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Vladimir Ilyich Trump?
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God bless Donald Trump for sacking James Comey! Just a few days before this decisive step, Justin Raimondo of Antiwar.com called James Comey “the most powerful man in America”. Comey was pushing the US into an unnecessary war with unwilling Russia. Answering a question by Lindsey Graham, the notorious warmonger, he said that Russians are “the greatest threat of any nation on earth, given their intention and their capability.” This is really not an FBI agenda! He claimed the right to decide the foreign policy of the US, and even what is (MSM) and what is not (Wikileaks) legitimate media. The guy became too big for his boots, and it is good that he’s gotten the boot.

By sacking Comey, Trump has made a first step to recovering his lost ground. Previously, we saw him retreating. He sacked Bannon, he bombed Syria, he promoted his silly daughter and her weird husband to almost-presidential status. The results were sad. The president has been treated as a legless (not just lame) duck. Comey’s behaviour has been especially insulting. If the foreign policy is decided by the FBI and the NY Times, who needs a president, anyway?

I would applaud if Trump were to send killing drones, Obama-style, to deal with John McCain and Lindsey Graham, too. It would make a terrific show: over a beautiful chocolate cake, watching drones flying all the way to these two bastards. But probably Trump is not made of sufficiently stern stuff. He should invent some less spectacular way to get rid of the traitors.

His next step – inviting Mr Sergey Lavrov to the White House – was also good and right, particularly in the context of Comey’s “Russia is a threat” pronouncement. Some wise heads suggest that he chose the wrong timing and exposed himself to attacks. Bollocks! He would be attacked at any time, sooner or later. By doing what he did when he did it, Trump proved that he can. Despite the incredible demonization of Russia, despite the silly claim that he is on Putin’s beck and call, he met with the Russian minister. This was a manly act, something to be proud of.

The warmongers responded with the ridiculous accusation of “leaking strategic secrets to Lavrov”. Ridiculous but meaningful: the idea is to build a conditioned reflex in politicians and statesmen, like Dr Pavlov did for dogs. His dogs began salivating while hearing the bell usually associated with feeding, or they ran away at the sound associated with trashing. A conditioned politician will cross the street to the opposite pavement if a Russian diplomat is sighted, and thus the danger of peace will be removed.

Until now, the clearest cases of conditioning were produced by the Israel Lobby. Jews are wonderfully good at conditioning. So many politicians and journalists have been conditioned into swearing their compliance with Jewish dogma. At the first sound of displeasure, they crawl of all fours and declare their love for the Jews and/or Israel. The late Joe Sobran, a witty Washington journalist, compared them to cows that graze on a field surrounded with low-voltage electric wire. If they try to get close, they get a small but unpleasant shock. For vast majority, this is enough to keep them inside.

And when a politician is conditioned, he can be led wherever his shepherds want. Indeed, the first man to blow whistle on Trump “passing secrets” to Lavrov had been Alan Dershowitz, the torture-loving Zionist, who had conditioned many politicians to love Israel or else.

For this reason I prefer politicians who proved they weren’t scared or conditioned by the Jews. Such is the wonderful Cynthia McKinney – she lost her position on the Capitol Hill, but she did not surrender. This I would call the first test for a politician. If the Jews can subdue you, they will. I’ll add for your comfort: it is not necessary to fight the Jews: just do not give them a single inch, and then they will do what you want. It is practically the same idea as in walking a large dog. Let him have his way once, and he will pull you for miles and miles; keep him on tight leash, and he will obey.

I saw this quality in President Trump, too. He rejected the Jewish call to apologise for the six-pointed star on Clinton’s image, he rejected their insistence to mention the Holocaust, and even when he did, he did not mention Jews, to their great annoyance. Then he gave in for a while, and bombed Syria and made some pro-Israel noises, and he sent his Ivanka to do an even more pro-Jewish routine, and he appeared defeated. But then he had met with Lavrov. Let us hope this time Trump will keep the leash in his strong hands.

I am somewhat embarrassed to cheer the US President for doing such minor routine things as firing an FBI director or meeting with the Foreign Minister of a major state. Next, I’d have to laud him for eating an apple or washing his hands (“Attaboy!”). But one feels that the guy needs our encouragement for doing something right. As the father of three boys, I know: boys need encouragement. And if there is no great achievement to cheer them for, even washing their hands before the meal will do.

Trump has a huge, Herculean task: to turn the battleship America away from its collision course when all the important people in all the important positions are deadly keen to run it full speed ahead. They think the other ship will turn away first; but the “other ship” is actually a lighthouse. It is the rock of the World-Island and its Heartland. Why would so many smart Americans, Brits and Europeans push their luck by courting war and disaster?

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Exactly a hundred years ago, in 1917, Vladimir Lenin discovered that the present system necessarily produces world wars. It is not a question of bad guys or good guys, it’s the system, stupid! He wrote about it a concise book called Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, radically updating Marx. The idea is that capitalism evolves from dynamic competitive production to financial capital takeover, while the financial capital unavoidably leads to wars. If financiers rule, war is inevitable, he said, because they are insatiable.

Industrialists, builders, farmers can and will stop at the limits of their territory, but financiers always want more, and there is no natural limit to their expansion. They want to colonise more lands, subjugate more nations and suck up their substance. The only way to save the world from the horrors of war (remember, Lenin wrote after Verdun and Ypres), is to get rid of financial capital’s dominance (Jesus came to the same conclusion whens He expelled the moneychangers from the temple).

That same year, Lenin made his great experiment to rid his country Russia of bankers and other exploiters, while earning their eternal hatred (and volumes of fake news about his bloodthirsty cruelty, in addition). History has proven him partially right: the countries that followed Lenin’s path never began a war, and they never colonised other states, though they did help some to get rid of their leeches and Western interference. Soviet Russia is an example: it was a donor to all the other socialist states, from Georgia to Afghanistan. (Perhaps the communists had been too good for this world. After Russia was de-communised, Russian income went up, while the incomes of practically all the ex-Soviet states plummeted, unless subsidised by the EU.) And they knew no war.

On the other hand, the states that remained under bankers’ sway went to war more and more frequently. They colonised or were colonised. Probably none as often as the US, the home country for the Federal Reserve, for the dollar and for so many great financial companies.

For America, the next World War is inevitable, unless the Americans can get rid of their financiers – and of their servants in the mass media and other state institutions. My sympathy to President Trump has been based on his antipathy to the moneymen. When he attacked the Federal Reserve and Wall Street, he swayed me, and perhaps you, too.

But then, I am not a real Marxist. I’ll explain. Marxists consider financial capitalists as progressive sort of exploiters. “Progressive” is not a synonym of “better”; it is just more advanced, like in “progressive disease”. Classical Marxists believe the happy future of mankind will come after the full victory of progressive financial capitalism. Lenin came to the conclusion that there was no reason to wait for their victory: the workers can do everything better. This is the question of who and how to fight financial capital.

Financial capital has two sorts of enemies: progressive and reactionary. The progressive are those who go for the future, for the elimination of money rule altogether, for the happy brotherhood of all men, for liberated labour, for human development, for the world of no masters and no slaves. These people are workers, and they are happy to work without being fleeced. They do not want to exploit or to be exploited.

The reactionary prefer the past. The Alt-Right is that sort of people. Evola and Guenon, the lodestars of the Alt-Right, hated modernity and believed it could be rolled back. They wished feudalism or even older formations to return.

We do not fully realise that the industrial capitalism of the 1950s, with its captains of industry and people of the real economy, of oil tycoons and great builders, also belongs to yesterday. They are still rich and powerful, but so are kings and dukes. They also were defeated by the sleek moneymen.

Marxists believe that the the progressives will win, while the reactionaries are doomed to defeat. Lenin was not a classical Marxist, as he believed in great potential of “reactionary”, or backward, peasants. He didn’t think people have to wait until the bankers take over the world. A short-cut is possible, and exploiters can and should be defeated.

Being of an optimistic and eternally hopeful disposition, I am not even a true Leninist, as I am sympathetic to all the enemies of the bankers, whether progressive or reactionary, Alt-Left or Alt-Right, whether workers, farmers, aristocracy, religious fundamentalists, people of free spirit, oil tycoons – or builders like Trump. I can’t exclude the possibility that Trump will do what the Left failed: destroy the Federal Reserve, put bankers on a leash, give Americans productive work, lead them to universal prosperity and save them from horrible war. The idea of historical determinism is wrong as it denies free will.

Trump – and you – can see that world can be bettered if the huge resources directed to war would be redirected to peace. Just now in China they had a global Silk Road forum (OBOR) with the active participation of Russia, China, Turkey. They have in mind a huge infrastructure project which will allow many countries to develop side by side. The US did not participate at all, while the Germans objected that the Chinese do not allow them to buy Chinese companies “like they do in Germany”. The Chinese are right: there is no reason to sell one’s producing companies. Let them produce in the interest of the nation. This could be a solution suitable for Trump.

In many countries, people try now to find a way out of the impasse. Such a man is the UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. His problems are similar to those of Trump. In his party, though the grass roots support Corbyn, the top brass had been appointed and promoted by Tony Blair. Twice Corbyn defeated their attempts at a coup. Still, the media – and most of all, the Guardian, the leading Labour–Liberal paper, are baying for his blood. Every day they publish Corbyn’s political obituaries, hoping, by voodoo magic, to cause his demise.

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Now they pre-published Corbyn’s Labour Manifesto with his plans of what to do after a victory. They thought this publication would kill him, but it is the other way around: people are positive about his plan to spend billions on undoing the extremes of Thatcher and Blair privatisations. The English people would regain their great NHS, National Health Service, the best in the world; they would regain their railways that fell into disrepair, as private owners skim the profits and the taxpayer pays the expenses.

Actually, these plans would still be cheaper than the Conservative alternative as Corbyn wants to eliminate British’s nuclear arsenal and stop bottomless spending for weapons, while the Conservatives want to spend more money on new weaponry. A little bird tells me that if he unexpectedly wins, the Russians will be accused of interference on his behalf. Such accusations do little harm to the candidates, and even less to the Russians, who are proud of being considered so powerful.

Bear in mind that works of Lenin are not that popular nowadays, and as his name had been besmirched, I’d suggest a new book published recently in Russia: a mammoth biography of the great man by Lev Danilkin. This is a very well written, not too reverential but respectful, with an eye for a modern reader book, scanning Lenin’s life from his childhood on Volga River to his wanderings in European cities and to his untimely death in Moscow. It hasn’t been translated yet, and I am sure it will make an impact when it is.

Israel Shamir can be reached at adam@israelshamir.net

This article was first published at The Unz Review.

 
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  1. Thanks for mentioning Lenin’s brilliant “Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism.” Any who hasn’t read it, should.

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    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
    Probably I should grab the chance and mention another brilliant and very brief book by Lenin, The State and the Revolution. There he answers the $64,000 question: what should come after the great upheaval. Read it for pure joy if you did not yet!
    , @Seraphim
    One should not forget the "Imperialism: A Study", by John Hobson, 1902.
    Lenin drew much from Hobson to support and substantiate his "Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism (1916).
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  2. The only way to peace and prosperity is the American System of Economics, getting rid of any Private Financial Institutions, including the Stock Market. Nationalize evey single bit of what’s left on the financial sector and that’s it.
    End Debt Money and create governmental-issued Debtless Money – Metalism is for idiotic peoples who don’t know enough but think they do.
    Basically, reject the Semitic Capitalism and the Semitic Communism, reject the Semitic Religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islamism) and stop fighting Israel’s wars.

    That’s the only path, nothing else.

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    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    including the Stock Market

    Just like almost any human made entity the Stock Market is neither all good or all bad. When it raises money for truly innovative companies that have a hard time getting capital it is doing a useful function. When it becomes nothing but a speculation vehicle where people try and run the price up and down to put the difference in their pockets it serves no useful purpose.

    However you can't have one without the other.
  3. Only country will lead the world that will lead the wold without trying to lead the wold.
    So far only Chinese are pursuing this policy. And Chinese are so far ahead of everyone.

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  4. This jew is a goddamn communist. He sounds like to Marxes in one body.

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    • Replies: @Eustace Tilley (not)
    Judah: There's an old English saying: "Children should be seen and not heard."

    There is a lot to be said for formal education, although it is now in decline in the West. I say to you, without malice, that you should go out and get some. Please.

  5. Love the article and your work Mr. Shamir. Of course one major gripe with this piece:

    “Soviet Russia is an example: it was a donor to all the other socialist states, from Georgia to Afghanistan. (Perhaps the communists had been too good for this world. After Russia was de-communised, Russian income went up, while the incomes of practically all the ex-Soviet states plummeted, unless subsidised by the EU.) And they knew no war.

    On the other hand, the states that remained under bankers’ sway went to war more and more frequently.”

    Is it being implied that the bankers had no sway over Soviet Russia (or KGB), or just relatively less? Did they not keep the Synagogues and were their universities not overrun by a radical minority? Was not their propaganda Marxist? My understanding is that the bankers are the first to hook in to enable such things.

    Russia did not have the means for war anywhere near like we are (or they) were told, and the same goes for ISIS today. In many ways both are victims but their very origination, like Israel or the Muslim Brotherhood, is often from Western financiers or bankers, via one front or intelligence agency or nation or another, obviously, but I’m tired of old men (of every single stripe) pedaling the myth of national autonomy in the mid to late 20th century… Stalin was paranoid as heck for good reason, because he was set up to be controlled opposition.

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  6. I like Mr. Shamir’s writings. This one is particularly good and explains why left and right can agree that the corrupt centre of types like Macron and the yankee deep state, represents death. I hope Trump, with his undoubted faults, can succeed against a power structure bent on final destruction.

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  7. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    There are real scandals and then there are madeup scandals.

    And everything Trump says or does is turned into a scandal by the Lugenpresse.

    Trump’s presidency is being Scandalized.

    So, how does this Scandalization work?

    If Trump yawns too much before sleep, it’s a scandal.
    If he wakes up on the wrong side of bed, it’s a scandal.
    If he has two scoops of ice cream, it’s a scandal.
    If he meets with any Russian, it’s a scandal.
    If he fires someone based on recommendation, it’s a scandal.
    If he aids Russia in defeating an evil enemy, it’s a scandal.
    If he opens his eyes, it’s a scandal.
    If he closes his eyes, it’s a scandal.
    If he walks, it’s a scandal.
    If he sits, it’s a scandal.
    Everything he does is somehow scandalized.

    Only when he recklessly lobbed missiles at Syria and jeopardized relations with Russia was he, for a brief moment, treated like a patriotic leader by the rotten US media.

    What Trump should do is find a way to be aloof over all the ridiculousness that surrounds him.
    Just find the right people and work with them and be oblivious to all else.

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    • Replies: @animalogic
    You are correct.
    Like him or not, I am unaware of ANY US president having been treated in such a consistently foul, unjust manner, from day ONE.
    These piss-ants in the msm & the major parties are setting a precedent which could easily destroy what remains of US democracy.
    Well, perhaps they are merely symptomatic of the inherent corruption of the US: like any infection you must go thru the illness to get to back to health....
    And yes, i'm likely insanely optimistic: I better have a little lie down....
    , @Pachyderm Pachyderma
    Not the two scoops of ice cream... Say it ain't so!
    , @truthtellerAryan
    Well, we need to wait and see what kind of orders he'll follow or reject from the financiers in Riyadh and our masters in Tel Aviv.....
  8. “History has proven him partially right: the countries that followed Lenin’s path never began a war, and they never colonised other states”
    WHOAHAHAHA!

    And 1919 and 1939 invasions of Poland were, of course, not invasions, but acts of self-defense.

    Oh, I forgot. To this day soviet apologists claim the invasion in 1919 never happened and the war started actually a year later. And in 1939 Soviets were merely liberating their working class brethren.

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    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
    Well, Szopen, thank you for your sweet music! Poland has been a part of Russian Empire, so naturally in 1919-20 the Reds had tried to set Poland free, too. They failed, and Polish nationalists murdered 200,000 Russian POW and endless amount of Polish Reds. Such things happen in civil wars: in Finland, tens of thousands of Red Finns were killed, when White Finns won, thanks to German intervention.
    So regarding your remark, there was no "Poland" as a separate country in 1919/20.
    Moreover, in that episode of Russian Civil War, the Polish nationalists took control over parts of Russian Empire that weren't parts of Polish Kingdom (Tsarstwo Polskoye - an autonomous Polish unit within the RI) and for 20 years they practised cruel mistreatment of their non-Catholic subjects (today we call them Ukrainians and Belarusians). Even Britain, not a friend of Soviet Russia, objected to this land grab.
    At the first opportunity, the Reds came and recovered the lands populated mainly by non-Catholics (non-Poles, in a narrow sense). This opportunity took place in 1939, when the Nationalist Poland fell to pieces within two weeks of German strike.
    Despite all this grim history, the Reds treated the Poles like angels.
    On a personal level, my father was a Red Pole, while my mother had been a convinced Polonophile. Still, truth should lead over prejudice
    , @Sergey Krieger
    Poland was part of Russia before 1917 and managed to take some originally not Polish territories too while leaving. 1939 was successful return of Russian territories which failed in 1921.
  9. I remember reading it at the time of the US/UK invasion of Iraq in 2003 and felt it had hardly dated at all.
    I am unconvinced, however, by Trump as Lenin. Lenin definitely knew what he wanted to do, Trump is a damn sight less focused.

