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Archive for May, 2009

Richard Thompson Ford: The Race Card

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

http://fora.tv/2008/02/07/Richard_Thompson_Ford_Race_Card

Thompson is providing a critical analysis on race relations in America and speaking very frankly. He argues that liberal activism and identity politics have harmed race relations rather than helped them. He has written a book, The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse.

Understand that this video has not been screened for “ideological conformity” of any type, and that I haven’t scrutinized every word. This is Thompson speaking and Free Media Productions is merely providing the platform.

Neo-Liberal Jokes

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Q: When martial law is imposed, extra patriot acts are created and “hate speech” is outlawed WHILE fighting an imperialistic war against a foreign enemy, what will the soldier of the neo-liberal army say?
A : We’re fighting 4 ur freedumb…

Q : What constitutes heroic and revolutionary resistance from the viewpoint of a neo-liberal?
A : Switching to “the other” neo-liberal party.

Q : Harmful influences prance around as “political dissidents” acting like clowns in a circus. What do misguided and youthful people do?
A: They give their full support in lock-step, serving the neo-liberal elite.

Q : Barack Obama promises change and fails to deliver. What have the American people learned from this?
A : Nothing!

Q  : What is the thought process behind a political candidate in America?
A : “I’ll just make up a fake political platform and get into office.  After all, the American people are too dumb to notice or remember by the time my term ends.”

Q : How do neo-liberal parties reach a stance on issues such as immigration?
A : If they are Republicans then they listen to their wallets.  If they are Democrats then they listen to the leaders of OBVIOUS special interest groups.

Maoist Rebel News – May 29, 2009

Friday, May 29th, 2009

The media’s path to war and profits

Friday, May 29th, 2009

May 29 – The proliferation of hawkish propaganda disseminated through the bourgeois media aiming to instill the public on a war-footing towards hostile military action against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has once again demonstrated the subordination of honest, quality journalism to bourgeois jingoist ideology and capitalist ambitions. The latest inflammatory coverage of events the DPRK has been especially concentrated through the 24-hour cable news outlets, such as CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, etc.

These so-called “news” organizations have the [dis]honor of serving as the privately-owned spokespersons for the White House and the interests of the ruling class. In reference to the generally bad journalism that takes place on American broadcast news stations – quality information is substituted wholesale for cheap mass-reproduction of government talking points, progressively infused “infotainment” and yellow journalism in its most disgusting form.

Mainstream network television news has traditionally been one of the most popular forms of information dissemination in the United States. But statistics show a downward trend in viewers attributed to the rise and success of the 24-hour cable news channel (CNN, Fox News), which can rapidly respond in a moment’s notice to the modern daily news cycle. If you recall immediately during and after the events of September 11, 2001 – American television news viewers were glued to the screens of their television, and channels like CNN, Fox News and MSNBC reported their highest audience ratings to date.

This phenomenon continued during the invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq. The owners, CEOs and boards of directors responsible for the programming, editorial decision-making and directorship of these channels certainly understood that conflict, war and crisis spells exponentially increased viewers – in turn fueling increased advertisement sponsorship in a never-ending quest for the accumulation of higher profits.

Like any commercial institution in bourgeois society, news organizations don’t provide a service or product for its own (or the public’s) sake; there is always a profit motive working behind the scenes that enables that particular organization or industry to sustain itself and grow. Fox News, CNN, MSNBC – unlike their network counterparts such as ABC, CBS and NBC – have huge vested interests in relying on dramatic news to generate increased audiences in hopes of accumulating higher profits. When profits are the primary focus of an organization’s mere existence, then it goes without question that other elements of the operation (integrity) take lesser precedence. Unlike CBS or the other networks, the cable news channels don’t rely on explicitly entertainment content, such as sitcoms, reality TV shows, etc.   And while concentration of the news-media industry has left a monopoly of control over the means of mass communication, in order for these outlets to prove profitable extensions of their parent companies, they require dramatic events that captivate an audience in order to push back on potential advertisers for higher ad rates.

Thus, the profit motive is playing an undeniably crucial role in the drumming for military aggression towards, and the defamation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The privately-owned 24-7 cable news media wants nothing more than for the US and its lackeys in “south” Korea and Japan to initiate war against the peace-loving nation of the DPRK. From the rationale of capitalism, it makes perfect sense.

