Voices from Russia

Thursday, 17 November 2016

17 November 2016. Vox Pop on the “Orthodox” Rightwing

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A friend sent me this. I need add nothing, save, “Hear, hear!”

BMD

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My grandfather didn’t support racists and fascists before and during World War II. He fought them… he shot them. He followed the lead of his father who was active during the Battle of George Square. Despite his populist rhetoric, the fact is that Trump is indicative of the bosses, their screws, and their un-Christian way of dealing or doing business. Trump deprived his workers or contractors due wages/compensation… a sin according to the Law that so many fundies and Convertadox from those traditions love to, selectively of course, laud. Ayn Rand and the whole of what now is the GOP espouse Greed, an ideology anathema to the Gospel. I’ll not call them Republicans out of respect for the great many true Republicans who opposed such nonsense as they espouse, but rather supported helping the poor, regardless of race or creed. Equally evil is trying to hide behind one’s cassock to deflect criticism of one’s Antichristian anti-Orthodox views. Fact is, the whole history of the Church, its traditions (both big and little T) and Scripture oppose the fascist tomfoolery espoused by the likes of Whiteford, Peck, Hughes, Trenham, and a host of others. You don’t preach the Gospel by supporting Mammon. Period. You do it by recognising that God created every human being in His image and likeness, and admitting that gross inequities in any economic system are an affront to that. St Basil the Great gave his views on that subject in On Social Justice. St Chrysostom taught likewise in his series of sermons called On Wealth and Poverty. Sadly, I think most of the aforementioned clergy, along with too many quislings, ignore them in favour of Ayn Rand, her followers, and their patently Antichristian views. I’ll add in closing that I agree with a few of Hagee’s statements… God’s judgement is looming, but it’s less to do with abortion or gay marriage as opposed to our wilful ignorance of the fact the USA worships wealth and the acquisition of it. Here are a few scriptural citations that show precisely God’s opinion of Mammon and its workings.

Deuteronomy 24.14-15

Thou shall not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates: at his day thou shall give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and sets his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the Lord, and it be sin unto thee.

Leviticus 19.13

Thou shall not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.

Leviticus 25.50

And he shall reckon with him that bought him from the year that he was sold to him unto the year of jubilee: and the price of his sale shall be according unto the number of years, according to the time of an hired servant shall it be with him.

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Note well that the Mother Church condemns neoliberalism (“conservatism”), neocolonialism, and the inequities of the so-called Free Market. Also, note that most of the loudmouth rightwing konvertsy spit on that teaching of the Church… “Cafeteria Christianity”, wot (isn’t it delicious when you can turn a bigot’s words against them)? HH pals around with Comrade Fidel… Trenham and Whiteford pal around with godless Republican greedsters. One of these things is NOT like the other…

BMD

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Russian Orthodox Church Against Liberal Globalisation, Usury, Dollar Hegemony, And Neocolonialism

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Editor:

Remember… in European political parlance, “liberal” means “conservative” in Anglospeak. Therefore, the Church is condemning both “conservatism” and liberalism” in the Anglosphere sense. That is… the Church condemns the ideology of the Republican Party and of neoliberal Democrats as against the God-given Order, if not actually demonic. It condemns the Free Market. I’m indebted to a Russian friend who make some Russian texts available to me, which allowed me to issue a clean version (the Katheon version was overly literal and jangly).

To reiterate… if you call yourself a “conservative” in the Anglosphere, you spit on Christ and His Church. I can’t put it any more plainly…

BMD

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The Moscow Patriarchate published a draft document Economy in the Context of Globalisation: An Orthodox Ethical View. This document demonstrates the key positions of the Church on a number of issues relating to the economy and international relations. The MP emphasised that it supports only the trends in modern international processes that aim to build a multi-polar world and a dialogue of civilisations and cultures based on traditional non-liberal values:

Consolidation of mankind based on the moral commandments of God is fully consistent with the Christian mission. A reasonable and pious incarnation of globalisation provides an opportunity for fraternal mutual assistance, free exchange of creative achievements and knowledge, respectful coexistence of different languages and cultures, and the joint conservation of nature. If the essence of globalisation is only to overcome the division between people, its economic processes have to overcome inequalities, prudently use our natural endowment, and ease equitable international coöperation.

