Newsletter: Color Revolution Comes Home?

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The United States has perfected the art of regime change operations. The US is the largest empire in world history with more than 1,000 military bases and troops operating throughout the world. In addition to military force, the US uses the soft power of regime change, often through ‘Color Revolutions.’ The US has been building its empire since the Civil War era, but it has been in the post-World War II period that it has perfected regime change operations.US military presence around the world

Have the people of the United States been the victims of regime change operations at home? Have the wealthiest and the security state created a government that serves them, rather than the people? To answer these questions, we begin by examining how regime change works and then look at whether those ingredients are being used domestically.

Color Revolutions and Regime Change Operations

Almost from the start, the CIA’s role has been more than intelligence gathering. It has been a key player in putting in place governments friendly to the United States and conducting other operations, e.g. the CIA is currently involved in drone strikes.

Newspaper office burned in Tehran during 1953 US coup in Iran.

Newspaper office burned in Tehran during 1953 US coup in Iran.

One of the first regime change operations of the CIA was Operation Ajax conducted in Iran, and led by Kermit Roosevelt, the grandson of Teddy Roosevelt, who was president when the US solidified its global empire ambitions. The CIA was founded in 1947 and the regime change coup in Iran was 1953. Greg Maybury writes in “Another Splendid Little Coup“: “Placing to one side an early dress rehearsal in Syria in 1949, the Iran coup was the first post-War exercise in regime change upon the part of Anglo-American alliance…”  Just this month the US government released documents showing the CIA and State Department’s planning and implementation of the coup against the democratically-elected prime minister of Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh. This release supplements one from 2013 that did not reveal the full role of the US in the coup.

After the coup. Mossadegh was court-martialed and sentenced to house arrest for life. AP photo.

After the coup. Mossadegh was court-martialed and sentenced to house arrest for life. AP photo.

The Iran coup was crude compared to more modern efforts but had the ingredients that have become common – civil society protests against the government, media reports supporting the protests, agents within the government supporting the coup and replacement of the government with a US-friendly regime. The Iran coup may have been the most costly mistake in US foreign policy because it undermined a secular democratic government in Iran that could have been the example for the region. Instead the US installed the brutal Shah of Iran, whose rule ended in the 1979 revolution, in which, as Maybury reports, the US was also implicated because it felt the Shah had overstayed his welcome.

Venezuela, Oscar Perez screen shot of coup helicopter pilot

Venezuela, Oscar Perez screen shot of coup helicopter pilot

The Iran coup was perceived as a great CIA success, so it was copied in other Middle Eastern countries as well as countries in Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Regime change is still a major tool of US foreign policy. There is a long-term ongoing coup campaign in Venezuela, with its most recent episode last week in which a helicopter attack on the Supreme Court was tied to the US DEA and CIA. The US has allied with oligarchs, supported violent protests and provided funds for the opposition, which has also worked to undermine the Venezuelan economy — a tactic the US has used in other coups, e.g. the coup of Allende in Chile.

The coup in Ukraine, which the media falsely calls a ‘democratic revolution,’ was, as the head of the ‘private CIA’ firm Stratfor says, “the most blatant coup in history.” The CIA and State Department played the lead roles.

Victoria Nuland handing out snacks to Ukraine protesters.

Victoria Nuland handing out snacks to Ukraine protesters.

Victoria Nuland, an assistant secretary of state under Clinton, bragged that the US spent $5 billion to build civil society opposition against a government that leaned toward Russia. The government funded civil society opposition through US AID, which is the open vehicle for what the CIA used to do covertly, along with the National Endowment for Democracy. This funding was used to build oppositional civil society groups and create destabilization. They focused on the issue of corruption, which exists in every government, and built it up to a centerpiece for regime change. The US allied with extremist right-wing groups in Ukraine.

