We The People of Russia and the USA: On the Siberian mall fire

I, as many, many US citizens, am heart-broken by the death of Russian children in the Siberian mall fire a few days ago. I have read the American people’s comments in the mainstream media, the Washington Post and The New York Times, among others.

Let it be known to our fellow citizens of this planet earth in Russia that most of us, an overwhelming majority of us, are in pain for your loss in that fire.

“Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that coordinated U.S. and European expulsions of Russian diplomats yesterday showed disrespect for the dead. “We have learned a lot about the politicians of Europe and America today,” she said. “We have always sympathized with the Americans and the Europeans during their moments of grief. . . . This is hard to believe and to forget.”

‘We the people’ of the USA are NOT represented by this putrident’s misadministraton (I can’t even use the word ‘president’ to refer to this conniving man). We didn’t elect him. His actions are, if you have followed the ‘news’ here, around 100% against the wishes of the people.

The people of Russia is like the American people, like any other people in this planet for that matter, when it comes to politics: Some are mindful and aware of how politicians play with us; some are mindless and adhere to conservative lines (in Russia, I assume that to be ‘conservative’ means to support the government BLINDLY).

So, please, don’t let your politicians divide our humanity. The peace-loving and mindful Americans stand with you in your moment of pain. Like us, and maybe with more success, you will gather and DEMAND answers and changes to what constitute government accountability for what happened there.

Maybe we differ in opinion about Putin’s policies, but rest assure: The mindful people of the USA can separate him from you. No matter where we live, politicians take decisions in our names with which we disagree, some times. Then, as a consequence, we are forced to choose between our independence or to stand by our flawed politicians in the face of international billionaires’ interests manipulating our lives.

At the end, we all suffer equally, with a different accent.

My heart goes to you in this horrific moment of pain, and so does many American’s heart.

 

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Andrew Levine -Did he just follow Trump into the GOP?

Sometimes it is amusing to watch how some people, in trying to come to grip with their mistakes but lacking the courage to admit to them, get all bent into a pretzel to prove they were actually right.

That seems to be the case with Andrew Levine, of Counter Punch online magazine, in his latest pro-Trump-apology propaganda article “Had Hillary Won: What Now?”. It starts as an apparent effort at admitting a mistake for attacking Hillary Clinton during the elections, but ends as a full-blown support for Trump and an invitation to join the GOP. Seriously!!

Twice in the article Andrew invites you to be thankful (yes, thankful) that Trump was, basically, imposed on the voters by the ‘oligarchy’, and all through it he tries to convince you that, under Trump, the GOP is not a fascist party, that the Democratic party is the fascist one. He actually makes the case for switching to the GOP as an alternative to the “corrupt” Democratic Party; maybe he has already switched, who knows. Then, he ends his article the way he intended to start it: He concludes that we should be grateful that Hillary Clinton is not the president and Trump is:

Even so, there is some reason to be grateful that she did not. [win, i.e.]

All this tells me that there may be another explanation for Mr. Levin’s Trump-apology article apart from an act of remorse, of ‘guilty feelings’ for his unrelenting attacks on Clinton. It may be just another piece from the Putin troll farm (propaganda) coming to the rescue of Trump in time when the Muller investigation is casting an ominous light on him with the indictment of 13 Russians. I think Andrew’s article fulfills this second explanation, and I will discuss his statements proving this below.

For Andrew, as for the zombie-leftists (he finally admits that there is no ‘leftist movement’) it is only Putin that matters. So here he goes again telling you that, for the love of God, understand that if Trump is in love with Putin (because of the millions of dollars in business with him, not because Trump is pro-peace) you must come to love Trump also.

That is the mark of the Putin troll farm, their love for Putin. All pseudo-leftists show it in their defense of Trump. They may receive monetary compensation for it, or do it for free, just for the love of Putin. We’ll never know which applies to Andrew Levine.

Once, right after the elections, Mr. Levine came this close to admitting that his and his magazine constant attacks on Hillary Clinton during the elections may have contributed to the appointment of racist/misogynist/racketeering/fascist Trump to the presidency. He must have felt a pang of guilty feelings, that’s for sure, for no self-respecting Marxist in his/her right mind would have campaigned for Trump, directly or indirectly, no matter who was running on the democratic side. If Mr. Levine lacks the political education to see that Trump is a 100% corrupt, amoral, anti-everything that is even mildly humane, let alone anti Mr. Levine’s ‘beloved’ working class, then he should stop representing himself as a leftist. I don’t believe he is a ‘leftist’. If he is one, he is a traitor to the working class. Any one who is glad that Trump is the president is a traitor to the working class.

Troll farm propaganda #1: Don’t mourn for Hillary, celebrate Trump

Here is Andrew again, in the anniversary of Trump’s first year of giving in simony this nation to the white-male billionaires, telling you that there’s no need to feel bad about having your democratically elected candidate supplanted by an amoral gangster. (Are there moral gangsters? The Godfather had some morals: don’t sell drugs to children. But that’s a movie and I’m digressing.).

That’s why he wrote this article. It’s a psychological propaganda attack on you to get you to accept Trump despite the political debacle this nation is experiencing at his expense. The technique is by reminding you how ‘evil Hillary and the Democratic Party are’, by feeding you the same emotional arguments that worked so well in creating this public image of Hillary Clinton as a monster. Andrew rehashes all the usual crimes and depiction of Hillary as a “beast” used during the elections in the article. It’s the Putin weapon reloading and discharging.

