Happy Birthday Greetings to MAJ from Subcommandante Marcos

via:  Greg Ruggiero

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Hi All–

I thought you would like this birthday letter written to Mumia ten years ago by Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos spokesperson for the clandestine Mexican insurgent group, the Zapatistas. The original letter was written in Spanish. Both the English and Spanish versions were first published here in the books “Our Word is Our Weapon, Selected Writings of Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos” and “Nuestra Arma es Nuestra Palabra.”

La lucha sigue!

va un abrazo desde Brooklyn,

Greg


Greg Ruggiero | Editor | City Lights Books | www.citylights.com

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Letter To Mumia Abu-Jamal

April 24, 1999

For: Mumia Abu-Jamal, American Union

From: Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos, Mexico


Mr. Mumia:

I am writing to you in the name of the men, women, children and elderly of the Zapatista National Liberation Army in order to congratulate you on April 24, your birthday.

Perhaps you have heard of us. We are Mexican, mostly indigenous, and we took up arms on January 1, 1994 demanding a voice, a face and a name for the forgotten of the earth.

Since then, the Mexican government has made war on us, pursues and harasses us seeking our death, our disappearance and our absolute silence. The reason? These lands are rich with oil, uranium and precious lumber. The government wants them for the great transnational companies. We want them for all Mexicans. The government sees our lands as a business. We see our history written in these lands. In order to defend our right (and that of all Mexicans) to live with liberty, democracy, justice and dignity we became an army and took on a name, a voice and face.

Perhaps you wonder how we know of you, about your birthday, and why it is that we extend this long bridge which goes from the mountains of the Mexican Southeast to the prison of Pennsylvania where you are incarcerated unjustly. Many good people from many parts of the world have spoken of you, through them we have learned how you were ambushed by the North American police in December of 1981, of the lies which they constructed in the procedures against you, and of your death sentence in 1982. We learned about your birthday through the international mobilizations which, under the name of “Millions for Mumia,” are being prepared this April 24.

It is harder to explain this bridge which this letter extends, it is more complicated. I could tell you that, for the powerful of Mexico and the government, to be indigenous, or to look indigenous, is reason for disdain, abhorrence, distrust and hatred. The racism which now floods the palaces of power in Mexico goes to the extreme of carrying out a war of extermination and genocide against millions of indigenous. I am sure that you will find similarities with what power in the United States does with the so-called “people of color” (African-American, Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Asians, North American Indians and any other peoples who do not have the insipid color of money).

We are also “people of color” (the same color as our brothers who have Mexican blood and live and struggle in the American Union). Our color is “brown,” the color of the earth, the color from which we take our history, our strength, our wisdom and our hope. But in order to struggle we add the color black to our brown. We use black ski-masks to show our faces, only then can we be seen and heard. Following the advice of an indigenous Mayan elder, who explained to us the meaning of the color black, we chose this color.

Old Don Antonio, this wise elder, died in these rebel Zapatista lands in March of 1994, a victim of tuberculosis which gnawed away at his lungs and his breath. Old Don Antonio used to tell us that from black came light and from there came the stars which light up the sky around the world. He recounted a story of a long time ago (in the times when time was not measured), when the first gods were given the task of giving birth to the world. In one of their meetings they understood that the world needed to have life and movement, and to have life and movement, light was necessary. Then they thought of making the sun in order that the days move and so that there would be day and night and time for struggling and time for making love, and the world would go walking with the days and nights. The gods had their meeting and made this agreement in front of a large fire, and they knew it was necessary that one of them be sacrificed by throwing himself into the fire and himself become fire and fly into the sky. The gods thought that the sun’s work was the most important, so they chose the most beautiful god so that he would fly into the fire and become the sun. But he was afraid. Then the smallest god, the one who was black, said he was not afraid and he threw himself into the fire and became the sun. Then the world had light and movement, and there was time for struggle and time for love, and while it was day the bodies worked to make the world and while it was night the bodies made love and sparkles filled the darkness.

This is what Old Don Antonio told us and that is why we use black ski masks. So we are of the color brown and of the color black. But we are also the color yellow, because the first people who walked these lands were made of corn so they would be true. And we are also red because this is the call of blood which has dignity, and we are also blue because we are the sky in which we fly, and green for the mountain which is our house and our strength. And we are white because we are paper so that tomorrow can write its story.

So we are 7 colors because there were 7 first gods who birthed the world.

This is what Old Don Antonio said long ago and now I tell you this story so that you may understand the reason for this bridge of paper and ink which I send to you all the way from the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.

And also so that you may understand that with this bridge go greetings and embraces for Leonard Peltier (who is in the prison at Leavenworth, Kansas), and for the more than 100 political prisoners in the USA who are the victims of injustice, stupidity and authoritarianism.

And with this letter-bridge walks as well a greeting for the Dine (the Navajo), who fight in Big Mountain, Arizona against the violations of their traditional Dine religious practices.” They struggle against those who favor large businesses instead of respect for the religious freedom of Indian peoples, against those who want to destroy sacred grounds and ceremonial sites (as is the case of Peabody Western Coal Company which, without reason, wants to take the lands and the land rights, and the history which belong to the Dine and their future generations.)

But this letter-bridge has more than just stories of resistance against North American injustice. In the extreme south of our continent, in Chile, the indigenous Mapuche women in the Pewenche Center of Alto Bio-Bio confront stupidity. Bertha and Nicolasa Quintreman are accused of “mistreating” members of the armed forces of the Chilean government. There you have it.  An armed military unit with rifles, sticks, and tear-gas, protected by bulletproof vests, helmets and shields, accuse two indigenous women of “mistreatment.” But Bertha is 74 years old and Nicolasa is 60. How is it possible that two elderly people confronted a “heroic” group of heavily-armed military? Because they are Mapuche. The story is the same as that of the Dine brothers and sisters of Arizona—it repeats itself throughout the Americas. A company—ENDESA—wants the Mapuches’ land, and in spite of the law which protects the indigenous, the government is on the side of the companies. The Mapuche students have pointed out that the government and the company with the military intelligence made a “study” of the Mapuche communities and concluded that the Mapuche could not think, defend themselves, resist, or build a better future for themselves. Apparently, the study was wrong.

Now it occurs to me that, perhaps the powerful in North America carried out a similar “military intelligence” study (frankly, this is a contradiction, because those of us who are military are not intelligent, if we were we would not be military) about the case of the Dine in Arizona, about Leonard Peltier, about other political prisoners, about yourself, Mr. Mumia.

Perhaps they made this study and came to the conclusion that they might be able to violate justice and reason, to assault history and lose the truth, and that no one would say anything. The Dine Indians would stand by and watch the destruction of the most sacred of their history, Leonard Peltier would be alone, and you, Mister Mumia, would be silenced. ( I remember your own words: “They not only want my death, they want my silence.”)

But the studies were wrong. Happy mistake? The Dine resist against those who would kill their memory, Leonard Peltier is accompanied by all those who demand his liberty, and you sir, today you speak and shout with all the voices which celebrate your birthday as all birthdays should be celebrated, by struggling.

Mr. Mumia:

We have nothing big to give you as a gift for your birthday. It is poor and little, but all of us send you an abrazo—an embrace.

