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Ho Chi Minh: the target of the 10,000 day war

Before I get into Vietnam, I just wanted to let my readers know (all six of you) that Chapter One was just a very brief synopsis of some of the ideas and events that have led up to the modern imperialist system and what has become Capitalist Totalitarianism. I glossed over some important topics that are indeed related to the theme. Specifically: post reconstruction, sharecropping, the great migration, Jim Crow laws, and many events associated with slavery and oppression. I would also be remiss to leave out the exploitation of other minority groups like the Chinese who constructed the railroads and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Also, I left out the expansion and take-over of Mexico and the Caribbean for furthering Imperialist interests prior to the Great Depression.

I will hopefully, in time, be able to write more thoroughly on every single issue I’ve brushed upon thus far and perhaps link a page(s) to each major theme that I glossed over — in essence, an online book of real American History, or at least a history from a perspective not commonly available to the masses. Of course, that, in and of itself will be very incomplete, yet will cover specific events and topics in far greater detail. Expect completion of my on-line History book within the next ten years — that’s the best I can promise. Now, on to Vietnam.

Historical Realities:

First things first. Any general discussions of the Vietnam War pertaining to mainstream historical analysis typically give the sanitized diatribe that US involvement in Vietnam was to stop the spread of Communism into Asia. This analysis usually includes a brief explanation of the so-called Domino Effect wherein if one state is taken over by the commies, then all surrounding states will eventually be taken over by the commies, and so on and so forth. That theory has been proven time and again to be preposterous, yet is still given as a possible rationale for US involvement.

The war in Vietnam was solely to propagate and expand imperialist interests in Southeast Asia (Indochina if you will). Not only did the US remove what was left of French Colonialism, it also confirmed that profiting from war by setting up a complex industrial base to produce the tangible units of war (IE: Military Industrial Complex) would extend the reach of Imperialism by selling the products of this industry to any small-time despot who would pay, leading to perpetual war and perpetual profits for this industry. That in turn leads to perpetual instability of the peripheral, or third world, leading to Imperialist interests being able to more easily come in and exploit natural resources and the slave labor provided by these despots for our continued military support. continue reading…

If the title seems inflammatory, it is not because I am trying to be divisive or radical for the sake of “shock and awe.” I am truly of the belief — a belief developed and honed through rational observation of American Democracy — that the only losers of today’s primaries, donkeys and elephants alike, will be our democratic process. The only winner will be the system of the powerful and wealthy who use the representatives we vote into office to propagate and maintain their stranglehold on policies and legislation designed to benefit their moneyed interests at our expense.

I genuinely and honestly ask all members and supporters of the Democratic Party, without intended derision: please tell me what democrats as a whole have done the past 20 years to further the interests of the people, the one’s who vote them into office, over the interests of global imperialism which includes the banking, military, prison, insurance, pharmaceutical, agricultural, manufacturing, media and telecommunications industries?

Please do not offer rhetoric and lip service as examples of furthering the people’s interests. That’s all the Democrats offer: “we will change this; we will change that; we will stand up to so and so.” I am not out to bash Democrats, as I truly believe most members of the party actually are good, intelligent people who actually care about other human beings. But the historical realities of the past 20 years overwhelmingly show a party that gives lip service to progressive causes, yet does nothing other than maintain the same corporate fascism that Reagan and Bush Sr. and Jr. maintained. continue reading…

When Adam Smith first published The Wealth of Nations in 1776, I highly doubt he would have foreseen the current climate of a global imperialist system propagated solely for the interests of what we can describe as the Capitalist Class.

By preferring the support of domestic to that of foreign industry, he intends only his own security; and by directing that industry in such a manner as its produce may be of the greatest value, he intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention. Smith

Within the historical context of Smith’s time, corporate charters were controlled by the state, somewhat similar to current no bid contracts granted various industries who service government projects of varying degrees. However, in Smith’s time, the state had complete control over these corporate charters, such as the the British Empire’s East India Company, which served as a sort of trading company gaining much profit from Opium among other resources to be exploited by British Colonialism. Just for a reference, Colonialism has manifested into modern Imperialism to a large extent, though that will be explained in greater detail further down the road.

Smith felt the government control of capital and business hindered the free flow of capital, thus slowing economic — or capital — growth. Smith believed the free flow of capital would ultimately lead to greater opportunities for all people to share in the wealth of this free flowing capital. This theme of capitalism without government restriction, or Laissez-faire capitalism, is the backbone of the modern libertarian movement. It’s understandable the sentiment of Smith given the historical context of state, or in Smith’s case, Monarchistic control over capital markets. Unlike what we now consider Communism, this state control of capital did not result in equal distribution of wealth, but rather the wealth being  hoarded by the Monarchy. continue reading…

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Ren and Stimpy: the quintessential dynamic duo of interspecies peace and harmony. Thus begins the journey of dialectical and existential actualization through the cartoons of my youth. Perhaps my global schema has more to do with the life lessons to be learned through the magical medium of cartoons than with anything I done lerned in my skooluns.

The Smurfs: definitely commies

I was a dedicated viewer of the smurfs from about age five to age eight. Such an amusing group of blue miscreants prancing around their village, sharing in all the wealth and riches of the forest. Essentially, a very communitarian conclave in which every smurf had a unique talent to add to the proper functioning of smurf society.

Quite obviously, the smurfs were Communists. Come on: sharing the wealth; every smurf got a free home and free health care — I’m assuming a free ride on Smurfette as well; she must have been pretty warn out. I suppose Papa Smurf  had some sort of authoritarian and fascist inclinations, not quite so much a Stalin as a Jim Jones type of leader — sans the strychnine-laced kool-aide. continue reading…

What is the prison industrial complex?

A very brief answer to that question would be: the private businesses, corporations and contractors that benefit from the construction, security and maintenance of prisons as a profit generating enterprise. In and of itself, making a profit by providing a service, in whatever form that service manifests, is how capitalism works. When it comes to the private prison industry however, that profit comes at the expense of; not only the tax-paying public that supports the private prison industry, but also the largely minority and poor population that is disproportionally incarcerated when compared to whites. The guards, or correctional officers, of these institutions are typically unable to unionize and generally paid very poorly for the dangerous job they do, ultimately leading to widespread corruption throughout the prison system; from the guards to law enforcement to the judicial system.

In the United States, 1.8 million individuals are behind bars. This is nearly 500,000 more than China, which has a population over quadruple the population of the United States and is largely criticized–deservedly so–for their human rights violations. If you are a black male in the United States, you are six times more likely to be in prison than a white male, and almost three times more likely than a Hispanic male. In 1993, while apartheid still existed in South Africa, the incarceration rate of black men was almost 1/6 what the current incarceration rate of black men in this country is. Not only is this emblematic of broad and systemic racial injustice, it is also the result of a profit-motivated prison system that makes more and more money–at taxpayer expense–when our citizens are locked up; increasingly for non-violent offenses. continue reading…

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