which discourage class struggle. of the working class.Significant work and reports were brought out by civil liberties organizations like Lok Shahi Hakk Sanghatana and Commitee for Protection of democratic Rights.What wa sunfortunate is that the left parties like C.PI.I and C.P.M,inspite of large secular cadre hardly mobilised secular resistance to thwart communal forces and tailed behind the ruling class Parties.The 'Ekta' forum largely followed the revisionist left parties policy.
Today the orthodox left parties like C.P..I or C.P.M do not have any agenda to confront the ideology or programmes of the Hindu communal fascist forces and merely preach communal harmony..Only forces like the C.P.I.(Maoist),C.P.R.C.I.(M.L.),C.P.I.(M.L.)New Democracy and to a certain extent Liberation and Red Star groups are critical of the ruling Government.What was heartening today was joint protest in the capital of Delhi against the Babri Masjid demolition and a cultural programme later by the Revolutionary Cultural Front in J.N.U.It testifies that the flame has not extinguished from the hearts of the workers or students.Several programmes of joint fronst of secular mass organization shave taken place in the Capital explaing the nexus between the antidemocratic policies of the ruling govt and communalism.Arguably there was tendency to suport minority communalism by sections of the revolutionary camp in the 1990's....
The second part of this story was actually written by Red Rob Blogger himself. It was a lot easier for him to write this so he did. As can tell, this story shows that the money drug dealers make has been HUGELY exaggerated by the mainstream press. These people do not live the life of luxury. Their lives are pathetic if anything.
By Red Rob Blogger
As we walked down the street, we passed in front of a tall-brown slim apartment building.
“Say, we need some money,” Chelsea said. “I’m going upstairs to visit Craig. He is good for a date. It will only take me a few minutes and I will be back with some cash.“
She darted up the steps. A few minutes later she came down.
“I got some Cash,” she said.
I don’t know exactly how much she got, but I know it was more than $20 but less than $40. Whoever Craig was, he was fast in bed and from the woman’s viewpoint that is not good. Next it was on to Johnny’s house. When we got to their apartment, we walked up a flight of steps to a large brown porch with a railing and rows of doors. We got to Johnny’s, the white- wooden door with a small windows on it—knocked and then we were let in. Johnny was an older man in his late 40s. He had long-gray hair and a white beard. He was wearing an old worn blue collared shirt and old slacks. The house was a little dirty, but we all sat on the green rug around the glass pipes that sat on the brown coffee table in the middle of the room. Johnny had another friend over, Randy. He was shorter, brown hair and about 10 years younger. When we first came in the room, Johnny was looking for small pieces of crack that may have fallen on the floor. He kept finding little pieces of filth on the green carpet that looked like they might be crack. Johnny kept lighting the tiny pieces, with his lighter to see if they would melt. If they did, which rarely happened, he stuck the melted junk on the pipe just long enough to get that tiny little hit.
Mostly looking for scraps was just a sign of desperation. These guys had a look of desperation that I was beginning to recognize in pretty much all of the crack addicts I met. They all had that beady sweaty look to them. They were always searching for spare pieces of crack that fell on the floor.
“I got some rocks,” Chelsea said. “She got some of her rocks out and put them on the coffee table near the pipes. Next we were all sitting around their table and firing up one of the pipes. Each took a turn on the pipe. For a few minutes the whole group was content as the pipe and its white smoke filled all of our lungs. This reminded me a lot of my early dope smoking experiences. We would all get out our special pot pipes out and we passed around a bowl of whatever weed we all had at the time. Crack was a little different from weed. But weed smokers never had that look of desperation that the crack smokers have.
After about an hour I started to get nervous about Green Eyes and my car.
“We need to go back to that house,” I said.
“Don’t worry she’ll wait for you,” Chelsea said.
“Just the same—I’d like to go by the house and see if my car is back.” I answered.
