Review: Scott Anderson, Four CIA spies at the dawn of the Cold War — a tragedy in three acts (2021)

17 February 2021 — Eric Walberg

Written by Eric Walberg Эрик Вальберг/ Уолберг إيريك والبرغ

These portraits are a riveting expose of the Cold War as it took shape even as peace was achieved in 1945. As I read, I marveled at the herculean efforts of millions of talented, gung-ho players, devoting themselves and untold trillions of dollars, all to ‘defeat communism’. But I kept asking myself: isn’t that what Hitler was trying to do? Wasn’t it the Soviet army that turned the tide at Stalingrad, liberated Berlin, not to mention all of eastern Europe and Russia itself? Was there to be no place for communism in the post-WWII order?
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Marx Didn’t Invent Socialism, Nor Did He Discover It

9 December 2020 — Internationalist 360°

Steve Lalla

Revered as the Father of Socialism, in popular conception Karl Marx (1818–1883) is the originator of socialist theory, the creator of a plan implemented thereafter by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and other socialist nations. He remains one of the most cited authors of all time, and his writings are endlessly scrutinized and analyzed. Was he standing on the shoulders of giants?

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Book Review: One Eye on the Red Horizon – The Condition of Communism By Joseph G. Ramsey

22 July 2013 — Dissident Voice


The eye-grabbing cover of Jodi Dean’s The Communist Horizon (Verso, 2012) depicts what could be the dawn of a new day. A red sun, half in view, arcs across the volume’s bottom edge. From this solid red spot, dozens of thin but widening beams fan out; crossing the background, the sunlight splits the sky itself into stripes of red and white.

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Video: Michael Lebowitz: 'Spectres and struggles': a new vision for socialism in the 21st century

3 May, 2013 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

This talk was presented in Zagreb, Croatia.

A spectre is haunting the working class of Europe (both east and west) and the working class of developed capitalism in general. That spectre is the spectre of communism. For the working class, that frightful hobgoblin is a society of little freedom, a society of workers without power (in the workplace or community) and a society where decisions are made at the top by a vanguard party which views itself as the sole repository of truth. Of course, this was not what communism meant for Karl Marx and Frederick Engels nor, indeed, for Lenin.

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A World in Which Truth is a Dying Species by GAITHER STEWART

29 October 2012 — Counterpunch

Hidden away somewhere within the labyrinth of the Pentagon there must be a top secret euphemism department engaged in the invention of the Orwellian surrogate words that have crept surreptitiously into the American English vocabulary and from there translated into many other languages. In my mind I see a unit of studiously serious executives, coffee mugs in their hands and their neckties awry, devising senseless terms for terrible things and used unthinkingly by people today from New York to California, from Maine to Texas. The goal of my imaginary secret unit is to render ugly terms meaningless or to transform them into their opposite. To quote the perceptive Scottish writer, Candia McWilliam, “plain words are always under threat.” There are words that don’t say what they mean and there are words that say what they don’t mean. Continue reading

Strategic culture foundation online magazine latest publications 18-24 April, 2010

24 April, 2010 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Rafe MAIR (Canada)
Thoughts on Communism and Capitalism
“Although Communism may be dead in fact if not name, the conditions that spawned and nurtured it are very much with us today. Large corporations have replaced the noblemen, the dwindling middle class is no buffer between the haves and the have-nots, and the rich get richer. Not much different than 1917… Change, unpredictable change, is coming to your home and sooner than you think!…”

Coup in Kyrgyzstan, Drugs from Afghanistan, and the US
“While the Kyrgyz interim government was searching for the bank accounts of ousted President K. Bakiev, and Belorussian President A. Lukashenko invited him to settle down in Belarus, Moscow bloggers published a sensational finding: they unearthed evidence that the coup in Kyrgyzstan was backed by the US and that the whole intrigue revolves around the transit of drugs from Afghanistan…”

Najmuddin A. SHAIKH (Pakistan)
Afghanistan after the Obama Visit
“President Obama had cancelled an invitation to President Karzai to visit Washington. American media reports maintained that in retaliation Karzai invited President Ahmadinejad to Kabul and stood by his side while, in a scathing speech in Kabul Ahmadinejad berated the United States and attributed Afghanistan’s problems to the presence of foreign forces. The American media suggested that the visit Karzai undertook to China immediately thereafter was also designed to win himself some other external support… These reports appear to be much exaggerated…”

