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Clara was on Gallifrey. Which means one of her echoes was a time lady.
At one point Clara was a time lady.
There has never been a better use for that gif, ever.
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three cats are competing in a race. there’s an american cat named “one two three”, a german cat named “ein zwei drei”, and a french cat named “un deux trois”. the cats all swim across a lake. the american cat finishes first, the german cat finishes second, but the french cat is nowhere to be found.
because the un deux trois quatre cinq
IM LAUGHING SO HARD AT THIS JOKE IF YOU DONT UNDERSTAND IT I FEEL SO BAD FOR YOU
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if you are located anywhere along the east coast, the time has finally arrived… the periodical cicadas are emerging, and emerging fast.
these cicadas in particular have been hibernating for 17 years. the last time this particular brood came about was in 1996.
the hot spots this year are in Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Let’s explain what our various ‘isms’ mean before we call ourselves ‘whatever-ists’
My definition of working class is much closer to the Occupy concept of the 99%
So, everyone who’s not a billionaire?
but that’s also a loaded term so instead let’s use the phrase “working people”.
It’s the same as the Marxist definition of “working class”
No it isn’t.
but with less connotations attached to it.
Hmmm, less connotations? Everything to do with radical politics has negative connotations - there are people who make it their business to make sure of that. “Working people” is meaningless - a person who works is not necessarily working class. Donald Trump is a working person. We are not a collection of working people we are a CLASS. So what if there are negative connotations, it doesn’t change the fact that the struggle against capitalism is a struggle between classes.
We need to make it clear that you can eat as much humous as you like, as long as you don’t own a large a chain of businesses then you’re the right class for Left Unity.
So if you own a small chain of businesses you’re alright?
What is a revolution if it’s not a series of radical reforms?
The complete reorganisation of society from the bottom up, abolition of private property and wage labour
For me, this whole distinction is a way for “revolutionaries” to smear “reformists” by which they mean anyone who doesn’t already identify themselves with an explicitly revolutionary ideology like that of “Trotskyism”, “Leninism” or “Anarchism”.
…or anyone who believes that capitalism can be reformed without the violent expropriation of the bourgeoisie
This definition of revolutionary excludes the vast majority of actual revolutionaries. The Egyptians, Venezuelans and Cubans are all out as is Alexis Tsipiras and his Greek Syriza party.
Hahaha, do you like what he’s done here? Doesn’t want an exclusionary definition of “revolutionary”, goes on to list “actual revolutionaries”, thereby excluding everyone else. Stop pretending that your personal politics are “actually” correct as if there’s no debate you sneaky liberal
All these groups were inspired, not by the ideas of dead Russians, but by the desire to radically change (reform) their material conditions.
Because those are the only two possible sources of inspiration. Give me a break.
This isn’t an attack on those ideologies themselves
yes it is
but what do people think of when they hear them? I know my friends think back to dimly-recalled GCSE Russian history lessons. Older people probably think of the Soviet Union they grew up hearing horror stories about. OK, so maybe people have got the wrong impression. Maybe we need to re-educate them and recover the good name of these glorious leaders
patronising crap, I don’t even subscribe to those ideologies but they describe actually existing revolutionary movements of the working class, how else should we refer to them? ‘lets-all-be-jolly-friends-ism’?
but it’s not going to happen.
Are we a Russian history discussion club or a political party?
yet another false dichotomy
Do we want to debate the legacy of Lenin or transform modern Britain?
Socialism means different things to different people…
Which one depends on your personal definition of Socialism. At a Left Unity meeting we had a debate about the word socialist. It was said that we have to be honest with people but if I tell a stranger I’m a socialist, and they think that socialism is the same as supporting the Soviet Union, am I really being honest with them? One time I was chatting pleasantly away with a Czech woman in a café in Sheffield, I mentioned that I was a socialist and she stormed away saying the socialists had killed her grandparents. A friend of mine, knowing that I’m a socialist, said I should write a blog, sincerely adding “they’ll love it in China and Russia”. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Let’s explain what socialism is before we call ourselves socialist.
This is exactly what he did earlier. Socialism means many different things to different people, so what we need to do is first explain what socialism IS. He’s saying ‘Socialism has many different definitions, but I know the only correct one’ Therefore let’s not say the word until everyone accepts my definition of it.
I’ve heard people at meetings endlessly saying things like “I don’t want to be part of a party that tries to reform Capitalism”, “Capitalism’s rotten to the core, we need to get rid of Capitalism”.
Yes go on
What I’ve never heard is someone explain what Capitalism is and what getting rid of it would look like.
You’re going to the wrong meetings
For me, Capitalism is where businesses aren’t owned by their workers which is a ridiculous and undemocratic arrangement.
That’s not what capitalism is.
Does this make me an anti-capitalist?
I would say it does, many would say it doesn’t.
They’d be right.
If we can’t define what Capitalism is then how can we decide what’s the point of even talking about whether we’re an anti-capitalist party, still less falling out over it.
You honestly can’t define what capitalism is? Karl Marx managed it in 1896.
Furthermore, the vast majority of British people don’t define themselves as anti-capitalist and so any leaflet from an “anti-capitalist” party will go straight in the bin.
where it belongs.
A party that says they want workers to control their workplaces on the other hand, re-build the welfare state and re-nationalize the railways and utilities on the other hand sounds good to everyone.
Not to the millions who vote tory it doesn’t. Or the millions who don’t give a fuck. Or me, even.
I’ve got a couple of points
I’ve found that when people say this at meetings it means they’ve got a speech prepared in which they’ll attempt to spell out what’s wrong with society and how to fix it. This’ll go on forever and will bore people away from Left Unity for good.
Yes, only ‘actual’ revolutionaries who know what socialism “is” should be allowed to bore everyone.
Keep it as short as possible, people have short attention spans and are impatient for change.
You hate the working class, don’t you? This whole piece is one big appeal to dumb down radical politics because people are too stupid to differentiate between Ken Loach and Stalin. It’s a liberal reformist agenda dressed up as ‘common sense’ in ‘plain language’. This is the exact same rhetoric and content that the ‘left wing’ of the Labour party have been dressing up in different ways for as long as I can remember. It’s about as new and exciting as Tony Benn’s pipe and slippers.
When i read the top i thought it was going to be regarding socialist/anarchist ‘left unity’ but no, it was much much much worse. CSA however always ready to lay it down for the idiots.
Excellent commentary. I really wanted to like Left Unity, really I did, despite my endless cynicism.
I read this post earlier and it also says that nobody should use the word ‘comrade’. Changing words =/= Changing material conditions. Sorry. Changing all our terminology to fluffy liberal newspeak is not the answer. Yes maybe some people should talk about Lenin a bit less, but do people actually think that the only thing standing between us and a working class revolution is the ‘connotations’ of the word socialism?
Fair, interesting, good response for the most part.
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For the wretched of the earth, there is a flame that never dies
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