Sunday, July 31, 2016

July, 2016

The Australian Federal election will take place tomorrow. Morning distribution of ALP how to vote literature took place in 5 C weather. My hands were so cold that putting my right one in my trouser pocket caused a cut to open. I only noticed after I'd bled on a flyer. Embarrassed I kept my right hand away from the flyers blotting it on my jeans as I distributed leaflets using only my left hand. The directions on how to distribute vote numbers intrigued me. I had not seen them before. They were not chosen by our candidate in Swan of that I was assured by Tammy herself. Now I'm confronted with the prospect of handing out more of them tomorrow at Saint Norbert's where I'll be assisting at the polls. Fortunately this will only be from 8am-10am. Some ALP authority has decided to instruct voters in Swan to put Tammy first the Australian Christians candidate second the Greens candidate third and the Liberals Steve Irons last. Swan only has four candidates competing for seats in Parliament. I'm more inclined to put the Christians last. Senate voting will have many more parties and individuals. I'll have no problem with the ALP choice there. Of course Labor will be number one. Surprisingly though the Sex and Marijuana Hemp Party who are filing a joint ticket are the ALP's number 3 recommendation. They'll be my second. In any event the corporate and State owned media have called the election a slim victory for the LNP--in advance of the actual election. They know the Turnbull government will be returned because of the polls. The dominant media knew the remain vote would overwhelm the Brexit vote as well because of the polls. Only 58% of eligible Aboriginal citizens are registered to vote. This in a country where voting is mandatory or the voter faces a $50 fine. Surely the other 42% are not being fined. Benign neglect is part and parcel of the gap the nation's government pledges to close. Obviously fining these folks should not be the solution. A massive registration drive should be the focus of an effort to educate the unregistered what differentiates the left from the right and get them out there expressing their political choices at the ballot box. Most would vote left if they had a clue about how left and right divided the wealth produced by the working class of Australia. Raising the social wage would be a victory for the producers and the unemployed and that's essentially what the left stands for although not always with as much consistency as one would desire. So I got out of warm bed to enter the cold shadows of St. Norbert's Catholic school to pass out the aforementioned how to vote leaflets from 8am-10am or so. That's about all I can do before I pacing lamely looking for a toilet. Long underwear comes in handy for outdoor activity in winter where even the bottoms of your feet feel frozen against the cemented walkways. Time marches on rubber soles. An old Comrade comes by camera in hand. Des Bowers retired from government work in health and safety. He's very concerned about asbestos contamination. He takes photos of the various and sundry campaign literature taped to the walls of Norbert's school rooms. Another failure of authority has occurred. Collier the LNP government's Minister for Education has supposedly informed all parties that they are not to tape campaign material to the walls of school buildings where citizens will be voting for when the tape is removed asbestos is quite likely to be dispersed into the air and general environment. Asbestosis is a great and growing danger in Australia. So much of it about. Comrade Bowers is that very essential squeaky wheel irritating government bureaucracies with his insistence that they follow the law even though doing so might disturb the bourgeoisie's pursuit of profit in the marketplace of commodities. The bureaucrats fob him off but Comrade Bowers always comes back looking for grease to stop his squeaks. Workers like Des are champions in the class struggle. A Liberal Party woman stands next to me. She hands out how to vote cards to the incoming too. This expatriate from Berlin is perhaps a couple years older than myself. Born in 1938 she moved to Munich then to New Zealand and finally to Melbourne where she married a German and had some children. I connect with stories of my favourite Berliner Kneipe Wilhelm Hoeck's. It's 10:20 or so before I part company to make my contribution to voting the conservatives out of government. Counting the early returns the ABC reports that Swan has been retained by the Liberals. Irons' win could have had something to do with authorities in Labor choosing to preference the Australian Christians over the Greens. Our loss was also due to lack of letterboxing. A Comrade came up to me as I was handing out how to votes complaining that he didn't even know who Labor was running in Swan as he'd never gotten one of Tammy's leaflets in his mailbox. Tammy's mentions of ethnicity were overplayed. The need was not there. Robo calls from political parties including Labor made me angry enough to unplug my landline for the duration. I shouldn't be a bit surprised if others felt the same way. We spent too much of our labour time phoning door knocking and having one on one coffees with constituents. Hopefully we will learn from history and knock Irons off his sinecure at the next election. The overall results were more interesting than the pollsters and the major media predicted. Close voting in a few marginal seats means that the make up of the next government may not be known for a month. Turnbull showed his true colours 'round midnight declaring his Party officials told him the LNP would be able to form government in its own right without the need to negotiate with minor party upstarts. He then went on to attack corrupt unions screwing things up for his pals who own pieces of the construction industry. After all the double dissolution election was called because Labor Greens and crossbenchers in the Senate had refused to go along with resurrecting the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). As Malcolm embraced little Johnny Howard Bolt called for his resignation. Truth be told Labor won the election even if it lost it. Again the polls and pundits were wrong. Citizens are stirring. It's reflected in the latest votes both in Britain and Australia. Clarity is needed. Most reactionaries are stupid ignoramuses but some reactionaries are quite clever. Violence is their political calling card achieving political power is their goal. Osama bin Laden was an extremely clever reactionary. Getting his fellow fundamentalists to act like suicidal soldier bots for God was no easy task. Religious conservatism was an historical given in 90% of the world dominated by the Muslim faithful. Everyday life droned on within feudalist norms of everyday life. The quiescence of the Dark Ages once common in Europe Africa and Asia still abounded. Loyalty to landlords kings and princes become warlords in sleepy lagoons of a planetary people not yet set afire with the challenges presented to them by an actively acquisitive capitalist class on the lookout for more ways to extract wealth from wage-labour and natural resources in national competition with each other within the turf wars of the Cold War which prevailed. History barely being pushed met history being convulsively shoved by
nationalist political revolutions of the bourgeoisie. The long awaited emancipation of the wealth producing wage-slaves and peasants was once again subsumed under the rubble of class rule's ideology of narrow individualist freedom national liberation or national independence with all its social Darwinist teeth gnawing competitively in the game of devil take the hindmost. Osama threw a rock wrapped with the promise of restoring an order of pre-existing conditions into the sleepy lagoon. Idealist Sunni jihadis marching off to murder the corrupting influence of bourgeois civilisation and establish a holy Caliphate. IS thinks of any Muslim outside its ranks as engaging in apostasy. Apostates must convert or be murdered. This ideology is a particular type of Sunni Salafism. IS is an ultra-right theocratic expression of Islam. Spectacularly deadly assaults would be undertaken to stir the infidel into angry use of his military power in turn accelerating recruitment to the cause of defending the Sunni faithful. Neo-conservative crusaders had been plotting the downfall of Saddam Hussein for a decade. All it took was the election of a Texan POTUS with father issues supported by toy English poodle of a PM easily influenced by fallen Trotskyist intellectuals now committing their Idealist zeal to militarily enforcing regime changes of those political States which stood in the way of establishing U.S. compliant bourgeois democracies on a worldwide basis. Afghanistan had already been touched by this Idealism. Titoist Yugoslavia would also be targeted for dismemberment into competing bourgeois democratic nationalist slices. Osama's upbringing in Salafist Saudi Arabian feudalism was steeled in the furnace of holy vengeance wreaked against the Stalinist left government and its Soviet Red Army backers. Gone was the monarchy of Afghanistan but feudal ties to the landed warlords remained. Deeply entrenched tribal loyalties combined with generalised ignorance and an iron commitment to fundamentalist dogma. Al Qaeda's cauldron was brewing martyrs on their way to glorious arrivals in the afterlife they'd always had faith existed. Apostates must die especially the Shia. "The invasion of Iraq was neither in self-defense against armed attack nor sanctioned by UN Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force by member states and thus constituted the crime of war of aggression, according to the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in Geneva." Equality under the law is ever corrupted by the wage system which guarantees that lion's share of the wealth will end up in the hands of the bourgeoisie. Thus the promise of liberté égalité fraternité embodied in the bourgeois revolution was ever an Ideal materially undermined by class rule. I learned this from Marx not Piketty whose work is seriously flawed from the start with his interpretation of Marx's critique of political-economy. The production of wealth is not gained from the wealth previously produced and which appears as capital. Possession of wealth is not the premise for the production of wealth. Thus Piketty's constant pro-capitalist social democratic twaddle. He can get no further than taxing the wealth appropriated by the bourgeoisie from its employment of wage labour. You see in ways I've become less compromising as I've gotten older. We're up against the wall motherfuckers. Most people don't consciously grasp that life 20 years from now will be quite different from life today. Climate change will force a change in social relations. Collectively produced wealth must become socially owned and democratically controlled over time or the general community will suffer more violence as the power structure erodes. Tensions based on racial paranoia are already fueling the murder of citizens by police in the USA. In turn some citizens are murdering police as revenge sweeps an armed populace. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And the NRA with all its propaganda about how this or that crime could have been prevented if say the teachers packed heat in the classroom or gay dancers carried derringers in their underwear. Such talk is all now coming back to bite the right honourable conservatives in the butt. The Black Panther Party tried to start this conversation 49 years ago. Let us remember who ended up murdering Malcolm X. Let us remember how Huey Newton died. Let us remember Fred Hampton's bloody corpse after that raid on his abode by Chicago police in December 1969. Let us remember that big talking Eldridge Cleaver became a Moonie attempting to peddle a new type of male trousers with a cod piece. Let us remember the co-founder of the Black Panthers Bobby Seale who renounced violence and ran for mayor of Oakland California coming in second in a field of nine. Bobby is still alive. As Hegel observed "What experience and history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it." More's the pity. Lots has changed over the past 49 years. What hasn't changed is the lack of awareness over the fundamental issue which is at the root of the many social problems which we encounter today: the mode of producing and distributing the wealth of nations i.e. the wage system. Getting the majority off the tit of racist explanations for the inferior position of everyone who isn't a "WASP" has been a major accomplishment of our times. A man with Kenyan genetics could never have been elected POTUS back in MLK's day. So we have made some progress vis a vis the appeal of racial superiority as an explanation of why political power is arranged the way it is. The immense majority still fall for the pseudo-scientific notion that there are multiple races of humans however. The difference is that they are convinced that all the "races" should be celebrated and should tolerate each other. Class awareness has also grown as demonstrated in the Occupy Wall Street movement's focus on the 1% which in turn was reflected in Bernie Sanders' campaign a campaign which would not have had much political traction back in the mid-60s. My definition of worker includes college educated who are dependent for making a living on marketing their labour power. I quit the IWW in April, 2012 when I saw identity politics starting to trash the focus on the abolition of wage labour amongst the membership most of whom were not college educated intellectuals. When I was living in East Lansing from 1972 on I was a member of the Socialist Labor Party. A very slim minority of the SLP were college educated intellectuals. I suppose my Comrade and best friend Bud could be considered acollege educated perhaps intellectual. I only met four others during the days of my membership and two of them wanted me out of the National Office where Bud and I were writing for the official organ "The People" formerly "The Weekly People". Most workers don't know what the wage system is and how it works. Once upon a time both the political and industrial organisations I was a member of did tell them. The SLP committed a kind of slow Shaker-like suicide. The IWW was taken over by post modernists posing as anarcha-feminists among other identities. I've been trying to correct that lack of class conscious awareness for years now. Most of the college educated intellectuals on the left haven't helped one little bit in that area. Most are and remain radical liberals. A progressive tax applied to the upper 10% and the wealth they have accumulated is the way the left should approach budget repair. The budget needs repair because Labor and now the Liberals have sold government bonds to finance capitalists as opposed to taxing companies and the upper 10% adequately to fund our social wage. The right thinks of the social wage as a burden on their ability to grow their businesses a confiscatory set of policies designed to rob them of the wealth they own. And where does this wealth they own and accumulate originate. Think of it this way: how much wealth would be produced during the month of August, if everyone who depended on having their labour power purchased to make a living went on a 31 day strike. With media weapons of mass enthrallment we have been taught to believe that having both husbands and wives wage-slaving away their lives producing wealth for the bourgeoisie to own and market is liberating. In place of class conscious praxis we have gay lesbian, and trans people now openly serving in wars of choice and military occupations of impoverished people. Classism as a civil rights struggle has replaced the class struggle over the collective product of labour. The ruling class has selected from a panoply of grievances the ones to use as sops to haze the reality of systemic exploitation. Again we cannot see the forest for the trees. Thomas Jefferson's egalitarian ideology overcome with the realities of his material power over the slaves he owned. Most political power is materially based on the possession of wealth. Common ownership and democratic control of the collective product of labour would remove the material basis for the political power of one over the other. The felt need for revenge would ebb perhaps even dry up for good. Think of how the social relations of political power work out when one human owns another and all the other produces. Wage-slaves aren't owned body and soul. Wage-slaves are free to sell their time and skills to anyone in the marketplace who wants to buy them to use them to produce wealth over mutually agreed limits of time which is then priced for sale. The wealth slaves produced was sold too except services being used for the owners' own needs. Imagine. Heartfelt revenge may be a primary driver for sadistic behaviour retribution for past hurt by power mongers as the social machine of class ruled society continues to hum along as it has since the domestication of figs millet flax and peas took place 11,000 years ago and amongst the fauna domesticated dogs go back 17,000 years in that cradle of class dominated society the fertile crescent some 7,500 years ago around when what probably emerged as the first political State was established. Sumerians were first to begin writing around 5,500 years ago in order to keep track of the exchange of private property between those who owned it. We know this profession as accounting today. In any event the production of agricultural wealth was becoming the material basis for the separation of society into classes. One class of wealth producers and one class of owners who lived on the lion's share of that wealth by both using it for themselves especially with regards to hiring armed bodies of men to protect them and their property. They are called law enforcement these days. Of course laws had to be made to show who rightfully owned this or owed that. Those who may have suffered crop failure might borrow seed from a luckier farmer. In return the borrower might spend some working time along with perhaps his family members to repay the debt. Over time classes and class rule grew to become the codified norm along with chattel slavery. War breaks out between States over wealth. The defeated's soldiers, wives and children become the private property of the victors if they are not raped then slaughtered outright. Sadism has its historical roots in the social relations which emerge as private property become mutually recognised legitimised if you will. Another boring rant with little to zero impact except perhaps for you dear readers the ones not already snoring. A Magpie's song might be of more interest on a blue sky sunny day in July. A reminder to readers in the Northern Hemispere of out planet July is our February. I remember hating February when I lived in the USA. Especially in Michigan and Pennsylvania with all that dirty snow and slush. My feedback to Comrade Solonec's campaign which will in all probability never be read by more than one or two goes as follows:

