Well miraculously the 2018 Russia world cup will kick off this Thursday 14/6/18 without any boycotts. Despite the attempts of the neo conservative war mongers such as Boris Johnson to wreck the competition. Skripal event etc if you know what I mean.
Now I am a die hard non league football fan myself and I am usually not that interested in international football. But I am looking forward to this world cup as I feel that it could be a pathway towards world peace. A successful competition will be a blow and set back for the imperialist war mongers.
The hopefully friendly atmosphere between the fans of the different countries and the Russian people may help to create a climate for world peace. Although do not rule out the false flag football hooligan events staged by MI5.
Myself I think that England will do alot better in this world cup than in recent competitions. I think that they will reach the quarter final this time. I personally quite like Gareth Southgate. I also hope that the host country Russia do well in the competition. Alas though I think that they will not.
Although Germany will probably win the competition do not be surprised if an outsider wins this time. Such as Portugal or Belgium.
Enjoy the 2018 Russia world cup. Also have a happy summer. Keep on fighting against war,and social injustice.
Best wishes to all for the future.
The latest goings on in Italy are quite astonishing even for the standards of the fascist EU.
The political coalition which clearly won the Italian general election have been denied the chance to form a government. The Italian EU lackey president Sergio Mattarella has turned down the government of the perspective new prime minister Giuseppe Conte because he did not agree with his choice of economics minister who is euro sceptic. Mattarella has stated that he is acting to protect the euro.
He has appointed and IMF technocrat Carlo Cattarella as prime minister. This is clearly an unconstitutional act by Mattarella. Also it shows that firstly his first loyalty as president of Italy is to Merkel and the EU dictatorship and not to the Italian people. The election results of Italy are irrelevant as far as he is concerned Italy is a vasal to be controlled by the fascist EU whatever the results of the Italian election results.
This is clearly a watershed moment for the EU. Its contempt for countries national election results are now beyond doubt. As a socialist I do not support the new Italian government, but the people of Italy have a right to elect their own government and not have one imposed on them by the EU. The Italian trade unions should organize a general strike against the new government. Their should also be a major campaign for Italy to leave the EU and NATO.
As for Britain it shows the total correctness of the Brexit decision.
Best wishes to all and keep on fighting for a better world.
The Israeli massacre of 59 unarmed civilians in Gaza is by and large par the course based on recent history. As the courageous Israeli dissident Gilad Atzmon said last week it shows the total failure of the Zionist project.
This in fact is the them of this blog. The fact that the Israeli state is resorting to these methods shows that they know they are facing the long term failure of the Zionist state.
I base my conclusions on demographics. In the total Israeli/Palestine area there are now seven million Palestinians and six million Israelis. The population gap between the two groups is likely to grow rapidly in the Palestinians favour in the coming years.
Turning now to a political solution to the problem. The idea of a two state solution is in my opinion dead in the water due to Israel,s settlements in the West Bank. So we are moving into the Hegelian dialectic of a one state solution which is what Israel does not want. But which its actions are going to create.
The Palestinians have shown great resilience in my opinion in response to the theft of their land. Their tactic in the future should be to sit still and resist the Israeli repression with peaceful measures. History is on their side and a one state solution is the inevitable outcome.
Then peace will finally come to the land of Christ. Best wishes to all for the future. God bless you all. Keep on fighting for peace,justice and social equality.
In this latest blog I will analyse the relevance of the ideas of the Political philosopher Karl Marx to our present times. I will not look at the past legacy of Marxs ideas but as I have just stated his relevance to our present times.
However getting back to the theme of this blog. I will argue that some of Marxs ideas are very relevant to our present time. Although some of his ideas need updating.
I feel that Marx is correct in his view that capitalism tends to produce monopoly trading. This is very much the case in our present times as in each economic,industrial and financial sector just a few major companies tend to dominate. For instance Amazon and in the banking sector there is the tendency towards the monopoly of a few companies.
He has also been proved correct in my view regarding the instability facing the working class. The days of secure well paid jobs of the 1960,s are well and truly gone. Now in North America and Western Europe many well educated young people face a future of low paid casual employment.
After the political changes in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union from 1989 to 1991 many political commentators said that Marx ideas were now irrelevant. However there has been a revenge of history with the 2008 financial crisis. In fact banks and financial income is now mostly fictitious capital made up of numbers on a computer. Many capital economists are predicting a much bigger economic crisis than in 2008 in the next few years.
We are also facing the possibility of world war between Britain, USA and other western powers against Russia,China and Iran. So the world wide race for for capitalist profits by the western imperialist powers is looking like it could produce a major war in the future.
