Invalidation of the Worker – Part II (4.12.2017)

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My original article entitled The Invalidation of the Worker – A Study of Disability in Capitalist Society was published in October, 2013. It is logical to assume that as ‘Austerity’ has continued unabated, thousands of disabled who were alive to read it then, are nolonger with us now. The proliferation of articles that over-simplify and misrepresent ‘disability’ are common place within bourgeois society. Most miss the vital point of economic exclusion, and focus instead upon misguided notions of bourgeois individuality – making such puerile statements as ‘if only disabled people were viewed as individuals and not their disabilities’, or ‘disabled people should not be viewed as dysfunctional able-bodied’, and so on and so forth. It is not that there is no truth to statements such as these, but that this kind of narrative is entirely bourgeois in nature, and as such, does not address the central reality of economic exclusion. Why should a person with a disability be categorised as ‘disabled’, when ‘able-bodied’ people are only referred to in that manner, within a temporary discourse which distinguishes the non-disabled from the disabled (privileging the former and disempowering the latter). In reality this situation is a matter of Marxist-Leninist critique, and involves the exclusion of the disabled community not only from bourgeois society, but also from proletariat society. This discrimination manifests as economic and cultural impoverishment due to a permanent exclusion from the work-force. This has to be remedied as part of an ongoing Revolutionary struggle that rejects Trotskyism and fascism, and aims at the accomplishment of the ‘right to work’ in a suitable toiling environment. This means that the ‘right to work’ should be divorced from the immediate principle of blatant profit generation, and be redefined as an agency of psychological and physical self-development which is also a ‘Human Right’. All discrimination currently deployed by an indifferent bourgeois society should be immediately outlawed, and ‘new’ social, economic, political and cultural structures designed and put in place. Traditional unions should implement anti-discriminatory policies to tackle negative attitudes toward the disabled workers, held within the minds of their able-bodied membership. Finally, tha small number of disabled people who do work must be understood to be ‘privileged’ and something of a bourgeois ‘fetish’ that has no bearing on the experience of the majority of disabled people.

Any assessment of disability is incomplete, if it does not acknowledgement the total and permanent exclusion of people with disabilities from the job market, and therefore from the equal and fair ‘right’ to gain ‘dignity’ and ‘self-respect’ through participation in the process of earning a living and financially caring for themselves and a family, etc. The situation surrounding disability is made so opaque within the economies of the developed West, that whatever enquiry is made into the matter, it is invariably made by the able-bodied, and riddled with the very discriminative thinking that causes the problem in the first place. Many able-bodied people are so illiterate when it comes to discussing disability that they are not even aware that a problem exists, or hold prejudicial viewpoints to explain why disabled people are lacking in their particular work environments. This type of discrimination cuts through all classes and ethnic groupings, and possesses the potential to ‘unite’ disabled people of both genders, from incredibly varied backgrounds, but the problem exists of disabled people being condemned to a state of isolated individualism, where society forces them to sit outside of mainstream life, viewing themselves as somehow deficient and unworthy of inclusion. Another issue is that the term ‘disability’ includes a vast array of psychological and physical problems, that can stem from severe cognitive and behavioural issues, to an individual having poor eye-sight, or deafness in one ear, for example.

Unionization is lacking amongst disabled people in general (due to the hyper-individualism they are forced to endure), and because amongst certain strands of the disabled intelligentsia (evident online) there exists those who reject any notion of leftwing politics, and espouse a rightwing political rhetoric. This rhetoric, aligning itself with the far-right, explains the tens of thousands of disability deaths relating to the Tory (and LibDems) ‘Austerity’ measures since 2010, as arising from the presence of ‘migrants’ in the UK. This distorted and fascistic thinking imagines that benefits and medical services have been withdrawn from the disability community and re-diverted to migrant communities, and suggests that disabled people should ‘unite’ with the far-right and participate in attacks upon these migrant communities. The fact that the political far-right routinely targets the disabled community appears to be lost on these kind of mistaken individuals. Since I wrote ‘Invalidation of the Workers’ in 2013, the UK has been found Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity (2016) by the United Nations for the deaths of at least 10,000 disabled people (due to the sudden withdrawal of benefits, social services and medical treatment). The UN Report noted that the behaviour of the British press was reminiscent to that of the Hitlerite media operating in 1930’s Berlin, for its vicious rhetorical attack upon the disabled community, and for its unquestioning support of destructive Tory and LibDems policy. In a recent report, Oxford University has linked ‘Austerity’ to the deaths of 30,000 people in the UK, whilst an article in the rightwing Metro newspaper suggests the real figure is nearer 200,000.

