Latin America: Could Venezuela see her future in the oily crystal ball of Libya?|
Tuesday, March 01 @ 23:06:12 UTC
By Franz J. T. Lee|
March 01, 2011
The Twilight of the
'Wretched of the Earth'
What is behind the series
of popular uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East? What or who
triggered them off? The CIA or hunger, or both? And 'Cui bono?' - whose
interests do they really serve? Is Venezuela next? Can she see her
future in the oily crystal ball of Libya, of Gaddafi?
The capitalist system globally has reproduced itself in all walks of
life; it has internalized itself in the very psyche of the 'wretched of
the earth'. By sacrificing their very lives millions defend and save
their future butchers, the new ruling classes. Hunger, famine and
poverty have been magnified ever since the original accumulation of
capital, they are root causes of many popular revolts. What is special,
new about the current uprisings? Are we making revolution and/or human
emancipation, the New?
These and many other questions have seriously to be studied in
Venezuela. Like in the 1960s very easily the African sparks could set
the American prairie on fire. The common factors of Venezuela and Libya
are dangerously similar: 'dictators' who are producing bloodbaths for
their peaceful, poor citizens. Apart from these, they have oil, gas,
water (under the Sahara Desert and in the Orinoco Delta), oxygen,
strategic metals and minerals but also exotic hot weather and blue
skies, still void of toxic 'chemtrails' and HAARP geophysical
Just to possess the greatest oil reserves of the world is reason enough
to receive bellicose royal treatment from the Fourth Fleet or NATO.
Hence, Venezuela, beware!
Let us look at some aspects of the current uprisings in Africa.
Foremost, in the current epoch of the post-Orwellian global disaster,
what should be studied and debated urgently before we, the 'wretched of
the earth', as international working classes, could get down concretely
to emancipate ourselves as still breathing and fighting humanity? It is
pertinent to identify the real global syndicates of organized war
crimes and not to be fooled by bourgeois ruling class ideology and
practices; in modern terms, by the Murdoch Empire, which preaches that
'Great Men', ... that is, 'dictators', like 'Muammar Gaddafi' or 'Hugo
Chavez Frias', or 'saints' like 'Bush I and II, ... who were both
losers but they 'took it all' ..., that is, that these 'great heroes'
of the 'fatherland' all alone could make or break history. The problem
is that most of us, but also the billions of the 'wretched of the
earth' believe in such ideological, messianic, political grandeur. Che
Guevara, Fidel Castro, Frantz Fanon, Bertolt Brecht and Ernst Bloch
have taught us, as a result of rigorous, stringent, theoretical
analysis, that emancipated 'Man' should not strive to be 'great', not
become a 'great dictator', but rather a homo novum, a New Man, the New
per se. In the current corporate vandalism in Africa, especially in the
land-grabbing, we could perceive that nowhere the new, the hopeful, the
emancipatory, are on the agenda of the African Union, NEPAD, Africom or
the 'African Standby Force' (ASF).
The latter is opening a new market for a flourishing arms sales
industry in Africa, to serve the belligerent necessities of United
Nations' 'peace-keeping' forces on the continent, but also violently to
keep a macro-migratory exodus in search for food at bay.
Yes, corporate imperialism is not interested in the millions of
starving children, in the spreading of pestilence, illness and AIDS,
the new black elites just talk about business, about Great Business,
about arms production in South Africa, corruption, about preparing for
Neither on the placards nor in the political speeches of the revolting,
starving masses in North Africa and the Middle East, could be detected
traces of the radical anti-capitalist New. It seems that the quo vadis,
the whither, the future of whole Africa is truncated by world fascism.
It seems that twilight is darkening the 'Cradle of Humanity'.
The major demand of all uprisings was that a dictatorial great man must
step down from decades of autocratic power.
For pharisaic reasons, even Berlin and Washington D.C. favored and
defended this 'human right'; all over the army and the State continued
to serve the metropolitan interests of their corporate masters.
Venezuela and Libya, we should recall that
there exists no revolution without 'violent' class struggles. If the
latter are absent in any region, or if we try to annihilate workers'
class struggles on a continental scale, then this is the best proof
that no social revolution is taking place there. Class reconciliation
is not revolution, it is capitulation.
With emancipatory transhistoric processes the situation is more
transcendental. There is no human emancipation possible when anywhere
still exist labor and capital, master and slave relations, that is,
exploitation, domination, racism. genocide and alienation. At the end
of the first millennium, early North African and Arab materialist
philosophers like Avicenna and Averroes, were already expressing the
creative quintessence of human emancipation as natura naturans and
natura naturata, namely, as that what is created, creative and
creating, that is, Mother Nature, Mother Africa, Pacha Mama, Gaia and
Isis. Creation signifies theoretical Praxis, the emancipation of Mother
Nature, Mother Africa, the New, of the Woman.
The Novum is the emancipatory specter that is haunting the contemporary
world order, it could be setting North America also ablaze. Since
centuries capitalism brutally suppressed all possible emancipatory
endeavors. Corporatism launched an avalanche of physical and
mental holocausts to control the toiling masses. Since yore, the
masters called these authoritarian and totalitarian machinations and
mechanisms humanism, peace, education, transition, democracy, 'one
world government', culture, faith, good manners, etiquette,
civilization, customs, credos, commandments, laws, morals, ideology and
The low degree of class consciousness and the high level of inculcated
ignorance about socialism by no means belittle the courage, optimism
and heroic resistance of all the contemporary workers' struggles.
However, it is important to note why corporate imperialism could
silence these brave fighters again, can 'nip them in the bud'. This
occurred in all the social democratic revolutions of the 20th century.
Today, where are the novel, creative fruits of the heroic social
revolutions of Vietnam, China, Yugoslavia, Algeria, Egypt, Libya,
Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Ghana, Eritrea, Djibouti, Mauritania, Mozambique,
Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa?
Is the current state of affairs in Africa the freedom for which we
fought ... for which many millions 'peacefully' were maimed, mutilated
and massacred? In Africa, are we confronting a new maafa (Swahili:
disaster), a new type of Conquest, a modern Transatlantic Wage Slave
Trade, a new Bermuda Triangle? What is Africom doing on the soil of
Mother Africa, and why did we, a billion African human beings, allow it
to settle there to kill us 'softly' one by one?
If our autocratic, theocratic, technocratic and bureaucratic 'great
leaders', especially those in Humania South, could be accepted by
corporate America, then by the grace of the 'great gods', who own
'great ideas' ... and by the 'superiority of the great master races'
... they would be ordained as the loyal guardians, the fascist 'storm
troopers' of the apocalypse', as the Chief Executive Officers of the
oil, gas, gold, metal and mineral supply and shipment to the USA, to
the metropolitan opulent tycoons.
However, the danger is that we see all over colorful 'revolutions',
hundreds, millions of them. We do not realize that there is only one
single revolution: the capitalist, bourgeois, democratic revolution,
the father of all reformist vipers.
In his writing, 'The Jewish Question', as early as 1843, Marx himself
informed us that our objective is to topple bourgeois revolution by
means of proletarian human emancipation.
In the epoch of globalization where systemic revolutions are already
becoming obsolete, we should seriously reflect and think about our
basic liberatory concepts, about their corresponding anti-capitalist
As far as we could reflect, publicly, nowhere in the recent popular
uprisings, the capitalist mode of destruction has been negated
radically, is being transcended towards the real, true New, towards
On the 'Dark Continent' the Twilight of the 'Wretched of the Earth' is
casting an obscure anticipatory awakening on the northern part of the
continent; soon dusk will set in and remind us of how black, how
mysterious, the natural nights could still be.
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