Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Remembering Luxemburg and Liebknecht


"The German communist leaders were assassinated in 1919 as the Spartacist revolt was crushed by the “Freikorps,” a far-right grouping of demobbed German soldiers who had refused to give up their weapons after the German surrender in World War I, on the orders of Social Democrat Party leaders Friedrich Ebert and Gustav Noske." No wonder the Communist Party and the Social Democrats couldn't unite against Hitler -- when push came to shove the Social Democrats ordered the ultra-right to kill the Communist leaders. Not a good recommendation for coalition politics. Today the Social Democrats are pro-NATO and allies with US Imperialism and collaborate in the conservative anti-Socialist government of Angela Merkel.
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Ben ChackoMonday, January 14, 2019 Berlin pays its respects to Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht × You can read 19 more articles this month Please help support the Morning Star by subscribing here by Ben Chackoin Berlin THOUSANDS marched through Berlin yesterday to pay their respects 100 years aft...

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Mongols Biker Club & The Government

SUNDAY SERMON (1-13-19): "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." --Matthew 7:16-20 Why this quote from The Sermon on the Mount (The Communist Manifesto of its day)? Well, because this story about the Mongols Biker Club is an instantiation of Jesus' sermon in so far as the Mongols are the fruit of the society they have grown up in, they reflect in miniature the capitalist society of "USA, USA". Consider the following quote: “These men, fueled by, based on the evidence which you’ve heard, by rage and methamphetamine, empowered by these symbols that they wear like armor, roaming the world like urban predators searching for people to victimize,” Mr. Welk said". Welk, the prosecutor, could have been describing how many of the poor and oppressed of the world view US Imperialism and it's military (let alone minority communities in the US with relation to the police) and the loyalty they show towards their logo is analogous to the pagan flag worship inculcated by the US government (just replace "methamphetamine" with "addiction to the natural resources and wealth of others"). The Mongols defend themselves from the accusation they are a criminal organization because of the violence associated with some of their members with the following argument: "Mr. Yanny [Mongol's lawyer] also stated that crimes carried out by Mongols were “spontaneous rogue acts of individuals” that were not hatched or approved by club officers. Referring to the brutal 1991 beating of Rodney King by a group of Los Angeles police officers, he told the jury “that doesn’t make the L.A.P.D. a criminal organization."” Really? Shoot a police person and it's a crime; a police person shoots an unarmed, and even surrendering or non-violent ordinary citizen (especially a minority person) and it's .... What? The Mongols, the Police, and the Military, what do they have in common?-- "Ye shall know them by their fruits."


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Jury Orders Mongols Biker Club to Forfeit Its Logo, the ‘Holy of Holies’The verdict by the California jury was not the final word: The judge said he would first consider the club’s constitutional rights to free speech.


Saturday, January 05, 2019

Temple of "Flayed Lord" Found

We can't be too judgemental as our culture worships by engaging in ritual cannibalism by drinking the blood and eating the flesh of a "Crucified Lord" -- just imagine the psyche damage to the unconscious of children who have to give up the belief in a fat jolly elf to whom they leave offerings of milk and cookies for a god whose human body and blood they have to eat and drink! No wonder we have a mental health problem and teenagers driven to drugs!


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Archaeologists Find Pre-Columbian Temple of ‘Flayed Lord’ in Central MexicoMexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History said archaeologists had found the first temple dedicated to an important fertility god, whose worshipers were said to wear the skin of sacrificial victims.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

The NYT: Objective Reporting or a Bit of a Whitewash?

The NYT is trying to look objective but this story is a bit of whitewash of the Israeli military. There is no balance between the two sides in the following quote: "To the Palestinians, she was an innocent martyr killed in cold blood, an example of Israel’s disregard for Palestinian life. To the Israelis, she was part of a violent protest aimed at destroying their country, to which lethal force is a legitimate response as a last resort." Here is why: 1. She was an innocent (an unarmed medic in a white coat); 2. She was murdered in cold blood (shooting at unarmed civilians is a war crime); 3. the protest was against the blockade of Gaza not for the destruction of Israel (fat chance of unarmed Palestinians taking on the Israeli military!); 4. Israel is using lethal force as a choice of first resort not as a last resort. 
Any fair reading of the article should convince you that the Israeli military does disregard Palestinian life (just as the US does by its wholehearted support of the Israeli policies of oppression, occupation and ethnic cleansing.) There is no threat to the existence of Israel and both Israel and a Palestinian state should be able to coexist in the Middle East and that will only happen when the UN and the world community force the US and the ultra-right Israeli government to agree to allow the Palestinians to be free -- unfortunately this doesn't look like it will happen anytime soon so this needless bloodshed will continue.





