Saturday, April 08, 2023

Main Blog Moved to Kersplebedeb.com!

Since March 2013, the main Kersplebedeb website has been migrated to a primarily wordpress format.

What this means in practical terms is that everything you are used to seeing on Sketchy Thoughts is now being posted straight to Kersplebedeb and simply being automatically mirrored here. So in general, you will probably have a better reading/viewing experience if you head over to Kersplebedeb.

For those who prefer the Sketchy Thoughts blogger layout for whatever reason, this page will continue to be automatically updated whenever something is posted to Kersplebedeb, for at least the short-term future. However, as additional functionality is added to the Kersplebedeb site via wordpress, the Sketchy Thoughts page will probably begin to show its age more and more.



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Why are Jews, gays, and other minorities in Europe increasingly voting far-right? (repost)

Paris and Amsterdam—Leon de Winter, a Jewish bestselling novelist in Amsterdam, says supporting the Dutch political figure Geert Wilders, who seeks to “de-Islamify” the Netherlands, is “politically incorrect” and “not civilized.

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Vancouver: Report Back from Anti-Alt-Right Demo (repost)

On Saturday December 17th 2016, roughly 30-40 demonstrators converged in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside at Pigeon Park, the site of the recently erected Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Survivor’s Totem Pole.

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Denis Lessard (repost)

(Québec) Le resserrement des règles sur les séjours à l’étranger touche très majoritairement des citoyens nés à l’extérieur du Canada, révèlent des données obtenues par La Presse.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Vancouver: Report Back from Anti-Alt-Right Demo



On Saturday December 17th 2016, roughly 30-40 demonstrators converged in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside at Pigeon Park, the site of the recently erected Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Survivor’s Totem Pole.

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Why are Jews, gays, and other minorities in Europe increasingly voting far-right?



Paris and Amsterdam—Leon de Winter, a Jewish bestselling novelist in Amsterdam, says supporting the Dutch political figure Geert Wilders, who seeks to “de-Islamify” the Netherlands, is “politically incorrect” and “not civilized.

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Denis Lessard



(Québec) Le resserrement des règles sur les séjours à l'étranger touche très majoritairement des citoyens nés à l'extérieur du Canada, révèlent des données obtenues par La Presse.

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

What the hell happened? (repost)

How did this happen? How is it that we find ourselves in this bizarre alternate reality? The policy wonks were already celebrating the coronation of Hillary Clinton, but even as the champagne flowed, Trump was gaining in the polls.

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The Safety Pin and the Swastika (repost)

If you had read in early 2016 about a National Pol­icy Insti­tute con­fer­ence on the theme of “Iden­tity Pol­i­tics,” you might have assumed it was an inno­cent gath­er­ing of pro­gres­sives. If you had attended, you would have been in for an unpleas­ant sur­prise.

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What the hell happened?



How did this happen? How is it that we find ourselves in this bizarre alternate reality? The policy wonks were already celebrating the coronation of Hillary Clinton, but even as the champagne flowed, Trump was gaining in the polls.

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The Safety Pin and the Swastika



If you had read in early 2016 about a National Pol­icy Insti­tute con­fer­ence on the theme of “Iden­tity Pol­i­tics,” you might have assumed it was an inno­cent gath­er­ing of pro­gres­sives. If you had attended, you would have been in for an unpleas­ant sur­prise.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Protect Kevin “Rashid” Johnson from Prison Repression!

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WHEN: Anytime, but esp. on January 5th
WHAT: Protect imprisoned activist-journalist Kevin “Rashid” Johnson
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On December 21, 2016, Kevin “Rashid” Johnson was the victim of an assault by guards at the Clements Unit where he is currently being held, just outside Amarillo, Texas. Rashid was sprayed with OC pepper gas while handcuffed in his cell, and then left in the contaminated cell for hours with no possibility to shower and no access to fresh air. It was in fact days before he was supplied with new sheets or clothes (his bed was covered with the toxic OC residue), and to this day his cell has not been properly decontaminated.

This assault came on the heels of another serious move against Rashid, as guards followed up on threats to confiscate all of his property – not only files required for legal matters, but also art supplies, cups to drink water out of, and food he had recently purchased from the commissary. The guards in question were working under the direction of Captain Patricia Flowers, who had previously told Rashid that she intended to seize all of his personal belongings as retaliation for his writings about mistreatment of prisoners, up to and including assaults and purposeful medical negligence that have led to numerous deaths in custody. Specifically, Rashid’s writings have called attention to the deaths of Christopher Woolverton, Joseph Comeaux, and Alton Rodgers, and he has been contacted by lawyers litigating on behalf of the families of at least two of these men.

As a journalist and activist literally embedded within the bowels of the world’s largest prison system, Rashid relies on his files and notes for correspondence, legal matters, and his various news reports. Furthermore, Rashid is a self-taught artist of considerable talent (his work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and books); needless to say, the guards were also instructed to seize his art materials and the drawings he was working on.

(For a more complete description of Rashid’s ordeal on and following December 21, see his recent article “Bound and Gassed: My Reward for Exposing Abuses and Killings of Texas Prisoners” at http://rashidmod.com/?p=2321)

Particularly worrisome, is the fact that the abuse currently directed against Rashid is almost a carbon-copy of what was directed against Joseph Comeaux in 2013, who was eventually even denied urgently needed medical care. Comeaux died shortly thereafter.

This is the time to step up and take action to protect Rashid; and the only protection we can provide, from the outside, is to make sure prison authorities know that we are watching. Whether you have read his articles about prison conditions, his political or philosophical polemics (and whether you agreed with him or not!), or just appreciate his artwork – even if this is the first you are hearing about Rashid – we need you to step up and make a few phone calls and send some emails. When doing so, let officials know you are contacting them about Kevin Johnson, ID #1859887, and the incident in which he was gassed and his property confiscated on December 21, 2016. The officials to contact are:

Warden Kevin Foley
Clements Unit
telephone: (806) 381-7080 (you will reach the general switchboard; ask to speak to the warden’s office)

Tell Warden Foley that you have heard of the gas attack on Rashid. Specific demands you can make:

  • That Kevin Johnson’s property be returned to him
  • That Kevin Johnson’s cell be thoroughly decontaminated
  • That Captain Patricia Flowers, Lieutenant Crystal Turner, Lieutenant Arleen Waak, and Corrections Officer Andrew Leonard be sanctioned for targeting Kevin Johnson for retaliation for his writings
  • That measures be taken to ensure that whistleblowers amongst staff and the prisoner population not be targeted for any reprisals from guards or other authorities. (This is important because at least one guard and several prisoners have signed statements asserting that Rashid was left in his gassed cell for hours, and that his property should not have been seized.)

Try to be polite, while expressing how concerned you are for Kevin Johnson’s safety. You will almost certainly be told that because other people have already called and there is an ongoing investigation – or else, because you are not a member of his family — that you cannot be given any information. Say that you understand, but that you still wish to have your concerns noted, and that you want the prison to know that you will be keeping track of what happens to Mr Johnson.

The following other authorities should also be contacted. These bodies may claim they are unable to directly intervene, however we know that by creating a situation where they are receiving complaints, they will eventually contact other authorities who can intervene to see what the fuss is all about. So it’s important to get on their cases too:

TDCJ Ombudsman: ombudsman@tdcj.texas.gov

The Inspector General: 512-671-2480

Let these “watchdogs” know you are concerned that Kevin Johnson #1859887 was the victim of a gas attack in Clements Unit on December 21, 2016. Numerous witnesses have signed statements confirming that he was handcuffed, in his cell, and not threatening anyone at the time he was gassed. Furthermore, he was not allowed to shower for hours, and his cell was never properly decontaminated, so that he was still suffering the effects of the gas days later. It is also essential to mention that his property was improperly confiscated, and that he had previously been threatened with having this happen as retaliation for his writing about prison conditions. Kevin Johnson’s property must be returned!

Finally, complaints should also be directed to the director of the VA DOC Harold Clarke and the VA DOC’s Interstate Compact Supervisor, Terry Glenn. This is because Rashid is in fact a Virginia prisoner, who has been exiled from Virginia under something called the Interstate Compact, which is used by some states as a way to be rid of activist prisoners, while at the same time separating them from their families and supporters. Please contact:

VADOC Director, Harold Clarke
804-887-8081
Director.Clarke@vadoc.virginia.gov

Interstate Compact director, Terry Glenn
804-887-7866

Let them know that you are phoning about Kevin Johnson, a Virginia prisoner who has been sent to Texas under the Interstate Compact. His Texas ID # is 1859887 however his Virginia ID # is 1007485. Inform them that Mr Johnson has been gassed by guards and has had his property seized as retaliation for his writing about prison conditions. These are serious legal and human rights violations, and even though they occurred in Texas, the Virginia Department of Corrections is responsible as Mr Johnson is a Virginia prisoner. Despite the fact that they may ask you who you are, and how you know about this, and for your contact information, they will likely simply conclude by saying that they will not be getting back to you. Nonetheless, it is worth urging them to contact Texas officials about this matter.

It is good to call whenever you are able. However, in order to maximize our impact, for those who can, we are suggesting that people make their phone calls on Thursday, January 5.

And at the same time, please take a moment to sign the online petition to support Rashid, up at the Roots Action website: https://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/prison-activist-gassed-in-clements-unit-prison-texas-law-enforcement-is-violently-out-of-control

Rashid has taken considerable risks in reporting on the abuse he witnesses at the Clements Unit, just as he has at other prisons. Indeed, he has continued to report on the violence and medical neglect to which prisoners are subjected, despite threats from prison staff. If we, as a movement, are serious about working to resist and eventually abolish the U.S. prison system, we must do all we can to assist and protect those like Rashid who take it upon themselves to stand up and speak out. As Ojore Lutalo once put it, “Any movement that does not support their political internees … is a sham movement.”

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Notes on Trump (Bromma Dec. 2016)

TrumpFlag1. The normality of white supremacy

Since Trump’s election, I keep hearing that we shouldn’t “normalize” him or his agenda. I believe that’s looking through the wrong end of the telescope. There’s nothing as “normal” in the U.S. as white supremacy. Sometimes it’s disguised by tokenism and obscured by “multiculturalism.” But in this country, white supremacy has always shown its true naked face at times of stress and transition.

Because white supremacy isn’t just a bunch of bad ideas inherited from ignorant elders. It’s a deeply-rooted institution through which the U.S. rules over many oppressed peoples. It’s the glue that keeps hundred of millions loyal to that very same program. It’s the central ideological, political and physical system set up by white capital to rule the land and dominate its internal and external colonies. And therefore white supremacy underpins all the wealth and power this country’s ruling class possesses. Without it, the U.S. falls.

2. Contradictions within white capitalism

White supremacy is constant, but it keeps changing form. For instance, African Americans have endured a variety of modes of white supremacy: slavery, Jim Crow, gentrification, and more. White capitalism welcomed Mexicans and Chinese as semi-slave laborers, then attacked and deported them when conditions changed. Native peoples faced extermination campaigns, phony treaties, forced assimilation and confinement on reservations at various times. White supremacy isn’t a singular strategy by white society towards people of color. The form can change, as long as whiteness is always valued; as long as white people are always on top.

U.S. white supremacy was modified in response to world anti-colonial struggles and, after the Cold War, to globalization. Together these developments generated significant contradictions for traditional forms of white supremacy. By the late 1970s, old-style white military colonialism had lost much of its power, beaten back by a phalanx of national liberation struggles. So imperialism rebooted, searching out colonial partners and new forms of financial blackmail to replace or supplement military occupation. And, in the 1990s, U.S. capitalism entered a period of intense cooperation with other capitalists around the world, aiming to make the global economy increasingly “borderless.” Open, blatant racism wasn’t helpful in this changed environment.

So the U.S. ruling class adapted white surpremacy to the new conditions and gave it a new look. In the revised, neocolonial order, some people of color were accepted into positions of wealth and authority. Racist violence and discrimination continued inside and outside the country. But at the same time, U.S. high culture increasingly professed to celebrate the diversity of people of all nationalities and races (and genders too). This helped present U.S. capitalism to the world with a friendlier face. White supremacy continued, masked by capitalist multiculturalism.

Some white people embraced the concept of multiculturalism, sincerely hoping it could be the basis for a genuine progressive culture. But most white amerikans felt that this new incarnation of capitalism was a demotion. They didn’t like having people of color as their bosses. They didn’t like seeing “good jobs” and social bribery spread around the world, instead of being reserved for them. And they hated the “political correctness” of having to hide their racism. U.S. capitalism’s perceived “disloyalty” to its white home base during the rise of globalization fueled the current upsurge of right wing populism, including eventually the campaign of Donald Trump.