We hope that when you gain your freedom you will come to visit us. Then we will give you a birthday party, even if it isn’t April 24, it will be an unbirthday party. There will be music, dance and talk, which are the means by which men and women of all colors understand and know one another, and build bridges over which they walk together, towards history, towards tomorrow.

Happy Birthday!

Vale. We greet you and may justice and truth find their place.

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast,

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

Mexico, April of 1999

P.S. I read somewhere that you are a father and a grandfather. So I am sending you a gift for your children and grandchildren. It is a little wooden car with Zapatistas dressed in black ski-masks.

Tell your children and grandchildren that it is a gift the Zapatistas have sent you. You can explain to them that there are people of all colors everywhere, just like you, who want justice, liberty and democracy for people of all colors.

Letter To the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, USA

April of 1999

For: Mr. Tom Ridge

Governor of Pennsylvania

United States, North America

From : Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

Mexico


To the Magistrate and Governor

Dear sirs:

I write to you in the name of the men, women, children and elderly of the EZLN. Most of us are indigenous Mexicans and we struggle for liberty, democracy and justice.

The purpose of the following letter is to demand justice in the case of Mr. Mumia Abu-Jamal, condemned unjustly to the death penalty in 1982. As you know, the judicial process against Mister Mumia Abu-Jamal was plagued with lies and irregularities: the police who accuse him lied about a supposed confession of his, one of the witnesses has changed testimony and declared that he was forced to lie or face prison, the ballistic evidence has proved it was impossible that Mister Mumia Abu-Jamal fired the weapon which killed the policeman. This should be enough evidence for a new trial, but even this recourse has been denied to Mister Mumia Abu-Jamal. If the Judicial system of Pennsylvania and the governor are certain of the guilt of Mister Mumia Abu-Jamal, they should not fear a new trial which adheres to the truth.

I do not ask clemency, pardon, nor mercy from you for Mister Mumia Abu-Jamal. I demand justice, something which I believe is within your powers. No one within the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania or governor Tom Ridge has anything to lose. A new trial can bring the truth forward, and justice, supposedly, is all that should matter.

That is all. From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast,

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos




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Reparations in the Land of the Giants?

Obama Policy: Imperialism thru Democracy

Black workers, we who sell our labor to make a living, travail under special circumstances in capitalist America. We have the highest rates of unemployment, imprisonment, chronic health issues. On the other hand, we have the lowest rates for home ownership, capital formation, retirement security, and higher education.

The current economic crisis is marked by increasing unemployment, to the tune of 50,000 jobs lost per month. The government giveaway to the financial giants amounts to plus $1.5 trillion over the last three years. This includes “massive liquidity injections” to Wall Street bankers and the European Central Bank since 2006.

Now with all this money floating around, no mention of reparations can be made. No mention of helping the African community get back on its feet. The goliath of Imperialism has stomped the heart out of niggers thru out this country.

Just one point of clarity; before there were African slaves in the Americas, before colonialism and Imperialism, niggers never existed. A nigger is a slave who hopes for a peaceful coexistence within the Imperialist, racist system. If you go the extra mile to justify the racist cause like, maybe, Stanley Crouch or Tarik Nelson, then you’re a bootlicking nigger.

Niggers ought to kno, there is no peaceful coexistence with Imperialism. The Soviet Union was white, and thought Socialism could coexist peacefully in the world alongside Imperialism. That proved to be untrue. And Africans cannot buy into the myth that this racist country will allow them to prosper, to get a piece of the dream, and live in peace with racists next door, down the street, around the corner and on your job. Africans must begin to understand how the system of collaboration diverts our unity with the Caribbean and Africa for a myth no more real than Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or a white deity which arose to remove your sins. Imperialism forced that nonsense upon black folks’ minds, and mentally weak niggers refuse to remove those mental chains.

So, the last few weeks have presented a somewhat quiescent period despite the growing economic crisis. People seem to yearn for that crummy stimulus check in the mail. It has literally caused most critics to shut their yapping traps. Makes one wonder what kind of check niggers would settle for if we can elevate the whole Reparations issue?

George W Bush gave out stimulus checks as well, in his first term, as a reason to celebrate his presidency. That is like King David giving every man in his kingdom a bottle of wine and a loaf of bread. Then again, David was a giant killer. While the jazz artists call Pittsburgh (my home town) “Land of the Giant Killers,” Bush 43, being from Texas, came from the land of the giants. Which is why he could bogart his way into office and behave as if all us little people need to enjoy our roles as unconscious grist for the mill of Imperialism.

So far, we haven’t seen much separation between Barack Obama and Bush 43. Obama isn’t going to address the Reparations question, and so-called black leaders do not want to rock his presidential boat.

Now the white media, with its ugly, twisted rhetoric, attacks Obama on all fronts. The media did not oppose the Bush war at any juncture in its development. It did not counter the blood thirsty lies spread by Colin Powell, in his role at the United Nations as US Secretary of State. This is not just a matter of interpreting or misinterpreting satellite data, as Powell would have us believe. It involved a campaign of slander and lies aimed at the IAEA, Hans Blix, and other internationally certified authorities on Iraq’s capacity to wage war.

Obama, having made promises he obviously never intended to keep, extended the deadline for withdrawing troops from Iraq. Some will be there indefinitely, locked in step with the Rumsfeld Doctrine, “that we will be there a hundred years, if we have to.”

From the land of the giant killers, the slings are being primed.

One media goliath has have slandered the anti-war establishment as “Democratic voters who ached to see America defeated in ‘Bush’s War’”. The giant killers are not Democratic Party voters.

Besides, the US cannot be defeated in Iraq because of several factors. Superior military force always prevails over any highly disorganized and subjective anti-occupation movement. Religion worked fastidiously against Iraqi nationalism. The Brits instigated sectarian violence between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims by surreptitiously bombing the Golden Mosque. This deflected all efforts away from the occupation, the internecine conflict exacerbated by the CIA/Al Qaida anarchist Abu Musab Al Zarqawi.

Now the weak, neo-colonial micro-state struggles to survive in the face of an eventual pull out. The lessons we take from Iraq apply to this period in history.

In Iraq, the Arab world’s only industrialized nation-state, Imperialism completely shattered that country’s economic infrastructure thru twelve years of genocidal economic sanctions prior to the second US invasion, aka the Third Gulf War. The bloodsucking media has the nerve to imply that those who voted for the Obama policy of Imperialism thru Democracy actually wanted to see the US be militarily defeated in Iraq!

Today, the US economic crisis threatens to shatter the lives, jobs and communities of tens of millions of people. With over one trillion dollars already being doled out to investment banks, the giants are killing us. The black community is suffering its own war, a war where far too few of us have ever fought back, a war where those having sanctions and prisons imposed upon them are all too happy to believe the enemy is the friend.

To say, Iraq survived twelve years of sanctions then suffered another devastating military attack by the US and its allies. Now the US working class must likewise take a hit by the same giant interests, international finance capitalism. The most marginalized players, the black workers will bear the brunt of this “crisis” around the world. So black workers must begin to see themselves as giant killers.

