This article..."Meals Toilets and Marx for UC Davis Protesters"...from Trevor Loudon is one of major importance in understanding what we are facing in the upcoming battle with the Uber-Left. This Neo Communist is a new invigorated breed of animal. The crowning of the Imperious Obama has had the effect of empowering this Neo-Com machine (Just as I said it would three years ago). I am including a syllabus of reading material for the Neo-Com student initiate. I will say that I coined this phrase...some other will get credit for it, but I care not. This is going to be a force to be reckoned with for years / decades to come. The academia are marshaling all their forces for battle as we speak. Elections mean very little to these groups. Do not underestimate their influence over the young and the "disenfranchised" American! They see their opportunities arise in a vacuum of leadership and in the ensuing chaos that inevitably results.
A campus conservative at UC Davis was so disgusted by slanted coverage of the Occupy movement that he reached out to Fox News and provided the channel a video showing police officers being surrounded by protesters after dismantling an illegal tent site. Marcus Shibler, chairman of Davis College Republicans, says the officers were met with chants of “F— the police.”
Meanwhile, one of the UC Davis faculty members involved in leading the protests is scheduled to teach a course on Marxism and is now calling for the campus police to be completely evicted from the university.
A syllabus for Professor Nathan Brown’s course begins with a Karl Marx quote about communism being “the real movement which abolishes the present state of things.” The on-line course description is decorated with a hammer and sickle, the symbol of communism.
The Real Movement of History —
Left Communism and the Communization Current
Left Communism and the Communization Current
Communism is for us not a state of affairs which is to be established, an ideal to which reality will have to adjust itself. We call communism the real movement which abolishes the present state of things.
- Karl Marx, The German Ideology
- Karl Marx, The German Ideology
In 2009, an international conference at Birkbeck College in London brought together major figures in political philosophy (Badiou, Zizek, Negri, Ranci�re, Hallward, Eagleton, Vattimo) to discuss �The Idea of Communism.� In his foreword to the conference program, Alain Badiou stated that �without the horizon of communism, without this idea, there is nothing in history and political becoming of any interest to the philosopher.� Yet Marx is explicit, in The German Ideology and elsewhere, that communism is not an �idea� but rather a real movement taking place in and as history, not a �horizon� but an immanent process of abolition and elaboration that is happening even now.
This course will be devoted not to �the idea of communism� but rather to understanding communism as �the real movement of history.� To that end we will study left communist tendencies as they have developed in Germany, Italy, France, England, Greece, and the US, with a particular focus on the so-called �communization current� elaborated primarily in France over the past forty years. We will read texts by such figures and groups as Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Amadeo Bordiga, Anton Pannekoek, Paul Mattick, Guy Debord, Gilles Dauv�, Theorie Communiste, Tiqqun and the Invisible Committee (France), Aufheben (UK), TPTG and Blaumachen (Greece), Riff-Raff (Sweden) and Endnotes (UK & US). These texts will orient us toward another tradition of communist theory, outside of and overlooked by the development of mainstream political philosophy.
I. THE COMMUNIZATION CURRENT (BEYOND THE ULTRA-LEFT)
Week 1 — Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party
— Gilles Dauv�, The Eclipse and Re-Emergence of the Communist Movement
Week 2 — Th�orie Communiste & Gilles Dauv�, Endnotes I: Preliminary Materials for a Balance Sheet of the 20th Century
— Aufheben / Th�orie Communiste, Decadence (Aufheben) & Communist Theory -- Beyond the Ultra-Left (Th�orie Communiste)
— Th�orie Communiste, Th�orie de l'�cart
Week 3 — Mariarosa Dalla Costa & Selma James, The Power of Women and the Subversion of Community
— Selma James, Women, the Unions, and Work...Or What Is Not to Be Done
— Sylvia Federici, Wages Against Housework
— Claire Fontaine, Human Strike in the Field of Libidinal Economy
II. LEFT COMMUNIST HISTORIES
Week 4 — Karl Marx, Critique of the Gotha Program
Vladimir Lenin, Left-Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder
— Phillipe Bourinnet, The Bordigist Current, 1919-1999 (selections); The Dutch and German Communist Left, 1900-1968 (selections)
Week 7 — Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle
III. CONTEMPORARY TRAJECTORIES
— Riff-Raff, Issue 9 (texts in English)
Week 10 — Invisible Committee, The Coming Insurrection
And now...The Marxist "Blessing of the Taxes"
Blessing of the Government TaxesLet me, Dear God, shift the paradigm on this Thanksgiving and blissfully give thanks for the gift of government, and thank the government for the gift of taxes. Bless my taxes, O God! Give me peace of mind as I rejoice in filling out forms and returning money to its rightful owner, the government. Keep me joyous, I pray, as I write out those checks. Yea, Lord, we know that there is little reason to be joyous with this Administration's imperialism and impending rape of the Iranian peaceful energy program, but the thought of a new tax year still brings to us a swelling tear of joy. And whisper to me, Lord, all the good reasons that I send my money to my government every year.
