Stop the Covid Omnibus Bill!

Australian National Review 

28-02-2021: As far as comprehensive attacks on pay and working conditions go, you just can’t go past the IR (Industrial Relations) Bill presented to the Australian parliament by the federal government over Christmas in 2020. The deceptive wording of the Bill’s title hides an agenda which is anti-worker and anti-Union in its very essence. Referred to as the IR Omnibus Bill, the “Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020” could, if it becomes an Act, reduce Unions to IR bystanders. In some cases, it may remove the right of workers to collectively bargain with the employer on ANY aspect of pay and conditions. There is little doubt it will vastly increase casual and insecure work, amongst a workforce which is already one of the most highly casualised in the world. As it stands, workers employed as casuals in Australia do not receive annual and/or sick leave. Labour researcher David Peetz points out that 130 out of 163 countries require temporary workers to have the same leave entitlements as permanents – but not workers in Australia.[1]

Outright removal of workers’ rights

The Omnibus Bill is slated by establishment as a “Covid recovery” mechanism. In reality, the Covid “pandemic” fraud[2] is the fig leaf for the onslaught against the very conditions of life workers need for existence under the rule of capital. In fact, the fake pandemic is itself the ideological and political enabler of the enforced recession in which workers suffer but the super elite prosper. Even a brief overview of the Omnibus Bill will reveal its sinister intent. If enacted, it would lead to fewer permanent jobs with the rights they entail. The casual conversion (to permanent) provisions are laughable, with an employer not being bound to convert a temporary employee to permanent if he/she believes it is not “reasonable” to do so.  All Awards – the previously legislated minimum set of conditions – are likely to be reduced even further from what they are today. The Bill would allow for Enterprise Bargaining Agreements to be made even if they fail the BOOT(Better Off Overall Test), for businesses “affected by Covid”. It would allow the creation of workplace agreements with pay and conditions BELOW the Award – effectively making minimum pay and conditions laws null and void.[3]

The current limited rights for workers under Enterprise Bargaining are savaged by the Omnibus Bill. Workers can be stripped of the right to an explanation of an agreement on which they are expected to pass a vote. Agreements that exclude the National Employment Standards (NES) can be approved. Employers can impose inferior pay and conditions in a “Greenfields” (i.e., a new workplace) agreement, meaning workers have no right to negotiate at all. The Bill also includes provisions on wage theft which make it virtually impossible to prove the employer willingly underpaid staff.[4]

No defence without lockdown defiance

These attacks are a mortal threat to working people. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has researched and accurately decried the scale of the virtual abolition of a list of workers’ and Union rights. However, the ACTU officials only offer the meekest of resistance. ACTU Secretary Sally McManus wistfully complains that the workers which will be hurt the most by the Omnibus Bill are the “ones that helped get this country through a once-in-a-century crisis….they deserve job security and respect……Australian workers are suffering from years of wage stagnation….the rate of casualisation of our workforce desperately needs to be addressed….if this bill cannot be fixed, it needs to be dumped.”[5]  The ACTU officials talk like capitalist politicians, rather than fighting Unionists.

Needless to say, the “once-in-a-century crisis” is the fake pandemic engineered by finance capital and dealt by their marionettes heading governments, corporate media and “health” bureaucracies. Union officials have been at the forefront of consciously imposing the coronavirus pack of lies onto their members and all workers, siding with the largest and wealthiest woke corporations on planet earth in the process. Why? While Unions are mainly comprised of honest rank and file workers, the Union officials are anything but. They have a material interest in striking a delicate balance between keeping workers alive and able to slave for the “captains of industry”, and mitigating the workers’ bitter dissatisfaction at the state of their living and working conditions. Sometimes the Union officials side with the workers in this tightrope walk – but most of the time they are with the employers and the government. They are keenly aware of what is acceptable to the bourgeoisie and what is not – and they are skilled at preventing and stifling the efforts of workers in striving towards anti-capitalist goals.

There can be no defence against the Omnibus IR Bill unless and until it is combined with worker defiance of the absurd and dangerous lockdowns,[6] and the entire “health crisis” ideology. Arguably, the raison d’etre for the fear pandemic was to drastically reduce the cost of labour power (wages and conditions of workers) through any means possible. Hence the millions of job cuts and the fascistic measures governments imposed to prevent workers from organising and fighting back – social distancing, lockdowns, forced facemasks and vaccines, tracking and tracing, quarantine and isolation. Transparently, these measures are NOT about a virus, but are political methods to remove civil, democratic and even Union rights won over the last 150 years. If workers accept ANY part of the ruling class “pandemic” narrative, they will not be able to defend the ground they stand on.

What is required to even begin the necessary fight against the Omnibus Bill, is a frontal challenge to the Union officials’ enforcement of Covid baloney. Workers need to affirm: “We reject Covid nonsense as a cover for the assault on us, and which you are assisting the government in imposing. We do not accept Corona lies and we demand permanent and secure jobs for all workers – through a six-hour day with no loss in pay.” Such an approach would lay the groundwork for the replacement of Union officialdom with class struggle militants committed to a world where workers hold power.

WORKERS  LEAGUE

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[1] https://www.businessinsider.com.au/casual-workers-entitlements-loading-casualised-workforce-australia-2020-12 (23-02-2021)

[2] https://www.globalresearch.ca/we-have-been-hoaxed/5737977 (23-02-2021)

[3] actu-omnibus-bill-submission-20200118-final.pdf (23-02-2021)

[4] Ibid, 3.

[5] Australian workers will be worse off under IR Omnibus Bill (actu.org.au) (24-02-2021)

[6] https://www.theblogmire.com/the-largest-experiment-on-humans-ever-seen/ (24-02-2021)

No Forced Covid Vax!

14-02-2021: Russian Roulette. The deadly game where participants place a gun to their head and hope that when they pull the trigger the revolver chamber will be empty is in many respects a close analogy for those who, reluctantly or otherwise, will line up for a vaccine which supposedly will alleviate some symptoms of the alleged illness labelled Covid-19.[1] This is hardly an exaggeration. In the US, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC)’s own Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) reported 653 deaths amongst 12 697 adverse reactions following Covid-19 vaccinations – and this is just between December 14 2020 and February 4, 2021.[2] Speaking under the condition of anonymity, a Beijing based immunologist called for the halting of Covid vaccinations for the elderly, given that people over 80 have weaker immune systems. This followed a Norwegian government investigation into the deaths of 23 elderly nursing home residents who died after taking the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which found that in 13 cases the Covid vax was the direct cause.[3]

Covid vax is political, not scientific, not medical

The sheer absurdity of attempting to vaccinate the entire world’s population of 7.8 billion people for a claimed disease which, if it exists, has an infection fatality rate of between 0.1 and 0.2%,[4] should be obvious. The global death rate over the past 20 years has remained stable, or has even declined, even during 2020.[5] One does not need ANY scientific or medical qualifications to conclude that there is no pandemic, there was no pandemic, and what has taken place is a malicious fraud. What has and is taking place is the largest assault in history on the working class by the top echelons of finance capital. Primarily this is led by US/EU imperialism, with the treacherous backing of the governments of the non-imperialist powers and nations targeted by the West – the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Russian Federation, Iran and so on. The sacking of millions of workers, the driving of millions into poverty and desperation, the closure of national and state borders, the shutting down of whole sectors of economies – none of this is carried out in the name of “health”. To claim so invites ridicule.

The attempted administration of any Covid vaccine is entirely political; it is an abomination of both science and medicine. It is yet another fascistic measure introduced to track and trace whole populations, not only abolishing the most elementary civil rights, but singling out those who refuse the vax as dissenters, “anti-vaxxers”, “conspiracy theorists” and other labels. Independent thought is an impediment to an uncontrolled totalitarianism, so those thinking in a way that does not conform must be shunned, ostracised and even taken away to quarantine camps. The labels do not really matter – it is just an “other” which is supposedly harmful to the rest of society, so no questions will be asked when they are removed by people in white coats, or perhaps even the military. The world has been here before, and many can see us heading down the same path today. The difference today is the switching of the roles of “left” and “right”. In the 20th Century, fascist movements arose and were sustained by the forces of the political right, e.g. Mussolini’s Italy, Franco’s Spain and Hitler’s Germany.

Liberalism serves reaction

2020 saw what appeared to be the reversing of the historical roles of left and right politics. Instead of the right-wing leading a movement of reaction, it is the so-called left which is driving the ultra-conservative repression we see today. Far from being enlightened and pluralist “live and let live” reformers, today’s liberals have been animated by billionaire capitalists as the henchmen of a dark fascism which brooks no opposition. Witness “cancel culture” right up to and including verbal and physical attacks on those not wearing facemasks, or those who simply point out logical inconsistencies with the acts and statements of politicians and health bureaucrats. We stress that these political forces are liberal, they are not “left-wing” in the slightest. Liberals can serve global capitalism more loyally than conservatives, and this is precisely what is now occurring. This confuses many, on both sides of the anti-lockdown and pro-lockdown divide. However, genuine Marxism provides illumination.

During the 20th Century, the capitalist ruling classes handed power to right-wing fascist movements where they arose, and where they feared the alternative would be a left-wing or socialist seizure of power. In Italy, Spain and Germany during the 20s and 30s, the ruling classes utilised fascist forces which were not previously established in the bourgeois parliamentary system. Yet the bourgeoisie is not by any means obligated to use conservative forces to impose fascism. They can use liberal political forces to do so because both liberalism and fascism has the same class basis. That is to say, both liberalism and fascism are political forms of capitalism – the rule of unelected super-wealthy financiers and industrialists based on the exploitation and suppression of working people. The ruling classes may in fact use existing parliamentary parties to introduce and enforce fascist dictates – it does not necessarily need to create new far-right parties. This phenomenon, while novel in history, only increases the need for organised working-class resistance to “woke” capitalism.

All forms of fascism – including the Covidian – issues the working class with an ultimatum; yield or stand and deliver. The proletariat has no choice but to fight for its freedom, and the anti-lockdown movement is already taking the lead around the globe. It has every reason to be optimistic in this struggle, as the overwhelming majority of workers detest lockdowns, forced facemasks and forced vaccines. But many are dismayed, given the base treachery of the lockdown left – fake “socialist” parties, Union officials and social-democrats who have merged with the imperialist state as it imposes the Covid fraud. Whatever their rhetoric, the lockdown left are but the hangmen of Jeff Bezos.

The building of the anti-lockdown movement and resistance to forced vaccines, tracking and tracing, testing, quarantine camps, isolation and facemasks is the first step towards liberation. The permanent elimination of lockdowns will require the formation of workers’ councils as the incipient organs of a new state which can begin to dismantle the old world and lay the basis for the end of the profit system. Public ownership of the means of production and a planned economy will forever end the horror and abuse of Covidian terror, and generations to come will revere those who stood fast.

