Monday, October 20, 2014

New hype over use of mild narcotics by our mainstream news media


This country is obsessed with a so called “drug problems” that include controlling or stopping the use of every narcotic known to man, in their puritanical struggle to push people with chemical problems into their churches. Religion is still a useful tool for our government to control the minds and actions of its people. Part of this system is a steady supply of media hype and propaganda.
Consider this report that came from KAKE TV:

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Debra Billingsley, executive secretary of the board of pharmacy, told lawmakers Monday that promethazine with codeine syrup is being increasingly abused as a recreational drug, particularly by high school students. She says when it's mixed with soda or candy the mixture is often called by several slang names, including purple drank and sizzurp.
If it's added to the Kansas Tracking and Reporting of Controlled Substances program, promethazine with codeine would join dozens of substances that pharmacists track and law enforcement can access with a search warrant.

One little question is “what about those who actually need this stuff?!”
All cough syrup products with codeine are already heavily controlled. A person can buy it without a prescription, but he or she has to sign for it. Those who do are checked and kept from just driving around and buying this stuff all over the town or state. Pharmacies today are very careful not to sell those products to just anyone and especially if they don’t know the person. All narcotics are being watched and those who buy them and those who prescribe them are heavily watched.
The harder it gets for people to buy pain relief the more likely a doctor is to hold back in prescribing pain medicine for those who really need it. Our puritan politicians and pundits would rather leave people in pain than take a chance that a person will take it who doesn’t need it for pain.  
Our founding fathers called for “the pursuit of happiness.” And yet those who want certain drugs that may help them to feel better are denied by a puritan society that believes prayer and religion should be the only kind of self medication. The founding fathers’ words are simply ignored. We live in a “one-size fits all” society that believes we must all live the same, believe the same, act the same and live in a restricted environment where our life style choices are heavily controlled.
Our mainstream press is constantly filling people with hype that sells news, but exaggerates the real danger these medicines actually cause. If use of codeine cough syrup is so wide-spread, maybe we need to look at how young people are buying it and how they get around all the stiff controls on it.
A year ago I wrote this piece of satire on the idea that some legal drugs can be offered for such things as depression, but those who try to use other medications that are not recommended are punished as if they are rapist, armed robbers or murderers for a personal choice they have made:

All I have to do is take codeine and I feel better

By សតិវ អតុ
The political and cultural system here in the USA is completely illogical. We get treated as criminals if we use simple logic. In other words I could easily replace Abilify with codeine and the statement would be true: “I took codeine (or other narcotics) for my depression and I feel better.” However our society has decided that some pills that make you feel better are medicine while other pills that do the same thing are illegal and horribly wrong. Yes there are negative side effects for using narcotics and they can be addictive. But if they make a person feel better, how is that much different from the ad below? People take pills that make them feel better and there is no logic in threatening them with jail and life ruining penalties for doing that. It is simple logic that people do NOT want to feel bad. Duh!!!
-សតិវ អតុ

Rally focused on those who die from lacking health care in Kansas



More than 300 people took part in a “death count vigil,” in front of Old Town’s Warren Square, last Saturday Night. The rally was put on by Help Expand Medicaid in Kansas (HEMIC) and designed to encourage the expansion of Medicaid in this state. In opposing Obamacare (Affordable Care Act or ADA) Governor Sam Brownback has refused to expand Medicaid as he was supposed to in compliance with the new ADA.
“We‘re here because of the Medicaid gap (that exists), because Kansas chose not to take part in the ADA,” said Lindsey Banage, Medicaid Expansion KS Coordinator.
The event included speakers and a candle light vigil, along with 330 minutes of silence for all those statistically expected to die without adequate health care due Brownback’s actions.
“We have no federal assistance or tax credits,” Banage said. “Our tax money has gone to other states. Kansas has paid for it. But we are not getting the benefits from it.”
She is referring to a federal block grant that Brownback sent back to Washington because he wanted to prove he did not support the ADA. He gave back $31.5 million received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would have gone to set up exchanges. Altogether he sent back almost $90 million.
Brownback also refused to expand Medicaid as the ADA suggests that state do to fill in the gap between those who can afford health insurance and those who qualify for Social and Rehabilitative Services (Welfare). Several speakers pointed out that there is a gap where people who work can’t afford health insurance because of their low wages and many companies don’t offer health care.
“Healthcare is not just a privilege it is a right,” Banage said as the rally continued into the evening.
She announced that 14 other states are having death watch vigils, because their governors also refused to expand their Medicaid programs. She added there are 23 states where there is no Medicaid expansion.
Also speaking were some ministers, medical personnel, politicians and working class victims who have had to go without medical needs met or who have a loved one or friend who has died as a result of not being able to afford healthcare. Politicians present included Kansas Representative Gail Finney, KS Rep. Oletha Faust-Goudeau and KS Rep. Jim Ward.
“This is no fault of the ADA,” Banage said of those who have been ill or died from lack of health care. She added that emergency rooms will continue to be the main place poor people will go for medical care when they are too sick to ignore their symptoms.
A candle light vigil, along with 330 minutes of silence for all those statistically expected to die without adequate health care, was held last Saturday night.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The international movement to support the Indian Revolution-Part 1

