Bulletin N° 937
Subject: Process or Praxis, what strategies for change?
November 18, 2020
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
At no time in history has the Marxist axiom been more apparent: The ruling ideas of any given period are no more than those ideas held by its ruling class. This statement is taken from The German Ideology (1845-1846). The full verbatim quote is:
The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it. The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships, the dominant material relationships grasped as ideas.
Ronald Laing expounded upon this premise in his book, The Politics of Experience (1967), speaking of the social relationship between “sanity” and “madness.” Laing discusses in the first chapter of his book the difference between behavior and experience:
From an ideal vantage point on the ground, a formation of planes may be observed in the air. One plane may be out of formation. But the whole formation may be off course. The plane that is 'out of formation' may be abnormal, bad or 'mad,' from the point of view of the formation. But the formation itself may be bad or mad from the point of view of the ideal observer. The plane that is out of formation may also be more or less off course than the formation itself is.
The 'out of formation' criterion is the clinical positivist criterion.
The 'off course' criterion is the ontological. One needs to make two judgments along these different parameters. In particular, it is of fundamental importance not to confuse the person who may be 'out of formation' by telling him he is 'off course' if he is not. It is of fundamental importance not to make the positivist mistake of assuming that, because a group are 'in formation,' this means they are necessarily 'on course.' This is the Gadarene swine fallacy.(*) Nor is it necessarily the case that the person who is ‘out of formation’ is more ‘on course’ than the formation. There is no need to idealize someone just because he is labeled ‘out of formation.’ Nor is there any need to persuade the person who is ‘out of formation’ that cure consists in getting back into formation. The person who is ‘out of formation’ is often full of hatred toward the formation and of fears about being the odd man out.
If the formation is itself off course, then the man who is ready to get ‘on course’ must leave the formation.(sic) But it is possible to do so, if one desires, without screeches and screams, and without terrorizing the already terrified formation that one has to leave.(p.118-120)
(*) NOTE: The GSF is the fallacy of supposing that because a group is in the right formation, it is necessarily on the right course; and conversely, of supposing that because an individual has strayed from the group and isn't in formation, that he is off course. The individual may seem lost to the group but not off course to an ideal observer.
Background: Gadarenes, or Gergesenes was a district east of Jordan and was the site of the famous miracle of the swine, in which Jesus conjured demonic spirits into the body of swine and let them perish in the sea. The story is recounted in the Synoptic Gospels.
At the start of this book, Laing discusses “Experience as evidence” and begins:
Even FACTS become fictions without adequate ways of seeing ‘the facts.’ We do not need theories so much as the experience that is the source of the theory. We are not satisfied with faith, in the sense of an implausible hypothesis irrationally held; we demand to experience the ‘evidence.’
We can see other people’s behavior, but not their experience. This has led some people to insist that psychology has nothing to do with the other person’s experience, but only with his behavior.
The other person’s behavior is an experience of mine. My behavior is an experience of the other. The task of social phenomenology is –to relate my experience of the other’s behavior to the other’s experience of my behavior. Its study is the relation between experience and experience: its true field is interexperience.
I see you, and you see me. I experience you, and you experience me. I see your behavior. You see my behavior. But I do not and never have and never will see your experience of me. Just as you cannot ‘see’ my experience of you. My experience of you is not ‘inside’ me. It is simply you, as I experience you. And I do not experience you as inside me. Similarly, I take it that you do not experience me as inside you.
‘My experience of you’ is just another form of words for ‘you-as-I-experience-you,’ and ‘your experience of me’ equals ‘me-as-you-experience-me.’ Your experience of me is not inside you and my experience of you is not inside me, but your experience of me is invisible to me and my experience of you is invisible to you.
I cannot experience you experience your experience. You cannot experience my experience. We are both invisible men. All men are invisible to one another. Experience is man’s invisibility to man. Experience used to be called the Soul. Experience as invisibility of man to man is at the same time more evident than anything. Only experience is evident. Experience is the only evidence. Psychology is the structure of the evidence, and hence psychology is the science of sciences.
If, however, experience is evidence, how can one ever study the experience of the other? For the experience of the other is not evident to me, as it is not and never can be an experience of mine.
I cannot avoid trying to understand your experience, because although I do not experience you experience, which is invisible to me (and nontastable, nontouchable, nonsmelable, and inaudible), yet I experience you as experiencing.
I do not experience your experience. But I experience you as experiencing. I experience myself as experienced by you. And I experience you as experiencing yourself as experienced by me. And so on.
The study of experience of others is based on inferences I make, from my experience of you experiencing me, about how you are experiencing me experiencing you experiencing me. . . .
