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Recalled To Life: America’s Brush With Neo-Fascism 

By Kumar David

Prof. Kuma David

Several months ago when things were coming to a boil I argued that despite Trump’s autocratic intentions expectations of a collapse of democracy in America were unduly gloomy. It was my view that society and polity was more robust than many gave credit for and that at rock bottom fascism was impossible though appalling events were likely – and did occur after 3 November 2020. My case for the sturdiness of American polity was (Quoting):

a) The people are unusually robust and independent. It is very difficult for some Mussolini mob to cow down 100s of millions of over-‘testosteroned’ Americans. 

b) Constitutional processes are very strong. If DJT loses the election, as seems likely, he will be escorted out. His riff-raff won’t be able to stop that.

c) Except for the Trump loonies (maybe 25% of the electorate) even the GOP won’t be able to stomach an unconstitutional grab for power. Nor will the Supreme Court, even with the new nominee in place, sanction it.

d) The military will not move grossly unconstitutionally.

In comparison, SL is a banana republic since it does not have (a) to (d), nor does it have deep 200 year old constitutional traditions, nor virile public opinion. (END QUOTE).

I have been proved more correct than I imagined possible but time has moved on and we will, post 20 January, have to give thought to America’s future after its brush with disaster. It will not, within foreseeable historical times, become a dictatorship; that is impossible. What is possible is unrest, skirmishes and political instability, mediated by livelihood issues, equity concerns and racial tension. And don’t forget that what transpires in America will be influenced by, and will determine what happens in the rest of the world. My concern for the protection of American democracy – socialism is not imminent – brought a sharp rebuke from a reader, a Mr or Ms Ajay, who cautioned “Sometimes one wonders if (KD’s Marxism) has gone too far in the opposite direction and defected to the West; it appears he is looking at the world through American eyes”. A brief diversion to explore modern Marxism is therefore warranted.

A brawl in the US Congress in 1798
First time comedy, second time disgrace

The theoretical and philosophical crux of classical Marxism consists of two concepts; dialectics and the materialist outlook. To keep it simple let’s say dialectics is the same as how science comprehends change, development and evolution. Forget the mumbo-jumbo of interpretation-of-opposites, quantity transforming into quality etc. inherited from Hegel and reflect on how science thinks of change. The classic example of dialectics in science is not Marx, it is Darwinian evolution. Darwin’s observations of species change, followed by Mendel’s population genetics, leading all the way to twenty-first century genetics (some call it genomics) is dialectical. How and why do things change? What dynamic drives mutations, metamorphoses, transformations and revolutions in the physical, biological and the social world; how do we employ concepts to generalise and abstract processes of change? That is dialectics at work in nature and its comprehension in thought. If you are practical scientist who is not philosophically inclined, forget all this and get on with your real-world science.  

The materialist conception of society and history, however, affects us all, especially if you have an interest in sociology or politics. Marx’s materialism argues that the way humans and societies “produce and reproduce” their material lives is crucially important. Work, skills even in primitive times, production and technology, and even war to grab more resources, are the raw material of what is called historical materialism. On this foundation, societies organise, appropriate the usufruct as per their social organisation – class structure – and therefrom issue unavoidable class struggles leading at times to revolutionary makeovers of the state. Ideology, that is what people think of themselves and others, (great Imperial Civilisation, Tamil is the oldest living language, God’s command to subdue the heathen, our glorious Mahavamsa culture) are not garbage, Marx never said that. But he did think that ideas are a product, to a prodigious extent, of the aforesaid social premises. Of course ideas reflects back as any good dialectician will grant.  For example, the rise of Islam cannot be grasped without knowledge of Arabian society; but in turn the impact Islam has had on the world is driven by its belief systems. My plea to Mr/Ms Ajay is that I try to be loyal to these essential premises while I think through day to day issues which is the job of this column. Depicting personages and structures of day to day events needs to be consonant with the rhythm of the underlying analytical framework.

