Argentine Morenoites shrug off Trump's coup - World Socialist Web Site - WSWS

Argentine Morenoites shrug off Trump's coup - World Socialist Web Site - WSWS


Argentine Morenoites shrug off Trump's coup - World Socialist Web Site - WSWS

Posted: 11 Jan 2021 03:37 PM PST

On November 12, as Trump was inciting fascist gangs to help overturn his defeat in the presidential elections as he had threatened to do throughout the campaign, the Morenoite La Izquierda Diario website wrote that "everything indicates that Trump's true strategy is not to entrench himself in the White House." Instead, Trump hopes to "maintain the adrenaline" and avoid "tribalism" in the Republican Party.

This statement, which was also published by their English-language website Left Voice, was a "criminal dismissal of the grave crisis within the US uniquely designed to prevent an outpouring of working class reaction to Trump's coup drive," the World Socialist Web Site warned .

Supporters loyal to President Donald Trump clash with authorities before successfully breaching the Capitol building during a riot on the grounds, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

On January 6, Trump incited a fascist mob armed with firearms, pipe bombs and zip-tie handcuffs to storm the Capitol with the collaboration of sections of the police and the Pentagon as the US Congress met to certify the electoral results. In the following days, Trump and a significant section of the Republican Party have continued their neofascist conspiracy, while the corporate media and Democratic Party seek to conceal the dangers.

The American ruling class, facing the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, has demonstrated its determination to use any means—including dictatorship and fascism—to break all restraints on its plans to impose its "herd immunity" policy during the pandemic and escalate exploitation, neocolonial plundering and imperialist war.

In response, the Morenoites have joined the Democratic Party in their efforts to politically disarm the working class and sow complacency. In a major article on January 7, they wrote: "The assault on the Capitol was neither an insurrection nor a coup, as the bourgeois press insinuates." Instead, they add, it "demonstrates that the far right, far from accepting defeat after the November 3 [elections], has become emboldened during the transition."

The article, rather than explaining what "emboldened" the far right—which would expose the bankruptcy of the Morenoites' entire outlook—goes on to reassure readers that even this threat has passed. "In this moment, the establishment—from the Republicans and Democrats to the military—are united against Trump and the far right" hoping "to end the chaotic populism of Trump," Izquierda Diario explains.

As evidence of this united front of capitalist politicians against the far-right threat, the Morenoites cite statements by Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Marsha Blackburn acknowledging Biden's election after the January 6 coup. In doing so, Izquierda Diario is aiding the efforts of the Democratic Party to cover for the coup conspirators, legitimizing Trump's claims of voter fraud in the name of bipartisan "unity."

In response to the coup, the Morenoites are not only anesthetizing and politically disarming US workers who face a continuing threat of fascistic dictatorship, but they are setting the stage for advancing this policy in other countries. This a continuation of their historic efforts to subordinate workers to supposedly "progressive" factions of the national capitalist class during crucial historic episodes of the class struggle.

This tendency was founded by Nahuel Moreno, who broke with the International Committee of the Fourth International in 1963, rejecting its struggle for the international unity and political independence of the working class based on a revolutionary socialist program, in order to adapt to Castroism, Stalinism and bourgeois nationalism, in particular, the Peronist movement in Argentina.

His party subordinated revolutionary struggles in Argentina between 1968-75 to the bourgeois nationalist Peronist party and governments and the trade union bureaucracy, helping to politically disarm the Argentine working class ahead of the US-backed 1976 coup and installation of a fascist military junta that killed at least 30,000 workers and youth.

While the Socialist Workers Party (PTS) in Argentina, which leads the publication of Izquierda Diario, claims to have distanced itself from Moreno, its politics continue to reaffirm the same nationalist and opportunist perspective.

Within the US, the Left Voice group is dedicated to appealing to the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a faction of the Democratic Party. The editors of Jacobin magazine, which is closely linked to the DSA, have also scoffed at calling the assault on the Capitol a "coup" and reaffirmed the "stability of US republican institutions."

