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Barefaced Lies Enable Lockdown Catastrophe

05-08-2020 – “Dictator Dan” Andrews, the Premier of Victoria, has declared a “state of disaster” in Australia’s second most populous state. Unleashing the harshest lockdown yet, draconian new rules will mean people can exercise for only one hour per day, only one person from each household will be permitted to go to the shops each day for food, and people will not be permitted to travel more than 5 kilometres from home. Incredibly, a nightly curfew between 8pm and 5pm will be enforced.[1] Many “non-essential” businesses will be forced to close, sending them to the wall. It is unknown how many workers will lose their jobs and will be pushed into the misery of unemployment. Undeniably, a tsunami of anxiety and depression will decimate the mental health of perhaps hundreds of thousands of innocent people. To top it off, residents of Melbourne are already forced to wear facemasks in public, or face state prosecution. It can be plausibly argued that this scenario exceeds the totalitarianism experienced in the worst days of Nazi Germany during the 1930s.

Lockdown lies

The claim that lockdowns, facemasks and social distancing are needed to deal with a coronavirus cannot be made with a straight face. Yet this is the official justification for the largest and most terrifying assault on working people this century. A curfew from 8pm to 5am quite obviously has nothing to do with a virus, or healthcare – it is little more than a vulgar display of power, with an ulterior motive. Lockdowns kill indiscriminately, even just from the increase in unemployment. Higher mortality rates result from higher unemployment, without any additional factors. A study quoted by United Nations officials – who are hardly radicals – found that 10 000 children per month would be likely to be killed by the lockdowns and school closures.[2] The study, published in the prestigious The Lancet medical journal, estimated that physical distancing, school closures, trade restrictions and country-wide lockdowns will significantly worsen global child malnutrition. Many doctors have spoken out against lockdowns, warning that they will cause more death than the coronavirus itself.

There is not a skerrick of scientific evidence for state or national border shutdowns, but this is precisely what has been enacted. This has almost wiped out the travel and tourism industry, throwing untold number of workers on the scrapheap. Virgin Australia has just announced that 3000 of its 9000 strong workforce would be sacked, and warned that there could be more job losses.[3] Virgin airlines took on many of the domestic flights within Australia, many of which have been halted due to state border shutdowns. Such job cuts would scarcely be tolerated by workers and their Unions if it was not for the false cover of “Covid-19”. In fact, it is not difficult to see that the coronavirus excuse has been used by many employers and various sections of capital to take an axe to workers’ jobs and wages.

While many workers understandably reel from the repeated body blows, big capital’s state media rapidly increase censorship of views which contradict lockdown fascism, even from those most qualified to do so. A group referred to as the Frontline Doctors in the US conducted a press conference on the steps of Capital Hill, where they relayed their experiences of treating Covid-19 affected patients with Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), Zinc and Azithromycin. HCQ is an anti-malarial drug which is cheap and has been used effectively for around 70 years. The Frontline Doctors claimed that HCQ not only helps inhibit the Covid-19 respiratory illness (not the virus itself), but can cure it. They stated that of the hundreds of Covid-19 patients they have treated, not one has passed away.[4] They were adamant that no one needs to die from this latest coronavirus.

There was an instant take up of viewers of this video online, until in stepped Facebook, Twitter and Youtube – who removed it!  These Big Tech giants, operating on behalf of big capital, joined with Big Pharma to censor vital information that could be used to alleviate or even end the lockdown nightmare. For their part, once the Frontline Doctors knew about this censorship, they once again risked their careers to hold another press conference reaffirming that the public has a right to know about a cure for Covid-19.[5] Harvey Risch, a Professor of Epidemiology at Yale University, stresses that a cure for Covid-19 exists (HCQ), and we need to start using it. He also said that Hydroxychloroquine is being used in the media to define who is “left-wing” and who is “right-wing”.[6] This is of course NOT how any study of medicine should proceed.

The ABC state media immediately pounced and tried to counter a possible groundswell of support for HCQ. One of its articles claimed that HCQ is a poor treatment for Covid-19, and that it has become “right-wing ideology”[7] !!  The absurdity of claiming that denial of the preventative and healing qualities of HCQ in relation to Covid-19 is “left-wing” should be apparent to all. HCQ is being censored by the corporatised ABC for nothing if not the obvious fact that it destroys the mantra that the governments of the imperialist West have been repeating for months – that the only way Covid-19 can be dealt with is via a vaccine.  At the same time, there are some indications that the US government is in on the attempted cover up of HCQ, by purchasing huge quantities of Remsdesivir – a drug which, at best, has only minimal effectiveness as an anti-viral. The US Department of Health and Human Services recently spent $1.6 billion buying up supplies of Gilead corporation’s Remsdesivir, at a cost of $3200 per dose – compared to $12 to $18 for a normal flu vaccine.[8] The global architects of lockdown will pay almost any price to prevent their exposure.

“Conspiracy theory” lies

Even the notion of people protesting against the adverse health effects of radiation from the 5G telecommunications networks is used by the ABC to slur protestors as allegedly pro-Kremlin conspiracy theorists.[9] The alternative website Global Research is slammed as being “pro-Kremlin” for having the temerity to question the Anglo/US Empire’s relentless war provocations against Russia. This is despite the fact that the Russian government itself enforced harsh lockdowns and would thereby cease to be an object of admiration of the anti-lockdown movement – if it ever was. The ABC and the entire liberal establishment cannot tolerate information such as that which Global Research disseminates. It contains a mixture of views, but generally speaking its material is anti-war and anti-imperialist. It may also contain unsubstantiated “conspiracy theories”, but of course many “conspiracy theories” also contain many facts. What the liberal political establishment cannot allow is information which condemns the entirety of the bourgeois political system and seeks answers outside it. “Conspiracy theorists” do not believe in any form of (capitalist) liberal democracy, with good reason. This is the main reason why they are besmirched as being weird non-conformists by liberal reformers of the establishment, which includes the lockdown left.[10]

The unfortunate fact is that lockdown fascism, like all forms of fascism, cannot tolerate dissenting views, let alone civil debate. The “Corona Nazis” arrogantly claim that science is on their side, despite reacting viscerally to the slightest suggestion that there might be a better way to deal with Covid-19. Lockdown fanatics also dismiss out of hand the very real concerns the anti-lockdown movement has about the loss of civil and democratic rights, the loss of privacy and the intrusion of the (capitalist) state into virtually all facets of human interaction with society. The lockdown left, suffering from an extreme case of Trump Derangement Syndrome, denigrate anyone opposing lockdowns for being right-wing hacks and conspiracy theorists. They of course have not the ghost of an idea how right-wing their own political position is – strengthening the very system which has to resort to a form of fascism simply in order to survive.

Testing lies

The diabolical Corona repression in Melbourne is primarily motivated by one huge lie – that a positive test for Covid-19 indicates something traumatic or dangerous. It is difficult to describe the extent of the distortion of science of “testing” repeated endlessly by capitalist politicians, the corporate media, overpaid Union officials, self-described “left” parties and those who have simply been terrorised into repeating logical contradictions. For one thing, the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) laboratory technique which is supposedly used to “test” for Covid-19 was never intended as a diagnosis. Its inventor, Dr Kary Mullis, repeatedly stressed throughout his career that the detection of a viral strain using the PCR technique is not to be confused with a diagnosis of any disease which may have some relation to a virus.[11] The high sensitivity of the PCR technique can produce false positive results, while its high specificity may produce false negative results. A whole range of other clinical data referring to the individual must be considered as a whole BEFORE any diagnosis can be attempted.[12] The most important is the question of whether the individual displays any symptoms, are they feeling sick enough to see a doctor or go to a hospital, and so on.

More to the point, the PCR technique is NOT a test for the Covid-19 disease. Even if the PCR “test” does correctly identify the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, this does not at all mean that the individual will at any time develop the Covid-19 respiratory illness. That outcome is only one, largely remote, possibility. The PCR “test” may also simply be detecting part of the viral remnants of SARS-CoV-2 which have already been combatted and defeated by the individual’s immune system. The PCR technique is also an amplification process, rather like the “blowing up” of small text to a readable level on a photocopier. The increase in small amounts of a viral strain so they can be observed by the human eye presents an obvious distortion for analytical purposes. One vital indicator of the chance of developing the Covid-19 respiratory illness is the viral load (somewhat like the total amount) the individual is carrying. Yet the PCR test cannot determine this. In short, the SARS-CoV-2 virus, even if correctly identified, may be a world away from the Covid-19 respiratory illness.[13] From the false positives, false negatives, lack of assessment of overall health and medical history, the disjuncture of the virus from the illness, to the inability to tally viral load, the Covid-19 PCR tests are scientifically meaningless.[14]

Anti-lockdown movement must combat lies

It is not enough to expose the lies of Dictator Dan, the politicians, the corporate media, conservative Union officials and their fake “left” acolytes. The lies must be combatted, and the anti-lockdown movement is in an ideal situation to do this. It is unfortunate that the disparate small groups and individuals who oppose lockdown fascism are forced to fend for themselves, where they should be assisted by anyone who imagines themselves to stand for workers’ rights. However, we have witnessed a level of class treachery from the Union officials and the lockdown left[15] which is simply staggering to consider in terms of a qualitative and quantitative assessment. This is the primary reason why the anti-lockdown movement may appear, on the surface, to be a combination of “right-wing” nationalists, “conspiracy theorists” and supporters of US President Trump. Yet this is an illusion.

Lockdown fascism uses lies, fear and bullying to enforce submission. However, the anti-lockdown movement must not be intimidated, for the obvious and glaring logical contradictions of the Corona fanatics are easily exposed. They are best exposed by mass public demonstrations which confront and condemn the blatantly illegal lockdown measures. The German people are taking the lead in this vital work, with perhaps 1 million marching against lockdown restrictions on August 1.[16] From observation, these and other demonstrations have included ALL those opposed to the lockdowns, whether they be left or “right”, opponents of 5G telecommunications, forced vaccinations, peace and anti-war activists, socialists or nationalists, civil and democratic rights defenders and more. That is the basis of its strength, and this must be replicated internationally.