Disabled people are in reality a ‘collective’ that has been disempowered and disenfranchised for centuries. Although they are made to exist excluded from the work-force and in a fabricated state of psychological and physical isolation, they cannot be ‘forced’ into a work-place that does not exist to accept them, as the work-place of the able-bodied is default set to treat the disabled worker as a liability to the firm, and a potential loss in earning power and profitability. It is this type of fascistic thinking that interprets a disabled human-being inhabiting a wheel-chair as being a ‘fire hazard’ and an ‘offense’ under Health and Safety legislation. This is in the same category of institutional discrimination that includes anti-discrimination legislation that is ‘voluntary’ to uphold. People with disabilities require ‘civil rights’ legislation – the kind promised by Tony Blair in 1997 prior to his reneging – and instead beginning the modern era of political attacks upon the disability community. It is only through a substantial change in the law that the permanent barriers to people with disabilities entering the work-force will be removed. Simply stopping benefits does not solve the problem, but it does lead to immense levels of poverty, starvation and suicide.

Disability Rights: Urban Edge (Paignton)

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Urban Edge is Coffee-shop come wine bar in the centre of Paignton (in the Victoria Street area opposite Paignton Train Station).  These premises are own by a local businessman (and notorious hater of Disabled people) named Mr Mark Lewis.  His behaviour (and that of his colluding staff) made headline news in 2013, when one of my leftwing newspaper articles went viral, and his despicable treatment of the local Disabled population was finally exposed to the general public:

Picassos Coffee Lounge (Torquay) Discriminates Against Disabled People!

Many descent minded local people went to his former coffee shop and told him in no uncertain terms that his behaviour was unacceptable, and this sentiment eventually led to a boycott of his business.  This was after Mr Mark Lewis stated that Disabled people ‘smelled’, and that those with disfigurements put able-bodied people off their food!After a few months of trying to soldier on, the now ’empty’ Picassos was forced to shut.  Until Mr Mark Lewis issues an open apology for the many incidences of offence he has caused, and states without doubt that he intends to adhere to anti-discrimination laws in the UK, people should continue to boycott any and all businesses he attempts to establish – after-all, his insistence upon perpetuating Disability hate-crime is typical of rightwing political supporters, and is itself a violation of the law.

 

China Unsettles Western Imperialism

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The bourgeois, racist, imperialist West is running scared of modern, Communist China.  It is running scared because despite a tremendous propaganda drive against the so-called ‘threat’ of Communism, all the anger and hatred the greedy bourgeoisie could muster, with its false words, bombs and bullets, could not dislodge China in the manner in which it brought down the Soviet Union in 1991.  Make no mistake about it, anti-Chinese racism has been a key ingredient in the attack on China and her chosen path of Scientific Socialism.  So potent has this racialised anti-Communist policy been that even Chinese people living outside of China mindlessly trumpet the White racist attitudes of the imperialists toward their fellow ethnic brothers and sisters in Mainland China, not realising that they to are viewed as racially inferior by the very same White masters they serve.  The White imperialists laugh at the success of this ‘divide and conquer’ tactic, rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of a ‘Chinese-led’ counter-revolution.  So potent has this racialised anti-Communist policy been that a ‘racist’ anti-China rhetoric is now evident in many strands of Black Nationalist ideology, the African and African diasporic narrative now mimicking the racist propaganda of the White imperialists, are taking-on without thought, the Western notion that Chinese Communists exist to ‘exploit’ Black people, and take away their freedom – the very things White imperialists have historically already done to Black people, and continue to do.  However, although China as a nation and an ethnicity must face this racial onslaught alone, all is not lost, as China is on the correct dialectical path of self-achieved freedom through a Marxist-Leninist Revolution, as perpetuated by Mao Zedong.  No matter what racist lies the White imperialists concoct, China is reading history (and historical trends) correctly, in exactly the non-inverted manner that Marx (and Engels) envisioned, no  more and no less.  As the West operates from an ‘inverted’ mind-set, its greed obsessed ideologues are unable to perceive or acknowledge this truth, and so are unable to do anything about it.  The White imperialists, however, simply stick to their predictable racism and lies as a means to topple Communist China – a policy that is not working.  As a result, China is moving ahead in all technological and scientific fields, and leaving the West behind.

Stalin Empowers Women

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From a Chinese language blog:

In the 1930’s, Joseph Stalin was in-charge of the USSR.  At this time he sought to empower Soviet women by encouraging them not to wear ‘bourgeois’ and ‘sexist’ make-up, and to participate in all areas of the workforce as full citizens equal to their male counter-parts.  This concept of gender equality and feminist-empowerment was very ‘new’ in the world, although Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote about this in the 19th century.  Of course, women must free themselves and decide their own paths, but men can assist by getting-out of the way, and not replicating the backward patriarchalism of the past.

