In every battle the eyes are the first to be conquered…
aims, from the campaign’s inception in 1940, were not those of
conventional geopolitics. He did not want just to annex useful
territory and crate a new balance of power, but to wipe out a culture
and an ideology, if necessary a race. His vision for the newly
conquered territories, as expounded over meals at his various wartime
headquarters, was of a thousand-mile-wide Reich stretching from Berlin to Archangel on the White Sea and Astrakhan on
the Caspian. ‘The whole area,’ he harangued his architect Albert Speer,
‘must cease to be Asiatic steppe, it must be Europeanized! The Reich
peasants will live on handsome, spacious farms; the German authorities
in marvelous buildings, the governors in palaces. Around each town
there will be a belt of delightful villages, 30-40km deep, connected by
the best roads. What exists beyond that will be another world, in which
we mean to let the Russians live as they like.’
-Anna Reid, Leningrad: The Epic Siege of World War II, 1941-1944
We should have no other goal and no other result than the realization of socialism - (“The Socialization of Society,” published in 1918).
Stalin! The gulags! Communism! Totalitarianism! The Soviet Bloc! Democracy - nil! Freedom - nil!
This is the United States of America!
the United States of America, where demons lurk here and abroad, some
citizens meet to plot the next distribution of little American flags
(Made in China) while others conspire to overthrow once and for all the
right-wing with the winner of the
the United States of America, where a running tab of demons abound, the
charitable bail fund for Zimmerman the Defender competes on Yahoo with
the Obama-is-better-than-Bush league of visionaries.
We should have no other goal and no other result than the realization of socialism - but for the demons!The job of the young generation is “to demonstrate that it is equal to the task of being the bearer of humanity’s future”
fearful and the terrorized envisioned demons at every turn: demons in
the wilderness, demons in family members, friends, neighbors, demons in
mothers, daughters, women in general, demons in the indigenous
population, demons in the southern fields, in the antebellum kitchen,
and demons, still, nonetheless, in the enslaved quarters late at night.
Horror is the vision of democracy, the historical realization of socialism.
Europeans (“Demons”) who experience less government imposed austerity
and who have in place social safety nets we can only dream of here in
the land of the fearful and terrorized, are, as Marxist Economist
Richard Wolff notes, “less in the streets, less active.”
Is it that the populations of workers, the poor, the 99% of Greece, Spain, Portugal, Iceland, Ireland, France, for example, see fewer demons or are they able to see the demonic socialization of society?
Americans know more
than those Europeans, lazy as the idle are, intent on their governments
paying the bill for social services. Americans look to Europe and
condemn such a generous system for the working class, but within the U.S. borders,
our idle class who subsist on the generosity of government tax cuts and
bail outs and our tax dollars, are worshipped and receive the
“exceptional” (American) treatment.
the system in the U.S. would bring us the “un-American,” “socialized”
citizenry of Europe with citizens, as we see on Fox News and MSNBC, in
the street causing mayhem and interrupting the exchange of money for
Americans are frightened of violence in the streets!
Demons dressed in black terrify Americans more than the
earth-shattering crimes committed in broad daylight, in posh Wall
Left bickers over whether to bar or include the Black Bloc. The right
waves flags frantically. The mayhem delights the corporate
Corporate taxes paid in the same year: $181
billion (federal), in other words, 9%. For state taxes, corporate elite
paid 40%. In total, the corporate tax burden was just 11% for
In contrast, the poorest Americans paid 17.4%
in federal, state, and local taxes in the same year. (Paul Buchheit,
“Some Outrageous Facts about Inequality,” Counterpunch, July 2, 2012).
Outrageous - but trying talking to the average American citizen about real change: Obama! No, Romney!
The capitalist rulers dare the “patriotic” to know the true face of the demonic!
Americans are just fine in instructing one another in the fine art of
narrating horror stories about the lazy (demons) invading the landscape
of the hard working and deserving. Their narrative of the demonic
invasion, featuring those living “on the government,” innocently omits
the government’s bankrupting of social safety nets to feed the behemoth
that incriminates and conquers the democratization of humanity.
Americans see what they see, what they have been socialized to see.
Here in the U.S.,
“socialism,” designed and controlled by the capitalist class, is
structured to maintain a hierarchal division between the leadership of
the elite and everyone else! In order for the rulers to uphold this
structure, citizens U.S. must
consume their daily intake of fear and dread of terror. In turn, to be
recognized as a “patriot” by other citizens is to recount the images of
horror produced on cable news networks. Americans are coerced into
battling demons among themselves - because citizens here know, to challenge the capitalist system is to court annihilation, social and financial disaster!