What about modern Marxism? True, Marx did not pay enough attention to race and ethnicity and focussed on class. Second, great advances in science and technology, and their intrusion into production and society – just think communications, electricity, IT, aviation, space travel, and the impact of social media – are a new world (Marx would call then advances productive powers) to be assimilated. Third, Marx left his life’s project incomplete. He did not complete Kapital (just the first volume and 75% of the second; the third was a trunk-load of scrawls and scribbles). The work on the State, Finance and Internationalism, once projected by young Marx, would have needed a few life times to complete! Legions of latter day Marxists have devoted themselves, sometimes reaching contradictory conclusions, to these tasks. It is totalising and assimilating all this that makes modern Marxism. It blends seamlessly with the values of the Enlightenment – liberty, reason and justice. This is certainly not the same as ‘Liberalism’ so pejoratively spoken of today.

That was an expensive in word-count digression. Enough lofty abstractions, back to my topic. I spoke confidently of political stability in the US but the scene these last two months is distressing. Following the Trump incited storming of the Capitol by extremist mobs fed on lies and conspiracy theories, it has come to light that members of the Capitol Police Force were involved in opening gates and the invasion; officers have been suspended, more than a dozen are under investigation; hundreds of rioters have been arrested; staff are being probed for sedition and conspiracy. The FBI says armed militias are organising in all 50 State capitals on 20 January to coincide with the Biden-Harris swearing-in and a 4000 person armed neo-Nazi rally is planned for Washington DC. The Mayor of DC, a Democrat has called on people not to attend the inauguration to avoid confrontation. Twitter, Facebook and Amazon have banned Trump; the House impeached him for a second time (another first in US history) a week before he leaves office; the Trump mob is enraged; death threats have been made against Bidden, Harris and Pelosi. What a month!

The Transport Secretary and Education Secretary (Cabinet Ministers) and the Attorney General (Minister of Justice), the National Security Advisor, the White House Chief of Staff  and a gamut of officials have resigned in recent days and been replaced by nondescript persons or people of questionable repute. A TV commentator asked “Who is the government? There is no government now”. Two state-powers are running the country in parallel. To resort to a Leninist imagery, it is ‘Dual Power’ but of an unusual form. (Lenin used the term for the September to December 1917 period when two ‘governments’ ran separate structures of state and military command – the Provincial Government and the Petrograd Soviet). Geographically separated dual power existed in Lanka at the time the LTTE governed the Vanni. I don’t want to overdo it, but the allegiances of sections of US State apparatus these weeks is suspect. I have known America from 44 years ago when I spent a year in New York as a visiting professor, but have never seen anything like this; these ugly shouting matches in public places. I am truly afraid that the US is headed for deep and protracted conflict. 

As I write these lines, a suicidal attempt at a Trumpist putsch, with or without his personal involvement, but incited by him, is not impossible. Spokesmen on American TV fear that a desperate lunatic in the White House with his finger on the nuclear button bent on creating turmoil in whose fog he can prolong his tenure is perilous. I have to modifying these passages very day as the situation changes. Trump visited Alamo town last Tuesday in a last ditch effort to fire up the faithful. The symbolism is rich; “The Alamo” a fortress nearby, was the site of a battle between Texas and Mexico in 1836 in which every American soldier was killed.

I have asserted in this column on previous occasions that the way forward in America depends primarily on addressing the livelihood concerns of the poorest miserable half of society; this is the way to castrate the Trump Base – cutting the existential ground under its feet. However this is premised on the new Administration restoring normalcy in the sense that it can govern at all in the face of millions who believe that the election was stolen. The rioting mobs invoked by Trump are determined to prevent just that; the ultra-right and the fascist are dead set on preventing Team-Biden from getting started on the task of governance. This is dangerous since there may be no option but to meet it head on with force; crush or capitulate. The great undefined then is not confrontation per se but the use of state power. Lanka has had the dreadful experience of what happens when a Sinhala State and a Tamil Insurrection collide violently. No one wins; no one has won yet; the country still lies in economic shambles and the state is turning increasingly authoritarian. 

