Newsletter: Success Against Racists, Build On It

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Last week, we wrote about the events in Charlottesville, Virginia in terms of their historical and political context. Since then, the national and international response to right wing mobilization has been rapid and powerful. The response has been global, e.g. women in Poland held photos of slain Heather Heyer while they blocked a far right wing march. The national conversation is changing to include criticism of white supremacy and confederate statues are being taken down.

This week, we present a greater focus on the tasks of the movement for social justice and racial equality. It is possible to halt the rise of right wing extremism. To do that we must understand what institutions maintain white supremacy and turn our energy towards ending racist institutions in the United States and globally.

1dur2A Turning Point

There are signs that the right wing violence in Charlottesville last weekend may mark a turning point in the United States. Until Charlottesville, right wing white supremacist nationalists had been escalating their mobilizations. The “Unite the Right Rally” in Charlottesville was the largest gathering of white supremacists in the United States in at least a decade. The Virginia Defender reports that “500 fascists gathered at Emancipation Park. Many came prepared for battle, with helmets, shields, body padding and visible weapons, including guns.” Events of the weekend showed that despite corporate media reports this was hardly a rally, it was two days of intentional violence directed towards blacks and anti-racists. And it failed.

Rather than being intimidating, the open right wing violence galvanized people to rise up against it. The day after the Unite the Right event, the lead organizer, Jason Kessler, attempted to hold a press conference. He was forced to stop and leave the area as hundreds of locals chanted “shame.” That night, more than 700 solidarity events were held with Charlottesville from coast to coast. Hundreds of people rallied outside the White House and marched against white supremacy in Washington, DC on Monday night.

Then, confederate statues, like the ones at the center of the protests in Charlottesville, began to come down.The first was in  Durham, North Carolina where activists took it upon themselves to remove a statue dedicated to confederate soldiers. Baltimore activists planned to follow suit the next day with the announcement of a “Do It Like Durham” rally at the site of a statue of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson where they had erected a statue of ‘Madre Luz’ a few days before. However, the Lee/Jackson statue and three others were removed by the city government overnight. And by week’s end, the Maryland state government removed a statue of Roger Taney, the author of the Dred Scott decision which found slaves were property with no human rights, from the state house grounds. Other states are considering removal of their confederate monuments.

The underlying issue is not the confederate statues, but what they represent – glorification of those who actively upheld racist institutions that codified in law the treatment of human beings as property and the rise of white supremacists. As Lee Camp explains in his latest episode of Redacted Tonight, confederate symbols were largely abandoned after the Civil War and came back in opposition to the civil rights movement in the mid-twentieth century. The memorials were used to show opposition to ending Jim Crow and creating equal rights for African Americans.

Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

On Wednesday night, thousands participated in a candlelight vigil on the grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville to denounce hate. On Friday, the Durham County government closed offices and sent employees home over concern about a possible white supremacist march that afternoon. Instead of fleeing, hundreds of people showed up in downtown Durham to march against the white supremacists, and when none showed up, the marchers celebrated with dancing in the streets. The next day in Boston, Massachusetts, tens of thousands of people marched to surround a so-called “Free Speech” Rally, also organized by white supremacists, although they tried to portray themselves differently. Only about a dozen people attended the rally, and they ended early because of the presence of the counter protesters. Some of those planning to participate in the rally decided not to attend out of fear of large counter protests.

Henry Giroux writes in Truth Dig that the response to right wing terror this week was appropriate and essential:

“As the historian Timothy Snyder has observed, it is crucial to remember that the success of authoritarian regimes in Germany and other places succeeded, in part, because they were not stopped in the early stages of their development. The growing call for illiberal democracies (code for authoritarian regimes) first begins with the popularization and normalization of hate and bigotry, which we have witnessed under the Trump regime, and then morphs into right-wing groups developing their own militias, organs of violence and paramilitary forces.”

The movement for social justice and racial equality succeeded this week because it stood up to and diminished the power of white supremacists. This is a first critical but not sufficient step.

Next Steps to Fight White Supremacy

Giroux goes further and ties the rise of right wing ideology to Trump and the failure of democracy under neo-liberalism. Neo-liberalism undermines the basic social safety net required by societies and fuels wealth inequality, which creates insecurity and an opening for authoritarianism.

1ukraineAjamu Baraka reminds us that the rise of right wing authoritarianism has been going on for the past four decades in the United States. He explains that it was the Obama administration’s use of extreme right wing elements in the Ukraine to overthrow their government that gave greater legitimacy to the extreme right in the European Union and the US. Baraka urges us to understand the greater context of what is happening, that white supremacy has a global structure in institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and others.  He writes, “The structures of white power, that is the structures and institutions that provide the material base for Euro-American white supremacy and its ideological reproduction, should be the focus of radical opposition.”

Can we identify structures that perpetuate white supremacy and systemic racism in our own communities?  They surround us in the ongoing existence of economic discrimination, lack of equality in education, an unjust court system, mass incarceration and more.  Peter Certo explains that “Most days, it’s a mundane system that pits the law against our non-white neighbors — and laws don’t need anyone to ‘feel’ racist for them to work. They can look perfectly colorblind on paper, but they’re not.”

We don’t have to look far to see them though. For example, the White House knew months ago that right wing extremism was on the rise in the United States and failed to stop it. Police in Charlottesville did not intervene to stop violence. In fact, they refuse to take action in the case of a young black man, DeAndre Harris, who was severely beaten on video tape by white supremacists.  In our own communities, we will find that black communities are more likely to lack access to clean drinking water and that communities of color are more likely to be poisoned with environmental toxins. And internationally, we see that the United States is currently backing violent right wing elements in Venezuela and Syria (non white countries) to destabilize their governments.

Mota Maskirovka, Facebook.

Mota Maskirovka, Facebook.

A challenge for all of the people who mobilized against white supremacy this week is whether or not we can continue to build on this momentum not just to remove confederate statues, but to also eliminate the institutions that maintain white supremacy. For example, yesterday marches against prison slave labor were held from coast to coast, but only a few hundred people showed up at best. The marches were organized to build opposition to the 13th amendment because it allows prisoners to be legally treated as slaves. Learn more at the IAmWeUbuntu website.

Dismantling these institutions is a difficult task, and it takes longer than pulling down a statue, but if we do not engage in this work, then we are not actually fighting white supremacy.

Solidarity

This past week, there were also efforts to divide the anti-racist movement. Divide and conquer is a time-tested tactic for weakening movements. Perhaps you witnessed or experienced it too? For example, the commercial media (and the President) tried to blame Anti-Fascists for violence in Charlottesville when they were actually there to counter the open and extreme violence of white supremacists. People who identify specifically as AntiFa played a critical role in protecting counter protesters, such as a group of faith leaders being attacked by white supremacists, and in providing immediate medical support to injured counter protesters.

And the argument was being made that racism is itself a tool used to divide and conquer groups, such as workers, and that we should focus on class instead of race. Our response is that race was used successfully to divide workers and racism has become institutionalized in the United States. We cannot make these racist systems go away by ignoring them. We must identify them and work in solidarity to dismantle them. When we do, race may no longer be an issue. Until we do, it is an issue and one that is fundamental and that we can unite around. There are also systems in place that perpetuate class divisions, and we can work to dismantle those at the same time.

1dur4Lastly, though this work is a struggle, we can also bring joy into it. Janey Stephenson describes a recent anti-fascist rally in London that involved dancing and how dance is used in protests. There was dancing in Durham on Friday in celebration that no white supremacists showed up. Barbara Ehrenreich writes, in Dancing in the Streets, that “Physical movement — a powerful escalation of typical protest chanting — not only releases emotion, it also creates bonding, trust and equality, dissolving hierarchy and increasing a sense of community.” We celebrate the successes this week in marginalizing white supremacists.

We will remain vigilant to prevent their rise. And we commit to working to tear down systems of oppression and build a new world that works for all of us.

  • James Arsenault

    Antifata did start the riot…maybe you better do some research on the independent vids available. You also understand that these left terrorists groups BLM and Antifata are sponsered by Soros. By gthe way the MSM is as crooked and biased as the Clinton/Bush/Obama machine…or are you shilling?

  • chetdude

    Gosh, Jimmy, you’re such a deluded little loon…

    And by the evidence of your profile a profoundly, violently racist bigot…(or a troll)…

    Anti-fa and BLM are as opposed to vulture capitalism and corporatism as anyone could be…

    Soros, the Kochs, Obama, bush, Hillary, Trump and the corporate media are true-believers in vulture capitalism…and the bloated war machine as one of its principle instruments to exploit others…

    Pull your head out of your alt-right bubble and look around at the real world, ‘K?

  • AlanMacDonald

    Margaret and Kevin, congrats on your fine article — and let’s hope it is a “Turning Point”.

    However, I almost hate to say it, but recently the NYT has been more receptive, and less/no censoring, of my radically Revolutionary comments than are most of the major leftish, progressive-lite, and pseudo alt-media web sites (your’s being the only one that does NOT censor real discussion on the taboo topic of this dual-Vichy Party Empire).

    I don’t know if it is bad news or good news that quite recently the NYT is being more open to my comments on Empire than most progressive sites, eh?

    Eg.: [Yesterday]

    “Alan MacDonald

    Wells, Maine 1
    hour ago

    The only way the ‘media/propaganda-sector’ of the EMPIRE can
    divide, distract, and disempower the principled, progressive left
    majority of Americans who are igniting a peaceful and patriotic
    “Political/economic and social Revolution against EMPIRE”
    is to avoid EMPIRE becoming diagnosed, recognized, understood, and
    ‘shouted-down’ by the vast majority of average, honest, Americans of
    ‘good will’ is to inject more confusing and dead wrong
    ‘counter-Revolutionary’ ‘counter-narratives’, and ‘counter-terms’
    like; alt-left, antifa, Black-block, Bernie-bros, etc., etc., etc.,
    to keep this vast and growing majority of informed, young,
    socially-democratic American generation from rallying under the
    unquestionably valid and powerful revolutionary banner of a Second
    American “Political Revolution against EMPIRE” just as
    Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, and all the other leaders of the First
    (and only successful) American “Revolution Against Empire”
    rallied the majority of our forefathers to reject the boot of EMPIRE!

    All Revolutions are peoples’ Revolutions against EMPIRE —
    including this coming and essential Second American peaceful
    “Political Revolution against EMPIRE” (which even Bernie
    understands but needs to get behind, by firing a HUGE “Shout
    heard round the world”.

    Come on, Bernie, “Be a real socialist” and “Speak-out against this Empire!”

    And today:

    Alan MacDonald

    Wells, Maine 8
    minutes ago

    Prior to a 6:00AM radio interview this morning I did not know of
    Ruby Sales other than hearing the name.

    Now I understand her
    accomplishments as a civil rights leader, her amazing insight, and
    her history of having her life saved by Jonathan Daniels taking the
    shotgun blast aimed at her in 1965 by an Alabama racist.

    I listened and reviewed the transcript to see what she said about
    ‘Empire’.

    Four times Ruby Sales repeated the word ‘Empire’ as
    being the seminal problem:

    “So that intimacy, which has
    been one of the greatest trigger-fingers of the empire, is to destroy
    intimacy, to destroy how we know each other.”

    “we became involved in policy, and we sent our children out
    into the empire without their armor on.”

    “I’m also talking about a religion that began during enslavement in the fields
    of America. It was a religion that offered an alternative view of God
    from the view of God that empire gave us.”

