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The Great Coronavirus Scare of 2020: The Year the Capitalists Destroyed the World Economy Over Nothing

The “cure” for COVID-19 will prove to be far worse than the disease: the damage that the capitalists have inflicted on the world economy for purely “New Cold War” political reasons may trigger another Great Depression. Source: MarketWatch

Revolutionary socialists like us have long warned the workers of the world that unless the working class overthrows the murderous, exploitative capitalist class and their antiquated economic system and takes state power into the hands of the working class there will be continued, endless misery for the workers all over the world. Capitalism – an economic system based upon less or more brutal exploitation of the working class – is also based upon competition, rather than co-operation, between nation-states and their respective capitalist classes. The struggle between these nation-states over the limited natural resources of the planet lead inevitably to regional and world wars in which tens of millions of workers are slaughtered. And now workers not only face the threat of a nuclear WWIII but also the threat of becoming more and more an economically superfluous population, as artificial intelligence systems coupled with robotics will soon enable the capitalists to permanently replace workers with machines. When we say “there is literally no future for the working class under capitalism” we aren’t just trying to scare you into the ranks of the socialist parties – we’re telling you the truth.

In their endless mad pursuit of profits uber alles the capitalists and their bought-and-paid-for political flunkies in every pro-capitalist political party tend to forget everything else besides conspiring how to grab as much tax money as possible and funnel it into their bank accounts as quickly as possible before they get caught doing it and their scam comes to a temporary end – at which time YOU, the workers in your boundless stupidity kick the bums out of office and elect a competing gang of capitalist criminals from a different pro-capitalist party. So they “game” goes on, until the working class decides, finally, to put an end to all the insanity by taking power in a workers socialist revolution.

Democratic Gov Andrew Cuomo of NY has no testing kits, ICUs, masks or ventilators but the deeply corrupt NY state government now sells hand sanitizer to fight COVID-19. Credit: State of New York

Outside of a handful of their think tanks the capitalists spend their days counting their billions and scheming as to how they can make even more money. The billionaires and their political hired hands never cease to regale the workers with complaints about “the evils of big government” and compete to see how much they can cut social spending so they can steal even more of your hard-earned money. What is politely called “democratic government” – which is supposed to be a means by which the politicians ensure that the national economy is made to provide the greatest good for the greatest number of people – ends up being twisted into a political and economic oligarchy in which the government is made to produce massive profits for about 10% of the population, while we in the “bottom 90%” (this is actually what the Federal Reserve banksters call the rest of the population) are left to fend for ourselves. The proof that the capitalist systems of EVERY capitalist nation-state are not just un-democratic but anti-democratic is found in the distribution of wealth: 75% of the wealth goes to the top 25% of the population and the “bottom 75%” gets to “split” just 25% of the national wealth. And the capitalists and their hired “knights of the pen” wring their hands and pretend to wonder why there is so much violence among the “lower classes”!

Percentage of aggregate wealth by wealth percentile, USA. 50% of US workers do not own ANY appreciable wealth. Top 10% owns 75% of national wealth. The US capitalist class calls this a “democracy”! Did you vote for this distribution of wealth? Source: US Federal Reserve Board

This festival of graft and corruption committed by the capitalists in every capitalist nation-state (known to Marxists as “bourgeois democratic government”) is how the world capitalist system has come to have been basically assassinated this month by the capitalist classes of the world over the emergence of a “novel coronavirus” named COVID-19. The greedheads of the government parties of the capitalist world, were until recently completely focused on the problem of how they could keep the (now-departed) economic boom going through 2020 so they could continue to rake in massive profits squeezed from the bone, sinew and brains of the workers of the world. With the vast majority of the world’s top capitalist leaders having nothing more than business school and – at best – law school backgrounds (in preparation for a lucrative career as a corporate lawyer) they were uniquely unprepared to deal with a global flu pandemic. Expecting these avaricious, thieving, murderous capitalist criminals to have spent any time at all, ever, in their entire lives working on how to respond to a major global health crisis is like expecting any gang of professional thieves to have spent their lives discussing rational economic planning. It was the very last thing that ever crossed their minds – or the minds of their predecessors, either. And that is why, the moment the COVID-19 epidemic hit, the world capitalist classes were caught on TV cameras everywhere with both hands in the cookie jar looking like Bart Simpson saying “I didn’t do it!” There they were, one minute happily stealing as much money as they could get their hands on, and the next minute they suddenly found themselves responsible for the very lives of every single human being they had been pretending to represent all their political careers! It was a shock to every one of them, and it was written plainly on their dumbstruck faces and their “deer-in-the-headlights” stares as waves of reporters shoved microphones in from of them and demanded to know “what are you and your government going to do about COVID-19?”

Government of real-estate swindler US President Donald Trump was caught completely unprepared to handle the COVID-19 epidemic, having spent two months criticizing Chinese Communist Party for *their* alleged lack of preparedness. Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

“What’s a COVID-19?” was a fair approximation of the answers we got to that question almost universally – even from the capitalist criminals who had been appointed (for purely political reasons) to lead the human services agencies of the nation. No, that’s not right: in many, many cases these people had been appointed not to lead but to dismantle the agencies they were running! This would have been very funny if it had happened in a Ben Stiller or Will Ferrell comedy; but these capitalist criminals who have been kept in power, elected and re-elected and re-re-elected by an irresponsible working class that cares more about sports than about their families’ futures are not funny at all. They’re deadly serious about robbing us all blind. And they are completely, organically incapable of giving a damn about the lives of workers, in their home countries or anywhere else. And they especially don’t give a damn about workers who they can’t profit off of – like the unemployed and the elderly retired. To the capitalists the poor, unemployed and retired elderly are a surplus population that sucks billions of dollars out of the capitalists’ pockets and gives them little or nothing in return. These are the people YOU, the stupid-ass workers of the world have put in charge of safeguarding YOUR LIVES AND THE LIVES OF YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN! Admit it now: you have no one to blame for these incompetent governments that now threaten to destroy your lives but your own damned selves!

Being for the most part – like the working class itself – utterly scientifically illiterate, the capitalists and their bought-and-paid-for politicians, it turns out, had done absolutely nothing at all to prepare their capitalist nation-states to deal with the COVID-19 epidemic! Having wasted almost two months while the epidemic raged in China ridiculing the Communist Party of China’s leadership over their alleged “bungling” of their response to COVID-19, as soon as the first cases began to appear in the USA it was immediately apparent that, compared to the capitalist world’s response, China’s response was flawless! There weren’t enough hospital beds, intensive care units, face masks; no ventilators! No virus testing kits! In short, even with two whole months advance notice of the arrival of a wave of cases of COVID-19, NO ONE in ANY of the major industrialized capitalist nation-state governments was prepared to deal with the crisis!

So what did they do? What does any idiot do when they are suddenly faced with a crisis? They panicked! In spite of the fact that, by the time that the epidemic reached the shore of the US and European capitalist nation-states, it was obvious that this virus was NOT anything beyond a really nasty flu virus that, unusually, killed mainly the sick and elderly. This was completely obvious to us by mid-January. But because the Chinese “Communists” – who, since they initially didn’t know if they had the common cold or an Ebola outbreak on their hands – spared no expense and vastly over-reacted (as it turned out) in response to the outbreak, the capitalist politicians, anti-communists all, rushed to the judgment that they too had to over-react to the epidemic – for purely political reasons! And so, egged on by glory-seeking heads of national disease control labs like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Neil Ferguson of the UK, who scared the people of the world by predicting absolutely absurd beyond-worst-case-scenario death tolls like over “2 million” in the USA alone – the criminal capitalist heads of state, completely freaked out and caught flat-footed by the outbreak – began to shut down the world economy over this mere flu epidemic!

