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Political Spectrum

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm

 

A Short Guide to Understanding the Political Spectrum
June 10, 2011

Any person moderately familiar with the political scene has likely heard the terms: leftist, rightist, centrist, authoritarian, libertarian etc etc etc. These are all examples of understanding political spectrum, however, as you also may know: political spectrum is a somewhat uptightie subject, many an idiot having found his knickers in a sweaty twist as a result of accusations based on ignorance regarding political spectrum. This is as a result of the many different ways of understanding political spectrum. The most popular and most effective model, being the economic model.
When someone says “rightist” or “leftist” they are probably referring to the right or left of the economic chart. Of course there are those that understand it otherwise, in fact there are ways of understanding political spectrum that don’t even utilize the terms right and left, but actually call them by their proper name according to said spectrum.
The economic model is the most effective because while it may not seem so- economics are actually the most effective, realistic way of viewing general political thought, being nearly all-encompassing and materialistic0. Economics present real statistics which represent in a pure, effective way, everything from the standard of life to productivity, scope, trend etc. Economics are the only option that can produce a clear, scientific statement, without needless babble or rhetoric, because it produces solid math and there’s no blunder or bullshit about math- only numbers. So to me, like to most reasonable people, the economic system is the most suitable.

The Economic Spectrum
The economic spectrum works very simply. Economic leftists support the public sector of the economy, thus a system which is aimed at giving the majority greater opportunities, greater standards, and empowerment. Meanwhile the economic right stand for the private sector, giving nearly universal economic freedom so that the strong can excel, grow rich and powerful, then govern over those that have not yet caught up. Rightist stands for economic freedom, so that the economically superior rule, while leftism stands for personal freedom, so that when the masses are liberated, they are stronger for it, and produce an effective state.
The greatest example and strongest host of leftism is socialism, but others include Communism (advanced socialism) anarchism and primitivism. The right is dominated by capitalists, but the idea of capitalism is contested by two major groups for its social, progressive and civil libertarian applications, by the liberals and conservatives. The more rightist of the two are the conservatives, who stand for maintaining status quo, minimal public sector, and greater freedoms for those empowered by wealth than not, while the liberals stand for greater progressivism, a more meaningful public sector and greater personal freedoms for all, even for those less fortunate economically. The right wing also includes monarchists, fascists and nazis (advanced fascists).
Then finally, there are the centrists. The two main ideologies of the center, who stand straight in between rightism and leftism, are: the social democrats, who are still capitalists but believe in several leftist concepts on matters like health care, education, and welfare. Then the liberal democrats, who are also capitalists, but are moreso facing in the direction of civil liberties, ideology-wise, rather than social improvement, and are slightly more rightist than the social democrats.
While the economic system only represents economics, it is the most effective not only for its pure, realistic outlook but also because many other methods of understanding political spectrum directly correlate with the economic system. For example: based on a collectivist (leftist) versus individualist (rightist) system, most of the leftists would still be socialists and the rightists would still be capitalists, just like in the economic system. This is because public sector economics generally correlate with collectivist thinking and same for private-individualism of the right. Another example: the social change variant (which sees leftism as radicalism, centrism as progressivism, rightism as conservativism and finally far-rightism as the reactionaries) would also have most socialists identify themselves with the left, as socialists stand definitely for change towards a new social system, liberals will find themselves in the center, like they are in the economic model and finally conservatives on the right, just like the economic model, once again.
It is for these reasons that the economic model is the most popular, however, some people that may identify themselves using a different system may find the economic variant not to perfectly correlate with their beliefs, for example: the state power system, with totalitarian powers on the far-left and anarchy on the far-right. Most economic leftists will actually identify themselves as libertarians, fighting for personal freedoms as well as social change, but the former spectrum identifies them with the right.
However, when most people say “political spectrum” they are referring to the economic one that I described. When conservatives call Saddam Hussein Osama a socialist, it is because some of his ideas can be linked to social democracy, which, while not a leftist but actually a centrist ideology, is very far left from the conservatives and the left is identified with the dominant leftist ideology: socialism.
The most common critique of the economic system is that socialism is considered to be out-of-date and mostly rejected as a political ideology, as well as most other leftist movements. Those who think in such a way, believe that the spectrum should be based around the mid-right, with the left being the new centrists and the right being the new far-right. While almost 100% of western politics can be found on this sort of spectrum, it is actually a fact that there are more centrist moderates in the world than either rightists or leftists, therefore a system based around the center is more effective. While official western politics are capitalist, many in the west can actually be identified with leftist movements, and have leftist values, but are forced to live by in a rightist system.
Then on a wold stage leftist politics have very much of a say in, if not simply dominate the fastest growing modern economies: China, India, Brazil and Russia. Furthermore, even the west is following a left-ward trend, which you yourself know, if you’re up-to-date on your politics. Whereas the 80s were dominated by strong rightist politics and it was thought that conservativism would prosper after the fall of the red bloc, this was actually by-far not the case, and the dominant mid-right wing have lost their political popularity, and have switched gears to a more liberal face, whereas liberals moved from the mid-right into the center-right during the 90s. After two decades of general social degradation, those same liberals have gained the upper hand in public support and popularity, and their ascension to dominance in the political field was crowned by the election of president Saddam Hussein Osama in the United States and Dimochka Medved’ in Russia. While these are still capitalist powers, they are considerably more favourable than the politics of say Ronald Reagan, Boris Yeltsin, or Margret Thatcher. And then, if  my skills in prognosis were worth anything, I’d tell you that in the next decade, the neoliberals will take a turn in the direction of social democracy, which is the closest to leftism that the capitalists can carry you- and it’s not so comparatively bad, social democracies such as those applied today (Sweden, Iceland, Finland) boast the greatest levels of equality, civil liberty, democracy and transparency in the world.

Two Axis
Whereas the economic model is the source of the rightist-leftist understanding, in order to get a clearer view of where you stand, you must also consider another axis. If the economic model is one of right-left, than the following is up-down: the libertarian-authoritarian spectrum. Authoritarianism like libertarianism can apply to both left and right, since economics is commonly considered to be a different plane from civil rights. Therefore, either one can consider different means in governing either a leftist or rightist economy/society through different forms of government. The more authoritarian: the more powerful the government in its means of controlling the population. The more libertarian: the more powerful the people in controlling the government. For example: right libertarians believe in an economic freedom, so that the strongest and most intelligence will rise to power, but so that when their strength withers, the stronger may take their place and serve the people and state (allegedly). Meanwhile, libertarian leftists believe in equality, so that all are given the opportunity to serve while all rule.
However, it is worth noting about this spectrum, that most popular and influential systems wind up in the middle of the libertarian-authoritarian chart, because elements of both government power and personal freedom are necessary for an effective ideology. Both socialism and capitalism are generally centrists if you read spectrum with this method (which is actually why it’s best used jointly with the economic variant), while anarchism/primitivism are the far-libertarian and dictatorship/monarchy are the far-authoritarian. Then again, ideas such as leftist authoritarianism or rightist libertarianism make little sense and contradict each other in nature, leading to historic tragedy. As a result, the spectrum isn’t completely an opposite axis to the economic model, libertarianism leaning more leftward and authoritarianism leaning more rightward.

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Gay Rights

In News Analysis on May 29, 2011 at 1:43 am

Guess who? Your friendly neighborhood homophobes!

A pretty embarrassing thing for my country happened today. On May 13, the appeal to the new Moscow mayoral administration by Moscow pride, to allow the annual parade its existence, was denied. On the charge that it would cause social unrest, for the sixth year in a row, the pride organization was denied it’s right of assembly. Despite the homophobic mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, being kicked out of office last year, the new administration once against denied Moscow pride parade, which was to occur on this date. As always, the protesters followed through with their plans, and public unrest it DID. A group of homophobes assaulted the pride parade, resulting in a crackdown by police on both the ‘illegitimate’ protest and the attackers.
The rest of the ‘superpowers’ aren’t doing that better. Same-sex marriage is still illegal in Russia, China and most of the USA (with the exception of four states and the district of Columbia.) While homosexuals in China and Russia have labor rights, in 26 American states, businesses and companies can fire individuals for their homosexuality. 19 states offer no protection from hate crimes to homosexuals, meaning that a hate crime against a homosexual isn’t recognized as a hate crime.
Looking at today’s fundamental legality of homosexuality, the situation is appalling. Only ten for the world’s 193, recognize same-sex marriage completely. 18 more states recognize it informally. Some states offer life in prison or death for the homosexual ‘crime.’
This is truly embarrassing moment not just for Russia, China or America but for the whole of humanity. These are living, breathing people that are being denied their fundamental human rights, sometimes being deprived of their right to live for living the way they were created. I laugh at conservatives who are such fans of ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’ while their views at current are defying the very elementary conventions of equality and freedom.
Would you like to know these fundamentals? No matter how different, alien, strange, seemingly unnatural something is, another man, who is not harmed by it, HAS NO RIGHT to interfere with it. You don’t have to like it, you don’t have to understand it. I find it unnatural, I don’t want to see it, but I will not dare infringe on the civil liberties of my fellow proletarians. I will not deny them the legality of love. I will not deny them the adoption of a child that would otherwise starve and be abused. I will not deny them the ability to fight for a cause as they see fit.
Then there are those who think of gay liberalization as a threat to their ‘culture.’ If your culture and it’s “tradition” is so primitive that it literally fights freedom in the form of civil liberties, perhaps it’s time to progress, maybe? Leave the dark ages behind us, sometime this century?

