Poetry – Militia  

Militia

 

Guys in masks,

With rifles,

On the streets

Subverting democracy.

Called to the polling stations

To intimidate you and me.

Called by their President

To subvert

The process of election.

Spreading fake news

About fraudulent voting

Without foundation.

Can this be happening

In the 21st Century?

That a President

Unleashes militia

In complete anarchy?

 

Opher – 30.9.2020

The Land is Free – for Moshe.

Once upon a time, the land was free,

As free as the wind, rain and sea.

Then, on the African plain

A mutation created man.

We prospered and increased in number

Moving out across the world

Dispersing.

We formed little clans and tribes.

We were hunter-gatherers and began to think of the tracts of land we hunted in as ours.

It brought us into conflict with neighbouring tribes.

But the land was not owned. It belonged to all.

The tribes prospered and coalesced and we invented nations.

The nations had leaders who became kings and religious leaders.

They claimed the land as theirs.

They waged war against other tribes to seize their land, to pillage and plunder

And increase their own wealth and power.

The robber barons who helped them subjugate the people and conquer were rewarded.

The kings and religious leaders gave them big tracts of land.

The robber barons sold or leased off small parcels of land to the people

Thus increasing their wealth.

The people farmed or lived on the small parcels of land they were sold.

The robber barons fenced off the land and called it private.

The kings, religious leaders and robber barons waged war, set up empires and increased their wealth and power.

The ordinary masses of people were enslaved, exploited, used and abused.

Down through history.

The descendants of the robber barons, kings and religious leaders still ‘own’ the vast tracts of land they purloined from the people. They use this land to generate vast wealth.

The descendants of ordinary people still cling on to their tiny parcels of land or rent their space.

The same wealthy robber barons own Britain, the USA and Israel. They still seize land, plunder and pillage out of greed and selfishness. They do it through war, corruption, manipulation and economic control. They manipulate us through the media, through patriotism, religion, politics, nationalism, xenophobia and racism. They divide people so that we turn on each other and not on them.

So, my friend Moshe, we are the exploited ones, We are not responsible for our rulers. They are the robber barons of old. They manipulate us. History is the story of the exploits of the robber barons – not our folk.

The land is as free as we want it to be. It is never owned, only borrowed or stolen. We are just passing through.

One day we will take all the land back. Hopefully, we will find a better way of living – not part of this system of greed, inequality and environmental destruction. We will all be equally important and there will not be this inherent racism and artificial division. There will not be nations or races. There will be people.

That is why I support the UN – because it is a way of taking power from those who are presently abusing it and exploiting us, and damaging our planet.

I am idealistic, realistic and far from stupid. I clearly see what is going on.

You, Moshe, are playing into their hands.

The land is free.

Poetry – Taxes

I was inspired to write this by the ‘revelation’ that Trump pays no taxes. It’s something we’ve always known. It is why he doesn’t release his tax returns. He’s a scammer, a fraud and a cheat.

If billionaires like Trump get away with paying little the burden falls on everyone else. He can afford it; many can’t. Why should we all have to pay taxes while the rich use loopholes to avoid it?

They are the same robber barons who stole the land and made themselves rich at our expense!

Taxes

 

They pay no taxes – so we pay more

But they use our roads

They drink the water

Breathe the air.

 

They earn millions – but look for loopholes,

Pay their accountants,

Invest their loot.

Is this fair?

 

They pay no taxes on the money they earn

From exploiting us

With inflated prices

Everywhere.

 

They pay no taxes but we must pay.

They squirrel it away

Overseas

Without a care.

 

The same robber barons from long ago

Who stole the land,

Made us slaves

And took our share.

 

Opher – 28.9.2020

Vietnam – Saigon (Ho Chi Min City) – the wet market! Covid-19?

Walking around in the market in Saigon you can see all manner of animals for sale. These ‘wet’ markets are the type of place where diseases, such as Covid-19, start up. Different species of wild animals are brought together in close proximity. The people like their food fresh (I suppose the heat has something to do with that). The animals are kept aline in cages and bowls. You select which ones you want and they are slaughtered on the spot – hence blood is splattered and cross-contamination occurs.

Salutary post from Attila the Stockbroker

Trump nominates a far-right fundamentalist to the Supreme Court and calls postal ballots ‘fraudulent’ while his militia supporters plan intimidation of in-person voters.
Cummings wants former Mail editor Paul Dacre as head of Ofcom and former Telegraph editor Moore as chairman of the BBC. Tories want ‘anti-capitalist’ ideas banned from schools.
Carl Von Clausewitz defined war as the continuation of politics by other means. Having witnessed political violence at very close hand I am intractably opposed to it, and since there is a natural left of centre majority in both the USA and the UK I remain absolutely certain that a unified Left can prevail.
But unified is the point. Our opponents are not the right-wingers of old. They are fascists. And the only alternative to unity between everyone who is not a fascist is…..fascism. The 1930s proved that.
One non-Tory candidate in every local and national electoral seat from now on, or far-right authoritarian rule. Our choice.
(If you think these words are hyperbole, or indeed that my analysis is wrong, please explain why you believe Trump and Cummings are not fascists. I’ll listen.)
I think he’s right – we are on the verge of full-blown fascism.