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Socialism and the Immigration Question

Friday, February 18th, 2011

When it comes to immigration, it’s hard to have an opinion that’s out of line with the thinking of liberal bourgeoisie WITHOUT being labeled A) racist, B) reactionary, C) xenophobe, or D) all of the above. Furthermore, it’s even harder to have the discussion while trying to remove it from the context of one’s own country, and look at immigration for what it really is – a question of sustainable economic and social policy.

At its very core, immigration can be best understood as population policy. As such, if stripped of all ideals, slogans and associated philosophies, it often times boils down to a matter of resources, though certainly not entirely to the exclusion of other matters. The use of publicly available resources, whether natural or synthetic, human or material, etc. is not without limitations, costs and consequences. An open-door immigration policy is thus population policy out of control.

The resource question in regards to immigration is further obfuscated in liberal capitalist countries like the United States, where resources are utilized and exploited by the private ownership classes. In such cases, immigration boils down to economics, but seen on an entirely different plane. For the capitalist, waves of immigrants are sources for both exploitable labor and consumers in the market.

Further complicating this matter still remains the issue of the State, and its role in society. In the United States, the Federal government assumes largely an administrative/executive role, one largely focused on maintaining the economic and social status quo for the benefit of the ownership class. Whereas in other countries, contemporary and historic, the State has assumed a more active, leading role in directing and shaping society.

But for post-capitalist societies, whereupon the complete socialization of the means of production and resources has occurred,  immigration will not be a matter of simply allowing for a broader consumer market or a source of cheap labor. Within such societies, the people become a completely socialized community– whereby individual members are educated to see themselves and dedicate their lives for the collective good. Out-of-control immigration policies once again revert back to the question of resource. In economies structured on the principal, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his work,” society has a vested interest in maintaining  the use of public resources (including services and goods) for dedicated and committed members of the community.

While the possibility of immigrants becoming ideologically suitable and contributing members of the community is certainly  not excluded, as a general approach, immigration policy in a socialist society should be highly selective and exclusionary. Not only is this necessary for the required social, political, and cultural cohesion to drive society towards its inevitable and historical ends; but, it’s also a genuine matter of security.

For these very reasons, methods of domestic restrictions must also be implemented. Citizens who refuse to work and contribute must not receive the benefits of the collectivist society. Habitual criminals, asocial types, members of the former exploiting class and political enemies must be isolated from the community and removed in order to neutralize the myriad threats they pose.

Fred Phelps, WBC head to Tucson, AZ

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

In a gross attempt to undermine freedom of speech, the Arizona state legislature unanimously passed a bill prohibiting organizations from protesting within 300 feet of a funeral, according to the Arizona Republic.

Legislators quickly passed the law after announcements that the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas was planning to hold a demonstration near the upcoming funeral of one of the victims.

WBC spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper told CNN that the law would have no impact on the WBC’s activities, as the Church planned to hold its picket at an intersection roughly 1,000 feet away from the funeral.

The WBC issued the following press-release announcing their intentions to stage the protest:

WBC Press-Release

Public Service Announcement

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

DPRK attacked by “south” Korea

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

News reports from the Korean Peninsula indicated Tuesday that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was forced to retaliate against “south” Korean military provocations. Official reports pointed the blame squarely on Seoul.

Source: Xinhua News

On Tuesday afternoon, “south” Korean military forces fired dozens of shells towards DPRK waters around Yonphyong Islet at around 1:00 pm local time (click here).

The DPRK condemned the transgression as a “determined military measure,” and promptely responded

A statement from the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) explained its response to the “south’s” provocation as follows:

“It is a traditional mode of counter-action of the army of the DPRK to counter the firing of the provocateurs with merciless strikes.”

More troubling, however, was Washington’s response to the conflict – which reiterated US obligations to so-called “south” Korea…

“Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary, stressed Tuesday that the United States would “honor our alliance obligations to the South” and ensure peace on the Korean peninsula.” (Click here).

