Petit-bourge eco-stalinist pharmacist. Always left, but never gauche.
sometimes i fear that i have said so many nasty things about bill maher on the internet that, if he were hypothetically killed some day, a dedicated legal team would be able to establish a motive for me as the killer and frame me
well, because you asked nicely, i’ll oblige.
i’m 28, so that’s pretty old for tumblr, and i live in and am from america, but i think it has little to do with age or location. i advocate marxism-leninism and feminism because i think they provide the analytical calculus necessary to solve society’s problems.
when i say “i love stalin” it of course takes a long time to unpack the statement. of course not everything he or the soviet union did was perfect, or even good, but by simply examining the context within which the soviet union was predicated you can understand why they might have had good reason to do what they were doing. for example, many people will look at the ‘great terror’ period and say “oh this is very bad”, but archival records show that officials at the time did indeed believe that there were saboteurs — nazis or irredentists or what have you — who wanted to wreck socialism. this is starkly in contrast to the dominant anti-communist narrative, where everything in the ussr was the result of stalin’s actions and everything he did was for the purpose of self-aggrandization. (ref. cit. Life and Terror in Stalin’s Russia, Robert Thurston)
in many ways, stalin’s relevance to today isn’t that we should turn the whole world into the USSR circa 1938, because that would be nonsense. if anything, the anticommunists are the ones who insist that stalin is still relevant, because they insist that communism is a fool’s gambit that can only lead to totalitarianism, and instead you must use the tools given by liberal bourgeois way. in a sense, it is like somebody plotting to bankrupt wal-mart by using only the coupons that wal-mart will allow them.
this is deeply tied to the middle-class belief of “absolute power corrupts absolutely”, and so forth. it is therefore pertinent to demonstrate that the rise of communism brought with it the most massive uplifting of people’s lives in the history of mankind.
i suppose if you wanted a book to read that could in some ways enunciate what i think is important, michael parenti’s “Blackshirts and Reds” is a short classic. it’s ultimately insufficient, though, as the critical deconstruction of society and also yourself and your actions (here i refer specifically to feminism advocacy) is a lifelong process.
and anybody who don’t like it can just pop off