As of the moment of this writing there have been 77,005 views since the inception of this Blog. I am pleased with this. It seems that at least someone is paying attention. I put the accomplishment in perspective by noting that Katy Perry has 44,122,974 followers to her Twitter account, and that In a world with a population of over 7 billion people even the ineffable Ms. Perry has only scratched the surface of the global discourse.
What most pleases me as the audience for this blog grows is the breadth of international readership. The map below provides a sense of the breadth and distribution of viewers to the Rawlinsview Blog.
The most read article on this blog is “I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” Possibly bogus quote expresses broadly popular sentiment. This article written on May 3, 2011 covered an internet meme that went viral following the assassination of Osama Bin Laden by the U.S. government and the resultant cheerleading following the news of Bin Laden’s death.
Hundreds of viewers have read the articles related to my analysis of the current epoch of “Mature Capitalism” It is this analysis that represents the core of my purpose in starting this blog. Inspired by the events of the Arab Spring. I felt it important to articulate a group of ideas that had been circling about my head and my hard drive since the days of the first Gulf War and “Operation Desert Storm” an event which in my mind marks as much as any the turning point toward the current epoch in geopolitical terms even if many would perhaps mark the events of September 11, 2001 as the moment which stands out in popular consciousness. Arguably a significant cultural and economic aspect of our current world was quite undeveloped in 1991. This was the rise of the internet, the personal computer and the cell phone as a ubiquitous means of mass communication and information storage and retrieval available to large sections of the working class on a world level.
The analysis of “mature capitalism” is in no way complete nor do I feel that it is adequate at this time to form the basis for a new program for the international working class movement. What is clear enough to me however is that such an analysis needs to be built and that it can only be done if we let go of many of the assumptions and formulaic understanding that governed working class oriented political action during the 20th century. If I have a disappointment as regard the work that I have begun here it is that a vigorous discussion on this subject has not yet become a part of this blog and that with some minor exceptions all of the ideas expressed and writing here has been my own. So while I seem to have found many readers I have as of yet not found nearly enough writers.
Readers of this post are of course as always more than welcome to comment on this post, or to reach out to me at https://twitter.com/Rawlinsview most preferentially however I would ever so much welcome a thorough read and penetrating critical comments at this link https://rawlinsview.com/2013/08/06/mature-capitalism-v-3/.
Other notes. I have been working on a complete digital version of E.A. Preobrazhensky’s New Economics. Readers may expect me to begin to post larger portions of this over the coming weeks.
At the beginning of this blog I paid great attention to the events surrounding the establishment of the February 14 movement in Bahrain. Though I have stepped back somewhat from that coverage in the recent period I will attempt to provide a more detailed overview in time for the February 14, 2014 Third anniversary of the uprising there. Any good verified information or first person accounts would be welcome here.
Lastly, a thought experiment. Though working class people as basically understood, those who work for a wage, own no significant means of production beyond personal effects, tools of our trades and perhaps a home and vehicle, now make up a majority of all people in the world, individuals who speak as I do without irony when we call for our class to ascend to political power are few in number.
Without answering, I ask. What would it mean today for workers to be in power, and what would the world look like. Comments anyone?