Trump’s March of Folly

John Bellamy Foster Interviewed by Ruben Ramboer

MR Online | 07 March, 2017

Comic about Trump in the LA Times

This is an excerpt from an Interview of John Bellamy Foster (this part conducted in early March 2017) for the first issue of Lava Review, a new left Belgian magazine publishing in Dutch and French. More information can be obtained beginning in April at www.lavamedia.be

RR: The New President. In the interview we did with you in Belgium in 2016 you told me about the story—you said you “made it up but it is probably accurate”—that you always tell your students about how you imagine what it was like with Obama as a new president entering the White House in the midst of the Great Financial Crisis. You draw a picture of how he met with Bernanke, head of the Federal Reserve Board along with his new secretary of the treasury and others from the financial sector. Obama in your fictional story was told by the financial Masters of the Universe that all he would be allowed to do is an economic stimulus consisting of a few hundred billion dollars over a couple of years but that the real action would be the Fed’s own organizing of a bailout for the banks and corporations in general consisting of outright gifts, loans, and quantitative easing amounting to trillions of dollars in the double digits. He was told (in your tale): “Your job is to follow along with us and then we will do nothing to undermine you.” In other words, he was presented with a fait accompli and he went along with the “Masters of the Universe.” How went the story with Trump do you think? And what was his reaction?

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Interview With John Scales Avery, One Of The Greatest Living Intellectuals On Earth

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Countercurrents.org | 15 March, 2017

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I’m at the home of one of the greatest living intellectuals on earth. In the cold, windy Copenhagen weather as we ring the bell John Scales Avery opens the door and welcomes me and my friend John Graversgaard warmly into his home. He serves us coffee and we talk. I’m stunned by his humility and breadth of knowledge.

John Avery is someone who is an academician but not restrained by the rigidity of the academic community. He is a scientist but not constrained to his area of study. He is someone who connects the dots. With his deep knowledge and vast experience he surmises human destiny scientifically.  No, he is someone who is worried about the fate of all life forms on earth. His book “Information Theory And Evolution” is a seminal classic. He is coming out with a book “Civilization’s Crisis: A Set of Linked Challenges” which will be published by the World Scientific.

John Avery is not just an academician and scientist. He is also an active peace activist who campaigns vigorously against nuclear proliferation. Since 1990 he has been the Contact Person in Denmark for Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. In 1995, this group received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts. He was the Member of the Danish Peace Commission of 1998. Technical Advisor, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe (1988- 1997). He was also Chairman of the Danish Peace Academy. More than everything else he is an intellectual who sees through the miasma that clouds our vision by ideological rigidity and mass media obfuscation.Read More »

How Marx’s Crisis Theory Explains Growing Anti-Immigrant Hate

by Ramiro S. Fúnez

telesur | 14 March, 2017

Karl Marx.

Donald Trump. Nigel Farage. Marine Le Pen. Geert Wilders.

The rise of these four politicians is emblematic of growing anti-immigrant hate sweeping the imperialist countries. Basing their campaigns on xenophobia, they’ve been able to convince millions of people in their respective countries that immigrants are the source of their problems.

And at a time when there are more international migrants than ever before in human history, anti-immigrant hate can’t get any more dangerous.

In public discourse, the dominant narrative explaining this phenomenon is largely based on race and religion. Many have correctly pointed out that Latino, Black and Muslim immigrants are being targeted because of white supremacy.Read More »

Chile’s Indigenous Mapuche Burn ‘Capitalist Invader’ Trucks

telesur | 15 March, 2017

The Arauco-Malleco Coordination, CAM, of Chile’s Indigenous Mapuche people claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an arson attack that left 19 trucks burned last Sunday.

The attack, directed at the wealthy Trans-Cavalieri transport company in Temuco, resulted in losses of about US$3 Million for the business. The CAM also set ablaze nine flatbeds and a warehouse on the route that links Temuco with other cities.

The Indigenous militants claim the attack was made in retaliation to the “capitalist invaders” who don’t respect the territory and the autonomy of the Mapuche.

“With this larger action, we pointed out to our oppressed people that there is the will and capacity of the Mapuche to deal decisively with the expressions of the capitalist system and the oppressive colonialist state,” the CAM wrote in a statement, Kaos en la Red reports. Read More »

Socialism, Not Neoliberalism, Creates Stability: Bolivia’s Evo

telesur | 15 March, 2017

Evo Morales. Source: Internet

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Wednesday praised his country’s economic system, saying its planned socialist model is more stable than that of previous neoliberal administrations.

“During neoliberalism, Bolivia did not have the capacity of getting out of debt,” Morales posted on Twitter Tuesday.

“Now, 177 investors offer bonds thanks to economic stability.”

Since beginning Bolivia’s transition to socialism in 2006, Morales has vastly improved the country’s economy.Read More »

UN: Women’s pay gap is ‘Biggest Robbery in History’

telesur | 16 March, 2017

UN Women, the international organization focussed on the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, declared Monday that the global wage gap between men and women is “the biggest robbery in history.”

The declaration came at the start of the 61st UN Status of Women meeting and the launch of a new campaign to focus attention on the the global wage gap between men and women and achieve equal pay.

“There has been a normalization for centuries of a bias against women, an acceptance that we are less than…there is no woman that [the wage gap] does not affect,” said filmmaker Kamala Lopez who is a spokesperson for the campaign.Read More »

‘Healthcare is a Right’: Bernie Sanders Finds Common Ground in Trump Country

by Nika Knight, staff writer

Common Dreams | 14 March, 2017

Bernie Sanders discusses the decline of coal jobs with a coal miner at Sunday’s town hall in McDowell County, West Virginia. (Screenshot: MSNBC)

In a town hall in rural McDowell County, West Virginia, on Sunday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told a crowd filled with supporters of President Donald Trump that “healthcare is a right”—and was met with cheers.

The town hall was broadcast Monday on MSNBC‘s “All In With Chris Hayes,” and featured discussion on a range of topics: jobs, infrastructure, healthcare, and the opioid crisis, among others.

The warm reception to Sanders’ views—that climate change is real, that universal healthcare is a right, and that free higher education is necessary, among others—demonstrated that residents of this county that voted 75 percent for Trump support far more progressive policies than those touted by the president.

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Federal Reserve Raises Rates and Poor Countries Pay More Debt

Jubilee USA Network | 15 March, 2017

WASHINGTON – Eric LeCompte, the Executive Director of the religious development organization Jubilee USA, releases the following statement on the Federal Reserve raising interest rates .25%:

“Over the last few years, poor countries took out more loans from wealthy countries ‎because interest rates were so low. As the Fed raises rates and the dollar becomes stronger, many poor countries will see debt payments going up.Read More »

Social movement and women’s question

by Arup Kumar Baisya

Frontier | Mar 14, 2017

Revolutionary transformation of movements
The human habitats in a particular geographical space remain confined to a particular social and production relation. The relation of human being with nature is also determined by this social relation. This relation is the basic premise of the system of expropriation of labour. Labour is, first of all, a process between the human being and nature, a process by which human being through their own actions mediate, regulate and control the metabolism between themselves and nature. The needs and capacities of humans as species being are mediated through conscious activities. These conscious activities come in confrontation with the constraints of the given social relation. The relentless social and class struggle against the system of expropriation continues at various dimensions and levels.Read More »