Anti-Communist Myths Debunked

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Anti-Communist myths debunked

“In today’s world no one is innocent, no one a neutral. A man is either with the oppressed or he is with the oppressors. He who takes no interest in politics gives his blessing to the prevailing order, that of the ruling classes and exploiting forces.”

This document exists as a guide to help Communists cut through the propaganda spread by the ruling class in their ongoing attempt to shut down debate and provide legitimacy to capitalism by demonising the only viable alternative.

This resource was created for the purpose of helping Leftists educate people about all of the misinformation, lies and propaganda spread about Communists, and past experiments with Socialism and Communism. Its other main use is in helping Leftists themselves understand some of the controversies in the Communist movement, so that we are all better able to avoid the genuine mistakes and errors that have occurred. After all, how are we supposed to learn from the past if it is buried under a mountain of lies?

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Famines & food-related myths

Holodomor / “Famine in Ukraine”

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China food myths

USSR food myths

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The Food Situation In North Korea (and other dprk myths)


The USSR and Stalin


Jews in the USSR

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Cult of personality

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GDR – German Democratic Republic


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Cuba’s economic reforms


Did Cuba censor musicians, writers etc?

Che Guevara myths

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DPRK – Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

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Ghost cities?

Isn’t Hong-Kong better?

Social Credit System


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Xi Jingping

Socialism with Chinese Characteristics?

State Enterprises, Communist party

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Billionaires, private companies (etc)

China in Africa, international development

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Tiananmen Square

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Democracy: Communism and Capitalism



Eastern Bloc





Capitalist democracy

Quality of life under capitalism

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Socialism doesn’t work, and other common myths

The USA has no history of Socialism/Communism & “it will never work here”

Capitalism and poverty-reduction?

Socialism doesn’t provide a decent quality of life / doesn’t work / is inefficient / hasn’t achieved anything / etc





“Human Rights”

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Not real capitalism?

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Lazy because of Socialism/Communism? Capitalism rewards hard work? (and related arguments)

“The worker agreed to it”

Free Market Myths + critiques of Capitalism

Socialism isn’t innovative

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Communism = White people?

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Cultural Marxism?

“Communism is dead” (etc)

Social-Democracy better?

Collapse of Communism in the 20th Century



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Opinion polls in former socialist/communist states

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Imperialist and anti-communist propaganda explained

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To-do list
General formatting etc;
Addition of large number of YouTube videos on various subjects
Leftist documentary/movie archive
Tidy up and subdivide Venezuela section
Sub-divide capitalism democracy section
General reorganization of the “Socialism doesn’t work, and other myths” section
Inclusion of a number of academic papers on Human Rights (etc) in DPRK
Addition of general material, analyses, commentary on Human Rights generally
Add material on the “human nature”, “not real capitalism” and “the worker agreed to it” myths
Add lots of material on the “free market myths” (monopolies, competition etc) section
Expand the “communist military interventions” section
Expand Communist feminism, anti-racism and anti-colonialism section with YT videos, books etc.
re/work and expand the “Aggression…etc towards Communist…etc section”
Large re-work and expansion of the Imperialist/Anti-Communist propaganda section
Add a glossary of commonly used terms / concepts etc.
Expand DPRK food myths section with academic papers, UN/Worldbank data etc.
Information about Chile under Allende
Famines & food-related myths
Holodomor / “Famine in Ukraine”
Books and academic works

Fraud, Famine and Fascism by Doug Tottle

The 1932 Harvest and the Famine of 1933 by Mark Tauger

Natural Disaster and Human Actions in the Soviet Famine of 1931-1933 by Mark Tauger

The Years of Hunger: Soviet Agriculture, 1931-1933 by Davies and Wheatcroft

Lies concerning the History of the Soviet Union by Mario Sousa

The Soviet famine of 1932-1933 reconsidered

Archive of writings of Professor Mark Tauger on the famine scourges of the early years of the Soviet Union

Chapter 1 of Blood Lies by Grover Furr

Pages 95-111 of Another View of Stalin by Ludo Martens – Collectivization and the ‘Ukrainian Holocaust’

J Arch Getty reviews “Harvest of Sorrow”



Did Stalin or the Authorities stop starving peasants from leaving Ukraine? (see below pages of Bloodlies)

Mark Tauger reviews The Years of Hunger by Davies and Wheatcroft

Stop spreading Nazi propaganda: on Holodomor

The Holodomor Hoax: Joseph Stalin’s crime that never took place

Real Stalin series: famine of 1932

In search of a Soviet Holocaust: A 55 year old famine feeds the Right

The Ukrainian famine: only evidence can disclose the truth

The “Holodomor” and the film “Bitter Harvest” are Fascist lies

Holodomor Hoax: the anatomy of a lie invented by West’s propaganda machine

The famine of 1932-33 in Ukraine the eyes of historians, the language of documents

How many people did Joseph Stalin really kill?

Evidence that Stalin was unaware of conditions in the Ukraine and tried to relieve the situation when he was informed

YouTube videos

Why the Holodomor narrative is wrong

Holodomor series – part 1 – fraudulent photos

Food shortages and problems in the USSR

Did Stalin continue to export grain as Ukraine starved?

“Recent evidence has indicated that part of the cause of the famine was an exceptionally low harvest in 1932, much lower than incorrect Soviet methods of calculation had suggested. The documents included here or published elsewhere do not yet support the claim that the famine was deliberately produced by confiscating the harvest, or that it was directed especially against the peasants of the Ukraine.”

Koenker and Bachman, Eds. Revelations from the Russian Archives. Washington: Library of Congress, 1997, p. 401

“In view of the importance of grain stocks to understanding the famine, we have searched Russian archives for evidence of Soviet planned and actual grain stocks in the early 1930s. Our main sources were the Politburo protocols, including the (“special files,” the highest secrecy level), and the papers of the agricultural collections committee Komzag, of the committee on commodity funds, and of Sovnarkom. The Sovnarkom records include telegrams and correspondence of Kuibyshev, who was head of Gosplan, head of Komzag and the committee on reserves, and one of the deputy chairs of Komzag at that time.
We have not obtained access to the Politburo working papers in the Presidential Archive, to the files of the committee on reserves or to the relevant files in military archives. But we have found enough information to be confident that this very a high figure for grain stocks is wrong and that Stalin did not have under his control huge amounts of grain, which could easily have been used to eliminate the famine.”

Stalin, Grain Stocks and the Famine of 1932-1933 by R. W. Davies, M. B. Tauger, S.G. Wheatcroft.Slavic Review, Volume 54, Issue 3 (Autumn, 1995), pp. 642-657.

The Political Bureau believes that shortage of seed grain in Ukraine is many times worse than what was described in comrade Kosior’s telegram; therefore, the Political Bureau recommends the Central Committee of the Communist party of Ukraine to take all measures within its reach to prevent the threat of failing to sow [field crops] in Ukraine.
Signed: Secretary of the Central Committee – J. STALIN

From the Archive of the President of the Russian Federation. Fond 3, Record Series 40, File 80, Page 58.

It is a matter of some significance that Cardinal Innitzer’s allegations of famine-genocide were widely promoted throughout the 1930s, not only by Hitler’s chief propagandist Goebbels, but also by American Fascists as well.

It will be recalled that Hearst kicked off his famine campaign with a radio broadcast based mainly on material from Cardinal Innitzer’s “aid committee.” In Organized Anti-Semitism in America, the 1941 book exposing Nazi groups and activities in the pre-war United States, Donald Strong notes that American fascist leader Father Coughlin used Nazi propaganda material extensively. This included Nazi charges of “atrocities by Jew Communists” and verbatim portions of a Goebbels speech referring to Innitzer’s “appeal of July 1934, that millions of people were dying of hunger throughout the Soviet Union.”

Tottle, Douglas. Fraud, Famine, and Fascism. Toronto: Progress Books,1987, p. 49-51

QUESTION: Is it true that during 1932-33 several million people were allowed to starve to death in the Ukraine and North Caucasus because they were politically hostile to the Soviets?

ANSWER: Not true. I visited several places in those regions during that period. There was a serious grain shortage in the 1932 harvest due chiefly to inefficiencies of the organizational period of the new large-scale mechanized farming among peasants unaccustomed to machines. To this was added sabotage by dispossessed kulaks, the leaving of the farms by 11 million workers who went to new industries, the cumulative effect of the world crisis in depressing the value of Soviet farm exports, and a drought in five basic grain regions in 1931.

The harvest of 1932 was better than that of 1931 but was not all gathered; on account of overoptimistic promises from rural districts, Moscow discovered the actual situation only in December when a considerable amount of grain was under snow.

Strong, Anna Louise. Searching Out the Soviets. New Republic: August 7, 1935, p. 356

“The conquest of bread was achieved that summer, a victory snatched from a great disaster. The 1933 harvest surpassed that of 1930, which till then had held the record. This time, the new record was made not by a burst of half-organized enthusiasm, but by growing efficiency and permanent organization … This nationwide cooperation beat the 1934 drought, securing a total crop for the USSR equal to the all-time high of 1933.”

Strong, Anna Louise. The Stalin Era. New York: Mainstream, 1956, p. 44-45

in 1920 when the NEP was implemented and the Soviet Union moved from War-Communism, to a temporary stage where a free market existed, the much feared consequences of the market became evident. Despite the previous land reform nearly 3 million peasants, were quickly once again without land, because the kulaks had driven them bankrupt and then bought their land cheaply. This resulted in 10 or 11 percent of the population (kulaks) owning so much land and also horses and machinery compared to the rest of the peasant population that they produced 56 percent of the marketed food. The kulaks largely would decide if the towns would get food or not. Kulak speculation on the food market caused a shortage already in 1927 when the marketed share of grain was only one third of the pre-war years although production had exceeded pre-war figures. This ineffectiveness was what initiated the idea of collectivization, with Lenin writing down the basic idea before his death and Stalin putting down the plans and implementing it. Among the many actions of the collectivization program was the confiscation of farm land and the machinery and livestock that was on it (private property, NOT personal property). However there were some problems;

“Collectivization was not an orderly process following bureaucratic rules. It consisted of actions by the poor peasants, encouraged by the Party. The poor peasants were eager to expropriate the “kulaks,” but less eager to organize a cooperative economy. By 1930 the Party and already sent out cadres to stem and correct excesses… After having exercised restraint in 1930, the Party put on a drive again in 1932. As a result, in that year the kulak economy ceased to produce, and the new collective economy did not yet produce fully.”

Blumenfeld, Hans. Life Begins at 65. Montreal, Canada: Harvest House, c1987, p. 152

“During the 1932 harvest season Soviet agriculture experienced a crisis. Natural disasters, especially plant diseases spread and intensified by wet weather in mid-1932, drastically reduced crop yields. OGPU reports, anecdotal as they are, indicate widespread peasant opposition to the kolkhoz system. These documents contain numerous reports of kolkhozniki, faced with starvation, mismanagement and abuse by kolkhoz officials and others, and desperate conditions: dying horses, idle tractors, infested crops, and incitement by itinerant people. Peasants’ responses varied: some applied to withdraw from their farms, some left for paid work outside, some worked sloppily, intentionally leaving grain on the fields while harvesting to glean later for themselves.”

Tauger, Mark. “Soviet Peasants and Collectivization, 1930-39: Resistance and Adaptation.” In Rural Adaptation in Russia by Stephen Wegren, Routledge, New York, NY, 2005, Chapter 3, p. 81.

Some of the Kulaks, angered and resentful, rather than integrate into society as an average worker (who frankly lived in conditions 10x better than under Tsarist times), decided to take action.

They burnt crops and slaughtered livestock, those with machinery broke it if they could. In addition to their vandalism and arson they murdered government officials and peasants siding with them, there are even some (unconfirmed) accounts of them poisoning water supplies.

“Almost all the collective farms established in 1931 and 1932 were shockingly mismanaged. What else could be expected when every village in Russia had been the scene of bitter internal strife, when animals had been slaughtered or allowed to die through incompetence, and grain had been buried, and barns and houses burned? It has been estimated that livestock dropped by 50% during those tragic years and there were large areas, as I saw with my own eyes in the North Caucasus in 1933, where miles of weeds and desolation replaced the former grainfields…”

Duranty, Walter. Stalin & Co. New York: W. Sloane Associates, 1949, p. 77[10]

During the thirties, the far-right, linked with the Hitlerites, had already fully exploited the propaganda theme of `deliberately provoked famine to exterminate the Ukrainian people’. But after the Second World War, this propaganda was `adjusted’ with the main goal of covering up the barbaric crimes committed by German and Ukrainian Nazis, to protect fascism and to mobilise Western forces against Communism.”

Martens, Ludo. Another View of Stalin. Antwerp, Belgium: EPO, Lange Pastoorstraat 25-27 2600, p. 113 (Pg 96 on the internet pdf) [11]

“This destruction of the productive forces had, of course, disastrous consequences: in 1932, there was a great famine, caused in part by the sabotage and destruction done by the kulaks. But anti-Communists blame Stalin and the `forced collectivization’ for the deaths caused by the criminal actions of the kulaks.”

Martens, Ludo. Another View of Stalin. Antwerp, Belgium: EPO, Lange Pastoorstraat 25-27 2600, p. 79 [p. 66 on the pdf]

*Famines are always because of Communism*


China food myths
Did Mao really kill millions during the Great Leap Forward?

Did Mao really kill millions in the Great Leap Forward? (YTube video)

Mao reconsidered

See section on Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward

USSR food myths
Food shortages and problems in the USSR by Endymion

Soviet Agriculture, 1977 (scanned book)


DPRK food myths

Nutrition and Health in North Korea: What’s New, What’s Changed and Why It Matters

North Korea as the Wicked Witch of the East: Social Science as Fairy Tale

World Food Programme webpage for the DPRK

Mission East page on DPRK

Korea’s food situation: stable and improving (From the Council on Foreign Relations!)

The Food Situation In North Korea (and other dprk myths)

Real DPRK economic data by Jason Unruhe

The Problematic Evidence Base of the UN Human Rights Council (excellent paper)

“The problem is that the claims about food rights violations in the 2013 UNHCR report are not congruent with the statistical indicators given by UN agencies that have the most experience of working in North Korea. Despite emanating from within the UN system in which access to data on the DPRK is straightforward, the UNHRC reporting on food violations demonstrates a problematic securitization of evidence and analysis though a heavy reliance on prior assumptions and a filtering of information through those securitized assumptions. The UNHRC reporting, of which the February 2013 report is representative, is self-referential, factually inaccurate, and seems unaware of the reports from the UN agencies that have worked in the DPRK for many years. This is somewhat surprising, especially as the weight of the UN agency reporting contradicts the UNHCR claims on food violations.

The 2013 UNHRC report is self-referential in that it draws almost entirely from previous UNHCR reports and resolutions on North Korea and often uses the same wording, that is, the 2013 report cuts and pastes from previous UNHCR reports.26 The practice of extracting from older reports is standard in governmental or international organization reports, but this practice can be misleading when, as in the 2013 UNHCR report, claims are made with a sense of irrefutable certainty despite the absence of conventional substantiation. What is most striking about the UNHCR reporting on the DPRK is the almost complete absence of reference to relevant data from other UN agencies, donor governments, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), to the extent that the UNHRC reporting seems unaware of the existence of reports on the DPRK from within the UN system itself. 27 The 2013 UNHRC report references only one report from the specialist UN agencies: a March 2011 FAO/WFP/UNICEF report

on food insecurity in the DPRK. Unfortunately, the citations are third-hand and the material quoted in the UNHCR report is taken so much out of context that it distorts the findings of the original report and misleads the reader.

The 2011 FAO/WFP/UNICEF report does not argue for the exceptional severity of a food and health crisis in the DPRK. It does not argue that there are famine-like conditions prevailing in the population. It does not argue that the government is solely responsible for food insecurity in the country. It does not mention or argue that international protection (i.e., human rights) mandates are being abjured by the DPRK government. This last point is important as UN agencies have an obligation under their protection of human rights mandates to report potential crimes against humanity. The UNHCR reporting does not mention that UN specialist agencies have never identified DPRK government food and health policy in these terms.