Chinese Language Source Article:

http://pic.cnr.cn/pic/guoji/20150630/t20150630_519018315_2.shtml

30年代处于斯大林执政期,社会上比较支持女性不化妆,以突显劳动者的社会角色。

Racism and Prejudice as False Consciousness

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It is not a country or nation state that is racist, but rather a privileged class of people.  This class is the international bourgeoisie which is dominant throughout most countries in the world.  Countries are racist not because they are geographical entities, but because they are run by a class that continuously perpetuates the ideology of racism as part of its strategy to prevent the international working class from realising its predicament, and effectively uniting to do something about it.  Therefore racism is a false consciousness that destroys working class hegemony, and renders each working class person into the disempowered state of isolated individual.  As the international working class is composed of many different and distinct ethnicities, religious groups and cultural identities, the dominant bourgeoisie utilises racism as a means to create a false division in the minds of the workers, and to encourage those workers to exist in a constant state of antagonism and aggression toward one another.  If the workers are busy fighting amongst themselves because of the racism imported into their mind-set by the bourgeois media and education system, then they will be unable to cognise their true situation and realise that they in fact exist in a state of permanent subjugation at the hands of the bourgeoisie.  The function of racism is to prevent insight into the real nature of reality, and it has been justified by the bourgeoisie as a ‘science’ that supposedly links the apparent differences in physicality with differences in genetic structure, etc, which assumes (falsely) that skin-colour ascribes ‘superiority’ or ‘inferiority’ to an ethnic group.  This is not science, but mythology in the service of bourgeois privilege and its maintenance.

The international bourgeoisie developed historically in the West and has evolved to represent white, European power and privilege throughout the world.  The bourgeois dominance of different societies was spread from Europe into Africa, Asia and the Americas through the agency of empire, imperialism and colonisation.  This project saw the European bourgiesie extend its influence beyond the oppression of the European working class and into other areas of the world.  This seizing of political power in other countries was accomplished through the use of military force and the demonization of non-European cultures through the use of Western Christianity.  The bourgeoisie continued to oppress the European working class through political and cultural domination, but formulated the ideology of racism as a means to dominate the non-European peoples of other countries (many of whom had not yet formed a ‘working class’).  This ideology was then educated into the minds of the European working class by the bourgeois education system, and served as the primary means of interaction between Europeans and non-Europeans.  Although working class people were oppressed by the bourgeoisie, the new lie was that at least they were ‘white’ and therefore racially superior to the ‘non-white’ peoples of the world.  This developed from the bourgeoisie encountering different peoples who possessed differing complexions, and it was this apparent ‘difference’ in skin-colour that the bourgeoisie focused upon as the main distinguishing factor when dealing with other cultures, so much so, in fact, that a highly aggressive and destructive pseudo-science developed around it.

When the European bourgeoisie oppressed the European working class, skin-colour was not an issue as both classes were of the same ethnicity, and shared a common culture.  The development of racism is solely a bourgeois class interest and nothing more, but it has been made to infect the minds of the working class who have absolutely nothing to gain from it, as it prevents their uniting in such a manner that can challenge (and over-throw) the dominant bourgeoisie.  However, it must also be understood that ideological racism is a white, European invention that has been spread throughout the world through European imperialism, and that as an ideology, it only serves to empower white people (albeit of the middle class variety).  White working class people who are racist, do not gain any political or economic power from mimicking the bourgeoisie, but are so poorly educated they do not understand this reality.  In the meantime they continue to do the bourgeoisie’s dirty work (in the form of violence, rape and murder), by blaming anyone who is not ‘white’ for the problems the working class suffer at the hands of the bourgeoisie.  This is the essence of false consciousness, and a prime ingredient in the continuation of the maintenance of bourgeois hegemony.  Bourgeois racism can be defined as ‘prejudice’ manifest through economic and political power.  This means that no matter what ignorant white people think about ‘disempowerment’, white people as an ethnic group, possess all the power within European society, despite the fact that the white working class is oppressed by the white bourgeoisie.  As the historical roots of racism is white and European, it logically follows that racism serves the economic (and political) purposes of the white, European bourgeoisie, and that non-white people cannot be ‘racist’ because they are not ‘white’ or ‘European’.  Non-white people – being as they are – victims of historical European domination and oppression, can import European negative attitudes into their minds about other non-white peoples, but this does not mean that they are being ‘racist’ if they give vent to these views.  Black and Asian people in the West do not possess any significant collective economic or political power, and so are unable to make their viewpoints work to their advantage in a system that a priori favours ‘whiteness’ over any other cultural grouping, and this is the case even if non-white people express discriminatory views about white people.  White people cannot be the victims of a racism they invented, whilst living in a society which they fully control and manipulate to their collective benefit.

This observation counters the current trend in white society of the apparent ‘equality’ of racism, which falsely asserts that white people are victims of ‘racist’ crimes.  This is untrue and ‘ahistorical’.  In fact such an allegation is the continuation and development of the bourgeoisie’s ideology of racism under the new conditions of multiculturalism.  This is the maintenance of ‘white privilege’ which seeks to hide and deny the historical presence and existential functioning of white racism within European society.  So powerful is the bourgeois instinct to dominate at the point of contact, that even the ‘victim’ status of those non-white people who suffer under white tyranny, must be took off of them and rendered null and void.  This is because Eurocentric racism assumes that only ‘white’ suffering matters, and the suffering of non-white people is of a lesser order (because they are deemed racially ‘inferior’ and not able to perceive the world as white people do).  When white commenters state that racism is natural because all ethnic groups practice it, they are wrong.  European racism only exists in other non-European groups, because European imperialists placed it there!  When non-white ethnic groups in the West are seen to attack one another, they are not being ‘racist’ but rather ‘prejudicial’, and only then because they are living under the oppression of the white bourgeoisie.  Just as it is not in the class interests of the white working class to be racist, it is equally not in the class interests of the non-white working class.  It is bourgeoisie racism that separates the world into ‘white’ and ‘non-white’ and it is exactly this ideology that must be over-thrown through the development of non-inverted knowledge and insight by the constituent members of the international working class.