WORKERS  LEAGUE

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[1] https://www.globalresearch.ca/clinical-lab-scientist-covid-19-fake-wake-up-america/5737013 (13-02-2021)

[2] https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/vaers-injuries-covid-vaccine-cdc-data/?itm_term=home (13-02-2021)

[3] https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/china-health-experts-call-for-suspension-of-covid-vaccines-as-norway-investigates-33-deaths-germany-probes-10-deaths (13-02-2021)

[4] https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20201030/covid-19-infection-fatality-ratio-is-about-one-point-15-percent (13-02-2021)

[5] https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/WLD/world/death-rate (13-02-2021)

Myanmar: Military Moves Against US Subversion

Flag of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

07-02-2021: When is a military coup progressive? When it stymies and rolls back the designs of US imperialism, that’s when. On February 1 the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) detained leader Aung Sung Suu Kyi and took control for 12 months, citing a clause in the country’s 2008 constitution. The clause states that in case of a national emergency, the president and the National Defence and Security Council can issue a decree to hand the government’s executive, legislative and judicial powers to the Tatmadaw’s commander-in-chief.[1] The Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services is Min Aung Hlaing, who is now in power of the state for the coming year. Suu Kyi along with President U Win Myint and other National League for Democracy (NLD) officials were detained, with the Tatmadaw announcing a new round of elections will be held due to voter irregularities and suspected fraud during the November 8 election last year.[2] The NLD “won” an absolute parliamentary majority, and has been running the government in Myanmar since 2016.[3]

Coup installed President denounces…coup

Scaling the heights of hypocrisy, US President Joe Biden – weeks after being installed in a deep state coup where blatant and overt electoral fraud was documented[4] – condemned the Tatmadaw’s takeover in Myanmar. His statement threatened to reimpose sanctions which were lifted following the 2016 election which propelled Suu Kyi into the leadership. Laughably, Biden’s statement also averred that “The United States will stand up for democracy whenever it is under attack” ![5] This is from the very same government which has directly funded “civil society” Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) in Myanmar for decades – almost all of which have the aim of subverting if not overthrowing the state.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the public relations arms of the CIA, even lists on its own website around 80 phony “human rights” and “investigative journalism” organisations it funds and sustains. Using the British colonial based former name of Myanmar (Burma),the names of just some of these organisations are a dead giveaway: Assistance for Political Prisoners and Human Rights Advocacy, Burmese Language Satellite Television Broadcasts, Civil Society Development in Burma, Empowering Burmese Democracy Activists and so on.[6]  Obviously, this is not benevolent funding  so much as a direct and orchestrated attempt at regime change, which blatantly violates any semblance of Myanmar’s national sovereignty. It is the internal political version of landing US troops on the beaches and marching to the capital. Yet it has been going on for decades – and was the prime reason why Aung Sung Suu Kyi became leader (or State Counsellor) in the first place.

British imperialism is also in on the act. It is no exaggeration to say that almost the entirety of the “pro-democracy” movement – including the NLD – is a not indigenous to Myanmar at all. It is a product of the political and financial backing of two of the most powerful capitalist powers on earth – the US and the United Kingdom (UK).[7] This faux “democracy” movement is so powerful that it is virtually impossible to run in the elections against the NLD and make any substantial electoral gains. The US and UK funded fronts operating in Myanmar operate as para-state organisations, and working people in Myanmar simply do not have the political or financial resources to compete with them. The Tatmadaw’s claim that the November 8, 2020 election in Myanmar contained fraud is indeed feasible.

Targeting Red China

The goal of this extensive political interference in Myanmar by Washington and London, and backed by Canberra[8], is not only to procure a more pro-Western government in Naypyidaw. It is also aimed at Myanmar’s giant neighbour, the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The economy of the PRC, a bureaucratically deformed workers’ state, is in the process of outstripping the capitalist economies of the US and Europe because it does not primarily run on the basis of production for private profit. Huge state-owned industries in the PRC provide the stimulus for economic growth rates which are simply not possible in the West – or at least not over a period of decades. Myanmar, a direct neighbour of the PRC and a developing country, has no option but to join with the PRC in its offers of mutually beneficial trade, investment and infrastructure building opportunities. Neither the US nor Europe nor Australia nor Japan can even offer the economic partnerships the PRC can. Aung Sung Suu Kyi, despite being installed with the backing of Washington and London, understood this. She did not break Myanmar’s ties with the PRC, as it would be economic suicide. This enraged Washington, which cannot abide by sovereign decisions to do business with Beijing.

This was the real basis for the Western campaign against Suu Kyi over the manufactured Rohingya “crisis” of 2017. Washington was scarcely concerned about the human rights of the Rohingya in the Rakhine state – they were far more concerned about the PRC assisting Myanmar in building the deep-water port of Kyaukpyu, which lies at the conclusion of the China-Myanmar oil and gas pipeline. This pipeline went into use in 2013, and stretches from Kyaukpyu in the Bay of Bengal through to Kunming in South Western China, dissecting Myanmar. The PRC is building the Kyaukpyu port as part of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and delivering oil and gas to Kyaukpyu via the pipeline for export bypasses the Malacca Strait.[9] This means that the oil and gas shipments do not have to negotiate the South China Sea, which remains patrolled by US warships with the assistance of the Australian Navy.

The crocodile tears and handwringing by Western governments over the fleeing of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh in 2017 was pure hypocrisy. The Rohingya were fleeing violence from two sources. Firstly, they had been subjected to racist physical attacks from Buddhist “monks” who wanted to drive them out of Myanmar, and who were also a part of the political base of the “Saffron Revolution” which assisted Aung Sung Suu Kyi into power. Secondly, they were fleeing from the violence instigated by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) – who do not at ally deny their links to Al Qaeda. Despite their name the ARSA do not only attack the Myanmar government, they attack other Rohingyas who do not support their violent separatism.[10]

It was sheer folly to suggest the Tatmadaw engaged in a campaign of “ethnic cleansing” against the Rohingya. In reality, the Tatmadaw were responding to an armed pre-dawn attack on 30 police posts across the townships of Maungdaw and Buthidaung, as well as an army post at Tuang Bazaar. The ARSA assault took the lives of at least 10 police, 80 ARSA militia and 6 civilians.[11] The Rohingya who fled to neighbouring Bangladesh were thus fleeing the conflict between the ARSA terrorists[12] and the Tatmadaw, with the clear danger of being caught in the crossfire. Can anyone imagine what the government response would be in Australia, the US or the UK if a militant group had launched an ambush on police stations and slaughtered 10 police officers? To ask this question is to answer it.

Armed separatists bordering the PRC

Suu Kyi – and most in Myanmar – could see the manipulation of the Rohingya “cause”. Therefore she (correctly in this case) refused to acknowledge alleged “human rights” crimes in the Rakhine state. This – along with her rational position of refusing to break lucrative and necessary trade and investment ties with Beijing – was the reason Suu Kyi was subject to a backlash from Western liberals who had previously upheld her as a democracy icon. There were calls for the Nobel laureate to be stripped of her Nobel peace prize, and Amnesty International stripped her of its highest award, an “Ambassador of Conscience”.[13] In practice, this was also an expression of US imperialism giving Suu Kyi a public slap on the wrist for not being pliable enough in their barely concealed anti-China drive.

At the same time, Western backing of armed separatist groups along the norther border with the PRC continues. Armed groups from the Kachin state are engaged in a running battle with the Tatmadaw, ostensibly for “independence”, but in reality serving to destabilise co-operation between Myanmar and the PRC. Kachin fighters in fact formed part of the UK’s Burmese colonial army stemming out of World War II. It was stacked with Kachin alongside Gurkha from Nepal and Punjabis from India, while there were barely any from the Burman majority.[14] A classic divide and rule colonial tactic, but one which serves to disrupt key Myanmar-PRC building projects today.

For example, the Kachin Development Network Group (KDNG) – another US government funded NGO in Myanmar – publicly campaigns against the Myitsone Dam project in the Kachin state. Wikileaks revealed some of its activities some five years ago.[15] Ostensibly they campaign against the dam on environmental grounds, claiming that people will be displaced and environmental damage will be caused. Yet this is a transparent ruse to oppose a major project that will provide electricity to areas of northern Myanmar that have never previously seen it – in order to disrupt economic activity which is spurred through dealings with China.

US funded fronts, not “NGOs”

It is oxymoronic to describe US funded NGOs as “NGOs”, as their entire agenda matches that of one of the most powerful foreign governments in the world. Even the Australian state media admits US funding of the “civil society” groups in Myanmar would not be affected by any sanctions that were applied. This amounts to a sum – or that which they admit to – of $US 108 million per year.[16] This money does not go to the people of Myanmar – it pours into a spectrum of organisations which undermine and subvert the government towards US interests. They include fake human rights fronts, quasi legal organisations, media organisations and supposedly environment focused campaign groups. In reality, they politically bolster the NLD, and undermine, attack and reverse cooperation between Myanmar and the PRC.[17] For unknown reasons, the Tatmadaw has allowed these US funded political mining operations to operate unhindered in Myanmar for decades.[18]

However, the Tatmadaw’s recent takeover is the first indicator that perhaps it needs to take steps to ensure US/UK influence does not prevail entirely. Ultimately, the US would prefer to have US troops in Myanmar on the border with Red China, as a continuation of imperialism’s struggle to contain and encircle the PRC – in the manner of Russia and Iran. The US almost gained complete control of Myanmar via Aung Sung Suu Kyi and its fabricated NLD. However, the Tatmadaw has stepped in to prevent this from occurring. To this extent only, Marxists offer critical support to the actions of the Tatmadaw insofar as it acts to defend Myanmar and its people from US control. In a similar way in which Marxists offered critical support to the actions of the Russian government in using its superior air power to strike down ISIS mercenaries in Syria, the actions the Tatmadaw takes to defend Myanmar from Western or Al Qaeda backed terrorists can be similarly defended.

For a socialist Asia

Needless to say, military moves in Myanmar alone are not enough to curtail the intrigues of the US Empire, especially when it tactically plays the game of political subversion so well. Already, a “civil disobedience” campaign to the Tatmadaw coup among health workers and teachers has begun,[19] no doubt linked to the very US backed NGOs well versed in disguising political motives. The Tatmadaw would do well to begin to uproot and remove these subversive groups entirely. Or at the very least, put in place laws such as those of the Russian Federation. In Russia, US funded fronts are required by law to publicly disclose their funding[20], so that Russians know exactly who is behind the groups being vocal for “democracy” and “human rights”. It is one reason why the pro-US “democracy” groups in Russia have such little backing, which is confined to a relative handful of malcontents.

Amongst other things, given that both the government and the Tatmadaw were in the process of implementing the Covid “pandemic” nonsense, neither offer political direction to the workers of Myanmar. Only a genuine socialist movement can provide a path forward for Myanmar and all of South Asia. While economic cooperation with the PRC will be vital, politically South Asia needs proletarian revolutions in Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia to be combined with proletarian political revolutions in China, Vietnam, and Laos. The forging of internationally linked Leninist vanguard parties is a prerequisite, to light the path towards regionally integrated planned economies.