Marxists are confronted with the task of working within the anti-lockdown movement, both in order to help it win victory, and also to influence it towards socialism. Given the perfidious antics of the lockdown left, it is understandable that sections of the anti-lockdown movement peremptorily dismiss what they see as “socialism”. Despite this, large sections of the working class would be willing to fight lockdown fascism if they saw a movement against the totalitarian Corona nightmare making gains, welcoming all those willing to stand for basic rights, and providing a lead for working and oppressed people.

Manufactured Corona terrorism is ultimately an expression of capitalist imperialism devouring itself. It can be difficult given onerous lockdown oppression, but workers should not despair. There is reason for hope, and there are already signs that many others are risking police harassment and persecution to help win freedom from unjust and virtually uncontrolled state crackdowns. Underground organising may be required to link those who instinctively lead struggles for liberation. A harmonious, rational and humane society is on offer provided working people are prepared to fight the ideological darkness of lockdown tyranny.

 

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[1] https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6860277/victoria-declares-state-of-disaster-and-increases-restrictions-to-stage-four/ (05-08-2020)

[2] https://summit.news/2020/07/29/un-officials-cite-study-that-finds-lockdowns-school-closures-killing-more-children-than-covid/ (05-08-2020)

[3] https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/virgin-to-shift-headquarters-to-south-brisbane-as-massive-job-losses-bite-20200805-p55iss.html (05-08-2020)

[4] https://www.bitchute.com/video/0rIIAs9UCMV6/ (05-08-2020)

 

[5] https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/07/29/frontline-doctors-on-censorship-were-coming-after-you-big-tech-we-will-not-be-silenced/ (05-08-2020)

[6] https://www.newsweek.com/key-defeating-covid-19-already-exists-we-need-start-using-it-opinion-1519535?fbclid=IwAR0SNQAzBt4xuadKsAWTJCjNA1xLjlfHTqoZuENr3ReCrSKfwgqtpABLO2k (05-08-2020)

[7] https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2020-08-01/hydroxychloroquine-coronavirus-drug-now-right-wing-ideology/12510812 (05-08-2020)

[8] https://www.globalresearch.ca/remdesivir-covid-19-1-6-billion-modestly-beneficial-drug/5717690 (05-08-2020)

[9] https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-03/5g-conspiracy-theory-investigation-coronavirus-health/12507368 (05-08-2020)

[10] https://redfireonline.com/2020/04/25/the-left-and-the-coronavirus/ (10-08-2020)

[11] https://degraw.substack.com/ (09-08-2020)

[12] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2654605/ (09-08-2020)

[13] https://virologydownunder.com/covid-19-is-not-a-virus-but-sars-cov-2-is/ (09-08-2020)

[14] https://off-guardian.org/2020/06/27/covid19-pcr-tests-are-scientifically-meaningless/ (09-08-2020)

[15] https://redfireonline.com/2020/07/13/the-covid-19-siege-of-melbourne/ (09-08-2020)

[16] https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/thousands-germans-protest-coronavirus-restrictions-200801161142837.html (09-08-2020)

 

Barefaced Lies Enable Lockdown Catastrophe

DnStyles

The Mask of Tyranny

01-08-2020: Residents of Melbourne and neighbouring Mitchell Shire are now being forced to wear facemasks when leaving home, ostensibly to help “stop the spread” of a coronavirus. These directions come with a litany of laughable petty rules and guidelines, such as a stipulation that one must carry a facemask while exercising.[1] This should be material for cutting satire and comedy, but unfortunately it is all too real. “Dictator Dan” Andrews, the Premier of Victoria, speaks down to those who elected him with nightly sermons chock full of arrogant and demeaning verbiage about “saving lives”. He, along with bought and paid for medical bureaucrats, offer not one shred of scientific or medical justification for the threatened use of state violence against those who do not wear facemasks. The tyranny of mandatory facemask orders, like the entire Covid-19 psy-op, is not in the least about a virus or healthcare. It is about preparations for fascism and imperialist war.

Facemasks of dubious value

“Stop the spread” is capitalist propaganda which turns reality on its head. A respiratory virus must be allowed to spread in order to reach herd immunity as quickly as possible, so that the virus exhausts itself in the fastest possible time. There is a case for the temporary isolation of the elderly and immune compromised during this process but forced lockdowns and social-distancing for the healthy actively prevent the development of herd immunity – and therefore endanger those who are vulnerable. However, even if the goal is – mistakenly – to prevent viral infection of the healthy, a facemask or a piece of cloth will simply not do it. A virus such as Covid-19 is transmitted through airborne particles. A facemask cannot cut off air to the nose and mouth completely, otherwise it would choke the user to death. Air can get around the sides and the top of the facemask to allow breathing. Therefore, a facemask cannot prevent the airborne Covid-19 particles from going in or out of the wearer. Those who have been terrorised by politicians into wearing facemasks are not protecting themselves or others from the transmission of Covid-19.[2]

Even the thoroughly compromised World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US, released a study less than two months ago which again proves that there is no evidence that wearing facemasks in public prevents the spread of flu-like viruses.[3] This is after the WHO has gone up and down like a yo-yo over the last six months, from not recommending facemasks for Covid-19, to advising their use, and back again. People are of course welcome to do their own research and come to their own conclusions. Those who wish to wear facemasks can do so, but the forcing of facemasks on healthy people by the state cannot be tolerated by working people. Mandatory facemask orders, like mandatory lockdowns and mandatory social distancing, is little more than psychological terrorism[4] aimed at eliminating that which makes us human. Common humanity must be eliminated by the politicians and the corporate media, to prevent resistance to the obliteration of civil and democratic rights under the rubric of “Covid-19”.

Fake pandemic

There is no “pandemic”. There is only a pandemic of fear, lies, bullying and intimidation. The origins of SARS-CoV-2, later renamed Covid-19 by the WHO, remain unclear. What is clear is that the ruling classes of the Anglo/US Empire have used Covid-19 as a convenient excuse to unleash a monstrous assault on workers the world over, so that they can save their precious capitalism. Given the precipitous decline of the for-profit economies since 2008, big capital can only preserve the political conditions for its survival by inflicting mass pain and misery on the working class. The ideological cover for this broadside is “saving lives”, which is perhaps the most gargantuan of all the Covid-19 lies. Lockdowns kill and kill remorselessly, through mass unemployment, the delay of vital medical care, forced economic collapse felt first by workers, skyrocketing suicides, increased domestic violence, anxiety, depression and much more. Mandatory facemasks are just one part of the plethora of absurd and frivolous rules people must follow on pain of prosecution by the state.

State and national border shutdowns, to say nothing of actual lockdowns, are not backed by any scientific or medical studies. The politicians do not even attempt to supply one wit of evidence for any of their logic-defying edicts, such as banning standing or dancing in clubs or entertainment venues. Mandatory facemask decrees deliberately target the dissenter or the non-conformist who dares question the descent of society into collective insanity. They are crafted to determine who is with the lawless power of authority, and who dares to question the faceless bureaucrats. In other words, facemask wearers either endorse lockdown fascism, or fear the consequences of resisting.

Throughout history, any form of fascism which has appeared is closely followed by imperialist war. The Covid-19 imperialist war target is most likely the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Wave after wave of false and lying anti-China propaganda is being pumped into workers by the same corporate media which endlessly retails Coronavirus deceit. The nationalist caste ruling the PRC has also played its part in fuelling Covid-19 hysteria, but this does nothing to stem the dire war provocations against China. Despite the degree of free enterprise permitted by the PRC, China’s economy remains predominantly collectively owned, as a result of its ground-breaking revolution in 1949.

Workers must resist the drift to fascism and imperialist war before it is too late. We need not fear the politicians, craven Union officials and liberals who attempt to bully workers into blind submission. Working people united just need to say no to the torrent of lies and build an anti-lockdown movement which contests the Corona delusion head on. This is the only way to escape “the new normal”. Marxists have the difficult task of working within the anti-lockdown movement, and winning the best elements to socialism, despite the huge misconceptions about this concept from those striving for freedom from fear. Clear working-class leadership at this time could result in not only a lifting of facemask orders, but the roll back and containment of fascism and imperialist war.

 

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[1] https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-coverings-covid-19 (28-07-2020)

[2] https://www.sott.net/article/438352-Dr-Mercola-Interviews-Denis-Rancourt-There-is-no-Scientific-Evidence-That-Facemasks-Inhibit-Viral-Spread (28-07-2020)

[3] https://www.spreaker.com/user/bitcoinpodcasts/new-cdc-and-who-study-proves-no-evidence?utm_medium=widget&utm_source=user%3A11210105&utm_term=episode_title (28-07-2020)

[4] https://off-guardian.org/2020/07/27/the-ultimate-divide-and-conquer/ (28-07-2020)

 

The Mask of Tyranny

Police “guard” public housing towers in Melbourne. Image from http://www.sbs.com.au

The Covid-19 Siege of Melbourne

12-07-2020: Melbourne is currently enduring a medieval siege by the state, with a return to “stage 3” lockdowns for the whole city, and “hard” lockdowns for nine public housing towers, including Flemington and North Melbourne. No notice was given[1], and police were deployed to prevent residents leaving for any reason. Police effectively barricaded people inside their own units and were often deployed to each floor of the towers. The flimsy rationale for such action was an alleged increase in coronavirus “cases”, supposedly found amongst some residents after “testing positive” for Covid-19. This, along with the entire Covid-19 narrative, is little more than a torrent of lies. Even the moderate Australian Greens, who nonetheless back nonsensical lockdowns, wrote a letter to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews complaining that there was no notice given to the public housing residents, who were locked in their homes without any information as to how they would secure essential provisions such as food and medicine.[2] The full force of the state has been levied against some of the most socially disadvantaged in the community, who have been made scapegoats in a vicious political game.

Public housing residents aware they are an easy target

Covid-19 is a false pretext for the largest assault on the conditions of the working class since the 1930s.[3] The removal of basic civil and democratic rights, such as freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, not to speak of freedom of movement, is selectively applied so as to intimidate working people, not their “masters”. For example, billionaire Seven West owner Kerry Stokes was granted an exemption for hotel quarantine on his return to Western Australia, in his private jet, after holidaying on the ski slopes of Aspen, Colorado.[4] Meanwhile, participants of a birthday party in Melbourne were raided by police after being tipped off by paramedics ordering Kentucky Fried Chicken themselves in the early hours. The ambulance officers overheard others ordering 20 meals and reported it, so police then traced motor vehicle licence plates to locate an address. They stormed the residence and issued 16 people with $1652.00 fines, totaling around $26 000.[5] This mind-boggling repression for entirely innocent recreational activity is an indication of the scale and gravity of Covid-19 political repression.

