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Anarcho-Historian Lesson #9: Predating Fascism, Settler-Colonial Racialism

Posted: June 24, 2014 in Africans, Afrikaners, animal husbandry, Atlantic Slave Trade, Bacon's Rebellion, blackness, bodily fluids, Boers, Brazil, brutality, capture, chattle slaves, coerced labor, Colombia, colonial cities, colonial violence, colonial-settler states, colonialism, colonies, crime, cruelty, cultural identity, death camps, Dutch West Indian Empire, eighteenth-century, escaped terrorists, Euro-American elites, European colonialism, extermination, false science, Fascism, First British Empire, First French Empire, genocide, ghettos, holocausts, homicidal plantation labor, honorary white status, hunting, injustice, internal enemies, intolerance, Jamaica, jungle, kidnapping, knowledge, liquidation, lower classes, maroon terrorists, maroons, mass murder, murder, nation, Native nations, Nederlands, neo-colonial empire, neo-colonialism, Netherlands, plunder, Portuguese Empire, prison, race, racial castes, racial characteristics, racial hierarchies, racial oppression, racial others, racial terminologies, racialism, racism, rainforests, rape, religious heterodoxy, rotting corpses, Saint-Domingue, separated quarters, settlers, seventeenth-century, silver and gold, slave owners, slavery, slaves, social control, social enemies, South America, Spain, Spanish Empire, state-colonial terrorism, stealing, sugar cane plantations, sugar planters, Suriname, theft, torture, Virginia Plantation, war, white skin privileges, whiteness, worked to death
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In our lives, often the most insidious and nefarious acts have veiled themselves through pleasant speech and professionalized knowledge.

It was an unbearable summer. But the summer never ended. The date was even hazy. Was it the 1670s, or 80s, or was it just another sinister date during that horrid and unjust seventeenth-century, the 1600s? The area, or land mass was even worse. The general environment represented northern South America, called the Brasil, as was the name of infamy during those brutal days.

The wetness, the humid hells of salted mists, the mosquitos, the larvae; green mush, thick undergrowth of respiratory ill forest, bird chirping mania, bizarre monster fishes, jungle vines that camouflaged themselves as snakes, while the infernal, humongous snakes did vice versa; man-eating plants, African, overworked fetid corpses eaten alive in the turbid watery streams – and here the Dutch planted their colonial vomit representing the grand West Indian Empire.

The Dutch, or the Netherlands’ West Indian Empire had previously invaded the area in the 1630s. The European madmen attacked and murdered even more natives that had lived on the coast, and then constructed the slave-owning, mass-murdering, extermination plantations that held thousands of kidnapped Africans, called the Suriname colony.

The Dutch wanted to outdo the other evil African slave empires: the Portuguese in Brazil, the English in Jamaica, the Spanish in northern Colombia, called Nueva Granada, and the French, in Saint Domingue, now called Haiti. The Dutch would share their prize with the Portuguese in African genocide memoria. During the 1700s, the English and the French Empires would contribute their own arts in the holy mass murder of Africans. Sugar was the white gold back then, and the Europeans needed any available victims to do the homicidal plantation labor. Kidnapped Africans would obviously do.

Historical irony of ironies, some of the Dutch colonial descendants, which had also settled in the southern Cape of Africa during the same seventeenth-century, would later concoct the Apartheid regime of the 1940s. These old ‘Boers,’ mixed with hardcore French ‘Huguenot’ Evangelical Protestants, spoke a dialect of Nederlands called ‘Afrikaner.’ And they called themselves, the ‘white tribe’ of Africa.

While the Dutch worked their African slaves into the watery, pestilent graves throughout the sugar cane death camps, many Africans had literally fled for their lives. They became the ‘maroons,’ or the escaped free people who lived in the jungle, and they even formed their own communities of resistance. Suriname had the most African corpses through overwork, and the worst recurring outbreaks of dangerous, terrorist maroon communities respiring in the jungle bush. The Dutch colonialists tried to exterminate the maroons militarily, and when that didn’t work, they made military alliances with the maroon leaders in recognizing their freedom. In turn, the maroon ‘leaders’ had to deliver any escaped Africans back to the Europeans.

This was the trap. The Europeans wanted the maroons captured and murdered too. They were dangerous examples of the human quest for freedom and dignity, so the maroon communities had no other choices, but resistance. The Dutch needed a special military force to ultimately subdue the demon looking terrorists inside the thick and putrid jungle. In the late 1600s, they had found the perfect terminator. One man of hateful destiny rose to the occasion.