The drumming up for war against the DPRK has always had its boisterous support among the bourgeois news-media, overly dramatizing events on the Korean peninsula that have an innate ability to increase anxiety and tension in audiences. In short, the build-up to war is an essential part of the psychological manipulation that’s consistently seen in advertising. In short, this is nothing more than attempt to manipulate public thought in anticipation of mobilization and escalation to armed conflict. If, or when, the imperialists take their threats to action, the need for information consumption by the public will then be satiated by the producer all-too happy and willing to satiate.

What’s most disgusting though, is that so-called “progressives” champion these calls by employing the same outlandish rhetoric against the DPRK. Take, for example, the recent editorial by the ©PUSA, which condemned the DPRK in language nearly identical to that used by the official White House mouthpiece Robert Gibbs. These pitiful and pathetic examples of so-called lefists are worse than their chicken hawk counterparts, who at least have the virtue of being explicit in their reactionary beliefs and opinions.

Progressive forces affirm solidarity with DPRK

Friday, May 29th, 2009

In contrast to the utterly irresponsible position taken certain so-called leftist organizations concerning the right of the DPRK to develop an effective military deterrent, this statement issued by the  Party for Socialism and Liberation says:

The North Korean government has adopted a military strategy of deterrence with the goal of maintaining its independence and sovereignty. Its standing military and arsenal serve to protect its right to self-determination, to defend the gains of its socialist revolution, and to hold off the capitalist plunder that would follow its overthrow by Washington. Having defended its country from a near-genocidal assault between 1950 and 1953, the North Korean government has made it clear to all that, while it seeks peace and the normalization of relations with the United States, it has readied all weapons in its arsenal to defend itself against its nuclear-armed foe.

Hands off North Korea!

©PUSA condemns DPRK nuclear test

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

May 28 – The so-called “Communist” Party USA (©PUSA) published an article today in its Political Affairs magazine denouncing the recent underground nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

In a shameful display of the ©PUSA’s unquestionable subservience to the ruling class, the author(s) of the piece (presumably speaking on behalf of the Party as a whole), borrowed rhetoric straight from the pages of liberal petty-bourgeois pacifism in an embarrassing display of American chauvinism, opportunism and revisionism.  Rather than recognizing the DPRK’s fundamental need to develop defensive nuclear capabilities as the only means of preventing a full-scale assault by hostile foreign enemies, the ©PUSA claims it condemns all development of nuclear weapons programs:

We are resolutely opposed to the use or development of any nuclear weapons by any nation.

This is a categorically foolish position to take, considering that the hostile imperialist camp will unlikely be deterred by anything short of a country’s possession of nuclear warheads. Likewise, the fact that two of the most aggressive terrorist states in existence (the US and its proxy Zionist-Israel) possess more nuclear weapons than they could ever use  only further justifies the intentions and ambitions of the DPRK.

It’s been widely known for years that the ©PUSA has been run by an elite leadership of aging revisionists, notably Sam Webb – who couldn’t’ even properly defend socialism when he was a guest on the Glenn Beck talk show. Being the opportunists that they are, the ©PUSA ineptly tried to mask its blatant revisionism with a contrived admission to the DPRK’s struggles with US imperialism, both past and present. Nonetheless, this insincere gesture is fundamentally meaningless when a self-described communist party becomes the mouthpiece of the Whitehouse.

But if there was ever any doubt as to whose line the ©PUSA towed, take a look at this excerpt:

Further, the results of the tests are in direct contradiction to the stated aims of battling imperialism. The general direction of the Obama administration’s foreign policy is at odds with that of any administration in the past 30 years, if not longer. While Obama has to navigate the political realities of the US, his administration has sought to reduce the nuclear threat, as well as the threat that the US poses to other, oppressed nations. Consequently, powerful sections of the U.S. ruling class have made their aim to derail the Obama administration altogether.

There’s no end to the errors committed in this one paragraph. Firstly, the ©PUSA would like us to believe that the Obama administration is progressive in its foreign policy, and should be supported against the “ultra-right” ruling class. These premises aren’t even un-Marxist, they’re borderline retarded and meant for consumption by the politically naïve who are innately attracted to the platform of the ©PUSA. Such statements of endorsement and flattery for the Obama administration is demonstrative of why nobody takes the ©PUSA seriously.

