Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

June 5, 2013

Expropriating the expropriators

Filed under: Turkey — louisproyect @ 11:23 pm

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  1. Great video. The broadcasters, Ulusal, is a nationalist socialist organization. They are on the people’s side now only because their Ataturkist old guard is not in power. True revolutionaries should be careful of Ulusal in the future.

    Comment by Oz — June 6, 2013 @ 12:45 am

  2. I only wish the words “expropriating the expropriators” were on the lips of the Turkish masses. I long for it to be a concept automatically taught to all schoolchildren everywhere. It’s not really that complicated and would ultimately solve way more problems that it would engender despite the chagrin of greedy cowards hoarding their gold & praying that bubble doesn’t burst.

    Back in the early 90’s I used to posit during lectures to students that if all the wealth on the planet were divided by all the 6 billion or so people on the planet (back then) — every human being would be a millionaire.

    By contrast at that time (using 1989 stats) the World Health Org. (WHO) calculated that each day on planet earth 33,000 people, mostly children (the rest old people) DIED each and every single day of “malnutrition and perfectly preventable diseases.”

    That’s not a typo. That’s thirty three fucking thousand (mostly kids) per day! And that was all people from the so-called “free world!”

    Never mind that not a single one of those daily deaths was ever (as far as I could ascertain) attributed to those so-called “actually existing socialist countries” (using the academic parlance of the day) — no, as Fidel Castro wrote after that WHO report, it was as if the Imperialists dropped Hiroshima & Nagasaki bombs week after week after week after week on the world’s poorest & most vulnerable & helpless, mostly children.

    Castro’s point was of course brilliant but he didn’t take it even further in the US context of Southern evangelicals blathering on and on about the “sanctity & preciousness of human life” regarding unborn fetuses & so on. I mean if people think the world is out of whack today imagine that monstrous contradiction in logic back in the late 80’s & early 90’s when the Soviets were collapsing & 33k per day people in the 3rd world died from poverty — yet Born Again Christians (that was reportedly 33% of America in 1989) were screaming about “Family Values” and the “sanctity of human life!?”

    Despite all it’s well documented faults I defy anybody to make the case the the demise of the Soviet Union has been a net gain for the world’s toilers.

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — June 6, 2013 @ 2:37 am

  3. Karl used to be a professor? No wonder American academia is so fucked up.

    Now that baby death number is supposedly 21,000 a day. But as Wikipedia says, “Many deaths in the third world go unnoticed since many poor families cannot afford to register their babies in the government registry.”

    Comment by A Book by Dostoyevsky — June 6, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

  4. Yes, and it’s gotten way more fucked up since I left the academic milieu.

    As author Sanjay Basu interviewed in a CounterPunch article published yesterday said:

    “The American Journal of Public Health now estimates that Americans stand a greater chance of dying from the effects of austerity than being killed in a car crash. According to Basu, homeless Americans have the same life expectancy as people in war-torn Sierra Leone or Congo….

    Perhaps, he concludes, we should have cared more about the Soviets. There was a dramatic spike in deaths after the Harvard set (Jeffrey Sachs, Larry Summers et al) imposed austerity there. History is repeating now as the same austerity-triggered “excess deaths” mount in the US and beyond.”

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/05/death-by-zip-code/

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — June 6, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

  5. I have trouble taking a website seriously that runs an ad on the sidebar for a book by a luny quasi fascist like Paul Craig Roberts.

    Comment by A Book by Dostoyevsky — June 6, 2013 @ 8:56 pm


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