Social phenomenology is the science of my own and of others’ experience. It is concerned with the relation between my experience of you and your experience of me. That is, with interexperience. It is concerned with your behavior and my behavior as I experience it, and your and my behavior as you experience it.
Since your and their experience is invisible to me as mine is to you and them, I seek to make evident to the others, through their experience of my behavior, what I infer of your experience, through my experience of your behavior.
This is the crux of social phenomenology.
Natural science is concerned only with the observer’s experience of things. Never with the way things experience us. That is not to say that things do not react to us, and to each other.
Natural science knows nothing of the relation between behavior and experience. The nature of the relation is mysterious – in Marcel’s sense. That is to say, it is not an objective problem. There is no traditional logic to express it. There is no developed method of understanding its nature. But this relationship is the copula of our science – if science means a form of knowledge adequate to its subject. The relation between experience and behavior is the stone that the builders will reject at their peril. Without it the whole structure of our theory and practice must collapse.
Experience is invisible to the other. But experience is not ‘subjective’ rather than ‘objective,’ not ‘inner’ rather than ‘outer,’ not process rather than praxis, not input rather than output, not psychic rather than somatic, not some doubtful data dredged up form introspection rather than extrospection. Least of all is experience ‘intrapsychic process.’ Such transactions, object relations, interpersonal relations, transference, countrer-transfernece, as we suppose to go on between people are not the interplay of merely two objects in space, each equipped with ongoing intrapsychic processes.
This distinction between outer and inner usually refers to the distinction between behavior and experience; but sometimes it refers to some experiences that are supposed to be ‘inner’ in contrast to others that are ‘outer.’ More accurately this is a distinction between different modalities of experience, namely, perception (as outer) in contrast to imagination, etc, (as inner). But perception, imagination, fantasy, reverie, dreams, memory, are simply different modalities of experience, none more ‘inner’ or ‘outer’ than any other.
Yet this way of talking does reflect a split in our experience. We seem to live in two worlds, and many people are aware only of the ‘outer’ rump. As long as we remember that the ‘inner’ world is not some space ‘inside’ the body or the mind, this way of talking can serve our purpose. (It was good enough for William Blake.) The ‘inner,’ then, is our personal idiom of experiencing our bodies, other people, the animate and inanimate world; imagination, dreams fantasy, and beyond that to even further reaches of experience.
. . .
Our task is both to experience and to conceive the concrete, that is to say, reality in its fullness and wholeness.
But this is quite impossible, immediately. Experientially and conceptually, we have fragments.
We begin from concepts of the single person (Note: Laing here chooses two of the eight the Oxford English Dictionary definitions of “person”: as person, mask, a part being played; and the actual self), from the relations between two or more persons, from groups or from society at large; or from the material world, and conceive of individuals as secondary. We can derive the main determinants of our individual and social behavior from external exigencies. All these views are partial vistas and partial concepts. Theoretically we need a spiral of expanding and contracting schemata that enable us to move freely and without discontinuity from varying degrees of abstraction to greater or lesser degrees of concreteness. Theory is the articulated vision of experience. This book begins and ends with the person.
Can human beings be persons today? Can a man be his actual self with another man or woman? Before we can ask such an optimistic question as, ‘What is a personal relationship?,’ we have to ask if a personal relationship is possible, or, are persons possible in our present situation. We are concerned with the possibility of man. This question can be asked only through its facets. Is love possible? Is freedom possible?
Whether or not all, or some, or no human beings are persons, I wish to define a person in a twofold way: in terms of experience, as a center of orientation of the objective universe; and in terms of behavior, as the origin of actions. Personal experience transforms a given field onto a field of intention and action; only through action can our experience be transformed. It is tempting and facile to regard ‘persons’ as only separate objects in space, who can be studied as any other natural objects can be studied. But just as Kierkegaard remarked that one will never find consciousness by looking down a microscope at brain cells or anything else, so one will never find persons by studying persons as though they were only objects. A person is the me and you, he or she, whereby an object is experienced. Are these centers of experience and origins of actions living in entirely unrelated worlds of their own composition? Everyone must refer here to their own experience. My own experience as a center of experience and origin of action tells me that this is not so. My experience and my action occur in a social field of reciprocal influence and interaction. I experience myself, identifiable as Ronald Laing by myself and others, as experienced by and acted upon by others, who refer to that person I call ‘me’ as ‘you’ or ‘him’ or grouped together as ‘one of us’ or ‘one of them’ or ‘one of you.’
. . .
People may be observed to sleep, eat, walk, talk, etc. in relatively predictable ways. We must not be content with observation of this kind alone. Observation of behavior must be extended by inference to attributions about experience. Only when we can begin to do this can we really construct the experiential-behavioral system that is the human species.
