“Pelosi and Democratic Leaders Condemn Omar Statements as Anti-Semitic”: How Criticism is Quashed

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Any time someone expresses any criticism of Israel’s criminal actions towards the Palestinians, they are labeled as anti-Semite.

This is how AIPAC wants to keep it, too.

Leftist Revolution: How to Run The Initial Days

In my previous post, I expressed the opinion that a major mistake made by Communist nations, both past and present, is that they moved too fast to make radical economic changes after their respective revolutions. Stalin’s “Five Year Plans”, Mao’s “Great Leap Forward”, and the very radical economic and societal moves made by Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge left tens of millions dead. What I propose instead is that once a revolution is won here in the U.S., and a vanguard/transition party is established, we then move slowly into a socialist system.

Now, we can make major societal changes regarding human rights issues like LGBTQ issues, women’s equality and abortion rights, and of course, minority rights. And we should also start socializing major industries, like utility companies, the medical system, and other day-to-day human rights issues. But the last thing we want to do is something as radical as eliminating the money-based system or forcing people into collectives.

The reason for this is because the people are not yet informed about the nature of the Socialist/Communist system as of today. We need to create a new hegemonic culture based on equality and the new government-to-citizen relationship first. Italian scholar and Communist Antonio Gramsci iwrote about how capitalism is the hegemonic culture. So everything we know is based on that brutal system and, therefore, it is hard to think outside of it, especially in America where the entire history of our young nation is nothing but capitalism. We don’t have the history of a feudal system. Other nations do. So they have something to fall back on, culturally. So that’s why we need a vanguard/transitional party so immensely.

In conclusion, we must make a gradual change in our economic system. This will help the masses ease into a new leftist system. I arrived at this notion because, according to scholars, it took France’s democratic system to work itself out all the way from the storming of the Bastille in 1789, until 1898. So we must be patient and live with a gradual economic change. Plus, Ionce comfortable with the socialist system, the masses can then move into a Communist system for they will be educated in terms of the next steps towards emancipation.

So we cannot have a radical economic change in the U.S. after a far left revolution. The people need to be eased into a new system. Then we will be ready for a Communist system in the a post-socialist stage… even if it takes 100 years.

Social Protest Lit.: Karl Marx “Address to President Lincoln”

indexTaken from the “Address to President Lincoln” drafted by Karl Marx from the International Workingmen’s Association. This piece of an essay is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter is summarized as to pertain to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.”

When an oligarchy of three hundred thousand slaveholders, for the first time in the annals of the world, dared to inscribe “Slavery” on the banner of armed revolt; when on the very spot where hardly a century ago the idea of one great democratic republic had first sprung up, whence the first declaration of the Rights of Man was issued, and the first impulse given to the European revolution of the eighteenth century, when on the very spot the counter-revolution cynically proclaimed property in man to be “the new corner-stone of the new edifice”- then the working classes of Europe understood at once that the slaveholders’ rebellion was to sound the tocsin for a general holy war of property against labor; and that for men of labor, with their hopes for the future, even the past conquests were at stake in that tremendous conflict on the other side of the Atlantic.

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Human Rights Before Animal Rights

b497a83b-32d2-42ac-b538-8b157f9dee52-460x276An op-ed in The Guardian by Sadhbh Walshe brings up a point I’ve been thinking about lately, namely, why does it seem violations against animal rights are becoming more more important than abuses of human rights.

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UAE Human Rights Abuses of Migrant Workers

0329OPEDstolle-SUB02-articleLargeIn Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE where lavish tourism sites are being constructed, the work is being done by migrant Indian and Pakistani workers who are being abused.

They are  locked into the kafala system (a form of indentured servitude) working for small wages and becoming trapped in the UAE for their visas expire due to long working stints. And this system is not exclusive to the UAE but the Gulf States in general.

Reading this op-ed in the NYT is important to be informed of this human rights violating system.

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UN Severely Criticizes U.S. Human Rights Record

Guantanamo Sept 11 TrialAn article in The Guardian reports that on Thursday, the UN Human Rights Committee harshly criticized the U.S. for human rights abuses which include racial discrimination, drone attacks, the detention of prisoners at Gitmo,  and even our gun policies, amongst many other offenses.

It is a good thing to have an organization such as the UN holding even the world’s most powerful nation up to a mirror at times and dare to damn it’s policies.

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Israel Should Be Investigated By The I.C.C.

israel_pol01A great op-ed in the NYT by George Bisharat, a law professor at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, on since Palestine is now recognized as a nonmember state by the U.N., they should take the Israeli’s to the International Criminal Court for their brazen disregard for the Geneva Convention and other international laws addressing crimes against humanity.

This is an important op-ed for two reasons: (1) it outlines the worst offenses committed by the Israelis against the Palestinians and why they should be prosecuted, and (2) press articles that are so critical of Israeli policy involving the Palestinians are rarely found in the United States.

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Military Contractor at Abu-Ghraib to be awarded $5 million to Tortured Detainees

abu-ghraib-190Article from the AP in the Washington Post reporting that a military contractor operating in Abu-Ghraib from 2003-2007 has been ordered by a U.S. court to pay former detainees $5 million in cash for abuse during the Iraq War.

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Backing up rhetoric with action in Bahrain – The Washington Post

Backing up rhetoric with action in Bahrain – The Washington Post.

Too often actions like these of the United States’ government go unnoticed by the public and, when bad things happen, we wonder why instead of realizing what we did to create bad feelings among the people of foreign countries.  Sadly, it seems silly to some to even point out an immoral action in such a small country but, regardless of the country’s size, these hypocritical actions should always be noted and condemned for what they are.  If we don’t take the time to criticize these moves, the public is just as guilty as the government for allowing this to happen with utter silence.

Young Palestinian Man Commits Suicide for Attention to Poverty

A 20 year old man in Gaza sets himself on fire in protest over his family’s, and others, dire economic situations. This article gives some great stats from reputable sources regarding how bad the economic realities in Gaza really are due to Israel’s brutal policies.

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