Fearful that the coup is exposing the criminality of their perspective, the Morenoites suggest that their orientation to the DSA is still viable since "internal divisions" between the "establishment wing" and the "progressive wing" of the Democratic Party "have merely been patched up."

In a separate article on the same day, Left Voice, referring to the trade unions and organizations tied to the Democratic Party, states: "By funneling the energy of the Black Lives Matter movement [against police violence] into support for Biden, these leaders intentionally or not worked to undermine what could have been the foundations of the type of mass social movement we need to protect against the Far Right."

The Morenoites themselves, however, provided arguments for voting in favor of Biden and reproduced the race-obsessed identity politics employed by the Democratic Party to divide workers and conceal the party's class character and the dominance of class divisions under capitalism.

In the same article, Left Voice writes that, in the context of the austerity measures implemented by both parties, "Right-wing extremism emerged because it spoke to the despair of (typically) white men. By tapping into the racism that capitalism is built on …"

After the October presidential election of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) in Bolivia, which had condemned mass resistance to its own military overthrow by fascists the previous year, Izquierda Diario wrote: "This defeat of the continental right could be extended if, as everything indicates, Trump loses the elections on November 3."

On November 2, speaking to those undecided ahead of the elections, Left Voice claimed "the Democrats' electoral coalition is very tenuous as it includes everyone from nominally socialist organizers to sectors of big capital." A Democratic majority in the Senate, it adds, could "give the senators who represent the progressive wing more power because their comparatively smaller numbers will mean more." Thus, it claims, "what will define this struggle is how much pressure there is from the base to push through a progressive agenda."

Facing "high expectations for reforms," it continues, "Biden and the Democrats could very well try to resolve this by giving some early concessions to the working class," albeit "not nearly enough to address the deepening crisis." Amid widespread hunger, unemployment and the threat of homelessness, the promise, the day before the elections, of "early concessions" stands as a tacit endorsement of the Democrats and Biden.

Moreover, the fact that they combine this position with the statement that "Biden will resolve one of the greatest capitalist crises in modern history in their [the capitalists'] favor" is an explicit avowal of the impregnability of capitalism and a repudiation of the prospects of revolution.

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The article adds: "There are clearly neo-fascist and proto-fascist forces in the United States today, but there is little or no evidence that the capitalist class has turned to those forces for the purpose of destroying and replacing the institutions of bourgeois-democratic rule and crushing the working class."

The president of the most powerful state in the world has been cultivating these fascist forces for years and had been threatening for months to invoke martial law to crush protests and set up a presidential dictatorship.

This response to Trump's coup is consistent with the Argentine PTS's 2020 Congress "Theses" and subsequent discussion. In a November 30 piece, the PTS ideologist and legislator Christian Castillo explains that the Argentine Morenoites view the political situation as "incipiently pre-revolutionary" with events that "pre-announce that we have major clashes between classes ahead."

Not surprisingly, it follows that this "pre-suggests" the need to build a revolutionary party, but that for the time being they can continue their opportunist orientation to the Peronist government, parliamentarism and the trade unions. "The possibility opens for the development … of conditions for the emergence of a powerful workers, socialist and revolutionary party." The PTS, Castillo adds, "bets it will be a key factor in the emergence of this party."

For now, similar to how they muddled the bourgeois and reactionary character of the Democratic Party, Castillo insists that "the big bourgeoisie does not regard the Frente de Todos [Peronist government] as 'its own' government ..."

Fearing that events abroad might challenge this perspective, he wrote: "We do not believe that the categories of revolutionary and pre-revolutionary situations can be used at an international level … [The PTS resolution] defines the specificity of the Argentine situation and its prominent aspects as of today."

This is an open repudiation of the program of world socialist revolution embodied in Marxism and Trotsky's Theory of Permanent Revolution, at a time in which the global pandemic and economic crisis have demonstrated the incapacity of the ruling class and its political representatives, especially in the center of world finance and imperialism, to control the forces unleashed by the world economy.