Nevertheless I do not envisage a fatal blow to American democracy within the next four years though the unfolding rebellion is ugly and putting it down by force may be the least desirable but only feasible option. I wonder what my former HK colleagues and Western liberal media and commentators, who encouraged nine months of non-stop rioting and destruction of public property in Hong Kong, now have to say! I hold Hong Kong’s Pan-Democrats, student mobs and their foreign cheer-leaders entirely responsible for the repressive laws enacted by Beijing and for denting the One-Country-Two-Systems programme which was chugging along tolerably, though not without hiccups and burps. 

China will become the world’s largest economy and a diplomatic and military power on par with the US soon, but as a global exemplar and a moral influence the American legacy will last. The PRC’s economic model will be the preferred strategy for developing countries, but China’s moral influence will be crippled unless the Communist Party learns to live with other mass inspirations such as Islam in Xinjiang Province.

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      a14455 / January 17, 2021
      Thanks for making it short. you the kind of ultra stupid men would never see it right. That are read in your genome.

      Read the article of Prof. .KD first before jumping on to defend the ultra stupid men in power.
      .
      I think our struggle in Sl is how to educate you guys. We could easily tame ANIMALs but MAHAWANSA guided SINHALA TWO-LEG animals would take long to see it right.
      I am squeezed by shame, whenever I think I was born to a BUDDHAGAMA family down, there, as almost 99.999999% of so called sinhala buddhists aka BUDDHAGAMA followers in the island.
      :
      .mericans got caught by TRUMP clown ‘s pugilistic attitude – those who rushed to CAPITOL on the 6th Jan were no different to those joined Mahinda Rajapakshe led JOIN opposition s marathon, that were led by street thugs, and all kind of uneducated villagers then.

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    The story sounds fine. But what if Trump had won the election? (A not unlikely outcome.)
    Would the robust US democracy have been able to undo what Trump was in the process of doing?
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    The US population has been led by its nose by a state serving the interests of monopoly capital and a media despite pretenses of neutrality and fairness systematically misleads the public to suit the agenda of the rich.
    Let us not talk about the robustness of democracy in a country that can be sleep walked into brutal war after brutal war and thoughtless economic wars based on state-designed falsehoods.
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    Had McCarthy’s grand plan been managed more subtly, the US could have over a decade become the most democratic fascist state in history.
    We seem to have forgetten why Edward Snowden is in exile, why persecution of Julian Assange continues and why Chelsea Manning was harassed to the point of attempting suicide. The US spies on its own population far more than even the most notorious police state.
    Hands that have been trained to undermine democracy abroad cannot be restrained at will when they try their well honed skills at home.
    *
    The Sri Lankan democratic process went tumbling thanks to the process started by JRJ, which was given a helping hand by the flaws of the constitution drafted by Colvin R de Silva.

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      SJ’s “What if Trump had won the election? (A not unlikely outcome.)” Certainly raises a serious challenge to the thesis that I have robustly asserted in this essay. It is possible that if Trump won a second term Oregon, Washington State and California in the west, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania in the middle and New York Sate, Delaware, Rhode Island and all the New England States would have, within this hypothetical Trump second term, become sites of agitation to break away from the Union.

      The other arguments raised by SJ are propagandist and less important.

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        The suggestion of hypothetical sites of agitation to break away from the Union is highly far fetched.
        I doubt there being any organization for such a move even under extreme moves by the far right.
        *
        “The other arguments raised by SJ are propagandist and less important.”
        Dubbing something propagandist does not take away the truth in it.
        Less important for what?
        The claim of robustness of US democracy?
        Drawing parallels between a Third World Country and the dominant superpower?
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        The acid test of robustness will be when the Biden presidency fails to fulfill the expectations of the now marginalized mass support base that elected it to power.

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      “The Sri Lankan democratic process went tumbling thanks to the process started by JRJ, which was given a helping hand by the flaws of the constitution drafted by Colvin R de Silva.”

      Not according to my knowledge of my land?

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        R
        “Not according to my knowledge of my land?”
        I like that question mark.

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        I work with the Notion we are all Facist’s and some are more successful than the other.

