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May 12 10 tweets 2 min read
A really good test of historical literacy for an American:

"What was the historical inspiration for the Nazi concept of Lebensraum and the Nuremberg Laws?"

9/10 won't know that the Nazis were explicitly inspired by US genocide of Native people and its racist legal system. The easy answer is always to say "the Nazis were just Evil" which, yes, they obviously were.

But examining how that evil was enacted leads you back to the only conclusion:

America is the blueprint of fascism.

"Are we the baddies?" meme IRL
May 10 9 tweets 2 min read
Are communist symbols "divisive" and for whom?🧵

We have the truth of history on our side and a nuanced understanding that communism is a force for good, while understanding the movement's real action in the world is inevitably imperfect and fraught with mistakes. I did not come to Marxism-Leninism because someone tried to hand-wave away the "bad" parts of the history of the PRC or USSR or make excuses for them. I came to Marxism-Leninism because comrades honestly and directly addressed the history of the movement, both its good and bad.
May 8 4 tweets 2 min read
The Victory Banner raised by the Red Army over the Reichstag in Berlin on May 1st, 1945, marking the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany.

150th Rifle, Order of Kutuzov 2nd class, Idritsa Division, 79th Rifle Corps, 3rd Shock Army, 1st Belorussian Front. The banner was raised by Alexei Berest, Mikhail Yegorov, and Meliton Kantaria. Berest was born in Ukraine, Yegorov in Russia and Kantaria in Georgia.

Berest was posthumously awarded Hero of Ukraine in 2005.
May 3 41 tweets 7 min read
Frustrated? Angry? Feeling powerless? There is a solution: 🗣️ORGANIZE!

Organizing a Union: A Basic Guide🧵

This thread will go over the basics of union organizing, strategy and tactics. I was fortunate to participate in an active union for years, here is what I learned. Unions are the most basic, essential form of worker power. This will be a guide to starting your own, independent local union. It can't cover everything, but these are some essential things you should know. It is particularly meant for US workers.
Mar 11 49 tweets 10 min read
Thread on the Ukraine conflict, its deep causes and consequences in a broader geopolitical context, and what it means for US imperial hegemony. This is the context you are not getting in the midst of intense war propaganda. 🧵

(Repost to fix threading issue) I will try to avoid making value judgments, but I will just say here that I am not a "Putin supporter" - he is an anti-communist after all - and I think war is one of the worst things ever to unleash. However, this conflict started 8 years ago & the seeds planted much earlier.
Mar 10 15 tweets 3 min read
This shelling was ongoing, essentially daily, over the last 8 years. During this period, Russia actually declined to recognize the independence of these regions. Instead, Russia favored the diplomatic solution known as the Minsk Agreements. These were supposed to provide for a cease fire, but were never fully implemented in large part due to opposition from the fascist forces in Ukraine which were actively fighting in the Donbas.
Mar 10 34 tweets 7 min read
I want to do a 🧵on the Ukraine conflict, its deep causes and consequences in a broader geopolitical context, and what it means for US imperial hegemony. This is the context you are not getting in the midst of intense war propaganda.

This is Part 1. I will try to avoid making value judgments, but I will just say here that I am not a "Putin supporter" - he is an anti-communist after all - and I think war is one of the worst things ever to unleash. However, this conflict started 8 years ago & the seeds planted much earlier.
Feb 20 28 tweets 8 min read
Fascism in Ukraine before & since the US-supported 2014 coup🧵

"Representative of the important Nazi role in Ukrainian national security affairs is the appointment of former Pravy Sektor chief Dymytro Yarosh as an adviser to the commander in chief of Ukraine’s armed forces." "Pravy Sektor, or Right Sector, is one of the OUN/B successor groups in Ukraine. Its Nazi/fascist character is generally whitewashed in the MSM."

Jan 12 10 tweets 2 min read
Since everyone is rightfully critiquing that Nation article, I want to talk about why it is so deceptive and misleading. Positioning the issue of US-China conflict as one of "two sides" of equal validity is ignorance at best and pro-empire propaganda at worst. There is only one "side" of the "left" that has been consistently exposing the atrocity propaganda being peddled from the empire's media drones and ideological coattail riders.