The above explains why the article starts like this:

“Suppose the polls had been right; suppose that what practically everybody believed would happen actually did happen.”

Instead of Marxism 100, Mr. Levin resorts to tasseomancy to explain why Trump is better than Clinton for the nation.  Mr. Levine is reading the tea leaves for you, he knows for a fact that, had the candidate with the overwhelming, historical majority of votes be in the presidency now…

Then Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, would be president of the United States, but the Senate, probably, and the House of Representatives, certainly, would have remained under Republican control.

So, his line of thinking is ‘Don’t feel bad, even if we pseudo-leftist screwed up by attacking her instead of attacking Trump, she would have still lost Congress.’  Right; he knows that for sure because he is a professional tassologist, not a Marxist.

He can see in his tea leaves what a Clinton administration would have looked like also:

had Hillary won, we would now have pretty much what we had when Barack Obama was president…

Funny thing here is that Mr. Levin was absent during the Obama administration from the leftist movement, he was supporting him, but now he is casting blame for the demise of the leftist movement on Obama.

So, again, Andrew goes on rehashing all the usual attacks on Clinton, saying that she would have been ‘more of Obama’.

Troll farm propaganda #2: ‘OK. We were wrong but will never admit to it’.

This is the thing: You can’t justify the unjustifiable, even If you are Mr. Levin or any other pseudo-leftists. Justifying support for Trump is possible only if you are like Trump. And so Andrew finds himself having to grant, in order to attack her later, nonetheless, that something good must have come out from a Hillary Clinton presidency. If you followed Andrew’s, Counter Punch magazine, and all the other zombie-leftists online blogs attacks on Hillary, like I did, this next statement by him is bound to have your head spinning in a rage.

He says that, had Hillary be the president now, some good would have come from her:

…the likelihood that the United States would blunder into a nuclear Armageddon would now be significantly less. [with Hillary, i.e.]

Throughout the elections Andrew’s and the pseudo-leftists main attack point on Hillary was that she is a warmonger.  He and the pseudo-leftists invited you to not vote for Clinton because she is a “warmonger beast” intending, purposely and for her beastly pleasure (literally) to cause “a WWIII”; that, because of Trump’s love of Putin, he was the peace candidate. I called the attention in my blog to this propaganda, you can search it.  It’s all there, including Susan Sarandon’s mind blogging statement that “Trump is less dangerous than Hillary”.

Troll farm propaganda #3: “We are a lot better off with Trump”

Look, if you have children reading this post, please, send them to their room; don’t let them see Andrew’s obscene argument in defense of Trump.

 It grieves me to say anything good about Donald Trump, but, to his credit, he did force Republicans onto a less unreasonable track…

Do I really have to spell to you the meaning of that statement? I’m going to choose not to do it. You just focus on the words “credit” and Republicans “in a less unreasonable track”. You will get there on your own.

What could possibly make a professional political ‘leftist’ thinker utter such an egregiously incorrect and offensive claim? Not even Republicans themselves dare to soil themselves by claiming that Trump has made them more reasonable. What could be so important to make Mr. Levine crap his reputation as an ‘intellectual leftists’ with such a sorry comment?

Answer: Putin, of course.

Trump has turned the GOP into the peace party, he says:

 …not in general, but towards Russia, a country with a nuclear arsenal so formidable that only maniacs would want to mess with it unnecessarily.

Thank God for the GOP for they are the peace party that will prevent a nuclear war with Russia because they have Trump’s man-crush on Putin to protect us.

Troll farm propaganda #4: “The GOP is not a fascist party.” Join them.

You can bring the kids back now. This will help them recognize propaganda in the future.

Andrew tells us that the Republican party is not a fascist party anymore, the implication being that they are not as dangerous, and that, when compared to the “corrupt” DNC, which he does ad nauseam,  well, they may be a better alternative for your interests as a (white) working class/middle class man.

And so, Reagan-style friendly fascism has largely disappeared from the Republican fold.”

Wow. And to think that I thought they were more fascist today under Trump. Thank you, Andrew for showing me how wrong I’ve been in insulting that progressing party.

Mr. Levine gives you a history class about the GOP, how that party under Reagan was a full-fledged fascist party, but not anymore under comrade Trump.

The Democratic Party, on the other hand, is the devil incarnate.

Troll farm propaganda #5: Save the white working men from the evil party, the Democratic party, i.e.

Mr. Levin faithfully brandishes GOP’s and Trump’s racist arguments in favor of white men with pseudo-leftist language.

He describes the political crimes, subterfuges of the Democratic Party, all with ‘fascist’ roots. One of the biggest crimes of Hillary and the democratic party is their defense of people of color. As the GOP and Trump said, Andrew says that the dems “abandoned” the white working class, meaning the deplorables who supported Trump. That alone is enough to run out of the dem party into the GOP. You have to understand, the GOP is not fascist any more. They will stand for your rights as people of color, women, above all as workers. Do you really believe that the GOP and Trump cares about people of color, other than white color? Do you?!

This reminds me when, during the primaries, Levin et al pseudo-leftists advocated at Counter Punch for progressives to go to Trump’s rallies and pick up  a physical fight with his supporters, the same white working class he is standing for here. That’s dishonesty and manipulation of emotions, then and now.

Conclusion: Women are the hope for the future, but not really.

Mr. Levine may pretend to cover up his pro-Trump-GOP tracks by using some name calling on Trump, but the fact remains that he has created a masterful piece of propaganda, one that actually tells you that both the GOP and Trump are good for you.

