Unabashedly communist, overtly gay, proudly trans.
I post the occasional serious thread to teach people with a heap of shitposting in between
1916, the largest war of human history so far rages the world around. the imperialist powers grind men and material as though they are nothing to establish a hegemony of their own.
Ireland at this point has been a British territory for 750 years. 750 years of colonialism, oppression, suppression, assimilation and exploitation. once more the Irish people have been drafted and fed into the meatgrinder of British imperialism. and what will the people of Ireland win out of this? true representation? home rule? the right to speak their own language? no.
and the Irish Republican Brotherhood knew this, they wanted an Ireland free of all of this, a republic of the Irish. in 1912 the Ulster colonists had formed their own volunteer militia to resit those agitating for home rule, so the IRB founded their own volunteer militia. the militia wasn't openly to found a republic, to declare that would get them arrested of course, it was to defend Republicans is all, right :)
the true radical wing of the Irish militias was a separate organisation, the Irish Citizen Army. the ICA were trade unionists, radical socialists and wanted a socialist republic in opposition to the oppression that had been so wrought due to capitalism and property, as their oppression had so often fallen along the lines of Anglo land owners and poor Irish workers.
the ICA was founded by James Larkin, a prominent communist who ended up moving to the US, and the most famous man of the rising, James Connolly. Connolly not only founded the ICA, but he was a part of the founding of the IWW, he was a major Marxist thinker of the time and an all around good lad.
The O'Rahilly was the military man behind the rising. he was not a part of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and actually wasn't told the rising was going to happen, but he was the man who used his private wealth to stockpile arms and ammunition, he also drilled the IRB militia for the coming rising and took part in it once it had taken off.
Vietnamese revolution, war and all you can imagine with that fun stuff
Vietnam is honestly one of the most anti imperialist nations I can think of historically. so for pretty much like a few thousands years they tried to resist Chinese imperialism of all kinds.then the Europeans show up SO THEY REINVENT THEIR ENTIRE WRITING SYSTEM to use latin characters with diacritics to give China a middle finger for making them use Chinese characters.
of course France then does the whole imperialism jig. in 1885 there was a 10 year rebellion against the French, obviously failed but it was still a huge thing that is sort of the precursor revolt to the later one. in 1930 they had another rebellion, this was an organised one buy soldiers and that too failed but it was monarchist so shit either way tbh
then in 1940 France falls to Germany and Vichy France. Japan sorta occupied French Indochina in 1940 but sorta not, either way by 1945 they had fully occupied it to integrate it into the co-prosperity sphere. since like the late 30s the Viet Minh had been organising and when the Japanese came to town they opened a full on Guerilla campaign against them, the Viet Minh where the Vietnamese communists lead by Ho Chi Mihn.
come the end of the Pacific theater in 1945 the Viet Minh were very popular, nationalist sentiment was running high and they controlled large parts of the rural areas. The US said after the war France was not to get French Indochina back, that being Vietnam Laos Cambodia and parts of Thailand, the French decided actually it's our colony and we're keeping it. BUT. in 1945 the Japanese didn't just hand it over, the occupying Japanese forces stayed there, and the Chinese nationalist government lead by Chiang Kai Sheik, invaded and kicked them out.
so now in late 1945 the Viet Minh are still going around being like "bro... this is Vietnam, China and France fuck off", and the Chinese then hand the keys over the France if France gives back the parts of China it owns, France agrees. so Ho Chi Mihn says fuck this, and declares independence from France, and forces the puppet French emperor to abdicate. the British, French and JAPANESE all then destroy the Viet Mhin government and restore French Indochina.