We cannot afford to wait for a US military defeat in Iraq or Afghanistan, while the spineless white left says that plant takeovers and uprisings are “ultra-left”. However, workers cannot remain content with bearing the burden of capitalist economic crises. Black workers, who suffer chronic unemployment, chronic debt and health issues, and all the other baggage that anyone assumes goes with being avowed insurgents, are not maroons, rebels or even passive enemies of Imperialism.

In order to become free, black workers must make the decision to be the conscious enemies of capitalism. Black workers, the little guys, must become giant killers. You want Reparations, my People, STAND UP!! Stand up, People. To hell with Obama, he is no black savior. Only the People united will never be defeated.

Luis Posada Carriles, US Guest, International Terrorist

Havana.  April 9, 2009

Posada accused in relation to the attacks in Havana

Jean-Guy Allard

IN a surprising change of strategy, Washington district attorneys responsible for the case against Luis Posada Carriles have increased the number of charges brought against the international terrorist in El Paso, Texas, with respect to false statements in relation to the campaign of attacks that he unleashed in Havana in 1997.

According to the AP, Posada is now charged with having lied about his involvement “in seeking individuals to carry out attacks in Cuba.” More specifically, the district attorneys specified that he failed to tell the truth about having asked Salvadorian mercenary Raúl Cruz León to take explosives to the island for attacks designed to damaging tourist activity.

One of the acts of terrorism perpetrated by Cruz León, contracted by Posada in El Salvador, resulted in the death of Italian tourist Fabio di Celmo. Posada has admitted to his involvement in these crimes in interviews published in the United States.

With a lengthy record in terrorism, including the mid-flight destruction of a Cuban civilian aircraft that caused the death of all 73 people on board, Posada now faces 11 charges, once again appearing before Federal Judge Kathleen Cardone, who previously released him.

The change of strategy on the part of the district attorneys, headed by John W. Van Lonkhuyzen, who belong to the Anti-Terrorist Section of the Justice Department – now directed by Eric Holder – would seems to correspond to a review of the case given repeated extradition applications by the Venezuelan government, in the run up to the Americas Summit, where the issue will inevitably be raised.

However, the District Attorney’s Office has limited itself to additional charges perjury and obstruction against the most famous terrorist in the hemisphere, who worked for the CIA for more than 25 years, besides having served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The new charges will be filed today in the El Paso Court, in a hearing where Posada will supposedly have to be present.

The killer torturer, who is of Cuban origin but was naturalized in Venezuela, has been at liberty since May 2007, after the same judge, Kathleen Cardone, rejected the immigration charges brought by the Justice Department of former U.S. president George W. Bush. That ruling was overturned by the New Orleans 5th Circuit Court of Appeal, which ordered a retrial.

Translated by Granma International

A Brief Overview of the Current Crisis

PAIDS, Racism and the Ideological Paradox

This period of capitalism is marked by several key aspects which have been so far discussed and defined, in the main, as challenges which confront the working classes. Summed up in a type of short-hand so as to make for easier understanding, they are as follows:

PAIDS, which is false consciousness amongst the colonized workers
Neo-Colonialism, or the dilution of the concentrated class question
Racism, the Concentrated Class Struggle
The Ideological Paradox: Democracy at work for Neo-Fascist Imperialism
Anti-Imperialism, necessary to downthro Imperialism and birth a new society

To begin with, Politically Acquired Ideological Deficiency Syndrome (PAIDS) means to explain the saturation of false consciousness within the colonized community within the US. However, it can also sufficiently explain all forms of false consciousness within the working classes as well. By false consciousness, PAIDS means any view which identifies with the ruling class and does not help to liberate the oppressed masses. It is marked by either a lack of an anti-imperialist dialectic or outright unity with Imperialism itself.

A seeming paradox posed against false consciousness, racism, as the concentrated class struggle, has simply drawn the greatest volume of discussion and dialog. It seems as tho resistance to a scientific understanding of the class struggle persists. Too many working class people do not seem to grasp that within a class system the class question defines all social relationships.

Neo-colonialism, in all accuracy, does not reflect PAIDS but the dilution of the concentrated class struggle.

To break down racism as an extension of the class question seems to contradict everything that we have been taught about race. Yet people fail to understand that class existed before racial conflict. That is, class societies have existed on every continent on the planet.

They existed prior to capitalism. In slave and feudal societies, caste systems often prevailed. These instance arose when one society conquered another and occupied its territory. The enslaved nationality was subjugated under the yoke of a caste system, its leaders slaughtered and women raped.

Now while this happened under capitalism, and gave the capitalist system its boost and forward momentum, the conquerors no longer occupied neighboring lands. A form of colonialism, they conquered entire continents and transported captives from far away to work the soil. These captives were dramatically different from the conquerors in appearance and culture. So the theory of race evolved.

Having colonized nearly every inch of the Earth, the capitalists codified their domination in laws. In China, the British posted signs stating “No Dogs, and No Chinese Allowed”, as if dogs can read. The US made the transition from slavery to jim crow, having similar strictures. In Rhodesia and South Africa, apartheid was practiced.

The class question became concentrated, focused the way a magnifying glass concentrates the sun, upon the colonized workers. Anyone who says that racism is not the concentrated class struggle has no concept of class, of struggle and of capitalism.

To turn to the economic meltdown, it is just an expression of the Ideological Paradox. People must understand this. The Ideological Paradox is formed from two social phenomenon working in tandem.

Bourgeois Democracy simply allows people to choose their government, then blame them for electing representatives who work against them. Imperialism, international finance capitalism, is the economic system which determines the policy that bourgeois elected leaders must follow. The paradox is that the two are incompatible together, since a dictatorship operated by a small class of financial manipulators ultimately calls all the shots, thereby making democracy an empty ideal.

With the election of a liberal neo-colonial president in the USA, we can define this period as Imperialism thru Democracy. The apparent easing of repressive legislation, the steps and turns to restore a Keynesian economic model, and generally liberalized policies in US society have lifted many fears and apprehensions. However, the policies of previous administrations remain entrenched.

If the crisis in capitalism takes place at the juncture of the class struggle, it bears saying that democracy merely operates as a tool for class domination. Bourgeois democracy simply allows people to choose their oppressor, then blame them for the government they have elected. While the working class continues to comprise the vast majority of people in this country, somehow they have become convinced that the US is a middle class country. More importantly, workers have come to believe they comprise the middle class. This presents more evidence of PAIDS, or false consciousness.

For this reason, they have voted for anti-labor politics over the last thirty years, or Democracy thru Imperialism. Which means spreading democracy thru what appears to be the strength of international finance capitalism. At times, this involves using the military solution to gird strategic interests. Even when democracy appears to spread Imperialism, the military solution never gets taken off the table.

So the anti-imperialist struggle must be waged to counter the parasitic tendency within capitalist society in general, and in the Imperialist system as a whole. While the importance of building workers collectives, cooperatives and communities of resistance (kilombos, palenques and maroon enclaves) must be stressed, other areas of the struggle need be built.

African and other colonized workers must increase the demand for Reparations and working class justice. This takes the form of community control of police, to dilute the power of the ruling class, as well as wealth dilution. This means workers control of plants, businesses, and infrastructure. It means reduction of the banking system and radicalizing a rebuilt union movement. The workers do not have the luxury of allowing the bourgeoisie to define this period. We have to seize the means of production, and exercise power in our own interests.

