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The Magic Socialist

CJ Hopkins

So here it is, the announcement we’ve been waiting for … all aboard for another cruise on the new and improved U.S.S. Magic Socialist with your captain Bernie Sanders at the helm! If you’re not familiar with this extraordinary vessel, it’s like the luxury liner in The Magic Christian, except catering to credulous American socialists instead of the British filthy rich. Tickets start at just $27 dollars … so hurry, because they’re going fast!

That’s right, folks, Bernie is back, and this time it’s not just a sadistic prank where he gets you all fired up about his fake “revolution” for fifteen months, gets cheated out of the nomination, then backs whichever corporate-bought candidate the Democratic Party orders you to vote for.

No, this time the Bernster really means it! This time, when the DNC rigs the primaries to hand the nomination to Harris, or Biden, or some billionaire android like Michael Bloomberg, Bernie is not going to break your heart by refusing to run as an independent candidate, unbeholden to the corporations and oligarchs that own both political parties, or otherwise make you feel like a sucker for buying his “revolution” schtick. He’s not going to fold like a fifty dollar suit and start parroting whatever propaganda the corporate media will be prodigiously spewing to convince you the Russians and Nazis are coming unless you vote for the empire’s pre-anointed puppet!

Bernie would never dream of doing that … or at least he’d never dream of doing that twice.

There are limits, after all, to people’s gullibility. It’s not like you can just run the same con, with the same fake message and the same fake messiah, over and over, and expect folks to fall for it. If you could, well, that would be extremely depressing. That would mean you could get folks to believe almost anything, or that we were stuck in some eternally recurring multi-dimensional reality loop. The next year and a half in American politics would play out like one of those Groundhog Day knock offs meets The Magic Christian meets The Usual Suspects, directed by David Lynch, on acid. We’d be barraged by recycled Feel-the-Bern memes. Hacky sack shares would go through the roof. That creepy little bird would come fluttering back, land on Bernie’s podium again, and chirp out “L’Internationale.” People would start booking Tim Robbins for interviews. Ben & Jerry’s would roll out another revolutionary flavor of Bernie ice cream … and in the end it would all amount to nothing.

But that’s not going to happen this time. No, this time, the U.S.S. Magic Socialist is setting sail straight for Socialismland! This time, it’s really the Revolution! The end of global capitalism! And the best part of the whole deal is, you don’t even have to take up arms, stage a series of wildcat strikes, blockade major highways, occupy airports, or otherwise cripple the U.S. economy … all you have to do is vote for Bernie!

See, that’s the magic of electoral politics! The global capitalist ruling establishment, despite the fact that they own the banks and the corporations that own the government that owns the military and intelligence services, and despite the fact that they own the media, and all essential industries, and channels of trade, and are relentlessly restructuring the entire planet (which they rule with almost total impunity) to conform to their soulless neoliberal ideology, and are more than happy to unleash their militarized goons on anyone who gets in their way … despite all that, if we elect Bernie president, they will have no choice but to peacefully surrender, and transform America into a socialist wonderland!

Sure, they won’t be happy about it, but they will have no choice but to go along with whatever Bernie and his followers want, because that’s how American democracy works! We’ve seen it in action these last two years, since Donald Trump got elected president. The establishment wasn’t too thrilled about that, but they had to put aside their own selfish interests and respect the will of the American people … because imagine what might have happened if they hadn’t!

For example, they might have concocted a story about Trump being a Russian intelligence asset who was personally conspiring with Vladimir Putin to destroy the fabric of Western democracy so that Russia could take over the entire planet. They could have had respected newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post and television networks like CNN and MSNBC disseminate this story, and subtly reinforce it in endless variations, on a daily basis for over two years. They could have appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the facts of their made-up story, and indict a bunch of unextraditable Russians and a handful of inveterate D.C. slimebags to make the whole thing look legitimate. At the same time, they could have had the media warn everybody, over and over, that Trump, in addition to being a traitor, was also the second coming of Hitler, and was on the verge of torching the Capitol, declaring himself Führer, and rounding up the Jews. They could have generated so much mass hysteria and Putin-Nazi paranoia that liberals would literally be seeing Russians and Nazis coming out of the woodwork!

