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Data mining is the latest tool used by the system to condition us. It is what you might call “bespoke advertising”. OK it’s harder now but years ago I learnt “do not listen to adverts”. What were adverts trying to do? Get me to spend money on items I didn’t necessarily want.

Let’s be clear, I do buy items that are advertised but I don’t buy because of the way they are advertised. I buy a car. From the occasional adverts I do see, is there any information in those adverts that could help me make a better decision? Am I really going to find the woman of my dreams if I buy a Lamborghini?

The political point about advertising is mindful consuming. Mindfully choose. Facebook ads – don’t click. Why am I getting all this spam? Because people click. Mindful people don’t click.

To my mind all of this furore concerning data mining can be strategically overcome by mindful consuming. What does our class control? Consuming. They want us to spend money in a certain way so don’t. If data mining puts an ad on your facebook page, never click. It is simple.

But mindful consuming as a class is far more powerful. Why does the Israeli government spend so much effort fighting the BDS movement? Because boycotting the other apartheid in South Africa contributed significantly to the changes there.

Mindfulness as mindful consuming is an attribute of the path that is beyond conditioning.

Why does this affect liberals? Because they are such avid “liberal” consumers. They want to be free to consume. Where is their sustainability when their “struggle” means being free to consume? Click-bait only works for ill-disciplined minds, be mindful of what you are doing, of how you are consuming.

The above is not contained in this excellent BAR article LINK on Cambridge Analytica. The article is good because it shows that the 1% are into data mining. It shows that what is going on with the Trump strategists is no different to Obama’s strategists, no different to Blair’s strategists, and only a development from Thatcher’s Saatchi and Saatchi.

Confront people, make them mindful, make mindful consuming a political startegy. Data mining only works with the conditioned. If we are a class in struggle then we don’t wimp out with feeble-minded click-baiting. Let facebook waste its money giving me a BAR advert ….

Or skin-lightening cream??

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Kick out opportunism

Posted: 19/02/2018 by zandtao in Struggle
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Here is another excellent BAR article “If the Democrats were decent” describing the opportunist nature of this supposed party of the American people. Following a Russell podcast I wrote this blog about George Monbiot in which I described the 4 class enemies:-

In the US the democrat leadership seem to be the height of opportunists, putting America First they are the leading opportunist exploiters in the world. In the Democrat party there is Bernie who worked with the grassroots and got support, the opportunists, this time under Hillary, shafted him.

This BAR article clearly shows the face of opportunism in America. Know who is working with the grassroots, work with them, and kick out the opportunists. Don’t tolerate them – kick them out.

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Academy, 1% and Trump

Posted: 04/02/2018 by zandtao in War
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I have no idea whether Trump supporters still believe that he is fighting the 1%, but BAR has written an article recognising academic verification that Trump swung into office not on a charger of his own money but of the usual suspects – finance and hedge funds [1%]. Although Robert Mercer wasn’t specifically mentioned in the BAR article, this confirms academically what Real News Network had been saying about Trump finances. Trump is rich, backed by 1%, and has done 1% bidding as described in this BAR article.

I don’t like Hillary but have never seen her as any more than a typical power-hungry corrupt politician – Trump is far worse, but Glen Ford is far more condemning; however Hillary’s cackling over the death of Gaddafi is chilling.

Adam Curtis blog with Russell Brand “Under the Skin” spoke of finance wanting stability, but under Trump that has clearly changed. It is interesting to note that the 1% are not uniform (one identity). Robert Mercer and the hedge-fund backers brought Trump in yet initially the 1% were cagey; now he has proved his worth to them. “Or, some would argue that he has been bludgeoned into that posture. Certainly, the bulk of the ruling class and their attendants, interpreters and enforcers were horrified that the Orange Menace might destabilize the two-capitalist-party system, undermine the free global flow of capital and jobs, and allow the momentum of the military offensive begun by Barack Obama in 2011 to falter. That threat to the imperial order has passed. Trump’s savage assault on the very concept of regulation; his willingness to renegotiate NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership; and the rise of the generals as both day-to-day and overall policy managers in his White House, are “normalizing” Trump. The Republican tax cut — a looting spree – although not engineered by Trump, redounds to his benefit in 1% circles. As their unearned gains accrue, the Lords of Capital appreciate the uses of The Donald. Orange is the new normal – a measure of how insane late stage capitalism has become.” It was actually a fall-back of mine (along with brinkmanship) that finance required stability. It is very worrying that they can embrace such overt war-mongering as Trump and profit from him, it was almost a “comfort” that the wars were secretive – almost covert, and that maybe they were ashamed to profit from them. But to embrace Trump is frightening. I hope they come to their senses.

