paul haeder’s ‘Capitalism’s heroes are the people’s scoundrels’

From Haeder’s, ‘Heroes and Villains: The Daily Show in a Homeless Shelter; Capitalism’s heroes are the people’s scoundrels’,  April 25th, 2018,
His opening polemically scathing indictments of Boss Tweet are romp-in-the-park sublime, including:

“All PTSD-living, poverty people (most are poor). Trump would lambaste my work serving as social worker and finder of funds, and he’d laugh off PTSD as “nothing but an entitlement dream in your white cracker and people of color case loads’ heads.”

… as are the next paragraphs sticking forks into the war-loving, death-machine- job loving, rent-seeking, virtue-signaling D Libruls (Raytheon!) who then go all Rachel Maddow over some black woman shackled in jail, or some mentally ill black kid who gets mown by police for not obeying ‘the signals’.

“Make no bones about it, gents and dames, Trump is Obama is Clinton is Reagan.”

All of it’s great, but what’s more important are the stories he tells from his work at an LA homeless shelter.  Capitalism’s heroes you know only too well; I’ll paste in some of  his Homeless Heroes.

“Hero – Three strikes and you are out. Now, out at age 64, African American, in prison for using drugs, and, whoops, when you use drugs, well, the excess is sometimes bartered off, traded and sold. Black man with cocaine equals the villains’ mark – criminal courts, public defenders, bail bondsmen, lawyers, municipal departments, prison systems, PayDay crap, probation officers.

This man is working at my shelter, a veteran, though he doesn’t pull that card much, and he is doing some amazing work making music, electronic stuff, sampled and using his own keyboard. There is no way in hell this fellow isn’t a hero: he is looking to reconnect with his sons and daughters in California. He ran the streets of Portland, and the villains – cops, judges, prosecutors, the entire carnival that is the criminal injustice system and its auxiliaries, including some social service non-profits – are a constant reminder to me that the white class – whatever that is – has ensconced itself into this people-killing, African-American defiling, people-of-color-community-imploding monster.

My hero and I talk about the way of the black man, the way of the white racists, this supremacist shit-hole that is America, and he calls me his advocate, his rare white man on the side of real justice friend.”

“Hero, 78, calling himself the gravedigger’s son, grew up in Massachusetts, near Boston, and he’s been a vagabond, man, and I am helping him get his studio apartment, getting him some free furniture, helping him think outside the meth-amphetamine box. Fucking 78, and he relapsed, recently, one day bender, and, he’s got COPD and hallucinates – talks about the people around me he sees and I do not.

He’s well-read, not college educated, and grew up in an Irish Catholic family, and he’s been to Ireland and parts of Europe. He hates the military, and talks about being in Korea, and seeing the shit hole America created in both zones. He is Irish and socialist, but he has been wandering the world, cook here and dishwasher there. Imagine, he’s been wandering the country and the world for more than 40 years, and, alas, Portland is his home.

He’s been throughout the Pacific Northwest, to encampments of hard-living people in the Cascades, living hard and off the grid. Story teller, gift of gab, and he’s the typical detritus of America – whether Trump or Hillary, whether young or old. People do not listen to him.” [more villians]

“Heroes are the ones that live it out in tents, on the road, under overpasses, who crunch down in old cars and pick-up trucks, who cardboard surf in warehouses and in friends’ garages. These people are heroes in the sense that my social services non-profit believes everyone who served their country in the armed forces is a hero.

Heroes know that’s bullshit. Golden ticket for what? So, that family of four, mother with children, mother who works two jobs and has friends watch the kids, whose husband booked – yes, military veteran dude – so she’s not worthy of the golden ticket because she sweated over hamburgers and cleaned up feces of the rich and decaying, or she turned beds and sheets at the multi-billionaire’s chain of hotels?

Heroes and villains. Not difficult to spot the true hero, the survivor, the ones with a sense of dignity or perspective or time on the road, versus the ones who cut homeless programs, who vote against more food stamps, who demand drug testing for the shit pittance one might get in benefits.”