 

 

The EU Monolith is No Good for the Workers

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The EU debate for the upcoming Referendum is essentially this:  On the one hand, the EU is presented as an idyllic ‘brotherhood of man’ premised upon a free-market economic system that benefits everyone who is a member.  On the other hand, the EU is presented as a failed experiment of multiculturalism and forced integration, which destroys businesses and gives job to foreigners who work for reduced wages.  This is how the UK media and rightwing government are presenting the issue.  Both models are incorrect, or at least deficient.  If the UK benefitted everyone – poverty throughout Europe would have been eradicated, when in fact poverty in real terms has got worse.  Not only this, but an enhanced wealth has been centred into the hands of an ever smaller number of billionaires.  Since 1986, the EU has embarked on a vicious rightwing agenda of de-Socialising the countries of Europe who were, up to that point, essentially fully unionised and leftwing.  This was to make it easier for the US to gain a dominant foothold in Europe and exploit its people, whilst preventing any systemic movements to the left, which could oust the US beast.  As capital must move freely in the US model, it also follows that ‘labour’ must move also – hence the requirement for EU workers to move around, regardless of the problems and resentments this causes.  Workers briefly passing through national zones to earn money is not ‘multiculturalism’, but opportunist capitalism.  The capitalists want to stay in the EU to preserve their hording of private wealth, whilst other capitalists want to leave Europe because of their preferred ideology of racism – both models are premised upon self-interest and greed – and neither model helps the workers in anyway.  The choice being presented to the workers of the UK is basically this – which kind of capitalism do you want to dominate you?  Only the UK Communist left has put forward the REAL reason to LEAVE the EU – and that is because the EU is a legalised economic capitalist system that demands the ruthless dismantling of welfare provision, social housing, and national health systems for member states to remain in the EU (without facing sanctions).  Under EU Law, it is ‘illegal’ to ‘re-Nationalise’ any institution or establishment that has been privatised.  Workers do not benefit in any way from EU membership, and yet they provide all the raw labour for the middle classes to reap as profit.  It is only the rich that benefit from EU membership – but you will not be hearing this anytime soon on the BBC, or any other bourgeois media outlet.  The EU is an oppressor of the people and its supposed ‘multiculturalism’ is a sham.  Being forced to fight one another for the scraps from the rich man’s table is not how different people come together in mutual harmony and respect.  In the EU model we all come together as ‘economic enemies’ and are made to fight one another for jobs with low pay and zero hour contracts, whilst being prevented from joining a union.  The EU causes racism and xenophobia through the legalised enforcement of an international cesspool of competition for jobs given by employers with ever increasing powers, who lord it over a workforce with none.  To be truly ‘free’ of racism and exploitation, the UK must be ‘free’ of the EU.

Buddha Opposed Religious Ignorance

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This photograph does not offend me in the same manner as racism, or social inequality.  In fact it does not offend me at all.  Religious ignorance is the utilising of a limited and counter-productive irrationality to interpret internal and external phenomena.  In other words, the paradigm used by the ordinary mind to assess its own perceptions, is flawed.  The Buddha, in every single text ascribed to him, whether it be Hinayana, Mahayana or Tantrayana (with its overt sexual imagery) adheres to this exact same message – all of humanity’s sufferings either inwardly (self-imposed) or externally (imposed by others), are the product of an inverted mind that at root is enmeshed in the corrupt psychology of greed, hatred, and delusion.  Greed, hatred and delusion have collectively given rise to every mode of thought prior to the Buddha’s unmasking of its process.  Great civilisations have come and gone premised entirely upon this triple ignorance, and despite the greatness of such things as the pyramids, the hanging gardens of Babylon, or the great wall of China, etc, have all been produced by intellects consumed by the ‘desire’ to ‘achieve’.  This demonstrates just how ‘clever’ the deluded mind can be, even though it is completely unaware of its own manifestation and functionality.  Prior to the Buddha’s pronouncement of a revealing philosophical psychology, humanity operated through an inverted (or ‘deluded’) mind that produced ideas and desires in a dysfunctional manner.  This included the building of religions in both theoretical and physical structure.  It makes no difference what the ‘religion’ teaches, as all religions founded upon the edifice of a deluded mind share exactly the same premise of greed, hatred, and delusion.  This is why the Buddha stated that ‘gods’ only appear to exist if the individual believes they do, but upon the realisation of how the mind really works (i.e. enlightenment), then it is understood that gods do not independently exist outside of the mind that perceives them to do so.  However, as the uprooting of greed, hatred, and delusion, leads to a mind that is wise and knows what is ‘true’ and what is ‘false’, the premise of discrimination is also uprooted and all beings – regardless of their current state of mind – are treated with loving kindness and compassion.  An enlightened Buddhist becomes indifferent to the views of others, and either offers advice if required, or remains quiet if not.  Buddhism does not convert or proselytise.  The general ignorance that gives rise to theistic religion is of course the general ignorance that underlies all of society.  For instance, I suspect this photograph is ‘false’.  I do not believe that Muslim women would behave in this manner.  I also believe that it is designed to encourage ‘hatred’ between ignorant Buddhists and Muslims as a means to fuel the contemporary and deluded Buddhist trend in parts of Asia, of Islamophobia.  Ignorant Buddhists are just as ‘ignorant’ as everyone else, the only difference is that they mistake the Buddha for a god, and the Ordained Sangha for his prophets upon earth.  The psychology of ‘ignorance’ is all persuasive and is applicable to all beings and it does not matter if it is recognised or not – it functions regardless.  A truly ‘enlightened’ Buddhist who has spent the time ‘uprooting’ greed, hatred, and delusion, will ‘see through’ the surface structure of this image, and into the unifying emptiness behind.  These young women are probably very poor and have been ‘paid’ or ‘forced’ to dress and behave in this ‘un-Islamic’ manner.  Although I cannot tell exactly what this statue is, it might be a Tantrayana design – which is not common at all in Malaysia (the supposed location for this picture).  Perhaps it is in a museum somewhere and the young women could be from anywhere.  This picture is from a Chinese language website – but Chinese language articles that attempt to cause trouble in Asia can originate from anywhere in the world – including the US, Canada and Taiwan, etc.  Much damage is done to Chinese traditional beliefs and modern culture by the deluded Falun Gong Movement which is a criminal outfit that project their propaganda through the Epoch Times.  The answer to all this duplicity is to look within to expel confusion and gain clarity of insight.  Finally, to all my friends who sincerely believe in a god – I support you in your spiritual endeavours without question.

