This is nothing new it’s all to common examples are too many to name certainly without getting nauseous about it but recently I’ve two particular cases have been on mind.
most of the Images you find of mandela show him as a old grandpa figure not as a figher for justice
I have to turn away every time Mandela comes up on tv because I know a mountain of Liberal bullshit is headed my way, lionizing Mandela for spending over three decades in prison but obscuring it was for Leading the Armed Resistance of a Revolutionary organization, acknowledging & glorifying only ‘reconciliation’ the process he oversaw as president of instituting majority political Rule while allowing Economic/social power to remain in a tiny capitalist minority of whatever color, that is when he became a hero acceptable to the U.s and E.U and stopped being a scary third world revolutionary to them, that is his responsibility for sure but it doesn’t erase everything he did before when he was a Revolutionary leading the anti Apartheid struggle the source of his Greatness, mandela and south Africas Radical story being erased for something non threatening to ruling Ideology is what’s been on tv all day on the day of his death, Mandela’s greatness was from everything he did before becoming president hardly after but he is embraced by people who only acknowledge/praise him for what he did after he no longer was a great Rebel. Another case that had been on my mind much as I often see different examples of it was Of frida Kahlo Mostly thought of as an Artist of course but a life long communist, activist who certainly Identified herself first based on her political commitment till her death even before as a great artist she was, examples of her being embraced by people who either don’t know of or disregard her Identifying herself as a Revolutionary are plenty but I had recently come across an old acquaintances fb post using a picture of frida for some post completely unrelated to frida or anything about her really just using her as an ornament for her post, I know that this person would be embarrassed if people associated her with communism in some way for having a picture of one of the most famous communist artist of the last century but of course it fits in with the unfortunately long tradition of Radical heroes particularly Artist being appropriated after death and white washed of what was actually most important to them their principles, Radical political commitment so then very un-radical basically conservative/liberal conformist individuals can flatter themselves with ‘appreciating’ someone like frida after actively playing a role in the cultural obscuring of what was most important to her, embracing only what could be deemed safe or acceptable within ruling Ideology, basking in her reflected glory by embracing her while ignoring much of what made her great, was fundamental to her, there is something Perverse about that
After 7 years in Texas I finally went to meet big tex @ The Texas state Fair. and nobody seemed to care the original ‘Big Tex burned down at last years fair I grew up in Los Angeles, california and Fairs state or any kind were not a big thing if at all as far as I knew so when I ended up In Dallas I was really surprised by how much of a big deal the state fair is to people I had always thought it was just something that they did in more country regions not in a major city. I guess how cliche it can be so ‘Americana and all had kept me from wanting to go before but whatever it’s All right once a year to go have a bit of fun eating unhealthy food and playing some fair games especially with family as I went who had also never been since living in tx. The Chinese lantern Festival was one of my favorites, I’ll have to go back after the fair is over to see this exhibit at night when it all lights up, another timehere with ‘Big Tex’ and some random strangers
I’m an ‘Atheist’ though I don’t like using the term on myself anymore than I would use a term on myself for not believing in something else that isn’t real, I also don’t want to be Identified with the type that just put down everyone with any religious belief as much as I think the world will be far better off the more free it is of religion, but popular Education not being an asshole is probably the best way to achieve that I think that type of Atheist is more concerned with stroking their ego than combating Ignorance as people are not likely to listen to your case when your dismissing them as idiots right away anyway yes that point has to be made being ‘Atheist’ may mean you believe in science it doesn’t make you qualified to be a smug, self satisfied expert on all things science, biology, evolution and so on or a better all around person It just means like me you don’t believe in a mythology, I have witnessed to many such people’s very smug pontificating on topics they were not near the experts they thought they were it can go from annoying to just funny “Live a good life. If there are Gods and they are Just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will Welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are Gods, but Unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your Loved ones” -Marcus Aurelius.
