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More commie propaganda!

The Ferguson Rebellion: Which way forward to End police violence, Racism and Poverty?

Vive le Galt!


Synergistic weirdiosity!

I clicked over to my hotmail account and found that a comrade had recently posted this article on our googlegroup commie club!

Connecting the Dots:
How Bill Clinton’s Welfare “Reform” Created a System Rife With Racial Biases


Yes, I know.

But what Alexander makes clear (imho, anyway) is that the change in rhetoric was a conscious policy of certain segments of the ruling class to maintain the racial caste system in the United States by changing the language after the abolition of Jim Crow. If it also pitted white workers against black workers, well, even better.

I highly recommend taking it out of the library.


Left off at "Billy Budd"--I've read it before; plus I saw that Sopranos episode so I know it's all about sublimated homosexual desire anyway--and turned to Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

I'll probably be using it to politroll quite a bit in the near future.


"Despite the jaw-dropping impact of the 'get tough' movement on the African American community, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans revealed any inclination to slow the rate of incarceration."

--Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness


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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:


Couldn't find the book I wanted to read next (or a copy of How the Irish Became White for that matter), so I read the Introduction and first chapter of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness and, although I'm not sure yet, I think the answer to your question might be in there somewhere.

So when I wrote this, I was lying. I hadn't yet finished the first chapter,

Now I have and all I can say is if you like reading Comrade Anklebiter's posts on American history and race relations, you will probably enjoy this book. Starts with Bacon's Rebellion, moves quickly through Reconstruction, the defeat of the Southern Populists, the erection of Jim Crow, penal servitude, the Civil Rights Movement, the Civil Rights Movement backlash, Reaganism and ends up with a delightful quotation about how "In so doing,"--she is referring here to Slick Willie's 1994 crime bills and welfare reform--"Clinton--more than any other president--created the current racial undercaste."

As for Comrade Jeff's question above, Alexander locates the birth of "law and order" rhetoric among Southern segregationists as a rallying cry against the Civil Rights Movement (the passages where she quotes Southern segregationists about civil disobedience and crime being one and the same thing should raise the nape hairs for the anti-police faction of the thread), traces it through the Republican Southern Strategy, the Nixon administration and the Reagan years* and the declaration of the War on Drugs, two years before the crack epidemic (which, Alexander claims, was mostly overblown by the Reagan administration and a servile press), Willie Horton and Ricky Ray Rector.

So, Citizen Pres Man was right: somewhere after 1973.

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One intriguing story from the illustrious reign of Reagan that I don't think I ever heard before, but maybe I just forgot:

"For example, when Reagan kicked off his presidential campaign at the annual Neshoba County Fair near Philadelphia, Mississippi--the town where three civil rights activists were murdered in 1964--he assured the crowd 'I believe in states' rights,' and promised to restore to states and local governments the power that properly belonged to them. His critics promptly alleged that he was signalling a racial message to his audience, but Reagan firmly denied it, forcing liberals into a position that would soon become familiar--arguing that something is racist but finding it impossible to prove in the absence of explicitly racist language."


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Focus on this finger: [Makes obscene American gesture]

I'll leave to the pedants whether they feel it is worth arguing about "starvation" vs. the following:

“'He had eaten almost nothing at home,' Mr. Nikas said, sitting in his cramped school office near the port of Piraeus, a working-class suburb of Athens, as the sound of a jump rope skittered across the playground. He confronted Pantelis’s parents, who were ashamed and embarrassed but admitted that they had not been able to find work for months. Their savings were gone, and they were living on rations of pasta and ketchup."

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"Last year, an estimated 10 percent of Greek elementary and middle school students suffered from what public health professionals call 'food insecurity,' meaning they faced hunger or the risk of it, said Dr. Athena Linos, a professor at the University of Athens Medical School who also heads a food assistance program at Prolepsis, a nongovernmental public health group that has studied the situation. 'When it comes to food insecurity, Greece has now fallen to the level of some African countries,' she said."

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"Now, several of Evangelia’s classmates are frequently hungry, she said, and one boy recently fainted. Some children were starting to steal for food, she added. While she does not excuse it, she understands their plight. 'Those who are well fed will never understand those who are not,' she said." (all from the first NYT article).

In the meantime, I shall amend my original statement that irked Citoyen Banker's Mouthpiece so:

No, I've never been to Portugal, but I am wondering how wise a choice it is to join the EU when so many of their member-states' populations are being given the choice of emigrate or be evicted, go dumpster diving and risk passing out from hunger which, of course, isn't anything like starvation.


