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Why was a Cultural Revolution needed in already-Red China? (3/8)

RAMIN MAZAHERI—Trash Revolutions are the best… but not all Trash make great revolutionaries.This was the case in China, where by the mid-1960s many in the Chinese Communist Party lost their willingness to identify with the poor and to share in their hardships – thus, they had lost the most important two traits which had propelled them to victory.The adults in the room, unlike the hardcore capitalists eager to criticize socialist societies at the first pause for breath, understand that the mere proclamation of socialist victory does not translate into an immediate paradise of equality and opportunity. This article seeks to explain why a retrenchment of revolutionary asceticism, a second so-called “cultural” revolution, was needed in already-Red China.

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The US Government Won’t Care About Your Definition Of Journalism After The Assange Precedent Is Set

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—These people have obviously had their personal opinions taken far too seriously for far too long. It’s truly the hallmark of someone whose mother put too many of their crappy crayon drawings on the fridge when you think that your precious little homespun definition of what constitutes journalism will serve as a legal precedent in the years to come. No one will care about your feelings regarding who is a real journalist or not when the long arm of the US empire reaches out across the planet and nabs the next guy for exposing inconvenient truths about the US military-industrial complex or US corporate interests. No one is going to grant you a sit-down and consult you about your oh-so-fascinating ruminations about the next journalist they wish to use Assange’s precedent on.

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REPOSTED: Tulsi Gabbard Takes On Her Critics Inside Dem Party

A recent poll of the Democrat presidential wannabes shows that the media are clearly burying Tulsi Gabbard’s bid, assigning it (and it can get worse) merely 1% of their coverage, while party stalwarts like Warren get 16 times as much and Bernie Sanders, a likely sheepdog again and no threat to the national security state, 23 times as much. That makes items on Tulsi all the more valuable, especially those showing the treachery issuing from within her party’s own ranks. Tulsi may no be perfect—we are aware of that—and at this point we can’t say for certain that she won’t suddenly do an about face, but so far, despite some contradictions, she’s a breath of fresh air, and her value is in precisely forcing on the topical agenda the endless wars and their costs in life and treasure here and around the world, not to mention making the dense layer of cowards and apologists for the current rotten status quo look as awful as they are.

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Stop the extraordinary rendition of Julian Assange!

ERIC LONDON—What the endless media reports ignore is that Assange has exposed imperialist crimes in wars that killed millions of civilians and thousands of US soldiers. He has brought to light horrific crimes that the government and corporate media conspired to keep secret.While watching the news personalities slander the persecuted journalist and late-night show subject him to degraded and scatological mockery, one wishes to stick a bar of soap in each of their mouths.

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