Ukraine president Poroshenko with Prime Minister Yats

Ukraine president Poroshenko with Prime Minister Yats

The US picked the new leaders of Ukraine. This included Petro Poroshenko, whom U.S. officials refer to as “Our Ukraine (OU) insider Petro Poroshenko” in a classified diplomatic cable from 2006 . The selected Prime Minister was Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Before the coup, Victoria Nuland told the US Ambassador to Ukraine that ‘Yats’ should be the prime minister. And, the Finance Minister was Natalia Jaresko, a long-time State Department official who moved to Ukraine after the US-inspired coup, the Orange Revolution, to become a conduit for US funding of civil society through her hedge fund. She was a US citizen whom Poroshenko made a Ukrainian on the day she was appointed Finance Minister. To top it off, fmr. Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and fmr. Secretary of State John Kerry’s longtime financial ally, Devon Archer, were put on the board of the largest private gas corporation in the Ukraine. Yet, the US media refuses to call this complete take over of the country by the United States a coup and instead describes Russia as the aggressor.

The US has perfected regime change operations from the 1950s up through today. The standard method of operation is finding an issue to cause dissent, building opposition in a well funded civil society ‘movement’, manipulating the media, putting in place US friendly leaders and blaming US opposition for the coup to hide US involvement. This approach is consistent no matter which party is in power in the US.

The Kleptocratic Oligarch Coup In The United StatesDemocracy Not Oligarchy

Let’s apply the lessons from around the world to the United States. There is no question the US is an oligarchy. We say no question because recent political studies have proven it in multiple ways.

One difference in the US is that money plays an outsized influence in US elections. The wealthy can buy the government they want through campaign donations and by anonymous spending but the tools of color revolutions are still needed to legitimize the government. Legitimacy is getting harder to buy. Many realize we live in a mirage democracy. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs reported in 2016 the extent of the loss of legitimacy of US government:

“Nine in 10 Americans lack confidence in the country’s political system, and among a normally polarized electorate, there are few partisan differences in the public’s lack of faith in the political parties, the nominating process, and the branches of government.”

Jimmy Carter has pointed to the “unlimited bribery” of government as turning the US into an oligarchy. The government needs to use the tools of regime change at home in order to create an veneer of legitimate government.Trump Putin RussiaGate

The Donald Trump presidency, which we regularly criticize, brings a lot of these tools to the forefront because Trump beat the system and defeated the elites of both parties. As a result, Democratic Party propaganda is being used to undermine Trump not only based on his policies but also through manufactured crises such as RussiaGate. The corporate media consistently hammers home RussiaGate, despite the lack of evidence to support it. Unlike the Watergate or Iran-Contra scandals, there is no evidence that Trump colluded with Russia to get elected. And, the security state – the FBI and the agencies that conduct regime change operations around the world – is working to undermine Trump in a still unfolding domestic coup.

Civil society also has a strong role. John Stauber writes that:

The professional Progressive Movement that we see reflected in the pages of The Nation magazine, in the online marketing and campaigning of MoveOn and in the speeches of Van Jones, is primarily a political public relations creation of America’s richest corporate elite, the so-called 1%, who happen to bleed Blue because they have some degree of social and environmental consciousness, and don’t bleed Red.  But they are just as committed as the right to the overall corporate status quo, the maintenance of the American Empire, and the monopoly of the rich over the political process that serves their economic interests.”Nonprofit industrial complex

Civil society groups created or aligned with the Democratic Party are defining the new form of false-resistance as electing Democrats. The Democrats, as they have done throughout history as the oldest political party, know how to control movements and lead them into ineffectiveness to support the Democratic Party agenda. We described, in “Obamacare: The Biggest Insurance Scam in History,” how this was done skillfully during the health reform process in 2009. This new resistance is just another tool to empower the elites, not resistance to the oligarchic-kleptocrats that control both parties. In fact, a major problem in progressive advocacy is the funding ties between large non-profits and corporate interests. The corruption of money is seen in organizations that advocate for corporate-friendly policies in education, health care, energy and climate, labor, and other issues.

Color Revolution Tools Used In The US

Austin Texas protest Resist Disrupt Organize Photo from Steve Rainwater-flickr-ccNow the tools the US uses for regime change around the world are being used at home to funnel activist energy and efforts into the Democratic party and electoral activities. In order to resist this new “resistance” we need to be aware of it and how it operates. We need to see through propaganda, such as RussiaGate, and attempts to manipulate the masses through scripted events that are portrayed as organic, such as the recent “sit in” by Rep. John Lewis and Sen. Cory Booker on the Capitol steps, or through highly emotional cultural content that portrays the plutocratic parties as parties of the people. We have to remember that the root issue is plutocracy and the US has two plutocratic parties, often referred to as “The Duopoly.”

