SHOCK SCOTUS decision on abortion shows GOP SELLOUT to big business Reply

This is the best analysis of how the Supreme Court actually works that you will ever see in “big media.” The SCOTUS exists to ratify and uphold the class interests of the power elite and the state while deciding social issues on the basis of the prevailing consensus of the dominant factions of the “educated classes” (as Justice David Souter once called the power elite and managerial classes).

Northam extends state of emergency in Richmond, citing ‘civil unrest’; Reply

Ironically, Virginia has a Democratic government that recently passed a bunch of “woke” legislation but is ranked 51st in the country, below the other 49 states and Washington, D.C, on the issue of workers’ rights. Thanks to the northern Virginia suburbs, Virginia is becoming the California of the East Coast.

Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday quietly signed an executive order extending a state of emergency declaration in Richmond, citing “civil unrest” following weeks of protests that have resulted in violent clashes between demonstrators and police.

The extension came at the request of Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, who said in a Monday letter to the governor that the city has “minimum funding to cover costs” tied to the response, and that “the bandwidth of our personnel will reach its limit.”

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More advertisers flee Facebook as boycott grows Reply

It couldn’t have happened to nicer people. The most ironic thing is that the Facebook boycott is just a virtue-signaling scam by corporations, some of whom use child slave labor in the global South. This would be like the National Socialists denouncing the Catholic Church for its legacy of anti-Semitism.

Irina Ivanova

CBS News

A growing number of major advertisers are abandoning Facebook amid criticism the social media company is letting hateful or false posts go unchecked.

Chipotle, HP, Pfizer and Puma are the latest to pull their ads from Facebook. They join a list of major brands including Adidas, Clorox, Coca-Cola, Conagra, Denny’s, Ford, Starbucks, Unilever and scores of smaller businesses that have halted advertising on the platform. A pledge by Mark Zuckerberg on Friday to label rule-breaking posts has done little to mollify advertisers.

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Statues, Monuments, and Community Self-Determination Reply

If it were up to me, the controversies over statues, monuments, street names, and building names would be decided like this:

Every such icon that was located on government property would be considered the collective property of those who currently live in a local community, and who currently pay taxes to maintain the local community. To the degree that the presence of such icons is contentious, a local referendum would be held to determine whether or not to remove them, with a majority rule. If the local community voted to remove these items, they would then be peacefully sold or donated to either another local community that wanted them, or to a museum (preferably one that was private or operated by a non-government organization, or a least a public museum like the Smithsonian that is dedicated to general historical preservation).

Individuals and private groups could have whatever icons on their own property they wished, including statues of Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, or Ted Bundy if they wished.

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Twitch Suspends Donald Trump’s Account for ‘Hateful Conduct’ 1

To those who think Trump is a fascist, I would point out that in an actual fascist dictatorship the head of state is not subject to censorship. Statist authoritarianism in 2020 Western liberal states is not the 20th century model of totalitarianism. If you want to understand the contemporary model of authoritarianism, read the works of Franz Kafka.

By Samson Amore

The Wrap

President Donald Trump’s Twitch account is temporarily suspended from posting because of “hateful conduct,” Twitch said Monday.

Trump’s Twitch account is another avenue for his campaign to distribute videos of events, including rebroadcasts of older Trump rallies. One of the offending videos was a recording of the now-infamous rally where Trump said Mexico was “sending rapists” to the United States.

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Newt Gingrich says 2020 is ‘the most important election since Lincoln’ Reply

Newt Gingrich is one of the most loathsome people in modern American political history, but he may be right that the 2020 election increasingly resembles the 1860 election in the sense of the existential questions that are involved. Newt may also be right that the victory of the Democrats may well represent the final nail in the coffin of the traditional right-wing of the ruling class (R.I.P and Rot in Hell) and the victory of the “California model” that he describes (which amounts to neoconservatism in foreign policy, neo-feudalism in economics and totalitarian humanism in social policy).

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Where does the 2020 election stand — and how might it turn out? 1

What I find most interesting about the upcoming election is the way that the two sides now view each other as existential enemies. Whichever side wins, I’m positive the other side will challenge the legitimacy of the results. For any kind of parliamentary state to function, the losing side has to be willing to lose gracefully on the notion that they will get another chance.

When no less than Noam Chomsky, the Left’s leading intellectual, considers Trump “the greatest criminal in history” and the Right considers Trump their “Flight 93” plan, it’s clear the two sides view each other as the equivalent of enemy nations.

As a political atheist, I personally view all of this the same way I view the Shia vs. Sunni rivalry in the Middle East or Protestants vs. Catholics in Northern Island or Hindus vs. Muslims in South Asia, i.e. no horse in the race. I used to think Americans were too lazy to actually fight a civil war but with the recent state-induced depression and medical martial law, that may be changing.

 

Trump Will March Us Toward Fascism By Any Means Possible Reply

I agree with much of the content of this video, but I don’t think this kind of rhetoric is helpful. One thing one of the speakers in this mentions is a “generational divide.” That is correct on many levels, and one level is that those who consider Trump to be a “fascist” apparently have no knowledge of what the America of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, or even Bill Clinton was like. It’s obvious who Trump’s political influences are. Nixon and Nelson Rockefeller, who would have been President and Governor of New York respectively when Trump was a young man; Ed Koch, who was Mayor of New York City when Trump was first becoming a professional celebrity; Bill Clinton, the playboy President; and his friend Rudy Giuliani. You see traces of all of these in Trump. The idea that Trump is some new or unique existential evil is absurd.

