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The American pseudo-left and the Democratic Party

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  • After eight years of endless war and continued attacks on democratic rights and living standards by the Obama administration, the Democratic Party is becoming more widely recognized as a ruthless a force for war and inequality. The upper-middle class “left” is being called in to prevent workers and young people from drawing the necessary conclusion that the Democratic Party is an organ of Wall Street and the Pentagon, and that a revolutionary party of the working class must be built.
  • America's Electoral Farce

TGP Staff, The Greanville Post

podemos1-1.pngPodemos, like Syriza, enjoys a great deal of popular support in Spain, but the chances are high it will betray those hopes should it ever come to power, the same way as Syriza did.  The American left, riddled with social democrats and liberals. is singing the same song.  

June 5, 2015 | On May 2 and 3, two hundred representatives of a variety of trade unions, non-profits, Democratic Party-affiliated groups and Green Party leagues gathered for the “Left Electoral Action Conference.”

The event was held in the basement of the Chicago headquarters of the Teamsters Union and was hosted by the International Socialist Organization, Solidarity and Socialist Alternative. Representatives of the Greek Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza) and the Spanish group Podemos were also in attendance.

The gathering was comprised of a series of panel discussions on a range of topics centered around the 2016 US general elections. Titles of panels included “Running for local non-partisan office,” “Elections, Labor, and the Social Movements,” “The Fight for 15 and Electoral Politics,” “Election Skills Workshop,” “Fundraising for the 99%,” and “You’re elected! So now what?”

The Greanville Post, part of the Cyrano’s Journal group of counter misinformation sites, seeks to spotlight the outrageous but increasingly common intersection of induced stupidity, high-handed political fraudulence and domestic and international criminality which characterize life in the American Empire in the early part of the 21st century. 

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America's Electoral Farce, Chris Hedges, Truthdig <>

  • Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience,
  • Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics
  • The Sanders Trap

The GOP circus is no laughing matter.

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Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush (Credit: Reuters/AP/Sara Stathas/Kevin Lamarque/Stephan Savoia/David Manning)

  • A lot can happen between now and Election Day -- and with no GOP adult in the room, that's a frightening thought
  • One of these clowns could actually win it all
  • How Ted Cruz Won His Senate Seat With Just 632,000 Votes in a State of 27 Million
  • America's Electoral Farce

Bob  Cesca, Salon

Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: The writing and publishing of this article is not an endorsement of voting for these candidates' opposites, the lesser of two evils. 

No%20Republicrats.jpgJune 08, 2015 | There was a time when the well-worn “clown car” description of the Republican presidential primary field wasn’t so on-the-nose. But as of right now, not even a few months into the process, it’s impossible to avoid daily news items in which one GOP candidate or another is self-immolating with ludicrous remarks or unforced errors. Frankly, it’d be really fun to observe if it weren’t for a nagging sense of danger. We’ll circle back to that.

Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Friday contributed a fantastic example of the politically deficient nature of the current batch of hacks and frauds running for president on the GOP side. Speaking about the political hot potato of Iraq, Rubio described how he, as president, would approach continued U.S. involvement there: “It’s not nation-building. We are assisting them in building their nation.” Yes, assisting in the building of a nation is distinct from nation-building, according to Rubio.

Bob  Cesca is an American director, producer, writer, actor, blogger and political commentator. He is the Managing Editor of The Daily Banter, a news and opinion site founded by Ben Cohen, where he also writes a daily political column.

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How Ted Cruz Won His Senate Seat With Just 632,000 Votes in a State of 27 Million, Shawn M. Griffiths, Independent Voter (IVN)

Ted Cruz was chosen to be the next junior senator in Texas by less than 4 percent of the eligible voting population by virtue of winning his low-turnout (under 12%) Republican primary. This is a fact about almost all primary elections today that is often missed by media talking heads and politicos.

