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Comrade Omar, rest in peace, was fond of quoting an op-ed piece about Al Sharpton by Luther Campbell, formerly of 2 Live Crew, but alas, I can't find it, just an excerpt:

Uncle Luke Slams Rev. Al Sharpton's Past as a FBI Snitch

Anyway, back to random articles about police brutality:

Houston: Metro police release video of apparent beating

I like the use of the word "apparent".


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I was in and out of the room while the debate was on, but one moment that made me guffaw was Hillary on private prisons.

Daily Beast:

Hillary Clinton’s Pitch to End Private Prisons Is the Surprise Hit of the Presidential Debate

Which is interesting because it brings up the Pennsylvania Cash for Kids debacle that The White Knife used to post about back in the day.

Red State:

Hillary’s Claim That She Wants To End Private Prisons Is Rich, Seeing As How She’s The Queen Of Them

Which does a pretty good job of explaining my amusement, even if it is on a conservative website.

And, from a few months back:

The Intercenpt:

Private Prison CEO Unconcerned About Hillary Clinton’s Pledge to End His Industry

Meanwhile, un-debate related, but about prisons:

The Marshall Project:

A Primer on the Nationwide Prisoners’ Strike


Wasn't going to watch the debate, but was on Facebook and I am now watching a livestream of Jill Stein taking notes and watching the debate.


CrystalSeas wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
What the f+@! is going on in NH?
The Free State Project

And don't forget our opioid crisis!


Builder ups the ante in the war against Trump sign thefts


Oh, there's been all kinds of allegations of mistreatment at Gitmo.

Google search "Guantanamo" and "torture" and you'll find some articles.


Another one that came across my feed. Pretty lousy looking website, but I feel like I might want to access it later, so, bookmark.

Black Activists Rally For Unarmed White Man Shot by Cops


Big, long weekend of communism. Won't bore you with details, but, yesterday, while I was at work, as always seems to be the case, the BLM NH peeps had a speakout about the recent spate of police killings and were visited by a half-dozen fascists.

Europe’s Newest Vigilante Group Lands In The U.S.

The Soldiers of Odin have established 42 state chapters in the U.S. since February.

What the f$@% is going on in NH?


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Jeremy's Victory Song


Story that caught my eye:

Cops Brutally Beat Police Misconduct Investigator After Turning Off Dash Cam


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Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
For those intent on subjecting themselves to Monday's PotUS debate, do you have any recommendations for alcoholic libations? (Sorry DB, no puff-puff/bubble-bubble for me)

I've taken a fondness for Downeast Cider. Don't know if you'll find that in Florida, but the seasonal pumpkin spice is alright--and even got the thumbs up from Comrade Who Was Published In Jacobin and he usually goes on violent anti-pumpkin spice rants this time of year--but I like the Cranberry Blend.

Also, we ended up getting a dozen to The Communist Manifesto lecture, but most of them came because of Facebook and only one because of the $43 worth of leaflets that I made.

F%%&ing leaflets.


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

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