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Going Fundamental Eludes Congressional Progressives

August 15th, 2018

I've recently received fundraising letters from Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Chuck Schumer on behalf of their Democratic Party's campaign committees. Mostly, all they ask for is money, though Schumer's letter includes a short tough letter to President Trump for us to sign which they promise to deliver to the White House.

Although politicians review and sign fundraising letters, rarely do they write them. That lucrative task is left to political consulting firms that also profitably consult for corporations. That's why the letters are so formulaic.
Over the years I have urged incumbents and candidates for elected office to do more than ask people for money. Why not ask them for their time, their minds, and their dedication by having "time-raisers," not just "fund-raisers"? Great idea they uniformly say. This never gets done. Their consultants think asking for anything other than money diminishes donations. So the dreary letters continue to arrive with grand promises and few specifics. For example, both letters mentioned the need for higher minimum wages. Wages have been stagnant for many years while corporate profits and executive bonuses have skyrocketed on the backs of millions of American workers. But there is no mention of how high a minimum wage (gutted by inflation since the 1970s) these Democrats are committed to supporting. Similarly, there are no specifics that address protecting health care, social security, reversing huge tax cuts to big business, debloating military budgets and stopping costly, reckless wars. If politicians don't give you specifics and timetables, they're creating their own loopholes should they be elected.

Now comes the spanking new "People's Budget" released by the House of Representatives Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party (see "The People's Budget"). It is 40 pages with charts that rebuke and reject the cruel and vicious agenda of the corporatist, war-mongering, deficit-booming Republican toadies of Wall Street, and the fossil fuel and nuclear industries. The organized lobbies against the modest necessities of workers, consumers, and defenseless communities dominate the federal budget process.

But the CPC's "People's Budget" has its own infirmities. It doesn't address very weak corporate crime enforcement, to repealing specific anti-labor laws, like the Taft-Hartley Act, to being number-specific in cutting the bloated, corporate crime-ridden military budget, or even giving a number to a higher minimum wage.

Showing both large expenditures for restoring social safety net programs and large savings by reducing corporate welfare, restoring corporate taxes, and adding some new ones such as a speculation tax on Wall Street transactions, the "People's Budget" still comes off as a blizzard of funding for old programs with their welfare industries.

For example, the Progressive Caucus Budget does not recommend a universal basic income (UBI)—historically supported by liberal and conservative thinkers and politicians. UBI, in an age of rapid automation, would reduce the need for some of those welfare programs and bureaucracies.

The "People's Budget" goes into details explaining its health care policies, without even mentioning what it proposes to do about $350 billion in annual billing fraud and abuse by the health care vendors. Not a word about 5,000 or more lives lost every week in our country from preventable problems in hospitals, according to a recent Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study. These are gigantic tragedies destroying peoples' lives, regardless of how important it is to provide affordable and accessible healthcare.

Although the "People's Budget" covers a myriad of needs, it is strangely minimalist on strengthening democracy besides stopping voter repression. Can you have a "People's Budget" without people power?

These Progressives should have included a section on "Shift of Power" from the few to the many, arguing for a fuller system of electoral reform, experiential civic skills training in schools, fundamental corporate reform (from corporate charters to corporate personhood), and giving people usable tools for democratic engagement.

A full-blown assault on the corporate destruction of freedom of contract (one-sided fine print) and the (tort) law of wrongful injuries should have come naturally to these Progressives. But it did not.

Timid on taking on corporate-induced deficits, quagmires of boomeranging Empire (though "People's Budget" advocates for auditing the Pentagon) and the massive waste and loss of life from health care commercialism (that far less expensive single payer has avoided in Canada, with better outcomes), the Progressive Caucus report reads too much like a revised New Deal laundry list.

Its wonky style does not lend itself to on the ground campaigning before voters hungry for regaining control over their lives and looking for changes that restore self-reliant economies detached from the speculative risks and greed of the global corporate disorder.

People are essentially looking for fair play, empowerment, respect, voice, and reduction of the overall rat race that provokes so much anxiety, dread, and fear. They want time, yes time, for their families and other pursuits than sinking into deeper debts from distant forces way beyond their accountability. This "People's Budget," to gain traction, cannot be about "bread" alone. Thomas Jefferson understood the political economy, but he also knew the importance of non-material goals that connected the economy to "the pursuit of happiness."