We really don’t have much in the way of a solidarity group with the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in the US. And yet
Almost every Maoist organization in the world supports the CPI(M). For us here in the US there just isn’t an active organization to take part in this kind of solidarity work. I’m glad that such groups do exist and that Europeans are stepping up and supporting this important revolutionary movement. - សតិវ អតុ


  From Comitato Sostegno GP India:

After Final meeting's declaration and Communist Party of India (Maoist)  Message to Int. Meeting
we begin the publication of all interventions in the Meeting
we start with Introduction and Report of ICSPWI The International Committee of Support to the People’s War in India.
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Introduction

Comrades,

On behalf of the International Committee we welcome and greet to all
comrades and organizations attending here, all those who participate through
messages, all those who are developing similar initiatives on the same
occasion in these days, all those who support the people's war in India
throughout the world, although they cannot celebrate with us the 10th
anniversary of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) which guides, organizes and, we are
confident, will lead it to victory.

The meeting we hold today is not the 2nd International Conference we had
proposed and planned after the highly successful Conference in Hamburg on
November 24, 2012.

We had proposed to hold this 2nd Conference in another great country,
outside Europe, in Brazil, at the center of the world clash between
imperialism and peoples, where right this year we have seen an explosion of
the class struggle and popular uprising and where the supporters of PW in
India are numerous and have a strong mass base. Also to allow also many
forces in Latin America to take part directly in the Conference, so as it
was not possible at the Conference in Hamburg.

This decision is consistent with the very nature of the International
Committee, that works to unite the peoples of the world in support to PW in
India, according to the concept "in the fire of class struggle and closely
tied with the masses."

However, the comrades in Brazil told us that they were not yet in condition
to organize such a conference and pointed out also the need to keep high the
struggle and the support to the PW in the imperialist Europe. We accepted
their assessment but we keep our idea and we will propose again to work to
realize the 2nd International Conference in Brazil in the next period.

In no way we could leave the important occasion of the 10th anniversary of
the formation of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) without a struggling
and supporting event. Therefore, relying on our own forces, we decided to
organize an international and internationalist meeting in the same month in
which the celebration of the 10th anniversary is unleashed in India, in the
fire of the PW and withstanding the genocidal state repression by the Indian
regime, that in these days is going on.

So, our meeting is with the delegates who accepted the proposal of the
International Committee.

It is carried out in a confidential form, according to the concrete
conditions of the country and the place where we are. Its aim is to open
rather than conclude the initiatives of support for the 10th anniversary
throughout the world, looking at the goal of the 2nd International
Conference.

The meeting is an opportunity to allow all the attending forces, and after
them all the forces participating in different ways, to debate, to plan the
continuation of the activities of the Committee with the existing proposals,
first of all the International Delegation to India, as well as any other
initiative the participants will put forward and suggest.

The meeting will be opened by the reading of the message the CPI (M)
prepared for this occasion, as its own participation.

To be continued….
DEATH TO INDIAN REGIME !

DEATH TO IMPERIALISM !

DOWN WITH THE MODI FASCIST HINDU REGIME !

STOP GREEN HUNT !

FREEDOM FOR ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS !

HONOR TO THE MARTYRS OF THE REVOLUTION !

LONG LIVE 10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (MAOIST) !

LONG LIVE PEOPLE'S WAR !

LONG LIVE 'INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY !

LONG LIVE PROLETARIAN INTERNATIONALISM !

ICSPWI
Pix from www.reuters.com.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Journals of a lumpen-proletariat—Tales from the crack-house—part 2

This is a part of a series I started earlier this year about the life of an underclass of a people known as the lumpen-Proletariat.[1] Not all of the lumpen-Proletariat take part in criminal activities but many in this story do. This story has an admitted prostitute and at least two drug dealers. This is not meant to encourage drug dealing, use or prostitution. It is only written to show how these underclass-persons live.
This was a story told to me by Red Rob Blogger. Rob is a tall skinny white guy who likes to wear red striped shirts. Rob is a teacher, who lives in a working class neighborhood and he owns his home.  Rob was going into the Club Soda House on the south end of Broadway Street one day during the middle of the 1990s, a period of time when crack was still with us. It was early in the day and Rob was looking for something different to do. The Club Soda was a working class bar on a street known for prostitution. A lot of lumpen proletariat people were known to go to this bar including prostitutes, low level drug dealers and lots of addicts. -សតិវ​អតុ
 
