Monthly Archives: December 2016

Theory of a Bully

Political theory!

Donald Duck plans to gut Hillary Clinton’s signature work in the State Department out of revenge for her kicking his ass (3 million more votes!) and wiping his gilded counters with it, with a smile, all over the place everywhere except for a few folks in key rust belt states.

Or maybe it’s not about petty, petty-ass schoolboy revenge. Maybe he really does hate that the US government has worked to prevent genital mutilation, human trafficking, and the state-sponsored or supported imprisonment, rape, and murder of women and girls advocating for their own rights in other nations.

Maybe he’s just a simple man who only wants, in his 24K heart, to gut all government spending on human rights, civil rights, and the mitigation of climate change-driven devastation. Maybe deep down in his soul, all he asks from Santa is to divert that money to nuclear warheads, like all the country’s blood rushing to a massive erection, the spectacle of his power.

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That kvetching from yesterday? About how the left hasn’t organized around coherent, nationally consistent, grassroots/grasstops principles propelling legislative change? And that’s one reason why no one is stepping in now with a last-minute plan to stop the trumpocalypse? And that’s probably why we couldn’t get that sliver of folks in a handful of states to vote for a brand they could be proud of? And that’s why we have gerrymandered GOP-dominant districts optimizing/reinforcing segregation? Because the right is simply better organized than us?

Some anonymous Congressional staffers wrote a guide to how progressives should exploit Tea Party tactics

Highlights: Hold our local elected reps accountable for stopping the racist, sexist, destructive trumpgenda. Do this by hitting their PR, which they care about most. Hit their PR by showing up in person, looking filmable, with clear, concise demands for their on-the-record commitments. Invite the press. Model the diversity we support. Hand out talking points. We can’t let them win. Love trumps hate.

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The only way to prevent chaos is to create better chaos

He’s already setting explosive charges around the structures holding up our country, anticipating their imminent collapse.

I’m not saying he plans to destroy every single institution that together have made our country a beacon of freedom (a beacon wobbling on its foundation of slavery, theft  and continued perpetuation of inequality, but a beacon in a blighted world nonetheless).

I’m saying that if he wanted to destroy our democratic institutions, this is exactly how he’d do it: nominate known enemies of government to head the agencies they most hate; appoint billionaires, abusers and exploiters to manage systems designed to protect our most vulnerable; refuse the legitimacy and relevance of empirical facts–including those gathered by our intelligence officers, not to mention those required to prevent our grandchildrens’ necessary future evacuation from U.S. cities too hot to sustain human life; plant surrogates that openly question the benefit of a free press; proudly praise autocrats for killing their political enemies.

And whither the Democrats?

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Millennial Endtimes: #MrRobot

Last week, real-life Mr. Robots hacked San Francisco’s rail system to give thousands of riders free rides through the glossy playground of what a dear friend calls the Google Babies: tech economy fortunates who transformed SF from a proudly dirty queer/alt/boho haven to a Bubble city.

Bubble, bubble. Toil and trouble.

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Things that Are Identity Politics

  1. Eliminating Affirmative Action
  2. Increasing the use of school vouchers and charter schools (e.g. privatizing public schools)
  3. Ending health insurance for millions of recently insured lower and middle income people (e.g. privatizing the safety net)
  4. Taking health care away from women (e.g. privatizing my uterus)
  5. Taking rights away from LGBTQ people and families
  6. Kicking undocumented people out of their homes and communities
  7. Making policies that assume all Muslims are terrorists
  8. Making policies that assume all immigrants are criminals
  9. Installing financial world cronies in government positions (e.g. privatizing government)
  10. Asserting that talking about the existence of racism is racist
  11. Asserting that talking about the existence of sexism is sexist
  12. Asserting that climate change is not human-made and withdrawing from international agreements that would prevent our kids and grandkids from living in a US too hot to survive
  13. Claiming that public schools are a disaster and need to be transformed
  14. Claiming that low income neighborhoods are a disaster and need to be transformed
  15. Claiming that 2.5 million fewer popular votes is a mandate
  16. Lying about Putin
  17. Lying about Clinton
  18. Lying about the other Clinton
  19. Lying about business investments and globally networked conflicts of interest
  20. Lying about the role of one’s family in the planned oligarchy/kleptocracy/Russian puppet government
  21. Lying about rape
  22. Lying about that thing you said last week/last month/last year
  23. Pretty much everything that’s happening in the news right now and potentially for the next four years
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