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Marxist Student Organization

So I went down to the cafeteria to buy milk for Klara and coffee for me and what did I see but a table with a sign saying, “Marxist Student Organization”? I was super psyched because I’m happy when students read any theory, let alone something this complex. 

So of course I had to approach and start talking to them. Or more like quizzing them because I’m in teacher mode. And gosh, the joy, the happiness. They are very knowledgeable even about something like the Spanish Civil War. It was so great to meet students who know all this stuff. 

I’m a very happy camper right now.

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7 thoughts on “Marxist Student Organization

  1. But you were angry when somebody drew a scythe and a hammer, weren’t those people most likely to do that?

    Or are they not (that kind of) communists?

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    • There’s a difference between writing a scholarly article on slang and writing “fuck you” on a toilet wall, you know?

      I say, read Marx, read his followers, learn about the USSR, make up your own mind on the basis of that knowledge. This is what we’re here for. But learn first and go do writings on walls after that.

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  2. Village Voice has issued it’s last paper – only nostalgia remains of the 60’s and 70’s turmoil. Or – is there a rerun or reissue? A reprise?

    “/…/ The Weather Underground Organization (WUO), commonly known as the Weather Underground, was an American militant radical left-wing organization founded on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan. Originally called Weatherman, the group became known colloquially as the Weathermen. Weatherman organized in 1969 as a faction of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) composed for the most part of the national office leadership of SDS and their supporters. Their goal was to create a clandestine revolutionary party to overthrow the U.S. Government. /…/”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_Underground#cite_note-djwnyt82403-2

    “/…/ from Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” which contains /…/ the line/s/: “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows;” ”

    And, is it an omen? Bob Dylan is on the front page of last issue of the Village Voice.

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  3. In purely descriptive terms for describing how a bunch of socio-political things work/have worked, Marx is not the worst thing in the world by any stretch of the imagination.

    But trying to operationalize it into practice is… pretty much the worst thing the world has seen. A bunch of attempts in different parts of the world nd they were all, without exception, horrible failures and the closer they are to the theory the worse they are in practice.

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    • If somebody comes up with something that isn’t an outgrowth of the Marxist theory, I’ll be happy. But for now, there’s literally nothing else so I have to talk about liquid capital because it’s what there is.

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  4. Political doctrine or religion – they should be judged by the number of victims.
    “The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition (Spanish: Tribunal del Santo Oficio de la Inquisición), commonly known as the Spanish Inquisition (Inquisición española), was established in 1478 by Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. It was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy in their kingdoms and to replace the Medieval Inquisition, which was under Papal control. It became the most substantive of the three different manifestations of the wider Catholic Inquisition along with the Roman Inquisition and Portuguese Inquisition.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Inquisition

    Quieter Lives for 60’s Militants, but Intensity of Beliefs Hasn’t Faded – By DANIEL J. WAKINAUG. 24, 2003

    “When explosives accidentally demolished a Greenwich Village town house 33 years ago, three young militants inside were killed, leaving two of their comrades to stagger out and into clandestine life. All were members of the Weathermen, a violent offshoot of 1960’s radicalism.”

    Meet The Weather Underground’s Bomb Guru – BY BRYAN BURROUGH
    MARCH 29, 2015

    https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2015/03/weather-underground-bomb-guru-burrough-excerpt

    “In an excerpt from his new book about 60s-era radicalism Vanity Fair special correspondent Bryan Burrough delves into the disastrous Village townhouse explosion caused by the Weather Underground, and introduces the man who became the group’s “bomb guru” in its wake.”

    P,S: A couple of weeks ago, an apartment was torn apart by a powerful detonation here in Sweden. One person was killed, there are no explanation as yet.

    In mid August, an abandoned house in Barcelona was completely destroyed in an explosion, killing a Imam and wounding seven people.
    ./.

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    • Hey, I’ll tell you more. The entirety of modern obstetrics is based on the experiments that Nazis held in victims in concentration camps. But being fully conscious of that, I’m still not ditching my contraceptive pill.

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