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The Confessions and Polemics of Esmeralda “The Red” Chang

On American Democracy

In American political discourse we frequently hear the term “our democracy.” For example, the Russiagaters are fond of this term. The term grates. The sound of the utterance “our democracy” is not as bad as the sound of fingernails scratching a chalkboard, but it’s reminiscent.

It’s been said that a great advantage of democracy is that there will be no wars under it. Since the people have no desire for war they will not vote for it. The people do not have the motive the dictator or king or queen has to start war for self enrichment. But the United States has started more wars than any other country. What is to account for this? Is the United States really not a democracy, or are the people more warlike than has previously been thought?

Twenty years ago I predicted a presidential race between Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg. How can that be you ask, since twenty years ago it was unimaginable that either of these men would be a presidential candidate. I predicted it metaphorically. I said that lesser-of-two-evils voting would someday lead to its advocates saying, “You better vote for Mussolini or else Hitler is going to win.”  Lesser-of-two-evils voting allows the Democratic Party to move to the right. And the Democratic Party’s move to the right allows the Republican Party to move even further to the right. Had the fearful leftists formed a strong third party twenty years ago we would not be in the predicament we are today.

Some leftists, the cynical faction of the left-wing movement, have a different description of lesser-of-two-evils voting. They make the radical claim that lesser-of-two-evils voting is actually a corporatist strategy for maintaining power. They start with the premise that lesser-of-two-evils voting allows both parties to move to the right.  Then they conclude that this allows the Democratic Party to simultaneously: (1) counter its constituents’ interests and, (2) garner its constituents’ support in a way that supports corporatist interests. Here’s the evidence.

Joseph Biden won the most elections in the 2020 presidential primary election. In every, or almost every, state the exit polls showed a majority of the voters favored the creation of the single-payer health care system advocated by Biden’s opponent, Bernie Sanders. But Biden had openly and honestly stated that he opposed a single-payer system. And yet the voters who supported Sanders’ policy voted for Biden because they thought that Biden would have the best chance of defeating President Trump in the general election. So by instilling fear of the greater evil, the ruling corporate elites are able to scare the people into voting for the other candidate committed to preserving corporate power. In the end the corporatists are guaranteed the health industry stays in the hand of private insurance companies against the wishes of the majority of the voters.

Can such a cynical theory be correct? The answer to this question is beyond the expertise of a retired engineer, not to mention the fact that with the shelter-in-place order all the libraries around here are closed. Plus the big research library in this area is across the bay, and I can never find a place to park in Berkeley. And BART doesn’t run to Marin County. Perhaps answering this question is a job for a Marxist intellectual. I’m not gonna fool with it. I’m just telling you what I heard.

I say that the party that fails to advocate for ranked-choice voting has forfeited its right to complain about a third party being a spoiler. But some will object. The cynics on the left will say that, with my use of the word “forfeited,” the claim is too strong. The cynics will say that the Democratic Party, for example, doesn’t forfeit anything but rather depends on spoiler campaigns. The spoilers are fodder for the blamers. Another American characteristic shared by both Democrats and Republicans is failing to take responsibility for their own actions by blaming others. And so the left-wing cynic says that the Democrats need the Green Party, Russia, and whatever else to blame for its losses.

On American Capitalism

How can there be self-rule in a country whose economy is based on consumer capitalism? Since the people are brainwashed by advertising to buy so many products of questionable value, how do they engage in critical thinking in the political realm? Does the consumer who in the afternoon impulsively buys products as she checks out of the supermarket, then engage in critical thinking when watching the news in the evening?  Or in a presidential campaign do people suddenly and radically switch into critical thinking mode?  Or did Michael Bloomberg’s rise in the polls show that even in the political realm a candidate is just another commodity to sell?

You don’t need a Marxist intellectual to tell which way the wind blows.  The oligarchic nature of the United States and the dominance of the capitalist elites is so transparent that anyone with an open mind can see it.

I assert that under the American capitalist system the shortages we see in medical equipment as a result of the devastating impact of the coronavirus could not have been prevented. There are times in which it is useful to turn to the sophisticated and insightful analyses of left-wing thinkers and philosophers. This is not one of them. To defend the present thesis the only political theory I need refer to is that of the free-market advocates themselves. It is much simpler. You don’t need a Marxist intellectual to tell which way the wind blows. Under free market theory all that’s needed to sustain society is a free market. As a member of the far left, I refer to this as “the dictatorship of the market.” But the dictatorship of the market cannot provide for unexpected needs of the people. If there is no pandemic, there is no market demand for ventilators. The market demand for ventilators can only arise when there is already a preexisting epidemic or pandemic. The problem from a human needs perspective is that people will have to die before the market demand kicks in. Let us consider a hypothetical.

Imagine a publicly traded corporation, Good Samaritan Medical Supply, Inc. The company leadership has read the numerous predictions of a pandemic over the years and is aware of the 2018 report from Johns Hopkins University warning that the country needs more ventilators. So the leadership invests hundreds of thousands of dollars in the production of ventilators. The board of directors is now subject to a shareholders’ derivative suit for wasting corporate assets. The shareholders can claim that the hundreds of thousands of dollars should have been returned as dividends or invested in production meeting present market demand. Capitalism cannot provide all the needs of the people.

On American Political Culture

Obama and Trump killed American liberalism. Obama took the liberals out of the antiwar movement, and out of the civil liberties movement in so far as surveillance and privacy issues are concerned. Not noticing how Jeb Bush and Mario Rubio, by engaging in irrelevant (Bush) or debased (Rubio) political discourse, abandoned their standards and good sense when attacked by Trump, the liberals followed suit. In high dudgeon they lowered their standards, or otherwise demonstrated they had none. Opposing the Evil One as best as they apparently could, these liberals became the self-righteous, narrow minded, neo-red baiting, group-think conformists that in the 1950s and 60s they used to look down their noses at the conservatives for being. If this seems implausibly harsh to you, the proof is on the Daily Kos website. Additional proof is found in most liberal discourse about Russiagate.

For the conservative, the liberals should not exist. That’s because the liberal represents a vile and sacrilegious threat to the values that the conservative holds sacred. Liberals look down on conservatives who they see as know nothings. But the liberal thinks conservatives should at least exist. That’s because the liberals believe in pluralism and so the conservative has a role to play in the liberal universe. That is, the  conservative’s existence helps to justify liberal theories of pluralism and diversity.

In America, the relation between the conservative and the liberal can be explained by reference to the Daoist concept of the unity of opposites. The famous circular symbol of the Dao represents this. The intertwining black and white figures can be seen to represent liberals and conservatives respectively. I used to think that American liberals and American conservatives were totally different beings. I used to think that the mainstream conservatives were uneducated, prejudiced, anti-intellectual folks who saw the world in black and white categories.  They could not make logical distinctions, and adhered to ideological dogmatism. They were rigid thinkers who used ideology to quickly put people and events into a box. As a member of the far left, I saw liberals as ideological allies. I saw them as rational, open-minded, tolerant, but in some ways unaware. But the rise of Trump and Russiagate has liberals imitating the worst tendencies of the conservatives of the 1950s and 1960s. Along with other sources,  the proof can be found on the Daily Kos website. In America, liberals and conservatives are a unity of opposites. While there are differences between them, they are bound together into a unity by the most American of qualities: narrow mindedness, a lack of fairness and objectivity, and adherence to dogmatism. I believe these qualities descend from American Puritanism. Consider the following.

Some Republicans want to expel Mitt Romney from the party because of his vote to remove President Trump from office. But many Democrats cannot tolerate Tulsi Gabbard’s vote of “present” on the question of whether President Trump should be impeached. In both cases the problem is that the heretic has failed to tow the party line. In America independent thinking and adherence to conscience are not respected. Here’s another example.

Many Democrats and media people attack Bernie Sanders because he dares to acknowledge that Fidel Castro adopted programs to spread literacy in Cuba. Sanders’ crime is the failure to rigidly adhere to ideological dogma. In America people do not make critical distinctions. And this is not a rare example. Such dogmatism was continually demonstrated by liberals during Russiagate. Americans may be nice, but don’t bet on them surviving the competition in the global economy. They lack the sagacity necessary for national survival.

I was born in 1947. Being acculturated as an American, I had no desire to hang out with old people. It’s different in Latin cultures, especially in Brazil. A twenty-year-old Brazilian will engage an old person as a social equal. I am now an old person. This allows me to look back to the past and learn from experience; to gain  perspective. For example, I have been both a young person and an old person. And with that perspective I now see what a problem is with old people. It’s summed up by the well-known expression “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Many old people are handicapped by their past experiences and beliefs. And in America this includes the anti-communist, anti-Russian propaganda that was drummed into people during the Cold War. It is easy to sway the people in countries whose economies are based on consumer capitalism. Turning the people against Russia is just selling another product. It’s very difficult for old people to overcome this propaganda, this experience. This difficulty prevents the United States from adapting to changed conditions. Evolutionary theory tells us that the inability to adapt has fatal consequences.