The article finishes with “The main objective is to make endless war palatable, as imperialism attempts to bomb, blockade, occupy and bluster its way out of a cascade of crises. Unable to compete with the Chinese command economy, its “soft” power exhausted, the U.S. empire plays the only strong card it has left: its massive military, now centered on a special operations force roughly as large as the entire French Army. War becomes both the means of imperial survival and justification for its continued existence: the how and the why of empire.

Liberals read this “That’s why there is no such thing as a “resistance” that is not loudly and consistently anti-war.

Ndeh Ntumazah and Omwony-Ojwok taught me my world view (taken from my YJ days), this is why I seek the clarity that sound black people have. Thank you BAR.

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Class First

Posted: 02/02/2018 by zandtao in Democracy, ONE planet, Struggle
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Bruce Dixon has written a second part to the piece on intersectionality, I wrote a blog about the first part here (reference to part 1 quoted within).

This part was primarily concerned with criticism within his own community, and that is a debate I will not enter as it is not my debate and I don’t have knowledge of it. But he quotes Sharon Smith on two intersectionalities “there are two separate, distinct and mutually incompatible intersectionalities. The first, she says is firmly in the camp of the real left, those who oppose and aim to overthrow capitalism, patriarchy, white supremacy and empire – not two or three out of four but all four. This tradition, which puts intersectionality in the context of class analysis and class struggle goes back at least to Claudia Jones in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, and the Cohambee River Collective in the 1970s, although neither of these ever heard or uttered the word “intersectional.” The second intersectionality according to Smith, is rooted in post-structuralism which categorically rejects socialism and class analysis, and either downgrades the importance of class struggle at most to something coequal in importance with ageism, ableism and speciesism. With no anchor in class struggle, and emphasizing the oppressed experience of individuals and non-class groups this kind of intersectionalism acts to perpetuate the division of the US left and wannabe left into squabbling constituency groups vying for attention, funding and acknowledgement of whose cause is the most righteous. With neither the means nor the inclination to contend for power, this intersectionalist emphasis on individual experience and deeds has given rise to atrocities like callout culture.” As an aside I was interested in reading that Claudia Jones founded the West Indian Gazette, and started the Notting Hill Carnival, I would like to think this was just something I had forgotten but maybe not.

These two intersectionalities closely parallel the dichotomy of the UK left at present. I interpret these two as class socialists (real left) and liberals, all of whom have been conveniently labelled by the right into “The Left” – without sufficient outrage by the real left in my view. It is this I wanted to note. Whilst this article is primarily concerned with answering internal criticisms, it still contains the clarity denoted by these two intersectionalities acting as divisive forces in the class struggle. “Unfortunately this second version of intersectionality is nearly hegemonic among self defined radicals and even liberals in the academy. Since it’s vigorously promoted by sectors of corporate media and the funders of the nonprofit industrial complex, it’s likely to remain so for the forseeable future.” That is liberalism to me.

Whilst it is not my argument, this “Similarly afro-pessimism only surfaced after enough black faces got comfy spots in the academy.” did make me laugh.

As usual it is worth reading Black Agenda Report.

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US hegemony and Neoliberalism

Posted: 27/01/2018 by zandtao in ONE planet, Struggle, War
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It is always worth listening/reading Black Agenda Report for the clarity. Here, Margaret Kimberley, is talking about the African branch of the US hegemony, AFRICOM:-

I have nothing to add to what she is saying. As a black person she is critical of the Democratic black caucus throughout; that is for her to say. I have no wish to single out the black caucus, I am concerned as to how little we hear of US/NATO expansionism in the west as a whole. That is a characteristic of neoliberalism, ignore the real issues of war and wage-slavery, and whine away about this or that at the cheese-and-wine soiree. In the UK we have to know that our NHS is n decline whilst military spending is increasing – under US hegemonic instruction.