But for quite a while the ruling class turned a deaf ear to its disgruntled white masses. The capitalists had global interests to tend to; global profits to bank. And frankly, a willing Asian dictator or Latina judge or African American president was worth more to them than a thousand whining white people. The militia movement was repressed when it became militant; the Tea Party was mocked by the global sophisticates. (Neither was destroyed, though; they remained as a possibility, a fallback.)

As globalization continued to advance in the last few decades, white amerika was gradually forced and cajoled to accept modest changes in the hierarchy of imperial privilege. It seemed possible that monopoly capital, pushing white people to fall in line with multiculturalism, might continue forever along that path, backed and cheered by cohorts of optimistic and idealistic artists and intellectuals.

To a large extent, this is where the plaintive cry not to “normalize” Trump comes from. Cosmopolitan liberals, now accustomed to living under globalized capitalism, can’t believe that U.S. society is going to be allowed to go backward; can’t believe that a rich country could ever be permitted to trash multiculturalism; to turn back the clock on women’s rights and environmentalism and so much more. They have a hard time accepting that their bright dream of a blended world culture, a dream that had previously been tolerated and even encouraged by monopoly capital, might be betrayed, and end in a surge of old-fashioned racist violence. Their disbelief echoes the disbelief among the liberal intelligentsia in England after Brexit, and in other countries where globalization is giving ground.

3. Timing is everything

It’s important to understand that populist opposition to globalization in the West is making breakthroughs not as globalization rises, but as it falters. In fact, the rise of these political movements is probably more a reflection of globalization’s decline than the cause of that decline. What’s coming into view, semi-hidden underneath the frenzied soap opera of reactionary populism, is that the tide of globalization has crested and started to recede. It wasn’t permanent after all.

It should be stipulated, right off the bat, that globalization has unleashed immense changes, many of which are irreversible. For example, the peasantry, once the largest class of all, isn’t coming back. Globalization broke it; sent it streaming out of the countryside by the hundreds of millions. Out of that broken peasantry, a giant new woman-centered proletariat and a sprawling lumpen-proletariat are still being formed around the world.

Yet globalization as a financially-integrated, transnational form of capitalism can’t advance without constant expansion, constant profit growth. Since no global state exists to mediate among the world’s capitalists, shared growth is the only thing that restrains them from cut-throat competition. Growth is also what allows capitalists to at least partly mollify the displaced masses back home with cheap commodities and whatever jobs a rising world economy has to offer. But now, instead of growing, the world economy is slowing. In fact globalized capitalism, having bulked up on steroidal injections of speculation and unsustainable, leveraged debt, is teetering on the edge of disaster.

From the U.S. to China, from the Eurozone to Brazil, danger signs are flashing; massive globalized industries are shifting into reverse. International trade and investment are flat or falling. Capital that was formerly used for investment in “emerging economies” is now flowing backward into safe haven investments in the metropolis. Automation, renewable energy and other new technologies are starting to shorten supply chains, reducing the demand for imports from far away. Intractable economic and political crises, like those in the Middle East and Greece and Ukraine, are eroding cooperation and sapping confidence in already-weak globalist institutions. The internet, a key factor in globalization, is gradually becoming segmented, as governments and corporations privatize, censor and manipulate parts of it. And underneath everything, the increased inequality caused by globalization itself is throttling the demand for commodities.

Multinational corporations aren’t abandoning world markets by any means. But leading monopoly capitalists are hedging against trade wars and reducing their reliance on complex, interdependent trade and finance. Facing what he calls a “protectionist global environment,” GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt is shifting his company’s production from a globalized to a “localized” model. “We used to have one site to make locomotives; now we have multiple global sites that give us market access. A localization strategy can’t be shut down by protectionist policies.” This is a defensive posture, harkening back to an earlier form of imperialism.

Once it seemed that transnational integration had an unstoppable momentum. But now a retreat into the once-familiar zones of old-fashioned nation-based imperialism seems to be on the capitalist menu.

4. A previous wave of globalization

If the ongoing shift away from from transnationalism and towards harsh national rivalry continues, it won’t be the first instance of “de-globalization” in modern history. It’s happened before.

From 1870 to 1913, fueled by the industrial revolution and the explosive rise of U.S. capitalism, there was a massive spike in international trade and market integration. It was centered in Western Europe and the U.S., but extended further into Latin America and other parts of the world. Borders were opened, tariffs were lowered, and there was a rapid increase in exports and financial interdependence. The world capitalist economy boomed. Just as during the current wave of globalization, this earlier period was marked by major innovations in transport and communications, as well as an unprecedented upsurge in transnational migration. (Including tens of millions of workers who migrated from Europe to the U.S.) Economists refer to this as the “first wave” of modern globalization.

But capitalism is at best an unstable and contradictory system, periodically riven by economic crisis. And a globalized form of capitalism appears to be particularly vulnerable to those crises.

The globalization of 1870-1913 collapsed like a house of cards. Growing economic imbalances and stalled growth led many imperialist countries to impose tariffs and take other protectionist measures, vainly striving to boost their own home economy at the expense of others. Inevitably, there was retaliation in kind. This cannibalistic inter-imperial competition only aggravated the already deteriorating economic conditions. Trade and global commodities became more and more expensive. There was a rapid downward spiral of economic depression and reactionary nationalism.

There was no pretense of multiculturalism in the U.S. back then, of course. Massive vio-lence against people of color was already common during the boom years of globalization. So it’s hard to say if racism became worse during the period of de-globalization. But in 1913, segregation was officially initiated in all federal offices, including lunchrooms and bathrooms. In the following decades there were dozens of vicious race riots against Black enclaves in cities North and South, causing many hundreds of deaths and thousands of people driven from their homes. Having been pushed down previously, the Klan was revived in 1915. Its peak was in the 1920’s, with some 4 million members.

Finally, the first wave of globalization imploded in a frenzy of national hatred and two brutal world wars, fought without quarter among the capitalist powers. Something we should keep in mind as we confront the current situation.