WHO CONTROLS YOU: Breaking down the mythmakers

“Illuminati”, or ‘the Trouble with Negroes?’

In the African community, the round table discussions on the Illuminati convey typical misconceptions which portray the elephant as too big to slay. In a piece of info that has been rehashed thousands of times, Prof Griff (below) tells us the Illuminati are supposed to be twelve families/corporations that control the world. However, straight from the onset this view is rife with holes. Which does not mean that twelve families do not control the world! But that is not the primary problem we face as Africans, nor does the “analysis” of the Illuminati tell us what the main problem in society is with them people.

Because if the solution is in melanin, those of us who have melanin need do nothing, our skin color will take over. Which is not to say that I am not proud to be Black, but THAT is a state of mind and not so much a natural essence. Feeding into Griff’s circular illogic can only deepen the pathology for Africans and anybody else who wants to be liberated from Imperialism. Not only that, Griff sums up by posing a number of goofball, half-baked questions that lead us even further away from solutions:

[…] IF THE POPE PULLED DOWN HIS PANTS AND BENT OVER, WOULD SO-CALLED “BLACK” PEOPLE ACTUALLY KISS HIS UNNATURAL WRINKLED ASS?

WHY WOULD SO-CALLED “BLACK” PEOPLE CALL THE POPEHOLY FATHER WHEN THEY DO NOT KNOW HIM FROM A SALTINE CRACKER/KRACKER?

DO WE DELUSIONALLY THINK THAT THE POPE IS DOPE ON A ROPE?

HAVE WE LOST OUR DAMNED MINDS?

Based on these assumptions, we see that the class theory of racist confrontation offers the correct approach towards understanding our relationship to Europe, America and to Africa. The color theory lacks a dialectical, multifaceted attack on the daily problems facing African people anywhere. It might fix the problem for a preacher or a lecturer or a hip hop artist who has something to sell. But the color theory has no problem-solving capacity for blacks laboring under the gun in DR Congo, for the slums in Soweto, for the families oppressed by the oil companies in the Niger Delta. It cannot help Africans in Somalia where white power accuses them of piracy whilst dumping nuclear, chemical and household waste off their coasts. The color theory will not combat AIDS/HIV. Melanin, a chemical within the skin that has fascinating properties, will not automatically fix that problem. We, as human beings, cannot reduce our experience to the properties of any particular substance, biological or otherwise. Our complexities and composition are so much more than that. So how the hell do the color theory advocates think up this nonsense, as if anyone other than a psychiatrist should care to kno.

Them Illuminati bloodsuckers, first of all, are not illuminated nor enlightened and we who are struggling to transform our conditions have absolutely no business referring to them that way. So we must break down the mystification process, which by calling them the “Illuminati” only contributes towards portraying this herd of beasts as too big and too ferocious to slay, and encourages us to accept slavery because that is our place. Griff’s indignation about the pope touches upon this, tho it doesn’t transform our consciousness in a revolutionary way.

In fact, we have little business approaching any question of exploitation and oppression without a class analysis. The class analysis of the Vietnamese helped them defeat both French and US imperialism. It was the class analysis of FRELIMO in Mozambique and PAIGC in Guinea-Bissau which helped Africans defeat Portuguese colonialism. The founder of revolutionary Pan Africanism,  Kwame Nkrumah, left us a class analysis. Every successful anti-colonial, anti-imperialist movement of the Twentieth Century had a class analysis based upon dialectics, Internationalism, and building a community of resistance. (For more on revolutionaries and their movements, see “THREE!”) If Griff has accomplished more than those human beings have in fighting against the white power system, then I will gladly adopt his theory and use it to liberate 900 million Africans thru out the Americas and our beloved Motherland. If not, Professor Griff needs to check his pimp game at the curb!

Hence, what is the problem with the analysis that attributes power to the Illuminati?  We do not get to see Prof Griff say that the capitalist system is wrong. Info that you cannot use has no use. Capitalism is based upon the concentration of wealth and power into as few hands as possible. So that is the second error in this analysis, after Griff immediately begins mystifying this group of parasites by telling us how the Pope’s insignia adds up to some absurd number of the devil (666). Steve Bantu Biko once stated that the mind of the oppressed is the most formidable weapon in the hands of the oppressor, and Griff leads us directly back into the hands of the Imperialists by addressing some fable about a future woven from nearly two thousand years ago and applying it to a religious officer.

If we understand capitalism as a class system and break it down, we kno the pope is a capitalist. The US prez is a capitalist, the bankers are capitalists, the politicians are capitalists, the industrialists are capitalists. Therefore the civil institutions like churches, community centers, and other formations are generally capitalist, particularly if they receive large monies from capitalist donors. So the pope is a bloodsucking capitalist, yes, Professor Griff.

People instinctively kno the Imperialists’ most important formation includes the State, presently a public system that exists to maintain POWER for private interests. The modern capitalist State operates along several parameters, that is, guidelines that remain in place as long as emergency measures are not required. Democracy, for instance, gives people consent over their oppression and exploitation. They can always be blamed for the government that they choose, despite the fact that the capitalist political system offers them no alternatives. Yet once the State is removed, that is, any group of bodies powerful enuf to topple the State by revolution or reaction will themselves be in charge of society and no Illuminati, Pope or other entity will be able to stand if that group in power so chooses.

Because modern society is a vast interwoven social fabric that stretches across the globe. Our genuine alternatives begin by building collectives. A collective exists as a non-capitalist social formation. It competes with capitalism and is not typically integrated into it. It stresses the importance of people instead of capital. People are not social capital, they are not resources, they are people. Humanity. This is how we understand each other thru the concept of humanness, or Ubuntu.

Now the so-called Illuminati control capitalism, a system based upon the private accumulation of collectively-produced wealth. The Illuminati represent a syndicate that stands above other capitalist formations and aims to control them. Most people do not even understand how these respectable gangsters operate their syndicates, cartels, trusts and monopolies for private power and control. But they are capitalists, and nothing else.

In this respect they do not differ from, say, Louis Farrakhan or Russell Simmons or “the first black president of the free world”. The difference here is the amount of power and control they possess. As Musaveni and Paul Kagame acquire increasing power, Imperialism admits them to the club. Still, tho, such negroes remain simply well-paid yet abject flunkies for Imperialism.

Therefore we may ascertain that the problem with negroes concerns their relationship to the African liberation struggle. This difference separates a negro from a black man or woman. You cannot tell by the outside appearance. You cannot tell thru a conversation. You can only discern the difference thru the outcomes we produce within struggle. Politically Acquired Ideological Defiency Syndrome (PAIDS) leads us to believe everything except the correct theory in our quest for liberation.

A negro has PAIDS and serves Imperialism. A negro does not believe any other system will ever exist in our lifetimes. On that basis, a negro will never work for the Revolution. A negro may try to convince you that capitalism is forever, that it cannot be destroyed, and that nothing better can possibly exist: PAIDS. Therefore, negroes will work for Imperialism under any circumstances, and will work against the liberation movement in one way or another. They will show us how wealth is important, how it is important to have money and bling; and perhaps feed our resentment of white people because they have more amounts of money and bling. Yet, because of PAIDS, a negro cannot possibly be for revolution, for the end of capitalism.