In spite of the facts that China’s COVID-19 epidemic ended in just 2.5 months – and Italy’s seems to be doing the same – and that both nations have suffered death tolls similar to their annual death tolls from the common flu – the capitalists went and shut down the global economy anyway.  Source: L’epidemiologia per la sanità pubblica
Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy

COVID-19 is a very nasty flu indeed, but it’s nowhere near as bad as the 1918 flu that killed millions. Here’s one example that was obvious weeks ago: unlike the 1918 pandemic flu, COVID-19 kills very few people under the age of 50. Source: Bloomberg News

How stupid was it to do this? All it takes is the math skills of a grade-schooler to figure it out. Right now (2 April 2020) the GLOBAL death toll of the COVID-19 epidemic, according the the World Health Organization, is just 45,526! In the entire world!

To a really stupid person, that might seem like a lot! But to anyone who understands the size of the world population (7.8 BILLION) and the history of flu epidemics, it’s not even a drop in the bucket.  According to the US Centers for Disease Control – the same outfit that idiot Dr. Anthony Fauci works for – this year’s “flu season” in the USA has already resulted in as many as 62,000 deaths – from the “mere” “common flu”!

Most recent US Centers for Disease Control update on mortality figures for the 2019-20 US Flu Season. It is quite probable that far more people will die from “common flu” in US this year than from COVID-19. Source: US Centers for Disease Control

In a “normal” flu season in the USA, for example, somewhere around 40,000 people die – and we never hear a peep from the government or the press until the flu season is OVER, when they give us this year’s total and we shake our heads, say “tsk, tsk!” – and get ready to watch The Big Game, right? Somehow, this annual event in which tens of thousands of us die doesn’t even make front-page headlines in a normal year – and they’re not making headlines this year either!  So what’s different about this COVID-19 epidemic? The difference is that the big death toll happened in Socialist China first; and because the “communists” massively over-reacted to their epidemic, now, for purely political “New Cold War” reasons, the capitalists – in their vast ignorance and their boundless hatred for socialism – feel that they must do the same or they’ll “lose face” in the eyes of the working class. This is nothing but a “New Cold War” political pissing contest!  And it gets even worse:

Because of the vicious anti-communist campaign against the “Communist Chinese” response to the virus – which the propaganda outlets of the US and European governments falsely portrayed as being soooo “deadly” – scared the hell out of the workers in the US and Europe, the workers are DEMANDING that the capitalists do at least as much as the Chinese government did or they’ll be subjected to the same abuse the capitalist propagandists used against the “commies”!  This is a spectacular example of how anti-communist propaganda intended to attack “communist China” has come right back like a boomerang and hit the capitalists smack between the eyes and forced THEM to destroy their own capitalist system!

Let’s put these COVID-19 death-toll numbers into a big-picture perspective. In 2015, 57,000,000 people died from all causes. That’s just how many people die in any given year. That means that about 156,000 people died each and every day that year. That would be 6500 an hour, which means that the grand total of the deaths from COVID-19 so far in the entire world – let’s round it to 45,500 – is equal to just 7 hours of a normal daily global death toll! AND THE CAPITALISTS AND THEIR BOUGHT-AND-PAID-FOR POLITICIANS OF THE WORLD DESTROYED THE WORLD ECONOMY OVER THIS! To cover their asses politically!

The much-ballyhooed “disastrous” death toll in Italy from COVID-19 – which today stands at 13,157 (according to WHO) is no different than that from the “common flu” in the 2013-2017 flu seasons in Italy during which over 17,000 people died each year! In two of the four flu seasons examined by researchers in a peer-reviewed journal article published in August of 2019 the death toll in Italy from common flu was far above the death toll reported so far from COVID-19!

Due the the enormous success of Italy’s socialized medical care system, Italians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies in the world – many years higher than in the USA. The downside of this is that Italy has an enormous population of very old and vary frail senior citizens who die every flu season. The death toll from COVID-19 is not unusual for Italy. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31401203

 

The human toll in lost and ruined lives from the capitalist-class-inflicted damage to the global economy will be many times worse than the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic!

Today’s headlines indicate that the global death toll from the major recession that the capitalists and their political flunkies who YOU VOTED INTO OFFICE will be one of the worst of all time. In just two weeks the number of unemployment claims in the USA have reached levels never seen since the Great Depression! These idiots have “cured” a flu epidemic by shooting the world economy to death, just so they can cover their asses politically and “show those commies” how much they care for human lives!

Everything’s phony about the US capitalist state’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Source: New York Times

While the US capitalist class and their political tools pretend to be shining examples of the “superiority” of capitalism over socialism and as the ruling class who puts human lives ahead of profits, in spite of global appeals from the UN and almost all of the US’ allies, they have refused to end their crushing economic sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea so that those countries can purchase the medical supplies they need to fight the COVID-19 epidemic! That’s because when it comes to the lives of workers living under governments who have dared to rebel against US imperialist neo-colonial domination – THEY DON’T GIVE A SHIT! Any worker, any government that dares to rebel against the US capitalist class is mercilessly crushed, by any means necessary – in the name of “Freedom(TM)” and “Democracy(TM)”! They have proven time and time again that when it comes to the lives of workers – especially Black, Hispanic and Asian workers – they are prepared to kill as many as they feel is necessary in order to stop socialists of any kind from overthrowing the capitalist system and putting an end to misery of a life lived in crushing poverty under ruthless exploitation imposed by the capitalist class! And the sickest thing about this is that YOU – US workers – allow the US capitalist class to do this to your working-class and peasant sisters and brothers all over the world!

The tail wags the dog: US capitalist class anticommunist propaganda operation against China ends up forcing them to apply the coup de grace to the world capitalist system. Source: US Department of Labor

The US working class has had it pounded into their heads by the US capitalist class and their bought-and-paid-for bourgeois press that “it’s better to be dead than Red.” Right now, perhaps, you’re finally beginning to wonder if that makes any sense. It’s literally true that, for the working class, if we don’t “go Red” we’ll ALL be dead! It’s obvious even to a dog that it’s not wise for us as workers to just sit back and “let the rich run things” – because they very clearly don’t give a shit about us!

In fact, under a revolutionary socialist government like the one we at IWPCHI propose, first of all, we’d have a socialized medical system that would provide comprehensive health care to everyone from birth to death at no charge. Under socialism, all higher education would also be paid for from the national budget – there’d by no economic obstacle as there is under capitalism for those who have what it takes to be doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.

Just by covering all the millions of US citizens who now have no health care, we’d be required to build a lot of hospitals and to train a lot of medical professionals. That means we’d have many more intensive care units than we have right now – and the doctors and nurses to staff them.

Under socialism, defending the interests of the entire working class would be the primary purpose of the government. Instead of reacting to crises, we would prepare for them and maintain stocks of all the necessary medical equipment to overcome challenges like COVID-19 and worse. We’d maintain permanent stocks of equipment strategically located around the country so when an epidemic hits the materials needed to fight it would be on hand and ready to be shipped immediately. This is just a matter of simple logistics under socialism; under capitalism it’s simply not profitable to do all this – so it never gets done. We’ve seen the US Government drop the ball over and over again with crises from earthquakes to hurricanes to epidemic diseases. In their diseased minds, ruined by greed, the capitalists simply can’t make enough money preparing for disasters to make it worth their while to do so.

