In China, there are certain "bad notes" that frighten people and are refused as legal tender. Why?
Some surprising subversives on Twitter: Babe Ruth
, Michael Jackson
, Mahatma Gandhi
, Pope John Paul II
, Francis of Assisi
, Marlin Brando
, Martin Luther
, Mary Wolfstonecraft
, Pablo Neruda
, Ann Landers
, Thomas Jefferson
, Albert Camus
, John F. Kennedy
, Bill Wilson
Paranoid Dictator’s Communist-Era Bunkers Now a National Nuisance
"In Albania, 750,000 Communist-era bunkers populate the landscape, relics of the paranoia and skewed priorities of former dictator Enver Hoxha. Now they exist as quirky homes, animal shelters, ad hoc storage and make-out spots. "
"FBI files on Marilyn Monroe
that could not be located earlier this year have been found and re-issued, revealing the names of some of the movie star’s communist-leaning acquaintances who drew concern from government officials and her own entourage." [more inside]
As young as 18, I'd already written the application to join the party, but I was too embarrassed to turn it in to the party branch. I've studiously read the party constitution countless times - always felt I wasn't worthy of the party's requirements. ♫ Applying to Join the Chinese Communist Party : a music video (w/ English subtitles)
have been released showing that the MI5 investigated Charlie Chaplin's origins
at the request of the FBI, attempting to check claims that besides being a communist, he might be Jewish, and/or French.
His life story
by his own account has him born in London, but no birth certificate has been found and last year evidence emerged that he might in fact have been born in a gypsy camp
"It was no accident that arts funding was once again brought to national attention with the exhibit Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture. Since the 80s, the enemies of the NEA have not been those with differences of opinion about what art should be supported or how. Instead they oppose any support at all for art of any kind." Hide/Seek, Culture Wars and the History of the NEA
"The handover to a new president and premier has generated plenty of speculation in the press, about who the leaders are and what is will all mean, but sometimes it’s useful to go back and fill in the very basics, since China has a unique and in some ways quite confusing political system." A Primer on China's Leadership Transition. [via]
"All my life I’ve focused on the poor. The rich ones have their own photographers."
Social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin
's 'life was about seeing.
In the literal sense, he was an optometrist. In a more figurative sense, through the lens of his camera, he saw things and people that were often ignored — the poor, the oppressed, the "forgotten ones
," as he called them.' "A librarian in Buffalo's Communist Party, he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee
in 1957, and was named "Buffalo's Top Red" in the Buffalo Evening News. Losing business and facing intense social persecution, Rogovin turned to photography in order to create images that conveyed his desire for a more equal and just society, and to give voice to others who were persecuted, who were invisible to most."
Mr. Rogovin died on January 18th at his home in Buffalo
at the age of 101
. Previously on Metafilter [more inside]
Scottish trade unionist, journalist and broadcaster Jimmy Reid
has died aged 78. Often described as the best MP Scotland never had
, Reid was the instigator of the 1971 Upper Clyde Shipbuilders
, where rather than striking, workers demonstrated the viability of the shipyards by working to fill the orders on the books, drawing national and international support (including a fat cheque
from John Lennon). The year after, he was elected as rector of the University of Glasgow, where he delivered a speech
(behind a paywall, sadly) that the New York Times (which saw fit to print it in full) called one of the finest since the Gettysburg Address [more inside]
Land and Freedom
, in its entirety. It's a film about a young English Communist who goes to fight the fascists
amidst the Spanish Revolution
as a member of the POUM
militia. He sees both the reality of a people's revolution and the consequences of Stalinism. It's directed by Ken Loach
, who also directed Bread and Roses
and The Wind that Shakes the Barley
will help a lot if you don't speak Spanish.
Milo Radulovich, RIP
--thrown out of the Air Force during the Red Scares, he fought back--Radulovich's case (and the new medium of TV) showed millions the impact McCarthy was having and the absurd lengths he was going to. He himself wasn't ever accused of being a Communist himself tho: [more inside]
Feeling nostalgic for those old school Soviet shindigs?
Westerners are welcome
to North Korea's Arirang Mass Games.
Tickets are on sale now
Will tourist dollars/euros be the undoing
of North Korea?
New York University's Tamiment Library,
one of the world's foremost centers of learning on labour history and the Left, has been given the archives of the Communist Party USA. (alternate non-NYT link)
The donation includes 20,000 books, journals and pamphlets and a million photographs from The Daily Worker’s
archives. Highlights include the original, hand-written will
of Joe Hill
(Flash interface.) The Rubin Museum of Art
in New York City has launched a website that allows you to pore over and compare Tibetan Buddhist artwork from their exhibits. Use the "Decode" feature to pick paintings apart and learn about their intricate components.