The public housing residents of Melbourne subjected to the brutal siege are more than aware of why they were chosen as guinea-pigs. Such a siege could not have been carried out against wealthy residents of well-heeled suburbs such as Toorak or Malvern. Only public housing residents – some of the most marginalised in society – could be given four sausage rolls over 48 hours for food without provoking a mass outcry. The public housing residents resisted in whichever way they could, with some posting placards at their windows reading..”Treat Us As Humans!…not as caged animals… end this lockdown!….Effective immediately..”.[6]  Public housing residents of African origin in Melbourne, especially some in Flemington, had previously been harassed by police over alleged gang violence.

Denial of science

Even a fleeting glance at alternative media will reveal the grand deception which is taking place under the rubric of Covid-19. A still more brief sojourn investigating the science of viruses exposes the sheer criminality of Western politicians, which have unfortunately been mimicked by the politicians governing many independent countries who remain in the cross hairs of imperialism. The corporate media has given up trying to scare people with death counts, as the real numbers of deaths solely attributed to Covid-19 is numerically insignificant. Assuming the federal governments figures are correct, even they admit only 107 deaths currently attributed to Covid-19.[7]  107 is virtually nothing compared to the overall mortality rate, even on a daily basis. Due to Australia’s population, one person passes away every 3 minutes and 15 seconds from all causes.[8] Put another way, around 450 people in Australia pass away every single day. If there have been 107 TOTAL deaths from Covid-19 over a seven-month period, this represents 0.1% of the approximately 94 500 deaths that have occurred this year. No matter which way the numbers are counted, Covid-19 “deaths” are infinitesimal.

This is why the corporate media has switched to flashing numbers of “cases” of Covid-19, figuring that these numbers will be higher, and this will be able to be more easily spun into a web of fear. Yet again,  here there are only more brazen lies spewing forth from politicians and bought out health officials. They are deeming anyone who “tests positive” to Covid-19 as a “case”. For one thing, the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technique which is being used to detect Covid-19 was never meant to be used as a means of diagnosing illness. It was invented as a laboratory technique to help identify viral strains. Its inventor, the Nobel Prize winning Kary Mullis, passed away last year.[9] If he was with us today, he would be horrified at the PCR technique being used as a test for anything. As someone who did not withhold his opinions for fear of offending “official” science or society, Kary Mullis would today be screaming about the misuse of the PCR technique if he had lived until 2020. The PCR technique may be able to detect the presence of some indicator of the Covid-19 viral strain, but it cannot indicate whether someone will develop the disease that could potentially be associated with the virus.

In fact, medicos have to use the Reverse Transcription PCR technique (RT-PCR), because Covid-19 is only present in RNA, not DNA. Even if it does detect Covid-19 in someone’s RNA, it cannot identify the viral load, or how much of the virus is present. Huge amounts of the virus are required for anyone to develop any discernable symptoms, let alone begin to feel ill. Then there is the question of asymptomatic carriers, which even the totally compromised World Health Organisation (WHO) admits, can only spread the virus “very rarely”.[10] In reality, those who have no symptoms are not contagious.

Yet even if it was, natural or herd immunity remains the best way to deal with a virus. A virus must be allowed to spread amongst those with healthy immune systems (those aged under 65, and without underlying health conditions) in order to reach the herd immunity threshold (HIT). The HIT is the point at which a virus exhausts itself because it can no longer find enough carriers who have not already developed natural immunity. And we now know that the HIT for Covid-19 is as low as between 10-20%, NOT 70% as originally thought.[11]  It is most likely that Covid-19 had time to circulate, and therefore reach the quite low HIT, BEFORE the end of March, which was when the absurd lockdown and illogical social-distancing measures started to be enforced. The isolation measures therefore did not contain the virus, as this was scarcely the intention. They did, however, destroy the economies of many countries and many lives through unemployment, poverty, loneliness, depression, untreated illness, anxiety, famine and so on.[12]

Class position of lockdowns

It is not that the lockdown left (self-proclaimed “socialists”), following the lead of the overpaid Union officialdom, are scientifically illiterate per se – though they currently demonstrate this in spades. The lockdown left have strongly advocated for lockdowns – and by extension, for a police state, for the elimination of civil and democratic rights for working people, for the abolition of freedom of movement, i.e., for capitalism and imperialism – due to the fact that the question of the lockdowns most immediately defines one’s class position. That is to say, those who oppose the lockdowns stand with the working and oppressed masses, while those who defend the lockdowns stand with big capital. This remains the case irrespective of the claimed or self-identifying political viewpoints of those on either side of the lockdown barricades.

It is a huge error to assume that the left-wing position on the contrived coronavirus hysteria is the advocacy and policing of lockdowns and social distancing. This is only the position of the lockdown “left”, who occupy a universe light years away from even a basic defence of working class interests, let alone socialism.[13] No party can claim even the smallest grain of loyalty to “Marxism” while simultaneously assisting the entire apparatus of the capitalist state in its drive to enforce severe political repression against workers. To take the bourgeoisie at its word with claims that lockdowns and social distancing are “public health measures” is but a tragicomical farce. The fact that the lockdown left deeply believe the Covid-19 lies of the uber elite is proof positive that they act as the activist wing of social-democracy, i.e., the “liberal” wing of the ruling class.

Due to the fact that capitalism has long ceased to be in a period of expansion – this period arguably ended around 1975 – social-democratic liberalism is no longer progressive in any political sense. The 1970s was probably the last era that Marxists and liberals could potentially work together as allies against political conservatives. In that time, it was arguably even possible for socialists to work within the Labor Party. Obviously, those times are long gone, but the lockdown left has hung on to formulas which were possibly applicable four decades ago. This is one reason why they have steadily moved to the right over the last 20 years. What used to be social democracy is now indistinguishable from the conservatives they formerly opposed. The lockdown left is still tied to this right-wing social democracy, despite claiming in words to stand for some type of “socialism”. This has caused much political disorientation amongst workers and has even caused many workers to reject this false leftism and move towards the political right.

What this has also led to is the fact that working-class opposition to the Covid-19 assault has been expressed through some who are unfairly labelled as “conspiracy theorists” and even those associated with the nationalist right. Yet it is entirely inappropriate to label opponents of lockdowns as “right-wing anti-science nutters” – as the liberal lockdown left is wont to do. As we have indicated, it is in fact the lockdown left who deny the basic science of viruses. While there are those amongst the anti-lockdown movement who research so-called conspiracy theories, and those who have quite principled grounds for opposition to forced vaccinations and the lack of safety precautions for the expansion of the 5G telecommunications network, these views are not universal. Rather, the overwhelming majority of the anti-lockdown movement are composed of those who are rightly concerned about the increasing political power of the state over individuals, and the concomitant removal of civil and democratic rights which were formerly taken for granted.

Build the anti-lockdown movement

It is evident that the forces of what has historically been regarded as the “left” are now mere appendages of the state, and are therefore entrenched in the capitalist right, regardless of their proclamations. The treacherous Union bureaucracy enforced the specious Covid-19 narrative on their members and workers generally, fully aware that it was part of a preparation for imperialist war against China, Russia, Iran and any real or imagined enemy of Anglo/US imperialism. They were slavishly tailed by the lockdown left, i.e., putative “left” parties, who plumbed new depths of class treason by parroting the Prime Minister, every state Premier and the corporate media as they imposed pitiless lockdowns against workers. Patently, these turncoats must be unmasked before the masses.

The horror of re-imposed lockdowns in Melbourne may be extended to other states, new facemask rules introduced, semi-permanent social-distancing and contract tracing, and much more, unless and until there are sustained protests and/or a popular uprising against Corona tyranny. The ruling class will not cede political authority gained through deception unless it is torn from them through struggle. Working people must resist the “new normal”, and forge bonds which break through the traditional labels of “left” and “right”. All those who oppose lockdowns must be united into a powerful movement.

At the same time, the tasks for socialists in such a movement are two-fold. Tactically, there is a need to work alongside those who oppose lockdowns even if they also hold views usually seen as antithetical to Marxism, e.g., anti-China, “pro-life”, a denial of climate collapse, or endorsement of US President Donald Trump. Strategically, there is a vital need to find the ways and means to convince opponents of lockdowns that there will be no escape from Corona tyranny, and whatever they are preparing us for, until the working class is mobilised to overthrow the rule of finance capital and replace it with a socialist order. As difficult as this task is, the forging of a vanguard party based on genuine Leninism will lower the political barriers and could unleash the power the millions strong proletariat.

WORKERS  LEAGUE

www.redfireonline.com

E: workersleague@redfireonline.com

PO  Box  66   NUNDAH  QLD  4012

[1] https://www.rmit.edu.au/news/all-news/2020/jul/melbourne-tower-lockdowns (11-07-2020)

[2] https://www.corowafreepress.com.au/national/2020/07/10/1441159/demand-for-melbourne-tower-lockdown-probe (11-07-2020)

[3] https://redfireonline.com/2020/04/18/covid-19-savage-assault-under-the-guise-of-health/ (11-07-2020)

[4] https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/23/kerry-stokes-near-aspen-colorado-quarantine-exemption-private-jet-perth (11-07-2020)

[5] https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/illegal-house-party-unravelled-by-observant-paramedics-on-a-kfc-run-c-1158022 (11-07-2020)

6 https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/07/09/public-housing-coronavirus-test/?fbclid=IwAR1TVQNT7bZGS-TIdrwBcFNc3FWM-8OEVKx4pc5d3xlTzQRFno7aFbokqyw (11-07-2020)

[7] https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers (11-07-2020)

[8]https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/94713ad445ff1425ca25682000192af2/1647509ef7e25faaca2568a900154b63?OpenDocument (11-07-2020)

[9] https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/kary-mullis–inventor-of-the-pcr-technique–dies-66256 (11-07-2020)

[10] https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/who-official-clarifies-misleading-position-on-asym (11-07-2020)

[11] https://off-guardian.org/2020/07/07/second-wave-not-even-close/ (11-07-2020)

[12] https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-test-set-another-brick-in-the-covid-19-disinformation-game-plan/5717040 (11-07-2020)

