Socialism, Parasitism, Psychosis

Published by the American Psychiatric Associat...

The hands of time do not allow us the luxury of hindsight, else we would see our truths become realizations and our misgivings left by the wayside. There are far brighter minds than my own who predicted the future but never lived to revel in such glory. These men were thinkers of their time, some of them actors as well. They understood the world and it systems, and left us with the half-assembled pieces of the puzzle. New developments shed new light on their theories, and I wish to reaffirm here their verified correctness. The development of capitalism has proceeded along a certain path, and the purpose here is to highlight three stages: socialism, parasitism and psychosis.

Many men pick apart the ideas of Marxism, though the detractors tend to be largely unread. The ideas were the purveyors of future men of action, though this first elaboration came not from man but from Rosa Luxemburg. The idea to highlight from “Reform or Revolution” is the first stage discussed here, that of revolutionary socialism:

In the manner of revisionism…the labour movement finds itself reduced to a simple co-operative and reformist movement. We move here in a straight line toward the total abandonment of the class viewpoint.

With this she emphasizes the futility of reform in achieving the victory of the proletariat over the bourgeoisie. We can see the flaws of ignoring Luxemburg’s militancy today. In Panama, “I don’t like communism” Torrijistas from the Partido Revolucionario Democratico continue to be pushed out of power yet are studious enough to note the declining economic and social conditions in the country. Panama has a service-based economy, and has grown more bourgeois than PRD politicians would like to admit. The same trouble from reform has been seen in Libya, where privatization of the economy laid the groundwork for foreign agents to incite a movement and an unfortunate revolution against a well-intentioned man. The utter disrespect shown to such a brother made me sick to my stomach, and serves as a bitter lesson learned in the case against reform. And there are more. Salvador Allende‘s attempts to reconcile with Chilean Parliament led to Allende’s death during a military coup d’etat. West Germany’s pollution of the Eastern Front preceding the end of the Cold War is why the majority of Eastern Germans feel life [was] better under communism. Finally, right in America’s back yard, the bourgeois Mexican government has been catering to the United States as their PRD shrinks into a minority coalition.

The second development of capitalism was seen by none other than one of our few successful revolutionaries, Vladimir Lenin. His ideas of imperialism being the next significant stage of capitalism were put forth early, and had he been later in the historical timeline he might have instead further developed his premonition of parasitism as the actual identifying feature of the stage he called imperialism. Parasitism is quite a simple concept for those comfortable with analogies:

the gigantic peril of a Western parasitism, a group of advanced industrial nations, whose upper classes drew vast tribute from Asia and Africa, with which they supported great tame masses of retainers, no longer engaged in the staple industries of agriculture and manufacture, but kept in the performance of personal or minor industrial services under the control of a new financial aristocracy.

Even the youngest student of economics can see parallels today, drawing to mind almost immediately the current situations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iraq was the cradle of civilization thousands of years before Christianity, home to the world’s oldest writing system, the first and subsequent law codes, and the initial appearance of wheeled vehicles. Baghdad was once the largest city in the world, thriving and prosperous for hundreds of years before the British parasites latched on and divided the country for exploitation using their methods taken from the African continent. Afghanistan was different, the ‘Graveyard of Empires’, full of hardy people who have largely resisted parasitic exploitation throughout their history, apparently wanting nothing more than just to be left alone. We shall see what comes following the U.S. troop withdrawal that will hopefully show again a history of not succumbing to parasites. Haitians have not been so lucky, living next door to the giant parasite that is the United States. As interfering neighbors, the United States has not once, twice, but thrice returned the corrupt Jean-Bertrand Aristide to impoverished Haiti as a puppet president and agent of exploitation, only to be overthrown and exiled back to the U.S. each time. Finally, parasitism is also prevalent in the Philippines, where the United States intervened on account of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, and of course the latter’s 2,700 pairs of shoes, only to see the couple overthrown by a successful populist movement. The Philippines of today is rife with exploitation, leading its southeast Asian peninsula in sexual exploitation and abuse, vying closely with Thailand.