Factionalism in the British Communist Left

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Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels founded the First International Workingmen’s Association in the UK that lasted from 1864-1876.  Marx eventually dissolved this movement because he was of the opinion that circumstances were not yet right for world revolution.  Marx withdrew from direct confrontation with the establishment, and instead focused on the further theoretical development of his theory of Scientific Socialism.  This switched the emphasis for revolution from physical to the world of ideas and this is exactly what Marx advocated.  Although he called for the worldwide overthrowing of the bourgeoisie and the corrupt capitalism that it represented, he was very well aware of the power of ideas to inspire others to decisive physical actions.  Marx was wise and knew when physical action should be carried-out, and when it should not.  His method was the perfect integration of advanced and progressive thought carried-through by actions when the circumstances were right.  For Marx the pursuit of world revolution was often a smooth interchange between thought and action – with occasionally the two dramatically coinciding.  Marx (and Engels) developed their theory of Scientific Socialism with a definite long-view perspective which took into account the attempting and failing of world revolution many times, until the final accomplishment of the permanent replacement of capitalism with Socialism.

The Second Socialist International (1889–1916) was founded in Paris six years after the death of Marx and was essentially a trade union and labour movement.  This dissolved in 1916 because of a system failure of its constituent nation parties to hold a united, working class internationalist front in opposition to the bourgeois war that had developed in France and elsewhere.  As Marx was against nationalism, and taught that the bourgeoisie created nationalism and racism to prevent the international working class from uniting and working together to effectively confront and over-throw bourgeois oppression, and its corrupt capitalist system.  Competing royal houses in Europe (all of whom were blood related) encouraged their respective bourgeois governments to go to war, and in so doing, use the lives of their working class men as canon-fodder.  Although there did exist Socialist opposition to WWI, many prominent members of the Second International voted to support their national bourgeois governments, and instructed their working class membership to join national armies.  As the Second Socialist International completely failed to apply the Scientific Socialism of Marx, it was dissolved in 1916 at the height of the murder and savagery in France and Belgium (and elsewhere) which saw different groups of working class men pointlessly opposing one another for the class interests of the bourgeoisie.

Vladimir Lenin founded the Third Communist International which lasted from 1919 to 1943.  Lenin called all working class people around the world to come to the theoretical and practical aid of the fledgling Communist State in revolutionary Russia.  Since the successful taking of power (and its consolidation) by the Bolsheviks, the bourgeois Western powers (and their Japanese allies), ruthlessly attacked Russia and supported the counter-revolutionary movement.  This was an economic, military and rhetorical attack on Russia that was opposed to the international working class uniting in the pursuance of its best class interests.  The Third International sought to establish a worldwide, Communist movement in both theory and practice, and founded the International Communist Party which eventually had branches in virtually every other country.  These branches were part of the Soviet Union and represented a united proletariat throughout the world, and its purpose was to support (theoretically and practically) all working class movements throughout the world in preparation for the eventual world revolution.  During WWII, Joseph Stalin dissolved the Third Communist International in 1943, because its theoretical premise of working class unity throughout the world was impractical to pursue, whilst fascist Germany, Italy and Japan were unleashing total war and destruction across the globe.  Furthermore, Stalin understood that the Western (liberal) bourgeois States were then allies of a USSR (that was fighting for its very existence at the time, trying to stop and push back a very strong Nazi German invasion), were needed to provide material aid and moral support.  An uprising of working class movement at that time would have interrupted the direct material aid and internationally weakened the coalition against Nazi Germany and her fascist allies.  Of course, a working class uprising in the fascist countries could have immediately stopped their aggression – but such an uprising was considered unlikely due to the oppressive nature of the fascist States and the draconian measures taken against any refusal to toe the official rightwing line.  Instead, Stalin advised the International Communist Parties to work for world revolution in a manner that best suited their local conditions, and he called for the various Communist Branches to act in a more independent manner, whilst also trying to co-ordinate their local activities with the premise of international solidarity.  Although the USSR remained the central focus for International Communist action, the Communist Party branches were now given a new latitude in their functionality, which was designed to increase flexibility and effectiveness of action.

