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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Smash the European Union : Great Disorder Under Heaven - Situation Excellent



Yr Aflonyydcwh Mawr says the British Establishment is taking a kicking in EU Referendum as pound and euro drop and BBC has confirmed leave the EU has won the referendum.

From our Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr conversations in the Valleys of Wales there is very deep working class anger at all establishment Parties.

There is truely a Great Unrest which we have tried to give a progressive direction in the Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr.

There is a fight for the progressive soul of Wales and we are ready to do combat for Independence and Socialism.

We do not underestimate the struggle ahead but the process of the smashing of the Neo Liberal European Union has began not just in UK but also throughout Europe.

We remember in the Great Unrest in Wales before the First World war when there was also a dark side of racism but class consciousness overcame that division as it will again in the Welsh valleys,

We will keep the class question as the central question of Welsh Politics

Long Live the Great Unrest - Long Live Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr.

Friday, June 24, 2016

England exits the European Union

It is not a huge development for England to leave the European Union. But now that it has a lot depends on if other nations follow its lead. Financial markets have fallen, which may not be really that bad...and they are bound to stabilize soon. Prime Minister David Cameron, a ass jerk conservative, has resigned. No problem there.
Some of the people who wanted this to happen are really very conservative. Still, England has retaken its sovereignty. And as a secondary benefit the US government and a lot of liberal bourgeois government leaders are unhappy.
In the long run this will mean little to Europe and the world. In the short run it shook things up and set a lot of people straight.
There are a lot of countries, as Greece, that now should leave the EU. That way they can start to run their own affairs and reject all that crippling austerity measures they have been forced to endure.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Analysis from Caleb Maupin on gun violence and its causes

This reporter, Caleb Maupin, gave a great analysis of US society and why gun violence is so prevalent here, about a year ago in response to the shooting of two TV reporters. He makes a lot of sense. There are a lot of people in other countries who could easily get the wrong idea about what it is like here in the US. It is hard to imagine that the wealthiest country in the world could possibly have some of the worst poverty in the world. But it does. Sure we don't have people living far from electricity or clean water, as in some third world countries. But we do have homeless people and people who die from inadequate health care. We have some of the best health care in the world and their are people who will never get to use any of it because they are poor and can't afford it.
It is hard to be poor in this country. There seems to be a lot of resentment and contempt by wealthier people and some from the middle class who seem to believe all the poor people are lazy and getting government assistance. That assistance is nearly gone. Most poor people can't get it. I constantly hear people complain that homeless people who panhandle are trying to scam people and there is suspicion that they really have lots of money but just panhandle to scam others and make a lot of money. For that reason poor people have to deal with a lot of contempt against them. And Maupin  is right. Other countries should not aspire to this. -SJ Otto
So here is an assessment from Maupin:


Monday, June 20, 2016

No to the Neo Liberal European Union


by Nickglais

"People who are liberals look upon the principles of Marxism as abstract dogma.

 They approve of Marxism, but are not prepared to practice it or to practice it in full; they are not prepared to replace their liberalism by Marxism.

These people have their Marxism, but they have their liberalism as well--they talk Marxism but practice liberalism "

Mao Zedong - Combat Liberalism

The debate In UK over the European Union and Brexit reveals a profound gulf between Liberal Social Democrats and Revolutionary Marxists over both the class and national questions that arise over the question of UK Brexit.

The entire European Union Project from its inception was based upon a commitment to free market liberalism and of late neo liberalism.

The EU  had a slight detour a few decades ago when Jacques Delors talked of a Social Europe but that has ended as quickly as it started with Delors being responsible for introducing neo liberal privatisation into French political life.

Socialism as an idea is inimical to the common market and market ideology which is central to the European Project whether the ideology is expressed in the European Commission, The European Court of Justice or the European Central Bank.

International Labour rights were established by working class militant struggle and codified by the United Nations International Labour Organisation.

The European Union has found its recent anti working class labour rights judgements pronounced in the European Court of Justice in conflict with the United Nations International Labour  Organisation

The European Court of Human Rights which is not an EU organisation but organised by the Council of Europe  is also  in conflict with the neo liberal  EU European Court of Court of Justice on human  rights

It is clear even to the blind which class the EU institutions represent after years of liberal and neo liberal practice.

So why does the erratic Marxist ? ( Liberal Social Democrat)  Yanis Varoufakis who says in his interview with Owen Jones  he likes Marx's liberalism ! and not his science go along with Paul Mason and of course the new flip flopper Jeremy Corbyn to announce a desire for aReformed European Union.