Fortunately, the global capitalist establishment, out of respect for democracy and the American people, decided not to go that route. If Americans chose to elect a jabbering imbecile president, that was their right, and far be it from the empire to interfere. Tempting as it must have been to use all their power to demonize Trump in order to teach the world what happens when you get elected president without their permission, they restrained themselves … and thank God for that! I don’t even want to contemplate the extent of the rage and cynicism they would have fomented among the public by doing those things I just outlined above. That might have left people with the false impression that their votes mean absolutely nothing, and that the entire American electoral system is just a simulation of democracy, and in reality they are living in a neo-feudalist, de facto global capitalist empire administrated by omnicidal money-worshipping human parasites that won’t be satisfied until they’ve remade the whole of creation in their nihilistic image.

Thankfully, the ruling classes spared us all that, so now we can hop aboard the Magic Socialist and take another cruise with Cap’n Bernie! Considering how magnanimous they’ve been with Trump, once Bernie wins the election fair and square, the empire clearly won’t have any problems with him nationalizing the American healthcare system, tripling taxes on the super-rich, subsidizing university education, and all that other cool socialism stuff (i.e., the stuff we mostly still have here in Europe, along with some semblance of cultural solidarity, although the global capitalists are working to fix that).

Oh, yeah, and in case you’re worried about Bernie backing the empire’s ongoing regime change op in Venezuela, don’t be. He’s just playing 4D chess, like Obama did throughout his presidency, by pretending to do the empire’s bidding while he actually went about the business of resurrecting hope and eradicating racism. Bernie’s just being sly like that! It might seem like he’s aligning himself with mass murdering thugs like Elliot Abrams and sadistic ass freaks like Marco Rubio, but he isn’t. Not really. It’s just an act. I mean, he has to get elected, doesn’t he?

How else are we going to get to Socialismland?

CJ Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant. He can be reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org

Feel free to come find him in Berlin and buy him a beer. He’s been known to frequent an assortment of extremely suspicious RUSSIAN establishments in Kreuzberg.

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CJ Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant. He can be reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org Feel free to come find him in Berlin and buy him a beer. He’s been known to frequent an assortment of extremely suspicious RUSSIAN establishments in Kreuzberg.

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Rhys Jaggar
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Rhys Jaggar

Now, now, CJ, cannot have this sort of uppity independent thinking, even coming out of Berlin. You know the Poles are the Yanks’ best friends now and all that stationing of US war infrastructure could just as easily target Berlin as Moscow. There is a final solution for garrulous old critiques of the Thousand Year Riches underway, you know. After all, ol Bernie fancies piloting a bunker buster Top Gun airplane, not some clunkin’ ol’ clipper. He fancies bombin the frig out of ever weapons factory in both the Confederacy n the other place. Much better bombin yourselves outta warmongering,… Read more »

falcemartello
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Socialism ,bolshevism ,communism,fascism ,capitalism. Enough of the isms, Its plain and simple the social contract has been broken. The commons.You know the concept of common man . Simple things like education,housing,employment,healthcare,common spaces the public (il pluribus unum). Society and life are not commodities,hence the largest wealth gap exceeding the Gilded age. Fascism or whatever one calls it in the modern vernacular is besides the point. Sociologically speaking we have come to another crossroad in humanity.There fore the Bernies or the OAC’s the CFRs the Chattam houses are known and verifiable realities.The very notion of the sovereignty of nations being used… Read more »

Dimly Glimpsed
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Dimly Glimpsed

Political purism only works when a majority of voters share your particular purism. “My way or the highway” is not a winning strategy, although it may get you into Heaven.

auntiebuna
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Greetings, Dimly. It is fascinating how people who do not have the integrity to stick to their convictions like to call those who do “purists”. We got a lot of that when we were exposing the high crimes of the Uterus of Wall Street you were trying to shove down our throats too. Don’t forget to remind us, in the most condescending tone, that we just don’t understand how the sausage is made while the working class gets served up yet another turd on thier plate.

