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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

Beetle-Juice Three Times. Thank Jeebus that cheesehead is not banned from primary and secondary schools in Wisconsin. Because nothing says “Freedom” and “Liberty” like being the language police. If you talk about “spirit murdering” and “action civics” they might even exist. Better to be “un-woke”, because you might develop an “unconscious-bias”. Darn...

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  • October 24, 2021

Paraphrasing Pvt. Sam Watkins, 1st Tennessee, Co. H. ‘America has no north, no south, no east, no west,’ those words could apply to the pandemic. Watkins was lamenting brother against brother killing each other in the American Civil War. All of America is watching the unvaccinated kill each other and...

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  • September 8, 2021

Now that Texas, Georgia, and Florida Republicans have left America by subverting the right of every American to vote, let us look at the rest of the southern Republicans, 66% of which favor secession. According to several polls, the phantom confederacy overwhelmingly favors leaving the Union. To be fair, five...

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  • July 16, 2021

For the past few weeks, I have heard from friends, colleagues, and enemies who say, ‘I never heard of ‘ Black Wall Street.’ Statements like that are why America needs Critical Race Theory in its’ school curriculum. I have spent my life, first as a child of public education and...

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  • June 11, 2021

It is usually a minefield of critical backlash, and what about(s), when you compare the oppression of Jews to the descendants of enslaved Africans in America, but I am going to wade onto the battlefield. What I am not going to do is use the comparison of the holocaust and...

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  • June 9, 2021

If it were a perfect world, I would like to think that the most recent attacks on young black millionaires are just a coincidence. In a perfect world, the success of blacks would be applauded as a plus for the country. Unfortunately, American history is littered with incidents of racial...

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  • June 2, 2021

These are days fraught with political battles over cultural histories abjuring complexity. Today it’s The Wall Street Journal and the reactionary path to critical race theory, the latest bit of Trumpist ignorance now projected into personnel policies and the larger revisionist history project that would deny the historical relevance of slavery...

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  • May 27, 2021

Voter rights legislation is winding its way through Congress with the foregone conclusion that Senate Republicans will scuttle it. Equitable voting rights legislation for blacks in America has been a 400-year exercise in hypocrisy. One man, one vote has been turned on its head so often, Ringling Bros. should have...

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  • May 19, 2021

Most things in America are solved by either common sense, solemnity, or time. The one exception is race. Historically both the Democratic and Republican party has used race as a means of power and control. Although the Federalist Party is long dead, the current Republicans are fighting, legislating, and restoring...

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  • May 17, 2021

Because Hawley’s whines about Big Tech while promoting sales of his book on Amazon, the epitome of …. Big Tech. “Democrats are eyeing a comeback in Missouri, believing the Capitol riot hurt Republicans in the state, not least because of Josh Hawley’s prominent role.” “Don’t try to censor, cancel, and silence...

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  • May 10, 2021

If you take a moment and listen to the so-called moderate wing of the Republican party, they are as extreme as the rest. This weekend Utah Senator Mitt Romney was roundly booed by members of his party at the Utah GOP convention. The crime that elicited the verbal censure from...

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  • May 3, 2021

Remember when Trump said: “I know people that like the Confederate flag and they're not thinking about slavery”. Maybe we can finally get to that obstruction of justice because the former United States President tried to blackmail Ukraine into helping him cheat in our 2020 election. We’ll have more chances...

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  • April 29, 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

I’m not sure if I liked Republicans better when they were secretly racist or if it’s better now that they’ve decided to wear their racism on their sleeves. Seriously, the way Tucker Carlson is going lately, I expect him to show up on the air in a Waffen SS uniform any...

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  • April 17, 2021
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Jen Psaki did not hesitate as she defended UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield for claiming the truth about America’s beginning Jen Psaki schools NewsMax reporter See full episodes here. Psaki defended UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, an African American woman. The NewsMax reporter asked if President Biden would fire her for claiming the...

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  • April 16, 2021

The Black Codes of the late 1800s are making a comeback in America. These ordinances were meant to control the free movement of people of color using minor infractions as the reasoning, which was a literal attempt to keep black people in their place. The beginnings of policing in America...

