The Sangha Kommune (僧伽公社) Defined

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Ch’an Master Caotang siad:

There is nothing special to leadership – essentially it is a matter of controlling the evils of biased information and autocracy. Do not just go by whatever is said to you first – then the obsequities of petty people seeking favour will not be able to confuse you.

After all, the feelings of a group of people are not one, and objective reason is hard to see. You should investigate something to see its benefit or harm, examine whether it is appropriate and suitable or not; then after that you may carry it out.

True Record of Sushan (Song Dynasty)

The Chinese Buddhist monastic community is referred to as a ‘Sangha’ (Sanskrit for ‘spiritual community’), whereby men and women form a voluntary association premised upon following a strict set of rules known as the ‘Vinaya Discipline’. Within this community, there is ‘equality’ between all members, with the leaders being those who have followed these rules for the longest times. This is because such people are thought to have more experience at adhering to the Vinaya Discipline (which includes celibacy and vegetarianism), and are therefore able to effectively advise all others through the difficult times they my face in their practice. As those with little experience have less to share, they are not considered leaders whilst more experienced practitioners live in the vicinity. Of course, this is a relative matter depending upon the size of population of a community, and the length of time it has existed, and the quality of the masters (male or female) that have led it. Those who cannot keep the Vinaya Discipline (of over 200 rules) generally choose to leave on their own accord, with those who confess breaking the major rules being asked to leave and expelled from the monastic community (due to the bad example they set). However, the term ‘Sangha’ is often more loosely applied to the devout or dedicated lay community, the members of which follow at least 5, 8 or 10 vows as a life routine, and who regularly visit the local temple and volunteer their time in worthwhile social or charitable activities. In this manner, the monastic Sangha teach and guide the lay Sangha, and the lay Sangha applies the Buddha’s teachings of compassion, loving kindness and wise action to the outside the temple, and thereby expand the Buddha-Dharma beyond the temple. As the Buddha originally taught that there is no ‘difference’ in enlightened essence between the monastic and lay community, the monastics do not consider themselves ‘superior’ and the lay community does not consider itself ‘inferior’ to one another. The principle of ‘Sangha, therefore, denotes a sacred space defined and maintained through the principles of psychological and physical self-discipline and learning, premised upon a general attitude of mutual respect. The Sangha, in both essence and function, is a model for a ‘commune’ operating through the vigorous principles of  equality’, ‘discipline’ and ‘wisdom’. These are the principles embodied within this blog – regardless of the scope of its subject matter.

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The term ‘Kommune’ is taken from the German word for ‘Commune’, and is directly related to the principles of Scientific Socialism, as formulated by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Indeed, within German language editions of the works of Marx and Engels, the term ‘Kommune’ is often encountered. This type of ‘Kommune’ is also a voluntary association, albeit distinctly ‘modern’ in origination, and designed to serve the Revolutionary needs of the Proletariat – or the mass of peasants forced to work in the industrialised factories produced by the oppressive capitalist system. Working 12 to 16 hours a day, strictly by the clock, whilst being dictated to by brutal managers and the movement and operation of monotonous machines, these peasants were transformed into self-disciplined and highly exploited automatons of industry, waiting for the right historical epoch to free themselves from their endless toil for little reward. Just as the collective mind is ‘dulled’ by endless hours of repetitive toil, it is ‘freed’, ‘activated’ and ‘expanded’ when encountering the strictures of Scientific Socialism, and a non-resisting ‘false consciousness’ is replace by a resisting ‘true consciousness’. Generally, when the mind is freed from the straitjacket of oppression, the body soon follows, even though it is equally true that if the body is freed by a Revolution caused by others, then the mind soon follows! In these post-modem times, proletariat ‘true consciousness’ is much more amorphous in manifestation, particularly as factory work becomes ever less prevalent in the West. Although the modes of capitalist exploitation change with the epoch, the nature of capitalist exploitation (and class distinction) remains exactly the same. Striving for the establishment of a ‘Kommunistic’ society remains the duty of all right-minded working class people across the globe, with the Marxist principle of ‘Internationalism’ replacing nationalism and racism, etc. The point is that the ‘true consciousness’ of the working class is premised entirely upon non-hatred for one another, as this hatred has been imported into the working class by the very capitalists that exploit them! By rejecting capitalism, the working class is rejecting the greed, hatred and delusion that underlies all capitalist thought and action. This working class mission is no less ‘sacred’ than its Buddhist counter-part, and shares exactly the same essence. The author of this blog strives to agitate for the peaceful achievement of both inner and outer Revolution amongst by any means necessary (to quote Malcolm X).

