Month: May 2021

Ford F-150 Lightning: the precarious life of the Green Deal and America’s first steps into the war economy

29 May, 2021 · TV

Ford F-150 Lightning, the vehicle of a new green era of precarization and war economy.
Ford F-150 Lightning, the vehicle of a new green era of precarization and war economy.

There exist advertisements which condense an era with far greater economy than any novel or film. The ad for Ford’s F-150 Lightning, Ford’s iconic vehicle for the Biden’s Green Deal is, by the same token, a promotional ad for precarious living rather than a celebration of green comfort, a Nomadland to insert into big-league matches and Superbowls rather than a sales pitch. But Biden has gone a step further: the Green Deal’s pick-up is also the symbol of a looming new war economy.

Strikes in Georgia

28 May, 2021 · Caucasus

Strikes in Georgia: workers protest at Borjomi
Strikes in Georgia: workers protest at Borjomi

These past few days the Russian press has been talking about an epidemic of strikes in Georgia, a country in the Caucasus where for decades working class protests have been swamped by nationalism. What is going on and what is driving the strikes in Georgia?

Territorial inequality: the wealth of regions and the lies of nationalism

27 May, 2021 · Marxism

Industrial ruins are becoming more common as territorial inequality rise.
Industrial ruins are becoming more common as territorial inequality rise.

Income distribution data in Europe show increasingly worrying patterns of territorial inequality apparently condemning whole regions to rural depopulation and massive and eternal unemployment. Local nationalisms and regionalisms use these differences to justify their aspirations. But neither the cause of the problems resides in a territorial conflict nor does the solution lie in gaining “levels of statehood” or “a voice in the capital city”.

Nomadland

24 May, 2021 · Arts and enterteinment

Nomadland
Nomadland

Nomadland, directed by Chloe Zhao, won the this years’ Oscar for Best Picture. The novelty: it acknowledges the existence of workers and the precariousness they experience. The question: why did it win?

Meat and dairy, the new luxury products of the Green Deal

23 May, 2021 · European Union

With the imposition of a drastic reduction in the consumption of meat and dairy products, the popular parties with steaks, barbecues and steaks will remain memories of the past.
With the imposition of a drastic reduction in the consumption of meat and dairy products, the popular parties with steaks, barbecues and steaks will remain memories of the past.

The Italian superminister for climate change began his mandate by going against meat and dairy consumption; the Spanish government in its 2050 plan, presented yesterday, endorses Greenpeace’s doctrine and proposes to halve consumption by raising prices; in Germany ending cheap meat is one of the main proposals of the Green party, which is likely to head the next government. Meat, dairy and other high-quality protein foods are well on their way to becoming luxury products. With the Green Deal, the diet of the working class is once again the terrain of class struggle.

The economy’s health parasitizes the health of workers and of society as a whole

21 May, 2021 · History

Field hospital during the «Spanish flu» epidemic
Field hospital during the «Spanish flu» epidemic

This week, the WHO reported that global working hours keep lengthening and that excess working hours kill nearly three-quarters of a million people a year worldwide. Late last month it was also reported that excess mortality -not taking into account covid- has multiplied in recent decades in the US. The overall health of the population keeps getting worse as GDPs and accumulation keep growing, but this wasn’t always the case. There was a period when the health of the economy and the health of the general population were aligned, but that ended a century ago and there is no going back. What happened and what is left for us to do to reverse this trend?

The Spanish crisis with Morocco

20 May, 2021 · Spain

Pedro Sánchez arrives to Ceuta in the midst of the crisis with Morocco
Pedro Sánchez arrives to Ceuta in the midst of the crisis with Morocco

After almost 36 hours of crisis with Morocco and after a general mobilization of the Spanish state, everything is apparently back to normal… but only after the National Court reopened a case for genocide against the Polisario leader clandestinely sheltered by Spain, and it became clear that the European support would not go beyond statements and after the USA supported Morocco and disregarded Sánchez. A full-fledged triumph of the Moroccan simulacrum that was enough to bring about a state crisis and highlight the international isolation of Spanish capital. Now a good part of the Spanish interests call for a “Perejil moment” from Sánchez, a change of course in Spanish imperialism.