The artful part of it is in the claiming that having Trump will automatically produce a ‘leftist movement’ against him. The problem is this: Mr. Levin clearly is pro-Trump, so every action by anyone against Trump is seen by Andrew as an attack on Putin and on his white supporters. And so him and the pseudo-leftists have consistently attacked the women’s resistance on account of them being anti-Trump. Let alone the fact that, as Andrew himself just admitted in the article, there is no leftist movement in the USA. That’s why they are a zombie-leftists: they are dead and and still roaming around the living trying to suck the blood out of us from their fancy leftists’ websites traps.

He knows there is no leftist movement alive to guide Levine’s beloved working class against the billionaires takeover of our nation. He knows it. So why  did he tell you during the elections that better vote for Trump than for “crooked Hillary” because Trump would ‘spark’ the revolution? He was doing Putin’s work to elect Trump. That’s why.

The zombie-leftists were absent during the Obama administration, this Andrew admits. But they were dead long before Obama, among other reasons because the workers can see that the professional left has left them behind long ago.

Today, Andrew attacks women, the only ones who have raised to the challenge against all that Trump represents. True, they are disorganized, but they are there, waiting for the right  bearers of ‘socialist’ ideology to help them focus their energy. Don’t expect that from Andrew or any other of the zombie-leftists.

At first, when the women organized the first Women’s March, the zombie-leftist, including him, ignored them, then started to attack them for being ‘women-centered’. Today it is obvious that it is the women the one at the forefront against this misadministration, and Andrew had to admit it:

It started with the Women’s March, immediately after Inauguration Day, and has been growing ever since; with women – black, brown, and white – leading the surge.

But he can’t control his misogyny. At the beginning of the article he called the women’s resistance a “sparking anodyne “resistance,”. It had to be “anodyne” because women issues are not important enough, not to the zombie-leftists. The leftists have always been misogynists, not all, but as a movement. The oppression of women is not important, girls. Don’t bother your male leftists with your problems.

Look, no one is saying that the democratic party is the socialist party or that it is controlled by the billionaire CEOs. But to say that the GOP is “less fascist” than the dems and that Trump is an opportunity for peace, simply shows the dishonesty of a man that claims to stand for the working class but is a fascist at heart.

The pseudo-leftists should have join the dems and force a coalition of sorts with the owners of the party, and take from there. No one can expect any ‘revolution’ in these political conditions. There is no space for a revolution since 1945. But the intellectual leftists have capitulated and sold their soul to Trump.

So women are a distraction, there’s no leftist movement; what are we to do now?

Follow  Andrew Levine into the Trump party, for the love of Putin!

Trump, women, and fascism: You must remember this.

There is pretty much a consensus among the American public in that the Donald, that mafioso occupying our White House, is a sexist misogynist…um, that he really really hates women.

Many of us see him not simply as your regular every-day misogynist, but as one who is intent on bringing women back to the kitchen, as the saying goes. His misogyny is not only a feeling in him, it is an active hatred of women seen, not only in his verbal output but, worse, in his political actions.

While until November 8 2016 he was your regular sexist Joe, making  millions of dollars from objectifying young women in his ‘beauty contests’,  while until that fateful date his misogynist comments were ignored or even taken humorously, after he was appointed to the presidency of the USA, he finds himself with the power of government as a weapon in his tiny creepy hands to act on his hatred of women, to actually hurt women.

Take as example the power of the Presidential Executive Action. The very first one he signed, he signed two weeks after the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., as punishment for women world-wide for their support to women marching here : He ordered that any nation who wants to receive financial aid from the US for humanitarian purposes must stop supporting or using said money for abortions, or for educating women to prevent pregnancies.

The fascist in me

There is no public consensus, though, in that the misogynist-in-chief is a fascist, although people may be coming to the realization that, if he isn’t a fascist, he is coming close to be one; as close as he is to Steve Bannon.

One of the salient, if not the principal, characteristic of all fascists of all times and in all places around this gorgeous blue planet is their intense hatred of women. Personally, I don’t accept any questions or doubts about that statement. Is not that I may be close-minded; it is simply that I know their history. Theirs is an open male-supremacy ideology.

And that is what you must remember.

There may be doubts about whether the Donald is a full-fledged fascists, but there can be no doubts in that he has brought to our government his ideology of male-supremacy, which is the same fascist ideology. The public may not be acquainted with the cultural ‘revolution’ of fascists worldwide since the late 1800s all the way up in history through the defeat of Hitler; but that history of misogyny and male-supremacy is in the history books and old newspapers clips for you to inspect.

Women must remember this. The time has come for women to learn and remember that male-supremacy is fascism. The time has come for them to create their own political organizations to protect themselves and our children. Many men joined women in that march, these men need to join women in any organization they create.

What you saw this past month, powerful men and ‘celebrities’ been called to task for their past sexual attacks on women and children (girls and boys, they don’t discriminate)…I saw in it the media using the victimization of women as a political weapon to unseat politicians or to prevent some from running for office.While it was successful for progressives (except for the unfortunate case of Al Franken), there is no change in the status of women from these events. Not a single bill was proposed to correct the problem of sexual abuse.

Once the media stops focusing on the issue of sexual harassment, the topic disappears from the public conversation. It’s been a week now that we don’t see any articles about the issue. The public discusses what the owners of the media decide is the topic of the day.

