Happy Final Day of Hanukkah and what is the Maccabean Revolt

For 2019CE, on the Gregorian Calendar, today is the last day of Hanukkah. On the Hebrew Calendar, it Begins 25 Kislev, and ends 2 Tevet or 3 Tevet on some years.  The Holiday is supposed to last 8 Days, and the background from this is a story that during a revolt, the Jews only had enough oil to light a candle for 1 Day, but it lasted 8 days. Judea had been part of the Ptolemaic Kingdom until 200 BCE when the Seleucid Empire took it over. Antiochus III the Great was the leader of the Empire at the time. Antiochus III allowed the Jews to continue to live their lives how they had before and to keep their https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bd/Maccabean_revolt.jpgcustoms. After Antiochus III died, their successor, Antiochus IV did not allow the Jews to keeps their customs and traditions, and they outlawed Judaism. Antiochus IV demanded that a statue of Zeus be put in a temple which was previously used for Judaism. . Mattathias (Mattityahu), a Jewish priest, and his five sons Jochanan, Simeon, Eleazar, Jonathan, and Judah led a rebellion against Antiochus IV. This would eventually what would lead to Hanukkah. Mattathias killed a Jew which was complying to the conversion of the Temple and the Rebellion had begun. Later Judah had retaken the temple and  “cleansed” it (meaning they made it Jewish again rather than Greek). According to the Talmud, unadulterated and undefiled pure olive oil with the seal of the kohen gadol (high priest) was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was required to burn throughout the night every night. This is why they needed the candles so much and why the holiday was declared. The revolt was know as the Maccabean Revolt as it was from a type of Jews who rebelled. Judea then became an Independent Nation which lead to the independent Hasmonean dynasty . The new country was located in Modern Day Palestine and Israel. Israel is the modern day country where the Jews live, though it is in conflict with a country called Palestine which also owns Jewish Lands but is mostly Muslim.  Neither Palestine nor Israel are fully recognised around the world, and they have land disputes.

Judea During the Revolt
Judea During the Revolt

 

PLEASE NOTE: THESE DO NOT REPRESENT MY RELIGIOUS VIEWS, I AM JUST TRYING TO EXPLAIN THE HISTORICAL PARTS OF HANUKKAH AND TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT IT IS ABOUT, I AM NOT PROMOTING ANY RELIGION.

What is Neo-Liberalism?

Neo-Liberalism is one of the economic systems used in the United States, and many other countries in the west. You may even hear the US Democratic Party and the UK Labour Party called “Liberal” (though the Labour Party is often considered Social Democracy (which is similar)). Neo-Liberalism is basically Capitalism with regulations. The idea is that to help the workers. but keep capitalism, they just put regulations so they do not have to replace the system. This has many issues as it allows an exploitive system to keep existing, just a little “less bad”. Things Neo-Liberals often support are taxes, welfare, business regulations, and stuff like that. The Term became popular in the 1960s and 1970s CE, and is a new version of Liberalism which became popular after the 2nd Great War(Neo means new). It is often associated with laissez-faire. Neo-Liberalism is supposed to allow laissez-faire, but with regulations which are supposed to help large corporations be “checked”.

Flaws of Neo-Liberalism

Neo-Liberalism has many flaws. One of the mains ones is that it allows capitalists to continue to exploit workers and harm the people in other countries who are poorer. All Neo-Liberalism does is it adds limitations which are supposed to protect the workers, but they often do not, they just allow capitalism to continue to reign for longer, as may look like the workers are getting many “victories”, even though they are not. Neo-Liberalism has not gotten rid of wage labour, but has just slightly improved wages and wage regulations, please check out why we are against the minimum wage, where we look at it from both a capitalist and a communist perspective.

 

Another issue with the attempts with Neo-Liberalism is the large companies still stay on top, and the regulations do not help the smaller companies which are run by  less rich people. In-fact, the large corporations often do not pay that much is taxes, if any, while the average person or small business still has to pay taxes like normal. The Guardian reported Netflix, did not pay any income tax in 2018. A large company is still easily able to keep a smaller company from being able to reliably compete.

 

Another issue is that many places that use Neo-Liberalism have Neo-Nazi or Neo-Fascist tendencies, such as the United States, and Neo-Liberalism helps keep it like this. Neo-Liberalism tries to regulate economics, and while doing it, they only really enforce it for the smaller companies, while the larger companies often get let off for stuff that normal companies would have to do.  This means that the individual is more controlled by the state unless they work for one of the large companies, where the boss would control you more.  This leads to corporatism and authoritarianism (and eventually totalitarianism (which has already partially happened in the United States)). Since Neo-Liberalism just helps postpone revolution, very little stops the state and bourgeoisie from grabbing tonnes of power before the proletariat can do anything.