PAIDS is the trouble with negroes, with negro thinking that lacks a class analysis, and the trouble with any leader who starves the whole tribe rather than slaying the behemoth, because some of us may die in the struggle. But for revolutionaries from Jamal Al Amin and Mumia Abu-Jamal to Amilcar Cabral and Tookie Williams, it is a price worth paying to feed a people starving for liberation. So you have PAIDS, or are you a revolutionary thinker and organizer? That is the question.

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Iskandar Langalibalele

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Ali, you have to check out the documentary “Zeitgeist”. It gives a more comprehensive, scientific breakdown of the “Illuminati” and its relationship to banking and the ongoing capitalist economic crises.

One of the things which concerns me is “actionable” information/intelligence. My email gets flooded with this type of info, but I don’t kno a single somebody who in onto this tip who is working to build a revolution. F’instance, there is no agitational component. What does Prof Griff suggest we do? What does anybody talking about the Illuminati suggest? That is the $800 billion question. Not the Jews. Not the Illuminati. Not the Bohemian Club. All these forces behave as parts of a broad ensemble working in concert to maintain a system of ownership and control that you may learn about in any basic Marxist type political education process.

For every problem there is supposed to be a solution, and people who are not solution-oriented cannot possibly build a movement based upon international African unity or any form of anti-imperialism. I say this repeatedly because of the volume of indiscriminate fact-based literature that fills my email. A math problem must be posed in such a way as to yield a solution. Same with astronomy, chemistry, sociology, psychology. So we have to ask how do we DEMYSTIFY the Illuminati; the type of info supplied by Prof Griff does not do that. In fact, it seems to make them bigger than life.

Can we solve any problem by featuring it as bigger than life, or do we stop calling these people the “Illuminati” and give them a name that defines them scientifically in their relationship to the resto of society: the bourgeoisie, the capitalists, the Imperialists. For me, the Illuminati do not exist as a class but a subgroup within a class, like a club. We aint talking about no fucking clubs, we are talking about a SYSTEM! The Imperialists run a system; the capitalists run a system and there is no Illuminati system. That is only bullshit to take the focus off of CAPITALISM! The bourgeoisie (capitalists) exists and poses a problem for us that we can only solve thru the revolutionary process.

As I kno you are an anarchist, you prolly don’t buy any of this. Anarchism is not a scientific theory; it is based in the petty bourgeoisie; it is a theory based upon principles that are not revolutionary or scientific. Anarchists do not have democratic-centralism nor criticism/self-criticism; you have anarchism. Anarchists do not submit to political unity, a party line, solidarity and coalition building; they submit only to anarchism. It is an ineffective method of organization because it is ANARCHISM. Hence, your understanding is petty bourgeois, middle class; anarchism is derivative of a class that mediates the contradiction between the bourgeoisie and the workers; the middle class ameliorates this struggle, it defuses this struggle, and therefore cannot concoct a single permanent answer to the problem that Imperialism poses for the vast majority of the masses. I say this not to insult you, but from a dialectical historical viewpoint. There will never ever be an anarchist revolution. Anarchy is not revolution; it is anarchy.

Iskandar

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Ali Khalid

— On Sun, 2/15/09, Professor Griff <7thoctave@gmail.com> wrote:
From: Professor Griff <7thoctave@gmail.com>
Subject: [SOA] WHO CONTROLS YOU?
To:[deleted]

Date: Sunday, February 15, 2009, 5:35 AM

Note: VICARIUS FILII DEI – “Vicar of Son of God” (Title of the Pope)

V-5………………..F-0………………..D-500

I-1……………….. I-1………………….E-0

C-100……………L-50……………….I-1

A-0……………….I-0………………….501

R-0……………… I-0

I-1………………..53

U or V-5

S-0

112

112 plus(+) 53 plus(+) 501 equals(=) “666”

The Pope is known to previously have used and displayed these exact words on his ill-gotten crown. He then rapidly removed these words when the people caught on to the hidden symbolic meaning of the words.

* * * End of Note * * *

HIERARCHY OF DARKNESS (EVIL)

Vatican of Rome, Italy

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Jesuits

____________ _________ _________ ______|__ _________ _________ _________ ______

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Illuminati | Council on Foreign Relations | International Bankers | The Mafia |

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The Club of Rome The Opus Dei The Masons New Age Movement

Extra Food For Thought:

1. “The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe. The Pope, as the visible ruler of this immense amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest individual in the twentieth century. No one can realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars.”

(“The Vatican Billions” by Avro Manhattan)

2. The POPE can abolish any law in the United States. (Elements of Ecclesiastical Law Vol.1 53-54) 25. A 1040 form is for tribute paid to Britain. (IRS Publication 6209); see also Public Law 88-243 and 88-244 (December 1963).

3. The POPE claims to own the entire planet through the laws of conquest and discovery. (Papal Bulls of 1455 and 1493). With these same “Wicked” Papal Bulls, the POPE has ordered the inhumane genocide and enslavement of millions of people.

4. The Pope’s laws are obligatory on everyone. (Bened. XIV., De Syn. Dioec, lib, ix., c. vii., n. 4. Prati, 1844)(Syllabus, prop 28, 29, 44). The POPE has delusionally declared that he is the “Vicar of Christ” on this Natural Earth.

5. The POPE’s recent visit to the White House signified the re-newing of Bush’s faith to Catholic and the loyal allegiance and supportive alignment with and to the Vatican and the “New World Order” Agenda.

6. The present 2008-2009 so-called Financial Crisis (which will lead to a calculated Recession/Depressio n) is also a fabricated lie and untruth. This Economic Meltdown has been cleverly orchestrated and strategically manipulated by the International Bankers of this World. The rich is about to get richer, the middle class is on their way to becoming poor, and the poor is on their way to being turned into Green Eggs and Ham (Soilent Green).

“Economic Crisis have been produced by us for the goyim (slaves) by no other means than the withdrawal of money from circulation. “ – Protocols of Zion –20

7. On December 23, 1913-The U.S. Congress, late at night with only a small cadre of supporters present, passed the “Un-Constitutional” Federal Reserve Act, surrendering the creation and management of the nation’s currency into the hands of a cartel of a private group of mostly foreign “International” Bankers. It only took 20 years to bankrupt the nation and the people of The United States. In the year 1933, the United States went into a public debt insolvency – better known as Bankruptcy.

8. The Federal Reserve is not Federal. They are no more FEDERAL than Federal Express Inc. On May 23, 1933, U.S. Congressman Louis T. McFadden brought formal charges against the board of governors of the Federal Reserve Banking System, The Comptroller of the currency and the Secretary of the United States for acts of ConspiracyFraudUnlawful Conversion, and Treason along with articles of impeachment being referred to the judiciary committee. The Federal Reserve was allowed in on the American People by a U.S. Senator named Nelson Aldrich who was supposedly bribed to make it all happen. This Traitorous/Treasono us “U.S. Senator” is said to have been a “Rothschild” Agent.

