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Forum Post: Evidence of REPELICAN Cooption of OWS

Posted 1 year ago on Aug. 5, 2012, 3:07 p.m. EST by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT
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What follows below is documentary evidence, should any be needed, of a conversation, in which one party to the conversation asserts the Koch suckers have been a part of OWS from its inception.

We must refute all CATO operatives and their lackeys As the Koch Suckers they most surely are.

There is no Free Market. It does not exist. This is a myth put forth by these same Koch Suckers who refuse to accept:

  • every single externality is a cost of business and as such, must be borne by business
    • Externality defined: 4. an economic effect that results from an economic choice but is not reflected in market prices

The Evidence:

[-] 2 points by shooz (8753) 1 day ago

More insults?

You do more to aid the status quo by ignoring the reality of the libe(R)tarian co -option.

That is what Rove and the Koch are shooting for.

They thank you for your aid.

Too bad, I did point out your apathy.

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[-] 0 points by hchc (2712) from Tampa, FL 1 day ago

If you had a clue you would realize they have been part of this thing since its inception.

It would probably shock you that there were some Republicans that were glad to support money out of politics and stopping the banking cartel as well.

This is what happens when you debate someone and you have no personal experience to base anything on. You lose.

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[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I don't believe some new miracle fuel is the reason U.S. oil companies have consolidated into international conglomerates - the reason for that is I am sure, much more mundane, if every bit as unconscionable.


[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago


I need a logical train of thought

I also need paragraphs


[-] 2 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago



[-] 1 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago

You can pick your own friends

And you can pick your own nose.

But you can't pick your friends nose.

Are you #4?


[-] 1 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago

I don't have a debit card.

Why would I want one?

I do have a clue, about you.

You are soandso.


[-] 1 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago

The IRS sends you stuff???

That's weird.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

They used to send me stuff - but then I claimed no deductions - so they owed me.




[-] 0 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago


[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I don't think he understood the necessity of paragraphs . . .

[-] 1 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago

Confusingly confused.

I think he's addicted to his ATM........:)

I pay cash.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago

used to run bike cab on the strip(gaslamp) friday and saturday nights

cash for rides

feel asleep once on a corner and lost my nights take $150

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago


me too.

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 1 year ago

That entire conversation and this post is a product of party line preaching. We are all people and since money makes no difference on this forum, all opinions are valid for debate. This is the nature of democracy.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Thanks - while some of the opinions I find here are anywhere from simply counter productive all the way to the outrageously indefensible, never the less, I am grateful that your all inclusiveness would, as it happens, tend to include my own opinion as being suitable and valid.

It is my opinion that hchc is a repelican operative engaged in subverting OWS to whatever point possible such that our behavior in the end furthers repelican aims.

I thought the comment included in the forum post makes it quite evident - in the view of hchc the Koch machinery has been behind OWS since the beginning - see the quote:

If you had a clue you would realize they have been part of this thing since its inception.

This may stem from certain knowledge regarding Otpor, their past activities, methods, and sources of funding:

I do not believe that most active OWS members would accept the premise as stated by hchc, and would instead tend to resent it a great deal.

However, if you look to the source of that quote posted above, and linked in the post, repeated here, permalink you may find other indications of hchc's political leanings.

[-] -3 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 1 year ago

All you can do is voice your opposition and leave it at that. The changing of minds is not required and forcefulness is counter to democratic debate.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

and forcefulness is counter to democratic debate.

I'm not certain that is entirely true - I do believe that in American history the nature of public debate has in fact deteriorated to the point of dueling in public.

[-] -2 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 1 year ago

Is the dueling getting us anywhere? Just say'n.

I respect all the people in the conversation you posted, including yourself. I don't always agree, but rarely do I voice my disagreement with those I consider to be unintelligent or simply disruptive. A lesson learned the hard way.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Someone tried very very hard to sell me the idea that there were aliens. This took place back in 1997.

I refused to accept the nature of the argument on the basis of it's construct. Then, as I was wondering aloud, by myself, in my apartment, about the nature of this constructed attempt at persuasion, I received a phone call.

I picked up the phone, and before I said anything, the caller announced:

  • Wrong answer

Then came days and days of noise, at all hours of the day and night . . .

and other things

And yet, I say,

  • There are no aliens
  • It is just another lie
  • Told by actors on a stage
[-] -2 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 1 year ago

Your disagreement with the right is no secret. Beat a dead horse if you wish. I would spend more time touting your preferences than dislikes. One cannot derive a solution from a complaint. That's all I have on the mater.

[-] 3 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

My point was simply that when I have reason to believe that I am correct, I am not very likely to relent.

I do try to be open to new information, provided that information is credible.

And sometimes, poking the tiger in the eye has some interesting, and even revealing, results.

[-] -3 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 1 year ago

Would you have been any less correct without this thread?

Will this thread result in opposition becoming proponents?

If you answered no to both of those questions, than this thread has a negative net effect as the only result is to make you look dogmatic. I also find it hard to see how this type of poking will glean new insight, that you haven't already gained in a year of debating.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

There is a third possibility you have completely overlooked - and that includes the interesting and revealing results . . .

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Sharing of awareness is a good thing.

[-] -1 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 1 year ago

Awareness of what?

People that are willing to argue with a stop sign, will likely find themselves doing just that.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Awareness of actions an awareness of changing attitudes an awareness of continuity or lack there of an awareness of sour notes an awareness not to take things for granted.


[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 1 year ago

mary had a little lamb



[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 1 year ago

lol, WOW, just when one wonders if they are having an impact or just spinning wheels, you come to reassure me that dogs don't chase parked cars. LMFAOhahahahaha thx bud.


[-] 1 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 1 year ago

Since OWS was really started by anarchists, aren't the progressives, independents, and other accepted groups the real coopters? Most of them don't support the same goals the anarchists do. I'm surprised they even put up with us.

[-] 3 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

I'm an anarchist of heavily Marxist leaning, but will gladly accept support from almost anyone that has the same basic goals: real equality and democracy. I do not, however, appeciate all the partisans; some have even accused me of being a RepeliCON, because I do not support their party or Obama.

They fail to realize, many of us, who might have hoped Obama would deliver on at least some of his promises, have been sorely disappointed. The police state has grown; the war machine has grown; income and political equality has widened. Should we celebrate all those major victories?

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

But we've gone from a million killed in our military adventures to thousands.

Isn't that major progress.?

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

thousands? In Pakistan alone, a non-battle zone, yes.

there has been no death toll count from the bombs that destroyed 3 major cities in Libya including in the city of Sirte which was completely destroyed by bombs from the USA and NATO

It's easy to make death tolls sound low when they're not counting or the term militant is used to describe anyone killed that is of military age.

Also a bunch of death happened in 2009 and 2010 in the initial surge of troops ordered into afghanistan after Obama took office... including from Black Water and mercenary organizations that are still in use to this day. Also not all actions under private mercenary organizations fall under the FOIA

Less than Bush, yes. Still murder, yes.

[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Well UN just stated violence is the lowest in five years in Afghan, and today the Libyan transitional govt handed over power so whatever reductions we've made are on track to continue. REAL PROGRESS!

Whew! Thank god we have a smart anti war Pres in office and not a war mongering criminal like the party (repubs) you serve when you spew the fallacy that the parties are the same.

They ain't!

Solidarity, Elect progressives. Republicans ARE the problem

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

it better be the lowest. They killed a hell of a lot of people in Afghanistan from the start until about the end of 2010.

Progress in Libya? They thought they made progress after funding the Mujahideen and the Afghan Arabs in the 1980's. Is no one paying attention that Libya was a reuse of failed Reagan policies? Yeah the Soviet Union collapsed afterward but then came the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Hilary Clinton has said this herself and how those policies lead to the people we're fighting today.

You should really look into what Libya looks like today and what it used to look like specifically in Sirte and Tripoli. They're infrastructure is destroyed and civilians got injured or died.

Don't ever let anyone convince you that bombing a city full of civilians is a good deed.

Don't let anyone convince you that casualties are acceptable.

Alternate options could have been taken. Gaddafi had been talked out of wmd's and I also must point out that the same time they said Gaddafi was killing his people a dictator in another country was killing people for protesting. I don't get the biased selection. Also when you think of rebels the peaceful ones usually are not the guys with bazookas and ak 47's. They're the extremists... just like the majority of the type of guys that have bazookas and ak 47's in America.

You should also look into the mistreatment of blacks by the rebels. They force fed them Gaddafi's flag, raped their women, and slaughtered anyone who opposed them.

Maybe you never noticed the day the rebels in tripoli flew the al qaeda flag after US surface to air missile support?



I think that support has a lot to do with why Hilary said we won't fully support the rebels in Syria because Al Qaeda and Hamas are present with the rebels.

In 2011 a NATO commander even said to the armed services committee that Al Qaeda and Hezbollah were among the Libyan rebels.


Hillary states it well here about supporting rebels in what I think they learned from actions taken in Libya - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17170775

Sometimes your enemy's enemies are still not your friend.

Diplomacy not bombs

Fleeing their homes to avoid death. Starvation and injury. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqCkBfoWK3c

Both Gaddafi and rebels killing civilians - Incredible Scandal: 'Libya rebels admit attacks on women & children' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEvsKv0Tzuo&feature=relmfu

African Union speaks out against murder - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfVQ3fh5vMQ&feature=fvst

i hope democracy comes about... but this could have been done differently. They target American citizens for assassination why not just take out Gaddafi? Why the massive air strikes aimed at entire cities?

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

So the US govt and NATO is aware of this Al queda infiltration of libyan rebels.? thats good right.?

In any event it's done! There was a quick rebellion that NATO helped and it's over. You claim the rebels we supported committed crimes/atrocities. What do you want from me? I'm against it.! The Pres? He's also against it. NATO? The're also against it.

Christ!. IT'S OVER! Syria is next. Do you support Assad.? Or the people.? What should we do? Let's hear it genious. Instead of all the republican talking point criticism of Pres Obama. Let's hear your brilliant plan?


[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

I updated my previous comment with more links and a couple add ons. Check it out.

They were aware of Al qaeda presence and helped them anyway.

The government targets American citizens for assassination,,, why not just assassinate Gaddafi? Why the massive air strikes aimed at entire cities? Why back extremists that kill civilians?

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Don't know! Maybe you know better then they do. Who knows? Al qaeda? We gotta check affiliations when we are being the policemen of the world?.