The problem with the advocates of Russiagate is not that all of their claims are wrong. It’s that they show such bad taste. They lack perspective. They’re handicapped by their past.

When I was an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1960s many students attempted to expand their consciousness by taking marijuana and psychedelic drugs such as LSD and mescaline. I thought that was unhealthy. As an engineering major I attempted to expand my consciousness by hanging out with anthropology, comparative literature, and Chinese studies majors because they seemed to be the most open-minded and to have great perspective. Everyone read Dostoevsky back then, and a few of us read Nietzsche. Even fewer read Zhuangzi. For many years I felt that reading these authors made me a strong person. What difficult social situation can you not face after reading Dostoevsky? And so it was that, while I looked upon them with compassion, I felt superior to those I believed were weaker because they turned to drugs or religion for an escape. Some of those who I thought were weaker became mentally ill as a result of the stress they felt in our society and economy. But in the last few years I’ve lost a little of my confidence. When looking at America and some of its problems I do not always think in a hard logical manner for solutions. I now find myself occasionally laughing at America and its problems, and more as time goes on. Is this evidence of a mental illness?

In third place behind the threats posed by global warming and nuclear war, the greatest threat to the United States is the Internet. Before the Internet the United States had more prestige than it does today. The oceans separating the country from most other countries kept much of the world from getting an intimate look at American culture. From a distance the United States is much more impressive. It put a man on the moon, it invented the Internet, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Ice Cream, the light bulb, and much much more. Not only could the Americans be seen as the leaders in science and technology, they used to be seen as hip. American culture gave rise to rock’n roll and hip hop. But the Internet has changed all that. Now people in other countries can get so close to the United States with their Internet browsers that they can see the warts: the inequality in wealth, the crumbling infrastructure, the U.S.’s relative ranking in terms of freedom of the press, civil liberties, child mortality, availability of health care and on and on. These warts are, metaphorically speaking, co-extensive with the warts found on the feral hog. Foreigners do not understand the Electoral College. It’s not clear to foreigners how the United States is classified as a democracy. Thanks to the Internet the country can be seen as backward and barbarian. To Make America Great Again it is necessary to censor or firewall the Internet. Take that as a prediction.

On American Militarism and Imperialism

Militarism is pervasive in American society. It invades almost all areas of the culture. The anchors on both Fox News and CNN engage in the religiously obsessive ritual of thanking every veteran who appears on their show for “your service.” Every professional sport I know of promotes militarism. In NBA basketball games, there are standing ovations for the serviceman who surprises his family by entering the arena when he is thought to be overseas. The major league baseball players wear camouflage uniforms for certain holidays, and if it wasn’t enough to start every game with the national anthem sometimes “America the Beautiful” is played during the seventh-inning stretch. The NFL gives the appearance of being an arm of the Pentagon. And the military seems to have recruiting advertisements on every televised college game. When I was a young girl these types of customs were associated with America’s enemies. But times have changed. This is not the country I grew up in.

When the Americans talk of protecting freedom in a particular foreign country, you better run. A lot of people are going to get killed. When I was a young girl growing up in Bakersfield, the term “commander-in-chief” was not part of American political discourse. No one said, “Vote for Dwight Eisenhower for president because he’d make a better commander-in-chief than Adlai Stevenson.” And no one said, “Vote  for John F. Kennedy because he would make a better commander-in-chief than Richard Nixon.” The use of the term in contemporary American political discourse is a reflection that America has become quite a militaristic nation. After World War II the Americans saw themselves has having defeated the militarism of the Japanese and the Germans. But those days are long gone. This is not the country I grew up in.

Some historians claim that the citizens of an empire do not see that empire’s fall until many years after the fall begins. We frequently hear that the United States is a superpower. Paul Craig Roberts once asked, “How can the world’s largest debtor be a superpower?” My question is: how can a superpower lead the world in the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic?

So far I have only seen a few of foreign press accounts of the United States’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic. To use a dated American expression, it seems to me that these articles take an almost “uppity” tone with regard to the superpower. Spiegel International has a particularly interesting article. We read comments like this: “Europe’s social welfare states are proving to be better prepared for keeping economies afloat in the shutdown, with measures like Germany’s short-time work furlough program and government-backed loans for companies.” And this: “Some economic scientists expect the coronavirus recession to be deeper in the U.S. than in many other industrialized  countries.” It is not surprising then at the end of the article there is speculation that the economic consequences of the pandemic might be a shift in global power relations in favor of China. These European social welfare states that are claimed to be doing a better job are what the Fox News folks would call “socialist.” And depending on which of these European states are referred to even AOC and Bernie Sanders would say they are “socialist.” So if the various claims and speculations to be found in Speigel are true, it may be that the capitalist elites in the United States could have done a better job ensuring a longer dominance of American imperialism and super power status had they adopted a more humane, liberal, or “socialist” economic system. But then again, Americans do not do strategy.

Another of the interesting terms bandied about in America is “leader of the free world.” Borrowing a Daoist method of linguistic analysis, we can say that leader implies follower. So, if I may be so bold as to ask, if America is the leader, who are the followers? And once someone has identified these followers, I would ask: Do these followers have a say in whether they are followers? If so, do these followers have a say in who their leader is?

In his introduction to one of the editions of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, Thomas Cleary stresses the importance of understanding that the book is a Daoist work. Philosophical Daoism, especially as found in the Zhuangzi, is an empirical philosophy. In the Zhuangzi we read of lessons learned from the observations of nature including storms, tigers, monkeys, and people. As for Sun Tzu, do not be misled by this: “As to government expenditures, those due to broken-down chariots, worn-out horses, armour and helmets, arrows and crossbows, lances, hand and bodyshields, draft animals and supply wagons will amount to sixty per cent of the total.” If you are, you may miss the many statements like this: “For there has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.”

Sun Tzu stressed the importance of knowing oneself and one’s enemy. Many years ago my former partner and I had a 1986 Volvo station wagon. After a while, the car radio broke and was stuck on one station. It was the local station that broadcast the Rush Limbaugh show. So for three years I listened to Rush Limbaugh while driving. I know my enemy.

How odd. The Daoist classics were written centuries before the creation of the United States. And yet the Daoist classics clearly foretell the collapse of the United States.

On American Weather

The indigenous peoples of California knew what they were doing. In the summer when it was hot in the valley and foothills, they’d move up to live in the mountains. When winter approached they’d move back to the lowlands. That is a good idea.

My aunt once told me that the early residents of Sacramento did something similar. They built two-story houses. In the winter they moved up to the second story to avoid the floods. In the summer they moved back down to the first story where it was cooler. Sacramento has way more trees than most cities. Sacramento’s trees are like the forests the indigenous peoples escaped to in order to avoid the heat. My aunt was not an historian, but that’s what she told me.

I once met a man from Boston who said that San Diego had the best weather of any city. I met a man from Vallejo who said that Vallejo had the best weather of any city in California. The man from Vallejo was right.

Okay, compañeros, un gran beso de Sausalito. Hasta la próxima.

The Confessions and Polemics of Esmeralda “The Red” Chang

On American Democracy

In American political discourse we frequently hear the term “our democracy.” For example, the Russiagaters are fond of this term. The term grates. The sound of the utterance “our democracy” is not as bad as the sound of fingernails scratching a chalkboard, but it’s reminiscent.

It’s been said that a great advantage of democracy is that there will be no wars under it. Since the people have no desire for war they will not vote for it. The people do not have the motive the dictator or king or queen has to start war for self enrichment. But the United States has started more wars than any other country. What is to account for this? Is the United States really not a democracy, or are the people more warlike than has previously been thought?

Twenty years ago I predicted a presidential race between Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg. How can that be you ask, since twenty years ago it was unimaginable that either of these men would be a presidential candidate. I predicted it metaphorically. I said that lesser-of-two-evils voting would someday lead to its advocates saying, “You better vote for Mussolini or else Hitler is going to win.”  Lesser-of-two-evils voting allows the Democratic Party to move to the right. And the Democratic Party’s move to the right allows the Republican Party to move even further to the right. Had the fearful leftists formed a strong third party twenty years ago we would not be in the predicament we are today.

Some leftists, the cynical faction of the left-wing movement, have a different description of lesser-of-two-evils voting. They make the radical claim that lesser-of-two-evils voting is actually a corporatist strategy for maintaining power. They start with the premise that lesser-of-two-evils voting allows both parties to move to the right.  Then they conclude that this allows the Democratic Party to simultaneously: (1) counter its constituents’ interests and, (2) garner its constituents’ support in a way that supports corporatist interests. Here’s the evidence.