        (1) history we refer.. WW1/2/Cold War/Colonialism is not limited to Whitman but we are all the same (caste/language/religions/fair-skin/dark skin/living in Colonised nations such as US/Australia/Canada/NZW and talk down of our Nation/Indian involvement in Sri Lanka and the FP/TULF principle of “the few not the many”

        (2) Our actions….ached on someones children to die for our causes.. I will not fight/my children will not fight…not good for me but good for someone else?

        (3) Do not apply the same ethics – I learned something in foreign lands good for me and my family and do not know how to transfer that knowledge to benefit my Nation?? does not happen by assisting the GOSL.

        (4) Create Global Forums for Languages/Religions….how could one live in Secular countries and ENHOY the system benefitS and then fake/BS oneself by creating International jet setting ghettos conceptS?? should the host nations CHALLENGE THESE FOLKS WHO COULD NOT CARE for all but their business conniving taking advantage of the host countries tolerance??

        many more are all forms of Fascism/racism/prejudice/”not for all” concepts the same flawed fundamentals attached…is to rob others of their place/rights at their expense??.

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          R
          I think that it will be proper to let each speak for himself/herself.
          Thank you for your confession.

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            Is this means we all have the right to kill the other too as and when in the process of speaking for oneself?? this is my right?

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              R
              You said:
              “I work with the Notion we are all Facist’s and some are more successful than the other.”
              Do not call people whom you do not knows things like ‘fascist’.
              You are free to call yourself anything.

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                S.J,
                I think TV was referring to “facists”, who worship their faces, not fascists.

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                  got it folks…”Fascism”…stand corrected

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                  OC
                  I thought that you offered a charitable way out, but he does not want your charity it appears.

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    it is difficult to separate China’s economic policy from its authoritarian government. The two work in tandem. The Chisese example will drive many states to forsake democracy. The 1978 Presidential Constitution was justified on the ground that stability needed for development requires a firm president. That cry continues today with Gothabaya. It along with ethnographies-religious nationalism drives Gothabaya. Getting over this will be the problem for Sri Lanka. America is no longer the model for democratic values. not after Trump, not after Iraq. One has to look elsewhere for democratise values. There are few places to look. Not Modi’s India, not Boris Johnson’s Britain. There are few good examples of democracy. That is the tragedy. China will not win this battle either as people do not want to live under brutal regimes.

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      Cicero’s: “It is difficult to separate China’s economic policy from its authoritarian government. The two work in tandem”. Is a very troubling proposition. Is it really impossible for an economy in which the state plays a significant role in managing the direction, to co-exist with democracy? Was Jeremy Corbyn’s democratic socialist plan an impossible pipe dream? Didn’t Nehru go some way in this direction?

      The concerns that Cicero and the first the point that SJ has raised are challenges that 21st Century history cannot avoid addressing.

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        Dr.KD,
        “Is it really impossible for an economy in which the state plays a significant role in managing the direction, to co-exist with democracy?
        Didn’t Nehru go some way in this direction?”
        It seems to me that you can have either democracy or a state-guided economy. Not both at the same time. Nehru had democracy, but his economy was hardly world-shaking. China’s democracy is reflected in the fate of Jack Ma but it is an economic super power.

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        Both Corbyn and Nehru had to work within a democratic parliamentary system. they had constraints. Corbyn never won power. Nehru had absolute support. Comparison with LeeKwan Yew is more apposite. LKY was an authoritarian with absolute support within Parliament to carry out his policies. This model would not work in India. It was the reason for JR to introduce a presidential system in Sri Lanka. As you say these are debatable issues. Thanks for you comment.

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      Dear C

      1978 Presidential powers were needed to overcome what Tamil Nadu was cooking up with the FP/TULF traitors since 1970’s..SL children being mentally abused and brain washed in TN training camps in addition to the FP local activity gone unheard in the world…Ratha Pottu Killing Fields.

      The GOSL was not all the crafty except we were not equipped with dealing with Children being poisoned in another mans country to overthrow our GOSL.