Let's hope candidates for the November election remember those finer intangibles that move more people to become better informed voters.

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Dear Mr. Nader: Right Now, You Are Destroying All Hope 16.Aug.2018 12:36

blues

Because you continue to support the Green Party, which is destroying all hope. This is because you refuse to do "due diligence." Get off your butt and do a little work, please. Just check out these two crucial links, please:

Adam Tarr explains why IRV leads to 2-party domination
 http://scorevoting.net/TarrIrv.html

My simplest 2016 anti-IRV pro-score summary
 https://electology.org/forum/my-simplest-2016-anti-irv-pro-score-summary

Strategic Hedge Simple Score Is The Only Worthwhile Method
 https://electology.org/forum/strategic-hedge-simple-score-only-worthwhile-method

The Green Party with its promotion of IRV/RCV is demanding a red herring proposal that will lock in yet another two party capture effect.

These people must cease and desist. We must not become saddled with yet another voting system that will not work as advertised.

Please help.

blues: Green Party is "destroying all hope" ? 16.Aug.2018 13:50

_

yeah, no.

the only thing "destroying all hope", is continued 'hope' that electoral politics (of legislative/exec-branch representatives) or participation in it will bring any change.

and no, 'blues' neither will SSV.

America's 21st century problem (and it took the country decades to arrive at this point) isn't its Pepsi-vs-Coke 'one corporate party', the U.S. presidency, or the executive / legislative / judicial branches of U.S. government. Nothing and nobody 'elected' is the problem.

Shadow government and deep state are the problem: CIA, NSA, "Federal Reserve" (<--which is neither of those 2 words), IRS, DEA, DHS, FBI, NRO, Military-Industrial-Complex, multinational corporate lobbyists, U.S. corporate mass media et al. These are the entities which have a chokehold on the way the American people are governed, and further are absolutely not acting in the interests of individual Americans.


Green Party (?): people are free to believe in and advocate for it, and its candidates all they want. As political parties go at least GP have a clear, viable and honest agenda. Just don't expect or "hope" that a 'change out' of the political parties in D.C. is going to solve problems of American governance. For example (Thomas Frank has good perspectives, but) see  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/08/436593.shtml

The Only Thing "Destroying All Hope", Is Continued 'Hope' 16.Aug.2018 21:33

blues

Yea -- that is what you just said. You (underscore) keep regurgitating that "Yes we have dreadfully unfair social problems." Which sounds progressive.

But you continually insist that no solutions are conceivable, let alone achievable.

You are inviting us all into a vast cult of impotence. Well I for one refuse to join.

blues: "you insist that no solutions are conceivable" 18.Aug.2018 13:02

.

They probably are not. ( 'conceivable', or achievable... for the latter see below: )

At least, Not until CIA, NSA, "Federal Reserve" (<--which is neither of those 2 words), IRS, DEA, DHS, FBI, NRO, Military-Industrial-Complex, multinational corporate lobbyists (<--which fully pre-draft all legislation for Congress to pass), U.S. corporate mass media et al.
ARE COMPLETELY ERADICATED.


These are the entities which have a chokehold on the way the American people are governed, and further are absolutely not acting in the interests of individual Americans.
( Not only Americans: via the Federal Reserve, Pentagon / M.I.C., multinational corporations, hundreds of U.S. global military emplacements and fiat-dollar based global currency and economics, the shadow government and deep state also keep a chokehold on most of the world's population. )


Therefore, these are the entities which need to be targeted for destruction by Activists and advocates for change, 'progression', "a way out" of the current paradigm et cetera.

Otherwise continue to wade in the vast cult of impotence: SSV, "Black Lives Matter", electoral politics (even beyond Coke-v.-Pepsi) etc.

There is no other 'escape' apart from reversion into your own fantasyland(s).


Occupy, in the year 2011, showed the potentiality of a MASS AWARENESS and ability to directly attack CIA, NSA, "Federal Reserve", IRS etc.

