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It’s About Time

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EXPOSING CAPITALISM'S MULTITUDE OF VICES AND INCURABLE PROBLEMS


Edward J. Curtin

Isn’t it always?

With the start of World War III by the United States “declaring” war against Russia by its actions in Ukraine, we have entered a time when the end of time has become very possible.  I am speaking of nuclear annihilation.

I look down at my great-uncle’s gold Elgin pocket watch from the 19th century.  His name was John Patrick Whalen, an Irish immigrant to the U.S. who fled England’s colonialist-created famine in Ireland.  It tells me it is 5:15 PM on April 21, 2022, a date, coincidentally, with a history.  No doubt John looked at his watch on this date in 1898 when the United States, after the USS Maine exploded from within in Havana harbor (a possible false flag attack), declared war on Spain in order to confiscate Spanish territories – Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines.  One colonial power replaced another and then proceeded over the long decades to wage war and slaughter these island peoples.  Imperialism never dies.  It is timeless.

One hundred-and twenty-four years go by in a flash and it’s still the same old story.  In 1898 the yellow press screamed Spanish devils and today it screams Russian devils.  Then and now the press called for war.  If the human race is still here in another 124 years, time and the corporate media will no doubt have told the same story – war and propaganda’s lies to an insouciant and ignorant population too hypnotized by propaganda to oppose them. This despite the apocalyptic sense that permeates our lives because of demonic technology and its use to transform humans into machines who can’t think clearly enough to perceive reality and realize the threat posed by that quintessential technological invention – nuclear weapons.

This is not uplifting, but it’s true.  The nuclear weapons are primed and ready to fly.  The U.S. insists on its first-strike right to launch them.  It openly declares it is seeking the overthrow of the Russian government.  Russia says it will use nuclear weapons only if its existence is threatened, which has become increasingly so because of U.S. provocations over a long time period and its current expanding arming of Ukraine’s government and its neo-Nazi forces.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin and its Foreign Secretary Sergei Lavrov have just warned the U.S. that such involvement has made nuclear war a “serious” and “real” risk, in Lavrov’s words “we must not underestimate it,” which is a mild form of diplomatic speech. Putin said that Russia has made all the preparations to respond if it senses a strategic threat to Russia and that response will be “instant, it will be quick.”  The U.S. response is to shrug these statements off, just as it has done so for many years with Putin’s complaints about NATO forces moving up to its border.  Incredibly, Biden has said, “For God’s sake, this man (Putin) cannot remain in power.”

Despite endless media/intelligence anti-Russian propaganda – “a vast tapestry of lies,” to use Harold Pinter’s phrase – many fine writers have provided the historical details to confirm the truth that the U.S. has purposely provoked the Russian war in Ukraine by its actions there and throughout Eastern Europe, which the mainstream media avoid completely. This U.S. aggressive history against Russia is part of a much larger history of imperial hubris extending back to the 19th century.  I will therefore here follow Thoreau’s advice – “If you are acquainted with the principle, what do you care for a myriad instances and applications?” – since how many times do people need to hear lies such as “Iraq has weapons of mass destruction” in order to justify wars of aggression around the world.  The historical facts are very clear, but facts and history don’t seem to matter to many people. Pinter again, in his Nobel Address, bluntly told the truth about the U.S.’s history of systematic and remorseless war crimes: “Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest.”  Which is still the case.

So time is my focus, for the last days have arrived unless there occurs a radical awakening to the obvious truth that the U.S. government is pushing the world to the brink of disaster in full awareness of the consequences.  Its actions are insane, yet insanity has become the norm.  Insane leaders and a catatonic, hypnotized public lead to disaster.

I write these words with an old fountain pen, a high school graduation gift, to somehow comfort and remind myself that when we were this close once before in October 1962, Kennedy and Khrushchev miraculously found a solution to the Cuban Missile Crisis; and to find hope now, and that when my time is up and I join John Patrick in the other world, things will have changed for my children and grand-children.  It is admittedly the hope of a desperado.

The last few years of the Covid-19 propaganda have served to further distort people’s sense of time, a distortion years in the making through the introduction of digital technology with its accompanying numerical time clicks and its severing of our natural sense of time that is tied to the rising and falling of the tides and the turning of the days and seasons, a feeling that is being lost. Such felt sense of time’s texture could be slow or faster, but it had limits.  We now live in a world without limits, which, as the ancient Greeks knew, demands payback.

