Barbarian at the Gates: Waiting for Ragnarok

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    • #350628
      Ohio Barbarian
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      It’s over. The progressive dream of a hostile takeover of the Democratic Party and moving it in a social democratic direction is over. Bernie Sanders’ dream of a political revolution without a real revolution accompanied by inevitably violent general strikes and guns and blood and the military deciding that the corrupt federal government is a greater threat to the nation than its own people, is over.

      It’s time to wake the fuck up, and I don’t mean woke cancel culture that ruins the careers of a few TV executives and actors but ignores the misogynist behavior of the Democratic presidential nominee. I don’t mean comfortable white suburbanites putting Black Lives Matter signs in their yards and then crying about their racist neighbors defacing them after they’ve made such a herculean effort to show how much they care, even as they oppose police budgets being cut.

      And I certainly don’t mean waking up to the CIA fantasy of Russians paying Taliban fighters to kill American troops in spite of the fact that the Russians despise the Taliban and the Taliban is quite capable of killing Americans without being paid to do so, thank you very much.

      I don’t mean waking up to the fact that Trump is The Buffoon Who Would Be King. I do mean waking up to the fact that Joe Biden is not only every bit as much of a Fascist and authoritarian as is Trump, but potentially far worse because he has been endorsed by 73 members of the National Security State who have  never seen a war they didn’t like. I mean remembering that Joe Biden enthusiastically supported the Patriot Act, which turned America into a Fascistic state 19 years ago. I mean remembering that Joe Biden enthusiastically supported the Iraq War, and cheered on Obama as he got the American Empire involved in five more foreign wars.

      I mean waking up to the fact that 30 million Americans could be evicted and homeless by the end of October. I mean waking up to the fact that every single progressive Democrat betrayed their constituents and failed in their duty to oppose the CARES Act just last March, which gave $5 trillion to the ruling oligarchy and relative crumbs to the bottom 90%, and to the fact that those crumbs are now all gone with nothing even being negotiated to replace them.

      I mean waking up to the fact that progressives cannot reform the Democratic Party from within, because once they’re in office they are Democrats and will naturally want to play nice with their fellow Democrats. I mean waking up to the fact that the oligarchy has successfully structured the system so that there can be no systemic structural reform at the national level. Cheering on the AOCs and Cori Bushes who somehow manage to win a primary will do nothing to substantially change anything. Ever. Not in this system. This system is designed to prevent that, and designed well.

      I mean waking up to the fact that the United States is in the early stages of a crisis that makes the Great Depression look mild in comparison. And there is no FDR willing to make the changes necessary to save his own ruling class anywhere in sight.

      Progressives and Socialists, Greens and and some like-minded Libertarian allies of convenience do need to organize as best we can with both union and non-union workers, employed and unemployed, working class and barely middle class, to take to the streets in strikes both wildcat and general. Rent and foreclosure strikes must be supported. Rock the system until something gives, and it will give ground. Only direct action will work now and in the near to midterm future.

      But wait! There’s more! Direct action is going to take place whether we progressives help it along or not. Too many Americans have lost their jobs and will not get them back under the current system. Too many Americans are losing what little assistance the corrupt federal government provided. Too many Americans face homelessness, destitution, and soon–hunger. The corporate media does not report on miles-long lines waiting for food banks, but that doesn’t mean those lines do not exist. That could get far worse without any warning.

      Too many Americans face natural disasters intensified by climate change and an inadequate response by their state and local governments, which themselves are being starved by the federal government. Right now there are wildfires raging in California and Colorado, and two hurricanes barreling for the Gulf Coast.

      In short, shit’s fucked up and it will hit the fan. I don’t know when that is coming, but we are entering the Twilight of the Lords of Capital. Too many people are losing too much too fast and when that happens, massive social unrest happens. Police repression will just make it worse and more violent, not less. Those on top now don’t realize that the giants of populist revolution are merely restlessly dozing instead of being in a deep sleep, and will soon storm their version of Asgard in corporate boardrooms and secure government buildings that aren’t as secure as their current and future occupants think.

      Our Hour of the Wolf approaches. Ragnarok comes for the American Empire. All this old socialist can do is to wait for it, so that is what I shall do; prepare for what is to come as best my family and I can, and stay alert for the opportunity to do something that has a chance of bringing about a better future. I don’t know how long I will be waiting, but something tells me it will not be for my entire natural lifetime, and I’m in my early sixties.

      I do know now that voting for progressive Democrats for federal office is not that opportunity. That door to a better future has been welded shut, and I will not waste my precious time pounding on it in vain. I will wait, as alert as I can be for the changes that will come, as they inevitably will, for the status quo is simply not viable, either socially or evolutionarily.

      And I’ll remember that Ragnarok is not the end of the world, it’s not even the end of humanity or the American people, but it is the end of time for those who now think of themselves as political or financial gods. Whoever loses this presidential election is the lucky one.

      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

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

    • #350630
      salemcourt
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      Recommended for the daily radical

       

      Pelosi will not allow unemployment amendment to be added to the post office bill!

    • #350638
      elias39
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      will be historic. I predict the tipping point is near.

      I’ve never been more pessimistic, nor more sure. I’m trying to think of concrete steps I can take to protect my family.

       

    • #350643
      jbnw
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      Yes. I am not looking forward to what we will see in the United States in 2021.

    • #350650
      Pam2
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      .do you think I should buy one of those Jim Baker buckets?

       

    • #350655
      Ohio Barbarian
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      @pam2 A 2 week supply of canned food might come in handy, too. Power outages are becoming more frequent in parts of the country, as @nvwino can attest.

      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

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

    • #350656
      Pam2
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      I’m not comfortable with explosive material. Don’t have a garage or back yard either.

       

       

    • #350657
      NV Wino
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      @ohiobarbarian The power’s on, but nobody’s home. Evacuation orders still not lifted.

       

      “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee
      “Politicians and pro athletes: The only people who still get paid when they lose.” William Rivers Pitt

    • #350690
      Ohio Barbarian
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      @pam2 Though I always kept propane in my apartment in a cool, dark place. Maybe that’s a Texan thing.

      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

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

    • #350757
      Pam2
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      I’m pretty sure that would be prohibited around here. I’m fine with cold food from a can anyway. So you are reckoning this revolution will only take 2 weeks? 🤔

       

      • #350828
        Haikugal
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        I will use our propane grill that was given to us, there are small single pot burners that are inexpensive and would be useful to boil water at least. Just a thought.

        The DNC “big tent” excludes Nina Turner but includes John Kasich.
        God, guns, and gobbledygook...we live in an aquarium of nightmares.

    • #350768
      Ohio Barbarian
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      @pam2 The actual revolution would probably take 1 to 3 months. That seems to be the norm for the successful ones, defining “successful” as getting rid of the ancien regime, at least in the capital.

      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

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

    • #350824
      Haikugal
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      Don’t forget a life straw or something to clean drinking water, I have a Berkey but there are life straws that work really well. It’s going to be horrible.

      The DNC “big tent” excludes Nina Turner but includes John Kasich.
      God, guns, and gobbledygook...we live in an aquarium of nightmares.

    • #350866
      snot
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      we think disintegrations such as more than brief power outtages are imminent.  (I realize they could happen at any time, but.)

      Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

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