Several years ago, James Hetfield, the co-founder of Metallica stated this in response to finding out that his band’s music was played regularly at Abu Ghraib to torture innocent Iraqi captives: “If the Iraqis aren’t used to freedom, then I’m glad to be part of their exposure” and joked "We’ve been punishing our parents, our wives, our loved ones with this music for ever. Why should the Iraqis be any different?“ (x)

Besides the entire dehumanization and clear lack of apathy many celebrities have had towards their work being used in the most ghastly and inhumane ways, the fact that Hetfield correlates torture and occupation with freedom reveals a lot about the premise of American imperialism. Intended or not, that is what foreign invasions touted as “freedom” have meant to many people adversely affected by US militarism.

I’d like to make an appeal in a special way to the men in the army. Brothers, each one of you is one of us…. When you hear the words of a man telling you to kill, think instead in the words of God: “Thou shalt not kill!” No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the law of God.
—  Archbishop Óscar Romero. Thirty-five years ago, Romero was murdered by members of a U.S.-backed death squad while delivering mass in San Salvador. On Saturday, over 300,000 people gathered in the same city to see him beatified, bringing him a step closer to sainthood in the Catholic Church. Democracy Now! talks to writer and scholar Roberto Lovato in San Salvador about the reaction there to Romero’s beatification. Watch the interview at democracynow.org.

The imagination of the early twenty-first century is catastrophic, with Hollywood blockbusters, novels, computer games, popular music, art and even political speeches all depicting a world consumed by vampires, zombies, meteors, aliens from outer space, disease, crazed terrorists and mad scientists. These frequently gothic descriptions of the apocalypse not only commodify fear itself; they articulate and even help produce imperialism. Building on, and often retelling, the British ‘imperial gothic’ of the late nineteenth century, the American imperial gothic is obsessed with race, gender, degeneration and invasion, with the destruction of society, the collapse of modernity and the disintegration of capitalism. Drawing on a rich array of texts from a long history of the gothic, this book contends that the doom faced by the world in popular culture is related to the current global instability, renegotiation of worldwide power and the American bid for hegemony that goes back to the beginning of the Republic and which have given shape to the first decade of the millennium. From the frontier gothic of Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly to the apocalyptic torture porn of Eli Roth’s Hostel, the American imperial gothic dramatises the desires and anxieties of empire. Revealing the ways in which images of destruction and social upheaval both query the violence with which the US has asserted itself locally and globally, and feed the longing for stable imperial structures, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of popular culture, cultural and media studies, literary and visual studies and sociology.

anonymous asked:

Lol, that anon never mentioned anything about antisemitism. Instead they gave you an argument and you didn't answer it. Instead you chose to accuse him of something they didn't even refer to???

You seem to be the very same guy from this post, the anon status confirms it.

Anyway I mentioned antisemitism because in history it is always been associated with those right wing conspiracy theories against marxism and communism. For examples references to a “Judeo-Masonic plot” are a standard component of spanish dictator Francisco Franco speeches and propaganda, and reveal the intense and paranoid obsession of the dictator with masonry (Franco produced at least 49 pseudonymous anti-masonic magazine articles and an anti-masonic book during his lifetime). 
Freemasonry was formally outlawed in post-civil war Spain in the Law for the Repression of Freemasonry and Communism (1940).

I don’t really think there’s much to say. We don’t need conspiracy theories to understand that capitalism sucks.

When you are talking of conspiracy you talk about Freemasonry and groups affiliated to, or that descend from it (Illuminati, Bilderberg, Trilateral Commission, New World Order, itd) whose goal is internationalist world government and synarchism.

Now, you claim that communism is a plan of the Elite to invent puppet enemies in order to support their plans. But the theory doesn’t hold water. First of all because Real Socialism and Freemasonry have never been compatible.
Soviet Russia outlawed Masonry in 1922. Freemasonry did not exist in the Soviet Union, China, or other Communist states.
Postwar revivals of Freemasonry in Czechoslovakia and Hungary were suppressed in 1950.
Cuba is the only socialist country with a ongoing freemasonry activity, because masons supported the revolution before Castro’s communist turn. As a result they work in defense the political dissidents rights, and they are operating to foster the reconciliation with the US.

And I’ll tell you more: there were also anarchists like Errico Malatesta who have tried the path of Freemasonry. Malatesta came out upset for not being able to infiltrate the anarchist communist idea among members of the Freemasons. It happened on March 18, 1876, when, outraged by the decision of his lodge to organize a reception to honor Giovanni Nicotera, just elected Home Secretary, he decided to abandon it completely.

