Sunday, 11 January 2009

Ashes to Ashes


On this weekend every year, about a hundred thousand gather at a cemetery in Lichtenberg in Berlin. Today the official number might actually be that high, in part because consideration for the demo’s namesakes is encouraged by the occasion of the ninetieth anniversary of their murder, and in part because people are witnessing billions of their state budget being spent to rescue the same concerns that are concurrently putting them out of work, some even after having squandered their pensions.

Since Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht were part of the international socialist movement, international solidarity is the order of the day. Given the common interest to turn the tide of global capitalism, not surprisingly purveyors of pet causes manifest on leaflets and brochures attach themselves to the demonstration. The stated goals on fliers I received ranged from getting justice for the killing of Alexis Grigoropoulos by an Athens police officer, to warning about the German military’s reestablishment of a reserve corps for homeland security. It would seem that forming a global workers’ union out of our faltering financial policy is multifaceted, to say the least.

Solidarity is the rallying cry for the workers to unite. The Marxists knew that what they were up against was global in scope: a resident trade union is fine for its members, but only through universal cooperation could they put a stop to wars for resources and cheap labor.

If the slogans on the signs and pamphlets indicate symptoms of the same problem, the handouts themselves have something else in common: Vegetational origin. Just like that paper, we animals have all come from this earth, and we’re all going back. Even the man who would be king.

I don’t feel much like trying to figure out why the Prince of Wales would want to upset the GMO industry so, nor do I have the energy to elaborate on the machinations of genetically modified crops and their effect on everything that grows; and while I’m a fan of neither the corporate lobby, nor unelected oligarchy, one thing about what Charles of Edinburgh has to say begs (perhaps ironically, Monsanto's circular reasoning might find the Duke's likewise thus):

Should we allow those who engineer and maintain control of our monetary policy to do the same with our food supply? We already have.