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[1] European leaders condemn Myanmar coup after military takes control, detaining Aung San Suu Kyi | Euronews (06-02-2021)

[2] Myanmar to clarify voter fraud, hold new round of elections | The Myanmar Times (mmtimes.com) (06-02-2021

[3] Myanmar election: Aung San Suu Kyi wins parliamentary seat for ruling National League for Democracy | World News | Zee News (india.com) (06-02-2021)

[4] When Exactly Was the “Fascist Coup” ? | Red Fire (redfireonline.com) (06-02-2021)

[5] Myanmar coup: Joe Biden threatens to resume sanctions | Myanmar | The Guardian (06-02-2021)

[6] BURMA 2019 – NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY (ned.org) (06-02-2021)

[7] Land Destroyer: Myanmar (Burma) “Pro-Democracy” Movement a Creation of Wall Street & London (06-02-2021)

[8] Marise Payne calls in Myanmar ambassador after Australian adviser to Aung Sun Suu Kyi detained (msn.com) (07-02-2021)

[9] https://www.chinacenter.net/2020/china_currents/19-3/a-relationship-on-a-pipeline-china-and-myanmar/ (07-02-2021)

[10] https://redfireonline.com/2018/09/13/myanmar-rohingya-manipulated-for-the-wests-drive-to-war/ (07-02-2021)

[11] https://asiatimes.com/2017/08/rohingya-insurgency-declares-open-war-myanmar/ (07-02-2021)

[12] http://m.thedailynewnation.com/news/247344/arsa-a-threat-to-bd-or-burma (07-02-2021)

[13] https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46179292 (07-02-2021)

[14] https://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2018/07/militants-threaten-chinas-obor.html#more (07-02-2021)

[15] https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/10RANGOON30_a.html (07-02-2021)

[16] US formally declares Myanmar has been subject to military coup – ABC News (07-02-2021)

[17] Myanmar’s Military Takes Over | New Eastern Outlook (journal-neo.org) (07-02-2021)

[18] Land Destroyer: Myanmar Crisis Explained… (07-02-2021)

[19] Aung San Suu Kyi could face two years in jail over ‘illegal’ walkie-talkies | Global development | The Guardian (07-02-2021)

[20] https://meduza.io/en/cards/russia-s-authorities-increase-pressure-on-ngos-with-plans-to-strengthen-foreign-agent-laws (07-02-2021)

Syria: Biden Reignites Obama’s War

04-02-2021: You may have missed it, but the deep state coup installed US President Biden has already restarted former President Obama’s war of regime change against the Syrian Arab Republic. On the first day of the Biden Presidency, a large convoy of 40 US trucks and armoured vehicles rolled into Syria from Iraq.[1] Joe Biden is at least keeping one of his promises to reverse the policies of the Trump Administration. For all of Donald Trump’s shortcomings, he at least began the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan,[2] as he had initially campaigned against the “forever” regime change wars. Now that the Democrats are back in the White House thanks to the barely concealed falsification of Presidential election ballots[3], they have not wasted time in reigniting a war for regime change which liberal icon Obama ignited and sustained along with NATO, the UK, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Qatari monarchy and the Zionist Israeli state.[4] Liberals love war, especially when it is waged by Democrats in the US White House.

SDF assists US occupation

The absurdly named “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) – violent Kurdish separatists revered by liberals in the West – are up to their usual crimes as proxy forces for US imperialism. They have been imposing a siege on the northern cities of Hasakah and Qamishli, blocking water tankers by closing the entries and exits to neighbourhoods controlled by the Syrian Army. Food, flour and water has been blocked by the treacherous Kurdish forces, seemingly in response to demands from the US government to mark the coronation of Biden – including the halting Syria’s oil to the different regions of Syria.[5]  With military assistance from the US, the SDF has taken control of large parts of northern Syria where much of its oil and wheat production lies. There have been weeks of protests by Syrians in these areas against the abuses of the US backed SDF, and Syria’s President Assad has accused the YPG (“People’s Protection Units” – an armed wing linked to the Kurdish PKK in Turkey) of treachery[6] for aiding the theft of oil and wheat supplies by the US Empire.

The US led war for regime change in Syria is arguably the dirtiest proxy war ever waged in history. From 2011 on, the former Obama administration actively aided and even created ISIS, and funneled arms[7] to Al Qaeda and a whole host of barbaric mercenaries. These homicidal maniacs terrorised Syria for years under the blatantly false guise of a “democratic uprising”. At one stage there were mercenaries from around 80 different non-Syrian nationalities fighting with or alongside ISIS in Syria and Iraq.[8] Thankfully, these guns for hire were defeated by a combination of resistance from the Syrian government, aided by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

Hands Off Syria splits into anti-lockdown and pro-lockdown

The solidarity organisation Hands Off Syria formed in response, to defend Syria against the imperialist war driven from Washington. It had to contend with what became known as the “imperial left” – the majority of centrist left parties which firmly backed the war on Syria. Unfortunately, during the 2020 Covid fear “pandemic” – a ruse to cover an assault on the global working class[9] – the component parts of the Hands Off Syria coalition fell apart. It was more or less a 50-50 split – some backed the scientifically groundless lockdowns imposed by out of control governments, while the others strongly opposed them. Those who advocated lockdowns joined hands with the very forces they had condemned and denounced during the war on Syria. The imperial left was joined by some who had opposed the regime change war to form the “lockdown left” – ostensibly left parties who did not blink while becoming police auxiliaries of the very imperialist states which besieged Syria.

Tim Anderson, a prominent academic and activist leader of Hands Off Syria, led the charge in attempting to shoehorn the working class into voluntarily enslaving themselves to the very governments which spared no expense attempting to overthrow Syria.[10] On the other hand, Vanessa Beeley, a UK based investigative journalist who exhaustively exposed the lies justifying the war on Syria, turned her immense research and communication skills towards countering the irrationality of lockdown mania.[11] That is, arguably the two foremost public figures spearheading the movement against the war on Syria, came up with diametrically opposed positions on the alleged Covid “pandemic”. Any serious political issue can split an organisation on class lines, and this was no exception.

Whether they are aware of it or not, the lockdown left has dramatically aided the political forces of imperialism and has therefore contributed to dynamics which could launch yet another imperialist war – even World War III. While they bent over backwards to help install the Democrats in the Oval Office in Washington (despite adamantly denying doing so), the lockdown left has unleashed a liberal bourgeoisie which is much more dangerous than its conservative wing. Alongside Big Tech and Big Pharma, the lockdown left bears heavy responsibility for the re-invasion of Syria by the Biden administration. What is urgently required is a left-wing which combats imperialism on ALL fronts, from  Covid lockdowns to regime change wars. Such a force can only be assembled via the forging of internationally linked Leninist vanguard parties, which can help lead the struggle against Covid launched wars and for the construction of planned economies based on public ownership.

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[1] https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/01/23/a-large-us-military-convoy-rolled-into-syria-on-1st-day-of-biden-presidency/ (01-02-2021)

[2] https://davidharrisjr.com/steven/just-like-the-good-old-days-joe-biden-invades-syria-with-convoy-of-us-troops-and-choppers-on-first-full-day-as-president/ (01-02-2021)

[3] https://www.rt.com/op-ed/508738-us-election-stolen-democracy/ (01-02-2021)

[4] https://journal-neo.org/2016/08/28/syria-the-obama-conviction/ (01-02-2021)

[5] https://www.syrianews.cc/us-sponsored-kurdish-sdf-separatists-besiege-syrian-cities-in-hasakah/ (03-02-2021)

[6] https://news.yahoo.com/u-backed-kurds-lift-siege-185142988.html (03-02-2021)

[7] https://www.voltairenet.org/article183223.html (03-02-2021)

[8] https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/15000-foreigners-80-countries-fight-isis-iraq-syria-says-united-nations/ (03-02-2021)

[9] https://redfireonline.com/2020/04/18/covid-19-savage-assault-under-the-guise-of-health/ (03-02-2021)

[10] https://off-guardian.org/2020/11/10/the-great-viral-debate-dr-andersons-closing-statement/ (03-02-2021)

[11] https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/who-controls-british-government-response-covid19-part-one (03-02-2021)

NED Attempts a Navalny led Coup in Russia

30-01-2021: It didn’t take long. Barely three days into the tenure of the fraudulently installed Biden Administration in Washington, the US deep state orchestrates an attempted colour revolution in Russia. The choreographed return of CIA asset Alexei Navalny to Russia was likely timed to coincide with the bizarre scenario of a Democrat Joe Biden inauguration which is supposedly so “popular” 20 000 National Guard troops were required to secure the capital.[1] As an encore to four years of the exhaustive but evidence free narrative of Russiagate (ludicrous claims that the Russian government manipulated the 2016 US Presidential Election), the Western corporate media has, on cue, hyped up  the fanciful “repression” of Navalny after his arrest – for open bail violations. He is only jailed for 30 days, and if convicted (yet again) for embezzlement, he will only receive a 3-year term.[2] Regardless, liberals in the West prattle on with wildly distorted claims of Russian government suppression.

Navalny the Russian Juan Guaido

Navalny is being used by the CIA as a Russian version of right-wing puppet Juan Guaido,[3] who declared himself President of Venezuela with the backing of the US government, without having ever run in such an election. The Western corporate media makes risible claims that Navalny is THE “opposition leader”, or AN “opposition leader” in Russian politics. In fact, Navalny is a very minor player, and even when his multiple convictions do not prevent him for running for office, he never garners more than 5% of the vote. Most Russians either reject him or do not know who he is. In his own blog, Navalny admits that he was funded by the US government regime change arm the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in 2007-8, and Navalny was a co-founder of the Democratic Alternative (DA!) in Russia – where the US state department itself lists DA! as a recipient of “youth movement” funding.[4] It is not hyperbole to describe Navalny as a CIA stooge.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov even explicitly made the link between Navalny and the CIA, where usually diplomatic norms are to avoid such accusations. Peskov stated that CIA specialists are working with him and giving him different instructions.[5] This stands to reason, as Navalny would never  have returned to Russia if it was actually true that the Russian government had attempted to poison him. It is entirely plausible to suspect that the CIA instructed Navalny to return to Russia – even if he was jailed – as this would provide a narrative of a detained “opposition leader” supposedly being martyred for attempting to rally Russians for “democracy”.[6] The US deep state saw a perfect opportunity to rally Western liberals for yet more war pressure on Russia and did not hesitate to act.

