This Bourdain Thing is the Spawn of Obamania and #JeSuisCharlie

A good follow-up article to the previous Bourdain piece. – PC

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I said everything I need to say about Anthony Bourdain’s career as an American chauvinist and NATO propagandist already, but his canonization as a secular saint for credulous lefties is its own beast and deserves commentary.

Like the title says, this spectacle is the mutant bastard of Obamania and #Jesuicharlie. Like Obamania, we have a full-court-press campaign to remake a deeply conservative imperialist into a transformative progressive hero, and plenty of people who should know better signing up. As with the Illinois Senator who promised to ramp up drone strikes and voted for more illegal surveillance, what the great celebrity actually says and does is less important than the warm-fuzzies we’re supposed to feel upon seeing his face and hearing his voice.

Here’s a very brief illustration of how the scam works; it’s a quick overview because it’s really not that complicated:

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The Rambouillet ruse: is Donald Trump setting up his Korea talks to fail?

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Another great article by Dan Glazebrook. – PC

https://danglazebrook.com/2018/06/08/the-rambouillet-ruse-is-donald-trump-setting-up-his-korea-talks-to-fail/

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Anthony Bourdain’s State Department Smorgasbord

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Anthony Bourdain’s suicide in June 2018 will cement his reputation as a progressive celebrity with a unique acumen for explaining the world to his fans.

CNN’s obituary says that the most common sentiment in response to his death is “I feel like I’ve lost a friend.” You’d have to go back to the death of Steve Jobs to find a celebrity who provoked this kind of personal investment on the part of his fans.

Bourdain’s reputation was built for this, because the chef could be relied on to impart a very specific view of the world, and more importantly, to not look like he was doing it. This was the most consequential part of his work—why he was hired by CNN—and it’s the part that will get discussed the least as the adulation pours in. The following was written a few months ago but it is offered today…

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Leftist Debunks John Oliver’s Venezuela Episode

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President of Syria Bashar Assad Interview with RT (5-31-18)

“We [Syrians] all don’t trust the Americans for decades, not because of the war, but [because] they say [one] thing and do the opposite. They tell daily lies.” – President Assad

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Other People

Great proletarian poetry in the spirit of Vladimir Mayakovsky!

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You can grow up mean in little houses
without a single book, save the Bible
slaughtering pigs, kicking chickens
drowning kittens without a second thought.

Rusty coal stove in the living room
Poppa smelling of gasoline and oil
Momma strange and unpredictable
a quit school boy from cracker high.

Grow’d up broad shouldered
unread, uneducated
working a plastic injector machine
at a Rubber Maid factory.

Mutt faced sons and daughters of the Republic
in the dismal corners of our great land,
that American dream long forgotten
along with youthful hopes and dreams

“Fifteen hundred a monthHonor and Glory!
free room and board!”  look pretty damn good
compared to humpin big roll sod
across an ever expanding landscape of McMansions.

So yes! Volunteer! Defend us against the other
as once you played cowboys and Indians;
slopes and gooks, browns and blacks
now ragheads and camel jockeys.

Plastic toy armies…

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On U.S. Imperialism, Capitalism and Fascism

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via On U.S. Imperialism, Capitalism and Fascism – The Greanville Post

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Ancap / Right-Wing Libertarian Foolishness: “Free” Market Competition

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These right-wing libertarians (I guess they call themselves ancaps these days) are just too much. They are so ignorant and ridiculous. They don’t really understand capitalism at all. One of their central tenets is market fundamentalism. They think that the capitalist “free” market should decide everything. This is what Marx talked about when he mentioned in The Communist Manifesto that the bourgeoisie reduces all social interaction into a market transaction. Everything is for sale and nothing is sacred. Part of their “free” market mythology (calling it free makes it sound nice) is that competition among a plethora of small and local businesses for market share always and forever leads to the best outcomes in terms of lower prices, higher quality, and everything else. These maniacs decry the monopolies as “crony” capitalism; as if there were ever any other kind.

This particular belief about competition is what I want to challenge with two brief analogies or parables, but before that I would ask a few simple hypothetical questions: If you owned a steak restaurant, would you really be excited about a rival opening up another steak restaurant right across the street from you? What would you do about it? Would you put on the kid gloves and play nice, or would you fight to win by trying to the best of your ability to eliminate the competition?

I thought of the first example when I was weeding my small herb garden the other day. The reason you remove weeds from a garden is because they compete with your plants for resources such as nutrients and water. I suppose one of these so-called ancaps, if they applied their market logic to their garden, would allow the weeds to stay or maybe weed them back just a little bit. Wouldn’t want to be crony monopolist gardeners now would we?

The second analogy comes from 1970’s slasher horror films. If you’ve seen these types of films you know that the victims being preyed upon by the psycho killer will often hit or stab the killer, temporarily incapacitating him, but then they just run away. All the while those in the audience are screaming at the screen: Finish him off!  We know that the killer, no matter how grievously he appears to have been wounded, will arise once again to continue the pursuit. Why not finish the fucker off for good? Chop him up into pieces, burn them, and then bury them separately in many different holes?

The moral of these stories is this: Cooperation is best, but when you have to compete, then compete to win. The best way to compete is to eliminate the competition entirely. The competition, outside of sports or games among friends, is synonymous with enemy. Don’t just wound your enemy. Wipe him out.

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Buy My Book: Against the Rich

I have just published my first book! It basically explains the class struggle by analyzing the history and nature of the bourgeoisie. At just under a hundred pages, it is meant to be a quick and easy introduction to socialist ideas in a somewhat indirect way. I hope it can find its way into the hands of curious left-leaning proles who may benefit from it and find many of their questions answered about the nature of capitalist society. I also have a chapter including my own disconcerting but enlightening personal experiences with rich folks as someone from a working class background myself.

Even longtime socialists should find this account interesting. Read/buy my book and share it with anyone you think might actually benefit from it! Below is the brief description from the Amazon page. Thanks, comrades! – Joseph Waters (Prole Center)

“Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality. For one very rich man, there must be at least five hundred poor, and the affluence of the few supposes the indigence of the many.” – Adam Smith

This book examines how great wealth is really acquired, challenges the notion that the rich deserve their wealth, or if they deserve the adoration they inspire among the masses.

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A Story from East Germany: Proletarian Doctors (No More)

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May 11, 1990

The Berliner Zeitung carries a straight-faced account of a meeting of doctors from East and West. Four hundred doctors were invited by a private firm, a bank providing loans to doctors, on a boat trip from Tegel to Wannsee. The West speaker is quoted as telling his East German (woman) counterpart, “Stop acting like an ordinary worker in an ordinary trade, you’re not a baker or a shoemaker, you’re a professional. For heaven’s sake get out of the trade union, you should have a professional association. Stop considering the health insurance program as your partner; start figuring out how to make money out of each injection. Then the new equipment you need will take care of itself.”

Classic: in other words, change what’s best in the system now.

Source: Missing Marx by Peter Marcuse

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