Bulletin N° 803
The films and journalism of John Pilger
John Pilger: Real Journalism
Paying The Price: Killing The Children Of Iraq”
Subject : It’s lonely at the top: The world’s oligarchs and their collective desire for a ‘New World Order’ (to be achieved at a high price for most of us & ultimately at the risk of exterminating all humankind).
2 June 2018
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
There is a bag of academic theories out there which have produced careers and virtual industries for people seeking political power, usually for the best of reasons. Such social theories as “Elitist Theory,” “Modernization Theory,” “Rational Choice Theory,” “Historical Materialism,” not to mention various religious theories, all have in common the desire to remake the world into a “better” place. By imposing the Will of the most able on the rest of humanity it is believed the world will become a better place (at least for some people).
Thus the human cognitive powers of feeling, memory, reason and will are brought to bear on all of us through daily practice within institutions and organizations which for the most part govern our behavior. To be conscious of this ubiquitous force is not to be “free” of it; but rather to understand our own complicity in the flawed system of which we are a part. There is no advantage in remaining unconscious of the political realities around us, only a greater certitude of obedience which will by no means guarantee our well-being.
The novelist Henry James describes the creative act – common to both scientists and artists - in his Preface to The Spoils of Poynton (1897), where he wrote:
Such is the interesting truth about the stray suggestion, the wandering word, the vague echo, at touch of which the novelist’s imagination winces as at the prick of some sharp point: its virtue is all in its needle-like quality, the power to penetrate as finely as possible. This fineness it is that communicates –the virus of suggestion, anything more than the minimum of which spoils the operation. If one is given a hint at all designedly one is sure to be given too much; one’s subject is in the merest grain, the speck of truth, of beauty, of reality, scarce visible to the common eye – since, I firmly hold, a good eye for a subject is anything but usual. Strange and attaching, certainly, the consistency with which the first thing to be done for the communicated and seized idea is to reduce almost to naught the form, the air as of a mere disjointed and lacerated lump of life, in which we may have happened to meet it. Life being all inclusion and confusion, and art being all discrimination and selection, the latter, in search of the hard latent value with which alone it is concerned, sniffs round the mass as instinctively and unerringly as a dog suspicious of some buried bone. The difference here, however, is that, while the dog desires his bone but to destroy it, the artist finds in his tiny nugget, washed free of awkward accretions and hammered into a sacred hardness, the very stuff for a clear affirmation, the happiest chance for the indestructible. It at the same time amuses him again and again to note how, beyond the first step of the actual case, the case that constitutes for him his germ, his vital particle, his grain of gold, life persistently blunders and deviates, loses herself in the sand. The reason is of course that life has no direct sense whatever for the subject and is capable, luckily for us, of nothing but splendid waste. Hence the opportunity for the sublime economy of art, which rescues, which saves, and hordes and “banks,” investing and reinvesting these fruits of toil in wondrous useful “works” and thus making up for us, desperate spendthrifts that we all naturally are, the most princely of incomes. It is the subtle secrets of that system, however, that are meanwhile the charming study, with an endless attraction, above all in the question – endlessly baffling indeed – of the method at the heart of the madness; the madness, I mean, of a zeal among the reflective sort, so disinterested. If life, presenting us the germ, and left merely to herself in such a business, gives the case away, almost always, before we can stop her, what are the signs for our guidance, what the primary laws for saving selection, how do we know when and where to intervene, where do we place the beginnings of the wrong or the right deviation? Such would be the elements of an enquiry upon which, I hasten to say, it is quite forbidden me here to embark: I but glance at them in evidence of the rich pasture that at every turn surrounds the ruminant critic. The answer may be after all that mysteries here elude us, that general considerations fail or mislead, and that even the fondest of artists need ask no wider range than the logic of the particular case. The particular case, or in outer words his relation to a give subject, once the relation is established, forms in itself a little world of exercise and agitation. Let him hold himself perhaps supremely fortunate if he can meet half the questions with which that air alone may swarm.(cited in The Creative Process, pp.147-148)
The same imaginative process of creativity, as a kind of “mutation” that gives birth to something new (and occasionally useful), is described by Albert Einstein, who wrote in a letter to Jacques Hadamard (1865-1963) :
The words or the language, as they are written or spoken, do not seem to play any role in my mechanism of thought. The psychical entities which seem to serve as elements in thought are certain signs and more or less clear images which can be “voluntarily” reproduced and combined. (cited in op.cit, p.43)
The Einstien theory of Relativity, accompanied by Mozart....
