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  1. I sometimes don’t know which direction to face when I do my rakats. Is it towards the kabah in Mecca or the Mausoleum of Lenin in Moscow. One of the worst parts about being a Muslim where I live is that the geodesic to Mecca from where I am at is almost similar to the geodesic to Kiev. I don’t want to face the Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kiev, which is where the baleful Euromaidan protests took place. I do not want to face the place where the recrudescence of fascism took place in 2014.

    I am a lefty like Clayton Kershaw, Dallas Keuchel, Rich Hill, and Chris Sale.

    More seriously, I would say that the far-left often make nice allies for Muslims. They really understand that the current campaign of demonization is just propaganda to justify the current operations of the surveillance state and an imperialist foreign policy. They oppose the apartheid regime in Israel.

    I know like about two socialist Muslims, and those woman make a positive impression on me. Far more positive than some guy on the internet emphasizing that FGM is sunnah. That guy also doesn’t like Hume, but claims to be a “skeptic”, and he doesn’t see ANY utility in Pyrrhonian skepticism and Cartesian doubt. One those women told me that Islam provides a body of spiritual truth, but Marxism provides her a material understanding of sociopolitical reality. I feel like burning some Qurans and Bibles now, since it contains little “experimental reasoning” and “abstract reasoning concerning quantity and number”.

    I would rather live in East Germany than in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia: Cuba also does comparatively well compared to the Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The Soviet Union did what the Muslims of the Ottomans failed to do. Take a major European city, such as Berlin, while the Ottomans were mired in Vienna.

    In all the Warsaw Pact countries, the imposition of one-party rule precipitated a sweeping overhaul of laws regarding the family. Communists invested major resources in the education and training of women and in guaranteeing their employment. State-run women’s committees sought to re-educate boys to accept girls as full comrades, and they attempted to convince their compatriots that male chauvinism was a remnant of the pre-socialist past.

    Although gender wage disparities and labor segregation persisted, and although the Communists never fully reformed domestic patriarchy, Communist women enjoyed a degree of self-sufficiency that few Western women could have imagined. Eastern bloc women did not need to marry, or have sex, for money. The socialist state met their basic needs and countries such as Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and East Germany committed extra resources to support single mothers, divorcées and widows. With the noted exceptions of Romania, Albania and Stalin’s Soviet Union, most Eastern European countries guaranteed access to sex education and abortion. This reduced the social costs of accidental pregnancy and lowered the opportunity costs of becoming a mother.

    Some liberal feminists in the West grudgingly acknowledged those accomplishments but were critical of the achievements of state socialism because they did not emerge from independent women’s movements, but represented a type of emancipation from above. Many academic feminists today celebrate choice but also embrace a cultural relativism dictated by the imperatives of intersectionality. Any top-down political program that seeks to impose a universalist set of values like equal rights for women is seriously out of fashion.

    The result, unfortunately, has been that many of the advances of women’s liberation in the former Warsaw Pact countries have been lost or reversed. Ms. Durcheva’s adult daughter and the younger Ms. Gruber now struggle to resolve the work-life problems that Communist governments had once solved for their mothers.

    “The Republic gave me my freedom,” Ms. Durcheva once told me, referring to the People’s Republic of Bulgaria. “Democracy took some of that freedom away.”

    As for Ms. Gruber, she has no illusions about the brutalities of East German Communism; she just wishes “things weren’t so much harder now.”

    From a NYTimes article. Since East Germany doesn’t embrace intersectionalism, I would say it is less feminist than contemporary Western leftism.


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