Friday, September 30, 2016

September, 2016

Of course I'm waiting for the vernal equinox this year to arrive on the 22nd. The Indian Ocean is still too cold for me to venture in. When spring has truly sprung I shall be trying out my newly found blue fin. If I body surf a few more waves this year I'll be happy. Back in the 50s what made so many American families happy was the ability to be able to buy a new car every year trading in last year's model for this year's. Most of those families had one wage earner almost always a father. The rate of surplus value for the capitalist class of America herself was lower. What with the stagnation or even retreat of real wages the rate of surplus value is much higher today as real output per hour of labour increases two to three percent per annum on average through the decades since the peak of real wages was reached in 1964. When you're old it makes you wonder why you're seen as a burden. You've retired from producing surplus value in exchange for the value of your labour power. You are not being employed to produce wealth. To the upper 10% and the companies they own you have become part of the surplus population. Forget about the surplus value you produced as a class in harness over your working life. The wealth you produced was never yours to enjoy. You exchanged it fairly for wages. You are a leaner not a lifter. You pay less tax and yet the public purse is straining because of your continued life of leisure. The public purse must not be made to grow because of your useless existence. So implieth the media amplified voice of the capitalist conservative. Free speech/expression should be a principle embedded in a democratic society. Instead most on the left take up Lenin's dictum about freedom of speech being a bourgeois prejudice thus paving the way for the dictatorship of the Party. This insidious notion has trapped radical liberals into silence for fear of hurting another's feelings. Reason gets substituted by dogmas concerning trigger warnings thus dialectics of progress toward more freedom is suppressed. Every law passed is a reform. The social revolution was taken off the political agenda by leftists who couldn't grasp what Marx was writing about e.g. abolition of the wage system and commodity production and how that related to workers establishing common ownership and democratic control over the collective product of their labour. Bill Gates owns the rights to what the workers he employs for wages produce. That he is now using some of that wealth for helping those less wealth advantaged in poorer parts of the world through funding health initiatives is a good thing. That he accepts the fact that state funding for public education has been going down for years and that higher education costs for students have increased is not a good thing for those less wealth advantaged than he is. Real wages in the USA have not increased since 1964 while the price of education for students has increased by leaps and bounds as universities have had state revenue flowing into supporting education cut. After students graduate the poorer ones are saddled with debts to wealth finance capitalists which they must repay during the course of their working lives. Gates represents a conservative political view of higher education one which sees a business opportunity in turning the Academy (where education takes place i.e. schools) into a business for expanding the wealth of investors both the students who begin to see their degrees they hold as commodities for sale to the highest bidder and for its controllers in educational institutions as a way of expanding the wealth of those who own rights to the collective product of labour issuing out of the Academy. Mr. Gates uses the word radical to mean thinking outside of the norms of doing things norms which tend to form ruts in the road to innovation to do doing things more efficiently quicker and with improved outcomes. Thus radical comes to be equated with imagination. According to Gates imagination tends to be stifled in large bureaucratic organisations. But Mr. Gates does not propose a radical solution to funding the Academy by raising taxes on wealthy people such as himself taxes which were once much higher on wealthy people such as himself until the conservative political establishment headed by President Ronald Reagan's Republican Party cut taxes on the upper 10% and the companies they own. What Gates proposes is for the Academy to use an ever dwindling supply of revenue coming from the state more efficiently employing market economics. This is the logic of commodification. The less labour time used by employers in the education industry through hiring teachers in small classes the better because it is cheaper. It is cheaper to televise a lecture to thousands of students over the Internet than to hire one teacher to speak in dialogue within a classroom of 30 students. The cheaper commodity gains market share through its sale. This is the logic of commodification. And it fits in with the conservative political project of lowering taxes for business and encouraging greater sales at the same time thus increasing the Gross Domestic Product. The question is: Will this dynamic lead to a more educated graduate from the Academy. Humans were once like all the rest of the animals subject to nature in terms of controlling where their food came from. Domestication of plants and animals gave humans some modicum of control over their living conditions but with that control a whole set of new challenges to their freedom began to form up: private property class divided society debt of one to another the need to pass private property down to the offspring--the material basis on which patriarchal marriage and political power rests and so on. The radical subjectivity necessary to establish socialism will not be achieved by radical liberals. Radical liberals need leadership because they don't know where they're going. Class conscious workers know that their emancipation from wage-slavery depends on their own desires for freedom from the rule of Capital. What the hell that means to a person caught up with darning socks because they can't afford a new pair is relevant. If it means nothing then nothing will change other than the value of socks which will plummet with price as the productivity of labour grows. That's what's usually missed in this conundrum we find ourselves in. Commodities become cheaper as productivity grows. That's why the stagnation and fall of real wages doesn't seem to register on the sock darner's mind. The frustration of a tired child crying because it's nap time is not affected by this dynamic. It does register. The tiredness of the sock darner does as well. Not only the tiredness but the time freed up by not having to darn socks in our modern industrialised commodified world which is actually just a market right. Much of the left moralistically condemn the working class for buying commodities. Consumerism they call it. Workers are so wound up in buying things that they forget the great moral issues of the day. They're too busy shopping to notice the hundred million cut from the ABC budget every year. This moralistic critique is also applied to sports. Peoples' attention is focussed on whether their favourite team won to notice homeless people continuing to increase in number along with the increase in the construction of prisons. Purchasing cheaper commodities does take up a considerable amount of our mind space. What I think is forgotten is that it always has. We had to plan our days of labour time around water fetching cow tending washing clothes