LIES Warren, A poem for Liz, the fraud and traitor, Warren

Liar Liar

Pants on Fire

Caught Red Handed.

She stabbed Bernie in the back

With a political attack

That was totally ungrounded.

Political ambition

Blinded her from the mission

Of speaking for the wounded.

The gal with the plan

Had no plan

And so her chances now have ended.

A Socratic Dialogue with Cornel West, And Why The Left Needs to Be About Love!

Between the defeat of Jeremy Corbyn and the coup that ousted Evo Morales, I have been quite close to giving into hopelessness and despair.

Then I got a belated Christmas gift. On Boxing Day, Cornel West made a visit our shared hometown of Sacramento to have a socratic dialogue.

Cornel West is up their with Evo Morales as one of my heros on the left, I would not be a socialist, and therefore not a DSA co-chair, were it not for my affinity with West’s work, an affinity I found in high school at the same time as I found Evo Morales. I was reading West long before I was reading Lenin or Marx.

I owed it to myself to make it to what might be my only chance to see him in person.

“I want everyone to leave here unnerved, unsettled.” He began with the fire in his voice that you knew was only going to make the flames grow as he scanned the crowd, as if he was making eye contact with every single person.

Assuming the people reading this blog would familiar with Brother West’s work and style, I do not need to go into excessive detail about how magnanimous and inspirational he was. This is not a post about his speaking style or his stage presence. No this is a post about the words that “unsettled” me.

And indeed, I left the dialogue very unsettled, in the best ways possible, because the professor forced me to face the despair that had gnawed at me.

“Don’t be afraid of the despair!” He bellowed this with the kind of passion that can only be compared to Dr. King’s. “Those who have never known have never lived!”

Immediately, I began to reflect on my despair.

Thanks to West, I choose not to suppress the fact I felt despondent and depressed by the beating the left has taken the last two months. I choose to embrace the feeling so that I may push through, and let that despair ignite my passion. The key is not to “never despair” as some leftists toxicly insist, the key is to push through the despair, to come out the other end stronger.

Later, when a woman confessed to the professor that she was beginning to feel “powerless against the rich and white men who hold the power,” West reminded us what our power truly is:

You are not powerless! You only feel powerless compared to a small group who have a certain kind of power. You always have moral power, and you always have spiritual power! I never want anyone to feel powerless.

But the pinnacle quote of the evening, for me at least, was a simple sentence that reminded me why I do what I do, why I got involved, why I started this blog and continue to fight this fight.

“Love cuts deeper than just justice.”

The man is the living embodiment of inspirational, but I was not just inspired, as West insisted, I left the talk “unsettled.”

I was unsettled because his last quote about love, forced me to face some truths about my own attitude. It made me realize that love was the whole reason I got involved in this fight.

I have to just be blunt, thanks to West’s words I see now that I at times can be too fastidious, too insistent about the means we use and not the ends that we need.

Somewhere along the line, I forgot that I do this out of love.

“If you confuse means with ends, you confuse success with greatness.”

Keep the fire quotes coming Brother West, the world needs you. I need you. We need to remember that love is the reason we fight.

Brother West, thank you for unsettling me!

Iran, a poem 🇮🇷

Remember Persepolis?

The little girl from Iran we read about as teenagers?

Well, she’s a real person by the way,

And so are the thousands in Iran set to die.

Soliders and civilains both have the same color of blood,

The same goes for Americans

and Iranians.

Be proud of being born on the dirt your parents fucked on?

Never!!

Patriotism is a waste of time that could be used sinning.

Patriotism is the trait of the barbarian.

We are socialists, not barbarians,

Yet the barbarism a sweet Rose warned us about thrives,

While the roses get trampled,

By the boots freshly licked clean.

F**K You Sylvia Garcia

I didn’t come to Congress to impeach the President.

Even when he separated babies from their parents at the border or took money from our troops to build his wall.

The Constitution is my guide in this process and that’s why I urge my colleagues to vote to #ImpeachTrump.

– Tweet from Rep Slvia Garcia (Tx-29)

This was the message from congressional rep. Sylvia Garcia during the vote on the impeachment of Donald Trump.

