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Sunday, June 19, 2005
new pretentious attitude

So at work I've been studying the history of the Nepali Maoist movement. It's blindingly bizarre at times with so many splits and unifications that are worse than those in Anabaptist history. Every Maoist and his mom seems to have something added parenthetically for the purposes of distinction -- i.e. Communist Party Nepal (The Real Commies) -- because they all start out as Communists, but then needed to purge themselves of the less pure Communists, etc. At least the Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, Brethen-in-Christ, Beechy Amish, Amish, Your Mama's Amish, Conservative Mennonites, and others in the Anabaptist family didn't do that.

The two current leaders of the maoist movement, Baburam Batterai and Prachanda (which the media loves to point out means "Fierce One", despite that it's a self-selected name) who are both currently a part of CPN (Maoists), but had originally been a part of CPN (Marxist-Lenonist), which eventually became CPN (United Marxist-Lenonist), but was too mainstream for the Maoist leaders who formed a group, CPN (Masal), but one of them split, forming CPN (Mashal)--at which point even the Nepali authors always comment, "Seriously, WTF?" Eventually, though, they came together to form CPN (Maoist) and have waged a brutal war against the state and civilians for the last nine years. All this to say that I've become sufficiently bored with "Landon" and have decided to spice up my blogging with a new, parenthetically-garnished, nom de guerre. It is below.

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