5. De-globalization

Today’s capitalist globalization isn’t failing because of political blows landed by Western anti-globalization movements, although those have had a real effect. Rather, the populist movements are reaching for real power just as chunks of the ruling class globalist consensus are themselves breaking away and seeking alternate, nationalistic strategies.

Former globalizers are floating back toward the anchors of their old home economies and shifting the blame for economic crisis onto “foreigners” and social minorities. They’re muting their former advocacy of free trade while backing away from trade agreements. They’re rediscovering protectionism. They’re experimenting with cyber-attacks on other countries, building up their militaries, increasing their involvement in proxy wars, and manipulating their currencies to gain temporary advantage over trading partners. And as a natural part of this shift, they’re unleashing their most rabid “patriotic” social bases to sell their new/old program, control the streets, and, potentially, to serve as cannon fodder down the road.

In every quarter of the globe, nationalistic xenophobia is on the rise, strangling the remaining globalists’ fading dreams about world government and a borderless economy. Right wing populism is being released, and it’s rising out of its reservoirs, flowing like water filling dry river beds. In country after country, old social prejudices are being revived and intensified; former globalist capitalists are reaching out and mending fences with their most trusted national social bases.

That’s how it is here in the U.S., too. A return to the old white amerika is becoming a more and more practical program for U.S. capitalists—not just for the white masses. It offers the only natural form of capitalist regroupment as globalization wanes. An option as amerikan as apple pie.

A wiser comrade once warned me, during the rise of globalization, that the ruling class would someday “give amerika back to white people.” That’s what seems to be happening with Trump. (Whether or not the capitalists can control the populists they are unleashing remains, as always, an open question.)

6. Capitalists shift gears

The recent wave of accelerated globalization that started in the 1990’s was led by a bloc of Western capital, along with Japan and other close allies in Asia. There were two key geopolitical factors in its take-off. One was the formation of the EU, which consolidated European capital, including parts of the old Soviet empire. The EU also provided a model for what a globalized borderless world might look like, complete with transnational institutions and regulations.

The second factor was a tacit agreement between Western capital and China to collaborate on capitalist development. China supplied a low-wage labor force to produce cheap commodities, enabling enormous profits for investors. In return, the Chinese state and Party skimmed off some of those profits, retained significant control over investment decisions, and accumulated advanced technology. This “win-win” capitalist model, involving high-level financial integration and lowered trade barriers, was eventually applied to other countries, including India.

Both of these key factors of globalization appear to be disintegrating. When times were good in Europe, national jealousies were kept in check. But with economic slowdown, and now with the refugee crisis originating in the Middle East, centrifugal forces are rising inside the EU. Brexit is only one example. As for the deal with China, that was always a marriage of convenience. The West never planned to let China become a serious rival. While on the other hand, Chinese capitalists planned from the very beginning to use globalization as a springboard to empire.

Globalization has always had opposition among capitalists. In many cases, that opposition comes from businesses based in a single country, who resent having to compete with a flood of cheap imports from abroad. It also comes from the more rabid proponents of imperial power. They think military force and economic blackmail can be more profitable than friendly internationalism. When globalization starts to show signs of deterioration, these opponents fight hard to shift the capitalist consensus.

For some time, a group of Republican lawmakers have been chomping at the bit to take China and Russia down a notch militarily. And a group of Democrats, egged on by the unions, wanted more tariffs and other protections. Each represented a piece of the anti-globalist agenda. Neither cared for Trump because he was an outsider and a wild cannon, but he’s putting the pieces together. There was significant ruling class support for his campaign from the beginning – including Kenneth Langone of Home Depot, Peter Thiel of PayPal, David Green of Hobby Lobby and plenty more. Now Republican politicians, manufacturers, tech billionaires, oil company executives and Goldman Sachs bankers are lining up to apply for cabinet jobs and to “consult” with Trump, the anti-globalizer.

Although most British capitalists opposed the Brexit campaign, many also funded and supported it. They saw it as an opportunity to “deregulate” and privatize the economy and to make trade deals specifically favoring England. In China, a country that was once the poster child for globalization, the ruling class has made the conscious decision to become less dependent on exports to the West. They want to build up their home market. Meanwhile, they are responding to a weakening economy by fomenting xenophobia and populist narratives of imperial glory to come. In Russia, patriotic fervor and expansionist dreams are the only thing keeping Putin’s currupt authoritarian regime afloat. This trend of rising capitalist anti-globalization is general; worldwide.

As the U.S. starts to hunker down–starts to game-out possible trade wars and military conflicts with China and Russia; starts to think about closing borders and opening detention camps—white supremacy naturally comes fully back out into the open. That’s the default mode—always—for a country built on genocide, slavery, annexation, colonialism and every form of parasitism on people of color. If inter-imperialist rivalry is to be the order of the day, the U.S. ruling class will need the militant loyalty of racist white people. Without that, the imperial center will not hold. The U.S. will be unable to wage cold wars, trade wars or physical wars against its hungry rivals.

And so, it’s back to “normal” in amerika. We shouldn’t waste our energy wishing it wasn’t so. We should invest that energy in destroying any remaining illusions about a political system built from day one on oppressing non-white peoples and nations, here and all over the world. A system that must be uprooted, not reformed.

7. “Normalizing” Obama

And in the meantime, how about not “normalizing” Obama? Are the war crimes, assassinations, amnesty for torturers, mass incarceration, orwellian spy networks, out-of-control gangster cops, attacks on journalists and whistleblowers and vastly increased inequality that happened during his regime supposed to be some sort of baseline? Should we forget that he set a record for deportations? Are we going accept the bizarre narrative that Obama is really a well-meaning progressive “community organizer,” who was frustrated and stymied by Republicans?

Notice that while we are girding ourselves to fight Trump, Obama is not. Do we see him boldly attacking Trump’s racist, mysogynist plans, his corrupt appointments, his corruption, his militarism? Nope. He’s making nice with The Donald. His attention has already turned to more important things, like his exciting plans for an opulent presidential library to praise his “legacy.” Funded, of course, by the capitalists he has served so well.

We can project onto Obama that he’s a tortured soul, wishing he could have done more to help people. But actually he’s had a hugely successful career, and he’s solidly loyal to monopoly capitalism. When multiculturalism served that cause, he was multiculturalism’s very incarnation. Now, smart man that he is, he understands that his new job is to help manage a smooth transition from globalist multiculturalism to a system where open white supremacist nationalism can be mainstream again. And like a true professional, he’s putting his personal feelings aside and taking care of business.