This is a part of a series I started earlier this year about the life of an underclass of a people known as the lumpen-Proletariat. Not all of the lumpen-Proletariat take part in criminal activities but many in this story do. This story has an admitted prostitute and at least two drug dealers. This is not meant to encourage drug dealing, use or prostitution. It is only written to show how these underclass-persons live.
This was a story told to me by Red Rob Blogger. Rob is a tall skinny white guy who likes to wear red striped shirts. Rob is a teacher, who lives in a working class neighborhood and he owns his home. Rob was going into the Club Soda House on the south end of Broadway Street one day during the middle of the 1990s, a period of time when crack was still with us. It was early in the day and Rob was looking for something different to do. The Club Soda was a working class bar on a street known for prostitution. A lot of lumpen proletariat people were known to go to this bar including prostitutes, low level drug dealers and lots of addicts.
The bar had one long room. It was always dimly lit, although that is not unusual in a working class bar. It had icky yellow walls and it was sparsely decorated with common beer signs. As he
was walking into the bar he came across a girl he knew as Chelsea. He had met her a few times in this bar in the past year. She was a tall heavy-set black girl, wearing jeans and a white blouse.
“Hi Rob,” she said. “What are you up to today?”
“I’m just hanging out looking for something to do,” he answered.
“You need a date today? I’m working as a hooker now.”
“No. I don’t think so.” (Actually Rob found Chelsea very attractive, but felt funny about paying for sex).
“There must be something you want today. How ‘bout a blow job?”
“Well that might be fun.”
Protesters in solidarity with those in Ferguson, MO briefly stopped holiday shopping traffic, last Saturday Night, near Town East in Wichita – to protest a grand jury’s recent decision not to indict a police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.
This is the first time in a long time that Wichita protesters committed civil disobedience. And it may have paid off for them.
Unlike other events, people not connected to the protesters and organizers went out of their way to post comments on the protester's Facebook page; FERGUSON PROTEST, WICHITA. Usually only those invited to the page or those who take part in that event leave comments on the page. This time there were lots of comments from outsiders who signed up to leave comments on their pages.
There was the usual anger and insults:
Just stupid, get a life
Get a job, get a job, get a job, get a job, get a job!
On March 19th 1914 Comrade Jiang Qing was born. Earlier this year on March 19th the 100th birthday of Jiang qing,(Chiang Ching)one of the leaders of the Maoist gang of four took place. Sadly there was no commemoration deliberately held in China as she blackened the injustice of the current C.C.P. There was also no mention or celebration of Jiang Qing’s 100th birthday in the revolutionary camp worldwide. A major commemorating meeting celebrating Chiang’s 100th birthday explaining the significance of her work and of ZhangChunqiao ‘ should have been held. Without doubt she was one of the greatest women revolutionaries of all time whose contribution was immortal to the Communist Movement. Few women comrades were ever more daring and courageous. For 10 years she defended Mao Tse Tung’s like with the solidity of a boulder. She would traverse the steepest of cliffs and the most turbulent of seas in defending the Socialist line. She was also one of the most creative and innovative of artists in revolutionary history devising a new form of opera .She mastered artistic forms that related to the common people.We commemorate 50 years this yaer since she innovated a new form of Opera in July 1964. With Comrade ZhangChunqiao she played the biggest role in the ten years of the G.P.C.R after Mao. She was one of the sharpest critiques of the capitalist roaders and voiced the very heart of the masses. With the other 3 comrades she played a major role in implementing Mao’s call for supporting the line of Tachai and herself participated in agricultural production. The phenomenal achievements of the G.P.C .R in it’s final years owe a great deal to the Gang of four especially Jiang Qing and .The 1976 political rally in Tiannemen square supporting Mao ‘s line led by the gang of was one of the most significant events in revolutionary China’s political history. A major campaign had been initiated by ZhangChunqiao in 1975.to battle revisionism called ‘farrago on the educational front.’ This debated whether the Cultural Revolution educational policies should be followed or the conventional policies before the G.P.C.R.
