The View from the Real Left

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It’s been harder and harder for me to pay attention to “politics” such as it is. I don’t really see anything happening other than a kind of mopping up operation by the oligarchy. The deed is done the Republic can be buried now.

The most consistently accurate commentator of the left (I regard the “left” to mean opposition to the current power structure not an ideology) has probably been Arthur Silber (his blog is here). I suggest you read his stuff, not just the new stuff. Sometimes he’s a bit pedantic and self-righteous but he’s earned the right to it as far as I’m concerned.

To all those who repeatedly claimed that, no matter what “mistakes” he might make and regardless of the scope of the devastating effects of those errors, Obama had to represent a markedly better choice than McCain, take note: in certain respects, Obama is far more dangerous than McCain could have been.

Why is this?

In large part, the danger represented by Obama arises from the fact that Obama’s election gutted whatever effective opposition might have existed. To their eternal shame, the Democrats never opposed Bush in any way that mattered — but at least the possibility of opposition had not been obliterated entirely. In the near term and probably for longer, that possibility now appears to have been extinguished.

He wrote much the same thing about Obama before he took office. View the disgusting scene at Big Orange and sleazebag bloggers on the left who support Obama’s militant militarism.

The mainstream of KOS and most other left blogs is not left. It is the sort of opposition that existed in East Germany — just another agency of the State. The difference was that in East Germany people kind of knew the score and it was all top down from the state. Here it isn’t quite that way. There is no “top”. Rather we have a number of players who try to please the judges (the oligarchy) in order to have a chance at fame and fortune. This can be leftists, or hit men, or clowns like Beck. It’s all part of the show folks as examined by one of the great American movies They Shoot Horses Don’t They?.

There is no hope of change, none whatsoever under current circumstances. Kossaks and people who call themselves left-Democrats aren’t at all leftists — they don’t in any way oppose the oligarchy they just make a show of it in order not to feel guilty at their own cowardice. Hey, I’ve been there and done that.

Change will come when and if a leftist movement can be grown in this country. It won’t come from the left blogosphere as it is currently constituted since nearly all of it buy into the mainstream of the media narrative without thinking and without examining it. How do they know that Osama is in a cave somewhere? How do they know anything at all about Osama or Al-qaida? Where is the proof for anything the government says about the GWT? I’ve seen none. Government officials can proclaim something and voila it is true and enters into history as the official narrative not to be questioned.

Just look at the obvious. Threats have to exist for billions and trillions to be spent on “defense”. If they don’t exist then there’s no reason to spend the money and then very powerful people who like guns and have their own private armies might get mad. So, whether “threats” actually exist or not is irrelevant. The left just buys it. Some are against escalation of the Central/South Asia but they buy that there is a threat there. What threat? Usually you get some nonsense like “bad guys”. What the fuck is that? How juvenile can you get — the very fact those terms are in play in our society is a sure sign of massive stupidity.

Is Al-qaida more of a threat than hunger in the United States? Did any Obamatron at DKOS ask that? Is Al-qaida more of a threat than organized crime that seems to have a free hand in the global marketplace where they routinely traffic in child prostitutes? Is Al-qaida more of a threat than the big banks robbing us blind, or big pharma or insurance companies that kill more people in a few months that at WTC in 2001? Why isn’t this being discussed?

There are well thought out methods to evaluate threats in business situations. None of these are being applied in the case of the national security. Why don’t people demand proof. The government lies constantly and is caught routinely in those lies so why don’t left intellectuals question all the assumptions including the most obvious bullshit story I’ve ever seen come down the pike, i.e., the 9/11 conspiracy theory.

The real left exists only where the assumptions of the media narrative are questioned. That narrative is all, when looked into carefully, engineered propaganda.  

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    • banger on December 3, 2009 at 8:53 pm
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    not only to yourself but to society as a whole.

