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  • Bob Armstrong
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    A History of the Democratic Marxist Global Institute (DMGI)

    About the Founder

    The first federal election the founder, Bob Armstrong of Canada, voted in was in 1968. He became eligible to vote at 21 y.o. in the summer of 1966 (The voting age was not lowered in Canada to 18 years old until 1970) , He voted Liberal for the exciting young former Justice Minister from Quebec, Pierre E. Trudeau (His Mother and Father were died-in-the-wool Liberals).

    But about a year or so later he believes he formally joined the social democratic party, the New Democratic Party of Canada (He says this needs to be checked since his memory of this is now long gone). In the 1972 federal election, he voted for the NDP, then under David Lewis (Trudeau got just a minority).

    He remained a member almost continuously after that, hoping the party would go left. He worked numerous federal and provincial elections, in campaign offices, canvassing by phone and on the doorstep, pulling votes on voting day, scrutineering for the NDP, attending riding association meetings, etc. At some point he did become interested in the writings and societal analysis of the German, Karl Marx. Later he took up the new platform of Democratic Marxism (As opposed to the old-style USSR Communism).

    In 2019 – 20, he again went back to reading political theory. He read both the Communist Manifesto of Marx, and some early writings of Marx on philosophy and society. He read the Canadian socialist writings, the Waffle Manifesto (1969), and the NDP's Socialist Caucus' Manifesto for a Socialist Canada (2001). He added to his reading list the more recent book on socialism, The Socialist Manifesto by Bhaskar Sunkara. He added the book on Democratic Marxism by Kenneth Megill: "The New Democratic Theory". He admitted to being only an “armchair” Marxist, and now was playing some catch-up.... after already claiming to be in the mainstream of Marxism!

    Then, after more than 50 years as an NDP'er, on Oct. 24, 2020, Bob resigned his NDP 2020 membership.

    He concluded that the NDP jalopy was simply not up to the task. A new vehicle was needed.

    The Founding of the DMGI

    On July 10, 2019, Bob founded the Democratic Marxist Global Institute (DMGI). Its first public presence was on Facebook - a page called: Democratic Marxist - Global (https://www.facebook.com/Democratic-...dmin_todo_tour). It is intended to follow up with a website (Subject to volunteer and funds). B

    Bob then wrote a number of documents for DMGI. The first document he called "The Father's Day Manifesto" - a bit high-falutin' but he thought, or at least hoped, it was somewhat of an original concept, the way he was elaborating it.

    He then wrote 5 discussion papers for DMGI that were posted on its Fb page.

    The DMGI then started a political/current events discussion group under its Fb page: Democratic Marxist Global Forum (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2045711862207056/?fref=nf&__xts__[0]=68.ARB5MaP7fzlN9ItgmSkMWzv60Rd9mIxsQIkIgIa6_Guh2MGR6mV82GdH-IxgmiiVaJcZ-NLi7Cz46VX0nn78clmPjd-pttzlYPR9dmEubTBnBdnGohd0bl3Fy4k02cb3BVHNVOcfjANvEEUCRw6k1IZDDsZV6l9V1Id5_NomySGWmEpA3Inygttyrt3-jYH1m1M50W3d94tVElUVaZ-SrM-WZ4BkYEj0ZYF5Y5X2d7KRG_MQJtND8fXyDSkU0F1I4FVHkI_eoiyOazUgCRS0lmfetiENOGsaJPb6MfuHzQ92-u7gMI_E8888fus). He did not spend much time marketing either DMGI or this group.....but it does now have almost 40 members from various countries. There is not a lot of exchange within it yet, but Bob does post regularly to it, and just recently a member made a number of posts. As well, recently the number of likes of the page have been increasing, and the group has added about a dozen new members.

    On November 6, 2020, Bob issued the initial governance rules for the DMGI:
    1. Membership

      a. One member/One vote (Subject to the subsequent rules below);

      b. Membership Fees – 16 y.o & over: $ 5 (Can.) annually by calendar year; after June 30 - $ 3 Can.
    1. Officer Resignation – election as soon as possible after notice of election, and Candidates List distribution. But there shall be at least a one-week to allow Candidate campaigning.
    2. Recall Vote

      a. can open up position of Interim Coordinator position;

      b. recall requires 50% + 1;

      c. anti-hijacking – no recall is possible until 3 years after the founding of DMGI (Founded on July 10, 2019);

      d. non-harassment – there must be at least a one year interval between recall votes.
    3. First Annual General Meeting – Will be held at the start of 2022 sometime in January, to plan the coming year; thereafter annually in the same month.
    4. Amendments – There shall be no motion to amend these rules unless the introduction of the motion is unanimously supported, prior to the 3rd anniversary of DMGI. Thereafter only 50% + 1 of the membership will be required to introduce the motion.
    The Father's Day Manifesto Challenge

    The Manifesto proposes that democratic Marxism need not start at the national level. It recommends taking control of mid-level bodies (States, Provinces, etc.).

