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  • in reply to: Russian Tensions #241497

    BD, I am sure TS has never read Herman Gorter’s rebuttal of Lenin’s ‘Left Wing Communism. An Infantile Disorder’

    I’m also pretty sure he doesn’t even know who Herman Gorter was.

    It’s will be like casting pearls before swine but here is a link to further his education.

    He would also learn from the likes of Erich Fromm.

    “…This masochistic individual looking for dependency is in his depth frightened – often only subconsciously — a feeling of inferiority, powerlessness, aloneness. Because of this, he is looking for the “leader,” the great power, to feel safe and protected through participation and to overcome his own inferiority. Subconsciously, he feels his own powerlessness and needs the leader to control this feeling. This masochistic and submissive individual, who fears freedom and escapes into idolatry, is the person on which the authoritarian systems — Nazism and Stalinism — rest…”

    in reply to: Russian Tensions #241491

    Just as many homophobes possess same-sex desires (

    Those who profess to be anti-Nazi often share the same ideological similarites with Nazis.

    TD’s anti-Nazism To use Shakespeare – he doth protest too much.

    It can be seen in TS falsification of history and leader-worship adulation for Stalin and other political authoritarians.

    Psychologist Andrew Lobaczewski studied the relationship between psychological disorders and politics to understand why psychopaths and narcissists are so strongly attracted to power.

    People with personality disorders are drawn to political power – narcissists crave attention and affirmation, and feel that they are superior to others.

    BD recognised this narcissistic trait in TS long ago.

    in reply to: Russian Tensions #241486

    Thousands of people have gathered in the Moldovan capital Chișinău at a protest organised by a pro-Russia party, with demonstrators criticising the pro-European government for a steep rise in the cost of living.

    As Russia reduced gas supplies to Moldova over the past year, bills have risen up to six times in the country of 2.6 million. The energy crisis and the war in neighbouring Ukraine have also contributed to inflation hitting 30%.

    With western economic help, the government has subsidised energy bills but many are still struggling.

    “What can we live off?” said 70-year-old demonstrator Tamara.

    Another protester, Ivan Vasile, 85 years old, said his pension was the equivalent of £100 a month. “Can I afford to buy myself cheese? I cannot,”

    in reply to: Russian Tensions #241485

    If it isn’t from Putin’s own lips as reported by RT, Sputnik or Tass then TS won’t accept it. A true Believer.

    in reply to: Russian Tensions #241478

    TS – “Is this the same British MOD that keeps telling us Russia is running out of missiles? LOL”

    The same MOD that is very slow with its information.

    Financial Times months ago revealed that Russia’s minorities were disproportionately being mobilised.

    “The pattern is rooted in the Kremlin’s attempts earlier in the seven-month invasion of Ukraine to maintain a sense of normality in Russia’s major cities by targeting rural areas, with fewer resources to resist conscription, protest or flee.”

    Seems as if the MOD is merely belatedly confirming something that was already well-known to be happening.

    in reply to: Paresh Chattopadhyay and the Russian Revolution #241470

    Indeed a shame and a great loss.

    Another obituary but from a critical Leninist perspective

    in reply to: Russian Tensions #241469

    As always it is the poor who are made to spill their blood.

    In proportion to the size of their population, the richest cities of Moscow and St Petersburg have been left relatively unscathed. This is especially true for the families of the country’s elite. As the Russian MoD seeks to address its continued deficit of combat personnel, insulating the better-off and more influential elements of Russian society will highly likely remain a major consideration.

    On 21 February 2023, Russian senior officials were photographed making up the front two rows of the audience of President Putin’s state of the nation speech. None of these are known to have children serving in the military

    In many of the Eastern regions, deaths are likely running, as a percentage of population, at a rate 30+ times higher than in Moscow. In places, ethnic minorities take the biggest hit; in Astrakhan some 75% of casualties come from the minority Kazakh and Tartar populations.

    British MOD Twitter

    in reply to: Creating Fear #241467

    68% of Britons believe the fact that the UK has taken in more than 150,000 refugees from Ukraine is a good thing and only 17% think it is a bad thing.

    88% of people who took in refugees from Ukraine would do so again, compared with 3% who would not.