slaughtering animals harvesting vegetables and a thousand other tasks which have now disappeared in the magnificent machinery of the modern age. The machinery of course is our own creation. Through automation we create the potential of more and more free-time. As that space grows our knowledge and authentic selves can more fully develop. Our free-time these days seems to be dominated by buying and selling. We sell our labour time in order to buy commodities. We spend a lot of time outside our eight hour days deciding which of the commodities our class has produced are the ones to purchase. Why do we do we feel almost compelled to do this. We are tied to commodity sale in ways which waste our free-time. There is a kind of subconscious realisation of this tension between free-time and waste. You can sense it. Depends on the moment's context but it's in the air. A vote of no confidence in the ideological authority of the ruling class is what Habermas was getting at in his concept of a legitimation crisis. Commodification has brought us a wonder world full of cheaper communicative paths from mobile phones to supercomputers. Remember the times when getting a long distance call caused panic in the household. Now we can video chat with friends living international distances away for next to nothing in costs via Facebook and other social media outlets. Our cultural horizons have been exponentially widened. Instantaneous possibilities for contact have not much expanded our grasp of matters historical. In many parts of the world the memory of the past is still informed by nostalgic desire for a time in the past without conflict and misery. Such is the mirage.  The conservative consensus which emerges from this quicksand labels non-conformist behaviour as being psychologically deviant. The death culture has been around as long as class rule has existed. Another casualty of commodification is the fragility of memory. Thus history is cheapened made brittle. It is enjoyable to think of yourself as doing what you want most of the time you're awake. Do women repress their erotic selves more because of patriarchal cultural dominance. Anyone who has much paid attention to ancient Indian art knows that norms of sexual behaviour differ over time place and culture. Perception of sin varies within history's erupting cultures. Amiable sloth is something to worry over if you expect maximum effort from the wealth producers you hire. Sobriety at all times protects the soul from uncleanly behaviour or so say some on both left and right. Of course shit happens as the bowel moves and as the political worm of historical movement wiggles freer. Godliness is a form we take-on as we wash away spots of blood which touch us. Out of sight out of mind. We protect ourselves from the worst. There would be more insanity if we didn't. We desire security and sociability in our daily lives.  Is that so very wrong. The point of socialism is to end class conflict by abolishing private ownership of collectively produced wealth. You can't be a capitalist or a landlord if you can't legally own and control what others' produce and what lies in nature. Common ownership and democratic control over the collective product of labour as we consciously live in harmony with the Earth would end the link between the possession of political power with the quantity of currency we can access at any moment. It would totally undermine any attempt by one gender to dominate another. Platonism might finally succumb to such egalitarian social relations. People who want to dominate others could be shunned without fear of losing one's ability to live a good life with others. Think about how the risks of interpersonal violence would diminish. Shakespeare's HENRY V reveals a different consciousness peculiar to its time. The battle of Agincourt was won by Norman aristocrats claiming their territorial due. But Shakespeare's Harry feels he's Welsh. The fundamental critique of religion is that humans created god not vice versa. God is an idea. Odd that so many of our ideas require us to strike a masochistic pose when ordered to do so by our idea's sin-management employees. There is an underlying conservatism in the USA which yearns for the days of relaxing with Ike looking forward to the new fall models and "Gunsmoke" on TV not in the local neighbourhood for what seems to have been a very long time now. The inevitable gunfight in the streets of Dodge City was comforting. The bad guys always lost. Today real heads are rolling terror as drone fired missiles suddenly erupt through a non-combatant's home. The family's dinner conversation is taking place. The bad guys seem to be winning. There is a definite resemblance between the high pitched fears propagated in the 50s and those being bred during the various wars which have been declared since in the end of the Cold War. Even as The War to End All Wars failed so will the pacifist. Refusing to physically defend yourself on principle is an invitation to continue domination by the abused become abusers themselves. Back in 1958 I was living in San Diego which is 12 miles from the Mexican border. I used to watch Jai-Alai on XETV from Tijuana sponsored by Jax beer. Javier was my favourite player. Jai-Alai became one of those two favourite sports of mine which I never got to play. Footy is the second. Bonobos show us that repressed sexual possibilities and violence are connected. Chimps are often violent. Bonobos are never without possibilities for sexual expression. Interpersonal violence is rare amongst Bonobos. Murder and gang warfare are parts of Chimp culture. There are no classes of owners and producers amongst Chimps or Bonobos. It should be noted that Chimps are presented as an argument against communism because of the wickedness inherent in the human condition which grew out of Chimps. Bonobos are genetically closer to humans than Chimps. In the meantime socialism is unnatural because it conflicts with human nature. We are told this in oh so many words when we watch nature shows and reality TV.  Certainly Chimps or naked apes if you prefer must be the true reflection of human social relations. We disobeyed God and here we stand outside heaven's gates. I'd rather dance and play than believe that living my life according to aforementioned doctrine would lead to fulfillment. Lives of quiet desperation are certainly infused with this social malady the world around. The popularity of pornography proves it. Of course the erotic like everything else is commodified these days. Sex is big business mostly because so many men are miserable. Lots of women are unhappy too. Headaches abound. Much wealth is made from selling us our own desires. Alienated sexuality ties itself to the object for sale with a view to profit. Romance novels fit here as well. Find the perfect man to marry and live happily ever after. Find a need and fill it. The need is there because human social relations are cheapened as commodification develops. A certain amount of labour time is required. Consumption becomes alienation as the sex becomes an exchange-value and humanity falls into the abyss of buying and selling to satisfy its most basic psychic needs. Neuroses abound. The conservative impulse calls for stricter law enforcement in the world at large. The prisons swell. Public health education and welfare are cut. The poor bourgeoisie want more tax cuts. There becomes a certain urgency to say what you mean before you die. Dead humans tell no further tales. We tend to see the poor as failures in the rat race to climb the commodified paywalls of private property. Some of us give to charities but