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Quote [100] – Communist Manifesto

 

The modern bourgeois society that has sprouted from the ruins of feudal society has not done away with class antagonisms.  It has but established new classes, new conditions on oppression, new forms of struggle in place of the old ones. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engles
The bourgeois, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations.  It has pitilessly torn asunder and motley feudal ties that bound man to his ‘natural superiors’, and has left no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous ‘cash payment’.  It has drowned out the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation.  It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom – Free Trade. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engles
The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society. Conservation of the old modes of production in unaltered form, was, on the contrary, the first condition of existence for all earlier industrial classes. Constant revolutionising of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engles
The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the entire surface of the globe. It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connections everywhere. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engles
The bourgeoisie has through its exploitation of the world market given a cosmopolitan character to production and consumption in every country. To the great chagrin of Reactionists, it has drawn from under the feet of industry the national ground on which it stood. All old-established national industries have been destroyed or are daily being destroyed. They are dislodged by new industries, whose introduction becomes a life and death question for all civilised nations, by industries that no longer work up indigenous raw material, but raw material drawn from the remotest zones; industries whose products are consumed, not only at home, but in every quarter of the globe. In place of the old wants, satisfied by the production of the country, we find new wants, requiring for their satisfaction the products of distant lands and climes. In place of the old local and national seclusion and self-sufficiency, we have intercourse in every direction, universal inter-dependence of nations. And as in material, so also in intellectual production. The intellectual creations of individual nations become common property. National one-sidedness and narrow-mindedness become more and more impossible, and from the numerous national and local literature, there arises a world literature. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engles
The bourgeoisie, by the rapid improvement of all instruments of production, by the immensely facilitated means of communication, draws all, even the most barbarian, nations into civilisation. The cheap prices of commodities are the heavy artillery with which it batters down all Chinese walls, with which it forces the barbarians’ intensely obstinate hatred of foreigners to capitulate. It compels all nations, on pain of extinction, to adopt the bourgeois mode of production; it compels them to introduce what it calls civilisation into their midst, i.e., to become bourgeois themselves. In one word, it creates a world after its own image The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engles
The bourgeoisie keeps more and more doing away with the scattered state of the population, of the means of production, and of property. It has agglomerated population, centralised the means of production, and has concentrated property in a few hands. The necessary consequence of this was political centralisation. Independent, or but loosely connected provinces, with separate interests, laws, governments, and systems of taxation, became lumped together into one nation, with one government, one code of laws, one national class-interest, one frontier, and one customs-tariff. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engles
The bourgeoisie, during its rule of scarce one hundred years, has created more massive and more colossal productive forces than have all preceding generations together. Subjection of Nature’s forces to man, machinery, application of chemistry to industry and agriculture, steam-navigation, railways, electric telegraphs, clearing of whole continents for cultivation, canalisation of rivers, whole populations conjured out of the ground – what earlier century had even a presentiment that such productive forces slumbered in the lap of social labour?

A similar movement is going on before our own eyes. Modern bourgeois society, with its relations of production, of exchange and of property, a society that has conjured up such gigantic means of production and of exchange, is like the sorcerer who is no longer able to control the powers of the nether world whom he has called up by his spells. For many a decade past the history of industry and commerce is but the history of the revolt of modern productive forces against modern conditions of production, against the property relations that are the conditions for the existence of the bourgeois and of its rule.

The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engles
In proportion as the bourgeoisie, i.e., capital, is developed, in the same proportion is the proletariat, the modern working class, developed – a class of labourers, who live only so long as they find work, and who find work only so long as their labour increases capital. These labourers, who must sell themselves piecemeal, are a commodity, like every other article of commerce, and are consequently exposed to all the vicissitudes of competition, to all the fluctuations of the market. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engles
The less the skill and exertion of strength implied in manual labour, in other words, the more modern industry becomes developed, the more is the labour of men superseded by that of women. Differences of age and sex have no longer any distinctive social validity for the working class. All are instruments of labour, more or less expensive to use, according to their age and sex. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engles
Hitherto, every form of society has been based, as we have already seen, on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes. But in order to oppress a class, certain conditions must be assured to it under which it can, at least, continue its slavish existence. The serf, in the period of serfdom, raised himself to membership in the commune, just as the petty bourgeois, under the yoke of the feudal absolutism, managed to develop into a bourgeois. The modern labourer, on the contrary, instead of rising with the process of industry, sinks deeper and deeper below the conditions of existence of his own class. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engles
To be a capitalist, is to have not only a purely personal, but a social status in production. Capital is a collective product, and only by the united action of many members, nay, in the last resort, only by the united action of all members of society, can it be set in motion.

