This Week In Doom: American Nightmare


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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on January 29, 2017

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” 
― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax.”

 


The first full week of the Presidency of Donald J. Trump was both cruel and absurd. Nothing about this should be surprising. Trump is a singular example of the cult of personality, a manifestly unfit individual whose path to power has enabled a hidden phalanx of anti-democratic hedge-fund plutocrats and white supremacists to get their paws on executive power. These political apostates have funneled into the palaces where the wheels and gears of power are kept, like the mob storming Versailles, the better to finger the crystal and steal the silver.

The first week of the Trump administration marks the violent reassertion of the prerogatives of White Males against the legacy of Barack Obama and the Great Arc of History. This crowd's capacity for brutality is unimaginable by middle class Americans who grew up on the legacy of the New Deal and amidst the prosperity engendered by winning World War II. Truly, who among us ever thought we'd have to beat Nazis again in this lifetime?

The first realization of the coming kleptocracy dawned as Trump announced his cabinet choices, resembling nothing so much as the Dread Pirate Roberts naming the plunder all star team to crew a new pirate ship.

Now, the owners of this glittering casino and their gum-toothed spawn are clawing back their presumptive place at the top of a so-called "meritocracy" that rewards their gene pool with the sweet perks of "freedom" and "capitalism," which is political code for one class prospering off the suffering of another. The subsequent rewriting of laws then institutionalizes the grift and makes it like, official, dig?

If you've spent the week under a rock, here's a summary of week one executive actions:

  • An order to “ease the burdens” of the Affordable Care Act, "to the extent allowed by law". On Thursday, Trump cut all advertising to alert Americans that the ACA enrollment period ends on Tuesday.

  • He reinstated the “global gag rule,” a ban on federal funding for any international group provides abortion information to women. With NO exemptions for hospitals and clinics that don’t actually provide abortions, or for facilities that treat women with complications from abortions.

  • Trump issued executive memoranda to restart construction on the stalled Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.

  • Trump signed an executive order taking action on immigration. He announced plans to build the border wall with Mexico, and insisted Mexico would pay for it with tariffs. He threatened “sanctuary cities” with federal funding cuts, and announced plans to build more detention centers.

  • Politico reports that the executive orders signed this week   were composed by chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and were so hastily wrought they may be unenforcable or even illegal.

  • Trump removed the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12-nation economic agreement supported by none of the presidential candidates, and against which candidate Trump campaigned.

  • Trump’s declared war on the press through his surrogates. At his briefings this week, Press Secretary Sean Spicer called on outlets that peddle fake news and praise Trump ahead of the AP and other mainstream outlets. Stephen Bannon suggested this week the media “should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut.”

  • He announced an initiative to look into imagined "voter fraud" by which the three million votes by which he lost the popular vote were cast by "illegal immigrants." In a CNN interview, VoteStand founder Gregg Phillips said that he can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Clinton received at least 3 million “illegal” votes for president in 2016. Phillips stands accused of being a "revolving door hustler" and a state-level grifter dogged by controversy.

  • On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trump issued an executive order halting refugee resettlement and suspending travel to the United States from the Muslim-majority countries Syria, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. As I write, refugees and immigrants are being detained at airports all over the world because of the refugee ban. This includes an Iraqi military translator detailed at JFK airport. Crowds of protestors gathered at JFK and other ariports across the country, chanting,

“No hate! No fear! Refugees are welcome here!”

or a variant

“Say it loud and say it clear! Refugees are welcome here!”

Protesters rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday in New York City. (Stephanie Keith/Getty)

The order also bars legal permanent residents of the U.S. from returning home if they are now travelling overseas, even though they already went through "extreme vetting" procedures to get their green cards.

Late Saturday night, Federal Judge Ann Donnelly in New York issued a nationwide temporary injunction, halting the implementation of part of Trump’s executive order on immigration and blocking the deportation of travelers with valid visas detained at airports. This in response to a suit brought by the ACLU.

The judge further ruled that the government must immediately stop deporting travelers from the named nations, including refugees who already went through a rigorous vetting process, and provide a complete list of all those detained. The Intercept published an update.

Suffice it to say that when Michael Moore, Dick Cheney, and the Pope are all on the same side of an issue, and you're on the other side, you've crossed the line: you're an asshole.

