Amiri Baraka: Angry Black Communist, the Soul of the Sun

Saswat Pattanayak’s tribute to Amiri Baraka.

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Socialist Realism

Communism is pure evil, It offers no freedom. On the other hand – Capitalism, is all about Choice and option.   And in our free world, We have inalienable rights. To choose life’s recourses – Between rotting public schools And swanky private elites.   We may pick universal healthcare, Or join the elite insurance systems. In pursuit of happyness –    We may select manual menial jobs Over executive positions.   Foods with pesticides, Or those organic produces. We eat or live how we like – The choice to dwell in slums Or to reside in ancestral palaces.    Between career…

Radical Roots of International Women’s Day!

“Ardent greetings to working women and women toilers throughout the world who are uniting in one common family of labour around the socialist proletariat. I wish them every success: 1) in strengthening the international ties of the workers of all countries and achieving the victory of the proletarian revolution; 2) in emancipating the backward sections of women toilers from intellectual and economic bondage to the bourgeoisie; 3) in uniting the peasant women around the proletariat—the leader of the revolution and of socialist construction; 4) in making the two sections of the oppressed masses, which are still unequal in status, a…

Radical Roots of Gangnam Style: Psy, Kim Jong-Un and Challenges for the Fascist Standards of Sexy

By Saswat Pattanayak Psy has surpassed every artist in history by attaining one billion views, but that alone is not instructive. The measure of greatness in Park Jae-sang remains in his consciousness-raising about capitalistic contradictions and imperialistic warmongering in undiluted terms. In a Eurocentric world dominated by the disturbingly unifying English language, where American narratives grip past and the present times, it is easy to wonder why a Korean wields such an influence. The answer is as easy: why not. After all, Korea is like no other. It indeed is the center of the universe – the site for contestation…

Rape Culture and Capitalism: What is living and what is dead

By Saswat Pattanayak I understand many of us, Indians, are ashamed these days. And it is true that protests and placards do not educate the rapists. And that the students came out on the streets only because it is New Delhi. But we should not miss an important aspect of it all – most protesters clearly defying governmental bans are demonstrating an important tactic in the struggle for women’s rights anywhere in the world. This is a strategy that should not be discouraged, rather used everywhere – be it in Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Orissa or Manipur. Or for that matter, in…

On Einstein’s Acceptance of Communist Russia and Rejection of Zionist Israel

by Saswat Pattanayak With the “God Letter” recently auctioned for over $3 million, the world has started taking a renewed interest in Albert Einstein’s core philosophies. In the most conservative estimate, he has been described as the father of modern physics; and by most liberal counts, the most intelligent human being in history. But despite tremendous biographical sketches, Einstein has remained largely unknown as an activist, or terribly misunderstood as a statesman. Many dimensions of his life have been deliberately suppressed, some grossly exaggerated, and quite a few entirely concocted with blatant lies. This is quite natural considering the ruling…

Tribute to Woody!

Woody Guthrie, the labor organizer and agitator who redefined the entire genre of folk music through his political philosophy was an unrepentant Marxist-Leninist, an avowed supporter of Joseph Stalin and a lifelong adherent of Communism. By today’s standard, it certainly is not a flattering introduction to the man America has glorified to a postage stamp and whose centennial is being celebrated across corporate media in full flair without any mention of his political legacies. But to understand Woody Guthrie’s contributions, it is critical to explore why he has been stripped of all the aspects he held closest to heart. If…

Burma: In Exile

Aung San Suu Kyi has been rightfully recognized as the champion of nonviolence, democracy and free speech, but her celebrity stature has unfortunately overshadowed the revolutionary legacies of Burmese politics. At a time when the unabated political imprisonment of her country itself should deserve far greater attention than one individual, the inordinate adulations surrounding Suu Kyi have played right into the hands of the adversaries of the ideals once set forth by her father, Burma’s cherished leader, U Aung San. When Aung San Suu Kyi emerged in the political scene following the Four Eights Uprising, she was accepted in Burma…

Love Me, I’m a Liberal (Remixed)

(Based on Phil Och’s Satire)   Movements I start on Facebook Causes On Twitter, I maneuver the trends Arab Spring was my handiwork All Girls in the Blue Bra my friends  I ‘Like’ Occupy Wall Street Page My rage are my thirty daily updates Love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal   Hillary Rosen is my ideal worker  For denying any war on women  Hillary Clinton is a staunch feminist Forgiving Bill and chivalrous military men I am all for equal pay and women’s rights Just don’t wanna give this system a bad name    Love me, love…