Dimly Glimpsed
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Dimly Glimpsed

Greetings Auntie, No offense intended. I merely wished to emphasize that politics is a social activity which requires consensus-building. An unwillingness to compromise with other groups makes it difficult to win their support. In the most recent U.S. presidential election, Jill Stein of the Green Party, who was the most principled progressive candidate and has always remained true to her beliefs, received 1% of the vote. Many Democrats hate Stein, just as they hated Ralph Nader. Many Democrats even hate Bernie, whom mainstream Democratic voters view as a “purist” spoiler who is splitting the party and get Trump re-elected. It… Read more »

auntiebuna
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No suggestions for you because I no longer believe voting or getting worked up over fake elections is going to change a thing. Didn’t you notice how much of a joke voting machines are (for example) and the long lines of honest people standing for HOURS in the sun (Arizona) to vote for Bernie and they fucking RAN OUT OF BALLOTS while the Uterus of Wall Street declared her “win” with hundreds still waiting in line. How about the rooms full of paper ballots that were never counted? Nope. Voting in the USA was clearly exposed in 2016 for the… Read more »

Dimly Glimpsed
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Dimly Glimpsed

At some point boycotting elections may make sense (e.g. see Jimmy Dore’s recent interview with Tim Canova), but I’m not ready to give up quite yet, since no better alternatives present themselves. To quote Burke, or whomever, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.

<a href=" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6A452H6wA4&quot; Why Did Bernie Abandon Tim Canova & Election Integrity

John Ervin
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John Ervin

Too true, but unfortunately with voting, at least in USAmerica, they’ve removed all the green scenery and replaced it with false front facades. The voting is all fake. I’ve researched,written (at opednews, under my name) and been many times on WGDR.org in Vermont about this. The host of the radio program, Jim Hogue, was the first person to push through legislation (in VT) to ban touch screens there. Last time I talked to him, by phone, we commiserated on how voting has become absolutely unverifiable in the country, and ALL the voting integrity groups are overrun and ransacked with Intel… Read more »

auntiebuna
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Dimly, first I want to thank you for including the link with Tim Canova on the Jimmy Dore Show. That was generous of you and I didn’t expect it. Please, if you want to be active in the electoral circus, you probably should do it. I never have told anyone not to vote. My own views about voting used to be pretty similar to yours and even from over here in the Netherlands, I made sure my voter registration was up to date and had not missed an election in all the years I lived here. After I voted for… Read more »

George Barbarie
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George Barbarie

If I may add, auntiebuna: It could be argued that “political purism”—i.e., the dominant ideology/hegemony/hierarchy of power of late-capitalist imperial oligarchy—is exactly what leftists aim to release folks from. Democrats (including lapdog social democrats), as much as Republicans, are hell bent on keeping the status quo pure. Long put to pasture is the notion that US voters, as well as the over half of eligible voters who opt out (ain’t just because they’re lazy either), are represented by most if not all politicians. What little remains of the American left—which has been systematically and repeatedly declawed, neutered, backstabbed, and winnowed… Read more »

auntiebuna
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Brother George. I couldn’t agree with you more but you did miss my entire point.

George Barbarie
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George Barbarie

I took your point to be this: the old “political/ideological purism” canard is trotted out by fair-weather progressives or sophistical leftists as if they’re in possession of some sage insight about political compromise or reasonableness, which they then use to justify acquiescing to, thereby promoting, a system and entities diametrically opposed to what they (those genteel leftists) say they hold dear. Case in point: supporting and even attempting to bully others into supporting DNC/Clinton, Inc. back in 2016. That’s a point I most certainly agree with. I apologize if I got it wrong. I merely wanted to add—sort of panning… Read more »

auntiebuna
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George, just wondering if you are the guy who wrote that article in Counterpunch recently.