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Having defined two interpretations of ‘Kommune’, it is important to also emphasis the pivotal notion of ‘education’ and the training of the human mind to discern a relevant ‘truth’ in any given situation or circumstance. Learning in a classroom, through a book, encounter groups, political meetings, protest marches, meditation sessions, or the internet, are all crucial aspects of ‘refining’ the memory and ‘honing’ the intellect. The thought processes (and emotionality) must be ‘calmed’ for the sake of ‘wise’ action and non-action when young, so that avoidable errors and mistakes are reduced to the minimum, and progressive activity increased to the maximum (to selflessly benefit humanity).  This is not always easy, and the ability to recognise non-efficient thought-patterns and behaviours should also be cultivated as a means toward achieving self-forgiveness, and the forgiveness of others. The important point is that the mind should be kept in a positive frame of operation, so that the body can be used for various types of ‘enlightened’ political, cultural and social action. The physical body must be clearly (and cleanly) directed by the mind (the seat of volition), and kept physically fit through appropriate activities. This psycho-physical training sets the stage for the refined individual to understand the frequency and quality of inner and outer energy, and immediately understand the best action (if any) to take, or instantly ‘know’ when others are ‘lying’, or presenting ‘untruth’ as ‘truth’. This ability can be further used to generate ‘correct’ work that counters the lies of a society motivated entirely by greed, racism and an indifference to the suffering of humanity and other life forms. Therefore, this ‘Sangha Kommune’ blog is a work in progress that covers a bewildering array of topics, opinions, and research data. By taking a step back away from its content – the general reader will begin to understand the underlying (and motivating) paradigm. This is essentially a ‘Kommunist’ zone where all beings are automatically ‘freed’ at the point of contact. The need for money is already ‘transcended’, and the energy frequency of the Sangha Kommune should be used by all to achieve a state of permanent ‘freedom’ in all circumstances. This is a space of permanent Cyber Kommunism, and ongoing Revolutionary activity in the form of ‘exposing’ and ‘dissolving’ the bourgeois system and its redundant mode of capitalist organisation.

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Ch’an Wuzu said:

The Ch’an community is a place for the moulding of Sages and ordinary people, and for nurturing and developing potential ability. It is a source of teaching,. Even though many people are living together, gathering in kind, they are guided and made equal. Each has a transmission from the teacher.

Now in many places they do not strive to maintain the standards of the Sages of the past. Biased feelings of like and dislike are many, with people bending others to what they personally think is right. How should later students take an example?

Records of Equanimity (Song Dynasty)

The Apathetic British Working Class and the 100th Anniversary of the Russian October Revolution (2017)

