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In elementary school, I lived in a small town in western Massachusetts. It was like most towns west of Worcester: semi-rural, familiar, broke. Main street consisted of a video rental store, a pizza shop, a barber, and a rotating cast of failed businesses. My mom and I moved back to Alaska after I finished sixth grade—sometime in the mid-90s—and soon thereafter, a Wal-Mart moved in.

The last time I was back east visiting my best friend—we met in the third grade in said town and have remained in touch since—I asked how it was. His family still lives there and he visits occasionally. “Still about the same,” was his reply. I asked if the broken glass in the doorway of an abandoned brick building at the corner of the main intersection had ever been cleared up (I’m pretty sure that window is still broken, and has been since 1990). I asked if the Wal-Mart was still there.

“Of course,” he said. “I don’t know what would happen to the town if that closed. It’d probably collapse. Nobody would have a job.”

The Wal-Mart in Orange, Massachusetts is like one in many small towns in America: it provides for as much of the employment opportunities as it does the goods available to the public. People get their paycheck from the Wal-Mart and then spend it at the Wal-Mart in an absolutely vicious cycle of commercial domination. People can’t shop elsewhere because there are no other places to shop; people can’t start a business to provide an alternative because Wal-Mart would easily be able to price them out. The people have no options. The people are subject to the company, and the company has a reliable bottom line because the meager paychecks they dole out will inevitably, at some percentage, return as profit.

Alabama Mississippi Misery

I think about the Wal-Mart when I read about the abhorrent new anti-abortion laws in the South. Some will argue these are about controlling women. Some will say it’s about getting Roe v Wade overturned. Some will say it’s about the extreme right-wing enforcing their values. Like talking about the various ways a Wal-Mart will damage a community and its potential offerings, none of these opinions are wrong. They just don’t get to the nature of the problem.

For all the rhetoric, the laws against abortion are not based in values, culture, religion, choice or freedom. Like everything else in America, their motivation is profit.

Denying women access to an abortion ensures a greater chance of a child born in to poverty—especially in the South. This child will have to overcome immense odds to attain anything in America. Even if the child were to excel in a failing education system and get to college, the price of higher education means that child, now an adult, will be straddled with debt for decades to come. They’ll have to get a job and pay the bank, pay the rent, pay for food. One way or another, they’ll pay.1

And then there are the litany of other circumstances this child will possibly grow up in to: Working in service, becoming one of a world-leading prison population, struggling on stagnant wages. One way or another, this child is a future contribution to the profits of the same types of men who run and fund the government passing these laws.

Capitalism Is Organized Crime

Make no mistake: These laws are not about anything other than perpetuating a debt-oriented state where controlling the options of people guarantees, in some form or another, a margin of profit. They will use gender-based prejudice to keep the narrative about left versus right, feminism, the ‘radical left’ and ‘family values.’ The talking points will only be there to keep a frustrated narrative afloat in the media while people in need will be offered none.2

The men—and women—who engage in the creation and enaction of these laws are modern tyrants, thieves, and as close as one can get to a slave-owner while still being a public figure. They are rapists and pillagers of the village. They do not deserve an equal say, they do not deserve their power, they do not deserve respect in the least bit. They lack dignity, honor, empathy, and humanity; but they rely on a society driven by a media-based narrative cycle that keeps their lives relatively consequence free.

This cycle of bullshit in America that is allowing for the rise of fascism relies on the inaction of people to fight back for their rights. The obvious way to do this would be through capital—the true heart of these motivations—in denying support to major corporations that contribute to and fuel the corruption of politics. However one can’t shop locally, abandon corporate chains and forge community if the only place to shop in town is the motherfucking Wal-Mart, owned or run by the same people telling women what they can and can’t do with their bodies.

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  • This is only considering the child, too—the cost of raising that kid creates an economic boom while making sure the parents/family have limited options with their finances beyond putting it all back into private companies profiting from this circumstance.
  • The complicity of major media organizations in this, and subsequently the ‘journalists’ and talking heads who provide for commentary, is nearly criminal in and of itself. These people should be walking off the fucking set, the control room should be ending the broadcast, the engineers should blow up the servers.

11:30 / 17 May 2019
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The Cycle Continues

it used to be that the phrase Imagine Going Back In Time referred to things like showing a jet engine to a caveman; then it was an iPhone to someone in the ’20s. Then it’s something like Trump giving Tiger Woods the Medal of Freedom to someone from 10 years ago.

