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Re: Counterpunch: Slavoj Zizek Does His Christopher Hitchens Impression

Roger Kulp
 

I don't think we should speak for socialists and communists in Ukraine or Russia. They know what is best to do in their own country, and the political situations therein. If we are outside of their countries, the best we can do, is to try to follow them on social media, and offer whatever outside support we can.


The fight for medicare in Canada

Ken Hiebert
 

Newly disclosed surveillance of medicare pioneers puts the RCMP on the wrong side of history


Re: How to get involved in the mass mobilizations erupting after Roe overturned

Roger Kulp
 

Quoth Bradley Mayer 
The smell of the Democrat Party is all over these "cautions".  The article doesn't however specify what the "dangers" are, as it quickly jumps to playing off women along ethno-racial lines.  Are the conservative Democrat Clyburn's tentacles deployed in this area as well?

Why wait and allow the far right to consolidate state power over women' bodies?  Now is the time to act provocatively, to challenge far right state power over women before it has a chance to entrench itself.  Let's expose the violence they must aim against women in order to implement their laws.  Isn't the Left sick of mere passive reaction to Far Right provocations?   Is it not time to turn the tables, as with the George Floyd uprising?

The "strategy" of bending the knee to the Democrat Party over women's rights is exposed as a total and abject failure!  I say ignore the Democrats and let a thousand flowers bloom!  Then unite all the forces that come forward into one big mass movement.  There are bound to be "ultra-left excesses" but the general disorganization of the US Left makes that inevitable, and "caution" will not prevent it.  


Whether or not some of the hardcore keyboard Marxists like it, the only way we are going to guarantee reproductive rights in this country, is the same way we won these rights over fifty years ago. Which means, we have to get out there in the streets and organize. Whether we like it or not, we will meet up with a lot of people who both have had no political education, or have had no prior experience with political organizing. People who believe that voting, and voting for the Democrats in particular, is the best way to instigate change. These are the the same people who have elevated the late Supreme Court justice RBG,in death, into some kind of ultra-leftist, if not Marxist, champion of women's rights, that she never was in life. If you attend any of these marches and rallys, you might not find out, until after you get there, that the sponsors, and speakers, at said events, are part of what are basically front groups for the Democratic Party. The only way around this, is to get out there in the crowds at such events, and peruade those attending, that the Democratic Party, and the liberal class in general, is not the way to revolutionary change.

We may never be able to convert all of these groups, or their supporters, into hardcore Marxists, but we need to be able to work with them on an issue by issue basis. These people may never be able to grasp what we as Marxist-Leninist-Maoists know innately about liberalism, and how it feeds into the perpetuation of the capitalist class, and the intersectional evils they promote, but we will need the liberal class, in order to achieve such "small" victories, as reproductive rights, racial equality, etc.


Court Coup?

Farans Kalosar
 


Re: Judicial Coup

Greg McDonald
 



On Sat, Jul 2, 2022 at 9:50 AM Farans Kalosar <fkalosar101@...> wrote:
I think that is certainly possible,  Today's WaPo has several pieces on the trend, including this sensationally scary piece--quoted here in part so as to constitute "fair use;"  AMong other things, wemight consider whether, if bourgeois democracy is a total sham,why so much energy is being directed toward its destruction.  

Has all this been dictated infallibly by the ruling-class Court of Owls?  

What sort of comeback is possible?  


Democracy advocates raise alarm after Supreme Court takes election case


Voting rights advocates expressed alarm Friday, a day after the U.S. Supreme Court said it will consider a conservative legal theory giving state legislatures virtually unchecked power over federal elections, warning that it could erode basic tenets of American democracy.

 

The idea, known as the “independent legislature theory,” represents to some theorists a literal reading of the Constitution.

But in its most far-reaching interpretation, it could cut governors and state courts out of the decision-making process on election laws while giving state lawmakers free rein to change rules to favor their own party. The impact could extend to presidential elections in 2024 and beyond, experts say, making it easier for a legislature to disregard the will of its state’s citizens.


This immense power would go to legislative bodies that are themselves undemocratic, many advocates say, because they have been gerrymandered to create partisan districts,



“As The Lever’s reporting has shown, today’s cataclysmic ruling (though slightly narrower than it could have been) is part of a larger judicial coup fueled by dark money that has bought both sides of the justice system — the petitioners and the arbiters.

This coup — which has received far less attention than the January 6 plot — features a cadre of unelected judges appointed by popular vote losers now commandeering control of the government. It has resulted in the evisceration of protections for voterswomenworkersconsumersretirees, and now every living thing on the entire planet.“


Re: Judicial Coup

Farans Kalosar
 

I think that is certainly possible,  Today's WaPo has several pieces on the trend, including this sensationally scary piece--quoted here in part so as to constitute "fair use;"  AMong other things, wemight consider whether, if bourgeois democracy is a total sham,why so much energy is being directed toward its destruction.  