The other "side" is playing the role of useful idiot for the empire and the rest are undecided.
Jan 11 4 tweets 1 min read
Somewhere deep in the planning rooms where all this shit is decided, someone put up a chart with projected deaths (and what populations those deaths would be most concentrated in) next to a graph of expected GDP loss from a real lockdown. And you know which option they chose. The fact is that most capitalist governments chose the eugenicist stealth "herd immunity" strategy with COVID because they knew it would mainly kill off people who are considered "unproductive" in capitalist society. And it's no surprise the US chose that path given its history.
Jan 7 5 tweets 1 min read
One thing you can say about capitalism is that it has a way of creating new, ever more diabolical scams and asset bubbles. You would think the credit derivative debacle of the 00's would have been the peak, but now we have NFTs, crypto and blockchain lmao. And now, before the hype train completely goes off the rails, the "metaverse" and fake virtual "real estate" is going to be the latest fraud to compound all the underlying frauds. It's fictitious capital all the way down!
Nov 23, 2021 16 tweets 3 min read
The fundamental injustice with capitalism is the separation of the overwhelming majority of people (the working class) from control over the economic forces (both the means of production and the market) that dictate the better part of their lives. It is antidemocratic to its core Socialism is about restoring and expanding the peoples' democratic control over the economic forces of society through state power+control combined with cooperative/more democratic economic structures. It's not just tinkering around the edges with reforms.
Sep 22, 2021 15 tweets 3 min read
Okay, I'll bite. I think the Evergrande crisis is a telling example of the limits and risks of China's subordinate capitalist sector, but because of China's two-tiered, state-led economy, the systemic risks are low and not comparable to capitalist economies. Some thoughts: First, some background. Michael Roberts did an excellent post on Evergrande and what he thinks will happen, which I largely agree with. See: thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2021/09/19/not…
Jun 13, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
Lol Amnesty's latest report on Xinjiang notes in its methodology section (the only part that matters) that "nearly all" interviewees are being kept anonymous, making it impossible to independently verify their stories or validate their credibility, possible ulterior motives, etc. This is the oldest trick in the human rights propaganda playbook, and it is used *extensively* in reports on places like the DPRK.
Apr 4, 2021 9 tweets 4 min read
You didn't use Western sources? Really? Let's see about that. In this video, Vaush cited the WSJ: (1/9) Image The Jamestown Foundation, "a Washington, D.C.-based conservative defense policy think tank.[2] Founded in 1984 as a platform to support Soviet defectors" (2/9) Image
Mar 19, 2021 16 tweets 3 min read
THREAD: Highlights of Chinese remarks at the US-China meeting that happened in Alaska. The quoted speakers are Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi and State Councilor/Foreign Minister Wang Yi. [Minor editing to fit tweets]

(1/?) YANG: "The wars in this world are launched by some other countries, which have resulted in massive casualties(...) We don't believe in invading through the use of force, or to topple other regimes through various means, or to massacre the people of other countries"
Jul 28, 2020 10 tweets 2 min read
I'm truly terrified by how sophisticated, hegemonic and effective anti-China propaganda has become. The English speaking world has been so relentlessly blanketed in the two "Big Lies" about China (HK/Xinjiang) and many small lies, that they've created an alternate reality. Trying to have a conversation with someone who only gets their information about China from the NYT or Reddit is borderline impossible. This is how the propaganda works: it becomes self-perpetuating and self-reinforcing.
May 25, 2020 13 tweets 2 min read
Cheng Enfu, leading Marxist intellectual in China from CASS, wrote an article in 2012 that lays out competing political currents in China and the dominant current in the CPC that he calls "Innovative Marxism":

cpim.org/sites/default/… Key points on his definition of Innovative Marxism:

- Insists on the guiding position of Marxism in China
- Adheres to the leadership of the political party of the working class in China
- Insists on the dominant position of public ownership of the means of production in China
Apr 25, 2020 7 tweets 2 min read
Is China trying to build hegemony? Is it imperialist? No, and any comparison to US hegemony or imperialism requires an immense amount of mental gymnastics especially when China-Global South relations are so strong and views of China are so positive. Additionally, When we look at the structure of US imperialism we have to understand its basis in a few things:
-The concentration of private financial capitalism overseeing private monopolies (China has neither)
-Settler colonialism (not China)
-Fascist white supremacy (not China)
Apr 17, 2020 22 tweets 5 min read
The US is waging a hybrid war against China to contain, balkanize and economically sabotage it. US imperialism will not allow a socialist country to overtake it. This war is escalating and we need to understand it. Here's my analysis:

izaknovak.wordpress.com/2020/04/17/62/ "Much like how the early Communist Party of China escaped encirclement by the KMT via the Long March, China is today faced with the prospect of a “New Long March” against US imperialism.
Mar 23, 2020 12 tweets 4 min read
They are going to normalize the virus and make us all risk our lives to keep capitalism moving and that surplus value flowing.

The narrative is already being prepared, be ready for this: "Old people and at-risk people stay home, the rest go back to work."

Theyre not going to let capitalism grind to a halt, and are starting to realize relief packages could undo decades of class warfare.

The capitalist class panic is setting in and they are gonna normalize it.