…..Continued à
 
By Red Rob Blogger
As we walked down the street, we passed in front of a tall-brown slim apartment building.
“Say, we need some money,” Chelsea said. “I’m going upstairs to visit Craig. He is good for a date. It will only take me a few minutes and I will be back with some cash.“
She darted up the steps. A few minutes later she came down. 
“I got some Cash,” she said.
I don’t know exactly how much she got, but I know it was more than $20 but less than $40. Whoever Craig was, he was fast in bed and from the woman’s viewpoint that is not good. Next it was on to Johnny’s house. When we got to their apartment, we walked up a flight of steps to a large brown porch with a railing and rows of doors. We got to Johnny’s, the white- wooden door with a small windows on it—knocked and then we were let in. Johnny was an older man in his late 40s. He had long-gray hair and a white beard. He was wearing an old worn blue collared shirt and old slacks. The house was a little dirty, but we all sat on the green rug around the glass pipes that sat on the brown coffee table in the middle of the room. Johnny had another friend over, Randy. He was shorter, brown hair and about 10 years younger. When we first came in the room, Johnny was looking for small pieces of crack that may have fallen on the floor. He kept finding little pieces of filth on the green carpet that looked like they might be crack. Johnny kept lighting the tiny pieces, with his lighter to see if they would melt. If they did, which rarely happened, he stuck the melted junk on the pipe just long enough to get that tiny little hit.
Mostly looking for scraps was just a sign of desperation. These guys had a look of desperation that I was beginning to recognize in pretty much all of the crack addicts I met. They all had that beady sweaty look to them. They were always searching for spare pieces of crack that fell on the floor.
“I got some rocks,” Chelsea said. “She got some of her rocks out and put them on the coffee table near the pipes. Next we were all sitting around their table and firing up one of the pipes. Each took a turn on the pipe. For a few minutes the whole group was content as the pipe and its white smoke filled all of our lungs. This reminded me a lot of my early dope smoking experiences. We would all get out our special pot pipes out and we passed around a bowl of whatever weed we all had at the time. Crack was a little different from weed. But weed smokers never had that look of desperation that the crack smokers have.
After about an hour I started to get nervous about Green Eyes and my car.
“We need to go back to that house,” I said.
“Don’t worry she’ll wait for you,” Chelsea said.
“Just the same—I’d like to go by the house and see if my car is back.” I answered.
We went by the crack house and my car wasn’t there yet. So next we went to Chelsea’s house. I had never been to her house before. It was a small rundown little working class house with blue-wooden walls on the outside and off-white walls inside. There were a lot of boxes of clothes and belongings as if Chelsea had never really fully moved in. She changed her shirt in front of me. I could see her really big boobs. The shirt she put on looked like some guys white work shirt. It was not particularly colorful, sexy or interesting. Next a young tall-thin man walked in—a white guy with blond hair.
“This is my room-mate, Tom,” Chelsea said. “We both live here, but we’re not a couple.”
“Hi,” Tom said.
Chelsea went to the kitchen and got all of us beers. She came back to the living room and we all sat around on her green leather chairs and talked. Chelsea began to explain to us that as a prostitute she shaves off her pubic hair because most men like it shaved. She even let both of us put our hands in her pants and feel it. She was not shy about her sexuality.
“Tom and I had sex one time after he moved in,” Chelsea said.
“That’s what you say,” Tom replied. “I don’t remember it. I was real drunk that night.”
“Well, we did,” Chelsea insisted.
After a while Chelsea and I decided to go back to the crack house and see if my car was back. We headed out the door and just as we got to the house, my car pulled up. I had been getting anxious about leaving it with someone I didn’t really know. After the car pulled up Green Eyes got out.
I still need to go to the liquor store for some tequila,” Green Eyes said. “You want to just ride along with me.”
“Sure,” I answered.
I got in the car and we drove off.
“I like being a drug dealer,” Green Eyes said. “I make pretty good money. You see all this jewelry I’m wearing. I got it all from selling crack.”
She was wearing a lot of jade jewelry and gold. She had on some rings, necklaces and earrings. She was a very pretty girl as well as petite. I didn’t ask her how she felt about all of the dangers involved in dealing, such as getting shot by competing dealers. She said nothing of the downsides of dealing. I would guess she doesn’t make $hundreds of thousands or even $thousands dealing. I kind of felt sorry for her and I doubted that the excitement in her life was really worth all the risks she was taking.
When we finally got back she gave me some rocks wrapped up in some wax paper. I put them in my pocket and decided to use them later. Then I parked the car and met up with Chelsea. We went to the crack house. Dave had just bought a rusty gun that was missing some pieces. It was a 357 magnum pistol with a long barrel. A white neighbor, a man about his late 30s, commented on the gun.
“You don’t need that gun to prove your anything,” he said. “Guns won’t make you a man.”
I was thinking to myself he may just want it for self defense. He was involved in a very dangerous business where he could get robbed any day and not having a gun wouldn’t help him any if some wise punk came in to steal his costumers and tried to run him off with a gun.  Dave just looked over the gun and ignored him.
A little while later Chelsea asked me to get them all some beer. I only had about $11 left. I told her I couldn’t afford it.
“I can’t believe you won’t buy some beer,” she yelled.
“I’m running out of money, I can’t afford to spend anymore.”
After a few minutes I went back to my car and headed to my home in my house in my middle-class neighborhood, far away from these ghetto homes. I would drive up the driveway to my home. My day at the crack house would be over. What a strange day it was for me. Of course I never got any kind of sex, but I sat around smoking crack all day and I spent very little money on it. It was also an interesting day to see how other people in my town live.