Granting the large swing in Swan toward the left due to the amazing amount of

labour time we put into the campaign and the usual lackluster performance of our

opponents in the Liberal Party, why did we lose?

First, it has to be admitted that Swan District is becoming populated with what seem

to be wealthier people. One need only pass out flyers at the Canning Bridge location

to notice this. I would venture to say that these seemingly wealthier people are up to

their ears in private debt via their mortgages and car loans. They are anxious about

keeping the jobs they have so that they can service the debts they owe. I would

guess that the core of Liberal Party support comes from those who own investment

properties and attempting to negative gear themselves into safe harbours.

Second, one can also detect a lot of poverty in Swan’s lowlier enclaves where the

lower strata of the working class i.e. renters predominate e.g. Saint James. A lot of

those people are fed up with politicians’ promises as they experience their own

standards of living going down, even as the lines grow longer at Centrelink, their

rents go up to levels where it is eating up more than a third of their meagre income

while cuts to the social wage seem as relentlessly inevitable as rises in regressive

taxation. Labor could gain more than cynical sneers here, if it didn’t cater so to real

estate investors and launched a stronger campaign to raise revenue from

progressive taxation of the upper 10% to fund a higher social wage. The do­ nothing

but vote for cuts Irons could have been targeted much more effectively e.g.

presenting his voting record on cuts to the social wage and cuts to company tax

”Do you really want this man representing you?”

Irons' win could have had something to do with authorities in Labor choosing to

preference the Australian Christians over the Greens. All of the votes for that Party

would have flowed to the Liberals whereas the Green votes would have flowed to

Labor. Lesson: Never block with right­wing parties for so doing only backfires in the

end. It also makes Labor look like opportunists in whom voters cannot put their trust.

On top of that Irons ironically ends up getting the votes of Labor people who naively

put 2 in the Klompf box.

Our loss was also due to lack of letterboxing. A Comrade came up to me as I was

handing out how to votes complaining that he didn't even know who Labor was

running in Swan as he'd never gotten one of Tammy's leaflets in his mailbox.

Tammy's mentions of ethnicity were overplayed both in our literature and in the

media. The need to know this information amongst the majority of the Swan District

electorate was not there. Lesson: give the media the issue. If the media take it up,

have them ask the Liberal candidate the same questions about where his ethnic

roots lie. They won’t do that. Face it, the capitalist media are not going to preference

the left. The hirelings of “The West” know that the editorial policy is toward rightward

spin. The ethnicity question is right­spin connected to playing on the anxieties about

becoming the victims of crime amongst voters and guilt about the obvious gap: “Will

electing a minority “race” have a negative effect on my life”. Racist fears do exist

amongst a significant portion of the electorate. On the other hand, Tammy’s picture

alone, played a significant role in garnering votes from citizens who don’t think of

themselves as being “white”. So, less emphasis on cultural roots and more on Irons’s

obvious political (not personal) failings as a rep, would have been a better way


Robo calls from political parties including Labor made me angry enough to unplug

my landline for the duration. I also began to turn my mobile off toward the end of

June. I shouldn't be a bit surprised if others felt the same way. We spent too much

of our labour time phoning, door knocking and having one on one coffees with

constituents and not enough on letterboxing. Not that we shouldn’t phone etc, but we

should never use robo calling. In fact, we should emphasise the human quality of our

interactions while subtly criticising the cashed up Libs’ ability to robo call Julie

Bishop’s voice. We should also drop the scripts and allow our volunteers to speak to

citizens as citizens concerned with raising the majority’s standard of living. BTW, this

sort of phoning and letterboxing should go on on a regular basis during the next

three or so years.

Hopefully we will learn from history and knock Irons off his sinecure at the next

election. We need to examine the issues which the Liberals used against Labor in

Swan. My letterbox was jammed with Lib lit playing on the anxieties of citizens about

boats, border security and economic instability. We need to come up with some

withering fire to combat these anxieties and even turn them to our advantage.

Most citizens don’t know that official immigration accounts for an influx of 20,000

migrants a month into Australia. Most citizens have forgotten that it was Labor that

“stopped the boats” by making it legally impossible for anyone arriving by boat to be

settled in Australia. Dr. Ann Aly’s arguments for shutting down the people smuggling

rings should have been used widely and emphasised in our literature.

Labor’s protection of citizens from the economic downturn which occurred in 2007,

should have been highlighted alongside the Libs’ voting record on stopping

economic stimulus measures which would have led to a lower standard of living for

all. The “pink bats” controversy should have been faced with the truth that deaths

occurred because of shonky operators, not because Labor was stimulating the


As for the instability arguments because of Labor’s leadership changes during the

last Labor government, these should have been dealt with by informing the public

that Labor no longer changes leaders by vote of the PLP, but by a vote of the entire

membership of the ALP while at the same time reminding voters of the

Abbott/Turnbull factions fighting e.g. the one vote victory for Abbott; the constant

denial of leadership challenge by Turnbull; the constant undermining of Turnbull now

by the Abbott faction. Stability could also be proven by Labor pre­selecting Comrade

Solonec at the next battle of the hustings.