Shouldn't we use the military to help people fight their oppressors.? Isn't it possible that we might change Al qaeda minds about us if we actually help muslims (like Bosnia)?

At least it's over and we didn't drop another trillion dollars and slaughter another million muslims like the republicans you serve with this constant unreasonable right wing talking points critique.

Syria.? mr military strategist.. No suggestions.? Just criticism?. C'mon dazzle us with your tactical brilliance.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

So far the track record of bombing countries has not worked out well when it comes to not wanting people to hate us.

Also you are a moron. I told you I was going to say that every time you called me a republican.

If I was reiterating republican talking points I'd be saying we should have invaded instead of bombed.

I'm saying no bombs and no wars. Huge difference between peace talks and republican bullshit.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Well if you wanna be specific the repubs called for invasion but after Pres Obama SUCCEEDED! Then they started with the same criticisms you are spewing.

So you did say you would call me a "fucking moron" if I called you a republican. I have not. I have stated correctly that you serve the republicans when you repeat their talking points of criticism against Pres Obama.

So in any event. Your name calling is expected. You have no real arguments. Only gutter schoolyard bullying tactics of THE candidate Romney.

You can't bully someone in cyber space. You now that right?

So in regards to Syria? Are you saying No bombs, No wars? Are you saying Peace talks? You really weren't clear.

Please refrain from the name calling. It hurts my feelings.

Peace. End the Drone strikes!

[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

Saying I serve the republicans or that I speak republican talking points is just as ignorant and the same as calling me a republican. Hence calling you a moron. It was a legitimate argument.

The only thing that decides who I support is my vote.

In regards to Syria... I'm saying the US does not need to get involved in another war. Wars are bankrupting the government and wasting tax dollars. Defense spending is already 60% of federal discretionary spending. We're still in Afghanistan and bombing several countries.


[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

I am anti war. I say cut the military budget in 1/2. (we would still be stronger than all our adversaries combined).

I say further we must use this most powerful military in conjunction with the UN and regional organizations to fight all dictators. (last resort, after diplomacy, yada yada yada)

We don't have to call it war per say. I mean if we did then we gotta do that pesky constitutional dance thingy.

I would call it something more like a police action. We could even create some non US entity so that we could claim honestly that the USA is not at war.

Whaddaya say?. Protect the people of the world from dictators & tyranny?

Ya wit' me?

Please stop calling me names. I mean I barely got outta high school but I'm not a moron. Just someone with a different opinion. In my opinion when someone (you) attack the president/dems, they ARE serving the repubs. When someone (me) attacks Romney/Repubs they serve the repubs.

I mean that is how it is in a duopoly. Right?

[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

yeah if you want to support the duopoly that is how it works.

Do you want to serve the duopoly created by the plutocrats?

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

NO! I want a new system! I understand OWS anarchists are working on it. Have you heard about it? Are they there yet?. What is taking them so long.

As soon as it happens I will be glad to embrace it. I know OWS has stated that we must change the corp personhood/money equals speech problem.Do we think the dems are more likely to push a progressive solution to citizens united? Are you gonna say the parties are the same on that?

Until the new system emerges I think we better keep the right wing out of power. I don't suppose you could agree with that. huh?

So you don't like the Earth Police idea huh?

Solidarity! Elect progressives. Republicans ARE the problem.

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 1 year ago

You do mean hundreds of thousands, and that does not include those that are under the despots that we support.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Did you have a change of heart on that last message regarding me not being civil? Don't be afraid. I can take you insults, & bullying, I'm used to it.

But I have been civil. When I am not, YOU will be the 1st to know it.


[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 1 year ago

No, no change of heart on my part. You forgot to tell me that you told another poster here to "fuck" off....or was it "fuck you." I cant f***ing remember. You really have to do something about that anger.


[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Oh my god.

Please oh grand high inquisitor do not report me to the revered founders.

If my views are unpure I will correct them. Please do not report me. Do not suggest I do not belong here. please do not attack me personally.

We cannot all be as pure as you. You are perfect. I am unpure.

I will improve.

Yes yes it hundreds of thousands!!! Yes! Pres Obama is evil. He is as bad as your guy Bush. I apologize for suggesting otherwise

Please forgive me oh grand high inquistitor.

[-] -2 points by Odin (583) 1 year ago

lol, i forgive you. just for the record, there is nobody that i view as more vile than bush, and cheney. i know though that does not fit well into your belief that promoting dems on HERE, this defiant movement.... is a good thing. anyone who does not want to see this struggle polluted with party politics is a repulicon, right??

[-] 4 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Nope. Anyone who attacks dems serves repubs. Anyone who attacks repubs serves dems. That ain't my rule! that is how it works when you live in a duopoly.

I will challenge any and all unfair, inaccurate attacks on the party that IS fighting for progress (dems) against the republican/conservatives whose policies created all our problems. Because there is an election in 90 days.

And I meant from millions killed to thousands. not hundreds of thousands.



[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

You and I have a fundamental disagreement on the most expedient method of changing things. Sometimes group actions do have predictable results.

I don't want to make OWS managable - rather I would make it effective.

As it happens - repelicans want the same thing - and their method includes reinforcing the belief that the duopoly is the problem.

It's been a key component of their party platform for decades - expressed in different terms over time, with one intent - how do we get people to not vote?


[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

The dems are vastly better on the issues you listed.

College: expanded Pell grants, took student loans from banks, created program to give colleges that keep costs down more fed aid, created program to assure colleges educate their athletes, crated a program to forgive student debt if graduates work in needy areas. Repubs are against all these actions.

Retirement: Dem support Social Security, medicare, Repubs have plans to cut, privatize, block grant these great progressive programs.

Food, roof: Dems have created a few programs to keep homeowners in their homes and to keep poor fed w/ food stamps. Repubs are against

No Dems arevastly better on all the important progressive issues we need. Including the 1st item: Money out of politics!

When you suggest otherwise you serve the republican 1%'rs who want voters to believe dems are the same as repubs to minimize the dem vote.

Anarchists can stay out of anything they want. You don;t seem to advocate anything except keeping OWS supporters from voting for dems or expressing that opinion. Certainly that seems to be your main focus.

Peace, Good luck on all your Good efforts.

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 1 year ago

"Peace", and how to run a revolution is something you know little about.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

I never claimed to. Do you. In addition to to judging whose views are pure enough for the revered anarchist founders, and determining who "doesn't belong on this site" are you now gonna claim that YOU know how to run a revolution? LMFAO.

So you are the Grand High Inquisitor & now the Consylea as well? Wow you are so important. But you still can't respond to my challenge on your ridiculous claim that the parties are the same on college, retirement, food, shelter?

And I can follow the lead on the creation of a new system.

I will not abandon the voting booth to the right wing. If the plan is "lets get all the progressives to not vote" that is a non starter.

Solidarity. Elect Progressives. Republicans ARE the problem



[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

I ain't doin any such thing. Nor am I tryin to. Just because it passes your word hole don't make it true. You know that right.? This movement is too big, and I am too small to have the affect your suggest.

I mean honestly to claim that "I am the problem" is a serious red flag. It is outrageous. It puts your mental state into question. You need to slow down. by tolerant, accepting, try to remember the progressive liberal concepts of love.

We are in this together. Even if we don't agree with every tactic.

Every movement has an evolution. Hopefully we will achieve as much as what the other movements (which have gone to Trotskies dust bin) have achieved. We should be that lucky.


Solidarity against conservative policies!

[-] 0 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago


It's the staunch "belief" that that is the only possible outcome.

Such rigid thinking is what forms the basis of tyranny.

It's the kind of thinking that should be avoided, like the plague that it is.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Be radical in the streets all you want = I support street protests. Work on forwarding and improving your street efforts.

But stop telling people to opt out.

When all is said and done the people need to get involved in politics to regain their government. The process should begin ASAP.

Fuck duopoly - vote issues and vote representatives that support those issues.

Currently the most visible corpoRATist's are hiding behind the republican banner - let's get rid of them as an obvious part of the process of regaining government.


[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I see that as a highly valuable function of OWS.

The dogmatic adherence to the principle that both parties are the same has a consequence the creation of peer pressure pushing participants not to vote.

This is a service to repelcans, which in turn are the chief proponents of legislation OWS does oppose.

you don't get the irony here?


[-] -2 points by Odin (583) 1 year ago

I disagree. This has to remain a defiant revolution. You can link our actions, or inactions here to consequences that 'might' be detrimental to our cause in the short term, but in the bigger picture they are far more beneficial. We have to remain the movement that is pushing for radical change.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Sure we can be both! Look around boss we ARE both!

Who are you to determine what we can be?

[-] -1 points by Odin (583) 1 year ago

Yes, most of us on here came from a progressive background, who like me voted for Obama, and as you might remember, i even attended his inauguration. He has been a huge disappointment for most of the people here, most of all perhaps, for me. I am thoroughly disgusted with Obama, and like most people here who voted for him, feel duped. Does that translate into me being a repub supporter? In your 'either your for us, or again' us' little mind it does, but not in most people's 'working' minds.

For you to imply and interput that because of our backgrounds, that there is wide-spread support for your efforts in making this a non-effective partisan movement is very disingenuous, and even laughable, but i now know this is typical of you.

I'll give you this: You are a master at twisting, and mis-representing people, and trying to create divisions in this movement.. Unfortunately, that is not a compliment, but rather something that I find much more insidious in your three month campaign to defang this movement by making it a political one.

The road to our success does not lead through dem-ville. That is a detour that leads to a dead-end....that is if we want a sea change, anyway.

BTW, save the "fuck you[s]" on your PMs to me.

And of course, Peace

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 1 year ago



[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 1 year ago

I have a pretty good track record of agreeing and disagreeing with everyone. They're used to it by now :D

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

You don't get the irony?

Repelicans seek to turn voters away

and you seek to do the same.

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 1 year ago

I have never suggested to people not to vote. I will probably vote myself, and no it definitely won't be for Romney. Anyone who did vote for him, while being in OWS would have to have his head examined. Having this movement turn into election central is my concern, that's all.


[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Well when that happens then we won't be in the duopoly.

But we ARE now! So lets prevent the right wing from gaining power.

It is the republican/conservative policies that have created all out problems.

I cannot abandon the ballot/govt to the right wing. Dems ARE better. We can get something done with dems. If we have a strong progressive movement.

