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Re: Finland’s decision to join Nato is tantamount to an act of national suicide, not security | John Wight | The Morning Star

Ken Hiebert
 

The author seems to take it for granted that we will be unable to turn this situation around, and perhaps he is right. There does seem to be broad support in Finland for joining NATO.
Is there nothing we can do? I think not. We (or more correctly, the Finnish left) can call for a referendum. I suggest this not because we would necessarily win, but it would allow us to put our ideas before a large number of people. And educating large numbers of people about the nature of NATO would be useful, even if we lose this time round. We cannot predict what NATO will do in the future and having a large number of people accept our critique may be important in upcoming political struggles.

It is one thing to express our anger and distress about what is happening. It is something else to come up with proposals for how we should respond. I see nothing in this article to suggest a course of action for the left.

ken h


Re: Having Sex with Women is Gay--Republican Seer

Farans Kalosar
 

Your assertion that I "believe uncritically" in Sokal is a ridiculous distortion.  It is a fact that Social Texts accepted Sokal's infamous hoax piece as a contribution when it should have been obvious to a reader of even moderate intellect that it was a piece of sarcasm. Peer review is irrelevant here, since per review of advanced deconstructionist theory is pointless because the ego of the theorist is the sole subject-matter of all such "discourse" an the elucidation of fact plays almost no role.  What this shows IMO is the disabling of an awareness of irony among an intellectual elite that has gone on to characterize the current antifactual mindset of America.

As to nobody remembering Sokal, he obviously is a thorn in your side you are inspired to an eruption of misguided vituperation by the mere mention of his name.

I found Fuentes' comment both amusing and indicative of a cultural trend that is significant. This of course will sail right over your head, since you not only apparently have no clear idea what you really think but also completely lack a sense of humor--like one or two solemn-assed  World's Authorities on this list lately.

Louis Proyect may have been a bear at times, but he never lost his sense of humor.


Re: Having Sex with Women is Gay--Republican Seer

Mark Lause
 

Peer review has limited use value.

Predicting war in the future at this stage if capitalism just isn't very challenging.  Elaborate please 


Re: Having Sex with Women is Gay--Republican Seer

Lily (Nao)
 

It is obvious that the current political situation is going to a big war in the following years. From rapid remilitarization of the Western countries to the aggressive and growing military power of Russia and China, rising tensions over Taiwan. It is impossible to deny the fact that events around it are far more priority rather to discussing some obscure except for some online subculture centered-people. Going to the topic of Sokal and others, who would remember this after now?

Moreover, you clearly believe in this affair uncritically: a) Sokal elected a non-peer-reviewed journal b) he received criticism from it but still not changed the article c) Derrida called him to debate on the importance of "scientific metaphor" functions in philosophy but Sokal refused for obvious reasons. In fact, Sokal made dishonest moves and attracted only people who have no interest in actually engaging and criticizing post-structuralist works and just learned some words like "deconstruction", etc. It is an example of not studying actual theory manifested in universities by bourgeoisie professors and just following some right-wing or dishonest criticism. Also, what do you mean by post-modernism ideology? Do you mean Lyotard? Maybe you mean some post-structuralist? Like who?

Similarly, like all common Americans, you are going to the topic of Trump and people like Fuentas. Can you elaborate seriously on how much clowns can affect even the electoral successes of Trump? How much do media persons actually affect voting except for some internet-centered youth? It is like discussing tv-shows for niche political figures with some cultist looks while the world is having other issues that socialists cannot address and spend time and time discussing some random morons online. If you want to follow right-wing cults maybe it is more obvious to talk about various evangelist congregations who are far more dangerous forces using GOP as a platform with a real number of followers and not random people online.

I would rather indeed forbid other topics except coming potential war, Ukraine and it can influence politics in near future, to be fair :) I don't see reasons to engage in other things mostly due to the importance of current events.

 


Re: Ukrainian socialist activist and journalist speaks

Lily (Nao)
 

Oh yeah Sergey Movchan is a decent person

However, his brother in Barcelona is a known pro-Russian Borot'bist and an agent of Kremlin.