See also: their ambitious
calendar of events.
On this date in 1848, The Communist Manifesto
: "I don’t see much point in abstract theorizing or getting into arguments about Marxism, Leninism, etc. ... Theoretical analyses are useful but not crucial. There is a lot of wasted time in such endeavors, but not all is wasted. Marx’s Communist Manifesto
was a theoretical analysis, immensely useful and inspiring. His first volume of Das Kapital
was useful too. His second and third volumes, and his Grundrisse
, were probably a waste of time!"
How many of you have actually read the entire Communist Manifesto
? (I haven't.)
What A Revolutionary Laff Riot.
Something I found interesting, even comical to contemplate, while clicking around:
"Earlier in the day, we joined one of the feeder marches, chanting, "Soldiers Turn Your Guns Around, Shoot The Profit System Down!" While march organizers argued with the cops about what street to take, we made speeches linking the war to inter-imperialist rivalry and calling on students, teachers, workers and soldiers to destroy this system with communist revolution."
And no, that does not mean I'm a PLP supporter, nor am I urging U.S. troops to mass mutiny (any more than I'd urge pigs to fly). I mean, hey, can anybody seriously picture "Petrograd 1917"
happening in today's America?
Wedded by the revolution...
"Dare to struggle, dare to win ... as married gays. After raiding a few Army camps, two communist guerrillas hid in a forest gorge and fell in love.
That was three years ago. On Friday, under a romantic drizzle in a muddy clearing in Compostela Valley province in Mindanao, Ka Andres and Ka Jose exchanged vows in a heavily guarded ceremony before local villagers, friends from the city and their comrades in arms.
They are considered the first homosexual couple in the New People's Army (NPA) who were wed by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)."
. A wedding picture
Fools for Communism:
"the world’s final redoubt of communism is not Havana or Pyongyang but American college campuses. 'The nostalgic afterlife of communism in the United States has outlived most of the real Communist regimes around the world....A sizable cadre of American intellectuals now openly applaud and apologize for one of the bloodiest ideologies of human history
, and instead of being treated as pariahs, they hold distinguished positions in American higher education and cultural life.'" Here's also History News Network's interview
with the authors of "In Denial: Historians, Communists and Espionage"
"The facts of history that they [communist sympathizers] got wrong can be, in their view, rationalized, redefined, minimized, or otherwise set aside in service to the idealized future they seek. Many have learned no lessons from the failure of communism; they will ardently pursue the same goals by the same means, albeit under new names.
is a retro look at Russia through engaging and often playful snapshots - it has all the feel of rummaging through a box of photos in an attic. Communist Store Windows
offers another, more recent glimpse behind the iron curtain. Both galleries are like shots of peppered vodka.
Truth, Justice, and the Soviet Way
What if baby Kal-El's spaceship had crashed on Earth 12 hours earlier, in the Ukraine instead of middle America? The new 3-issue comic book series Superman: Red Son
envisions the Man of Steel as a good-hearted citizen of the USSR, helping to spread communism across the world. Wonder Woman is his girlfriend; Batman is an anti-Soviet terrorist; Lex Luthor becomes U.S. president. This alternate-universe jaunt is not just for fun: writer Mark Millar says
it's a timely exploration of what happens when one all-powerful country anoints itself leader of the world.
Was Stalin assassinated to prevent him from launching a nuclear attack on the United States?
"'The circumstantial evidence is overwhelmingly in favour of non-fortuitous death,' said Jonathan Brent, a professor of Russian history at Yale University. 'And to support this further, we now have solid evidence, non-circumstantial evidence, of a cover-up at the highest level.'"
Goodwill Industries Fires Worker for Being a Communist
Sewing-machine operator Michael Italie was fired by Goodwill for his Marxist beliefs. He had not been proselytizing within the Goodwill plant, and he was not accused of doing so. His political views became an issue after he appeared on television to participate in the Miami mayoral race.
Nelson Mandela is a “terrorist and a Communist”
according to the Canadian Alliance’s laughingstock postpubescent Member of Parliament
for Calgary West, who, incidentally, is also a virgin
Doh! Russians believe US citizens to be zombies and fear our Plan 9 from outter space.
Former communist residents still remain skeptical of HDTV, among other new American trends like the United States being called a "Superpower."