VIOLENCE VERSUS EMANCIPATION
FLASHES (PART FOUR)
By Franz J. T. Lee
alias global fascism, in a word, 'globofascism', is being run by a
Lilliputian, omnipotent, terrorist global maffia, armed to its teeth,
over 6.5 billion wage workers, is being launched by a corporate
treachurous war criminals, who as an international ruling class, have
already commited uncountable, abominable
of innocent individuals,
against vulnerable humanity.
All kinds of war mongers and producers of arms of all calibers
are hell bent on destroying Mother Nature and Life on Planet Earth.
the weather, the ionosphere, a human feeling; not a neurone, a water
molecule, a blade of grass, the moon, the human genome and the orbits
of the planets in the solar system are save from the brutal, corporate
vandalism of the Pentagon, NASA, NATO and other similar global
military-industrial organizations. What
they touch they change into a quagmire of wares, goods and commodities
on the world market.
For all these reasons we have to reach
the stars, per aspera ad astra. We need cosmic, natural support,
transversal logic, transvolutionary science and exvolutionary
philosophy, we have to negate feudal, clerical evolution,
bourgeois democratic revolution and to surpass towards naturally and
socially created, creating and creative emancipation, towards
natura naturata and natura naturans.
VIDEOS PART FOUR
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Exclusive Interview with Franz J. T. Lee: Venezuela and the USA
Interview by: Jesus Maria Nery Barrios
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
JMNB: Firstly, Prof. Dr. Franz Lee, it is an honor to make this
exclusive interview with you, spotlighting current burning world
issues. As well-known socialist revolutionary for nearly half a
century, as international political analyst, excellent lecturer at many
international universities and author of many writings mainly in
German, English and Spanish on global, historical issues, especially
about Africa, Europe and the Americas ... could you please tell us
whether we are really heading inexorably towards a dreadful, global
cataclysm with fatal results for the whole of humanity within a
relative short period of time?
FJTL: I am not a divine prophet,
a Nostradamus, also not a fortune-teller revealing future strokes of
luck, however, as natural scientist and social philosopher I am
studying the transhistoric latencies and tendencies, the possibilities
and realities of our epoch of imperialist corporate globalization. In
this case I fear that you are right, ruling class man, homo homini
lupus, is on the verge of destroying life on this planet, that is,
within the space-time of only two centuries the current capitalist
world order is hell bent on annihilating a huge solar, galactic process
that probably took 6 billion years to materialize itself.
JMNB: Getting back to contemporary reality, to the 'plague' about which
already Simon Bolivar has warned us, at the end of January, Robert
Reich of the 'Financial Times' informed us that the North America's
middle class is no longer coping, and is being threatened by
bankruptcy.In your opinion, what did he mean, in how far does the
housing fiasco in the USA affect the future of the world market, of
FJTL: A complex question indeed, but let us get down to brass tacks.
Other sources have informed us that even in Europe, for example, in
Germany, that the middle classes are waning away progressively. As a
result of globalization, of concentration of capital, monopolization,
merging and fusion of giant corporations like Exxon and Mobil (1998) or
even Conoco and Phillips (2002), also Time and Warner (1987, 2000) and
even with AOL.
Currently the capitalist mode of production is experiencing its worst
crisis, a possible coming global recession. Although the USA annually
spends more than the rest of the world together in military budgets, in
the production of arms of mass destruction and on aggressive wars, yet
its economy is in shambles, is being burdened by trillions worth of
internal and external debts and an alarming fiscal deficit.
One wonders why the U.S. economy still is functioning and why its
ailing dollar ... not based on productivity, but rather on wild
speculation ... has not collapsed as yet.
In fact, nobody knows or can calculate when this crash will happen. The
only thing that is sure, is that the U.S. economy will eventually
collapse unless, in the last minute by some miracle, the current world
system could be changed radically.
Furthermore, the greenback is losing its hegemony as a world currency
by the second; the dollar is not worth the paper on which it is printed
anymore, it is simply backed by mammoth debts. At the same rate that
foreign petro-dollars flee from Wall Street towards the East, towards
Europe and Asia, towards the promising realms of the euro and the yuan,
the US dollar is losing its value.
Probably, not even the beggars of Manhattan or Harlem want U.S. dollars
anymore; everybody is looking for euros or other foreign currencies.
JMNB: Are you really saying that not even God trusts in the greenback
FJTL: This is neither a joke nor an exaggeration, it is an issue of
life or death of North American world hegemony. The acceptance of
foreign European money as exchange value to legally buy goods in
Manhattan was a thing unheard of until now. Believe it or not, a while
ago Reuters informed us that the U.S. dollar, the 'king among
currencies' ain't what it used to be.