Much is made of the fact that, as he leaves office, Obama has commuted a few thousand particularly harsh sentences inflicted on people jailed for non-violent drug “crimes.” With their sentences commuted, those people still have a criminal record; still face a hard road of injustice. And he only commuted a small percentage of low-level drug sentences. But it’s something, right?

Consider this: a president’s constitutional power to pardon people is practically unlimited. Pardon, not commute. As in, wipe the record clear. There are millions of victims of unjust and racist mass incarceration who could be pardoned with a stroke of Obama’s pen. And there’s nothing Trump could do to reverse it. Obama could pardon Leonard Peltier and Chelsea Manning and other political prisoners too.

Why stop there? There are millions of immigrants who are directly threatened with deportation by the incoming regime. Trump has said he would begin the expulsion process by deporting 3-4 million immigrants who are “criminals.” Actually, the only “crime” committed by most immigrants is that they crossed the border illegally or overstayed their visa. Obama could pardon all of those people, too, before Trump takes office.

Obama, as of this writing, has actually pardoned fewer people than any president in history. (Except for James Garfield, who was assassinated three months into his term.) As a matter of fact, when a few Democratic congresspeople actually had the nerve to ask Obama to pardon the 750,000 vulnerable young immigrant “Dreamers” to protect them from Trump, he turned them down flat.

Obama isn’t Trump’s enemy, or his friend. He’s simply an operative working for a fundamentally reactionary, white supremacist system. As popular resistance to Trump builds, we have to struggle to turn it into a deeper mass understanding of that system instead of normalizing Obama or his sponsors. And we must find and unite with those who, based on that deeper understanding, are moving toward revolution; towards actually overthrowing white supremacy and capitalism entirely.

Bromma, 12-16



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Monday, December 12, 2016

When Writing Kersplebedeb from Prison

prison-societyMany people write to Kersplebedeb from inside u.s. prisons. This note is a basic guide to what to expect and what not to expect when doing so. People in prison normally cannot access my website, so if you are in touch with someone in prison who you know is interested in writing me, maybe print this out and send them a copy.

What i Can Do

1) If you write to me wanting a catalog or to know about books, i will send you a catalog and try to answer your questions. That said, as i get a lot of correspondence, and update my catalog only once or twice a year, i may only send you the new catalog when it is updated. In other words, if we do not have a pre-existing relationship, it may take upwards of 6 months for you to hear back from me.

What i Cannot Do

2) i cannot normally supply you with free books, or direct you to other resources. i apologize but there is just one of me and i get a lot of mail, and requests, and this is just not something i can normally do. It is no problem if you ask, and if i can help i will, but 99% of the time i can’t. The best i can normally do is to provide books with free postage.

3) i cannot use u.s. stamps. i appreciate you sending them to me, but you shouldn’t, because in canada we use different stamps. Sending a stamp or stamps will not change how fast (or slow) i can get back to you.

What i Sometimes Do, but Normally Can’t

4) i sometimes do publish things, including writings by people in prison. These publications almost always are in the category of things that do not break even, and are subsidized by other work or sales i make. As such, i cannot pay you for your writings. Furthermore, as i have years of backlog of things to publish, it is unlikely that i can publish your book or pamphlet.

 

 

Please note that the above is for people who i do not know who write me. If we have a pre-existing relationship, if we have corresponded before, or if we are somehow connected, the above does not apply. For other people, i wish i could do more and work with you, but chances are given my overall workload, that i cannot.

For people outside of prison, who are thinking of including Kersplebedeb in a list of resources for prisoners, i appreciate the sentiment and can certainly send people a catalog (though i normally do these mailings only a couple of times a year), but beyond that am pretty limited. Please indicate this when listing my project in your directory, if you choose to do so.



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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Meet the Alt Lite, the People Mainstreaming the Alt Right’s White Nationalism (repost)

What a fascist ideological current needs to become a movement is a way to crossover. To gain entry into the culture, into public discourse, into the collective consciousness.

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Meet the Alt Lite, the People Mainstreaming the Alt Right’s White Nationalism



What a fascist ideological current needs to become a movement is a way to crossover. To gain entry into the culture, into public discourse, into the collective consciousness.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at Meet the Alt Lite, the People Mainstreaming the Alt Right’s White Nationalism



Monday, December 05, 2016

Let’s Watch as the Alt Right Implodes (repost)

Get some popcorn, because its time to watch the Alt Right implode.

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Let’s Watch as the Alt Right Implodes



Get some popcorn, because its time to watch the Alt Right implode.

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Alt-right: more misogynistic than many neonazis (repost)

One of the major problems with the campaign to replace the term “alt-right” with “white supremacist” is that it tends to obscure other important dimensions of alt-right politics. The alt-right’s misogyny merits special attention, for a couple of reasons.

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Alt-right: more misogynistic than many neonazis



One of the major problems with the campaign to replace the term “alt-right” with “white supremacist” is that it tends to obscure other important dimensions of alt-right politics. The alt-right’s misogyny merits special attention, for a couple of reasons.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at Alt-right: more misogynistic than many neonazis



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Castro and Us

fidel-castro-26All of leftbook seems to have been posting about Cuba and Castro, and in a really weird way this has served as a pretext for rehashing all kinds of 20th century debates. Nostalgia can be a fun drug, but like all fun drugs, best not to do it too often or let it get too serious.
 
Castro and Cuba were never important to me. Becoming political as an anarchist in the 80s has something to do with this. Not being from an oppressed nation aided by Cuba certainly played a part. Being in canada where honestly besides a smattering of trots the main Cuba supporters always seemed to be nice social democrats or at least people integrated into social democratic structures, definitely was a big factor (no surprise to me that our racist colonialist neoliberalism-with-a-smile PM wrote such a warm tribute to Castro; warmth towards Castro has been in no way confined to “our side” in the society in which i live)
 
Of the states within the world-system, Cuba with Castro may have had the most humane government in the americas. Definitely worth defending against u.s. imperialism, and worth celebrating the fact that out and out invasion and assassination attempts by the u.s. failed.
 
But you’re not defending anything against u.s. imperialism simply by getting mad at other radical leftists who don’t share your position on a revolution that occurred and charted its path in what was essentially a different world, one that no longer exists.
 
