spoilers the article is about only Brand talking about how voting doesnt change things (it doesnt)
first Dennis Kucinich and now Russel Brand are being labeled as basically ultra-left radicals. okk
I like how they use the fact that he was a heroin addict as a reason not to listen to him. Also laughed at this:
if we refuse to vote, things like income inequality are only going to get worse.
but if you vote democrat they’ll get… better?
The best Anarchists supported or even joined the Bolsheviks anyway
probably a good survival technique
The idea that “the best of the anarchists” joined the bolsheviks is one you’ll come across pretty often, trots love repeating it - it comes from Lenin, quoted by every trots favourite former anarchist Victor Serge, in “Memoirs of a Revolutionary” :
"Lenin was very anxious to have the support of “the best of the anarchists.”
He was talking about the anarchist and syndicalist delegates to the 2nd international, not Russians, and he didn’t actually get their support, in fact Serge characterises them as “merry but mistrustful and questioning” which sounds about right. Serge remained a supporter of Lenin, but ironically the anarchists Lenin considered “the best” (the syndicalists) were the total opposite of the sort of anarchist Serge had been, he was an individualist who specifically railed against syndicalism.
So anyway, yes anarchists in Russia and worldwide supported and participated in the Russian Revolution, but virtually none supported Leninism after 1921, including the ones Lenin apparently considered “the best” (the libertarian delegates to the 2nd comintern: Borghi, Souchy, Pestana and Lepetit)
tfw mlms call theirs a “revolutionary science”
I don’t remember any time when the ancoms had a successful revolution (-:
Given that the emancipation of the working class and the subsequent abolition of all classes is the common goal of both anarchist communism and marxism-leninism, and this goal has quite plainly not been achieved for any length of time anywhere, and society in general shows no definite sign of progression towards that end, and the consequence of this fact is continued human suffering and degradation on a massive scale as well as the exploitation and probable destruction of all life on this planet - I find these arguments over whose ideology failed better last time they were relevant really rather depressing. We’re like vultures pecking over the carrion of the 20th century working class movement…
It seems pretty obvious to me that the intense and unrelenting oppression and immiseration of working class people in every corner of the world and the virtual non existence of an international communist movement capable of doing something about it makes the argument from results sound pretty hollow, regardless of who’s making it. Unless of course you think everything’s in fine shape and the revolution is just around the corner, in which case keep counting your medals comrades, congrats on being right all along.
you’re not lumpen by any definition I know of… I don’t really like the “lumpenproletariat” as a concept much though, always struck me as a moral judgement rather than a materialist category of analysis. If you don’t own shit that provides you with an income you’re probably working class… don’t get caught up with self classification though, I’ve known people who tie themselves in knots trying to put themselves in a ‘class’ box (my mum does X but my dad does Y and I do Z) but I’ve never really seen the point, I don’t see what practical purpose it serves. Especially since the end result is often some weird subcategory of the already vague designation of “middle class”, like I honestly once met a bloke who told me he was “upper lower middle class” whatever the fuck that’s supposed to mean haha
Aye people still say that, and if not, fuck it let’s say it anyway
dunno mate, it could be that they are looking for people 21 and under who get a smaller minimum wage, smaller again under 18… or it might be an apprenticeship for which the minimum wage is so small they may as well not have bothered setting it, it’s a couple of quid or something
other option is it’s one of those sneaky bastard operations that make you technically “self employed”, I worked in a call centre like that once, you had a contract that said you were an independent agent so basically they didn’t have to give you sick pay or any benefits whatsoever…. failing that they’re breaking the law and you’ve stumbled across one of the few times it’s completely acceptable to pass information to the coppers, enjoy!
"Sir, in delivering your speech before a crowded assembly of several hundred Italians from our colony in London, you found a way of singing the praises of the brave military actions of our soldiers who are heroically fighting to conquer Tripolitania and Cyrenaica; and you invited the audience to do the same. Whilst the assembly, overwhelmed and enthralled by the heady words of glory, fatherland, civilising conquests, listened and jubilantly broke out in frenetic acclaim at the eloquent rhetorical speech […] in a hidden corner of the room a humble worker like me, of low class and without any other authority than knowing himself to be right, quivered with indignation, stifling a shout of protest in his heart."
— Ottavio Valperga, Open letter to the Italian Ambassador in London, 1912
"It was said by a distinguished English judge, in the celebrated Somerset slave case, that ‘No slave can breathe the free air of England.’ It would be well if the laws of this country were such that it could be said truthfully, that no anarchist can breathe the free air of America."
— Judges remarks, The People vs Johann Most, 1887