    This challenge was first taken up in Canada, in the Province of Ontario, when, on Oct. 1, 2020, Bob founded the Democratic Marxist Party of Ontario (DMPO). DMPO's first public presence was through a Fb page using its own name (https://www.facebook.com/Democratic-...10768894126939). It advised viewers of the page, that party discussion of posts, and democratic Marxism generally, would take place, with permission, in the Fb discussion group of DMGI.

    Democratic Marxist Global Institute (DMGI)

    Author: Bob Armstrong, DMGI Coordinator

    Original – 20/11/16

    Distribution: 24/7/2: (CT.DM;DMPO;DM;DMGF;TRN)

    Contact Us: Via Fb:

    a. Page: Democratic Marxism - Global:
    https://www.facebook.com/Democratic-Marxism-Global-748579292265552/?modal=admin_todo_tour

    b. Group: Democratic Marxist Global Forum:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2045...ref=nf&__xts__[0]=68.ARB5MaP7fzlN9ItgmSkMWzv60Rd9mIxsQIkIgIa6_Guh2MGR6mV82GdH-IxgmiiVaJcZ-NLi7Cz46VX0nn78clmPjd-pttzlYPR9dmEubTBnBdnGohd0bl3Fy4k02cb3BVHNVOcfjANvEEUCRw6k1IZDDsZV6l9V1Id5_NomySGWmEpA3Inygttyrt3-jYH1m1M50W3d94tVElUVaZ-SrM-WZ4BkYEj0ZYF5Y5X2d7KRG_MQJtND8fXyDSkU0F1I4FVHkI_eoiyOazUgCRS0lmfetiENOGsaJPb6MfuHzQ92-u7gMI_E8888fus

    E-mail:

    demmarxglobalin@gmail.com

    Snail Mail:

    DMGI

    P.O. Box 3246,

    Meaford, Ontario, Canada

    N4L 1A5


    Website:

    In development



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  • Dilip Panjwani
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    Originally posted by Bob Armstrong View Post
    Democratic Marxism
    (Started: 24/1/3)

    B. Goal of this Thread[LIST][*]To make clear what Democratic Marxism is, and what it is not (Old-style USSR Communism)[*]To provide materials that help CT'ers analyze the pluses and minuses of DM.




    Copyright – Democratic Marxist Global Institute (DMGI) - 2024
    1. It is still Marxism, a system seriously detrimental to society.
    2. Huge Minuses, as already described. Cannot remember any valid pluses being shown.

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  • Bob Armstrong
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    Democratic Marxism
    (Started: 24/1/3)

    Weekly Overview

    Notes:
    1. The “Weekly Overview” of the topic is posted for the benefit of new members who may have come in between the “Weekly Overviews”. It provides an executive summary of the issue for new viewers.
    2. The Stats of participation are important to allow all to determine the extent of continuing interest. For thread originators/responders, they are important to see if the interest no longer warrants the labour. Or alternatively, they show that those of us discussing it are drawing in more participants, because they have begun to see the importance of our topic
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    A. Statistics




    1. Weekly Stats:

    Week # 26 of 2024 (6/24-30 [7 days])

    (Sometimes Adjusted for no. of days)


    .....................................................2024 Average
    Last Week's......Prior Week's........Views/Day
    Views/Day........Views/Day.............(26 wks.)

    ….…12...................12.......................24


    ................................................2024 Average

    Last Week's.....Prior Week's......Responses/Day

    Responses/Day....Resp./Day.......(26 wks.).

    ........1......................1......................2


    2. Analysis of Last Week's Stats

    Last week's stats are consistent with the prior week – steady interest and participation. But they lag behind the year's stats. This is understandable since at the start there was a flurry of responses. The current rate of response is now only about ½ the year to date (Which is heavily weighted by the beginning period).

