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, October 23, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Friday, October 23, 2020

  • The moment for change is now, a 18:17m video about a panel of European doctors, other professionals, and massive demonstrations protesting the fear-base reports on the "pandemic" and censorship by media corporations and the draconian violations of civil rights due to the policies of the government authorities. This post is from a channel of YouTube called "Kai Stuht Creative Caravan".  
  • The Fact Checkers, a 5:15m video featuring comedian JP Sears doing a parody of "fact checkers" from his YouTube channel AwakenWithJP.
  • Press Conference: Response Brief Filed in Landmark Case Against FCC from Children's Health Defense. (Note: Children's Health Defense is legally challenging the FDA's dismissive challenge to 5G technology based on scientific evidence. My reaction: Nothing is allowed to stand in the way of big profits by corporations. Corporations are addicted to profits (and power) under capitalism, and with profits come power ... over us.
  • How Big Ag Tries To Silence Critics featuring a 5:28m video of Naomi Karavani of the Redacted Tonight channel of YouTube doing a parody of Big Ag: agricultural corporations like Bayer-Monsanto, Conagra, Tyson Foods, and meat packers. These corporations are also growing huge and powerful under capitalism like all corporations in other industries.
In her "Weekly Offensive" Naomi Karavani dives into how the pandemic has revealed the flaws in the factory farm food production system. More people are becoming aware that Big Animal Agriculture spreads disease, and is bad for the environment, workers, and animals. The industry is fighting back against these valid criticism and their desperation is laughable.
The U.S. Department of Justice is being played like a fiddle at a tractor meet. Those big white shoe law firms that handle increasingly dirty cases against the mega banks on Wall Street have twice, in a period of just three weeks, managed to get the Justice Department to announce settlements of landmark criminal cases against two of the largest banks on Wall Street on the day of presidential debates when the public and the media are not paying attention to Wall Street.
  • Killing Unknown by Hiroyuki Hamada from Off-Guardian. My reaction: The only real solution is revolution! This is a best post!

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Thursday, October 22, 2020

Rockhill explains, in the words of an academic, that fascism is an integral part of capitalism. Initially, he uses words that are acceptable in bourgeois academic discourse (such as "liberalism", the classic meaning which denotes the ideology of capitalism) that tends obscure for ordinary people most of the harsh realities of capitalism. However, to his credit, he soon uses the "good cop, bad coop" metaphor, which ordinary people can understand, to explain the harsh realities of capitalism. 
Capitalism is a social-economic system that tends to hide the fact (the classic meaning of "liberalism") of capitalist rule: a ruling class of major private owners of economic enterprises who are always on guard to preserve their system which delivers them so much wealth and power, particularly the latter. 
Power is a very intoxicating and addictive drug that can easily cause some humans to commit all sort of harmful behaviors toward their fellow humans ranging from simple exploitation to outright murder: all characterized by ordinary people who regard such behavior as immoral or criminal. "Liberal democracy" is a system that relies on the rule of their laws.
Such a system results roughly in social-economic classes in which the majority are rented workers, those who benefit by serving the major owners of economic property, and the latter who form a tiny ruling class. The term "ruling class" is not a pejorative term, rather it is a descriptive term. This class puts their stamp of interests on the rest of society which includes workers, middle class people, and their fellow members of the ruling class. Their stamps of interests of this latter class impose on other classes of society range from their beliefs about their system of capitalism as good for all of society, the rule of their laws, and down to the differential behavior and the style of dress permitted to all social classes.

Whenever the ruling class are threatened or their beliefs about their capitalist system are threatened, they are inclined to use violence. History has demonstrated that this system over time results in the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. A ruling capitalist class thus might depend on overt violence or the threat of violence if they feel sufficiently threatened. Such a system is described by various people as fascism. The ruling class of capitalists increasingly ignores their rule of laws in order to rely on violence imposed on people who threaten their system in any form. To gain supporters from other classes they use bribes and fake threats posed by fake enemies (racial groups, Muslims, "terrorists", "communists", etc.).

Finally, the partial sentence "When fascist parties attain state power and are no longer held back by their commedia dell’arte with liberals" needs some explanation. Here he means by "liberals" the current meaning of "liberals": mainly middle and upper-middle-class people who are well rewarded for their support of the ruling class and who support their lies of propaganda. The phrase "commedia dell'Arte" combined with "liberals" suggests that "liberals" only pretend like actors on stage to support the ruling capitalists. Thus the partial sentence means when the fascist parties or fascist segments of the population are no longer held in check by acting liberals, "...." Although the use of "commedia dell'Arte" is clever, I don't think that most liberals are merely acting. Rather I think that most of them (particularly professionals and managers) fervently identify with, and support, the ruling class because the latter supplies them with comfortable careers.
  • UK Gov't Bans Teaching Of Anti-Capitalism featuring Lee Camp of Redacted Tonight hilariously reporting and commenting on the UK's banning of teaching anything that is anti-capitalism in a 7:22m video from his channel on YouTube.
  • How Bolivia fights fascism – It takes more than the ballot box featuring a 35 minute video in which "Anya Parampil speaks with [Bolivian] journalist Ollie Vargas in La Paz, Bolivia about the historic victory of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party in the October 18 elections." Posted on The Grayzone. (My insertion)