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  10. Good article, except “cows that graze on a field surrounded with low-voltage electric wire”:

    Cows are actually kept at bay by a 6000 Volt but very low Amperage electric fence.

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    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
    Very true! I stand corrected!
    , @nsa
    Electric fences are cost effective when fencing in docile compliant grazers like horses and the ruminants and american pols. Electric fences will not fence in the smarter more aggressive animals...for example pigs and the wall street jooies. Pigs are opportunistic carnivores of high intelligence and quickly learn the fence can be short circuited to ground by pushing dirt up onto the wire. They are also immensely strong and can easily snout up a steel fence post once the electric fence is disabled. The only way to fence in a pig is to make sure it has more than enough feed within its confines.....hence the federal reserve bank system.
  11. There is no system that produces world wars.
    There are just people who engineer world wars.
    As Jimmy Carter said ‘those who cause wars do not expect to be affected themselves by the wars’.
    The USA never was hit by any war, just by the Civil War.
    Of course some USA boys died in wars, overseas, but none of them was involved in causing war.

    Balfour certainly was one the politicians causing WWI, his statement to the USA ambassador in 1907 ‘that perhaps the cheapest way to preserve the British standard of living was war’.
    Around 1900 the unified Germany economically did far better than the British empire.

    Jews declared war on Hitler Germany in 1933, WJC in Amsterdam, Samuel Untermeijer.
    Headlines in USA papers ‘Judea declares war on Germany’.
    I suppose none of those present in Amsterdam was affected by WWII, most certainly they were rich jews.

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    • Replies: @Wally
    Here we go:

    http://www.fpp.co.uk/History/images/DExpr_Judea240333.gif

    and:

    Jews have been marketing the '6,000,000' lie since at least 1869?

    http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k598/WhiteWolf722/TheSixMillionMyth.jpg

  12. We would be deceiving both ourselves and the people if we concealed from the masses the necessity of a desperate, bloody war of extermination, as the immediate task of the coming revolutionary action.

    Lenin, 1906.

    Gotta love that guy. He was misunderstood.

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    • Replies: @Uebersetzer
    Lenin's reference points, as well as the considerable ruthlessness of the Tsarist state, included the Paris Commune, in which the Versailles forces who crushed the Commune routinely engaged in massive slaughter. In the late 19th century/early 20th century in many countries, the state response to any significant strike was to call out the troops and get them shooting the workers. Shootings of striking or protesting workers are a feature of the literature of the period, anything from Zola's Germinal to Joseph Roth's Radetzky March and Gorky's Mother, the last actually written about the time Lenin put down his words on paper.
    Even in the 1930s, in the middle of the Depression, Charlie Chaplin's film Modern Times has the father of the gamine character (Paulette Goddard) shot by police while joining a protest after being thrown out of work. Chaplin almost seems to take this kind of thing for granted.
    , @Mel
    You forgot one small issue, he let his entire family marry Jews (except Barron of course, but he's 10). Anyone want to bet he marries a yenta? Dont all jump at once.

    I still remember Izzie finding nukes while taking a stool, fascinating.
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    Scholar: Assault on Trump is greatest threat to our country

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    • Replies: @Mark Green
    Excellent article by Mr. Shamir.

    Trump was elected in part because he made prudent remarks about normalizing relations with Russia. What's wrong with that? Peace with Russia is desirable. Cohen articulates this goal very well. Needless hostilities between nuclear powers endangers everyone. Unfortunately, our Trump-hating mass media wants to destroy the Trump presidency. And they will stop at nothing, even if this mean re-igniting the US-Russia cold war. Incredible. Outrageous. The deep state media is the problem, not Trump.

    Ironically, the US political establishment (and MSM) expressed admiration for Trump only when he went in and bombed a sovereign state (Syria) which was a criminal act. But Trump's artful detente with Russia infuriates the MSM. What's wrong with this picture?

    I support Trump's dealings with Russia.

  14. America no longer needs Vladimir Ilyich Trump, America needs Yossif Vissarionovich Trump to deal with uppity Secret Police chiefs the same way Artuzov, Yagoda, Yezhov and Abakumov were dealt with.

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    • Agree: Cyrano
    • Replies: @animalogic
    Yes.
    Black Maria's [sic ?]
    Cellars.
    Shots to back of heads.
    And past-present-future non-existence.
    No executive can/should have to function with the treasonous shenanigans of its intelligence/security organs.
    (Sorry, got a bit carried away there, but god almighty what a Shit-house state of affairs)
  15. You know someone is going to call you on the Soviet “invasions” of places like Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Afghanistan … still, if you accept the assertion, that’s something like 3 wars for the Commies and at least 9 for the Decadent West.

    BTW, I consider myself Dissident Right, which some lump with Alt-Right, and I would assert it is the financial classes who want to bring back feudalism and assign the rest of us back to serfdom.

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  16. I read the book some 32 years ago. Still a must read.
    The author calls Lenin unorthodox Marxist and Lenin himself told that Marxism is not a dogma but an example to be used for following developments which he did. Then it all turned to dogma.

    I don’t think Trump is up to the task. Nothing in his behavior or intelligence level suggests that.
    He lacks focus and is being distracted constantly where he must have consistency and laser like mind and actions.
    He also got no team to rely upon. One is not a warrior in the field so to speak.

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  17. @Dube
    Thanks for mentioning Lenin's brilliant "Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism." Any who hasn't read it, should.

    Probably I should grab the chance and mention another brilliant and very brief book by Lenin, The State and the Revolution. There he answers the $64,000 question: what should come after the great upheaval. Read it for pure joy if you did not yet!

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  18. [If the foreign policy is decided by the FBI and the NY Times, who needs a president, anyway?]

    Same goes if immigration policy is decided by a judge from Hawaii on the basis that he didn’t like the president’s speeches. Success in that clash emboldened all Trump’s enemies.

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  19. Answering a question by Lindsey Graham, the notorious warmonger, he said that Russians are “the greatest threat of any nation on earth, given their intention and their capability.”

    And yet this great Russia expert and intelligence chief was unaware that Gazprom is a gas company.

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    • Replies: @Wally
    And yet 'expert' Anatoly Karlin censors on topic posts to his own articles.

    Karlin supports 'free speech' as long as his laughable & impossible '6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers' are not included.

  20. I would applaud if Trump were to send killing drones, Obama-style, to deal with John McCain and Lindsey Graham, too

    McCain and Graham i.e. The Messers Strangelove.
    These two are perfect examples why the US is so bad at this Empire thing. Perhaps we should consider another line of work. Even the Brits, our mentors, think us a bad show; slow learners and in over our heads. Think how much joy it will bring to let China grasp the laurel and step forward to lead. With five thousand years of history and the friendship rather than the enmity of a hundred nations for support, the task should be easy. We’ll make the history books too, but just barely.

    http://robertmagill.wordpress.com

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    • Replies: @Pachyderm Pachyderma
    Why would McCain and Graham be patsies for the Cabal? Unless, the former, whose fortune comes from wife's beer distributorship thus beholden to brewers with ties to you know who and the latter whose alleged penchant for boys is either supplied with or well documented by you know who... Do not see it. Maybe the machinery, America, is simply too complex and those two dimwitted, useless idiots are just caught up in it, like the rest of Washington...
  21. Trump is in over his head. Looking every day more and more buffoonish. He can’t trust many of those around him (people he chose, by the way), and he’s probably alienated those he can trust by his cucking. As a big supporter, frankly I don’t care much anymore what happens to him. He’s abandoned his base, those who supported him for specific reasons, reasons that he himself has apparently given up. I’m off the train. Next stop?

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    • Replies: @prusmc
    Have to agree with MP. U fortunately, he did not have a crew of competent, 0loyal and courageous people to bring into office with him. The establishment republicans were a nest of vipers. He dld almost nothing to clear the holdover trash that stabs him in the back hourly. Only the ordinary American liked him and he discarded them and either embraced or knuckled under to his enemies.
    , @Wally
    Gee, less that four months, and:

    Trump’s 100 Days a Success
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/28/making-america-great-again-donald-trumps-100-day-success/

    Illegal Immigration Down by Unprecedented 73%
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/29/trump-illegal-immigration-down-by-unprecedented-73/

    Just getting started.
    President Donald Trump to fill 117 vacancies on various federal courts.
    http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/10/there-are-still-117-court-vacancies-to-be-filled-by-trump/

    U.S. Illegal Immigration Plunges on Trump Crackdown
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/06/u-s-illegal-immigration-plunges-trump-crackdown/

    20 Ways Trump Unraveled the Administrative State
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/11/20-ways-trump-unraveled-administrative-state/

    Bit by bit, Trump methodically undoing Obama policies
    http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/89ae8247abe8493fae24405546e9a1aa/Article_2017-04-03-US--Trump-Undoing%20Obama/id-c4fa9fa659394514aa645a7cfd3c31ed

    Illegal Entrance into U.S. Lowest in 17 Years, Mexicans Too Afraid of Trump
    https://www.prisonplanet.com/illegal-entrance-into-u-s-lowest-in-17-years-mexicans-too-afraid-of-trump.html
  22. @Dube
    Thanks for mentioning Lenin's brilliant "Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism." Any who hasn't read it, should.

    One should not forget the “Imperialism: A Study”, by John Hobson, 1902.
    Lenin drew much from Hobson to support and substantiate his “Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism (1916).

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    • Replies: @Whoriskey
    I read Lenin's book in the early '80s. I found it an an unconvincing extrapolation of the causes of the Boer war . I must read it again.
    , @Israel Shamir
    Absolutely. He read and quoted thousands of pages beginning with Hobson. The whole v.29, I've been told (never checked it myself) has a preparatory material for this slim book.
  23. @szopen
    "History has proven him partially right: the countries that followed Lenin’s path never began a war, and they never colonised other states"
    WHOAHAHAHA!

    And 1919 and 1939 invasions of Poland were, of course, not invasions, but acts of self-defense.

    Oh, I forgot. To this day soviet apologists claim the invasion in 1919 never happened and the war started actually a year later. And in 1939 Soviets were merely liberating their working class brethren.

    Well, Szopen, thank you for your sweet music! Poland has been a part of Russian Empire, so naturally in 1919-20 the Reds had tried to set Poland free, too. They failed, and Polish nationalists murdered 200,000 Russian POW and endless amount of Polish Reds. Such things happen in civil wars: in Finland, tens of thousands of Red Finns were killed, when White Finns won, thanks to German intervention.
    So regarding your remark, there was no “Poland” as a separate country in 1919/20.
    Moreover, in that episode of Russian Civil War, the Polish nationalists took control over parts of Russian Empire that weren’t parts of Polish Kingdom (Tsarstwo Polskoye – an autonomous Polish unit within the RI) and for 20 years they practised cruel mistreatment of their non-Catholic subjects (today we call them Ukrainians and Belarusians). Even Britain, not a friend of Soviet Russia, objected to this land grab.
    At the first opportunity, the Reds came and recovered the lands populated mainly by non-Catholics (non-Poles, in a narrow sense). This opportunity took place in 1939, when the Nationalist Poland fell to pieces within two weeks of German strike.
    Despite all this grim history, the Reds treated the Poles like angels.
    On a personal level, my father was a Red Pole, while my mother had been a convinced Polonophile. Still, truth should lead over prejudice

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    • Replies: @Che Guava
    Well, you can thank whatever powers above that you do or do not believe in that the Red Army's westward push under Lev Bronstein (Trotsky) failed.

    It was also incredibly irresponsible given the conditions people were living in at the time.

    Lenin also wrote The State and Revolution, the reprise of What is to be Done, several other essays that remain interesting to read.

    Even Stalin wrote a few that remain interesting.

    Trotsky's efforts are limited to a few paltry pieces about revolutionary violence, somewhere may be evidence of his brief porn actor career in exile in Noo Yawk, as it is widely believed by historians. I have seen still photos that appear to be him, both in print and on the Web, not photoshopped.

    He is the poisonous uncle of the Frankfurt School poison.

    As such, he is a ghost that casts a giant shadow over the western left, all of their bullshit can be traced to him.

    I gather that it is even more simple in the USA:just about all of the groups who make fake opposition are coordinated by Bronsteinites.

    All that he wrote, in his luxurious exile, was whining propaganda, Stalin was precisely correct to have considered him an absolute enemy.
    , @CanSpeccy

    Despite all this grim history, the Reds treated the Poles like angels.
     
    As at Katyn in 1940?

    A Polish exile I knew in Ottawa many years ago told me that during their invasion of Poland the Russian occupiers would examine the hands of any man who came to their attention. If his hands were uncallused, the man would be shot as a bourgeois.

    Which is consistent with the claim of the Lithuanian-born Nobel Prize winning poet, Czesław Miłosz, who reports in his autobiography that the Russian treatment of the people of the Baltic states was genocidal.

    , @szopen
    (1) Actually, REds proclaimed partitions null and void and recognised Polish gvt
    (2) POland had not murdered 200.000 PoW. This myth was dispelled by joint Polish-Russian commission of historians. Both Polish PoWs in Russia, and Soviet PoWs in Poland were dying in large numbers, due to typhus, hunger and so on. Polish parliament send their commission to investigate the press claims and then a lot was done to decrease the mortality. In total, 20.000 Polish PoWs (out of 51.000) died in Soviet camps, while about 16 to 20.000 Soviet PoWs (out of total 80.000 ) died in Polish camps (the lower number is from Polish historian, the 20 thousand number came from Russian historians). You are claiming that more Russian PoWs died that were actually taken in by Polish army!
    (3) The claim that Reds treated Poles well is preposterous. ABout 100.000 people died in so called "Polish action" even before the WWII, and then hundreds of thousands were deported, from which an unknown but very high number died (the number is in hundreds of thousands too).
    (4) The claim that "reds toiok the opportunity when Poland fell within two weeks" repeats Nazi propaganda - at the moment of invasion most of Poland was not taken by Germans, there were still large operational units. Warsaw fell ten days later IIRC, and the last large battle was in october. MOreover, reds created the opportunity by allying with Nazis. DO I have to remind you that Reds had the non-aggression pact with Poland?
  24. @szopen
    "History has proven him partially right: the countries that followed Lenin’s path never began a war, and they never colonised other states"
    WHOAHAHAHA!

    And 1919 and 1939 invasions of Poland were, of course, not invasions, but acts of self-defense.

    Oh, I forgot. To this day soviet apologists claim the invasion in 1919 never happened and the war started actually a year later. And in 1939 Soviets were merely liberating their working class brethren.

    Poland was part of Russia before 1917 and managed to take some originally not Polish territories too while leaving. 1939 was successful return of Russian territories which failed in 1921.

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    • Replies: @szopen
    All of the territories were part of Poland before they were conquered by RUssia. Some of them had Polish majority (and indeed, some small part of this territories in Belarus still have Polish majority). Moreover, at Riga Reds offered even larger territories, and Polish delegation - a thing probably unknown in history of diplomacy - decided to take less than was offered. Those territories were not Russian - in none of them Russians formed even a sizeable minority. SOme had Polish, some had Belarussian, and some Polish majorities.
  25. @Ace

    We would be deceiving both ourselves and the people if we concealed from the masses the necessity of a desperate, bloody war of extermination, as the immediate task of the coming revolutionary action.
     
    Lenin, 1906.

    Gotta love that guy. He was misunderstood.

    Lenin’s reference points, as well as the considerable ruthlessness of the Tsarist state, included the Paris Commune, in which the Versailles forces who crushed the Commune routinely engaged in massive slaughter. In the late 19th century/early 20th century in many countries, the state response to any significant strike was to call out the troops and get them shooting the workers. Shootings of striking or protesting workers are a feature of the literature of the period, anything from Zola’s Germinal to Joseph Roth’s Radetzky March and Gorky’s Mother, the last actually written about the time Lenin put down his words on paper.
    Even in the 1930s, in the middle of the Depression, Charlie Chaplin’s film Modern Times has the father of the gamine character (Paulette Goddard) shot by police while joining a protest after being thrown out of work. Chaplin almost seems to take this kind of thing for granted.

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    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
    Absolutely. And Lenin being blamed for responding in kind. We know now very well where the road leads while capitalists come to power. The look at former SSRs reveals everything
    , @SolontoCroesus
    1. Is Shamir expressing nostalgia for a time long past
    2. And a process important -- even highly significant -- to Russians and Poles, but
    3. not necessarily pertinent to the American people here and now?

    4. How does Lenin relate to or affirm the specific thinking and experiences that influenced American founders, and
    5. If USA is "exceptional" in the "propositional" nature of its founding, then
    6. Isn't it more important to find, learn, promote, advocate, educate the public on the wisdom and experience of the American people and their founders?
    , @KA
    Success of the Whitewashing of the crimes committed by the powerful before Communism took hold in China , Russia, Cuba ,still serves as a great example to the current globalists war monger bastards. . They talk of the crimes by X, Y' Z of miniscule importance and effects while glorifying their own set of destructive wars which always leave more blood for always a much longer period of time and not warranted .
  26. @Roland Heymanns
    Good article, except "cows that graze on a field surrounded with low-voltage electric wire":

    Cows are actually kept at bay by a 6000 Volt but very low Amperage electric fence.

