Obama, now in Communist China for the G-20 meeting, has accepted a new and improved version of communist disinformation. He wants the American people to believe that the rulers in Beijing are going to comply with a new climate change agreement to restrict their own industries, which drive their military buildup.---
Julie Burchill: Why I was wrong to admire Stalin
Still, Stalinism was a good way of chucking cold water on the unbearably twee twitterings about anarchy on the part of my punk compadres – twitterings that seem to me, looking back, to have been an early precursor of identity politics: one big scream of ME, ME, ME from people whose dark secret was/is that they really weren’t/aren’t very interesting.---
Admirers were always giving me trinkets – communist badges, lovely red ribbons, real Soviet caps. I shudder with nausea when I remember the way I used to admire myself in them, pouting into the mirrors that I snorted speed off of. “I’m a sexy teenage communist!” I would gloat. But I spat blood whenever I saw a fellow punk sporting a swastika. Why? What was the difference? My side had killed 20 million.
Vanity Fair: Brilliant: Kim Jong Un Bans Sarcasm in North Korea
The Independent reports that North Korean party officials held several mass meetings across the country in an attempt to warn citizens that criticizing the state via indirect, ironic statements such as “This is all America’s fault” would be illegal and “unacceptable.” And the consequences for disobeying are particularly unfunny: according to the nonprofit group Liberty in North Korea, any criticism of the government—including, apparently, the North Korean version of “Thanks, Obama”—“is enough to make you and your family ‘disappear’ from society and end up in a political prison camp.”No Ushanka for you!
CNN: North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles; Japan calls it 'serious threat'
NextShark: Man Illegally Documents Trip to North Korea, Smuggles a Ton of Photos Home
North Korea was one of the most fascinating places to visit, but we must not forget that its uniqueness is created by the great suffering inflicted onto North Koreans. Before going, I was worried I would at some point laugh because of its absurdities and get into trouble, but the reality of it was not funny at all, it was disturbing and depressing.
UPI: North Korea suspected of developing sophisticated chemical weapons
The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) is backing a presidential candidate suspected of having Parkinsons disease.
The Worker's World has chosen to support a presidential candidate suspected to be suffering from Raynaud's phenomenon.
The Black Lives Matters (BLM) and New Black Panther Party are throwing their support behind a candidate who is still suffering the consequences of a stroke from 2014.
The Socialist Party USA has announced their candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States:
A look back, from Gary Saul Morson.
The house is on fire! On the hidden horrors of Soviet life.
Contrary to what liberals might presume, Soviet ethics taught one to overcome, not foster, natural sympathy for the suffering of others, which might make one hesitate to kill a class enemy. In November 1918, Felix Dzerzhinsky, founder of the Cheka, published an article in the journal Red Terror in which he instructed:He mentions two books that I'll be considering:
We are not waging war against individual persons. We are exterminating the bourgeoisie as a class. During the investigation, do not look for evidence that the accused acted in deed or word against Soviet power. The first questions that you ought to put are: To what class does he belong? What is his origin? What is his education or profession? And it is these questions that ought to determine the fate of the accused.It was no big step to extend the notion of enemy classes to enemy peoples, like the Cossacks, Chechens, or Crimean Tatars.