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EFF statement on today’s shutdown
![]( ![]( As for me, I didn't have high hopes. You cannot expect genuine meaningful change in a violent system without using violence yourself. They promised a peaceful shutdown, and it was peaceful. To me, today was a show of strength. The workers of South Africa are able to organise themselves and conduct themselves with discipline. The fact that the state was so threatening and afraid proves that we have the power to do anything when the time comes. For now, South Africa's leftist parties and organisations need to continue organising and strengthening our power, so that when the next shutdown, or mass protest, or even revolution comes, it will be done with eloquence and precision. Was today a victory? In some aspects yes, in others no. But it definitely wasn't a failure. Thousands of people protesting despite the state's threats and bringing several strategic areas to a halt doesn't scream failure, it screams progress and growing strength. The media definitely sensationalised the possibilities and fearmongering was everywhere, so it was insanely hyped up and over exaggerated. The protests could've been bigger, more places could've been slowed down, etc etc etc. There's always ways to improve.

I think the best of all is directly from those participating, so the main 2 are SAFTU and EFF. For non affiliated groups, you could turn to SABC, News24, People’s Dispatch, and Daily Maverick. As always, read objectively and cross reference <3

I think they offer decent criticisms, however, I still think what the EFF is trying to do is good. Things could always be better organised no matter what. I think a national shutdown (if successful) is positive. The workers are being taught how to stand up for themselves and make their voices be heard.

I would’ve appreciated if they joined the national shutdown either way, every person matters and to see them abstain even if they agree on the fundamental demands is saddening.

Abahlali baseMjondolo is one of South Africa's most prominent grassroots movements

Personally, I don’t think the EFF is controlled opposition. I made a post a few months ago explaining my stance and process, I’ll share it here.

I still don’t feel completely 100% about them, but I critically support them and I think that overall they are a positive for the South African people. Nobody is organising people like them.

Will the shutdown accomplish anything? Maybe, maybe not, but it will definitely get people riled up and at the very least make an impact.

Also, yes, hello fellow South African <3

The EFF and multiple other leftist organisations are leading a national shutdown on the 20th of March. The main demands are that our President, Cyril Ramaphosa, steps down, and an end to loadshedding. Other demands include the usual: an end to widespread unemployment, poverty, landlessness, corruption, and so forth. This was originally announced on the 19th of January, I believe. For the latest interviews, watch the following: For CIC Julius Malema's latest speech/press conference, watch the following: (Starts at 18:50) May we see a socialist South Africa in our lifetime🇿🇦☭❤

Leader of the South African party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)

If you'd like to see a recent speech of his, I'd suggest the following: May we see a liberated and socialist South Africa in our lifetime. ❤☭🇿🇦

Yes yes, my bad, i meant to say the Internet used by most other countries

Majority of Internet being in the west = very Liberal = fascists waiting patiently = target acquired (orientalism + transphobia) = liberals slowly lose masks

Context: The EFF protested at the State Of The Nation Address last night, halting proceedings for 45 minutes. The party was asked to leave and as they left, the members then started climbing onto the stage in order to protest further. When this happened, security and armed forces forcibly removed members. Video of context (the removal starts at 33:00): Some photos: ![]( ![]( ![]( May we see a socialist South Africa in our lifetime. 🇿🇦❤

Shoutout Kim Il Sung fr

I had to clarify in my comment that I wanted to know which women you’d put there haha

I haven’t seen a version like that, but who’d you guys put there?

Edit: specifically women

A socialist South Africa in our lifetime! For those who want a transcript:

Marxists view the state, as it exists now, primarily as a tool of class warfare. In feudalism, the monarchy used the state to oppress those below. In capitalism, capitalists use the state to oppress the working class. In socialism, the working class and capitalists do a switcheroo. The working class then oppresses the capitalist class.

At this moment, we cannot 100% perfectly envision communism and what it will entail; we can only give vague ideas and descriptions because we don’t have the material conditions necessary to properly envision a Communist world.

One of the few descriptions we have for communism is a classless society. This means that there won’t be a thing such as the working class of today, nor the capitalist class. Through the socialist era, the capitalist class will slowly diminish and become part of the working class. For there to be a concept of a working class, we need an exploiter, a capitalist. But in communism, there is no capitalist, so there can be no working class, because there’s no one to exploit him for his labour. Think of it like night and day, heat and cold, sadness and joy, victory and defeat; they all need their opposite in order to exist. Once their opposite is gone, they are too. In communism, there can be no working class, because there will be no capitalist class.

So then, if there’s no classes left, what is the use of the state? There’s no more need for a class war. The state, as we know it today, will wither away, and maybe become something else.

History is driven by class struggle, so I’m sure that someday there will be new classes, which will then seek to move on to a better system after communism, a system we cannot yet fathom. For now, we have to focus on getting to socialism and advancing to communism.

