Is there more to this fear than nearly a century of propaganda?

Photo of flags bearing the communist hammer and sickle by Moises Gonzalez on Unsplash.

I went a little bit viral on TikTok recently for voicing the unthinkable: I said that I like paying taxes. As you might imagine, the Americans and Conservatives in my comment section were shocked and appalled. The words communist and socialist were thrown around like insults, images of gulags and…

Nigel Farage’s “campaign” is as dangerous as it is self-serving.

Nigel Farage is a fan of xenophobia, unveiled racism and over-simplification. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

He tried to set himself up as the Donald Trump of Great Britain, stoking up xenophobia to turn the ‘white’ working class against immigrants, minorities, women, liberals, lefties, and all manner of apparent undesirables. …

If you want to understand a country, listen to its women.

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After an entire childhood stuck firmly within the trappings of the English Canon, I read my first Chinese author a few months before my sixteenth birthday. Her name was Jung Chang and reading her literally changed my life.

For the next decade, I read nothing but Chinese women's literature. I…

And other reasons for women to lean left.

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen R. Ghodsee (2019), photographed for The Open Bookshelf.

Though it is always amusing to see people — particularly Americans— throwing ‘socialist’ around as an insult, I can see why those who have benefited from the subjugation of women under capitalism might find socialism threatening.

Keeping women firmly under the thumb of oppression makes it easier for emotionally and…

Abbey Heffer

China specialist, feminist, political scientist in progress. Reviews, socialism & everyday academia. Low-brow, no jargon/acronyms. Editor of The Open Bookshelf.

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