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Clarke: 100 MP strategy to hold Starmer’s feet to fire

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 24/05/2024 - 7:03am in

Left strategist targets key MP wins to resist Starmer when he takes us into war or when he privatises our NHS’

Left-wing strategist Eoin Clarke, who has been at the heart of left resistance and the victories of the Corbyn period before sabotage and smears brought down the then-Labour leader, is targeting a hundred wins in the coming general election for grassroots candidates with the integrity and vision absent from what passes for the Labour party under Keir Starmer.

Clarke has laid out the target, which he has been working on for two years in a project named ‘Wag the dog’, along with a breakdown by nation of what could be achieved ‘to hold Starmer’s feet to the fire’ and resist the Establishment automaton when he tries to take the UK to war or to privatise our National Health Service:

Working with Clarke, the Ordinary Left grassroots activist group will shortly be announcing the socialist candidates, whether independent or associated with an existing party, that it will be recommending to the movement for campaign support. With the widespread disgust with Starmer over Gaza and his breaking of every promise he made to con his way into the Labour leadership, and the recent local election results showing independents and Greens surging compared to Labour and the Tories, and suggesting a potential hung Parliament, achieving the target does not look beyond the realms of possibility.

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What We Owe Gaza’s Journalists

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 24/05/2024 - 3:24am in

War rages on in the months since Hamas’ assault against Israel and its ongoing retaliatory punishment of the blockaded Gaza Strip. It has been agonizing to witness. As of May, Israeli military actions are estimated to have killed more than 35,000 Palestinians, the majority of them women and children. Almost the entire population of Gaza has been displaced from their homes. A quarter of the…

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The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule – review

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 23/05/2024 - 11:35pm in

In The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule, Angela Saini explores the origins of patriarchy, debunking biological determinism and highlighting the role of nation building, social norms, and violence in embedding gender inequality into societies. Saini’s well-argued, comprehensive history of patriarchal power structures is essential reading for sociologists, historians and gender studies researchers as well as more general readers, writes Nicoleta Ciubotariu.

The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule. Angela Saini. Fourth Estate. 2024 (Paperback); 2023 (Hardback).

the patriarchs by angela saini book coverIn The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule, Angela Saini delves into a question that resonates deeply with readers interested in gender studies, history, and social structures – how did patriarchy come to be? Understanding its origins is crucial for those who seek to challenge and dismantle it. Saini argues that the balance of power towards men has destabilised and that in order to maintain it, men find ways to reassert and reconstruct it as societies develop. This book provides a comprehensive exploration of history, spanning millennia and many societies (a timeline and a map can be found on pages x-xiii) to uncover the roots of patriarchal systems (or multiple patriarchies, as it is highlighted in the book) and their enduring influence in our present times.

Understanding [patriarchy’s] origins is crucial for those who seek to challenge and dismantle it.

Saini is an award-winning journalist and writer with a penchant for digging through history to understand how systems of oppression came to be. She brings her extensive history research to bear in The Patriarchs. Her previous works, including Superior: The Return of Race Science and Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, demonstrate her expertise in dissecting the origins of societal biases and prejudices.

The Patriarchs sheds light on misconceptions and challenges previous theories, such as Steven Goldberg’s argument that patriarchy is inevitable because it is rooted in biology. Saini adeptly challenges the idea that women’s oppression started to appear in the agricultural societies of the past due to natural differences between men and women, which relegated one group to submission and one to domination. She uses the discoveries at the Neolithic and Chalcolithic southern Anatolia, Catalhoyuk to show that while the agricultural revolution began in 10,000 BCE, the communities in Catalhoyuk were still very much gender-blind in 7400 BCE.

Looking at Mesopotamia in 2100 BCE, Saini shows as the state developed over hundreds of years, women’s lives and rights became more and more constricted by gender codes and laws.

