Nov 302012
 

Alexander Tarasov

The lessons of the Soviet Union are of universal value as humanity struggles to transcend capitalism. Here we present some visions and critiques from a leading Russian thinker

Western blockades and unremitting hostility forced the Soviet Union into a quest for self-sufficiency in all critical areas of production, from tanks, advanced aircraft and ships to construction equipment, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods. With all its flaws and inefficiencies due to a creeping bureaucratism, Stalin’s errors, counter-revolutionary action, and the profound dislocations of a brutal war and uneven agricultural output, the USSR was still able to outproduce Germany by the second year of the Great War, and later field many weapons systems—such as the T-34 tank—that easily surpassed in number and quality most of the Germans’ counterparts. WW2 demonstrated to many the superiority of even “proto” socialism and the resourcefulness of Slavonic peoples. Photo: Russian engineers and workers in front of heavy duty excavator.—Eds

NOTE: THE SELECTION OF PHOTOS AND CAPTIONS THAT ACCOMPANY THIS ARTICLE IS BY THE EDITORS

For left-wingers throughout the world there are now two important problems: understanding the reasons for the failure of the Soviet experiment, and the renewal of socialist theory. In order to solve these problems it is necessary first to understand on a strictly scientific basis what the so called “real socialism” was in reality and to create a vision of a truly socialist (communist) society, of a socialist (communist) mode of production. Continue reading »

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Nov 292012
 

Alexei Kovalev / A Pravda.ru report

Editors’ Note: While the American people know little and understand practically nothing of what their leaders do in their name, many in Russia and the Ukraine have a clearer picture of what America is up to in the region, and they don’t like it. Only a better informed and politically mobilized public can stop the warmongering and meddling of US imperialists across the world and their obsessive provocations of Russia in her own den.

Yet again the U.S. is trying to clash Ukraine and Russia. Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer is concerned about Ukraine’s possible rapprochement with Russia, believing that it will do the country irreparable harm. Ukraine’s integration with the EU is supposedly much more attractive. What kind of game have the official Washington and grey cardinals of the White House started? Continue reading »

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Nov 292012
 
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From GreenCine Daily; crosspost courtesy of The Political Film Blog
http://daily.greencine.com

by Nick Schager

[This week's "Retro Active" pick is inspired by the
North Korean-centric remake Red Dawn.]

Of all the places to invade America, Colorado—cutoff from any reasonable air or naval support—would seem a pretty terrible choice. But don’t tell that to Red Dawn, John Milius‘ eminently ridiculous time capsule of Cold War paranoia and teenybopper play-acting, which finds small-town Colorado overrun by Russian and Cuban soldiers. The sight of paratroopers landing outside a high school classroom window is the sole iconic image mustered by Milius’ film, which otherwise details, with dreary and unearned self-seriousness, the efforts of a local group of kids to hide in the mountains, school themselves in the ways of resistance, and then fight back against the invading commie hordes as the Wolverines (a name taken from their high school football team). Thus, the fate of American sovereignty rests in the hands of Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson and Jennifer Grey, who along with a few other nondescript twerps co-opt Latin America guerilla tactics in an adventure that—either laughably or insultingly, depending on your vantage point—embraces the role-reversal fantasy of America as the righteously subjugated underdog forced to battle back against tyrannical oppressors. Continue reading »

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Nov 282012
 

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Nov 282012
 

By Paul Carline, Associate Editor, The Greanville Post

“To Empire, with Love”

Daniel Craig is the latest James Bond. But who does this durable agent truly serve?

It’s said there are few safer bets in Hollywood than a Bond film.The latest offering in the extremely lucrative Bond franchise – “Skyfall” – has already broken box-office records, taking some $87.8 million in its first weekend in the USA, and easily covering its $200 million production costs in the first two weeks. So far, the Eon Productions series has grossed $4,910,000,000 (over $12,360,000,000 when adjusted for inflation) worldwide, making it the second highest grossing film series after “Harry Potter”.

In a world in which active compassion for our fellow humans was the norm, would such extravagances be tolerated? A question at least worth asking. But I’ll leave it open. I’m going to tackle the simpler question as to whether anything of consequence lies below the surface of the seemingly harmless escapism of the 007 movies, and in particular “Skyfall”. Continue reading »

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