Vladimir Lenin explained in a 1914 essay that the ruling class employs two general "methods of struggle against workers." On the one hand, there is "violence, persecution, bans and suppression," which the entire ruling class backs during "highly critical moments in the workers' struggle against wage-slavery." On the other hand, in keeping with the democratic system, the ruling class employs "utmost cunning, with ruses and subterfuges aimed at spreading the 'ideological' influence of the bourgeoisie among the wage-slaves with the object of diverting them from their struggle against wage-slavery."

As the crucial experience of Trump's coup has demonstrated, in order to fight the threat of dictatorship, workers and youth in the United States, Argentina and internationally must oppose the agents of the ruling class seeking to disarm them politically. This includes the Morenoites, whose politics reflect the interests of upper middle class layers that seek greater privileges in academia, the trade unions and politics by employing such "ruses and subterfuges" against the workers.

The ICFI, which publishes the World Socialist Web Site, is the only political force that has consistently warned of the dangers represented by the Republican coup plotting and the soporifics of the Democrats and their hangers-on. The urgent conclusion that must be drawn is that the ICFI needs to be built in every country to lead a mass revolutionary political movement in the working class fighting for socialism.

What should we call the Trumpists who broke into the Capitol? - Fast Company

Posted: 06 Jan 2021 06:23 PM PST

On Wednesday, media outlets around the country and the world hurried to make sense of the events in Washington, D.C. But even knowing what to call the Trump supporters who breached and vandalized the U.S. Capitol proved difficult.

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All of a sudden, for horrifying reasons, these media outlets have had to confront the ugly question of how to put a quick label on the main characters in the story.

Should the people who stormed the Capitol be called a mob? Are they rioters? Are they domestic terrorists? Extremists?

Fox News calls them "protesters." So do Newsmax and C-SPAN.

Initially, headlines on CNN's website referred to the Trump supporters as a "mob" and as "rioters." By Wednesday evening the network said it was officially characterizing Wednesday's violence as "domestic terrorism."

The Wall Street Journal chose to call them "rioters."

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The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, after some reflection, settled on "mob" or "pro-Trump mob." The San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today landed on the same terminology.

Germany's Deutsche Welle initially referred to "pro-Trump protestors," but amended its report to refer to a "pro-Trump mob" a few hours later.

In France, Le Monde went with "pro-Trump demonstrators."

The BBC referred to them as "rebel Republicans" and a "violent pro-Trump mob."

The Oxford Dictionary defines mob as "a large crowd of people, especially one that is disorderly and intent on causing trouble or violence."

Taking it further

Some have observed that terrorist might be the most descriptive word for the Trump supporters who participated in the breach of the Capitol today. Here's the FBI's definition of domestic terrorism: "Violent, criminal acts committed by individuals and/or groups to further ideological goals stemming from domestic influences, such as those of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature."

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The FBI uses the term extremist  in the context of both domestic and international terror.

The large group of Trump supporters that poured into the Capitol did indeed break laws. They destroyed, defaced, and stole federal property, and they endangered the lives of lawmakers and their staffs. They attacked and injured Capitol Police officers, who are charged with protecting lawmakers and the lawmaking process. And yet, as of 5:38 p.m. EST, the D.C. police say they've made only 13 arrests.

But no news outlet anywhere near the mainstream directly referred to today's event as a terrorist act in news reporting, or to the perpetrators as domestic terrorists. An article by Mother Jones D.C. bureau chief David Corn used the word terrorist in the headline, but that was an opinion piece in an outlet that makes no pretense to neutral reporting.

Others have referred to the Trumpists as extremists, a term normally used in the media to describe foreign groups. NPR had this guidance for its staff: "We won't be calling the people who stormed the Capitol 'protestors'—they are 'pro-Trump extremists' and what they are doing is 'insurrection'."

The FBI uses the term extremist in the context of both domestic and international terror. "[D]omestic violent extremists have developed an extensive presence on the Internet through messaging platforms and online images, videos, and publications," the FBI says on its website. "These facilitate the groups' ability to radicalize and recruit individuals who are receptive to extremist messaging."

During a speech on Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden used an array of terms to describe the perpetrators.

