Barbarian at the Gates: On the Corporate Coup and the Lost Cause of Political Revolution

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      The pandemic stimulus package that was unanimously passed by the Senate and which will become law this weekend is also an in-your-face demonstration of why the dream of peaceful political revolution in the United States is now an impossible one. It will not happen. There is no chance.

      Kyle Kulinski called it a corporate coup, and it is(video here). I am going to talk about a point that Saajar Enjeti, my favorite American conservative, brought up on The Hill Rising(video). He pointed out that, out of 535 members of the United States Congress, only five–the two Mormons from Utah, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York–spoke out against combining the corporate bailout package with the one for working and petit-bourgeois classes.

      The other 530, both Democrats and Republicans, said nothing that I know of. I’m sure there are a few more, including Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, but no more than a few who thought the same way. I think it’s safe to say that at least 500 or so congresscritters wanted the two to be linked so they and their corporatist masters could say to the dissenters, If you don’t give our corporate superiors whatever they want, we’ll blame you for not helping the masses out with the few crumbs they are willing to spare. 

      It worked, not 100%, but by about 99% in the long term, which is fitting. Bernie Sanders dug in his heels and got expanded unemployment insurance to give each beneficiary an additional $600 per week on top of what he or she gets from their state benefits. For four months.

      Andrew Yang ought to at least give Bernie a shout-out. That’s about $2400 a month universal basic income for tens of millions of Americans for four months. For that matter, so should Tulsi Gabbard. Wagers, anyone?

      Oh, and they got $1200 once for damned near everybody in the working and lower management/small business classes. There’s a catch, though. Only those of us with checking account information on file with the IRS will get that money in any sort of timely fashion. The rest of you, at least 30 million of you, well, you get to wait for up to four months. So sad, too bad, but Nancy Pelosi had to have her means-testing. What is a person in the position of Bernie or AOC to do?

      That is the amount of control our kleptocratic oligarchy has over Congress. That is how corrupt Congress is. That is what We The People must overcome if we are to have a chance of living with any kind of dignity and power over our own lives.

      And that is what we cannot overcome by way of the electronic voting booth. There has been evidence of this sort of thing since at least 2004, when the Bush and Kerry vote totals for Ohio flipped in the space of two minutes on live television. I saw it. I believe the empirical evidence of my own eyes.

      The 2020 Democratic primary results deviated by about 11% from the exit polls in every state that had any kind of programmable computer tabulation, and always against the existential electoral threat to the Democratic Party establishment, good servants of the kleptocracy all, one old Senator from Vermont.

      The United Nations considers a deviation of over 4% evidence of election fraud. But hardly anyone is even talking about this, probably because they’ll be called tinfoil hat conspiracy theorists by the full weight of the oligarchy’s propaganda machine. Nobody wants to be Kuciniched. I don’t want to be Kuciniched, either, but I can’t deny empirical facts that I know to be real.

      Those same empirical facts that lead me to conclude there was election fraud also tell me that the kleptocracy will take no chances in preventing Bernie Sanders from being on the ballot in November. Even if Bernie makes a historical comeback, winning substantial victories in future primaries in spite of the ongoing election fraud, preventing Biden from getting an outright majority in delegates, they won’t let him win.

      If necessary, the DNC will cancel the physical convention for whatever reason and force the delegates to vote electronically instead of in-person, and guess who wins? And even then, Bernie will endorse whoever.

      In short, our republic has been stolen from us. It’s what kleptocracies do. They steal from the people by controlling the government.

      This means that we can’t vote our way out of this. That, however, does not mean that we can’t get out of this. We can, but it’s going to take direct action. We can figure out what kind of direct actions are the best later, but right now, we have to understand that the way of the ballot box, so long as there are not fully accountable and verifiable paper ballots, is also the way to serfdom.


      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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      Excellent piece.

      Chris Hedges reminds us regularly of our only available course of action: citizen activism through strikes and civil disobedience. It’s gonna be painful but necessary.

      • #293786
        Ohio Barbarian
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        @yanath We’ve got to. We’ve also got to be welcoming to active duty military people. They’re mainly working class, you know, and history shows successful revolutionaries are not hated by the military rank-and-file of their own countries. Respected can work, being liked is even better.

        Merde. This can take months, or years. I don’t know, but it will happen here. Either that or we really will turn into a feudal society.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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      Hi ob,

      Good to see the dots connected that so many have highlighted and identified for some time.

      The modern war against America began in 1971 with the Powell Memo (Web Link).

      And for the last 49 years, the Oligarchs, Corporations and Banks have marched on Washington to dismantle Democracy in their favor.

      Adorned in Brooks Brother suits in the guise of lobbyists, Kleptocratic Knights have systematically undermined and rewritten the rules underpinning the foundations of America.

      Year-by-Year, and with steady hammers and chisels, the bricks, mortar and concrete have been steadily removed such that the remaining edifice is but a house of cards.

      With unwavering commitment, this near 50 year war on America has reaped huge dividends for the 1% at the expense of everyone else.

      Any meaningful response will require the same steely-eyed determination and tenacity to overturn and correct the damage done.

      Anything less will be summarily rebuffed and deterred by minions of the 1%.


      “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
      - John F. Kennedy

      "The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it."
      - George Orwell

      "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
      - Jiddu Krishnamurti

      "Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information."
      - Idries Shah

      "A riot is the language of the unheard."
      - Martin Luther King

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