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what if in 2017 tumblr commie kids gave up the creepy romanticization of the soviet union thing (cro

Dec. 5th, 2016 | 10:34 pm

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prokopetz:
dazzledfirestar:
stardust-rain:

violent-darts:

sephboy:

heres a cool idea: what if in 2017 tumblr commie kids gave up the creepy romanticization of the soviet union thing in favor of the aesthetics of american labor history–the haymarket riot, the pullman strike, the great railroad strike, emma goldman & yiddish socialism, woody guthrie, pete seeger, paul robeson, the iww and the 1912 textile workers’ strike, the ladies’ garment workers’ union, wpa murals, the american communist party, bread and roses, the union maid. that’s the Good Shit if yr looking for historical leftist culture imo

Seriously tho, kids. 

The USSR was a blood-soaked mess. A racist, anti-semitic, sexist blood-soaked mess at that. Do not repeat the sins of the Left of the 60s/etc by ignoring that. (Same goes for Maoist China, etc.) To ignore that is to literally piss on a truly appalling number of graves As an allegory, Animal Farm’s inaccuracies were that it’s not grim and horrific enough. The most conservative and hesitant and “well we don’t want to be hysterical about this” count of Stalin’s death toll, not including famine-victims, is 4 million; the one which, after various amounts of research, I find most convincing is about 20 million. Mao’s Great Leap Forward killed anywhere from 18 to 50 million, and we have literal footage of Tienamen, guys. 

This is not the good example you are looking for. Do not romanticise them. 

100% go back, as OP says, to the things that actually had good results (like a 40 hour work-week and basic human worker’s rights and shite) and did not do them over mountains of corpses. We have lots! They even included (gosh!) women! and queers! and people of colour/different ethnicities! They do all the things you want. 

These are your models. Not those bloody handed bastards over there. 
 
honestly, now is more important than ever to remember the historical contributions that the working class has made for social movements, given how much the media have taken blaming them for the rise of fascism. 

From Trump to Brexit, the narrative being spun has been that of “the working class were too poor and too dumb to know better” and how both Brexit and Trump spoke for them or to them, even though a majority of that demographic are non-white/immigrant/minorities who are severely affected by the political outcome. It’s a false narrative and it is both classist and racist and erases the fact that labour rights and worker’s rights and social rights in West Europe and Americas have come from and were heavily supported by the socialist left and working classes. 

Just to start off, I was reading the other day about The 1936 Battle of Cable Street, which was a stand organised by the local working class comprising of Jewish locals, the Irish locals, Labour and Communist party members in a demonstration against a Nazi march that lead to confrontation with the police (Discworld fans, read the fuck up about this because you will find a lot of what Pratchett was referencing in Night Watch). 

I’m sure there’s probably a lot more examples, and what OP mentioned definitely deserves more historical context and background. But the fact is that those historical contexts are either forgotten or ignored by the tumblr social justice commie kids scene because clueless privileged teenagers are more willing to worship dead genocidal dictators for cheap aesthetics than do actual fucking research. 

There’s a difference between celebrating bloody totalitarian regimes and celebrating actual socialist and leftist movements that had a positive outcome, in all their complexities, struggles and conflicts. And that difference means research and looking at the contexts of historical and social political landscapes of the time, the sum of which unfortunately can’t be reduced to sickle-and-hammer on a pastel colour palette.  

Also please be aware that the horrors that were brought down on people in the USSR and other regimes are within living memory. There are witnesses, victims and perpetrators STILL ALIVE, and potentially on tumblr. This is not some far off thing that happened hundreds of years ago. PLEASE understand how the trivializing and romanticizing of these regimes and their imagery can be very triggering.

My family on my father’s side ended up in Canada fleeing the Holodomor. That whole side of my family tree just ends around 1933 - the records to trace it back any further than that simply don’t exist. Like, I’m sympathetic to socalist causes, but if you want to get me on side, maybe don’t hold up the regime that murdered 50% of my ancestors as your go-to example?
 
Yeah, I did a paper on Stalin in school, going in with the idea that “anybody Joe McCarthy hates can’t be all bad”, and coming out with “Stalin is pretty much all bad”.  From his sneaky rise in the Party leadership, turning people against each other, to what he did with power: torture and starvation and exiling whole peoples to Siberia and informants everywhere and indoctrination and show trials where former comrades confessed and named other people.  He was a monster. 

And for the personal touch, my great-grandmother was an illegal immigrant to the US, fleeing Stalin and Hitler both, the rest of her family all died except one uncle.  Two out of about 30 people. 

So any idealistic young communists and socialists out there, that is the wrong damn model to take.  Not that there are any superfantastic models, but some are better than others.  Just because we have a fascist President-elect does not mean we have to be extreme in the opposite direction.

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Thousands Plan To Join Hands Around Oakland's Lake Merritt In Protest of Trump

Nov. 13th, 2016 | 11:08 pm

Thousands Plan To Join Hands Around Oakland's Lake Merritt In Protest of Trump on Sunday (via East Bay Express)

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Grabbing my kid and going to make a statement 🌀🇺🇸💔💜☮💔☮💔☮

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Tiring, not sure how meaningful, but feeling good

Hey, we made the first photo of the New York Times story : http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/17/opinion/a-12-step-program-for-responding-to-president-elect-trump.html



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MY COUNTRY WTF??

Nov. 9th, 2016 | 07:03 am

I can’t really believe this, I’m sorry and terrified and I’m so sorry everyone who drowns when the sea level rises and everything goes to SHIT  How can this be happening now? 

And I can't even use my usual vote icon because Viggo voted and proselytized for the Green Party. If even one of his fans in a swing state bought into his logic, or if the popular vote was so much bigger than the electoral college votes, there might be some acknowledgement that it wasn't really a mandate. Fuck.

