Some thoughts to take in consideration:
“The very fact that four-and-a-half years after the crash, under conditions where there has been no recovery in the real economy, the speculative frenzy is reaching new heights, not just in one or another country, but all over the world, points to the fact that this type of parasitism is integral to the capitalist system, and not a mere blemish on an otherwise healthy organism.
“Out of this modern civilization economic royalists carved new dynasties. New kingdoms were built upon concentration of control over material things. Through new uses of corporations, banks and securities, new machinery of industry and agriculture, of labor and capital – all undreamed of by the Fathers – the whole structure of modern life was impressed into this royal service.”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, speech in Philadelphia on June 27, 1936
“Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived of in their relation to the State.”
“Although war is ‘used’ as an instrument of national and social policy, the fact that a society is organized for any degree of readiness for war supersedes its political and economic structure. War itself is the basic social system, within which other secondary modes of social organization conflict or conspire. It is the system which has governed most human societies of record, as it is today.”
Leonard Lewin, (1967), Report From Iron Mountain on the
Possibility and Desirability of Peace
“All talk of reining in financial speculation while retaining the framework of capitalism, or reforming the system to make it more rational and just, is the product either of naivety, self-delusion or deliberate deception. The system cannot be reformed. It must be replaced.”
Nick Beams, “The corporate buyout surge and economic parasitism,” 2/22/2013
“The relationship within “real socialism” between the vanguard as conductor and a conducted working class, however, did not only lead to the deformation of workers and those elements necessary for the building of socialism; it also created the conditions in which enterprise managers emerged as an incipient capitalist class, which was an immediate source of the crises of “real socialism.”
Michael Lebowitz in “The Contradictions of ‘Real Socialism”
Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about.
1992 World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity
“We should cease to talk about vague and unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.”
George F Kennan in 1948
“Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military-industrial establishment would have to go on, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy.”
George F Kennan
The United States … must demonstrate by its own self-confidence and patience, but particularly by the integrity and dignity of its example, that the true glory of the Russian national effort can find its expression only in peaceful association with other peoples and not in attempts to subjugate and dominate those peoples. Such an attitude … could not fail to carry conviction and to find reflection in the development of Russia’s internal political life and, accordingly, in the Soviet concept of Russia’s place in international affairs.
George F Kennan
“Hard power seeks to kill, capture, or defeat an enemy. Soft power seeks to influence through understanding and the identification of common ground”
“Given the State has failed to ensure the most vulnerable in Irish society are protected to the greatest extent possible since the crisis, can the Government really be said to have lived up to its duties under human rights law?”
Prof Aoife Nolan, of the University of Nottingham
Preceding article: Blow to legitimacy of the capitalist system
- George Kennan (kjmmyblog.wordpress.com)
He was credited with coining the term “Containment,” The Most Important Term From The Cold War! This philosophy wanted to stop Communism from spreading.
- House of the Day: Diplomat George F. Kennan’s Former Home Listed for $3.6M (curbed.com)
The career diplomat and academic was born in Wisconsin, but after attending Princeton University, made Princeton, N.J. his home between stints overseas. He passed away in 2005—and his wife in 2008—leaving behind this professorial home on leafy Hodge Road, just a few blocks from the university campus.
- The United States’ (Mis)interpretation of Containment Theory (foreignpolicyjournal.com)
In 1945, the defeat of Germany in World War II resulted in a power vacuum in Europe. To fill this void, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.), headed by Joseph Stalin, expanded its sphere of influence – the area in which it expressed substantial military, economic, cultural, and/or political influence. The U.S.S.R. also capitalized on disruptions to the status quo that resulted from the war to promote its Marxist-Leninist ideology (Gaddis, The Origins of the Cold War 298).
Kennan did not perceive the U.S.S.R. as a military threat but rather as an “ideological-political threat” (Kennan, “Containment: 40 Years Later”).
Kennan viewed Europe as economically maladjusted and vulnerable to dictatorships, and he feared that the Soviets would exploit this weakness (Kennan Qtd. in Gaddis, George F. Kennan 267). Perceiving Soviet economics as incompatible with those of the U.S., he believed the U.S. must act to prevent the Soviet takeover of Europe. With the acceptance of this goal to prevent Soviet seizure of Europe, the Cold War began.
- Socialist Register 2013: The Question of Strategy (jdeanicite.typepad.com)
- Gustav Landauer his Folkanarchism (volksanarchistischkollektief.wordpress.com)
Landauer is best described as a critical and realistic idealist. He was not deceived by idealist mirages, nor by materialist fallacies.
Organisations, like the State, have contained since their existence the seeds of domination and mechanically rigid centralism. Through the advance of the general decay their bad sides have gotten worse, while they grow in strength. In the masses, the spirit that binds all individuals into a true community, disappears. When the life of the community no longer feeds the individual, the individual gets alienated and lonely. This process of sophisticated individualization on the one hand, and atomization on the other, leads towards a mindlessness of the masses. They can only become a people again, when a new culture flourishes.
- Examining impact of austerity on human rights (irishtimes.com)
how controversial budget cuts, including to carers’ allowances and child benefit, fail to accord with Ireland’s human rights obligations under the Constitution and international rights instruments.
- Socialism, Killer of Nations (conservativetickler.wordpress.com)
When a government introduces Socialism it also introduces the death of entrepreneurism. There is an old saying that tells us, ‘ Producers are at the mercy of Non-Producers under Socialism.’
The very nature of Socialism impedes creation, which is what the producers actually are, creators. The impediment of creation ceases the existence of building. The cessation of building eliminates growth and with that gone the economy fails.
- Socialism still relevant: Patnaik (thehindu.com)
Prof. Patnaik said that in a system driven by its inner laws such as capitalism, even a capitalist was ‘unfree’ and could not exist without being greedy or corrupt. It is here, he said, that Marx argued for ownership of means of production, bringing in the principle of socialism.
- Dance of the Dialectic (3rdworldliberator.wordpress.com)
Marx made extremely creative use of dialectical method to analyze the origins, operation, and direction of capitalism. Unfortunately, his promised book on method was never written, so that readers wishing to understand and evaluate Marx’s theories, or to revise or use them, have had to proceed without a clear grasp of the dialectic in which the theories are framed. The result has been more disagreement over “what Marx really meant” than over the writings of any other major thinker.