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Communist baby gift

I have friends that are expecting their first child. He is an intellectual Marxist and runs a communist/socialist intellectual magazine. What would be a really witty baby gift? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Apr 19, 2016 - 28 answers

Trying to remember a bit by Trotsky

At least I'm almost certain it was Trotsky. This was near the end of a book he wrote, in which, after the revolution, men not only gain control of the world, but somehow, the end result of Communism was men gaining actual control over their bodies and (I think) becoming something close to immortal. They'd be able to cure disease with their minds or something. [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Jun 13, 2015 - 7 answers

A history of Socialism. For kids.

Our 12-year-old has expressed some interest in the history of socialism and communism. I would love to find him some resources that aren't quite as blatantly one-sided and dismissive or even flat-out wrong as I've been able to find so far (like a video titled: "Socialism: From Marx to Obama" for example, ugh). I'm a staunch European social-democrat myself, so I can tell him a little about what I know myself, but I'd love to supplement it with some good, easy reading, and maybe some video.
posted by monospace on Jan 6, 2015 - 11 answers

80s Music Videos with Communist References?

I'm trying to compile a list of music videos from the 80s (early 90s is fine too) that reference communism, with, for example, use of hammer and sickle imagery, or the like. The more the direct the reference the better. Bonus points for synth-pop. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Apr 27, 2014 - 26 answers

"...when we stop suffering like animals and start suffering like men"

I've been on the hunt for the original of a quote that seems to have become a leftist proverb. The quote is paraphrased in the following way: [Communism/Socialism/Utopia/Freedom] will be when we stop suffering like animals and start suffering like human beings. Does this ring a bell for anyone? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Apr 18, 2014 - 2 answers

Name that Cult-of-Personality?

What is the cult-like communist organization based in possibly (but not definitely) Chicago which has a fairly slick newspaper (but isn't "Socialist Worker") operation featuring inspiring words from a "dear leader" type with a neatly trimmed beard?
posted by ennui.bz on Sep 16, 2013 - 3 answers

Non-anti-communist Cold War books

I'm looking for int'l relations and/or history books about the Cold War which don't depict the Communist world as a highly organised, monolithic organisation intentionally seeking world domination and which discuss the failures of American intervention/rollback/containment/etc. (I am not looking for propaganda from the other side; scholarly works would be best.) Thanks in advance ^_^
posted by myitkyina on Sep 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Why did the Soviet military retain the traditional Officer/Enlisted class binary rather than instituting some other hierarchichal structure?

Russian History: Why did the Soviet military retain the traditional (western) Officer/Enlisted class binary rather than instituting some other hierarchichal structure? How did they ideologically justify maintaining two distinct and separate classes, one subordinate to the other, in an army putatively fighting for a classless society? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Nov 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Contemporary songs about the Cold War?

There have been questions about Cold War songs from the '80s (1, 2, 3). What about songs about the Cold War from the 2000s? [more inside]
posted by flawsekno on May 7, 2012 - 7 answers

What went wrong with Russian Communism?

Book recommendation to answer the question: Why did Communism fail in Russia? [more inside]
posted by jay.eye.elle.elle. on Apr 9, 2012 - 20 answers

Political tourism in Beijing

What would be some "political tourism" things I could do with a few free days in Beijing? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 on Jul 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Marxists: What exactly is wrong with Carl Jung?

Hi there Marxists, or psychologists, or Jungians, or what have you. My book club recently voted to read The Undiscovered Self by Carl Jung. One member quit, insisting that she couldn't read Jung because she was a Marxist. Why? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Jun 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Years of Travail: The Birth of Labor and Radical Politics in the US 1870 - 1945

Good Books about history and personages of the American Left from post Civil War to WW2? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Feb 20, 2011 - 8 answers

What is the best way to share a single object (say, a lawnmower) amongst of about 15 people?

What is the best way to share a single object (say, a lawnmower) amongst of about 15 people? [more inside]
posted by peetle on Dec 9, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me find this "skeptic Marxist"

Help me find the name of this "Marxist Sceptic" thinker. I remember reading on aldaily.com within the last few months about a Marxist thinker who essentially came to the conclusion that though desirable, no socialist system of government would exist in the immediate future. I'm not sure if it was an obituary or something else.
posted by atrazine on Aug 20, 2010 - 3 answers

MayDay! Historical floundering!

Mad Men historical accuracy filter: Would public schools really have had a maypole dance in 1963? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Aug 6, 2010 - 24 answers


COMMUNISTS vs CAPITALISTS Birthday Party Graduate Student on a budget throwing a theme party for his 30th birthday. I could use some ideas for fun props, decorations, costumes, games, etc... [more inside]
posted by Dr.James.Orin.Incandenza on Feb 27, 2010 - 17 answers

How am I being deprived being brought up by parents who were themselves raised in a communist re

What complications, drawbacks and/or deprivations could I expect being brought up and living with parents who were raised in a communist regime? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Jan 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Do communists turn conservative?

"Anyone who was not a communist|socialist at 20 has missed half the point of life, and anyone who is still a communist|socialist at 40 has missed the other half." Who famously said this (or something very similar...)? [more inside]
posted by aqsakal on Nov 30, 2009 - 11 answers

Water Polo movie/scene about Communism?!

What movie did I watch with Water Polo as an allegory for Socialism/Communism? [more inside]
posted by mnop on Sep 12, 2009 - 4 answers

Which has a higher body count: Imperialism or Communism?