Of course I hear more snoring. As I young man being brought up within the idiocies of rural life I strove to break out. But I went from the frying pan to the fire. I was still curious enough when I was 22 to try to find some way of organising the life I'd seen and led into some coherent amalgam. I'd laid the foundations by 1972. Before that I was a sponge sopping up this and that bit of insight mostly from the left but also about the left and also my uni courses which really began to give me a theoretical foundation by the end of the summer of 1969. By 1973 I'd adopted the tactics and strategy to get to a social revolution political and industrial class conscious classwide organisation. I've been attempting to sharpen it all up and present my understanding through writing speaking demonstrations and general praxis since then. Nothing much happened though. I've tried for a very long time. I think I should just shut up now. Nobody is moving in my direction. Time to call it day now that I'm 71 and half. Time to sit back drink ale smoke dagga and enjoy the sensuality I have left. Better to burn out than rust on. Yo-ho. Capitalists don't support social ownership and democratic control of the collective product of labour. It's not in their class interests to do so. However in our upside-down ways of viewing the world of political economy the immense majority have been become used to nay even bought into the notion that we can better produce wealth and a higher standard of living through private ownership and capitalist control of the collective product of our labour. Are we not wage-slaves. Revolutionary workers would prefer a producers' democracy over a bourgeois democracy. Why not own what you produce. Point to the material benefits of having the government pay the for the goods and services provided by the workers in the health and you'll have more money in your pocket than you would have otherwise having to pay for a privatised cancer for profit industry. The ones who will suffer a loss in wealth to pay for the government to hire the workers in the health industry should be the upper 10% and the companies they own. I suppose you could just tax the 1% to accomplish the same thing. Would that we could get the upper 9% to fight the upper 1% over who should share the tax burdens for funding the social wage. The reality is that the upper 9% are more concerned with keeping up with the rest of the world playing Pokemon and drinking recycled sewage as is done in London. Perth's population is too large. You can tell when a living space is overpopulated because the aquifers can no longer supply enough drinking water. Growth has become a survival dogma. Living beyond what is environmentally sustainable threatens human well being. We seem to realise that when we recycle our beer bottles and bury organic waste in the backyard. We are constantly being sold a bill of goods when we hear about the need to grow businesses or perish. So we drink water from plastic bottles and practice getting into shape for the charity marathon sponsored by corporate entities looking for advertising space and tax deductions. All leftover proceeds to be donated to some incurable disease foundation headed up by a $200,000 a year manager. The economy is safe from much political interference as long as this dogma weighs on our minds like an alp. Of course all lives matter. Murder is not acceptable. Cops shouldn't be shooting citizens. Why do they shoot more darkly hued humans much more often than other citizens. I would argue that they think in terms of categorizing humans according to their so-called race. But there's more to it than that. One can Google around and find countless articles connecting crime with poverty and unemployment. On a per capita basis humans of darker hues are way overrepresented amongst the "surplus populations" of the unemployed and amongst the prison population because the cops are not only arresting them more often they are also being convicted more often for breaking the laws of the land. Hillary broke the law of the land. She was not brought up on charges. She's been politically undermined by the accusations but not arrested. On the other hand whistleblowers like Manning Snowden and Assange are under constant threat of or actually being subjected to imprisonment. Lady Justice is not blind to class and the realities of the racist dogmas which divide humans into hierarchies the power of one over another. Lady Law never stands so tall as when she stands on someone's hand. And so another murder psycho's inner rage transforms itself into suicidal outrage in Nice. Sometimes cops actually have to shoot citizens. Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was our latest Charles Whitman. Murderers always seem to me to be mentally ill. Seems some are helped along in their madness by the pressures of their daily lives. Others have brain tumours and some have both. So much pain could be eliminated if control over what we produce was the norm. Mohamed might never have left the village he was born in if production of wealth for the use of those in need was just the way things were done every day of the year. Less madness would be a plus. Rain rain rain rain rain winter rains and still we don't have enough fresh water for all of us to drink. Capital's needs come before ecological balance. Sellers of labour power pay the price of their commodified time. We rationally embrace treated sewage water coming from our taps. It's in the Budget 2016. Done and dusted. Nevermind the antibiotics estrogen charged cosmetic waste which is mostly likely not adequately treated and will be flowing through our already asbestos contaminated selves. At least we still have Medicare. Rain whips across the roofing. Work drink be tired drag yourself back out of bed in the cold make coffee. Awake and on the way again to work for what. For life. For how could you put beans on the table and have an abode to sleep in away from the rain the near constant rain. You're afraid. Deeply held fear drives much human activity. We're animals. Animals' brains are attuned to survival. Watch them on TV hunting for food sometimes hunting each other food. Hunger stimulates. We animals respond. We need to find food and water to survive. In the modern age we need to sell our labour power to survive. We fear losing our happy hunting grounds. After all we must pay down our mortgage debt or rent and make the payments on the car. These days the bourgeoisie have us mortgaging our lives to pay for our education to become their trained wage-slaves or just to be part of the reserve army of the unemployed. So many obligations. So little time for ourselves. Most of humanity probably had more time for itself on the edge of the neolithic age when our access to food was just becoming easier as in less time consuming to produce. I imagine the Near East was warm fertile and free then. Now look at it. All crapped up with mutual murder. How great to see the sun shine on the newly sprouted barley. The valley stretches forward with only a few small homes dotting the landscape here and there. A dog walks alongside a man sniffing the ground for traces of game. The smoke from roasting meat is in the air. An Ibis flies overhead. A woman combs her hair. A child throws a stick and then runs to pick it up and throw it again. Another child joins in. A game begins. Rules are set. A woman gathers figs. There are many of these trees around more than enough to meet need. Last year's barely is this year's beer. Meanwhile a field of marijuana flowers forth. Flax grows as well in a field of its own. Both can be fashioned into weather protection garments. Flowers are smoked with beer during the afternoon when the Sun is hottest. Rest conversation and sex follow. As the dusk approaches the flutes and drums come out and the songs of our ancestors begin. Imaginative digression from the modern age can stimulate the imagination. I think a lot of individuals expect too much from their input. They get disappointed with their effect. They may drop out of the struggle for more freedom and end up twiddling their thumbs in the face of the latest disasters. I can see that. I can also see individuals who never put up a struggle against the harness--the cowards Camus refers to when he writes: "To live as if our choices make any real difference in the long run may be the act of a fool, but to live as if they do not, that is the act of a coward." Bottom Line is that what we do does make a difference. Humans can't help but to make history. The question is what sort of history the human race as a whole will make. Remember that Albert Camus thought of himself politically as being an anarchist and that implies hope not despair. Camus is full of warnings about complacency and generalised acquiescence in the face of those who would seduce humanity to the norms of class rule. Camping in the forest can serve to readjust one's perspective. Space without the sounds of aircraft taking off and landing. Birds singing and squawking flying through and perching on very tall tree limbs. Winter camping has three great advantages: no fires no mosquitos and no snakes. Cuddling in a double sleeping bag full Moon overhead along with stars and clouds and swaying tree tops can last an hour or so before the necessary retreat into swags takes over as the degrees drop taking their dewey toll. It is necessary to dream in your clothes and coat with watch cap firmly drawn down over your face. The chill does not leave until another sleeping bag is stuffed on top of the one you're sleeping in. Sleep is broken up into two to three hour cycles as the urge to urinate makes getting out of your swag a necessity. Necessity and freedom always intertwined in the dynamics of our daily lives and troubled sleep. Certainly though nice dreams can occur. Naked dancing women at the warm oasis in the middle of a star studded moonless evening. The sand sparkles reflect the starlight. You get to that special spot by flying literally jumping from the ground into the sky and then purposefully willing your body toward that oasis. All is joy and wonder. The smell of hashish fills the large tent set up the bubbling spring which keeps the date palms and fig trees thriving under a driving daylight summer Sun. Bliss is being there for a time. Anxiety sets in just at the moment when....and then you wake to feeling like you've got to pee. You know you'll have to face a bone chill. Like those moments when you got up early in the dark morning to get on the bus to the train station to leaflet for Tammy's Swan District bid. I reckon the ALP could have won in Swan if we'd appealed to the working class in ways which gave them a boost in their standard of living as opposed to telling them that we'd hold the line on Medicare by imposing a higher regressive tax on those addicted to tobacco. We should have been able to tell the working class majority that house prices would go down to affordable levels for the majority under Labor as opposed to admitting to them that house prices would continue to rise even under our plan to shave negative gearing investment choices and the capital gains favouritism embedded in the legislation. We should have told them that we were for progressive tax increases on the upper 10% and the companies they own to fund the social wage. We should have been able to tell them that Labor was committed to helping Australian workers get the jobs now held by 400 series visa holders by abolishing the working visa program. We should have been able to tell voters that Labor was committed to adequately funding the public school system to make it entirely free of fees even if that meant cutting the subsidies now being funneled to the private school system. Issues such as union right of entry should have been fought on and an end to witch hunting money wasting Royal Commissions into workers in union for their safety and class interests in getting a better wages and working conditions. We'd get a hell of a lot more volunteers helping with the campaign if we did that. We should concede the landlord and business vote to the LNP. We should recognise that we'll never get a capitalist owned media spinning the news to favour our candidates. We should be staunch supporters of an ABC which tells it like it is as opposed to spinning for the LNP. We should have attacked Steve Irons on his own record in Parliament vis a vis cuts to this and that and subsidies for business here and there. If we had done all those things, we would have swung Swan. I don't think we should blame the right faction for not sufficiently supporting the left faction's candidates. I do think that Swan can be won next time if we get to work between the elections and inform voters via letterboxing what Irons is doing in Parliament vis a vis legislation. He will be voting for things which most people have no interest in and doing relatively little on matters that do interest them. I think I'll work with SOS during in the upcoming state election. In America herself we have the spectacle of a moderate Republican facing off against a batshit crazy rebel plutocrat neo-fascist in the race to be POTUS. First passed the post. Imagine a President Trump. Kind of like Gordon Gekko has become the down to Earth beer drinking peoples' choice. The upstart plutocrat caring not a fig for the Establishment's disapproval. Anti-authoritarian law and order type outlaws in thrall to Il Duce crow and grow in strength as another mentally ill Muslim goes ballistic. The political aim of contemporary acts of mass murder is the same political aim nationalist reactionaries have had in earlier times to turn the bourgeois democracies into reactionary war making machines thus bringing more recruits for the Cause. The Battle of Algiers was a case in point. It's working. The Caliphate is mobile and can land in the head of those who wish to die and go to heaven condemning a few apostates down to hell in the process. There are a lot of very conservative Muslims who are becoming more political by the day. Osama bin Laden's tactics are proving to be quite effective. Spectacular attacks by murderously suicidal believers will increasingly turn non-Muslim political powers toward more military/police action which will in turn lead even more conservative Muslims to embrace the establishment of a Caliphate. This is a conservative Sunni Salafist dream. Sufis Alawites and Shia need not apply as they are considered to be apostates as worthy of beheading as any apostates are. Apostates are us. Madness is essential for participation. Having led a largely meaningless existence of everyday life with its imperfections where you haven't achieved the bourgeois dream of a perfect family life with money and good job is an important driving force toward giving up this life for the next one in a paradise of fulfilled need. It's all too much. And so you take the plunge. Fool. Murderer. Pathetic suicidal maniac. And so I relax on a chilly July day in Perth. Hegel is like Beethoven you don't throw him out with the bathwater. Learn what sublation means. The violence against the incarcerated youth in the NT has been known by elected government authorities for years. It's only when the cattle or humans are being mistreated on film and the general public sees it that it gets the usual Royal Commission. Nothing will be done to "close the gap" until we get it through our heads that the upper 10% and the companies they own need to be taxed sufficiently to provide good paying government jobs and an adequate social wage to ALL Australians who now make up the reserve army of the unemployed. Instead what are we getting from the LNP in government: Another welfare crackdown on the "surplus population". On this day before my long awaited colonoscopy and endoscopy I drink only clear fluids plus litres of ColonLYTELY. My stomach growls with hunger pangs. My last morsel of food was a spoonful of cottage cheese on Monday night at 8 pm. I reckon my fast will last for more than 36 hours as I'm more or less sure that the invasive procedures will take place after 8 am on Wednesday. I should be home ordering a pizza to be delivered by 3pm or perhaps a little later. Must remember to weigh myself and be pleasantly surprised by the kilograms I've lost. I will hop on a bus on Thursday and wend my way to the Flying Scotsman to read the West Australian drink pints of Coopers Ale and have a laugh or two. In the meantime I'm cold and hungry facing the prospect of drinking a concoction which tastes as I imagine dirty dishwater would. And then of course the seemingly endless toilet trips. The good news is that all went well. No perforated gut or stomach have I. Nor have I a recurrence of polyps gone cancerous or any polyps at all. My gut may contain a bit of unwanted H-pylori. Lab tests will be done and I'll consult with my GP in a couple of weeks about what if anything needs doing. My Iranian doctor friend never sees a physician. She thinks most doctoring is a waste of time. I've been more cautious since the discovery of my bowel cancer a decade ago. I've been cancer free since my right hemicolectomy in 2007--thank-you again Doctor Tan and my GP Doctor Wong. Now I can live on enjoy good coffee good ale good dagga good friends fine daughter good literature good weather good music good film good sex good marriage good food and sensuous life in general. I'm happy about all that. Hippy-fest can and usually does occur every afternoon. Becoming less attractive every year does have it benefits as well as its obvious turn-offs. Wisdom comes from knowing that those young women who "love" you on the Internet are not worthy of a second of your time. Same old blues with a time worn twist. Life is so unnecessarily repressed in so many ways which have absolutely nothing to do with morality but which are tied up in the moralities created by repressed class dominated creatures from the past. Identity politics started with the right and were adopted by the left. The right started it with the denial of political rights to all who were not identified as being white male property owners back in the 18th century. These identity politics morphed into segregation and separate but equal schools in the U.S. South. People were convinced that there was more than one race and that women's reason was dominated by irrational emotion. Once everyone was on board with the dominant ideology of the ruling class the new left began using identity politics as a way of escaping the class rooted dogmas of the old social democratic and marxist-leninist left while accepting the one true dogma that of class collaboration via nationalism the primary ideology of the bourgeoisie since its victorious political revolution over monarchism. Thus the Civil Rights movement began to be split by nationalism and separation of the 'races' into oppressed/oppressor 'races'. What identity politics has done is to divide and rule the working class and divert its attention from the need to abolish the wage system and establish a new mode of producing and distributing collectively produced wealth on the basis of need. The ruling class wants to punish you for wanting to be relaxed enjoying yourself. Smoking the dagga is prohibited. Beer drinking is frowned upon. Tobacco smoking is practically outlawed. Eating psilocybin mushrooms is illegal. Sex is restricted in many various ways. As a result the world is poorer more mentally disturbed. The humiliations of old age continue. If they don't get paid their passion evaporates. It was never there. It was fear of being fired. Just show up at a meeting of the Manufacturing Branch after those attending because their boss implies that it would be a good idea are no longer on the payroll. The wheat shall be separated from the chaff. No one is going anywhere politically without the working class. Having been around what we used to call "The Movement" for decades now I've witnessed all too many burnouts. One needs to temper oneself like good steel. Burning out is for those who believe that it would only take a minority to make a social revolution. I'm not one of them. The social revolution can only be the class conscious act of the immense majority. The rank and file comrades in the SLP taught me a hell of a lot about what socialism actually meant to Marx and Engels and how one could achieve its establishment in a country like the USA. They taught Comrade Jack London as well. He joined the SLP in 1896 but got suckered into joining the SP in 1901 or so. He left the SP in 1916. In his resignation letter he wrote proudly of his education in the SLP and in a way his regret at leaving an "up-on-its-hind-legs, fighting, Socialist Labor Party." Excerpt of his resignation letter from the Socialist Party in 1916: “Dear Comrades: I am resigning from the Socialist Party because of its lack of fire and fight, and its loss of emphasis on the class struggle.”Unfortunately Jack like most people of his time and even our own time was convinced that humanity was divided into races and that some races were superior to others. Social Darwinism pairs well with the dominance and submission rituals of class rule and its hire-archies of wage-slavery. Feminism means the establishment of equal political power between all men and women to me. I'm not sympathetic with establishing a matriarchy or shattering glass ceilings to sit at the top of the hire-archy. Abolishing the wage system and establishing common ownership and democratic control over the collective product of labour is what I'm for. I'm for changing the mode of producing and distributing wealth from systems based on commodity production and sale to a system of producing wealth for use and distributing it on the basis of need. When that system is established equal political power between all men and women will exist. The bourgeois notion of freedom is negative because it is dependent on another's unfreedom. The positive freedom of socialism is based on the notion that my freedom depends on your freedom and that we achieve more freedom through our solidarity. In the mean time of July I have been unable to witness the humiliation of the Fremantle Dockers. Perhaps 2017 will spell the beginning of our new footy rise in the standings.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

