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dictatorship of the kumquat
June 19, 2012 - This is Tahrir Square right now, hundreds of thousands of people demanding an end to military rule in Egypt.
i missed out on Au Loong Yu’s session in Marxism!
Passers-by spit on a defaced statue of Josef Stalin, Hungary 1956.
the origons of Ouija boards are funny if you think about it like they’re part of an another country (China)’s ancient history that was practiced until one emporer decided “You know what this is probably a bad idea” and banned the practice.
then centuries later an old buisnessman comes along and is like “I’m going to take this and market it as a toy to children.”
Which is the exact plot of Yu-Gi-Oh
Uphold the Right Wing
Written by Audrey Whybrow
A woman’s head is bashed multiple times into a train carriage before she is thrown off the train onto a platform in North Coburg. This is the sad outcome when the Australian government (via the mainstream media) quickly whips up anti-Muslim sentiment to justify its warmongering agenda. ‘Divide and conquer’, as the old saying goes.
Yes, the middle class intelligentsia are oiling the wheels of racism once again, with ‘feminist’ academics calling for the burqa to be banned in Australia. Personally, I find it ridiculous to suggest that the way to liberate Muslim women is by stripping away their right to choose what they wear. Meanwhile, other media pundits are giving their wholehearted support for yet another sanctimonious round of interference in Iraq (remember, there’s oil in them sand dunes).
The recent counter-terror raids across Brisbane and Sydney saw some 800 fully armed rent-a-thugs…I mean fine, upstanding police officers… storming through the homes of Muslim families. The outcome of this immense counter-terror operation? Fifteen people detained; one charged. This hardly seems a plausible method of foiling some mass plot of terrorism. But, then again, that all depends on what you would consider an act of terrorism. What I consider terrorism (but the government does not) is over a million civilian casualties that resulted from Western intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan. Or, on the small scale, how about the 129 workplace deaths that have occurred so far this year due to unsafe worksites and corporate bosses who prioritise profits over the lives of their workers? Meanwhile, there have been zero deaths under the category of terrorism. Statistically, you’re more likely to die falling out of bed than from a terrorist attack.
There is no imminent terrorist threat in Australia from Muslims. So, why did Tony Abbott raise the terror alert level to high and introduce these draconian anti-terror laws? There are several reasons.
Distract from the budget
Nothing delights Abbott more than seeing newspaper headlines about his horror budget being switched to blatantly racist attacks on the Muslim community. One doesn’t have to venture far into the Fairfax and Murdoch press to be bombarded with Islamophobic headlines: “Terror alert changes life as Australians know it”; “Black day for black flag after teenage terror suspect’s bloody end”; “Terror strikes home”. We are seeing Muslims being used as scapegoats by Abbott in an insidious attempt to distract the broader Australian population from his overwhelmingly unpopular and cruel budget. A budget stained with the interests of the 1 per cent and imbued with attacks on workers, students, the disabled and the sick, young and old. Abbott has self-servingly become one of the most hated and unpopular Prime Ministers in history. Following in the footsteps of his beloved mentor, John Howard, Abbott has concocted a perfect shitstorm which forecasts hysteria and false fear amongst the general population. As anticipated his popularity has subsequently risen.
Justifying intervention in Iraq
Abbott’s ears may seem larger than his brain, but he knows he can’t send Australian troops over to Iraq without any form of justification. The announced terror threat in Australia from so called “home grown extremists” and “Jihad dole bludgers” is the perfect excuse to go and bomb more people in Iraq. With the prevalence of groups such as ISIS (a nice little product of America’s 2003 war in Iraq), Australia must apparently do its part to end this vicious sectarian violence. Julie Bishop has described the situation in Iraq as a “humanitarian crisis”. Funny, where was this humanitarian crisis when over 2, 100 Palestinians were being massacred by IDF soldiers? I guess it comes back to imperialist interests again, as Israel is situated upon huge oil rigs making it one of the most strategically important and profitable regions in the Middle East. A couple of hundred children being blown up along the way in pursuit of this doesn’t bother Julie Bishop, she doesn’t consider that a humanitarian crisis. Then there are other Western countries like America which operate in much the same way. There are currently around 18.4 million vacant homes in the US right now, yet a staggering 1.75 million people homeless on the streets, according to research conducted this year by the National Law Centre on Homelessness and Poverty. In other words, there are around 10 vacant homes for each homeless person. Particularly appalling is that further research indicates that families with children make up 36 per cent of these statistics, and overall 50 per cent of all homeless people are African-American. The result of this is yet another government that prioritises war over welfare. Obama is happy to invest billions in the ongoing slaughter of Iraqis in its imperialist pursuit of oil and Western dominance in the Middle East, while people in the US are left in extreme poverty and the working class masses constantly have their rights and civil liberties eroded by the state. Capitalist governments are great at multi-tasking.
Increasing state power
The new draconian laws, sprinkled with remnants of the Howard era, will give ASIO and police more power and presence. ASIO will soon be able to access huge networks of computers across the internet with a single warrant. They have the unfettered privilege to detain you, without charge, for up to 14 days (brought in by the Howard government). You have no right to silence and if you tell people what happened to you, or where you had been, you can be jailed indefinitely. These types of laws, designed to attack civil liberties, would never pass without this racism and hysteria. This is similar to the type of justification for police presence and brutality after the murder of Jill Meagher. Melbourne’s streets saw an increase in police, protective officers at nearly every station, more public surveillance and tightened parole laws. The greater power the state has to enforce itself, the greater power it has to oppress the working class.
When you begin to draw the links between racism, poverty, war and many other atrocities that occur in the world, the dynamics of capitalism all begin to make sense. The broader political project of the Abbott government is not simply to encourage politically ignorant Australians to concern themselves with the victimisation of Muslims as a distraction from the deeply unpopular federal Budget. Their ultimate goal is to reinforce and uphold the capitalist system, Straya style.
When Marx developed his ideas in the 19th century, he devoted little attention to questions of political organisation and consciousness within the working class. He seems, if anything, to have assumed that the experience of exploitation and struggle within capitalism would more or less automatically lead to the development of revolutionary consciousness and organisation. The permanence of the problems of reformism within the working-class movement did not become fully apparent until the 20th century. The subsequent generation of revolutionary theorists - above all, Lenin, Luxemburg, Trotsky, Gramsci - had to face directly the issue of explaining and dealing with it. Problems of revolutionary organisation, strategy and tactics became of necessity much more central in Marxist theory.
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