And, apparently, the Market Basket strike is over.

Deliveries roll following deal in supermarket feud

Thank god! They have (had?) the cheapest cigarette carton prices in town!


I had heretofore been unaware of this story:

West Side of Chicago: Protests Erupt as Chicago Police Department Kill Again: #Roshad McIntosh

Anyone want to cover the kid killed in the Wal-Mart for playing with a BB gun?


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Angstspawn wrote:

Nice photos but nothing more; you could take the same in any of the five richest countries of the world.

I saw a documentary about the US a few month ago, people were coming from hundreds of mile to be able to access to free medical care or dentists. I was amazed! In France medical access is almost for free and homeless have access for free to dentist.
If someone was taking photos, some people could think France is richer than the US, but no...

I've no doubt you've got a lot of nice books describing the world Anklebiter, but really, you should travel. The world is not perfect but it's nicer than what you can usually read.

I wonder if you have lost track of the exchange, Citoyen. You said "nobody starves in EU," hence the pictorials.

I'm not really sure how pointing out that there is poverty and hunger in even richer countries is a counterpoint, but, then, I rarely understand what you're saying.


:(

That's too bad. I guess I'll just have to keep relying on New York Times pictorials:

In Spain, Austerity and Hunger


Angstspawn wrote:

Flying fish also do exist, but it doesn't mean you've to consider fish flies!

Got to Portugal, Spain and Greece my dear Anklebiter.

I'd love to. Could you lend me $1,000? I'll pay you back, I swear.


Angstspawn wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Anyway, I don't buy $30 RPG books, but if I did, I'd make sure they were printed in the People's Republic of China.
I agree with you, I also support slavery and children labor. If not happy about it they can still sell their organs.

For the record, I also don't have a mobile phone even though the comrades keep telling me to get one. Apparently, it's easier to plan picket lines and paper sales with one. I prefer e-mail.


Angstspawn wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
No, I've never been to Portugal, but I am wondering how wise a choice it is to join the EU when so many of their member-states' populations are being given the choice of emigrate or starve.
It's just ridiculous, no one starves anymore in the EU. Ask our grandparents they know what starving was! A study shows that, in average, we throw away 15% of our food still unpacked!

"Nobody starves in EU!" crows Citoyen Banker's Mouthpiece.

"More children in Greece go hungry" reports the New York Times

"The hunger line now starts in Spain and Portugal" sez Portuguese philanthropist reports The Guardian

EDIT: Woops, fixed second link.


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Angstspawn wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
That's the most ridiculous bullshiznit I've seen in quite a while, Citoyen Banker's Mouthpiece. How old are?
I'm 45 Anklebiter and paying taxes for the last 25 years.

Well, your "soft-bellied communist" screed sounded like the letters by 15-year-olds I used to read in punk rock magazines complaining about Rage Against the Machine's major label record contract.

Anyway, I don't buy $30 RPG books, but if I did, I'd make sure they were printed in the People's Republic of China.


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Angstspawn wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
How long ago was it that the Portuguese government advised young people that if they wanted a future they should leave?

It's an option Portuguese use from time to time. Most of people from Portuguese origin we have in France came during the 70s and 80s. It's the way they do, more so considering the rate of development of some of their former colonies (still Portuguese-speaking) it would be stupid for them not to get advantage of the situation.

But considering Portugal, I'm sure you directly experienced how was the life there before entering the EU and how it is now.

No, I've never been to Portugal, but I am wondering how wise a choice it is to join the EU when so many of their member-states' populations are being given the choice of emigrate or starve.

But you may be right. International financial capitalism, or, imperialism in V.I's phrasing, doesn't really leave many options for weaker, client countries. IIRC, he covers that in Chapter 5: Division of the World Among Capitalist Associations.


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Angstspawn wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Earlier this year, I lent $300 to a co-worker that I'm never going to get back, so I'm afraid I can't lend you billions of euros for you to spend on my products, Citoyen BM. It's true, though, I am quite supportive of Greece cancelling their debt...and other things.

How generous from you Anklebiter, but you're still very greedy for a communist, you had to give him (and not lend) half your salary to your friend. How much money you spend in RPG and egoistic leisures and activities while people all around the world need money just to survive.

Yes, you enjoy your confort. You support if it doesn't cost you too much... Soft belly communism is nothing but hypocrite capitalism. How many time you decided to purchase a colorful game book knowing (or purposefully ignoring) $30 is a monthly income for many people on that planet.

$300 is someway what I gave to Greece through my taxes, what about you? How much did you give to the country beyond empty words of support?
It's not enough to get dress like a rebel to be one...

That's the most ridiculous bullshiznit I've seen in quite a while, Citoyen Banker's Mouthpiece. How old are you?


A bit old--and possibly out-of-date, I wouldn't know--but Forbes, the Capitalist's Tool on Ukraine:

Ukraine Welcomes IMF Austerity Regime

“The preconditions of the IMF’s stand-by agreement appear to have yoked the new government to an austerian death march. At the least, we hope a forthcoming European agreement might facilitate Ukrainian emigration to Western Europe to keep this geopolitical pressure cooker from exploding.”

says the awesomely-named Vlad Signorelli, who, despite his given-name, works for the Bretton Woods Research in Mt. Tabor, New Jersey which I doubt (but could be wrong) is a hotbed of Putinesque propaganda.

How long ago was it that the Portuguese government advised young people that if they wanted a future they should leave?


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Angstspawn wrote:

All this for 7.1 billions euros, are you serious? Do you mean France and Germany gave Greece several dozen of billions to get 7.1 billions? Do you mean two countries whose economy represents 6,000 billions are risking to see their economies crash for 7.1 billions? Really??

That's 7.1 billion euros in one field in one year, Citoyen Banker's Mouthpiece. I wonder, but don't know, how many billions they spent on French and German armaments in previous years.

Citoyen Banker's Mouthpiece wrote:
If you're so much supportive my dear Anklebiter maybe you can give me a bit of money, or accept to back me up for a loan. I'll pay back with smiles.

Earlier this year, I lent $300 to a co-worker that I'm never going to get back, so I'm afraid I can't lend you billions of euros for you to spend on my products, Citoyen BM. It's true, though, I am quite supportive of Greece cancelling their debt...and other things.


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Angstspawn wrote:
Which investment? It was just for the country to raise to the level of others, we asked them back nothing in exchange but to modernize their country. After 30 years they still can't raise taxes in their own country!

I'm always a little unsure of who you mean when you say "we". The entire continent of Europe minus Russia? All of Europe minus Greece? Or are you speaking on behalf of the banks of Europe?

Anyway, here's an interesting paragraph from the African anarchist (admittedly, years-old) article:

"The fact that continued self-interest is driving the French and German ruling classes’ position towards Greece, can be seen in the fact that while demanding that the Greek state cut social spending, no demands have been made for it to cut its military spending. The central reason why is that the Greek state is the largest purchaser of weapons from Germany’s arms industry and the third largest customer of French military exports. Consequently, the French and German states have placed no brakes on the level of the Greek state’s military spending. Thus, the Greek state has continued with high levels of military spending: in 2010 alone it spent 7.1 billion Euros on its military."

I don't have the knowledge or interest to go digging around in the financial press about the arrangements of French and German capitalism but if the French and German arms manufacturers aren't in some way connected to the French and German banks (a la Comrade Lenin's pamphlet), I'll stop posting in this thread.


[Laughs politely at Citizen K(e)rensky's exhibition of wit]

Btw, Alex, I was wondering if you'd like to explain to Citoyen Spawn why you let him down so badly back in '17?

[Directs K(e)rensky's attention over to Spawn; leans back and motions for the Gray Gardeners to remove K(e)rensky from the thread]


Organize the unorganized!

Vive le Galt!


thejeff wrote:
Kryzbyn wrote:
black guy resisting arrest, taunting and then rushing the attempted arresting officer who has a gun drawn over 20 paces away = stupid.
Assuming that's what happened. Always believing the leaked version of the cop's story = stupid.

Always late to the opposition's line, I didn't realize they went ahead with the Rhino defense. Further googling led to a handy he-said/she-said chart whose accuracy I couldn't vouch for:

What happened when Michael Brown met Officer Darren Wilson


Due to a lack of active politroll threads that have derailed into arguments about the Founding Plutocrats, I am forced to link this here:

Reading Hamilton From the Left

I should say, before I actually, you know, read what I am linking, I have been a partisan of AH over that slave-raping hypocrite TJ for over two decades now. I wonder if it's for the same reasons...


Thelemic_Noun wrote:
If they absolutely, positively cannot stand each other, create a semi-autonomous region in the Eastern Ukraine, without outright splitting into separate nations, which is more trouble than it's worth.

Funny. I thought that was what the "pro-Russian separatists" (and Sexy Putin, for that matter) were arguing for the entire time.


Makes me feel all vanguard-y inside.


Vlad Koroboff wrote:

How are unemployed numbers in 18-30 age range in Greece these days?

Oh gee, I can't understand why any one in Eastern Ukraine might not want to get closer to the EU, nah, nevermind, they must be pro-Putin terrorists!


JohnLocke wrote:
Lead us and our legions from ignorance, Goblin!

There's a sentence you don't often see.


Angstspawn wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

For fun, I googled over to an older article on an African anarchist page about EU imperialism in Greece.

Class War and Imperialism in Greece

Is that imperialism?

For 30 years we gave to Greece billions of euros to modernize itself. I mean giving and not lending.
And at the end they told us they don't want to taxe part of their people and they need more money.

Yes, investment abroad and then getting repaid through the slashing of the living standards of workers and pensioners is pretty much a standard imperialist tool at this point.

Quote:
If this is imperialism then imperialism is "good" for people who benefit from others' money!

Austerity in Greece caused more than 500 male suicides, say researchers


thejeff wrote:
I'm certainly willing to agree that the USSR didn't practice "capitalist imperialism". I'm just not convinced that "communist imperialism" is really that much different for those being taken over by it. If we make an exception for the USSR not really being communist, I suppose we can make one for China too (imperialist takeover of Tibet and attempts at influence elsewhere.) In fact it seems that, kind of like non-communist nations powerful communist ones tend to try to extend that power and influence in basically the same ways. Weaker nations, both communist and otherwise aren't as imperialist, but that's due to lack of ability as much as anything.

I'd imagine that in some ways you are right. Sense of national humiliation, frustration at lack of democracy, etc., etc., I'd imagine are, indeed, pretty similar.

The maintenance of a higher standard of living, for example, among the Polish working class in the seventies and eighties--if that is actually true--compared with impoverishment lived in by, say Latin American peasants, during the same time period points to the differences.

Comrade Jeff wrote:
Near as I can tell, the basic pattern goes back well before capitalism, though the term came along later. "Imperial" Rome, anyone?

Sure. There are other definitions.

Comrade Lenin wrote:
Colonial policy and imperialism existed before the latest stage of capitalism, and even before capitalism. Rome, founded on slavery, pursued a colonial policy and practised imperialism. But “general” disquisitions on imperialism, which ignore, or put into the background, the fundamental difference between socio-economic formations, inevitably turn into the most vapid banality or bragging, like the comparison: “Greater Rome and Greater Britain.”


For fun, I googled over to an older article on an African anarchist page about EU imperialism in Greece.

Class War and Imperialism in Greece


Well, they did give us the word "chauvinism."

Bumps commie propaganda article about evils of France:

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:


French Troops Out of Central African Republic! Fifty Interventions in Fifty Years of African Independence


thejeff wrote:

There is no nuance. Apparently I did say "All cops are racist pigs". I'm pretty sure I didn't say "white devil" though.

So I'll go back to my earlier question: If racism really isn't a factor in police treatment of black people anymore and it's really just all based on how black people behave, when did this switch happen? We can all agree that at one point the police were actually enforcing racist laws and treating black people badly for that reason. When and how did that switch to police having in general no racial biases but somehow still continued disproportionately arresting and locking up black people. Even increasing the percentage.

Because there doesn't really seem to me to be a time when they weren't taken the brunt of the justice system. If there was, I'd like to know when.

Was it a sudden shift? Or a gradual slide, where a smaller and smaller percentage of the harassment was racial and more and more was justified by blacks being more criminal?

Couldn't find the book I wanted to read next (or a copy of How the Irish Became White for that matter), so I read the Introduction and first chapter of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness and, although I'm not sure yet, I think the answer to your question might be in there somewhere.


JohnLocke wrote:
As a disclaimer, I must admit that I've a desire to see the world rise up in a great communist revolution, washing away all of the current systems that our beloved Imperialist forces hold so dear.

Vive le Galt!


Besides, they're out-of-town Maosits, not anarchists.

Spread the Protests!
Vive le Galt!


Kingpinmaker, Game N+2, Part One

Thankfully for the party, and Symoreel in particular, Genny's player came to the next game. Shaking off the effects of the harpy's captivating song, being carried in a bag and being tossed by flying strix from 20 feet in the air, Genny finally collected her wits as the strix attempted to pick her up again. She slashed through the bag with her new +2 short sword and made mincemeat of her strix captors.