But, only a couple of years after the 2011 bloom of the fully anti-corporate and anti-fiat-currency Occupy Movement, we have dissolved and devolved again back into an even more rigid and strictured adherence to identity politics (instead of --> anti-corporatism/anti-globalism which, at least for awhile, even Antifa back in the 1990s was on top of).

Problem — from a mental perceptions point of view — is that, most activist and/or 'thinkers' on Right and Left get too mired in ideological quandaries and mutual/self-fellation.

on the American Right, the tendency — as has been typical for the American Right and analyzed (see cf. Richard Hofstadter's "Paranoid Style") in historical context — is to postulate a 'big conspiracy' of Leftist Media, Leftist politicians who are all "trying to destroy America" (and/or can also somehow be in league with US-external forces). It's a tradition which began post-World War II in earnest with Joe McCarthy ('Communism' was the external actor there)..... the 2018 version is "Deep State" [<-- *carefully note* N.B.: this is the Garden Variety Trumpkin interpretation and use of that pseudoterm] is out to "destroy Trump" and keep him from 'making America great again'. (See the 'Q' / QAnon viral online conspiracy which has recently manifested 'in reality' at Trump rallies w/ T-shirts, signs, banners & costumes) Of course, there really is a shadow government and deep state; it's just not of the precise nature or scope that a typical 2018 Trumpkin or Q-Bot comprehends it to be; nor is Trump, just a passing figurehead in the scheme of things, going to make any lasting impact on how the shadow government or deep state conducts business. It's simply that, in the November 2016 election, the shadow government and deep state had its allegiance 100% attached to the Clinton campaign (evidenced by stuff already well documented, linked and discussed in Portland Indy's pages). Mueller's investigation shows and is, in effect, the final irrefutable proof of that. She was *supposed* to have won (otherwise none of the FBI investigation / machinations / dossier-UK spy falderal were ever intended to have come to light). Right wingers' hobby horse, the "Leftist media", also sometimes called the "Main Stream Media" or "MSM" in right wing circles is never referred to or identified by its correct taxonomic label: corporate-owned mass media. Yes, to varying degrees perhaps, the U.S. corporate mass media could ? and does at times (when the end corporate or strategic power goal might happen to suit them) editorialise on and 'side with' the identity politics ranks of leftism; but of course being corporate, the entire overall editorial and informational mission of corporate mass media is enforcement and support of the business and capital-owning class; which makes the 'MSM' and 'leftist media' euphemisms so earnestly shared among right wingers that much more ironic and a form of cognitive dissonance.

American Leftists, in seeing the supposed 'atrocities' occurring under the post-November-9th-2016 regime, have now reverted to an even more trenchant version of the identity politics that have been embraced in the post-1980s Reagan-Bush era. Obama 2008-2016 (even in spite of sporadic awareness blips such as the Occupy Movement) further induced a complacency that Identity Politics itself was 'sufficient' and progressive enough, to 'prove' (and also 'convince' rank-&-filers when it comes to Democratic Party politics) that successful gains were being made "on behalf of the people".... When in fact, the Obama regime was just a nicer-face, "kindly" version of the legislative-executive-judicial programs enacted under Three Decades' worth of Reagan-George-Herbert-Walker-Bush (<-- latter was the *actual* president under 8 yrs of Reagan), Clinton, and Shrub. Of course, 9/11 was a defining event as well, and for more than a decade virtually no Democrats refused to go along with either the Global War On Terror or the USA Patriot Act (not to mention the illegal military occupations and invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq). Even though the Iraq-Afghanistan illegal military occupations continue today, along with a much-increased drone attacks on other countries via the Obama administration, no anti-war or anti-globalist movement has emerged among the American Left. They are, in a true sense, rendered and proven impotent in the post-9/11 era.
Addendum to Iraq: for all of Trump's faults and buffoonery, he is the only major political figure — and the only U.S. billionaire — I'm aware of who has, for years consistently and directly expressed sympathy and concern for the millions of dead citizens of that country:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/10/433491.shtml
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/06/436268.shtml
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/06/436177.shtml
( I absolutely do not in any way "like" or condone Trump but ^ these comments of his as a U.S. citizen must be factually acknowledged particularly in light of his status and media visibility )

Nothing wrong with or 'pointless' about local community activism. (i.e. "think globally act locally") I still believe in <-- that *concept*. But don't go confusing Identity Politics  link to portland.indymedia.org ) Furthermore, it's going to take a lot more than 'popular' community-based movements to take down / take OUT the shadow government and deep state (which are *not* elected or even necessarily 'political' entities, but rather embedded sinew and DNA of the acting U.S. regime irrespective of legislative/executive/judicial branch occupation personnel).


