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Thanks for sharing this article. It’s more nuanced and interesting than i expected, although i have disagreements with some parts of course. Overall, it raises the question of Do we want to accept authoritarian rule and some forms of injustice, in the name of material development for the masses?

Personally, i’m strongly in the “no” camp (“freedom or death”). But this article is a somewhat fair argument for “yes”.

Listen to Noam Chomsky holding forth about “left intellectuals” who try to “rise to power on the backs of mass popular movements” and “then beat the people into submission. . . . You start off as basically a Leninist who is going to be part of the Red bureaucracy. You see later that power doesn’t lie that way, and you very quickly become an ideologist of the right. . . . We’re seeing it right now in the [former] Soviet Union. The same guys who were communist thugs two years back, are now running banks and [are] enthusiastic free marketeers and praising Americans”

What’s wrong with this quote? Is it not true that in much of the ex-USSR the “communist” elites have organized the privatization of resources/industry? Is that not how Putin for example came to power and helped establish the new oligarchy?

Is that not the case all the way back to Lenin, who promised communism but massacre everyone who actually practiced it (Ukraine Commune, Cronstadt…) ?

these Reds side with the poor and powerless often at great risk and sacrifice to themselves

I guess it depends on local context, but i would say it’s true for some persons/networks, but definitely not true when it comes to Communist Parties. Or it may be true depending on the perceived advantages of doing so… for example the PCF in France defending independent Algeria on paper then voting for the war against independence, or denouncing State racism then mounting local militias to attack immigrant housing.

Orwell announced that a “willingness to criticize Russia and Stalin is the test of intellectual honesty

Again, what’s wrong with this quote? We could say the same about the US empire, btw… I’d say someone who is not willing to criticize both is a puppet of imperial interests. In practice, Orwell witnessed this first hand when he was in a trotskyist militia during the spanish revolution: he saw the communist party seize power and massacre all opposition (anarchist/trotskyist), so i can understand where that sentiment comes from. I truly recommend reading his autobiographic Homage to Catalonia for historical context.

And the Soviet Union, along with Bulgaria, the German Democratic Republic, and Cuba provided vital assistance to national liberation movements in countries around the world, including Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress in South Africa.

That’s true, but misleading. Some people’s republics have done huge service to foreign populations (eg. Cuban medical support), but when it comes from the USSR it was never (that i know of) for free. Material support was in exchange of suppressing the local leftists (like Lenin/Trotsky did in USSR) in order to build a vassal state. That’s for example what the USSR did during the spanish revolution, which arguably killed the revolution and led to the victory of fraquist fascism.

Instead, we maintained that, aside from the well-publicized deficiencies and injustices, there were positive features about existing communist systems that were worth preserving, that improved the lives of hundreds of millions of people in meaningful and humanizing ways.

Well that’s the first fair and balanced sentence in the whole article. The author went to great lengths to say that the USSR and other people’s republic were unjustly attacked, before finally recognizing that there are “injustices” to address… which was the whole point of criticizing the USSR (from a leftist perspective) the entire time.

“Western and also Third World intellectuals were attracted to the Bolshevik counterrevolution [sic] because Leninism is, after all, a doctrine that says that the radical intelligentsia have a right to take state power and to run their countries by force, and that is an idea which is rather appealing to intellectuals.”

Well that’s true. Enlightened intellectuals tend to consider the people too stupid to self-organize or have an informed opinion on things. The author would do himself a great service by analyzing what he finds wrong in this quote, instead of just asserting it’s plain wrong without explanations.

(Lenin) Yet he himself is repeatedly identified as an ultra-left putschist by mainstream journalists and some on the Left.

Yet again, what’s wrong with this? Lenin literally came back to Russia in the middle of a revolution, organized a military putsch, and jailed/killed all opposition. Not only did he do it but he advocated for this as “vanguard” and “dictatorship of the proletariat”.