At the same time, a large part of the document critically examines the process of globalisation. The Church says that globalisation “removes barriers to the spread of sin and vice”. The Church condemns Westernisation and dissemination of the Western cult of consumption, noting that “the Western way of development” is a road to nowhere, to hell, and the abyss. The “catch-up model of modernisation”, having before people’s eyes an uncritically perceived external sample, not only destroys the social structure and spiritual life of the “catch-up” societies, but often doesn’t allow it to approach the idol in the material sphere, imposing unacceptable and ruinous economic decisions.

In contrast to the immutability and universality of moral commandments, economics can’t have a universal solution for all peoples and all times. God created a variety of people in the world. That reminds us that every nation has a task given by the Creator, each is valuable in the sight of the Lord, and everyone is able to contribute to the creation of our world.

The Church denounced neocolonialism and the exploitation of the Third World by Western multinationals. The Church considers such a policy to be deeply unjust and sinful. It especially noted that control over the financial sector was the main weapon of the new colonialism:

Although the world colonial system outwardly collapsed, the richest states of the world pursued ever-receding horizons of consumption. They continued to enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else. It’s impossible to recognise as just an international division of labour in which some countries are suppliers of absolute values, especially human labour or raw materials, whilst others are suppliers of conditional values in the form of financial resources.

The Church insists that a Christian approach to the economy is primarily ontological. The only alternative to the fictive global liberal economy can only be a real Christian economy. One can only counter the hegemony of global plutocracy, based on financial capital and the dollar as the universal currency, by a global policy of sovereignty:

Often, money paid for non-renewable natural resources “comes out of thin air”. It’s nothing but printing press money, but since it comes from the monopoly issuers of world currency, one must accept it. As a result, the abyss in socioeconomic status between nations and entire continents is becoming increasingly profound. This one-sided globalisation, giving undue advantages to some of its participants at the expense of the others, entails a partial and, in some cases, a virtually complete loss of sovereignty.

As one of the ways to solve this problem (dollar hegemony), the Church proposes to establish international control over global currencies:

If mankind needed freely traded currencies throughout the world to serve as a universal yardstick for economic calculations, the production of such units should be under fair international control, where all states of the world would proportionally take part. A possible benefit of such controls is that we could channel funds to the development of the poverty-stricken regions of the planet.

However, the Church believes that the strengthening of international institutions shouldn’t lead to the strengthening of the transnational élite. The unconditional support of state sovereignty against the transnational élite is a distinctive feature of the position of the Orthodox Church. This differentiates Orthodox from Catholics, who are members of the globalist transnational centralised structure, in contrast to the Orthodox Churches, which have union in faith, but aren’t administratively united.

National governments are increasingly losing their independence and becoming less dependent on the will of their own people, and more and more on the will of the transnational élite. These élites aren’t a legal entity; therefore, they’re not accountable to the people or to national governments, rather they’ve become a shadow regulator of social and economic processes. Greed shadows the rulers of the global economy; this leads to the fact that a small fraction of the “élite” is getting richer and at the same time more and more relieved of the responsibility for the welfare of those whose labour created the wealth.

The church believes that the gap between rich and poor, the predatory morality of Hayek-style “laissez-faire capitalism”, and neoliberal thought is incompatible with Christian teaching:

A moral society shouldn’t increase the gap between rich and poor. The strong don’t have the moral right to use their benefits at the expense of the weak, but on the contrary, they’re obliged to take care of the dispossessed. All employees should receive decent pay.

The Church openly declares that usury is a sinful phenomenon, and notes the destructiveness of the global debt economy:

Whole countries and nations plunge into debt, and generations not yet born are doomed to pay the bills of their ancestors. In business, paper profits from lending become more lucrative than the production of tangible goods. In this regard, we must remember the moral ambiguity of the situation where money “makes” new money without the application of human labour. Declaring the credit sphere to be the main engine of the economy, its predominance over the real economic sector comes into conflict with God-revealed moral principles condemning usury.