“I am working with veterans who have been shot up with bullets, shrapnel, chemicals, toxins, propaganda, debasement, demands. Soldiers who were put on military bases/forts where the water is so bad, so polluted by solvents from military machinery and laundry (dry cleaning) that the Veterans Administration even has a name for the Parkinson’s — Camp Lejeune  Parkinson’s: various chemicals, including the VOCs (volatile organic compounds) known as PCE (Tetrachloroethylene aka Perchloroethylene), TCE (Trichloroethylene), DCE (Dichloroethylene), Vinyl Chloride and BTEX (Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylene). These chemicals are either known or suspected human carcinogens.” [he then lists the hideous diseases associated with the contamination.]

“Heroes are the one’s shaking so hard at 65 they can’t even sign their names on forms that will get them subsidized housing. Heroes who are homeless, misbegotten, broken, incapable of navigating systems and job markets and economic hoops with Parkinson’s and the other effects associated with the decay caused by the military pollutants.”

‘war never ends’, brian morgan

Haeder then brings facts and figures to bear on homeless numbers, the causes of same for both families and singles, veterans as percentages of homeless, homeless chiiren in amerika count, hunger in amerika, wages, and so on, although most of the organizations he’s linked to I’ve found minimizing the numbers in the past.

But well…let’s let Immortal Techniques short-hand it.  He’s raw as all giddy-up, but oh, sooo direct and sooo correct: fuck capitalism and rule by corporatocracy!

We all hope you stay safe out there on the street, J in Oly.  This is for you, and thanks for taking so many of you even less fortunate homeless homies under  your wing and helping them navigate what’s left of the social safety net system.  You’re a good soul, and this one’s for you, darlin’.

32 responses to “paul haeder’s ‘Capitalism’s heroes are the people’s scoundrels’

  1. I liked the vid.
    It’s all broken, and as with Humpty Dumpty; it cannot be put back together again…

    • hard to imagine turning all this around in time, for the planet as well. one of the most well-known tipping points to massive uprisings/used to be was the inability to feed one’s family, but in this country, but we all know what’s comin’ down the track. this is just the latest iteration begun under obomba:

      US housing secretary proposes tripling of rent for the poor, 30 April 2018,

      ‘US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson’s “Making Affordable Housing Work Act of 2018,” unveiled last week, would spell destitution for the poorest households receiving federal rental assistance, virtually all of which have annual incomes of less than $7,000. Roughly 1.7 million people, including 1 million children, would face eviction and homelessness.

      The typical household affected would be a single mother with two children, with an annual income of $2,400—or just $200 a month. After paying rent, under this proposal, the family would have only $48 a month left to pay for necessities like clothing, diapers, school supplies and food or medical needs not covered by other assistance.”

      yeah, immortal technique nailed it, didn’t he? and whoever laid in the images was brilliant. looks like i’d messed up and not put a ‘more’ break in this. i’d stuck up a diary on the likely strikes on aleppo and hama night before last, so it’s kinda hidden. but i’ve had a few thoughts about it, as i’m guessing you have as well. what a blood-soaked empire this is.

  2. Always appreciated, wd. No time to comment these days for it requires the time to comment and respond etc. i.e. to engage; but I do read when I find moments.

    • it’s always a pleasure to see you and your spooky tooth avatar as well, mein herr. i do hope what’s keeping you occupied is good stuff, though. when and if the spirit moves you, i hope you’ll cross-post something from your diary, but…the english versions, please! ;-) gadzukes you’re fluent in german, though. and cool photo accompaniments.

  3. OTOH, #mayday on twitter seems to be a gag-worthy cascade against socialism and communism.

    On May Day, the day of international working-class solidarity, the International Committee of the Fourth International and the World Socialist Web Site extend our greetings to workers engaged in struggles all over the world“, (they list oppressed workers around the world)

  4. When this one-dimensional chump “Paul Haeder” talks about “this supremacist shit-hole that is America,” it reminds me how Trump got elected in the first place, and in spite of the Democrats proclaiming every penny-ante bi-election as the second coming of FDR, it really isn’t a foregone conclusion that Trump won’t be re-elected by the same self-righteous idiots (like Paul Haeder) who put him in the White House in 2016.

    • i’m not getting why you see haeder as one-dimensional, jacob (here’s his oeuvre at dissident voice; pretty wide-ranging), but many of us have thrown that term back in herr t’s face as in: WE live in a shithole nation (not just african nations and haiti, etc.) i believe i have one here myself.

      and as haeder had noted: trump is obama is clinton is reagan. yeah, he may be self-righteous, but as for him (or me, for that matter) being one of the reasons trump got elected and may indeed get re-elected…i’m not seeing it, although you may be able to elucidate further.his oeuvre

      • Hey, Wendy. Some mighty messed up people. Look, I’m a communist in the greatest sense, not some capitalistic, space-travel loving socialist. If this Freeze Brain sees me as a Trump facilitator, more proof in the pudding how colonized Americans are.