US grates against Nord Stream 2

It is also likely that the Navalny “poisoning”, farcically claimed by the West to be carried out with Novichok, was another effort to derail Nord Stream 2. This hydrocarbons pipeline, which stretches from Russia to Germany, is around 90% complete.[7] The US government is desperate to prevent its opening, as it will not only increase Russia’s gas exports but will boost Russia’s political standing in Europe. Russia will not only be a gas supplier, it offers at least an alternative source of energy and commerce without political interference from the US Empire. Russia is far from being an economic powerhouse on the world stage, but simply the independence of Russia from US/EU imperialism is more than enough to earn the ire of the Washington elite. And this is despite the fact that the Russian government has capitulated to, and played along with, the fake Covid-19 storyline, even going to the extent of fast tracking the development of its own “Covid vaccine” – Sputnik V.[8]

Navalny has an unsavoury political past, to say the least. In 2006, Navalny made headlines by publicly backing the ultra-nationalist Russian March. This march was criticised by his own party at the time, the Yabloko Party, as containing fascist, Nazi and xenophobic content. Navalny was later excluded from Yabloko for attempting to overthrow the leadership.[9] Navalny posits himself as being a fighter “against corruption”, even while he has himself been convicted for….corruption. His Anti-Corruption Foundation (ACF) was in practice a front for his dubious activities. Millions of dollars raised for the ACF was in fact used by Navalny to buy private properties for himself, and to fund recreational trips abroad.[10] What a sterling example of political and personal integrity!

Hands Off Russia!

The Russian Federation in 2021 is a middle ranking capitalist economic power, yet it possesses military power and military technology which far surpasses the comparative arsenals of both EU and US imperialism. Some of this military power was inherited from the days of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), while some of it has since been developed domestically, e.g. its  hypersonic missiles and gliders. These weapons ensure that Russia can effectively destroy large parts of any American or European imperialist state which attempted to strike it. Russia’s military superiority has occasionally been used to contain and roll back US imperialism itself, e.g. its crippling air strikes which disabled the US backed ISIS mercenaries attempting to overthrow Syria from 2015 onwards.

Workers of the world need to uphold the right of Russia to defend itself against US/EU imperialism both externally and internally. The Russian state thus has the right to detain Navalny and each of his supporters, charge them with treason, and punish them – given their links to the CIA. At the same time, the Russian government is itself co-operating with the very imperialism which has blatantly set up an attempted colour revolution in Moscow using Navalny as bait. At each step, the Russian government has mimicked the imperialist West’s Covid assault on working people, by forcing them under lockdowns and threatening them with an experimental gene altering “vaccine”.  These actions are more evidence that the Russian government does not see imperialism as an enemy and wants to be seen by imperialism as a partner in administering the “Great Reset”.

This is a wildly naïve hope. Imperialism has never forgiven Russia for the overthrow of capitalism in 1917 and the establishment of the Soviet Union – the world’s first workers’ state. That state has not existed for 30 years, but today Washington cannot tolerate Russia’s independence. Russia is self-sufficient economically, in natural resources, and possesses enough military firepower to block ANY imperialist state which oversteps boundaries. Simultaneously, the Russian government betrays the workers of the world by seeking to prop up and maintain global capitalism – as long as it is offered a seat at the table.

The tasks of workers internationally are thus to defend Russia against imperialist backed internal subversion AND the constant threat of US/NATO triggered war provocations. Marxists maintain a critique of the Russian government from the left while simultaneously opposing those forces attempting to overthrow the Russian Federation from the right, e.g. Navalny, the CIA, pro-Western liberals and the US/EU funded “human rights” industrial complex. Russia needs socialism to once again return to the land of Lenin and the Bolsheviks, but this time led by an international workers’ vanguard party which can see through imperialism’s Covid mask. Working-class resistance to lockdowns must be combined with resistance to the Empire’s war on Russia.

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[1] https://theduran.com/biden-the-most-popular-president-ever-requires-20000-national-guard-troops-in-dc-for-his-inauguration-security/ (27-01-2021)

[2] Alexei Navalny & Russia Baiting: Biden Brings Back Business as Usual – OffGuardian (off-guardian.org) (27-01-2021)

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Guaid%C3%B3 (27-01-2021)

[4] Meet Alexei Navalny: The U.S. State Department’s inside man for ‘regime change’ in Russia — Puppet Masters — Sott.net (27-01-2021)

[5] https://www.veteranstoday.com/2020/10/01/navalny-is-working-for-cia-kremlin-makes-explosive-allegation-after-fake-poisoning/ (27-01-2021)

[6] https://blogfactory.co.uk/2021/01/20/101525/ (27-01-2021)

[7] Navalny Poisoning – The Real Target Is Russian-German Nord Stream 2 Pipeline – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization (27-01-2021)

[8] https://tass.com/society/1245757 (27-01-2021)

[9] Anti-corruption blogger Navalny sentenced to 5 years behind bars for embezzlement — RT World News (27-01-2021)

[10] CIA/NED Asset/Convicted Felon Navalny Arrested in Moscow – Freedoms Phoenix (27-01-2021)

“Abolish Australia Day” is a Mistake

The Aboriginal Flag

   24-01-2021: The marking of January 26 as Australia’s national day is undoubtedly a stain which needs to be removed. January 26 in 1788 marked the beginning of the British colonisation of what later became Australia, and the subjugation and near total genocide of Aboriginal (or First Nations, or Indigenous) people. It is generally accepted amongst archeological researchers that the Aboriginal people had inhabited Australia for at least 60 000 years prior to 1788.[1]  What followed was essentially 150 years of dispossession through pitiless war by imperialist envoys and colonial settlers, which later established the Australian state. It is estimated that the Aboriginal population was around 750 000, which was reduced by some 90% in subsequent years. This slaughter came about through the introduction of new diseases the Aboriginal people had no immunity to, and the barbarous expulsion from their ancestral lands they had occupied for millennia through unrestrained and brutal violence.[2]

For decades, Aboriginal people and their supporters have demonstrated on January 26, decrying it as “Invasion Day”. For years, these rallies had mobilised relatively small crowds of Aboriginal people and progressive minded and left-leaning non-indigenous people. Then around 2016, the demand “Change the Date” was raised – calling for Australia’s national day to be changed to some other date other than January 26. This would be a first small step in no longer celebrating the start of a genocide against the original inhabitants as a country’s national day. This demand gained vast support, and the attendance at Invasion Day rallies grew by tens of thousands around the major cities of Australia. Then, some of the indigenous groups organising the rallies abruptly shifted course to adopt the demand “Abolish Australia Day”. Attendance at subsequent Invasion Day rallies dropped substantially, the nation-wide debate lost momentum, and even those who automatically sympathise with the cause of Indigenous rights and the plight of Aboriginal people, were left disconcerted.

What went wrong?

The demand to “Change the Date” of Australia’s national day to not mark the desecration of indigenous people is indeed a moderate demand, but it is a small progressive step forward. It would not end the oppression that Aboriginal people face in Australia – for this is bound up with the entirety of the capitalist system of class domination, which is now generating staggering levels of inequality. However, it would at least strike a significant blow at the base of the establishment of colonialist Australia, by degrading one of the prominent myths about its founding. Small victories are essential on the road to ultimate victories, and the rejection of them in favour of an all-out struggle for total victory is rather unwise. Moreover, the replacement of the demand “Change the Date” with “Abolish Australia Day” has the effect of alienating and turning away the active or passive support of millions of people who readily acknowledge that a great historical wrong was perpetrated against Aboriginals.

The struggle for basic rights of Aboriginal people is a struggle against the foundations of Australian capitalism, and thus is in itself progressive. However, it does not necessarily follow that the politics adopted by Indigenous people and their organisations is always or automatically progressive. In decades past the Aboriginal organisations leading campaigns for justice have aligned their politics largely with left-wing and workers’ causes. Yet in the last five years or so, some leaders of the Aboriginal rights movement have succumbed to a form of identity politics (elevating an identity such as Aboriginality above all else which can lead to self-defeating cross-class alliances) which has harmed the cause. They have been egged on by some parts of the so-called left, which has opportunistically allowed identity politics to flourish. Then last year, during the alleged “Covid pandemic”[3], these organisations have flipped to almost entirely embrace the colonialist and capitalist power structures they claim to oppose.

Use liberalism when it is moving forward

One of the prominent Aboriginal organisations pushing the “Abolish Australia Day” demand is the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR). While WAR plays a welcome organisational role in leading many Aboriginal rights protests, they have fallen into error, or have been ill-advised, on a series of issues. WAR in Brisbane have organised the January 26 Invasion Day rally explicitly under the demand of “Abolish Australia Day”, claiming that Australia Day is “rooted in white supremacy”, which needs to be “cancelled”, and that there “can’t be an alternative day to celebrate until colonialism is changed in so-called Australia”.[4]  What WAR appear not to recognise is that the forces of liberalism – those who have generally progressive viewpoints but have not yet reached the stage of acknowledging the necessity of a workers’ revolution to overthrow the system –  are the strongest allies of the cause of Aboriginal rights. It is liberalist political sentiment generally which, when moving in a progressive direction, can immensely aid and assist the Aboriginal rights struggle AND ongoing efforts to improve the wages, health care, education and living standards of working people. To repel the forces of liberalism with the demand “Abolish Australia Day” – when otherwise they would willingly offer their services to bolster the cause – is a political error of the highest order.

The assistance of the forces of liberalism in fact had already made progress towards the demand of “Change the Date”, which indicates that this demand is eminently winnable. Three examples demonstrate this. Back in 2017, the liberal youth radio station Triple J made the decision to move their “Hottest 100” countdown away from January 26 in response to the majority of young people expressing defacto support for “Change the Date”.[5] More recently, the Australian government changed the national anthem by excising the words which understandably offend Indigenous people. “Young and Free” was changed to “One and Free”.[6] One factor which arguably influenced this decision was Indigenous Rugby League player Cody Walker refusing to sing the national anthem before a State of Origin match in 2019.[7]  Also, this year organisers of the “Big Bash” cricket tournament announced they would not be referring to “Australia Day” for its fixtures being played on January 26, after consultation with Indigenous elders.[8] There is no doubt these are minor reforms which are symbolic, but they do indicate a very strong public sentiment in favour of the “Change the Date” demand. To throw away this progress, while repelling those who agree with your cause, is a political blunder of some magnitude.

For or against the state?

Some ostensibly socialist parties have capitulated to the political errors of WAR. Socialist Alternative, (SA) writing in their Red Flag newspaper, have not only endorsed the “Abolish Australia Day” demand, they also go onto demand the abolition of the prison system itself.[9] This highlights the fact that, in practice, the demand to “Abolish Australia Day” and NOT allow any marking of a national day, is a demand for the capitalist state to abolish a part of itself. Likewise, the demand to abolish prisons – because they are used to incarcerate Aboriginal people disproportionately – is also a demand for the self-abolition of a part of the capitalist state. Such demands are misleading, because it calls on the capitalist state to act on your behalf, and further fuels illusions that the capitalist state can be made, through “pressure”, to act in the interests of working and oppressed people (Indigenous and non-Indigenous).

