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Mussolini's great-grandson standing as far-right EU candidate

The great-grandson of Benito Mussolini is running as a candidate in May's European elections - becoming the third descendant of the former Italian fascist dictator to enter politics.



PM Netanyahu and Gantz both declare victory as Israeli exit polls show tight results

Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz claimed victory for their parties in tightly contested elections to the 21st Knesset.Preliminary exit polls by Israel’s Channel 12 put Gantz’ Blue and White party on track to take 37 seats, with Netanyahu’s Likud taking 33.


Putin outlines ambitious Arctic expansion program

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday put forward an ambitious program to secure Russia’s foothold in the Arctic, including efforts to build new ports and other infrastructure facilities and expand an icebreaker fleet.


Brexit: Donald Tusk suggests "flexible" delay of up to a year

European Council president Donald Tusk has suggested offering the UK a "flexible" extension to Brexit of up to a year, with the option of leaving earlier if a deal is ratified.He said there was "little reason to believe" a Brexit deal would be approved by the extension deadline UK PM Theresa May has requested - 30 June.


Netanyahu says he asked Trump to label Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terror group

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces a tough reelection amid corruption allegations, thanked President Trump for labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist organization and said he asked for the designation.



Hong Kong Court Convicts 9 'Umbrella Movement' Organizers Of Nuisance Charges

A Hong Kong district court has found nine activists guilty of public nuisance crimes for their roles in organizing massive pro-democracy rallies that took over city streets and became known as the "Umbrella Movement" in 2014.


'Maoist' attack in India's Chhattisgarh kills BJP lawmaker

A legislator from India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been killed in an attack on his campaign convoy in Chhattisgarh state, police have told the BBCBheema Mandavi, 40, was the state MP for Dantewada, which has seen Maoist violence for decades..


Brazil's Bolsonaro says working with U.S. to sow 'dissent' in Venezuela army

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday he is working with the U.S. government to sow dissent within the Venezuelan Army.


10+ people, ‘mostly children,’ killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on Yemeni capital – reports

At least 11 people, including children, have been killed and over 30 injured in an airstrike on Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, media reports, citing local health officials. The blast affected a “metal workshop” and a nearby school.The incident occurred in the city’s eastern Sawan neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.


Germany: State prosecutor persecutes artists group for criticising far-right AfD

The trigger for the investigation was a protest action by ZPS artists against Björn Höcke, the leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the state of Thuringia. Höcke is on the extreme right wing of the party.Paragraph 129 of the German Criminal Code, on which the prosecution is based, is usually employed against violent terrorist or criminal groups. It permits investigators to use covert measures on a large scale.



The Farmworkers Who Pick Your Halo Mandarins Just Organized a Massive Labor Strike

The sun is setting on the east side of Bakersfield, California, as Salvador Calsadillas sits down with his cousins and their kids for a dinner of caldo de mantarraya, a hearty stingray and tomato stew, a specialty of the coastal regions of the Mexican state of Sonora. Calsadillas and his family are from Oaxaca, further south in Mexico, but like many others, they moved to Bakersfield looking for work.


Teamsters working with YRC trucking companies to impose concessions contract

Teamsters officials are set to meet in Chicago Tuesday to discuss details of the tentative contract reached last month between the union and three units of YRC worldwide. Top Teamsters officials, including President James P. Hoffa, are expected to be present.


Republicans tried to turn a hearing about white nationalism into a venue to complain about attacks on conservatives

The House Judiciary Committee's attempt Tuesday to examine hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the United States quickly split into two different hearings: one where Democrats stuck to the preset agenda and another in which Republicans focused on pet issues like what they described as "censorship" of conservative voices and "left-wing violence."


Baltimore City Council urges mayor to resign amid probe into $500K book payment

The Baltimore City Council on Monday called for Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) to resign over an ongoing scandal involving the sales of her self-published children’s books.In a letter signed by all 14 members, the council called on Pugh to resign effective immediately.