        Dig it — worked for unions, and they are too fucking conservative for me; worked as a community college teacher, and most are sell-outs and back-stabbers; worked in the environmental movement, but they too are a bunch of Ford Foundation-loving green shit washers; tried to do something in urban planning, but they too are rubber stamping the Democratic gentrification and the Republican demolishing of communities; I tried it as a social worker, but alas, I am seeing poverty pimping and running scared and straight “social workers.”

        Oh, shit, a journalist, too — small towns in Arizona, Texas, Washington, New Mexico. Alas, Americans are almost to a T colonized by magical thinking and the cocaine and heroin of Hollywood and mass murder media.
        Funny, when a guy goes toe to toe against both prostitute parties, and who the hell thinks I would even last 30 seconds in a room with Obama or Trump without being lashed by their nannies, we get thrown under the proverbial bus.

        If elections counted, then the US Supreme Corporate Devils would have outlawed it, man. Paraphrasing Emma Goldman. Later, Wendy. Keep running my stuff here to shake out the bed bugs and polka dot leeches.

        • thanks for stopping by, paul, and for the lulz as well. ;-) can’t say i’ve sussed out the differences between commies and socialists, so i just identify as anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, egalitarian, fuck the police, and tra la la.
          took a peek at the 200th birthday karl marx hashtag w/ an eye for storifying a bit of it, but no time today, and ooooh, did it get trolled; double ish. and DSA gatekeepers can kiss my grits, our revolution and the bern, frankly.

          check out my categories on the rt.sidebar: compromised NGOs and green capitalism & big greens NGOs (or close); i’m there with you. on those climate hero gatekeepers! anyway, i’d have answered your mail earlier, but it said no reply, i think. best to you, and solidarity, amigo. gotta run myownself. and come again when the spirit moves you. ;-)

        • Hey Paul Haeder! Maybe you should get out of your pointy little head once or twice a year, and find out what a real shit-hole looks like, and it won’t be the USA, not even Detroit or the Bronx.

          For example, in the Central African Civil Wars between 1996 and 2008, more than 6,000,000 AFRICANS WERE MURDERED, more than 11,000 CORPSES PER WEEK every week for twelve years, and just to put it in terms of “this supremacist shit-hole that is America,” even at its worst, in the bad old days of Jim Crow, a grand total of 3,446 African-Americans were lynched in the USA (according to the Tuskegee Institute) in the 86 years between 1882 and 1968, the equivalent of LESS THAN THREE DAYS of the Holocaust in Central Africa that raged for more than 5000 days, and it isn’t over yet.

          So if you ever get beyond the pitiful little pictures in your pointy little head and look around Central Africa, you’ll see lines around the block at every US Embassy where tens of thousands of Africans line up every day in the forlorn hope of getting into this so-called “supremacist shit-hole.”

          I would love to see some jerk like you explaining to those desperate people how wrong they are! They would cut off your nose with a scissors!

          • Freeze
            Yes Africa is a shithole; but then, so in the U.S..
            You worry African’s killing Africans; what about the more than 6 million murdered by the U.S.?
            Vietnam, Panama, Iraq, Libya, Iran, Yemen, and now Syria. And that’s not a complete list by any means.
            Clean up your own house before worrying about somebody else’s, yes?

        • Hey haederpaul, you got my vote.
          U.S. education is an oxymoron at best and a bad joke at worst.
          In fact, “working” in the U.S. is just slavery by another name…

          • Ahh, many account for more than a few million killed by US of Shitholes. William Blum, Andre Vltchek, and more account for 20 million, 100 million murdered by USA?

            Here, in a nutshell, the West, vis-a-vis the British, from Andre. It’s emblematic of the lack of civilization in Western Civ:

            I also recall what my Ugandan friend used to tell me:

            “When the Brits came to Africa, to what is now Uganda, their army would enter our villages and first thing they’d do was to select the tallest and strongest man around. They’d then tie him up, face towards the tree. Then the British commander would rape, sodomize him in front of everybody. This was how they showed the locals who is charge.”