Hours after Trump signed this executive order heralding this global descent into barbarism, a mosque in Texas went up in flames.

The Islamic Center of Victoria was set on fire around 2 a.m. on Saturday, according to local reports.

Victoria Fire Marshal Tom Legler told the Victoria Advocate he had no theories about the cause of the fire, but he is seeking assistance from state and federal fire investigators.

Just week one.

While Bannon writes, Trump tweets and Washington burns, the left continues to squabble about assigning blame for the Trumpenkrieg to various Hillbots or Berniebots or Steinswine. This endless circular firing squad, which obtains any time three of more "progressives" share the same space, is why we can't have nice things. And why we have Trump.

One of the great shortcomings of the age derives from late stage capitalism. It is the keenness of focus on measurement at the expense of all other values. Remember working in businesses when profitability was enough? No more: now profitability must be maximized. How it works: most American industries are mature indistries, which over time become less profitable. These mature industries exist at a time of little real growth and the end of cheap energy. In this environment profitability comes from two sources: 1) squeezing more out of your current operation, and 2) stealing share from your competitors. Our "business leaders" conjure results from these two foci though spreadsheet worship, and concoct strategies by which they can wring the last erg of energy out of a workforce, all in the name of "efficiencies." Enter automation, Amazon, and subcontractors.

American political philosopher Richard Rorty saw this coming. In his 1998 book “Achieving Our Country,” now much quoted in the New Yorker and around the internet, he observed our present circumstances:

"Members of labor unions, and unorganized and unskilled workers, will sooner or later realize that their government is not even trying to prevent wages from sinking or to prevent jobs from being exported. Around the same time, they will realize that suburban white-collar workers—themselves desperately afraid of being downsized—are not going to let themselves be taxed to provide social benefits for anyone else.

"At that point, something will crack. The nonsuburban electorate will decide that the system has failed and start looking around for a strongman to vote for—someone willing to assure them that, once he is elected, the smug bureaucrats, tricky lawyers, overpaid bond salesmen, and postmodernist professors will no longer be calling the shots. . . . Once the strongman takes office, no one can predict what will happen. "

 

No one can predict what will happen. But if Trump's first week is predictive of the future, the cruelty and absurdity of this week will continue until Robert Mercer and the Koch brothers determine he is too loose a cannon and needs to be impeached. Which will install President Pence. Remove Pence? There's Ryan. With Orrin Fucking Hatch in the on deck circle. Vote them out in 2018? Talk to your Republican governors about who will actually be allowed to the polls in 2018.

By 2020, don't be surprised if the franchise is not restricted to white male property owners with a net worth of $1 million. As God intended. And there are still assholes out there who will argue that voting doesn't matter.

 


banksy 07-flower-thrower-wallpaperSurly1 is an administrator and contributing author to Doomstead Diner. He has squeezed out numerous rants, screeds and spittle-flecked invective here and elsewhere, and once quit barking and got off the porch long enough to be active in the Occupy movement. Where he met the woman who now shares his old Virginia home and who, like he, is grateful that he is not yet taking a dirt nap, and like he, will be disappointed to not be prominently featured on an enemies list compiled by the current administration.

41 Responses to This Week In Doom: American Nightmare

  • Donna D says:

    Summed up nicely. Though the subject matter sucks. (not your fault.)

  • Surly says:

    Thank you. Kind to say so. But strap in, going to be a long flight back to Somalia.

    Meanwhile, on Twitter, I just saw this: "Steve Bannon is no 'man of the people.' He's a Goldman Sachs-working, DC townhouse-living racist riding a gravy train built on hate and lies," and the hashtag, "StopPresidentBannon," which is genius.

    And then this: "Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down." — Steve Bannon #StopPresidentBannon

    We are going to be called to demonstrate a kind of courage that goes far beyond collegial marches and clicktivist self-indulgence. We will be obliged to recall the words of Mario Savio about "thowing our bodies upon the gears," in the way demonstrators currrently are doing in NY and airports around the country. I count myself to be fortunate to be married to such a person, and I continue to be inspired by her example.

  • Pintada says:

    "And there are still assholes out there who will argue that voting doesn't matter."

