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Not Freien that gets into the whole philosophical arena that is "Free Will", and I'm really rusty on that front, I don't think I've read anything on that in like a year, but suffice to say it's a really murky concept, one that's so murky that I haven't heard a single definition of it that could actually be proven, and when you really get into it it is a really big claim to make when you really get into what is actually involved in the claim that "free will is real", much less "free will has explanatory power as to why people do things" and thus "people are "personally" responsible for the things that they do"

A real quick example of a little rabbit hole we can go down when talking about free will, think about thinking, it feels like we choose what to think, but do we? To do that we would need to think about what we're going to think, and about thinking about thinking about what we're going to think, and than so on and so on and so on for infinity, which doesn't really work, because thinking doesn't take an infinite amount of to do, it's an instantaneous thing and half the time we're not even half aware of what we are thinking, atleast I'm not. And thought is the bedrock to all other action on the sort of scale that we're talking about, things to do with ideology and whatnot, if that basic bed rock doesn't even involve "free will" than how can anything built upon it have that?

There's definitely a lot more to say about the whole "free will" conundrum but I feel like that's enough for now, enough existential crisis for one day, hahaha, but on another subject of free I'd like to talk about not simply the existence or non existence of it but it's political in our day in age, particularly it's role in class struggle

Individualism, the idea that the "individual" is the center of everything and that nothing surpasses it, not society, not biology, probably not even the basic rules of physics, as silly as it sounds this is a bedrock idea for the philosophical justifications of capitalism, "you're just not pulling your bootstraps hard enough" etc. But if in reality there is no such thing as the individual as such, atleast not to the extremes given above, than obviously "grit" is not any sort of justification for anything, because "grit" doesn't exist in a vacuum, the only reason a person has it or doesn't isn't because of "them" as individuals, they were taught it, or situations happened that forced there brain to improvise, either way "choice" has nothing to do with it. If we can show this, if free will doesn't even exist, than it can't be said that it's justified that one man starves while another feasts simply because the feaster worked harder, because that's not how anything works

I really hope you don't get conscripted comrade, I would miss you and I really like having you here, but hey, if you do get conscripted promise to do some 5th Columning for us, prove McCarthy right

Hasta La Victoria Siempre!

Of course I'm not saying that we should say that the troops should be supported either though, they are overwhelmingly our class enemy, I think the article that our comrade North American Communists linked to

"Of course we do not condemn on any moralist basis those who have made the terrible mistake of being a foot soldier of imperialism without considering their current class outlook. Instead, what is argued here is principally that we must take a proactive and aggressive stance toward class enemies and the enemies of the world proletariat. We should not give room to the liberal feel-good inclinations of first-worldist sympathies for imperialist butchers; instead we give support to those comrades who have betrayed the interests of the united $tates and its army in order to fight on the side of the oppressed people of the world whom they were enlisted to occupy, murder, and enslave. The contingents of the oppressor classes which we break off to fight alongside the world proletariat in the global struggle for communism must not become the focus of our revolutionary program, but must align themselves under a program of the world proletariat. This is why it is imperative to remind ourselves who our enemies are, and why we still say “f@ck the troops!”

https://anti-imperialism.org/2016/12/08/legionnaires-defeating-the-soldiertariat-myth/

Che Triumphant wrote:Not Freien that gets into the whole philosophical arena that is "Free Will", and I'm really rusty on that front, I don't think I've read anything on that in like a year, but suffice to say it's a really murky concept, one that's so murky that I haven't heard a single definition of it that could actually be proven, and when you really get into it it is a really big claim to make when you really get into what is actually involved in the claim that "free will is real", much less "free will has explanatory power as to why people do things" and thus "people are "personally" responsible for the things that they do"

A real quick example of a little rabbit hole we can go down when talking about free will, think about thinking, it feels like we choose what to think, but do we? To do that we would need to think about what we're going to think, and about thinking about thinking about what we're going to think, and than so on and so on and so on for infinity, which doesn't really work, because thinking doesn't take an infinite amount of to do, it's an instantaneous thing and half the time we're not even half aware of what we are thinking, atleast I'm not. And thought is the bedrock to all other action on the sort of scale that we're talking about, things to do with ideology and whatnot, if that basic bed rock doesn't even involve "free will" than how can anything built upon it have that?

