nUkiEmOLe iNfO #8/ 24 Nov 2016
Learning from the lessons of words: blowback, plutocracy, nuclearism
Is not sooo much, that industrial-slaveRy is not “wAge-abetTance” of oligarchs and to coRpoRate-Sleaze, but that you have not the Human Rights to have human-Rights. Slavery is not a pRimordial primo-Facie line of capitalist-Totality, but that criminals and crooks hang together, a la Mussolini. The imperviousness of americans not to know all political-Parties helps the one-Party: parody stay aloft inside the chem-tRails Ionizing “beltway”. They should inhale more of that “garbage: that’s not-good-for humanity, and human-Rights” or die tRying to read a dictionary on oRM-D: R-O-N-G-S. “R”
“Learning from their earlier mistakes, the Romans simply avoided direct battles and waited for the Carthaginian forces to exhaust themselves. Then a Roman army led by Scipio invaded Spain and conquered it. Then Rome turned its attentions to Carthage itself. They organised an intrigue with Carthage’s African vassals and got them to rise up against their masters. This revolt compelled Hannibal to return to Africa to defend Carthage. Once again, the might of Rome prevailed. In the end Carthage was decisively beaten at the battle of Zama.
After this, the Romans no longer felt any need to pretend that their wars were of a defensive character. They had developed a taste for conquest. But this was merely a reflection of a fundamental change in property relations and the mode of production. The same year (146 BC) they destroyed Corinth, another trading rival. By order of the Senate, the city was razed to the ground, its entire population was sold into slavery and its priceless art treasures were shipped off to Rome. The destruction of Corinth was partly to prevent social revolution: the Romans always preferred to deal with oligarchic governments, whereas Corinth was a turbulent democracy.
The final Punic War was deliberately provoked by Rome. The war party was led by Cato, who always ended his speeches in the Senate with the celebrated slogan: “delenda est Carthago” – Carthage must be destroyed. After a three-year siege in which the inhabitants suffered terrible famine, the city was taken by storm. In a display of extreme vindictiveness, the Romans broke their promises to the Carthaginians and sold the population into slavery. They then demolished the city stone by stone and sowed the ground with salt so that nothing could grow there. The defeat of Carthage changed the destiny of Rome. Until it was compelled to take to the sea in the war with Carthage, Rome had never been a sea power. Carthage had always blocked her way. Now, with this mighty obstacle removed, Rome was free to launch herself on a career that was to end in complete domination of the Mediterranean.
The Roman victory added new territories to its growing empire, including the prosperous Greek and Phoenician colonies on the coast of Spain. This gave a further impetus to the class of Roman capitalists, involved in trade in the Mediter-ranean. Spain opened up her valuable iron and silver mines – which were also work-ed by slave labour in terrible conditions. Rome simply took over this business from Carthage. It also led to a further development of trade and exchange and therefore the rise of a money economy. Thus, war played an important role in bringing about a complete transformation of the mode of production – and there-fore of social relations – in Rome.”
 “The class struggle in the Roman Republic, part four” Written by Alan Woods, Fri. 25 September 2009