Bulletin N° 756
Subject : CLASS STRUGGLE & LIBERATION vs. HIGH CRIMES & TREASON.
June 8, 2017
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
No one captured the emotional state of schizophrenics better than R. D. Laing (1927-1989) in his many reports on the outwardly obeisant and internally conflicted minds of patients, many of whom, he was convinced, were the victims of hidden violence which was reproduced in the laboratory of the traditional nuclear family – mom, dad and the kids. Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) further developed this thesis, expanding it to relationships in modern capitalist society, which he argued was an extensive network of schizogenic relationships. His famous formula, le désir désiré par le corps plein sans organ’, was used by many critics of capitalism to explain the deleterious effects which the liberal economy and consumerism inflicted on social relationships, particularly those within working class families, and served to divert it from its ‘revolutionary mission’ of human liberation.
In their book, Mary Barnes: Two Accounts of a Journey Through Madness, Mary Barnes (1923-2001) and Dr. Joseph Berke (b.1939) describe the experiences and theoretical understandings of the ‘schizophrenic voyage’. Speaking of the families of schizophrenics, Burke writes :
To the casual observer such families may be paragons of moral and civil rectitude. But once their façade is brushed aside, generations of ‘shit’ come pouring out.
One particular feature of such families and an essential weapon in the hands of parents bent on destroying the autonomy of their kids (and later on, vice versa) is known as double binding. Double binding is a means for putting another in a straightjacket of guilt and anxiety in order to prevent him from doing something which you have already told him it is O.K. to do. It is a marvelous tool for driving someone mad. A good example would be the situation where you and I were together and I took out a gun and screamed at you to ‘sit down or I shall shoot you dead. If you then proceeded to comply with my order, I would immediately shout ‘Stand up or I shall shoot your dead.’ And if you looked confused and didn’t know what to do I would say, ‘If you don’t sit/stand by the time I count three I will shoot you dead, and I shall also kill you if you try to point out that my orders are impossible to carry out.’
The following is a common variation of the above situation as it commonly occurs in the context of the family: Momma goes out shopping leaving three-year-old Leo with Daddy. As she returns and opens the door, Leo runs over to greet his mother. Whereupon the woman involuntarily freezes. Leo sees this and stops. Whereupon his mother says, ‘Leo baby, what’s the matter, don’t you love your Mommy? Come and give me a big kiss.’
If baby Leo ignores his first perception and runs up to the woman again, she freezes and takes his kiss in an offhand angry way. If baby Leo refuses to budge, she scolds him for being a bad boy. Because of his age or inexperience, Leo can’t comment on what is happening, or if he does, either his mother or father scolds him for being naughty. ‘Don’t talk to your mother/father that way or you will be punished.’ The net result is that Baby Leo is reduced to an impotent rage whereupon he is sent to bed for being bad.
Comment: The poor kid never had a chance! Nor do millions like him. . . .(pp.92-93)
And Mary Barnes, describing her early experiences, recounts:
Much of me was twisted and buried, and turned in upon itself, as a tangled skein of wool, to which the end had been lost.
The big muddle started before I was born. It went on, getting worse. My Mother and I battled with feelings. My Farther was in it, then my brother barged in. My two sisters came and the mess got bigger.
When I was grown up in years, I got a vague idea there was a big split in me between my head and my heart. I seemed to go around thinking bit thoughts in my head quite cut off from the life in my heart.
In 1953, when I was for one year in Saint Bernard’s Mental Hospital, I got put in a padded cell. I felt so bad, I lay without moving or eating, or making water or shits. They didn’t let me die, they tub fed me. I wanted to be looked after. I didn’t know then, I do now, that what I was trying to do was to get back inside my Mother, to be reborn, to come up again, straight, and clear of all the mess.(p.13)
For more information on ‘the voyage’ of Mary Barnes and the alternative therapy which facilitated her personal ‘liberation’, please see :
“A celebration of the life and work of Mary Barnes”
Video 1 - 3
Going Down and Coming Up, a celebration of the
life and work of Mary Barnes
(a series of three videos - playing back to back - running time approx 30 minutes)
Joe Berke & Mary Barnes on the ‘Politics of Experience’
And finally, by contrast, see Noami Klein’s representation of engineered regression and the experience of the authoritarian police state:
The 25 items below should bring into our consciousness the impact that our neoliberal capitalist environment has had on our collectively wounded psyches, producing Fear and Collaboration more often than Resistance and Critical Judgment.