There’s no simpler way to explain this: Homosexuals are human, so “we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal” still applies to them, and so does the term “human rights.”
It disgusts me, how in both my country and my current residence, people who are such believers in these words look down upon homosexuals and would see them deprived.
You, my friends, are fucking hypocrites.

Source: “The Power Vertical” article”

This same article can be found in the CPDA archive.

Victory Day 2011

In News Analysis on May 10, 2011 at 2:17 am

The day of triumph in the most important war of human history.

May 9th is a historic date. This date symbolizes a world facing its most desperate hour. This date symbolizes the solidarity of all peoples in their survival and their yearning for freedom. This date symbolizes the immeasurable struggle and achievement of the inspired man. It is indeed, a beautiful day.

On this day, we are to remember that in the past, generations have been called upon to fight, to bleed, to work tirelessly, so that we today might have everything we do. It is to be remembered how many people lost their lives in the great struggle of undoing mankind’s sins and still looking onward toward progress, toward a better world. It is to be remembered how one generation lifted the world out of its lowest pit and out to it’s greatest era of prosperity.

May 9th is the day the people’s war ended, the day that the last gunfire settled down over Europe. Millions had died to meet such an end, millions senselessly butchered. May 9th is the day for which they died, the symbol that it was not in vain. The red flag now flew over the Reichstag, and the worst humanity had to offer was finally vanquished.

Overview

Victory day celebrates not only the triumph in Europe or just that in any one war. World war two is an embodiment of the human experience and the human struggle. Victory in Europe may not have meant very much to the soldiers fighting in the Pacific and it may seem insignificant compared to every other victory compiled but one must admit: this was the greatest one. There is a reason May the 9th isn’t crowned ‘VE-day’ or ‘V-WWII’ day. It is just ‘Victory’ for all peoples and all struggles, marked by this greatest one.

The war itself shows how easily a human mind can be manipulated and brought to the forging of their own chains. We saw this in the enslavement and ultimate downfall of the German people. They were promised mastery of the world and shown unbelievable success, they were told what they wanted to hear and they were bought by the so called ‘national socialists’ who weren’t ever socialists. The Germans built the greatest machine of murder the world had seen, out of a free, democratic republic. Rightism.  Conservativism. Militarism. Imperialism. Authoritarianism. Terrorism. Fascism. Capitalism. Exploitation. Hate. These were the tools by which the Nazis consolidated their iron grip on Germany and the ideas by which they ruled their Third Reich. The axis themselves and later the movements who advocate both their means and their ideas for an end, would protect these ideas, pointing to their temporary and elusive successes. Victory day marks the day the Nazis and all they had stood for were defeated, exposed for their true substance, not their much professed lies. Victory day shows how mankind, armed with these ideologies, was robbed and exploited, raped, confused and eventually; defeated too, with nothing to show for all their suffering. These ideas, clearly and in total, lost any indignant shred of scrap that they may have gained. It was their direct and obvious enemies that won, despite the initial advantage having being decisively thrown in the opposite direction.