Ceuta is not experiencing any migratory crisis

19 May, 2021 · Spain

Ceuta is not experiencing any migratory crisis
Ceuta is not experiencing any migratory crisis

The unfolding events we are seeing in Ceuta are not a “migratory crisis” [originally posted on May 18th]. It is an event encouraged and organized by the Moroccan state. We are not facing a refugee tragedy but a happening serving as political pressure in the context of the imperialist conflict between Spain and Morocco. A conflict that is becoming increasingly dangerous.

Spanish imperialism flounders and opens the game

18 May, 2021 · Spain

Pedro Sánchez, inaugurated this morning the IV Ibero-American Congress of the Business Council Alliance for Ibero-America (CEAPI), a forum of businessmen in which he put into words the new offer of Spanish imperialism for the Ibero-American capitals.
Pedro Sánchez, inaugurated this morning the IV Ibero-American Congress of the Business Council Alliance for Ibero-America (CEAPI), a forum of businessmen in which he put into words the new offer of Spanish imperialism for the Ibero-American capitals.

The German Green Deal has a new rallying cry: end cheap flights to Majorca. At the same time, the Biden government’s new shoe tariffs threaten the Spanish consumer goods export flagship. And if that were not enough, the increased tension with Morocco is pushing towards the closure of companies and factories relocated there by Spanish capital over the last few decades. The Spanish imperialist model is in a state of crisis and is dragging down the industry. Spanish imperialism looks again to Argentina and Mexico looking for the first time not only for markets, but also for capitals to which it offers a beachhead in the EU.

Is there a national solution for Israel/Palestine?

17 May, 2021 · Palestine / Israel

Whilst recounting the “conflict” in national terms and with national subjects, the media do not even consider the absurdity of one country threatening its neighbor with a general strike of its own in retaliation.And yet it is the most revealing thing about how much is going on these days [this article was originally published in December 2017]. Telling because the threat is real for Israel and because Palestinian workers haven’t exactly embraced it with enthusiasm either. To understand Israel/Palestine let’s do a bit of history and for once, from the perspective of the workers.

Protests in Colombia

14 May, 2021 · Colombia

Protests in Colombia
Protests in Colombia

After 12 days and having already suffered 47 deaths, 39 of which as a result of repression, protests in Colombia are entering a new phase.

Towards a new war in Gaza?

13 May, 2021 · Palestine / Israel

Images of war in Gaza
Images of war in Gaza

Israel and Hamas are back on the brink of war in Gaza. The dead are still counted by the dozens due to the crossed bombardments. Outbreaks of pogroms and civil violence appear riding the nationalist wave, and imperialisms near and far are trying to gain positions.

The “green transition” paves the way for new wars over the control of raw materials

12 May, 2021 · South America and the Caribbean

The green transition driven by the green deal has turned South America's large lithium salt flats into strategic positions.
The green transition driven by the green deal has turned South America's large lithium salt flats into strategic positions.

The green transition is already paving the way for new wars. Current mineral production plus that in the pipeline is incapable of supplying the raw material demand of the energy transition. According to the International Energy Agency, by 2030 the production capacity calculated by then will only be able to supply 80% of the critical minerals and 50% of the copper demanded by the Green Deal. By 2040, the strain will be even worse: the demand for critical minerals will have quadrupled. What will large national capitals do along the way to secure the sources needed to supply their most valuable industries?

Porto Social Commitment: the EU’s 2030 precarization program

12 May, 2021 · European Union

Michel, franked by von der Leyen and Costa shows the signed text of the "Porto Social Commitment".
Michel, franked by von der Leyen and Costa shows the signed text of the "Porto Social Commitment".

