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 LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, April 27, 2018

Dr. Gilbert Doctorow: “America Is Absolutely Corrupt”

Click here to access an interview with Doctorow by independent Algerian journalist Mohsen Abdelmoumen posted on American Herald Tribune's website. (I must thank an attentive and dedicated activist for this post.)

This is a most fascinating interview of a Russian scholar with a PhD in history from Columbia University. The interview obviously took place in Belgium, and the journalist asks wide ranging questions about the USA in relation to Russia. Several questions asked about the state of journalism today and the appearance of fake news in the USA which was of considerable interest to me.
[Abdelmoumen:] Do you think that the disappearing of the paper press plays in favor of misinformation?
[Doctorow:] This plays a huge role, but it is not a recent situation. Mr. Noam Chomsky, the great American dissident, wrote as co-author in 1985 the book The Manufacture of Consent. It's a matter of censorship out of censure. Today, when someone graduates as a journalist and hopes to make a living, to have a family, there is only one thing to do: go into public relations for a big company. It requires the same skills for an employer who pays the salary. And finally, the journalists became corrupt. .... Journalists are retiring and it's over, they are not replaced them because there is no money.
[Abdelmoumen:] Is not journalism disappearing and are we not moving towards a press made by the citizens, like the alternative press?
[Doctorow:] The alternative press is a good thing but it is not the same size and it is not the same quality, in principle. If real journalism had continued, it would be much more sophisticated and much more educated than what we have now. We are talking about fake news. There are many fake news because there are no professional intermediaries, and even among the major publishers, I do not speak of the press but of the publishers in general, they sacked the writers. If you are dealing with a big edition, in most cases there are no real writers. All the services of an edition have disappeared, that is to say that the professions are under digital attack.


I couldn't find the name of this British cartoonist in my limited time. Here is a link to his/her website.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

World employers report

Click here to access article by David Ruccio from Occasional Links & Commentary.

 Economist Ruccio comments on the latest World's Bank report. This is how he starts out:
The history of capitalism is actually a combination of two histories: it’s a history of employers attempting to hire workers and develop new technologies to make profits and expand the reach of capitalism; it’s also a history of workers banding together to improve wages and working conditions and imagine ways of moving beyond capitalism.

The World Bank’s World Development Report, currently in draft form, comes down firmly on the side of employers and their historical role.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Russia and the War Party

Click here to access article by Carl Boggs from The Greanville Post

More examples of well-rewarded liberals promoting the imperial agenda of the US-led Empire.
The steady deterioration of American political discourse seems to have reached its lowest ebb in historical memory, visible in the rightward shift of both Democrats and Republicans. One sign is the frenzied Democratic assault on Republicans from the right, especially in foreign policy. Another is the resounding silence on the most crucial problems facing humanity: threat of catastrophic war, nuclear arms race, ecological crisis, health-care debacle, the worsening miseries of global capitalism. Tabloid-style spectacles have increasingly filled media space. Still another sign is the intensifying anti-Russia hysteria promoted by unhinged liberals in Congress and the corporate media, reminiscent of the worst McCarthyism.
Another example of this descent into absurdity is the book Russian Roulette, by liberals Michael Isikoff and David Corn – Beltway writers whose shrill anti-Russian crusade has received highest accolades by the New York Times and such promoters of the permanent warfare state as Rachel Maddow ....