June, 2016

Winter doesn't really begin for me until solstice. Temperatures tend to climb to the low 20sC for the first half of June. The rains have already begun. Nino is becoming Nina. Many of my Geraldton sunflowers have gone to seed. Doves and King Parrots are having a feast. The brewers at Little Creatures have come up with a fine stout.  They call it Hotchkiss Six after an early 20th century naval cannon. Nothing like a genuine pint or more of stout on a sunny blue sky day exchanging yarns with a great mate a brother really. Fortunate am I what with my free-time and enough of the old dough-ray-me to buy real beer to drink for a couple of hours in a cool place with pretty good music sans ads. Is the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) militant or not. That is the question. I share beer with those comrades too. What does militant mean to retired members of the AMWU. Something to be avoided for class collaboration and labour peace can be achieved as long as these militants can be kept from being in control of the union. This point of view goes mostly unchallenged in the AMWU from top to bottom. You have to understand that before The Accord there were all kinds of unnecessary work stoppages happening for maybe the majority of wage-slaves to tolerate. Militancy began to be equated with a loss of pay and a lower standard of living in the minds of a growing number of the working class. I can see their point. What good is ideology if it only makes you poorer. Does eating the scholar's wreath make the consumer a scholar. Pushing action without theory does not necessarily result in an advance for freedom. All too often it leads in the opposite direction to conservative and even reactionary political positions. Of course a lot of that is the fault of the leadership in control of communication with the workers about what the union movement means. A fair day's robbery for a fair day's price in the marketplace of commodities is what is considered commonsense. The class struggle becomes merely the expression of haggling over a fair price. The very few know what is really going on in the AMWU and the ALP. The rest follow on in a haze of accepting vague fact and figures. The AMWU is in decline because manufacturing is in decline and its political power is hogtied at the work place by right of entry laws and other strings attached to the so-called Fair Work Commission. The road to serfdom is paved with class collaboration and notions of labour peace promoted by the bourgeoisie and their champions in Parliament. Follow the leaders because they know best. Those who want to change the world have their heads in the clouds. Dismiss them with cynical realism. Is this not the correct and normal way for a wage-slave to think. There is nothing possible beyond bondage. We must be subservient to those who own what we produce. It only makes commonsense. Amen. Use the union dues payer's money to promote charities which in turn does the PR work necessary to create an image of the angelic good combatting the image of thugs the right-wing pro-capitalists want to project. Bring back the death penalty and the cat o' nine tails. That'll straighten these murderers rapists and paedophiles out. So sayeth those with enough socially conservative commonsense.  Justice takes time. The reactionary has no time. Action is all that counts and the sooner the better. Reflection is a wasted moment. You see how this fits in with direct-action militancy on the left and right.  Pleasure is the key to motivation. Workers should have a motive for their political desire to possess what they produce. We should be able to see how pleasure works by looking into the problem of addictive drugs. Freedom lies another direction toward individual sovereignty. Freedom and pleasure should be a unity of opposites and are when sublated with reason. Critical reason informs us that pleasure can also lead to dependency structures which are antithetical to our emancipation. The death culture, tobacco, corporate drugs and speed are part of a totality rooted in bondage. Liberating pleasures exist. Embrace them. Imagine them. Engage in them. A sane society would be spreading that message with as much enthusiasm as the present one is amplifying advertisements for commodities or its political message of personal responsibility for following the laws the bourgeoisie have had enacted in the name of the nation. Rights should be attached to reason. The right to individual sovereignty should exist. That it doesn't has been recognised by many as being unreasonable not usually with time worn philosophical reflections but mostly with emotional outbursts partially informed by a sense of truth justice and the American way to borrow an old 50s TV introduction to "Superman" or to put it another way wondering what Jesus might do in such and such a situation. Gambling losses amount to $1,100 per person annually in Australia. Meanwhile the LNP state government is giving Crown Casino an $18 million tax subsidy. Apparently 15% of the voting public will be voting for micro parties in the coming election. The price of opportunism is high. The major parties don't want a federal corruption and crime commission. The LNP wants to raise the eligible age to receive the age pension to 70 for MPs it's 60. Meanwhile members of parliament receive more than generous pensions ten times the amount the average Centrelink age pensioner is entitled to receive. The upper 10% worry about negative gearing changes which will put a damper on investing in anything but new housing. Reduction in capital gains allowances also bother them. Meanwhile I worry about failing a rent inspection and getting booted out of the place I've been living in for well over a decade. One can see without looking too far that there are differences between the major parties which more or less reflect the left right differences amongst the citizenry which are in themselves not very sharp.  But a level of critical thinking through the usual political pablum is beginning to take shape especially as the pressures of climate change and the dysfunctional aspects of the wage system make themselves ever more apparent to an ever wider audience. We compare notes on the Internet on a global scale. This is politically dangerous. Rulers in some political States have become so worried that they have parts of the Internet blocked. Where democratic rights are weak authoritarians are more likely to be into direct forms of thought control. The history of the relation between the Catholic Church and the monarchies of European feudalism can be as instructive as the relation between the Protestant movement and the capitalist class. The liberation from the religious censors of aristocratic absolutism led to the freedom of the individual to self-censor and democratically choose which pre-selected bourgeois would represent an atomised citizenry in government.  As the white clouds move across my view the wind cries Mary. Winter turns from gray cold rain to blue skied 50s F/10 C. Tassie's under water. The platypus splashes about in the overflowing creek. Certain people are very concerned about certain people growing their businesses while others continue to clean up the mess which floods leave behind. As I had my protagonists recall about the Great Collapse in WAGE-SLAVE'S ESCAPE:Page 82 