            From 1945 to the present:

            The engine of American foreign policy has been fueled not by a devotion to any kind of morality, but rather by the necessity to serve other imperatives, which can be summarized as follows:

            * making the world safe for American corporations;
            * enhancing the financial statements of defense contractors at home who have contributed generously to members of congress;
            * preventing the rise of any society that might serve as a successful example of an alternative to the capitalist model;
            * extending political and economic hegemony over as wide an area as possible, as befits a “great power.”

            This in the name of fighting a supposed moral crusade against what cold warriors convinced themselves, and the American people, was the existence of an evil International Communist Conspiracy, which in fact never existed, evil or not.

            The United States carried out extremely serious interventions into more than 70 nations in this period.



            This study reveals that U.S. military forces were directly responsible for about 10 to 15 million deaths during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the two Iraq Wars. The Korean War also includes Chinese deaths while the Vietnam War also includes fatalities in Cambodia and Laos.

            The American public probably is not aware of these numbers and knows even less about the proxy wars for which the United States is also responsible. In the latter wars there were between nine and 14 million deaths in Afghanistan, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, East Timor, Guatemala, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sudan.

            But the victims are not just from big nations or one part of the world. The remaining deaths were in smaller ones which constitute over half the total number of nations. Virtually all parts of the world have been the target of U.S. intervention.

            The overall conclusion reached is that the United States most likely has been responsible since WWII for the deaths of between 20 and 30 million people in wars and conflicts scattered over the world.


            • yeah, sigh. i’d put the vltchek exposé as a bonus of sorts at the end of this diary concerning pompeo’s flak calling for a salifist principality in eastern syria, only at dissident voice it was titled ‘Diagnosing the West with Sadistic Personality Disorder (SPD)’ The Empire Is Obsessed with Perverse Types Of Punishment,’ (with gut-ripping images) and those images, oh my.

              i keep a couple of blummie’s lists in my blogging help aids, but the james a. lucas piece was more fulsome, for certain. a coupe nations he kinda minimized, but on the whole…a work of dastardly art.

              oddly enough, and wth?, i’d been trying to access some bits and bobs written by thomas c. mountain who writes from tiny mineral-wealthy eritrea, and all of the links go to ‘error’ pages. even his twit thang has nothing since 2017. odd bodkins altogether. even trying to find him at BAR does the same message.

              oh, and i do so hope you listen to the immortal technique video, paul.

            • Yes, I agree, my numbers were very conservative. I do not like mis-stating facts.
              Ugh, the American public;they do not know history beyond their 8th grade history class, you know, George Washington chopped down the cherry tree.
              As you may, or may not, know, I left 8 weeks after the shrub invaded Iraq. I was an active war resistor during the false flag in Vietnam.
              Two books I highly recommend; The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto; and Debt; the Last 5,000 Years by David Graeber.
              Lots of useful history in both.

              • Fuck, structural violence, soil pollution, food contamination, fucking vaccines, the smear of White Western Technology, all those nanoparticles, aromatic particulates, the synergistic effects of flame retardants and the other 15 dozen organic compounds floating around human and non-human physiology — shit, maybe billions of people the White Mining-Pharma-Military-Med-Chemo-Ag-EMF terror have been deep-sixed by modern fucking white Anglo WASP-Catholic-Jewish masters of mayhem.

                Oh, yes,Wendy, I have been listening to Immortal Technique forever. Gatto is good, in doses, and, of course, both Graeber’s and John’s books I’ve read, man.

                You know, I have read tens of thousands of books. A lot of repetition, a lot of masturbation. We gotta organize as Marxist militias, hack every day, rip off the puveyors of capital everyday, and line up the Zero point One percent along their corporate walls, and, well, you get the idea . . .

