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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Nulli (a fellow UCLA Political Science degree holder), in a different thread, challenged me to start a series of Political Theory Threads, so of course I said "game on." To make it easily accessible, I am going to through up an easy one:

Was the Soviet Union Communist or Socialist?

As a starting point, it is generally accepted that socialism and communism are alike in that both are systems of production for use based on public ownership of the means of production and centralized planning. Socialism grows directly out of capitalism; it is the first form of the new society and as Marx postulated, Communism is a further development or "higher stage" of Socialism.

What exactly do you think that the Soviets achieved, if anything?


Republicans love being Israel's b¡tches.

#43 | Posted by ClownShack at 2015-01-24 06:02 PM

Reaaaly, just this year:

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined numerous Democrats and condemned the United Nations Human Rights Council on July 29 for passing a resolution "accusing Israel of human rights violations."

On July 11, after the House unanimously passed a resolution in support of the "state of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared, "With Israel's citizens once again under assault, our bipartisan resolve to stand by Israel is firm and unwavering,"

During a July 28 rally for Israel at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza across from the United Nations, New York Senator Chuck Schumer cried out, "No ceasefire as long as Hamas' weaponry is not gone! It's plain and simple."

Senator Barbara Boxer introduced the "Updated US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act" on July 28. The legislation, backed by 70 senators, would authorize an "increase of $200 million in the value of US weapons held in Israel, to a total of $1.8 billion."

On July 28, New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand submitted a resolution which condemned the "use of civilians as human shields by the terrorist group Hamas" and, again, showed support for "Israel's right to self-defense." A similar resolution was introduced in the House by Florida Democratic Representative Ted Deutch.

Sounds like the support is pretty bi-partisan, given the foregoing.

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