Revolutionary comrades do not deny that she made grave errors and the practice of Chiang and her comrades was infested with powerful currents of left sectarianism. The slogans raised had left adventurist overtones. This was observed by writers like William Hinton. Artists, musicians and intellectuals were subjected to persecution of phenomenal proportions. However the 4 particularly Jiang and Zhang initiated some of the most progressive innovation seen in any society, be it in art or production. They withstood the 1981 trial with death defying courage. No comrade exhibited more courage than Jiang,inspite being a women through her historic statement .Her speech created the sensation of a red flame extinguishing in the court.
Sadly the major component of the revolutionary camp in the world in 1978 did not uphold Chiang Ching or the Gang of four as genuine exponents of Mao’s revolutionary line but clubbed them as a counter-revolutionary sect and upheld Hua Guofeng.This included organizations like Unity centre of Communist revolutionaries of India, C.P.Reddy-S.N.singh group,C.P.I.(M.L.)Party Unity and C.P.I.(M.L.)peoples war .One has to credit Bob Avakian and the R.C.P,U.S.A for upholding Chiang Ching and the other comrades in 1978 itself. In India only the Central Re-organization Commitee of the C.P.I.(M.L.) and the U.C.C.R.I.(M.L.)led by Harbhajan Sohi upheld the Gang of 4.One of the strangest phenomena was the peoples rally against the gang of 4 in 1976 just after Mao’s death. This can be attributed to weaknesses in political trends in the G.P.C.R. and the legalizing of revolutionary committees .The masses were not educated sufficiently on who were their real enemies. Certain writers quote Mao stating “Help Chiang correct her errors”.Mao rebuked the gang for not completely implementing the mass line not uniting the majority and resorting to factionalism and splitting. From 1974 the revolutionary committees were morally de-activated. William Hinton stated “The Gang of four” was ultra-left which grossly distorted Mao’s policies and directives, carried sound initiatives to extremes that turned them inside out and upside down, and succeeded in wrecking whatever they touched. In the 1960’s unlike earlier periods found himself on ‘Liang Mountain’ in regard to leftism-that is so immobilized by a contradiction with the right that he felt tied his hands in dealing with the left.”I feel this assessment grossly undervalues the situation the 4 comrades faced and hardly does them true justice. Such comrades hardly understood or respected the death-defying political struggle of the gang of 4 to save the Socialist State....
We must oppose and combat the following tendencies which are detrimental to the development of the communist movement:
•The trend that holds onto obscure positions and rejects the political lines of other organizations without engaging in any political work or dedicated practical program....
On October 4, 2014 at the Center for Marxist Education, communist historian Doug Enaa Greene, as part of the Red History Lecture Series, speaks on Communist Resistance in Nazi Germany. The German CP offered the most sustained resistance to the Third Reich, ranging from anti-fascist propaganda to espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union and engaging Nazi soldiers in battle during the Spanish Civil War. As part of the struggle against fascism, approximately, nearly half of the party members passed through Nazi concentration camps and at least 25,000 were killed.