Just a quick mention – BAR clarity again.

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Class Unity and Intersectionality

Posted: 26/01/2018 by zandtao in Media, Struggle
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As usual I like to read Black Agenda Report analyses, and I am pleased to see that class is an issue now being raised. Intersectionality is a far too haphazard process to base any movement on, sadly at the present time any form of unity or common concurrence including intersectionality is worthwhile.

The Left, and I mean the genuine left as opposed to an umbrella left dominated by liberals, has completely failed the 99% in the twentieth century, and with the flames of liberal indignation being manipulated continues to fail in the twenty-first. Throughout my limited political involvement in the UK, the genuine Left was always fighting the intellectuals both outside and inside its ranks, and in the end were easily pushed out of the way by Blair and his neoliberal promotion of liberalism. I had hoped in Occupy to see a return to the genuine left but instead funded right-wing intellectualism has succeeded in completely dividing the movement. There is now only confusion and the 1% are using the forces of rising fascism to increase their accumulation.

Class is still a relevant issue, but obviously “some Marxist analysis is dated”. Class solidarity united against war and wage slavery is the only unity that can prevail in any way against the 1%. But in my adult 45 years we are the furthest from any such unity. Promoting liberalism has divided the class, and issue-based campaigns completely dominate the agenda; and this agenda is one that is being manipulated by the 1% through their strategy of confusion. How can there possibly be revolutionary understanding presented on mainstream media (owned by 1% moguls)? It is only acceptable because liberals can pretend to be fighting, have their jobs and houses at the same time – and their entertainment.

Class is more than the summation of separate identities, and solidarity within class would soon teach that liberal representation for one group can never be beneficial for a class. If the number of jobs are the same and there is transfer of jobs from one class member to another, we are only promoting the interests of the 1%. New jobs have to be taken from the accumulations of the 1% – not each other.

We need a class identity again. Back in the day in the UK there was a limited class identity of the cloth caps with some middle-class involvement. That class identity gave those people some strength, and there was a feeling of class identification. But there was a failure in education and solidarity so within that class there was racism, sexism, homophobia etc. Although some in the movement tried to educate they failed, and, instead of the class developing, interest groups started to dominate. At the same time there were fewer of the production-line “working” class, the class failed to change with the job market, and intellectual egos claimed an arrogance (above cloth caps) becoming forces for separation. Now instead of having a united class of wage-slaves, we have interest groups and those interests can claim to be both left and right within the same interest group; for many in these groups wage-slavery is not an issue, many such buying into their career delusions. More importantly those interest groups have no means of attack, they do not threaten the profits of the 1%. Whilst withdrawal of labour was a useable weapon, now what weapons do we use – perpetual bleating in the mainstream media? Demonstrations that are ridiculed? Progress can only be made with unity, a unity that recognises a united class, a united 99%. And then progress can be made through class strategies such as class demonstrations, consumer control, and constructive struggle against the 1%. Only strong unity can meaningfully affect their accumulation.

Interest groups need to be proud to be proletarian again, interest groups need to unite in a class struggle whether it is called the 99% or something else. Dividing the class on interests and supporting such interests through liberalism has no future especially as liberals will dodge any fight that affects their mortgage. When the 1% changes the labour market and it appears workers from one interest group are favoured, we have to scream at the 1%. All of us must scream that way, racists, liberals must address the same cause – 1% accumulation. It is class and not interest groups that can unite, can defend, can defeat, interest groups can only be played off.

I have had to work with racists in the “old grass roots movement”, it was distasteful. They did however fight for the class, sadly I suspect the new generation of those people are now alt-right. A tenuous link to the movement is better than none, and maybe education can happen. If there was no trade union movement those people’s interests would gravitate to the alt-right. These people were not compassionate, they were self-interested, and now that self-interest is probably alt-right. However distasteful it is to work with these people it has to happen, they are far less distasteful than what the 1% and their current puppets are doing. Not everyone has to be right-on to work with them, there can be mutually-beneficial interests in the class.

Success through intersectionality can never work, it is too easy to fan the flames of difference. Accepting class with all the weaknesses of class comrades is the only slim distasteful chance that we have.

Class unity not intersectionality.

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Do the 1% want Trump?

