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2 months ago @ http://www.information... - American Diplomacy As ... · 1 reply · +1 points


Speaking about the modern state Engels pointed out: 'The more it proceeds to the taking over of the productive forces the more does it actually become the national capitalist, the more citizens does it exploit. The wages workers remain wages workers—proletarians' (Anti-Duhring).

Lenin’s greatest achievement was getting Russia out of the mass slaughter of World War One, Writing of Russia in 1918: ‘reality says that State capitalism would be a step forward for us; if we were able to bring about State capitalism in a short time it would be a victory for us’ (The Chief Task of Our Time).

‘Future society will be socialist society. This also means that with the abolition of exploitation, commodity production and buying and selling will also be abolished and, therefore, there will be no room for buyers and sellers of labour power, for employers and employed—there will be only free workers… Where there are no classes, where there are neither rich nor poor, there is no need for a state, there is no need also for political power, which oppresses the poor and protects the rich. Consequently, in socialist society there will be no need for the existence of political power’ (Anarchism or Socialism? 1906).

Ironically, the author of this piece would thirty years later, in a complete volte-face, declare the USSR to be socialist. That same year, on the 28th August, Pravda proclaimed him divine: ‘O Great Stalin, O Leader of the Peoples,Thou who didst give birth to man, Thou who didst make fertile the earth, Thou who dost rejuvenate the Centuries, Thou who givest blossom to the spring… ‘ And a mere mortal observed:

‘There are in the USSR privileged and exploited classes, dominant classes and subject classes. Between them the standard of living is sharply separated. The classes of travel on the railways correspond exactly to the social classes; similarly with ships, restaurants, theatres, shops, and with houses; for one group palaces in pleasant neighbourhoods, for the others wooden barracks alongside tool stores and oily machines… It is always the same people who live in the palaces and the same people who live in the barracks. There is no longer private property, there is only one property – State property. But the State no more represents the whole community than under preceding régimes’ (What the Russian Revolution Has Become, Robert Guiheneuf, 1936).

And today: 'Russia’s 500 Super Rich Wealthier Than Poorest 99.8% ' (Moscow Times, 10 June 2021). 'Since the onset of Covid-19 in early 2020, the combined wealth of the 650 American billionaires has increased by nearly $1 trillion' (Alternet, 1 December 2020).

We have a choice, but, to quote Rosa Luxemburg, ‘without the conscious will and action of the majority of the proletariat, there can be no socialism.’ We need to seize the bakery and create our own recipes for the cookshops of the future socialist world of production for use and allocation according to self-defined need.

1 month ago @ http://www.information... - American Diplomacy As ... · 3 replies · +2 points

'China treats money and banking as a public utility, to be created, spent and lent forpurposes that help increase productivity andliving standards (and increasingly to preserve the environment).'

The socialism Marx envisaged involved ‘abolition of buying and selling, of the bourgeois conditions of production’ (Communist Manifesto). In his Report of an Investigation into the Peasant Movement in Hunan (1927), Mao admitted that the coming revolution would not be socialist: ‘To overthrow these feudal forces is the real objective of the revolution.’ Writing four years earlier Sylvia Pankhurst stated: ‘Socialism means plenty for all. We do not preach a gospel of want and scarcity, but of abundance. Our desire is not to make poor those who today are rich, in order to put the poor in the place where the rich now are. Our desire is not to pull down the present rulers to put other rulers in their places’ (Socialism, Workers’ Dreadnought, 28 July 1923). Does this sound familar? What follows is almost prophetic: ‘…We do not call for limitation of births…’!

1 month ago @ http://www.information... - What Presidents Say Do... · 0 replies · +2 points

' Any senator, representative or staff who tries to resist the agenda has to be publicly exposed as the utterly corrupt egoist they all are.'