Women can’t wait for the media to decide when we talk about the oppression of women.

This is the most important time to unite and create some organization.

Don’t waste this moment. You will have to wait another 20 years for another opportunity like this.

 

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Jill Stein and the zombie-Leftists: collusion, stupid, or plain carrying the water for Trump?

Do you remember Jill Stein collecting millions of dollars for a “recount” of votes in the states where she took votes from Clinton, giving Trump an advantage, and then passing her ‘judgment’ that there was no voting ‘theft’? Is it possible that she was helping ‘cleaning up’ any ‘breadcrumbs’ from Putin’s interference? More on this later.

I spent the 2016 presidential elections in this non-professional political blog (exercising my glorious citizen’s Constitutional Right to Speech) denouncing and giving examples of how the American zombie-Leftists were, in my view, making the case to those who read their websites to vote for Trump. I showed how they were Trump-apologists, savaging Hillary Clinton with misogynistic attacks and defending Trump as an alternative to “peace”, against Clinton’s “thirst for war”; him as an ‘anti-globalist’. In Hollywood ‘star’  Susan Sarandon’s infamous words

“Trump is less dangerous than Hillary Clinton”.

I amuse myself today with the realization that, in my naiveté, I didn’t use the term ‘collusion’ (no one used it then)  to refer to this leftists’ losing approach in ‘defense of the working class’ of portraying Trump as a ‘better alternative’ to Clinton. Instead, I used a term of my own creation: the zombie-Left. 

Why didn’t I or any progressive-leftist see the “collusion” with the Russians? I leave that for the last part of this post. Before I  show how Jill Stein and the zombie-leftists gave us this Trump Christmas tax bill present,  let me clarify:

Who is the zombie-Left?

I defined them as mostly those old so-called Marxists who have no party (there’s no organized left in the USA) but only political websites to brainwash the young progressives. I focused on Counterpunch, Blackagendareport, Democracy Now!, Socialistworld, and few other ‘leftist’ websites trapping the young millennials. I always exempted The Nation from this list because they came across as balanced; their criticisms of Clinton weighted against the danger of electing Trump.

Was the Left “colluding” with Putin, just plain stupid, or  just the ‘alt-right’ impersonating the ‘left’?

That question is important if you are searching for an answer to the headline of this post: Were these leftists in “collusion” with Putin or merely carrying water for Trump? Jill Stein is now suspected of “colluding” with Putin, but what about the others?

Through out the elections, I made the case that ‘leftist’ Counterpunch’ magazine favorite right-winger, Paul Craig Robertson, was right when he said that the American-left doesn’t exist anymore. I presented as first evidence of their death that they had become Trump apologists. That is what makes them the zombie-leftists: they are a ‘living dead’ political ideology roaming around our political community trying to drag the living into their ‘alt-right’ world.

Even today, when there are no doubts that Trump is stealing this nation’s wealth clean with his gang of billionaire globalists, the zombie-leftists can’t get themselves to attack him. Their websites have very few articles attacking him. On the contrary, they are defending him against that ‘Hillary’s campaign of fake Russian collusion’.

Silence is complicity, especially in this case.

Trump Apologists: This they offered to the working class

Maybe these zombie-leftists are not all of them in direct “collusion” with Putin, but they are NOT the ‘traditional’ left we thought we knew. And don’t forget, to be pro-Putin today is not the same as what it was to be pro-Russia in the past. Today’s billionaire class is in love with Putin, not because of his leftist-politics, but because they share with him his corrupt personal capitalist interests. It is not the Russian people whom Trump and Tillerson love.

As I discussed in this blog, any person claiming to be a Marxist and who offers to the working class a man like Trump to represent their interests, a man who represents the most corrupt element of the elite millionaire class, with a history of having done  NOTHING for the working class, whose blatant amorality is acknowledged by everybody…that person is comically impersonating a leftist Marxist. Some of you may be asking:

‘Oh, but what about Hillary; isn’t she the same?’

If by now, as you see what Trump is doing, you still think she is “the same” as he is, you are definitely a zombie. I’ll expand on this later.

Counterpunch and the alt-right

That guy, Paul Craig Robertson, is a known right-winger, but Counter Punch magazine has no problem giving him space to spew his venom, sure, in the name of “open-mindedness”. You don’t see the right-wingers giving progressives the same treatment in their websitesPaul Craig Robertson said it very clear, that the “left is dead”, but Counterpunch doesn’t care. Why?

Because the American left has turned into the alt-right. That explain their support of Trump. You can roam around this blog, look “Counterpunch” and see my evidence.

My point all along has been this:

The American ‘left’ is dead. What remains of it is the ‘leftist lexicon’. The alt-right has taken possession of their body. Only if you understand what truly is the ‘alt-right’, its historic background in Hitler’s Germany, will you be able to recognize them in the ‘leftist’ websites. Please, read this article, which I used extensively in my blog, about the alt-right, Counterpunch magazine, and the history of the alt-right movement. Counterpunch of sucker punch?

I didn’t think of “collusion”, but I did see the pseudo-left in cahoots with the billionaire globalists. I still believe that the election coup given to the American people was the result of a perfect storm:

The male globalist oligarchy (billionaires of Silicon Valley, MSM, warmongering arm builders and Pentagon), with the  zombie-leftists-alt-right misogynistic. What they were trying to prevent was the taking of power of a coalition of women, feminists, immigrants, working class behind ‘that open feminist woman’. I proposed that, in this past elections, feminism was in the ballot and that our male oligarchy is not ready for that. I proposed that they couldn’t morally justify supporting Trump against ‘that woman’, and so it was the MSM spend 24/7 attacking Hillary Clinton over the emails while at the same time “endorsing” her. It was FBI’s Comey who gave the final blow to our elections.  The MSM knew that the email scandal was based on Putin’s effort to derail our elections, but they used the material anyway, helping him to achieve his goal. I assert it was done intentionally. They are all doing business with him behind the curtain.