The document takes heed of the important topic of mass migration. Unlike the Catholic approach, that unduly favours migration, particularly in Europe, the Orthodox notice negative aspects to the process, as well as the fact that it leads to confrontation of different identities and value systems. In addition, the Church proposes to look at the roots of this phenomenon. The reasons for mass migration are the liberal hedonistic ideology bleeding the peoples of Europe and the interests of the capitalist elite, who need a cheap and disenfranchised workforce:

Attempts by the native populations in the rich countries to stop the migration flow are futile, because they conflict with greed of their own élite, who are interested in a low-wage workforce. However, an inexorable factor driving migration is the spread of a hedonistic quasi-religion capturing not only the élite, but also the broad masses in countries with high living standards. A renunciation of procreation for a thoughtless, arrogant, and selfish existence is a sign of the times. The popularisation of a child-free ideology leads to a cult of childless family life, which leads to a reduction in the population in the most seemingly prosperous societies. We mustn’t forget that the commandment to all the descendants of Adam and Eve said, “Fill the earth, and subdue it”. Anyone who doesn’t want to continue the race will inevitably have to give way to those who prefer having children to material well-being.

The Church noted that the current level of consumption and the ideology of infinite progress are incompatible with the limited resources of the planet:

Globalisation accelerated consumerism, but this is isn’t proportionate to the natural resources granted to mankind. Volumes of consumption in those countries recognised worldwide as models have reached the equivalence of billions of people; their needs have long gone beyond their resource capabilities. There’s no doubt that if all of humanity consumed our natural wealth at the rate of the countries that lead in terms of consumption, it’d lead to a planet-wide environmental disaster.

This document is very important because it shows that the MP not only takes a critical position in relation to liberal globalisation, it also offers a Christian alternative to globalisation processes. Whilst Catholics and most Protestant denominations have keen humane ideals, and in the best case, criticise globalisation from the left or left-liberal positions, the Church advocates sovereignty and national identity. The most important aspect of the Orthodox critique of globalisation is the idea of multipolarity and its recognition of the destructiveness of modern Western civilisation’s path.

26 May 2016

Katheon

http://katehon.com/article/russian-orthodox-church-against-liberal-globalization-usury-dollar-hegemony-and

Monday, 26 August 2013

26 August 2013. Let’s Fight the Battles of Today… NOT Those of a Century Ago

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This is the TRUE face of the Republican Right in the USA… scary, ain’t it? Their analogues in the West are their bound brothers… do ponder that.

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There are all too many on the left who’re still fighting the battles of the early 20th century.  Of course, that era (and its barbarities) has passed into history, and any panacea based on the problems of that time are passée. Nevertheless, the basic weltanschauung of the Right hasn’t changed one little bit. They believe that they’re entitled to a “piece of the pie” far larger than that of the Average Joe. They “earned it”, you see. Mind you, they did none of the labour involved… but they “owned” the capital, dontcha know. That “entitles” them to glom a disproportionate part of the common wealth… and that you’ve NO right to complain of it… they’re “respectable” and “good people”, after all. Yet, be wise to the tricks of the Righties.

Firstly, they think that the laws don’t apply to them. Certainly, we all heard the “too big to fail” argument… odd how that applied to multinationals and their well-compensated executives, but not to Nick’s Diner down the street or Mel’s Heating & Air Conditioning. That’s galling enough, but I’m asking you to carry it through to its logical conclusion. Who believes that the laws don’t apply to them? Well, spoilt children and criminals, that’s who! You can easily see where I’m going… the Weekly Standard, Fox News, the Washington Times, and the post-Buckley National Review are the “Godfather’s Media”… with this caveat… Don Vito would’ve shown more class and shared more of his wealth (didn’t John Gotti, the “Teflon Don” do that? Isn’t that why the people of South Ozone stood behind him for so long?). Their arguments all have a common “Achilles Heel“… they assume that one accepts the postulates of Radical Liberalism. You see, there are NO Conservatives in the mould of Burke, Bismarck, Stolypin, Franco, and Dr Johnson left in the modern world. Indeed, the Radical Right has purloined their vocabulary… gutting the substance of their arguments to fit the Procrustean Bed of their oligarch paymasters. Liberalism preaches Free Markets, Individualism, and non-regulation… NOT Conservatism, which speaks of Tradition, Legitimacy, and regulation of man’s sinful impulses.

