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Super Depression: Ernst Bloch and international class struggles

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A. An anticipatory, philosophic world outlook

For a change, let us talk about more pleasant things, leave aside the current capitalist productive slime, the ravenous greed and quagmires of Wall Street, arms of mass destruction, genocidal world wars, lies, hoaxes, torture, terror, financial and economic crises and ascend hopefully to where even angels fear to tread, to the seemingly inaccessible sublime cliffs of earthly emancipatory creativity and creation.

Concerning historic class consciousness and emancipatory class struggles of our epoch, in the introduction of his philosophic work, "Avicenna and the Aristotelian Left", by negating ossified, cossified absolute truths, in other words, by eliminating rancid ideology, the Marxist philosopher of hope, Ernst Bloch, gave us an excellent scientific insight into constant praxis and agile theory, into living human action and vivid social thought. No truly emancipatory act or idea can ever become obsolete.

Ernst Bloch, himself a victim of the great depression and of German national socialism elucidated that sound thinking and stringent thought are ever-flowing, over-flowing. They focus on the future, in the sense that today is yesterday's tomorrow. Social praxis and theory are always authentic, always innovative. In their dialectical totality these human relations and contradictions are always venturing far beyond, are always new and original. True "anticipators" and real emancipators across their epoch, in their precious, unique, earthly existence, are always daydreaming creatively forward, ahead; they exist on the horizon of human endeavors; at dawn  they are concretely creating the future, are oscillating between revolutionary reality and emancipatory possibility.

Across the millennia, in the brilliant words of Anaximander, our clarion call must read; who does not anticipate the unexpected will never find it. For this very reason there still exists the infinitesimal possibility, by means of global workers class struggles, to eradicate and annihilate the capitalist monstrosity. According to Bloch, in the titanic battle against capitalism, in global class struggle very little has been won, but also, not everything is lost as yet, The experiment world, man,  continues.

In his own words, Bloch stated that all smartness could have been thought seven times already; but when it was thought again in other epochs and places, it was not the same anymore. In the meantime, not only the thinker, but especially that what he has been thinking about, have changed. Wisdom always has to verify itself anew, and to prove itself as the New.

In Venezuela and in America, the above is pertinent in our writings, speeches and debates about a new socialism, the new man of the future. Within this context, in the epoch of a dangerous depression, it is pertinent to refresh our hazed deeds and dazed thoughts, to activate our analytic memory anew and to adjust our reflections and social actions towards our real trying times.

It is no more Labor Day ... we are laid off, our homes and our pets are gone ... it is May Day! May Day! S. O. S!

However, as a decade of Bolivarian Revolution can witness, sane human cosmic existence covers our whole historic trajectory, the arduous revolutionary paths of our genesis, epigenesis and synthesis, from where we came, to where we are and to whither we are going. Our quo vadis is in danger, all over within and without the enemies lurk, and yet it is the epoch of "exodus" (Bloch), is to transcend the capitalist vale of tears and sorrows; it is 'exvolution' now or never.

The significance of these reflections, especially at the advent of new planned attacks, of new rumors about possible coups, is that most of the international mass media, themselves in bankruptcy, are minimizing the real disaster and do not warn the workers of the world about the apocalyptic magnitude of the collapse of world capitalism, of this super depression, its causes, its dynamics, its mortality. Also the workers of Venezuela are not prepared to face the coming tsunami of the North American economy, should the petro-dollars collapse.

George H. W. Bush Sr. formulated the imperialist, corporate, cardinal and capital crime as follows:

"If the American people knew what we have done, they would string us all up on lamp posts". 1)

Already J. Edgar Hoover, ex-FBI director, very poignantly confirmed the above as follows:
“The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” 2)

This is neither conspiracy theory nor the diabolical work of an anti-Christ, individuals or elites. This is imperialist global capitalist dialectical logic at work, at its worst, bulldozing its bloody trail of death across the ages. Only global workers class struggles can still annihilate Big Brother, the current Orwellian Leviathan.

B. Now, let us highlight less pleasant things.

The "New World Order" ushered in this current super depression, this Big Crack, this Big Collapse.

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