The aesthetics of theory building must be accompanied by methods of verification, if knowledge is to be gained and catastrophes averted.
The 26 items below testify to the murderous aesthetics in this period of Late Capitalism. The human sacrifices on the Alter of Realism have become a daily ritual. The attempt to rationalize these daily sacrifices under the rubric of some transcendent theory is increasingly recognized as a desperate attempt to conceal the losses by a bankrupt leadership. Sooner or later, collective self-management using tried and tested democratic means will replace this command political economy of self-sacrifices.
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
In Syria, Putin and Netanyahu Were on the Same
Side All Along
Putin is ready to ditch Iran to keep Israel happy and save Assad’s victory
by Anshel Pfeffer
As Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman meets his Russian counterpart Thursday in Moscow to discuss the arrangements for keeping Iran and its proxies away from Israel’s border with Syria, they will be merely formalizing an understanding between the two countries that has long been in the making. It should have been clear from the beginning of the Russian involvement in Syria nearly three years ago that, when forced to choose between Israel and Iran, Vladimir Putin would come out on Israel’s side. This has little if anything to do with Putin’s own special brand of philo-semitism. The Russian president is not the sentimental type. He favors Israel because it is currently the only regional power capable of ruining his plans. Putin, who wanted to ensure that the Bashar Assad regime survived in Syria, had a shared interest with Iran, which sees Syria as part of its axis of influence in the region. Iran supplied the ground forces to prop up the Assad regime, which in mid-2015 was very close to collapse. Not so much its own troops, but its proxy Lebanese militia Hezbollah and tens of thousands of Afghan refugees, who were paid or press-ganged into joining the Fatemiyoun brigades, that Iran financed, armed and sent to Syria. Putin, for political reasons, did not want to risk too many Russian soldiers in Syria. Coffins coming home would have eroded his popularity. Moscow supplied the air-power and the combination of Russian Sukhoi fighter jets bombing rebel enclaves from thousands of feet, and Iranian-paid Shi'ite fighters mopping up the survivors, saved Bashar Assad. Now that the war in Syria has been decided in Assad’s favor, the Russians have less need for Tehran’s boots on the ground.
Russia of course has no plans to leave Syria. It is its client state and thanks to the Assad regime, Russia has its coveted warm-water ports on the Mediterranean. Iran wants to remain as well, but Israel sees the Iranian long-term presence as a strategic threat and since Russia has little need for Iran either, the choice is clear.
MEK’s Money Sure Can’t Buy Love
But It Can Buy A Lot Of Politicians
by Philip Giraldi
Iran’s radical Marxist cult Mohajedeen e Khalq, better known by its acronym MEK, is somewhat reminiscent of the Israel Lobby’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in that it operates somewhat in the shadows and is nevertheless able to punch well beyond its weight by manipulating politicians and understanding how American government functions on its dark side. MEK promotes itself by openly supporting a very popular hardline policy of “democratic opposition” advocating “regime change” for Iran while also successfully selling its reform credentials, i.e. that it is no longer a terrorist group. This latter effort apparently convinced then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on 2013 as she and President Barack responded to the group’s affability campaign by delisting MEK from the government list of terrorist organizations.
Saudi Wahhabism Serves Western Imperialism
by Andre Vltchek
When the Saudi Crown Prince gave an interview to the Washington Post, declaring that it was actually the West that encouraged his country to spread Wahhabism to all corners of the world, there was a long silence in almost all the mass media outlets in the West, but also in countries such as Egypt and Indonesia.
Those who read the statement, expected a determined rebuke from Riyadh. It did not come. The sky did not fall. Lightning did not strike the Prince or the Post.
