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The Situation in IraqGreetings, comrades of the CPDA!
I apologize for taking so long to write this, however I was pre-occupied with studies amongst other things. This should have been written 3 weeks ago, but things got in the way. However, I can now so, let us begin. Feel free to skip to whatever section you prefer, as this is a relatively long paper.
Note: This is not my usual political-theorizing; this is mostly a retelling of what's going on in Iraq, plus outlooks from an Arab's and a Marxist's perspective. Feel free to ask any questions.
Iraq is a country in South-Western Asia that has historically been called “”Mesopotamia”, the Cradle of Civilization. Everything from writing, organized farming, cities, mathematics, astronomy, and organized military originates from that ancient land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. I say this to keep you, the reader, aware of the fact that Iraq isn’t “just some country”, it’s the birthplace o
The Problems with Anarcho-CapitalismWe’ve all heard of the great lie of the bourgeois; of the Capitalists. When confronted with the horrors of the immoral system, they do nothing but scream “that’s not real Capitalism!”, whilst attempting to wash away the crimes of it. They cry over non-invasive governments, of allowing the system to not be manipulated with, unregulated Capitalism; free enterprise.
As Communists we see through their outright fallaciousness, however many seem to swear by the notion of unregulated free enterprise. How would it look like? How would it benefit? How does it differ from our modern-day Capitalism?
They claim it creates jobs and allows for employment for everyone, they state wild distortions and promises of wealth and success to those who “work hard enough”. Besides the blatant hypocrisy of that statement, it is more than easy to disprove such outrageousness. How about those who slave away, endless hours a month, with no education, healthcare, or work-r
Human Nature - Stagnant, or Manipulable?Greetings, comrades of the CPDA!
This is an extract from a debate I had with a particular anti-Communist, in which I explained to him how human nature can be manipulated and shaped, making the "Communism is against human nature" argument completely fall apart.
"As a Communist, I fluently understand the base-superstucture theory, which easily explains why you believe that human nature is naturally "evil" and "greedy". Basically, there is a base, which is the Socio-Economic system (Capitalism in this case). It includes the relations and means of production, meaning the Bourgeois own the means of production, and the relations, meaning the bourgeois exploits the proletariat. This creates and continuously shapes the superstructure, which is basically an array of society. For example, politics, religion, family setup, media, human nature amongst many more things. The superstructure, since it is formed from the base, continuously reinforces the base.
I'll word it like this: T
On Nazism and Socialism - Practice vs TheoryGreetings, comrades of the CPDA!
I recently stumbled upon this piece of supreme idiocy whilst randomly browsing DA:
Once I put my mind back together after witnessing such extreme ignorance regarding history, politics, economy and general knowledge, I decided to write something in response to it.
Nazi Germany was a state within central Europe which existed between 1933 and 1945, and ended up starting World War II, or “The Great Patriotic War”, as known to the Russians. Nazi Germany was ruled by Adolf Hitler, and his party, the National Socialist German Worker’s party (NSDAP, “Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei”). The war the Fascists brought upon the world resulted in the deaths of 50 million people, at the lowest estimates, and 110 million, at the highest.
Many historians argue over what ideology Nazi Germany followed, since they are cl
On the Deaths under Capitalism and 'Communism'Greetings, comrades of the CPDA!
Excuse my inactivity; I have been preoccupied with studies for a while now. I have however found a small window of time in which I am able to write this. Expect around 6 more essays in the near future (about actual theory, not silly anti-Communist disputing).
EDIT: I actually heavily despise how I wrote this >_>
After working on this for a little while, I realized how pointless it is. While it is true that Capitalism has inherently caused the deaths on many, many people, and that Communism has killed literally zero people, since it never existed, I found this futile. It all fell down to defending the USSR, PRC and all other “Communist” countries, which are actually quite far from it. Realistic figures for the so-called “Communist” countries range between 30-50 million (which are from famines mostly, yet I did not factor in famines under Capitalism since the death toll would sky-rocket), while the horrifically exaggerated n
Quotations from myself, a Marxist-LeninistThis is a list of quotes that I've said over the years, of which some I believe might provide a nice perspective for some people.
Feel free to use them in any way you wish.
"Humanity will never know all the answers, therefore God will always exist."
"Democracy is the best system money can buy."
"Force works after reason fails."
"Education is the strongest weapon of the masses!"
"The weakness of the party means the weakness of the state."
"You can't inspire victory if you don't believe in it yourself."
"I am neither righteous or evil in deeds, I am merely human."
"A skilled totalitarian is a greater asset to the people than a Democracy of ignorance."
"Always take advantage of the situation one may be in, whilst remaining in good deeds."
"Those who believe they are free, are the ones truly enslaved."
"Don't trust those that may abandon you."
"Doubt is your greatest enemy."
"Everything in life can be justified."
"Men should not act as Gods, just as Gods should not act like men."
"A man ha
Do We Need a New Language about Homosexuality?One of the more popular, misunderstood, and challenging problems Catholics face today is the topic of homosexuality. I think of the many great strides we as a Church and as a culture have taken in speaking about it. In the same way, neither side whether secular or religious, has spoken more clearly on the subject. Catholics, at the very least, have always been very good at making distinctions. The process of making distinctions is not just good philosophy and theology, but it also aids in our practical and charitable responses to what we experience.