What is an Alternative to Neo-Liberalism?

An Alternative to Neo-Liberalism is Communism. The Proletariat will revolt and overthrow the state and become self-supporting, no longer relying on Capitalists. The workers own the means of production and there is no currency or bosses or state. People live in Communes and use workplace democracy and trade with other communes through mutual aid. Communism happens after the workers revolt and after the state, currency/money, and capitalism are abolished in the area that Communism is happening. Communism brings a higher standard of living for everyone (except the former Bosses in most cases).

 

 

The Leftist Case against a Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is an attempt to try to force companies to create a liveable wage for their employees. Labour Unions like the Industrial Workers of the World fought to raise it. However, it still remains ineffective and possibly even counter-productive in keeping Worker’s Rights. This article used the United States as its main example, but most of the stuff is applicable to other countries to an extent.

If you want to see my older article on the subject from mostly a capitalist viewpoint, please check out Why We need to abolish the Minimum Wage (Old)

It’s Not Liveable

First of All, the Minimum wage is not really all that liveable, at least in the United States unless you choose to be homeless. The Federal Government makes the minimum wage 7,25USD an hour, though states may have their own. Full time is 8 hours making it about 58USD a day, if you work 5 days in a week thats 290USD a week, About 1200USD a Month and around 14400USD a Year. According to ApartmentList The Median Price of a Flat in the United States is around 1000USD per month for 1 Bedroom. If you only ate Potatoes, you would need to eat about 21 of them to meet the recommended calorie intake (a Postdate is around 56 Calories and the Recommended is around 1200 a day). A bag for 1USD contains around that many. If you eat only that you can get buy for 30USD a month for food. The Basic Utilities (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Rubbish) will cost you around 70USD on the cheap end (does not include Internet). For Internet  you will most likely have to pay (Unless 10 Hours a Month for Free From NetZero is good Enough), for a DSL Connection you will Probably need to Pay around 40USD a Month . If you need a Bus Pass that will cost Around 20USD a month, if you need a Mobile Plan, thats 1USD a month from FreedomPop. If you choose to have Insurance, the price for that is About 400USD a month for an individual. Already we are in debt, and we have not even considered taxes and emergency spending or interest rate from your past debt. The Minimum wage is not liveable if you choose to live a normal life.

The Minimum Wage does not keep up well with Inflation

Many people in the US want to raise the Minimum wage to 15USD an hour. More than 50% agree with this. I can to an extent agree with this. The 7,25USD minimum wage was passed in 1994CE. 7,25USD in 1994 is about the same as 11USD in 1994. But since the US government is so slow, it may be a few years until the Minimum wage is updated. By then, Inflation would have caught up. The Minimum wage in the United States does not keep up with Inflation.

It creates an Artificial Pay limit

The Minimum wage also makes an artificial pay limit. It sets a suggested number which everyone chooses to set as their payment for their employees rather than a living wage. It allows for companies to pay a little bit over minimum wage sound like they are paying a lot when in reality they are still not paying a liveable wage. If a company pay 13USD an hour its not much better than a 7,25USD  per hour wage. The Minimum wage increasing also gives land lords the green light to raise their prices. If the minimum wage were to raise, landlords would just raise prices and inflation in general would go up thus eventually cancelling out the raise.The minimum wage also in many ways sets the standard salary for other jobs. If you have a 2nd tier job, just make it pay 20 000 USD a month, its more than minimum wage but not a liveable wage, and for each tier, you just add a little bit more. This is what happens when you have a low minimum wage and the  state rather than the unions try to regulate it which brings us to our Next Point.

It weakens Unions

The Minimum wage tries to make unions less relevant. If the wage is set to something super low, but just high enough to make some people happy, the workers wont rebel and demand higher wages. Unions get weaker since there is less use for them which allows for the wages to stay low.  If the workers all got together on strike, they would get much higher than what the minimum wage is, but the minimum wage is just enough to make the workers not go on strike and demand higher wages, meaning that it is just meant to weaken something (Unions) to keep something else the same (Capitalism and Low Wages).

