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that’s oit t i’m loggin out of the day. good ngiht folksss. 

deartotheheart replied to your post: anonymous said:Can non-Asians get…

What if you’re non-Asian but speak an Asian language & want a tattoo? Is that still cultural appropriation?

i’m not sure but i’d stay away from doing so 

Anonymous asked: I am a young Marxist interested in communist theory, but I can't seem to get a straight answers about some questions. How are goods produced collectively and distributed in a communist society? How have figures such as Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, and Kim Sung-Il been misrepresented in Western capitalist media? Also, are nationalism and militarism accepted in communist societies? You seem knowledgeable about this, so I hope you will point me in the right direction.

1- How are goods produced collectively and distributed in a communist society?

 ”From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” - Louis Blanc

Marx believed that in a socialist society unhindered by capitalism, the workers will produce an adequate amount of goods, and being free from capitalist vices, they will take only as they need. 

"A communist society establishes, in the form of the distributive organisations, those organs which give collective expression to individual needs and wishes.” [x]

"It has been objected that upon the abolition of private property, all work will cease, and universal laziness will overtake us.

According to this, bourgeois society ought long ago to have gone to the dogs through sheer idleness; for those of its members who work, acquire nothing, and those who acquire anything do not work. The whole of this objection is but another expression of the tautology: that there can no longer be any wage-labour when there is no longer any capital.” [x]

2- How have figures such as Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, and Kim Il-Sung been misrepresented in Western capitalist media?

A. Joseph Stalin 

"Have you ever stopped to think, comrades, why such a bitter hatred is expressed for Stalin, why the whole glorious period of the soviet people and it’s Party, when Stalin was at the head, is blackened so shamefully?

Don’t you see a logical connection between attacks and slanders against Stalin and songs of praise for the leaders of imperialism, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and others whom N. Khrushchev has called “reasonable men” who “enjoy the absolute trust of their people” who are “earnestly concerned with the preservation of peace”, the death of whom, as in the case of Kennedy he described as a “great loss for mankind” and proclaimed a day of mourning even for the communists?…”

- Enver Hoxha, in an open letter to the members of the communist party of the Soviet Union, October 5, 1964

Generally, Stalin is criticized because he was brutal. The people fail to recognize that revolutions are not made with silk gloves (I believe Stalin said a version of that). 

We are taught that Stalin was the USSR’s version of Hitler because he was a dictator. Those who do so have little understanding of the phrase “dictatorship of the proletariat”.

On the deaths in Stalin’s USSR

B.Vladimir Lenin 

I don’t think Lenin is misrepresented nearly as much as Stalin, but nevertheless, the misrepresentation still exists.

Go through your history textbooks and school curriculum. In Barron’s 4th Edition World History textbook, one DBQ (or at least I think it was DBQ question) asked for the students to write a critique on the USSR. The majority of the documents provided for the students to cite consists of negative criticisms, which, if the student does not have an inkling of marxism, marxism-leninism, marxism-leninism-maoism and the like, the student will not question why Barron’s chose the documents. 

I think most of the misrepresentation of Lenin centers around his position on the Kulaks.

On the other hand, Lenin’s actions are sometimes whitewashed. In his writing “The State in Revolution”, he points out that “After the death of revolutionaries, attempts are made to convert them into harmless icons, to canonize them, so to say, and to hallow their names to a certain extent for the “consolation” of the oppressed classes and with the object of duping the latter, while at the same time robbing the revolutionary theory of its substance, blunting its revolutionary edge and vulgarizing it.” [x]

C. Kim Il-Sung

 Kim is criticized mostly because he founded the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) or North Korea, and the current North Korean government’s actions are unjustly tied to Kim Il-Sung’s name. It is important to note, however, that Kim was a revisionist and did not adhere to Marxist-Leninist guidelines. 

People fail to acknowledge that the anticommunist Syngman Rhee, founder of the People’s Republic of Korea of South Korea, committed atrocities as well.

The misrepresentation stems from Kim’s role in founding North Korea.

More on the Korean War 

Also, are nationalism and militarism accepted in communist societies?

A. Nationalism

Nationalism (when referring to pride in one’s country) is not accepted in communist societies because nationalism does not consider global and united struggles. 

"It is evident that a serious and comprehensive discussion of the national question is required. Consistent Social-Democrats must work solidly and indefatigably against the fog of nationalism, no matter from what quarter it proceeds." [x]

B. Militarism

Definition: the belief or desire of a government or people that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests.

Communism is opposed to imperialist militarism, such as Japan’s imperialist militarism during WWII. 

I’m not sure about communism’s stance on nonimperialist militarism. 

More texts

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Anarchism or Socialism?

Anonymous asked: Can non-Asians getting tattoos in an Asian language be considered cultural appropriation?


@marxist anon



day 1 on tumblr left island: language barriers are being transcended as everyone shouts “fuckin liberal” to each other 


We’re all going to be dead in a month 



President Obama’s got some advice for Republicans in Congress: Help expand opportunity for more Americans.

yea! stop hating on a president that turns an eye at mass murder!!

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richard dawkins deserves a slow death tbh

You serve as a perfect example of Christianity. You wish death and suffering upon anyone who confronts you with actual evidence. It’s an obvious scam that exploits a person’s fear of death and threatens anyone that isn’t gullible enough to buy into your bullshit.

richard dawkins deserves a slow death tbh





i was tagged in that six favorite selfies thing forever ago

Anonymous asked: *petition for you to face swap your header for Castro, Stalin and Mao*

fair point. i’ll start drawing something of the sort.