When we respond to homosexuality we should know what it is. Moreover, when someone is homosexual it does us little good to categorize that person according to preconceived notions about their sexual activity, sexual purity, or moral state. In fact I've usually seen these reactions as one's own personal, moral blindness than as a useful discussion geared towards understanding something so as to respond to it more effectively.
That being said
Hello, My Name Is Oscar
Hello, my name is Oscar. This is my story.
From when I can remember, I had lived in a cage with my brother. I didn’t mind it. We kept each other company. We had plenty of humans giving us food and water, playing with us, petting us, giving us attention. We had the life.
One day changed that, though. It started off like any other day, my brother and I sleeping in the cool indoors, when a little girl and her mother walked into the store. She was looking at the various other cats that were in other cages, before she turned to her mom and asked her something. The mother pointed to our cage and replied. Of course, I wasn’t too bothered by it. Humans came in and out all the time, looking at us animals in cages. I simply rolled over onto my stomach. Then the door to our cage opened. That’s funny, I thought, we were already fed today. One of the humans who fed us took my brother and me out of the cage, handing my brother to the girl’s mom and me to the little girl
What Is Love What Is Love
Love is an emotion, but it is also something more.
To deny ones self for the sake of another,
To put the self second instead of first,
That, is love.
Love is not idle, Love is not stationary.
Love moves, Love is action.
On Heroes and VillainsThere’s a saying, “When on the path to becoming a hero be wary that you don’t wind up the villain”. What that saying doesn’t warn you about is that ultimately the paths become one and the same and it’s almost impossible to see the dividing line.
The Problem with MemoryThe Problem with Memory
I don’t care what anyone remembers of me after I die. I mean, I’ll be dead, I won’t be around to care. And to a lesser extent I don’t even care what anyone evokes of me while I still draw breath. Memory is a broken concept. It can be warped and skewed by even the most impartial observer until it has no bearing on fact, on what truly occurred. How many great men does our society reminisce fondly of who were hated in their lifetimes, perhaps for good reason? And how many unassuming saints die in total obscurity by the very nature of their humility, their good deeds never to be thought of again?
I say it again, memory is a broken concept.
This is our curse, imaginably, for our own hubris. Or maybe it is the reason our race as a whole suffers such grand delusions in the first place, that we might have worshipped Caesar and Augustus as divine beings instead of the plain men they were. Plain men we all are, flesh and blood, and imperfect to the
LABOR DAY 2014 “LABOR DAY”
(What Made America Great)
Another labor day is nearly at hand
Those whom we honor, in this, OUR GREAT land
All who do toil week after long week
Hoping to gain the ‘dream’ they each seek.
For those who DO ‘risk’ everything they possess
To start a new business with financial stress
We THANK YOU for investing in places you reside
In hopes that your business will give you much ‘pride‘.
But we ASK that you also remember the people
Who helped build your dream, your church, their steeple
For both on ‘their own’’ stand tall and stand proud
Yet when COMBINED, both shout it out loud!
There’s a delicate balance between ‘worker’ and ‘boss’
To disregard EITHER is everyone’s LOSS
One without the other is like a man with NO ‘Heart’
Who walks on this earth but is always ‘Apart’.
I fear that this ’balance’ is no longer ‘true’
On Fate and Destiny and OtherHere you stand at a crossroads. The road of fate to the left and the road of destiny to your right. If you were to go left then you were fated to choose so but if you go to the right then you were destined to go that way. But what if you choose neither? What if instead of choosing one or the other you made a different choice? What would we call that?
One word for it may be “freedom”.
On Strength Beyond StrengthI know a lot of strong people, people who can’t climb a wall or win a fight or even lift a box over thirty pounds above their head, but they’re strong because they have something most “strong” people lack. Perseverance. They are strong because they are determined and maybe too stubborn to back down.
That in itself is a form of strength.
On FreedomWhen I think of freedom, true freedom without rues or laws, I see the way of the natural world. I also see, however, chaos. Chaos which only appears when you give humans the freedom of the natural world. Mankind can’t handle freedom therefore they create chaos. Humans are meant to be bound by social, cultural and political tethers, humans can not know or have true freedom.
A Little Thought on the Education SystemI've always had a problem with the overall method of education that goes about in our paradigm. My main focus was the fact that teachers and professors grade students; why is that?
To gauge a student's performance, surely.
But why is it single-sided?
How so is it that educators are made into authority figures that, in most cases, abuse their power?
It's simple, these traditions are nothing but rules dictated by our flawed past.
This must change if we are to witness any global improvement in overall performance of students within all fields.
I personally believe that this problem can be easily remedied through a more "three-dimensional" grading system. One in which educators are allowed to grade students on their performance as usual, but also a system in which students are allowed to grade teachers, to gauge their performance.
This system would function, simply put, as such:
Students are allowed to grade their educators, and if they fall below a certain level, they would have to
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