The United States maintains roughly 30,000 soldiers on the Korean Peninsula — after being forced to retreat back into the south following its crushing defeat at the hands of the DPRK in the early 1950s. Since then, the US has been engaged in a hostile and nefarious campaign to undermine the DPRK and solidify its hegemony over the entire Peninsula. In recent years, the US has increased its provocative rhetoric towards the DPRK, and has encouraged its “south” Korean lackeys to take up a more belligerent attitude towards its neighbor.

Tuesday’s conflict is thus nothing less than the inevitable outcome of the contradictions that have plagued the Korean people as a result of Western intrigue and aspirations.

Crossing the Line: Deserting to North Korea

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Crossing the Line (Korean: 푸른 눈의 평양시민, A Blue-Eyed Pyongyang Citizen in North Korea) is a 2006 British documentary film by Daniel Gordon and Nicholas Bonner.

The film is about a former U.S. Army soldier, James J. Dresnok, who defected to North Korea on August 15, 1962. The film was directed and produced by British filmmakers Daniel Gordon and Nicholas Bonner, and was shown at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The film, which was narrated by actor Christian Slater, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the festival.

BART Cop Shooting Oscar Grant III

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The Court revealed new video evidence in the case of the People of California vs. Johannes Mehserle on June 24, 2010. Mehserle, a former BART police officer, is charged with shooting and killing Oscar Grant III at the Fruitvale BART Station on January 1, 2009.

Anniversary of the Iraq Occupation

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

From the American Party of Labor (Red Phoenix)

By Comrade Kale, A. S. Kinser & Marcus Winter

Seven Years of War

The 20th of March 2010 marks the seventh anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. And after seven years, over 100,000 dead Iraqi citizens, 700+ billion dollars and almost 5000 US soldier deaths later, what does the American Empire have to show for its expense? Not much. Iraq, even still is a county ruined and torn apart by war. Power in Baghdad is often only on one or two hours per day, crime and ethnic violence are still rampant, and much worse. That country, so rich in oil, is now in debt—a large debt too. The oil fields themselves have been mainly privatized and although they are pumping oil, the efforts of the American exploiter corporations in Iraq are hampered by the heroic efforts of the Iraqi Resistance.

In these past seven years it has been remarkable how much the original reasons behind the invasion have been widely proven to be a lie. By now, everyone knows that the so-called Global War on Terror has nothing to do with terrorism, the Taliban, democracy or womens’ rights in the Middle East. It is also common knowledge that Iraq held no responsibility for attacks against the US, and that the old WMD claims of Saddam’s government possessing biological and nuclear weapons was a lie.

Let’s discuss the fact that the US government stated it was “freeing” a subjugated people. We need not look far to disprove that. Despite claims of “fighting radical Islam,” Saddam’s Ba’ath Party was a secular party throughout its history. The US supports the Saudi Arabian monarchy financially, politically and militarily. The United States and the Bush Administration did not enter the war because it was liberating anyone. Iraq was also not filled with “terrorists” until a military coalition invaded it.

Operation Iraqi “Freedom”

The former Administration of George W. Bush seized the opportunity after the events of 9/11 to launch an occupation against two nations and interfere in several more. The US government assembled a military coalition to secure the economically and strategically crucial Persian Gulf. Iraq’s military and civilian infrastructures have been mostly obliterated by sustained military bombardment and on-the-ground invasion. Predictably, this involved overthrowing Middle Eastern regimes that interfered with US corporate interests in exploiting vast oil fields in Central Asia. This has ended in the installation of a “democratic” government hand-picked by US forces, which of course support the ongoing military presence.

Some Statistics

It’s been seven years since the United States launched its occupation into Iraq, and that means it is time for us to review the numbers. First, take a note. At the time we began writing this article an estimated $712,156,525,787 had been spent on the war.