George Barbarie
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George Barbarie

I wrote a couple-three for them back in 2017. I’m flattered you remember. Solidarity.

auntiebuna
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Yo George. Yeah, what you said. I thought you were accusing me of being for the cluster f*ck that is the status quo and could not imagine how you got that out of what I said. It’s all good, my brother.

George Barbarie
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George Barbarie

My bad. I wouldn’t dare suggest you contributed to that mess. Solidarity.

crank
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crank

In 1999, soon after he became prime minister, Putin enlisted Abramovich and Leviev to create the Federation of Russian Jewish Communities. Its purpose was to undermine the existing umbrella for Russia’s Jewish civil society, the Russian Jewish Congress, led by oligarch Vladimir Gusinsky, a potential threat to Putin and President Boris Yeltsin. A year later, Gusinsky was arrested by Putin’s government and forced into exile. At the time, Russia already had a chief rabbi as recognized by the Russian Jewish Congress, Adolf Shayevich. But Abramovich and Leviev installed Chabad rabbi Lazar at the head of their rival organization. The Kremlin… Read more »

Mikalina
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Mikalina

Thesis, antithesis, synthesis. Control both sides = NWO.

Just make sure there are plenty of circuses (elections; false flags, strawmen, etc.) and lots of cake – sex for everyone, everywhere with anyone/thing; smart phones, etc).

John
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John

If anyone claims to be a socialist and supports sanders or corbyn then know this fact: you aren’t a socialist just like the two Trotskyists. All trots are champagne socialists and have never supported actually existing socialism. Look at peter Hitchens and his brother. One went full neocon (typical Trotskyist) and thevother went from so called Bolshevik atheist to ardent Christian Thatcherite who now hates Maggie and who has whined and bleated about the EU and the need to leave and when they said here’s a vote in a referendum peter did the trot and split and refused to take… Read more »

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

“All trots are champagne socialists and have never supported actually existing socialism. … All trots no matter how well meaning they are are fraudsters”

Blair Peach?

vexarb
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vexarb

Cut’n’Paste from Saker Vineyard on Russian economy:

Dalmer on February 26, 2019 · at 7:08 pm EST/EDT

What the poor usually forget is that they can eat the rich.

David William Pear
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David William Pear

As far as I am concerned, the US middle class does not deserve any socialistic benefits until they renounce all the US illegal wars of aggression, demand an end to them, a closure of foreign bases, and a big cut in military spending. Sanders isn’t going to do that, so there is no money for universal healthcare, free college and all the other goodies the “progressives” want. All the funding for socialistic programs is being spent to bomb foreign countries, kill million of people, and turn millions of more people into widows, orphans, and refugees. Guns and butter don’t mix.… Read more »

auntiebuna
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To brother David William Pear: wonderful to see you commenting over here. I’m over here under the name of auntiebuna when I used to think we had a right to privacy. You know me as Brenda Schouten-Beckett.
Always a joy to get your take on any subject!

lundiel
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America’s self proclaimed role of world’s policeman which led it into world domination also made the economy reliant on war and weapons production, especially hi-tech weapons. I believe Russia’s S-400 system is the first one to displace American dominance and they don’t like it. However, they will spend their way back to dominance. There is no going back, it’s all or nothing and who happens to be president doesn’t matter. No one will dominate America militarily, we’ve got to wait till they implode economically…..and that will take the west with them.

John Ervin
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John Ervin

Hmmm, Yes, “world’s policeman” is right. So was the self-same agenda of Hitler’s Gestapo. Perhaps this is why Harry Truman called the CIA “The American Gestapo”. He should know, Reinhard Gehlen, Hitler’s top spy (who by the way did not inform Adolf of the upcoming July 20 plot by The White Rose to bomb his bunker, even though RG clearly knew about it, throughout its incubation; can you say “mercenary”?) and Otto von Bolschwing, and, indeed, Josef Mengele all came to Langley HQ in 1947. Otto von Bolschwing was the architect of The Final Solution blueprint to liquidate Jews worldwide,… Read more »

John Ervin
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John Ervin

OTTO VON BOLSCHWING:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_von_Bolschwing

Lived a life of luxury in Sacramento, CA., the state capitol, east a few hours drive from San Francisco. From the late ’40s to the 1980s !

