Soap-Opera Coverage of G-20 Summit Mutes Police Repression of 100k+ Peoples’ Protest

How long was the first handshake between Trump and Putin?

What did they talk about in their secret meeting?

The media coverage of the G-20 summit is embarrassing. While a protest of over 100,000 people is undermining the legitimacy of the very foundation of capitalism which the G-20 is based on, the major news outlets would rather play “will they or won’t they” on Putin and Trump’s on-again-off-again relationship. These are people who really think they are doing their job as the “free press bold enough to speak truth to power.”

In Hamburg this week, Srecko Horvat and other organizers on the left are making moves to bring the populist indignation of the neo-liberal status-quo within the folds of revolutionary class consciousness. However, the two strong arms of the establishment working in tandem; the corporate media is directing coverage away from the mass movement and the police represses the masses themselves.

We are not surprised by the coverage of the protest through outlets like Bloomberg and New York Times which focuses primarily on petty property damage. Such blatant ignorance of critical analysis only re-asserts the fact that the property of the wealthy class is more important than the health of the labour and resources which is exploited through it.

Sure, most of the outlets mentioned the presence of the protesters (they could not get away with ignoring them entirely), but where are the interviews from the organizers and/or participants of the rally? Perhaps relevant interviews were not aired because the ideology infecting the personnel which runs the media establishment would prescribe that their audience tax their gray matter with critical analysis of the economic system they are embedded in.

This sends a clear message that the working masses must not be bothered or distracted from the media’s soap-opera version of global political affairs. Everybody still under the impression that the “free press” in America operates in the interests of the masses who passively consume the products advertised on the major outlets should be alarmed by this discovery.

The anarcho-socialist protest of this year’s G-20 summit is part of a rich history of resistance to global capitalism emanating from the city of Hamburg, Germany where the gathering of world leaders has been taking place these last few days. The habour city was the launching site of the attempted European socialist revolution following the Bolshevik take-over of the post-tsarist provisional government in 1917. One-hundred years later, it has been the location of a counter-G-20 summit led by labour leaders and intellectuals who are building toward a radical international workers’ movement to challenge the hegemony of the ruling class.

Now, whether or not you agree with the anarcho-socialists and their questioning of all of the assumptions underlying the capitalist system which has been unjustifiably conflated with a perverse version of corporate democracy shaping world affairs today, it is important to know about the activity of the leftist masses which coalesced at Hamburg this week. If you work for a living, know that there are people risking their lives to organize society in a way that works for you, your family and the international class of people who are currently being exploited by today’s system.

We will be staying in touch to talk more about the proceedings of the counter-G20 labour summit.



The People Who Work in the Factories Ought to Own Them

On May 1st as the rest of the world is actively recognizing International Labour Day, the media is fulfilling its duty of maintaining rigorous debate within a narrow spectrum of safer, establishment-friendly issues. Today, both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal failed to acknowledge a single working-class issue or represent one of the many vibrant social groups fighting to build a better society. We are not surprised. The WSJ, “America’s most trusted newspaper,” even went out of their way to print a “special report” on small businesses which appeals to the petty-bourgeois elements of society.

Back in 2012, despite the fact that the majority of Americans supported a universal single-payer healthcare option, the issue was complete avoided throughout the Romney and Obama campaigns. Similarly, the idea of worker control of industry today is nowhere near the table of discussion despite the fact that it has been a common thread in the fabric of working-class consciousnesses for centuries. This “democratic deficit” between the government and the people is maintained by a system of “necessary illusions” propagated through corporate-influenced media which sets the agenda.

We are not fooled. As the class of tyrannical corporations continue to expand its experiment on global neoliberal exploitation of labour, the world’s governmental leaders “preside” over peoples’ continual march to growing inequality and ecological destruction.

Recall that during the mid-19th century, the “factory girls” of Lowell, MA knew that the people who worked in the factories ought to own them and democratically elect their managers from among their own ranks. They tacitly understood that forced submission to the commands of an arbitrary manager arbitrarily appointed from above who has nothing to do with their community or families was an affront to human dignity.

Even a child is equipped to correctly identify her right to pursue independent happiness in a classroom in which she finds herself performing arbitrary and menial tasks on command. When she refuses to fall in line, the teacher has to outsource discipline by threatening to call the ones who hold legitimate authority over the child [her parents]. When she grows up, instead of with the wrath of her parents she is threatened with starvation and other forms of social decline.

As it were, the establishment would have us select [the narrow spectrum of] two options; rent yourself to one of the trans-national corporations leeching resources and value from your community or starve! Therein lies the basic [necessary] illusion of choice and freedom. Indeed, capitalism offers 1,000,000 ways to individually consume and waste commodities produced by exploited or veritable slave labour.

Workers of the world, pull off the wool from over your eyes! There is so much political terrain to engage. Recognize that every corporation has to earn a charter from the government to do business in your state. Hold your elected officials accountable by refusing to sell labour to a company that plan not to make your community its beneficiary and primary controller.

Again, let’s look to the mid-19th century: In Abraham Lincoln’s America, the Republican party took for granted that wage-labour was little different from slavery. The people understood that renting oneself to the dictatorship of an unaccountable private corporation was a fascist attack on those certain inalienable rights. All that changed during the right-wing backlash against the pressure applied by the civil rights and “New Left” movements of the sixties, but more on that another day.

Today, the entire debate has disintegrated into which “minimum wage” the slaves ought to rent themselves for. People who work for a corporation ought to be entitled to a portion of the profit raised by the industry and veritably run the place themselves through syndicated organized self-governance. Picture the deck-hand on a crabbing vessel who engagement the full employment of his spirit in his work because he knows his reward is directly proportional to fruit of the collective labour of the crew. The chemistry and solidarity of the crew and the extent to which the individual directly applies his faculties within the nature of work increases the portion of the product shared by all.

