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

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Recommended articles for Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Coming of American Fascism, 1920–1940

Click here to access a review of a new book by Robert authored by Chris Wright from Dissident Voice.
Roberto tells the history of the American political economy in the 1920s and ’30s through this lens, exploring how the fascist structures of our own day were forged between the two world wars.
Although Wright differs with some details, his review of Roberto's book about the roots of fascism in the USA during the period from 1920-1940 sees his history as very accurate. I generally agree with Wright who sees the development of fascism in the USA as continuing after WWII. I think that American fascism took off with the publication of "The American Century" in Time magazine by the well-connected Henry Luce, and continued aggressively right after the war (in contrast to what Wright asserts--see this).

Most of Roberto's history has been expunged by ruling class historians. This is further evidence that a capitalist ruling class controls all institutions of any given nation, and this includes academia. Only honest history books, which most people rarely read, can with difficulty occasionally pass through their censors.  

WATCH: Selling Extinction

Click here if you wish to watch this 23:43m video directly from Wrong Kind of Green. The video was produced by Prolekult.
[Prolekult is a Marxist film, writing and culture platform based in Birmingham, England. The project is presently run by James Bell (writing and narration) and Alex Bushell (editing and filming). The purpose of the project is to provide high-quality film content looking at world politics, culture and economics from a Marxist perspective. You can support them on Patreon and follow them on Twitter.]

It appears to me that Extinction Rebellion is a capitalist organized movement in Britain to enlist ordinary Brits in an effort to preserve capitalism that is threatened by climate destabilization and other environmental causes. As would be expected, and as the video claims, it appears that ordinary Brits will have no opportunity to make any significant decisions about the policies that the movement will promote. 

Likewise, I think these characteristics are the same as the Green New Deal that is promoted by our capitalist masters in the USA. The very name is an attempt to feed off the memory of President Roosevelt's New Deal that prevented the worst effects of capitalist-caused Great Depression. In reality, I think that the devastating destruction of assets (and people) during WWII saved capitalist economies. Major capitalists during the 1930s opposed FDR's New Deal and actively fought it. They even organized a coup attempt against FDR. In response to his critics, he once replied that he actually saved capitalism from his critics.

I don't wish to discourage attempts to rescue us from extinction as a human species. I would advise British activists to get in touch with Green Anti-Capitalist Front. However, this is the last chance at survival and I want us to get it right. To get it right, requires ordinary humans to be in control of such a vital effort, not a tiny segment of capitalists.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Two recommended posts for Friday, April 26, 2019

  • The Veto by Paul Craig Roberts from his blog. 
I bookmarked this film when reported last month by 21st Century Wire, but I have as yet not viewed the film. Credit should go to an activist who alerted me to this post in which Roberts gives people an insight on media corporations and some excellent advice.
... evil has become the profession of the Western propagandists who masquerade as journalists.

If you have an ounce of decency, you will never again turn on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, or any of the other lie factories, or purchase another copy of the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Guardian.

Infiltration alert: "Rebellion Extinction: a capitalist scam to hijack our resistance"

Click here to access article by "The Acorn" posted on Winter Oak.

I know very little about this website and how "The Acorn" is related to them. However, I've noticed in the past 50 years that capitalist directors have often infiltrated their agents into movements to control and/or sow chaos among activist organizations. I've observed this method to destroy the Black Panthers organization, more generally in the Civil Rights Movement, and directly witnessed this in the Anti-Vietnam Movement. I fear this is happening once again in movements trying to stave off the worst effects of the destabilization of our climate caused by the operations of international capitalism.

"The Acorn" discovered signs that in Britain a group identified as "XR Business" appears to be doing just that.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Savagery and Its Promoters and Profiteers

Click here to access some sort of book review by David Swanson of Max Blumenthal's book entitled The Management of Savagery posted on Washington's Blog.

I wrote the words "some sort of book review" to indicate that Swanson does not offer any comment on Blumenthal's book. Swanson seems to take Blumenthal's interpretations of major political events in the past several decades at face value. In fact, he soon gives up any attempt at evaluation of his arguments and starts listing all of Blumenthal's interpretations of these events. 