I know, TLDR (too long didn't read)... if you do read ^ it you'll understand largely where I'm coming from. Beast, and how ? to kill it: Do I claim to have the answers on "how"? Certainly not. But my description of the existing situation is germane.

RE: "no solutions are conceivable, let alone achievable"— ? 21.Aug.2018 18:19

#

They probably are not. ( 'conceivable', or achievable... for the latter see below: )

At least, Not until CIA, NSA, "Federal Reserve" (<--which is neither of those 2 words), IRS, DEA, DHS, FBI, NRO, Military-Industrial-Complex, multinational corporate lobbyists (<--which fully pre-draft all legislation for Congress to pass), U.S. corporate mass media et al.
ARE COMPLETELY ERADICATED.


These are the entities which have a chokehold on the way the American people are governed, and further are absolutely not acting in the interests of individual Americans.
( Not only Americans: via the Federal Reserve, Pentagon / M.I.C., multinational corporations, hundreds of U.S. global military emplacements and fiat-dollar based global currency and economics, the shadow government and deep state also keep a chokehold on most of the world's population. )


Therefore, these are the entities which need to be targeted for destruction by Activists and advocates for change, 'progression', "a way out" of the current paradigm et cetera.

Otherwise continue to wade in the vast cult of impotence: SSV, "Black Lives Matter", electoral politics (even beyond Coke-v.-Pepsi) etc.

There is no other 'escape' apart from reversion into your own fantasyland(s).


Occupy, in the year 2011, showed the potentiality of a MASS AWARENESS and ability to directly attack CIA, NSA, "Federal Reserve", IRS etc.

But, only a couple of years after the 2011 bloom of the fully anti-corporate and anti-fiat-currency Occupy Movement, we have dissolved and devolved again back into an even more rigid and strictured adherence to identity politics (instead of --> anti-corporatism/anti-globalism which, at least for awhile, even Antifa back in the 1990s was on top of).

Problem — from a mental perceptions point of view — is that, most activist and/or 'thinkers' on Right and Left get too mired in ideological quandaries and mutual/self-fellation.

on the American Right, the tendency — as has been typical for the American Right and analyzed (see cf. Richard Hofstadter's "Paranoid Style") in historical context — is to postulate a 'big conspiracy' of Leftist Media, Leftist politicians who are all "trying to destroy America" (and/or can also somehow be in league with US-external forces). It's a tradition which began post-World War II in earnest with Joe McCarthy ('Communism' was the external actor there)..... the 2018 version is "Deep State" [<-- *carefully note* N.B.: this is the Garden Variety Trumpkin interpretation and use of that pseudoterm] is out to "destroy Trump" and keep him from 'making America great again'. (See the 'Q' / QAnon viral online conspiracy which has recently manifested 'in reality' at Trump rallies w/ T-shirts, signs, banners & costumes) Of course, there really is a shadow government and deep state; it's just not of the precise nature or scope that a typical 2018 Trumpkin or Q-Bot comprehends it to be; nor is Trump, just a passing figurehead in the scheme of things, going to make any lasting impact on how the shadow government or deep state conducts business. It's simply that, in the November 2016 election, the shadow government and deep state had its allegiance 100% attached to the Clinton campaign (evidenced by stuff already well documented, linked and discussed in Portland Indy's pages). Mueller's investigation shows and is, in effect, the final irrefutable proof of that. She was *supposed* to have won (otherwise none of the FBI investigation / machinations / dossier-UK spy falderal were ever intended to have come to light). Right wingers' hobby horse, the "Leftist media", also sometimes called the "Main Stream Media" or "MSM" in right wing circles is never referred to or identified by its correct taxonomic label: corporate-owned mass media. Yes, to varying degrees perhaps, the U.S. corporate mass media could ? and does at times (when the end corporate or strategic power goal might happen to suit them) editorialise on and 'side with' the identity politics ranks of leftism; but of course being corporate, the entire overall editorial and informational mission of corporate mass media is enforcement and support of the business and capital-owning class; which makes the 'MSM' and 'leftist media' euphemisms so earnestly shared among right wingers that much more ironic and a form of cognitive dissonance.