The first major trauma that tested this new climate of flexibility, was the betrayal of Joseph Stalin (and the International Communist Movement) by the Trotskyite traitor – Nikita Khrushchev.  Communist China under the guidance of Mao Zedong rejected the Khrushchev line, as did the famous Che Guevara, and many other Communists around the world.  Khrushchev – as a Trotskyite – sought to take power in the USSR after the death of Stalin in 1953, by courting the anti-Soviet rhetoric emanating from the USA and the UK, as these two countries attempted to build an anti-Communist front in Europe and beyond.  Many branches of the International Communist Party attempted to come to terms with Khrushchev’s so-called ‘Secret Speech’ in 1956, within which he issued an attack on Joseph Stalin that was a tissue of lies (see Grover Furr’s research in this area).  Khrushchev’s betrayal of Marxism, Marxist-Leninism, and the Soviet Union eventually led to the premiership of Mikhail Gorbachev and the final demise of the USSR through his pro-capitalist corruption.

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union (and its Communist Party) in 1991, the International Communist Party branches were officially dissolved.  The Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) transitioned into a bourgeois left intellectual movement, with the ‘CPGB’ name being resurrected by a UK Trotskyite group that seeks to demonise and belittle the entire Soviet-era achievement.  In the late 1970’s, a group split from the CPGB regarding a dispute over the legacy of Joseph Stalin.  The CPGB was moving away from a position of support for Stalin, and as a consequence, the ‘New Communist Party’ (NCP) was formed and officially recognised.  Today, the NCP follows a position of supporting North Korea and its ‘Juche’ theory.  In 1988, another group split from the CPGB as it did not agree with the bourgeois liberalism emanating from Mikhail Gorbachev.  This group took the Morning Star newspaper with it and became the ‘Communist Party of Britain’ (CPB).  The CPB today follows a policy of unquestioning support for the Labour Party, and advocates the ‘British Road to Socialism’ – a premise it originally rejected in 1988, as it stemmed from a revisionist movement in the 1960’s in the original CPGB.  The CPB supports parliamentary Socialism and officially plays-down any ideas of direct revolutionary action.  The Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninism) – CPGB (ML) – was formed out of the Socialist Movement in the early 2000’s, and has its historical roots in the parliamentary Labour Party.  Today it has a hard-left approach to Communism (that supports Stalin and Mao), and rejects the tyranny of Khrushchev.  The Revolutionary Communist Group (RCG) is a Marxist-Leninist and anti-imperialist group that grew out of the Trotskyite Socialist Workers Party – its current relationship with Trotskyism is unclear – but it does appear to support Joseph Stalin’s unconditional anti-imperialist struggles.  It follows a staunch anti-racist and anti-capitalist line.

There are many leftist groups, parties, associations, and movements in the UK and across the world.  All behave in a unilateral manner that presumes each faction is the ‘only’ faction in existence.  This means that a single world vision emanates from the many revolutionary steering committees that ignores all other movements and approaches.  This has led to a potential international communist movement scattered into tiny parts, with each behaving as if it possesses the power and moral right to lead the World Communist Movement, even though in reality each faction only possesses the immediate power of attracting only a few hundred supporters at any one time.  What a genuinely ‘Communist’ seeker must understand is that ‘Scientific Socialism’, and its development of ‘Marxist-Leninism’ are dialectical, historical trends that are not, (and cannot) be limited to any single group, party, or movement that claims to singularly represent it.  A dialectical and historical trend involves the entire international working class movement, irrespective of theoretical groups that claim to represent it.  In fact, a singular claim to exclusively represent a dialectical movement in history is in itself non-dialectical in nature and a hindrance to true internationalist development.  This would suggest that any genuine working class movement will represent itself spontaneously, and be simultaneously ‘free’ of artificial contrivance.  As things stand today, the Western Communist Left is riddled with ego, factionalism, fetishism, arrogance, lack of Marxist insight, and racist attitudes.  This demonstrates a remarkable infiltration of the Communist Left from Trotskyites and the broader right wing.  This demonstrates the paradox that whilst claiming to represent the International Communist Movement, many of these factions have in fact abandoned true ‘Internationalism’ and have – like Khrushchev – betrayed both Marxism and Marxist-Leninism.  Considering this current climate of corruption and dysfunction within the Communist Left, a genuine seeker of the Marxist path should personally study the works of Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao, and learn to understand dialectical materialism, and think independently in a progressive manner that is not being represented by the many factions that vie for their membership.  Marx, Engels and Lenin, advocated that the working class mind must be freed from its bourgeois oppression and its inversion cured through adopting a correct class consciousness that interprets events correctly.  Dialectical events will unfold regardless of how many factions come into being or pass out of existence.  When the truly Communist ground-work has been achieved through personal education, then a progressive individual may join (or not join) any faction that is useful, although it must be remembered that the Communist factions are currently failing in their presumed function of a) uniting the international working class, and 2) leading it correctly.  As Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao achieved these objectives, their example should be followed.