"To storm the Capitol, to smash windows, to occupy offices on the floor of the United States Senate, rummaging through desks, on the House of Representatives, threatening the safety of duly elected officials," Biden said. "It's not protest; it's insurrection."

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The folks at Merriam-Webster thoughtfully tweeted out the definition of insurrection today:

There will be lengthy public debate over how the law should treat the people who broke into the Capitol. As that debate continues, the names media uses to describe those Trump supporters may evolve too.

In Sync with last decade: Tuning to 2021 SEO - DATAQUEST

Posted: 11 Jan 2021 01:22 AM PST

With 2020 gone, the world has seen pretty much everything in the last decade. Technology has never had a more avant-garde, yet tumultuous decade in recent history, from Apple releasing the iPad in 2010 to the gradual rise of social media, cloud computing and artificial intelligence by the time we come to 2020. We started with US leading the technical market with IBM's Watson and Instagram taking over Facebook in 2012. These innovations were still to mark their entry in India. 4G networks and the IPv6 launch over the course of 2010-2012 put US in the front seat, with some of world's greatest advancements under its head. Breaking away from the shackles of recessions, India never looked back. Here we are today, surrounded by AI, in the age of online marketing,boasting to be the third biggest AI-focussed start-up hub among the G20 countries (2016). The AI is exponentially advancing since 2011 at a CAGR of 86% higher than the global average. This is where SEO barges in the scene.

For web centric business platforms, online prominence is imperative and visitors are needed for enterprise branding and to push-up sales, which is possible only through a diligent SEO practice. On its part, SEO undergoes change at swift pace as new updates are implemented by major search engines, especially Google, here's the most prominent updates is the last decade –

Panda 2011, – Duplicate, plagiarized or thin content; user-generated spam; keyword stuffing.

Penguin 2012 – Spammy or irrelevant links; links with over-optimized anchor text

Hummingbird 2013 – Keyword stuffing; low-quality content.

Mobile 2015 – Lack of a mobile version of the page; poor mobile usability

RankBrain 2015 – Lack of query-specific relevance; shallow content; poor UX.

Medic 2018 – Lack of authority on YMYL websites; weak E-A-T signals

Bert 2019 – Poorly written content; lack of focus; lack of context.

Core Updates 2017-till now – SERP and Content Recency

For impressive SEO outcomes, one needs to focus upon a range of factors, such as strong backlinks, traffic arising from it, followed by an enterprise's active involvement on popular social media platforms among others. In this article, we have tried to capture some of the trends while eyeing and vying for 2021 in whichresides the basis of every SEO strategy.

Here are a fistful of key SEO trends that one should aspire for to rank prime in 2021:

  • Automation:

This is the premium AI technology of Artificial Intelligence, which now defines the way users are led towards online content. The AI infected algorithm of Google deserves special attention here. This was exposed to the world by Google just a few years ago and is termed as RankBrain—this has been pivotal in determining ranking in Google listing in the overall context of SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages).

The brain behind such innovative tech amalgamation, Greg Corrado sounds promising when he declares, "the other signals, they are all based upon discoveries and insights that people in information retrieval have had, but there's no learning". As such, one can easily and hopefully assume that RankBrain is likely to get better and more advanced as time passes by resulting in AI among the top most trends in SEO field.

This brings us to a pertinent question: How should we approach SEO for RankBrains? Google is not likely to provide any hint upon it anytime soon, but SEO stalwarts and programmers opine that frequent user interaction is like to be a major factor, including the frequency of clicks received on each website as well as the time one spends on a particular website and so forth. Content relevance becomes essential as visitors need to be fascinated withinteresting and informative content revealing crucial info. For such a purpose, any on-page SEO checker is likely to be useful in evaluating the worth of a webpage on various grounds such as backlinks, readability etc.

  • Google's EAT Principal is critical for websites to get through:

Time and again, Google has emphasized website content as a major reason to rank ahead in searches. But what exactly counts worthwhile in the eyes of Google's crawlers? The answer lies in the EAT principle, i.e.ExpertiseAuthoritativeness and Trustworthiness. By the virtue of this aspect, Google assesses the quality of web content. In certain business fields such as healthcare and finance, the enterprises run under the label of "Your money, your life" (YMYL).

