A Marxist’s Defense of Privacy in The Age of Mass Surveillance

Over 200 hundred years ago today, a famous bourgeois revolutionary named John Adams wrote the following in a letter to Thomas Jefferson: "When people talk of the Freedom of Writing, Speaking, or thinking, I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But …

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What Makes Stalinist State Terror Different From Leninism and Jacobinism?

Article 9 of the Stalinist German Democratic Republic's (GDR) constitution stipulates blatantly, "There is no press censorship."   Of course, anyone familiar with East German protests knows the slogan "Freedom of the press!" was a common one. And naturally, such protests were brutally suppressed by the police. The thing that makes Stalinism and Stalinist terror …

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The Dictatorship of The Proletariat and America Today

What do the Libertarian Marxists want? The most pompous and misinformed servants of the existing order cry that because we are Marxists, even “Libertarian Marxists”, that we want to instill upon America the same despotism that reigned in East Germany, in Romania, in the Soviet Union, the same tyranny that reigns in China and North …

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We’re on the Darknet now!

Need to access our website anonymously? Do you live in an authoritarian country or feel threatened by mass surveillance? Look no further, we're on the darknet! Those following our Facebook page know we recently tested the release of a Tor Hidden Service version of the Thought Foundry Blog. It looks very different from the WordPress …

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Why Every Activist Should Use a VPN/Tor and Oppose Mass Surveillance

In terms of cyber-security, activists tend to be the most vulnerable to attack both in the sense of their likelihood to be targeted by  governments and mass surveillance programs, and in regards to the notoriously weak cyber-security measures they as individuals, and as a community take. In 2017 when the Senate voted to make it …

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Using Mao’s own Quotes Against Him

I saw this old video of Chinese youth rallying and chanting denunciations of “Khrushchevite revisionism”. Naturally this would excite any self-proclaimed Maoist. But then you remember the old saying, “What makes it possible for a totalitarian or any other dictatorship to rule is that people are not informed; how can you have an opinion if …

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Historical Justice For The Crimes of a People’s Ancestors. To What Degree it Justice?

It is fun to joke about a Native American president deporting all Caucasians back to Europe, and this would be a form of 'total historical justice' for the Native American people, but are a people innately responsible for the crimes of their ancestors? No, but they are responsible for whatever injustice the present generation imposes …

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