Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Good question. um, probably.

Among my (mostly boring) keyword searches just now, there is this:

"what is maoist self-criticism"


An answer
:

A. Question of authority

There is no authority in Maoist self-criticism. Criticism and self-criticism are not correct because the party mandated them or someone you admire did so. Self- criticism is correct or not correct for ideological and scientific reasons, scientific reasons having precedence.

The belief in authority including the party is only an approximation, a helpful starting place. Going beyond advanced capitalism requires that increasing portions of society are able to function self-critically without authority.

If you "don't have time," you may want to consider the likelihood that the party or someone else would be right and you should follow what they are saying to save time and still advance together with the international proletariat.

There are also people "with time" but without sufficient drive to function very well apart from a hard-driving vanguard party. These sorts of people are apt to innovate toward the petty-bourgeois definition of "sectarianism." It also stands to reason that a party is going to do a better job, based on more investigation, concerning questions of sorting out friends and enemies.

None of this means there is no authority in society or one's party. Believing that we can leap from self-criticism to life as a whole is connected to the questions of sub-reformism and pornography--questions at the center of the rejection of Lenin's contributions to scientific communism. We Maoists do not believe that just because there is no role for authority in self-criticism and criticism except dictated by narrow needs, that that means there is no authority in proletarian organizations or society. Our criticism and self-criticism do not eliminate authority in society at large. See below...

..Maoist self-criticism often gathers analogies to "political correctness" culture as understood today. Again, as with Catholic confession, there is overlap. The problem is that while some of the agenda of issues covered may be the same, pc is a schematization, while self-criticism is part of a scientific production process that pc does not care about.

The cauldron of self-criticism should be boiling hot at all times until the day the species faces no mortal threats. This has many implications for pc. For example, people have varying levels of self-criticalness in their persynality. The Maoist should be at the high end. For this, we CAN take a common "Dianetics" cult test on the street to see how self-critical we are; although the Hubbard cult will tell us that self-criticism is a flaw!

The trouble occurs in relations where others may not share the self-critical assumption. For example, someone may be a 10 on the self-critical scale and a 7 on the critical scale, but the 7 may still be too much for someone used to a 3. So we Maoists can come across the wrong way. We may seem to be "revolutionizing others and not ourselves" when in fact we just have boiling cauldrons all the time that would be too hot for many other people to touch in any fashion. This is another reason that if we can go to a system of non-public self-criticism that would be better and then not criticize others except in regard to political leaders.

Inevitably, that is the ideal that we fail to meet. For example, at some point there has to be purges. Rotten wood accumulates and has to be purged. Sometimes we have to make judgments regarding people who are not necessarily the greatest political obstacles unfortunately.

So anyway, someone who is a 10 in self-criticism and a 7 in criticism will still come across as "aggressive toward wimmin" that the pc wants to protect from criticism. In fact, the pc culture has invented a whole ideology of "self- esteem" for wimmin that Maoists do not agree with...


All clear?

85 comments:

Rootietoot said...

There is smoke coming from my ears, like that of a truck who's brakes just locked up. I'll read this again when there's less bourbon in my system.

belledame222 said...

i think i'll be adding some bourbon to mine.

...no, seriously, WHAT? who -are- these people? the name rings a bell, but...damn.

Style for its own sake, music and art for their own sakes--these are tied up with sex for its own sake. Consistent feminism opposes them all and inevitably earns the label of "Stalinist" from the bourgeoisie. For many this will seem like we are "kill-joys." Yet in the last moments of the last of the movie series called "Lord of the Rings," the most crazed pursuer of the ring symbolizing power grabs the ring only to hold it and look at it. As Sm�agol falls into the fire, he is still happy. He was so crazed by the power system for so long that all that remained was a fetishized pursuit of power, so he never actually put the ring on; even though, that is what brings power. He found joy in the ring and was able to save Frodo from Frodo's relationship to the ring, because he himself did not really have a relationship to power anymore. Even stuck in the lava flow, Sm�agol still reached up happily for the ring. So it is with style. What we find pleasing today is a vestige of power hierarchy. The vestige is pornography.

belledame222 said...

Another movie relevant to Kristeva and style is Schwarzenegger's "Conan: the Barbarian."

goddam, that's what I'VE always said!

o, who was it that was talking about these people, MIM. kh? little help here please? cliff notes? something? THEY SCARE ME MOMMY

Eli said...