                I’d take Memory of Fire trilogy over most of the books I’ve read, reviewed, taught. Fuck, just one slice of human and humane reasoning here:

                Our Word is Our Weapon: Selected Writings
                by Subcomandante Marcos

                ¡Ya Basta!: Ten Years of the Zapatista Uprising¡Ya Basta!: Ten Years of the Zapatista Uprising
                by Subcomandante Marcos

                Rights in Rebellion: Indigenous Struggle and Human Rights in ChiapasRights in Rebellion: Indigenous Struggle and Human Rights in Chiapas
                by Shannon Speed

                The Fire and the Word: A History of the Zapatista MovementThe Fire and the Word: A History of the Zapatista Movement
                by Gloria Muñoz Ramírez

                Emiliano Zapata: El Amor a la TierraEmiliano Zapata: El Amor a la Tierra
                by Enrique Krauze

                Beyond Resistance: Everything. An Interview with Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.Beyond Resistance: Everything. An Interview with Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
                by Subcomandante Marcos

                Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical HistoryWobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History
                by Staughton Lynd

    • it looks fascinating, greyson. hard to read the CP version w/ so few paragraph breaks. this one looks far easier, although it’s sooo long.

      Michael: I think classical economic thought, from Adam Smith culminating in Marx, the last great political economist in the classical British/French tradition, discussed all the problems we have. The fight between finance capital and industrial capital is discussed in Volume 3 of Marx’s Capital. People imagine that we’re in industrial capitalism, but we’re really not. Industrial corporations have been taken over and financialized, run for financial gains, not for profit.

      So the problem is now not simply the exploitation of wage labor. It’s that the financial system tries to operate without labor at all. It tries to depopulate instead of build up the population. It tends to impoverish the population instead of making money on a growing internal market. So an understanding of the distinction between what the 19th century classical economists hoped would be industrial capitalism and the tragedy of the finance capitalism that’s emerged since World War I, if people are aware of that, essentially that’s the best guide to the future.

      That’s what I described in my book Killing The Host, and I’ve tried to provide a basic vocabulary in J Is For Junk Economics. If you have a vocabulary that can pierce through the euphemisms that you get in the mass media for economics, a vocabulary itself will organize your thoughts into a logical way of coping. So in addition to my book And Forgive Them Their Debts, these other two books are what I have to say about how to structure an economy.

      Harold: So it comes down to empowering people with a vocabulary that pierces what?

      Michael: That pierces the fog of the euphemism of the mass media discourse that make it appear as if when GDP goes up, everybody is getting rich. When all the growth in GDP is only for the 1%, only for the financial sector, and the 99% are more and more impoverished.”

      hudson never comes out and identifies as a marxist economist; ‘heterodox’ is as close as he comes. the money quotes so to speak are toward the end, even tho i just scanned. sad to say that i’m working on another syria post, part II of the most recent one i guess. it’s ground zero in the hegemonic struggles for power and resources, and the next amerikan step toward creating a salafist principality in the northeast (at least) was just announced.

      but i swear i’ll try to finish it later! ;-) i’m taking a break from c99% for now, so i’m not as busy as i’d been earlier.

    • dagnabya, greyson! and this:

      ‘Michael: I wouldn’t say that the Bible was re-written after the exile, it was really codified and put together after the exile. This has been the normal view of the Bible for the last 60 or 70 years in Biblical scholarship, that realizes when it was put together and under what circumstances. It was put together logically to weave the tradition of debt cancellation into the whole Jewish history. To make it really the history of how the debt crises had disrupted Jewish and Judean/Israelite society for hundreds of years.’

      • It’s an interesting article. I didn’t synopsize because it’s all over the place; and I was a bit busy at the time.

        It was originally put up on the web here, which is formatted differently and might be easier on the eyes.

        • The interview closes with:

          It can only be overthrown democratically. It can’t be overthrown by force, because finance capital in control of the state has a monopoly on force. It can only be achieved, probably in one country after another, by having policies and essentially an understanding of what a viable economic constitution would be. And to realize that politics is basically economics. And that the alternative to government and the nation-state is Wall Street and the financial interest in the City of England and Frankfurt. The question is, who do you want to run the economy? The 1% and the financial sector, or the 99% through politics? The fight has to be in the political sphere, because there’s no other sphere that the financial interests cannot crush you on.

          So nice, tho, that in the US we have Citizens United which means that 1) Those with the gold elect the politicians, and 2) Both parties are owned by the holders of the gold.

          • i’d seen his closing, but wasn’t sure that he was altogether right that politics is economics. but it deserves more thought. and saint glenn greenwald famously said that citizens united was fairly judged. oy.

            now did he make the case that debt jubilees were a part of the texture of civil society from the bronze age until the romans ended it (iirc)? there was a hella lot of history in it (scanning) that’s altogether new to me. ‘they couldn’t read cuneiforms, this did not know…’ made me laugh.

        • ack, yes. that was the link i thought i had, but failed to offer. (at the end of the CP version.)

  5. morning, jacob. you did go digging, but i’ve gotta say that comparing genocides in africa to lynchings in the amerika don’t cut it for me. especially as most of the murdered slaves weren’t ‘lynched’ per se, i’d reckon, but killed by other means, women included. and how many black and native american dissidents are still serving life sentences as political in the for-profit u.s. prison system?

    and how easy it is to skip over the enslavement and total genocide of most first american tribes and the near-eradication of many more. but as to the genocide in CAR (aided by the french, according to ann garrison) and other mineral-wealthy african nations, many of those have been fomented by cia via africom, whose mission is to ‘stabilize nations’ (whose instability the west has authored). eritrea, dr congo, oil rich south sudan (the split totally authored by the US), and aided by our hollywood homies like don cheadle and george clooney, both lifetime CFR members.

    i liked that paul haeder told some of the stories from his shelter, as i’ve long appreciated the wsws for doing. they travel to areas where the homeless are being shat upon again, by police rousting them, destroying their tent cities, jailing some, of course. iirc, it was in seattle that it was discovered that the city was actually using prison labor to toss tents and belongings into dumpsters. this one is from nov. 2017 in LA:

    “Last June, a report revealed that the number of homeless in Los Angeles County jumped to 58,000, a 23 percent increase from 2016. According to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, an estimated 1.4 million people in Los Angeles County live with food insecurity. Put differently, approximately one out of every six people do not know where their next meal will come from. Exorbitant housing and soaring transportation costs are pushing families with two incomes into food deprivation.

    An index of worsening conditions is given by a 68 percent increase in the youth homeless population (18- to 24-year-olds) over 2016. Los Angeles community colleges report that one in five students is homeless, while two-thirds cannot afford proper nutrition.” there’ a lot more, of course, including how invisible so many homeless and hungry are, thus hard to count. how many cities have made it a crime to feed the homeless? plenty, if the laws are still standing today.

    but yes, this #shithole nation, where it will be decades before anyone in flint, MI drink anything but bottled water, if any of their taps are ever turned on again. ooops, just saw this:
    “Janine Jackson: It is impossible, really, not to connect two recent pieces of news: Residents of Flint, Michigan, have been told that the state that poisoned their drinking water will no longer provide them free bottled water. They’ll be going back to paying some of the highest prices in the country, some $200 a month, for water that may still be making them sick. The Washington Post reports at least 12,000 homes in Flint still waiting for replacement of lead pipes.

    At the same time, Michigan approved a permit letting the Nestlé Corporation pump more fresh water out of a well in the Great Lakes Basin to bottle and sell at a profit, more than half a million gallons a day, the right to which will cost Nestlé…wait for it…around $200 a year. And that won’t increase, although the amount of water they are taking will—by 60 percent.”, etc.

    we had a guest last night we hadn’t seen for over three decades, an architect by profession. he’d mentioned the old saw: ‘you are what you eat: literally’. oh, my, how hard it was to be polite and only offer a few other ingredients to ‘what we are’. i’l expand here, but the sort of air we breathe, the toxic water most drink, the crap GMO food we eat (a lot grown with sprayed raw sewage as fetilizer), what many are forced to buy in food deserts in the inner city, the lack of access to any sort of health care, the dire effects of constant fear and rage have on our bodies and brains, and the beat goes on…

    and yet there’s plenty of money to wage war everlasting, including a newly nato/atlantic pentagon command to fight…russia. and the west has welcomed and formed alliances with genocidaire paul kagame, oh, what a PR firm he must have hired. same for hindu nationalist thug narenda (namaste) modi.

    but here’s a bit of true polemical charges i’d read yesterday about this #shithole nation from dissident voice:
    “Indeed, while mainstream America has been fixated on the drama-filled reality show being televised from the White House, the American Police State has moved steadily forward.

    Set against a backdrop of government surveillance, militarized police, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, eminent domain, over-criminalization, armed surveillance drones, whole body scanners, stop and frisk searches, roving VIPR raids and the like—all of which have been sanctioned by Congress, the White House and the courts—our constitutional freedoms have been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded.

    Our losses are mounting with every passing day.

    Free speech, the right to protest, the right to challenge government wrongdoing, due process, a presumption of innocence, the right to self-defense, accountability and transparency in government, privacy, press, sovereignty, assembly, bodily integrity, representative government: all of these and more have become casualties in the government’s war on the American people.

