Resistance Episode 2: Shut It Down!

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After the shock of the 2016 election started to sink in, activist groups across the United States began planning days of action and civil disobedience around inauguration day. They would not let this go by without some consequence.
In this episode, Blake documents the various groups and protest actions that took place on January 20th, 2017. From picketing and speeches to coordinated blockades of the national mall, the inauguration of the 45th president was a day of unprecedented unrest and revolt and that was just the morning! On this journey we discuss the role of money in American politics and how a socialist senator from Vermont and his army of millennials have changed the political scene for years to come.

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  • voza0db

    After the shock“, only those brainless animals living in hermetic social bubbles got shocked.

  • voza0db

    Talking about Bernie and the fact that his opponents are always calling him a Communist/Socialist…

    Next time they say that, show them this:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/34c44fa8629fbecd756bd1d4e22a934472bf44935dfdd3188684ec881e2e6993.jpg

  • ANTONIO

    THE TIME FOR REVOLUTION. A revolution happens when the time is ripe.
    1.- The ruling class cannot continue as before, it undergoes political crisis through which discontent is manifested. “Those on top can’t and those at the bottom don’t want to” continue as before.
    2.- There is a sharp increase in the needs of the people that are not being met.
    3.- A reaction not before seen of masses unable and unwilling to go on as before, and the pouring out into the street of millions. None of these points are dependent on anyone’s will- they happen spontaneously under a crisis that affects those at the top as well as those at the bottom. The revolutionary leadership has to be equally cognizant of both (top and bottom)- it cannot just focus on the working people and their problems. The approach is scientific, but there is instinct and art in the leadership that must be there.

    POWER. The problem of revolution is the problem of power. Previously, power was transferred from the feudal lords to the bourgeoisie, which was a class on the way up. Today the task is to deprive the right wing of its power and to turn it over to the workers and their allies. This revolution prevents the exploiting class from political domination and destroys the basis of its economic power, and thus is a new step on the historical canvass.

    MANY ASPECTS. One danger is to confide in one’s own forces, thinking that everyone has the same revolutionary zeal. The vanguard alone cannot win. They must be heartily supported by the people, or at least have a sector that is neutral, for the revolution to succeed. Agitation and propaganda are not enough. The people have to have passed through their own political experience. The revolutionary experience is felt differently under different circumstances. A democratic revolution leaves room for a broad spectrum of classes to join in. On the other hand, a worker’s revolution signals the rise to power of the working class and its allies. Socialism is not the same everywhere and at all times. The right wing can be suppressed by different means. Conditions change all the time, with concrete situations of each country, each with its national characteristics. The situation can be more or less virulent, the correlation of forces may vary, and the degree of organization of the working class need not be the same in every case.

    THE ULTRA LEFT. Revolutionaries must guard against adventurism, against conspiracy theories, and instead see the revolution as a vast and irresistible mass action, led by the conscious section of the working class. The only stable power is that which is based on the majority.

    THE INSURRECTION. 1.- An insurrection is not a plaything, and once it starts, it must be carried to the end.
    2.- In the time and place indicated, one must rally a greatly superior force in order not to be destroyed.
    3.- Once the insurrection has started, one must pass on to the offensive, never defensive.
    4.- The enemy must be caught by surprise at a time when its forces are scattered and relatively weak.
    5.- One must have successes, even small ones, constantly, in order to maintain the moral superiority.

  • ANTONIO

    What is he supposed to do- walk?

  • Jon

    Good advice over all, but am alarmed to see this: “against conspiracy theories,” which fails to recognize that this is a CIA-inspired term, used to short-circuit rational discussion of evidence of genuine conspiracies that the ruling class use on a consistent basis to its advantage. That term sabotages our ability to expose the depth of ruling class malevolence.

  • voza0db

    I don’t care about any scoundrel – every politician is a scoundrel – but the old dude could at least used an E.V. just to pretend… he was a mere 2 hours drive away!

    But I guess money from donations must be WELL SPENT!

  • Alan MacDonald

    Chris Hedges accurately writes (on TD, CD, and hopefully on PR),

    “There are no substantial political

    differences between the Democrats and Republicans”, but there needs

    to be a more complete diagnosis, or at least an accurate description,

    of this facade of faux-democracy:

    The answer is that the two parties are only the political disguise

    of what is really a dual-party Vichy-facade of faux-democracy —

    with the “rougher-talking” neocon ‘R’ Vichy Party of the

    Empire, and the “smoother-lying” neoliberal-con ‘D’ Vichy

    Party of the same Empire acting as an entire and complete camouflage

    for a highly disguised and ‘Invisible Elephant’ in the room of of

    our supposed ‘body politic’ — which is hiding this very real

    cancer of a Disguised Global Crony Capitalist EMPIRE.

