Remembering marshal law in Poland – 12/13/81

14 12 2008

We should never forget what Marxism eventually leads to. See the video below — does this look like a Worker’s Paradise?

Around 1:20 in the video you can see a Police (Milicja) truck drive over a person.

Around 1:40 you can see demonstrators carry a person shot by Milicja in Lubin on 8/31/82. I was in that town that day, watching how Milicja and ZOMO were shooting at the demostrators – 3 persons were killed that day.

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Obama about to “fundamentally transform the United States of America”

1 11 2008

Here is a video (from Obama rally in MO) that makes clear what the stakes are of these elections:

And here is a transcript that puts it into context:

“We are 5 days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America. In 5 days you can turn the page on policies that have put greed and irresponsibility on Wall Street before the hard work of Main street. In 5 days, you can choose policies that invest in our middle class, create new jobs and grow this economy so that everyone has a chance to succeed. Not just the CEO, but the secretary and the janitor. Not just the factory owner, but the men and women on the factory floor.

The last sentence proves that Obama knows a lot about economy, i.e. the Marxist theory of it. It is all about class warfare. The eternal enemies: on the one side the evil factory owner (who owns the means of production); on the other side the poor alienated workers on the factory floor. You can read more about it here: Marx’s theory of alienation.

But the rest of the quote proves that he knows nothing about how real economy works. How does he want to “invest in middle class” and “create new jobs” without the help of the “factory owner”? If the “factory owner” has no benefit from being a “factory owner” then why bother. (I have worked for start-up companies for the past 7.5 years, and believe me, if not for the promise of a big pay-off I would not have worked as hard as I have in those years. Instead, I would have sought some easy, 9-5 job, preferably for the government.)

Anyway, the thing that I do not like the most from this speech is the idea that America needs to be “fundamentally transformed”. It is true that USA is not perfect, but what is perfect but a Utopia. I like America a lot. I have lived it several European countries, and I think that America is the best.

Or course, I would not mind some improvements here and there. But, heck, I do not want some Obama to “fundamentally transform” it.

UPDATE: His promise of fundamental transformation is probably related to his ideas why America is fundamentally flawed.





Is Obama a Socialist, a Marxist, or a Communist?

26 10 2008

To answer that questions we first have to agree on what these words mean — I mean Socialism, Marxism, and Communism, I assume that there is an agreement as to what “is” means. Additionally, let’s define what Capitalism is. For convenience, I will take some definitions from wiki, which does not constitute endorsement of the complete wiki content regarding these concepts.

Capitalism

According to wiki, Capitalism is the economic system in which the means of production are distributed to openly competing profit-seeking private persons and where investments, distribution, income, production and pricing of goods and services are predominantly determined through the operation of a free market where anyone can participate in supply and demand and form contracts with each other, rather than by central economic planning. Capitalism is a self-organizing, decentralized system.

Capitalism does not exist in vacuum but falls under more or less pronounced influence of the state (government). Libertarian, or Laissez-faire doctrine of Capitalism states that private initiative and production are best, if economic interventionism and taxation by the state beyond what is necessary to maintain individual liberty, peace, security, and property rights, are kept to a minimum.

Communism

According to wiki, Communism is a socioeconomic structure that promotes the establishment of an egalitarian, classless society based on common ownership of the means of production and property in general.

Communism is typically associated with its Marxist-Leninist, or Maoist, forms which were implemented as totalitarian societies. However, Communism can also be voluntary, for example the Israeli Kibbutz movement.

Marxism

Again, according to wiki, Marxism is the political philosophy and practice derived from the work of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Any political practice or theory that is based on an interpretation of the works of Marx and Engels may be called Marxism.