It is quite possible to study the visible, audible, smellable effulgences of human bodies, and much study of human behavior has been in these terms. One can lump together very large numbers of units of behavior and regard them as a statistical population, in no way different form the multiplicity constituting a system of nonhuman objects. But one will not be studying persons. In a science of persons, I shall state as axiomatic that: behavior is a function of experience; and both experience and behavior are always in relation to someone or something other than self.(pp. 17-25)
Further on, Laing reiterates the important role experience plays in the life of a person, his actions and his depth of understanding behavior –his own, as well as that of others.
Our behavior is a function of our experience? We act according to the way we see things.
If our experience is destroyed, our behavior will be destructive.
If our experience is destroyed, we have lost our own selves.
How much human behavior, whether the interactions between persons themselves or between groups and groups, is intelligible in terms of human experience? Either our inter-human behavior is unintelligible, in that we are simply the passive vehicles of inhuman processes whose ends are as obscure as they are at present outside our control, or our own behavior towards each other is a function of our own experience and our own intentions, however alienated we are from them. In the latter case, we must take final responsibility for what we make of what we are made of.
We will find no intelligibility in behavior if we see it as an inessential phase in an essentially inhuman process. We have had accounts of men as animals, men as machines, men as biochemical complexes with certain ways of their own, but there remains the greatest difficulty in achieving a human understanding of man in human terms.
Men at all times have been subject, as they believed or experienced, to forces from the stars, from the gods, or to forces that now blow through society itself, appearing as the stars once did to determine human fate.
Men have, however, always been weighed down not only by (their sense of subordination to fate and chance, to ordained external necessities or contingencies, but by a sense that their very own thoughts and feelings, in their most intimate interstices, are the outcome, the resultant, of processes which they undergo.
A man can estrange himself from himself by mystifying himself and others. He can also have what he does stolen from him by the agency of others.
If we are stripped of experience, we are stripped of our deeds; and if our deeds are, so to speak, taken out of our hands like toys form the hands of children, we are bereft of our humanity. We cannot be deceived. Men can and do destroy the humanity of other men, and the condition of this possibility is that we are interdependent. We are not self-contained monads producing no effects on each other except our reflections. We are both acted upon, changed for good or ill, by other men; and we are agents who act upon others to affect them in different ways. Each of us is the other to the others. Man is a patient-agent, agent-patient, interexperiencing and interacting with his fellows.
It is quite certain that unless we can regulate our behavior much more satisfactorily than at present, then we are going to exterminate ourselves. But as we experience the world, so we act, and this principle holds even when action conceals rather than discloses our experience.
We are not able even to think adequately about the behavior that is at the annihilating edge. But what we think is less than what we know; what we know is less than that we love; what we love is so much less than what there is. And, to that precise extent we are so much less than what we are.
Yet if nothing else, each time a baby is born there is a possibility of reprieve. Each child is a new being, a potential prophet, a new spiritual prince, a new spark of light precipitated into the outer darkness. Who are we to decide that it is hopeless?(pp.28-30)
To return to Marx, his famous 1848 "Communist Manifesto" contains a brief overview of "Socialist and Communist Literature." Here he submits several generes of "socialist" writings: under the first rubric "Reactionary Socialism," he lists "Feudal Socialism," "Petty-Bourgeois Socialism," and "German, or 'True' Socialism."
To return to Marx, his famous 1848 "Communist Manifesto" contains a brief overview of "Socialist and Communist Literature." Here he submits several generes of "socialist" writings: under the first rubric "Reactionary Socialism," he lists "Feudal Socialism," "Petty-Bourgeois Socialism," and "German, or 'True' Socialism."A second rebric is "Conservative, or Bourgeois Socialism"; then, thirdly, "Critical-Utopian Socialism and Communism."
All of the above literary ventures, he concludes, "violently oppose all political action on the part of the working class; such action, according to them, can only result from blind unbelief in the the Gospel."(cited in R. Tucker, 1978, p.499)
The 18 + items below are articles and essays which represent critical viewpoints on our contemporary situation. Without historical knowledge to guide us, we are easily robbed of our agency, and left to the mercies of historical ruling class cynicism, that operates according to principles quite different from our own, and in opposition to our well being. Without Praxis, we are the objects of Process; without class consciousness, we are robbed of our identity.
honoraire de l'Université
Ancien Directeur de Researches
Université de Paris-Nanterre
Director of The Center for the Advanced Study
of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
Biden will fail to bring back ‘normal’ politics. What’s needed now is a populism of the left
by Jonathan Cook
Dispel the “Magical Belief in Authority”. Confront The Greed For Power and Violence. Strengthen Community Feelings
by Dr. Rudolf Hänsel
Autonomy is the state and attitude to life of self-determination, independence and self-administration. Philosophically, it is the ability to see oneself as a being of freedom and to act from this freedom. Equipped with these special abilities, however, man always hands over to another person the power to decide on his life and his future.
From: Ariel and Carley, CODEPINK [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2020
Subject: From the revolving doors of the Pentagon to the Biden administration
Do you want someone on the board of a company connected to the brutal Saudi war in Yemen to serve as the next Secretary of Defense?
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to select notorious war-hawk Michele Flournoy, who supported the wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria when she worked at the Pentagon and is on the board of military IT contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, as his candidate for Secretary of Defense. Contact your Senators right now and tell them: no weapons industry war-hawks in the President’s cabinet!
Flournoy's career has been marked by the unethical spinning of revolving doors between the Pentagon and consulting firms that help businesses procure Pentagon contracts. In 2018, she joined the board of Booz Allen Hamilton, an IT company that played an important role in Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s 2015 drive to consolidate power. Booz Allen employs dozens of retired American military personnel to train the Saudi Navy and provide logistics for the Saudi Army. They deny helping the Saudi war in Yemen, and if you believe that...
This is urgent: President-elect Biden could officially select his choice for Secretary of Defense as early as Thanksgiving and we can’t let his foreign policy be dictated by a former Pentagon official who sits on the board of a company connected to MbS and the brutal war in Yemen. Since all cabinet members must be approved by the Senate, we are starting our petition to the Senate NOW to oppose the appointment of Flournoy or any candidate in bed with the military contractors. Contact your Senators now!
It’s true — we probably won’t like anyone appointed to Secretary of Defense. But we must firmly oppose the fundamental conflict of interest that occurs when the official selected to oversee the Defense Department is beholden to the same companies that stand to gain enormous profit under their tenure. We oppose Michele Flournoy and any candidate for Secretary of Defense with ties to revolving doors of the Pentagon because when the military contractors calls the shots, we get:
❌ The sale of even more weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, further fueling those repressive regimes and their war on Yemen
❌ More money wasted on the Pentagon — despite the country being in dire need of resources to combat the pandemic, stop climate change, and guarantee universal healthcare
❌ An escalation of the US’s reckless cold war with China — which could turn into a hot war, endangering millions of people around the globe
❌ More drones, more money for weapons contractors, more violence and more death, at home and abroad.
With this new administration and new progressive voices in Congress — Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman, for example — we have a real chance to prioritize peace over war. We already have efforts in the works to finally end U.S. support for the war on Yemen, slash the Pentagon budget, deescalate the growing conflict with China, and advocate for a New Good Neighbor Policy in Latin America. But these campaigns for peace, especially the work to end the war in Yemen, could be in serious trouble if Michele Flournoy, or anyone who shuffles between the revolving doors of the Pentagon and military contractors, is appointed to lead the Department of Defense. Tell Congress: Americans don’t want someone who has supported the war in Yemen running the U.S. military! Don’t support Michele Flournoy or any candidate with ties to military companies as Secretary of Defense!
We knew we’d have to hit the ground running with a Biden presidency, and it looks like our first urgent call to action is here. Contact your Senators now!
Towards a weapons-free world,
Neocons Poised to Join New Government
by By Philip Giraldi
“No Way Out Through Elections"
with Chris Hedges and Abby Martin
Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy
by Manlio Dinucci
What are the programmatic foreign policy lines that Joe Biden will implement when he takes office in the White House? He announced it with a detailed article in Foreign Affairs magazine (March / April 2020), that formed the basis of the 2020 Platform approved in August by the Democratic Party.
The Covid “Pandemic”: Destroying People’s Lives. Engineered Economic Depression. Global “Coup d’Etat”?
by Prof Michel Chossudovsky
It’s the destruction of people’s lives. It is the destabilization of civil society. And for What? The Lies are sustained by a massive media disinformation campaign. 24/7, Incessant and repetitive “Covid alerts” for the last ten months. … It is a process of social engineering.
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Even a military-enforced quarantine CAN'T STOP THE VIRUS, new study finds
"Virus gonna virus," as Alex Berenson puts it.
This finding raises questions about the Chinese model hailed by the WHO,
and—of course—about the use of masks, now sickening people, and damaging
society (and fouling the environment) all over the world.
