PaGaian Socialist – Newsletter #1 Equinox

 

“But this is not yet the end of the road. No, it is only the beginning. Man calls himself the crown of creation. He has a certain right to that claim. But who has asserted that present-day man is the last and highest representative of the species Homo Sapiens? No, physically as well as spiritually he is very far from perfection, prematurely born biologically, with feeble thought, and has not produced any new organic equilibrium… Once he has done with the anarchic forces of his own society man will set to work on himself, in the pestle and retort of the chemist. For the first time mankind will regard itself as raw material, or at best as a physical and psychic semi-finished product. Socialism will mean a leap from the realm of necessity into the realm of freedom in this sense also, that the man of today, with all his contradictions and lack of harmony, will open the road for a new and happier race.”

(Leon Trotsky – 1932)

Quarterly newsletters from PaGaian Socialist will be timed to coincide with planet Earth’s Equinox and Solstice moments in recognition of their primal influence on the development of our human intellect and consciousness. The intention of PaGaian Socialist newsletters is to encourage the development of our spiritual, political and social consciousness in preparation for an urgently needed revolutionary social change. The planetary crisis in which the human and all other species are now immersed is the result of profit driven forms of governance and industry. The full extent of the threat to our planetary life support systems is deliberately camouflaged by an international capitalist ruling elite that cleverly uses deceptive religious and temporal spin to minimise the spiritual, political and social consciousness of a subordinate international working class.

As we approach the third decade of the twenty-first century, the life support systems of planet Earth – better known as Gaia, are rapidly deteriorating for the vast majority of species, so too the economic and social circumstances for the vast majority of the planet’s human population. If we are going to have any chance of stopping and reversing this deterioration and develop more ecologically and socially sustainable systems for most if not all species, then a more sophisticated socialist form governance and industry is now urgently needed.

Human productivity and the development of human consciousness has now been dated back for millennia to a time when stone tools, symbolic art and ritual burials first emerged, to be followed over millennia by the production of complex language, agriculture, pottery, metallurgy, industry etc. Although our human ancestors had evidently produced a spiritual consciousness many millennia prior to developing a more rational scientific understanding of their world, both science and spirituality are now essential elements in the further development, cultivation and sophistication of our human, spiritual, political and social consciousness.

PaGaian Socialist newsletters will combine principles for a ‘functional cosmology’ as defined and elaborated on by the late Thomas Berry, with a contemporary Earth based spiritual practice and internationalist, socialist, political perspective. The aim of PaGaian Socialist newsletters will be to present information that is careful, trustworthy, newsworthy and not least, revolutionary. As the author of PaGaian Socialist newsletters let me elaborate on my use of the terms ‘PaGaian’ and ‘Socialist’.

‘PaGaian’ – expresses a reclaiming of the term Pagan as meaning a person who dwells in country, yet with Gaian spliced in it expresses a renewed scientific and contemporary understanding of that country – as planetary. (‘PaGaian Cosmology’ -Glenys Livingstone Ph.D. 2005 xi) – italics mine.

‘Socialist’ – expresses my understanding of governance and productivity that places an emphasis on meeting the economic, social and ecological needs of the human, as distinct from profit driven forms of governance and productivity, with their emphasis on the accumulation of privately owned property and wealth, most of which becomes available to a relatively small percentage of humanity.

In this way, the combined term ‘PaGaian Socialist’ encourages the fulfilment of the human through permanent, spiritual and political revolution – ‘permanent’ in the sense that it is simultaneously a personal and a planetary revolution. My spiritual consciousness is mainly informed and inspired by the late Thomas Berry’s ‘Twelve Principles for a Functional Cosmology’ and my partner Glenys Livingstone Ph.D. author of ‘PaGaian Cosmology’. My political consciousness is informed mainly by the writings of Karl Marx and Leon Trotsky, whose political lessons are best represented nowadays by the international revolutionary socialist program and political party of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) and its Social Equality Party (SEP) as expressed daily on the World Socialist Website – WSWS.org

Equinox 2016.

At this moment of a Gaian Spring&Autumn Equinox, the alignment of the planet’s day/night shadow line can be viewed as an equally balanced vertical north/south orientation. At this particular time of year, the view from outer space is that of a planet clearly divided equally into two light and dark hemispheres. This planetary orientation is as good and natural a time as any for the human to not only celebrate this balance between the light and dark cycle of our planet, but also to become more aware of the importance of ‘balance’ as an essential aspect of cosmic creativity and thereby of human development. For this particular Equinox 2016 moment, I am using its natural cosmic balance to emphasise that equality must be an essential component of scientific socialism. Just as cosmic and planetary balance was essential for life to emerge and evolve, so too a more balanced ‘social equality’ is now emerging as essential if we are to halt and reverse the deterioration of the Gaian life support systems we are all so dependent on.

