“The bourgeoisie in the mass,” he wrote in 1905, “will inevitably turn towards the counter-revolution, towards the autocracy, against the revolution, and against the people, as soon as its narrow, selfish interests are met, as soon as it ‘recoils’ from consistent democracy
Those were The words of lenin as written by the father of international revolution: leon Trotsky
The question here however is: how does turn of the century Marxist socialist revolts differ from today?
Well the obvious answer is that they are not Marxist but rather just anti capitalist.
But there is more.. Ever since the fall of the USSR and the American hegemony extended all the way to the streets of Baghdad. The world has began to understand that the neo liberal economic polices that were implemented or forced by the American government on foreign nations were not in their best interest. And didn’t produce models like in japan and Germany after the end of the second world war .
In fact it created a super wealthy class and pushed the majority of the masses into dire poverty.
Egypt would be a suitable example
This poverty or frustration has caused an organic , righteous revolt to overthrow brutal dictators. It happened first in eastern Europe and then in Latin America.. And finally in the arab world.
Across the spectrum, people realized that commonalities between them and governments were unable to stop the mobilization of the masses in peaceful protests.
But that’s all and well for the rest of the world,
but what brings the revolt to wall street?
The Answer could be a multiple of reasons but the most upfront one would be that the youth on the streets demand a change of the class of leadership.
I don’t mean here republican or democrats or one over the other. But actually to let go with both of them.
The hierarchy of those two parties understand that and along with the new kid on the block: the tea party have put fierce resistance against it ( republicans and tea) or slightly acknowledged it but didn’t embrace it (democrats)
Essentially this is a threat not just to them.. But the way politics is done in this country… Also it shows something more alarming and that is a growing shift of ideology in this country.
A new ideology that wants more economic equality, that believes “laissez faire” should not be allowed to run wild and that the rich ,should if they choose to want to be rich in this country, not hoard all the wealth of the nation
Notice that we are not against anyone being better off, what we are against is the current captial means of production.
The model as it is now teaches us that as the capitalist earn more money , more jobs are created , more money is spent and everyone is better off.
(This trickle down economics )
That holds to be false. Companies since the 08 crash have reported record profits yet unemployment still roams around 9.1 %.
There has not been much new job creation as companies still favor temp or part time hires to keep profits high while exploiting the fact that workers at this time will take anything that comes their way so they can live
These realities brought the young, the old, and the unemployed to liberty plaza on wall ST. They are the same conditions that brought the serfs and the factory workers out during the bloshvik revolt
The ideologies changed , the people changed but the oppression and the resistance remained universal
I think Trotsky would agree
Her twitter account (she had some 6,000 followers) has been deleted, so has her Tumblr (I reblogged a piece of hers here a few weeks ago), her freelance writings for the Bahrain Independent and her Open Salon account have been deleted. Her work for Bikya Masr, however,
This a picture of a boy in the Syrian revolt
People all over the country and the world should do the same.
Last year at the prestigious ( and imperialist) Herzliya conference in Israel, Ben Bernanke, the chief of the federal reserve concluded that the talks and peace process it self resulted in 3% growth of the economy.
We should note here that he said the process , not the actual settlement , but the perpetual talks have lead to this growth. The economic occupation that is penetrating the occupied Palestinian territories like a deadly plague is difficult to imagine, and what even more difficult is to come up with solutions to counter this economic bubble that will defiantly burst.
Netanyahu, Israel prime minister, has always lobbied for an economic peace and not actual peaceful settlement. Meaning , behind the apartheid wall, let’s give the Palestinians an illusion of an economic stability , thus they shy away from resistance and if they do resist , we can, through simple monetary policies or a simple siege, break their bone and turn this open air prison into an impoverished area.
We can see how this play turned well for the israelis last week. As soon as fatah and Hamas reached a unity agreement. Israel disconnected all the revenue of taxes Israel owes to the palestinians. Thus leading to a tightening in the budget which made thousands of government employees go this month without pay, as their salaries were withheld. So in less than 24 hours Israel was able to inflict an economic crisis on the Palestinian authority and the territories.