Now the curve of world-altering difference is nearly immediate. I lose the internet for 24 hours and women are basically illegal in The South1 and people who make their money being professionally outraged are complaining about the NBA lottery because of market share2 and the New York Times is headlining a war with Iran because the last time they started doing this ended so well.3

For being so dumbstruck by Trump during the 2016 election, the media has certainly adopted his full-throated, clickbait-motivated way of doing business. It’s like nobody really wanted to talk about what happened in 2016 because of the collusion between publishing news and advertising revenue, and so the root of the problem is still festering away. Everybody is still going crazy and each day that passes seems like the only way to not get consumed by rage is to ignore the news entirely. We’re all basically Bruce Willis at the end of Die Hard 3 trying to escape the flood.

      Notes
  • I don’t care if it’s following Alyssa Milano or giving women bus tickets out of the south like they were homeless in San Francisco. This shit is abhorrent and something needs to be done, because pretty soon this will be at the Supreme Court and a couple rapists are going to tell women to fuck off once again.
  • Not that basketball or where Zion Williamson plays matters in the least compared to what else is going on in the world, however the discussions about him opting out of the NBA draft because he won’t play in a major market is yet more evidence that money ruins sports. These vultures who make money solely off of basketball care more about his TV time—not for him as a player, not the potential of the Pelicans with him and Anthony Davis, or aspiring professional athlete, but because of its potential advertising revenue were he to be in New York or Los Angeles—than they do the sport itself. These fucking people make me sick.
  • Ha ha just joking it never ended, fuck Judy Miller

09:00 / 16 May 2019
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invisible walls and
pointless words

It’s a beautiful day and the birds are singing and the clouds are plodding across the blue sky with the speed of a summer breeze. My head is fuming and my heart racing with anger only by the things I read on a screen.

American culture is so shaped by the “one of two things” mentality that it’s hard to take part in any discourse these days; to even read up on it is suffocating. Social design has built a wall around acceptable perspective and drawn a line between two sides and all debate seems to happen within that context: You’re either with us, or against us.1

I dwell in this torture as it ruins the view. Creation is a purpose, but The West has taught me that there is a responsibility to the zeitgeist with that calling—yet as I Follow Back the cultural rhetoric, its banal platitudes only make me think These people are owed nothing. Society is providing an avalanche of evidence as to why it should be buried and left for dead.2

At the same time I know these people are struggling. Anxiety and despair are at all-time highs in Americans—specifically those in my age group, caught between Generation X and the Millennials. Yet it feels increasingly like despair is the only sense in which I can identify with anyone; it’s a damning feeling.

      Notes
  • How soon we forget.
  • Most of this is stemming from the viral Harper’s Bazaar piece blaming men for women in unhappy relationships, and I basically read it as blanket statements and soundbyte-style writing that is particularly … Trump-like in its desire to garner the most reaction for saying as little as possible.

18:00 / 11 May 2019
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Private Capital to
Captain Bullshit

Jeff Bezos wants to go to the moon. Let’s fucking send him there and leave him.

Billions of dollars pour into rebuilding Notre Dame—even though the Vatican has probably spent more than that on covering up church scandals. Elon Musk and Bezos and Branson working to put the rich in orbit while the poor are suffering, starving, increasing in numbers.

I just can’t read the news anymore. These are not the men who will build a Great Future for Humankind. They’re building Planet Starbucks. They’re the ones that lead to The First Order, not the United Federation of Planets. Our future is so tragic because our present is so obvious.

10:00 / 10 May 2019
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Doing The Time

During my years in Portland I’d ended up in a few different social circles, a trait I’ve just sort of carried since middle school.1 I’ve been thinking about them a lot on my travels, who I’ve known, how, in what context and the length of time spent in that regard.

The latter is of particular interest to me while abroad. Traveling alone is the easiest way to feel completely alone in the world. Almost every action is self-reliance, every decision independent and every problem wholly yours to solve. Language is the most immediate barrier; people are more than willing to help, but they can’t if they don’t understand your question. But even if I was fluent in Spanish, I still wouldn’t be part of it here.

It took time to develop friendships and ingratiate myself into the various scenes I’ve associated with over the years. This idea has piqued my interest of late for multiple reasons; it’s coming up because there are obvious cultural tiers here—true Mallorcans,2 there are residents who are Spanish but from the mainland, residents who are of foreign descent, temporary workers, and tourists. But the relationships between culture, association and time are universal.

Commiseration

My general theory is that most relationships are based in commiseration. If you can’t vibe with what someone bitches about, it’s not going to work.3 However, that process of validating mutual despair isn’t immediate. It usually takes time and includes a variety of other occasions—in the end, it can lead to a bond, We’re in this together.

In the past these bonds have formed valuable unions and revolutionary uprisings; they also perpetuate through Ivy League fraternities into Wall Street and the White House. Yet with such an influential media—owned by a select few who certainly feel a sense of common purpose for more—and a diverse population, using the idea of tight-knit, trusted bonds against the people is easier than getting people together for a common cause.4

Evidence

In America I’d see evidence of anxiety and despair all over; street art is usually decent evidence. I see the same things in Mallorca; anti-fascist tags, feminist empowerment, general beauty.5 Then there are more human similarities: the homeless man using the doorway to a bank as a place to sleep at night, the nervous looks of underpaid shopgirls looking to meet a commission quota, the mother deciding what to buy at the market to save the most money.

Of course, all of these people are part of vastly different ‘tribes.’ The homeless man may spend his days in the park with the fellow downtrodden. The shopgirl may take what she can afford from that commission for a night at the club. The mother is concerned with the grades of her children. All economically oppressed, looking for purpose, relief… commiseration. Unity.

Our goals as humans working together should be to figure out how to promote and help one another in exploring and attaining our true potential. In the past this has been achieved through the structures of categorization Facebook now uses for profiteering—further evidence that these methods are outdated.6 However it’s difficult to trust without the test of time, gathering evidence that a person or idea isn’t there to betray you for personal gain—and, in late-capitalism, that is surely a threat at every turn. But it will still be an essential part of bringing humanity over this mountain of despair that is accumulated wealth for a select few.

The friends I’ve had, it took a lot of time to make them. The ones I’ve lost, it took no time at all to lose. They are perhaps the most fragile intangibles, human relationships. Person-to-person can be volatile enough; such a feat en masse feels almost as overwhelming as it does doomed. But there are few greater feelings than to be a part of something meaningful, and in that there is hope.

      Notes
  • Clique culture has always annoyed me. Be it high school where it’s about popularity, early adulthood where it’s about subcultural affiliation, or adulthood which is mostly class-based (with race, gender and various other sorts of tribalism thrown in to the mix). Just be good to one another, y’all.
  • To which I’d include natives or those with a long family history on the island. I’m not sure how they’d draw the lines.
  • Largely this is why unity among the proletariat in America is so difficult to attain: though everyone is in some sort of existential despair, the nuance of that despair is generally still divided—that nuance is preyed upon by those in power to exasperate that divide, and so people feel alone in their misery, looking at the complaints of someone else and being afforded (to a somewhat justifiable extent) the thought, “You think you have it bad…”
  • Bernie Sanders is pretty impressive in that sense, able to aptly message to a variety of American tribes that their economic despair does have a common root; an increasingly difficult task, given who is against him.
  • I would hope that this is evidence the next great international art movement will be to create a universal sense of a bond between all people, in that creation can be something all can appreciate and find significance within. The way politicians have lost their ability to convince the people they are for all, artists remain largely untarnished by the influx of capital (outside of the Art World© types who are more careerists than anything, looking to take selfies at Art Basel).
  • Once a corporation starts profiting from an idea it’s time to throw it away.

10:30 / 7 May 2019
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Celine Dion Sings Love Songs While Our Cities Burn

Articles like this one trying to explain a century of culture war with only one sentence regarding class are so disheartening.1

The leftists resent their distractions from a class-based political agenda.

For one thing, all political agendas are class-based, and you’re an idiot if you think otherwise. The entire function of government is to consolidate and re-distribute resources for the hopeful betterment of society. Yet “class-based” is a really easy way of dismissing an entire swath of the critique on American—shit, global—politics without needing to actually discuss economics.

The entirety of this culture war is class-based, because the motivations of the wealthy and powerful are to keep the underclass divided, fighting over meager rations while hoarding most for themselves. This is, and has been, done in rather obvious ways: First is propagating racism and sexism because skin color and gender are the easiest and most immediate identifiers. Next is more personal, in things like sexual orientation and public appearance. Lastly would be the existential or ideological—which are much easier targets to hit the more available media consumption becomes.

Any biased -ism is learned through time, likely from childhood. But the roots of that discrimination is generally in power trying to maintain itself: slavery has always been the fuel for capitalism’s economic firepower. It still is.2 Racism may have been handed down for generations through the south, but it was so ardently defended because it was lucrative. The history of violence originated with one tribe fighting another: it evolved by the victor pushing how—and how much—they could profit from it.