We must continue to focus on the issues that are in crisis such as the economy, health care, education, housing, racism, inequality and militarization at home and abroad. We must fight for these issues independent of political party. We must be clear and uncompromising in our demands so that we are not taken off track. And we must have a clear vision of the future that we want to see.

Popular Resistance is a co-convener of the People’s Congress of Resistance. The People’s Congress will bring people together from around the US to meet in Washington, DC this September to outline a vision from the grassroots. A draft of that vision will be circulated over the next few months so that many people will provide input. Check out the People’s Congress here and get involved however you are able.

 

 

  • Relevant, informative reporting as always from Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, with but one vital omission: the ever-more-apparent likelihood the Trump/Pence victory and its final thrust to inescapable JesuNazi theocracy was planned long ago — perhaps as early as the post-Bankers’-Plot 1930s (for which see the history of Biblical Capitalism).

    From this perspective, the Hillaryite-Trumpoid conflict and all the associated hurly-burly including the apparent Deep State coup-effort is nothing more than a distraction. If the Deep State truly wanted Trump gone, he would already be history. Not only could the Deep State remove him as easily as it removed President Kennedy and his brother Robert; there is also the fact that behind the smokescreens of controversy, Trump is giving our Capitalist overlords everything they want, including unlimited theocratic tyranny to ensure — just as it did from the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 until the American and French revolutions in 1776 and 1789 respectively — a disempowerment of the masses so total they will never be able to successfully overthrow their oppressors. (Though there were many peasant rebellions during those 1300 years of bottomless Christian darkness, the uprisings all failed, suppressed with maximum viciousness, the leaders unfortunate enough to survive combat hideously tortured to death in public.)

    As the innate brutality of Capitalism inevitably metamorphoses into the sadistic viciousness of white-supremacist fascism, the sort of total, zero-tolerance control implicit in Abrahamic theocracy is the only way the Capitalist Ruling Class can ensure its continued reign of (necessarily) ever-intensifying savagery. The so-called Deep State, armed with its weapons of total surveillance and re-purposed as a New Inquisition, would in fact be theocracy’s greatest bureaucratic beneficiary. Indeed, that Trump is the intentional fulfillment of a long, detailed and infinitely deceptive scheme for domestic regime change is the only hypothesis that, per Occam’s Razor, explains all the variables — especially how Obama’s executive orders gave Trump the powers he is now employing to nullify the very few remnants of USian democratic process and, as never before, to elevate the fanatical Christian theocrats to hitherto unimaginable heights of dominance..

    Resist we must — for the survival of our species and indeed our entire planet is at stake in this struggle. But if we are to resist successfully, we must first know our enemy.

  • mwildfire

    First of all, this “Christianity” should be distinguished from the teaching of Jesus in the New Testament, it’s only fair to note that much of the supposed values of this gang are in direct contradiction to everything their putative founder said. I’m not a Christian myself, but I think he was a great revolutionary and it bugs me to see his teachings so perverted. Anyway, while “Christianity” and other religions are often used as a tool for social control, I think you exaggerate the importance of this aspect; I think very few of the leaders of this cabal believe in God/s at all. The USSR and Red China were both quite deliberately atheistic and still totalitarian, unequal, no place of liberty or justice or responsible government.
    I also think you’re ignoring the brontosaurus in the room of predicting a permanent theocracy: since the oil industry is so dominant in this regime, climate change and other environmental crises are being quite firmly ignored in state policy, but that policy can’t change physics. Between overpopulation, climate change and resource depletion, we are approaching one hell of a collapse; and the leaders refuse to even discuss it much less do anything about it (unless they have very secret plans, which I wouldn’t doubt but they may be divided and chaotic, and there certainly isn’t any evidence of responsible action). So it seems to me the future we’ll have is one of millions of small governmental entities, some horrible warlord-led groups with slavery and routine rape, some strong cooperative and democratic entities which will sweep in many in their areas because they’ll be the best places to live and to try to raise children.

