Venezuela: Labour Day, May Day, 2004
Date: Saturday, May 01 @ 16:09:28 UTC
Topic: Venezuela and Chavez
What are we really celebrating?
By Franz J. T. Lee
In many countries of the world, what are we really celebrating today?
Have over 5 billion obsolete labour slaves, on May 1, really something to be joyful about? Are we celebrating the victories of Labour, of the Labour Movement, over Capital, against Capitalism, against Fascism?
At least, today, here in Venezuela, the Bolivarians are celebrating their victories over golpism, sabotage, racism and fascism, generated by Big Brother on a global scale. However, what is Labour, Labour Force, all about? Is it really something to celebrate?
It is no secret at all that the source of wealth, of power and of so-called "progress" is simply physical and/or intellectual Human Labour-Force. It is also amply known that it is Labour-Force, and not labour in itself, which is the generator of Capital and of Giga-Profits, but at the same time, also of the production of arms of mass destruction, of most horrible and abominable misery and poverty. All human problems revolve around the phenomenon of Labour, that is, of exploited Labour-Force.
In Venezuela, in Latin America and the Caribbean, not to take this universal fact into account is equivalent to not to understand, that precisely by means of the economic exploitation of fundamentally Physical Labour-Force, for centuries, the African Continent, including all the millions of its pauperized and dehumanized inhabitants, also in the diaspora, has already been heinously plundered, murdered, and will still be pillaged mercilessly for many decades to come.
In Europe, ever since the XII century until today, Labour transformed itself progressively into Industrial Labour, into Corporate Capital, and it is simply these two formal-logic, dualistic sides of the very same Labour -- Labour and Capital -- which dominate and determine all current global events. Labour is the unilateral, perverse relation between Nature and Society: it is not only alienated, even worse, it is Alienation per se, and has to be eradicated from the very face of the planet, and be replaced by human creativity, creation and emancipation.
Today, as a result of the profound crisis of corporate capitalism, the matter is even more grave, gravelike. Consequently, the only way to annihilate the quintessence of the current labour production is to transcend its economic exploitation, political domination, social discrimination (racism), fascist militarization and terrorist dehumanization (alienation).
We are always talking about an external objective world and an internal subjective world, id est, it would seem that we are captured between two worlds, between a natural-material "diabolic" domain and a spiritual-social "divine" realm. Already Plato described our historic dilemma with the term "soma sema" - the body is the grave of the soul. Existentially, i.e., as to what concerns its Thinking, the human species, homo sapiens sapiens believes to be an earthly thinking-sapient being, in other words, Man exists subjectively, internally, and socially as Society. His principal problem is his relation towards his objective, external, natural essence.
Thus, essentially, Man is natural, and exists natural a n d socially. The specific relation between Nature and Man, i.e., Society, is generally called History. For Man, this natural-social relation is a matter of life or death, of survival, of satisfying his basic human needs, it's a matter of labour, of production, of the historic process. With regard to Labour itself and due to the way Man has been naturalized and socialized, it turns out that the whole world is affirming Labour; it is the (not yet mad) holy cow. As we will see, it is rather a process of denaturalization and dissocialization. Neither slavery, nor feudalism, nor capitalism, nor socialism, nor communism, nor religion, nor democracy, nor terrorism are negating or questioning the given Relation between Society and Nature; in other words, Labour is not being negated or questioned. On the contrary: all across the ages, the whole world has been and still is categorically affirming Labour; the only things which are being criticized, are the economic, political and social conditions of Labour, which are infra-humane, "alienatifying". The socialists and communists for instance desire to liberate Labour from alienation which man suffers under the capitalist mode of production. In the opinion of the absolute majority of all human beings on earth, the "historic" (rather patrian, patriarchal) roots of the entire misery and all the problems given on a world scale have to do with all kinds of things - with money, egoism, evil, atheism - except with Labour itself.
It becomes obvious that the celebration of Labour Day is just as anachronistic as glorifying Race Day, the "discovery of America"; at least, the latter has been eliminated in Venezuela.
Across the ages, an elitist minority elevated itself as true Man, and henceforth, brutally it begun to exploit Human Physical Labour Force itself. All this could easily be verified by any serious study of ancient "civilizations", of European discovery and military conquest, of colonization and democratization of the entire world.