    Very true! I stand corrected!

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  27. I would applaud if Trump were to send killing drones, Obama-style, to deal with John McCain and Lindsey Graham, too. It would make a terrific show: over a beautiful chocolate cake, watching drones flying all the way to these two bastards…

    My feelings exactly as I just said, if a little more politically correct, in another post. I didn’t want my post to be removed! (Grin)
    Unfortunately there is another crisis now with Comey memos and such, about ‘obstruction of justice’ but this too will pass, I hope and pray.
    Viva Trump
    God Save The King
    Trump/Putin Axis Da!

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  28. @Seraphim
    One should not forget the "Imperialism: A Study", by John Hobson, 1902.
    Lenin drew much from Hobson to support and substantiate his "Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism (1916).

    I read Lenin’s book in the early ’80s. I found it an an unconvincing extrapolation of the causes of the Boer war . I must read it again.

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  29. May 8, 2017 We Are at the Mercy of a Corporate Ruling Class

    On June 4, 2003, Moyers gave a speech at the “Take Back America” conference. In it, Moyers defined what he considered Karl Rove’s influence on George W. Bush’s administration. Moyers asserted that, from his reading of Rove, the mid-to-late 19th century was to Rove a “cherished period of American history.”

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  30. @RejectAlienIdeals
    The only way to peace and prosperity is the American System of Economics, getting rid of any Private Financial Institutions, including the Stock Market. Nationalize evey single bit of what's left on the financial sector and that's it.
    End Debt Money and create governmental-issued Debtless Money - Metalism is for idiotic peoples who don't know enough but think they do.
    Basically, reject the Semitic Capitalism and the Semitic Communism, reject the Semitic Religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islamism) and stop fighting Israel's wars.

    That's the only path, nothing else.

    including the Stock Market

    Just like almost any human made entity the Stock Market is neither all good or all bad. When it raises money for truly innovative companies that have a hard time getting capital it is doing a useful function. When it becomes nothing but a speculation vehicle where people try and run the price up and down to put the difference in their pockets it serves no useful purpose.

    However you can’t have one without the other.

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    • Replies: @Jeff Davis
    "However you can’t have one without the other."

    Why not? Just make the stock market a govt run exchange, with low transaction fees, and established minimum holding times for investments, so that investors, not speculators, are ones who win or lose according to the success or failure of the enterprise.

    I'm not saying this is the only way to prevent the parasitic skimmers. My point is that you shouldn't assume it's not doable. Figure out what you want the system to do -- provide capital to companies trying to grow, while preventing speculation and parasitism -- and then design a structure that achieves that. And, if the first attempt proves imperfect, modify/adjust. Then keep at it till you get it right.

    I have long wanted to outlaw the FED, private banking, private insurance, and private stock, equities, currency, etc markets. Let the govt run this and let the transaction profits be recycled into the public coffers. Is it not self-evident that privately run enterprises in the financial services sector are run not for the benefit of their customers, but rather for the maximum profit of their owners. And maximum profit must inevitably lead to maximum looting of productive enterprises rather than the promotion of productivity.
  31. @Uebersetzer
    Lenin's reference points, as well as the considerable ruthlessness of the Tsarist state, included the Paris Commune, in which the Versailles forces who crushed the Commune routinely engaged in massive slaughter. In the late 19th century/early 20th century in many countries, the state response to any significant strike was to call out the troops and get them shooting the workers. Shootings of striking or protesting workers are a feature of the literature of the period, anything from Zola's Germinal to Joseph Roth's Radetzky March and Gorky's Mother, the last actually written about the time Lenin put down his words on paper.
    Even in the 1930s, in the middle of the Depression, Charlie Chaplin's film Modern Times has the father of the gamine character (Paulette Goddard) shot by police while joining a protest after being thrown out of work. Chaplin almost seems to take this kind of thing for granted.

    Absolutely. And Lenin being blamed for responding in kind. We know now very well where the road leads while capitalists come to power. The look at former SSRs reveals everything

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  32. The downfall if the Marxists is their scientific materialism and their absurd theory of history.
    I mean, if we are all just molecules, from what moral basis can they actually argue that the mighty and rich should not have their way?
    I would like to read these Lenin works, however, ignoring that problem.

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    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
    Marx (and to lesser degree, Lenin) tried to skip the moral point altogether. They said development of industry creates some relationship between people; when this relationship hinders economic development, it should be changed. So Marx' point was not that rich and mighty are bad, but that at a certain moment in history they hinder human progress. Actually, Marxists were positive, even too positive to capitalists up to a point. Lenin had more moral position, and more love to peasant, but he began to express it only quite late in his life.
    As for Marxist concept of history, it was heavily influenced by Hegel. Perhaps you have heard a bon mot of a French journalist present at the Battle of Stalingrad. He described it as a battle between Left Hegelians and Right Hegelians. Beside, I am not specially enamoured by Marxist history (historical materialism) as it smacks of determinism.
  33. @Anon
    There are real scandals and then there are madeup scandals.

    And everything Trump says or does is turned into a scandal by the Lugenpresse.

    Trump's presidency is being Scandalized.

    So, how does this Scandalization work?

    If Trump yawns too much before sleep, it's a scandal.
    If he wakes up on the wrong side of bed, it's a scandal.
    If he has two scoops of ice cream, it's a scandal.
    If he meets with any Russian, it's a scandal.
    If he fires someone based on recommendation, it's a scandal.
    If he aids Russia in defeating an evil enemy, it's a scandal.
    If he opens his eyes, it's a scandal.
    If he closes his eyes, it's a scandal.
    If he walks, it's a scandal.
    If he sits, it's a scandal.
    Everything he does is somehow scandalized.

    Only when he recklessly lobbed missiles at Syria and jeopardized relations with Russia was he, for a brief moment, treated like a patriotic leader by the rotten US media.

    What Trump should do is find a way to be aloof over all the ridiculousness that surrounds him.
    Just find the right people and work with them and be oblivious to all else.

    You are correct.
    Like him or not, I am unaware of ANY US president having been treated in such a consistently foul, unjust manner, from day ONE.
    These piss-ants in the msm & the major parties are setting a precedent which could easily destroy what remains of US democracy.
    Well, perhaps they are merely symptomatic of the inherent corruption of the US: like any infection you must go thru the illness to get to back to health….
    And yes, i’m likely insanely optimistic: I better have a little lie down….

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  34. @Parsifal
    America no longer needs Vladimir Ilyich Trump, America needs Yossif Vissarionovich Trump to deal with uppity Secret Police chiefs the same way Artuzov, Yagoda, Yezhov and Abakumov were dealt with.

    Yes.
    Black Maria’s [sic ?]
    Cellars.
    Shots to back of heads.
    And past-present-future non-existence.
    No executive can/should have to function with the treasonous shenanigans of its intelligence/security organs.
    (Sorry, got a bit carried away there, but god almighty what a Shit-house state of affairs)

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  35. @Uebersetzer
    Lenin's reference points, as well as the considerable ruthlessness of the Tsarist state, included the Paris Commune, in which the Versailles forces who crushed the Commune routinely engaged in massive slaughter. In the late 19th century/early 20th century in many countries, the state response to any significant strike was to call out the troops and get them shooting the workers. Shootings of striking or protesting workers are a feature of the literature of the period, anything from Zola's Germinal to Joseph Roth's Radetzky March and Gorky's Mother, the last actually written about the time Lenin put down his words on paper.
    Even in the 1930s, in the middle of the Depression, Charlie Chaplin's film Modern Times has the father of the gamine character (Paulette Goddard) shot by police while joining a protest after being thrown out of work. Chaplin almost seems to take this kind of thing for granted.

    1. Is Shamir expressing nostalgia for a time long past
    2. And a process important — even highly significant — to Russians and Poles, but
    3. not necessarily pertinent to the American people here and now?

    4. How does Lenin relate to or affirm the specific thinking and experiences that influenced American founders, and
    5. If USA is “exceptional” in the “propositional” nature of its founding, then
    6. Isn’t it more important to find, learn, promote, advocate, educate the public on the wisdom and experience of the American people and their founders?

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  36. @Roland Heymanns
    Good article, except "cows that graze on a field surrounded with low-voltage electric wire":

    Cows are actually kept at bay by a 6000 Volt but very low Amperage electric fence.

    Electric fences are cost effective when fencing in docile compliant grazers like horses and the ruminants and american pols. Electric fences will not fence in the smarter more aggressive animals…for example pigs and the wall street jooies. Pigs are opportunistic carnivores of high intelligence and quickly learn the fence can be short circuited to ground by pushing dirt up onto the wire. They are also immensely strong and can easily snout up a steel fence post once the electric fence is disabled. The only way to fence in a pig is to make sure it has more than enough feed within its confines…..hence the federal reserve bank system.

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  37. @mp
    Trump is in over his head. Looking every day more and more buffoonish. He can't trust many of those around him (people he chose, by the way), and he's probably alienated those he can trust by his cucking. As a big supporter, frankly I don't care much anymore what happens to him. He's abandoned his base, those who supported him for specific reasons, reasons that he himself has apparently given up. I'm off the train. Next stop?

    Have to agree with MP. U fortunately, he did not have a crew of competent, 0loyal and courageous people to bring into office with him. The establishment republicans were a nest of vipers. He dld almost nothing to clear the holdover trash that stabs him in the back hourly. Only the ordinary American liked him and he discarded them and either embraced or knuckled under to his enemies.

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  38. @Judah
    This jew is a goddamn communist. He sounds like to Marxes in one body.

    Judah: There’s an old English saying: “Children should be seen and not heard.”

    There is a lot to be said for formal education, although it is now in decline in the West. I say to you, without malice, that you should go out and get some. Please.

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    • Replies: @Quartermaster
    The one in need of education is you. The author is a communist. Lenin, a man he obviously loves, is one of the worlds greatest murderers.
  39. @Israel Shamir
    Well, Szopen, thank you for your sweet music! Poland has been a part of Russian Empire, so naturally in 1919-20 the Reds had tried to set Poland free, too. They failed, and Polish nationalists murdered 200,000 Russian POW and endless amount of Polish Reds. Such things happen in civil wars: in Finland, tens of thousands of Red Finns were killed, when White Finns won, thanks to German intervention.
    So regarding your remark, there was no "Poland" as a separate country in 1919/20.
    Moreover, in that episode of Russian Civil War, the Polish nationalists took control over parts of Russian Empire that weren't parts of Polish Kingdom (Tsarstwo Polskoye - an autonomous Polish unit within the RI) and for 20 years they practised cruel mistreatment of their non-Catholic subjects (today we call them Ukrainians and Belarusians). Even Britain, not a friend of Soviet Russia, objected to this land grab.
    At the first opportunity, the Reds came and recovered the lands populated mainly by non-Catholics (non-Poles, in a narrow sense). This opportunity took place in 1939, when the Nationalist Poland fell to pieces within two weeks of German strike.
    Despite all this grim history, the Reds treated the Poles like angels.
    On a personal level, my father was a Red Pole, while my mother had been a convinced Polonophile. Still, truth should lead over prejudice

    Well, you can thank whatever powers above that you do or do not believe in that the Red Army’s westward push under Lev Bronstein (Trotsky) failed.

    It was also incredibly irresponsible given the conditions people were living in at the time.

    Lenin also wrote The State and Revolution, the reprise of What is to be Done, several other essays that remain interesting to read.

    Even Stalin wrote a few that remain interesting.

    Trotsky’s efforts are limited to a few paltry pieces about revolutionary violence, somewhere may be evidence of his brief porn actor career in exile in Noo Yawk, as it is widely believed by historians. I have seen still photos that appear to be him, both in print and on the Web, not photoshopped.

    He is the poisonous uncle of the Frankfurt School poison.

    As such, he is a ghost that casts a giant shadow over the western left, all of their bullshit can be traced to him.

    I gather that it is even more simple in the USA:just about all of the groups who make fake opposition are coordinated by Bronsteinites.

    All that he wrote, in his luxurious exile, was whining propaganda, Stalin was precisely correct to have considered him an absolute enemy.

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  40. Mr. Shamir,

    My earlier comment is listed as being directed to you, but was not.

    This good site’s software seems to lose track at times.

    Trump is no source of hope for USA people, wait and see, but his brattish daughter (not very pretty, really, she sure has a lot of work done!) and her ultra-Zionist husband seem to have more power.

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  41. @Uebersetzer
    Lenin's reference points, as well as the considerable ruthlessness of the Tsarist state, included the Paris Commune, in which the Versailles forces who crushed the Commune routinely engaged in massive slaughter. In the late 19th century/early 20th century in many countries, the state response to any significant strike was to call out the troops and get them shooting the workers. Shootings of striking or protesting workers are a feature of the literature of the period, anything from Zola's Germinal to Joseph Roth's Radetzky March and Gorky's Mother, the last actually written about the time Lenin put down his words on paper.
    Even in the 1930s, in the middle of the Depression, Charlie Chaplin's film Modern Times has the father of the gamine character (Paulette Goddard) shot by police while joining a protest after being thrown out of work. Chaplin almost seems to take this kind of thing for granted.

    Success of the Whitewashing of the crimes committed by the powerful before Communism took hold in China , Russia, Cuba ,still serves as a great example to the current globalists war monger bastards. . They talk of the crimes by X, Y’ Z of miniscule importance and effects while glorifying their own set of destructive wars which always leave more blood for always a much longer period of time and not warranted .

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  42. With respect to Lenin, the most powerful impression I got about this contoversial figure is the well documented book ” Under the Sign of the Scorpion” by Juri Lina. The book was banned from bookstores and the last time I checked it on Amazon more than two years ago its price had reached collector item status.
    Mr. Shamir, I would very much appreciate getting your opinion about the writer and the book which does not give the reader a very positive impression about Lenin and most of the Communist icons.

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    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
    I actually reviewed this book years ago, and surely read it. In my view, it is full of fantasies and inventions. Not a book to read for understanding. I'd prefer The Protocols or something more coherent))
    , @utu
    I liked Juri Lina's film. The most important is (1) conspiracy to destroy Russia though he does not explain why exactly Russia was targeted by so many forces and (2) showing big money behind Trotsky and Lenin.

    Will Russia and Russians will ever wake up. I doubt it. French did not wake up after 200 plus years of French Revolution. They still do not want to hear of Vendée. They still do not understand what their revolution was really about. The same goes for Russians. They still think Lenin and Stalin were their heroes. Look at Israel Shamir.
  43. Feb 26, 2017 NATO-CFR Allies Pence and Mattis Subvert Trump on Russia

    He discusses Russia’s paying the last Soviet Union debts, the Pentagon-Russian Ministry of Defense war of words, U.S. Vice President Michael Pence’s speech at the 2017 Munich Security Conference, the sudden death of the Russian ambassador to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, and new Russian weapons and military technologies.

    https://youtu.be/qygsOlGJViU

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  44. Israel, are you schizophrenic? You had me on a leash until you got to that China business which led to loosening of the rope and freedom! And you always seem to be talking about financiers and the Federal Reserve, then why don’t you write an expose of when, what and who they really are… You must know. And as to the removal of those pests, if they are as omnipotent as you seem to suggest, the only way you can do away with them is to recruit their Mexican maids to administer rat poison daily in small amounts until the job is done for there is no army in the world that can take them on.

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    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
    So many wise men had written about FRS and about banking system, from Mullins to Michael Hudson! I learned that it is better to break and remove than to plan how to mend. It can't be mended, probably.
    As for rat poison, do not make it that personal. It is the system that should be removed, not individuals. And I do not think they are omnipotent - we can beat them)) If they beaten once (and more than once) they can be beaten again.
  45. @Anon
    There are real scandals and then there are madeup scandals.

    And everything Trump says or does is turned into a scandal by the Lugenpresse.

    Trump's presidency is being Scandalized.

    So, how does this Scandalization work?

    If Trump yawns too much before sleep, it's a scandal.
    If he wakes up on the wrong side of bed, it's a scandal.
    If he has two scoops of ice cream, it's a scandal.
    If he meets with any Russian, it's a scandal.
    If he fires someone based on recommendation, it's a scandal.
    If he aids Russia in defeating an evil enemy, it's a scandal.
    If he opens his eyes, it's a scandal.
    If he closes his eyes, it's a scandal.
    If he walks, it's a scandal.
    If he sits, it's a scandal.
    Everything he does is somehow scandalized.

    Only when he recklessly lobbed missiles at Syria and jeopardized relations with Russia was he, for a brief moment, treated like a patriotic leader by the rotten US media.

    What Trump should do is find a way to be aloof over all the ridiculousness that surrounds him.
    Just find the right people and work with them and be oblivious to all else.

    Not the two scoops of ice cream… Say it ain’t so!

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  46. @Anon
    Scholar: Assault on Trump is greatest threat to our country

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhkzF0npUnc

    Excellent article by Mr. Shamir.

