Saturday, July 25, 2020

The truth about Seattle's Capital Hill Organized Protest

....The anti-working-class course of middle-class radicals who act as if a new society can be built while capitalism and its state apparatus remain intact was on show in Seattle in early June. Joined by local gang enforcers, they took over a six-block area of the city, including a police precinct, after cops abandoned the station during a protest against cop brutality.

The groups taking over the area renamed it the Capital Hill Organized Protest and appointed their own armed thugs to enforce order. Jenny Durkan, the city’s liberal Democratic mayor, acquiesced, saying the occupation was “the community’s call for change.” She ensured utilities were provided to the occupiers and ordered the cops to stay out.
Over nine days two Black teenagers were shot dead and others wounded....

Democrats, middle-class left find common ground in 2020 – The Militant

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Defense of free speech, debate met with slander and threats of reprisal – The Militant

....Workers and our unions need to fight tenaciously whenever bosses — or the political correctness police — use thought control measures to throw any worker out of a job, regardless of whether we agree with their opinions. As the class struggle heats up, bosses will increasingly try to muzzle militant workers for speaking out about the impact of the capitalist crisis on our lives — as they have done in the past.
Working people and youth have a right to consider competing viewpoints, to think for ourselves and express our own views without being threatened with losing our livelihoods by those who claim they know what is in our best interest. We need to jealously guard the right to free speech because we need more  discussion and debate, not less, to forge political clarity on the way forward to strengthen the unity and fighting capacity of the working class.



Defense of free speech, debate met with slander and threats of reprisal – The Militant

Scientific approach to opening of ‘New World’ – The Militant

Scientific approach to opening of ‘New World’ – The Militant

Friday, July 17, 2020

Destruction of statues seeks to erase history we need to know – The Militant

....“Without slavery, no Greek state, no Greek art and science, without slavery, no Roman Empire. But without the basis laid by Hellenism and the Roman Empire, also no modern Europe. We should never forget that our whole economic, political and intellectual development presupposes a state of things in which slavery was as necessary as it was universally recognized,” he said. “In this sense we are entitled to say: Without the slavery of antiquity no modern socialism.”
The working class has an interest in developing a long view of history — understanding how civilization emerged from the earliest toolmakers; how exploitative social systems developed as ruling classes subjugated the toiling majority; and especially how human progress is driven by inevitable rebellions of slaves, serfs, laborers and other oppressed classes throughout history. Through revolutionary struggles more advanced social systems replace outmoded ones.
The bosses and their government want us to believe that people are inherently greedy and capitalism will last forever. But history teaches that the working class and its exploited and oppressed allies are capable of uniting to overthrow dog-eat-dog capitalism, transforming ourselves in the process, and taking political power into our own hands. This will be the mightiest weapon possible for working people to carry forward the battle to end Black oppression and every form of human degradation inherited from millennia of class-divided society....




Destruction of statues seeks to erase history we need to know – The Militant

Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America by Gerald Horne [2014]

The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America by  Gerald Horne [2014]

In North America a confederacy of rich landowners and the poor Caucasian population under their political tutelage launched a counterrevolution to defend the chattel slavery system on which their rule was based.

According to Gerald Horne, this counterrevolution began in 1776, not 1861.
Horne's thesis is not exclusively the product of his own scholarship. In 2005, Schama's Rough Crossings appeared, and it toucbes on the samecommanding insight: London would have freed the slaves to reduce the overhead cost of their empire in North America had it not been for the slave-holders' 1776 revolt.

The thesis is older than Horne or Schama. Anyone presenting arguments as to the evil of the U.S. government and its history get a reading hearing on the middle class left and among bourgeois liberals today. And there are plenty of writers to supply the product, many trained in Stalinist, social democratic, and centrist schools of axe-grinding, race-baiting, and ahistorical moralizing.
In fact, arguments close to Horne's are being promoted and widely disseminated today by the New York Times in its media juggernaut 1619 Project.

The most important question to ask of Horne's book is: if 1776 was a counterrevolution, where is the revolution the planter/settler plotters were revolting against?

The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America by Gerald Horne [2014]

      Preface

      Introduction

      1 Rebellious Africans: How Caribbean Slavery Came to the Mainland

     2 Free Trade in Africans? Did the Glorious Revolution Unleash the Slave Trade?

     3 Revolt! Africans Conspire with the French and Spanish

     4 Building a "White" Pro-Slavery Wall: The Construction of Georgia

     5 The Stono Uprising: Will the Africans Become Masters and the Europeans Slaves?

     6 Arson, Murders, Poisonings, Shipboard Insurrections: The Fruits of the Accelerating Slave Trade

     7 The Biggest Losers: Africans and the Seven Years' War

     8 From Havana to Newport, Slavery Transformed: Settlers Rebel against London

     9 Abolition in London: Somerset's Case and the North American Aftermath

     10 The Counter-Revolution of 1776