Another Beautiful Soul: Counterpunching the Global Assault on Dissent

Click here to access article by Canadian Stephen Gowans from What's Left

Gowans provides a perfect illustration of a well indoctrinated and very likely an upper middle class person who is heavily promoted by liberal media such as CounterPunch and Truthdig because she likes to promote identity politics and support Empire policies. Although trained in physics and astronomy, Sonali Kolhatkar has become the darling of the liberal-oriented, supposedly "alternative" media industry. She has, and will be, given all kinds of rewards and encouragement to continue in this line of work because she has so well served to justify and rationalize the policies of the ruling capitalist class to politically liberal Americans.
Kolhatkar’s professions of neutrality notwithstanding, it’s clear whose side she’s on in the matter of the US war to impose neo-colonial slavery on Syria (and after Syria, Iran), but it’s not clear why. She certainly hasn’t arrived at her position by reasoned analysis; none is offered. Her disquisition is embarrassingly unsophisticated. She appears to be unaware of the issues that lie at the root of the conflict. She’s oblivious to the reality that mass media are jingoistic. And she’s incapable of recognizing glaring lapses of her own logic. We can only wonder what Counterpunch saw in her piece.

Identity Politics: Diversion from the Growing Economic Crisis?

Click here to access article by Ghada Chehade, originally from occupied Palestine and now a citizen of Canada, from The Political Anthropologist (based in Canada). (You will need to register (free) in order to access the full article and all other articles on the website.)
A politics that addresses identity and minority issues without examining the larger socioeconomic system and class relations cannot adequately address the disproportional disenfranchisement and economic despair experienced by minority groups. At the same time, a focus on identity and individual issues prevents us from seeing what we have in common, pitting different groups against one another and distracting them from – and from uniting over – their common economic plight.
I don't think that this phenomenon of identity politics just sort of happened. I am convinced that it has been promoted by the ruling capitalist class who must obscure the class structure they have imposed on society and all understanding of their overwhelming influence to shape institutions and ideology to promote their interests of evermore profits and power. 

By promoting identity politics they distract attention away from the class structure that their class has created: powerless and insecure wage workers (working class) who are essentially "wage slaves" and live from paycheck to paycheck; a middle class who have attained a measure of security (home ownership, and respectable status and extra privileges), but who are often in extreme debt to maintain this lifestyle; the upper-middle class who are highly trained (and indoctrinated) scientists, researchers, managers, technicians, and professionals who make the capitalist system function, enjoy high salaries, and serve their masters of the capitalist class; and finally the ruling capitalist class who own most of the assets of our country, live off of their ownership of property, only work if they want to, and exercise control over every institution of society.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The latest cartoons by political cartoonist Stephanie McMillan, and her comments

Thanks go to an activist for this post.

When you come after their bottom line, capitalists freak out. 

Dedicated to ABF drivers who are currently being fed a shitty contract that puts them back to where they should have been 5 years ago. The CEO got a 31.9% increase in total compensation, while the company is offering its workers a measly $2/hr raise over the next 5 years. That doesn't even keep up with the cost of living. [my link]

Capitalism inherently involves imperialist wars, oppression, exploitation, and ecocide. Humanity can do better! We must overcome capitalism and move beyond it to a different kind of economy that allows for a classless and sustainable arrangement of society. The future of our species and the planet depend on it.

Recommended web posts for Tuesday, 4/24/2018

  • The West’s Trauma of its Dissolution by Alistair Crooke from Strategic Culture Foundation. This top geopolitical analyst summarizes what we know is happening regarding recent events with Russia and in Syria and tries to make sense of it all. Many questions remain. See how he reaches this conclusion:
The attack on Syria is not some 'bump in the road', easily passed, and after which, we may sigh, and slump back to business as usual.  The trauma generated by secular western utopianism (European Enlightenment) being in dissolution is not something to be passed through quite so easily.  'Otherness' - other cultures - are coalescing and taking us to different outcomes, albeit still in their latency.  We should expect more 'bumps in the road'.  We should expect surprise.  The next 'bumps’ might well be more dangerous.  The West's trauma of its dissolution will not be short or without its violence, particularly as the shock of finding that 'technology' is not somehow inherent to western culture, but that the 'other' can do it as well, or even better, strikes at the very core of the western 'myth' of its own exceptionalism.
  • The British Are Driving the West’s War Agenda—But Why? by Richard C. Cook from Global Research. This retired political analyst argues that the Privy Council of Britain is behind all the recent acts of war and false-flags against Russia. I doubt this. It seems like an attempt to excuse US agents from the recent provocative acts. What I, and others like Carroll Quigley, have argued all along that following WWII the British ruling class, which ruled over the nearly defunct British Empire, merged with the US ruling class and have since then co-opted many top capitalists from all over Europe and Japan that makes up the ruling class of US-led Empire. Nevertheless, Cook adds some very interesting information on the British section of the Empire's ruling class.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Recommended articles for 4/23/2018