For business enterprises, thereare numerous ways to improve the quality of their website content and initially, we advise creating buyer profiles in a bid to determine the type of content your customer base looks for. Following this, a research should be carried out to capture buyers' preference. Finally, such an insight becomes the basis of content that a specific buyer base looks for.

Let's say we are a business that fulfils demands of youngsters. For this video approach will be palatable, but if our product line is for older people, video based content may be that much effective.

Lastly, even while drafting the content, writers ought to keep the EAT principle in mind as well as the statistics. There should be proper backlinks connecting to popular places such as ".org", ".edu", ".gov" etc. Truly, when we enjoy links from authoritative sites back to us, which is a supreme way to pacify the EAT criteria.

  • To improve SERPs, opt for lengthy content:

Following the insights that our panel of SEO experts have found, when the content of a webpage ranges up to 3000 words, it fetches 3 times more traffic than the usual while the frequency of sharing is 4 times more. Besides, such content can gather more number of backlinks, say 4% more than the articles which are concluded in just 1000 to 1200 words. As such, it is high time that we should bring detailed and comprehensive content under our focus, in order to improve our SERPs. Apart from this, quality content, enriched with varied insights (which users are able to share further across social media) should remain hooked to your website.

To achieve, we would advise you to split the content into different paragraphs under H2 and H3 subheadings in order to make it more comprehensible. Subheadings bear great importance in case of mobile websites. Besides, it is also essential that we should link to authoritative websites with a stunning PA score. It is also vital that users find our content shareable and to facilitate this, a link should be provided at the beginning as well as the end of the article.

  • Due prominence be given to featured snippets:

It was in 2017 that featured snippets made their way into public arena from Google, as a useful aspect to gain Google ranking quickly. When you type a search query on Google, you would find a box above the SERPs that lies above the real outcome. This is a snippet.

Seeking a snippet is an assured method to get to the first page of Google. Additionally, with snippets we can gather traffic from those in similar business. To draw insights about possible snippets, we can rely upon the "people also ask" function, while certain snippets are rich with data such as reviews accompanied by stars, price listing, images and other such info. In fact, snippets are an effective feature to reveal a stream of information in organized form, such as Q & A or short bulleted points, or in the form of suggestions etc.

  • Mobile- First Websites will dominate search listing:

Two years back, i.e.2019, Google specifically emphasized upon mobile-first indexing, focussing how the mobile devices would gain preference. Hitherto this major search engine browser and desktop version was put on the backburner. Such a declaration is deeply arguable as internet is going to be accessed by around 75% people through mobile gadgets of diverse ranges by 2025. As such, it has become essential that businesses assess the mobile-friendly aspect and such test should be done before launching their websites live to the global audience.

While evaluating the user-friendliness, we must see that all of our URLs are easily crawled by Google and for such a purpose, "disallow directive" should never be activated. Besides, we should also be attentive to Googlebots, so that no content is unleashed when user interactions occur like clicks or swiping. In other words, we let Google scan such loosely-loaded content.

Lastly, we ought to enable similar tags of meta-robots on mobile versions of our websites as we do and care for our desktops.

  • Search Queries to be managed by Voice Searches:

A handful of amazing tech breakthroughs in voice search technology have evolved over recent course in the form of Google Assistant, Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa, restructuring the technology from ground up and has been generously accepted.  Moreover, by 2022, it is confirmed that over 50% families will have a smart speaker.

Now, to enhance our business website for successful mobile searches, one should pay heed to the major set of keywords. It is for these that competition occurs on popular search engines, especially the long tail phrases common to popular vocabulary as well as commonly used short-forms. For example, instead of typing "what are the ways to control air pollution", one can simply type "ways to control air pollution".

  • Video Inclusion for an adequate SEO strategy:

Sans doubt, video based information is easy to grasp while viewers get amused as the details are unravelled. To emphasize the point, we can refer to the massive user base of YouTube which stands at around 1 billion. Cisco maintains that videos are likely to get more popularity that any other form of info made in the coming days.

