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Ang Katipunan

Posted in Capitali$m Must be Destroyed, News from the Homeland on July 7, 2009 by xmabaitx

Today is the 117th anniversary of the founding of the Kataastaasang, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan.

Mga Katipunero

Mga Katipunero

The Katipunan was the Philippine underground revolutionary movement which valiantly rose up in armed resistance against the throne of Spain.  The women and men of a “lowly colony” who dared to stand tall against a superiorly armed military force and economic world power have left an indelible imprint upon the hearts and minds of any and all sons and daughters of the Philippine nation who have come after them.   Continue reading

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My Lai / Haditha / Samar

Posted in AmeriKKKan P0litRICK5, Capitali$m Must be Destroyed, In Solidarity, News from the Homeland with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by xmabaitx

 

“…War is beautiful because it establishes man’s dominion over the subjugated machinery by means of gas masks, terrifying megaphones, flame throwers, and small tanks. War is beautiful because it initiates the dreamt-of metalization of the human body. War is beautiful because it enriches a flowering meadow with the fiery orchids of machine guns. War is beautiful because it combines the gunfire, the cannonades, the cease-fire, the scents, and the stench of putrefaction into a symphony. War is beautiful because it creates new architecture, like that of the big tanks, the geometrical formation flights, the smoke spirals from burning villages, and many others … Poets and artists of Futurism! … remember these principles of an aesthetics of war so that your struggle for a new literature and a new graphic art … may be illumined by them!”

 

Today is the 41st anniversary of the My Lai Massacre which occurred during the American War in Vietnam.  I find it interesting that many Americans think of the United States’ military interventions in Southeast Asia as distant and disconnected events rather than phenomena which have shaped the present and which are still relevant to present day acts of U.S. military aggression.  

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Financial News Media: The Simulacra of Capitali$t Discourse

Posted in Capitali$m Must be Destroyed, Whitey's Mouth Writes Checks His Ass Can't Cash with tags , , , , , , , on March 13, 2009 by xmabaitx

edit:  This is only an edited version of the interview.  For the full version (because Viacom needs us to visit their crappy sites) from dailyshow.com click HERE.

the t.v.’s got them images
t.v.’s got them all
it’s not shocking!
every half an hour
someone’s captured and
the cop moves them along…
it’s just like the show before
the news is
just another show
with sex and violence…

After getting a chance to watch Jon Stewart’s face to face interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer I am INFINITELY grateful for the existence of the Daily Show. As an aspiring marxist/postmodernist intellectual I am TICKLED by the incredibly paradoxical situation of a “fake” news program whose “fake” host actually presents intelligent and straight forward perspectives which although laced with humor are often insightful and fair, whereas a “real” news network feeds us pro-capitalist bullshit propaganda and attempts to pass it off as objective. WTF?!

What interesting times we live in.

Please take the time to watch the entire interview where Jon Stewart picks apart Jim Cramer and forces that sorry excuse for a financial adviser to concede a number of shocking truths such as the fact that Mad Money is NOT a reliable source of financial information, but is just an entertaining “recommendation” on how to manage your finances. People lost their homes and entire life savings while the fat-asses who run financial institutions made their wealthy carcasses even wealthier on the words and advice of assholes like Jim Cramer and Stewart gave him a well deserved earful for his bullshit of recommending purchases of Bear Stearns stock.

Watching Cramer back peddle and sweat bullets in sheer terror of having to face up to his role in helping to perpetuate a false sense of security in the unpredictable and unstable nature of the capitalist free markets’marvelous.

To anyone who actually thinks that our news media is a reliable source of information, you are sadly mistaken. To anyone who thinks that CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, or even CSPAN are of a higher class than the crap on Comedy Central such as the Daily Show, you need to read between the lines. Jon Stewart put it best when he stated the Cramer and himself were “both snake oil salesmen to a certain extent”, but the issue was that people such as Cramer attempt to “pass off snake oil as vitamins.” The Daily Show is just a bunch of shit, but (in an INCREDIBLE IRONY) unlike other news programs it has the decency to admit that it is just a bunch of shit. Now… it’s time for me to skip ahead to the sports section for some “real” news.