Working people feel instinctively that whatever the crimes of the current state, states themselves – including their apparatus of repression, e.g. prisons, cannot YET be abolished and done away with. For one thing, the working class in its struggle against capitalist oppression will most likely have to make use of prisons to deal with its class adversaries, in the interests of their revolution. But this does not at all undermine the overall aim of socialism, which is a classless society. If we advance that far, the classless society will have no need for state repression – for states themselves will “wither away”. Hence, the demands “Abolish Australia (Day)”, “Abolish Prisons”, and even “Defund the Police” now, at this stage, cannot win over a majority of working people, and the raising of them can only disorient and confuse the struggle of workers and the oppressed.

As much as WAR and SA fulminate against the state for colonial oppression and the fostering of nationalism, at the same time they fall into line with the very same state on other rather large issues. WAR, SA and the lockdown left (conservative Union officials and self-declared socialist parties) during 2020 openly embraced the “racist” and “colonialist” and “white supremacist” state when it launched a civil war against working people under the rubric of an alleged Covid-19 “public health emergency”. The “pandemic” was, and is, a ruse which covers for the largest attack on the working class since the 1930s,[10] but the entirety of the liberal political spectrum swallowed it hook, line and sinker. Indigenous and non-indigenous people were subjected to brutal lockdowns along with the virtual removal of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of movement. WAR and their supposedly left allies were silent while the Australian Army was used to lockdown remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory (NT).[11] While the Australian military was used to assist the police in some Australian cities, non-indigenous people did not face Australian troops locking them in what dwellings they may call their home. Apparently, the use of colonialist state power for repression is fine and dandy, even against Aboriginal people – when the reason is “Covid”. The hypocrisy is staggering.

Liberalism transforms into reaction

The glaring double standards do not stop there. 2020 witnessed the wholesale transformation of liberalism into a fully fledged vehicle for imperialist repression, as they were mobilised as police auxiliaries of Covid repression. Black Lives Matter (BLM) riots in the US, and the WAR led mobilisations for “racial justice” in Australia were both used as political reinforcement of the deep state coup to install Joe Biden and the Democrats[12] AND to demand workers’ subservience to the same capitalist state under the entirely false guise of “public health”. While liberal sentiment can and should be used for progressive causes such as “Change the Date”, liberalism in its entirety must be countered when it acts directly as a cat’s paw for global capitalism. Marxists must know how to skillfully manoeuvre between the two faces of liberalism to advance the interests of workers internationally.

The organisation of this years’ Invasion Day rallies introduces huge contradictions. In some instances, attendees are urged to wear a facemask (!), practice social distancing (!) and stay at home if you have any cold and flu like symptoms (!!).[13]  In the first place, the facemask is THE symbol of Covid repression, and is the key indicator of submission to authority. Wearing a facemask while protesting against the capitalist state is like going into a fight with both hands and both legs tied behind your back. It is akin to protesting against Australian nationalism while waving the Australian flag. State enforced “social-distancing” is clearly used to breakdown both human relations and working-class cooperation, not to achieve any medical goal.[14]

Moreover, the facemask and the lockdowns and everything else associated with Covid ideology – is enforced at the point of a gun by the very same colonialist state they are urging us to protest against! The very same state which waged a genocide of historically unprecedented proportions against Aboriginal people – is at the same time trying to save our lives? The very same state which stole children from Aboriginal parents and shipped them off to live with blended families for decades in an attempt to “breed them out” – is at the same time concerned that we might come down with a flu? The very same state which did not officially recognise Aboriginal people as human beings until begrudgingly accepting a referendum result in 1967 – is at the same time trying to protect us using hand sanitiser? No. This state is not “ours”, and indigenous and non-indigenous working people must reject each and every manifestation of its ultra-repressive rule.

This whole scenario is a verification of the basic precept that neither Aboriginal people nor their non-indigenous allies can, on their own, reach the level of political awareness necessary to win liberation. Both identity politics and liberalism are far too easily used by the class enemy. What is required is the assimilation of the full Marxist program. The struggle against racial oppression in Australia and internationally is only progressive when it is integrated with the struggle of working people against the rule of the banks and the stock markets. Covid repression is imposed against Aboriginal people and their working-class allies and is the crystallisation of capitalism declining into a new form of fascism. More than ever, it can best be fought by the linking of Aboriginal and working class struggles via the forging of an integrated multi-racial and multi-ethnic Leninist vanguard party, which champions Aboriginal rights as a key component of the international struggle for a socialist order.

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[1] https://theconversation.com/buried-tools-and-pigments-tell-a-new-history-of-humans-in-australia-for-65-000-years-81021 (23-01-2021)

[2] https://australianstogether.org.au/discover/australian-history/colonisation/ (23-01-2021)

[3] https://fort-russ.com/2020/04/watch-social-distancing-and-lock-down-is-the-absolutely-worst-way-to-deal-with-an-airborne-respiratory-virus/ (23-01-2021)

[4] https://www.facebook.com/events/725205791517772 (23-01-2021)

[5] triple j’s Hottest 100 is moving to a new date and here’s why – Music News – triple j (abc.net.au) (23-01-2021)

[6] Now is the time to recognise that Australia is ”one and free” (smh.com.au) (23-01-2021)

[7] https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-rugby-league-australia/walker-to-make-silent-protest-during-national-anthem-idINKCN1SZ0C9 (23-01-2021)

[8] Big Bash 2021: Scott Morrison, Australia Day, Dan Christian and Usman Khawaja (news.com.au) (23-01-2021)

[9] RF177.pdf (redflag.org.au) (23-01-2021)

[10] https://redfireonline.com/2020/04/18/covid-19-savage-assault-under-the-guise-of-health/ (23-01-2021)

[11] https://redfireonline.com/2020/06/21/black-lives-matter-friend-or-foe/ (23-01-2021)

[12] https://redfireonline.com/2020/10/27/us-elections-left-wing-or-right-wing-coup/ (23-01-2021

[13] https://www.facebook.com/events/191807872607233/ (23-01-2021)

[14] https://off-guardian.org/2020/10/03/together-apart-the-social-distance-backstory/ (23-01-2021)

When Exactly Was the “Fascist Coup” ?

January 6, 2021 – the march on Washington. Image from http://www.dailymirror.lk

17-01-2021: The USA is once again divided, this time over the events of January 6 in the capital of Washington DC. A protest called by President Donald Trump possibly drew up to 300 000 supporters, all of them rightly enraged by blatant electoral fraud[1] in the November election which the corporate media called for Joe Biden and the Democrats. In circumstances that remain under a cloud, a very small section of the crowd was either allowed or forced their way into the Capitol Building where the Congress was deciding whether to accept the electoral college votes, the final process which elects the Presidency. During some clashes with police and security, one woman was shot dead, while three others died from “medical emergencies” at the Capitol grounds.[2] The woman who lost her life was Ashli Babbitt[3], a Trump supporter and Air Force veteran of some 14 years. She was totally unarmed, and was shot at close range while there were police in front and behind her.

Hypocrisy of the so-called left

Without a hint of irony, some on the so-called left, such as the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), immediately labelled the protest a “fascist coup”.[4] The Internationalist Group (IG) breathlessly claimed the protest contained “white supremacists” and “racists” alongside “fascists”.[5] They were joined by the liberal corporate media who raced to label it the “worst day in American history”[6], and claimed that the protesters “stormed” Capitol Hill and resorted to political violence. Really? Out of a crowd of hundreds of thousands, a handful of them managed to get into the Congress, tip over some furniture, take selfies sitting in the halls, before being led back out? What about the violence of the police who shot dead Ashli Babbitt? Protesting outside the seat of power or a parliament in an effort to force representatives to listen to some demands is as old as the hills. And what was the demand? The main demand was “Stop the Steal” of the election, and perhaps also “Audit the Vote”. These demands are entirely legitimate, and under the circumstances – when there are videos showing suitcases full of ballots being pulled out from under a table in Georgia[7] – rather moderate.

Who was it that started the real political violence? Wasn’t that the so-called left during the fake pandemic of 2020? Ostensibly in response to the alleged murder of African American man George Floyd at the hands of police, the circumstances of which are disputed[8], much of the so-called left went on a rampage of political violence that went for months. Led by Black Lives Matter (BLM), Antifa and the lockdown left (Union officials and self-proclaimed “socialist” parties who enthusiastically joined with the capitalist state to help enforce scientifically groundless lockdowns), throngs of youth burnt, looted and destroyed buildings across the USA. In Minneapolis, the mobs attacked and burnt the police precinct to the ground, set fire to cars and 16 nearby buildings, and destroyed a bus stop.[9] More than 1500 businesses in the city were damaged, looted or destroyed by BLM/Antifa.[10] In the aftermath, many stores and even childcare centres were boarded up with signs pasted on them pleading with BLM/Antifa not to attack them. Many of the shops and businesses that were damaged or destroyed by the “anti-racist” mobs were in fact owned and run by African Americans or other minorities.[11]

In Portland, Oregon, the city was under siege form BLM/Antifa mobs for 47 days straight, while local Democrat politicians refused to take effective action against them.[12] Federal agents were deployed to protect the courthouse from being burnt to the ground. BLM/Antifa had wooden shields, and were armed with spray bottles filled with bleach, along with firecrackers which they fired at police. Explosives were launched at the courthouse, while people who disagreed with the violence were roughly shoved aside.[13] Courthouses are a part of the state as much as Capitol Hill, but liberals excused or strongly supported a daily violent assault on a courthouse in Oregon for five weeks, but condemned a rowdy protest for a couple of hours on Capitol Hill on January 6?

A short two years ago, liberals were protesting the appointment to the Supreme Court of Brett Kavanaugh, over unproven allegations that he may have inappropriately dealt with a woman some 35 years ago. At that time, liberals marched to the very same Capitol Hill and occupied part of the Hart Senate Office building.[14] No one from the so-called left at that time complained one whit about a “storming” of the home of democracy. Or, how about the establishment of the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in the middle of Seattle in June last year? Six city blocks were occupied by BLM/Antifa and supporters, barricades were set up and police were expelled. The Democratic mayor of Seattle refused to act against the occupation until such time as an unidentified shooter shot someone dead – who happened to be a black man.[15] Riots, occupations, burning down police stations, laying siege to courthouses – this is all supposedly a protest against racism. Yet marching on Capitol Hill to demand the votes of an election be audited, where a handful breach police lines – is “domestic terrorism”[16] ?

Big Tech censors….the President

Using the spurious claim that President Trump is “inciting violence”, Twitter has permanently deleted Trump’s account, and Facebook has suspended him. This came when Trump actually called on his supporters on January 6 to “go home and go home in peace”.[17] Some incitement to violence!  Whistleblower Edward Snowden, from exile in Russia, correctly noted that Twitter and Facebook banning or suspending the President of the United States of America will go down as a turning point in the battle for control over digital speech.[18] Many have observed that if the “leader of the free world” can be deplatformed, then free speech itself may well be at an end.[19] Social media is the modern equivalent of the town square. If one of the most powerful political office holders in the world can be prevented from speaking in the town square, ANYONE can be silenced. What is more, they are being silenced by Big Tech giants headed by liberals, which gives the impression that the “left” is instituting a global power grab. We must stress, repeatedly, liberals today are not left-wing in any practical sense. In fact, liberalism at the apex of some the most powerful corporations in the world, is nowadays much more dangerous to working people than conservatism.