Surely, you can see where I’m going without the need of spending an overly-long time on spinning out the argument. So-called “Globalisation” is a criminal enterprise of the highest order. It doesn’t matter that it’s “legal“… sometimes, the most criminal doings are “legal”… reflect well on the fact that Hadamar and the Holocaust were LEGAL in Nazi Germany. The Righties want globalisation in order to flout the labour, safety, and environmental regulations of the developed states. That is, they wish to fatten their boodle bags by breaking the laws of their countries (this is the reason why so many businesses have “moved South” in the USA… the Southern states allow businessmen to beat up union organisers and bully workers).

This leads us to a conclusion as to the “prosperity mongers” on the Right. Yes… there’s “prosperity”… but only at the expense of workers in the Southern USA (Texas is the vilest location there, although Florida‘s not far behind by much) and the Third World. “If these people were any good, why, they’d be as prosperous as we are”. That’s not the worst of their argument… there’s a racism that’s never too far from the surface. Wiillie Romney didn’t rein in his racist supporters (“Keep the White House White”)… that’s a fact, and no person of colour (or no anti-racist, for that matter) should forget this. In short, the Right is rooted in racist and criminal assumptions… so, of course, they hate the government… they don’t want ANY bound on their greed and power.

We do have a choice…

A Note to Christians:

Don’t forget what the Bible says:

The love of money is the root of all evil.

I’d say that the Bible and the Republican Party are at odds. I know where I stand. Do you? Think on it…

BMD

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Bangladesh Building Collapse Death Toll Rises

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THIS was the ultimate cause of the building collapse… spit when you pass the next McMansion or the country club. The Apostle said that the love of money is the root of all evil, and he was right. That’s the basis of the American Republican Party… we shouldn’t ally Christ’s Church with such depravity, should we? Think on it…

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On Thursday, sources in the military and police told international news agencies that they believe that about 900 people died in the factory collapse in Bangladesh. Media reports said that military sources put the figure at 912, whilst police officials say that they recovered 892 bodies from the building. Previous reports put the number of dead at 803. The Rana Plaza building in Savar, an industrial suburb of Dhakacollapsed on 24 April. Over 3,000 people are thought to have been working in the building at the time.

On Wednesday, the authorities in Bangladesh ordered 18 textile factories to close over health and safety concerns, and, earlier in the week, they set up a commission to check the 4,500 factories in the region. Preliminary information from the government inquiry indicates that vibrations from four powerful generators, installed in the building in breach of regulations, caused the tragedy. The building’s architect told the media that he designed it to house offices, not a garment factory. Investigators confirmed that the building’s intended purpose was “commercial use”. Local officials told the media that first-responders rescued over 2,400 of those working in the factory at the time of its collapse. Survivors told the media that they’d noticed worrying cracks in the building a day before the incident, but that management convinced them to return to work. The building owner is one of those arrested over the tragedy.

9 May 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20130509/181047449/Bangladesh-Building-Collapse-Death-Toll-Rises.html

Editor’s Note:

The American Right defends “outsourcing”… well, this is its practical upshot. They want to move business to compliant Third World dictatorships to circumvent labour, safety, and environmental regulations in developed countries to maximise their profits. Their attitude is, “Who cares, they’re just sand niggers, anyway. They don’t deserve any better”. The money from such soulless and godless exploitation ends up in the hands of the American and European Affluent Effluent (and their Third World lickspittles such as the Capriles family in Venezuela).

Reflect on this… the people responsible for such malevolent shit tell us how moral they are and how immoral we are. I’d only say this… by their fruits ye shall know them. Remember WHO said that… ‘nuff said.

BMD

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