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A Day, a Life: When a Medic Was Killed in Gaza, Was It an Accident?When an Israeli soldier killed Rouzan al-Najjar, Palestinians called her an innocent martyr and Israel portrayed her as a threat. The truth is more complicated.





Saturday, December 29, 2018

Government Sponsored Youth Beatings

This report highlights the fact that these young prisoners were treated exactly like our movies and TV portray the treatment of prisoners in NAZI and Communist prisons -- and this in a state effectively run by the Democrats and Republicans -- both of whom are portrayed as representing the USA as a freedom loving country which would never act like the NAZI or Communist enemies. Meanwhile, our police and correction officers and populated more and more by white supremacists and neo-Nazis who are actively seeking to infiltrate these state agencies. This type of brutality is portrayed as SOP in countries such as Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, etc., but as the result of rogue individuals acting on their own in the US or our allies. President Trump even condones the bloodthirsty murder and dismembering of a journalist by the Saudi Government on the orders of its de facto leader Prince Salman as the action of rogue elements acting behind his back. In NY both the mayor of NYC and the state's governor are aware of the brutality carried out against young offenders by ordinary as well as some of the highest ranking officers and we shall see if any officials are fired, let alone prosecuted as the criminals they are. Kudos as well for the NYT which everyone in a while exposes the bare bones reality behind the surface of bourgeois democracy (when advertising revenue isn't threatened).


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Young Inmates Say They Were Shipped Upstate, Held in Isolation and BeatenThe abuse was designed for inmates from Rikers Island who had been accused of assaulting correction officers, according to a lawsuit.



Monday, December 24, 2018

Identity Politics vs Class Consciousness

The distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism is continually being abused and/or ignored. Also, some of the comments made by the disputants in this article about "all Jews" and all white people should remind us of the perilous terrain we enter when we start talking about "all" of an ethnic, religious, or national group (all Black people, the Chinese are such and such, the Irish, etc.,) this is the soil in which the seeds of racism are sown. The greatest confusion of all is the lack of understanding about class as opposed to ethnicity. Jewish bankers and Jewish factory workers have little in common in their living standards and lifestyles and have more in common with Black Bankers and Black factory workers respectively, and working-class women have more in common with working-class men than either has with upper-class bourgeois capitalist men or women. Identity politics is, in fact, a ruling class invention to tamper down and prevent the development of class consciousness by dividing the oppressed along "racial," gender, ethnic and religious lines as they know full well that once class consciousness is fully developed it marks the beginning of the end of their oppressive rule. Let's not help them in this by playing by their rule book.


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Women’s March Roiled by Accusations of Anti-SemitismAs the second anniversary of the Women’s March approaches, charges of anti-Semitism are overshadowing the movement and plans for more marches.




Sunday, December 23, 2018

Alexandra Kollontai Meets Hillary Clinton

Is Hillary Clinton a perfect example of the bourgeois pseudo-feminist described in this quote from Alexandra Kollontai?* It seems the corporate wing of the Democratic Party that she (along with Schumer, Biden, Pelosi and their allies) represents is utterly incapable of truly representing the interests of working-class women (let alone men) [excuse the binary classification]. The working class vote for Trump is mainly due to the underdeveloped understanding of class consciousness amongst working people [which it is the duty of Marxists to try to correct, and not by uncritically supporting right wing and "moderate" Democrats in the name of defeating Republicans]. Unless Marxists can find a way to radicalize the consciousness of the working class, without compromising opportunistic short-term tactics, the capitalist 1% will continue its rule by playing musical chairs with the leadership of the Republican and Democratic parties while Communists and other progressives will continue to play second fiddle to the bourgeoisie.
*"Class instinct – whatever the feminists say – always shows itself to be more powerful than the noble enthusiasms of “above-class” politics. So long as the bourgeois women and their [proletarian] “younger sisters” are equal in their inequality, the former can, with complete sincerity, make great efforts to defend the general interests of women. But once the barrier is down and the bourgeois women have received access to political activity, the recent defenders of the “rights of all women” become enthusiastic defenders of the privileges of their class, content to leave the younger sisters with no rights at all. Thus, when the feminists talk to working women about the need for a common struggle to realise some “general women’s” principle, women of the working class are naturally distrustful.
— Alexandra Kollontai (1909), The Social Basis of the Woman Question,"