Has all this been dictated infallibly by the ruling-class Court of Owls?  

What sort of comeback is possible?  


Democracy advocates raise alarm after Supreme Court takes election case


Voting rights advocates expressed alarm Friday, a day after the U.S. Supreme Court said it will consider a conservative legal theory giving state legislatures virtually unchecked power over federal elections, warning that it could erode basic tenets of American democracy.

 

The idea, known as the “independent legislature theory,” represents to some theorists a literal reading of the Constitution.

But in its most far-reaching interpretation, it could cut governors and state courts out of the decision-making process on election laws while giving state lawmakers free rein to change rules to favor their own party. The impact could extend to presidential elections in 2024 and beyond, experts say, making it easier for a legislature to disregard the will of its state’s citizens.


This immense power would go to legislative bodies that are themselves undemocratic, many advocates say, because they have been gerrymandered to create partisan districts,


Judicial Coup

Greg McDonald
 


Communist Degrowth

Shane Hopkinson
 

Comrades will be aware of Kohei Saito's book Karl Marx's Ecosocialism (it won the Deutscher prize in 2018) that builds on the earlier work of Bellamy Foster on Marx's ecology. 

Interestingly his next work (in Japanese) was on "Communist Degrowth" which people apparently people said would be a disaster (combining 2 unpopular concepts in the one title). Instead it's become something of a best-seller in Japan.  There's an English translation (where 'communist degrowth' has been relegated to the subtitle):
Marx in the Anthropocene: Towards the Idea of Degrowth Communism.

Should be an interesting read

Cheers

Shane





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Business Insider: Mitch McConnell says he'll kill the bipartisan China bill if Democrats revive their agenda with Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema

Bradley Mayer
 

Or The Red-Baiting of Mitch McConnell.  All the while giving material aid to the Greatest Evil.  

"Let me be perfectly clear: there will be no bipartisan USICA as long as Democrats are pursuing a partisan reconciliation bill," McConnell tweeted.
 
In response, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office blasted McConnell as a tool of the "Chinese Communist Party."
 
"Make no mistake: Senator McConnell is now siding with the Chinese Communist Party against American workers and American industry," Pelosi spokesperson Henry Connelly wrote on Twitter. "And why? So that the GOP's pals in Big Pharma can keep ripping off Americans struggling to afford their prescriptions."

Looks like two different gangs of American Oligarch "pals" going after each other.  Will they work out a deal? The "China Bill" is at stake!

https://www.businessinsider.com/mcconnell-says-hell-kill-bipartisan-china-bill-to-block-democratic-agenda-2022-6?utm_source=reddit.com


Re: Potential for abortion rights against the American Supreme Court can be even bigger mass movement than George Floyd protests!

Anthony Boynton
 

Andrew you are way, way off base. Trot is an insulting term no matter what your intentions may be. You really do not know anything about me. I am not a member of anything, especially not a cult. Here is a list of stuff you can stop using in your posts:

  1. Unfounded characterizations of membership in phantom cults.
  2. The term douche bags.
  3. You can stop crapping in your diapers, and using the term, too.
As far as I can tell, you and I agree about women's rights, reproductive rights in particular, and also your characterization of those behind the Supreme Court decision.  One thing that has prevented the formation of the broad based left in the United States, the lack of which you lament, is the insulting and disrespectful rhetoric of ignorant people like you.  Why don't you grow up, write in a respectful way to others on this list, and try to stay on the list. 

Why did you attack me, when I made a friendly suggestion? 

Look in the mirror, Andrew.

Anthony


The Rightwing’s Supreme Court Coup

Steven L. Robinson
 

(Against the Current's take on the Dobbs ruling)

JUNE 24 — THE OFFICIAL overturn of Roe v. Wade was announced as this issue of ATC goes to press. It didn’t require a white-nationalist riot, invading the Capitol at the instigation of Donald Trump, to tear huge holes in long-established constitutional rights in the United States. Where that frontal assault failed, a flanking maneuver by the right wing has met with success — including a blatant pseudo-constitutional coup by Court.

The overturn of Roe v. Wade not only declares war on women’s bodies and rights. As legal scholars immediately recognized, the leaked Alito Supreme Court majority opinion throws open a challenge to every basic right assumed to flow from the Fourteenth Amendment and the elementary principle of personal privacy — same-sex or interracial marriage, LGBT rights, incredibly even legal contraception.