For Beginners and Introducing Books

Posted in Capitali$m Must be Destroyed, G00D KN0WL3DG3 with tags , , , , , on March 10, 2009 by xmabaitx

Well, sorry to anybody who may have gotten interested in the first few posts of this blog only to be let down by a week of no-show. Life happens when you’re not paying attention and I shall leave it at that.

Anyway, one of the reasons for my absence from blog land is that I’ve become just a wee bit consumed by my journeys through philosophy specifically existentialism and phenomenology, as well as my daily servings of Baudrillard, Foucault, and Derrida, not to mention studying up on chess openings… Fuck, my head is already hurting again. So, since I’ve been hitting the books harder than I’ve ever hit them before, I decided to lighten up the intellectual load a bit and pick up a few copies of the “Introducing” and “For Beginners” books. For those individuals not familiar with these little morsels, they are graphic novel style (but not necessarily considered graphic novels) books which attempt to offer visual and simplified interpretations of various complex subject matter from intellectual figures, historical periods, hard scientific theory, mathematics, social sciences, art, and any other kind of info which is not easy to digest for “regular people”.  

Although different publishing companies put these things out, the general idea is pretty much the same for these two series.  There are quite a few of them, so I can’t claim to have made any concrete comparisons between which series might be better, but I can safely say that they’re generally of good quality.  There some exceptionally biased and incorrect ones in my opinion.  Socialism for Beginners seems to caught up in some sort of First World Feminist / Trotskyite polemic rather than a description of the political economic theory and Black History for Beginners is less focused of the revolutionary or more radical aspects of Africana studies and is more interested in the Civil Rights movement.  I’m open to discussion on what exactly I’m critical about, but for now I couldn’t in good conscience recommend either of these two books to people interested in getting familiar with these subjects.

Introducing Postmodernism helped get me started on the right foot to grasping this seething mass of intellectual fu-fu.  I was able to pick and choose from a number of subjects which I could gain some general ideas on and later expand upon them when I delved into the original work.  This made Baudrillard much easier to stomach. 

One of the books “For Beginners” isn’t actually part of the aforementioned series by the same name, yet was extremely helpful for me in learning to understand Karl Marx.  It offered a very good analysis of the intellectual trajectory which influenced Marx’s analysis of political economy and the development of dialectical materialism, mentioning the many different individual thinkers as well as intellectual trends.

And looky what we have here. You didn’t think I was going to post and miss an opportunity to mention Barack Obama AGAIN? I am THOROUGHLY curious about what’s contained in this book. Has anyone had the chance to check it out?

Some final notes… as I continue on this path towards a career in academia, I just want to point out the possibilities of using some of the images and pedagogical devices in these books for assisting students in grasping some very heavy material. Besides helping to introduce my brain to these complex ideas as well as introducing these ideas to the brains of others, they also serve as warm-ups and refreshers for subjects which I’m quite comfortable with. I still read Marx for Beginners from time to time, to add some images to the abstractions in Marxist theory.

Go and pick one of these out and give your brain a little break. (Of course please don’t get lazy and refrain from reading the actual works. These beginner books don’t always get it right.)

Robocop: A discussion of Taylorism through the works of Marx and Haraway

Posted in Capitali$m Must be Destroyed with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2009 by xmabaitx

In the next week or two I’ll be working on some entries about the Robocop films.  I decided to analyze the movies through the theoretical contexts of Karl Marx’s Alienation of Labor and Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto.  Good “light” reading if I do say so myself.    

You could accuse of me of attempting to justify my poor practice of watching on-demand movies or DVRed sports games while studying or writing, but I think I might be on to something here. Watching the first two Robocop movies (The third installment in the series could be likened to how the original Casino Royale, prior to the Daniel Craig movie, of the James Bond series was an embarrassing farce never meant to see the light of day.) I realize that the films actually present, in allegorical form, a number of philosophical and ethical questions regarding the effects of capitalism’s industrialization upon human beings. This is especially true in terms of the ways in which Frederick Taylor’s systems of scientific management exacerbated the mechanization of humanity. (Thanks to college all science fiction movies to me are now cultural manifestations of social theory.)