Daily News Digest May 15, 2017

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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.

Daily News Digest May 15, 2017

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

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For the Many Not the Few! Quotes of the Day:

In the United States today a program of domestic neo-colonialism is rapidly advancing. It was designed to counter the potentially revolutionary thrust of the recent black rebellions in major cities across the country. This program was formulated by America’s corporate elite – the major owners, managers, and directors of the giant corporations, banks, and foundations which increasingly dominate the economy and society as a whole – because they believe that the urban revolts pose a serious threat to economic and social stability. Led by organizations as the Ford Foundation, the Urban Coalition, and the National Alliance of Businessmen, the corporatists are attempting with considerable success to co-opt the black power movement. Their strategy is to equate black power with black capitalism.  (pp.17-8) — Robert Allen, Black Awakening in Capitalist America: An Analytic History (1969)

Friedrich Engels once said: “Bourgeois society stands at the crossroads, either transition to socialism or regression into barbarism.” What does “regression into barbarism” mean to our lofty European civilization? Until now, we have all probably read and repeated these words thoughtlessly, without suspecting their fearsome seriousness. A look around us at this moment shows what the regression of bourgeois society into barbarism means. This world war is a regression into barbarism. The triumph of imperialism leads to the annihilation of civilization. At first, this happens sporadically for the duration of a modern war, but then when the period of unlimited wars begins it progresses toward its inevitable consequences. Today, we face the choice exactly as Friedrich Engels foresaw it a generation ago: either the triumph of imperialism and the collapse of all civilization as in ancient Rome, depopulation, desolation, degeneration – a great cemetery. Or the victory of socialism, that means the conscious active struggle of the international proletariat against imperialism and its method of war. This is a dilemma of world history, an either/or; the scales are wavering before the decision of the class-conscious proletariat. The future of civilization and humanity depends on whether or not the proletariat resolves manfully to throw its revolutionary broadsword into the scales. In this war imperialism has won. Its bloody sword of genocide has brutally tilted the scale toward the abyss of misery. The only compensation for all the misery and all the shame would be if we learn from the war how the proletariat can seize mastery of its own destiny and escape the role of the lackey to the ruling classes. — Rosa Luxemburg, The Junius Pamphlet

Videos of the Day:

7,000 Bodies Believed to Be Buried on Mississippi Campus

Can UK Labour Woo the Young and the Restless on June 8th? Thomas Barlow of Real Media says the large number of young people that are registering to vote in this general election could mean unexpected results

Lawyer with Responsibility for Mortgage Crisis Appointed to Take Care of Mortgage Banks Trump appointed Craig S. Phillips, who contributed to the 2008 financial crisis at Morgan Stanley, to take care of FannieMae and FreddieMac, explains white collar criminologist Bill Black


America’s Secret Military History in the Pacific A new documentary by John Pilger exposes how U.S. military buildup in the Pacific has encircled China — and how local communities across Asia are resisting American nuclear and naval takeover.:  The Coming War On China NYU Accidentally Exposed Military Code-breaking Computer Project to Entire Internet In early December 2016, Adam was doing what he’s always doing, somewhere between hobby and profession: looking for things that are on the internet that shouldn’t be. That week, he came across a server inside New York University’s famed Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing, headed by the brilliant Chudnovsky brothers, David and Gregory. The server appeared to be an internet-connected backup drive. But instead of being filled with family photos and spreadsheets, this drive held confidential information on an advanced code-breaking machine that had never before been described in public. Dozens of documents spanning hundreds of pages detailed the project, a joint supercomputing initiative administered by NYU, the Department of Defense, and IBM. And they were available for the entire world to download. By Sam Biddle Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

Students launch #CopsOuttaCampus campaign at Phoenix Union High School District schools By BrieAnna J Frank Malcolm X and the Perils of Philanthropy Much has been said and written over the years about early elite philanthropic interventions into the civil rights movement, but the first book to treat this topic seriously was Robert Allen’s Black Awakening in Capitalist America: An Analytic History (Doubleday, 1969). by Michael Barker The Audacity of Sleaze: Profiles in Corruption What could be more absurd than Drone War King Barack Obama getting an award for courage? The speech that Obama gave after getting the 2017 “Profiles in Courage” prize from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation last Sunday — that’s what. by Paul Street 