  1. What do you think the Devil is going to look like if he’s around?  Nobody is going to be taken in if he has a long, red, pointy tail.  No.  I’m semi-serious here.  He will look attractive and he will be nice and helpful and he will get a job where he influences a great God-fearing nation and he will never do an evil thing…he will just bit by little bit lower standards where they are important. Just coax along flash over substance…Just a tiny bit.  And he will talk about all of us really being salesmen.

    And he’ll get all the great women.

    • k9disc on December 4, 2009 at 3:02 am

    http://www.dailykos.com/commen

    Oh we watch Wall Street rise again on the ruins of the rest of us. The Military industrial machine is well oiled and fine tuned to the Billions more that will be spent on a disastrous foreign policy. And the state controlled media tells us about all of the evil in this country up to a point. Where are all the homeless people of America? And where are the millions of hungry children that go to bed with a desire just to maybe have a hot bowl of soup in their stomach just to ease the pain? We don’t see that on the Simpsons or American Idol or a Budwiser commercial. Maybe for half time at this years superbowl we can parade a few thousand homeless people around the coliseum and let a few lions and bears go free to mingle  before the second half. There is no more Fucking reality! Its all an illusion!

    • k9disc on December 4, 2009 at 3:10 am

    Dissections of the problems, plans to resolve them. There are plenty of awesome writers and thinkers out here in Left Blogistan and we, right here, all know who they are.

    What if we got together and wrote some Real Left Resolutions and delivered them around the first of the year.

    Resolution is a powerful word that is unclaimed as of now. It’s also squarely outside of the current mainstream corporate framing.

    Resolution – We’ll fix it.

    Resolved – Determined to.

    Resolution is more powerful than Hope.

    Hope is worthless without resolution.

    Resolve is determination…

    just riffin here.

    I think it’s a good idea and it’s better than watching and participating in this trainwreck from the sidelines.

    • Inky99 on December 4, 2009 at 3:12 am

    Seriously, the true leftists are old getting pretty old.   “Left” is now defined by …. what?   Obama?   CNN?  

    The Right has succeeded in defining the “left” now for generations, since the 70’s!  

    There are two new generations, at least, who really have no idea what “left” is, or means.  

    You can thank the corporate ownership of the media for that.  

    The U.S. is now a “company town”.  

  2. Aristocracy wants. Its been going on throughout our

    history under different names, but the ideas that create division live on. The Party System cannot coexist with the idealism of the Dec of Independence. Our Constitution was a Compromise, and unless it is carefully tended for the benefit of the people, it will harden and die like all documents and be used as shields by powerful interests.

    The Left in American History, IMHO, has been a movement of idealism for extending rights and improving the lives of  all people. It has always wanted to have its share of the power to change things that would benefit the oppressed and exploited. We can see this in Abolition, Suffrage, Union Building, Peace Movements etc. But it has always hit a wall of privilege that was initially imported from England and flavored with its own American Mythology.

    The modern nation state, born just recently in the late 19th century, is built like all polities in Western History upon a well compensated military organization and powerful nationalism. Power naturally coalesces around it.

    The tendencies of oligarchy are natural ones, and the founders knew that! Yet they feared the rabble more than the Aristocracy.

    The evolution of the Great Middle Class in the late, mid 20th century was a defininite threat to governance of the elite. It’s been finally checked. Obama has coopted the Left, so to speak, in that he sucks the air out of any potential movement, and even sets the table for more corporatist domination.

    I pessimistally believe that the counterbalance to forces that always have threatened Democracies is the weakest now in our nation’s history. With our natural wealth and resources gobbled up and kept in private and governmental hands, the people are left to fend for themselves without their mythology of Manifest Destiny. It is now exclusiveley in the hands of the rich, who now must seek their riches in the global theatre, leaving the people to support their adventures through taxes.

    Again, we have taxation without representation. Instead of the king in Parliament, we have Corporations in Congress.

    The executive’s job is to keep power with his party and promote the growth of the state. Sometimes the people just get in the way: They represent a threat to the natural order and seek to siphon off wealth destined for the deserving elite. If we look at the bailout, healthcare, and now Afghanistan, we see the writing on the wall.

    I see no rebirth of authentic liberalism in the near future.

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