    “We’re caught in an Empire now” — or arrogantly exposed by

    Karl Rove to Ron Suskind in 2004 bragging about “Vice” Emperor

    Cheney’s manipulation of this Empire into its next war of Empire

    (which Joe Biden was the ‘D’ Vichy Party’s chief salesman for

    War) — when Rove bluntly exposed to Ron Suskind, the New York

    “Times” and all who would listen:

    “WE’RE AN EMPIRE NOW”

    Yes, in 2004, the real EMPIRE, the actual EMPIRE, and the

    confident enough to throw shit in the face of the supposedly “land

    of the free and home of the brave” American people, Rove, Cheney,

    Bush, Biden, the Clinton’s, et. al. had the unmitigated gall (and

    balls) to publicly say in the “Times” that:

    “WE’RE AN EMPIRE NOW” — and ‘we the (supposedly brave)

    American people’ just sat like rats on a sinking ship of state and

    a totally non-Democratic country and took it up the arse from an

    EMPIRE right here in America — as if we had never even overthrow

    the British EMPIRE in 1776.

    What a sad and gutless tale of self-imposed woe! — when Rove,

    Cheney, Bush, the Clintons and Biden just hid both this effin

    Disguised Global Crony Capitalist Empire and their sorry lying arses!

    In a famous exchange between a high official at the court of

    George W. Bush and journalist Ron Suskind, the official – later

    acknowledged to have been Karl Rove – takes the journalist to task

    for working in “the reality-based community.” He defined that as

    believing “that solutions emerge from your judicious study of

    discernible reality.” Rove then asserted that this was no longer

    the way in which the world worked.

    “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own

    reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as

    you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which

    you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re

    history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just

    study what we do.” (Ron Suskind, NYTimes Magazine, Oct. 17, 2004).

    “Land of the free and home of the brave” — bullshit!

    ‘We the American people’ have been castrated by this fucking

    EMPIRE, only nominally HQed in, and merely ‘posing’ as, that

    previously “promising” and sometimes progressive country (PKA)

    America.

    “We’re # 1”, “We’re # 1”, “We’re # 1“, …

    “We’re # 1“ In believing Bull Shit from a Disguised Global

    Crony Capitalist EMPIRE that owns us!

    And as Justin du Rivage details in his 2014 definitive history of

    our first American “Revolution Against Empire” in ’76, and as

    Prof. Robinson diagnoses in his 2014 definitive book on this new

    Global Empire Head-quartered in Washington “Global Capitalism and

    the Crisis of Humanity” published in the former British EMPIRE:

    “The U.S. state is a key point of condensation for pressures

    from dominant groups around the world to resolve problems of

    global capitalism and to secure the legitimacy of the system

    overall. In this regard, “U.S.” imperialism refers to the use

    by transnational elites of the U.S. state apparatus (hard &

    soft powers) to continue to attempt to expand, defend, and

    stabilize the global capitalist system. We are witness less to a

    “U.S.” imperialism per se than to a global capitalist

    imperialism.

    We face an EMPIRE OF GLOBAL CAPITAL, headquartered,

    for evident historical reasons, in Washington.”

    [Caps added]

    Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity, 2014 Robinson,

    William

    Cambridge University Press

    Be ‘Woke’ — to THIS — this Disguised Global Crony Capitalist

    EMPIRE certainly ‘is’ the single, seminal, and cancerous cause of

    this fast coming “Crisis of Humanity”. While the climate

    crisis, environmental destruction, et. al. may well come within half

    a century — this Disguised Global Crony Capitalist Empire will

    precipitate the “Crisis of Humanity” far sooner.

    Which is why my newer demonstration, march, and protest signs

    simply say on two sides to join Bernie on this:

    “Our Revolution”
    TO DUMP
    EMPEROR TRUMP

    and on the other side:

    GET ‘WOKE’ &
    ‘FOLK’ THE
    EMPIRE

  • Southern

    It would be nice if Mr Hedges articles start to appear on this site in the near future, Mr Fish is here already.

  • Alan MacDonald

    Yes, Chris should write here on Kevin & Margaret’s “Popular Resistance” — and I keep telling Chris, now that “these ‘Times’ they are a changin” that he should consider going back to the “Times” as a columnist!

  • Alan MacDonald

    Jon, “the depth of ruling class malevolence“ is vastly and fastly becoming obvious to all, and will be explosive when the UHNWI, “Ruling-Elite”, < 0.003%ers, and Uber-selfish “Master of the Universe” loot the FDIC, Social Security, Medicare, et. al. The extreme peak of the wealth hierarchy is becoming more unstable every month, not year.