    Yes there are.  I think that everything you said up until you called me an asshole was true.  The problem is, that there are ignorant (or are they delusional) who still do not get the facts:

    1.  Dropping 26000 bombs on mainly innocent civilians last year does not make Obama a nice person.

    2.  Russia isnt the reason that the flyover states finally realized that the DNC does not have their back.

    3.  Nobody had a gun to the head of HRC and the DNC when they played every dirty trick in the book against Sanders.

    4.  HRC would have started a nuclear war with Russia.  When she called Putin, Hitler, I got a big clue on that score.

    So, no.  Voting didn't matter this election.  The only difference between HRC and Trump is that HRC would have had better (more effective) liers on her staff.  Trump declares from the highest rooftop, "I am an asshole!" and behaves accordingly.  Obama/HRC lies about caring for the people of the US/planet and then stabs them in the back.  I actually, so far, prefer the asshole.  And if I am an asshole for realizing the truth, so be it.  Maybe I can fit in with the deplorables.

    • Mister Roboto says:

      I agree with this, with the caveat that Trump could possibly start a nuclear war with China. The flavors of Kool-Aid we were offered last election were the usual not-really-alternatives, only both spiked with fatal poison this time. No matter though, there will always be patsys who will eagerly swill down one or the other flavor because that's what a life of habitual virtue-signalling has inculcated into them.

      • Pintada says:

        As you say, sir.  I am no fan of Drumph.

        So, we who are not patsys can be assholes while the patsys vote for HRC, or Drumph or whatever psychopath the system foists upon us.  What's in a name anyway.

        So, the blue team will probably get their way and impeach Trump, thus putting Pence in office. I wonder how many of the patsies have thought of the consequences of that? Go team!!

    • Hugh Culliton says:

      The argument can be made (I'm making it – fuck the 'passive voice'), that at this stage, the system is so fundamentally broken, that to participate in the now "fake democracy" is to merely continue the farce that the system still works somehow.

      While we call voting a "right", we do so because because when done fairly, it is the most powerful tool an individual has to exercise some say in the common project of the nation: it represents the skin we have in the game.  Today however – and Trump is a product of this – the individual vote is irrelevant – it’s not a right, it’s just a privileged – a way to pretend and to ape the power our grandparents had to participate in a functional democracy. So, what next? If you keep doing the same thing hoping for a different result, you're crazy. 

      These assholes are playing for keeps: they don't just want the goose and the golden eggs, they want to, keep all the eggs, hate-fuck and eat the goose, and then deficate on all the saps who kept going along with their fantasy . Either it happens now, while there is still some good will and sense of democratic propriety left, or it'll happen after the people have been so crushed that they woun't be taking any prisoners when they blow.

      Either way at this point in time and at the federal level, the American Vote has lost all most all value.

  • Pintada says:
    • K Dog says:

      That article is a good catch Pintada.  Great article.  Nature abhors a vacuum and the DNC created one.  Trump is not a pure Republican and I won't be so quick to say he will be impeached anytime soon.  It all means politics in America will be a-changing.  If Trump can keep the vipers around him at bay he might hang in there awhile.  He should have lawyers keeping him out of trouble so he can have some time to shake things up.  It is a new environment for Trump and not the simpler business environment to which he is accustomed where he can simply fire anyone too ambitious or disloyal in his bubble of power.  Is he up to the challenge is the question.

    • Surly says:

      This is an excellent article, and I do not disagree with any of the points you make in your comment above. The DNC deserves full credit for electing trump by virtue of haivng run the only candidate who could have lost against him.

      In the OpEdNews article, I take issue with one statement: "Obama represents the culmination of the values and ideas that emerged during the 1960s and persisted until just recently when they collapsed." They have not collapsed. Poll after poll reveals that a majority in this country still espouse and support progressive values. Had Obama actually followed through on his promises rahter than cater to Wall Street, HRC might have won in a blowout.

      In terms of whether voting matters, I leave it to you to decide whether you'd rather argue the corrosive neocon foreign policy agenda with an HRC or the toxic domestic social agenda with the agents of Robert Mercer and the Koch borthers. And further in re voting, watch the encouragement red state governors receive as they do everything possible to restrict voting access in their states to the voters they choose. One of the reasons you can know that voting matters is by the number and imaginativeness of the efforts certain plutocrats employ to KEEP people from voting. ("Voter fraud" has been demonstrated time and again to be a convenient right wing fiction.)