Just as an out of balance planetary axis and solar orbit would likely bring life as we know it to a wobbly end, so too millennium of un-balanced, artificial social inequality has driven the human into enslavement, exploitation, discrimination, poverty, wars and far too much unnecessary suffering. The geopolitical tensions that exist in 2016 are as widespread, intense and dangerous as they have ever been throughout human history, with some of the more powerful imperialist nation states now sabre rattling with nuclear weapons. The prospect of Gaia being plunged into a nuclear winter with all of its life destroying consequences is now possible because the human continues to suffer the burden of an artificial, un-balanced, social inequality – the essence of what Marx and Trotsky rigorously understood to be the struggle between a ruling class and a working class. The enslavement, exploitation, discrimination and impoverishment of a so-called working class by a so-called ruling class is not only incompatible with planet Earth’s natural more balanced order of things, it deliberately works against nature as a whole. Living with the burden of an all too often violent class struggle between a dominant ruling class and a subordinate working class is unsophisticated human behaviour – to put it mildly.

What we urgently need to do now is cultivate more sophisticated forms of relationship, governance and industry. To achieve this we must have a sufficiently empowering story going on between our ears, a primary story by which we can evaluate all other stories, be they spiritual or temporal. Gaian seasonal moments such as the Equinox and Solstice moments are not only a valuable expression of cosmic balance and natural creativity, the ritual celebration of them can also provide us with the text for a suitably sophisticated, unifying, primary story. As indeed it must have been for my Western European ancestors who evidently put in a great deal of time and effort building sacred places such as the more well-known Stone Henge in England and New Grange in Ireland, both of which were built-in recognition of and to celebrate planet Earth’s solstice moments and their seasonal harvests.

A primary story that is both personal and planetary, is essential for the expression of our inherent right to be, our right to habitat and for the fulfilment of our lives. Without a suitably sophisticated primary story of our own by which to evaluate all other incoming information, we will always be vulnerable to the daily waves of information that is more often than not biased and or deliberately misleading. This is particularly so in the context of commercial advertising, political propaganda and religious teachings, most of which is designed to win over our hearts and minds – not to mention our wages. Our personal primary story should enable us to cultivate a healthy body and mind – physically, psychologically and spiritually, that is capable of contributing to what a growing number of us humans now regard as urgently needed creative, revolutionary, social change.

For it to be our primary story, it must by definition be distinct from any other – secondary, story going on between our ears. Every one of the billions of cells that make up our body knows that ever since the emergence of the first living cell we have been in a seamless relationship with all of life on planet Earth. Every organ in our body knows that it is related to and must cooperate with every other organ in our body. Our animal body remembers and knows where and what it is – a planetary place and being. This biological information is being made more clearly available to us through science and must be among the foundation building blocks of our primary story.

Our primary story should also inform and be informed by a planetary consciousness that has been manifesting through and expressed by the human for millennia, at least since that time when our pre-historic ancestors started to deliberately observe then celebrate a rising and setting Sun, a waxing and waning Moon, with their daily, monthly and seasonal changes. Planetary consciousness manifests as a result of and in accordance with an evolving human consciousness. We can safely say that planet Earth, through the human, now deliberately reflects on and celebrates itself as conscious Self-awareness. This level of planetary consciousness has been made manifest through the productivity of the human, who from our earliest forms of carved objects to the recent photograph of planet Earth from the surface of her Moon, has continued to shape the material world in general and our social circumstances in particular, for the better and – unfortunately nowadays, for worse.

While the economic and social circumstances for most of humanity is clearly out of balance and thereby the cause of massive in-equality, poverty, violence, destruction and human suffering, a ritual celebration of the natural balance that occurs during planet Earth’s equinox and Solstice moments can have a very positive influence on our personal and social experience and hence – more importantly, the continuing development of our human consciousness toward an urgently needed planet wide, revolutionary social change.

“In this world, at this point, no political revolution is sustainable if it is not also a spiritual revolution – a complete ontological birth of new beings out of old… This time it will be a global consciousness of our global oneness, and it will realize itself on a very sophisticated technological stage; with perhaps a total merger of psychic and electronic activity.”  

(Barbara Mor – 1987)

 

malpataffy,

Equinox 2016 ce, 12016 he

Southern Hemisphere.

What will it take,

to rid ourselves of the profit driven exploitation and impoverishment of most working families and the wars they are persuaded to pay for with their taxes and their lives? The bells are now tolling louder than ever for the death of capitalism but what will it take to finally put it out of its agony?

