Brecht: On the matter of political illiteracy


Brecht was and remains spot on, but now there is another dictinct species of imbecile: those who think they understand the world quite well, and who are passionate about politics in the name of decency, democracy, human rights, anti-racism, etc., while arrogantly and actively supporting the forces—like the CIA—that make achieving any of that impossible. They are called liberals.  Obama, Clinton and Bernie Sanders are their heroes.

Below: Same thought for our Spanish world comrades.

Courtesy: Javier Laclau

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Parting shot—a word from the editors
The Best Definition of Donald Trump We Have Found

In his zeal to prove to his antagonists in the War Party that he is as bloodthirsty as their champion, Hillary Clinton, and more manly than Barack Obama, Trump seems to have gone “play-crazy” — acting like an unpredictable maniac in order to terrorize the Russians into forcing some kind of dramatic concessions from their Syrian allies, or risk Armageddon.However, the “play-crazy” gambit can only work when the leader is, in real life, a disciplined and intelligent actor, who knows precisely what actual boundaries must not be crossed. That ain’t Donald Trump — a pitifully shallow and ill-disciplined man, emotionally handicapped by obscene privilege and cognitively crippled by white American chauvinism. By pushing Trump into a corner and demanding that he display his most bellicose self, or be ceaselessly mocked as a “puppet” and minion of Russia, a lesser power, the War Party and its media and clandestine services have created a perfect storm of mayhem that may consume us all. Glen Ford, Editor in Chief, Black Agenda Report

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4 thoughts on “Brecht: On the matter of political illiteracy

  1. Spot on! It is stunning to talk to intelligent, educated people who consider themselves “progressive” and “liberal” and find they know almost nothing about U.S. history or about the current global realities other than the absolute nonsense peddled by MSM. Frightening.

  2. I quote this from the ‘History’ cable channel, which gives a clear picture of the organization of the so-called ‘Italian Mafia’ in the USA.

    “Typically, each American Mafia crime family was organized around a hierarchy headed by a boss, who ruled with unquestioned authority and received a cut of every money-making operation taken on by any member of his family. Second-in-command was the underboss and below him were the capos, or captains, who each controlled a crew of 10 or so soldiers (men who had been “made,” or inducted into the family). Each family also had a consigliere, who acted as an advisor and ombudsman. At the bottom of the chain were associates, people who worked for or did business with the family but weren’t full-fledged members”.

    No clearer picture of the political and societal make-up of the USA can be given and it is no wonder that the Southern Italian immigrants veered so easily towards this system of organized crime because of the opportunities and environment that the USA provided. In other words, the cosa nostra felt very much at home.

    It is now well-nigh acknowledged that the original Founding fathers were a clique or if you will a closed cabal that was organized in a similar system of hierarchical dependence even though it was organized not in a feudal but in a pseudo-democratic bourgeois way. In the 18th century a communal society was unimaginable as became clear later during the French Revolution, which logically ended in a Napoleonic dictatorship.

    The sharp differences between the well-born planters and the workers was somewhat obliterated by the fact that a large population of Africans functioned as beasts of burden, thereby allowing the other workers the fable that they were free and independent. Make a whole ethnic class the scapegoat and you can delude the rest into believing in their superior freedoms.

    That this broke down in the ‘industrial age’ whereby the exploitation was more open and visible gave rise to such as the Civil war, the miners’ rebellion against Rockefeller and the return to order by the FRD government through welfare. But each advance in social conditions was met by a tougher stance on the social refusal and it kept the wheels of propaganda well-greased. Brecht though absolutely correct lived in another age when ‘1984’ had not yet happened. But in fact, we are well beyond this in a more refined way due to enhanced communication methods.

    The totalitarianism of US supremacy is not easily defeated and in particular because of the inroads by other nations on its dominance. Once the character of a corporation is set at its birth, it will be effective during its functioning life. Just so, the US will not be able to diverge from the character of its inception. It was started as a colonial enterprise to escape European restrictions, slowly incorporating other lands or encapsulating them into economic dependency. As with other empires the central structure will break at a certain point, even though the shelf life of the US is extended by its military might.

  3. I would not put Bernie Sanders in the same category as the others. He, at least, hasn’t been bought by established forces for the most part.

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