  • kevinzeese

    Interesting comment, Loren, raises lots of questions worth discussing. I have a small one — how was the bankers plot to overthrow FDR tied to extremist Christian theology?

  • Al

    We need to find a way for people to participate who can’t travel to D.C. or wherever else the professional leftists have their protests and conferences. This must be a challenge to the political duopoly, both political parties and the oligarchy they represent. I believe we need an independent movement, not a political party, that demands an end to the duopoly and oligarchy and the installment of a new political system to end rule by the rich. It will require organization along the lines of a new or third political party but it would not elect political representatives. It would in effect be an active petition to the government that our voices be heard.
    This meeting in D. C. idea sounds real tone deaf to the working and non working masses who can barely afford rent.
    I’m a 61 year old Vietnam Era Vet for Peace who is searching for a way to take down the criminal enterprise controlling our country.

  • Margaret Flowers

    The People’s Congress is raising funds for travel and lodging for people who want to attend.

  • ignasi

    Democracy USA it’s poison for the whole World

  • kevinzeese

    Great points and thanks for thinking about how take down the oligarchic-kelptocrats who own the government.

    I will make sure your point about the impossibility for many to get to DC is heard by the planners so that live streaming the event is emphasized so people across the country can participate. I know everyone involved agrees with you that we cannot be focused on DC. In fact, we know power in DC comes from organization at the grassroots across the country.

  • Al

    Excellent, I might be interested in that. I come with a radical pov regarding what we should do and demand at this time.

  • Michael Falk

    Putting the current state of affairs in perspective is certainty instructive and well done as knowing the real enemy will most definitely dictate the mechanism of any movement for change. BUT, until money is taken out of politics, NOTHING will change. Period. Capitalism has given the ruling class almost total control over their environment and nothing short of a bloody revolution will change the strangle hold they have on us. The only thing we have are the numbers but they’re so tightly controlled and manipulated that virtually nothing ever gets off the ground. Obama’s lie for hope and change showed the desperation of the people but desperation isn’t enough. Monumental change requires a bold, sustained gargantuan effort from the grass roots to overturn or nullify Citizens United. Consider a national work stoppage and an encampment on Washington by the millions until effective legislation is enacted. Anything short is simply cathartic.

  • Hello, Kevin, In essence some of the same group of fascist One Percenters that were the Bankers’ Plot conspirators later became the financiers of Biblical Capitalism. Moreover it is at least arguable they were following the example of their hero Hitler, who like Trump and Pence claimed to be the Christian god’s appointed representative on earth, for which Google “positive christianity.”

    Unfortunately Discus won’t allow the posting of URLs, but were you to Google “biblical capitalism,” “origins of biblical capitalism,” “prosperity gospel” and “christian theocracy,” you’d be at a good starting point for research. (Do not Google with the quotation marks, used in this text for clarity only.)

    Also I have written extensively on this subject, providing a plethora of URLs, in my blog (formerly Outside Agitator’s Notebook, but renamed Dispatches from Dystopia.in response to the post-election advent of what I call JesuNazism and ChristoFascism). I believe you and Margaret each have my email address, so don’t hesitate to use it should you see fit to further this discussion.)

  • mwildfire…Like many otherwise well-informed and thoughtful USians, you remain uninformed about what has become the most malignant internal threat in U.S. history — assuredly not your fault because mainstream media (which is owned by the same One Percenters who own or control USian government at all levels and whose parents and grandparents were the theocracy movement’s original financiers) works to ensure we remain ignorant of its plans and potency. Nevertheless, a few courageous editors in the publishing industry have in the past occasionally managed to defy the associated taboos.

    Hence I respectfully suggest a self-education project beginning with three books that are of utmost importance in understanding what obtains today, especially in post-election governance. These books are: Chris Hedges’ American Fascists: the Christian Right and the War on America (Free Press: 2006); Kevin Phillips’ American Theocracy: the Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century (Viking: 2006), and what is by far the most important volume in this trio, Jeff Sharlet’s The Family: the Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (Harper: 2008). Also please note the sources and resources listed in my response to Kevin Zeese, above.