It could well be an international revolutionary industrial action on the part of any one of several industry groups that has a big enough international work force to have the desired catastrophic impact on the ruling class and their global financial system, thereby motivating a broader international working class follow on response.

As a starting point, I will quote from a recent report prepared by Kumaran Ira for WSWS.org dated 9th June 2016 –

“From the beginning, the WSWS and the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in the United States intervened in the Verizon struggle to provide a political leadership to the strike. Opposing pseudo-left groups’ attempts to subordinate workers’ struggles to the corrupt union bureaucracies and the Democratic Party, the SEP called on workers to form rank-and-file committees independent of the unions in order to organise the struggle. It insisted that the critical issue was establishing the political independence of the working class and a struggle of the working class for socialism.

The WSWS Verizon Strike Newsletter was circulated and recirculated between thousands of strikers and looked at as the only publication that gave workers a voice and provided a strategy to break the isolation of the struggle. Hundreds of workers also took part in online discussions hosted by the WSWS.

The central question confronting the working class is the building of the revolutionary party based on Marxist program to provide a political leadership to the working class. It requires mobilizing the working class on an international scale independently from the unions and their pseudo-left allies. This is the main task advanced by the ICFI and the WSWS.”

 A similar provision of revolutionary political information and leadership was provided by WSWS.org to striking US auto workers earlier during 2016.

Using the example of these recent industrial actions undertaken by US auto and communication workers, let us just imagine that following the political leadership of the ICFI program with direction from local SEP branch members and the daily pages of WSWS.org, a sufficiently large number of rank and file action committees are formed at or near their respective work places, within regional centres world wide. Within a matter of weeks following their formation, a network of international, independent, democratic rank and file committees of auto and communication workers are formed within their respective geographic regions, to unite and organise their industrial offensive. This they do according to a political program that is both independent of and hostile toward the capitalist ruling class and their industrial unions.

Using the theoretical example of a United International Auto and Communication Workers (UIACW) as a typically large industrial group, this is how such revolutionary industrial action could begin the serious struggle toward replacing global capitalism with an international socialism.

Day one (date to be announced).

  • At the end of their shift on this pre-determined date, the UIACW as a whole hand in resignation notices to their employers en-masse.

World wide, all casual and permanent waged auto-workers quit their jobs having determined in advance never to re-apply for them. For the purpose of this exercise they are now referred to as the Independent United International Auto and Communication Workers (IUIACW).

Day two.

  • Members of the IUIACW continue to develop their local rank and file SEP committees and electing their representatives.
  • Globally the auto industry comes to an overnight halt, attracting immediate world-wide attention that starts sending shock waves through all major stock exchanges and Governments.
  • Crisis meetings are held by auto industry owners and their newly redundant union representatives.
  • Other waged and salaried working classes, especially those within the relatively larger industrial groups start taking a keen interest in what amounts to breaking news of the single biggest voluntary withdrawal of productive force since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

Day three.

  • Stocks and shares in the auto industry start to fall sharply, dragging down several other major industrial sectors.
  • Governments and industry leaders make all sorts of threats against the now unemployed, IUIACW and their SEP representatives.
  • Rank and file local SEP committees of the IUIACW continue to inform, organise and prepare themselves for a period of prolonged unemployment and no wages.
  • Other waged and salaried workers start to witness for the first time in their lives the potential revolutionary power that exists within the rank and file of the international work force.

Day four.

  • Stocks and shares in all the major manufacturing industries continue falling with those in the auto industry reaching new lows, causing several European exchanges to restrict trading on some industrial sectors, sending even more shock waves throughout global financial markets.
  • Governments and industry leaders continue with threats that now include forcing the IUIACW back to work and or the hiring of new workers from the vast reserve army of the longer term unemployed.

The IUIACW expected and prepared themselves for such threats being made by Government and auto industry owners. Firstly the IUIACW had determined not to re-apply for their old jobs under any circumstances and secondly, they know it would take too long for the auto industry to employ and train a sufficient number of new relatively inexperienced workers in time to save the industry from a complete collapse. 

  • The IUIACW continues to be politically guided and informed through the leadership of their local SEP rank and file committees and daily reports on the WSWS.
  • Other waged and salaried working classes take increasing notice of the impact the IUIACW is having on the global financial system and the now panic-stricken threats being issued by Governments and industrial owners. World wide, these other workers also start to understand why the threats of Government and owners are being regarded by the IUIACW and the SEP as ‘hollow’ threats.