'In China, a politician was revealed to have established an offshore firm to trade U.S. stocks away from prying eyes.... Feng's company held $2 million in assets and was registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission but is currently inactive. In 2019, Feng recommended “stricter laws to prevent corruption and white-collar crime involving private companies"' (yahoo, 4 October 2021). The only thing surprising about this revelation fro the Pandora Papers is the paltry sum involved. Consider, the '..estimated net worth of the 153 members of China's Parliament and its advisory body amounts to $650 billion (consortiumnews, 28 July 2020)! And: 'China Becomes First Country With 1,000 Billionaires' (newsweek, 3/4/21). And in China, as well as Russia & the US, the pandemic has enriched the capitalist class: 'China's super-wealthy got $1.5trillion richer during pandemic that began in Wuhan, with one analyst saying: 'The world's never seen this much wealth created in one year' (Daily Mail, 20 October 2020). 'Russia’s 500 Super Rich Wealthier Than Poorest 99.8% ' (Moscow Times, 10 June 2021). 'Since the onset of Covid-19 in early 2020, the combined wealth of the 650 American billionaires has increased by nearly $1 trillion' (Alternet, 1 December 2020).

Clearly, 'China is now an integral and irreplaceable part of global capitalism' (consortiumnews, 28 July 2020) and in competition with other countries, such as the US, over trade routes, resources and areas of domination.

‘…The poor have no country, in all lands, they suffer from the same evils, and they, therefore, realise that the barriers put up by the powers that be the more thoroughly to enslave the people must fall’ (International Working Men’s Association, 1866).

7 months ago @ http://www.information... -  The War on Human... · 0 replies · +2 points

'Russia’s 500 Super Rich Wealthier Than Poorest 99.8% ' (Moscow Times, 10 June 2021).

“In total, the top 100 wealthiest business people in Ukraine control around $44,5 billion, according to Forbes, which accounts for 27% of Ukrainian GDP in September, 2021.”

I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth; I am a citizen of the world.
(Eugene V. Debs, 11 September 1915).

8 months ago @ http://www.information... -  Tony Blair to be... · 1 reply · +3 points

According to Sunday's Guardian, Labour Party research shows that more than half of black children in the UK are now growing up in poverty, We should recall Blair's contribution to solving this 'problem', and place it in historical context:

1838: Oliver Twist asked for more.
1904: Over 100,000 school children did in London alone.
1965: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) formed.
1997: UK had the highest rate of child poverty in the industrialised world
1999: UK PM Blair ‘Our historic aim will be for ours to be the first generation to end child poverty forever, and it will take a generation. It is a twenty-year mission, but I believe it can be done.’
2021: '..4 million children living in poverty in the UK, many of whom are not currently receiving Free School Meals.'

‘The Socialist objective is not a society where everything comes right in the end, because kind old gentlemen give away turkeys. What are we aiming at, if not a society in which ‘charity’ would be unnecessary? We want a world where Scrooge, with his dividends, and Tiny Tim, with his tuberculous leg, would both be unthinkable’ (George Orwell, Tribune, 20 December 1943, published under the name ‘John Freeman’).

9 months ago @ http://www.information... -   America\'s \'Su... · 0 replies · +2 points

'Not only was capitalism the only economic system left, but its neo-liberal brand was the only brand worth promoting.'

Thatcher: 'there is only one economic system in the world, and that is capitalism. The difference lies in whether the capital is in the hands of the State or whether the greater part of it is in the hands of people outside of State control' ( House of Commons speech, 24 November, 1976).

9 months ago @ http://www.information... - A More Aggressive Isra... · 2 replies · +8 points

'The Zionists also worry about the growing support for the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), which seeks to put the same kind of economic pressure on Israel that once brought about change in South Africa.'

Desmond Tutu said of the ANC: ‘They stopped the gravy train just long enough to get on themselves.’ He went on describe the Zuma administration as ‘worse than the apartheid government’ and that he would ‘pray for the downfall of the ANC.’ South Africa today is the most unequal society in the world – economic apartheid persists for millions.

9 months ago @ http://www.information... -    China Is ... · 0 replies · +1 points

'I’m not even one of those high-octane commies who defends China because it is communist.'

Mao, like Lenin before him, hastened the development of capitalism. He stated in 1949 ‘China must utilize all the factors of urban and rural capitalism that are beneficial and not harmful to the national economy and the people’s livelihood, and we must unite with the national bourgeoisie in common struggle. Our present policy is to regulate capitalism, not to destroy it.’ That wages have increased since Mao's day is not in doubt. The 1% in China and the US, unlike the vast majority of us, are doing very nicely - even during the latest pandemic...

'China's super-wealthy got $1.5trillion richer during pandemic that began in Wuhan, with one analyst saying: 'The world's never seen this much wealth created in one year' (Daily Mail, 20 October 2020).

'Since the onset of Covid-19 in early 2020, the combined wealth of the 650 American billionaires has increased by nearly $1 trillion' (Alternet, 1 December 2020).

By contrast, the socialism Marx envisaged involved ‘abolition of buying and selling, of the bourgeois conditions of production’ (Communist Manifesto). Sylvia Pankhurst understood this: ‘Our aim is Communism. Communism is not an affair of party. It is a theory of life and social organisation. It is a life in which property is held in common; in which the community produces, by conscious aim, sufficient to supply the needs of all its members; in which there is no trading, money, wages, or any direct reward for services rendered’ (What is behind the label? A plea for clearness, 1923).

9 months ago @ http://www.information... -    The Unite... · 0 replies · +3 points

Presidents Mandela, Mbeki & Zuma supported the dictator Mugabe. King Zuma has his palace and shares responsibility for the Marikana massacre with Ramaphosa (34 miners were killed by police. Comparisons have been made with the 1960 massacre in Sharpeville of 69 peaceful protestors by the South African police). Anti-apartheid activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu said of the ANC:: 'They stopped the gravy train just long enough to get on themselves.' He went on describe the Zuma administration as 'worse than the apartheid government' and that he would 'pray for the downfall of the ANC.' South Africa today is the most unequal society in the world - economic apartheid persists for millions. 'More than two decades after South Africa ousted a racist apartheid system that trapped the vast majority of South Africans in poverty, more than half the country still lives below the national poverty line and most of the nation's wealth remains in the hands of a small elite' (NPR, 2 April 2018).

We should not forget that Thabo Mbeki once compared AIDS scientists to Nazi concentration camp doctors and viewed black people who accepted orthodox AIDS science as ‘self-repressed’ victims of a slave mentality. He saw the ‘HIV/AIDS thesis’ as entrenched in ‘centuries-old white racist beliefs and concepts about Africans’. Mbeki promoted alternative remedies such as vinegar rather than antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) which saved the state’s funds at a cost of up to 365,000 lives (the same number of lives were lost fighting for the Union during the American Civil War). Winnie Mandela to her credit ‘… said to president Mbeki: ‘Why are ARVs not toxic for the members in Parliament who are taking them but toxic for the poor?’’ Members of the 99 percent have also called for him to be tried for crimes against humanity.

Professor Tulio De Oliveira of Stellenbosch University detected the fast-spreading Omicron variant and said that it was probably incubated in the body of a person with an immune system damaged by HIV or similar. According to one estimate, there are 2.2 million people in South Africa infected with undetected, untreated or poorly controlled HIV. Post-pandemic, will a new total of deaths be calculated and calls for Mbeki’s long-overdue trial renewed?

‘…The poor have no country, in all lands, they suffer from the same evils, and they, therefore, realise that the barriers put up by the powers that be the more thoroughly to enslave the people must fall’ (International Working Men’s Association, 1866).

10 months ago @ http://www.information... -    Sandinist... · 0 replies · +1 points

Paxton Smith, a valedictorian at a Texas high school, abandoned her prepared speech to criticise the state’s extreme abortion ban. She and many other women would likely note abortion is conspicuous by its absence in Dr. Lanuza’s long report . Recall, Ortega was returned to power in 2007 as the Catholic president of Nicaragua. He named his wife as vice president and stated: “This revolution – in which women have participated shoulder to shoulder – has opened the doors to the full participation of women in all spheres: political, social and economic'’ (The Week, 4 August, 2016) - nonsense only matched by that of another President, Ronald, calling Nicaragua a beachhead of communism. Nicaragua is one of six countries in the world where abortion is totally illegal. And still some claim that the empowerment of women in Nicaragua has been achieved!