Bickerfest on Aisle 5

So apparently Cornel West went onto the podcast of Tim Black, having exhausted the more active minds, and went on this long rant in which he "called out" people who have been calling him out. This bickerfest mode seems to happen a lot. I saw it in the Green Party and I saw it in Occupy Los Angeles. They get to the point where --- we're ALMOST THERE -- they feel they're SO CLOSE to being something that's NOT the two-party system, and suddenly the big egos take over and they think they're something out of the classical Greek pantheon. It happened with Nick Brana, it seems to have been a thing with RFK Jr., and now it appears to be happening with Cornel West, who should -- if his brain were plugged in -- take his lumps and move on. What's making it happen that way? Is there some flaw in the process that's so deep that even when they come to the dawning realization that "omigod there's a flaw in the process!" they become another flaw in the process?

I have a different perspective than the RBN people. I think of critiquing the candidates on the issues is -- well, I can see the case for it, but it's really a secondary matter. The point of running for President is to be against the Two-Party System, not conditionally, but objectively. If you can't see that, then you're Nick Brana or RFK Jr. or Cornel West. Maybe they had a dawning thought once or twice that that was the thing to do, and then they went back to being egomaniacs. As for the other stuff, I could give a damn about Peter Daou. The problem with Daou was that he quit early. Dude, if you were going to quit, why did you join the campaign in the first place?

I can tell that the RBN people don't really make the President thing a big priority -- they tell everyone that at the end. There isn't much to pleading before the emperor. But, really, to the extent anyone wastes their breath on this stuff at all, it's got to be about figuring out some way -- eventually -- to break the duopoly. A lot is possible that wouldn't otherwise BE possible when the duopoly can be avoided.

Right now it looks like I'm voting for Stein.

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Sima's picture

Voting for Stein that is. And I'll have to write that in Blum 3

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If you're poor now, my friend, then you'll stay poor.
These days, only the rich get given more. -- Martial book 5:81, c. AD 100 or so
Nothing ever changes -- Sima, c. AD 2020 or so

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@Sima Are you sure Jill can't make ballot status in your state?

Anyway, there's something weird about all of the mainstream moves. They're all telling themselves something like: I'll support a CIA-loving Islamophobe because, okay, where were we? I'll support some genocide here, a pointless war there, I'll call Nicolas Maduro a dictator or something because, okay, where were we? I'll quote Heather Cox Richardson because, okay, where were we? I'll make sure my bad guys are safe ones because, okay, where were we? We need to get them all together and ask them this: "The Establishment deciders have their candidate already. His name is Joe Biden; their second option is Kamala Harris. You know they're not really worried about Trump. What do you think they want with you?"

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"The war on Gaza, backed by the West, is a demonstration that the West is willing to cross all lines. That it will discard any nuance of humanity. That it is willing to commit genocide" -- Moon of Alabama

@Cassiodorus
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still think they can rule the world
with broken tools and shattered puppets

when the empire loses its mojo
it will be obvious

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@Cassiodorus
If we get enough signatures here in wa state. That probably that won't be a problem, and I think I'll be working on getting signatures when it's time!

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If you're poor now, my friend, then you'll stay poor.
These days, only the rich get given more. -- Martial book 5:81, c. AD 100 or so
Nothing ever changes -- Sima, c. AD 2020 or so