Joseph Biden won the most elections in the 2020 presidential primary election. In every, or almost every, state the exit polls showed a majority of the voters favored the creation of the single-payer health care system advocated by Biden’s opponent, Bernie Sanders. But Biden had openly and honestly stated that he opposed a single-payer system. And yet the voters who supported Sanders’ policy voted for Biden because they thought that Biden would have the best chance of defeating President Trump in the general election. So by instilling fear of the greater evil, the ruling corporate elites are able to scare the people into voting for the other candidate committed to preserving corporate power. In the end the corporatists are guaranteed the health industry stays in the hand of private insurance companies against the wishes of the majority of the voters.

Can such a cynical theory be correct? The answer to this question is beyond the expertise of a retired engineer, not to mention the fact that with the shelter-in-place order all the libraries around here are closed. Plus the big research library in this area is across the bay, and I can never find a place to park in Berkeley. And BART doesn’t run to Marin County. Perhaps answering this question is a job for a Marxist intellectual. I’m not gonna fool with it. I’m just telling you what I heard.

I say that the party that fails to advocate for ranked-choice voting has forfeited its right to complain about a third party being a spoiler. But some will object. The cynics on the left will say that, with my use of the word “forfeited,” the claim is too strong. The cynics will say that the Democratic Party, for example, doesn’t forfeit anything but rather depends on spoiler campaigns. The spoilers are fodder for the blamers. Another American characteristic shared by both Democrats and Republicans is failing to take responsibility for their own actions by blaming others. And so the left-wing cynic says that the Democrats need the Green Party, Russia, and whatever else to blame for its losses.

On American Capitalism

How can there be self-rule in a country whose economy is based on consumer capitalism? Since the people are brainwashed by advertising to buy so many products of questionable value, how do they engage in critical thinking in the political realm? Does the consumer who in the afternoon impulsively buys products as she checks out of the supermarket, then engage in critical thinking when watching the news in the evening?  Or in a presidential campaign do people suddenly and radically switch into critical thinking mode?  Or did Michael Bloomberg’s rise in the polls show that even in the political realm a candidate is just another commodity to sell?

You don’t need a Marxist intellectual to tell which way the wind blows.  The oligarchic nature of the United States and the dominance of the capitalist elites is so transparent that anyone with an open mind can see it.

I assert that under the American capitalist system the shortages we see in medical equipment as a result of the devastating impact of the coronavirus could not have been prevented. There are times in which it is useful to turn to the sophisticated and insightful analyses of left-wing thinkers and philosophers. This is not one of them. To defend the present thesis the only political theory I need refer to is that of the free-market advocates themselves. It is much simpler. You don’t need a Marxist intellectual to tell which way the wind blows. Under free market theory all that’s needed to sustain society is a free market. As a member of the far left, I refer to this as “the dictatorship of the market.” But the dictatorship of the market cannot provide for unexpected needs of the people. If there is no pandemic, there is no market demand for ventilators. The market demand for ventilators can only arise when there is already a preexisting epidemic or pandemic. The problem from a human needs perspective is that people will have to die before the market demand kicks in. Let us consider a hypothetical.

Imagine a publicly traded corporation, Good Samaritan Medical Supply, Inc. The company leadership has read the numerous predictions of a pandemic over the years and is aware of the 2018 report from Johns Hopkins University warning that the country needs more ventilators. So the leadership invests hundreds of thousands of dollars in the production of ventilators. The board of directors is now subject to a shareholders’ derivative suit for wasting corporate assets. The shareholders can claim that the hundreds of thousands of dollars should have been returned as dividends or invested in production meeting present market demand. Capitalism cannot provide all the needs of the people.

On American Political Culture

Obama and Trump killed American liberalism. Obama took the liberals out of the antiwar movement, and out of the civil liberties movement in so far as surveillance and privacy issues are concerned. Not noticing how Jeb Bush and Mario Rubio, by engaging in irrelevant (Bush) or debased (Rubio) political discourse, abandoned their standards and good sense when attacked by Trump, the liberals followed suit. In high dudgeon they lowered their standards, or otherwise demonstrated they had none. Opposing the Evil One as best as they apparently could, these liberals became the self-righteous, narrow minded, neo-red baiting, group-think conformists that in the 1950s and 60s they used to look down their noses at the conservatives for being. If this seems implausibly harsh to you, the proof is on the Daily Kos website. Additional proof is found in most liberal discourse about Russiagate.

For the conservative, the liberals should not exist. That’s because the liberal represents a vile and sacrilegious threat to the values that the conservative holds sacred. Liberals look down on conservatives who they see as know nothings. But the liberal thinks conservatives should at least exist. That’s because the liberals believe in pluralism and so the conservative has a role to play in the liberal universe. That is, the  conservative’s existence helps to justify liberal theories of pluralism and diversity.

In America, the relation between the conservative and the liberal can be explained by reference to the Daoist concept of the unity of opposites. The famous circular symbol of the Dao represents this. The intertwining black and white figures can be seen to represent liberals and conservatives respectively. I used to think that American liberals and American conservatives were totally different beings. I used to think that the mainstream conservatives were uneducated, prejudiced, anti-intellectual folks who saw the world in black and white categories.  They could not make logical distinctions, and adhered to ideological dogmatism. They were rigid thinkers who used ideology to quickly put people and events into a box. As a member of the far left, I saw liberals as ideological allies. I saw them as rational, open-minded, tolerant, but in some ways unaware. But the rise of Trump and Russiagate has liberals imitating the worst tendencies of the conservatives of the 1950s and 1960s. Along with other sources,  the proof can be found on the Daily Kos website. In America, liberals and conservatives are a unity of opposites. While there are differences between them, they are bound together into a unity by the most American of qualities: narrow mindedness, a lack of fairness and objectivity, and adherence to dogmatism. I believe these qualities descend from American Puritanism. Consider the following.

Some Republicans want to expel Mitt Romney from the party because of his vote to remove President Trump from office. But many Democrats cannot tolerate Tulsi Gabbard’s vote of “present” on the question of whether President Trump should be impeached. In both cases the problem is that the heretic has failed to tow the party line. In America independent thinking and adherence to conscience are not respected. Here’s another example.

Many Democrats and media people attack Bernie Sanders because he dares to acknowledge that Fidel Castro adopted programs to spread literacy in Cuba. Sanders’ crime is the failure to rigidly adhere to ideological dogma. In America people do not make critical distinctions. And this is not a rare example. Such dogmatism was continually demonstrated by liberals during Russiagate. Americans may be nice, but don’t bet on them surviving the competition in the global economy. They lack the sagacity necessary for national survival.

I was born in 1947. Being acculturated as an American, I had no desire to hang out with old people. It’s different in Latin cultures, especially in Brazil. A twenty-year-old Brazilian will engage an old person as a social equal. I am now an old person. This allows me to look back to the past and learn from experience; to gain  perspective. For example, I have been both a young person and an old person. And with that perspective I now see what a problem is with old people. It’s summed up by the well-known expression “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Many old people are handicapped by their past experiences and beliefs. And in America this includes the anti-communist, anti-Russian propaganda that was drummed into people during the Cold War. It is easy to sway the people in countries whose economies are based on consumer capitalism. Turning the people against Russia is just selling another product. It’s very difficult for old people to overcome this propaganda, this experience. This difficulty prevents the United States from adapting to changed conditions. Evolutionary theory tells us that the inability to adapt has fatal consequences.

The problem with the advocates of Russiagate is not that all of their claims are wrong. It’s that they show such bad taste. They lack perspective. They’re handicapped by their past.

When I was an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1960s many students attempted to expand their consciousness by taking marijuana and psychedelic drugs such as LSD and mescaline. I thought that was unhealthy. As an engineering major I attempted to expand my consciousness by hanging out with anthropology, comparative literature, and Chinese studies majors because they seemed to be the most open-minded and to have great perspective. Everyone read Dostoevsky back then, and a few of us read Nietzsche. Even fewer read Zhuangzi. For many years I felt that reading these authors made me a strong person. What difficult social situation can you not face after reading Dostoevsky? And so it was that, while I looked upon them with compassion, I felt superior to those I believed were weaker because they turned to drugs or religion for an escape. Some of those who I thought were weaker became mentally ill as a result of the stress they felt in our society and economy. But in the last few years I’ve lost a little of my confidence. When looking at America and some of its problems I do not always think in a hard logical manner for solutions. I now find myself occasionally laughing at America and its problems, and more as time goes on. Is this evidence of a mental illness?

In third place behind the threats posed by global warming and nuclear war, the greatest threat to the United States is the Internet. Before the Internet the United States had more prestige than it does today. The oceans separating the country from most other countries kept much of the world from getting an intimate look at American culture. From a distance the United States is much more impressive. It put a man on the moon, it invented the Internet, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Ice Cream, the light bulb, and much much more. Not only could the Americans be seen as the leaders in science and technology, they used to be seen as hip. American culture gave rise to rock’n roll and hip hop. But the Internet has changed all that. Now people in other countries can get so close to the United States with their Internet browsers that they can see the warts: the inequality in wealth, the crumbling infrastructure, the U.S.’s relative ranking in terms of freedom of the press, civil liberties, child mortality, availability of health care and on and on. These warts are, metaphorically speaking, co-extensive with the warts found on the feral hog. Foreigners do not understand the Electoral College. It’s not clear to foreigners how the United States is classified as a democracy. Thanks to the Internet the country can be seen as backward and barbarian. To Make America Great Again it is necessary to censor or firewall the Internet. Take that as a prediction.