    Many hosts were willing to support guests from other countries.

    Seven in 10 of hosts ready to house a refugee again saying they are open to supporting either an Afghan or Ukrainian refugee.

    Three in 10 hosts saying they would support an Afghan refugee currently in hotel accommodation across the country.

    in reply to: Russian Tensions #241463

    “The war in Ukraine must end, even if one party is not fully and completely defeated, even if NATO’s geopolitical interests are not served, even if not all of Russia’s goals, whatever they are, are achieved.
    The war should end because, regardless of the outcome, long-term instability in that region will not cease completely any time soon; and because millions of innocent people are suffering and will continue to suffer, in Ukraine and around the world. And because only political compromises through peace negotiations can put an end to this horror.” – Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, author and the Editor of The Palestine Chronicle.

    in reply to: Russian Tensions #241462

    Protest for peace

    Having wrote the above, it doesn’t mean that the ruling class will always have their way with an acquiescent population.

    “Thousands took to the streets of Prague on Saturday in protest against the Czech government, high inflation and demanding an end to the country’s military support for Ukraine. The Czech Republic has been battling record inflation levels for a year mainly because of a spike in energy prices caused by the war in Ukraine.”


    in reply to: Russian Tensions #241461

    TS – “where’s NATOstan going to get the money/resources to do all that?”

    If you read what I wrote, I already answered your question.

    I repeat

    “And who will pay? You guess it. Working people with cuts to their social services. Putin has provided propaganda to justify military spending – guns over butter”

    And no doubt it will be the same for Russia.

    Working people bear the cost of conflicts, not only in lives but in their standard of living.

    in reply to: Russian Tensions #241458

    One of the claims of TS is that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has succeeded in one of its objectives – the demilitarisation of NATO, demonstrated by the military supply shortages being experienced.

    There is no denying that weapon stockpiles have been depleted. But higher spending budgets are being provided by governments. There will indeed be a time lag but in a some years time, the military be strengthened and there will be no NATO demilitarised dividend Russia can look to.

    Poland is raising its defence spending to 4% of GDP.

    The size of the Polish Army is to rise to 300,000, which would turn Poland into Europe’s biggest military power

    It has placed orders for 1,000 K2 main battle tanks from South Korea, and 250 new M1A2 SEPv3 Abram tanks from the US. This will turn Poland into the owner of Europe’s biggest tank force.

    Its artillery will be bolstered by the arrival of 600 K9s, 18 HIMARS launchers with 9,000 rockets, and 288 K239 Chunmoo MRL systems from South Korea.
    Over 1,000 Polish-made Borsuk infantry fighting vehicles.
    96 AH-64E Apache helicopters bought from the US, and 48 FA-50 combat aircraft now on order from South Korea.

    Is Poland the only nation intending to beef up its military? By no means. They all are going to spend more.

    Putin has not demilitarised NATO in the long term. Merely gained a temporary respite that will eventually disappear.

    And who will pay?

    You guess it. Working people with cuts to their social services. Putin has provided propaganda to justify military spending – guns over butter

    in reply to: Another Bank in Crisis? #241450

    Eight years before the second-largest bank failure in American history occurred this week, the SVB’s president personally pressed Congress to reduce scrutiny of his financial institution, citing the “low-risk profile of our activities and business model”. Three years later – after the bank spent more than half a million dollars on federal lobbying – lawmakers obliged.

    The bank reportedly did not have a chief risk officer in the months leading up to the collapse, while more than 90% of its deposits were not insured.

    in reply to: Creating Fear #241421

    The BBC didn’t expect such a show of sympathy and solidarity with a sports presenter’s suspension over his tweet comparing Braverman’s language to 1930 Nazis.

    Will the sentiment spread generally in condemning the draconian and illegal acts of the Tories to deport (genuine or not)refugees,

    in reply to: Another Bank in Crisis? #241419

    According to some, credit creation can be achieved by a ‘stroke of the keyboard’, called the money creationist theory of banking.

    We have said that a bank is a go-between, borrowing money from depositors at one interest rate and lending it out at a higher rate to make profit.

    SVB’s problems appear that they did not have sufficient deposits to cover the bonds they lent out.

    See our pamphlet

    The Magic Money Myth

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