June 6 – Gaza Solidarity Day in San Francisco

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

From FMP News:

June 6 Gaza Solidarity Day

Demonstration in downtown San Francisco to commemorate 42nd anniversary of Zionist seizure of Gaza

What: Demonstration against Zionist aggression in Gaza

When: Saturday June 6, 2009 @ 12 pm noon

Where: UN Plaza, Downtown San Francisco (7th & Market). See map.

Who: See below for sponsoring organizations

May 28 – June 6th marks the 42nd anniversary of the Zionist-Israeli seizure and subsequent occupation of Gaza. In memory of this atrocity and the continued perpetuation of the terrorist-Zionist state of Israel, the International A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition is organizing June 6 Gaza Solidarity Day, a special day of demonstration in solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine demanding an end to the siege of Gaza and the cessation of US financial and military support to the murderous Zionist regime that continues to ravage the displaced peoples isolated in the narrow Gaza strip.

The demonstration will begin this Saturday June 6 at noon at the UN Plaza (7th and Market) in downtown San Francisco. The focus of the June 6th protest will be calling upon the US government, complicit in the murderous crimes of the Zionist regime, to end its financial and military support for the terrorists in Tel Aviv, and commemorate the tragic seizure and current occupation of Palestinian territories.

The June 6 Gaza Solidarity Day is sponsored by the ANSWER Coalition, the Muslim American Society Freedom, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, National Council of Arab Americans, Free Palestine Alliance, Al-Awda—Palestinian Right of Return Coalition, American Muslims for Palestine and more.

Individuals interested in helping out can stop by the ANSWER San Francisco office at 2489 Mission St (#24), or call 415-577-1492.

Blue and Red Ocean Strategies

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Free Media Productions is not a for profit business, but we are undeniably using a blue ocean strategy.  I have quoted paragraphs below which describe what this is.

Red Oceans represent all the industries in existence today. This is the known market space. Blue oceans denote all the industries not known today. This is the unknown market space.

In the red oceans, industry boundaries are defined and accepted, and the competitive rules of the game are known. Here, companies try to outperform their rivals to grab a greater share of existing demand. As the market space gets crowded, prospects for profits and growth are reduced. Products become commodities, and cut throat competition turns the red ocean bloody.

Blue oceans, in contrast, are defined by untapped market space, demand creation, and the opportunity for highly profitable growth. Although some blue oceans are created well beyond existing industry boundaries, most are created from within red oceans by expanding existing industry boundaries, as Cirque du Soleli did. In blue oceans, competition is irrelevant because the rules of the game are waiting to be set. (Kim, 4-5)

Our previous websites involved attempts to create message forums which aimed to recruit from the communities that were already in existence.  We started off this website with a group of core users but we have decided to target the non-user instead of the competition.  Not to mention the innovative parts of the product – the Videos, the Editorials, the News – are the parts that are growing the website.  Ever since we launched, most of our membership has come from non-users as opposed to picking off users from websites we recently were closely tied with.

The first principle of blue ocean strategy is to reconstruct market boundaries to break from the competition and create blue oceans. (Kim, 47)

The paragraph above describes what we have done a small scale.  FMP, in terms of its product and target audience, is providing a particular package that is unique.  It is unique in its personality, its character, its membership, its interface and look, etc.  We have succeeded in creating a small Blue Ocean but we must make it bigger.  We must more aggressively market to non-users than we have.

Works Cited

Chan Kim W., and Renée Mauborgne. Blue Ocean Strategy : How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant. Boston, Massachusetts: Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation, 2006. 4-5, 47.

New York Bronx ‘Terrorism’

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

From Maoist Rebel News

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s Nationalist Vision

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Some of our visitors may not be interested in nationalist ideology, but to those who have a nationalist bend, Atatürk’s platform has many strong points. Mustafa Kemel openly denounced imperialism in the form of the Ottoman Empire. True nationalists DENOUNCE Imperialism.

I have an issue with only one part – “Republicanism.” Markets can be tolerated in moderation but must be submissive to the state. I think Kemel knew this as he also made “Etatism” a principle.

Kemel’s Platform

Republicanism
Nationalism
Popularism
Etatism
Secularism
Revolutionism


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