Now we see a new development in capitalism rising steadily, that of psychosis. The term is used for its minutiae of definitions, most notably the “loss of contact with reality,” characterizing the cultural hegemony of the bourgeoisie and their resulting misrepresentations of reality. Allowing that social disorders are inherently developed through abnormal social relations in a capitalist culture, the numbers do not lie:

Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people.In addition, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada. Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for 2 or more disorders, with severity strongly related to comorbidity.

Allow there to be an assumption made here that the reader having internet access indicates bourgeois presence. Have you interacted with at least four people today? Well, according to the statistics, one of them has a mental disorder. This is a grave matter, and it is why psychosis seems likely to be the next stage in capitalist development. Only history will absolve me if this is indeed the case. Please forgive my lack of zeal. I have identified a problem, but cannot seem to puzzle out my place in its solution. Feel free to comment below with any proposals. Perhaps the kind reader will instead find themselves in the right time and the right place to implement change.

The State and Revolution

The State and Revolution

 

 


 

The Economic Basis of the Withering Away of the State

 

 

 


3. The First Phase of Communist Society

In the Critique of the Gotha Programme, Marx goes into detail to disprove Lassalle’s idea that under socialism the worker will receive the “undiminished” or “full product of his labor”. Marx shows that from the whole of the social labor of society there must be deducted a reserve fund, a fund for the expansion of production, a fund for the replacement of the “wear and tear” of machinery, and so on. Then, from the means of consumption must be deducted a fund for administrative expenses, for schools, hospitals, old people’s homes, and so on.

Instead of Lassalle’s hazy, obscure, general phrase (“the full product of his labor to the worker”), Marx makes a sober estimate of exactly how socialist society will have to manage its affairs. Marx proceeds to make a concrete analysis of the conditions of life of a society in which there will be no capitalism, and says:

“What we have to deal with here [in analyzing the programme of the workers’ party] is a communist society, not as it has developed on its own foundations, but, on the contrary, just as it emerges from capitalist society; which is thus in every respect, economically, morally, and intellectually, still stamped with the birthmarks of the old society from whose womb it comes.”

It is this communist society, which has just emerged into the light of day out of the womb of capitalism and which is in every respect stamped with the birthmarks of the old society, that Marx terms the “first”, or lower, phase of communist society.

The means of production are no longer the private property of individuals. The means of production belong to the whole of society. Every member of society, performing a certain part of the socially-necessary work, receives a certificate from society to the effect that he has done a certain amount of work. And with this certificate he receives from the public store of consumer goods a corresponding quantity of products. After a deduction is made of the amount of labor which goes to the public fund, every worker, therefore, receives from society as much as he has given to it.

“Equality” apparently reigns supreme.

But when Lassalle, having in view such a social order (usually called socialism, but termed by Marx the first phase of communism), says that this is “equitable distribution”, that this is “the equal right of all to an equal product of labor”, Lassalle is mistaken and Marx exposes the mistake.

“Hence, the equal right,” says Marx, in this case still certainly conforms to “bourgeois law”, which,like all law, implies inequality. All law is an application of an equal measure to different people who in fact are not alike, are not equal to one another. That is why the “equal right” is violation of equality and an injustice. In fact, everyone, having performed as much social labor as another, receives an equal share of the social product (after the above-mentioned deductions).

But people are not alike: one is strong, another is weak; one is married, another is not; one has more children, another has less, and so on. And the conclusion Marx draws is:”… With an equal performance of labor, and hence an equal share in the social consumption fund, one will in fact receive more than another, one will be richer than another, and so on. To avoid all these defects, the right instead of being equal would have to be unequal.”

