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  • in reply to: Russian Tensions #238760
    Bijou Drains
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    Hey TN – Russia is offering their troops new incentives, free sperm bank storage, allowing them to have children if they are killed or maimed during the “Special Military Operation (now described as a war by Mr V Putin esq).

    We’re all aware of your blood curdling support for all things Putin knows no bounds (apart from actually joining in with the bloodletting by actually offering your military services to mother Russia).

    Perhaps this offer might be the one that makes you finally shows us skeptics that you aren’t the hypocritical BS merchant we all judge you as, although I can understand the offer of sperm donation is not for you, perhaps your hands are a bit full at the moment?

    Bijou Drains
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    Amazon states “ When Tom Johnston’s book, Our Scots Noble Families, first appeared in 1909 it caused a sensation.
    The man who was later to become wartime Scottish Secretary of State and first chairman of the North of Scotland Hydro Board revealed how many Scots landed families inherited privileges through lands taken by force or fraud. “The title-deeds are rapine, murder, massacre, cheating or Court harlotry,” wrote Johnston.
    “They (Scotland’s landowning elite) scorned any principle of morality; they gambled and murdered and robbed and foisted numerous illegitimate lusts on the granaries of the common people.”
    Johnston claims that the Dukes of Hamilton, Scotland’s premier peerage, owe their wealth to mining royalties to which they had no entitlement.
    The Gordons of Barra, who evicted islanders in the potato famine of 1851 when the kelp industry failed and tried to offer the island to the government as a penal settlement, excited Johnston’s wrath. “The first Barra Gordon appears to have been one of the most inhuman rascals that even Scottish Land history takes cognisance of. Beside him Nero was an innocent babe.” Their namesakes in the North East were a “nest of public robbers.”
    And the Sutherlands, whose annual revenue from land in the north of Scotland and elsewhere even in 1874 was some £141,000, had a history of “cruel murders and blatant thievings”.
    Despite being banned by some booksellers, Our Scots Noble Families sold 120,000 copies.”

    Our Comrade, Alwyn Edgar’s incredible book “Clans and Clearances – The Highland Clearances Volume 1” provides a forensic examination of the whole process of the expropriation of the highlands and their people’s pauperisation, in a similar way that Marx did in Chapter 27-29 of Capital Vol 1, regarding the same process in England and other parts of Western Europe.

    It’s ironic that the Bolsheviks and their hangers on see the process of “de kulakisation” of the Soviet Union as a great achievement of Lenin, Trotsky and their murderous band.

    The Bolsheviks expropriated (stole) the land for the state capitalists more ruthlessly and viciously than any of the private capitalists ever did.

    in reply to: Billionaire complaining about people complaining they are poor #238699
    Bijou Drains
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    Chelmsford – “Hardship today is spending a week in Spain rather than the usual ten days.”

    If you do live in Chelmsford, you might not be best placed to comment about poverty. Chelmsford is ranked 256 out of 326 local authorities in England on overall deprivation (where 1 is the highest level of deprivation).

    In my work life I have encountered many people living in abject poverty, no heat, light, food, etc. Although I have seen extremes of poverty in urban areas, the level of poverty in rural areas is often much worse.

    Having worked in rural north and west Northumberland for many years, I found the level of rural poverty is often under reported and missed in official statistics.

    Probably the worst housing conditions I have come across are those rural workers who are tenants of the big country land owners, who often work for the same land owners. Complaining about housing can lead to losing your home and your job, a real problem when both are scarce. Similar conditions often apply to many of the tenant hill farmers, scratching a living from rasing sheep and giving most of it back to the landowner in rent.

    in reply to: Tribute to Kropotkin #238439
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    The usual explanation is that Anarchism’s small production and the way some of the Anarchists championed small independent cooperatives as a form of production appealed more to the peasant mind set, whereas the Marxist viewpoint was more appealing to the proletariat.

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    in reply to: Russian Tensions #238431
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    True Narcissist – “The actual number of recent volunteers for the Russian military exceeds 70,000.”

    There’s still a chance for you to make it 70,001! Are you willing to walk the walk, as well as talk the talk?

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by Bijou Drains.
    in reply to: Russian Tensions #238387
    Bijou Drains
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    From the movie Airplane:

    Ted Striker (Robert Hays) tells Dr Rumack (Leslie Nielsen), “Surely you can’t be serious,” and Rumack replies, “I am serious — and don’t call me Shirley.”

    in reply to: Satire and counterpropaganda. #238254
    Bijou Drains
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    The Milgram experiment and it’s results have long been questioned.

    Many of the participants have stated that the acting by the supposed “victims” was so comical that many of the students continued to deliver “shocks” because they thought it was worth watching the ham acting!

    in reply to: Good News: And No Religion, Too #238253
    Bijou Drains
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    I just tried to explain to my beloved that me droppining her favourite vase and breaking it, couldn’t have happened any other way. I presume that her responding with a swift kick to my bollocks has a similar explanation

    in reply to: Satire and counterpropaganda. #238202
    Bijou Drains
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    Welcome along ActualSocialist10 and welcome to the Party.