Blumenthal apparently believes that Arab jihadists had it in for America because of misguided policies that ultimately targeted Arabs but were designed to be against the former Soviet Union. As for 9/11, well that was a tragic incident that our incompetent government allowed to happen, and that "9/11 Truthers" were taking attention "away from what the U.S. government had done to provoke those crimes and to allow them to occur." The inescapable implication of all this is that our government pursued reckless and mistaken policies against the Soviet Union using fanatics and backing countries like Saudi Arabia. If our government had not pursued such policies, all would be well in the world.


I haven't read the book; but if Swanson's reporting is correct, I think that Blumenthal is running some sort of damage control for the Deep State's policies, and he may be employed by them to do just that. The only way that such "alternative" political analysts will be believed if they offer some form of "red meat" to the howling dogs of left-wing critics. Blumenthal appears to have done just that by his online posts criticizing US policies in Venezuela and in the Middle East. However, by characterizing US policies as only mistakes, he relieves the government of major responsibility of criminal acts. Worst of all, he impugns the work of "9/11 Truthers", the efforts of architects and engineers, to obtain the real story of 9/11! It's hard not to believe that he is, in reality, running some sort of damage control among those left-wing critics who have been exposed to evidence of major crimes, coverups, and criminal deceptions engineered by the Deep State via their government officials. 


Click here to access article by C. J. Hopkins from The Unz Review. (The following commentary is intentionally load with sarcasm.)
I’m really sorry about all that stuff I wrote about the corporate media. Rest assured, that won’t happen again. Admittedly, I blew the Russiagate thing, but I promise to do better with Obstructiongate, or Tax-Returnsgate, or Whatevergate. It doesn’t really matter what we call it, right? The important thing is to teach the masses what happens when they vote for unauthorized candidates. We’re only halfway through that lesson. Stay tuned … there’s much, much more to come!
I am so pleased that Hopkins, America's number one satirist, has written an abject apology for being so skeptical after the Mueller report was issued and his many sarcastic comments about it. Yes, Mueller uncovered attempts by Trump to obstruct justice to prevent Mueller from finding that Trump actually colluded with Putin to rig the 2016 elections! Well, maybe he did ... then again, maybe he didn't--I don't know. I had to look up the word "hermeneutics" to make sense of Hopkins' apology, but I'm still a bit confused. Anyway, Hopkins apologized for being skeptical, and that's good enough for me. We should always trust our media corporations to do the right thing. After all, if we can't trust them, who can we trust?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Why the United States has a special relationship with Israel. It’s not the Israeli lobby.

Click here to access article by Stephen Gowans from his blog What's Left. (Edited the first paragraph for greater clarity at 6:27 PM CT.)

I regard this Canadian geopolitical analyst as one of the top geopolitical analysts in the world. Fresh from his research on Israel and the author of a new book Israel: A Beachhead in the Middle East, he offers a rather unique perspective on historical and contemporary issues related to the Empire's colony of mostly European and American Zionist Jews planted in the middle of Arab countries and in a land populated by Palestinians. The Palestinians were no match for Europe's Zionist Jews. 

The book is like a breath of fresh air after breathing the polluted Zionist air (propaganda) for the past 60 years. I highly recommend this book, and have placed it on my recommended books list.

Gowans presents a common misperception of US's relations to Israel followed by his thesis:
In contrast, some people believe that US domination of the Muslim world is traceable to the influence of wealthy Jews and the Jewish lobby on US foreign policy decision-makers, and that, in a world without Israel, the United States would not intervene militarily and politically in the Middle East. ....

The United States has used Israel as an instrument for protecting and advancing its economic and related strategic interests in the Middle East since 1967, when the self-proclaimed Jewish state did a great service to Washington and US oil interests by handily defeating Arab nationalism—which opposed US domination of the region under the slogan “Arab oil for the Arabs” —in the June War.
Zionist have early on allied themselves with powerful capitalist countries: Britain with the 1917 Balfour Declaration, colluding with the Nazis to export European Jews to Israel, and serving vital US interests related to Saudi Arabian oil.

Articles recommended to keep you informed for Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lying, Cheating, & Stealing: Secretary Pompeo Discusses Faith as a CIA Director

The source of this post is TruNews via YouTube, although I couldn't find it posted on the TruNews website. Maybe it was taken down because it revealed too much truth about our government.

