Legacy

This is the sixth set of notes for a reading group on Marx’s Capital, and includes a Volume I refresher for further reading of Volume II. There are links to earlier posts and texts that may be useful. Marx is probably too taken with a kind of scientism by proposing...

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  • October 25, 2021

If you have seen the movie Birds of Prey (And the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), you know the underlying theme was her discovering her power amidst a world of insanity, crime, and social degradation; hence her emancipation. That brings me to the current impasse in the Senate, with...

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  • October 4, 2021

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin just cooked the planet. I don't mean that in a metaphorical sense. I mean that literally. Unless Manchin changes his negotiating position dramatically soon, he will be remembered as the man who, when the moment of decision came, chose to condemn virtually every living creature on Earth...

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  • October 3, 2021

Women and people of color had a unique experience that ended yesterday in Tokyo, Japan. The controversial Summer Olympics closed with America at the top of the medal leader board despite some members of the team having barbs and sticks hurled at them from the right-wing.  Lots of conservatives and...

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  • August 9, 2021

Before 2016 if you told most Americans that Donald Trump would become president, they would have laughed or thought you were joking. The outspoken businessman and tv personality was a complete outsider to the world of politics. Yet his antics and political rhetoric were not. Trump can thank Newt Gingrich...

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  • July 12, 2021

Oklahoma’s right-wing politicians would like to erase history because that’s what they do, whether it’s the omission of facts or rewriting them to favor those in power. Historical guilt and its associated media effects cooties can’t be part of public school curricula. H.B. 1775  implies that the past prior to 1776...

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  • May 24, 2021

After a black woman received two low-balled appraisals for her home, her friend’s white husband played the owner, and the appraised value doubled. Appraisal increased when black woman owner became a white man See full episodes here. One can fight outward racism overtly. After all, it is easy to see....

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  • May 22, 2021

GQP, the “radical cult that used to be a political party” now attacks “wokeness” to divert attention from their retribution against Liz Cheney’s vote against previous guy during the insurrection. x Rep. Kevin McCarthy: “The movement in this country about wokeness has got to stop.” pic.twitter.com/Vnrkm0N1bx — The Hill (@thehill) May...

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  • May 4, 2021

A new book suggests now the necessity of reexamining the historical materialist project of Walter Benjamin recognizing those moments of historical contact as acts of recognizing the constructed historical object. “Historicism tends to be hermeneutic because it values cautious, rigorous, and contextualized interpretation of information; or relativist, because it rejects notions of universal, fundamental...

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  • April 24, 2021

Previous Guy has been desperate for a regular social media channel to wreak his nonsense. Likely he’ll violate the rules again because we’ve seen his poor impulse control and then there’s the Big Lie. Tech experts are skeptical about plans for a Trump social media platform, if only because justice...

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  • April 7, 2021

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg slammed Texas. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee supports Supreme Court Expansion. GOP ignores the M4A vote. It is time to tax the rich. Pete Buttigieg slams Texas Chat – Join Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254...

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  • April 1, 2021

More NYC stories of anti-Asian hate. Because bullies and haters come in all shapes and sizes. TRIGGER WARNING NYPD says 65-year-old Asian American woman was walking to church this morning when suspect assaulted her and said “f*** you, you don’t belong here.” Happened in front of 360 W. 43rd St....

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  • March 30, 2021

Not about authoritarian horseshoes or even close hand grenades. The “environmental” claims of RWNjs or even wise use advocates is also about corporate land use, private property NIMBYism/sovereignty, and constraining minority populations via immigration. Even the New Zealand terrorist’s manifesto proclaimed a ecofascist threat was largely about fearing indigenous people because of...

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  • March 22, 2021

1969 1969, a day of pride and glory 2021, a day of shame and hate 1964 displaying gallows for hanging It is unbelievable how far we have fallen instead of moving forward. The first still picture is gallows being erected for the hanging of Mike Pence. The picture  below is gallows...

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  • February 15, 2021

Donald Trump’s time in office was defined by death, destruction, disarray, and multiple attacks on democracy. Yet we must never forget that Trump’s legacy also includes an evil milestone, reached in 2018, when the United States, for the first time ever, ranked among the top five deadliest countries for journalists....

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  • February 6, 2021

Lots of events happening even if they’re all quite chaotic in the Russian Federation. Numerous anti-Putin demonstrations in the middle of winter. and some mysterious doings. Considering how long Trump was groomed, there are very few Trump-like Russian stooges in the wings although Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, and Devin Nunes...

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  • February 5, 2021

For a brief moment after Trump sent his myrmidons to storm the Capitol where Mitch McConnell was telling the Senate the Biden election was legal, he was angry at what had just happened that he actually showed emotion. “The mob was fed lies,” the GOP leader said on the Senate...