Instead, she argues, it was the emergence of states and empires that demanded their citizens to defend and fight for their precarious inception and growth. Looking at Mesopotamia in 2100 BCE, Saini shows as the state developed over hundreds of years, women’s lives and rights became more and more constricted by gender codes and laws. While initially being able to own property and work, in time, wives and daughters had to be designed as legal men to bypass laws and be able to inherit. Nation- and empire-building also required the production of citizens, which led states to want to control births and, thus, women. As Saini states, “…we can see [women’s oppression] in the historical record around the same time the earliest states and empires began to grow, as they tried to expand their populations and maintain armies to defend themselves. The elites […] needed young women to have as many children as possible, and for the young men they raised to be willing warriors” (7). Therefore, gender inequality has at its roots narratives of power and attempts to gain control over other people rather than stemming from inescapable biology.

Gender inequality has at its roots narratives of power and attempts to gain control over other people rather than stemming from inescapable biology.

Yet, this does not explain how gender inequality and patriarchal systems persisted through the centuries. Saini argues that it happened slowly, “through constant considered effort, sometimes using violence or the threat of it, but more often by layer upon layer of social norms, laws, and edicts” (131). It took sustained labour to convince people of women’s inferiority, and gender norms had to be introduced and policed through honour, shame and loyalty. Chapter Five, aptly named “Restriction”, illustrates some of the ways in which women’s participation, choices and actions were restricted and controlled through time and how these narratives propagated.

One striking example of this is the exploration of gender expectations of sexual purity and chastity imposed on girls from Ancient Greece onwards, whose families pressured them to marry very young (around 13 or 14 years old). They would often be married off to men ten or fifteen years older. This fed the stereotypes still present in modern times that men are rational and logical. Women were seen as emotional and foolish instead of acknowledging a huge age and life experience gap. These beliefs continue to affect women’s participation in society and their choices; their persistence is highlighted by recent statistics around leadership roles, pay gaps, and their participation in STEM and sport.

[Girls] would often be married off to men ten or fifteen years older. This fed the stereotypes still present in modern times that men are rational and logical.

In the next chapter, “Alienation”, the author unpicks some of the darkest issues that have resulted from and been consolidated through patriarchies. Domestic abuse (perpetrated not only by the partner but also by others in the family) and rape, forced marriage, bride kidnapping, captive taking, prostitution, sexual bondage/slavery, unpaid and unrecognised domestic labour and female genital mutilation are among the themes analysed in this chapter. Saini shows that violence against women is both a cause and a consequence of patriarchy, of the imbalance of power between genders.

Saini argues these happen because of the patrilineal and patrilocality aspects of patriarchy, which require young women to give up their family home and move in with their in-laws upon marriage. This often leaves the woman destitute, vulnerable, and dependent on the goodwill of others who are in control of her fate. Saini discusses that in some traditions, the father gifts the groom a whip to illustrate the change of ownership. Further, the expression “rule of thumb” comes from the acceptable width of the instrument men could use to beat their wives.

[In] matrilineal, matrilocal societies, where men move in with the women’s families, where often women are more supported and have access to more resources, which can be seen in physical attributes, eg, they are taller.

To further prove the point, she contrasts this to matrilineal, matrilocal societies, where men move in with the women’s families, where often women are more supported and have access to more resources, which can be seen in physical attributes, eg, they are taller. These arguments are supported by UN statistics which emphasise that heterosexual relationships wherein men believe they hold a dominant position over women and practice behaviours intended to control women’s bodies, autonomy and contact with others are strongly correlated with a higher risk of intimate partner violence.

Another interesting idea explored in this chapter is the complicity of women in maintaining patriarchy. The illustrations that bring this point to life range from the mistress of the house choosing the least-desirable food (eating the fat of the pate or the burnt toast), to mothers-in-law orchestrating the murder of their daughters-in-law to maintain the family’s honour, to Boko-Haram kidnapped girls who decided to stay as kidnappers’ wives as they had power over other slaves, which they would otherwise lose. This highlights the intersectionality of age (women becoming more powerful with age) and status (bearing sons, becoming mothers-in-law) to show the different power dynamics women are involved in and sometimes seek.