[1] This term has been used by both Karl Marx and Mao Zedong (泽东). It represents a sub-class of poor people who may work, full or part-time or may not work at all. They are below the actual proletariat and they often use criminal activities to survive. Mao took a much different approach to them. While Marx wrote them off as being useless, Mao had a different view:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I Feel Like I’m fixin’ To Die Rag

This was one of the better anti-war songs of the Vietnam War era. I have updated it by changing its lyrics for our modern war.
By Country Joe McDonald—updated by-សតិវ​ អតុ

Well, come on all of you, big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
Yeah, got himself blathered in hysteria
Way down yonder in Syria
So put down your books and pick up a gun,
Gonna have a whole lotta fun.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don’t give a damn
we’re trying to wipe out Assad;
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Yeah, come on Wall Street, money slave
Why man, this war is a rave
There's plenty good money to be made
By supplying the Army with the tools of its trade,
Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
They drop it on Bashar Assad.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don’t give a damn
we’re trying to wipe out Assad;
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Well, come on generals, let's move fast;
Your big chance has come at last.
Now you can shootem till their blood runs red
'Cause the only good Arab is the one that's dead 
And you know that peace can only be won
When we've blown 'em all to kingdom come.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don’t give a damn
we’re trying to wipe out Assad;
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Come on mothers throughout the land,
send your boys off to kill Assad,
Come on fathers, and don't hesitate
To send your sons off before it's too late,
You can be the first ones in your block
To have your boy come home in a box


And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don’t give a damn
we’re trying to wipe out Assad;
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.





Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Journals of a lumpen-proletariat—Tales from the crack-house—part 1


This is a part of a series I started earlier this year about the life of an underclass of a people known as the lumpen-Proletariat.[1] Not all of the lumpen-Proletariat take part in criminal activities but many in this story do. This story has an admitted prostitute and at least two drug dealers. This is not meant to encourage drug dealing, use or prostitution. It is only written to show how these underclass-persons live.
This was a story told to me by Red Rob Blogger. Rob is a tall skinny white guy who likes to wear red striped shirts. Rob is a teacher, who lives in a working class neighborhood and he owns his home.  Rob was going into the Club Soda House on the south end of Broadway Street one day during the middle of the 1990s, a period of time when crack was still with us. It was early in the day and Rob was looking for something different to do. The Club Soda was a working class bar on a street known for prostitution. A lot of lumpen proletariat people were known to go to this bar including prostitutes, low level drug dealers and lots of addicts.