It keeps Capitalism alive

The Minimum wage is just a Neo-Liberal way to keep capitalism intact. It is part of a negotiation between the Bourgeoisie and the Proletariat mediated by the State. But this just gives the state more of a reason to exist and lets the bourgeoisie continue to exist. We dont want to negotiate with these pigs, we want to overthrow them, they are leeches and as long as they exist, we are being exploited.

Workers are Still Exploited

The Bourgeoisie still makes profits off the worker’s labour, even if they are paying them more. It does not in any way fix Worker Labour Exploitation or Wage Slavery. Even if it does work for large Corporations, the Minimum wage may harm smaller businesses which are just starting out. In the beginning, a business may not be able to pay liveable wages, though a worker may still choose to work there for other reasons, though they cant because of the Minimum wage laws. In the long run this leads to Monopolies forming.

The fear of Globalism

If we have minimum wage laws, the Bourgeoisie may just move their work force to Asia or Africa for a fraction of the cost, profiting a United States Company, and keeping the those countries poor. This is already happening in the Chinas and Africa where people (including Children) in those countries are being paid pennies a day to do work when the company owner does nothing and gets huge profit.

 

An Alternative to the Minimum wage.

There are great alternatives to the minimum wage which carry less or none of the negative effects we listed above.

One of them is a “Maximum Wage” like the 1:12 Ratio in the Swiss Confederation. What this does is it makes the highest paid person in a company make a maximum of 12 times as much as the lowest worker. The benefit to this is it prevents 1 person from raising to the top and provides better living conditions for the workers and more equality in general.  While the Swiss do have a Minimum wage, the 1:12 ratio is a much better way to fix the problem.

 

Another way is Socialism or Communism.

Socialism and Communism are not the evil ideologies portrayed in the West. Socialism is when the workers take control of the means of production and abolish the bourgeoisie and is a step towards communism for Marxists.  Communism is a step further than socialism, in Communism, the state and Money/Currency are both abolished.  All transactions are between workers and there are no bosses and all the resources are owned collectively. This is good because it can help impoverished peoples improve their living conditions and not be exploited, and it helps just about everyone except the former bourgeoisie and state.

 

 

Also happy 100th Birthday to CPUSA on 20 December 2019CE.

02 December 2019 Ditch School Day

02 December is the day were you are supposed to ditch school. School, at least in the US, is a Neo-Nazi Organisation which controls you a tonne and it would be better if it was dismantled. I am happy for the people who ditched school and hope they had a very good day.

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday 199th Friedrich Engles!

28 November 2019 CE is the 199th Birthday of Friedrich Engles! Engles was the main co-writer for Marx’s work. They are a huge part of history as they helped improve working conditions, and helped spread awesome ideas of freedom. Their ideas were used in created countries which claimed to be Socialist. Even Anarchists like us like what Engles did, as they laid many ideas of what we needed to fix to be free from the bourgeoisie. Engles is often forgotten, but they in many ways were even more important than Marx as they had ideas like “withering away of the state”, which is used by Marxists as a way to finally achieve Communism. We cant wait for Engles’ 200th Birthday.

Democratic Debate 20 November 2019 (United States) in Under 10 Minutes

Today 20 November 2019 CE, was the first debate for the Democratic party happened in Georgia. This was with 9 Democratic candidates. This was the 5th of 12 debates.

Joe Biden
Bernie Sanders
Elizabeth Warren
Kamala Harris
Pete Buttigieg
Tom Steyer
Andrew Yang
Cory Booker
Amy Klobuchar

The Canidates that were in the debate are Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer, Andrew Yang, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar. There are other democratic canidates running, but none of them were able to qualify for the debate. Biden, Sanders, Harris, and Warren all have about equal percent, 17% according to FiveThirtyEight. Pete Buttigieg has 16%, Tom Steyer with 8%, Andrew Yang with 5%, Booker with 5%, and Klobuchar with 4%. Klobuchar’s appearance was kind of a surprise as they had not been doing that well. You need about 3 percent in order to qualify for the debate. The democrats made strong promises like Free Healthcare and more paid leave.We are honestly unsure if the democrats will be able to keep their promises, as most of them still support capitalism and reform over revolution. Almost all of them talked about climate change and most of them discussed plans on what they would do about it and how they planned to set an example for other countries. Most of the  candidates were against continuing relations with Saudi Arabia, or at least wanted to put more pressure on them and to stop selling them weapons. They also supported trying to get Iran and Saudi Arabia to work together and to put pressure on both of them, and in general to create a new foreign policy. Many of them still seemed to have nationalist sentiment, saying how as a nation we should be united. Impeachment was also an issue commonly covered between most of the candidates. Regime changes were generally looked down upon in this debate. Most of the candidates were almost completely Pro-Choice. They were sure to talk about recognising white nationalist groups as domestic terrorists, as well as other racial issues. Voting rights were talked about by people like Sanders and Kolbuchar. This is most of the you need to know about the democratic debate from 20 November 2019. If you want to know more information about what each candidate talked about, we suggest you read this article on the Democratic Presidential Debate 20 November 2019.