For years before Covid-19, the sense of speed time was dominant, supported by the politically-introduced state of a constant emergency after September 11, 2001 with the urgency to hurry and keep up or one would fall behind.  Keep up with what was never explained.  Hurry why?  Fast and faster was the rule with constant busyness that served the very useful social function of leaving no time for thinking, which was the point, but it made many feel as though they were engaged.  And constantly alert for “terrorists” to come knocking.  Thus the long wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, etc., all of which continue via various subterfuges.

Then, presto, all this frenzied time sense came to a stop with the 2020 lockdowns, when time got very slow, but not slow in the natural sense but an enforced slowness.  People were locked up.  Not only was it stupefying but stultifying and an existential drag.  This went on for two years with the prisoners allowed short respites only to be rounded back up and locked down again. Jabbed and jolted was the plan.  When will it ever end? was the common cry, as despair and depression spread and scrambled minds led to suicides and mindless screen entertainment.  This was planned education for a trans-human future in which the cell phone will be central to totalitarian control if people do not rebel.

Those behind the Covid-19 and war propaganda are fanatical technocrats who seek total control of the world’s population through digital technology.  Now they have temporarily let the people out of one type of cell and dramatically sped up time with frantic war propaganda against Russia.  The great English writer John Berger said it perfectly:

Every ruling minority needs to numb, and, if possible, to kill the time-sense of those whom it exploits. This is the authoritarian secret of all methods of imprisonment.

Everyone is now doing time while scrolling messages on the walls of their cell phones.  A twisted, convoluted, distorted, mechanical time in which it seems that there is no history and the future is an endless road of more of the same.

Some say we have all the time in the world.  I say no, that we have entered a new time, perhaps the end-time, when the world’s end is a very real possibility.  Hypnotized people can agree to anything, even mass-suicide, unless they snap out of it.  This can only happen with a return to slowness in the old sense, when people once felt time in their hearts’ rhythms attuned to the rising and falling of nature’s reality.  Time to think and contemplate the fate of the earth when nuclear war is contemplated.  Yes, “We must not underestimate it.”

It’s about time.

Isn’t it always?

* Featured image: Pettit, Joseph Paul; Armageddon; York Museums Trust; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/armageddon-8376


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The problem is we’re struggling with ghosts. We’re lead to believe that there will be a technocracy which will reduce and eliminate sickness, even death, and that includes war. That is the Great Reset. I think the final war is in process and it is the elimination of much of humanity, but not through nuclear war. Nuclear war, like so-called bio-weapons, are weapons of terror. They cannot be controlled.

I think global capitalism is at its “end-time”. It can’t go on. The system demands a reset if any of it is to continue for those who benefit the most – the elite and the technocrats. “We” have become with more and more technology useless to this power. Our labor is not needed, nor even our bodies as cannon fodder. All of this is now automated and requires very little human intervention.

To be clear, the current “war” is between the US and Russia, Ukraine is simply a mercenary proxy. But why? What is to be gained? Access to Eurasia and its natural resources? A belief in the story that those who possess Eurasia own the world? Well if that were the case Russia would be the owner since it occupies much of Eurasia and has for centuries.

Again, while some sort of massive bombing that could find its way cross the ocean may be upon us, it should be clear that those we think are in power, are not. The powerful are invisible. We on the other hand may have a choice if we realize what we’re up against, and through a method of walking away, of building a totally different world order, intentionally and organically we may actually escape the madness that has prevailed for thousands of years – even when it was met with direct violent confrontation. The arrangement has been called civilization – rule by a few over the many.


 


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France: ‘Yellow Vests’ Resume Protests Against Pension Reforms

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The "objective left" of France refuses to stand down, as the conditions for its emergence have only become more severe.

A demonstrator wearing a yellow vest holds a French flag during a demonstration in Paris, France, January 24, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @cppluxury

Published 12 September 2020 (4 hours 2 minutes ago)

The 'Yellow Vests' Saturday took to the streets after a summer break to continue protesting against Emmanuel Macron's pension reform plans.

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Almost two years after their first mobilizations, the Yellow Vests marched through Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Lyon, Lille, Nantes, Nice, Bordeaux, and Strasbourg.

In Paris, security forces used tear gas to stop the demonstration. At least 200 protesters have been arrested so far, mainly in the area of the Champs-Elysées.

According to Paris' Public Prosecutor's Office, 54 people are still under arrest. Police have seized knives, masks, and a bow during their confrontation with the protesters.