I was only a little Familiar with Antonio Negri His story & his work, A few talks on you tube by him and Michael Hardt the co-author of his most known work Empire and some writings about them, their Ideas But I’d never read them, I knew That Negri had been a influential Intellectual in 70′s Italy then imprisoned by the Italian government accused of being the leader behind Left wing ”terrorist” groups But this Documentary goes deeper into his real role as an intellectual, Academic, activist in a period which I had long been interested in The History of the Left in 60′s & 70′s Italy from Factory strikes to the student and later underground movements. I’m still not familiar enough to say I how I think of his Ideas but I’m definitely interested to take a more in depth look reading him actually I’d just been reading a lot of another Italian left wing philosopher Antonio Gramsci and I know Negri is said to have been influenced by him that’s another point of interest to me, definitely recommend this Documentary for anyone interested in Negri or a fascinating period of the Left in Italian history in the film Negri quotes Hardt as saying ”in the 19th century philosophy was made in Germany and the Battles were fought in France, in the 20th century philosophy was made in France and the Battles were fought in Italy”
I’m Loving this Song And the Video it Reminds me of California and brings out that feeling in me of wanting to go back there where I grew up or just wanting to go somewhere special to you weather you’ve never been there but Dream of going to or where you grew up and Loved & miss and the Video fits the song perfectly and is Art on it’s own together it is Perfect. it’s from Mazzy Star their first Album in 17 years & if you are Familiar with their 90′s albums you know how special something new from them is I only became a fan last year But I Loved the Music Instantly. That voice! is like a Dream whispering at you.
So As any Friday a lot of what you see posted online blogs but especially Facebook is upbeat happy celebrate it’s Friday,’ ‘get your weekend Started off good’, ‘hope it was a good work week’ type of post That we all see ad nausea every week. not caring much for all that or at least feeling like it is all too much of it And remembering that it is not the end of the work week for everyone also I guess just Being Contrarian Here’s my anti Dote Friday themed post. Though actually I am in a good mood. ”Monday humiliation, Tuesday suffocation, Wednesday condescension, Thursday is pathetic by Friday Life has killed me, by Friday life has killed me…” – Morrisey
The Chilean Air Force Bombs the Presidential Palace Sep 11 1973
40 years ago Today September 11 1973 this govt of our country was behind the coup d’etat that ended the then longest standing democracy in South America just three years after it’s people elected a Socialist Government Led By President Salvador Allende & instituted the Pinochet military Dictatorship officially lasting 17 years but really having a continuing effect not only the thousands of people that were murdered their lost potential & suffering of their Loved ones but Chilean History was changed from a unique independent Democratic Socialist course led By President Salvador Allende who killed himself rather than surrender the Presidential Palace
Allende with guards in the Presidential Palace under Attack
to another or the worst of the Latin American Military Dictatorships (known as The Juntas in Latin America) keeping Chile firmly under US/Capitalist Hegemony. because our own govt is so responsible for bringing about this Disaster on Chile it’s our responsibility as US citizens to Remember it and resist how we can when it seeks to carry out another crime on another country as it is preparing to do to Syria Today.