[13] https://redfireonline.com/2020/04/25/the-left-and-the-coronavirus/ (12-07-2020)

 

The Covid-19 Siege of Melbourne

The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, conducting military “exercises” in the South China Sea. Image from Al Jazeera

270 Billion Reasons To Oppose A New War

06-07-2020: 270 billion dollars. That’s how much the Australian government pledged to spend on “defence” over the next ten years. The first purchase will be an $800 million dollar spend on the AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, obtained from the US Navy.[1] These billions are apparently lying around just waiting to be spent on insuring “inter-operability” with the US war machine while workers in Australia and elsewhere are still reeling from the enforced Covid-19 economic “re-set” the Western ruling classes gleefully imposed. Millions of workers were deliberately thrown out of work, small and medium sized businesses were shut down, and basic civil and democratic rights were abolished on the flimsy pretext of an allegedly dangerous coronavirus. In reality, the fake Covid-19 narrative was merely a convenient cover for the largest assault on the workers of the world since the 1930s.[2]

Template for war on Red China

This announcement comes hot on the heels of yet another fabricated claim that Australia was subject to cyber attacks from a “state-based actor” on its government systems and major companies. The Prime Minister did not explicitly name the People’s Republic of China (PRC),[3] but official statements point the finger only at the world’s most populous country. As has become the usual practice, neither the PM nor any government official provided a shred of evidence for this wild claim. The PRC government swiftly and expressly condemned the statements as “baseless”. The Australian ruling class is obviously not acting alone in launching repeated provocations against the PRC. The US ruling class is simply directing its allies to lead the charge, in an attempt to give the impression that it is not itself leading the war against China. This is not to say the Australian ruling class is not a willing provocateur, and ditto for the ruling classes of Europe.

Needless to say, if Washington does begin a war on China, it will be a catastrophic world war. As the PRC is heavily armed with nuclear weapons, Washington and their allies should be assumed to be insane to even broker the thought. Yet as the war on Syria and the manufactured Covid-19 panic demonstrates, the Western ruling classes are willing to go to ANY lengths to save the capitalist profit system. Indeed, they would rather perish themselves and take the globe down with them, rather than be eclipsed economically, scientifically and diplomatically by socialist China. And this is despite the conservative political leadership of the PRC doing everything possible to co-operate with them. In fact, the PRC’s co-operation with the US even to the extent of joint biological warfare research at Wuhan, along with that produced at the notorious Fort Detrick in the US, may have actually produced Covid-19 itself.[4] Regardless of whether this is the case, Washington (backed by Canberra) is using the cover of Covid-19 to rapidly escalate war preparations. No amount of co-operation and practical collaboration will dissuade imperialism – it must be dismantled from within.

Coronavirus façade for imperialist war

While the PRC remains a deformed workers’ state which operates a predominantly socialist economy, its political leadership is a major barrier to the advance of the struggle for socialism internationally. The Communist Party of China (CPC) distorts both “Marxism” and “Leninism” beyond recognition, and its practice would be disowned by Marx and Lenin if they were with us today. Despite this, workers in the PRC and internationally have a vital interest in defending the PRC workers state against internal and external counter-revolution. External counter-revolution – in the form of imperialist war launched against it by Washington and backed by Canberra – is unfortunately getting closer by the day. Each new slander against the PRC in the Western media, each new fabricated story about Hong Kong “fighting for democracy” and Muslims in Xinjiang “resisting government control”, are veiled preparations for imperialist war. Working people have no interest in any diplomatic, political or military conflict with Red China. The PRC is Australia’s largest trading partner, and a cut off of these ties would lead to an Australian economic recession much, much worse than that of the self-inflicted “coronavirus” economic shutdown. A military conflict with the PRC, sparked by US and AUS belligerence, would be so disastrous that its consequences cannot be rationally calculated.

Canberra’s US backed provocations against the PRC have once again demonstrated one of the real reasons for the contrived fraud of the coronavirus gambit – it was a smokescreen for imperialist war. For ten years, Washington has been stretching all fibres straining for war with any or all of its supposed enemies – the PRC, Russia, Iran, the DPRK (“North Korea”), Venezuela and so on. A major war is perhaps the ONLY way to restart the faltering world capitalist economy, as horrendous as it would be for the working masses of the east and west. The dire economic woes of the world profit system mean that imperialism cannot tolerate the political leadership of any country making decisions of their own, regardless of the interests of Wall Street. It certainly cannot tolerate any rival coming close to challenging it – yet the rise of Red China does precisely that.

Working people need to grasp the fact that the PRC is challenging the global rule of the US Empire because it operates a largely collectively owned and planned economy, which does NOT primarily function on the basis of production for private profit. The PRC’s socialism, however distorted, is exposing the glaring failures of the “free market” capitalism of the West. To this extent, workers should side with the PRC in the event of the eruption of war with the US and its allies. This does not imply even a molecule of political support for the CPC, which vulgarises the very notion of Marxism. In fact, only the replacement of the rule of the CPC with elected workers’ and soldiers’ councils, with participation permitted for all pro-worker political tendencies who defend the heritage of 1949, has the possibility of offering some leadership to a world proletariat disoriented by the Covid-19 plot. Out of the struggle to ward off imperialist war, it is vital that vanguard parties based on genuine Leninism be forged by the workers of all countries. NO TO WAR IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC! HANDS OFF CHINA!

 

WORKERS  LEAGUE

www.redfireonline.com

E: workersleague@redfireonline.com

PO  Box  66   NUNDAH   QLD  4012

[1] https://news.defence.gov.au/capability/270-billion-boost-defence-capability (04-07-2020)

[2] https://redfireonline.com/2020/04/18/covid-19-savage-assault-under-the-guise-of-health/ (04-07-2020)

[3] https://www.businessinsider.com.au/australia-all-but-accuses-china-cyberattack-government-companies-2020-6?r=US&IR=T  (04-07-2020)

[4] https://www.sott.net/article/437083-Compelling-Evidence-That-SARS-CoV-2-Was-Man-Made (04-07-2020)

 

270 Billion Reasons To Oppose A New War

ASIO raid on the Labor Party MP’s home, for mild pro-China comments. Image from Yahoo News.

Repeal the “Foreign Interference Laws”!

30-06-2020: In a disturbing precedent, New South Wales (NSW) Labor Party MP Shaoquett Moselmane has had Federal Police and ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation – the equivalent of the FBI in the US) officers raid his home in Rockdale, Sydney on June 26.[1] It is the first investigation to take place using the “Foreign Interference” laws passed by the Federal Parliament in 2018. Mr Moselmane’s “crime” is to make very minor pro-China (People’s Republic of China or PRC) comments praising the response of the PRC government’s response to the alleged Covid-19 “pandemic”. Apparently Mr Moselmane had also made a few previous trips to the Chinese mainland – along with literally millions of other humans, and thousands of other Australians. Allegations that Mr Moselmane is working for the Communist Party of China (CPC) or the government of the PRC, or is attempting to subvert the Australian government on behalf of “China”  are so absurd it would barely be worth commenting on, unless the ramifications were dire. Yet on unproven and farcical allegations Mr Moselmane has had his NSW Labor Party membership suspended, has been removed from the Labor parliamentary caucus, and faces being expelled from parliament altogether.

“Foreign Interference” laws prepare for war

As we wrote at the time of its introduction, the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2018 potentially outlaws political opinion, political activity and journalism.[2] In the case of Mr Moselmane, it has outlawed the ability of an MP to praise the PRC for anything. It also threatens years or decades in jail for the “crime” of politically criticising foreign policy, or not being sufficiently “onside” with far-fetched New Cold War hysteria. The Prime Minister at the time stressed that the bill was not just about China, but about other states that interfere, including Russia, Iran and North Korea!! The reality is of course the opposite. It is the US Empire which is enacting a wicked crusade against these independent states, for the “crime” of being able to make their own political decisions independent of Washington. With Canberra’s assent, the “Foreign Interference” laws seek to normalise the preparations of the US Empire for a catastrophic World War III. Needless to say, sanity resides with those who question the march towards a global conflagration.

However, the international political situation in 2020 is different to that which existed when the “Foreign Interference” Bill was passed by Canberra politicians in 2018. Now, there is an unbridled attack on the working class which has taken place under the cover of a fake and pre-manufactured Coronavirus “pandemic”, which distorts science beyond recognition.[3] The Covid-19 fraud was not only a capitalist attack on the living standards of working people, it was a pretext for a previously unimaginable increase of state power as well as a dress rehearsal for the launching of imperialist war.  To enable this, Washington, London, Paris and Berlin joined forces to eliminate basic civil and political rights.

Lockdown left offers its services

Unfortunately, instead of launching a counter-response to a new phase of capital’s class war against the downtrodden, almost all Australian left parties signed up as volunteers on the wrong side of the barricades.[4] Taking their cue from overpaid Union officials, the “lockdown left” accepted the corporate politicians’ Covid-19 subterfuge as good coin, and enthusiastically deputised themselves as un-uniformed lieutenants barking out orders to the great unwashed. They shepherded everyone into inhumane lockdowns and policed absurd “social-distancing” rules – which have no basis in medicine. That is to say, the lockdown left and the sell-out Union officials today act as paramilitary contractors to the capitalist state. They offer their dastardly misdeeds to the imperialists – free of charge.

Raising the alarm about the ASIO raids on Mr Moselmane’s home, Trotskyist Platform correctly point out that these acts are a dramatic attack on democratic rights.[5] About this there is no disagreement. Yet who is it that has enabled this attack on democratic rights by assisting the capitalist state in its’ Covid-19 panic mongering? The lockdown left – of which Trotskyist Platform is a card-carrying member. As the Workers League repeatedly warned, swallowing the “coronavirus” narrative of the ruling class of the Western world has extremely dangerous political consequences. To endorse the sham Covid-19 chronicles of the billionaire media and the marionette politicians who serve them not only fans the flames of baseless fear. Crucially, it hands even more political power to the capitalist state than it had previously. And as soon as this state is handed more political authority than it is usually afforded in “normal” times, it will use this power for diabolical ends.