In 2016, one’s response to the former head of state’s passing, is not a good basis for choosing friends and enemies, and this would be so even if we weren’t clearly entering a particularly intense and desperate period of struggle.


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Friday, November 25, 2016

T-Shirts for Standing Rock

tshirt_sSUPPORT THE WATER PROTECTORS! SOLIDARITY AGAINST COLONIAL TERROR!

Until further notice, from this point on all proceeds from t-shirt sales purchased through this link (http://ift.tt/2gpb6ic) will be donated to support the people resisting colonial terror at Standing Rock.

The only money that will be kept by Kersplebedeb will be what is necessary to pay the paypal fees and the postage to mail you your shirt(s). The remainder will be sent to the official Oceti Sakowin Camp (Seven Council Fires) Fund. The Oceti Sakowin Camp is the main campsite where most water protectors are living and working — donations go toward continued functioning of the camp, including basic needs like food and winter equipment..

i don’t have all shirts in all sizes or colours. What i suggest is that you let me know what size(s) you would like, and what design(s) you would prefer (when you place your order you will be given a chance to add a message with your order). I will do my best to make you happy – if i do not have what you have indicated you want, i’ll get in touch by email and we will work something out. If you order a large quantity of shirts (12 or 72) I will send an assortment of shirts if you like. As the price goes down with larger quantities, this is also a good way to raise funds for your own projects.

Please help spread the word about this, by sharing it on social media, including for instance sharing the facebook event page (http://ift.tt/2fw4Tg7)



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Anti-fascists plan to protest black metal concert in Montreal on Saturday (repost)

Graveland, from Poland, is expected to perform. In 2008, Germany outlawed the sale of four of Graveland’s albums as “unsafe for youth.” Graveland

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Shut Down Milo: No Fascists On Campus (repost)

Milo Yiannopoulos is on a speaking tour of universities throughout the US, including major universities in the Mid-West & West Coast.

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Riseup’s Canary Has Died (repost)

Popular provider of web tools for activists and anarchists and backbone of much infrastructure for internet freedom, Riseup.net has almost certainly been issued a gag order by the US government.

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Kersplebedeb Pop-Up Book Sale at Concordia

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Monday November 28, 10 AM – 6 PM
Concordia University – Hall Building (1455, boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest)
2nd Floor at the Kiosk just outside the cafe

Looking for radical literature for the holidays?

Come to the Kiosk (on the second floor of the Hall Building, just outside the cafe entrance) on Monday November 28th to say hi to Kersplebedeb, and to check out all of our books!

We will be tabling at the kiosk all day on Monday — there will be books on special, as well as titles from PM Press, AK Press, and many others — also t-shirts and buttons (anti-Trump!)

See you there!



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Anti-fascists plan to protest black metal concert in Montreal on Saturday



Graveland, from Poland, is expected to perform. In 2008, Germany outlawed the sale of four of Graveland's albums as "unsafe for youth." Graveland

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Shut Down Milo: No Fascists On Campus



Milo Yiannopoulos is on a speaking tour of universities throughout the US, including major universities in the Mid-West & West Coast.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at Shut Down Milo: No Fascists On Campus



Riseup’s Canary Has Died



Popular provider of web tools for activists and anarchists and backbone of much infrastructure for internet freedom, Riseup.net has almost certainly been issued a gag order by the US government.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at Riseup’s Canary Has Died



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fin de cavale d’un punk qui voulait «vivre à fond» (repost)

Gilles a l’air déboussolé. Après vingt-huit ans de cavale, ce grand échalas vient de débarquer avec son sac à dos dans un café toulousain où il a rendez-vous avec son avocat. Il n’avait pas remis les pieds en France depuis 1988.

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Fin de cavale d’un punk qui voulait «vivre à fond»



Gilles a l’air déboussolé. Après vingt-huit ans de cavale, ce grand échalas vient de débarquer avec son sac à dos dans un café toulousain où il a rendez-vous avec son avocat. Il n’avait pas remis les pieds en France depuis 1988.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Certain Days 2017 — Quantities are Limited!!!

june imageAre you looking for a meaningful gift for your friends and fam?

Consider the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar. For only $12 per copy (or $8 per copy if you order 10 or more), you’ll be sharing 12 full months of powerful art and writings. This year’s theme is “Sustaining Movements,” and we hope it will inspire resistance and hope in the year to come.

You’ll also be contributing to the important work of grassroots groups. Each copy helps raise funds for Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP), Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Palestine), and Unist’ot’en Camp.

Supplies are limited, so we encourage you to order soon to avoid disappointment. In order to ensure holiday delivery, please order by December 12.

This is a gift that gives to both your loved ones, and to our communities. We thank you for your support!

Click here to to order 1-9 copies of the the 2017 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar

Click here to order 10 or more copies of the the 2017 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar

Please feel free to contact info@certaindays.org if you have questions.

The Certain Days collective

certaindays.org
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http://twitter.com/certaindays



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PM Press 50% Off Sale — For the Rest of the Year!

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For the rest of 2016, PM Press is offering 50% OFF ALL PM Press books, ebooks,
DVDs, and CDs with coupon code GIFT — just go to http://www.pmpress.org

 



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Ottawa Feminist Fair 2016

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Sunday, November 27
11 AM – 4 PM

Montgomery Legion
330 Kent St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2A6

The Feminist Twins are proud to present the 3rd annual Feminist Fair taking place on Sunday November 27th at the Montgomery Legion. Kersplebedeb tabled there last year, and we are happy to be there again in 2016 (Ottawa is always nice to visit!) bringing a large selection of books, pamphlets, as well as some relevant t-shirts and buttons!

The Feminist Fair is ALL AGES, pay what you can (no one turned away for lack of funds!), with proceeds going to Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women. They are also accepting toiletries donations for STORM and Building Purple Bridges programs, which support sex trade workers and women at risk.

Some things you can expect to find include buttons, pins, patches, jewellery, clothing, bags, books, zines, prints, art, cupcakes, and more! Come support local artists!

Besides yours truly from Kersplebedeb, some of the other vendors include…

* Anxiety Slug
* astropuke
* Starchild Stela
* Trashy Kitty Jewelry
* Tess Giberson
* Second Aura
* Kel-Lee’s cards
* Country meet City
* FaeLord Crafts
* Lady Arkenstone
* My Oh My Jewellery
* Prickly Business: Jen Makes Plants
* OMG Becky
* Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa
* Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW)

and more!