know in our minds because of beliefs taught to us in our religions that the poor will always be amongst us. This Bronze Age notion still lies like an alp on the minds of modern day humans. My parents were in the lower strata of the working class. I contend that like them most of us cannot see the forest for the trees that is we can see cases of injustice here and there i.e. the trees but we cannot see the system which generates the forest. The social product of labour doesn't not belong to its producers which is why I keep banging on about abolishing the wage system. We trade our hours for a handful of dimes and with that exchange we give up control and ownership over what we produce. Don't you just hate the way left-wing Americans yammer on about how the country is becoming Fascist. They've been doing it for years. " the name of freedom we are rapidly creating a police state; and in the name of democracy we have succumbed, not to creeping socialism bu to galloping Fascism." Lewis Mumford, IN THE NAME OF SANITY, New York, 1954. The inability of garden variety American leftists to tell the difference between bourgeois democracy and fascist dictatorship is probably rooted in the same libertarian reaction to the imposition of any political power other than the one they are ideologically attached to. Conservatives have their own version anticommunism. Communism for the garden variety reactionary is the equivalent of Fascism to the radical liberal. Liberty is the great achievement of the bourgeois political revolution which overturned aristocratic absolutism. In my humble opinion liberty is worth protecting and extending into the future. Note Bene neither Lenin nor Mussolini were fans of liberty. Marxism-Leninism is NOT the same as Fascism but the two share an aversion for encouraging sovereign individuality. The Libertarian Party's version of the sovereign individual calls for an end to government interference with private property owners' rights to control the wealth they own.  Of course most of them don't want to go to the trouble and expense of hiring their own private police and military forces to protect them from each other's political desires to own more property at their expense. Damn the proletariat. They are free to start a business of their own. What the proletariat shows when it does not grow a business is a lack of intelligence a quality the Libertarian Party member/voter will assure anyone listening they possess in spades. The worker deserves to be a wage-slave. Let charity take care of the needs of the unemployed producers. They're failed individuals. Failures deserve wage-slavery. This view slides easily into social Darwinism an ideology fully compatible with Fascism which includes its most virulent expression Nazism. While dictatorship is not what the Libertarians want it is the reality of their dogma in political power for Libertarians reflect the reified world of Capital the social relation dependent on the masochistic acceptance and sadistic employment of wage-slavery for its continued existence. A King Parrot munches on the petals of one of my Geraldton sunflowers. Seeds drop on the ground. He is colourful and a bit messy when he eats. The last of the winter rains fall as the Sun disappears and the cold evening light descends only to be followed by earlier and earlier sunrises until the December solstice. Spring equinox occurs this Thursday and I have promised myself to take a dip in the Indian Ocean to celebrate. But really there's no point in being unkind to someone else unless they're trying to kill you. Be kind to people who are kind to you. Be kind before people are kind to you. A more civilised world will emerge from these social dynamics. Comrades spoke about how most of the union leadership doesn't know what it's doing and the need for a rank and file newsletter in order to elect a more informed leadership because the rank and file don't know what's going on either as official union publications don't tell them that they produce the wealth for the companies they work for. With the exception of rank and file gossip within very small circles of fellow workers nothing is politically and industrially focussed on class interests. It was noted that such rank and file forums already exist on Facebook e.g. Unions Australia. Comrades spoke favourably about tactically organising toward a strategic goal. With the state election six months on the horizon of what was envisioned was mass rallies taking place outside Parliament pressuring MLAs to support pro-working class positions i.e. publicly supporting the Collie workers in their struggle over the wealth they are producing for a capitalist corporation based in India. Other matters of working class interest would certainly come up during the tactical run up to our descent on Parliament. My critique of Leninism is that socialism was established by the Party as a transitional form of class dominated wage system. The workers and peasant producers were ruled by workers and peasants who joined the Party and followed the line set down by the highly bureaucratised Party hierarchy. Communism became an abstraction to be reached far into the future as wages were equalised much like a utopian version of the New Jerusalem. I think it has to be remembered that the "immense majority" to use the term used by Marx and Engels in the "Communist Manifesto" to describe those who would establish communism were peasants not workers in the Czarist Russian Empire of 1917. To be sure the political revolution in Russia was made by the workers and peasants but for the most part they had no conscious desire to change the mode of producing and distributing socially created wealth. (I'm not convinced by Voline) The Party's wage system strategy failed to bring about the New Jerusalem. The Party's centrally controlled wage system complete with planned generalised commodity production morphed into private property a capitalist class and its political State after 1989 not only in the former U.S.S.R. but in every country ruled by a Marxist-Leninist Party. This despite circumscribing the power of the marketplace for commodities with the State's provision of free healthcare heavily subsidised rents basic foods like bread and so on. Nature never cheats. Nature always plays fair. In the rush to industrialise the Party neglected that ancient lesson. Now we have the results in the environmental disasters of the Aral Sea and Chernobyl. Today we see jets take off 24/7. Now shipping is so major to the distribution and sale of commodified globally traded wealth yet very much a factor contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Nature will not let us off the hook. Nature doesn't care. Nature will exact its toll. Like it or not we cannot save the wage system. I date real wage stagnation from 1964. As productivity of wealth rises and real wages stagnate the rate of profit increases to combat the tendency for the rate of profit per sold commodity to fall. Here's another morsel of thought to munch on: as the productivity of labour grows the value of the commodities produced declines because there's less labour time socially necessary to manufacture them. When value declines so can price if the increased production is placed in the marketplace of commodities. Housing is a case in point. If more than enough homes were being produced and marketed at the same time the price of housing would go down. Ask yourself why home prices rise when car prices don't. Cui bono. Who benefits from constant increases in the price of dwellings. Could it be the people who buy them and sell them. If the market really drove