The Crafting Ingredients of the United States V1

The things at the top are called Fasces, and they are often used to Represent Fascism, an authoritarian ideology with many different age and gender roles as well as Racism. The Untied States in my opinion is Neo-Nazi which is an extreme form of Fascism.

 

In the Middle is the Capitalist Pig commonly known as Capitalist Porky. This is supposed to represent the Pig-Like Nature of Capitalists and How Capitalists are a big part of the United States.

 

On the Centre Left there are Slave Chains, these represent how the United States was based off of slavery and how still living in the United States is slavery even if they in some ways do not use literal slavery (though it still exists in some ways).

To the Centre Right is a picture of Cecil Rhodes and the Cape-Cairo railway project.   This is a symbol commonly used to represent British Imperialism in Africa, but has also been used to represent Imperialism in general. The United States used imperialism alot during its history and still uses in by overthrowing governments and replacing them with ones that the US have influence over. This happened recently in the 2019 Coup of Bolivia.

On the Bottom I have a Picture of Big Brother. Big Brother is popular from the meme “Big Brother is Watching You”, this meme is supposed to relate to the US as the United States spys on its own citizens a lot and it also spys on citizens of other countries a lot, especially of countries that they are enemies with.

 

This whole meme is in the Shape of a Minecraft Crafting table, Minecraft is a popular game which is played by Millions. The Crafting table is what you use to make stuff.

This meme is free to spread under any condition as long as you do not copyright it.

Happy Mawlid/Happy Birthday Muhammad for Shia Muslims!

17th Rabi’ al-awwal (15 November 2019)is the day most Shia Muslims celebrate the holiday Mawlid, which is a holiday used to celebrate the Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, a huge prophet in Islam. Most other Muslims celebrate this holiday on the 12th of Rabi’ al-awwal rather than the 15th. He have an article on the holiday as we already have written it for the other Muslims.  Please check out Happy Mawlid/Happy Birthday Prophet Muhammad, Sunni and Ibadi Muslims!

Coup in Bolivia by United States Government and fake Twitter Accounts denying the coup happened.

On 11 November 2019, The CIA as well as a few Multinational Lithium corporations, took a big part of a coup in the Plurinational State of Bolivia. The current leader was someone named Evo Morales, who was a democraticly elected president who was about 4 years through his 5 year term. He labelled himself socialist, and was overthrown less than 1 week after stopping trade with Multinational Lithium Companies. He was replaced by a rightist named Jeanine Áñez, who is Anti-Evo Morales. 

Why did the Coup Happen and Who was Involved?

Evo Morales
Evo Morales

The coup happened because Evo Morales stopped trade with multinational Lithium Companies and so the United States could continue their imperialism. The Coup was the result of many right-wing protests which were against the Socialist government in Boliva currently, and the CIA and multinational corporations propped them up and overthrew the fairly popular government, and replace it with one that is far worse and disliked by far more people. The country tried to nationalise fossil fuels and Lithium, and did not like being exploited by Europe for the Lithium which was rightfully theirs.

The United States is not done trying to weak socialist countries.

US Imperialism
US Imperialism

In the past, the United States has done coups to socialist countries to try to make socialism look bad and use those countries as an example of why socialism is bad. An example of a similar coup was 1954 CE in Guatamala and even a coup that once happened in Bolivia.These coups have continued in many other countries by the United States to try to stop the spread of Socialism.  The CIA, Some Multinational Corporations, and some Right-Wing Protesters were the people who carried out the coup.

 

What does this mean for the World and Bolivia?

New Leader of Bolivia
New Leader of Bolivia

Bolivia’s new leader is named  Jeanine Áñez, and she was supposedly the most popular successor to Morales, though this is debatable, as her party, the Democrat Social Movement, is not popular, currently only having 1/36 senators and  4/130 members in the Chamber of Deputies. On the contrary, Movement for Socialism, Morales’ party 21/36 Senators and 67/130 Deputies. She is a rightist who is not very popular and possibly very corrupt (she is married to a Colombian politician which would allow for a lot of corruption). She claims to be just a “temporary”  president until the next election.