One of the US leaders, who was selected by the Deep State of major capitalists to govern us, has demonstrated in a brief moment of candor his sociopathy. He is typical of the many sociopathic fascists that are appointed by the Deep State to commit their crimes.

War on Iran & Calling America’s Bluff

Click here to access article by Pepe Escobar from Consortium News. (the “escape from Malacca”, which he uses as a metaphor, refers to a video game.)

Escobar persuasively argues that the Trump administration (really the Deep State's) economic war on Iran is a very dangerous game fraught with all kinds of hazards and strike's deep in the heart of the economic planning and strategy of China, Russia, and Iran. This analysis accords with my theory that the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire is desperately grasping at all kinds of dangerous straws that conceivably might interfere with activities of their antagonists who want a multipolar world free from domination of the Empire.
Those subscribing to the ultimate U.S, neocon and Zionist wet dream – regime change in Iran – may rejoice at this declaration of war. But as Professor Mohammad Marandi of the University of Tehran has elegantly argued, “If the Trump regime miscalculates, the house can easily come crashing down on its head.”
And Escobar agrees with this warning.
The full–frontal attack on Iran reveals how the Trump administration bets on breaking Eurasia integration via what would be its weakeast node; the three key nodes are China, Russia and Iran. These three actors interconnect the whole spectrum; Belt and Road Initiative; the Eurasia Economic Union; the Shanghai Cooperation Organization; the International North-South Transportation Corridor; the expansion of BRICS Plus.

So there’s no question the Russia-China strategic partnership will be watching Iran’s back.
A major factor that Escobar sees in this dangerous geopolitical game that the Empire is playing is the reaction of those countries who will be affected by the end of the exemptions to economic sanctions against Iran.
... the Trump administration unilaterally smashed a multinational, UN-endorsed agreement, the JCPOA, or Iran nuclear deal. Now the waivers that magnanimously allowed eight nations to import oil from Iran without incurring imperial wrath in the form of sanctions will expire on May 2 and won’t be renewed.

The eight nations are a mix of Eurasian powers: China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Italy and Greece.
Once again, we politically aware people must worry where this will lead because the world is entering another dangerous phase because of the capitalist Empire's dangerous games. 

End Of Sanction Waivers For Iran's Oil Will Hurt Trump's Voter Support

Click here to access article by Bernhard from Moon of Alabama.

The author asks an important question at the end of this article:
What is Trump going to do when he finds out that the rising prices, caused by the Zionist demand to subdue Iran, endanger his reelection?
The Deep State or the directorate of the capitalism ruling class, which is under the control of US and British top finance people, neoliberals, and Ziocons have been leaning heavily on Trump since his election with 24/7 anti-Trump propaganda, and they've succeeded every time in getting Trump to comply with their policies.

Trump has excellent instincts for power. He knows not to mess with power, but to compromise with power to get want he wants. Because I can't get into his head to see what he wants as a top priority, I can only assume from his past history that he wants to successfully grow his business empire. On the other hand, he may decide that his compromises have thoroughly undermined his basic support among the American people that he won't run again. If the Deep State directors continue their anti-Trump propaganda--and it looks like they are going to--until the primary elections next year, I think he will decide not to run again because he knows he will lose, and he strenuously avoids being a "loser" (def.).

But this depends on whether the Deep State can come up with a candidate (from either party because they control both) that is 1) free from the contamination of their usual aggressive policies and 2) avoid another financial collapse like 2008. Number 1 suggests that they will insure the nomination of a "safe" woman who is presented in their media as something like a maverick. If a financial collapse happens before the election, all bets are off. Nobody can predict what will happen.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Support for action surges, majority say we face climate emergency

Click here to access article by David Spratt from Climate Code Red (Australia). (Some editing was done in the last paragraph at 1:40 PM CT to add greater clarity.)

