29 April 2018

Socialist Quotes for Sunday Reflection pt 8


"The natural law of any society is grounded in either tradition (custom) or religion. Any other attmept to draft law outside these two sourcesis invalid & illogical. Constitutions cannot be considered the law of society. A constitution is fundamentally a (man-made) positive law, & lacks the natural source from which it must derive its justification.
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Religion contains tradition, & tradition is an expression of the natural life of the people. Therefore, religion is an affirmation of natural laws which are discerned therein. Laws which are not premised on religion & tradition are merely an invention by man to be used against his fellow man. Consequently, such laws are invalid because they do not emanate from the natural source of tradition & religion."

The Green Book by BL Muammar Gaddafi
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They were in a position to have manufactured in some scale, controlling labour as they undoubtedly did through control of the
slave trade, the finest weapons known in that day for those rulers who collaborated with them and served best their purposes.
Clearly by the same token, with such total money control, they were in a position to withhold the best of weapons, or the materials
for such weapons, from those who served them the least. In a world that had come to believe in money as an absolute, such was
the position long ago, exactly as in today. Thus the state that rejected international money power, as did Sparta and Rome in
ancient times, and Russia in modem times, had to be prepared to establish total military self-sufficiency.

The Babylonian Woe, by David Astie
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Ecology, beyond left and right

At the same time ... neither the right nor the left have been unanimously productivist in their entirety, productivism is a sub-product of the ideology of progress. It was powerfully contested by a whole rather anti-technological right wing tradition ... and then we saw an ecologist left appear, which understood that if we want to be rigorous for the preservation the environment, we must question the foundational premises of the ideology of progress. In reality, it’s a sub-product of the thought of the Enlightenment, of the rise of the automation of human relations, of “commodity fetishism” as Marx said. This concept that privileges the logic of profit, of the countable and calculable, impregnated all political parties a bit. Today, we will find a right hostile to the ideology of progress, and an anti-productivist left.
Alain de Benoist
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We must mistrust the catch all expressions: “sustainable development”, “green capitalism” ... which actually rest on oxymorons: though we know that it’s development and capitalism which are responsible for all these nuisances, we can nevertheless continue in the same direction on the condition of being prudent. It’s a bit like the captain of a ship whose boat is heading towards a massive iceberg and instead of changing course, he says that we must simply reduce speed!
Alain de Benoist
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"Following World War I, the Unites States adopted a first-of-all-time mission: that of crafting a plan for centralized world domination. In US hands, this quest witnessed substantial development in terms of instituting historically unprecedented authoritarian and subjugation mechanisms. The US benefitted from a composite outcome of multifaceted achievements at various scientific, cultural know-how, technological, economic and military levels, and was backed by a political-economic agenda that blatantly perceived the world as an open market to be governed solely under US-made rules.

The most dangerous aspect of Western, and particularly of US, hegemony is the consideration that the world is owned by the superpower, and that such power has the right to rule out of sheer superiority at more than one level. When combined with schemes based on the economics of capitalism, Western expansionary strategies – and particularly those of the US – took on an international dimension characterized by unbounded greed.

Control by the ferocious capitalist powers is primarily manifested through monopolistic networks of multinational corporations and a variety of interna tional and particularly financial firms that are backed by military superiority. Such control has led to a further deepening of conflicts and incongruities, and of no little importance are those conflicts across identities, cultures and civilization patterns, alongside of course the battle of wealth versus poverty.

Brutal capitalism has transformed globalization into a vehicle for spreading divisions, propagating discord, demolishing identities and exercising the most perilous of cultural, economic and societal pillage.

Globalization reached the most dangerous of its limits when the founders of Western hegemony transformed it into a form of military globalization. The Middle East most intensely witnessed this transformation, starting from Afghanistan to Iraq to Palestine and Lebanon, the latter receiving its share through a full-scale aggression at the hands of Israel in July 2006."

"The New Manifesto" (30 November 2009) in Joseph Alagha, "Hizbullah's Documents: From the 1985 Open Letter to the 2009 Manifesto", pp. 118-119