    More discussion/increased participation does happen when a current controversial issue is brought into the thread. The thread does involve discussion of current political affairs from the different perspectives of the various participants, so “current” issues do arise.

    Fundamentally, though, this thread is an “educational” thread about something that may not be that attractive to some CT'ers. Nonetheless, the yearly average stats for this thread (Per day: Views – 24; Responses - 2) are good.

    The stats do show that CT'ers are interested in learning more about DM, and about government from the DM perspective. This thread is an opportunity to learn something about the political system known as “Democratic Marxism”! It is also an opportunity to question DM in a good and safe forum, where we try to respect the right of all CT'ers to have their own analysis, and to be entitled to put it forward for consideration, even if differing from DM.

    Note: I, as originator/main poster, am now just posting per week, on Mondays, the past week's stats, and on Tuesdays, 1 DM discussion paper. But I do try to respond to response questions, and introduce new “current” topics when they seem appropriate, especially re “current events”. So, overall, it is expected that the stats have slowly come down, and are now at a slower, steady pace.

    B. Goal of this Thread
    • To make clear what Democratic Marxism is, and what it is not (Old-style USSR Communism)
    • To provide materials that help CT'ers analyze the pluses and minuses of DM.

    Additional Notes:

    1. The goal of this thread is not to try to beat opposing views into oblivion. Political economy spans the spectrum. Every position is entitled to post as it sees fit, regardless of the kind of, and amount of, postings by other positions. What is wanted is serious consideration of all posts........then you decide among the many competing political philosophies.

    2. CT'ers are welcome to post responses here regularly, in addition to our core group of very active responders.



    Democratic Marxist Global Institute (DMGI)


    Author: Bob Armstrong, DMGI Coordinator

    Most Recent Revision: 24/6/30

    Fb Page: Democratic Marxism – Global

    (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064839518717)

    Fb Group: Democratic Marxist Global Forum

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2045...ref=nf&__xts__[0]=68.ARB5MaP7fzlN9ItgmSkMWzv60Rd9mIxsQIkIgIa6_Guh2MGR6mV82GdH-IxgmiiVaJcZ-NLi7Cz46VX0nn78clmPjd-pttzlYPR9dmEubTBnBdnGohd0bl3Fy4k02cb3BVHNVOcfjANvEEUCRw6k1IZDDsZV6l9V1Id5_NomySGWmEpA3Inygttyrt3-jYH1m1M50W3d94tVElUVaZ-SrM-WZ4BkYEj0ZYF5Y5X2d7KRG_MQJtND8fXyDSkU0F1I4FVHkI_eoiyOazUgCRS0lmfetiENOGsaJPb6MfuHzQ92-u7gMI_E8888fus

    E-mail:

    demmarxglobalin@gmail.com

    Snail Mail:

    DMGI

    P.O. Box 3246,

    Meaford, Ontario, Canada

    N4L 1A5

    Website:

    In development



    Copyright – Democratic Marxist Global Institute (DMGI) - 2024

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  • Dilip Panjwani
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    Allende's policies did result in crippling hyperinflation and associated misery.
    In any case, dear Bob, you are not explaining why DM is not seriously detrimental to human society, a conclusion based upon economic and social modelling, which shows that DM will lead to shrinking of the economy, hyperinflation and misery. And if you cannot explain that, should you not stop blowing the horn of DM, a system seriously detrimental to human society?
    Last edited by Dilip Panjwani; Tuesday, 25th June, 2024, 09:22 AM.

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  • Bob Armstrong
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    I said Chile under Allende was the "closest" to a Democratic Marxist government in history.

    But the Unity Government of Salvadore Allende was in fact a coalition of the Chilean Socialist Party (Of which Allende was leader) and the very traditional Chilean Communist Party, to whom Allende had to listen, or have his government collapse.

    And as I have posted many times, and you always ignore, both the Chilean business forces, opposition parties and USA worked tirelessly, and often covertly, to oppose everything the government tried to do. This effort at a quiet revolution (That was not so quiet) FAILED miserably. The public, by a majority, continued to support their elected government, despite all the problems.

    So.....having failed on the first attempt......the next answer of those opposed .......the old military coup... under Chilean General Augusto Pinochet, aided by the CIA (Documented). Allende was surrounded by soldiers in the Presidential Palace. He knew he would be mercilessly tortured if captured alive. So he gave his last presidential speech, and then committed suicide before the soldiers got to him.