“Even a Military-Enforced Quarantine Can’t Stop the Virus, Study Reveals”
by Jeffrey A. Tucker
The New England Journal of Medicine has published a study that goes to the heart of the issue of lockdowns. The question has always been whether and to what extent a lockdown, however extreme, is capable of suppressing the virus. If so, you can make an argument that at least lockdowns, despite their astronomical social and economic costs, achieve something. If not, nations of the world have embarked on a catastrophic experiment that has destroyed billions of lives, and all expectation of human rights and liberties, with no payoff at all.
[The earliest version of this article misstated the conditions of the control group. They were equally locked down with those who participated in the study. The difference between the two concerned testing frequency and the isolation response. This does not affect this article’s conclusion; indeed it strengthens it: even under extreme measures, the virus spread, and more so with the extra measure intended to control the virus. Nearly all infections were without symptoms.]
AIER has long highlighted studies that show no gain in virus management from lockdowns. Even as early as April, a major data scientist said that this virus becomes endemic in 70 days after the first round of infection, regardless of policies. The largest global study of lockdowns compared with deaths as published in The Lancet found no association between coercive stringencies and deaths per million.
To test further might seem superfluous but, for whatever reason, governments all over the world, including in the US, still are under the impression that they can affect viral transmissions through a range of “nonpharmaceutical interventions” (NPIs) like mandatory masks, forced human separation, stay-at-home orders, bans of gatherings, business and school closures, and extreme travel restrictions. Nothing like this has been tried on this scale in the whole of human history, so one might suppose that policy makers have some basis for their confidence that these measures accomplish something.
A study conducted by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in cooperation with the Naval Medical Research Center sought to test lockdownsm along with testing and isolation. In May, 3,143 new recruits to the Marines were given the option to participate in a study of frequent testing under extreme quarantine. The study was called CHARM, which stands for COVID-19 Health Action Response for Marines. Of the recruits asked, a total of 1,848 young people agreed to be guinea pigs in this experiment which involved “which included weekly qPCR testing and blood sampling for IgG antibody assessment.” In addition, the CHARM study volunteers who did test positively “on the day of enrollment (day 0) or on day 7 or day 14 were separated from their roommates and were placed in isolation.”
What did the recruits have to do? The study explains, and, as you will see, they faced an even more strict regime that has existed in civilian life in most places. All recruits, even those not in the CHARM group, did the following.
All recruits wore double-layered cloth masks at all times indoors and outdoors, except when sleeping or eating; practiced social distancing of at least 6 feet; were not allowed to leave campus; did not have access to personal electronics and other items that might contribute to surface transmission; and routinely washed their hands. They slept in double-occupancy rooms with sinks, ate in shared dining facilities, and used shared bathrooms. All recruits cleaned their rooms daily, sanitized bathrooms after each use with bleach wipes, and ate preplated meals in a dining hall that was cleaned with bleach after each platoon had eaten. Most instruction and exercises were conducted outdoors. All movement of recruits was supervised, and unidirectional flow was implemented, with designated building entry and exit points to minimize contact among persons. All recruits, regardless of participation in the study, underwent daily temperature and symptom screening. Six instructors who were assigned to each platoon worked in 8-hour shifts and enforced the quarantine measures. If recruits reported any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, they reported to sick call, underwent rapid qPCR testing for SARS-CoV-2, and were placed in isolation pending the results of testing.
Instructors were also restricted to campus, were required to wear masks, were provided with preplated meals, and underwent daily temperature checks and symptom screening. Instructors who were assigned to a platoon in which a positive case was diagnosed underwent rapid qPCR testing for SARS-CoV-2, and, if the result was positive, the instructor was removed from duty. Recruits and instructors were prohibited from interacting with campus support staff, such as janitorial and food-service personnel. After each class completed quarantine, a deep bleach cleaning of surfaces was performed in the bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, and hallways in the dormitories, and the dormitory remained unoccupied for at least 72 hours before reoccupancy.
The reputation of Marine basic training is that it is tough going but this really does take it to another level. Also, this is an environment where those in charge do not mess around. There was surely close to 100% compliance, as compared with, for example, a typical college campus.
What were the results? The virus still spread, though 90% of those who tested positive were without symptoms. Incredibly, 2% of the CHARM recruits still contracted the virus, even if all but one remained asymptomatic. “Our study showed that in a group of predominantly young male military recruits, approximately 2% became positive for SARS-CoV-2, as determined by qPCR assay, during a 2-week, strictly enforced quarantine.”
The COVID-19 Pandemic Exposes Fatal Health Inequities
by Meredeth Turshen and Annie Thébaud-Mony
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2020
Subject: [MCM] A wealth of urgent news in “The Defender,” from Children's Health Defense (now a target of US/UK intelligence)
I urge you to subscribe.
“The Covid Cult”
with Thomas Woods Jr.