IMF Cuts Global Growth Outlook to Lowest Pace Since Crisis

The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for global growth to the lowest since the financial crisis amid a bleaker outlook in most major advanced economies and signs that higher tariffs are weighing on trade.The world economy will grow 3.3 percent this year, down from the 3.5 percent the IMF had forecast for 2019 in January, the fund said Tuesday in its latest World Economic Outlook.


The retail apocalypse is far from over as analysts predict 75,000 more store closures

The retail apocalypse is far from over.As e-commerce sales continue to grow, tens of thousands of stores are set to shutter, according to a report released by UBS on Tuesday.Analysts predict that e-commerce penetration is set to rise to 25% by 2026, up from its current position at 16% of total retail sales. If that happens, roughly 75,000 retail stores — excluding food — will have to close up shop over the next seven years.



>a "flexible" extension to Brexit of up to a year

Jesus, that's already gotten boring. I want the Brits to leave and see their country implode into four.



71 Years Later, Zionist Terrorism Is Alive and Well

Seventy-one years to the day Jewish terrorists in Palestine committed a heinous crime for which they continue to go unpunished.The April 9, 1948 massacre of 107 Palestinians in the Christian Village of Deir Yassin (monastery of Yassin) has been whitewashed by Israel, the U.N., the media, and the so-called law-abiding civilized Western World – a world that lectures us on morality, the rule of law, and democracy – and a Western World that has sown the pestilence of wars, misery, and chaos – from as far as Libya to the west, and as far as Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Bangladesh to the east.And before conservatives (including Christian Zionists whose distorted end of times biblical prophecy beliefs envision a roasting of Israel and Jews as the launching pad for the promised Armageddon) accuse me of anti-Semitism as an attempt to gloss over Jewish terror against Palestinians, I am a Semite.


Choose the future, choose socialism(Paul Cockshott)

Class societyThe most important thing about capitalism is that it is a class system. It is a society based on class hierarchy dominated by a rich upper class. Like any class system it is unequal. Like any class system it is based on exploitation, on majority working to benefit a minority. Exploitation and inequality gel together to form classes when they become inherited down through the generations. If the rich pass on their wealth to children, if the children of the rich have special access to the best education and positions of authority then you have a class society.Previous class systems were open and unashamed. Men of noble families boasted of lineages stretching back to Charlemagne. Even a hundred years ago aristocratic pride did not hide. Now class is more discrete, but no less real. The stability of social class is shown in the way that the same families continued to dominate among the surnames of students enrolled at Oxford and Cambridge Universities from the middle ages (Fig 1). If you take Norman names like Darcy, Mandeville, Montgomery, Neville, Percy, the ruling class of the early middle ages, these have persisted among the elite right down to the present.


Britain’s Austerity Has Gone From Cradle To Grave

A decade of austerity in Britain has stunted, immiserated, and impoverished millions of lives. Now, the inevitable has happened: it’s started to shorten them.


2:00PM Water Cooler 4/9/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Boeing v. Airbus tariffs, Biden, Buttigieg, O’Rourke, Sanders, Trump, factory orders, small business optimism, employment, fracking, Walmart, Elon Musk v. the SEC, robocalls, Boeing 737, particulate pollution, soil, “The Wonderful Company,” Arnade, erisology, heart surgery



>President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday put forward an ambitious program to secure Russia’s foothold in the Arctic, including efforts to build new ports and other infrastructure facilities and expand an icebreaker fleet.

/leftypol/ will defend this


>Mussolini's great-grandson standing as far-right EU candidate

fucking reruns

>PM Netanyahu and Gantz both declare victory as Israeli exit polls show tight results


I bet Fegelein did this

>Putin outlines ambitious Arctic expansion program

As long as it's not the Antarctic, fine. Keep your evil away from GWAR and the Shoggoths, keep Adam and ersatz MacReady frozen.