“Gotta make sure I stand out from the crowd”

Question about North Africa
How is North Africa handled when it comes to Pan Africanism and Pan Arabism? Will they simply be the intersection between our two peoples?

Happy New Years to our brave and beloved Chinese comrades ❤🇨🇳

Ripped this from Reddit, u/socialistseal

SACP congratulates the ANC on its 55th National Congress
It hurts to see them in this position of "Hey can you do this for us, please🥺" Additional article: Edit: Personally, I understand why they continue to hold on to this alliance with the ruling party, it isn't a bad thing to have a voice like that. However, they shouldn't be in this position of basically being advisors. It's pathetic and that is not what a vanguard should be like. I think they have to contest in elections and forge their own destiny, while still being allied with the ANC. By becoming more independent, not only can they gain a better reputation, but also organise better. People don't have hope in the ANC, so don't tell them it's going to get better. Be the alternative while also being in a favourable position. By staying in the alliance while forging your own path, and then becoming a major player in parliament, it also puts more pressure on the ANC to sort itself out. If they don't, you will overtake them. Of course, to be a major player in parliament will require work and good strategy, so they'll have to refine their praxis. I really hate these electoral games lmao

An interview with a leader of one of our most prominent grassroots socialist movements. 🇿🇦☭

Any Good Books on Gaddafi?
I've only read his green book 📗, but I was hoping that some of you could recommend books about his time in power. Specifically the government structure and economy.


SACP is currently in a really tough position when it comes to their alliance with the ruling party (ANC) and EFF is in their stride. I think the two have beef but I haven’t looked too much into it. Here is their latest press conference

Gonna be honest, crucify me, but slightly overrated. This photo, however, is easily one of the greatest.

Gaddafi: Walking art exhibition

Mandela: Impeccable shirts that only he could wear a certain way

Black Panthers: Cmon now ofc

Kim jong un: Underrated imo, he’s been killing it recently

Stalin: Beautiful uniforms + moustache + he’s stalin + smoking pipe

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Anti-imperialism really needs to be hammered into people’s heads if they think they’re socialist

What do you think of the idea of the Basic Popular Congress? I personally think it's something that should be studied and expanded upon for socialist societies. I also think it's something that could be worked towards as we built socialism, because it's a very appealing idea. It could be implemented on smaller levels and then as you develop you could bring it to the national level.

High speed rail in North Pole dropping before High speed rail in USA

“Communists, choose your weapon! AK-47 or Large Spoon!?”

Thank you for the great answer <33

Kim family in the DPRK
Could anyone explain why the Kim family has been in power for so long? I am supportive of the DPRK and I like Juche, but I never knew the reason for this. Why them and nobody else? Is it cuz of their historical significance in the struggle, which may have led to them being so involved in the state?

I doubt that’s it, I feel like it’ll be free once it’s highly developed and abundant. Right now, it’s still limited and still developing, I can understand why people still have to pay if that’s the case. The best they can do is try to make it as cheap as possible.

I saw someone say it was some discussion about Huawei but I’m unsure

I encourage you to ofc investigate on your own and come to your own conclusion, and challenge me if I’m wrong. But from what I’ve seen come directly from them, I don’t really see the criticisms hold up.

Here are the interviews with Julius I’ve watched most recently.

Edit: If they were social fascists, I don’t think they would be criticising the widespread xenophobia in the country lol