The good news is that you, the working class, have the power to change all this; in fact if you don’t do it, it will never happen! All it will take to get started building a better future for you and your families is to decide right now that you’re never going to vote for a pro-capitalist politician ever again, and then to build a revolutionary socialist political party and fight to take over every major local, state and national political office. This will not take forever. From the time the Republican Party was first formed to the time it won its first Presidential election took about 12 years – and THEY didn’t have the Internet! We can do it in 8, tops. As soon as we have even a handful of seats in Congress we can start shutting down all the vicious legislation being hurled at us by the Republicrats and can start pushing for a socialist workers government. The longer we wait the more of us will die unnecessarily in natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes and this COVID-19 epidemic.

Dump The Republicrats! Build A Workers Party! Fight For A Workers Government! Fight For A Socialist Future! THERE IS LITERALLY NO FUTURE FOR THE WORKING CLASS UNDER CAPITALISM!

— IWPCHI

Greed-based Capitalism Is Destroying the World; Why Workers Socialist Revolution Is Our Only Hope for Survival

Just as it is difficult to get people to read the warning labels on over-the-counter medications – a self-imposed ignorance which leads to the deaths of 100,000 US citizens a year – it’s very difficult to get people to read anything about socialism, which is the cure for the ills of greed-based capitalist society.  Even though the capitalist system is, as you read this, doing all it can to prepare to incinerate the planet in a nuclear World War III, still you refuse to read the warning labels  socialists like us have been writing in opposition to capitalism since 1848.  The capitalist system is killing you slowly now but will – unless you do something about it, sister and brother workers – will be killing you at a much faster rate very, very soon.  We know that you have been “taught” by the capitalist class that socialism is bad for you and greed-based capitalism is the best of all possible worlds.  Please just take a couple of minutes to allow the socialist opposition to make a few observations about the state of the world in 2016 for your consideration.  We’ll try not to bore you to death.  The re-runs of “M.A.S.H.”, “Andy Griffith”, “The Jeffersons” and “Bernie Mac” can wait. (For those of you who think we’re being condescending, watching “The Magnificent Ambersons” or “Do The Right Thing” for the umpteenth time is just as pointless).

Human society has reached that impasse at which we must break from our past and boldly stride forward down a different road if we are to survive the nuclear age. It is probable that all advanced civilizations are faced with the same dilemma: once the civilization is technically capable of harnessing the power of the atom, does it transition to a regime in which that power is put to the service of that civilization or is it used to destroy that civilization? Of course this depends on the political and economic stage reached by a given society at the time during which the power of the atom is harnessed. Tragically for the human race, the capitalist world reached this stage just before the socialist world; the capitalists immediately seized the opportunity to murder 200,000 Japanese workers – largely to intimidate the USSR and prove that the capitalist USA had the Bomb and were crazy enough to use it. A society that achieves this power, if it is an egalitarian society, can make the transition through the nuclear stage of development without destroying itself. A society that is based on selfishness and greed, and divided into constantly warring nation-states has very little likelihood of making a successful transition through the nuclear minefield. In the USA and Europe, the working class has abandoned its historic leadership role that it must take upon itself if the human race is to survive. We are letting people whose love for money over all else has so deranged their minds that they have become utterly irresponsible and pose a threat to the future existence of the human race. Will we allow our human civilization to be sacrificed on the altar of Mammon? Are we that stupid? The selfish greedy capitalists who own and operate the nuclear arsenals of the “Free World(TM)” are the LEAST CAPABLE of leading the human race through this stage of human evolution; they are the MOST LIKELY to plunge this planet into a nuclear war from which human civilization may not survive. We have let the greedheads and militarists call the shots and run the tables for far too long; this is why so much of the wealth of the capitalist world is being spent not on cures for cancer or to end human suffering in the world but to create military arsenals capable of destroying the planet many times over. It is our sincere and deeply-held belief that unless the working class seizes these weapons of mass destruction from the hands of the mass-murdering capitalist classes who have proven time and time again their willingness to use their wealth and military power to plunge the entire planet into barbarism the human race will not survive the challenge it has set for itself in negotiating a safe passage through the nuclear abyss.

Why Socialism?

1) Revolutionary socialism – the most modern and principled variation is the Trotskyism we represent – is a political philosophy that posits that all working women and men all over the world are sisters and brothers and that all workers should unite and fight to overthrow the capitalist system that is organized to systematically rob the working class blind. The capitalists in the USA, whose massive wealth was initially based on the system of slavery and a racist ideology of “white supremacy” that was devised in order to justify the enslavement of people of color ridiculed this fundamental idea of the Marxists as being utopian and not based on what the capitalist called the scientific principles of “Eugenics”. DNA research has proven the Marxists were right; Eugenics now stands as a totally discredited pseudo-science. Still, to this day, the capitalist world is dominated by a tiny class of filthy rich white men who believe that they are racially superior to everyone else on the planet and who believe that they have the “right” to rule the world. What does this mean? It means that the current division of the world into competing nation-states led by “racially superior” minorities (in Europe and the USA, rich white men) is a gross injustice and a fraud being perpetrated against the workers of the world. The racist ideologies that are the fundamental basis of fascism lie in tatters, utterly destroyed by modern genetic science. The workers of the world ARE sisters and brothers, yet are driven by the capitalists of the world to mistrust and hate each other and organized into armies to kill one another. Revolutionary socialism is the ONLY political philosophy that stands unalterable opposed to this state of things – which is why we are proud not only to call ourselves anti-capitalists but revolutionary socialists – Trotskyists.

Socialism is a political philosophy that seeks to create a far more democratic society than is possible or has ever been created under capitalism. Socialism dedicates itself to organizing the global economy for the benefit of the vast majority of the world population: the working class and peasantry. We have as our goals the complete eradication of hunger, homelessness, racism and sexism from the face of the Earth. We seek to create an economy that fully funds human needs, and that GUARANTEED all the fundamental needs of the human race for food, clothing, shelter, education and health care. Capitalism does not and can not provide such a guarantee. Anyone who tells you that capitalism can do this is a liar.

The challenges that face the human race today are enormous and can only be effectively dealt with on a global scale in a spirit of international fraternity and cooperation. The capitalist world, organized as it is into competing capitalist nation-states, infused with nationalism and led in each state by a tiny cabal of ultra-rich greedy individuals is NOT capable of tackling these tremendous challenges to the future survival of the human race. We stand at the juncture of two roads; one leads to a potentially prosperous socialist future in which a unified human race harnesses all its strengths – human and economic – to tackle these issues. The other road is the road of capitalism and after 400 years of evolution of the capitalist system we already know what we can expect if we stay on this road: small wars growing into bigger wars and then World Wars. The next world war could put an end to the existence of human civilization. Either the human race is going to develop an economic basis for an egalitarian socialist future or the promise of humanity will end most likely in a global nuclear conflagration. WE MUST EVOLVE BEYOND CAPITALISM! It is a matter of life and death not just for the human race but also perhaps for the planet itself. Socialism will take the wealth now being squandered on armies and gold-plated toilets for the rich and put it to use increasing the standard of living of all the people in the world, starting by eliminating once and for all hunger in the world and providing decent clothing, housing. education and health care for all the world’s people. Capitalism has had more than 300 years to do this and has failed miserably.