  • Jon

    My point remains: “they” use “conspiracy theory” every time we try to dig deep and find their secrets, like that Oswald was not the one at all, and there was a major ruling class conspiracy, as was the case with MLK, RFK, and Malcolm X. Likewise their own “conspiracy theory” about what caused the 3 buildings to come down on 9/11 has more holes than Swiss cheese.

  • Alan MacDonald

    dB, I’m still having trouble hearing you. Have you checked your dB level?

    BTW, dude, you should have “an E. V.” yourself (Extreme Vasectomy).

  • Southern

    He was mentioning this site on his twitter account very recently.

    It makes no sense to suggest that he should go back to the times just like it makes no sense that once again you’ve upvoted your own comment which is tacky to say the least.

  • voza0db
  • Alan MacDonald

    Chris writing a column in the “Times” would be the best thing in the world for the American people, the global citizens of our shared world, and especially for global democracy rather than the Global Empire which is killing us, our children, grand children, our country, and our entire little fragile world.

    Just as a favor to you Southern Gentleman, because I often upvote everything that makes seminal sense, I’ll refrain from upvoting this sensible recommendation of my own, regarding the value that Chris would surely bring to our propagandized, infantilized, and deluded — but educable — fellow people of our own country.

    Have a nice Sunday and week, even though we live in this Disguised Global Crony Capitalist EMPIRE.

  • Alan MacDonald

    dB, I now hear you!

    I am a Mainer, a life-long Green (who helped the Green Party secure Party status for Maine, voted for Ralph Nader every time he ran for the Presidency of our Country), and voted for Clean Gene McCarthy in ‘68, and will switch my party affiliation back from Democrat to Green (as I did in ‘16, as a Bernie Delegate, when he was torpedoed by the DNC, and as I will again, as a Bernie Delegate this year, if the DNC torpedoes him again).

    As you probably know, CNN has provided a ‘Town Hall’ this week for the very deceitful and demented Joe Byeden, and if there is no equivalent ‘Town Hall’ national TV broadcast event provided for the remaining Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders (and Elizabeth Warren if she un-suspends her candidacy) — which the entrenched, dollar-drenched, entirely Empire-controlled, and non-democracy party may well do, then I will vote my (small ‘d’ democracy) conscience — which in the “Common Sense” of Thomas Paine and the rallying-cry of Patrick Henry every anti-Empire patriot would do in 2020 by crying-out “Give us Liberty from Empire, or Give us Death”.

  • voza0db

    You need to train your ears in order to listen at 0dB!

  • Southern

    Lets be perfectly clear about this – Hedges used to write for the New York Times – He was the Middle East bureau chief for the NYT who told the truth about war and got fired.

    It simply doesn’t make sense to suggest that Mr Hedges return to one of the biggest if not the biggest Neo-Liberal propaganda outlet in the US.

    On top of that – now that millions of people are self isolating around the world – they’re also flocking to the independent side of the web.

    Some sites and podcast have confirmed significant increases of visitors on their sites – the point being that the many are seeing straight through the narrative of the establishment’s propaganda outlets at a time when the independent sites offer a far better alternative.

  • Alan MacDonald

    I think the “Times” would like to have Chris back to make a major statement that the “Times”, as the old Dylan saying goes, “these ‘Times’ they are a changin”, to bolster its image with the millennial audience as we head toward the Second American “Political, economic and social(ist) Revolution Against Empire” — and I think Chris would be crazy not to take the “Times” up on an offer to be a columnist, which would give him the opportunity to influence three orders of magnitude more people, and more influential people, than he ever was by writing on the now ‘on hiatus’ Truth Dig, which never had more than passing progressive influence.

    Just sayin, Southern.

  • Alan MacDonald

    Good idea dB, if I trained my ears to listen at any level and any distance, I would have less risk of being hit by a train, eh?

    Thanks much, dB, as Bogey said to Capt. Renault as they walked off at the end of “Casablanca” to fight the Nazi Empire, “This could be the beginning of a great friendship”.

    Hope you appreciate that I listed both of us in the upvote credits.

  • Southern

    You’re not exactly making sense – You’re oblivious that the NYT fired Mr Hedges for political reasons which is in perfect harmony with Neo-Liberalism.

  • Southern

    Just listening to his latest Podcast Mr Hedges makes it perfectly clear that what you’re suggesting will never happen.

  • Alan MacDonald

    Thanks for the link to Chris podcast on I. F. Stone. Yes, but Chris would give the “Times” the opportunity to be against this Disguised Global Crony Capitalist Empire, instead of being against (little ‘d’) democracy.