Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Wage slavery


(Also published here at the The Activists publication).
If writing was not a necessary function for the the purposes of wage slavery, its schooling would likely be gradually phased out. The corporate intents of literacy have no interest in intellect or literature of the creative or compassionate humanities. Similarly, monopoly capitalist wage slavery’s breadth of thinking and range of communication is limited to only its bear purposes of order and action. Through the methodology of Panoptic indoctrination, they are literally conditioned to be followed without question, and if disobeyed met with institutionalized intimidation and humiliation.
The individually vilified workers do not resist to such treatment and subjugation due to abject dependence and subsistence on the wages of their employers (slave masters). It is monopoly of the life, and a hierarchy of oppression and conformity beyond any supposedly ideological or cultural definitions. However, it is the democratic purpose and historical struggle of the world’s trade unions, advocacy groups, activists, cultural thinkers and labour movements that have advanced and overcome the suppression of such inherent injustice, in a constant resistance to overcome the agendas enforced by capitalist authoritarian states. Any engaged preoccupation of political processes is essentially directed by a concern for the human condition; one that is universal, to be defended with every fibre of our beings lest we eventually descend into dystopia as we define it.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Why we should fight to the death to defend fascists

The Home Secretary Theresa May has banned the right of the far-right English Defence League to march upon Tower Hamlets in London as they intended to in the coming days. I oppose and despise the EDL as much as any civilized person should. Beyond the stupidity of their opportunistic racism and fascism, they pose a deep threat to the well being and cohesion of our communities, and are primarily known for their long standing violent thuggery, as well as habituation of terrorism, and international associations with such organizations and individuals. 


But I absolutely oppose the prohibition of their public demonstration. We do not defeat fascists by censoring them. This only gives power to their propaganda narrative about being "persecuted." In defending the universal rights of free expression for all, we defeat prejudice and bigotry in open debate and confrontation.  We can refute its dishonesty easily, which people like the EDL do by merely speaking for themselves, and as did BNP leader Nick Griffin in his hilarious Question Time appearance in September two years ago. What are we afraid of? The authority of government deciding what is an "acceptable" protest or not. This I think we should be. 


When Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists were stormed into retreat by anti-fascist and progressive forces in the Battle of Cable Street, they were essentially defeated as a dangerous political movement. But what if the government had banned the attempted display under influence from "anti-racist" organizers? Mosley's Blackshirts could have very well grown in their recruitment. We can't say ¡No pasarán! with nothing to face and stride against.



Thursday, 25 August 2011

Libertarianism


The person first historically documented to define themselves as a libertarian was French anarchist Joseph Déjacque, imprisoned during the French revolution for his dissidence, and later a campaigner for the abolition of slavery. For the greatest span of its existence as a qualifier, libertarianism has stood in its foundations for these anti-authoritarian and Enlightenment ideals, originating in the European continent in opposition to all forms of tyranny and suppression. They inspired in revolutionary wave to South and Central America, and of course the Thirteen Colonies, exemplified by the intellect of Jefferson and Franklin, or the English emigrant pamphleteer Paine. 

Defined contritely by Oxford Dictionaries, a libertarian is “a person who advocates civil liberty. A person who believes in free will.” Libertarianism is essentially the foundation of a free and democratic civilization, defending individualism against all dehumanizing or coercive hierarchies of control. The foundation of democracy is the decentralized and intrinsically collective  individual understanding of personal fulfillment, rather than uniformity of authority, subjugation or ignorance. In this respect it is inherently non-aligned and post-ideological, while being distinct from anarchism, and not precisely a mere antonym. In a governmental sense, libertarianism is minarchism, the belief that the only legitimate purpose of the state is to protect these inalienable rights: it should only be as large as it necessarily needs to be, as small as possible according to the will of the people as human beings in voluntary association, held accountable by their open communication. It would therefore not respect the patently absurd notion of corporate personhood.

As republican volunteer Victor Garciá described the anarcho-syndicalist and anti-fascist resistance movements of the Spanish Civil War, Libertarian Youth movements, while often dysfunctionally disparate, ”never failed to proclaim the orthodox position of all anarchists: war on the state, authority, privilege, religion, [and] right up to militarism”.

