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On Einstein’s Acceptance of Communist Russia and Rejection of Zionist Israel

  By Saswat Pattanayak With the “God Letter” recently auctioned for over $3 million, the world has started taking a renewed interest in Albert Einstein’s core philosophies. In the most conservative estimate, he has been described as the father of modern physics; and by most liberal counts, the most intelligent human being in history. But despite tremendous biographical sketches, Einstein has remained largely unknown as an activist, or terribly misunderstood as a statesman. Many dimensions of his life have been deliberately suppressed, some grossly exaggerated, and quite a few entirely concocted with blatant lies. This is quite natural considering the ruling class elites have a stake in appropriation of his legacies – the United States which granted him residency has needed to use him for its Cold War propaganda, while Israel and the Jewish Diaspora have needed to tout him – the most famous Jew in history – as their torchbearer. The spiritual thinkers have cited him as irreverently religious, while the progressives have owned him up for his idealistic socialism. But this auctioned letter, …

Nobel Intentions

At first glance, the Eurocentrism surrounding European Union winning the Nobel Peace Prize is probably not as alarming, considering that of all the 124 awarded individuals and organizations till date, 48 laureates have been from Western Europe alone. Matter of concern is a growing acceptance in our times that militarism is the new peace – a belief system made credible through this annual farce, coveted and venerable. Nobel Peace Prize committee has invariably rewarded imperialists, militarists and anticommunists. But it used to be a surreptitious affair. If the segregationist FW de Clarke needed to be rewarded, Nelson Mandela was invited to share the stage for his anti-colonial struggles. If the warmongering Kissinger was recognized for his brutality, at least Le Duc Tho was hesitatingly informed as a winner. When Mother Teresa was awarded the prize, she was not really projected as an anticommunist Albanian although it was clearly evident. Or the last time there were debates around the Peace Prize, Barack Obama had not yet unleashed his imperialistic tactics. In a way, Nobel Peace Prize …

Tribute to Woody!

By Saswat Pattanayak Woody Guthrie, the labor organizer and agitator who redefined the entire genre of folk music through his political philosophy was an unrepentant Marxist-Leninist, an avowed supporter of Joseph Stalin and a lifelong adherent of Communism. By today’s standard, it certainly is not a flattering introduction to the man America has glorified to a postage stamp and whose centennial is being celebrated across corporate media in full flair without any mention of his political legacies. But to understand Woody Guthrie’s contributions, it is critical to explore why he has been stripped of all the aspects he held closest to heart. If he is exalted as the father of protest music, it is crucial to know what exactly was he protesting against, and who prevailed upon eventually. Even Nora Guthrie, his daughter who curates Woody’s archives insists today that he could not have been a communist. The Richmond Organization, Woody Guthrie’s publishers deny biographers any permission to quote Guthrie’s songs which praise Stalin. And more famously, “This Land is Your Land”, an authentic narrative …