We vote, because it's not like we had something politically effective to do that day
i vote because i am a curmudgeon and enjoy the distress in the election judges' eyes when they have to push an override button on the ballot-eating machine to get it to accept a blank ballot
Anyways, long-time lurker and first-time poster, so I might as well start out with the big prediction that Bernie will take over from the Carter-like Trump who ran against his own party in some ways, and you'll get some kind of restructuring. Notice Bernie doesn't have much to say on Trump's trade barriers. Bernie is a curious inverse of Trump where he offers to use economic nationalism to solve social and cultural problems, rather than using social and cultural nationalism to solve economic problems. Call it "left nationalism" maybe and this is still imperialist, and Bernie Sanders is an imperialist, but it does threaten some of capital's gains in the past half-century which is why he has faced a greater degree of opposition than other presidential candidates.
It's interesting to see the American flags at these rallies. The nationalist character of the democratic left is something that will come back to haunt it. https://t.co/aZXNmkeqtv— Don Hughes (@getfiscal) March 15, 2019
secretary of the treasury: Blade
We are LIVE @theprospect with a long-read from @cd_hooks, on a pivotal moment in Beto O'Rourke's political career: when he supported the makeover and displacement of a low-income neighborhood in El Paso, a plan pushed by his developer tycoon father-in-law. https://t.co/ShvXc2dWaK— David Dayen (@ddayen) March 15, 2019
Soon after, PDNG hired a marketing firm—one founded by Sanders’s father—to present a vision for El Paso’s future to the city council. The presentation depicted the El Paso the city wanted to move away from with a picture of an old Chevy pickup truck and an older Hispanic man in a cowboy hat, accompanied by the words “Dirty,” “Lazy,” “Speak Spanish,” and “Uneducated,” while the El Paso of the future was shown by pictures of a smart new SUV, Matthew McConaughey, and Penélope Cruz, accompanied by the words “Educated,” “Bi-lingual,” and “Enjoys entertainment.”
technocrats are racists, everyone feign mortified surprise
Beto was part of the Cult of the Dead Cow
this reminded me years ago i surrepticiously installed backorifice on a friends family computer along with an audiofile of me screaming and laughing slowed down with microsoft sound recorder and waited till i saw my friend logged on msn then remotely activated it and the cd tray repeatedly. i later heard they walked into the living room to find their dad shouting at the computer believing it was demonically possessed. i was not allowed back for a long time. thanks beto!
From topic Sanders 2016: 100 Problems:
imagine if sanders won and he was like alright folks time to implement my plan to break up every major financial institution into smaller banks. i'll just pass this bill through congress which shatters wall street.
congress: yes, we will quickly pass this bill. we may not all be fans of yours but we definitely agree we should take on the combined might of US financial institutions.
wall street: well, the bill passed, and i think we learned a valuable lesson. we lost trillions in investments but that's life. fortunately sanders is very much a supporter of main street, so the economy will be fine.
insurance companies: oh now he's socialized health insurance. our entire industry is closing down. we'll have to make the transition as easy as possible for patients, since it's the right thing to do.
doctors: the government directly employs us now, which is fine with us, since we went into this profession to heal people, not clear a million a year tightening the skin on people's necks.
democratic socialists of america: thank you guys so much for being cool about this.
DSA is going to utterly implode once that happens
It's easy to imagine DSA imploding no matter what happens apropos Bernie.
Also what's that movie -- Snowpiercer?
Ever since right wingers started using the term "snowflakes" as a pejorative I thought the Snowflakes would be a good name for a left-wing insurgent group, with a little snowflake logo.
the next step seems obvious: don't
I've come up with a few good acronyms for future in the inevitable demise of the DSA. ARIA: American Revolutionary Insurgent Army or UPA: United Peoples of America.
It’s Turtle Island
red_dread posted:psychicdriver posted:
my partner (in the u.k) said i should make an effort to talk to and maybe find common ground with/learn something from people if bernie rallies come to my neck of the woods. she's no reformist by any means. should i do it?
let me talk to her... about the fact that i tried this and found out that most bernie supporters are downwardly mobile petit-bourgeois trying to revive home ownership and while there's a popular demand for social-democratic programs this popular character is not necessarily reflected in his diehard supporters.
this is Reverse Corbyn imo
You don't have to tell me twice. I've got a theory though that the fringe right is going down this path today. I remember watching an interview with Jerry Rubin on some T.V. program from the early '70s and someone in the audience asked him "were you ever a member of the Communist Party?" And he went "ohh no way lady, the Communist Party are conservatives compared to us! We're way more radical than they ever were." It's like a perfomative kind of acting out designed to freak out the squares and unsettle people. A lot of these young right-wing troll guys act like that and get themselves into a lot of trouble.
which gave me a funny image of him whipping ass around Vermont in a Lambo.
And now this headache is gettin you know... gettin stronger. And he showed me many animals and different things.