      • K Dog says:

        Where I am all voting is done by mail.  When the change was made I stopped voting because I figured what's the point if people cared so little than to respect the traditions around voting that the practice can be perpetuated to future generations to let such foolishness happen.  I now vote again but I'm only going through the motions when I slap that stamp on my ballot.  In a few years maybe people will vote on-line as if we lived in the movie 'Idiocracy' and our votes will be tallied in Nigeria by the lowest bidder.  I've had one vote disqualified for not mailing it in soon enough so far though I mailed it in a day before the election happened.  I got a notice in the mail.  This year there were enough free drop boxes around so I did not need a stamp.  That is the first time that ever happened.

        I believe in the stopping by your local elementary school before or after work on election day and giving the volunteers there something to do as people in America have been doing for a hundred years.  That system is more transparent than mail, jumping electrons and the big shell game voting has become where I  live.  Locked ballot boxes picked up and counted under supervision.  That is what I want to see again.

  • dfens says:

    If you don't like white Americans, what is your opinion on:

    -Jews

    -Blacks

    -Mexicans

    -Muslims

    -Asians

     

    Not that I'm taking a side, I'm just asking if you are, or if you think none of this matters, that there are no sides, that we are all one big happy human race.

    • Surly says:

      Being neither blind not stupid, dfens, I'll just leave that bait right there. 

      A big difference between "white Americans"  and "white supremacists" and "white nationalists." As David Duke says, "Now we've got one of our own in the White House."

       

  • Disaffected says:

    I has a thought overnight: what if they extended the concept of Citizen's United and made it so only corporate entities could vote? Sort of an Electoral College where the electors were appointed by corporate fiat. But yes, I greatly expect that Trump's election will be used to greatly restrict the right to vote, one way or another, and even more ominously, I expect "we the people" to demand it!

    Even more honestly, I don't expect the US to last much longer as a going concern. Once the dollar collapses and peoples' bank accounts are drained by decree, the jig will be up. With no monetary support from or tax obligations to DC, it will be immediately apparent to most that no binding ties remain to the federal fraud scheme, and that will be that. Alas, back to those pesky nukes and how to contain them. They're going to be a problem.

  • Surly says:

    @Disaffected,

    This appears to be a popular POV among doomsters, kollapsniks and many of us who are convinced the bills are about to come due. Morris Berman's book Dark Ages America helped form my thinking on all things doom-related. Even the posters on the comments section of Dark Ages America, Morris Berman's blog, are having a field day with all things trump.

    Berman's trilogy on American decline traces an arc starting with The Twilight of American Culture, through Dark Ages America  and ending with Why America Failed. He makes much of the fact that the "hustler" ethic is at the core of the empty American soul. Berman notes America's commitment to economic liberalism and free enterprise starting with the 17th century, and illustrates how this ideology, along with that of technological progress, has driven the notion of that idyllic and imaginary "shining city on a hall." And trump is precisely the person to loosen the bolts holding the wheels on the wagon.

    As noted above, I fully expect the Koch-employed governors of red states to do everything possible ("by any means neccessary") to restrict voting access to Dem constituencies as much as possible.Unlike liberals, these people have an organized and well funded factory (ALEC) that manufactures bespoke legislation designed to achieve the desired ends. Don't be surprised if, by 2020, in order to vote you have to be a white male holder of property worth $X before being issued your voter card.

    The Democrats are among the slowest learners on the planet. While various Dem factions plot fraticide, the GOP moves towards its goal of controlling enough state houses to call for a new Constitutional Convention. Imagine the legal hellbroth a gaggle of free-market, low-tax and small-government Freedom Caucus types could cook up, not to mention our new free-to-announce-themselves Christian dominionists and white supremacists. These groups are lavished in funds from corporations and deeply conservative supporters like the Kochs and Donors Trust. They want an amendment to require a balanced federal budget among other desiderata, which is the 21st century equivalent of the 19th-century gold standard.

