Friday, 30 November 2007


In the '50s Castro and the rest of the communists were villianised hugely. Special emphasis was put on their crimes, even when the West's crimes were of the same nature, or worse. At the time, if anyone had words of sympathy for them or their cause, they were fiends, supporters of evil. People would segregate them socially, and the government would investigate them criminally.

The same is now true for us and our current enemies.

Stalin (and a more contemporary example, Saddam Hussein) was a genuine criminal, a very nasty piece of work, whose crimes genuinely do outweigh those of our leaders - a man who consistently killed thousands of people over the years, letting those alive lead a life of terror. (Although, as far as Hussein is concerned, it could be argued that our leaders should take responsibility for his actions, as we placed him in power).

But, Castro, who is still demonised in the media today, has committed no crime that the American government haven't.

Castro treated gays appallingly - but this was at the same time and not long after the American government and public were lynching blacks. America has just as much to apologise for on the human rights abuse scale as Castro - treating their black population just as badly as - or, arguably, worse then - Castro treated his gay population.

Another common criticism of Castro is that he imprisons people indefinitely and without charge for political reasons. Currently, America is running Guantanamo bay, and has admitted to having more secret prisons around the world. Why is Castro so evil when the brightest beacon of freedom is carrying out the same practices as he is, but on a much wider scale?

Another sin of Castro's is that he invades his people's privacy, monitoring them big brother style - for their own protection, of course, from anti-revolutionaries. The trait of all propaganda based government - the idea that if you oppose a bit of government policy (not necessarily all of it) you are "anti" whatever system you tried to change - "anti-Soviet", "anti-revolutionary", "anti-American". It makes dissent much harder and undermines democracy.

However, despite the privacy criticism, Castro never passed the Patriot Act, that one was an American invention - and surely an invasion of privacy far greater then Castro has ever committed.

So far we can't think of a Castro Crime that the Americans haven't carried out - but he's still painted as the bad guy. Why? What terrible things has Castro done that we can get him for without having to get Uncle Sam for too?

Don't get me wrong - these things are disgusting. I'm not justifying any crime committed by either Castro or the American government - what I'm doing is highlighting the fact that the Western media will put a special emphasis on the crimes of the governments that Western leaders have decided are the bad guys, in order to justify any kind of military action that Western leaders may want to take. All of Castro's listed crimes are despicable - but America is just as guilty of them, and the media purposely ignore that.

Here's an example of this you can look up in History textbooks. The Cuban Missile Crisis is seen as a blatant act of aggression from Castro and The Communists, which proved that those Cuban rascals were up to no good. But in all the hubbub everyone forgets to mention that JFK had cunningly placed
missiles aimed at Russia in Turkey - which resulted in the missiles arriving in Cuba. JFK was the one who upped the level of aggression. The missiles in Turkey were sending the same message to the Russians that the missiles in Cuba were sending to the Americans. But it's the Cuban missiles that were immoral.

Now we move on to today's enemies.

These days, America has killed literally hundreds of thousands of Middle Easterns - in their homeland - over a prolonged and oppressive period of 6 years (since the invasion of Afghanistan).

America was in fact killing Middle Easterns long before 2001 as well. America has been regularly bombing Iraq since 1991 - killing civilians, just like the Middle East did on September 11 - except that the Middle East had been suffering a 10 year period of attack. Clearly, 10 years of attack is much more violent and aggressive then one hour and twenty minutes of attack, especially when America set up and funded the government (Saddam Hussein) it was making life hard for.

Yet the Middle East are the bad guys. They have one day of attempted retaliation after living with ten years of sustained bombing - and they're labelled "extremists". Those countries who do not roll over and let America do what it wants are "rogue states" - they are the dangerous ones, even if America has been using an excessive amount of force on them- seemingly unprovoked, for ten years, until they make an attempt at retaliation.

America caused the September 11 attacks by attacking a foreign land. That foreign land (Bin Laden was acting on behalf of the whole of the Middle East) then retaliated, in a relatively pathetic way in relation to the amount of casualties they received, and the Western public genuinely believe that these attackers are the violent ones, the ones blinded by indoctrination. It's irony on its biggest scale. Our leaders can launch a ten year death campaign on a defenceless country, have one day of retaliation and up the amount of military action as a result, and it's the defenceless country that's dangerous, mad with hatred and false ideals.

The media portrays the situation in an incredibly over simplified way - Osama bin Laden attacks the World Trade Centers, so we have to attack Afghanistan and Iraq. The media conveniently leaves out the fact that Bin Laden has repeatedly said that the reason America was attacked is because of it's military activities in the Middle East - more military activities in the Middle East will only fuel Al Qaeda with more angry young men willing to fight for it's cause. Indeed, in 2001 Iraq was pretty much an Al Qaeda free zone. Now the place is crawling with them - we've helped Osama recruit more soldiers.

What we should have done instead is stop bombing them, and then maybe they wouldn't want to bomb us.

It's a ridiculously simple solution that a child could have figured out. But the fact is, war is a profitable business, and the Powers That Be don't want too many of us realising that security comes when you stop provoking aggression.