This could easily be rephrased to, “I did nothing when the fascist president committed infanticide against brown people.”

This is the modern Democratic Party. These are the people who need to be primaried by socialists if we ever want the Democratic Party to ever be truly democratic.

Sylvia Garcia’s obtuse remarks eptiomizes the cognative dissonence of the capitalists in the Democratic Party. Garcia publicly admits, on the most forward facing form of social media, that she was not bothered when children were separated from parents or that state violence was enforced at the border.

No, what offended her was Trump sneezing in the general direction of Joe Biden’s son.

Representative Garcia, I say these words to you.

You are more concerned with defending the racists in your own ranks than with attack the systemic realities that enable Trump’s racism.

And yes, I dont care that he was VP to the first black president, Joe Biden is a mush mouthed racist and we all fucking know it. You are not a hero to racial justice if you work with segregationists, period. Yet you are leaping to the defense of the Biden’s all while belittling the deaths of brown children, all of whose blood is on Donald Trumps hands.

But for some reason, that was not enough to get you off your ass to do something. Going after Joe Biden though…

To hell with Sylvia Garcia. To hell with the capitalists “representing” us in congress. If we want the party to trully care about the working class, we need to purge the party of the likes of Sylvia Garcia.

Fuck you Sylvia Garcia.

Occupy The White House, The Decade of Resistance

The election of Bernie Sanders would not just be a boom for democracy, it would be the ultimate and final victory of the Occupy movement.

The 2010s were a decade that was defined by Occupy, the camp beginning in 2010 and its effects carrying on well into 2011 as well as the beginning of the Arab Spring all laid the foundation for a decade to be defined by protest. In 2011 Time Magazine called “The Protester,” the person of the year.

Despite the collapse of Occupy due to structurlessness, police raids, and undercover police infiltration, the sentiment of Occupy has flourished.

The rhetoric of the 99% vs the 1% has carried into the 2020 race for the presidency.

The entire decade has been filled with revolt and revolution across the globe. Syria, Haiti, Chile, Zimbabwe, France, and several other countries have seen huge scale demonstrations of public dissent.

The election of Donald Trump was followed by a wave of people filling the streets chanting “Not my President,” and the number of different marches all rejecting his agenda, such as the March for Science, the Tax March, the Women’s March, and the Still Here Still Trans marches, all continued well into his first two years in office.

Occupy went from being a fringe protest to a global movement almost overnight, and sometimes it feels like the movement ended as quickly as it began. However the movement never really ended, it just shifted gears.

Now it has the chance to achieve it’s ultimate validation in a Bernie Sanders presidency.

Bernie Sanders was the only person serving in congress at the time to acknowledge Occupy Wall Street, not only was he the only one to acknowledge us, and he was the only one who would stand by us.

Bernie Sanders has also said he wants to be “the organizer in chief.” Which reminds me of the core sentiment of Occupy, we were not actually a “leaderless” movement, we were a movement of leaders.

The election of Bernie Sanders in 2020 would be the ultimate conclusion to the Occupy Decade. We will have gone from occupying Zuccoti Park to controlling the country. We cannot forsake this chance to over take the 1% masters of capital.

This is our decade, the time of the people, the decade of the 99%, the era of occupy, and we will conclude this era by taking what is ours.

Surprised JK Rowling Is A Monster? Then You Didn’t Pay Attention to Harry Potter

Are you shocked, absolutely shocked, that JK Rowling would out herself so blatantly as a transphobic bigot?

Don’t be. Rowling has never been on the side of the oppressed.

She was one of the agents of smear against the integral Jeremy Corbyn, which helped the Tories sweep the latest general election, and she insisted that the U.K. “welcome” Donald Trump when he makes his state visits.

How could someone who inspired the imaginations of so many be so closed minded?

Well, if we had been paying attention to her work, we could have seen that she has been a class traitor this whole time.

Let us review the overall plot of her magnum opus, the Harry Potter Series:

The series is about an entire class of people (wizards), who are segregated from the general population (they have their own schools, shopping centers, they even have their own trains!) In order to be a part of this class YOU HAVE TO BE BORN INTO IT (eugenics, much?). This wizard class, that is apparently too good to mix with the muggle masses, has total control over a single commodity (magic).