We disagree. Boss. We won't convince each other. I am anti right wing. You appear anti dem.



[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

It is better to grow the movement. inclusion & toleration. The fear of being lead to the dustbin of history (quoting reagan? hmmm?) Is unfounded. The civil right movement, workers rights/union, womens rights movements, did just fine.

And would have gotten no where without working with Dems. If they or any progressive movement has been diminished then you should look to the right wing efforts against them

You are aware of the right wing effort against EVERY progressive movement throughout history right? And you do know that the right wing has mounted a massive concerted effort against OWS right?

I mean I don't have to tell you these facts right. Would you be surprised to hear that the right wing does not want OWS to work with the dems?

Isn't that enough of a signal that we should be working with all like minded groups to push the existing system (dems would be easier) to lay the ground work for our new system of govt.

Thats all. Create a new system! Yes I agree! Do not abandone the existing corrupt system to the right wing 1$ plutocrat puppets.



[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Lots of insults and inaccurate suggestions of my intentions. Nothing on my challenge of the issues you claim "the parties are the same" on.

Your silence is deafening. Instead you spew "little minds"? "promoted dissention" Nope. With who? You've suggest I haven't been on the street. I can't prove it. I don't have to. I know I was there. My daughter, my freinds. You don't wanna believe it 'cause you wanna put me in a box. I will not submit. "you claim I "twisted" huh? "erroneously predisposed"? Huh? huh? "beautiful person" Me? Never said it. Never would. "misrepresented"? LMFAO I do do represent anyone or the movement. So How can I MIS represent.? Please at least try to make sense.

Many unfounded accusations! Writing falsehoods don't make them true! It just reflects your inability to discuss the issues YOU brought up in a civil way. It only reflects your desire to deflect from then facts.

What about your claim that the parties are same on college, retirement, and food, shelter?

"salutation of peace....disingenious"? I want peace. I am not your enemy. YOU are attacking ME (as always). I continue to plead with you and all who attack people on this site to stop. "We must treat each other as if we will be working together for years to come" J Stein.

Solidarity. Elect progressives. Republicans ARE the problem.

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 1 year ago

No you have not been civil at all to me, or a number of commenters on here, so let's not pretend otherwise.

Just because, you may not have used profanity does not absolve you from my, and other commenter's accurate criticism, in your near-constant purposeful misrepresentation of what they are saying.

You have purosely misrepresented what they were saying in the hopes of adding credence to your argument. I did notice amusingly how you 'bit off a little more than you could chew' with shadz, who to his credit kept his cool, unlike i would have.

Then in my "dust bin of history" quote, you insidiously tried to link me with Reagan. Then you play the 'victim' when you get is dished back at you. lol

I credit my honesty to my up-bringing, my sense of community to the many years i lived in Vermont, where we had one of the only Congressmen worth his weight in gold....my ability to look at the big picture by having traveled throughout the world extensively, and having extended family on three other continents....and my ability to deal with phony people like you to my Jersey roots.

Undoubtedly, you will now do your best to link me with Christie.....and finish it off with your customary Peace", and NOW that you know, "Solidarity." lol

[-] -1 points by Odin (583) 1 year ago

I am a good judge of character. We have had many exchanges in which you used your sullied bag of tricks on me, and I have witnessed you doing the same to others on here. Your 'character', unlike most others on here that disagree with me out of conscience, is lacking.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

So another insult? "my character .... is lacking"? Please. I've only been civil. YOU attack ME. YOU'VE tried to bully ME. YOU don't like MY opinion, or choice of tactics. I urge respectful debate. You judge and seek to silence or banish.

Peace, & Solidarity. Elect progressives! Republicans ARE the problem!


[-] -3 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

But the US is set to pounce into Syria, or Iran, or ????; literally anyplace that gives the armed forces an excuse to flex Amercian muscle.

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Repubs would have invaded already. Doesn't the Pres get credit from resisting your republican right wing warmongers?

I mean are you blaming the Pres for what he is going to do?, while disregarding the fact that he has reduced American military killing from more than a million to thousands.

You ignored that fact. Why? We should support that amazing progress he has made so that we can continue to the ultimate conclusion of no killing.

Or we can attack his progress and hand over power to the ACTUAL war mongers who will escalate all missions. Is that what you want?

[-] 1 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

I'm sorry that I'm not into that finely relative thinking. To me bombing, invasions, and all out military actions are just that, regardless of the relative destruction to property and life.

The facts are. quite simply, that if a Republican president had followed the same policies as Barack Obama, the Democratic partisans would have attacked him with a vengeance and perhaps even called for his/her impeachment. That's not ignoring the facts; that's realizing how much personal biases influence judgement.

I certainly do not blame the American President for what he is going to do; I blame him for what he has done and, in many cases, what he has not done. This isn't a revolutionary idea. Look at how much less support Obama has this time from liberals, young people, even progressives, and "radicals" (like me).

Many Americans, myself included, have had their fill of politicians' promises. The time has come for these so-called "representatives" to deliver, not mealy mouthed platitudes and almosts and relative evils, but actual bonafide results.

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Well you did blame him for the invasions of Syria and Iran that will happen. So that is clearly not fair.

Now you are claiming that Bush would have been treated worse by liberals (no surprise) but that hasn't happened either. Therefore not really relevant.

And you have discarded the progress we've made (from millions killed to hundreds). I suppose if you won't accept anything but a total end of war in a couple of years you will never be satisfied. No one can do that. we must embrace the progress that will lead to the end of war.

In fact the only way to do what you want (and what I want) is exactly how Pres Obama has done it. Slowly, and definitely. The powers that be will not allow it any other way. MIC 1% plutocrats are not going to give up power that quickly and easily.

But you seem smart enough to know that. So I don't understand why you won't acknowledge the real progress, support the momentum, and agitate for more.

This is the only way.


[-] -1 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

I must read different news reports than you do; President Obama must not have said, the US would remove no options from the table in dealing with Iran. The underlying problem, however, is not how the government of Iran behaves, but how the government of the US behaves. Iran does not have warships and armed forces in countries surrounding the United States. Syria has committed no acts of aggression against the US; hasn't even threatened the US. Why are we concerned with Syria and ready to interfere with their domestic affairs, is the US the dictator to the world?

I don't remember ever mentioning Bush in my post, so your comment on that point is nonsense.

Your "progress" is a relative based on what you believe another person of another party may or may not have done. The glaring truth is what Obama has not done. You can call his half-hearted winding down of the illegal incursion into Iraq, or the promised end of the Afghanistan fiasco, or the Libyan bombings, etc, etc, etc, progress, but I call them more of the same.

Your spin of Obama's inaction as "slowly and definitely" reminds me of Jefferson's inaction toward his slave-mistress Sally Hemings and their offspring. He only freed the children, when they reached adulthood, and never freed Sally, who was eventually emancipated by Jefferson's daughter. That was "slow and definite" progress for Jefferson, but not for Sally.

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Slavery? Please! I think this is a little different.

We haven't invaded any other countries like your republicans. Pres Obama in fact has resisted your republicans pressure to do so. Period. It ain't happened. Sorry.

Middle east wars are Oil wars. This president IS winding that down. He is also pushing greentech also being resisted by your repubs. Greentech implementation will remove the need for oil wars.

My progress is about how many people we are killing with our military. From millions to hundreds is real progress. I support that momentum, that direction. You ignore it because you want to serve repubs? We will end the military killings if we support this President. His momentum proves that.

Peace, recognize it when it is overthe horizon

[-] -1 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

That's right, I'm a right-wing zealot. You left your good judgement back with Obama's broken promises.

Almost anyone on this forum, including you, clearly knows that I'm an anarchist. Do you simply throw the Republican epithet at anyone, who has the "audacity" to argue against Obama and his inaction and ineffectiveness?

Once again, I repeat, if a Republican president had done the very same things Obama did over the past four years, most Democratic partisans would be crying for his/her head.

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Who cares what would have happened if....? huh? Bush ain't President. Ok? Understand.? You don't know what woulda happened if. Why waste time pretending?. Are you serious.? That is a distraction.

Pres Obama is better than any repub. Pres Obama WILL stop all military actions.

Your an anarchist. ok Where the FUCK is the consensus on creating the new system of governance??. huh? From the ground up! Horizontally! with real direct democracy! WHERE? It's been a year! What are you waiting for? Whats the problem?

We are all waiting! You broke your promise! Oh your as bad as Bush.

As soon as you get that going I won't have to choose D&R. right? So get to work. Lazy bastard!

[-] -1 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

I have never stopped working for a better society. The first step in building a new society is educating the workers, not with the same tired, partisan propaganda, but with a real vision of the future. That begins by weaning them from the illusions of choice and freedom.

You must be fixated with Bush. I have not mentioned him. You keep wandering back and forth between Bush and Obama. If you're satisfied with Obama's performance, bravo, but I and many others aren't. Look at his fundraising numbers. He's lost much of his support, and in fact the only way Obama can win is, because Romney presents a worse alternative.

The promise of OWS is to resist. I and many others continue to resist the ineffective, innane, and wasteful efforts of partisan politics, which, so far, has delivered little more than hot air.

You seem to be an expert at prognostication, especially when the issues concern Obama. Since you're so certain he WILL stop all military actions, you must be sure he will win the election. If so, stop pushing him on the rest of us, who don't really care.

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

My comments defending Pres Obama are just that. Defense of inaccurate offensive commenst. I'm perfactly happy discussing the issues around creating the new govt system you claim to be working on.

I have seen no comments from you regarding the building of a new system.

NONE! You spend all your time attacking Pres Obama. Not the system! Not the Repubs! Just pres Obama. You don't spend anytime discussing a 3rd party path. You don;t discuss the new system. You just attack Pres Obama.

Your an anarchist? I disagree.

You seem just like a republican shill. Sorry.

Listen we disagree. You are anti Obama, I am anti right wing. Your efforts are to keep Obama from re election, I want to keep repubs out of office.

Lets leave it at that.

[-] -1 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

Your logic fails after the first sentence.

I don't give a fig about Obama or Romney. My major posts have always been to educate and agitate, rarely mentioning political candidates unless they're brought to the forefront first by others. As I have already mentioned, I am working at agitating and educating, as my exchange with you proves, on the futility of the current system, which is nothing more than a capitalist front. My hope is that eventually partisans on both sides will realize their efforts are choreographed by the ruling class to make them believe in the illusion of electoral choice.

