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    • #498849
      Ohio Barbarian
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      Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed not one, but two bills to crush the incipient railroad strike. The first one backs the Biden Administration’s chosen contract with exactly zero guaranteed paid days off a year.

      The second one guarantees seven paid days off a year. The railroad workers, quite reasonably, wanted 15, but that was never considered by the kleptocratic regime.

      Of the members of the vaunted progressive Squad, only Rashida Talib voted No on the first measure. I guess she drew the short straw to be able to do that. She and all of the rest of the Squad voted Yes on the second one. The first one passed with over 300 votes, will go to the Senate for approval and will become law. The second one barely passed the House, and has no chance in the Senate.

      It’s obvious what the smarmy ProgDems are doing. They are engaging in political kabuki theater. They tweeted out their distress and their support for workers in the days leading up to the vote, voted the way they were told to by their oligarchical masters, and will soon say that they had to do that because the Republican alternative was worse, so all good people should continue to celebrate their status, send them money, and vote for Democrats.

      How, pray tell, is there any justice for workers in what these Justice Democrats did? There ain’t no justice here. Just Democrats.

      Progressive Democrats voted unanimously to use the power of the federal government to support the power of the railroad companies to exploit and abuse railroad workers for obscene profits. That’s not progressive, even in the Teddy Roosevelt sense of the term.

      It is, however, textbook Fascism.

      Link to Substack original here

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #498853
      djean111
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      That’s exactly what I thought last night when I saw the vote – the speaker not only raises money, the speaker arranges the voting so that some Democrats can continue to pretend to be progressive so they can continue to campaign pander and fund-raise as progressives.  Nope.

      On Redacted, the reaction to Bernie’s “stance” on this was oh, please, Mr. Vote for War.  My sentiments exactly.  And they pointed out that Bernie could have gotten this bill for sick leave out there before the very last second.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" Baelish

      VFTBNMW is, IMO, literally "take the blue pill".

    • #498854
      Passionate Progressive
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      Thanks for informing us on this important issue…..that I just haven’t been following…

      Having just survived an Amtrak round trip from Vt to DC – 9 hours each way – I can say that it’s not like the US passenger rail service is any luxury…I mean, there is no platform at the Vermont station so one has to climb the steps – conductor didn’t even put the portable step down to reach the embedded steps that were part of the train.  Then after climbing the steps with assistance to get my luggage on board, while the train was moving I had to walk through lugging my heavy bags at least three cars to find my seat…Despite the fact that the Md. station had a platform, it was the same experience though the conductor in Vermont did supply a portable step for me to step off the stairs attached to the train….We’re talking global south infrastructure here.

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

      It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

    • #498865
      jbnw
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    • #498868
      mrdmk
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      Not to be nitpicking here, but I need to be nitpicking here, just for the improvement of a better argument.

      In the classic sense, the word “Fascist, or Fascism” were used to describe European Governments, namely of Hitler and Mussolini. There were other countries. But, the common theme was the government was in charge, and the supporting corporations were subordinate in the hierarchy of governing.

      In today’s world, the corporations are the power brokers. Corporations write the laws, fund whoever seems more sympathetic to their cause, even provide public relations for people or groups in the government. What is worse, these activities are accomplished behind a dark wall of secrecy. All made legal by laws written in an ambiguous manner. To further this concern, corporations are hardly a bastion of democracy. The worker does as he is told, or works for a different employer.

      So with this, now we have an inverted form of “Fascism” considering the corporations are on top. So looking for inspiration as to what to call this, I type into a web search, “inverted form of Fascism”. Many interesting results came back, including a Wikipedia link named, “Inverted totalitarianism”. It is an interesting read:

      LINK–Wikipedia, Inverted totalitarianism

       

      So what to call this? At this moment, my belief, although this phrase has been used before under a different context is:

      “Social Corporatism” or “Social Corporatist of the United States” (SCUS)

      Frankly, this is too long, there has got to be better…

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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      • #498870
        Ohio Barbarian
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        It’s concise and easily demonstrable.

        I suppose you could say it’s Fascism when the guys in uniforms are in charge and Corporatism when the guys in suits are. Difference appearance, same results.

        Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

        The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

      • #498878
        djean111
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        What is even worse – they are not even bothering to pretend to operate in secrecy any more.  all out in the open now.

        FFS, some people even, evidently, really believe there is a “lesser evil”.  No, there is not, not between the Blue and the Red.  Well done!  When some are willing to say oh, you must vote for the lesser evil, then calling what we have in the US “democracy” is as farcical as it is possible to be.

        “All made legal by laws written in an ambiguous manner. ”   Shakespeare has a really great idea about what to do with lawyers.

        America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

        "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" Baelish

        VFTBNMW is, IMO, literally "take the blue pill".

    • #498904
      closeupready
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      They were done with YOU (the general you) and working people ages ago.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

    • #498922
      Dunatus
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      …corporate Democrats because they don’t take corporate money and do Wall Street’s bidding; they take working people’s money and then stab them in the back at the behest of the establishment. They are indeed frauds for the highest order.

      • #498965
        Ohio Barbarian
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        And the book contracts. They can easily make hundreds of thousands guaranteed just by writing a book, often with a lot of help, of course.

        Then, when they leave Congress, I’m sure there’s some NGO board seat waiting for them somewhere. It’s just another revolving door of corruption.

        Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

        The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #499035
      MizzGrizz
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      Although disgusted,now,that’s another thing.

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