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  • January 28, 2021

It really has little to do with most legislation.  Hell, he might not even whip his caucus on a lot of what Biden wants to do.  Although he might want to filibuster on raising taxes. What Mitch really cares about, what he views as his legacy, is his packing of...

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  • January 25, 2021

Donald Trump tried his best to erase Barack Obama’s legacy, but Joe Biden is president now, and it falls to him to scrub the ocher shite stains out of America’s Underoos. One largely symbolic—but nevertheless important—step is to get the Harriet Tubman $20 bill back on track so Frederick Douglass can see...

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  • January 25, 2021

“Being American is more than a pride we inherit. It's the past we step into.” “A nation that isn’t broken but simplify unfinished” x WATCH: Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, recites a poem on unity in the U.S. at #Inauguration2021 pic.twitter.com/3sIv7DBpla — MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 20,...

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  • January 20, 2021

Marchers were beaten into withdrawal, spoiling their first attempt to march from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery, Alabama. In the ensuing successful march in 1965 to Montgomery, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered an address that predicted the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Nation’s Capital. To the...

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  • January 18, 2021

It’s not so much “when you’ve lost the National Review…”, but the attempt to ensure that there might be an autonomous, conservative GOP rather than a Trumpist party. Aside from fanciful premises about “process” repeated during the House floor debate, the National Review still supports impeachment. He urged a crowd to...

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  • January 13, 2021

It’s now moving toward that Trump resignation, because impeachment is moving forward and even McConnell has appeared to favor it. Unlike Nixon, perhaps the death of Sheldon Adelson, a major Trump backer, among other defections will not require the approach of major GOP luminaries to pressure Trump to resign. For...

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  • January 12, 2021

Almost immediately after the siege on the Capitol ended, people started both-sidesing the event. You know, liberals didn’t care about the violence and property destruction that arose in the wake of the racial justice protests over the summer (erm, false), so why do we care about this? In other words, the...

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  • January 9, 2021

After President Donald Trump ignited his riotous group of seditionists with the words “fight like hell” and ‘take our country back,’ the return shouts and whoops from the crowd were foreboding. In the subsequent hours, Trump's followers proved that walls do not work when they scaled the stone porticos of...

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  • January 8, 2021

Staring at the Andrew Jackson portrait in the Oval Office must have had a stochastic effect. Like Nixon talking to portraits, Trump decided he’d go out with a bang. As his hero, Trump perhaps read about the second inaugural on 4 March 1829. Trump would never hold such an “open house” rather...

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  • January 8, 2021

Quite a few republicans are whining that the Tangerine Tyrant has damaged his legacy. Really? Trillions in tax cuts for the wealthy both corporate and private, pennies for the poorest. Praising racists and authoritarians for four years. Building America’s picket fence on the Mexican border, he only needed it to...

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  • January 7, 2021

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  • January 2, 2021

Approaching 4,000 deaths per day, Trump’s big policy win: stronger showers, faster dishwashers. Trump’s legacy will be 300,000 dead—and three-martini lunches. And apparently Trump is coming home early from Florida because he's excited about the Senate attempt to overthrow the 2020 election. x When Republicans who denied #COVID19, called it a hoax...

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  • December 31, 2020

Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss did not mince his words as he made it clear that there'll be no Trump rehabilitation, unlike other presidents. Historian excoriates the president x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. The host, Mehdi Raza Hasan, asked Michael Beschloss if presidents are concerned about their legacy. He said they are....

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  • December 29, 2020

We are in that strange place where a respected rival gets to lead infrastructure change in a critical area of the US economy and a nutter in VA wants fascism. Darn Constitutional freedoms juxtaposed on the same day. Perhaps trains will run on time. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped former South Bend, Ind.,...

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  • December 15, 2020

All votes have been certified and Biden has still won. “…is this the moment when the G.O.P. abandons its belief in democracy” x My timeline: Dec 11, 12, or 13 — SCOTUS tosses Texas suit Dec 14 — EC votes for Biden 306-232 Jan 6 — Congress counts EC votes; objections...

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  • December 11, 2020

On March 25, 1965, eleven days after the candles were blown out on my birthday cake, Ms. Viola Liuzzo was gunned down in her car following her participation as a civil rights marcher and transport driver. After a long day, she had agreed to drive black activist Mr. Leroy Moten,...

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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 “I have joined a family, and like all families, it's full of shit.” – Pablo Picasso on the French Communist Party. x does this mean i dont have to read it— A.M. (@spaceprole) November...