      The final result – Indians got all they wanted at the expense of the North and East Sri Lankan children blood. So did FP/TULF made a living out of GOSL pay even when they were receiving votes in counted in 1 & 2 zeros. Got married and made babies and even grand children too mostly lived in Colombo ever since…. we wash toilets around the world.

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    KD is wrong.

    Then how did Trump win the presidency in the first place?

    There were others who were very similar to Trump without the dumb factor including Nixon, Bush-1, Bush-2 (including his VP) and almost McCain and Sarah Palin!! They too either won the final or won the semi-final!

    Majoritarian racism driven economics is the guiding force of all 10 major economies in 2030 (just 9 years away). Like it not this is the reality. Most of them have a history of genocide!

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    @Ramble
    You could not been more correct .
    Whever JRJ’S SOUL may let it never ever find rest until the day of resurrection.
    He freely distributed the money carefully accumlated by Late.Madam Sirimavo , which was contributed with the blood and sweat of our farmers and all local industries , we had the best locally manufatured plywood , might have even been the best in the world, all citizens contributed in millions by living on ration , yet we could afford to eat fresh none polluted Fish without plastic in them, fresh grassfed beef without any racism against the right to dietry , our own rice , vegetables and fruits without importing.
    Then came this cursered man JRJ,
    and let our local national banks to distribute it freely to his buddies and cohorts as if it was his family wealth ,quickly draining our tresury and printing the 1st Paper money of Rs.1000.00.
    Permitting his tribe to import and flood the market with all with all sort of junk and Vehicles with no plans and not preparing the roads to accomodate them,.destroying our farmers and without building the infrastracture,.enhancing the farmers and local industry , distroying it totally by allowing.his tribe to import., rob our nations revenue by smugglers and allowing them thrive, promotting racism which never existed during Late.Madam.Sirimavo’s time which saw
    cont..

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    ..the birth of the world’s most ruthless Terror outfit ever by letting loose own of his worst racist Minister who used the voters information if every innocent tamil , he sat in.his luxaury palace with no remorse while the innocent Tamil men , women., children babies were set a flame alive along with.their homed and vehicles islandwide for days without declaring.curfew and letting.a foreign army invade.the.nation.in the pretext of peace.keeping forces who came in raped our wonen , tortured and.killed innocent civilians , which nobody talks about , jailed The then JVP members who had nothing to do with 83 riots to coverup his minister who.was the mastermind , finally removing him, blocking late Premadasa from becoming President , which his Newphew did exactly the same to his Son Sajith.

    Crimes against humanity and betrayal.of The Nation by one man who hijaked the entire nation with his Excutive powers ; bringing shame to the nation , dividing.the people forever with hate and racism.
    unreasonably destroying late.Madam Sirimavo by revoking all.her rights , The first female PM in the world ,.a lady respected by the whole world,.who with used.unsopisticsted weapons to end the local insurgents which.JRJ pushed to its rebirth.which was ended by Late.Premadasa , to who.also.I.bow in.respect.and gratitude for also.getting rid of the.invading.
    cont..

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      Tamil terrorism was born way before 1983.

      They bombed an AIRCEYLON passenger plane in 1978. That is terrorism and war. Already started.

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        1978
        That was an year after JRJ’s waged terrorist attacks on the opposition soon after election in 1977 and a month later on the Tamils.

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    cont.

    Army which.would have lead.to losing our motherland.
    Successfully creating.a war that lasted.for 30.years , where lot of people made money at the expense of the.blood of innocent.civilians.
    cont

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    “The Sri Lankan democratic process went tumbling thanks to the process started by JRJ, which was given a helping hand by the flaws of the constitution drafted by Colvin R de Silva.”

    I don’t think so -> https://qr.ae/TUtFWm

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      Mr. Ratne,
      What about that Buddhist artillery?

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      Jumbu,

      Very informative!

      But where is Kuttimani and others bringing boatloads of weapons to SL in 1976?
      Where is the eviction of all Sinhalese from Jaffna district in Black August 1977?
      Where is the bombing of an AIR CEYLON passenger plane by Tamils in 1978?

      This is war. By 1983 the war was in its 7th year. 1983 has nothing to do with the start of the war.