The 2013 report to the Human Rights Council referred to “the severity of the food situation” in support of the report’s claims that the government should be considered as violating the right to food. These claims contrast with those of the humanitarian agencies that reported in 2011—in the same and only report from the humanitarian agencies that the 2013 UNHCR report appears to cherry-pick quotes from—that the “nutrition situation…appears to be relatively stable.”28 In 2012 WFP and UNICEF concurred with an assessment that improvements in acute malnutrition show that the “situation is not critical and does not suggest emergency operations” and that the “Global Chronic Malnutrition or Stunting… is considered as of ‘medium’ public health significance according to WHO

Standards.” “

The paradox of Cuban agriculture

The USSR and Stalin

Seven myths about the USSR by Stephen Gowans

Empire Files: What the Russian Revolution proved possible

The revolution will not be televised – section on stalin

Achievements of socialism in the Soviet Union (by Finnish Bolshevik)

Reconstructing JV Stalin – exposing the myths, lies & fraud

Blackshirts & Reds by Michael Parenti

Reflection on the overthrow of Communism by Michael Parenti

Socialism betrayed by Roger Keeran and Thomas Kenny

Socialism betrayed – talk by Roger Keeran and Thomas Kenny

Was the USSR socialist? By Comrade Hakim

Lies concerning the history of the Soviet Union

Authoritarianism in Socialist countries by Michael Parenti

The fight against bureaucracy in the Soviet Union

Kotkin talking about Stalin and collectivization

Account of a woman from the USSR currently living in New Zealand (very good)

How many people did Joseph Stalin really kill?

Human Rights in the Soviet Union (excellent book rich in facts about the USSR, highly recommended)

Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin: When the White House fixed a Russian election

Legacy of the world’s first Communist state

The great October Socialist revolution marked a new era for Humanity

We Can Be Friends: Origins of the Cold War by Carl Marzani (scanned book)

The Great Conspiracy: The Secret War against Soviet Russia

History of the USSR: The Era of Socialism 1974 (scanned book)

The Soviet Union Through The Eyes of an American. 1976 (scanned book)

The nature of the Soviet Union – state capitalism?

Revisiting the October Revolution of 1917

Jews in the USSR

Chapter 3: The European Nationalities of the USSR of Human Rights in the Soviet Union (excellent resource) (easy reading link)

Russia helped 1,750,000 Jews to escape Nazis

Lenin’s speech on anti-Jewish Pogroms

Text of Lenin speech

Stalin’s “Anti-Semitism” debunked

The Formation of the Soviet Jewish Homeland – Birobidzhan

Purges, Moscow Trials etc
The notion that Stalin was a monster who killed everyone – Finnish Bolshevik

Moscow Trials part 1 (investigation) by Finnish Bolshevik

Moscow Trials part 2 (court proceedings) by Finnish Bolshevik

Moscow Trials part 3 (the great purge) by Finnish Bolshevik

The purges and repressions in the USSR by Endymion

Yehzov vs. Stalin: the causes of the mass repressions of 1937-1938

Lies concerning the history of the Soviet Union

“Excesses are not permitted”: Mass Terror and Stalinist Governance in the Late 1930s by Getty

The Moscow Trials

How many people did Joseph Stalin really kill?

The “Bloc” of the Oppositions against Stalin in the USSR in 1932

On the existence and character of the united bloc of rights, zinoviev-ites and trotsky-ites.

Human Rights in the Soviet Union (Chapter 1,7,8,9)

Triumph of Evil, Chapter 1

Stalin’s Great Terror: an interview with Prof J Arch Getty

The Kirov Murder

The Ryutin Case

The Syrtsov/Lominadze affair

Interrogations of Nikolai Ezhov, former People’s Commissar for Internal Affairs.

The man removed was Yezhov, who was found out to be a Nazi agent whose acts of sabotage led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Soviet citizens and the imprisonment of many hundreds of thousands more
The proper name for the ‘red terror’ is literally the ‘Yezhovshchina’
As he admitted, he was being blackmailed over his wife, who was a British agent unbeknownst to him. (His wife had conveniently fled to Britain beforehand) The british admitted she was one of their agents in the 90’s[a][b]

The positive achievements of Stalin and his regime

The Essential Stalin (book length)

Another View of Stalin (book length)

The Real Stalin series by Dennis McKinsey (book length)

The Truth About Stalin by Wilf Dixon

Stalin’s place in history – Mao

History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolsheviks)

Stalin and the USSR – Myth and Reality

Stalin and the myth of the “Old Bolsheviks”

Socialism in one country – what it really means

On The Question of Stalin (By Mao Tse-tung)

Che Guevara: “I came to Communism because of Stalin

Remorse of a dissident: Alexander Zinoviev on Stalin and the dissolution of the USSR

Bill Bland: Stalin – the myth and the reality

On Stalin by W.E.B. Du Bois

Review: Stalin’s Wars: From World War to Cold War 1939-1953

Stalingrad by Antony Beevor: a piece of Nazi war propaganda

Cult of personality
Stalin’s cult of personality? By Finnish Bolshevik

On Stalin’s cult of personality by Comrade Hakim

Stalin on the “Cult of Personality”

Anti-Stalinism and the legacy of “state socialism”

Bill Bland – the

Unelected & unpopular “dictator”
Stalin attempted to resign, was denied.

Stalin tries to resign – unpublished speech

The British Fabians Sidney and Beatrice Webb (Sidney Webb, British economist (1859-1947); Beatrice Webb, British economist and sociologist (1858-1943), in their monumental work “Soviet Communism: A New Civilisation,” emphatically reject the notion that Stalin exercised dictatorial power:

“Sometimes it is asserted that the whole state is governed by the will of a single person, Josef Stalin . . First let it be noted that, unlike Mussolini, Hitler and other modern dictators, Stalin is not invested by law with any authority over his fellow-citizens. He has not even the extensive power . . . . .which the American Constitution entrusts for four years to every successive president. . . . .Stalin is not, and never has been, . . . . the President of the USSR. . . . .He is not even a People’s Commissar, or member of the Cabinet.

He is . . . the General Secretary of the Party.

We do not think that the Party is governed by the will of a single person, or that Stalin is the sort of person to claim or desire such a position. He has himself very explicitly denied any such personal dictatorship in terms which certainly accord with our own impression of the facts.

The Communist Party in the USSR has adopted for its own organisation the pattern which we have described. . . . . . In this pattern individual dictatorship has no place. Personal decisions are distrusted, and elaborately guarded against. In order to avoid the mistakes due to bias, anger, jealousy, vanity and other distempers . . . . it is desirable that the individual will should always be controlled by the necessity of gaining the assent of colleagues of equal grade, who have candidly discussed the matter and who have to make themselves jointly responsible for the decision. . . . .Stalin . . . . has . . . . frequently pointed out that he does no more than carry out the decisions of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. . . The plain truth is that, surveying the administration of the USSR during the past decade under the alleged dictatorship of Stalin, principal decisions have manifested neither the promptitude nor the timeliness, nor yet the fearless obstinacy that have often been claimed as the merits of a dictatorship. On the contrary, the action of the Party has frequently been taken after consideration-so prolonged, and as the outcome of discussion sometimes so heated and embittered, as to bear upon their formulation the marks of hesitancy and lack of assurance. . . .These policies have borne . . . . the stigmata of committee control.”

(S. & B. Webb: ‘Soviet Communism: A New Civilisation’; London; p.. 431, 432, 433, 435).

“I have never met a man more candid, fair and honest, and to these qualities it is, and to nothing occult and sinister, that he owes his tremendous undisputed ascendency in Russia. I had thought before I saw him that he might be where he was because men were afraid of him, but I realize that he owes his position to the fact that no one is afraid of him and everybody trusts him.”
~H.G. Wells on Stalin

“Like the myths of millions of executions, the fairy tales that Stalin had tens of millions of people arrested and permanently thrown into prison or labor camps to die in the 1930-1953 interval (Conquest, 1990) appear to be untrue. In particular, the Soviet archives indicate that the number of people in Soviet prisons, gulags, and labor camps in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s averaged about 2 million, of whom 20-40% were released each year, (Getty, Rittersporn, and Zemskov, 1993). This average, which includes desperate World War II years, is similar to the number imprisoned in the USA in the 1990s (Catalinotto, 1998a) and is only slightly higher as a percentage of the population. It should also be noted that the annual death rate for the Soviet interned population was about 4%, which incorporates the effect of prisoner executions (Getty, Rittersporn, and Zemskov, 1993). Excluding the desperate World War II years, the death rate in the Soviet prisons, gulags, and labor camps was only 2.5% (Getty, Ritterspom, and Zemskov, 1993), which is even below that of the average “free” citizen in capitalist Russia under the czar in peacetime in 1913 (Wheatcroft, 1993). This finding is not very surprising, given that about 1/3 of the confined people were not even required to work (Bacon, 1994), and given that the maximum work week was 84 hours in even the harshest Soviet labor camps during the most desperate wartime years (Rummel, 1990). The latter maximum (and unusual) work week actually compares favorably to the 100-hour work weeks that existed even for “free” 6-year old children during peacetime in the capitalist industrial revolution (Marx and Engels, 1988b), although it may seem high compared to the 7-hour day worked by the typical Soviet citizen under Stalin (Davies, 1997). In addition, it should also be mentioned that most of the arrests under Stalin were motivated by an attempt to stamp out civil crimes such as banditry, theft, misuse of public office for personal gain, smuggling, and swindles, with less than 10% of the arrests during Stalin’s rule being for political reasons or secret police matters (Getty, Ritterspom, and Zemskov, 1993). The Soviet archives reveal a great deal more political dissent permitted in Stalin’s Soviet Union (including a widespread amount of criticism of individual government policies and local leaders) than is normally perceived in the West (Davies, 1997). Given that the regular police, the political or secret police, prison guards, some national guard troops, and firefighters (who were in the same ministry as the police) comprised scarcely 0.2% of the Soviet population under Stalin (Thurston, 1996), severe repression would have been impossible even if the Soviet Union had wanted to exercise it. In comparison, the USA today has many times more police as a percentage of the population (about 1%, not to mention prison guards, national guard troops, and firefighters included in the numbers used to compute the far smaller 0.2% ratio for the Soviet Union).
Triumph of Evil, Chapter 1, pp. 77-78

Another View of Stalin (section on the Gulag)

The Soviet Union had a progressive penal system


Lies concerning the history of the Soviet Union

The gulag argument by Finnish Bolshevik

The Gulag archipelago shouldn’t be taken seriously

Original documents on the death rate of prisoners in the Gulag system 1930-1956

Victims of the Soviet Penal System in the Pre-War Years : a first approach on the basis of archival evidence (by J. Arch Getty, Gábor T. Rittersporn, Viktor N. Zemskov)

What were the chances to be sent to the Gulag?

(From Leftbook) Let us start with the question of the nature of the Soviet penal system. After 1930 the Soviet penal system included prisons, labour camps, the labour colonies of the gulag, special open zones and obligation to pay fines. Whoever was remanded into custody was generally sent to a normal prison while investigations took place to establish whether he might be innocent, and could thus be set free, or whether he should go on trial. An accused person on trial could either be found innocent (and set free) or guilty. If found guilty he could be sentenced to pay a fine, to a term of imprisonment or, more unusually, to face execution. A fine could be a given percentage of his wages for a given period of time. Those sentenced to prison terms could be put in different kinds of prison depending on the type of offence involved.

To the gulag labour camps were sent those who had committed serious offences (homicide, robbery, rape,

economic crimes, etc.) as well as a large proportion of those convicted of counterrevolutionary activities. Other criminals sentenced to terms longer than 3 years could also be sent to labour camps. After spending some time in a labour camp, a prisoner might be moved to a labour colony or to a special open zone.

The labour camps were very large areas where the prisoners lived and worked under close supervision. For them to work and not to be a burden on society was obviously necessary. No healthy person got by without working. It is possible that these days people may think this was a terrible thing, but this is the way it was. The number of labour camps in existence in 1940 was 53.

There were 425 gulag labour colonies. These were much smaller units than the labour camps, with a freer regime and less supervision. To these were sent prisoners with shorter prison terms – people who had committed less serious criminal or political offences. They worked in freedom in factories or on the land and formed part of civil society. In most cases the whole of the wages he earned from his labour belonged to the prisoner, who in this respect was treated the same as any other worker.

The special open zones were generally agricultural areas for those who had been exiled, such as the kulaks who had been expropriated during collectivisation. Other people found guilty of minor criminal or political offences might also serve their terms in these areas.

Mass deportations
Georgian times interviews Grover Furr

The Crimean Tatars – collaboration and deportation

Human Rights in the Soviet Union (Chapter 1, 7,8,9)

Remorse of a dissident: Alexander Zinoviev on Stalin and the dissolution of the USSR

Triumph of Evil, Chapter 1

GDR – German Democratic Republic


Chapters 1,2,3,4 of The Triumph of Evil:: The Reality of the USA’s Cold War Victory

Another view of East Germany by Left Economics (based on Triumph of Evil)

German reunification: 25 years on: how different are East and West really?

The German Democratic Republic – scanned 1986 book

GDR – Historical outline (scanned book)

Encounters in Democracy – a US journalist’s view of the GDR, 1981 (scanned book)

Behind the Scenes in Two Worlds, 1978 (scanned book)

Former East Germans compare socialist youth with life under capitalism

Berlin Wall
Democracy, East Germany and the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall – another Cold War myth

Pamphlet by the GDR government explaining the Berlin Wall

Chapters 2,3 of The Triumph of Evil:: The Reality of the USA’s Cold War Victory

Are Germany’s intelligence agencies and the Stasi totally different?

Crossing the River – An American defector’s Cold War odyssey (mentions the Stasi in places)

Other Socialist/Communist countries/governments
Class struggle in Socialist Poland: With Comparisons to Yugoslavia (1984 scanned book)

Albania Defiant, 1976 (scanned book)

Pickaxe and Rifle: The Story of the Albanian People, 1974 (scanned book)

Insights into Socialist Albania from Pickaxe and Rifle

People’s Socialist Republic of Albania, 1988 (scanned pamphlet)

Hungarian Soviet Republic, 1979 (scanned book)

Modern Bulgaria: Problems and Task in Building an Advanced Socialist Society

The History of the Party of Labour of Albania 2nd ed. (scanned book)

Vietnam world bank overview page

Vietnam police arrest ex-Politburo member over misconduct

Vietnam court sentences to death PetroVietnam ex-chairman in mass trial

Actually Existing Socialism in Vietnam (read critically)

40 years on: How Communist victory gave way to Capitalist corruption (read critically with above piece)

US Seeks to Transform Vietnam into Weapon Against China

Vietnamese banker sentenced to death for fraud – saga exposed deeply rooted corruption in financial system

New law stipulates 3 years imprisonment for illegal firing of workers

Afghanistan (DRA- Democratic Republic of Afghanistan)

As the world burns, Cuba is number 1 for sustainable development – WWF

20 reasons to support Cuba

Obama’s Cuba visit illustrates US arrogance

Cuba’s low level of internet use:; not a policy of restricting the flow of information

Cuba expands internet service

Cuba gets fibre-optic link to Venezuela

Cuba will expand internet to all households in the country by end of year

A failed system’s failed promises

Cuba and the real battle for democracy

Over 300,000 Cubans pay tribute to Fidel

Before the Hurricane – Cuba’s response to hurricanes

Michael Parenti on the Cuban Revolution

Lessons from Cuba’s incarceration model

The truth about unions in Cuba

Cuba before the Revolution

Cuba begins clinical trials to delay progress of Alzheimers

Cuba develops new skin cancer medicine

Cuba’s internationalist solidarity recognized once again – doctors awarded the Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health from WHO

Cuba’s agricultural revolution: Vanguard for global food system

Cuba’s sustainable agro-ecological model could save the world

Cuba’s Socialist biotechnology sector a global leader

CIA motto: proudly overthrowing the Cuban government since 1959

The Claim Game: Cuba and the United States

Cuba: reflections on life and death

Cuba one year later: what has changed?

Cuba: 55 years of ideas and truth

Human rights hypocrisy: US criticizes Cuba

Cuba – showing how to defeat racism

Cuba’s Green Revolution

The Latin American school of Medicine today: ELAM

Cuba pushes its “Medical Diplomacy”

Community Drills Part of Cuba’s Top-Notch Disaster Response System

Cuba’s cancer vaccine CIMAvax is finally coming to US

The Cuban Revolution: defying Imperialism from its backyard

Castro speech at May Day rally in Revolution Square, Havana, May 1 2003

Cuba’s economic reforms
Cuba and the future: a great debate has just begun

Redefining Socialism in Cuba

See section on LGBTQ+ near bottom of document

Did Cuba censor musicians, writers etc?
The cultural policy of Cuba, without dogma or sectarianism

Music, Space and Place: Popular Music and Cultural Identity (book) :

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Che Guevara myths
Debunking the “Che Guevara was a racist” lie

Che Guevara myths: The truth about the racist, homophobic, murderer

In defense of Chua Guevara: analyzing his life and answering his critics (excellent podcast)

The Cuban Blockade
Twitter storm launched against US blockade of Cuba

US, Israel, only states to vote against lifting blockade on Cuba (excellent infographic included)

The necessity of ending the economic blockade against Cuba – speech

Using fear to strike at Cuban tourism

US political class looks away as Cuba details impact of U.S. blockade

The unrelenting economic war on Cuba (Excellent article)

US-Cuba relations: what would constitute normal?