Left anticommunists find any association with communist organizations to be morally unacceptable because of the “crimes of communism.” Yet many of them are themselves associated with the Democratic Party

Wow we are definitely not talking about the same “leftists”. Remember the author was citing Chomsky as an example of left anti-communism. How is Chomsky any close to the Democratic Party?

the perks enjoyed by party and government elites were modest by corporate CEO standards in the West (…) Soviet leaders like Yuri Andropov and Leonid Brezhnev lived (…) in a housing project near the Kremlin set aside for government leaders. They had limousines at their disposal (like most other heads of state) and access to large dachas where they entertained visiting dignitaries.

Right on point. But how does that make such injustice acceptable? Noone is arguing that western neoliberalism is “better” than USSR State capitalism. At least noone on the left.

But a real socialism, it is argued, would be controlled by the workers themselves through direct participation instead of being run by Leninists, Stalinists, Castroites, or other ill-willed, power-hungry, bureaucratic, cabals of evil men who betray revolutions. Unfortunately, this “pure socialism” view is ahistorical and nonfalsifiable; it cannot be tested against the actualities of history.

It’s a historical view. There are countless examples of such movements throughout history, except in marxist-leninist “history” because they have been entirely erased.

The armed workers would take control of production without benefit of managers, state planners, bureaucrats, or a formal military. While undeniably appealing, this worker syndicalism denies the necessities of state power. Under such an arrangement, the Nicaraguan revolution would not have lasted two months against the U.S.-sponsored counterrevolution that savaged the country

This is a fallacy! That military activities requires central planning goes mostly without doubt (though some could argue otherwise). But that does not mean that central military power should hold political power over the local population. Two historical examples:

  • the Makhnovtchina held zero political power over the communes of Ukraine
  • the EZLN holds to this day zero political power over the zapatistas caracoles

On the contrary, it is arguable that personal/communal autonomy is a fuel that drives people to defend the revolution with all their heart, whereas conscription or being ordered to execute your neighbors or union comrades is not exactly a good motivation…

All this is not to say that everything Stalin did was of historical necessity. The exigencies of revolutionary survival did not “make inevitable” the heartless execution of hundreds of Old Bolshevik leaders, the personality cult of a supreme leader who claimed every revolutionary gain as his own achievement, the suppression of party political life through terror, the eventual silencing of debate regarding the pace of industrialization and collectivization, the ideological regulation of all intellectual and cultural life, and the mass deportations of “suspect” nationalities.

Correct. But i find it weird not to apply the same kind of historical criticism to Lenin/Trotsky.

In fact, the capitalist restoration in Eastern Europe seriously weakened the numerous Third World liberation struggles that had received aid from the Soviet Union and brought a whole new crop of right-wing governments into existence, ones that now worked hand-in-glove with U.S. global counterrevolutionaries around the globe.

Correct.

No longer needing to convince workers that they live better than their counterparts in Russia, no longer restrained by a competing system, the corporate class is rolling back the many gains that working people have won over the years.

Correct.

Having never understood the role that existing communist powers played in tempering the worst impulses of Western capitalism, and having perceived communism as nothing but an unmitigated evil, the left anticommunists did not anticipate the losses that were to come. Some of them still don’t get it.

I somewhat agree with this interpretation. But i could also take it from another angle: Having never understood the role that perspectives of actual freedom & equality for all played in tempering the worst impulses of tyranny, and having perceived anarchism as nothing but chaos, the marxist-leninists did not anticipate the losses that were to come. Some of them still don’t get it.


I personally would love if voting was restricted to members of a specific community. That would truly help augment the signal/noise ratio. Practical example: it’s not uncommon on /c/anarchism to have stalinist fanboys come and mass-downvote all they can find… except our forum is not intended for them to consume/judge.


Well The Register’s article does not sound anti-Wikipedia at all. In fact i would argue it’s pretty much pro-Wikipedia, since this kind of nonsensical “vandalism” (as they say in wiki land) is entirely transparent and so was possible to identify at all.