Biologist demolishes the Big Lie about C-19 "infections" soaring
with Dr Beda M Stadler
On The Impact Of Trump Losing The 2020 Election
with Prof Richard Wolff
“Is Capitalism Devouring Democracy?”
with Yanis Varoufakis
Trump Says Biden Won, But Only Because the 'Election Was Rigged'
by David Brennan
Now that Trump Has Been Defeated...
Change doesn’t come from the top, especially within a manipulated “democracy” as exists in the United States. When social transformation occurs, it follows years of educating, organizing and mobilizing at the grassroots. Elected leaders who represent that transformation ride on a wave created by social movements, not the other way around.
As many people around the country and the world celebrate the media’s announcement of the defeat of President Trump, those who advocate for transformational changes in the political, economic, legal and social systems are talking and writing about the challenges we’ll face under a Biden/Harris administration.
Democracy, literally “people power,” is feared by the wealthy elites. Whether they are represented by Democrats or Republicans, they work to suppress it. Social movements can expect to face significant hurdles under a Biden administration in the next four years. However, if we know what to expect, we can use tactics to get past them and have some victories.
If conditions don’t improve, then there will be greater polarization and conflict within the country. This will give the state more justification for repression. If we succeed, and win victories for the poor and working class while building democracy at the grassroots level, we will be on a path towards the transformation we seek.
Post-Election Fallout: “Making Peace With Ourselves”
with psychotherapists Mark Rutherford and Nancy Colier
Economic Update: “No Matter Who Wins”
with Richard Wolff
How & Why Germans Bought Hitler's Pitch
with David Hoffman
“Worth The Price”
produced and directed by Mark Weisbrot and narrated by Danny Glover
The Real Reason Why Blackstone Is Courting The Pentagon
by Whitney Webb
Gen. Barry McCaffrey On Shakeup At The Pentagon: “Mark Me Down As Alarmed”
Pentagon swamp gets drained. CIA & FBI swamp draining next?
Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying
by David Swanson
“Farcical Coverage of Julian Assange’s Farcical Hearing”
by Joshua Cho
US corporate media have buried coverage of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing in the UK, despite its being the media “Trial of the Century” (FAIR.org, 9/25/20). But even in the scarce coverage that does exist of this unprecedented case with immense implications for freedom of expression, one would hardly get the impression that the US and British governments are involved in an illegal conspiracy—in violation of their own laws—to punish Assange for the “crime” of journalism.
Team Assange Defense a écrit :
“I got death threats for working with Assange. But the abuse with Amber Heard was worse”
by Julia Llewellyn Smith
"Everyday Israelis Express Support for Genocide to Abby Martin"
with Abby Martin, on the streets of Jerusalem
UPDATE: Abby Martin's Lawsuit Over Israel Loyalty Oath Mandate in US
with Abby Martin working with Abby is working with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF)
American Fascist Christian Right
with Chris Hedges and Rev Mel White
You Won't Believe What They're Planning To Do With “Vaccines”
by James Corbett
What’s Not Being Said About the Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine. “Human Guinea Pigs”?
by F. William Engdahl
November 16, 2020
Subject: Pratiques n° 91 « Covid-19 : autopsie d'une crise (2) » est paru !
Pratiques n° 91 « Covid-19 : autopsie d'une crise (2) » est paru !
Pratiques, les cahiers de la médecine utopique : une revue à défendre !
Depuis ses débuts, en 1975, Pratiques occupe une place particulière dans
le paysage des revues. Au carrefour du social, du politique, des
sciences, de la philosophie, de l’anthropologie, de l’art… elle
s’efforce de repérer, décrypter et analyser les différentes dynamiques à
l’œuvre dans les questions de soin et de santé.
Pratiques propose une réflexion, à partir de savoirs croisés, qui nous
concerne tous. Son ambition est de contribuer à la défense d’un système
de santé de qualité, solidaire et accessible à tous.
La revue Pratiques, les cahiers de la médecine utopique, mène une
analyse critique constructive et indépendante, sans publicité ni
subvention. Elle est animée par des personnes bénévoles et n’a d’autres
ressources que ses lecteurs.
De : Pratiques <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer la parution du n° 91 de la
« Covid-19 : autopsie d’une crise (2) »
Le premier numéro consacré à la pandémie « Covid-19 : Autopsie d’une
crise » s’est élaboré les mains dans le cambouis.