Hu Jintao’s Western Tour: From Washington to Brazil (I)
“In mid-April Hu Jintao, like the characters of Chinese classic Journey to the West monk Xuanzang, Monkey King S?n Wùk?ng, “Pigsy” Zhu Bajie, and General in Heaven Sh? Wùjìng, who went to look for Bhuddist Sutras, headed for a long journey. The purpose of Hu Jintao’s tour was to defend China’s interests face-to-face with the US President integrally representing the global North and to secure deeper cooperation with Russia, India, Brazil, and South Africa, the countries leading the parade of the developing world…”

The Great Recession, Human Capital, and Political Peril in the US
“The Great Recession has delivered quite a blow to the consciousness of the US and the rest of the Western world over the last year and a half, and one hesitates to predict when its aftershocks may subside… income inequality in the US has ballooned to levels unparalleled in the developed world… As of the end of 2009 about 24 percent of mortgage holders still owed more money on their home than the home was currently worth… this recession has not supplied any psychological relief to the have-nots by punishing the wealthy enough to reverse income inequality…”

Rafe MAIR (Canada)
When What Couldn’t Happen… Happened!
“December 24, 2013. President Obama announced that earlier that day the 7th US airborne had landed in Northern Alberta, Canada, near the “tar sands” and had sent small contingents of troops into Edmonton and Victoria, the capitals of the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia respectively. Mr. Obama, in a terse note to the Canadian ambassador said “no great nation, least of all the United States of America, can tolerate any country cutting off its oil supply. Once our imports from Canada are increased we will withdraw our forces leaving only a “token” presence…”

Anatoliy MANIN
START III and the Strategic Stability Problem
“The Nuclear Security Summit which convened recently in Washington produced little more than general declarations. In contrast, START III (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) signed by Russia and the US on April 8, 2010, and the extensive Protocol detailing its provisions deserve to be called a breakthrough in the sphere of limitation of both offensive and defensive strategic arms…”

Arab Communism: Some Reasons for Its Fall By As ‘ad AbuKhalil

26 May, 2009 — The Angry Arab News Service – Laura and Fadwa kindly translated this article of mine from Al-Akhbar.

The Arab Left didn’t just collapse of its own accord, and the method of its collapse was not fast or sudden. A generation of Arabs today forget that the Arab communist parties in Iraq and in Sudan, for example, were the biggest Arab parties, and without artificial support from the military establishment in those countries. The communists were deeply embedded throughout Iraq, and the religious schools in Najaf suffered the loss of the youth to the Iraqi Communist Party. All that has changed. Some of the elements of the phenomenon of the fall of the Left were local, and some of them were regional, and some of the others were global. The French Communist Party is about as powerful as the Wa’d Party in Lebanon, and the Italian Communist Party lost its luster some time ago. What has changed?

One can go back to the beginnings. There are those who talk about a delegation from the Comintern, but studies of the beginning of Communism in the Arab world lie in Hanna Batatu’s book (this great man who died unknown in the Arab world) about the class history of Iraq and in the book of Mohammad Dakrub about the deep roots of the Communist Party. American propaganda and even Western academic studies on the spread of Communism in the Arab world exaggerate in the glorification of the role of the Comintern in spreading Communism: this is a conspiracy theory which is not subjected to derision because it came signed from the American State Department and its propaganda systems. It is true that the Soviet Union worked to spread communism, as the United States worked to spread … reaction around the world – and still does, but the seeds and conditions were local. There were prevalent revolutionary and leftist stirrings, and especially in the political and literary spread at the dawn of a bygone century. The Communist movement was promising in the beginning, but its fall was hard before – not after – the demise of the Soviet Union.

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Marx, Marxism and the Cooperative Movement By Bruno Jossa

25 May, 2009 – Economics, University of Naples Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2005

1. Introduction

Karl_Marx_posing1.jpgOn several occasions Marx declared himself strongly in favor of cooperative firms, maintaining that their generalized introduction would result in a new production mode. At different times in his life he even seems to have been confident that cooperatives would eventually supplant capitalistic firms altogether. Lenin also endorsed the cooperative movement and in a 1923 work (entirely devoted to this subject) he went so far as to equate cooperation with socialism at large. More precisely, besides describing cooperation as an important organizational step in the transition to socialism, he explicitly argued that “cooperation is socialism” (Lenin, 1923). All the same, ever since the time of the Paris Commune the cooperative movement has received little attention from Marxists.

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Remembering Vietnam William Bowles

7 July 2003

My, what short memories we have. In 1954 the French colonialists got their arses kicked by the Vietnamese at Diem Bien Phu and thus began US imperialism’s mission in stemming the ‘red tide’ in South East Asia. But even before the French defeat, the US had been supplying the French with weapons and logistics support as part of its Cold War strategy directed against the USSR and China. Continue reading