The man of the hour was an African, but there was something different in the breed. He possessed a pretty large build, and he wore a permanent lip and cheek scowl on his nasty face. His head even had the shape of a club used to pummel enemies into comas. He also dressed himself in the impeccable style of colonial Europeans in the bush: leather brown boots, military infantry breeches, blouse shirt, vest, and doubloon jacket. He was proficient in the both the short sabre and in the breach burning musket. He spoke decent Nederlands. This colonial buffoon-monstrosity seized the day.

He gathered together a band of African slaves and freemen, ‘Creole’ mulattos, (mixed raced of Europeans and Africans), mestizo, (mixed race of Euro and Indian), trackers, various ‘racialized’ misfits and some low eating fruit on the ‘white’ or Dutch social totem. The gang entered the haunted labyrinth of forest and hunted down the maroon menace. They worked with great success. They would live in the jungle for months at a time, and many of his paid assassins died their own horrible deaths out there in the humid monstrosities. The rainforest offered no relief for anyone.

This group of state-colonial terrorists murdered whole African maroon families, and they even captured some escaped slaves and poor natives that happened to find their way into the bloodshed. Slave owners were happy to recoup their investments and the maroon hunters could sell the native slaves for some extra capital. This slave hunting leader also dealt cruel and heinous blows to the maroon holdouts. He used every torture imaginable, including the cutting off human skin from muscle tissue and bone, called flaying in those days.

Some time later, the Dutch colonial authorities decided to honor the African murderer and torturer of escaped slave terrorists. In the bug infested, mud hole streets, and rotten wood-hut colonial capital of Suriname, the governor with all the local slave owners, sugar planters and military men presented, stood at informal attention. The Dutch governor presented the honored killer with a metallic necklace, (with a royally engraved seal), of phony silver and gold. He thereby pronounced ‘honorary white status’ on the African slave hunter. This African had truly rose in the ranks and his once ugly facial scowl had transformed into a peculiar mix of power, freedom and hatred. He only wanted to return to the tropical maze and do some more ‘hunting.’

About three hundred years later, an Afro-diaspora, (African from the Americas), intellectual, Aimé Césaire, wrote that the real reason the Euro-American elites hated Adolf Hitler with such fury was due to the fact that Hitler preferred to murder fellow Europeans, rather than the ‘others.’ The others represented Native nations and the kidnapped Africans worked to death in the American death camp plantations.

For hundreds of years, the Europeans murdered millions of Natives and African with full legal impunity. As far as I know, there are still no holocaust museums commemorating all of those millions of deaths. Some of those mass murderers even have public holidays named after them, like Columbus, and others have towns, installations, cities, regions, parks, and statues in their honor, while their faces have stamps on dirty bank notes, such as Cortes, Carson, Pizarro, Jackson, Valdivia, Custer, Coronado, Leon, Mendoza, Cartier and Raleigh.

Predating Fascism there was European Colonialism. Fascism would have never birthed its hate and murder on the European continent without the rancid history of European invasions, social controls and legal crimes all associated with the colonial enterprise.

The Crusades and the Inquisition had previously entered the realm of European history before colonialism, but colonialism took all of those evil foundations, war and intolerance, and they transformed those actions into some horrid thing that was terrifyingly odious.

The colonial project, first instituted in the Americas, used two sinister and distinctive methods of social control. First, the colonial invaders did not just invade, murder and plunder. They stayed and ‘settled’ in the lands. They had exterminated the cultures that had previously lived in those parts of the world. The European colonial powers then populated the scorched lands of liquidation with colonists, or settlers, to live in the native places. At first, the colonial elites treated the lower class European settlers as slaves and as inferiors. But they couldn’t get away with the same crimes as in the European mainland. They had to change the game plan.

In order to increase the slave labor load, they transported kidnapped African slaves into the coerced work pool. The Africans looked different, they did not speak the colonial language, and they came from radically different cultures from another continent across the Atlantic. The wealthy planters always had fears of a united revolution representing Euro-slaves working together with the African slaves. The Euro-elites wanted to avoid this, so they transformed the African into the permanent chattel slave and the internal social enemy of the colonial system. The English elites used this exact method in the Virginia plantation colony during the 1660s-1670s, around the same time of Bacon’s small-farmer Rebellion. Unfortunately, the rulers’ devious plans worked.

The colonial elites had given the lower class European settlers a new cultural identity: whiteness, or white skin privileges. So, the European looking types, whether a wealthy slave planter living in a palace, or a drunken scoundrel with no shoes, home or horse, entered the same social grouping: the whites – versus the internal enemy of the colony – the blacks. Identity defines both what a person is, and what a person is not. This was the second sinister method: the false science of racialism, which still works marvelously – to this very day.

Before the colonial project with its racialism ideology, Europeans had two concepts of race: domestic animal husbandry or breeding, such as races of pigs, cows, dogs and horses, and race in relation to religious heterodoxy and body fluids.

The Spanish Empire had developed this strange concept of race connected to religion. The Spanish royal throne had to cleanse ‘their nation’ of the large populations of Jewish and Moorish, or Muslim, races in the late fifteenth-century, the 1490s. The Spanish elites linked race mixing and religious contact with human fluids, such as spit, flem, mucus, blood, sweat, tears, sexual and fecal excretions, and breast-feeding milk. Those cretinous elites had thought that any physical contact with another religious person’s bodily fluids signified permanent contamination, or damnation. On the mainland, they made the Jews and Muslims live in separate urban quarters, called ‘ghettos’ in Italian.

When the Spanish settled in the Americas, they used the same methods in their newer colonial cities. There were quarters for Spanish whites, and other quarters for indigenous natives ruled by indigenous elites with noble status, and there were also quarters for ‘racial castes,’ or ‘castas,’ which included the lowly, Latinized Africans. Each racial quarter had its own fountains, plazas, local governments, economic guilds, religious brotherhoods and churches. Yet with all this separation, most urban quarters in the Americas had a diverse array of ‘racial characteristics.’ New racial mixing terminologies entered the colonial lexicon, such as ‘mulatos, moriscos, zambos, mestizos, castizos, coyotes and lobos.’

From this cruel division of humanity into religious-racial-skin phenotypes, came the maggot science of racial caste and racial oppression. All of the colonial powers, the English, the French, the Portuguese and the Dutch, copied the Hispano concoction from such vile institutionalized injustice.

Without the work of the colonial-settler masters, the modern concept of race would not have existed. The blueprints for Fascism did not emerge from the desk of the Italian dicator Mussolini during the 1920s. The original drafts and plans of Fascism had built their durable foundations on the lying corpses of millions of natives and Africans. All of this genocide began in the colonized ‘Americas,’ and it has lasted from the 1490s to our present day.

Murdering the racial other is still accepted across the globe. White skin privilege still has its peculiar rewards. The same murderous elites continue to rule unimpeded in their crimes.

Until all those in resistance acknowledge this evil legacy from such a horrifying history, the political-economic elites of Europe and the former European colonies will continue to steal, rape and murder without any hesitation. The list includes North America, the Zio-Nazi Crusader State, or officially called the State of Israel, Latin America, and most of the nations of Africa, Asia and Oceania. Practically every nation of the Earth has suffered from the scars, hate and killing, all done in the name of European colonialism.

Modern colonialism has exterminated cultures and created ingenious methods of control through bogus racial hierarchies; while it has renamed lands and degraded local languages, and still continues to destroy natural ecosystems and recreate phony borders between nations. According to the neo-colonial slave masters in the Amerikan Empire and Europe, Fascism died out in the 1940s. Once again again they stand with the father of lies. Fascism has only transcended from its original colonial American setting.

The continents that first witnessed the Great American Genocide now host its most powerful, bastard fortunate son, the neo-colonial empire of sociopaths located in Washington D.C.

Worlds of Pharmakopeia II: Cannabis Churning in the Mystical Orient

Posted: May 6, 2014 in absurdity, Afghanistan, Africa, African-Americans, agriculture, alcohol, Amerikan Empire, art, artists, Assassins, Atlantic Slave Trade, auto-defense techniques, bhang, Black Americans, brainwashing, brutality, cafes, cannabis, capitalism, carnival, castles, celebration, Christendom, coffee, conflict, conspirators, continual warfare, contradictory, control, conversations, cops, corruption, cowardice, creation, crime, cruelty, crusaders, Crusades, culinary delights, Czech lands, destruction, ego-self, empire, enemies, ethnic groups, Europe, executions, family, family money, Fascism, fear and paranoia, federal government, festivals, flower buds, Fortuna, free travel, freedom, Ganesh, gifts, gluttony, good food, grass, gulag, harsh laws, Hassan i Sabbah, hatred, healing properties, herb, heretics, hierarchical religious brotherhoods, hierarchy, history, holi, holy day, Holy Lingam, Holy Roman Empire, humanity, Hussites, hypocrisy, ideological supports, ignorance, images, Indian subcontinent, indoctrination, inmates, institutional violence, intolerance, Islamic Empire, Islamic rulers, Ismailites, jail, Japan, judges, kill, language, legal violence, liars, Lord Shiva, magic, marginalized cultures, media manipulation, medicine, Medieval Europe, Medieval Islam, mental activity, mental awareness, mental discipline, mental freedom, mind control, murder, murder victims, mysticism, mythologies, Nepal, ninjas, North Africa, orientalism, orientalist, pagans, pantheism, partying, Parvati, people, personal transformation, plants, poisons, police, police brutality, police gangs, police powers, political alliances, political targets, Pope Innocent VIII, practice, prisons, psychotropic drug abuse, real-actual history, relaxation, Renaissance, resistance, rewrite the laws, rigged markets, Rome, Rumi, sadhus, Saladin the Great, satanic covens, sensuality, Seventhers, sexuality, Shia Islam, Shogunates, silence, slave kidnapping, slave labor, slavery, social control, sociopaths, soft drug, soma, Spengler and Kramer, squatting, state murder, staying power, stimulation of the appetites, strangulation, struggle, subcultures, Sufi Islam, Sufi poets, Sunni Islam, sweets, tactics, Tantra, tea, temples, the Cosmic Dance, the dagger, The First Reich, the good death, The Hammer of the Witches, the Orient, the other, the past, the rich and the powerful, the State, the third sex, the violent, traditions, Truths of History, two-tired justice system, tyranny, tyrants, valor, Venetian Empire, vengeance, violence, Waldensians, wars, weed, wine, witch hunting, witchcraft, women, yoga
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A cold wind was howling through the medieval streets of Rome during middle December. The days were real short. Darkness even shadowed the moon. This particular day was in the middle of the month, and the year was 1485. Christmas had its parties coming up, but the Pope Caesar had other nefarious plans tucked into his fat stomach. The sinister name of intolerance and hypocrisy was none other than Pope Innocent VIII, (the Eighth).

On this nefarious date he issued a strange papal bull against witchcraft and sorcery that seemed to infect the women of Europe, and especially the First Reich of Germany, bizarrely called, the Holy Roman Empire. This Empire was neither holy nor Roman.

Within this peculiar papal condemnation, he also cited the use of a demonic herb, called cannabis, often found, or imagined, in satanic religious rites. His informant-experts for these underground, conspiratorial satanic covens represented two German Dominican monks, Jakob Spengler and Heinrich Kramer. They would soon publish a nasty book, called ‘The Hammer of the Witches,’ which would help in the murder of close to 200,000 ‘witches,’ mostly marginalized women, during the next 250 years in Europe and in America.

Unfortunately for the plant ‘cannabis sativa,’ this strange and mystical herb from deep Asia, received the taint of evil with the papal stamp of approval. Yet, this same Pope Innocent the Eighth enjoyed some other mortal sins during his reign. He was obese and lived a life of extreme luxury inside the papal palace. He fathered two illegitimate children and had them married off into one of the strongest Families in Renaissance Italy, the Medici. He dipped some of the papal finances into the new Portuguese African Slave Trade. Meanwhile, he tried to revive the Papal Crusades of another Pope Innocent, in order to exterminate the Muslim Turks, the Protestant Waldensians in Northern Italy, and the Hussites in the Czech lands. All cannabis haters in history have shared three evil characteristics: intolerance, gross hypocrisy and state murder.

What is it about cannabis sativa that attracts such hatred and venom? The answer lies in its historical origins: the mystical rites for Lord Shiva and the Islamic Assassins in the medieval period. Cannabis still has these mystical, ‘orientalist’ associations to this actual day. Whether the foreign visitor enters the medinas of Morocco or the festivals dedicated to Shiva in India and Nepal, the scent of the cannabis herb inundates the consciousness.

From its evil oriental connections until its later appearances in the United States, cannabis would connect to a more infamous notoriety. African-American artists smoked the herb while they played their demonic, African sensualized beats, called jazz. Attractive white women even took off their shoes in the smoky clubs, and they danced with the demons. Mestizo, mixed race, Mexican fruit pickers and outlaws also smoked the leaf, called ‘mota,’ during their raucous partying. The dangerous, criminal classes, of course, used the oriental poison. The Amerikan Imperial thugs had taken notice. The historical hatred against cannabis has simply been another combined form of intolerance and murder.

Cannabis is actually a marvelous and natural soft drug. It relaxes and calms the mental nerves, and helps with bouts of nausea and gastrointestinal pains. Some doctors state that cannabis has other helpful healing properties. Cannabis can spark interior mental activity or engaging conversation. It stimulates the human appetites, both culinary and sexual. The drug goes perfectly with foods, entertainment, the arts and it especially compliments other natural drugs found on the Earth, such as alcohol, coffee and tea.

The only negatives to the drug are certain habitual users of it. It seems to have the similar effects of antidepressants on them, which produce lethargy, ego self-obsessions, or minor neuroses. But these are some excessive users. I have also personally met aggressive and successful attorneys that were avid smokers of the weed.

I return to cannabis’ ancient history and its orientalist associations. Lord Shiva, the God of both Creation and Destruction, the Cosmic Dance and the Holy Lingam, (phallic power), the revealer of mystical Tantra, patron of cows, yoga and the third sex, married to the goddess, Parvati, father to the god, Ganesh – also partook of the mystical drink, called ‘soma.’ Legend has it that the mystical drink was none other than ‘bhang,’ a milky concoction containing cannabis.

Shiva’s wandering followers called ‘sadhus,’ still partake of the magical perfumed medicine. During my travels around the world, I have seen these holy men, and some thieving-fakers claiming to exist as sadhus, smoking cannabis out of funnel type ceramic pipes called ‘chillum.’ Watching those holy men in action with their long dread locks, scruffy beards, blue and white-painted dyes, bodies smeared with cow dung, rope necklaces and bracelets, and dirty loin cloths, added to the whole Indian-Asian mystical effect.

On a more common level, during the Hindu festival of Holi, which happens around springtime, young Indians and Nepalese drink the marvelous liquid ‘bhang’ shakes, or ‘lassies,’ and later, hit the public streets throwing brightly colored dyes on the surrounding partiers and walkers. They hit me too – which added to the great fun during that day. Shiva’s gift was a truly a wonderful act.

Islam conquered the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent in the middle of the eleventh century. The cannabis magic of Shiva would also influence the Sufi Muslim mystics that lived in those regions. Even the great Sufi poet and mystic, Rumi, praised the herb and the wine. Cannabis entered the Islamic world: it stayed and it prospered. Still today in the Islamic world from North Africa to Afghanistan, the traveler can spot old men sitting in cafes, wearing their ‘chalaba’ long outfits with hoods. They smoke the green and brown ‘kif’ in their long pipes, while they sip on herbal mint tea, Turkish coffee and chew on honey snacks. Religious controversies have continued between the Sunni, Shia and Sufi branches of Islam – but smoking the flowering buds united them all.

One of the truths of human history has been its reign of absurdity. Cannabis had attached itself to one of the Shia sects of medieval Islam – ‘the Assassins.’ The Assassins were part of the Ismaili sect or the ‘Seveners.’ They also drank the luscious wine and smoked the enchanting herb.

The medieval Japanese Shogunates had their ‘ninjas’; while Medieval Islamic World Culture had their assassins. The assassins lived outside of society. Those disciplined holy warriors squatted in abandoned, foreboding military castles in northern Syria, Iraq and Iran. Their founder, Hassan i Sabbah, or ‘The Old Man of the Mountain,’ organized this Shia sect military order into a hierarchical brotherhood. Inside the castle, the warriors studied religious and philosophical texts, scientific works, learned various languages, and most importantly, the arts of killing. Their three preferred methods moved towards the silent variety: the dagger, the poison and strangulation.

Their victims were always political leaders within the Islamic world. If the Islamic political hack instituted unjust acts, mandated cruel laws, oppressed the poor, allowed poverty to accumulate, or stole lots of money from the just – then the Assassins went on the attack.

The Assassins first left a note pinned with a small dagger within the confines of the caliph or sultan’s palace. If that didn’t work, then the spiritual leader picked an Assassin to fulfill the last deed – a violent death. The Assassins always reached their victims, and after killing the state bum, they would often let frightened onlookers see the terminating work. Many of the assassins never returned from their ultimate missions.

Only one Islamic political-military ruler survived them – Saladin the Great. He survived three attempts on his life. They aroused fear in both the Islamic potentates and the European royal Crusaders. One of the Crusader kings even used the Assassins as allies against his Islamic rivals. Their enemies called them, ‘hashasheen’ in Arabic, or the Troublemakers.

From this Arabic word, the European Crusaders, and especially the Venetian merchant, Marco Polo, tied some connections between the sinister Oriental herbal paste, ‘hashish,’ with Assassin lore. According to the ignorant Euro-experts, hash was the powerful ingredient that transformed the Assassins into fanatical killers. This corrupted link also transformed European languages on the continent.

Most European languages have a separate word for killing and for murder: ‘matar,’ in Spanish, ‘tuer,’ in French, and ‘uccidire,’ in Italian. But these three languages share the same original word for murder, ‘asesinar, assassiner, assassinare.’ This outrageous relation between cannabis and irrational violence even stayed well into the 1930s USA with crap movies such as ‘Reefer Madness.’

This marvelous soft drug of cannabis has had its absurd orientalist associations. The real issue of cannabis was not its properties, but the European hatred for ‘the other,’ which still fuels the sociopathology of the Amerikan Empire. The murderous and hateful world empire still hunts for its victims through its continuous War against Cannabis, and all other ‘illegal drugs.’ The CIA can deal whatever it wants, yet the same US government prefers smokers to rot inside its hundreds of overpopulated prisons. In spite of all of this hate, Lord Shiva’s precious gift still wafts its distinctive breeze throughout all the lands of the Earth.

Capitalism and Slavery United: one of our most enduring enemies

Posted: April 14, 2014 in advertising, African slavery, Amerikan Empire, aristocrats, Atlantic Slave Trade, battles, big business, British Colonies, brutality, business owners, capitalism, captains of Industry, class conflict, class struggle, class war, colonial-settler states, Colorado State Militia, community, company guards, company scrip, company store, company towns, continual warfare, control, corporatism, corruption, credit-debt, crime, cruelty, culture, dangerous jobs, death, deceitfulness, destruction, displacement of the poor, Dutch Empire, economic base, elites, emphysema, empire, employment, English Royal Court, ethnic groups, executions, extremes of wealth, factory system, family, felonies, freedom, French Empire, genocide, Global Monopoly Capitalism, guns, heroism, history, homebums, homeless, homelessness, immigration, Industrial Revolution, institutional violence, inventors, Islamic Empire, IWW, jail, jobs, Karl Marx, labor, labor historians, labor history, labor market, legal violence, loot, low wages, Ludlow Massacre of 1914, Marxist philosophy, mega-salaries, Mercantile Capitalism, miners, mining, mining accidents, monarchies, monopoly, murder, mutual aid, National Guard, Native slavery, Neo Liberalism ideology, official history, paychecks, PhD, philosophers, plantations, planters, police powers, political agitation, political mobilization, Portuguese Empire, production, protests, reactionaries, rebellions, redneck, rent, resistance, revolutionaries, Rockefellers, sabotage, scabs, scam artistry, scientists, self-defense, shootings, slave kidnapping, slavery, slaves, social parasites, solidarity, Spanish Empire, squatters camps, squatting, state militia, state of Colorado, state officials, struggle, superstructure, taxes, technology, the rich and the powerful, the State, two-tired justice system, underemployment, unemployment, unions, United Mine Workers, United States Government, vagabonds, Venetian Empire, vengeance, violence, wage cuts, wage money, wage slavery, weapons, western states of America, white slavery, Wild West, Wobblies IWW, workers, working class
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Exactly one hundred years ago, the state government of Colorado and the Rockefeller owned CFI company, (Colorado Fuel and Iron), committed an atrocity against poor striking workers – even before the Great Slaughter of World War I. This terrible atrocity possessed the infamous name of the Ludlow Massacre.

What was amazing about this particular miners’ struggle was that they represented various nationalities and cultures: Eastern European, German, Greek, Mexican, Anglo-American, Irish, Italian, New Mexican, British, French and even a few African-Americans. This motley ethnic group had finally had enough with the mining system practiced in the state of Colorado at the turn of the century.

America’s business elites had badgered the federal government for a more ‘disciplined and compliant’ workforce, so the US state apparatus willingly allowed millions of immigrants to enter its borders. The mine owners preferred to hire the newly arrived immigrants due to their willingness to accept low wages and that they all spoke different languages. Unions had troubles organizing against the mine bosses. Those mine bosses also built company towns. Sometimes they literally took over a town with a pit mine in it, and later, transformed the village into a mining town.

In the mining towns, the mine workers and their families lived in shacks without the basic hygienic systems. They had to pay high rents, and buy their basic supplies from the company stores, meaning clothes, foodstuffs and the basic articles for survival. The company stores nickel and dimed the workers on shelf items, and the workers had to use worthless company scrip papers. Sometimes, the mine company paid the workers in those worthless papers, instead of the regular notes.

Workers had to inform the mine company guards when leaving or arriving. The mine company guards ran the towns like the prisons. These legal criminals even murdered or tortured the uncooperative and rebellious workers in the dead of the night. There was really nothing the miners could do, since the main mining outfits had monopolistic owners, such as the Rockefeller family. The Rockefeller’s 40 room villa was all the way on the other side of the continent anyway – Tarrytown, New York!