Re: Zcomm » Inconvenient complexity

Avram Rips
 

I would not recommend anything by Stephen Cohen who stated that anti Russian propaganda was impeding Trump’s foreign policy . What foreign policy? He was out of his mind. If you are implying all about NATO bs and moving an inch closer yes that’s true, but it’s not all about NATO. It’s about a mad msn that stated Ukrainian the country doesn’t exist there all Nazis and shouldn’t exist. The same garbage the US  “ left” is peddling.


On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, Bobby MacVeety <bobbymacveety@...> wrote:
Here’s another reasoned analysis of the Ukrainian war from the perspective of the biased (mis)information put out by government and media sources to counter the warmongers cheerleading on this site.
https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/inconvenient-complexity/


Re: Interview with a Ukrainian Socialist serving at the Joint Force Operation (JFO)

Lily (Nao)
 

Thank for your comment.

I am mostly looking and sitting in telegram with sometimes trying to get info from Discord OSINT communities.

Situation is a big fog of war with both sides downplaying damage and their real and initial goals. It is why I recommend to read my other interview with Ingmar https://www.thecommunists.net/rcit/interview-with-socialist-from-ukraine-27-feb-2022/

However, consider following. While Northern parts and Kiev part was a mostly failed effort of Russian offense. South part of campaign was a huge gain with using little forces Russia had. Mariupol and Kherson were taken with less significant effort ensuring a big corridor from Crimea to Eastern parts. Right now Arestovich tries to curb and downplay as usual such failures by saying of "small" Russian gains. While Blitzkrieg was a failure it is a still big gains with several important industrial and shipping areas. 

 


Re: NYT: Israeli Police Attack Mourners at Palestinian Journalist’s Funeral

Farans Kalosar
 

Your reply to the post cited had nothing to do with the post to which it was attached. QED. This is obvious.  Why try to lie about it? It's a mistake that a bigger person would admit and laugh off. 

But I agree, Doctor, that you are certainly not a working professor.

In fact, there's a hell of a whine in your transmission that you should attend to, as it is drowning out whatever value there may be in your endless livestream of bullying bombast..


Re: Racist murders in Buffalo: A warning to be taken seriously

Michael Meeropol
 

Here comes my broken record --- I see the modern version of fascism as one that keeps some of the "trappings" of "democracy" --- in theory "one" can vote --- in theory "one" has freedom of speech --- in theory there is a "separation of church and state."

BUT --- there is enough voter suppression to guarantee a Republican majority in the majority of State LEgislatures and in Congress --- there is enough voter suppression to elect a lot of Republican governors --- therefore --- to consider the Supreme Court's plan to gut ROE --- choice will be restricted to a handful of "blue" states and those rich enough to be able to travel to them --- freedom to teach will be severely circumscribed not just in states that enact anti-CRT laws but also in places all over the country where School Boards get taken over --- 

The result is an erosion of the piss-poor version of Democracy we have --- Presidents elected who LOSE THE POPULAR VOTE appointed the right-wing Supreme Court (!!!) --- with the electoral college the way it is, there may be many more elections like 2000 and 2016 --- 

Perhaps the most visible fact about American fascism is how many people TRULY believe absolute nonsense --- the "replacement" theory that inspired the murderer in Buffalo --- the idea that Democrats stole the last election --- truly bizarre "beliefs" are running through the population like wildfire --- 

Orwell's 1984 is not fiction any more --- massive brainwashing is here and now --- 

I think that's fascism.

NOW --- what do we do about it? --- again, the broken record says, BROAD FRONT AGAINST FASCISM even uniting with "enemies" --- this is a Five Alarm Fire -- you don't worry about the politics of the fire fighters who are fighting the blaze with you ...

BUT YOU DO have to alert the snoozing population who usually sit out the mid terms what is at stake ---

(I think I've quoted the Almanac Singers from a WW II song, DELIVER THE GOODS BEFORE but here it goes again:

Now me and my boss we never did agree
If a thing helped him, well it didn't help me
But when a burglar tries to bust into your house
You stop fighting with the landlord, and throw him out ...

On Mon, May 16, 2022 at 6:02 PM Farans Kalosar <fkalosar101@...> wrote:
I still have reservations about the appropriateness of the pointing to the alleged rise of fascism as the great danger "we" are facing.  The issue is the assumption by most proclaimed anti-fascists that the right-wing surge will result in a truly coherent political regime. It seems clear that Trumpism is not only not a coherent body of policies that can support a really dynamic organization, but a consortium of manipulative narcissists who seek to break down the very fabric of social governance itself.