It is not a reformable institution and only liberals would spread that big reformist lie about the European Union.

It is a highly structured bureaucracy where the European Commission decides what is legislated not the European Parliament It is a bureaucracy not a democracy.

It cannot be reasoned away the Varoufakis way.

From a class point of view we need to smash the neo liberal European Union and the class it represents in Europe and free our class from its austerity and legal constraints.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Democratic Party cheats the supporters of Bernie Sanders- prevents all change

The importance of this story lies in its evidence that the Democratic Party has conspired to prevent anyone from changing the direction of its core values, free enterprise. While the Democrats are always trying to look as if they support the working class and progressives, it had become a party that opposes any real change towards progressive positions of any kind. This episode with Bernie Sanders is the latest example. Others would include the presidential election campaign of 1972. With the help of President Richard Nixon's people, George McGovern was nominated the Presidential candidate of the Democratic Party. Many Democrats came out against him and supported Nixon directly. Some of the super delegate rules are designed to prevent another McGovern from ever getting nominated. In the last 30 years, the Democratic Party has stayed clear of any liberal candidate. They have stayed clear of the left in general. While liberalism and democratic socialism are not any real threat to the free enterprise system, that out government worships above all else, they are also not really socialism as in a Marxist revolution. Many of us have been raised with the phoney rhetoric that we can change this system through elections. Violence and/or revolution is supposed to be unnecessary because we can change the system without those things. But as most of us already know that is a lie. This system is based on the need for the free enterprises system and that system is not open to change under any circumstances. That goes for our domestic policies and our foreign policies. So this should not be surprising. - សតិវ​អតុ

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  “Surely, no government can be expected to foster its own subversion, but in a democracy such a right is vested in the people (i.e. in the majority of the people). This means that the ways should not be blocked on which a subversive majority could develop, and if they are blocked by organized repression and indoctrination, their reopening may require apparently undemocratic means.” - Herbert Marcuse[1]
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As Bernie Sanders delivered a livestream address to his supporters on Thursday about the future of his movement, he signaled an eventual end to the campaign. Encouraging his supporters to get involved, Sanders vowed to help Hillary Clinton defeat Trump conditional upon the Democratic Party adopting a “real progressive agenda.” However, earlier in the day news broke about a different story that undercut the Vermont Senator’s calls for eventual party unity.
On the same website that published the DNC’s 200-page Donald Trump oppo file, the hacktivist known as “Guccifer 2.0” released what appears to be an internal email from the DNC discussing strategy, which served to confirm what many of Sanders’ supporters have felt all along: The Democratic Party leadership has had its thumb on the scale for Hillary Clinton in the primary. The email, dated May 26, 2015, about a month after Sanders announced his candidacy, revealed that at least some in the DNC were planning for a Clinton nomination:

In something right out of the Cold War, the DNC has claimed that these releases are part of a “Russian disinformation campaign,” but, according to FAIR, has provided no supporting evidence.
But whatever the reason behind it, this leak has further incensed Sanders' supporters, and that is telling. It has been a long road to this point, but the fact that the 'Bernie Or Bust' Movement has grown to somewhere in the range of 3 to 4 million people (roughly a quarter to a third of Sanders' supporters) is as much a criticism of Hillary Clinton as a candidate as it is a condemnation of how the party has handled the primary.
From the outset, there has been a perception of favoritism by the DNC leadership. Some of those concerns were due to the very fact that the DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz was also Hillary Clinton's co-campaign chair in 2008.
For the rest click here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

USA: Rape at Stanford University and the rest of the world


 A star athlete at Stanford University – one of the world's most prestigious universities, often associated with the most advanced technology (the Silicon Valley) in the most "socially advanced" state (California) in a country that considers itself the world's most advanced and "exceptional" nation – has been given a paltry penalty for rape, probably three months actual jail time. Rape and the threat of rape is universal to the condition of women as a subordinated sex on this planet, but what made this case unusual was not the location. 

For once, there were witnesses, and they had difficult-to-disregard credibility. Brock Turner was caught in the act by two male students, who stopped him as he was thrusting his pelvis on a half-naked motionless body in the shadows outside a fraternity party. Secondly, the woman survived, had strong family and other support, even within the court system, and persisted in demanding justice. When her attacker refused to apologize, she went through with the trial knowing that she would be revictimised publicly in the courtroom, with the most intimate details of her life paraded before the media that labelled her an "unconscious intoxicated woman", derided by the perpetrator's lawyer and much of public opinion as the real guilty party for drinking while having a vagina. Thirdly, for once, her attacker was convicted of three felonies, carrying a potential 14-year sentence. 

