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2017-01-09 02:09 am

Win the Ultimate "Hamilton" Experience as a Guest of Lin-Manuel Miranda




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2016-12-05 10:34 pm

what if in 2017 tumblr commie kids gave up the creepy romanticization of the soviet union thing (cro

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sephboy:

heres a cool idea: what if in 2017 tumblr commie kids gave up the creepy romanticization of the soviet union thing in favor of the aesthetics of american labor history–the haymarket riot, the pullman strike, the great railroad strike, emma goldman & yiddish socialism, woody guthrie, pete seeger, paul robeson, the iww and the 1912 textile workers’ strike, the ladies’ garment workers’ union, wpa murals, the american communist party, bread and roses, the union maid. that’s the Good Shit if yr looking for historical leftist culture imo

Seriously tho, kids. 

The USSR was a blood-soaked mess. A racist, anti-semitic, sexist blood-soaked mess at that. Do not repeat the sins of the Left of the 60s/etc by ignoring that. (Same goes for Maoist China, etc.) To ignore that is to literally piss on a truly appalling number of graves As an allegory, Animal Farm’s inaccuracies were that it’s not grim and horrific enough. The most conservative and hesitant and “well we don’t want to be hysterical about this” count of Stalin’s death toll, not including famine-victims, is 4 million; the one which, after various amounts of research, I find most convincing is about 20 million. Mao’s Great Leap Forward killed anywhere from 18 to 50 million, and we have literal footage of Tienamen, guys. 

This is not the good example you are looking for. Do not romanticise them. 

100% go back, as OP says, to the things that actually had good results (like a 40 hour work-week and basic human worker’s rights and shite) and did not do them over mountains of corpses. We have lots! They even included (gosh!) women! and queers! and people of colour/different ethnicities! They do all the things you want. 

These are your models. Not those bloody handed bastards over there. 
 
honestly, now is more important than ever to remember the historical contributions that the working class has made for social movements, given how much the media have taken blaming them for the rise of fascism. 

From Trump to Brexit, the narrative being spun has been that of “the working class were too poor and too dumb to know better” and how both Brexit and Trump spoke for them or to them, even though a majority of that demographic are non-white/immigrant/minorities who are severely affected by the political outcome. It’s a false narrative and it is both classist and racist and erases the fact that labour rights and worker’s rights and social rights in West Europe and Americas have come from and were heavily supported by the socialist left and working classes. 

Just to start off, I was reading the other day about The 1936 Battle of Cable Street, which was a stand organised by the local working class comprising of Jewish locals, the Irish locals, Labour and Communist party members in a demonstration against a Nazi march that lead to confrontation with the police (Discworld fans, read the fuck up about this because you will find a lot of what Pratchett was referencing in Night Watch). 

I’m sure there’s probably a lot more examples, and what OP mentioned definitely deserves more historical context and background. But the fact is that those historical contexts are either forgotten or ignored by the tumblr social justice commie kids scene because clueless privileged teenagers are more willing to worship dead genocidal dictators for cheap aesthetics than do actual fucking research. 

There’s a difference between celebrating bloody totalitarian regimes and celebrating actual socialist and leftist movements that had a positive outcome, in all their complexities, struggles and conflicts. And that difference means research and looking at the contexts of historical and social political landscapes of the time, the sum of which unfortunately can’t be reduced to sickle-and-hammer on a pastel colour palette.  

Also please be aware that the horrors that were brought down on people in the USSR and other regimes are within living memory. There are witnesses, victims and perpetrators STILL ALIVE, and potentially on tumblr. This is not some far off thing that happened hundreds of years ago. PLEASE understand how the trivializing and romanticizing of these regimes and their imagery can be very triggering.

My family on my father’s side ended up in Canada fleeing the Holodomor. That whole side of my family tree just ends around 1933 - the records to trace it back any further than that simply don’t exist. Like, I’m sympathetic to socalist causes, but if you want to get me on side, maybe don’t hold up the regime that murdered 50% of my ancestors as your go-to example?
 
Yeah, I did a paper on Stalin in school, going in with the idea that “anybody Joe McCarthy hates can’t be all bad”, and coming out with “Stalin is pretty much all bad”.  From his sneaky rise in the Party leadership, turning people against each other, to what he did with power: torture and starvation and exiling whole peoples to Siberia and informants everywhere and indoctrination and show trials where former comrades confessed and named other people.  He was a monster. 