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Justice Dept. announces first felony charges in attempted toppling of Andrew Jackson statue near White House Reply

Four troops down and more resources turned over to the state in the form of fines, bails, and lawyer fees. And for what? Were any resources liberated from the ruling class? Were any state functions rendered inoperative even for a single day? Think tactically, folks.

By Evan Semones

Politico

The Justice Department on Saturday announced that four men face felony charges after protesters attempted to tear down a statue of President Andrew Jackson in a park near the White House.

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Nothing Succeeds Like Secession: Suggested Demands for CHOP From a Friendly Panarchist Ally Reply

By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit

Exile in Happy Valley

I have always been fascinated by secessionist movements. It goes back to my childhood love of maps, flags and geography. I use to spend hours poring over atlases and fixating on the strange autonomous zones that only existed inside fluid borders drawn in dotted lines. Strange places no American ever spoke of, with exotic names like Transnistria, Gaza, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Western Sahara. I would eventually grow into a commie, Third World, war nerd who fastidiously followed and supported these esoteric independence movements from afar.

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‘Master’ bedroom name to change due to overarching theme Reply

As Krystal Ball recently said, “Capitalists are going to capitalist.”

And what are these virtue-signaling realtors going to do to make housing more available or affordable to the poor communities of Houston, some of whom are actually black? Are they going to lower rents, reduce real estate sale prices, advocate for the repeal of zoning, land use, and housing regulations that constrict the supply of low-income housing, or push for more multi-unit housing developments? Are they going to push for more homeless shelters, ending police harassment of the homeless, allowing squatting, or repeal regulations against living in vehicles? Uh, probably not. LOL.

I would also point out that most municipal and county governments are oligarchies controlled by the largest employers, local branches of major banks and corporations, and dominant real estate interests in the area.

By Raven Ambers

ABC 13 News/Houston

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After weeks of protests, meaningful police reform appears unlikely Reply

You don’t say? Imagine that.

Analysis by Josh Campbell, CNN Security Correspondent

The dramatic images rocked the nation — hundreds of thousands of people from all races taking to the streets across the United States, demanding an end to excessive police force against people of color.

What began as local outrage in response to George Floyd’s death following an encounter with Minneapolis police officers soon spread throughout the country.

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“The New Jim Crow” Michelle Alexander VS. Jesse Lee Peterson on Mass Incarceration Reply

An interesting debate between a black leftist and a black conservative.

I would generally agree with Michelle Alexander’s thesis that the police/carceral state and prison-industrial complex is merely the modern version of American black slavery or Jim Crow. But where I would disagree is that I think her analysis is too limited to the race issue in a way that ignores the context of state and class,

The US ruling class response to the black insurgency of the 1950s and 1960s was the standard strategy: co-optation with the left-hand, repression with the right-hand. The creation of the civil rights paradigm, the expansion of the welfare state, race-based policy initiatives, and the “diversity” ideology were intended to co-opt the black middle class, expand its size, and incorporate it into the wider system.

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Glenn Loury: ‘We’re Being Swept Along by Hysteria’ About Racism in America Reply

A somewhat interesting interview with a leading black conservative.

I would be inclined to argue that, at present, substantial sectors of the capitalist class (including some major capitalist entities) along with their allies in the new clerisy/new class that dominates the “ideas industries” are fueling anti-racism hysteria in order to deflect attention away from the class-based nature of the insurrection. They do this because a race war is less antithetical to their interests than a class war. However, contra the Marxists and left-anarchists, it doesn’t stop at class either. Even a class war is more co-optable than a direct war against the state itself.

All of this follows an easily identifiable pattern in US history.

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12 Million Americans Believe Lizard People Run Our Country Reply

I would argue that believers in the lizard people, UFOs, and Roswell are closer to the “truth” than many of the dumbasses who get passed off as “intellectuals,” left and right. The lizard people conspiracy theory is merely a low-brow, crass, lumpenproletarian caricature of something that is rooted in fact, i.e. the existence of a national and international power elite. And the UFO/Roswell conspiracies are merely exaggerated versions of a basic insight, that the state lies, has its own nefarious agenda, and cannot be trusted. It is far better to be a believer in lizard people than to be someone who thinks Hillary Clinton or the (fortunately) late John McCain would be an ideal head of state.

By Philip Bump

The Atlantic

About 90 million Americans believe aliens exist. Some 66 million of us think aliens landed at Roswell in 1948. These are the things you learn when there’s a lull in political news and pollsters get to ask whatever questions they want.

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Ben Burgis Debunks Libertarians Civil Rights Claim Reply

The Jacobin commie statists vs the corporate Gilded Age-loving libertarians. Hilarious. Actually, both have their roots in the radical Enlightenment.

The discussion of slavery in this is ironic since it was the Jacobin revolution that led to the Reign of Terror and eventually brought to power Napoleon, who actually reinstituted slavery in territories where it had been abolished.

The main problem I have with both the socialist left and the libertarian right is that neither one is nearly radical enough. Who needs any of them? Fuck ’em all. The only thing either one is really good for is more bodies for the eventual human wave attack on the military-industrial complex.

 

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola suspends paid ads on all social platforms globally 1

Coca-Cola uses child slaves on its sugar cane plantations in El Salvador and the Philippines.

Big Tech vs. conventional capitalist class scumbags. Hilarious.

WASHINGTON — Coca-Cola said Friday that it will be joining other companies who are taking part in the “Stop Hate For Profit” campaign to withdraw paid ads from Facebook and demand that they implement a civil rights infrastructure and moderate posts in a different way.

Coca-Cola said, “there is no place for racism in the world and there is no place for racism on social media.”

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