The bar had one long room. It was always dimly lit, although that is not unusual in a working class bar. It had icky yellow walls and it was sparsely decorated with common beer signs. As he
was walking into the bar he came across a girl he knew as Chelsea. He had met a few times in this bar in the past year. She was a tall heavy-set black girl, wearing jeans and a white blouse.
“Hi Rob,” she said. “What are you up to today?”
“I’m just hanging out looking for something to do,” he answered.
“You need a date today? I’m working as a hooker now.”
“No. I don’t think so.” (Actually Rob found Chelsea very attractive, but felt funny about paying for sex).
“There must be something you want today. How ‘bout a blow job?”
“Well that might be fun.”
“Right now I’m going to get myself some rocks. If you want to come along and help me pay for them we can get high and then the blow job.”
“OK,” Rob said. (Rob used to do a lot of coke in the late ‘70s and unlike the crack people smoke in modern times he shot quarter grams at a time. So cocaine of any type was something Rob could take or leave.)
So they drove about seven blocks up the street to a duplex about a block off the main street. It was a red brick building. When he got in it was a normal two room apartment, sparsely decorated with light-blue walls. Living there was a young-short-thin black man named Dave. He was wearing a plain brown shirt and jeans. He had no electricity or any other utilities. He had a lit candle in the living room he was using for light.
“Hey Dave!” said Chelsea. “What do you got for us? I have $20.”
“I got these,” Dave said. He then took out a bag of some rocks and spread them on the table.  
“They are $20 a piece.”
Chelsea took a rock and they went to an empty room, right off the kitchen, to smoke the crack. While there were there a young black couple came in. It became apparent that Dave’s customers were starting to walk in.
As Rob and Chelsea went into the side room, she pulled out a glass pipe. It was nothing more than a glass stopper that had had the rubber part pulled off and the glass point snapped off. There was a piece of steel wool inside the glass tube. She put the rock on the opened end of the tube. Then she lit a yellow bic lighter and applied the flame under the edge of the tube to heat the rock siting right inside it.
After a few seconds the rock began to melt and sizzle, leaving a stream of white smoke. Chelsea drew the smoke into her mouth until her lungs were full. Next Rob took a puff. The smoke tasted a lot like baking soda, since that is part of the ingredients in crack. The coke itself has no real taste, but it tends to numb the tongue and everything in the mouth that it touches.
The smoke causes an instant speed-like rush. By now he noticed that Chelsea had tiny drops of sweat all over her skin. She had a strange look of desperation all about her every time she got ready to take a hit of the crack.  
This was the first time Rob ever went to a crack house. There was something exciting about being in such a dangerous place. The penalties for selling crack were stiff so getting caught in such a place would be extremely dangerous. To take such a chance, for Rob, was really going to the edge of life as we know it.
After a few puffs they went to the main room. By now young small-thin black girl named Green Eyes came in. She was wearing a purple ruffled blouse, skirt and some gold jewelry—earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
“Whose red Ford Ranger is that outside?” said Green Eyes?
“That’s mine,” said Rob.
“I need to go make a deal,” Green Eyes explained. “If you let me borrow your car for about 30 minutes I’ll pay you back with about $40 worth of rocks.”
“Why don’t you let her use it,” Chelsea said. “We can walk to my friend’s house. It’s only a few blocks from here. That way you’ll have more dope to smoke.”
Rob thought it over and decided—“what the heck. You can use it.” He then gave her the keys.
After Green Eyes left with the car, Chelsea and Rob started down the block to go to her friend’s house.
“I have to warn you,” Chelsea explained. “I tend to get arrested a lot. I also like to help other street people when they get in trouble. I know what that is like to be in trouble. If I can help my friends out with money or favors I do what I can.”
“That sounds reasonable,” Rob said.
Rob thought to himself that hanging out with Chelsea could be dangerous. He wondered what kind of foolish things she did to get caught. She seemed like a nice persons but someone who was not the least bit cautious.
To be continued…

-សតិវ​ អតុ



[1] This term has been used by both Karl Marx and Mao Zedong (泽东). It represents a sub-class of poor people who may work, full or part-time or may not work at all. They are below the actual proletariat and they often use criminal activities to survive. Mao took a much different approach to them. While Marx wrote them off as being useless, Mao had a different view:


News about Communist Party of India and supporters



The following was sent to me (សតិវ​ អតុ) from Comitato Sostegno GP India:
As TKP/ML we salute the 10th Anniversary of the Communist Party of India
(Maoist) with sincere revolutionary feelings.

The unification of the Indian communists under the umbrella of the
CPI(Maoist) has strengthened the revolution struggle in India. The
reactionary Indian bourgeois feared this unity of communists the most. The
unity of communists, has given the oppressed toilers and nations in the
country and increased their confidence in revolution. The regions under the
control of the CPI(Maoist) now having attained more stronger leadership
offer greater opportunities for the advancement of the revolution.

Comrades,

The areas where the inter-imperialist contradictions and the fights arising
from these contradictions are felt the most are the Middle-East and the
Caucasus.

Although it may seem as if the crisis of the imperialist system of 2008
entered a statis, the crisis has not been overcome entirelly. The crisis has
been very costly to the system. The increasing unemployment and poverty in
the centre of the crisis, the US, has impacted a great portion of the
workers. The economic crisis emerging in the US has implacted the EU
severely, strongly impacting Greece, Portugal, Spain Italy and similar
countries, even leading some to bankruptcy.

The crisis that affected all the countries of the imperialist system also
continues to escalate the inter-imperialist contradictions. The rivalry
between the US-UK, Russia, Shangai Cooperation Organization and the EU and
Japan is continueing in the most hars way.