Um, do I have to engage with this, or can I just talk about Bill O'Reilly or inconsiderate shitty neighbors?

(Could be worse - I was biting my tongue not to make a Squeeze or Neil Simon comment on the Good Boy(Girl) thread...)

Trinity said...

Belle,

How do you find out what your keyword searches are? I've wanted to know for a while now but no one says. Is it a Blogger thing or a Google toy or what?

R. Mildred said...

Who are these "maoists", and what manner of wooden object do they wish me to hit them with?

At least, I assume that's the point of it.

Oh, and this is still not as stupid as the mere concept of EvoPsych LitCrit. try again.

Trinity said...

"He was so crazed by the power system for so long that all that remained was a fetishized pursuit of power, so he never actually put the ring on; even though, that is what brings power. He found joy in the ring and was able to save Frodo from Frodo's relationship to the ring, because he himself did not really have a relationship to power anymore."

....

O.o

belledame222 said...

trin: I'm using statcounter, you have to install it separately.

Eli said...

Sitemeter is also an option. No idea which is better, I just found Sitemeter first.

sly civilian said...

this is not a call for bourbon. it's a call for gin. preferably one strong enough to strip paint with.

Mat said...

My friends and I have discovered that a good way to spend the night when totally bored is to print out and do dramatic readings of the MIM reviews of various cultural things (movies, music, etc). The Tank Girl one is brilliant. So's their review of Rage Against the Machine.

Yes, alcohol was involved in making this discovery, why do you ask?

Rootietoot said...

*pours sly civilian a nice cold Bombay, even tho it's now almost 8 am*
It's 5 oclock somewhere.

I'm STILL having to really think through this, one word at a time. And I'm STILL going *whuh?* Maybe I should leave the deep thinking to the better trained, and toddle off to trellis the snow peas.

Anthony Kennerson said...

Oh, pulllleeeeeeeeze.

All this pile of MIM gibbercrap is is just another attempt to rationalize antiporn feminist theory under a pseudo-Leftist guise.

I mean...Britney Spears and Jenni Anniston and J-Lo as symbols of pornography??? Ahhhhh...yeah.

I especially love the emphasis on "self-criticism"...as if only those already blessed with the truth of Chairman Mao (BTW, did he ever write a word about porn in any of his books??) have no need to question their lack of faith in their theories.

That would almost drive me to drink....and I don't even touch a drop of alcohol.

"Consistent feminism"....my ass.


Anthony

belledame222 said...

yeh, but none of the others talk about the Cultural Revolution as the halcyon days, I don't think.

which, marvel at it, really. i mean, i've accused some people of acting like the Red Guard, but to date i don't think i'd encountered people (in current existence) who actually think -the actual Red Guard- was aces.

antiprincess said...

I used to get MIMnotes in the mail. it drove my father absolutely around the bend.

can't say I was ever able to actually make heads nor tails of it all. but for pure, unadulterated, twelve-cylinder high-caliber father-infuriating power, nothing beats MIMnotes.

ArrogantWorm said...

(BTW, did he ever write a word about porn in any of his books??)

I don't believe so, no. But I found a biography on him in my library that I haven't read yet that I'd forgotten I picked up. But there's so many things wrong with that essay-thing that I don't know where to start.

I'm just trying to figure out why, if someone wants portray their opinions as reasonable, true and realistic,why they'd compare them to a fantasy movie. Not even the books, but the movies. Ugh.

belledame222 said...

I'm still trying to wrap my head around "Smeagol" in conjunction with "self-criticism." I guess it makes a -kind- of sense...

"Ach! We are thinking like the imperialistsssss, sssss, preciousssss! Bad Smeagol! Bad Smeagol! We must crush the lazy bourgeois hobbitsesesesssss! Yesss! Curse them and crush them, gollum!..."

belledame222 said...

...okay, I'm looking at the "Tank Girl" review now.


Tank Girl is an individualist. This would be MIM's first critique of hir line. S/he is trying to make her own way in the post-apocalypse world. Her favorite sayings are "I win" and "Mine." Tank Girl also smokes which is not MIM's idea of
good in a role model.


Who ARE these people?! This shit is AWESOME.

Eli said...

Heh. "We hates the tricksy imperialist lackeys, my precious, we hates them forever!"

(BTW, if you want a real LOTR treat, check this out. Gollum beat-boxing may very well be The Greatest Thing Ever.)

The Tank Girl one is brilliant.