Saini connects this to an earlier discussion relating to the reductive idea that goddess-worshipping societies were peaceful and conquered by a violent, war-thirsty minority. She artfully weaves together threads of arguments that help to dispel myths such as the notion that women cannot be power-hungry or that they accepted submission because of nature. Women, like other people, are not a homogenous group but individuals with their own objectives, ambitions and beliefs that make them different from one another.

Saini takes the reader on a journey through history to uncover […] multiple patriarchies that have had to be constructed, reconstructed and reinforced through laws, but more importantly, through traditions, myths and stereotypes

Throughout the course of the book, Saini takes the reader on a journey through history to uncover the origins of patriarchy. Rather than going straight to the destination, this journey uncovers multiple patriarchies that have had to be constructed, reconstructed and reinforced through laws, but more importantly, through traditions, myths and stereotypes. Women’s submission is neither natural nor genetically prone. Instead, oppression is consolidated through gender norms, isolation and violence. This book is an excellent read for feminists, sociologists, historians, and students of, or readers interested in, politics, social sciences, gender studies, history, and social structures.

Note: This review gives the views of the author, and not the position of the LSE Review of Books blog, or of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The US Empire Deliberately Stokes Hatred And Violence In The Middle East

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 15/05/2024 - 10:07pm in

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USA, Terrorism, War, Gaza

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I sometimes see people expressing bafflement that the US would back a genocide in the middle east knowing that it will radicalize the region against them, mistakenly thinking this goes against US strategic goals.

And I always want to say to them, uh, have you been asleep the last quarter century? Have you not seen how the US empire uses the radicalism caused by its military violence in the middle east to justify more military expansionism in the region, leading to more military violence?

That’s what the so-called “war on terror” has been about since 9/11. The data unmistakably shows that US-led military interventionism in the middle east in the name of fighting “terrorism” actually leads more people to join US-designated terrorist organizations and commit more terrorist attacks, because nothing will radicalize you against the US and its allies like watching them murder and displace your loved ones right in front of you. But the interventionism continues anyway. Why? Because the resource-rich middle east is a crucial geostrategic region for planetary domination, and the US empire wants to have an expanded military presence there.

It’s actually a brilliant self-reinforcing scam. It works like this:

Step 1: Murder people in the middle east in the name of fighting “terrorism”.

Step 2: This causes people to hate you and your allies and to want to retaliate with violence.

Step 3: Designate these people “terrorists”.

Step 4: Send more war machinery to the region to go fight “terrorism”.

Step 5: Murder more people in the middle east in the name of fighting “terrorism”.

Do you see how this cycle would repeat over and over again, leading to more and more US military expansionism in the middle east? That’s exactly what we’ve been seeing, and it’s exactly what the US empire wants.

Why do you think the US empire spends so much energy propping up dictatorships throughout the middle east, despite claiming to support democracy? It’s so that they can impose their will on the region without any meaningful consequences in terms of geostrategic control. They can freely rain military explosives upon west Asia without losing allies and partners, and all that will happen is a bunch of radicalized hatred throughout the general public, which they desire anyway.

If the oil-rich nations in the middle east ever had democratic rule, their governments would quickly move away from their official and unofficial alliances and partnerships with the United States and Israel, and would in all likelihood form their own powerful bloc in support of their own interests. Because the empire helps suppress the will of the people in that region by installing and supporting dictators instead, the only recourse some people feel they have to see their will enacted in that direction is the non-state violence known as “terrorism”.

Someday there will be a large-scale violent attack on the US in retaliation for its genocide in Gaza, and the response from the US will with absolute certainty be more military expansionism in the middle east. This all suits the US empire managers perfectly fine. They want it, and they actively work to make it happen.

