We allowed ourselves to be lulled into deadly apathy.
While we slept, the criminal cabal took over our country.
We must come fully awake and create a New America.
Many Americans were fooled into thinking that voting for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 was voting against lies, financial and political corruption, and militarism. Americans must awaken to the fact that Obama is merely a puppet of the criminal capitalist cabal that has seized all political-financial-social systems of our nation and
is deliberately destroying our Constitutional liberties, looting our tax dollars and our Social Security fund to finance senseless, murderous wars, and is wrecking our country in every way possible.
Most Americans are still fast asleep, allowing themselves to swallow delusions of freedom and normalcy. In March 2013, Detroit was taken over by a cabal-puppet city-dictator: Kevin Orr.
Obama is the first Democratic President in history to attack Social Security and Medicare. The cabal now feels secure in destroying the FDR social safety net, without pretending to be motivated by Republican Party demands.
Educating Ourselves During These Dangerous Times
We must recognize the absolute necessity of changing ourselves and our country in a permanent manner:
We need to educate ourselves so we understand:
How we allowed ourselves to be lulled asleep by a tyrannous gang of crooks
How we can solve our political-economic-social crises.
We must create a new American commonwealth of, by, and for all the people.
America is such a rich and dynamic country that it's easy for its inhabitants to merely enjoy its fruits and feel no obligation to understand and preserve its precious heritage.
But the Obama junta and its Republican and Democratic collaborators are becoming so outrageous in their corruption and oppression, that a few Americans are momentarily becoming aroused from their slumber of ignorance. Now we must make sure that the cabal doesn't lull all Americans back into total somnolence again. Our first task is to gain an understanding of what kind of people we've allowed ourselves to become and how we've permitted our nation's principles to be degraded and destroyed.
We're going to have to do the hard work of waking up to what elements in our makeup allow us to be duped by reactionary ideologies, lies, and divisiveness. It will be necessary for us to create a means of educating ourselves--a pedagogy--to gain an understanding of ourselves and our world.
A Pedagogy of the Oppressed
In creating this new pedagogy, 1 we can learn a great deal from a man who worked with people like ourselves to develop techniques of self-education in activist groups. Paulo Freire developed what he called a "pedagogy of the oppressed" by working in literacy campaigns throughout northeast Brazil in the early 1960s. The techniques he and his co-participants developed were so revolutionary that when a military coup seized power in Brazil in 1964, Freire was immediately jailed. Released seventy days later, Freire was told to leave the country. He did so, and began working with similar groups in other parts of the world to continue developing a people-centered "pedagogy of the oppressed."
You may find yourself reacting to the word "oppressed," feeling that a "pedagogy of the oppressed" would have no relevance to you and other Americans because you don't consider us to be oppressed. This unawareness of being oppressed is, unfortunately, part of the oppression of the working class by the capitalist class. What do you consider it to be when Americans are needlessly dying in a series of totally fraudulent wars (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, etc.), when working people are losing their jobs to corporate outsourcing and bankster bailouts, when a despotic administration spies on citizens and tortures war prisoners, when no-bid contracts to cabal cronies are putting America into appalling debt?
We're being economically, politically, and socially oppressed--and it has degraded many Americans into mindless humanoids.
These people are so brainwashed by cabal propaganda that they can't see that Americans are being duped into dying for cabal war profits?
The fact of the thousands of dead American soldiers stares you in the face every time you turn on your TV or read your newspaper. More American service personnel (men and women) are committing suicide now than are being killed in combat!
To see just how far the oppressive brainwashing has debased many Americans' minds, consider this analogy. We're appalled when we see the carnage caused by Muslim extremist suicide bombers. How could they sacrifice their lives for their nationalist ideology and their religion? we ask. If we look closely at the essence of Muslim suicide bombers, it's this:
They've allowed themselves to be totally possessed by a political/religious ideology.
Their ideology and their political/religious leaders tell them that giving their lives for their cause is courageous and patriotic.
If we look honestly and discerningly at what's happening in America it's almost identical:
Americans are being duped into thinking that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars--and now the "color revolutions," are legitimate (even after the Iraq WMD lies have been exposed).
American soldiers are going into a battle situation which is suicidal because of lack of planning and necessary protective devices.