Posted: 13/01/2018 by zandtao in Freedom, Science
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Again I have enjoyed the clarity of a Black Agenda Report article, as far as I know (being British and living far away in Thailand) this gives a clear analysis of Democrats, neoliberalism and the need for change.

However there was one statement that jumped out at me:-

“The ruling class desperately want to replace Trump for fear that his rise to the Oval Office marks the beginning of the end of the two-party arrangement in Washington.”

Initially I felt the 1% were not supporting Trump during his campaign for presidency. Once nominated he became Republican and not Trump so the 1% supported him begrudgingly. Once he got in I think they were jittery. The 1%-profits come from their manipulation of trade, his deplorable approach might have had impact on the way business is conducted. I now feel the 1% are behind Trump because he is delivering more profits – increasing wars-for-profits for example. For the 1% racism is just a tool for promoting division and thus ensuring the continuation of profits. It seems to me that Trump policies don’t matter to the 1%, his rhetoric increases antagonism between deplorables and liberals, and the 1% can exploit that situation.

That antagonism is symbolised in the two-party system of neoliberalism, and that arrangement is something that the 1% control and can exploit. I agree with that. And the “better the system they know” might apply to this 1%-control. But the 1% did not invent the two-party neoliberal parlour game, historically one party has always grown out of struggle and then with 1%-backing taken over by opportunists and become part of the 2-party neoliberalism and under 1%-control.

What if Trump-fascism does end 2-party neoliberalism? How would this impact on the 1%-profits? I don’t know but I think fascism would enable total control of the profit-making. Over his presidency I think I have perceived an increasing alignment between Trump and the 1% – how would I know? Trump is an excellent vehicle for the 1%. He is obnoxious, hated by the majority, and a complete maverick. The 1% however appear to keep their distance. If he loses, he can be ditched by the 1%, blamed for being in collusion with the Russians, blamed for being a racist, and blamed for being crazy. If Trump became too oppressive it would be so easy for the 1% to finance a new liberalism, and recreate the two-party neoliberalism that functions so well for them at the moment.

Trump is a perfect 1%-scapegoat, and I think they will milk him for as long as possible so long as they benefit.

Of course with a Trump-extreme world the 1% might become divided??

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Trump Support – Racist or Winnable?

Posted: 13/01/2018 by zandtao in Democracy, Freedom, Struggle
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I read this good blogpost, and decided to respond. It became long-ish so it is now a blogpost.

This article is blunt and clear, but if the analysis that Trump voters are only racists and unchangeable is correct this does not bode well for the US.

I am not sure if this is true. At present I see Trump voters as an alliance of 3 groups. Firstly there are the deplorables – the racists, secondly there are the 1%, and thirdly there are the right-wing intellectuals. The 1% are not important in terms of the number of voters but are Republicans. I think most were very distrustful of Trump to begin with – see early comments in Fortune and WSJ, most did not support his campaign for President, but as he has delivered on the 1%-agenda they are now backing him.

However the third group, the right-wing intellectuals, might be winnable. They are anti-liberal – as am I as a socialist. The sanctimony of liberalism alienates many – especially individulaists. Individualists who put individualism first see the bleating demands of liberals as an infringement of their liberty, and it is attacks on their liberty that matter. These people are not emotional racists (deplorables) but institutional racists as their individualism effectively leads to racism – in this situation their institutional racism led to a Trump-vote. But these people are winnable because at the root of their individualism is some level of compassion. This is important because their compassion has to put them at odds with Trump, their compassion puts them at odds with being called racists – despite their institutional racism.

These people are sick of liberals and neoliberalism, and the question is “who are they more sick of?” – liberals and neoliberalism or Trump. These are people who might well have voted for Sanders but could not vote for Hillary. It is most important that the Democrats get a popular candidate (unblemished) or Bernie, Hillary is the same old problem of neoliberalism.

I think these right-wing intellectuals are important because they give credence to voters who are not deplorable; they also have more influence than their numbers because of their analysis. But the issue is jobs. If the jobs come, they have not so far – despite the Trump rhetoric, then the right-wing intellectuals will work for Trump. Whilst this is racist the issue is not race.

My concern is that the 1% know the issue is jobs. If Trump is still producing the goods for them by 2019, the 1% will provide more jobs and the US and the world will have four more years of the Deplorable.

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