Clearly, not all that the Crown Prince declared appeared on the pages of the Washington Post, but what actually did, would be enough to bring down entire regimes in such places like Indonesia, Malaysia or Brunei.Or at least it would be enough under ‘normal circumstances’. That is, if the population there was not already hopelessly and thoroughly indoctrinated and programed, and if the rulers in those countries did not subscribe to, or tolerate, the most aggressive, chauvinistic and ritualistic (as opposed to the intellectual or spiritual) form of the religion.
Reading between the lines, the Saudi Prince suggested that it was actually the West which, while fighting an ‘ideological war’ against the Soviet Union and other socialist countries, handpicked Islam and its ultra-orthodox and radical wing – Wahhabism – as an ally in destroying almost all the progressive, anti-imperialist and egalitarian aspirations in the countries with a Muslim majority.
Putin’s Peace Efforts Are Coming To Naught
by Paul Craig Roberts
The Trump regime has sabotaged Putin’s peace efforts in Syria, Iran, Ukraine, and North Korea.
Now that Washington and Israel have sabotaged Putin’s diplomacy, Putin’s hope is that the result will isolate Washington from Washington’s European and British vassal states rather than isolate Russia, Syria, Iran, and North Korea from the rest of the world. There is much evidence that European leaders have had their fill of being treated as Washington’s slaves. Possibly they will throw off Washington’s control. On the other hand, except for France under DeGaulle, no European country has had an independent foreign or economic policy in 75 years. Moreover, European leaders are accustomed to relying on Washington providing their comfortable retirements, like Tony Blair’s $50 million, and European business interests would be harmed if Trump cuts them off from US markets. How real an European revolt is remains to be seen.
There are great risks to Russia of relying on Europe’s revolt as Washington uses the time to regain what was lost in Syria to Putin’s initiative. In effect, Russia might be throwing away the victory in Syria. While the Russian government waits to see if the Anglo-Zionist Empire comes apart, Washington is organizing the jihadists Washington used against Gaddafi and Assad to prepare an offensive against Russia and China through former Soviet central Asian republics such as Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Here is a report by Andrey Afanasyev: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49471.htm
I have checked out this story with Russian sources. What I learned is that Washington’s plan to use its jihadists to begin destabilizing Russia and China surfaced in Russia in the 7th Moscow International Conference on Security, which I believe was in April. Currently, Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Minister of Defence, is in Uzbekistan evaluating the situation with military and political leaders there. The Russian government, the state TV channels, and establishment press are sitting on the information. Apparently, the Russian government doesn’t want this information out as it could undermine public support for the peace agenda that the government favors.
However, reports have been published in Tsargrad, NewsFront, and Fergana.
In the Middle East, Putin Has a Lot to Thank Trump For
by Robert Fisk
Vladimir Putin will have paid very close attention to the location of the Syrian artillery battery where four Russian soldiers lost their lives at the weekend. The desert around Deir ez-Zour remains a dangerous place – politically as well as physically – in which the Americans and Russians play an extremely risky game of war. Putin still suspects the Americans helped the artillery guidance of a mortar battery which killed the commander of the Russian Far East 5th Army in Deir ez-Zour, lieutenant general Valery Asapov, less than a year ago. Was the mortar fired by pro-American Kurdish fighters? Or by Isis? The Russians say that Isis mobile attackers stormed the Syrian artillery position this weekend at night – the Islamists’ normal routine, streaming out of the desert wadis in suicide trucks and motorcycles – even though the little Syrian forts, hillocks of sand and cement strewn across the vast sand plateaus, are supposed to be invulnerable.
So now the Russians are directing artillery. First they were the air component to the Syrian army, their forward air observers on the ground with Syrian troops directing the Sukhois onto Assad’s enemies. Then the Russians were the de-miners of Palmyra and Deir ez-Zour, Homs and Aleppo. Then the Russian military police escorted the beaten jihadists to the wastelands of Idlib province or the Turkish border. The Russians liaise between the Syrians and the pro-American Kurds on the Euphrates River.