    Trump was elected in part because he made prudent remarks about normalizing relations with Russia. What’s wrong with that? Peace with Russia is desirable. Cohen articulates this goal very well. Needless hostilities between nuclear powers endangers everyone. Unfortunately, our Trump-hating mass media wants to destroy the Trump presidency. And they will stop at nothing, even if this mean re-igniting the US-Russia cold war. Incredible. Outrageous. The deep state media is the problem, not Trump.

    Ironically, the US political establishment (and MSM) expressed admiration for Trump only when he went in and bombed a sovereign state (Syria) which was a criminal act. But Trump’s artful detente with Russia infuriates the MSM. What’s wrong with this picture?

    I support Trump’s dealings with Russia.

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  47. @Robert Magill

    I would applaud if Trump were to send killing drones, Obama-style, to deal with John McCain and Lindsey Graham, too
     
    McCain and Graham i.e. The Messers Strangelove.
    These two are perfect examples why the US is so bad at this Empire thing. Perhaps we should consider another line of work. Even the Brits, our mentors, think us a bad show; slow learners and in over our heads. Think how much joy it will bring to let China grasp the laurel and step forward to lead. With five thousand years of history and the friendship rather than the enmity of a hundred nations for support, the task should be easy. We'll make the history books too, but just barely.

    http://robertmagill.wordpress.com

    Why would McCain and Graham be patsies for the Cabal? Unless, the former, whose fortune comes from wife’s beer distributorship thus beholden to brewers with ties to you know who and the latter whose alleged penchant for boys is either supplied with or well documented by you know who… Do not see it. Maybe the machinery, America, is simply too complex and those two dimwitted, useless idiots are just caught up in it, like the rest of Washington…

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  48. I enjoyed the first part of this paper, I shared your approval of Trump firing Comey and Trump meeting Lavrov. I have similar wishes for McCain and Lindsey Graham. I have also no sympathy for Brennan, H. R. McMaster or James Norman Mattis.
    I am really concerned by the world getting in WWIII. I am afraid that Trump might think that he can go after Syria, the Hezbollah and Iran without triggering the WWIII and that McMaster and Mattis are just concocting a plan to do that in the second half of 2017.
    I agree with you that the International Finance system is managed by people looking for that war. Getting the system bankrupted is the only way to avoid the war. I wanted to see Marine Le Pen to be elected to have her denouncing the debt and sending the userers owning the debt to Hell. That would have broke the system and war would have been avoided.
    She failed and anyway she was not ready to cross the Rubicon. Now we have Macron and with Theresa May, they are ready to go to Syria to get rid of Assad, destroy the Hezbollah and start WWIII.
    I am not optimistic.

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  49. @nickels
    The downfall if the Marxists is their scientific materialism and their absurd theory of history.
    I mean, if we are all just molecules, from what moral basis can they actually argue that the mighty and rich should not have their way?
    I would like to read these Lenin works, however, ignoring that problem.

    Marx (and to lesser degree, Lenin) tried to skip the moral point altogether. They said development of industry creates some relationship between people; when this relationship hinders economic development, it should be changed. So Marx’ point was not that rich and mighty are bad, but that at a certain moment in history they hinder human progress. Actually, Marxists were positive, even too positive to capitalists up to a point. Lenin had more moral position, and more love to peasant, but he began to express it only quite late in his life.
    As for Marxist concept of history, it was heavily influenced by Hegel. Perhaps you have heard a bon mot of a French journalist present at the Battle of Stalingrad. He described it as a battle between Left Hegelians and Right Hegelians. Beside, I am not specially enamoured by Marxist history (historical materialism) as it smacks of determinism.

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    • Replies: @nickels
    Ah, yes, thank you. I had forgotten about the notion of historical 'progress' as the back door for smuggling in a sort of pseudo-moral notion, an imperative to a certain way of being.
    I have a book (unread) on Hegel and the Hermeneutics. I have to wonder if progress is but a way of smuggling in an occult morality.
  50. @Pachyderm Pachyderma
    Israel, are you schizophrenic? You had me on a leash until you got to that China business which led to loosening of the rope and freedom! And you always seem to be talking about financiers and the Federal Reserve, then why don't you write an expose of when, what and who they really are... You must know. And as to the removal of those pests, if they are as omnipotent as you seem to suggest, the only way you can do away with them is to recruit their Mexican maids to administer rat poison daily in small amounts until the job is done for there is no army in the world that can take them on.

    So many wise men had written about FRS and about banking system, from Mullins to Michael Hudson! I learned that it is better to break and remove than to plan how to mend. It can’t be mended, probably.
    As for rat poison, do not make it that personal. It is the system that should be removed, not individuals. And I do not think they are omnipotent – we can beat them)) If they beaten once (and more than once) they can be beaten again.

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    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
    Mending the USA banking system in theory is quite easy:
    1 nationalise the FED
    2 split the banks and banking system into
    - a state owned transfer system, no bank bankruptcy can disrupt it any more
    - savings banks, who take little risks, where money is reasonably secure, with state guarantees up to say half a million
    - investment banks who, within legal limits, can do what they like, but, when anyone loses money there, it is lost forever
    - limiting the size of any bank, therefore they no longer are too big to fail.
    Of course, the banksters will do anything to prevent this from happening, and will explain that it is impossible.
    Given enough powers, Varoufakis wll realise all this within two years, as Schacht reorganised the German economy in a year or so.
    Revolutions anywhere always were disasters, thus also a revolution in banking.
  51. @Eustace Tilley (not)
    Judah: There's an old English saying: "Children should be seen and not heard."

    There is a lot to be said for formal education, although it is now in decline in the West. I say to you, without malice, that you should go out and get some. Please.

    The one in need of education is you. The author is a communist. Lenin, a man he obviously loves, is one of the worlds greatest murderers.

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  52. Interesting article. One of the ironies of the February Revolution in 1917 which overthrew the Czar was that some of the reason for opposition to him was that allegedly circles around his wife were trying for a separate peace with Germany. Had Nicholas gotten a half-way decent separate peace with Germany before his overthrow, would Lenin have supported this? I believe it would have transformed world history and forestalled any revolution in Russia.

    Concerning Corbyn, I think I would take him more seriously as truly being the friend of the British working classes if and when he fully repudiates the massive expansion of non-EU immigration that took place under Blair. Instead, the current manifesto has some vague words about prudent amount of immigration or some such. Instead the Tories and UKIP have taken that issue, with May pledging to continue to work toward much less immigration (though in office she hasn’t accomplished much). This issue is beyond bread and butter but strikes to the core of national identity, quality of life, the very essence of having a country, not just a low-wage globalized land mass off the shore of Europe. Perhaps Corbyn should take a lesson from people on the left like Robert Fico in Slovakia.

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    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
    Corbyn, in my view, is the usual confused socialist, who thinks he can serve two masters at the same time:
    - the British lower classes
    - the poor in the rest of the world.
  53. @Joe Levantine
    With respect to Lenin, the most powerful impression I got about this contoversial figure is the well documented book " Under the Sign of the Scorpion" by Juri Lina. The book was banned from bookstores and the last time I checked it on Amazon more than two years ago its price had reached collector item status.
    Mr. Shamir, I would very much appreciate getting your opinion about the writer and the book which does not give the reader a very positive impression about Lenin and most of the Communist icons.

    I actually reviewed this book years ago, and surely read it. In my view, it is full of fantasies and inventions. Not a book to read for understanding. I’d prefer The Protocols or something more coherent))

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    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
    Here is more about Juri Lina https://beta.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/shamireaders/conversations/messages/142
    "I actually share Lina's idea of similarity of 'Christians and Communists', and belong to
    both. But what he curses, I bless daily in the church.
    Lina collected all garbage produced by CIA- paid anticommunists of Russia. Otherwise, he reprocessed the old stuff well known to all of us. As for Jews, by stretching this term to infinity (from Proudhon to Torquemada, from Lenin to Robespierre, and to practically every
    non-Estonian) he makes it meaningless.
  54. @Seraphim
    One should not forget the "Imperialism: A Study", by John Hobson, 1902.
    Lenin drew much from Hobson to support and substantiate his "Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism (1916).

    Absolutely. He read and quoted thousands of pages beginning with Hobson. The whole v.29, I’ve been told (never checked it myself) has a preparatory material for this slim book.

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    • Replies: @Ivan
    IIRC all forty(?) volumes of Lenin's collected works featured in The First Circle as substitute for toilet paper.
  55. @Israel Shamir
    Marx (and to lesser degree, Lenin) tried to skip the moral point altogether. They said development of industry creates some relationship between people; when this relationship hinders economic development, it should be changed. So Marx' point was not that rich and mighty are bad, but that at a certain moment in history they hinder human progress. Actually, Marxists were positive, even too positive to capitalists up to a point. Lenin had more moral position, and more love to peasant, but he began to express it only quite late in his life.
    As for Marxist concept of history, it was heavily influenced by Hegel. Perhaps you have heard a bon mot of a French journalist present at the Battle of Stalingrad. He described it as a battle between Left Hegelians and Right Hegelians. Beside, I am not specially enamoured by Marxist history (historical materialism) as it smacks of determinism.

    Ah, yes, thank you. I had forgotten about the notion of historical ‘progress’ as the back door for smuggling in a sort of pseudo-moral notion, an imperative to a certain way of being.
    I have a book (unread) on Hegel and the Hermeneutics. I have to wonder if progress is but a way of smuggling in an occult morality.

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    • Replies: @nickels
    Hermetics, rather.

    https://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/en/magee.htm
  56. @Israel Shamir
    I actually reviewed this book years ago, and surely read it. In my view, it is full of fantasies and inventions. Not a book to read for understanding. I'd prefer The Protocols or something more coherent))

    Here is more about Juri Lina https://beta.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/shamireaders/conversations/messages/142
    “I actually share Lina’s idea of similarity of ‘Christians and Communists’, and belong to
    both. But what he curses, I bless daily in the church.
    Lina collected all garbage produced by CIA- paid anticommunists of Russia. Otherwise, he reprocessed the old stuff well known to all of us. As for Jews, by stretching this term to infinity (from Proudhon to Torquemada, from Lenin to Robespierre, and to practically every
    non-Estonian) he makes it meaningless.

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  57. Lenin’s and Trotsky’s job was to destroy the old order which was inhibiting Russia entering into modern capitalist-banker system that was already ruling over the West. The most important task was to change people’s minds, to cut them off from their roots and traditional customs. Just like for French revolutionaries the destruction of traditional Christianity was the most important objective. 100′s of 1000′s of people were murdered, starved to death, uprooted and territorially cleansed. Did Lenin and Trotsky fulfilled the expectations of their pay masters? Yes. Did Stalin break the leash on which Lenin and Trotsky were still held? Perhaps but it does not matter. What Stalin prevented from happening, if anything, Yeltsin let happened ten fold. The Russians became modern. They entered modernity big league. They are now obsessed with consumerism, material status, have no higher values, some family are willing to sell body organs and their daughters to prostitutions.

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    • Replies: @Talha
    Hey utu,

    some family are willing to sell body organs and their daughters to prostitution
     
    Is this serious? Are they doing this voluntarily? I would imagine people doing this are in very, very dire straits so it could hardly be called voluntary. Or are they doing this to be able to make payments on a Maserati they can't afford?

    Peace.
    , @Wizard of Oz
    You write as though you have special knowledge of Russia and its history. Are you of Russian bsckground?
  58. @nickels
    Ah, yes, thank you. I had forgotten about the notion of historical 'progress' as the back door for smuggling in a sort of pseudo-moral notion, an imperative to a certain way of being.
    I have a book (unread) on Hegel and the Hermeneutics. I have to wonder if progress is but a way of smuggling in an occult morality.
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  59. @Israel Shamir
    Well, Szopen, thank you for your sweet music! Poland has been a part of Russian Empire, so naturally in 1919-20 the Reds had tried to set Poland free, too. They failed, and Polish nationalists murdered 200,000 Russian POW and endless amount of Polish Reds. Such things happen in civil wars: in Finland, tens of thousands of Red Finns were killed, when White Finns won, thanks to German intervention.
    So regarding your remark, there was no "Poland" as a separate country in 1919/20.
    Moreover, in that episode of Russian Civil War, the Polish nationalists took control over parts of Russian Empire that weren't parts of Polish Kingdom (Tsarstwo Polskoye - an autonomous Polish unit within the RI) and for 20 years they practised cruel mistreatment of their non-Catholic subjects (today we call them Ukrainians and Belarusians). Even Britain, not a friend of Soviet Russia, objected to this land grab.
    At the first opportunity, the Reds came and recovered the lands populated mainly by non-Catholics (non-Poles, in a narrow sense). This opportunity took place in 1939, when the Nationalist Poland fell to pieces within two weeks of German strike.
    Despite all this grim history, the Reds treated the Poles like angels.
    On a personal level, my father was a Red Pole, while my mother had been a convinced Polonophile. Still, truth should lead over prejudice

    Despite all this grim history, the Reds treated the Poles like angels.

    As at Katyn in 1940?

    A Polish exile I knew in Ottawa many years ago told me that during their invasion of Poland the Russian occupiers would examine the hands of any man who came to their attention. If his hands were uncallused, the man would be shot as a bourgeois.

    Which is consistent with the claim of the Lithuanian-born Nobel Prize winning poet, Czesław Miłosz, who reports in his autobiography that the Russian treatment of the people of the Baltic states was genocidal.

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  60. @Joe Levantine
    With respect to Lenin, the most powerful impression I got about this contoversial figure is the well documented book " Under the Sign of the Scorpion" by Juri Lina. The book was banned from bookstores and the last time I checked it on Amazon more than two years ago its price had reached collector item status.
    Mr. Shamir, I would very much appreciate getting your opinion about the writer and the book which does not give the reader a very positive impression about Lenin and most of the Communist icons.

    I liked Juri Lina’s film. The most important is (1) conspiracy to destroy Russia though he does not explain why exactly Russia was targeted by so many forces and (2) showing big money behind Trotsky and Lenin.

    Will Russia and Russians will ever wake up. I doubt it. French did not wake up after 200 plus years of French Revolution. They still do not want to hear of Vendée. They still do not understand what their revolution was really about. The same goes for Russians. They still think Lenin and Stalin were their heroes. Look at Israel Shamir.

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    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
    In 1791 and later years French rid themselves of aristocrats and clergy that just were an expensive nuisance;
    True is that a few other revolutions were necessary.
    That the French know quite well what their revolutions were for one saw last year, when Hollande and Valls 'modernised' the labour market by decree.
    The whole country came to a standstill, for weeks.
    Now four out of ten voters voted to leave the EU.
    Macron, already nicknamed Merkron, may end the French membership of the EU faster than Marine could have done, if he pursues his plans for 'modernising' France by decree.
    , @Joe Levantine
    Very astute remark about the sorry state of the French especially with respect to the French Revolution and its phony slogan of : liberte, fraternite, egalite. When the French commoner went down to the streets, he and she were clamor for bread but the secret societies saw an opportunity to topple the monarchy and so it was. Ever since this bloody event France was unable to reclaim its glorious history except for a brief period under Napoleon and De Gaulle. The latest presidential elections was the clearest signal at how much the French, a supposedly cultured people who value political individualism, are so out of touch with their present and past reality. It seems thing have to get much worse than they are to get the French and other Westerners to wake up to the fallacy of representative democracy.
  61. @truthman
    Interesting article. One of the ironies of the February Revolution in 1917 which overthrew the Czar was that some of the reason for opposition to him was that allegedly circles around his wife were trying for a separate peace with Germany. Had Nicholas gotten a half-way decent separate peace with Germany before his overthrow, would Lenin have supported this? I believe it would have transformed world history and forestalled any revolution in Russia.

    Concerning Corbyn, I think I would take him more seriously as truly being the friend of the British working classes if and when he fully repudiates the massive expansion of non-EU immigration that took place under Blair. Instead, the current manifesto has some vague words about prudent amount of immigration or some such. Instead the Tories and UKIP have taken that issue, with May pledging to continue to work toward much less immigration (though in office she hasn't accomplished much). This issue is beyond bread and butter but strikes to the core of national identity, quality of life, the very essence of having a country, not just a low-wage globalized land mass off the shore of Europe. Perhaps Corbyn should take a lesson from people on the left like Robert Fico in Slovakia.

    Corbyn, in my view, is the usual confused socialist, who thinks he can serve two masters at the same time:
    - the British lower classes
    - the poor in the rest of the world.

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  62. @Israel Shamir
    So many wise men had written about FRS and about banking system, from Mullins to Michael Hudson! I learned that it is better to break and remove than to plan how to mend. It can't be mended, probably.
    As for rat poison, do not make it that personal. It is the system that should be removed, not individuals. And I do not think they are omnipotent - we can beat them)) If they beaten once (and more than once) they can be beaten again.

    Mending the USA banking system in theory is quite easy:
    1 nationalise the FED
    2 split the banks and banking system into
    - a state owned transfer system, no bank bankruptcy can disrupt it any more
    - savings banks, who take little risks, where money is reasonably secure, with state guarantees up to say half a million
    - investment banks who, within legal limits, can do what they like, but, when anyone loses money there, it is lost forever
    - limiting the size of any bank, therefore they no longer are too big to fail.
    Of course, the banksters will do anything to prevent this from happening, and will explain that it is impossible.
    Given enough powers, Varoufakis wll realise all this within two years, as Schacht reorganised the German economy in a year or so.
    Revolutions anywhere always were disasters, thus also a revolution in banking.