DPRK – Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Comprehensive reading guide on the DPRK compiled by this author

PRC – People’s Republic of China

Progress in China
Progress in China video

Mao reconsidered

Highlights of proposals for China’s 13th Five-Year Plan

For the defense of China against Counterrevolution, Imperialist intervention and dismemberment

China has new standards on Marxist schools for ideological understanding

Western media is wrong. China will continue to rise (view in Incognito to beat the Paywall)

Counterpoint: debunking myths about China

China pushes forward Marxist training on campus, attracts 1 million students

How did Mao and the Communists change China?

Did Mao do more good than harm? By DemocraticSocialist01

Monster or liberator? On the legacy of Mao Zedong

Quora: what are Mao Zedongs achievements?

Ending poverty in China: what explains great poverty reduction and simultaneous increase in equality in rural areas?

Embracing China’s new normal

The world’s top economy: the US vs China in five charts

China’s Global 500 companies are bigger than ever, and mostly state owned

Years of Trial, Turmoil and Triumph: China from 1949 to 1988, 1989 (scanned book)

Quality of life: India vs. China

China and India – 13 charts that show how the countries compare

The surprising rise of China as IP powerhouse

China sends its top actors and directors back to Socialism school

Who has the world’s No.1 economy? Not the U.S.

China upgrades reforms and opening up in new era

China reading list

Ghost cities?
China’s most famous “Ghost City” is rising from the desert

Chinese Ghost Town’s explained by Jeff J brown

Isn’t Hong-Kong better?
The horror of Hong Kong’s coffin homes

Hong Kong: 20% of residents live in poverty

Poverty in Hong Kong hits record high

What does it mean to be poor?

Social Credit System

The People’s Republic of China is refining a new method for auto-regulation of capitalist companies through Social Credit scoring.
While still under debate and an issue of controversy; this system is denounced in the West as an “orwellian machination” also because it is planned to be implemented foremost for capitalist companies.

This form of regulation of labour practices could reveal itself as dangerous as useful for the interests of the owners’ class; rewarding good behavior by companies and their representatives all while punishing misconduct and unruliness.

This system of control is intended to provide important incentives for companies to respect the law and their employees, all while preventing corruption and mismanagement in SOEs

Bourgeois sources often tell us that the People’s Republic of China is a capitalist polity and economy. As main driver for the explanation, they tend to show us that inequality in the PRC is very high.
While both of these things (a partially capitalist economy and high inequality) might be partially true; it is important to note that the explanation provided is not good enough to demonstrate what is supposed to demonstrate.

A decomposition of the inequality drivers in the PRC shows clearly that, most importantly, the egregious increase in inequality is fundamentally due to *geographic*, inter-regional economic inequality, based upon divergent and chronologically ordered development strategies and hence different development levels at a given time.

Indeed, the PRC is a highly inegalitarian country if analysed overall, in economic terms. But this mainly across regions.

Intra-regional inequality is – if compared to western countries – relatively very low.

Furthermore, the main explanation for the total inter-regional inequality and inequality between Urban and Rural areas; is mainly due to the following reasons:

The People’s Republic of China has followed, since the first implementation of Deng’s reforms in the 1970s; a multiple developmental strategy axed around different economic regions.

First, there was the Coastal Development Strategy, a direct consequence of the Open Door Policy in the 1970s, that accelerated and focused reform and economic growth in the regional, coastal provinces.

Second, the Rise of Central China plan announced by Wen Jiabao in 2004 focuses in the development of the central inland provinces such as Shanxi, Henan, Anhui, Hubei, Hunan and Jiangxi.

Third, the North East Area Revitalization Plan also began in the 2000s, under the direction of Wen Jiabao. It focuses on the provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, as much as five eastern prefectures of Inner Mongolia.

Fourth, the Great Western Development Strategy had been conceptualized already in the 1970s but is starting to be implemented in the 2010s; and includes the development of all the remaining western provinces (Gansu, Guizhou, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Sichuan and Yunnan) and prefectures and autonomous regions (Guangxi, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Tibet and Xinjiang) and Chongqing.

China’s GINI coefficient peaked in 2008, dropping since

Anti-Corruption drive
China State-Owned Enterprises’ chiefs face 50% salary cuts as Xi Jingping launches reform

Senior officials role ‘crucial’ – Xi

Xi Jinping
Behind Xi Jinpings’ call for a return to Marxism

Xi calls for profound understanding of Marxism

Socialism with Chinese Characteristics?
Marxist Orientalism

USA says China’s embrace of free market is going into reverse (This article makes for satisfying reading)

India and China – rivals or potential partners for liberation?

What do Socialists defend in China today?

Socialist Market Economy

The Myth of Chinese Capitalism

China & Market Socialism – a question of state and revolution

Marxism and the social character of China

Xi Jinping to Chinas private sector: go home, the Belt and Road is not for you

China: capitalist or socialist?

Why China is a socialist country

Chinese Revolution: evaluating the 60 years | Communist Party of India (2009)

China is most promising hope for Third World – Fidel Castro

China: A Revolutionary Present

A theory of China’s miracle

Discovering Chinese Socialism – a personal account

Chinese growth’s contribution to poverty reduction challenges World Bank and IMF neoliberal policies

“Market Economy and Socialist Road” by Duan Zhongqiao (Professor at the Renmin University) Speech given at “III Conferencia Internacional La Obra de Carlos Marx y los desafíos del Siglo XXI”

Marx and lenin understood the state as the dominance of one class over the other. The contradictions between classes are antagonist and there cannot be a state that serves as an alliance of both classes. So if China doesn’t have a Dictatorship of the Proletariat, does this mean it has a Dictatorship of the Bourgeoisie?

Where does the idea that a party is ever composed of one element, with the same unchanging interests rather than contradictory aspects come from? As marxists we should look at which element is dominant in the CCP and how this dominance is expressed.

If it is a Dictatorship of the Bourgeoisie how do we account for the social gains being made, is there extraordinary class struggle being undertaken by the working class and peasantry to force these? Why hasn’t there been any move to overthrow the socialised elements of the state to allow private ownership such as was seen in the USSR?

“In a country as big and as poor as ours, if we don’t try to increase production, how can we survive? How is socialism superior, when our people have so many difficulties in their lives? The Gang of Four clamoured for “poor socialism” and “poor communism”, declaring that communism was mainly a spiritual thing. That is sheer nonsense! We say that socialism is the first stage of communism. When a backward country is trying to build socialism, it is natural that during the long initial period its productive forces will not be up to the level of those in developed capitalist countries and that it will not be able to eliminate poverty completely. Accordingly, in building socialism we must do all we can to develop the productive forces and gradually eliminate poverty, constantly raising the people’s living standards. Otherwise, how will socialism be able to triumph over capitalism? In the second stage, or the advanced stage of communism, when the economy is highly developed and there is overwhelming material abundance, we shall be able to apply the principle of from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. If we don’t do everything possible to increase production, how can we expand the economy? How can we demonstrate the superiority of socialism and communism? We have been making revolution for several decades and have been building socialism for more than three. Nevertheless, by 1978 the average monthly salary for our workers was still only 45 yuan, and most of our rural areas were still mired in poverty. Can this be called the superiority of socialism? That is why I insisted that the focus of our work should be rapidly shifted to economic development. A decision to this effect was made at the Third Plenary Session of the Eleventh Central Committee, and it represented an important turning point. Our practice since then has shown that this line is correct, as the whole country has taken on an entirely new look.” – Deng Xiaoping

State/Private Enterprises, Communist party
How Communist Party controls China’s state owned industrial titans

Martin Jacques on China: how will the CPC continue to innovate?

Chinese enterprises write Communist Party’s role into charters

China infrastructure, economy & poverty
Progress in China (very good video)
Progress in China video

Road-building rage to leave U.S. in the dust

China says it created a France-sized pile of new jobs since 2012

China’s future megaprojects (2016-2050’s) (ignore the painful anti-communist tropes)

Can China eliminate poverty by 2020?

Chinese foreign relations
Duterte wishes for stronger bond between Filipinos, Chinese

U.S. intelligence warns of Pakistan modernizing nuclear arsenal, growing closer to China

China: we oppose attempts to divide Syria

China Backs Ally Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly Process

China and Cuba Reaffirm Solidarity as First Shipment of Aid Arrives After Irma

US Seeks to Transform Vietnam into Weapon Against China

China Rallies Support for Four-point Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan

Chinese President Calls for East Jerusalem as Capital of Palestinian State

Putin says Russia, China to remain strategic partners

U.S war with Russia and China more likely as world power shifts from West to East, NATO says

Venezuela and China boost bilateral ties; chide US sanctions

China to improve people-to-people exchanges with foreign countries

Phillipines, China, agree to strengthen defense ties

Chinese Communist Party says it has disowned local rebels [in Philippines]

De-dollarization continues: China, Iran to eliminate greenback from bilateral trade

China holds meeting to broken peace in Afghanistan-Pakistan conflict

China has ‘overwhelming advantage’ in bringing Taiwan to heel, official says

Why China’s first overseas military base in Djibouti is ‘only the beginning’

China to build second naval base in Pakistan

China-DPRK-RoK relations
Restarting talks crucial for solving Korean nuclear issue: Chinese diplomat

Inter-Korea talks score gold at Olympics

Why China and Russia continue to pass UN sanctions resolutions against North Korea

China-North Korea trade increases

China says it will defend North Korea in event of US invasion

Xi: China, ROK to enhance communication on promoting peace

China expresses support for Moscow’s position on NK crisis settlement

China should stop regime change in North Korea: state media

China’s Communist Party says it is still talking to North Korean side

Russia and China join forces in anti-missile defense drill

China and Russia train for war with U.S. if Trump invades North Korea

China should stop regime change in North Korea: state media

South Korea president suggests joint drills with US could be suspended

Washington should switch from threats to dialogue on North Korea – Chinese envoy to US

South China Sea (etc)

In the South China Sea, Vietnam has 25 installations, the Philippines 10, Malaysia 7, Taiwan 2 – a total of 44 versus China’s eight! (Image by

Quid Pro Quo: Operation Pacific Eagle-Phillipines in exchange for support for Duterte’s corrupt regime

Does the South China Sea mean world war 3?

South China Sea brouhaha: down and dirty on Radio Sinoland

America has lost the South China Sea

Billionaires, private companies (etc)
China sends its billionaires a chilling message

Why do Chinese billionaires keep ending up in prison?

China economy – Grey Rhino’s

Exile Billionaire Guo Wengui wants regime change in Beijing

China in Africa, international development
China and Russia are not Imperialist

Challenging the myth of Chinese land grabs in Africa

5 myths about Chinese investment in Africa

China’s “One Belt, One Road” looks to take construction binge offshore

Why anti-Chinese sentiment in Africa is on the rise

Does Chinese Employment Benefit Africans? Investigating Chinese Enterprises and their Operations in Africa

China cancels 150 mature debts of 32 African countries

China announces debt cancellation at African summit

China cancels $1bn of African debt

NYT sees Chinese investment in Greece through Western centric lens

China codifies crackdown on “irrational” outbound investment

Work begins soon to bring Haiti into Silk Road after China invests $30bn

China may be a lot of things in Africa, but it’s not a colonizer

Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism in Africa

China in Africa: ‘Imperial power’ or ‘altruist’?’imperial-power’-or-’altruist’

China not neocolonialist

Here’s what Africans think about China’s influence in their countries

China colonizing Africa? MOFA urges EU parliament chief to ‘learn basic facts’

5 Myths About Chinese Investment in Africa – Deborah Brautigam

China will not take path of “Western colonists” in Africa – foreign minister

Abayomi Azikiwe: China and its foreign policy in relation to the African Continent

The real story behind China’s alleged conquest of African farmland

Demonising China: pundits get its role in Africa wrong

Chinese investment in Africa is more diverse and welcome than you think

China by far the largest investor in African infrastructure

China’s direct investment in Africa: Reality versus myth

China to expand skills programme to Africa

Chinese train producer makes Africa’s fastest trains

China’s growing health aid to Africa encouraged

China is training Africa’s next generation of transport and aviation experts

China has overtaken the US and UK as the top destination for anglophone African students

China offers support package to Ghana’s renewable energy program

China pledges billions in development aid, debt forgiveness

How China is building the post-Western world

China hopes to get past obstacles in Nepal economic ties

China is cancelling the debt of the worlds most impoverished nations

China builds new type of globalization

China’s B&R initiative leading a resurgence of Asia

China pledges $60bn to develop Africa

Workers rights, Society (etc)
Chinese skilled manufacturing labour

Friend or foe? The true role of criticism in China

White paper hails China’s ‘remarkable progress’ in rights

Full text: New Progress in the Legal Protection of Human Rights in China

China, rising wages and worker militancy

New labor contract law changes employment landscape

Labor rights in China (very good article)

Chinese state steelworkers beat private firm boss to death

Housing should be for living in, not speculation, says Xi

Chinese textbook finally teaching proper Sex Ed, but some parents are having none of it

China’s first law against domestic violence: It’s no longer a private matter

China bans use of Anti-Islam words online

Planning outline for the construction of a social credit system

The big layoff in China (China supporting industrial workers after factory closures)

Rising Chinese wages will only strengthen Asia’s hold on manufacturing

China issues white paper on health

Quality of life: India vs China

Test gives prisoners medical insurance (good article, compare/contrast with USA etc)

Pollution & the environment
Chinese government to plan 6.6 million hectares of forest–20180107-0006.html

China to plant forest the size of Ireland in bid to become world leader in conservation

China’s sponge cities are turning streets green to combat flooding

High speed rail presents major opportunities for decarbonisation of transport

Hainan to evaluate officials on green vision

Over 18,000 penalized for failing to rein in pollution

How China beats the U.S. at clean air progress

European smog could be 27 times more toxic than air pollution in China

China is winning environmental clean up race, minister says

‘Hawaii of China’ dumps GDP targets to save its tropical beaches

China shows global leadership in environmental governance

China’s forest cover to reach 23% by 2020: UN

UNEP: China sets example in sustainable development

China well on track with air quality goals

International group praises green revival

Good news – China’s dropping coal consumption putting brakes on global carbon

Greenpeace says China city air pollution drops by 10%

Vice-premier: China strives to enhance environmental protection

Greenhouse pollution in China, India drops thanks to low-tech fixes

China cementing global dominance of renewable energy and technology

China could have a meltdown-proof nuclear reactor next year

Following damage caused by economic rise, China tackles ambitious conservation experiment

“My job is to clean up the environment. China really wants to do that!”

China shuts down tens of thousands of factories in pollution crackdown

China sees 4% drop in carbon intensity in first 3 quarters of 2017

Beijing air pollution notably reduced in winter: environment minister – China Daily

China tops the world in renewable energy production – report

China plans to quintuple sea water desalination capacity

China’s envoy: climate goals boost green finance

China aims to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions through trading scheme

Donald Trump success helps China emerge as global climate leader

Chinese greenhouse gas emissions may peak by 2025, says study

China is building solar roadways

Friendly Feudalism – the Tibet myth

Tibet (with map) by Arthur Clegg, Labour Monthly, 1950

China, Tibet, and U.S.-sponsored counter revolution

Tibet now amongst fastest-growing Chinese regions

CIA Tibetan program

Dalai Lama group says it got money from the CIA

Secret Files: Untold story of CIA covert operations in Tibet

Some thoughts on Tibet

Economic patterns of the Tibet Autonomous Region (from 1995, somewhat dated but interesting)

Tibet’s GDP increased by 281 times in 50 years

The Imperialist Dalai Lama: ‘Too many refugees entering Europe’

When serfs stood up in Tibet – Anna Louise Strong , 1959

Tibet’s race riots of 2008

Tibet and International Law (very good blog post)

The Dalai Lama wants to return home (contemporary article)

Tibet: religious freedom comes with Chinese characteristics

Tibetans invite US lawmakers to region

Tiananmen Square
The myth of Tiananmen

What really happened at Tiananmen?