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America's Electoral Farce, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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  • Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience,
  • Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics
  • The Sanders Trap

 

America's Electoral Farce

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  • Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience.
  • Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics
  • The Sanders Trap

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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6/16/2015 | I intend to devote no more time to the upcoming presidential elections than walking to my local polling station on Election Day, voting for a third-party candidate, most likely the Green Party candidate, and going home. Any further energy invested in these elections, including championing Bernie Sanders’ ill-advised decision to validate the Democratic Party by becoming one of its presidential candidates, is a waste of time.

Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience, as Kayactivists are doing in Seattle and fishing communities such as Kodiak, Cordova and Homer, as well as a dozen indigenous tribes, are doing in Alaska, to physically halt fracking, drilling for oil and natural gas or U.S. Navy training exercises in the pristine waters of the Arctic. It means striking for a $15 minimum wage. It means blocking city streets to demand an end to the indiscriminate use of lethal force by militarized police, especially against poor people of color. It means, in large and small ways, acts of open rebellion. It means always having as the primary objective the disrupting and overthrowing of corporate power. It means not playing the game. 

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics, Tom Gallagher, Common Dreams

  • Any grown-up left asks not whether to participate in elections, but how.
  • Us vs Them: When Politics is Treated Like a Football Game, No One Wins

 

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The Sanders Trap, Lance Selfa, Jacobin

  • History shows that Bernie Sanders’s campaign will raise lots of hopes — and do little to strengthen the Left.
  • America's Electoral Farce

Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending June 13, 2015

To ensure an Internet that's open, fast, secure, and affordable, contact the FCC, call your members of Congress, and support efforts to build a network that works for everyone, and not just the few. 

  • imce-images/net-neutrality_0.jpg9 New items including:
    • The Fight for Net Neutrality Is Far From Over
    • Stop the Congressional Assault on the Internet
    • Stop cable companies from blocking fast and affordable Internet access
    • The Many Ways Congress Could Mess Up Net Neutrality
    • FCC Releases Net Neutrality Rules to Protect Internet Users, Stop Blocking and Discrimination Online
    • Raising Hopes, FCC Chairman Signals Stronger Stance on Net Neutrality Protections
    • Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, January 6, 2015
    • Re: Comcast
    • In Response to 'Unprecedented' Public Outcry, Obama Goes Big on Net Neutrality

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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The Fight for Net Neutrality Is Far From Over, Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • The next stage of the battle is heating up with people on both sides of the debate gearing up for a war in the courts that could wind up torpedoing the rules and giving Internet providers more power to control the Web.
  • Part 1: Internet providers are opening a new front in the net neutrality fight
  • Part 2: This is the GOP’s new tactic to stop net neutrality

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Stop the Congressional Assault on the Internet, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Congress is trying to destroy the Internet. Again!
  • Part 1: Congress Is still Trying to Destroy Net Neutrality
  • Part 2: Stop cable companies from blocking fast and affordable Internet access

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Stop cable companies from blocking fast and affordable Internet access, CREDO Action

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The Many Ways Congress Could Mess Up Net Neutrality, Candace Clement, Free Press 

  • Now that the FCC’s historic Net Neutrality rules are out in the world, the real drama in Congress is about to get underway. In fact, anti-Net Neutrality mania is taking over Capitol Hill for the rest of the month.
  • Ensuring Net Neutrality Has a Long Tail





 

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FCC Releases Net Neutrality Rules to Protect Internet Users, Stop Blocking and Discrimination Online, Free Press

March 12, 2015 | On Thursday morning, the FCC released the rules and the text of the Open Internet Order it voted to approve on Feb. 26. The document provides the complete details on the agency's plan to reclassify broadband access under Title II of the Communications Act — the step needed to provide real Net Neutrality protections for Internet users, promote competition, access, and choice, and stop any phone and cable company plans to block, throttle and discriminate against online content.

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Raising Hopes, FCC Chairman Signals Stronger Stance on Net Neutrality Protections, Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams

  • Speaking at tech conference, Tom Wheeler appears to be following progressive call for reclassification.
  • Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines

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Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, January 6, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • To ensure an Internet that's open, fast, secure, and affordable, contact the FCC, call your members of Congress, and support efforts to build a network that works for everyone, and not just the few. 
  • Part 1: Four Pivotal Internet Issues as the Year Turns 2015
  • Part 2: FCC Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

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Re: Comcast, Nathan White, Demand Progress

Please help us call out the key Republican lawmakers who are shilling for Big Cable and working to kill Net Neutrality.