Mass Murders; U.S Secretary of state Kissinger meeting with Junta Dictator Pinochet
I don’t mean to say that the Chilean Right wing/Military/Bourgeoisie is not responsible for it’s actions but there is reason to believe they would not have carried the coup & subsequent Blood Bath without US Approval, Encouragement, CIA training, direction logistical support, state department & White House Diplomatic support and cover. I can’t do justice to Chile’s story this is just my Humble Remembering. this is a favorite documentary about Allende, ‘Companero Presidente’ Regis debray Che’s former french comrade in Bolivia, Interviewing President Allende two years Before the Coup in 1971 One of the most Tragic scenes in this Documentary made so shortly before the Revolutionary Hopes that so comes across in it was brutally Suppressed is hearing Allende express his confidence in the Chilean Armed Forces as a force against violent Reaction ”You can’t assume that the Chilean Armed Forces Are like the rest in Latin America” about that he was tragically wrong. Rest in Power Companero Presidente Allende
Today’s Date September 11th is now annually used By our Government and Media drum up jingoistic emotions from the public, unquestioning love and lionization of the Military & support for however many wars this country is in at the moment from an otherwise war fatigued public more worried about they’re own Economic survival the rest of the year but around this time even more than the rest of the year they are bombarded with militaristic propaganda from endless ‘news’ stories of soldiers returning home from war zones to their families (how many families they helped destroy in countries they have no right to be in the first place doesn’t get mentioned) to using the burning twin towers Image to ‘remind’ us that ‘Freedom isn’t free’ (neither is controlling the mid east oil supply) that America could always be under threat from a Dangerous world so Dangerous we need military Bases in over 150 countries and we need to spend more on the military than the rest of the world combined not to mention military aid to our Heroic and Human Rights Loving allies like Israel, Colombia, Afghanistan, various gulf monarchies, The Egyptian Military and many more( aren’t we lucky to have such allies and so many of them?)so we need to love our military which means supporting the Wars, And ‘Patriotism means your country which in this country means the govt. is always right and when it has been proven to be wrong it(IRaq WMD) was just an Honest mistake and it all worked out for the best anyway nevermind the tens of thousands of Deaths, how ravaged they’re countriy is or how many are and will be born with birth defects from the chemical weapons we used on their cities bringing that up is just rude, uncouth and a sure sign of an america Hater(see Imperialism Hater) speaking of Chemical weapons; Syria! this 9/11 came just in time to get america in the mood for some of that Night vision footage on cable news of American jets & missiles bombing somewhere where people speak differently and are apparently the latest mortal threat to america, freedom, the Constitution for Americans that Image of cable news talking heads narrating a bombing of a country from the first gulf war and periodic bombings of Iraq to the 2003 Invasion, Bombing of Serbia(that one didn’t get as much ratings because the Bad guys were white, so confusing) to bombing whatever building they had in Afghanistan etc.. is such a part of the collective national conscious it evokes nostalgia, patriotism, tears, remmembering where you were when we bombed what place just an all around soothing feeling. oh 9/11 you are here just in time for our Nobel Peace Laureate President ok damn 9/11 Rant over. except this is just what I really think
By Modern US Govt & Media Reasoning this was not an act of war by Japan On the US but ‘A surgical Strike’ on a military Target with limited civilian casualties
Can we go back in the history books and change Pearl Harbor from an act of war to a surgical strike, also I guess the Blitz in England 1940 was Hitler’s ‘no boots on the ground’ policy on England. But that’s if we take our governments Rhetoric seriously then apply it Rationally without Nationalist/Ideological prejudice. #Obama #Syria War Is War. Imperialism Is Imperialism. only The Propaganda changes
if Hitler had thought like Obama he could have called this his own ‘No Boots on the ground’ policy instead it’s remembered as the Blitz in London
Saturday August 31st At the No War on Syria Rally in Dallas at the Grassy knoll, yeah I know THE Grassy knoll……I think by late last week a lot of us assumed by the time this demo took place there would already be US missiles wrecking their hellish death & destruction on Syria, Thankfully that wasn’t the case partially maybe because around the world in particularly in the countries the US was counting on to go along for every one of it’s Imperial wars Especially England there has been such a popular response against it, I don’t know if any amount of protest from the inside can stop the Empire from it’s new war When it determines it’s in it’s Imperial interest but we have to try and at least show solidarity to the world our own country keeps Ravaging there were 50-60 people on Saturday to demonstrate against a US Attack on Syria”Don’t Iraq Syria” anyone can look at Iraq, Lybia, Afghanistan And see what the US wants in Syriaone of The Blond Bots of the Local Dallas FOX Affiliate was the only ‘News Media’ there SMH ughhh