On American Militarism and Imperialism

Militarism is pervasive in American society. It invades almost all areas of the culture. The anchors on both Fox News and CNN engage in the religiously obsessive ritual of thanking every veteran who appears on their show for “your service.” Every professional sport I know of promotes militarism. In NBA basketball games, there are standing ovations for the serviceman who surprises his family by entering the arena when he is thought to be overseas. The major league baseball players wear camouflage uniforms for certain holidays, and if it wasn’t enough to start every game with the national anthem sometimes “America the Beautiful” is played during the seventh-inning stretch. The NFL gives the appearance of being an arm of the Pentagon. And the military seems to have recruiting advertisements on every televised college game. When I was a young girl these types of customs were associated with America’s enemies. But times have changed. This is not the country I grew up in.

When the Americans talk of protecting freedom in a particular foreign country, you better run. A lot of people are going to get killed. When I was a young girl growing up in Bakersfield, the term “commander-in-chief” was not part of American political discourse. No one said, “Vote for Dwight Eisenhower for president because he’d make a better commander-in-chief than Adlai Stevenson.” And no one said, “Vote  for John F. Kennedy because he would make a better commander-in-chief than Richard Nixon.” The use of the term in contemporary American political discourse is a reflection that America has become quite a militaristic nation. After World War II the Americans saw themselves has having defeated the militarism of the Japanese and the Germans. But those days are long gone. This is not the country I grew up in.

Some historians claim that the citizens of an empire do not see that empire’s fall until many years after the fall begins. We frequently hear that the United States is a superpower. Paul Craig Roberts once asked, “How can the world’s largest debtor be a superpower?” My question is: how can a superpower lead the world in the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic?

So far I have only seen a few of foreign press accounts of the United States’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic. To use a dated American expression, it seems to me that these articles take an almost “uppity” tone with regard to the superpower. Spiegel International has a particularly interesting article. We read comments like this: “Europe’s social welfare states are proving to be better prepared for keeping economies afloat in the shutdown, with measures like Germany’s short-time work furlough program and government-backed loans for companies.” And this: “Some economic scientists expect the coronavirus recession to be deeper in the U.S. than in many other industrialized  countries.” It is not surprising then at the end of the article there is speculation that the economic consequences of the pandemic might be a shift in global power relations in favor of China. These European social welfare states that are claimed to be doing a better job are what the Fox News folks would call “socialist.” And depending on which of these European states are referred to even AOC and Bernie Sanders would say they are “socialist.” So if the various claims and speculations to be found in Speigel are true, it may be that the capitalist elites in the United States could have done a better job ensuring a longer dominance of American imperialism and super power status had they adopted a more humane, liberal, or “socialist” economic system. But then again, Americans do not do strategy.

Another of the interesting terms bandied about in America is “leader of the free world.” Borrowing a Daoist method of linguistic analysis, we can say that leader implies follower. So, if I may be so bold as to ask, if America is the leader, who are the followers? And once someone has identified these followers, I would ask: Do these followers have a say in whether they are followers? If so, do these followers have a say in who their leader is?

In his introduction to one of the editions of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, Thomas Cleary stresses the importance of understanding that the book is a Daoist work. Philosophical Daoism, especially as found in the Zhuangzi, is an empirical philosophy. In the Zhuangzi we read of lessons learned from the observations of nature including storms, tigers, monkeys, and people. As for Sun Tzu, do not be misled by this: “As to government expenditures, those due to broken-down chariots, worn-out horses, armour and helmets, arrows and crossbows, lances, hand and bodyshields, draft animals and supply wagons will amount to sixty per cent of the total.” If you are, you may miss the many statements like this: “For there has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.”

Sun Tzu stressed the importance of knowing oneself and one’s enemy. Many years ago my former partner and I had a 1986 Volvo station wagon. After a while, the car radio broke and was stuck on one station. It was the local station that broadcast the Rush Limbaugh show. So for three years I listened to Rush Limbaugh while driving. I know my enemy.

How odd. The Daoist classics were written centuries before the creation of the United States. And yet the Daoist classics clearly foretell the collapse of the United States.

On American Weather

The indigenous peoples of California knew what they were doing. In the summer when it was hot in the valley and foothills, they’d move up to live in the mountains. When winter approached they’d move back to the lowlands. That is a good idea.

My aunt once told me that the early residents of Sacramento did something similar. They built two-story houses. In the winter they moved up to the second story to avoid the floods. In the summer they moved back down to the first story where it was cooler. Sacramento has way more trees than most cities. Sacramento’s trees are like the forests the indigenous peoples escaped to in order to avoid the heat. My aunt was not an historian, but that’s what she told me.

I once met a man from Boston who said that San Diego had the best weather of any city. I met a man from Vallejo who said that Vallejo had the best weather of any city in California. The man from Vallejo was right.

Okay, compañeros, un gran beso de Sausalito. Hasta la próxima.

The Use and Abuse of President Donald Trump

In all of the bizarre and ridiculous iconography of our first cartoon President, Donald J. Trump, the photo-op of Trump holding an upside-down Bible in front of St John’s (of Patmos?) Episcopal Church, near the White House, really takes the cake — and, perhaps, eats it, too.  Of course, the whole scene was a fiasco right out of Hollywood, as militarized police and actual military units violently suppressed a considerable throng of protesters, so that the embattled “leader” could awkwardly lurch to the Church for a weird evangelical pose (In the event, the President should have taken a golf cart; Trump’s handlers really dropped the ball on the optics here…).

There are many layers of irony threading through Trump’s churchy photo-op.  For example, the President was wielding a version of the Bible not considered “authoritative” by evangelicals, one of his presumed audiences; and, moreover, in front of a notoriously “liberal” house of worship — not to mention the tyrannical police state tactics used to clear Lafayette Square in D.C. on June 1, 2020.  However, the image that struck me most amidst all of this Hellish hoopla was that of Trump holding a Bible aloft with what appeared to be a cloven hoof-hand, as if the President were posing as the Antichrist poster boy of the Moment.  Yes:  not only is Trump the “worst literal Hitler” figure ever, as C.J. Hopkins has quite correctly noted; now, Mein Trumpf  has achieved — albeit fleetingly — Antichrist status…

Yet, the Antichrist Trump is entirely pathetic; Hannah Arendt’s concept-phrase the “banality of evil” is far too strong in this case.  Antichrist Trump’s expression during the photo-op could be most generously described as dour, although bland, or even blank, would be more accurate.  The President responds to a reporter’s question (one of the reporters not punched in the face by security forces that day) — “Is that your Bible?” by inflectionlessly stating that “It’s a Bible,” in a quiet, hollow, distant, vacant voice.  If Trump in this moment is Satan’s chosen tool, then he appears to have zero enthusiasm — or extremely “low energy” — for the role. (Again, Trump should have taken the golf cart, as that 5-minute walk to the Church from the White House, the sheer physical exertion of it, has clearly de-animated him, our first cartoon President.)

Nevertheless, despite this deflated performance, Trump is far from imperfectly cast as the “Antichrist.”  As all voting evangelicals will remember come November (if there is an election…), Trump has used the Presidency to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel which, according to a certain prophetic tradition, is a necessary pre-condition for the Apocalypse, which will herald the Second Coming of Christ.  Certainly, the tone and tenor of our Times have become more “apocalyptic” since Señor “Carnage” wallowed in to the Oval Office through an almost unnatural election in 2016.

Given the hallucinatory goofiness of the Bible’s last chapter, the Book of Revelation, the banality of Donald Trump as Antichrist makes a certain sort of occult sense, this 6-times bankrupt Whore of Babbling on…

However, there is another fictional figure that I believe Trump more uncannily resembles than the anti-hero of Biblically deranged myth-making.  I owe this insight to John Hawkins’ recent DV article “Doublethink!  Doublethink!  It’s Two Thinks in One!” (published on Bastille Day, 2020), which links the Trump phenomenon to Emmanuel Goldstein, the “Two-Minute’s Hate” character of George Orwell’s 1948 dystopian novel, 1984.  Indeed, during the seemingly pre-determined 2016 election run-up, the fanatical, viscerally venomous bashing of Trump had just begun…

Ever since Trump’s curious Electoral College victory, the “2-Minutes Hate” on Trump has been in full-blown, blast furnace Inferno-mode.  One would think that every True-blue Liberal in the Land were Christian as Hell, and that Trump was the Devil incarnate:  the original sinning Root of all Evil.

