We received two poetic responses to our recent e-mails: one on dealing with China’s association with ASEAN nations and the other on the finance capital posting with Sam Webb. They are so beautifully expressed that I wish to share them with you. They read like unfolding history in poetic cadence.
Sent: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 7:05 pm
Subject: Re: China’s Positive Relations: The Association of SouthEast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
It’s intersting. The US has been shouting for weeks that China is actively devaluing its currency without offering a shred of evience to substantiate this claim while, at the very same time, we’re printing dollars faster and faster. It’s the blatant hypocrisy which is destroying our nation from within. China didn’t do this to us. WE did this to ourselves. The other nations continue to develop meaningful multilateral agreements. China is quickly gaining the trust of the developing world. We are nowhere to be found in these deliberations. We are like a dog howling at the moon. No one any longer cares what we do or say. America has backed itself into a corner of growing irrelevance. The future will go to the intelligent and productive, not the well-armed. The ash heap of histoy beckons. How long will it be before we’re officially declared defunct as the world’s greatest deadbeat?
Franklin L. Johnson
From: Max Armand <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thu, Nov 18, 2010 3:03 am
Subject: RE: A Welcome Voice From The Left
I would highly suggest that you completely remove the Obama millstone from around your neck. Any attachment to him will only retard any efforts toward radical social change. Any mass movement that forms against the Establishment will most certainly have to be against the Presidency itself and thus against Obama. And though I have become quite skeptical of those who wave the banner of “democracy”, the majority of people feel a deep dissatisfaction with the current dominant form of social organization. The ruling classes emit cold sweats at the thought of all those persons who yet to be shaken to consciousness.
Obama’s attempts to work with the Right do not surprise me at all. While protecting himself from physical harm may also be on his mind, the main form of “self-protection” that Obama engages in is the protection of his own class, the beneficiaries of hierarchical Power.
As for my “tearing down” of the CPUSA, I must confess that I thought I was actually quite gentle with them. But to quote a wise man: “Criticism dealing with this content is criticism in a hand-to-hand fight, and in such a fight the point is not whether the opponent is a noble, equal, interesting opponent, the point is to strike him.” Whatever the CPUSA may have done in the past, we know that they are now only one of many pseudo-revolutionary organizations presented to consumers by capitalist society as tolerated outlets for their dissidence and dissatisfaction with the status quo. They are the alcohol of the masses.
Now, of course there are differences between Democrats and Republicans which cannot simply be dismissed. But the pseudo-opposition between the two major parties only serves to better obscure a real, hidden unity between them. As I have said before in a message to you, the liberals have shown themselves to be better defenders of Capital and the State than the conservatives. Voting for a progressive Democrat may make life more tolerable in the short-term, but the goal of anyone who desires the abolition of modern bourgeois society should be to make life more joyous in the long-term.