Bulletin N° 774
Subject : CONFESSIONS OF A SEXIST: “nolo contendere!”
22 November 2017
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
Growing up male in sexist society has many parallels with growing up white in racist society, or living in the epicenter of an Empire. The gender roles we were supposed to learn were often oppressive, never intended to liberate us from the weight of the past, but rather to deflect our attention away from our own repression by oppressing others, in this case females. Some of us opted for the alternative, cultivating “female” mannerisms to fit into a gay community, or more recently committing ourselves to transgender identity. These decisions remain “sociological” in nature; which is to say, they assume the values of the predominant social order. They do not confront the fundamental question: “male/female or human being?” The same can be said of the role played by race – “white/colored or human being?” or the ethos of the Empire – “Who will dominate whom?” Growing up in 19th-century Louisiana, a white person –male or female – could not be expected to overcome racial biases. Only the most “maladjusted” whites could escape this “Norm”; and they were few in number and were made to suffer for their nonconformity. Imperial practices produce the same results at the local level.
The push to enlarge the capitalist/imperialist, exploitative system without challenging its right to exist is, of course, an essential move to prolong its existence. “Equal opportunity” is at best a way to push some people out, in order to bring others into "the good life." The politics of this shuffle by no means assures justice, and therefore can guarantee no social peace. The most capitalist “revolutions” can offer is a violent effervescence, until the end of time . . . .
The micro politics of fighting against sexism is an important dimension at the grassroots of society. The molar displacements, at the macro level of politics, offer at best empty slogans instead of a vision for meaningful social change. Replacing Tweedledee for Tweedledum will not end corporate capitalism and its myriad of wars. Corporate aggression does not originate with individual character traits – of male/female, or of white/colored skin – but rather this daily violence stems from the coercive force of a system, reinforced with its considerable payola and its charismatic leaders.
Contradictions must intensify before people break out of the mold which confines them and proceed to reinvent their own lives, abolishing as they appear the structural obstacles which threaten to dehumanize them. For this to happen, the political culture must be advanced enough to condemn tyranny from any source, including from males, females, whites, people of color – or any combination of the above. Single-issue politics simply won’t do the job!
The 17 items below are an attempt to reflect on the social context of late capitalist relationships, to provide perspectives on the complexity of the decline of capitalist society and focus on the material contradictions which are growing more apparent and may eventually help us to liberate ourselves from the conundrum we now face in our scramble for a bigger piece of the pie.
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
“The Real Reason That Rich People Should Barely be Taxed: Because They’re Better Than Losers Like You.”
by (not) Paul Ryan
I tried to warn you that the pitchforks were coming. I told you that if inequality kept growing, things would get real ugly real fast. And here we are. But now that everything’s going south, I’m not about to sit back on my yacht and do nothing. That’s why I’ve created Civic Action, a social media and email campaign where we won’t just whine and talk about resisting—we’ll make trouble. We’ll hold Republicans and, yes, Democrats accountable. We’ll champion causes that aren’t embraced by the political mainstream. And most of all, we’ll take action. The age of passivity is over.
Civic Action is going to be a signal in the midst of all this Trumpy noise. Please, follow us on Facebook. The only way out of this mess is action. The past few months have been tough for progressives. The dumb economic policies that hurt American workers are making a comeback.
We’re launching Civic Action to build on the progress being made in cities and states all over the country. A higher minimum wage, paid sick leave, protecting the environment and affordable healthcare are possible for every American - if we fight for it!
Fellow rabble-rousers, are you ready to join us? http://bit.ly/join-Civic-Action
The CIA’s House of Horrors: Frank Olson’s Fatal Trip
Chomsky: Trump is a Distraction, Used by the Deep State
to ‘Systematically Destroy’ Amereica
Virginia Governor Defies Trump on Paris Climate Deal,
Pushes Investments in Solar and Wind
Harvey Weinstein Hired Israeli Spies to Silence
Dual Citizens in Congress?
“You are not entitled to that information!” That’s what a staffer in Senator Markey’s office bluntly told me when I called to ask for help in identifying Members of Congress who hold dual citizenship. Seems that’s a question no one wants to hear. The Internet sources are flaky, with only unreliable estimates for both House and Senate. So I telephoned the Washington, DC offices of my three Congressional representatives from Massachusetts to ask for their help in obtaining definitive data from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), which responds to Congressional offices, but not to the general public.