Ce deuxième numéro//poursuit le travail engagé et tente de tirer les
enseignements de ce que nous avons vécu, de passer des intuitions
empiriques et du recueil d’expériences à une mise en lumière des effets
positifs comme des impasses. /
Cela n’a pas été une surprise de constater que les initiatives qui ont
permis d’encaisser ce choc sont nées de l’engagement et de la créativité
des professionnels sur le terrain, qui se sont réapproprié des
savoir-faire dont ils avaient été dépossédés par des années de
protocolisation et de rationalisation. Au contraire, les politiques et
les instances décisionnaires se sont montrées incapables de faire face à
la situation, faute d’accepter la remise en question des dogmes libéraux
qui ont laminé le champ de la santé.
Des études récentes soulignent que les conséquences morbides de
l’épidémie touchent plus durement la classe la plus pauvre de la
population et que les effets bénéfiques du confinement ont profité
davantage aux classes sociales aisées qu’aux classes populaires.
Du grand nord canadien aux îles des Comores, des épidémies des siècles
passés aux polémiques scientifiques modernes, de l’intimité du cabinet
du praticien généraliste aux collectifs de soin en psychiatrie, c’est en
chaussant des lunettes de philosophe, d’anthropologue ou de sociologue
ou à travers les témoignages de citoyens ou de soignants que nous vous
proposons d’explorer l’univers de cette Covid. Ce sont les espaces
investis par les soignants, les personnels de santé, les patients et
leurs familles qui pourront redonner toute leur place à l’accueil et aux
soins au plus près des personnes.
En se retirant, la première vague a révélé les écueils de notre société
et permis de constater que les digues qui ont tenu sont celles
construites dans le ciment des solidarités. Mais pour combien de
temps si rien ne vient conforter « le vivre ensemble »**? Il ne saurait
y avoir de changement durable sans tenir compte des mobilisations, des
réflexions, des pratiques alternatives développées par les acteurs.
Dans les mois, les années à venir, nous devrons développer la recherche
sur ces virus qui n’ont pas fini de nous surprendre, mais aussi et
surtout il faudra revoir l’organisation de la santé sous les auspices de
la solidarité dont elle n’aurait jamais dû s’écarter. L’urgence absolue
est de « la sortir du marché » pour paraphraser le président de la
République qui ferait bien de réécouter attentivement son discours du
12 mars 2020…
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From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2020
Subject: [MCM] "The only way this stops is if people rise up": Dr. Atlas' cure for tyranny, provoked by Gov. Whitney's indefensible 3-week lockdown of Michigan
"You get what you accept."
The Global Capitalist Cage and the Corona Crisis: “Solutions” by Those Who Have Created “The Problems”
by Hiroyuki Hamada
Fed Chair Powell Warns "We're Not Going Back To The Same Economy"
by Tyler Durden
(1:34:54 – video begins around 3:20)
Biometric Digital ID Wallet
by Spiro Skouras
(with video, 7:09)
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Tucker Carlson on the Great Reset
The sound cut out on me when I was halfway through watching this. Here's hoping you can hear all of it. What I did hear is wholly sound, and something of a miracle, inasmuch as all criticism of that psychotic game-plan, or even any honest coverage of it, is taboo throughout the media.
So, once again, we have to turn to Tucker Carlson, among some few other lucid conservatives, for an important truth blacked out elsewhere.
“The elites want COVID-19 lockdowns to usher in a 'Great Reset' and that should terrify you”
with Tucker Carlson
(10:41 – 2 minute delay)
Bill Gates says more than 50% of business travel will disappear in post-coronavirus world
by Noah Higgins-Dunn
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Bill/Melinda's "Ag One" is a faux-"green" venture to re-colonize the planet, crushing REAL green farming, for the greater good of agribusiness (in which Bill/Melinda have big interests)
From Jonathan Latham:
Published today (Mon, Nov 16th, 2020) by Independent Science News
Gates Ag One: The Recolonisation Of Agriculture
by Navdanya and Navdanya International
Synopsis: Bill Gates and his Foundation have a major new project. Its full title is 'The Bill & Melinda
Gates Agricultural Innovations LLC’, but usually it is called 'Ag One’. The stated purpose of Ag One
is to bring an improved green revolution to Africa, India, and neglected areas of South America.
According to its manifesto, Ag One will accelerate technology acquisition to solve problems of
poverty and climate impacts.
But its real agenda, argue the Navdanya authors, is predatory and imperialist. It is to capture valuable
agricultural data, genetic data, and other resources from farmers in the Global South, acquiring them
for corporate use. Additionally, Ag One will be used to open markets for agribusiness, especially seed
and chemical markets.
This article is extracted from a new multi-author report on the dangers of philanthrocapitalism and
especially the Gates Foundation. Called Gates to a Global Empire, the report is published by Navdanya.
Please share if you find this article useful. Reprinting is encouraged under a Creative Commons License.
