Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Trump and the Politics of "None of the Above"

Donald Trump is basically the "none of the above" candidate. The status quo is despised and he knows it. "Change you can believe in" has proven itself a fraud, so he's running on "change us back to the way we were" (i.e., "great"), which at least refers to a time period that's real (post WWII) if nothing else. Hillary Clinton is in some ways worse than Trump (she's more likely to get us into war with Russia, for example, which could be terminal), and is a status quo candidate if there ever was one. A President Hillary will send popular cynicism about politics soaring, emboldening more shameless reactionaries to run and perhaps win next time around. If a strong popular left doesn't emerge soon, deeper and more sophisticated than the "Feel the Bern" campaign, things could get very ugly.

Yes, it would have been nice if a New Dealer like Bernie Sanders had been the standard bearer instead of Clinton. But everyone knew the game was rigged against him well beforehand. Doesn't anyone remember the take-down of front-runner Jesse Jackson by his own party in 1988? Do we really think the "New Democrats" (i.e., anti-New Deal) don't really mean to say and do what they constantly say and do? For over 40 years a mild IMF style "structural adjustment" program has been applied to the U.S., deliberately eroding the New Deal, with the conscious support of both the Democratic and Republican parties. So how could we be surprised at what happened to Bernie Sanders in 2016?

Basically, his whole effort boiled down to expanding the Democratic base to benefit Hillary Clinton, a very predictable and disgusting outcome. Now as he goes back to his Senate committee work, he urges the young idealists that worked their hearts out for him to vote for Hillary, who gives six-figure speeches to Wall Street and transformed Libya from a stable country with the highest standard of living in Africa into a terrorist haven where ISIS marauds the beaches beheading people.

Far more important than who wins these quadrennial celebrity contests is establishing a broad democratic culture that won't allow the kind of revolting politics Washington has made itself famous for.

Let's get to work.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

You Say You Want a Revolution . . . .

". . . There are two cardinal differences between liberalism and radicalism. The first can be characterized as idealism versus materialism. Liberalism is idealist. The crucible of social reality is the realm of ideas, in concepts, language, attitudes. In contrast radicalism is materialist. Radicals see society as composed of actual institutions - economic, political, cultural- which wield power, including the power to use violence. 

"The second disagreement is on the primary social unit. Liberalism is individualist, locating the basic organization of society in the individual. Hence, liberal strategies for political change are almost exclusively individual actions. For radicals, the basic social unit is a class or group, whether that's racial class, sex caste, economic class, or other grouping. Radicalism of whatever stripe understands oppression as group-based harm. For liberals, defining people as members of a group is the harm. In contrast, radicals believe that identifying your interests with others who are dispossessed - and developing loyalty to your people - is the first, crucial step in building a liberation movement.

"Liberals essentially think that oppression is a mistake, a misunderstanding, and changing people's minds is the way to change the world. Hence, liberals place a tremendous emphasis on education as a political strategy. Radicals understand oppression as a set of interlocking institutions, and, one way or another, the strategy for liberation involves direct confrontation with power to take those institutions apart. 

"The Left in this country has embraced liberalism to the point of becoming completely unhitched from any notion of actually being effective. Activism has turned into one big group therapy session. It doesn't matter what we accomplish - what matters is how we feel about it. The goal of any action isn't to change the material balance of power, it's to feel 'empowered' or to feel 'community' or to feel our hearts open to our inner children because our mean, mean mothers never loved us, and all of it is endless and self-referential and useless. And the people who get caught up in this workshop culture will insist that their precious little navels have something to do with changing the world. Meanwhile, the planet is being eviscerated. . . . 

"The related dead end of individualism is the extreme personal purity of the 'lifestyle activists.' Understand: the task of an activist is not to negotiate systems of power with as much personal integrity as possible - it's to dismantle those systems. Neither of these approaches - personal psychological change or personal lifestyle choices - is going to disrupt the global arrangements of power. They're both ultimately liberal approaches to injustice, rerouting the goal from political change to personal change. This is easier, much easier, because it makes no demands on us. It requires no courage or sacrifice, no persistence or honor, which is what direct confrontations with power must require. But personal purity only asks for shopping and smugness. The mainstream version involves hybrid cars, soy milk, soy burgers, and soy babies, and checking off the 'green power' option on your electric bill. On the very fringe, there is a more extreme version which offers a semi-nomadic life of essentially mooching off the employed. To point out the obvious: power doesn't care. Power doesn't notice the existence of anarchist freegans and it certainly doesn't care if they eat out of dumpsters. Power will only care when you build a strategic movement against it. Individual action will never be effective."

         -----Lierre Keith, The Vegetarian Myth, pps. 264-5

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Liberal Hysteria Continues to Make Trump Look Semi-Rational

The uproar over Donald Trump's continued failure to spew out sound bites favored by U.S. policy elites has gone beyond comic absurdity to reach the heights of satire incarnate. Authenticity simply cannot be tolerated.

The question of the week is whether or not the unpredictable Donald "can be trusted with the nuclear codes." Note that the issue is not that the world can be incinerated at a moment's notice, but that a candidate who doesn't swear to uphold the dogmas that eventuated in this insanity might be voted into power. God help us.

Hardly anyone seems to realize that the United States is always already using nuclear weapons in the same way that a bank robber uses a gun without actually having to fire it. People get awfully cooperative when a gun is waved in their face, and governments do too when they hear Washington loudly proclaiming that "all options are on the table" in pursuit of "regime change." How much imagination do we need to realize that this is a threat to nuke entire countries off the map?

On the other hand, it takes considerable imagination to conclude that Trump was calling for the assassination of Clinton when he recently noted that "2nd amendment people" would be the only ones who might be able to stop her from "abolish[ing] the 2nd amendment" if she becomes president. While certainly no AIPAC, the NRA nevertheless does have considerable influence on U.S. political culture, which makes the overturning of the 2nd Amendment much more complicated than a president simply appointing gun control advocates to the bench. Recall that a previous Satan in the Oval Office (George W. Bush), though favoring a Constitutional amendment to ban abortion proved unable to overturn Roe. v. Wade, and liberals hardly needed to resort to arms to achieve their victory. And let's not even get started on how gunning down a sitting president would make it harder to implement a gun ban. Please liberals, take a tranquilizer.

Trump, let us also recall, is a voice of restraint on Ukraine, one of the world's hot spots most likely to erupt in a nuclear war. He was, in fact, called to task for asserting - correctly - that Vladimir Putin had not invaded the country, but rather, had troops in Crimea as part of international agreements, just as Washington has troops in Bahrain without being accused of invading that country.

And, of course, in the wake of a Washington supported coup in Ukraine, Crimeans voted by a 96% majority (with over 80% turn-out) to be part of Russia, with ethnic Tatars and Ukrainians voting overwhelmingly in favor along with ethnic Russians. A parallel poll in Russia showed that 90% of the Russian people also favored re-unification, confirming longstanding sentiment that the two territories are actually one.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton continues to label the democratically elected Vladimir Putin a "dictator," always a signal that a country has been targeted for regime change, while NATO moves nuclear weapons practically up to the Russian border, a provocation inviting a repeat of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Except maybe the outcome won't be so lucky this time.

Friday, August 5, 2016


An anonymous source said to be anonymous by another anonymous source is claiming that Donald Trump is using muslim blood to write anti-semitic hate speech on dead mexican immigrant bodies and that after that he cooks and eats the unborn children of some of the dead mexicans and muslims and then beats his wife.

The anonymous source could not be confirmed by an anonymous expert on hate crimes and anonymous sources but despite this we felt a responsibility as liberal progressive citizens and not just media hustlers to make this news known to as many people as possible as quickly as possible in the interest of warning the american people about just how rotten a scum sucking bastard this guy is. Really, can you believe how rotten he is?

If he were president we'd have unarmed black men shot dead by the police and we'd spend 26 billion dollars on our pet industry while half a million of our people were living in the streets and we'd have military bases all over the world and be killing muslims by the hundreds of thousands and destroying islamic homelands in the middle east and creating terrorists who would hate us for good reason..

We've got to stop him before it's too late!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Along with being a nazi racist child abusing misogynistic homophobic anti-semitic fascist Hitler, psycho-neurotic sources newly reveal that the archfiend monster demon is also a spy!!!!

Now that the conventions of both the Brainless Con and Spineless Lib wings of the ruling party are over, the worst campaign for president in American history can officially begin even though it’s actually been in process for months now. The two candidates, gushingly beloved by many and loathsomely despised by most, have already been slinging cancerous mud at one another for some time, but now the putrid atmosphere promises to get even worse. Barf bags ready?

Getting an early start, the neo-liberal high command of America’s electoral sewer introduced a new low to our political toilet by making a sarcastic remark made by Trump into still another incredible charge that makes the anti-communist idiots of the 1950s sound like freethinking liberals by comparison.

After a wikileaks release of party emails revealed the central committee of the democrats were against the insurgent candidacy of Bernie Sanders - who knew? – and were doing all they could to help Her Highness Clinton and harm His Gallness Bernie – who could have imagined? - the counter attack ran that it was evil Russian hackers behind the leak. Booga Booga!

Anyone remember the cold war? The communist menace? The nuclear arms race? Long after those were supposed to have ended and Russia has gone capitalist, they’re still such major moneymakers there are daily reports from consciousness control and central mind management about the dreadful threat of Russians, Putin and the danger to us all if Ukraine falls to the former evil empire. It seems the Ukraine borders right on New Jersey, or Kansas, or Miami, or someplace dangerously close to us here in Disneyland.

Trump has not run with this particular pack of the warfare party, given his personal egotistical arrogance, which somehow balances that of the nation but drives its owner - rulers up the wall because his perverse individualist idiocy often contradicts their degenerate social madness. This has led the sources of real power in america to oppose him, and arrange for supposed “progressive” opponents of entrenched power to not only swallow every tale told about him but worse, to have his sometimes twisted logic further twisted by mind managers to result in an alleged “left” political opposition to entrenched minority power in america operating as front line volunteers for entrenched minority power in america to defeat Trump. With rebels like this we’d still have slavery.

Since Trump has expressed previous disdain for foreign warfare engagements which waste money – no anti-war moralist he, but almost sounding like a peacenik by comparison to the neo-lib mass murderers opting to circle Russia with nato puppet armies and american missiles, all in the interest of peace and democracy, of course – he is seen as a real enemy of the warfare state. That has led to his depiction by puppets as a menace to us all if he gets his hands on the nuclear button. This, while america moves closer to a nuclear confrontation with Russia and all we have to rely on, if we have any sense, is the leadership of Putin which is mature and worldly by comparison to the infantile warheads running our reality tv farce.

Thus, the latest and possibly most idiotic charge of his collusion with a supposedly evil foreign power by making a joke and urging Russia to find out more about his opposition’s emails. Somehow these buffoons on what is called a left (by crackpots who think Groucho Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto) have created a formidable opponent out of an intellectual lightweight multi millionaire egoist who, shockingly, with outspoken honesty often makes the supposed intelligentsia seem the homicidal crackpots they are. What’s a voter to do?

The truly thoughtful seekers of real and not just genital change in leadership have an opportunity to vote for such, though not in every state since this still very anti-democratic system makes it next to impossible for real democracy to work. But Dr. Jill Stein - a brilliant, accomplished and compassionate woman who has achieved her high status on her own! - and the Greens are on enough ballots to tally enough votes and attract the attention of the real majority; americans who have not succumbed to being reduced to helpless minorities but demand majority unity in creating a political economy that works for all and not just the richest and their paid staff. And that 20-25% still enjoying privilege beyond what the majority 75-80% experience will be under increasing stress soon enough to see that their “identity” is the same as those beneath them economically: we are americans, of all shapes, sizes, beliefs, cultural and ethnic origins and histories, but americans who will not have a better life for ourselves and whatever slice of the population we are made to believe is “our” people until we unite as a democratic force to reorient our politics and economics to benefit all of “our” people: Americans.

Disregard the fear mongers and their often well meaning and sincere but sadly mislead minions who sometimes question authority and then do exactly what authority orders them to do. The choice (?) offered between Clinton and Trump is a lesser evil one of cancer or polio. Choose Jill Stein and the Greens and begin the process of ending the politics of terminal and crippling disease and starting an economy of humanity and health for all of us.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Incredibly Fantastical Poll Results!!!

Hillary Clinton has a 76% chance of winning the presidency, our election forecast finds. 

Also, 275,000,000 american citizens, 10 million undocumented immigrants and 15 million documented immigrants have an 89% chance of bowel movements in the next 24 hours!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bulletin! . . . Adam Smith Says Only Government Intervention Can Protect Workers From Being Reduced to Mindless Automatons by the Capitalist Division of Labor

"In the progress of the division of labour, the employment of the far greater part of those who live by labour, that is, of the great body of the people, comes to be confined to a very few simple operations, frequently to one or two. But the understandings of the greater part of men are necessarily formed by their ordinary employments. The man whose whole life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects too are, perhaps, always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his understanding, or to exercise his invention in finding out expedients for removing difficulties which never occur. He naturally loses, therefore, the habit of such exertion, and generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become (italics added). The torpor of his mind renders him, not only incapable of relishing or bearing a part in any rational conversation, but of conceiving any generous, noble, or tender sentiment, and consequently of forming any just judgment concerning many even of the ordinary duties of private life. Of the great and extensive interests of his country he is altogether incapable of judging; and unless very particular pains have been taken to render him otherwise, he is equally incapable of defending his country in war. The uniformity of his stationary life naturally corrupts the courage of his mind, and makes him regard with abhorrence the irregular, uncertain, and adventurous life of a soldier. It corrupts even the activity of his body, and renders him incapable of exerting his strength with vigour and perseverance, in any other employment than that to which he has been bred. His dexterity at his own particular trade seems, in this manner, to be acquired at the expence of his intellectual, social, and martial virtues. But in every improved and civilized society this is the state into which the labouring poor, that is, the great body of the people, must necessarily fall, unless government takes some pains to prevent it (italics added).

"It is otherwise in the barbarous societies, as they are commonly called, of hunters, of shepherds, and even of husbandmen in that rude state of husbandry which precedes the improvement of manufactures, and the extension of foreign commerce. In such societies the varied occupations of every man oblige every man to exert his capacity, and to invent expedients for removing difficulties which are continually occurring. Invention is kept alive, and the mind is not suffered to fall into that drowsy stupidity, which, in a civilized society, seems to benumb the understanding of almost all the inferior ranks of people (i.e., the lower classes - ed., italics added)."

-----Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, (Modern Library Edition, published by Random House in 1937), pps. 734-5