Apparently, so far, my efforts have been in vain. You still see the political world in only Democratic-Republican vision, when in fact the choices to move away from that false dichotomy have already been presented by many great thinkers: a united workers' front to wrest power from the ruling class, not by playing their game, but by introducing new rules, which allow the workers to push the current system until it cracks, and the wall between classes can be torn away stone by stone.

In your supposed "defense" of the President, you consistently omit his egregious assaults on freedom: the detention center at Guantanamo remains open; the right to writs of habeas corpus have been suspended; centralized surveillance has been increased; the killings of American citizens, without a trial, have been sanctioned.

I don't attack Obama; I attack what he has done and not done. You support Obama regardless of the issues.

Incidentally, if the election in my state looks close, I will vote and for Obama, but not because of partisan ranting and raving, only because he is the lesser evil, and will steal from the workers less openly.

You need to personally redefinie anarchism, because the system neither supports political leaders, regardless of their supposed political leanings, nor does it support any hierarchical government, which dictates to the workers.

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Great. How can I help?

[-] -2 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

As I said, if the election looks close in Nevada, I will vote, so I see some purpose in them, but only in trying to slow the railroad train of worker exploitation,

[-] -2 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

How can you help? Educate and agitate. Eventually, the workers will rouse from their lethargy.

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Yeah. I've been doing that for years certainlyv with some focus since OWS has emerged.

Ok so then we are in agreement. Cool. All done? Elections don't matter?

Educate & agitate. I'm with that.


[-] 0 points by funkytown (-374) 1 year ago

I'm just curious, has the book ever been written - "A Perfect Anarchy" - because if it has I think I might like to read it. This is a sincere question, incidentally.

[-] -3 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

I have never read a book like that, but Marx and Engels both wrote extensively on a communist society. During the transition period from captilalism to full communism, a democratically elected government--such as the one Marx wrote about in his speech on the Paris Commune--would administer general affairs.

Finally in the utopian future the need for hierarchical government would simply fade away.

You don't have to read all the volumes of Das Kapital. You may start with The Communist Manifesto, Engel's essay On the Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, as well as Lenin's The State and Revolution. One other tract I might suggest is Marx's The German Ideology

Piotr Kropotkin wrote quite a bit about anarcho-communism, and you may want to examine some of Mikhail Bakunin. Finally, read a few of Che's speeches about economics and politics.

[-] 0 points by funkytown (-374) 1 year ago

Some of these I've looked at before but I'll take another look. The thing is, we've seen so many social experiments come and go, the result of published philosophy - Marxism in various forms, socialism came and went under Thatcher, Heyek and Keynes have done a couple of rounds... the version of anarchy that most seem to entertain is a rather appealing Utopian vision. But I'm not certain the book has been written, "A Perfect Anarchy." Maybe its time has arrived.

Of course, if you're a diehard totalitarian it may not appeal.

[-] -3 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

I believe that in some of the socialist experiments like the Soviet Union, Cuba, China, and others, the revolutionary leaders accepted Lenin's premise of the dictatorship of the proletariat, which he inferred from Marx's writings about the Paris Commune.

Marx, Engels, Trotsky, Lenin, and many of the early communists believed the Paris Commune had been too easily crushed by the French government, because the workers had not been ready; had accepted the appeasement arguments of the petty bourgeousie, the liberals, and the slow building of consensus by the anarchists. After the fall of the Commune, many Communists formulated the theory that immediately after a successful revolution, a strong central authoritarian government(dictatorship of the proletariat) had to be established to enforce the transition from the previous state and to defend the communist state from capitalist reprisals.

That's basically the point at which most communist revoltutions have mired down. The bureaucracy, as Trotsky belatedly warned, becomes so entrenched, it forms a new oligarchy. The Cubans seem to be slowly evolving out of that point, and their progress may have been impeded by the American embargo. Hugo Chavez seems to be moving toward a full communist state rapidly without resorting to totalitarianism, though with some heavy handed methods. Still, he seems to enjoy the overwhelming support of Venezuelan workers.

We could probably judge countries like Cuba and Venezuela better, if the news we received about them wasn't so heavily filtered and biased.

[-] 0 points by funkytown (-374) 1 year ago

Have you ever done the history of the Paris Commune? I ask because one of my ancestors likely attended as a Prussian officer, he later served as a Corp commander, and in fact, it was he that masterminded the invasion of France, WWI, via Belgium.

I would also like to know, to what extent is a state communism in the above incidental to circumstance? Is it incidental to the machinations or limited construct of revolutionary force or is it the goal of proletarian revolution?

[-] -3 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

I've studied the Paris Commune mainly to learn.

By the way I disagree with the Communists and believe the ultimate destruction may have been slowed by more effective measures on the part of the Communards, like seizing government funds in the Paris banks to deprive the French government, under Adolphe Thiers, of operational cash, but maybe the Communards were lulled into believing the government was willing to peacefully resolve the issues. The most the Communards could have accomplished was to slow their own destruction by the far superior French forces, which the capitalists would have funded under any circumstances.

The Russian revolution was not initially a Bolshevik uprising, it was a general insurrection. The Communists eventually worked into power through various peaceful and not-so-peaceful struggles during the interim government: a democratic republic.

Fidel and company organized the Cuban Revolution as a Marxist-Leninist struggle, but worked with a coalition government before finally assuming full power.

None of the communist revolutions to date fit into Marx's notion of the best situation for a proletarian revolution, which he considered inevitable. Even the Paris Commune, since it was an island of extreme proletarian unrest, was far from what he envisioned.

He believed that the ultimate proletarian revolution needed a fully developed industrial country, like England or France in his day, to succeed. The ideal would be multi-national uprising that united workers of "all countries." The communist revolution he foresaw is an inevitable result of capitalism, in which the workers are subjugated, until they have no other option but to cast off their chains.

[-] 0 points by funkytown (-374) 1 year ago

How do you yourself define proletariat? If the bourgeoisie rise to displace monarchy aren't they in essence monarchy as the now ruling aristocratic elite? And as such, are they not possessed of the extralegal privilege of aristocracy that serves to both insulate them from challenge and also empower them to deny all others?

In Germany, for example, nobility enjoyed legal privilege; even so, academia, as those responsible for aristocratic education, lived outside even this, essentially as a sovereign unto itself. The bourgeoisie eventually rose to occupy the universities; the nobility continued its demand for classical aristocratic education in the form of private tutor - academia therefore continued, until Moritz Seebeck, to enjoy both an artistic freedom and legal privilege for the purpose of promoting education as aristocratic acculturation.

The question is this: does America really have a proletariat or it just a word that appeals? There is no nobility, no lesser bourgeoisie; we are not legally denied either property or the means of production, how then a proletariat? Can we perceive a true correlation, theoretically adapt or adopt, any essence of Marxist philosophy without this true dichotomy as forces succinctly defined, very definitively opposed, in the form of bourgeoisie and proletariat?

In America, is it capitalism that is failing us or is it corporatism? Are such words interchangeable? And what of corporate imperialism? Does this in turn affect an American capitalism?

[-] -2 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

The Communist Manifesto defines proletariat and bourgeousie succinctly, but I'll try to briefly summarize. The proletariat and the bourgeousie are distinct products of the Industrial Age.

The bourgeousie originated from the burghers of the Middle Ages and from serfdom. In the feudal system property was defined as real property, which was controlled by the nobility. Even at the earliest of the feudal period, certain serfs bought their way to freedom or escaped. Aside from these two major classes, however, the merchants constituted a third, but necessary evil, which did not form a class, but out of necessity founded cities outside the fiefdoms.

The free serfs and the merchants controlled the cities. Most of the early serfs became craftsmen and formed guilds to protect their status and their trades from competitors. The guildsmen then hired apprentices, who became journeymen, who eventually, if they were fortunate became guild members. These small manufacturers traded between cities and various fiefdoms through the merchants.

Over the centuries the cities became a major part of feudal society and became more important and necessary via international trade and finally global trade.

Global trade opened new resources, new markets, and much greater demand. Enter the machines of mass production. Industry.

The problem with this equipment (the means of production), however, was only the wealthy few burghers could afford the investment, which replaced hundreds, if not thousands of, for instance, weaving looms and spinning wheels.

The transition from real property, which defined the nobility, to capital, which defined the wealthy burghers had begun. The capitalists defined property as something new, accumulation of non-real property like accumulated labor and debts and future income, even intellectual property; wealth enough to control all major means of production and trade as well as to define societal norms.

The wealthiest of burghers, the capitalists, became the bourgeousie, but they needed a constant, cheap labor commodity to run the machines. At first they hired urban rabble and escaped serfs. Industry, though, forced more and more of the old craftsmen out of business, who joined the industrial workers. These wage slaves became the proletariat.

The capitalists eventually replaced nobility, except the new wealth had nothing to do with property or location; it was transportable. To insulate themselves more effectively from the proletariat, they allowed a middle group to continue as petty merchants, artisans, managers, etc. They were defined as the petty bourgeousie. Peculiarly, because they received a benefits of the bourgeousie, they adapted many of the values and views of the ruling class, believing themselves part of that same class, though they only stayed ahead of the proletariat by the grace of the bourgeousie.

Transfer that to modern America, and all the pieces fit together, but now the middle class, because of the economic stagnation of the past three decades have sunk further and further into the working class. Eventually, the middle class will mostly disappear and the two classes will drift even further apart. The signs are already there. At a certain, when conditions for the exploited become intolerable, they will rise up to overthrow their masters.

More or less the whole process is evolutionary with periods of rapid evolution, which Kropotkin defines as revolution..

[-] 0 points by funkytown (-374) 1 year ago

That's very well written; I'm not certain though that the model is applicable in that I don't see the American economy or class structure evolving in this form. There has never been monarchy that prohibited upward mobility or a proletariat that was helpless and hapless. I see the gap widening for primarily two reasons - the increase in relatively prosperous population density, therefore broader and greater market share, and the efficiency of investment vehicle coupled with a lack of employment opportunity for those on the lower rungs.

[-] 1 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

The US was slightly different, in that the early period was basically an agrarian, slave-holding society, which evolved slightly differently. The industrial revolution arrived in the United States much later. By that time, while the country was still basically agrarian, the north-eastern states and California, around the main coastal cities, became merchant havens.

