Left Wing Atheists

A forum for meaningful dialogue between people affiliated to or supportive of left wing politics....communism/socialism/anarchism/syndicalism etc. It's essentially meant to be an anti-capitalist/anti-imperialist forum.

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Comment by TNT666 on October 27, 2010 at 8:33pm
There was a short period of time in the late 80s where being a "green" included having left wing ideas, but that time has pretty much gone. Because "green" politics usually places the environment ahead of unions and workers, these factions have pretty much recinded any connections to "green" politics. And I agree with this. The Green Party leitmotiv is usually "Not Left or Right but ahead." Personally I think a major turn in politics to accommodate environmental preservation would indeed create a huge change in the job market, but not necessarily for the worse, as jobs would switch from one sector to another.

Unless you meant something entirely different by "Green Tea Party"?
Comment by Aaron S. (USA) on October 27, 2010 at 5:12pm
This is just an odd thought that occurred to me - wouldn't it be a neat idea if leftists in the USA organized a Green Tea Party?
Comment by Vangelis Stamatopoulos on October 26, 2010 at 5:50am
My old man is a big commo. I'm more left leaning. I certainly don't think the revolution will come to Australia as my old man still thinks!
Comment by TNT666 on October 23, 2010 at 8:27pm
The French problem with illegal immigrants is entirely different than in most countries as their's is colonialism related. There also seems to be a tendancy to call anyone against hijabs etc in public are racist. That is entirely not true. But any religion being displayed in public gets my ire up. I don't know about the right-wing movement in the other countries. But most Frenchmen I know are not racist, they simply are against having a great culture taken over by religious zealouts.
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on October 23, 2010 at 10:32am

Pepe Escobar is, I think one of the better of the lesser known writers and progressive journalists. Here he makes the argument that a xenophobic faction of the right is fueling the anti-Islam movement. Common sense, rational atheists should avoid an alliance with extremist anti-religious atheist fanatics and right wing white Christian anti-immigrant zealots. Escobar offers the, I think humanist interpretation, that "fascism is a creation of racial hatred" and narrowly defined nationalism. In my opinion, alienating and isolating immigrants will only help to foster separatist anti-humanist tendencies in immigrant populations that will help to breed disillusionment with the hope of progress that was the promise modern western civilization held up as a beacon of freedom. We, as freethinkers, should be encouraging open mindedness, assimilation and healthy interaction between majority and minority communities. No large social group should be demonized on the basis of their cultural or ethnic identity. – Gary


The European extreme right is more turbocharged than ever, peddling Islamic hatred from France to Denmark, from Italy to Sweden.
By Pepe Escobar / Asia Times


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posted by Gary
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 24, 2010 at 2:42pm

1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2: Achieve universal primary education
3: Promote gender equality and empower women
4: Reduce child mortality
5: Improve maternal health
6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7: Ensure environmental sustainability
8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development

Source: United Nations
International UN Summit

See also:
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

[Note: There is some international progress and cooperation on the Millennium Goals. This international movement launched by the United Nations has received close to zero publicity in the USA mainstream press.]
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 24, 2010 at 2:40pm
They've permitted small independent "private" enterprise from the beginning of the revolution. They rule has been that it was limited to the family, such as father and son, parents and children, or brothers and sisters. The whole phenomena with the rehabilitation of classic cars of the 50's and 60's has been a small cottage industry of individuals. Much of the work is done as barter rather than money.
-- Gary
Comment by TNT666 on September 22, 2010 at 4:41pm
I was not aware that Cuba's laws permitted private work as long it was individual enterprise. Very interesting. I hope this news does not change that. thx for the info.
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 22, 2010 at 3:28pm
A Marxist analysis of Cuba's new economic reforms
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
By: Brian Becker

PSL's view of Cuba's plan to eliminate 500,000 state-sector jobs

It is more important than ever for communists, in general, and the Party for Socialism and Liberation, specifically, to state our position on the Cuban Revolution.

The capitalist media, the government, legions of academics and think tank policy “experts” are busy at work defining the current stage of the Cuban Revolution, and assessing major political and economic pronouncements made by Cuba and its individual leaders in recent weeks.

Unlike the capitalist government and its “thinkers,” we in the PSL are partisans of the Cuban Revolution. The capitalists look at any weakness in Cuba as an opportunity to attack, weaken or subvert the Cuban Revolution and the cause of socialism. We seek to promote a militant defense of Cuba and socialism. We seek to evaluate its problems, contradictions and policies with a different aim than the Empire. Thus, the “battle of ideas” on the question of Cuba is part and parcel of the global class struggle that is intensifying daily.

The Cuban government recently announced a major economic reorganization that will involve the reduction in employment in the state sector by as many as 500,000 workers. The reforms will also promote the enlargement of what is called the “private sector,” which means the formation of privately owned enterprises organized to generate profits for the private owners of the businesses.

There already is a private sector in Cuba, but it is limited and based on self-employment rather than employing the labor of others. Taxi drivers, restaurants, barbers and hairstylists, mechanics, and farmers are some of the occupations and areas of private business. The number of people working in the private sector is in the hundreds of thousands.

An unanswered question so far is whether the Cuban government is preparing to change its laws on the rights of privately owned business to hire labor—and thus exploit labor—and to generate and accumulate capital.

Click here to read the full analysis.
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 15, 2010 at 2:11pm
Here is a concept for liberal free thinkers.
This is organization is in rural a county in California, USA. I've found that most activists are not divided by God belief. In fact in my experience, the subject almost never comes up. The topic at hand is getting liberals and progressives to vote; electing progressives to office; equal access to universal health care; fair and living wages; equality of justice; economic justice; ending racism, sexism and homophobia; putting a stop to unnecessary US Military intervention, etc. ...
-- Gary


Realizing that our shared commitment to human rights, religious freedom, and peace and social justice, significantly outweighs our differences; we the undersigned, comprised of both secular and religious progressives, declare an alliance between progressive, rational-minded people regardless of one’s spiritual, religious, or secular perspective.

While our beliefs about the existence of God may differ, progressive Americans share a common tradition of humanism dating back to at least the Renaissance. Many spiritual and religious thinkers have significantly contributed to the advancement of doubt, free thinking, and the sciences, laying the ground work for the Enlightenment and modernity. There is no "cultural war" dividing us.

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