Hence, it is already logically evident that this unilateral, egoistic and destructive relation would lead into a devouring productive-destructive Labour Process, abusing and exploiting Nature, and would terminate finally in contemporary globalized "eco-terrorism". Consequently, up to now - from the viewpoint of natural life, of the plants, trees, insects, animals and also from the physical nature of man itself - a horrible, abominable eco-terrorist crime has been committed against terrestrial life; this global capital crime has been committed by virtue of Labour and its Work Forces - specifically directed against itself, and in general against the totality of terrestrial natural life. All this simply occurred for the sake of unilateral, egoistic enrichment of a minority of powerful parasites, bringing about the global pauperization of "the wretched" and defenceless of the earth, i.e., of economic exploitation, all which form an intrinsic, basic part of Labour, a product of the maltreated and perverted human historic process itself, of global denaturalization and dissocialization of the human species.
As explained, Man and Labour are in a sense synonyms; they are one and the same thing. Thus, it becomes evident in the first place, why a dualistic cosmovision of two worlds was generated: an external-natural objective-violent world (corresponding to Matter and to the Physical Labour Force), and an internal-social subjective-peaceful world (corresponding to the Spirit, to "white collar" work, to Intellectual Labour Force).
In the famous expression of the poet Goethe, that two souls, two contradictory forces, dwell within man's breast, the dispersed, desperate relation of the spritual-intellectual towards its natural-objective part is being expressed, thus, manifesting the formal-logic, dualistic rupture between human Praxis and Theory. Furthermore, a perverse "division of labour" came into existence, which politically has produced dominating and dominated classes, and social institutions which are ruling over the still predominantly natural masses, exploiting thus massively their Physical Labour Force and all natural, terrestrial resources.
Social Intellectual Labour, the original superstructure of the Labour System, constitutes genetically and internally the negation, the dynamo of the closed system. In Hegelian style, all across the ages, thinking, intellect, intellectus, objectivated itself, alienated itself, perverted itself, technologized itself, by producing and reproducing destructive tools and weapons, -- from the stone axe to the bow and arrow, via the steam engine to the computer -- inter alia, it produced virtual and artificial intelligence, surplus value, merchandise, weapons. Amongst other enslaving, alienating chains of mental manipulation and social discrimination, aggressively, conscious Man was inventing, originating his own essential existence, was reproducing his very social life: culture, tradition, civilization, religion, law, ethics, ideology, customs, beliefs, racism, and lately, global "information warfare".
As social reproducer, ruling class Man, Rational Capital, across Intellectual Labour, manifested itself in form of the State, the means of mass communication, the modern church, the family factory, and other dominant social and welfare institutions and "endowment foundations" of a similar kind.
Sociologically, from feudalism to capitalism, Intellectus expressed itself predominantly as social minority ruling classes: as tyrants, slave-owners, clergy, nobility, bourgeoisie, fascists, racists, democrats, Illuminati, communists and terrorists. Thus, for almost three millennia, first in Europe and later on other continents, the most advanced intellectual and rational worker, with different masks as it were -- the Greek logos, the feudalistic intellectus, and the bourgeois ratio, -- all of them, economically, politically, militarily and socially were dominating sensatio, the exploited physical-natural world, destroying her progressively in the name of God, of goodness, of justice, and of peace.
He, preferibly "white" Man, usurped the immense natural powers and resources; globally, he constantly robbed all the social surplus products, acquired diverse social wealth and privileges; and finally, in our times, he is obtaining omnipotent, authoritarian, totalitarian, fascist hegemony. Now, politico-military State horror is being added to economic-exploitative terror. At the moment, the United States of America are in the forefront of this Orwellian Labour Global Fascism. Labour Ratio, Rational Labour, dominates the globe, is the New World Order.
Big Brother Racism
As we already explained, "racism" is the ideological reflex of the "global division of labour", of the world market. In other words, there is no capitalism without "racism", and there is no "racism" without capitalism. Racism is the intrinsic, ideological, superstructural part of the global system, of Intellectual and Rational Labour. Inter alia, as pointed out before, racism is expressed as "civilization", as culture, as philosophy, as religion, as ethics, as ideology, and as "information warfare". It presupposes a formal-logical, dualistic, supposedly non-contradictory world, in which only two things exist at a time, only angels and devils, good and evil, truth and lie, whites and blacks, civilization and barbarism, democracy and terrorism, a Bush and a bin Laden; of course, such a dichotomized world is an appropriate place, a fertile lair of and for fascist vipers, for engendering and promoting social discrimination, apartheid, "racism".
