-Santiago de Chile-
Mi querida ciudad de Santiago <3
Providencia, Santiago, Chile.
FIST is working to build broad resistance to the exploitative, oppressive economic system that is at the root of society’s problems: capitalism. The March Against Capitalism is a nation-wide day of action against the global 1%, on the occasion of the World Business Forum in New York City – a gathering of thousands of CEOs from multinational corporations across the world. We will be there to shut them down.
Palestinians and supporters march in Nicaragua during the Sandinista era. Notice the red and black FSLN (Frente Sandinista de Liberacion Nacional) flags, as well as the Palestinian keffiyehs worn by the marchers.
The FSLN overthrew Anastasio Somoza Debayle in July 19 1979, ending the Somoza dynasty, and established a revolutionary government in its place. Following their seizure of power, the Sandinistas ruled Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990, first as part of a Junta of National Reconstruction. Following the resignation of centrist members from this Junta, the FSLN took exclusive power in March 1981. They instituted a policy of mass literacy, devoted significant resources to health care, and promoted gender equality.
A Sandinista guerilla in Jinotega in 1978
The Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) are a democratic-socialist political party in Nicaragua that led their country in a revolution, overthrowing the Somoza Dynasty of dictators and going up against the full force of U.S. imperialism.
Named after Augusto César Sandino, who led a rebellion against American colonization from 1927-33, the FSLN rose in response to the corruption following the 1972 Managua earthquake, with the government embezzling international aid funds and leaving the people in extreme poverty. The FSLN overthrew the dictatorship in 1979, with the help of their United People’s Movement, made up of students and labor groups who held strikes and protests.
After the successful people’s revolution, the United States funded the “Contras”, a counterrevolutionary group made up of Somoza’s National Guard. The American government claimed that the Sandinistas must be stopped in order to stop communism and preserve democracy. In reality, one of the core principles of the FSLN was democracy, and they had no communist affiliations until the U.S. agression, when they were forced to take Soviet aid.
After Congress passed the 1982 Boland Amendment, prohibiting American aid of the Contras, the Reagan Administration continued a covert involvement in Nicaragua. This culminated in the infamous Iran-Contra affair, in which senior officials of the executive branch sold missiles and other military weapons to Iran in exchange for the return of seven American hostages, and used the profits of that sale to illegally continue to fund the Contras. Although President Reagan was an open supporter of the Contras, it is disputed as to whether or not he was involved in the scandal.
Which floor of the pyramid do you live on? Iconic representation of the inequities of capitalism, on a pictorial postcard ca. 1915.
I’m going to explain a few terms before answering this question, cause I think some people are still confused as to these differences:
Capitalism: An economic system where most/all of the means of production is privately owned and operated
- The government doesn’t control how companies and corporations run their businesses
- Prices/distributions/wages are determined by the free market, rather than the state
Socialism: State ownership of means of production and/or common property. So what does this do and what does it include?
- The government controls or regulates companies and corporations
- Public schools
- Social Security
- Unemployment insurance
- Workers compensation
- State highways
- Road maintenance
- National/state/federal parks
Communism: Community ownership of property, where the end goal is to create a completely equal society via economic equality
- This is seen as a utopian and ideal society because there is no inequalitiy or disparities between people because it eliminates the upper/middle/lower class and the problem that arises from it
- People associate communism with authoritarianism or totalitarianism in order to achieve this goal, but THIS IS NOT ADVOCATED BY TRUE COMMUNISTS. It is not a communist ideal
- Communism sees that an individual cannot be owned by another person, and all labor belongs to the individual laborer
Fascism: (Piece of shit) “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.”
- Totalitarian/Authoritarian government
- This was Hitler
- Why the fuck would you identify with Hitler’s ideals
- You racist fuckhead
And as for my political beliefs, I identify more with socialism/communism. Though I think that socialism is more realistically attainable in America.
HOW ALL AMERICANS ARE SOCIALISTS AND HAVE SOCIALIST MINDSETS TO SOME DEGREE AND ANYONE THAT DISPUTES IT OBVIOUSLY DOESN’T KNOW A THING ABOUT SOCIALISM
Okay so as you read above, anything government-issued and all your tax dollars going to work and if you believe in social security (hello old white republicans complaining about welfare when the young folks are paying for your benefits) and public schools then you believe in socialism
If you think k-12 education is a necessity, then you believe in socialism
If you attend a public school or a public university and think they should exist, you believe in socialism
If you like national parks and your roads maintained and filled-in potholes then you believe in socialism
SOCIALISM AND COMMUNISM AREN’T BAD THINGS STOP SPREADING LIES ABOUT SHIT YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT
CAPITALISM IS EVIL AND CREATES A CLASSIST AND RACIST SOCIETY THAT ATTENDS TO THE WEALTHY WHILE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF AND KILLING THE POOR
SO FUCK CAPITALISM
THAT IS THE EMBODIMENT OF CAPITALISM SO FUCK IT
Now, my grandmother was a wonderful person. She taught me how to play the game Monopoly. She understood that the name of the game is to acquire. She would accumulate everything she could and eventually, she became the master of the board. And then she would always say the same thing to me. She would look at me and she would say: “One day, you’ll learn to play the game.”
One summer, I played Monopoly almost every day, all day long. And that summer, I learned to play the game. I came to understand the only way to win is to make a total commitment to acquisition. I came to understand that money and possessions- that’s the way that you keep score. And by the end of that summer, I was more ruthless than my grandmother… I was ready to bend the rules if I had to, to win that game.
And I sat down with her to play that fall. I took everything she had. I watched her give her last dollar and quit in utter defeat. And then she had one more thing to teach me. Then she said: “Now it all goes back in the box. All those houses and hotels. All the railroads and utility companies… All that property and all that wonderful money… Now it all goes back in the box. None of it was really yours.
You got all heated up about it for a while. But it was around a long time before you sat down at the board and it will be here after you’re gone: players come, players go. Houses and cars… Titles and clothes… Even your body.” Because the fact is that everything I clutch and consume and hoard is going to go back in the box and I’m going to lose it all.
So you have to ask yourself when you finally get the ultimate promotion, when you have made the ultimate purchase, when you buy the ultimate home, when you have stored up financial security and climbed the ladder of success to the highest rung you can possibly climb it… and the thrill wears off – and it will wear off – Then what? How far do you have to walk down that road before you see where it leads? Surely you understand it will never be enough.
So you have to ask yourself the question: What matters?
|—||Jordan Maxwell (via darrianrosee)|