Now businessmen simply say that 'money is money' and ''Euros Accepted'
signs are popping up all over in shops in New York City. Making use of
the favorable exchange rates, hordes of European tourists flood New
York City with hard cash to burn and to search for cheap 'pleasure' in
the 'land of a million opportunities'.
Yes, the American dollar is in death throes.
JMNB: As political scientist, how do you see the slump of the American
economy, how is it affecting the middle classes, and in this century
can the United States government or anything else for that matter still
stop the inexorable collapse of the world market, of global capitalism?
FJTL: To be or not to be? What a question, my countrymen?
The dialectical problem, the contradictory dilemma is simple: if we
would conquer power by means of a classical social revolution, by
blowing up bridges, by using the guillotine, by means of a 'reign of
terror' a la frances, by destroying the infrastructures and power
centers of modern capitalism, we would surely not survive the global
toxic results, the human chaos, physical hunger and planetary
radio-activity. It would be a fierce global class war, a Pyhrric
If we would be doing nothing, and just allow the Nazis of this world to
eradicate poverty by simply making us mad, and then as 'mad cows'
annihilating the poor, then the very same would happen. Metropolitan
imperialism did not produce arsenals of arms of mass destruction to
massacre aliens or international terrorists. As their own spokesmen
declare, they are being accumulated for the coming global class war.
This is what dialectics is all about, what it means to be on the horns
of a dilemma. To enter the current trimensional, micro-, meso- and
macro-worlds, we urgently need new emancipatory paradigms and
parameters, a new logic, science, philosophy and wisdom; this is the
only road left for us, is the crossing of the Rubicon, is creative
exodus, is getting out, is exvolution.
But, let us return to current U.S. patriotic reality, to our immediate
JMNB: Is the current U.S. economic slump spelling future fascist doom?
FJTL: De facto, the United States war economy is already in the fangs
of full imperialist over-production of arms and wares of mass
destruction, that is, the United States is already the fascist police
officer of world corporate imperialism, is entering a cataclysmic
recession, which could be followed by violent, terrorist, military
aggressions and global invasions, to conquer all remaining energetic
sources and resources, and thus will be desecrating the sovereignty of
JMNB: Does this mean that according to 'full spectrum dominance'
Venezuela is next on the list? In quintessence, what is the good news,
and what is the bad news for Venezuela at this critical moment of world
FJTL: Which news first?
JMNB: The good news.
FJTL: Well, that is very easy. Contrary to many countries of the South,
Venezuela practically swims in an eternal ocean of oil, gas and fresh
water; it possesses an immense biodiversity, strategic metals and
minerals, and a tropical vegetation that could produce oxygen for
centuries to come.
JMNB: D'accord. And the bad news?
FJTL: Precisely the very same news. Contrary to many countries of the
South, Venezuela practically swims in an eternal ocean of oil, gas and
fresh water; ....
This is why Venezuela is practically a member of the sonorous 'axis of
evil', is target No.1 for a new 'discovery', 'Christianization',
pacification and military conquest, is threatened by the Plan Colombia,
and why this Sword of Damocles will forever hover over our heads.
Uncle Sam will commit any crime that could give world capitalism a new
lease of life. This is revolutionary dialectics, where 'good' and 'bad'
news are two sides of the very same world market coin.
JMNB: Apart from trying to save North American capitalism by means of
bloody invasions and world wars, how is the Bush administration trying
to counter the internal explosive situation? Are the middle classes
disappearing? What is currently happening to them?
FJTL: Totally ignoring the ordeal of the working masses, to counter the
economic collapse, President Bush is now offering a $150bn stimulus
package, including middle-class tax cuts and an increased spending on
JMNB: Do you think that this will somehow relieve the economic agony?
Could it save the middle classes from extinction?
FJTL: No, this aspirin will definitely just heighten the political
headache, strengthen the economic fever and activate the fascist
cancer. Economically, this is just offering peanuts, when we consider
the huge military budget for 2008, that Exxon Mobil makes $1bn profits
a week, not even to mention the booty of Chevron, SonocoPhillips,
Haliburton, Bill Gates and consorts.
JMNB: In times of severe social uproar, could you please explain
briefly the political role of middle classes a little more precisely?
FJTL: Experts in this field have already explained the negative,
reformist role of the middle classes in times of depression and
recession. Philosophically speaking, concerning the middle classes,
they generally play a very opportunistic, even reactionary role in
times of social crises, namely, when capitalism shows its true
'democratic' snarl: fascism.
