State of the Struggle

Posted: 26/07/2011 by zandtao in Finance, Struggle, War

The State of the Struggle

This site has been sparked by a recent re-awakening of political understanding, for 20 years I have not lived in metropolitian countries. Somehow I felt that the struggle didn’t apply to me – mainly because as an expat I didn’t have a stake in the countries, and that I therefore didn’t need to be aware of it. This lack of realisation was further fuelled by a desire in retirement for Buddhist understanding, but the issue of Buddhist dhamma is that although it is the truth and teachings for many it is not applied to daily life. Once you extend your insight and mindfulness into daily life politically, there is a realisation that there is a particularly heinous sharpening of the capitalist model.

Marxism describes two classes, those that own and those that are wage-slaves, socially however people have often described a third class – the middle class. Whilst I have always recognised that descriptively there has existed a separation in the class of wage slaves because these middle classes have had greater wealth and ownership of their property, their function in the process of capitalism has no meaning. They have no different power – only consumer power and withdrawal of labour, and the middle-class description had little function other than an obfuscation of the perception of the struggle with the owners.

I am far from finished with any study or analysis but it is good that I was pointed to Iraq to begin my study as Iraq appears to be a point at which significant change occurred within the class struggle. In the 80s, the Reagan-Thatcher era, the class struggle was at the stage where the accumulation of capital lay primarily within the nation-state. Transnationals were at the time growing, and these corporations were still of course our masters – the owning class, but the political actions of the owners still took on a national character. At the time of the first Gulf War this national character changed, it was more international of nature. There was no threat to any of the hegemonic nation-states such at the US or the UK, it was a war that was fought on the global arena – elsewhere.

To begin to understand the nature of war a good point to start is John Stockwell. As a CIA insider he learnt of the real US policies post-second world war, and he has given this the name of the Third World War described in this clip. In greater detail he has described the actions of the CIA in The Secret Wars of the CIA where he has attributed more than 6 million deaths as a consequence of the CIA’s actions during the Cold War, actions which were not directed against the Soviets who had the bomb but against powerless Third World nations whose lifestyles and populations were decimated to maintain the prevailing western lifestyles through the profits of the Military Industrial Complex – a key player in the Corporatocracy. Here the supposed enemy was the communists but never once were western military intentions targetted on the Russians, the consequences would have been too frightening to contemplate. These were consequences I grew up with where nuclear war was perceived as a real threat.

But now this threat has gone, and the countries of the corporatocracy are not threatened by a nation state – if they ever truly were. With the falling of the Berlin wall the so-called communist threat very quickly evaporated, but to maintain western financial stability a new enemy was needed. This enemy began with Saddam, and ended with the War on Terror, neither of whom were a major threat. So what has happened with this “change in enemy”? Muslim countries have been destabilised, their peoples, in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya so far, have been sacrificed, and western industries have built their bombs and made their profits. Although the intellectuals have argued that the threat is not Islam as a whole – just a few fundamentalist extremists, Muslim peoples all over the world know that they have become a target. The world associates terrorism with the veil, how disgraceful the media have become. But the War on Terror has an even more frightening dimension because terrorists are invisible. You cannot describe them as black, as Muslims, anyone can be a supposed terrorist – apart from the real terrorists of the corporatocracy. With the media-inspired antagonism towards Muslims there is developing a new phenomenon – the right-wing terrorist as exemplified by Oslo. This terrorist is not isolated, is not peculiar to Oslo, but is rife throughout the western world. The next target will also be in our western countries where there will be increased infringements of liberty in the name of the War on Terror.

The struggle however is also fought on the financial front, and this is where western people will soon realise that middle classes are a description rather than a class reality. Now that there is a limited allegiance to the nation-state, the allegiance of our governments will begin more clearly to align with the corporatocracy. A prime example of this is Obama whose powerful rhetoric brought in a perceived poltical sea-change only for disillusion to creep in as more and more political decisions demonstrate who his poltical masters are. Here is an excellent description by Michael Hudson of the current arguments about what is happening with the discussion about the Debt Ceiling, in the world of war we need an enemy, in the world of finance we need a crisis, but the result is the same we must pay the corporatocracy. Here also is a wider summary of the current created economic crises by Robert Reich, his conclusion is that we promote the middle-classes, but of course that is not the problem. The problem is how do we deal with the corporatocracy?

And for that there is no alternative but alternative – temporarily. Michael Hudson is suggesting that the “game is over” and that the “financial sector is taking their money and running”. I wish the game was over but I feel there is far more that can be squeezed out of people, especially if there is no nation-state. We now have a superclass as described by David Rothkopf in his intellectual description referred to in this blog. This superclass only has allegiance to itself, and its policies indicate this. No welfare, western jobs moved to the cheaper third world. As their security businesses will increase this superclass will live in rich enclaves as poverty and misfortune will begin to affect the rest of humanity. We first need to see what is happening, and we cannot see any News by watching corporate media – download and watch Democracy Now’s daily bulletin. The only control we will have is how we spend our money (see Ethos the movie). We can decide to live healthily by buying locally. If we organise we can begin to use community currencies such as Ithaca Hours. All of these approaches are in line with an approach of insight and mindfulness applied to daily life as discussed in MCN – the Mindful Consumer Network on Insight & MCN page.

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