    When the Rs win enough to all for a new Constitutional Convention, get your passport in order.

    • Disaffected says:

      You're preaching to the choir when you mention Morris Berman to me Surly, but go ahead and sing it loud and proud anyway! I still remember reading Why America Failed  for the first time and thinking that FINALLY someone gets it and is willing and able to say it right out loud to anyone who will listen! My only caveat is that you need to drop the D and R references, as they were BOTH  in on the long con all along, and the day of reckoning shortly at hand is entirely a class-based construct that owes no allegiance whatsoever to such naive concepts as "old-school" socio-political/"color" alliances. The "lesson" of 2016 is that old (20th century) political lessons no longer apply, and that the political warriors of 2020 will be fighting over an entirely new political landscape with weapons of mass political destruction that might well be not yet invented. Old historical adage: centuries don't turn over on a dime when the digits hit 00. IMO, 2016 might well be remembered as the year that the 21st century began. By 2020 I'm not sure we'll still recognize anything that went before it. And no passports necessary, there won't be any running from what's about to overtake us.

      • Surly says:

        @Disaffected,

        I appreciate your comments (such that maybe YOU should pen an article and send it to RE!). When I first encountered Morris Berman, it felt like I had encounted a long lost friend who, although we had taken different paths, now thought and felt many of the same things I did, although he expressed them with elegance and subtlety.

        And while I agree with almost all of your conclusions above, I don't feel I can really "drop the D and R references," simply because those imperfect tools are all we have to work with to describe and address our current politics. I remember 6-8 weeks before the election, people talking about how sclerotic and impotent the Rs had become, and how they were going to implode like the Whigs. How Reince Priebus was going to end of stocking shelves at a Wal-Mart, blah blah blah blah, etc. And now the Ds are one wrong Party Chair away from Whigdom, thanks to HRC and Wasserman-Schultz. (See the article Pintada posted, above.)

        But both in on the long con? Absolutely. The levers dispensed food pellets for many years for all those lucky enough to get to pull them. So our current 21st century scorched earth politics is nothing if not more honest.

        It could be easily argued that the 19th century last until the late teen yeasrs of the 20th– ending with the cessation of WWI (heralding the end of the war to end all wars) and Eddington's confirmation of Einstein's theory (heralding the end of Newton.) Little doubt that the 20th century ended on November 8, 2016. Now we wait for that "rough beast to slouch toward Bethlehem to be born. Its hour has come round at last.

    • Disaffected says:

      I should add, our current problems are not Trump related in any way – he's merely the symptom, and not the (HRC, cough, cough) disease. This ain't a left vs right thing or a D vs R thing, it's ultimately a HUMAN EXCEPTIONALISM  thing, with AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM being the most advanced case noted to date.

      But ultimately, and yes, we're at that point now, we simply HAVE TO ADDRESS THE OVERRIDING PROBLEM OF HUMAN OVERSHOOT!  ALL of our other current problems are merely ancillary problems of the ONE TRUE PROBLEM…

      HUMAN POPULATION OVERSHOOT!!!

      • RE says:

        HPO is a problem which will take care of itself the old fashioned way, via the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Famine, Pestilence, War and Death.

        http://www.indianartofamerica.com/The%20Four%20Horsemen.jpg

        RE

  • Surly says:

    This has alway been a fave:

  • Ken Barrows says:

    RE, you're undoubtedly right.  I am sorry for our generation's actions for my soon to be 8 year old niece's generation.

    • RE says:

      It's not the fault of "our generation".  Homo Sap does the same thing as every other species does and exploits its environment until it grows too large in numbers and then there is a population crash.  We've done it over and over again through the millenia.

      The resource we came to find and exploit was Fossil Fuels, and this began in the 1750s, well before "our generation".  Add to this that we are top of the food chain, and besides the bacteria there's no other predator to keep our numbers in check.  With the advent of antibiotics, we were even able to conquer the bacteria.

      The result was population overshoot, and it was quite inevitable.

      RE

  • Ken Barrows says:

    Also true.  But recent generations, for the most part, ignored "Limits to Growth" and similar writings.  I excuse Andrew Carnegie for not thinking ahead seven generations.  Every President since Reagan–not a chance.