American Leftists, in seeing the supposed 'atrocities' occurring under the post-November-9th-2016 regime, have now reverted to an even more trenchant version of the identity politics that have been embraced in the post-1980s Reagan-Bush era. Obama 2008-2016 (even in spite of sporadic awareness blips such as the Occupy Movement) further induced a complacency that Identity Politics itself was 'sufficient' and progressive enough, to 'prove' (and also 'convince' rank-&-filers when it comes to Democratic Party politics) that successful gains were being made "on behalf of the people".... When in fact, the Obama regime was just a nicer-face, "kindly" version of the legislative-executive-judicial programs enacted under Three Decades' worth of Reagan-George-Herbert-Walker-Bush (<-- latter was the *actual* president under 8 yrs of Reagan), Clinton, and Shrub. Of course, 9/11 was a defining event as well, and for more than a decade virtually no Democrats refused to go along with either the Global War On Terror or the USA Patriot Act (not to mention the illegal military occupations and invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq). Even though the Iraq-Afghanistan illegal military occupations continue today, along with a much-increased drone attacks on other countries via the Obama administration, no anti-war or anti-globalist movement has emerged among the American Left. They are, in a true sense, rendered and proven impotent in the post-9/11 era.
Addendum to Iraq: for all of Trump's faults and buffoonery, he is the only major political figure — and the only U.S. billionaire — I'm aware of who has, for years consistently and directly expressed sympathy and concern for the millions of dead citizens of that country:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/10/433491.shtml
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/06/436268.shtml
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/06/436177.shtml
( I absolutely do not in any way "like" or condone Trump but ^ these comments of his as a U.S. citizen must be factually acknowledged particularly in light of his status and media visibility )

Nothing wrong with or 'pointless' about local community activism. (i.e. "think globally act locally") I still believe in <-- that *concept*. But don't go confusing Identity Politics  link to portland.indymedia.org ) Furthermore, it's going to take a lot more than 'popular' community-based movements to take down / take OUT the shadow government and deep state (which are *not* elected or even necessarily 'political' entities, but rather embedded sinew and DNA of the acting U.S. regime irrespective of legislative/executive/judicial branch occupation personnel).


I know, TLDR (too long didn't read)... if you do read ^ it you'll understand largely where I'm coming from. Beast, and how ? to kill it: Do I claim to have the answers on "how"? Certainly not. But my description of the existing situation is germane.

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in response to 16.Aug.2018 21:33, blues see below.

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conceivable or achievable Part 1.
-------------------

They probably are not. ( 'conceivable', or achievable... for the latter see below: )

At least, Not until CIA, NSA, "Federal Reserve" (<--which is neither of those 2 words), IRS, DEA, DHS, FBI, NRO, Military-Industrial-Complex, multinational corporate lobbyists (<--which fully pre-draft all legislation for Congress to pass), U.S. corporate mass media et al.
ARE COMPLETELY ERADICATED.


These are the entities which have a chokehold on the way the American people are governed, and further are absolutely not acting in the interests of individual Americans.
( Not only Americans: via the Federal Reserve, Pentagon / M.I.C., multinational corporations, hundreds of U.S. global military emplacements and fiat-dollar based global currency and economics, the shadow government and deep state also keep a chokehold on most of the world's population. )

++ 22.Aug.2018 17:51

o2

conceivable or achievable Part 2.
-------------------

Therefore, these are the entities which need to be targeted for destruction by Activists and advocates for change, 'progression', "a way out" of the current paradigm et cetera.

Otherwise continue to wade in the vast cult of impotence: SSV, "Black Lives Matter", electoral politics (even beyond Coke-v.-Pepsi) etc.