(Many people still consider John Fitzgerald Kennedy to be an advocate for civil rights, but one of his heros, in his book, Profiles in Courage, was Edmund Ross, who cast the deciding vote against the impeachment of Andrew Johnson and consequently for the establishment of Jim Crow. Obama fits in Kennedy’s profitle. — Roland Sheppard,  Re: The Audacity of Sleaze: Profiles in Corruption)


The great climate silence: We are on the edge of the abyss but we ignore it By After 200,000 years of modern humans on a 4.5 billion-year-old Earth, we have arrived at new point in history: the Anthropocene. The change has come upon us with disorienting speed. It is the kind of shift that typically takes two or three or four generations to sink in. By Clive Hamilton Ongoing Big Energy Crisis:

There Has Been a Nuclear Accident in America, and Experts Say the Exposure Risk Is Real Department of Energy declared a state of emergency at the Hanford nuclear site. By Amy Goodman Obama’s ‘Legacy’: Secretly Approved in Alaska, Will LNG Trains Soon Appear in Rest of US? In 2015, a federal rail agency authorized the Alaska Railroad Corporation to ship its first batch of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail in Alaska, but granted this permission behind closed doors, according to documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and provided to DeSmog. By Justin Mikulka and Steve HornLabor:



Corbyn’s 10 Pledges to Transform Britain

1. Full Employment

2. Secure Homes

3. Security at Work

4. A Secure NHS and Social Care

5. A National Education Service

6. Action to Secure Our Environment Guarantee

7. Put the Public Back Into Our Economy

8. Cut Inequality in Income and Wealth

9. Action to Secure an Equal Society

   10. Peace and Justice at the Heart of Foreign Policy

Over 100,000 people under 25 have registered to vote since snap election was called When Theresa May announced the country would go to the polls, under 25-year olds rushed to ensure they’d have their say.  By Charles White Labour Party membership surges to new all-time high Our perfectly balanced media <irony> keeps telling us that Labour under Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable and members are leaving the Party in droves. Oh, how wrong they are! Britain: Labour’s leaked manifesto – a bold break with the past (Manifesto: For the many not the few) On Tuesday, an anonymous source leaked the Labour Party’s draft manifesto for the upcoming general election — without doubt the boldest and most left-wing manifesto that Labour has stood on in decades. Pledges cover everything from the renationalisation of Royal Mail, to restoring trade union rights and building 100,000 council houses a year. This is a programme that could genuinely galvanise support for the Labour Party and which — if linked to a clear and bold socialist plan —  could provide the starting point for disassembling the “rigged system” that Corbyn has correctly denounced in his speeches. By Ben Curry  Health, Science, Education, and Welfare:

”Sexy socialists” put Marxism on the map “Marx is back in fashion.” So says the London Evening Standard (editor: George Osborne!) as the “sexy socialists” push Karl Marx and Das Kapital back into the limelight. In fact, despite the belated enthusiasm for Marxist ideas from the Evening Standard, there has been a growing interest in Marxism over the last decade, not least because of the financial crash of 2008. Then bookshops were reporting a sharp rise in sales of Marx’s works as people sought to find an explanation for what had just hit them. A pocket edition of The Communist Manifesto became a best seller both in Europe and in Britain. Young people in particular have been engaging with what Marxists have to say.For-Profit Colleges Are Reinventing Themselves to Profit Off Low-Income Students Despite having to settle multimillion dollar lawsuits over deceptive and fraudulent business practices, for-profit colleges and trade schools continue to proliferate. They’ve turned to social media to recruit low-income students and veterans with false promises of lucrative careers — but​ don’t expect Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to do much to regulate proprietary education. By Eleanor J. Bader