Monday, October 10, 2011

Perspective … 6

Underdeveloped Experience … II

The undeveloped peoples have had to digest two major trends coming at them from the advanced societies. One was the capitalist penetration of their societies and the second the ideological resistance to it, “socialism” and later as “communism”.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Perspective … 5

Underdeveloped Experience … I

The primary characteristic of the underdevelopment up to now has been resistance to change. This resistance increases when the gulf between the underdevelopment and development widens. The process of change is more difficult for the simple reason that crossing this gulf requires time and evolution.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Perspective … 4

Communist Experience … III

Certainly Bolsheviks did not invent violence. Violence has been part of human history since time immemorial. It has been part of our progress through millions of years of evolution.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Perspective … 3

Communist Experience … II

In the previous post I mentioned that, Lenin in his attempt “to construct the socialist order” collided with Marx’s vision from day one.  Lenin’s speech to the congress of soviets was concurrent with military operations of the Bolsheviks to take control of vital nerve centers of the state.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Perspective … 2

Communist Experience … I

“We shall now proceed to construct the socialist order.” This was the opening of Lenin’s speech to the congress of soviets in October 1917 (November in Gregorian calendar) [History of the Russian Revolution, Leon Trotsky, Haymarket Books p 854].  Lenin was out of his hiding putting his final touches to the Bolsheviks seizure of power.  Lenin and his party did not participate in the Kerensky’s government which included the rest of the political spectrum of the February 1917 revolution. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Perspective … 1

I have not blogged for some time.  My mind has been busy in how I should prepare and present the ideas that I have developed during the last several years.  My first impulse was to hide in a corner and compose those ideas into a book.  I began to take a stab at it.  It did not take long to come to my senses.  In today’s world the solitary path of book writing as a form of dissemination of ideas is unnecessarily long and arduous.  I think I need to try to articulate my ideas through the Internet.  To begin with I will use my blog with a series of short articles.  I will post more often than before and I appreciate your feedbacks.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Meet Osama Geronimo

Geronimo was the code name of the operation carried out in the early hours of Monday morning May 2nd to hunt down Osama Bin Laden in his hideout in Pakistan.  After the completion of the mission the Seal Team 6, military unit carrying the mission, relayed a message to Washington, “Geronimo was killed.” Some Native American leaders protested the use of this code name.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Castros’ Buckling

It took Lenin a little over three years to realize that his ideology would not produce economic development.  He augmented his Marxist ideology with the New Economic Policy (NEP).  The NEP was a re-introduction of free market economy into the rigid state run economy of the Soviet Union.  These first three years after the October seizure of power by the Bolsheviks are known as the period of War Economy.  Following this period, the NEP as a policy was adopted early in 1921.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Libya, Iran: Leftist's Dilemma

The imposition of the no-fly zone over Libya by NATO forces and the bombing of Ghaddhafi’s military hardware have rejuvenated the opposition in Libya.  These operations are broadly supported by the other Arab states and their population.  The opposition is taking back territories, cities and towns which were savagely attacked and ran over by Ghaddhafi forces.  By all indications Ghaddhafi's days are numbered.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Measure of Democracy: Libyan War

The bombings of Ghadhafi’s positions by NATO forces have had broad support among the Arab populations and legalized by the vote in the UN Security Council.  There are reservations on the part of countries such as Russia and China but the consensus is that Ghadafi’s assault on the uprising in Libya must be stopped.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Libya: Unraveling of the “Anti-Imperialist” Front?

Initially I thought that Ghadhafi could resist the impact of Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings.  It had a relatively smaller population and greater oil revenue, theoretically that could help him buy off his subjects.  He was also trying to leave the “anti-imperialist” front of Castro’s Cuba, Ortega’s Nicaragua, Chavez’s Venezuela, Mugabe’s Zimbabwe and Ahmadinejad’s Iran.  Ghadhafi made amends with the US and other Western democracies, over the Lockerbie bombing and curtailed his ambitions to go nuclear.  The Libya’s economy was having a healthy growth and there were lots of foreign investment pouring in particularly from Europe.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Measure of Democracy: Egypt and Iran (II)

More than two decades of anti-imperialist ideological development rejecting a “Westoxicated” monarchy (see my post “Westoxication”) as the pivotal source of the Iranian problems, internally prepared the alignment of the Iranian intellectuals with the most backward ideological elements of the clergy.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Measure of Democracy: Egypt and Iran (I)

Is Egypt’s revolt leading to an Islamic government fulfilling multiple prophesies that I mentioned in the previous post?  One cannot dismiss this possibility out of hand but I believe the evidence does not support that outcome.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Measure of Democracy: Arab Uprising

For the last few days and weeks I have been watching the developments in Tunisia and Egypt with much apprehension and doubt reliving the past.  I have been through the youth radicalization of the 60s and 70s in the U.S., campaigned and participated in the overthrow of the Shah more than three decades ago – becoming emotionally overwhelmed and at times feeling drowned in the mass protests of 1978 and 79 in Iran.  With those experiences I could identify with the hopes and fears of the young Tunisians and Egyptians who were pouring into the streets.  I could see myself in them and their boundless energy, in their eyes full of hopes for a new future and full of fear about what might lie ahead.   They are pushing forward relentlessly changing the Middle East.