Know that in America alone there are dozens of at least partially worker-owned businesses including King Arthur Flour, Publix Supermarket, Avis Rent-A-Car, Terracon and others. There is also the Mondragon corporate federation of workers’ collective located in the Basque region of southern Spain with democratic control over wages and other major functions of the industries therein. These systems are far from perfect, but they carry with them elements of systems of communal economic organization we plan for the cultivation of sustainable social formations in the future.

Something powerful needs to be transfused into the blood of the working-class until we realize the liberating potential of our collective power. An unaccountable and opulent minority will never run society in a way that protects the rights of ecosystems, the poor, oppressed minorities or women. Certainly there is a false skein of legitimacy spread across the width of this parasitic species of political-economics which is draining the spirit out of humanity and crushing the life of the world. Smash it to pieces.


The Origin of Working-Class Apathy and What We Can do to Change it

Perhaps the person sitting next to you on the bus is facing a serious challenge for which you know the perfect solution, but because of the dissolution of community and its replacement with a culture of staunch individualism, you fail to connect with or even contact the eyes of her nor any of the other conscious beings who populate your direct environment. Individuals as such fail to identify and act upon shared challenges and enrich the common living space with an atmosphere of respect and solidarity.

Despite the fact that this situation describes a radical departure from the conditions selected for by biological and cultural evolution, individualism and concomitant apathy have become part of the assumed nature of the operations of urban society. Anthropologists have historically analyzed cultured as if it existed in suspended animation. Instead, we would like to link individualism and apathy to specific elements of economic class structure which we identify as their beneficiary and source.

Having been lost into centers of unaccountable private bodies, the organs of community control over their own affairs have left the masses in a state of powerlessness and apathy. Sentiments expressing the desire for a better society are uttered in isolation and gain little of the traction they need to trigger the reward-centers in the minds of the people and motivate them to continue carrying out a protracted struggle against their oppressors.

At least in the American cities of the Northeast, the intentional disengagement from basic grassroots social engagements are publicly displayed badges of honor. Ironically, both the individual and the scattered working class are harmed by carrying out this ethic.

Internalizing the Oppressor

By adopting a social disposition which benefits the ruling class, the workers have internalized the interests of their oppressors. As one carries out self-analysis, they may observe the ways in which their emotions are rendered through the lens of society to nourishment or detriment of certain sectors of that society. Having internalized the interests of the ruling class, we subconsciously leverage our vulnerabilities against one another. The individuals consume and waste products thus maximizing the re-absorbition of the exchange they receive for their labour back into the coffers of the ruling class.

Rather than sharing something they no longer need, working class people would rather sell out their natural allies telling them to “go buy their own.” Every time members of the same community fail to engage and collaborate on their identical challenges, they facilitate the power and control Wall Street has over their lives. We refer to this phenomenon as the hijacking the human faculties to facilitate the subconscious self-reproduction of a oppressive capitalist domination.

The Youth

If children reared in an atmosphere of lawlessness and oppression, children whose potency has been frustrated, do not manage during their youth to take the path of authentic rebellion, they will either drift into total indifference, alienated from reality by the authorities and the myths the latter have used to shape them or they may engage in forms of destructive action.” – Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

The future we are afraid of is already burgeoning within the hearts and minds of the kids. Anybody working in the schools is aware of the constant struggle trying to battle the system from within. We need people with critical consciousness working in schools and other public sectors of societies. Tell children the truth and give them the tools they need to build solidarity and literal class consciousness. Increase the agency of childhood by encouraging cross-grade socialization and collaboration on projects. If we give the youth a genuine sense of pride, step back and watch what they do with it, they will exceed our expectations.

Whereas alienation has been cultivated within the minds of the passing generations during the process of their education and socialization,  social dis-engagement has become an unquestioned aspect of our waking existence. It is time that we identify the source and beneficiaries of our apathy and judge our daily interactions on their efficacy in raising the social awareness of the working class.

What we can do?

There are plenty of opportunities. Apathy is not a natural condition but rather has been forced on us by social conditions designed by the ruling class. Ultimately we are working toward fundamental changes in the social structure and the relation of classes of people to the means of production etc. Of course there is no easy answer, but we know we need a diverse array of tactics within dynamic strategies.

As you aim to resolve the contradictions embedded in society,

1) Objectify and discard apathy

2) Use the commons as the commons. Reclaim any and all public spaces to develop the social consciousness of the masses

3) Encourage existing civil society groups like churches to denounce escapism and use them like they have in the past as centers for organizing and carrying out political action. Remind the congregations that the old testament prophets were all people who spoke truth to power and pointed out corruption wherever it was found. (“Is there no balm in Gilead?”)

4) Interact with people in an unexpected way that makes them think.

5) Allow connections to form and be a humble mediator of differing parties.

6) Mention to the workers that they ought to own the factories they toil in. Let them know that wage-labour is little different than slavery. Even if they don’t get it at first, it’s important to repeat and expose the people to key messages.

7) Take care of your physical, mental and spiritual health so we can be there for comrades in need.

8) Respect the youth as well as our elders.

9) Make time to spend time with like-minded people pre-figuring the world through the changes you each would like to see take place.

10) Organize yourselves in action committees, but don’t neglect guerrilla politics — In whichever institutions you happen to be a part of, strive to gain as much political influence as possible as individuals and maintain regular communication with your covert network of activists throughout the concrete jungles

We are in for a long protracted struggle. Meditate. Remind yourself always that the truth will prevail. And “most of all,” without being too hard on yourself about the concessions you need to make from time to time, “see to it that you do not lend yourself to the evils you condemn.”