Interesting. My girlfriend *loves* Tank Girl, and she likes when I read crazy stuff to her out loud. Must remember this...

a very public sociologist said...

Thanks for that, I didn't realise Maoists were soooo boring. Yawn!

belledame222 said...

Eli: I could only watch a bit of that, but OMFG

ArrogantWorm said...

The author also needs to read Orwell's essay on the English language. I Love those buzzwords, 'proletariat' 'sub-reformism' ect cetera, I really do.

...pc is a schematization, while self-criticism is part of a scientific production process that pc does not care about.

When you can't dazzle them with dexterity, baffle them with bullshit. Can't remember where I got that, but it fits so well.

Imma take that statement apart, since it's grating me.

...pc is a schematization,

Schematization-To express in or reduce to a scheme.

Scheme- A system or plan of action.

Mmhm. And political correctness is a scheme how, exactly? Some people use it to hide bigoted words and actions in socially acceptable words, but people have been doing that for centuries with 'buzzwords.' N'I don't think that was supposed to be pc's original goal with language, either. So, pc itself isn't a scheme, but some people who use it are scheming.

Next.

while self-criticism is part of a scientific production process


Now there's two words that look like they could go together, but don't. 'Scientific' and 'production' that is. Lot's of areas o' science, but I think when most people see the word 'science' they think of "a collection of observable trends about a subject that can be tested by experimenting, proving a question about the subject true or false."

What I think they're going for, which isn't very nice, is to try and convince their readers that the people who are invested in their way of thought came to those thoughts by a logical conclusion, like the scientific process is supposed to do. But I don't think you can criticize yourself like that because science has imposed conditions so their 'tests' are (supposed to be) less subject to a scientist's own error and bias. You'd be literally too close to the subject in self-criticism to ever use scientific process as an analogy or equate it in any reasonable way, to me.

Production would be an output of something, right? Like goods, it has an end result. Usually. So why add an extra word when the word science signifies a type of production in the first place?

that pc does not care about.

This just reinforces the absurdity of the first part of the statement, that pc itself is a plan, like the scientific (production my ass) process. None of those things are the same! Quit trying to make me think they are!

"Mutter mutter mutter"

Who ARE these people?!

Yea, I'm wonderin' the same thing.

belledame222 said...


When you can't dazzle them with dexterity, baffle them with bullshit


"Give 'em the ol', razzle-dazzle, razzle-dazzle 'em..."

o yeh, they didn't like "Chicago" either, surprise.

belledame222 said...

I really like "rotten wood accumulates and has to be purged," m'self.

so, okay, who ARE they:

The Maoist Internationalist Movement (MIM) is the collection of existing or emerging Maoist internationalist parties in the English-speaking imperialist countries and their English-speaking internal semi-colonies, as well as the existing or emerging Maoist Internationalist parties in Belgium, France and Quebec and the existing or emerging Spanish-speaking Maoist Internationalist parties of Aztlan, Puerto Rico and other territories of the U.$. Empire. MIM Notes is the newspaper of MIM. Notas Rojas is the newspaper of the Spanish-speaking parties or emerging parties of MIM.

MIM upholds the revolutionary communist ideology of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism and is an internationalist organization that works from the vantage point of the Third World proletariat.

MIM struggles to end the oppression of all groups over other groups; classes, genders, nations. MIM knows this is only possible by building public opinion to seize power through armed struggle.

Revolution is a reality for the United States as the military becomes over-extended in the government's attempts to maintain world hegemony.


Well. I feel MUCH better now.

"Building public opinion." oh, MARY. well, you just keep doing that, that's what you're good at...

belledame222 said...

...I also wonder what part of the scientific method led them to conclude that "persyn" and "wimmin" were anything other than "p.c." by most peoples' definitions. not to mention really twee and annoying.

belledame222 said...

oh yeah, I'm REALLY liking these people:

http://www.etext.org/Politics/MIM/countries/china/china031007.html

We are often asked about Mao's attitude toward psychology and why MIM talks about abolishing the subject matter for the past 20 plus years.

...Most Western interest in psychology stems from the desire to believe that there is a science of the individual, which is impossible.

...We would point to what happened with Bush and Cheney on the question of lesbian Mary Cheney's pregnancy. Politically, it was not thought possible to acknowledge the pregnancy, because Republican party activists are so hateful of lesbians. The pregnancy was "unconscionable" and "immoral" according to a large swath of reactionary activists.(2) Kristeva's solution for this sort of homophobia is tiresome psycho-analysis for all the Republican party activists so driven by homophobia.

Yet, the miracle of politics made psycho-analysis of millions unnecessary. Mary Cheney bought the pablum that her pregnancy was not "political."(3) Yet Bush and her father knew better. Bush and Cheney themselves had to "acknowledge their feminine side" as some Freudian psycho-analysts would say. A spokespersyn for Dick Cheney said:

"'The vice president and Mrs. Cheney are looking forward with eager anticipation' to the arrival of their sixth grandchild."(4)

President Bush also welcomed the Mary Cheney pregnancy and said she would be a good mom and that he is "happy" for her.(5) So in a single swoop without psycho-analysis, the heroes of reaction in the united $tates who won in 2004 by gay-bashing pushed along the thinking of their supporters.


OKAY!

Once one understands the pre-scientific nature of bourgeois approaches to knowledge, once one abandons individualism as inherently unscientific, it is hard to go back to inferior scientific practices. It took a change of ruling classes for old ways of thinking to make a comeback in China. Practically-speaking, before that, the old-style psychiatrists were sent to the countryside to serve the rural poor as doctors. College students who would have studied psychology also went to the countryside to improve the country in practical aspects. The ideological function of psychology to atomize the proletariat was not tolerated.

"Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end..."

jesus. what are they smoking, and how do i make sure i never, ever get any? No, seriously: have these people ever actually BEEN to China? do they KNOW anyone who LIVED through the Cultural Revolution? do they know anything about Mao other than what he wrote himself? IS it paint thinner?

belledame222 said...

(can you tell I'm totally procrastinating?)

okay, here we go: Wiki sez

MIM was originally founded as the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement in 1983 from a group called RADACADS (for "RADical ACADemics") at Harvard/Radcliffe University.[1], [2] Before it became MIM, RADACADS worked with some of the new communist movement organizations that had formed out of the 1969 breakup of Students for a Democratic Society.

The group changed its name from Revolutionary Internationalist Movement (RIM) to Maoist Internationalist Movement (MIM) in 1984 after another Maoist organization, the Revolutionary Communist Party (USA), adopted the name "Revolutionary Internationalist Movement" for its own international organization. In a document titled MIM History: How It All Began, published by MIM in May 1994 on the occasion of MIM's 10th anniversary, MIM states, "The origins of MIM are inextricably bound up with the phenomenon of the RCP, USA." But at the same time they state that, "MIM's members were never members of the RCP, USA." According to the MIM statement, "Ideological, political and organizational riddles solved themselves simultaneously when a comrade close to the RCP, USA used our document 'Manifesto on the International Situation and Revolution' as an application for membership in the RCP, USA. The comrade explained that if the RCP accepted the comrade on the basis of this document - then the other comrades would also commit to joining. The RCP, USA rejected the application and a decisive break ensued. The issues entailed the nature of vanguard parties, Maoism versus Trotskyism and many smaller matters." According to this MIM statement, it is at this point that MIM formed and began to consider itself the vanguard party in the U.S....


It's the Judean Peoples' Front!! Nastrovya!

belledame222 said...

Catherine MacKinnon, Maoist.

MIM also holds the unusual position that all sex under patriarchy is rape due to power relations in patriarchal society. They have drawn on the theoretical works of feminist author Catharine MacKinnon in coming to this analysis.

heh heh heh

MIM publishes a biweekly newspaper, MIM Notes. They previously published a theory journal titled MIM Theory. There were 14 editions published, but no new editions have appeared since 2001. MIM previously published Maoist Sojourner, 'a monthly publication by and for Third World Maoist exiles,' which according to the MIM website, "died as a publication thanks in part to internal sabotage and quitters."

SPLITTER!!

belledame222 said...

btw, meant to say, welcome, Mat.

belledame222 said...

...holy shit (yes, i'm fixated now). they have a rotten tomatoes profile. (hey, red! it MUST be revolutionary). their take on Farewell My Concubine:

On the more reactionary side, the movie includes scenes from the Cultural Revolution, in which the masses randomly denounce their friends, wives, and family, but do not engage in political struggle to try to reform the rich actors or ex-prostitutes. The only scenes of the Cultural Revolution are chaotic and destructive. There is no indication that any positive change occurred during that time period at all.

