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Liberalism begets violence and suffering

We see it and hear it every day from those with influence and power.
Wealthy liberals condone violence while pretending to care about the oppressed, homeless and sick and use (and persist) the existence of these problems to blame those with whom they disagree. This is my opinion.

"Black lives matter" — meaningless Virtue signaling rules this age 06.Nov.2019 14:40

uh huh

See all those signs posted in people's yards in Southeast Portland?

Virtue signaling par excellence

yea right.

bumper sticker slogans and hipster sartorial style mean nothing, ZERO.


There is no "left" existent anymore in United States political culture, primarily due to decimation of the middle and working classes.


The Virtue Signalers Won't Change the World
 link to www.theatlantic.com


Nota Bene —

It's Class, Stupid, Not Race
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433786.shtml


Hope Against Despondency: Interpreting Class Post-Trump
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433827.shtml
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Enclosing Trump as a solitary force for bigots, racists, misogynists would be politically tragic, as it is simplistic, in that it fails to recognize the manoeuvres of such narratives. There is a more imperative underscore of why and who elected this candidate that must be teased-out.

Today it is clear that much work needs/is to be done. An immediate and important aspect of this effort is to recognize how our contemporary class consciousness is currently being expressed. As evident, it is a class-identity channelled through an autonomous individuation associated with self-interest rather than a body correspondingly divorced from the means of production and consequentially exploited. It is essential that a clear understanding of where one sits in relation to the distal structures of power be grounded in a recognition of the State and the means of production. What then needs to be taken off the shelf is a class consciousness of shared-relation(s); a collective recognition of alienation as a class rather than a singular neoliberal by-product (or subject).
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What It Means to Put Class First
author: Michael Schwalbe 04.Jan.2019 19:47
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2019/01/437040.shtml



A Critical Analysis Of Some Left-Liberal Reaction To The Recent Election
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433791.shtml


Liberal Brains Pickled In The Formaldehyde Of Identity Politics
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433787.shtml
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A "grab them by the pussy," racist, sexist white man has grabbed the White House, and the polite class is twirling in outrage like dervishes approaching oblivion.

This insult to the "dignity of the office" and the "nation" is more shocking than the action of the black man who took the Nobel Peace Prize and then proceeded to bomb seven countries.

Liberal brains pickled in the formaldehyde of identity politics are unwilling to recognize in the politically incorrect catastrophe of Donald Trump's victory the blowback to the ferocious economic plunder by the neoliberal order, backed by decades of wanton and unchecked military aggressions.
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** __ " privilege checking " __ **

On Rhetoric And Strategy In Social Justice And Leftist Spaces
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/07/432730.shtml
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433786.shtml#448760
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It is time to check privilege checking. D'Arcy discusses the concept of privilege throughout his piece and how the shift towards examining interpersonal communications and relationships has enhanced the visibility of checking people on their acquired privileges. This has its place without a doubt; people have to realize that humanity is more of an ongoing dialectic rather than particular blocks of time existing in one vacuum or the other, and the particular qualities about one's life is in many ways dependent on how that dialectic has shaken out for their community of origin. So yes, people should be made aware of how their privilege manifests in its various forms. But how do we do that? An article originally written for The Daily Mississippian that was reprinted for TIME's Ideas section seems to suggest one way that is growing in popularity: simply tell a person "check your privilege" and then wipe your hands of the situation. After all, it is now their problem, right? And you do not have time to educate anyone, because what do you look like? Google? That approach is cathartic, self-satisfying, and it even gets you pub in an international news outlet! But does it really do anything more than that? Do you remember the last time someone so harshly dismissed you? Did it make you any more likely to listen to anything that person had to say? Yeah, me neither. As D'Arcy puts it, "There is a certain optimism in the idea of 'consciousness-raising,' or the concept of 'the people,' that seems naive and unconvincing to many of today's activists. The shift from 'consciousness-raising' to 'calling out,' for instance, reflects (and encourages) a loss of confidence in the capacity of people to learn about, understand and oppose forms of inequality that do not adversely impact them as individuals." Ngoc Loan Tran suggested a different format of corrective suggestion that they termed as "calling in", where we approach those who transgress with the kind of humanity that we feel they lacked in their actions. While recognizing that calling out can still be of importance, Tran also recognizes the consequences of implementing that particular strategy in every situation. Tran, however, limits this practice to those we care about and share community with, since a rupture there can obviously have a profound effect on our efficacy as organizers (and if Tran did not make that clear, Mia McKenzie erases all doubt about the intended audience in a postscript). I love the concept, but disagree with the narrowness of scope: this should really be standard operating procedure amongst leftists. We have to recognize the difference between a mistake, a difference of opinion, and an action undertaken with harmful intent, and broadening the concept of "calling in" outside of our particular circles begins the process of doing that.
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What Is To Be Done? Looking Past Trump's Tyranny
author: David Rosen 04.Nov.2018 19:48
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/11/436828.shtml