The immense class struggles on a world scale ... exploding in Nepal,
East Timor, the Middle East, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Bolivia,
Nicaragua, Mexico, Ecuador and, of course, in Cuba and Venezuela ...
now even encompasses 'proletarian' and 'bourgeois' nations and even
continents. Hence, in globalization where physical labor of billions is
becoming obsolete, as predicted by Marx and Engels in the 'Manifesto of
the Communist Party', and in 'Capital', the middle classes will rapidly
vanish, a few members may reach the shores of the upper echelons of
imperialist corporatism, however, the immense majority in geometric
numbers will progressively be devoured by the Moloch of global
pauperization; as new unemployed starving masses, these ex-middle
classes will have to share their misery with the wretched of the earth,
and will have to storm the metropolitan flesh-pots and to forget all
about their nightmares of 'communism' and their pipe-dreams about a
good, capitalist, promised 'land of milk and honey'.
JMNB: Concerning the 'nightmares of communism' in your opinion, is it
true that by inherent, inherited, ideological nature nearly all members
of the middle classes (also in Venezuela) have a deep-seated,
aggressive, anti-socialist, anti-communist and anti-Marxist world
FJTL: This anti-dialectical materialism, anti-hylozoism and
anti-Marxism are not private assets of the middle classes only, some
2,500 years ago, already Anaxagoras was thrown out of Athens, was
ostracized because he claimed that the Moon was not a divinity, not
Selena, but simply a piece of rock. To preserve the ruling class status
quo, all idealists, from Plato to Plotin, from St. Augustine to Saint
Thomas of Aquinas, from the Papacy to the Vatican, all hated
materialist philosophy. Furthermore, anti-communism, anti-Marxism are
inherent basic elements of bourgeois, anti-proletarian, democratic,
capitalist ideology: McCarthyism, Stalinism, Catholicism, Christianity,
the world religions, Zionism, Apartheid, Gandhism, liberalism,
revisionism, reformism, puntofijism, fascism and Nazism, as national
socialism, all hated the very thoughts and acts of Marxist
revolutionaries. In the last analysis, to them, a Marxist is the
incorporation of the devil himself. Now, it seems that even the newly
founded United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) is destined to take
this anti-Marxist highway, if this should become true, then: 'Welcome,
Uncle Sam'! Bye, Bye, Socialist Revolution!
JMNB: Before we follow up this train of thought, let us clarify another
issue: like here in Venezuela, does it mean that the American middle
classes have lived beyond their pay cheques, were living on credit, on
credit cards? Will the Venezuelan middle classes eventually share the
same fate of mass extinction? Will they soon lose their palaces and
Hummer luxury cars to foreign and national banks?
FJTL: Yes, but this concerns different countries and distinct social
classes and economic realities. We cannot deal in detail with such
complex questions here. Nevertheless, could you please formulate your
question more precisely?
JMNB: Okay, in what did the North American middle classes spend the
money that they did not earn as yet, and will probably never earn, and
what is really happening there? Are the North American middle classes
FJTL: In spite of all the military pomp and glory, in a capitalist
society of economic bankruptcy, in a 'great society', the inherent
contradictions deepen, and it is the middle classes that first are
feeling the volcanic eruptions. The moment when 'Third World'
democratic revolutionaries conquer political power (not economic
power), they tend to become middle classes, or at least to construct a
new political middle class. This is the case currently in South Africa
This is extremely dangerous for the forward march of a real, true
socialist revolution. This new class, accumulating wealth and
privileges, readily aligns itself with the counter-revolution.
JMNB: In brief, in this spirit, over the last months, economically,
what really occurred in the USA?
FJTL: A lot of things that could scare us to death, however, the
following, the possible collapse of world capitalism, concerns us here.
As we have been informed last year the U.S. slump detonated in the
housing sector, which abruptly ended the housing boom. Recession was
dawning on the belligerent horizon and serious economic problems faced
the banks and brokers, who possessed huge assets in mortgage
securities. This again immediately affected the opulent middle classes.
JMNB: In this epoch of global class struggles, as mentioned by you
before, we know that the middle classes are caught up between the two
major contending historic forces, and that usually at first they
experience the sysmic tremors of social upheaval. Hence, my questions:
faced by an approximating disaster, by recession in the USA, which will
spill over to Latin America, how are the Northern middle classes
reacting? Did metropolitan capitalism come to their rescue? What is
happening to their unpaid debts and homes? What will be their social
FJTL: Well, surely, these are fundamental questions, very educative for
the Venezuelan 'Gente de petroleo', for the new political middle class,
for the treacherous 'Chavistas without Chávez'.As we learned
from the news, the newly pauperized middle classes, especially the
lower sectors, desperately began to borrow. As a result of their home
equity loans, in fact, their very homes became piggy banks. At the same
time, the banks stepped in and credit cards were raining down like
manna from the sky; furthermore, second mortgages and refinancing began
to play havoc with this buffer class; like the USA itself, deeper and
deeper, millions are progressively falling into the loan abyss, into
the bottomless pit of globalization.