2) Capitalism is inherently undemocratic. Boasting of being more democratic than socialist countries it is in fact not even close to being as egalitarian and democratic as socialist countries of Cuba China, USSR and North Korea and Vietnam. The US capitalist class is only about 3% of the US population but possesses more than half of the national wealth. How can this state of things be called “democratic”? When result of 250 years of capitalist “democracy” in the USA results in 10% of the population owning 75% of the national wealth, obviously this is nothing even CLOSE to being a democracy. The thoroughly fraudulent nature of bourgeois democracy is fully exposed by the enormously unequal distribution of wealth in even the most “”advanced” capitalist nation-states. The capitalists and their apologists never tire of cynically asking the world “why is there so much violence in our society”? Well when they force 75% of the population to fight over a mere 25% of the national wealth, of course there will be violent conflict. Aside from the revolutionary socialists, no political force in the capitalist world – including the fake-socialists of the 2nd International like Bernie Sanders – wants to change the status quo because all of the pro-capitalist politicians and propagandists defending capitalism are profiting from it personally. And a great many of them are envious of the ultra-rich and harbor delirious dreams of some day reaching the top of the capitalist pyramid.

3) Capitalism is killing the planet. The climate crisis facing the world today simply can not be dealt with on a nation-by-nation basis under an economic system that rewards selfishness instead of generosity and international co-operation. The capitalists of the world are all out to rip each other off and to trick their competition into cutting deals that largely benefit only themselves. This kind of vicious “look out for #1” philosophy is what lies behind all the attempts by wealthy people to bastardize scientific research on climate change in order to buy themselves a few more years of stuffing their bank accounts with cash derived from environmentally destructive capitalist enterprises. All these people care about is money; this places the welfare of the entire population of the planet in the hands of a few million greed-infected mentally ill capitalist profiteers.

4) Capitalism is retarding the pace of advancement in science. In seeking always as their primary life-goal to stuff their bank accounts with cash by any means necessary, the capitalists only wish to invest in projects designed to increase their wealth by the largest margin possible. Large-scale scientific projects that seek simply to increase human understanding of the universe are, to the capitalists, a waste of time and money. Therefore incredible amounts of scientific research that would bring about a greater understanding of our place in the Universe are put off while all the capitalists invest trillions of dollars on the “next big profit-making bubble”. Reduplicating efforts to invest in mining in order to profit from the growth of the Chinese economy, the capitalists wasted billions developing environmentally destructive strip-mining operations which then went immediately bankrupt when Chinese economy experienced an entirely predictable periodic correction. Meanwhile scientists seeking funding for important research projects on everything from studying gravitational waves to a cure for cancer must go around hat in hand begging for funds. They are forced to spend almost as much time on seeking funding as they spend actually doing research. This is depriving the human race from the benefits of research that should – and would be under socialism – fully funded by the government.

5) Capitalism is killing people. Hundreds of millions of workers in the capitalist nation-states of our planet are going hungry every day and starving to death because for the capitalists it is just not profitable enough to feed them. Like everything else under capitalism, that which does not make a capitalist richer fast enough is going to not receive investment dollars. In always seeking the greats profit margins possible the capitalist class denies basic human needs to more than one third of the global population. This state of affairs is completely unacceptable to only one political force in the world: the communists. The capitalist class and its acolytes never tire of coming up with all kinds of bullshit reasons why it is just not possible at this time to feed the world. They tell us that eliminating hunger is not possible! That’s a lie. They tell us that ending warfare is not possible; that, too is a lie. The reason warfare exists is as yet another profit-making enterprise for the capitalist class. War is extremely profitable; there is hardly anyone among the stockholding class that doesn’t have at least some kind of investment in an enterprise that manufactures the weapons of war, or which makes its money rebuilding infrastructure destroyed by the endless for-profit wars created by the capitalist class. The capitalists make money destroying people and infrastructure via warfare; and they make money repairing the damage they caused – nice, eh? Yet you, the workers of the world, not only stupidly allow them to force you to provide the finance through your taxes for these profitable wars; you also willingly send your sons and daughters to do the killing and destroying for them. If the capitalist class deserves condemnation for its bloodthirsty ways, can you, who finance their wars and provide the soldiers for the wars be let off the hook for doing so? We think not. Until each and every one of you understands that by supporting the capitalist system as you do, the blood of the millions of workers being butchered and starved by YOUR GOVERNMENTS is on YOUR HANDS TOO! You cannot hide from this fact, sister and brother workers of the US and the NATO countries!

Only by overthrowing the global greed-based individualistic capitalist system and replacing it with a cooperative rationally-planned global egalitarian democratic socialist system can we finally harness the full potential of the human race and tackle the global climate crisis that threatens the future existence of our human family. Trying to deal with global problems in a world made up of competing capitalist nation states constantly trying to rob each other blind is not going to work! Time is not on our side, sisters and brothers! We must immediately start organizing the revolutionary socialist political parties of the working class that are essentially necessary to the successful overthrow of rapacious global capitalism. If we fail to do this, we will be bequeathing our children a future of endless war over everything from water to oil. This hideous capitalist future that rises up like a spectre before us is not a fait accompli. We must make the effort necessary to tear ourselves away from the endless entertainments the capitalist provide us to keep us distracted while they plunder the planet and murder our working-class sisters and brothers all over the globe. WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO WAKE UP AND GET THIS PROJECT GOING? Every day of delay is making the cost of undoing the damage being inflicted by the capitalists that much higher! The Democrats are owned and operated by the capitalists; so are, of course, the Republicans. We need new parties of by and for the working class and we need them now! There are some that are existing and others like ours that aer just getting started. But thanks to the Internet we can get new working-class political parties up and running and financed in just a few months. THE FUTURE IS NOW! THERE IS NO FUTURE FOR THE WORKING CLASS UNDER THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM! CAPITALISM MUST DIE SO THAT THE WORKING CLASS MAY LIVE! WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!

IWPCHI

Why Socialism? Part One

Q: Why does the Trotskyist Independent Workers Party of Chicago call for a workers socialist revolution to overthrow the capitalist class and its capitalist system and to replace it with an egalitarian workers socialist republic?

A: At the root of all social ills and evils is the capitalist class and its anarchic economic system, which is designed to exploit the many (theworking class) for the benefit of the few (the capitalist class).

Poverty; war; homelessness; police brutality; racial and sexual discrimination; all of these are caused by the normal workings of the capitalist system, an economic and political system designed to facilitate the systematic exploitation of the world’s natural resources and the labor power of its’ human population.

Capitalist economies are designed to funnel the profits created by the exploitation of human beings and natural resources into the hands of a tiny minority of people who run the world’s economic and political systems for their own selfish ends.  Only about 170,000 people on planet Earth are the richest people, capable of spending $150 million on a single painting and still having more than enough money left over to live like kings and queens.  ALL of their wealth is derived from the exploitation and superexploitation of workers, who make up the vast majority of the world’s population.