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That's my protagonists describing what will happen to us and what happened to them a hundred years from now. The signs are there for all to see every night on your TV. We're producing our own apocalypse. We chug along on greenhouse gases and go so far as to frack the Earth for more to spew into the 400 ppm polluted atmosphere. The fetid overcomes the fresh as the bourgeoisie grow their businesses. A hundred years ago Stephen Dedalus was said to have said: “I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it calls itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use -- silence, exile, and cunning.” Frigid breezes waft through the tops of the venetian blinds. Sunset's at 17:19 today. My alarm is set to wake me in 12 hours to prepare for my trip to Carlisle. The urge to push left is ever present. Handing ALP Tammy Solonec flyers out in the cold to bundled workers scurrying through the gates to get to the train on time. Off they whoosh to the CBDs of the Perthian hive returning home as darkness arrives. This is their routine part of which I share. Sunrise will be at 05:12. We reach Solstice at 06:33 on June 21 the day before the 75th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. Tens of millions of deaths later on May 8 1945 the war in Europe was over. My father drove a U.S. Army ambulance in Normandy in the latter half of 1944. My mother had been an Army nurse from the beginning of WWII but had to leave because she was pregnant with me.  Conceived in the spring of '44 I was born on a wintry January 8th 1945. Binghamton was much colder than Perth is during winter. Perth heat has spoiled me. I was really never really comfortable in colder climes.  Is being uncomfortable a creative spur. Methinks many would think it is. For instance it is why so many bourgeois ideologists say that communism would be the end of innovation to wit: we'd lose the spontaneity embedded in the free market with its ever mystically invisible hand waving over the marketplace. But what does buying and selling commodities have to do with the creation of the future's innovative devices. Why would it be beyond our ken to plan what we need by keeping track of what was being removed from the social store of goods and services while at the same time imagining new ways to communicate or produce faster methods of travel or.... Why can't free-time
be seen as the necessary catalyst for innovation. After all it already is. Geniuses selling their labour time to say the patent office in order to be able to purchase food and shelter is not what led to the theory of relativity. Neither was the freedom to shop. Free-time's what'sdunnit combined with the encouragement of curiosity spurring the imagination to posit hypotheses theories experimentation science technological application exploration not to mention painting literature music scholarship physical sport and so on down the line. As long as the necessities for survival are a given in terms of the time socially necessary for their production life can be good and can be made better by us through the use of our free-time for ourselves as a totality and individually. In the meantime conservatives keep barracking for lower company taxes to fulfill the mantra of jobs and growth. Lowering the company tax rate will NOT create more highly waged jobs and in fact will give the government a budgetary excuse to reduce the social wage because of the fall in revenue flowing into the treasury. The only growth lowering the company tax rate will result in will be a growth in the rate of profit and a growth in the amount of wealth being sent to offshore tax havens by the upper 10% and the companies they own. Nasturtiums putting their drum-top like edible green leaves sparkle with rain drops left by the last shower. The temperature outside my abode is ale perfect. I don't need to use precious fridge space to store my sixer. C'est ma vie. Remember all those legal offshore tax havens the upper 10% and the companies they own stash their cash. Ah yeah the Panama Papers Cayman Islands Luxembourg and so on. Remember that 34% of the multinationals paid no tax. All legal of course. And remember the ever rising real GDP. And remember the ever increasing productivity of the working class--2-3% per annum. And remember how the government borrows money from the upper 10% by selling them bonds which becomes known as the debt or budget deficit or budget crisis or "we will bring the budget back into surplus, sorry about these tough cuts but we have to live within our means". Now, ask yourself why the government insists on going into debt to the bourgeoisie rather than taxing the upper 10% and the companies they own more than they do now. Why have successive governments lowered the company tax from 49% to 30% and now propose lowering it to 25%-27.5%. Maybe that's why the bottom 90% in Australia enjoy 13% less of the GDP than they did in 1975. Maybe just maybe the reason is political. And maybe your class interests are taking a back seat to those who own what you produce. Of course they are. But we can rely on the charity of those who have more. They will stuff the holes in our cabins with recycled catalogue paper. Philanthropists must be looked up to. Of course they get tax breaks for giving. Why shouldn't they. They give from the richness of their hearts and we thank them by wearing their logos and thinking no ill thoughts about their presence in the community. In fact we look up to them. They are the good ones. Of course there are the evil ones too. Those we need to get rid of. The guillotine comes to moral mindsets mired in the swamp of individual responsibility. Murder is wrong unless it is legal. Systemic ill goes unnoticed in the emotional rush to retribution. The trap door makes its clang as Saddam Hussein yells out Allahu Akbar. Closure works in mysterious ways. Genes behaving badly cause cancer. But why do they behave badly. Did the devil make them evil. All over the world religious tradition keeps people in a state of social conservatism reacting to systemic ills by legally punishing sinners. The good look on as the teenage girl is publicly whipped for being alone in her bedroom with her teenage boyfriend. As the nine strokes are applied to her back the good munch from box lunches provided by public funds. All is well until the next sin is committed. To be sure sin will be committed even after publicly viewing cruel and unusual punishments. Like cells some people behave badly. The good and bad are all defined in the BOOK. The BOOK is the word of the god (s) you were socialised to believe existed. The Great Controller does not make mistakes. We cannot see our God's plan in its totality. Hegel might agree that our reason is not able to fully comprehend Reason. Like the forest we cannot see the totality for the trees. All the faith based ideologies in the world cannot reveal it. Which is why we have faith and why faith is not knowledge and why some of us are attached to aphorisms to rationalise ill fortune. For instance: "God works in mysterious ways". Thus we live in ignorance of our political totality fobbing off poverty disease murder rape robbery and misfortune in general as being part of something we can't control. We cannot control God even though we have no knowledge that God exists outside our creation of religion. Again we return to the power relation between subject and object. Went to bed early last night. Must clean the floors today in preparation for tomorrow's rental inspection by the landlord's hired representative. She's a bit of an obsessive compulsive perfectly fitted for the job. Life under class rule can be invasive. I go through the morning news and find that another Islamic dogmatist has murdered some apostates. The self-proclaimed IS supporter's father himself a Taliban supporter says that the current slaughter has nothing to do with religion. Of course the fruit of Nixon's Southern Strategy Trump will make political hay out of this event as the conservative right feeds off the reaction to actions of the conservative right. You can see it happening with the rise of the European nationalist right as well. Osama bin Laden was a political genius knowing that his conservative dogmatists would cause the reactionary right in America to act like it always does in an ever escalating murderous storm which would result in ever more Islamic dogmatists joining the ranks of the mythical Caliphate. To be sure the 49 who died in that blaze of holy informed gunfire were gay.  And that seems to be the general focus of reporting in the amplified commercial media. The ABC is also turning the volume up on this angle to the mass murder thus deflecting the reactionary right narrative which is to blame all Muslims for the murderous violence committed by some Muslims and promoting national unity. Hatred for homosexuals is built into the interpretation of Islam accepted by a substantial number of Muslims around the world. By not telling their audience this truth the amplified voices of the bourgeoisie discredit themselves. These days with the Internet available a reference library is available to every Tom Dick and Harry as soon as they logon. Some Tom Dick or Harry is going to discover that not all Muslims want to criminalise homosexuality but most do because of how they read the word of Allah speaking through the written utterances of his Prophet Mohammed. Mind is full of individuals particulars and totalities leading to the Universal Hegel be praised. Another strand of deflection is the one dealing with the fact that this bloke was physically and verbally abusive to his wife proving once again the need for men to be re-educated in ways which will make them reject the rape culture. However the rape culture must never be linked to the teachings of the Prophet on women's role in society. That would be Islamophobic. One must be very careful these days not to step on the other's toes verbally. We are directed to become silent lambs following the thoughts perhaps even memorising the uttering of our moral betters who are of course not promoting but negating the feared grand narratives of the dreaded ideologists who would lead us to the Gulag and/or Holocaust. The left and right are after all basically the same. The calculus of commonsense is irrefutable once you've accepted the assumptions its true believers hold about human nature which of course is not an ideology. We make up ideas about ourselves based on some shared experiences we have and form our identities therefrom. I am this. I am not that. The other is built in to the individual. If I am not you then we are not together coo coo ca choo.  Humans have been doing this number on themselves for aeons. Religion is like that. How far back do commonsense notions concerning the supernatural influence on our lives go. Wouldn't it be interesting to interview a talking bonobo about the miraculous. Penny at Stanford had mutual communication with Koko. What did Koko think was happening when Penny turned the lights on in a room. You can hear how reason emotion and time fit into music. Do animals begin to cross the line into reason with song.  On the election trail we know that Comrade Shorten is doing very well answering questions from the public.  We know this because of his Q and A appearance on ABC. We also know that Labor will not increase the money age pensioners receive in their allowance. In real terms increases will be kept in line with the consumer price index but not beyond that. MPs pensions are not mentioned. As they are already quite generous they might not need to rise any faster than the CPI. However nobody is asking political candidates for election this question. We also know that Comrade Bowen's negative gearing proposals will not result in lower house prices. Labor's goal is to have house prices rise more slowly. Workers now priced out of the housing market will remain priced out of the housing market and the landlord class will continue to clean up as the real estate bubble inflates. Cigarettes will cost $40 a pack under Labor just like they will under the Coalition. They will use the revenue to lift the freeze on Medicare rebates for GPs. At least Labor will be more likely to tax some companies than the Coalition which is hell bent on cutting the Company Tax to 25%. Labor is not giving any but the small businesses a tax cut to 27.5%.  Cockroach capitalists are defined as having a turnover of $2 million or less. Labor's NBN will be an improvement. Labor's policy stance toward the unions will be more favourable to workers' power. Still Labor will not support a change in the balance of power between classes and as it stands now the bourgeois have the upperhand while class collaboration is the dominant ideology amongst the union leaderships. The rank and file are not clamouring for a more militantly fought class struggle. Many workers will be voting for the conservatives. How else does one explain the near 50/50 split between the left and right reflected in the polls. It is obvious that most workers do not see themselves as producers of the wealth of Australia cheated of its ownership by the system of wage labour. Labor could never get elected if it appealed to a rank and file class consciousness which doesn't really exist. Comrade Shorten feels that he's being daring standing behind the change to negative gearing which will come into play by July 2017 if Labor is elected. In short Labor will continue to serve the national interest by serving the class interests of the bourgeoisie while not being as harsh on the working class as the LNP would be. One has to understand that many producers in post Whitlam Australia now make their living from being in one or two man businesses for themselves. Plumbers electricians and handymen have been transformed into guys driving utes with tools to do the odd jobs which come up from suburbia to downtown. This lot may also be engaging in a bit of housing investment to take advantage of negative gearing. Labor will not attack the existing standard of living of the working class like the Coalition is doing but many in the conservative strata of the working class see Labor as softies on crime border protection and prison sentencing. Will this increasingly dissatisfied mismash be enough to push Labor over the line. We shall see on July 2.  The left should stand united behind Labor to keep the Coalition out of government. We should learn from the history of the last great depression. Unity on the left kept the right from taking government in France during the 30s. The French right was quite strong and surfaced viciously after the German Occupation and the establishment of Vichy. The French left learned its lesson from what had happened in Germany when the KPD and the SPD denounced each other at the hustings splitting the left. Thus the mass of the left failed to stop the conservatives from appointing the NSDAP's Hitler to the Chancellorship in the aftermath of a very close election in 1932. The Nazis actually got fewer votes in that last election than they had gotten in the previous election earlier in '32. Hitler actually contemplated leaving politics after he saw the decline in vote for the NSDAP--it was less than the combined vote of the SPD and KPD.  