Here is where it starts to get good: to be a wizard you must be born into this class, and theoretically this class COULD cure all of the worlds ills with the commodity at their control. I always found it infuriating that wizards could be curing disease and ending world hunger, but for some reason they just choose not to.

The most infuriating part however is that NO ONE IN THE BOOKS QUESTIONS THIS! Everyone just accepts that it is okay to not use magic to help muggles, in fact the wizards ARE FORBIDDEN to use their magic in the muggle realm for any reason! Much like how the capitalists will make excuses and laws forbidding the redistribution of wealth or the feeding of the homeless on the street.

The books are one giant justification of the existence of billionaires. Billionaires sit on the majority of the worlds wealth while we suffer and toil. Most end up in the ranks of this class through inheritance, as wizards inherit their magic.

So to review, you have the eugenic idea of birth essentialism in how wizards inherit their magic. You have a justification for a small class of people controlling a world benefiting commodity, while they live in a segregated community.

Yeah… I’m really glad I grew up as a Star Wars nerd.

Book One of The Harry Potter Series

Hundreds of lives a year

Hundreds of lives a year,

No rest for the wicked they say.

But what is so wicked about selling something to feed a baby?

When you have nothing to sell but flesh or a high,

Is that really your fault?

Hundreds of lives a year,

Thousands rotting in the cold

Or drowning in the rain.

No rest for the wicked,

No homes for the poor.

Hundreds,

Hundreds of lives a year.

Hundreds of lives a year

Hundreds of lives a year,

No rest for the wicked they say.

But what is so wicked about selling something to feed a baby?

When you have nothing to sell but flesh or a high,

Is that really your fault?

Hundreds of lives a year,

Thousands rotting in the cold

Or drowning in the rain.

No rest for the wicked,

No homes for the poor.

Hundreds,

Hundreds of lives a year.

No, Democratic Socialism Is Not Redundant

A common argument against organizations like the Democratic Socialists of America and their tactics is that the concept of “democratic socialism” is redundant because “true socialism is inherently democratic.”

Emphasizing the democratic elements of socialism is not redundant when we are at a phase in the dialectic where we do not have true socialism, nor is the left and working class even in agreement about what “true socialism” is.

We live in a late capitalist phase of what Marx called, “the March of History,” where we see the inevitable power struggle for what socialism means. We live in an era that is still hungover from human rights violations being attached to the word socialism.

First we must address what is “true socialism.” Usually those who argue for what is and is not “true socialism” are arguing that countries such as China or the USSR are not actually socialist, or at least have not been socialist since a certain period of time.

I will state here that while I disagree with the model of socialism birthed by Stalin and Mao, I am not going to split hairs over what is and is not socialism. The socialism of China or the USSR was socialism, but it cannot be denied that democratic centralist models of socialism are authoritarian. It is vital to differentiate authoritarian socialism from socialism that is truly democratic, therefore emphasizing the democratic element of socialism is a must.

Democratic Socialism is not redundant, it is merely a term to emphasize the key component of “true socialism,” and that is democracy.

Some will counter that the term “Democratic Socialism” placates liberals and make them more comfortable with associating with our socialist platforms. This is not the case because liberals have already committed to an ideology and the goal of socialists and especially of democratic socialists is not to reach liberals but to reach the unreached. Groups like Democratic Socialists for Bernie are not trying to reach liberals they are trying to radicalize non voter and the unengaged. A liberal has made up their mind about socialism, a non voting independent has not and those are the people who are the most effected by the tyranny of capitalism, and they are the most ignored by both liberal and conservative capitalist politicians.

So no, Democratic Socialism is not redundant, arguing for what is and is not “true socialism” while doing nothing to activate the disillusioned masses, is.

Nancy Pelosi Is No Feminist

Nancy Pelosi is no feminist.  Despite how much liberals and self proclaimed “progressives” will elevate her and celebrate her, Pelosi is a traitor to the cause of feminism.

Pelosi showed the world that she and the old guard of the democratic party are agents of the patriarchy when she encouraged Katie Hill to resign.