In their naivete, the lockdown left imagined that the capitalist state could be trusted in the area of “health”, while it could be opposed on all other planes. Of course, this flies in the face of basic politics  in a class divided society. While it is true that workers must be treated in a hospital if they suffer serious illness, it does not at all follow that the health bureaucrats salaried by the state will follow medical science regardless of their pay-slips. It does not at all follow that a police officer enforcing medically risible lockdowns will also therefore protect democratic and political rights. If the capitalist state is afforded political backing by workers, especially by mistake, it will use this political power against the basic human, political and civil rights it hypocritically “upholds”. In other words, the regurgitation of the Covid-19 pork pie by the liberal lockdown left is precisely what has empowered ALL arms of the capitalist state – up to and including ASIO operatives.

All of this is beyond the comprehension of the lockdown left. Thankfully, there are those who reject the overblown Covid-19 mania and suspect there is an unstated agenda. It is the task of the genuine left to link up with these workers, many of whom have been active in the anti-lockdown movement. Advanced workers must be forged into a political force which can lead the masses away from a totalitarian nightmare and imperialist war towards an egalitarian and harmonious socialist order.

WORKERS  LEAGUE

www.redfireonline.com

E:workersleague@redfireonline.com

[1] https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-australian-politicians-home-and-parliamentary-office-raided-in/ (28-06-2020)

[2] https://redfireonline.com/2018/07/15/repeal-the-espionage-and-interference-act-no-war-on-china/ (28-06-2020)

[3] https://redfireonline.com/2020/06/06/covid-19-the-corruption-of-science/ (28-06-2020)

[4] https://redfireonline.com/2020/04/25/the-left-and-the-coronavirus/ (28-06-2020)

[5] https://www.facebook.com/TrotskyistPlatform/?epa=SEARCH_BOX (28-06-2020)

Repeal the “Foreign Interference Laws”!

Image : Noosa News

No Fees for Degrees!

26-06-2020: Not content with running Universities into the ground through decades of funding cuts, the Federal Government is now blatantly embarking on another multi-pronged attack on the higher education sector. In a speech to the National Press Club, Liberal National Party (LNP) Minister for Education Dan Tehan announced massive fee hikes for Arts, Law and Commerce degrees alongside large fee reductions for degrees in Maths and Agriculture (by 62%). Teaching, nursing, clinical psychology, English and languages fees will drop by 46%. In an obviously targeted blast, tuition fees for Humanities degrees will more than double (by 113%). Fees for Law and Commerce degrees will increase by 28%, while fees for medical, dentistry and veterinary science will not change. Science, health, architecture, environmental science, IT and Engineering degrees will cost 20% less than what they were previously.[1]

Falling behind Red China

Some have commented that conservative governments routinely denigrate faculties such as the Humanities as “useless”, and favour University studies for “real” work like Engineering, and this latest move is a continuation of that trend. Though there is much in this critique that is true, it is also the case that the booming socialist economy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC)– despite being saddled with a conservative and nationalist political leadership – is leaving the flailing economies of the capitalist West in the dust. This is particularly apparent in the stupendous advances in science and technology that the PRC is demonstrating on a regular basis. For example, no country has been able to attempt, let alone effect, a soft landing on the dark side of the moon – apart from the PRC. In early January 2019 the China National Space Administration (CNSA) successfully landed the lunar rover Chang’e-4 on the far side of the moon,[2] where the USA and the USSR never managed to tread. The PRC is now a scientific power, accompanying its rise as an economic and, therefore, political power.

The PRC aims to become a global innovator by 2050, and its largely collectivised and planned economy enables billions of yuan (China’s currency) to be fed into state backed science and technology research and development. The results are plain to see. It is estimated that by 2017, some 8 million students had graduated from Chinese universities, which was a ten-fold increase over the previous 20-year period, and doubled the number graduating from US universities. China’s share of global scientific papers virtually tripled from 6.4% in 2003 to 18.2% in 2013 – second only to the US at 18.8%.[3]  A glance at such stats reveals some of the real basis for Western anti-China hysteria.

Australia’s lack of student performance in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) is largely a result of the dire lack of tertiary education funding, for which both Labor and Liberal governments have been to blame. This crisis has alarmed sections of the Australian ruling class itself, as it was glaring. As far back as 2015, the Australian Industry Group explicitly called for the implementation of strategies to increase the number of undergraduates in the STEM disciplines.[4]

Coronavirus used as a false pretext

Covid-19 manufactured hysteria is clearly being used as a cover for the most severe attack on working class people since the Great Depression of the 1930s.[5] Inhumane and life-taking lockdowns, economic shutdowns, and wave after wave of job cuts have been blamed on a “virus”. It is nothing of the sort. Covid-19 is, at worst, a mild illness which may possibly contribute to a slightly increased danger for those with very advanced age and/or chronic adverse health conditions. In reality, the ruling elites of the West have been gunning for imperialist war against China, Russia, Iran and others for at least ten years. Having been blocked in this quest by Russia, Syria, Iran and the DPRK, the billionaire class used the opportunity of a coronavirus to instead wage war against “their own” workers. The current assault by Canberra on the right of working people to tertiary education should be seen in this context.

This is the main reason why all those who stand in opposition to the latest funding cuts to higher education must at the same time shed any allegiance to the fake “pandemic” narrative. The very same politicians that are now ripping more taxpayer dollars from Universities are the very same ones which have enacted a totalitarian nightmare against the masses from one end of the country to another. These very same politicians who are now attempting to discourage students from studying the Humanities are the very same ones who have effectively abolished freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of association and freedom of movement under the truthless slogan of “staying safe”. Infatuated with the amount of power handed to them, these politicians have attempted to enforce blind and unthinking submission to authority on a disoriented populace.

Without exception, and without asking, the corporate politicians have received willing assistance in the waging of a vicious attack on working people by treacherous Union officials and the clueless parties of the “lockdown left”. Abandoning even a display of token defiance to the capitalism they claim to oppose, these charlatans have been the most enthusiastic enforcers of the absurd and logic-defying Covid-19 rules such as isolation of the healthy and “social-distancing”. That is, they did not hesitate to act as state troopers against workers who so much as questioned the coronavirus fairytales.

Education is a right which must be fought for. It must be free, from kindergarten to the most advanced University tuition. Students should not be burdened with onerous debts while the 600 largest corporations in Australia pay little or no tax. If capitalism in the 21st century cannot provide free education, then let it perish. What is required is a working-class fightback against every manifestation of the onslaught waged under the cover of a pathogen, from lockdowns to job cuts, to university fee hikes, to imperialist war. Socialism offers the only salvation from a world in crisis, but it must be built by workers who are free from those who would force them to wear face masks – the mark of a slave.                         NO FEES FOR DEGREES!   FOR FREE EDUCATION!

 

WORKERS  LEAGUE

www.redfireonline.com

E: workersleague@redfireonline.com

PO  Box  66   NUNDAH   QLD  4012

[1] https://au.news.yahoo.com/uni-degree-fees-shakeup-012452222.html (24-06-2020)

[2] https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/01/china-change-4-historic-landing-moon-far-side-explained/ (24-06-2020)

[3] https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0195347 (24-06-2020)

[4] (Australian Industry Group – Progressing STEM Skills in Australia (2015))

[5] https://redfireonline.com/2020/04/18/covid-19-savage-assault-under-the-guise-of-health/ (25-06-2020)

 

No Fees for Degrees!

Image: Teen Vogue

Black Lives Matter: Friend or Foe? 

21-06-2020: Throughout the Western world, riots and protests have taken place over the police murder of George Floyd, an unarmed African American, in Minneapolis, USA. Under normal circumstances, protests against such an act would be understandable, and would be something that working people could throw their weight behind. Yet the context for these actions took place in anything other than normal circumstances, and the political direction of the riots and protests were not progressive. The leadership emanated from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organisation and was backed by liberals and what became the “lockdown left”. BLM may have begun with good intentions some years ago under the Obama administration in the US, but today one word best describes its character: hypocrisy.

Whither the coronavirus?

For three months up until the days after George Floyd was killed, many of the forces behind BLM were united as one behind the very same Western governments they rioted against the next week. BLM and the lockdown left formed a critical part of the imperialist state as it drove the coronavirus plot, a cover for barely restrained attack on working people through lockdowns, “social-distancing” and intense political repression. The farcical claimed rationale of “saving lives” was in fact a deadly fig-leaf for the largest assault on the working class since the Great Depression of the 1930s.[1] For three months straight, BLM and the lockdown left were the most vociferous backers of the police while they were enforcing “coronavirus” lockdowns. They did NOT oppose police violence when it was used to enforce the lockdowns, and did NOT defend African Americans nor Aboriginal Australians against the armed fist of the capitalist state – as they had swallowed the bourgeois Covid-19 narrative whole.

For example, Aboriginal elder Malcolm McKenzie was arrested for protesting against lockdown barricades being installed in his home town of Davenport, South Australia.[2] Aboriginal communities were in many cases subjected to harsher lockdowns than that of non-Aboriginal Australia, with some having to gain police permission to enter or leave quarantined areas. Greens MP Tammy Franks did condemn the arrest of Mr McKenzie but did not oppose the lockdown which caused the problem. Those who later marched under the BLM banner over the situation in Minneapolis were silent. In the Northern Territory (NT), the Australian Army was brought in to enforce pitiless lockdowns in remote Aboriginal communities and towns with a high Aboriginal population such as Tennant Creek and Katherine. Federal Police (!) soon followed the military.[3] For Aboriginal people who have endured the colonisation of the continent, the Stolen Generations (removal of Aboriginal children), and the NT “Intervention” (the deployment of military and police into Aboriginal communities), yet another military and police intrusion revives the all too recent trauma inflicted by the colonial powers. Yet the lockdown left and supporters of BLM remained utterly silent. Black Lives Matter?

Colour revolution

The open dichotomy where BLM strongly backed the armed forces of the capitalist state even while supposedly protesting against it is most evident in the means it chose to employ. In the US, it used wanton violence – riots, looting and even murder. Retired police captain David Dorn was shot dead by looters in St. Louis.[4] Many businesses that were ironically owned by African Americans, as well as Asian Americans and other migrants came close to being totally destroyed.[5] The transparent aim was to get rid of President Donald Trump, by fair means or foul. Either through the ballot box by backing the Democrats in the November Presidential elections, or through chaotic street violence, or a combination of both. In other words, it appears to have been a colour revolution coming home.