    “To talk about that in the heat of empire, to talk about God as a liberating
    God, has really been an important stopgap to save America from
    itself.”

    Even in Dr. King’s 4/4/67 seminal Riverside
    “Beyond Vietnam” speech where he mentioned the greatest
    evil in the world as “imperialism”, he did not indict this
    disguised global capitalist EMPIRE four times.

    Trump is but another pompous faux-Emperor/president.

    Our coming peaceful completion of America’s “Revolution Against Empire” is not against any one man, but the cancer of Empire.

    Strange, indeed, Kevin that the “Times” would countenance the MSM being called the “media/propaganda-sector of the Empire” — and not feel that it reflects badly on them, eh?

    Just sayin’

  • Carla Sanders

    I’m sure once BLM learns who they are really working for George Soro’s and the Democratic party they will no doubt stop it. Democrats were the ones who owned and sold slaves, and they did not want the Blacks in our white schools.

    The Democrats were the KKK and did so many bad things to the black race. BLM is being lead blindly . And the Democrats did not want the Blacks to vote.

    The Democrats killed Martin Luther King and Malcom X. Two important People who represented their race. Democrats started family Planning to exterminate as many Blacks as they can.

    Hillary Clinton said Margaret Sanger was her role model. The Same Margaret Sanger(KKK member) who created family planning saying we need to exterminate the black population.

    Someone needs to put a article out there address to the BLM.

  • LaurafromSC

    I am having a serious problem with rise of anti-fascist rallies in America that lack even a molecule of protest against the US-backed neo-Nazis in Ukraine, US-backed ISIS and al Qaeda head-choppers in Syria and Iraq, and the CIA-backed saboteurs in Venezuela. If we are going to float the narrative that America is on the precipice of succumbing to the white supremacist terrorists, (pinning this possibility on ragtag bands of racist white men, rather than the fascist war party running this country and actively waging mass violence on 5 continents) and that this threat is so dire that we (Green Party supporters, ‘Popular Resistance’ readers, veteran civil rights activists, etc.) need to throw our principles out the window and turn to these fanatical, uninformed Antifas mobs to protect us, then I’m afraid I’ll have to withdraw my association with the Green Party and Popular Resistance, because I am unwilling to abandon my principles (which are very well represented by the 10 key values of the Green Party) so that I can join ranks with these Antifa mobs whose mission and methods are frankly as repugnant as the white supremacists and fascists they claim to be protesting. This mass hysteria is just another form of the anti-Russia hysteria. The fact that the corporate media is eating up the Antifas narrative and posting it 24-7 should be a clue to the better informed among us, but apparently not. To those of you who embrace these Antifa mobs, whose mission includes pre-emptive violence and the use of threats and intimidation to suppress free speech, I say: Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

  • James Arsenault

    Wake the fuck up Chetty…lol…BLM and Antifa are crowd bussed and funded by libtard marxists. The US is a Republic not a communist country.
    For decades, the White people of America have been subjected to a continual barrage from Blacks and others that Europeans are somehow “responsible” for the African slave trade and that we need to “atone” for our “guilt.” There are a number of flaws with the idea that we are somehow “responsible” for the African slave trade.
    First, few White people even owned slaves–slavery was a rich man’s pursuit, and slavery did not exist amongst the middle and working classes of White people.
    Second, even if every European in America had an ancestor who owned slaves (which is an extremely unlikely proposition), it makes little sense to blame the children for the supposed sins of their fathers.
    Third, Blacks sold their own kind into slavery, do blacks are every bit as much to blame for slavery as are Whites.
    Fourth, European Whites did not bring the slaves to America. On the contrary, it was the Asiatic Jews who brought them here. We’re socially engineering generations of mentally neutered, entitled, self-centered adult children who can only get angry at inconsequential bullshit instead of critically thinking about what’s really wrong with the world happening all around them. Part of this includes the PC destruction of language for not being “inclusive” enough, turning otherwise harmless words into weapons of mass distraction. The entire reason for Orwell’s destruction of language was to literally narrow the person’s ability to think certain thoughts. It’s beyond thought crime, and it’s happening right here, right now. Doesn’t matter what year your calendar says, it’s 1984.