Which has a higher body count: Imperialism or Communism?
posted by Jairus on Jul 5, 2009 - 32 answers

Communist dogs vs Capitalist pigs

What game can I play with a History class to demonstrate the differences between Capitalism and Communism? [more inside]
posted by man down under on May 26, 2009 - 30 answers

Why couldn't my dad get married in 1940's Yugoslavia?

FamilyHistoryFilter: In Tito's Yugoslavia, in the latter half of the 1940's, what nationalities would two people have to have been to be denied permission to marry, and why? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco on May 11, 2009 - 9 answers

Explain Marx's conception of economic crises.

I'm trying to wrap my head around Marx's conception of Capitalist economic crises. He claims that these crises emerge every 7 years, and are caused by "the epidemic of overproduction." Is there any historical justification for this? (Especially in the modern era?)
posted by matkline on Feb 4, 2009 - 20 answers

Help me find examples of Soviet-bloc nostalgia art.

Frederic Jameson's Fear and Loathing in Globalization talks about Eastern European/Soviet nostalgia art, "in which a complete set of mass-produced industrial products, from toilet seats to window panes, from shower heads to automobiles, had been invented from scratch, altogether different from the actually existing Western inventory." Are there any examples of this type of art on the web?
posted by matkline on Dec 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Political Theory: Marx, Arendt and ? Need secondary sources and fellow travelers.

I've got a term paper to write on Arendt, Marx, and general communism and am seeking secondary sources and other theorists. If you can help, please step inside. [more inside]
posted by caitlinb on Nov 11, 2008 - 9 answers

So WHAT is wrong with socialism again?

PoliSci filter: I was hoping that someone can rationally, without rhetoric, explain to me why the word "Socialism" creates fear and extreme responses in far right-wing people. Soem very detailed specifics within. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Oct 14, 2008 - 61 answers

Searching for a Cold War Soundtrack

I am looking to make a music playlist that recaptures that '89 cold war, fall of communism feel. Think Scorpions - Wind of Change. [more inside]
posted by DOUBLE A SIDE on Aug 5, 2008 - 23 answers

How do Kosovar Albanians differ from Albanians in Albania?

How do Kosovar Albanians differ from Albanians in Albania? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Jul 30, 2008 - 7 answers

10 Planks of the Communist Manifesto

How many of the 10 Planks of the Communist Manifesto have been adopted into modern society? [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Apr 1, 2008 - 9 answers

Calling MeFibrarians and MeFanarchists

I have been asked at the last minute to incorporate some Bakunin into my paper (due Friday) on 19th Century theories of community. Not having read any Bakunin before, and not having much time to work on this, I am in a bit of a pickle. I am more than happy to do the relevant reading if only I can identify it. Can someone who has read Bakunin please recommend to me some specific pieces I should read? I am interested in ideas of what community is and should be, how it is created and maintained, why it is necessary, etc. For reference, the major theorist I am drawing on for this paper is Ferdinand Tonnies.
posted by arcticwoman on Feb 13, 2008 - 2 answers

Red Dawn Russian Style

Are there any movies that match the campiness of Red Dawn from Russia? [more inside]
posted by occidental on Sep 27, 2007 - 8 answers

East Germany after the wall fell?

What was East Germany like immediately after the Wall fell? (Lives of Others spoiler alert) [more inside]
posted by neuron on Aug 26, 2007 - 16 answers

Help Me Before the Revolution Commences. . .

Bookfilter: Recommend a good book on Leon Trotsky and Trotskyism. [more inside]
posted by boubelium on Jul 10, 2007 - 6 answers

What are these East German Commies saying, anyway?

German-speakers: What are the Commies in these (very brief) clips from East Germany saying? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on May 7, 2007 - 5 answers

Are there any essays or studies naming and analyzing the concept of 'freedom' as developed on the internet?

Are there any essays or studies naming and analyzing the concept of 'freedom' as developed on the internet? [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Apr 3, 2007 - 14 answers

How many in Hong Kong supported reunification?

How many Hong Kongers supported reunification before it happened? Now? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Oct 6, 2006 - 2 answers

Meanwhile, back in communist Hollywood

A russian James Bond? [more inside]
posted by soundofsuburbia on Oct 3, 2006 - 4 answers

Evidence of un-American activities

Is there a site where I can read ALL the transcripts of the evidence given by "friendly witnesses" before the House Committee on Un-American Activities? [more inside]
posted by stammer on Aug 17, 2006 - 1 answer

Intellectual property is theft!

Legal status of creative works from the USSR. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jul 15, 2006 - 5 answers

Trotsky v. Marx

Like, what are the main differences between Marx's Communism and Trotsky's Communism?
posted by xmutex on Jun 21, 2006 - 15 answers

Help me weed through all those blogs about Asia

What are the best blogs dealing with East Asian politics, specifically China, the Koreas and Japan? Bonus if commentary about US foreign policy toward these nations is included.
posted by dead_ on Nov 7, 2005 - 7 answers

In AskMe the questions come to you

I'm looking for nonfiction accounts of daily civilian life in the former Soviet Union / Eastern Bloc nations. Please recommend some titles. Thanks!
posted by pieoverdone on Apr 10, 2005 - 12 answers

chinese cultural revolution

I have to give a short presentation today in my Chinese Lit. class on the cultural revolution (i.e. approx. '66-'69, the upsurge by students and workers against the Chinese Communist Party, initiated by Mao) and, aside from such sources as Wikipedia, etc, was wondering if anyone had any interesting points to make about it, or revealing links, sources, etc, that would aid me in my presentation. My teacher lived in China around this time, so anything from a unique perspective would be appreciated by both her and I. Thanks!
posted by jruckman on Apr 7, 2005 - 5 answers

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