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2016 vs. 2003, oh Dom, never change!

Oct. 16th, 2016 | 04:33 am

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2016-10 Dom at Sitges PR for Pet_001.jpg03-10 dom c4 my pic.jpg

2016-10 Dom at Sitges PR 
 
 Dom at Collectormania Milton Keynes, 2003, by @msilverstar




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Sad news about Kassie/ethrosdemon/syncope/Kassandra Sims

Oct. 1st, 2016 | 04:02 am

Posted on tumblr via http://ift.tt/2dyoFw1 on September 30, 2016 at 08:20PM

RT [personal profile] eyebrowofdoom:

I learned today that Kassie/ethrosdemon died on 27 September 2016.

It sounds there won’t be any kind of public memorial type stuff happening. Information (there is very little) is here:

http://ift.tt/2dypqFz

ETA slightly more info here http://ift.tt/2cIfR0v

http://ift.tt/2cIeLBX

I knew her originally from Buffy, then later Lotrips, then CW (Smallville/Supernatural) - she was a key early founder of fannish infrastructure in the Supernatural fandom. Did not know her well but always enjoyed exchanging comments. She was sharp and hilarious, and her fic (both fan fic and published pro fic) was wonderful.

I’m also feeling sad about the dispersal of the livejournal fandom diaspora and how we have not been able to maintain anything like the kind of cohesion we used to have there. Feel like there is almost no one left on deck to do the kind of public mourning we used to do. IF I DIE, YOU GUYS HAD BETTER NEVER STOP POSTING ABOUT ME FFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU (ok?).

ping @sharpestrose

x-post http://ift.tt/2cIeTS8
Ethrosdemon was really nice to newbies like me back in the day, and we were talking US culture and politics on her LJ just last month.  I’ll miss her. Also, not a memorial: http://fanlore.org/wiki/Ethrosdemon

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Hillary (Edmund) miniseries, Dean O'Gorman

Sep. 13th, 2016 | 07:43 am

Posted in full on my tumblr (via http://ift.tt/2cJiTTt) on September 12, 2016 at 10:58PM




“Hillary” 1x03 (via kseniyasurvivor:)
 
Maybe I’m just partial (who am I kidding, of course I’m partial, it’s Dean O’Gorman), but George Lowe, the sidekick who didn’t get to the top of Everest, is more interesting than Edmund Hillary as such. 

For those in New Zealand: Hillary miniseries on TVNZ


for the rest of us, try LoungeLobby

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(Moar fandom!)The Poldark TV second season started in the UK,...

Sep. 5th, 2016 | 07:32 am

Posted in full on my tumblr via http://ift.tt/2bNv7hd on September 05, 2016 at 12:21AM
(Moar fandom!)

The Poldark TV second season started in the UK, and instead of London, they had the premiere in Cornwall, where the series is filmed and set.  Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, and Jack Farthing (who plays the villain Warleggen).

Photo via the amazing Poldark Cast - 9/04/16 [115 HQ Tagless Photos] from the amazing farfarawaysite!

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things english speakers know, but...

Sep. 4th, 2016 | 07:58 pm

Posted in full on my tumblr via http://ift.tt/2bMjBgZ on September 04, 2016 at 12:28PM
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burntcopper:



things english speakers know, but don’t know we know.

WOAH WHAT?

Really, I had never noticed that before!  I guess all the reading as a kid made e understand it, Surprising small new unexpected English language information…  But linguists have!  Big bad modifier order post at Language Log

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Oh Say Can You See Slaves

Sep. 4th, 2016 | 07:58 pm

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diocletianscabbagefarm:

ambelle:
dickprintbandit:
imsoshive:


Wild

this is true.

What’s funny is that I’m not surprised

The article lays down some insightful history about the origin of the national anthem, I recommend reading it to everyone

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

“The Star-Spangled Banner,” Americans hazily remember, was written by Francis Scott Key about the Battle of Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1812. But we don’t ever talk about how the War of 1812 was a war of aggression that began with an attempt by the U.S. to grab Canada from the British Empire.

However, we’d wildly overestimated the strength of the U.S. military. By the time of the Battle of Fort McHenry in 1814, the British had counterattacked and overrun Washington, D.C., setting fire to the White House.

And one of the key tactics behind the British military’s success was its active recruitment of American slaves. As a detailed 2014 article in Harper’sexplains, the orders given to the Royal Navy’s Admiral Sir George Cockburn read:

Let the landings you make be more for the protection of the desertion of the Black Population than with a view to any other advantage. … The great point to be attained is the cordial Support of the Black population. With them properly armed & backed with 20,000 British Troops, Mr. Madison will be hurled from his throne.

Whole families found their way to the ships of the British, who accepted everyone and pledged no one would be given back to their “owners.” Adult men were trained to create a regiment called the Colonial Marines, who participated in many of the most important battles, including the August 1814 raid on Washington.

Then on the night of September 13, 1814, the British bombarded Fort McHenry. Key, seeing the fort’s flag the next morning, was inspired to write the lyrics for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”


https://theintercept.com/2016/08/28/colin-kaepernick-is-righter-than-you-know-the-national-anthem-is-a-celebration-of-slavery/

This is written from an outside POV, history they didn’t teach in my school



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tags for "arranged"

Aug. 22nd, 2016 | 11:48 pm

Posted in full on my tumblr via http://ift.tt/2baD94v on August 21, 2016 at 06:47PM
striving-artist:



Yep. 

Yep. 

Wait, what?


Oh this is GREAT!  I love that video (the Tetris song is engraved in my brain) and there are 5 fics in this fandom on AO3, see the tag: A Complete History of the Soviet Union as Told by a Humble Worker Arranged to the Melody of Tetris cross-posted at http://msilverstar.dreamwidth.org/510555.html

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