Republican establishment’s court strategy is TOTAL FAILURE Reply

I am sometimes asked by leftists why, if I reject the left/right model of the political spectrum, I criticize the left more harshly or more frequently than the right. I don’t know if that’s true. I’ve actually had some hard words for the right over the years, mostly referring to them as useful idiots for the military-industrial complex. However, it is true that I see that right as essentially being the losing team. The right is currently swimming against every demographic, cultural, generation, economic, and technological tide. Meanwhile, the left is a rising force, particularly the cultural left, which is being co-opted by the state and the ruling class. If you want your team to win the World Series, then you train your team to face off against the teams they’re likely to meet in the playoffs, not the ones with a net loss of games.

About the only thing I want from the political Right, from the most mainstream Republican voter to the most insane survivalist hiding from the lizard people in a mountain bunker, is for them to renounce the US system en masse in favor of dissolution, and forget about all this “Reclaim America for Real Americans” nonsense. A lot of them seem to think that the Supreme Court is their last hope, which is why I was thrilled to see the two recent SCOTUS decisions on DACA and LGBTQ rights. The objective is to deprive the military-industrial complex of its primary constituency.

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Tucker: President Trump’s hope for re-election Reply

Amidst the predictable stuff, one insight Carlson comes close to having is that the Trumpists do not represent the dominant faction of the ruling class, but an insurgency of neo-realists within the ruling class which recognizes that neoconservative/neoliberal paradigm is not sustainable in the long-run if the Empire is going to survive. He doesn’t recognize the degree of division that exists between the neoliberals and those further to the left, but he comes close to recognizing that the dominant strategy among the ruling the class is to co-opt the present uprising rather than serious repression.

The Mob Is Now After Baby Jesus? Reply

A major problem that leftists often have is not knowing when to quit while they’re ahead. They’re like compulsive gamblers who always end up blowing their winnings on more gambling. Few things provide more ideological/rhetorical ammunition to the right than this kind of stuff.  It’s like these folks have a conscious strategy to make themselves as hated as possible.

 

Cooptation as Ruling Class Strategy Reply

Kudos to my old Internet “friend” Matthew Lyons. However oblivious he may be to the neo-Jacobin/neo-Maoist Blue Tribe Khomeinists, when it comes to the issue of ruling cooptation, he gets it. I agree with every word of this. Read the full article here. These two passages from the article summarize things pretty well.

The business community abandoned New Deal liberalism starting in the late 1970s, partly for economic and geostrategic reasons and partly in response to grassroots-based right-wing backlash. But to assume that capitalists are automatically committed to neoliberalism or right-wing authoritarianism is to take a dangerously narrow view of ruling-class politics.

However, they continued developing a Black capitalist class through other methods. Today’s U.S. ruling class is still white dominated and still upholds a system of racial oppression, but it includes a significantly greater sprinkling of Black and Brown faces than it did fifty years ago, and it has embraced an ideology of multicultural “inclusion” in its leading institutions far beyond what McGeorge Bundy promoted.

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If There Was Truth in Government… Reply

Yes, the concept is an oxymoron. But if we really had truth in government this is the flag that would fly on the flagpole of public buildings. Neither the Confederacy nor historic Americana, whatever one thinks of those historical periods, is any more relevant to what the USA is today than the Renaissance, Elizabethan England, the Reformation, the Middle Ages, or the Roman Empire.

Of course, those periods are relevant in the sense of being part of the historical narrative but they have nothing to with the present ruling class or prevailing cultural ethos. Right-wing “patriots” might as well be rooting for the New York Yankees of the Babe Ruth era, and neo-Confederates might as well be nostalgists for the Cavaliers of the English Civil War. And the cultural left’s permanent revolution against the world of Beaver Cleaver is just as archaic. Far too many people are living in the past.

If we really had truth in government, we would have statues not of neither Confederate figures or historical American figures but of Sam Walton, Ray Kroc, Ronald McDonald, Disney characters, Coca-Cola cans, Jack Welch, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, Donald Tyson, Steve Jobs, Ellen Degeneres, Kim Kardashian, plus the co-opted progressive icons like MLK, Gloria Steinem, and Harvey Milk.

American flag with the stars replaced by corporate logos

The Seven Factions of the 2020 Street Battles? 1

Based on all of the articles, videos, and first-person commentary I’ve seen so far, it seems like there have been seven basic categories of participants in the uprising/street battles to date. I’m curious as to whether others would agree with this assessment based on their own experiences.

  1. Conventional protestors: Persons of all ethnic backgrounds, ranging from lower class to upper-middle-class (and even upper class, given the participation of Mitt Romney), whose level of political awareness is limited to criticisms of “police misconduct,” “police brutality,” “social injustice,” “racial injustice,” etc.  Basically, the things they learned in their university social science classes and liberal Methodist Sunday Schools. However limited their vision, we will need these folks for the eventual human wave attack on the military-industrial complex.

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My Little Pony Fans Are Ready to Admit They Have a Nazi Problem 1

The otherkins of the far right? I can’t help but notice how the author of this piece (“Kaitlyn Tiffany,” which obviously isn’t her real surname) has the perfect name for a dumb bitch white girl SJW chick.

By Kaitlyn Tiffany

My Little Pony fans have had a Nazi problem for a long time.

That sounds just as strange no matter how many times you say it. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a cartoon television show about friendship, compassion, and a group of magical horses with names such as Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy who live in a fantastical land called Equestria. It’s marketed to children. Nevertheless, it has an extremely dedicated adult fandom, which is mostly made up of men, or “bronies,” as they’ve been referred to for nearly a decade. Most of these men are white. Some of these men are vocal white supremacists.

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Let’s get honest about Chicago police: They will never embrace reform Reply

Chicago Sun-Times

In a commentary in the Sun-Times on June 20, Chicago Police Deputy Supt. Barbara West assures us that no one is “more frustrated with the slow pace of reform” of the police department than her.

In response, one can only say — prove it.

Last week, the monitor overseeing the consent decree designed to guide police reform in Chicago issued a second report on the city’s progress with the requirements of the decree. The deputy superintendent tells us that it details “deadlines and areas of compliance that have been missed.” Talk about an understatement.

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Scant evidence of antifa shows how sweeping the protests for racial justice have become Reply

From June 13. The uprising has been far too large for the far-left to have played that big of a role. The right-wing has greatly exaggerated the role of the far-left in all of this, and left-wing has exaggerated the role of the far-right (whose presence has been even smaller than that of the far-left). And the mainstream media, left and right, has exaggerated the role of race in the uprising. Yes, a big part of the rebellion has been about racial disparities when it comes to police crimes and terrorism against civilians. Nothing wrong with pointing that out. And the perspective of the liberal middle class and conventionally left sectors of the protest movement may be limited to a focus on “racial justice.”

It makes perfect sense that the majority of the most militant lumpen proletarian insurrectionists (i.e. the ones who are actually torching enemy military bases, etc.) have been from minority ethnic communities. But the uprising is about more than race per se. It’s also a class-based insurgency, with the lumpenproletariat acting as the class vanguard, that is engaged in direct attacks on ruling class targets and on the state. Media propagandists have to focus on the racial component of the uprising because they can’t admit that class actually exists much less that there is any problem with the state itself.

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What Antifa Is, What It Isn’t, and Why It Matters 1

By Michael Kenney and Colin Clarke

War on the Rocks

As senior citizen Martin Gugino was lying in his hospital bed, suffering from a subdural hematoma, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to suggest that Gugino “could be an ANTIFA provocateur.”

One day earlier, two Buffalo, New York, police officers shoved Gugino, leaving him bleeding from his ear. What led the president to believe that Gugino — a 75-year-old and lifelong peace activist — was a member of Antifa, a highly decentralized movement of anti-racists who seek to combat neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and far-right extremists whom Antifa’s followers consider “fascist”?

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Krystal Ball: Anatomy of a Tucker Carlson monologue Reply

Krystal has a pretty good critique of the Red Tribe’s version of PC in this, although I think she understates the dangers of authoritarian leftism (see history) and the degree to which such things are being co-opted by the ruling class. It’s also interesting to observe that while Saager is an ethnic minority his politics are pretty much the upper-middle class Texan paleoconservatism that he grew up around (although he’s obviously far too intelligent to be an actual “movement conservative’). Stereotypes often don’t work.

Krystal Ball rips Tucker Carlson for his monologue on protesters from the ‘radical left’ and draws parallels of his fear mongering coverage of BLM protests to Russiagate.

 

Here Are the Ancient Sites ISIS Has Damaged and Destroyed Reply

From 2015. Do they remind you of anyone?

By Andrew Curry

National Geographic

Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria continue their war on the region’s cultural heritage, attacking archaeological sites with bulldozers and explosives.

The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) released a video that shocked the world last month by showing the fiery destruction of the Temple of Baalshamin, one of the best-preserved ruins at the Syrian site of Palmyra. Last weekend, explosions were reported at another Palmyra temple, dedicated to the ancient god Baal; a United Nation agency says satellite images show that larger temple has largely been destroyed.

