I was perusing the putrid headlines of the Huffington Post on America Online today.  Arianna Huffington, the Martha Stewart queen of sell-out, sold the Huffington Post a year or so ago to AOL for a huge amount of money.  Posing as a leftist like such luminaries as Barrack Obama, Bill Mauer and others, Huffington made out like a bandit while fooling the easily manipulated American public with mendacity and perfidious posturing.

I was interested in what actually the American people are fed as ‘news’.  What I found were the following ‘headlines’:

“Which Rocker is she married to”

“What Oprah would say to Sandusky”

“Jay Leno on the way out of NBC”

“Harry Styles wants to date Jennifer Lawrence”

“Is the resume already dead?”

“How much should you tip in 2013?”

And then there is my favorite:  “How to get coffee stains out of your rug”

And we wonder why the American public is so uninformed?  Well, the answer lies in the deprecation of culture fomented by the elites who control the Newszak in the US.

Be it TV or the Huffington Post, the decrepit state of monopoly controlled media that covets individualism and celebrities, along with trash news, might provide the answer.  After all, the media, controlled by six monopolies is the biggest school district in the country!

As propaganda substitutes for education and individualism replaces the public commons, we can only expect that idiocy and stupidity will continue to foment in the “Land of the Free”.

On the other hand, in Ecuador, where I currently reside, I was perusing the daily paper, El Telegrafo today, read by millions.  The difference in the coverage of what it means to be human and participate in the growth of ones’ country and develop ones’ critical consciousness is truly astounding when compared with the trash rags and electronic garbage force fed to an unwitting American public.

What a tragedy for America and what a treasure for those concerned with community, critical consciousness and history in Ecuador.

Next time you read about “getting coffee stains out of your rug” you might wish to use the internet to actually find out what is going on in the world!

And we wonder why the American public is so uninformed?  Well, the answer lies in the deprecation of culture fomented by the elites who control the newszak in the US.

Be it TV or the Huffington Post, or the chloroformed decrepit state of monopoly controlled media that covets individualism and celebrities, along with trash news, dummyed down dystopic news might provide the answer.  After all, the media, controlled by six monopolies is the biggest school district in the country!

As propaganda substitutes for education and individualism replaces the public commons, we can only expect that idiocy and stupidity will continue to foment in the “Land of the Free”.

On the other hand, in Ecuador, where I currently reside, I was perusing the daily paper, El Telegrafo today, read by millions.  The difference in the coverage of what it means to be human and participate in the growth of ones’ country and develop ones’ critical consciousness is truly astounding when compared with the trash rags and electronic garbage fed to an unwitting American public.

The following was in El Telegrafo’s opinion section, March 3, 2013.  Read it and ask yourself, “Would the American people even know what is being talked about?”  Ecuadorians certainly do.

What a tragedy for America and what a treasure for those concerned with community, critical consciousness and history in Ecuador.

Next time you read about “getting coffee stains out of your rug” you might wish to use the internet to actually find out what is going on in the world!

Reform or Revolution?
by Gustavo Pérez Ramírez

From: El Telegrafo/Opinion

Ecuador, Sunday March 3, 2013
Since the late nineteenth century, this question has been the subject of intense debate, only then reform being proposed was that of capitalism. Today the issue arises in other words: reform, as revolutionary phase against capitalism.
We refer the reader to the extraordinary revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg, who scrutinized Marxist thought with a coherent life testimony. Born in 1870 in Zamosc, Ruthenia, now Poland, in a family of German Jewish origin, her life was taken fighting to finish in Berlin on January 15, 1919.
As a Jewish woman she had to face since childhood male prejudice and discrimination against Jews. Surpassed by his intelligence and persistence in education, but for her socialist militancy, she was exiled for 18 years in Switzerland where she contacted exiled revolutionaries.
In 1898 she graduated as a lawyer and settled in Berlin, where she joined the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and participated in the discussions that led Edward Bernstein, who had made the revisionist theory that sought to reform revolutionary Marxism, rejecting in particular Marx’s claim that capitalism has its seeds in their own destruction, the center of debate.
Bernstein’s theory was based on the increasing adaptability of capitalism that he felt confident would ease the economic systems contradictions.
Rosa Luxemburg, associated with Kautsky, defended the “orthodox” Marxist against shouts of “revisionism” of Bernstein and contributed an original theory about imperialism and the collapse of capitalism, which she believed inevitable, and that which she presented in two papers entitled Social Reform or Revolution? which formed the core of her book.
For her, there was no opposition between reform and revolution, but she argued a dialectical nexus existed. Yet keep in mind the conditions of the times, it is not any reform, given that “‘social reform’ finds its natural limits in the interests of capital. The problem, said Rosa, is that the difference between the two is not the time or the pace of change but its content and direction.
Already in 1977, Lelio Basso, the Italian socialist, an expert on the works of Marx, said: “Today more than ever it is necessary … to combat luxemburgiana synthesis of both opportunism and revisionism, which led to most of the Western proletariat to a capitulation and pseudo-Marxist extremism that ignores the necessary mediations and thus they want “quick and absolute” revolution.

End of Opinion.

But what about those coffee stains in your rug?  Luxembourg contributed  nothing to this problem solving.  Perhaps that is why she ended up floating in a ditch in Germany!  Think about it.