prices houses would be cheaper today than they were yesterday because of increase in labour productivity. But price has been manipulated in the marketplace of housing commodities. Cui bono. Fichte’s and Hegel’s frustrations over being misunderstood were real. Appropo is Heine's tongue and cheek observation about Hegel "Als Hegel auf dem Totbette lag, sagte er: 'nur Einer hat mich verstanden,' aber gleich darauf fügte er verdrießlich hinzu: 'und der hat mich auch nicht verstanden.'” (When Hegel was lying on his deathbed he said: “Only one man has understood me,” and then he added glumly“And even he did not understand me.” Libertarian capitalist ideologists believe in wage-slavery for the majority and freedom for the capitalists to own the collective product of their employees' labour. Freedom for the capitalists means wage-slavery for the immense majority. The government of any time of class rule is the government of the ruling class. The ruling class of any epoch is the class which owns the lion's share of the wealth being produced be those producers slaves peasants or workers. That should clear matters up. UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE according to Engels: “And lastly the possessing class rules directly by means of universal suffrage. As long as the oppressed class – in our case, therefore, the proletariat – is not yet ripe for its self-liberation, so long will it, in its majority, recognize the existing order of society as the only possible one and remain politically the tail of the capitalist class, its extreme left wing. But in the measure in which it matures towards its self-emancipation, in the same measure it constitutes itself as its own party and votes for its own representatives, not those of the capitalists. Universal suffrage is thus the gauge of the maturity of the working class. It cannot and never will be anything more in the modern state; but that is enough. On the day when the thermometer of universal suffrage shows boiling-point among the workers, they as well as the capitalists will know where they stand.” In a more rational time marijuana would grow like wild grass. One could mow it when one wished and do whatever one wanted with the cuttings. In a more rational time use could be made of things on the basis of need. Silly. How could we possibly construct an economy without the threat of material deprivation being visited on us by those who know better. Why the world would disappear in a puff of chaos. Hobbes taught us that. We should really listen to Hobbes and bring back absolutism. The kid next door is crying telling her mom to stop crying. Crying to stop her mom from crying. I want to play she cries. We do need a kind of parental guidance when we are still young. The kid is used to crying when she doesn't get her way. She yells at her mother as she is yelled at by her mother. Maturation is taking place. The stay at home mom. The FIFO dad. The sad child can also be happy giggly. A nap is needed. Need is resisted. The father's voice is not heard this last day of winter. It won't be heard for awhile. The jet fly over the neighbourhood taking more FIFO workers in and out of Perth. Capitalist intercourse taking place in public. Other jets take people to their vacation destinations where they spend the money they've saved from their wages or rents or profits. Pablo Picasso said somewhere "Art is a lie that makes us realise the truth." Many say Pablo was an asshole. Pablo did join the French Communist Party. But it's about his relations with women which get him denounced more vociferously today. He painted well with a vivid imagination embracing love for life's libidinous urges and a hatred for death. I don't presume to know much about his private life. Perhaps I shall read a bit about how others thought he carried on with women someday. Perhaps. I expect that I'll spend more of my precious time to read Chekhov's humorous observations on everyday family ramblings amongst the landlord class and their acquaintances amongst professionals in the late 19th century. I agree that freedom of expression is essential to our progression toward a freer society and eventually to a society where the condition for the freedom each is the condition for the freedom of all. Restriction on freedom of expression are not new to the left or to the right. One only has to go back to the errors of Lenin and his followers early on in the Bolshevik Revolution to see their implementation on the left. On the right one can easily see it in the religious movements which criminalise blasphemy. Thus a Trotskyist could become an "enemy of the people" and a Protestant could become fuel for a Catholic king's fire. Mass acceptance legitimises obedience to the ruling class and political murders by the State. The fundamental error of the fundamentalists is putting ideas created by humans in charge of individuals' lives by criminalising speech or expression which falls outside the ideological boundaries set up and enforced by class rule's political State. Of course conservatives will point to the absurdities of left-wing ideological fetters put on speech and liberals will point to the artistic bondage which prevents the Mapplethorpes of the world from exhibiting their work. Finished reading "Uncle Vanya" in the backyard. This is my third reading in as many decades. The comedy becomes more laugh out loud apparent the older I've gotten. Comedy is lost on some who criticise Chekov because as they see it nothing really happens in his plays but what they miss is the class nature of these non-producers in dialogue. The useful producers of wealth are just objects seen as such by vapid appropriators of their labour time. But Chekov is no Tolstoy glorifying the inherent God fearing wisdom of the peasantry. The useful producers remain useful to the bored idle rich who continually compare reality with an unreachable Ideal. Free time for them becomes an endurance test to death and paradise in a life after death. They feel unfulfilled because they are not making more than formal connection with each other and their hired hands. They confuse love with the romantic Ideal of love. They own the material content of others' labour but they do not produce much other than empty abstractions which of course they live by as they connive against each other.  Fully one third of the former wealth producers entering retirement on the age pension in Australia are now living below the government's defined poverty line. The government continues to borrow from its rich bond holders as opposed to taxing the upper 10% and their assets sufficiently to provide adequate levels of public health education and welfare. Thus debt service payments are making ever greater demands on the government's budget revenue. The conservatives' view is that the lion's share of the wealth workers produce for wages should remain in the hands of the upper 10% and the companies they own. On the other side of the class divide producers want more of the collective product of their labour to fund an adequate social wage. Which side are you on. Took me 70 years to grow up or maybe just to grow old. Maybe growing old is growing up. Fifty push-ups every morning around 5 am or so or whenever I awake starts the day. Ten squats while watching the coffee drip into the glass pot. All the warnings about the temptations of the flesh are promoted by ruling classes wanting to hoard the time of the wealth producing classes. Keep your nose to the grindstone. Forget about passion. It's a sin. We revolt against the perfection embodied in celibacy. Spirituality is dualism. I give Hegel a huss because