The US government has a history of orchestrating colour revolutions in foreign countries, in order to bring down any leader or government which has the temerity to defend itself against Western imperialism. Billionaire financier George Soros, through his Open Society Foundation (OSF) is known to have participated through funding several of these colour revolutions (which are really counter-revolutions) against “communism” in Eastern Europe in Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.[6] Unfortunately, Soros’ liberal anti-communism is shared by the lockdown left and many who back BLM, even as they routinely denounce anyone who points out this connection as a “conspiracy theorist”.  The OSF is known for being obscure about where its millions of dollars in “donations” are directed,[7] but given the long list of liberal and civil society causes and organisations within the US that have received OSF funding, it is very likely that BLM has been one of the recipients. Here we refer to BLM the organisation rather than people who are drawn into BLM riots, rallies and protests.

One indicator that the BLM George Floyd riots were led in the direction of a reactionary colour revolution were the mysterious piles of bricks that appeared in half a dozen US cities.[8] The piles of loose masonry were strategically placed along the routes of BLM marches, inviting enraged rioters to conveniently pick them up and use them as projectiles. Whether these were paid for by George Soros or not, whoever supplied them obviously has deep pockets, and did not at all desire a peaceful protest. To our knowledge, the BLM organisation did not denounce the looting and violence that took place during the riots, and it even had the backing of substantial sections of the liberal corporate media.[9] This is another indicator that the riots were in fact not about George Floyd per se, but about President Donald Trump.

In Seattle, the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) was established. Barricading out six city blocks, BLM activists and supporters held off police in a supposedly peaceful occupation of parts of the city centre. President Trump vowed to crush the BLM and Antifa (a loose network of various anti-fascist types) backed autonomous zone, which was rather ironic given US imperialism’s backing for the “autonomous zone” in Northern Syria, using remorseless anti-government and pro-US Kurdish militias as proxies.[10] The existence of CHAZ somewhat resembled the “Occupy” protests of 2011, which took place in the US and a number of countries around the world. The key difference is that the Occupy movement had an overall progressive political message – it wanted an end to the vast gap between the obscenely rich minority of stock market billionaires and the overwhelming majority who exist in semi or actual poverty. Despite the Occupy movement subsiding partially due to a rejection of socialism or even working-class struggle as an alternative, it was at least an attempt to find a path towards social justice. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for CHAZ and BLM.

BLM and identity politics

BLM is the ultimate end of black identity politics, that is, the elevation of a racial indicators over and above other more substantial areas of commonality – such as class. That is one reason why it cannot go any further forward and ends in political activity which is easily co-opted by capitalism itself. This is despite many BLM supporters, especially the lockdown left, viewing themselves as “anti-capitalists” and even “socialists”. There are almost no protests, let alone riots, which can be backed by billionaire corporations, but the BLM George Floyd actions certainly were. The list of capitalist mega-corporations that have donated millions either to BLM directly or related charities in the wake of the riots is long, but instructive. An inexhaustive roll-call includes: Apple, Nike, Sony, Amazon, Microsoft, Walmart, Target, Home Depot, EA Games, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Etsy, H & M, Toms Shoes, Everlane, Levis, GAP, McDonalds, Wendys, Coca-Cola, and the United Health Group.[11]

It is not just that these corporations can see dollar signs in opportunistically posing as defenders of the anti-racism cause, though this is apparent. More to the point, the politics of BLM is so narrow and so restricted to one issue that it can garner support from anyone from any social class. In fact, the politics of BLM is so vague and ineffectual that the very billionaires of the ultimate oppressive class that benefit from the system which includes racism against people of colour can claim opposition to this racism. BLM could potentially be a progressive political movement if it linked the racism that exists to the structure of the system that uses it to divide working people. In other words, racism can only really be combatted by uniting black, white, yellow, red and brown people in a working-class struggle against the rule of finance capital. This is of course the very opposite of black identity politics.

The limitations of BLM and its politics are also on display with the one demand it actually did produce – “Defund the Police”. This demand lays bare the politics of BLM and the lockdown left. The police are a component part of the core of the capitalist state, alongside the courts, prisons, armed forces and the public service bureaucracy. While it is undeniable that the police use violence against working people, including people of colour, police cannot be abolished unless and until there is something to replace it. In the struggle to replace capitalism with socialism, workers struggle to erect their own state – which defends the overwhelming majority – in place of the capitalist state, which defends a numerically insignificant but extremely wealthy minority. While there will likely be “police” under a workers state, their class character changes into the opposite of what they are under a capitalist state. Police violence now stems from the class character of an armed force which needs extreme violence to protect the wealth of the few against the crying needs of the overwhelming majority. If there is any police violence under a workers’ state, it will mainly be directed against preventing the possibility of the ultra-rich minority from employing violence in attempts to regain their lost wealth and political power. In general, policing in a workers state will be used to defend the majority – an impossibility under capitalism.

Even though many workers now understand that capitalist state police sometimes commit gross injustices against them, and against minorities of all kinds, they also know that at the present moment police also play a social function that is not taken up by any other force. Despite their many crimes, working people are still compelled to call the police if they feel themselves or their homes are in danger. Until a workers’ movement is powerful enough to set up its own “police”, working people cannot support the abolition of the police as they exist now. The demand to “Defund the Police” is also the height of liberalism, for it implies that the capitalist state can be used to dismantle itself.

BLM and imperialist war    

While issuing calls for a fraudulent scaling-down of the state at home, BLM do not recoil from backing the very same state abroad, even when that state engages in wholesale slaughter of black, brown, Arabic people and millions who are non-white. Here is where BLM and the lockdown left join in an unholy alliance. Imperialist war is the quintessential act of the capitalist state and its need to expand or perish, and it cannot be separated from the daily oppression of workers it carries out at home. Yet with a few exceptions, the lockdown left (formerly the imperial left) and those who form the backbone of BLM have either remained silent, cheered on, or have been the loudest voices advocating the US imperialist wars on Libya and Syria. In 2011, NATO bombed Green Libya to smithereens in support of Al Qaeda and other racist misanthropes, which tragically led to the reappearance of black slavery.[12] NATO’s actions had the full backing of what is now the lockdown left, and there was silence from BLM.

What is more, due to their virulent opposition to the governments of Russia, China and Iran from the right, the lockdown left and many who back BLM in practice aid and assist the very Western governments they otherwise protest against. Joining the imperialist propaganda campaign against Russia, China and Iran materially aids Washington’s preparations for a catastrophic third World War. It is then any wonder that the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the “human face” of the notorious CIA, could release a statement of political support for BLM?[13] As Tony Cartalucci writes[14], any genuine opposition to racism against black people would necessarily include strident opposition to actual and threatened imperialist wars waged by Washington, and backed by Canberra.

Shallow opportunism and hypocritical faux opposition to the capitalist state which uses racism to divide working people will not do. What is required is the building of a working-class struggle against the rule of the private banks and the stock market, from day to day policing up to and including the never-ending danger of imperialist war. Key to this perspective is the forging of an integrated multi-ethnic and multi-racial Marxist vanguard party, which can champion genuine anti-racism as one pillar for the overthrow of elite dominion and the establishment of a socialist order.

 

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[1] https://redfireonline.com/2020/04/18/covid-19-savage-assault-under-the-guise-of-health/ (17-06-2020)

[2] https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-30/aboriginal-elder-arrested-amid-coronavirus-lockdown-frustrations/12203328 (17-06-2020)

[3] https://www.katherinetimes.com.au/story/6708190/first-the-army-now-the-federal-police-called-on-to-aid-nts-coronavirus-shutdown/ (17-06-2020)

[4] https://www.wtvy.com/content/news/March-held-to-honor-Police-Captain-David-Dorn-who-was-killed-by-looters-571040201.html (20-06-2020)

[5] https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/05/29/sahan-immigrant-business-owners-hit-hard-by-vandalism-and-looting-want-justice-for-floyd (20-06-2020)

[6] https://www.attac.hu/2017/06/george-soros-open-society-foundations-and-their-role-in-color-revolutions/ (20-06-2020)

[7] https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/open-society-foundations/ (20-06-2020)

[8] https://twitter.com/mel_faith1/status/1266685722469306369?lang=en (20-06-2020)

[9] https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/06/george-floyd-protests-are-not-chaos-trump-new-york-times/612544/ (20-06-2020)

[10] https://off-guardian.org/2020/06/15/beware-the-hijacking-of-us-protests-into-a-color-revolution/ (20-06-2020)

[11] https://www.cnet.com/how-to/companies-donating-black-lives-matter/ (20-06-2020)

[12] https://fair.org/home/media-nato-regime-change-war-libya-slave-markets/ (21-06-2020)

[13] https://www.ned.org/ned-statement-on-racism-and-democracy/ (21-06-2020)

[14] http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2020/06/to-america-black-lives-only-sometimes.html (21-06-2020)

 

 

Black Lives Matter: Friend or Foe?

Abolish the Coronavirus Commission!

14-06-2020: The fake coronavirus pandemic has now spawned its own fake coronavirus government. Unfortunately, the entirely appointed National Covid-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) is all too real. Unelected by anyone, and unaccountable to the federal (or any) parliament, the NCCC is yet another example of the blatant disregard for even a pretence of democracy that the ruling class exhibits from time to time, but especially during a manufactured crisis. Funded by taxpayers, but not required to report or answer to them, the NCCC could be a replica of the V for Vendetta storyline. Some who have been well within the establishment during their careers are raising serious concerns. Retired Justice Margaret White makes eminently valid criticisms, stating that the NCCC is not underpinned by legislation[1], there is no known work plan, and the make-up of the commission is a who’s who of corporate Australia. Aside from a few token representatives from “civil” society, the NCCC is stacked with million-dollar CEOs from the fossil fuel industry, many of whom have never been accountable to anyone except large shareholders.

Rule by CEO

The existence of the NCCC arguably negates the need to cast a vote in elections. Why go to the polls on election day, if the politicians elected can simply be overridden by an appointed body of corporate sector highfliers? Many working people already feel that capitalist democracy equates to rule by private corporations, and here is an egregious example. The NCCC’s Chairman is Nev Power, former CEO of Fortescue Metals. Deputy Chair is David Thodey, a former CEO of Telstra, and IBM in Australia and New Zealand. Commissioner Jane Halton is a board member of ANZ Bank, Clayton Utz and Crown Resorts. Paul Little is Chairman of the Little Group, and former long-term managing director of Toll Holdings. Catherine Tanna is managing director of Energy Australia, and board member of the Business Council of Australia. Yet Commissioner Andrew Liveris takes the cake. He is former Chairman of Dow Chemical and DowDuPont, and sits on the board of Saudi Aramco – a Saudi Arabian oil company!![2] This hand-picked Commission will “advise the Prime Minister and operate within his portfolio”.[3]  There is barely an attempt to conceal corporate domination of elite rule.

