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

Friday, May 29, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Friday, May 29, 2020 (part 2 of 2)

My commentary: This is an excellent illustration of a social democratic take on the latest capitalist crisis. Prins harkens, along with Engelhardt, us back to the Great Depression which they see as similar to the current crisis. Unfortunately for capitalism-loving social democrats, this time is different. I see the current crisis as brought about by the predictable reckless behavior of a ruling class that aspired to do too much: build a dominant capitalist empire while pursuing the accumulation and consolidation of all the wealth on the planet. 
I believe, even without further evidence, that this capitalist class engineered the current pandemic primarily as cover for bailing out their banks while providing a number of other benefiits such as increasing fuel for their piromaniacal attacks on China and to rid themselves of "useless eaters" of elderly retired folks and surplus workers. I believe this because I have witnessed their astonishing criminal record of the assassination of the Kennedys, the Black Panthers, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and domestic others as well as all the foreign adventures to subvert or attack others who stood in their way of building a capitalist world empire. I believe that these criminals have been responsible for many false-flag attacks both domestic and foreign with 9/11 being their most brilliant achievement.
But this time it is different. This pandemic is a desperate gamble for them to hold onto power, and to me the outcomes look to be very different than the Great Depression. You see, I was born in the middle of the Great Depression, and I know first-hand what it was like for my parents.
Biowarfare has been seen as an unpredictable weapon, and for this reason it has been banned by most capitalist ruling classes. But to our ambitious masters who, like good fascists, saw that with sufficient research and development they could engineer it as a controlled type of weapon that could be useful in particular circumstances. The current situation with defeats abroad and economic crises domestically, in desperation, they gamblled that this was such a situation. The results are yet to be determined.
(Note: I've run out of time and energy for today.) 

Posts that I especially recommend today: Friday, May 29, 2020 (part 1 of 2)

My reaction: Great! But why not media corporations and their fake news and manipulation of the minds of the public? "Who'd a thought" (def.) that a Republican administration would do this? This shows that sometimes we, the people, can benefit from the internecine battles of the capitalist ruling class. (updated commentary at 10:16 AM CT.)
My commentary: I love it when Zuesse uses his academic training as an historian to dig up evidence form obscure sources that serves to validate my thesis that US right-wing capitalists had already decided to build an empire at the conclusion of WWII. But my thesis was that they had decided before that, yes, before the war--read the  evidence in my commentary here. 
Furthermore, he goes on to argue with evidence that imperialist USA never stopped developing biological weapons after the war in order to suppress any nation that impeded their progress to establish an capitalist American Empire in order to destroy the Bolshevik threat and rule the world much like the Nazis attempted to do. Evidence was also comprehensively furnished by Dave Chaddock, in his book This Must Be the Place, that the US used bio-weapons in the Korean War.
I am confident that in the future there will be evidence that will slowly leak out which will serve to prove that the US was responsible for this latest pandemic. Zuesse apparently thinks so too. But, of course, our masters will try and largely succeed to suppress this evidence from the American people.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Thursday, May 28, 2020 -- one is a "best posts"

  • Position paper from Medical Professionals and Scientists for Health, Freedom and Democracy (their new website). 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Sunday, May 24, 2020

My commentary: "The Key to Successful Contact Tracing? Trust." Chen has gotten onto something. Although citizens in China and South Korea trusted their governments, can we trust ours? If you think so, I have a couple of fine bridges to sell you.