There is no other 'escape' apart from reversion into your own fantasyland(s).


Occupy, in the year 2011, showed the potentiality of a MASS AWARENESS and ability to directly attack CIA, NSA, "Federal Reserve", IRS etc.

But, only a couple of years after the 2011 bloom of the fully anti-corporate and anti-fiat-currency Occupy Movement, we have dissolved and devolved again back into an even more rigid and strictured adherence to identity politics (instead of --> anti-corporatism/anti-globalism which, at least for awhile, even Antifa back in the 1990s was on top of).

Problem — from a mental perceptions point of view — is that, most activist and/or 'thinkers' on Right and Left get too mired in ideological quandaries and mutual/self-fellation.

** 22.Aug.2018 17:55

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conceivable or achievable Part 3. [American Right Part 1]
-------------------

on the American Right, the tendency — as has been typical for the American Right and analyzed (see cf. Richard Hofstadter's "Paranoid Style") in historical context — is to postulate a 'big conspiracy' of Leftist Media, Leftist politicians who are all "trying to destroy America" (and/or can also somehow be in league with US-external forces).

# 22.Aug.2018 17:59

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conceivable or achievable Part 3. [American Right Part 2]
-------------------

It's a tradition which began post-World War II in earnest with Joe McCarthy ('Communism' was the external actor there)..... the 2018 version is "Deep State" [<-- *carefully note* N.B.: this is the Garden Variety Trumpkin interpretation and use of that pseudoterm] is out to "destroy Trump" and keep him from 'making America great again'. (See the 'Q' / QAnon viral online conspiracy which has recently manifested 'in reality' at Trump rallies w/ T-shirts, signs, banners & costumes)
They probably are not. ( 'conceivable', or achievable... for the latter see below: )

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conceivable or achievable Part 3. [American Right Cont'd]
-------------------
..... the 2018 version is "Deep State" [<-- *carefully note* N.B.: this is the Garden Variety Trumpkin interpretation and use of that pseudoterm] is out to "destroy Trump" and keep him from 'making America great again'. (See the 'Q' / QAnon viral online conspiracy which has recently manifested 'in reality' at Trump rallies w/ T-shirts, signs, banners & costumes)
They probably are not. ( 'conceivable', or achievable... for the latter see below: )

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conceivable or achievable Part 3. [American Right Cont'd]
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Of course, there really is a shadow government and deep state; it's just not of the precise nature or scope that a typical 2018 Trumpkin or Q-Bot comprehends it to be; nor is Trump, just a passing figurehead in the scheme of things, going to make any lasting impact on how the shadow government or deep state conducts business. It's simply that, in the November 2016 election, the shadow government and deep state had its allegiance 100% attached to the Clinton campaign (evidenced by stuff already well documented, linked and discussed in Portland Indy's pages).

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Mueller's investigation shows and is, in effect, the final irrefutable proof of that. She was *supposed* to have won (otherwise none of the FBI investigation / machinations / dossier-UK spy falderal were ever intended to have come to light). Right wingers' hobby horse, the "Leftist media", also sometimes called the "Main Stream Media" or "MSM" in right wing circles is never referred to or identified by its correct taxonomic label: corporate-owned mass media. Yes, to varying degrees perhaps, the U.S. corporate mass media could ? and does at times (when the end corporate or strategic power goal might happen to suit them) editorialise on and 'side with' the identity politics ranks of leftism; but of course being corporate, the entire overall editorial and informational mission of corporate mass media is enforcement and support of the business and capital-owning class; which makes the 'MSM' and 'leftist media' euphemisms so earnestly shared among right wingers that much more ironic and a form of cognitive dissonance.

