‘The political desperadoes and ignoramuses, who say they would “Rather be Dead than Red”, should be told that no one will stop them from committing suicide, but they have no right to provoke a third world war.’ — Morris Kominsky, 1970

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The dogma that “wages determine the price of commodities,” expressed in its most abstract terms, comes to this, that “value is determined by value,” and this tautology means that, in fact, we know nothing at all about value. Accepting this premise, all reasoning about the general laws of political economy turns into mere twaddle. It was, therefore, the great merit of Ricardo that in his work On the Principles of Political Economy, published in 1817, he fundamentally destroyed the old popular, and worn-out fallacy that “wages determine prices,” a fallacy which Adam Smith and his French predecessors had spurned in the really scientific parts of their researches, but which they reproduced in their more exoterical and vulgarizing chapters.

I feel that this is particularly important to note, as the claim that higher wages increase inflation continues to remain popular among capitalist apologists. Thanks for sharing this.


In my experience, the other pedestrians that I’ve encountered haven’t been particularly friendly.


according to the governor of the Bank of England

You mean the same Bank of England that gave a loan to Fascists enabling them to settle an absurd quantity of unpaid trade credits, but apparently can’t pay workers a living wage without provoking the Apocalypse? That Bank of England?



Now see, I certainly agree with statements like this one, but after using Reddit for so long it’s hard for me to avoid imagining somebody replying to it with ‘OH YEAH? WELL UNDER COMMULISM THEY WOULD JUST KILL YOU FATALLY TO DEATH UNTIL YOU DIE SO STFU STOOPID IGNORANT TANKY READ HISTORY BOOK!!!!!!’

I know that it’s far less likely in this community, but if somebody is taking screenshots of these posts for the amusement of his dipshit anticommie friends then I am sure that somebody would say that.


I have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Standing still for as little as one or two minutes is a challenge for me and people have told me before that my feet ‘looked red’ or that I suddenly looked uncomfortable when all that I was doing was standing in place. My blood pools in my feet and sometimes I can even feel them throbbing. My condition is not so severe that I need a wheelchair, but I need to sit down or I’m very uncomfortable and at serious risk of fainting.

I’m just glad that I have no plans to fly anywhere because the best that these seats might do is delay my symptoms for a short while. The absence of proper seating would be a little more serious than an ‘inconvenience’ for me.


Yeah, sure, I guess that a celebrity is doing far worse maybe…

…but still, can you just immediately forget about her and focus on fixing your lifestyle more? Can you? Come on! Pretty please, with sugar and a cherry on top? Do your part!



G‐d, I hate that mentality. It implies that we’re all just as culpable as the upper classes for the earth’s decay, which is classist and demonstrably untrue.


Yesterweek I returned to Fallout 2 for the first time in several years, patched it, and it almost became an addiction for me. I started another playthrough recently, but I’m slower to attend to it because I’m getting a little burnt out.

I tried Ultima IV yesternight for several minutes, but couldn’t get into it. The interface and controls were too clunky for me, and I wasn’t interested enough in the world or the story to commit to them.

I’m unsure what I’ll play next. Unlikely to be anything current‐gen, though, given my office‐grade computer.


>Many prisoners say they enjoy the jobs, if only because it gets them out into the free world and gives them something to do. The biggest problem: They are often paid less than $1 an hour. And despite the misconception that everything in their lives is paid for, prison life is really quite expensive. Prices for goods are about the same as in the outside world. From pens and paper to envelopes and stamps, it could take a full week for some prisoners to buy what they need to send a single letter to a family member by mail.
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Somewhat off‐topic, but I’ve noticed that lately crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly popular method for studios and individuals alike, coinciding with tipping becoming an almost mandatory practice on behalf of service workers. This correlation is probably far more significant than anybody realizes; it’s as if the upper classes are slowly and subtly outsourcing the task of payment to us.


Yes! While admittedly I don’t know for sure if she ever identified herself as socialist (it seems more likely than not), I have a great deal of respect for Dorothy W. Douglas, an economic anthropologist who closely studied life in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and the Polish People’s Republic. This is one of my favorite books and it helped me develop a more mature understanding of the people’s republics. (It seems that she also studied child labor in Imperial America, but I haven’t read that one yet.)