The first phase of communism, therefore, cannot yet provide justice and equality; differences, and unjust differences, in wealth will still persist, but the exploitation of man by man will have become impossible because it will be impossible to seize the means of production–the factories, machines, land, etc.–and make them private property. In smashing Lassalle’s petty-bourgeois, vague phrases about “equality” and “justice” in general, Marx shows the course of development of communist society, which is compelled to abolish at first only the “injustice” of the means of production seized by individuals, and which is unable at once to eliminate the other injustice, which consists in the distribution of consumer goods “according to the amount of labor performed” (and not according to needs).

The vulgar economists, including the bourgeois professors and “our” Tugan, constantly reproach the socialists with forgetting the inequality of people and with “dreaming” of eliminating this inequality. Such a reproach, as we see, only proves the extreme ignorance of the bourgeois ideologists.

Marx not only most scrupulously takes account of the inevitable inequality of men, but he also takes into account the fact that the mere conversion of the means of production into the common property of the whole society (commonly called “socialism”) does not remove the defects of distribution and the inequality of “bourgeois laws” which continues to prevail so long as products are divided “according to the amount of labor performed”. Continuing, Marx says:

“But these defects are inevitable in the first phase of communist society as it is when it has just emerged, after prolonged birth pangs, from capitalist society. Law can never be higher than the economic structure of society and its cultural development conditioned thereby.”

And so, in the first phase of communist society (usually called socialism) “bourgeois law” is not abolished in its entirety, but only in part, only in proportion to the economic revolution so far attained, i.e., only in respect of the means of production. “Bourgeois law” recognizes them as the private property of individuals. Socialism converts them into common property. To that extent–and to that extent alone–“bourgeois law” disappears.

However, it persists as far as its other part is concerned; it persists in the capacity of regulator (determining factor) in the distribution of products and the allotment of labor among the members of society. The socialist principle, “He who does not work shall not eat”, is already realized; the other socialist principle, “An equal amount of products for an equal amount of labor”, is also already realized. But this is not yet communism, and it does not yet abolish “bourgeois law”, which gives unequal individuals, in return for unequal (really unequal) amounts of labor, equal amounts of products.

This is a “defect”, says Marx, but it is unavoidable in the first phase of communism; for if we are not to indulge in utopianism, we must not think that having overthrown capitalism people will at once learn to work for society without any rules of law. Besides, the abolition of capitalism does not immediately create the economic prerequisites for such a change.

Now, there are no other rules than those of “bourgeois law”. To this extent, therefore, there still remains the need for a state, which, while safeguarding the common ownership of the means of production, would safeguard equality in labor and in the distribution of products.

The state withers away insofar as there are no longer any capitalists, any classes, and, consequently, no class can be suppressed.

But the state has not yet completely withered away, since the still remains the safeguarding of “bourgeois law”, which sanctifies actual inequality. For the state to wither away completely, complete communism is necessary.

4. The Higher Phase of Communist Society

Fiery Youth

Five Minutes, Ten Bucks, Help us Leverage Yaho...

Those who die young are the ones we need most.

Aggressive supporters of a full life.

Peaked potential piques those who don’t follow.

Flourishing efforts and whole sacrifice.

Holistic health that serves to cleanse your soul.

Ironic they find betrayal as death.

None more wanted and needed than those gone.

“Come back,” we plead, despondent and silent.

Falls on deaf ears when the weak serve the strong.

Natural order, but who determines?

It is not man’s place to define your worth.

Come along, pretty ducklings. Waddle fast.

The ugly swan brings terror, forgets change.

Releases frustration against the kings.

“Not here, not now, not ever will you rule!”

He shouts at men who trample those below.

Denied existence, rejected, persists.

A poor man’s version of our heroes passed.

We’d welcome with open arms the formers.

If they’d be unafraid to come again.

So much need, yet so little fulfillment.

Shatter the glass when you find it empty.

He throws his hands up because there’s no hope.

Nothing to look forward to. Can’t embrace.

Another unknown empty swept by time.

Utopian

The vision is all I have ever known.

New Harmony, a utopian attempt; depicted as pr...