I think the biggest guilt for the debacle we are living rests  on our MSM and the zombie-leftists. Putin’s effort would have been in vain had it not been for the American media and the zombie-leftists making his work viable.

I can see now Jill Stein, whom I criticized during the elections, ‘colluding’ with Putin. It does make sense now. The same with Amy Goodwin. I’m not saying they derived any monetary gains from this; I doubt it. But they and the zombie-leftists joined the alt-right who loves Putin too for different reasons.

These people, Stein et al, can’t find cover behind the curtain of ignorance, “I didn’t know”.

They knew very well what they were doing.

WE BELIEVED IN YOU

Why didn’t discriminating leftists like me, and other progressives, didn’t see the “collusion”?

You will have to chalk it off to human foible, our natural inclination to believe uncritically when the time has come to ditch old assumptions.

OK, what I mean is this.

Many older leftists like me have had a tradition of support and sympathies for the Russian PEOPLE and for their more ‘socialist’ government. Sure, we are completely aware that the US has interfered in their lives for many decades, we know about the political crimes our nation has committed there. And sure, we want the US to pay for those crimes…but in a diplomatic way. We don’t want wars with the Russians or manipulation of their economy; we have always wanted to ‘settle’ differences using  diplomacy.

In our minds it would have been unconscionable and a betrayal for the Russian government, Putin in particular, to mess up with the election process of the people of the USA to help that beast that is Trump get to the presidency. Putin knows what Trump means for  our working class, and for the safety of the people in this planet.

But little did I know that the acid of capitalism, the personal greed that fuels it, had already spilled into the hierarchy of the Russian government. Russia has drifted far away from ‘socialism’; maybe we should congratulate our Western oligarchs (the billionaire globalist class) for their success. Putin, just as the bureaucrats in China, is the nuovo capitalist. My condolences to the people of those two nations. You are just starting to live in what we may be on our way of getting out from.

It will take decades, sure; but we have started the process. What will come out of it is an incognito; it will NOT be socialism nor communism. But whatever it is, if our ‘glorious leaders’ don’t evaporate us  first in a global atomic war, it will be superior to capitalism, socialism and communism.

For posts here discussing these issues, search “American left elects Donald Trump”, and click tags: identity politics, Counterpunch, American left and Donald Trump. For the media: Attacks on Hillary Clinton. Most of the posts on this blog are about the zombie-leftists.

 

The missing ‘peace’

It’s been a long time since I don’t hear or see the word peace anywhere.

The last time that word was trending was in the 60s, you know, when the stoned-headed hippies were tripping with it. It gave them a bad reputation, that and the acid they were consuming, courtesy of the CIA.

 

The First World War was “the war to end all wars”. That was the first and last time humanity actually fought for peace itself. The newly minted working-class (product of the new kid in the block, heavy industry and capitalism) took their masters to task. In Germany, there were actually legislation demanding “peace without annexation”, and international solidarity among the workers (male and female). There were uprising of soldiers and sailors against the war.

New Yorkers carry a peace banner down Fifth Avenue in a protest against the First World War.

Text supplied by the German Federal Archive: “With the rebellion of the sailors and workers on 3 November 1918 in Kiel the November revolution starts. On 6 November the revolutionary movement reaches Wilhelmshaven. Our picture shows the soldiers’ council of the Prinzregent Luitpold.”

Those were the days. Well, those were the days of open warfare between the working class and the capitalists; that’s what it was really all about, that and colonialism for stealing the wealth of weak nations for the industrialists’ profit.

Today…well, today we still go to war to take the wealth of other nations; we still cover the truth with words like “for freedom”, “to save people from their dictators” by bombing said people.

What can be said about today’s working class? They don’t have that spirit of the past; they are merely trying to survive in their own nations. They are so poor, they are willing to sell themselves as soldiers-of-fortune. They can’t even elect people willing to pass a resolution against any war. And don’t tell me it’s because the “democratic party is the party of Wall Street”; that’s a cop-out. The only thing people do here is vote and call their ‘representatives’. That was fine for a while, can’t you see it’s not working anymore?

The word peace has become permanent collateral damage of our permanent wars ever since…”The only thing to fear is fear itself”, said Roosevelt to walk Americans towards war, and we have marched towards war ever since. We haven’t been without wars since then. Then the new millennium started with Bush’s invasion of Iraq after 9/11; now it seems we are marching towards another atomic conflagration, another hecatomb, this time in North Korea. Our crazy president may have to nuke the people of that nation to save them from their own crazy leader.

I tell you, war is ‘so cheap’; people buy it wholesale for $0.50, the cost of the newspapers they read filled with pro-war propaganda they accept mindlessly. That word, mindlessly, reminded me of The Buddha.

The Buddha had an interesting message: The Doctrine of the Mind. He said that

Whatsoever  there is of evil, connected with evil, belonging to evil – all issues from the mind.

Whatsoever there is of good, connected with good, belonging to good – all issues from the mind.

