Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Capitalism IS Perpetual Revolution

"The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionizing the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society. Conservation of the old modes of production in unaltered form, was, on the contrary, the first condition of existence for all earlier industrial classes. Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty, and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all which is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real condition of life and his relations with his kind."
- Karl Marx, "Communist Manifesto"
"No social order is ever destroyed before all the productive forces for which it is sufficient have been developed, and new superior relations of production never replace older ones before the material conditions for their existence have matured within the framework of the old society."
- Karl Marx

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sending Your Kids to Camp Utoya Next Year

Labour Youth League summer camp at Ut√łya got the Labour Party’s young hopefuls a visit by Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store.

The Palestinians “must have their own state, the occupation must end, the wall must be demolished and it must happen now,” said the Norwegian Foreign Minister to cheers from the audience.

The main activity at the Utoya Island Meeting were mock “Break the Israel blockade” games. One event was Palestinian aide boats would try to break the Israel blockage.
The sign says “defeat the blockade” (“opphev blokkaden” Gaza)

Utoya camp was not Islamist but it WAS something not much more wholesome (by our standards, at any rate).

It was a summer indoctrination camp run by Norway’s ruling Labor Party for up-and-coming children of the ruling elite.

Glenn Beck was not far off when he compared it to the Hitlerjungend or Young Pioneers.

It’s so the junior members of the aristocracy can be properly told what to think and can network with each other in preparation for their brilliant careers ruling over the peasants.

I saw at least one article that had photos of previous summers with the little dearies and their handlers assembling Israel-bashing displays.

We Americans had similar traditions further back in the twentieth-century. The likes of David Horowitz and Ronald Radosh have written of the red-diaper summer camps their parents sent them to.

There are still institutions such as the “Midwest Academy” where budding labor activists go get schooled in labor and community organizing over the summer.

Not to mention the many religiously-oriented summer camps that have long been a cultural staple.
Note the faces which are more Middle Eastern or mixed than pure Norwegian

The camp was run by the Youth Movement of the Labour Party and used to indoctrinate teens and young adults.

Breivik was targeting the future leaders of the party responsible for flooding Norway with Muslims who refuse to assimilate, who commit major violence against Norwegian natives, including violent gang rapes, with impunity, and who live on the dole… all done without the consent of the Norwegians.

The day before the shooting, a pro-Palestinian rally was held.

In an interesting article Breivik and totalitarian democrats in which Sevje, the Norwegian ambassador to Israel is quoted: “Ma’ariv asked Sevje whether in the wake of Breivik’s terrorist attack Norwegians would be more sympathetic to the victimization of innocent Israelis by Palestinian terrorists.

Sevje said no, and explained, “We Norwegians view the occupation as the reason for terror against Israel. Many Norwegians still see the occupation as the reason for attacks against Israel. Whoever thinks this way, will not change his mind as a result of the attack in Oslo.”

The author of the article notes:

“So in the mind of the illiberal Norwegians [the Labour Party], terrorism is justified if the ideology behind it is considered justified.

For them it is unacceptable for Breivik to murder Norwegian children, because his ideology is wrong. But it is acceptable for Palestinians to murder Israeli children, because their ideology is right.”

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Abandoning the Gold Standard and It's Meaning for Marxism

Look up
Look Down
Look Around
Even the Dustbin of History
is Suitable to a Clown

Vacuous Language and Empty Political Promises Remain the "Currency" of State Socialism.

They may be very suitable during war time with an enemy like Hitler knocking on your door. But are they suitable for dealing with everyday life and grandma's diabetes? Are they suitable "currency" for a world-wide economic system? If you think that the answer is, "Yes", best think it again.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What is Socialism?