There are various other women that I could mention, but I can’t say with absolute certainty if they were socialists either. Others that I could mention are people that I can’t identify.


I am not typically in the mood for classical music, but I do enjoy it from time to time. It can be something ominous, like Passacaglia and Prince Igor, Act I, Scene I: Chorus, or something triumphant, like Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo (excuse the violence in that video). It really depends on my mood.

Occasionally when I’m feeling cynical, I’ll even listen to ultranationalist crap like removedätzer Marsch or Giovinezza, if only to indulge in my morbid fascination with anticommunism.


In terms of fiction, I recently started on Pictures of the Socialistic Future. It isn’t horribly long, but I can already tell that it’s going to be a chore to read.

The author considered personal property synonymous with private property (‘such as furniture, old clothes, bank-notes, and the like’), but most amusingly, the citizenry in this commulist dystopia—where decommodification of goods and services is clearly on the rise—are pissed off that the State is seizing their savings bank funds, which makes about as much sense as two gangs fighting over a used toilette brush.

I have a feeling that this story is just to be the unabridged version of this post, but I’ll be nice and reserve my judgement until I finish it.

ETA: I should mention that, in terms of nonfiction, I recently started on The Gestapo, but I’ve been rather negligent with reading my nonfiction lately.


According to the Motion Picture Association of America, showing someone gleefully firing a weapon is fine for children, but showing what happens when bullets strike a person is not.
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> The **Young Turks**, hosted by Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, is a left-wing news commentary channel. Uh… not really. The rest of the article is fine (if painfully unsurprising), though: > While **YouTube** offers the possibility for independent sites to reach a wider audience, its most-subscribed news channels remain largely reflective of the corporate biases of the global media landscape as a whole.
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Imperial America is also (gently) toning down its sanctions on its enemies, notably the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Cuba. These are by no means major victories, but they support our prediction that the Empire is slowly dying: it was only a few years ago that it was trying to sanction everybody and their dog in the BRV. Such concessions would have been almost inconceivable then.

Needless to say, the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie is not going to spend that extra money on civilian infrastructure.


Mozilla CEO increased her salary from $2.5m to over $3m in one year (10+ times more than her peers’) despite poor performance, still wants donations
>**Summary**: While laying off many workers the CEO of Mozilla piled up a lot of tax-exempt cash, and it continued to increase in spite of criticism (the above isn’t even the latest; it may be a lot more by now).
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In fairness, the author of the video could be right‐wing (judging by the other content that he’s published), but if you can look past that then it should still be useful; I’m sure that the information is easy to verify. Broken clocks and whatnot.


Meeting the Real Elon Musk: “Why I Hate Elon Musk”
ETA: I should warn that the author of the video is probably right‐wing, but the information presented should still be verifiable.
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This is late to the party, but since I realized it today I want to mention somewhere that George Washington would have qualified as ‘dictatorial’ or ‘illegitimate’ by neoliberal standards. Not only because of his régime’s suppression, but also because he ran for election unopposed and got 100% of the vote twice… I am sure that neoliberals can concoct some clever ad hoc excuse to exempt all this, though.


I know that this image is supposed to be funny, but it’s hard for me to take any amusement out of this subject.


This makes me want to read The Illegal War on Libya so that I can understand the NATO better. Pity that Libgen doesn’t have this book.


>On Feb. 24, the day Russia invaded Ukraine, the stock value of these arms manufacturers soared. Raytheon and Lockheed officials openly told investors the Ukraine conflict was “good for business.” In a company “earnings call,” issued Jan. 25, Raytheon CEO Greg Hayes described how they could benefit from the conflict. Similarly, Lockheed CEO James Taiclet told investors the “great power competition [between the U.S. and Russia] over Ukraine bodes more business for the company.” (The Wire (India), Feb. 28)
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>Between December 2015 and December 2021, railroads cut up to 35% of workers on Class 1 railroads — carriers with revenues over $900 million. From 2000 to 2020, there was also a 30% increase in the average tonnage carried by individual freight trains. The impact of these cuts leaves little room for error.
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