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The celebrations regarding the 100th Anniversary of the Russian October Revolution that brought Lenin and the (Communist) Bolsheviks to power in 1917, have been ‘muted’ in the UK to say the least. The British working class, compromised and infiltrated as it is by bourgeois Trotskyism, has remained generally apathetic in its recognition and praise for Lenin, with spontaneous (and even ‘planned’) celebrations in favour of Communism, and protests against the oppressive and unjust nature of capitalism, remaining virtually non-existent. The British working class has allowed the ruling bourgeoisie to set the agenda, and has remained ‘quiet’ whilst that bourgeoisie denigrates the memory of the Russian Revolution, suggesting in its usual self-serving middle class manner, that there was something ‘morally’ and ‘historically’ wrong about the Communist Revolution that overthrew its power-base in 1917, and gave the international working class hope. Of course, parody and disinformation from the (bourgeois) rightwing is to be expected, but exactly the same fallacious arguments are also employed by the (bourgeois) left! The British working class, as representatives of the industrialised proletariat, should be setting an entirely ‘positive’ agenda for the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Russian October Revolution, and be agitating against any and all bourgeois attempts at stealing proletariat history, and misconstruing that history for its own nefarious ends. The Russian October Revolution was one of the greatest and most important world events in working class history! Bourgeois attitudes are irrelevant to this fact, simply because the Russian Revolution marks the transcendence of Bourgeois domination and oppression. However, if the British working class does not adequately stand-up for itself, the bourgeoisie will use every deceptive tactic it can to sully the good reputation of the Russian Revolution, and dismiss any relevance it would otherwise have for the working class. The bourgeoisie limits the memory of the Russian Revolution to its broadsheets and its museums – as if it was an event of limited historical import, with no relevance to the modern era. The British working class should stop its association with the corrupting bourgeois ideology of Trotsky, and take its rightful historical place in the world proletariat movement of Marxist-Leninism.

Wealthy US (UCLA) Basketball Players Caught Shoplifting in China!

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According to both US and China news sources – three wealthy UCLA basketball players were recently caught red-handed – shoplifting goods (that they could have easily afforded) from exclusive shops situated near their hotel in Hangzhou. The three basketball players have admitted their crimes both in China and in the US. They were confined to their hotel rooms by Chinese police whilst the investigation unfolded (which included CCTV footage). If they had been Chinese citizens, they would have been held in jail awaiting sentencing. The jail-term for shoplifting in China is ten years imprisonment. However, according to Chinese and US news sources, President Xi Jinping authorised (on compassionate grounds) the release (and return to the US) of the three young men concerned. Of course, President Trump has implied that his action freed these three men in a tweet:

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The disrespect of another country’s law and culture exhibited by these three privileged individuals might be described as ‘typical’ for Americans. These three young men, irrespective of their ethnic identities, whilst visiting China behaved in a manner typical of that associated with ‘White’ imperialism. The fact that these ‘criminals’ have been treated with the utmost respect and concern by the Chinese people and the Chinese government, has wrong footed both White racists and Black nationalists in the West – whose anti-China rhetoric makes even less sense than normal. The People’s Republic of China supplies all the needs of the Chinese people (and foreigners visiting China), so that the barbaric crime of ‘stealing’ from one another is neither required or permitted. Communist China also opposes all kinds of racism and supports all dialectically correct freedom movements. For decades the Western imperialist powers ‘stole’ from the Chinese people – please do not visit our country and continue this historical crime. Communist China welcomes all the people of world in equality and friendship.

Chinese Language Source:

http://sports.eastday.com/a/171116214834425000000.html

Winston Churchill’s Support for Adolf Hitler (1935)

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The British Winston Churchill is well-known for his racist opinions and anti-Socialist attitudes. Despite despising the British working class, Churchill would call upon it to sacrifice its lives to defend the UK during WWII, and Britain’s imperial conquests over-seas. The final stab in the back for the British working class, came with Churchill’s opposition to the Labour Party’s plans to introduce a Welfare State and National Health Service as a ‘thank you’ to the demobilised British working class (in 1945). What many do not know is that like the British royal family of the 1930’s, Winston Churchill fully admired Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist regime – implying that the British working class would benefit from a dose of fascism. In his 1935 book entitled ‘Great Contemporaries’ (reprinted unedited in 1937), Winston Churchill argues that:

‘(Adolf Hitler is) a genius born of the miseries of Germany. We may yet live to see Hitler a gentlier figure in a happier age.’