It is only since the middle of the past century that “libertarianism” has been homogenized by the intellectual dishonesty of those who are as “libertarian” as North Korea or the Congo are “Democratic Republics” of. It has become overwhelmingly politically monopolized to refer to nothing but belief in “free-market” state-monopoly capitalism, at worst by authoritarian fundamentalists without even any respect for the freedom of individuals from discrimination or violence of the state at all. The right of corporations to undermine their rights of workers, prohibiting voluntary unionisation; or the “libertarian” astroturfed Tea Party movement in the United States, demanding the central government's suppression of civil rights for non-Christians or gay and lesbian people according to their prejudices; or the “libertarians” in our own country campaigning online for the return of capital punishment. There are too many examples of this appallingly flagrant and mindless hypocrisy. We should be aggravated by it. And rather than conceding to the defeatism of those who refer to this demagoguery as “Libertarianism”, we must fight to refound and elaborate the legitimate meaning of the term.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Evasive words on Libya

The genocidal and Islamic fundamentalist regime of Mummar al-Gaddafi is finally falling. Compared to the crimes of his devoted troops (and foreign mercenaries), we should have a profound respect for the dignity and sense of justice understood by the rebel side. They have pledged that once Gaddafi is overthrown, all civilians will be treated equally in courts of law for any crimes they may have committed, regardless of their allegiance during the civil war. This foundation of basic justice must the commence the stride for Libya's liberal democracy.

I have to admit that the conspiratorial "anti-war" nonsense of some is making me more and more objectively hawkish.

We don't forget the support of our governments and arms companies given to the Gaddafi government for the 41 years and 6 months before this uprising. For the same reason the new representatives of the country's freedom must stand against the imperialist forces of corporate profits and IMF indebtedness, in true democratic socialism, paradigm to Gaddafi's neo-fascist bastardization of the term.

Meanwhile, the facile rhetoric of some complacent "anti-war" types, the Lord Haw Haws, the reactionary useful idiots and Stalinist vermin, remains irrelevant in its delusional debasement of intellectual honesty. While respecting weariness of NATO in understanding the total hypocrisy of western governments (Senator John McCain's friendly courting of Gaddafi, for example), the demogauges of these apologetics, for "peace" or "anti-imperialism" are at worse easily comparable to the pro-Hitler Tories and Labour Party traitors, deeply sympathetic towards Hitler and Mussolini fascism, the Chamberlains and Lord Halifaxes rightfully condemed by the journalists and campaigners like George Orwell and Michael Foot.

Disclamer: I am referring to people of a very specific manner. See here and here.

I for one will watch and the overthrow and revolution of an authoritarian regime by a civilian resistance force with welcome.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Education et al.

People are leaving their schools after requiring their A-levels to clamour for university places they cannot afford, or will be extorted in severe debt for the entitlement of taking. While I am taking my B.A. in philosophy and psychology with the Open University, I left school at fifteen with no qualifications at all. The school I attended of which I shall not name, but one that is subsidized by criminal arms company BAE Systems, disallowed me to take the GCSE subjects I would have worked for before college age. I was intrinsically deemed a failure and therefore segregated and demeaned on institutional level, as was my single mother disrespected when she attempted to prevent this on my behalf. For this came the typical excuses from the local bureaucratically authoritarian authorities in their newspeak: in my "best interests" to be entirely subjugated. When I discuss this on a personal level it seems unavoidable to sound ridiculously self-pitying and arrogant. I feel I am entitled to a certain degree of objective bitterness. Though as typical in nihilistic confrontation, it accords to something to immediately resist against totally beyond my own neurotic selfishness.

The families of the hierarchically favoured wealthy and privileged elite can easily buy their children into universities. The same ruling class of which monopolizes political and financial processes has its intrinsic intention for the majority the subsist in servitude as their wage slaves. If literacy was not necessary for wage slavery it would gradually phased out of teaching by state schools. If we believe in the humanities, we should call indoctrination of uniformity the dehumanites.

