Post(s) tagged with "revolution"
Trotsky’s train was set up in the night from 7 to August 8, 1918 in Moscow by the Moscow-Kazan railway. Initially it was called the People’s Commissar train, and after the appointment of Trotsky to the presidency created by the Revolutionary Military Council in September, it was called the train of the President of the Revolutionary Military Council of the Republic.
This train, as evidenced by documents, consisted of 12 wagons, while always traveling from east to west and from south to north, with 232 people, including 30 of the Latvian Soviet infantry regiment, seven of armored car crew, eighteen soldiers of the fighting marine detachment, nine troopers, twenty-one in the machine-gun squad, seven telephone operators, four of the telegraph Narkomputsoobsch, six representatives of Vikzhedora, five representatives of Okrvoenkom, a man of Glavnachsnabzh, three Rights of Voenzakonsoveta, Moscow depot brigade of twenty-four, ten drivers, five cyclists, five motorcyclists, thirty-seven agitators (naturally, all with weapons), eight signalmen OPERODa, seven employees in the dining car, a commandant, six medical staff, ten in saloon car number 431, five in the saloon car number 432.
Thanks to Grover Furr for the link.
The bestiality of imperialism, a bestiality that knows no limits, that has no national frontiers. The bestiality of Hitlers armies, is like the North American bestiality, like that of the Belgian paratroopers and that of the French imperialists in Algeria. For it is the very essence of imperialism to turn men into wild, blood thirsty animals determined to slaughter, kill, murder and destroy the very last vestige of the image of the revolutionary or the partisan in any regime, that they crush under their boots because it fights for freedom. The statue of Lumumba destroyed today but rebuilt tomorrow, remind us of the tragic story of this martyr of the world revolution and make sure that we never trust imperialism in no way at all.
“If you throw one stone, it’s a punishable offense. If 1,000 stones are thrown, it’s political action. If you set a car on fire, it’s a punishable offense. If hundreds of cars are set on fire, it’s a political action. Protest is when I say I don’t agree with something. Resistance is when I ensure that things with which I disagree no longer take place.“
The price that some on the Left pay for ignoring this “complication” of class struggle is, among other things, an all-too-easy and uncritical acceptance of anti-american and anti-western Muslim groups as representing “progressive” forms of struggle, as automatic allies: groups like Hamas and Hezbollah all of a sudden appear as revolutionary agents, even though their idiology is explicitly anti-modern, rejecting the entire egalitarian legacy of the French revolution. (Things have gone so far here that some of the contemporary Left consider even an emphasis on atheism as a Western colonialist plot.) Against this temptation, we should insist on the unconditional right to conduct a public critical analysis of all religions, Islam included, and the saddest thing is that one should even have to mention this. While many leftist would concede this point, he or she would be quick to add that any such critique must be carried out in a respectful way, in order to avoid a patronizing cultural imperialism, wich de facto means that every real critique is to be abandoned, since a genuine critique of religion will by definition be “disrespectful” of the latter’s sacred character and truth claims.
Truth has a power of its own. Art has a power of its own. That age-old lesson – that everything we do matters – is the meaning of the people’s struggle here in the United States and everywhere. A poem can inspire a movement. A pamphlet can spark a revolution. Civil disobedience can arouse people and provoke us to think, when we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress. We live in a beautiful country. But people who have no respect for human life, freedom, or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back.
- Howard Zinn (A Power Governments Cannot Suppress)