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Forum Post: Controlling the Narrative

Posted 4 months ago on June 2, 2017, 10:03 p.m. EST by GypsyKing (8719)
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After not posting on this forum for years I thought I'd come back and have a look. Almost all of my original posts have been deleted from this site, and someone has conveniently lowered my contributor points to about 1/5 of what they actually were. As I thought when I left, no forum subject to this much censorship is worth contributing to.

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[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 months ago

Not sure if U'll see this or when U'll look in here again, but FYI:

spero meliora ....

[-] 3 points by gsw (3024) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 3 months ago

We are getting shocked and awed and played, great Naomi Klein article linked above, thanks .... "Here is what we need to remember: Trump, extreme as he is, is less an aberration than a logical conclusion – a pastiche of pretty much all the worst trends of the past half-century. Trump is the product of powerful systems of thought that rank human life based on race, religion, gender, sexuality, physical appearance and physical ability – and that have systematically used race as a weapon to advance brutal economic policies since the earliest days of North American colonisation and the transatlantic slave trade. He is also the personification of the merger of humans and corporations – a one-man megabrand, whose wife and children are spinoff brands, with all the pathologies and conflicts of interest inherent in that. He is the embodiment of the belief that money and power provide a licence to impose one’s will on others, whether that entitlement is expressed by grabbing women or grabbing the finite resources from a planet on the verge of catastrophic warming. He is also the product of a business culture that fetishises “disruptors” who make their fortunes by flagrantly ignoring both laws and regulatory standards.

Most of all, he is the incarnation of a still-powerful free-market ideological project – one embraced by centrist parties as well as conservative ones – that wages war on everything public and commonly held, and imagines corporate CEOs as superheroes who will save humanity. In 2002, George W Bush threw a 90th birthday party at the White House for the man who was the intellectual architect of that war on the public sphere, the radical free-market economist Milton Friedman. At the celebration, then US secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld declared: “Milton is the embodiment of the truth that ideas have consequences.” He was right – and Donald Trump is a direct consequence of those ideas.

In this sense, there is an important way in which Trump is not shocking. He is the entirely predictable, indeed cliched outcome of ubiquitous ideas and trends that should have been stopped long ago. Which is why, even if this nightmarish presidency were to end tomorrow, the political conditions that produced it, and which are producing replicas around the world, will remain to be confronted. With US vice president Mike Pence or speaker of the House Paul Ryan waiting in the wings, and a Democratic party establishment also enmeshed with the billionaire class, the world we need won’t be won just by replacing the current occupant of the Oval Office."

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 months ago

Naomi Klein is getting ever stronger in her analysis. Thanx for a very effective excerpt & in compliment consider:

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by grapes (4988) 3 months ago

We've got to feel sorry for the man named after the British euphemism for fart. Washington D.C. is a pressure cooker. I think that I talked about this fact in this forum before the Election. He must have thought that cooking beans in the swamp hotel with pressure-cooking efficiency can make fart faster, stronger, and stinkier. Sad ...

The U.S. political system is lubricated with molasses. The tyrant-aspirant wears a doggie straitjacket and lives in a doggie cage, a very American ideal enshrined in our Constitution as the checks and balances. Oh, what a tweedledee-tweedledum difference a mitch-bitch can make! Man's best friend.

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 months ago

Hey GK! Hope you and yours are well. I'm on my 6th moniker and iteration here on this (still standing) forum {see bio} so please do not get too hung up on points and past posts. This is still one of the last, Continuously Active, OWS fora and a bunch of us lowly posters still try to keep the place going. Don't flounce & make it about process & ego GK - say what you can here IF U think it's important. I'm more active on Twitter these days, given wtf is going on in the world and the much wider reach that platform has - as opposed to here, which is a labour of love & loyalty. Keep the Aloha Alive & pls consider, eg.

I'm very glad that you can still use your moniker & log in. Many can't & so have gone from here. Be well. Be aware. Be woke. Try to join us here as we still fight for The 99%. Regards & best wishes to you GK.

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 months ago

''Capitalism's Leaders'', by Prof. R.D.Wolff:

e tenebris, lux ...