>Hong Kong Court Convicts 9 'Umbrella Movement' Organizers Of Nuisance Charges

So, what common thing like Pooh or bath ducks will the hotpocket-happy Chinese gobber mint identify as emblematic of their protests and then ban?

>Brazil's Bolsonaro says working with U.S. to sow 'dissent' in Venezuela army

>Germany: State prosecutor persecutes artists group for criticising far-right AfD

AfD are terrorist faggot worshippers of a failed ideology that want Germany to lose another world war, and should be Gitmo'd before the Board of Peace can strike again

I am Shitposticus

>Republicans tried to turn a hearing about white nationalism into a venue to complain about attacks on conservatives

the Porky cries out in pain as he strikes you


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>Choose the future, choose socialism(Paul Cockshott)

Overall an excellent article, but it has a handful of small points that irked me.

>even at the best years of the 1950s, the worker’s share peaked at 66%, well below the level in early Feudal England. In more recent years workers share fell to 56%. That is an exploitation rate of 78% almost four times as bad as in 1086.

>As the rate of exploitation rises, class inequalities intensify. An ever greater share of national income flows to the top 1% and the lower half of society gets poorer.

Though this injustice is severe, and a damning indictment of the rank thievery of capitalists in terms anyone can appreciate, it is misleading to say such things without noting that massive increases in productivity have greatly enlarged the absolute size of labor's share, even if its relative portion has stagnated or shrunk.

>More and more people stay single and give up the hope of having a family.

>A similar inability to reproduce the population has heralded the doom of past class societies.

>But for the developed capitalist world the reverse is the case. They have birth rates so low that they are threatened with population collapse in the next couple of generations.

It's true the direct brutality and indirect oppressiveness of capitalism have substantially stunted lives and families alike, but a far greater reduction in birth rates is attributable to incentives arising from tremendous reductions in disease, child mortality, and huge gains in prosperity, due to the combined effects of political reform and scientific progress over the past century, vastly exceeding the negative effects of capitalism. Furthermore, the idea that (especially the 1st-world) is on the brink of demographic collapse is absurd, as the USA of a century ago was still an industrialized superpower using the primitive technology and infrastructure of the day, but at less than 1/3rd its current population.

>Exhaustion of the reserves of forest wood for iron making by the 18th century, forced the shift to coal, coal demanded steam engines to pump the mines, and steam engines drove industrial capitalism.

The gist of this argument, that environmental depletion forced the transition to different technological and social regimes, is valid, but the implication coal mining magically caused the steam engine to be invented is teleological to the point of silliness.

>Until and unless direct hydrogen reduction of iron ore becomes technically viable, steel availability will be limited to recycled scrap smelted in electric furnaces.

>concrete production also releases large quantities of CO₂

Both of these are inane exaggerations. Minus energy inputs, the inherent chemical processes of concrete use are responsible for less than 2.5% of annual anthropogenic CO₂ production:


And of conventional primary iron smelting and steel production, much less than 5% (a figure which includes large external energy inputs unrelated to inherent chemical processes, the actual amount of CO₂ produced by the furnace being much lower), all of which can be sequestered in return for somewhat higher energy consumption:


Aside from those quibbles of argumentation, Cockshott also raises a knotty enigma of legal practicality I have struggled with myself, to no avail:

>The first legislative act of a socialist government should be the outlawing of exploitation, and Act which decrees that all value added in a firm is the collective property of the employees of the firm, and that the directors of a firm must be elected by it’s employees.

In attempting to formulate legislation to ban anything other than coops, as a simple and easily promoted reformist step toward socialism, how could separate firms (including independent freelancers) contracting with each other be dealt with? Not just directly loaned temp personnel, but even different parts of a supply-chain relationship could be abused to create pockets of democratically disenfranchised, capitalist employee-like exploitation within the economy. The best answer I can almost think of might revolve around somehow tying contractual revenue-sharing to non-member voting rights, but it's a nut I can't quite crack. Is there a good answer to this problem?











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