American soldiers are being told by their political/religious leaders (the cabal pseudo-religious neo-conservatives) that giving their lives for their cause is courageous and patriotic.
Realizations such as the above allow us to come awake to the fact that reactionary forces have brainwashed many of us into a mindless state. So it's essential that we educate ourselves as to the condition of our minds and the full reality of what's happened and is happening in America and the world.
We must comprehend the bewitched mind-state that many of us are still in. A useful way to become aware of our benumbed mental condition is to look full in the face at some of the obvious absurdities and lies which the cabal political/religious/economic charlatans pass off as the veriest truth:
Lie: The Iraq and Afghanistan wars were (and are) for the purpose of bringing democracy to struggling people.
Truth: The Iraq and Afghanistan wars were (and are) to allow the cabal to seize oil, loot billions of tax-payer dollars, and re-configure the Middle-East.
Lie: We're fighting against terrorism.
Truth: There is NO connection between Iraq and the 9/11 catastrophe and the cabal is collaborating with the Taliban in Afghanistan, and al Qaeda in Libya, Egypt, and Syria.
Lie: If you're not for our troops you're for the terrorists.
Truth: We're in sympathy with our troops in a genuine way, not the jingoistic way--in synch with our troops so much that we detest seeing them senselessly slaughtered by the capitalist cabal.
Lie: We must remain in Afghanistan and Syria until we achieve victory.
Truth: There is no way of being victorious in the civil war conditions which the cabal has deliberately
imposed on Afghanistan and Syria and remaining in these countries is only the pretext for prolonging the cabal's
Intellectual Illiterates and A Pedagogy for Literary
We don't like to think of ourselves as illiterate in any sense, but let's look at the facts.
Some thirty million adults in the U.S. do not have the skills to perform even the most basic tasks such as adding numbers on a bank slip, identifying a place on a map, or reading directions for taking a medication.
Eleven million Americans are totally illiterate in English.
Only twenty-nine percent of Americans have basic reading and computing skills. One out of every twenty Americans lacks the ability to understand what is going on in the world or to develop an informed opinion.
Portrait of adult literacy in America
Percent in each prose literacy level, 2003
Able to perform no more than the most simple literacy activities
Simple activities such as understanding a pamphlet for prospective jurors
Moderately difficult activities such as finding information in reference materials
Complex activities such as comparing viewpoints in two different editorials
Freire worked to help third-world people overcome illiteracy. Today, his insights can be applied to two different kinds illiteracy in American and world citizens:
Literary illiteracy: Those who cannot grasp the sense of letters or symbols
Intellectual illiteracy: Those who can "read" (in the grammar school sense) but who cannot read in the sense of understanding the meaning of the words they scan
There are Americans today, for example, who "read" about such things as worker layoffs and American corporations relocating their manufacturing plants in China or Indonesia, but who don't understand the meaning of what they "read."
Another kind of modern-day "illiteracy" occurs as people "read" or "hear" the "news" in newspapers or on TV, and allow themselves to be taken in by the propaganda that such "news"
Now, more than ever, we need to begin developing a critical consciousness in all of us who are oppressed by the criminal cabal. We're up against a number of obstacles:
The lack of awareness that we are the oppressed, that we are members of an oppressed class
The lack of solidarity among oppressed people
The loss of the tradition of commonweal and human rights
The indifference of oppressed people to their situation
Living in an age of repression, we become accustomed to it. So what if our schools no longer teach people how to read or think, no longer help students gain an understanding of why human liberty is so precious and precarious. Our movies, TV shows, and books present images of "cool," illiterate, violence-prone savages dressed in the latest styles and exhibiting the popular ego-centered attitudes. Unable to understand the creativity of a well-written novel or screenplay, no longer capable of appreciating the depths of classical music, people today move in a grey world of ego-gratification and violence. Soon the false values become identified as the true, and we have movies such as Pulp Fiction, The Godfather, and As Good As It Gets touted as masterpieces.
"The world's power structures have always 'divided to conquer' and have always 'kept divided to keep conquered.' As a consequence the power structure has so divided humanity--not only into special function categories but into religious and language and color categories--that individual humans are now helplessly inarticulate in the face of the present crisis. They consider their political representation to be completely corrupted, therefore, they feel almost utterly helpless."