Now yogthos is pretty much anti-Wikipedia because they see it as a pro-US propaganda machine. Which is silly, you just have to read articles on Julian Assange, weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, CoIntelPro, or NSA to realize that many Wikipedia articles directly contradict US national interests and propaganda apparatus.


Unfortunately there is close to zero trustworthy hardware manufacturer these days. In the DIY world there’s still Virax or Festool who have a well-deserved good reputation. In the laptop/phone space there’s some manufacturers making efforts like System76/Librem and a few others, but they still have no power over all the components so obsolescence (planed or not) still applies.

But in the 2D printer world it’s just… mafia everywhere. Apparently print heads are remarkable high-tech that are designed around specific ink mechanical properties to handle, and there’s very few people/corporations with the know-how and the budget to produce these. That’s why you find an abundance of free-hardware 3D printers (a heating head is easy to manufacture) but exactly zero free-hardware 2D printer.

I personally would spend more money than i should on a free-hardware 2D printer. Printers are usually the worst pieces of hardware i have to interact with.


Transcript from the post: > I've read here and there about how autistic people aren't able to recognise social hierarchies. Obviously I can't speak for everyone, but in my experience it's not that I haven't been able to recognise them, it's that I don't respect them and I don't care (inverted smiley face)


I stand for abolition of family. The problem is that this argument has been depleted of its meaning by marxist States who replaced the expected affection of a community, with the cold hand of the State…


That’s a very good example, thanks for sharing!! Personally, something i’ve witnessed in some place i won’t name but was fucking amazing was support groups that organized as a no-face militia to threaten bosses who didn’t respect workers… like refused to pay them in restaurants. From what i could see with my eyes they were very very quick to pay before we made a mess.


According to Videolan org there is officially no motive communicated yet, but as the article points out there’s a correlation that some viruses used forked VLC as a means of reaching targets lately. It’s not far-fetched to imagine that someone, somewhere in an office who has no idea what “compiling” even means thought they need to block the (official) VLC website to stop the infections.



I recommend you read some history. Many popular uprisings have been led by women at the forefront. That organized workers movements gave them little space/autonomy (much like for non-white people) is undeniable, but to say that worker struggles were a “men’s right movement” is a REALLY far stretch.

I’m not from the USA but for example there two major figures of the workers movement in late 19th century / early 20th were Emma Goldman and Lucy Parsons. That they’ve been mostly erased from history books tells more about who writes/distributes the books and their agenda than about a perceived lack of women in social struggles.

For example, when it comes to anarchism people usually recommend reading Kropotkin/Bakunin/Proudhon, slipping under the carpet the many theoretical contributions of women. If only to name one, read Emma Goldman ;)



I think the rest of the thread has good arguments on the topic, but the main idea is that regulations around sex work mostly impact sex workers and not the client. Even the criminalization of clients results in bad outcomes for the workers, so if you’d like to frame prostitution as a question of workers rights and public health, it’s important to center the debate around the experiences and problems of sex workers themselves.

To paraphrase someone else, as long as money exist there will be sex work. The question is what kind of labor conditions do we want for the sex workers?


I go for “more”. Any device manufactured today should be under legal warranty for 20+ years, and should be reparable for at least another 20 after that. That’s the only way to combat the current electronic waste problem (and it’s a HUUUUUUUGE problem).


Yes but it’s not just that. Is it easy to replace the battery? The screen? To replace broken connectors? Is the device itself robust to begin with?


Good point, but unfortunately recycling materials is really hard processes. Most IT materials cannot be recycled (at least with current techniques), and to extract the “recyclable” materials requires considerable amounts of harmful/polluting chemicals. For example, extracting gold from electronics is a common practice in electronic landfills, but the process isn’t eco-friendly.

I’m not saying extracting new resources is better for the environment, far from it. I’m just saying the situation is real bad currently.


We can! There’s an entire research field of “green IT” dedicated to that. However, there is 0 practical industrial application because the industry is focused on performance, not recyclability. Recyclable computers would probably be bigger and heavier, and we may not have 4k ultra-portable devices, but i personally think the tradeoff is worthwhile.


