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.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Following Up, or Down


The editors over at The North Star are inviting readers to submit responses to ten (10) smoldering sub-sections of the single, eternally burning question for our movement:  What Is To Be Done?

As much as this may sound like virtual Leninism, it isn’t; nothing Lenin did was virtual.
Indeed, TNS claims a pedigree, with papers to prove it, of being a departure from “Leninist orthodoxy.”
TNS finds its inspiration, mainly, in the work of the late Peter Camejo, former Green Party candidate for vice-president (part-time), and investment adviser (full-time).  “Socially-responsible investing” was Pete’s shtick (as some would say on the Street), and he supposedly did it well.
Here are the Big Ten...

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Dogs, Licensed

S.Artesian
An audio version of the article is available on Soundcloud
1. We’ve had “(put)in like Flynn,” and now we have “(put)out like Flynn.”
We have a new chief executive officer of the bourgeoisie’s state, who got his (political) start falsely claiming that  his predecessor as CEO was not a US citizen, now whining about “fake news” when real information exposes his machinations as being exactly that, self-serving machinations.
We have Kellyanne Conway, everybody’s favorite neo-frau Goebbels, wailing on behalf of the non-victims of the non-existent massacre at Bowling Green vowing to never forget what never happened and to never not-let what never happened happen.
full at: 

Friday, February 24, 2017

(Dys)function at the (Con)juntion

Impasse at the intersection of Value Boulevard and  Accumulation Avenue

The accumulation of capital is first last and always the accumulation of the means of production as capital, that is to say as values seeking more values; as values expanding values;  as value extracting more value for labor power constituted itself as value.

And...

...for the  means of production to exist as values, their utility as the means of labor has to be expressed, and  suppressed-- mediated-- as and by private property.

And...

...then the means of production confronts laborers, and labor-power, not as things, objects, but as a condition of their own labor, as a condition of their own existence, subsistence, reproduction.

And...

...then the laboring time becomes the means of exchange, becomes the material substance, the frozen breath, identified as value.

...then all products, all product, exists as value; all production exists only to realize surplus value.

Read all about it here