    Yep......good old Capitalism knows how to deal with the strongly liked left-wing among the Chileans......entrench opposition, and if that doesn't work, just kill.

    Bob A (Democratic Marxist)

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  • Dilip Panjwani
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    In your own words, DM was tried in Chile. It failed miserably there, with triple digit hyperinflation and associated misery.
    In Libertarianism, getting what one deserves ends up in people becoming more deserving. In DM, on the other hand, getting what one needs ends up in people becoming more needy.
    Co-operation with others helps individuals to be more successful in baking their own pies, as it does in making rules about how to share a common pie; fair competition plays a role in forcing people to work hard and smart to bake bigger pies, as it does to make people try to snatch a bigger piece of an ever-shrinking common pie... so co-operation and competition are human characteristics which both come into play whatever system one adopts.
    The above explains why adopting DM would be seriously detrimental to human society, and why you should stop blowing its horn, dear Bob!
    Last edited by Dilip Panjwani; Tuesday, 25th June, 2024, 08:41 AM.

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  • Bob Armstrong
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    I ask you the same thing about Libertarianism.

    Democratic Marxism has never ever yet formed a government............so .......NO........it has never failed!

    It is a cooperative based political system, and is superior to any competitive based political system, such as Capitalism.

    Bob A

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  • Dilip Panjwani
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    Bob,
    Why do you keep blowing the horn of Marxism, when economic and social modelling (bolstered by history) clearly shows that Marxism is seriously detrimental to society?
    If you believe that the economic and social modelling is flawed, then you should be able to explain why you believe so, which you have been unable to do.
    Don't you think that it is wrong to keep on blowing the horn of something that is seriously detrimental to society, and that you should spare chesstalk of it?

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  • Bob Armstrong
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    Democratic Marxism
    (Started: 24/1/3)

    Weekly Overview

    Notes:
    1. The “Weekly Overview” of the topic is posted for the benefit of new members who may have come in between the “Weekly Overviews”. It provides an executive summary of the issue for new viewers.
    2. The Stats of participation are important to allow all to determine the extent of continuing interest. For thread originators/responders, they are important to see if the interest no longer warrants the labour. Or alternatively, they show that those of us discussing it are drawing in more participants, because they have begun to see the importance of our topic

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    A. Statistics


    1. Weekly Stats:

    Week # 25 of 2024 (6/17-23 [7 days])

    (Sometimes Adjusted for no. of days)


    .....................................................2024 Average
    Last Week's......Prior Week's........Views/Day
    Views/Day........Views/Day.............(25 wks.)

    ….…12...................4.......................24


    ................................................2024 Average

    Last Week's.....Prior Week's......Responses/Day

    Responses/Day....Resp./Day.......(25 wks.).

    ........1......................0......................2

    2. Analysis of Last Week's Stats

    Last week's stats are better than the prior week since there were more responses. But they lag behind the year's stats. This is understandable since at the start there was a flurry of responses.

    More discussion/increased participation does happen when a current controversial issue is brought into the thread. The thread does involve discussion of current political affairs from the different perspectives of the various participants, so “current” issues do arise.

    Fundamentally, though, this thread is an “educational” thread about something that may not be that attractive to some CT'ers. Nonetheless, the yearly average stats for this thread (Per day: Views – 24; Responses - 2) are good.

    The stats do show that CT'ers are interested in learning more about DM, and about government from the DM perspective. This thread is an opportunity to learn something about the political system known as “Democratic Marxism”! It is also an opportunity to question DM in a good and safe forum, where we try to respect the right of all CT'ers to have their own analysis, and to be entitled to put it forward for consideration, even if differing from DM.

    Note: I, as originator/main poster, am now just posting 1 DM discussion paper per week, near the start of the week. But I do try to respond to response questions, and introduce new “current” topics when they seem appropriate. So, overall, it is expected that the stats will slowly come down, compared to the beginning phase of this thread.


    B. Goal of this Thread
    • To make clear what Democratic Marxism is, and what it is not (Old-style USSR Communism)
    • To provide materials that help CT'ers analyze the pluses and minuses of DM.

    Additional Notes:

    1. The goal of this thread is not to try to beat opposing views into oblivion. Political economy spans the spectrum. Every position is entitled to post as it sees fit, regardless of the kind of, and amount of, postings by other positions. What is wanted is serious consideration of all posts........then you decide among the many competing political philosophies.