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  • November 28, 2020

Trump really wants Iran to do something stupid before he leaves office, whether it’s a terrorist strike by proxies or something, something Revolutionary Guard attack. x If killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani didn’t change Iran’s behaviors or its strategic policies and objectives, I doubt that killing it’s top nuclear scientists...

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  • November 27, 2020

There’s a meeting of Trump and GOP lawmakers in Gettysburg PA where they will discuss a fraud to which Rudy has yet to admit under oath in court. x Trump is expected to join his attorney Rudy Giuliani in Gettysburg, PA, Wednesday where GOP state lawmakers are holding a “hearing” on...

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  • November 25, 2020

Last gasps of biglygate: even Mitt Romney shades Trump as President-elect Biden has not ruled out legal action against the GSA, as Trump will have run out of options very soon. x Arizona will follow in a week.Nevada and Wisconsin will certify on December 1. The electors will cast their...

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  • November 20, 2020

Trumpist anti-certifying efforts for the remaining states seem a fools’ errand but Trump and Giuliani seem to be the best fools for it. Regardless, they are chasing some version of an apocalyptic conclusion. x And Bannon talking about it openly on his insane Alex Jones-level podcast. — S.V. Dáte (@svdate) November 18,...

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  • November 18, 2020

I’ve seen a lot of epic rants, but this one was particularly potent. Ned Staebler viciously and correctly called out the blatant racism of two Republican who were refusing to certify the presidential election results in Michigan’s Wayne County.  Staebler pointed out the two Republican racists—Board of Canvassers members Monica Palmer and William...

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  • November 18, 2020

Look, Trump has his go to doc interviewing on Russian Television, an idiot resident claiming he will not count votes and will declare victory if in his stupid brain sees a win and this is the same person who told people to drink bleach and stick a UV down or...

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  • November 2, 2020

A former member of U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ (R. ME) staff released a very compelling op-ed piece in the Press Herald where she talks about how she was date raped by her boyfriend and another man. She explains how getting her job working Collins helped her cope and move on...

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  • October 30, 2020

Like a cartoon dog in a burning room or a river in Egypt, we know Trump will spend his post-presidency looking for the real reasons he lost the election. America faces no issue more pressing than the coronavirus pandemic, and so the president has found the message that he believes will carry...

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  • October 26, 2020

There is a critical reality beyond the waiting for the “next two weeks” in which Trump has promised multiple times over the four years a plan for health care and a plan to combat COVID-19. The pandemic crisis has given us some real relations from which we can gain some insights...

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  • October 23, 2020

We are fifteen days from electing the next President of the United States. Honestly, if you are still one of the undecideds, I would love to hear your reasons. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was widely criticized for saying if you do not vote for him “you ain’t black.” Other...

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  • October 19, 2020

I look forward to this MAGA experiment ending in November and being stuffed away in a coffee can, wrapped in a sock, and buried in the backyard at noon on January 20th, 2021. This embarrassing blight on modern American politics and democracy thankfully has an early expiration date, or so...

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  • October 16, 2020
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Some very encouraging news today courtesy of Morning Consult’s latest poll: x #NCsen:Cunningham (D) 47% (+6)Tillis (R-inc) 41%.#AZsen:Kelly (D) 49% (+8)McSally (R-inc) 41%.#MIsen:Peters (D-inc) 49% (+9)James (R) 40%.#COsen:Hickenlooper (D) 50% (+10)Gardner (R-inc) 40%@MorningConsult, LV, 10/2-11https://t.co/7AsGqSmIR8— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 13, 2020 And in the presidential election: x COLORADOBiden 54%Trump 40%...

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  • October 13, 2020

Donna Provencher at The American Independent has a great piece about how U.S. Senate candidate, John James (R. MI), has been cozening up right-wing extremists like Ted Nugent (pictured above) and some other awful groups: He has been photographed with and is alleged to have received campaign contributions from Ryan...

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  • October 12, 2020

Doesn’t sound like a safe incumbent to me: x NEW from me tonight at 10 on @WJTV . Sen. @Cindyhydesmith won't commit to debating @MikeEspyMS  at this time. Take a listen. pic.twitter.com/Ot6NldJoHw— Gerald Harris (@GeraldHarrisTV) October 8, 2020 Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who less than a week ago said she...

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  • October 10, 2020

The Biden/Harris campaign must not answer any court-packing questions. Their answer should always be they will do what they were elected to do. The question is GOP court-packing with incompetent judges. Disregard calls to address court-packing x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Even with a Senate majority led...

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  • October 9, 2020
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So this bull shit just happened: The Michigan Supreme Court issued a split decision late Friday that ruled against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a battle over her power to extend emergency declarations used to mandate COVID-19 restrictions. The court's decision throws in to question orders issued by Whitmer related to...

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  • October 3, 2020
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