  • US Decries Chinese High-Speed Rail in Laos by Joseph Thomas from New Eastern Outlook. I had to laugh over the allegations made in the Quartz article. It was another example of the psychological defense mechanism of projection, that is, attributing a characteristic to others that one uses so often. The ruling class of the USA is expert at using the "debt trap" to subjugate others after many years of practice. They have used this practice not only subjugate nations, but their own population as well. People in the USA have been thoroughly conditioned to accept debt, and there are very few without debt. I think that this is a prime method of control of dissidence.
  • Capitalism is not the problem by Cameron Pike from A bird's eye view of the Vineyard. This represents a desperate attempt to defend the system of capitalism. I think it represents the thinking of those who have been successful in lesser business enterprises, the current Russian ruling class, and the thinking of "The Saker" (Andrei Raevsky) at this website. Raevsky, by his own reporting, is a descendant of a military officer who was active in the Russian Revolution who fled to Switzerland when the opposition backed by many Western capitalist nations was defeated. This military officer, no doubt, was part of the opposition to the Bolsheviks and likely identified with the embryonic Russian capitalist class during the early 20th century. 
Pike's defense of capitalism is quite shallow, amateurish, and typical of most North American political liberals. I'm not sure it is worth the effort to criticize it. In any case, I don't have the time to do it now--maybe sometime in the future.
The lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), naming WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange as co-conspirators with Russia and the Trump campaign in a criminal effort to steal the 2016 US presidential election, is a frontal assault on democratic rights. It tramples on the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which establishes freedom of the press and freedom of speech as fundamental rights.

Neither the Democratic Party lawsuit nor the media commentaries on it acknowledge that WikiLeaks is engaged in journalism, not espionage.... 
Surprise, surprise! (sarcasm) 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Recommended articles for 4/22/2018

  • The End of Growth, Seven Years Later by Richard Heinberg from his website. (Note: Because I am thoroughly immersed in activities to look for another home, I only scanned this article, but found it very interesting. It was highly recommended by an activist who studied under Heinberg.)
  • The MoA Week In Review And Open Thread 2018-19 by Bernhard from Moon of Alabama. This is one of my favorite websites which is managed by an expert truth-teller. In this piece you learn about the color revolutions that agents of the Empire are promoting right now. The capitalist directors of the Empire never tire of creating chaos throughout the world in order to support their addiction to profits and power.
  • A false flag attack on a USN ship next? by Nick from A bird's eye view of the Vineyard. The author begins the article how a US aircraft carrier could be a prime victim of a false-flag attack that ruling class directors would use to declare war on their latest enemy. He then goes on to other prime examples of the use of false-flag attacks to fool citizens in rallying around the flag, and ordinary impressionable youth going off to foreign lands to kill other ordinary people. It seems this trick works every time. 
I personally have researched the attack on Pearl Harbor, and I believe that this attack qualifies as a false-flag excuse to get us into war with the ruling capitalist class of Japan who were on their way to create their own empire in Asia (the phrase "Empire of Japan" was often used). They along with German and Italian ruling capitalist classes threatened the Anglo-American capitalists and their allies for control of the world. These competitive enemies of the Anglo-American capitalists forced the latter into a repugnant alliance with the Soviet Union in order to defeat them, but shortly after the end of WWII the Anglo-American empire soon turned on the Soviet Union because they interfered with the predatory activities of their new victorious Empire. And, as they say, "the rest is history" (ref,).