    2. CT'ers are welcome to post responses here regularly, in addition to our core group of very active responders.



    Democratic Marxist Global Institute (DMGI)


    Author: Bob Armstrong, DMGI Coordinator

    Most Recent Revision: 24/6/23

    Fb Page: Democratic Marxism – Global

    (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064839518717)

    Fb Group: Democratic Marxist Global Forum

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2045...ref=nf&__xts__[0]=68.ARB5MaP7fzlN9ItgmSkMWzv60Rd9mIxsQIkIgIa6_Guh2MGR6mV82GdH-IxgmiiVaJcZ-NLi7Cz46VX0nn78clmPjd-pttzlYPR9dmEubTBnBdnGohd0bl3Fy4k02cb3BVHNVOcfjANvEEUCRw6k1IZDDsZV6l9V1Id5_NomySGWmEpA3Inygttyrt3-jYH1m1M50W3d94tVElUVaZ-SrM-WZ4BkYEj0ZYF5Y5X2d7KRG_MQJtND8fXyDSkU0F1I4FVHkI_eoiyOazUgCRS0lmfetiENOGsaJPb6MfuHzQ92-u7gMI_E8888fus

    E-mail:

    demmarxglobalin@gmail.com

    Snail Mail:

    DMGI

    P.O. Box 3246,

    Meaford, Ontario, Canada

    N4L 1A5

    Website:

    In development



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  • Dilip Panjwani
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    Marxism has the same ills (a shrinking economy, hyperinflation and widespread misery), whether it is the proletariat or the 'vanguard' of the proletariat calling its shots...

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  • Bob Armstrong
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    The Marxian Heresy: “Vanguard of the Proletariat”

    Democratic Marxism Discussion Paper # 17

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    A Democratic Marxist Analysis

    Lenin/Stalin

    Lenin, and even more so, Stalin, were Marxian heretics.

    Both did not trust the worker.

    Both embraced the elitist concept of "Vanguard of the Proletariat". This was not a concept of Karl Marx, but of Lenin. In fact, Marx was turning over in his grave, at this warped concept being alleged to be a legitimate extension of Marxism.

    The Role of the “Vanguard”

    In Russia, the workers implemented a successful Revolution, deposing the Czar.

    And what did they achieve by this?

    The “Vanguard” then turned the revolutionary guns against the worker! Suddenly the “Vanguard” ruled, rather than the Czar. The Vanguard determined the next “revolutionary steps”. The Vanguard determined what were workers' “rights”.

    All this is diametrically opposed to the Marxian commitment to fundamental human rights, and to true "democracy". True Marxism respects all human rights, and democracy.

    The Unfolding of the Revolutionary Universe

    All current old-style USSR Communist countries are now subject to this same criticism.

    "Vanguardism" (as elaborated by Lenin/Stalin) means robbing the worker of power, and centralizing all power into a bureaucracy that the Vanguard controls, not the worker. Stalin had taken the next step and centralized all power in himself, becoming the Dictator over the workers. This was continued by our modern Communist Party governments (Xi Ping of the Chinese Communist Party).

    The Writings of Marx

    My research (I freely admit I am not an academic Marxist scholar, just a Marxist proletariat theorist) is that Marx never mentioned in his writings, and certainly not in the Communist Manifesto, any concept of "vanguardism".

    It would be anathema to his fundamental belief in democracy, and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat.

    The concept is a heretical extension of Marxism, initiated by Lenin.


    Democratic Marxist Global Institute (DMGI)

    Author: 24/6/13: Bob Armstrong, DMGI Coordinator

    Revision: 24/6/19: Bob Armstrong

    Distribution: 24/6/19: (CT.DM;DMPO;DM;DMGF;TRN)

    Contact Us: Via Fb:

    a. Page: Democratic Marxism - Global:
    https://www.facebook.com/Democratic-Marxism-Global-748579292265552/?modal=admin_todo_tour

    b. Group: Democratic Marxist Global Forum:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2045...ref=nf&__xts__[0]=68.ARB5MaP7fzlN9ItgmSkMWzv60Rd9mIxsQIkIgIa6_Guh2MGR6mV82GdH-IxgmiiVaJcZ-NLi7Cz46VX0nn78clmPjd-pttzlYPR9dmEubTBnBdnGohd0bl3Fy4k02cb3BVHNVOcfjANvEEUCRw6k1IZDDsZV6l9V1Id5_NomySGWmEpA3Inygttyrt3-jYH1m1M50W3d94tVElUVaZ-SrM-WZ4BkYEj0ZYF5Y5X2d7KRG_MQJtND8fXyDSkU0F1I4FVHkI_eoiyOazUgCRS0lmfetiENOGsaJPb6MfuHzQ92-u7gMI_E8888fus

