New Republic Moron Jeet Heer Has A Plan to Fix the Democrats!

Yes, these people really do believe we’re on the brink of fascism. You can tell by how very serious they are.

Democrats Should Run a Celebrity for President, Too

Cool how the managerial class understands the problem is how to best package ruling class poison as opposed to giving people material reasons for voting. As if the real problem with the thoroughly corrupt, Wall Street-owned, racist, war-monger Clinton was her lack of charisma. That the New Republic senior editor credits Ronald Reagan’s success to celebrity is a measure of how deep the stupid goes. I won’t belabor it.

Of course, the best liberal self-satire is in their extremely important Twitter strategizing sessions and this one doesn’t disappoint, as Jeet and pals consider various celebrity savior possibilities.

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We should be grateful, really. These people are merely dirt on the Democratic Party’s grave. An ever-tightening circle jerk of irrelevant nitwits. Burn down “The Left.” All of it.

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Nationalism and The Destruction of Reality

With apologies for applying a half-assed title, some additional formatting, and without having secured his permission, I am reproducing this incisive tweet storm by the excellent circadianwolf.  CW, if you want me to make any modifications, or delete this altogether, let me know in comments.

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Been said many times but nationalism is a project of convincing the working class to compete against each other.  Nations are myths constructed by the global ruling class to distract workers from the structural operation of exploitation. They function very similarly to narratives of individual heroic and villainous actors (with which they are often conflated). Putin/Russia as some unified super being, quite literally occupying the same functional space as the devil, the power lurking in the shadows.

The enemy of workers everywhere is the ruling class and their enforcers, today centered absolutely in the US government and military. The fantasies are sufficient so long as they distract from working class organization against empire, even if they are not believed. Indeed the destruction of facts and material reality as a stable referent is a long running project of capital/empire. As with the countries they attack-where a puppet state may be nice but chaos is a perfectly acceptable result as well. So too is the destruction of fact largely sufficient for victory of capital even without successfully replacing it with a specific fantasy. The structures of capital/empire persist through violence, without need of belief in or understanding by the exploited.

In Pattern Recognition, Gibson said “we have no future because our present is too volatile. we have only risk management.” As a liberal invested in the apolitics of capital he blamed technology, but of course while technology enables this, it is not the cause. It is capitalism that causes technology’s abolition of labor to produce unemployment & insecurity rather than plenty & freedom from work. Our technological potential applied to productive processes should today give us a world of unprecedented security and real freedom. Instead capital uses this very independence from material necessity to enforce a nightmare world of terror and endless virtual bureaucracy. Yet though capital takes power from this freedom from material necessity, it is still a system for the exploitation of human labor.

If the labor of workers becomes unnecessary, where does that leave capital? This is an open question. We can see some capitalists’ ideas in the internet of things, the digital tagging and tracking of every object & concomitantly of people. In social media, the metricization of social relationships, & in the enclosed corporate ecosystems of ‘virtual economied’ run on corporate script. In ‘playbor’ & paying for the opportunity for a fantasy of stable work. This projection of the future is a frictionless digital. A world of pure ideology (I like to say that in his story of cartography borges never conceived of google maps).

But while capital may seem capable of escaping materiality (tho CS has something to say about this), human bodies definitely cannot. Of course climate change is likely to cause such catastrophic destruction as to render our technological gains moot, recreate real scarcity. Idk; the future indeed seems a terrifying event horizon to me, but one we can nonetheless approach through material analysis & theory.

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An Absolutely Clueless, Self-Adoring, Goofy Looking Asshole from San Francisco Tells Poor People How to Attract Capital and Assholes like her to The “Shitholes” Where They Live

Ok, with only ~8,000 Twitter followers, this woman is small potatoes, but her lecture to the poors — with its delicious blend of self-adoration, tone-deafness, class-unconsciousness, and, most importantly, infantile cluelessness about how capitalism actually works — is a masterpiece of unwitting self-satire of upper middle class liberalism in 2017. It would merit placement in a time capsule had she included a conspiracy theory about Russia and a shout out to the CIA. That she’s from San Francisco, where a once thriving Black community has shrunk by more than 50% since the 70s, and income inequality is among the highest in the nation, would be overkill if the joke were intentional.

Over two thousand faves. Of course. Enjoy! (h/t @gbelljnr).

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UPDATE 2

Translation: I’m a conformist shithead that’s been shamed by high-status people into a perfunctory show of regret.

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UPDATE

I love this woman. She’s perfect in her way.

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The Celebrity Left is Still the Enemy

Stupidity Tries

It seems the electoral spectacle of 2016 is never going to fucking end. This interminable state of affairs has long been dragging this country even deeper into a reactionary abyss, but since the Washington Post reported the CIA claim that Russia hacked the DNC/John’s Podesta’s emails to help Trump spoil Clinton’s coronation, the liberal meltdown has really reached a fever pitch. This video of Sorkin caricature Keith Olbermann channeling all this reactionary outrage into one of the most absurd rants I’ve seen all year is a pretty perfect illustration of the liberal transition to an open embrace of their latent fascism:

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Since the initial story broke, the Post also reported the FBI has signed onto this assessment as well and NBC reported Putin…

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On Syria: Use Your Principles, If You Have Any

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This is an article about Syria. In it, I won’t be going into depth about who did what to whom and where and when and how. I won’t be analyzing the shadows in photographs or whether that dead child is actually from Gaza or Pakistan. Doing so as the basis of one’s arguments is stepping willfully into a carefully laid propaganda trap. This will primarily be a discussion of principles.

On the Left we’ve been bombarded with repetitive pleas to pay attention to and agitate for the Syrian “rebels.” This always takes the form of berating: we’re not doing enough, we’re not vocal enough. Never does it consider that a true Left stance must be anti-imperialist. This means our positions cannot coincide or dovetail with the grand designs of the West’s ruling classes.

The “do something” Left seems only capable of ignoring that something is always very much “being done,”…

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Rethinking My Purpose

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Say what you will about the last month and a half (you know, that post-electoral period of time where liberals suddenly woke up to the fact that fascism exists, then predictably made it all about them), but one thing it’s done for me personally is forced me to take a hard look at what my purpose as a leftist is.

I’ve spent most of my time in the last decade hung up on propaganda – here, on twitter, in real life political conversations, you name it. And ultimately, I can’t help but see it as 90% useless.

Now, before you jump down my throat, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be aware of propaganda – of course we should keep track of it.  Tactically it makes sense to try to understand empire’s motives, and it makes sense to try to use awareness of propaganda as a tool to wake people up.  But in…

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An Open Letter to Jill Stein

Dear Dr. Stein:

Die, you ridiculous ass.

Kisses,

Tarzie

Stein NFZ Tweet

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