The capitalist system is based firmly on the “nuclear family”: one male and one female (or, now, two female or two male) wage- and debt-slaves raise the next generation of wage- and debt-slaves for future exploitation by future generations of capitalists.  The wage-slave parents carry out their responsibilities of inculcating in the heads of their children respect for the capitalist system and its police and military forces, and a robust belief that “our country” is better than all the other countries and must be defended at all costs.  Hatred of various despised races and religions is handed down, generation after generation, all to the benefit of the capitalist class, which can thereby organize the workers into military units to go anywhere in the world to defend the domestic and foreign investments of the capitalist masters.  The work of feeding, clothing, sheltering and health care of the young wage-slaves is financed using the wages and debt incurred by the parents, which is another huge gift to the capitalist class, as it means that the wages paid out by capitalists on the one hand are almost entirely returned to the capitalists through the economic activity of the wage- and debt-slave parents.  In the modern era, the capitalists have found that it is a far more effective method of social control to “pay” workers by extending them credit, rather than by actually paying wages.  This keeps the wage slaves drowning in debt, which forces them to work harder and longer every year to keep their heads from going deeper under water than they already are.  The proof that this system works effectively at brainwashing the wage- and debt- slaves into defending their own exploitation can perhaps best be seen here in the United States, where the vast majority of the heavily indebted wage- and debt-slaves are convinced that they are enjoying a “freedom” not to be surpassed anywhere in the world.

To call countries like the United States “democracies” is the capitalist class’ idea of a good joke.  They have successfully conned millions of wage- and debt-slaves (collectively known as “the working class”) into believing that they actually have a role to play in deciding which gang of politicians hired by the capitalists will get to “run the country” over a set period of time.  In fact, in “bourgeois democracies” like the USA and Great Britain, the working class plays almost no role at all in making such decisions.  It is the tiny minority of the capitalist class who finance every major political campaign and who decide well in advance of any election which party politician will be hired to do the bidding of the capitalist class.  Any politician deemed to be insufficiently loyal to the capitalist class, insufficiently dedicated to the continued existence of the capitalist system, will find him or herself unable to raise the funds necessary to get their name on the ballot.

The current US presidential campaign is a perfect case in point:  Hillary Clinton has raised over $1,000,000,000.00 for her Presidential run already.  She did not get the vast majority of that money from the working class: she was given it by the richest 1% of US citizens – the capitalist class.  And that money comes with a lot of strings attached: Ms. Clinton has made binding promises to each and every major donor to her campaign that whatever it is that they want done under  Clinton presidency will get done whether it is politically popular among the workers or not.

In every capitalist country in the world the capitalist class wields its massive wealth to sabotage any attempt made by the workers to fight for their rights, even to the extent of creating phony “political activism” NGOs and other organizations that pretend to defend worker rights but which invariably actually are financed by and therefore beholden to the capitalist class.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, 360.org and the Tor Project – to name but a few – are all firmly in the pockets of the big capitalists.  They will never, ever do either of two things: 1) oppose the “right” of capitalists to exploit workers and to amass tremendous private fortunes and 2) during times of “class peace” they will NEVER form any political party in opposition to the political parties of the capitalist class or to oppose the fundamental class interests of the capitalists.

Even this near-total control of the political and economic systems is not enough for the top capitalists, whose massive wealth alienates them more and more from the working classes of the world: they are not surprisingly terrified of the workers someday organizing themselves to topple the capitalist class from its increasingly precarious position atop the social pyramid.  This is why the capitalist class of the US, for example – in spite of decades of statistics showing a long-term decrease in violent crimes – has demanded that its hired politicians allocate more and more money to the military and police forces whose real role is not “to protect and serve” ALL classes of people, but, in the final analysis, to protect and serve the 1% of the wealthiest from the justified rage of the oppressed workers.

This is why, as more and more wealth has been squeezed out of the blood, bone and sinew of the working class and transferred to a smaller and smaller percentage of the capitalist class we have seen a concomitant increase in police and military brutality across the capitalist world.  The United States Government – wholly owned and under the direction of the US capitalist class – has even re-legalized torture and the right of the principal political representative of the capitalist class – the President of the United States – to order the extralegal assassination of US citizens who dare to oppose the class interests of the leaders of the US capitalist class.  Police brutality is not an aberration under the capitalist system, as the reformists dutifully and continually teach the workers; it is the norm and the necessary corollary of an economic and political system which ruthlessly exploits the many for the benefit of fewer and fewer.

Also in contradiction to what the reformists preach, environmental degradation and war are also symptoms of “normal” conditions of life under the throughly irrational capitalist system.  In their mad, global quest for more and more wealth, the capitalists must search in nation-states not their own for opportunities to enrich themselves, which brings them face-to-face with three sources of opposition: the raw materials they seek are in the possession and under the control of another nation’s capitalist class, and those raw materials are being worked by that nation’s workers.  The capitalist class of major imperialist countries first attempts to arrange a business deal with their competitor capitalists in that foreign nation-state under which the imperialist power gets the majority of the profits.  If the capitalist class of that minor nation-state proves to be unwilling to allow this to happen, then the imperialist power unleashes its secret police forces as well as its banking power to try to engineer a political change inside the target country that benefits the US capitalist class.  They will attempt to purchase politicians and capitalists; if that fails to work, the CIA will assassinate the obstreperous opponent of the US capitalist class.  If that fails, then they send in the Marines and overthrow the government under some phony pretext.

The military forces of a capitalist state do not defend the “national interests”, as the bourgeois press owned by the capitalist class would have us believe: they defend the foreign investments of the US capitalist class, making it “safe” for US capitalists to risk their stolen wealth by opening mines, oil fields and agricultural lands to their untrammelled exploitation.  If workers in these targeted countries rise up in revolt against the oppressive governments forced upon them and supported by US political and military intervention, the US capitalist class, through its secret police agencies and its military discover who the uppity slaves are among the workers and order their hirelings in that targeted country to arrest, torture and imprison those rebels – or they just have them murdered, or have the CIA/Navy Seals/Special Forces do it for them.

Lastly, the capitalist system is an ad-hoc system, under which, since every billionaire is free to invest his or her stolen wealth as he or she sees fit, no one is in control of the economy.  It lurches forward, propelled only by the blind lust for personal wealth of the capitalists.  Occasionally, opportunities arise to obtain superprofits in one or another economic sphere: it might be the spice trade in one era, oil production and distribution in another or even real estate.  Once it becomes clear to the smaller capitalists that the big capitalists have created a “bull market” in a certain economic area (let’s say real estate), hundreds of billions of dollars are rerouted from other spheres of exploitation and into the “booming” real estate sphere – and an economic crisis is precipitated.  As more and more investors seek to enrich themselves in this one area of the economic “boom”, prices begin to rise far beyond the intrinsic value of the property in demand, until the economic bubble bursts, causing extensive damage to the national or even the global economy.  Since no government in any capitalist state actually has anything like real “control” of the economy, the politicians and bankers find themselves unable to repair the damage they themselves created due to their unquenchable greed.  In the end it is the working class that is made to pay for the damage: social spending is cut and taxes are raised to plug up the financial holes created by the blowout of the speculative bubble.  And then the cycle begins anew.

To Be Continued – IWPCHI

 

Why Revolution? Why Socialism?

Why Socialism? Why revolution?

Imagine a world where murderous, racist cops don’t exist.

Imagine a world where wars just don’t happen anymore.

Imagine a world where housing is a RIGHT, not a privilege granted by the rich landlords to the workers, and no one can be evicted from their home because they don’t have the money to pay for rent or a mortgage.

Imagine a world where food is a RIGHT and where no one can be denied access to food regardless of their ability to pay; just go to the supermarket and get what you and your family need.

Imagine a world where if you lose your job, you get paid 100% of your old salary until you get a new one.

Imagine a world where health care is free for everyone.

Imagine a world where a college education is not only free but where you get paid to go to college.

Imagine a world where women’s rights are fundamentally protected by the Constitution, not just an asterisk of an Amendment.