It has happened in the past that the liberal wing of the ruling class can occasionally be more right-wing than the conservative wing. Today, however, we can observe that the liberal flank of the world bourgeoisie is consistently more reactionary and more right-wing than its conservative counterpart. Examples abound. Not only do Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg regard themselves as progressive liberals, but so does Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and billionaire financier and funder of umpteen colour revolutions, George Soros. These types personify the liberal bourgeoisie, and probably its project ever since 2016 was to depose Donald Trump using any means necessary. Arguably, the “fascist coup” began at that time, and only culminated with the BLM/Antifa riots throughout 2020 followed by the almost limitless electoral fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election.

We have no illusions that Donald Trump supporters, and whatever movement may follow, can fully represent the interests of working people. However, liberalism has moved so far to the right over the last twenty years that it can now appear that the “right-wing” Trump supporters are fighting the system which is dragging us all down into a pit of staggering inequality. Even if Trump supporters and QAnon and others identify as politically conservative, what they are actually doing in practice is at least confronting capitalism as it declines into decay. To some extent, they are preventing capitalism from further encroachments on the lives of working people. They certainly did this when many of them stridently opposed the scientifically groundless and medically absurd “Covid” lockdowns, mandatory facemask wearing and the threat of a mandatory “Covid” vaccine.

The end of liberalism

There is no political space for liberalism when capitalism cannot dole out any reforms. This is why liberalism today cannot allow any debate or discussion like it did in the 1960s and 70s, and why it degenerates into “cancel culture”. In the 1960s, 70s and even in the 80s to some extent, capitalism was still profitable enough for big capital to allow minor reforms here and there. Now, capitalism cannot allow even a small reform, because economically it is at a dead-end. The SEP, IG and the lockdown left understand this, but they still operate politically as though it is the 20th Century, i.e., liberals and social-democrats are partial allies, and conservatives are enemies. In the 21st Century, due to the exhaustion of the capitalist economic system, the roles have been reversed. So the SEP, the IG and the lockdown left and fellow travelers label Trump and his supporters as “fascist”, even though today the liberal corporate dominators of the world help enforce measures which would make a 20th Century fascist blush. No 20th Century fascist would have contemplated lockdowns in their wildest dreams.

To describe the January 6 protest in Washington, which had the central demand of “Stop the Steal” (or even Audit the Vote), as “fascist” or “white supremacist” is to misinterpret and misanalyse the basic political factors which led to the election of President Trump in the first place. Firstly, the so-called left had moved so far to the right from the year 2000 onwards, that it was barely capable of reaching working people. It had to use identity politics (the vast and almost singular overemphasis of the problems of racism, sexism and homo and trans phobia over and above the centrality of class issues) in an effort to still appear left-wing. This backfired spectacularly, as many workers correctly saw that no overblown rhetoric would solve their day to day issues. It is not “racist” or “white supremacist” to reject the class betrayal of identity politics. But neither is the answer to move to the conservative right. Nevertheless, Trump rejected identity politics, was seen as an outsider to the Washington political elite and appealed (perhaps demagogically) to the “forgotten man” and “forgotten woman”.

Trump also railed against unending regime change wars (e.g. Libya and Syria) which the Democrats had prosecuted under entirely false “humanitarian” grounds. Trump spoke his mind, did not speak with typical corporate politician spin, and gave it straight – even if this meant some level of crudity. There was certainly a history of racism in Trump’s business activity, and he no doubt used it to “build the wall” with Mexico. Even so, many working-class Americans were prepared to look the other way on such things, in order to have someone shake up the establishment. The other option was clearly not viable – the Democrats would continue tyrannical capitalist austerity with a sprinkling of deceitful “anti-racist” and “progressive” verbiage. 21st Century liberalism such as this has absolutely nothing to offer the working class. This is the basis for the popularity of Trump – not overt racism, or white supremacism or, mercifully, fascism.

Offer workers a real left

The lockdown “left” have politics upside down. Workers are not under a fascist threat from conservatism, but on the contrary, are under the threat of what might be termed liberal lockdown fascism. Liberalism has merged with the various states of capitalist imperialism to become the greatest threat facing workers today. All of its components – Big Tech, Big Pharma, the Union officials, the social-democratic bourgeois parties (Democrats in the US, Labour in the UK, Labor in Australia), liberal academia, “progressive” professionals and the lockdown left (self-described “socialist” organisations e.g. the SEP, the IG) – willingly implement the dictates of the state representing the smallest and richest minority in world history. Arguably, liberals throughout this pandemic of lies have demonstrated that they are far more aggressive and far more hostile to ANY dissenting or differing political views than the Nazis of the 1930s ever were.

Needless to say, even though the conservative right are today in some ways more left-wing than liberalism, their politics is not what workers urgently need. What is required, in the US and internationally, is a socialist movement which seeks to defend the basic interests of working people across the board – on bread and butter issues right up to and including firm opposition to imperialist war. This movement must NOT alienate or turn away any worker with identity and/or “moral” fronts, but should seek to bond the plethora of critical issues to the class struggle of labour against finance capital. Workers are prepared to fight for a movement which respects them for who they are. Vital for such a perspective is the assembly of internationally linked Leninist vanguard parties which seek to guide workers towards public ownership of the means of production and a planned economy.

WORKERS  LEAGUE

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[1] https://pjmedia.com/election/tyler-o-neil/2020/11/30/explosive-michigan-illegally-counted-or-ignored-500k-ballots-lawsuit-claims-n1181826 (12-01-2021)

[2] https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-supporters-us-capitol-4-dead/ (12-01-2021)

[3] https://www.unz.com/ghood/her-name-was-ashli-babbitt/ (12-01-2021)

[4] https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/07/pers-j07.html (13-01-2021)

[5] http://www.internationalist.org/capitalist-democracy-falling-apart-2101.html (16-01-2021)

[6] https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-01-07/The-worst-day-in-American-history–WRiuVgnwZi/index.html (13-01-2021)

[7] https://rumble.com/vbkkuj-video-footage-from-georgia-2020-election-shows-suitcases-full-of-ballots-pu.html (13-01-2021)

[8] https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/06/19/george-floyd-was-not-killed-by-police/ (13-01-2021)

[9] Minneapolis police precinct burned to ground in third night of racially charged violence | amNewYork (amny.com) (13-01-2021)

[10] https://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-st-paul-buildings-are-damaged-looted-after-george-floyd-protests-riots/569930671/ (13-01-2021)

[11] Many black-owned businesses in Minneapolis were completely destroyed during George Floyd riots – do black lives really matter to leftists? (violence.news) (13-01-2021)

[12] Federal officers move in to take on ‘violent mob’ holding Portland ‘under siege’ for 47 days – The Sun (13-01-2021)

[13] BREAKING: Portland Antifa and BLM Launch Explosives at Federal Building While Barricading Agents Inside (thegatewaypundit.com) (13-01-2021)

[14] MSNBC on Twitter: “JUST IN: Anti-Kavanaugh protesters take over the Hart Senate Office Bldg. atrium on Capitol Hill. https://t.co/jCIbxhTKeu https://t.co/DkOgzngMh4” / Twitter (13-01-2021)

[15] Lessons from the ‘Seattle Autonomous Zone’ – American Renaissance (amren.com) (13-01-2021)

[16] https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-slams-capitol-rioters-domestic-terrorists-don-t-dare-call-n1253335 (13-01-2021)

[17] https://www.foxnews.com/politics/twitter-locks-trump-account-threatens-permanent-suspension (13-01-2021)

[18] https://www.mintpressnews.com/edward-snowden-warns-against-trump-twitter-facebook-ban/274088/ (14-01-2021)

[19] https://journal-neo.org/2021/01/07/america-under-censorship-biden-s-presidency-certified-free-speech-may-be-no-longer/ (14-01-2021)

Free Brisbane! For a Permanent End to Lockdowns!

Masked Brisbane City Council worker Image from elmoudjaweb.com

10-01-2021: Greater Brisbane is currently enduring a three day lockdown – due to ONE “case” of the alleged “UK strain” of Covid-19.[1] Labor Party Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk gave little notice of the abrupt decision, which was accompanied with set of “rules” that beggar belief. Facemasks have been made mandatory under the threat of a $200 fine, and are supposed to be worn every time anyone leaves their house. Incredibly, the government has issued edicts that facemasks must be worn in workplaces, at weddings and funerals (and other restrictions apply there), at shopping centres and supermarkets, and using any form of transport. Testing the outer limits of rationality, facemasks are also mandatory while exercising and while driving alone in your vehicle.[2] Needless to say, these measures are a transparent physical and health and safety threat to both individuals and other members of the public.

Logic thrown out the window

Scant evidence about the “UK strain” of Covid has been provided.  One online commentator quipped: “So is the Covid vaccine now out of date?”. Logic does not apply and is not intended to apply. The pack of lies about Covid that governments the world over have been spouting grows larger and larger. Facemasks restrict the flow of oxygen to the brain, and there are some nerve cells in the hippocampus that cannot survive for longer than 3 minutes without oxygen. Depriving the brain of oxygen, especially for children and adolescents – whose brains are still developing – can cause permanent neurological damage.[3] Big Tech giants such as Facebook relentlessly “Fact Check” posts which present scientifically based arguments and findings which indicate facemasks have no effect on the prevention of the transmission of any respiratory virus.[4] These days, being “fact-checked”, deleted or de-platformed by Facebook, Google, YouTube, Amazon, Apple etc is a very firm indicator that what is being removed is actually the truth, or close to it. State censored information these days holds some keys to logic.

Even mainstream commentators are now complaining about Australia’s mishmash of state border openings and closures,[5] which allegedly claims to be “containing” Covid-19 to “hotspots” or “clusters”. Yet this has led to serious problems with some people not being able to access proper health care at hospitals across state borders, which may have the only equipment needed to treat a certain condition. Tourism and hospitality venues across the country have been driven into near bankruptcy due the lack of travel between states, and especially during the peak summer season. Some small business owners in Brisbane expressed bitter frustration with the state government for closing them down at extremely short notice[6], while huge supermarket chains like Woolworths, Coles and Bunnings never have to close down, being judged to be “essential”, and can keep trading regardless.