    That said, yours unfortunately remains the majority view with which the Left in this country dismisses the theocratic threat, in which context I would suggest you familiarize yourself with the post-Roman history of Europe. Christian theocracy began with Constantine and the Edict of Milan (313CE), was set in the proverbial cement by Theodosius I via the Edict of Thessalonica (380CE) and savagely tyrannized all the peoples of the western world until the revolutions of 1776 and 1789. Indeed it is our continued affliction by the vestigial theocratic combination of imposed ignorance and conditioned denial that ensures the continued obscurity of the (again wildly escalating) theocratic threat and thus facilitates its toxic malignancy. It is rather like — if I may be permitted a simile from the boyhood years I spent in the (always theocratic) South — the deadly Cottonmouth Moccasin you don’t see until it drops from the tree above your canoe, wraps itself around your neck and fatally buries its fangs in your jugular vein.

    While I don’t doubt the future — if indeed we have a future at all — will be characterized by the apocalyptic Balkanization of the United States, the post-Roman history of Europe also teaches us the terrifying lesson that theological tyranny long outlives individual political tyrannies even as it becomes the facilitator of them all, German Nazism and Italian and Spanish fascism included. (Marxism, it should be noted, is tyrannical only from the perspective of the Capitalists it relentlessly seeks to eliminate and the workers who have been brainwashed into suicidal acceptance of Capitalist ideology.) Hence Marx’s genuinely profound observation that religion is the opiate of the masses, the fictional formulation used by the Ruling Class not just to pacify the Working Class but — by its threats of eternal damnation — to terrify the masses into total submission precisely as Biblical Capitalism and its Prosperity Gospel does today.

    Apropos my use of the generic terms “Christian” and “Christianity,” until the churches that oppose Biblical Capitalism and its Prosperity Gospel resoundingly denounce these doctrines as JesuNazism and/or ChristoFascism — which in their frantic quest for ecumenical solidarity they will never do — such usage is made legitimate by the legal principle of “countenancing.” Under law, to “countenance” something is refuse to protest it or otherwise intervene even though the something is recognizably criminal. For example, a person who witnesses a murder but does not report it has “countenanced” the homicide. Thus so-called “mainstream” Christianity’s oppressive silence in the face of the theocratic threat is in fact a form of countenancing, which in turn legitimizes (secondary) references to the theocratic threat as “the Christian threat.”

    To conclude, I applaud the geological double entendre implicit in your reference to the petroleum industry as “the brontosaurus in the room,” though given our present-day political reality, I believe ” “tyrannosaurus” would make for a better metaphor. In any case, thank you. I hope my response to your objections is at least thought-provoking. .

  • mwildfire

    You haven’t convinced me that religious fanaticism is the main threat now or in the past. I believe religion has been used by the ruling class–in ancient Egypt, in the Middle Ages, in colonial America, in the Mayan kingdoms, in Saudi Arabia today–to control the masses, but I don’t believe the motive of these people is religious, or that they themselves believe in the religion. And the communist countries–the USSR and China, Cambodia, anyway–have been nasty dictatorship which have spawned some fanatical anticommunists. I’d say Nicaragua tried to do socialism in a just way, as has Cuba and more recently Venezuela and the other Bolivarian countries, but all have been under siege by the US government as a result, which killed it in Nicaragua and has made life difficult in the others. Fundamentalist Marxism in another religion, and so is neoliberal economics.
    I’ve read quite a lot of Chris Hedges and don’t partake of much of any corporate media, but I haven’t read the other books you mentioned. I don’t think the Clintons or Trump believe in God, though Pence may be a theocrat and I see him as a significant danger given the likelihood of Trump leaving office early.

