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Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics

Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

COUNTERPUNCH, JULY 20, 2018

The left internationally has been stuck on the horns of a dilemma for quite some time now. When radicals take state power but fail to abolish private property, internal contradictions eventually catch up with the government and dash the hopes initially placed in it—Syriza in Greece and Chavista Venezuela being prime examples. With Cuba and North Korea as relics of the “communist” past, there are few on the left that consider them as models in the way that large parts once did fifty years ago, even more so when both hold-outs are now moving rapidly toward a Chinese-style economy. Just this week, there was news that Cuba will now recognize private property under a new constitution.

Despite such discouraging tendencies, radicalism persists mostly as a result of the assaults on living standards the capitalist system imposes. As part of an ongoing project to analyze the renaissance…

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez elected: What does it mean?

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The Wall St. Journal editors didn’t mince their words: “Republicans are chortling after Tuesday’s primary defeat of New York Democratic Congressional baron Joseph Crowley by Sandernista Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but they might want to hold the Schadenfreude [pleasure from somebody else’s misfortune],” they wrote. “Republicans want to believe that a sharp left turn makes Democrats less electable. But that’s what the British Tories thought when the socialist Jeremy Corbyn became the Labour Party leader, and he nearly won last year’s election that was supposed to be a Tory landslide.”

This is their conclusion from the victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York City primary this week. She ran against one of the top Democrats in the House of Representatives – Joe Crowley – and got 57% of the vote. Her program included Medicare for all, a guaranteed job for all, and ending ICE.

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Forget columbus remember Che day

Tomorrow while the lazy, blind, ignorant& white American people celebrate the Villain Christopher Columbus. Us compassionate,aware,educated people ALL OVER THE WORLD will be remembering a true Hero. Che Guevara. While its typical of Americans to honor someone who killed thousands of indigenous people ,rounded up 1,000 Arawaks to be used as slaves. Five hundred of these C.C brought back to Spain, and the remaining 500 he gave to the Spanish then “governing” the island. It’s pathedic these same people who will celebrate C.c ,call a man like Ernesto che Guevara a murderer and evil. America you celebrate a man who has said things like These “Natives are so nice, we’d be crazy not to enslave them! This excerpt from Columbus’ diary describes the Arawak people who greeted him and his men: They … brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… . They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want. And he was a rapist. Columbus was such a mensch, he would let his men do whatever they wanted with the natives they captured. One of his men and a childhood friend of Columbus, Michele da Cuneo, describes in a letter how he raped a native woman: While I was in the boat, I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, whom the said Lord Admiral gave to me. When I had taken her to my cabin she was naked – as was their custom. I was filled with a desire to take my pleasure with her and attempted to satisfy my desire. She was unwilling, and so treated me with her nails that I wished I had never begun. But – to cut a long story short – I then took a piece of rope and whipped her soundly, and she let forth such incredible screams that you would not have believed your ears. Eventually we came to such terms, I assure you, that you would have thought that she had been brought up in a school for whores. Che Guevara on the other hand said shit like this. Above all, always be capable of feeling deeply any injustice committed against anyone, anywhere in the world. This is the most beautiful quality in a revolutionary.- che If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine-che I wanted to take part in the liberation of even a small piece of enslaved Latin America.-che I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.-che The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.-che. So go on America celebrate your villains and your slave raping hero’s. I’m gonna HONOR a man who had a heart a mind and a backbone to fight the injustices world over!!!