This was never about a virus

The concern for socialists, however, is not the petty-bourgeois small business owners who are being crushed by infinitely larger sections of capital. The main concern is not only for the welfare of the working class, but to aid and assist this class in fighting off the assault from finance capital that comes under the false façade of “Covid-19”. It is the working class alone which has no material interest in the maintenance of the system of private profit based on private ownership of the means of production. And it is the working class that is suffering the most from the deliberate shut down of whole sections of the economy. Millions upon millions of workers have been thrown out of work through no fault of their own. Big capital is attempting “The Great Reset” of the capitalist economies, which means the destruction of certain sections of capital. This can mean a boon for finance capital, but bankruptcy for small business, and a loss of livelihood for the working class.

It is not outside the realms of possibility that Queensland Labor politicians were reacting to recent events in Washington DC, where a “Stop the Steal” rally called by President Trump led to intrusions into the capitol building where Congress was sitting.[7] Federal Labor and Liberal politicians led a chorus of condemnation of the “violence” of the Trump supporters and labelled it an effective “insurrection”.[8] If only it was! Capitalist politicians may have been concerned that the fraudulent “transition” to Joe Biden and the Democrats may have been derailed if people’s eyes were fixed on the developments leading to the last days of the Trump Administration. Supporters of Donald Trump and those who can see through the diabolical Covid nonsense somewhat coincide. Hence, one sure fire way to stop the mobilisation of not only supporters of Trump, but the entire anti-lockdown movement – is to move back into a state of lockdown. With workers effectively under house arrest due to “Covid”, and bars, restaurants and churches closed down, little or no public or private political activity can occur.

Urgent need for political leadership

The limitless hypocrisy of the Union officials and the lockdown left continues – whether the issue is the political situation in the US or the locally enforced lockdowns. Make no mistake, workers in Australia and internationally would scarcely be facing scientifically groundless lockdowns and medically absurd facemask mandates IF Union officials and so-called left parties mobilised against the capitalist class on Covid. Yet workers have experienced a betrayal from these false friends of labour that defies description. Almost every top Union official and virtually every “left” organisation have acted as willing foot soldiers of corporate politicians they hypocritically claim to oppose. Overnight, they have become vassals of big capital as it introduces a form of fascism through the parliamentary system they constructed over 150 years ago. Betrayals do not come any larger than this.

The critical key missing factor is working-class leadership. At the moment, this has to be constructed from the first strivings of the anti-lockdown movement – the only movement currently pushing back against the political terror of the ruling elite. Politics in the 21st century is in some ways the reverse of politics in the 20th century. Even if the anti-lockdown movement does not explicitly identify as pro-working class, Marxists must work within it to begin to locate the bravest and most class-conscious elements amongst them. They then must be forged into a party which can lead workers directly toward the establishment of elected workers councils – incipient organs of a new state power. Lockdown fascism will only be permanently defeated with the liquidation of capitalism and the erection of a publicly owned and democratically planned economy. Publicly owned land, banks, and infrastructure must form the basis for humanity’s liberation from lockdowns. Essential for this leap is the piece by piece assembly of a workers’ party which fights for a workers’ government.

 

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[1] https://www.cbsnews.com/news/australia-covid-brisbane-lockdown-single-case-new-coronavirus-uk-variant/ (10-01-2021)

[2] What are the rules around Greater Brisbane’s coronavirus mask mandate? Your questions answered – ABC News (10-01-2021)

[3] https://www.sott.net/article/442455-German-Neurologist-Warns-Against-Wearing-Facemasks-Oxygen-Deprivation-Causes-Permanent-Neurological-Damage (10-01-2021)

[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy_7a8GNN4Q (10-01-2021)

[5] https://www.msn.com/en-au/money/markets/australia-e2-80-99s-covid-19-border-closures-are-confusing-inconsistent-and-counterproductive/ar-BB1cv9XL (10-01-2021)

[6] https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/brisbane-businesses-frustrated-over-short-lockdown-notice-20210108-p56sqn.html (10-01-2021)

[7] https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/06/trump-supporters-rally-in-washington-to-protest-election-results.html (10-01-2021)

[8] https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jan/07/scott-morrison-refuses-to-condemn-trump-for-inciting-distressing-violence-in-us-capitol (10-01-2021)

Free Sydney! No State Border Shutdowns!

The Northern Beaches of Sydney currently under lockdown. http://www.abc.net.au

02-01-2020: The Northern Beaches of Sydney are currently under lockdown. The Gladys Berejiklian Liberal New South Wales (NSW) government makes unbelievable claims that a “cluster” in Avalon has the potential to “spread” throughout Sydney. Day after day, corporate politicians make outlandish statements, like claiming three “cases” detected in Avalon on December 16 ended the state’s 12 day streak with no “locally spread infections”.[1] Stay-at-home orders – otherwise known as house arrest – are now in place for northern beaches residents north of the Narrabeen Bridge until January 9.[2] One unlucky couple who went ahead with their wedding – which had already been postponed twice due to Covid – were publicly shamed by the authorities for “breaking the rules”.[3]

State border closures from other states to NSW, and at least from Victoria (VIC) allegedly due to the Sydney “cluster” of “cases” are being reimposed, causing travelling chaos during the holiday season.[4] NSW politicians, other state Premiers, and Health Department spokespersons are descending into unimaginable levels of totalitarianism – such that would scarcely have been attempted even by the Nazis during the 1930s. With a straight face, Berejiklian banned the traditional New Years Eve kiss at midnight, saying extra police will be patrolling the streets from 11.30pm. Those found kissing would be hit with a $107 fine.[5] If this wasn’t enough, NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant indicated that kissing would be allowed – for those who kept their facemasks on! “You can still kiss through the fabric of the facemask. I acknowledge it may not be as enjoyable as a normal kiss. But these are not normal times”, she said.[6]  It followed “advice” from Berejikilian to avoid hugging and kissing as much as possible!

The lies must stop

Almost the entire Covid-19 narrative is a mountain of lies. Another political agenda is clearly at play. The attempts to limit or block human interaction points to a system which portends disastrous ends. The endless and ever-changing rules imposed by capitalist politicians are only applied to working people. The millionaire and billionaire elite will never be arrested or fined for breaking a lockdown, for leaving quarantine, or for not wearing a facemask. Only workers, and perhaps some members of the petty-bourgeoisie who try to keep their shops open despite closedown orders, will be subjected to this type of repression. Despite some small business owners being driven into bankruptcy, “Covid-19” is primarily an offensive of big finance capital aimed against the proletariat. The intensely oppressive and logically absurd rules are a part of the humiliation of the working class by the super elite. As CJ Hopkins astutely observes, the ruling class knows we know the rules don’t make sense. “GloboCap”, (global capitalism) as he names it, is engaging in a truly vulgar display of power.[7] They are pushing the limits to see how far they can go, and how much they can get away with, before triggering a working class fightback. The ruling classes are seeing if they can get working people to follow their dictates, no matter how nonsensical or illogical. Like being able to leave your house, when you can go to the shops, what you can do, when you can go to a pub or restaurant, when you can work, if you can have human contact with your family and friends, and so on. The establishment is saying to working people: we control you, we can remove political leaders you elect (e.g. President Trump), we can throw you into quarantine and make you pay for it, and we can even kill you – because we have power and you must do as we say. Yet for this, both science and medicine must be almost totally falsified.

Kiwi fruit tests positive for Covid-19

On and off lockdowns, and on and off state and national border shutdowns, are “justified” with the flimsy claim about the discovery of new “cases” of Covid-19. This is based on the misuse of the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) “test”, which only detects fragments of viral genomes, not necessarily a live and intact virus.[8] It does not determine who is sick, or who will ever get sick. The PCR process amplifies genetic material many times over, so much so that anyone – or anything – can test “positive”. Some scientists estimate that 97% of PCR tests produce false positive results.[9] Recently, some Italian scientists tested a Kiwi Fruit for SARS-CoV-2 – the virus which allegedly causes Covid-19 – and it tested positive.[10] Earlier in the year, scientists in Tanzania tested a paw paw, a goat, a quail and engine oil for SARS-CoV-2. The three animals and one mineral substance all tested positive.[11] Despite this, due to an unprecedented propaganda campaign from almost all governments and the corporate media, some people in Sydney are being misled into voluntarily lining up in long queues to be tested.

The people of Sydney – and the world – must be released from lockdowns, and the threat of further lockdowns, immediately. Workers and their Unions must mobilise on masse to defeat this nefarious agenda, which is an open class attack. Unfortunately, virtually all Union officials and ostensibly “left” parties (the “lockdown left”) have openly backed the corporate governments they claimed for decades to oppose. The lockdown left[12] has not only betrayed workers and their own members, they have become a key pillar of the capitalist state as it descends into the most repressive political phase in its history. In this sense, the lockdown left has forfeited any claim to be “left” at all.

What is required is a determined and relentless anti-lockdown movement which unites all those opposed to scientifically groundless lockdowns, forced facemasks, forced vaccines and all restrictions and rules which are medically illogical. While this step is vital, lockdowns can only be finally defeated when its ultimate cause – the system of production for profit – is removed. Key to this aim is a Marxist political leadership which can aid workers in their efforts towards liberation from private capital.

WORKERS  LEAGUE
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[1] https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-17/coronavirus-cases-data-reveals-how-covid-19-spreads-in-australia/12060704?nw=0 (01-01-2020)

[2] https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7069047/nth-beaches-lockdown-stretches-into-2021/?cs=14231 (01-01-2020)

[3] https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9101645/Bride-broke-Northern-Beaches-lockdown-marry-Sydneys-CBD-breaks-silence.html (01-01-2020)

[4] https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/victoria-puts-up-hard-border-to-nsw/ar-BB1cmHkg (01-01-2020)

[5] Covid Crackdown: Gladys Berejiklian Announces New Year’s Eve Kissing Ban – Double Bay Today (01-01-2020)

[6] NSW Chief Health Officer Urging People To Keep Face Masks On If Sharing A NYE Kiss – Double Bay Today (01-01-2020)

[7] https://consentfactory.org/2020/12/16/year-zero/ (01-01-2020)

[8] https://uncoverdc.com/2020/04/07/was-the-covid-19-test-meant-to-detect-a-virus/ (01-01-2020)

[9] https://www.globalresearch.ca/worthless-pcr-tests-covid/5733045 (01-01-2020)

[10] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgcmmQhvDFw (01-01-2020)

 

[11] https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2020/05/08/pawpaw-bird-goat-engine-oil-test-positive-for-coronavirus/ (01-01-2020)

[12] https://redfireonline.com/2020/08/25/the-labour-lieutenants-of-lockdown-terror/ (01-01-2020)

Theses on Lockdowns and Political Tasks for Socialists

Adopted by the Workers League  29-12-2020

1.After almost a year of lockdowns imposed by the ruling classes of the West, it is becoming more and more clear to many workers that the lies used to justify brutal totalitarian measures will continue throughout 2021. It is no longer credible, if it ever was, that the world is faced with a deadly plague which threatens humanity. This was never about a virus. Rather, “Covid-19” is part of a civil war launched by finance capital against workers and oppressed people.