Day five,

  • World wide stock exchanges continue to restrict trading in most industrial sectors and several European and Asian exchanges cease trading in all industrial sectors.
  • Internationally Governments and key industry leaders hold emergency meetings to try to avoid the looming global financial crash and if possible save the auto industry.
  • The IUIACW through the SEP and WSWS calls on the international waged and salaried working class to join them in the worlds one and only Marxist revolutionary socialist program. A program that within a matter of days has demonstrated it is has the necessary force to overthrow the ruling class and begin replacing their political power and profit system with an international socialism capable of meeting the economic and social needs of the international working class.
  • Having already questioned the IUIACW/SEP as to why they quit their jobs rather than go on strike, other waged and salaried workers world-wide begin to see for themselves the empowerment of workers who become totally independent of their employers and their pseudo left unions.

Within a week we see the first signs of a developing Independent International United Working Class (IIUWC) being motivated by the revolutionary industrial action of the IUIAW and the political leadership of the SEP.

Day six.

  • All major stock exchanges stop trading fearing that the global economy is about to ‘crash beyond recovery’.
  • Governments and industry owners fear the worst and invite representatives of the IUIACW to negotiate an international agreement for their return to work.
  • During simultaneous press conferences held in key capital cities, the IUIACW/SEP representatives make it clear to a world-wide audience that they have absolutely no intention of returning to work under existing bourgeoisie governance and profit driven structures. At these same press conferences the IUIACW/SEP representatives also call on their fellow international working class to join them in their Marxist revolutionary socialist program to form an Independent International United Working Class (IIUWC) that is politically independent from all factions of the bourgeoisie owners of industry and their pseudo left unions.
  • World wide, waged and salaried workers in all industrial sectors become more interested in and supportive of the IUIACW with a rapidly growing number of them organising and preparing to join forces with the IUIACW to form an IIUWC/SEP alliance.

Day seven.

  • Another week, and another new world-wide political perspective beginning with the death of capitalism and the birth of international socialism.

 

Details yet to be imagined.

 

Robert (Taffy) Seaborne

2nd edit – Winter Soldstice 2016 .

Lest We Forget, to question the lies and propaganda used to persuade the universal soldier to kill another.

My preferred definition of a ‘universal soldier’ is – any human who is willing to obey a command to kill another human. It is precisely this level of strict obedience that enable wars to be threatened and or waged, so what is it about the story that goes on between the ears of the universal soldier that persuades and enables them to kill each other?

Apart from the few psychopaths who do it for the perverse excitement of it, most universal soldiers believe they are justified in obeying a command to kill each other because they are protecting or defending either a deity, a country and or their kin, from a perceived enemy. Such belief and obedience on the part of the universal soldier is usually justified whether the enemy is perceived in reality – as in battle, or as an abstract notion – such as in a perceived threat expressed in propaganda and or as dictated through nationalist military policy and strategy.

While I can understand and accept it being a natural instinct for adult humans to defend and protect ourselves and our kin from danger, I cannot understand or accept the need for any of us to obey a command to kill another human who has been deemed an enemy on the basis of religious belief nor nationalism.

The patriotic belief held by the universal soldier in their need to protect or defend a deity and or country, has existed for millennia. However, it is still a relatively recent phenomenon when compared with our more ancient and natural instinct for protecting and defending our kin – in other words for our survival as a species.

From my PaGaian Socialist perspective I can imagine how our natural defensive instinct to protect kin evolved over many millennia, at least since the time when our earliest human ancestors needed to constantly defend themselves from non-human predators. So what was it that caused our more recent human ancestors to start defending themselves from each other, from the enemy within? I don’t believe the emergence of the human as an enemy was such an inevitability as was the earlier more natural defensive instinct to defend ourselves against non-human predators.

The threat of danger from other humans was more likely to have resulted from an increasing number of groups spreading throughout the planet resulting in a diminishing of fertile land and resources available to such nomadic groups. As fertile lands and resources became more scarce and hence more valued, they were eventually settled. The earliest settlement of fertile lands with its increasing human productivity and cultural diversity inevitably led to the need to defend such places. This phase of human development and separation not only produced the original universal soldier, it has since come to dominate human consciousness, and threaten our very existence as a species. How and why has it come to this?

It doesn’t take a great stretch of my imagination to visualise the emergence of relatively small centralised groups organising and arming themselves to defend their settlements and resources from other human invaders. Then, it is only a matter of time before such groups eventually morph into roles of leadership, ownership and rulership, with the eventual formation of standing armies that are prepared to both defend against and or attack their human enemies. While such human war-like development can appear to follow an evolutionary development of our survival instinct to protect and defend our kin, in hindsight, it is more accurately described as a material, cultural construct, born out of increasing human productivity, ownership, rulership, wealth and greed.