The victim's searing account, read in court on the day of the sentencing, has since gone viral with 16 million hits on Buzzfeed alone (See Buzzfeed.com for the full statement). It ends with an appeal to women who have been through the same trauma to stand strong and fight against the debasement that rape does to women. Acknowledging the worldwide support she has received, she says, "I remain anonymous, yes to protect my identity. But it is also as a statement, that all of these people are fighting for someone they don't know. That's the beauty of it. I don't need labels, categories, to prove I am worthy of respect, to prove that I should be listened to. I am coming out to you as a woman wanting to be heard. Yes there is plenty more I'd like to tell you about me. For now, I am everywoman."

This is far from the world's first case where privileged males have demanded impunity (and been largely granted it) for acting out what they and official society see as their entitlement toward women. The "Los Porkeys" case in Vera Cruz, Mexico, where four young men abducted and raped a former schoolmate, has become notorious for the authorities' reluctance to press charges despite a video confession by these sons of wealthy and politically powerful fathers. But what makes the Stanford case particularly shocking is that despite the conviction, the judge still decided, and argued blatantly in his public decision, that the perpetrator should not be given a punishment that would have "a severe impact" on his life. The impact on the woman's life didn't even enter into the equation. 

The forms of the oppression of women may differ from country to country, but how different is the Stanford rape case, in essence, from the 2012 gang rape and fatal beating of a young student on a New Delhi bus, or the kidnapping of the Chibok girls by Boko Haram in Nigeria? 

How different is the attitude of the rapist, who still insists that being drunk excuses his act? How different are the values upheld by his father, who in a letter to the court belittled the rape as "20 minutes of action" that should not lead to spoiling a son's promising future for the sake of "political correctness" toward women? He must have fully expected that much of his society from top to bottom would find this argument convincing. How different is the action taken by the judge? Worst of all, he probably thought his decision would be uncontroversial. 

What the US justice system did in this case was simply to restate official approval for men's sense of entitlement to subordinate and humiliate women physically and mentally that is part of the oppressive patriarchal culture rampant everywhere in a world dominated by an imperialist economic, political and social system and the values and culture that go along with the oppressive relations it is founded upon. 

Pix by nypost.com.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Worst shooting in US history- let the frivolous, shallow and exploitive pundits sing out!

The first thing I have to think about after the Orlando Gay Club Shooting is what impact does this have on America? All news personalities have focused on the fact that this was the worst shooting of people in a terrorist incidence in the history of the country. Omar Mateen could be shouting "I'm number one" if he were still alive. But he is not. Now comes the big debate. Was he mostly anti-gay or was he a terrorist wannabe supporter of ISIS (Islamic State)? But from what we can tell so far, Mateen was mostly anti-gay. His joining the ISIS cause could have been more of an after thought.
Articles about him say he talked as if he hated gay people, but he also bragged about having ties to Islamic extremists (or terrorists if we can use the US propaganda term). It seems that he bragged as if this made him a kind of "James Bond" Character. He probably got the attention of a lot of curious women when he was out trolling for them.
So is there anything really political about this or is it just a case of a mentally deficient person who wanted to take out his frustration on a gay club?
In the end ISIS got a little publicity and they can brag that one of their own took down 50 gay civilians. They seem to have little to do with it, but why should they waist perfectly good publicity. The guy wins the country's record for innocent people gunned down needlessly by a loan gun-man.
While this is a massive tragedy that this country will take a lot of time to heal from, we can also expect the political hacks of all stripes to try and exploit this event. The presidential hopefuls will talk of how they have the answers to how to stop such events in the future. Some liberal groups will want to call on all supporters of minority rights to rally around the victims in solidarity. Conservatives will point fingers at Moslems and other minatory groups as being responsible. So for now we will let the circus of the frivolous, shallow and exploitive pundits continue and prosper.
 Pix by abcnews.go.com.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Educating the Africans as to the importance of imperialism

While American officials and proponents talk about diversity and a market place of ideas, here at home, those in other countries under the imperialist thumb are learning that capitalism and those who are the representatives or captains in industry are the ones who matter when it comes to policy.
An example of this is a recent marketing conference in Nairobi, Kenya designed to teach the African officials how to accommodate corporate leaders. In the US and Europe billionaires who have done well in the US market place just happen to be political and philosophy thinkers as well. - សតិវ​អតុ
This can be seen in this article; "Education Imperialism in Africa Turns Nasty - Uganda Police Harass Researcher Investigating Schools with Ties to Gates, Zuckerberg, and Pearson" in Huffpost Education:


"European exploitation of Africa started with the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the 16th century. It continued with colonization and imperialism in the 19th and 20th centuries and is primarily economic in the current era of globalization. European, American, and now Asian capitalists smell profit and move in. Sometimes they claim to bring benefits such as civilization, Christianity, philanthropy, and development, but their goal is always how much money they can make. The latest missionaries in Africa are tech and education companies, and like their slave-trading and imperialist predecessors, they do not hesitate to play dirty.
Last week, tech and education companies held a self-congratulatory marketing conference in Nairobi, Kenya called Education Innovation Africa 2016. Its official purpose was to “seek” ways “to deliver transformational and sustainable education businesses as well as collaborative approaches with African governments.” The event was held in Africa, but it was not an “African” event. Of the fifty-one speakers pictured on the website thirty-two appear to be were of European background and many of the non-Europeans were also not sub-Sahara Africans.
The conference was also not an “education” event. This year’s theme was “Driving Impact in Private, Social and PPP Education Projects in Africa.” Organizers want to “unite key education leaders at Ministries, Educators, Programmes and Edtech companies, together with Capital Providers at PE, VC, Impact, Development Banks and Corporate Programmes” to expand public-private partnerships, the PPPs. Only two of the listed speakers were from academia. Forty-four of the fifty-one represented corporations of non-governmental agencies, and five were government officials.
Advertised speakers included Gregg Alpert of Pearson Affordable Learning Fund, Biju Mohandas of the International Finance Corporation, Vineet Bewtra of Omidyar Network, Julia Moffett, Director of Innovation at Equity Group Foundation, Kenyan education investors Ayisi Makatyani of Fanisi Capital and Anthony Wahome of AG International Limited, and Nairobi County Education Executive member Christopher Khaemba. Khaemba, who started out in the Kenyan military and then became a teacher and school administrator has been promoting entrepreneurship for the last decade and has close ties to the Kenyan government."
For the rest click here.

Yes corporate America and Europe now rule the world!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Latest scam to rip off the American Workers- laid off/ but shut up


Whether I talk about democratic socialism as in Bernie Sanders or other types, as in Marxism, people have to wonder why I'm so down on capitalism. It is suppose to work so well. Why complain?
But here is an example of why many of us just don't like the capitalist system. It starts with an article in The New York Times called: "Laid-Off Americans, Required to Zip Lips on Way Out, Grow Bolder"

And the jest of the article is that local people where replaced by foreigners who promised to work for much less than the job they were taking.
Here is how it was supposed to work; Foreign workers were supposed to get temporary visas so they could take these American jobs and work for much less pay. But how did they get the Americans, who were being laid off, to retrain and help these replacement workers to settle in to their new jobs. Well, the Americans were given generous severance agreements, some as as much as $10,000 dollars. While that may seem like a lot, the workers were being laid off permanently and they were supposed to both train their replacements and keep quiet about the whole arrangement.
This was a great arrangement for the capitalists who benefited greatly. They wanted to replace their workers with outsourced foreign workers who were working much cheaper than their American counterparts. The best part must have been that the Americans would retrain their replacements to do all their jobs. And they had to agree to say nothing to the press about their obvious betrayals.
Despite the agreement some workers are speaking out. But for me there is more to the story than that. This is an obvious betrayal of the American worker. We live in this country and we all aspect to be treated with dignity as human beings. This story shows otherwise. We are cheated by those who the system is dedicated to. We are cheated and then disposed of as if we are yesterdays garbage. So why are so many working people in America so dedicated to both the capitalist system and the class of people it is dedicated to serving. It is bad enough that the system gets so much support, but the ruling class political party, the Republican Party continues to get a lot of working class support.
This article is just one more example of why the American worker gets ripped off. They all need to fight back. And the time is now.  
- សតិវ​អតុ

ADD is real—Stop building careers on the backs of the disabled


When I was 40 years of age I was told I had ADD, (attention deficit disorder). That was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I was told I was smart as a child, but I never got good grades. My parents took me to doctors and they kept telling me I just don't work hard enough. So I went through grade school, high school, college and several jobs. I did start to get better grades in my late 20s for college. But I was frustrated.
Finding out I had ADD gave me a new opportunity to overcome what ever I had and make something of my life.
So I don't like it when so many so called "experts" try to convince the rest of society that ADD really doesn't exist. What is their explanation for a man who has problems with simple tasks that keep him from getting decent employment. Usually it is "they're just stupid" or "they're just dumb." I heard Bill Maher  say one night that we should all just get used to shoveling sidewalks. Of course that "just do a job for stupid people" is the worst thing we can do. I'm a disaster on an assembly line.