Twelve months ago, Putin’s top artillery technicians were searching through the rubble of eastern Aleppo to draw up painstaking maps of the fall of shot – the exact bomb crater and blast effects of air-dropped Russian munitions. I met one of their teams. Its reports were circulated, of course, to Russian military intelligence. But they first go directly to the Kremlin. Putin reads them. He is a micro-manager. There will be no Brezhnev-style Afghanistan disasters in Syria – or so the Russians pray – no slovenly retreats across the Amu Darya by political generals, no Kremlin lethargy. Russian officers speak good Arabic (and quite good English) – products of the Moscow School of Foreign Languages – and, like the Syrian army, their officers go to the front lines. That’s why Asapov was killed. Putin decided to pursue his Chechen and Russian jihadi enemies all the way to Syria – and kill them all. He saved his ally, Bashar al-Assad. But at the very same time – give or take a warning or two and one downed Russian jet courtesy of a later-to-repent Erdogan – he remained a trusted friend of Israel, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and so on.
Refusing to join his insane counterpart in Washington in a sectarian war between Sunnis and Shias, Putin deploys the one phrase which unites every dictator, prime minister, mafiosi autocrat, king, president, mass-murdering tyrant, public relations hack or fawning editor: the “war on terror”. I reckon Putin and Trump use this circumlocution about the same number of times. It’s a cracker for the masses, and it doesn’t matter if it’s uttered by a cynic in the Kremlin or a guy in the White House who is completely bananas. But Putin, of course, is a man for all seasons.
Israeli Military Prevents Palestinian Attempt
to Break Gaza’s Naval Blockade
May 29, 2018
Palestinians in Gaza mounted a flotilla of small ships to take 17 injured to Cyprus for medical treatment, but Israel’s navy halted the expedition. Meanwhile, Israel also launched massive strikes on Hamas positions in retaliation for mortar fire from Gaza. Noor Harazeen reports from Gaza
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The roll out of 5G wireless service is 'a massive health experiment,' public health expert warns as cell companies install 800,000 towers
across the US
· The latest generation of wireless service - 5G - is being rolled out across select cities in the US
· Networks will transmit data 100 times faster using shorter radiation waves
· The new network will require 800,000 new 'small cell' towers
· Some research has suggested that cell phone radiation may be carcinogenic
· The new millimeter waves used in 5G have hardly been studied and introducing them constitutes an 'experiment,' warns a public health professor
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5784487/The-roll-5G-wireless-service-massive-health-experiment-public-health-expert-warns-a.html#ixzz5H00VGXV3
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Scientists warn of potential serious health effects of 5G
(September 13, 2017)
Un scientisme contre les enfants de milieux populaires
La question du scientisme, des scientismes est insistante. Nous avons à la prendre très au sérieux. Voici une contribution à ce débat devenu urgent.
Connaissez-vous Stanislas Dehaene ?
Le Point, dans un récent numéro1, place son visage en couverture, le présente comme « le pape du cerveau » et lui consacre douze pages.
Ses travaux « visent à enregistrer » les « capacités intellectuelles des enfants pour les comprendre ». Ce qui est dit en creux, c'est que sans « preuve » par IRM et scanner, les travaux sur les apprentissages des enfants accumulés depuis des décennies n'ont pas de valeur scientifique, donc pas de valeur. Serait-ce le nouveau monde de Macron ?
Voici quelques citations de cette interview.
Il est affirmé l'importance de faire du sport et de bien dormir, de faire de la musique et de faire des efforts intellectuels, de lire à haute voix. Ébouriffant, non ? Il y est dit aussi qu'il faut bien « bien nourrir le cerveau » : sans doute avec le reste du corps hébergeant ledit cerveau ? Bref, un certain nombre de banalités, mais rehaussée du prestige de « la science » dure. Mais pas seulement.
L'article souligne : « Ses travaux invalident certaines pratiques pédagogiques. Il est démontré que le cerveau ne peut traiter qu'une tâche consciente à la fois ». Ce qui était reconnu empiriquement comme une (rare) supériorité des femmes sur les hommes est balayé d'un revers d'IRM.
Il y parle des différences entre les filles et les garçons en mathématiques ; cette exclusion genrée ne nécessite pas l'apport des neurosciences pour être démontrée...