A murky destiny pivots with change.

Pray that the clouds don’t roil and cover.

Our future, once promised, so far denied.

“It can’t happen, you’re too optimistic.”

Naysayers who don’t suffer at their hands.

The slave owners who would justify it.

Narcissistic faggots who fuck and breed.

Yourselves so pretty, dirtying others.

There’s no shame, only blame, disconnected.

Vile shifts of responsibility.

You’ve done enough. Time for the hose to spray.

Lay you down, the pressure becomes too much.

You respond to reason and honesty.

The way forward is revealed and clearer.

Nothing becomes of the past that could be.

Because we’ve changed history with action.

Do you now see the potential for change?

Your ominous sights proposed to preserve.

Indignant men who understand nothing.

Locked out of the gene pool, no more swimming.

The molds and shapes of man must be kept clean.

Confident because we feel empathy.

Tired of brothers being pushed around.

I will crush your place with my crystal balls.

Breadwinner

Have some bread, but don’t take it from others.

The Day After Election Day

The Day After Election Day (Photo credit: Daveblog)

Rip it to pieces and pass it around.

Until it feeds every human being.

None has more worth than you, none more precious.

Yet each and every one valued, worthy.

So long as they can reproduce greatness.

Competence for all, allow death for some.

Balance the force. Proficient, hard-working.

Deny exploitation. Punish the cruel.

World without limitations. Share the means.

Forever we have fought. Now we shall reign.

The privileged will suffer stolen crowns.

Inverted to pierce their ignorant minds.

Fear us not, usurpers of justice.

You will receive reward without delay.

Groveling, sniveling, we matter now.

The question has been answered. We know why.

There is a clear path. Follow the mountain.

Beat off those who would snatch at your pockets.

Lazy, quick answer. Corruption denied.

The peak exceeds the plateau. Pinnacle.

They will praise us for ages. Advancement.

The time comes, and progress is not withheld.

A more perfect world that we have released.

Come join the movement. Help us slay the beast.

Blessed your light

Blessed your light that helped us through to dawn.

Cold and shivering, you helped us survive.

Your reward was unjust, they stole your life.

Which is why we owe repayment to them.

You were our hero, savior, brightened days.

A life worth allowing to live through time.

You gave us hope when the gamblers went broke.

Attrition, submission, never gave up.

You fought for victory, never accede.

With us in mind, you knew we deserved more.

You would bring us the stars, the sun and moon.

Never forget to lead the way humble.

They thought we’d forget you in time. Maybe.

With no shelter, we remember, regret.

Merciful to shed light and provide shade.

Now our eyes are burning. Where have you gone?

Bulgarian revolutionary G. Angelov and his cheta

Our inspiration to see the next day.

One full of clouds, illusion reigns supreme.

They miscalculate deeds to make it rain.

Torrents of lies, no truth purveyed to us.

Our conditions remain, memories false.

We remember the one who stood up tall.

Shouted to them and said, “We will return!”

Who is here to carry on? No one left.

Someone not taught to shoulder the burden.

Analyzing the possibility of war against the United States

History.

The United States of America was declared an independent nation more than 200 years ago. During that relatively short period of time in history it has struggled through problems small and large, internal and external. It has triumphed over adversity, championed the individual, and has risen to prominence on the world stage. It has a storied history to be sure, but one tainted by an unforgiveable economic system. This system is one that perpetuates racism, violent crime, and anti-social behavior. It economically validates and encourages wars fought in support of land usurpation, slavery, and the perpetual existence of criminal elements within society. Worse yet, it encourages the growth of economic disparity throughout the world and exploits the impoverished. Eventually, though, all those who have been transgressed will see no other opportunity than to strike against the system that has wronged them. That becomes the possibility of war against the United States.

Expropriation of property in land.

