Socialism Art Nature
Upon hearing the news of the brutal massacre in May 1871 of 20,000 workers by the French national government, Walt Whitman wrote this poem as an ode/elegy to the revolutionary and heroic martyrs of the Paris Commune.

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This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families … re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body … “

… The attitude of great poets is to cheer up slaves and horrify despots. The turn of their necks, the sound of their feet, the motions of their wrists, are full of hazard to the one and hope to the other. Come nigh them awhile and though they neither speak or advise you shall learn the faithful American lesson. Liberty is poorly served by men whose good intent is quelled from one failure or two failures or any number of failures, or from the casual indifference or ingratitude of the people, or from the sharp show of the tushes of power, or the bringing to bear soldiers and cannon or any penal statutes.

… The battle rages with many a loud alarm and frequent advance and retreat … . the enemy triumphs … . the prison, the handcuffs, the iron necklace and anklet, the scaffold, garrote and leadballs do their work … . the cause is asleep … . the strong throats are choked with their own blood … . the young men drop their eyelashes toward the ground when they pass each other … . and is liberty gone out of that place? No never. When liberty goes it is not the first to go nor the second or third to go . . it waits for all the rest to go . . it is the last… When the memories of the old martyrs are faded utterly away … . when the large names of patriots are laughed at in the public halls from the lips of the orators … . when the boys are no more christened after the same but christened after tyrants and traitors instead … . when the laws of the free are grudgingly permitted and laws for informers and bloodmoney are sweet to the taste of the people … . when I and you walk abroad upon the earth stung with compassion at the sight of numberless brothers answering our equal friendship and calling no man master—-and when we are elated with noble joy at the sight of slaves … . when the soul retires in the cool communion of the night and surveys its experience and has much extasy over the word and deed that put back a helpless innocent person into the gripe of the gripers or into any cruel inferiority … . when those in all parts of these states who could easier realize the true American character but do not yet—-when the swarms of cringers, suckers, doughfaces, lice of politics, planners of sly involutions for their own preferment to city offices or state legislatures or the judiciary or congress or the presidency, obtain a response of love and natural deference from the people whether they get the offices or no … . when it is better to be a bound booby and rogue in office at a high salary than the poorest free mechanic or farmer with his hat unmoved from his head and firm eyes and a candid and generous heart … . and when servility by town or state or the federal government or any oppression on a large scale or small scale can be tried on without its own punishment following duly after in exact proportion against the smallest chance of escape … . or rather when all life and all the souls of men and women are discharged from any part of the earth—-then only shall the instinct of liberty be discharged from that part of the earth.

Walt Whitman, from the Preface to the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass

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With the abolition of private property, then, we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism. Nobody will waste his life in accumulating things, and the symbols for things. One will live. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1891)

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Socialism Conference:
"Imagine living in a Socialist USA" authors Michael Smith, Bill Ayers, Debby Smith, Paul LeBlanc, Ron Reosti, Dianne Feeley, and Bernadine Dohrn will be speaking during our two hour session on Saturday at 4pm.
There’s still time to register! https://www.socialismconference.org/register/

"Imagine living in a Socialist USA" authors Michael Smith, Bill Ayers, Debby Smith, Paul LeBlanc, Ron Reosti, Dianne Feeley, and Bernadine Dohrn will be speaking during our two hour session on Saturday at 4pm.

There’s still time to register! https://www.socialismconference.org/register/


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Helen Keller on Happiness, Charity, Poverty, Inequality, Exploitation, and Workers’ Revolution [1928]

No hope or gospel can bring lasting happiness to any one in a society where some labor not and eat from silver spoons, while others labor and eat not at all. No faith and no good works can redeem such a society. Charity is wasted. It destroys him that gives and him that receives.

It is a vanity and a foolishness to expect to win happiness by giving to the poor. It is a cheap way to raise one’s own self conceit. But the poor do not ask for charity; they are demanding justice. When those who toil get what they produce, the idle will have nothing to give.

True happiness comes not from giving, but from sharing. It comes from sharing work as well as play. It comes from common achievement.

When we have abolished the system of selfishness under which we live in war and conflict, all men shall know the deep, substantial happiness of working with one another for the common good. They will forget their petty selfish interests in thinking of the common welfare.

Even in the midst of the selfishness and oppression that is all around us, you and I may be happy, my friends, in working for the better day[;] … for the establishment of a system in which no form or law will permit one man to take the fruits of another’s labor, but each shall work for all.

Let us all dedicate ourselves to the great work of creating a new earth where there shall be neither poverty nor hunger nor fear, where there shall be work and happiness for all. Let us bring the Kingdom of Heaven among men, the democracy of brotherhood.

[Excerpted from: Keller, Helen. “Happiness.” Draft. circa 1928. Writing by Helen Keller: H - General. Box 224, Folder 9. Series 2: Writing by and about Helen Keller. AFB Helen Keller Archives.]


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Anti-capitalist sentiment today

In the late 1990s many on the left were debating whether or not we had entered a political period marked by the widespread proliferation of anti-capitalist sentiment. Some of us concluded, at that time, that such a characterization was far too overblown.