Mining was a very dangerous job. The mining schedule was a seven-day a week back and neck destroyer that went from sun up to sun down. Back then, accidents, explosions and mine disasters were quite common. Miners died through simple overwork, lung emphysema, suffocation-drowning through getting buried alive or due to flash flooding in the tunnels, or just having their bodies blown into various pieces due to sudden explosions. There was no compensation for any mining accident. A dead miner had to pay for his own burial, or the other miners just threw the dead weight into the common garbage ditch.

In Ludlow, the miners and their families created their own alternative town. They armed themselves with guns, set up a functioning mutual aid system at the campsite, squatted on the land, and the men wore ripped pants, overalls, caps on their heads, and red bandanas around their necks. This was the true origin of the term ‘redneck,’ yet in the current Amerikan Empire, racists and reactionaries have taken the class war term ‘redneck,’ as their own.

The state of Colorado and the Rockefeller monopoly counterattacked with allowing the company mine guards to join the Colorado State Militia. They too had guns – and cannons – and bombs. On April 20th, 1914 they fired upon the tent colony and burnt up the Ludlow miners-squatters camp, murdering around 20 people, most of whom were women and children.

This was not the end of the story. The men of the red bandanas moved the offensive into the Colorado hills. They killed mine guards, worker narc-snitches, and mine pit bosses. The actual number of killed company thugs is still unknown to this day. The miner-guerrillas were so successful in exterminating the mine managers and company town goons that Liberal Democrap, President Wilson sent into federal troops to intimidate the fighters.

Soon, the IWW solidarity union, or the Wobblies, joined with the miner-fighters, while the Rockefellers tried their hands at ‘company unions’ in order to squelch the mutual aid and solidarity networks. Eventually, the mine owners had to settle for union organization with the United Mine Workers. Now the miner job pays well, has some worker compensation packages, and there are less mine pit hours.

The miners had moved onto the war of offense because they had nothing else to lose. They had realized that they had become wage slaves.

Capitalism owes its evil birth from the rotting flesh of slavery. Capitalism and Slavery are historically intertwined like moss growing on an old stone building. We understand this history of Capitalism thanks to the nineteenth-century intellectual, Karl Marx.

Karl Marx was however wrong about his general theories of history. Marx stated in his 1848 writings that all culture and history, called the ‘superstructure of society,’ came out of the ‘productive base of labor and work.’ This theory is incorrect. He was mistaken because he was a philosopher trying to become a historian. History is not a social science but an art of interpreting human struggles and violence. Like artists, humans simply create their own history, and make up their own culture.

Karl Marx was actually quite brilliant in describing the brutality of the capitalist system. Capitalism spreads like gangrene, and grows into monstrous monopolies, while it becomes ever more contradictory as it expands out into the farthest reaches of the planet. This tendency to overproduce, to over-control, and to over-extend leads into the contradictory world of class conflict over wage slavery.

Class conflict or class struggle is simply the continual and incessant changes coming from the owners-bosses in demanding more brutal work output from the workers. The owners want the workers to produce more and more until the poor laborers drop dead because the owners run the businesses for the sake of profit. ‘Profit’ comes from the French verb, ‘profiter,’ which implies, ‘to take advantage of someone.’

Yet the workers only want to work the least amount as possible, since they have to give up their lives, their time and their energy for a survival wage. This is the contradictory condition within all ‘businesses,’ both large and small, imprisoned inside the capitalist beast.

The worker or laborer transforms into the wage slave because he or she must have some income, or wage salary, in order to pay government taxes and rent-utility bills for shelter, and then pay for foodstuffs and clothes. Marx correctly surmised that all working people laboring for a wage have to then ‘sell themselves’ to the owners on the capitalist market. The owners hire managers or company commanders to hire out for them. The plantation boss used overseers to manage labor discipline. The wage slaves, like the slaves of ancient times, must willingly give up large portions of their personal time and strength in order to receive this survival wage or slave wage.

This particular labor-slave cycle continues until they are too old, badly injured, or simply worthless, within the general labor pool. Once they go, then the owner can easily find a younger and more compliant worker to replace the labor loss. When the slave never woke up from sleep or died while working, the plantation owner then visited the slave market for a replacement.

The company owner reviews the labor market through hiring managers that do the employment screening. It is the not the tyranny of useless money that eventually kills the spirit of the average worker-laborer-employee, rather it is the tyranny of the cruel labor market represented through a fetid pool of applicants.