I primarily and proudly consider myself self-educated. In individualistic self-determination and inspiration comes the focus of my occurring interests and activities. Now forgive my seeming presumptuousness, but I have only considered systems of class in terms of will and condemnation to be opposed and deconstructed. Otherwise I am at heart an egalitarian, with a conviction that the state-monopoly capitalist profit motive is incompatible with basic principle of meritocracy that socialism fulfills.

University 'market' is a con - Stefan Collini

Friday, 19 August 2011

Why I Write

This is obviously the same title of George Orwell's 1946 essay, but I can find a title no more appropriate or accurate. As Orwell says in this piece, we write primarily for reasons of "Sheer egoism", "Aesthetic enthusiasm", "Historical impulse" and "Political purpose." Much writing is imbued by the vain and optimistic compulsion to simply do so. It could honestly be said about the maneuvers of this typing, if you will. Capability to write naturally comes from experience especially (take Jonnie Marbles's recollections of his trial and imprisonment for pieing Rupert Murdoch), this unfortunately accounting for the tedium of memoir even when deliberately honest in the respectable public domain. Great writing is concentration complied into something greater. The writer with a subdued and frustrated prevention, like too often this one, is obliged to confront a certain solace of alienation in their lives, along with the deeply self-conscious possibility of inadequacy in their work. The comfort I find in these deliberations, is intrinsic in considered markings of handwriting in notebooks. The anxiety of wishing and willing to stand against and disprove the oppressive condition relieves only oneself.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Another war crimes operation

I will never forget my indignant rage in witnessing Israel's Operation Cast Lead at the beginning of 2009. The patent illegitimacy, psychopathic violence, the governmental dismissal of Israeli authorities on par with any surrounding dictatorship. At that point I was politically aware enough, in forming consciousness, to understand the injustice and atrocities  perpetually occurring in the Palestinian territories. But the occurrences of these dozen days solidified the cause of Palestine in my heart and mind through a sheer sense of horror and disgust. The humble deceleration of dropping paper leaflets before the bombings began, tactically chosen in times and locations where Palestinian schoolchildren were making their way home from school. Even the desperately futile hurl of some rocks seems to justify the dropping of cluster bombs and white phosphorous in the eyes of Israeli authorities. Though violence from the IDF or Hamas are as equally obstructionist, it always seems that in the Israeli propaganda narrative, the actions of the latter are entirely randomized out of characteristics of sheer Orientalism.

Today Israel repeats its typical connotations, in response to attacks not even proven to relate to militants where they occupy.  In these coming days the families and children of Gaza are in my soul.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Further thoughts on the riots

Our country has one of the highest disparities of wealth in the world. On both sides of the paradigm, ferality is contained in agenda and reaction. The main difference between the coercion of the looters and the ruling class investment bankers is that the former have destroyed and terrorized communities and lives in a directly physical rather than systematically uniform sense.

In this context, please remember: "order out of chaos". Violence such as this marches us towards the violence of tyranny. The "boot stamping on the human face" forever.

Friday, 12 August 2011

One flew east, one flew west


I am once again publishing thoughts about a piece of cinema after seeing it on terrestrial television, on this occasion the film adaptation of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. While Kesey's novel is inspired by his own direct experiences and understanding of psychological institutions as scientific volunteer on the effects of psychedelic drugs, it is just as correspondingly a parable to the mentality of societal compliance. The free spirit of Jack Nicholson's Randle McMurphy wills his fellow patients to "vote" with their hands in favour of watching the World Series on their television. But they are immediately terrified and subdued from exerting the opportunity presented to them by the ruling Nurse Ratchet, who expects this reaction intrinsically in accordance to her conditioning. But the determination of Randle overcomes their fear in eventuality. This being why he is forced to undergo the mental destruction of electro-convulsive therapy, and eventually lobotomy, killed in mercy at the hands of the gentle Chief Bromden at the film's conclusion. Not many representations of our "rights" are as poignant as this one.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Riot tactics

The only way England's mass scourge of looting and vanadalism could be anymore dystopian would be if the army were deployed on the streets. David Cameron has now permitted the police use baton fire, i.e. the shooting of crowds with rubber bullets, and water cannons. These methods have only ever been used in Northern Irish sectarian conflicts, in which they claimed the lives of several children.