The director, Chen Kaige, was 14 in 1966 when he "wrongly" denounced his father. He later regretted his "betrayal" and when he became a big movie director, he let his father work for him on the movie sets. (3)

Director Chen Kaige, on his American tour promoting the movie, denounces Communism and the Cultural Revolution as evil. (3) "When I was a junior in high school, we believed in a very beautiful world ... we heard a lot of good things about communism... I didn't realize that was the wrong thing to do." (3)

While MIM has publicly accepted responsibility for its support of Mao and the Chinese Communist Party, even with what did go wrong during the Cultural Revolution, FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE does no justice to the positive steps taken at that time, including the steps taken to erase the distinction between high and low culture. Chen Kaige's self-interest in promoting his movie, as well as passing it by the reactionary Deng-regime censors, means that he "forgets" to show his viewers the real political struggle of the Cultural Revolution.


um. did this reviewer LIVE THERE??

because if not...

(pours out another shot of bourbon, hypothetically at least)

yes, you know much better than Chen Kaige whether it was the scare-quoted WRONG THING TO DO to denounce his FATHER.

jeebus.

"hey, what about all the good times we had in HitlerJugend? what about the character-building and civic pride and friendships, huh?"

belledame222 said...

uh oh:

"Maoist Internationalist Movement" (MIM): A ZINOVIEVIST SECT OF SUSPECT ORIGIN AT THE SERVICE OF COUNTER-REVOLUTION.

It is necessary for all honest revolutionaries and progressives to lead the masses and counter-attack this reactionary slander against the People's War and the World Proletarian Revolution. MIM, a tiny gang that claims to be supportive of Maoism, gives the impression of supporting the People's War, but in reality has never offered sincere support. MIM's "support" has been distorted in favor of opportunist and counter-revolutionary views. MIM distorts the political character of revolutionary developments, and it expresses self-serving positions through false characterizations. MIM slanders many modest and sincere supporters who struggle to give their work, their food, and their daily efforts to the People's War. MIM calls them "ultraleftists" and "cops" in a futile attempt to discredit them. Such misrepresentation is a clear attack against the PCP, the People's War in Peru, and the World Proletarian Revolution..."


"dysfunction junction, what's your function..."

okay, i really gotta get going here...

ArrogantWorm said...

They changed their name in 1984, eh? I wonder if they read Orwell after all.

IS it paint thinner?

They'd have to buy their paint thinner in bulk for that kind of constant mind fuck, manufactured by companies that are bourgeois, owned, thus contributing to the degenerate capitalism that squashes the proletariat. And they wouldn't like that, I don't think.

...'Course, they could always overlook that little flaw, you know, for the good of the downtrodden masses.

Sometimes we have to make judgments regarding people who are not necessarily the greatest political obstacles unfortunately.


Merely unfortunate. That particular view smells a lot like what some indiscriminating dogs leave on the sidewalk.

antiprincess said...

zinovievist?

Eli said...

I think arrogantworm took, like, 200 words to say what my brain said after about a minute of trying to read that stuff and repeatedly bouncing off: That. Is. Not. English. It may use a lot of English words, but it's complete gibberish in the aggregate.

"Self-criticism" as presented here appears to be nothing more than mental Maosturbation.

belledame222 said...

mental Maosturbation.

win.

Eli said...

And I haven't even called them Maosketeers yet.

ballgame said...

OK, so I'm looking at the MIM movie review page (to see what they thought of The Last Emperor — I mean, how many other movies do you know of that portray a Chinese Communist prison warden in a favorable light?), and I'm seeing all these Amazon 'buy it now' links embedded in there.

Uh ...

:P

ballgame said...

Oh, it's not random weirdness ... it's their version of 'highest recommendation'. Which makes sense ... I guess.

Anyway, completely OT: Happy Feminist has returned.

belledame222 said...

oh hey! where's she been?

Chuckie K said...

""died as a publication thanks in part to internal sabotage and quitters."

SPLITTER!!"

I don't mean to quibble, but the term for quitters is 'liquidationist,' since a splitter leaves, but keeps on going, while a liqidationist leaves and gives up.

belledame222 said...

if it wasn't in "Life of Brian," i don't know about it.

R. Mildred said...

It may use a lot of English words, but it's complete gibberish in the aggregate.

That's because it's not even wrong.

I wonder if these people have ever eaten their own word salads?

(and the link doesn't work for me - AND I REALLY wanna see the tankgirl review, i mean, sure, she smokes, she also plays baseball with live grenades and fucks an anthropomorphic kangaroo, tank girl's smoking is the least of her problems)

Chuckie K said...

