Less work for the same pay

Less work for the same pay (llco.org) An experiment is afoot in First World, in social-democratic Sweden: less work, same pay: “Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, will begin its experiment with six-hour working days this summer, hopefully proving that the shorter work hours can make up for what they lose in time with more efficient …

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Bangladesh is in chains, literally

Bangladesh is in chains, literally (llco.org) In his Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx wrote that the proletariat had nothing to lose but their chains. Marx was speaking figuratively. By the time Marx wrote, Europe had mostly abolished slavery, at least officially. Marx was speaking to the wage slavery of the free laborer, who nonetheless suffered intense …

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Turning Money into Rebellion edited by Gabriel Kuhn part 3

Turning Money into Rebellion edited by Gabriel Kuhn part 3 (llco.org) Turning Money into Rebellion: The Unlikely Story of Denmark’s Revolutionary Bank Robbers (Kreplebebad, 2014) edited by Gabriel Kuhn documents the story of one of the most interesting revolutionary trends to emerge from the First World. It is the story of Mao-friendly, modern-day Robin Hoods …

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Turning Money into Rebellion edited by Gabriel Kuhn reviewed part 2

Turning Money into Rebellion edited by Gabriel Kuhn reviewed part 2 (llco.org) Turning Money into Rebellion: The Unlikely Story of Denmark’s Revolutionary Bank Robbers (Kreplebedab, 2014) is a great book every anti-imperialist and revolutionary in the First World should read. The book tells the story and thinking of the so-called Danish “Blekingegade Group,” the Mao-friendly …

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Soviet Women, Traditionalism, Revisionism

Soviet Women, Traditionalism, Revisionism (llco.org) These comments are a reaction to Gail Warshofsky Lapidus’ “Women in Soviet Society: Equality, Development, and Social Change.” Much of Lapidus’ essay covers the same ground as these other  works: Wendy Goldman’s Women at the Gates, Sheila Fritzpatrick’s Everyday Stalinism, and Hiroaki Kuromiya’s Stalin’s Industrial Revolution.  What is refreshing about …

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A tale of two communes

A tale of two communes  (llco.org) “Dear, Leading Light, I really appreciate how LLCO is offering a fresh interpretation of the 20th century communist movement. This is exactly what we need for the movement to go forward. One question, though – given that Mao was so supportive of the spontaneously formed Henan Commune in the …

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Early GPCR, the rise of New Power and new ideology Part 4

Seas are rising, Clouds and Waters Raging The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution Begins,  Maoist China from 1958 to May 16, 1966 Read Part 1 here: http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-new-ideology-part-1/ Part 2: http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-new-ideology-part-2/ Part 3: http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-new-ideology-part-3/ Part 4: http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-new-ideology-part-4/ Part 5: http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-new-ideology-part-5/ Part 6: http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-new-ideology-part-6/ Part 7: http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-new-ideology-part-7/ Part 8: http://llco.org/early-gpcr-the-rise-of-new-power-and-new-ideology-part-8/ (llco.org) Revolutionizing the People’s Liberation Army: Ideological Revolution, …

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On the protests in Bangladesh: What is to be done?

On the protests in Bangladesh: What is to be done? (llco.org)  On February 5, 2013, Bangladesh erupted. Protests began in the Shahbag neighborhood in the capital Dhaka, but quickly spread across the country. The protesters demanded justice for the genocide, war crimes and other crimes against humanity committed during the Bangladesh liberation war in 1971. …

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