Jonathan Latham, PhD
The Bioscience Resource Project,
Ithaca, NY 14850 USA
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Subject: [MCM] WEF warns of the "next crisis"—a "major cyberattack" that will make COVID look like small potatoes
And who will be the attackers? Officially, it will be Russia, or Iran, or maybe a cell
of "anti-vaxxers" and/or "conspiracy theorists."
Actually, it will be the powers served by those now warning of it. (How exactly do
those warning of it know it's coming?)
Better get your candles ready, and dust off that old typewriter, or go buy one, along
with some essential supplies.
"Next Crisis Bigger than COVID"
by Ice Age Farmer
The World Economic Forum warns of a new crisis of "even more significant economic and social implications than COVID19." What threat could possibly be more impactful? Christian breaks down the WEF's "Cyber Polygon" tabletop exercise, its participants, and predictive programming around a looming large scale cyberattack on critical infrastructure that would unleash a Dark Winter and help to usher in the Great Reset. Jeremy Jurgens, WEF Managing Director ( https://youtu.be/5ZRg5kiH9Is ): "I believe that there will be another crisis. It will be more significant. It will be faster than what we've seen with COVID. The impact will be greater, and as a result the economic and social implications will be even more significant." Klaus Schwab ( https://youtu.be/0DKRvS-C04o ) : "We all know, but still pay insufficient attention, to the frightening scenario of a comprehensive cyber attack could bring a complete halt to the power supply, transportation, hospital services, our society as a whole. The COVID-19 crisis would be seen in this respect as a small disturbance in comparison to a major cyberattack. To use the COVID19 crisis as a timely opportunity to reflect on the lessons the cybersecurity community can draw and improve our unpreparedness for a potential cyber-pandemic."
How to Spot a Propaganda Trial Balloon
with James Corbett
Fauci To America: “Do What You're Told!”
with Ron Paul
What's in AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine? Read the package insert.
Click see video
Pfizer study of 90% effective is based on only 90 people out of 44,000
with Dr Rine Backer
Davos deletes “you’ll own nothing, and you’ll be happy"
From: Moshé Machover
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2020
Subject: 1. Vivre ensemble : Entretien entre Saïd Hammami et Moshé Machover - Matzpen.org/English
Pour le record historique
1. Vivre ensemble : Entretien entre Saïd Hammami et Moshé Machover
Entretien entre Saïd Hammami, représentant de l’Organisation de la libération de la Palestine (O.L.P.) à Londres, et Moshé Machover, de l’Organisation socialiste israélienne (Matzpen), 1975.
From: Jacobin [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2020 4:01 PM
Subject: Biden and the Dems should have buried Trumpism.
Can Trump Pardon Himself? Jane Mayer on Trump’s Desperate Bid to Stay in Power & Avoid Prosecution
with Jane Mayer
"Will Supreme Court Overturn Election for Trump?"
with Abby Martin and Mara Verheyden-Hilliard
"Pompeo Reveals What Trump is Doing After The Election!"
with Jimmy Dore
Abolish the Supreme Court!"
with Abby Martin
25 YEARS: Bob Parry’s Last Article–A Manifesto on the State of Journalism
by from Editor Robert Parry
The Beginning is Nigh on Declare Your Independence
with James Corbett and Ernest Hancock
US - UK Intel Agencies Declare Cyber War on Independent Media
by Whitney Webb
Rowan Atkinson on “free speech"
The forerunner of the Defend Free Speech campaign was called “Reform Section 5”. This speech by Rowan Atkinson at the launch event in Parliament in 2012 should be heard by every politician, journalist and campaigner before they start calling for laws to silence those they regard as ‘extremists’.
Desmond Swayne Tells His Fellow MP's To Wake Up - Brilliant
“Denmark throws epidemic law in the bin” : A week long fight with pots and pans and the people win
Under AI’s Watchful Eye, China Wants to Raise Smarter Students
The FBI’s War on the Left: A Short History of COINTELPRO
by Alex Zambito
Joe Biden’s Love Affair with the CIA
by Daniel Boguslaw
The CIA and its assemblage of operatives, directors, and informants are easy targets for the ire of anyone with even a dim awareness of the terror and harm they have caused. But none of these crimes could have come to pass without the combination of tacit and explicit approval from politicians like Joe Biden, charged with regulating an arm of government defined by its will to crush democracy at home and abroad.
From: World BEYOND War
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2020 7:01 PM
Subject: WBW News & Action: Opportunities for Peace
THE TRAGEDY OF AMERICAN SCIENCE, FROM TRUMAN TO TRUMP
by Clifford D. Conner