atrocementheatral asked: I don't get that graphic you just reblogged. Why is Trotsky the tree root of the neocons?
It is a bizarre but true fact that the founders and leading thinkers of neoconservatism in the US came out of the Trotskyist movement. For example Irving Kristol was brought up politically by Max Shachtman, who had been one of Trotsky’s main lieutenants in the country. Politically the key pivot seems to have been the elevation of the dispute with Stalin to a defining position in its own right, eventually leading to a position that saw the Soviet Union the main enemy and dictated a willingness to ally with US imperialism in order to defeat the USSR. This article gets into the topic in some more depth.
First draft of a translation of this article by Domenico Losurdo. A good introduction to the topic although of course a short piece like this can only scratch the surface. Comments on the translation welcome. Thanks again to citoyenrebelle for pointing out Losurdo’s writings on Tibet.
The Dalai Lama in Tibet, 1950
Who is the Dalai Lama? And why does so much of the Italian left tend to accept his “sanctification” and not see his reactionary essence?
Celebrated and transfigured by Hollywood filmmaking, the Dalai Lama undoubtedly continues to enjoy a wide popularity: his last trip to Italy concluded with a solemn group photo with leaders of the parties of the center-left, who wanted to display their esteem or their reverence for the champion of the struggle for “liberation of the Tibetan people.”
atrocementheatral asked: Lenin and his posing with cats! Was it his cat and if so do we ~know~ about him/her or did Lenin just like to pose with random cats? :P
That is an excellent question and I wish I knew the answer! I’m replying publicly here in the hope that someone else will know more. We do have testimony from Lunacharsky which makes me think that Lenin would be the type to just pick up any nearby cat to pose with:
In his private life, too, Lenin loves the sort of fun which is unassuming, direct, simple and rumbustious. His favourites are children and cats; sometimes he can play with them for hours on end.
But he and Nadezhda may have had cats of their own, I dunno.
This article has a bunch of very informative comments about revolutionaries and pets, including the views of pets during the French Revolution. (Just ignore the theory about Maoists and dogs, which is totally backwards from what I’ve observed.)
Someone needs to do for pets and revolutionaries what we-are-revolting just did for politicians and ice cream…