Friday, June 16, 2017

150, 100...ZERO


1. One hundred and fifty years ago, Marx’s Capital (volume 1) was published. Nobody, OK, almost nobody thought it was a big deal.

One hundred years ago, the event voted “least likely to succeed” by the senior class attending the Second International’s Karl Kautsky Gymnasium, occurred. Everybody, everywhere knew the Russian Revolution was a really big deal.

And that’s OK. Marx was first, foremost, last, and always a revolutionist. “Economics” is, in his own word, shit.

Revolution, in Lenin’s words is “the festival of the oppressed.” Everybody, well almost everybody, knows how much Marx and Engels loved to party.

If there were still a Soviet Union around, the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution would be marked by some big-ass parades in Red Square– rocket launchers, tanks, armored personnel carriers, airborne troops, with the usual gray eminences standing appropriately/inappropriately atop Lenin’s Tomb, looking like they were just three hours either side of the cardiac intensive care unit; clapping hands (their own), pounding chests (each other’s) to keep warm enough, breathe long enough to have time for one more cigarette, one more shot of vodka.

Read more at  Anti-Capital # 4

Saturday, June 10, 2017

THIS JUST IN...

Pathological Liar Offers Sworn Testimony

Nation Relieved 

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Thumbnail Review

Who could ever forget Yanis Varoufakis?  Leather clad, bike riding, game theorist, erratic Marxist, a regular one-man circus, with clowns, minus elephants.

Now Southside Yanni has a new book, Adults in the Room, all about-- you guessed it-- Yanis Varoufakis.   Quelle surprise.  Or as we say in the vernacular, strip my gears and call me shiftless.

Q: What's the difference between Yanni and, say, Margaret Thatcher? 

A:  Nothing. For both, of both, by both, it all comes down to this: TINA-- there is no alternative.  There is no alternative to capitalism. 

You can bluff and bluster and pull the odd fast one, but there's no alternative, so sooner rather than later, your bluff is called, your bluster is empty, and it turns out that the man in the wheelchair is infinitely faster than you.

That this rat bastard-- no, not Wolfgang, but rather Yanis-- can use the devastation of Greece as a platform for his own celebrity tells us all we need to know about him, his game, his theory, his "Marxism," and the current mode of production, any one of which is enough to gag a maggot.

S.Artesian
May 4, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Hardest Thing

The April 15 "Free Speech Rally" planned by various fascist groups for Berkeley, California was both bait and trap.  Black bloc and "antifa" swallowed the former and was swallowed in turn by the latter.

This isn't about courage or commitment or dedication. Nobody doubts the courage and dedication of the Black bloc or the antifascist fighters.

This isn't about whether or not Black bloc is immature, irresponsible, juvenile, disruptive, and or a giant pain in the ass.

full at: https://anticapital0.wordpress.com/the-hardest-thing/ 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Two Headlines



0707 hrs:  "Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs self in cell, pronounced dead at Massachusetts hospital"

1441 hrs:  "Bill O’Reilly out at Fox News"

Personally, I'd be much happier, and the world would be a much better place, if the heads were swapped but the lines remained the same.

S.Artesian

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Laugh, Laugh.....cry (just a little)

This April marks 150 years since the publication of Marx's Capital. 

Marx would be horrified.

First and foremost he would be horrified to discover that capitalism is still around, and not just around, still dominant; more than dominant, hegemonic.

Marx would also be horrified by the use of the word  "hegemonic."

Marx would be horrified to find that capitalism survived and prospered through the long deflation; WW1;  the Russian Revolution;  the class struggle in Germany, France, in Britain; the Spanish Civil War; the Great Depression; WW2; the declining rate of profit post 1967-1970; the collapse of the Soviet Union; and the Great Recession of 2008.

Marx would be horrified to find that capitalism had been able to expand its intrinsic barbarism so greatly with so little cost to itself, so little payback.

Marx would be horrified by all the anniversary celebrations of the publication of Capital, because all the celebrations are being conducted, stage-managed by academics, by those who call themselves, more or less, political economists, when the whole point of the critique of  capitalism is the practical abolition of "political economy."

If Marx were alive, he would chase these people away when they made their pilgrimage to Highgate.

Engels would have been amused.

Marx was no April Fool. He would have known, something has gone horribly wrong.