The genocide of the Native American population by Andrew Jackson and the United States government can be epitomized by the Indian Removal Act signed into law in 1830. The most characteristic event resulting from this law is the Trail of Tears, where 4,000 Cherokees were killed during a forced march in the fall and winter months. Unfortunately, genocide has dwindled away the Native American population. That, combined with the segregation, isolation, and appeasement of the once-great civilized tribes, realistically prevents any reclamation of previously utilized lands. Certainly intended as an unapologetic land grab, the United States continues to support imperialist policy by enabling private ownership of the equivalent of small countries or multiple U.S. states. The landowners who have acquired these lands with the blessing of the federal government must be reminded that such claims of ownership are illegitimate. Colorado is one state where a concentration of wealth resides with white people who have directly or indirectly profited from the sale of bloody lands. Specifically, Douglas County, CO is a county of wealthy commuters that has a 93% white population, and less than 2% black, asian, or native populations. The recent movie theater shooting at the midnight premiere of the Dark Knight Rises occurred here, showcasing a discontented population that could be utilized to create a “County of Tears” for white people to be taught the history that their privileged lives grew from, striking back at symbolic and actual landowners in the United States who stole land.

Graduated taxation.

Public services are generally under-utilized in the United States, a result of social isolation stemming from commodity production and individualism. The funds that provide these services, however, remain taken from the people regardless of whether or not they use the service. Taxes are something that the economic reformists often address from a philosophical perspective. American culture has such an individualized culture that even the concept of taxes is lost on people only concerned with how taxes affect them as individuals. Many people do not understand what their taxes pay for, and identify the issue of taxation from an equality perspective, as a class struggle between the poor and the rich. The owners of companies that seek to maximize capital and avoid paying for public services could in fact provide them at a reduced cost to the whole, but that is surely not their interest. Companies with off-shore accounts to relieve their personal tax burden place an even heavier burden upon those without the means to do so, in effect causing a relative percentage hike for those with lower incomes. That is why such accounts could be targeted to bring equilibrium to taxation and spread taxation more considerately around the nation.

Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

Under the current economic system of the United States, all men and women are not created equal. Individuals are born expected to become producers of commodities, unskilled laborers. Only an accumulation of capital can change that fate, and when the owners of the means of production already have an exclusive stranglehold on capital, such ambitions often fall by the wayside. Not for the privileged, though, not for the hoarders of capital. The children of the wealthy are born with the same lack of skills needing development for the production of commodities. The difference between the privileged and the under-privileged then becomes two-fold. First, the privileged have increased opportunities to be able to invest in developing their skilled labor. Second, they have an accumulation of capital already stored should they carry on their familial legacies of exploiting unskilled laborers. These individual capitalists have no skills to attribute their continued accumulation of capital and are worthless to society not because they are unskilled, but also because they exploit the poor. The Walton family was started by Sam Walton, but two sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law and two nieces continue to disadvantage others and accumulate capital. Fred C. Koch had four sons that have fought each other viciously over their father’s accumulated wealth. Frank Mars has three children who inherited lessons in chocolate-making from their great-grandmother. It would be a mistake to allow these people to continue to accumulate capital at the expense of the exploitation of other capable human beings. These people could be targeting not for kidnapping or ransom, but instead to eliminate them to show their insignificance and lack of positive contribution to our shared world.

Confiscation of the property of all emigrants.

Companies that outsource, exploiting labor abroad, are even more gruesome than their nationalist counterparts. Documents seized from members of the LeT terrorist group reveal plans to carry out suicide attacks on software companies in India that engage in this act. Similar efforts could also be made against the stateside corporate headquarters of these outsourcing companies to speed their demise. Such companies could be targeted with prejudice stateside since there are minimal repercussions to the exploited workers employed abroad. Operational headquarters for companies like the Accenture consulting firm in Chicago or IBM in New York could be targeted as symbolically selected targets with little collateral damage from exploited workers, since many of them are employed outside of the United States away from their operational headquarters.

Credit.