It’ll make your hair stand on end, CIA’s assessment that his “Nazi past is relatively inconsequential…”

Adolf Eichmann’s superior, but his Nazi derring-do is “relatively inconsequential”? Per: Langley.

And thus, protected as the VP of a computer leasing company in Northern California, forty years after he had designed, as chief architect mind you, the Final Solution. Sounds like more of Allen Dulles “de-nazification” and sanitization of war criminals.

Another “Nazi aristocrat”.

Ray Raven
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Ray Raven

“No one will dominate America militarily”.
I’m sure eqivalent statements were uttered with regard to previous invincible empires of their day (the Romans, Ottomans, Mongols, British,etc…) but they all collapsed.
The Stone Age did not end because the world ran out of stones.

John Ervin
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John Ervin

Sounds right. And “left” as its current default mode here.

If anyone believes, or ever has believed, or ever will believed that Bernster Sanders ever has had a chance to be President of this regrettable “Republic”, I have a Bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to unload on them, at a discount.

I got a really great deal on it from a guy named Trump.

Serious! You believe Sanders, but you DON’T believe ME?

Actually a little bird told me, an even creepier bird. MOCKINGBIRD.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mockingbird

Sorry, “alleged” bird. “Attempted” bird.

jag37777
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I sympathise with what you are saying but he appears to be far far the lesser of evils.
And just raising the issues he does is a necessary first step in getting a real political dialogue going in the USA.
I’m sitting on the fence for this one.

John Ervin
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John Ervin

Neither lesser, nor greater, nor anything else in any way substantive.

Just another “optical illusion” of the 4th Reich, for our soporific delectation. Zzzzzzzz.

dhfabian
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By leaning to the right, Sen. Sanders did increase his popularity among Democrats and middle class liberals. In the US, post- (Bill) Clinton liberals have stood “in solidarity” to protect the advantages of the middle class within our capitalist state, and have been untroubled by the consequences (our poverty crisis). That’s just the way things are. Political campaigns are about selling the paying customers whatever they want to buy.There is no longer anything loftier about American politics — no values, no ideals.

auntiebuna
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Thanks for this superb article. Most of the comments were pretty insightful too. I don’t know how Tulsi Gabbard fits in here, but if my suspicions are correct ( she being the ONLY one talking about wars of regime change) then Bernie’s decision to run is calculated to split what remains of a “left” in the Evil Empire. Since he announced, some of us old tattered lefties have been suspicious of his motives. I still want my money back from 2016, Bernie.
P.S. The little bird on his podium WAS cool as fuck and I fell for it…back then.

John
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John

Tulsi has voted for everybwar she could vote on and is a member of the council on foreign relations. She’s another fraud and total fakes like jimmy dore and secular talks Kyle Kulinski and Gordon dimmack all push her and Bernie and corbyn etc. They’re all controlled opposition

auntiebuna
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Brother John, many of your comments here resonate with me and I thank you for steering me in the direction of inevitable disillusion with Tulsi. I had not yet done my due diligence about her but I am ALL THROUGH with Bernie. I stopped trusting Kyle a while back but have really liked Jimmy Dore. Recently, however, he’s jumped on the Bernie bandwagon which is a huge disappointment. It’s getting harder and harder to find news sources. Well, we still have Off Guardian, Tele Sur and RT…for a while…

John Ervin
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John Ervin

Just google Dave Emory at spitfirelist.org and “Who is Tulsi Gabbard” and you shall see what a wolf in ewe’s clothing she is. From her curious father to her curiouser ISKON spouse, to her connections to right wing Modi in India, heir to the RSS that assassinated MK Gandhi, that girl is up to her eyeballs in bizarre fascist encounters of bad odour.

Gee, what a surprise.

