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In the future I'm ending all of my movie reviews with:

I recommend sending me your $20 to help produce revolutionary feminist action films instead of spending your money seeing these films.

Posted by dave bug at June 9, 2004 05:54 PM

I added a second link to this post.

There are so many things I didn't comment upon on those pages; I might followup with a second post, perhaps, later. One was another ending on several reviews, Dave Bug, which was to the effect of "Send us your communist insights to this movie, comrades!"

I also didn't note how sveral movie reviews took meticulous note of the gross income, money spent on advertising, income from DVD/VHS versus theater, and domestic and foreign releases. These figures seemed to be very important to the reviewer. (See the LOTR reviews, for instance.)

Yet unobserved is the Party stance on real buttur.

Posted by Gary Farber at June 9, 2004 06:50 PM

I've also just added some additional commentary, by the way; I do hope it's not over-kill.

Posted by Gary Farber at June 9, 2004 07:15 PM

Some questions, like, how many hits would this "Maoist International Movement" have received if Dr. Frank hadn't provided a direct link to their site? And does anyone (other than Dr. Frank) really care about radical organizations made up of a handful of people way out on the lunatic fringe of the far left? What is up with the obsession with the radical left? Peace Out, David (P.S. I saw a photo of Rush Limbaugh with a "Heinz 57" t-shirt on and it doesn't look punk on him either...sorry Frank.)

Posted by David at June 10, 2004 04:11 AM

Okay. Hypocrite that I am, I clicked on the link and I will admit that it is a laugh riot...Check out their review of the new Harry Potter movie (smile). Yes, indeedy.

Posted by David at June 10, 2004 04:33 AM

This is one of the best chunks of satire I've ever seen. It's clever.

Posted by Stryker at June 12, 2004 06:43 AM

"Oversight workers should be altruistic party members willing to go to prison/re-education camp for failure. "

Oh, that's ok then. Don'tcha get it?! It's VOLUNTARY totalitarianism. And I bet health care and higher education will be free for all.

What's not to like?

Posted by JB at June 12, 2004 05:25 PM

These MIM clowns were pretty active on the St. Louis left for a few years, until they so irritated everybody that their very name became toxic. I used to pick up every issue of their paper - it was free and always good for a laugh. One issue had an account of a trip to a Warped Tour show, which had some pretty priceless crazy talk a la the stuff linked to here.

Perhaps their most ludicrous episode was when they decided to use their web server to host porn sites. Yes, they argued, while porn and indeed all sexual activity under capitalism is inherently sexist, anything that earned cash to "build the revolution" was "objectively" copacetic.

Posted by Jason Toon at June 14, 2004 07:08 PM

Wow, Jason, so you've actually met some of these pyple? I wonder how many of them there are.

I took a look at one of their papers on line, and it was saying that while Lyndie England was biologically-speaking a female, she was "socially male" (i.e., a kind of female man); while the Abu Ghraib abused prisoners ("the Iraqi people with penises") were (objectively?) "social females" or "socially wimmen," i.e., a new species of male woman. Or myle wymym, or symthyng lyke thyt. Yt's kynd yf cryzy.

The MIMs may be politically Maoist, but they also seem to be orthographically Welsh. Or symthyng.

Posted by Dr. Frank at June 14, 2004 10:20 PM

I closely observed some folks of similar ilk to this (though the factions would have beaten the crap out of each other for ideological errors) during the few months I attended college in 1975; they were infiltrators from the Revolutionary Youth Brigades, an offshoot of Bob Avedikian's Revolutionary Communist Party (which Bob ran as an ideologically unsound cult of personality).

We worked togther in a group with the not-so-revolutionary purpose of reforming the college food service (imaginatively entitled "Students For A Better Food Service"; really); they, naturally, sought to turn this into Grounds For Revolution.

If we ever get together, ask me for some Wacky Details.

Posted by Gary Farber at June 15, 2004 03:14 AM

I have indeed met three of them, although it's impossible to know whether any of them wrote this stuff - all MIM articles are bylined under the writer's "comrade number," when they're credited at all.

If you ask a MIMite in person what hys/hyr number is, they'll decline to answer on the grounds that it's a "pig question." Yes, that is actually their term, and they use it proudly.

That Lynndie England thing is a perfect example of their tortured reality-twisting. One stance of theirs that always really galled me ran as follows: although casinos are generally reactionary, Native American casinos are progressive because they take money from the evil white proletariat and redistribute it to the oppressed "First Nations." Seems to me that Marx would still have some problems with that, but maybe I haven't advanced to a sufficient stage of revolutionary consciousness.

As a democratic socialist, I see nothing even remotely socialist in any of MIM's lunacy.

Posted by Jason Toon at June 15, 2004 04:36 PM

Their organizational acronym is just promoting and enforcing society's male hierarchical structure. MYM would be much more appropryate.

Posted by dave bug at June 15, 2004 09:05 PM