by A.M. Gittlitz July 14, 2018 (theoutline.com)
• With billionaires Robert Bigelow, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and Jeff Bezos, in the vanguard of space exploration, and rock star Tom Delonge attempting to create a “perpetual funding machine” to research and reveal alien activity, what will this capitalist-driven disclosure of extraterrestrials mean to the economic hierarchies of nationality, class, race, and gender?
• It was the communists who started the Space Race by launching Sputnik in 1957. Cosmism — the revolutionary belief in space travel — was part of the Bolshevik program. Cosmist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky believed that a socialist humanity ought to free itself of its geocentrist outlook and seek contact with advanced extraterrestrial societies. Carl Sagan and Soviet scientist Iosef Shklovsky made a similar argument in their 1966 book, Intelligent Life in the Universe.
• There were also ‘Marxist Ufologists’, mainly from the exiled Bolshevik tradition of Leon Trotsky. After Trotsky was exiled, he became a fierce critic of the Stalinist bureaucracy that swallowed the revolutionary foundations of the Soviet Union. The Ufologists among them took Tsiokolvsky’s assessment that, “Time must pass until the average level of humankind’s development is sufficient for nonearthly dwellers to visit us.” The aliens, like communism it seems, linger in the air, waiting for us to prepare the world for them.
• In 1968, Latin American Trotskyite, J. Posadas, wrote that aliens “have no aggressive impulse.” “They have no need to kill in order to live: they come only to observe…[W]e must call on them to intervene, to help us resolve the problems we have on Earth. The essential task is to suppress poverty, hunger, unemployment, and war, to give everyone the means to live in dignity and to lay the bases for human fraternity.” For Posadas, the idea that aliens might pose a threat comes from our history of wars of conquest and economic exploitation. Any species advanced enough to travel light years would have long solved these issues caused by the temporary afflictions of capitalism and the nation-state. Posadas was also interested in communication with dolphins. These unorthodox writings made him an object of ridicule even among his own and has since earned him the status of a memetic folk-hero. He never published on UFOs after 1968.
• One of Posadas’s lieutenants, Dante Minazzoli said in 1947 of the Roswell crash, “I drank coffee with some comrades in Buenos Aires… and told them that for me they were probably space ships.” Minazzoli began to focus exclusively on political readings of the great scientific Ufologists like Hynek and Vallee. He was convinced that UFOs were alien observers who recognized that humanity was becoming technologically advanced enough to join a galactic community, but was still too dangerous. He predicted that the end of the Cold War could make the ETs change their minds, but that the imperialist United States would attempt to suppress first contact and mobilize war against the visitors to defend their hegemony.
• The German-Argentinian Paul Schulz, a central member of the communist party’s industrial core in the ‘50s and ‘60s, started to receive telepathic messages which prophesized a nuclear war that would rip the fabric of space-time. Schulz found an explanation for these messages in the work of Swiss Ufologist Eduard “Billy” Meier, who believed these benevolent aliens communicated with the most advanced humans in an attempt to steer the human race toward enlightenment. Major religious, political, and scientific figures, including Marx, presumably owed their revelations to Plejoran intervention.
• Peter Kolosimo, an Italian born anti-fascist partisan was kicked out of the Communist Party for his support of Tito’s anti-Stalinist Yugoslavian socialism. In 1965 he wrote Not of This Earth, which argued that aliens had influenced or created early human civilizations. It became a bestseller in Italy. Modern proponents of his theories, such as Graham Hancock and Erich von Däniken, find Kolosimo too politically radical to give him any credit.
• But if artificial economic scarcity based on hoarded wealth is replaced with free energy, automated technology, and unlimited off-planet resources, this would create the conditions for a “fully automated luxury space communism.” Freely sharing such technology with mankind would threaten the pretenses of a capitalist class society.
• Marxist Ufologists viewed UFO investigation as part of the scientific and intellectual tradition of humans attempting to understand themselves and their place within nature, with the aim of creating a truly free and equal society. In searching for aliens we are forced to confront the logic of capital that controls the world. Marxist Ufologists saw a potential ally in our interstellar neighbors. The prospect of such an encounter might be terrifying, but it’s hard to imagine our new alien overlords could be any more inhumane than the humans who currently dominate the planet.
• [Editor’s Note] According to insiders like Corey Goode, the breakaway Interplanetary Corporate Conglomerate secret space program that operates at least fifteen work colonies on Mars, as well as innumerable mining outposts, relies on barter and trade to conduct commerce with over 900 intergalactic species. Indeed, according to these sources, our “Babylonian money magic” system is a classic form of slavery intentionally imposed on humanity by extraterrestrial Anunnaki overlords.
In case you missed it — and there’s a lot of weird stuff going on, so it makes sense that some things would slip through the cracks — aliens exist.
At least that’s what military officials and major politicians believe, according to a New York Times report from December that the Pentagon gave $22 million to aerospace research firms to investigate the UFO phenomenon. Much of that went to Robert Bigelow, a hotelier attempting to expand operations to space. Like Tom Delonge, the ex-Blink-182 guitarist who releases UFO videos and literature in an attempt to turn his To The Stars Academy corporation into a “perpetual funding machine”, he seeks to reverse-engineer UFO technology, and, in the process, give Ufology (the study of UFOs) a corporate makeover.
While the “New Space Age” entrepreneurship of Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and Jeff Bezos have caught criticism from the labor advocates and the left, Bigelow’s privatized Area 51 and Delonge’s “Uber for UFOs” ambitions have flown under the radar.
Though Ufologists tend to possess an anti-authoritarian streak (it’s hard to be pro-“The Man” when you’re convinced The Man is also lying to you about alien visitors), their singular focus on the truth being out there tends to overlook things like political economics. After all, wouldn’t the revelation of extraterrestrial intelligence be revolution enough? It’s hard to imagine that the global order — let alone the hierarchies of nationality, class, race, and gender — would remain the same after such an occurrence. But they also ought to question what it means that this new vanguard of Ufology appears far more interested in securing funding and turning a profit than bringing liberatory truth to mankind.
Space has not always been such an apolitical void. It was the communists, after all, who started the Space Race by launching Sputnik in 1957. The United States reluctantly followed. Even before they took power, Cosmism — the revolutionary belief in space travel — was part of the Bolshevik program. Cosmist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, who NASA called a “Father of Rocketry,” believed a socialist humanity ought to free itself of its geocentrist outlook and seek contact with advanced extraterrestrial societies. Carl Sagan, who was at least sympathetic to socialism, and Soviet scientist Iosef Shklovsky made a similar argument in their 1966 book, Intelligent Life in the Universe.
There were also Marxist Ufologists, mainly from the exiled Bolshevik tradition of Leon Trotsky. After Stalin consolidated power, Trotsky was exiled and became a fierce critic of the bureaucracy that swallowed the revolutionary foundations of the Soviet Union and turned the communist Third International into an agent of Soviet foreign policy. Trotsky’s followers declared a Fourth International that continued to push for the communist future envisioned by the early Bolsheviks. The handful of Ufologists among them took Tsiokolvsky’s assessment that “Time must pass until the average level of humankind’s development is sufficient for nonearthly dwellers to visit us” as a messianic prediction. The aliens, like communism, linger in the air, waiting for us to make the world ready for them.
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