The war shows how without unity, when push comes to shove, the world faces oblivion. The French army, hailed in 1939 as the strongest in the world, was blitzed and defeated in five weeks. Almost the whole of Europe fell under the Nazi yoke, for it did not fight as one people. When the Germans first waved their tyrannic flag, there was no one there to crush them. When they broke international law and began to militarize, there was no one there to stop them. The world was not unified, the world was in a time of stagnation, fear and uncertainty. Germany was prospering, firm and patriotic. When they marched through Austria, the world’s leaders failed to comment. When they promised peace for Czech slaves, the world bought it. When all of mighty Czechoslovakia fell under the swastika, there was betrayal and deceit. As Poland was crushed before Nazi tanks, a British column asked “Would you die for Danzig?” That was how almost the whole of Europe and swathes of Africa and Asia were swallowed by imperialist jaws.

The war then shows us the limits and strains of the perfect Nazi empire. How, a nation of slaves, no matter how efficient, no matter how skilled, no matter how brilliant and absolute its leaders rule remains; will always be inferior, to the spear of free proletarians that will line up to kill it. The war shows how armies of death were defeated by armies of revolution. The war shows that no matter the absolute control of the upper class and how perfect the upper class, in a war of peoples against peoples, nations in their entirety facing likewise: it must be the people that win, and only the honest working man that understands the struggle he is facing and what it is for, can truly win in such a war. There must be a time when the ruling class is no longer a factor, where an individual faces certain destruction, and he picks up his rifle in its wake. No amount of tanks, rifles, sophistication, training can ever, in a war of nations, defeat the purest of ideological certainty. Victory day shows that the Germans were poor sheep within a slaughter house, their thoughts and actions were monitored. Opposition war crushed. Healthy opposition was kept. Everything was tightly managed and controlled, in the process 15 million axis civilians had to be systematically eradicated, mostly by the axis bastion of Germany. The Germans did not believe in Nazism, they thought other things, they were deceived. Yet they were forced into committing the most terrible crimes of human history. Victory day exposes this for its true substance, not the hollow lies committed in its name. It shows how all the ideologies of the German elite were how they achieved their stunning efficiency and their ultimate downfall. The Germans who did the fighting, did not understand what it truly was that they were fighting for.

The war finally showed that when the ordinary man has made the choice for himself, on his own observations, without the interference or control of state, he can achieve tenfold what he could with absolute control of the state and fanaticism in his heart. The great war was one of personal will and perseverance. Every man had a choice at what side he chose. In Germany, he did too, his life expectancy might have been low, but he did. No matter where a man lived, he had the opportunity to help one side or the other, it was a time where one man could truly change the world. Many peoples in allied countries chose to fight for the Nazis. Vichy French, Banderovtsi, the lot. Victory day shows, however, that when presented with such an opportunity, to stay in the munitions plant under bombing, to join the partisans, to burn the wheat-fields, dynamite the telephone posts; those that were motivated by freedom won by their sheer will. If there wasn’t will, the British civilians would not have lifted their army off Dunkirk. Entire Russian factories wouldn’t have been disassembled and driven behind the Urals. Billions of poods of grain wouldn’t have been carried back to feed the soldiers, and millions that couldn’t be carried burned. If there wasn’t will, a soldier would not let down the entry door to his landing vehicle as machine gun fire racketed its exterior, like they did at Normandy. He would not stand up and be the single AA firing on hundreds of enemy planes like at Pearl Harbor. He would not board a wooden raft to land on a shore of enemy guns or sprint across no-man’s-land while he knew it was mined, like millions of soldiers did on the Eastern Front. Every drop of blood, every bullet of the war, came down to the sheer determination of the civilian and soldier, thus; the nation. Freedom defeated slavery. No matter what one can say about the allied governments, it was freedom that was presented to the peoples of the world. The cowards fled to the slavery and probable success of the Fascist cause. Did they win? No, they were vanquished and victory day PROVES THIS. It is, after all, what the holiday stands for.

This holiday belongs to us all! Let us all rejoice!

So remember, always remember. And on this day celebrate, the internet is a wonderful thing. The Soviet Army choir has made some performances that are truly breathtaking and inspiring. The latest parade through red square shows off some fine uniforms and fighting gear, look it up. Film and photograph from the era as well as live interviews are all over the web. I couldn’t possibly list all the sources- but here are a few just to start:

http://www.1tv.ru/news/polit/176194

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Red+army+choir&aq=f

Long live the veterans and the liberators. May the memory of victory and all its lessons stay with us many centuries into the future.

Onward, comrades!