  • James Arsenault

    Listen Chettyboy..the arguement I left you with was that 1) The leftest terrorists started this riot(stop watching edited presstitude MSM). 2) The BLM and Antifa are bussed and funded by George Soros NGO groups and 3) anyone actually believing different (by not ALSO putting any blame on the libtards) is shilling/trolling…or just plain indoctrinated through marxist academia,Saul Alinsky cult,propaganda jew-tube(like CNN,NBC,ABC,Wash Poo,NY Slime) or plain STUPID. So stay with the script and do not pull shit out of the hot air you float on…LMAO

  • Alan MacDonald

    The “People’s Agenda”: Overcoming this EMPIRE.

  • LaurafromSC

    I think it a shame that these Antifa mobs are being equated with BLM. I see Antifa as being more akin to the CIA saboteurs embedded among the genuine grassroots protesters in countries like Egypt, Syria, Ukraine, and Venezuela. I see the Antifa as a precursor to a modern-day movement of Brownshirts. I see BLM, on the other hand, as being the voice of the people — a voice that poses an actual threat to the white supremacist status quo in America. I see the Antifa mobs — which are openly opposed to free speech — as being a threat to BLM, BDS, and any other movement that seeks to enforce the rights of the people against brute, corrupt, fascist power.

  • chetdude

    Antifa should more accurately be thought of as a non-violent version of the armed Jewish insurgents in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII…

  • chetdude

    Whew. What an insane regurgitation of RW word salad!

    Does what’s left of your brain actually “work” like that???

  • James Arsenault

    Obviously your mind does not work at all…if that is your best arguement. Typical “SJW” blabbery when confronted by someone who uses critical thinking. Chetty-boy, are you displaying common core education at its “best” ??

  • James Arsenault

    I would hope so, but unfortunately some are doing it for the money from NGO’s of George Soros and many have little if any education (through the state). But I digress and reiterate that I hope that there are enough, that will find the truth and protest(not riot) for the proper cause against the NWO elite, with all of the common people together as brothers and sisters.

  • kevinzeese

    I’ve seen these arguments before online. Soros funding of antifa. I’ve seen the so-called proof — and it is nonsense. So the racist-fascists (that is how they describe themselves) show up heavily armed, beat people up the night before (when antifa was not there) and you say antifa caused the violence. You have it backward and are spreading garbage info.

  • James Arsenault

    I put out a challenge on sites across the net, to every Liberal or Ult Left or just Left. Show me the video showing the riots and violence by the Ult Right, during Obama’s time in office. Show me the video of the Ult Right rioting and perpetrating violence at any of the rallies for Obama during 2008 or 2012. Show me the videos of Ult Right rioting and violence at Obama’s inauguration. Then I challenged them to show me the videos of rioting and violence by the Right during a Hillary rally.

    Then there are the laws related to riots, inciting them, busing them in etc. The media owns the messaging on the news, there are few conservative news media, they own large portions of the net and Social Media, along with the Democrat Party and the RINO, as we have seen. Trump has to be doing EVERYTHING RIGHT, pun intended to have so many, trying so hard to destroy him and take him out.

    Rush Limbaugh said whoever the Deep State is congress fears them more than the American voters. We now know the truth about the riots in Charlottesville, even the police telling it and going against the Governor and the Mayor.

