Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The very long war

On Obama's Peace Prize

The modern American "Peace" movement must surely get some sort of an award for being the most ineffectual movement in history. They represent the views of at least 60% of Americans who want these wars to end, but they can not manage to pull off anything with the slightest impact on the wars.

Its their latest effort that has me shaking my head. They just wrote a 'open letter' to the Noble Peace Prize committee. Ok, some obvious points to be made there, as our wonderful man of peace has just escalated the war in Afghanistan by yet another 30,000 troops.

So, what do these wonderful leaders of our peace movement ask for in this letter? What dramatic step forward for mankind and the peace of the world are they calling for?

We assume that the Nobel Committee chose to award President Obama the peace prize in full awareness of the vision offered by Dr. King’s acceptance speech. We also understand that the Nobel committee may now regret that decision in light of recent developments, as we believe that the committee should be reluctant to present an Orwellian message equating peace with war. When introducing the President, the Committee should, at the very least, exhibit a level of compassion and humility by drawing attention to this distressing ambiguity.

That's it?

First, its so badly written, that what they actually ask for, which is merely for the President's introduction mention the fact that he's a warmonger creating more wars in the world, is hard to even find until you read it several times. And this is all buried down in paragraph number five of this 'open letter'. This is obviously what comes out when you assign a committee to write a statement.

And that's all they want? Heck, that's not worth the paper the letter's written on. They killed a tree to say this? Couldn't they at least ask that the committee actually withdraw the prize?

The American peace movement. Doesn't have the power to accomplish anything. Doesn't even have the guts to ask for anything. Useless.

We need to build our own peace movement from the ground up. Don't wait on leaders. Don't wait on organizations. Build it yourself in your neighborhood.

Because, if we have to wait on this bunch of 'antiwar leaders' to bring peace to the US, we are going to have a very, very, very long war.

Banks for the People

Chavez's Lines: December 6, 11 years later
Ever wonder why Chavez is so hated by the elites in the US? Its not because he's a 'dictator'. A strange dictator that's constantly having elections. No, its because he says things like this. Dangerous things. So dangerous that the citizens of the US are to be protected from such thoughts, here in this great land of freedom.

A good rule to follow is to always read the people they don't want you to read, and listen to the people they don't want you to hear. When someone is criticized and attacked, usually its a good idea to go find out why. Of course, you might find out they are a total idiot, but you should at least go check for yourself.

In this case, you might find out that its possible that a government might put white-collar bandits in jail rather than protecting them.

Banks for the people!

It is necessary to insist on the profound difference between the logic of the revolutionary state we are creating - which makes people a priority - and the logic of the bourgeois state.

Within the logic of the bourgeois state, capital pays and it receives: the only important thing is the permanent strengthening of capital to support an economic structure that not only ensures the abusive privileges of a few, but is designed for the reproduction of a model of society based on inequality and the exclusion of the majority.

Let's recall, when the financial crisis rocked the United States, we saw how the state power came to the aid of the corrupt bankers, forgetting the depositors.

Venezuela has seized control of seven banks and in our case, without any ambiguity, the idea is to protect depositors and guarantee their savings. In this particular case, we are talking about 713,200 depositors who trusted in these seven banks. In addition, we decided to include two of these banks in the public financial system in order to strengthen and broaden the support to low-income sectors.

What a difference! Over there, bankers are protected so they can continue with their sneaky tricks. Here, white-collar bandits go to jail.