Since the industrial revolution of the mid 1770s, this form of material development has rapidly morphed into nuclear armed imperialist nation states that now threaten our existence as a species. This is why the human population in general and the universal soldier in particular are constantly being lied to and thereby persuaded to accept war and the need to kill each other.

What then is the lie that the majority of us are being told? It is a complex lie, one that needs to be analysed and considered in some detail. If it were simple and easy to identify then the ruling class purveyors of the lie would not be able to recruit sufficient numbers of the universal soldier to protect their wealth and control.

Like most military apparel the lie is well camouflaged and difficult to see, it is couched in devious metaphor designed to distort reality and discourage any questioning of whose interests are really being served by the command to kill. The lie is camouflaged by the clever blending of abstract cultural constructs of deity, country, freedom and liberty with the more natural human instinct to protect and defend self and kin. These abstract cultural concepts underpin the well and truly tested strategy of divide and conquer. The human population is deliberately divided in many ways, but most importantly from the ruling class perspective, we are divided by nationality, ethnicity and religion.

Even though this strategy and level of division inevitably results in conflict and war between nationalist ruling classes, it is worth it from their elitist perspective because not only do they need to protect their rulership and wealth, they as a class do not expect to sacrifice their own lives, they are not the ones being commanded to kill another. Lest we forget, or worse still, lest we continue to believe the lies, illusions and propaganda perpetrated by a ruling class whose continuation depends entirely on the obedience of the universal soldier to kill another.

Again, from my PaGaian Socialist perspective there is only one political story and program that comes anywhere near meeting the necessary criteria for achieving and end to war and permenant peace on our planet, namely The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) and its associated political party, the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) as expressed through the World Socialist Web Site – WSWS.org

 

Malpataffy

25th April 2015

Turning MH17 into a worthy sacrifice.

The recent loss of passengers on flight MH17 deserves more than political and religious posturing. Their death can be regarded as a sacrifice to motivate a growing number of the international working class community to question why our so-called political and religious leaders keep plunging humanity into their bloody wars. More of us need to be raising our political and spiritual awareness by seriously questioning – among other things, the role of a dominant international ruling class that not only owns the means of production and the bulk of wealth it generates, but now they also own the political and religious institutions that have so much influence on the quality of our lives. They have bought them, lock stock and (gun) barrel.

While it may be that MH17 was brought or shot down by a poorly (quality) educated, semi (politically) conscious working class universal soldier, the primary cause of this and all the other wars during recent history is an increasingly desperate ruling class, desperate to protect its failing Finance Monopoly Capitalism (FMC) using an increasingly expensive, profitable and violent Military Industrial Complex (MIC).

With such regularly occurring ‘normal accidents’, political insurrections, wars and the ruthless removal of anything impeding its progress, the ‘Death Agony of Capitalism’ is looking more and more like it is going to be a slow, self-inflicted suicidal death. In the mean time, the ruling class will as it always has, be relying on less well-educated and less politically conscious members of the working class to commit its murders and do its killing. Hence the urgent need for a growing number of the international working class community to raise our political and spiritual awareness.

This is the task of the Fourth International (ICFI) and its political party The Socialist Equality Parties (SEP & IYSSEP) with the technological help of WSWS.org. It is a task that will have to take into consideration how the ICFI helps to unite a very politically and religiously diverse, fragmented and mostly oppositional international working class community. This task is very demanding – to say the least, yet absolutely essential because if for no other reason than if we are unable to stop a rampant violent ruling class MIC, there might well be a big mess to clean up and a lot of social re-inventing to do. Assuming of course that ‘mother nature’ continues to allow for such…

 

Malpataffy

Southern Winter 2014.

 

Lords of War

European Lords of War (LoW) made manifest the violent nature of their imperialism by instigating our planet’s first World War in 1914. Here is a quality analysis of the political tension leading up to it. http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/28/pers-j28.html Given the ecological and economic crisis now manifesting a century later, we do well to learn from such pertinent history and prepare ourselves for a very uncertain future.

For the purpose of this story I am using the acronyms LoW and Us to emphasise the fact that these Lords of War continue to deliberately, carelessly and ruthlessly lower the quality of life for the rest of Us, with Us probably making up at least 99.99% of the planet’s human population. Moreover, with most of Us either consciously or unconsciously being the actual producers and protectors of the LoW’s wealth and power. For the many of Us who are already having to cope with the negative impact of ecological and economic crisis and for those of Us who have yet to do so, we need to avail ourselves of the most objective, truthful information about the prevailing political, ecological and economic circumstances that we are now immersed in and affected by – albeit to varying degrees. This includes our need to understand why so many of Us continue to swear blind obedience to the LoW and do all of their dirty work, often to the point of sacrificing our own lives. Why do so many of Us still behave in this subservient, self-destructive manner?