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        You just touched based on the “Ratha Pottu Mafia FP/TULF Killing Fields in Jaffna since 1970-1977-1981”

        There is another 99.9%%%%%%%%%% KILLINGS AND CRIMES yet to be discussed and and all brought to justice.. It is why so funny reading some of the articles on CT crying out for justice..not for all??? and those who comment/elected/party memebres yet to explain their activities/actions to the Nation in the parliament/COURT to date? Head of State yet to explain on what basis these people are allowed to put a footstep inTO the parliament without due process to date??

        I have now concluded this can only be so for the obvious reason the criminals have agreed to not to serve their constituents as an MP’s taking care of the Northern development needs in return for GOSL agreeing to let them off the hook?? Hence the criminals have devised a plan to do same as what they have done before (TC/FP then TULF) hence we have new parties getting some seats to keep the pressure/puppet show on the GOSL differently?? never ending games…means more dead and more toilet washers….but the Singaporean/Malaysian/Tamil Nadu tamils have more variety up North and not the Jaffna Man.

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      J
      I searched using “https://qr.ae/TUtFWm” and this is what I received:
      It looks like there aren’t many great matches for your search
      Tip: Try using words that might appear on the page you’re looking for. For example, “cake recipes” instead of “how to make a cake.”
      *
      I have yet to try “cake recipes” but doubt there being an answer.
      *
      Which you don’t you think so?
      The process having been started by JRJ or the contribution of the flaws of Colvin’s Constitution to the process?

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    Cont..
    Driving the nation to bankruptcy and totally destroying the international image
    How could you.glorify.a inhuman ruthless power hungry man whose was the architect of racism and religous bigotry we are suffering with todate.?

    One of his decendents were trying to shamelessly justify his crimes by saying he JRJ.had no power over.his own armed.forces and that.is why he could not stop.the killing.of Tamils in.83 ,.by criminals , what a big lie and a shameless one.If that was the case, and if the man.had an atom of concience he should have resigned istantly and handed over.the position to a man.like late Premadasa who.would have brought.the situation
    under control instantly.
    cont.

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    cont.
    As a citizen and a common man my only request to HE.The President is , not to let certain elenents use the voters card to hold you ransom along with political opponents stir your emotions ( Which I fully understand , you are only human) .
    Please consider to pardon those of past and present and bring in.new legislations that will permit only ethical& constructive criticism in all medias and then let the law and judicury apprehend those who do not adhere to the new laws.
    please do not play into the traps of your opponents to display you as a leader who excercises his powers to do what is politically correct but rather please do what is Correct.
    I sincerely hope all those who are detained for abusively critical and detained without evidence but only suspicion be considered atleast bail or a full President pardon .
    After all Sir ,
    every man derserves the opportunity to reproduce himself as a reformed individual
    This is a sincere request with no personal agendas or affliation with political individual.

    Ofcause I believe you.have the wisdom and guidence of a well seasoned politician who is our Hon.Prime Minister , who is also posses the most important essense in good politics which is good public relations.
    We citizens can only suggest and the present elected rulers have the final right to decision

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      Dear FK

      “blocking late Premadasa from becoming President “

      “please do not play into the traps of your opponents to display you as a leader who exercises his powers to do what is politically correct but rather please do what is Correct”

      perfect summation of all you said earlier is reflected in the above 2 sentiments perfectly.

      This was not a one sided event and the 1977 election from North to South was the biggest blunder in our history. Several foreign hands in that pie too as TULF and UNP would have never materialised if it was not for that too. The best think that ever came out of that miserly/debacle was Hon Late PM Premadasa and he tried his best with the District development Councils that gave monetary autonomy to develop each district in 1981 was our last chance to recover our Nation then with all her arms and limbs intact but FP/TULF could not help this salvation either as they slaughter all those in it then… What a joke this was as they learned the realities were different having the GOSL save the day for them ever since and delivered nothing except death to us all even failed the NPC test regards to capabilities….a Tamil Nadu illiterate politicians with zero MP job scope understanding…Facist leeches.