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Accessibility:

– The venue is accessible & there is an elevator in the building (the fair is on the 2nd floor)
– There is a free coat check on site
– There will be childminding this year on site. This means children will be attended to in the same space as the fair, and will be given crafts and coloring books. To sign up for childminding, you will fill out a form on site.
– Please be aware of scents (perfumes, body spray, etc) and how they may affect others. Keep all scents to a minimum
– Please do not take pictures of people without their consent
– There is some parking but it is street parking
– If you are feeling unsafe for any reason, please speak to a volunteer. They will be wearing name tags
– There are two/2 washrooms on site and they are gender neutral

 



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Night-Vision, Available as Ebook (For Free!)

nv_coversThe authors of Night-Vision: Illuminating War and Class on the Neo-Colonial Terrain have been working on significant additional material to include in a new edition, which is to be published by Kersplebedeb in 2017.

That said, given the current political conflagration — itself a clear manifestation of the deadly deepening tensions between processes of neocolonial desettlerization and neocolonial revanchism — we felt it was important to make this book available. For that reason, it is being uploaded to amazon, with some minor alterations, but without the new material that is expected next year. This is a slightly modified version of the 1993 edition, available on amazon for download, and from November 24-28 for free (after that $4.95):

http://ift.tt/2gChfIq

(a big thank you to everyone who worked on transcribing this!)

Some people found the recent giveaway we did of Settlers on Amazon confusing, because it gives you two options, to sign up for “Kindle Unlimited” or to “Buy Now”. Given that this is free, some people thought the former was the thing to click, and then were disappointed that they were being asked to subscribe to Amazon’s not-free service. To be clear: when going to Amazon to download a free book, you click on the “Buy Now With One Click” button, not the Kindle unlimited button.

ABOUT NIGHT-VISION

The transformation to a neo-colonial world has only begun, but it promises to be as drastic, as disorienting a change as was the original european colonial conquest of the human race. Capitalism is again ripping apart & restructuring the world, and nothing will be the same. Not race, not nation, not gender, and certainly not whatever culture you used to have.

Now you have outcast groups as diverse as the Aryan Nation and the Queer Nation and the Hip Hop Nation publicly rejecting the right of the u.s. government to rule them. All the building blocks of human culture—race, gender, nation, and especially class—are being transformed under great pressure to embody the spirit of this neo-colonial age.

The definitive analysis of postmodern capitalism, the decline of u.s. hegemony, and the need and possibilities for a revolutionary movement of the oppressed to overthrow it all. Now available in ebook format from Amazon:

http://ift.tt/2gChfIq

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“A book that should be read by anyone who gives a damn about a non-racist, non-sexist, non-homophobic future.” — Bo Brown, former political prisoner

“Night-Vision was so compelling to me because it has a spirit of militancy which reformist feminism tries to kill because militant feminism is seen as a threat to the liberal bourgeois feminism that just wants to be equal with men. It has that raw, unmediated truth-telling which I think we are going to need in order to deal with the fascism that’s upon us” — bell hooks

“Confronted with a world that is disintegrating daily under patriarchy, women need a book like this which begins to challenge us to build a truly communal way of life.” — Liz Fink, Attica prison rebellion lawyer

“This book gives new insight into the powerful force of neo-colonialism, a reality of today’s world which is worldwide in scope. Neo-colonialism is revealed as hard to fight for it has found a way to scramble relationships, making it difficult to clearly know one’s enemy. This book also binds together sex, race, and class in a new form, a form which helps one to grasp the interlocking nature of these oppressions. Night-Vision is well worth reading and studying.” — Mary I. Buckley

“Lee and Rover argue that the very ascension of the global economy is the backdrop for the disturbing surge of ethnic and national antagonisms, as players below the world ruling class level frantically scramble to control pieces of territory in order to have some arena of power. (While this insight is helpful, it is not adequate because it doesn’t explain why these forces won’t instead ally in order to enhance their power.) There’s been a shift from a bipolar world of the colonizers vs. the colonized to a more fluid and chaotic world of transnational capital on top of a range of fragmented subgroups let loose to fight out their sectional needs. The resulting series of social conflicts are not moral issues to the ruling class but simply matters of the maximization of profit for capital. They are perfectly willing to let these subgroups fight it out for position – and then make use of the victors against the losers and of the conflict itself to maintain social control from above.” — David Gilbert, political prisoner



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Monday, November 21, 2016

#TrumpTheRegime: Resources and Ongoing Resistance to Trump and the Far-Right (repost)

Trump’s win of the electoral college (despite losing the popular vote by 2 million votes) thrust many into the streets for the first time against the billionaire real estate mogul and the wider system and crisis of capitalist civilization he seeks to manage.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at #TrumpTheRegime: Resources and Ongoing Resistance to Trump and the Far-Right



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Important Things to Read in the Present Juncture

These are some specific documents available on Kersplebedeb and related sites that are of particular relevance in the present juncture:

In terms of books available through Leftwingbooks.Net, the following titles may be of special interest:

Finally, although the contours of the actual situation are still in the process of materializing, the following texts found elsewhere online have struck me as being timely — please note that inclusion here does not denote agreement, just that these are “of interest”:

Also, It’s Going Down has a useful “#TRUMPTHEREGIME: RESOURCES AND ONGOING RESISTANCE TO TRUMP AND THE FAR-RIGHT” page that is worth checking out

 

 

 



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#TrumpTheRegime: Resources and Ongoing Resistance to Trump and the Far-Right



Trump’s win of the electoral college (despite losing the popular vote by 2 million votes) thrust many into the streets for the first time against the billionaire real estate mogul and the wider system and crisis of capitalist civilization he seeks to manage.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at #TrumpTheRegime: Resources and Ongoing Resistance to Trump and the Far-Right



Settlers the Mythology of the White Proletariat FREE DOWNLOAD

2_settlersUntil midnight on November 22nd (less than 36 hours from now), you can download Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat from Mayflower to Modern by J. Sakai, for free:

https://www.amazon.com/Settlers-Mythology-Proletariat-Mayflower-Modern-ebook/dp/B00N980EQK

Kersplebedeb is offering this book for free download, as it seems particularly timely in the present political context.