Who knew that “Liberals” could be so rabid?  Isn’t such zealotry supposed to be the exclusive, gun-guarded paranoid domain of the self-righteous Right? Take an obviously “liberal” Late Night TV comic show host like Stephen Colbert, who once portrayed an unconsciously self-parodying Right-winger. Ironically, it appears that Colbert’s previous comic incarnation got his wish, since the current Colbert is now going on a “4-Years Hate” rant — in 10-minute monologue installments — on Trump.  Such an obsession!

To be fair, Trump’s opponent in 2016 (besides Jill Stein…) was also a relentlessly demonized figure:  her eminence, Hillary “Benghazi” Clinton. Perhaps, in 2016, the choice of “lesser evils” had never been more evil — or, at the very least, more banal…

At that time, just 4 years of “Hate” ago, the diabolical rivals of the two uncontested national political parties squared off in 3 televised debates, the second of which — held at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, October 19, 2016 — produced a most pivotal exchange.  Hillary fired off the opening salvo, a salvo that has echoed throughout Trump’s besieged Presidency:  that the Donald was a “Putin puppet.”  Clinton was the presumed next-President at this point, so close to the Vote, the debate itself a mere formality.  And yet Trump, the apparent political upstart, fired automatically back that Clinton herself, in fact, was the “puppet.”  A brief — if almost tense and meaningful — puppet food fight ensued, on presumably the most elevated American political stage (if the stage had been any lower, then America would have been that much more democratic at that moment — but it wasn’t…).  There was no clear resolution as to whom the “real puppet” was that debate night; that determination would have to wait until election night, a few weeks later, and, lo and behold! — the Fallen Angels sang:  most winning, and puppetest puppet of all, was — Donald J Trump!

In retrospect, after the mashed potatoes had been squeegeed off the camera lenses, it is quite clear that Clinton won this less-than-great Russian puppet debate. Contrariwise, if Clinton’s popular victory — by almost 3 million more votes — had carried her into the Oval Office (as normally it would have), then Trump would have won the “puppet debate.”  As it happened, Trump lost the debate by winning the election…So:  Was it all a bit of typical Clinton manipulation?  Did Hillary Clinton never campaign in key (-Stone) states just to insure that Trump would win them?  If so, then it was a nice strategy: “Nice, nice, very nice,” indeed:  almost ideally designed to deliver a snake-oiling lump like Trump — our highly unlikely Emmanuel Goldstein figure — as “President of the United States of America,” seemingly against all odds…Well, then:  let the “Hisses” begin!

And so they did.  From the perspective of History, which is never what it seems to have been whenever one looks into that vast cauldron of human happenings from time to time, we are now all pandemically thrust into the vagaries of the 2020 American election, whether we wish to be or not.  The 2020 political menu has been firmly established:  it is squarely a choice between Red Meat and the Vegetable — and both items are well beyond their expiration dates.  It’s a difficult choice and, frankly, quite indigestible either way.  “Would you prefer your Racism more or less watered down?” Black Lives Matter — except when it comes to U.S. elections.

Will Credit Card “country Joe” Biden or Golf Resort slick Donald Trump prevail:  this is certainly a question — for FoxNews, MSNBC, NPR, the Guardian, NYT, the Washington Post, and other Major Media “influencers” around the increasingly decreasing airwaves.  It’s all such a tight fit…

Whatever the outcome, which has certainly been fore-ordained, given the two greasy gray “candidates” pre-selected for our gastro-political displeasure, there is no doubt that the World’s mightiest Military in History is waiting in the wings, just in case we all need some regimentally oriented types to figure this thing out, just in case an Electoral food fight breaks out.  I will leave this essay into the capable quotes of a renowned fictional religionist, Bokonon (aka Lionel Boyd Johnson IV — or “LBJ” said another way…), who had this to say about “Caesar,” just in case anyone is confused about the new-fake Caesar, Donald Trump, that Weapon of Mass Distraction: “Pay no attention to Caesar.  Caesar doesn’t have the slightest idea what’s really going on.”1

* (Quote from Chapter 31 “Another Breed” of Kurt Vonnegut’s 1963 novel Cat’s Cradle)

  1. Cat’s Cradle Chapter 46, “The Bokononist Method for Handling Caesar”.

The White Black Nationalist Color Revolution

So, the White Black Nationalist Color Revolution (“made possible in part by GloboCap”) appears to be going extremely well. According to Foreign Policy magazine, the Trump regime is clinging to power, but it’s only a matter of time until the identitarian moderate rebels drive the Putin-backed fascists out of office and restore democracy to the Western world.

Yes, that’s right, just when it looked like the corporate-sponsored, totally organic, peaceful uprising against racism was over, and the Russo-fascist Trump regime had survived, the Global Capitalist Anarchists of Portland and other militant “Resistance” cells have launched a devastating counter-attack against assorted fascist building facades, fascist fences, and stores, and so on, and are going mano-a-mano in the streets with heavily-armed Putin-Nazi goon squads.

According to The Guardian, and other elements of the underground “Resistance” media, peaceful protesters in Portland have been attacking the fascists with rocks, bottles, improvised explosive devices, and various other peaceful anti-racist projectiles. In Oakland, they peacefully set fire to the courthouse. In Austin, Texas, a peaceful protester armed with an AK-47-style rifle was shot to death by a suspected fascist whose car was peacefully swarmed by a mob after he “tried to aggressively drive past protesters.” In Los Angeles, peaceful anti-racism protesters have been whipped up into such a frenzy of righteous anti-fascist fervor that they are performing flying tackles on the cops, who then promptly beat the snot out of them. And so on … I think you get the picture.

Portland, Oregon (where just under 6% of the population is Black) has, of course, been at the vanguard of the revolution, as it has since the Russians stole the election from Hillary Clinton in 2016 by “influencing” gullible African-Americans with a handful of ridiculous Facebook ads, and then installed Donald Trump and the rest of the Putin-Nazi Occupation Government in office. Not only have local Antifa militants been tirelessly fighting gangs of neo-nationalist boneheads you’ve probably never heard of more or less around the clock since then, Portland is also the headquarters of most of the militant Antifa intelligentsia (characters like Alexander Reid Ross, an anti-fascist geography lecturer who inculcates kids with his paranoid theories about the international Duginist-Red-Brown conspiracy to take over the whole world and mass-murder the Jews. So, naturally, Portland is now the epicenter of the White Black Nationalist Color Revolution.

But this isn’t just the usual Portlandia silliness. This White Black Nationalist Color Revolution has been in the works for the last four years. Since the moment Trump won the Republican nomination, the global capitalist ruling classes have been fomenting racialized polarization, Putin-Nazi paranoia, and other forms of mass hysteria, in anticipation of the events of this summer. The propaganda has remained consistent. Both the liberal corporate media and the alternative left media have been predicting that Trump is going to go full-Hitler, impose martial law, proclaim himself Führer, and perpetrate some sort of racialized holocaust … for reasons they’ve never quite been able to explain.

He hasn’t, of course, so the global capitalist ruling classes had no choice but to unleash a shit-storm of civil unrest to goad him into overreacting … which, no surprise, he was stupid enough to do. Ordering the goon squads into the streets might delight his hardcore right-wing base, but it will alienate the majority of “normal” Americans, who aren’t especially fond of goon squads (unless they’re doing their thing in some faraway country). Most importantly, it will motivate all those non-Clinton-voting Obama voters to go out and vote for “Slappy” Joe Biden, or whichever corporate puppet the Democrats have replaced him with by November 3. That seems to be the general strategy.

Now, regardless of whether they can pull this off (and whatever your feelings about GloboCap as a de facto hegemonic empire), you have to at least admire their audacity. The part where the mayors of major cities stood down and otherwise hamstrung their cops, and let the “peaceful protesters” run amok, was particularly audacious, in my opinion. That was a serious gamble on GloboCap’s part. Trump could have resisted the urge to go totalitarian and called their bluff. He could have made a speech explaining to Americans exactly how these color revolutions work, how this one is going right by the book, and why he wasn’t going to take the bait, and left the cities in question to their own devices (until the mayors were forced to restore order themselves). But no, tactical genius that he is, he had to order in the goon squads, which, of course, is exactly what the “Resistance” wanted. Now he’s got cities like Philadelphia threatening to order their police to confront and attempt to arrest the federal agents … I assume you see where this is heading.

The other part that was particularly tricky was sequeing from the original protests following the murder of George Floyd by the cops, most of which were authentic expressions of frustration and outrage by actual Black people about systemic racism and police brutality (both of which are very real, of course) to the orchestrated civil unrest that followed, most of which is being coordinated, funded, and carried out by White people. That was also an extremely bold move, but, as the generous folks at The Ford Foundation put it in July of 2016, when they announced that they would be overseeing the funneling of $100 million to organizations in the Black Lives Matter movement:

“We want to nurture bold experiments …”

Oh, and speaking of bold experiments, what better setting could there be for a White Black Nationalist Color Revolution than a fake apocalyptic plague that has wrecked the economies of most Western countries, terrorized the masses into mindless obedience, and destabilized whole societies to the point where fanatical, GloboCap-brainwashed brownshirts are macing people in the face for not wearing masks at outdoor picnics and wishing death on entire families if the mothers won’t put masks on their kids?