    I was saying a similar thing to you regarding Lenin a few weeks back, when I was talking to a guy I know who’s involved with Socialist Appeal (effectively the Militant Tendency who stayed in the Labour Party). If it was Russia and it was Oct 1917 you might think his approach might work and it was worth a shot.

    The problem is that despite the fact it was a miserable failure and resulted in oppression of workers since day 1, many workers seem to think that the Leninist approach is a way forward!

    I also agree with you that social media is the currently the most powerful way of spreading our ideas. Sadly we haven’t done that as well as we could. This isn’t meant as criticism of the worry of comrades who do this work, I think that from a generational frame of reference we are not particularly “tech savvy”.

    The good thing is that because we are a truly Democratic Party, the resources of the party are available to any member to use as a way of spreading our message.

    The status of a member of our party is the same regardless of them being a member for one day or being a member for 60 years

    in reply to: Satire and counterpropaganda. #238193
    Bijou Drains
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    Hi covvie99, nice to hear from you on the forum.

    Just something to add to the discussion, you have stated that ” The idea that the far-left – Communism and far-right – Fascism are related is a new concept that right-whinge think tanks spread.”

    If by far Left Communism you refer to the ideas of Lenin, the Bolsheviks and their various political descendents (Maoists, Castroists, etc.), comparing these anti socialist, anti democratic, elitist political movements as having similarities with the far right is not by anyway a new concept and did not originate in right wing think tanks. The Socialist Party of Great Britain has made these comparisons for many decades. The term red fascist has been a commonplace for many decades.

    Back in the early 1980s, in a bar room discussion with members of the SWP, I explained to a student member of the SWP that I considered their “democratic centralist” processes as being red fascism. He responded by saying that if I said that again, he would put a pint glass in my face. He did not understand my laughter when I pointed out to him that he had just proved my point.

    With regard to left and right, this concept has the idea of a spectrum of political beliefs which places various view points somewhere on that spectrum.

    The Socialist Party has long dismissed the idea that for example the Labour Party or the Trotskyists or various other “socialist” movements who put forward the idea of campaigning to reform capitalism in various ways, have anything in common with those (i.e. us) who campaign for the immediate and complete democratic abolition of capitalism and its replacement with a society based on free access, common ownership and the concept of “from each according to their ability to each according to their needs” (i.e. genuine communism).

    In that sense our party see the key political decision as being, as one of campaigning to continue with capitalism (with any of the variations of capitalism, including nationalisation of parts of the productive forces and various forms of state capitalism) or do you campaign to end capitalism.

    This was the key question that arose in the formation of the Socialist Party of Great Britain when our party split with the Social Democratic Federation, in 1904. The founders of our party put forward declared principles which members of our party continue to put forward. We have continued to organise to promote those democratic principles for nearly 120 years.

    You may not have come across our political party before this point, you may not agree with our viewpoint, but if you are interested in political thought and activity, I am pretty sure you will find our perspective interesting and unique.

    There are lots and lots of articles from our monthly magazine (which has been in continuous production since 1904) on the website, contemporaneous articles that explain our position and activities, covering events such as WW1, the Bolshevik Revolution, WW2, etc. etc. that stretch back to 1904 as well as lots of current articles.

    Going back to the original point, regarding humour and satire, I agree with you that humour and satire can be one of the most powerful tools we have, we do not use it as well as we should.

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    in reply to: Satire and counterpropaganda. #238153
    Bijou Drains
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    “Ben Elton murdered Benny Hill.”

    And I never had the chance to thank him!

    in reply to: Good News: And No Religion, Too #238048
    Bijou Drains
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    TM – “It’s like saying “You should have thought of that before you did it.” Not an issue, because I didn’t think of it, so could not.”

    The important thing is not that you should have thought about it, but that you could have thought about it. In the same way history can’t be different doesn’t mean that it couldn’t have been different.

    in reply to: Russian Tensions #238037
    Bijou Drains
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    Keep it up TN and you too could get a statue like that (although I think Elon Musk has got to be a shoo-in for it next year)

    in reply to: Russian Tensions #238028
    Bijou Drains
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    BD – “TN, look, Putin wins uk vote!”
    TN – “How charming. The little Britains choose to support Nazis. But then, there’s a history of that isn’t there.”

    Thinking one person is a bellend doesn’t preclude you from thinking that that person’s enemy is also a bellend. I know that is a bit complicated for your binary thought processes. Think about it this way –

    Person A living in 1942 does not like the policies and actions of Stalin, Stalin is at war with Hitler, this does not mean that person A is a Nazi

    Person B living in 1940 also does not like the policies and actions of Stalin, Stalin is in a supportive alliance supplying large amounts or raw materials and armaments to Hitler, this does not necessarily mean that person B is an anti Nazi

    Do you get someone else to do the little mathematical problem required to log on to this forum? It’s just nothing you have posted on this forum indicates that you have the intellectual ability to actually complete the process independently.

    Oh and by the way Britain is the name of the country, (always singular as there is only one Britain) the people who live there may sometimes be referred to as Britons, but never Britains

    in reply to: Good News: And No Religion, Too #238023
    Bijou Drains
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    TM- “Supreme arrogance is a quality of the human species alone, as far as we know.”

    Clearly you have not met my cat

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