Katie Hill, a bi-sexual congressperson, resigned recently because of a wave of online bullying from the right wing.  Hill is going through a divorce and her ex-husband has been posting revenge porn in a series of nude pictures of Katie Hill which have been making their rounds on the internet.

Her ex posted these photos to get back at Hill for sleeping with someone else. In addition to the photos, Hill had an affair with one of her female staffers.  Democrats and Republicans alike are calling this an abuse of power, and Democrats and Republicans alike hyper scrutinized her and bullied her into resigning.

Pelosi was one of these bullies.

Pelosi said that Hill is doing the right thing by resigning, because “We must ensure a climate of integrity and dignity in the congress.”

This is coming from someone who still regularly meets with Bill Clinton.

Hill did technichally violate ethics rules by having an affair with a staffer, yet we have a wave, some would call it an epidemic, of republican men who have affairs and ignore subpoenas, but instead of going after them Pelosi shames a member of her own party into resigning based on some outdated tropes about sex!?  The rules against having affairs with staffers is outdated garbage. You can’t control people’s sexualities with arbitrary rules. People in close quarters (dorms, offices etc) end up fucking, DEAL WITH IT! I could care less who and how congress people fuck as long as it’s consensual.

What kind of feminist enables slut shaming and sex negativity?  What kind of feminsit enables revenge porn? What kind of feminist refuses to stand with a bi-sexual woman being bullied out of her job?  What kind of feminist enables patriarchal forces by refusing to go after the estranged ex husband who is posting nude pictures WITHOUT CONSENT!?

No kind of feminist, that is who.

By asking Hill to resign Pelosi did two things: 1. Perpetuated the sex negative cultural norms that are inherent in our society, norms that are intent on controlling womens sexualities.  2. Pelosi demonstrated that liberals are selective with their solidarity and lack an intersectional lens when it comes to fighting oppression.

Our society’s out dated sexual tropes and fear of sex exist only to control women, period.  What we have here is a case of slut shaming, and what is worse is Pelosi, a so called feminist, is enabling it!

A true feminist would never tolerate an act of revenge porn, nor would they ever turn their back on a queer person being bullied, nor would they ever enable slut shaming.

Pelosi literally did all three.

What I find especially infuriating is the idiotic loyalty so many liberal “feminists” have to her.  They think she is some sort of beacon of hope to women because she occasionally gets snidy with Donald Trump.  Well, she at least does that when she isn’t giving him a standing ovation at his speeches.

Pelosi was one of the people to applaud Donald Trump’s state of the union when he said, “America will never be socialist.”  Call me nearsighted if you must, but I think anyone who applauds Donald Trump, a rapist, at any point should have their feminist cards revoked.

Liberals need to stop “yas Queen”-ing Pelosi.  Pelosi is not standing up for feminism and she never will.  Pelosi would rather protect her crappy, unpopular party from scandal than stand in solidarity with one of the most oppressed identities in her party.  That is one of the most infuriating things and one of the things demonstrating how out of touch Pelosi is, there is no actual scandal here. Most people don’t give a crap who politicians sleep with anymore as long as it is consensual.  She didn’t call for Bill Clinton to resign in 1998, why is she encouraging Hill to resign?

I do not care that Hill took naked photos, it’s 2019, we all have smartphones, if you haven’t taken at least one naked photo then i feel sorry for you.  Live more!

Further, Hill engaged in a consensual affair to escape a loveless, abusive marriage.  I see no scandal in that. So long as we have a president who is a rapist, and facing accusations of raping teenagers with Jeffery Epstein I might add, then I see no scandal in anything Hill did.  I see a scandal in how the democratic party handled the situation.

It doesn’t matter if you love Pelosi, it cannot be denied that by encouraging Hill’s resignation Pelsoi perpetuated and defended the sexist cultural constructs and institutions which perpetuate the patriarchy.  By not standing with Hill Pelosi has revealed how liberal “feminists” are selective in their solidarity.

You cannot call yourself a feminist if you protect the same institutions that enable patriarchy. By enabling slut-shaming, revenge porn, and refusing to stand in solidarity with a bullied bi-sexual woman, Pelosi has protected patriarchy.

Nancy Pelosi is not a feminist, period.  Liberals need to pick better heroes.

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