'Intersectionality': Set Theory of the Left
author: Haydar Khan 14.Sep.2018 03:00
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/09/436687.shtml

The Blasey Ford Episode: State Feminism, The Worthless "Left," And Liberal Delusions
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/11/436829.shtml
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The Democratic Party's stunt has nothing to do with the foregoing, absolutely nothing. The Democratic Party's commitment to Identity Politics is not a commitment to the real issues and questions that are the basis for Identity Politics, it is a commitment to marshalling people's energy around these issues and questions to the imperatives of finance capital globalism and American imperialism. It's not an accident that the heroes of this Democratic Party/Identity Politics "feminism," such as Hillary Clinton and Rachel Maddow, are so open and bloodthirsty about their militarism.
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Donald Trump and the American Left
author: Rob Urie
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/08/436551.shtml
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August 3, 2018

The election of Donald Trump fractured the American Left. The abandonment of class analysis in response to Mr. Trump's racialized nationalism left identity politics to fill the void. This has facilitated the rise of neoliberal nationalism, an embrace of the national security state combined with neoliberal economic analysis put forward as a liberal / Left response to Mr. Trump's program. The result has been profoundly reactionary.

What had been unfocused consensus around issues of economic justice and ending militarism has been sharpened into a political program. A nascent, self-styled socialist movement is pushing domestic issues like single payer health care, strengthening the social safety net and reversing wildly unbalanced income and wealth distribution, forward. Left unaddressed is how this program will move forward without a revolutionary movement to act against countervailing forces.

As widely loathed as the Democratic establishment is, it has been remarkably adept at engineering a reactionary response in favor of establishment forces. Its demonization of Russia! has been approximately as effective at fomenting reactionary nationalism as Mr. Trump's racialized version. Lest this be overlooked, the strategy common to both is the use of oppositional logic through demonization of carefully selected 'others.'

This points to the most potent fracture on the Left, the question of which is the more effective reactionary force, the Democrats' neoliberal nationalism or Mr. Trump's racialized version? As self-evident as the answer apparently is to the liberal / Left, it is only so through abandonment of class analysis. Race, gender and immigration status are either subsets of class or the concept loses meaning.
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Portland Indymedia Jan 2014 vs Jan 2017, NAFTA and Trump
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/01/434208.shtml
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/01/434233.shtml#450075


The Silent Death Of The American Left
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433865.shtml

Prospects For An Alt-Left
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433885.shtml
and excerpt —>  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433865.shtml#448976

The Pieties Of The Liberal Class
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/10/436759.shtml

So, How's That Major-Party Election Madness Working For Us?
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/08/436595.shtml

Going Fundamental Eludes Congressional Progressives
author: Ralph Nader
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/08/436606.shtml

"you insist that no solutions are conceivable"
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/08/436606.shtml#453714


Robert Reich (on CNN): Berkeley Protesters Were 'Right Wing'
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/02/434306.shtml

White Males Conduct, Orchestrate Vandalism / Property Destruction In Downtown Portland
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433701.shtml

Establishment Candidate LOST, And You Protest THAT?!
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433700.shtml

Neoliberalism propogated by DEMOCRAT Party.
06.Nov.2018 18:15
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/11/436832.shtml#454308

Democrat Party: Alliance of Wealthy Whites + Low Income Ethnic Minorities
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/09/433219.shtml

The Progressive Movement Is A PR Front For Rich Democrats
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433691.shtml

Barack Obama's Great Tower of Nothing: Gentrification on a Presidential Level
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/11/436827.shtml

Obama's Imperial Presidency
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/09/436697.shtml

Hillary Clinton was strongly supported in the 2016 presidential campaign by American fascist elements
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/10/436770.shtml#454107

The Cut-Rate Clintons: Shades of Irrelevance
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2019/05/437524.shtml

'Intersectionality': Set Theory of the Left
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/09/436687.shtml

Self-Righteousness And Left-Activism
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/06/432583.shtml


Bottom 40 percent of Americans have a negative net income
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/08/436556.shtml

Video: Thomas Frank: "Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society," 58 min
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/08/436593.shtml

more Thomas Frank (including an April 2017 must-see video) —
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/08/436593.shtml#453600

Meanwhile 06.Nov.2019 20:42

Garth

Uh huh, once known as -, hates identity politics, except when they are white and straight identity politics. Then they is all over them like a cheap suit. They wonder why class politics doesn't cut it anymore, while the bigotry and racism they so often espouse under class politics stares back at them in the mirror.

