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October 16, 2011

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Reply to Clara Moradian's "Wall Street and my revolutionary friends" 

Kurdishaspect.com - By the Angry Kurd 

Dear Clara,

I was pleased to read your article,  Wall Street and my revolutionary friends .  You are wise beyond your years, and exhibit a political awareness very few possess.

I agree with you - the "system" is maintained by the people. The majority in the "West" (the upper and middle classes, however they may be defined), live on the immiseration and humiliation of each other, and of course, the wretched poor (both locally and internationally). The opportunity cost of losing what they have is too high - that is fundamentally why the "democratic" system survives - despite all arguments about misinformation and the corporate-sponsored media (which are also true). The architects of the 1848 European revolutions knew this perfectly well, and succeeded in legitimizing what they now call capitalism under "democratic" frameworks and institutions such as the popular vote - despite the ugly costs of chauvinistic nationalism, hateful conflict, infantile competition, and environmental and spiritual degradation. 

The truth is, nobody really gives a f*** about the poor - despite the lamentations we hear everyday by those around us. Beyond lip service, the odd voluntary activity or a donation, nobody really gives a f*** about Gaza, Somalia, Iraq, Haiti, Darfur, the Congo, Kurdistan, Tibet or the blacks living in urban ghettos... F*** them. That's reality.

I have unfortunately become rather skeptical of the true nature of the "Arab Spring" - the misery and emotions of the abject poor are very real, but the process seems to have been hijacked by very common suspects. The 1848 European revolutions overthrew imperial monarchs - and hailing (the long dead) principles of the Enlightenment and French Revolution, brought modern social-democratic capitalistic nations into existence (albeit at the price of creating what is now known as the "developing world"). The "social" part of the equation has been rapidly degraded over the past 30 years, bringing to light the true nature of the beast. People want their piece of the pie back - regardless of how rotten the pie was, and how sick it made everyone. It will probably be slowly and painfully re-instated - the dazed and confused protesters on Wall Street shouldn't worry too much. 

The 2011 "Arab Spring" has removed old tyrants, and is replacing them with "democratically elected" client rulers that support old lines of the colonial political economy. The "New Iraq" is a prime example, and has incredibly followed Frantz Fanon's script almost to the letter (his "The Wretched of the Earth" is essential reading). Large amounts of capital will soon be flushed into these societies (eg. through Kurdistan's Khor Mor and Chamchamal-fed Nabucco gas pipeline), and the cycle of greed and fear that defines - and reinforces - the caricaturized "modern, secular capitalist democracy" will be established. The capital will of course find its way back to the same banks they originated from. Hamdy Kandeel brought this tragically comedic situation to light in his short rant about 'awlama' (meaning 'capitalist globalization' in Arabic):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU3CEqQu5GM

Ultimately, the system everyone is complaining about is mostly supported by - well - themselves. A good dose of reality is the only way forward, but people are notoriously resistant to Truth. Mahatma Ghandi's "Satyagraha" movement - meaning "Truth Force" or "Soul Force", was all about this. He failed miserably. The British "left", but their rotten system remains to this day, legitimized under "democratic" frameworks. India is now the world's largest democracy - where nearly 660 million people still shit in the open, due to a lack of toilets (see my article, Plumbers for Peace: building global peace, one turd at a time.. :

http://angrykurd.blogspot.com/2011/09/plumbers-for-peace-one-shit-at-time.html)

Self-knowledge is key here. I believe the term in Kurdish is "Xoybun" - the legendary Bedirxans of Kurdistan understood the power of its meaning. Until the day humanity understands that sacred principle, and is able to be honest with itself, the reality is that all efforts will remain pathetically sterile and hopeless. Ultimately, as that wonderful John Butler sang, we're too busy getting high on our own bullshit, to notice the monster we are feeding:

I've said it once, and I'll say it again - The Middle East: hopeless. The Angry Kurd will never again entrench himself in war trenches long abandoned by hypocrites, still screaming safely from the sidelines of their Facebook and Twitter accounts for "freedom, accountability, democracy, social justice" - meaningless constructs recited as the mantra of a cynical, Godless, loveless mass of a so-called "humanity". 

Those who truly felt what they spoke, wrote and sang - like that beautiful Tupac Amaru Shakur - were, and always will be, silenced and killed. It was he who sang "You know its funny, when it rains it pours; they got money for wars, but cant feed the poor"... Either way, the "Arab Spring", like the spring, won't - and was never destined - to last...

Wishing you Truth - with my best regards and admiration, The Angry Kurd

theangrykurd@gmail.com  http://angrykurd.blogspot.com/

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