We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Democracy, Class and the Fight against Recolonization

Click here to access article by Stephen Sefton (currently living in Nicaragua) posted in English on Wrong Kind of Green

It seems to me that the title of this article is a bit pretentious. A better title would have been something like "The Empire's renewed assault on its Latin American backyard". 
Having lost Eurasia, US and allied elites have prioritized Latin America and the Caribbean, seeking to re-consolidate control of the region’s resources. They work to destroy political movements and leaders who defend their countries’ impoverished majorities against the West’s neocolonial agenda. In particular, Western elites work with local allies to eliminate expressions of national sovereignty. From within, they undermine and co-opt governments and institutions. Externally they deploy all kinds of financial, trade, media and diplomatic aggression as well as military intimidation.
The author's main argument is that the US Empire is engaged in an increasingly aggressive media campaign to subvert truth throughout Latin America (I would argue throughout the world).
Recycling falsehoods promoting the US regime change agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean corrupts democratic debate in the West and creates an alibi for the phony, anti-democratically framed elections of US allies like Brazil’s fascist ideologue Jair Bolsonaro. Clear-sighted anti-imperialist writers like Max Blumenthal, Kerry Ann Mendoza and Jonathan Cook, among many others, repeatedly make this same point. Untruthful foreign affairs coverage by the Western intellectual, NGO and media class, destroys democratic debate at home, to the benefit of NATO country elites. Western coverage of Latin America and the Caribbean, especially Nicaragua and Venezuela now, demonstrates that reality over and over again.
You see, truth is revolutionary! That is precisely why a grassroots organization to counter their lies (like the one I have proposed) is so revolutionary. 

In the past I have frequently asserted that we must a have a revolution to save ourselves from the capitalist Empire's current death spiral. I wasn't arguing that we should man the barricades, or organize a militia. All we have to do is create and support a truth-telling organization! 

So far, the hold on the minds of the people by the Empire's capitalist propaganda machines have been successful, however their influence is waning. The latter point coupled with the fact that we must act before it is too late to save ourselves from the Empire's dangerous behavior (planning for a global war and the ongoing assault on the environment).