The transition from a capitalist economy based entirely upon private property to a communist one comprised entirely of community property requires the adoption of new terms and definitions. The Absolute Marxist agrees with Karl Marx and favours the use of the term "socialism" to define this intermediate transitional stage of economic development. And since the real problem with capitalism lies in the inherent inequities in distribution of any currently available supply of goods, state interventions to level the playing field, redisitribute income and wealth, and ensure a fair and just distribution of goods to all societal members should also be labelled "socialism".
Now there are some Marxist heretics at the International Marxist Tendency (IMT) that deny that any of these activities constitute "socialism" since they do not support another Marxist heresy of perpetual worldwide revolution, but that is there cross to bear, not mine. I will identify and call socialism any state or government intervention which seeks to circumvent the effects of lassiaz-faire capitalism between completely private individuals. This includes regulation of business and policies of taxation designed to redistribute income, wealth or even the services necessary to sustain human "health". And of course, one of the chief means that governments use to more "equitably" distribute resources is rationing. In a laissez-faier system, commodities in short supply experience an increase in price, thereby limitting the market for those goods to those with the income or wealth necessary to purchase them. But when "health" is at stake, the governments preferred method of distributing this good is through rationing. This has long been done with human organs available for transplant, but there is no reason why this policy should not be extended to others areas of medicine as well, as has been effectively demonstrated in Cuba and other parts of the world where Health Care costs are born by the state, and not the individual.

Wikipedia defines rationing as follows:
In economics, rationing is an artificial restriction of demand. It is done to keep price below the equilibrium (market-clearing) price determined by the process of supply and demand in an unfettered market. Thus, rationing can be complementary to price controls. An example of rationing in the face of rising prices took place in the Netherlands, where there was rationing of gasoline in the 1973 energy crisis.

Romanian ration card, 1989A reason for setting the price lower than would clear the market may be that there is a shortage, which would drive the market price very high. High prices, especially in the case of necessities, are undesirable with regard to those who cannot afford them. Traditionalist economists argue, however, that high prices act to reduce waste of the scarce resource while also providing incentive to produce more (this approach requires assuming no horizontal inequality).

In wartime, it is usually imperative for a government to maintain the support of this part of the population, to maintain "equality" especially since in most countries, the poor and underclass families contribute most of the soldiers.

Rationing using coupons is only one kind of non-price rationing. For example, scarce products can be rationed using queues. This is seen, for example, at amusement parks, where one pays a price to get in and then need not pay any price to go on the rides. Similarly, in the absence of road pricing, access to roads is rationed in a first come, first served queueing process, leading to congestion.

Authorities which introduce rationing often have to deal with the rationed goods being sold illegally on the black market.

Health care rationingShortages of organs for donation force the rationing of hearts, livers, lungs and kidneys in the United States. During the 1940s, a limited supply of iron lungs for polio victims forced physicians to ration these machines. Dialysis machines for patients in kidney failure were rationed between 1962 and 1967. More recently, Tia Powell led a New York State Workgroup that set up guidelines for rationing ventilators during a flu pandemic. Jacob Appel, a bioethicist, recently described the effects of rationing ventilators bluntly: "Some unfortunate individuals will have to be removed from life support so that others may live."

Among those who have argued in favor of health-care rationing are moral philosopher Peter Singer and former Oregon governor John Kitzhaber.

Triage is the rationing of medical care in an emergency situation.
Now medical care isn't the only social service or commodity that can be rationed. As the monetary policy of the Federal Reserve system successfully demonstrates, even the total available money supply that floats the capitalist system can be "rationed" as well. But unsuccessful attempts at the inverse-rationing policy of expanding the base of available credit to many low income previosuly ineligible members, as with the housing collapse of 2007 demonstrated, have proven to be absolutely disastrous to a socialist economy in transition from captitalism to communism.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Essence of Marxism viewed by an intellectually honest "outsider".

Trotsky Says I Need Perpetual Revolution...

...but both common sense and morality demand that I work to foster peace!

Trotsky's "Perpetual Revolution" is a Marxist heresy . No wonder Stalin had him killed. More on the subject of perpetual revolution for interested Marxists.

What Intellectual Honesty Demands a Marxist Do

Stand back, Kim Jong Il... there's a new Marxist true-believer in town.

Juche today! Juche tomorrow! Juche FOREVER!