The Right and the Left, two hands one body


HAVANA TIMES — If there’s still anyone out there who joyfully buys into the story of the “good left,” I’d ask them to please at least review their sentiments.

These days people in many countries have mobilized themselves in response to the upsurge in the Zionist slaughter of the Palestinian people.


But it’s always easier to unite in solidarity with a distant cause, even more so when there’s so much carnage involved.

Will death always be related to bloodshed?

We may be gradually dying, without shedding a single drop of blood and we can be killing little by little, without shedding a single drop of blood. And since there’s no blood, there’s no photographer or video crew coming to film this death.

For me, like for many, it certainly hurts to learn of the Palestinian slaughter, just to point to one example. Because it’s easier to make a fuss about something we’re against when that something doesn’t influence the comforts of our life.

Currently people are mobilized in a plaza in Caracas, with music and banners, to say “Down with Zionism.”


Later they’ll go to their homes, turn on their TV, their desktop computer, they’ll go take a hot bath or a cold shower, flick on the air conditioning or a fan. They’ll then — without knowing or being fully conscious of the fact — consume a product that’s perhaps manufactured in Israel.

It’s normal. It’s the life of “progress.”

Meanwhile, somewhere in the Amazon — and yes, this tiresome writer is once again bothering people with this nonsense about the land and “original” peoples — under the orders of one of these governments that calls itself “left,” 40,000 Kayapos will be kicked off their lands where they have lived since long before Brazil was ever called that.

The areas will be flooded to build a hydroelectric dam — another one — that will make sure people can turn on their TVs, take a warm bath, and so on, after returning from a march where they yell and protest about life in some remote village.

Recently, I went to a university to hear a discussion about the Kurdish people. It so happened that the Bolivian Ambassador to Venezuela was also in the audience. At one point he asked to speak, and his comments left me cold.

The ambassador said you have to be very careful when it comes to “respecting” a minority of a nation. He noted that in his country the minorities (understood in this case as indigenous peoples) were attempting to prevent the government from exploiting natural resources that actually belong to the whole nation.

He held that if it had been up to those “minorities,” Bolivia would still be back in the Stone Age — or something like that — and that the country would be “unaware of centuries of human progress.”

If it wasn’t so sad, it would have been laughable.

It’s sadder still because I know that a large majority of Havana Times readers will agree with the ambassador due to his affiliation with the left.

They’ll write and say I need to “mature” and that if it weren’t for “human progress” I wouldn’t be writing this and spreading it all over the Internet.

They’ll note that before the left started murdering indigenous peoples and contaminating the land and water, the right had been doing the same thing for centuries.

Left and right…everybody has a right and a left hand. Both belong to the same body, and no hand moves of its own will.

You might like one hand more than the other, but that doesn’t make you better or less of an accomplice.

The truth is that I would have preferred not to have needed to write this.



Caridad: If I had the chance to choose what my next life would be like, I’d like to be water. If I had the chance to eliminate a worst aspect of the world I would erase fear. Of all the human feelings I most like I prefer friendship. I was born in the year of the first Congress of the Cuban Communist Party, the day that Gay Pride is celebrated around the world. I no longer live on the east side of Havana; I’m trying to make a go of it in Caracas, and I continue to defend my right to do what I want and not what society expects of me.

22 thoughts on “The Right and the Left, two hands one body

  • Griffin,

    The US’s and Britain’s record on human rights abuses is horrendous. Shah. Savaak. Look it up, if you have the guts. Their crimes against Iran are horrendous. Look it up, if you have the guts. But there’s no need for you to look it up, because reality for you is whatever flows from the mind control machine of monopoly capitalism.

    On the other hand, you’re partially correct regarding the lack of a mortgage market, etc., has “contributed to the decay and destruction of real estate throughout the island.”

    What is needed in Cuba however is not a capitalistic mortgage market. What is needed is a cooperative socialist mortgage market based on the legal abolition of usury (interest). Mortgages should be available on a professional basis, but on the basis of a sufficiently lucrative, one-time-only creditization fee.