Imagine a world where the rights of black workers are not just an asterisk/amendment added to a slave-owner’s Constitution but incorporated into its very foundation.

Imagine a world where all the nation-states have been transformed from competitors into co-operative societies.

Imagine a world where poverty no longer exists.

Imagine a world unified into an organic whole, where cooperation instead of competition is the rule of the day – every day.

If you can imagine all this, then you are imagining a socialist world. A world without the greed factor; where profitability is no longer the sine qua non of human existence. A world dedicated to the eradication of inequality; a true meritocracy where the vast talents of the human race are finally given the opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter if you were born in Bangladesh or Berlin.

This is the future we fight for: a socialist future where the working class rules and poverty, homelessness, starvation, racism and war have become hideous exhibits in the history museums of the monstrous capitalist era.

The capitalist world is not “the best of all possible worlds”: we can and must do better if we want to live in a world that is worthy of our children and grandchildren.

Capitalism promises us a future of wars, endless wars, over food, water, land and even air.

We can build any kind of socialism we want. What kind of socialism do you want? If you, the workers of the world are willing to join forces as the sisters and brothers that you truly are, and if you are ready

to fight for a socialist future of global prosperity rather than a capitalist future of poverty, starvation and endless wars, you will surely reach that goal, because workers make up the vast majority of the world’s population and so you should call the shots – right?

Why revolution? Because it will take a revolution to overthrow the current selfish, greed-based capitalist system and replace it with an egalitarian federation of socialist workers republics.

Think about it. And then join us!

Workers of the World, Unite!

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

350.org: “Rockefeller Brothers Fund”-Created Phony Environmentalist Organization Tricks Workers Into Participating In Fake Environmental Activism

How the capitalist class creates a fake "movement" that pretends to fight the environmental destruction caused by the capitalist system they run.  Rockefeller Brothers Fund's 350.org

How the capitalist class creates a fake “movement” that pretends to fight the environmental destruction caused by the capitalist system they run:  The Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s 350.org

The capitalist world is composed of frauds designed to rob the working class and keep the workers blind to the fact that they are being exploited 24/7/365, from the time they wake up in the morning until they go to sleep at night.

Most of these frauds are easy to spot, like the Obamacare swindle, which is nothing but a giant gift to Wall St. Puppet-in-Chief Barack Obama’s patrons running the US insurance, pharmaceutical and health care conglomerates.

Others are not so easy to detect right away because they hide their true sponsors behind several layers of bullshit knowing that only those who know how these things work – revolutionary Trotskyists like us – will tear the wrapping off the package until we get to its creamy shit center.   Which we do – and then we show it to the world for all to enjoy. Or for the world to ignore, which is more usually the case, especially in dumber-than-dogshit USA.

Our pals over at Friends of WikiLeaks – Chicago have  already exposed the Tor Project – that fake-secure onion-router network operation  run from Day One by the Pentagon  and  financed to this day by the US Department of Defense,   which the Executive Director of the Tor Project Andrew Lewman admitted to FoWL Chicago  and defended in a pair of emails he sent to them, which they published in January 2013.   Lewman lied and said that Tor doesn’t hide the fact that it’s sponsored by the US Defense Department and Department of State, but in the year since the issue was raised with him, Tor has buried the source of their funding deeper into the fake NGO SRI International, which actually acts as a cut-out for the US Defense Department:

Using SRI International as a cover for "pass-through" funding from Pentagon allows Tor project to claim they aren't funded by Pentagon.  Unfortunately, the IRS requires them to disclose the true source of funds in their annual financials.

Using SRI International as a cover for “pass-through” funding from Pentagon allows Tor project to claim they aren’t funded by Pentagon. Unfortunately, the IRS requires them to disclose the true source of funds in their annual financials.  And USAID isn’t much of a cover either.

Well, we all know by now that Tor is a piece of shit and, as Andrew Lewman helpfully told FoWL Chicago, Tor should not be trusted by anyone being targeted by a nation-state… which means that since the US Government is spying on every purposeful Internet communication on the planet, we’re all fucked if we use Tor.

Which sort of allows us to make an awkward segue to our latest discovery of capitalist-class-sponsored fraud: the very impressive NGO 350.org   We ran across these scoundrels today while we were slapping the crap out of the US’ pro-capitalist trade-union misleadership who are busily pimping off thousands of young, bright-eyed and stupid trade unionists to the Democrats for yet another round of self-defeating “get-out-the-vote” campaigns for that warmongering, racist-cop-loving, pro-big-business anti-worker party. (The Democrats are even taking campaign donations from Wal-Mart this election cycle –  but don’t tell the dummies working the AFL-CIO’s phone banks on behalf of the Democrats, they think that the Dems are the “party of labor”!)

Among the groups we follow on Twitter are many activists working on the demonstrations against the police murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  Reading a conversation with one of them we saw this:

Shameless Rockefeller scum exploit Pacific Islanders' naivete to produce "grassroots" impotent gesture organization dedicated to making it look like something is being done to defend the planet from environmental destruction.

Shameless Rockefeller scum exploit Pacific Islanders’ naivete to produce “grassroots” impotent gesture organization dedicated to making it look like something is being done to defend the planet from environmental destruction caused by the capitalist system run by the Rockefellers… oh my we just made ourselves dizzy! Did you feel it too?

Initially we thought that these folks were part of the new political party in New Zealand led by Maori activists and Kim Dotcom.  But we were mistaken.  We looked closer, as is the practice of Marxists:

Is there no depth of depravity to which the US capitalist class will not go in order to continue to rape the planet from pole to pole?

Is there no depth of depravity to which the US capitalist class will not go in order to continue to rape the planet from pole to pole?

This looked semi-authentic so far… but look closer.  Professional logo; sophisticated advertising techniques in photo and logo design… the whole thing is designed to get liberal youth to squeal with joy at finding an authentic, exotic ethnic “cause” that they can support with all the power of their tiny little hearts & minds between trips to the mall.    And then we saw the 350.org  web address.  OK, lets zoom in for a closer look:

The 350.org homepage, 15 October 2014. "We"'re building a global climate movement?  Who is this "we" you speak of, 350.org?

The 350.org homepage, 15 October 2014. “We”‘re building a global climate movement? Who is this “we” you speak of, 350.org? “Led from the bottom up”?  Really?  Let’s see.

Well now this is starting to look like a lot of bogus front groups we’ve been seeing lately, like the DreamDefenders – a Democratic Party front group. We thought that only the commies did this kind of crap!

“OK so where do we start the search for the scumbags behind 350.org?”  That is really what we were thinking at this point, no shit!  We already KNEW that this was a bogus, pro-capitalist pressure organization, probably run by the Democratic Party.  But where to find the proof?  Well usually if you click on the link that says “About us” or… oh there it is… upper left-hand corner… “ABOUT”…

Ahh, here we are... we're getting somewhere now.  The "Staff" page on "DreamDefenders was just a bunch of names of activists... what about this "Board of Directors" thing...?

Ahh, here we are… we’re getting somewhere now. The “Staff” page on “DreamDefenders” was just a bunch of names of activists… what about this “Board of Directors” thing…?

So we clicked on the “Board of Directors” link and…

LOL Bill McKibben - a useful idiot for whoever is really running this thing! These people are all fronts for the criminals behind this obvious fraud!  It's like a set of those nested Russian dolls... we can smell shit now! Where to look next?  What's this?  US Advisory Board...? Be careful where you step!