Australians have awoken to the climate and environmental crisis as indicated by recent polling.
In the first-ever poll of its kind, new research from The Australia Institute (TAI) has found that a clear majority of Australians agree the nation ‘is facing a climate emergency’ requiring emergency action and that, in response, governments should “mobilise all of society” like they did during the world wars.
Now that it has become obvious to the majority of citizens (I believe this is true in most parts of the world), it is the opinion of many scientists like Guy Mcpherson, that it is too late. The ruling capitalist classes successfully soothed us for the last 50 years with tales like that this threat was far too in the future to worry about, that we could create technological fixes for it, or that it was just a bunch of hooey. But now that it is becoming obvious especially to citizens of the West, our capitalist masters have taken charge of the Green New Deal movement so that any environmental fixes won't get in the way of their access to the drugs of profit/power. Like an alcoholic in the advanced stages of addiction, our capitalist masters are willing to risk everything, including human extinction, to continue their access to the drug of power.

But this is not unusual. The capitalist classes have competed in global wars to obtain control over access to cheap resources and cheap labor; and to accomplish this, they have insured that all institutions of their societies supported their interests of profit and power. Having already co-opted the highly trained upper-middle-class with generous salaries and perks to maintain their institutions of indoctrination, little stands in their way of pursuing more wars and exploitation. They will continue to use fossil fuels to do this while fooling us with tales that they are seriously combating climate destabilization and environmental collapse. 

Witness the sordid history of wars which nowadays are never-ending. Our masters in the ruling class encountered no difficulties in getting us to sign up for their wars, leave our families and loved ones and jobs to go over to foreign lands to kill people on their behalf. Every time they asked us in the past, we enthusiastically signed up to do this. They had no difficulty in doing this because they controlled our very minds through their control of every ideological institution of their societies. With their present command of advanced technologies, this control is easier than ever.

With all the evidence around us that indicates we are headed for major environmental crises and because our masters can no longer deny this, we are now signing up for this Green New Deal movement in numbers. The only rub is ... they control this movement as Cory Morningstar argued with evidence in her articles (see the above link). Do you think we can continue to trust these drug addicts to lead us out of the present crisis? In the past I argued that our only solution was revolution: taking the ownership and control of the economy away from our masters and directing it ourselves. Now I think it is likely too late.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Note from America: An Easter Message – When Dissidents Become Enemies of the State

Click here to access article by John W Whitehead from TruePublica (Britain). 
When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are being ruled by criminals. In the current governmental climate, where laws that run counter to the dictates of the US Constitution are made in secret, passed without debate, and upheld by secret courts that operate behind closed doors, obeying one’s conscience and speaking truth to the power of the police state can render you an “enemy of the state.”

That list of so-called “enemies of the state” is growing.

What If Mainstream Media’s Message About Putin Was Delivered in Orwell’s Language?

Click here to access article by Patrick Armstrong from Strategic Culture Foundation. (I continue to have ongoing problems accessing the articles from this website after I once access them. If you also have problems, you might access the articles from other sources which have re-posted them.)

The author has clearly written this article with tongue firmly planted in cheek (def.). He is obviously arguing that mainstream media (corporate media) is writing in "newspeak", the deceptive and manipulative language that George Orwell long ago warned us about. (This is clear from another article posted on Saker's website.) Have you noticed that newspeak, a language which is increasingly used by our masters in the capitalist ruling class, is projecting onto their enemy du jour, Russia and Putin, what they practice all the time: hundreds of military bases all over the world, dividing up the world in geographic combatant commands under the control of the Pentagon, and interfering with elections and destabilizing countries all over the world.
Putin's influence is spreading: everywhere he is nibbling away at the foundations of democratic society. He is the dictator of Russia; still evil, still an empire; Russians are genetically driven to co-opt and penetrate and gain favour: it's who they are and what they do. Russian scum! Putin interferes in referendums and elections all over the democratic world.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

How Socialism became Public Enemy #1 in America (Abby Martin & Brian Becker)

Click here if wish to access the video directly from YouTube

Abby Martin and socialist Brian Becker present and comment on the capitalist ruling class's war on socialism. Of course, this history was exorcised from your history books so that you are completely uninformed about significant socialist movements in our past. This omission is another illustration of how ruling classes control every institution to insure that in their societies capitalism reigns supreme. They have succeeded in brainwashing you beyond their wildest dreams. But, as Becker argues, younger generations of Americans are increasingly open to these socialist ideas.