The European proletariat has never been helpless or hapless, which the Canut Revolts, culminating in the establishment of the Paris Commune clearly demonstrated. Still different countries evolved differently. So, for example, Russia remained a feudal state right up to the revolution and the Bolshevik takeover. Many Latin American countries remain basically feudal states today. The definition doesn't require a nobility, in the sense of a titled class, but large landowners, who basically farm the land using serf labor. We call them sharecroppers. These are not the ideal societies for a lower-class uprising, mainly because they are still agrarian and do not have the economic wherewithal to make the transition fairly painlessly.

The Industrial Revolution in the United States, especially in the northern states, which became the industrial center of the country, changed the economic structure in a pattern very consistent with the European model, but of course later. American bourgeousie were sometimes called robber barons, but the workers fit the definition of the proletariat quite well. The US had its share of worker uprisings, which historically became known as violent strikes. The government in this country repeatedly worked with the ruling class to suppress worker rebellions: the Pullman Palace Car strike, the Homestead strike, the Colorado mining strike of 1914, the Matewan coal mine strike of 1920, etc. Just as in Europe, government forces from local to national were often used as company enforcement personnel to suppress the workers.

The Great Depression might have erupted into class war, especially as refugees from the Dust Bowl fled to other states, but FDR instituted some quasi-socialist programs and kept worker unrest just below the boiling point, and finally World War 2 interrupted to end the depression.

The United States experienced a post-war boom, as the Cold War artificially maintained the heightened economic cycle as well as discouraging worker unrest, mainly through anti-Communist paranoia, which worked against widespread syndicalism, and was encouraged by the ruling class.

Finally, through a combination of government machinations, the implementation of supply-side economics and other neoliberal policies, and the end of the Cold War the economy remained stable, but real wages for workers stagnated and even declined to this day. Even the middle class was hard hit, since college graduates faced increasing unemployment numbers and almost no significant gains in real wages.

The housing collapse and subsequent bank fiascos of 2007-2008, pulled the rug out from workers and the middle class. In fact they fit into the mold of the petty bourgeousie descending into the proletarian class exactly.

Proletarians, regardless of whatever industrial country, have the ability to rise above their class into the bourgeousie. A good example comes to mind: Bill Gates, but such rapid, spectacular examples are like winning the lottery. Basically, the class system is fairly rigid, regardless of the facade used to disguise it.

Capitalists tend to keep workers at or just below subsistance level, but allow a large segment, the middle class, to live above that point mainly as a buffer against the workers and to provide support in people, who view themselves as above average workers, though, the ruling class never sees them in that way.

More or less, the point is that all industrialized countries fit in various ways into the the pattern worked out by Marx and Engels. Of course variations occur, but they are simply natural parts of an evolutionary process.

[-] 0 points by funkytown (-374) 1 year ago

Again, a very well written post and thanks for the explanation.

Question, though: don't you think we are in danger here of over generalization respecting the US? For example, in the northeast I don't see this is as a primarily agrarian, slave holding society. True, removed from the cities, it was largely "rural" and agrarian but I don't think African slavery was all that prevalent. In fact, I don't see group slave holdings as economically feasible due to a) the short growing season, and b) need - help was needed only at harvest time. By 1810, virtually all had been voluntarily manumitted; many were manumitted at the time of the Revolution. Also, what I am observing is a gradual economic evolution - the younger children of farmers became artisans; the children of traders became ship captains and later, merchants; the children of merchants became bankers, etc. In many cases, vocational lines blend, economic logic appears rather flexible and entrepreneurial, but ultimately wealth was imported and the economy actually evolved. And I call this "village building."

Can we even define the word "class"? In Gloucester, MA, for example, mid to late 1700s, there were essentially five divisions, or constructs, as positions of status. All lines blend, though, but more - without legal privilege isn't this but a construct? Isn't it just the guy below saying, I can't do that, I can't afford that lifestyle, and I'm but a victim of cultural circumstance? . True, the industrial revolution brought us our robber barons, but they held sway only over those employed in cities. The rural population was largely immune and much of the US consisted of a rural population.

When the Depression hit, those in cities stood on bread lines, those in the country returned to the farm. They also fished, hunted, gathered, etc. True, there was no money, but adversity it seems compelled all to grow ever fatter.

The middle class "buffer" you perceive is actually the result of education and employment opportunity - some vocations are more highly valued, which is as it should be, and some individuals enjoy more fortune than others. Capitalists do tend to maintain labor at specific standards of living, relative to maximized profit, but I don't believe they employ a buffer - although, perhaps, an impracticable pursuit, upward mobility is available to all.

Wages only lack in the sense that housing costs, utility costs, transportation costs, etc. have ballooned. And this is not entirely the fault of the capitalist - there were many other cultural factors external to industry and capitalism that contributed to all of these. True those on top grow ever wealthier but I have wondered how much of this is attributable to the relax of anti-trust law, etc.; it seems many profit immensely from merger triage.

In other words, I think this is a great theoretical presentation, a great device, but I have to wonder if it employs far to much generality.

[-] 2 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

"In America I don't believe anyone has ever been 'ruled'..."

I suppose we can go back and forth discussing the semantics of "ruled." For our purposes we can ignore the South in early America, because it was obviously a slave society with clearly defined classes, but you brought up the northeast, specifically Massachusetts as an example of a class-less society in the late 18th century.

If we look at history, however, we find that in 1787, insurrections staged a tax rebellion in Massachusetts of such severity, the government had to use militia to suppress it. Just seven years later protestors in Pennsylvania revolted in what became known as the Whisky Rebellion, which required a large miltitary force to suppress. http://www.publicbookshelf.com/public_html/The_Great_Republic_By_the_Master_Historians_Vol_II/whiskeyre_if.html

Undoubtedly, those insurrectionists in Massachusetts then in Pennsylvania felt exploited enough to rebel against the people that ruled them The same is true of the those in Pennsylvania several years later. American history is full of flare ups, in which armed forces were used to quell unrest by the lower class.

The semantics of ruled can be bantered from here to next week, but a small group of people generally control the masses.

Prized to a capitalist is the commodity value of the employee, which the capitalist determines by the profitability of that employee and what he/she does. Capitalists don't consider the workforce as tools, but as a true commodity subject to the laws of supply and demand. Outsourcing became popular among industrialists, because the labor commodity from foreign countries proved to be considerably more profitable than the labor commodity here.

The ruling class generally does not view the workforce as people, but rather an object. That's why it so easily dispense of thousands or millions of jobs for the sake of the bottom line.

I certainly can't deny that the model I present is over generalized. Many great thinkers have filled countless volumes presenting the theory of the political economy.

[-] 0 points by funkytown (-374) 1 year ago

I'm not saying that they were classless, there was definite division or "caste," chief among these being either free or un-free; all else are derived from these as but social distinctions. If one was free, the sky was the limit; if one was un-free, in any of its varied forms, very little of personal worth was attainable. Only one in ten of our indentured "servants" survived to either marry or own property; typically servitude was repeatedly extended, slavery it seems is but a matter of degree and in colonial America it was entirely color blind.

Prior to the Constitution, I think active democracy was a force very relevant to governance. The insurrections you refer to occurred precisely because the people were unaccustomed to heavy-handed governance; in both cases, a militia was "raised," meaning they were put down by the people themselves.

I fail to see how any small group of people can control the masses without both extralegal privilege and militaristic might; if the people are fully armed, this seems even less likely - I get the impression this small group governs through some majority approbation.

My point is that I'm not certain the Marxist model, or a Marxist presentation, in such imbricated form can be superimposed by way of explanation - the pieces do not fit.

In reference to "commodity," you're right - useless semantics. But I blame that loss of power, as the ability to negotiate terms of employment, not on capitalism per se but on those in Congress - all governance is economic at its core - they exist to promote prosperity - if they fail, no amount of legislation, one over the other, will save them.

[-] 1 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

"... they must surrender their arms. Do you foresee such a possibility, because I honestly do not."

Supposedly the military cannot be used to counter domestic disturbances, but just a few years ago no one suspected that our rights to writs of habeas corpus, or protection from warrant-less surveillance, and even killing American citizens without a trial would soon be legal under various "anti-terrorist" laws, which the Supreme Court has, so far, upheld.

[-] 0 points by funkytown (-374) 1 year ago

Well that we're all aware of but there is also the matter of an unlawful order; I don't see servicemen as serving long is this capacity.

[-] 1 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

"I fail to see how any small group of people can control the masses without both extralegal privilege and militaristic might; if the people are fully armed, this seems even less likely..."

I believe the various police forces and the several branches of the American armed forces constitute enough "militaristic might" to keep most revolutionaries, from either the right or left well suppressed. One of my points in mentioning the various labor uprisings, as well as the early two rebellions, was the government does indeed possess the might to squash unrest, and historically that force has been used against the lower class and workers.

The Massachusetts tax uprising was crushed by state militia, while the Whisky Rebellion required forces from several different states.

From the various points throughout this discussion I come to exactly the opposite conclusion that you do: that the American model, especially since the dawn of the Industrial Age, which is what Marxist theory concerns, fits the model very well.

That doesn't mean we can't find areas of agreement, which we already have, only that we disagree in some areas. Still, I find it enjoyable to read well articulated opposing opinions, where neither party huffs and puffs and insists that history or the political economy have only one proper interpretation.

[-] 0 points by funkytown (-374) 1 year ago

I think much of our history has been far too greatly generalized; on many levels it's far too superficial an examination.

Again, I must point to the word "militia" here - while there may have been a demand in the form of a quota (I don't remember) these are yet voluntary militias.

You're right, all will be labeled in the future (ALL?) as "insurrections" and successfully countered because we lack the combined force of revolution.

Although evidence may suggest otherwise, our government is not empowered in this form - Federal military force cannot be used against the people, they must surrender their arms. Do you foresee such a possibility, because I honestly do not.

[-] 1 points by TitusMoans (2367) from Boulder City, NV 1 year ago

Of course I presented a broad, very brief summary.

Regardless of slavery, which only indicated the economic development of early America, the nation was an agrarian nation with typical agricultural class distinctions. The American cities differed even as medieval cities differed from the various fiefdoms. In both, however, though many gradations separated the two classes, they were still two basic classes the rulers and the ruled.

The Industrial Age changed the nature of the classes, but more importantly it changed the nature of property from real property to capital and, in more recent times, also included intellectual property.