Unfortunately I am not familiar with those events. Why not post it in the comment thread for others to weigh in on?On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:31------- wrote:
This is an enquiry email via http://kasamaproject.org/ from:
------- I've red your atricle called "Brothers challenge: show me that communism can be done".Among the comments I find one,written by "lycophidion": says as:"Everything from the Paris Commune, through the early Soviet Union to the Bolivarian procesess, through such experiences as the Mondragón cooperative or >>> the experience in Grândola, Portugal<<<, can give us some vague idea of the contours or just a few threads of how a democratically planned and run economy might work."Could you tell me what happened exactly at Grandola?Or if you not,would you ask this person to tell or write about it?Or its not possible,could you give His/hear contact where I can reach her/him?I was so intrested about the topic that I opnened a thread a revleft,but no one has answered,yet.http://www.revleft.com/vb/happened-grandola-exactlyi-t190618/index.htmlSo,please help a bit.With socialist greetings:A comrade from Hungary
I have come up with a great new way for this country to save $billions on defense and I will shortly relay this idea to Prez. Barack Obama. It involves the power of prayer. We don’t need troops, planes, missiles and soldiers. We just need troops of people who will agree to pray against ISIS (ISEL or Islamic State).Before dismissing this idea let’s look at what the experts say:Never underestimate the power of prayer. When you are praying according to God's will, your prayer is unstoppable. And how do we know what God's will is? By careful study of Scripture.Jesus made this promise: "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you" (John 15:7). — GREG LAURIE, CHRISTIAN POST.And the pro-life (anti-abortion) crowd have dedicated a lot of space to using prayer intheir holy war against abortion:Pro-Life Wisconsin believes in the power of prayer. No one should underestimate the power we hold when we come together to pray for an end to abortion and all crimes against human life.To further this effort, PLW produced Pro-Life Prayer Cards and distributed them across the state. Today there are literally tens of thousands of our prayer cards circulating throughout the state.We currently offer two prayer card options: Pro-Life Prayer CardLoving God, Creator of all human life,
we adore You and worship You.
You create all human beings in Your
image. May we, Your people, dedicate
ourselves to defending the preborn, the
terminally ill, the disabled and all those
threatened by the culture of death.
We ask You to touch the hearts of all
mothers considering abortion, the
abortionists, and those who support
killing preborn babies.
Help all people, especially Wisconsin's
elected officials, to realize that innocent
human life-from fertilization to natural
death-is precious and worthy of protection.
Give us courage and strength to follow
the example of Jesus, Our Savior, as we
defend Your precious gift of life.
So we can see how much the Christians in this country value the power of prayer. The president is a Christian, despite all of those nay-sayers who continue to claim he is secretly a Moslem or an atheist communist. So if he really is a Christian he can prove it by pulling back all that military hardware and putting his faith in prayer. Let the prayer legions pray around the clock in churches all across the country. Let the power of prayer get through.He can expand this all across the Middle-east. Most countries are Moslem and “God is great!” And even though our God is greater than anyone else’s god, we can still combine the power of prayer for both Christians and Moslems and we should be able to kick ISIS's ass. We all know ISIS are not REALLY Moslems. They are just godless evil terrorists claiming falsely to be Moslems. So all we have to do is out pray them and Jesus and Allah will come down and throw lightning bolts in the backs of all those ISIS troops—knocking them all dead. If we have faith in OUR GOD surely he will win this war for us and stop us from having to kill our children and waist all that money on military hardware.So once our government takes up my idea I will be a major US hero. Line up now to get my new book Prayer Is So Powerful, (not really a book) signed while you can.
Originally published at Open Media Boston.
by Doug Enaa Greene
To revolutionaries, and I'd imagine many others too, anniversaries are when we remember past events and struggles, discuss their significance and what lessons they may hold for us in the current moment. Although I hold to the reflections I gave on the previous two anniversaries of the Occupy Movement (see here and here), that still leaves the question: what do we say now? Was this Occupy Movement the herald of a new form of radical politics? A liberal version of the Tea Party? A fun carnival? A necessary learning process that thousands of newly politicized activists had to undergo before moving onto more serious politics? Or just a flash in the pan? Can we even pass judgment on the many unrealized dreams of Occupy?
CONDEMN THE ARRESTS !
LET US FIGHT FOR THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION !
Dear Friends and Comrades ! You all know about the Forum for Political
Alternative's (FPA) today's (21.09.2014) Meeting at Sundaryya Vignana Kendram, Baghlinganpalli , Hyderabad from 11am .... To Disturb the meeting the police of Telangana i.e, KCR's government arrested members of FPA... Arrests were started from midnight .... So far they have arrested - Com. Padmakumari, Jiten Marandi, Pani, Varalakshmi, Chiluka Chandrasekhar, Devendra, Anjamma and her children, Many others were picked up from Secunderabad Railway station, on the way to Hyderabad itself.... Morning at 6.25am they have arrested Com. Varavararao ... Arrests are going on... Let us Condemn this... Let us fight for the release of our Friends and Comrades... Let us Fight for the Freedom of Expression !
Shamefully the historic programme commemorating 10 years of the revolutionary movement by the Forum for Political Alternative's (FPA) in Hyderabad was curtailed,with activists detained who were arriving for the meeting. depicting the true nature of the state.It depicts how the bourgeois democratic projection of the state is a garb .We must all raise our voices against this heinous act.Revolutionary democrat Varavara Rao has done exemplary work in the Revolutionary writers association and exposed the state repression on democratic movements.Inspite of permission the meeting was sabotaged.It is a mere illusion that we have a bourgeois democratic state.All over India , in every nook and corner of the world this attack should be exposed and the people educated on it's significance.It has to be explained how in the name of supressing 'Maoism' the state tramples on people's rights.The ruling government has trampled upon the civil rights of the people....
I am not a supporter of the Maoist party but I am posting this statement and link as a maoist historian and admirer .I do not think the subjective factors prevail for launching Protracted People's War or believe that mass line has been correctly developed like by the Communist Party of India in the 1946-51 Telengana armed struggle or by the C.C.P.in China with regard to base areas in the1930s.Errors have been made particularly in light of mass organizations but I admire achievements and phenomenal sacrifices and the great innovative methods in Dandkaranya.Today the10th anniversary is a historic event in the history of the International Communist Movement.Major errors have occured in military line but it's achievements are on par with the Communist Party of Phillipines and the Peruvian Communist party earlier.It has resssurected the red torch of the Russian and Chinese Revolutions and burned the flame of Maoism against all adversity treading the most treacherous or hazardous of paths.Let us dip our blood in memory of Azad Kishenji etc.
The C.P.I.(Maoist) has resurrected the legacy of the Bolshevik and Chinese Communist parties burning the flame of Maoism. I think the C.P.I.(Maoist) has achieved on par with the Sendero Luminoso in Peru led by Gonzalo of the1980’s and the present Communist Party of Philippines although it has not developed base areas like the Chinese Communist Party in the 1930s or in the Telengana armed struggle from 1946-51.Neverthless they have built the first re-organized Marxist-Leninist Maoist party of it’s kind and the merger of M.C.C.I and PW group as well as the 2007 conference will be written forever in the annals of world revolutionary movement.Great self criticism and humility was displayed in the 2007 event and I rever the words of comrade Kishen,(spokesman)former secretary of M.C.C.who admitted errors like revisionist tendencies and sectarianism openly in an Interview. The Chinese party hardly faced the obstacles of the Indian Maoist party like casteism,communalism and cultural diversity. The C.P.I.(Maoist) although commiting serious mistakes in mass line and military line have developed some of the most creative forms of work. We have to ward of propoganda by journals like ‘Frontier’ that claim that it is divided into various parties in Jharkhand or are violating Mao TseTung’s ideology like ‘Red Star’.Infact in recent years Kolkata based journal‘Frontier’ has ridiculed the Maoist party virtually calling it a military outfit with no proper strategy.I believe the party has made errors of democratic practice within mass organizations in terms of developing democratic functioning but one has to consider the complexities of a situation when conducting armed struggle. It’s principle weakness is also inability to sufficiently protect itself as a party by mastering Leninist or Maoist doctrine.There are also sharp tendencies of military approach replacing massline and confusing the party with the military organization.Neverthless they have done justice to the sword of ‘Maoism'by forming the 1st ever Peoples Liberation Guerilla Army in India , built itself without creating any personality cult which is remarkable and have managed to devise retaliatory forms of struggle to defend itself.The R.P.C’s led by the Maoist party have weakness in terms of of democratic functioning and I feel the party must study the works of comrades like T.Nagi Reddyand D.V.Rao.We must also remember the great contribution of Kondappali Seetharamiah(died in2002) who formed the PWG and of the role of the Maoist Communist Centre.Today bourgeois circles maintain that there is enemity between M.C.C.and PWG Cadres which is false. I will never forget the admiration Professor G.N.Saibaba had of the C.P.I.(Maoist) which he placed in another league from any other group. There is an infection within the revolutionary camp which still calls the party morally the ‘Peoples War group’ and does not recognize the historic significance of the merger in 2004.These comrades just cant look beyond the Charu Mazumdar C.P.I.(M.L.).8thcentral commitee formed in 1970 .and thus refuse to recognize parties outside the 1969 C.P.I.(M.L.) like Maoist Communist Centre....