R. Buckminster Fuller, Critical Path
We only become aware of the oppressive nature of contemporary society when we become the victim of unemployment or a mugging or some other mishap. Trained to be oblivious to the plight of others, we fail to see the hundreds of thousands who suffer from homelessness, lack of medical care, and wage slavery.
Since people are encouraged to pursue their own interests exclusively, there is no feeling of solidarity and hence no possibility of concerted effort to overcome the oppressive conditions. It seems perfectly normal--to non-thinking Americans--that a two-class society is rapidly developing, with new billionaires being created every year while millions of workers are laid off, denied welfare, and their tax money stolen by wealthy looters. Meanwhile the American working class is subjected to such scams as the Iraq and Afghanistan wars swindle, the Patriot Act fraud, the NDAA policed state legislation, and the no-taxes-for-the-rich con job.
We must begin to awaken ourselves to what's happening in the world and taking action to overcome the oppressive conditions. And here Freire's books are exceptionally helpful.
"Who are better prepared than the oppressed to understand the terrible significance of an oppressive society? Who
suffer the effects of oppression more than the oppressed? Who can better understand the necessity of liberation?
They will not gain this liberation by chance but through the praxis of their quest for it, through their recognition
of the necessity to fight for it. And this fight, because of the purpose given it by the oppressed, will actually
constitute an act of love opposing the lovelessness which lies at the heart of the oppressors' violence, lovelessness
even when clothed in false generosity."
Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
As oppressed people we must become aware of what has happened to us and develop our own sense of what it means to be truly human.
"How can the oppressed, as divided, unauthentic beings, participate in developing the pedagogy of their liberation? Only as they discover themselves to be 'hosts' of the oppressor can they contribute to the midwifery of their liberating pedagogy. As long as they live in the duality in which to be is to be like and to be like is to be like the oppressor, this contribution is impossible. The pedagogy of the oppressed is an instrument for their critical discovery that both they and their oppressors are manifestations of dehumanization."
As we begin to struggle against oppressive conditions, we must retain an optimistic attitude, with assurance that the struggle for freedom will ultimately succeed.
"In order for the oppressed to be able to wage the struggle for their liberation, they must perceive the reality of oppression not as a closed world from which there is no exit , but as a limiting situation which they can transform."
How Should We Go About Creating a New America?
Let's remind ourselves of why we're examining and re-educating our personal mental and moral states and working toward a transformed America. We recognize that the partial awakening of some Americans in their outrage at banksters looting taxpayer money is a momentary outburst of popular outrage. Putting the Democrats in control of Congress or the Whitehouse, we recognize, doesn't solve our fundamental problem of the manipulation of American political and economic systems by corporations for their own profit and power.
So we need to begin a long-range program of re-educating ourselves:
So the destructive forces are no longer able to program and brainwash Americans into an acquiescent stupor
To understand how to replace murderous capitalism with cooperative commonwealth communities
There are many liberals, progressives, socialists, and Marxists today who perform an important service by exposing the depravity and bloodthirstyness of predatory capitalism. But when it comes to a plan for replacing capitalism with a better political-economic-social system they trail off into generalities and presumptions.
Many socialists and Marxists assume that capitalism will inevitably, almost automatically, 3 be replaced with socialism merely by the phenomenon of workers worldwide becoming aware of their repression and rising up against their oppressors. Many of these same theorists assume that a better system of government and finance will come about by instituting the kind of socialist initiatives that some European and Asian nations instituted in the twentieth century. The fact that all these socialist measures have now been done away with seems to be ignored--except by a few.
"The first wave of the struggles for socialism, that of the twentieth century, has shown the limits of European social-democracies, of the communisms of the third international, and of the popular nationalisms of the Bandung era--and the demise and collapse of their popular, social-democratic, socialist ambitions."
