Domination

Some historical terms should not be used lightly. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used the term Apartheid to describe the Israel/Palestine reality, this shocked some people. I hate the word Apartheid as it brings back to too many  precise historical racial connotations with respect to South Africa. The term segregation holds similar memories...

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  • May 17, 2021

Taegan Goddard of Political Wire has an article up on his blog (subscription required): Trump’s Strength Is His Lack of Loyalty, which analyzes the Former Guy’s continuing hold on the GOP. Trump’s leverage over Republicans right now isn’t that he can grow the party. It’s that he could destroy it...

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  • May 8, 2021
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Like Martin Luther objecting to Pope Leo X selling indulgences to raise money for a variety of excesses, the environmental costs of carbon markets far exceed the benefits. Austerity would have denied us Renaissance art which is less at risk in an age of non-fungible tokens. Today the consequences for the planet...

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  • March 28, 2021

Apparently John (no relation) Kennedy (R-LA) may endorse those sober drivers who run over demonstrators in Oklahoma, because a guy who “went to Oxford” should know something about logical fallacies. x Hours after America's second mass shooting in a week, Sen. John Kennedy downplays the gun problem by noting that...

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  • March 26, 2021
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Contradictions and false consciousness inhabit many Trumpists and Trump voters, demanding a crypto-fascist election outcome, a sad commentary on the times. Trump himself is left with autocratic fantasies fed by his closest sycophants. x Sources who have gotten used to Trump’s eruptions over four years sound scared by what’s transpired in...

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  • December 20, 2020

Tom Vilsack returns to the position he held during the Obama administration at USDA. Why hasn’t the pandemic compelled a rethinking of factory farming. Changing trends toward sustainability must show that the structure of industry needs to change. We’ll see. At least Biden is motivated by actual contacts rather than seeing...

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  • December 9, 2020

This post in the Anticapitalist Chat supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx This covers chapters 15 and 16. Chapter 15 describes more closely the production process and its relation of technology (to power as machinery and as social relation) Chapter 16 begins a discussion of...

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  • November 12, 2020

This story supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx This covers chapters 14, 15, 16.  Chapter 14 will provide further evidence of alienation in the division of labor and manufacturing in the capitalist reorganization of labor.  Chapter 15 describes more closely the production process and...

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  • November 4, 2020

Trump claims a Joe Biden presidency would cause stock gains to ‘disintegrate and disappear‘. We’re already there, no thanks to an incompetent pandemic policy, or lack of one. #TrumpHasNoPlan Where’s that health plan he promised he’d sign by today. Ultimately Trump doesn’t care, and in some ways it expresses the kind of aesthetic...

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  • August 2, 2020

One of the best and honest speeches given at Congressman John Lewis' funeral was by James Lawson, an activist of activists from the early days. The words of James Lawson are ones every activist must listen to now. x x YouTube Video Watch the full episode here. While President Obama...

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  • August 2, 2020

After yesterday’s screed on the leftist boogeymen, tonight should lean toward jingoism with the Trumpian cultural economy of bread and circuses.  IMPOTUS* claims that he will speak at 7pm ET. x President Trump promises a “special evening” in Washington including a speech, a military flyover and an enormous fireworks display....

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  • July 4, 2020

A lot was made of our commander-in-show holding up a Bible, a little over a week ago, with the St. John’s Episcopal Church as a backdrop. The orchestrated show of strength was preceded by shoving, tear-gassing, and strong-arm tactics of armed troops against peaceful protesters. Trump had been sheltered in...

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  • June 10, 2020

Two op-eds in the New York Times caught my attention this morning. First up is Gail Collins — Trump’s Magic Word — because of what she wrote at the end: This could be a great protest theme. Fill the street with banners saying, “Mr. President, we’re not really questioning your...

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  • June 4, 2020

As usual, Paul Krugman makes an excellent point. Today’s column, This Land of Denial and Death, lays it out in clear and damning words: Incredibly bad leadership at the top is clearly an important factor. Thousands of Americans are dying, and the president is boasting about his TV ratings. But...

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  • March 31, 2020

A short-sighted framing of Elizabeth Warren as the “first” intersectional presidential candidate speaks to some problematic fervor, particularly for a tenured feminist professor. Intersectional critique is, after all, “the development of integrated analysis and practice based upon the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking.”. Emphasis on the...

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  • February 24, 2020

Last year, the state of Virginia culminated its transformation from one of the most Republican states to electing a Democratic controlled legislature for the first time in a generation. What will be the next state to transform from a dependable Republican to swing state or better, maybe the Grand Canyon State? Reviewing the...

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  • February 17, 2020

I was at my local hipster coffee shop, where I was calling several members of the Deep State. Our plan for world domination completely hinges on getting people to say “Happy Holidays,” but Donald thwarts us at every turn. People now say “Merry Christmas” to me, completely on Trump’s orders, just...

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  • November 30, 2019

http://www.11alive.com/… The state of Georgia has registered 310,000 additional voters in 2019 through its new law allowing people who receive drivers licenses to be automatically registered to vote if they qualify and don’t opt out. If the trend continues, there could be three-quarters of a million new voters in Georgia for...

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  • October 28, 2019

A surprise announcement from the Russian news service, TASS: According to the FSB in Russia, the US government has now agreed to carrying out joint cyber operations with Russian intelligence. What? pic.twitter.com/RUDHurrWf8 — Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) October 18, 2019 This bit of cynical non-collusive activity first was mentioned around the...

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  • October 18, 2019

I won’t even pretend to channel OPOL.  I don’t think anyone could write or rant as he could.  We got the news today that One Pissed Off Liberal had passed.   One Pissed Off Liberal would be topping trees had he seen that dictator and murderer, laugh at us and make...

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  • October 2, 2019

Martha McSally ran for Congress multiple times in 2012, both in a special election that year and in the regular election. She lost both races. She tried a third time in the wave election year of 2014, and won by the skin of her teeth—under 200 votes.  She then ran...

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  • July 5, 2019

Martha McSally ran for Congress multiple times in 2012, both in a special election that year and in the regular election. She lost both races. She tried a third time in the wave election year of 2014 and won by the skin of her teeth—under 200 votes. She then ran for...

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  • July 5, 2019

This is not the diary I wanted to write. Though it includes snippets of the research I wanted to share, it is not what I had been working on for the past few days, obviously. I am rushing this diary through as I had most of the research already and...

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  • July 2, 2019

I am not going to make the declarative statement that you may be expecting.  The winner in last night’s debate was the American people. First debates are usually feeling out exercises with onlookers breathlessly waiting for the zinger of the night. Fortunately, the Democratic party did something unusual, they did...

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  • June 27, 2019

So I watch the morning news programs this morning thinking for once, for once, they would say a Republican had broken the law, undermined the constitution and must (or at least we should think about) be removed from office for the good of the country. But NOOOOOOOO.  All the arguments...

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  • April 19, 2019

So I watch the morning news programs this morning thinking for once, for once, they would say a Republican had broken the law, undermined the constitution and must (or at least we should think about) be removed from office for the good of the country. But NOOOOOOOO.  All the arguments...

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  • April 19, 2019

PRESS RELEASE – Progressive Democrats of America On April 3rd and 4th in Brussels, Belgium, The Party of the European Left and the GUE/NGL members of the European Parliament organized a series of meetings with representatives from leading progressive organizations from the United States. The American contingent included Alan Minsky,...

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  • April 11, 2019

By Maite Mola & Paolo Ferrero, Vice-Presidents of the Party of the European Left   In the spirit of Bernie Sanders’ recent call to begin building an “international progressive front”, the European Left invited leaders from the US Left to Brussels to develop concrete working relationships. Over two productive days, Maria...

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  • April 9, 2019

Every cycle, this is the “Uncle Krusty Show” time for the congress. It’s a unique blending of hubris and rampant indifference. Look what happens every time during a :lame duck” session. You have a combination of incredibly important stuff that has to get done before year’s end, combined with the...

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  • December 2, 2018

The news banners brag that U.S. Air Force spends $9,000,000 a day bombing ISIS. That's for 20 bombing attacks a day and Very Low Risk bombing missions. U.S.A.F. has never lost a plane over there. How's about a new Group here? A profit center for Our Favorite Web Site. DAILY...

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  • June 13, 2015

Now it should be explicit, not suspected or implicit that elections are not democratic in the presence of Murdoch, the Kochs or Adelman. What we see is that anything will be done where the most powerful are sure they will not be prosecuted. Lies count for nothing. There is no...

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  • May 11, 2015

Hillary Clinton can add to her basic stage craft, to her inventory of vocal skills. As a public speaker she needs to reach beyond facts and “process” to the emotional “Why” responses that generate persistent commitment. As a presidential candidate Clinton will also need to establish personal connections with the...

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  • April 23, 2015

“Extremist Islamic Terrorists” An oxymoron. “Islamic” is the generic term for all things Muslim. Used properly it applies to practicing Muslims regardless of country, sect, race, or sex. The murderer, torturer, kidnapper, rapist psychopaths at ISIS/Da'ish would give their eye teeth to be Islamic. ISIS is not a part of...

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  • February 22, 2015