Antifa Punks and Boogaloo Bois: A Tale of Two Scapegoats Reply

By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit

Exile in Happy Valley

It was the kind of story that always seems to fly just beneath the radar. You probably missed it. I nearly did. Somewhere between the Pride parades and the Fourth of July, while the country was busy hyperventilating over the latest Coronavirus spike and I was busy scrubbing the glitter and gunpowder from my crack, a memo from Attorney General and Melvin Purvis impersonator William Barr was published by those fine parasites at the Washington Post. In this memo, Barr directed the Justice Department to form a task force devoted to combating the vague scourge of “Anti-Government Extremists.” The task force was to be led by a junta of state attorneys and would gather information on individuals and organizations deemed to be a threat by the same Attorney General who brought us Ruby Ridge.

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As Mayor of Minneapolis, I Saw How White Liberals Block Change Reply

During the 1990s and 2000s, I was involved in local activism at the municipal level around a range of issues, mostly pertaining to housing, zoning, business development and licensing, policing, etc. What I found is that bourgie, professional class, predominantly white liberals (plus some affluent minorities) essentially wanted to turn cities into totalitarian yuppievilles. “Yes, give us art galleries, pubs with high-priced imported beer, and ethnic restaurants, but keep those icky homeless people and low-income workers away.” In fact, I often found that “conservative Republican” types were less bad than these liberal-gentrifiers, because the former were at least interested in economic development, while the latter just wanted government protection for their lifestyle preferences.

By Betsy Hodges

New York Times

Democrats have largely led big and midsize cities for much of the past half-century. Yet the gaps in socioeconomic outcomes between white people and people of color are by several measures at their worst in the richest, bluest cities of the United States.

How could this be? Because high-profile cultural conservatives ask this question so disingenuously, white liberals have generally brushed aside this reality rather than grappled with its urgency. There’s now a danger that this sidestepping will continue, even after a national evaluation of racism since the brutal police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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The Boogaloo Tipping Point Reply

The Atlantic is a new clerisy publication so any of its coverage of the “far-right” (or “extremists” generally) has to be taken with a grain of salt. But what seems to be the most interesting about the “boogaloo” movement is its diversity, which apparently includes libertarians, Communists, white supremacists, and African-Americans.

By Dale Berran

On May 29, two federal security officers guarding a courthouse in Oakland, California, were ambushed by machine-gun fire as elsewhere in the city demonstrators marched peacefully to protest the killing of George Floyd. One of the guards, David Patrick Underwood, died as a result of the attack, and the other was wounded. For days, conservative news broadcasters pinned the blame on “antifa,” the loosely affiliated group of anti-fascist anarchists known to attack property and far-right demonstrators at protests. But the alleged culprit, apprehended a week later, turned out to be a 32-year-old Air Force sergeant named Steven Carrillo, the head of a squadron called the Phoenix Ravens, which guards military installations from terrorist attacks.

According to prosecutors, Carrillo and an accomplice, 30-year-old Robert A. Justus Jr., were part of the “boogaloo” movement, a patchwork of right-leaning anti-government libertarians, Second Amendment advocates, and gun enthusiasts all preparing for another American civil war.

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Once Again, It’s Not a Matter of Either/Or Reply

Every single idea listed below is a good one. Enemies of the state should be doing outreach to EVERYONE, no matter how seemingly incorrigible from an anti-authoritarian perspective. Most people are a mixture of authoritarian and anti-authoritarian ideas, including some who are extreme paradoxes. “Go ye into all the world…”
From a social media post:

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How I Became a Police Abolitionist Reply

By Derecka Purnell

The Atlantic

We called 911 for almost everything except snitching.

Nosebleeds, gunshot wounds, asthma attacks, allergic reactions. Police accompanied the paramedics.

Our neighborhood made us sick. A Praxair industrial gas-storage facility was at one end of my block. A junkyard with exposed military airplane and helicopter parts was at the other. The fish-seasoning plant in our backyard did not smell as bad as the yeast from the Budweiser factory nearby. Car honks and fumes from Interstate 70 crept through my childhood bedroom window, where, if I stood on my toes, I could see the St. Louis arch.

Environmental toxins degraded our health, and often conspired with other violence that pervaded our neighborhood. Employment opportunities were rare, and my friends and I turned to making money under the table. I was scared of selling drugs, so I gambled. Brown-skinned boys I liked aged out of recreational activities, and, without alternatives, into blue bandanas. Their territorial disputes led to violence and 911 calls. Grown-ups fought too, stressed from working hard yet never having enough bill money or gas money or food money or day-care money. Call 911.

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Biden forges brand of liberal populism to use against Trump 1

The strategy of the dominant factions of the power elite for dealing with the present crises is overwhelmingly clear. They are trying to advance a faux “liberal populism” that they hope will attract not only the “vote blue no matter who” crowd, but enough of the “exhausted majority” (which tends to trend leftward on economic issues) in order to defeat and subsequently purge the Trumpists, who represent an insurgent faction within the ruling class comprised of foreign policy realists and economic nationalists.

A Biden administration will be a ruling class consolidation regime featuring Hillaryites, Samantha Poweresque “human rights imperialists,” neocons, warmed-over Bush Republicans, hawks, and the majority of the capitalist class, with the gushing support of the media, and FOX remaining as the pretend token opposition. The progressives will be co-opted with various forms of “woke” social policies that do not threaten ruling class interests (funding for Planned Parenthood, DOE initiatives compelling transgender bathrooms in schools, renaming facilities named after now offensive historical figures, gun control legislation, all kinds of “diversity” initiatives, Internet censorship, faux police reform while blocking genuine police reform, etc.).

Meanwhile, Barr’s initiatives against “extremists” will be continued and escalated, certainly against the far-right but also against the far-left in order to appear non-partisan and to eliminate genuine opposition to the System. New administrations normally continue and expand police state actions developed by previous administrations, irrespective of whether there is a change in parties. The Biden administration will consistent of de facto neoconservatism in foreign policy (under the guise of liberal internationalism), neoliberalism/neofeudalism in economics (under the guise of faux liberal populism) and totalitarian humanism in social police (under the guise of cultural progressivism).

By BILL BARROW and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden stood in a Pennsylvania metal works shop, just miles from his boyhood home, and pledged to define his presidency by a sweeping economic agenda beyond anything Americans have seen since the Great Depression and the industrial mobilization for World War II.

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Rift grows between Trump, health experts amid coronavirus surge 1

Who cares? Trump is obviously a narcissistic lunatic, but so-called “health experts” (white coat priesthood) have shown themselves to be a partisan/ideologically-driven liars as well: “Don’t wear masks but wear masks and don’t go to funerals but go to protests.”

ABC News

As President Donald Trump threatens to cut funding to schools that don’t reopen in the fall and continues to host mega-rallies as cases of coronavirus increase, there appears to be a growing rift between the Trump White House and its top health advisers.

The president has taken his criticism of the government’s top expert on infectious diseases and of leaders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into the public forum in his massive push to reopen the country.

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Pence says decision on removing Confederate statues should be made locally Reply

It’s a rare occasion when I agree with Mike Pence, but sometimes it snows in April.

By Tal Axelrod

The Hill

Vice President Pence said the decision to remove Confederate statues should be made at the local level, and panned protesters who have dismantled the monuments themselves.

In an interview with The Washington Examiner, Pence said he “wouldn’t begrudge any community or any state to determine what people ought to be remembered and memorialized.”

“Tearing down statues is not protest,” he added of demonstrators who have taken the matter into their own hands. “Engaging in public debate in your community about what appropriate displays are is the American way.”

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Authorities execute search warrant on St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters 3

This case is going to be a major culture war focus. Anyone who wants to know what’s going on politically right now needs to read Carl Schmitt’s “The Concept of the Political” and “The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy,” which were written in the 1920s as the Weimar Republic was falling apart. Increasingly, the Red Tribe and Blue Tribe view each other as existential enemies (Schmitt’s “friend/enemy” distinction). Likewise,  bourgeois liberal concepts such as “parliamentary democracy” or “rule fo law” can only function when all sides recognize the process as legitimate and the losing side is willing to lose peacefully or gracefully on the assumption they will get another chance, or when there is some basic consensus on what law is or ought to be.