There's definitely a lot more to say about the whole "free will" conundrum but I feel like that's enough for now, enough existential crisis for one day, hahaha, but on another subject of free I'd like to talk about not simply the existence or non existence of it but it's political in our day in age, particularly it's role in class struggle

Hm, I saw that coming and tried to avoid using terminology that would lead to that turn in the conversation, but sometimes you can't avoid the inevitable. You probably don't know about that, but I have a very big interest in philosophy, reading on it pretty much daily for years (let's call it my main hobby). Nevertheless, I avoid talking about it when unnecessary feared to be seen as a poseur or misunderstood, and especially in leftist circles, in which I could be accused of intellectualism and also in which many prejudices about philosophy and a lot of the figures of its history exist.

Ok, so I completely agree with critiquing free will, which is a concept I outright reject. However, I would take a somewhat different position of criticism than yours as laid out above, though not completely unrelated. In any case, I stand 100% behind the aim.

But when I talk about ''choice'' I do not mean the choice between a chocolate and a vanilla flavour on your ice cream, that can make one anxious, unable to decide, like Buridan's ass, but the choice that has already been caused and the responsibility of which the subject must take retrospectively upon its self, to make the decision his/hers. The self is judged through its doing, not its intention as Christians proclaim, and in the end, the self is precisely this responsibility which stands open to the interpretation of others. We are what we do, not what we (the ego) think we do or what we would like to be doing. Marx famously says in his preface of 1859: ''It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being but their social being that determines their consciousness''. My point is that responsibility doesn't rest on the consciousness of the subject that is determined by social being, but on the subject that socially is in its doing, regardless of whether it is conscious of itself or not. The choice is the soldier's choice, and its doing is the soldier's doing and I understand the soldier as such. I don't grant the soldier absolution on the basis of an imaginary cause, but I judge them based on their effect in their social being. Of course, political thought has to arise from the agent (the soldier) and move towards the structure (the army) and to the structure of the structure and so on (the state, capitalism, etc.); that is necessary for politics and this 'unfolding' could be seen as the history of political thought in my opinion, but we should always return back to the beginning, the element, and attack it, but this time as the element of a structure that has been understood. That is how we move to political praxis, which is really the essential part.

Che Triumphant wrote:Individualism, the idea that the "individual" is the center of everything and that nothing surpasses it, not society, not biology, probably not even the basic rules of physics, as silly as it sounds this is a bedrock idea for the philosophical justifications of capitalism, "you're just not pulling your bootstraps hard enough" etc. But if in reality there is no such thing as the individual as such, atleast not to the extremes given above, than obviously "grit" is not any sort of justification for anything, because "grit" doesn't exist in a vacuum, the only reason a person has it or doesn't isn't because of "them" as individuals, they were taught it, or situations happened that forced there brain to improvise, either way "choice" has nothing to do with it. If we can show this, if free will doesn't even exist, than it can't be said that it's justified that one man starves while another feasts simply because the feaster worked harder, because that's not how anything works

I also stand by that, I am against individualism too. But I would say that it is much more an everyday position, than a philosophical one. The ones that support it are either people like Stirner, who I don't take seriously, or pseudo-intellectuals like Ayn Rand. So I wouldn't call it a ''philosophical justification of capitalism'', but more of a 'Jordan Peterson-like popular complete and utter joke capitalist ideologue' kind of thing.

Che Triumphant wrote:I really hope you don't get conscripted comrade, I would miss you and I really like having you here, but hey, if you do get conscripted promise to do some 5th Columning for us, prove McCarthy right

Hasta La Victoria Siempre!

Thanks for the kind words, comrade, but I am afraid I will be, though that will be in like 5+ years from now: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conscription_in_Greece

And I do promise. There is a 'joke' I like to make when military service is brought up: ''you are obligated to go serve, you eventually go, and one day they take to the shooting range and give you a gun. Then you happen to see the sergeant who makes your life difficult passing behind you; don't you give your best shot to so that they can know first hand that you have been learning? It would be impolite not to.'' ;)

PFLP urgent call: GAZA UNDER ATTACK!

