Archive for the 'Capitalism' Category

18
Mar
14

The Question Not Asked…

…about the Crimean Referendum is quite obvious: was the vote free and fair? Capitalist media have ranted endlessly about cavils in international law, which boil down to saying that people have the right to self-determination only if the occupying power is inclined to grant it to them.
The fact that the inhabitants of Crimea would want to join the country the majority of them belongs to ethnically is not an issue.
The fact that even people of Ukrainian origin would want to escape from a state ridden by poverty and corruption, and where the government is decided by street mobs is not an issue.
The fact that some 6% of the inhabitants of Crimea belong to minor ethnic groups which are periodically targeted by pogroms, and feel uncomfortable with the Ukrainian government’s veiled fascism is not an issue.
Only cavils are an issue, and the “territorial integrity” of Ukraine, meaning that a random rearrangement of administrative districts under Nikita Kruschev must forbid that the Crimean choose whom they want to govern them.

Luckily, the UN’s military does little more than sitting around shining their blue helmets, and the NATO has a strict policy of only helping Islamic fundamentalists against people who don’t shoot back. Applying sanctions to Russia is like threatening somebody else with shooting oneself: this is the one story where, after all the sound and fury is over, the good guys win. Or, rather, the bad guys don’t.

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27
Aug
13

The Just In (and the Just Out)

Alone among those involved in the Snowden scandal, Facebook (of all companies) has published a list of government requests for information about its users. The list uncovers the usual freedom rhetoric of capitalist countries: in the first semester of 2013, the U.S. peeped into the private life of over 20000 facebook users, the U.K. into those of 2337, Germany of 2068 and Italy of 2306. If all these were suspected terrorists, we would be in serious trouble, especially considering that all the peeping hasn’t unearthed a single one; and if we admit that those governments just can’t stick to their own business, well, surely those Socialist hellholes peep a lot more, right? Uh, no. Ecuador, of Assange fame, asked for information about three people, probably many fewer than those that are conspiring to murder or abduct Assange. Venezuela asked for none. Nor did communist Cuba. Nor Bolivia, whose president is suspected of being a Snowden sympathizer. Nor did Laos, another country which is still in the grip of a communist party. Mongolia, which is surrounded by Islamist wilderness on many sides, only asked to look into two of its dwellers.
Well, capitalism made everybody swallow the yarn that firing people is good for employment. Now it is making you swallow the one that spying on you is necessary to preserve your freedom and privacy: once you have an idiot, why using him for one thing only?

26
Aug
13

Syrian Rebels Most Likely Culprits in Gas Deaths

And, just as I was about to address the subject myself, here is another excellent Stephen Gowans post proving, once again, that the so-called “government attack” are both a fictional and actual product of Islamocapitalism.

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By Stephen Gowans

British foreign secretary William Hague says there’s no doubt that the Syrian military is responsible for last week’s alleged gas attack which killed scores of people in Syria. So too do the editors of major newspapers in the United States and Britain. US officials have also said the Syrian government is responsible, though at the same time they admit they are still trying to ascertain the facts. The Wall Street Journal could report, as a consequence, that there’s an “emerging consensus” that the Assad government was behind the attack. The consensus, however—and it’s one limited to Syria’s political enemies—is backed up by not a scintilla of evidence.

You might wonder why journalists haven’t challenged Hague’s assertion that the only possible culprit is the Syrian government. After all, there is another possible culprit: the opposition.

In May, Carla Del Ponte, a member of the United Nations independent commission…

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20
Aug
13

From the UCS again

The subject of manipulation and falsification of scientific data is one which is of particular concern to this blog and, possibly, of its readers (some of them, as pointed out before, are just Rabid Republicans checking the Red Scare); an interesting parallel between how this was done for tobacco a few years back and how it is done for carbon dioxide today can be found here.

For once, the UCS is not directly begging for money: enjoy (so to say).

18
Jul
13

I Hate to Say “I Told You So”

New elections are now scheduled in June, by which time the Greek, having realized that their opinion doesn’t really matter, will desert the ballots, and accept whatever fate German bankers have decided for them.

(The Communist Scientist, May 21, 2012)

Yes, the Greek non-popularly elected government had to wait a year to save face, plus a few months to have the heat and holiday season snuff out the people’s will to demonstrate but, of course, did exactly what I said, and exactly what it had promised not to do.

And just to show you that I haven’t lost my knack for prophecy, let me say this: Italy, with a government formed under very similar circumstances, is going to do exactly the same.

 

06
Jul
13

Worth reading

This piece is interesting because it comes from a brokerage firm, an institution usually managed by kamikaze of neoliberalism and sporting an army of mercenary economists to spew pro-globalist nonsense. Instead, this report from Tullett Prebon openly admits the system is heading towards catastrophe because of the the resource and transfer crisis, exactly like the present author. Definitely worth reading for those who don’t believe that every reasonable person, not communists only, can see the darkness at the end of the tunnel.

06
May
13

The Anti-Empire Report #116

The Anti-Empire Report #116.
William Blum is one of the few in the international Left that has the courage to connect the dots and talk about the link between Islamism and Capitalism; this post is also interesting for its historical perspective on American foreign policy.