The national deficit is a concern only for the current economic system. Invisible money, credit, and the likes of those commodities that do not actually exist in this world are the concern of the bourgeoisie. Even physical money as a commodity becomes irrelevant following a transitioned economy. Yet since these commodities, invisible and marginal alike, are important to defining the bourgeoisie to each other by defining their purchasing power, their ability to invest capital, they become symbols of the need for transition to a better economic system. Luckily, there are banking institutions that serve as real-world symbols that could be attacked to inflict moral and actual damage to the commodities hoarded by individuals. Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, among others are high priority targets that could deny the purchasing power of individuals to exploit workers, as well as indicate to the rest of the population that these institutions are vulnerable. Whether action taken is physical damage to the facility and it supplies of inanimate objects representing accumulated capital, or if it is simply computer-based hacking that siphons or denies accounts is irrelevant. The main objective would be to target these locations to implicate the bourgeoisie and show that they and their possessions are no longer safe to exploit this world.

Communication.

Imagine the sheer terror that would break out should Americans be unable to utilize their cellular phones. It would force face-to-face interactions, a social skill lacking as generations become increasingly anti-social as a result of the commodification of the individual. They would be unable to play games to distract them from lackluster lives, unable to have private conversations with their closed circles of friends. They would have to meet new people and socialize. It would be chaos. That is why wireless telecommunications service providers such as Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint could be targeted to disrupt the population’s refuge from the exploitation so many face. The towers especially would make ideal targets, as simple structures not regularly monitored by security and providing minimal collateral damage.

Transport.

One would of course be remiss to fail to mention the economic impact of one of the most culturally significant occurrences in the United States in recent times, the September 11 attacks. Even with increased reactionary security measures, it becomes a daunting task to monitor and screen each individual for possible terrorist actions prior to boarding an aircraft. Racial profiling as an attempt to narrow the odds of preventing such acts actually serves as an enabler for terrorist activity aboard aircraft. While security personnel focus their efforts on a targeted population, the races less suspected are free to carry out whichever act they intend with little hindrance other than 100% security checks. Creating increased security concerns creates enough of an economic impact alone, but carrying out attacks on board and using aircraft can focus on a largely bourgeois portion of the population. The large population of businessmen traveling abroad to spread exploitation could be targets.

Factories.

There must be some respect paid to the original inspiration for the concept of the exploitation of the laborer, the factory system. First identified as the materialization of the exploitation of labor, the factory system represents a realization of the means of production unable to be seized upon by the worker, who is instead relegated to unskilled labor. The unskilled laborer then drives down the cost of labor because of increased competition, leading to exponential growth of capital at the expense of the worker. Exploitation has transformed and been multiplied since the industrial age, and it is more than just the factory worker who suffers at the hands of the greedy. In order for a representation of the transition of the current economy to be shown, factory workers could seize the means of production and create a temporary worker’s haven for symbolic purposes. This would be one piece for the transition of the economy.

Insider Threat.

Espionage could help undermine the economy. According to the latest economic espionage report to Congress from the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, although foreign collectors will remain interested in all aspects of U.S. economic activity and technology, they’re probably most interested in the following areas:

-Information and communications technology, which form the backbone of nearly every other technology;

-Business information that pertains to supplies of scarce natural resources or that provides global actors an edge in negotiations with U.S. businesses or the U.S. government;

-Military technologies, particular marine systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other aerospace/aeronautic technologies; and

-Civilian and dual-use technologies in fast-growing sectors like clean energy, health care/pharmaceuticals, and agricultural technology.

Transition of the economy cannot be expected to occur if there is no encouragement of revealed inefficiencies and assistance to other, possibly weaker economies. Such action can be funded from abroad, but ownership must eventually be taken by internal groups in order to effectively show the need for a transitioned economy. It is in the interest of the most impoverished that the more fortunate are obliged to fight to expose their own economy’s faults. The successful transition to a new economy will then benefit everyone.

Coalition(s) of the Exploited.