And for the personal touch, my great-grandmother was an illegal immigrant to the US, fleeing Stalin and Hitler both, the rest of her family all died except one uncle.  Two out of about 30 people. 

So any idealistic young communists and socialists out there, that is the wrong damn model to take.  Not that there are any superfantastic models, but some are better than others.  Just because we have a fascist President-elect does not mean we have to be extreme in the opposite direction.

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2016-11-13 11:08 pm

Thousands Plan To Join Hands Around Oakland's Lake Merritt In Protest of Trump

Thousands Plan To Join Hands Around Oakland's Lake Merritt In Protest of Trump on Sunday (via East Bay Express)

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Grabbing my kid and going to make a statement 🌀🇺🇸💔💜☮💔☮💔☮

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Tiring, not sure how meaningful, but feeling good

Hey, we made the first photo of the New York Times story : http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/17/opinion/a-12-step-program-for-responding-to-president-elect-trump.html

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2016-09-04 07:58 pm

Oh Say Can You See Slaves

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Wild

this is true.

What’s funny is that I’m not surprised

The article lays down some insightful history about the origin of the national anthem, I recommend reading it to everyone

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

“The Star-Spangled Banner,” Americans hazily remember, was written by Francis Scott Key about the Battle of Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1812. But we don’t ever talk about how the War of 1812 was a war of aggression that began with an attempt by the U.S. to grab Canada from the British Empire.

However, we’d wildly overestimated the strength of the U.S. military. By the time of the Battle of Fort McHenry in 1814, the British had counterattacked and overrun Washington, D.C., setting fire to the White House.

And one of the key tactics behind the British military’s success was its active recruitment of American slaves. As a detailed 2014 article in Harper’sexplains, the orders given to the Royal Navy’s Admiral Sir George Cockburn read:

Let the landings you make be more for the protection of the desertion of the Black Population than with a view to any other advantage. … The great point to be attained is the cordial Support of the Black population. With them properly armed & backed with 20,000 British Troops, Mr. Madison will be hurled from his throne.

Whole families found their way to the ships of the British, who accepted everyone and pledged no one would be given back to their “owners.” Adult men were trained to create a regiment called the Colonial Marines, who participated in many of the most important battles, including the August 1814 raid on Washington.

Then on the night of September 13, 1814, the British bombarded Fort McHenry. Key, seeing the fort’s flag the next morning, was inspired to write the lyrics for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”


https://theintercept.com/2016/08/28/colin-kaepernick-is-righter-than-you-know-the-national-anthem-is-a-celebration-of-slavery/

This is written from an outside POV, history they didn’t teach in my school



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2016-09-04 07:58 pm
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things english speakers know, but...

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things english speakers know, but don’t know we know.

WOAH WHAT?

Really, I had never noticed that before!  I guess all the reading as a kid made e understand it, Surprising small new unexpected English language information…  But linguists have!  Big bad modifier order post at Language Log
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2016-08-01 08:05 pm

via mollyringle: Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd clown around on twitter

Posted in full at: my tumblr at July 17, 2016 at 11:24AM via [tumblr.com profile] mollyringle: So this happened. :D Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd being all bromantic on Twitter more screenshots of Twitter performance )


[twitter.com profile] DomsWildThings "Guys it's been resolved. [twitter.com profile] BillyBoydActor has sent me 20 snakes and 20 centipedes wrapped around 20 orchids for each year of our love. Awwww."


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2016-07-31 08:24 pm

Aidan Turner is in the US promoting Poldark with his castmates,...

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Aidan Turner is in the US promoting Poldark with his castmates.  There are lots of yummy photos as they are all very pretty people, but I like the red one of Aidan best of all of them, it feels intimate.


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2016-07-31 02:09 am

tumblr implemented on-blog advertising, which sucks

via http://ift.tt/2al94Pg and [tumblr.com profile] nonukesthanks:

tumblr implemented on-blog advertising, which is why blog theme html keeps getting messed up.

To shut it off:
  1. Click the ‘person’ icon in the top right
  2. Select ‘Settings’
  3. Select your blog from the column on the right
  4. Scroll down to the ‘Advertising’ section
  5. Shut that shit off.

You have to do it for all blogs individually, including side blogs.





I saw my first ad today, it blocked the blog content and I couldn’t figure out what was going on for quite a while. Blergh.