There are three ways to rise to prominence in Trumpworld: in the bedroom, in the birther movement, or in breaking the law.
Real leftists (not chapo-classers) didn’t endorse Bernie in 2016 or 2020. Not to be disparaging, but the Berner movement is/was a kindergartenish, incoherent mix of populism, pandering, and pomposity. Whatever factionalism evidenced now is about personality, not ideology. It’s faux-left.
Teachable moment from 🌹 twitter: if a liberal agrees with a conservative on anything, the liberal is actually a conservative. And if a conservative agrees with a liberal, that must mean the liberal is actually a conservative. A careful study of the facts reveals this truth …
I notice journalists, especially from the NY Times, congratulate each other inordinately. Rarely, however, does one self-congratulate/self-hug himself like Ken Vogel does.
Maybe people who bashed Hillary Clinton are finally having second thoughts about doing so.
President Bonespurs forgot that right-wingers lost the first Civil War. He’ll take a deferment from the civil war to come.
The civil war will last until the Deplorables run out of meth and oxy.
Bernie Sanders says there’s voter suppression in New Hampshire. Unfortunately for Bern, they aren’t suppressing votes for Warren and Biden.
To be fair, Bern’s plan to eradicate billionaires is more in line with the dictatorship of the proletariat than a plan that saves the bourgeoisie from themselves …
Which begs the question: why is Bernie running for president? It seems like a distraction from the duties of a revolutionary leader.
Answer: Bern will burn the Democratic Party to the ground. That was always his plan. The notion of winning the nomination is only a pipe dream used to keep his benighted followers in line.
Lukacs’ reactionary stance towards literary modernism reminds one of the limits of dialectical materialism.
I guess nothing is forever 21.
(Images from The New York Review of Books)
As long as journalists don’t hack passwords or assault women they’ll be fine.
I’m glad Trump acknowledges the legitimacy of sanctuary cities.
Never trust a one-eyed raven.
Watching Tavares break Chara’s ankles was priceless.
Incels don’t understand science.
Bernie Sanders is polling at 16% in Iowa. That’s some “revolution.”
The good news for Bernie Sanders: Eugene Debs received 6% of the popular vote once.
The bad news for Bernie Sanders: Eugene Debs received 6% of the popular vote once.
Without Democratic control of the Senate, impeachment is a sideshow. Let Tump be indicted and watch him turn himself into a fugitive of the law (like his his GRU-ally Assange). That would be a proper circus.
In his new budget, the Grifter asks Congress for $8.6 billion for his organized crime cronies in the construction industry.
Nothing says hate better than the face of a Cheney.
House Dems passed most important democracy reform bill in a generation today but it got fraction of attention of @Ilhan’s tweets
(1) because the House measure won’t become law; (2) because the profit driven media that employs him fixates on conflict, which draws eyeballs and clicks (i.e., media that is a version of MMA for political junkies).
How does the Republican Freedom Caucus support Trump’s emergency decree? Isn’t that the sort of tyranny these freedom loving patriots loathe?
If Trump wants increased military spending, he should at least start a war to justify it.
As any astute Marxist knows, the working class has not always been progressive (the example of their support for Brexit and Trump is the latest evidence). Also, this Marxist would know that the mode of production in capitalism does not stand still, but is constantly revolutionised. Consequently, the industrial mode of production (most highly rationalised by Henry Ford and Frederick Taylor) could only be a time limited affair. Moreover, the skills and aptitudes needed for work under these labour conditions would also have a relatively short life span. In other words, industrialism as a mode of production would never last forever; thus the towns which built themselves around a mode of production that would become obsolete are similarly doomed to go the way of weavers and steam powered locomotives.
This process of obsolescence was hastened by the battering down of “all Chinese walls” (Marx): not only were “foreign” markets opened to the mode of capitalist consumption, they were opened to mode of capitalist production (industrial production). If capital follows “cheap labour,” then it was also inevitable that industrial production (manufacturing) would migrate across borders to more hospitable climes for the maximum profit extraction/labour exploitation. The spirit of socialist internationalism, that workers of the world share a common plight and a common struggle, is thwarted by national populist tendencies. The effort to restore Chinese walls in the form of new Hadrian’s Wall against the EU or neo-mercantilist policies (Trump) is anachronistic.
Finally, there’s the issue of climate change. The romanticised vision of industrial production, which runs counter to the satanic mill, The Jungle, and the workhouse of its reality, does not comport well with efforts to curb the degradation of the environment. Here, one can turn to an auto-critique of Marx himself: his Grundrisse is brimming over with anti-ecological statements. In other texts (such as the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844), the great man holds that the essence of the worker is bound up with “his” ability to work on nature, i.e., to destroy nature. The worker’s alienation from nature (both internal and external) is premised on “his” loss of the object of labour in a system of private property; “his” alienation is not premised on the filthy waters, toxic air, and superheated atmosphere that results from “his” labour in industrial capitalism. It is not surprising that the states inspired by Marxist thinking (the old CCCP and DDR, and today’s China) were/are global leaders in pollution, no different from their non-Communist brethren in “the West.”
If losing is winning, then Trump is a big loser.
The descendants of Warren Harding are thankful for Trump.
Re his counterpart: what’s ironic is Sanders uses the Democratic Party when it is convenient to him, but then inveighs against the Party’s rules. He lacks the courage to run for president as an independent.
I’m not sure what power Rep. Omar has besides trafficking in reprehensible conspiracy theories. I don’t see any legislation coming from her corner, which would be what power in Congress entails, not just street corner cred.
Picking dumb fights using boorish rhetoric is not a winning strategy. Although it worked for Trump. Maybe he’s her political role model. She’s already started in on Obama.
Max Rose may be the only one of the newbie Democrats to amount to something in terms of legislation.
Kids is brills, as is Spring Breakers.
People ask me why Trump is consorting with the south Florida madame. Realize he can’t just pop into Scores like he used to.
The professional outragetariat are up in arms about Alyssa Milano, who identified herself in various ways.
I’m trans. I’m a person of color. I’m an immigrant. I’m a lesbian. I’m a gay man. I’m the disabled.
I’m everything. And so are you, Kirk.
Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know or understand. No one wants to hurt you. We are all just looking for our happily ever after.
Do they really think Milano needs their permission (or anyone else’s) to speak her mind and identify herself as she pleases?