Lukacs saw the need for what would become known as the popular front in the late 20s. He was quite aware of the conservative political effect reification has on the mind of those ignorant of the fetishism of commodities. But Lukacs was not listened to until 1933. I don't plan to barrack for sectarian splits on the left. I have learned that even the most rational argument will never be interpreted exactly the same way by every individual. Splitting the opposition to conservative government would be making the same mistake that the German left made in the the lead up to the '32 election. All of which is why I have put my shoulder to the wheel to support Labor in this election. But I do not support Labor uncritically. Far from it. More or less I'm in the ALP's election activities to varying degrees depending on the candidate to help keep the Coalition out of government. As an individual I will always be a socialist in the sense that Marx Engels and DeLeon conceptualised that mode of producing wealth. Of course my individual politics puts me at odds on many issues with the politics of other individuals espousing radical liberalism class collaboration most anarchist tendencies Marxism-Leninism in all its varieties and pro capitalist politics of any kind including those of the Greens. I think I am both liked and dismissed within the ALP.  However this is nothing new. Within every organisation I have ever associated a similar situation has existed. Note the past tense. I may feel it necessary to disassociate myself from the ALP and the AMWU at some point in my life just as I have disassociated myself from the Socialist Labor Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World.  Still I'm confident that the political and industrial organisation of the workers as a class is the key to emancipation from the bondage of the wage system. The struggle continues and will go on until the wage-slaves free themselves from the rule of Capital. Speed the day but of course not much is spoken about emancipation from class rule in the here and now. One of the reasons I'm expressing what I do is to put workers' liberation on the political agenda. If you don't talk about it it'll never be known. Gravity existed long before we were able to articulate science about it.  We're still learning about that weak force and its waves centuries after Newton hypothesised why apples always fell perpendicularly from a tree as opposed to sideway or some other direction. That was three centuries ago. The colder greyer days of winter move on slouching towards solstice 2016. On Saturday I was under a cool blue sky in Collie chatting with Comrades of the Keg over real ales with games of pool thrown in for good measure. We took a stroll around the town and met with workers and other town members who will be affected by the 43% cut in pay dictated by Fair Work Commissioners for those who make sure the power's on for Perth. Griffin Coal's books are not open for public scrutiny. Coal capitalists are having a harder time marketing the wealth their wage-slaves produce. That much we do know. The class conscious also know that a reduction in wages will mean an increase in the rate of profit per tonne of coal sold. Praxis means a class conscious worker will attend the rally in Collie next weekend to demonstrate solidarity. The class conscious know that downward pressure on wages and working conditions are a constant dynamic in the class struggle. Working class conservatives hope to attain at least the level of becoming a cockroach capitalist. Working class liberals want a fair day's wage for a fair day's work to prevail in the marketplace of commodities. Working class revolutionaries barrack for emancipation from the wage-system. Simon Kuznets celebrated economic historian circa 1954 wrote “growth is a rising tide that lifts all boats”. Yet real wages in the USA today are below those of 1964 while real productivity of wealth by the working class has grown an average 2-3% a year since 1964. It's taking some time for Kuzets's aphorism to wear off. The populists are beginning to stir. Unfortunately they have no solutions outside of reforming the current mode of producing and distributing wealth through its commodification and sale. This Gordian Knot will remain tied until the working class establishes a communist mode of producing wealth for use with distribution of same according to need. Solstice morning is dark cold and clear. A full moon greets my gaze as I step outdoors to saunter to the bus stop. I have my AMWU watch cap on. In Australia you call it a beanie. I look like a union Santa on my way to deliver ALP leaflet presents to fellow wage-slaves in Swan District. The leaflets form a bulge under my leather jacket while my beanie rides up to a sort of point. Rotund and jolly the elf urges oncoming taggers to save Medicare vote Labor. Tammy and the Comrade from New Zealand are there already.  The Sun also rises between the time I catch the 203 bus and I end up at Carlisle train station. Jen gets nothing in the mail this first real day of winter. Unusual as a more or less constant flow of goods manufactured in the People's Republic of China have been arriving by post on a daily basis for what seems weeks. Internet shopping has taken off.  Jen and I take off for the beach with cameras and a need to run in the sand.  Surf swell is good but the water temperature keeps everyone out.  A few people stroll look for shells make sand constructions. One sunbathing woman lies on a towel. The SAS are engaging in target practice this solstice. The red flag is up meaning no passaran. I salute singing of the workers' blood. Nobody knows what I'm doing.  More's the pity. At least the bees are still here visiting my sunflowers. The rosemary has flowers as well this time of year. The backyard is alive with yellow and purple. Sandgropers still sing in the evening. Gentle breezes move the lately mown grass. The Sun is out after rain on this day the 75th anniversary of the fascists' invasion of the Soviet Union. The class conscious amongst us know now that the attempt by the Bolsheviks to establish a communist society failed. Disputes erupt over when that judgement should have been made. Devotees of Trotsky will say that it occurred when Stalin betrayed the revolution. Stalin's followers will say that it happened after his death in 1953. Other socialists will claim the communist revolution was fatally flawed with wage-labour class rule and the political State from the get-go. In my political opinion, the dictatorship of a faction of the working class movement does not constitute the dictatorship of the workers themselves no matter how much a political party says that it does. This was a hard lesson to learn for the workers' movement a lesson which is still being learnt even by the more civil libertarian oriented left in the social democratic parties. A proletarian democracy is classwide not faction specific. Such a self-conscious political democracy would have the force to abolish the proletariat itself as a class and of all other classes in general.  My own historical materialist analysis of the 20th century revealed to me that in practice socialism functions as a classless democracy. Certainly bureaucratic despotisms and left liberal capitalist democracies of wage-slavery have been called socialism by both their supporters and detractors but neither represent the socialism which Marx Engels or DeLeon spoke of or wrote about. I am not bothered by those in the Labor Party who wish to rid its primary documents about the need to establish socialism because the Labor Party never equated socialism with the establishment of social ownership and democratic control of the collective product of labour. Nationalising some industry has nothing to do with production of goods and services for use and need. It has everything to do with commodity production for sale with a view to profit. It's fear that keeps the working class in thrall. Anxiety is politically and industrially bred amongst the proletariat. Mortgage debt sits like a vampire on the producers' shoulders. Job loss would lead to homelessness poverty probable family break up and dishonour in the community. The spectre of an ever harassing Centrelink bureaucracy bullying the unemployed individual into accepting more lowly paid jobs breeds compliance. Unions in Australia are dying on the vine because of laws crafted by the Party they pay tens of thousands of dollars to affiliate with and which they have barely any influence. Meanwhile the rank and file are constantly sold down the river of serfdom via class collaboration with the employing class as opposed to class struggle with the capitalists over control and ownership of the collective product of labour. The Fair Work Commission was set up under the guidance of the Labor Party. A prime example is found in how union delegates are hogtied outside the workplace. Under the labour law the Commission administers unions have no right of entry to the workplace. To gain entry to the workplace union organisers must petition the company well in advance of the time.  Private property ownership trumps workers' right to organise and maintain their standard of living on so many levels that unions appear impotent to the workers and to the law enforcers of the bourgeoisie. Workers engaging in industrial action are threatened with very large fines if they are convicted of breaking any labour law. Defying police orders to move on from a picket line can lead to imprisonment. The so-
called award level of wages is constantly dropping because it is never adjusted for inflation. This castration of the workers' movement has been presided over by their industrial and political representatives who are themselves rewarded for loyal service to the bourgeoisie with plum jobs in the highly paid upper apparatus of the corporate bodies of the wage system after they leave service to class collaborationist capitalism in the political State or from union leadership positions. As for the unexpected results of the Brexit vote even after lots and lots of browbeating commentary by the European elites to remain I can only say: Under the wage system labour power is a commodity. If you increase the supply of a commodity its price will go down. When the wages of the working class go down their working conditions go down with them. This creates misery and without class consciousness about who produces the wealth and who appropriates the lion's share it leads to reactionary politics of blaming other workers aka various and sundry identities: Muslims Jews Chinese women etc any identity other than the capitalist class. Solution: Abolish the wage system, establish common ownership of the collective product of labour under democratic control. The winter of our discontent continues. Polls suggest up to 30% of the voters will choose micro parties in this election. Five days to go. A class conscious uprising at the polls is not happening. Tiny is as tiny does. I carry on to do my part to keep the LNP from governing. The distributional question is being asked more fervently with less clarity than necessary elsewhere.  The separation of the political and historical from the economy is something Piketty deals with in his CAPITAL in the 21st century. Many who find the book difficult to comprehend might do well to digest the version of CAPITAL from the 19th century. I would recommend but not require a philosophical grounding in the dialectical method first to grasp the author's profundity. Granted it was a critique of political-economy using historical materialism just like Piketty's is a critique of distributional consequences of capitalist economy. The big difference I suppose is that Marx wanted to sublate that mode of production/distribution and Piketty wants it to become just through taxation of wealth. And this brings us to the question of where wealth comes from. Of course with Marx it was from applied labour power and natural resources hence the communist challenge to the mode of production/distribution. Can we hope the critique of political-economy is back. Will Piketty express the theory that dares not have its name known in the economics' departments universities. Only further reading will tell. In the meantime the budget is held above our heads like a whip. The absurdity of capitalism is that workers grow the real GDP every year with their increasing productivity while the conservatives in the upper 10% tell us we have to live within our means as they direct their politicians to cut the social wage. Piketty's historical materialist analysis of how inequality grows with the return on capital being greater than the growth of manufactured wealth r>g
demonstrates that our means vary with our class. Piketty doesn't embrace what he calls Marx's apocalyptic vision at least partially because he doesn't grasp what Marx is saying. For instance Marx never theorizes that eventually productivity comes to an end that there is zero productivity growth over the long haul of capitalist dominated history. Indeed such a theory would signal the end of history and time for productivity is measured by labour time. Increasing productivity does not eliminate socially necessary labour time altogether it merely reduces it. Thus less time is needed to produce wealth all of which should translate into making a life of greater free-time for the producers of wealth. Of course under the rule of Capital the producers do not socially own or democratically manage the collective product of their labour. Capitalists privately own and undemocratically manage the social product of labour i.e. capital. As productivity grows the capitalists find efficiencies in the workplaces of the world by shedding workers whose labour time is no longer necessary for producing goods and services for sale. Of course these efficiencies bleed into the need for State provided services. Thus does government become a cost-efficiency democracy. After all the market can only absorb so much of the commodified collective product of labour because the market reflects
how much of the wealth we have in our pockets to purchase what we produce as a class. Empty pockets in the markets translate into no sale zones. The poverty of unemployment produces the need to break the laws of the bourgeoisie. The prison population grows along with the police force needed to arrest the criminalised. Those who remained gainfully employed groan under the prospect of conspicuous consumption i.e. we actually don't need more clutter in our lives. There are limits to growth as the bourgeois gathered within the Club of Rome partially realised back in the 1970s. Climate change is telling the human race to stop growing wealth in the old ways. Global warming will change the way we think about well being. There is no way to stop the temperature rises humankind will have to endure along with the catastrophic weather patterns 400+pmm greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will engender. Our goose is cooked so to speak. We can mitigate the catastrophe for the sake of future generations but we cannot stop it from taking place. "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." goes an ancient Greek proverb and is partly why I play my part in the Labor Party at this stage of my life. Other humans will have to deal with the deal which has gone down later. I will be dead by then. I am taking what I consider to be the most effective action class conscious political and industrial socialist praxis. Many if not most wear that secret small all knowing smile of being cynically in touch with reality around me for wanting to change the world. It was Anton Chekhov who wrote:  "Any idiot can face a crisis. It is this day-to-day living that wears you out." At times I want to chuck the whole socialist project and live the rest of my days in peace and quiet. And then I remember that meaning in life is organically connected with helping to move the wheel of progress in the direction of more freedom. Naive! So cries the person unconsciously lapping up the ideology of social Darwinism while spouting its conclusions as commonsense.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May, 2016