Settlers is a uniquely important book in the canon of the North American revolutionary left and anticolonial movements. First published in the 1980s by activists with decades of experience organizing in grassroots anticapitalist struggles against white supremacy, the book soon established itself as an essential reference point for revolutionary nationalists and dissident currents within the predominantly colonialist Marxist-Leninist and anarchist movements at that time.

Always controversial within the establishment Left Settlers uncovers centuries of collaboration between capitalism and white workers and their organizations, as well as their neocolonial allies, showing how the United States was designed from the ground up as a parasitic and genocidal entity. Settlers exposes the fact that America’s white citizenry have never supported themselves but have always resorted to exploitation and theft, culminating in acts of genocide to maintain their culture and way of life. As recounted in painful detail by Sakai, the United States has been built on the theft of Indigenous lands and of Afrikan labor, on the robbery of the northern third of Mexico, the colonization of Puerto Rico, and the expropriation of the Asian working class, with each of these crimes being accompanied by violence.

This new edition includes “Cash & Genocide: The True Story of Japanese-American Reparations” and an interview with author J. Sakai by Ernesto Aguilar.

What People Are Saying

“Settlers is a critical analysis of the colonization of the Americas that overturns the ‘official’ narrative of poor and dispossessed European settlers to reveal the true nature of genocidal invasion and land theft that has occurred for over five hundred years. If you want to understand the present, you must know the past, and this book is a vital contribution to that effort.”
—Gord Hill, author of 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance

“Great works measure up, inspire higher standards of intellectual and moral honesty, and, when appreciated for what they are, serve as a guide for those among us who intend a transformation of reality. Settlers should serve as a reminder (to anyone who needs one) of the genocidal tendencies of the empire, the traitorous interplay between settler-capitalist, settler-nondescript, and colonial flunkies.”
—Kuwasi Balagoon, Black Liberation Army

“When Settlers hit the tiers of San Quentin, back in 1986, it totally exploded our ideas about what we as a new class of revolutionaries thought we knew about a so-called ‘united working class’ in amerika. And what’s more, it brought the actual contradictions of national oppression and imperialism into sharp focus. It was my first, and as such my truest, study of the actual mechanics behind the expertly fabricated illusion of an amerikan proletariat.”
—Sanyika Shakur, author of Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member

About the Author

J. Sakai is a revolutionary intellectual with decades of experience as an activist in the United States. On the subject of his own past, and the writing of Settlers, he has said:

“In the Fall 1961, i found myself with other militant Sit-In veterans in the reborn Oakland chapter of Congress of Racial Equality, picketing a major store which had refused to hire New Afrikans. Even in the Bay Area that was the custom and law back then. It had started years earlier for me in high school in L.A.’s 1950’s San Fernando Valley. Where as the lone uneducated leftist i had tried unsuccessfully to sell copies of the socialist labor party newspaper (the only one i could get) every week to my classmates. At the same time was working as an Asian houseboy for the family of a Jewish used car dealer (stereotypes abound for a reason). Was fired for taking a night off for my own high school graduation. The wife lost it and screamed, ” People like you don’t need graduations!” A month later was living in a different state to find a job and avoid the “colored” military draft. And active as the novice food drive coordinator in a long, bitter, ugly hospital workers’ strike, whose main public demand was pay raises up to the federal minimum wage (we lost badly).

Have been through a thousand campaigns and movement groups since then, and can’t believe i’ve been so dumb so often. In 1975, while mostly active doing Afrikan liberation movement support with radical exiles from various countries, i started writing a historical investigation into the puzzling class politics of euro-amerikan workers. Which i naively thought would only be a quick movement paper. Eight years later what became re-titled as Settlers was finished. Even then i didn’t believe there was any audience for it, and planned to only photocopy fifty copies of my typed draft for internal education in the underground black liberation army coordinating committee. Comrades with more sense than myself insisted that we publish it as a book if only for the liberation movement. Over the years, we took it through three editions, but finally it’s time to hand it on to new publishers. Remember only, i wrote this with my life.”



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Free Shipping at Leftwingbooks.NET

free-shipping-stampJust to let people know, for the remainder of 2016, Kersplebedeb Leftwingbooks.Net is offering free shipping on orders of $50 or more, anywhere in the world. Please note that this special will get you the cheapest mail delivery available — i.e. surface mail if you are overseas. Orders placed after December 11th will definitely arrive after December 25th.

Leftwingbooks.Net distributes all Kersplebedeb Publications, all books published by AK Press and PM Press, as well as publications from many other left, anarchist, and communist publishers and projects. We are especially happy to carry both the Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar, and the Slingshot desktop and pocket organizers.



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Marine Le Pen takes huge lead over Nicolas Sarkozy in French first round presidential election poll (repost)

Front National leader Marine Le Pen has taken a sizeable lead over Nicolas Sarkozy in a new French presidential election poll.

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Lyon : affrontements à la librairie anarchiste “La Plume Noire” (repost)

Le Parti de Gauche dénonce “l’attaque de la librairie Plume Noire à coups de barres de fer et de battes de baseball” par une vingtaine de militants d’extrême droite ce samedi.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at Lyon : affrontements à la librairie anarchiste “La Plume Noire”



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A Red Guards Reflection on the Recent “White Lives Matter” Protest (repost)

As organized fascists have been attempting to make a presence and gain traction here in Austin, communists and otherwise revolutionary-minded folks have been ramping up our antifascist work.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at A Red Guards Reflection on the Recent “White Lives Matter” Protest



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Marine Le Pen takes huge lead over Nicolas Sarkozy in French first round presidential election poll



Front National leader Marine Le Pen has taken a sizeable lead over Nicolas Sarkozy in a new French presidential election poll.

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Lyon : affrontements à la librairie anarchiste "La Plume Noire"



Le Parti de Gauche dénonce "l'attaque de la librairie Plume Noire à coups de barres de fer et de battes de baseball" par une vingtaine de militants d'extrême droite ce samedi.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at Lyon : affrontements à la librairie anarchiste "La Plume Noire"



A Red Guards Reflection on the Recent “White Lives Matter” Protest



As organized fascists have been attempting to make a presence and gain traction here in Austin, communists and otherwise revolutionary-minded folks have been ramping up our antifascist work.

Read the rest of this post on the original site at A Red Guards Reflection on the Recent “White Lives Matter” Protest