It is forensically noted that: 'The use of plastic baton rounds is of real importance to many people across Northern Ireland, not least those who have in the past suffered loss or harm to their family members and friends, and the board acknowledges this," he said.'  And that 'there had been "inadequate medical assessments on the impact of this weapon on children". 

As for water cannon, this was used along with pepper spray and regular riot squad beatings against a demonstration of construction of the Stuttgart 21 railway station in Germany. Courtesy of The Third Estate, here is the real consequence not for the squeamish or delusional.

A truly sick society is one that matches wanton theft, vandalism and thuggery with the tactics comparable to military dictatorship and likely greater repression of democratic civil liberties in the future.

Reflections

Albert Camus said to live to the point of tears. Though I am not complaining in supposedly pointless and stereotypical fashion, I assume this would indicate stress and alienation, just as it would joy, love and inspiration. What happens when Atlas shrugs the world from his shoulders? It shatters. For he is the whole of humanity. We the Atlases and Übermensch are to hold each other.

Monday, 8 August 2011

It began in London

When you cut into the fabric of society and remain complicit to its interrelated injustice, the kind of disintegration we now see occurring in London (apparently spreading across the country as I update) is a natural consequence of that. Like the great majority who have comprised revolutionary movements in Egypt and Tunisia, the communities affected and enraged by police violence, racial discrimination, unemployment and inequality now entrenched by the government's corporate austerity agenda, are in the most impartial and lamentably appalling sense, revolting it. The abject condition of mistrust is inconceivable.

On the violence in Stokes Croft earlier this year, I said such occurrences in foundation of discontent desperation would be inevitable. Of course certain criminal elements will take advantage as a matter of theft or mindless violence much in nature to that inflicted by the Met riot squads. We may call this a spring. But upon mass resistance comes proverbial wildfire. Lack of respect for justice for all accords to lack of respect for law, and victimhood of the innocent. We know very well who and what to hold to account primarily for these hideous and terrifying occurrences, the big broken society. They're enjoying themselves on holiday.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Solidarity to Chile

The protest movement now occurring in Chile, of students and educators together, is in opposition to marketized profiteering of the nation's education system. Chile's institutionalized monopolization of the right to education, of manufactured and indebted wage slavery, is a remnant of the Thatcher and Reagan supported regime of General Pinochet's free-market junta and his genocidally enforced privatization programs.  The principle of the Chilean resistance accordingly our equal.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Report your local dissident

"As soon as one identifies, challenges and overcomes illegitimate power, he or she is an anarchist." - Noam Chomsky


A report from the Metropolitan police advises citizens to report information about the activities of those engaging in described by direct lifting from Wikipedia: "a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy". The absurdity of anyone abiding by the meaningless sentence is the most feeble-minded kind of indoctrinated propaganda. But the implications of the now detracted deceleration is very chilling indeed.  


Special draconianism and brutality is reserved for political dissidents, but especially by the Met. Whether it be the beating and illegal imprisonment of peaceful demonstrators, with the same kettling inflicted against children. Or the servitude to corrupt media interests, the detainment of those possibly civilly acting upon republican sentiments during public weddings, and the intimidation of photographers and journalists.


Why is the term anarchism so particularly generalized and stigmatized? Henry David Thoreau was the founder of civil disobedience. He inspired the anarchists Leo Tolstoy and Mohandas Gandhi, who beget the foundation of the twentieth century's struggles for civil rights and freedom. Thoreau's philosophical Transcendentalism applied to his pioneering campaigns for social criticism and justice,  is widely regarded in his respect, individualist anarchism (though inadvertent compared to Bakunin and Proudhon). Anarchism is accordingly the foundation of our realized modern concept of liberal democracy. The principle and spirit of human civilization.