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  63. @utu
    Lenin's and Trotsky's job was to destroy the old order which was inhibiting Russia entering into modern capitalist-banker system that was already ruling over the West. The most important task was to change people's minds, to cut them off from their roots and traditional customs. Just like for French revolutionaries the destruction of traditional Christianity was the most important objective. 100's of 1000's of people were murdered, starved to death, uprooted and territorially cleansed. Did Lenin and Trotsky fulfilled the expectations of their pay masters? Yes. Did Stalin break the leash on which Lenin and Trotsky were still held? Perhaps but it does not matter. What Stalin prevented from happening, if anything, Yeltsin let happened ten fold. The Russians became modern. They entered modernity big league. They are now obsessed with consumerism, material status, have no higher values, some family are willing to sell body organs and their daughters to prostitutions.

    Hey utu,

    some family are willing to sell body organs and their daughters to prostitution

    Is this serious? Are they doing this voluntarily? I would imagine people doing this are in very, very dire straits so it could hardly be called voluntary. Or are they doing this to be able to make payments on a Maserati they can’t afford?

    Peace.

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    • Replies: @utu
    Once Muslims will be willing to sell their daughters to prostitution you, Talha, will know that the true modernity arrived in the Muslim world. For Buddhist and Hindu to be modern is much easier. They always were selling their daughters to prostitution.
  64. @utu
    Lenin's and Trotsky's job was to destroy the old order which was inhibiting Russia entering into modern capitalist-banker system that was already ruling over the West. The most important task was to change people's minds, to cut them off from their roots and traditional customs. Just like for French revolutionaries the destruction of traditional Christianity was the most important objective. 100's of 1000's of people were murdered, starved to death, uprooted and territorially cleansed. Did Lenin and Trotsky fulfilled the expectations of their pay masters? Yes. Did Stalin break the leash on which Lenin and Trotsky were still held? Perhaps but it does not matter. What Stalin prevented from happening, if anything, Yeltsin let happened ten fold. The Russians became modern. They entered modernity big league. They are now obsessed with consumerism, material status, have no higher values, some family are willing to sell body organs and their daughters to prostitutions.

    You write as though you have special knowledge of Russia and its history. Are you of Russian bsckground?

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  65. @Talha
    Hey utu,

    some family are willing to sell body organs and their daughters to prostitution
     
    Is this serious? Are they doing this voluntarily? I would imagine people doing this are in very, very dire straits so it could hardly be called voluntary. Or are they doing this to be able to make payments on a Maserati they can't afford?

    Peace.

    Once Muslims will be willing to sell their daughters to prostitution you, Talha, will know that the true modernity arrived in the Muslim world. For Buddhist and Hindu to be modern is much easier. They always were selling their daughters to prostitution.

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    • Agree: truthtellerAryan
    • Replies: @Talha
    Hey utu,

    Yikes! May God forbid!!!

    I definitely agree, the commodification of the female "goods" is a post-modern goal. When I read this article it shocked the hell out of me that these girls could come out of normal, stable families:
    http://www.rooshv.com/the-documentary-hot-girls-wanted-shows-the-destructiveness-of-porn

    As I've mentioned, I have an affinity for Sweden due to my wife's background. There is an open-air museum in Stockholm called Skansen:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skansen

    It basically keeps alive the Swedish traditions before the urbanization of the last century. Swedish women used to dress like this:
    http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-girl-weaving-at-skansens-living-museum-35875538.html
    http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-woman-in-traditional-dress-in-skansen-open-air-museum-stockholm-sweden-25678210.html
    http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-portrait-of-woman-in-traditional-dress-summer-solstice-festival-skansen-75947688.html

    Now, everyone is a consumer and a commodity at the same time. I really, really hope Europeans can turn this thing around.

    Peace.
  66. I’d suggest….. a mammoth biography of the great man by Lev Danilkin. This is a very well written, not too reverential but respectful, scanning Lenin’s life from his childhood on Volga River to his wanderings in European cities and to his untimely death in Moscow.

    Sounds much like Adam Ulam’s classic, The Bolsheviks. Have you read that?

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  67. For America, the next World War is inevitable, unless the Americans can get rid of their financiers – and of their servants in the mass media and other state institutions.

    Bam! Excellent point!

    Each one of us can fight in our small little ways. My suggestion – if you have the ability to pull this off – live within your means and get your families to understand about living within their means. Case in point, never use the credit card to buy more than what you can afford to pay in a billing cycle. Never pay them interest payments. Use the card as simply an early forward on the cash from the next month – and don’t use it at all if you don’t need to.

    I’ve been blessed to get to the point where I don’t pay interest on my cards, but my cards pay me for using them. And if they give you those cash bonuses, use them (not on yourself, but) to help some other people get out the hole:

    https://www.sapling.com/6182804/charities-people-out-debt

    It is not easy to get to this point, but it is like getting your health back on track – baby steps and determination.

    Bleed them dry.

    Peace.

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  68. @utu
    I liked Juri Lina's film. The most important is (1) conspiracy to destroy Russia though he does not explain why exactly Russia was targeted by so many forces and (2) showing big money behind Trotsky and Lenin.

    Will Russia and Russians will ever wake up. I doubt it. French did not wake up after 200 plus years of French Revolution. They still do not want to hear of Vendée. They still do not understand what their revolution was really about. The same goes for Russians. They still think Lenin and Stalin were their heroes. Look at Israel Shamir.

    In 1791 and later years French rid themselves of aristocrats and clergy that just were an expensive nuisance;
    True is that a few other revolutions were necessary.
    That the French know quite well what their revolutions were for one saw last year, when Hollande and Valls ‘modernised’ the labour market by decree.
    The whole country came to a standstill, for weeks.
    Now four out of ten voters voted to leave the EU.
    Macron, already nicknamed Merkron, may end the French membership of the EU faster than Marine could have done, if he pursues his plans for ‘modernising’ France by decree.

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  69. @Israel Shamir
    Well, Szopen, thank you for your sweet music! Poland has been a part of Russian Empire, so naturally in 1919-20 the Reds had tried to set Poland free, too. They failed, and Polish nationalists murdered 200,000 Russian POW and endless amount of Polish Reds. Such things happen in civil wars: in Finland, tens of thousands of Red Finns were killed, when White Finns won, thanks to German intervention.
    So regarding your remark, there was no "Poland" as a separate country in 1919/20.
    Moreover, in that episode of Russian Civil War, the Polish nationalists took control over parts of Russian Empire that weren't parts of Polish Kingdom (Tsarstwo Polskoye - an autonomous Polish unit within the RI) and for 20 years they practised cruel mistreatment of their non-Catholic subjects (today we call them Ukrainians and Belarusians). Even Britain, not a friend of Soviet Russia, objected to this land grab.
    At the first opportunity, the Reds came and recovered the lands populated mainly by non-Catholics (non-Poles, in a narrow sense). This opportunity took place in 1939, when the Nationalist Poland fell to pieces within two weeks of German strike.
    Despite all this grim history, the Reds treated the Poles like angels.
    On a personal level, my father was a Red Pole, while my mother had been a convinced Polonophile. Still, truth should lead over prejudice

    (1) Actually, REds proclaimed partitions null and void and recognised Polish gvt
    (2) POland had not murdered 200.000 PoW. This myth was dispelled by joint Polish-Russian commission of historians. Both Polish PoWs in Russia, and Soviet PoWs in Poland were dying in large numbers, due to typhus, hunger and so on. Polish parliament send their commission to investigate the press claims and then a lot was done to decrease the mortality. In total, 20.000 Polish PoWs (out of 51.000) died in Soviet camps, while about 16 to 20.000 Soviet PoWs (out of total 80.000 ) died in Polish camps (the lower number is from Polish historian, the 20 thousand number came from Russian historians). You are claiming that more Russian PoWs died that were actually taken in by Polish army!
    (3) The claim that Reds treated Poles well is preposterous. ABout 100.000 people died in so called “Polish action” even before the WWII, and then hundreds of thousands were deported, from which an unknown but very high number died (the number is in hundreds of thousands too).
    (4) The claim that “reds toiok the opportunity when Poland fell within two weeks” repeats Nazi propaganda – at the moment of invasion most of Poland was not taken by Germans, there were still large operational units. Warsaw fell ten days later IIRC, and the last large battle was in october. MOreover, reds created the opportunity by allying with Nazis. DO I have to remind you that Reds had the non-aggression pact with Poland?

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  70. @Sergey Krieger
    Poland was part of Russia before 1917 and managed to take some originally not Polish territories too while leaving. 1939 was successful return of Russian territories which failed in 1921.

    All of the territories were part of Poland before they were conquered by RUssia. Some of them had Polish majority (and indeed, some small part of this territories in Belarus still have Polish majority). Moreover, at Riga Reds offered even larger territories, and Polish delegation – a thing probably unknown in history of diplomacy – decided to take less than was offered. Those territories were not Russian – in none of them Russians formed even a sizeable minority. SOme had Polish, some had Belarussian, and some Polish majorities.

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  71. @utu
    Once Muslims will be willing to sell their daughters to prostitution you, Talha, will know that the true modernity arrived in the Muslim world. For Buddhist and Hindu to be modern is much easier. They always were selling their daughters to prostitution.

    Hey utu,

    Yikes! May God forbid!!!

    I definitely agree, the commodification of the female “goods” is a post-modern goal. When I read this article it shocked the hell out of me that these girls could come out of normal, stable families:

    http://www.rooshv.com/the-documentary-hot-girls-wanted-shows-the-destructiveness-of-porn

    As I’ve mentioned, I have an affinity for Sweden due to my wife’s background. There is an open-air museum in Stockholm called Skansen:

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

    It basically keeps alive the Swedish traditions before the urbanization of the last century. Swedish women used to dress like this:

    http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-girl-weaving-at-skansens-living-museum-35875538.html

    http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-woman-in-traditional-dress-in-skansen-open-air-museum-stockholm-sweden-25678210.html

    http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-portrait-of-woman-in-traditional-dress-summer-solstice-festival-skansen-75947688.html

    Now, everyone is a consumer and a commodity at the same time. I really, really hope Europeans can turn this thing around.

    Peace.

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  72. Our nation has run a serial trade deficit for 40 years. Foreigners who own piles of our currency must be made to recycle that money back into our economy either by loaning us money by e.g. buying U.S. Treasury Bonds or by being forced to buy an indispensable product which is denominated in our currency i.e. oil, which maintains demand for our currency abroad.

    Since the trade deficit grows annually, so too must the list of customers for oil or the list of nations who must purchase Treasuries.

    The way to ensure that this happens is to wage economic war on the laggards and to back this up with military might when needed. Military spending then gooses demand and the economy comes to depend on it rather than manufacturing and trade for full employment, military Keynesianism.

    Thus, trade deficits drive expansion. Empire, once a nation has committed to the path of enforcing compliance through brute force, cannot change course barring some cataclysmic event. Politicians and such cannot be trained to foresee this cataclysmic event since they are selected for functioning within the norms of the existing system.

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  73. During the campaign, Trump emplored, “This (voting for him) may be your last chance, folks.” Now I see more clearly just how close our country was/is to total disastrous finality. I thought that the Resistors, the Not My President’s, and the Never Trump’s would subside. I guess their funding ran out. The media, Democrats, and the now fully exposed warmongers on the Right have more Jooie money flowing in their direction and may not go away so easily, but Trump has shown the ability to go on about his tasks with focus. He may need to continue to clean house in the intelligence offices. When he said he would drain the swamp, I wondered how. It appears that he had very few in mind for his inner circle and important support positions and may not have had options B, C, and D chosen. He surely needs encouragement. I admire him.

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  74. @Anon
    There are real scandals and then there are madeup scandals.

    And everything Trump says or does is turned into a scandal by the Lugenpresse.

    Trump's presidency is being Scandalized.

    So, how does this Scandalization work?

    If Trump yawns too much before sleep, it's a scandal.
    If he wakes up on the wrong side of bed, it's a scandal.
    If he has two scoops of ice cream, it's a scandal.
    If he meets with any Russian, it's a scandal.
    If he fires someone based on recommendation, it's a scandal.
    If he aids Russia in defeating an evil enemy, it's a scandal.
    If he opens his eyes, it's a scandal.
    If he closes his eyes, it's a scandal.
    If he walks, it's a scandal.
    If he sits, it's a scandal.
    Everything he does is somehow scandalized.

    Only when he recklessly lobbed missiles at Syria and jeopardized relations with Russia was he, for a brief moment, treated like a patriotic leader by the rotten US media.

    What Trump should do is find a way to be aloof over all the ridiculousness that surrounds him.
    Just find the right people and work with them and be oblivious to all else.

    Well, we need to wait and see what kind of orders he’ll follow or reject from the financiers in Riyadh and our masters in Tel Aviv…..

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  75. @jilles dykstra
    There is no system that produces world wars.
    There are just people who engineer world wars.
    As Jimmy Carter said 'those who cause wars do not expect to be affected themselves by the wars'.
    The USA never was hit by any war, just by the Civil War.
    Of course some USA boys died in wars, overseas, but none of them was involved in causing war.

    Balfour certainly was one the politicians causing WWI, his statement to the USA ambassador in 1907 'that perhaps the cheapest way to preserve the British standard of living was war'.
    Around 1900 the unified Germany economically did far better than the British empire.

    Jews declared war on Hitler Germany in 1933, WJC in Amsterdam, Samuel Untermeijer.
    Headlines in USA papers 'Judea declares war on Germany'.
    I suppose none of those present in Amsterdam was affected by WWII, most certainly they were rich jews.

    Here we go:

    http://www.fpp.co.uk/History/images/DExpr_Judea240333.gif

    and:

    Jews have been marketing the ’6,000,000′ lie since at least 1869?

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  76. It is clear that the agglomeration of interests known as the American Deep State had decided sometime back to hang the Russian albatross around Trump’s neck. They don’t seem care about how ridiculous it makes them look in the eyes of the world: On the one hand the self-declared Exceptional Nation, on the other an apparent banana republic with all outcomes fixed in advance by the Russkies. Another thing Trump should already be aware of is that the Ziocons are going all out to get him. They clearly have no sense of limits as the historical record shows. He should show them no mercy; they have destroyed far too many lives.

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  77. @Anatoly Karlin

    Answering a question by Lindsey Graham, the notorious warmonger, he said that Russians are “the greatest threat of any nation on earth, given their intention and their capability.”
     
    And yet this great Russia expert and intelligence chief was unaware that Gazprom is a gas company.

    And yet ‘expert’ Anatoly Karlin censors on topic posts to his own articles.

    Karlin supports ‘free speech’ as long as his laughable & impossible ’6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers’ are not included.

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  78. @mp
    Trump is in over his head. Looking every day more and more buffoonish. He can't trust many of those around him (people he chose, by the way), and he's probably alienated those he can trust by his cucking. As a big supporter, frankly I don't care much anymore what happens to him. He's abandoned his base, those who supported him for specific reasons, reasons that he himself has apparently given up. I'm off the train. Next stop?
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  79. @Guenon, Evola & Alt-Right.

    The most egregious irony is that the ultimate guru of the farcical Alt-Right, Guenon, was a convert to Islam (after being a Free-Mason). His denunciation of the ‘modern world’ was made from an Islamic perspective, first concealed under the veneer of a ‘perennial Tradition’ lost by Christianity, but conserved pure by ‘secret masters’ in the mythical Shambala, Agartha, somewhere in the ‘Orient’, where from ‘spiritual influences’ were sent to the decaying world through esoteric groups in Islam (Sufi) and through Masonry. Guenon eventually threw all masks and moved to Egypt, where he certainly was in contact with the Muslim Brotherhood. His last work, little known till recently, “Le règne de la quantité et les signes des temps” (The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times) openly talks about the ‘traditional restoration’ operated by the Mahdi in the purest Islamic terms (sounding like ISIS propaganda).
    Guenon’s works and of his fanatical popularizers (I would add the contribution of the Catholic scholar, Louis Massignon – a ‘pioneer’ of Catholic-Muslim ‘mutual understanding’) contributed a lot to ‘sensitizing’ France to the ‘beauties of Islam’ and to opening the gates to the flood of Muslims into France.
    Evola was marginally a ‘guenonist’, but his ‘philosophy’ had the same Masonic origins – probably more Theosophic). Despite the aura of “fascist intellectual,” and ‘inspirer of fascism’, he deemed the fascist movement a “laughable revolution,” based on empty sentiment and materialistic concerns, possessing no cultural or spiritual foundation. He wanted to play the gurus who would infusing it with these elements in order to make it suitable for his ideals of the alleged Übermensch culture which, according to him, characterized the imperial grandeur of pre-Christian Europe. He was a rabid anti-Christian, considering (like Guenon) that Christianity was responsible for the decadence of the manly, aristocratic, pagan ‘West’. The Fascists actually criticized Evola for his anti-Church stance. The Vatican called him a ‘satanist’.

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  80. @Seraphim
    @Guenon, Evola & Alt-Right.

