August 5th, 2006
by David Moros
Ruling Class and Ruling Ideas
The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it. The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships, the dominant material relationships grasped as ideas; hence of the relationships which make the one class the ruling one, therefore, the ideas of its dominance.
Karl Marx, Friedrich Engles - A Critique of The German Ideology - 1845-46
Something about the power of words.
Who is this "International Community"?
The term "international community" is a phrase that can refer to either:
* All the lands represented in United Nations.
* The people of the lands all over the world.
* Shared values and principles among actors within an international system.
Not that wikipedia.org has definitive truth on all things but:
Let's accept the second definition.
Thus the "International Community" is "the people of the lands all over the world".
One would think, according to this definition, that the "International Community" includes everyone.
But, who are these "people of the lands all over the world".
Who is this "International Community" that heads of state, secretaries of state, U.N. officials, NATO officials, etc., are so fond of referring to?
Whose opinions are represented by statements of this "International Community"?
Whose political/economic interests does this "International Community" represent?
Are the undocumented workers in the United States who recently marched by the millions through the streets of the U.S. included within this "International Community"?
If one relied solely on the mass media in tha U.S. one would hear only politicians, pundits, experts, news anchors, editorialists talk about these undocumented workers, but nothing would be heard from the workers themselves, except of course if these words were advantagous to the capitalist's economic/political interests.
How about the Mexican workers marching by the millions through the streets of Mexico City? Are they included within this so called "International Community"?
Are the hundred thousand workers who marched through the streets of Baghdad yesterday (August 4th) or the resistence who are driving the U.S. troops out of Iraq part of this "International Community"?
If the workers of all countries are included within this "International Community", then why are the interests of the working class as a whole rarely included when discussing "International Community" issues?
For example, I know hundreds or thousands of worker members of this "International Community" but none have ever been asked about their opinion on pressing issues that affect them as the actual international community of workers.
Why is it only heads of state, secretaries of state, U.N. officials, NATO officials, etc., that are allowed to speak on behalf of this "International Community"?
I only hear from the workers voice what ABC, L.A. Times, KCBS.../ruling class media want me to hear.
Pick up most any newspaper or magazine, turn on the television or the radio in the U.S. and you will see and hear grandiose statements by these various representatives/officials of Capital speaking on behalf of this fictitous "International Community".
Should some workers actually benefit by the outcome of the actions undertaken by States, in part on worker's behalf, this benefit will surely be shortlived, whether it be a food ration, a blanket, a check or temporary shelter.
Actually though, the real "International Community" is getting invaded, tortured, attacked, killed, made unemployed, etc., by the very things that these representatives/officials are trying to accomplish in the name of the "International Community".
The "International Community", as represented by heads of state, secretaries of state, U.N. officials, NATO officials, ABC, L.A. Times, KCBS are really the ruling class of each nation, individually and collectively and thus, ultimately represent the interests of Capital against the workers and peasants.
International Community must begin to mean exactly what is implied when it is used by lackeys of Capital.
The real "International Community" is the working classes of all nations.
This "International Community" must/will become an intercontinental community of associated workers.
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