    • RE says:

      Limits to Growth have been known since Malthus at least, and besides Native Cultures have had the 7 Generation Rule since time immemorial.

      I certainly would not “excuse” Andrew Carnegie for a fucking thing.  If you wanna drop blame on here, he gets a big chunk of it along with John D. Rockefeller and numerous other Pigmen I could mention but will refrain from doing lest this post gets too long.

      It’s simply ABSURD to place the blame for what has gone down here on “our generation”.  We’re just a part of a long continuity of events that led to where we are today.

      RE

      • Ken Barrows says:

        OK, I understand your point.  I think I'm looking at a human race that has emitted 50% of CO2 since about 1990.  But I'll agree that humans are, for the most part, inexcusable.

        • RE says:

          This is the problem, and it is what leads to “generational blaming”, as though Boomers as a Generation are entirely responsible for the problems now faced by the succeeding generation of Millenials.

          Boomers as a generation are not to blame here.  We were led down this path by a very few people in control of the ship, and we never realy had a say in what direction it would take.  Voting never made a difference, the Money Masters in control of the credit always ran the show.  The rest of us just struggled to make a living inside the culture we were born into.

          RE

          • Surly says:

            I certainly agree with you in re “generational blaming”, which leads Boomers-in-denial like Jim Quinn to blame boomers for everything since the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby. It's another convenient subset of the divide and conquer strategy which has worked since Roman times. In this country, ever since Bacon's Rebellion, the Owners have introduced a foreman class to insulate them from the permanent underclass. In that case, the planters saw the blacks and whites making common cause and it scared them shitless. And it continues to work.

            And while you can back to the founding documents and make the case that the money masters ran the show from jump, I continue and will continue to call you out on that ol' debbil "Voting never made a difference." If it didn't they wouldn't work so hard to steal, cage and suppress it. Yeah, your choices are lousy, but compare the emerging Tea Party governance you are seeing compared to the sclerotic, BAU-infused version you'd have gotten with HRC. Voting does matter if for no other reason than to determine the problems you have to address.

            Saying voting doesn't matter is just a political verison of Guy Mc Pherson-ism.

          • RE says:

            ” Saying voting doesn’t matter is just a political verison of Guy Mc Pherson-ism.”

            No, it’s not. GMism is giving up.  I’m not in favor of giving up.  I’m in favor of REVOLUTION.  Voting does not change the status quo, it never has anywhere.  The only way to change the status quo is to throw over the tables of the Money Changers, as Jesus himself did.

            RE

          • Disaffected says:

            In the end, it doesn't matter much which generation we blame, but it's still poignant and instructive to point out, all the same. I'm a "Boomer," but I certainly don't think any credible analyis should dismiss my/our generation's part in all this. EVERY generation had an obligation to stand up to the abomination that gave rise to our current circumstances, but NONE did! Does that make it any better or worse that the Baby Boomers didn't resist the temptations of the current evil? Probably not. But that in NO WAY exculpates us for our crimes either.

          • RE says:

            Once again, “we” as Boomers never had a choice in this.  We all had to make a living, and we all wanted a peaceful life with enough food on the table for our kids.  Here in the FSoA, the system as designed was providing that for most of the population.  When the underclass did rise up in the 1960s and the Hippies tried to drop out and go back to the land, Da Goobermint responded withoverwhelming force, and then with the “Great Society” programs to keep the underclass fed.  You don’t get revolutions from well fed people.

            If you want to lay blame, it’s not on “Boomers” as a generation or any other generation in particular.  It’s on the people who ran the show through all the generations, the Money Masters.

            RE

          • Surly says:

            “We” as Boomers never had a choice in this.  We all had to make a living, and we all wanted a peaceful life with enough food on the table for our kids. 

            All that ordinary people have ever wanted, at any time and any place, is the ability to feed and raise a family, live among people they can tolerate and otherwise be left  alone. It is the province of the state in every time and every place to keep that from happening. Whether capitalists or commissars, the state is a body of armed men.

              When the underclass did rise up in the 1960s and the Hippies tried to drop out and go back to the land, Da Goobermint responded withoverwhelming force, and then with the “Great Society” programs to keep the underclass fed.  You don’t get revolutions from well fed people.