The sad part about the Life of Brian there is that that part is based on real life - the Popular Front for the Liberation of Paletine and its split the Democratic Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

belledame222 said...

tank girl review:

http://www.etext.org/Politics/MIM/movies/review.php?f=long/tankgirl.txt

belledame222 said...

Oy.

When the all-round dictatorship of the proletariat led by us Maoists gets to power, the cigarette company executives who put those toxic chemicals in cigarettes and resisted medical science in the court system will be lined up and shot as a small repayment of their blood debt to millions killed by smoking. Those cigarette company executives who conquer subjectivism will know they should be shot to set a good example for the future.

...When we tell the Liberals there has to be a party or body of scientists deciding what is good or bad for society in terms of art and music, they say, "who are you to decide?" We should throw back in their face, "who are you to decide that mega-corporations should decide?" The whole question of "totalitarianism" is based on an illusion that someone is not deciding currently.

...Since the 1980s, we've had multiple comrades disappear out of embarassment over sex questions. We even had one comrade disappear for something no one was opposed to! In most cases, MIM does not cast people out of our circles for sexual practice out of synch with our line. What happens is people treat it like Christianity as if the lifestyle itself were the goal and since they failed the supposed goal, they should give up politics they imagine. This is wrong and we must fight to expunge Christian, Jewish and Islamic thinking on this from our circles by an active fight. And by the way, our challenge stands to any comrades who left in the midst of sexual embarassment to come back to party circles. Just send us a letter or even join our struggle anonymously as many do. The struggle against gender oppression does not advance by people giving up politics. If the People's Wars have to use bullets and bombs to feed, clothe and shelter the people, we in the imperialist countries can stand a little embarassment with each other over subjective trifles.

...Countless opportunists have asked us why we are willing to take such a public opinion beating on our position that "all sex is rape." Of course we know it is unpopular. However, there are two kinds of unpopularity in politics relevant to MIM: 1) lost popularity because the road to communism is difficult 2) popularity lost because we surrendered our political credibility. No matter what anyone might say, the two reasons for surrendering popularity are not the same.


...When it comes to the party pointing the road to revolution, the task has to be conceived differently. The "all sex is rape" line lays it down hard and firmly, and to be blunt, especially for men who are hopping hot for sex, that there is nothing, nothing at all that MIM holds above analytical scrutiny. And when we get done taking down the profit system, it's going to be the same way: we're going to be there looking at what it takes to get done with battering, rape and even just hurt feelings, because Marx said that when the species takes over its destiny people will know not even to fall in love with the wrong persyn and thus avoid hurt feelings. Granted, that's a while down the line, but the point is that we communists are relentless in nailing down the underlying problems in society and moving forward to a happy and harmonious one.



AAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

fuck, i don't know. does it hurt to be this much of a walking self-parody? can we get Moose and Squirrel now?

belledame222 said...

...oh, well, okay, this part was unexpected: the Satanist/Catherine MacKinnon/Maoist connection.

no, really, look:

[mim3@mim.org comments: In many Satanist circles, sado-masochism is popular. However, some people are truly getting hurt. One Satanist decided not to put up with sado-masochists in his grotto and purged them. His policy of no tolerance is counter to the Liberal view of sexuality and it is similar to Catharine MacKinnon's view.]



I'll just quote Russel, "I find it unpleasant to think that the only thing wrong with wanton destruction and cold blooded murder is that I find it unpleasant." The fact is that in the long run I don't care about what is right or wrong, but about what is desirable. I find the eroticization of power and powerlessness, the association of violence with sex, and the memetic infection of the sadomasochist worldview to be undesirable to Satanism.


It's all falling into place! Of course, that place is--

WHERE THE FUCK AM I?? WHAT AM I DOING HERE?! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGHHHH!!!

ArrogantWorm said...

All I can say is;

No wonder the other Communists don't like them.

I mean, talk about demented. But hey! At least they don't have any power, right?

belledame222 said...

other people have discovered the Awesomeness:

MIM recommends sending us your $20 to help produce revolutionary feminist action films instead of spending your money seeing these films.

Because movies about drab genderless members of the masses will be of far greater value to your revolutionary development, comrade. And our ratio of foreign-to-domestic intake will be far more efficient that that of the capitalists.