The only “Commissioner” who is not directly from the corporate sector is Greg Combet, the former head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and Labor Party member of federal parliament. No doubt his presence will attempt to lay a veneer of legitimacy on the savage wave of attacks already launched on workers and their Unions with the excuse of a virus. To date, compromised Union officials have already worked with the government to enable changes to a collective agreement by employers would only require 24 hours’ notice. This essentially means that all wages and conditions won through struggle by workers and their Unions, and codified in enterprise or collective agreements, could be abolished overnight – regardless of what is written on paper. Wage rates, working hours, annual leave, sick leave – all could potentially be reduced or wiped at one stroke.

While most of us have been pre-occupied dealing with draconian rules imposed by a police state under the guise of a coronavirus, fossil fuel corporations have asked for, and received, 14 “exemptions” to environmental and corporate regulation, 11 requests for financial assistance and tax cuts, and 12 cases of fast-track approval for projects.[4] As far as the government is concerned, the fake pandemic provides a convenient pretext for yet more handouts for the wealthiest and most environmentally destructive corporations in the hemisphere. In addition, the cover of the coronavirus is being used to once again open up the Narrabri in north east New South Wales (NSW) to coal seam gas. The Coronavirus Commission and the NSW government are literally lining up to give Santos free rein to plunder the earth with hydraulic fracturing – “fracking” – to obtain the methane laden gas which is extremely flammable. Needless to say, this will again escalate carbon emissions which are potentially past the “tipping point” of being able to maintain a safe climate.

Resist corporate takeover

It is critical that workers resist this flagrant disregard for even the pretence of elected government, and blatant environmental destruction under the guise of “getting Australia back to work”. The Covid-19 fraud was never about a virus. It was, and remains, vicious class struggle waged by finance capital against working people. The Coronavirus Commission is but one manifestation of the economic, political and ideological decay of Western imperialism. It is being used to sideline the threadbare trappings of capitalist parliamentary democracy, and to discharge outrageous attacks on working people and the natural environment which would otherwise spark a mass revolt.

Unfortunately, the very bodies that are supposed to defend workers against such an onslaught are the same ones which are leading the assault on the innocent masses. We refer to Union bureaucrats and the ostensible “left” parties – who have combined to repress workers who have the temerity to point out that lockdowns and social-distancing don’t even make logical sense. The lockdown left have prostrated themselves before the politicians and the government they feign to oppose and have gone on to act as police guards of a totalitarian order that would horrify the likes of George Orwell.

What is required is the building and extension of the anti-lockdown movement, for this is the only movement which has made a complete break with bourgeois ideology. The anti-lockdown movement does not accept the false rationale of a “threat” to society from a very mild pathogen, and rejects any authority deceitfully claimed by self-serving politicians, health czars and the corporate media. Workers must assist this movement to evolve in an anti-capitalist and pro-socialist direction, as difficult as that task presently appears. Key to this perspective is the forging of the first elements of a Marxist vanguard party, which can help lead masses in struggle against corona tyranny and for a world fit for human habitation. ABOLISH THE CORONAVIRUS COMMISSION!

 

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[1] https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-03/coronavirus-commission-concerns-former-judge-royal-commissioner/12284458 (10-06-2020)

[2] https://www.pmc.gov.au/nccc/who-we-are (10-06-2020)

[3] https://www.pmc.gov.au/nccc/terms-reference (10-06-2020)

[4] https://www.michaelwest.com.au/covert-19-government-stacks-covid-commission-with-oil-and-gas-mates-cosy-deals-follow/ (13-06-2020)

 

Abolish the Coronavirus Commission!

Parts of Minnesota in the USA have been set on fire by rioters. Image from abc.net.au

Corona Fears Subside as America Burns

03-06-2020: As if overnight, the Coronavirus fear pandemic is almost vanishing before our eyes. How can we tell? The very people who been the most enthusiastic prosecutors of Covid-19 hysteria are, at the drop of a hat, now saying the most important thing to do is to get out and protest on the streets. Undeniably, the police slaying of George Floyd in Minneapolis in the USA is a tragic occurrence which should never have happened. Under normal circumstances, there should indeed be protests against police brutality. Yet there are many signs that this sad event is being used for opportunistic reasons, over and above the actual issue. For three months straight, Union officials (not members), liberals and the “lockdown left” have been the most aggressive towards anyone who so much as questions the Covid-19 “pandemic” narrative. They are positively hostile towards anyone who points out the dangers lockdowns pose to physical and mental health outcomes, the economy, and the jobs of working people. They are outright warlike to anyone who actually protests against onerous lockdowns. So why are protests now all fine, and are not “anti-science” ?

Coronavirus narrative unravelling

There are many signs that the lockdowns, social-distancing, removal of democratic and civil rights and millions of job cuts were totally unnecessary. Reports are now emerging in the corporate media questioning the need for self-inflicted destruction. If this was to continue without interruption, major questions would be posed to Western governments and their “health” czars. And, all of a sudden, something was found to derail this process. Yes, racial police violence is unacceptable anywhere, and African Americans unfortunately suffer from this particularly. Yet the police in America were racist under Obama, just as they are now under Trump. Aboriginal people in Australia also suffer unjust and systemic violence at the hands of police. Unfortunately, this long pre-dated corona panic-mongering.

While some protest actions across the US have been peaceful, the rioting has been anything but. And yet the political forces backing them have advocated the associated violence as welcome and even “needed”.[1] What is more, some large multi-million-dollar corporations are encouraging the violence – without saying so openly, of course. The Nike corporation, which still pays Indonesian workers a pittance to construct their footwear, rushed out an advertisement encouraging everyone to “take a stand against racism”.[2] By looting Nike stores? By setting fire to other businesses? Ben and Jerry’s ice cream corporation jumped in by calling for the “dismantling of white supremacy”.[3] Ice cream for everyone who throws a brick at the cops? And speaking of cops, while some have used force, some police have actually joined in and marched with the protesters.[4] As a basic rule of thumb, if your protest is backed by bloodsucking corporations, and some police feel a compulsion to join with it, it is not one which is leading to a better world. Moreover, the riots sweeping across the US show disturbing signs of being orchestrated, or at the very least, guided, by very well-resourced entities.

Who is behind the riots?

In at least half a dozen US cities, piles of bricks are mysteriously appearing at riot hotspots. This includes Frisco in Texas, Dallas and Manhattan.[5] One protestor posted a brief video about this, with his friend remarking that there was currently no building construction taking place anywhere nearby. It seems that some group with substantial funding were placing them where they would then direct protestors to pass by. Hey presto – a brick throwing bonanza. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated that there was no doubt that the people fighting brought weapons, that the setting fire to buildings and vehicles was organised and choreographed, and the looting followed in an opportunistic manner.[6] What is more, there were a complex network of bicycle scouts, who could direct rioters ahead of the police, and relay reconnaissance. The police are not sure whether these efforts were part of the “left-wing” anti-fascist umbrella group Antifa, right-wing agitators, local street gangs or something else.[7]

What we can gather from afar is that while there are some peaceful protests, and some who are trying to keep it that way, they are engaged with forces who do not want this to occur. The Black Lives Matter movement has long been accused of receiving funding from George Soros’ Open Society, which may or may not be the case. However, there is a distinct lack of clear demands being put forward by all participants. This can be a hallmark of the “colour revolutions” that George Soros has been behind around the world. It possibly could be happening in the USA today. Much of the liberal left, from some self-described socialists, to Union bureaucrats and their milieu do suffer from “Trump Derangement Syndrome”. That is, a pathological hatred of President Trump so intense that it totally distorts their overall political judgement and behaviour. It causes its sufferers to, amongst other things, ignore the manifest high political crimes of the Democrats in the US, and the Labor Party in Australia. It leads to a move so far to the right that they do not notice themselves moving much further to the right than Trump and his supporters. They then often attack Trump not from the left, but from the right.

The lockdown left does not seem to realise that their extreme advocacy for strict adherence to all Covid-19 rules, no matter how inhumane and nonsensical, is the very thing which has politically empowered the capitalist state they claim to oppose. It has dramatically enabled the very police violence which they hypocritically and opportunistically now decry. Currently, the only thing which is politically countering the ruling classes of the Anglo/EU/US empire is the anti-lockdown movement, which in fact is fighting – inter alia – for the very right to protest at all. This is the key task for class conscious workers right now. It is not an easy one for leftists to navigate, given the political heterogeneity of those who can see through media and elite politicians’ lies. Marxists, though, should be up for the challenge.

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[1] https://off-guardian.org/2020/05/31/the-george-floyd-protests-20-unanswered-questions/ (03-06-2020)

[2] https://mashable.com/article/nike-stand-against-racism-ad-george-floyd/ (03-06-2020)

[3] https://twitter.com/i/events/1267984764696326144 (03-06-2020)

[4] https://globalnews.ca/news/7008678/police-join-george-floyd-protesters/ (03-06-2020)

[5] https://orinocotribune.com/piles-of-bricks-mysteriously-sprouting-up-near-riot-hotspots-all-over-us-journalists-demanding-answers/ (03-06-2020)

[6] https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/there-no-doubt-was-organized-effort (03-06-2020)

[7] http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/shocking-evidence-that-indicates-that-somebody-is-trying-to-orchestrate-an-internal-uprising-inside-the-united-states (03-06-2020)

Corona Fears Subside as America Burns

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing for Covid-19 can result in an 80% false positive rate. The test was never designed to be used for diagnosis. Image from http://www.livescience.com

Covid-19: The Corruption of Science

25-05-2020: Covid-19 is a nothing-burger. On the scale of emergent threats to human civilisation, SARS-CoV-2 (renamed Covid-19) does not even rate a mention. Compared to ecological collapse, of which global warming is just one part, it’s a fizzer. Compared to the threat of nuclear war launched by Washington in a last-ditch effort to restore a fast-declining empire, Covid-19 is barely a footnote. Even the very Western politicians most responsible for fanning the flames of false coronavirus hysteria publicly admit that this particular virus is extremely unlikely to be of any danger to vast swathes of humanity. At the same time, they put on the Covid-19 act.