he lived so long ago before Darwin. The end of Idealism as a serious philosophical challenge for materialists happened around the time of Hegel's death. I once went to pay homage to Hegel in East Berlin when it was still Hauptstadt der DDR. Brecht and Weigel were buried in the same graveyard. A lot of grass grew around Hegel's burial space. Sometimes the libido is turned more toward honey bees flying around flowers than a naked woman. Perhaps it's just old age taking its toll on the physical. Fortunately my imagination is still connected to my balls. Hard-ons are still naturally stimulated by naked sexy women. Price is not value although it is often mistaken for same. Price is a measure of supply and demand for some good or service. Values are intrinsic to the good or service. Values are made up of crystallized labour time and natural resources. If their supply is greater than the demand for them their price is less. Vice versa of course if the situation is reversed. Unowned nature has no price but much in the way of use-value. Quality trumps quantity as content trumps form. Welfare is that portion of the collective product of labour unemployed labour gets back after creating the collective product of labour in the first place. The less civilised the country is the lower the social wage and the more the populace is likely to think of the unemployed as being part of the surplus population as opposed to blaming the unemployment on how the wage system plays out in the marketplace of commodified labour power. A large part of the problem associated with police killing civilians in the USA can be located in the gun fetish culture. In Australia most people other than the cops don't pack heat. When you get humans in situations where they feel under murderous threat by others e.g. war you get a hell of a lot of people killed by friendly fire. In other words the killings are mistaken reactions not conscious murders. This is why company commanders in Vietnam finally ordered soldiers and Marines on guard duty to go to their posts without ammo. And all he wanted to do in the end was read drink fuck and toke.  It was all of what he really wanted not what he said he believed in. Bullet strikes the helmet head.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August, 2016

It begins as the coldest morning in years. By 2pm the weather is perfect. Sunflower yellow surrounds me under blue blue skies. A Sacred Ibis rides the thermals above my head wide circles like a Vulture only pretty instead of ugly. The Sun does not burn this time of year. Bees and flowers are around me all year long. Next door a couple argues as their kid cries. The kid cries a bit. I'm pretty sure their kid is a girl. She is mobile without speech yet. But expression. Yes she has that. She has both joy and sorrow in her life as told by her good humoured giggles and her baby cries for attention. She articulates sadness about 10% of her waking time. A certain norm is formed here. The man's voice is away a bit. I suspect he's doing FIFO work. I was a young teen when we said "that's bad" and it meant that it was dangerously good. Of course things can be dangerously bad as well. Those things wouldn't have been "bad". By then it's too late. I'm not killing myself. I'm living to the fullest I can live until I die. I decided to adopt a vegetarian diet in order to save money for retirement. I'm notorious for saying things I'm not supposed to say. I mean making honest observations in public. The left has allowed people with Puritanical moral tendencies to dominate it. This has led to its demise and increasing irrelevance in terms of changing the power relations between classes. You understand it's healthier. Lots of hormones being added to meat combined with the trace residues of same from cosmetics in the treated sewage we drink. You're taking unnecessary risks with your health. I adopted a vegetarian diet back in '97. Almost 20 years now so long I don't ever have yearnings to go back to an omnivore's diet. I suppose that if there were no edible flora I'd go back to eating fauna. My ethics don't extend to my extinction. There is a regressive left. Regressive takes us backwards. This can occur when the leftist becomes so tolerant of relative cultural norms that political conservatism is given a free ride. Criticism is frowned upon as being reflective of privilege. Privilege becomes confused with an ahistorical humanity one in which the cultural practice no matter how oppressive it might look to the privileged has to be celebrated lest imperialist cultural norms colonise another culture for all cultures are treated apolitically as little separate boxes just as we are all tiny people leading our tiny lives unconnected from each other alienated in our automobiles relating mostly to electronic devices whose content is controlled by people only in it for the money. Culture and politics are socially intertwined. Cultural preferences like religion should be left to the private time of the individual. Once faith steps into the public sphere it becomes political. Another way regressive leftism can be seen is when it takes us backwards further away from controlling and socially owning what we produce. Thus a regressive tax for example a sales tax on petrol might be a measure which some on the left would support and call good green politics. In contrast a progressive tax on petrol companies' profits would be much better way to deal with the issue of air pollution especially if such a tax provided revenue for government constructed renewable energy stations. One could make the same argument vis a vis sin taxes on tobacco beer and other pleasures. Commodity sale in the marketplace is usually taken for granted amongst regressive leftists. Progressive leftists understand that the market is us and that buying and selling the commodity has now become an unnecessary mediation in human social relations. The black parrots fly in a northeasterly direction. It's warmer there. Not bad here though. Spring arrives earlier every year as we head into an ever warming climate. Already there are mosquitos. In the Northern Hemisphere this would be February's weather. I've gotten to the point where I am considered boring and pedantic. Nothing there. "There is no there there." Why bother posting what I think. It makes no difference. Might as well be dead for all the voice I have. "Dead men tell no tales". Who cares beyond the immediacies of everyday life. History can be an escape from them. It can become an empty abstraction. There are dramas of everyday life which I'll never know about nor take into consideration when I express myself. I'm sure it's the same with others. Nobody wants anything true. You can be easily forgotten. The sense of libidinous rage which powered the movement out of post WWII conservatism has been shunted into the background of forgotten memory. Once it was the case that back alley abortions were illegal because abortion was illegal. People went to jail for defying that law. They made themselves criminals. Today we have people defending religious conservatives who want to make abortion illegal again. Isn't it great when the people you don't like don't like you too. The problem lies with the faux amis who put you down as soon as you're not in their presence. Reading Alice Munro and B. Traven can definitely stimulate your imagination and critical thinking faculties. Listening to quality music can also increase well being methinks. Longevity does not have to be boring. I feel sorry for those people who cannot think of anything to do with themselves unless they're in harness to an employer of their