Tiananmen Square massacre is a myth: British “black information operation”

West hypes false Tiananmen death toll

The original fake news: Tiananmen Square massacre

The defeat of counter-revolution in China

What really happened in Tiananmen Square 25 years ago


Richard Roth – There Was No “Tiananmen Square Massacre” (2009)

Yenica Cortes – Tiananmen Square and the threat of counterrevolution (2009)

Tiananmen – the massacre that wasn’t

There was no Tiananmen Square massacre

No, 10,000 were not killed in China’s 1989 Tiananmen Crackdown (anti-Chinese source, but still!)

What really happened in Tiananmen Square 25 years ago

Gregory Clark – Tiananmen Square Massacre is a Myth, All We’re ‘Remembering’ are British Lies (2014)

Deirdre Griswold – Tiananmen Square ‘massacre’ was a myth (2011)

Important Excerpt: Two cables dated July 7, 1989 — more than a month after the fighting — related the following:

“A Chilean diplomat provides an eye-witness account of the soldiers entering Tiananmen Square: He watched the military enter the square and did not observe any mass firing of weapons into the crowds, although sporadic gunfire was heard.

He said that most of the troops which entered the square were actually armed only with anti-riot gear — truncheons and wooden clubs; they were backed up by armed soldiers.”

A following cable stated: “A Chilean diplomat provides an eye-witness account of the soldiers entering Tiananmen Square: Although gunfire could be heard, he said that apart from some beating of students, there was no mass firing into the crowd of students at the monument.”

Malcolm Moore – Wikileaks: no bloodshed inside Tiananmen Square, cables claim (2011)

The Telegraph – Wikileaks Tiananmen cables (2011)

An excerpt from a review of the book “Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China” by Ezra F. Vogel,

“First, stability and unity were paramount in Deng’s plans, according to Vogel. He knew that the economic transformation China must go through would be wrenching and tumultuous, and he believed that only the Communist Party, with its discipline and order, could effectively manage the change…In 1978, Deng formulated the Four Cardinal Principles, essentially four red lines that could not be crossed in China (socialist path; dictatorship of the proletariat; leadership of the Communist Party; Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought), and he never wavered from them. In fact…the military crackdown at Tiananmen Square in 1989…was taken precisely because the protests were openly challenging the Four Cardinal Principles.”

Great Leap Forward / Cultural revolution

Did Mao really kill millions during the Great Leap Forward?

The Battle for China’s Past – a book about the Mao era

On the cultural revolution by Jason Unruhe

Chinese Socialism and the legacy of Maoism

Revisiting alleged 30 million famine deaths during China’s Great Leap

Mao reconsidered


Comprehensive reading guide on Venezuela

There is no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela says UN expert

Venezuela opposition leader abandons dialogue with government after being ‘censured’ by opposition

Venezuela’s Maduro defies odds, comes out stronger in 2017

Washington Posts’ one sided cheerleading for coup and intervention in Venezuela

No humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, says UN expert, condemning international sanctions

Crisis in Venezuela – an excellent overview of recent history in Venezuela by Tariq Ali – highly recommended

Venezuelan Socialism

The reality about Venezuela: five myths

“Socialism is terrible, just look at Venezuela” by BadMouse

US-led Economic War, not Socialism, is tearing Venezuela apart

Differences between Venezuela fighting corruption and the U.S.A

Why the PSUV winning Miranda is important (details opposition links to criminal gangs, paramilitaries etc)

Venezuela’s Defence Minister responds to criticism and Trump threats

Inside Venezuela’s markets: propaganda vs reality

Abby Martin meets the Venezuelan Opposition

Don’t believe the hype – why the US left should support the Venezuelan revolution

Viva Venezuela: fighting for socialism (full documentary)

Venezuela rehabilitates over 490,000 working class homes

A review of US media coverage on Venezuela

Venezuela’s fragile revolution

Latest opposition coup attempt against Maduro linked to DEA, CIA

US Congress asks Pentagon to prepare to intervene in Venezuela

The campaign against the economic war, corruption in Venezuela

Clinton emails reveal direct US sabotage of Venezuela

Venezuela cash reserves reach new low amidst US-led sabotage

Is Venezuelan socialism a disaster?

The other battle to consolidate Commandante Chavez’s dream

Back from the brink: Chavismo reloaded? (article with excellent facts about the October 2017 Venezuelan election)

Russia and Venezuela agree to $3bn debt restructing

Venezuela and China boost bilateral ties; chide US sanctions

Note: For links on the democratic process in Venezuela and recent news see Venezuelan Democracy

Democracy: Communism and Capitalism
Democracy in Cuba and at home

This is how Cubans run, campaign and vote in elections

Cuba – human rights and self-determination

Obama’s Cuba visit illustrates US arrogance

The truth about unions in Cuba

All in this together : Cuba’s participatory democracy

People’s Power: Cuba’s experience with representative government

Cuban Constitution

Work and Democracy in Socialist Cuba by Linda O Fuller

Cuba and its neighbours – democracy in motion by Arnold August

The elected delegate and the dissident in Cuba’s municipal elections – Dissident Voice

Cuba and the real battle for democracy

Do the Cuban people have the right to choose their leaders?

Cuban Democracy: the power of the community


The USSR: Democratic or Totalitarian? By Endymion

Talks on Soviet Democracy by M.A. Krutogolov

Soviet Government and electoral system by Finnish Bolshevik

Soviet Democracy by Pat Sloan (scanned book)

The undemocratic dissolution of the USSR by Comrade Hakim

USSR – the democracy you didn’t know about

On the Draft Constitution of the U.S.S.R

Joseph Stalin’s struggle for democracy by Grover Furr

Is The Red Flag Flying? Chapter 5 – Political processes

Anti-Stalinism and the legacy of “State Socialism”

Reassessing the History of Soviet Workers – Opportunities to Criticize and Participate in Decision-Making by Robert Thurston

Human Rights in the Soviet Union (read the entire book)

Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin: When the White House fixed a Russian election

People’s Control in Socialist Society, 1973 (scanned book)

Eastern Bloc
Bulgaria, 1990, Albania, 1991: teaching communists what democracy is all about

The Triumph of Evil by Austin Murphy (read the entire book) – democracy in the GDR

The German Democratic Republic – scanned 1986 book – see Chapter 2

An outline history of Poland, 1986 (scanned book)

Encounters in Democracy – a US journalist’s view of the GDR, 1981 (scanned book)

Behind the Scenes in Two Worlds, 1978 (scanned book) – Chapter 14, GDR

Eric X Li: A Tale of Two Political Systems

Does China’s system of government lead to corruption?
“No one, not least the party itself, disputes that corruption is a significant problem in China. But does authoritarian rule have anything to do with it?

According to Transparency International, the top 20 cleanest (least corrupt) places worldwide include only four non-Western governments: Singapore, Hong Kong, Qatar and Japan — three of the four are authoritarian regimes; the same three are the only ones that belong to the developing world. By Transparency International’s account, China (78) ranks higher than India (87), Philippines (134), Indonesia (110), Argentina (105) and many more, and tied with Greece (78), barely below Italy (67) — all electoral democracies. Apparently, China’s one-party system is less corrupt than many democratic countries.”

Is China’s political system elitist?
“The Communist Party’s Politburo, the highest ruling body, consists of 25 members. Currently, only seven of them come from any background of wealth or power, the so-called princelings. The rest of them, including the president and the prime minister, come from ordinary backgrounds with no special advantages. They worked and competed all the way to the top. In the larger Central Committee, those with privileged backgrounds are even scarcer.

A visit to any top university campus in China would make it obvious to anyone that the Communist Party continues to attract the best and the brightest of the country’s youth. In fact, China’s Communist Party may be one of the most meritocratic and upwardly mobile major political organizations in the world — far more meritocratic than the ruling elites of most Western countries and the vast majority of developing countries. What is wrong with self-perpetuation through merits?”

If China does not hold Western style elections, is it democratic?
“According to the Pew Research Center, the Chinese government enjoys popular support that is among the highest in the world. The Chinese people’s satisfaction with the direction of their country was at 87 percent in 2010 and has been consistently above 80 percent in recent years. Sixty-six percent perceive progress in their lives in the last five years. A whopping 74 percent are optimistic about the next five years.

We need to ask: How do most governments produced by elections compare with these numbers? Are elections the only viable way to validate consent and the legitimacy it brings?”

What is democracy in China?

China most confident and optimistic country in the world – IPSOS survey

Socialism and democracy in the DPRK

A model of democratic and participatory socialism

Socialism and Democracy in the DPRK

Elections in the “socialist motherland”: democracy in the DPRK

The Democratic Structure of the DPRK

Constitution of the DPRK

North Korean report on 2014 elections in English (short)

The parliamentary system of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Why the US demonises Venezuela’s democracy – Here is what Jimmy Carter said about Venezuela’s “dictatorship” a few weeks ago: “As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections that we’ve monitored, I would say that the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world.”

Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly – Dictatorship or Democracy?

Back from the brink: Chavismo reloaded? (article with excellent facts about the October 2017 Venezuelan election)

Why Socialism keeps winning in Venezuela

Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly – Dictatorship or Democracy?

Over 1,300 observers monitor Venezuelan election

In Venezuela’s upcoming election US seeks observers it can influence

BBC: Venezuelan opposition banned from 2018 elections after boycotting previous election

Chavismo triumphant in Municipal elections: 15 key factors

Chavismo virtually wipes US-backed opposition from municipal map

The myth of “totalitarianism”

Working versus Talking Democracy

Capitalist democracy
The U.S. isn’t a democracy. It never was

Global Empire – Capitalism and Democracy

Empire Files: The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters

How the GOP uses “Voter Fraud” to steal votes

Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens

British MP’s went on 53 foreign trips paid for by despotic regimes last year

Donna Brazile says Clinton campaign took over the DNC

A Constitutional Revolution

Myths of the Founding Fathers by Michael Parenti

How bosses are (literally) like dictators

‘The Economist’ just downgraded the U.S. from a ‘full democracy’ to a ‘flawed democracy’

US congress is not representative of the people

Vox’s CIA-backed “Democracy Standard” is okay with slavery and women not voting

75% of Americans think wealthy elite have too much power

Post-Soviet Russia: America’s “Colony” to #1 enemy

Noam Chomsky & Abby Martin: The Empire’s Election Extravaganza

Ralph Nader & Abby Martin on rigged corporate elections

Propaganda & engineering consent for Empire with Mark Crispin Miller

How much money is behind each campaign? (USA)

Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy – BBC News

DNC shatters the illusion of American Democracy

Over 70% of millenials want a third party – poll

Century of the national security state – a new subversives list

Economic update: Capitalism’s self-destruction by Richard Wolff

How corporate giants are using private security firms to spy on protesters

Quality of life under capitalism
Drug addiction
Drugs don’t kill people – Neoliberalism kills people–20171122-0007.html

Economic Update: Addiction, Capitalism and 12 Steps

Empire Files: Death and Biostitutes – the US Opiod Crisis

Mental health
Economic Update: Economy, Psychology, Mental Health

Capitalism and Mental Health: how the market makes us sick by Libertarian Socialist Rants (ignore the Anarchist rubbish, otherwise it’s a great video)

The vicious cycle of poverty and mental health

Socialism, Capitalism and Healthcare

This old drug was free. Now it’s $109,500 a year

Crime and Prisons
Prison Quotas Push Lawmakers To Fill Beds, Derail Reform

Homelessness in America

Economic Update: Unfinished Revolution: Women’s Paid Labor

Worldwide, only 13% of employees feel engaged at work

Economic Update: Profits, Families & Sex

Economic Update: Corporate Capitalism in Decline (listen in from 31:00)

The height of racial resentment: white cops

UK: MP’s condemn abject failure of homelessness policy

Poll: US concern over “pervasive” high-level corruption surging under Trump

(UK) Special report: increased numbers of children going to school hungry

Socialism doesn’t work, and other common myths
The USA has no history of Socialism/Communism & “it will never work here”
Socialism in America – Abby Martin

Millennials aren’t satisfied with capitalism — and might prefer a socialist country, studies find


Labor Management Relations Act of 1947

History of May Day

Marxist works on US history

The Era of McCarthyism (scanned book)

The Palmer Raids, 1948 (scanned book)

Marxism in the United States before the Russian Revolution

The Workingmen’s Party of the United States: A History of the First Marxist Party in the Americas

Before October: the unbearable romanticism of Western Marxism

Wealth inequality in USA most severe since ancient Egypt – Jimmy Dore interviews Richard Wolff (pt. 1)

Establishment politics failing worldwide – Jimmy Dore interviews Richard Wolff (pt. 2)

Solution for capitalisms’ brutalities easier than you might think – Jimmy Dore interviews Richard Wolff (pt 3)

Leftist Economist “Trump Best Organizer I Can Ever Have!” Jimmy Dore interviews Richard Wolff (pt 4)

Verso books – Marxism in the United States – a history of the American Left

When the US government destroyed a political party by Richard Wolff

Economic Update: US Labor Unions: Past, Present, Future by Richard Wolff

Capitalism and poverty-reduction?
‘American Dream’ quickly becoming an ‘illusion’, says UN human rights expert

Working class with no Living Wage: the absurd math of US income (very good article)

Why the UN is investigating extreme poverty…in America, the world’s richest nation

Escaping Poverty Requires Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong

Study: poor kids who believe in Meritocracy suffer

How not to count the poor

Marxism 101: how capitalism is killing itself with Dr. Richard Wolff

Why are people in Japan literally working themselves to death?

Capitalism HASN’T lifted millions from poverty by Comrade Hakim

The 1% pathology and the myth of capitalism

How the business community screwed the working class – By Richard Wolff

The world’s 3.6 billion poorest people are getting poorer

More than half of Londoners in poverty are in working families

The high cost of poverty: why the poor pay more

The Triumph of Evil by Austin Murphy (read the entire book)

World Bank claims ‘sovereign immunity’ to escape liability for its crimes against humanity

The empire has no clothes

UN report says 1 billion suffer extreme poverty

Aid in reverse: how poor countries develop rich countries

World’s eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

The South has already repaid its external debt to the North: but the North denies its debt to the South

Super rich hold $32 trillion in offshore havens

Ecuador’s Correa: It’s neoliberalism not socialism that has failed

US has regressed to developing nation status, MIT economist warns

The myth of capitalism by Michael Parenti

Why people who need redistribution hate it: the free market and you by Mexie

The American savings crisis, explained

Socialism doesn’t provide a decent quality of life / doesn’t work / is inefficient / hasn’t achieved anything / etc


See “Socialism isn’t innovative”–47HM-20cEVRC9eAMhrapbNf0Sk8VSOs/edit#heading=h.pq9z4uekf5hy

– Michael Parenti

(from Triumph of Evil by Austin Murphy)

Communism did work for millions of people – Michael Parenti

Do publicly owned, planned economies work?

Socialism’s agenda time

Historical legacy of Socialism by Finnish Bolshevik

Socialism vs capitalism: why the values of society assume socialism

Socialism gives a better quality of life

Cuban-Venezuelan ‘Operation Miracle’ program returns eyesight of 688,000 Bolivians

A tale of two islands: Cuba and Puerto Rico’s response to hurricane season contrasted

Socialism, not neoliberalism, creates stability: Bolivia’s Evo

The social and economic achievements of North Korea

Thomas Sankara: An African hero

Before the Hurricane – Cuba’s response to Hurricanes

In 28 of 30 comparisons between countries at similar levels of economic development, socialist countries showed more favorable PQL (physical quality of life) outcomes

The Triumph of Evil by Austin Murphy (Chapters 1, 2, 4)

Communism did work for millions of people by Michael Parenti

Brazil: sharp decline in inequality under Worker’s Party

Real DPRK economic data by Jason Unruhe

Venezuela rehabilitates over 490,000 working class homes

The italian place where Co-ops drive the economy and most people are members

Real problems of Socialism and some answers – Paul Cockshott

UN’s Human Development Index. It calculates ‘human development’ based on three factors: Life Expectancy, Education (adult literacy and gross enrollment), and GDP. Figures from late 80’s:

130 countries ranked, with the 130th the most developed (in this case Japan with 0.996). An index of 1 would be perfect.