Samir Amin, "Seize the Crisis!" Monthly Review, December 2009
Most progressives fail to develop viable plans for the replacement of capitalism, assuming that "the people" or "the workers" will finally wake up to their murder and destruction by the capitalists class and through some Transylvania-inspired uprising of pitchfork and torchlight hordes, throw the bastards out. The only response counterfeit progressives can suggest as a viable answer to state repression is senseless, useless acts like chaining oneself to the White House fence! Even an intelligent progressive such as Webster Tarpley is still advocating such hopeless, non-viable initiatives as a one-percent Wall Street tax on investments. Progressives have still not awakened to the fact that the American and world economies are completely under the control of the capitalist cabal, and NO nation-wide or world-wide genuinely progressive initiatives will be tolerated by this gang of thugs.
"The Democratic Party has been the principal instrument employed by the American capitalists for more than a century to block the development of an independent working class party, preserve the hegemony of the capitalist two-party system, and maintain the capitalist class' monopoly of political power."
David North, The Crisis of American Democracy
Liberals sometimes point to the "fact" of the "success" of the civil rights movement in securing "equal rights" for blacks as proof that America can make positive change. These non-thinking persons are unaware that the capitalist class deliberately "allows" some black persons to gain affluence or political office--because these persons--such as Barack Obama, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, Eric Holder, Jesse Jackson, and Kevin Orr--follow orders and guidelines within the capitalist gameplan without fail.
Genuine black leaders such as Martin Luther King are natural foes of capitalism.
The capitalist cabal assassinated Martin Luther King when he began to add to his advocacy of civil right, criticism of the suppression and murder of the working class by the capitalist class. The outright murder of such genuinely progressive leaders as President John F. Kennedy, presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, John Lennon, and Martin Luther King should show us that the capitalist cabal monsters will stop at nothing to maintain their power to loot and destroy for profit.
In working to understand how to replace capitalism with a commonwealth form of political-economic-social rule, we must fully comprehend the nature of our capitalist enemy. Only in reference to the constraints of this demonic power will it be possible to create a new nation of, by, and for the people. We can be relatively sure that the capitalist cabal will never adopt any genuinely socialist--that is state capitalist--system. Yet it is assumed by some socialist thinkers that this is precisely the system that the capitalist cabal will ultimately adopt.
"The establishment of a state capitalist regime is unavoidable, and will remain so everywhere. The developed capitalist countries themselves will not be able to enter a socialist path (which is not on the visible agenda today) without passing through this first stage. It is the preliminary phase in the potential commitment of any society to liberating itself from historical capitalism on the long route to socialism/communism. Socialization and reorganization of the economic system at all levels, from the firm (the elementary unit) to the nation and the world, require a lengthy struggle during an historical time period that cannot be foreshortened."
Samir Amin, "China 2013" Monthly Review, March 2013
Replacement of the murderous capitalist system with a true commonwealth polity for the benefit of all will not be achieved by mere symbolic acts of dissent such as the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations, by self-important television talk show hosts, or by addle-headed rants. Such mindless tirades can, in fact, give workers a false impression that changing the system will be easy.
One of the keynotes of genuine progressive thought and action is the realization that tinkering with capitalism, as if it were a viable system that merely needs to be adjusted or returned to its original purity and effectiveness, is a deadly illusion. Yet, most persons who pretend to be progressive remain in the mind-set of capitalism and foster deadly misunderstanding in their readers. Unfortunately, even a person who understands a great deal about what's happening in the world--such as Max Keiser--is still allowing himself to be taken in by capitalism.
A genuine progressive recognizes and realizes that capitalism is an intrinsically flawed, non-workable system whereby Big Money Fat-Cats exploit and murder workers. We must go entirely outside the capitalist system to begin creating a separate cooperative commonwealth polity. We must recognize that we cannot replace predatory capitalism with socialism or communism, since these two system have proven to be
"If one understands that socialism is not a share-the-wealth program, but is in reality a method to consolidate and control the wealth, then the seeming paradox of superrich men promoting socialism becomes no paradox at all. Instead it becomes the logical, even the perfect tool of power-seeking megalomaniacs. Communism, or more accurately, socialism, is not a movement of the downtrodden masses, but of the economic elite."
Gary Allen, None Dare Call It Conspiracy
A Spectre Is Haunting the World: Capitalism
One of the main disservices that Marxist and socialist scholars do to American workers is to give them the impression that something like the illusory "Russian revolution" could and should occur in the United States.
