INDEPENDENCE

Posted in Uncategorized on July 10, 2013 by mraramis

INDEPENDENCE

The Destiny of Human development and civilization on Earth is in the hands of the Masses.It is the masses that make history! The immoral, aggressive, and corrupt global capitalist-imperialist-racist elite are in full decline. The system they administer has shown itself to be morally and structurally incapable of bringing development, peace, and morality to the people of Earth. Everywhere we look there is war, disease, famine, theft, slavery, poverty, murder, and misery…all at the hands of the United States, Europe, and their lackey accomplices around the world. 

Africa is on Fire!!!! Across the length and breadth of our home there is war, poverty, genocide, slavery, rape, murder, land theft, and disease. This is accomplished through a handful of morally corrupt and compliant elite (military and civil), who are in full complicity with U.S. foreign policy, and are equipped militarily by the U.S. and Europe to willingly defend U.S. policy in return for a piece (crumbs) of the pie. The Euro-American manipulation and dominance over Southern African land and resources; their attempts to roll back the People’s efforts towards democracy in the North Africa (including the murder/assassination of   Muammar al-Gaddafi in Libya);their continued backing of oppressive and corrupt Arabized African elites in Mauritania supporting slavery, land theft, and deportation of Africans; and the continuous wars of genocide and rape in the Congo for its wealth; are all proof of their failing effort to maintain and manipulate African and global wealth in their own selfish interests.

The global capitalist/imperialist media, based in the U.S. and Europe, will continue to promote liberal capitalist democracy as the best hope for  human development and peace; and will justify the elite’s forcing of its brand of “democracy” on African and other countries through a variety of various and sundry means — including wars, genocide, assassinations, and corrupt local elites whom they manipulate and control. Let us be clear: When the word “democracy” is used by the United States in reference to its foreign policy, it really means the development of client states with various forms of capitalist governments. We must understand that the democracy that the masses of people around the world seek is not the brand promoted by the United States and Europe. When they say ”democracies” it is nothing more than code for the extension of Euro-American capitalist/racist interests. The real cost of this so-called “democracy” can be counted, not in dollars, but only in human lives. Our lives. Our struggle against this global elite, led by the United States and Europe, is an historically determined struggle. It is the global masses that are waging war on the immorality, corruption, slavery, theft, genocide, and disease of the barbaric global elite.Global human society is on the historic verge of fundamental change. History has determined that the final victory of the forces of human morality and justice is…inevitable. 

Emerging powers like China are facing their own internal struggle and disruptions from the Chinese masses as they move to compete for global hegemonic control of resources with the United States and Europe. The emerging capitalist class of billionaires in China will continue to impoverish their people through land displacement, poverty wages,  and various means of forced labor. The Chinese masses are emerging and, in places, are already in rebellion.

In the United States, this is an election year. A year that finds the people in the grip of depression brought about by the criminal manipulations of the international banking and finance cartel with the bail-out support (using your tax dollars, which they don’t really have), of the U.S. government. The “two” parties, Republican and Democrat, are really one party. A vote for one is, in the end, a vote for the other. They both compete to serve the elite banking and corporate structure. Billions of dollars will be spent by the corporate capitalist class (they have made it legal to do so) on a largely politically and historically illiterate public in hopes of continuing their dominance through one or the other of the two Parties. To them it makes no difference; either of the two Parties will support their interest against the interest of the People. They are able to do this because they depend on a low to non-existent level of political consciousness on the part of the People. A rise in the political-historical consciousness of the People will be their ultimate downfall, hastening the decline and destruction of the immoral and racist system of capitalism with its local, national, and international allies and powerless lackeys. The government of the United States is thoroughly and utterly corrupt through and through without the possibility of reform. Some of us are coming to realize what we have always known but have, for whatever reasons, been unwilling to admit to ourselves and others. Our People demand that we do.