LOL Bill McKibben – a useful idiot for whoever is really running this thing! These people are all fronts for the criminals behind this obvious fraud! It’s like a set of those nested Russian dolls… we can smell shit now! Where to look next? What’s this? US Advisory Council…? Click on it… but be careful where you put your mouse!

BINGO!  WE KNEW IT!  THESE FUCKING SCUM!  Using those Pacific Islanders for this deeply cynical scam!

Van Jones – Democratic party hack; Gus Speth – UN Development Programme, Yale University; Natural Resources Defense Council… and… what’s this?  “Rockefeller Brothers Fund”?

Scroll down some more…

Here we are! The center of this shit sandwich!  The Rockefeller Brothers Fund!  350.org is financed by that well-known family of arch-environmentalists - the ROCKEFELLERS!  ROFL!  What a disgusting scam!

Here we are! The center of this shit sandwich! The Rockefeller Brothers Fund! 350.org is financed by that well-known family of arch-environmentalists – the ROCKEFELLERS! ROFL! What a disgusting scam!  Hendricks is just another dime-a-dozen Democratic Party hack.  These Rockefeller “environmentalists” are responsible for a large portion of the greenhouse gases produced from the time of the inception of  the Industrial Revolution to the present day!

Well, that gives us just one or two more links to click on; first: the “Rockefeller Brothers Fund”… it’s got to be the same Rockefellers, right…?

Yep!  It's the same Rockefeller family all right... heirs of the hideous oil trust octopus John D. Rockefeller unleashed on the planet in the late 1800s - the infamous Standard Oil Trust.

Yep! It’s the same Rockefeller family all right… heirs of the hideous oil trust octopus John D. Rockefeller unleashed on the planet in the late 1800s – the infamous Standard Oil Trust!

This is absolutely repulsive… that these vicious pigs would use those doomed Pacific Islanders – doomed thanks to the global warming that is melting the polar icecaps and that will soon put all their islands under water… a phenomenon largely attributable to the burning of fossil fuels by the oil and steel companies, railroads and chemical producers owned or controlled by this family… as a front for this monstrous fraud!

Proof that there is no God: the Rockefeller family.

Proof that there is no God: the Rockefeller crime family.

So the lesson for today, children is: beware of capitalists bearing gifts of any kind; and always look behind the front man or woman to see where the money is coming from.  If it isn’t coming directly from the working class then it isn’t a “grassroots organization”.   There are many ways that the capitalist class can use you to further their criminal agendas: don’t fall for this crap!

350.org-2013-audit

Independent Petroleum Association of America article referencing 350.org’s ties to Rockefellers

Fellow wage and debt slaves: nothing less than a bona fide party of the working class should be acceptable to you; a political party funded entirely by dues and donations from the working class, not from capitalist enterprises or the Democratic or Republican party’s front men and women.  EVERY POLITICAL ACTIVIST ORGANIZATION THAT IS NOT FUNDED ENTIRELY BY THE WORKING CLASS IS TIED TO AND RUN BY THE CAPITALIST CLASS IN SOME WAY!  There are dozens of these political fraud organizations out there all over the world!  Accept no substitutes for a revolutionary socialist workers party that has as its principal goal the overthrow of the capitalist system worldwide and its replacement with an egalitarian federation of socialist workers republics!

Workers of the World, Unite!  JOIN US!

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

US Government Panics, Wall St. Shuts Down, Capitalist News Media Freaks Out Over Category 1 Hurricane

The onslaught of governmental panic and capitalist news media frenzy over a strong tropical cyclone which barely makes the cut as a category one hurricane continues unabated.  The vast depths of scientific illiteracy in the United States even at the highest levels of government, coupled with deliberate panic-mongering by a capitalist press that is struggling to survive financially and is nakedly using the storm to make money by scaring the bejeezus out of a hundred million people on the east coast – is something to behold.  They’ve been so effective at scaring the crap out of everyone that even the greedy swine on Wall St. essentially canceled trading for a whole day, and maybe even for the next two days!  Normally, it takes something big to keep those pigs’ mouths out of the trough.  And the storm isn’t even going to come ashore anywhere near New York City!

“Tone turns ominous at the Weather Channel” was the headline of a hilarious (intentionally?) Associated Press report by one of their television reviewers, David Bauder.   He reported that on Sunday, the Weather Channel had already been doing ’round-the-clock features on the hurricane for three solid days; not surprisingly, the Weather Channel’s own special computer forecasts of the storm showed it to be gaining more strength over time, in contradiction to the much slower pace of storm development reported by the National Weather Service (who were themselves overhyping the severity of the storm).

From Bauder’s article: “‘We want you to know we are not hyping this storm, OK?’ on-air meteorologist Vivian Brown said. ‘We don’t do that at The Weather Channel…’ ” !  Riiiiiiiiiight!

Bauder also relates that on Sunday the Weather Channel’s on-air and behind-the-scenes mediarologists – perhaps due to lack of sleep – were just plain losing it: “Bryan Norcross, the network’s senior hurricane specialist [our emphasis, lol! – IWPCHI], explained in an interview that the network tries to keep its tone serious yet urgent. The network’s computer models have been consistent in their forecasts of the storm and it has been acting as anticipated, perhaps with even more strength.

” ‘Our goal has been to get people to appreciate the magnitude of the storm and try to prove to them that, based on everything we know, that this is going to be a system that is outside of their experience,’ Norcross said.

Wow!  So this hurricane is going to be the worst hurricane anyone’s ever even heard of – a “frankenstorm” of unprecedented severity!  Bigger than even any of the other hurricanes that we’ve all come to learn about from the Weather Channel’s very own documentaries on previous killer hurricanes, then?  Bigger than the Galveston hurricane of 1900, a category 4 storm that killed 8000 people?  Bigger than the 1928 Florida hurricane, also a category 4 storm,  that killed 2500 people?  Bigger than Katrina, which was a category 3 and killed 1200 people?  Knock it off, Weather Channel!  You’re not just hyping the storm for cold, hard cash. you’re doing it so brazenly and outrageously that some of your directors and owners should be arrested for panic-mongering!  In fact, out of the 30 largest and most deadly hurricanes to ever hit the US mainland, only 2 were category 1 hurricanes.  [Source: “Deadliest U.S. Hurricanes of All Time“, Weather Underground website]

This nonsense being spewed by the Weather Channel – for absolutely no other reason other than to make themselves huge piles of money – is causing an even greater disruption of U.S. domestic life than the famous 1938 Orson Welles radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”:

“As it listened to this simulation of a news broadcast, created with voice acting and sound effects, a portion of the audience concluded that it was hearing an actual news account of an invasion from Mars. People packed the roads, hid in cellars, loaded guns, even wrapped their heads in wet towels as protection from Martian poison gas, in an attempt to defend themselves against aliens, oblivious to the fact that they were acting out the role of the panic-stricken public that actually belonged in a radio play. Not unlike Stanislaw Lem’s deluded populace, people were stuck in a kind of virtual world in which fiction was confused for fact.”

That’s good!  Tell us more!

“In a prescient column, in the New York Tribune, Dorothy Thompson foresaw that the broadcast revealed the way politicians could use the power of mass communications to create theatrical illusions, to manipulate the public.

” ‘All unwittingly, Mr. Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater of the Air have made one of the most fascinating and important demonstrations of all time,’ she wrote. ‘They have proved that a few effective voices, accompanied by sound effects, can convince masses of people of a totally unreasonable, completely fantastic proposition as to create a nation-wide panic.