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  • April 16, 2021

The 2020 election showed how Trump was defeated by defections among white women but there remain a sizable number still wedded to supporting white male politicians regardless of their character. Why is it that white women in the United States have often wielded their collective power to support and amplify...

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  • April 12, 2021

I read “Biden Can Go Bigger and Not ‘Pay for It’ the Old Way” by Economics Professor and MMT advocate Stephanie Kelton. It is an important read that we need to understand. Stephanie Kelton hits the nail on the head. See full episodes here. Ironically Professor Kelton shared some concerns with former...

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  • April 7, 2021

Change as a rising tide seems to be falling short as history’s stream is not as mighty. Apparently slavery is still “ordained by God for ultimate good” at Baylor University, as a RW campus group wants to accuse the University of canceling its “Christian identity”. No mention of its athletic team’s...

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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

This is what you call bad optics. Like really, really bad. Oedipus seeing Jocasta bad. (Yeah, my references are really old, but I couldn’t find a way to plausibly work Match Game into this one.) So you know that awful, awful Jim Crow-style voter suppression bill Georgia just passed? Well, the way...

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  • March 26, 2021

As you listen to this, remember that Southern slave owners used the Bible to defend slavery for generations.  Also, NASCAR races are often held on Sundays. And Cracker Barrels are packed stem to stern on the Lord’s holy day. And the Creation Museum? Yup, open on Sundays.  But Black people voting?...

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  • March 24, 2021

I could spend a lot of time making statistical comparisons about the influx of immigrants at the border starting with the George W. Bush administration through the Trump administration. If that were the real issue, Joe Biden’s current border dilemma numbers would compare favorably. Now that human decency has become solely...

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  • March 22, 2021

A noted piece of work, State Senator Hensley, a Sons of Confederate Veterans member, decided there were so many new ways to get a KKK founder’s statue to stick around in the usual battles of Tennessee culture. This particular 1978 bust is a Jim Crow monument with marginal historical value other than honoring...

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  • March 19, 2021

There’s really only one Ted that’s applicable to an unconfirmed source trying to connect Greta Thunberg with the Unabomber and that’s Ted “Zodiac Killer” Cruz. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has mocked Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) after he criticized President Joe Biden‘s decision to rejoin the Paris climate agreement. “So happy that USA has finally...

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  • March 11, 2021

Not supporting the minimum wage is not just a difference in policy issues. It is a license for businesses to institute codified wage theft. It is that simple. Government sanctioned wage theft See full episodes here. I continue to marvel at how effective our economic system is in robbing workers of...

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  • March 2, 2021
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Recovering memory and historical revisionism in sex work might be the sad product of many repressive regimes. What becomes worse is the complicity of academic institutions in white-washing crimes against humanity.  Harvard is no stranger to items like Alan (buddy of Jeff Epstein) Dershowitz’s attempt to move the statutory rape...

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  • February 20, 2021

As much as I would like to think that the two-party system is essential to the fabric of America, one party seems intent on ripping it to shreds. One of the weakest denials of what one believes is when one says, ‘this is not who we are’ despite the evidence....

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  • February 12, 2021

Forty-four of the sitting fifty Republicans in the Senate put on their tinfoil hats, held up Q’s, ignored the Constitution, and voted against having a trial for the twice impeached former president. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who previously voted against having a Senate trial, was so unimpressed with Mr. Trump’s...

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  • February 10, 2021

Matthew Dowd gets to the core of the reason many participated in the Capitol insurrection. Many fear raising this issue in detail. Matthew Dowd gets it See full episodes here. Matthew Dowd expanded on a question Chris Hayes asked about the state of the GOP appropriately. “I think one of the...

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  • February 10, 2021

Ali Velshi made it clear. Private prisons are a perverse incentive. The same applies to healthcare. It is tantamount to extortion for both. Ali Velshi nails it See full episodes here. Early in Ali Velshi’s piece, he said that private prisons are a stupid amoral idea. Later he made the case...