She revived Symoreel and they flew back to the rest of the party. Much wailing and gnashing of teeth and bemoaning the fate of the poor Poodlecocks until Barbie finally piped up that she thought she knew where the strix were going. Turns out Barbie, in her sordid past, had spent some time living with the strix of Devil's Point and had even, for a time, taken a hadnsome winged devil for a paramour, whose name, she told the party, was un-prounounceable in their tongues, but whom she called "George." Anyway, Barbie had spent a good two-and-a-half-weeks vacationing with George at a romantic strix getaway which, of course, was the Devil's Tor (mentioned above), and that she knew a secret way of getting into the winged devil hideaway without being seen.

What she didn't mention was that George had taken her here, screwed her silly for ten days and then flew away in the middle of the night, not even leaving her cab fare.

The party made preparations to undergo the trek to Devil's Tor.

---

At some point, while I was conferring with Barbie's player alone, outside, trying to remind him of all the cool backstory he had devised for his character and then, apparently, forgotten after I went and made use of the hooks he had given me, Omar the D&D-Hating Terrorist stepped out for a smoke and listened to us talking.

After a while, he interrupted, saying "So let me get this straight: You guys play this fantasy game where you play wizards and knights and fight monsters and shiznit, and you [points to The Black Goblin] choose to play at having birdman lovers?"

"Well," I said, to clarify, "He's playing a woman."

"What, that's supposed to be better?" responded Omar, "Because he doesn't have a gay birdman lover?" [Shakes head]

"I knew D&D was racist but I didn't realize it was homophobic, too!"


Down with US imperialism!

Vive le Galt!


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Solidarity at Lifelinks: Settle the Contract Now!

I was almost moved to tears by an elderly white woman who told me that she was still in her probationary period and could be dismissed even if the contract was settled. She then went on to explain that she didn't care, that her new co-workers took her in like family from day one and that she would rather get thrown back on Massachussetts' reduced unemployment (thanks, Democrats!) rather than cross a picket line and be a filthy scab.

All the while making grimacing faces that pass for attempts at friendliness here among the New England proletariat.

Vive le Galt!

Apparently, they won the same day after I left. Nobody wants goblins holding picket signs in front of their day center.

Huzzah!

The workers united/Will never be defeated! The workers united/Will never be defeated!


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Hands up! Don't ship!


Hands up! Don't ship!


Irontruth wrote:
Hey you, we got your war - the musical interlude

Vive le Galt!


New York Times profile on Fyodor Berzin whom I had never heard of and would have skipped right over if it hadn't been for Comrade Vlad.


As I said, it's been quite a while, so I don't remember many of the details. Something about Daniel O'Connell, volunteer fire departments, urban political (Democratic) machines and Irish craft unions forcing blacks out of certain industries. I'll look around, see if I still have a copy.

Comrade Fergie, I do still have a PS2, but I don't have it connected online, alas. :(


Book recommendation: How the Irish Became White by White Skin Privilege Theory co-founder and continuing Boston leftie gadfly, Noel Ignatiev.

Oversimplified summation: The Irish-Americans became white by beating up black people.

The book, IIRC, only deals with Philadelphia (it's been nigh on two decades since I've read it), but my amateur reading of Boston history seems to confirm it.

[Two edits]


Solidarity at Lifelinks: Settle the Contract Now!

I was almost moved to tears by an elderly white woman who told me that she was still in her probationary period and could be dismissed even if the contract was settled. She then went on to explain that she didn't care, that her new co-workers took her in like family from day one and that she would rather get thrown back on Massachussetts' reduced unemployment (thanks, Democrats!) rather than cross a picket line and be a filthy scab.

All the while making grimacing faces that pass for attempts at friendliness here among the New England proletariat.

Vive le Galt!


For the record, I am in favor of ethnic cleansing all you pinkskins, regardless of your individual hue.

Humans out!

Green Power!


[Down the memory hole!]


Oh, sweet. Btw, I asked my comrade buddy for clarification and he did NOT make that meme. He stole it from Boing Boing.

EDIT: Ding, ding, ding, I think we have a winner!

LET MY
PEOPLE
GO

The storefront above the Nazi carrying the sign "Back to Africa" appears to say Cairo Something or Other. I found this article about a race riot there in '67 that mentions members of the American Nazi party protesting. I'd have to look, but I'm guessing the "Black Snipers" thing from the Detroit riots were in the air.

I bow to your google-fu, Scythia.

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