Why I can't listen to Jimmy Dore anymore
I used to listen to every single one of Jimmy's videos. I was a dedicated fan.
Now today, I just can't face listening to him. What changed?
Essentially it started with Jimmy's crusade against AOC.
I'm not a fan boy of AOC, although I am tickled how she infuriates all the right wing and the establishment Democrats. AOC has let me down several times this year.
But unlike Jimmy, I don't view AOC is my enemy.
Nor do I view the radical right wing militias as my potential allies, unlike Jimmy.
Jimmy has lost touch with political reality.
If Jimmy was in the Spanish Civil War, he'd be a Trotskyist telling us that the Stalinists were the real enemies, while Franco's fascist were potential allies.
I understand that you have to have standards. That's normal.
I agreed with Jimmy about the forcethevote.
But because the squad didn't agree with that doesn't mean they aren't allies.
Jimmy believes that all that is needed is to start a third party.
That hasn't happened in 170 years. Putting all your eggs in that basket is foolhardy.
But let's say it successful. We have a third party.
Do you know how long it took the last third-party to go from idealists to extremely corrupt establishment politicians? About a decade.
I want to see third-party succeed, but I don't expect it to, and if it did succeed the fight isn't over.
The real measuring stick of Jimmy's stick is how it makes you feel.
Does Jimmy make you want to go out and fight the man? Does he inspire you?
Personally he depresses the shit out of me. He makes me want to give up.
And I just don't need that. I can't be the only one.
But this isn't just about Jimmy. This is about a faction on the left that simply isn't helpful.
The DSA, justice dems, various other progressive groups, they are working their asses off. They are fighting very very long odds. And in some cases they are winning.
Are they making compromises during the process? Yes. Some of those compromises are too big, and they need to have their feet held to the fire.
But there is a certain faction on the left that will tell you that the most active activists on the left are your enemies. This is not new, nor will it go away.
Unlike the right, left always has these factional infighting. It's a big reason why the Democratic establishment will never take the left seriously. They don't have to.
So what's my point? I don't know I just felt this needed to be said.