John
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John

The only problem with that site is it’s pro Hillary and has trump derangement syndrome but some (not all) of the details in it were quite useful on tulsi the fraud

John Ervin
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John Ervin

I’ve met Dave Emory, recently, and talked a little about some of this with him. He is not pro-Hillary, he’s anti-Trump, though I did see his tepid support of her in lieu of any other Trump alternative in 2016. Granted, not really a choice, but others did the same, rather than split the Left vote with Sanders. Heck, almost all of Black America voted for her, as a Trump antidote. Stalin teamed with FDR? A marriage de convenance? That’s just basic to such epic confrontations. Emory is one of the few long-standing scholars who are still doing stellar work on… Read more »

Willem
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Willem

I think that Sanders is able to change half of the USA. He is likely to do something about inequality, unemployment, health care, but he will not touch the MIC. The US is a rich country, and if the US wants stay rich it has to do something about this third world-isation of the USA that is in play since the 1990s (outsourcing of jobs, leaving the home population with less and less means to buy stuff US corporations produce abroad). This is where Sanders will come to help: he will help US citizens, by helping corporations to be able… Read more »

Red Allover
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Red Allover

The juvenile, sarcastic tone of this article reminds one of why Lenin characterized ultra leftism as an “infantile” development, radical in words but objectively reactionary in effect. Is the best Marxist response to the first American Presidential candidate in 70 years (who has gotten millions of votes) who describes himself as Socialist–is the best response to this epochal political development to withdraw from political action? Everyone on the US Left understands that Sanders is no Leninist. But simply having a pro labor organizing Administration would be a tremendous difference from past Presidents, Democrat or Republican, and a tremendous opportunity for… Read more »

John
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John

You’re just the kind of sheep to vote for blanders and then wonder why nothing changed. And ultra leftists are the ones pushing him and aren’t in the least bit bothered about bombing the rest of the planets continents. Someone in this very comment section has a bridge to sell you

John Ervin
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John Ervin

Juvenile? The writer strikes the precise right notes and chords, eloquent in a way of satire that Will Rivers Pitt often is, only even more so. Go live in Europe for a few years. Make “Le Grand Tour”. You’ll see.

Red Allover
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Red Allover

What do you think of Lenin’s ideas which he expressed in that pamphlet?

Willem
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Willem

Don’t know about the Communist Party, but do know about Upton Sinclair, who ran for California governer in 1934 by promising to End Poverty In California (EPIC) by means of, amongst others, ‘production for use by the unemployed’. He received a promise of support by FDR (FDR would support Sinclairs plan on a radio show), a promise FDR did not keep, which was an important reason why Sinclair lost that election to a pro business/ wall street republican. Sinclair concluded that it didn’t matter. He felt that socialism had to come to the US, ‘because there is no other way… Read more »

Paul Spencer
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Paul Spencer

I admire CJ’s writing and thoughts, but this particular piece does seem ‘ultra-left’ in our U.S. context. I am definitely not going to forgo the Bernie campaign for 2020, given the options and the opportunity for political discussion of our current political stances and trends. Yes, he is being cagey about foreign relations, but is not in any way condoning military adventures. As to the MIC, he has often stated that reduction of related spending by the feds is part of the means to support his socialistic (yes, New Deal) programs.

ZigZagWanderer
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ZigZagWanderer

‘can radicals of today not work with the Sanders movement ? ‘ …. The Bern saw nothing wrong in taking $240 million from small donation supporters in 2016 and then shitting on them from a great height. And this week on CNN Town Hall he blamed the Russians entirely for fixing the result of the election.

Fool me once shame on you … fool me twice shame on me etc. etc.

Red Allover
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Red Allover

It would be helpful to have an understanding of the history of the US working class before 2016.

Ray Raven
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Ray Raven

The US has no class, working or otherwise.