The geographies that the imperialists fight about the most are mainly the
Caucasus and the Middle-East.

In Ukraine the US and the EU are jointly fighting against Russia. Ukraine
has been on the menu with the US and EU for some time now. Besides the fact
that this is a large market, i the fact that it is on the route of energy
recourses increases the importance. The effort of the EU to overtake
Ukraine, supported by the US, seems to be evolving in Russia's favour wiht
the counter move Russia developed. The annexation of Crim, which was a part
of Ukraine, through the socalled referendum, has frustrated the plans of the
US and EU imperialists. While the fights between the pro-Russian separatists
and the Ukrainian goverment, the pro Russia troops, which hold many parts in
Donets and Lugansk in the eastern parts of Ukraine, during the last NATO
meeting, new implementation against Russia were discussed, Russia with its
peace agreement with Ukraine was able to frustrate this plan.

The Middle-East being a region with its rich oil recourses, gas and being a
large market has never dropped from the agenda of the imperialists. The
implementation of the Great Middle-Eastern Project of the US and the
occupation of Iraq in 2003 as a part of this plan the Middle-East has been
turned into a complete blood bath. The regime changes in Libia after Iraq,
then in Egypte and lastly with the addition of Syria the balance have
thorougly changed. With Russia and Iran backing up the Assad rejime and the
civil war being carried till now, is the continuation of the stage of the
failure by the US and western imperialists to overthrow the Assad rejime.

Following the withdrawel of the US military troops out of Iraq in 2011, and
the return to Iraq within three years, a new era began with the IS fed and
developed within the civil war in Syria and with the seizure of Mosul by the
IS.

During the NATO meeting on 4th September in England, the agenda points that
were discussed Ukraine and Iraq, were based on the plans on how Russia was
on how to lower the influence of Russia in Ukraine and how to regain
controle over Iraq again.

The process that started with the seisure of Mosul by IS, with socalled
humanitarian grounds being put forward, regaining the controle over Iraq,
are nothign more than the plan of the imperialists to re-design the
Middle-East. The imperialist care not about any human drama or massacre. The
imperialist who remained silent in the face of the massacres committed by
the IS on behalf of the imperialists, the inhumane attacks on the Kurds of
Rojava, the attacks on the Ezidi's in Shengal and the displacement of
hundreds of thousands op people, have decided to intervene against the IS
when their own interest were at jeaopardy in Iraq.

The US and Western European imperialists are now searching for armies that
will wage war against the IS in Iraq on their behalf. The decision to supply
weapons to the Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan is exactly a part of this game.
The imperialist being the cause for the problem cannot be the mediator for
the solution. The peoples of the Middle-East should disrupt this imperialist
game together. All progressive and revolutionary forces should join forces
against the IS monster and should fight against this reactionary
organization and against imperialism.

In this process of the redesigning of the world by the imperialists, those
most impacted by this are the oppressed nations and toilers. Every day
thousands of migrants dy on the open seas or are struggling on roads for
life and death. The hundreds of thousands migrants who survive and come to
European countries are forced to live under the worst conditions. Racist
attack, humiliate and kill migrants where ever they can.

Semi-colonial countries continue to be plundered by imperialist countries.
Cheap labour, subcontracting, poverty, work-related accidents are presented
as if they are the faith of these countries.

Africa is fighting poverty and hunger. The gradual spread of the Ebola
outbreak faces mass deaths in many African countries. Imperialist monopolies
refuse to produce and give medicine to these countries as they do not have
the funds to by these and it does not produce any profit.

The ecological balance of the world that is deteriorating due to the greed
for profit bears the risk of the world becoming uninhabitable in the next
few decades. All these are the results of the endless thirst for profit by
the imperialists. As long as there is an imperialist system, exploitation,
war and the slaughter of people will continue.

Revolution is the only way for the oppressed nations and toilers to rid
themselves from the imperialist exploitation and repression. The working
class in semi-colonial, dependent, imperialis and capitalist countries have
no liberation but socialism.

What freigthens the imperialists most are the countries where People's Wars
are waged. Genuine anti-imperialist struggle today is those struggles waged
with People's Wars. The importance of the People's War in India is that it
aims for true liberation. The People's War in India lead by the CPI(Maoist)
is the reason for the fear of the Indian reactionary bourgeoisie and their
masters imperialists. The attack on communists under the name of Operation
Green Hunt, the killing of cadres of the CPI(Maoist), the brutal treatment
of hundreds of thousands of politial prisoners and the abdcutions of
intellectuals such as Sai Baba are expressions of this fear.

