Tag Archives: Labour

You don’t want Corbyn, you want Communism.

19093062_448821782152920_5770148557972271889_o.jpg

When  Labour supporters in Britain call for the return of “Old Labour” they ignore the fact that the much of the celebrated Attlee government of 1945-51 that built the NHS, welfare state etc. did so through theft and genocide.( – mainly in Malaya but also in Iran and Nigeria). The burden of Britain’s post WW2 economy was pushed on to British colonies. The disingenuous colonial left in Britain, ignore the imperialist history of the Labour Party and make out its problems only started with the Thatcher eras & Blair. Revolutionaries should be aware  that Communism will inevitability smash the state & as pragmatic as it is to back Corbyn for now, many are under the delusion that the Labour Party are a good thing, they are not. At their root they are Trotskyist traitors & in their contemporary form they are revisionists.  If we are to seek a radical shift and liberate all peoples, it will be with the devolution of power, given to the people and their vanguard revolutionary party. Do not fall for the cult of personalities, the worker and common woman & man are the ones who should be lifted on pedestals, not career politicians (no matter how noble they are). Socialism is what is being offered not a messiah. Communism is not a dirty word & the spectre should not have wear the mask of a kind old white man to stake its case. If Corbyn’s economic view is popular,  Then Marxist economics is popular. If Corbyn’s view on housing the poor is popular, then communist views of property rights is popular. If Corbyn’s view on foreign policy is popular, the leftists view on imperialism is popular.  We neither want the party nor the man! We want revolution!

Advertisements

HSBC scum. The Triad Bank Secrets.

The following will document the HSBC scandals and crimes that date back as far as 2010-2015. HSBC has not only committed fraud through tax evasion, but also has ties to the controversial unit known as Hezbollah. The bank has been involved in laundering cartel drug money and has direct ties to several political establishments. The bank stands as an icon of austerity in England and something that should be despised.
In 2010, HSBC was cited by its federal regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), for multiple severe Anti Money Laundering (AML) deficiencies, including a failure to monitor $60 trillion in wire transfers and account activity; a backlog of 17,000 un-reviewed account alerts regarding potentially suspicious activity; and a failure to conduct AML due diligence before opening accounts for HSBC affiliates.  Subcommittee investigators found that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) had failed to take a single enforcement action against the bank, formal or informal, over the previous six years, despite ample evidence of AML problems. (http://www.hsgac.senate.gov).


These crimes persisted and in 2012 a U.S Senate report that was released, despite it’s embargo time, revealed that HSBC’ was involved in yet another lax anti-money laundering scheme to benefit the wealthy, as well as policies allowing the trafficking of suspected Iranian terrorists’ and cartel drug money. The bank had also violated several rules, exposing the financial systems within the U.S which allowed Cartel affiliates to channel $7 billion into the U.S. between 2007 and 2008, this was directly linked to illegal narcotics sale and criminal enterprise.
As well as it’s polices being flawed it seems corruption is also institutionalized, with several reports stating that management and CEO’s are turning a ‘blind eye’ to violations. Forbes magazine said “Furthermore, the investigation showed how the bank’s regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) failed to take a single enforcement action against HSBC despite numerous violations by the international bank.  (http://www.forbes.com/) A subcommittee which investigated the bank after the matter wrote a 330-page report here which witnessed high-end employees openly ignore violations.
In early February 2015  the media outlet ‘The Guardian’ through an international collaboration with Le Monde, BBC Panorama and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, leaked sensitive data revealing mass deception perpetrated by HSBC and linked them to crimes such as fraud & tax evasion as well as deep rooted ties to the British establishment (leak: here).  The first part of the leak exposed HSBC and their Swiss branch where:
  • They Allowed Customers to withdraw large piles of cash, often in foreign currency which customers had no use for in Switzerland implying the money was being laundered or used for criminal activities.
  • Using aggressive market schemes to allow wealthy customers to avoid European taxes.
  • To help elite customers by creating “Black Accounts” to hide from domestic tax authorities.
However, as well as various tax dodging schemes, its Swiss Branch was also caught actively helping criminal organizations and human right violators. Since 1988, banks by law are legally obliged to make ‘special’ checks on high risk customers. HSBC however, yet again, turned a blind eye. It was exposed that the bank was providing, and subsequently aiding, some of the worst among us – from notorious Blood diamond smugglers to  Kamlesh Pattni one of Kenyans most corrupt criminals and  the architect behind the Goldberg scam in which several high ranking Kenyan politicians were involved. This scam has often been referred to as ‘Kenya’s biggest corruption case’. The same branch was also involved in military sales and corrupt transactions.
One of the most despicable revelations from the leak were the political ties the bank had. One of the politically exposed clients revealed was Bashar al Assad’s ‘bag man’, Rami Makhlouf, one of the richest men in Syria. Despite being  involved in the bloody civil war that  has claimed the lives of so many civilians, HSBC allowed Makhlouf to hold $15 million in multiple accounts, despite the man being sanctioned by the U.S back in 2011.  However, its not just your garden variety dictator or human trafficker HSBC deals with. The list also includes criminals and warlords half way across the globe. 
HSBC is heavily tied to political groups within the British establishment- the British Conservative Party and Labour Party, as well as their peers. Some of the names exposed during the leak were  Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park, Ben Goldsmith, automotive heir Georg von Opel,  Lord Sterling of Plaistow and Lord Fink, who was a party treasurer under David Cameron. These political figures have donated huge six figure sums within the past two years to HSBC and were able to profit from off shore Swiss accounts.
What this highlights is not only the links between the banking system and the establishment, but also the exposure of capitalism itself. We often see these crimes as a “one off thing” yet this  is how the machine works and the cogs turn. Deep down, I like to believe that most switched on people understand the inherent flaws this system presents and that we also need to stop brushing these crimes off as “well power corrupts” as its not power that corrupts, but the system itself. The game is rigged, and banks will always win, as they are the foundation of capitalism itself. Those at the top of ‘trickle down economics’ know this and feed off it like the parasites they are. If you think that’s an exaggeration & that the banking sector, although flawed is integral & in no way as corrupt as I claim, you should note that in the time it took for me to write and research this post,  HSBC have committed yet another crime (reported by the http://www.hindustantimes.com/  on November the 2nd 2015). Whistle blower Hervé Falciani (a French citizen and former employee of HSBC Private Bank in Geneva) stated that millions of crores worth of illicit funds are flowing out of India and that he needed protection as a whistle blower from his government. It  is no wonder you have morons deluded by conspiracy theories and Illuminati when cabals like this exist so publicly.
This isn’t austerity, its class war…so soldier the fuck up.