All this may cause rumbling, mumbling and roaring in the lower sectors
of American society.
As such, in the United States the epoch of easily making and getting
money suddenly came to a close. The bursting house bubble flung
thousands of homeless citizens onto the merciless streets. ready to
accompany the millions of poor devils who since decades were and are
already sleeping under falling bridges.
Of course, all over anxiety and fear of dark days ahead, of an
uncertain future are gripping not only the toiling laborers, but now
also all middle class sectors, all previous lovers of capitalism, that
is, all who were searching for a panacea, for change within this
exploitative world order, that is, worldwide, from New York to London,
from Berlin to Moscow, from Beijing to Tokyo, to Cape Town, to Rio
deJaneiro, to Caracas, to Miami, etc. All the so-called technological
benefits of globalized economic growth praised over the last decades
did not even reach the middle classes, rather they mainly went into the
production of arms and means of natural, mental and corporeal mass
destruction, which just served the class interests of small global
parasitic ruling elites. For example, the class interests of the
hundreds of marauding billionaires in the world, of whom the USA
harbors the lion's share. 432 of them make super profits worldwide,
especially in the U.S. war economy; Germany has 55 billionaires, India
54, Russia 53, China 28, South Africa 3, Egypt 2 and Venezuela/Colombia
remain with only 2.But things are becoming worse in the USA. Well known
bourgeois analysts and economists like Sal Guatieri or John Ryding are
telling us that "compelling evidence" exists that the United States is
deep in recession. In fact, currently the recession has already reached
the service sectors, restaurants, insurances, health care and
hospitals. Well, during the next months, we will witness the Via Crucis
of the U.S. dollar and the demise of the USA as a world super power.
None of the competitors, neither China nor Europe, neither Russia nor
India, show special interest in becoming super powers and to relieve
the USA from its inexorable demise. Any final question?
JMNB: Yes, a very important one. It concerns our interview, it concerns
countering the lies, myths and hoaxes spread by the huge international
mass media about Venezuela, about President Chavez. Is a powerful
electronic news medium, in foreign languages, like VHeadline imperative
in the defense of democracy and socialism in Venezuela? Finally, do we
really have a social, a socialist revolution in Venezuela?
FJTL: The truth is the Achilles Heel of the North American Empire of
globalized corporate imperialism, of global fascism. In the fierce 'war
of ideas', in this world of 'psychological warfare', of Orwellian Mind
and Thought Control, of Newspeak, of a coming Mental Holocaust,
urgently independent news media like our VHeadline website in English
and Spanish, have to be supported materially and financially.
If we neglect this strategic praxical and theoretical weapon, our class
enemies will have all the freedom in the world to denigrate us, to
crush us, to assassinate the character of President Chávez and
all these will weaken the already tender Bolivarian Revolution more and
more, and eventually could nip it mercilessly in the bud.
It is extremely urgent that all forces of global resistance defend the
truth in Venezuela, that they know what is going on here.
The counter-revolution is already in our midst, it is already capturing
our news media, hence, let us take care. The Bolivarian Revolution is
Only Knowledge and Truth, only real revolutionary práxis and
true emancipatory theory can still save it, that is, scientific and
The next months will be decisive, hence we have to act now.In
conclusion, definitely, in the epoch of globalization, at the eve of
the 21st century, social and socialist revolutions are very rare, very
scarce indeed. Not anything is a revolution, is socialism. At least,
the latter is the dialectical No, the negation of global capitalism and
can be nothing else.
Surely, we are making the Bolivarian Revolution, over the last decade
it really demonstrated its working class base: it showed magnificent
paradigms of modern trails of elementary class struggle in April and
December, 2002, and in January 2003.
Surely, we are constructing indigenous, Christian socialism, well,
nothing wrong with this, we decide what we do and think. this is
Bolivarian Socialism. However, our duty is to make permanently the
world revolution; when it is there, we further it, when it is not
there, we create it.
If we should lose it, we have to start all over again, enriched in
praxical experience, invincible in social theory and powerful in
emancipatory wisdom, creation and creativity.
We do not first support the revolution, then we get frustrated, because
the revolution has entered the historical doldrums, then we leave it,
and finally join the 'opposition'.
This is not revolutionary, this is cowardice, opportunism, is the
behavior pattern of a traitor, of a treacherous reformist turncoat.If
one should be the very last revolutionary on earth, it would still be
one's duty to fight exploitation, domination, discrimination, genocide
and alienation, the quintessence of capitalism, of globalization, we
would have to defend the negation of capitalism, to construct its No,
its Negation, Socialism.
Comrades, from Revolution to Emancipation, la lutta continua --
¡Hasta la Victoria Siempre!
JMNB: Prof. Franz Lee, comrade, thanks for a most educative exclusive
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