If we look at Putin, we can see that his nearest approach to historical fascism is the attempt to reconstitute the Russian Empire, which seems bound for failure, however much misery it may create.  Is Putin really a fascist--and Ukraine his Ethiopia--or is he only only a mafioso in comic-opera disguise? To my mind, the social disintegration of the Russian Federation is as likely a result of his failed project as the obvious impossibility of reconstituting the full Russian Empire--although the very idea of a Russian Federation and a Russian People is imperialist in and of itself.  

The perception of evil IMO is an unreliable guide to a course of action under the high-stress conditions of social warfare.

But to what extent does this alter or invalidate the diagnosis of fascism?  Some sort of tyrannical "regime," however incompetent in the sense of basic governance, is clearly possible--and it may make little difference to the lives of the people under its control that it is incompetent in all but corruption and the national syndication of organized crime.  The state terror that arises mayt be imperfect, but some asshole wearing a swastica is quite likely to kill many of "us" before it's over.

I can't regard this as a settled question, but am greatly interested in your developing thoughts on this subject and in general am squarely on your side.  

The unanswered question, IMO, amid all the ritualistic position-mongering and comradely ducking and bowing here, is how the "f-word" can lead to a course of action that "we" can  help implement.


Re: Racist murders in Buffalo: A warning to be taken seriously

Farans Kalosar
 

I still have reservations about the appropriateness of the pointing to the alleged rise of fascism as the great danger "we" are facing.  The issue is the assumption by most proclaimed anti-fascists that the right-wing surge will result in a truly coherent political regime. It seems clear that Trumpism is not only not a coherent body of policies that can support a really dynamic organization, but a consortium of manipulative narcissists who seek to break down the very fabric of social governance itself.

If we look at Putin, we can see that his nearest approach to historical fascism is the attempt to reconstitute the Russian Empire, which seems bound for failure, however much misery it may create.  Is Putin really a fascist--and Ukraine his Ethiopia--or is he only only a mafioso in comic-opera disguise? To my mind, the social disintegration of the Russian Federation is as likely a result of his failed project as the obvious impossibility of reconstituting the full Russian Empire--although the very idea of a Russian Federation and a Russian People is imperialist in and of itself.  

The perception of evil IMO is an unreliable guide to a course of action under the high-stress conditions of social warfare.

But to what extent does this alter or invalidate the diagnosis of fascism?  Some sort of tyrannical "regime," however incompetent in the sense of basic governance, is clearly possible--and it may make little difference to the lives of the people under its control that it is incompetent in all but corruption and the national syndication of organized crime.  The state terror that arises mayt be imperfect, but some asshole wearing a swastica is quite likely to kill many of "us" before it's over.

I can't regard this as a settled question, but am greatly interested in your developing thoughts on this subject and in general am squarely on your side.  

The unanswered question, IMO, amid all the ritualistic position-mongering and comradely ducking and bowing here, is how the "f-word" can lead to a course of action that "we" can  help implement.


How Wildfire Risk Is Changing for Vulnerable Populations

Farans Kalosar
 

The attached from the WaPo seems clear enough and objective and emphasizes the changes wrought by climate-change-related wildfires to date in the health and safety "climate" of vulnerable populations in the US ,


Re: Grave Early Warning Observational Signs for Pending Near-Term AMOC Ocean Circulation System Collapse | Paul Beckwith, Climate System Scientist

Barry Brooks
 

This site has data about the arctic ice.
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/


Re: Finland’s decision to join Nato is tantamount to an act of national suicide, not security | John Wight | The Morning Star

David Walters
 


this is why, Ken, when you post utter crap like this "Finland has just taken a momentous decision that may well plunge the country into the dark night of conflict in the foreseeable future." you need to introduce your blind links. I'm opposed to Finland joining NATO but the hyperbole of this almost *suggests* that Russia *should* attack the country.

David


Politico: The supply chain’s little-known weakest link: Railroad workers

Bradley Mayer
 

Where is the price inflation being generated?  In prices of production?  Prices of transport? Retain price markups?  Keep in mind that the railroad sector in the USA operates under its own set of labor law, established before the New Deal.