Nowadays the ruling LoW reside in most major capital cities throughout the world, for example London where they are collectively known as The House of Lords, Washington where they are singularly known as The President of the USA. The LoW also hide out within less well-known places and titles such as the jungles and deserts of the South Americas, Africa and in the mountains of Afghanistan where they are at least literally known as War Lords. The LoW is that group of ruling war mongers who from time to time regard it as necessary to wage war against their enemies and competitors in an effort to protect their mostly territorial, sometimes religious, often political, and always financial, vested interests. While the LoW represent a miniscule percentage of our total global population, they own most of the global wealth and they wield their immense power and control over the rest of Us – including the other than human. As a direct result of this disproportionate amount of power and control that LoW have over Us, we now face the combined threat of a planetary ecological and economic catastrophe, possibly yet another world war with all its nuclear ramifications. The time has well and truly arrived for our planet to be rid of this LoW-life. I want to imagine and suggest how this might happen?

The editors of Monthly Review – an independent socialist magazine (May 2014 edition) suggest, “..so great is the epochal crisis of our time, encompassing both the economic and ecological crisis, that nothing but a world revolution is likely to save humanity (and countless others among the earth’s species) from a worsening series of catastrophes.” They go on to quote the great artist, writer and socialist William Morris by way of justifying their use of the somewhat frightening word ‘revolution’ “..that it does not necessarily mean a change accompanied by riot and all kinds of violence, and cannot mean a change made mechanically and in the teeth of opinion by a group of men who have somehow managed to seize on the executive power for the moment..” (“How We Live and How We Might Live,” Signs of Change [1888])

When we carefully learn from objective history and receive our day-to-day information from sources that are relatively independent of and more honest than main stream corporate media, it becomes more and more evident that the LoW have once again deliberately and carelessly plunged the rest of Us into the most dangerous ecological and economic circumstances that we as a species have ever been confronted with. We can now receive more than enough daily evidence that we are in the midst of an emerging and worsening global catastrophe. There is a very real possibility that the existing level of war and carnage in and between nation states will escalate and that the LoW because they so personify violence, could well self-destruct, leaving the planet and most if not all of Us in the kind of mess that millions of people – especially in the Middle East and Ukraine, now find themselves in.

There is clearly plenty more for us to be afraid of than the idea of a global revolution and the argument in favour of such a revolution is rapidly gaining momentum and support. However, we need to be careful about the nature of a global revolution, especially if we have a mind to actively participate in and creatively contribute to it.

As the current crisis unfolds and irrespective of how much worse it gets, an existing embryonic, non-violent revolutionary movement is already taking place, which given the necessary circumstances – albeit catastrophic and messy, could permeate the planet very quickly and soon reach a scale necessary for the full liberation and re-invention of Us. From my perspective only a non-violent revolution that spreads out organically could eventually achieve the radical social change now urgently required throughout the planet. Again, depending on where one looks for their day-to-day information, (ref links below) we can find plenty of evidence that an embryonic, global revolution is already gradually spreading out from deep within and among caring individuals who out of necessity are gradually becoming more and more philosophically opposed to resorting to violence under any circumstances. Such individuals are also naturally morphing into like-minded groups that collectively have the potential to evolve organically into elements of a radically new holistic, sustainable and equitable planetary society.

A post catastrophe non violent organic world revolution is a revolution that will not only enable Us to avoid returning to the divide and conquer trap previously set by the LoW but it will be a revolution which is characterized by Us continuing to manifest a natural, gradual and radical change to the very basis of society. This is why I prefer to imagine our revolution as organic in that it has already begun by spreading out organically from random, individual and group centres. History teaches us that politically motivated revolutions and insurrection typically end up failing because they are too easily manipulated and controlled by so-called leaders such as the LoW, or for that matter any group of men ‘somehow seizing power for the moment’. The outcome of violent and hence fundamentally flawed political revolutions and insurrections is that those of Us who participate in them usually end up having jumped out of the frying pan straight into the fire – so to speak.

The other most obvious reason why political revolutions and insurrections that resort to violence inevitably fail is because the LoW never do their own killing, for this they have always relied on those of Us who are willing and able to kill each other. For Us, violent political revolutions and insurrections will always be a self-sacrificing lost cause.