9. The bulk of ownership of the Federal Reserve System is held by certain International Banking Interests. The names of these International Banking Interests are:

ROTHSCHILD BANK OF LONDON

ROTHSCHILD BANK OF BERLIN

WARBURG BANK OF HAMBURG

WARBURG BANK OF AMSTERDAM

LAZARD BROTHERS OF PARIS

ISRAEL MOSES SEIF BANKS OF ITALY

CHASE MANHATTAN BANK OF NEW YORK

GOLDMAN SACHS OF NEW YORK

LEHMAN BROTHERS OF NEW YORK

KUHN LOEB BANK OF NEW YORK

10. The family name Rothschild is adopted from two (2) German words “ROTH” and “SCHILD” which means “RED SHIELD”. Amschel Mayer Bauer Sr. was a Zionist Goldsmith. Over the door of his shop in Germany, he placed as his shop sign of business a RED SHIELD. The Zionists in Eastern Europe, who belonged to the revolutionary movement based on terrorism, had also adopted the Red Flag as their emblem because it represents “Red Blood”. Mayer Rothschild’s real name is Amschel Mayer Bauer, Jr. but later adopted the name “ROTHSCHILD” .

11. In the approximate year of 1770, a syndicate of International Bankers led by Mayer Rothschild started the “Illuminati“, a SATANIC Cult designed to subvert society. According to Edith Starr Miller, the Rothschild syndicate included so-called Jewish/Zionist finaciers such as Daniel Itzig, Friedlander, the Goldsmids and Moses Mocatta (Search and Reference a book entitled “Occult Theocracy” p. 184). According to Miller, the goals of the Illuminati (Communism and the New World Order) were the destruction of Christianity, Monarchies, Nation-States, the abolition of family ties and marriage by means of promoting homosexuality and promiscuity; the end of inheritance and private property; and the suppression of any collective identity in the spurious name of “Universal Human Brotherhood” (for example: “Diversity”) – p. 185 of the same book “Occult Theocracy”.

Questions for Thought?

WHY DOES THE POPE BOW DOWN AND PRAY TO A “MELANINATED” (SO-CALLED “BLACK’ MADONNA) BUT MAKE WAR AND ORDER PAPAL BULLS FOR THE INHUEMANE SLAUGHTERING OF COUNTLESS NATIVE “MELANINATED” PEOPLES???

WHY HAS HE FORCEFULLY HI-JACKED THE WEALTH AND RESOURCES FROM THE “NATURAL” ABORIGINAL PEOPLES OF THIS NATURAL EARTH?

DID THE POPE DIABOLICALLY ORDER THE DEATH OF A “FULLY-MELANINATED” SO-CALLED BLACK HUE-MAN NAMED YASHUA (Also known As JESUS CHRIST)?

DOES BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA ALSO HOLD THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO AND SECRETLY SERVE THE POPE? AND IS THIS WHO THEY ALSO WANT US TO SERVE?

IF THE POPE PULLED DOWN HIS PANTS AND BENT OVER, WOULD SO-CALLED “BLACK” PEOPLE ACTUALLY KISS HIS UNNATURAL WRINKLED ASS?

WHY WOULD SO-CALLED “BLACK” PEOPLE CALL THE POPEHOLY FATHER WHEN THEY DO NOT KNOW HIM FROM A SALTINE CRACKER/KRACKER?

DO WE DELUSIONALLY THINK THAT THE POPE IS DOPE ON A ROPE?

HAVE WE LOST OUR DAMNED MINDS?

I PERSONALLY WOULD NOT TRUST THIS SHADY CHARACTER WITH A CHOCOLATE COVERED CHEESE-STICK OR A DILL PICKLE DIPPED IN PEANUT BUTTER.

AIN’T NO HOPE IN THE “PALE-FACE” POPE !!! (MELANIN IS KING)

WHO DOYOU” SERVE?



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The Ideological Paradox

Democracy thru Imperialism

While the West likes to brag about democracy, this idea came late to the game, long after capitalism’s momentum against the rights of indigenous peoples had gained full steam. Democracy was not even a philosophical construct for Colombus, Da Gama, Pizarro, Hudson, Magellan, DeLeon, Napoleon, Leopold and other conquistadors and emperors. Such persons made the scramble for the Americas and Africa a priority for Europe from 1492 thru the Berlin Conference of 1884-85, and beyond. When the United States drafted a “democratic constitution” in 1776, its democracy remained beyond the grasp of colonized peasants, slaves and press gangs, and natives in the way of land grabs. This democracy had nothing to do with us, even tho we lived here.

Democracy did not become available to the colonized until after the Second World War. At this time, colonized workers around the world began fighting for their freedom and liberation. They began the hard uphill battle to become free from colonialism. In most cases, rather than go to war against an enemy spread out across the globe, the colonial powers reluctantly gave up direct colonial rule.

Imperialism, which had been defined by Lenin early in the century, was a mature social force when colonized zones began agitating for freedom in the Fifties. He defined Imperialism as the fusion of banking capital with industrial capital to form international finance capital. Lenin went on to describe how banks and multi-national firms would reshape the world by developing economies greater than many countries, dominating states in place of the colonial powers, and effectively operating as their own capitalist fiefdoms.

During the Fifties, African colonies lobbied for their independence. Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea-Conakry, Zambia and other states emerged. Algeria successfully waged a guerilla war against France for its independence. Congo-Leopoldville (Congo-Kinshasa, today) started on a briefly democratic road until western Imperialism derailed its with an invasion and total occupation of the country by an international force of Europeans, Americans, South Africans, Rhodesians, Israelis and Australians. This culminated in the violent overthrow of democratically-elected Patrice Lumumba and his life immolated by occupation forces. Since then, Congo-Kinshasa has been a contested zone ruled by Imperialist stooges and maintained by forced labor gangs.

This is, in essence, democracy thru Imperialism. Without submission to Imperialism first, there will be no democracy. This explains the hostility of the United States towards Cuba, Iran, Libya, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, North Korea, the former Soviet Union and, currently, Venezuela.

In French Indo-China, the Vietnamese fought for and won their liberation on the battlefield, first against Japanese occupation forces, then against French re-colonizers, and finally against the US military machine. Vietnam waged the most epic struggles of the 20th Century, and exposed Imperialism’s weaknesses.

Democracy thru Imperialism is what we see in the series of US military invasions and CIA coups going back to the sinking of the Maine in Havana harbor in 1900 to the 2001 WTC bombings and its aftermath, and culminating with the 2003 Iraq invasion and occupation.

After World War II, in the US, the struggle for national democratic rights first assumed the stance of civil rights, then shaped itself into the Black Power Movement. Historians call this “racial segregation” as if it were a democratic phenomenon with which Africans had agreed. But this was racism, unilaterally codified by bloodsucking US white power. Whenever historians and journalists discuss racial segregation, clearly they mean racist segregation, Segregation based on racism has nothing mutual implied in its definition, and is therefore anti-democratic. The term racial segregation lets historians dilute the social construct of racism. They subtly imply that racial concepts are mutually agreed upon as if Africans had an active interest in maintaining the racist status quo. That case only arises with a few exceptions like 1893 Booker T Washington or 2008 Ward Connerly, Clarence Thomas, Shelby Steele, or Jesse Lee Patterson. But these exceptions violate the rule for the base majority of Africans; these exceptions serve the most vicious political wing of Imperialism, and they prosper outside the mainstream of the African community.

So tho the civil rights movement maintained a pro-imperialist stance, it unintentionally exposed the violent, anti-democratic underpinnings of the capitalist system. Its leaders and agitators were assaulted, fire hosed, beaten, arrested, abducted, tortured, assassinated, and lynched.

What happened when the Black Power Movement built itself off of popular discontent arising from the mistreatment of nonviolent civil rights workers was the direct, militarized intervention of the State in the form of police assault teams, police hit squads and kangaroo trials. This repressive activity resulted in assassinations, material destruction of programs and institutions and political parties, frame-ups and detentions of organizers, and their exile or imprisonment. This history is well documented, and reparations have not been made for this period or the era of anti-democratic, racist segregation which preceded it.

It is also important to distinguish between anti-democratic and non-democratic behavior. Anti-democratic behavior is repressive. It is racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, and operates on behalf of a political system such as Imperialism or capitalism. Anti-democratic behavior is as paradoxical as democracy thru Imperialism, which means that it exists within structures assumed to be democratic. Black Codes and Jim Crow laws were passed by democratically-elected state assemblies, parliaments or congressional houses, who failed to defend democratic rights for African people numbered among their constituencies.

Non-democratic implies the absence of democracy such as exists within the colonized community as its members relate towards one another. It describes political culture under Imperialism.

A generation after the civil rights movement, today colonized Africans in America think they have it made. They want their part of the American dream, and America just won’t let them have it. It is a con game which originated in America and spread across a World which had little concept of the swindle, since rulers and chieftains had held their own subjects in peonage from antiquity. So today’s fat can swindlers – like lawyers, politicians, bankers, insurers, accountants and stock traders – drive Imperialism. They drive it solely in their own venal interests, for their own self-enrichment.

Whatever Karl Marx sed about capitalism being a thoroly rotten, bloodsucking system, well, he barely pipped the shell.

Of course, everybody kno that the labor product is converted into values appropriated and exchanged for commodities originally held as futures, securities or some other stake floated on paper to peel a profit off of anything produced, traded or consumed by honest, hard-working people. Based upon a mostly faulty yet quite often dishonest assessment of what happens in this economy, working people get lured into an investment scheme which persuades them to believe they may actually own part of the “American Dream”.

This swindle has been used against workers repeatedly in the housing market, the Savings and Loans busts, and stock-based retirement plans. Bank notes, shares, bearer bonds, stocks, mutual funds – their conversion from paper into real assets defines the best part of a process that 98% of all people lack any inkling of whatsoever.

For that reason, working people should be discouraged from participating in stock plans.

There’s the saying, After every boom follows a bust. The Dot Com shake out bankrupted 401k plans, KEOGHs, and other retirement funds. The Enron scandal era – which included MCI-WorldCom, Tyco and other notables – sucked up what was left. Teachers, clerks and other “educated” workers, whom most people expect to play it smart, got soaked. Think they would have learnt from the S&L swindles of the Eighties, when lenders robbed people outright and no perpetrators were ever prosecuted.

The current housing bust has shaken out dozens of investors who purchased asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) with the expectation they would make a killing when interest rates rose. They never counted on the massive default rate from the introduction of exorbitant rates when Bernanke dictated interest rate deregulation, which adjusted the predatory mortgages upwards.

Currently, stock market surges and losses have reached an unpredictability which investors characterize as volatile. Subprime housing loans drove the stampede to mortgage lenders during the Greenspan era, now the crash bludgeons even buyers with perfect credit. Retail sales lag during this summer; gas prices keep seasonal vacationers home and effect food prices, while the debate over drilling ignores the fact that oil is a privately owned commodity and deregulation drives prices, not costs.

Housing is a real asset that can be sold out from under you due to no fault of your own. Mortgages, bought and sold by investors the moment one gets signed, are pieces of paper floated all over the globe. A minute number of deep pocket investors controlling the voluminous horde of mortgage debtors, a.k.a. “homeowners”, determine that sooner or later the herd will be eaten. Homes, stores, factories, office buildings and malls all sit on mortgaged property so the investment belongs to those making the loan. All the same, it is the loan which investors interest themselves in. They acquire supremacy over the market (economy) because of the massive value accumulated in so very few hands. When they enforce collections, that results in market corrections.

During a “market correction”, business fail or curtail production, resulting in higher unemployment. This spiraling effect has nothing to do with production but is based on seedy speculators whose very existence obstructs the flow of goods and services. Resources bottled up by a parasitic redundancy in trade relations can lead to the point where conflicts and wars erupt.

Indeed, the farmer can’t sell futures in his orange crop because the bank owns them and controls the market where they must be sold. Third-party negotiators then acquire rights to the futures and so on in transactions which do not benefit the real producer. A paradox, society can thrive without the banks and stock market, but not without the farmer. This system of wild market speculation drives prices not costs, accounting for the rise of fuel, interest rates, food, college degrees, health insurance, everything.

Keep dreaming. Anyone without a convenient $150k to sink into a mutual fund cannot even think about becoming a real capitalist. That designates the level where investments begin, as any commercial advertising portfolio prerequisites during PGA tournaments or NBA and NFL games may well tell you.

International finance capital, Imperialism, operates thru a political system which protects the swindlers and cares little for the masses. IMF-World Bank policies account for the horrendous wars in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Credit-Suisse, Deutsche Bank, CITICORP, Ameriquest Mortgage, Washington Mutual and HSBC Finance Corp. lead the shake out in the current housing bust. Some are defendants in discriminatory lending suits being pressed by the NAACP. Nobody can quite quantify the social impact, but look forward to a renewed phase of the racist wars against America’s colonized workers.

Meanwhile, investors holding complex mortgage securities and Wall Street bankers always manage to come out on top. Homeowners, on the other hand, will never be winners under this system. The only advantage for the people is to decolonize their minds, return to the source, and break down Imperialism like kung fu masters…

What is the dollar value of one point on the NYSE? Anyone who doesn’t kno has no business letting their employers talk them into an IRA, CDs or a 401k. refuse to let your union leaders follow the advice of business agents who want to invest dues money in the stock market. Have they explained how that loot is converted, transferred, traded, exported and reinvested, ultimately prompting you to rant about foreign products and their threat to American workers?!

At the same time lenders poise to snatch the roof from over your family’s heads, you want to bomb China, India, Pakistan, Mexico and the Ghetto.

Dirty, sexy money is the root of great evils. Its finance scams originated when the folks who violently swindled North America from the Indians redistributed it amongst the haves. This swindlers regime imposed itself upon the “new” Indians, working people. These same suckers pay record prices for gas swindled from Iraq, then send their kids to fight terrorism.

Yes, they blame Mexicans for trying to flee a more repressed economy. Suckers blame the Arabs for resisting a Beast who occupies their land. They blame neo colonies like China and India for jumping at dollars held out to them by American financiers. Homesteaders who slaughtered American Indians for the robber barons turn to racist political theory out of expedience. They blame Blacks, just because. In the heartland of the Homelanders, an ideological campaign must be carried out to turn society right side up.

