Quick Quips: (Literally) Bloody Hell

16/02/2019

I have been slack and haven’t posted in a couple of days – I am still ahead on my goal to reach 365 posts this year, but I’ll admit I was having a bit much fun testing out my new laptop’s capabilities and didn’t get around to writing much. But while I’ve been quiet, the world sure has not been. Neither has our government here in Australia, despite the fact they are so inept they can’t even do their job.

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Lenin and the Russian Revolution: A Reflection Pt.2

06/02/2019

Nationalism and Imperialism

In part 1, I talked about the possibility of a socialist revolution taking place today. The chances are quite small in my view, and one of the reasons for that is the ideological divides and how people perceive different –isms. In this piece, I just want to touch on nationalism and imperialism, with reference to ideas of Lenin’s quoted in Christopher Hill’s Lenin and the Russian Revolution.

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Lenin and the Russian Revolution: A Reflection Pt.1

06/02/2019

Revolution

It took longer than I intended (it was a relatively short book), but I have finally finished Christopher Hill’s brief book on the Russian Revolution, which spoke of it through the lens of Lenin’s ideas and actions. I’ll most definitely have to read some other books about the time period to have a more in depth understanding and context surrounding the Revolution as it was rather limited. Despite this, it did offer a fair amount of introductory insight to the years (approximately) 1903-1924, and there are ideas worth exploring.

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Quick Quips: First Month

31/01/2019

It may just be something that happens as you get older, but even at 20 the time seems to fly by with little regard for what one would like to do with said time. Already we are at the end of January, with the scene set for 2019. Yes, it looks like it’s going to just be another regular year.

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Australia Recognises Guaido

28/01/2019

A small update to my piece yesterday about foreign leaders declaring who they recognise as the head of state in another country. Australia, tragically but predictably, has followed in step with the US in backing the long anticipated coup in Venezuela.

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We Cannot Declare Foreign Leaders

27/01/2019

Since Juan Guaido has placed himself in a position to begin a coup in Venezuela, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has desperately tried to urge leaders around the world to side with the US in their backing of the change. As in my last piece on Venezuela, it does not matter what you think of the country or its current leadership, the idea that foreign groups and leaders can simply declare who they will recognise as head of state sets a dangerous precedent. Worst of all, it has absolutely no bearing on the wellbeing and self-determination of the Venezuelan people.

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Protests in France a Class Struggle, Not Pro-Fossil Fuels

08/12/2018

The current Yellow Vest protests in France were sparked by a tax that increased the price of diesel fuel in the country. As this was the tipping point that caused them, the media (outside of France) has blamed this tax as the major issue. As such, a few commentators and readers have taken this as French opposition towards renewable energy and a step back to fossil fuels. But this wasn’t a tipping point in a battle for the climate – it goes further, into a class struggle against Macron’s neo-liberal policies.

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Zionism: A Quick Observation

25/11/2018

My current read is a book I have borrowed from my granddad, One Palestine, Complete, by Tom Segev about Palestine under the British mandate (from the end of WW1 to the creation of the modern state of Israel). I am only a few chapters in, but there appear to be a few contradictions, both from the author and in a broader sense, in the ideology behind the Zionist movement.

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