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Rosa Luxemburg: "Proletarian Women, the Poorest of the Poor, the Most Disempowered of the Disempowered"Hurry to the Fron

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My dear little bird, the whole world history of human civilization, which according to moderate estimates has lasted some twenty thousand years, is based on "some human beings deciding about the lives of others'; the practice is deeply rooted in the material conditions of existence. Nothing but further development, an agonizing process, can change such things, and at this very time we are witnesses to one such agonizing transition"

Rosa Luxemburg, Letter to Sophie Liebknecht, Wronke, May 23, 1917 , Letters of Rosa Luxemburg

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Wars save no one!

 

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Wars among "nations" organize humanity into armies of soldiers, men and women, who, in turn, maim and annihilate "enemy" villages, towns, and cities of grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters, children born and unborn.

 

Wars among "nations" destroy the air, water, soil, and wildlife that sustained humanity for centuries before the introduction of pesticides and bio-technology, before the organizing of "humanitarian relief" removed the woman and tipped the scale that has now fallen upon her.

 

Once, the God of War, Huitzilopochtli, revealed to people a place where the Eagle, perched on a cactus, carries a writhing Serpent in its beak, recalls the late thinker and writer, Gloria Anzaldua. The Eagle threatens extinction of the Serpent, "sacrificed" to the "higher masculine powers." [1] .

 

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In wars, "nations" never save the feminine, women, girls, grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters, children born and unborn. Between the Eagle and the Serpent, the equilibrium is splintered. Democracy is sacrificed to the ideology of the international Market. The capitalist's trickle down theory is not Democracy.

 

It is no wonder that nations of armies invade other nations with "shock and awe" to end all terrorism by transforming sleeping women and children into bloodied corpses. It is no wonder that young men at computer consoles dispatch drones toward enemies that rarely fail to be women, tillers of the soil, caregivers to future generations and to elderly grandparents, custodians of our ancestral heritage. And when women demand the restitution of democracy, demand the right to recognized and determine a course for humanity that does not result in the destruction of all that sustains life, laws are mandated, social restrictions imposed, cultural images are generated, and political objections are set into motion in an effort to hold firmly to all that is anti-democratic.

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Dr. Lenore J. Daniels, Black Commentator, Editorial Board and Columnist, Doctorate in Modern American Literature/Cultural Theory

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