so this whole time we have our classic Vietnam going on, the Viet Mihn are in the hills and the trees, fucking the French sideways because they're treating this like a conventional war of capturing strategic points like towns and forts. however, in 1949 something happens to the north, Mao wins and the PRC if formed, and both the PRC and the USSR recognise the Democratic Republic of Vietnam that the Viet Mihn are fighting under, so they let them come and go in the Chinese-Vietnamese boarder and arm the fuck out of them. then in 1953 Cambodia also declares independence and starts their own war against France in the region too
1954 is where it all ends for France in one huge fuck up, Dien Bien Phu. the French wanted to lay some bait to draw the Viet Mihn out of the hills so they could strike them a huge decisive blow and win some ground in the war, which they really needed by this point. so the French had this huge multi part fort complex to cut of Viet Mihn supply routes with patrols and search and destroy operations to draw them out to attack the fort or just surrender that whole region. the thing with Dien Bien Phu, and north Vietnam in general, is it's very mountainous and the fort complex was in a valley, completely surrounded by mountains. the French couldn't supply the area by convoy so they thought to use aircraft because there's *no way* the Viet Mihn, a bunch of farmers, could take down the French airforce right.... right? :)
so the Viet Mihn pretty much have to take on the fort complex, but they can't just run at it, they'll be shot to pieces. so what they do is they drag fucking artillery through the mountains, sometimes with fucking men with ropes. they dig all these complex tunnel networks in the mountains all around the complex, and they blast the ever loving shit out of the French. they also have something else, they bring out all these anti-air guns they have completely fucking blasting the only French supplies out of the sky. the French tried to use their own artillery but it just didn't work, the Viet Mihn positions were so dug into the mountains they could just move their guns inwards and not lose them, where the French were in such an open position, the commander of the artillery was so ashamed that he couldn't hit the Viet Mihn he fucking commuted suicide that's how bad it was.
having soften up the defenses the Viet Mihn started slowly creeping forwards with trenches all around all of the complex, just slowly strangling the French as the blasted them with the heavy guns and shot down all their air supplies and support. the Viet Mihn then totally over ran Dien Bien Phu and although some French troops escaped most were captured. France then realised they'd just had their balls kicked in and decided to pull out of Indochina in general.
So, Ho Chi Mihn and the Viet Mihn had won, right? France was defeated and Vietnam was free under the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, right? no... the French did withdraw and the DRV became North Vietnam and the South became South Vietnam which then was propped up by a US backed dictator who vowed to defeat the communist North. this all then sets the stage for something else...
hey kids, wanna learn about fascism 👀 ?
Fascism is something we all know of here. we see it grow, we see it's hate turned against many of us, we see the destruction it has brought. but what *is* fascism and what is it's cause?
Fascism doesn't arise from the ether like some monster, fascism is an idea and a product of the times in which it was created.
fascism in it's first most basic form was essentially democratic socialism, and in this we see the core of what fascism truly is. fascism is class struggle.
Fascism was produced in post depression Europe. men were hungry, jobs were gone, savings and nations were collapsing. this is something which any leftist knows causes people to become radicalised. but int he case of fascism what we have is a false consciousness to our class consciousness.
the fascist sees the contradictions within capitalism, they are forced before their eyes as they see the social decay that capitalism and liberalism bring about. but from this they draw the conclusions that yes it is the rich who are partly to blame but not the bourgeoisie as a class, but a subsect of them who are a part of 'the other'
that other can be whomever or whatever, the jews, the gays, the slavs, the bolsheviks, w/e. the point is that the pressure built up by those class antagonisms is let out against this other as opposed to for revolutionary ends.
so what of that other part of the bourgeoisie order? those in the ingroup, those a part of the nation? well they are good countrymen, they serve the nation and it's people towards the end goal of making their land great again. fascism is about class colaborationism as much as killing the other. it's about attempting to surpass the dialectic for co-operation of the classes rather than the negation of class by the proletariat
so, when we see the rise of fascism now, what we are seeing is the social decay of capitalism. make no mistake, these fascists are horrible bastards in what they can do, but we must understand where fascism comes from than just decry it is evil. fascism is the last gasps of capitalism attempting to repair the contradictions as it collapses.