He then taught:

  1. to know the mind – that is so near to us, and yet is so unknown;
  2. to shape the mind – that is so unwieldy and obstinate, and yet may turn so pliant;
  3. to free the mind – that is in bondage all over, and yet may win freedom here and now.

But I’m done with humans. I have come to accept that the human race is incorrigible. They believe Trump and admire warmongering billionaires like Tillerson, but mock The Buddha. They care not about another atomic hecatomb, this time in North Korea.

So I will go on reminding people about the word ‘peace’. It is in our minds if we want it to be. Don’t put conditions on peace; if you want peace, then it can’t be “after Assad is removed from power”, or “after we get rid of Isil”.

It has to be NOW, PERIOD.  Demand a NEGOTIATED PEACE without bombing for it.

 

Michael Hudson on Identity Politics: to strengthen the working class, dump women and ‘colored’ people

Identity politics strips away thinking of one’s interest in having to work for a living.
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Only racist people can shame you for fighting racism, misogyny and xenophobia.
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The specter of stealthy racism and misogyny rises again in the progressive movement, this time from the pen of famous leftist economist Michael Hudson (is he leftist?) in his recent article Trump is Obama’s Legacy: Will this Break up the Democratic Party? at Counter Punch magazine. I have to ask “is he leftist?” because Counter Punch is the preferred site of alt-right third-way conservatives who speak, without an accent, the leftist lingo to better contaminate with their racism and misogyny the minds of unsuspecting progressives. Paul Craig Robertson is one of those alt-right and openly conservatives whose right-wing ideology is often published there under the guise of ‘leftist’ opinion; that good they are at impersonating leftist’s ‘thinking’.

But that’s a different story. I’m here to talk about Mr. Hudson’s, and the alt-right’s,  anti-women and racist ideology passed on in his article as criticism of “identity politics” (IdPol)

The enemy within: Identity Politics as anti-labor politics

Mr. Hudson opens the discussion of Identity Politics defining in  the heading IdPol as “anti-labor”. It’s the only definition  he offers of it to the reader, passing then to wrongly describe what IdPol does. By defining it as “anti” labor, he clears up the battlefield for the confrontation between the two enemies: the ‘labor movement’  vs everybody else.

You see, if you happen to believe that there are other forms of institutionalized oppression, in addition to labor, with roots both in culture and economic politics, then Mr. Hudson will cast you on the side of the enemy of the white male “working class”: you are “everybody else”; and if you ARE a unionized working person, then you must be the enemy within.  Let’s be honest, today, the intellectual leftists are more preoccupied with the suffering of the white male working class “abandoned and insulted by Clinton and the democratic party” than with that of  women and children,  be it as workers (child labor) or sex-slaves; not even interested with the economical well-being of ‘colored’ laborers. So when the intellectual leftists, Mr. Hudson and the alt-right use the term “working class”, white male working class is what they mean. And they mean race and gender are the enemies of that particular segment of the working class.

The article does not  mention the  unemployed women and ‘colored people’ demands for jobs, whether historically or in the present. The non-whites’ struggle for jobs is not part of the author’s idea of ‘working class’.   That’s why Mr. Hudson implies that the reason these people ‘practice’ IdPol is because they don’t want to work for a living, as he says in the article:

Identity politics strips away thinking of one’s interest in terms of having to work for a living.”

Mind you, not even the ‘labor movement’ itself adopts Mr. Hudson’s extreme stereotyping definition of IdPol, for they continue to support  with actions the demands of so-called ‘identity’ groups: women, immigrants, people of color, LGBT. But with his anti-IdPol, Mr. Hudson and the extreme GOP alt-right can light up in what remains of the labor movement the fire of hatred of women, with the leftist intellectuals fanning that fire in their leftist media.

Answer this quickly: When have you seen a racist/white supremacist/GOP/conservative calling for an end to  racism and misogyny? That’s why only “labor politics” matters to Mr. Hudson and the leftists intellectuals.

The Black Panthers: enemies of labor?

He starts the discussion of Idpol by saying that the term ‘identity politics’ is a “new term introduced to the English language“; that’s it, period. He forgets to state ‘when’ or ‘who’ “introduced” it. It matters, ‘who’.

According to some writers (e.g., Howard J. Wiarda in “Political Culture, Political Science, and Identity Politics: An Uneasy Alliance”), the term has been in use since at least the 1960-70s; that doesn’t make it “new”, or does it? The revolutionary movement of that time used the term to inform the public about oppression by capitalism in all spheres of human relations, including the personal. Groups like Black Panthers and feminists used it, you know, the people who, according to Mr. Hudson’s definition of IdPol,  you should condemn today  for using ‘identity politics’. But we don’t want to condemn them, do we?, at least not consciously.

That’s why Mr. Hudson’s assertion about the origin of the term IdPol  is purposely superficial, because it surreptitiously leads to the condemnation of the recent history of the people’ struggles against all forms of capitalist/conservative oppression. And what is good for the goose is good for the gander: if we accept that it was necessary for those people in the 60s and 70s to fight against the racism and misogyny that comes intertwined with economic oppression, so it is today.

Culture and the culture of oppression

Mr. Hudson’s and the alt-right’s racist ideology stands on the believe that the oligarchy, globalists, and conservative elites of all flavors don’t use culture to oppress the rest of humanity; that only our 9 to 5 work-life interest them, but not controlling what happens in our ‘cultural space’ after hours. Believe that ideology on your own peril.

