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 Post subject: Re: 2016 American Presidential thing
PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 7:51 pm 
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Looking back at the past practices, which was cautious and efficient (distribution of literature comes to mind), of the movement during the days of ever increasing reaction and hostility, and saying to adopt measures in advance, as he says, is not quite stupid. If anything, we ought to always speak out of a sense of urgency.

Something more immediately important, you should keep an eye on this, maybe talk about it:
"January 20th, 2017 general strike. No work. No school. No shopping. No fascist USA. #J20"

"Comrades! I've been busily setting up a social media presence for a national general strike on Inauguration Day. Check out @GenStrikeUSA on twitter, instagram, and Facebook. I've also written a one page document explaining the purpose of the general strike.
Please follow and spread these accounts! And please let me know if you have any suggestions for how to improve them and to help them go viral. Right now I'm using the hashtag #GenStrikeUSA.
"

https://www.reddit.com/r/Anarchism/comm ... o_work_no/


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 American Presidential thing
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:51 pm 
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I think advocating illegal actions in a public space, such as the internet is stupid.

I have nothing further to say on the matter.

The general strike is something I will very likely be attending and help organise people I know in real life for.

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I think I found the meaning of that Lenin-quote on pornography (which I posted back in July 2015). Also, it might be relevant in context of the "golden showers" buzzfeed story.

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The years of reaction (1907–10). Tsarism was victorious. All the revolutionary and opposition parties were smashed. Depression, demoralisation, splits, discord, defection, and pornography took the place of politics.
(quote from “Left-Wing” Communism: an Infantile Disorder)

Lenin had used the same word specifically in 1907:

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After the dissolution of the Second Duma despondency, penitence, and apostasy became the outstanding features of political literature.
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As regards the form of Mr. Gorn’s statement, it is highly characteristic of our times, when “educated society” turns away from the revolution and seizes upon pornography. A person who considers himself a Social-Democrat betakes himself to a non-Party newspaper [the bourgeois paper Tovarishch] in order to address the public at large in the manner of Novoye Vremya [a redbating rightwing paper] on the subject of the workers’ party “forcing” the movement of the “avowed” minority! Renegade moods among us create also renegade morals.
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/ ... aug/22.htm

I think this refers to the publication of a story by Mikhail Artsybashev in the journal Sovremenny Mir (in which Lenin I think once published):

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He wrote Sanin in 1903, but was unable to publish it until 1907, again due to censorship. The protagonist of the novel ignores all social conventions and specializes in seducing virgin country girls. In one notorious scene, a girl tries to wash embarrassing white stains off her dress after sexual intercourse with Sanin. The novel was written under the influence of the philosophy of Max Stirner, and was meant to expound the principles of Individualist anarchism.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikhail_Artsybashev

But the point Lenin makes is about ostensible leftists who 1) use bourgeois media (today think Guardian, BBC, etc), and 2) redbait socialists, in the typical sense of portraying them as an external elitist minority forcing itself upon the movement.


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