This is how powerful the media is. They can take away our basic logic, and convince us to support a war without researching for easily obtainable facts.

Post Script:

I'm rather eager here to make it clear that this article is by no means an endorsement of terrorism. I am a pacifist. I can only justify violence in an extreme situation (such as stopping the Nazis in WW2) - and even then the violence should only be directed at soldiers, military bases, unmanned power plants etc. Killing civilians can never be justified. I do not support Al Queda or any organisation that kills civilians - e.g. the IRA (no matter how sympathetic I am to the IRA's cause). I also want to say something pre-emptively to anyone who might suggest that I am encouraging religious fanaticism - if you read one of my previous blog posts I make it quite clear that I disapprove of religion being twisted by a political figure to manipulate people into supporting a cause. Islam is not an exception, and Osama bin Laden is about as manipulative and right wing as they come. Put it frankly, he's a fucking murderer. And so are Bush and Blair. I am of the opinion that if you want to change something (such as America's foreign policy) you should take the Nelson Mandela approach. It works.

Monday, 19 November 2007


The homeless are the most ignored section of our society.

These people are left to sleep and starve on the streets while the public at large shop in Primark and eat in McDonald's.

No one seems to care that people are dying just metres away from Tescos.

Politicians seem to see them as an inconvenience, not as people. Where I live, in Brighton, the official statistic for homeless on the streets is around four people homeless - only four - anyone who lives here can tell you there are many, many more homeless then that - the labour government, supposedly a left wing, caring government, has changed the criteria of homelessness to only count those bedded down before 10 o'clock as being vagrants. They have purposely twisted the statistics in order to "meet" targets by changing the goal posts. This game of numbers and statistics, treating people in need as problems instead of humans happens for one reason only: the homeless don't have the vote.

Politicians care about their voting constituency only - because they prioritise being voted back in over doing their job well. If you don't have the vote, you can, quite literally, fuck off and die.

It is a problem with democracy that needs to be fixed.

I've talked about this problem in earlier posts - the state of England being one of instant justice - where the comfort of the area of society that has the highest vote turnout (the middle class) has been prioritised so much, that we need government think tanks to figure out where we are going to let kids play now that children have been segregated from the streets as a result of the use of ASBOs in the name of tackling "anti social behaviour" in Labour's mad dash to secure more votes. Politics has been prostituted to the comfortable middle class - who were raised with the ideals that they should vote in every election. Other areas of society (except the upper class who will always vote conservative) generally only take an interest in politics in great times of need - so Labour just needs to make sure they're not particularly upset, and then they can rest assured they wont turn up to the polling booths. This means the middle class call the shots, and it is the middle class who Labour and the Tories are competing for.

So, with the homeless out of the voting arena, they will never be helped in any meaningful way by the government. In fact, government policies for helping the homeless are aimed at those soon to be homeless- i.e. still have the vote. Police policies towards the homeless is to get them out of the middle class's way - if a tramp is found sleeping on a bench he is woken up and told to move along. If I'm found sleeping on a bench I'm left alone. If a tramp is found sitting on some steps he's told to move along. If I'm sitting on the same steps as the tramp at the same time, the police tell me have a nice day. I'm not acting any differently. It's not the tramps behaviour that's wrong, it's the fact that he's a tramp. Doesn't that make you sick?

The best way of staying in power is to take away the vote of the needy. That way no one will try and change anything. The only way we can get the homeless back on their feet is give them the vote - because if they had it, they would damn well use it, and that is when the government would start giving a shit.

Thursday, 1 November 2007


It had to come at some point. Here is my list of other blogs of exceptional quality. The links that follow will take you to blogs so good Mr. Kipling might have made them, and then distributed them freely about the poor.

Bon Appetit!

Paulitics is a fucking good blog. A Noam Chomsky Pod Cast? Critical analysis of political polls? A ribbon campaigning to "Stop killing people"? He's in my RSS feeds.

David Goodner of The Des Moines Register has a very slick, smooth moving blog. Perhaps a bit too slick. But the up to date, on-the-inside posts are a tres, tres interesting read - and full of libertarian socialist goodness - my favourite kind of goodness! And you know you can respect a journalist who's willing to get arrested for his politics. I heartily encourage you to have a sneaky peak through his curtains - it's always worth it.

Frameshop is a blog run by a young whippersnapper named Jeffrey Feldman, whose lighthearted approach to serious issues makes for a fiery biscuit. Although his exclusive criticism of the Republican party insinuates faith in the Democratic party (who in my books are only marginally better - the only candidate who doesn't make me sick is Dennis Kucinich) he definitely has the neocons nailed.

Red Montana is a nice news-analysis style blog with a leftist approach.

a la gauche: iya basta! - Socialist blog based in America - ran a very hard hitting article about the homeless in San Francisco a while ago. Although this author can be slight Amero-centric, I believe he has fashioned a blog of exceptional quality.

Class War Panda is a political comic blog that could lead you to suicide in large doses.