The core principles on which Marxism stands are:

  1. a belief that capitalism is based on the exploitation of workers (the poor) by the owners of the means of production (the rich)
  2. a belief that who you are and what you think about yourself is shaped by material conditions and relations to the means of production
  3. an understanding of class in terms of differing relations to the means of production (e.g. workers vs. factory owners, or John Edward’s “two Americas”)
  4. a view of history according to which class struggle structures each historical period and drives historical change
  5. a belief that this dialectical historical process will ultimately result in a replacement of the current class structure of society with a system that manages society for the good of all, resulting in the dissolution of the class structure and its support (more often than not including the nation state)

Note that the dialectical historical process described in point (5) was by Marx and his followers understood as a Scientific theory assumed to be true. This made any opposition to the theories of Marxism branded as irrational or against reason at best, or reactionary and deserving elimination at worst. (I would recommend reading on Karl Popper who argued against ascribing the status of science to Marxist Dialectical Materialism or Historical Materialism.)

Marx developed his own Economic Theory. In Capitalism value of labor and value of products is determined by the free market (as low as someone is willing to work for, and as much as someone is willing to pay for a product). Marx considered it wrong and insisted that the value of both labor and the product could be calculated by analyzing various constituent components like: materials and resources, labor time, use value and surplus value.

Related to this is Marx’s idea of Distributive Justice. You can find a pretty decent description of it here. To summarize, Marx distinguished two forms of it: applicable to first and second stages of Communism.

  • In the first stage of Communism wages must be paid only after deductions for all common and necessary provisions.
  • In the second stage, the ideal Communist society, each individual would be transformed and work would be totally unalienating so that the famous formula would apply: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.

Socialism

According to Karl Marx Socialism is a transitional stage between Capitalism and Communism. Marx posited that Socialism would unavoidably lead to Communism. According to wiki, Socialism refers to a broad set of economic theories of social organization advocating state or collective ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, and the creation of an egalitarian society.

There are various forms/stages of Socialism depending on the degree of the state or collective ownership of the means of production. Some socialists advocate complete nationalization of the means of production, distribution, and exchange; while others advocate state control of capital within the framework of a market economy. Social democrats propose selective nationalization of key national industries in mixed economies combined with tax-funded welfare programs.

Thus, USA may currently be considered a Socialist State to a degree, in particular after the recent round of bailouts.  It became mildly Socialist after the FDR’s New Deal was introduced.

So who is Obama?

Obama would like us to think of him as a kind of Social Democratic person, with a similar political program as many European Social Democratic parties. That is kind of the extent of how far the various economic and social reforms described at barackobama.com go.

However, when one looks at the people and groups that he has worked with or for, or with whom he has associated himself in the past; plus if one looks at the various statements that he has made in the past, during his time in Chicago and up to his Presidential nomination, one recognizes his affinity to various tenets of Marxism.

So yes, I think that Obama is a Marxist.

Here is an NPR interview of Obama from 2001 where he reveals some of his Marxist thinking (you can find some analysis and a transcript here):

Bonus Section: Is Marxism that bad?

But you may say: Maybe Marxism is not that bad as Fox News makes it look. Maybe it would finally bring some “justice to all”.

My answer would be: Show me an example of one country where Marxism has worked and resulted in a real “workers paradise”. And do not mention Cuba (unless you are an idiot). And please do not use an excuse that these failed Marxist countries did not implement real Communism.





“Spread the wealth around”

13 10 2008

Here is a telling video where Obama tells a small business owner that higher taxes are not meant to punish him but to “spread the wealth around”. Indeed:

From each according to his ability, to each according to his need
Karl Marx in “Critique of the Gotha Program” (1875)

Here are a couple comments about that video from Breitbart.tv website:

Virginia   October 13th, 2008 – 1:21 pm
A dear friend, who had to leave Cuba, because of Castro Marxism, told me that listening to Obama ads on Spanish radio was exactly like listening to Castro!! She cannot understand why the Ameicans are not seeing the dangers in Socialism. “It is all around us, Cuba, Venzuela,Russia. They have failed, but ruined their countries for generations”. Take heed, folks…”spread the wealth”?, only to the grifters and grafters! You are being ACORNED: phoney promises for phoney voters.
vlad80913 October 13th, 2008 – 3:37 pm
I am an African American man in Colorado. I was born to a single mother who worked her finger to the bone to support me. I grew up in a real bad area of Gary,Indiana, and unfortunately, because my mother worked so hard all of the time, I was left alone most of the time and found my way into ganga and even became a drug dealer. It was a special woman that turned my life around, she was only 18 but turned out to be my soul mate and I resolved that I would do anything to be with her. I enlisted in the army, where we were moved away from the poverty and gangs to another state, I served my country and went to college at night as did my wife and within ten 9 years of service we were able to get out of the Army and open our own business. I never stopped going to college, I found within me a great thirst for knowledge that to this day has never been quenched. My wife and I DID this. We did this ourselves without a government subsidized handout and we feel all the more proud because of it. Our business has grown so successful we were able to open up another and move to a place we had always loved. My point is, I have been down in the streets, I have known the life of a single parent and I know the sense of hopelessness that comes along with those situations. But to all of my brothers and sisters out there let me say, that YES, YOU CAN get up and make a difference in your own lives. Yes YOU CAN support yourselves without government help and YES YOU CAN stand on your own two feet and realize the American dream without having a handout from government. Obama is a man who is of my race and claims to speak for me, but with this redistribution of wealth theory of his, he is keeping the black man down, always hopeless, always needing a handout, always dependent on him and the government. My BUSINESS THAT I STRUGGLED AND SCRAPED MY WAY OUT OF THE GUTTER TO EARN, should not be raised against my will to pay for those who will not try. I did it, every last able bodied soul in America can do it as well. BARACK OBAMA TO ME IS SIMPLY A CHARLTAN. He is typical of all of the politicians over the years who claimed to have my interests at heart, and once voted into office became independantly wealthy off of greed and bribes. I t sickens me. As a military man, his foreign policy is simply inexperience at it’s best. He claims not to know much about it- where people do you think he will get advice from? Ask yourself realistically. I’m voting for the first time in my life outside my party for John Mccain and it has finally become clear as a whistle that my party does not represent me or my family anymore but instead their own selfish and ridiculous agenda

Good commentary on this at Ace of Spades.

A tax cut? For people who already don’t pay taxes? That’s not a tax cut, is it? That’s more like a… well, a government handout. It’s a welfare check.

Not so.

Obama prefers to call it “refundables.” Even though you’re not being “refunded” anything, you’re just being sent a thousand or two dollars from someone else’s tax payments.

Update: Here is an appropriate illustration from The People’s Cube:

Wealth Spread

Wealth Spread





“Justice in America for Everyone”

12 10 2008

Here is an interesting video where Obama promises that community organizers (I guess that includes ACORN) will shape his agenda soon after he is elected:

(So if you thought that his agenda was described in detail at barackobama.com, you were wrong. There is more to come.)

In the video Deepak Bhargava says that community organizations have to work through these elections to win “justice in America for everyone“.

What kind of justice is he talking about? Does he mean stuff like Amendment 6 to our constitution?

No, when they are talking about justice for everyone they think in Marxist terms. Stuff like: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs, i.e. Distributive Justice.

This is from Wiki on Justice

According to needs-based theories, goods, especially such basic goods as food, shelter and medical care, should be distributed to meet individuals’ basic needs for them. Marxism can be regarded as a needs-based theory on some readings of Marx’s slogan, ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs’.

That is exactly what Barack believes in — for example, he unequivocally said that health care is a right. (Yes, it is a right within the Marxist theory.)

BTW, Deepak Bhargava’s talk about “the power of many” with reference to community organizers reminded me of “transition from quantity to quality” which is described in the philosophy of Dialectic Materialism of Marx & Engels.

I guess those of us who have more abilities than needs better be ready, cause the new “quality” – socialism – is coming.

1st May -- Long live peasant-worker friendship

"1st May -- Long live peasant-worker friendship"