***

At the end, in the bonus episode with "Magneto," a superior species of plastic robots called the "Sentinels" arises only to be slandered by the X-Men and humyns both. The "Sentinels" were carrying out a plot to kidnap all the world's political leaders and replace their brains with computers for the benefit of peace. Without explanation, instead of literally opening their minds for progress and thanking the Sentinels for potentially bringing world peace, the mutant X-Men and humyns react in horror and muttering things like "everything good" about "democracy."

Open your minds! Literally! Enjoy your new computer brain, comrade! It is revolutionary and egalitarian.

[...]

So the X-Men suffer imprisonment because of ordinary Amerikkkans' prejudice. The X-Men's reaction is to serve the U.S. Government so well that they gain recognition and release of their comrades. The supposedly evil "Magneto," the rebel mutant was instead working on war against the humyns, but Marvel Comics propagandists do not show us the imprisoned mutant that justifies Magneto until after Magneto has come and gone.

May those Marvel Comics propagandists be sent to re-education camp!

In contrast, we believe the X-Men should have worked to overthrow the U.S. Government, if possible by making a deal with the Sentinels to replace some humyn brains with computers and by war as Magneto urged, if necessary.

It just doesn't get better than this, does it?

ballgame said...

oh hey! where's [Happy Feminist] been?

Apparently she and those in her work and family circles have been beset by some serious physical maladies.

this part was unexpected: the Satanist/Catherine MacKinnon/Maoist connection.

What do you mean, unexpected? Bill O'Reilly and Pat Robertson have been patiently trying to point this out to us for years. In fact, I think they've been trying to warn us of the Satanist/Catherine MacKinnon/Maoist/al Qaeda/ACLU/Saddam Hussein connection, and we JUST REFUSE TO LISTEN!

R. Mildred said...

...oh, well, okay, this part was unexpected: the Satanist/Catherine MacKinnon/Maoist connection.

I was actually going to make a joke about how, as jews, muslims and christians are to be purged, then satanists must be welcome.

R. Mildred said...

The supposedly evil "Magneto," the rebel mutant was instead working on war against the humyns, but Marvel Comics propagandists do not show us the imprisoned mutant that justifies Magneto until after Magneto has come and gone.

That's actually a valid point, if had come from anyone but MIM that is, Magneto was pretty much a stand in for the militant anti-racist groups like the BP and similar Amerindian groups, yet magneto's bunch of mutant seperatists weren't reacting to any actual violence thrown at mutants, but to some theoretical "race war" type thing that the BP and similar group didn't need to fuck around with back in the day because they just could step outside and get shot at by the NYPD.

Is this the point where I should STOP the drinking of the bourbon?

R. Mildred said...

Though I do love that MIM are the only group on earth that requires people having to selectively quote stuff of there's out of context to agree with them about anything they say.

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"While MIM has publicly accepted responsibility for its support of Mao and the Chinese Communist Party, even with what did go wrong during the Cultural Revolution, FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE does no justice to the positive steps taken at that time, including the steps taken to erase the distinction between high and low culture"

Wha? They do know what the Cultural Revolution was, right? That period when centuries'-worth of historical and cutural artefacts were destroyed by brainwashed teenage thugs?

Someone needs to read 'Wild Swans' by Jung Chang, ASAP.

arielladrake said...

Well of course they took steps to erase the distinction between high and low culture. They pretty much destroyed high culture. That removes the need for a distinction. Hence, steps towards erasing the distinction. Genius!

Of course, they also destroyed and punished most forms of intellectualism and education and, y'know, information access. Which makes the MIM emergence from academics all the more hilarious. In a vomit-inducing sort of way.

But hey, my relatives just lived through it. WTF would I know? I should stop believing my family and listen to MIM's assurances that it's all good, really. Right?

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AD: well of course.

they sort of remind me of this one genius who was on a virtual community I was part of. ranted on and on about "indigenism" (he was a big Ward Churchill fan, and shared many other characteristics with him I believe, except for the actually having any accomplishments of his own part), particularly in New Zealand; as far as I know he'd not yet actually been there. he's also the one who understood sexism better than any of the girls he taught. would rant on and on about armed revolution; in the next breath say that he personally disliked violence and would never pick up a gun. managed to alienate absolutely -everybody- in the place, which was a good trick considering how many people might've been sympathetic to at least some of the stuff he was saying, but he managed it. i'm not doing him justice here. if he hadn't existed Rush Limbaugh (or one of that ilk) would've had to invent him.

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