L'importance de parler tôt une langue étrangère est soulignée à juste titre ; or, rien n'est dit dans ce long dossier sur les capacités particulières, à étudier mieux, des enfants d'origine étrangère en milieux populaires ; au contraire, ils sont abordés sous l'angle d'un déficit à noter. Le racisme social n'est pas loin.
Il est fait référence aux travaux de Céline Alvarez2 : Dehaene en a conclu qu'« avec une bonne pédagogie, on peut apprendre à lire plus tôt ». Il cite la méthode Montessori ; rien n'est dit sur le marché en école privée qui lui est associé, ce qui ne saurait disqualifier les travaux de recherche associés à cette méthode, certes.
Approchons du dur de cette interview. L'homme qui se fait photographier avec un moulage de son propre cerveau sur son bureau affirme qu'il est ravi de diriger ce Conseil scientifique car « c'est un problème magnifique que d'essayer de comprendre comment le cerveau apprend ». Si les mots ont un sens, il s'intéresse au cerveau comme d'un objet détaché du corps humain, comme si le cerveau était le lieu unique de la pensée, se désintéressant par méthode des humains et de leurs interactions sociales. Il considère qu'avant lui on ne comprenait pas « comment le cerveau apprend ». Le mépris pour les pédagogues, sociologues, épistémologues, psychologues, et autres est bel et bien affirmé.
Dans un article intitulé « la lecture, un jeu d'enfant. Test. Dans un CP de Marseille, le logiciel GraphoLearn fait le bonheur des élèves... et celui de leur institutrice », accompagné de photos d'enfants en classe avec des casques sur les oreilles, la professeure des écoles se félicite : « Ils sont vraiment dans leur bulle ». Certes, elle ajoute « Ils peuvent aller à leur rythme et avancer selon leur réel niveau de lecture ». Un peu glaçant peut-être. 2
Aucune connaissance pédagogique si elle n'est pas validée par un protocole appuyé sur des recherches avec IRM ne saurait avoir la moindre validité à lire ici le pape des neurosciences. Il nie le désir du professeur, le désir de transmettre.
On peut s'inquiéter vivement d'apprendre qu'un « guide fondé sur l'état de la recherche », un livret de 130 pages, « pour enseigner la lecture et l'écriture au CP » vient d'être envoyé aux professeur.e.s des écoles. Stanislas Dehaene y est cité douze fois.
Alors la pétition « Pour l'avenir de nos enfants »3, à propos de ce « Conseil scientifique de l’Éducation nationale » présidé par Stanislas Dehaene, est fort justifiée. Ce texte définit comme imposture la nomination d'un neuroscientifique à la tête de ce conseil. Un élément central de l'argumentation est qu'il est fait « peu allusion aux solutions déjà préconisées par les pédagogues, enseignants, psychiatres, psychanalystes, psychologues, sociologues à partir de leur longue expérience de terrain », ce qui est bien l'esprit de l'interview dans Le Point de l'intéressé.
La dirigeante du syndicat FSU, syndicat qui regroupe des enseignants de tous niveaux, en mai 2018, a alerté sur la « remise en cause des valeurs fondamentales de l'école publique », le renforcement des inégalités scolaires et des « déterminismes sociaux ». Et sur le « renoncement au pluralisme de la recherche », et la négation de « l’expertise professionnelle » portée par Dehaene et associés.
Un article, « Les neurosciences comme idéologie »4 de Bertrand Geay et Samy Johsua précise les enjeux. Ce conseil est porteur de scientisme, mais il a une tâche et une seule : l'étude des manuels scolaires et la formation des enseignants.
Que cette tâche soit dévolue d'abord à des neuroscientifiques ne peut qu’étonner, Et en effet ce conseil est « dominé par les psychologues cognitivistes et les neuroscientifiques » et par le premier d'entre eux, Christophe Dehaene. C'est une « provocation » assurément. Mais M. Dehaene, à l'occasion, peut dire aussi que les recherches neuroscientifiques « ne peuvent définir dans le détail les pratiques pédagogiques ».
Sur l'essentiel, c'est un « coup de force » : en affirmant « le passage de l'imagerie cérébrale aux conduites », c'est la dimension sociale qui est niée de façon abrupte, (mais pas dans toutes les déclarations de ce Conseil).