However one idea where I feel that Marx was wrong is in his total materialist atheist outlook. Evidence of near death experiences tend to suggest some sort of after life and spirit world. Perhaps we need a reformed type of idealist Marxism. I am sure that Gramsci would understand.
In conclusion Karl Marxs ideas are still relevant to our present times. Capitalism is still very much a two headed beast. Being able to produce technological advance but at the same time wars, injustices, inequality and economic instability.
So we need to mark his 200th birthday by trying to build a just humane peaceful socialist world.
Best wishes to all for the future.
This latest blog goes against the grain to a certain extent. As most socialists say that now that Corbyn is leader of the Labour party it has returned to its socialist roots. I will alas explain that this is probably not the case.
I left the Labour party in 1994 due to the dramatic shift to the right under Tony Blair. Many of the former Bennites on the left wing of the party slowly became Labour right wingers and supporters of Tony Blair. This is the main reason why I did not rejoin the party when Corbyn became leader as I felt that most of his Momentum supporters will slowly drift towards the right wing of the party. Particularly those that became councillors.
In fact this process has already began. Owen Jones has moved towards the right. The former Marxist Paul Mason has turned into a pro NATO anti Russian war monger. He is now try to sell us the fake ideology that we live in a post capitalist society. ‘Oh if thats the case then the bosses exploitation is okay’ Other Momentum supporters are already drifting towards the right and I expect this process to rapidly accelerate in the next few years.
So my personal experience is that the Labour party will always ending up supporting the capitalists against the working class and imperialist wars against the Southern half of the planet earth. So what we need is a new cadre type party. That is anti capitalist and anti imperialist.
This is why as a start on this process we should support the candidates of the three socialist party,s that are standing candidates against the Labour party in the May 2018 council elections. These are the Communist party of Britain, the Socialist Labour party and the Trade Union Socialist Coalition. These party,s candidates should be supported, as a vote for their candidates is a vote for socialism and a vote against war and imperialism.
Best wishes to all for the future.
Easter is in general considered to be a time of hope. Whether or not you believe in the resurrection of Jesus. The symbolism of the act of the resurrection gives humanity a message of hope.
This is very important for our present troubled times, with American imperialism so it seems determined to start world war three with Russia Iran and China. Also oligarchical capitalism seems to be heading towards a slave world of super exploitation and permanent economic instability.
What I feel we should do in these troubled times is focus on the act of the resurrection. However besides this of course we need to take practical actions and measures.
These would include getting involved in anti war campaigns like the Stop the War Coalition. Also get involved in anti corporate anti capitalist campaigns, so that we can build a peoples controlled economy.
So in conclusion tap into the hopeful energy of Easter 2018. But take positive action to change this troubled exploitative world.
Best wishes to all for the future.
President Putin landslide victory in the Russian presidential election is something that is very much to be welcomed. Also to be welcomed is the strong second place by Communist party candidate Pavel Grudinin and also the pathetic just over 1% vote for the western imperialist stooge Sobchak.
Of course the election has been held against the background of the sickening anti Russian hate campaign. The pathetic Skripal affair which has been shown by Craig Murray to be a western false flag. Of course if Russia wanted to kill him they would have done so why he was in prison in Russia.
However getting back to the Russian election. Russia is facing a grave external threat from the western imperialist powers. Read the Grand Chessboard by Zbigniew Brezezinski he arrogantly explains how America must control the whole Eurasian landmass including Russian. William Engdahls excellent book Full Spectrum Dominance explains the American policy of aiming for full control of the world both economically and politically.
Of course Russia,s defence expenditure is only 10% of the USA. It is also surrounded by hostile powers. Although Russia is lucky in having China as a powerful ally.
So clearly Russia needs a powerful strong leader in the present times. President Putin has defended the Russian economy and borders in these grave times from the western imperialist powers threats. What the west would like in control of Russia is a western stooge like Sobchak another Yeltsin who would hand over control of all of Russia,s resources to the west. Fortunately the Russian people are not going to stand for this.
I expect that the conflict between Russia, China and the western imperialist powers to continue for many years to come. I do not know if it will turn into a hot war. Of course I hope it does not. The western powers will never accept a multipolar world with Russia and China as wars and imperialism is in their blood.
As a socialist I would of course like to see a socialist Russia and a socialist world. Although capitalism does produce technological advances it also produces economic chaos and inequality. Also wars seem to be a permanent part of capitalism,s DNA.
In conclusion best wishes to all for the future and start fighting for peace,justice and socialism.