The GDR ranks 110th with 0.953
Czechoslovakia ranks 106th with 0.931
The USSR is 105th with 0.920
Bulgaria is 104th with 0.918
Hungary is 101st with 0.915
Yugoslavia is 100th with 0.913
Poland is 98th with 0.910
Romania is 90th with 0.863

For some comparison:
Canada is 126th with 0.983
The Federal Republic of Germany is 119th with 0.967
The USA is ranked 112th, with 0.961
Cuba is 92nd with 0.877


China’s poverty alleviation miracle: how tea is transforming Guizhou

Chinese growth’s contribution to poverty reduction challenges World Bank and IMF neoliberal policies

After Bringing 800 Million out of Poverty, China Aims to Eradicate it Completely by 2020

China’s growth in life expectancy between 1950 and 1980 ranks as among the most rapid sustained increases in documented global history.

The big layoff in China (China supporting industrial workers after factory closures)

Economist Richard Wolff discussing the Russian Revolution and China (excellent talk)

What China achieving ‘moderate prosperity’ means for itself and the world–the-world.html

Full text: China’s Progress in Poverty Reduction and Human Rights

China’s achievement is literally the greatest in world economic history

Last two decades see rising life expectancy in every province of China

Urbanization in China prevents 450,000 premature deaths since 1980: study

Chinese graduate volunteers go west

China to strengthen social support in poverty alleviation

Xi Jinping’s targeted war on poverty

China fights for final victory over poverty

Chinese wages now higher than in Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico

China’s income inequality improving

Recent changes in China’s income inequality

U.S. vs. China: Whose income inequality is worse?

Full text: China’s Progress in Poverty Reduction and Human Rights

China’s achievement is literally the greatest in world economic history

Quality of life: India vs. China

China and India – 13 charts that show how the countries compare

World Bank: Poverty and Equity – India

World Bank: Poverty and Equity – China

China’s socialist model outperforms capitalism

Data shows China’s ‘socialist development model’ outperformed capitalist development strategies

Why did China, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia grow so fast?

China is leaving Donald Trump’s America behind

China spends more on infrastructure than U.S. and Europe combined

World Bank China overview


Seven myths about the USSR

“Communism doesn’t work” by Finnish Bolshevik

Five-Year plans: Soviet Industrial Revolution by Finnish Bolshevik

Results of the 1st and 2nd Soviet Five-Year plans

Socialism Betrayed – talk about the book by Roger Keeran & Thomas Kenny

Socialism Betrayed – by Roger Keeran and Thomas Kenny

Achievements of Socialism in the Soviet Union by Finnish Bolshevik

Farm to Factory: the Soviet Industrial Revolution by Jason Unruhe

Farm to Factory: the Soviet Industrial Revolution (text)

Why we continue to defend the Soviet Union

Educational achievements in the Soviet Union (short)

In defence of Communism: why Socialism is superior to capitalism

A Reassessment of the Soviet Industrial Revolution by Robert C. Allen, FRSC, FBA2, Professor of Economic History, Oxford University

Public Education in the U.S.S.R. – Education at all levels was free

Anglo-Soviet Youth Alliance – Public Education in the U.S.S.R. –
Higher education in the USSR: educational studies and documents , 1961

USSR Health Service – free and high quality

Free health service with highest doctors per capita in the world

Emergency medical care in the USSR

We Lived Better Then – the USSR eliminated poverty

Economist Richard Wolff discussing the Russian Revolution (very good talk)

How the USSR radically reduced inequality – even amongst its adversaries





Has Cuban Socialism been a success?

Cuba hits record low mortality rate

The US has a lot to learn from Cuba about sustainable agriculture

Lessons from Cuba’s incarceration model

Selected moments of the 20th Century – UNESCO report ranks Cuban students first in international math and reading tests – 1998

The world must learn from Cuba

Cuba says no to Transphobia and Homophobia

Cuba before the Revolution

Redefining Socialism in Cuba

Solidarity from Cuba, courtesy of the revolution

The unrelenting economic war on Cuba

Latin Lessons: what we can learn from the world’s’ most ambitious literacy campaign (Cuba)

Over 150,000 Haitians benefit from Cuban literacy program,000-Haitians-benefit-from-Cuban-literacy-program-12522.html

Australia: Cuba’s ‘Yes, we can’ literacy campaign success in outback

Cuban medics in Haiti put the world to shame (excellent article)

Cuba’s Green Revolution

Homelessness in Cuba? Not likely

The Latin American school of Medicine today: ELAM

Community Drills Part of Cuba’s Top-Notch Disaster Response System

Michael Parenti on the Cuban Revolution

“Human Rights”
Statement on Visit to the USA, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights*

Is China becoming a world leader on Human Rights?

Beijing declaration on Human Rights

Full text: New Progress in the Legal Protection of Human Rights in China

Chinese theory and practise of Human Rights

Amnesty International and the Human Rights Industry

Imperialists for “Human Rights”

Human Rights in the Soviet Union (read the entire book)

Crimes against humanity? Unpacking the North Korean Human Rights Debate by Prof. Hazel Smith

Liu’s Nobel Prize for Capitalism

Whose Rights? – the myth that respect for civil and political liberties is more highly advanced in the United States and other capitalist countries

Is France’s Human Rights record really better than Cuba’s?

Do Human Rights actually exist?

UN report on North Korea could be about the United States or South Korea

Cuba, Human Rights and self-determination

Raqqa offensive highlights U.S. Human Rights hypocrisy

China encourages civilians to film police to curb abuses

China issues report on US human rights

The bias of Human Rights Watch

Is Human Rights Watch too closely aligned with US foreign policy?

Human Rights Watch rated among least transparent think tanks in US

Human rights hypocrisy – Colombia vs Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition awarded EU human rights prize amidst controversy

Authoritarianism in Socialist countries – Michael Parenti

A socialist approach to Human Rights

The Triumph of Evil by Austin Murphy (Chapter 1)

Lessons from Cuba’s incarceration model

How Human Rights were used to hurt the USSR and blunt the Left

Amnesty International’s kangaroo report on Syria

Amnesty claims mass executions in Syria, provides zero proof

Human rights hypocrisy: US criticizes Cuba

Short essay by SocialistMusings on the topic of Human Rights:
Is health care a “human right”? Well, what are “human rights “and what is their historical origin?

When the medieval serfs or the slaves of the ancient republics revolted, they didn’t wage their revolts based on any conceptions of “human rights.” Their struggles were based on concepts of equality and fairness, not universal rights. Human rights are relatively new developments in human history, corresponding, unsurprisingly, to the rise of the bourgeoisie as a class. As the Enlightenment thinkers subjected every prejudice, tradition, government, and religion to the ultimate test of Reason, more and more feudal conceptions started falling apart and everything that was developed by bourgeois philosophers was declared as the ultimate form of government and morality. We know now that these ultimate truths were nothing but the truths corresponding to the class interests of the bourgeoisie. That equality and justice found themselves realized as bourgeois conceptions of equality and justice. The right to property was therefore declared as one of the natural rights of Man and the government of Reason could only come into existence as a bourgeois democratic republic and nothing more.

Moral theories or conceptions of rights have always been the products of the economic developments of society at the time and as society has always moved in class antagonisms, these theories have been the products of the dominant class in each era. Class morality is nothing more than the justifications given for the existence of the dominant class and its subjugation of the oppressed classes. This was true of the ancient Greek Republics, it was true of the feudal kingdoms, and it is true of the bourgeois states.

We now find ourselves at a time when bourgeois morality finds itself challenged by proletarian morality and by extension, proletarian conceptions of human rights. The demands to include “positive freedoms” such as the right to food, shelter, health care are nothing but the class interests of the proletariat expressed as “ultimate” rights. These are in contradictions with bourgeois conceptions of rights and in direct contradiction with the ultimate right bourgeois morality grants humanity: the right to property. This is why the reformist liberals cannot justify how health care can be a human right when it violates the right to property. They’re trying to resolve a contradiction that can only be resolved by the introduction of a socialist system, by openly proclaiming that these demands for equality and “positive rights” are nothing but the demands of the proletariat’s class interests and if the right to property is in contradiction to them, that is because it has outlived its time and finds itself against a society that nurtures a revolution in its womb for a more developed society. But liberals being interested not in class struggle but in class unity where unity can’t be found, are hostile to any outright declarations of class interests. They therefore try to give these proletarian demands a universal character in bourgeois societies and find themselves stuck in the maze of bourgeois conceptions of rights.

As socialists with a historical and materialist understanding of rights, we understand that rights are nothing but the formalized class interests of the dominant class in society and demands for health care, housing, food are human rights insofar as they are the class interests of the proletariat — not derived from Nature or some universal truths but from the material needs of the proletariat as a class. And finally, that these rights could be fully realized only in a socialist society due to their proletarian character (as evidenced by the existence of these as human rights in the Soviet Union, Cuba etc.) but we must still struggle for them in bourgeois societies for better living conditions for the proletariat.

Stalin, Foundations of Leninism, on Rights:

The dictatorship of the proletariat cannot be “complete” democracy, democracy for all, for the rich as well as for the poor; the dictatorship of the proletariat “must be a state that is democratic in a new way (for the proletarians and the non-propertied in general) and dictatorial in a new way (against the bourgeoisie).” The talk about universal equality, about “pure” democracy, about “perfect” democracy, and the like, is a bourgeois disguise of the indubitable fact that equality between the exploited and exploiters is impossible. The theory of “pure” democracy is the theory of the upper stratum of the working class, which has been broken in and is being fed by the imperialist robbers. It was brought into being for the purpose of concealing the ulcers of capitalism, of embellishing imperialism and lending it moral strength in the struggle against the exploited masses. Under capitalism there are no real “liberties” for the exploited, nor can there be, if for no other reason than that the premises, printing plants, paper supplies, etc., indispensable for the enjoyment of “liberties” are the privilege of the exploiters. Under capitalism the exploited masses do not, nor can they ever, really participate in governing the country, if for no other reason than that, even under the most democratic regime, under conditions of capitalism, governments are not set up by the people but by the Gates, Rothschilds and Stinneses, the Rockefellers and Morgans, etc, etc. Democracy under capitalism is capitalist democracy, the democracy of the exploiting minority, based on the restriction of the rights of the exploited majority and directed against this majority. Only under the proletarian dictatorship are real liberties for the exploited and real participation of the proletarians and peasants in governing the country possible. Under the dictatorship of the proletariat, democracy is proletarian democracy, the democracy of the exploited majority, based on the restriction of the rights of the exploiting minority and directed against this minority.

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“human nature” ?
“Mankind is mankind, and no matter what system you have, socialism or capitalism, mankind is flawed, and there are people who wanna steal and take advantage and get ahead.”

Parenti: “It is because people are imperfect that you don’t build a system that feeds their imperfections and harms their perfections. People who want to help… often get punished, whereas the people who pursue money in the most treacherous and amoral ways, they get benefitted. And you’re telling me about them; you’re saying, ‘We can’t do without them!’ You’ve got it in your brain that we can’t do without people who steal and deceive and plunder… You need a government that is going to help parse out things fair and square.”

Debunking the “human nature” argument by Finnish Bolshevik

Does Human Nature make socialism impossible? By Verso Books

Not real capitalism?
Not real Capitalism? By Finnish Bolshevik

Monopoly vs. Competition by Mexie

Master-Slave dialectic in Capitalism and what to do about it – Richard Wolff

The absurd contradictions of Capitalism

Capitalism, not corporatism by Comrade Hakim

“Crony capitalism” or just plain capitalism?

The myth of Crony Capitalism

Vivek Chibber on non-Western “not real capitalism”

International Focus – A History of Austerity (Start at 8:51)

“Communism killed millions of people”
Stalin’s millions

The revolution will not be televised – article by S. Gowans about communist leaders and societies

“Stalin killed 60 million people” – graphic

Monster or liberator? The legacy of Mao Zedong

Revisiting alleged 30 million famine deaths during China’s Great Leap

On the number of deaths in Stalin’s USSR

Authoritarianism in Socialist countries by Michael Parenti

How many people did Joseph Stalin really kill?

Triumph of Evil – Introduction, Chapter 1

China’s growth in life expectancy between 1950 and 1980 ranks as among the most rapid sustained increases in documented global history.

See section on “Holodomor”, “Great Leap Forward / Cultural Revolution” “USSR / Stalin”, “Gulags”, “Purges”

Lazy because of Socialism/Communism? Capitalism rewards hard work? (and related arguments)

The capitalist “Self-made man” argument by Finnish Bolshevik

Does capitalism reward hard work?

The myth of meritocracy – first half of this video (second half is Social-democratic rubbish)

How the US tax system favours the rich – Richard Wolff

If we care about inequality we must confront capital

Wealth inequality in America – Richard Wolff

The wealth gap in the US is worse than in Kenya

Chapters 1-2 of The Triumph of Evil:: The Reality of the USA’s Cold War Victory

“Equality of opportunity” is a scam! By Mexie

“The worker agreed to it”
The Master-Slave dialectic in Capitalism and what to do about it

Free Market Myths + critiques of Capitalism
What’s wrong with Capitalism (part 1) – contrapoints

Escaping Poverty Requires Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong

Economic decision making: can we vote with our wallets?

Don’t listen to the rich: inequality is bad for everyone

Capitalism is great! By Comrade Hakim

How capitalism exploits us, and what to do about it by Richard Wolff

The tragedy of the “commons” by Mexie

Why people who need redistribution hate it: the free market and you by Mexie

The Neo-liberal survival game (very good article)

Global Empire – Capitalism and Democracy – “The state is an essential part of capitalism”

Economic Update: Corporate Capitalism in Decline (listen in from 31:00)

Debunking the tragedy of the commons

Interview with J.W. Mason: The Disruptors

Socialism isn’t innovative
Progress in China
Progress in China video

Space advancement in the USSR

Physics achievements of the USSR

How China is taking on the world in space

China is building solar roadways

China’s stealth fighter is operational

Get ready for China’s laser-weapons arsenal

Innovation makes poor land green: China’s saline/alkaline resistant rice hybrids

‘No innovation under socialism’ by Comrade Hakim

Technology, innovation, growth and capitalism

What innovations have communist societies developed? (Reddit)

Solidarity from Cuba, courtesy of the revolution (discusses health care, education etc)

The Chinese haven’t invented anything in the last 600 years, right?

The Triumph of Evil by Austin Murphy (pp. 82-85)

Cuba begins clinical trials to delay progress of Alzheimers

Cuba develops new skin cancer medicine

Cuba’s internationalist solidarity recognized once again – doctors awarded the Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health from WHO

Cuba’s agricultural revolution: Vanguard for global food system

Cuba’s sustainable agro-ecological model could save the world

Cuba’s Socialist biotechnology sector a global leader

Cuba’s innovative biotechnology attracts global attention

Sputnik marked the beginning of space research–20141004-0011.html

Redefining Socialism in Cuba

Cuba: reflections on life and death (talks about ecology etc)

Latin Lessons: what we can learn from the world’s’ most ambitious literacy campaign (Cuba)

Cuban medics in Haiti put the world to shame (excellent article)

Cuba’s Green Revolution

Cuba’s overlooked developments in science

Cuba creates four anti-cancer vaccines, media ignores it

Cuba launches the first vaccine against lung cancer

Science: accomplishments and lessons of Cuba after 50 years of US blockade

Vaccines from Cuba and Brazil save thousands of lives in Africa

They recognize advances in Cuban biotechnology

Director General of UNESCO notes achievements of Cuban biotechnology

Cuba vaccine deal breaks embargo

Soviet Russia had a better record of training women in STEM than America does today

China launches ambitious bid to dominate space exploration–20171117-0020.html

Chinese satellite detects mysterious signal in search for Dark Matter

Trial planting of China’s japonica hybrid rice succeeds in Cambodia

Cuba’s cancer vaccine CIMAvax is finally coming to US

Why is China tech smoking the West? Because they have socialist vision!

China’s FAST identifies three new pulsars

China is the most plugged in big economy in the world

The surprising rise of China as IP powerhouse

China’s Nio takes on Tesla with a car half the price of model X

Some of the most successful IPO’s of Internet companies on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq have been Chinese startups. Chinese businesses are well on their way to dominating the global alternative-energy industries. Breakthroughs in public policy have taken private home ownership from near zero in 1990 to at least 80 percent today — among the world’s highest, in this relatively still poor country.
The Royal Society in London reports that China’s share of scientific research papers published in recognized international journals went from 4.4 percent in the period between 1999-2003 to 10.2 percent in the period between 2004-2008, now just behind the United States. In 2008, China overtook France as the world’s number three in contemporary art auction revenues. Fifteen out of 35 living artists worldwide who command seven-digit sales for their work are Chinese. If these facts do not demonstrate innovation, what does?