"Over the last six years, Class I freight railroads — which include BNSF Railway, CSX Transportation, Kansas City Southern Railway, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific — have hemorrhaged a combined 45,000 workers, according to the Surface Transportation Board. That’s nearly 29 percent of their workforce.
 
"“They’ve cut labor below the bone, really,” STB Chair Marty Oberman told the House Transportation Committee during a hearing Thursday. “In order to make up for the shortage of labor, they are overworking and abusing the workforces they have.”
 
"The attrition coincides with existing supply chain challenges and resulting record-high inflation. As of April, prices were up 8.3 percent in the last year."

Coincidence is not causality, of course.  The above labor conditions likely existed before the present inflation.

https://www.politico.com/newsletters/weekly-shift/2022/05/16/the-supply-chains-little-known-weakest-link-railroad-workers-00032624


Racist murders in Buffalo: A warning to be taken seriously

John Reimann
 

  • Rise in racist murders
  • Rise in racism and fascism among police and in military
  • the longer term serious danger
  • The disastrous role of the leaders of the NGO's and the unions
  • The alternative
'“This was pure evil,” said Erie County Sheriff, John Garcia about the racist murders at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, NY. His widely quoted statement is a cover up for the real crisis US society faces. It puts that event on a purely personal level – one “evil” individual. The real issue, however, is not some “evil” individuals. In fact, it is even far beyond the increase in the number of hate crimes (to 7, 759 in 2020, an increase by nearly 470 from 2019).

'The great majority of these crimes may be carried out by individuals, but these individuals swim in a sea of fascist violence that is on the rise around the world.'

see article:

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Finland’s decision to join Nato is tantamount to an act of national suicide, not security | John Wight | The Morning Star

Kevin Lindemann and Cathy Campo
 



Finland’s decision to join Nato is tantamount to an act of national suicide, not security

It may be taboo to say it, but it was Nato expanionism, utterly hostile to Russia, that is the origin of this current conflict — and Nato growing even more will only increase the danger of world war, writes JOHN WIGHT

Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin talks at the Finnish Parliament in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, May 16, 2022.

ALBERT EINSTEIN made the salient point that “Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding.”

If only the assorted panjandrums who currently occupy positions of power in the West would have grasped Einstein’s point, there would be no conflict in Ukraine right now and no enmity with Russia.

Because the critical point is that in working to undermine Russia’s security with the expansion of Nato, the West has only succeeded in undermining its own security.

A simpler way of putting it is that you don’t achieve security by having loaded guns pointed at your neighbour’s house. All this does is invite a response.

The madness involved in provoking a nuclear-armed power in possession of the most advanced missile technology in the world by advancing the writ of an aggressive military alliance which exists not to advance the cause of peace, security or stability, but instead to help advance and uphold Western hegemony and domination of the world’s natural resources and markets, is ineffable in its magnitude.

It has been accompanied by a mainstream media that has lapsed into the role of cheerleader in its coverage of Ukraine, depicting Putin as a cartoon villain beyond the pale and Russia not as an ancient country whose contribution to European and world culture has been indispensable, but instead as a barbaric rogue state deserving of nothing less than to be wiped off the map.

Churchill’s famous formulation of Russia as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,” suffers from a deficit of objectivity and a surplus of cant. It compels us to ponder the real enigma that is the Western colonial mind.

Fixed principles are a luxury for those whose tomorrow is certain to be as comfortable and privileged as their yesterday and today. For the rest of us, meanwhile, they are death itself when applied to a foreign policy of might is right.

Wildly unfashionable as it may be, Russia is the victim in this scenario and Zelensky a puppet dancing to Washington’s, London’s and Brussels’ tune. Now we have Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto doing likewise — doing so without bothering with the troublesome democratic device of a national referendum — and in turn ending the very neutrality that has been the guarantor of his country’s security since WWII.

The good ship Nato is also making room for Sweden to come aboard, thus turning Scandinavia from a bridge into yet another potential battleground between Russia and the West.

Whatever anybody might think of Putin, he has proved more than once his willingness to throw down militarily when push comes to shove. And, too, you don’t have to endorse the man or the direction in which he has taken Russia to understand that the direction in which he has taken Russia is where the West has led it.