'The Spectre of Communism' goes a long way to drive this end. you can't look at the rise of fascism without looking at the failures of socialism and communism across post war Europe as well as the legacy of ww1.
fascists in their birth were men of the great war. be they political or soldiers themselves men like Hitler were vets of ww1, or had been forged by it politically. ww1 in being such a long meat grinder of course had huge amounts of propaganda to keep the war effort going, and of course specifically nationalism. nationalism was screamed at every corner from that summer of 1914 to the autumn of 1918. the nazi's evoked this idea that Germany was betrayed by the armistice, and part of how this was able to catch on was because for 4 years a decade or so earlier these people had constantly been told the great power of German and of the German people, this normalisation of extreme nationalism via war propaganda only allowed reactionary rhetoric to further take the place of economic communist rhetoric
1916-as far as 1939 Europe caught fire with communism at the barricades and socialism in the parliaments. and what came of it? nothing. I already went off in DETAIL about how Lenin fucked up and mentioned that there were 2 German communist revolutions, that both failed. the revolutionary air collapsed and in it's place was the behemoth that terrified Europe, the USSR
people had been drawing lines between Communism and the Jews since Marx (cough cough Bakunin is an anti-semite). it was seen as an ideology to destroy the white race. the position of the USSR as this huge hostile entity, and one that did have predominant Jews in its rise further fed this angle.
so the bourgeoisie happily worked against it, the poor man was angry and scared and here was this target that everybody could point to to say communism is evil. this did a LOT to feed into the false consciousness. it also drove people to ends like nationalism, racialism and other things that gave them pride in who and what they were, pride that they needed where they came home to see their wife hungry and their child sick and them utterly powerless to do anything
and lastly we come to liberalism and it's capitulation to fascism. fascism is liberalism with the contradictions laid bare and a harsher backhand. democracy is a farse in bourgeois society, freedom is free until you rattle your chains, men starve and are beaten. liberalism is all too happy with what fascism ultimately is, those last gasps of capitalism keeping a hold. but liberalism will NEVER capitulate to us, we are the antiethesis to it, we are the destroyer of it and this here is partly why they turn to fascism, because they're scared of us
Hello! I'm Lucy, a very gay pan trans girl from the UK. I'm 20 years old and live in London, I be reppin dem west London ends bruv, these days but was forged in the hellfire of occupied Kernow.
I am VERY likely to go off about history and or politics in long threads where I attempt to take very big ideas, like say historical materialism or the Haitian revolution, and break them down for the layman to engage with.
way too much of a fuckin' nerd so just ask me questions about w/e and I will honestly love to answer them in as much, or as little, depth as you'd like.
personal interests are: History, Sociology, Political theory, Theology, Linguistics, Economics and writing fiction.
I have pretty bad dyslexia so be warned that half my posts will have a bunch of dumb mistakes in them
I have two amazingly adorable girlfriends and will end up dating the entire transbian population of Australia by 2027. if you're a gay girl communist with good takes there's a ~85% chance I have a crush on you
@CornishRepublicanArmy drinking game:
- Danton mention: drink
- "Robespierre had some good ideas": drink
- complains about sounding posh: drink
- "criticism of all that exists": take a shot
- "there are actually two kinds of left communism": 2 drinks
- reply girl antics: drink (+1 drink for each cat emoji)
- Bordiga mention: finish your drink and carelessly chuck the glass over your shoulder while in the middle of a casual conversation
@starwall starwall is sweet science boy and heckin good friend and deserves love and protection
Homestuck spoilers, graphical descriptions of violence, murder, a sui ment, other upsetting content
i published a short story i wrote in 2016: https://bune.city/2019/05/streaks-of-crimson/
please be aware that it's quite heavy, and it was written three years ago (my writing has improved somewhat since then)
if you like this kind of content, you might want to consider following @dissoci8n, although i post from there pretty infrequently, and nothing as long as this.
Unabashedly communist, overtly gay, proudly trans.
I post the occasional serious thread to teach people with a heap of shitposting in between
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