Les deux auteurs insistant sur les travaux existants niés par le ministre et ce Conseil proposent de prendre exemple sur les Etats-Unis où les recherches concernant l'enseignement sont beaucoup plus variées qu'en France.
C'est un scientisme qui nous est bien décrit, mais un scientisme qui sait être tantôt rusé et subtil, tantôt impitoyable. Nous sommes invités à prendre garde de ne pas sous-estimer celui qui est assurément un adversaire.
La conclusion de l'article est que ce Conseil a pour mission d'affirmer à un large public que les « meilleurs scientifiques président désormais aux destinées de l'école publique » tout en lui donnant « une tâche finalement réduite ».
L'introduction de ce recueil d'articles5 donne une autre focale, complémentaire: « de façon inattendue, Jean Michel Blanquer est devenu une des pièces maîtresses de la stratégie d’Emmanuel Macron. C’est en quelque sorte un couteau suisse : il rassure, par son indéniable connaissance du monde éducatif et sa capacité à célébrer une vision traditionnelle de l’école, les parents sensibles à ces thématiques ; il a l’oreille d’une partie du monde enseignant qui apprécie un discours qui célèbre la transmission du savoir et l’autorité ; il est très lié à la droite et sert Macron pour mettre en difficulté Les Républicains ; il a bonne presse dans le monde patronal.
Le ministre se présente comme celui qui veut dépasser des conflits anciens que la « science » aurait tranchés. » 3
Avec ce Conseil scientifique voulu par Blanquer, dictées à l'ancienne, autoritarisme, sélection sont à l'ordre du jour. Mais pas seulement.
Il faut être attentif à la multiplicité des fronts ouverts par le ministre, à la cohérence qui peut s'en dégager, mais aussi au pragmatisme de ce ministre. En vue : une école privée renforcée, des écoles sélectives, un recul de la mixité sociale. Mais ce ministre est capable de moduler ses prises de position, de construire un bloc réactionnaire et scientiste, mais sans ignorer les courants autres chez les scientifiques.
La lutte contre le scientisme dans l'offensive idéologique en cours sera déterminante. Mais il nous faut prendre garde de ne pas confondre neurosciences et ses vulgarisations scientistes, ne pas simplifier les résultats des neuroscientifiques, ne pas confondre les interviews de Dehaene et ses travaux scientifiques reconnus par ses pairs. Il nous faut être attentif aux voix discordantes qui viennent depuis le milieu des neurosciences qui peuvent être exaspérés par la caricature médiatique que l'on fait de leurs recherches, que le ministère participe à en donner. Dans Le Monde du 25 avril, on peut lire la déclaration de 19 chercheurs qui dénoncent l’utilisation qui est faite de la génétique. Spécialistes de haut niveau dans ce domaine, ils récusent l’idée qu’« il existerait un « socle génétique important et quantifié, à l’origine de différences psychologiques entre les êtres humains, en particulier selon la classe sociale, les origines ou le sexe ».
Nous savons, à l'Union syndicale de la psychiatrie, depuis 2011 avec le Collectif Pas de zéro de conduite que les élites politiques du pays ont un projet de « repérage des élèves à risque », un projet de contrôle de masse dès la petite enfance, projet qui fut certes différé grâce à une mobilisation efficace.
Pour nous, lutter contre ces projets, ceux de Dehaene, et lutter contre le scientisme avec « Stop DSM » et aussi déconstruire ce qui est une véritable épidémie de diagnostics de TDA/H, tout cela participe du même combat.
« L’épidémie de TDA/H est devenue un fait social majeur. (…) Les questions qu’elle soulève visent à la fois les orientations de la psychiatrie et les évolutions de la société, en particulier à propos de la place donnée à l’enfant. (...)En réalité, cette soi-disant avancée scientifique liée aux neurosciences et à la neuro-imagerie s’appuie avant tout sur les effets à court terme de la prescription de méthylphénidate »6.
Nous avons à combattre ce scientisme ministériel en prenant garde à nos terrains de lutte et à notre façon de les populariser est une urgence. De façon générale, c'est le sort des enfants des classes défavorisées, racisés mais pas seulement, qui est en cause. Nous devons continuer à le démontrer et constituer des alliances efficaces comme à l'époque de Pas de zéro de conduite.