Yes, the absurd “life begins at fertilization” doctrine creates a wide-open door to religious rightwing fanatic state legislatures to outlaw long-established methods of birth control, starting with IUDs and morning-after pills. “Parental consent” might be tested out as a legal ploy, or morning-after pills criminalized as abortifacients.

The silver lining in this deeply evil ruling is that, as the saying goes, what’s done in the dark will come to the light. Whatever the motivations for leaking the draft ruling may have been, we salute those who made it public — meaning that the popular outrage could explode last spring, rather than as the Court majority intended, in the summer political shutdown preceding the November midterms.

Full at: https://solidarity-us.org/11072-2/


The Coming End of Contraception: LAKE OF FIRE movie review - CounterPunch.org

Andrew Stewart
 


NYT: Why on Earth Is Pelosi Supporting the Trumpists?

Bradley Mayer
 

"Medium Evil" asks a good question about the "Lesser Evil":  Why are you directly materially promoting a "Greater Evil"?  

"Medium Evil" muddles the answer with his own anti-progressive ideology that seeks to blame "the Left" for this dangerous promotion tactic.  But in fact Pelosi, Pritzker et al are liberal capitalist reps for the big monopolies, Pritzker himself an actual American Oligarch.  They are not the progressive Left in the Democratic party.  But of course "Evil" in general does not necessarily object to Trump's reactionary policies; Herr Schindler has no problem being a liberal capitalist under the Nazis, he who proved his liberalism by freeing his Jewish slave laborers.  "Evil" only objects to Trump the personality.  

Remember who promoted Trumpism the next time People's World tells you to vote for the Democrats.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/30/opinion/why-on-earth-is-pelosi-supporting-the-trumpists.html 


Milbank Memorial Fund Apologizes for Role in Tuskegee Syphilis Study

Dennis Brasky
 

The Milbank Memorial Fund donated pittances to the families of Black men who died of untreated syphilis with a grotesque condition: families had to agree to intrusive autopsies to gather information about the effects of the disease.

https://www.npr.org/2022/06/11/1104386467/tuskegee-syphilis-study-milbank-memorial-fund-apology



Re: Review of *A China Reader*, edited by Duncan McFarland | Roger Keeran | MLToday

Michael Pugliese
 

Twenty-one paragraph review by Roger Keeran. Five of those are essentially a love letter to Xi Jinping Thought.
With a little digging I found on the site that Carl Davidson maintains , a copy of the introduction to this CCDS China Reader, http://ouleft.org/wp-content/uploads/chinareader-intro-bk.pdf .

Though , the China Reader's , published by Random House/Vintage Books , in 4 volumes , the first three edited by Franz Schurmann and Orville Schell, in the late 60's , and the 4th volume co-edited by Nancy and David Milton (co-authors of ,"The Wind Will not Subside Years in Revolutionary China :1964 1969 ,  Pantheon Books , 1976) and Franz Schurmann , have some dated readings, one will gain a far better grounding , especially of the opening decades of the Chinese Revolution , from those readers.

On the reliance , as I would have expected , on the Qiao Collective , in the CCDS China Reader , see, OPEN LETTER TO MONTHLY REVIEW ON XINJIANG AND THE QIAO COLLECTIVE , signed by 35 scholars affiliated with Critical Asia Studies (the renamed Bulletin of Critical Asia Scholars) . Pushback from "tankies," to that Open Letter , see, https://spectrejournal.com/roundtable-on-china/

https://www.versobooks.com/books/4039-proletarian-china

“This volume offers an exciting engagement with the extended historical event of the proletariat in China. Through dialogue between past and present and among scholars across the globe, the anthology’s chronological organization makes it ideal for teaching, research, and casual reading. More important, the march of time demonstrates how workers as a class made themselves into a proletariat even as they were simultaneously unmade through state repression, capitalist advance, internal division, and globalized diffusion. In its insistence that any genuine commitment to communism take seriously the proletariat as a specifically laboring class, this book marks out a clear political position. The individual chapters are short, readable, informative, and passionate.”












Michael Pugliese


A legend of innocence - how 75,000 French Jews were turned over to the Nazis.

Dennis Brasky
 


Re: Newsweek: Trump's Secret Service Detail 'Cheered on the Insurrection'—Carol Leonnig

Farans Kalosar
 

On Thu, Jun 30, 2022 at 01:40 PM, Bradley Mayer wrote:
Can't verify Rubin's comment since WAPO is paywalled for me, but if correct, one could reasonably speculate then that the knee-jerk speed at which Engel and other SSers moved to contradict Hutchinson's testimony already potentially exposes their right wing pro-Trump politics.  