  • Grady,

    Iran’s record of human rights abuses is horrendous. Look it up. Murder, torture, slavery, terrorism. That’s the reality of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

    It is bizarre that you defend the government of Iran based on thorough misunderstanding of banking mortgage practices. The lack of a mortgage market in Cuba, along with the related issues of the absence of private property laws and clear title, have contributed to the decay and destruction of real estate throughout the island.

  • Well, you may be correct on your last paragraph. The owners of the world are the monopoly banks however, and the only challenge on the visible horizon to their interest racket is Islamic banking which, if it should ever proliferate broadly, would undermine and perhaps even end the financial enserfment of the nations.

    Here’s the reality, Luis. When a bank or credit union makes a loan–be it a consumer loan or a so-called capital loan–it does not actually loan money. It creates a credit deposit based on the loanee’s ability to produce and payback the principal, plus interest. (The monetary savings of depositors stays safely in the financial institution, and is not what is loaned out.)

    The interest paid is a rental charge on the “fractional reserve” calculated principal. But this principal was created with the stroke of a computer key based on the natural personal property of the loanee. The rental charge therefore is a charge for the rental of something the loanee already owns. This is inherently unjust, and is inherently exploitative; it is legalized theft.

    Usury–interest charged for credit extensions–is a parasitical institution that must be abolished in law, if those who labor in society are ever to achieve liberation from the parasitical clutches of the banks. This is why the legal abolition of usury must be a central point in the cooperative republican maximum program of social transformation.

    Credit extensions are critically necessary for the functioning of a modern economy, but the charging of interest is absolutely unnecessary. Credit, being a monetization of the loanee’s property, should be extended for a sufficiently lucrative, one-time-only credit generation and repayment administration fee. Credit extension is a service done by the bank for the loanee, not a loaning of money.

    For example, a $300,000 home mortgage under capitalism might yield an unjust profit to the bank of $600,000 over thirty years, costing the loanee a total of $900,000. Under a socialist cooperative republic, the sufficiently lucrative creditizatiion fee might be, let’s say, $50,000. The loanee would wind up paying $350,000 over perhaps a dozen years, and then own the home free and clear.

    The proof that what a bank does is not a loan of its own–or savers’–money from the vault, is that, as the principal is repaid, it disappears from the bank’s ledger. Poof! It’s gone instantly! What is left is the bank’s interest, and this is its profit.

    Every price in capitalist society is composed, in part, of parasitical interest to a bank or other financial institution. Credit extensions make up much of the National Debt, and taxpayers are enserfed by the monopoly banks in perpetuity–or, the remaining duration of capitalism.

    And so, Luis, it is natural for transformationary cooperative socialists to appreciate the more just financial system of a non-hypocritical Islamic nation like Iran. No, Iran is not an ideal country in many ways, but this does not mean that the hostility of entities like the US, UK, EU and Israel, which are controlled by the monopoly banks, is not based in part on a gangsteristic desire to protect the usury racket.

  • “You seem to have gotten completely off the track of Yordanka’s article, and my comments on it, Griffin. That’s okay, because I realize you have to jump around and throw all sorts of crap against the barn, hoping something might stick.”

    Grady, that’s called trolling. Get used to it.

    “Iran, by the way, is a great and beautiful country, and a great and beautiful people. They don’t allow banks to practice usury–the charging of interest on credit extensions. Perhaps that’s why the Jews and Christians are so hostile to them. You think?”

    Well I don’t think so… just look at the Middle-East map. Iran is right between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Syria is located around Iraq and Turkey. The Western powers just want the whole lot under their thumb, that’s it, geographically strategic and resource (oil) filled.

  • The one election the PA held was a farce. FATAH rigged & intimidated their way to a narrow win. Hamas didn’t like the results and the 2 factions fought a fierce civil war for control of Gaza. Hamas won the fight and now controls the strip. They were not elected and no new elections have been held since. Neither Hamas nor Fatah are legitimated governments as neither faction respects the PA constitution. They are nothing more than thugs and terrorists. But they all promise to kill all the Jews, so perhaps that’s why the Left love them.

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