American citizens about the “communist” system, its leadership, its
lack of freedom, and they no longer see themselves in relation to the
corporate rulers. They see Stalin and the Siberian gulags for the
uncooperative. Make them sneer at the French and its socialist
government and citizen barricades and American citizens miss the ruling
elites’ consolidation of the financial and material resources for
laws punish transgressors. No, not the elite ruling class who swindle,
and then like J.P. Morgan, swear it is sorry it accepted the bail out
and cannot remember taking it anyway. No, America’s
transgressors are who believe the Constitution is still in effect, who
challenge ID cards, (“pass” cards), or who challenge government’s
infringement on our communications with each other while the
corporations devise computerized chips for our clothing and even chips
to install in our bodies. There is money to be made in a smart
surveillance apparatus that puts the Soviet Union orEast Germany to shame.
And the U.S. has
a U.S./Western Corporate Bloc of “Allies,” NATO, and just plain
friendly governments willing to conduct proxy wars and conflicts by
exploiting the fear and dread of terror of their citizens.
And the U.S. has gulags now called supermax prisons, with deep dungeons. The U.S. has more prisons than any of its allies.
Detention lists and kill lists - those are American lists - not Stalin’s!
narrative of the demonic invasion, featuring those living “on the
government,” innocently omits the government’s bankrupting of social
longer look to the East for the Iron Curtain. Here in the U.S. the Iron
Heel’s crushingly oppressive and repressive foothold on the necks of
everyone but the 1% exploits to death the
“free” as well as the “imprisoned,” the devout liberal as well as
fanatic right-winger, the socialist as well as the communist, the Greek
man as well as the South African woman.
We have “socialism” here in the U.S.;” it is just not for everyone! This IS American!
strange and sadistic relationship American citizens have with
capitalism is demonic! It is a relationship that facilitates the
totalitarian tendency in the implementation of that American narrative
of Manifest Destiny! It is a relationship that compels one party to
“love” another (capitalism) more than life itself!
The capitalist rulers dare the “patriotic” to know the true face of the
It is not enough, writes Rosa Luxemburg in “Socialization of Society,” from The Rosa Luxemburg Reader,
for the working class to grab power. It must “use this power” to bring
about a “fundamental transformation of the entire economic relations.
“patriots” emulation of the class of leisure and materialism must
cease! The towering ladder to the top must topple! The steady intake of
the Manifest Destiny narrative with its cinematic “cultural” or
“morals” narrative, non-stop entertainment news cycles, its insidious
ads flashing luxury homes or clothing or jewelry for the wealthy and
aspiring, Prozac for everyone else, and its serial printing of
government cover ups of cover ups must be unplugged!
Americans subjugation to fear and the threat of terror from without must be understood for what it is - the conquering of hearts and minds within -
while our capitalist rulers, sit at meals, mapping out a vision of
conquered territories, covered with lavish and magnificent buildings -
for themselves, the 1%. (The “peasants” here will be excluded!).
Americans are socialized to be blinded by the demons and the grandeur: Wave the grand ole’ flag and witness the grandeur of the United States of America - and, in the process, seal the fate of humanity and this planet.
Are they able to see the demonic socialization of society?
a socialist economy,” writes Luxemburg, one that is truly for the
people, “the private employer will disappear.[and] no longer is
production aimed at the enrichment of one individual” (“The
Socialization of Society”). No more Walton family, Koch brothers
funding capitalist slaves in suits with the title of governor, senator,
or president. No more GE bringing good things to life, such as talking
heads, to promote its wars and nuclear weapons.
entire war and munitions industries must be abolished since a socialist
society does not need murder weapons and, instead the valuable
materials and human labor used in them must be employed for useful
nation of workers will no longer be slaves for individuals: “Everyone
works for everybody, for the public good and benefit.” In this, we are
not just producing a just system
of relationships with each other and Mother Earth, but we are producing
a new narrative, one that promotes real growth and a more democratic
way of life. “In a socialist society, where everyone works together for
their own well-being, the health of the workforce and its enthusiasm
for work must be given the greatest consideration at work.”
In a socialist society, freedom is the absence of the overseer and its boss! Freedom is “free and equal human beings.”
is workers working “by themselves…working on their own initiative, not
wasting public wealth, and delivering the most reliable and meticulous
a word: the worker in a socialist economy must show that he [or she]
can work hard and properly, keep discipline and give his [or her] best
without the whip of hunger and without the capitalist and his
slave-driver behind him [or her]. This calls for inner self-discipline,
intellectual maturity, moral ardor, a sense of dignity and
responsibility, a complete inner rebirth of the proletarian.
the course of struggle against the capitalist system, the worker
learns, to use Luxemburg’s words, to achieve the “necessary idealism
and acquires the intellectual maturity” to ward off the demons and
dissolve the fašade of grandeur.
The job of
the young generation is everywhere! The job of the young generation,
Luxemburg writes, is “to demonstrate that it is equal to the task of
being the bearer of humanity’s future.”
“‘We will do it!’”
And then believe in what the eyes see within!
Board member and Columnist, Lenore Jean Daniels, PhD, has a Doctorate
in Modern American Literature/Cultural Theory. Click here to contact Dr. Daniels.