time. Even though we're not getting enough rain here to support the population, and the fall is declining over the decade as the population rises, I still yearn for those sunny blue sky days which are coming with the spring equinox. At one time in my life I painted rooms the colours which I wanted to see. My bathroom was purple with yellow stars and my living room was tangerine. I never got around to painting the kitchen yellow and the bedroom dawnish from the floor going up to an increasingly black starry sky. My regrets have to do with repressed desire. Necessity trumps freedom every moment until it becomes unnecessary. I only needed one meal today. Brown rice fried in olive oil with purple onion dried chilies and fresh broccoli along with some cold cottage cheese. My drink was V-8. I love my cooking. I doubt most others would which is why I don't invite people to eat with me much unless we're in a pub or a restaurant. Faith is such a burden. God is always watching you. Privacy is non-existent. Cost-efficiency democracy is part and parcel of an ongoing commodification. Cheapness is a bourgeois principle. An attractive price can often result in a purchase we maybe shouldn't ought to have made. Census failures came out of this dynamic. I wish the anti-IS fighters well. Qaddafi would never have allowed IS to emerge in the first place. It's pretty much the same story in Iraq and Afghanistan. The neoconservative dream of militarily knocking off dictators and replacing them with pro-Western bourgeois democracies was a foreign policy mistake of gigantic proportions. It played right into the hands of the murderous feudalistic theocrats who yearn for their Caliphate. Our fearless leaders in the various political States of the world made pot illegal and locked people up for using it. In the USA the year was 1937. Thus class dominated society has demonstrated its uselessness once again by allowing moral prigs to make its laws. Capitalists are borrowing money from the Fed at near zero interest rates and then buying up shares in their companies to inflate their stock prices way above their value. What an absurd system for producing and distributing wealth we live under. If you're doing voluntary overtime without pay you're a fool aka "workaholic". The wage system makes mental cripples of so many. Life is for living and enjoying not for making capitalists richer by the moment. Deciding yourself how to spend your time is the luxury we should all be enjoying in this day and age. Reality is becoming increasingly irrational to our minds' eyes. Wake bake and fuck in that order. Not happening for you. You must this and that. Your chronic fatigue syndrome has an obvious source. Who wouldn't be depressed other than those oblivious to the lost potential of time gone stale. Why don't you fix the holes in your knees. Why do you use your free-time to tear holes in your jeans. As long as fashion is being determined from above it will be an unacceptable intrusion on my consciousness. But then I am vulgar. When people know what I really think I appear disgustingly rude. Good name for a rock band. What you may call dirty I can call stimulating. Prime time still eludes me. How does an idea become successful. What is the measure of success. The idea that humans can have a social relation with the machines they produce is absurd to me. It is Star Trek like speculative fiction amusing but ultimately sterile. Androids can be used to create wealth. They are tools humans use. Wage labour is a mode of producing wealth. Androids could never be wage-labourers. If wage-labour no longer existed another mode of producing wealth would exist but it would not be capitalism just as the slave mode of producing wealth was not capitalism or generalised wage-labour. Value is not produced by machines it is transferred from machines into commodities. I for one cannot relate to a machine as a friend. Perhaps some can. I would suggest that such a relation would be similar to the relationship between a caveman and his totem. Neither a slave nor a wage-slave is a machine. Capital is fundamentally a social relation not a thing. Machines would do nothing if we weren't here because such activity would be meaningless as it is humans who create meaning within their social relations. I hate being belittled. I'm sure I'm not alone. Belittlement is usually measured in terms of an ideal. An ideal of behaving is common. Sometimes you just want to withdraw into your own private thoughts. Accusations of bad behaviour flung in the direction of the belittled are supposed to be met with nods of agreement. They usually aren't. I must admit that I can totally understand why the proposition of living with me would be unappetising. Everything from my diet to my taste in music is based on unique tastes. How many hours of being at work do you have to put in in order to get a home mortgage. How many hours of work does it take to build a home. It must be disconcerting to the bourgeoisie that I do not have to report to a wage-slave driver every morning. I'm still suffering the indignities of renting though. Cleanliness inspections occur on a quarterly basis. But mostly I'm free to move about and do what I like within my means of purchasing said use-value in the marketplace of commodities. I achieve my desires when I daydream. My night dreams are surrealist plays. Must use this muse. Surplus value is value in surplus above the market price of the producer. Slaves produced plenty of surplus wealth for their owners. Labour power is the key to producing a surplus above immediate needs and that happens when private property in the means of producing wealth has occurred i.e. the domestication of plants and animals, debt and class rule by the owners of surplus wealth. Capitalists don't make a profit unless they can market the commodities produced by wage labour. If there is no wage labour there is no market for the commodities to be sold in. If there is no market for a commodity the commodity will not be produced. Use-value is in the eye of the beholder. The beholder is a human being. There can be no exchange-value without use-value. Human beings are necessary for commodity production and sale to take place. Human beings are necessary for value production to make sense because human beings are the ones who make sense of the world. I would argue that human beings would see no sense in allowing a few owners of robots to own all the wealth in society and that society would either undergo a social revolution or it would see humanity turned into a mass of broken wretches. What I'm concerned with is the workers knowing what the score is and the score is Capital won, workers zero. The workers need to be told that their instincts are right about the market being flooded with immigrants and how that plays into the social relation of Capital. They need to know that labour power is a commodity. You need to tell them that and stop lecturing them and me about our immorality or how we somehow control the political State's immigration policy. Of course, workers need to establish social ownership and democratic control over the collective product of their labour. But they're not going to do that by being morally cajoled by the left or hoodwinked by employees of rightist think tanks writing for the Murdoch Press. It is mid-August. I'm reading "Walking on Water" by Alice Munro when of a sudden I catch a glimpse of something out of my eye. Sacred Ibis circle clockwise above my head. They are 500 feet high. Others join the flock. These birds appear grey-black indistinguishable except for the white one. There must be 200 of them