Number of Coalition Forces who have Died in Iraq: 4,693

4,375 US Military, 179 British Military, 139 Other Country Coalition Forces

Number of Civilians Dead (Iraqi and Other): 151,000

Number of Iraqi Security Forces: 8,745

Number of Insurgent Deaths: 20,987

Number of Private Military Contractor Deaths: 1,186

Number of Journalists: 170

218,397

Source: http://www.icasualties.org/Iraq/index.aspx

[Due to chaos and civil war, actual totals for Iraqi deaths are most likely much higher than the numbers recorded on this site. As well, the United Nations Human Rights Council as well as the UN can be seen as a group led by the US and therefore cannot be trusted in it's listing of Human Rights Violations. We post these numbers as merely one possible source. Some have listed as high as over 1,000,000 dead.]

That number is 186,781 dead and 31,616 wounded. This is the human cost of a war propagated by the United States government not for the liberation of a people, but for imperialism and the dawn of a New Age of American Colonialism. By the time we finished writing this article an estimated $712,164,983,347 had been spent. That is $8,457,560 dollars worth of writing.

Announcement

With seven years, 186,781 dead and 31,616 wounded under its belt, need this war, now turned into an out-and-out occupation, continue? It will unless the American people stand up and put a stop to imperialist war once and for all.

In light of all that has been said here and must continue to be said, the American Party of Labor must reiterate the call it began making a year ago during the 6th anniversary of this tragedy:

Troops Out of Iraq! Troops Out of Everywhere!

Ancestral mountain produced brilliant commander of Songun

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

From the Korean Friendship Association

There are many noted mountains in the world. There are mountains boasting about height and kaleidoscopic view. However, the south Korean people are proud of Mt. Baekdu.

It attracts the eye of the public not only mystery of the mountain, indomitable spirit, appearance, thick forest, diversified natural phenomenon, unfathomable Lake Chon, but because leader Kim Jong Il was born there and leads the Korean nation to prosperity.

Mt. Baekdu is a noted one well known to the world people. It is famous not because of only its height and lake on its summit.

Mt. Baekdu is a time-honored one where Kim Jong Il was born. He was born in the mountain when the anti-Japanese armed struggle was waged and cultivated matchless courage and extraordinary ambition. Therefore, the Mt. Baekdu shows its appearance throughout the world and the august name of the leader shines along with the mountain. The Korean people call Mt. Baekdu the native place of their heart.

The Bright Star of Mt. Baekdu the Korean people admired in the past is towering high as the sun leading the struggle for national reunification and the way for humankind. Mt. Baekdu that produced the Bright Star is the native home of the Korean nation.

The sun of Mt. Baekdu is leader Kim Jong Il.

Every peaks of Mt. Baekdu are fraught with his ideal and high aims and valleys are filled with his courage and wisdom. Mt. Baekdu is the mountain of leader Kim Jong Il.

Having Kim Jong Il, a great man born of Heaven, in high esteem, the Korean people and humankind are blessed with leaders century after century. He is the sun, as he possessed at the high level with light, heat and attraction, attributes of the sun.

The Korean people are confident about a reunified and prosperous nation as long as they are led by him.

It is the greatest fortune for the Korean people to have Kim Jong Il as the sun of the nation, who frustrates the challenges of the imperialist allied forces to demonstrate national dignity throughout the world with his matchless pluck and far-sightedness.

Mt. Baekdu is the sacred place of the nation that the Korean nation boasts to the world. From time immemorial, a great man is born in a famous place.

Kim Jong Il, who was born in Mt. Baekdu, is a great man produced by the Heaven.

He started his life in Mt. Baekdu, listening gunshot as a lullaby and cultivated courage and wisdom of a brilliant commander under generals of Mt. Baekdu. He overcame unprecedented difficulties in grave period with pluck of Mt. Baekdu.

It is his spirit and pluck that north Korea defends the national dignity and makes efforts to build a thriving nation, frustrating the vicious moves and military threat of the allied forces of imperialist.

As it is hard to expect the dawn without the sun, the realization of reunification encouraging the nation with hope and confidence is inconceivable without an outstanding leader of the nation.

The dawn of reunification and national prosperity will break at Mt. Baekdu.

Iran Celebrates 31st Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

31st Anniversary of Islamic Revolution Commemorated

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010


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