Africans in the United States will continue to suffer regardless of who is elected or who we vote for. Neither of the Parties are in position to stop (or care to stop) massive unemployment, community displacement, drugs and violence, homelessness, or thecalculated mis-education and imprisonment of our youth. Look at the future: The President has said on a number of occasions that the place for the U.S. in the “future” global economy will be in technology, research, and development. This is the niche they hope to occupy in the global economy. All of the industrial jobs are gone and are not coming back. Let us be clear, with other countries beginning to offer the same or superior set of skills in the area of technology and research; the position of the U.S. as a leader in this area will be temporary at best…for no more than 50 years. For Africans in the U.S., we have already been marginalized from this new role of the U.S. in the global economy.  The collusion and partnership between the school system and the prison system has guaranteed that the fruit of our generations will not gain the skill sets necessary to compete. More young African males are matriculating into prison then in to universities, and it is on a steady and progressive increase. Added to this is the fact that the cost of obtaining skills for the 21st century have risen to the point that dreams of education and skills acquisition is now mostly for the elite and not the masses. It is not uncommon for students to leave college (looking for jobs that are not and will not be there) to have amassed hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. They have been made in to nothing more than “educated” debt peons willing to do anything to avoid the debt hunter-collectors. They will make up the new fugitive peon/slaves in this economy. The elite provide only themselves with a means to survive…and even then, they will devour each other if it means that only a few of them can survive. They are and have always been cannibalistic…and they, when it comes down to it, do not exempt members of their own class from being consumed.

What Must Be Done: Any competent observer of global political economy knows that it is Africa (not China, Brazil, or India), that occupies the balance of global power for the future. We are Africans. As Africans, we are a global People, with the world’s first culture and civilization. We must study Africa and the system that displaced its children around the world. We must become conscious and aware of the forces and conditions created by this immoral economic system of capitalism and all of its racists effects on our People. We must not shrink from identifying those in our own midst that are, in the words of David Walker,complicit (handmaidens) in the exploitation and misery of our People. A conscious people are a powerful people. We must come to know what is going on around us in our local, national, and international environment. We must collectively struggle to understand and specify what real development means to our People…not accepting definitions given to us by outsiders, liberal or otherwise. We must study the definitions given by others, but in the end, our own definition of freedom, justice, democracy, and dignity must sprang from our own understanding of our culture and traditions. Our goals and strategies must be our own, based on our own analysis of African and global conditions; and be aligned with the righteous and moral struggle of global forces for freedom, justice, democracy, and dignity. We Africans are, and have been, historically in the vanguard of the struggle for human rights and dignity. We must make our strength strong and make a contribution to that global struggle in behalf of all humanity. This is our destiny…our obligation to those living and yet unborn. Let 1 billion discussions take place in every nook and cranny of the African world.We and only we can educate ourselves for our future development.

Next, we must build permanent independent organization. When we say independent, we do not mean that any culture or people stand in this globe as an island solely dependent on themselves. There is interdependence in independence…but dependence in interdependence is quite a different thing — something we can no longer tolerate in the 21st century world. Our leader and teacher, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah said, “Thought without Action is empty…and action without thought is blind”. Once we come to a working understanding of what development must be for us, we must lodge it firmly in a network and structure of permanent local, national, and international organization. There is and can be no debate on this necessity. Africa must experience Unification…not just unity. This is not only our historical destiny, but the only hope for Africans at home and those of us scattered and suffering around the world. 

Finally we, in the end, must be motivated by the love of our People and the desire to make a contribution to them; and through them to the global community of righteous and freedom loving people.  As Martin Luther King once said, “The ark of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice”. Let us begin..Let us Continue.

