December 31, 2012
At the end of the year we seem to be getting even more endtimes fervor than usual, between the fizzled Mayan apocalypse and the not-yet-fizzled fiscal cliff, which is basically the Mayan apocalypse for policy nerds. As a final farewell to the doom-filled year of 2012 and in anticipation of all the new millennialÂ strangeness awaiting us in 2013, I give you the most Criswellian Marxist text of the 1960s, J. Posadas’ pamphlet “Flying saucers, the process of matter and energy, science, the revolutionary and working-class struggle and the socialist future of mankind,” which someone has kindly translated and posted at marxists.org.
Many people have already seen UFOs. General MacArthur, that Yankee murderer, said with regard to the disappearance of a plane that had struck a strange object: “perhaps we — together with the Soviets — will have to make war against an enemy arriving from outside Earth”. But conciliation of this type has its limits. Capitalism has no interest in UFOs and, as such, makes no research into them. It has no interest in occupying itself with these matters because they cannot reap profits, nor are they useful to capitalism. But people see in UFOs the possibility of advancement and progress. This thus accelerates the fall of the bourgeoisie, shown in all its uselessness….