Tuesday, July 18, 2017

So...

...So in the end, it really was all about race; that is to say the election of 2016; that is to say the big surprise; that is to say the "great defection," the great backlash, the great "working class" protest; the great resentment; the grand pettiness that so perfectly describes "Make America Great Again."  It was always about race-- as in color; as in African-American.

The flailings and failings of the Republicans' attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act are not simply a measure of their own incompetence-- and incompetent they are, incompetence and entitlement going hand in glove, foot in mouth, head in ass--but also the measure of the motivation behind the opposition; the relations behind the ideology, and that is, always has been, always will be about race, as in color, as in how dare that Barack Obama do, initiate, attempt something, anything, that indicates a person of color:

a) is more competent than they are
b) is concerned with something other than how many people can be screwed over in the shortest  period of time, even if that concern of that literally half-African-half-American natural-born US citizen was minimal, less than momentary
c) doesn't know his place; never knew his place; can't really be American, because he's African and doesn't know his place
d) brought, along with his own considerable intelligence, and beauty,  that considerable intelligence, and beauty of his African-American wife, and the considerable intelligence, and beauty of their African-American daughters
e) has the gall to sing lyrics from Al Green's "Love and Happiness."

"The horror, the horror," proclaimed the three Kurtzes-- Kurtz McConnell, Kurtz Ryan, and the philosopher-in-residence at Redemptionist University, Kurtz Gingrich-- the horror being not, of course what the US had done throughout history to African-Americans, but that the US hadn't done enough to prevent African-American being not the game for them, or in the game for them, but knowing, playing, the game better than them.

The resentment that brought Trump the election was nurtured over 240 years of retreats, denials, deconstructions, conditions, qualifications, disavowals of "all men are created equal;" 230 years of the same disavowals, qualifications on the prohibitions of slavery, as in the Northwest Territories Ordinance of 1787,  (grandfathered into the union in 1789)

Art. 6. There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the said territory, otherwise than in the punishment of crimes whereof the party shall have been duly convicted: Provided, always, That any person escaping into the same, from whom labor or service is lawfully claimed in any one of the original States, such fugitive may be lawfully reclaimed and conveyed to the person claiming his or her labor or service as aforesaid ;
150 years of flight, attack, obstruction of the 13th, 14th, 15th amendments of the US Constitution; of reneging not just on the promise of Radical Reconstruction, but the necessity of Radical Reconstruction to prevent the resurgence of the slaveholders' power in another garb, and in any other name;  40 years of panic and flight from civil rights, voting rights, of integrated schools.

All that stuff about "neglected" white workers; about the passed-over, left-behind, frozen-out white workers-- that was all.....uhh....bullshit.    All those references to Macomb county without investigation into the history of Macomb County, the actual condition of the supposedly aggrieved white workers in Macomb County-- that was all bullshit.

All that stuff about walls and anti-Nafta and "let's mine some coal," and... that was all bullshit.

It was all, and always, about color.  All those Tea Party financed "anti-Obamacare" rallies?   That was all bullshit.  "We don't like the black guy" was the real force being tapped into for commercial purposes.

All that "Don't let Obama take away our constitutionally guaranteed right to assault rifles with large magazines"?  That was all bullshit.  "We want to be able to shoot the black guy and all other black guys" was the sentiment being mobilized for......commercial reasons.

All that nonsense about "Crooked Hillary"?  That was bullshit.  "We can't get the black guy, so let's get the bitch" was the emotion being stoked for.......commercial reasons.

So.. now that the African-American is no longer president, and the white woman has been turned away,  the three Kurtzes can't quite get the job done; have lost their mojo; their déraison d'etre.  

Meanwhile, the other half of the co-dependent couple, the Democrats, want to deflect from their real failures and onto-- Russia.  As if  the disgrace of the 2016 election was the influence of the Russians; as if the Russians acted on behalf of the Trump-ets for their own reasons and that made the difference.  As if the disgrace of the 2016 election was not the previous 16 years of voter suppression, voter ID legislation, mass removal of qualified voters from the voting registrations-- something the Democrats did absolutely nothing to attack, much less reverse.

As if  the Russian hacks of email had more to do with the 2016 election than the decision of the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, John Roberts to invalidate Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.

Roberts of course had been hard at work for some thirty years, seeking to demolish the enforcement provisions of the act, having studied at the knee of  William ("I think Plessy v Ferguson was right") Rehnquist, for whom he clerked in 1980; having pursued demolition of Section 2 of the VRA while employed as Special Assistant to Reagan's AG, William French Smith.