I believe the state should interfere in economics, protect its citizens from monopolies and ruthless profit oriented tactics and provide support for those in need

I’m curious how you consider that compatible with private property. Let’s take a practical example: in France there’s over a million empty dwellings, and there’s people sleeping on the streets. What do you consider is the most sensible course of action: let people sleep on the streets, or take over empty dwellings to rehouse everyone unconditionally?

If you believe human needs are more important than arbitrary religious beliefs like money/property then i’m afraid you are very much against the principle of private property which says that resources are “owned” by someone and only that specific person gets to decide how those resources are used.


I would go further and say that the concept we know as police never results in good outcomes for the population no matter who participates. Whether the surveillance/control they apply is “mass” or “targeted” is in my view not very relevant :)


I don’t disagree, but that argument is limited. First, because someone has to be the person asking on the forums: (at least) one person will have to go to great lengths to find the answer for what is not documented in advance. Second, because you don’t always have internet access to perform a search. Third, because documenting well-known quirks and patterns helps build a better understanding on how things fit together and what painpoints can be addressed as a project.

I was serious about my question. Apart from FreeBSD, do you know of a distro that comes with a comprehensive manual? I really like the Debian admin handbook but i believe it’s a shame this has to be done by “external” contributor (it’s not a core project to the distro) and certainly does not cover all parts of the system unfortunately.


For example, LGBTQ+ right movements are leftist in some sense

I don’t think this is true at all. I believe queer movements could be interpreted to be leftist in some sense, in that they defy current norms and expectations, but there’s many many LGBT people who are very conservative or outright fascists. Take a look at the top10 trans youtubers for example, or to give an example closer to home, Florian Philippot is a famous gay politician from the fascist party Front National.

I would also argue that women have often been instrumentalized in colonial discourse (“white men protecting brown women from brown men”), and that lately this discourse has shifted to include trans/gay people (pinkwashing). Two examples:

  • in Palestine, Israel is often framed as the progressive LGBT-friendly bastion of freedom against the “islamic barbarians”
  • in France and in Western Europe in general there’s a growing trope of the “rapefugee” in the past years, and there’s a public/mediatic construct that homophobia (transphobia is not yet really part of public discourse) is a product of non-white people in the suburbs ; there’s certainly abuse/prejudice in popular neighborhoods, but building this image allows to completely erase the vast amount of abuse/prejudice experienced in white rich neighborhood or in the workplace

All in all, i would say reproductive rights and views on gender are different axis than left/right. They could be fitted on a top/down authoritarian-libertarian axis (in that they represent personal self-determination vs society-driven roles) but could as well become axis of their own.

As I seem to understand from other comments that you are French, may I ask whether you know (/ what you think about) the Peertube channel !esprit_critique ?

I am french on papers, although proudly anti-french in spirit (being an anarchist). I don’t know about this video channel though. I’ll try to think to take a look, don’t hesitate to remind me in the future ;)


That’s interesting, thanks for sharing! Though personally i don’t understand why we need to make so many distros, i think it’s a symptom of some failure at some point in the software supply chain.

It should be fun and trivial to build special packages on a special repository that package useful software and configurations. If it’s not and we have to build an entirely new distro (and rebuild/patch all packages in the long run) for trivial modifications, there’s a problem.

I mean there’s hundreds of Debian/Ubuntu forks simply focusing on settings presets or a specific desktop environment. Of course there’s the official Debian blends and Ubuntu spins, but i feel like they’re mostly not addressing the issue. It should be trivial for me to take my favorite packages/settings for my favorite distro and turn that into a bootable iso that will apply my favorite settings without having to maintain an entire distro that’s going to be plagued by unapplied security patches sooner or later.


Sex robots are far more ethical and accessible than prostitution

I strongly disagree, for three major reasons:

  1. sex robots produce new forms of dehumanization: i have nothing against masturbation and/or employing ordinary objects to take pleasure, but giving human characteristics to a robot that’s supposed to be used as a passive object could (i don’t have the science on this topic sorry) make it easier to objectify other people as well ; this question is widely being debated in the topic of personal voice assistants (Siri, Cortana…) and how having a docile human-sounding could encourage verbal/emotional abuse

  2. sex robots are polluting: they’re electro-mechanical parts assembled from raw human suffering (in mines/factories) that help completely destroy the environment ; in that sense, prostitution (given some protection for sex workers) is an organic and eco-friendly alternative to sex robots

  3. parallel (but not equal) to point 1 is that from what i gather from my friends who do sex work on a regular basis, a lot of clients employ their services not just for sex but for emotional bonding/support, to escape their miserable daily lives or just to have someone to talk to (or practice weird kinks with) without judgement… this kind of capacity will never be provided by a robot


The article is about a property register data leak in Dubai, where we can learn the names of many people who hide assets over there. Interestingly, most properties were not associated with a name but with offshore corporations (because of course). But in the names revealed in the leaks, we can find Roman Lyabikhov, who is currently a parliamentarian for the Communist Party in Russia. Makes you wonder what these "communists" are really about if you didn't have doubts before ;) ;)

Hacker News discusses #Jan6 and #CHAZ uprisings
Are they coup attempts? Random protests? None of the above? Find out what your favorite startup nation soc-dems and liberals are thinking on Hacker News :)

[CW: NSFW, Infighting] Trotskyist SWERFs violently attempt removal of Pro-sex work protestors while Proud Boys heckle crowds unopposed.
One of the banners reads "Sex work is real work and all work sucks" i thought that would be of interest to some people here :) cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/235640 > When will people learn to not punch down? > > > Sex workers were amused and disgusted by socialists who told one protester that she “lacks the intellectual integrity to understand the concepts being discussed”. > > (凸ಠ益ಠ)凸


I mean we could be critical of some lyrics, i'm not saying otherwise. But claiming socialism is about supporting war efforts from one of the biggest empires on earth run by an ex-secret-service operative... that's a major shift in direction!