The EU’s Porto Social Summit unveils, decades later, its long-promised “social pillar” program. The “Porto Social Commitment” has been triumphantly presented as a shift towards employment and workers, a return to the welfare discourse that would definitively close the door to more precariousness and “austerity”. Nothing could be further from the truth. The commitment will be austerity’s banner.

Covid vaccine patent waiver: Biden vs EU

10 May, 2021 · Global situation

A physician protests demanding more than a temporary patent waiver
A physician protests demanding more than a temporary patent waiver

The Covid vaccine patent waiver has become the subject of global debate following the announcement on May 5th that the US will push for a “waiver of patent protection” at the WTO. Although sold as a humanitarian measure driven by the need to stop the slaughter in India and other countries, the reality is quite different: it is part of a competitive strategy opposed especially by Germany, which is determined to use Covid to capitalize its biotech sector and become the “pharmacy of the world.”

Climate targets, contradictions, and nationalization under the Green Deal

7 May, 2021 · Germany

Germany accelerates its climate targets
Germany accelerates its climate targets

Germany is raising its climate targets. It changes its Climate Law by committing to a 65% reduction in emissions by 2030. The formal cause, a Constitutional Court ruling. The real cause: competition with the US. The important thing: each push of the Green Deal increases economic contradictions, weighs down production and imposes an increasingly dark horizon on living and working conditions. In the increased competition, the state centralizes and looks for new ways to turn broken private companies into state-owned enterprises. There is nothing progressive about this. We are not closer to socialism, but to a war economy.

Against the so-called ethics of care

5 May, 2021 · Critique of ideology

ethics of care

The ethics of care have migrated from feminist theory to the language used both by the Spanish government for pandemic management and by the political parties in their electoral campaigns.Care and the vulnerable have become terms of use, the maternal status of female candidates has been turned into an electoral issue and vulnerability has been turned into a synonym of the condition of precarious workers. What lies underneath this language trying to become state ideology?

Covid and school: the state rejects the evidence, workers resume struggles

4 May, 2021 · Global situation

Massive teachers' strike aside from the unions in Algeria
Massive teachers' strike aside from the unions in Algeria

Covid and schools continue to be at the center of the class struggle during the pandemic. In the months since the return to school after Christmas, states have striven to enforce the new normality in the education system from Argentina to France at the cost of contagions and through lies refuted even by their own research institutes. Meanwhile, from Brazil to Senegal via Great Britain, teachers are back in the struggle, and in Algeria they broke union control and imposed the payment of salary arrears throughout the country.

Feminism and World War 2

2 May, 2021 · History

Feminism and World War 2 in propaganda. Originally a «Rosie» was the face of war production, today she is a feminist symbol
Feminism and World War 2 in propaganda. Originally a «Rosie» was the face of war production, today she is a feminist symbol

Feminism and World War 2 are deeply related. It is no coincidence at all for one of the most enduring symbols of feminism to be a poster for the recruitment of women for war production. Reproduced ad nauseam today by all kinds of feminist groups, Rosie the Riveter even has a theme song. It is the female embodiment of a war effort whose propaganda included women as never before because never before had female incorporation into the slaughter taken on a similar dimension. In the reorganization of the entire society to maximize the number of soldiers available for the massacre, women of the petty bourgeoisie soon saw a unique possibility for social advancement.

May 1st: what you were not told before

1 May, 2021 · History

May 1st 1896
May 1st 1896

Whenever May 1 draws near, the media tell us the story of the Chigago martyrs. The crackdown on a strike in the US would have stirred and organized European workers to the point of creating a worldwide day of celebration. The story implies a leadership of the US labor movement, something that is just the opposite of the reality of the moment. More importantly, it forgets the real context and purpose of the call, all too uncomfortable even today. May 1st is born in Paris, not in Chicago and not to pay tribute to anyone but to organize into a simultaneous struggle the universal working class.