Month: February 2022

The new Europe has arrived: militarism, nuclear threat and hunger

28 February, 2022 · Europe

German tanks at a NATO base. Germany will drastically increase its manpower and equipment in view of an eventual war with Russia.
German tanks at a NATO base. Germany will drastically increase its manpower and equipment in view of an eventual war with Russia.

In a matter of hours a new Europe is being sketched before our eyes. Germany is rearming en masse by endowing its army with an extraordinary fund of 100 billion euros. Sanctions are already hitting millions in Russia and are driving at least 30 million workers to starvation. Putin resumes the offensive in Ukraine and aims his nuclear forces at Europe. The EU surrenders to militarism. And in the face of the ongoing barbarism and in spite of the invisibilization caused by the war propaganda of both sides, the first sparks of resistance against militarism appear: mothers of soldiers, young people, deserters… a spark waiting to ignite among the workers.

Saving private Biden

17 February, 2022 · Russia · Ukraine · USA

Russian Tanks in Belarus
Russian Tanks in Belarus

The Russian army announced the staggered end of the ongoing maneuvers from the Mediterranean to Belarus. But according to the American press, the invasion of Ukraine is still imminent while tension keeps growing, in fact there would be 7,000 more Russian troops on the ground and therefore the NATO deployment would have to be reinforced and extended. But France and Germany are already doing something else, openly contradicting this discourse, incorporating China and placing themselves at the antipodes of US propaganda whose real objectives seem to be to “save Private Biden” within the US and to forcefully change the European energy matrix.

Unions and the downward auctioning of working conditions

16 February, 2022 · Global situation

Union referendum at Ford Almussafes this week. Every time the unions organize a downward auction of working conditions they resort to the atomization and silencing ceremony of the ballot box and the secret ballot, a "democratic" alternative to the open discussion and the vote by show of hands during a collective assembly... lest it becomes apparent that there is a collective interest capable of imposing itself over individual fear.
Union referendum at Ford Almussafes this week. Every time the unions organize a downward auction of working conditions they resort to the atomization and silencing ceremony of the ballot box and the secret ballot, a "democratic" alternative to the open discussion and the vote by show of hands during a collective assembly... lest it becomes apparent that there is a collective interest capable of imposing itself over individual fear.

The ideas and even the expressions of bidenism are beginning to seep into European state propaganda. The most eye-catching one relates to the supposed benefits of “strong trade unions”. According to Biden, the weakness of the unions in the USA made it possible for large automotive companies to convert multi-localization into wage dumping. However, the European experience tells us exactly the opposite: within the EU and even within the same country, in sectors with “strong unions” it is the unions themselves which organize competition between factories of the same company and the downward auctioning of working conditions.

U.S. rings alarm bells for war with Russia as its ranks become more fragile

12 February, 2022 · Global situation · European Union · Ukraine · USA

Joseph Biden
Joseph Biden

Last week, Macron took the lead in talks with Russia to the chagrin of Putin as much as Biden; Scholz went in person to Washington to stage his resistance to the closure of NordStream 2 at the White House itself; and on his return, both co-opted and negotiated the Polish position, finally allowing the EU to break NATO’s monolithic stance. Biden, plummeting in the US polls, responded by raising the tone and asserting the imminence of a Russian invasion. But a glance at the world press makes it clear that outside AUKUS, the US is encountering increasing resistance from its former allies around the world, from South Africa to Argentina.

Minimum wage hike: 7 basic questions

10 February, 2022 · Critique of ideology

Minimum wage workers in a call center

Is an increase in the minimum wage necessarily good for workers? Under what conditions can it generate an improvement? Under what conditions does it reduce the wage volume paid to workers as a whole and render working conditions even more precarious?

Falklands: China comes into the limelight

9 February, 2022 · Argentina · China · United Kingdom

Malvinas / Falklands
Malvinas / Falklands

The Falklands/Malvinas is definitely a new flashpoint in the global imperialist conflict. While Britain is forcibly militarizing the islands and Argentina is hastily reinforcing defenses, China is pressing against the British, South America is splitting in two, and the EU, encouraged by Spain and Germany, is increasingly tempted to open a new diplomatic front against London.

The class divide widens at school

8 February, 2022 · Global situation

Class divide in schools

The outlook for basic and secondary education in the world is increasingly bleak. Learning to read, write and learn basic mathematical tools is increasingly becoming a class divide that is denying development to millions of children. Meanwhile, states, weighed down by their own ideological urgencies, are unable to alleviate the problem and their “solutions” aggravate the general classism of the architecture of the education system.

The “Ukraine conflict” no longer points to “a European war” but to a world war

7 February, 2022 · Global situation

Russian and Chinese soldiers hug each other during joint maneuvers.
Russian and Chinese soldiers hug each other during joint maneuvers.

With the US insisting on the imminence of an invasion of Ukraine, the global press focuses on Macron’s trip to Moscow and the meeting between Scholz and Biden, while the European media insist on the danger of energy shortages and the impossibility of doing without Gazprom, the Russian gas company. However, the most important thing that is happening in the so-called “conflict over Ukraine” is taking place on the other side of the continent: the officialization of a joint imperialist discourse between Russia and China in Beijing and the entry of Japan into the fray, pushed by the USA.

Cryptocurrencies: the secrets of capitalism’s black money

4 February, 2022 · Critique of ideology

Cryptocurrencies
Cryptocurrencies

The veil has long since fallen on cryptocurrencies: the essential thing about them is the fact that they are not money but speculative financial assets. To understand their success within the thousand speculative investment possibilities offered by today’s financial markets, we need to understand briefly what the technology on which they are based is like and what things it allows beyond the usual possibilities in “normal” speculative assets.

Mr. Casero’s disputed vote and other scenes of decadence

4 February, 2022 · History · Critique of ideology

Electronic voting interface of the Spanish deputies and senators.
Electronic voting interface of the Spanish deputies and senators.

The topic of the day in Spain is the approval yesterday of the Labor Reform in Congress thanks to the blunder of a PP member of parliament who was not allowed by the Presidency to change his electronic vote once it had been cast. The representative insists that it was a “computer error” but in the same day he had made a mistake in at least three votes. What at first glance seems just an anecdote of parliamentary formalism actually reveals the historical moment of the society in which we live.

Spike in Covid deaths: invisibilization of victims, end of restrictions

2 February, 2022 · Global situation

Denmark has lifted all Covid restrictions
Denmark has lifted all Covid restrictions

Peak Covid deaths: The Spanish government reported on February 1st 408 Covid deaths, a number not seen since March of last year. In France there were 357. The UK broke the record for the year with 1,121 deaths. In Argentina 240. And in the USA the average number of deaths continues to hover around 2,500 per day. And yet, the worldwide news is the end of the Covid restrictions following Denmark and Norway’s examples, where, by the way, cases are multiplying.