And Bill Maher is the worst of it. But there are plenty of psychiatrists who regularly try to make a name for themselves by claiming that ADHD is just a scam to sell medicines. An example of that is Philip Hickey, PHD, writing "ADHD:  The Hoax Unravels," Mad in America:


"Clearly, this recommendation is pushing the drugs (evidence good), and is downplaying the usefulness of behavioral interventions (evidence fair).  The reference to behavioral interventions "…as an adjunct…" doesn't inspire a great deal of confidence in their use as the primary intervention.  And, indeed, this is how "treatment" of "ADHD" has developed in the intervening years:  pills for all, and occasional behavioral programs, many of which were geared towards accepting one's "illness" and promoting "medication compliance."
And all of this in a context in which ADHD was being fraudulently promoted by psychiatry, and by its pharma partners, as a neurochemical imbalance which was corrected by stimulant drugs.  Here's what the eminent Harvard psychiatrist Timothy Wilens, MD, wrote on the matter in the article Paying Attention to ADHD in Family Circle magazine on November 20, 2011:
"ADHD often runs in families.  Parents of ADHD youth often have ADHD themselves.  The disorder is related to an inadequate supply of chemical messengers of the nerve cells in specific regions of the brain related to attention, activity, inhibitions, and mental operations."

Another similar opinion comes from HealthCentral:

"ADD & ADHD are common diagnosis’ being handed out to children who don’t fall into the category of being ‘normal’ according to society’s standards. Often diagnosed when in school, it is usually the children who are bored, uninterested and don’t want to participate in what school has to offer. Generally these children can function and focus just fine when they are doing something they love, but when it’s boring and monotonous, they are uninterested. Does this sound like a disorder to you? Or is it more likely we don’t want to take the time to understand these children?

By Natural News

If you or someone you know has a child that has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), chances are the child is actually just fine. At least this is what the “father” of ADHD, Leon Eisenberg, would presumably say if he were still alive.
On his death bed, this psychiatrist pioneer admitted that ADHD is essentially a “fictitious disease,” which means that millions of young children today are being needlessly prescribed severe mind-altering drugs that will set them up for a life of drug addiction and failure."

So they claim that behavioral programs are not used in favor of just using drugs. It should be pointed out that those drugs can be helpful, but our puritan culture encourages all parents to believe that drugs of any kind are evil and the devil will take over their kids if they are allowed to get drugs. Never mind that some students may need them.
There is an automatic biased against using such drugs. But for me the real danger is those who try to claim the disease is made up...it doesn't exist. It's like global warming. It is just a scam to fool unsuspecting parents that something is wrong when there is really nothing wrong.
The worst thing about all of this is that when an expert says "the child is actually just fine" They may be setting that child up for the same kind of frustration and disappointment I had for all of those 40 years.
First of all, when hard work never pays off the fist thing I felt was the need to quit trying. I just often gave up. Hard work didn't do any good. So why try at all. Later in life, I found I had serious problems working on any job were I simply did a repetitious task over and over. Anything that required me to do the same task over and over was an immediate disaster. I had trouble with school. I took to criminal activities because I felt I had what it takes to do most of those things. Crime was less boring than a job. Also I could be my own boss or work with someone I didn't despise. I really think that being a person with ADD made it hard for me to put up with the minds of mediocre bosses who treated me as a dumb shit. So even though I wasn't real good at crime, I felt that it made me feel less like society's loser.
Perhaps my politics were affected by my ADD. The status quo seemed so hostile. And as a person who felt delegated as an outsider, I learned not to trust bosses and as time went on, politicians. I learned to see their faults, crimes, inequities and their hypocrisy as part of the system. Today I am a Marxist. I have looked at society and wondered if my solution to society's problems could be something more simple, less dramatic or jus plain different. But I just keep finding myself believing the same things— that capitalism is unfair, that people run by capitalists are destined to be ripped off. I can't believe in a leadership that believes those of us who make more money are way more important than the rest of us. I can't believe in a system that believes those with more money have the right to use their wealth as a weapon to control the lives of the rest of us.SThe important thing is that people like me need to be appreciated as the people we are.
We are usually intelligent, imaginative, and we learn to think outside of the box. We are needed as part of society and telling us to "shovel driveways for a living" only convinces us that the only real dignity we can get is through crime.
So don't let otherwise honest people move to crime. Support the efforts and needs of those of us who have ADD. It is real. We need that recognition.