Capital is therefore not only personal; it is a social power.

When, therefore, capital is converted into common property, into the property of all members of society, personal property is not thereby transformed into social property. It is only the social character of the property that is changed. It loses its class character.

The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engles
Let us now take wage-labour.

The average price of wage-labour is the minimum wage, i.e., that quantum of the means of subsistence which is absolutely requisite to keep the labourer in bare existence as a labourer. What, therefore, the wage-labourer appropriates by means of his labour, merely suffices to prolong and reproduce a bare existence. We by no means intend to abolish this personal appropriation of the products of labour, an appropriation that is made for the maintenance and reproduction of human life, and that leaves no surplus wherewith to command the labour of others. All that we want to do away with is the miserable character of this appropriation, under which the labourer lives merely to increase capital, and is allowed to live only in so far as the interest of the ruling class requires it.

The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engles
In bourgeois society, living labour is but a means to increase accumulated labour. In Communist society, accumulated labour is but a means to widen, to enrich, to promote the existence of the labourer

In bourgeois society, therefore, the past dominates the present; in Communist society, the present dominates the past. In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.

The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engles
Re. Socialism:

In political practice, therefore, they join in all coercive measures against the working class; and in ordinary life, despite their high-falutin phrases, they stoop to pick up the golden apples dropped from the tree of industry, and to barter truth, love, and honour, for traffic in wool, beetroot-sugar, and potato spirits.

The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Frederick Engles

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Enter Mr M Cooper Internet Thinker – From Wolverhampton
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Who Has, A Little Fortuitously Opted To Draw His Line For Before And After, Sometime After The UK Was  Done Retrieving/Re-homeing Assets From Fortunate Colonies, In Return For Them Being Allowed To Play Host To The Union Flag For A Bit.

But Why… Surely He Is Missing A Trick – The UK Famously Singled Handily Rescued The World In Past Times As Well.. There Was W.W.I.. And That Time We Saw Of An Asteroid By Sending Ben Affleck Into Space.

Imagine All The Outstanding Debts.. Well I Couldn’t.. So Better To Write Them Down:

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I have a few gaps in my calculations – missing events and some challenges establishing the exact values … all of which could add substantially to the total .. but it looks like we (the UK populous) are each owed in excess of £840,000.. im also thinking we should all forgo an NHS magic brexit contribution of around 0.54% – which will get us what that nice red bus promised for the next 100 years.. but if we can fill in the gaps im thinking we could well be in excess of 1.5 million each…

We Really Are Going To Have The Best Health Care In The World and We Can Chill .. Mr M Cooper – Internet Thinker – Of Wolverhampton .. He Showed Us And Now We See.

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What was the Thunderbird charge card for saving the world?

 

Quote [66] – International Community and Common Qualities

Each nation has different obstacles and different goals, shaped by the vagaries of history and of experience. Yet as I talk to young people around the world I am impressed not by the diversity but by the closeness of their goals, their desires and their concerns and their hope for the future. There is discrimination in New York, the racial inequality of apartheid in South Africa, and serfdom in the mountains of Peru. People starve in the streets of India, a former Prime Minister is summarily executed in the Congo, intellectuals go to jail in Russia, and thousands are slaughtered in Indonesia; wealth is lavished on armaments everywhere in the world. These are differing evils; but they are the common works of man. They reflect the imperfections of human justice, the inadequacy of human compassion, the defectiveness of our sensibility toward the sufferings of our fellows; they mark the limit of our ability to use knowledge for the well-being of our fellow human beings throughout the world. And therefore they call upon common qualities of conscience and indignation, a shared determination to wipe away the unnecessary sufferings of our fellow human beings at home and around the world.

It is these qualities which make of youth today the only true international community.

Our answer is the world’s hope; it is to rely on youth.  The cruelties and obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans.  It cannot be  moved by those who cling to a present which is already dying, who prefer the illusion of security to the excitement and danger which comes with even the most peaceful progress.