How can the content included in such videos be optimized?

There are umpteen ways, tried and tested, for the purpose ranging from amending the video channel name to managing its description and managing keywords to avoid stuffing and so forth. Besides, one should pay attention to keywords too and while trying for YouTube, which has an auto-complete feature. As we type in the topic, we are flooded with the ideas and suggestions most relevant to the searches in the search field which are just popular keywords that reveal what exactly is held favourite widely among the rising YouTube community.

  • Experts count upon predictive search:

IT was only in 2017 that Google Discover was unveiled wherein user query isn't needed. The tool is powered by AI which simply detects the user's habits and frequent activities on the web and develops a possible pattern on such basis, consequently showcasing the most appropriate content post judging popular preferences amongst them.

Interestingly, around 800 million users have already been listed proactive on Google Discover. Google, however, hasn't specified any precise factors for such inclusion. Yet explicit users' behaviour, such as search history, location, occupational details, places etc. are some prominent criterion.

  • Searches will be guided by image optimization:

There has been a great emphasis upon visual image in recent months and it is very likely that purchases, queries and discussions will be based solely upon images in the years to come. From Google's perspective, emphasis has long been upon proper image optimization and necessary indication. Hence one can easily conclude that Google prefers images. Unique images are a type of content within themselves.

If you haven't optimized the images embedded onto the website, better do it now! Images ought to be high-quality and relevant, while file names should be customized too as images should have labels as per content, accompanied by ALT tags which are identified by crawlers.

Lastly, even the sitemaps need to carry images, as such to become easier to be crawled. We are going to have a specific article on image optimization tips in days to come.

  • Semantic keywords to be given importance:

Until previous year, primary keywords used to gather the attention of SEO professionals, but in the coming years, it is claimed that even secondary keywords are going to enjoy similar treatment. This is all a result of semantic search. Google doesn't confine its focus to particular stream of words. Rather content analysis is carried out for the overall query, while emphasizing user's inherent determination behind the search. To address this aspect, suitable content needs to be drafted to act like a response to the queries that users put up. Content structure paragraphs and sub-heading should be replete with keywords. Then, data ought to be organized too in a logical way, in sync with primary and secondary keywords. In short, we need to limit our writing for people, not machines.

  • Effective SEO Strategies will be guided by Local Searches:

Generally, we consider internet to be a global entity but there are made local searches too. These cater to goods and services for restaurants, carwash, florists, etc. Here local searches become as crucial as any other search and it is growing too, which is limited to growing number of zero-click searches, a common practice according to the SEO professionals.

Queries from users, in a zero-click search, get answers from SERP itself and any other listing fetched as a search result is not accessed by users. Zero-click searches have also advanced in number because of the growth in featured snippets. Another crucial aspect of zero-click searches is that they are local in nature and the outcome is thus specified to the "local pack".

How should you try to get your business into the local pack? For this, one should begin by creating a "Google My Business Page", alongside being equipped with strong backlinks. To get an idea, check where your competitors get their links from and try to manage those tactfully.

  • Focus on data and analytics to lead:

With the help of premium analytics, we can easily get to the pulse of our main customers, dwelling upon their preference following craft appropriate marketing campaigns to send them serviceable messages, personalised to their needs. Further, owing to analytics, we can also get to know about a variety of things, such as usefulness of URLs, if they get crawled, sources of referrals, loading time of pages, errors in responses, number of redirects, bounce rates and so forth.

Besides, with data science, we can also select pages which we don't want crawlers to index and deter unusual traffic sources, especially the spam websites which will also damage our EAT score.

How to lay hands on all of this information? To begin with, SEO field is flooded with analysis tools and SEMrush SEO toolkit is prominent and we are equipped with it to accomplish a range of things, such as checking ranks, researching about competitors, On-Page SEO checks, checking and building links among others.

Clearly, by paying heed to the aforementioned factors, one can easily determine their strength and weak areas, addressing the issues which need attention, making positive overtures to amend these. What we have in hand is an efficient, well reformed website.

By Ravi Kumar, Independent Consultant

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