The support for the People's War in India in the world must be stronger than
it was before. The adoption of the People's War in India will increase the
longing for socialism. The communists of India are not alone. As long as
they have friends and comrades around the world, the Indian revolution will
continue to advance.

LONG LIVE CPI(MAOIST)

LONG LIVE PEOPLES WAR

LONG LIVE PROLETERIAN INTERNATIONALISM

DOWN WITH IMPERIALISM, FACISM AND ALL SORTS OF REACTION

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Yes, the Koch brothers really are that evil

From the Daily Kos:

The Bridge Project recently released a 16 page report [pdf] detailing the some of the most egregious of the Koch brothers' political efforts to make life as miserable as possible for minorities, the elderly, and pretty much everyone who isn't rich. Alternet distills it down to the seven worst among their "efforts to dismantle years of civil rights progress."
Alternet highlights the Kochs' union-busting efforts. That includes most recently their support for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (including dirty tricks in the recall election), the poster child for destroying labor. Unions have been credited with raising many out of poverty and solidly into the middle-class, but particularly minorities who gained much-needed job protections. It almost goes without saying that in addition to crush labor, the Kochs are also steadfastly opposed to raising the minimum wage. "Since the 1990s, the Kochs have given at least $23.3 million to think tanks focusing on attacking the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage would create a 'culture of dependency,' they claim."

For the rest click here.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Does communism work?—Does capitalism?