One of the bases of capitalism is that those who possess the property tend to accumulate and concentrate it. Now we have less than 1% of the population that earns $250,000 per year, but even those people aren't considered "rich." No capitalist wealth starts in the multi-millions and billions of dollars, and less than .1% earn that much.

Most of the country's wealth has concentrated in a very few people. They are the bourgeousie, the capitalists, the ruling class and the exploiters.

Down at the very bottom we have tens of millions of people that live at or below the poverty level, which the federal government defines at about $22,000 per year for a family of four. About one in six Americans fit into this lowest level. The point of this isn't to break down the population by annual income, but to emphasize most Americans struggle or work hard to try and make a decent living. There are many gradations from the lowest income earners to those, for instance, who earn $200,000 per year, but almost all have one thing in common; they sell their time to the ruling class. They are the exploited in spite of what they consider themselves, because they depend on that .1% to earn their incomes.

The ruling class determines what is prized and not by the rule of profit. People are commodities. So the prized employee of today, may become the discarded employee of tomorrow with no real say in the process, simply as part of capitalist supply and demand.

Specifics of the current political-economic system are spelled out in the three volumes of Das Kapital, as well as many other writings by Marx, Engels, etc, etc.

[-] 0 points by funkytown (-374) 1 year ago

In America I don't believe anyone has ever been "ruled" in the sense you imply, and that was my initial point; without extralegal privilege - without legally privileged aristocracy - there can be no people of no privilege. In colonial America there were but two class distinctions of any relevance whatsoever - one was either free or one was un-free. For those that were free, the sky was the limit - there was no bourgeoisie to impede their rise; there was no gentleman ruler to contain them. Those that were un-free in the form of indentured and bonded "slave" were involuntary immigrants, as such they were but tools of economy - they were not citizenry. Those that were free rose through the political ranks of community over a period of years, possessed of an unrestricted aggressive acquisitiveness, and achieved a personal economic maturity.

ALL European institutions had been discarded, all traditional European lines of distinction blurred in America - they blur to this day - and those that seek a greater communism through socialism unintentionally blur these lines ever more. Our poor in America live better than many working class people in Europe - they acquire more property and have greater security; they have also enjoyed prosperity.

The ruling class determines what is prized? Well, what is prized? Step outside, look around, converse with the people - what they prize by and large is home and family. And this is a universal Love.

It's quite true that the modern economic capitalist machine treats all, not as a commodity bought and sold, but as a tool. It utilizes them, it subsumes and consumes, stealing their best productive years, and then discards them. But this will change because we are all possessed of economic "logic." We will survive, and in a free world, succeed - there is no force short of our own willful destruction that can deny evolution's biology.

I still feel the model is over generalized.



[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

well, there is that I suppose. At some point OWS has got to accept that most of us are not going to embrace everything they espouse - and to change things for the better will require working together anyway.

I'm not sure they are up to it. Not yet. But if things get any worse, I'm sure they will come around to the point of view that they are free to hold onto their aspirations as long as everyone else is, and search for common ground from there.

[-] 1 points by JesseHeffran (3903) 1 year ago

The way I see it. It would be nice if direct democracy could be implemented, but as long as it is a far off goal, it is wise to keep my options open. I'm so disappointed with our current political apparatus that i would welcome anything at this point.

I also come here because it is a good place to find information and is filled with multiple opinions. Besides who wants to go to a site where everyone agrees with you. That seems quite dangerous if you ask me.

No, i say i'm Progressive because there is a long history of that brand doing good for the average person, but just because they had balls in the past does not necessarily mean they will be the white horse of our generation. All in all, I would not be disappointed if a third party materialized and mopped the floor with the 'Quo. But history tells me it is a long shot.


[+] -4 points by Odin (583) 1 year ago

"I'm suprised they even put up with us." I think they find us as an amusing way to pass the time when they want to get away from the more serious goal of running a revolution.

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 7 months ago


[-] 0 points by TropicalDepression (-45) 7 months ago

Right, because when you speak about the 99% and addressing corruption on wall st, it was never meant to include anyone on the right, right?

What is this, dig up a bunch of stuff that you didnt understand 2 years ago and clearly dont now?

(clumping registered Republicans in with the big money party founders is a tried and true trick on both sides of the corrupted isle, you sound like Beck)

Did you kick out right wingers that showed up to the 1000+ people rallies? Its obviously a leftist movement, but there was always an understanding of all were welcome.

And while you can keep denying things, yes, there were some Tea Party members that came in support for the first month or two before the media smear campaign kicked off.

David Cobb, one of the founders of Move to Amend, will tell you to your face that he has done his presentation at Tea people events and that a lot of them support it. Admittedly, not the 100% approval like at Occupy, but still a significant portion.

So yes, there is broad support for what we are doing. Despite the media and their toadies (ahhhemmm) best intentions of smearing the entire thing and making it look like a bunch of bumbling Dems.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 7 months ago

there is no free market, fool

If you want to claim there is or that there should be, that's on you. The fact is this error in perception in large measure lies at the heart of the economic issues facing this nation today.

It is a facade, a lie one behind which repelican scum are known to rally.

there is no free market

And the reason there is no free market begins with the institutionalization of a medium of trade.

  • It can get expensive keeping the fat thumbs of scumbags like you off of the scale.



[-] 0 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

I have been told by others that hc is a pro.

I suppose that's what democracy looks like people reading and thinking and figuring things out for themselves, after consideration, I would agree.

[-] 2 points by rpc972 (628) from Portland, OR 1 year ago

In my experience, hc is a simpleton dufus in Tampa, where Randi Rhodes refers to them as Tampons, and he lives up to the name. He's green and ignorant, just the way Cons like 'em.

Shooz is NOT one of them, I personally vouch for him!

That said, I'm sorry to say, there are some that are our friends, and why wouldn't they be. So smarten up!

As I see it, we are in a war. Part of war is espionage! Sabotage! Unfaithful alliances!

OK, I'm glad more people are aware. But we are still in a war, and battles must be fought!

Less than 90 days from now we have an election that could change things for the dramatically worse, or dramatically better.

There is ONE certainty is this election, if we do nothing, don't Vote, or Vote for a third party, we will "enjoy" the fucking worst possible outcome!

If we Get out the VOTE we stand a chance at making some progress. One thing is for sure, CONs are OBSTRUCTIONISTS!! They work for the 1% would-be Kings.

SO know the hills have eyes, get registered, and get out the VOTE!!!


[-] 2 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 1 year ago

And you want Obama for four more years? Which means you want indefinite detention? Obama is fighting to reinstate it right now.

Please wake up! The people don't elect the president, the people with the money do. Why do you continue to let them pull your strings?


[-] 4 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

No, I do not want indefinite detention. The NDAA bill very neatly tied his hands. As did the screaming when the Obama admin attempted to get a trial going in NYC for some of those indefinitely detained.

I am confident this particular failure does not sit well with the President, he made a promise to close Gitmo, and unlike other promises he has kept, this is one he has not.

I fault Congress for this issue, not the President - and for more on NDAA - see this Forum Post.


[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Watch closely . . .

as I do my best to impersonate the character played by Brad PItt in the movie 12 Monkeys and quietly insist while probing the inner recesses of my nostrils with index finger . . .

  • . . . no I'm not . . .
[-] 0 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

Jart? which of the insane pretenders wrote this I wonder? I mean I'm honored and all, but really jart?

They posted one like this before I took a look and thought to myself, what kind of content would there be without any on that list?

and without one of those where would any of us be?

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

there was another one, suggesting I take my meds - as proof links were provided to my website.

I voted up.

now it's gone.



[-] 0 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

as an RN and caregiver/patient, I believe that meds are very important

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

It is interesting. Medication was strongly suggested back in '97 - yet there has never been an instance indicating they are mandatory, nor has any diagnosis been consistent, let alone conclusive . . .

They say I am mad - and indeed it must be true - yet to state with certainty, conviction, with proof, the nature and extent of my malady remains beyond the reach of science.

Perhaps I have not been dealing with scientists at all, but rather some strange new purveyor of science fiction . . . .

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

diagnosis can be like definitions once you have one you think you understand a thing, sometimes best to avoid them all together as they can interfere with growth

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I've been round and round with several of them. What is interesting is that they can never address my questions.

  • What is neural linguistic reprogramming?

They are quite uniform in their complete denial of the field - even though neural linguistics itself is not new, and has produced quite a bit of research using various forms of positive reinforcement - techniques as simple as standing before a mirror and telling oneself - you are a wonderful person, I love you . . . .

Since they completely deny any knowledge of the subject at all, there is no opportunity to examine precisely how a clinician, any clinician, may distinguish between a patient who has a genuine mental or emotional dysfunction, and someone who has been subjected to forms of both negative affirmation and negative reinforcement within the society where they live . . .

. . . let alone the nature and extent such cruelty might entail, how and why such a process might be undertaken, or the consequences involved either on a personal or on a sociological scale . . . .

the fuckers

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

In the city where I live there is a university I would think they would have several classes on the subject. Have you looked under advertising?

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Ah the university . . .

I live in a town with a rather large population of university students, and there are at least 5 major institutions - UVM, St. Michael's, Champlain, Burlington College, CCV . . . UVM . . . did I mention UVM?

UVM as it happens has a large behavioral sciences department. UVM has a building dedicated to one H. F. Perkins

It was founded by one of my cousins - Ira - who, I am told, has a statue of his likeness in the basement of one of the buildings on campus - with his head tucked neatly between his feet.

Is this some sort of iconography? I ask myself?

What is really interesting is that each of the professional clinicians I spoke with some years ago all hail from the very same classroom of higher learning . . .

I don't suppose the news is entirely dim on this subject - I haven't looked very closely - doing so often produces a bit of a physiological reaction . . . but there is a link here that may begin to reveal some facets of the issue, and Google has numerous other links on the specific topic mobbing -

and several on NLP via google -

yet nothing on NLRP - although I did find the term in a reference book in the library some years ago.

here's an interesting headline -

  • NLP Training
  • www.nlp.com/
    • For me, NLP can be boiled down to one word: influence. It is the most sophisticated, effective, and easiest to learn model for influencing yourself, your friends, ...
[-] 0 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

I had an "owner" who handed me a book on stuff like that he acted like he was letting me in on some grand secret, it was about effective meetings or some crap like that. I will say this I find that getting the text for the class and going through it is quicker, cheaper and more fun than sitting on a hard chair all day.




