Fidel Castro laying the wreath at Lincoln Memorial, during his visit to US, 1959
(Castro was a big fan apparently) "Taken (by the Cuban photographer Alberto Korda) several weeks after he assumed leadership in Cuba and a month before joining forces with Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro paid a visit to the United States in 1959 and laid a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial. While Castro’s visit didn’t go as well as he anticipated (Eisenhower declined to meet with him on the grounds that he didn’t believe Castro would remain neutral during the Cold War), his admiration for Abraham Lincoln remained strong. While in power, Castro always kept a bust of Lincoln in his office, citing Lincoln’s devotion to “the just idea that all citizens are born free and equal” as a source of personal and professional inspiration."
While in power, Castro always kept a bust of Lincoln in his office, citing Lincoln’s devotion to “the just idea that all citizens are
born free and equal”
A lot of socialists admired Lincoln moreso than any other US President because Lincoln is recognized as a great emancipator of exploited people.
Karl Marx actually wrote a letter to Lincoln congratulating him on his reelection.
Interesting stuff this combination of ideologies sometimes.
Local guide and expert on the Pyongyang skyline, wearing traditional Korean dress; Tower of the Juche Idea.
16 September 2015 4:00 PM
Please visit my exhibition in Ghent, Belgium if you are around. Floraliën hal, Citadelpark, Ghent (behind SMAK museum of contemporary art). From Dec 9 - April 2d.
North Korea – officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – is one of the hardest places in the world to photograph. Thousands of Westerners visit the DPRK on authorized tours each year but have to follow strict guidelines when taking pictures. Professional photographers are simply not allowed on these trips. Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer is one of very few to have been given unprecedented access to the DPRK.
This opportunity was made possible by the British-run Koryo Group, which has been taking people to the DPRK since 1993 and whose aim is to encourage people-topeople engagement through travel, culture, sport and humanitarian projects. In the course of four journeys totaling sixty days, De Keyzer and his Korean guides travelled the length and breadth of the country, observing the place and its people. De Keyzer visited more than 200 locations, travelling to every single one of the country’s provinces. The result is a unique and often very surprising view of one of the world’s most complex, concealed and confusing countries. (Text and captions by Koryo Tours). #magnumphotos#Magnum Photos #carldekeyzer#DPRK#North Korea #DPR Korea Grand Tour #Carl De Keyzer #communism#Donald_Trump#Kim_Jung_Un
-Basics of Marxian Econ-
How is value created in the economy? If a person owns a commodity (C1) and would like instead another (C2), then they must first exchange their commodity for money (C1-M); money being the common unit of exchange, a medium for circulation. The exchange is represented as C1-M-C2; both commodities are represented by C for they are of the same value-- not because they are the same thing, but because exchange alone cannot create a new value. Certainly a crooked salesman can inflate his prices, but a gain for one is a loss for another-- there is no net gain in value in the economy, just an unequal transfer between value holders.
With exchange out the window, what's left? Net gains in value are represented as M-C-M+, where the money spent yields a greater return on investment. The problem arises at C-M+; what commodity is capable of producing a "surplus value"? Labor power.
A worker earning $9 an hour is expected to produce a value greater than $9 within that hour in the form of commodities. Thus, through their labor, the worker does not only compensate their employer for the money spent on their wage, but also produces an amount uncompensated for-- the worker produces a greater value than they are hired for, or else the investment into labor power would be a waste, a loss. This surplus value, after being used to cover other expenses, meets its next form as "profit." When this profit is reinvested into the labor process, it takes on the form of "capital"-- money gained only to be reinvested for even more money, in an endless and expanding loop.
Capital as such is vampiric. Labor produces trillions in wealth for the global economy only for this wealth to be hoarded and some reinvested only to produce new values to be hoarded, with again some left to restart the flow.
What makes capitalism irrational is that vast economic resources and publicly produced wealth is owned by private interests constituting 1% of the global population. The task of capitalist economies is the continued expansion of wealth for the few, and the purpose of governments under capitalism is the protection of this process and the property of those who reap from it.
Sitting back and reading and looking at posts today, I realized a lot of the people I follow or who follow me are more uninformed than logic can explain. .
Firstly, liberals/leftists should stop complaining about every single problem with the conservative movement and Republican Party . Case and point as to why the Democratic Party is shook. Hating the other side doesn’t fuel success or progress , but instead stagnancy and idiocy. Republicans and conservatives are allowed to have their opinion and should be without being labeled racist, a bigot , or money hungry. .
Conservatives should learn to empathize and stop blaming every one of their problem on someone else. Muslims aren’t the problem, compare the amount of terrorist attacks in America by Muslims to by people born and raised here. ISIS is a problem not Islam , in the same way that the KKK is a problem not Christianity . And people are allowed to protest on the field if they wish , if you don’t like it then stand for the flag . And if you truly care about the meaning , then call out every form of disrespect (American flag bikini, flag plates, placemats, holding flag horizontally) not just one. And treat your veterans better! .
America right now is a cesspool of ignorance and sides that are too stupid and gullible to understand the other. If you took the time to understand another perspective, disagree or not, you’d learn more and be less ignorant of topics that you form your opinion from while watching biased ass FOX or CNN.
Understanding is knowledge and knowledge is power .
A Symphony of Placid Beauty. Game 6 from the 1972 world chess championship between Booby Fisher and Boris Spassky. This was much more than a chess match, the USSR and USA were still in the midst of the Cold War and this chess championship became a battle of ideology and culture. This is an ongoing project I’m doing looking at the impact this chess game had on international politics and how each government used it as a weapon of propaganda.