Month: May 2009

Communists Must Win, Now That the Election is Lost

By Saswat Pattanayak Elections are social, not political events. Whereas social functions entail an understanding of, and adherence to established norms, effective political actions require empowered state of conscientious being. Democratic elections – from ancient noble Greece to enslaved corporate America – take place independent of mass empowerment, most often, by keeping the participants oblivious. People are kept sufficiently ignorant about the repercussions of their actions by not only the political parties, but by their media cohorts in general. What is instead propagated at an almost constant level comprises pure trivia: the equations of wins and defeats, the seats and the states, and the number games to legitimize a victor. What results is a triumph of the end-product of elections, than an exposition of process complexities so as to challenge existing structures of power. Every mass-based hierarchical election that claims to have democratic character in turn produces a winner which revels in celebration of conquest as a finality of purpose, not identification of its purpose as worthy of celebration. After all, identification of purpose in …

Revolutionary May Day Greetings!

By Saswat Pattanayak (Written for publication in Radical Notes) Relevance of this day never was greater than it is today – as a celebration of collective human progress, as a reminder of historic labour struggles, as an occasion to reaffirm class allegiance with the working poor, and the majority strugglers. Not an allegiance to exploitative ruling class demarcations of geographical boundaries drawn and redrawn through manipulative gestures of status-quo diplomacy. Not an allegiance to standards of academic, material, knowledge society thus distinguished and rewarded by the handful corporate czars to effectively facilitate their spheres of influence. Not an allegiance to normative philosophies of spiritual and religious practices aimed at bringing calm and internal peace through aggrandizing state of ignorance, indifference and ineptitude. An allegiance to organized human labour necessarily requires obliterations of several convenient divisions mapped thus by the ruling class combines, while recreating new necessary ones. Class allegiance in action must uproot the notions of purity attached with the cultural high-handedness in the form of canonic texts, classical arts and holy scriptures. Owing to lack …

Workers’ Rhapsody

All the while, all the while Freedom mile, all the while Been oppressed, all the while Exploited, all the while   Set me free, set me free Incarcerate me, set me free Always in debt, set me free Bank dues late, set me free   Never before, never before Mayhem forever, never before Darkness ahead, never before Hopeless dejected, never before   Cannot rest, cannot rest Hallucinate, cannot rest Abused drugs, cannot rest Competitions, cannot rest   How many years, how many years Greedy corporates, how many years Conservative cronies, how many years Liberal phonies, how many years   Who bail ’em out, who bail ’em out Protest ask shout, who bail ’em out Profiteer crooks, who bail ’em out Funding Obama/Bush, who bail ’em out   Power to peoples, power to peoples Redistribute lands, power to peoples Regulate wealth, power to peoples Nationalize health, power to peoples   Crisis not ours, crisis not ours Sold-out lenders, crisis not ours Collapsing capital, crisis not ours Proving them lethal, crisis not ours   Capitalism dead, capitalism …