After the Roberts court finally demolished Section 4, did Obama and the Democrats immediately introduce new legislation to repair the hole in the voting protections?  Did Obama and the Democrats have legislation ready even prior to the decision, knowing, as they all did, who and what Roberts is all about?  Of course not.  The Democrats did "the Democrat"-- know to others as the big roll-over.

So..

It was all about color.  It was never about class.

So...that's where we are today.....nowhere; with clowns fighting over a seltzer bottle, while the ringmasters spray gasoline on the confused audience.

We have the longest way to go before class actually outweighs color in this capitalism.

S. Artesian

July 18, 2017



Thursday, June 29, 2017

(Great White) Hope(s) Spring(s) Eternal

S.Artesian

They're at it again, those who don't know any better, but pretend they know more.  The ones who supported Syriza, and then Podemos; those on a never-ending search for the next lesser-evil-best- thing; those mini-maxi Ahabs, peg-legging amidst the doldrums determined to pursue and capture the "democratic" alternative, the "expansion" of rights, liberties, the "enlightened, progressive," still-capital-but-almost-social-ISM that is the Moby Dick/Holy Grail of their dreams.

Have you seen the white whale?

full at: https://anticapital0.wordpress.com/great-white-hopes-springs-eternal/



Friday, June 16, 2017

150, 100...ZERO


1. One hundred and fifty years ago, Marx’s Capital (volume 1) was published. Nobody, OK, almost nobody thought it was a big deal.

One hundred years ago, the event voted “least likely to succeed” by the senior class attending the Second International’s Karl Kautsky Gymnasium, occurred. Everybody, everywhere knew the Russian Revolution was a really big deal.

And that’s OK. Marx was first, foremost, last, and always a revolutionist. “Economics” is, in his own word, shit.

Revolution, in Lenin’s words is “the festival of the oppressed.” Everybody, well almost everybody, knows how much Marx and Engels loved to party.

If there were still a Soviet Union around, the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution would be marked by some big-ass parades in Red Square– rocket launchers, tanks, armored personnel carriers, airborne troops, with the usual gray eminences standing appropriately/inappropriately atop Lenin’s Tomb, looking like they were just three hours either side of the cardiac intensive care unit; clapping hands (their own), pounding chests (each other’s) to keep warm enough, breathe long enough to have time for one more cigarette, one more shot of vodka.

Read more at  Anti-Capital # 4

Saturday, June 10, 2017

THIS JUST IN...

Pathological Liar Offers Sworn Testimony

Nation Relieved 

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Thumbnail Review

Who could ever forget Yanis Varoufakis?  Leather clad, bike riding, game theorist, erratic Marxist, a regular one-man circus, with clowns, minus elephants.

Now Southside Yanni has a new book, Adults in the Room, all about-- you guessed it-- Yanis Varoufakis.   Quelle surprise.  Or as we say in the vernacular, strip my gears and call me shiftless.

Q: What's the difference between Yanni and, say, Margaret Thatcher? 

A:  Nothing. For both, of both, by both, it all comes down to this: TINA-- there is no alternative.  There is no alternative to capitalism. 

You can bluff and bluster and pull the odd fast one, but there's no alternative, so sooner rather than later, your bluff is called, your bluster is empty, and it turns out that the man in the wheelchair is infinitely faster than you.

That this rat bastard-- no, not Wolfgang, but rather Yanis-- can use the devastation of Greece as a platform for his own celebrity tells us all we need to know about him, his game, his theory, his "Marxism," and the current mode of production, any one of which is enough to gag a maggot.

S.Artesian
May 4, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Hardest Thing

The April 15 "Free Speech Rally" planned by various fascist groups for Berkeley, California was both bait and trap.  Black bloc and "antifa" swallowed the former and was swallowed in turn by the latter.

This isn't about courage or commitment or dedication. Nobody doubts the courage and dedication of the Black bloc or the antifascist fighters.

This isn't about whether or not Black bloc is immature, irresponsible, juvenile, disruptive, and or a giant pain in the ass.

full at: https://anticapital0.wordpress.com/the-hardest-thing/ 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Two Headlines



0707 hrs:  "Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs self in cell, pronounced dead at Massachusetts hospital"

1441 hrs:  "Bill O’Reilly out at Fox News"

Personally, I'd be much happier, and the world would be a much better place, if the heads were swapped but the lines remained the same.

S.Artesian