    E-mail:

    demmarxglobalin@gmail.com

    Snail Mail:

    DMGI

    P.O. Box 3246,

    Meaford, Ontario, Canada

    N4L 1A5


    Website:

    In development




    Copyright – Democratic Marxist Global Institute - 2024



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  • Bob Armstrong
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    Democratic Marxism
    (Started: 24/1/3)

    Weekly Overview

    Notes:

    1. The “Weekly Overview” of the topic is posted for the benefit of new members who may have come in between the “Weekly Overviews”. It provides an executive summary of the issue for new viewers.
    2. The Stats of participation are important to allow all to determine the extent of continuing interest. For thread originators/responders, they are important to see if the interest no longer warrants the labour. Or alternatively, they show that those of us discussing it are drawing in more participants, because they have begun to see the importance of our topic

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    A. Statistics


    1. Weekly Stats:

    Week # 24 of 2024 (6/3-9 [7 days])

    (Sometimes Adjusted for no. of days)


    .....................................................2024 Average
    Last Week's......Prior Week's........Views/Day
    Views/Day........Views/Day.............(24 wks.)

    ….…4...................17.......................25


    ................................................2024 Average

    Last Week's.....Prior Week's......Responses/Day

    Responses/Day....Resp./Day.......(24 wks.).

    ........0......................1......................2


    2. Analysis of Last Week's Stats

    Last week's stats are very low. This is not surprising when almost no responses were posted.

    More discussion/increased participation does happen when a current controversial issue is brought into the thread. The thread does involve discussion of current political affairs from the different perspectives of the various participants, so “current” issues do arise.

    Fundamentally, though, this thread is an “educational” thread about something that may not be that attractive to some CT'ers. Nonetheless, the yearly average stats for this thread (Per day: Views – 25; Responses - 2) are good.

    The stats do show that CT'ers are interested in learning more about DM, and about government from the DM perspective. This thread is an opportunity to learn something about the political system known as “Democratic Marxism”! It is also an opportunity to question DM in a good and safe forum, where we try to respect the right of all CT'ers to have their own analysis, and to be entitled to put it forward for consideration, even if differing from DM.

    Note: I, as originator/main poster, am now just posting 1 DM discussion paper per week, near the start of the week. But I do try to respond to response questions, and introduce new “current” topics when they seem appropriate. So, overall, it is expected that the stats will slowly come down, compared to the beginning phase of this thread.


    B. Goal of this Thread
    • To make clear what Democratic Marxism is, and what it is not (Old-style USSR Communism)
    • To provide materials that help CT'ers analyze the pluses and minuses of DM.

    Additional Notes:

    1. The goal of this thread is not to try to beat opposing views into oblivion. Political economy spans the spectrum. Every position is entitled to post as it sees fit, regardless of the kind of, and amount of, postings by other positions. What is wanted is serious consideration of all posts........then you decide among the many competing political philosophies.

    2. CT'ers are welcome to post responses here regularly, in addition to our core group of very active responders.



    Democratic Marxist Global Institute (DMGI)



    Author: Bob Armstrong, DMGI Coordinator

    Most Recent Revision: 24/6/15

    Fb Page: Democratic Marxism – Global

    (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064839518717)

    Fb Group: Democratic Marxist Global Forum

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2045...ref=nf&__xts__[0]=68.ARB5MaP7fzlN9ItgmSkMWzv60Rd9mIxsQIkIgIa6_Guh2MGR6mV82GdH-IxgmiiVaJcZ-NLi7Cz46VX0nn78clmPjd-pttzlYPR9dmEubTBnBdnGohd0bl3Fy4k02cb3BVHNVOcfjANvEEUCRw6k1IZDDsZV6l9V1Id5_NomySGWmEpA3Inygttyrt3-jYH1m1M50W3d94tVElUVaZ-SrM-WZ4BkYEj0ZYF5Y5X2d7KRG_MQJtND8fXyDSkU0F1I4FVHkI_eoiyOazUgCRS0lmfetiENOGsaJPb6MfuHzQ92-u7gMI_E8888fus

    E-mail:

    demmarxglobalin@gmail.com

    Snail Mail:

    DMGI

    P.O. Box 3246,

    Meaford, Ontario, Canada

    N4L 1A5

    Website:

    In development



    Copyright – Democratic Marxist Global Institute (DMGI) - 2024

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  • Bob Armstrong
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    Democratic Marxism
    (Started: 24/1/3)

    Weekly Overview

    Notes:

    1. The “Weekly Overview” of the topic is posted for the benefit of new members who may have come in between the “Weekly Overviews”. It provides an executive summary of the issue for new viewers.