Make gentle the life of this world

Shame

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Shame – its a complex thing .. and it seems also a simple thing

This is not our shame and yet it shames us all .. the question is who actively vs who passively contributed to this.  Can not ignore or excuse those whose actions delivered this to the world but in contemplating the almost incomprehensible shame it brings a country  it remains worthy to contemplate the broader in actions and failings that make fertile ground for opportunist hate merchants with their cheap, easy and attractively simple false solutions.

 

Quote [41] – The Dulling Social Expectation Of Poor Political Culture

All the phrases which have meant so much to Americans – peace and progress, justice and compassion, leadership and idealism – often sound not like stirring reminders of our nation, but call forth the cynical laughter or hostility of our young and many of our adults.  Not because they do not believe them, but they do no think our leaders mean them …

This is not simply the result of bad politics and lack of skill.  It flows from the fact that for almost the first time the national leadership is calling upon the darker impulses of the American spirit – not, perhaps, deliberately, but through its action and the example it sets – an example where integrity, truth, honour, and tall the rest seem like words to fill out speeches rather than guiding beliefs.  Thus we are turned inward.  People wish to protect what they have.  There is a failing of generosity and compassion.  There is an unwillingness to sacrifice or take risks.  All of this is contrary to the deepest and most dominant impulses of the American character – all that which had characterised two centuries of history.

Make gentle the life of the world

Quote Book – [40] – The Need For Idealism and Pragmatism In Government

But if there is one thing that President Kennedy stood for that touched the most profound feelings of young people around the world, it was the belief that idealism, high aspirations, and deep convictions are not incompatible with the most practical and efficient of programs – that there is no basic inconsistency between ideals and realistic possibilities, no separation between the deepest desires of heart and of mind and the rational application of human effort to human problems. Make gentle the life of this world
To say that the future will be different from the present is, to scientists, hopelessly self-evident.  I observe regretfully that in politics, however, it can be heresy.  It can be denounced as radicalism or branded as subversion.  There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks.  They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. Make gentle the life of the world
Wise policy is setting priorities – differentiating between that which is merely important and that which is truly essential.  And it would be both callous and self-indulgent for those of us who sit comfortably at home to form policy without full knowledge and consciousness of the costs to others, young men and women and children, whose lives turn on the abstractions of our discussion. Make gentle the life of the world

Britain – The EU – And The Corrosion Of Society – Politics – Society – Politics & repeat

Due my own views the main outcome is much more than disappointing and a shock if not a surprise.. In that you can expect a thing but still find yourself in sense of shock when it does precisely that.

The other outcome is less disappointing but potentially more telling.  Leave have won, so the attention has turned to the profound, wide spread and deliberate lies and opportunistic tub thumping that they used to achieve this end… the end regardless of the road that got them there.

The idea then comes around that:
a) These people are to blame for the outbursts of the deeply unpleasant, offensive and ignorant views..
b) The legitimacy of the result is questioned.. called into question due to the size and number of lies that built the road that took us here.

The second of these is massively disappointing because the point of all this pain was to say clearly what the will of the people was and because above all things this was always going to happen. It was not reserved to the exit campaign to exaggerate, lie and use unfounded rhetoric and certainty of truth formed upon their lies .. both did it .. so we were guaranteed to end up with a situation where whomever lost will not have felt duly beaten but rather they were doomed by these antics to feel instead cheated.

This view that everything is an opportunity in the pursuit of power and personal advantage undermined the campaign in so many ways .. The electorate no longer believes anything anyone says, wont be led or advised by those who can be given no benefit of the doubt in being honest or in representing their interests ..

THE REMAIN CHAMPION :-/



THE EXIT CHAMPION ??

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/footage-shows-boris-johnson-supported-052043619.html

So what do you do now that you’ve manufactured a situation where no one will rest on the result.. You stand aside and leave it to other to resolve, to say things like heal the wounds, bring people together but people didnt loose, least thats no how they see it … they feel cheated .. Before the result was know and remain was believed to be the outcome it was clear some exit leaders were not going to be prepared to accept the result – now its clear the young, the people of Scotland and London, the people who want anything but to move forward with this outcome feel violated and robbed rather than beaten .. and its a problem

A problem which could continue it corrosive repercussion beyond this already seismic moment..