Nato and the chaos its very existence creates is an arms manufacturer’s wet dream. The enhanced status it currently enjoys in Western chancellories on the back the conflict in Ukraine is proof positive that Western ideologues have learned nothing and forgotten everything.

Meanwhile a vast swathe of Ukraine lies in ruins and the streets of many of its towns and cities are running with blood.

This conflict did not start in 2022, it began in 2014 with the toppling of the last legitimate all-Ukraine government, led by Viktor Yanukovych and the subsequent direction taken in the interests of a section of the country’s population at the expense of another section.

This crucial point is of course lost in an ocean of propaganda that would have us believe that what we are living through is some morality play in which good is doing battle with evil.

The real evil is the lie that this rendering has informed.

Finland’s accession to Nato membership is completely regressive and underpinned by the catastrophically wrong conclusions drawn by the country’s political class to events in Ukraine.

At this critical inflection point in European and global affairs, Finland has just taken a momentous decision that may well plunge the country into the dark night of conflict in the foreseeable future.

History can either be used as a guide to a better future or it can be repeated to the detriment of that future. We, sadly, are living in an age when repeating the mistakes of the past is all the rage.




The United States Is Supporting A Brutal Occupation In Western Sahara

Charles Keener
 

This is yet another horrific example of US imperialism supporting massive injustice against an occupied people. The mainstream media reports very little on the situation - even compared to the unfair and unbalanced reporting on Palestine - though in some ways the brutal occupations are similar.

Charles

The United States Is Supporting A Brutal Occupation In Western Sahara - PopularResistance.Org

Immediately following the expulsion of the Spanish colonizers in the mid 1970’s, Western Sahara was occupied by Moroccan forces. With support from the United States, those occupiers, who treat the indigenous Sahrawi People very similarly to the way the Israeli occupiers treat the Palestinians, have been committing human rights abuses. Clearing the FOG speaks with Ruth McDonough and Tim Pluta, who have been staying with the family of a human rights defender, Sultana Khaya, since March 15. Ruth began a hunger strike on May 4 to demand an end to the violence against the Khaya’s and an investigation into the crimes committed against them. Ruth and Tim describe what people can do to show solidarity with the struggle of the Sahrawi People.


Re: ‘Poison for the people’—how an exiled activist is countering Russia’s propaganda machine

Thomas Campbell
 

Thanks so much for sharing this, Charles!

Chirikova is indeed a positive force to be reckoned with, although I wouldn’t necessarily say that she and the Movement to Save the Khimki Forest succeeded in saving the forest.

In any case, I chronicled much of that fight as it was happening (twelve or so years ago) on Chtodelat News:


As you’ll see, Chirikova wasn’t the only heroine or hero in that struggle, which really did capture the imagination of progressive forces all over Russia (and Europe) at the time.

Chirikova was also the co-author of this open letter to Dr. Jill Stein in 2016, wondering the US Green Party’s presidential candidate had gone to Moscow and made common cause with Putin:


By the way, I regularly translate and publish dispatches from Chirikova’s essential website Activatica on The Russian Reader, although I don’t always tag them as such. Here are three that I did tag:






The Plot to Keep Meatpacking Plants Open During COVID-19

Dennis Brasky
 

Newly released documents reveal that the meatpacking industry’s callousness toward the health of its workers and its influence over the Trump administration were far greater than previously known.

The effect that the meatpacking plant outbreaks had on the early spread of COVID-19 is staggering. ProPublica and other news outlets tracked cases and deaths involving meatpacking workers. But academic researchers have found that by July 2020, about 6% to 8% of all coronavirus cases in the U.S. were tied to packing plant outbreaks, and that by October 2020, community spread from the plants had generated 334,000 illnesses and 18,000 COVID-19-related deaths.

The new emails demonstrate that the primary goal of some meatpacking leaders was not to protect their employees as they had professed, but to get them to show up to work so they could keep producing meat.

https://www.propublica.org/article/documents-covid-meatpacking-tyson-smithfield-trump



Prepare for a new phase of the war in Ukraine | Charlie Kimber | Socialist Worker

Kevin Lindemann and Cathy Campo
 

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