Members of the US government with dual-citizenship
Saudi Arabia Wants to Fight Iran to the Last American
by Trita Parsi
Both Tel Aviv and Riyadh viewed Washington’s reorientation towards Asia with concern. They feared it would weaken Washington’s commitment to their security while also potentially making the United States more inclined to reach an accommodation with Iran. Those fears rose dramatically as Obama resisted the Saudi and Israeli push to bomb Iran, and instead opted for diplomacy. To the Saudis, Obama had sided with Iran. The details of the nuclear deal were irrelevant to Riyadh: the problem was the very idea of the United States striking a deal with Iran, which by definition would signal the end of Washington’s policy of fully balancing Iran and leave Saudi facing its Persian rival without unreserved American backing.
Saudi Arabia’s only prospect of balancing Iran today remains the same as it was ten years ago: by dragging the United States back into the region militarily. If Iran’s nuclear program or its role in Iraq won’t compel Washington to bomb Iran, the Saudis must instigate a crisis that will force America back into the squabbles of the Middle East. Lebanon can serve this purpose precisely because it brings in a critical factor absent in both Iraq and Yemen—the Israeli angle and its American political potency. What the American public needs to fully understand, though, is that Riyadh is not seeking a one-off in Lebanon but rather a perpetual U.S. confrontation with Iran, a never ending war on behalf of Saudi Arabia
War on ISIS - Whose Side Are We Really On?
by Ron Paul & Daniel McAdams
On Sunday, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a press conference that the US military would remain in Syria for the long haul, "as long as there are ISIS who want to fight" he said. He falsely claimed that the US operates in Syria with UN permission. According to a blockbuster BBC report, however, the US government was part of a secret deal to allow thousands of ISIS fighters and their families safe passage from Raqqa -- with their weapons! What's going on here? Join us for today's Liberty Report:
Saudi Coup Signals War And The New World Order Reset
by Brandon Smith
For years now, I have been warning about the relationship of interdependency between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and how this relationship, if ended, would mean disaster for the petrodollar system and by extension the dollar's world reserve status. In my recent articles 'Lies And Distractions Surrounding The Diminishing Petrodollar' and'TheI point out that the death of the dollar as the premier petrocurrency is actually a primary goal for establishment globalists. Why? Because in an effort to achieve what they sometimes call the "global economic reset," or the "new world order," a more publicly accepted centralized global economy and monetary framework is paramount. And, this means the eventual implementation of a single world currency and a single global economic and political authority above and beyond the dollar system.
Israel, Saudi Arabia Setting Preconditions for War
SouthFront has just released a very interesting video analysis warning about the possibility of a war involving Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and, possibility, Syria, Iran, and Israel. That, of course, also means that Russia and the US would be involved. First, please see the video here:
What I propose to do is go over the implications of such a scenario.
The context: a total AngloZionist failure on all fronts . . . .
It is often hard to tell how close popular movements are to success or whether they are even a threat to the status quo power structure.
Despite vigorous protests, it is common to worry whether or not movements are having an impact. One tell-tale sign is when government and big business interests take action to stop or silence a movement. These days, there is a lot of push back against resistance movements in the United States. While it may be riskier for us when they fight back, it is a positive sign and means that the movement needs to escalate, build power and increase its pressure. One absurd example of suppression came from Los Angeles where police are enforcing an ordinance that makes it a crime to speak longer than your allotted time when testifying before the city council. When someone goes 20 seconds more than the time they are allowed, police arrest the citizen.
Escalating Punishment for Protesters:
This week, the trial of nearly 200 people arrested at the inauguration of Donald Trump began. Each person going to trial is facing 60 years in prison. Their collective sentence, if convicted, would total 12,000 years.
Behind the Mask of the ‘Moderates’
Pity Canada. Its citizens watch the stages of U.S. decline and then, a few years later, inflict on themselves the same cruelties. It is as if the snuffing out of democracy across the globe and the rise of authoritarian regimes are a preordained Greek tragedy and all of us, in spite of our yearning for liberty, must ominously play an assigned part.
'Slaughterbots' Film Shows Potential Horrors
Of Killer Drones
"They Can Not Be Stopped"
The Economic End Game Continues
by Brandon Smith
I point out that the death of the dollar as the premier petrocurrency is actually a primary goal for establishment globalists. Why? Because in an effort to achieve what they sometimes call the "global economic reset," or the "new world order," a more publicly accepted centralized global economy and monetary framework is paramount. And, this means the eventual implementation of a single world currency and a single global economic and political authority above and beyond the dollar system.
Nov. 7, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the seizure of power by workers and peasants in the Russian Revolution, regarded as the most world-altering event in the history of civilization. To understand the context of this first socialist experiment, how it happened and what caused the many problems it faced, Abby Martin sits down with Brian Becker, long-time socialist organizer and co-author of the new book “Storming the Gates: How the Russian Revolution Changed the World.”