[-] 1 points by rpc972 (628) from Portland, OR 1 year ago

You're wrong again, and it's getting old. You have a bias against Obama and Dems. That's fine. Just quit acting like a neutral. You're a Rightie!

Get out the VOTE, democracy's disinfectant!!!

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

I thought the Republicans had already kept it in place.


I guess if the GOP win a few house/senate seats it will be a lock (and throw away the key).

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

I am told that OWS is a non partisan movement; I see that the worst insult you can hurl on the site is to call someone a Republican. Does that in any way seem strange to you?


[-] 0 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

I think at first people thought, finally somebody to stand up to the Republicans now they are not so sure, I mean have you seen the weak ass Democratic Party? If we don't do it, who will?


[-] 0 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

What to bury the Republicans in?

Time is against the GOP no doubt of that, it is why they will make a grab at the court so they can make democracy unconstitutional, before the white power loses steam.


[-] -2 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

still till somebody shows how Romney will be better......

[-] 2 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 1 year ago

Why do you limit yourself to just one dimension in our four dimensional political world?

[-] 2 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

I am also bound by gravity, but if I know that and use my brain I can still fly.


[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Who are you promoting for office - what kind of national following for this individual is there?

[-] -2 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

It's all about how many tv commercials can the corporate backed candidates run to keep the power in the corporations.

The minute the people stop supporting the D/R, its game over for this MASSIVE level of corruption.

This change needs to be led by the politically active in teh country. If those who follow politics are not willing to do it, then the average voter certainly wont. Lead or follow. Its up to you.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Who would you promote for office? Any office?

[-] -2 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Truth be told there isnt enough normal people willing to raise their hand and say "fuck it, I;ll do it"

Which brings us back to our apathy problem.

Ill prob keep supporting Rocky for POTUS and the rest of em, will prob have to put big x'z through them.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Not an answer but I really did not expect one.

[-] 0 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Way to ignore a real answer. I gave you the answer to who I;ll write in, the rest will depend on if they get ballot accesss or not.

Whats your fuckin problem? Ignorant and bored as usual?

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Sorry did you just add that Rocky endorsement? as I don't recall having seen it. I remember your comment ending at apathy problem.

Which to be honest is where you seem to live most times - apathy. It is why Eeyore is thought to be a good comparison to you.

[-] -1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Sorry dude, but if you got to hand with me once in a while, you would find Im the exact opposite of apathetic....perhaps to a fault.

Change has never happened from those that fall in line though, so I keep going.

Apathy is saying "well, I guess these are the two options I have after four years of bitcing, better troll to the polls in November"......

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Ummm sorry but the people I have talked with here? They seem to agree that at best you are a depressed defeatist and at worst a corpoRATist shill or something similar sent here to spread apathy depression and opting-out.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Are you suggesting a form of suicidal depression?

[-] 1 points by JesseHeffran (3016) from Phoenix, AZ 0 minutes ago

The impression i get from HCHC is that he put his whole heart and soul into Obama's election campaign, and when Obama let him down, he became disillusioned with the whole process. Now, no party will ever live up to his expectations so therefore he rallies for the party that does not stand a chance, ensuring his expectations will never be let down again. ↥twinkle ↧stinkle permalink

[-] 1 points by JesseHeffran (3903) 1 year ago

The impression i get from HCHC is that he put his whole heart and soul into Obama's election campaign, and when Obama let him down, he became disillusioned with the whole process. Now, no party will ever live up to his expectations so therefore he rallies for the party that does not stand a chance, ensuring his expectations will never be let down again.

[-] -1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

We all know who your crew is here, sorry.

[-] -2 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 1 year ago

A person that will serve the people, not the wealthy.


[-] 1 points by rpc972 (628) from Portland, OR 1 year ago

OK! I'll meet you down by the river side.

Meanwhile we have to get out the VOTE!!!


[-] 0 points by frogmanofborneo (602) from New York, NY 1 year ago

It's time to vote against the TP, the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, the racist sexist Mormon cult and also revolt.

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

In this case "pro" does NOT mean competent.

if we lose even one more reasonable seat in the SCOTUS I do think we are in real trouble.

[-] 1 points by rpc972 (628) from Portland, OR 1 year ago

I tried, but can't find the "pro" you refer to.

No more Cons anywhere near our government's three branches!!

Get out the Vote!


[-] -1 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

Thread line gets crossed up, I had said I heard from someone that hc was a pro, but by that I did not mean competent.

[-] 0 points by rpc972 (628) from Portland, OR 1 year ago

Oh, I remember seeing that. He's a petty little twit.

If you know how to find, retrieve, or return to replies, etc., I sure would like to know. I'm so used to boards that record what you post in your own personal account. So you know what you've said and when and where you said it.

Hey righties! You don't have to look up what you said cuz you get your talking points from Drudge!! We actually say, SAY, what we think, THINK!!

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

Just posts using user search, if you can remember what it was I think you can do a search on the words as well, I keep "master" word file of most of stuff I put up, you know for historians and such they will want to capture the early days of the revolution one day, but the tech folks have it all too so we should be covered.

[-] 0 points by rpc972 (628) from Portland, OR 1 year ago

Forgive me, for I know not the ways of your people. Do--you--speak--English?

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago
[-] 0 points by rpc972 (628) from Portland, OR 1 year ago

When did this memo get sent??

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

I just saw it on a comment


[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Sounds like the best advice. Even if someone feels the current political system is corrupt (it is) and desires a new, ground up, horizontal, direct democracy system We cannot abandon the existing corrupt system and leave it to the TP right wing wackos.

We must engage the ballot, OCCUPY the ballot! Elect progressives! Vote out pro 1% plutocrat conservatives.

It's the only way.

As far as who is a pro trying to get progressive OWS supporters to throw away their votes, Do you have any opinion on Odin, or Trevormnemonic,? Sometimes they sound as if they are with us, but spend much time either unfairly criticizing dems, or discouraging voting. Hc is clearly not with OWS and squarley against the 99%.

On the other hand Shooz seems to be geniune OWS supporter, I can'r recall where He/she stands on voting..

[-] 0 points by rpc972 (628) from Portland, OR 1 year ago


Here is my credo, (and I'm actually a customer, great service, have the Nexus) if you aren't part of the solution, you're part of the problem!

od,tm, are part of the problem. there are others that act like friendlies, but their spin is always NO SOLUTION!!

The solution: GET OUT THE VOTE!!


[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Agreed! I'm with you!

[-] 2 points by rpc972 (628) from Portland, OR 1 year ago
[-] -3 points by bearclaw (-152) 1 year ago

Yes occupy the ballot seems like an excellent idea. To bad there is not enough OWS left to get anything done though

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

I'm sure you're broken up about it.

[+] -4 points by bearclaw (-152) 1 year ago

The Tea Party right now has grown a lot larger.

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

And this pleases you?

[-] -2 points by bearclaw (-152) 1 year ago

I only see the Tea Party as American citizens joining together to make a positive change. OWS what killed that, was the violence and filth left by the protesters. The Tea Party on the other hand were never violent and also picked up after their selves

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Neatness? LMFAO.

TP Wants to keep healthcare from 60 million Americans. They carried weapons and used used thinly veiled threats against the President. They appear greedy and violent. They've tried to protect tax cuts for the wealthy! They want to cut services to the sick and elderly! They've exhibited racism, ant immigrant, anti gay positions.

They created a crises that resulted in the 1st credit downgrade in US history.

"positice change"? LMFAO. That stand with the 1% plutocrats. Not with regular Americans. And they do this despite NOT being in the 1% plutocrat group.

They advocate against their own class. That makes them ignorant tools working for the criminals who prey on their own families.



[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

OWS is doing fine. I disagree with your partisan assessment.

My comments were about your Tea Party.

But you knew that. Why not stay with the truth? What is the point of using untrue statements. I ain't bitter! & I don't see the crash & burn you wish for.

[-] 0 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago

Teabaggers raised my taxes!

The lying sacks of shit.

Throw throw bums out first!!

Patriots my ass, they are closet torries!!


[-] 1 points by rpc972 (628) from Portland, OR 1 year ago

Can you tell us about a Republican site we can get on this easy and talk to more enlightened people like yourself??

[-] 2 points by rpc972 (628) from Portland, OR 1 year ago

Didn't work, just t-shirts swag!

[-] -1 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago

Just not very well.

Not very well at all.

Their form of government IS the problem.

They even admit it.

I guess you got conned............:)

[-] 0 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago

So you're a closet torrie too?

It figures.

All that crap about the Founders, and you're a torrie!!!!

Cheering them on even.

[-] 1 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 1 year ago

I hope you base your position on facts, not hearsay. Care to share them?

[-] 2 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

It is indeed a first hand fact that I have been told by others, I believe that is the definition of hearsay, as I said in my comment.

Come now though, have you read his stuff? It is not hard to see, that he hold very conservative views which as I also point out in my comment is for each person to judge.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

hchc may be a pro - But realistically his art is spreading depression and apathy with the occasional obvious status-quo support. I like to think of hchc as Eeyore.

[-] -1 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

hchc isn't the only one, there are several running around here.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Betsy Ross, Joetheframer, arturo, delayedgrat, bearclaw hchc funkytown and many more.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

it is difficult to claim someone like bearclaw is an operative - while it is entirely possible that profile is one of perhaps ten under control of a single individual it remains difficult to prove without server data.

Lacking that all that is left is an analysis of his statements, which lack any depth of thought whatsoever.

Whether posters like bearclaw are genuine individuals or not, what is clear is this -

they are little but empty socks.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

TRUTH. stinky/smelly/slimy & gross .

[-] -2 points by TryingForAnOpenMind (-358) from Yonkers, NY 1 year ago

You have entirely too much time on your hands. why do you post so many junky thoughts?

[-] 3 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Ah - I see.

Now I have not only your statement but it's context.

I have many reasons for posting the variety of thoughts that I post - the qualification of them as junky is nothing more than a subjective quantification of an opinion made regarding a fool and a knave who cannot see the pavement buckling outside in the parking lot beneath the glare of Global Warming . . . .

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

And so here are a pair of thoughts for your contemplation, thoughts I came up with just this very day - a distraction, if you like, from the shallow depths of your naval.



Nature is itself cold and cruel. Liberalism is the key to our entire survival. Conservatism is simply the means of exploiting our cooperative efforts to the benefit of a select few.