    2. The Stats of participation are important to allow all to determine the extent of continuing interest. For thread originators/responders, they are important to see if the interest no longer warrants the labour. Or alternatively, they show that those of us discussing it are drawing in more participants, because they have begun to see the importance of our topic

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    A. Statistics

    1. Weekly Stats:

    Week # 23 of 2024 (6/3-9 [7 days])

    (Sometimes Adjusted for no. of days)


    .....................................................2024 Average
    Last Week's......Prior Week's........Views/Day
    Views/Day........Views/Day.............(23 wks.)

    ….…17...................18.......................26


    ................................................2024 Average

    Last Week's.....Prior Week's......Responses/Day

    Responses/Day....Resp./Day.......(23 wks.).

    ........1......................1......................2


    2. Analysis of Last Week's Stats

    Last week's stats are similar to those of the prior week, but lag behind those of 2024 so far. This is not surprising since for a new topic/thread there is often an up-front flurry of activity, 'til things settle in at a slower, normal pace.

    More discussion/increased participation does happen when a current controversial issue is brought into the thread. The thread does involve discussion of current political affairs from the different perspectives of the various participants, so “current” issues do arise.

    Fundamentally, though, this thread is an “educational” thread about something that may not be that attractive to some CT'ers. Nonetheless, the stats for this thread (Per day: Views – 27; Responses - 2) are good, and not that far below many other active threads in the Non-chess forum.

    The stats do show that CT'ers are interested in learning more about DM, and about government from the DM perspective. This thread is an opportunity to learn something about the political system known as “Democratic Marxism”! It is also an opportunity to question DM in a good and safe forum, where we try to respect the right of all CT'ers to have their own analysis, and to be entitled to put it forward for consideration, even if differing from DM.


    Note: I, as originator/main poster, am now just posting 1 DM discussion paper per week, near the start of the week. But I do try to respond to response questions, and introduce new “current” topics when they seem appropriate. So, overall, it is expected that the stats will slowly come down, compared to the beginning phase of this thread.


    B. Goal of this Thread
    • To make clear what Democratic Marxism is, and what it is not (Old-style USSR Communism)
    • To provide materials that help CT'ers analyze the pluses and minuses of DM.

    Additional Notes:

    1. The goal of this thread is not to try to beat opposing views into oblivion. Political economy spans the spectrum. Every position is entitled to post as it sees fit, regardless of the kind of, and amount of, postings by other positions. What is wanted is serious consideration of all posts........then you decide among the many competing political philosophies.

    2. CT'ers are welcome to post responses here regularly, in addition to our core group of very active responders.



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  • Dilip Panjwani
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    Bob,
    Ever thought of why politics is a 'blood' sport? Because the underhanded rewards for the politicians themselves match the risks they take in fighting to gain power. As far as the 'worker' is concerned, he just pays for the sins of the predators in the corrupt systems you listed in your post #361, all of them except Libertarianism, in which becoming a politician would not be a sought-after career at all (the closest to this ideal is currently in Sweden). That is why Libertarianism is likely to be panacea, and when it will become the norm, with its shining principles of 'universal enforcement of Natural Law' and 'easy access to capital for all', it will unleash society's productivity to bring greater rewards to all... Just break yourself from the shackles of being a Marxist (Marxism has failed again and again), and think fresh for a change...

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  • Pargat Perrer
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    Originally posted by Dilip Panjwani View Post
    You are forgetting that Libertarianism is the only system in which the only power (and solemn duty) politicians have is to enforce the Natural Law. ''''''''
    Bob A. isn't "forgetting", he just knows what you say is total bullshit. There is no LIbertarian Party in North America talking anything about fictitious "Natural Law".

    It is your own cultist fantasy. What a sad desperate person you are.

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