Raise my awareness to the fact that I could not write this prayer, and would be a barely-functioning illiterate living in the gutter, if I had not received a free tax-subsidized education; my parents could not have afforded both my tuition and their own tax payments, so my tuition was supplied, at no expense to anyone, by the government. Remind me of how my mind has been so wondrously calibrated by our free public schools!
Gently show me that the Internet, through which I send this prayer to others, was created by committees of civil servants. Help me to recall that my freedom to pray as I wish was purchased with tax dollars that paid for dairy price supports. Quietly kiss me as you raise my awareness that the only deserving people, the most noble among us, are those who subsist on government programs -- paid for with our taxes. My Lord my God, fondle me as you energize me with the hopefulness of higher taxes that can pay for an even more effective Internal Revenue service, which in turn can collect even more taxes for an even more effective Internal Revenue Service, which will culminate in an ecstatic spiral of an all-encompassing tax-collecting mechanism that will be accountable to no one except to the spirit of economic justice.
Reveal to me, Lord, in my mind's eye, the public health workers, the regulators of the environment and of commerce, the employees of the Department of Energy, and the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education, and the Administration for Children and Families, and the Minerals Management Service, and the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and the Minority Business Development Agency , and the Japan-United States Friendship Commission , and the Government National Mortgage Association, and the Housing and Urban Development Department, and the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, and the Institute of Peace, and the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Small Business Administration, and the Superfund Basic Research Program , and the President's Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and the Office of Thrift Supervision, and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission , and the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee , and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, and the Stennis Center for Public Service, and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation , and the Peace Corps, and the Office of Public and Indian Housing, and the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency, and the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, and the National Interagency Fire Center, and the Northwest Power Planning Council, and the Multifamily Housing Office , and the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, and especially the Internal Revenue Service, and all the other things that my taxes and your taxes make possible.
And please, Lord, remind my brothers and sisters that they should liquidate their savings accounts and mutual funds, bonds and CDs, so that they too can be forced to turn it over to the greatest bargain of all that is Social Security. Educate me, Dear One, of how difficult life was for the sick and elderly before they paid throughout their entire careers, with threat of imprisonment, 14% of their wages for the iron-clad guarantees of Social Security. Please, Lord, make everyone realize that there is no investment more secure, and none that gives such a generous return, as Social Security.
Tax the rich. Sicken the healthy. Scar the beautiful. Destroy the "successful". Drown the bankers. Blind the stock traders. Cripple the athletes and sever the hands of the musicians.
O Dear One, there are so many ways I wish my taxes could be spent! I'm willing, O Lord, to pay even more in taxes if it would work for the common good: We need a strong government to take back from the rich few and generously give to the many! Lord my God, please put the brakes on commerce, remove all profits from the pigs who "produced" it, and turn it all over to those who deserve it. So, more than ever, dear God, give me the strength and the vision to rise up and press my government to unapologetically take back what is ours. My sacred duty as a spokesperson for the working class can only be fulfilled if we organize, advocate, protest, resist, agitate, and speak truth to power by writing tax checks. I ask for your guidance, God, as I join with others to change the priorities and values of our government, so that they reflect more of our collective will, and my struggle, as expressed through your will.
Lord, you have created all men and wymyn as equals. Any disparity from your plan is an affront to decency. And so I pray, my Dear Lord, that you fulfill your vision for true equality, and remove all excess. In service to you, my Lord, we will not rest until everyone is truly equal. Tax the rich. Sicken the healthy. Scar the beautiful. Destroy the "successful". Drown the bankers. Blind the stock traders. Cripple the athletes and sever the hands of the musicians. Plant carnivorous bacteria in the brains of those who score high on racist "IQ" tests. Deliver wasting diseases to the strong. Starve and stone the executives and managers. Show no mercy to the blood-sucking merchants as they suffer merciless deaths in the searing flames of gargantuan infernos. Smash capitalism and deliver us, Dear One, to our deserved socialist paradise.
May your blessing rest on my Form 1040, dear Lord, and may my taxes well serve you and my fellow citizens! Amen.
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Here is one more Leftist prayer...sic