Le 28 mai 2018
1- Le Point, 10 mai 2018
2- Cf. la critique faite dans l'article « Les neurosciences comme idéologie », cf. infra.
3- « Pour l'avenir de nos enfants », https://www.change.org/p/m-dehaene-pour-l-avenir-de-nos-enfants
4- Bertrand Geay et Samy Johsua. « Les neurosciences comme idéologie » in « Blanquer : un libéralisme autoritaire contre l'éducation », (notes de la Fondation Copernic), Syllepse, 2018.
5- Axel Trani, in opus cité, « Derrière l'activisme ministériel, un projet dangereux ».
PS : Texte édité aussi sur l'édition « Contes de la folie ordinaire » de Mediapart le 20 mai 2018.
Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine
This Is A Must Watch Video
A brief and crucial history of the United States
Posted by Class War Films
Nightmare and insanity are akin: mysterious and involuntary states that skew and distort objective reality. One wakens from nightmare; from insanity there is no awakening.
Whether Americans live in the one state or the other is the paramount question of this era.
For two hundred years Americans have been indoctrinated with a mythology created, imposed and sustained by a manipulating cabal: the financial elite that built its absolute control on the muscle and blood, good will, ignorance and credulity, of its citizenry.
America began with the invasion of a populated continent and the genocide of its native people. Once solidly established, it grafted enslavement of another race onto that base.
With those two pillars of state firmly in place it declared itself an independent nation in a document that nobly proclaimed the equality of all mankind.
In that act of monumental hypocrisy America’s myth had its beginning.
In Defense of Refusal:
Teacher Rebellion Rejects Corporate Assault on Public Education
by Graham B. Slater
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Subject: Hello from Russia
It was quite surprising to find CEIMSA web page. I thought that in Europe no such views are allowed for sharing in public. And even more surprising was to see that you and your collegues actually work at the Univercity of Grenoble. Does that mean that there is a group of students united by your ideas?
I work for a communist TV channal "Red line" - http://www.rline.tv Our major goal is to show how ugly, greedy and destroing for Russia and the whole world capitalism is. And we would like to establish some kind of communication with you and your friends and students. Perhaps we could even organise web meetings to share information. Does it sound interesting to you?
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A Look Back at the My Lai Massacre, MLK's Assassination, Columbia Protests and the Catonsville Nine
From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much – Thomas Drake on RAI (1/5)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Drake, a former Senior Executive at the National Security Agency, says he was targeted by the NSA because he exposed that the agency had intel that could have prevented the 9/11 attacks and because he blew the whistle on a massive secret surveillance program aimed at Americans
ICE Is Sending a Message to the World’s Asylum Seekers:
The US Is No Place of Refuge
by John Washington
Separating children from their family members, imposing excessively long detention, and other ways the immigration bureaucracy is making life impossible for asylum seekers.
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Subject: Jean Ziegler : « On ne peut ni amender, ni réformer le capitalisme »
Noam Chomsky on Hegemony or Survival:
America’s Quest For Global Dominance
Professor Noam Chomsky, speaking at Illinois State University on October 7th, 2003..
“If you repeat it loudly enough it will become the truth” - MIT institute professor of linguistics and author Noam Chomsky speaks out on U.S. hegemony, controlling the domestic population through fear and the historical parallels of current U.S. foreign policy.
Will Putin’s Policy of Concession Succeed?
by Paul Craig Roberts
Russian president Vladimir Putin’s speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Conference last weekend shows the Russian government’s ensnarement by neoliberal economic policy. Putin defended globalism and free trade, and he warned that crisis will result from the breakup of the global system.
In fact, crisis is the result of globalism and neoliberal economics. For Russia neoliberal economics means both economic and political crisis. https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/05/25/americas-fifth-column-will-destroy-russia/
Neoliberal economics produces domestic economic crisis, because it diverts employment in high-productivity, high-value added activities, such as manufacturing and tradeable professional skills such as software engineering, from developed economies, such as the US, UK, and Europe, to economies where wages are much lower. Neoliberal economics is also the basis for financialization, which diverts the economic surplus from real investment into debt service. Together these devastating impacts of neoliberal economics kill economic growth. Just look at the no-growth experience of the Western world in the 21st century, where growth has been limited to the prices of financial assets while well-paid employment disappears.