It's May 1st. What we do know is that the ecological clock is ticking and we are no closer to common ownership and democratic control over the collective product of our labour than we were in 1905. Time has been compared to a wheel in the ideological myths of many cultures. "They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn." Ralph Chaplin penned those lines in 1914. We turn the wheels of history for our ruling class. We do not discuss the possibility of equal political power between all men and women democratically controlling the wealth they produce socially within the vast division of labour we call industrial democracy. Some bourgeois intellectuals claim we've entered a post-industrial age of democracy. However you paint class rule people who don't produce own and sell the product of our labour aka goods and services and the natural resources from which that wealth is created. That's why they rule us. That's why they ended up ruling the people who lived in Australia before 1788. They owned the wealth to be sure an ownership based on the implied violence necessary to keep it as one's own private stash. Wealth is based both on natural resources and human resources. Combine the two and you get one real gross domestic product of labour. When the product does not belong to the producer you get alienation and political powerlessness. We must learn our sums for only we can turn the wheels of history forward and save our ecosphere from the corrosive effects which attend the commodification of wealth. "Der Reichtum der Gesellschaften, in welchen kapitalistische Produktionsweise herrscht, erscheint als eine 'ungeheure Warensammlung', die einzelne Ware als seine Elementarform. Unsere Untersuchung beginnt daher mit der Analyse der Ware." "Eine Ware scheint auf den ersten Blick ein selbstverständliches, triviales Ding. Ihre Analyse ergibt, daß sie ein sehr vertracktes Ding ist, voll metaphysischer Spitzfindigkeit und theologischer Mucken. Soweit sie Gebrauchswert, ist nichts Mysteriöses an ihr, ob ich sie nun unter dem Gesichtspunkt betrachte, daß sie durch ihre Eigenschaften menschliche Bedürfnisse befriedigt oder diese Eigenschaften erst als Produkt menschlicher Arbeit erhält. Es ist sinnenklar, daß der Mensch durch seine Tätigkeit die Formen der Naturstoffe in einer ihm nützliche Weise verändert. Die Form des Holzes z.B. wird verändert, wenn man aus ihm einen Tisch macht. Nichtsdestoweniger bleibt der Tisch Holz, ein ordinäres sinnliches Ding. Aber sobald er als Ware auftritt, verwandelt er sich in ein sinnlich übersinnliches Ding. Er steht nicht nur mit seinen Füßen auf dem Boden, sondern er stellt sich allen anderen Waren gegenüber auf den Kopf und entwickelt aus seinem Holzkopf Grillen, viel wunderlicher, als wenn er aus freien Stücken zu tanzen begänne." We remain mystified. Wealth is not ours to have and keep. The stars have it in spades. Meanwhile 90% of us are not stars. We produce and get back what we can afford depending on the price we can sell our skills for. That and our social wage brought to us courtesy of those amongst us smart enough to see the utter abomination our lives would be under the rule of a totally free marketplace of commodities. Here I speak of the left. The left keep the free market fettered with what the right calls red tape. And a good thing it is too. Otherwise we'd be consumed by the rapacious power mongers who now legally own the right to our labour. Do you see why abolishing the wage system makes sense. It is not outlandish. It is a practical measure for changing the mode of producing and distributing the wealth we create. Meanwhile the ship which once carried the left along is slowly sinking. What's left now is a Potemkin village. The content Karl Marx attempted to enlighten workers with is out the window with the stillborn change in the mode of production which Morris Marx Engels Bakunin Kropotkin and the readers who comprehended what they were writing about called socialism or communism. Some alte Genossen carried on in class conscious ways up until 1914 and even after for awhile through 20s and 30s until most of them died. I met a few of them who survived into the 70s. They were very very old by then. But they still had that spark that motivation to go after what they had produced what they had been robbed of via the wage system. Sadly none of them realised the dialectic was a method a key for unlocking materialist logic which is why they were called dogmatic and sectarian at various times mostly by left ideologists who knew less they did about dogma and practising sectarianism. At other times they were just dismissed as being outdated. They're all gone now. Only a few who they taught are left. I count myself amongst them. Such a shame really. They could all see the forest. The trees were a seen as well. They hoped the trees would make themselves visible. That was an Idealism of sorts a belief in the efficacy of pure reason. As I wrote earlier the forest tended to be shrouded in mystery or absent from daily thought. Only the tree or a few trees could be seen. Family and a few if any real friends. We live in cities of tiny lives because we don't see the power we could exert as a class knowing it has designed the forest itself with the help of what the Ancients dubbed Nature. Our time is more filled with the minute than the totality within which we live. Thus the totality remains an abstraction alienated from the individuals who live within its social relations. It remains an abstraction in their mind but a concrete reality to deal with at the same time. One can see how mind body dualism can pretty easily arise. The social psychology which comes to fruition under the rule of Capital is nearly always perceived as an eternal recurrence of human nature. That's why human nature is used to describe the sadistic actions of some and the masochistic responses of most. From tough love to prohibition laws all are grounded in the notion that class dominated social relations are rooted in genetics when the anthropological truth of it all is that we related to each other quite differently during our evolution within classless societies. Societies without private property commodity production for sale with a view to profit or official papers claiming a politically defined territory as owned have been the human norm for most of our existence on this our planet Earth. People related differently to each other than they do today. Nobody owned anybody else's time. That's big. I think the personal sovereignty this level of freedom begat made for a much different set of social norms and power relations than those extant today. Probably produced a braver subject. My most favourable reading of Nietzsche corresponds to the aforementioned notion. I would guess that apathy is based on our feeling that we have no power to change reality. And that's true. As long as the useful producers people now working for wages stay unorganised as a class they/we will remain powerless to do anything which would require political muscle. Wage labour is largely a waste of time in terms of what our time is used to produce. I mean for most of us. I don't mean for neurosurgeons or garbage collectors you know useful producers. And I don't mean useful in the pro-capitalist sense i.e. the production of more saleable goods and services most of which are a total waste of our time. Marketing desire is packed into our minds through the relentless advertising which assaults our ears and eyes entering our brains on a daily basis. If we don't have whatever it is we will feel deprived. Wants are manufactured through admen. We are bewitched within the modern marketplace of commodities. We find 100,000 homeless Australia wide every night. At the same time there are investors making bucks via negative gearing from leaving 90,000 homes in Sydney and 80,000 homes in Melbourne vacant. I don't know what the figure is in Perth but I'm sure it is as disgusting. Labor's plan to increase the supply of housing by making negative gearing limited to investing in new housing as opposed to the old housing 90% of the negative gearing investors are now buying will make a fair dent in this travesty over the long term. And so I plug along. Sometimes the absurdity of it all gets to me. Angry words flow out into conversations. This is especially so after three ales. I only drink real ale these days. I didn't know what real ale was. In the early 70s I drank Ballantine Ale. IPA. I was searching. Now I've found. Amazing ale I once was lost but now I have been found. Coopers Mild Ale with a toke when I can find one is the way to go. Took me long enough. All of which is not to say that I was miserable. No. I had as good a time as I could find. I highly recommend it. Better than wasting your time in the pursuit of that ever illusive satisfaction associated with bargain shopping or squinting at your phone to see whether anyone has noticed you. You're noticeable. I see you gawking at your screens in every public place. On the train. On the bus. On the street. In the art museum. In the pub. On the plane. At the airport. Must happen in private as well. The modern couple's coitus interruptus. Sounds and vibrations coming from the ubiquitous phone. Alienation through communication. Only the commodified world could bring us to this nadir. We buy into our lifestyles as they are sold to us. Satisfaction still eludes us. Anomie present and accounted for. Lack reigns as we passively watch or consume the next spectacular sale. We will not survive in this state of emptiness. As we realise the nothingness we will begin being the social revolution from class society to a classless one. One in which we can live as sovereign individuals. That notion has stuck with me since the 60s. I was reading Salinger then. I was searching then as now. "It has been objected, that upon the abolition of private property all work will cease, and universal laziness will overtake us. According to this, bourgeois society ought long ago to have gone to the dogs through sheer idleness; for those of its members who work, acquire nothing, and those who acquire anything, do not work." Harmless pleasure. Why not. Is it really irresponsible by definition. It is to the puritanical sadists and their masochistic followers. Ah hell. I'd let them prey on each other if it wasn't for the fact that their power games get in the way of my pursuit of pleasure. Their all powerful god allows all sorts of pain to prevail. We must submit. We must accept. Our masters love it when we do. "Dieu et mon droit". Why give the power you are to them. That is the question. Force of circumstance enmeshed in the social relations of our time place limits our vision. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to climb even though you may have solar panels on your roof. I don't have solar panels because I rent. I don't get to make decisions like that--you know class domination and all that silly stuff. Anyway in spite of all the nice green policies being marketed within the marketplace of commodities greenhouse gas emissions continue their steady rise. Why is that. Oh you can blame nationalist abstractions like "China" or whichever one you wish say "evil greedy people" "human nature" etc. After doing so you can peddle off on your bicycles to your place of employment where you will produce more wealth as a class than you receive for selling your skills to the employing class who will in turn market the wealth you produce and scarf up a tidy profit. You see the problem of increasing CO 2 in the atmosphere is SYSTEMIC. It is the wage system itself which allows the capitalist class to control the politics involved with curbing greenhouse gas emissions. The capitalist class is failing as this report so ably demonstrates. The human race must become conscious of the systemic threat to its very existence. Once that threat is comprehended and is felt if you will in the increasing fires floods and droughts a systemic solution must be found to ensure our survival. I think that systemic solution involves the useful producers who now sell their labour power to capitalists for a wage getting together politically and industrially as a class for the purpose of abolishing the wage system and establishing common ownership with democratic control of the collective product of labour. That political power over what we produce now rests with the capitalist class and the politicians who are beholden to them. Only we the overwhelming majority the 90% can change that. But we will not have the power to make that change if we do not unite politically and industrially as a class to as Captain Picard might say "Make it so". The LNP has a plan. Labor saying that the LNP doesn't have a plan is ridiculous. "Jobs and Growth" will come from lower wages and eviscerating working conditions of the wage-slaves of the employing class. Lower wages can be achieved in many ways. The LNP's push for the union busting ABCC is just one example of their plan. Another example is their echoing the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) plea to eliminate penalty rates that the employing class are now legally required to pay workers for workers' labour time on the weekends. Who will work for lower wages and get these jobs. Workers desperate for a market to sell the only commodity they have competing with other workers under inflated mortgage price stress to sell their labour power. Where will growth come from. Growth will come from buying labour power to produce more and more saleable wealth. Productivity is measured as output per hour of labour time. Productivity increases about 2-3% every year due mainly to the introduction of labour time saving machinery. And where does this machinery come from. It comes from the workers who exchange ownership over the product of their labour for "a hand full of dimes". Jim Morrison was so spot on with that quip. Trading your hours indeed. As for the rest of the LNP's Budget 2016 it is one attack after another on the standard of living of the Australian working class. The LNP makes noises about taxing the multinationals. I predict they will do nothing to divert the wealth of the upper 10% and the companies they own back to the useful producers. Their policy announcement to reduce the company tax to 25% is all part and parcel of the bourgeoisie's long march away from those terrible Whitlam times when the company tax was set at 49%. We in Labor can thank Comrade Hawke for setting us on that path back in 1988 when his government lowered the company tax to 39%. In short the LNP does have a plan. It is their constant plan to serve the class interests of the upper 10% and the companies that they own. If one is still living within the marketplace of commodities and one does not pay the price of the commodity in order to use it one is getting it free. I understand perfectly that wealth is commodified and put on the market for sale with a view to profit under the rule of Capital. But when you take wealth out of the ownership of the capitalist class and put it into the social wage e.g. healthcare you make it free to the producers. In America the producers must climb a paywall in order access healthcare. In the UK the bourgeoisie must part with some of the wealth they have courtesy of the wage system to pay for public health public education and public welfare e.g. the age pension. The bourgeoisie don't like this which is why they barrack for privatisation and commodification of public services. The class struggle is over the social product of labour. When workers win these battles they get bits and pieces of the product of their labour back via the social wage. These bits and pieces are called 'reforms'. T'ain't necessarily so Comrade. You're assuming the class conscious worker can be satisfied co-opted channeled or whatever into accepting the robbery inherent in the wage system. In my political opinion a class conscious worker wants total control and common ownership of the collective product of labour but until the 90% becomes class conscious struggles with the capitalist class over his/her needs for healthcare education and welfare which can be had free as a part of their social wage. This is what you're assuming Comrade: It is still no advantage to support reformist political parties which was my main point as the struggle for reform becomes an end in itself in perpetuity with little or no progress made in developing revolutionary consciousness. However I think that if one is still living within the marketplace of commodities and one does not pay the price of the commodity in order to use it one is getting it free. I understand perfectly that wealth is commodified and put on the market for sale with a view to profit under the rule of Capital. But when you take wealth out of the ownership of the capitalist class and put it into the social wage e.g. healthcare you make it free to the producers. In America the producers must climb a paywall in order access healthcare. In the UK the bourgeoisie must part with some of the wealth they have courtesy of the wage system to pay for public health public education and public welfare for example the age pension. The bourgeoisie don't like this which is why they barrack for privatisation and commodification