The US-centralized empire makes the world more hateful, more violent, more dangerous and more abusive. Humanity cannot know peace until this globe-dominating power structure has been cast into the dustbin of history.

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The Fear and the Fix

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 15/05/2024 - 9:59pm in

How mainstream environmentalism fell under the sway of benign reformism

I Criticize The US Power Alliance Because It’s The Most Destructive Force On Earth

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 14/05/2024 - 11:05pm in

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Gaza, War, Palestine, Israel, USA


Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Listen to a reading of this article (reading by Tim Foley):

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A federal judge in Canberra has sentenced whistleblower David McBride to five years and eight months for exposing Australian war crimes in Afghanistan. Australia is such a tyrannical police state.

I don’t spend my time attacking the US war machine because I have any special love for Hamas, Iran, Russia, China, or any other power. I do it because the US empire is quantifiably the most destructive and tyrannical force on this planet, by an extremely massive margin.

No other power has spent the 21st century killing people by the millions and displacing them by the tens of millions. No other power is circling the planet with hundreds of military bases, starving people around the world with blockades and economic sanctions, staging proxy wars, color revolutions and coups all over the earth, and working to destabilize and destroy any nation anywhere on this planet who dares to defy its dictates.

Only the US empire is doing this. No other power comes anywhere remotely close.

That’s as murderous and tyrannical as it gets. Propaganda-addled empire simps sometimes try to act like it’s strange and suspicious that I spend all my time criticizing the US war machine, when what’s actually strange and suspicious is that everyone else does not.

The US State Department is justifying continued US support for Israel’s Gaza assault despite its own acknowledgement of evidence of Israeli war crimes, claiming there’s been a “substantial increase” in efforts to get aid into Gaza. It makes this claim days after Israel shut down the most crucial entry point of aid into Gaza, which remains closed.

It’s hilarious how imperial spinmeisters keep trying to convince young people that it will be those who opposed a genocide who will have to worry about their futures. Israel apologists are aggressively hammering this line “If you protest against Israel employers won’t hire you!” You idiots, young people know they live in a world where opposing a genocide can hurt your job prospects. That’s why they’ve decided to change the world.

Besides October 2023, the all-time month with the most searches for the word “Nakba” is May 2024, when one artist released a song containing the line “the Nakba never ended”. You want to know why the kids are pushing celebrities to oppose the Gaza genocide? That’s why.

I am so done listening to people bitch about Gen Z. After watching what superstars and leaders these kids have been on Gaza these last seven months, we shouldn’t be asking how we can guide them, we should be asking how they can guide us.

One of the many reasons it’s absurd to say a Jewish person from New York has more of a claim to Palestine than the Palestinians because the New Yorker is “indigenous” to the land is that their argument depends on expanses of time that have no relevance to the human lifespan. Claiming you had ancestors there 500 or 1,000 or 2,000 years ago is a moot point, because vast stretches of time like that have no meaningful personal relevance to a species that only lives about eighty years, whereas there are survivors of the Nakba still alive today.

If an event is so far back in history that you don’t personally experience its reverberations and its consequences, then it’s not recent enough to have any personal relevance to you. American descendants of slavery can rightly claim that slavery is personally relevant to them for example, because that population is still experiencing the reverberations and consequences of that historical event. Some white guy in New York who happens to share a religion with people who lived in Palestine a few millennia ago cannot make the same claim.

Ironically if Biden was really the anti-Israel Hamas lover that Republicans claim he is and if Trump was really the pro-Russia isolationist that Democrats claimed he was, we wouldn’t be seeing the horrors in Gaza and Ukraine that we’re seeing today.

When I escaped from an abusive relationship which got very abusive as I was trying to leave, my ex went around telling everyone we knew that his abuse wasn’t what it looked like and it was actually quite complicated. Just like Israel and its apologists are doing right now.

