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Richard Mellor / Why is Marx Demonised? Here's a Hint.
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Why is Marx Demonised?  Here's a Hint.

Excerpts from Karl Marx, The German Ideology written fall 1845 to mid-1846. From the Marxist Internet Archive

Was he wrong? Or was the guy on the right, right. Let Marx speak for himself.

"The first premise of all human history is, of course, the existence of living human individuals. Thus the first fact to be established is the physical organization of these individuals and their consequent relation to the rest of nature. Of course, we cannot here go either into the actual physical nature of man, or into the natural conditions in which man finds himself ? geological, hydrographical, climatic and so on. The writing of history must always set out from these natural bases and their modification in the course of history through the action of men.

Men can be distinguished from animals by consciousness, by religion or anything else you like. They themselves begin to distinguish themselves from animals as soon as they begin to produce their means of subsistence, a step which is conditioned by their physical organization. By producing their means of subsistence men are indirectly producing their actual material life.

The way in which men produce their means of subsistence depends first of all on the nature of the actual means of subsistence they find in existence and have to reproduce. This mode of production must not be considered simply as being the production of the physical existence of the individuals. Rather it is a definite form of activity of these individuals, a definite form of expressing their life, a definite mode of life on their part. As individuals express their life, so they are. What they are, therefore, coincides with their production, both with what they produce and with how they produce. The nature of individuals thus depends on the material conditions determining their production.
This production only makes its appearance with the increase of population. In its turn this presupposes the intercourse [Verkehr] of individuals with one another. The form of this intercourse is again determined by production.

The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it. The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships, the dominant material relationships grasped as ideas; hence of the relationships which make the one class the ruling one, therefore, the ideas of its dominance. The individuals composing the ruling class possess among other things consciousness, and therefore think. Insofar, therefore, as they rule as a class and determine the extent and compass of an epoch, it is self-evident that they do this in its whole range, hence among other things rule also as thinkers, as producers of ideas, and regulate the production and distribution of the ideas of their age: thus their ideas are the ruling ideas of the epoch. For instance, in an age and in a country where royal power, aristocracy, and bourgeoisie are contending for mastery and where, therefore, mastery is shared, the doctrine of the separation of powers proves to be the dominant idea and is expressed as an ?eternal law.? "
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Here's how men can put down their 'male fragility' to talk effectively about gender and sexism


'Scene on Radio' hosts John Biewen & Celeste Headlee on how men can help fight patriarchy.


While I?ve spent the past season of Inflection Point focusing on what women can do to have more real-world power, "Scene on Radio" host  John Biewen and his co-host, award-winning journalist Celeste Headlee, have been examining how the patriarchy we?re rising up against was formed in the first place ? and what to do about it. But can we convince more men to see that it?s time for a change?

John Biewen isn?t new to exploring the many facets of systemic injustice or, for that matter, acknowledging his unearned societal privilege as a white male. Last season on "Scene on Radio," Biewen dove into the rabbit hole that is white supremacy for a series called Seeing White.

?I had in that case invited Chenjerai [Kumanyika] to come in and be my collaborator on that project,? Biewen told me in our conversation for "Inflection Point." ?We had conversations that were part of each episode to kind of unpack things. And I made it a very transparent part of the of that project that I am a white middle class dude trying to look at whiteness and race . . . and I am inherently suspect as the person doing that, and I need someone to kind of check my work.?

For his latest season, called MEN, John knew he needed a woman?s voice to help guide him and the audience through the experience of living at the short end of the gender power stick. Bringing in award-winning journalist Celeste Headlee as a collaborator was, in Biewen's words, a "no-brainer."

The vulnerable, sometimes painful conversations the co-hosts have about their experiences living within the patriarchy are what make MEN so much more than a dry, academic exploration of gender inequality. And Biewen and Headlee couldn?t have had these moments without a strong foundation of mutual trust and respect.

?It could have very well been that I was just liability insurance. With different kinds of podcasts, that could have been my role: to just say ?hey, we had a woman. She was a co-host,?? Headlee told me of her experience working with both Biewen and John Barth, PRX?s head of content. ?But it was made clear by both Johns that that's not what they wanted from me. They wanted a full voice and a full partner, and I took them at their word.?

Biewen says getting more men on board with gender equality is less about women shaming men into giving up power, than it is teaching men that there?s more than enough room at the top of the ladder for everyone.

?It's a little bit hard to express, but there's a sense of investment that men have in our position at the top of the gender hierarchy that we just have to be willing to let go of,? said Biewen. ?To just kind of soften that muscle and be willing to say: ?OK I'm going to listen. I'm going to listen, and I'm not going to be so quick to flex that muscle--to swing back and say, ?how dare you say something like that to me?--and not take it all so damn personally.?

Most of all, Biewen says, we need to show men that they may not be responsible for creating patriarchy, but they benefit from it at the cost of others. And for that reason, we?re all responsible for helping to make something better for future generations.

?We didn't invent this thing, you know. We all were born into, first of all, the bodies and the gender identities that nature and our brains gave us, but also the system,? Biewen said. ?And I think we have a responsibility to look around and to say, ?Is this is this actually fair and just and right? Do we need to change it?? But we don't need to flagellate ourselves with with guilt just because we happened to be born male identified.?

Hear more of my conversation with John Biewen and Celeste Headlee, co-hosts of "Scene on Radio ? MEN," on the latest episode of "Inflection Point."

 

 

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Reconstrução do Iraque Há Um Ano da Vitória sobre Estado Islamita, 16 Anos da Sangrenta Ocupação dos EUA



O Iraque, que nos anos de Saddam Hussein (1979-2003) viveu grande período de prosperidade e estabilidade social, então reconhecido pela ONU como um dos países árabes que mais respeitavam a diversidade religiosa, tem sido atualmente uma das nações mais devastadas




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Iraq, The Rebuilding of a Nation In the Wake of Sixteen Years of US Sponsored Terrorism and Destruction

Iraq, which in the years of Saddam Hussein (1979-2003) lived a long period of prosperity and social stability, then recognized by the UN as one of the Arab countries that most respected religious diversity, has now become one of the


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Canada: Workers Rights and the Phasing out of General Motors? Oshawa. Searching for Alternatives, Plan B.

The once unimaginable ? the end of GM Oshawa ? seems on the verge of becoming the new reality. If there is any lesson to be learned here it is that overturning this imposed reality can?t be achieved by traditional


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Infoshop News / The Yellow Vest Movement: Showdown with the State
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The Yellow Vest Movement: Showdown with the State

Since November, France has been shaken by the yellow vest movement, a grassroots reaction to President Macron?s proposal to increase fuel taxes in order to force the poor to pay for the transition to ?ecological? technologies. Like the Occupy movement, the yellow vest movement cohered around shared tactics and frustration rather than common goals or values; consequently, the movement has been a battleground for many different political agendas and factions.


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Infoshop News / How to create a leaderless revolution and win lasting political change
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How to create a leaderless revolution and win lasting political change

In an age of insurgency, from gilets jaunes to Extinction Rebellion, non-violence is key to harnessing the energy of protest


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Infoshop News / Climate justice and migration in the media
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Climate justice and migration in the media

The media has a responsibility to fairly represent displacement in the context of climate change.


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AlterNet / Trump crashes and burns after claiming he never directed Cohen to break the law
« Last post by AlterNet on Yesterday at 06:00:45 AM »
Trump crashes and burns after claiming he never directed Cohen to break the law


"Another day, another opportunity for the president to make everyone stupider about the law."


 

President Donald Trump launched into an astonishing, lie-filled tweet storm Thursday morning, one day after his longtime, now former attorney was sentenced to prison for acts done on behalf of Donald Trump to help him get elected president.

Trump began the day by trying to convince his base that after years of promising Mexico would pay for his wall ? so frequently it was a staple at his campaign rallies nightly ? he had "often stated" that, "One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall."

Trump has not "often" made that claim, although NCRM found one instance of  him saying it last year.

"Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!" Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

That is 100% false.

The president wasn't finished with his lie-fest.

"I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law," Trump said.

That too is false.

"He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called 'advice of counsel,' and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid. Despite that many campaign finance lawyers have strongly stated that I did nothing wrong with respect to campaign finance laws, if they even apply, because this was not campaign finance," Trump continued.

That too is false. Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and possibly a few Fox News legal analysts, have made that claim, but they are not campaign finance lawyers.

"Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me, but he plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not guilty even on a civil basis," Trump said.

Again, false. The judge made clear during Cohen's sentencing that "each of these crimes is a serious offense against the United States."

"Those charges were just agreed to by him in order to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence, which he did-including the fact that his family was temporarily let off the hook. As a lawyer, Michael has great liability to me!"

It's unclear what Trump is suggesting about Cohen's family, but Cohen's now-former attorney Lanny Davis Wednesday night told Rachel Maddow that Cohen flipped on Trump when he realized that as president Trump was a danger to Cohen's family.

Some responses to Trump's tweets:


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Centre for Research on Globalisation / Suspicious Strasbourg Shootings
« Last post by Centre for Research on Globalisation on Yesterday at 06:00:43 AM »
Suspicious Strasbourg Shootings

On Tuesday, the day after French President Macron?s national address in response to weeks of Yellow Vest protests for social justice he opposes, offering woefully inadequate concessions, suspicious shootings occurred in Strasbourg, France.


The Macron regime alone benefits from what …


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