flying in wide circles. Each time they turn they seem to disappear until their bodies become flat against the blue sky again. After ten rounds they start flying counterclockwise repeating their long circular arcs until finally they disappear in a v-form toward the East to who knows where. The child next door coughs as she cries to her father appealing against his decision. Naps are such an issue for kids. Growing up we begin to appreciate the kind arms of Morpheus slipping around us. Segregation sucked dead donkeys' dicks dividing the working class and making humans legally believe that they were divided into races. Integration was great but much to the chagrin of many it also meant the integration of some of the formerly segregated "race" into the bourgeoisie. Of course this is just what the progressive bourgeoisie wanted. Such is the direction of bourgeois democracy with its equality of classes under the rule of laws which mostly protect private property and the sacred wages system of slavery. Nobody wants to hear this. Nobody wants to hear what is important to other people unless they can materially better themselves. Well maybe somebody does. But those somebodies are few and far between. He was born in Vietnam. He was fighting for Vietnam. His guts had been partially blown out in a blast as the battle of Long Tan between Vietnamese and Australian workers and peasants become soldiers took place. He was 21. He wrapped his guts back in tying his black pants tightly to keep them from spilling out as he raised his AK47 once again... In the end he and 240 or so of his comrades lay dead amongst the 18 workers born in Australia. Despite the superior firepower of their opponents resulting in higher casualty rates the Vietnamese State exists now. Its red flag with yellow star flies next to the Stars and Stripes just outside the building the two States share at their Perthian Consulates on Saint George Terrace. Wage-slavery continues. Emancipation for the producers has been put on the back burner as usual because the workers aren't ready in favour of free-trade deals made between class ruled governments. Care about free trade and the stock market workers. Be prepared to shed a tear when the Hang Seng goes down. But don't panic. Class rule and the exploitation of the producers go together like a horse and carriage. It is a marriage made to last for thousands of years. One hopes a breakup is possible. Monogamous marriage so important in the establishment of private property and the State. Certainly not the only factor involved still a major outcome of the historical process. I awake to pee at 2am. I'm sweating a bit. It's winter and I'm sleeping in the nude under a duna. As cold and rainy as it is it is still not cold and rainy enough. Such is the current state of affairs. You don't need a weatherman to know the climate's changing for the warmer. Every year brings us closer to the unbearable. Classwide class conscious organisation is the material force of the social revolution. Yeah, let religion range free like the cows in the pasture and goats in the glen. Mais oui, we must excuse ourselves and not wear French swimsuits on the beaches across the Med. T'would be culturally insensitive. Perhaps a Batman costume. BTW I have no problem with people proclaiming their sexylessness in society dressing up like the wives of Jesus and so forth in order to proclaim their faith. Wear what you like. As the old saying goes "what's good for the goose is good for the gander". People all over the place are wearing the uniforms required of them by the people who politically control them e.g. their bosses the religious police the fashion industry etc. Maybe we should start questioning that power relationship. The concept of a basic income is based on the material wealth being produced. The concept of fiat currency reflects the material wealth being produced or the currency becomes inflated and it takes more and more of it to buy the same good or service embodying the same amount of socially necessary labour time. The economy is functioning. Wage labour in the world at large is being employed to produce a vast
accumulation of commodities as per usual within the wage system. As the productivity of labour power grows so too does the "surplus population" the "reserve army of labour" and the question recurring to the bourgeoisie each winter remains "What to do with the unemployed?" That question will only become more acute as the introduction of robotics increases the productivity of labour to exponential heights. Perhaps then the working class both employed and unemployed will begin to see and move to remove the absurdity of the wage system and establish common ownership and democratic control over the collective product of their labour --including the robots of course. My mother's Christian practice was never much more than that whispered wisdom of the ancients "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." It is written that Jesus repeated these words. She took them seriously and passed them on to me. I take them seriously as well. Those words make up a very communistic thought. We are all dependent on one another for survival. We knew that deeply before the advent of collectively produced private property debt and class domination began human solidarity's erosion. We're not dead yet. We still have our imagination. Where do we put the saved labour time once we emancipate ourselves. Will greater and greater portions of socially necessary labour time be devoted to leisure space expansion. What is music for. What is literature for. What is art for. Creative impulse can best be nurtured by humans doing what they have an urge to do. Not sick humans who want to kill or dominate. Boss time takes up too much of our space. Humans who want to soar and who want their fellow humans to get free makes sense. Humans depending on down-pressing others to obtain their sense of freedom need to rethink that sadistic urge. When a harmless pleasure becomes a sin become a sinner. Stay out of jail. Have fun. Don't let them who hold and blare the public megafone turn you into a semi-sentient market share. Class rule makes tough love legal. I'm on the other side of the fence from radical liberals who now dominate the IWW when it comes to free expression. I fear the censor more than the speech. I can see the censors now thinking up ways in which songs from the "Little Red Songbook" offend believers. "Rebel Girl" should probably be eliminated from the "LRS" as it demeans 'wimmin'. Good luck on getting one big union of the diverse individuals making up the working class to agree that they should shut up out of fear of being brought up on charges for hurting another member's feelings. CIS gender indeed. How heavy Big Bill Haywood was was never a concern of mine. I find the whole discussion about fat shaming too precious. My own view is to concentrate on organising as a class to abolish the wage system. The rest of the New Left cum Post Modernist identity politics stuff is like religion to me a private matter. Diet etc. is your own thing. Free speech but don't gore my ox right. That's what the conservatives push. Typical. Nobody can really handle free expression. There's always somebody who'll cry foul. At least it's not as bad as it used to be with the sin police banning books and films. The IWW was always an integrated union. That differentiated it from the "fair day's wage for a fair day's work" organisations. Wobblies organised as a class whereas the Socialist Party had segregated locals in the South way back when. My understanding was that we organised as a class because we