  • James Arsenault

    A Craigslist advertisement, six days ago was looking for Actors and photographers for Charlotte, NC, stating in the ad from Crowds on Demand, that their events “include everything from rallies to protests,” showing that not all rallies, protests and counter-protests are activism driven, but many times people are paid to attend and even start trouble.
    The DOJ is investigating what occurred that resulted in the death of one and injury of nineteen others in the incident with the car, and politicians are playing up the whole ordeal for political points, calling it domestic terrorism, President Trump has condemned “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” and reporters are busy spinning all of the events and pointing fingers at the rally itself and their participants, and while we at ANP do not espouse white supremacy rhetoric, the event was planned, and the authorities were informed beforehand, again, according to the governor, that “outside” agitators were coming for the specific purpose of committing violence against the rally participants, so really who is to blame here for the chaos that ensued?
    I put out a challenge on sites across the net, to every Liberal or Ult Left or just Left. Show me the video showing the riots and violence by the Ult Right, during this event started by the “AltRight”.
    Also show me the video of the Ult Right rioting and perpetrating violence at any of the rallies for Obama during 2008 or 2012. Show me the videos of Ult Right rioting and violence at Obama’s inauguration. Then I challenged them to show me the videos of rioting and violence by the Right during a Hillary rally.
    Then there are the laws related to riots, inciting them, busing them in etc. The media owns the messaging on the news, there are few conservative news media, they own large portions of the net and Social Media, along with the Democrat Party and the RINO, as we have seen. Trump has to be doing EVERYTHING RIGHT, pun intended to have so many, trying so hard to destroy him and take him out.
    Rush Limbaugh said whoever the Deep State is congress fears them more than the American voters. We now know the truth about the riots in Charlottesville, even the police telling it and going against the Governor and the Mayor.

  • Debby Somers

    BLM seems to do more damage to their own in quantity although they also seem to dance in the streets every time someone lynches a cop. To praise any of these groups show more of your true colors than anything else. Just waiting for all this crap to come to the middle :/

  • kevinzeese

    BLM has never danced in the street when police were killed. That only happens in anti-BLM fantasy world. BLM has done a great job raising issues of police abuse and police killings onto the national agenda. Issues should not go the middle. There is no middle with police killing unarmed people.

  • Helga Fellay

    Thank you, Laura, for these cogent comments. I feel exactly the same way. It’s depressing that we represent a tiny minority. Most people are reacting exactly the way our handlers want them to react.

  • Helga Fellay

    All political organizations, on both the Right and the Left, are heavily infiltrated by the FBI and other Intelligence agencies. These agents are not only charged with reporting about the who is a member and what their agenda is, but to be part of the leadership and actually direct them to do things that will hurt the organization, and thus prevent it from becoming big and powerful. I am sure that has happened to the BLM group which started out as a just and good group as a response to the systematic slaughter of unarmed black men and youths, with impunity. Now, however, it is allied with the toxic and violent Antifa movement and under the thumb of George Soros. I fear they will probably end up like the Black Panthers did – unfortunately.

  • Helga Fellay

    Kevin, I urge you to do some research on George Soros. Both he and his phony NGO’s have been banned from many nations, including all the BRICS nations, but also England, Yugoslavia, etc.and that is for causing violence and civic unrest in these countries. Soros IS funding a lot of these groups, not just here in the US, but all over the world. He is part of the New World Order. This is not nonsense, although our MSM and Establishment would like you to believe it is.

  • AlanMacDonald

    Kevin, if this one makes it into the NYT, we may well have “the beginning of a great friendship” (as Bogey said going off to fight the Nazi Empire with Captain Renault):

    “Actually, I view Emperor Trump’s “War Against the Media” (which MSM media I often and justifiably called the ‘media/propaganda-sector’ and most powerful element of the Empire), as a very favorable sign.

    The more principled, aware, and pro-democracy press, within which I would include the NYT (particularly recently in these troubled times) is precisely the part of the most influential force that is fully capable of leading America and the vast majority of Americans toward a peaceful solution of achieving and “Giving US Liberty (from Empire) Over Death”
    (as Patrick Henry and Thomas Paine might have cried-out if they were
    alive today — as they would surely have recognized this modern
    Empire as our founding-fathers founders, did, 242 years ago).