The people never blame themselves for their choices – so who will be blamed when the deal our representatives cant deliver everything they we’re promised with none of the costs they feel they wont need to pay …
What happens when the working conditions and employment opportunities of the already poor and oppressed dwindle and worsen ..
What happens when funding to the services they were told would be bolstered by not making contributions are actually cut to meet the demands of a shrinking economy and the political response to lower tax and protect that part of the economy .. someone always has to pay ..
What happens when Scotland decides it would rather be in a union with all of Europe rather than a lump of land to its south its long held with limited regard … and with whom it voted recently to stick with based on arguments that staying in the UK meant staying in the EU, when it very clearly now means quite the obvious ..

What happens to the lack of belief, the anger and disaffection then ? – let alone those like me who are and see themselves as European and feel horrified to be identified with with this small mentality, this damaging corrosive retrograde decision of our fellow island dwellers.

So what is this .. i was there and im not sure ..

Was it a demonstration against the result to claim a right to not uphold this outcome?

Was it a demonstration against the falsehoods that got us here? (& would have got us there had the result gone the other way)

Was it a demonstration to friends abroad that what has come to pass does not represent us all and this is not in our name?

I would like nothing more than to see this result turned around but i was not there to protest for this, for i fear that regardless of the historically damaging turning point that was this decision – it could yet be more scaring and dangerously undermining to seek to re-write a vote… People wont accept they were lied to until late, to use that now will see them feel utterly cheated and we will be at least as divided .. its quite the horrendous mess

In the meantime we have people chanting slogans like EU we love you at the demo .. how helpful is that? in most EU countries the EU is far from a popular establishment, indeed the suspicion is that similar referendums in other member states would render the same result as in the UK.

This is an organisation with a massive democratic deficit, that takes money from us all and hands vast amounts of it to wealthy land owners, subsidies vast food waste including failing year after year to address its policies that encouraged fisherman to through excess dead catches overboard .. an orgganisation that has never in all its history managed to have its accounts signed off by its auditors and yet invades the democracies of nation states … Yes we are better of in the EU, but we would all be better of, maybe not in this position and maybe not in worse positions in years to come if those pro-EU had done something real about its offensive and unnecessary short comings.

Instead we have political and media seeking to set an agenda and telling people what to think (though not a consistent message)

We have a people who when asked prefer to act out, responding in petulant rebellion, thus fueling increased mistrust by the ruling bubble, decreasing engagement while increasing populist rhetoric, decreasing trust and alignment and increasing petulant rebellion when eventually consulted and round and round …

I admit to not providing a solution but surely it cant come from further alienating the electorate, the politicians are the fewer, the more able to communicate and make a collective change than are the masses – for that reason above all others the onus is on them … but we all hold individual responsibility .. Those who opt to be ignorant and racist are not ignorant and racist because of what has happened, those reason lie elsewhere and deserve their own attention.  Those who stoke are not innocent but they are the creators of a far deeper illness

Quote Book – [39] –Misc: Division vs Common Cause / Law – Society

Page 96 Thucydides reported that the Peloponnesians and their allies were mighty in battle but handicapped by their policy-making body, in which he related, “each presses its own ends … which generally results in no action at all … they devote more time to the prosecution of their own purposes than to the consideration of the general welfare – each supposes that no harm will come of his own neglect, that is the business of another to do this or that; and so, as each separately entertains the same illusion, the common cause imperceptibly decays” Make gentle the life of this world
Page 105 In a democratic society law in the form which free men give to justice.  The glory of justice and the majesty of law are created not just by the Constitution – nor by the courts – nor by the officers of the law – nor by the lawyers – but by the men and women who constitute our society – who are the protectors of the law as they are themselves protected by the law. Make gentle the life of this world

Britain peters out

Borders the arbitrary kind are a great aid to right wing politics.

Natural borders like those all about us in the UK with the salty fluids, they are somewhat more a given but no less of an aid.

For while people could seek ways to group themselves unhealthily into ‘us’ and ‘them’ in some form of involving a contemplation, the presence of borders reviews this most minor of inconveniences.