Below, a quick translation of the article: > This sunday february 27t, our friend Libre Flot [free flow] has decided to start a hunger strike while he is still imprisoned and held in isolation in the prison of Bois d'Arcy. We share a communique from him, to share widely. ## WHY I AM ON HUNGEr STRIKE For more than 14 months i have refuted this infamous and defamatory accusation of criminal/terrorist association. For more than 14 months, the DGSI [secret services] has told me i was not arrested for what they wanted me to believe, that is my involvement with the armed kurdish forces against Daech in Rojava. For more than 14 months, nothing validates the theory elaborated out of thin air by the DGSI, despite for at least 10 months being followed, tracked and under surveillance 24/24 in my vehicle, my residence, spied upon even in my own bed. For more than 14 months i understand that it's my political opinions and my participation with the kurdish forces of YPG in the struggle against Daech that they try to criminalize. For more than 14 months they accuse 7 persons, who don't even all know one another, of being a criminal association. For more than 14 months, i have answered the questions of a judge using the same insidious techniques as the DGSI: manipulation, decontextualisation, omission, and invention of words and actions in the attempt to influence answers. For more than 14 months, i endure the provocations of this same judge who, while i'm rotting in the cages of the Republic, dares to say this case is a waste of his time in the fight against terrorism. Even worse, he dares the most unacceptable insult by refering to the barbarians of the Islamic State as my « friends from Daech ». Although it's only spoken words, it's still an incredible violent act. It's inadmissible that this judge takes the right to insult me in this manner, slanders me, and spits on the memory of my comrades and friends, kurdish, arabs, assyrians, turkmen, aermanians, turks and internationals fallen in the fight against this organization. I remain to this day scandalized! For more than 14 months, this partial [biased] investigation has seen the judge, contrary to his role, only building a case against, and never in defense. He does not even consider what falls out of the pre-established scenario and only serves to validate a fake personality formed from A to Z by the DGSI, which is far from representing me and only reflects the paranoid fantasies of this political police. Thus, they always present me as « the charismatic leader » despite any non-horizontal mode of organization is contrary to my egalitarian principles. For more than 14 months, i've been imprisoned without a trial and i've faced terrible conditions: life in isolation (see my letters from March and June 2021) is considered "white torture", an inhumane or degrading treatment by several instances of human rights. For more than 14 months, i've been buried alive in an infernal and permanent solitude without anyone to talk to, just being able to contemplate the crumbling of my intellectual capacity and the degradation of my physical state, and all of that without benefiting from any psychological support. After giving under fakely-neutral pretenses some fallacious arguments to the prison administration to ensure i would remain in isolation, the judge asks for rejecting my demand to be released, just like the national anti-terrorist parquet [tribunal]. To this end, they take in almost copy/paste the report from DGSI dated February 7th 2020, the basis for all this case, whose information we don't know where they come from and whose veracity has not been demonstrated. We're entitled to wonder what use were the taps, the surveillance, the microphones, and these two years of investigation since the facts that debunk DGSI's dishonest construction are hidden. The national anti-terrorist parquet and the judge never cease to try and instill confusion and create conflation with islamic terrorists, although they know quite well i have fought against the Islamic State, for example during the liberation of Raqqa, where the attacks of November 13th [2015] had been planned. The judge pretends to fear that i inform imaginary people of my situation, despite this situation being public notably because the DGSI or the anti-terrorist parquet themselves have leaked the information from the very first day. It pretends in this manner to prevent any pressure on witnesses, victims and their families, all the while there are no witness, no victim because there is no act. This is crazy. He also mentions his fear of a coordination between the people investigated in this case, even though all these other co-accused have been freed, he has not interrogated anyone beside me since october 2021, and that i waited patiently for him to finish questioning me to push forward my request for liberation. I could be comical in other circumstances to witness the use of ordinary facts of life in a criminal case against someone such as: enjoying my right to circulate freely across France and Europe, my lifestyle, my political opinions, my sports practices, my taste for militant rap or kurdish music. The judge attacks my mom by designating her as not being a valid guarantee [that i will not flee], for the simple reason she did not prevent her 33 year-old son to join the Kurdish forces of YPG in the fight against Daech. Once again, it's my participation in this conflict that's being criminalized. They also reproach her to use encrypted apps (Whatsapp, Signal, Telegram...) like millions of people do in France. Finally, he refuses an entire bloc of all other options for guarantees (work, housing...) without having anything to criticize, despite the SPIP [prison and conditional-freedom administration] workers whose job it is, have rendered a positive opinion. How then can we understand that after asking for investigation of the possibility to free me have underlined the possibility of me wearing an electronic tag, the judge of Freedom and Detention despite this report refuses to implement it? We are many people witnessing in this case that « justice » violates its own laws and is subdued to the political agenda of the DGSI. I recently learned from the same director of detention in the prison of Bois d'Arcy, who i thank for being honest, that my imprisonment and keeping in isolation were decided from the first day by very high-ranked people and no matter what i say and no matter what he says or do, nothing would change, this is above him, the requests won't even be read and i will remain in isolation and nothing will ever change before the presidential elections [spring 2022]. Since they try to criminalize militants who fought with the Kurds against Daech, Since they use pre-trial detention in the goal of punishing political opinions, Since this case only exists for the aim of political manipulation, Since today they leave me with the only perspective of the slow destruction of my being, I am declaring i am on hunger strike since sunday february 27th 2022 at 6pm. At this time i only ask for my immediate liberation, before i can prove [in front of a tribunal] the fallacious side of this shameful accusation. Libre Flot. > Because our friend Libre Flot still rots in isolation for more than 14 months and he chose to strike back with a hunger strike, let's not leave him alone in this dirty political game. It's now that it's necessary to show our support, by spreading his word and by any means possible! > We will not wait without reaction for the next elections so that they finally free him!