Winston Churchill: Great Contemporaries (1935)

In 1936, hundreds of thousands of British working class people (inspired by the Communist Party of Great Britain, but not the Labour Party of the day) stopped the fascist Oswald Mosley and his ‘Blackshirts’ during the Battle of Cable Street (in East London). An incensed Winston Churchill, writing as he was for the middle class elite, had his book re-published in 1937, so that the British nation (and its elite) could read yet again his glowing words about Adolf Hitler.

Reference:

Stalin’s War Through the Eyes of His Generals: By Albert Axell, Arms and Armour, (1997), Page 38

Alexander Pichushkin – Russia’s First ‘Capitalist’ Mass Murderer

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Russian language sources report that Alexander Pichushkin (Алекса́ндр Пичу́шкин) was born in the Soviet Union in 1974. His killing spree began with a single murder in 1992 – and then he did not commit another murder until 2001. The bulk of his victims (at least 48 killed and 3 wounded) happened between 2001 and 2006, Alexander Pichushkin claims that he murdered at least 63 people – but the Russian Authorities have not been able to confirm the details of these extra 10 victims. Alexander Pichushkin was most active between 2005 and 2006, where he is said to have been trying to kill one person for every square on a chessboard (this is also the time when he stopped deliberately ‘hiding’ the bodies of his victims). He would lure his victims into Bitsevsky Park – situated southwest of Moscow – and smash-in the back of their skulls with a hammer. He would then place a broken vodka bottle in the wound. Between 2001 and 2005 the local sewage works reported a constant stream of dead bodies being found in the water – some 29 in number. However, at the time the police did not suspect a serial killer. It must also be noted that there has never been found any evidence to support Alexander Pichushkin’s claim that he killed a fellow student (via strangulation) in 1992, before throwing his body down a well.

As usual, the English language wikipedia page presents a mixture of fact and fiction about this case. Completely excluded from the narrative is the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and the complete chaos and suffering that followed in the sudden abolition of the Welfare State and free medical provision (Russian statistics suggests that 5.9 million extra people died in Russia due to these ‘cuts’ between 1991 and 1999). Alexander Pichushkin is supposed to have committed his first murder in the first year of capitalist Russia i.e. 1992). However, his crime spree only really gathered steam in the early to mid 2000’s. As a child, Alexander Pichushkin fell off a swing when he was a young child, with the swing then striking him across the fore-head. He was a quiet child who liked to play chess, but after spending time in hospital due to his head injury, it was found that he could not talk properly and distinguish correctly between ‘sh’ and ‘c’, and had trouble reading these letters. Contrary to the English wikipedia claim that he was ‘bullied’ by other children at school – there is no evidence to support this view within Russian language sources. The Soviet Education System pursued an effective policy of ‘no bullying’, and respect for other human-beings. Alexander Pichushkin  was taken out of mainstream education to receive tailored educational treatment at a special school in the USSR. This move was successful, and Alexander Pichushkin eventually attended vocational college where he trained as a carpenter. It was only after the caring system of Soviet Socialism was replaced with uncaring predatory capitalism that Alexander Pichushkin began to kill. Indeed, many of his victims were the poor and homeless – people the modern ‘capitalist’ police in Russia term ‘anti-social’ – as if these individuals are to blame for the poverty they exist within, rather than the capitalist system that has failed them. Alexander Pichushkin thought that these people had no right exist – and in the adopting of this attitude – he appears to have internalized the outer brutality of the capitalist system.