So while people might look to their wealthy near neighbours or their government or the tax avoiding blue chip on the local commercial area, they manage to avoid this.  Distracted by the far more acceptable notion that the cause of their suffering, the reason they dont have that which they might like to have, feel they ought to have are those who resemble them most closely but who appear on another side of one or multiple of these boundaries.

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So it is that the UK news reports people full of belief the immigrants and/or the EU are out to get their NHS.  An NHS that had been getting gradually worse.  A point could be made about the relative lack of funding, how services have been cut back due to health authority debts and central government funding but that’s difficulty, they voted for that government… the other lot might have made the tax go up to pay for things.. and anyway its just all to natural to know it was that blank unknown wrongness from over the shore that did …. whatever it might be that you care about ….

Its do predictable, humour could be found in it.. only right now i haven’t – right now we have been forced out of the UK by a populous that demonstrably have no clue what they were voting on.  The EU is a bit shit, it is, it lack democratic instincts, often seems more like FIFA than an accountable parliament … democratic deficit i believe its sometimes refereed to … so our very own democratic deficit is ours no more..

So we get to repatriate powers.. Sovereign powers .. because our governments define how things are to be right.

Governments never say things like:

  • We cant implement peoples rights/pay.. we’d love to but think about our national competitiveness, we have to be able to compete with our neighbours
  • We cant charge tax to the wealthy or corporations at a rate commensurate with the paid by the labour ranks, they’d just take their investment/business activities across one of those previously mentioned borders
  • The internet … access to information … dangerous and terrorists in some sort of varying sequence

We do have these sovereign powers, we do have that taken back control, very useful when the balance of power provides all these excuses and/or rationals for choosing that those powers are simply not the kind, repatriated or not that you care to be using.

This is a shameful day for all the small minded, exuberant displaying that is a poor imitation of genuine national confidence.  We’ve become old, infirm, looking back upon a younger selves with glorious rose tinted speckles to the worlds remember when we …. but we probably didn’t and if we did… and maybe on some we did …. at what cost, at was damage, destruction, theft and still visible scar to the world did we do this, in these glorious days of y’ore… all that apart, presuming it wasn’t don’t so, time has not remained still.. this didn’t choose stop being so because we magnanimously chose it to, it came apart because it had to, because time past and things changed…. but now through a barely considered act of self destruction we’ve found a portal through which to resurrect that place and time.. Behold world .. the UK is back and being great again .. Rejoice .. for the light you sought, if even you knew it no, it lit once more

The UK has resigned itself to decline and irrelevance in a way thats painfully clear but hard to comprehend.. The death rattle presenting as prideful defiance .. the hollow colourful display of the beast that believes itself beaten and is throwing what it has into one last forlorn hope .. to convince no assailant in this case but purely and merely to convince itself of a relevance it will never once more have and defy a lack of relevance it didnt but has now consigned itself to.

 

Catch up on … [2016]

Jame’s have a concert – one friend is a big fan .. end up going – not many familiar tunes are plates but its nice enough.

Nottingham – its further north than i had in mind .. and the work meetings that were in Nottingham in my head were in Mansfied in not my head .. another 20 miles or so up the way .. a place quite light on Hotel and accommodation options

Google Map Nottingham

Discovering Airbnb – a concept that still seems odd to me, where people surrender their home to invading persons – in this case myself, in return for donation .. just like the British preferred to do things – back in the day ..

This is Nottingham – Manfied devoid of options – or rather its Sherwood a particular area within the general Nottingham city area.

Sherwood Nottingham

The EU debate continues .. salient EU Debate

Airbnb places aside the following week – return to Nottingham, via booking.com a traditional accommodation – Hotel .. The Stage Hotel .. which according to the stars of quality rates a respectable 3* …

As we approached the comment was offered that is had something about it, something in its character, a sort of crack den or whore house quality .. inside the improvement was questionable in the communal areas though the room was less.. well it was less .. i did wake with a face skin inflammation that had not been there the evening before .. who can say whether it was a bite or another swiftly occurring blemish .. who can say, but there it was and time for another day of Mansfield meeting.

It was an unconventional interpretation of the 3* conceit

The evening before Liverpool collapses in the UEFA cup final – a second half performance that can clearly be said to number among the worst or biggest collapses seen in finals .. Better nights have been had, in summary.

The EU debate / Tory Civil War … continues ..