Underneath

The culture war escalated with each generation of media, and this is where McCarthy, Nixon, Reagan and subsequently Roger Ailes come in to play. The entire foundation of American mainstream culture in the era of electronic media was run through a society that leaned to the right. The left-versus-right dialogue evolved from an anti-communist era, where capitalism went unquestioned and, especially after ’87, ruled as the primary example of American Greatness. That narrative could be pushed because of the white men who owned—and still own—most broadcast information.

Culture was used as a tool to propagate singular ideas about America, ones that resonate with the current administration: White faces, white picket fences. All the meanwhile, white profits. The whitewashing of culture was key in continuing a psychology of division. This division continues today, as do the profits for a select few white individuals because of it.

Racism—well, any sort of discrimination—is as awful as it is ancient. Yet it is not impossible to overcome. People of different races co-exist in the upper class. Race is one of many differences between people used by those at the top tier to provide a channel for the anger and resentment the rest of us feel at the great, and obvious, inequality in global wealth.

The Surface

The reason social justice warriors are maligned is because they’re reactionaries who often only look at an immediate, surface-value issue and don’t offer any substantive content to the discourse. They’re good at writing headlines but not at 10,000-word investigative reporting.3 Of course they’ll get pissed off at this:

Gingrich is a politician but also a novelist. In his serialized historical fiction about the Civil War, Gingrich reimagines Robert E. Lee as an abolitionist. He now does so, in all seriousness, on The View, though he struggles to get the words out. “Are we going to say if you were somebody who thought Robert E. Lee was a decent person, which would be a high percentage of white Virginians … Now you’re going to say everybody in the South who thinks anybody is a reasonable person is, you know …”

Gingrich is a tool, but he’s no idiot. He’s provoking a reaction because he wants his name in articles like this. The more his name is out there, the better chance he has at selling books. That’s the motivation. Sales lead to profit lead to influence lead to power. It’s capitalism. It’s capitalism. It’s capitalism you fucking fucks.

      Notes
  • ‘Disheartening’ being polite for ‘I just woke up and this has to be one of the laziest fucking takes I’ve read all day’
  • Are overworked, underpaid workers ‘slaves’? Not nearly as much as they were in the 1800s, or how much they are in foreign countries without labor laws. However if you not only can’t afford to live from your work and are constantly terrified by a profiteering healthcare system, economic injustice and its subsequent fears govern your life and reduce your ability to choose basically anything except for consumer purchases. Yes it’s a step above 40 lashes, but it’s also 150 years later.
  • Making them literally perfect for the clickbait/social media economy.

10:00 / 2 May 2019
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The Trail of The Dead

Front page of The New York Times website

it is absolutely wild there was a mass shooting on a school campus hours ago and it gets no mention above the fold on The New York Times. if there was ever an indication of the press and media not doing their job, it is this. Gun violence is far more dangerous to America and Americans than the Mueller Report, yet the willingness to under-report and lack a discourse after political failure is representative of a media organization concerned with selling advertisements more than channeling the social dialogue to topics of great national importance. NYT hopin’ for impeachment so they can vie for a Pulitzer. Disgusting.

I honestly wonder what the editorial board discussions are at this point for shootings. I would imagine it has to do with amount of victims and their ages. Two dead college kids doesn’t make the front page. Maybe if they were in high school, or if it set some record of a body count, it would be more important than the dumbass interests of the Democratic Party.

(meanwhile, republicans are gearing up for war. great.)

10:30 / 1 May 2019
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Kiss The Bottle

I don’t often write much about addiction because of how my personal views and experiences drastically differ from the common American concepts. Also, being on day 139 of not drinking, I don’t really have anything positive to say about sobriety.1 If anything—this now being my third major stint without a bottle in my life—every time I sober up long enough to look at the world, the disgusting hypocrisy I see surrounding the entire concept of addiction takes all of my willpower to not just go to the local pub and grab a shot of anything. (That, and have you actually read the news lately? There’s very little reason for self-preservation.)

I’ve known plenty of drunks, stoners and addicts in my time. Some even to the extent I was/am—functional enough to keep a constant grasp on a flask and still somehow exist in society without too much damage done or incurred. Within that crowd is always the same dialogue buzzing overhead; I really need to quit. And American society generally agrees.2

As I’m not a big social media user, I didn’t know about the #nospend trend until I read about it. This is the type of thing that really gets to me as an addict: these people are just as bad in terms of the actual concept of addiction.

It’s About Substance

I’ve known men who lurk on Instagram all day and women who can’t go three minutes without refreshing Facebook. I know people who would freak the fuck out if they lost a connectivity signal for more than a couple. Who own four iPhones just because. I know people who have racked up five-figure credit card debt for no reason other than to fill the time with shopping. It isn’t that they are any better or worse than me when I would sit at the end of a dark bar for days. It’s that to America and its social narrative, there is a stark difference.

To America, the alcoholic is a danger,3 a scourge, while the nonstop technology consumer is an Early Adopter. To America, the addict is a problem to be jailed or pushed away while the person shopping on Facebook all day is a Patriotic Consumer, a standard of the Millennial Culture.

My point with all of this is that I’ve known people who can down two bottles of wine for lunch and still work 10 hours a day and contribute to society.4 While for the most part, any addiction is detrimental to the individual, those who are always on their iPhones or getting Amazon packages delivered contribute to these massive corporations that fuel the economy—and specifically line the pockets of the true influencers who have actual power. In no way will you find a mainstream narrative demonizing their actions, regardless of how they may be destructive to people as individuals: they’re making the rich richer.

Call It What You Will

We live in a time of mass inequality, global chaos, cultural depravity and social decay. People want an escape. Some see plotless, bullshit movies. Some drink a bottle of vodka. Some play video games. Some sleep with strangers. Some buy shoes. Some hound social media. Some smoke pot. Some have Amazon on speed dial. Some re-watch the same television shows.5 Some do whatever it takes for more followers. Internally, it’s all chemistry: a release, a way to feel relief from the incomprehensible tragedy known as real life.

There is a worthwhile conversation to be had about addiction—especially in the time of an opioid crisis that was created to profit a select few6—but you can’t fucking convince me that my friends back at the bar are somehow more a problem than the teenage girl who influences millions of followers to contribute mindlessly to an economy of conspicuous consumption, vanity and greed that is perpetually proven to do nothing but harm to a majority of the world.7

What I would pose is that the heads of major corporations use the power of advertising and media monopolization to exploit the fact most people need at least something of a vice; and then these sociopaths at the top use our human nature to divide us all in how we try and get through the day with the perpetuation of social judgments and common fears of the unknown to vilify some, exalt others, and finally profit for themselves. And that is the true danger to society; they are the actual villains. A vice is a choice that may harm the self; those fuckers choose to harm others for their own benefit.

      Notes
  • The lack of hangovers are nice, especially given once 30 hits they get worse. However the boredom is quickly consumed by other bullshit I enjoy far less (digital games, bad television; absent-minded screen time in general) and in the end seems equally detrimental to the human brain. It’s just a different kind of destruction.
  • Alcoholics are constantly vilified in mainstream American culture, because the trait is commonly associated with a way to give a character a negative slant. Whatever; it’s not that a drunk asshole isn’t an asshole when they’re sober. They’re just better at lying.
  • One of the great dangers of alcoholics is drunk driving. Well, so the fuck is texting while driving. I’m not saying either is acceptable—but if the qualifications for alcoholism being a negative social attribute are the danger it can incur to others, why the fuck are social media obsessives off the hook? (this is a rhetorical question)
  • I was one of them.
  • As if there needed to be any more obvious qualifier, Binge is a term that is now not only widely accepted but encouraged behavior because of who benefits; another indication of the importance of common language and that what we call something truly matters
  • Let’s also not forget the whole history of the US Government and its involvement with illegal drugs for the purposes of oppression.
  • And I’m not saying the girl who probably doesn’t know any better should be blamed, either: it’s that the invisible systems, the American narrative, about what is good and what is bad are so warped toward the goals of capitalism and consumption that it is meant to channel people into addictions that will be the most profitable for the fewest at the top.