No, credit where credit is due to GloboCap. At this point, not only the United States, but countries throughout the global capitalist empire, are in such a state of mass hysteria, and so hopelessly politically polarized, that hardly anyone can see the textbook color revolution that is being executed, openly, right in front of our faces.

Or … OK, actually, most Trump supporters see it, but most of them, like Trump himself, have mistaken Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and the Democratic Party and their voters for the enemy, when they are merely pawns in GloboCap’s game. Most liberals and leftists cannot see it at all … literally, as in they cannot perceive it. Like Dolores in the HBO Westworld series, “it doesn’t look like anything” to them. They actually believe they are fighting fascism, that Donald Trump, a narcissistic, word-salad-spewing, former game show host, is literally the Return of Adolf Hitler, and that somehow (presumably with the help of Putin) he has staged the current civil unrest, like the Nazis staged the Reichstag fire! (The New York Times will never tire of that one, nor will their liberal and leftist readers, who have been doing battle with an endless series of imaginary Hitlers since … well, since Hitler.)

I’ve been repeating it my columns for the last four years, and I’m going to repeat it once again. What we are experiencing is not the “return of fascism.” It is the global capitalist empire restoring order, putting down the populist insurgency that took them by surprise in 2016. The White Black Nationalist Color Revolution, the fake apocalyptic plague, all the insanity of 2020 … it has been in the pipeline all along. It has been since the moment Trump won the election. No, it is not about Trump, the man. It has never been about Trump, the man, no more than the Obama presidency was ever about Obama, the man. GloboCap needs to crush Donald Trump (and moreover, to make an example of him) not because he is a threat to the empire (he isn’t), but because he became a symbol of populist resistance to global capitalism and its increasingly aggressive “woke” ideology. It is this populist resistance to its ideology that GloboCap is determined to crush, no matter how much social chaos and destruction it unleashes in the process.

In one of my essays from last October, Trumpenstein Must Be Destroyed, I made this prediction about the year ahead:

“2020 is for all the marbles. The global capitalist ruling classes either crush this ongoing populist insurgency or God knows where we go from here. Try to see it through their eyes for a moment. Picture four more years of Trump … second-term Trump … Trump unleashed. Do you really believe they’re going to let that happen, that they are going to permit this populist insurgency to continue for another four years? They are not. What they are going to do is use all their power to destroy the monster, not Trump the man, but Trump the symbol. They are going to drown us in impeachment minutiae, drip, drip, drip, for the next twelve months. The liberal corporate media are going to go full-Goebbels. They are going to whip up so much mass hysteria that people won’t be able to think. They are going to pit us one against the other, and force us onto one or the other side of a simulated conflict (Democracy versus the Putin-Nazis) to keep us from perceiving the actual conflict (Global Capitalism versus Populism). They are going to bring us to the brink of civil war …”

OK, I didn’t see the fake plague coming, but, otherwise, how’s my prediction holding up?

GloboCap Über Alles

So, how are you enjoying the “New Normal” so far? Is it paranoid and totalitarian enough for you? If not … well, hold on, because it’s just getting started. There is plenty more totalitarianism and paranoia still to come.

I know, it feels like forever already, but, in fact, it has only been a few months since GloboCap started rolling out the new official narrative. We’re still in the early stages of it. The phase we’re in now is kind of like where we were back in February of 2002, a few months after the 9/11 attacks, when everyone was still in shock, the Patriot Act was just a few months old, and the Department of Homeland Security hadn’t even been created yet.

You remember how it was back then, when GloboCap was introducing the official “War on Terror” narrative, don’t you?

OK, maybe you do and maybe you don’t. Maybe you’re too young to remember, or you were caught up in the excitement of the moment and weren’t paying attention to the details. But some of us remember it clearly. We remember watching (and futilely protesting) as GloboCap prepared to invade, destabilize, and restructure the entire Middle East, as countries throughout the global capitalist empire implemented “emergency security measures” (which, 18 years later, are still in effect), as the corporate media bombarded us with official propaganda, jacked up The Fear, and otherwise prepared us for the previous “New Normal” … some of us remember all that clearly.

Personally, I remember listening to a liberal academic on NPR calmly speculating that, just hypothetically, at some point in the not-too-distant future, we might need to sacrifice our principles a bit, and torture some people, to “keep America safe.” I recounted this to other Americans at the time, among my many other concerns about where the post-9/11 mass hysteria was heading. Most of them told me I was just being paranoid, or that they didn’t really care, because we needed to do whatever was “necessary” to protect Americans, and, in any event, “the terrorists deserved it.” Shortly thereafter, I started making plans to get the hell out of the country.

I mention that, not to signal my virtue — leaving the U.S.A. didn’t achieve anything, except for improving my standard of living — but to jog your memory, and maybe prompt you to compare that period to the one we are in now. The parallels are overwhelming. The “state of emergency.” The propaganda. The mass hysteria. The mob mentality. The exaggeration of the actual threat. The police-state atmosphere. The suppression of dissent. The constant repetition of the new official narrative. The exhortative catchphrases and meaningless slogans. The confusion. The chaos. The existential fear. And so on. It is all so very familiar.

I’m referring to the simulated pandemic, of course, but also to the racialized civil unrest and identitarian polarization that GloboCap has fomented throughout the United States, and, to varying degrees, the rest of the empire. I’ve been covering the War on Populism and GloboCap’s “Trump-is-literally-Hitler” propaganda since 2016, so the civil unrest isn’t terribly surprising. But, I confess, I did not see the fake plague coming. Running the two psy-ops together was brilliant. The effect on people has been devastating. Everyone is either depressed or enraged, or in some stage of paranoid paralysis. Some have been so thoroughly terrorized that they are literally refusing to leave their houses. Others are lining up at gun shops. White people are getting down on their knees and publicly washing Black people’s feet in “symbolic demonstrations of forgiveness.” Condiments are changing their names. It’s like we’re all trapped in a gratuitously didactic Netflix zombie-apocalypse series set in the world of The Handmaid’s Tale, written, directed, and produced by Spike Lee.

The official propaganda could not be more Orwellian, nor could people’s willingness to go along with it. It doesn’t even have to appear to make sense. Doublethink has taken over. For example, most of the developed world has been in some form of totalitarian lockdown, and subjected to other police-state measures (like being beaten and arrested for not wearing a mask), for no justifiable reason whatsoever, for going on the last five months, but, according to the corporate media (and the millions of people they have apparently brainwashed), it’s only now that Trump has sent his Homeland Security goons into Portland that, suddenly, “democracy is under attack!”

But wait … no, I take it back. The Orwellianism gets even more Orwellian. According to GloboCap and its sanctimonious minions, that sentence I just wrote about Portland is racist, because nearly everything you can imagine is racist, or is a potential threat to the public health. Calling riots “riots” is racist. Silence is racist. Free speech is racist. Refusing to wear a mask is racist. The BLM protesters are immune to the virus, but other large gatherings (which, it goes without saying, are probably racist) all have to be banned. Normality, as Americans knew it, is over, and it is never, ever, coming back, because white supremacy caused the pandemic. Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland (where life has been going on without mass hysteria) do not exist. They have never existed (and, if they ever did, they were probably racist). Talking on public transportation is deadly. Interacting with children is potentially deadly, as are most other forms of human interaction … unless you’re tearing down a racist statue, or burning down a local family business, while wearing a designer anti-racism mask.

Seriously, though, just like in 2002, when GloboCap was still rolling out the “War on Terror” narrative, the facts are all available for anyone who cares. The falsification of Covid statistics and hospital capacity figures, the unreliability of the tests, and so on … it has all been repeatedly documented. Anyone with a positive test result who later dies of any cause (including a fatal motorcycle accident) is counted as a “Covid death.” Anyone admitted to a hospital for anything who tests positive for the virus is a “Covid hospitalization.” And, I’m sorry to disappoint my liberal friends (assuming I have any left at this point), but systematic racism and police brutality did not suddenly begin in 2016.

What suddenly began in 2016 was a concerted effort on the part of GloboCap to put down a growing populist backlash against global capitalism and its soulless ideology. Yes, most of that backlash is neo-nationalist in character, but it also includes a significant number of old-fashioned lefty-types like myself, and a lot of other un-woke folks who aren’t quite ready to embrace their new identities as interchangeable human commodities.

