This article out of the Progressive Labor Party organ “Challenge” is pretty effective in casting the Zuckerberg testimony in clear class terms. In the United States, we too often forget that class war is an actual thing that carries on regardless of whether or not we choose to pay attention to it. The Zuckerberg congressional hearing, when viewed through a class dynamic lens, is a clear instance of one section of the ruling elite trying to bring another in line. Even other Marxists occasionally lose sight of the importance of observing these shifts within the ranks of the ruling class. One faction of our rulers is attempting to check the power of another faction growing in influence.
There are so many lessons wrapped up in the historical phenomenon of Facebook it is difficult to know where to begin. Here’s one. We see how Mark Zuckerberg, along with his little advertising empire (which is what Facebook, at the bottom of it all, really is) has been taken to task by the ruling elite by means of its bureaucratic political servants. We see Zuckerberg, only concerned about this turn of events continuing to enable him to be filthy rich, promising his fellow capitalists that he will do a better job of monitoring and controlling the content viewed by Facebook users as they continue to gorge themselves on voyeurism, narcissism, and consumerist slop.
Don’t worry everyone, Facebook is safe.
Cynthia Nixon of Sex and the City, through challenging Andrew Cuomo, exposed another Democratic politician to be a piece of garbage. This is to the general surprise of no one in particular. She’s shooting for the democratic ticket. I have to say that while I personally agree with the politics of individual progressives in many ways. However, they do irritate the piss out of me. They lend our violent system a cheap veneer of acceptability. They’re token. I really do wish progressive politicians would stop trying, throw compromise to the wind, and build communism. Is that so much to ask?
Anywho, Nixon’s activity is again giving rise to a distinction that the Left needs to abandon. “Establishment Democrat” v. “Progressive Democrat.” Bernie Sanders’ favorability to Hillary Clinton is making us forget about his historical support of Israel, his voting record on American foreign military interventions. Or how about the fact that he is the only “socialist” in Congress? The American working class does not have the time to negotiate with the rotten sons of bitches that run this country. Progressive Democrats traffic in false hopes and wasted time. I don’t ever want to grant a single step more to the ruling class in this county. There is nothing about that class or its members and servants that warrants the least bit of consideration. We don’t have time for Cynthia Nixon.
And there is, of course, the fact that she is a member of the wealthy elite. She has money. A lot of it. I don’t trust her sympathies. Neither should workers. We need to be pulling leadership out of our own ranks.
Yeah but was Syria ever the possession of the Syrians? This national question is perennial wherever you’re from. For example, the United States has never “belonged” to the American people. It is the possession and tool of the wealthy, it is the province of the privileged. Everyday American have very little control, regardless of the propagandistic fuckfest we hold every four years. If you’re an American and see the vote as an expression of popular will, you are more trapped than the American who views with vote with the cynicism it warrants and elects to carry out an alternative form of political activity.
So this idea that Syrians are currently being deprived of a nation-state that was at some point their possession is asinine. Now—I can see how bourgeois Syrians feel deprived if they are of the opposition or have lost everything over the course of the conflict. Actually, there we go. Refugees, everyday Syrians that have lost their homes or loved ones or lives. They are deprived. But I don’t know that anyone’s weeping over something they’ve lost.
My point is that the above article is clearly sympathetic to secular opposition forces but this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is politically aligned with the interests of the laboring mass of Syrians who are suffering the brunt of this conflict. I am sensitive to this issue because if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s the crocodile tears of the wealthy and privileged trying to use the suffering of the struggling masses as propaganda for bourgeois democracy. Which is what this article seems to be to me. But then I haven’t read the two books…
And here we have prisoners erupting in violence. Now, I’m going to go ahead and assume that the reader is more intelligent than a South Carolina Governor, and forego the explanation of how an eruption of violence does not have to be about anything that appears to be the clear problem being hashed out by warring inmates. The concern, as explained by the historian in the above, is that people act out when they are treated with inhumanity. No one with any passing familiarity with our system of mass incarceration can say that we treat prisoners with humanity.
And I also have to put a plug in here for the fact that while the racial disparity among prisoners is certainly indicative of racism, the only more conspicuous number is that of prisoners across racial lines that come from a certain socio-economic class. Thank about that.
Oh! And the only people that should be in prison are the rich. That is all.