Professor emeritus of American Studies
Director of Research
University of Paris-Nanterre
Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
From Debt Peons to Wage Slaves
by Michael Hudson
Students usually don’t think of themselves as a class. They seem “pre-class,” because they have not yet entered the labor force. They can only hope to become part of the middle class after they graduate. And that means becoming a wage earner – what impolitely is called the working class.
But as soon as they take out a student debt, they become part of the economy. They are in this sense a debtor class. But to be a debtor, one needs a means to pay – and the student’s means to pay is out of the wages and salaries they may earn after they graduate. And after all, the reason most students get an education is so that they can qualify for a middle-class job. The middle class in America consists of the widening sector of the working class that qualifies for bank loans – not merely usurious short-term payday loans, but a lifetime of debt. So the middle class today is a debtor class.
NSA "Intelligence Report"
Does NOT Show "Russia Executed A CyberAttack"
Do Not Trust The Intercept or How To Burn A Source
by Moon Of Alabama
Yesterday The Intercept published a leaked five page NSA analysis about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. Its reporting outed the leaker of the NSA documents. That person, R.L. Winner, has now been arrested and is likely to be jailed for years if not for the rest of her life. FBI search (pdf) and arrest warrant (pdf) applications unveil irresponsible behavior by the Intercept's reporters and editors which neglected all operational security trade-craft that might have prevented the revealing of the source. It leaves one scratching the head if this was intentional or just sheer incompetence. Either way - the incident confirms what skeptics had long determined: The Intercept is not a trustworthy outlet for leaking state secrets of public interests.
Top Climate Scientist, Journalist & Activists Blast Trump's Withdrawal from Paris Accord
Arctic Climate Warming Twice as Fast As Anywhere Else
DONALD TRUMP: “Our country is blessed with incredible natural resources, including abundant offshore oil and natural gas reserves, but the federal government has kept 94% of these offshore areas closed for exploration and production. When they say closed, they mean closed. This deprives our country of potentially thousands and thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in wealth. I pledged to take action, and today I am keeping that promise. This executive order starts the process of opening offshore areas to job-creating energy exploration. It reverses the previous administration's Arctic leasing ban.”
Watch: London Bridge Evacuated As ‘Van Ploughs Into Pedestrians’
Armed police have sealed off London Bridge amid reports of a car mounting the pavement and ploughing into pedestrians.
Eyewitnesses report that as up to "15 to 20" people may have been hit by the vehicle.
The Manchester Bombing as Blowback:
The Latest Evidence
by Mark Curtis and Nafeez Ahmed
The evidence suggests that the barbaric Manchester bombing, which killed 22 innocent people on May 22nd, is a case of blowback on British citizens arising at least partly from the overt and covert actions of British governments. The British state therefore has a serious case to answer. We focus primarily here on UK policies towards Libya but also touch on some of those related to Iraq and Syria.
John Pilger on Terror in Britain
Israel’s Yinon Plan, Saudi Wahhabism & US Wars: Arab Christians Pushed Into Mass Exodus
by Whitney Webb
“The real danger lies in whether the Christian world loses the
last early Christians...the last ancient souls of the earth.” Such is the dire
prediction by one writer regarding the ongoing exodus of Arab Christians from
the Middle East - an exodus triggered by Western neo-colonialism and Zionist
expansion that suits the military-industrial complex.
Trump Has Fully Embraced A “Zionist Narrative”
by Ramzy Baroud
The rights of the Palestinians were wholly absent from US President Donald Trump’s recent trip to Israel
Human - What Is Love?
Accepting the reality of our own existence.
From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline who we are – our darker side, but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal.
John Pilger on Theresa May's Manchester Connection &
Tory’s former Vice Chair on UK election 462
From: DE-MONTLIBERT Christian
Sent: Monday, 5 June, 2017
Subject: Re: Terrorism.
je te joins quelques textes publiés dans l'Humanité - le seul journal qui accepte de prendre de tels textes- j'y insiste- et un court texte publié dans le petit livre de la fondation Copernic "un président ne devrait pas faire cela". a toi de voir si cela vaut le coup de diffuser sur internet.
amitiés. Christian de Montlibert.