of public services. To those who say: It is still no advantage to support reform parties.That is not an assumption it is a fact. Welfare provision is an essential part of capitalism.They need educated reserve armies of labour for the cyclical upturn.It is a collective burden upon profits via tax hence the screams. If it were not so it would still be a burden upon profits via waged negotiated settlements where provision had to be made for insurance cover etc. Free at the point of use is still not free as funding has been overwritten by productivity gains to the parasite class and an increase in productive capacity overall as well as GDP. I saide: The bourgeoisie don't like this which is why they barrack for privatisation and commodification of public services. To which you replied... well some don't and some do, hence the main bourgeois 'business friendly' parties Labour, Liberal and Conservative oscillation between different applications of it. Reformism is still an argument for the retention of capitalism. To which I say: You can support the diversion of the wealth we produce as a class away from the possession of the capitalist class and towards the needs of the working class. I agree with you about the factional stances taken by the conservative and liberal bourgeoisie vis a vis accepting leftist reform. My position is that those workers who do not get free medical care are worse off under the domination of conservative bourgeois who would rather hire more police than the liberal bourgeois who are amenable to minimal sharing hoping that this will keep the working class from looking more deeply into the question of social relations. Your argument assumes that class conscious workers can be bought off and that the worse things get for workers the more likely they are to see the logic in the socialist position about abolishing wage labour. I disagree. If this were so the most miserable amongst the world's working class would be clamouring for an end to wage labour. They are not. Capitalism exists all over the planet now. Granted some nation States have less wealth as measured by the total sales of commodities within their borders. Still real wealth as measured by world GDP is growing. The point is that the workers already know how to produce the wealth that exists and if that wealth were shared equally amongst the world's population it would amount to something like $50,000 per person. If we changed the mode of producing wealth we could produce just as much wealth as we do now. The capitalists and landlords don't produce wealth. That's what the workers are employed to do. The means of producing wealth would not change other than by democratic classless society's direction. The argument for changing the mode of producing wealth to socialism should not be considered too advanced for any part of the planet now as long as communism is understood by those establishing it that it actually means changing the mode of production from exchange-value dominated commodity production to use-value dominated production of what is needed. Facing budget cuts every year a few more are laid off and the work load for the remaining staff is increased. Productivity gains are proudly presented to the capitalist class by their hired managers their wage-slave drivers. All is well on the Western Front. The workers don't know which way is up. So confused in America that many are thinking of voting for Donald Trump.  I imagine workers in Germany and Italy were similarly being blind sided by political ignorance in the 1920s and1930s. Workers in Japan were still tied to their feudalism as it morphed economically into capitalism while retaining the divine Emperor. The Europeans had to fake it in a way. Hitler and Mussolini were demi-gods. Stalin's cult of personality was similar in many ways appealing to a populace who were full of Orthodox Christianity and the divine right of a Czar. Fascism was essentially a form of industrial feudalism. There's a certain safety in feudalism. Unemployment disappears in a series of State employment initiatives. FDR's New Deal was and still is seen by many right libertarians as an example of fascism. Under Stalinism unemployment disappears with the death of private enterprise. Under fascism privatisation of publicly owned enterprises was the norm. Under both fascism and Stalinism the reserve army of the unemployed was partially absorbed in the military.  Call it a government jobs program or make work program if you will. No skin off my commie back.  The military plays a similar role in bourgeois democracies defense forces increasingly populated with workers who would otherwise swell the ranks of the unemployed. They are called a volunteer army because they freely undertake to risk their lives and take endless bullshit from sadistic sergeants and captains. Before we had the draft. The draft was like fascism or communism because people who weren't freely volunteering to take part were forced to risk their lives and take endless bullshit from sadistic sergeants and captains. The thing is though with the draft everyone had to take responsibility for risking their lives in any war. The thing is that there would be fewer wars if the draft actually made it so that everyone had to serve in the military. No exemptions would spur interest in political democracy because it wouldn't just be the unemployed surplus population volunteering to go off to fight the nation's battles. So I support the draft as long as workers aren't chomping at the bit to abolish the wage system just as I support compulsory voting as long as the overwhelming majority remain politically nationalist.  Where voting and military service are optional the conservatives tend to clean up because of the a-political apathy which is engendered amongst the citizenry. The USA today is a prime example.  Of course the capitalists and landlords rule. The question is how much are we allowing them absolute political power over us.  Remember absolutism is what feudalism is all about. The monarch is sovereign. The rest of the population is ruled absolutely by a king queen duke prince. count and so on. No you don't remember. Remember and do something to stop these small minded people from dominating 90% of us. Thus am I helping Labor and the unions. To keep what's moving against the absolutist tyranny we would face if we were all totally apathetic about politics and strikes. Get on board. The freedom train's here.  We drive it for them or we engineer it for ourselves. Meanwhile door-knocking in the big bad burb called Saint James last weekend. Lots of empty homes. Why are so many homes rented to bands of foreign students. Why are so many homes empty. Why are rents so high. Why is there a 20,000 long waiting list for public housing. Why are public housing rents doubling.  Why are some folks homeless. Why is voting LNP sounding the deathknell for the Great Barrier Reef. What can we do about the 60 million displaced people in the world today. Why war. I still remember Ed taking off from East Lansing to the Emergency March in Washington D.C. in May of '72 with those SLP leaflets titled "Why War?" for passing out to the multitudes. Ed was a long hair. Ed was a fun loving commie freak who loved music. Worked in a record store. Ed was a free spirit and an artist in his own right. Class rule means war. Just read a Herodotus's histories. Endless conflict between the armies and navies of class rule States. That's essentially what the leaflet said plus the fact that the capitalist class rule today through the wage system. There are a lot of people in the world who would like to get you to believe that war is inevitable between human beings. The notion makes commonsense to the current dogmas about human nature.  I think the anthropological evidence demonstrates that war did not exist amongst tribes of hunter gatherers. The occasional jealous murder did. But organised war no. War begins with private property which begins with agricultural surpluses and class rule by the owners of the lion's share of the surplus wealth produced by others. That's private property folks. They have. You don't. Haves versus have nots. It's not pleasant to be without and about with nothing. The comfortably satisfied will feed you homilies about how your thoughts are making you unsuccessful in life. They may quote Confucius to you to prove to you that your misery is a product of your attitude. Even fallen Catholics can believe in the authoritative aphorisms of a great non-Catholic intellect. You think therefore you are what you think. Right reason enmeshed in Idealist dogmas concerning mysteries about soul an entity cohabiting with you until your body dies. Some believe this lightness of this being can be weighed. Dualism is ubiquitous within the dominant ideas of our time. Mind cannot exist without its opposite. The body cannot exist without its head. Murderers have known this for thousands of years. States are built on acceptance of this knowledge. Yet people believe in life after beheading. I suppose it's hope that drives us all. Fear of nothing also instinctively steers the animal mind bent on survival. Someplace in the world there is somebody smoking a big fat joint now. Think about how many pleasurable activities are going on right here in the now. Maybe not around you but somewhere. Think of all the sexual delight happening within this very instant all over the planet. There's a place for you outside the place and time of the wretchedness you endure. Woe is a normal condition as is joy. Boredom is one consequence of a castrated imagination. Libido exists. Needs exercise. Use it or lose it. Important. Why do humans deny their passions so often. They know from experience that it feels good. But they deny themselves pleasures which will do them no harm. In the end most of them go along to get along. Conservative inertia. Like old man river we just keep rolling along. Smiling sufferance. Grimacing while one's face remains turned away from peers and those more powerful alike. When I read Paul Davies' COSMIC JACKPOT I became even more skeptical about the existence of scientific-technologically advanced intelligent alien beings existing within our reach within the galaxy we inhabit and surely within any other galaxy. Wasn't it Einstein himself who theorized that the speed of light could not be exceeded. I'm still very ignorant about all that jazz as I read the theory of inflation has the universe expanding at a speed which exceeds that of light. I'm still lost in space. What Davies calls "The Goldilocks zone" would probably pretty rare for a planet to be positioned in no matter how rocky or watery. Another factor which he gobsmacked me with was the inability of scientists to be able to create life in the lab. We still cannot do this no matter the composition of the organic soup we use thus doubt about the existence of life elsewhere can still legitimately be put forward. Of course time is a factor. We just don't have the possibility of a billion year lab experiment. After all homo homo sapiens have only been around for a 100,000 years and right now they're on a path to destroying their own ecosphere. I can imagine this happening time and again to ape like species. Maybe intelligence needs to be coupled with another species on some other planet of the 500 million possibly in a Goldilocks zone. I well remember being intrigued with UFOs as a ten year old. One book I fell upon and consumed was by an ex-U.S. Air Force major named Keyhoe In the spirit of a modern major general he speculated that UFOs were probably piloted by an advanced species of bees. Or maybe an intelligence as has evolved on Earth is the same or very similar as one which might evolve elsewhere and we all commit the same mistake destroying our biospheres because of some system of wealth production which doesn't prioritise life over enduring class rule becoming extinct before we could develop the science and technology necessary to at least communicate over large distances of space-time. Stephen Hawking  is quoted by my very good friend Bud : “I believe that human beings cannot be the singular advanced species in our galaxy, though I think it quite likely that we are the only civilization at our stage of development within several hundred light-years. I wouldn’t lose too much sleep worrying about being affected by aliens.” I agree. One never knows what we will discover or invent in the coming years. Maybe when we discover how to use gravitational force as a power source we'll somehow or another travel the space-time continuum in way in which the speed of light will not form the barriers it does at our present state of knowledge. That's just one possibility in a range of many which none of us can yet see just as we could not see how to solve the problem of human flight in 1492 AD or BC take your pick. In any case we'll need time to get to that point in our history and right now we're running out of time caught up in a system of class ruled wealth production which makes our long term future impossible. The end of history on Earth would occur when the human race ceases to exist for history is the social product of the human race. To be sure space and time would continue without us and perhaps some alien race of intelligent beings would continue to shape their own destiny somewhere off light years away. It's why I'm political. I don't want to see an end to our being. We have to gain control of what we produce in order to continue to make history and discover the wonders of the Universe. Using our reason we can. There is always an alternative to self-destruction. The left/right struggle for political power is all most of us can cope with at the moment. It is after all the expression of the class struggle as it concerns the political decisions about how the wealth we produce should be used and distributed. I'd rather workers were more class conscious surging with righteous indignation about the lack of power they have to control their lives and knowing that was because they traded their "hours for a handful of dimes". Still working toward that. Some maintain that reforms only dampen the class struggle and the development of class consciousness. The worse it gets the better it gets. After all we have to worry about becoming assimilated by the Borg-joie-Sie. All this probably has to do with the notion that the class struggle is about militant action on the picket line or in the streets which in turn develops class consciousness. However I don't think Marx would have spend all those hours reading and writing if he didn't think that reading deeply was profoundly important as an aspect of praxis. The fetishisation of physical activity is not what Marx was getting at when he critiqued Idealism by proposing: "The coincidence of the changing of circumstances and of human activity or self-change [Selbstveränderung] can be conceived and rationally understood only as revolutionary practice." The radical subjectivity necessary to win more freedom through the abolition of the wage system is not going to pop out like some child of the hurled paving stone or angry taunt at the bosses. Communism will not be sparked by a series of pranks. Tweaking the noses of the Borg-joie-Sie is fun a kind of psychic pleasure can be had from it. Sneering at the shopaholics of commodified consumer culture advances knowledge about the power dynamics of the wage system as much as any put-down of perceived weaklings. What worked for me wasn't anger or rebelling against  socially imposed freedom fetters although they were not to be discarded for some stoic resignation. My lights were tuned on by carefully reading and digesting observations made by communists like Marx Engels DeLeon Lukacs and Debord amongst others. Putting them altogether in my mind involved an integration of my own life experience which included many demonstrations against war and fascism along with many picket lines and involvement within the political process including elections. Many citizens today take the franchise for granted. A-historical views abound even amongst the most rrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeevolutionary amongst us. There is a reason why so many people moved for themselves to establish some power to choose who would govern them.  Voting does not stop citizens from getting a grasp of class rule. The information is there.  It's not being promoted by the commodified amplified voices of Capital. But it's there. Distribution has always been a problem for the producers of wealth not for the appropriators of wealth. Those who do not consume their Marx with slow reflection are probably missing the genius of his work. Yes work.  It took a whole lot of socially necessary labour time to produce the wealth of critical observation embedded in Karl's writings and speeches. What's the use of spending the time necessary to know what he was getting at when you've got a thousand public intellectuals and a million hirelings of the capitalists who own and control the media telling you not to bother. Dear reader most of them would not use their time to listen to the song of Magpies on this final day of May. They would be too busy with the work their bosses have them do. Are we not wage-slaves. Are they not as well.