"In the epoch of capitalist decline and socialist revolution, the objectively revolutionary role of the working class can be realized only if and when that class, or at least its most advanced layers, becomes conscious of its revolutionary role and the historical necessity embodied in that role."
Barry Grey, "The world historical implications of the political crisis in the United States," 6 February 2001, world socialist website, wsws.org
If an armed insurrection were to occur in America, it would be the workers who would suffer, not the Marxist-socialist theorists. But, in fact, no such "revolution," can or will occur in the United States; the criminal cabal is too thoroughly ensconced in power for such an event to occur, holding in its tentacles all the instruments and agencies of violence (police, military, propaganda, "intelligence").
Socialists are also misleading workers worldwide by perpetrating the misconception that the beginning of an overthrow of capitalism has begun with the "color revolutions" in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and now Syria and Iran. These so-called "color revolutions" are actually CIA-sponsored fake revolutions.
Workers need to understand just what conditions are in America and throughout the world, so they can plan intelligently to respond to the capitalist pandemic of terror and tyranny. The situation in the United States at present is nothing like that in Russia in 1917. Yes, there has been a total collapse of the capitalist economic system, but there are no "countervailing powers" to oppose the cabal. The old capitalist system of a supply and demand market has been scrapped and a new totally fascistic structure put in its place: looting taxpayer money to give to financial institutions, with fat-cats receiving obscene multi-million dollar salaries and bonuses accompanied by a systematic genocide of workers.
"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments . . ."
President James Madison
In light of these cabal tactics, workers are ill-advised by socialist propaganda that they must at some point begin their "revolution." Cabal "security forces" (read goon squads and agents provocateur) like nothing better than ignorant protestors escalating into violence, armed or unarmed. The arrest of hundreds of peaceful protestors--including professional persons such as physicians and nurses at 2009 rallies--indicates that cabal "security forces" don't hesitate to react with whatever level of violence they see fit. The attitude of capitalists toward worker protest was best expressed in 1886 by railroad and financial baron Jay Gould: "I can always hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."
Socialist indoctrination also does the disservice to workers of convincing them that change can occur only if the entire capitalist economic system is replaced with a socialist system. It will be impossible to change America's total system from capitalist private ownership to public ownership of the means of production in one fell swoop.
We can see clearly that both communism and socialism have failed and continue to fail. The capitalist cabal is so much in charge of the economic, political, and propaganda (press, TV, publishing) systems in the U.S. that it won't allow capitalism to appear to have failed--even though any clear-eyed, clear-minded observer can see that it has collapsed utterly. For example, to keep up the illusion that the U.S. economy is healthy, the Fed is now
purchasing U.S. treasury bonds on the sly.
Current propagandists (liars) such as Ben Bernanke try to befuddle the minds of Americans by continuing to refer to "capitalism" as if it were the same as it was according to its classical definition: an economic system in which a "free market" allows for profit or loss according to the mechanics of supply and demand. From the beginning of the world capitalist system, persons with wealth have been able to manipulate the so-called "free market" through hidden, criminal means. What persons such as Bernanke and Timmy Geithner now call "capitalism" is actually "fascism:" the manipulation of the economy so that certain institutions (e.g. Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan/Chase) receive money looted from tax payers while others (e.g. Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual) are destroyed. Their use of the term "capitalism" to describe the current fascist looting is a deliberate deception.
The System for Replacing Capitalism With Commonwealth
We'll examine each of the necessary steps in moving away from predatory capitalism to a commonwealth polity:
Screening and training of applicants before admission to the community
Community ownership by members of the means of production
Consensus decision-making: policies and actions decided by consensus of all community members
Production solely for use, not profit: community-regulated production of goods and services relative to need without the intervention of a buying and selling market mechanism
Replacement of capitalism one community at a time, not nationally as a whole
Cooperative Commonwealth Communities
1. Screening and Training
From the small experimental communities that arose in America, especially in the 1970s, we learned that
building a genuine cooperative group requires screening and training. Only the appropriate kind of person
can participate effectively in a cooperative community, so persons need to be screened and then successfully
complete a carefully-designed training program. What had wrecked all the American nineteenth and
twentieth century small community experiments had been untrained, presumptuous, egomaniacal
participants who believed they knew enough without needing any prior training.