    The most egregious irony is that the ultimate guru of the farcical Alt-Right, Guenon, was a convert to Islam (after being a Free-Mason). His denunciation of the 'modern world' was made from an Islamic perspective, first concealed under the veneer of a 'perennial Tradition' lost by Christianity, but conserved pure by 'secret masters' in the mythical Shambala, Agartha, somewhere in the 'Orient', where from 'spiritual influences' were sent to the decaying world through esoteric groups in Islam (Sufi) and through Masonry. Guenon eventually threw all masks and moved to Egypt, where he certainly was in contact with the Muslim Brotherhood. His last work, little known till recently, "Le règne de la quantité et les signes des temps" (The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times) openly talks about the 'traditional restoration' operated by the Mahdi in the purest Islamic terms (sounding like ISIS propaganda).
    Guenon's works and of his fanatical popularizers (I would add the contribution of the Catholic scholar, Louis Massignon - a 'pioneer' of Catholic-Muslim 'mutual understanding') contributed a lot to 'sensitizing' France to the 'beauties of Islam' and to opening the gates to the flood of Muslims into France.
    Evola was marginally a 'guenonist', but his 'philosophy' had the same Masonic origins - probably more Theosophic). Despite the aura of "fascist intellectual," and 'inspirer of fascism', he deemed the fascist movement a "laughable revolution," based on empty sentiment and materialistic concerns, possessing no cultural or spiritual foundation. He wanted to play the gurus who would infusing it with these elements in order to make it suitable for his ideals of the alleged Übermensch culture which, according to him, characterized the imperial grandeur of pre-Christian Europe. He was a rabid anti-Christian, considering (like Guenon) that Christianity was responsible for the decadence of the manly, aristocratic, pagan 'West'. The Fascists actually criticized Evola for his anti-Church stance. The Vatican called him a 'satanist'.

    Interesting.

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  81. @Israel Shamir
    Absolutely. He read and quoted thousands of pages beginning with Hobson. The whole v.29, I've been told (never checked it myself) has a preparatory material for this slim book.

    IIRC all forty(?) volumes of Lenin’s collected works featured in The First Circle as substitute for toilet paper.

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    • Replies: @Uebersetzer
    It is a long time since I read it but even if it is there it seems to be a literary flight of fancy by Solzhenitsyn. That novel is set in a sharashka with relatively good conditions, hence the reference to the "first circle" of hell. Things can get worse and I believe the characters are indeed sent to a worse place at the end. Injudicious use of Lenin's works seems to be a good way of being sent from the sharashka to a timber-cutting detail in Magadan.
  82. @Seraphim
    @Guenon, Evola & Alt-Right.

    The most egregious irony is that the ultimate guru of the farcical Alt-Right, Guenon, was a convert to Islam (after being a Free-Mason). His denunciation of the 'modern world' was made from an Islamic perspective, first concealed under the veneer of a 'perennial Tradition' lost by Christianity, but conserved pure by 'secret masters' in the mythical Shambala, Agartha, somewhere in the 'Orient', where from 'spiritual influences' were sent to the decaying world through esoteric groups in Islam (Sufi) and through Masonry. Guenon eventually threw all masks and moved to Egypt, where he certainly was in contact with the Muslim Brotherhood. His last work, little known till recently, "Le règne de la quantité et les signes des temps" (The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times) openly talks about the 'traditional restoration' operated by the Mahdi in the purest Islamic terms (sounding like ISIS propaganda).
    Guenon's works and of his fanatical popularizers (I would add the contribution of the Catholic scholar, Louis Massignon - a 'pioneer' of Catholic-Muslim 'mutual understanding') contributed a lot to 'sensitizing' France to the 'beauties of Islam' and to opening the gates to the flood of Muslims into France.
    Evola was marginally a 'guenonist', but his 'philosophy' had the same Masonic origins - probably more Theosophic). Despite the aura of "fascist intellectual," and 'inspirer of fascism', he deemed the fascist movement a "laughable revolution," based on empty sentiment and materialistic concerns, possessing no cultural or spiritual foundation. He wanted to play the gurus who would infusing it with these elements in order to make it suitable for his ideals of the alleged Übermensch culture which, according to him, characterized the imperial grandeur of pre-Christian Europe. He was a rabid anti-Christian, considering (like Guenon) that Christianity was responsible for the decadence of the manly, aristocratic, pagan 'West'. The Fascists actually criticized Evola for his anti-Church stance. The Vatican called him a 'satanist'.

    Thank you for the information.

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  83. @Ivan
    IIRC all forty(?) volumes of Lenin's collected works featured in The First Circle as substitute for toilet paper.

    It is a long time since I read it but even if it is there it seems to be a literary flight of fancy by Solzhenitsyn. That novel is set in a sharashka with relatively good conditions, hence the reference to the “first circle” of hell. Things can get worse and I believe the characters are indeed sent to a worse place at the end. Injudicious use of Lenin’s works seems to be a good way of being sent from the sharashka to a timber-cutting detail in Magadan.

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    • Replies: @Ivan
    I have not managed to read the book right through. Solzhenitsyn had the good fortune to have a number of historical novels translated in the 80s. Those thick books are pretty hard to find nowadays.

    I've always thought that Marxism-Leninism was the big fat excuse the Leninists came up with to explain why the Marxist dawn occurred in a backward Russia rather than England, the cockpit of the Capitalist mode of production, the country at the terminal stage of Capitalism's destructive cycles, and hence the one to give way to the "withering away of the state." Marxists had spewed some high level bullshit for the last two centuries
  84. @Uebersetzer
    It is a long time since I read it but even if it is there it seems to be a literary flight of fancy by Solzhenitsyn. That novel is set in a sharashka with relatively good conditions, hence the reference to the "first circle" of hell. Things can get worse and I believe the characters are indeed sent to a worse place at the end. Injudicious use of Lenin's works seems to be a good way of being sent from the sharashka to a timber-cutting detail in Magadan.

    I have not managed to read the book right through. Solzhenitsyn had the good fortune to have a number of historical novels translated in the 80s. Those thick books are pretty hard to find nowadays.

    I’ve always thought that Marxism-Leninism was the big fat excuse the Leninists came up with to explain why the Marxist dawn occurred in a backward Russia rather than England, the cockpit of the Capitalist mode of production, the country at the terminal stage of Capitalism’s destructive cycles, and hence the one to give way to the “withering away of the state.” Marxists had spewed some high level bullshit for the last two centuries

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    • Replies: @Uebersetzer
    Lenin's insights into imperialism seem quite appropriate today, and oddly enough it is often the "Marxism is outdated" advocates who prove outdated.
    In the late 1960s I remember reading an edition of The Communist Manifesto in which the well-known British academic A.J.P. Taylor wrote a foreword basically dumping on it. His was a message of onwards and upwards prosperity in Britain and Western countries, with a welfare state abolishing real need. Who needs revolution when you have all that etc.
    Decades later, in food bank Britain, Taylor's chirrupy optimism seems to me much more dated than what Marx and Engels wrote.
    I am inclined to think welfare states and related measures were adopted in countries like Britain as a means of buying off working classes to steer them away from more radical solutions. Wholesale attacks on the welfare state since c. 1991 suggest that with the disappearance of the Soviet bogeyman it became politically acceptable to reinstate a more red-in-tooth-and-claw capitalism.
  85. Sep 9, 2016 US-funded Ukrainian army is terrorizing civilians

    Russell Bentley is a former US marine, that now fights for the Donbass, Eastern Ukraine, against the US-funded Ukrainian army.

    https://youtu.be/92KfmGY12yQ

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  86. @Ivan
    I have not managed to read the book right through. Solzhenitsyn had the good fortune to have a number of historical novels translated in the 80s. Those thick books are pretty hard to find nowadays.

    I've always thought that Marxism-Leninism was the big fat excuse the Leninists came up with to explain why the Marxist dawn occurred in a backward Russia rather than England, the cockpit of the Capitalist mode of production, the country at the terminal stage of Capitalism's destructive cycles, and hence the one to give way to the "withering away of the state." Marxists had spewed some high level bullshit for the last two centuries

    Lenin’s insights into imperialism seem quite appropriate today, and oddly enough it is often the “Marxism is outdated” advocates who prove outdated.
    In the late 1960s I remember reading an edition of The Communist Manifesto in which the well-known British academic A.J.P. Taylor wrote a foreword basically dumping on it. His was a message of onwards and upwards prosperity in Britain and Western countries, with a welfare state abolishing real need. Who needs revolution when you have all that etc.
    Decades later, in food bank Britain, Taylor’s chirrupy optimism seems to me much more dated than what Marx and Engels wrote.
    I am inclined to think welfare states and related measures were adopted in countries like Britain as a means of buying off working classes to steer them away from more radical solutions. Wholesale attacks on the welfare state since c. 1991 suggest that with the disappearance of the Soviet bogeyman it became politically acceptable to reinstate a more red-in-tooth-and-claw capitalism.

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  87. I am inclined to think welfare states and related measures were adopted in countries like Britain as a means of buying off working classes to steer them away from more radical solutions.

    There was no doubt that motivation for some, but there were many other strands, including a strong Victorian tradition among some members of the upper class to promote better conditions of life for the workers. Quintin Hogg, for example, who established the Ragged Schools in London for the education of destitute children; the Regent Street Polytechnic, which became the largest provider of adult education in London; and who engaged in many other charitable activities to benefit ordinary people in both Britain and the colonies. Winston Churchill was also a reformer (for example, he introduced legislation leading to the creation of both Britain’s old-age pension scheme, and mandatory work-place tea breaks). In this he was no doubt influence not only by his affection for his impecunious nanny, Mrs. Everest, who was largely responsible for his upbringing, but also his experience in the trenches with common British soldiers during WW1.

    Wholesale attacks on the welfare state since c. 1991 suggest that with the disappearance of the Soviet bogeyman it became politically acceptable to reinstate a more red-in-tooth-and-claw capitalism.

    It is not just the political situation that has changed but also the composition of the ruling elite. Prior to WW2, England was still largely ruled by aristocrats many of whom, like Winston Churchill (the nephew of a duke and born at Blenheim Palace) had some sense of noblesse oblige. Today, we are largely ruled by the Money Power in collaboration with the security services as represented by bought agents such as the scoundrel Tony Blair.

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    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
    the composition of the ruling elite - indeed it changed. The old one has been decimated at WWI and then, by inheritance taxes. When the elites had been changed into pure Mammonite stock, the inheritance taxes went away as by magic.
    , @Uebersetzer
    Some social welfare began to be introduced by the last significant Liberal government before WW1 (the need to appease social discontent was felt before 1917 although it was certainly sharpened after that). On the other hand, mostly upper-class generals in WW1 were generally motivated by anything but noblesse oblige towards their mostly working-class troops, and in the Depression, unemployed were often subjected to humiliating means tests to receive a pittance of aid. It was after WW2 that a genuine welfare state began to be instituted after Churchill experienced an electoral defeat that certainly surprised him.
    A.J.P. Taylor wrote at a time when it was taken for granted the state would prevent or at least assuage poverty, and his message in his foreword was that this meant revolution in the Marxian sense not only would not happen but was not necessary. His viewpoint dated more quickly than the assumptions he was attacking. In fact Marx and Engels were writing at a time of naked capitalist exploitation, unmediated by any sort of welfare state, and only spasmodically relieved by often humiliating charity. We seem to be returning to a world closer to the red in tooth and claw social relations Marx and Engels knew, and A.J.P. Taylor's dissing of their work was in fact an edifice built on sand.
  88. @CanSpeccy

    I am inclined to think welfare states and related measures were adopted in countries like Britain as a means of buying off working classes to steer them away from more radical solutions.
     
    There was no doubt that motivation for some, but there were many other strands, including a strong Victorian tradition among some members of the upper class to promote better conditions of life for the workers. Quintin Hogg, for example, who established the Ragged Schools in London for the education of destitute children; the Regent Street Polytechnic, which became the largest provider of adult education in London; and who engaged in many other charitable activities to benefit ordinary people in both Britain and the colonies. Winston Churchill was also a reformer (for example, he introduced legislation leading to the creation of both Britain's old-age pension scheme, and mandatory work-place tea breaks). In this he was no doubt influence not only by his affection for his impecunious nanny, Mrs. Everest, who was largely responsible for his upbringing, but also his experience in the trenches with common British soldiers during WW1.

    Wholesale attacks on the welfare state since c. 1991 suggest that with the disappearance of the Soviet bogeyman it became politically acceptable to reinstate a more red-in-tooth-and-claw capitalism.
     
    It is not just the political situation that has changed but also the composition of the ruling elite. Prior to WW2, England was still largely ruled by aristocrats many of whom, like Winston Churchill (the nephew of a duke and born at Blenheim Palace) had some sense of noblesse oblige. Today, we are largely ruled by the Money Power in collaboration with the security services as represented by bought agents such as the scoundrel Tony Blair.

    the composition of the ruling elite – indeed it changed. The old one has been decimated at WWI and then, by inheritance taxes. When the elites had been changed into pure Mammonite stock, the inheritance taxes went away as by magic.

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    Not true. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_inheritance_taxes_in_the_United_Kingdom

    The highest rate of the estate duty progressive tax
    1894, 8%
    1907, 15%
    1910, 15%
    1914, 20%
    1919, 40%
    930, 50%
    1939, 60%
    1940, 65%
    1949, 80%

    After 1949: Estate duty became more progressive in scale, eventually peaking in 1969 with the highest marginal rate fixed at 85% of amounts in excess of £750,000, provided that total duty did not exceed 80% of the value of the total estate
    , @CanSpeccy

    When the elites had been changed into pure Mammonite stock, the inheritance taxes went away as by magic.
     
    Not altogether a bad thing, the inheritance tax being mostly evaded by the very rich and falling in a haphazard and sometimes unfair way on the not so rich — depending on who dies when.

    In it's place we should agitate for a capital tax, such as they have in Switzerland — a sensible conservative place. A rate of 1 to 1.5%, with an exemption on the first million and a 100% penalty on hidden assets, would go at least some small way toward redressing the huge wealth disparities that now exist. It would also satisfy Warren Buffet's plea to be taxed more heavily and Bill Gates's urgent desire to share the wealth.

    Fixing the elite is more of a challenge. One step in the right direction might be to make membership of the Senate, or whatever second chamber a country may have, based on taxes paid. Then the US Senate would be occupied by America's 100 biggest tax payers who would no doubt consider this a fair and proper acknowledgement of their contribution to society. At the same time, it would require them to argue in their own interests rather than having paid stooges do it for them. The resultant embarrassment might moderate their rapacity.

    But in addition, we need an education for the elite that inculcates a spirit of noblesse oblige. The Ivy leagues with their business schools, their football teams, their Nobel Prize winning faculty who have little if any contact with undergraduates, and their ridiculous snobbery are beyond redemption. What's needed are a couple of independent monastic institutions where true scholars provide one on one direction to, and impose stern intellectual discipline upon, the more able children of today's billionaire class. Then we might hope to see the emergence of a ruling class better suited both morally and intellectually to the task of governing.

  89. @Israel Shamir
    the composition of the ruling elite - indeed it changed. The old one has been decimated at WWI and then, by inheritance taxes. When the elites had been changed into pure Mammonite stock, the inheritance taxes went away as by magic.

    Not true. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_inheritance_taxes_in_the_United_Kingdom

    The highest rate of the estate duty progressive tax
    1894, 8%
    1907, 15%
    1910, 15%
    1914, 20%
    1919, 40%
    930, 50%
    1939, 60%
    1940, 65%
    1949, 80%

    After 1949: Estate duty became more progressive in scale, eventually peaking in 1969 with the highest marginal rate fixed at 85% of amounts in excess of £750,000, provided that total duty did not exceed 80% of the value of the total estate

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  90. @Israel Shamir
    the composition of the ruling elite - indeed it changed. The old one has been decimated at WWI and then, by inheritance taxes. When the elites had been changed into pure Mammonite stock, the inheritance taxes went away as by magic.

    When the elites had been changed into pure Mammonite stock, the inheritance taxes went away as by magic.

    Not altogether a bad thing, the inheritance tax being mostly evaded by the very rich and falling in a haphazard and sometimes unfair way on the not so rich — depending on who dies when.

    In it’s place we should agitate for a capital tax, such as they have in Switzerland — a sensible conservative place. A rate of 1 to 1.5%, with an exemption on the first million and a 100% penalty on hidden assets, would go at least some small way toward redressing the huge wealth disparities that now exist. It would also satisfy Warren Buffet’s plea to be taxed more heavily and Bill Gates’s urgent desire to share the wealth.

    Fixing the elite is more of a challenge. One step in the right direction might be to make membership of the Senate, or whatever second chamber a country may have, based on taxes paid. Then the US Senate would be occupied by America’s 100 biggest tax payers who would no doubt consider this a fair and proper acknowledgement of their contribution to society. At the same time, it would require them to argue in their own interests rather than having paid stooges do it for them. The resultant embarrassment might moderate their rapacity.

    But in addition, we need an education for the elite that inculcates a spirit of noblesse oblige. The Ivy leagues with their business schools, their football teams, their Nobel Prize winning faculty who have little if any contact with undergraduates, and their ridiculous snobbery are beyond redemption. What’s needed are a couple of independent monastic institutions where true scholars provide one on one direction to, and impose stern intellectual discipline upon, the more able children of today’s billionaire class. Then we might hope to see the emergence of a ruling class better suited both morally and intellectually to the task of governing.

