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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
I know that DC does not have statehood (yet) but it would of been nice to include it on the map.

Interesting that Alaska's corresponding country is Iran, which also happens to be the state that's closest in size (Iran is only 4% smaller).
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Jumphawk88 Jumphawk88 (@Jumphawk88) on Pinned comment
Plzz man
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pokemongirl pokemongirl (@pokemongirl) on Pinned comment
Lol srsly man XD
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
آخرین کمونیست عربستان سعودی: مشکل اصلی عدم اختلاط زن و مرد است.
www.radiozamaneh.com/354653



الشيوعي الأخير في السعودية - مالك الروقي

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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
A while ago (2006) Terry Eagleton, a Marxist professor of English Literature (and a former seminary student) wrote a trenchant critique of Dawkins "The God Delusion," from a Left-progressive point of view.
After 11 years Eagleton's critique of Dawkins is still good stuff!


Lunging, Flailing, Mispunching
www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n20/terry-eagleton/lunging-flailing-mispunching

"Dawkins on God is rather like those right-wing Cambridge dons who filed eagerly into the Senate House some years ago to non-placet Jacques Derrida for an honorary degree. Very few of them, one suspects, had read more than a few pages of his work, and even that judgment might be excessively charitable. Yet they would doubtless have been horrified to receive an essay on Hume from a student who had not read his Treatise of Human Nature. There are always topics on which otherwise scrupulous minds will cave in with scarcely a struggle to the grossest prejudice. For a lot of academic psychologists, it is Jacques Lacan; for Oxbridge philosophers it is Heidegger; for former citizens of the Soviet bloc it is the writings of Marx; for militant rationalists it is religion."

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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Arundhati Roy Reads from Her Acclaimed New Novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness"


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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
I empathize with and understand her helplessness in the face of what is going on in this country and around the world.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Thanks for posting! I will certainly do that.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
As mentioned yesterday this whole phenomenon of Populism is probably one of the most extensive (if not THE most extensive) political issues in the world.
Here the focus will be only on the problematic of Populism in Iran and our region.
To make a long story short, Iranian progressive and Left movement has paid an extremely high price for its Populist politics and orientation, reducing all the societal complexities of Iran into the notion of "Khalgh" (the People). No wonder most of progressives and the Left in Iran were politically paralyzed when attacked by the same "Khalgh" which they were worshipping and fetishizing over.
Below are some text, from way back (1980's), discussing the origins of Iranian Left's Populist fallacies, from "Nazm Novin" journal:

Populism in Iran
نکاتی در بارهء "پوپولیسم" در ایران
www.nazmnovin.com/uploads/4-Ar8.pdf



Urban Poor & Populism
تهیدستان شهری و پوپولیسم
www.nazmnovin.com/uploads/4-Ar6.pdf


Populism and Petit Bourgeoisie
پوپولیسم و خرده بورژوازی
www.nazmnovin.com/uploads/4-Ar5.pdf


In the interview below Prof. Payman Vahab Zadeh argues for adaptation of a certain type of "Khalghi" politics by Iranian Left, but his proposal avoids reductionism as well.
پدیدارشناسیِ رادیکالِ چپ: گفت‌وگوی پروبلماتیکا با پیمان وهاب‌زاده
problematicaa.com/vahabzadehinterview/


The article below, by Marjan Eftekhary, discusses the recent political development in Egypt and how Populism in there shaped the current outcome:

منطقه بحرانی، پوپولیسم و کودتا
samaneno.org/blog/?p=709
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Said jan thanks for submission of this thought provoking article.
Indeed if there's to be a resolution to myriad of our social problems and conundrums there has to be a trenchant movement for lots of critical rethinking.
To begin with this issue of Populism and it different varieties are a bit more extensive than treated in the article here. The essay by Marco D’Eramo below provides a more comprehensive tracking of Populism, from 19th century up to now (Unfortunately even D'Eramo's rather comprehensive account doesn't deal with issues related to Populism in Middle East and North Africa).

Populism and the New Oligarchy
newleftreview.org/II/82/marco-d-eramo-populism-and-the-new-oligarchy


Secondly what makes this article so interesting is its reference to Gramsci and the continued influence of Gramsci's thought well into 21st century. But it commits some serious omission in discussion of Gramsci's key concepts; the central problematic for Gramsci was the dynamic of revolution in advanced Western societies; these are social formations which also posses advanced Civil Societies. In this context he proposed all his concepts about Organic Intellectual, Hegemony, Historical Bloc, War of Positions and War of Maneuver. But his last concept about War of Maneuver (which is a particularly significant part of Gramsci theoretical apparatus) is simple jettisoned and totally forgotten about. A typical Social Democratic habit!
For an excellent introduction and overview of Gramsci's thought very few writers could match Anne Showstack Sassoon, below:

GRAMSCI AND CONTEMPORARY POLITICS- Beyond pessimism of the intellect
www.algumlugar.net/flavia/politeia/Gramsci-nContemporar-Politics.pdf

Of course there's no substitute for reading the original texts of Gramsci himself.

The Gramsci Reader- Selected Writings 1916-1935
ouleft.org/wp-content/uploads/gramsci-reader.pdf



Last but not least the major limitation of this article is its inattentiveness to the vast body of literature dealing in detail with issues of alternatives to Capitalism and how a post-Capitalist world could be constructed.
Below are just two, from tens and hundreds available, texts explicating a post-Capitalist future.


Participatory Economics and the Next System
thenextsystem.org/participatory-economics-and-the-next-system/


ParEcon- Life After Capitalism
zcomm.org/life-after-capitalism/


Perhaps the most important point missing from the article is the singular significance of grassroots organizing where we work, where we live and where we study (in factories, workshops, offices, ministries, schools, universities,..). Such grassroots organizing is what will make our break or future and what we need to focus on if we want to survive.
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