Russian Language Article:

https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Пичушкин,_Александр_Юрьевич

English Language Article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Pichushkin

The US Behind the Panama Papers

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President Obama – the first African-American President in US history – openly supported the ‘Madan’ neo-Nazi insurgency in Western Ukraine (in 2014) without any shadow of irony. President Obama also voted against a United Nations Resolution ‘banning’ the glorification of neo-Nazism (2014), He also presided over an Administration that saw the ‘White’ police force murder unarmed ‘Black’ people at an incredible rate – and he did nothing. In 2015, the so-called ‘Panama Papers’ were released by a consortium of US billionaires in 2015 – again under the Obama Administration – and funded by George Soros, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Carnegie Foundation. The Panama Papers appear to be a bizarre attempt by Obama to mimic Cold War intrigue, and attack the perceived ‘enemies’ of the United States. Capitalism is corrupt a priori, and the rich hire ‘accountants’ as a means to retain as much of their money as possible, by paying as least tax as possible. This is how people like President Obama and George Soros became rich in the first-place. Tax avoidance is lawful, whilst tax evasion is a crime. The Panama Papers supposedly reveal that many incredibly rich people in the world appear to be perpetuating the illegal act of ‘tax evasion’ through off-shore banking and the use of false front dummy corporations, etc. Of course, all this is being carried-out not so much by the rich people involved, but rather by their accountants and lawyers. Wikileaks has confirmed that the US Government is behind the Panama Papers – and has targeted President Putin (who in fact is not mentioned once in the Panama Papers), and supposedly various members of the Communist Party of China. Both the Kremlin and Beijing have rejected the allegations and termed the Panama Papers ‘fake news’. This entire exercise exposes the shocking lack of education that abounds in the US, where a group of corrupt capitalists can conspire to ‘fabricate’ a tissue of lies that falsely accuses other world leaders of being as ‘corrupt’ as they are themselves! It is almost beyond belief that 50 years ago the US Administration accused its enemies of being ‘Communist’, whereas today they are accused of being ‘capitalist’! Finally, the ‘Panama Papers’ may have been a half-baked attempt at combating Wikileaks – a misconstrued exercise in Obama propaganda that lacks the moral integrity that underlies Wikileaks. At the end of the day, ‘greed’ and ‘self-interest’ are the basis of the capitalist system and it makes no difference when this system is exposed for what it is.

George Carlin – Bourgeois Reactionary

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I was recently asked what I thought of US comic George Carlin (1937-2008), and whether he was leftwing, a Marxist, Socialist or Communist, etc. In many ways, due to the refined climate of US anti-intellectualism, the many hours of recorded George Carlin material, certainly provides some sound-bites that on the surface would make him appear leftwing, but these utterances when taken in isolation, lack an over-all narrative context. In many ways, George Carlin reminds me of that other US intellectual (and academic) Howard Zinn (1922-2010), who was a confirmed ‘Trotskyite’. Trotskyism, of course, is a type of rightwing reactionary, pseudo-Socialism that fully co-operates with capitalism and all aspects of the Bourgeois State. Trotskyism has historically defined itself around a (false) agenda of sullying the reputation of Marxist-Leninism, and the history of the Soviet Union. Quite often Trotskyites make use of a limited (and misconstrued) Marxist critique of society, whilst not taking any real ‘Revolutionary’ action to empower the working class. George Carlin’s approach to social and cultural commentary in his act certainly has the feel of a Trotskyite paradigm in operation. His take on ‘class’ within a capitalist society is ‘flawed’ and ‘non-Marxist’. Carlin states that the ‘upper’ class earns the most money but pays the least tax (?), whilst the ‘middle’ class does all the work and pays most of the taxes (?). Finally, Carlin says the ‘poor’ (constituting the ‘lower’ class) keep the entire system ticking-over. This is nonsense. The ‘upper’ class is the ‘aristocracy’, which today is kept in a life of luxury through government hand-outs. The ‘middle’ class is the ‘bourgeoise’ that possesses all the political power, does very little work, pays the minimum of tax, but appropriates most of the money (which it steals from the working class). The lowest class is the working class, the members of which make-up the majority within any capitalist society, and who do all the work, pay the most taxes, and receive the lowest wages and the least share of political power. As the middle class owns the means of production, and has accumulated all the political, legal, social and cultural power within society, it ruthlessly exploits the workers – stealing their income, their health and their leisure time. George Carlin has nothing to say about this Marxist analysis of capitalist society and appears completely unaware of its existence. More to the point, in the video shared below, George Carlin is featured being openly ‘racist’ and expressing a typical rightwing narrative that Europe has been over-run with Muslims, and that as a consequence the ‘White race’ is finished because it cannot reproduce at the rate of the ‘uncaring’ Muslims, etc. All this diatribe is rightwing mythology that falsely presents the White race as being a victim of its own historical racism and criminality. I suspect that George Carlin felt very relaxed in this interview and forgot to ‘check’ his more rightwing viewpoints. In effect he deviated from his own script, which generally applies a broad leftist critique to US politics and culture. Like a Trotskyite – Carlin uses the idea that White America is ‘racist’, but when viewed in the light of his support for ‘Governor Bush’ after the 911 terrorist attacks in New York, and his inability to ‘see through’ the collective cultural hysteria of the moment, it is obvious that what George Carlin produced was merely an ‘act’. He was not a Marxist, he was not a Marxist-Leninist, he was not a Socialist, and he certainly was not a Communist. He may have been a Trotskyite utilising the usual ‘opportunism’ (or ‘entryism’) familiar with that mode of expression, but I suspect that he was a rightwing anarchist, acting in complete agreement with the historical bourgeois project of spreading a virulent ‘individualism’ around the world. The hidden motive behind his ‘humour’ and distinct brand of ‘intellectualism’ seems to be the continuous criticism of any form of ‘collectivity’, be it bourgeois or leftist. George Carlin was not a working class intellectual, but rather an intellectual in the service of the Bourgeois State.

The Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army (Рабоче-крестьянская Красная армия (РККА)

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The Eternal Red Army! The ‘Red Army’ is our army. It is comprised of the people – and fights for the liberation and progression of the people (wherever Socialism develops). No other army in history has been like this. Bourgeois armies only fight for the limited objectives of capitalist governments – and do not care about the people. The Red Army only fights wars of self-defence and is a vehicle for any and all cultural development. Its purpose is not only for success in warfare – but also strives to develop the minds and bodies of the people to their maximum capacity in the service of humanity. The Red Army is an expression of Socialist and Cmmunist reality where equality and progression exist simultaneusly, and it is understood that te individual is only safe and secure within an advanced collectivity. Finally, the Red Army seeks to end all wars and establish peace and Socialism in a new era for humanity.

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Военный парад на Красной площади

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JFK’s Pro-USSR Speech (10.6.1963)

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‘Among the many traits the peoples of our two countries (the USA and the Soviet Union) have in common, none is stronger than the mutual abhorrence of war. Almost unique among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other. And no nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Russians suffered in the course of the Second World War… At least twenty million lost their lives. Countless millions of homes and farms were burned or sacked. A third of the nation’s (European) territory, including nearly two-thirds of its industrial base, were turned into waste-land.’

President John F Kennedy – Speech delivered at the American University in Washington – two months prior to the USSR initiating the Moscow Test-Ban Treaty. (Quoted from the Introduction of ‘Russia at War 1941-1945’ – By Alexander Werth).