On the EFF party from South Africa
So, a while ago I made a post about the South African Communist Party's 100 Year Anniversary and a comrade asked about the state of the South African left. I had spoken about the EFF and I labeled them as populist. Any time a comrade would bring up the EFF, I would immediately feel weird and criticise them. The reason for this is because the socialist communities I've been in label them as revisionists, and sometimes even straight up fascist. What I forget is that the communities that I am part of are mostly anarchist, and so I feel a lot of the time their criticisms are ideological. I would share articles I once read criticising them when I was starting my socialist journey, but looking back I realise a lot of the criticisms I would parrot are actually liberal or just bad. I would allow myself to consume these criticisms uncritically because of my whiteness and growing up I constantly had to hear my peers speak of them being racist and scary. I consumed criticisms uncritically also because of a purity fetish I still had not processed. It is unfair of me to look to countries like China and USSR and critically support them and then hold things in my local country to an unattainable standard. I had the same issue with the SACP. I would judge them from afar without diving into their internal discussions and materials. After going through their documents, my opinion of them has changed. I think they're a good party, however, they are currently in a tough predicament in their alliance with the ruling party, the ANC, and the trade union COSATU. I hope they figure out their strategy so they can make better progress. But back to the EFF. I did the same with them this past month. I had decided to go through their manifestos, watch their conferences, watch interviews with their leader (Julius Malema), and I watched a series on their YouTube channel called "book club" where they discuss Marxist literature. They say their ideology is Marxism Leninism with applied ideas from Frantz Fanon, which is great considering South Africa's history and present. I now admit that my preconceived notions of the party were mostly wrong. I feel I can safely say that the EFF is a committed socialist party, trying not only to establish a socialist South Africa, but a decolonised South Africa. That is not to say they don't have flaws. There's things they may say and do that's wrong, but that doesn't suddenly make the good disappear. That is where critical support comes in. If we criticise blindly and allow ourselves to fall into a purity fetish, we will never have a socialist revolution. Everything everywhere will always be flawed, but the point is to be the best you can be at that moment and improve. There will always be corrupt officials, revisionists, opportunists, flawed comrades, and traitors in a party during the revolution. They must be punished or expelled, but those people shouldn't suddenly make you completely discard an entire movement/party. Admitting they're socialist has also given me much more hope for a socialist South Africa. They're the 3rd largest party in South Africa and they are growing. They are seeking to become more active in grassroots organisation now, which will only increase that growth. They are a party that cannot be ignored, they make their voice heard, and they are introducing genuine radical ideas into the mainstream. Because of their growth and power, they will be attacked by capitalist media, especially white monopoly controlled media, and we cannot forget that. In conclusion, what is for us to learn from my personal experience? 1. Critically consume criticisms. 2. Reject purity fetish. 3. No investigation = no right to speak - MAO 4. If you're confused or not confident about something, dive into the core and explore. 5. Never stop trying to understand and learn, and always challenge your own established ideas or assumptions.

105 years of global socialist revolution and socialism has accomplished so much. Imagine what the next 100 holds!

Governance of China V4 by Xi
Does anyone have the pdf for us to download?

I find it hard to compare leaders and revolutionaries and rank them, but I have my favourites

In terms of theory, Lenin takes the W

In terms of praxis, Stalin takes the W

Though Lenin was the one to lead the creation of the USSR and laid the foundations, Stalin’s achievements with what he had to deal with will never fail to astound me.

More based? Can’t measure the basedness of these two legends

The spirit of Lenin lives in all of us❤🫂

Quick thought on western censorship
((Slight doomer mindset ahead)) I feel like the reason western media doesn't go too hard on censoring socialism like they used to is because western capitalism and its culture is so meshed with western consciousness that the fate of western capitalism has been secured. They don't have to struggle against socialism anymore when everyone's liberal and don't actually want the change in the system (even if they wanted, the working class isn't united and thus can't really threaten capital), they know most people only want bare minimum social welfare. Capitalism has been cemented and will probably never be threatened for a few years. I give it until climate change starts really fucking the world up, but for now they don't care too much. On the other hand, western capitalism is basically imperialism first. The imperialism is the main driving force of western capitalism right now. That is why they've been much more unforgiving of anti-imperialism, and it's much harder to cement something so global (especially during times like these) compared to your local capitalist system. If you're anti-imperialist, you are going to be blackballed in media. Look at Jeffrey Sachs now, bro took one stance and all of a sudden he's being fucked over. There's a reason why when we speak of western censorship in the modern era, the people being censored are those who oppose imperialism and imperialist narratives. Being a socialist or Communist in the west doesn't mean shit to me unless you're actually anti-imperialist. Like all socialist struggles, it has to be anti-imperialist at its core. What are your thoughts?

Chinese Leaders
When we speak of Chinese leaders, why do we only mention Mao, Deng, and Xi?

Marxist Ecology
Hello comrades, I was wondering if there are any scientific books you guys could recommend if I wanna study ecology from a Marxist POV <3

This Method of Verification
We literally use this same method to verify claims like the Xinjiang genocide accusations. Check the funders, check the names, check the orgs etc. When we do it we're crazy redfash tankie tho, it's not investigative journalism, it's conspiracy theorist

Ok guys I have read one page of Hegel and I already want to rip my eyes out of their sockets. How can I read Hegel in a way that is easier? Is there a method I can apply while reading? I refuse to die without understanding this fucker.

🇿🇦☭ The only way forward is, of course, socialism! Reorganisation, transformation, direction, and planned development! Eco-socialism! ☭🇿🇦

🇿🇦☭100 Years of the South African Communist Party☭🇿🇦
Hello comrades! I thought this was a pretty good piece by our Communist Party. I've been thinking about joining them soon but for now I want to analyse them and understand their positions before I make a final decision. This is a good help when it comes to understanding the current economic and political climate of South Africa.

Entrepreneurship in the USSR
Did people create their own businesses within the USSR? How did they have to work inside the planned economy?

South Africa and China
Does anyone have any resources on Sino-South African relations through the years? I want to learn more about China's involvement in South Africa's economy. Thank you for any help!

Why president?
Recently I've been wondering about why a president is seen as necessary. I don't really understand why the position could not just be merged into the main parliament or supreme government body. Why do we need that single individual?