"Bravo for the insubordinate present in the demonstration of the yellow vests," Melenchon tweeted as he appealed for calm.

The 'yellow vests' movement emerged at the end of 2018 against the Macron's plans to increase fuel prices. Subsequently, they evolved into a broader movement of rejection of the president's policies.

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Social change and turmoil are unpredictable: Portland has been the consistent, uninterrupted pulse of the movement.

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Who would have bet that Portland, Ore., of all possible places, would become the focus of one of the most recalcitrant, and courageous anti-status quo protests? It's humbling, folks. History always carries surprises in its folds. It's regrettable that such enthusiasm is not liable to survive the many devious stratagems deployed by false friends of the people, particularly the Democrats and their media shills, and the painful lack of a properly organized party and leadership capable of providing authentic social change guidance in the months and years ahead. Seems like, at this moment, given the painful underdevelopment of subjectively conscious revolutionary militants, the best any non-corporate formation can do is "tailism".  Don't know what "tailism" is? Check out the definitions provided below.

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Adventurism isn't a purely Marxist term, it simply means politics or activism based around excitement or a lust for "adventure." I think its pretty clear why Marxists should oppose this.

Opportunism is changing or altering political positions for personal gain. This video explains the concept of opportunism (as well as ultra-leftism, which I think is a grossly overused term despite it having an actual use)

Defeatism, in socialist circles, is the idea that communism is impossible for whatever reason, and that we should just accept defeat and try to make the best out of capitalism. Again, pretty obvious why Marxists should oppose this one as well.

I didn't know what Tailism was, but this is what I found on it:

[Lenin] first used tailism (khvostism) to describe the ‘Economists’, those who argued that the communist party should not take the lead in a revolutionary situation, but should allow economic events – crises, strikes, unrest – to unfold on their own. The party would then pick up on the tail of these events. No way, argues Lenin; the party is the vanguard, educating, agitating, watching for opportunities.

Putschism is the idea that capitalism should be overthrown through a secret plot. Marxists object to this, as we recognize that socialism can only be achieved through a mass proletarian revolution (the exact nature of this revolution is where Marxists diverge).

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Hate For the Indian

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Odio hacia los Indios

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ascism, racial hatred, is not only the expression of a failed revolution but, paradoxically also in postcolonial societies, the success of an achieved material democratization.

Like a thick night fog, hatred rages through the neighborhoods of traditional urban middle classes in Bolivia. Its eyes overflow with anger. They don’t shout, they spit; They don’t complain, they impose. Their songs are neither of hope nor of brotherhood, they are of contempt and discrimination against the Indians. They ride their motorcycles, get in their SUV’s, gather in their carnival fraternities and private universities and go on the hunt for uppity Indians who dared to take away their power.

Like a thick night fog, hatred rages through the neighborhoods of Bolivia’s traditional urban middle classes. Their eyes are brimming with anger. They don’t shout, they spit. They don’t make appeals, they impose their will. Their chants are neither hopeful nor fraternal, but they ring with discrimination and contempt for indios (indigenous Bolivians). They mount their motorcycles and saddle up in their SUVs, band together with their buddies from the fraternities and private universities, and set off hunting for the rebellious indios who dared snatch power from their hands.

In Santa Cruz [a traditional center of the white, conservative, and pro-corporate “civic” opposition to Morales], they organize hordes of 4x4s, armed with clubs to scare the indios who live in the poorest neighborhoods and the markets — those whom they call “collas.” They shout that “you have to kill the collas” — and if they come across a woman in indigenous dress, they beat her, they threaten her, and they tell her to get out. In Cochabamba, they organize convoys to enforce their racial supremacy in the south of the city, home to the poorer classes. They charge like a cavalry unit into the thousands of defenseless peasant women who march for peace.

They carry baseball bats, chains, gas grenades. Some brandish firearms. Women are their favorite victims. They grab the mayor of a rural town, they humiliate her, drag her down the street, hit her, urinate on her. When she falls to the ground, they cut her hair, they threaten to lynch her, and when they realize they are being filmed, they cover her in red paint, a symbol of what they will do with her blood.

In La Paz, they are suspicious of their servants and do not speak when they bring food to the table. Deep down they fear them, but they also despise them. Later, they go out to the streets to shout, they insult Evo and, with him, all the indios who dared to build a cross-cultural democracy based on equality. When they gather in a crowd, they drag the Wiphala — the indigenous flag — through the dirt, spit on it, stamp on it, tear it, burn it. They unleash their rage against this symbol of the indios, who they’d like to wipe off the earth, along with all those who recognize themselves in this symbol of indigenous dignity.