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

  • ‘TRUTH’ With RFK, Jr. and Mark Crispin Miller: Propaganda, Censorship and the ‘Lockdown Left’ in a 54:58m video-discussion that is posted on Children's Health Defense. (Note: Prof. Miller, a leftist professor at NY University, and Robert Kennedy, Jr. discuss the closing of public inquiry and questioning of government health authorities. Both apparently (my old ears didn't understand a lot of Kennedy's comments) they see this as an historical trend that has been closing during the past recent decades. Even the "left", particularly in America, are going along with this trend. During this discussion, Prof. Miller reports (beginning at 19:12m) on this own case at NY University where he is currently being pressured to resign because he has asked his students to examine research studies that are not in conformance with government diktats.) My reaction: This trend has been reinforced by the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of transnational capitalists. In other words, this is an inevitable trend wherever capitalism exists.
  • Chomsky: OPCW cover-up of Syria probe is ‘shocking’ by Aaron Maté of The Grayzone. (Note: This post features Noam Chomsky giving his comments regarding the imposition in the UN Security Council of censorship by the Empire's ruling class to ban testimony of a former director of the OPCW (Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) regarding possible violations of treaty obligations by the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire's use of chemical weapons in Syria.
The censorship recently extended to the UN Security Council, where the US, UK, and France blocked former OPCW Director General José Bustani from testifying in support of the inspectors whose findings were kept from the public.
What does it say about our federal regulatory structure when the same dangers that blew up the U.S. financial system, the U.S. economy and the U.S. housing market in 2008 are still with us today? What does it say about who is really in control of Congress?
Capitalism is in more trouble now than it ever was when it was fighting against socialism. What Marx had to say about the crisis in capitalism is truer now than ever before. 
On the whole, if you’ve held on to the American Dream, we hope you’ll realize the American Dream is over. Capitalists have “left the building” and have gone on to invest in other countries. We say this not to say you cannot dream. Rather, we’d like you to join us in another kind of collective dream.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

  • US Seeks to Prolong Terrorism in Syria, Not Defeat It by Tony Cartalucci from New Eastern Outlook. (Note: I regard Cartalucci, who is living in Thailand, a very reliable source. I have often posted his articles over the last 10+ years because he always backs up his arguments with documentation. If you liked this article and if your interested in Thailand, you may also be interested in the latest article by this author from his website.)
  • Vanessa Beeley Debunks A BBC Hit Piece from The Corbett Report in which James Corbett, the host, interviews Beeley, an honest British journalist who has reported on the Empire's subversive activities in Syria, activities of the White Helmets, her experience with the BBC, and other subjects related to this topic in a 28:51m video interview.
  • The Colour of Disenchantment by John Steppling from his weblog. (Note: This is a lengthy, intellectual essay on how the ruling class controls all indoctrination to prevent any discourse harmful to capitalism (aka "liberalism), an ideology that supports the power and wealth of their class whose members own very substantial economic property.)
Why are tens of thousands of doctors and scientists all over the world being ridiculed and in many cases censored for sharing their research and opinions? (This post is the latest example.)
  • 'The Last and Most Important Advice I Will Ever Give' Dr. Meyer Hillman from the Extinction Rebellion channel via YouTube. My reaction: I agree with his statement that climate change is now "exponential and irreversible". And I agree that elected officials are not going to do anything. The latter are nearly always supported by capitalists who are not concerned sufficiently about climate destabilization because it will hurt the latter's immediate profits and eventually their power.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Monday, October 19, 2020

Social media giants are consistently censoring information that the main ruling class doesn't like:


Sunday, October 18, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Sunday, October 18, 2020

This also applies to David North of the World Socialist Web Site. He, and most of his writers, have jumped onto the bandwagon of scare tactics to instill fear in workers about this over-hyped "pandemic" which has caused untold harm by locking out millions of workers from employment. To be sure, employers of "essential" workers  have exposed worker-employees to unsafe working conditions and have largely ignored safety considerations, but North ignores the evidence of scientific research done by qualified independent experts that suggests the cure of the lockdowns and other policies are worse than the disease.
Regarding Bernhard, maybe I wasn't looking to him, an astute geopolitical analyst, to explain what is going on in this "pandemic". The articles that I have assembled from the beginning have suggested that something nefarious is going on. This huge medical controversy is being driven by fear inculcated in the population by the constant din of major media and the withdrawing of civil liberties by governmental authorities. I discovered yesterday that Bernhard had jumped on the fear pandemic along with others in the ruling class, and their numerous employees and sycophants, by attacking in a similar fashion Prof. Chossudovsky of Global Research. Bernhard impugns the integrity, expertise, and facts of independent and qualified experts. I was astounded by both of these critics.  
Have they both been compromised by the insidious and powerful influences of the ruling class and their Great Reset project?
  • Your Guide to The Great Reset, a 1:11:57 video featuring Jame Corbett (of The Corbett Report), a Canadian living in Japan, explaining from his point of view the "Great Reset" project. My reaction follows: 

I don't have time to listen to all of if, but I don't entirely agree with his general views on political subjects. He is an anarchist, a fashionable leftist type occurring nowadays. This view emphasizes mostly the rejection of official authorities. Anarchists frequently don't see a ruling class that behind the curtain controls the puppet shows that are incessantly broadcast by major media corporations and shows that are a pervasive influence in all other institutions of societies within the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. Corbett in this broadcast acknowledges their existence, but goes on to mostly ridicule them.

Also, I think he rejects the notion of the threat of climate destabilization--which is real. This, I think, is mainly what the Great Reset is all about (among other issues), that is, I think that the transnational capitalist ruling class that controls the Empire are genuinely concerned about this issue and they see the Great Reset as a means to continue their system of capitalism. They see as a necessity to sacrifice the lives of people who don't contribute to their wealth and power ("useless eaters") as a solution to the growing threat of climate destabilization. But Corbett has useful perceptions and should be listened to, that is, if you have an hour and eleven minutes to spare.