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  • February 3, 2021

Living, working, and surviving as a black man in a national community that sees you as an inferior, from time to time the question is asked, ‘ do you think there will be a second civil war?’ In my lifetime, I remember the question being asked when my great-granny clutched...

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  • February 1, 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

No doubt there are Trump pardons, but the cluster falls close to the _____. Apparently Trump has been advised that the optics of guilt are greater exposure to his soon to be mounting legal woes. This includes even the Trumpian small insults, a hastily assembled 1776 position paper to prescribe...

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  • January 19, 2021

The modern slave trade. Forced Labour : 25,000,000 Sexually exploited: 4,800,000 [99% women] State sponsored: 4,100,000 Forced marriages: 15,400,000 [71% women] Total: 49,300,000 Women represent [excluding the sex trade] 55% of the total. Another 40,000,000 are living in slave like conditions [eg N. Korea] While there is only limited information...

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  • January 17, 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

A prepared Stacey Abrams did not allow This Week host to create a false equivalence between her Georgia election and Trump's. Stacey Abrams sets the record straight x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. There is absolutely no similarity between Donald Trump's refusal to concede his loss to Stacey...

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  • January 4, 2021

Happy New Year Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers...

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  • January 2, 2021
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The neoliberals’ “free market” is not going to sequester enough carbon to save the environment. Even Warren Buffett isn’t willing to take a bet on surviving an impending climate crisis catastrophe, because “the rents are too high”. Existential threats have a critical reality, about which ruthless criticism is entailed. Even...

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  • December 27, 2020

This continues the diary of two days ago. Nostalgia is a coping mechanism at the place known for its association with William Faulkner. Oxford Mississippi is a place where the nostalgia for a lost cause remains a kind of delusion. When injuries are imagined and retribution seems easy, this happens where...

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  • December 24, 2020

Ever since the first enslaved Africans stepped off ships, suffering from dysentery, malnutrition, and pleurisy, the marker was laid that race is the predominant politic in America. I highly recommend that if you see slavery as some sort of isolated cruelty, you read the 1619 Project. There has been criticism...

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  • December 14, 2020

From The Huffington Post: For weeks, the couple had done almost nothing but sell. Loeffler was one of several senators who faced public outrage for unloading millions of dollars in stock before most Americans understood the towering threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Then shortly before the CARES Act, a...

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  • December 8, 2020

As each day passes, Trump adds to an already impressive body of evidence arguing that he should be considered the worst president in U.S. history.  But, taking a dispassionate, long view, there are a small number of surprisingly strong contenders for this title.  This history call is depressingly closer than it...

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  • December 6, 2020

Old John Brown’s body lies moldering in the grave, While weep the sons of bondage whom he ventured all to save; But tho he lost his life while struggling for the slave, His soul is marching on. Abolitionist John Brown was executed by the state of Virginia on December 2, 1859. pic.twitter.com/AOAIpDQKPG — Haymarket Books (@haymarketbooks) December 2,...

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  • December 2, 2020

“America is advanced citizenship” –The American President The Age of Citizens United continues. x Even Barrett asksQ: So could you sue on torture?A: YesQ: But not if it was a corporation?A: Yes — Oren Nimni (@orennimni) December 1, 2020 x Neal Katyal is currently defending multinational corporations' right to own...

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  • December 1, 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

I keep hearing from the chattering class that Donald Trump garnered over 72 million votes in his loss to Joe Biden, so Democrats need to listen to them. There was an even split between the number of states that voted for President-elect Joe Biden and the current lame-duck Donald Trump,...

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  • November 16, 2020

The post-presidential Trumpian revisionist history continues because the grift continues, portending an attempt to attach itself to other pseudo-grievances that have persisted because of cultural and regional divisions. Trump will fundraise off a 2024 reelection myth the instant he concedes(sic), with the goal of establishing some permanent media presence. Check-out this...

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  • November 16, 2020

This story supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. This covers chapters 11-14. Set against the backdrop of the Luddite uprisings in the Yorkshire textile industry, Charlotte Brontë’s novel Shirley caused a sensation when it was published in 1849 – under the pseudonym ‘Currer Bell’. Robert Moore is...

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  • October 28, 2020