RESULTS OF THE TRADE FOR EUROPE: DEVELOPMENT

Posted in Uncategorized on April 3, 2012 by mraramis

EXPONENTIAL INCREASE IN TRADE AND COMMERCE
TREMENDOUS ACCUMULATION OF CAPITAL
GOLD, SILVER, COIN FOR MONETIZING THE MARKET-BASED ECONOMY IN EUROPE.
STIMULATION OF THE BANKING AND FINANCE INDUSTRY
INCREASED CAPABILITY AND CAPACITY FOR INVESTMENT AND RE- INVESTMENT OF CAPITAL IN ALL AREAS OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, ie voyages, shipping, infrastructure, etc..
CONSOLIDATED THE ROLE OF THE MERCHANT CAPITALIST AS THE RULERS OF WESTERN EUROPEAN STATES
EXCELERATED DEVELOPMENT OF URBAN AREAS AS MANUFACTURING AND COMMERCIAL CENTERS RISE OF SEAPORT CITIES
DEVELOPMENT OF FACTORIES AND INCREASED EFFICIENCY IN MANUFACTURING AND PRODUCTION STIMULATION FOR DEVELOPMENT OF WORKING CLASS
PROVIDED FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT: ARMS SHIP BUILDING MACHINERY FOR MANUFACTURING
QUICKENED AND HELPED LAUNCH WESTERN EUROPE’S INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (1750s) AND SPEED THE TRANSITION FROM MERCHANT CAPITALISM TO INDUSTRIAL CAPITALISM.
MAJOR ADVANCEMENT IN CAPITALIST AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PLANTATION ECONOMY
MULTIPLIER EFFECT: AREAS OF EUROPES ECONOMY BENEFITED THAT WERE NOT DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO THE TRADE.
EXCERLERATED THE QUALITATIVE GAP BETWEEN EUROPE AND THE REST OF THE WORLD.

RESULTS OF THE TRADE FOR AFRICA: UNDERDEVELOPMENT

Posted in Uncategorized on April 3, 2012 by mraramis

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CONTINUOUS WAR: CIVIL WARS AND EXTERNAL WARS
TRADE BECAME CONNECTED WITH SOCIAL VIOLENCE AND WAR
ESCALATION OF ARMS RACE
DESTRUCTION OF MONARCHY AND BREAKDOWN IN CIVIL SOCIETY
DESTRUCTION OF AGRICULTURE
FAMINE, DESEASE, AND DISLOCATION
DESTRUCTION AND STAGNATION OF INTERNAL INDUSTRIES
DEPENDENCE ON EUROPEAN PRODUCTION OF GOODS
LOSS OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
LOSS OF POPULATION – THE AFRICAN HOLOCAUST (OVER 150 MILLION)
(IMPORTANCE OF PEOPLE TO AFRICAN COMMUNAL DEVELOPMENT)
WARS FOR CAPTIVES
CAPTURE
MARCH TO THE COAST
WAIT ON THE COAST
MIDDLE PASSAGE
SMUGGLING
SEASONING IN THE AMERICAS
NUMBERS NOT BORN: “PECA DE INDIA” (15-35 YEARS OLD)
LABOR/PRODUCTIVE CAPABILITY, WARRIORS, REPRODUCTION
AFRICA FORMED AN EXTENSION TO THE EUROPEAN CAPITALIST MARKET
AFRICA WAS DEPENDENT ON WHAT EUROPE WAS PREPARED TO BUY AND SELL, EUROPE DECIDED WHAT AFRICA WOULD BUY AND SELL
AFRICA SUCCOED TO EUROPEAN COLONIALISM IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURY – 1884-1885 CONFERENCE OF BERLIN DIVIDED AFRICA

Transition

Posted in Uncategorized on March 11, 2012 by mraramis
REVOLUTION IN EUROPE
FUEDALISM TO CAPITALISM
TRANSITION PROCESS
FUEDALISM (Class Elite Hierarchy)
PROCESS OF
TRANSITION
CAPITALISM (Class Elite Heirarchy)
MERCHANT STAGE
MONARCHY, NOBILITY, CHURCH
LAND: BASIS OF WEALTH & POWER
AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION
RURAL BASED
SERFS, PEASANTS, & (SLAVES)
(CONSTANT REBELLIONS & WAR)
FUEDALISM MEANT:
STAGNATION OF INDUSTRY
STAGNATION OF TECHNOLOGY
NO DEMOCRACY
DICTATORSHIP OF THE LANDED ELITE
INTERNAL EXPANSION &WARFARE
IDEOLOGY: CLASSISM, ELITISM, (RACISM)
REPRESSION & EXPLOITATION OF THE PEASANT CLASS
→ → → →
→ → → →
MERCHANT CLASS + (MONARCHY)
MONEY: BASIS OF WEALTH & POWER
TRADE & COMMERCE: SURPLUS PRODUCTION FOR MARKET
URBAN BASED
WORKER BASED – DEVELOPING FACTORIES
COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE (PEASANTS)
CAPITALISM PROMOTED:
STIMULATION OF INDUSTRY, BANKING & MANUFACTURING
STIMULATION OF TECHNOLOGY
NO DEMOCRACY
DICTATORSHIP OF THE MERCHANT ELITE
EXTERNAL EXPANSION, WARFARE, & COLONIALISM
IDEOLOGY: CLASSISM, ELITISM, RACISM, SECULARISM, & INDIVIDUALISM
REPRESSION AND EXPLOITATION OF
THE WORKING CLASS