    The better portions of the 4th estate of democratic government are perhaps the only remaining member of our political, economic, and “ailing social order” [Zygmunt Bauman] capable of helping ‘we the people’ to fire a; loud, public (in-the-streets), sustained, but totally non-violent Second American “Revolution Against EMPIRE” [Justin duRivage].

    Certainly the other unhelpful 6 sectors of this disguised global capitalist Empire, the; corporate, financial, militarist, extra-legal, CFR ‘Plot-Tanks, and dual-party Vichy-political facades of faux-democracy are not going to help us overcome this new form of Empire, which is only “Common Sense”.

  • AlanMacDonald

    James, “Antifa” (not anitfata) is just the newest term of deceit for the Empire’s most powerful sector, the ‘media-propaganda sector’.

  • kevinzeese

    The NY Times has been the mouthpiece for empire, a propagandist for US wars and militarism. If you are counting on them, you are pursuing a failed approach.

  • LaurafromSC

    Thanks for your note, Helga. It’s good to hear from like-minded people. I notice that the media has pitched its tent back over the Russia-hacked-my-homework circus. I suspect, however, that they’ll be back to fascist-behind-every-bush show before long. It’s difficult to guess how this will play out, but I’m expecting to see them make more progress with criminalizing free speech and/or equating BDS with anti-semitism.

  • Helga Fellay

    I fear you are correct, Laura. It seems that most people are so gullible and programmable that the MSM and their bosses can get away with the most ridiculous claims. Decades after the fall of the Soviet Union and Russia’s return to capitalism, the new Cold War against “communist” Russia was reignited without a single question or doubt. Free speech is already gone (Google censors now and no longer provides links to any sites which report news which contradict MSM “news.”) The end result, I fear, is that Trump will be beaten into submission and become an obedient servant of the Deep State and Establishment.

  • AlanMacDonald

    I am starting to think, Kevin, that the old grey lady is scared shitless, and has had an epiphany — but I could be wrong, my friend.

  • AlanMacDonald

    Kevin — NYT just allowed and published this:

    Alan MacDonald

    Wells, Maine

    2 minutes ago

    Yes, Chris, actually, I view Emperor Trump’s “War Against the Media” (which MSM media I often and justifiably called the ‘media/propaganda-sector’ and most powerful element of the Empire), as a very favorable sign.

    The more principled, aware, and pro-democracy press, within which I would include the NYT (particularly
    recently in these troubled times) is precisely the part of the most influential force that is fully capable of leading America and the vast majority of Americans toward a peaceful solution of achieving and “Giving US Liberty (from Empire) Over Death” (as Patrick Henry and
    Thomas Paine might have cried-out if they were alive today — as they would surely have recognized this modern Empire as our founding-fathers founders, did, 242 years ago).

    The better portions of the 4th estate of democratic government are perhaps the only remaining member of
    our political, economic, and “ailing social order [Zygmunt Bauman] capable of helping ‘we the people’ to fire a; loud, public (in-the-streets), sustained, but totally non-violent Second American “Revolution Against EMPIRE” [Justin duRivage].

    Certainly the other unhelpful 6 sectors of this disguised global capitalist Empire, the; corporate, financial, militarist, extra-legal, CFR ‘Plot-Tanks, and dual-party Vichy-political facades of faux-democracy are not going to help us overcome this new form of Empire, which is only “Common Sense”.

  • AlanMacDonald

    Precisely, Laura!

    “Antifa” is just the newest term of deceit for the Empire’s most powerful sector, the ‘media-propaganda sector’, in order to distract the informed (but non-violent) and fast growing radically peaceful patriotic people’s “Political/economic and socialist Revolution against EMPIRE” from overcoming this first in the world; ‘effectively-disguised’, ‘truly-global’, and crony ‘capitalist-fueled’ EMPIRE that is continuing to ‘capture’, control, and almost fully “Occupy” our former country as its nominal HQ, and merely ‘posing’ as, America!