The first capitalist systems in the late medieval period, such as Islamic culture and the Venetian Empire needed an easy and compliant labor source too. They used what all empires have used throughout history: the capture, kidnapping and slow murder of slaves. The Muslim caliphates raided the pagan coasts of East Africa and the Christian Balcans, while the Catholic Venetians raided Muslim and Orthodox Christian territories in Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and parts of North Africa. During the fifteenth and sixteenth-centuries, (1400s and 1500s), the newer Atlantic world empires of Spain and Portugal would also raid North Africa for a ready supply of slaves. Eventually they would both go deeper into the African continent.

The other Atlantic world empires followed them, such as the Dutch, (Netherlands), with France and Britain in the seventeenth-century, (1600s). Following the Brazilian Portuguese use of captured slaves from the Tupamori Nation, the Spanish soon became the leaders in the use of captured native slaves from the Mapuche Nation of central Chile, the Guarani Nation of Paraguay, and the Apache Nation in the Red Rocks, or ‘Colorado’ frontier of Nuevo Mejico, (New Mexico). In the 18th century, (1700s), the British Empire would even overtake both the French Empire and the Portuguese Empire in becoming world history’s greatest kidnapping-mass murder-slave trade potentate from Africa to Asia to the Americas.

This imperial political-economic system transformed into Mercantile capitalism. The royal state with favored investors, usually aristocrat-noble relations or court favorites, controlled joint stock companies and the profits of final sale. Meanwhile, the slave planters had to bear numerous credit-debts through purchasing slaves and dealing with cash crop fluctuations in the market, such as sugar, tobacco, coffee, chocolate, tea, opium and cotton.

Due to this capitalistic ‘mercantile’ monopoly, a new group of outlaws emerged in order to take fast money and loot for themselves, commonly called back then, ‘pirates.’ But for the West Indian ‘white’ planters, slaves were an excellent resource because they could also resale such movable capital. In the case of the Africans, they were the victims of kidnapping slave traders in Africa, and they had no legal resources. They were socially dead human waste.

Britain was also notorious for using just as many ‘white slaves,’ as their ‘black or African ones.’ The white slaves were often the victims of kidnapping rings found all over England and occupied Ireland. When the white slaves began to fraternize with the African ones, then African slavery began to have more ominous, permanent tones.

Britain’s world-wide kidnapping-slave-mass murder system was so successful that it freed up a special commandeering class of scientists, inventors and investors to fund and experiment in technological advancement. It is no coincidence that during this same eighteenth-century, Industrial Capitalism came into fruition.

But the old system of plantation agriculture slavery in the American colonial-settler states, with its numerous inefficiencies and ugly brutality – had to go. Industrial capitalism valued the factory system, which produced a lot more, and hid its brutalities under smoke stacks and within inferno like worker dungeons. A new slave economy was necessary.

Instead of the owners paying for the worker-slaves’ crap food and flea infested huts, they could pay the losers a ‘wage.’ Now, the lowlifes had to pay their own way through life – and literally beg for a ‘job.’ They were technically free – but like any slave, they permanently lost their honor and dignity.

We have returned full circle to the slave trade of Ludlow. These terrible relations between capitalism and slavery still breathe their noxious fumes as I write.

Now capitalism functions under even greater duress, and its contradictions are so much more intense due to the actual extremes of global monopoly capitalism. Even the technically skilled or PhDs, such as myself, have to suffer under the indignity of permanent unemployment or underemployment. Billions of us currently experience life as capitalism’s victims. Even if we don’t work for ‘The Man,’ we still slave under the mental guilt of not having any good employment prospects. Unless we have family money to support us, we must continually resell ourselves on the slave labor market for survival.

If we really own property, which means no mortgage debts or property taxes whatsoever, then we are all technically homeless. We give dirty stares to the pathetic ‘home bums,’ or permanently homeless, on the street corners; yet, their numbers will only continue to grow. Some of us reading this essay, will also end our lives down there – dying slowly in the hopeless gutter.

For the rest of us that are ‘lucky to have work,’ our ‘freedom’ comes at a terrible price. A good chunk of our time and our lives goes to the owner’s personal profit margin, while our general quality of life suffers. We also live impaired under the political-cultural ideology of global monopoly capitalism, called Neo-Liberalism. Most of us live in overcrowded and unhealthy cities, where most of our ‘wage money’ goes into a toilet drain of rent housing.

In order to live economically, many of us have to consume crappy genetically modified food. Meanwhile, both our minds and stomachs have to tolerate regular scam artistry, ubiquitous, large public signs that warn and threaten with the smoldering potential of violent street crime. All of us must endure the institutional violence of petty felony laws, common deceitfulness between neighbors, continual advertising overload, and pathological lying from politicians. Like the old saying goes, ‘slavery has never ended.’