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In Response to 'Unprecedented' Public Outcry, Obama Goes Big on Net Neutrality, Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams

  • Grassroots groups say new White House plan 'may have saved the Internet at the moment it was in the greatest jeopardy.'
  • As the FCC has the final word on the net neutrality debate, advocates say that the "struggle" is not yet over. 

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Black America is getting screwed

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  • Shocking new study highlights the depths of economic disparities
  • Black retail workers are twice as likely to live below the poverty line, and twice as likely to be unemployed. Why?
  • 40 Reasons US Jails And Prisons Are Full Of Black And Poor People

David Dayen, Salon

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Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 | Before being assassinated, Martin Luther King envisioned a Poor People’s Campaign descending on Washington to demand better education, jobs and social insurance. He saw it as an extension of his work on civil rights, equal in importance and scope. In “a nation gorged on money while millions of its citizens are denied a good education, adequate health services, meaningful employment, and even respect,” King wrote in announcing the Poor People’s Campaign, “all of us can almost feel the presence of a kind of social insanity which could lead to national ruin.”

Forty-seven years after the Poor People’s Campaign ended, political discussion in liberal activist circles has bifurcated in unnecessary ways. There are separate economic and racial justice movements, and as my Salon colleague Joan Walsh points out, political leaders too often speak to only one or the other. But these movements are different facets of one fight; if black lives matter, surely their economic lives matter too. And a new report shows that people of color still face discrimination and hardship in their fight for economic dignity, as sure as they do in the fight for basic respect.

David Dayen is a contributing writer for Salon

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40 Reasons US Jails And Prisons Are Full Of Black And Poor People, Bill Quigley, Countercurrents.org

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What does it say about our society that it uses its jails and prisons as the primary detention facilities for poor and black and brown people who have been racially targeted and jail them with the mentally ill and chemically dependent?

Henry A. Giroux | Flipping the Script: Rethinking Working-Class Resistance

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  • Subjectivity has been stripped of any meaning, reduced to the gaze of public relations industries that feed the dispossession by extraction machine. Capitalism has reached its endpoint, blind to its death march. Fortunately, more and more young people and others are refusing to stand by and let state terrorism and market fundamentalism define their everyday lives.
  • Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

Henry A. Giroux,  Truthout.org / Rise Up Times

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June 9, 2015 | I have often thought about when that moment came in which my working class sensibility turned into a form of critical class consciousness. For most of my youth, I was defined by ruling-class types and mainstream institutions through my deficits, which amounted to not having the skills and capacities to do anything but become either a cop or firefighter. For many working-class youth, this is standard procedure. We are told that we are too angry when we display passion, and too dumb when we speak in the restricted code. Our bodies for both sexes were the only cultural capital we had to define our sense of agency, either through an expression of solidarity, over-determined masculinity, or through a commodified and sexualized notion of the body. The message was always the same. We were incomplete, unfinished, excess and disposable. For many of us that meant a life governed by poor schools and never escaping the wide reach of the criminal legal system.

The struggle to redefine my sense of agency was about more than a perpetual struggle between matters of intelligence, competency and low self-esteem; it was about reclaiming a sense of history, opening the door to dangerous memories, and taking risks that enabled a new and more radical sense of identity and what it meant to be in the world from a position of strength. I found signposts of such resistance in my youth in Black music, stories about union struggles, the warm solidarity of my peers, and later in the powerful display of public intellectuals whose lectures I attended at Brown University. The people who moved me at those lectures were not academics reading papers I barely understood, or intellectuals who seemed frozen emotionally, spewing out a kind of jargon reserved for the already initiated, smug in their insularity and remoteness.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University.

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Our corporate masters know that our obsession with hope—the irrational belief we are headed toward some glorious future—causes us to ignore reality and remain disempowered. And this is why they peddle the myth of inevitable progress across the cultural and political spectrum.

Living in America will drive you insane — literally.

Detroit Is the Front Line.

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