Furthermore, there are 10,000 employees that work for exceptionally high salaries in the Palestinian territories in the medium of non government organizations (NGO) that heavily funded by the european union and the US. Those organizations lead projects to allow the PA to launch a viable state when the process come to fruition. That is at least their public agenda. In reality those NGOs are conditionally funded to force the PA into concessions with projects that can both good and bad. But the NGO don’t interfere in the peace process directly, the fear as I see it is: Sooner or later the donor nations will not continue funding the NGOs because they have crisis to worry about at home. US public debt has reached new astronomical figures. The German government is dealing with financial crisis on it’s door steps with the PIGS ( portugal,ireland, Greece and Spain) and therefore sooner or later both nations can not indefinitely sustain funding NGOs in the Palestinian territories. Thus the bubble will burst and ultimately and possibly , one day, the PA will find a surge of 10,000 people unemployed at once. In a country where there is usually one breadwinner per household this will lead into to an economic catastrophe. Furthermore, the PA government is employed 20% over capacity and can’t take any more workers. Also unemployment runs high in tul karem north of Palestine which stand at unusual real rate of 74% , second highest to gaza, which after years of siege and destructive war run at at 75% unemployment rate.
This means that bubble Ramallah lives in , and I state Ramallah because Nablus and Bethlehem are not on par economically as Ramallah. Will eventually burst. I am sure Dr. Salam Fayyad is aware of that , If he is does not , then he should rescind his economic doctorate and go sell falafel instead. But he is playing the game the US is telling him to do through cluster screwed Economic models that the world bank and the IMF design. The same institutions that wrecked havoc in Latin America from Mexico to Argentina.
Unfortunately, I am not an economic prodigy and can’t come up with an innovative economic model that can sustain a nation that doesn’t control any ports , roads, water , air and financial control over it’s revenue. Thus the only solution given is that the bubble have to burst, and we will have to return to normalcy and get adjusted back into real wage rates that are not exacerbated by conditional economic funding by NGOs or the world bank.
The good news is that Palestinian at the end of the day, live in tribal socialist society by culture. Even big cities like Ramallah or Nablus or jerusalem consists of families that have been rooted in those areas for hundreds of Years. Therefore, after the bubble burst there is hope that the adjustment will return us into the socialist living form that existed for hundreds of years through the family , the tribe and the land they farm or commercial property they own.
Also, the only solution really is to listen to Palestinians in 1948 who have longed advised their brothers in the west bank to turn the struggle into a one state solution. A solution that down the road will lead to peace and coexistence and will not economically be devastating. Is this idea far fetched , yes … Are there many against it, also yes …. But will it happen in the future ? Also yes Because if there is anything we Learned in history , is that history repeats it’s self East/west Germany , south africa and the African American movements in the US struggled and finally got their one state solution. The Palestinian/israeli conflict , despite all the differences it might have …. Will result in the same deal
In the mean time, I will have to explain this to all the foreign and local NGO and PA elite employees that party at beit anyisa bar or urjwan in the posh posh areas of Ramallah
I doubt any will listen.
Today was considered a great day for Palestinians as both fatah and hamas turn a dark page of their history. A page full of division, inner fighting and two states and two divided people.
We , as palestinians are glad that the split is over but is the agreement going to bear any fruit? The media spoke of celebrations in Ramallah , gaza and in the camps abroad … Yet as I was going to participate in the celebrations in Ramallah I found out that there was few number of people celebrating. Around a 100. With a few journalists covering the deal. Most people were either apathetic or thought all that was empty talk. As there concerns were shifting to more important matters. Issues such as The settlements issue , the prisoners issue and the security collaboration between the PA and Israel. People were also disturbed as it was announced yesterday that the government employees which come up to 20% of the work force will not get paid this month. The salaries withheld are due to a budget deficit that was exacerbated by Israel’s refusal to release Palestinian tax revenue claiming that Israel shouldn’t pay for abu mazens (abbas) weakness.
The israeli government used to say to the world: whom should we have peace with? Gaza or the west bank? And now after the unity agreement, Israel tells the PA they must choose between peace with Israel or peace with hamas.
Thus confirming yet again Israel’s real face to the world. A face of a racist state that doesn’t have interest in peace.
However it seems that Palestinians ostensibly had an agreement but didn’t walk in to the signing in good faith. We learned that the agreement which was to be signed by midday at the egyptian intelligence headquarters ( the mukhabart) was delayed for more two hours as there was a disagreement between Abbas and Khaled mashal the head of Hamas political office over if mahsal should sit next to Abbas on the stage. Abbas refused to have mashal next to him because it delegitimizes the PLO which represents the entire Palestinian people, an organization which he heads along with the PA. And organization that Hamas also doesn’t belong to. Also an agreement was over having mashal speak. The result was that they gave mashal time to speak although briefly. Mashal stated at the beginning of his speech that he will be brief, because he was told to do so, much to the discomfort of Abbas who can not hide his emotions. It was visible that he (Abbas) was not interested in mashal speech.
All those signs were not encouraging , however all that remains better than the scenes of arrests each team did against the other in the areas they controlled until today.
We can only hope for a better tomorrow Nothing can be accomplished with division