We are experiencing the culmination of that effort (or what they hope is the culmination of that effort) to put down this motley populist insurgency, and ensure that it never happens again. GloboCap is teaching us a lesson. The lesson is:

This is what you get when you fuck around with GloboCap. This is what voting for Trump, Brexit, and all the rest of that ‘populist’ nonsense gets you … global pandemics, civil race wars, riots, lockdowns, economic depression, societal collapse, chaos, fear. Go ahead, fuck around with us some more. We will make you wear ridiculous face masks forever. We will paint little arrows and boxes on the floor to show you where to walk and stand. We will bankrupt your businesses, shut down your schools, psychologically torture your children. We’ll inject them with any fucking thing we want. There is nothing you can do about it. We will make you get down on your knees and apologize for fucking with us, or we will stigmatize you as a ‘racist,’ sic our mobs of fanatics on you, and ‘cancel’ you and your entire family.

This, essentially, is the message that GloboCap is delivering to disobedient populists (left or right, it makes no difference; GloboCap doesn’t care which political labels we cling to or slap on each other). It is our final warning to quit playing grab-ass, get with the global capitalist program, and start behaving and thinking as we’re told … unless we want to get locked down again, and ordered to wear things on our faces, and be otherwise ritually humiliated.

See, the so-called “New Normal” (i.e., the new ideological narrative that GloboCap is rolling out) is actually not that new at all … or, OK, the pathologization part is (and I’ll be paying close attention to that aspect of it), but, basically, it’s just plain old totalitarianism. It isn’t state-totalitarianism, because our world isn’t ruled by nation-states. It is ruled by global capitalism. We are being reminded of that fact at the moment … and being shown what happens if we start to forget it.

Where we go from here is anyone’s guess. My hunch is, it is only going to get worse until they can get Trump out of office, which Americans are liable to help them do, simply to make the whole nightmare stop. Once he’s gone, they’ll probably retire the fake pandemic, call off the riots, and stage some sort of international celebration of the Rebirth of Democracy, after which they can get finally back to the business of ruthlessly destabilizing, restructuring, and privatizing the planet, sanitizing history, curing humanity of racism, hate, and other pathologies, and otherwise enforcing rigid conformity to global capitalist ideology.

Maybe they could get the Hamilton composer to write them a hip hop Deutschlandlied to use as a supranational anthem. They could call it GloboCap Über Alles … it kind of has a ring to it, doesn’t it?

Zoological Lexicon

biden (n.)– an Aristotelian zoon politikon, subsisting exclusively on the decaying remnants of political “spoils”

blair (n.)– a small parasite, which rides on, and feeds off of, the posteriors of its hosts

bush (n.)– a vicious bird-of-prey, especially dangerous for its sudden attacks and wanton cruelty

cheney (n.)– a secretive, subterranean creature which burrows into, and gradually destroys, all living things

clintonb (n.)– a spineless invertebrate: has wide-ranging nocturnal habits; classified as an “opportunistic omnivore”

obama (n.)– a species of “cyborg,” characterized by a human larynx connected to speech-writing machine

pence (n.)– a newly discovered creature: apparently lacks any distinctive characteristics or intelligent behaviors

trump (n.)– in Freudian/Haeckelian evolutionary theory, an archaic “survival” of indeterminate anthropoid origin; exclusively motivated by a conspicuously “primitive” and undifferentiated Id

The Garden of Statuary Delights

During his holiday remarks at Mount Rushmore, President Trump said he plans to establish, via executive order, a “National Garden of American Heroes,” described as “a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live.”

It seems a lot of thought has already gone into it — enough to already have produced site and content specifications. There are still unresolved questions though, and some of those specs appear to be … well, perhaps just a little subjective. So, before handing out the funds, revving up the bulldozers, and introducing the chiselers, how about a bit more thought?

Garden of American Heroes has a Garden of Earthly Delights kind of ring to it. That’s not to say it sounds bad, but like Bosch’s garden, the Trump garden will likely be subject to ongoing controversy and interpretation. So, taking a cue from Mr. Bosch’s vision which is depicted on three separate panels, the American Heroes garden might do try something similar: a layout of three separate areas. It will help quell inevitable dispute. The areas would be comparable to the “In God we trust” concepts of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. Those honorees that helped make America what it is today, but were unfortunately host to irredeemable impulses would initially be stationed in the Hell sector (maybe someone like Andrew Johnson). The really good players with hardly a fault would reside in the Heaven sector (maybe someone like Mr. Rogers). The rest; all those with somewhat dubious credentials would find comfortable residence in the Purgatory area. It could also be mandated that all statuary be constructed on wheels and easily rolled from one sector to another. Depending on political climate, Daniel Boone, the Lone Ranger, or Ronald Reagan could easily be moved from Hell (just an example) to Purgatory, or whichever area is deemed most appropriate. Nothing need be toppled or destroyed — when the reigning political climate changes, they could be simply moved accordingly. There would be hardly a disruption, and repeat visitors would always have something different to see.

Section 1: “These statues are silent teachers in solid form of stone and metal.”  Why stone or metal?  Why use material that could better be put to use in building something useful like the National Wall? There’s so much plastic/latex floating around: empty water bottles, shopping bags, discarded covid-19 gloves, used condoms, etc. . Why not specify plastic waste as the statuary material? It’s moldable, lasts forever, and its re-use would help clean up the environment.

Section 1: “My Administration will not abide an assault on our collective national memory.”  It’s been three years already.  You do know we can see and hear, right?

Section 3-c-iii: Statues should depict historically significant Americans … opponents of national socialism or international socialism.” Sorry, Bernie, sorry most Democrats.  I think this means you’re out (your humanitarian cause is apparently deemed worse than treason).

Section 3-c-iii: None will have lived perfect lives, but all will be worth honoring, remembering, and studying.” Congratulations, President Trump – I think this means like what you said before: “There were fine people on both sides.” (You name them – it’s whoever you want it to be.)

Section 3-c-v: “The National Garden should be located on a site of natural beauty that enables visitors to enjoy nature, walk among the statues, and be inspired to learn about great figures of America’s history.”

It’s still to be determined, but some possibilities almost suggest themselves. Liberty Island might be appropriate if reconfigured to provide more room. The present space-hogging statute depicts no real person, it wasn’t made in America, and its beaming presence has become anathema to national directive. Its removal would provide room to commemorate real American heroes; real heroes like John Wayne or Antonin Scalia. The salvaged material could find redemption if melted down and reused as material in building the National Wall. And there’s also this: if reconstituted as suggested, it could then be said to have greeted visitors on two different borders!

Another location worthy of consideration is in Kentucky, near Arc Encounter (not far from Williamstown). The two attractions in close proximity would offer visitors a dual opportunity, just like Walt Disney World and SeaWorld. As with Orlando’s double attraction, the venues would be unrelated, but equally attractive to visitors. A location there would also find quick appropriations from Senate Leader McConnell (and the leader would likely find a place in the Garden).

El Paso, Texas might provide another favorable site. Visitors would have access to city accommodations, and as special bonus, a view of the National Wall. The Wall could, in fact, become a major part of the attraction – just like The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Aside from merely seeing it first hand, visitors could be invited to post messages or prayers on the wall, as they do in the Old City. (“Thank you Jesus for letting me be born on the righteous side.” or “Thank you President Trump for erecting this awesome wall that will keep the undeserving and the undesirable out.”) After a prayer of thanks, visitors could then walk through the Garden of American Heroes and honor the folks whose bravery and vision provided the inspiration that propels our great country forward in building the courageous wall of freedom just visited.

Section 4-b: “…. particular preference for statues of the Founding Fathers, former Presidents of the United States, leading abolitionists, and individuals involved in the discovery of America.” Congratulations President Trump — I think this means you (you’re on the inside track).

Section 7: “The term ‘historically significant American’ means an individual who was, or became, an American citizen and was a public figure who made substantive contributions to America’s public life or otherwise had a substantive effect on America’s history.  The phrase also includes public figures such as Christopher Columbus, Junipero Serra, and the Marquis de La Fayette, who lived prior to or during the American Revolution and were not American citizens, but who made substantive historical contributions to the discovery, development, or independence of the future United States.” Sorry, Native Americans – I think this means anyone but you.

Let Us Venerate Our Enemies

Let’s imagine there’s a fictitious country on our border, the government of which is committing unspeakable atrocities against its own people. And let us further imagine there is a steady stream of refugees attempting to cross over our border and into our country, so as to escape the horrors that await them, should they be unsuccessful in seeking asylum from our government. Is it not likely that the decent and fair-minded citizens of this country would demand that their leaders at least make a good-faith effort to rectify the situation in this living hell on our border? And is it so hard to imagine that our government under such circumstances might feel compelled by public outrage to plan a punitive expedition to liberate our neighbors and restore good government to their long suffering people? Of course not! We have seen all this played out, ad nauseam, throughout our nation’s history.

So now we’ve reached the point in our hypothetical narrative where our president orders the military to draw up plans to invade this outlaw nation, and put a halt to their depredations. Such plans are duly and carefully laid out by the generals, with an eye toward pursuing a blitz campaign designed to “shock and awe” our enemy into suing for peace at the earliest opportunity. So far, so good.

