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Conservative truck drivers are turning on Trump!

Truckers voted for Trump overwhelmingly now they are pushing back and parked in Washington DC. Why are there not more left organizations there supporting them? Is it because they eat meat or don't believe in chemtrails?
 https://www.businessinsider.com/truck-drivers-slam-trump-protest-sign-of-love-2020-5

leftists have abandoned Class struggle, in favor of Identity Politics 19.May.2020 17:23

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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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Strategic Extremism: How Republicans + Democrats Use Identity Politics To Divide And Rule
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2020/05/438530.shtml
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The Republican Party and the Democratic Party are bought, sold, and paid for by big business. For that reason, both have a history of avoiding the issues that are common to Americans of all political persuasions. Addressing such issues would undermine the profits of big business. They include free healthcare, living wages, quality work, secure pensions, unionization, etc.

In order to protect the profits of their business investors, both parties focus on the cultural differences between Americans.
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Diversity Blues: Failure Of Democrats' Identity Politics To Catch Fire Among Electorate
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2020/05/438528.shtml
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The Democratic political class has failed to heed the message that those who live by identity politics often die by identity politics.
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Fetishizing Of Identity Politics Could Cost Democrats in 2020
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2020/05/438526.shtml
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The divide between "team economic justice" and "team demographic destiny" now informs how different factions of the left, broadly defined, decipher the results of Democratic primaries and special election battles. And unfortunately, this has led to dangerously inaccurate and biased prescriptions for 2020.

Even the term "working class" has become racialized and is now assumed to signal that the user of said term has a greater commitment to white interests than to those of people of color. This is because, for years, Republicans and some Democratic centrists made "working class" their dog whistle of choice. The unfortunate result has been that messaging directly to working-class voters, who desperately need political advocacy and who were formerly a crucial part of the Democratic coalition, has become stigmatized. (One must ask whose interests that serves.)
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Why I Don't Identify With Identity Politics
author: Michael Katz
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2020/05/438529.shtml



Identity Politics Can't Fix Broken American System
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2020/05/438527.shtml
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Political identities are reinforced by a massive apparatus for defining, policing, and activating them. By practicing "identity mindfulness," individuals can recognize propaganda and slant and better manage their own emotional response to identity-based manipulation.

While such mindfulness might help individuals lead more examined political lives, it does little to address the gridlocked U.S. political system. Individualist solutions are no answer to intractable societal problems.
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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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'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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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


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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Democrats, Racism, And The Future
author: Rob Urie
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2020/05/438532.shtml
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May 15, 2020

The visceral conception of racism that motivates parts of the Democrat's base, that of armed lynch mobs breaking down doors and burning black churches, is historical memory, not political analysis. This isn't to suggest that racism has disappeared. What is meant is that organized racial violence was migrated to the very levers of social control that the New Democrats dedicated their careers to re-racializing. How is the political party that promoted and passed the 1994 Crime Bill that increased the carceral population by 60% not racist? The answer, that incarceration is a class issue, requires understanding how its American incarnation evolved during and after slavery.

And this gets to how the New Democrats have been more insidious than out-and-out racists. The relation of race to crime has historically been tied to maintaining a hierarchical economic order. In the realm of economics, this is clearly a class issue. However, the liberal notion of merit depends on full employment. Had Bill Clinton actually believed in merit, he wouldn't have ended welfare for the sake of merit because doing so wouldn't have been necessary. Full employment would have made doing so redundant except in select cases.

That Mr. Clinton 'ended welfare as we know it' for political reasons— to triangulate Republicans from the right, both puts a lie to the concept of merit (the disabled and poor parents raising children merit assistance) and it demonstrated a willingness to benefit politically by throwing blacks under the bus. Ronald Reagan put forward the fraudulent caricature of the black 'welfare queen' (most people on welfare were white), and this is the reference made by Mr. Clinton's political gesture, else it wouldn't have 'worked' for him politically.


Establishment Politics Are For The Rich
author: Rob Urie
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2019/12/438030.shtml


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

uh oh 22.May.2020 08:53

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someone said something bad about trump

which means - you guessed right


underscore has to include 50 links to his other post for some reason

go back and look at any post critical of trump to see this idiot deflect by rambling about identity politics and linking to his own posts

what is the opposite of tds? it is whatever condition this idiot has

^well I don't have any "condition"/disease but you sure do have TDS— 22.May.2020 18:14

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" critical of trump " I posted this :  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2020/05/438543.shtml


and — If ? you were capable of reading and comprehending English —
you might discover that not only does it have everything absolutely to do with the U.S. economy and the Trump administration,

but also check out the discussion section, with the work of Thomas Frank (articles and video talks) and his analysis of Trump :

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2020/05/438538.shtml?discuss#471737



but of course you're a Disinformationalist Troll with only ad hominem distraction properties.

p.s. on Trump specifically, for U mr. TDS— 22.May.2020 18:30

Try Reading This

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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AND, ALSO :

Democrats, Racism, And The Future
author: Rob Urie
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2020/05/438532.shtml
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May 15, 2020

The visceral conception of racism that motivates parts of the Democrat's base, that of armed lynch mobs breaking down doors and burning black churches, is historical memory, not political analysis. This isn't to suggest that racism has disappeared. What is meant is that organized racial violence was migrated to the very levers of social control that the New Democrats dedicated their careers to re-racializing. How is the political party that promoted and passed the 1994 Crime Bill that increased the carceral population by 60% not racist? The answer, that incarceration is a class issue, requires understanding how its American incarnation evolved during and after slavery.