” ‘They have demonstrated more potently than any argument, demonstrated beyond a question of a doubt, the appalling dangers and enormous effectiveness of popular and theatrical demagoguery….’ ” [Source: Transparency at transparencynow.com by Ken Sanes: “War of the Worlds, Orson Welles And The Invasion From Mars”]

The Associated Press article says that, after seeing the Weather Channel’s on-air staff hyperventilating over what they were essentially calling the storm of, not just the century, but of all human experience ever (“the Weather Channel sent a message via Twitter calling it ‘an extraordinary storm, an extremely serious threat’ and urged followers to re-tweet it. The storm ‘will occupy a place in the annals of weather history as one of the most extraordinary to have affected the United States’ the network tweeted”),  a staffer at Business Insider tweeted: ” ‘WHOA. The Weather Channel meteorologist just completely freaked out.’ “!

The capitalist politicians – those twin shills for Wall Street scumbaggery, Barack Obama and Mormon Bishop Mitt Romney – both threw some gasoline on the fire, cancelling their scheduled election campaign appearances so that they could focus their full attention on posturing in a competition to see who “looks more ‘presidential'” in the face of a major national [non-] emergency.

Today, we watched as far outlying clouds from the northwestern edge of this very large storm slowly moved across the sky in northern Illinois.

Chicago enjoys a beautiful sunset courtesy of outlying clouds from western ‘arm’ of ‘Hurricane’ Sandy, 29 October, 2012. Credit: IWPCHI

It’s a big storm, but its extent really isn’t any greater than any of the big weather systems that routinely cross the continental US.  We just had a couple of those large, comma-shaped low-pressure systems that crossed the country in the past few weeks; the rain front in those storms was hundreds of miles across, just like this one.  It’s not at all unusual to have major anticyclonic storms crossing the continental U.S. that extend from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.  Sandy is a big, slightly unusual category one hurricane, period.  Nothing more or less.  If it kills anyone at all in the US, it will likely be people who try to cross flooded streams in their cars, people killed by falling trees or who step on downed electrical wires and those folks, like we said yesterday, who are dumb enough to frolic in front of the big waves at the seashore and who get clobbered by a rogue 20-foot wave and dragged out to sea.

We spent a couple of hours looking at what we believe are some of the most compelling and factual reports on the storm, which come not from highly-paid entertainers on the profit-at-any-cost Weather Channel, or from the feckless, vicious and scientifically illiterate, bought-and-paid-for US bourgeois political class, but from non-humans, not subject to hysteria or greed: the hundreds of weather buoys moored along the east coast of the United States, which anyone can monitor using the National Data Buoy Center website.  Here’s what we found, as of this afternoon (Monday, October 29):

The National Data Buoy Center was reporting as of 2007 GMT (2:07PM Chicago time) that, out of  614 buoy observations taken over the previous 3 hours from buoys located within 150 English nautical miles of the center of Hurricane Sandy (that is, those ocean buoys closest to the storm), the highest sustained winds observed were:

46.6 knots (53.63 MPH) with gusts as high as 58.3 knots (67.1mph) from 50 degrees (ENE) with wave heights of 28.9 feet at buoy Station 44025 (LLNR 830) 30 NM South of Islip, NY off Long Island, NY.  The anemometer height of this buoy is 5 meters above sea level. Buoy at 1900 hours was approx. 117 miles from the storm center.

(http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=44025);

48.6 knots (55.93 MPH) with wind gusts as high as 64.1 knots  (73.76 mph) from 50 degrees (ENE) at buoy Station 44025 (LLNR 830) – (same buoy);

Highest reported wind gusts from these same 600 or so observations made in the previous 3 hours (as of 20:07 GMT, or 2 PM Chicago time) were:

62.0 knots (71.35 MPH) reported at Station ROBN4 – 8530973

(http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=ROBN4) located at Robins Reef, NJ, 149 NM from the center of the storm;

66.0 knots (75.95 mph) also at ROBN4.

This is to be compared with the National Hysteria [Hurricane] Center’s reported observations of winds as high as 90 MPH reported from Coast Guard airplane flights across the eye of the storm.  Those observations, obviously, are taken at higher altitudes and include observations in the actual center of the storm where the winds are the highest.  Ground-level observations as close as 75 miles from Sandy’s eye are not indicating that winds are anywhere near hurricane force once you get outside the immediate center of the storm.

The closest buoy to the storm, Buoy Station 44009 (LLNR168) located in Delaware Bay, 26 NM southeast of Cape May, NJ, [http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=44009] which is only 76 NM from the center of the storm reported (1900 hrs GMT) sustained winds of just 44.7 knots (51.44 mph) and gusts of 58.3 knots (67.1 mph) with wave heights of 17.4 feet.
[Sources: as listed, including the National Data Buoy Center (http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/) and an online “knots to miles per hour” calculator at  http://www.calculateme.com/Speed/Knots/ToMilesperHour.htm%5D

So, none of the data buoys have yet reported sustained winds of hurricane force – that is, around 74 miles per hour or greater.  This is because, first, they are not at several thousand feet above sea level but are just a few meters above sea level; and they are not in the actual eye of the storm, where the hurricane force winds will and do exist.  This area is just some tens of miles across in diameter and will rapidly lose power the minute it hits land, which will be somewhere along the Delaware/Maryland or southern New Jersey coast this evening.  Look at the latest graphic illustrating the wind speed probabilities and likely locations of the highest winds of Tropical Storm Sandy  issued by the National Weather Service:

Hurricane Wind Speed Probabilities chart for ‘Hurricane’ Sandy. Only the area in red and purple will see actual hurricane force winds of around 75 miles per hour, with wind gusts somewhat higher. Lighter orange, yellow and green-colored areas have a 50% or less chance of seeing hurricane force winds.  Credit: NOAA/National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center

As you can see from this graphic, the area of landfall that Sandy will impact most severely is relatively small and will not include New York City or Philadelphia and will – sadly – only barely scrape Washington, D.C.   Also, the inland areas affected by the highest sustained winds will not extend beyond the boundaries of Delaware and Maryland and limited areas of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Virginia.

And we’re talking about 75 mile-an-hour winds here; houses built along the coast are – or damned well should be! – built to withstand sustained winds of much higher intensity that are found in category 1 hurricanes.  Building houses  that are located on the seashore and not building them to withstand sustained winds of 100 MPH or greater should be – and would be in a Socialist United States – ILLEGAL.   Any house that can’t stand up to 75 mph winds shouldn’t be in existence anywhere within 200 miles of the ocean.

So, to wrap up:  If you live along the coast of New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware or northeastern Virginia, don’t go swimming in the ocean tonight!  And stop watching those asshats on the Weather Channel, who are just trying to scare you into watching their channel so they can sell some more soap and get an enormous pile of cash and a ratings boost out of this storm.

We’ll leave the final word on this phenomenon to the folks at Transparency Now, from the concluding paragraph of their excellent article on the phenomenon of media and government manipulation of mass psychology cited above:

“…[W]e live in a time in which the ability to create deceptive simulations, especially for television, has become essential to the exercise of power. And the inability to see through these deceptions has become a form of powerlessness. Those who let themselves be taken in by the multiple deceptions of politics, news, advertising and public relations, are doomed, like the more gullible members of the radio audience in 1938, to play a role in other people’s dramas, while mistakenly believing that they are reacting to something genuine.”

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