Welcome to Red Flags, the best commie blog on the net. Focused on what's happening in the world communist movement, Red Flags will also include a wide selection of current writing from across the left, reporting and interviews from social movments, insurgent art and literature, as well as short histories of the human struggle for liberation.
This is a check-in. In lieu of a registration system, regular participants can sign-in with a short description of who they are and roughly where you're coming from. You need not use your actual name, but a short bio will help others disentangle what promise to be (sometimes) complex discussions. Just leave a comment with as much as you feel like saying about yourself. If you'd like to make any changes later, just post a new version and the old one will be removed. Checking-in is obviously optional.
Beyond digesting interesting articles, Red Flags hopes to foster an open space for debate and discussion online, where superficiality and slagging often rule the roost. Site traffic has grown enough to justify the work and I'm really happy that most of the commentators have aimed to inform. There is currently nothing like this online. My hope is that the powerful ideas of the communist movement, which I firmly believe promise to solve the most basic and intractable problems of humanity, will find a flower.
Rules of the Road
1) Flamebait -- Just don't do it. Willful distortions, known falsehoods and macho point-scoring are discouraged. Site moderation is lax, and I'd like to keep it that way. The sharpest knives go dull the fastest. Engage!
2) Principled discussion -- Attacks on the race, gender, nationality or religion of participants in not acceptable and degrades everyone involved. Assume the humanity of participants and you might get the favor returned.
3) This is an open, communist site -- It's open to people looking for a way forward, but not to every right-wing keyboard kommando. Consider yourself notified.
4) Security Culture -- Rumor-mongering, threats, advocacy of particular violence, etc. will not be tolerated at all. Please post only public documents from organizations. Do not send the private correspondence of others, nor internal bulltetins or discussions from organized forces. Red Flags respects the ability of organizations to have internal discussion, and will not serve as a platform for factionalism or sour grapes. Keep political discussion to questions of line and not dubious narratives of "who shot John."
Just because you don't have to sign your name, that doesn't mean you are invisible. The software used to host this site is not secure. The IP addresses of users are recorded. As with all internet traffic, the assumption should be that you should say nothing here you wouldn't want attached to your name in a court. This isn't just here -- it's true anywhere.
5) Responsibility -- Red Flags is independently owned and operated, and is not an official voice of any organization or trend. Open comments are the responsibility of the person who makes them. A diversity of beliefs will be featured, not all of which Red Flags agrees with. Don't assume anything. Individuals are free to post, but even when they are partisans -- unless specifically noted -- they are speaking as individuals trying to make sense of the world just like you. Please treat individuals and organizations with enough respect to make exchange, including sharp debate, possible.