As Leftists with much to say, sometimes we can get ahead of ourselves when explaining concepts to those who spend time frolicking outside as opposed to wading through Capital. Recently I had an experience where I realized that some concepts need to be minutely taught in language accessible to the everyday person. That without understanding this facet of linguistics, your attempt to talk about materialism will come off as metaphysics, or worse, religion....
On September 6, 2014, at the Center for Marxist Education in Boston, communist historian Doug Enaa Greene lectured on the history and perspectives of the Israeli Socialist Organization (Matzpen). Matzpen was a revolutionary socialist and anti-Zionist organization founded in 1962. Matzpen viewed Zionism as a colonization project, was considered a security threat by the Israeli state, opposed Israel's wars, and worked closely with Palestinian Marxists. Greene is the author of the upcoming book Specters of Communism, on French Communist Louis-Auguste Blanqui.
Recently through the revelations of Eric Snowden's leaks of NSA documents a particular tactic involving "the application of 'social science' to disrupting and steering online activist discussions, luring targets into compromising sexual situations, deploying malicious software, and posting lies about targets in order to discredit them" has been exposed. In Kasama we are uncovering tactics being used on our site that resemble this type of campaign. We want to make our readers aware of what we know so far....
Lately Kasama Project has had a lot of Toll messages—most likely from right-wingers. So I decided to do an article on such trolling. First, they may be annoying and detracting from what we are doing, but they may also be a sign that we leftist are being watched by the political right in this country.
It’s hard to say whether we should like this or not. Most of the time the right-wing in this country tries to pretend we don’t exist. That seems to work quite well for stopping the average person from finding out who we are. I know our local newspaper—The Wichita Eagle—routinely avoids mention of right-wing or left-wing groups. They seem determined to avoid using our names. A good example of this is Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church- the right-wing anti-gay organization. Even when they cover something the group does they refused to use their name. It seems they don’t want to give them any free publicity.
So maybe the attention we get from trolls is a sign they feel we have enough of a following that they can’t just ignore us.
As Mao (毛泽东) said:
I hold that it is bad as far as we are concerned if a person, a political party, an army or a school is not attacked by the enemy, for in that case it would definitely mean that we have sunk to the level of the enemy. It is good if we are attacked by the enemy, since it proves that we have drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves. It is still better if the enemy attacks us wildly and paints us as utterly black and without a single virtue; it demonstrates that we have not only drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves but achieved a great deal in our work.
I don’t get as many troll messages on my blog; Otto’s War Room. I have received these two messages; the first was a response to an article about the Communist Party of India (Maoist):
Naxals sucks and so are those fucking Chinese who baking up them in India. They are motherfucking cowards stoping the growth of India, raping their own women comrades.
And then a comment against abortion:
Lester E. Rees said...
Scott Roeder was a hero! Regardless of the lies you lie-beral communist traitors spew out, Scott Roeder will spend the rest of eternity in Heaven after he dies!!! Praise be to God for compelling Scott Roeder to kill the monster "Doctor" George Tiller!