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The Fire Next Time

That's the title of a righteous rant by Gaius Publius posted over at Smirking Chimp. After detailing how the fascist FISA surveillance bill would not have passed without 65 Blue Dog votes Gaius Publius points this out:

If Democrats Want the Support of Millennials, They Should Cut Ties with the Fossil Fuel Industry

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We Don't Live in a Democracy

We don't live in a democracy, you know that don't you? Seems like everyone I say that to acknowledges it. They'll say, "well sure, it's not a democracy but a republic". Or, "yes of course, the rich control the government". Or, "well, the system of government is a representative democracy, but not a "real" democracy".

‘The US is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today’: MLK, Jr. 1967

Were he alive today, how sad and sick he would be to know that it’s still true 50+ years later, and that the Empire hadn’t heeded his visionary warnings.  But of course, his socialist, radical warnings were what got him assassinated, weren’t they?  That the amerikan military budget is now close to a trillion dollars, and that this President has even upped the ante on Obama’ Nuclear Posture, according to leaked documents on the DoD’s draft means the hegemonic impulses of the Empire are more frantic than ever, which many radical leftists believe  indicates an Empire in its final throes.

(Our next war): Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born"

Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born"

(Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to "strangle" a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born," as Washington's backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies.

The Globalized Company Store

Well-meaning lefties sincerely ask "Does the economy serve the people, or do the people serve the economy?"; as if asking that question will put the 1% on the defensive. But, clearly, the economy has been reduced to the stock market, the stock market has been reduced to a handful of massively overvalued tech companies, and the central banks supply zero-interest liquidity to keep those stock prices in the stratosphere. The real world? The massive unemployment, the crumbling infrastructure?

The Weekly Watch

The Unfulfilled Dream


—The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., May 1967

I never met Martin Luther King, Jr. I was only 14 when he was murdered (perhaps by our own government). However, I later worked with many people who were his friends...so called foot soldiers of the movement. So although we never met, he influenced me. I think he influenced our nation, helping us reach for a higher morality and better society. He was a human, and like us all continued to grow and evolve throughout his life. I think he was really maturing and carrying the movement forward when he began the poor people's campaign. Today I want to look at the dream which has yet to be realized, and the new effort to revive the poor people's campaign.


Midnight Special - Do We Need a President?

Has there been any one thing this century more divisive in this country than the President of the United States? From Bush to Obama to Trump, has anything divided the country more than having them as the singular head of 330 million people?

If you believe that it doesn't matter who is president and that Trump is just a byproduct of what came before him, why would you want to continue the practice of electing a president?

Should we really keep doing this?

This is how you know you live in a failing Empire

At around 8am on Saturday morning, Hawaii's emergency alert system sent out a shocking tweet: "Ballistic Missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek Immediate shelter, This is not a drill."

The emergncy alert was sent to all Hawaiian cellphones...

Saturday morning Hawaiian television shows were interrupted...

Two Analyses on the Questionable Uses of Psychiatry & Psychology

First up: ‘The Dangers of Psychiatrists Diagnosing from Afar; A Marxist review of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President, edited by Bandy Lee, M.D., M. Div., St. Martin’s Press, New York, 2017, Steven Strauss, January 10th, 2018, dissidentvoice.org  (Dr. Steven Strauss practices Neurology in Baltimore, Maryland and is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a member of the Freedom Socialist Party)

Strauss opens by noting that as Bandy Lee is also a practicing neurologist, and Marxist femininst, the book had caught his eye.  He’d hoped that given how oblivious psychiatry and psychology have been to the role that capitalism plays in mental illness, Lee’s compilation might have done better.  He opines that sadly, it doesn’t.

Clear and Present Danger

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There's been a lot of talk from the farther left that Trump is a symptom and not the disease. That he is simply the next step in this unfortunate reality we face, an in your face representation of what this country has devolved into and that we should not focus on him like the democratic party is doing but on the bigger picture.

We Cannot Compromise on the American Vision: Equality for All

There’s been a conflict in this country ever since the era which gave it birth: a conflict between those who have wanted to maintain traditions of privilege and domination, and those who have wanted a country which treats its citizens equally, and guarantees equal rights for all. The vision of equality has prevailed in the conflict thus far, but only by the sustained effort and sacrifice of its citizens.

Trump asks why so many immigrants come to US from ‘s***hole countries’

During the meeting on immigrants today Trump decided to let his true feelings on some the countries they come from. This disgusting person is showing the rest of the world how he and many of his supporters think about people who desperately needed a safe place to live. The outrage of what he said came quickly from many congress members, media hosts and others who have had quite enough with his blatant racism.