President Kennedy made a peculiar mix of rightwing and predatory capitalist-supporting speeches, together with the occasional leftwing speech supporting Unions and empathizing with the Soviet Union. Of course, he also made the usual anti-USSR speeches, formulated by the CIA and designed to sully and misrepresent the Socialist reality of the Soviet Union. President Kennedy was wrong on one vital point in his above speech, and it is significant of the level of ignorance within the US that it was not picked-up at the time. The US had previously been at war with Revolutionary Russia from 1918-1921 – where thousands of US troops participated in an ‘invasion’ of Russia – alongside the troops of 13 other nations. This ‘capitalist’ coalition was eventually defeated and expelled from Revolutionary Russia, and this part of shameful US history was quietly pushed into the background of America’s collective memory. Of course, President Kennedy was only adopting this conciliatory attitude toward the USSR, because he wanted a ‘ban’ on the arms race that the US had initiated since 1945. As Socialist Science was proving itself vastly superior to its Western capitalist counter-part, President Kennedy wanted to defuse the situation and move the US and USSR away from this type of conflicting competition. On the other hand, the Trotskyite Nikita Khrushchev was a fool who missed a vital opportunity of conserving the progressive nature of the USSR, whilst disengaging from direct conflict with the USA. Khrushchev blustered on about the USSR encouraging the International Proletariat to ‘rise-up’ in the US – whilst his domestic policies simultaneously ‘stripped’ the USSR of its self-respect and ability to ‘project’ Revolutionary power around the world.

Rejecting the Bourgeois Publishing Industry

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http://www.chandao.co.uk/published-articles.html

As an academic specialising in the subjects of Chinese history, culture and philosophy, and also the study of actual Soviet history, I decided some years ago to have nothing to do with the bourgeois publishing industry. This is despite having numerous academic and journalistic article published in newspapers, journals, magazines and books (both online and as paper articles). My experience has been that the bourgeois publishing industry works in collusion with capitalist governments, and perpetuates ‘official’ versions of history that have little or no association with established fact. These publishers are always seeking new ways of exploiting writers and their work – attempting to make money whilst they propagating ‘fake history’ and ‘fake news’ as if it was ‘real’. The lies about Communism, China and the Soviet Union are so huge that the truth of the matter is eclipsed by this industry that ruthlessly controls the publication of books to both the general public and the academic community. Individuals are left to research subjects for themselves, which invariably requires ever more ingenious methods for establishing the truth that by-passes the ‘fiction’ that circulates as ‘fact’. The rise of the internet has made it easier for progressive and free thinkers to seek-out and share alternative sources of reliable academic information, and distribute research that counters many of the official but false narratives that the media, academic community and government choose to ignore. This is not alternative history but rather ‘real’ history, with the official narratives constituting the ‘fake’ paradigm. The USSR used to have an internal publishing facility that allowed any Soviet citizen to write and publish a book that could be read by any other Soviet Citizen in the USSR. The publishing and distribution were entirely free, and encouraged to develop ‘free thinking’. Alexander Werth (the BBC correspondent) mentions this means of Socialist communication a number of times in his books. Do not bow-down to the bourgeois dictatorship of knowledge – strike out on your own and establish the real facts of the matter!

Soviet War Memorial – Remembrance Sunday (13.11.2017)

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Soviet War Memorial – Imperial War Museum – London

Around a hundred people gathered on a cold November day in the ground of the Imperial War Museum (London), to pay their respects to 27-40 million Soviet dead and wounded suffered during what the West calls ‘WWII’, and the Russians the ‘Great Patriotic War’ (1941-1945). This was a brutal war of extermination and survival, with Adolf Hitler’s Nazi German forces invading the USSR and immediately initiating ‘Operation Ost’ – the intended extermination of the Slavic ethnicity. Hitler intended to use the geographical space gained from a defeated Soviet Union as a means to create a ‘Greater Germany’. In the meantime, the Soviet Red Army, whilst suffering terrible casualties and set-backs in the face of the enemy, slowly but surely began to consolidate its presence, and push the Nazi German forces back toward their homeland. The Soviet defeat of fascism essentially gave the Western powers a fighting chance in France and beyond. Hurrah to the Soviet people! Every year the number of British Veterans who fought with the Soviet Red Army reduces – with none now being under 80 years of age. As the Old Guard falls away, their place in the line is often taken by their younger relatives. As British Veterans of the Soviet Red Army are not acknowledged by the rightwing British Legion – and are not welcome at London’s Cenotaph – these brave Veterans quite rightly congregate here.

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