African Communal Development

Posted in Uncategorized on March 11, 2012 by mraramis
COMMUNAL AFRICA
I) COMMUNAL DEVELOPMENT PRIOR TO CONTACT WITH EUROPE IN THE 15TH CENTURY
A) AGRICULTURE BASED
  • PRODUCTION: AGRICULTURAL AND CRAFT (INDUSTRY)
B) COLLECTIVE SOCIETY
  • PEOPLE ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCE
  • COLLECTIVE OWNERSHIP OF LAND, LABOR, AND NATURAL AND MINERAL RESOURCES
C) KINSHIP/LINEAGE (COMMON ANCESTRY)
  • THE COLLECTIVE (GROUP) IS THE MOST IMPORTANT UNIT IN SOCIETY
  • YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE BECAUSE OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN AND BELONGING TO THE GROUP OR COLLECTIVE.
  • WHAT YOU HAVE, WHAT YOU WILL HAVE, YOUR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS EXIST AS A RESULT OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN — AND BELONGING TO — THE GROUP OR COLLECTIVE.
  • SYSTEMS OF BONDAGE : AFRICAN “SLAVERY’
D) SELF-SUFFICIENCY OF THE COLLECTIVE
  • NO DEPENDENCY ON TRADE FROM EXTERNAL SOURCES
  • PRODUCTION : FAMILY/KINSHIP BASED
  • PRODUCTION: FOR USE, NOT FOR SALE
E) ORGANIZATION OF COMMUNAL SOCIETY (STATELESS SOCIETIES)
  • COUNCIL OF ELDERS (DECISION MAKING)
  • AGE GRADE SETS
F) THE SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY
  • NO SEPARATION BETWEEN THE SPIRITUAL AND THE MATERIAL WORLDS
  • SPIRITUAL KINSHIP GROUPS
G) COMMUNAL IDEOLOGY
  • HUMANISM (not to be confused with European Humanism)
  • EGALITARIANISM
  • COLLECTIVISM
  • (RESPECT)
  • (HONOR)
II) COMMUNAL AFRICA IN TRANSITION
A) GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT, CHANGE: HUMAN CULTURE
B) THE PATHWAY OF CHANGE IN TRANSITION FOR COMMUNAL AFRICA
  • AGRICULTURE AND KINSHIP TO RULING CLASSES
  • THE KONGO KINGDOM AS A CASE STUDY
    • DECENTRALIZED MONARCHY AND REGIONAL AUTHORITY
    • TRIBUTE RE-DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND THE GROWTH AND IMPORTANCE OF TRADE
III CONCLUSIONS

Definition

Posted in Uncategorized on March 11, 2012 by mraramis

Definition: black as those who are by law or tradition politically, economically and socially discriminated against as a group in a systematic racist society and identifying themselves as a unit in the struggle towards the realization of their aspirations

