‘I Will Bury You’: Duterte Says Coronavirus Lockdown Violators Can Be Shot Reply

By David Brennan

Newsweek

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has warned that anyone breaking the coronavirus lockdown on the island of Luzon may be shot by the military or the police, as the country fights to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The controversial president — who has been accused of crimes against humanity over his merciless and bloody war on drugs — gave a televised address on Wednesday warning there would be a zero tolerance policy for those breaking the lockdown, which came into force on March 15 and will run until at least April 14.

There have been 2,311 confirmed cases in the Philippines, with 96 deaths and 50 recoveries. The country’s health care system could be overwhelmed if the spread gets out of control, but hundreds of new cases are now being reported daily.

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Will Biden even make it to debate Trump? Reply

Ideally, a serious anarchist movement in North America, as I have long argued, would be a “revolutionary left” that regards neoliberals as “the main enemy,” and “attacks the Left from the left,” by pointing out the historic treachery of the Marxists (First International, Kronstadt, Barcelona, etc), the historically reactionary nature of progressives (Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, LBJ, etc) and the historic co-optation of social democrats (World War One), while cultivating alliances with anti-authoritarian, decentralist, anti-statist, and libertarian tendencies from all over the political, religious, cultural, and economic spectrum, nurturing anti-authoritarian tendencies everywhere, within the context of the broader anarchist principles of decentralism, federalism/confederalism, anti-statism, mutualism, free association, etc.

Unlike most anarchists in North America, I do not regard the “right-wing” as the main problem. The right-wing is a coalition of economic, cultural, generation, ideological, and generational forces that have been losing power for decades and are continuing to do so. For instance, the Republicans were able to win in 2016 only because an interloper stepped in and moved the party’s rhetoric considerably to the Left on trade, class relations, foreign policy, even gay rights, while the Democrats’ candidate was an avowed, unapologetic pro-ruling class candidate that generated reduced voter turnout, fewer minority votes, fewer working-class votes resulting in the loss of the Rust Belt, more votes for third parties, etc. Even then, Trump lost the popular vote and only won in the Electoral College.

“Right-wingophobia” is a losing strategy. Ask Hillary Clinton.

Trump Is A Symptom Of A Larger Problem Reply

Yes. Since 2016, I have maintained that the real reason Trump won the election was that, rhetorically, he was the most “left-wing” (anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, anti-power elite) of the two candidates, even if he is personally just a carnival barker and has governed largely as a conventional Republican since taking office.

Blaming the Reds for Neoliberalism Reply

“Anyone who watched the video I posted three days ago, The Great Depression, will have seen firm documentary evidence pointing to a controlled demolition of the global economy. As a result of the fact that an increasing number of people are beginning to take these claims seriously, the paid agents of ‘alternative media’ have responded in typical fashion. According to Rush Limbaugh, the “communist virus” – led by representatives of the Democratic Party, presumably – are busy plotting the downfall of capitalism. He continues: “Are we just going to sit by and watch $22 trillion – that’s the value, that’s the sum total of the GDP, that’s the U.S. economy – are we just going to sit by here and watch it evaporate? Because that’s what we’re doing, under the guise of not losing any unnecessary life – meaning we want to try to save as many lives as we can.” After all, if you put a semblance of truth in the mouth of a right-wing conspiracy theorist, with a little political distortion thrown in for good measure, the American public is likely to dismiss it as total nonsense. Those who do believe it, on the other hand, are likely to blame everything on those irrepressible ‘reds under the beds’. The fact that Limbaugh has a personal fortune of $84.5 million might just provide you with one or two clues about who has actually been filling his pockets all these years.” -Troy Southgate

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Is Dollar Totalitarianism on the Way? 1

“Many people assume that the present crisis – engineered, as it is – will be followed by a more totalitarian system, but we should never lose sight of the fact that ‘liberal democracy’ is already a form of totalitarianism and the only difference between a system in which the leader of a political party is seen to be at the forefront of the decision-making process, as opposed to a more obvious dictator such as Hitler or Stalin, is that everything is presented in a considerably more benign fashion. In addition, those who actually vote for such politicians truly believe they have a stake in the system itself and this creates the illusion of choice. If and when things settle down and the mass media finally stops telling us that coronavirus is the new Black Death, it seems fairly certain that the world will be far more centralised. Not merely in terms of the lesser capitalists having fallen by the wayside and power being in the hands of an even smaller number of people, but also in terms of our ability to express meaningful political dissent.

Totalitarianism, therefore, which was there all along, might not seem as benign as it once was and this is precisely why the globalists will try to shore up their defences. One thing is certain, the triumph of a more ruthlessly streamlined economy will take place amid the promise of a swift return to normality. Those media sources which have been detailing the alleged boredom of confinement have already started to plant the seeds of resignation in the minds of the masses and those who are incapable of occupying their minds for more than five minutes will invariably accept the first thing that comes along. Even if they end up dancing in the streets with joy, as they did at the end of the Second World War, the feeling of emancipation that comes with leaving the confines of one’s home will become fuel for those who announce a new dawn of social freedom. Your chains will have tightened a little, but if we are to share the inestimable debt of the next few centuries then it will all be for the best. Keep your head down, work hard, and be sure to tell the authorities about those who dare to yearn for the slightly more palatable totalitarianism that came before.” -Troy Southgate

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Corporate coronavirus bailout threatens prolonged economic pain Reply

Pushback with Aaron Maté

The coronavirus pandemic has left millions of US workers without a job and the healthcare that comes with it. Economist Pavlina Tcherneva discusses how the Congressional bailout prioritizes corporate profits instead of building on the successful legacy of the New Deal. Guest: Pavlina Tcherneva, Associate Professor at Bard College and author of “The Case for a Job Guarantee.”