Daily News Digest March 1, 2018

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Laura Gray’s cartoon from the front page of The Militant August 18, 1945, under banner headline: “There Is No Peace”During This Economic Crisis, Capitalism’s Three Point Political Program:  1. Austerity, 2. Scapegoating Blacks, Minorities, and ‘Illegal Immigrants’ for Unemployment, and 3. The Iron Heel.

Democracy?: As the Capitalist Robber Barons Steal from the 99% — Only the 1% Voted For Austerity — The 99% Should Decide On Austerity — Not Just The  Who Profit From Austerity! Under Austerity, All of the World Will Eventually Be Pauperized, Humbled, and Desecrated Like Greece and Puerto Rico

Daily News Digest March 1, 2018

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Ted Rall Cartoon       

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West Virginia Teachers Strike Redefines Teacher Unionism Every public school in the state is closed for a fourth day as thousands of teachers demand better pay, pensions, and healthcare. TRNN speaks to Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, and union activist Lois Weiner

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Thus, by the mid-1970s the Western world had entered a period of profound change, both economically and ideologically. Global ruling elites, with the transnational corporations as their power base, began a complex process of dismantling social forms of capitalism to liberate market constraints or regulations. By now we are all familiar with the brutal consequences of global elite ‘development’ policies: World Bank and IMF structural adjustment programmes pushed Southern (and Northern) economies into the dirt wreaking havoc with welfare policies. Capital had been wrestling itself free of tutelage from either state or civil society. In fact, it was now going to teach civil society a thing or two. Capitalism and social democracy could not be fused any longer. The dream of the 1960s that once material needs were fulfilled we could get on with self-fulfilment, emancipation, recognition or creating authentic community lay in ruins by the time of the collapse of the USSR and the Berlin wall in the late 1980s. Alas! Neo-liberalism now stood tall and arrogant in the ruble and ruin of the old Soviet Union as its economy fell apart, the GDP plummeting by 17% in 1990-1. The US lost its dueling partner and emerged as top-gun, the giant hegemon who could now stride the world like a colossus and boss everyone around.But the glory of the new Hegemon and its Neo-liberal vision of the consumer paradise for the significant few had a dark side. In 1993 in New York City, for instance, 23,000 men and women were homeless and out in the streets. Not everybody, it seemed, was bathing in golden tubs and tossing money into the air. Post-war democratic capitalism, so Wolfgang Streeck argued brilliantly (Buying Time: the Delayed Crisis of Capitalism [2014]), faced a series of potentially lethal crises. The first crisis struck in the late 1970s when inflation rates began to rise rapidly throughout the western world. Sustained growth faltered. — Disordering the World: the Rise of Neo-Liberalism



Ongoing Big Energy Crisis

Civil Rights/ Black Liberation:

Freedom Rider: Why the Shooting Will Continue “All the sound and fury about gun control is useless because this society demands that the slave patrol never disband.” Apparently there is nothing worse in America than the act of shooting white people. Ever since the latest attack at a Florida high school there has been talk of little else. The school shooting enveloped every other issue and was used to vilify Russia, the FBI, Bernie Sanders and the National Rifle Association all at once. One cannot watch a Youtube video without being subjected to the NRA’s public relations juggernaut meant to quiet a population which had forgotten about shootings for a while. By Margaret Kimberley, BAR editor and senior columnistIndependent Journalist Corner: A Conversation with Elías Gonzalez  “W.E.B. Du Bois. He really gave us the language; James Baldwin gave us the style.” On February 23rd and 24th in Philadelphia’s historic Church of the Advocate, The Saturday Free School organized an event titled Pan Africa and Pan Asia: A World United for Humanity. The Saturday Free School is a center of community organization and transformative political study, completely free to community members. The event kicked off The Saturday Free School’s celebration of revolutionary Black scholar W.E.B. Du Bois’ 150th birthday and included a call to action to become involved in the School’s Year of Du Bois. It will also mark the release of the official newspaper of The Saturday Free School, The People’s Mirror. I spoke with the Saturday Free School’s Elías Gonzalez to discuss his involvement with these projects as well as his thoughts on US imperialism’s intensified assault on independent journalism. By Danny Haiphong, BAR contributorGood Panther, Bad Panther  “Black revolutionary consciousness is merged with white and bourgeois Urban Nightmare images of Black ‘underclass’ ‘thugs’ and ‘Super-predators.’” “They are often the kinds of kids that are called superpredators — no conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first, we have to bring them to heel.”Hillary Clinton, 1996  The latest Marvel Comics science-fiction movie “Black Panther” is stealth ruling-class propaganda, consistent with its production by the great manufactory of mass consent that is the American corporate entertainment complex. Did you expect something different? If so, why? Paul StreetResource Sovereignty: Venezuela, Africa, and the Global South “The Congolese people in particular and Africans in general need to learn from their brothers and their sisters in the Global South.” In his September 20, 2017 speech at the UN General Assembly, Donald Trump threatened Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela. In October, his administration indicated that it will not recognize the results of Venezuela’s presidential election on April 22 this year. In February, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated that the US would welcome and support a military coup in Venezuela. Telesur has reported troops of US allies Colombia and Brazil on Venezuela’s borders. By Ann Garrison, BAR contributor, Maurice Carney “Mass Incarceration” Reform as Police Endorsement “The reform of mass incarceration, as it has been absorbed by the cultural ensemble of the state and its distensions, endorses an expansion of policing logics.”“Mass incarceration,” “police brutality,” “school-to-prison pipeline,” and other terms of crisis have permeated the political theater of post-racialism and its apparent white nationalist aftermath. Such keywords of the early-21st century liberal-to-progressive critique of racist state violence form an increasingly shared vernacular for academic scholarship, policy reform, nonprofit campaigns, foundation grants, and ongoing dialogue and debate across various communities and publics. By Dylan RodríguezThe FBI’s War on Black-Owned Bookstores “In Hoover’s eyes, black-owned bookstores represented a coordinated network of hate-spewing extremists.” In the spring of 1968, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover announced to his agents that COINTELPRO, the counter-intelligence program established in 1956 to combat communists, should focus on preventing the rise of a “Black ‘messiah’” who sought to “unify and electrify the militant black nationalist movement.” The program, Hoover insisted, should target figures as ideologically diverse as the Black Power activist Stokely Carmichael (later Kwame Ture), Martin Luther King Jr., and Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. By Joshua Clark Davis Mass Incarceration for Profit: The 13th Amendment and National Oppression in the U.S.  “Why was it necessary to include language in the Amendment which maintained involuntary servitude within the prison system?” This is a lecture which was delivered at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit on Sunday February 18, 2018. Abayomi Azikiwe presented the sermon or message for the day on the history and contemporary significance of mass incarceration and its link to the enslavement and continued national oppression of the African American people.By Abayomi AzikiweLibyan National Popular Movement Demands End to Interference by Foreign Forces and “Terrorists” “The National Popular Movement condemns the local, regional and international silence on the suffering of the inhabitants of Tawergha who had been unjustly and aggressively kicked out of their city.”Statement of the Libyan National Popular Movement on the Seventh Anniversary of the February Conspiracy By LNPMCyril Ramaphosa Has No Agenda Except Neoliberal Policies, Says NUMSA’s Irvin Jim “The South African Communist Party (SACP) and present leadership COSATU are lying to people that Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver socialism.” After Jacob Zuma’s resignation, his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa is the new President of South Africa. Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, national spokesperson of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) in a discussion with Irvin Jim, general secretary of NUMSA talks about the change of guard in the country and the future of the working class politics. By Phakamile Hlubi-Majola

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Relaunches Neoliberalism “In spite of repeated rhetorical gestures from Pretoria to the contrary, the BRICS have amplified unfair and inequitable world order processes.” Cyril Ramaphosa’s soft-coup firing of Jacob Zuma from the South African presidency on 14 February 2018, after nearly nine years in power and a bitter struggle to avoid resignation, has contradictory local and geopolitical implications. Amidst general applause at seeing Zuma’s rear end, many immediately raised concerns arise about the new president’s neo-liberal, pro-corporate tendencies, and indeed his legacy of financial corruption and class war against workers given the lack of closure on the 2012 Marikana Massacre . By Patrick BondLabor:

Will They Arm the Striking West Virginia Teachers?: In West Virginia, Historic Statewide Teacher Walkouts to Head Into Fourth Day “People are fed up” by Andrea GermanosEconomy:

Stockman: $1.8 Trillion in New Treasury Debt Will Hit Bond Pits “Like a Tornado” Investors have been whiplashed so far this week and it’s only Wednesday morning. On Monday, the Dow rocketed ahead by 399 points. On Tuesday, it plunged by 299 points. What changed investor sentiment so dramatically in 24 hours? David Stockman, the former Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan who blogs at Contra Corner, appeared on CNBC yesterday to size up the situation. Commenting on the new Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, who gave testimony for the first time in his new role before the House Financial Services Committee yesterday, Stockman said he thinks Powell is “missing three giant skunks sitting on the wood pile.” By Pam Martens and Russ Martens


Britain: Labour and Clause 4 – 100 years on February 27 marked the centenary of the adoption of the socialist aims of the British Labour Party. At a special Labour conference in February 1918 at Central Hall, Westminster, under the direct impact of the Russian Revolution, the party adopted a new constitution that contained the famous Clause 4. “To secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange, and the best obtainable system of popular administration and control of each industry or service.” ( Clause 4, Part 4) By Steve BrownHealth, Science, Education, and Welfare: