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Orfamay Quest wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Orfamay Quest wrote:


I would be hard pressed to come up with anything less effective than social media activism.

It is, however, cheaper than leaflets.

So is growing vegetables in a container garden. If you want cheap instead of effective, I question your priorities. At least the container garden gives you fresh salad ingredients. Facebook slacktivism gives you.... what, exactly?

(Sorry, I guess that qualified as "arch" and "darkly sarcastic.")

Hopefully, access to 200 or so people in Boston and a dozen or so in New Hampshire.

I mean, I spent $43 bucks on leaflets for our lecture tomorrow in Lowell and we'll be lucky if we get ten. (Although, tbh, I guess I shouldn't have had them made in color.)


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Orfamay Quest wrote:
Pan wrote:
Orfamay Quest wrote:
Perhaps. What would you suggest as an alternate tactic, then?
I think folks should look to social media. You can organize boycotts and make videos to go viral. The entire medium has a lot of potential.

Er, no, it doesn't. We've tried that experiment and it doesn't work.

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I hate to appeal to celebs, but its one of the most effective ways in my experience to get points across. You cant turn on a sports channel or read a sports story without hearing about Kapernick and his protest.

That's right. You can't avoid hearing about the protest, but it's demonstrably very easy to avoid doing anything about it.

Look at how many police brutality videos have already gone viral, and the local DA doesn't even bother to file charges against the officers responsible. When charges are filed (Freddie Gray), the officers are almost always acquitted.

I would be hard pressed to come up with anything less effective than social media activism.

It is, however, cheaper than leaflets.

Speakout: Justice 4 Terence, Tyre, & Keith - Jail Killer Cops!

BLM Vigil for Terence Crutcher, Tyre King and Keith Lamont Scott


Ah, the Jill is a Russian dupe smear.

Yevgeniya Chirikova and Nadezhda Kutepova: Open Letter to Dr. Jill Stein

Jill Stein responds to Russian environmentalists


Back at Bread and Roses I purchased a little pamphlet from a group called the World Socialist Party. It is a reprint of a 1920s pamphlet by one John Keracher entitled How the Gods Were Made (A Study in Historical Materialism) and it was okay, if pretty simple.

Only glaring mistake that I noticed was that he claimed the ancient Greeks believed they went to Olympus after death, instead of Hades.


Man, all kindsa new faces!

Some more events this week:

Vote No on 2 Lowell- Events/Activities

Speakout: Justice 4 Terrance, Tyree, & Keith: Jail Killer Cops!

and, of course, Saturday's talk on The Communist Manifesto.

Next Thursday's got an interesting one, but it'll be at the same time as the Rock Against Racism show, :( :

The Murder of Darren Seals: the Truth about Ferguson

And now for something completely different:

Witches Allegedly Stole Penises and Kept Them as Pets in the Middle Ages


250+ posts and mods, looks like I missed a lot.

Apologies to anyone I left hanging, the meeting took longer than expected and, even more so, the consumption of alcoholic goodies afterwards.

Got to go put up more flyers this morning, go to work, and then attend another standout to Vote No On No. 2 this afternoon.

I'll see if you're still here later!

Anklebiter out.


DADT led to a higher rate of gay servicepeople being discharged than previously.

DOMA passed with veto-proof majorities, huh? Oh, well, then I guess, Bill had to sign off it. I mean, he couldn't have vetoed it, and then tried to go for a pocket veto, or just, you know, let it pass over his veto?

Also, I found this tidbit on wikipedia:

"James Hormel, who was appointed by Clinton as the first openly gay U.S. Ambassador, described the reaction from the gay community to Clinton signing DOMA as shock and anger.[31] On Hormel's account, Clinton had been the first President to advocate gay rights, push for AIDS funding, support gay and lesbian civil rights legislation, and appoint open LGBT people to his Administration. Thus his signing of DOMA was viewed by much of the community as a great betrayal."

Maybe your circle of friends impacted by the bill was a little narrow?

But, I have to ask, why did you switch over to gay issues? I was talking about the crime and welfare reform bills. Please demonstrate my "historical revisionism" there.

I'll be back in, roughly, ten hours after the Black Lives Matter NH meeting tonight. I also have to go back through the last bunch of pages and see if I missed anything.


No, I was in favor of full democratic rights for homosexuals in all spheres of public life.

But, srly, gotta go!


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Sorry, one more:

CBDunkerson wrote:

This criticism has a huge dose of historical revisionism and letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.

I remember selling socialist papers with articles against all that shiznit, so I'm afraid the argument of "historical revisionism" doesn't hold much water with me.

Not my fault the rest of you took two decades to catch up.


Bill was elected with an overwhelming amount of the black vote; Obama with the Latino vote.

Just don't worry!

Anyway, I don't have time to dally today, alas. Gotta go build for our meeting on Saturday.

See ya!


thejeff wrote:

]As I said before, if racism is a thing you're concerned about, forget endorsements, forget the bandwagon, forget the accusations, even forget the little check boxes of racist acts you think prove both sides are racist.

Look at what the minorities are actually doing. If black people are polling overwhelmingly for Clinton, that's a pretty good sign they're not worried about her racism - and you shouldn't be either.
If latinos are polling overwhelmingly for Clinton, that's a pretty good sign they're not worried about her racism - and you shouldn't be either.

...And that's exactly how we got the '94 crime bill, the '96 welfare reform bill and, to jump forward a little in time, the highest number of deportations under any president ever.

Just don't worry!


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Welcome, one and all, to the Comrade Anklebiter's Fun-Timey Revolutionary Socialism Thread, now, on fire!!!

As regards the other thread, I have no idea who Gandhi would vote for, but I'm certain Robespierre wouldn't vote for Hillary.

Anyway, debate went pretty well. Mr. Comrade killed it and Young Gay Comrade opined that "it was the best meeting he'd ever been to."

Later we collected all the comrades and kids went to Comrade Who Was Published in Jacobin's house and watched The Lion King.


In this context.


Also, I guess I should fess up that I stole "gulag archipelago," in this context, from Ta Nahisi-Coates.


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Well, it was written by The New Republic which I believe is one of the house organs of fake liberal Democrats. I wouldn't be surprised if they championed all those laws in the '80s and '90s.


Yeah, I do. That's pretty uncontroversial, Dicey.

The Clintons’ War on Drugs: When Black Lives Didn’t Matter

"Most shockingly, the total numbers of state and federal inmates grew more rapidly under Bill Clinton than under any other president, including the notorious Republican drug warriors Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush."


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Irontruth wrote:

Any chance we can do this without personal attacks?

I don't know.

It depends on whether you can stop taking a question like "I wonder if it makes any difference to black people who live in hellhole cities that the Democrats have controlled for decades* whether Democrats' racism is more subtle than Republicans" and turning it into "Are you saying Stephanie Rawlings-Blake orders police to murder black people?!?"

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*Or the gulag archipelago that Hillary helped build.


No, I wondered, three times I think, if it was any solace to the black residents of Democratic-controlled cities that the Democrats are more subtle in their racism.

I hope your teaching job isn't in the English department.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Two more articles that came across my feed and caught my fancy,

WikiLeaks’ Guccifer 2.0: Obama Sold Off Public Offices to Donors--Corruption doesn't start or end with Hillary

Huh. Apparently, The Observer is run by the Donald's son-in-law.

[Goes back to searching the internet]


Anyway, more knife analogies:

"If you stick a knife nine inches into my back and pull it out three inches, that is not progress." --Malcolm X

But that was before the Dixiecrat desertion! Before George Wallace apologized for standing in the school house door, before Byrd apologized for being in the Klan! Before Hillary apologized for her role in creating the mass incarceration state!


Oh, now there's an edit I didn't see before.


Irontruth wrote:
Just curious, is it because they're Democrats that they're racists and ordering their police to kill fellow citizens?

Since I never claimed that Democrats (or Republicans for that matter) were ordering their police to kill people--in fact, I answered "no" to your previous question--I'm not sure how to respond to your strawman.


Berinor wrote:
It all depends on what the alternative is.

Earlier in the discussion, maybe not in this thread maybe one of the three (the two convention ones and the "Sellouts on the Left, Sellouts on the Right") that preceded it, there was discussion of the Clintons' speaker's fees from Wall Street, etc., and how these fees were pumped back into the Clinton Foundation, a charity, so what could be wrong with that?

I wondered aloud if it might be the case that donors to the Foundation and payers of these fees, I believe I used Monsanto as an example, might benefit greatly from these charitable actions. It looks like they do and, as I suspected, the Clinton Foundation is a key player in the left wing of neoliberalism.

There is certainly an argument to be made, by the defenders of capitalism, that left neoliberalism is the best that we can do. But there are others, not fans of neoliberalism and letting the market sort it out, who also rushed to the defense of the Clinton Foundation because it's a charity. I thought these latter might be interested in the nature of its charity.

And, that, of course, is assuming that the Foundation works. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't, I wouldn't know, but here's some from later in the article:

"...After the devastating Haitian earthquake in 2010, both Clintons were heavily involved in the recovery. Bill was given such large and nebulous authority that Haitians dubbed him 'Le Gouverneur,' fearing he would become a sort of colonial administrator. The Clintons raised millions of dollars, including 30 million dollars through the Foundation, to assist the Haitian people.

"But all of this money produced very little. Multiple expensive initiatives went nowhere, and the gleaming new industrial park the Clintons touted for Haiti brought few jobs and was largely unused. Instead of housing, the Clinton-led recovery built needless new luxury hotels. Indeed, Adam Davidson reports that the Clinton Foundation is not a major force in Haiti, and is not making any significant progress there. Journalist Jonathan Katz says it’s 'hard to find anyone who looks back on [the recovery] as a success.' The Clintons themselves have simply stopped discussing Haiti publicly, though Haitians have occasionally showed up at Hillary Clinton’s office to protest the disappearance of millions of dollars in recovery funds. As one Haitian official who worked with Bill Clinton put it, 'There is a lot of resentment about Clinton here. People have not seen results. . . . They say that Clinton used Haiti.'"


Arturius Fischer wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Democrats are racist but they are more subtle than Republicans.
They are not more subtle at it.

Should have put that in quotes. It was a paraphrase of the post Comrade Pravda asked me if I had read.


Irontruth wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Some checking of your privilege, then, a resummation of Democrats are more subtle in their racism than Republicans, but there is a long way yet to go.

And my response was, and is, I wonder what the black residents of those cities would make of your knife metaphor when they are being gunned down with impunity in cities run by the more subtle racists?

Are you putting forth that Democratic mayors devise and implement direct policies that their police officers should "go out and shoot some black people"?

Or is the cause of these deaths more nuanced and complicated than that?

No, I am wondering how much solace is to be found in racist hellhole cities, like Baltimore, like Milwaukee, etc., etc. run by Democrats, that Democrats are more subtle in their racism.


I found a new website that looks pretty good:

DEMOCRATS HAVE THEIR OWN BASKET OF DEPLORABLES

and

THE CLINTON FOUNDATION’S PROBLEMS ARE DEEPER THAN YOU THINK

Which addresses some of my thoughts that I haven't been able to articulate about its "charity." For example,

"Ira Magaziner, who heads the independent Clinton Health Access Initiative, has said of their work that 'the whole thing is bankable… It’s a commercial proposition. This is not charity.' Instead of aid, the Clinton Foundation spends much of its effort 'creating new markets,' finding lucrative investment opportunities in the developing world for Western private capital. These have included everything from 'using business methods to streamline fertilizer markets in Africa' to 'working with credit card companies to expand the volume of low-cost loans offered to poor inner city residents.' (Note that typically, enticing poor people into taking on large amounts of credit card debt is not among the activities of a charitable foundation.) Bill Clinton is open about the fact that in this work, he is trying to help corporations profit from the developing world. He attempts to “reinvent philanthropy” as a lucrative enterprise for his partners because, in his words, 'I think it’s wrong to ask anyone to lose money.'"


Irontruth wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Two more articles that came across my feed and caught my fancy,

New Poll Finds That Hillary Supporters Are Pretty Racist Too

WikiLeaks’ Guccifer 2.0: Obama Sold Off Public Offices to Donors--Corruption doesn't start or end with Hillary

I had a reply that got ate a day or two ago about the racism.

I think the Democratic party is pretty racist. It's subtler than Republican racism, but it still exists. It's also a good example why I'm an incrementalist (though I appreciate hardcore rhetoric, it reminds us of how far we need to go).

In the "civil rights" era, a lot of victories were won and progress was made. The thing is that it's harder to deal with the more subtle and insidious varieties when you have to first convince people to stop lynching you, setting dogs on you and allowing you to participate in society like a human being.

If your roommate is trying to stab you with a knife, it might not be the best time to resolve why they never contribute to purchasing toilet paper. Fix the worst thing first, worry about the smaller stuff later...

I'm not sure how subtle it feels in Rahm Emanuel's Chicago, Tom Barrett's Milwaukee, Bill de Blasio's New York, your own Betsy's Minneapolis, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's Baltimore or any of the other Democratic-controlled flashpoints in the new civil rights movement or, for that matter, in the gulag archipelago the Clintons helped build.

Did you see the part where I agreed with you? There is a lot of s%$% that's still f+!+ed up. Do you understand my point?

Yeah, I saw the part where you agreed with me. Not sure if I understood your point. Probably not; I was drunk.

Democrats are racist but they are more subtle than Republicans. During the Civil Rights era, it was difficult to focus on subtle racism when blacks were being lynched and mauled by dogs (I guess they only do that to red people these days, yay incremental progress!). If someone's trying to stab you, you don't worry about toilet paper. Some checking of your privilege, then, a resummation of Democrats are more subtle in their racism than Republicans, but there is a long way yet to go.

And my response was, and is, I wonder what the black residents of those cities would make of your knife metaphor when they are being gunned down with impunity in cities run by the more subtle racists?


Irontruth wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Two more articles that came across my feed and caught my fancy,

New Poll Finds That Hillary Supporters Are Pretty Racist Too

WikiLeaks’ Guccifer 2.0: Obama Sold Off Public Offices to Donors--Corruption doesn't start or end with Hillary

I had a reply that got ate a day or two ago about the racism.

I think the Democratic party is pretty racist. It's subtler than Republican racism, but it still exists. It's also a good example why I'm an incrementalist (though I appreciate hardcore rhetoric, it reminds us of how far we need to go).

In the "civil rights" era, a lot of victories were won and progress was made. The thing is that it's harder to deal with the more subtle and insidious varieties when you have to first convince people to stop lynching you, setting dogs on you and allowing you to participate in society like a human being.

If your roommate is trying to stab you with a knife, it might not be the best time to resolve why they never contribute to purchasing toilet paper. Fix the worst thing first, worry about the smaller stuff later...

I'm not sure how subtle it feels in Rahm Emanuel's Chicago, Tom Barrett's Milwaukee, Bill de Blasio's New York, your own Betsy's Minneapolis, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's Baltimore or any of the other Democratic-controlled flashpoints in the new civil rights movement or, for that matter, in the gulag archipelago the Clintons helped build.


Guy Humual wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Two more articles that came across my feed and caught my fancy,

New Poll Finds That Hillary Supporters Are Pretty Racist Too

WikiLeaks’ Guccifer 2.0: Obama Sold Off Public Offices to Donors--Corruption doesn't start or end with Hillary

Pretty sure most Washington DC politicians are corrupt depending on your use of that word. It's the nature of the system.

There's that, I guess.


Fergie wrote:
I highly recommend this documentary for understanding what produced the current situation in Iraq. It is by The Guardian, and gives a perspective that I have not seen in any US media.

Oh, didn't see this before. Good flick.


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Two more articles that came across my feed and caught my fancy,

New Poll Finds That Hillary Supporters Are Pretty Racist Too

WikiLeaks’ Guccifer 2.0: Obama Sold Off Public Offices to Donors--Corruption doesn't start or end with Hillary


After I don't even know how many months (three? four? five?), a dozen or so reader's circle meetings and 300ish or so pages, I finally finished Chapter 10 of Capital.

Shiznit finally got good.

SECTION 6--THE STRUGGLE FOR A NORMAL WORKING-DAY.
COMPULSORY LAWS FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE WORKING-DAY FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE 14TH TO THE END OF THE 17TH CENTURY

All the earlier stuff was fine, but, seriously, up to here I was of the opinion that I'd tell new recruits "Really, all you need to read is Value, Price and Profit and Mandel's An Introduction to Marxist Economics and you'll be good."

This, though, I like.


Also, since I alluded to Living History above, I chuckled when this article came across my feed:

Sales of Hillary Clinton’s New Book Are Off to a Slow Start


It occurs to me that in my fervor to push the Standing Rock story, I have neglected the other cool thing that is being, as far as I can tell, under-reported in the MSM which is appropriate given talk of the Clintons and the crime bill:

#PRISONSTRIKE WAS HUGE AND IT IS CONTINUING


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

The Communist Manifesto: Weapon of War--A Talk with Historian Doug Greene

In which we finally convinced Maoist-Inclined Independent Red Historian Rival for the Affections of La Principessa (Since Vanquished) to lecture in Lowell.

And he gets the lecture published before he even gives it. Now who's gonna come?!?

The Communist Manifesto: A weapon of war


Zeugma wrote:
Amelia Earhart? Srsly? Did he object to her support for ERA or the fact she married a divorced man? Or the fact she flew airplanes? Or the unpardonable fact that she was a woman?

He didn't spend much time on her. From the comments I heard, he spent most of his time on Nelson and Fred and contrasting them with the bios he had read as a kid, such as Alexander Hamilton and Andrew Jackson. (I mean, for real?)

Tbh, though, I'm not sure how it went down. There was a video of the whole meeting, I only watched a minute and a half, and then there were comments that he made on his radio show, which I didn't listen to.

Article I found, but it doesn't mention the books. There were other things going on, too.

Protesters seek to draw attention to diversity initiatives in Manchester


NenkotaMoon wrote:
PS: Yea, I'm not Conservative Anklebiter on this because I don't really care anymore.

That's too bad. I particularly like it when you are talking to Pillbug Toenibbler. I just wish we could get Anklebiter Humperdink in here, too, and any other Doodlebug Anklebiter parody homage avatars in the same room.


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Repost from one of the convention threads, for fun:

Despite What Bernie Sanders Says, The Democratic Party Platform Doesn't Matter

And, again, my two favorite quotes because they come from politicians I've been in the same room with (you get to hear all the Massachusetts Democrats when you're in Teamsters Local 25):

"Faced with Sanders’ disproportionate attention to a nonbinding document, commentators have said it is important because Democrats have made it matter by focusing on it. But many aren’t.

"'I’ve never read the platform,' Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Mike Capuano said. 'It’s a tempest in a teapot. I am not beholden to the Democratic platform. I don’t know anybody who is.'

"'But it’s important to some people,' Capuano added.

"Former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, who helped write the Democrats’ 2012 platform, told Slate: 'I don’t remember what was in it.'"


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Irontruth wrote:
thejeff wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
BigDTBone wrote:
Irontruth wrote:

Don't forget the article's inherent sexism.

Cause we see a whole lot of articles blaming men for what their wife did at her previous job....

The article does spend time on Hillary herself, but it also talks about what Bill did an awful lot. Does it talk about Sander's wife at all? Heck, did any article ever? Hyperbole, I'm sure that there was at least one article that talked about her, possibly even a handful. The point is that male candidates are never asked to account for their wife's behavior.

I didn't know that Jane Sanders used to be a Vermont senator whose husband served as a salesman / surrogate for her misguided policies. Huh. Learn something new everyday.

Just to be clear, the best you got is a sarcastic comment framed as a fictional account. That's your proof there's no sexism.

Pardon me if I'm not swayed by this supreme display of eloquence and facts.

It is however fair to say we've never seen parallel situation, where a man is running for a high office which his wife used to hold and during which he served as a spokesperson for her policies. Certainly not on the presidential level and as far as I know not as a Senator or Governor either.

I think it very likely they would still be treated very differently, but the situation is very different than focusing on Jane Sanders work outside of politics (or any of Trump's wives, for that matter.)

I agree it's an unusual situation.

My complaint isn't that Jane Sanders specifically isn't a target. That's an example. Rather that male candidates aren't judged by their wives. Sure, 1-2% of articles might be about their wives, but I'd wager the % is even lower than that.

Bill is actually mentioned in that article more times than Hillary. I think a strong case could be made against Hillary by looking at HER record (which is included in the article) and mentioning Bill only as a matter of context. Instead, entire...

Sorry, guys, been away.

Accusations of whitesplaining and sexism to defend Hillary's record on welfare reform and the crime bill in the '90s. Truly Adolph Reed (don't worry, a black man despite the name Adolph) was correct when he called identity politics "the left wing of neoliberalism."

The "super predator" comment coming from her speech, as First Lady, supporting the crime bill needs no documentation, I think. Correct me if I'm wrong. She lobbied liberal lawmakers to pass it, says every article I've ever looked up.

She bragged in her 2003 autobiography that when she and Bill left the White House, welfare rolls had been slashed by 60%. She continued to champion the welfare reform bill until 2008. I can go get links substantiating those, if you like. If not, I'll just skip to another article from The Nation.

Why It Matters That Hillary Clinton Championed Welfare Reform

I don't know, maybe you'll think that one's sexist, too.

She, to this day I believe, but you guys would know better than me, considers Bill's term in office, along with Obama's, to be part of the legacy that she is running on.

For example, Hillary Clinton Confidently Embraces Bill Clinton’s Economic Record.

But that's about economics, Comrade Anklebiter, what does that have to do with race? Well, hypothetical interlocutor, almost everything in the United States has to do with race, but, if you read the Michelle Alexander piece above, you will discover that one of the main reasons that the economy seemed so good under Bill, why unemployment seemed so down, was because they were finding all the black people they could and throwing them into jail and prisoners don't count as part of the unemployed.

I see there's pages and pages since I last popped in, but it's my Friday afternoon, I'm gonna get drunk and read Das Kapital.

Anklebiter out.


I believe the other two biographies objected to were of Jackie Robinson and Amelia Earhart.

What can I say? It's New Hampshire.


And while I'm here, statements by the Workers World Party presidential ticket,

Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly


Running Subtheme (Cross)Post: Standing Rock

La Principessa's anti-gentrification activist pal makes a trip to North Dakota:

Indigenous Nations unified: ‘No to pipelines! Yes to sovereignty’


I couldn't say, it invoked images of armies of a regimented people living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland for me, but I know nothing about Warhammer.

Saw a bunch of photos of Comrade Imani (from La Principessa's Anti-Gentrification group in Brooklyn) out at Standing Rock, but I can't share those, but here's the article that came out of it:

Indigenous Nations unified: ‘No to pipelines! Yes to sovereignty’


First news story I see:

Sandra Bland's family settles for $1.9M in wrongful death suit

:(

Well, Lone Black Male CAJE Member, who, over the summer seems to have rethought his alliance with the White Privilege Theory Set (but maybe that's just cuz they all decamped to get jobs on the West Roxbury Gravy Train, no, I'm not bitter), says he's going to resuscitate CAJE. We'll see.

He and Comrade Who Was Published in Jacobin attended some confab in Boston about "The Carceral State" and met some Young Abolitionists, so that might come to something.

Also with the Fall Semester opening there is a talk on Monday about something police related, I don't remember exactly because we have a public meeting in Worcester and I can't go.

The following Monday's two-events-at-the-same-time is the second meeting of the LGBTQ+ Lowell Action group that sprung up after Orlando, but they kinda dropped the ball in taking to long, so I think I'll go to the Rock Against Racism event at UML featuring The Kominas a Pakistani-American "Taqwacore" band from Boston (if you're in a band and in you're in Lowell, you say you're from Boston). I think Mr. Comrade's going to MC.

No charter school stand out tonight, but, again, 2 for 1, I didn't realize our debate with the Berniecrats was in the early afternoon; I just promised the Ugandan Princess that I would attend their $15 canvasser training (gets out half an hour before the debate begins) last night!

Oh, yeah, and apparently some jerkwad on the floor above left the sink on all night and there is now water damage all over our office.

[Shakes head]

I better go shower.


And, finally, before I drift off to dreams of permanent revolution, one more that tickled my fancy:

Portland, Oregon Painters Union Says
To Hell with the Bosses’ Parties –
For a Class-Struggle Workers Party!

Includes the resolution of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 10 to--Break with the Democrats!!!

I love it.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Well, there's been all kindsa cuts at my alma mater (dropped out twice), UMass Boston, but this one hurts a little more:

UMass-Amherst preparing to abolish Labor Center

Comrade Omar went there for a year after he got fired from HERE (hotel and restaurant employees before they merged with the textile workers to form UNITE-HERE) for refusing to stump for Democrats.

[Another clenched fist salute in memory of Comrade Omar]

More replies to myself with links!

Defending Labor’s School

The University of Massachusetts Labor Center has served generations of union activists. Now the administration wants to squeeze it out.


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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Follow up from Comrade Slaad's post:

Students Support LIU Professors in Contract Dispute: “End the Lockout, Negotiate & Let Us Learn”

EDIT: Oh, and a commie article (well, a thumbnail anyway):

“Picket Lines Mean Don’t Cross!”
Knock Out the Lockout at LIU Brooklyn!

I've been playing phone tag with La Principessa for about a week now, so I don't know any of the details, all I know is she texted me this morning that she couldn't talk this afternoon because she was going to the solidarity demo and when I get back from yelling at the school board committee member in Manchester who didn't want free books about Nelson Mandela and Frederick Douglass because it was pushing a political agenda of "multiculturalism," I find that the lockout is over.

That's my girl!

LOCKOUT OVER


Further, as I recall, Comrade Fergie has been a longtime booster of Howie Hawkins, the perennial Green candidate for every office in New York State. I couldn't say what Comrade Fergie's other activities have been (hanging out with Richard Wolff, I believe, getting arrested at the RNC back in the day), but all this talk about "pissing and moaning keyboard warriors" is f*~~ing bullshiznit.

I don't know what your deal is, Citizen Quest, but from what I've been able to gather, the only activists on the other side* in these threads are Citizen Betts (former youth outreach something or other for Obama back in the day), Citizen K(e)rensky (former Democratic Committee member in rural Pennsylvania or something) and, recently, Comrade Pravda has been hanging out with Keith Ellison or something. Perhaps I've missed something, but "keyboard warrior" is a term that can be applied to many sides on these threads.

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*I guess there are multiple other sides; I mean activists in the Democratic Party.


Orfamay Quest wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Orfamay Quest wrote:
"Be the change you would like to see in the world," or at least in the US political system. You're not going to be able to get a Green president, but you might be able to get a Green on the county council, You might not be able to get a decent minimum wage nationally, but you might be able to do it in Jackson County. And when the press realize that a living wage, free bathroom access for all, a mandate for low flush toilets, and reasonable restrictions on police authority do not cause the sky to fall -- they might even make Jackson County more livable -- maybe some more influential politicians will start pushing for those causes.

How the Minimum-Wage Movement Entered the Mainstream

My comrade, the keyboard warrior, Kshama Sawant.

Yeah, did you actually read the article you cited? The opening words are significant:

Quote:
When Kshama Sawant won election to the Seattle City Council...
In other words, she did exactly what I have advised everyone else pissing and moaning about the lack of progressive politics to do.

Yeah, I read the article. I've been in the same organization with her for four or five years now. Even worked on the Boston campaign we ran at the same time, but we lost. IIRC, Comrade Pravda voted for our Minneapolis comrade at the same time, although, he, too, lost*. We've been doing all the things you wrote above, that was my point.

And we're still calling for a vote for Citizen Stein.

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*II further RC, his opponent won with a big infusion of money from both Michelle Bachmann AND Al Franken.


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Limeylongears wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
Zeugma wrote:
This thread is helping me grok what George Orwell is going on about in "Homage to Catalonia" (the book I'm reading now).
There's a fairly good Ken Loach film that owes a lot to Homage to Catalonia called Land and Freedom in case you want a companion piece.
It was good, even if he did have an axe to grind.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
As that meme indicates, we Marxists aren't much better.

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