Enemies of The United States of America

What follows is a depiction of two possible scenarios in which a coalition is formed in order to intervene in the status quo’s stranglehold on the world economy. Highly idealistic and logistically demanding, they are intended to be depictions of possible allies against an exploitive economic system rather than an actual proposed plan.

First is a depiction based on historical relations and interventions ordered for self-serving economic interests and to ensure compliance with an economy based on exploitation. It shows a coalition comprised of those nations invaded throughout the entire history of the United States. The national targets are based on equivalent populations for economy of force.

City Country City State
Panama City Panama to Ft. Lauderdale Florida
Managua Nicaragua to Miami Florida
Shanghai China to San Francisco California
Tegucigalpa Honduras to Gainesville Florida
Havana Cuba to Mobile Alabama
Baghdad Iraq to (State) Maryland
Tehran Iran to Los Angeles California
Santo Domingo Dominican Republic to New York New York
Port-au-Prince Haiti to Miami Florida
Tripoli Libya to Tampa Florida
Manila Philippines to Maui Hawaii
Belgrade Serbia to Chicago Illinois
Guatemala City Guatemala to Hollywood Florida
Seoul Korea to San Francisco California
Monrovia Liberia to Dayton Ohio
Sana’a Yemen to (State) Maryland

 

The second depiction is based on the currently assessed threat environment to the United States and its political and economic interests. The national targets are based upon cargo volume at U.S. ports. This depiction can also be an alternate reading of the first.

City ST Ocean Country
Hampton Roads VA Atlantic Iran
Tampa FL Atlantic Burma
Baltimore MD Atlantic Iraq
Paulsboro NJ Atlantic Sudan
Portland ME Atlantic Afghanistan
Savannah GA Atlantic Yemen
Boston MA Atlantic Syria
Charleston SC Atlantic Belarus
New Haven CT Atlantic Kosovo
Providence RI Atlantic Libya
New Castle DE Atlantic Laos
Wilmington NC Atlantic Palestine
Albany NY Atlantic Bosnia
Portsmouth NH Atlantic
LaPlace LA Caribbean Venezuela
Houston TX Caribbean Cuba
Mobile AL Caribbean Haiti
Pascagoula MS Caribbean
Long Beach CA Pacific China
Valdez AK Pacific Vietnam
Portland OR Pacific North Korea
Tacoma WA Pacific Cambodia
Honolulu HI Pacific Papua New Guinea

Conclusion.

This document is formally intended as a depiction of possible threats to the United States, its current economic system, and the level of privilege of the status quo. Informally, it is intended to serve as a suggestive reminder of the attainable power of change and the ability of people to institute more than just reform.

Why Africa?

My first journey to the African continent began with pre-conceptions and notions about its economic presence on the world stage. The journey also began with the idea that perhaps a larger concentration of the international proletariat (and peasantry) would make the continent a strong base for transitioning the world’s predominant economic system. The economic conditions were as expected, which of course did not bring me the joy of being correct, though I think the knowledge gained was invaluable. I ask forgiveness in advance for generalizing continental conditions here, but from this point forward the term ‘Africa’ should be taken to encompass all areas that have a larger concentration of the proletariat.

Formerly titled socialist states, led by commu...

Remember, Africa happens to be the world’s most exploited continent, the most disadvantaged and impoverished region of the world. Of course it should also be noted that South America is currently competing for that position in their shared global south, but is not likely to surpass Africa due to the growth of their petty-bourgeois populations. That is why the focus here will be on ‘Africa’. Africa is ripe for communist revolutions. Only through communist revolution can we seek to change the economic landscape of the world. And it seems that the most appropriate place to continue our struggle is within ‘Africa’.

