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May 12 2017 21:34
Comrades!

I'm not trying to tell anyone what to do but don't you chaps think the expression of amity, "comrade", is outdated and has ugly connotations with the left's Soviet past? It's just I hear some people with our ideals use the term and it bothers me. Personally I think we should disregard the term. It's not that important I know, just a thought.

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May 12 2017 21:37

I usually do not use the term and also sometimes squirm when people use it. Though it depends on context, in some places using that term is just polite.

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May 12 2017 21:42

it was on this site that i was first called comrade. that it was lazy riser who said it made it all the better.

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May 12 2017 21:50
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it was on this site that i was first called comrade. that it was lazy riser who said it made it all the better.

Lol

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May 13 2017 07:54

I don't know of many groups that use it in face to face meetings, apart from the ICC who only use comrade to refer to each other at meetings, which gets a little confusing and seems a bit weird although they are happy enough to introduce themselves afterwards. Actually I'm not sure why they do it, I assumed it was security paranoia but it might be egalitarian.

Anyway I think using it is fairly unusual among communists these days apart from stalinists maybe and I don' think anarchists have ever really adopted it.

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May 13 2017 09:23

I wouldn't use it at a political meeting. It's quite fun using it semi-ironically at work. Makes the right people feel anxious.

I got a nice card from someone who left recently thanking me for being a good comrade, which made me well up a bit.

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May 13 2017 13:12

My son calls me Comrade Mother. He's 15, a large portion of his raison d'être is to take the piss out of the oldies. smile

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May 13 2017 14:21

I don't think I ever say it in real life, although sometimes I use it in writing as a greeting ("hello comrade"), or as a descriptive term (e.g. "a Korean comrade…" to make a distinction between that and things like friend, acquaintance, colleague etc). So I think it can be useful in that sense. But yeah generally I think those of us on the left/ultraleft should avoid using "scene" language and jargon which alienates others

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May 13 2017 14:40
Fleur wrote:
My son calls me Comrade Mother. He's 15, a large portion of his raison d'être is to take the piss out of the oldies. :)

He should get you this for your next birthday
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May 14 2017 08:06

Nowt wrong with comrade.... er... comrades.

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May 14 2017 09:08

We use it a lot in the AF. I've always used it since becoming an anarchist. Nothing wrong with the term, people who find it embarassing are duped by the anti-revolutionary propaganda that's been thrust down our throats over the last few decades.

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May 14 2017 10:07

^^^ And that's the correct answer!

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May 19 2017 22:56

There is a certain militancy in the term though don't you think? I would probably use it if I was a in an appropriate context, like fighting a war, but at the moment the most radical thing I do is the occasional pilfering of supermarkets and flouting the tv licence. Maybe I'm just not radical enough...anyway I don't think it's it's big deal, just a thought. I'm new here..

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May 19 2017 23:06

Welcome!

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May 20 2017 10:49

Thankyou! I look forward to interacting with you all, unfortunately there are many like-minded people where I live.

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May 21 2017 10:27

why is that unfortunate?

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May 21 2017 13:32
tane_mahuta wrote:
why is that unfortunate?

i took it to mean "everyone around my way agrees with each other and i have no-one to talk politics with"

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May 21 2017 21:42

Sorry i meant there are not many like-minded people where I live, so yeah I don't have any one to talk politics with, my mistake

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May 21 2017 21:53
Warboats wrote:
Sorry i meant there are not many like-minded people where I live, so yeah I don't have any one to talk politics with, my mistake

My problem as well.

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May 22 2017 13:20

Where do you live?

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May 22 2017 17:18
Warboats wrote:
Where do you live?

The south east in the States. Nothing really happening where I live (at least that I can find). There really should be a website/tool to help people find like-minded folk/'comrades' and to organize with one another. I guess you could try Facebook. I would imagine the UK would have more opportunities (bookstores, organizations, meetups, etc.) for this sort of stuff (though your area might be different). Have you tried searching?