When the New Harmony, Indiana community failed in 1826, Robert Owen's son claimed that the failure was a result of
the wrong kind of people being members of the community: "a heterogeneous collection of radicals, enthusiastic devotees to principle, honest latitudinarians, and lazy theorists, with a sprinkling of unprincipled sharpers thrown in."
Only competent, successful persons are capable of effective participation in cooperative ventures. A person or a couple must have exceptional reasoning capabilities and substantial net holdings to be involved in the building of a commonwealth community. Such an enterprise must not be forced to deal with irrational, incompetent persons who have not been intelligent and resourceful enough to attain a high degree of personal development and success--hence the necessity of a screening test and training program.
We recognize that there are basic flaws in our political and economic structures to allow the cabal to seize power and obliterate American principles and values. So we have to make basic changes not only in ourselves but also in the basic design or our government and our economy. It's clear that we must begin to evaluate just what in our heritage we can use in building a new America. Our past and recent experience has made it evident that we must transform our psychological, political, and economic foundations so our nation becomes a true commonwealth, operating to the benefit all citizens.
This will require our adopting more appropriate values to undergird this new society. We'll need to examine our current TV-radio-movie mindless gratification culture and substitute positive role models and humanizing and unifying ideals. We can't continue in our present mode of cultural irresponsibility, celebrating criminals, illiterates, and inane "celebrities," and expect to have an enlightened citizenry.
In creating a new America, we must understand what values, structures, and principles we need as foundational elements. We will need to revivify the values of genuine intelligence, authentic fellow-feeling, true person-enhancing art, service to others, and genuine (not inflated) self-esteem.
"A new society is possible only if, in the process of developing it, a new human being also develops, or in more modest terms, if a fundamental change occurs in contemporary Man's character structure."
Erich Fromm, To Have Or To Be?
2. Community Ownership by Members of the Means of Production
The means of production must be owned in common by all members of the community to ensure that the community's physical and mental productivity is directed to the free development of all members rather than used to satisfy the private goals of capitalists, groups of individuals, or bureaucrats. Communal ownership is not, however, the same as state ownership since it rests on consensus decision-making, so that all members determine the use of the results of their communal labor.
3. Consensus Decision-Making
To ensure that all members have equal rights and responsibilities in determining policies and making operational decisions, it's necessary that all members gain proficiency in consensus decision-making through community dialectical interchange. Consensus decision-making requires that we learn how to think critically, resolving issues through the use of evidence, not merely what we happen to feel or what some supposed authority has told us.
One of the first operating principles of consensus decision-making is that the persons involved must be interested in learning how to cooperate in a group setting to decide on and then accomplish goals chosen by all its members. The members must all be active participants, not mere observers. In commonwealth community groups the persons who set the goals are responsible for realizing them. It's only reasonable that those who share the responsibility of carrying out group goals should have the opportunity to participate in planning what's to be done.
4. Production Solely for Use, Not Profit
The community must regulate the production of goods and services relative to membership need, without the intervention of a buying and selling market mechanism. When profit--the amount of money realized in a commercial transaction--is used as the sole criteria for production and commerce, human needs go by the way, as the entire history of capitalism has proven.
What needs and desires will be fulfilled by the means of production will be one of the quintessential decisions made by the community members. This will require a prior determination, through consensus decision-making, of the values and goals the community members see as most important.
5. Replacement of Capitalism One Community At a Time, Not Nationally as a Whole
The capitalist cabal that currently controls the political-economic-social structures of the United States and the world cannot be replaced in one fell swoop. The cabal--composed of asocial, psychopathic thugs--will fight to the bitter end to retain its corrupt, murderous power.
Change can only come about if we create communities by taking control of small cities. Within these municipalities experimentation can determine the best methods and then as these cooperative communities increase in number they can leaven the larger society.
As conditions rapidly deteriorate in America and worldwide, the necessity of joining in cooperative communities becomes imperative. While the capitalist cabal deludes itself into thinking that it has unlimited power, its rapid internal rot, as evidenced by the rise to its summit of the most predatory and criminal elements, demonstrates its actual escalating degeneration and impotence.
"In history the way of annihilation is invariably prepared by inward degeneration. . .
Only then can a shock from outside put an end to the whole."