conceivable or achievable Part 4: American Left. 22.Aug.2018 18:11

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American Leftists, in seeing the supposed 'atrocities' occurring under the post-November-9th-2016 regime, have now reverted to an even more trenchant version of the identity politics that have been embraced in the post-1980s Reagan-Bush era. Obama 2008-2016 (even in spite of sporadic awareness blips such as the Occupy Movement) further induced a complacency that Identity Politics itself was 'sufficient' and progressive enough, to 'prove' (and also 'convince' rank-&-filers when it comes to Democratic Party politics) that successful gains were being made "on behalf of the people".... When in fact, the Obama regime was just a nicer-face, "kindly" version of the legislative-executive-judicial programs enacted under Three Decades' worth of Reagan-George-Herbert-Walker-Bush (<-- latter was the *actual* president under 8 yrs of Reagan), Clinton, and Shrub. Of course, 9/11 was a defining event as well, and for more than a decade virtually no Democrats refused to go along with either the Global War On Terror or the USA Patriot Act (not to mention the illegal military occupations and invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq). Even though the Iraq-Afghanistan illegal military occupations continue today, along with a much-increased drone attacks on other countries via the Obama administration, no anti-war or anti-globalist movement has emerged among the American Left. They are, in a true sense, rendered and proven impotent in the post-9/11 era.

conceivable or achievable Part 5 22.Aug.2018 18:12

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Addendum to Iraq: for all of Trump's faults and buffoonery, he is the only major political figure — and the only U.S. billionaire — I'm aware of who has, for years consistently and directly expressed sympathy and concern for the millions of dead citizens of that country:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/10/433491.shtml
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/06/436268.shtml
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/06/436177.shtml
( I absolutely do not in any way "like" or condone Trump but ^ these comments of his as a U.S. citizen must be factually acknowledged particularly in light of his status and media visibility )

conceivable or achievable Part 6 22.Aug.2018 18:13

&

Nothing wrong with or 'pointless' about local community activism. (i.e. "think globally act locally") I still believe in <-- that *concept*. But don't go confusing Identity Politics  link to portland.indymedia.org ) Furthermore, it's going to take a lot more than 'popular' community-based movements to take down / take OUT the shadow government and deep state (which are *not* elected or even necessarily 'political' entities, but rather embedded sinew and DNA of the acting U.S. regime irrespective of legislative/executive/judicial branch occupation personnel).


I know, TLDR (too long didn't read)... if you do read ^ it you'll understand largely where I'm coming from. Beast, and how ? to kill it: Do I claim to have the answers on "how"? Certainly not. But my description of the existing situation is germane.

conceivable or achievable Part 7 (actually Part 1.5) 22.Aug.2018 18:16

~

These are the entities which have a chokehold on the way the American people are governed, and further are absolutely not acting in the interests of individual Americans.
( Not only Americans: via the Federal Reserve, Pentagon / M.I.C., multinational corporations, hundreds of U.S. global military emplacements and fiat-dollar based global currency and economics, the shadow government and deep state also keep a chokehold on most of the world's population. )


Therefore, these are the entities which need to be targeted for destruction by Activists and advocates for change, 'progression', "a way out" of the current paradigm et cetera.

Otherwise continue to wade in the vast cult of impotence: SSV, "Black Lives Matter", electoral politics (even beyond Coke-v.-Pepsi) etc.

There is no other 'escape' apart from reversion into your own fantasyland(s).


Occupy, in the year 2011, showed the potentiality of a MASS AWARENESS and ability to directly attack CIA, NSA, "Federal Reserve", IRS etc.

But, only a couple of years after the 2011 bloom of the fully anti-corporate and anti-fiat-currency Occupy Movement, we have dissolved and devolved again back into an even more rigid and strictured adherence to identity politics (instead of --> anti-corporatism/anti-globalism which, at least for awhile, even Antifa back in the 1990s was on top of).

Problem — from a mental perceptions point of view — is that, most activist and/or 'thinkers' on Right and Left get too mired in ideological quandaries and mutual/self-fellation.
[^^^ *Back up to read 'American Right', 'American Left' etc.]

Part 6 ^^: truncated links+text in 22.Aug.2018 18:13 22.Aug.2018 18:18

here it is again, broken out

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/08/436606.shtml#453807

But don't go confusing Identity Politics  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/08/436545.shtml
with a true class-based anti-war, anti-corporate or -globalist movement, which I have not seen a trace of from the Left in going on 2 decades now.

(If all the 'activists' are rich Yuppie Tech Bros or sons/daughters of, then what kind of movement is that?
Then, take a look at the Democratic Party...  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/09/433219.shtml )