(Garth) "they is [sic] all over them like a cheap suit." 07.Nov.2019 14:52

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Try some reading comprehension Garth (troll), of the information — every last word written/spoken by leftists and 'persons of color' / 'gender' — ^^^ in the references above.


Identity politics and 'intersectionality' is an absolute dead end, the equivalent to "religions come to the internet to die" for progressive activism.

"Racism" and "bigotry" (per Garth-troll) is probably endemic among so-called antifascists (the 2019 variety, not the 1998 variety), self-professed leftists, 'agents for change' etc. due to their being ensconced in their own white privileged background and inhenently conviced that they "know what's good" for their nonwhite compatriots.

Anyway the point being it's about CLASS ( oh yeah here's that one link again  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433786.shtml ), not "race". That is, _if_ ( ? ) one's goal is to achieve socioeconomic plurality / equality / parity / what ever the ***k.


oh and to the poster who responded about upcoming 'riots' etc.
Economic collapse is indeed imminent. Globally (not just in the U.S.) It will only take a small size wrench thrown into the Federal Reserve's money creation machine to send the world currency and financial markets awry, not to mention the actual 'economy' (such as it is, post-2008-bailouts) which is in total free fall at the moment. The only thing keeping 2019/2020's 'economy' hot air balloon aloft is the Federal Reserve's pumping of hundreds of billions of freshly-minted-on-a-computer-screen debt-based dollars into it.

Oh Please - not more if your never ending racism rants 08.Nov.2019 09:03

Explains it All

More racism and tons of self loathing links to choke out any decent dialog. Besides your points on classism that are well taken, you pollute the website with anti BLM trash talk.

Drop the racist crap and try posting without 400 links, all redirecting to each previous one, causing a circle jerk.

Stop with the trigger words 08.Nov.2019 12:51

Erasmus

That mean you "Explains it all".

Yes, it's a bit of information overload and could have been pruned down, but it's still valid and not just the points about class. You have to be supremely clueless to criticize somebody for "too much information" and then use a pre loaded media controlled trigger word like "racist". Like BLM, MeToo, white Supremacy etc... it's been hijacked by the elites for purposes of distraction and deflection. You must be one of those Antifa George Soros sock puppets who, if you try to jumpstart their brains with knowledge that gives them a broader perspective, stare back at you with blank confused looks then default to: "Man, you're a racist" Just as the corporate media has trained them to do.

the plot thinkens 09.Nov.2019 15:47

Explains it All

oh goodness say your not a racist apologist.

birds of the same feather driving home the same old bullshit that you don't approve of BLM.

flip the script, while you arm-chair-point over at the racial justice movement, telling them they don't matter.

just 4 sentences with no circle jerk links back to previous comments where others have called out _ and Erasmus regarding their on-going anti-BLM bs tirades.

cop talk and birds of a feather in PDX 10.Nov.2019 12:12

Explains it All

This kind of crap is seeping into PIMC ...originating with racist cops to mock BLM activists. The word "dindunuffin" has not been dropped at PIMC (yet) but the connection and context is telling.

The Santa Cruz Police Department has opened an internal affairs investigation into the conduct of Officer Chris Galli, who in January referred to a man he had previously arrested as a "dindunuffin" on social media.

Galli, posting as "Chris Meriekuh", made the comment about the individual, who is African American and homeless.

A screen capture of the comment was posted in an Indybay article, helping to raise awareness concerning the racist nature of the term, which originated among law enforcement officers to mock activists participating in the Black Lives Matter Movement during its initial rise in 2014 and 2015.


Read More
 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/01/18822442.php

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya interviewed 11.Nov.2019 11:36

the gray zone

 https://youtu.be/5ZSiordl-os

The Grayzone's Anya Parampil sat down for an exclusive interview with Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, on the 10th anniversary of the US-backed right-wing military coup that overthrew him.
He discusses the extreme violence, drug trafficking, economic depression, migration crisis, Juan Orlando Hernαndez (JOH), WikiLeaks, Venezuela, and more.
Video by Ben Norton

 https://thegrayzone.com/2019/07/01/coup-honduras-interview-president-manuel-zelaya-10th-anniversary-us/

Speaking of birds of a feather.... 11.Nov.2019 14:34

Erasmus

Well "Explains is all" nice to know you have "anecdotal stories" to employ. So somebody somewhere used the words "dindunuffins" and that is somehow applicable to this convo. Nice stretch there, but you people are quite good at employing that method of shutting creating false associations. Got another "anecdotal story" somewhere in your bag of tricks? I'm sure you do but why don't you just try to stay on point? It would be much more productive.