That’s just what abusers do when people start calling their obvious abuse what it is, whether you’re talking about interpersonal or international affairs. You see bloodthirsty swamp monsters like John Bolton using the “it’s complicated” talking point all the time, because if you look at the raw data of the US war machine’s behavior it’s very clearly an extremely abusive and destructive force.

Imperial narrative managers work hard to make the depravity of the empire sound a lot more complicated than it is so that people will assume it’s best left to the authorized “experts”. And because of how locked down our rulers have the information ecosystem it often works; people look at things like Israel-Palestine and assume it must be very complicated, because if it was as simple as it looks then surely their government and their media would not be so supportive of Israel.

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Protest And Dissent Can Absolutely Push The Empire To Retreat On Gaza

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 10/05/2024 - 12:14pm in

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It is entirely possible for the surging anti-genocide protest movement and its accompanying zeitgeist in the general public to push the empire to retreat on Gaza. The imperial murder machine has many strengths, but it also has weaknesses.

The globe-spanning power structure that is loosely centralized around Washington has invested in perception management more heavily than any other empire in history — that’s what you’re seeing with all the mass media propaganda, Silicon Valley algorithm manipulation, oligarch-funded think tanks, and mainstream culture manufacturing in New York and Hollywood. By using mass-scale psychological manipulation via the most sophisticated perception management system that has ever existed, the US-centralized empire is able to manufacture support for its agendas at home and abroad while dissuading the public from protest and revolution.

This is an immense strength, but it’s also a weakness. Its so-called “soft power” narrative manipulation systems allow for an immense amount of control while still creating the illusion of freedom and democracy, thereby suppressing public desire to overthrow what would otherwise be perceived as a murderous and exploitative oppressor, but its heavy reliance on perception management means it can’t afford to be seen in too negative a light without causing widespread distrust in its propaganda machine.

https://medium.com/media/30607fae6223bcfa3442ad72f24eb031/href

If too many people realize that their government is psychopathic and their news media and other indoctrination systems have been lying to them about it all their lives, the empire will lose the ability to propagandize them, because propaganda only works if you don’t know it’s happening to you. If too many people wake up from the propaganda matrix it won’t have any effect any longer, and without their propaganda our rulers cannot rule, because that’s the entire control system upon which their rule is premised.

The empire therefore needs to tread very carefully when public opinion starts to turn against it, and retreat whenever public trust in imperial institutions would be compromised too severely for the empire to continue on a given path. It simply cannot afford to wake the public up from the propaganda-induced coma it has spent generations lulling them into.

What this means is that the empire can be pressured into retreat simply by spreading enough awareness and sowing enough opposition to its depraved actions. If enough eyes open to the truth of what’s happening in Gaza, there’s no amount of geostrategic middle east agendas or Israel lobby funding that can outweigh the empire’s existential need to prevent a mass-scale awakening from the mainstream imperial worldview and a transition into widespread revolutionary consciousness. The empire would necessarily need to step back before things reached that point, because its very existence depends on it.

The empire has been walking that line this entire time. Whenever you see it doing things like stepping back from regime change invasions of Cuba or Syria or refraining from going as authoritarian as it could go on a given issue, it isn’t because the empire suddenly evolved a conscience. It’s because it hasn’t yet succeeded in manufacturing public consent for such agendas, and imposing them before the public has been manipulated into accepting them would snap them out of the matrix of psychological control. They work so hard to manufacture public consent because they absolutely need it.

https://medium.com/media/2e5c8f7418f7686b1bb363ad664b5f12/href

So the empire can be pressured on Gaza and on every other issue if enough people put enough energy into spreading awareness of the truth. That’s why the empire managers are freaking out about this new protest movement right now; they understand the absolutely fundamental role that narrative control plays in the existence of imperial power structures, and how much they stand to lose if it is taken away.

And hopefully it will be. Hopefully one day, maybe even soon, we will see people begin unplugging their brains from the matrix of imperial mind control at so widespread a scale that no amount of retreating and backpedaling can save the empire from the people collectively deciding they’ll have none of its murderous tyranny anymore. From there it will lose its allies and assets abroad, it will succumb to revolutionary sentiments at home, and the people can start working toward building a healthy world together.