Life under communism was/is boring/dull/grey/repressive (etc)
Pictures of Soviet life from “Ogonyok” magazine

Do Communists have better sex? (Documentary about sex attitudes in East Germany)

Album of photography from the DPRK

Soviet Lithuania in 1972 (with Jazz!)

Video about the DPRK

Solidarity from Cuba, courtesy of the revolution

Havana, Cuba: a spirited city in transition

Sports in Cuba: another achievement of the Revolution

Art education in Cuba

A Berklee professor dives into Cuba’s vast music scene

Hip Hop & the Cuban Revolution

Gandhi was wrong – nonviolence doesn’t work

Pacifism as Pathology – Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America

How Nonviolence protects the State

9 MLK quotes the mainstream media won’t cite

Does America have a gun problem, or a white supremacy capitalist empire problem?

More reflections on pacifism

Communism = White people?

Most of these were marxist-leninists and upholders of what is called “authoritarian communism” (forgetting that all class society is authoritarian to the extent it needs to be to secure its continued reproduction, forgetting that the authority of the working class is a good thing)
The ones who weren’t (like Malcolm) worked closely with leninists and supported a strong and principled anti-imperialist line as well as national liberation, and recognized the progressive character of the national bourgeoisie against the imperialist bourgeoisie. Lines which get us called “tankie” like it’s an insult.

These were/are all inspiring, amazing revolutionaries who have helped educate hundreds of millions of workers throughout the globe.

To deny the success of marxism-leninism is to deny the success of hundreds of millions of colonized workers in achieving their own liberation and building socialism as best they could under their given material conditions.

Is socialist just a western, eurocentric concept? Video by Verso Books

Narratives of betrayal: a Western Marxist trope

Socialism = big government?
Socialism is when the government does stuff? Video by Verso Books

Cultural Marxism?
Ending the Cultural Marxism meme by Xexizy

Is Jordan Peterson the stupid man’s smart person?

“Communism is dead” (etc)

Communism is not dead – by Finnish Bolshevik

The war continues – lesser known active armed communist groups by Finnish Bolshevik

India’s Red Tide

Naxalbari – its relevance for today and for tomorrow

Dismantling neo-liberal education: a lesson from the Zapatistas

Kerala Communism still alive

Social-Democracy better?

Social democracy, soviet socialism and the bottom 99 percent

Social Democracy can’t fix capitalism by Finnish Bolshevik

“It seems to me that I am more to the Left than you, Mr Stalin” – interview

Scandinavia’s covert role in Western Imperialism

Social democracy is not enough – a critique of the Nordic model

As long as there is Capitalism reforms will be undone by Richard Wolff

Why efforts to reduce inequality will fail by Richard Wolff

Social Democracy in crisis

The Howard-Stalin interview

Welfare capitalism is not socialism

The myth of Scandinavian socialism – Institute of Economic Affairs (very mixed video from a capitalist point of view which is ignorant of actual socialism, but accurately describes Scandinavian economies)

Collapse of Communism in the 20th Century
A failed system’s failed promises

Reflection on the overthrow of communism – excellent talk by Michael Parenti

Study looks at mortality in Post-Soviet era

Mass privatisation and the post-communist mortality crisis: a cross-national analysis. Lancet

According to the UN Human Development Index—which measures levels of life expectancy, education, adult literacy and income in the poorest nations—twenty-one states have experienced a decline. These included 14 African countries as well as Russia and six former Soviet Republics.
Commenting on the situation in the former Soviet Union after capitalist restoration, Fabre stated, “We have catastrophic falls in several countries, which often are republics of the former Soviet Union, where poverty is actually increasing. In fact poverty has tripled in the whole region.

Global rollback – After Communism by Michael Parenti

“The boys of Capital, they also chortle in their martinis about the death of socialism. The word has been banned from polite conversation. And they hope no one will notice that every socialist experiment of any significance in the twentieth century — without exception — was either overthrown, invaded, corrupted, perverted, subverted, destabilized, or otherwise had life made impossible for it, by the United States and its allies. Not one socialist government or movement — from the Russian Revolution to the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, from Communist China to the FMLN in El Salvador — not one was permitted to rise or fall solely on its own merits; not one was left secure enough to drop its guard against the all-powerful enemy abroad and freely and fully relax control at home. It’s as if the Wright brothers’ first experiments with flying machines all failed because the automobile interests sabotaged each test flight. And then the good and god-fearing folk of the world looked upon these catastrophes, nodded their heads wisely, and intoned solemnly: Humankind shall never fly.”
— William Blum, “Killing Hope: US Military And CIA Interventions Since World War II.”

USSR: The biggest sell-off in history by teleSUR

Number of Russians who regret collapse of USSR hits 10-year high

Nato expansion: what Gorbachev heard (discussion of the NATO creep eastwards after German reunification)

Why doesn’t the Soviet Union exist anymore? Part 1: Introduction

Why doesn’t the Soviet Union exist anymore? Part 2: Economic stagnation

Why doesn’t the Soviet Union exist anymore? Part 3: Ideological deterioration and decaying confidence

The Demise of the Soviet Union: The Secret War that Helped Destroy Soviet Socialism, 1981-1991

The collapse of the Soviet Union reconsidered

Sean Gervasi: How the US caused the breakup of the USSR (very good talk from 1992)

Post-Soviet Russia: America’s “colony” to #1 Enemy (excellent video)

Empire Files: Post-Soviet Russia, made in the U.S.A. (very good video)

Life after the USSR: Buying the dream, living the nightmare – teleSUR

A case-study of capitalism – Ukraine by Comrade Hakim

The collapse of the Soviet Union by Matt Florence

An epidemic of street kids overwhelms Russian cities

Ukraine Junta bans Communism, honors Fascism

Catastroika has not only been a disaster for Russia

Death surge linked with mass privatisation

Thousands still living in Russia’s Soviet-era past

Nostalgic Russian photos set right after the collapse of Communism

Why Russians still don’t hate Communism

The fall of the USSR and capitalist restoration by M-L Theory

Switch to capitalism causes rise in drug-resistant Tuberculosis

Russian men losing years to vodka – study

How the Soviet collapse enriched a few and destroyed millions

Gorbachev, Yeltsin and the demise of the USSR

Russia rejects Ukraine ban of communist symbols

New migration data shows every 4th prostitute in Europe is a citizen of Ukraine

How the USSR reduced income inequality (shows drastic rise in inequality after capitalism restored)

Inequality in Russia, 1905-2015

BBC: the town that disappeared




The Eastern Bloc
The rule of the market in East-Central Europe is absolute

Cold, angry, and surrounded by chicken – post-Communist Czech Republic’s “economic success”

The Triumph of Evil by Austin Murphy (read the entire book)

German reunification: 25 years on: how different are East and West really?

Happiness and freedom: East German version

Pragmatism trumps ideology as Germany finds west isn’t always best

Bulgaria, 1990, Albania, 1991: teaching communists what democracy is all about

Eastern Europe has the largest population loss in modern history


GDP of Eastern Bloc countries 1950-2002

The rational destruction of Yugoslavia – Michael Parenti

US-NATO jets bomb Serb auto plant

The US war on Yugoslavia – by Michael Parenti

Sean Gervasi exposing US, German role in Balkans

Yugoslavia – the avoidable war

Croatia – neoliberalism and corruption

The Weight of Chains (full movie)

Srebrenica’s legacy should be one of peace, not war

Harpal Brar – NATO’s predatory war on Yugoslavia (book)

Socialism is the transitional society from capitalism to communism characterised by the dictatorship of the proletariat and socialisation of the economy, and a step backwards or a stall in this process doesn’t necessarily mean that socialism has been overthrown.

The example of Yugoslavia is the most compelling evidence of this retrograde tendency on the left. It is also living proof of what is at stake. During the last four decades of the existence of the Soviet Union, U.S. imperialism acted in a more or less friendly way toward Yugoslavia. Although it was led by a Communist Party, Yugoslavia maintained “neutrality” in the U.S.-Soviet conflict. Yugoslavia’s leadership introduced market reforms, largely abandoned the monopoly of foreign trade, integrated the country into the world capitalist economy, became heavily indebted to western banks, allowed large-scale unemployment to develop in accordance with the principle of the “market” and its need for a flexible labor pool, and began following the dictates of the International Monetary Fund. By the late 1980s, Yugoslavia was characterized by most of the left as a “capitalist country” with the clear implication that there was nothing remaining for the left to defend.

But because the League of Communists continued to hold onto power in Yugoslavia, it emerged as a force of resistance when German imperialism initiated a full-scale effort to dismember the country in 1990 and 1991. The overthrow of the East German socialist government in 1989 and its reincorporation into West Germany triggered an intense drive by German imperialism to enlarge its sphere of influence. It financed and secretly organized the secession of Slovenia and Croatia, the westernmost republics within multinational Yugoslavia. This in turn set off a predictable and classic imperialist scramble between Germany, France, England and finally the United States to carve up Yugoslavia into spheres of influence for neo-colonial penetration.

In the face of this imperialist-inspired counterrevolutionary campaign, the League of Communists, led by Slobodan Milosevic, abruptly changed course. Privatization of industry was slowed and in some cases reversed. Cooperation with the IMF was slowed or halted. Imperialism demonized the Yugoslav leadership, imposed economic sanctions and set on a course of regime change. Yugoslavia fought back against the forces of disintegration. It had to rely more on its working-class base. This would have been an impossible turn by a fully capitalist regime, a regime that did not have its roots in social revolution and socialized property.

The only way for imperialism to succeed in Yugoslavia was to wage an all-out bombing war. From March 24 to June 4, 1999, NATO’s collective imperialist air force dropped 23,000 bombs and missiles on Serbia until the Yugoslav government decided to let Kosovo go into the arms of the imperialists. Without pause, imperialist pressure intensified after the conclusion of the 1999 war to carry out the final counterrevolutionary ouster of the Yugoslav government and its replacement by a servile, proxy force.

59) Having long abandoned a political defense of Yugoslavia on the basis that there was nothing remaining, in the social and economic sense, from the initial Yugoslav revolution, big sections of the international left remained on the sidelines in 1999 watching the carnage. Others actually supported NATO’s war or gave support to some variant form of imperialist-sponsored dismemberment, mouthing vulgarized proclamations about “self-determination” for Kosovo. Real self-determination, under those circumstances, meant only one thing: militantly defending the Yugoslav government as it resisted the imperialist aggression and the counterrevolution.

The Yugoslav example proves that there is an organic connection between imperialism and counterrevolution in all the societies with governments created by a socialist overturn.

Despite the emergence of conservative and non-revolutionary leaderships in the socialist-oriented governments, there has never been a long-term, stable partnership between any of these regimes and imperialism or any single imperialist government.

The very existence of a communist party as a ruling party—which is based on the interests of the working class—means that the relationship with imperialism is inherently unstable. The reason for the instability is that the mere hold on power by the communist parties constitutes an obstacle to the full and complete takeover and neo-colonial re-enslavement of the country by imperialism.

In its systematic and inherent quest for super profits, imperialism is driven towards counterrevolution with the principal objective of overthrowing the political rule of the communist party. The thrust toward counterrevolution is in the very nature of the beast.

While Yugoslavia is one example of this counterrevolutionary phenomenon, one can look at recent Chinese history to observe a nearly identical process, most notably the events leading to the suppression of the Tiananmen Square counterrevolutionary movement in 1989. It was the leadership of the Communist Party of China, and in particular the leadership of Deng Xiaoping, who took steps to suppress a mass movement that occupied Tiananmen Square for seven weeks in 1989, the same year that most of the socialist bloc governments in Eastern Europe were overthrown.

“Why don’t you ask people who lived under communism?” and “people aren’t happy under socialist systems”
We lived better then

Opinion poll conducted in China, compared to the USA:
85% satisfied with direction of country (31% satisfied in U.S.)

88% think current economic situation is good (33% in U.S.)

82% say children will be better off than parents (33% in U.S.)

The undemocratic dissolution of the USSR

How Russians really feel about their Soviet past and Communism (Sochi 2014)

Joseph Stalin statues go up in Russia as U.S. Civil War statues fall

Pragmatism trumps ideology as Germany finds west isn’t always best

Majority in former Soviet states believe breakup was harmful mistake – poll

East Berlin woman interviewed

Why don’t you ask people who lived under communism

Account of a woman from the USSR currently living in New Zealand (very good)

Opinion polls in former socialist/communist states
Struggling Romanians yearn for Communism

Romanian opinion poll

Number of Russians who regret collapse of USSR hits 10-year high

Polls show a spectre is haunting Europe… and much of the rest of the world

Former Soviet countries see more harm from breakup

Most Russians prefer return of Soviet Union and Socialism: poll

Serbia poll: life was better under Tito

Romanian opinion polls show nostalgia for Communism

Hungary: better off under Communism?

Majority of Eastern Germans feel life better under Communism

Majority in former Soviet states believe breakup was harmful mistake – poll

Nostalgia for Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe

Majority of Russians think “it is a great misfortune that the Soviet Union no longer exists”

Why nearly 60% of Russians ‘deeply regret’ the USSR’s demise

Stalin popularity among Russians reaches a 16 year high

Russian support for Vladimir Lenin peaks ahead of Bolshevik Revolution centennial

Why Russians still don’t hate Communism

Why more than half of Russians miss the Soviet Union

Most Russians regret USSR collapse, dream of its return – poll

Happiness and freedom: East German version

Russians name Stalin, Lenin, as most outstanding world figures

Communist military interventions

Czechoslovakia and Counter-Revolution – why the Socialist countries intervened (scanned book)

Czechoslovakia at the Crossroads (scanned book)

Military interventions – progressive vs imperialist

A revolution betrayed (Afghanistan)

Human Rights in the Soviet Union (Chapter 2, short section on Afghanistan)

The Triumph of Evil – Chapter 1 (Soviet intervention in Afghanistan)

The Kruschevites: Hoxha discusses Hungary

The Counter-Revolution in Hungary in the Light of Marxism-Leninism (1957 scanned book)

The Hungarian Soviet Republic (1979 scanned book)

Hungarian counterrevolution of 1956

The Truth About Hungary (1957 scanned book)

The Fascist Hungarian Counter-Revolution of 1956

Communism, feminism, racism and LGBTQ+

General / “IdPol”
The world’s’ first affirmative action constitution

What we talk about when we talk about class

Some thoughts on Identity Politics by Finnish Bolshevik

I am a woman and a human: a Marxist feminist critique of intersectionality theory – Eve Mitchell

Let them eat diversity

The imposition of class – Manifold identities and socialist class politics

Limitations of identity based politics

The making of capitalist Patriarchy: interview with Silvia Federici

What is Proletarian Feminism?

Male terrorism and the political economy of gender oppression by Michael Parenti

Marx on gender and the family – a summary

Clara Zetkin: The Profoundly Relevant Marxist Feminist

How does Socialism solve Racism, Sexism and other oppressions?

Lise Vogel – Marxism and the Oppression of Women (full book)

Women’s equality vs patriarchy

Mao on Women

Quotations from Mao Tse-Tung – Women

International Working Women’s Day – V.I. Lenin

Women and the Struggle for Socialism

African American Equality and Racism (section on Women)

Marx on Gender and the Family

Women, Race and Class

Human Rights in the Soviet Union (Chapter 4: Women in the USSR) – easy reading link (part one) easy reading link – (part two)

Why women had better sex under socialism

Women’s rights in Afghanistan

Communism & Women’s rights by Finnish Bolshevik

Women in the Russian Revolution

Soviet women remember Socialism

Soviet Power and the Status of Women – Lenin

Venezuela creates day of Socialist feminism

Constitution of the USSR guaranteed full equality between men and women and went a long way to eliminating sexism and patriarchy,_Unamended)#Chapter_6._Citizenship_of_the_USSR_.2F_Equality_of_Citizens.27_Rights

October Revolution – Women’s liberation by Proletarian TV

The image of a woman in Soviet propaganda

The Bolshevik Revolutions’ pioneering gains for women

Cuban Parliament: 43% Women

Cuba in the top 10 world rankings for number of women parliamentarians

Soviet Russia had a better record of training women in STEM than America does today

The Soviet Woman – a Full and Equal Citizen of Her Country

Womens participation in politics in the USSR (from The Soviet Woman — a Full and Equal Citizen of Her Country)

Quotes from “Pickaxe and Rifle” on the rights of women in Albania:

In 1938 there were 668 women workers in all Albania, mostly girls of 14 or 16 working a ten hour day for appallingly low wages. By 1967 over 248,000 women, which is 42% of rural and urban workers, were engaged in production work on exactly the same terms as men”

Regarding the 1965 “new family code”:

Marriage is contracted with the free will of husband and wife and rests on solid feelings of love, equality and mutual respect. Only monogamous marriages are recognized.