Were concentration camp ‘Jews’ anti-labor?

But IdPol have been in use since MANY years before the 7os. Mr.Hudson  forgets to mention that the legs on which Hitler’s Nazism stood was precisely identity politics: German ‘racial superiority’, the ‘inferiority’ of Jews, Blacks, women, homosexuals, the mentally ill; and of non-German ‘ethnic nationals’…all of whom were so ‘inferior’ as to deserve been incinerated in concentration camps. Consider this: If you were a non-mentally ill/not physically disabled white ‘Aryan’ male in Nazi Germany, would you have feared Hitler’s RACIAL policies? What if you were a ‘Jew’, would you have feared his racial policies? Would you have said, in those days, ‘let’s not talk about Hitler’s identity politics of persecuting me because of my Jewishness/Blackness; let’s concentrate on Hitler’s union-busting practices?’

Yep, identity politics never existed before until Hillary introduced it.

Only RACIST people don’t fear racist policies and politics. Only racist people can shame you for fighting against racism, misogyny and xenophobia. Only racists can tell you that you should worry ONLY about wages, that you should NOT support anyone who stands to defend you against racism…Only Mr. Hudson, a white male who has done nothing for “the working class”  can define for you your priorities: racism and misogyny are NOT the priorities of the white male labor ‘movement’, so they can’t be yours either.

Yep, healthy-looking, happy nothing-to-fear white boy. I should trust you when you tell me not to fight against racism and misogyny because?

Woman, where were you on Trump’s inauguration day?
(The “52% of white women who voted for Trump”)

Mr. Hudson wouldn’t be worthy of being called a white elitist man if he didn’t attack women in his piece. He blamed. literally, the women’s march on D.C. for the absence of the left and unions on Trump’s inauguration day. Was he there that day? I didn’t see him.

I went to the inauguration, and my first observation was ‘Where are the unions, where are the leftists, where is everybody?’ There were less than 3K people where I was. Mr. Hudson answered the question for me: it was the women, stupid! Somehow those evil pro-Clinton women bewitched the leftists, the anti-war ‘movement’ and the unions members on January 20 to stay at home that day. Sounds to me like Mr. Hudson suffers from typical men’s primordial fear of women.

Maybe he should talk to Paul Craig Robertson who wrote an article about the demise of the American left. Paul is right, the American left is dead, and the alt-right has taken its place, that’s why they didn’t show up. But also because they are supporting Trump dreaming that he is the new revolutionary of peace because of his love for Putin. Everybody knows that the union movement have been decimated too, but not by the women’s movement. There were no leftists, unions or anti-war marchers in the millions at Trump’s inauguration because those movements have been destroyed: by the conservatives, GOP, globalists, and SOME in the Democratic party.

Also, Mr. Hudson states that “52% of white women voted for Trump”. I tell him  98% of BLACK women voted for Hillary Clinton. These are women who, with good reasons, are afraid of Trump’s racism; white women are not afraid of his racism. I congratulate Black women for being the ONLY group on which the media propaganda (left and right) failed completely to manipulate voters into voting for Trump.  They may not all be feminists (must of them aren’t) but they sure knew that, in terms of national policies, Trump is the enemy. They know that the killing of their Black children will continue under Trump, but their boys bought the misogynistic fear of a woman running the nation and decided to stay home; they voted in that way against their own interests and their mothers.

Mr. Hudson says that the media “informed” us that white women didn’t feel welcome at the march. The media has ignored women’s activities, and when they mention them, it is ALWAYS to denigrate the women or to create division. The march in D.C. was very white indeed. Propaganda, what do you expect from  our mainstream media?

The question is Where were those people who Saturday? Did they come to show support to working women, to victims of violence, to children, to disabled people; to stand against Trump’s upcoming wars, which we knew were around the corner? So much for ‘anti-war movement’.

The women’s march was open for everybody who knew that the struggle continues with Trump. But our intellectual leftists have filled the minds of some men and women with the idea that we must wait and give Trump a chance to prove that he is the “revolutionary” they have made him to be in their puny imaginations. These ‘leftists’ would rather stick a fork in their eyes than get caught marching with women!

Mr. Hudson didn’t show up there, actually, he doesn’t show up ANYWHERE, because he is a conservative. He considers women’s issues to be “non-issues, non-threatening to the donor class”; in other words, women are ‘wimps’. He and the intellectual leftists lament that women were marching against Trump. I’m sure that after Trump’s bombing of Syria, they will not recognize that women were correct in marching against him. As long as women don’t do as men tell them, men will be angry at them.

Women’s Strike for Peace-And Equality, Women’s Strike for Equality, Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, August 26, 1970. (Photo by Eugene Gordon/The New York Historical Society/Getty Images)

Mr. Hudson misses ‘the simplicity of the past’
(typical of conservatives)

According to the author, identity pol.

used to be about three major categories: workers and unionization, anti-war protests and civil rights marches against racist Jim Crow laws. That ended when these movements got co-opted into the Democratic Party.”

