Friday, February 11, 2005

Apocalypse announced

News from North Korea that they have nuclear weapons seems to have been overshadowed by the news of some rich people getting married. News values as ever hugely skewed. The possibility of another totalitarian nuclear state in a highly volatile strip of the world is cause for concern.

Socialists maintain, though, that there is a connexion. That soft soap stories about the unrelievedly privilleged and the build up of armed rivalries between powerful elites in the world are part of the same process of dominance and acquisition that marks out the capitalist world.

For the record, North Korea is nothing to do with socialism, it is an insane throwback to a feudal dream desperately trying to hold back the clock, while all around capitalist powers like America, Japan and China circle for position and advantage.

We think this part of our principles holds especially true for both stories:
That as the machinery of government, including the armed forces of the nation, exists only to conserve the monopoly by the capitalist class of the wealth taken from the workers, the working class must organize consciously and politically for the conquest of the powers of government, national and local, in order that this machinery, including these forces, may be converted from an instrument of oppression into the agent of emancipation and the overthrow of privilege, aristocratic and plutocratic.
We need a world movement to get rid of the causes of nukes and royals.

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