  • mwildfire

    I want to agree with you twice–that Obama’s Hope and Change win shows how hungry America was for change, (and so does Trump’s–he didn’t have a coherent plan, but he was a “grenade thrown at Washington” while Hillary deliberately identified herself with the status quo). And more importantly, that money in politics is the key, the real brontosaurus in the living room. SCOTUS has arranged it so that we can’t reform the system significantly, and as long as that’s the case, electoral politics is a waste of time, money and energy. It’s a rigged game, and the corporations always win. Trying to push a third party, or to reform the Democrats are both hopeless causes, when the wealthy control the means of communication, and thus, public opinion. If (when) they strangle net neutrality, this will get much worse. What to do? I’m not sure. Working locally, and working on public education, seem important though.

  • DHFabian

    It might be useful to explain what “color revolutions” refers to, as this term hasn’t commonly been used in the US (other than in racial terms). I personally believe we missed our last chance to build anything resembling a legitimate People’s movement. The past eight years confirmed that the split between poor and middle middle class is permanent, and much work has gone into increasing racial tension.

  • DHFabian

    Unfortunately, we know that even today’s liberals are true believers in our hellish capitalist system, who consider the appalling consequences (our poverty crisis) an acceptable consequence. Liberals spent the past 20-some years maintaining a mindless pep rally for the middle class.

  • DHFabian

    Americans overall are poorly educated in the religions that they claim to follow. The ONLY role of religion in the US political discussion is as a marketing tool. It’s the most effective sort of tool, because it means whatever you want it to mean. That entire “prosperity gospel” is a rotted-out corruption of Christian ideology.

    Jesus was pretty clear about these issues. He explained our collectively responsibilities to provide adequately for the poor, the elderly, and the disabled. On the other end of the economic spectrum, he rather bluntly stated that it would be easier for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Wealth almost always corrupts.

    Dominionism directly contradicts the teachings of Christ. What Jesus said was to make his teachings available to people throughout the world. Period. The driving force behind dominionism directly contradicts Christ’s teachings about humility, empathy, and love.

  • DHFabian

    As a Christian, I agree with much of your first paragraph. On the broader issues, I see things from a different perspective. While Americans tend to see the US as a behemoth at the center of the universe, we really aren’t very big, and are no longer very important. Our contribution to climate change has continued to fall. Since Reagan, the overall quality of life in the US plunged from a rating of #1 to #48. We’re only one on a list of nuclear armed countries, and we are now drained out (militarily and economically) by the longest war in US history. The US has been on its way out for decades.

    Over-population has been a public concern ever since media began noting the issue, nearly 100 years ago. Humans seem quite efficient today at mass population reductions. When there are too many people and too few resources in any region, the weakest die out. How many millions have
    been wiped out by war and politically-imposed scarcity over the past 50
    years?

  • DHFabian

    I would add that today’s liberals have a dangerously distorted perspective, as seen in the “1% vs. the 99%” theme. That’s not reality today — and it’s impossible to deal with crises if you disregard reality. We’re rich vs. middle class vs. poor.

  • DHFabian

    “I believe religion has been used by the ruling class… to control the masses.” Yes. In today’s US, class, race, and religion are used to divide and conquer the masses. But from there, we could have a long discussion about how the American religion differs dramatically from Christianity (i.e., Christ’s teachings).

  • mwildfire

    I believe statistically wars don’t put much of a dent in population growth. Healthcare, notably including birth control, does. And if population reduction were the underlying reason for war we’d send women, not men. So I think you’re wrong here, and also the US contribution to climate change has NOT fallen. Two tricks are used to make that claim–sending the jobs overseas so China gets ascribed the GHG cost of products used here…and the fact that while total CO2 levels are measured objectively on Mauna Loa–and keep rising by bigger increments each year–national contributions are reported by governments and calculated by things like–here–assuming that the replacement of coal-fired power plants by gas-fired ones means a big reduction in emissions when the objective studies (the ones not led by industry) show that over the whole cycle–drilling, fracking, piping, burning–gas is no better in GHG terms than coal. One can also lie by saying “CO2″ and not mentioning the much more potent methane (and other small-quantity but extremely potent GHG).
    As for the aspersion that the US is has-been nation on its way down–I agree. But a dying monster flailing around can be dangerous.