Partners in marriage can choose as their surname that of husband or wife or each may keep his or her original name or add them together.

A wife can choose her work or profession without her husband’s permission and the handling of the family income is managed by mutual agreement.

Personal property held by either before marriage remains his or hers and anything acquired afterwards is joint property. All children regardless of sex are entitled to equal shares in the inheritance of joint personal property and the wife is the heir of first rank.

Divorce is allowed when a marriage has lost all meaning and cohabitation has become intolerable. Causes for divorce are continuous quarrels, maltreatment, breach of conjugal faith, permanent mental illness or punishment for serious crimes. There is no distinction between husband or wife in the right to sue for divorce and the rearing of children is confided to that parent who in the court’s opinion is better qualified to bring them up.

All parental rights belong to both parents equally and disagreements are settled by tutelage committees or by the courts.

Single mothers enjoy all due respect and the state guarantees their economic security and protection. Children born outside marriage are equal in every way to those born within.

Abortions are allowed after consultation with a committee of doctors. Birth control is a matter of personal choice. There is no family planning in the sense of national campaigns to limit births because Albania is an underpopulated country in which all births are welcomed”

Anti-racism, anti-colonialism etc
Theory etc
It’s not racism vs antiracism, it’s capitalist vs socialism

“Where are the people of color?”

Women, Race and Class

Colonialism is doomed! Poster art from the USSR

History of the Asian nationalities of the USSR (Part one) (part two)

Soviet Affirmative Action – the Harvard Interview Project of 1950-51

The lost world of communist Africa

The Russian Revolution, Africa and the Diaspora

Anti-racism in early Soviet visual culture

Marxism and the Caste question

29 astounding Soviet propaganda images promoting racial equality

Racial harmony in a Marxist utopia: how the Soviet Union capitalised on US discrimination

The Bolshevik Revolution: unacknowledged inspiration of liberation movements everywhere
How does Socialism solve Racism, Sexism and other oppressions?

In Russia, early African-American migrants found the good life

Paul Robeson on the Soviet Union

Soviet But Not Russian: The “Other” Peoples of the Soviet Union

African American Equality and Racism

Resurrecting Thomas Sankara

The Bolshevik Revolution and the legacy of Anti-Imperialism

Black Marxism by Cedric J Robinson

Graphic detailing some of the different ethnic groups in the USSR×3021/1/ab/sssr-karta-nacionalnosti.jpg

Black Bolsheviks and White Lies: Reflections on the Black Radical Tradition

How the Russian Revolution inspired and assisted National Liberation struggles

Soviet influences in Latin America

Black and Red – Communists in the early Civil Rights fight

Cuba – showing how to defeat racism

50 years on the frontline: the revolutionary contributions of Ho Chi Minh

Patrice Lumumba: The Truth About a Monstrous Crime of the Colonialists (scanned book)

Patrice Lumumba: Fighter for Africa’s Freedom (scanned book)

National Liberation Movement in West Africa, 1956 (scanned book)

Africa Wins Freedom, 1965 (scanned book)

A Short History of the National-liberation Movement in East Africa

Diplomatic Battles Before World War II

Lavender & Red – Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left

Rainbow Solidarity in Defense of Cuba

Cuba enjoys new benefit of free sex-change operation

Homosexuality in Cuba: revolution within the revolution

How does Socialism solve Racism, Sexism and other oppressions?

Cuba says no to Transphobia and Homophobia

Fillipino Maoist army conducts first same-sex marriage in Phillipines

How Fidel Castro’s niece Mariela led a LGBTQ revolution in Cuba

Looking at Cuba’s LGBTQ revolution through an objective lens

Che Guevara myths: The truth about the racist, homophobic, murderer

Cuba: from Machistas Lenninistas to educating homophobes

Homosexuality in the USSR

Is Cuba taking the lead on LGBTQ equality in Latin America?

Cuba’s CENESEX led the way on sexual rights

Communism and religion
Communist theory towards religion
What has Marxism to do with Religion? By Roland Boer (excellent video, highly recommended)

Congress of the Peoples of Daghestan (Speech by Stalin)

Attitude of the Workers’ Party towards Religion (by Lenin)

A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (by Marx)

The Program of the Blanquist Fugitives from the Paris Commune

Third Meeting of Hoxha with Stalin
November 1949

“You should never put the struggle against the clergy, who carry out espionage and disruptive activities, on the religious plane,” Stalin said, “but always on the political plane. The clergy must obey the laws of the state, because these laws express the will of the working class and the working people. You must make the people quite clear about these laws and the hostility of the reactionary clergymen so that even that part of the population which believes in religion will clearly see that, under the guise of religion, the clergymen carry out activities hostile to the Homeland and the people themselves. Hence the people, convinced through facts and arguments, together with the Government, should struggle against the hostile clergy.

You should isolate and condemn only those clergymen who do not obey the Government and commit grave crimes against the state. But, I insist, the people must be convinced about the crimes of these clergymen, and should also be convinced about the futility of the religious ideology and the evils that result from it.”

Hoxha, Enver. With Stalin: Memoirs. Tirana: 8 N‘ntori Pub. House, 1979.

How religion was/is treated in communist countries

Article 68 of the DPRK Constitution: “Citizens have freedom of religious belief. This right is granted through the approval of the construction of religious buildings and the holding of religious ceremonies. Religion must not be used as a pretext for drawing in foreign forces or for harming the State or social order.”

Religion in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

pp.61-63 (Islam), pp.88-98 (Judaism) Human Rights in the Soviet Union by Al Szymanski

Tibet: religious freedom comes with Chinese Characteristics

Capitalism’s crimes
Was Nazi Germany made in America?

Calculating Capitalism’s death toll by BadMouse

1.6 billion killed by Capitalism – Jason Unruhe

2 billion + murdered by capitalism

U.S. has killed more than 20 million people in 37 victim nations since World War 2

How many US deaths are caused by poverty, lack of education and other social factors?

New study finds 45,000 deaths annually linked to lack of health coverage

Britons suffer ‘historical amnesia’ over atrocities of their former empire, says author

The US Government tortures children

CIA ‘accidentally’ destroyed 6,700 page torture report

21,000 children die around the world every day

Post with long list of sources for capitalist crimes

Killing hope by William Blum

Promoting Plutocracy: U.S-Led Regime Change Operations and the Assault on Democracy

CIA motto: proudly overthrowing the Cuban government since 1959

State of fear: how history’s deadliest bombing campaign created todays crisis in Korea

World history of Imperialism, anti-Communism (etc)
List of countries that the U.S.A. has troops in

Military spending already bankrupting America

Overkill: the US military in Hawaii

Abby Martin exposes untold history of U.S. Empire (with Jimmy Dore)

Abby Martin discussing journalism, fake news etc.

Black Book of Imperialism: US/CIA Military interventions since WW2 (very good resource)

Poll: US the greatest threat to peace in the world today

5 reasons why NATO is a destabilizing global force

Imperialism: draining trillions of Dollars out of oppressed nations

The Empire Files: the rise of history’s biggest Empire

CIA in the Dock: Soviet Journalists on International Terrorism

International Criminal Court makes request to investigate US for war crimes

Monetary Imperialism

The Hunger Games: how modern Imperialism creates famine around the world

Trials of Andreas Georgiou and the fraud that drove Greece into austerity

Global Empire – Capitalism and Democracy (2nd half discusses the EU)

CIA motto: proudly overthrowing the Cuban government since 1959

The unrelenting economic war on Cuba

Empire Files: War with North Korea – propaganda vs reality

Donald Trumps threat to destroy North Korea is totally illegal

What war with North Korea looked like in the 1950s and why it matters now

Americans have forgotten what we did to North Korea – Vox

Crimes, Concealment and South Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

People’s Armies: how small states under threat manage to maintain large military forces

National liberation and the DPRK

Review of book detailing US germ warfare in Korea

A lost document from the Cold War: the International Scientific Commission report on bacterial warfare during the Korean War

CIA document suggests US lied about biological, chemical weapons use in the Korean War

No Gun Ri massacre

Expert exposes US biological warfare during Korean War

Suppressed report on 1952 US Korean War Anthrax attack

South Korea owns up to brutal past

Truth Commission reveals history of Korean War: U.S.-South Korea carried out massacres of civillians

America’s big lie about bioweapon crimes in Korea by Jeff. J Brown

Imperialism’s drive to war in Korea

John McCain threatens North Korea with “extinction”

What is the US military’s presence near North Korea?

Tillerson talks of pre-emptive strikes on NKorea citing weapons of mass destruction

U.S. aggression heightens tensions in Korea as Park government overthrown

North Korea threatens ‘final doom’ after US deploys strategic bombers

Prelude to war: defend People’s Korea!

UN asserts link between North Korea and Syrian chemical weapons

When the piper pays you: following the dangerous tune of the South Korean regime

Reviewing the evidence of DPRK culpability for the Cheonan Warship incident

War crimes investigation of North Korea ludicrous beyond words

North Korea’s “Hate America Month?”

Pentagon leads over 300,000 troops in a rehersal for an invasion one week after the white house announces its considering military action against North Korea

Washington considers military action against North Korea to force regime change

Beating the drum for a ‘good’ nuclear war with North Korea

South Korea’s plan to assassinate Kim Jong-Un

Colin Powell says U.S. should destroy North Korean regime if it uses Nuclear Weapons

US and North Korea: nuclear threat returns

Pentagon: only ground invasion can destroy North Korean nuclear program

“Better a million dead Koreans” – Ex US army official

Biological warfare in the Korean War: Allegations and Cover-up: Socialism and Democracy Vol 31, no. 1.

Report of the International Scientific Commission For The Investigation of Facts Concerning Bacterial Warfare in Korea and China

North Korea: The Struggle Against American Power by Tim Beal – (Excellent book)

US-DPRK: The Second Phase of the Nuclear Crisis, or “Who Started What

“Serious concern” about sanctions’ impact on North Korea aid work: UN DPRK rep

Tokyo & Washington to limit North Korean access to oil

DPRK doctor states that sanctions are putting childrens’ lives at risk

Report: North Korea faces fertilizer shortage due to China coal sanctions

The economy of the DPRK: myth and reality

Genocide by sanctions: UN double standards pertaining to sanctions and their devastating impacts

US sanctions against the DPRK – a North Korean perspective

US representatives pass harshest sanctions ever against North Korea

Is the United states credible as a guarantor of international peace and security?

Why UN sanctions against North Korea are wrong

It’s just a sanction, bro!

The Bombing of North Korea – death toll

State of fear: how history’s deadliest bombing campaign created todays crisis in Korea

Hunger in North Korea is devastating. And it’s our fault.

USSR (historical)
Empire Files: Post-Soviet Russia, made in the U.S.A.

We Can Be Friends: Origins of the Cold War by Carl Marzani

(This book was published in 1952 during the Korean War and was written while the author was in prison for concealing his Communist Party membership when he was a part of the OSS during World War II. The author shows through quotes from conservatives, such as Stimson, Summer Welles, and Herbert Hoover as well as liberals such as Eleanor Roosevelt and FDR’s son Elliott that contrary, to popular belief, it was the U.S., not the Soviet Union, which started the Cold War.

Truman abandoned FDR’s policy of maintaining big three unity in order to prevent war and adopted the “get tough with Russia” policies of conservatives such as Arthur Vandenburg, and Forrestal who had opposed FDR’s foreign policy ideas.

The U.S. used the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to attempt to soften up the Soviets and get them to give into U.S. demands. Secretary of War Stimson proposed that the U.S. propose to the Soviet Union a nuclear disarmament proposal, but Truman rejected that approach and the U.S. proposed through the Baruch Plan, a U.S. dominated Commission that would control all fissionable materials and prevent any nation, especially the Soviet Union from breaking the U.S. nuclear monopoly.

Marzani, argues that the the hawks wanted a Cold War with the Soviet Union so that they could use the massive military budget resulting from the Cold War to shore up the economy and prevent another Depression as well as to attack radicals who want major reforms in the U.S. economy such as the proposals FDR made in his Second Bill of Rights Speech, made in 1944 calling for Universal Health Care, Full Employment, and an education and housing.)

The Great Conspiracy: The Secret War against Soviet Russia

American Policy Toward Russia Since 1917: A Study of Diplomatic History, International Law & Public Opinion, 1928 (scanned book)

Reagan approved plan to sabotage Soviets

Latin America
Bolivia’s president declares total independence from World Bank, IMF

War on Democracy (film) by John Pilger – history of US ‘interventions’ in Latin America

Cuba evokes the history of American imperialism in Latin America

Banana land: Blood, Bullets and Poison – history of the banana trade in Central America

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – story of the US-backed opposition coup against Chavez

US-Led economic war, not Socialism, is tearing Venezuela apart

Differences between Venezuela fighting corruption and the USA

Colombia is safe for business, but not for people

Civic strike paralyses Columbia’s principle pacific port

CIA in the Dock: Soviet Journalists on International Terrorism (Chile,

Proving Ground for US Neocolonialism: An Historical Outline of the Infiltration of Latin America by Monopoly Capital

The U.S. role in the Honduras coup and subsequent violence

Honduras elections turning the tide of US backed violence and neoliberalism

Honduras elites blamed for violence against environmental activists

The World Today: Obama’s coup in Honduras

Honduras in Flames

Chile – the anatomy of an “economic miracle”

Chile – lessons of the coup

Patricio Guzman interview

The Coming War on China by John Pilger

China, Tibet, and U.S.-sponsored counter revolution

CIA Tibetan program

Dalai Lama group says it got money from the CIA

Secret Files: Untold story of CIA covert operations in Tibet

See sections on Tibet and Tiananmen Square under “PRC” ––47HM-20cEVRC9eAMhrapbNf0Sk8VSOs/edit#heading=h.q9uo3dbxv5qc

Eastern Bloc (historical)
Bulgaria, 1990, Albania, 1991: teaching communists what democracy is all about

Middle East & Afghanistan
Afghanis submit 1.17 million complaints of crimes against humanity

Kissinger’s occupation of Iraq destroys agriculture

U.S. destabilizes Venezuela, Syria to retain hegemony in global oil and gas markets

James Le Mesurier: The former British mercenary who founded the White Helmets

Pentagon report predicted Wests’ support for Islamist rebels would create ISIS

RT: Yemen, the neglected war

When Washington cheered Jihadists

Yemen: a western-sponsored genocide

U.S. to extract minerals from Afghanistan to defray cost of US assistance

Riyadh’s bloody ‘vietnam’ in Yemen not going as planned

A total horror show: the new plan for Yemen

Yemen: 5 children dying per day

The UAE overthrew the Yemeni Government

Western howls over the Ghouta siege ring hollow

Syrian War for dummies: three versions

Sudden surge of media coverage on the CIA’s arming of ISIS

Excellent analysis of media reporting on Syria

How the Western media ignores their role in the conflict

ISIS morphs from deadly enemy in Syria to useful weapon in Abu Kamal (excellent article)

The pundits were wrong about Assad and the Islamic State.

Study shows Islamic State’s primary opponent is Syrian Government

Media blacks out Pentagon report exposing US role in ISIS creation

Homage to Syria

The last days of Jobar mark the end of the proxy war in Syria

Julian Assange: US, Israel, planned to overthrow Assad in 2006

US confronting Iran inside Syria: spoiling for an unlawful fight

Why the conflict in Syria was always Israel’s war

U.S. will lose Syria to Iran and abandon Kurdish allies, former ambassador says

Ex-Marine’s analysis of US intervention in Syria (from 2013)

The CIA origins of ISIS

Hillary Clinton and the truth about Libya

Libya without Gaddafi: 5 years of turmoil (Special Report)

Michael Parenti on Libya and Gadaffi

Timeline of events in Libya
Libya events timeline

Former Israeli soldier: I helped entrench the occupation

United states and Israel: re-evaluating a toxic relationship

Jewish Voice for Peace video about the BDS movement

The contemporary Jewish dilemma: adopt or reject Zionism and White Supremacy

52% of Israeli Jews agree: African migrants are ‘a cancer’

Israel orders African refugees to leave country within three months or face prison

Netanyahu openly boasts of Israel’s war against Africans

Asa Winstanley reviews James Horrox’s account of anarchism in the Zionist kibbutzim, which, in its marginalisation of the Palestinians, suffers from the same blindness and moral lacunae as the kibbutz ideologues it attempts to study.