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Opposing The War Machine Is Cool Again, And The Empire’s Getting Nervous

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 08/05/2024 - 12:35pm in

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Gaza, art, War, Protest, activism

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American rapper Macklemore has released a single titled “Hind’s Hall”, the name given to Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall by anti-genocide protesters in honor of the six year-old Hind Rajab who was murdered in Gaza by Israeli forces. The artist says all proceeds from the track will go to UNRWA.

The song with its accompanying video is such a scathing indictment of the US-backed destruction of Gaza that Google-owned YouTube promptly age-restricted it. Macklemore attacks Biden, the brutal police crackdowns on protesters, the conflation of anti-Zionism with anti-semitism, US politicians and the Israel lobby, with lines that will haunt you for days like “The Nakba never ended, the colonizer lied.”

This marks the first really mainstream artist to take on this issue in their chosen medium with a track intended for widespread circulation. It probably won’t be the last. Opposing the Gaza genocide is quickly moving from the right thing to do to the cool thing to do, which is a major problem for the empire.

Macklemore on Twitter: "HIND'S HALL. Once it's up on streaming all proceeds to UNRWA. pic.twitter.com/QqZEKmzwZI / Twitter"

HIND'S HALL. Once it's up on streaming all proceeds to UNRWA. pic.twitter.com/QqZEKmzwZI

The empire can handle being on the wrong side of an issue; it has all the media and mainstream culture-manufacturing institutions on its side, which allows it to frame public perception of that issue in a way that quells dissent. What it absolutely cannot handle is a critical mass of young people deciding the imperial murder machine sucks, and that opposing it is fun and makes you cool.

That’s when dissent takes on a momentum of its own. As long as opposing militarism and imperialism is just the morally correct thing to do it will always be a marginal position in an information ecosystem that’s controlled by the powerful, because simply being on the right side of an issue has little natural magnetism of its own. But the instant it moves from being about morality to being fun and cool it suddenly starts crackling with energy and drawing in huge numbers of people who normally wouldn’t be that interested on their own.

The empire has no answer to this. Seriously, how can a bunch of boring empire managers in DC and Virginia hope to compete once that happens? What are they going to do, win the young back by writing another Wall Street Journal think piece? Have Netanyahu rap about how Zionism is rad while Tony Blinken plays guitar? They’ve got nothing.

This crackling excitement behind an antiwar protest movement hasn’t happened since the sixties, and the empire had to retreat from Vietnam with its tail between its legs and dramatically restructure western civilization before it could recover from it. And all the empire managers who worked on solving that problem are dead and gone now; the people working on it now have never had to deal with anything like this, which is why it took them by surprise. The empire managers of today have only ever encountered protests against the war machine that were either very small or short-lived and easily diverted; this one’s only gaining momentum seven months in.

And the northern hemisphere’s summer hasn’t even started yet. I guarantee you the swamp monsters are scheming very hard to try and shut this thing down before summer starts, because the kids are going to have a whole lot of fun at their expense if they can’t.

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Quashing University Protests And Banning TikTok To Make The Kids Love Israel

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 25/04/2024 - 11:39pm in

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War, Gaza, Israel, News


Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

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It’s just a tough situation, with victims on both sides. On one side you’ve got people being slaughtered in droves by genocidal massacres and siege warfare, while on the other you’ve got people whose feelings get hurt when these atrocities are opposed. Hard to say which is worse.

I have dedicated every day of my life to the project of spreading awareness of the depravity and deceitfulness of the western empire, but I will never write anything more effective toward this end than what the empire is doing itself on university campuses right now.