This is a huge loss of indigenous people, as the previous leader and party was a huge supporter of indigenous people, with the party even making the Wiphala one of the official flags.

It is also a loss for people who support the environment, as the previous leader was very pro-environment and the new leader does not seem to care and wants to undo lots of the stuff done by Morales.

Bolivia is one of the more impoverished countries in the Americas, but has been one of the fastest growing due partially due to the Movement for Socialist Party. With a more pro-capitalist party, this is likely to hurt the growth of Bolivia and continue to benefit the Bourgeoisie and Multinational corporations. She has been called a Fascist by some.

Finely, the deal with the Lithium companies will probably be restored.

Morales just today received Asylum in Me´xico and officially resigned power today as well.

 

Fake Twitter Accounts Denying the Event

Today, people from the United States have made fake Twitter accounts that look like they are from Bolivia which deny the coup ever happening. This is most likely and attempt of hiding United States Imperialism . They say how Bolivia is still great and how the coups never happened.

 

Corbyn is a Hypocrite, not A Socialist

Corbyn had been the leader of the Labour Party of the United Kingdom since 2015. His goals were to try to make the Labour Party party for the working class again. Though the Labour party had almost never been a true Worker’s Party, as they have always done their fair share of helping corporations and banks and not helping the working class. While all this was happening, Corbyn stayed loyal to the Labour Party.

 

About the Labour Party

A Piece of Labour Party Symoblism
A Piece of Labour Party Symbolism

The Labour Party of the United Kingdom is a political party which is similar to the United States Democratic Party (though in some ways a little more left). They are a centrist political party with a tilt to the left. They claim to support things like workers rights, social justice, and better infrastructure. They are often considered an alliance with Social Democrats, Democratic Socialists, and Trade Unionists.  Their biggest competitor is the Conservative Party of the UK (Which is like the Republican Party of the US). Rather than improving by revolution, they try to improve by reform, which is just patching up the existing Neo-Liberal system that currently exists.  This is why the Labour Party can be more accurately described as a Neo Liberal Party than a socialist party, they just try to take capitalism, and improve it a little so people think its getting better when in reality it is not much better and capitalism itself is an obsolete ideology which needs to be replaced.

Who is Jeremy Corbyn?

Corbyn protesting the Apartheid
Corbyn protesting the Apartheid

Jeremy Corbyn is the current leader of the Labour Party. He identifies as a democratic socialist. He has a history of activism in SOME cases. He protested the apartheid and even got arrested, he was openly for nuclear disarmament, and even had parts in Anti-Fascist Action Protests. But whenever his party does something, even if it is something he disagrees with, like the war in Iraq, he still remains loyal with the same party. He joined the Labour party when he was 16 years old in 1965CE. 1 year later, the party announced a wage freeze, and 3 years after that, they created a foundation for a set of rules under the name In Place of Strife. These rules would do things like limit rights for workers to go on strike. In 1976CE the Labour Party brought austerity, which is a system of taxing, which later lead to the Winter of Discontent in 1979CE, which was mass strikes from workers who demanded better wages and working conditions. This is very hypocritical for a party which aims to be the party for the working class, but while there had been parts of the party who had rebelled to these new taxes, those councils were expelled from the party, while  Corbyn was still in the party and seemed to be ok with what was happening. They introduced Poll taxes in the 1980s and 1990’s CE, and enforced them on a local level, and when the Early 2000’s came along, The Labour Party even helped the UK get into war with Afghanistan and Iraq (Corbyn was against this), and when the Financial Crash of 2008 happened, the Labour Party was the party to bail out the banks and keep the bank owners and bourgeoisie in power. During all this, he stayed in the party. In Fact, he was in the party for over 50 years.

His Weak Plans to Make the Labour Party more Left

Corbyn wants to make the Labour Party more left, but does not want much revolution and is trying to do it through reform. He is trying to reform a party which has betrayed the working class many times and just trying to improve it. In a large and bureaucratic party like the Labour party, I do not think that this will happen that fast. Corbyn remains loyal to a party which did many things against the working class, and we are not sure if he will actually try to improve the party that much, as the party has done many bad things that he has been supportive of, at best what I think will happen is he will try to change some of the policies that are  passed through the government and try to make them a little more leftist, but that will only be a few at a time, not many new ideas. At best his efforts would just be patching up Neo-Liberal Capitalism rather than bringing socialism or any decent leftist ideology, which is just increasing the ticking time bomb of eventual revolution.

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