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PFLP urgent call: GAZA UNDER ATTACK!
By a guest author posted on November 14, 2018

Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza take to the streets in support of the valiant Palestinian Resistance Movement.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued this statement on Nov. 12.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine calls an urgent action for the friends of Palestine, movements for justice and liberation, and the Palestinian and Arab communities everywhere in the world to stand with Gaza under attack at this critical moment.

We issue this call in honor and mourning for our two heroic comrades, Mohammed al-Tatari and Mohammed Odeh, martyred today [Nov. 12] by Zionist occupation forces, who attacked them as they fought for the freedom of their land, Palestine, and all of its people.

This murder at the hands of the colonial forces comes after an attack yesterday, in which Zionist forces sought to invade the Gaza Strip in an undercover operation to kidnap or assassinate leaders of the Palestinian resistance. They killed seven Palestinians who died fighting to defend their land — but the Palestinian resistance did not let them get away with their crime. The resistance has held fast, fighting heroically against one of the most heavily armed powers in the world and striking powerful blows against the assassins and murderers.

Tonight, the bombs are once again striking Gaza. Zionist forces are shelling and bombing television stations and universities, and they are threatening to begin once more attacking hospitals. This comes as the latest, vicious military assault directed against Palestinians in Gaza, after the wars of 2009, 2012 and 2014 and countless bombing raids and assassinations, amid 11 years of a brutal and relentless siege.

This attack is an attempt to suppress the achievements of the Great March of Return, in which thousands of Palestinians in Gaza have demanded their fundamental right to return and to break the siege. Against this popular movement, the Zionist forces have unleashed their snipers, taking the lives of over 200 Palestinian demonstrators. Despite all of these assaults, the Palestinian people of Gaza remain committed to the resistance, refuse to relinquish their defenders, and are steadfast in the struggle for return and liberation.

Palestinians in Gaza are not alone! And they must not be left alone. This attack is not only carried out by the Israeli occupation, but by the imperialist powers like the United States, France and Britain that arm and support the settler-colonial racist state to the hilt. The reactionary Arab regimes that plot how to dismantle Palestinian rights and existence while raining destruction and death on Yemen are also complicit in this onslaught.

Now is the time to act. Take to the streets and the squares, organize, demonstrate, protest and mobilize to stand with the Palestinian people in Gaza under attack, yet who continue to resist despite all odds. Build the boycott of Israel and confront imperialism everywhere it exists.

Stand with the Palestinian people, the Palestinian resistance and the Palestinian cause — the struggle for return and the fight for liberation, from the river to the sea!

https://www.workers.org/2018/11/14/pflp-urgent-call-gaza-under-attack/

Communists defy ban after leader jailed in Transnistria

On the morning of Nov. 7, dozens of communists — young and old — gathered to lay flowers at the monument to V.I. Lenin in Tiraspol, Transnistria, to mark the 101st anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, the world’s first successful working-class socialist revolution.

Similar activities were held in thousands of cities throughout the countries of the former Soviet Union. But the gathering in Tiraspol had special meaning, and for its participants took special courage.

Just five days earlier, the leader of the Communist Party of Transnistria, Oleg Horzhan, was sentenced by the republic’s Supreme Court to 4 1/2 years in prison and a hefty fine. The authorities then banned the traditional Revolution Day rally and march in the capital’s central square, where Lenin’s statue stands watch. Revolution Day, Nov. 7, is still an official holiday in Transnistria.

Transnistria (also known as the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic) is an “unrecognized” state in Eastern Europe, much like the nearby Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Transnistria’s people proclaimed independence from the former Soviet republic of Moldova in 1992, when they rejected the capitalist counterrevolution in the USSR and the abandonment of Soviet economy and culture. The Communist Party of Transnistria has been a leading political organization in the republic since its founding.

Despite their heroic determination, the people of this small, isolated state could not on their own ward off the ravages of capitalist encirclement and the counterrevolutionary tide. The republic was forced to make major political and economic compromises to maintain its existence. It has had to rely on military protection from capitalist Russia to ward off repeated threats from neighboring Moldova and Ukraine.

Forces openly representing capitalist oligarchs seized control of the state in 2016.

https://www.workers.org/2018/11/14/communists-defy-ban-after-leader-jailed-in-transnistria/

http://m.fightbacknews.org/2018/11/16/ups-freight-vote

UPS Freight Vote

"Washington, D.C. - The UPS Freight contract was ratified November 12 following a campaign of scare tactics carried out by UPS and the leadership of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)."

This is very disappointing, especially after rank and file members managed to delay the ratification and bring the strike forward multiple times leading up to this point. A strike at UPS at this juncture, could have created a lot of momentum and impact.

My workplace recieved a notice from UPS warning of an impending strike before it was voted on and provided a list of alternate freight shippers to use during the two week period in question. This came off as an obvious scare tactic to me. For bosses like my manager though(who already treat the UPS workers disrespectfully and act like they should serve our company at convienence) it obviously is a threat to their volume of sales.

Apparently the cowardly Teamsters leadership was manipulated by these anti-union tactics and are more worried about the interests of my boss rather than the workers in their union. Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) has their work cut out for them to say the least.

https://i.imgur.com/N4ASgZz.jpg

Yesterday the UN General Assembly voted on a resolution about combating Nazism and xenophobia. Ukraine and the US were the only countries in the world who voted against it, though it's also telling who abstained.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Kwame Ture's (formerly Stokely Carmichael) death. He dedicated his life to the pan-African unity, Anti Capitalist and Anti Colonial struggles. Born in Trinidad, he grew up in the United States from the age of 11 and became an activist while attending Howard University. He eventually developed the Black Power movement, first while leading the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), later serving as the "Honorary Prime Minister" of the Black Panther Party (BPP), and lastly as a leader of the All-African People's Revolutionary Party (A-APRP)
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The "We ain't goin" speech, one of my favourites from this comrade.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HKP5_qyGs8c&t

Democratic leaders sell out NYC working class in Amazon deal

The Party for Socialism and Liberation – New York City vehemently opposes the opening of a new Queens, N.Y. headquarters for Amazon, the trillion-dollar monopoly corporation infamous for low wages, back-breaking working conditions and hostility to labor organizations.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo must be singled out for handing Jeff Bezos the city on a silver platter, with massive tax breaks, outlandish special accommodations and a land giveaway. Their actions will fuel a new cycle of rapid gentrification in Queens, while further straining city services and the subway system. This corporate giveaway was engineered and supported by a wide range of politicians who fraudulently style themselves as “progressives.”

This deal sets the stage for a massive struggle in Queens to protect the right of workers and tenants to remain in the borough. Amazon plans to employ 50,000 top-tier tech workers, mostly high-paying engineers who earn around $150,000 per year, at least three times as much as the average Queens resident. In San Francisco, tech corporations and real estate developers have worked through the local Democratic Party to reconstruct the entire city to cater to their narrow needs, while driving out whole working-class communities with sky-high rents. If this nightmare, a playground for the rich, is what De Blasio, Cuomo and Bezos have in store for Queens, then the only option is to fight!

Over the summer Queens already experienced the highest rent increase of any area in the United States. Even before Amazon officially announced the new headquarters, the cost of housing began to rise. According to real estate agents, “the market went from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market overnight, based on a rumor” that Amazon would move to Queens. Now there’s a full-fledged “condo gold rush” in the area, according to the Wall Street Journal. This is on top of the existing housing crisis in this city. Working class and immigrant families are already struggling to pay rent, large families are living in single rooms, women are forced to stay in abusive relationships because they have nowhere affordable to go, and one in 10 New York City school children are homeless.

The arrangement between the city government and Amazon lays bare the reality of capitalism, how our government serves the interest of corporations and not of working people. Some 238 cities tried to sell their city to Amazon founder CEO Jeff Bezos by offering hundreds of millions of dollars in tax incentives, building a transit systems specifically for Amazon employees, offering government grants, and other giveaways. Amazon is expected to receive $1.7 billion in grants and tax breaks from New York State. Meanwhile public services and the school system are underfunded, with the city’s mass transit crumbling, and getting worse by the day.

The new Amazon headquarters will be very close to the Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing development in the Western hemisphere. In marked contrast to all the new glistening Amazon buildings, residents of the New York City Housing Authority apartment live in roach, rotten, mold, and asbestos infested apartments, causing asthma and other health problems. This is because the City government will not spend the money to maintain the buildings. Many residents feel that their apartments are being neglected in order to force their evictions. There is little doubt that this will mean more racist police harassment for public housing residents, and that the developers and politicians will come circling again like vultures eyeing this valuable land.