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    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
    "Warren Buffet’s plea to be taxed more heavily and Bill Gates’s urgent desire to share the wealth."
    No wonder. They know pretty well where this kind of behavior by elites leads. To guillotine.
    Otherwise you are being very naive. Elites will be stuffing their faces and stealing from the rest until their very end.
    "One step in the right direction might be to make membership of the Senate, or whatever second chamber a country may have, based on taxes paid. Then the US Senate would be occupied by America’s 100 biggest tax payers who would no doubt consider this a fair and proper acknowledgement of their contribution to society. "
    You are proposing somethings similar to Roman senate.
    I wonder what contribution that would be? So far we have been observing them basically stealing via various means from majority and accumulating wealth at society's expense while letting the rest rot.
    What low interest rates with access to free money for Them and no % for savers means? They are consuming people's saving now and putting the rest into debt serfdom. This is their contribution

    I also wonder, do you really think capitalism is the end of human social economic development?

  91. @CanSpeccy

    When the elites had been changed into pure Mammonite stock, the inheritance taxes went away as by magic.
     
    Not altogether a bad thing, the inheritance tax being mostly evaded by the very rich and falling in a haphazard and sometimes unfair way on the not so rich — depending on who dies when.

    In it's place we should agitate for a capital tax, such as they have in Switzerland — a sensible conservative place. A rate of 1 to 1.5%, with an exemption on the first million and a 100% penalty on hidden assets, would go at least some small way toward redressing the huge wealth disparities that now exist. It would also satisfy Warren Buffet's plea to be taxed more heavily and Bill Gates's urgent desire to share the wealth.

    Fixing the elite is more of a challenge. One step in the right direction might be to make membership of the Senate, or whatever second chamber a country may have, based on taxes paid. Then the US Senate would be occupied by America's 100 biggest tax payers who would no doubt consider this a fair and proper acknowledgement of their contribution to society. At the same time, it would require them to argue in their own interests rather than having paid stooges do it for them. The resultant embarrassment might moderate their rapacity.

    But in addition, we need an education for the elite that inculcates a spirit of noblesse oblige. The Ivy leagues with their business schools, their football teams, their Nobel Prize winning faculty who have little if any contact with undergraduates, and their ridiculous snobbery are beyond redemption. What's needed are a couple of independent monastic institutions where true scholars provide one on one direction to, and impose stern intellectual discipline upon, the more able children of today's billionaire class. Then we might hope to see the emergence of a ruling class better suited both morally and intellectually to the task of governing.

    “Warren Buffet’s plea to be taxed more heavily and Bill Gates’s urgent desire to share the wealth.”
    No wonder. They know pretty well where this kind of behavior by elites leads. To guillotine.
    Otherwise you are being very naive. Elites will be stuffing their faces and stealing from the rest until their very end.
    “One step in the right direction might be to make membership of the Senate, or whatever second chamber a country may have, based on taxes paid. Then the US Senate would be occupied by America’s 100 biggest tax payers who would no doubt consider this a fair and proper acknowledgement of their contribution to society. ”
    You are proposing somethings similar to Roman senate.
    I wonder what contribution that would be? So far we have been observing them basically stealing via various means from majority and accumulating wealth at society’s expense while letting the rest rot.
    What low interest rates with access to free money for Them and no % for savers means? They are consuming people’s saving now and putting the rest into debt serfdom. This is their contribution

    I also wonder, do you really think capitalism is the end of human social economic development?

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    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
    Sergey, you misquote me and thus invert the meaning of my words.

    In proposing that the Senate should be occupied by the biggest taxpayers, I said — and this you omitted — my proposal would require the very rich :


    ...to argue in their own interests rather than having paid stooges do it for them. The resultant embarrassment might moderate their rapacity.
     
    And, really, if you have a plutocracy, why should its interests be sheltered from public scrutiny by paid mouthpieces and PR agents? But that is not to say I advocate plutocracy. Indeed I was speaking with ironic intent, although to a revolutionary with an itchy trigger finger that was evidently, for you, a subtlety to far.

    Otherwise you are being very naive.
     
    OK, I may not, like you, be a full-blown Stalinist intent on having the Buffets, Trumps, and maniacs like Besos shot on the spot, but what, actually do you have against my proposal (which you seem not to have noticed) for a capital tax. In the US it would bring in at least half a trillion a year, sufficient to more than cover Trump's proposed corporate tax cuts (a good measure to stimulate investment and employment).

    I also wonder, do you really think capitalism is the end of human social economic development?
     
    Wonder away as you contemplate the enjoyment of blowing me away with a headshot from your OGPU standard issue service revolver. But if you want to wonder in a constructive and intelligent way, you might begin by avoiding rash assumptions unsupported by evidence: in particular, the assumption implicit in your remark that I am an undying supporter of capitalism.

    Certainly, I am not a Commie for totalitarian world government, but that does not mean I advocate worldwide monopoly capitalism, which is the goal of Anglo-US globalist elite.

    Considering the issue of the future of individual liberty in an age of Money Power globalism, there is a interesting post by the Irish Savant on the role of the keyboard warrior.

    , @CanSpeccy
    I just replied at length but either Mr. Shamir or someone else deleted the comment or there is a glitch in the software. Briefly, what I said was:

    In mocking my proposal for having plutocrats speak for gthemselves rather than allowing them to shelter behind paid Congressional mouthpieces and PR agents, you ignore both the rationale that I provided and my ironic intent.

    As for my naivete, you seem to have missed my proposal for a capital tax that would make the likes of Buffet and Gates pay real taxes, billions in fact, generating in the process at least half a trillion a year, sufficient to cover the cost of Trump's proposed corporate tax cut (a good measure that would stimulate investment, create jobs and raise wages).

    As for your derisive question:


    do you really think capitalism is the end of human social economic development?
     
    it responds to nothing I said. I'm for neither global monopoly capitalism nor global Communist tyranny. I'm for competitive market capitalism within a framework of independent, sovereign nation states. For the US, that would mean, for a start, termination of trade agreements that override national laws and courts, and the smashing of the monopolies and oligopolies — Google (aka Alphabet), Amazon, the media giants, etc.
  92. That same year, Lenin made his great experiment to rid his country Russia of bankers and other exploiters, while earning their eternal hatred (and volumes of fake news about his bloodthirsty cruelty, in addition).

    That’s pretty funny, given that Lenin’s “revolution” was financed by financiers and bankers – Trotsky having collected heartily from his banker tribesmen on Wall Street and Lenin, having used the assistance of his half-tribesman Warburg to smuggle the loot from Germany to Russia on the “sealed train”, then using the tribal loot to empower fellow tribalists in Russia (over 80-85% of the Bolshevik top leadership were tribalists, according to a speech by Putin at Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center) to massacre and genocide Orthodox Russians.

    In Shamir’s world, Lenin and his Bolsevik co-tribalists did not commit genocide, but instead we are treated to “volumes of fake news about his bloodthirsty cruelty” – the historical revisionism never ceases. Unlike the Holohoax, however, official Soviet records back up these claims of atrocities of historical dimensions – whilst German records, even those (before Glasnost) infamous Auschwitz “death books”, do not support the Holohoax even one tiny bit, nor does any effort at reality checking.

    And then this gem:

    Lenin … wrote about it a concise book called Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, radically updating Marx. The idea is that capitalism evolves from dynamic competitive production to financial capital takeover, while the financial capital unavoidably leads to wars.

    No, wrong, there is an organized force in the world that seeks global domination, and finance is one, but only one of many, many means they use to accomplish it. They also use the military, the politicians, the media, their (overt and covert) networks, their think tanks, their “foundations” and countless other means to achieve it. Lenin engaged in what is known politically as deflection – putting the blame on the wrong issue (capitalism) to hide the real culprit (organized groups vying for global dominance). Indeed, Lenin’s motto was international “dictatorship of the proletariat” via his Bolshevik “vanguard” (read: international totalitarian dictatorship by the tribalist Bolsheviks), and he made no bones about it.

    Followed by this kicker:

    History has proven [Lenin] partially right: the countries that followed Lenin’s path never began a war, and they never colonised other states.

    Really? China did not invade and colonize Tibet? USSR did not invade Poland, and later, invade and colonize the Warsaw Pact? N. Korea did not invade S. Korea? N. Vietnam did not invade S. Vietnam? One could go on and on but, the point is, the same people that control the “West” controlled the “USSR”.

    All we have is two different models to accomplish the same objective: total and complete, full spectrum, global domination – one model entailed the capitalist, “democratic theater” model, the other the state capitalist, “totalitarian” model (which slowly evolved closer to the “democratic theater” model just as the “democratic theater” model is evolving closer to the totalitarian one).

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    All we have is two different models to accomplish the same objective: total and complete, full spectrum, global domination – one model entailed the capitalist, “democratic theater” model, the other the state capitalist, “totalitarian” model (which slowly evolved closer to the “democratic theater” model just as the “democratic theater” model is evolving closer to the totalitarian one).
     
    Right. And both models require the destruction of the sovereign, democratic nation state. Hence rule by the Treason Party, and the genocide of the European people through induced reproductive dysfunction and mass replacement immigration in both North America and Europe.

    In that context, the election of Trump looks more like a carefully choreographed token step back while the anger of the people cools than a genuine change in direction. When the Trump "Revolution" is over, a large chunk of the patriotic working class will have died off and it will be the "the turn of the other side" (supported by the university-trained, i.e., brainwashed youth of the nation), which will complete the task of national genocide.

    For now, the furious anti-Trump media campaign aided by traitors in academia and the judiciary provides the excuse for minimal effective action by the Trump administration.

  93. @Lenin made his great experiment to rid his country Russia of bankers and other exploiters

    With the little delay of the NEP (New Economic Policy).

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    With the little delay of the NEP (New Economic Policy).
     
    Consistent with the Leninist policy of buying from the capitalists the rope with which "we will hang them."
  94. @Sergey Krieger
    "Warren Buffet’s plea to be taxed more heavily and Bill Gates’s urgent desire to share the wealth."
    No wonder. They know pretty well where this kind of behavior by elites leads. To guillotine.
    Otherwise you are being very naive. Elites will be stuffing their faces and stealing from the rest until their very end.
    "One step in the right direction might be to make membership of the Senate, or whatever second chamber a country may have, based on taxes paid. Then the US Senate would be occupied by America’s 100 biggest tax payers who would no doubt consider this a fair and proper acknowledgement of their contribution to society. "
    You are proposing somethings similar to Roman senate.
    I wonder what contribution that would be? So far we have been observing them basically stealing via various means from majority and accumulating wealth at society's expense while letting the rest rot.
    What low interest rates with access to free money for Them and no % for savers means? They are consuming people's saving now and putting the rest into debt serfdom. This is their contribution

    I also wonder, do you really think capitalism is the end of human social economic development?

    Sergey, you misquote me and thus invert the meaning of my words.

    In proposing that the Senate should be occupied by the biggest taxpayers, I said — and this you omitted — my proposal would require the very rich :

    …to argue in their own interests rather than having paid stooges do it for them. The resultant embarrassment might moderate their rapacity.

    And, really, if you have a plutocracy, why should its interests be sheltered from public scrutiny by paid mouthpieces and PR agents? But that is not to say I advocate plutocracy. Indeed I was speaking with ironic intent, although to a revolutionary with an itchy trigger finger that was evidently, for you, a subtlety to far.

    Otherwise you are being very naive.

    OK, I may not, like you, be a full-blown Stalinist intent on having the Buffets, Trumps, and maniacs like Besos shot on the spot, but what, actually do you have against my proposal (which you seem not to have noticed) for a capital tax. In the US it would bring in at least half a trillion a year, sufficient to more than cover Trump’s proposed corporate tax cuts (a good measure to stimulate investment and employment).

    I also wonder, do you really think capitalism is the end of human social economic development?

    Wonder away as you contemplate the enjoyment of blowing me away with a headshot from your OGPU standard issue service revolver. But if you want to wonder in a constructive and intelligent way, you might begin by avoiding rash assumptions unsupported by evidence: in particular, the assumption implicit in your remark that I am an undying supporter of capitalism.

    Certainly, I am not a Commie for totalitarian world government, but that does not mean I advocate worldwide monopoly capitalism, which is the goal of Anglo-US globalist elite.

    Considering the issue of the future of individual liberty in an age of Money Power globalism, there is a interesting post by the Irish Savant on the role of the keyboard warrior.

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  95. @CalDre

    That same year, Lenin made his great experiment to rid his country Russia of bankers and other exploiters, while earning their eternal hatred (and volumes of fake news about his bloodthirsty cruelty, in addition).
     
    That's pretty funny, given that Lenin's "revolution" was financed by financiers and bankers - Trotsky having collected heartily from his banker tribesmen on Wall Street and Lenin, having used the assistance of his half-tribesman Warburg to smuggle the loot from Germany to Russia on the "sealed train", then using the tribal loot to empower fellow tribalists in Russia (over 80-85% of the Bolshevik top leadership were tribalists, according to a speech by Putin at Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center) to massacre and genocide Orthodox Russians.

    In Shamir's world, Lenin and his Bolsevik co-tribalists did not commit genocide, but instead we are treated to "volumes of fake news about his bloodthirsty cruelty" - the historical revisionism never ceases. Unlike the Holohoax, however, official Soviet records back up these claims of atrocities of historical dimensions - whilst German records, even those (before Glasnost) infamous Auschwitz "death books", do not support the Holohoax even one tiny bit, nor does any effort at reality checking.

    And then this gem:


    Lenin ... wrote about it a concise book called Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, radically updating Marx. The idea is that capitalism evolves from dynamic competitive production to financial capital takeover, while the financial capital unavoidably leads to wars.
     
    No, wrong, there is an organized force in the world that seeks global domination, and finance is one, but only one of many, many means they use to accomplish it. They also use the military, the politicians, the media, their (overt and covert) networks, their think tanks, their "foundations" and countless other means to achieve it. Lenin engaged in what is known politically as deflection - putting the blame on the wrong issue (capitalism) to hide the real culprit (organized groups vying for global dominance). Indeed, Lenin's motto was international "dictatorship of the proletariat" via his Bolshevik "vanguard" (read: international totalitarian dictatorship by the tribalist Bolsheviks), and he made no bones about it.

    Followed by this kicker:


    History has proven [Lenin] partially right: the countries that followed Lenin’s path never began a war, and they never colonised other states.
     
    Really? China did not invade and colonize Tibet? USSR did not invade Poland, and later, invade and colonize the Warsaw Pact? N. Korea did not invade S. Korea? N. Vietnam did not invade S. Vietnam? One could go on and on but, the point is, the same people that control the "West" controlled the "USSR".

    All we have is two different models to accomplish the same objective: total and complete, full spectrum, global domination - one model entailed the capitalist, "democratic theater" model, the other the state capitalist, "totalitarian" model (which slowly evolved closer to the "democratic theater" model just as the "democratic theater" model is evolving closer to the totalitarian one).

    All we have is two different models to accomplish the same objective: total and complete, full spectrum, global domination – one model entailed the capitalist, “democratic theater” model, the other the state capitalist, “totalitarian” model (which slowly evolved closer to the “democratic theater” model just as the “democratic theater” model is evolving closer to the totalitarian one).

    Right. And both models require the destruction of the sovereign, democratic nation state. Hence rule by the Treason Party, and the genocide of the European people through induced reproductive dysfunction and mass replacement immigration in both North America and Europe.

    In that context, the election of Trump looks more like a carefully choreographed token step back while the anger of the people cools than a genuine change in direction. When the Trump “Revolution” is over, a large chunk of the patriotic working class will have died off and it will be the “the turn of the other side” (supported by the university-trained, i.e., brainwashed youth of the nation), which will complete the task of national genocide.

    For now, the furious anti-Trump media campaign aided by traitors in academia and the judiciary provides the excuse for minimal effective action by the Trump administration.

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  96. @Sergey Krieger
    "Warren Buffet’s plea to be taxed more heavily and Bill Gates’s urgent desire to share the wealth."
    No wonder. They know pretty well where this kind of behavior by elites leads. To guillotine.
    Otherwise you are being very naive. Elites will be stuffing their faces and stealing from the rest until their very end.
    "One step in the right direction might be to make membership of the Senate, or whatever second chamber a country may have, based on taxes paid. Then the US Senate would be occupied by America’s 100 biggest tax payers who would no doubt consider this a fair and proper acknowledgement of their contribution to society. "
    You are proposing somethings similar to Roman senate.
    I wonder what contribution that would be? So far we have been observing them basically stealing via various means from majority and accumulating wealth at society's expense while letting the rest rot.
    What low interest rates with access to free money for Them and no % for savers means? They are consuming people's saving now and putting the rest into debt serfdom. This is their contribution

    I also wonder, do you really think capitalism is the end of human social economic development?

    I just replied at length but either Mr. Shamir or someone else deleted the comment or there is a glitch in the software. Briefly, what I said was:

    In mocking my proposal for having plutocrats speak for gthemselves rather than allowing them to shelter behind paid Congressional mouthpieces and PR agents, you ignore both the rationale that I provided and my ironic intent.

    As for my naivete, you seem to have missed my proposal for a capital tax that would make the likes of Buffet and Gates pay real taxes, billions in fact, generating in the process at least half a trillion a year, sufficient to cover the cost of Trump’s proposed corporate tax cut (a good measure that would stimulate investment, create jobs and raise wages).

    As for your derisive question:

    do you really think capitalism is the end of human social economic development?

    it responds to nothing I said. I’m for neither global monopoly capitalism nor global Communist tyranny. I’m for competitive market capitalism within a framework of independent, sovereign nation states. For the US, that would mean, for a start, termination of trade agreements that override national laws and courts, and the smashing of the monopolies and oligopolies — Google (aka Alphabet), Amazon, the media giants, etc.

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    either Mr. Shamir or someone else deleted the comment or there is a glitch in the software
     
    I would rule out Mr. Shamir or Mr. Unz, neither of them is a censor of intellectual debate (as opposed to Mr. Roberts, who has quite thin skin whilst at the same time throwing the most caustic acid on others). I think your comment actually appears here now (comments are moderated and sometimes no moderator is on duty to let a comment past the gate).
    , @Sergey Krieger
    Plutocrats are cowards. Roman version of US Congress and Senate populated by them is ridicolous because they feel completely satisfied and safe as being behind the scene puppet masters. Being in the open would be too dangerous because they would have to be completely responsible for there failures and vulnerable. It is pure fantasy. Considering that capitalism has been in existence for few centuries and fullfilled it's goal of developing means of production and other aspects and then methamorphed into crony financial rotten stage which threatens humanity very existence there is nothing left for capitalism to achieve. Frankly, any ideology calling and actually demanding never ending growth on limited planet simultaneously becoming stinkingly wealthy at majority expense has no future. Things have not been working for some two decades as advertised. It is bad omen.
  97. @Seraphim
    @Lenin made his great experiment to rid his country Russia of bankers and other exploiters

    With the little delay of the NEP (New Economic Policy).

    With the little delay of the NEP (New Economic Policy).

    Consistent with the Leninist policy of buying from the capitalists the rope with which “we will hang them.”

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    Or was it a way to allow the creditors to recover the money invested in the 'Revolution'?
    Even before the 'October Revolution' Lenin was saying:
    "Without the big banks socialism would be unrealizable. The big banks are the 'state apparatus' which is necessary to us for the realization of socialism and which we take ready-made from capitalism..."
    And the foreign concessions?
  98. @CanSpeccy
    I just replied at length but either Mr. Shamir or someone else deleted the comment or there is a glitch in the software. Briefly, what I said was:

    In mocking my proposal for having plutocrats speak for gthemselves rather than allowing them to shelter behind paid Congressional mouthpieces and PR agents, you ignore both the rationale that I provided and my ironic intent.

    As for my naivete, you seem to have missed my proposal for a capital tax that would make the likes of Buffet and Gates pay real taxes, billions in fact, generating in the process at least half a trillion a year, sufficient to cover the cost of Trump's proposed corporate tax cut (a good measure that would stimulate investment, create jobs and raise wages).

    As for your derisive question:


    do you really think capitalism is the end of human social economic development?
     
    it responds to nothing I said. I'm for neither global monopoly capitalism nor global Communist tyranny. I'm for competitive market capitalism within a framework of independent, sovereign nation states. For the US, that would mean, for a start, termination of trade agreements that override national laws and courts, and the smashing of the monopolies and oligopolies — Google (aka Alphabet), Amazon, the media giants, etc.

    either Mr. Shamir or someone else deleted the comment or there is a glitch in the software

    I would rule out Mr. Shamir or Mr. Unz, neither of them is a censor of intellectual debate (as opposed to Mr. Roberts, who has quite thin skin whilst at the same time throwing the most caustic acid on others). I think your comment actually appears here now (comments are moderated and sometimes no moderator is on duty to let a comment past the gate).

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    Thanks for the info. and my apologies to Mr. Shamir for my having suggested that he censored me, and to Mr. Unz for my aspersions on his software, which is, in fact, very well conceived and executed. Lastly, my apologies for the double post.
  99. @CalDre

    either Mr. Shamir or someone else deleted the comment or there is a glitch in the software
     
    I would rule out Mr. Shamir or Mr. Unz, neither of them is a censor of intellectual debate (as opposed to Mr. Roberts, who has quite thin skin whilst at the same time throwing the most caustic acid on others). I think your comment actually appears here now (comments are moderated and sometimes no moderator is on duty to let a comment past the gate).

    Thanks for the info. and my apologies to Mr. Shamir for my having suggested that he censored me, and to Mr. Unz for my aspersions on his software, which is, in fact, very well conceived and executed. Lastly, my apologies for the double post.

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  100. @utu
    I liked Juri Lina's film. The most important is (1) conspiracy to destroy Russia though he does not explain why exactly Russia was targeted by so many forces and (2) showing big money behind Trotsky and Lenin.

    Will Russia and Russians will ever wake up. I doubt it. French did not wake up after 200 plus years of French Revolution. They still do not want to hear of Vendée. They still do not understand what their revolution was really about. The same goes for Russians. They still think Lenin and Stalin were their heroes. Look at Israel Shamir.

    Very astute remark about the sorry state of the French especially with respect to the French Revolution and its phony slogan of : liberte, fraternite, egalite. When the French commoner went down to the streets, he and she were clamor for bread but the secret societies saw an opportunity to topple the monarchy and so it was. Ever since this bloody event France was unable to reclaim its glorious history except for a brief period under Napoleon and De Gaulle. The latest presidential elections was the clearest signal at how much the French, a supposedly cultured people who value political individualism, are so out of touch with their present and past reality. It seems thing have to get much worse than they are to get the French and other Westerners to wake up to the fallacy of representative democracy.

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    The complete slogan was:

    "Unité, Indivisibilité de la République; Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité ou la mort" ("Unity, indivisibility of the Republic; liberty, equality, brotherhood or death"). By Guillotine. Firing squads were as good.
  101. @MarkinLA
    including the Stock Market

    Just like almost any human made entity the Stock Market is neither all good or all bad. When it raises money for truly innovative companies that have a hard time getting capital it is doing a useful function. When it becomes nothing but a speculation vehicle where people try and run the price up and down to put the difference in their pockets it serves no useful purpose.

    However you can't have one without the other.

    “However you can’t have one without the other.”

    Why not? Just make the stock market a govt run exchange, with low transaction fees, and established minimum holding times for investments, so that investors, not speculators, are ones who win or lose according to the success or failure of the enterprise.

    I’m not saying this is the only way to prevent the parasitic skimmers. My point is that you shouldn’t assume it’s not doable. Figure out what you want the system to do — provide capital to companies trying to grow, while preventing speculation and parasitism — and then design a structure that achieves that. And, if the first attempt proves imperfect, modify/adjust. Then keep at it till you get it right.

    I have long wanted to outlaw the FED, private banking, private insurance, and private stock, equities, currency, etc markets. Let the govt run this and let the transaction profits be recycled into the public coffers. Is it not self-evident that privately run enterprises in the financial services sector are run not for the benefit of their customers, but rather for the maximum profit of their owners. And maximum profit must inevitably lead to maximum looting of productive enterprises rather than the promotion of productivity.

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    And what do you do with people who have to sell because of circumstances? Do they have to get a waiver from the government. Eventually, everybody gets a waiver. This is just like our making the holding of gold illegal. Numismatic coins were exempt and usually worthless gold coins (only having melt value) became numismatics. The NBA put in a hardship rule so college graduates could be eligible for the NBA draft early and not have to graduate (or finish their "eligibility") and it quickly collapsed to allowing anybody to be eligible for the draft.

    Policies sound nice but in reality they generally don't work.
  102. @CanSpeccy

    With the little delay of the NEP (New Economic Policy).
     
    Consistent with the Leninist policy of buying from the capitalists the rope with which "we will hang them."

    Or was it a way to allow the creditors to recover the money invested in the ‘Revolution’?
    Even before the ‘October Revolution’ Lenin was saying:
    “Without the big banks socialism would be unrealizable. The big banks are the ‘state apparatus’ which is necessary to us for the realization of socialism and which we take ready-made from capitalism…”
    And the foreign concessions?

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    Or was it a way to allow the creditors to recover the money invested in the ‘Revolution’?
     
    I don't know. But it would be interesting to know. Did Schiff, for instance, get back the $20 million he is said to have invested in the revolution, and if so, how was this effected by way of the sale of American industrial goods exported to the Soviet Union?

    Certainly the Brits did not get back the $5.4 billion rubles they lent the Russian government during WW1 (equivalent more than $100 billion today). And, according to this source, what the Soviets paid for American technology and equipment seems insignificant relative to the government loans on which the Soviets defaulted — for example, $5 million to Winckler and Koch for 15 oil refineries: refineries that Lenin would have been pleased to see, would still have been running after WW2 and able to fuel the vast tank force with which Russia threatened Western Europe. In fact, without the unanticipated acquisition of nuclear weapons by the US, the Soviets might well have rolled on to the Atlantic coast, thereby strangling a large part of the capitalist world that had assisted in their industrialization.
  103. @Joe Levantine
    Very astute remark about the sorry state of the French especially with respect to the French Revolution and its phony slogan of : liberte, fraternite, egalite. When the French commoner went down to the streets, he and she were clamor for bread but the secret societies saw an opportunity to topple the monarchy and so it was. Ever since this bloody event France was unable to reclaim its glorious history except for a brief period under Napoleon and De Gaulle. The latest presidential elections was the clearest signal at how much the French, a supposedly cultured people who value political individualism, are so out of touch with their present and past reality. It seems thing have to get much worse than they are to get the French and other Westerners to wake up to the fallacy of representative democracy.

    The complete slogan was:

    “Unité, Indivisibilité de la République; Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité ou la mort” (“Unity, indivisibility of the Republic; liberty, equality, brotherhood or death”). By Guillotine. Firing squads were as good.

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  104. @Seraphim
    Or was it a way to allow the creditors to recover the money invested in the 'Revolution'?
    Even before the 'October Revolution' Lenin was saying:
    "Without the big banks socialism would be unrealizable. The big banks are the 'state apparatus' which is necessary to us for the realization of socialism and which we take ready-made from capitalism..."
    And the foreign concessions?

    Or was it a way to allow the creditors to recover the money invested in the ‘Revolution’?

    I don’t know. But it would be interesting to know. Did Schiff, for instance, get back the $20 million he is said to have invested in the revolution, and if so, how was this effected by way of the sale of American industrial goods exported to the Soviet Union?

    Certainly the Brits did not get back the $5.4 billion rubles they lent the Russian government during WW1 (equivalent more than $100 billion today). And, according to this source, what the Soviets paid for American technology and equipment seems insignificant relative to the government loans on which the Soviets defaulted — for example, $5 million to Winckler and Koch for 15 oil refineries: refineries that Lenin would have been pleased to see, would still have been running after WW2 and able to fuel the vast tank force with which Russia threatened Western Europe. In fact, without the unanticipated acquisition of nuclear weapons by the US, the Soviets might well have rolled on to the Atlantic coast, thereby strangling a large part of the capitalist world that had assisted in their industrialization.

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  105. @Ace

    We would be deceiving both ourselves and the people if we concealed from the masses the necessity of a desperate, bloody war of extermination, as the immediate task of the coming revolutionary action.
     
    Lenin, 1906.

    Gotta love that guy. He was misunderstood.

    You forgot one small issue, he let his entire family marry Jews (except Barron of course, but he’s 10). Anyone want to bet he marries a yenta? Dont all jump at once.

    I still remember Izzie finding nukes while taking a stool, fascinating.

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  106. @Jeff Davis
    "However you can’t have one without the other."

    Why not? Just make the stock market a govt run exchange, with low transaction fees, and established minimum holding times for investments, so that investors, not speculators, are ones who win or lose according to the success or failure of the enterprise.

    I'm not saying this is the only way to prevent the parasitic skimmers. My point is that you shouldn't assume it's not doable. Figure out what you want the system to do -- provide capital to companies trying to grow, while preventing speculation and parasitism -- and then design a structure that achieves that. And, if the first attempt proves imperfect, modify/adjust. Then keep at it till you get it right.

    I have long wanted to outlaw the FED, private banking, private insurance, and private stock, equities, currency, etc markets. Let the govt run this and let the transaction profits be recycled into the public coffers. Is it not self-evident that privately run enterprises in the financial services sector are run not for the benefit of their customers, but rather for the maximum profit of their owners. And maximum profit must inevitably lead to maximum looting of productive enterprises rather than the promotion of productivity.

    And what do you do with people who have to sell because of circumstances? Do they have to get a waiver from the government. Eventually, everybody gets a waiver. This is just like our making the holding of gold illegal. Numismatic coins were exempt and usually worthless gold coins (only having melt value) became numismatics. The NBA put in a hardship rule so college graduates could be eligible for the NBA draft early and not have to graduate (or finish their “eligibility”) and it quickly collapsed to allowing anybody to be eligible for the draft.

    Policies sound nice but in reality they generally don’t work.

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  107. @CanSpeccy
    I just replied at length but either Mr. Shamir or someone else deleted the comment or there is a glitch in the software. Briefly, what I said was:

    In mocking my proposal for having plutocrats speak for gthemselves rather than allowing them to shelter behind paid Congressional mouthpieces and PR agents, you ignore both the rationale that I provided and my ironic intent.

    As for my naivete, you seem to have missed my proposal for a capital tax that would make the likes of Buffet and Gates pay real taxes, billions in fact, generating in the process at least half a trillion a year, sufficient to cover the cost of Trump's proposed corporate tax cut (a good measure that would stimulate investment, create jobs and raise wages).

    As for your derisive question:


    do you really think capitalism is the end of human social economic development?
     
    it responds to nothing I said. I'm for neither global monopoly capitalism nor global Communist tyranny. I'm for competitive market capitalism within a framework of independent, sovereign nation states. For the US, that would mean, for a start, termination of trade agreements that override national laws and courts, and the smashing of the monopolies and oligopolies — Google (aka Alphabet), Amazon, the media giants, etc.

    Plutocrats are cowards. Roman version of US Congress and Senate populated by them is ridicolous because they feel completely satisfied and safe as being behind the scene puppet masters. Being in the open would be too dangerous because they would have to be completely responsible for there failures and vulnerable. It is pure fantasy. Considering that capitalism has been in existence for few centuries and fullfilled it’s goal of developing means of production and other aspects and then methamorphed into crony financial rotten stage which threatens humanity very existence there is nothing left for capitalism to achieve. Frankly, any ideology calling and actually demanding never ending growth on limited planet simultaneously becoming stinkingly wealthy at majority expense has no future. Things have not been working for some two decades as advertised. It is bad omen.

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  108. @CanSpeccy

    I am inclined to think welfare states and related measures were adopted in countries like Britain as a means of buying off working classes to steer them away from more radical solutions.
     
    There was no doubt that motivation for some, but there were many other strands, including a strong Victorian tradition among some members of the upper class to promote better conditions of life for the workers. Quintin Hogg, for example, who established the Ragged Schools in London for the education of destitute children; the Regent Street Polytechnic, which became the largest provider of adult education in London; and who engaged in many other charitable activities to benefit ordinary people in both Britain and the colonies. Winston Churchill was also a reformer (for example, he introduced legislation leading to the creation of both Britain's old-age pension scheme, and mandatory work-place tea breaks). In this he was no doubt influence not only by his affection for his impecunious nanny, Mrs. Everest, who was largely responsible for his upbringing, but also his experience in the trenches with common British soldiers during WW1.

    Wholesale attacks on the welfare state since c. 1991 suggest that with the disappearance of the Soviet bogeyman it became politically acceptable to reinstate a more red-in-tooth-and-claw capitalism.
     
    It is not just the political situation that has changed but also the composition of the ruling elite. Prior to WW2, England was still largely ruled by aristocrats many of whom, like Winston Churchill (the nephew of a duke and born at Blenheim Palace) had some sense of noblesse oblige. Today, we are largely ruled by the Money Power in collaboration with the security services as represented by bought agents such as the scoundrel Tony Blair.

    Some social welfare began to be introduced by the last significant Liberal government before WW1 (the need to appease social discontent was felt before 1917 although it was certainly sharpened after that). On the other hand, mostly upper-class generals in WW1 were generally motivated by anything but noblesse oblige towards their mostly working-class troops, and in the Depression, unemployed were often subjected to humiliating means tests to receive a pittance of aid. It was after WW2 that a genuine welfare state began to be instituted after Churchill experienced an electoral defeat that certainly surprised him.
    A.J.P. Taylor wrote at a time when it was taken for granted the state would prevent or at least assuage poverty, and his message in his foreword was that this meant revolution in the Marxian sense not only would not happen but was not necessary. His viewpoint dated more quickly than the assumptions he was attacking. In fact Marx and Engels were writing at a time of naked capitalist exploitation, unmediated by any sort of welfare state, and only spasmodically relieved by often humiliating charity. We seem to be returning to a world closer to the red in tooth and claw social relations Marx and Engels knew, and A.J.P. Taylor’s dissing of their work was in fact an edifice built on sand.

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