Racial hatred is the political language of the traditional middle class in Bolivia. All their academic degrees, travels abroad, and religious faith count for nothing — in the end, everything pales before their ancestry. Deep down, their imagined lineage is stronger; this obsession oozes from their racist language, their visceral gestures, and their corrupted morals.

Explosion

All of this exploded on Sunday, October 20, when Evo Morales won the presidential elections, coming in more than ten percentage points ahead of the second-place finisher. However, the margin of victory was not so great as it was in the past, and Evo’s vote fell below 51 percent. But that was enough of a signal for the regressive forces waiting to oust him: from the timid liberal opposition candidate, to the ultraconservative political forces, to the Organization of American States (OAS), to the ineffable traditional middle class.



Evo had won again, but he no longer had 60 percent of the electorate with him, like before. He was weaker, and it was time for them to move against him. The losing candidate refused to recognize his defeat. The OAS spoke of “clean elections” but a diminished victory, and called for a second round of voting. (The OAS’s proposal contradicted the Constitution, which states that if a candidate has more than 40 percent of the votes and a lead greater than 10 percent over the second-place candidate, then the leading candidate is elected.)

And the middle class threw itself into the hunt for indios. On the night of Monday, October 21, five out of nine of the election authority’s offices were burned, including ballot boxes. The city of Santa Cruz decreed a civic strike that first rallied inhabitants in the central areas of that city and then spread to residential areas in La Paz and Cochabamba. And then the terror broke out.

Paramilitary bands began to besiege institutions, burn trade-union headquarters, and set fire to the homes of the candidates and leaders of the Movement toward Socialism (MAS), the ruling party. Even the president’s private home was ransacked. In other places, families, including children, were kidnapped and threatened with flogging and burning if, for instance, their father, serving as a government minister or a union leader, did not resign from his position. A long-anticipated Night of the Long Knives was unleashed, and fascism showed its face.

When the popular forces mobilizing to resist the civil coup began to regain territorial control of the cities, as workers, miners, peasants, indigenous people, and the urban poor flooded into the streets — and the balance of forces began to tip in their favor — the police mutiny began.

Over several weeks, the police had shown great incompetence and neglect of their duty to protect the ordinary people whom fascistic gangs threatened with beatings and persecution. But since last Friday — refusing to recognize their civilian command — many of these same police have shown an extraordinary capacity for attacking, detaining, torturing, and killing protesters from the popular classes. Of course, in the earlier [anti-Morales] protests, it had been a matter of reining in the children of the middle classes — and the police were supposedly powerless to react. But now that the task was to repress rebellious indios, the police’s arrogance and repressive fury reached monumental proportions.

The same happened with the armed forces. Throughout our administration, we never allowed the repression of civilian demonstrations, not even during the first civic coup d’état attempt in 2008. But after the elections, amid an enormous upheaval, and without us asking them anything, the police declared that they had no riot gear, that they had barely eight bullets per officer, and that a presidential decree would be required for them to be present in the streets in a deterrent capacity. However, the security forces did not hesitate to demand and enforce president Evo Morales’s resignation, fracturing the constitutional order.

The security forces tried their best to kidnap Morales when he headed toward the El Chapare province to seek refuge — and even after he had arrived. And when the coup was consummated, the security forces took to the streets, shooting thousands of bullets, militarizing the cities, killing peasants. Of course, they did all this without any presidential decree. When asked to protect indios, a decree was required. But when it came to repressing and killing indios, obedience to racial and class hatred was sufficient. In just five days, there are already more than eighteen dead, and more than 120 people have suffered gunshot wounds. Of course, all of them are indigenous.

Rising Fascism

The question we must answer is why the traditional middle class incubated so much hatred and resentment toward the people — leading them to embrace a racialized fascism, targeting the indio as an enemy. How did it infect the police and armed forces with its class frustrations, creating a social basis for fascistization, a basis for state regression and moral degeneration?

We are witnessing the rejection of equality, that is, the rejection of the very foundations of a meaningful democracy.