  • The question is not whether the Capitalist Ruling Classes believe in a god; it’s whether and how they foster the religious superstitions of the masses into the violent fanaticism necessary to sustain and intensify Capitalist tyranny. I think if you were to read Sharlet’s work and Google the material I suggested for Kevin Zeese, you would acquire a new (albeit admittedly disturbing) perspective on what obtains in today’s United States.

    (Disclosure: a born New Yorker [1940], thanks to familial dysfunction I nevertheless spent much of my boyhood and adolescence [1940s/1950s] in the South, where I encountered the viciously oppressive reality of Christian theocracy more times and in more ways than I can count, including mandatory public high school attendance at revival meetings and the omnipresent, Bible-based belief the dark skin of African Americans was incontrovertible proof they were a “demonic” people who had been cursed by the Christian god. When at last as a presumably free adult I returned to the City — this after military service [1959-1962], a summer in the Civil Rights Movement [1963] and two award-winning years on a small but liberal-minded Southern daily newspaper [The Oak Ridger] — I foolishly assumed I had left all that racist, sexist and homophobic malevolence behind me. But later, as my 55-year journalism career took me back out into the USian countryside, I realized to my horror the South’s Christian fanaticism had metastasized even unto the rural regions of the coastal Pacific Northwest, where it was the primary fuel of a vigilante war against the Back-to-the-Land agricultural communes of the late 1960s and early 1970s. In that theocratic environment — its Christian hostility underscored by church reader boards that proclaimed “Organic Is Satanic,” “Environmental Means Of The Devil” and the oppressively ubiquitous license to kill implicit in “God Hates Hippies,” the only communes that survived, some of which lasted into the early 1980s, were those in which the members were armed. Such is the ethos of the real USian interior, now in the Trump/Pence regime becoming the unabashed ethos of the USian Empire.)

  • Thank you, Margaret. I’ll make sure that info is passed on to the relevant comrades here in Tacoma, where there are indeed some who might be interested in attending were their transport and accommodations subsidized.. (Alas, at age 77 my various geriatric afflictions severely limit my travels.)

  • You’re correct about three classes, though wrong about their identity. Actually it’s the Ruling Class (the less than-One-Percent that own and control not just all the wealth but all USiam government at every level); their vassals (the professional-class and managerial-class whores that control the day-to-day operations of the Empire); and all the rest of us, their victims, we proletarians, peasants and slaves (aka prisoners) who have neither power nor influence — a hideous truth that will be fully revealed in all its infuriating horror when Trumpcare becomes law despite our near-universal opposition. Though even then I fear we the people will choose submission over rebellion.

  • George L Pauk

    The factor missing in this serious discussion is the changing ideation of youth. The despicable and depressing ideas regarding the terrible role of most religions is true, but it is changing. The youth of the USA are increasingly giving up on the commercial fundamental concepts of religion. They are rapidly moving toward the more progressive concepts of religious beliefs, or none, that have occupied many other nations. Our Hope.

  • mwildfire

    I find this last part hard to believe, given that I’ve lived in rural West Virginia for the past 41 years, and the hippie communes here folded because people left after a few years of living without modern luxuries, there was almost no harassment and a lot of help from locals– I live in a land trust that is a remnant of one of them. Could it really be worse in the Pacific Northwest than here in the heart of Trump country? There are pagan communities around here. Yes, there are a lot of churches, a certain amount of that sort of hostility to the Other–but it’s not out of control. Maybe there are more extremes in that part of the country. Nasty clashes recently in Eugene…

  • halimacandy215

    love this newsletter!! will share!!

  • AlanMacDonald

    Yes, loren deluded and thus willing ‘subjects’ of the EMPIRE you correctly describe.

  • elkojohn

    So far this summer, I am aware of the following gatherings:

    The Left Forum,
    Our Revolution,
    The People’s Summit,
    The United National AntiWar Coalition,

    and now,
    The People’s Congress of Resistance.

    Is there anyway to bring all these organizations under one umbrella coalition so that we can finally get a mass movement going?

    Can’t we all just get along, and have one big event each summer to formulate a movement direction and plan?

    All the various groups staying fragmented won’t get us anywhere.