(Shoot, shoot, shoot, stab, stab, stab, kill, kill, kill, die, die, die, repeat;

Shoot, shoot, shoot, stab, stab, stab, kill, kill, kill, die, die, die, repeat;

Shoot, stab, kill, die; shoot, stab, kill, die; shoot, stab, kill, die)

It is now four years later, and at last our enemy has admitted defeat. The remnants of our exhausted, bedraggled, and mostly shoeless army occupy the key strategic points in the smoldering ruins of what was once the most dynamic and profitable agricultural juggernaut the world had ever seen. We have successfully freed nearly four million formerly beaten, maimed, and tortured human beings. To accomplish all this has cost the lives of 100,000 of our fellow citizens.

So what now? Where do we go from here? The answer to this is (or should be) painfully obvious, is it not? We must immediately set about casting bronze statues honoring the most bloodthirsty and ravenous of our enemy’s military leaders, in commemoration of the relentless and wanton slaughter of our brave young soldiers. It just seems like the right thing to do, don’t you agree?

Huzzah!

For  they are jolly good fellows; for they are jolly good fellows;

For they are jolly good fellows; and so say all of us!

Honorary Particle Physicist D. J. Trump Discovers “Want’em Mechanics”

According to an iconoclastic article in the latest issue of “Science Weakly” (an online publication aimed at highly motivated [but poorly educated] science buffs), part-time honorary particle physicist Dr. D.J. Trump has finally uncovered the illusive corollary to Niels Bohr’s Quantum Theory, upon which modern subatomic physics is founded. Dr. Trump is believed to have stumbled upon the discovery of “Want’em Mechanics” (his term) while descending the stairway of Airforce One.

“As I carefully watched my fantastically beautiful and tremendously expensive black Oxfords take a series of steps toward the ground,” recounted Trump, “it suddenly occurred to me that the very act of observing the motion of my shoes could alter their position in space. Fearing that such observation on my part might very well result in my losing my balance, falling on my face, and  fracturing my hair, I quit watching them and began to focus on what I want (i.e., my everyday state of mind). It was then I experienced what I call an ‘epiphany’ (a word very few  people have ever heard of before). It occurred to me that just as quantum theory predicts the fixing of an electron’s position based on the act of observation, I might be able to fix electoral outcomes (not to mention world events) by wanting’em strongly enough! In other words, if I am able to harness the power of wanting, I can corral facts and fix them into alignment with my fondest wishes. All I have to do is want’em to be so, and voila!

Dr. Trump believes that the wide-ranging implications of “Want’em  Mechanics” are yet to be delineated, but he is confident that his breakthrough discovery will undoubtedly turn scientific orthodoxy on its head.

“The fact is, I developed the initial outline of ‘Want’em Theory’ as a six-year-old boy in the Queens neighborhood where I grew up,” explains Trump. “Believe it or not, at age six I was already as smart as I am today! Even then, though, I was strongly aware that I wanted everything I saw: bikes, scooters, my dad’s silk neckties, other people’s desserts, seven-year-old women, my older brother’s birthright, you name it. And because I wanted all these things (and other people were selfish enough to deny them to me), I was always searching out a plausible justification for liberating these desired items from their undeserving owners. Suddenly, it hit me. By the very act of wanting something bad enough, I might be able to fix its location right into my closet or under my bed. After extensive experimentation along these lines, I was at last ready to declare the preliminary scientific proof of my fledgling theory!

“Of course, this was only the beginning of what was to prove a lifetime of tedious, painstaking work: wanting my family’s money enough to fix its location into my bank account; wanting to transfer the ill-gotten wages of greedy subcontractors into socially beneficial causes like nonprofit casinos and affordable housing for financially strapped Saudis, then semi-permanently fixing said subcontractors in legal limbo by means of nuisance litigation; or even wanting to control women through intimidation, coercion, and sexual harassment enough to fix their “loyalty” by way of punitive nondisclosure agreements. Again, all this is time consuming and, for the most part, lonely work. But a scientist’s passion for his life’s endeavors is, in the end, its own reward. That and a boatload of cash…”

So what’s next for this intrepid, honorary degree holding science dilettante?

“Well, right now I am involved in strongly wanting a few million ballots that are being unfairly hoarded by ‘Sleepy Joe’ Biden, but which I soon hope to securely fix into their rightful place in my vote tallies.

“But after the successful conclusion of that little project, I plan to pursue my next earth- shattering discovery. I am currently hot on the heels of a heretofore unknown adjunct to the classic ‘Cause and Effect’ phenomenon. I call it ‘Effecting a Cause.’ Not to give too much away here (when I’d much prefer you to pay me for it in the form of a copy of my upcoming ghost-written book; everyone says it’s fantastic!), but the basic premise is simple: we all know that mammograms cause breast cancer, and emphysema causes cigarette smoking. That’s just common sense. So why are so many doctors resistant to the idea that Coronavirus testing causes Coronavirus? Pick up a copy of my new book, Earthquakes and the Tsunamis That Cause Them, and find out!”

Tomi Lahren Doesn’t Let Her Color Blindness Define Her

In 2016, Tomi Lahren, right-wing talk show host on Fox Nation, opened up during an emotional interview on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah and revealed a rare condition she’s lived with her entire life. “I don’t see color,” she told Noah, holding back tears during a poignant discussion about the Ferguson protests. Despite her impairment, Lahren has since courageously continued her work, delivering sharp opinions on American politics and inspiring her fellow visually-impaired fans to not let their conditions define them. We sat down with Lahren for an inside look into how she copes with her condition both personally and professionally.

JS: So, how are you these days?

TL: I’m good, clear-eyed as ever!

JS: Haha, it’s nice you still have a sense of humor about your condition.

TL: You know, it’s funny you say that. As someone who’s disadvantaged, humor plays a huge role in my life. Especially in my line of work. Like a couple months ago, I made a tweet about quarantining being like slavery. I find that jokes like these tend to bring people together rather than pull them apart. And I want to emphasize that last bit—that we’re all just people. One human race, really, because I for one do NOT see color. You know, some of my more conservative friends don’t even see shape. They just see people as amorphous grey ectoplasms, hovering from place to place without function or form. Think about that for a second. That’s how unprejudiced some of us right-wingers really are.

JS: Wow, that’s pretty inspiring. But surely you must find your condition frustrating at times, right?

TL: Of course. I mean, take the Black Lives Matter movement. I literally don’t see color. So when some liberal snowflake reminds me that black lives matter, I’m just like, wait, whose lives exactly? It makes me feel so isolated! I mean, I’m being shut out of an entire movement. Imagine that. Imagine going through your whole life feeling different. Feeling like you don’t belong. Feeling like you don’t have access to certain opportunities. Feeling like society is systemically rigged against you simply because of how you were born.

JS: That must be really hard for you.

TL: It’s something I have to live with every day. Luckily, there’s a pretty sizable colorblind community here in the U.S. Howard Schultz, Bill O’Reilly, Michael Scott from The Office—I have a really great support network as you can imagine.

JS: I’m sure it’s great to know there are others out there. Do you ever wish you weren’t colorblind?

TL: You know, I get asked that a lot. But I always have the same answer: I consider my condition a blessing. I mean, I’m literally biologically incapable of being racist. How great is that? Back in 2016, I wrote a tweet comparing Black Lives Matter to the KKK. Sure, I had to delete the tweet because it was deemed racist by the mainstream media. But nobody saw things from my perspective. I don’t see color. Color just seems so…trivial to me. So, Black Lives Matter, the KKK—they’re all the same. They all just need to stop focusing on race so much! Anyways, somehow, in all this controversy, the media tells people that I’m the enemy! That I’m the one who has to say sorry for having a post-racial perspective! At the end of the day, it’s stuff like this that just makes me stronger. I’m not defined by my condition.

JS: Wow, so would you say that you’re largely misunderstood, then?

TL: Oh, I’m definitely misunderstood. I mean, sure, my network may have a history of exhibiting a huge racial bias. And sure, I’m not really friends with any black people in my personal life. And it’s true, just last year, I might’ve interviewed one of the first black people I’ve ever interviewed in my media career even though I’ve been a political commentator for six years. But you have to understand: that’s all just a coincidence. I. Don’t. See. Color.

J.S. Right. Changing gears to a more news-related question. What are your thoughts on the George Floyd protests going on right now?

TL: A lot of people are neglecting that violence against police officers has gotten completely out of hand. The protests have turned into a war on cops. We need to start thinking more about how blue lives matter too—sorry, did I say ‘blue’ lives? I meant ‘all’ lives. Because again, I don’t see color. Even when it’s not race-based and purely serves as a metaphor for how it’s actually police officers who are being systematically discriminated against and police officers who have suffered a history of persecution that spans as far back as the creation of America itself.

JS: That makes a lot of sense since police departments grew out of slave patrols. Anyway, I think that’s all the time we have for today. I want to end on a fun note for readers—what’s your favorite color?

TL: Actually?

JS: Yeah!

TL: Haha, for real?

JS: Sure.

TL: …white.