Why as a revolutionary I do not support Jeremy Corbyn.

As a self-proclaimed cultural Marxist & someone who is normally labelled a “leftist,” it may come to most people’s surprise that I’m not a Labour voter & never have voted for our very British, Red party. What will shock people who know me even more whether in real life, or through my online aliases, is that I am also not a huge fan of Jeremy Corbyn. Before I go on and explain my argument, I should clarify. Any observer of politics can see that Corbyn is a figure both under fire from the right and hailed by the left. I have nothing against Jeremy Corbyn as a man, I agree with a lot of what he says, and even what he stands for. However, I do not support him nor has this Labour reform really changed my mind about voting for them.

I can see now the flock of Corbyn disciples rushing in to defend their “personal Jesus”, but hear me out before group mentality sinks in, and you sweep me under the umbrella of “Corbyn haters”. I do not support Corbyn, not based on his values, but based on his position within mainstream politics. I do not personally see him as a vessel of change as so many of the UK’s ‘left’ do. This inherently lies with me considering myself more of a radical rather than a liberal. The difference between the two, being that most liberals believe they can change the system through ideology, normally through education. They hope that if a population becomes enlightened systematic change will happen. A radical on the other hand believes that only after the destruction of existing power structures & constraints can change & progress really happen.

To look at an example of why I personally do not throw myself at jezzer, we need only look to our European neighbours in Greece and the SYRIZA political party. Founded in 2004 by a coalition of leftist parties, SYRIZA was anti-capitalist, democratically socialist and seen as the hard left . The party itself was labelled as radical, unrealistic and mocked as ideological nonsense by mainstream media outlets as well as centre & right political figures (not too dissimilar to how the papers and pundits view Corbyn today). Despite this, the party was praised and hailed by anarchists, lefties and progressives all across Europe as a positive movement of real drastic change. The party was meant to help Greece break out of Europe’s class wars with the banking system and direct it away from the Americanization and potent corporate threat that plagues Europe. Greece, like many others, was a country hit hard by the 2008 global economic crash caused by Wall Street. By 2010, Greece had to avoid bankruptcy by taking a bail out from the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank. However, these came with strict austerity measures (Here). The price of this austerity hit pretty much instantly, and throughout 2010 several demonstrations sprung up around the country. These protests grew in mass and were provoked by the cuts to public spending and rise in tax. Protests and the anger behind them carried all the way up to 2014. The left relied on SYRIZA, and in 2012 began to throw itself behind the party hoping for a surge of socialism throughout Europe. This did not happen… Despite all the fancy words, violent clashes and anarchist mentality the party has been crushed by the blockades of capitalism & current politics. Despite its best efforts, the cries for cancellation of it’s debt from this “hard left” party quickly shifted from an ultimatum, to a debate and now lingers in political bureaucracy. With the exception of Ireland and Spain,

Greece is one of the few rare European societies that has had a hard left ideology drilled into its populace. Yet despite a huge anti-austerity backing and a history of being anti-fascist, the country was unable to bypass the ‘barriers’ of our modern political systems. Where are those leftists now? Well, without the party, riots have stopped, protests are much smaller & change has yet to come for Greece. A contributing factor that I believe is overlooked within the Greek Crisis is this blind faith in one icon, and lack of diversity in the political movements that Greece had. This has led to the stale mate in negotiations that SYRIZA is currently embroiled in. The anti-capitalist movements have crumbled and the anti-austerity protests have been quelled. This is because there was no other viable choice around to grab the movement, and once the party had failed or slowed down, those behind it began to have their faith shaken. The left soon disbanded and Greek citizens returned to their homes still discontent, yet, like a victim of beatings they had become silent in face of their abuser. I fear Corbyn may mean the same for the British public. The hysteria that surrounds him seems appealing to those disenfranchised with politics, or those on the fringe of it, but despite Corbyn’s views being socialist he himself is a bureaucrat. Yet again there is the tendency to throw ourselves behind a messiah figure regardless because the left seem so rare in mainstream politics. But no matter how hard we wish for it, Corbyn will be faced with those same barriers that SYRIZA came across in its confrontation with austerity, and will arguably crumble in the same fashion. It all boils down to whether one truly believes that change can come from within the system. I personally find this notion insulting. I’m not saying changes don’t happen from within, but true change arguably does not. To put this into perspective we don’t ask domestic abuse victims to try and change the relationship with their partner “from within” – we tell them to leave that partner and report them to the proper authorities. So why do we assume we can barter with abusive political systems? As if we ask nicely enough through the proper channels, that the same system that abuses so many will stop? Appealing to our oppressor’s humanity is an oxymoron in itself and I do not believe that without revolution that we will ever have true change. For me personally Corbyn becomes irrelevant to the fight against austerity, and capitalism as a whole, and despite being a bishop for the UK’s left he’s still a chess piece in a fixed game.