16:00 / 30 April 2019
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Day 12

it’s quite fascinating to me how feeling foreign manifests itself in different ways. the most obvious is skin tone: though urban areas can be diverse, most countries have large swaths of geography with a rather uniform coloring. not matching up is a good way to feel awfully bad very fast.

the next obvious division is linguistic; though English is predominant in most of the world today, there are enough variations—from regional accents to major dialectic differences between, say, American and British spellings and definitions of the same words—that even within one language there are plenty of ways to discriminate1

and then there is, perhaps, the most psychologically dominant but least natural: the law.

laws and the flags they are defined by are the most useless division of humanity and also the most terrifying. these are the borders, along with their enforcement agents, created to force this uncomfortable feeling of being foreign.2 their presence takes the mundane and makes it, if not awful, at least nerve-racking.

today I drove a car, dropping a couple people at the airport. It was a ten minute drive on mostly main roads, the only difficulty being three roundabouts along the route. It was nothing. I’m a fully legal driver—with an International Driving Permit along with a US drivers license and insurance. but still I felt different, nervous, and worried. the constant concern of something going wrong, of possibly interacting with Police, had me on edge.3

feeling different is never a Great Time and fearing repercussions for those differences is just as much: nothing new, experienced by most and overlooked by the powerful in favor of perpetuating said power. but the constant action of questioning myself—What If this, What If that—is the worst way to feel apart from those who are around you. our natural differences are difficult enough to overcome, as greed has shown throughout history: the fact humanity designs more impediments to understanding just goes to show, maybe there is no saving us, maybe there is no point

      Notes
  • though i prefer ‘proper’ english to the American version, I still can’t call a lawn a garden or the ground a floor. it’s just strange
  • which is absolutely absurd
  • it’s a feeling all Americans, especially white men, should probably experience. I’ve had it many times—Morocco being the most unnerving—and it’s impossible to get used to. it’s a combination of paranoia and doubt, a constant fear that even doing things right is doing something wrong. it amplifies with each action that could, at some point, involve the governing body of the state to be involved in one’s individual life.

00:30 / 28 April 2019
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Hellscape 2020

(i was right about 100% of what happened in 2016, so here’s predictions for 2020 now that the race seems set)

the DNC will back Elizabeth Warren from now through the primaries for two reasons: one is to try and pull anyone possible from Bernie, and the other is to show the upper-middle-class white women who got Trump elected that now they can vote for a woman not named Clinton.1

Fox News will continue to let Bernie speak in an attempt to hedge their bets that his campaign will at least make it far enough for a nasty floor fight at the convention.2 (reason being that a Sanders campaign is a gold mine for Fox: they can put the Red Scare back out there, have their own Russia narrative,3 and continue their anti-Ocasio-Cortez propaganda with the threat a Sanders election would create more representatives like her).

Warren will make herself out to be hyper-progressive, as if she wasn’t a young Republican4 and self-described capitalist, until she can weed out a few of the other democratic candidates campaigning for book deals and paid consulting gigs at MSNBC. at some point her capitalist ‘pragmatism’ (thinly-veiled neoliberal policies) will take center stage as she appeals to the lobby of mostly white men in finance who would be sent to the guillotine if this were France in the late 1700s (who in no way would vote for Sanders but don’t see a future in Trump)

Beto O’Rourke will skateboard off with buckets of cash.

Joe Biden will sit around trying to avoid any conversation about sexual assault, running on his brand, grabhanding with rubes who think he is the last closest thing to Obama’s third term that they desperately wanted. He’ll try and see if he can pull an Al Gore in Florida. Meanwhile the media will just endlessly promote their brand-based agendas and salesmen who call themselves journalists will say ten million words that nobody will care about or remember within five seconds of their utterance, often times representing a series of ideas that are incoherent and out of touch but fill the time between paid advertisements.5

      Notes
  • the logic is to say that the DNC will back Biden, but he’s both toxic for the #metoo conversation as well as able to run on his own brand without a lot of help, at least until primary season. it’s actually a big win for the DNC to support Warren in their attempt to keep Bernie from the nomination: they can appear for women, progressive policies and business at the same time
  • i actually believe the democratic party will see a floor fight for the nomination. last year was so close and that was with the entire Clinton army and DNC coordinating against Sanders. with all the power that is potentially up for grabs, it’s going to be a remake of 2016 for people who work at major corporations but think racism is bad and that their takes on Twitter are a form of activism.
  • which would be all Stalin, fall of the USSR, Reagan and the dangers of anything other than capitalism; basically appealing to the Great America memories of their target demographics
  • Look for this narrative of changing sides to be used heavily later in the game, especially if she manages to get the nomination. the DNC desperately needs to get the women who voted for Trump and Warren could be it, especially if she goes with the I’ll make your kids’ life easier by easing their student debt media narrative.
  • Paul Krugman can fuck off

18:00 / 25 April 2019
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Clear History

(even though this web site has operated with a blog—in some form or another—since 1999, it has undergone semi-annual design changes and annual database dumps throughout the years. thus, the "Archive" is actually only evidence of what has not yet been deleted.)