As expected, capitalist politicians are loyal to their funders instead of the people they are supposed to represent. From the governor on down to the local city council representative representing this Queens district, the whole New York political order is in the pockets of the big real estate companies who stand to make super profits from the Amazon deal. The New York political elite are only too happy to have a new master: Jeff Bezos, the richest man in history.

Amazon is the largest retailer in the world. Bezos, its CEO, parasitically receives $3,000 every second in profit via workers’ exploitation, corporate welfare and job destruction. He profits more in 12 seconds than millions of workers — including Amazon’s — make in a whole year.

Amazon’s lengthy history of abusing its workers indicates the type of company that New York’s politicians have jumped into bed with. In August, thousands of Amazon warehouse workers in Italy, France, England, Germany, Spain, and Poland walked off the job to protest wage cuts and poor working conditions.

In the summer of 2011, Amazon workers in Allentown, PA, had to endure warehouse temperatures over 100 degrees reaching up to 115 on certain days. With no air conditioning or ventilation, warehouse workers were experiencing heat strokes, suffering dehydration and fainting on the job. Instead of installing air conditioners, Jeff Bezos hired ambulances to be stationed outside the warehouse for when workers could no longer handle these conditions and had to be escorted to the hospital because it was cheaper to do so! An article in the Morning Call reported that, “workers who were sent home because of the heat received disciplinary points.”

To ensure increased profits, Amazon is trying to find new ways to track worker productivity. In 2017 there were reports of workers having wear “productivity trackers” on their wrists. This would track how fast they work and and how many ‘idle moments’ they may be taking.

Poor conditions and low pay has led to high worker turnover for Amazon’s warehouse and logistics workers, and the company has crushed unionization efforts. It is imperative that New York City’s labor movement leverage its power and visibility to assist those efforts nationwide; the new Amazon headquarters, if it proceeds, must become a prime target for workers’ mobilization.
Amazon also maintains a highly segregated workforce continuing and deepening the U.S. legacy of extracting super profits from Black labor. The company’s own 2016 Employer Information Report for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lays out the following: Of 105 executives, 93 percent are white. Women make up only 21 percent of managers and 26 percent of professionals, reflecting generalized trends across the technology sector.

Horrible working conditions are not the only way Amazon profits from the misery of others. They have sold facial recognition software to ICE and police departments nationwide to help power its detention and deportation programs and further the Surveillance States. Its facial recognition software “Rekognition” enables local law enforcement agencies across the country to build facial recognition databases for their own purposes.

Amazon represents the greatest ills of capitalism, class oppression, white supremacy and patriarchy. That cities would be bending over backwards for it — just to win the opportunity to be exploited — shows what kind of system this is. PSL organizers in Queens and across New York City are working to build a broad fight-back to defend workers and tenants against Amazon and the city’s capitalist politicians. The power of the people will prevail. Join us!

https://www.liberationnews.org/democratic-leaders-sell-out-nyc-working-class-in-amazon-deal/

Solzhenitsyn and Jordan Peterson: Not such strange bedfellows

A new edition of “Gulag Archipelago” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was published earlier this month. Whenever one of Solzhenitsyn’s books is rolled out, one must ask what the political reasons are for doing so. The publishing history of Solzhenitsyn’s work is closely tied to major historical developments of the last half century, and this new edition is no different.

Peculiar to this moment is a new foreword, written by alt-right celebrity Jordan Peterson. This may come as a surprise to some. When it was first published in 1973, and still to this day, many on the left thought that “Gulag Archipelago,” which claims to document life in the Soviet labor camps during the Stalin period, played a progressive role in exposing the undemocratic nature of the Soviet Union.

How, then, could someone like Peterson — who advocates enforced monogamy, refuses to recognize trans people and believes the eugenicist lie that there are inherent IQ differences along racial and ethnic lines — also claim Solzhenitsyn as his own? What could Solzhenitsyn and Peterson have in common?

A lot, actually.

To understand the political significance of this new edition, it is necessary to go over the details of Solzhenitsyn’s life, many of which are left out of the introductions in high school and college textbooks of this author who, of all people, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970. The first part of this series will cover Solzhenitsyn’s life and his views. The second will analyze the political significance of the new edition.

https://www.workers.org/2018/11/16/39865/

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