Sur quels terreaux, le terrorisme se développe-t-il ?
Comment comprendre et lutter contre le phénomène djihadiste ?
ni guerre ni état d’urgence
From: "Team Tulsi"
Sent: Sunday, 4 June, 2017
Subject: Another terror attack
Today we woke up to news of another terror attack in Britain. It caps a week of tragedy around the world. A suicide bombing in Baghdad claimed the lives of at least 13 people who were breaking their fast for Ramadan. There were several bombings in Afghanistan this past week, the largest killing at least 90 people. Around the world, terror attacks are increasing, but Trump’s response is the wrong one: launching an illegal missile attack against Syria, deploying more U.S. troops into the Middle East with ambiguous objectives, and signing a massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
For the past fifteen years, we’ve spent trillions of dollars overthrowing governments we don’t like and trying to rebuild those countries in our own image. It's all been done in the guise of "helping people,” but it hasn't helped anyone. Our policies have killed or wounded tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers, caused millions of refugees, and squandered trillions of U.S. taxpayer dollars -- money that could have been used to rebuild our country's infrastructure and establish a health care system for all Americans. This disastrous foreign policy must end.
These wars have made the military-industrial complex much richer through increased defense spending, while making every day Americans poorer.
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This is just the beginning of a new people-powered movement. We hope you will join us.
Why American Jews Embraced Israel After the June 1967 War
In the second part of our three-part interview special, author and scholar Norman Finkelstein analyzes the material, emotional and psychological factors behind the American Jewish embrace of Israel after the June 1967 war
Sluggish Economic Growth in Britain Fails to Compensate for Austerity
Kam Sandhu, co-founder of Real Media, explains how slow economic growth means that Tories have not been able to achieve any of their economic objectives and have instead caused a "food bank crisis"
Design Fault: Counterterrorism’s Egregious Failures Don’t Trouble
Our Leaders at All
by CHRIS FLOYD
I think anyone who takes an objective view of the abysmal record of failure on the part of the official who as Home Secretary and Prime Minister has been in charge of UK counterterrorism policy for many years must agree with the declaration of Theresa May following the London attacks: "enough is enough." Well said, Mrs. May. We must repudiate these failed policies and all those who have pushed them, of whatever party or ideological stripe.
New Report Shows Corporations and Western Governments Continue to Profit from Looting of Africa
by BEN DANGL
2.0: the Making of the Next Nightmare
by Pepe Escobar
Jean-Claude Juncker warns that Donald Trump’s anti-EU rhetoric could lead to war in the Balkans.
Max Blumenthal Grills Progressive Rep. Jamie Raskin about Russia Allegations
Part one of Real News coverage from the March for Truth in Washington, D.C.
Trump Attacks London's Mayor & Jeremy Corbyn Calls for Theresa May's Ouster After Terror in London
John Pilger - La Guerre Invisible (2010)
Published on Dec 4, 2014
Titre Original: “The War You Don’t See”
Ce documentaire est une critique acerbe du rôle des journalistes et des dirigeants des grands médias de masse, des principales chaines de télévisions notamment, qui sont littéralement amenés à agir comme de véritables agents de la propagande gouvernementale lors des couvertures médiatiques des guerres contemporaines, tandis que d’autres journalistes et photographes de presse sont en première ligne, confrontés à des dangers inimaginables et même à la mort, au nom de la liberté de la presse.
49 Years Ago Today, Robert Kennedy Was Assassinated
by Alan Grayson
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What Robert Kennedy meant, for so many of us, was an opportunity to heal, to come together, to end the grief and put the pain behind us.
UK Election Polls: Can Corbyn Win?
Opinion polls for the June 8 UK General Election indicate an increasingly tight race between Labour and Conservatives, but most still give Conservative Theresa May an advantage, despite May's weaknesses as Prime Minister, says Real Media's Thomas Barlow
Trump Dumps Qatar to Back Saudi Bid for Regional Hegemony
Max Blumenthal of Alternet's Grayzone Project says President Donald Trump's backing of the Saudi Arabian campaign against Qatar could be the "pilot program" for a wider regional agenda of U.S.-backed Saudi hegemony.
Perpetual Crisis in Public Schools By Design
Cuts to public school funding sustained over a decade is a deliberate strategy to ensure privatization says Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report