"There is not an ounce of democratic content on either side of this struggle between reactionary and war-mongering factions of US imperialism. The Democrats, however, are seeking to use unsubstantiated allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election to hijack popular opposition to the Trump administration and corral it behind the drive to war with Russia."
Capitalist predators have terrorized the world since the beginning of human history. All civilizations have been destroyed by capitalist barbarism. It's essential that we understand that war--the military and economic destruction of humans--is an indispensable ingredient of capitalism, so that we can now begin the challenging process of building an authentic commonwealth civilization that outlaws war.
"Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder. In the Middle Ages when the feudal lords who inhabited the castles whose towers may still be seen along the Rhine concluded to enlarge their domains, to increase their power, their prestige and their wealth they declared war upon one another. But they themselves did not go to war any more than the modern feudal lords, the barons of Wall Street go to war. The feudal barons of the Middle Ages, the economic predecessors of the capitalists of our day, declared all wars. And their miserable serfs fought all the battles. The poor, ignorant serfs had been taught to revere their masters; to believe that when their masters declared war upon one another, it was their patriotic duty to fall upon one another and to cut one another's throats for the profit and glory of the lords and barons who held them in contempt. And that is war in a nutshell. The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose--especially their lives. "
Eugene Debs, the 1918 speech for which he was sentenced to ten years in prison 1
Civilizations, nations, or cultures have been annihilated by barbaric capitalism as illustrated in this chart:
Americans have been led to assume that war, as an institution, is merely a means that a society uses to achieve its ends when forced to by emergency or crisis. In actuality, the basic political-economic structure of the United States consists of the production of armaments by the "defense industry" and the destruction of armaments in fabricated wars.
Wars are not "caused" by "crises" such as Pearl Harbor, 9/11, or nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, wars are contrived for political-economic purposes by those in power.
"The United States will use military force, unilaterally if necessary, when our core interests demand it--when our people are threatened, when our livelihoods are at stake, when the security of our allies is in danger. . . International opinion matters, but America should never ask permission to protect our people, our homeland, or our way of life."
President Barack Obama in his West Point speech, 5/28/2014
As has occurred repeatedly throughout the history of the United States, the capitalist cabal that controls all political-economic-social structures is continuing to foment multiple wars of imperialist aggression. Not content with the 65 million war dead in World War I, the 85 million casualties in World War II, the millions of war dead in the Korean war and the Viet Nam war--along with the untold trillions of dollars the capitalists reaped from these demonic slaughterings of human beings--the current capitalist cabal is continuing its propaganda campaign to start--or expand--wars against Russia, Syria, North Korea, Iran--and any other nation that opposes the imperialist outreach of the capitalist barbarians.
America in the twenty-first century has devolved into a warmongering nation, identical in essence to the militarist-imperialist empires of Persia, Rome, Napoleonic France, and Nazi Germany. The last US President that had the moral integrity and intelligence to resist the drum-beat of war as a foreign policy was John F. Kennedy. He was pressured by a warmongering military establishment to attack Cuba when Soviet long-range missiles were discovered in Cuba.We can learn a great deal about the kind of leaders we
currently need by examining how he narrowly averted war--under pressure from warmongers on all sides. Military warmongers tried to pressure Kennedy to attack immediately:
The warmongers pressed for immediate war.
The warmongers tried to get Kennedy to believe that the Soviets would not retaliate if provoked.
Instead of attack, Kennedy chose to quarantine Cuba.
One warmongering Admiral disobeyed Kennedy's orders, and fired on a Soviet ship.
When a US recon plane was shot down, Kennedy turned to diplomacy.
"It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
"A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
"In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.
"How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?"
Major General Smedley Butler, World War I Leader
Fortunately, there are a few contemporary progressives who are fighting against capitalist warmongering. The life-or-death question is: Will American workers and workers worldwide gain sufficient intelligence in time to save their lives by implementing the only solution to the present world situation.
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Eugene Debs was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, on November 5, 1855. He left home at 14 to work on the railroad and soon became interested in union activity. As president of the American Railway Union, he led a successful strike against the Great Northern Railroad in 1894. Two months later he was jailed for his role in a strike against the Chicago Pullman Palace Car Company. He soon formed the Social Democratic Party, which eventually became the Socialist Party in 1901. He became their perennial presidential candidate. He ran on the Socialist ticket in 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1920 when he received his highest popular vote--about 915,000 (6%)--from within a prison cell. He had been arrested once again, this time for "sedition," because he opposed World War I. Many Socialists were imprisoned during this time because they felt that the war was being fought for the profits of the rich, but with the blood of the poor. Debs was fortunately released in 1921.
Samir Amin's depiction of capitalism as obsolete and "destructive of the human being and nature with every-increasing power" is correct in all details. And, until 1996 it was true that capitalism's many victims lacked a "conscious and positive alternative project." In 1996, the New Enlightenment website and its accompanying New Enlightenment Movement were launched, and in 2011, a new vision of a Commonwealth Culture was published. These two events represent the introduction (or re-introduction) of a Higher Culture into the barbaric world of globalist capitalism.
The intentional community envisioned in The New Commonwealth novella differs entirely from such entities as the "created nations" after World War I and II. A commonwealth community is not created by merely taking over the territory and populace of a previously established locale (town, city, state, or nation). The cooperative commonwealth communities are newly formed groupings of persons who have gone through the creatively designed process of becoming members of the community: