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White Privilege

: November 28, 2017

The difference between being a class based leftist and being a person who is against “White privilege” (which implies that White workers should be displaced) is enough to not be part of the same movement. I do not work with people whose primary talking point is White privilege and do not consider them to be class based leftists.  If there is a feminist equivalent of the White privilege crowd, I do not work with that equivalent either.

To be clear Whites as a group have more power than Blacks as a group.  However, Whites are divided by class as are Males, as are Females, as are Christians, as are Buddhists, as are Blacks.  Anyone who denies that all these groups have internal class divisions is blatantly at odds with Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin.

Replacing working class Whites Males with outsourced jobs and non-Whites and women is not Marxism.  Marxism is about remaking the entire economy, not picking winners and losers.  This sort of deviation is just as much a deviation as a right wing deviation, just by a different group of people and in a different yet similar direction.

While Bernie Sanders is not a Marxist and is a FDR style Social democrat, this is an area where Bernie is basically on the right track.  Sanders talks about remaking the entire economy and lifting the entire working class.  This is what separates someone like Bernie Sanders from someone like Hillary Clinton.  Clinton openly defends free markets.  Because of that the only thing Clinton can do is pick winners and losers in the free market system.  These position are not the same or interchangeable.

2016 Election

: November 26, 2017

The election featuring Trump and Clinton involved a choice between a con artist and a politician who is for sale to the highest bidder. Clinton essentially was a smorgasbord politician who tried to get votes from everyone and therefore held no meaningful positions, except her consistent position that the US should invade the middle east. Clinton’s support for the economic status quo backfired against her, because working class Whites realized that the only way others could advance through the status quo is by replacing them.  By championing minority and female rights without advocating a change in economic policy, Clinton threatened working class White males.  How else could these non-Whites and females advance other than taking away positions from natives, like NAFTA (Bill Clinton’s policy) did?  These working class White males defected not only to Trump in the General election, but also to Bernie Sanders in the Primary.  They were the difference between Obama’s win and Clinton’s loss, in the Northern States.  One thing Obama and Trump have in common is that they both campaigned on the basis of “change” with Obama implying that he would role back military policies and take on corporate interests groups and Trump actually saying it.  Clinton with her record on Wall Street, Iraq, Libya and Syria could not run the con game that Trump can and Obama could.

To put things in perspective, even George W Bush in 2000 campaigned against “nation building” but did not govern that way.  Many people interpret Bush’s 2004 win as a result of the popularity of his wars.  This is not true, his opponent John Kerry did not oppose the Iraq War let alone the Afghanistan War, thus there was no option to vote against the war.  It is therefore easy to build the case that Clinton’s ties to US imperialism and establishment politics were enough to make her lose.

Trump the Idiot?

: November 26, 2017

I disagree with people who say Trump is an idiot. It’s the American people who are idiots and Trump takes advantage of their stupidity. He’s laughing as he writes every tweet and his comments range from insincere comments that he thinks will win an applause line to comments designed to get an angry reaction. He is a con artist, but he’s not an idiot.

It’s not true that Trump allied with Putin. What happened is that Putin simply supported a candidate with massive personality flaws because Putin is a decent leader who correctly realizes that the United States should butt out of foreign affairs.  Trump has certain personality traits that prevent him from being humble and from sacrificing himself for a group.  In this case those traits are positive, because imperialism is not desirable.

Human rights and Business

: November 10, 2017

If big corporations do all the same things that they accuse oppressive governments of doing, then is the free market system really the utopia that you are taught in school? The only difference is that a corporation will not put you in prison, it will simply financially jeopardize you.

Everything today is run by money. Even defending a legal charge takes money. Being on probation takes money. Getting basic groceries takes money. Having a place to sleep takes money.

To boycott someone financially harms them in a way that is more passive-aggressive. Also, it is important to note that the military industrial complex aligns corporations behind war efforts.

Combine these two statements.

Capitalism is the Legitimate Racket of the Ruling Class – Al Capone

Serial killers do, on a small scale, what governments do on a large one. – Richard Ramirez

By association many of the things blamed on Governments can be blamed on corporations to an extent as well.

Law, Order and Class

: November 10, 2017

I find it interesting how for the most part the people with access to economic power support the law, because without the law they’d have trouble stopping a sort of mass riot against them. Yet when the law turns against them they really do fear it. I’m just observing what I see. For instance an employer will fight tooth and nail against a legal decision that an employee is entitled to unemployment benefits and not a “contractor” and will tremble when they realized that they’ve run afoul of laws regarding background checks (such as rejecting someone for a crime not related to the job, when the crime was disclosed).

Law and order are only good when they’re used to harm working class people.

I knew that employers can be fickle and self centered, but I never anticipated the degree that employers go out of their way to step on employees.    I honestly feel that in many ways the free market system has not taken away corruption but just moved it from the public sector to the private sector. When you’re going through school you sort of are fed an idealized version of America where everyone advances to their own merit and gets their just due.   When you hit the real world you realize that the market system is pretty substantially unfair and that people on the top and bottom do not necessarily deserve their position there.

Populism Misleads

: November 4, 2017

Pushing for racial unity is reactionary if in the process it unites business owners with workers.

Such an ideology allows a tool of the ownership class like Barack Obama to take power and then allows another tool of the ownership class like Donald Trump to take power.

Obama spoke to Blacks and Trump spoke to Whites. Differing in style, they remained imperialists and exploiters in substance.

Populism vs. Socialism

: October 20, 2017

Populism and socialism on their surfaces may seem similar, but they are not the same.  Populism advocates for “the people” against the elites in a national context.  Socialism is international and in certain forms vanguard oriented (which means its more about a cadre of activists than an organic bottom to top movement).

Populists may object to foreign policy that is aggressive and nonsensical (or they may lie like Donald Trump), but they usually do not frame it in class based terms.  A true socialist (not necessarily a social Democrat like Bernie Sanders) sees imperialist war itself as a class issue – the bourgeoisie is invading the third world and the primary victims are not the troops of the invading country (though they are secondary victims) but the countries that are being invaded.

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The Cost of Right Deviations on Anti-Imperialism

: October 16, 2017

Note: This post was originally posted on a “Demo” website on 2/28/2016 and has been moved over.
Right Deviations
A right deviationist is a person who is a dissident against America policing the world, but focuses exclusively on the “culture war” and at least is reluctant to make materialist observations and at most openly “denies” them. A particular type of right deviationist focuses on Jewish influence and then makes statements like these:

-We didn’t get any oil.
-(so and so) is guilty of misdirection.
-There is no military industrial complex.

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Liberators or Invaders?

: October 16, 2017

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It is important to show that the average Iraqi – not just the extremist – and not just the Saddam Hussein supporter wanted us out of Iraq. Here is the data.

Apologists for the invasion will argue that American troops were welcomed as liberators against a dictator, but polling data in 2008 indicates otherwise. In addition, quotes from more recent figures will show the diversity of forces that hold this position.

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Blogging in the Modern Era

: October 15, 2017

In the past, the main way to measure the outreach of a blog was by the amount of views and amount of comments.  However, we are now in the era where social media has gained influence, therefore the influence of a post can extend far beyond its own domain name through shares and copy/pastes.  Much like the DPRK supporter Dennis Rodman was able to influence a basketball game without scoring a point, it is now possible because of social media to influence discussion and not have much discussion or readership in the original location.

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