From the National Association of Police Organizations https://www.cbsnews.com/news/national-association-of-police-organizations-endorses-president-trump/ to the DHS and SS, the American Siloviki form the intersection of Trumpism's general mass base, and its institutional base.  Most opaque is the US military officer corps, though last I looked years ago, they were supposed to be ~90% registered Republicans.  But are they Never Trumpers?

Doesn't the seizure of political power, especially where there are multiple potential centers of state power, have to be completed by the consolidation of that power--a second and by no means automatic phase? This crucial phase in the instantiation of "classic" fascism is entirely overlooked by many, who seem to presume that the gleichschaltung follows automatically from the machtergreifung  

How feasible--and how nearly in hand, at least potentially --is such a consolidation in the US between the likely Republican seizure of the national legislature (and the balance of power in most states) in November and the hypothetical election of a fuehrer or duce (or Louis Napoleon) in 2024?

The question of what the siloviki may do is entirely opaque at the moment.

The one thing certain IMO is that none of this has been, to use the cant phrase, "always already" firmly decided by the ruling class Court of Owls. The objective character of the bad situation into which we appear to be tumbling is perhaps not yet clear. 
Among the possibilities is a sort of constitutional loyalist coup of military. 

Indisputably reactionary figures of eg the Mattis type might have made a counter-coup after a successful Jan. 6 seizure of power "to preserve the constitution" last year under some circumstances if Trump's shambolic attempt had succeeded.  

Would the "legal" election of a dictator resolve such scruples? Would an Abbot or a DeSantis be able to preserve a sufficient appearance of constitutional normality to consolidate an actual fully functioning fascist or Bonapartist regime? Would "the Colonels" so to speak be in a position to overthrow relative moderates like Mark Milley even if those were still inclined to overthrow the new alleged government?  Would a draconian program of reactionary legislation--abolition of Social Security, revocation of universal civil rights, etc. etc. be accepted by the nominally "liberal" coastal population and power centers? Would New York and California just give in and bend over in that case?  Indeed, would even presumed fascist safe seats like Ohio really accept the yoke silently?


More than 300,000 killed in decade of Syrian conflict, UN says

Dennis Brasky
 


NY Times' Tom Friedman normalizes Israeli apartheid

Dennis Brasky
 


NYT columnist Tom Friedman painted the past year in Israel—the first Netanyahu-free year since 2008—as an icon of democracy, where Israeli Jews and Palestinian citizens of Israel danced together under the blue and white flag, in harmony and happiness. That is a contemptible piece of fiction which erases apartheid, blames Palestinians for their own ongoing oppression, and praises those who would abandon their cousins under occupation.


Re: “Self-Determination for Donbass”: A Reactionary Slogan in the Service of Russian Imperialism (Theses)

ioannis aposperites
 

Στις 29/6/22 09:25, ο/η RKOB έγραψε:

“Self-Determination for Donbass”: A Reactionary Slogan in the Service of Russian Imperialism

One must be extremely cautious on this matter.

One must not forget that there has been an issue regarding precisely Donbas at least since 1918-1919 when Great Russian workers proclaimed the local Soviet Republic  “which does not want to hear anything about some so-called Ukraine and has nothing in common with it.” The ethnic tension thus cannot be dismissed beforehand.

On top of this background, one must add the aggravation of the ethnic divisions among working-class people brought about by war since 2014.


As long as the self-determination discourse regards the cultural level, socialists can and must support the ethnic aspirations of the sizeable Russian (or Russian-speaking) minority against Ukrainian nationalism. (The same of course holds for any other minority).

But the right to political self-determination is quite a different matter. In the current political context, self-determination cannot be a question of political autonomy within the Ukrainian state, for no one advocates it. Either Ukraine keeps Donbas or Russia annexes it. Socialists must oppose annexation for two reasons. 

(a) Because the oppressing (Great Russian) nationalism is reactionary, a real setback regarding the consciousness of the working class, and

(b) Because, even if one is unconditionally for the self-determination of the ethnic Russians (or whatever they think they are), one must not risk a nuclear world war for the sake of a couple of millions of Russian-minded inhabitants of Donbas. A political line like this does not capitulate to Russian imperialism.

Yet, this is not to capitulate to Western imperialism by supporting NATO in arming the Ukrainian Capitalists. Ukrainian capitalists do not share the ethnic aspirations of Ukrainian working-class people. All the more, they have no interest in raising any democratic (bourgeois) demand at all. In my view, automatic support for any oppressed nationalism, regardless of the political context, is pure metaphysics and, in this case, has ended up in social-chauvinism.


JA

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