National communist parties, especially those in nations experiencing the later stages of capitalism, such parties are mistaken and misdirected if they believe our primary struggle against capitalism lies within such nations. We do not seek to discount the existence of the proletariat within these economically advanced nations, for they surely do exist. But strip away arbitrary borders and boundaries, and the communists in these nations will still find themselves overwhelmed and outnumbered by larger populations of international bourgeoisie and petty-bourgeoisie than previously acknowledged. Perhaps terrorist tactics could suffice within these privileged nations to remind everyone of the struggle against capitalism, but the main effort for the economic transition of the world economy must begin in the most exploited nations of the world.

It is both interesting and inherently disheartening to see the spread of capitalism in the most exploited regions of the world. Yet at the same time, recognition of the conditions at hand make seem promising the potential there for economic transition. Economic disparity separates the African people from the handful of capitalist ventures within the continent to such a degree that there is minimal risking of the continentals converting to join the ranks of the petty-bourgeoisie, and instead are inclined to fight against capitalism. There is a huge disconnect between the international bourgeoisie and ‘Africa’ that naturally helps the continent defend against the pursuit of capital gain in most areas, especially those with a history of communal societies.

These areas are where communists are most likely to be successful on the international stage. With minimal growth of a petty-bourgeois population combined with the consequent ineffectiveness of bourgeois temptations, ‘Africa’ can be helped more than the word implies, becoming the spark that will spread the fire of communism and burn capitalism until it is nothing more than ashes. Again, dissociation from the pursuit of capital gain in ‘Africa’ makes representations of attempts at exploitation easy to distinguish from the natural state of the continent, transforming things like advertising billboards and European investment of capital into easily identifiable targets as starting points for striking out against capitalism. A communist education initiative started by our communist leaders, along with organizational or militaristic assistance from the international communist community could transform ‘Africa’ into a platform for screams against exploitation. Many African nations could easily transition to a socialist economy, even more easily with such assistance from the international communist community, spearheaded by our leaders. Such an outright rejection of capitalism should lead to encouragement in other nations to follow, growing the communist movement and helping to shield the world from capitalist exploitation.

I suppose the question here is not really, “Why Africa?” Or even, “Why not?”

What we should really be asking is, “How can I help?” And, “What are we waiting for?”

The conditions seem to be set. Could anybody tell me why it is taking so long to see our struggle succeed?

Wide Asleep, Fast Awake

I have information to slay the beast.

I know the weaknesses so we can win.

I would lead an army, but none follow.

So I submit to you only ideas.

With conviction I write. It can be beat.

But we have to fight, united as one.

Send the ships from the harbor to invade.

Attack from the bay and along the coast.

Cross the border, across fences, highways.

Don’t forget the West, the island and north.

Return them to others and ask to join.

Take the republics that did not secede.

And the peninsula que no habla.

Revenge for invasion, one of many.

Stolen governments, outlawed their progress.

Fear those who were lost, they are still bitter.

Stolen presidents and sometimes replaced.

Unwanted but forced, that is enemy.

Engage the slaves who have not yet been freed.

Papered integration is not believed.

And to disrespect the men who brought them.

Allah is mighty, you have invoked wrath.

Give them diseases, they cannot withstand.

The system that deprives leads them to path.

Last but not least, remember boundaries.

But I seem to have forgotten the truth.

Not invincible, undeniable.

Since for the future the beast has prepared.

Dismantled our legions so we can’t fight.

So I must take the alternative path.

Spoken secrets into listening ears.

The bridge again burns beneath my footsteps.

The atomic wars ended in the past.

Where do I fight when the future is now?

When all the natives are perpetrators.

I am different, stuck in the present past.

Seeking victory that is not in hand.

Who would battle and rumble with the beast?

Alone. There is not a contender left.

I must right the wrongs, but what can I give?

Somebody must want some help. How to win…

Not good enough. A coward, in effect.

Yet I will continue searching, until…

The end must come, but mine not so quickly.

Fervent, staunch, embrace the ways that once were.

Outstretched hands grasping empty space. I fall.

I cannot be from a world that’s not mine.

No tongue or words to speak, maybe in time.

The path is not rewarded. All have failed.

Who can hear the screams of a searching man?