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https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/3835-capitalist-development-in-nicaragua-and-the-mirage-of-the-left

Capitalist Development in Nicaragua and the Mirage of the Left

Nicaraguans are caught between the corrupt and repressive Ortega government and the traditional oligarchy, backed by the international right wing.

The image carefully cultivated by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his supporters as the standard-bearers of the popular revolutionary process led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) in the 1980s has all but crumbled in the wake of the mass protests that broke out last month against pension reform that left dozens of people dead, and hundreds injured and jailed. For some, the protests were a plot organized by the United States to destabilize a revolutionary government. For others, it was an explosion of mass discontent against a corrupt and authoritarian regime.

While the United States and the traditional Nicaraguan oligarchy would certainly like to have a more pliant regime in place, they have accommodated themselves to the Ortega government. The Sandinista inner circle has hacked its way into the ranks of the country's elite in a process dating back to the aftermath of the 1980s revolution, proving capable of overseeing a new round of capitalist development since coming back to power in 2007. Ortega and the FSLN have dressed in a leftist discourse their attempt to establish a populist multiclass political alliance around this project of capitalist development under the firm hegemony of capital and Sandinista state elites.

While the FSLN retains a mass, if dwindling, base among the country's peasantry and urban poor, the FSLN leadership has made pacts with the traditional oligarchy; suppressed dissent; enriched itself through plunder of state resources and an alliance with transnational capital; and deployed the army, police and paramilitary forces to violently repress peasants, workers and social movements opposing its policies.

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https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/05/heres-money-destroying-world-addiction.html

He intimated a toxic childhood and an abusive parent (a common theme in the biographies of addicts).

He revealed the exhilaration (a well-known symptom of dopamine release) at the power that money provided him.

He admitted that he abused money like he abused alcohol and cocaine — to feel better about himself.

In the powerful throes of his deep addiction, his “fixes,” including cash bonuses, were never big enough. Like the “users” on Wall Street who fly into addiction-fueled rages, he would do anything, including bringing harm to others, to amass more cash. A typical addict, he didn’t care as long as he could have more.

Scientists are beginning to see the addictive link between dopamine and money, but we don’t have to wait for them to catch up. We know this is a problem. As I argue in this video, money is the most highly addictive substance on the planet:

 

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4 hours ago, mr6666 said:

The UN Just Published a Scathing Indictment of US Poverty

New report explicitly lays blame with the Trump administration for policies that actively increase poverty and inequality in the country

“The United States already leads the developed world in income and wealth inequality, and it is now moving full steam ahead to make itself even more unequal,” the report concludes. “High child and youth poverty rates perpetuate the intergenerational transmission of poverty very effectively, and ensure that the American dream is rapidly becoming the American illusion.”

The U.N. explicitly lays blame with the Trump administration for policies that actively increase poverty and inequality in the country. “The $1.5 trillion in tax cuts in December 2017 overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy and worsened inequality. The consequences of neglecting poverty and promoting inequality are clear,” it concludes.

“The policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest, punish those who are not in employment and make even basic health care into a privilege to be earned rather than a right of citizenship.”

“The $1.5 trillion in tax cuts in December 2017 overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy and worsened inequality”.....

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/06/02/un-just-published-scathing-indictment-us-poverty

Poverty and capitalism

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On 5/29/2018 at 10:16 AM, JakeHolman said:

 

>It is common for communist countries to have something like our Bill of Rights. North Korea is one of them.

 

They certainly don't teach Marx or related philosophers like Engels or Althusser there either but of course you're not going to listen to facts. :rolleyes: 

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9 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

>It is common for communist countries to have something like our Bill of Rights. North Korea is one of them.

 

They certainly don't teach Marx or related philosophers like Engels or Althusser there either but of course you're not going to listen to facts. :rolleyes: 

NK's "Bill of Rights"

You have the right to worship our supreme leader,  You give up that right....

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Karl Marx traffic light in his hometown of Trier, Germany. HE tells you when to STOP and GO. 

Perfectly symbolic! :lol:

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Oh, it's located in the CENTER of the city, to represent centralized government. :D

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16 minutes ago, hamradio said:

Karl Marx traffic light in his hometown of Trier, Germany. HE tells you when to STOP and GO. 

Perfectly symbolic! :lol:

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Oh, it's located in the CENTER of the city, to represent centralized government. :D

There's no government in Marxist Communism--no governmental state.

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1 hour ago, hamradio said:

NK's "Bill of Rights"

You have the right to worship our supreme leader,  You give up that right....

YmUyY2Q3NDkwNiMvZ2Zvc29BNFZpMFRMU1JTOE9D

 

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Once again, the video went over your head (I swear this is a common theme with you :rolleyes: ). The North Korean guide admits that North Korea is not communist.

1 hour ago, hamradio said:

Karl Marx traffic light in his hometown of Trier, Germany. HE tells you when to STOP and GO. 

Perfectly symbolic! :lol:

43045509_303.jpg

 

Oh, it's located in the CENTER of the city, to represent centralized government. :D

Maybe it represents the negation of the negation or the million other things about Marx and Engels you do not know. Just an idea.

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Re: Once again, the video went over your head (I swear this is a common theme with you :rolleyes: ). The North Korean guide admits that North Korea is not communist.

 

He's right, it's....

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You are actually believing that HS propaganda that comes out of  Pyongyang?? rofl.gifwilly_nilly.gif

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15 minutes ago, hamradio said:

 

 

 

You are actually believing that HS propaganda that comes out of  Pyongyang?? rofl.gifwilly_nilly.gif

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You think a North Korean admitting they don't believe in Communism is propaganda? Like I said, they don't even read about Marx or related philosophers like Althusser (who was greatly against the cult of personality). If you still can't understand the point then I just can't help you.

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Well at least I should thank you in confirming there's something worst than 

4 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

You think a North Korean admitting they don't believe in Communism is propaganda? Like I said, they don't even read about Marx or related philosophers like Althusser (who was greatly against the cult of personality). If you still can't understand the point then I just can't help you.

Well I should at least thank you in confirming there's something worst than communism.

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1 minute ago, hamradio said:

Well at least I should thank you in confirming there's something worst than 

Well I should at least thank you in confirming there's something worst than communism.

Do you even know what Communism is? What's Surplus Value, Ham? You should really learn to not talk about things you clearly do not understand. :rolleyes: 

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12 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

Do you even know what Communism is? What's Surplus Value, Ham? You should really learn to not talk about things you clearly do not understand. :rolleyes: 

What communism is?

SURPLUS value ??? :lol:

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16 minutes ago, hamradio said:

Russian supermarket today after adopting a capitalist market.

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Just go away if you have nothing to add on Marx's theories or philosophy. Your stupidity annoys me.

Edit: Listen, it's wrong of me to fly off the handle but whining about Perestroika era USSR is irrelevant to any of Marx's theories as are posting cherrypicked images. If you don't know something then please, just don't talk about it.

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