Greetings to all! I would like to welcome you all to what I hope to be the first in many serial threads to come: the Soviet. The words soviet (совет means "council" in Russian. While anything might be called a council, the word bears special significance as the formations of workers and peasants' deputies during the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917. It was a place of democracy, of lively discussion, and of grassroots politics. I hope this can be something similar. The purpose of this thread is simple: to serve as a companion thread to the acclaimed Ask A Red series. While it is the general attitude of the AAR cadres that discussion and topics should be highly regulated within the confines of that thread, here the goal is opposite: discuss whatever you wish, so long as it's vaguely related to communism or socialism. This should draw much of the off-topic discussions in AAR, such that it can maintain its purity as a strictly question and answer thread for people to learn about the opinions and positions of communists, such as they disdain to conceal. In the future, encroachments upon that policy can expect a redirecting link to this thread. Accordingly, there are no designated participants in this thread. All are welcome, on either side of the table. The only reason I have marked this as Red Diamond is in expectation of the coming re-merger of the forums, so that it can maintain a bit more order than the average bar brawl. However, that being said, I wish to encourage both lively and critical debate, so long as it remains civil. Policing will be minimal, but I want it to be understood that this is no more an "I can't help myself but go yell at Reds where ever I see them" thread than Ask A Red was. All that being said, let the debate commence!