I mean, you kind of have to wonder what they’re thinking. “Yeah, that’s it. Violently quash pro-Palestine protests at universities, ban TikTok to ensure the suppression of pro-Palestine content, and saturate the boomer media with obvious propaganda. That’ll make the kids love Israel.”

https://medium.com/media/9dc4da954a62b39d06fae11ac1cdab9a/href

Meanwhile the US empire is still playing games with each and every one of our lives by continually taking insane risks in its world-threatening brinkmanship with a nuclear superpower. It turns out last month the Biden administration secretly sent Ukraine long-range Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), which Ukraine has reportedly already used to attack a Russian base in Crimea.

In 2022 when Ukraine first started urging the United States to send it the ATACMS— which has nearly four times the range of the HIMARS weapons the US has been supplying — Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova immediately responded with a warning that their use on Russian territory would make the US a direct participant in the conflict, and Russia would respond accordingly. Crimea is considered Russian territory by the Russian Federation.

In an article published in Antiwar last year titled “ATACMS: Be Very Afraid of This Acronym,” West Suburban Peace Coalition president Walt Zlotow wrote that this missile system “has potential to draw the US and NATO into all out war with Russia”:

ATACMS are long range US missiles that can strike up to 190 miles. Top US officials, likely including President Biden, are seriously considering giving ATACMS to Ukraine in their battle to take back all Russian gains in Ukraine, including Crimea. They can reach both Crimea and the Russian mainland.

If so used by Ukraine to attack Russia, it may be a missile too far that could ignite Russian tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Further escalation into nuclear confrontation between Russia and the US/NATO alliance seeking Russia’s defeat becomes more likely.

Biden proclaimed it “a good day for world peace” when he signed the World War 3 bill which will pour weapons of death and destruction into Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan. This is the inverted reality the US-centralized empire premises its narratives about itself upon. They’ve got the mainstream public espousing a completely backwards and upside-down worldview, which is why we live in a completely backwards and upside-down civilization.

Michael Tracey on Twitter: "Biden just signed the mammoth war funding bill. "It's a good day for world peace," he says, without a hint of irony. New arms shipments will flow to Ukraine within hours. It's a shame Trump couldn't be there for the signing ceremony, they could've bonded over their shared support pic.twitter.com/wWLCcR0Crc / Twitter"

Biden just signed the mammoth war funding bill. "It's a good day for world peace," he says, without a hint of irony. New arms shipments will flow to Ukraine within hours. It's a shame Trump couldn't be there for the signing ceremony, they could've bonded over their shared support pic.twitter.com/wWLCcR0Crc

The Ukraine war funding part of the bill was actually reportedly pushed through with behind-the-scenes collaboration between Trump and Republican lawmakers. Anyone who still buys Trump’s “ending the wars, fighting the deep state” schtick is a fucking moron.

When Israel’s genocide funding made it through the House, Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted, “The US Congress just overwhelmingly passed a much appreciated aid bill that demonstrates strong bipartisan support for Israel and defends Western civilization. Thank you friends, thank you America!”

And he’s not wrong. The US congress does have massive bipartisan support for Israel, and pouring war machinery into that genocidal apartheid state does in fact bolster the blood-fueled machine of nonstop murder and tyranny that is “western civilization”.

Human thriving arises from curiosity. Curiosity about the way our material universe operates leads to advances in science, and all the benefits that come with it. Curiosity about how our civilization’s power structures operate leads to an understanding of how the world really works, which will lead to the emergence of a truth-based society if realized on a collective level. Curiosity about our own consciousness and inner processes leads to self-realization, and the harmonious way of moving in the world which flows from it.

If a healthy humanity exists in the future, it will be above all a deeply curious species. The values of competition, greed and domination which currently drive the way our civilization operates will have given way to curiosity, humility and discovery. We will have cultivated a humble but intense curiosity about ourselves, about each other, about our collective societal dynamics, and about our natural world.

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Universalism in Dark Times

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 19/04/2024 - 11:33pm in

In his acceptance speech for the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding, Omri Boehm discusses the challenge of open discussion....

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