“Free Speech”

THAT’S ME IN THE MIDDLE I’m not going to mince words here. The people who are fomenting “violence” at various anti-Trump rallies are police agents, witting or unwitting. Some of them may be well-intentioned. I get it that what we’re seeing is not violence. Violence is killing people, which the other side does on an hourly basis. But vandalism is adventurist and provocative, and will get our people killed. We are up against the most powerful military machine the world has ever seen with the capacity to destroy life on the planet as we know it many times over. In […]

Blitzkrieg

Embed from Getty Images Sorry to tell you I told you so, but I told you so. http://henryhitz.com/be-prepared/. Being right is small consolation for what’s happening. The man is channeling Hitler. Blitzkrieg. His governing style is: Throw shit against the wall and see what sticks. He doesn’t care if some of his edicts are overturned by the courts. That will give him an excuse to “reform” the courts. Remember, Hitler did not need to fire a single judge. One huge advantage we have over the German people in the thirties: we have seen this scenario before. I’ve been reading Elie […]

Dialectics in Action

Dialectics in action. Thesis: Trumps inauguration. Antithesis:  the Women’s March, uniting millions against Trump’s bigotry. What turned out today was the coalition against Trump that we need. The scramble then becomes who will lead this coalition, the Bernie progressives or the neoliberals. The progressives definitely have the momentum right now, a huge coup for Bernie to get appointed to Senate leadership in alliance with Schumer. Plus he’s more all over the news than he was when he was running for president. We haven’t heard about the DNC chair business for a while, not a good sign. It looked like Ellison […]

Happy Birthday to ya

I was a college dropout in 1963, at home from my failed effort to become a bum when I watched the “I have a dream” speech. I cried my eyes out. There was something so righteous about this movement, so emphatically clear in its justice. You were for black people, you supported the movement, or you were a racist dog. I broke with King like other (ultra) leftists did when he failed to embrace Black Power and cringed as people increasingly moved toward Malcolm’s “any means necessary.” Most black people simply supported both approaches, understanding that the disagreement was largely […]

HUMAN CONNECTION, SOLIDARITY, AND THE DYAD

I’m going to go out on a limb here (don’t I always?) and say that the purpose of life is human connection. This is the one thing worth struggling for. We experience it in our movements as solidarity, and there’s nothing quite like it. Individualism is the ideology of capitalism, and while capitalism hasn’t collapsed yet (it will, it will), we need to begin the transformation to the next phase of social evolution, which is a revolution in consciousness, from a focus on the “I” to a focus on the “We.” There’s a relatively simple technology that we use in […]

Is the Russian fiasco about us, the progressive movement?

It occurs to me that all of us are missing something about the bizarre Russian email hack story. It’s not just the content, which surely is key here but rarely mentioned, the content that revealed the DNC as being biased toward Clinton in a most unseemly fashion. This is barely mentioned in even the articles that doubt veracity of the Russian hack narrative. I have no way of knowing. My strong suspicion is that there was no Russian hack and this whole business is a false flag, like WMDs in Iraq or the Gulf of Tonkin incident in Vietnam. Where […]

Results Reflect Intentions

Results reflect intentions. Think about that. Results reflect intentions. Nowhere is this clearer than in the school to prison pipeline. If you haven’t done so, please watch 13th tonight. The  prison industrial complex which uses legal slave labor and as an extra benefit keeps Black and Latino families  divided, literally, by prison walls. The United States has the highest number of incarcerated persons than any country in the world. This slavery is thoroughly legal, explicitly sanctioned by the 13th Ameendment: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall […]

Kind of blue

As I lit up a joint and opened a beer this afternoon, I got an insight into why alcoholism and other addictions are so popular: it gets so we can’t really tolerate living unless were high on something. This is no accident. The triangular trade, dating from 1560, defined as follows, was the foundational transaction for capitalism in the Americas: New Englanders manufactured and shipped rum to the west coast of Africa in exchange for slaves. The slaves were taken on the ‘Middle Passage’ to the West Indies where they were sold for molasses/sugar and money. The molasses would be […]

If I were Trump…

If I were Trump, in my first 100 days, I would tell Jeff Sessions to go after the Sanctuary Cities, those 39 communities that have banned city employees and agencies from inquiring about people’s immigration status. And I would start with the larger cities with large Black populations: Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Newark, Oakland. I would freeze funding for the programs that disproportionately affect Black people: Food stamps, Section 8 housing, welfare, child care. What a terrific way to divide the urban liberal coalitions! IMHO, the only way to fight this is by organizing and educating all groups on precisely […]

Our Bastille

The men and women in prison are the strongest people in the country. Guilty or innocent, think of what they have to endure. It’s not stylish, as “Orange is the New Black” seems to imply. It’s brutal. Dehumanizing beyond belief. Those of us who haven’t been there have no clue. It is quite literally, slavery. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. So reads the Thirteenth Amendment that “abolished” slavery, except… On September 9, 2016, […]