Racial discrimination in form of social prejudice or even religious antipathy already manifested itself overtly throughout the ages -- from the "apartheid" of hierarchically organized social classes -- suggested by Plato in "The Republic" --, from the discriminated slaves, whom Aristotle had denominated as being "speaking tools", via Montesquieu's "black negro bodies that do not merit a good white soul", down to Voltaire's "race of negro 'spaniels', inutile for the use as well as for the abuse of philosophy", any open-minded researcher can trace the venomous racist roots of civilized European ideology, of capitalism, the product of discriminatory, intellectual Social Labour.
After all, there exists no Labour without social discrimination, there exists no Racism without discriminatory Labour; accordingly, there is no emerging mode of production without some level of virulent racism, be it either religious prejudice or social antipathy; consequently, there exists no form of social racism, no social discrimination without its corresponding mode or level of production, without its proper development of labour, and vice versa. To eradicate racism from its roots, it is indispensable to surpass the Labour System, i.e., in our case, to transcend post-modern capitalism immanently -- which, itself already is in the process of transmutation towards possible domains of "transpatrian" prey, trying to invade the galaxies. Whether homo homini lupus could ever transcend himself, could transpatricize himself, this is still written in the stars. But, formal-logically, as he himself maintains: Everything is possible! There is nothing new under the sun! So, be on guard, avoid the galactic wolves and werewolves! Avoid future Gala-Terrorism!
The Transvolution of Labour and Capital
This "end of the world", this inexorable process of Labour, the logical decline of the system, the physical self-destruction of man, his "eclipse of reason", the annihilation of Physical Labour Force, and consequently, the annihilation of the billions of manual workers themselves, all this has been described in detail by the German objectivist-idealist philosopher G. W. F. Hegel in his classical writing "The Phenomenology of the Spirit".
As illustrated by him, at this transhistoric moment which we are witnessing here and now, we could perceive how the Absolute Orwellian-Fascist Idea is terminating its exploitative objectification, its dominant alienation, and how it is accomplishing its terrestrial work. Technologically and militarily, it totally dominates the Earth, Nature, reducing her to rubble, to ashes. Genetically, it is changing the material human structure already, it is conquering space, the stars. With its Intellectual Property Rights, with its infowars, disinformation campaigns, HAARP projects, electromagnetic arms, it controls the human mind. Nobody and nothing is save vis a vis the inexorable, dialectical march of "Big Brother", of the face of his divine, anti-terrorist revenge. Hence, the "Fourth Reich", the Fourth World War, the Age of Information, Globalization, the Unitarian World Order bid us all a cordial "welcome", a happy global stay.
Conclusion: Humanity! Quo Vadis?
How does this transformation of the current capitalist labour system into a future mode of creative post-production affect us? For billions, will it be the end of the world? Might it be the case, that finally the "Antichrist", "Apocalypse", "Armageddon" have all arrived? Can the Bolivarian Revolution stop the inexorable forward march of US world fascism in Latin America and elsewhere? This should be the topic today, the day to celebrate.
Definitely, and beyond doubt, Armageddon was the case for thousands and thousands innocent dead in the "Twin Towers", in the suicide aeroplanes, in the current fascist wars against Afghanistan and Iraq, For their massacred population, this was "Infinite Justice" (Bush) against "Absolute Evil" (Chirac); they directly experienced the "self-defense" of "civilization", the human right of Rumsfeld to "commit assassinate against any enemy" of civilized Northern America, and also the sacred right of "jihad", of the myth of bin Laden, of "killing the enemies of 'Allah'". For all the innocent victims, "full spectrum dominance" was and still is the "end" of capitalist and labour existence on this planet.
As indicated before, what occurs on earth, in the universe, in the galactic multi-spheres, has nothing to do whatsoever with ethics, with norms, with formal-logic, with "human rights", with "absolute evil", with "infinite justice" - all of them are fantastic inventions of megalomaniac, kleptocratic Man, irrational, stoned and drunk as the result of an ever-flowing over dose of Labour, of the venomous superstructure of Labour, of the perverse reflections of economic exploitation, of political domination, social discrimination, human alienation; for millennia already, they are universal, formal-logical chimeras of philosophy, of religion, of ideology, of patriotic, patriarchal and patrimonial tradition, civilization and culture.
However, if we just look around, we'll notice historic emancipatory relations all around us. Seek and ye shall find! Concerning the current transition, the transmutation towards the galactic unseen, beyond the Milky Way, towards the Magellan Clouds, At this very moment, knowingly or unknowingly, the Bolivarian Revolution, objectively, subjectively and transjectively, finds itself in the aurora of revolutionary emancipation. Today, this is really something worthwhile to celebrate wholeheartedly!