We on the left have a tendency to assume that everyone know what we know. We often assume everyone knows our arguments against the system. We know why capitalism doesn’t work.
So when a cynic says to us “Where has communism worked?” We have to question whether that is a rhetorical question or whether they seriously want to know “where has it worked?”
The first question from us is “what do you mean by worked?” Does that mean it worked well enough to survive? Or does it mean where has it worked better than capitalism? It’s not a simple question.
But the first and most important answer is “where does capitalism work?” We all know it works for the upper classes. Most of the time it works for the middle classes—but not always. Probably the most extreme test of capitalism was the Great Depression of the 1930s. As with then and some of our later time periods the upper classes have cut much of the middle class lose and adrift. Then there are the lower classes. When is the last time Barack Obama or any other politician talked about the lower classes and their needs? They are completely left out of the American dream and anything resembling it. For those on welfare—homeless or just plain down on their luck—this system has no need for them. They are the refuse of capitalism. So for those at the bottom, capitalism hasn’t worked, doesn’t work now and never will work.
For those in the upper classes, unless they have a really well developed conscious and many do not, they will never believe that our system doesn’t work. Only factions of the middle-class and the bottom classes will agree that capitalism just doesn’t work. Now that we have established what DOESN’T work, let’s look at what DOES work.
When people say that communism never worked they may be talking about the economy or they may be taking about the lack of basic freedoms they perceive these systems of having or not having.
An important part of the socialist experience was their economies. An important program for the Soviet Union was “socialism in one country” the slogan that Joseph Stalin devised for his economic policy after the death of VI Lenin. The policy worked. The Soviet Union went from being a backward third world country to becoming the world’s only other superpower, after the US and to a lesser extent, China. By time Stalin died, it had become a major industrialized nation. According to Time Magazine:
In fact socialism did work at one period in history: during the 1930s and again in the ‘50s and ‘60s, socialist economies like that of the U.S.S.R. grew faster than their capitalist counterparts. But they stopped working sometime during the 1970s and’80s, just as the Western capitalist societies were beginning to enter what we now call the information age.[1]
While many of us on the left never cared for the Soviet Union as a style of socialism, we can look to their economy and see evidence that it worked. The Soviets had a space program. No other nation on Earth, except the US had such a program nor could afford to have such a program.
The Soviets developed an empire, including weapons and development aid to East Europe, Cuba, Nicaragua, Viet Nam, Laos and some African countries. They were a superpower both economically and militarily. In Egypt they helped build the Aswan Damn, proving they could provide advanced development aid.
Unlike a lot of small third world countries, the Soviet Union and China had the resources, land and people to industrialize their own countries. Both the Soviets and the Chinese are the only countries to build a sizable nuclear arsenal and had developed the rockets that could deliver those bombs. Today North (Democratic People's Republic of) Korea is having trouble developing a system of rockets that can deliver their few atomic bombs.
So the US Bourgeoisie tries to portray the Soviet Union as a complete failure. Their attitude is “we tried socialism and it proved to be a failure. So now we can go on (with capitalism).” ‘We won the cold war we are the superior system—ours works, theirs didn’t.’ The reality is that the Soviet Union did work for many years. We know that a socialist economy is possible because it has been tried. The Soviet Union was probably brought down by the information age as the Time article said. The USSR could not successfully adapt to it, so it collapsed. It is easy to imagine that a socialist system, of some kind, can work again today or in the future.
It is also quite probable that capitalism, as with all systems, will die out some day. Capitalism is dependent on growth—growth of the economy, growth of the population and expansion of technology. The problem with growth is that it requires the continual and burgeoning use of resources. Those resources include land, fuels (such as fossil fuels) water and food. It also requires increasing the population and that taxes all of our resources. All that is needed is to do the math. Expansion requires more resources which are limited on this planet. It is like a ponzi scheme. Eventually everything runs out and the system can’t maintain itself. It will then collapse.
Conservatives try to say that the ideology of Marxism has led to tyranny. They claim that is an inherent part of Marxism and that this development is just part of the nature of Marxism. Their favorite examples are Pol Pot and Joseph Stalin[2]. Supposedly these are examples of the millions of people who have died under attempts to build socialism.
The first things they overlook are those Marxist who tried to develop regimes with western style human rights guarantees and liberties.
 One of the first such regimes was that of Alexander Dubček leader of Czechoslovakia, in 1968. He and his followers tried to create “socialism with a human face." This idea was totally internal and completely the idea of those Marxist leaders. Dubček wanted to reform his system to end the more rigid forms of Marxism and the rigid aspects of a dictatorship. The freedoms granted included a loosening of restrictions on the media, speech and travel. 
The end of Czechoslovakia’s Marxist experiment came from the Soviet Union. The Soviets seem to feel they couldn’t trust this new system, but they also may have felt they didn’t want to have to compete with ‘a third way.’ It is possible that the US government also didn’t want the competition as they made no effort to defend Czechoslovakia. 
In 1979 the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) won a revolutionary war and came to power creating a western style Marxist regime that had freedom of speech, freedom of religion and a multi-party parliamentary system. They banned capital punishment, so the only rights violations of the regime were some mild cases of press censorship. So even by western standards this revolutionary government respected political liberties. And all of this was the design of its Marxist leaders.
This time then President Ronald Reagan was obsessed with getting rid of this regime. He seemed more concerned with getting rid of this democratic form of Marxism than that of Cuba. Again it is possible, even plausible that Reagan didn’t want the development of a ‘third way’ of Marxism to compete with capitalism.
One of the first Marxists to win a democratic election was Salvador Allende of Chile, in 1970. He was elected in a western style system. He never changed the structure of Chile’s parliament and he respected all of Chile’s people’s rights and liberties.
The same cannot be said of his replacement Augusto Pinochet who took over in a military coup in 1973. He restored capitalism under a dictatorship in which he banned all political parties and got rid of all western liberties that capitalist governments are supposed to respect. Such capitalists have existed at different times in different countries which could just as easily imply that tyrants and dictators are the logical result of capitalist governments. The fascist movements of Europe in the late 1930s and early 1940s, such as Italy, Germany and Spain, came from capitalist governments.
The three Marxist governments above were small countries that could easily be overtaken by a large imperialist power. However China, while not being a parliamentary democracy, still has and had some aspects of democracy and political liberties. 
Many people are familiar with Mao’s campaign: On “Let a Hundred Flowers Blossom, Let a Hundred Schools of Thought Contend.”[3] Many conservatives have claimed that Mao was trying to draw out his critics. But many of these people have tended to draw conclusions that just reinforce their opinions. More than likely Mao did not realize the depths of criticism his campaign would bring out. So he put a stop to it. Mao tried often to democratize China. During the Cultural Revolution he tried to introduce contested elections for members of China’s higher offices. The ruling Communist Party actually had two factions and both were legal and tolerated. In some ways China used to be similar to a two-party system.
As communists we don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past. We don’t want to recreate the Soviet Union. We want to create something new and different from the past. The advantage we have is that we can learn from the mistakes of the past. We can combine those things that worked, such as various aspects of the Soviet economy and combine it with a multi-party system that we know can work when combined with a working Marxist system. The future is not set in stone. It can and will change.
The future is ours!
-សតិវ អតុ

Pix from www.salon.com.


[1] Francis Fukuyama, Time, vol. 155 no. 21, May 22, 2000, 110 – 112.
[2] I don’t agree with the usual gross exaggerations on the millions killed by Stalin. One author who looks at the other side and suggestions on further reading can be found at http://www.reddit.com/r/communism/comments/11yp4f/opinions_on_defense_of_stalin_and_mao/ and http://www.salon.com/2014/02/02/why_youre_wrong_about_communism_7_huge_misconceptions_about_it_and_capitalism/


[3] Mao Tsetung, On “Let a Hundred Flowers Blossom, Let a Hundred Schools of Thought Contend,” (Foreign Language Press, Peking) 1977, pp. 113 – 122.