Look, Lemmy, we need to have a talk about neo-fascism
Dear Lemmy, as you may well be aware, racial hierarchies and colonial empires are doing good in these early 2020s. In particular, in the days of the war in Ukraine, it's important to point out the fascist tendencies at play. Fascism and racial/cultural hierarchies are on the rise on every continent, from Turkey to Brasil, to China, to France, to India... Fuck all Nations! Destroy all borders, and long live autonomous Communes! --- On the Ukraine side of things, there's a bunch of neo-nazis in the army, as well as more traditional nationalists/fascists. It's not exactly a secret, and the former president was very close to these circles: ![Photo montage with ukrainian neo-nazis](https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/9f8e218d-5638-49ce-87d5-ff1c1a3ef0b9.webp) On the Russian side of things, there's also a bunch of neo-nazis in the army as well as traditional nationalists/fascists. It's [not exactly a secret](https://www.respublica.lt/neonacizmas-rusijos-samdiniu-tarpe) either: ![Russian military officer with a nazi eagle](https://static.wixstatic.com/media/e526db_86f7d5d3ab384d76b9dfa0abc4fe9c1a~mv2.jpg/v1/fill/w_740,h_444,al_c,q_90/e526db_86f7d5d3ab384d76b9dfa0abc4fe9c1a~mv2.webp) Both governments have long fought against popular movements and anarchist/antifascist networks. Both countries have neo-nazi/fascist militias parading down the streets and beating/killing random people. Just like France or USA have them too. Don't trust me? Check out the wikipedia page on [neo-nazism](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo-Nazism). Follow their sources and make yourself an opinion. It's very instructive, although very incomplete. I definitely recommend to check out the [Racism in Ukraine](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism_in_Ukraine) and [Racism in Russia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism_in_Russia) pages, too. **Please remember that when you try to paint one side of a conflict as the good anti-nazi hero. Nazis are fucking everywhere. Fascists and nazis have been running the show in much of the world even after WWII ended. Nazi collaborators were responsible for France's war against the algerian people, and their grandchildren (spiritual or biological) are responsible for today's new repression, wars and genocides.** We need to dismantle nazism and fascism at its root: the nation State and cultural supremacy. Yes, you should be proud of your local culture and land. No, that does not justify diminishing other cultures/lands. **All we exploited/struggling people have to stand in solidarity with other people struggling for freedom and equality across the planet. No border divides us in the international socialist/anarchist movement. We will fight against all Empires for autonomous communities worldwide!** PS: If you need more detailed resources on neo-nazi/neo-fascist/nationalist/traditionalist on the rise in a specific country/region, feel free to ask. There are chances i have some good articles/documentaries, and if not i've got ideas about who to ask.

Ministry of Truth public announcement: when the narrative changes under your feet...
Where are all my pro-Putin internet leninist fanboys who one week ago were lauging their ass off about the crazy idea that Putin would invade Ukraine? > [Biden "senses" that Russia will invade Ukraine in "next several days". This time for sure. 😂](https://lemmygrad.ml/post/132156) > [Russian Foreign Ministry called on Western media outlets to publish a full list of dates on which Russia will invade Ukraine for the year ahead, so diplomats can schedule their vacations accordingly](https://lemmy.ml/post/175538) Sounds like one week ago, all the pro-Putin narrative was along the lines of "NATO is the evil guy escalating violence by deploying military stuff". Now it's all become "Putin had to take actions first by invading a sovereign nation because of NATO is evil". **I strongly recommend you read again George Orwell's 1984. It sounds like your skepticism is well-oiled for western propaganda, but it's not calibrated for other brands of psyops.** Don't listen to me, take it from: - [a marxist-leninist from eastern Europe](https://lemmy.ml/post/180419) - [Russian anarchists](https://crimethinc.com/2022/02/26/russian-anarchists-on-resisting-the-invasion-of-ukraine-updates-and-analysis) - [Pirate Party Russia](https://european-pirateparty.eu/pirate-party-russia-putins-war-against-ukraine/)


No hierarchy is ever justifiable
My answer to the concept of "justifiable hierarchies"