I don't think you have stopped reacting to the old narrative when you create a new narrative - you have simply created a break and are using language employed in the description and discussion of the new narrative to create a gulf, a division, one that many previously accustomed to the old language will find uncomfortable and difficult to digest.

Breaking the old narrative is a mind game, one that must be played on a large scale. It exists only in the mind, and with it all of the processes that the narrative supports become insulated, protected.

Discredit the narrative, discredit the megaphone that regurgitates it. But you cannot do that in a universal manner without dependence on the language that created the narrative.

And that is why, while a new narrative may work well for a new generation, it will not work with the old.

and it is the old that holds the power.



I cannot help myself. I love the sound of truth - most especially when it provides a new perspective with concision. It is perhaps, my weakness, my Achilles heel . . . .

every great man has one . . .



BWA hahaha

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Why is it that you post no pro-humanity/society/world thoughts?

I have no problem slapping the anti-humanity people.

Wrong thinking people will make me nasty at times.

If I could I would just have them leave the forum.

This is a place for people who support humanity/society/world.


[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Sounds like you have a personal problem - do you have a past that haunts you? Were you an asshole when you were younger - did you never grow out of that and you are still an asshole(?) - is this what eats at you that you are forced to see me as above you? Seek help - your perception of yourself is not my fault.

[-] -2 points by TryingForAnOpenMind (-358) from Yonkers, NY 1 year ago

sounds like you are projecting all of your stuff onto me again.get your act together...and try to clean up your language, pin head.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

You can dish it out but can't take it - Hey? Then perhaps you should not go looking for trouble.

[-] -2 points by TryingForAnOpenMind (-358) from Yonkers, NY 1 year ago

you're not trouble., just a conceited bore.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

And that is why you follow me around - Hey?

Me Thinkist Thou Dost Protesteth To Mucheth.

You're in lust with my mind and you just can not get enough.

Fly away little moth don't get to close to the flame.

[-] -2 points by TryingForAnOpenMind (-358) from Yonkers, NY 1 year ago

very odd DKA. Your ramblings are degenerate, sorry.

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

oh no, not the only one, I put up a list a while back it caused a heck of a ruckus, or at least a huge tech attack of all kinds of posters happened at around the same time, sometimes they help me think of a new way to help them show their asses, so finding usefulness in all things....

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

They don't like to be unveiled do they.

chicken shits.

I don't know what's wrong with 'em - I'm not hiding.

[-] -1 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

like cockroaches they fear the light

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago
  • we need more light!!
[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

a negative 1 on this comment?

That can only mean I simply must say it again . . ..

  • we need more LIGHT!!!
[-] -1 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 1 year ago

Where are the facts that support your position?

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Facts? You want Facts? I would begin with an examination of every instance wherein a defense of neoliberalism takes place.

The words of those who stand in defense of such bullshit should be more than sufficient.

I have seen it several times in just the last few days.

Regarding hchc in specific- I would refer you to this comment above

If your reference is aimed more at the title of the forum Post, then I must admit - I titled it in the way I did to inspire a bit of thought, caution, and yes, even controversy.

You may also see this post and the links provided, for more evidence of deliberate attempts by repelican operatives to dilute our purpose.

[-] 0 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

SO I state that there were some Tea activists at Gaslight Park in support of prosecuting the banking cartel and getting money out of politics, and that means Im a republican.

These people are out of their minds.

[-] -2 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Confess what? That I talked to some of em? What's your fuckin problem?

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Confess what?

That you are indeed a died in the wool repelican? That you support neoliberal economic theory? That this economic theory would in fact privatize every legitimate function of government, and even place grandma's retirement in the hands of wall street thieves?

What's your fuckin problem?

Other than the fact that I'm just an asshole, that I was born this way? OMG! Where to begin!

[-] -1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Ya, I'm a Republican. I have some pretty right friends over the years, they would really laugh their ass off at that.

And since Im for a strong SEC and FDA, and am against war, I guess your neolib theory is out the window too.

Placing retirement in wall st hands is like placing healthcare in the ins companies hands- bad idea. Perhaps we could just let people do as they wish- choose the gov, choose a private plan, or perhaps choose to do neither.

Glad you think you are an asshole. I've known some. They dont write poetry.

[-] 3 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

So you are now claiming you are not a member of the repelican party . . . and assholes do not write poetry . . .

I'm not currently inclined to search back through posts from November / December - and the evidence as it stands may prove inconclusive to some. Therefore, two possibilities seem to present themselves -

  • I am wrong
  • your master[s] have insisted on retreat, opting for more subtlety henceforth

Either is interesting - in its own way . . .

[-] 1 points by marvelpym (-184) 1 year ago

I vote the first one

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

are you certain you aren't one of his sock puppets?

[-] 1 points by marvelpym (-184) 1 year ago

I have bad news for you. There are like a dozen people who post here and maybe five times that amount who read the posts. Nobody's "masters" care about what goes on here.

Do you really think Dr Evil is sitting behind closed door saying "We have to stop ZenDog. He's onto us". Or "Damn Shooz and his proposals! If they get out to the world our evil plans will be ruined!"

Be happy you have people here with different ideas and opinions. They make you think. Would you rather it was just all Democrats here all patting each other on the back for being so smart? I've had to think about what I actually believe based on what I read here, and I've changed some of my options because of it. It's good for you.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

And I failed to address -

Do you really think Dr Evil is sitting . . . .

I don't honestly care if they are sitting or not . . . but they do have names, names like Carl with a K Rove, John Boner, and the like; they also have an agenda . . . .

See for yourself -

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I don't oppose new ideas. I simply oppose old tired ideas that have proven to be an utter failure . . .

Ideas as tired and worn out as neoliberalism*

[-] -1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Perhaps you should just come to the conclusion that people who had enough of these two parties, and are just simply tired of being lied to, have no intention of working for them anymore.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago

Perhaps it's you should come to the conclusion that what you are saying is a delusion.

You and everyone else making the claim, have failed to prove it is so.

Every single time. Failed to prove it.


[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

That these two parties have no intention of serving us? Already done. That these two parties represent corporations and not us? Again, already done.

Doesn't that statement stand in direct contradiction to your forum post?

[+] -4 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

That post was for all of you freaks who didnt think it could be POSSIBLE that there may have been some tea people at a rally we had in Tampa.

Party policy dominates teh individual, and the feds dominate the locals. There have been local people in Fl who put forth bills like this, the establishment laughs and throws them out.

[-] 3 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

The governor of Florida -

A fellow tea party darling, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, also will speak, as will former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/07/4701316/paul-to-speak-at-republican-national.html#storylink=cpy

Isn't there something a bit contradictory about tea party protestors protesting an admin led by one of their darlings when they refuse to act to get money out of politics?

Especially when that darling is so interconnected that they get to speak at the national convention?

I'm confused.

What isn't confusing is that the governor of Mass is a dem - and a dem voted against overturning Citizens United. That legislator should get the boot by the voting public of Mass.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago

Don't give me that shit again.

You hold NO high ground.

Show me the 900+. You know what they are, so don't play coy

Show me the Dem. voter purges.

Show me the Dem that's thrown a hissy fit over the word vagina.

Show me the Dem that's forcing creationism into whole school districts.

That's just for starters, but go "right" ahead.

Put up, or change your tune.

[-] -2 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Innocent people all over the planet are praying that the people in this country grow a freakin backbone and make a stand.

Are you with them? Or the corporations?

Good night Shooz.

[-] 2 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago

If you can't find the proof I'm asking you for, It's you who is supporting the corporations.

Because it they who are supporting these policies.

So c'mon son. Put up, or shut up.

As a worker I've fought corporations. I even won a few rounds.

How about you?

[-] -2 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

Of course you dont want to talk about what I posted, there is no defense of it. Its pure criminal activity.

And you support it.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago

Of course I don't want to do that again.

I'm tired of your repetitions, and avoidance.

It's time for you to prove it.

Show us you can.

Put up, or shut up.

Show me your really paying attention.

Prove your most repetitions statement.

This ain't FLAKESnews, tell the truth.

Prove what you've said so many, many times.


[-] 1 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago

That's more evasion. Not proof.

C'mon. Show me some proof.

I can show you more to "choose" from. If you can find nothing.

Many threads here on the forum. Threads you avoided.

[-] -1 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 1 year ago

ZD is hopelessly locked in the single dimension of R/L political thought. It's really a waste of time engaging someone who won't leave their prison cell.


[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Occasionally it does happen - but fortunately I don't do drugs.

In my defense, I offer the following:

and finally this -

Forum Post: Flipping The Script: The Western Media's Syria Propaganda Is Falling Apart

the original from information clearing house: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32031.htm

Posted . . . July 31, 2012, 9:35 p.m. EST by truthistruth (23)

---> yada yada quote

Paragraph 3:

The new story that captured the corrupt Western media's attention was Syria. The conflict was heating up, and the "international community" was being pressed to take action against the country. "Assad is killing his own people," they said, without offering any evidence. "This is the next domino to fall in the Arab Spring, the rebels must be supported and Assad has to step down," so went the propaganda. And yadda yadda. The media's insane lies were repeated for months. Major media channels were engaged in non-stop propaganda warfare to destroy the independent Syrian state and reduce Syrians to slavery.

Just to be clear - yadda yadda is Yiddish, that is to say, Jewish, from the diaspora of Europe. Personally I do not believe that either an Arab or Jew would use Yiddish in a opinion piece - any opinion piece.

Let alone one bearing a by line bearing an Arab name, written in defense of mass murder . . .

[-] -1 points by TryingForAnOpenMind (-358) from Yonkers, NY 1 year ago

lay off the meth.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I don't do drugs - honest.

[-] -1 points by TryingForAnOpenMind (-358) from Yonkers, NY 1 year ago

Well, then back in the day you did enough. hard to believe you are not getting buzzed on something. no alcohol? that's a drug too.


[-] 3 points by ZenDog (20510) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago
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[-] -2 points by bearclaw (-152) 1 year ago

I think that either Rove or Gov Walker would be a good VP pick for Romney, don't you???

[-] 2 points by shooz (26672) 1 year ago

Not enough fear factor.

I'd go with Bachmann or Robertson.

Besides, Rove is busy pushing the barge.

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (10721) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

Pat Robertson?? I may not stop laughing all day, that's great!