 

 

 

Visually Impaired People Take to the Streets in China

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Original Chinese Language Article By: www.yjrb.com.cn

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

At 1030am on June the 4th, 2013, the staff opened the doors of the Pizza Hut branch (situated in the Shandong Road area of Shijiazhuang City – Hebei) and were met by two determined Disable People (with visual impairments) and their supporters, who were holding protest placards decrying a Pizza Hut advert that discriminated against people with visual impairments.

(Recently Pizza Hut had launched an advertising campaign on Youku for shrimp balls.  During this advert, a person is seen asking another person: “Do you know why the ball chaotically rolls everywhere?”  The other person looks confused, and so the first person provides the answer: “Because it is a shrimp ball.”  The screen then shows a shrimp wearing dark-glasses and holding a cane – the message?  Apparently the makers of the advert associate the relative inability of shrimps with that of the limitations blind suffer due to their Disability.)

The protesters made the point that people with visual impairments are human beings who suffer the limitation of a Disability – but who are able in many other ways.  Their predicament should not be trivialised or made to look like they are not human as such treatment offends Disabled People.  The protesters demanded an apology from Pizza Hut and the retraction of the advert, together with an assurance that in the future Pizza Hut will value their Disabled customers as highly as they value their able-bodied customers.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2016.

Original Chinese Language Article:

http://www.yjrb.com.cn/web/news/shxw/webinfo/2013/06/05/13697113239265495.htm

青岛视障残疾人抗议广告歧视残疾人

2013年6月4日上午10点30分,河北石家庄中山东路的必胜客欢乐餐厅一开门,就被两名石家庄视障残疾人的举牌抗议。(必胜客在优酷网推出虾球视频广告,内容大体是:一人问:“你知道球为什么总是到处乱滚吗?”另一人迷惑,前面的人继续说:“因为它是虾球。”屏幕显示内容为一只虾滚成球形,戴着墨镜,手持盲杖,旁边有“虾?瞎?”的字样。而屏幕下方第二句话配的字幕是:“因为它是虾(瞎)球。”)盲人朋友称这一广告伤害他们的心灵,他们的行动仅仅是要求必胜客通过媒体正式道歉,并停止丑化残疾人的广告在任何媒体播放。不要再拿残疾人开心了

The ‘Chinese Restaurant’ and the Politics of ‘Race’ in Kenya

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Chinese Activist and Kenyan Children

Chinese Restaurant in Kenya Locks-out Africans after 5pm

During late March, 2015, it was widely reported throughout the Western media that a Chinese restaurant – called the ‘Chinese Restaurant’ operating out of Kenya’s capital city Nairobi – had become the centre of a race-discrimination story.  What is interesting about this incident only becomes apparent when an objective position is taken in the study of the over-all situation and the manner in which the world media chose to cover this story.  Due to the emotive issues this story appears to raise, it is an ideal candidate for assessment through ‘deconstruction’.  The French philosopher Jacques Derrida taught that written texts contain a number of layers of information all designed to convey certain views and influence the reader toward unquestionably accepting various and diverse conclusions.  As all but the surface level of meaning in a text is hidden from obvious view, the underlying message(s) carried sub-consciously through the words (into the mind of the reader) are falsely interpreted by the reader as being the product of his or her own free choice and rational assessment of the story.  Although this political process of misleading and influencing the reader tends to operate continuously throughout the Western press in a subtle manner, occasionally its dynamic is obvious to perceive.  For instance, the racist United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) continuously issues statements that on the surface offer a superficial denial of its racist ideology, whilst the sub-strata of the very same statements fully confirm and convey the very racist ideology that is apparently being denied.  The point of this deception in texts (which includes written scripts for news articles, documentaries and films) is to convey an acceptable ‘mythic’ surface meaning (such as ‘fairness’ and ‘impartiality’).  Inherently racist texts composed and disseminated throughout bourgeois Western societies, use this veneer of acceptability to perpetuate their poison.  This is a well-known tactic used by rightwing supporting newspapers in the UK (such as the Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and Metro, etc) dedicated to maintaining and spreading the racist message in the minds of their readers.