In 2014, however, I would say that we are far closer to such an “anti-capitalist” moment than at any time in the last 30 years.


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Joel Geier on “Zinovievism and the degeneration of world Communism” in the new ISR:

"The revolutionary Marxist tradition has to fully disentangle itself from the degeneration of the Russian Revolution while holding fast to its liberating content. This study of Zinovievism as part of the degeneration—the interregnum between Leninism and Stalinism, but not yet the counterrevolution—will allow us to better understand the deviations it introduced into the movement and prevent them from distorting future revolutionary theory and practice.”


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Disability liberation and the fight against capitalist exploitation

Disability liberation is intrinsically tied up with the fight of the working class against exploitation. When workers fight for a shorter workday, more flexibility at work, a slower pace of production, more control over the conditions of their work, they are in fact fighting for a mode of production (i.e., the type and relations of all the work that enables society to function) that is more accessible; a form of labor in which the pace and nature of work is organized around the actual human laborer rather than vice-versa.

Capitalist production which values each human according to how many commodities they can produce (i.e., how much profit they can make for the owning class) is detrimental to the minds, bodies, and lives of those humans inside the labor force, as well as those humans who are excluded from the labor force (and therefore largely live in poverty) because their minds, bodies, and lives are deemed insufficiently productive.

Rather, a society in which all humans are enabled to contribute whatever they can, however they can, to the necessary production and reproduction of that society, while also sharing equal access to the goods and services thereby collectively created*, is a set of affairs that the working class and all disabled people have an absolute shared interest in fighting to attain.

* or, as Karl Marx put it, ‘From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.’


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[TW - Transmisogyny]. Chicago Sun-Times is one of those so-called “media outlets” that will be expropriated after the revolution and put in the hands of democratically-elected and accountable transgender commissars of public information; its pages will be opened to all lgbt writers and individuals who are currently silenced by the Sun-Times’ editorial policy of amplifying the voices of ignorant bigots who have absolutely nothing useful or insightful to say, but whose ranting has the effect of further stigmatizing an already-oppressed social group.

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BY KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON: To say the actor is a woman makes subjective impressions superordinate to biological fact.

The world is abuzz with news that actor Laverne Cox has become the first transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine. If I understand the current state of the ever-shifting ethic and rhetoric of transgenderism, that is not quite true: Bradley Manning, whom we are expected now to call Chelsea, beat Cox to the punch by some time. Manning’s announcement of his intention to begin living his life as a woman and to undergo so-called sex-reassignment surgery came after Time’s story, but, given that we are expected to defer to all subjective experience in the matter of gender identity, it could not possibly be the case that Manning is a transgendered person today but was not at the time of the Time cover simply because Time was unaware of the fact, unless the issuance of a press release is now a critical step in the evolutionary process.

As I wrote at the time of the Manning announcement, Bradley Manning is not a woman. Neither is Laverne Cox.


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Full schedule and list of over 100 talks, discussions, movie screenings, and performances is now available!

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Four days of radical politics, debate, and entertainment
June 26–29 • Crowne Plaza Hotel O’Hare • Chicago

Socialism 2014 is a four-day conference bringing together hundreds of socialists and radical activists from around the country to take part in discussions about Marxism, working-class history, and the debates and strategies for organizing today.

Every year, the Socialism conferences aims to be a place where activists can share lessons from their struggles—from the boycott, divestment and sanction campaign for Palestine to the fight for LGBT liberation, from the Fight for 15 to the struggle to stop the destruction of the planet, the fight against racism, and more.

With well over 100 meetings, the weekend will feature left-wing authors and thinkers discussing the debates on the left today, as well as meetings on the hidden history of working-class and socialist struggles.

Entertainment this year will feature the abortion rights play MOM BABY GOD as well as a Radical Film Festival, and much more.

Register online today and join us at Socialism 2014.

http://www.socialismconference.org/schedule/


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Socialism 2014 conference
http://www.socialismconference.org

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what is wrong with you? Don't bastardize Trotsky ya twat. People like you are creating fear in the only thing that any of us should have any hope in: love. "those who speak of revolution and class struggle without referring explicitly to everyday life, without understanding what is subversive about love and what is positive in the refusal of constraints, such people have a corpse in their mouth." Dismissing MRA bullshit as having NO legitimacy is foolish, and makes *you* a fascist. ANALYZE
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i’m sorry, what?! what in the fuck does “love” have to do with the male supremacist movement, i.e., misogyny, i.e., so-called “men’s rights activism”?! that movement has as much to do with genuine love as the KKK has to do with racial equality.

or rather, if you think LOVE means women being oppressed to the point where they are obligated to fuck every guy that is lonely lest he kill them, then your conception of LOVE is really really really fucking warped.

oh yeah, and we’re done communicating. peace.


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Away with this order — this competitive, capitalistic order with its ruling of class by class, its courts of injustice, its hypocrisies, its clashing interests, its shocking contrasts, its wars and its uncertain peace. I say, this competitive system has been a long, costly experiment, and has failed.
Helen Keller, 1918

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