In a talk given on April 30, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Chief Medical Officer again outlined that the majority of the population will not be infected with Covid-19. Of those who are infected, a significant proportion will experience NO symptoms. Of those who are infected who actually have symptoms, around 80% of them will only have a mild to moderate experience with the disease. Maybe a few days in bed, but that’s it. A minority of those with the disease will need to go to hospital, but only for some oxygen, before most of them are released. A minority of those will need critical care, and unfortunately some of them may pass away – possibly 1%, possibly less. Even amongst those in the highest risk groups – the elderly, the immune compromised, those with chronic underlying health conditions – a majority of these people will not die.[1]  In other words, Covid-19, like most viruses actually, is utterly harmless to the overwhelming majority of humanity.

Politicians’ spin distorting science

Western politicians inflict devastating lockdowns and economic shutdowns, remove elementary civil and political rights, drive the most vulnerable into even deeper poverty – but the science (when not obscured) indicates almost no danger. In the United States of America (US), the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which on the one hand feeds panic over Covid-19, on the other hand does not hide the position which appears to confirm the science. On its own website, the CDC states that the highest percentage of severe outcomes for those who contract the Covid-19 disease (as opposed to being infected only) occurs in people who are 85 years or older. They admit that those with serious underlying medical conditions – chronic heart issues, extensive lung conditions, diabetes and so on, face the highest risk of developing a severe case of the illness.[2] Even in these cases, whether the Covid-19 illness actually presents a danger to the life of the individual depends on a whole range of other factors.

The possibility of any previously healthy individual developing a critical case of the Covid-19 disease, while not zero, is extremely low.[3] Despite this, the reaction of Western politicians to the coronavirus (which is actually just one of 39 known coronaviruses) is out of proportion to such a degree, that there is a danger that people will begin to mistrust science itself. In Germany, an 84-year-old resident of a nursing home initially tested positive to Covid-19, sparking the shutdown and evacuation of the entire facility. Four days later, it was actually confirmed that the resident was only infected with an older and harmless variant of the coronavirus, which caused something like a common cold.[4] One can imagine the disruption with having to move everyone back into the nursing home after being shoved out for four days. This is despite publicly available evidence which keeps finding, over and over again, that the infection fatality rate (IFR) for Covid-19 is estimated to be between 0.1% and 0.41%. The Centre for Evidence Based Medicine in the UK even found that the IFR for those over 70, and without underlying pre-existing adverse health conditions will likely not exceed 1%. The mortality rate for children is close enough to zero as to be negligible.[5] Even the flu poses a tiny risk to children.

Testing fiasco

The conspicuous corruption of science by Western politicians is nowhere more evident than in the calls for more testing. The inventor of the “test” for Coronavirus, however, stresses repeatedly that it is not meant to be used as a diagnostic tool.[6] The PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test was created by Dr Kary Mullis, for which he won a chemistry Nobel Prize in 1993. It is primarily a laboratory technique, which can detect traces of a virus in nucleic acid within the body. It is not a binary test, i.e., it does not give a positive or negative result per se. What happens is that the relevant medical authorities in the area decide a number above which is “positive”, and below which is “negative”. Yet no-one really knows what “tested positive” actually means. Does it mean that you have had the virus, and have developed immunity to it? Does it mean the virus is present in your body, but you are not experiencing any symptoms? Does it mean you will become sick? The results have to be professionally analysed in a laboratory, and even the conclusion from that may not be totally accurate.

The PCR text can only detect traces of viral activity in DNA, whereas Covid-19 is only present in RNA. So, a Reverse-Transcription PCR (RT-PCR) test has to be carried out. If a nasal or blood sample contains a tiny fragment of Covid-19, the RT-PCR test can detect it. However, a positive RT-PCR test for Covid-19 only means that a person has been exposed to the virus. It does not necessarily mean that the full and intact Covid-19 virus is present. The virus has to be complete to be transmitted and to cause illness.[7] So while the corporate media deliberately and repeatedly intones the phrase “tested positive”, this is only used to induce more panic and fear about the coronavirus. It does not explain the science behind the testing, and it is not meant to. For if it was, the game would be exposed.

The Covid-19 test can deliver a rate of 80% false positives. It may detect one of the four other coronaviruses which have been circulating in the human community for 60 years. It may detect a cold or a flu. The President of Tanzania, John Magafuli, was suspicious about the test kits they were sent from overseas, so he ordered some of his own tests to be done. It turned out that a goat and a paw-paw tested positive![8] Mr Magafuli also stated that some people were testing positive without even being infected. The African countries have good reason to be suspicious of the Coronavirus hysteria, which has triggered draconian lockdowns and absurd social-distancing rules in the wealthy industrialised West. In densely populated parts of Africa, “social distancing” is just not possible.

Separating healthy humans is nonsensical

The Western politicians’ inhumane imposition of tyrannical lockdowns and farcical social distancing has unfortunately been mimicked even by the politicians of some independent states targeted by imperialism, e.g. China, Russia, Iran and Venezuela. This is despite this risible policy flying in the face of basic science. Locking healthy people indoors, away from sunlight, is possibly the worst thing that can be done for a respiratory illness.[9] While workers keep getting threatened with an alleged “second wave” of Covid-19, it is very likely that if people were NOT subjected to house arrest and were allowed to continue circulating in schools, workplaces and social life, natural or herd immunity would have already been reached. The irrational separation of otherwise healthy people has thus created the likelihood of a “second wave”. It has also lowered immune systems which then makes everyone more susceptible to other viruses which may come in future, and which may represent a significant danger.

Despite this, corporate social media giants, acting as defacto arms of Western deep states, are actively censoring anti-lockdown speech and activity, and most especially those most qualified to question the corruption of science by Western politicians. YouTube has directly censored epidemiologist and biostatistician Knutt Wittkowski, who had the temerity to state openly what his decades of experience has taught him. Amongst other things, he stated that will all respiratory diseases, the only thing which actually ends it is herd immunity. Around 80% of people need to have contact with the virus, and the vast majority of them will not even notice that they have been infected.[10] This advice, which makes self-evident sense, was contained in a video which was then deleted by YouTube. Vulgarising science to the point of non-recognition, Western politicians – backed by overpaid Union officials and the liberal left – aggressively enforce lockdowns and social-distancing which in fact foster conditions for the sustainability of Covid-19 and other pathogens which actually are harmful. The working class, and science itself, is thus the main victim of political subservience to private capital.

PRC bureaucrats fuel Covid-19 hysteria

The conservative bureaucratic caste which leads the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is also aiding the West’s Covid-19 plot, despite simultaneously demonstrating the advantages for public health under its own deformed workers’ state. While the PRC did not use the coronavirus as an excuse to wage a frontal attack on their own workers as in the West, the top levels of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has used Covid-19 to reinforce its ultimate loyalty to imperialism – even at the same time as remaining its target. President Xi Jinping delivered an address to the virtual meeting of the World Health Assembly on the 18th of May. In it, he lavished praise on the World Health Organisation (WHO) and called for it to lead the global response to the coronavirus. He groveled before WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom, and whipped up panic about the virus still “raging”.[11] Under the guise of seemingly innocuous calls for “international cooperation”, the speech was a political maneuver which sought an unholy alliance with Western imperialism via the WHO, and against the interests of workers in China and internationally.

The WHO is a front for imperialism, with ongoing corruption allegations standing against it. Tedros Adhanom is a bourgeois politician from Ethiopia and is the first WHO Director-General who is NOT a medical doctor. The WHO’s largest funder is now Bill Gates, the merciless computer software capitalist who masquerades as a philanthropist. The PRC leadership should be politically steering workers away from the WHO, and away from the unscrupulous Western governments who are imposing remorseless lockdowns on workers in the First World. If they were genuine socialists, they would be publicising their scientific findings which show that Covid-19 is generally a weak virus which poses little danger. Yet, there are indications they have done the opposite. China based researchers published some results from carrying out PCR tests on asymptomatic infected individuals who had been in close contact with Covid-19 patients. They found that these tests returned an 80.33% false positive rate.[12] In other words, the testing for Covid-19 is more or less useless, and normal medical processes should be followed if someone feels sick, i.e. seek medical help. Yet this study was withdrawn for reasons which were not given. This suggests that the PRC leadership is attempting to distort scientific findings which grate against their political line which mimics that of the West.

For scientific facts

It is not difficult to see why the science of the coronavirus has been corrupted by Western politicians and is echoed by the bureaucrats at the head of the deformed workers’ states. The real science must be corrupted so as to enable lockdown terror – the current phase of economic and political war against the working class. While the political leaderships of China, Vietnam, the DPRK (“North Korea”) and Cuba have not used the coronavirus to wage economic and political war against “their own” working people, they have no qualms about adding to the intense repression meted out by Western ruling classes against “their own” workers. Instead of speaking out and trying to assist working people in the West suffering from Covid-19 state oppression, the “national-socialists” heading the deformed workers’ states act as accomplices in it, in order to win the favour of imperialism.

Paraphrasing Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky, the Coronavirus plot is the crisis of democracy as the main form of bourgeois rule. As the West falters and Eurasia rises, the Anglo/EU/US ruling classes see democracy, even the truncated version they currently sustain at home, as more and more of an impediment to their goals. Most pointedly, Washington and their acolytes will find it much easier to wage imperialist war against Eurasia with their own population in lockdown, and already trained to accept, with barely a murmur, the removal of elementary democratic and civil rights, up to and including house arrest. The near total lack of working-class leadership to ward off such terror only exacerbates the tendency for 21st century capitalism to slide into fascism.

The anti-lockdown movement has begun heroic resistance, and workers must assist it by building it in the name of the protection of science. It must demand an immediate end to the lockdowns, the cancellation of absurd social-distancing rules, and the re-opening of the economy. It must firmly oppose pointless testing, invasive contact tracing, immunity passports and mandatory vaccinations. State and national borders must be re-opened, to give those without work a chance to regain employment. The much-needed revolution begins with a total break from bourgeois ideology.

WORKERS  LEAGUE

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[12] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32133832/ (31-05-2020)

 

Covid-19: The Corruption of Science