Over the past fourteen years, the main characteristic of the government — based on the social movements — has been the process of social equalization. It has cut extreme poverty sharply (from 38 to 15 percent of population), expanded rights for all (with universal access to health care, education, and social protection) and mounted an “Indianization” of the state (more than 50 percent of officials in the public administration have an indigenous identity, and there is a new national narrative formed around an indigenous base). It has also reduced economic inequalities (a decline in the income differential between richest and poorest, from 130 to 45). That is, the government presided over the systematic democratization of wealth and access to public goods, opportunities, and state power. During those fourteen years, Bolivia’s GDP grew from $9 billion to $42 billion, expanding the market and internal savings. This allowed many people to have their own home and improve their working conditions.

In fact, in just one decade, the percentage of people in the so-called “middle class,” as measured by income, increased from 35 to 60 percent of the population. Most of this rise came from the popular and indigenous sectors. The democratization of social goods through the construction of material equality inevitably led to a rapid devaluation of the economic, educational, and political capital possessed by the traditional middle classes. Previously, the traditional middle classes’ surnames, their monopoly over legitimate professional, academic, and political knowledge, and their family ties had allowed them access to positions in the public administration, to credit, and to jobs and scholarships.

However, today, the number of people fighting for the same positions or opportunities has doubled — reducing by half the possibilities for the old middle classes to access these goods. In addition to that, the “arribistas,” or upstarts, in the new, indigenous middle class of popular background have forms of social capital (indigenous languages, trade union links) that are, in fact, of greater value — not to mention state recognition of their status in the competition for available public goods.

We thus face a collapse of what was characteristic of colonial societies: ethnicity as capital, that is, the imagined foundation of the middle class’s historical superiority over the subaltern classes. And here in Bolivia, social class is only comprehensible and visible in the form of racial hierarchies. The fact that the children of the old middle classes have been the shock troops of the reactionary insurgency is the violent cry of a new generation that sees that their inheritance — their surname and their skin — is diminishing in the face of the democratization of social goods.

They may well wave banners for democracy, which they understand narrowly as one election. But they have actually rebelled against democracy, understood as the equalization and distribution of wealth. This explains the overflowing of hatred, the outpouring of violence. Racial supremacy is not rational; it is lived as a prime physical impulse, like a tattoo preserving colonial history.

Hence, fascism and racial hatred are not only consequences of a frustrated revolution, they are also, paradoxically, reactions against the achievement of material democratization in postcolonial societies.

Therefore, it is not surprising that while the Indians gather twenty of their own shot dead in the streets, the coup’s material and moral perpetrators claim that they have done so in order to safeguard democracy. In reality, they know that what they are doing is protecting the privilege of their caste and their good names.

Racial hatred can only destroy, it does not provide a future horizon. It is nothing more than primitive revenge carried out by a historically and morally decadent class, a revenge demonstrating that behind each mediocre liberal hides a committed coup supporter.

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Alvaro Garcia Linera  is a Bolivian politician and intellectual, who serves as Vice President of Bolivia since 2006.

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A Deeper Look At Uprisings Around The World

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Neoliberal order finally triggering global pushback across the globe.


By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG.

 

[dropcap]R[/dropcap]evolts are arising all around the world and it can be hard to keep track of them. We speak with Andre Vltchek, a photographer, writer and documentarian who travels all over to cover world events. He brings a deeper understanding of the conditions that have given rise to the protests, the historical context of those conditions and outside forces that may be influencing them. We discuss Lebanon, a very complex situation where basic social services have broken down but there are also western interests; Hong Kong, China, and the Uyghurs, which are completely propagandized in the United States; and Chile, where people are facing violent state repression and a deeply neoliberal government that has existed since the US-led coup by General Pinochet in 1973. Vltchek provides incredible insights and information.

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He covered dozens of war zones and conflicts from Iraq and Peru to Sri Lanka, Bosnia, Rwanda, Syria, DR Congo and Timor Leste.

His latest books are Revolutionary Optimism, Western NihilismThe Great October Socialist Revolution,  Exposing Lies of the Empire,  Fighting Against Western Imperialism and On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare with Noam Chomsky.

Aurora and Point of No Return are his major works of fiction, written in English. Nalezeny, is his novel written in Czech. Other works include a book of political non-fiction Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad and Indonesia: Archipelago of FearExile (with Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and Rossie Indira)Oceania – Neocolonialism, Nukes & BonesThe World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance (co-written with Christopher Black and Peter Koenig), and Liberation Lit (edited with Tony Christini).

Plays: ‘Ghosts of Valparaiso’ and ‘Conversations with James’ is his book of plays/drama.



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