            Hot meal programs before school were invented by the Black Panthers before the government grabbed hold of them like it was their idea. It is part of what made the Panthers so dangerous: providing hot meals and real, tangible community service, plus armed protection. It's why J. Edgar Hoover had Fred Hampton assassinated.

            It will be interesting to see how the great majority of white gun holders tolderate going without health insurance and medicare, and their SSI payments after Paul Ryan runs every play in the Heritage Foundation playbook. These motherfuckers will not rest until every penny in the public sector is in private hands.

            But hey, voting doesn't make a differernce. Remember that when your bennies are slashed and you're trying to feed yourself out of a dumpster, and have trouble climbing out with a bad arm.

          • RE says:

            ” But hey, voting doesn’t make a differernce. Remember that when your bennies are slashed and you’re trying to feed yourself out of a dumpster, and have trouble climbing out with a bad arm.”

            My Bennies will be slashed no matter who is elected.  Remember, I believe in a Monetary System Collapse.  Syriza, a left wing party cut Greek Pensions.  Voting for Syriza did nothing, because it is the Money Masters running the show, not the politicians and most certainly not the people.

            I also will not have to go dumpster diving anytime too soon.  I got enough preps for a good two years without going shopping once. 🙂

            I also have made it clear that my only objective is to live long enough to see full on collapse begin.  If my bennies are cut in half or to zero, so will everyone else on SS.  That is full on collapse.  I can then die happy with an “I told you so” as my last words out of this corporeal shell.

            RE

          • RE sez:

            I’m in favor of REVOLUTION.

             

            Just remember, if you come at the King … you best not miss.

          • Surly says:

            RE sez:

            I’m in favor of REVOLUTION.

            Steve sez:

            Just remember, if you come at the King … you best not miss.

            One of the best lines from the best character in the best TV drama ever made. Omar, in "The Wire."

  • Surly says:

    I certainly would not “excuse” Andrew Carnegie for a fucking thing.  If you wanna drop blame on here, he gets a big chunk of it along with John D. Rockefeller and numerous other Pigmen…

    Havng been born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, I am well acquainted with Andrew Carnegie's body of work. Carnegie brought the Bessemer method of steel manufacture home, and built factories and fortunes. He used part of his fortune amassed making steel to found the Carnegie Library system and endow a magnificent Museum in Oakland. His henchman Henry,Frick, the butcher of the Homestead strike, a union buster and art patron, likewise endowed parks, museums and art collections with boodles of cash likewise soaked in the blood of working people.

    It’s simply ABSURD to place the blame for what has gone down here on “our generation”.  We’re just a part of a long continuity of events that led to where we are today.

    1877 marked one of those signature generational turning points for the rest of the century: the end of the post Civil War period, the end of Reconstruction. The deal to elect Hayes meant Federal garrisons returned north, ceding the South to the Klan. Blacks were restored nearly to their antebellum status. The strikes of white workers beginning to organize would not be tolerated, and pigmen idustrialists would have no problems purchsing the power of the government to assist; all in the name of "growth." This was an era in which the industrial and political elites of US took hold of the country and organized an unparalleled march of economic growth in human history. All fueled by the abundant reserves of coal in Pennsylvania. One could do worse than to look to this period as having lit the match.

    Be that as it may, we're here now. It seems quite likely that the policies of this current junta will hasten the end of civilization as we know it. Once asked his opinion of western civilization, Gandhi replied, "I think it would be a good idea." Yeah.

    • Mister Roboto says:

      The deal to elect Hayes meant Federal garrisons returned north, ceding the South to the Klan. Blacks were restored nearly to their antebellum status.

      Ah yes, the "Wormley House Bargain". Ever since I learned of it as a sophomore in high school, I found the name fitting.  

  • Pintada says:

    No, voting no longer matters. We would not be better off if HRC was lying about the changes that she would make since they would be the exact same changes Trump is making. The only difference is the tenor of the lie.

    Anyone that spent the last 16 years off planet or in a monastery will be forgiven for not understanding. All others are fools.
    http://www.opednews.com/articles/Make-America-Ungovernable-by-Chris-Hedges-America-Culture-Of-Violence_American-Facism_Resistance_Violence-170206-347.html

     

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