And this gets to how the New Democrats have been more insidious than out-and-out racists. The relation of race to crime has historically been tied to maintaining a hierarchical economic order. In the realm of economics, this is clearly a class issue. However, the liberal notion of merit depends on full employment. Had Bill Clinton actually believed in merit, he wouldn't have ended welfare for the sake of merit because doing so wouldn't have been necessary. Full employment would have made doing so redundant except in select cases.

That Mr. Clinton 'ended welfare as we know it' for political reasons— to triangulate Republicans from the right, both puts a lie to the concept of merit (the disabled and poor parents raising children merit assistance) and it demonstrated a willingness to benefit politically by throwing blacks under the bus. Ronald Reagan put forward the fraudulent caricature of the black 'welfare queen' (most people on welfare were white), and this is the reference made by Mr. Clinton's political gesture, else it wouldn't have 'worked' for him politically.

More Trump derangement nonsense, does it ever stop? 25.May.2020 14:43

Erasmus

And if Obama were still in office, or Hillary was elected, or Biden wins things would be different how? OK, there would be some differences but it wouldn't change the fact that the world is run by the unholy alliance between the big banks, the Fed and the treasury. The power to create money at the stroke of a pen and force people into the yoke of endless infinite debt (slavery and control) is the ultimate power and it has corrupted absolutely. This staged pandemic and world financial coup de grace would be going on regardless of whatever talking sock puppet was in office.

Oh but Trump is a racist! He is supported by racists! He hates brown people, gays and immigrants! Oh please, Trump isn't racist or homophobic, he doesn't hate black people or gays, his history doesn't indicate anything like that whatsoever, it's a Demo/media fabrication, in fact he's always been supportive of civil rights and has highly pro gay since he assumed office (ignored by the media). He certainly is a classist oligarchian (just made that word up) SOB, and he may be sexist but racist? Nope, just a rich slob who happened into the Presidency and now serves his purpose quite well as a cheerleader for the bangsters.

That is not to say that a President doesn't have some actual power and discretion to push certain personal agendas. He certainly does and I will say I do support Trumps desire to control immigration, but from the standpoint we simply cannot allow the 1st world to double in population over the next 60 or 70 years and if we stop mass importation of 3rd worlders, the population of the 1st world will actually be in decline, which is a good thing. If mass migration continues, we will double in number along with the 3rd world. The impact on the environment will be catastrophic, not that we aren't already in a catastrophic situation but imagine twice the number of consumers in the US, or a billion, I don't even want to think about it. So for that reason I will support Trump and overlook the things I hate about him.

Erasmus, support or non-support of Trump isn't the issue— 28.May.2020 00:49

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Understood the point you were making, but it matters not what Trump, the Republican party, the Democratic party might propose or implement.

all of us as regular citizens need to immediately PURGE our minds and public discussion of Team Sports, WalMart v. Costco, Pepsi v. Coke 'political consciousness'.

the U.S. political structure/class apparatchiks are all puppets of the privately owned Federal Reserve which issues the world's fiat global reserve currency.

we'll still be enslaved to privately owned central banks (ever more so with each 'stimulus bill' and Quantitative Easing operation).

Let me rephrase.... 02.Jun.2020 15:03

Erasmus

Nothing to disagree with there, I understand Trump is executing the agenda of the Fed, just like a Demo would, just saying President's aren't without influence or power, they are allowed a certain amount of leeway even if it isn't always parallel with the agenda of the globalists, and Trump's desire to control immigration is being tolerated because the globalists (Fed and it's pawns) know that it is just a hiccup that will be corrected when a Democratic President is elected. Then even more migrants will be imported as cheap labor and future consumers to keep the economy growing...and growing...and growing...Overpopulation and it's effect on the environment be damned, they don't care.
Let me rephrase when I said "support" Trump, I don't "support" him, I don't agree with most of what he stands for and promotes, but I felt the same about Obama, he was every bit the globalists tool Trump is. I voted for Trump because he's the only politician who has ever said anything halfway realistic about mass immigration, and actually tried to effect some realistic change. He even spoke against globalism early on after he was elected, though he's been silent about it ever since, I think he was told to shut up about that. That's what I do kind of like about him, he speaks without thinking, he's not a professional politician and says things that piss off people from all sides. The likes of Obama or the Clintons are too crafted to ever do that, you hear nothing from them but what they are supposed to say. And I said "like about him", I really hate the guy for the most part, he's a monumental douche of a human being and classist POS.