06 December 2008

Fight Back Against Obamagogue's Latest Lie: War

Dear Friends,

Thanks to Adam for setting this up.

I hope the blog helps us spur discussion, especially within the SC. And it may make the RF Updates better too. I am planning to send a version of this out to the email list Sunday night. Anyone have anything they think should be added or deleted?

Below the RF update proposal is a letter to the NYTimes, which they probably will not print.

The US is not going to leave Iraq or any other oil region and the US ruling classes are fully prepared to try to make war forever over their collapsing empire, Note that war costs are not even being factored into the massive debt crisis the US now builds,

while liberals call for a full blown corporate state

And the UAW leadership begs to make more concessions
demonstrating that the union executives are a voice of employers in the workers's midst

when the main lesson from thirty years of labor history is that concessions do not save jobs, rather like giving blood to sharks, bosses only want more,

Next in line are teachers and here we have a bellwether NEA local offering concessions right off the bat

What we are witnessing is the rapid emergence of fascism as a worldwide popular force: class warfare everywhere hastened by imperialist war: http://www.richgibson.com/teachinOct2008.htm

It is possible to fight back but only if that resistance takes up the question of the system of capital itself as well as the impact of this crisis in schools where curricula regimentation, high stakes testing, and miltarization will intensify under Obama as that is what this social system requires---unless school workers, parents and kids develop the solidarity and good sense to fight; not starve.

All the best,


Bill Ayers claims he was just another part of the anti-war movement and never killed anyone. Phooey. I am a former member of the Students for a Democratic Society, the largest student movement in US history and a radical yet today. The terrorist Weatherman sect destroyed SDS when, in 1969, they sought to replace a movement of people organizing for equality and peace with Ayers’ authoritarian mis-leadership and bombs. Before the biggest outpouring of student activism in the last century, the Weathermen demolished the SDS mailing list, leaving the movement with no center. They killed themselves and SDS. Weatherman was the “action-faction,”celebrating irrationalism, drugs, and exploitative sex, pandering to the peasant nationalism of the day. They opposed the radical, “going to the root,” of social problems. They held most people in the world in contempt. Then, Ayers was a liberal with explosives and hubris. Today, Ayer is a foundation-funded liberal: see Mayor Richard Dailey’s endorsement. There is no "new" Bill Ayers, as he claims. He opposed a mass based class conscious movement for equality and freedom then, and opposes it now. Those of us who fought the Weathermen in SDS, and who did not abandon the grassroots struggle for worldwide justice, know him for what he is. That Ayers clearly backed the liberal Obama, who promises wider wars, and bailouts to the rich, is no surprise.

Dr Rich Gibson
Emeritus Professor
San Diego State University