Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Blueprint

An architect's drawing of a bridge on a sheet of paper connecting two impassable land masses is an initial concept.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bomb Iran or ...

Instead, flood the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) with professional women from the West. Aeronautic technology has an alternative use other than producing bombers.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Marx's Sage -- Book

Marx created and used quite a few smart phrases in his debates with his opponents.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Materialist Version of a Myth -- Book

The central thread of the three great religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all originating in the Middle East goes like this:

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Marxian Wealth -- Book

Marx’s ultimate defense of his doctrine is his modeling of capitalist economic system. His work on this modeling that led to the three volumes of "The Capital" has been held up as the ultimate verdict against capitalism. It was thought that his critique of capitalism has laid bare the ruthless exploitation of the workers, which according to Marx is the sole source for the creation of capital, its formation, accumulation and growth.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Marxian Constructs -- Book

Marx said that “The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.” In this respect Marx saw himself in contradistinction to other philosophers, and his works as the end of philosophy. He saw himself as the last philosopher with a revolutionary message, of an impending and inevitable transformation, that was putting an end to philosophy and exploitation. His prophetic finality sets Marx's tone of blazing polemics. His tone by itself makes reading of Marx's works very difficult.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Shortcomings -- Book

A couple of years ago I mentioned that I would post some short articles giving a framework for the book that I am working on. I had a series of posts titled "Perspective ..." and a series of other posts, some related and some unrelated to this book. I am shifting gears a bit. I will have a series of posts that are directly related to this book and will end each post title with " -- Book". This way readers of my blog can follow this particular trend easier. Sorry I did not find an easier way of doing it. I wish the Google Blogger was more user-friendly in this regard.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Ms. Ambassador

The election of Mr. Rohani as the president of Iran and the change of tone by his administration have raised hopes that a possible military confrontation between the West and Iran would not be on the horizon and the two sides could come to a quick resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Sirens of Success

"In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous and beautiful creatures, portrayed as femme fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island."

There are successes and victories which in the end are nothing but setbacks and defeats. Those successes and victories have their own euphoria and are enticing but only set one up for a bigger setback and defeat. This is the case with the anti-war activists who are against the intervention by the United States and other Western countries in Syria.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fascism and Islamic Movements – II

A friend, Rick Rice, commented on my first post on Fascism and Islamic Movements and this prompted me to say a few more words on this subject. Rick, thanks for taking the time.

In that post I pointed out to a common characteristic between Fascism and Islamic movements. This commonality is not equality and I tried to point that out also. My perception is not to try to create a model and I think such an attempt is futile and counterproductive. The differences are important and consequential in how we confront the Islamic movements.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Is It a Coup?

The ouster of Morsi in Egypt which began with massive demonstrations in Tahrir square, followed by the military arresting him along with some leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, has created a labeling crisis for the left and the left over Marxists.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Islamic Movements and Fascism

Some use the word fascism as descriptive of the Islamic Republic or Muslim movements. The use of this term could impart a particular political meaning that is easily interpreted as a declaration of war on these movements and institutions or adoption of a series of policies that would directly lead to a war, particularly with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Election, Class and Boycott

In the Western countries elections are a routine part of life. Decisions from small to large, filling potholes to creating a monumental social program such as health care and even wars are the result of some form of electoral process, local elections, broader province or state elections and finally the national elections. Open debates are part of this process and ideas can be expressed without fear of arrest and imprisonment. The police, military and courts cannot prevent you from expressing your opinion or fielding your candidates. Open debates, expression of opinions continue between elections and one's ability to organize around ideas are protected.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Sanctions

Since my last post I had a couple of discussions, one with a good friend of my own generation, and the other with a young woman who was born in Iran and raised in Canada. They had two fundamental criticisms of what I have been posting. One is that my posts are painting a dark picture and lack appreciation of what is happening in Iran. The other was that sanctions of Iran by the West are not helpful and are hurting the same people who came out in the street celebrating their electoral victory, and in a twisted way tried to show their opposition to the government.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Moderate Cannibalism

The reports indicate that Rohani, a supposedly "moderate" candidate has won the post of the president of the Islamic Republic, a secondary, maybe even a tertiary, executive position in Iran. The primary position is occupied by Khamenei, for life, as the supreme leader. Rohani seems to have won by millions of votes. He was supported by Khatami, a previous "moderate" president and also by Rafsanjani another supposedly "moderate" leader of the Islamic Republic, head of one of the councils of the ruling religious oligarchy.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Western Intervention

The election of the Islamic Republic President in Iran has been carefully staged to reaffirm the rule of religious oligarchy. Only a few days ago the NY Times reported on the hard-line stance that each approved candidate had taken on the nuclear dispute between the regime and the Western alliance.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Secret Weapon

Imagine a society of cannibals, at peace among themselves, surrounding a newly caught victim. All rubbing their stomachs, anxiously waiting for the end of the ceremony, when the sacrifice and eating begins. Could we interpret the rubbing of the stomachs equivalent to the vote of majority for the practice of their venerated custom. Could we call this a form of "democracy"? Different than ours but nevertheless it has the majority rule in there, albeit by rubbing of the stomachs. Were British anti democratic when they tried to stop these practices among South Pacific societies? Was that the sign of their "imperialistic" cultural transgression?