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        Fascism at its best when the 2009 final phase of the war TNA did not say we will be at the front line to talk LTTE out of that with their physical presence?? mediate peace so life’s were saved?? pt their life on the line??

        Did not force their way in to save the innocent public life who were trapped and why?? all was left to the Armed forces and TNA could’ve been the eyes and ears for us all including for the armed forces so they are in the harms way too??

        So FP/TULF/TN created all the armed groups and busy having family life intact so they continue their lifestyle standing in elections even now?? our GOSL still allow these death merchants and foreign thief’s to operate in Tamil areas as a party? representing peoples interest in a democracy??

        If this is not condemning people to a path to extinction what else is in a democracy that preserves human rights??

        Should not FP/TULF/TNA children and grand children be serving in the armed forces and police?? protecting the fisheries chasing away the thief’s in the sea??sorting out drug issues in Jaffna as drug vigilantes supporting the security services?? other foreign smugglers from entering the Nation??

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          Rumble TV,
          “Should not FP/TULF/TNA children and grand children be serving in the armed forces and police??”
          You finally asked a good question. Add “government service” too. I don’t think you will like the answer.

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            TV,
            You could also ask why Admiral Sinniah is not the Navy Commander.

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            Cool…”Rumble TV” is a good TV channel to come dedicated expose the Tamil Mafia so Sri Lankans can be free of this forever.

            It is a patented name now and lovingly recommended by OC and all others please “stop the steel”:)

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    Kumar David had simplified the great upheavals taking place in USA to clash of personalities.

    Marxism is not a static philosophy like a religious dogma, but far from it, it evolves all the time.

    The dialectic of Hegel and dialectic materialism of Marx should be carried forward to the next stage .
    It is not a static dogma, but a dynamic, shall I say science to be valid in the modern age.

    Capitalism is in crisis.

    The situation in America today is similar to Russia before the October Revolution , China before communist takeover, Iran before Islamic revolution.

    It is simply not merely economy – stupid.

    Globalization had come to a dead end.

    How Donald Trump- a business man without ever holding any political office, not even backed by traditional republican establishment had become President.

    Why millions of Americans continue to back him even after completion of his first term.

    Now look at Brexit why?

    Do not come out with conspiracy theories?

    Can you deny that Globalization backfired and created crisis in capitalism.

    Capitalism cleverly Outmaneuvered all opposition and socialism was on the retreat everywhere .

    But Now?Whither America!

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    What ever the political system Capitalism or Marxism the poor will be poor and the rich will be rich.

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      Have you compared poverty levels before and after a socialist revolution?

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    The two parties agree: In a new Axios-Ipsos poll, fourth-fifths of Americans — both Republicans and Democrats — say America is falling apart.
    [https://www.axios.com/poll-america-falling-apart-4a13376f-f962-46e3-8e2c-174d396f25d1.html]
    Not that I consider the poll to be precise, but Americans seem less optimistic that America’s admirers elsewhere.
    *
    On a more cheerful note the same survey revealed :
    Despite this, a similar number of respondents, 81 percent, said that they were still “proud to be an American”as opposed to 17% who said that they are not proud to be American.

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      SJ,

      In the middle of the pandemic, when confronted by other crises, people will be pessimistic. But when the vaccine is fully distributed and economic activity improves, things will much quieter and people’s confidence will improve.

      Most people I know are not as pessimistic as that Axios survey would have you believe.

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        Some people are ‘dying’ to read the obituary of US. Aren’t they?

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          When it happens, I will not be there, but I can assure you that there will be no funeral oration.
          It will be a global non-event.
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          The bosses of the US are the ones who has waited long to read the obituaries of a long list of people, especially Fidel Castro.
          If you want a list, read William Blum on the Internet

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        Agnos
        I take your point, and that is why I did not consider it precise.
        But 80% is a large number that should make one think.
        I also noted that 81% are proud to be American.
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        I doubt if the vaccine can cure America’s aliments that have accumulated post Cold War.
        Let us wait a few months and see what Biden’s camp can deliver.

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