The Chinese language search-engine Baidu offers a very positive image of China-Kenya relations, and even the Wikipedia page concerning the presence of Chinese people in Kenya talks of Tang Dynasty artefacts being discovered in Kenyan villages, and the fact that Kenya was visited by Admiral Zheng Ho in the early 15th century.  From the late 1990’s, The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has invested heavily in Africa and African people.  This policy has been motivated from a political sense of ‘internationalism’ whereby the Chinese State has projected its wealth and good-will into areas of the world traditionally exploited and neglected by the forces of Western capitalism.  In part the bond that exists between Africa and China lies in the fact both peoples have been in the past the victims of a highly exploitative and destructive Western imperialism and colonisation.  China’s presence in Africa today is the consequence of a direct rejection of Western imperialist policies and thinking.  However, the Western press, being as it is the defender of bourgeois values, continuously misrepresents Africa and China by projecting its own behavioural norms upon the situation.  It is within the interests of the West to keep Africa poor and the African people exploited.  China’s application of Marxist egalitarian values has interrupted the Western policy of African exploitation, but more than this, the Chinese policy has also served to empower Africans (through economic development and cultural ties with China) so that the exploitative relationship with the West can be either redefined or abandoned altogether.  The Western media, smarting from this affront to its political hegemony, has predictably embarked upon a complete misrepresentation and smear campaign of Socialist China’s presence in Africa – falsely equating China’s activity with that of Western imperialism.

Due to China’s economic and cultural investment in Kenya, the Kenyan government’s position is that of official good ties and close relations between the two countries.  The joint China-Kenya resistance to Western imperialist attitudes has worked well, and continues to work well, this is why the ‘Chinese Restaurant’ story of 2015 contradicts this trend of good and productive relations.  There is no mention of this story on the Baidu search-engine other than a piece written in both Chinese and English which appears to have originated in the US dominated area of Taiwan.  This story reproduces the Western news article more or less word for word and in the comments section includes American-born Chinese often expressing anti-African-American viewpoints.  As this text did not arise in China it may be rightly considered a Western plant.  The story itself states that a Chinese restaurant in Nairobi has a ‘no blacks’ policy after 5pm and that this implies that all Chinese people are inherently ‘racist’ in Africa (like their Western counter-parts).  This statement must be clearly observed due to its contradictory implications as it suggests that the Chinese people – who are the historical victims of Western imperialism, colonisation and racism – are exactly the same as the Western people who inflicted racism upon them.  The rightwing press in the UK used the word ‘Black’ to convey this news story, but such newspapers as the Guardian referred to the those involved as ‘African’ – as did the Russia Today news article which is by far the most impartial account of this incident.  Esther Zhao was the Public Relations person who mediated with the press during this incident, and she only ever used the term ‘African’ and never ‘Black’.  She was widely (and falsely) reported throughout the Western media as being the ‘owner’ of the restaurant with some of the most vitriolic racism aimed at her personally.  As far as can be ascertained, the actual owners of the restaurant were never seen in public or interviewed.  Esther Zhao explained that the restaurant (and Chinese staff) had been the victims of criminal activity linked to the Kenyan Islamacist terrorist group known as Al Shabaab.  It was explained that the Chinese restaurant had suffered an armed raid in 2014 and that this raid had been a ‘terrorist’ attack that the Kenyan police had not took seriously because Chinese people were the victims.  The restaurant management took the decision to only allow African people they knew into the restaurant after 5pm as a means to protect the staff and customers from any further violent activity.  This was not a ‘no blacks’ policy (which has only ever existed within Western imperialism or colonialism) as was falsely reported by the Western media.

Although good relations exist between the Kenyan government and that of China, it is also true that the presence of Chinese people within Kenya is often met with dislike by some Kenyan people.  In fact the tensions are often so high that Chinese people living and working in Kenya have had to employ Kenyan public relations officers to mediate between themselves and their Kenyan employees.  The height of this apparent antagonism can be seen in a Nairobi TV news article that shows Kenyan reporters using Western anti-Chinese stereotypes to report this incident.  The Chinese are presented as the horrible and incompatible ‘other’ who are dirty, dishonest, and untrustworthy.  They are depicted as eating dogs and being thoroughly ‘alien’ in nature.  One particularly disturbing report in this news article states that the Chinese were running a brothel from the restaurant – an allegation not mentioned in any other article.  On top of being declared cultural delinquents, the Chinese people running this restaurant were also branded as sexual delinquents.  It was also reported that the Chinese Restaurant was operating without proper licences or permissions – which seems unlikely as it was also widely reported that Kenyan government ministers frequented the place quite regularly.  What has really motivated this incident and given it an international currency is that it is a racist attack upon Chinese people disguised as a racist attack by Chinese people upon African people.  The political rightwing has always contested that racism is ‘normal’ and exists in all cultures and this news story certainly seems to pander to that analysis.  However, despite the obvious Eurocentric racism espoused by Nairobi TV and the Western perpetuation of the misrepresentation of this story, it is clear that not all Kenyans are anti-Chinese, and that the Chinese people are certainly not all anti-African.  What this story conveys (but also hides behind the contentious issues of ‘race’ and ‘racism’ in Kenya) is that the staff and customers of this Chinese restaurant were the victims of a terrorist attack carried-out by Al Shabaab in 2014 and that no one outside of China actually cares.

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