Having lived and worked among the Tjilpi Pampa (Anangu traditional elders) of central Australia for about eight years, I am familiar with the power that communal ritual can have in the transformation of imagination into manifest reality. It is this kind of public dreaming that I believe is energizing the above mentioned embryonic, non-violent revolutionary movement now taking place(s) throughout the planet. This kind of non-violent, organically growing revolution could eventually enable nothing less than a new epoch of planetary, social transformation. We, Us have done it before, with little or no mechanical or technological advantage. Millennia before the emergence of any ruling Lords of War, our ancestors invented symbolic expression, firstly as art, then morphing it into verbal and eventually written language. We, Us can do it again, we can re-invent a whole new world of as yet unimagined social possibilities.

 

Taffy Seaborne

Southern Winter 2014.

 

Some useful links supporting non-violent revolution –

Robertjburrowes.wordpress.com

WSWS.org

monthlyreview.org

climate&capitalism.com

pagaiancosmology.com

peakmoment.tv

Fellowship for Intentional Community

 

LEST WE FORGET, we are planetary.

If and when we care enough and pause for a moment to contemplate the seemingly never-ending gratuitous violence, death and destruction that we humans inflict on ourselves, we should not forget that ultimately we are all in a biological relationship with each other. In this sense, at the very least, we all come from and return to the same planetary place. Why then do some of us behave so badly toward others, including the ‘other’ than human species? My short answer is that most of us have been persuaded to forget that we are first and foremost a planetary being. My longer answer is that since we as a species have allowed – even encouraged, the emergence from within our midst of so-called ‘ruling classes’ many millions of our fellow beings have been involved in the seemingly deliberate violence, death and destruction that takes place between conflicting international ruling classes.

Nowadays it is the international ruling class that deliberately maintain their military capacity to defend and or attack their international counterparts as and when they deem it necessary. The reason for this is that ultimately none of them can afford to trust each other. We can safely assume that the international ruling class as a whole is made up of a relatively small percentage of the planet’s population, – for the purpose of this story I am suggesting the number is less than 0.001%. Such a relatively small grouping would still include all royal families, all fiefdoms, several thousand of the planet’s wealthiest families and all of their subservient political, religious leaders and war-lords. On the whole these ruling classes rule over nation states that as often as not, are in conflict with each other, usually in a mad scramble for limited resources and maximising their profit/wealth. Consequently these ruling classes need to exercise power and control over the rest of us because they are totally dependant on us to continue producing and defending their wealth and their nation states. The rest of us therefor I am suggesting make up at least 99.999% of the planet’s population, a relatively large subordinate grouping that includes all working families, – employed and unemployed, all children, students, volunteers, conscripts, police, mercenaries, insurgents, terrorists, refugees and the homeless etc.

The ruling classes maintain their control over the rest of us by cleverly persuading us from cradle to grave that what they do for us is in our nations best interest and what they expect us to do in return is therefor in our own best interests. Using secular stories ie political, economic, security, legal and spiritual stories ie religious, with reward and punishment themes, the ruling classes divide the rest of us into so many different nation states, ethnic cultures, religious beliefs, and socio economic classes that their control over us is almost guaranteed. While ecological, biological and environmental diversity is essential for our survival as a species and while cultural diversity has and can be good for our human development, unfortunately the ruling classes have long since perfected their ability to manipulate these phenomena via their primary strategy of ‘divide and conquer’, hence their need to continue persuading the rest of us to forget that we are planetary, that we are in fact related to each other.

When considering the ruling class strategy of divide and conquer, the rest of us do well to remember that most of our early human development including our emerging spiritual awareness – our learning how to relate to other and all-that-is, and our more fundamental material inventions such as tool making, symbolic, verbal and written expression, took place during a period when resources were shared and people cooperated with each other as a matter of survival. Moreover, we can think of this as a period of creative human development that took place without the encumbrance of the yet to emerge ruling classes, without their cleverly thought out jealous god stories, without their nation states and without their standing armies. This creative pre ruling class period is genetically remembered by every cell in our body as a period when the personal, the spiritual and the political was experienced as planetary, this is the way we were throughout our early human development.

If as a species we want a to secure a future for our descendants that does not depend on gratuitous violence as a means of resolving conflict – at any level, we must first rid ourselves of the existing ruling classes. The logic of a planetary ruling class divided into competing, conflicting, warring nation states must be replaced with the logic of a democratic, class free planetary society. The logic of a global system of production, distribution and consumption based on the accumulation of profit and wealth that mainly benefits a small minority ruling class must be replaced with the logic of a global system of production, distribution and consumption that meets the needs of the whole of society. What we all – including the so-called ruling classes, now need is a democratic planetary social system that is capable of being environmentally safe and viable for all future generations.