The destruction is part of a propaganda campaign that includes videos of militants rampaging through Iraq’s Mosul Museum with pickaxes and sledgehammers, and the dynamiting of centuries-old Christian and Muslim shrines.

ISIS controls large stretches of Syria, along with northern and western Iraq. There’s little to stop its militants from plundering and destroying sites under their control in a region known as the cradle of civilization.

The militant group is just one of many factions fighting for control of Syria, where a civil war has left more than 230,000 dead and millions more homeless.

The group  claims the destruction of ancient sites is religiously motivated; Its militants have targeted well-known ancient sites along with more modern graves and shrines belonging to other Muslim sects, citing idol worship to justify their actions. At the same time, ISIS has used looting as a moneymaking venture to finance military operations.  

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The Taliban destroyed cultural sites. No, Trump shouldn’t follow suit. Reply

Donald Trump: Social Justice Warrior of the Right?

From January, when US-Iranian relations were heating up, which now seems like ancient history with everything that’s happened since.

Hawaii Tribune Herald

The Taliban’s slow rise to power in Afghanistan in the 1990s drew interest in the West but not much initial condemnation. The ultra-conservative religious militia’s 1996 takeover of the remote, landlocked Asian nation was seen as unsurprising and perhaps even just in a nation whose leaders had been perpetually corrupt for decades.

But then came the events of early 2001, which drew furious condemnation from Islamic and non-Islamic nations alike. Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar ordered the destruction of two carvings of Buddha, measuring 175 and 120 feet tall, which were hewn into a cliff face in the Bamiyan region in the third and fifth centuries. The destruction was compared to Nazi book-burning and blasted by the U.S. State Department as an assault on “the world’s cultural legacy.” Six months later, after it became known that Afghanistan was where Osama bin Laden had plotted the horrific terror attacks of 9/11, the view that the Taliban was barbaric was already in place. Within months, a U.S.-led coalition drove the Taliban out of Kabul and a new government was installed.

Now, 20 years later, President Donald Trump seems to want to follow in the Taliban’s footsteps. Over the weekend, he said that if Iran attacked America or Americans in response to the U.S. drone assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, he would order attacks on 52 Iranian sites — including cultural sites. He chose 52, he explained, because Iran had held 52 Americans hostage in 1979-80.

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Trump Says He Wants To Punish Flag Burning With A Year In Prison 2

Political Correctness of the Right. Fortunately, the Supreme Court said differently in 1989.

By Andrew Solender

Forbes

At his rally in Tulsa on Saturday, President Trump said he wants to make flag burning a crime, punishable by one year in prison.

Trump has stuck to a firm message of “law and order” throughout the period civil unrest that resulted from George Floyd’s death, sending in the national guard to quell protests and threatening to deploy the military.

As part of this message, Trump has also come down hard on flag burning, which he sees as an epidemic at protests, asking the Supreme Court earlier this month to reconsider Texas v. Johnson, a landmark 1989 ruling that made flag burning constitutionally protected speech.

“We have a different court and I think that it’s time that we review that again. Because when I see flags being burned — they wanted to crawl up flag poles in Washington and try and burn flags but we stopped them,” Trump reportedly told Governors on a phone call.

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Hate Crime Hoaxes Are More Common Than You Think Reply

By Jason Riley

Wall Street

A political scientist found that fewer than 1 in 3 of 346 such allegations was genuine.

When I asked Wilfred Reilly about last week’s appointment of a special prosecutor in Chicago to take up the Jussie Smollett case, he was cautiously optimistic. Mr. Reilly is author of a new book, “Hate Crime Hoax,” in which he details how the initial publicity for supposed hate crimes tends all but to disappear if the allegations are exposed as fake.

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Police say deaths of black people by hanging are suicides. Many black people aren’t so sure. Reply

By Stacey Patton

Washington Post

The historical seasons have changed, and once again, America’s trees are bearing a strange and bitter fruit — dead black bodies.

In less than one month, six black people have been found hanging from trees, in California, Georgia, New York, Oregon and Texas. Authorities say that all of these deaths appear to be suicides, with no signs of foul play. But family members of the deceased, protesters and activists, and some scholars of anti-black violence are intuitively suspicious about those conclusions. Rumors are also swirling on social media that these deaths are lynchings, with Twitter users saying things like: “With sound body and mind, I’m here to tell you right now, if my body is found hanging from a tree, I did NOT commit suicide, I was murdered.”

These incidents are happening at a time of nationwide racial upheaval — when people are already on edge and suspicious about police accounts of their encounters with black people. Tree hangings evoke traumatic memories of America’s grisly history of unpunished lynchings of thousands of black adults and children between 1880 and 1968.

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