[Zagonostra: 05/15/2018. A comment I posted on TD today]
If you control money you control people’s behavior – to a a large extent. When people have had enough you control the counting of the votes or the choices of who or what to vote for; it’s an old story, money is a legal creation and the minority will always seek to maintain their privileged position.
The complete and utter idiotic notion of voting for either of the two political Parties that have “governed” the nation under this 21 Trillion dollar theft can only be explained in terms of some hidden systematic form of psychological/ideological mind warp, one in which, in my youth, I was governed by myself…need to help our fellow inhabitants of this country break free of this sick gravitational force.
Thanks for publishing Lee Camp.
[Zagonostra: Below is a post I made in Truthdig on 05/02/2018, don’t bother reading the link, it’s just a rehash of what every educated reader should already know]
To the ” Democratic Party hierarchy, democracy within the party sounds truly scary.” Ah, yeah! No kidding! Maybe I missed it Mr. Solomon but did you mention the audio recording made of Steny Hoyer letting the cat out of the bag, there is no democracy in the Democratic Party.
You really are just spinning your wheels, anyone whose has read Thomas Frank and has been paying attention knows that you would foolish or cowed by fear into voting for either of the two Political Parties, both have the same owner, Wall Street, or, if you like, the power elite.
So stop it already with this redundant analysis, and get down to brass tacks (always wondered what that literally means), this country is doomed, if it isn’t already, unless it breaks out of this strangle hold the corporate owners have over political process.
[Zagonostra: Another of my rants today (4/11/2018) on a Krugman opinion piece on healthcare. I notice I’m using F&^% more and more…]
“Obama’s very stable Genius?”…I was so incensed I went over to the NYT to vent but it was closed to new comments…You just want to tell Krugman to shut the F^&% up.
He was wrong -headed in his column leading up to the election of Trump and he shows his fealty to the monied-class over and against the working class consistently in his opinions issued from his oracular podium.
Medicare for all should be the the sin qua non of support for any politician, all casuistry from the mendacious ivory tower of the NYT notwithstanding.
[Zagonostra: Below is a rant I posted on TruthDig today 4/10/2018 in response to an article by E.J. Dionne, Jr. – a darling of the establishment liberals]
A fifth of the population this, and third that and polling shows xyz.. F%$* all that. If the “Progressives” had any integrity they would forget Trump and focus on the Democrats. They are the ones who sold out the values of the New Deal.
You want to write about Progressives, well talk about Healthcare for All, talk about student debt, talk about, endless war emptying the treasury and don’t stop talking about these items until your dead or they come into being or are alleviated.
“Trump is a demagogue who relies on the angry energy of his supporters.”
No, Trump is a turning point that reveals those liberals that Thomas Frank writes about for what they are, sell-outs, sell-outs whose fealty (a nice sounding word I picked up from Mr. Hedges) is to power and money and not the well-being of the masses. But E.J. is a Mr. Jones:
You walk into the room
With your pencil in your hand
You see somebody naked
And you say, “Who is that man?”
You try so hard
But you don’t understand
Just what you’ll say
When you get home
Because something is happening here
But you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones?
[Zagonostra: A good critique on the recent Bernie Sander’s “Town Hall” podcast on inequality.]
[Zagonostra: with “Bloody Gina” in charge at the CIA and Neil Gorsuch at the Supreme Court, it doesn’t look too good for “liberty and justice for all”]
I’m sure that’s true for some. But many of the rest of us who knew and worked with Haspel at the CIA called her “Bloody Gina.”
The CIA will not let me repeat her résumé or the widely reported specifics of how her work fit into the agency’s torture program, calling such details “currently and properly classified.” But I can say that Haspel was a protege of and chief of staff for Jose Rodriguez, the CIA’s notorious former deputy director for operations and former director of the Counterterrorism Center. And that Rodriguez eventually assigned Haspel to order the destruction of videotaped evidence of the torture of Abu Zubaida. The Justice Department investigated, but no one was ever charged in connection with the incident.
[Zagonostra: in response to https://www.truthdig.com/articles/getting-from-profits-for-a-few-to-health-care-for-all/]
“We are many, they are few” has a nice ring but ignores the fundamental elemental law of politics, whether it’s communist, democratic, oligarchic, it doesn’t matter. That law, as detailed in Gaetano Mosca’s “Elements of a Science of Politics,” is that the few well organized control the defuse many.
I like Tucker’s article and agree with it whole hardheartedly, and Medicare for all should be the litmus test for voting for any politician. However, the reality of this techno-propaganda mediated world we live needs a better strategy for tipping the scales to the side of the many.
It’s as if we are waiting for a Moses to lead us to the promised land, or a spontaneous coalescence of like-minded people.. The slow methodical building of coalitions is so easily subject to the conservative ruling class counter measures that Fu#ks with the mind of the majority.”
It is a constant battle to get through to people and dispel the “false consciousness” or breaking those “mind-forged manacles.
[Zagonostra: reading an excellent book written in 1943 by Erich Kahler]
In Man The Measure: A new Approach to History Kahler lists as one of the causes of the rise of the Nazi the following:
“The German Industrialist, as well as the capitalist the world over, did, in fact, have a considerable share in this movement (Nazis), through their besetting fear of bolshevism (communism). They financed it, and actually established it through their middlemen…They used it to lure the unemployed into a trap with the slogans of a pretended socialism, but, in reality, to thwart the development of true social democracy in the entire world.”
This should temper people’s receptivity to the Russiagate narrative being spewed endlessly by MSM through millionaire personalities such as Rachel Madow
“logic divorced from ethics…”
[Zagonostra: I’m going through my emails to friends and found this quote from some member of the EEC talking about the Greek financial crisis, unfortunately the link is broken, bold is mine]
“I can feel, maybe not a revolutionary mood, but something like widespread impatience. When impatience becomes not an individual but a social experience of feeling, this is the introduction for revolutions.”
[Zagonostra: I know I’m going overboard on this Russiaphobia thing but I think it’s emblematic of the mass delusional condition that reigns in this country]
“Please note eight things you will not hear from the Russia-mad Democrats and their many media allies at places like the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, and MSDNC:
1. There is No Real Democracy to Subvert in the United States.
2. Interference Made Obvious Sense for Russia
3. The Rest of the World Has a Frankly Legitimate Interest in U.S. Politics.
4. Russian Interference Was Nothing Compared to that of the Superpower’s Homegrown Oligarchy
6. Republican Vote Suppression was a Much Bigger Deal.
7. Other Noxious but Officially U.S.-Allied States Invest in U.S. Politics and Policy.
7. The Russians Did Not Make the Deplorable, Dollar-Drenched Democratic Party Establishment Rig the Primaries against Bernie Sanders
8. “We” (the U.S.) Interfere(s) in Elections Around the World for “Our” Own Authoritarian Purposes.
[Zagonostra: Another good summary from Jesse’s Cafe’}
“As to the present, American professionals are preoccupied in addressing the great emptiness of their lives through the fevered acquisition and retention of power and money for its own sake. Our hypocrisy knows no bounds. And our estimation of ourselves and expectations for the future are excessive to say the least. Well, this is how it is at the tail end of almost any anomalous era, when a select group of men would be as the gods of their adulterous generations. And because of the increase in wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.”
Now Trump, he’s a Russian spy,
Lincoln, Jefferson Clinton and his wife Hillary.
To my knowledge there’s just one man
That’s really a true American:
That’s Robert Swan Mueller III
I know for a fact he hates Commies cus he picketed the movie Exodus.
Talkin’ Jon Birch Paranoid Blues
[Zagonostra: I hadn’t thought about creating an opinion page, seeing as there are so many places you can go to read an opinion piece, however, after seeing how many stories are on the cover of the NYT about Russians taking over the U.S. I could not hold back…so “welcome to the machine…ya know your nobody’s fool”]
New York Times Online 02/20/2018 front cover:
- After Florida School shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced
- How Russian Trolls Deceived Americans in 2016 elections
- Who Still thinks Russia Didn’t Meddle in the Elections
- States Say They Are told too Little About Election Threats
- Russian fans at Olympics Are Loud, Proud and Angry
- Trump’s Evolution From Relief to Fury Over the Russia Indictment
- Whatever Trump Is Hiding Is Hurting All of Us Now (from Thomas Friedman no less, God help us…)
- How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online
Reminds me of the 16 articles the WaPo published leading up to the rigged 2016 DNC convention. Speaking of rigged DNC conventions, I’m just getting up-to-speed on how the 1944 DNC convention inserted Truman over Wallace as vice president even though the vast majority of the electors were for Wallace, and Truman was a hack controlled by the Pendergast machine in Kansas.
The grand total for all political ad spending in the 2016 election cycle, according to Advertising Age, was $9.8bn. The ads allegedly produced by inmates of a Russian troll farm, which have made up this week’s ration of horror and panic in the halls of the American punditburo, cost about $100,000 to place on Facebook.