Saturday, 05 December 2020

On Recent Events in the Arab World

Around mid-September, whilst a wave of Islamic-inspired demonstrations was arising more or less all over the Arab world (set off, so the “means of information” told us, by an obscure little satirical film on the Prophet), a notorious Italian opinion-leader was openly confessing to a well-known radio channel (and we quote from memory): “We got our analysis wrong.  What we called ‘revolutions’ were not revolutions but revolts stemming from social and demographic circumstances.”  A year and a half or so ago, the guilty ignorance of a gaggle of politicians, journalists, experts, commentators (to sum up, the dregs of the ruling ideology), were deafening us with hymns to the “Arab Springtimes”, the “Twitter revolutions”, “the final triumph of democracy”: today they mill around bewildered, wondering what on earth happened, what went wrong.  The mother of imbeciles is ever-pregnant. Read more ...

Fighting for ourselves and not for the national economy

There are two attitudes that can be assumed to the devastating crisis of the capitalist mode of production.  One consists in look backwards, in having – as it has been put – “your eyes in the back of your neck”.  This means considering the present state of affairs eternal and untouchable, the institutions that sustain it as the only points of reference, the practices that have for decades been dominating (and castrating) the workers’ movement as the only ones possible.  And so we put ourselves in the hands of the official trade unions (active protagonists of the most disgusting betrayals to damage the proletarian class for the whole of the second post-war war period), delegating to them every strategy, all the action thatconcerns us; we entrust any decisions regarding our living and working conditions to the “negotiating tables”; we lean on one party or one parliamentary group or the other in the hope that (pausing for a moment in their sole activity: the decade-long sharing out of the cake) “they take up the cause” of our needs; we regard the government and the State (the direct expressions of the ruling class and its political, military and ideological tools) as so many impartial bodies that we can turn to, so that they do us the favour of stepping in to moderate the ruthlessness of one insensitive (or perhaps “foreign”) boss or the other; and more often than not we end up becoming the more or less unwitting pawns in far wider-reaching strategies played out at the expense of others (commercial wars, sectorial competition, the buying and selling of more or less seriously lossmaking companies, applications for European funding, etc. etc.). “Eyes in the back of your neck” are worse than complete blindness.  “Looking backwards” delivers proletarians, bound hand and foot, to the superior interests of domestic and international capital: it shuts them into the pen allotted to animals for slaughter. Read more ...

Back to Basics – Our texts

Only a few months ago, in a speech he made in Washington on 4 November 2011, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, William J. Burns, stated that during the next few decades, the Pacific will become the most dynamic part of the world and the most important for American interests.  In this area, he added, more than half of the world population, key allies and emerging powers and some of the main economic markets are already concentrated.  In the same month the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, wrote an article for the review Foreign Policy with an eloquent title: “The Century of the Pacific for America”. Read more ...

No-debt: Rebels against the debt, prone at the feet of the Capital

“State loans, the creation of  the ever increasing, gigantic public debt, is one of the keystones of capitalist accumulation.  Marx, in Book One of Capital (chap. XXVI, 8, on the genesis of the industrial capitalist), states: ‘National debts, i.e., the alienation of the state – whether despotic, constitutional or republican – marked with its stamp the capitalistic era. The only part of the so-called national wealth that actually enters into the collective possessions of modern peoples is—their national debt. Hence, as a necessary consequence, the modern doctrine that a nation becomes the richer the more deeply it is in debt. Public credit becomes the credo of capital. And with the rise of national debt-making, want of faith in the national debts takes the place of the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, which may not be forgiven’”. Read more ...

No illusions! There is no way out of the crisis! The bourgeois answer: prepare for war Our answer: prepare for revolution

Proletarians! Comrades!

First of May 2012:  the crisis gains momentum and is hitting hard, all over the world.  Soaring unemployment, widespread precariousness, pensions cut or annulled, growth in the cost of living, the lives of proletarians turned upside down and massacred.  In return they promise us an imaginary future (when the crisis is behind us!), a wondrous rise in employment and salaries: in exchange, of course, for accepting all the “necessary sacrifices” today!  The same old tune that the right- and left-wing bourgeoisie, national unions and minor unions have always sung us in all its possible variations.

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