knew that we could only have the political power power to abolish wage labour and change the mode of producing and distributing wealth by doing that as opposed to fighting each other on the basis of "race" or one's own perception of national identity or whether our union should have the right to sell the labour power of its members to an employer over another labour power vendor. My point is that the embrace of identity politics has not and will not lead to classwide unity any more than pushing anti-political sects or particular political parties would. In fact it will lead to our continual division as a class squabbling with each other for the moral high ground. The twirling rolling warble of Magpies announce morning's arrival. I fear the censor more than the expression. Without freedom of expression we cannot engage in the informed dialogue necessary for citizens to sustain a democracy. Libel laws also suppress free speech and conservatives are big fans of libel laws. All oxen should be fair game to gore. Let's play like. Remember that. When you were a kid some kid would say let's play like we're in the desert fighting giant ants or some other scenario. Hospital comes to mind. Also war. A game would begin with rules thought up on the spot and agreed to by the players. We were not polite to each other. Girls and boys did not mix yet. Good behaviour on our part was the contrived face we put on for adults. Not that we consciously practiced bad behaviour. More like we were ourselves acting freely imaginations engaged without regard for authority outside our own making. Some of us go so far as to take all our clothes off and run naked through the desert surrounding Wickenburg. We grow out of these liberties as we mature adopting the codes of class dominated cultural norms. It's difficult to resist the temptations of pleasure. You have to be schooled in this discipline. And then it all goes wrong when someone rebels by embracing some aspect of the death culture. Puritanical sadism posing as tough love is a dominant paradigm. It lies on a bed of abusive behaviours by people empowered to be superiors who are themselves psychological casualties of authoritarian social relations of power embedded in the interpersonal dynamics within the totality which is class rule. I have an affection for seeing rolling fields of corn while driving through Iowa from Chicago and into Nebraska. The freedom to roll under clear skies as puffy white clouds pass the green gleam coming off the rows and the AM radio station is tuned to some sad country song with those weepy steel guitars backing another story of lost love. The desire to socially own and democratically control the wealth you help to produce as a class is constantly being put on the back burner. Instead, we are told that the most important thing is jobs jobs jobs. The question of where the wealth we produce from these jobs goes is not raised. This is why the working class is politically weak and why opportunists posing as leaders constantly sell the useful producers down the river into wage-slavery. The whole idea of setting up bourgeois democracies in the Middle East through military projections of power by the dominant capitalist States is a neo-conservative strategy which has been discredited by the history of its implementation. My own view is that readers of CAPITAL have been stymied in their grasp of Marx's critique for decades because of their inability to grasp fundamental dialectical principles like the unity of opposites and sublation. The first time I attempted to read CAPITAL I thought it was just some boring piece of economics. It was only after my introduction to the dialectical method via Plato Hegel and Engels not to mention some others, including my Hegel prof (a right Hegelian) that I began to grasp the significance of the distinctions being made between exchange-value and use-value and their relations to the social relations of everyday life. I want this writing to be seen as a pixelated version of my thought. Like a still photo capturing moments not the totality. I say this after reading a bit of Alice Munro writing about how matters of language in the culture of the bottom 90% have changed since the 30s 40s and the 60s 70s up to the present. Of course the content of language lies within the social relations between human beings. What appears to be the norm today was considered out of line yesteryear. And what was commonplace then has become outdated in many superficial and degrading ways. Munro doesn't romanticise the past either. In many ways the past was raw and daring compared with today. Read SOMETHING I'VE BEEN MEANING TO TELL YOU as I have been doing in my backyard when it's not been raining this August 2016. You'll see girls riding logs for fun during floods. You'll vicariously experience having a brother who has gone off the rails of normalcy a seeming parasite being forgiven for all his sins via caring. Unless you buy it it's not worth anything. The beach is free. Well it's still free in Australia. I'm sure someone would love to own the beach and make you pay to use it. Would you use it more if you had to pay for it. Would it seem more valuable to you. Is this a core principle upon which the society is run which allows for a tolerance of deforestation especially in the face of climate change. Commodification lies here too. It's in your mind and contributes to your weakness in the face of a cowardly bourgeoisie's hiring of political
power over you. I love the word bourgeois to describe the upper 10% and the companies they own. Other critics don't like to use it. That's their beer. Why is it that some people think it's cool to make their phone conversations half public. What used to be considered attention seeking behaviour has become the norm. Murder is the product of the insane. War is the product of class rule. I'm always amused at the notion that there can be humane slaughter. I think a person should be able to check out without interference from the State. But this would imply the old lie that the consumer is a rational buyer in the marketplace of commodities. Most people committing suicide are making a mistake. People worry that legalising pot will make everyone an addict. People worry about a lot of things that maybe they shouldn't oughta. Then there are the real challenges: climate change inequalities of wealth and political power. Inanities like whether your husband has just purchased a Rolex and the proud gift giver smiling at his having bought a fake Rolex are boggling our mind space. Can you imagine being offended by people who wear very colourful clothing. There is something to be discovered in everything. A feeling of time urgency can make you forget that and that feeling surrounds our attention in the here and now of the death culture. When you're on mescaline time slows down. What seems like hours are only minutes in reality. You can achieve focus. What was once inconsequential can become a matter of intense concentration. Patience develops enough to watch the spider make a web. After awhile you realise how much of a part of the All you are as the Totality becomes apparent and your ego gets lost in the immensity of the Universe. Because we cannot comprehend Everything we have ordered a mystification of It with the names of gods within the religions of our choice assuming we have a choice which we do and don't depending on the social norms of the cultures we find ourselves in after we're born.  We have also called it space-time. It ends with partly cloudy skies after a night and partial day of rain.

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.