Since you referred to a pattern of mocking BLM one has to assume you've read my previous comments but somehow missed that I am an equal opportunity "mocker", I include white boy Antifa poseurs as well as anybody else who derives their SJW ideology from mainstream media headlines. If you are incapable of perceiving that then you are being manipulated by the power structure you claim to be fighting, and I have no mercy for you. However, I also critique the ruling power structure, I just make sure my critique is directed at the appropriate characters and institutions, not the ones they have set in front of me as a distraction. It seems that Indymedia has become dominated by those that perceive that kind of thinking to be "racist" and use that trigger word, along with a host of others, fed to them by the media, as a way of shutting down any kind of thinking that makes them feel uncomfortable.


As for BLM, what happens if cops cease to shoot black people but continue to shoot white people? We achieve some kind of social racial paradise? Statistically, cops are far less likely to pull the trigger dealing with blacks than whites. Black people are more likely, but only around 13% more likely, to be shot by cops but because they have a much higher interaction rate with cops, are much less likely to be shot, on average. So why call it Black Live Matter? Why not Everybody's Lives Matter and focus on the broader issues of police violence and their use of deadly force, then expand to address the reality that cops exist to prop up the exploitive power structure that keeps us all in thrall?

It's all so tiresome. ( "Explains it All" ) 14.Nov.2019 23:47

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"Explains it All", same troll from the 2016 post-election discussion

SEE ARTICLE THREAD HERE --->  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433786.shtml


shows up yet again right here in late 2019, THREE+ YEARS LATER with the exact same copypasta delusional drivel.

why expect any 'change' at all when the Liberal Brains Pickled In The Formaldehyde Of Identity Politics  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433787.shtml refuse to do so?

The racist birds are flocking together 15.Nov.2019 12:07

Oh my

More hog wash from the diaper section

"the racist birds" .... Lol. what in the ever loving ***K does 15.Nov.2019 23:54

that

even mean

The 2 birds *of the same feather* connection 16.Nov.2019 08:36

underscore and his pal Erasmus

Alert: "others have called out _ and Erasmus regarding their on-going anti-BLM bs tirades."
#antiBLM

flocking with liberal brains pickled in Identity Politics formaldehyde? 18.Nov.2019 03:59

I think not

.

"antiBLM" = You're Not A Human Being? wtf?!?

here's a question: Is indymedia BY DEFINITION, "pro-BLM"? 18.Nov.2019 04:03

That is,

is Indymedia — an independent platform for community-based activist information distribution —

by its very definition, automatically IN SUPPORT OF THE ENTIRETY OF POLICIES AND ACTIONS CARRIED OUT BY A GROUP named 'Black Lives Matter' aka "BLM"?


how is it precisely defined? All postings to the Indymedia platform must automatically be IN SUPPORT OF the policies and actions of BLM? Any violations of <--- that code to be prosecuted?

anti BLM = STFU 18.Nov.2019 19:06

oh my

Oh your a human being ... but apparently a racist one.

Indymedia is a platform for community-based activist information distribution —

But it is probably not a platform to come kicking other social justice movements under the bus.

How many time can a person say ........ I follow what your saying about class-ism etc., but dont marginalize the BLM activism movement as your making your point on class issues.

Missing the point.... 20.Nov.2019 14:53

Erasmus

Yes, oh my, you completely missed the point. But it's a thing with you people because you can't accept that you're not the radicals you think you are. BLM, Antifa, open borders, MeToo fanatics, white supremist obsessed loons are not propelling social justice in this world, they are, in fact, serving as distractions from the elites who are exploiting them for their own purposes. There are radicals, SJW's & other enlightened people working for actual change but they aren't those poseurs. Those people are generally focused on specific issues and working for change with realistic goal driven methods. Those people have no use for phony radicals because you don't have a clearly defined ideology or goal in mind. You just see what's on the headlines and react to it because that's what the papers say and it makes you feel righteous.

Hey oh my, did you know that Bobaletch Gebre just died? No, of course not. I'll tell you what, look the name up and ask yourself what you are doing that even holds a candle to what she has been doing.

RE: "anti BLM = STFU" — there's that lovely leftist 'Free' speech ideal again 30.Nov.2019 19:24

_

yeah just "STFU" (when you are not in 100% conformity with our ideological agenda)

lol.

Anyway this has been a mildly interesting thread of comments (all apparently ? triggered by the initial 06.Nov.2019 14:40 'virtue signaling' which is the bellwether for Identity Politicians and their acolytes) that has brought out the "True Colors Shining Through" as Cyndi Lauper sang.