Anecdote about a bad political take, Trump, China 

I usually avoid having political takes because I don't think I know enough to open my mouth, but here I go I guess.

I just woke up to a group message from an ex-collegue, who is Chinese and sadly also very patriotic, saying that she and most Chinese really support Trump for involuntarily serving the interest of China, and that they joke he's actually a communist spy.

Anecdote about a bad political take, Trump, China 

I certainly did not want to wake up to this, but I don't want to comment on this. We had arguments when I tried to say that maybe state propaganda was not to be listened to, but she's out of my reach. Also, why should she listen to me, who have never been more east than Austria.

My take is just about the word communism/-ist.

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My take about the word communism 

In my fediverse circles, the word is definitely positive. And I've read a couple of old books, I can get behind what it meant there. It is a word loaded with history and hope. To me it also have some leftover sweet taste of forbidden, probably inherited from the cold war.

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My take about the word communism 

But in nonpolitical spaces of meatspace, I've only heard it used to describe states like the USSR or contemporary China. My master thesis supervisor was Polish and to him that was an horrible word. It makes uncomfortable every single eastern European in front of whom I've used it and I can understand that. Anarcho-communism seems like a total oxymoron.

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My take about the word communism 

If my experience is any representative, just saying the word communism in front of an average person kind of turn them off to whatever ideas you were discussing. So here's my take: maybe our attachment to it is playing against us. We're giving them the box to lump us in with totalitarian states we don't agree with, so they can close the lid saying they don't want to listen to people supporting this box.

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My take about the word communism 

So maybe it's time to give up this word.
I realize this is the same rebranding technique as the "alt-right" and that makes it icky, but as far as I know it worked for them.

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My take about the word communism 

So let me find another example: the people who had a long history of using the swatiska as a positive symbol and gave it up when they recognized its meaning had been tainted. If their action is a inspiring show of selflessness and solidarity, maybe we're in need of doing the same thing with the communist symbolism.

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My take about the word communism 

Ok that's all for me, I guess I could have said that in a single sentence but well, I like context.

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