African Consciousness

Posted in Uncategorized on March 11, 2012 by mraramis
                      There has been a fluency of conflict within the exploitation of not just Africans alone, but the descendent of African people. Which lead to the conclusion or the realization that black folk, whether born in Africa or Africans born in foreign lands need to awaking to or embrace there true identity and culture. Yet, it has always been a “inner battle” within to souls of black folk. Psychology has been shaped and formed to believe that all around him he must chase and acculturated to be accepted, to find his humanity, to feel one, but the reality is that 1. you are always going to be black 2. you will never be equal to white. Yet, if the black man accepts his inner African and embraces the teaching and philosophy of the great South African martyr Steve Biko, and his ideology of black consciousness, this will heal the wounded black spirit. Furthermore, he will be able to unify the people, and realize that integration may be or has been the worst thing that has ever happened to the black man. For the black man cannot integrate into a racist society built on the oppression of his true self.
            From here, let me address that notion. It was the year of 1954 when the United States Supreme Court established that segregation was unconstitutional. Furthermore, this opened supposed doors that has been lawfully lock and closed to the descendent of African slave in America. This was supposed to be a glories and beautiful thing, following, centuries of struggle the enslaved African descendent can finally educate themselves,  to better themselves in there racist society.  But, what education are you attaining for? What lessons are they teaching? Is it true inclusive integration of history, or is it just another method to indoctrinate the inferiority complex that is ever present in the black mans consciousness? Biko writes, “the myth of integration as propounded under the banner of the liberal ideology be cracked and killed because it makes people believe that something is being done when in reality the artificially integrated circles are a soporific to the black while salving the consciences of the guilt stricken white”(65), and these so called “progressive” whites believe firmly that we, as black folks are crippled and cannot help ourselves. Yet, that is exactly what the black man needs to do! Unify and help yourself! This is the core of Bikos teachings of black consciousness, because “Black man, you are on your own!”(91)
            To expand this thought, let us focus on what Biko analysis as the true “black” man. Here, Biko fantastically addresses the truth which he defines that, “black as those who are by law or tradition politically, economically, and socially discriminated against as a group in the South African society and identifying themselves as a unit in the struggle towards the realization of the aspirations.”(48) Here we find that blackness is a formula predicated by law and police. However, if one chooses to identify as “black” it unites a brotherhood of collective consciousness, seeking liberation from the oppressor.   For as Steve Biko says, “Black Consciousness is the most positive call to come from any group in the black world.”(68) However, the call will never be present in a integrate society. For the black man needs to find and build the esteem lost in the violent hands of the tyrants of Europe. Progressively, all agents supporting the inferiority complex of blacks need to be eradicated. “We have to rewrite our history and describe in it the heroes that formed the core of resistance to the white invader”,(70) that the African has always maintained a moral principle to stand up against the chains of oppression.  But, the so called “white sympathizers”  to the black cause, will deem this “radical” and “militant”, but as Biko address these are the exact product of complete white superiority. The notion that the children of the oppressor can vocally address what you, as the oppress need, as if you need to be told your existence in bleak, in a colonized racist society..
            “The great mass of the Caucasian race still deems the negro as entirely destitute of those qualities, on which they selfishly predicate their superiority”, this statement found in the article by John Ernest, Liberation Historiography African-American Historians before the Civil War concretely establishes the inner workings of western thought. Maybe not, directly, but the white man’s orchestrated, “the traditional inferior-superior black white complexes..”(69) which surrounds the stagnated movement of the black man, for the black man  has excepted his inferiority, because he has never been enlightened to the latter.  For I strongly believe, that though integration seems nice, it has completely damaged the black man and community, across the board.
            Hence, where once thrived an existing vibrate culture and values, was decimated do to the psychological manipulation of the oppressor. Meaning, black folk hungered for, the mobility, the possibility, of asserting just a piece of the white man’s world. Which lead to the scattering of and brake of the African community, in America. There existed, for a few empowering years, a sense of black consciousness in the so called, African American communities. At this time, there were prophets, challenging the ferocity of institutionalized racism. The likes of, Medgar Evers who was assassinated in front of his house. Malcolm X, who addressed that the black man has a right to defend himself. And of course, the revolutionary teaching of Martin Luther King, challenging, not only this racist capital regime, but organizing with the philosophy of “civil disobedience”, to echo the conditions of the treatment of blacks in accordance to the Constitution. The black man had a sense of jubilee during these time, a sound stature to stand and yell, “I AM A MAN .”  However, there was a loss of , “…a strong solidarity amongst the blacks on whom this white racism seeks to prey.”(90) Which, I believe, lead to the dismantlement of the black communities.
           The concept of integration, in respect to the African, will only lead to further destruction of self. Furthermore, blacks, if integrated will only be, “full of unquestioned assumptions that embrace white values.”(91) Biko address that, “Black consciousness is an attitude of mind and a way of life…(91) As black people, we must unify under the banner of our inner black consciousness, and reject the world that  defines us as inferior. We cannot find this in integrated institutions, for the oppressor can never understand the ideals of the oppressed. Our consciousness has been highjack by the colonial powers, and we must find ourselves by educating about ourselves, in order to help ourselves.
Works Cited
Biko, S (2002) I Write What I Like. University of Chicago Press