Secondly because logically speaking, it would not make sense to invent an anti-capitalist doctrine to defend capitalism. It would make sense instead to invent a doctrine similar to capitalism, that is a slight variation as may be the libertarian free market.

I could go on, but I mention one more reason why your story does not hold up. And this is that communism is much older than capitalism, and it comes in philosophy from Plato. It is derived from the fact that in the wild, goods are available to everyone equally, and only the artificial human organization of society and economy discriminate against men based on the possession and production. 

There would be so much more to say about so called “conspiracies”, but let’s just say that the goal of the secretive power elite with a globalist agenda - which is nothing but the privileged class that is the owners of capital - is something else. 

Their work is an attempt to establish a synarchy, that is a union of politicians, lobbies, upper clergy, and the Mafia-controlled drug economy. This group has no other function than to concentrate capital in more and more restricted hands, so that they can more easily influence the lives of billions of people. One of the more concrete purposes of elitism is the use of techniques of eugenics as a function of imperialism and colonialism.

The real power however appears to be in the hands of those who have already wealth, and really Freemasonry becomes a mere tool in the hands of capital. As we said then, it is certainly a meeting of potentates determined to deceive ordinary people, and to take maximum profit from their business: finance, human trafficking, drug trade, weapons and raw materials.

As you see more than a conspiracy fairy tale, what we live in is a simple cyclical evolution of the capitalist system, which tends to monopoly and economic as well as cultural imperialism.

The names of the elite are not so hidden either, they can be found on the websites that list the names of the lucky millionaires of the earth, whose ultimate aim - namely the safeguarding of the capitalist system - led us on ‘brink of nuclear war.

Reference

CNN in direct transmissions assures that since the 1990s America has been leading humanitarian actions, and not wars, and that its military planes rain angels, not bombs!
—  Emir Kusturica, Serbian filmmaker, actor and musician.

ugh omfg you can fertilise the whole world with all the manure in this article!

the sum up the article: “Middle eastern people are barbaric & savage, & this huge mess the region is in is entirely their fault, it’s not the west’s fault at all it has nothing to do with western imperialism or interference; never mind that it was the west who funded the Taliban in the 80′s, never mind that it was the west who invaded Iraq & Afghanistan & attempted to build the countries from scratch, never mind it was the west who overthrew a democratic Iran & replaced it with a dictatorial monarch in the 50′s, never mind that it is the west who’s arming Al-Qaeda in Syria & has contributed to the rise of ISIS. These people are just too backwards to develop their countries by themselves, they desperately need us to help them get out of the mess we put them in!”

Clinton killed a half million kids with sanctions, Bush invaded Iraq & Afghanistan, Obama drone bombed a half dozen countries, but “Muslims are so violent.” While US soldiers were emptying clips into pregnant mothers, bombing weddings, and dropping thousand pound bombs on buildings filled with civilians, 1.5 billion people were being smeared as violent for crimes they didn’t commit. While the military used cluster bombs, white phosphorous & depleted uranium on the occupied, Fox News was preaching that Islam is the problem. When Israel was massacring Lebanese civilians by the dozen, the US was express shipping weapons over to enhance the slaughter. 2.3 million in jail/prison, the crime bill, gutting public housing, racist drug laws, executing Black people every 28 hours, that’s violence. “Freedom of speech!” But tens of millions of people don’t have the freedom to live without the US military bombing them. “Freedom of speech!” And freedom to spy, freedom to wiretap, freedom to infiltrate mosques, freedom to mass incarcerate, freedom to bankrupt the sick, freedom to deny affordable education.
—  Remi Kanazi via Facebook
"France isn't a racist/is a socialist country!"
  • France:*only forgave haiti's slave debt /after/ their economy was destroyed by a natural disaster leaving them without the means to make payments*
  • France:*still holds former african colonies in debt*
  • France:*monopolizes resource industries in those colonies, literally preventing the people who live in those countries from owning and profiting from the land and resources in them*
  • France:*has one of the world's largest armies which it employs second only to the us in the middle east in defense of oil assets*
  • France:*controlled the colonial government in south vietnam and committed many of the war crimes of the vietnam war to defend it*
  • France:*holds heavy influence over multiple (often muslim-majority) countries in the middle-east, south asia, and northern africa but has the gall to make muslims unwelcome /in france/*

The Ottoman Empire was no less an empire than its British or French or Belgian counterparts. The Ottoman Empire was not diametrically opposite those imperial endeavors and was absolutely not an example of indigenous, non-white, anti-white statebuilding. It was an empire, rigidly hierarchical and brutally violent, monarchal and oppressive and at times genocidal. You do history and those people that suffered (and were destroyed) under Ottoman rule a great disservice in pretending otherwise.