When you put it like that, the people’ struggle against all kind of oppression seem less cumbersome, for we can now see what it is NOT about. The following is an incomplete list of non-issues derived from Mr. Hudson’ statement above:

  • The fight against capitalism and for control of the means of production (only union-issues matter)
  • Fight against institutionalized racism
  • Fight for climate and environmental issues (poisoning of water resources…)
  • Fight against institutionalized misogyny and oppression of women (gender pay gap, sexual harassment everywhere and in the job (not a problem of male workers),  physical violence against women on a daily basis…)
  • Globalists exploiting child-labor is a non-issue
  • Keeping an army of unemployed humanity to serve as regulator of the cost of labor (if you are not working, you are a non-issue and Mr. Hudson will put you in the ‘enemy of the working class’ side)

Interestingly enough, these are all economic issues that affect the elite conservative businesses and the globalists, which is why they oppose the people fighting to achieve them. Fighting “Jim Crow” was OK, but not fighting against the institutionalized racism that Mr. King fought, the one from which white conservatives profited; and Black women are not in the image we get in our minds when we talk about racism. By mentioning only Jim Crow, Mr. Hudson shows us his true colors.

If we had focused only on those three issues, the following would have never  happened, but they did:

  • there would have been no disability movement to stop the atrocities committed in psychiatric hospitals,
  • no removal of environmental barriers to help people with physical disabilities navigate the outdoors,
  • no child protections laws, against child labor and child abuse in general,
  • no attention to the problem of sex-slavery of women and children,
  • no changes to the justice system that oppresses Blacks and minorities…

We take for granted many of the rights we ‘enjoy’ today, but they were all won with blood. Only conservatives and globalists want us to ignore those issues, mainly because they created and benefit from them.

Put the blame on Mame boys

That ended when these movements got co-opted into the Democratic Party.

Not only Mr. Hudson and the alt-right don’t blame the GOP for the ending of “these movements”,  you will NOT find the leftist intellectuals blaming them either. All the blame for the loss of workers rights goes to the Democratic party and Hillary Clinton, as if the persistent attacks on labor didn’t start in the 1900s with the advent of the new capitalism. Don’t socialists agree in that capitalism can’t exist without the proletarians and is perpetually fighting against them? Is it possible that the GOP is not the representative of  capitalists? Why attack the party with the most working class in it and leave the white supremacists’ party untouched?

You must ask yourselves why these people deflect attention from the GOP, who benefits from it and from destroying the democratic party; who benefits from leaving the GOP as the only party in the nation?

Propaganda is a fun when you know how to do it

In describing how IdPols ‘works’, Mr. Hudson says:

“Its aim is for voters to think of themselves as separatist minorities – women, LGBTQ, Blacks and Hispanics. The Democrats thought they could beat Trump by organizing Women for Wall Street (and a New Cold War), LGBTQ for Wall Street (and a New Cold War), and Blacks and Hispanics for Wall Street (and a New Cold War). Each identity cohort was headed by a billionaire or hedge fund donor.

Well…that quote is so offensive I don’t even know where to start. OK. I will start with the propaganda in it.

Many people accept that there is such a thing as “propaganda”, but most refuse to accept the examples of how it manifests, so you may not see propaganda in that quote. The phrase “and New Cold War”, in caps and all, is an emotionally negative message repeated over and over, and associated with the names of each group representing a political issue. This IS one technique of propaganda. “New Cold War”, that was the bogeyman used against the democratic party, not against the GOP.

Mr. Hudson expertly associates the fights against misogyny, racism and other forms of oppression by conservatives and globalists, with the hatred inculcated in some progressives against the democratic party. We LGBT, women, Blacks…we are all for “the Cold War” the dems are planning, according to Mr. Hudson. Hate them! (“1984”)

Of course, typical of a smear campaign, Mr. Hudson provides no evidence that there were “groups of women for Wall Street…” nor that there is a “billionaire” behind “each identity cohort”. Mr. Hudson, you are a liar, and your opinion drips with disdain for anyone who is not a white male like you.

But that doesn’t matter for those who believe in the “evil witch”; the attacks don’t have to be proven. The accusations themselves have become the ‘evidence’: just say it, it will become true by the magic of pronunciation.

Conclusion: Divide and conquer

Mr. Hudson’s article is an effort at dividing the progressive movement, just as the conservative white racists divided the labor movement by pitting Blacks and whites against each other. Here they are doing it again.

I know it’s too late to bring attention to how the alt-right has invaded  the progressives’ consciousness with their racism and misogyny via the ‘leftists’ media: it’s fait-accompli (we saw it in the results of the elections). I lack the skills to make a sound argument, let alone writing skills. But this I can tell you: The alt-right wants us to forget history, ours and theirs. They shame us for fighting against the many forms in which we are oppressed daily. They portray us  in the same way Nazis portrayed everyone who was not a white Aryan man: corrupt, lazy and ignorant. If they are planning concentration camps with ‘the wall’, we all are going to be shoved there.

For you out there who see what I see (am not alone), please, don’t stay quiet. Denounce these people, denounce Counter Punch magazine for passing alt-right propaganda as ‘leftist’ to progressives.

Attack on Russians: We the People must stand in solidarity with Russian civilians

Whatever misgivings we may have against Putin and his government (and I have some), the American civilians must stand with the Russian civilians.

Political acts of violence by the right or the left against civilians are acts against humanity by a handful of terrorists in governments, or power seeking groupuscules in the midst of human nations. Direct your political anger and violence at the head of states, if you must act; leave the civilians out of your hatred.

Violence engenders violence. I know it sounds preposterous, but The Buddha supposedly said “love everything, so you may not wish to kill anything”. I may not get to love everything, but I certainly love humanity enough to not want to kill other humans for any ideology. Violence is easy; peace seems ‘unnatural’ to human efforts and unreachable Let’s not fall for the easy. Peace, people, peace. Make it natural for humans to aim at it.