    All the while, the American people have been treated like enemy combatants, to be spied on, tracked, scanned, frisked, searched, subjected to all manner of intrusions, intimidated, invaded, raided, manhandled, censored, silenced, shot at, locked up, and denied due process.

    None of these dangers have dissipated. They have merely disappeared from our televised news streams. The new boss has proven to be the same as the old boss…”

  6. i haven’t a clue by now as to what might bring a true revolution of consciousness that might wake us up, although i’ve long thought it would be indigenous of any sort, and the women in particular. but it looks to me as though it’ll be fake leftists selling bernie again in 2020, and tra la la. for the time being i’ve stopped cross-posting at a large site, one of the several reasons being that it seems to be a bernie or bust site.

    but oh, you’re feelin’ your oats on organizing marxist militias, even though i dunno what you’re quite imagining. last i’d looked, bob avakian was advocating something similar. me, nah, although i could easily kill someone with my bare hands in defense of those i love and care about, arming myself is a non-starter. heh, one ‘leftist’ blogger recently recommended that those of us w/ food and water stashes should defend those stashes w/ guns. hell, we have a hella lot stored in our cellar, almost by way of the mormon edict, but we’d say ‘help yourselves’, just share w/ others’.

    yep on the zapatistas, nope on the books, can’t read dead tree no mo’, but i have a few zapatista diaries here, this is the most recent, a reprise of one i wrote at firedoglake’s readers diaries years ago. ‘The Revolutionary Autonomous Zapatista Movement in Chiapas: a Primer‘.

    i”d also recommend more james baldwin, and believe it or not someone produced this raoul peck-directed film, a knockout punch, almost disgustingly rec’d by the NY slimes. we’ve watched it thrice on different pbs stations…and now the whole film’s available on youtube. wooot!

  7. Interesting stuff there, that Hudson piece at CP (or And interesting to read haederpaul’s comments [and while I can see the truth in some of Jacob’s words, he can be kinda’ obnoxious ;).

    Sad to read that you (Wendy) and Big Al, [which I read elsewhere on this site,] will both be limiting your time at C99. Mostly because I believe the left needs to be going the opposite direction, banding together rather than disintegrating. “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world …”

    I’ve been popping in here lately just to check up on ya’ll and just thought I’d stick my head up to say ‘hi,’ so — ‘Hi’.

    • mornin’, greywolf, and hi back. ive been cross-posting some stuff over yonder, to varying degrees of success. depressed the hell outta me that once again on my ‘colombia joins nato’ diary was a griping and whingeing field: too long, no text boxes, that colored ink’, all of which i’ve explained many times needs to be that way cuz: easycopy.

      i confess i get a bit lost as to what different folks see as ‘the left’, over yonder it seems to mean: ‘progressives’ or ‘bernistas’, NOT anti-imperialist, stridently anti-capitalist (not DSA reform capitalism). oh hell, yeah, i’m low, i just dug into a batch of banksy artwork, and this one simply annihilated me. guess it’s emblematic of my politics, isn’t it? i just poked around, and it turns out that she’s alive, OMG and bless her ♥.

      well, anyhoo, thanks for popping in; it’s good to see you, amigo.

  8. Don’t sweat the little annoyances at C99. It seems to me everything gets blown out of proportion – one person whines about formatting, yet dozens of people happily read it. Fuhget-about-it.

    I’ve been investigating Rojava recently – now them’s some spunky folks. Warms my heart, makes me want to go join them. Take care, sing and dance when ya’ can.

    • mainly i’m not sure that i’m a terribly good fit for c99, but then almost all of them are refugees from the great orange satan, and seem to believe that amerika can vote its way out of the horrors they most care about. no, one can’t paint them all with one brush, but it’s a hard place to be for one on the radical left. some members are good and deep thinkers, however, and know how to hold conversations while disagreeing, and i do appreciate that.

      my diary before this current one had 120 comments, as evidence of that.

      i may take another break as i’ve done from time to time; we’ll see. i can’t speak intelligently about rojava, as i’ve heard the ypg (iirc) parsed in quite different ways. but the group does seem worth exploring.

      but yeppers, music is one of the answers to the doldrums, boogie like this from the playing for change band! titi! tula! ;-)

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