Zionism from the standpoint of its victims by Edward Said

Israel tortures Palestinian children, keeps them in outdoor cages in winter – human rights group

Everyday Israeli’s express support for Genocide to Abby Martin

Abby Martin discusses Palestine (among other topics) – very good (and disturbing) talk

What does the BDS movement mean for Palestine?

Israeli Palestinian conflict explained: an animated introduction to Israel and Palestine

No Man’s Land – the history of the Israeli Black Panthers’ struggle against racist state violence

Mental health in Palestine among world’s worst

Global Empire – The Israeli State and its Rogue Allies

Global Empire – Eyal Weizman: Excavating Israel

The World Today – the tragedy of Palestine

Empire Files: Home Demolitions for Illegal Settlements Surging

Five Broken Cameras – A documentary on a Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army

John Pilger: Palestine is still the issue

In Search of Palestine – Edward Said’s Return Home BBC

Empire Files: Touring Palestine’s Besieged Refugee Camps

Thank God it’s Friday

Exposing Israel’s Ultra-Nationalist Settler Movement

Occupation 101 – full documentary

Homeland Insecurity: Palestine’s refusal to die haunts Israeli colonial celebrations

Myth: the Palestinians voluntarily left their homeland in 1948

Israeli soldiers: Army deliberately targeted civilians in Gaza

42 times the US has vetoed UN resolutions against Israel

China Rallies Support for Four-point Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan

Chinese President Calls for East Jerusalem as Capital of Palestinian State

From the River to the Sea: PFLP’s 50 years of struggle

Jeremy Hardy vs the Israeli Army (2003)

Promises and Betrayals: Britain and the Holy Land


“As far as the history of religion in the Middle East, I think one thing that is really instructive is to look at the destruction of the ancient temples in Palmyra by Daesh. These temples were destroyed, supposedly, because Islam required them to be destroyed, and this is the reputation of Islam today, that it would destroy such temples.
But of course Syria has been ruled by Muslims since the 7th century when it was conquered by Caliph Abubakr, who was the father-in-law and close friend of Mohamed. Neither Abubakr nor any of the possibly hundreds of Muslim rulers — including of course Bashar al Assad — who controlled Palmyra between the 600s and Daesh’s conquest in, like, 2013, felt it necessary to destroy the temples.

Similarly, the Yazidis were nearly wiped out by Daesh, and this, also is taken as demonstrative of Muslim attitudes toward minority religions. Yet, of course, Iraq has been Muslim since the 600s as well, and none of the previous Muslim rulers wiped out the Yazidis.

It would be inaccurate and idealistic to say that there was no interreligious conflict in Muslim countries prior to the 20th century. But it is absolutely the case that on the whole a number of religions were able to coexist in those areas, despite the conflict — which at times could be bloody.

This business of wiping people out, of demanding purification, and etc., is basically a 20th century thing. And that is true whether we are talking about the Turkish genocide of the Armenians (and just as there are still Palestinians in spite of genocide there are also still Armenians) as well as Assyrians and Greeks in Turkey.

And it is true also of the Israeli genocide of Palestinians. Prior to the 20th century, the majority religion in Palestine was Sunni Islam but there were also Christians, Jews and Shia. Yes, there was conflict, but they all managed to survive. Only today, under the Zionist state, do we have this situation where one religious group is seeking to wipe out all the others.

And I do not think that any of the Palestinian resistance groups seek to do to the Jews what the Zionists are seeking to do to the Palestinians, which is to say force them all to die or leave.” (From facebook)

For 40 years, Iran’s been preparing for the war the US has been threatening

US defense secretary Mattis rejects war on Iran

We need to talk about the Iran protests

Remember when the media sold us the Iraq WMD lies? It’s happening again

Suddan Hussein’s CIA interrogator: He tried to warn us, we didn’t listen

Southeast Asia
No, the US didn’t ‘stand by’ Indonesian genocide – it actively participated

Vietnam 40 years on: how Communist victory gave way to capitalist corruption (good summary of some of the brutality of the Vietnam War and the subsequent economic warfare against Vietnam, read critically)

US Neocolonialism in Africa (scanned book)

Looking out for Western business and investor rights, the invasion of Libya

Patrice Lumumba: The Truth About a Monstrous Crime of the Colonialists (scanned book)

Patrice Lumumba: Fighter for Africa’s Freedom (scanned book)

Libya in 2017 is home to the slave trade

Shadow armies: the unseen but real US war in Africa

Shell ruling is bad for democracy and the planet – Shell involvement in Nigeria

Imperialist and anti-communist propaganda explained
Note: this entire section will be re-worked at some point

The Cold War
Nato expansion: what Gorbachev heard (discussion of the NATO creep eastwards after German reunification)

To summarize Michael Parenti: The media and government has portrayed anticommunist and anti-Soviet policies as understandable defensive responses to Soviet aggrandizement. According to the standard narrative, The Cold War started in 1947 when Russia proved itself to be an expansionist and menacing power. In response to that aggrandizement, the US alerted the public to the Soviet menace. We reacted to this threat with the NATO shield, armaments, interventions in various countries, and so on. The Truman Doctrine was established, which reoriented foreign policy to counter Soviet geopolitical expansion.

However, in the eighties, the American Historical Association published a set of documents that they got from the State department under the Freedom of Information Act. These documents reveal that the State department *never* believed that the Soviets had any intention, interest, or capability of invading Western Europe in the late 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s. This is of course mind-blowing for those who were raised in that post-war era and heard constant reports about the Soviet menace in Europe. Just ask your parents. Their generation made to believe that what we needed, above all else, was a NATO shield.

“… the capitalists, although they clamour, for ‘propaganda’ purposes, about the aggressiveness of the Soviet Union, do not themselves believe that it is aggressive, because they are aware of the Soviet Union’s peaceful policy and know that it will not itself attack capitalist countries.” — Stalin, 1951

Anti-communist propaganda (general)
Left Anti-Communist: the Unkindest Cut

The great myths about the Soviet Union

Nikita Khrushchev’s secret speech

Robert Conquest – lies about Socialism, Stalin and the USSR

Talk by Grover Furr on Tim Snyder’s Bloodlands

Top 10 lies about the Bolshevik Revolution (part 1)

Reflection on the overthrow of Communism by Michael Parenti

Anti-Sovietism in the media by Michael Parenti

America’s unofficial religion – the war on an idea by Abby Martin

Russia rejects Ukraine ban of communist symbols

Inside The Myth: Orwell, Views From The Left, 1984 (scanned book)

Imperialist propaganda
Mueller, Russia and Oil politics

Imperialist propaganda on “responsibility to protect” chauvinism

On Russia, today’s liberals take their cues from Fascists

The United States and the Russian devil: 1917-2017

Unspeakable: the Black Book of Imperial Terrorism

New York Times laments forever wars its editorials helped create

Amnesty International’s kangaroo report on Syria

Amnesty claims mass executions in Syria, provides zero proof


In defence of the Hammer & Sickle

The contradictory treatment of “Dictatorships” by the US government
In the NOW video

Citizens’ Comission to Investigate the FBI:1971 (COINTELPRO)

Seeing Red: It’s time to quit shying away from a positive communist politics. Turning away from the past only gives our opponents ammunition.

Fake news isn’t new: dissecting two decades of war propaganda

10 conspiracy theories that turned out to be true

Black book of communism
Communism did not kill millions of people by Benji Whiskettes

Criticism of Black Book of Communism

The black book of Communism debunked

The Black Book of Communism is Bullshit

Increasing state repression in Western countries
Conservative led anti-protest legislation already doubled since last year

CIA and other intelligence agencies, mass surveillance etc
Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

Wikileaks reveals Marble: proof CIA disguises hacks as Russian, Chinese, Arabic

The CIA and the Cultural Cold War revisited

Historical, structural reasons for skepticism of CIA claims

The surveillance that never sleeps

The unthinkable consequences of outsourcing U.S. intelligence

FBI whistleblower on Pierre Omidyar’s campaign to neuter Wikileaks

Academia, publishing and media
The CIA’s 60-year history of Fake News

Washington Post publishes fake history of Soviet Union

Methods of media manipulation by Michael Parenti

Inventing Reality by Michael Parenti

The Culture Struggle by Michael Parenti

A review of US media coverage on Venezuela

Why does the Pseudo-Left hate Grover Furr?

Silencing Dissent In Academia – Richard Wolff & John Summa

Demonization of the leader – by Michael Parenti

The collapse of the media and what you can do about it

Vera Shlakman, professor fired during Red Scare, dies at 108

John Pilger: the BBC is and has been the most refined propaganda service in the world

Fascism explained
Was Nazi Germany made in America?

“Fascism in a pinstripe suit” from Dirty Truths by Michael Parenti

What is Fascism? By Finnish Bolshevik

Again about Fascism by Finnish Bolshevik

Is Anti-Fascism the same as Fascism? By Finnish Bolshevik

Socialism = Fascism? By Finnish Bolshevik

Communism vs Fascism: busting the myths

The Supermanagerial Reich – the political economy of Nazism

Fascism’s ties to capitalism: Dr. Michael Parenti interviewed by Dave Emory (1993)

21st Century Fascism

Fascism in a pinstripe suit by Michael Parenti

The role of property in Nazi Germany: The case of industry

The class character of Fascism

Empire Files: Chris Hedges & Abby Martin – Trump, Fascism & the Christian Right

14 characteristics of Fascism (not enough emphasis on the Capitalist aspects, otherwise good)

Abby Martin interviews Chris Hedges on Trump, Fascism and the Christian Right (very good interview)

The Color of Fascism: Lawrence Dennis, Racial Passing, and the Rise of Right-Wing Extremism in the United States

The Fascist Offensive and the Tasks of the Communist International in the Struggle of the Working Class against Fascism – by Georgi Dimitrov

Donald Trump and the rise of American neo-fascism

Is Fascism making a comeback? Part 1

World War 2
December 1941 – turning point of World War 2

Proving Nazi Germany was capitalist…again

Stalin ‘planned to send a million troops to stop Hitler if Britain and France agreed pact’

Michael Parenti – the real causes of WW2 (part 1) (part 2)

Don’t forget how the Soviet Union saved the world from Hitler

How the Russians took Berlin single-handedly

Lend Lease Act explained

WW2 Lend Lease – was the US aid that helpful? (plus, US collaboration with the Nazi’s)

Another View of Stalin – “Stalin and the Anti-Fascist War”

70 years on – the real story behind the defeat of the Nazi’s

The Origin of World War 2 and the Prewar European political crisis of 1939 (scanned book)

Why the War was not Prevented – A Documentary Review of the Soviet-British-French Talks in Moscow, 1939

The Great Conspiracy: The Secret War against Soviet Russia

The Lesson of Germany: A Guide to her History

The Soviets Expected It, 1942 (scanned book)

Soviet-U.S. Relations, 1933-1942, 1989 (scanned book)

Diplomatic Battles Before World War II, 1982 (scanned book)

Secrets of the Second World War

The Road to Great Victory: Soviet Diplomacy, 1941-1945, 1985 (scanned book)

The State Department and the Cold War: A commentary on its publication, “Nazi-Soviet Relations, 1939-1941”, 1948 (scanned book)

Declassified documents reveal vast Soviet assistance to Poland during WW2

How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power

Cars and Nazis – Hitler’s biggest allies were Ford and General Motors

How America inspired the Third Reich

Stalin had 1M ready to fight Hitler

The Soviets spent the 1930s trying to contain Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. They called for collective security between the USSR, UK and France, called for genuine non-intervention in Spain (which would have ensured the defeat of Franco’s rebellion; instead the German and Italian fascists sent assistance to the Francoists while the UK and France looked the other way), called for embargoing Italy for its invasion of Ethiopia, etc.

The goal of the British and French bourgeoisie was to make Hitler march east and embroil Germany into a war with the USSR in which both sides would be badly weakened. The Soviets knew this. For instance, this is how a Soviet diplomat privately reacted in her diary when hearing of the Soviet-German non-aggression pact:

“Yesterday, August 23, the Soviet Union and Germany signed a non-aggression pact in Moscow….

I did not drop the paper in dismay, and indeed, the news did not surprise me particularly. It is a most correct step on our part, a logical conclusion drawn from the situation in the world today… We are in the presence of a double game of the imperialist powers. A scheme conceived by them long ago is ready for realisation. The impact of a German attack would have to be sustained in full measure by the Soviet Union, with the imperialists’ kindly connivance. Britain and France would merely look on, the former from its isles and the latter from behind the trenches of the Maginot Line. This is how they had calculated it. The treaty with Germany has upset these imperialist plans, and even if it fails to eliminate the threat of German attack, it will at least gain us time.”

(Kollontai, Alexandra. “The ‘Seven Shots’ in the Winter of 1939.” International Affairs (January 1990). p. 184.)

The Nazis had already agreed among themselves to invade Poland whether the pact existed or not. The Polish regime had spurned Soviet offers of protection against foreign invasion, and its government fled when the Nazis invaded. The Soviets did not expect Poland’s government to flee. It having fled gave the Nazis a pretext to occupy the entire country. For this reason, the Soviets marched into eastern Poland. This area was annexed to the Polish regime as a result of its war with Soviet Russia in the early 20s. It was inhabited by Ukrainians, Byelorussians and Jews who were oppressed by the chauvinistic Polish regime. As a result the Soviets were welcomed as liberators.
works on Soviet diplomacy in the 1930s up to 1941:







Imperialism in South-East Asia:
..Immediately after the end of the war, the US, British, Dutch and French took control of the remaining Japanese armies in China, Korea, Indochina, Malaysia and Indonesia, re-armed them, and used them to reimpose their own authority in those countries. US-directed Japanese troops fought against the Chinese Red Army in the late 1940s, Dutch-directed Japanese troops fought against the Indonesian national liberation forces in the late 1940s, and French-directed Japanese troops fought against the Viet Minh in the late 1940s

The atomic bombing of Japan
The decision to bomb Hiroshima

Rethinking nuclear weapons in light of Hiroshima

The bomb didn’t beat Japan… Stalin did

The war was won before Hiroshima – and the generals who dropped the bomb knew it

Soviet-Finnish wars and “Soviet Imperialism” by Finnish Bolshevik

Molotov-Ribbentropp Pact
Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: untold story

The USSR and Germany Never had a common plan to split Poland (by Finnish Bolshevik)

Grover Furr – did the Soviet Union invade Poland in September 1939?

Did the Soviet Union invade Poland in September 1939?

Another View of Stalin – “Stalin and the Anti-Fascist War – the German-Soviet Pact”


Katyn Massacre
Evidence that the Katyn Massacre was committed by the Germans

Falsification about Nazi aims, then and now

Yeltsin’s regime falsified Katyn documents

The real story of the Katyn Massacre – exposing an anti-communist fabrication

The truth about Katyn – report of Special Commission for Ascertaining and Investigating the Circumstances of the Shooting of Polish Officer Prisoners by the German-Fascist Invaders in the Katyn Forest

The “Official” version of the Katyn Massacre disproven?

An interview with Prof. Grover Furr on the Katyn Massacre

The Katyn Massacre – by Ella Rule

More documents on the Katyn Forgeries

Katyn Forgeries revealed

Khmer Rouge
Who is and was really responsible for genocide in Cambodia?

Who supported the Khmer Rouge?

The US is even more guilty than Pol Pot

Butcher of Cambodia to expose Thatcher’s role

Nixon and the Cambodian genocide

Kampuchea – the Revolution Rescued (1986 scanned book)

Cambodia 1975-1982 by Michael Vickery (1999 scanned book)

Truth about Pol Pot and Maoism

Chomsky and Pol Pot’s genocidal regime

The China Cambodia Vietnam Triangle by Wilfred Burchett (1981 scanned book)

What went wrong with the Pol Pot regime? 1999 article

Recommended YouTube talks

Michael Parenti: Marxism and the Crisis in Eastern Europe (1990)

Crisis and openings: introduction to Marxism – Richard Wolff

The Empire Files: understanding Marxism and Socialism with Richard Wolff

Other reading guides

Comprehensive reading guide on Socialism in Asia

Comprehensive reading guide on China

Comprehensive reading guide on the DPRK compiled by this author

Comprehensive reading guide on Venezuela

Comprehensive reading guide on the Syria conflict