  1. This attack, which may well have been planned and premeditated, is primarily aimed at lowering the cost of labour power. That is, it is a method used to increase capital returns of the largest private corporations at the expense of working class. This is carried out through massive job cuts and the deliberate shutting down of whole sectors of capitalist economies. While the operators of small and medium sized capital are also dramatically affected or driven out of business, this is another brazen assault on workers employed in these industries.
  1. The vast increase in unemployment is used to frighten and cower workers still employed into playing along with the false coronavirus narrative. Unemployment incorrectly attributed to “Covid-19” takes the focus away from the real culprits – the collusion between big capital and the politicians and governments who serve them. The creation of poverty through the intentional shutdown of whole sections of the for-profit economies is used to prevent the remaining employed workers from demanding decent wages and conditions – which had been under siege for the last 30 years through the “normal” functioning of capitalism in any case.
  1. The unprecedented assault on workers’ jobs, wages and working and living conditions under the guise of a “pandemic” requires the virtual elimination of elementary and basic bourgeois democratic rights. Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of movement as well as written and unwritten constitutional rights have in many cases been ignored or abolished. In some states, entire parliaments and elections were suspended. The right to invite friends and/or family into your own home is now subject to governmental approval. The right to go to a pub/tavern, to a restaurant or to a church is often prohibited or likewise subjected to a dictate. Lockdowns and other restrictions are enforced by the capitalist state – either by the police or military, or both. This is a new and particular form of fascism.
  1. Even if lockdown measures are temporarily lifted or suspended, the imperialist states can re-apply them at any time. Tracking and tracing, and a litany of ever changing and illogical rules are imposed on all apart from the wealthy elite, trashing any semblance of civil liberties. Scientifically groundless social-distancing and facemask rules are enforced and are used as another threat against working people. Workers are also being threatened with a “Covid” vaccine, “Covid” passports and national and state border closures which have no medical or scientific justification whatsoever.
  1. The main political reason for lockdowns, social-distancing, the shut-down of venues, “health” directives, the prevention of physical and social human interaction, the prevention of gatherings of any kind etc., is to prevent working people from resisting the tyrannical onslaught of big capital. The imposition of draconian dictates backed by pseudo-science has removed some political and protest movements which provided some level of systemic challenge from the streets almost entirely, e.g. the Yellow Vest movement in France. In some cases, lockdowns and other “health” restrictions have been found to be illegal and unconstitutional even by judges interpreting bourgeois law. Political parties and workers’ Unions cannot effectively operate if they are prevented from gathering by the capitalist state – arguably one of the express intentions of the ruling elite. The capitalist ruling classes want workers to become accustomed to no longer enjoying the fragments of democratic rights they enjoyed in the 20th
  1. The Union bureaucracy – largely overpaid officials – have betrayed workers on a scale which has no precedent. We do not know of any Union officials who have opposed capitalist politicians or any part of the mainstream media on the irrationality of lockdowns. In fact, Union officials have been the most ardent enforcers of the ideology and physical dictates of the capitalist state. They, above all, are aware that capitalism in crisis today requires extraordinarily repressive measures such as lockdowns – and so they are more than happy to enforce them. Due to this, Union members are split: some Union members follow the ultra-conservative leadership, while others are dissatisfied and/or confused as to why their Union leadership is openly siding with the authorities.
  1. Almost all ostensibly “socialist” parties have carried out a betrayal of workers on Covid which arguably surpasses that of August 4, 1914. At that time, socialist parties the world over – apart from the Bolsheviks – automatically backed “their own” ruling class as it led the charge into the slaughter of World War I. Today, almost all so-called left parties virtually in unison have signed up enthusiastically with “their own” capitalist governments and the entirety of world imperialism, to aid the driving of workers into the dust through brutal lockdowns and mass unemployment. They accept the bourgeois ideology of lockdowns, social-distancing, facemasks and forced vaccines without question, and act as police auxiliaries by doing everything they can to prevent workers from questioning the suppression measures. The “lockdown left” join with the Union officials in openly serving billionaire capital.
  1. The betrayal of workers by the Union officials and the lockdown left is more than matched by the conservative and nationalist political leaderships of the deformed workers’ states. The partially “communist” and “workers” parties which have usurped political power from the proletariat in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LPDR) and the Republic of Cuba (RoC) have not hesitated to assist US/EU (European Union) imperialism implement near worldwide lockdowns. They have not apologised for politically aiding the same US/EU led imperialism which seeks to overthrow and destroy them, in a classical example of the betrayal of “peaceful coexistence” and “socialism in one country”. These distorters and vulgarisers of Marxism have not even blinked while assisting the ruling classes of the West implement a savage attack on “their” workers. While they have not fully imposed the same attack on the proletariat domestically, they have played up to a scientific and medical fantasy to deceive and mislead working people within their borders.
  1. With a few exceptions (e.g., Belarus), the governments of the non-imperialist states have also betrayed their own workers by allying directly with US/EU imperialism on the fake coronavirus narrative. The governments of the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran have entertained lockdowns, facemasks and even vaccines in the same way as US/EU imperialism has spun the deception. While operating on a different political basis to the deformed workers’ states, the political leaderships of Russia and Iran have played a role which is just as treacherous as that of the allegedly “Marxist-Leninist” administrations of the five remaining deformed workers’ states.
  1. The attempt by the government of the deformed workers’ states and the non-imperialist states to mollify and appease US/EU imperialism by proclaiming and implementing the same coronavirus lies has increased, not decreased, the extreme danger of imperialist war being launched against them. Imperialism will strike no permanent bargains or permanent deals with any state and will continue to seek to destroy non-imperialist states until and unless it is overthrown by the workers of the world. While there may be some minor disagreements amongst the ruling classes of the US and the EU, they still seek “regime change” in Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Venezuela etc. – and are prepared to risk world war to do so.
  1. The “election” of Joe Biden/Kamala Harris and the Democrats in the US – through monumental fraud – has likewise vastly increased the danger of imperialist war being launched by the Pentagon. This may be a continuation of the regime change war against Syria, or a new regime change war against a smaller non-imperialist state, or it could be a global confrontation with Russia and/or China. Liberal pillars of imperialism such as the key leaders and organisers of the lockdown left, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and the officials of the conservative Union bureaucracy are extremely likely to defend the instigation and prosecution of these wars on behalf of US imperialism, even while claiming to be “progressive” and “left-wing”.
  1. To indulge the ideology of a “pandemic”, or facemasks, or social-distancing, or tracking and tracing, forced vaccines or any Covid restriction, is the ultimate betrayal of the working class. To attempt to ensure that other workers “follow the rules” is to assist billionaire capital maintain its death grip on the world’s workers and oppressed. For alleged socialists to capitulate in any way to the fictitious Covid narrative is an open and irrevocable rupture with the basic tenets of Marxism. No socialist can claim to be left-wing in any sense while doing the bidding of the imperialist ruling classes, their politicians and the corporate media.
  1. Therefore, the position of anti-lockdown versus pro-lockdown is the class line between labour and capital. Moreover, given the dire circumstances of world capitalism, the anti-lockdown movement can be characterised as anti-fascist, while the pro-lockdown position can be characterised as pro-fascist. This remains the case irrespective of the appearance of the anti-lockdown movement largely consisting of the “right-wing” and “conspiracy theorists”, while the irrational pro-lockdown fanatics are predominantly composed of “left-wing” and liberal elements. In reality, pro-lockdown fanatics are not in any way left-wing or progressive. They have simply found themselves in a position of being more right-wing than the “right” due to liberalism politically moving to the right over the last 20 years.
  1. This is why Marxists have the perspective of building the anti-lockdown movement as deeply and as broadly as possible. Despite appearances, the vanguard of the insurgent working class is currently contained within those forces who are prepared to go to great risk to publicly defy the entirety of the ideology and politics of lockdown fascism. This is even despite large sections taking up politically misguided notions such as nationalism, spiritualism, “globalism”, and “anti-socialism/anti-communism”. Despite the prevalence of these and similar ideas, the political direction of the anti-lockdown movement directly and powerfully confronts the political and ideological decay of capitalism as it descends into lockdown fascism.
  1. Hence, the Workers League urges the building of the anti-lockdown movement as a united front. That is, we advise workers to energetically assist and participate in all meetings, demonstrations and mobilisations of the anti-lockdown movement shoulder to shoulder with all those opposed to lockdowns, forced facemasks, forced vaccines, nonsensical restrictions, economic shutdowns, border closures, state surveillance and so on. Within this united front, all political and semi-political organisations and parties should have the right to distribute their material and win others to their viewpoint and perspective. However, by no means should socialists or any other tendency subordinate their politics to any other grouping within the bloc. The united front is built for the achievement of common aims, not the political perspective of component groups or individuals.
  1. At the same time, Marxists within the anti-lockdown movement have the task of seeking out and winning over the most class aware elements to socialism. This is difficult, and must be carried out with tact, given the unfortunate fact that many workers confuse socialism with Stalinism and/or confuse globalism with socialism. The United Nations (UN), the World Economic Forum (WEF), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and so on, are multi-national capitalist institutions, and do not have one iota of pro-working class content. The Stalinist political apparatuses of the deformed workers’ states – principally the PRC – distort socialism beyond recognition even if they partially defend their socialist economies at home. It is vital to impress upon anti-lockdown proponents that socialism does not in any way mean political repression (a la Stalinism), but in fact means the liberation of the working class from tyranny.
  1. No united front is permanent, and socialists should not view the anti-lockdown movement as permanent either. At each stage, Marxists need to assess and evaluate its political direction and political achievements. If, at any moment, the anti-lockdown movement adopts radically anti-working class positions (overt racism, overt anti-Union views, overt anti-China or anti-socialist positions), then socialists should confer and decide on whether to combat the development of such views within the movement, or to leave the movement altogether.
  1. Currently, there are no significant indicators of the anti-lockdown movement developing in an anti-working class direction. Most participants come from varied political backgrounds and are motivated by anti-war and peace issues, civil liberties and democratic rights, freedom of medical choice issues, for the restoration of common law rights, for freedom of movement and so on. However, there is a possibility that the anti-lockdown movement could at a certain stage split into left and right (or more than two) wings under the impact of political developments or through repression from the capitalist state. If this were to occur, again socialists should assess the political reasons for such a split and proceed from there.
  1. For working people, there will be no permanent escape from lockdowns, or “The Great Reset” or “The New Normal” without the overthrow of capitalism in the imperialist centres, combined with proletarian political revolutions in the deformed workers’ states. At the very least, this will require the establishment of democratic workers’ councils. After a year of hammer blows from a declining and thus lawless and dangerous capitalism, there is a dire need for a working class offensive.  A vital task to help provide working class leadership now and for the coming period is the forging of internationally linked Leninist vanguard parties, sworn to uphold Permanent Revolution. To help form a bridge to workers’ councils, the Workers League will continue to propagate three demands:

(i) A six-hour work day
(ii) Public ownership of energy, infrastructure, banks
(iii) A workers’ government.

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