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It’s All In Your Head

Like the helm of a ship, your mind is the most powerful part of you. Always keep it full of the idea that you can do anything and reach any dream.

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Hard Work vs. Luck

In a culture so obsessed with hand-outs and getting there faster, we sometimes leave out all of the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes on to a goal. Hard work and dedication help you lose inches and pounds, not luck.

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Why We Defend Workers' States

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Based on remarks by Caleb Maupin at the Workers World Party Marxist School on July 4-7, 2014, in New York City.

Every country where the working class has seized power is also in a life and death struggle to preserve working class power, with the imperialists surrounding and attacking them.

As a result of being encircled and threatened, worker’s states simply don’t have the ability to be open, free societies, full of debate. They are in a state of war, fighting for their very survival.

This can be very confusing in the United States, where we are told “this is a great country, we are free.” Anti-Communists often say things like “Communists want to take away our freedom, but capitalism is about freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.”

This is obviously non-sense. Go to the capitalist country of the Philippines. In the Philippines, being a member of the Communist Party is illegal. People are locked up, or kidnapped in the middle of the night all the time, merely on suspicion for being Communists.

Go to the capitalist country of South Korea. A young man is in prison currently for nothing other than tweeting statements supporting his northern countryfolk.

Go to the capitalist country of Colombia, where trade unionists are rounded up, and political activists are killed.

In any society, capitalist, socialist, feudal, or whatnot, when the class that is in power feels threatened, it is forced to take measures to hold on to power.

This is true even in the United States, despite the nauseating rhetoric about “freedom” and “the greatest country in the world.” In the US, when any leader of the oppressed Black nation emerges to fight back, they are suppressed. Martin Luther King was gunned down. Malcolm X was gunned down. Fred Hampton, the leader of the Black Panther was brutally murdered by the Chicago Police working with the FBI.

In the 1960s, the FBI had an entire program called COINTELPRO designed to suppress dissent among the oppressed Black nation, as well as the rising student movement.

During the 1950s, the U.S. Communist Party was outlawed. The government even passed a law called the Mccarran Internal Security Act of 1951. This law called for Communists and progressive activists to placed in concentration camps if a “national emergency” took place.

When the capitalists and imperialists find themselves in a state of war to preserve their power, all the so-called “freedom” goes away. They are in a life and death struggle to preserve their power.

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Happy birthday to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907–1954). Kahlo’s jewel-like self-portraits show her penchant for self-exploration and her affinity for reinventing herself. How do you choose to express your identity? “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird,” 1940, by Frida Kahlo (Nickolas Muray Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin. © Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, DF/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

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Happy birthday to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907–1954). Kahlo’s jewel-like self-portraits show her penchant for self-exploration and her affinity for reinventing herself. How do you choose to express your identity?

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird,” 1940, by Frida Kahlo (Nickolas Muray Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin. © Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, DF/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

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Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, kept “Prometheus Bound" in his personal collection for several years and called it one of his most important creations. Rubens collaborated with other artists, including Frans Snyders, who was distinguished for his depictions of flower and animals. Snyders also worked on "Prometheus Bound," painting the eagle. With wings that span the entire width of the canvas, the eagle rips at Prometheus’s liver as his punishment for stealing fire from the gods. This mythological depiction could be seen as an artist struggling with creativity or grappling with eternal suffering. What do you think it means?

“Prometheus Bound,” begun c. 1611–12, completed by 1618, by Peter Paul Rubens and Frans Snyders

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Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, kept “Prometheus Bound" in his personal collection for several years and called it one of his most important creations. Rubens collaborated with other artists, including Frans Snyders, who was distinguished for his depictions of flower and animals. Snyders also worked on "Prometheus Bound," painting the eagle. With wings that span the entire width of the canvas, the eagle rips at Prometheus’s liver as his punishment for stealing fire from the gods. This mythological depiction could be seen as an artist struggling with creativity or grappling with eternal suffering. What do you think it means?

Prometheus Bound,” begun c. 1611–12, completed by 1618, by Peter Paul Rubens and Frans Snyders