George Barbarie
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George Barbarie

For a few minutes back in 2015-16, I was grateful to Sanders for putting “socialism” in a relatively healthy way back into US political discourse. Now, every time he or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or one of these “‘democratic socialism’ isn’t THAT kind of socialism” progressives speaks or scribbles, I shudder. (As if they even know what democratic socialism is.) Their responses (or lack thereof) to what the US government and Latin American right have been/are doing to Venezuela are merely the latest—and telling—indicators of how spineless, opportunistic, and pro-imperial they are (à la the SPD’s Eduard Bernstein, for example). As self-appointed… Read more »

John Ervin
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John Ervin

All the more visible Left here are part of a process of offering us 31 flavors so they can identify the supporters for later toe-tagging.

Sorry to be a buzzkill, but this is all scripted and contained, pending our coming reabsorption into their shtick. Works every time. Here at least. It is psychodrama for show, not any tangible results. This Age’s equivalent of ancient Rome’s bread and circus.

Good luck with that change thing.

“You can not solve a problem of consciousness on the same level it originated.”

-CG Jung, as heard quoted by Echkhart Tolle

And so goes American political consciousness, for real.

John Ervin
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John Ervin

Nota Bene:

A long-time Company watcher, sez:

“The CIA doesn’t care what you do as long as it’s something they want you to do.”

I memorized that some time ago, by heart, and can remember it verbatim, so telling, but can’t yet source it.

In any case, everything I look at in this country, and really much of the world, I look at through that lens, as a caveat for pondering people like Bernie, or Tulsi, or any number of other simulacra of pined-for reality.

DunGroanin
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DunGroanin

Phew CJ, you gave me a scare early there.

The problem with the US socialists is that they never understood how socialist they really always were. They believe they never had a new-deal or an old-deal. They chose the myth of the American Dream over the reality of a nation of slaves.

Red Allover
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Red Allover

Great advice. As soon as they extend the NYC subway to Florence, I’ll take the working man’s Express . . . .

crank
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crank

I wish Bernie would fuck the fuck off.

lundiel
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Re stupid ass freaks. That photo of Gadaffi ( https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/psychopathic-us-senator-openly-calls-for-maduro-to-suffer-gaddafis-fate-43b618eaaf0e), before and after his sodomisation is, for me, the defining image of the decade. Up there with the naked Vietnamese child burnt with napalm. It needs to be viewed in tandem with Hilary Clinton in her “pantsuit” speaking “We came, we saw, he died” through her teeth and around her laughter. I also link William Hague to the image, with his droning fake statesman hipocrisy, he, Cameron, Obama, Clinton and a sodomised Gaddafi are the visual description of global, no holds barred, managed democracy.

sarmis2016
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You forgot the Abu Ghraib pictures of “humans rights” supported by the hegemon in Iraq which I think are emblematic for USA policy at home and abroad and I am surprised nobody mention these pictures every day as they should…Peace.

mark
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mark

One poor devil was stripped naked in a freezing cell and chained to the wall in a standing position until someone noticed 17 days later that he was dead.

Aren’t we lucky to have the Exceptional And Indispensable People around to climb up on their high horse and give us lofty sermons and pious lectures about our human rights failings?

Kathleen Lowrey
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Kathleen Lowrey

It really can’t be repeated enough. That’s what regime change is, that’s what neocons and neolibs like. That’s their happy place. They are so far outside of the range of ordinary sentiments of kindness, fairness, or horror that they really have no place in the scale of “right” vs. “left” as it is conventionally understood.

George cornell
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George cornell

I vote for the Hillary laugh. Laughs say so much more. After all she started her political career by working for Goldwater who at the time was advocating nuking the peasants of Viet Nam. Lots to admire there. And epitomizing American foreign policy. But the heart-rending sound bites of the harridan Albright , comfy with the deaths of a million Iraqis, and declaring how women not voting for Hillary should be in hell, are certainly “in the conversation”.

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John Ervin
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John Ervin

Scandalously side-splitting gallows humour, a la Stephen King and “Misery” etc.

“Nice.”

Denis O'hAichir
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Denis O'hAichir

A couple of more ‘wars’ and the need for a ‘strong man’ in charge will sink the Bernie ship, Trump might go the whole hog and invade Iran and Russia simultaneously.