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, January 1, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend today: Friday, January 1, 2021

  • Pigs Catch COVID – UK Bans Free Range Chickens! – War on Meat / Animal Ag by Christian Westbrook of California from his weblog Ice Age Farmer. (Note: He addresses various signs of shortages of animal protein in this 16:21m video report that, in his opinion, suggests future shortages of our meat supply. He cites current articles which report coronavirus infections in animal stocks which supply our meat. At the end of this video he refers us to a website that promises so much as solutions to meet this protein crisis as well as many other societal problems. I will comment on this website in the next post.)
  • The Greater Reset by followers of a relatively new philosophy of "agorism". (Note: "The Greater Reset" is a response to the Great Reset.) My commentary follows: 
This website espouses a new movement created by followers of "agorism" that offers solutions to many societal difficulties that we are now experiencing. Agorism is a philosophy that is gathering support from various critics of neoliberalism. Is this an effective answer to today's problematic capitalist nightmare? My tentative conclusion is negative. After perusing various websites that offer explanations about various aspects of agorism, I have found numerous disturbing elements.

Perusing the Wikipedia entry for agorism, I find that it was strongly influenced by the American version of libertarianism, the followers of Ludwig von Mises of the Austrian School, and such "notables" as Ayn Rand. They (seminal ancestors and current agorists) all want a return to earlier forms of pure capitalism which has inevitably spawned what we are currently experiencing as neoliberalism, a transnational capitalist philosophy that exclusively focuses on profit, and non-capitalists, that is, ordinary people be damned.
This movement is no threat to the transnational capitalist class--in fact, they welcome these new antagonists--that is in control of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire that has a history of ignoring in practice the destabilization of our climate such that they are ensuring our extinction along with most other species. This is their cardinal sin, but it ignores their history of exploitation of workers, numerous and neverending wars, poverty, inequality in all aspects, etc. To return to some mythical golden age of capitalism is out of the question. Capitalism is the problem and the solution is revolution. 
I think that the leaders of the agorist movement have been influenced by ruling class's version of history, the indoctrination and 24/7 propaganda that they have been exposed to throughout their lives that they are so confused and inadequately prepared to solve anything. My tentative conclusion is that they (agorists) are excelling as critics but totally failing as revolutionaries. As a result, we will have to look to foreign activists to find revolutionary solutions (or at least outside of the core nations of the current Empire, that is, USA and what was formally known as the British Empire).
  • Planet Lockdown featuring Catherine Austin Fitts in a 48:31m interview posted on Truth Matters channel of YouTube (with some unnamed person) expressing her views regarding the significance of the lockdown and related matters that our ruling class has in the form of governors' emergency powers to dictate activities on the general population. According to this post "The full film, when released, will be available at https://www.PlanetLockdownFilm.com".

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Thursday, December 31, 2020

There are various things the filmmakers haven’t figured out, including, of course, the fact that there are powerful social and economic interests invested in identity politics. But that will come.
  • Who Is Bill Gates? (part 1 of 4 parts) by James Corbett from his website. Corbett is a Canadian who lives in Japan. (Note: This is first part podcast lasts about two hours and focuses on a billionaire, top funder of the UN's health agency (the World Health Organization), and one of our successful capitalist masters. I've only will listened to 20 minutes of this video, and already I am impressed.) This series promises to be best posts--Part Two / Part Three / Part Four.
Perhaps some reputational damage has been inflicted on the experts who warned that the real threat of the coronavirus was overreacting, or worse, racism, and on the elite activists who advanced a deeply unpopular police abolition agenda ahead of national elections, and on the scientific establishment that declared “white supremacy” to be “a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19”. 
But those costs are marginal compared to the material and political gains. If you are one of the people or organisations which repeatedly got the coronavirus wrong, abetted wanton political violence and destruction, or once again misread the American electorate, odds are very good that your funding streams, political influence, institutional power and leverage over your fellow Americans are going increase over the next four years of the Biden administration.
  • The American Money Tree: The Untold Story of US Aid to Israel by Ramzy Baroud from Mint Press News. My reaction: Israel plays an important part in securing the Middle East for the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. They deserve the annual billion dollar reward for their services, that is, in the eyes of the directors of the Empire. Spending this money on useless eaters like ordinary Americans such as universal health care, forgiveness of student debt, and to sustain them through this official pandemic is always a wasted effort, that is, in the eyes of our masters in the transnational ruling capitalist class of the Empire.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

  • Polarization, Then a Crash: Michael Hudson on the Rentier Economy featuring an interview with Michael Hudson, a left-wing economist, with Lynn Fries who writes for her blog GPEnewsdocs.com. My reaction: I often wonder what moral conflicts Hudson, a child of Trotskyist parents, have had when he worked as an advisor to Wall Street, major banks, figures like Rockefeller, and as a professor at American institutions of higher learning. He still writes for left-wing publications in the USA and occasionally speaks in the language of Marxism. It appears that material advantages as an economics advisor to capitalist organizations seduced him. He now only distinguishes the productive aspects of industrial capitalism (capitalism v. 1) in contrast to the anti-social aspects of what is referred to as neoliberalism (capitalism v. 2--Hudson refers to this as a "rentier economy") which places making money as an end to itself, and which exploits entire societies as well as workers. But it is hard to deny his affection for version 1, a more pure exploitation of workers which might cause his parents to roll over in their graves.
  • Russia vs the Biden Administration by "The Saker" (Andrei Raevsky) from his weblog. My reaction: I always like to read Raevsky's article because, as a descendent of White Russians and an American entrepreneur himself, he knows a lot about Russia. However, in contrast to his ancestors, he is very critical of US policies toward today's Russia. 
  • The Year the Ruling Class Got Woke by Tom Slater from Anti-Empire. This is a best post because it points to the significance of the use of  identity politics as instrumental for imposing censorship.
  • The Woke Freikorps by John Steppling from his weblog. (Note: He is primarily a culture critic, but makes clear that his politics are informed by Marxism.) My reaction: This is a somewhat lengthy article, but very worthwhile reading if you have the time and need to be mentally challenged to think about the broader aspects of culture today. I found a correspondence (def. #3) with his observations about American culture and my own.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Tuesday, December 29, 2020

  • 2020: The Year the Tree of Liberty Was Torched by John W. Whitehead from The Rutherford Institute. My reaction: 2020 was not the "year the tree of liberty was torched". It has been happening ever since capitalism took over from feudal authorities some several hundred years ago. The bourgeios proponents merely replaced the feudal authorities.
We could transform this nation if only Americans would work together to harness the power of their discontent and push back against the government’s overreach, excesses and abuse.

Targeting a capitalist government for this situation is the problem which all anarchists will embrace, but will accomplish nothing. The only solution is revolution, that is, a change from an advanced capitalist system to a democratically empowered socialist system. Anarchists, agorists, libertarians (as practiced in America), etc. have much to learn. But will they learn it in time to avert the impending catastrophes of nuclear war or the destabilization of our climate? Stay tuned and stay informed.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Monday, December 28, 2020

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Sunday, December 27, 2020

Apparently, a proven background in preying on average Americans is now a prerequisite for getting a job as a Wall Street regulator.