Needed Now: A Real and Radical Left
It’s “socialism or barbarism.” So wrote the brilliant German Marxist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg in 1915. The 20th and 21st centuries have borne her out. The list of barbarian horrors that have disfigured the human record under the class rule of capital across the last century is daunting indeed.
Now, however, we have to say that Luxemburg put things too gently. Marx and Engels got closer to our contemporary reality in 1848. They wrote in “The Communist Manifesto” about how the long-standing class struggle between producers and appropriators always ends “either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.”
It’s socialism or barbarism if we’re lucky. To be more precise, its eco-socialism or annihilation as capital turns the planet into a giant greenhouse gas chamber. The earth science is perfectly clear. The “common ruin” of all is precisely where humanity is headed after half a millennium under the rule of a system that relies on permanent unsustainable expansion to avert collapse. “The rich,” the French ecological writer Herve Kempf observed 11 years ago, “are destroying the Earth.” Well, not the earth itself, just the chances for a decent and organized human future.
Black Agenda Report
News, commentary and analysis from the black left.
Black Agenda Radio, Week of May 28, 2018
Journalists and Academics Expose UK’s Criminal Actions
in the Middle East
by Julie Hyland
Media on Trial held a successful event in Leeds on Sunday, in the face of sustained efforts to prevent the meeting taking place.
The group was formed by Frome Stop War, based in Somerset. Working with academics, investigative journalists and other interested parties and individuals, and drawing on the illegal 2003 invasion of Iraq, Media on Trial seeks to “cultivate public scepticism when faced with establishment and corporate media’s partisan reporting at times of conflict.” It held well-attended meetings in Frome and London last year. Its success in exposing the ongoing regime-change operations in Syria, and government/media propaganda to this end, has made its members the subject of an organised media smear campaign, culminating in efforts to silence it altogether. “Government propaganda and the war on terror from 9/11 to Syria” was booked at Leeds City Museum. But in an assault on free speech, Labour-run Leeds City Council in West Yorkshire cancelled the event. Sheila Coombes (From Stop War) has reported that the ban, made on May 3—World Press Freedom Day—came after a series of attacks on several of the featured speakers by the Huffington Post, Guardian and Timesnewspapers as “Assad Apologists.” Among those targeted were Professor Piers Robinson (University of Sheffield), Professor Tim Hayward (University of Edinburgh)—both of the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM)—and investigative journalist Vanessa Beeley.
Having travelled to Leeds to check out the venue, Coombes was told that Leeds City Council had cancelled the event, suggesting that “security issues” were involved. She was informed that it was a blanket ban and that no other council-run venue would host it.
Less than an hour after she had been informed, the Yorkshire Post ran an online article welcoming the ban, followed by a similar report in the Huffington Post. The speed of publication suggests that these media outlets were aware of the ban before Coombes herself had been informed.
Meet the Economist Behind the One Percent’s Stealth Takeover of America
by Lynn Parramore
Nobel laureate James Buchanan is the intellectual linchpin of the Koch-funded attack on democratic institutions.
Ask people to name the key minds that have shaped America’s burst of radical right-wing attacks on working conditions, consumer rights and public services, and they will typically mention figures like free market-champion Milton Friedman, libertarian guru Ayn Rand, and laissez-faire economists Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises.
James McGill Buchanan is a name you will rarely hear unless you’ve taken several classes in economics. And if the Tennessee-born Nobel laureate were alive today, it would suit him just fine that most well-informed journalists, liberal politicians, and even many economics students have little understanding of his work.
The reason? Duke historian Nancy MacLean contends that his philosophy is so stark that even young libertarian acolytes are only introduced to it after they have accepted the relatively sunny perspective of Ayn Rand. (Yes, you read that correctly). If Americans really knew what Buchanan thought and promoted, and how destructively his vision is manifesting under their noses, it would dawn on them how close the country is to a transformation most would not even want to imagine, much less accept.