By Marty Johnson

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It’s Not Just Face Masks. Everything Is Now a Political Death Match. 2

I don’t really agree with Tuccille’s claim that “Libertarians and others who haven’t turned life into a political package deal may need to serve as translators and peacemakers for countrymen who have lost the ability to talk to one another.” As a platonic ideal that may be true, but my experience has been that libertarians are just as divided into the left, right, and centrist camps as anyone else. And if you include the full range of anarchist/libertarian opinion, includes everything from “libertarian Alt-Rightists” to “libertarian Antifa.” I knew self-proclaimed anarchists and libertarians who voted for Trump, Clinton, Johnson, Stein, Castle, or (my choice) no one in 2016.

By J.D. Tuccille

Reason

Somehow, it became a sign of bedrock conservative principles to refuse to wear a face mask anytime, anyplace, in the middle of a pandemic. Likewise, it’s now a marker of devout progressivism to shriek like banshees at anybody who fails to don a mask even for a stroll along a deserted path. Forget health concernsmasks have become signifiers of tribal affiliation.

The politicization of face masks is stupid enough, but research suggests that polarization in the United States has permeated many seemingly unrelated issues, leaving little of life unpolluted by partisanship. Those few who remain outside the scrum may have to bear heavy burdens in the days to come.

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‘Republicans are really fed up’: GOP increasingly splits with Trump as his polls drag Reply

The best hope for the future of freedom worldwide is the fracturing of the global capitalist empire in which the USA ruling class is a senior into a smorgasbord of regional powers and micronations. The best hope for the future of freedom in the USA is for the Red Tribe and Blue Tribe to both experience fracturing to the point where they collectively cannot function.

Courtney Subramanian and Christal Hayes

USA Today

WASHINGTON – Weeks before President Donald Trump accepts his party’s nomination, cracks are deepening within the party as a host of GOP lawmakers distance themselves from the Republican standard bearer as they weigh their election chances in November. Republicans have increasingly split with Trump on a host of issues shadowing his administration, from his tone on racism and the removal of Confederate statues, to wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic and questions over intelligence reports of a Russia-backed bounty program on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

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Year Zero Reply

This article needs to be spread far and wide. Although I would distinguish between the actual lumpenproletarian and mostly non-ideological insurgents and the middle-class Maoist cosplayers.

By Matt Taibbi

It’s the Fourth of July, and revolution is in the air. Only in America would it look like this: an elite-sponsored Maoist revolt, couched as a Black liberation movement whose canonical texts are a corporate consultant’s white guilt self-help manual, and a New York Times series rewriting history to explain an election they called wrong.

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The Reaction to the Harper’s Letter on Cancel Culture Proves Why It Was Necessary Reply

By Jesse Singal

Reason

I’m not usually a fan of the saying “a hit dog will holler,” which basically boils down to “if someone responds angrily to an accusation, they are probably guilty.” Sometimes, when someone is unfairly attacked or wrongly accused, they respond to it with vitriol or other intense emotion—it’s only natural.

That said, sometimes the expression is useful. If you accuse someone of having an anger-management problem and they fly into a terrifying rage, well: A hit dog will holler.

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Anti-Cancel Culture Letter Signed By Chomsky Sparks Backlash Reply

This is a pretty good discussion of this issue from Kyle. I agree with much of what he says, although I wish he would have given more recognition to the centuries-long history of censorship and state repression by leftist regimes. Usually, the response I get from leftists when I raise that issue is the same one I get from neo-Nazis about the Holocaust and Catholic traditionalists about the Inquisition: “It didn’t happen but it was justified but it wasn’t that bad but everyone else was doing it…”

What Happened In Bethel, Ohio? Reply

When BLM came to Mayberry.

By Anne Helen Petersen

Buzzfeed

Lois Dennis started teaching second grade in the village of Bethel, Ohio — official population just under 2,800 — back in 1976. People in town call her Mrs. Dennis. And that’s the name people used online when they started denouncing what happened that Sunday afternoon in June when Bethel made national news for an explosion of violence on its streets: I can’t believe they did that to Mrs. Dennis.

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