Communism in America
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DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#1 Nov 8, 2012
How sad, we must work to stop this
Amused Slew

Kent, WA

#2 Nov 8, 2012
How sad, you're still a moron...
Kim

Baldwin Park, CA

#6 Nov 8, 2012
Pffft. We must work to get righties in history and/or math classes.
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#7 Nov 9, 2012
Kim wrote:
Pffft. We must work to get righties in history and/or math classes.
Enjoying your liberal arts degree lefty
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#8 Nov 9, 2012
Here is the pic wrote:
http://images.sodahead.com/pro files/0/0/2/9/1/0/9/8/1/siio-8 4593277859.jpeg#siio
why wasn't is allowed?
I am going to keep re-posting this till it is
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#9 Nov 9, 2012
-Cash For Demonstrators At Communist Rally In Kyiv
Communist Party of Ukraine supporters gathered in Kyiv on November 7 to mark the 95th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. But many in the crowd were not there to show their support for the party, but to make a little money from the organizers, who were paying $3-$5 to participants. RFE/RL correspondent Bohdan Krasavtsev took the offer, but returned the money afterward.
http://www.rferl.org/media/video/24766477.htm...
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#10 Nov 9, 2012
-Commie divides in Russia
In many ways, the current battle for Russia's future began 30 years ago this week.

On November 10, 1982, Leonid Brezhnev died, sparking a generational change in the Soviet leadership and setting in motion an ongoing cycle of reform and reaction in Russia that remains incomplete and inconclusive to this day.

The players' names have changed as has the lexicon, but the fundamental issue remains essentially the same: how to carry out essential reforms when said reforms threaten the existing elite's continued dominance.

Brezhnev's death heralded the exit from the scene of the so-called "Class of 1937" -- the generation of Soviet leaders that quickly climbed the Communist Party's ranks following the Stalinist purges and ruled the country for decades thereafter.

By the end of Brezhnev's rule, the Soviet economy, perilously dependent on commodities exports, was stagnating and contracting as oil prices fell. The political system was ossified, corruption rampant, and public cynicism endemic. The consensus within key quarters of the rising generation of the elite was that reform was essential.

The two main constituencies pushing for change -- the KGB and technocratic "regime liberals" -- made for an unlikely alliance. But this odd coalition teamed up to pick two Soviet leaders: Yury Andropov (the KGB's candidate) and Mikhail Gorbachev (the technocrats' choice).

And it should come as no surprise that the two key meta-clans in Vladimir Putin's Kremlin are the "siloviki" and the technocrats. These bureaucratic descendants of the very same alliance that anointed Andropov and Gorbachev in the 1980s also put Putin in the Kremlin at the turn of the millennium.

Andropovism and Gorbachevism represent two paths for a stagnating authoritarian system to reform itself -- and both eventually lead to a dead end.

The Andropov model, which the sociologist Olga Kryshtanovskaya has called "authoritarian modernization," is similar to the path China has followed until now -- tightly managed economic reform that introduces market mechanisms, albeit without political reform.

Due to Andropov's death in 1984, it never got off the ground in the Soviet Union. But it was the model for Putin's rule, which exposed its limitations. In the short term it leads to growth and prosperity. But in the long run, said growth and prosperity lead to the creation of a middle class that eventually clamors for political rights. Denying these rights saps the system's "creative capacity" and leads to instability.

And if pushed to its logical conclusion, the Gorbachev model, which envisions more comprehensive economic and political reform, eventually unleashes forces that lead to a level of pluralism that brings down the authoritarian system.

Both models also inevitably split the coalition of siloviki and technocratic liberals that spawned it.

In the case of the Andropov model, the technocrats rebel and team up with the emerging middle class in pushing for greater pluralism, as exiled members of Putin's team, like former Finance Minister Aleksei Kudrin, are doing now.

And as the full implications of the Gorbachev model play out, the siloviki ultimately rebel -- as they did in August 1991.

If Putin followed Andropovism throughout his first stint in the Kremlin from 2000-04, Dmitry Medvedev's presidency had the feel of a Gorbachev redux.

And while September 2011, when Putin announced his return to the Kremlin, wasn't quite the coup against Gorbachev in August 1991, the impulse was the same: the siloviki feared losing power and made their move to stop any more change. They famously failed in August 1991, but were more successful last autumn.

So three decades after Brezhnev's death, we've come full circle. The system remains deadlocked with nothing in sight to break the logjam.
http://www.rferl.org/content/brezhnevs-childr...
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#11 Nov 9, 2012
DSM Local wrote:
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I am going to keep re-posting this till it is
why isn't it being approved, is topix leftist, sure acts that way
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#12 Nov 9, 2012
Tibetan Protests Erupt in Western Comminia
Reports from China's western Qinghai Province say hundreds or even thousands of Tibetans marched on government offices Friday. The protests come amid attempts by China's government to maintain social stability during a political transition.