For this reason, the African working class must understand that capitalism is a system made of many components and parts, and that ideas drive all these parts. Ideas play an important part in the function of capitalism, justifying the activities which people come to accept as normal. Yet our lifestyles under capitalism are anything except normal when we see how an enormous interwoven social fabric gives this system life. This social fabric consists of a vast ensemble of subsystems, political economies, private economies of scale, and modes which approximate slavery and feudalism.

When we see how the forces which justify capitalism peel away like the layers of an onion, that every time we remove one layer of the ideological shell we encounter another, we have to become comprehensive in our outlook and united in our collective struggle.

At one time, revolutionary thinkers broke down ideas like the Protestant work ethic, racist concepts against the black self-image, and the notion of who deserves democratic rights in this country. Today we wage the same collective struggle on an ever shifting sand dune. Now the battle cries scream out from Imperialism’s own contending economic philosophies, and our anti-imperialism aims to defeat an encirclement strategy which has unlimited wealth and power.

We have a responsibility not to allow capitalism just to collapse. It collapsed twice in the last century and caused two world wars. Capitalism’s massive failure during the Great Depression caused worldwide starvation and homelessness, increased repression and exploitation in colonized zones, the rise of fascism and Nazism, and the violent immolation of at least 11 million people in Europe.

Our job isn’t to hold up capitalism or allow it to collapse. Our job is to destroy it for all eternity.

The overthrow of capitalism means that social forces must take control of its demise. It means that a Revolution will ensure that capitalism will not fall of its own weight. Workers and fighters of all nationalities must bring down capitalism because of its antagonistic contradictions.

The self-led proletariat has the job of stalking, hunting, slaying, butchering and consuming capitalism the way a band of Africans brings down an elephant. Only our job is to organize the masses of society for this task, and to leave the distribution of the carcass to the workers.

On the one side of the bourgeois paradox – known as Imperialism thru Democracy – lies the territory of neo-liberal social policy which supports civil rights, multiculturalism and quotas, while simultaneously building the world’s biggest prison industrial complex. Criminalizing an entire population, neo-liberal political repression built a new political economy off the backs of one million imprisoned African workers.

The other side of the bourgeois paradox promotes Democracy thru Imperialism. This is the brand of neo-conservativism that has twisted the American psyche around the concept of empire.

Suppose the government decided to auction off the assets of the post office and give the job of delivering mail to a corporation. Neo-conservatives have tossed the idea around in public for a number of year going back to the Reagan Administration. Milton Friedman, traditionally considered the founder of the neo-conservative movement, advocated for years that the post office be privatized.

This is the ideology behind deregulation. It is a theory which states that deregulation harms the market economy, it shackles laissez faire capitalism, and creates repression. However, in every instance where Friedman’s policies have been implemented – except in economically insignificant European enclaves like Iceland and Estonia – political repression has followed.

The democratic concept of laissez faire capitalism is incompatible with Imperialism.

No capitalist economist remotely understands how social forces react against one another under the market economy. They see antagonisms within society but lack an analysis of class strata. They fail to address how the Imperialist centers dominate the former colonial world, causing destabilization in the form of shortages, inflation, wars and mass migrations.

A deregulated economic system under Imperialism spells disaster not only for the neo-colonial states but for Imperialism as well. While we don’t have the luxury of Friedman’s Chicago School masterminds to test our theorem, more than ample evidence exists that repression increases when industries are deregulated, and public assets sold to the highest bidder.

Examples abound, such as Chile under Pinochet, Latin American dictatorships in Honduras and Argentina, and in many African countries. Deregulation is not a factor in those places so much as the so-called laissez faire system of unregulated markets. There we see uprisings, disappearances of dissenters, wars over resources, oligarchy living next to abysmal poverty, press gang (corvee) labor, and coups d’etat.

Also, notably, the deterioration of infrastructure, contraction of paved roads, collapse of basic services, currency problems, liquidity crises, decline in education and employment, and other markers of social instability are whitewashed with extravagant displays of opulence by the rich and powerful. Entourages escorted by heavily armed military or private security forces, the proliferation of mansions by individuals in power, huge public expense for entertainment venues, and news concentrating on the lifestyles of the rich and famous complete the whitewash.

It is important to understand how deregulation causes these effects as much as studying the effects themselves. Unregulated market forces have nothing to do with spreading democracy; on the contrary, democracy has decreased across the world since the neo-conservatives have dominated American politics.

Democracy has decreased in America, because the war of terror has chilled dissent. The eight years of the Bush Administration has caused a decline in economic conditions thru out the US infrastructure. Higher unemployment, a decline in wages and salaries, a collapse of both the housing market and the banking industry, and a rise in fuel prices (not costs) which triggered a rise in costs for basic goods and services.

Looser regulation of the stock market has resulted in greater scandals and swindles. These swindles are being carried out by investment bankers against working and middle class people who have been persuaded over the last twenty to twenty-five years to invest in pension their own personal pension funds. Every five years or so, these funds get raided by corporate swindlers like Enron, Tyco, MCI-Worldcom, Martha Stewart, and others.

So where the stock market has less oversight, so do the banks. The mortgage swindle is the primary case in point. From the early years of the Clinton Administration, the Fed depressed interest rates, at the same time permitting banks to create sophisticated articles of fraud, most notably the Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM). Interest rates remained low for many years, encouraging the timid to dip into the volatile housing market and perhaps attain that most significant piece of the American pie. When the Bush Administration’s war policies began to fail, causing a crisis of confidence in the stock market, the Fed loosened interest rates, which immediately jumped skyward and locked people in usuriously. People with ARMs and other predatory loan packages began losing their homes. So much for their American dreams.

Now while unemployment rises, public services for poor people and soldiers’ families remains a source of repression. Concomitantly, the Fed floats billions of dollars in grants to banks, the highest level of business organization, while the country fights for a health plan. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, government-backed financed corporations, were bailed one time so that dividends could be paid to shareholders, and now they and eleven other banks have their combined $5.1 trillion debt being backed by the government which declines help to the taxpayers who generate this wealth.

The housing crisis triggered several waves of economic instability, and continues to cause waves. In Europe, last year, the EU’s banking system felt heavy tremors and shortages of cash meant that banks were floating notes with decreased value. US banks refused to lend “to anything east of 212”, that being New York City’s area code. Europe is the only thing east of NYC.

Food shortages hit Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. In Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe and his ruling ZANU party unfairly bear the blame for runaway inflation there. Mexico has seen increases in criminal gang activity which threaten its security.

Because the banks could not successfully squeeze as many people as they preferred, they asked for and received legal permission to speculate in the oil market. This caused the price of oil to increase from around thirty dollars a barrel to over $110/barrel. The rise in price showed up at the pump at a cool $4.10 a gallon. This put a damper on drivers, but pointed the way towards less subjective energy consumption activity.

Our job as revolutionary workers is to understand that both liberal and conservative doctrine have nothing to do with democracy, but with carrot and stick policies. When one doesn’t work, the other is substituted. Revolutionary organizers must understand these trends so as to anticipate them, get out ahead of the masses, and provide leadership that will drive a wedge thru capitalism.

We need to see how the reactionary left and right operate so as to create a deeper rift between them. Our role is to consolidate our forces for maximum organizational power and begin the process of revolution. Any other method has proven ineffective.