Thanks to my daily and seasonal PaGaian practice of celebrating cosmic creativity in general and our planet’s Earth/Sun/Moon relationship in particular, I can safely claim that for me the personal and the spiritual is first and foremost planetary. Until recently I had almost given up on the idea of a political story that I could relate to as planetary, then I came across the World Socialist Web Site WSWS.org and the International Committee of the Fourth International ICFI with its Social Equality Party SEP. I have even gone so far as to start referring to myself as a born again PaGaian Trotskyist.

More of my journeying into the political as planetary can be found at malpataffy.com

 

Taffy Seaborne

Southern Autumn 2014

 

A plague of insurrections.

The first decades of the twenty-first century have been plagued by a spate of political insurrections because during this period we have reached a new peak of social inequality. I won’t bother giving you all the gory details because if you are experiencing the brunt of inequality you probably don’t need or want them, if you are fortunately not feeling the brunt of inequality then you can google or wiki such detail for yourself. Suffice for me to say that a very small and unnecessary ruling class is the cause of social inequality and hence a big problem for the rest of us.

 For the purpose of this story I am saying the so-called ruling class is made up of 0.001% – at most, of the planet’s population. Hence the rest of us – call us what you like, make up the other 99.999%. The means by which such a small percentage of us humans are able to rule it over the rest of us is their ownership of production and the vast bulk of the wealth gained thereby. Using capitalism or better still ‘neoliberalism’ ie capitalism with the gloves off, to globalise productivity and nation-state political boundaries to confine labour – the actual producers, the ruling class is able to exploit labour in order to maximise profit and their own wealth in particular. This together with impressive increases in productive efficiency and a not so impressive system of ‘finance monopoly capital’ is why and how social inequality exists and has now reached a new global peak or tipping point.

The level of ownership and wealth enjoyed by the ruling class also enables them to divide and conquer the rest of us to the extent necessary for them to continue being able to rule it over the rest of us no matter how much we resist or even revolt. The ruling class has the rest of us divided in more than enough ways for them to believe that their hegemony will never be overthrown. For centuries they have successfully divided the rest of us into nation states, racial/ethnic groups, religions, political parties, upper, middle and lower socioeconomic groups, academics, professionals, skilled, semi skilled, labourers, even a socially constructed – as distinct from biologically constructed, gender difference.

While some of these divisions may be important to us – especially if we are enjoying a relatively good quality of life, this is not so for the vast majority of the 99.999% of us. With social inequality at its present level we are already witnessing increasing austerity, poverty, fascism, chauvinism, racism and a real threat of war between so-called super powers which would almost inevitably become a nuclear war. To rid ourselves of exploitation, social inequality and the threat of a nuclear war we must rid ourselves of the ruling class and its dominant, imperialist, economic and political institutions. To do this we must first neutralise the primary ruling class strategy of ‘divide and conquer’ by adopting our own primary strategy, a revolutionary class struggle of us versus them.

It is worth pointing out here that all 100% of us humans have no need for a minority ruling class. Throughout most of our material and cultural evolution we not only produced our own basic needs, we also invented the foundations of our present day mechanical and technological advantages – ie verbal and written language, agriculture, numeracy, medicine, pottery and weaving, most if not all of which were produced without the encumbrance of a ruling class. As it happened, most if not all of these early inventions took place within pre-Neolithic, indigenous, matrilineal societies, a time when lore, land, resources and productivity were held in common and shared among so-called primitive people. This was a period of original, organic commune-ism when a ruling class was unthinkable, when social equality was the norm.

For me there is only one political party that comes anywhere near providing the kind of guidance and leadership now required to help the rest of us get rid of the ruling class and out of the impoverished economic and miserable social circumstances that so many of our brothers and sisters now find themselves in, namely the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) launched by Leonard Trotsky in 1938 with these words –

“We are not a party like other parties… Our aim is the full material and spiritual liberation of the toilers and exploited…”

The real difference between the ICFI/SEP and any other political party is well expressed during a recent interview by WSWS.org with Yuri Primakov the 87-year-old son of Markovitch Primakov a hero of the one and only event to date when the ruling class was overthrown by the then working class – the Oct 1917 Russian revolution.

“They didn’t care about money and they truly believed in communism. They were convinced that they had to fight for the betterment of humankind, not just for the improvement of their own material position. If you compare that to the elites today, who don’t give a damn about the people and are interested only in the market rates of their companies on the stock exchange, then you can see what degradation has taken place.”

For the kind of political and cultural information that can help all 100% of us to achieve the quality of life we want for ourselves and our families, I recommend you visit the World Socialist Web Site – WSWS.org

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