Tibetans marched on government offices in Rebkong, a region of eastern Tibet, after a series of self-immolations that drew international attention. Estimates ranged from hundreds to thousands of protesters who began gathering on the streets at 5:00 a.m. Many said they were speaking out against China's education system.

"Our sources have confirmed that many of the students have been calling for freedom of language and for the return of his Holiness," said Stephanie Brigden, executive director of rights group Free Tibet.

Mass protests in Rebkong also occurred in 2010, when demonstrators spoke out against China's plans to replace Tibetan with Chinese as the language of instruction in local schools.

"They're having to make a difficult choice about what language they choose to study, because if they have to access future education opportunities, particularly higher education, and then employment opportunities, then they need to study in Chinese. If they choose to study in their own language, this will marginalize them in the future," Brigden added.

&#8203;&#8203;This month the United Nations' most senior human rights official urged China to allow independent monitors and journalists to visit Tibetan areas where immolations have taken place. On Friday, regional representatives attending the People's Congress in Beijing rejected the proposal.

Qiangba Puncog, a chief delegate from the Tibet Autonomous Region, said that China does not welcome some people, who think Tibet has many problems, human rights issues. He added that most Chinese officials do not think it is appropriate for rights officials to come to Tibet to conduct an investigation.

&#8203;&#8203;Reports indicate the protesters are mostly students and monks. While security forces have not yet intervened in the protests, police and armed forces have reportedly been deployed outside major Chinese government offices where people are demonstrating.

On Thursday Tibetans gathered in the same area to mourn at the funeral of Kalsang Jinpa, who set himself on fire to protest China's policies on Tibet. Witnesses say the 18-year-old raised a banner calling for the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet. There have been three self-immolations in Rebkong just this month.
http://www.voanews.com/content/tibetan-protes...

“Liberty and Justice for ALL!”

Since: Jun 10

Bloomington, MN

#13 Nov 9, 2012
Why are you posting completely irrelevant crap?

We;ll just have to delete it all tonight. Will that make you happy?

There is no communist threat. The cold war ended decades ago. You are ignorant and living in the past.

Why don't dig out your Ouigi board and have a seance with Joe McCarthy.
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#14 Nov 10, 2012
Le Jumbo wrote:
Why are you posting completely irrelevant crap?
We;ll just have to delete it all tonight. Will that make you happy?
There is no communist threat. The cold war ended decades ago. You are ignorant and living in the past.
Why don't dig out your Ouigi board and have a seance with Joe McCarthy.
how is that deleting going
Kim

Rosemead, CA

#15 Nov 10, 2012
DSM Local wrote:
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Enjoying your liberal arts degree lefty
Any education is better than nothing. Nothing leads to low information voters, ie repubs.
Kim

Rosemead, CA

#16 Nov 10, 2012
DSM Local wrote:
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how is that deleting going
How'd that election go for you? Lollllll
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#18 Nov 10, 2012
Kim wrote:
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Any education is better than nothing. Nothing leads to low information voters, ie repubs.
Does that liberal arts degree get you an extra bowl of soup at the shelter, well I guess an advanded degree in leftist politics is actually worth something then
Kim

Rosemead, CA

#19 Nov 10, 2012
You aren't the first person (I'm assuming a right winger )i've seen caught up on bashing liberal arts degrees. It's quite frankly a bizarre,irrelevant, and petty thing to criticize. I wonder who started it, rush, fox, hannity?

“Haven't been free since 1776”

Since: Nov 12

International Falls, MN

#20 Nov 10, 2012
Kim wrote:
You aren't the first person (I'm assuming a right winger )i've seen caught up on bashing liberal arts degrees. It's quite frankly a bizarre,irrelevant, and petty thing to criticize. I wonder who started it, rush, fox, hannity?
People notice the high unemployment rates among them
1776 Defender

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Nov 10, 2012
Have you got any sources to back up your drivel?
Amused Slew

Kent, WA

#22 Nov 10, 2012
You got any money left after wasting $400 million on Mutt ???
Kim

Rosemead, CA

#23 Nov 10, 2012
Dissing the unemployed in the middle of a bad economy. Just another reason the right couldnt win the election.
Amused Slew

Kent, WA

#24 Nov 10, 2012
Oh come on now, just because Mitt head didn't fire you personally, doesn't mean he wouldn't like to.....

Pretty sad, Mitt and Matt(trump) the fired "brothers from another mother" pretending they care about anything, but themselves...HAHAHA ~!

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