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jcitybone

https://splinternews.com/bernie-continued-1833011354/amp

I did not believe that Bernie Sanders should have run for president in 2020. Though I love him and share his politics and backed him last time around, I felt that the best way to advance the policies we both believe in would have been for him to back a candidate who shares his beliefs but who was younger, and perhaps not a white male. I mostly felt that Bernie is just too old. That his time as a viable presidential candidate has passed, and that he could do the most good by encouraging up and coming leaders behind him to carry his movement forward. I feared, and still fear, the possibility that he and Elizabeth Warren will split the vote on the left and open the door for a more centrist candidate to take the nomination. I had many spirited-to-angry discussions with Bernie partisans about this, where I always wondered what the concrete, practical policy differences would be between a Bernie presidency and a presidency of say, Warren.

A week ago, a union man made an argument to me that resonated. He said that true change will never come from electoral politics; it will always come from movements. Electing any U.S. president will not bring about the changes that the labor movement seeks, because a president is by definition embedded in and, indeed, the leader of a system that a movement seeks to break. The qualitative difference between Bernie and the other Democratic candidates, he said, was not that Bernie himself would make the changes we need, but that Bernie respects activism enough to not stop the movements from doing the things that they need to do to make the changes—the things that are usually viewed by the existing system as war. Bernie, he argued, would be the only one who would not stand in the way of the movements, where the real work happens. He was in his own way making the very same argument that Erica Garner did, before she died of a heart attack at the age of 27: Bernie is not really a politician. He is an activist. What we need is not just someone to hold the White House door open for the movement, but also to not call the cops when the movement starts to paint the White House black.

I do not know yet who I will vote for in the Democratic primary. But it is hard to deny that Bernie has a purity of spirit that is unmatched in the field. His policy prescriptions are good, but it is his quality of being magnetically attracted to the right side of things that could come in handy when America’s situation gets uglier. As it surely will. Shortly after Bernie launched into his speech on Saturday, the crowd began chanting: “Ber-NIE. Ber-NIE.” It started on the risers behind him, and spread quickly across the thousands of cold spectators with warm hearts. “BER-NIE! BER-NIE!” The man himself looked momentarily annoyed. Then he cut everyone off. “No, it’s not Bernie, it’s you,” he shouted. “It is all of us together.”

Benny

Nina’s speech from yesterday’s rally:

Benny

magsview

polarbear4

Don midwest
Don midwest

There is an article today in The Intercept about a book on information technology and its effect around the world. The author gets into fake news and previously unheard voices now out in the open.

Yes. Institutions are under siege. Right wing populists arising around the globe.

TRUMP AND BREXIT PROVED THIS BOOK PROPHETIC — WHAT CALAMITY WILL BEFALL US NEXT?

Watching part of Trump’s unhinged speech at CPAC a couple of days ago was fascism in action.

I was struck with the superficial nature of the article reporting things already well known. I wanted to bring in Latour and his recent short political writings about the Yellow Vest demonstrations which are isolated individuals with “opinions” which cannot lead to political movement because they are not grounded in subsistence. It is incredibly hard to think about the return to earth and to give up creature comforts. But that is what is needed.

I wanted to put something in as a response to that article and I went through many articles and reviews and on and on and gave up. In desperation I did yet another search on the web, without the quotes it was: Bruno Latour trust in institutions

What came up was yet another book review of his new book from Columbia University Law which I could bring into the article. I have reproduced below what I posted on the intercept

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The book in this article describes the changes brought about technology of information. Facts and opinions are sent around the world and voices not heard before are now visible.

There is a bigger problem. The frame of modernity with modernity, culture, colonization, science, states, institutions, held sway as the world was colonized.

A French polymath, Bruno Latour has been working on various aspects of this problem for 40 years and is covered in his recent book.

“The hypothesis [of this book] is that we can understand nothing about the politics of the last 50 years if we do not put the question of climate change and its denial front and center. Without the idea that we have entered into a New Climatic Regime, we cannot understand the explosion of inequalities, the scope of deregulation, the critique of globalization, or, most importantly, the panicky desire to return to the old protections of the nation-state—a desire that is identified, quite inaccurately, with the ‘rise of populism.’”

– Bruno Latour, Down To Earth (2018; original French edition 2017)

In his newest book, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime (Polity 2018), Bruno Latour paints a haunting, apocalyptic portrait of our current crisis: global climate change, the product of Western exploitation of nature and colonized peoples, has created a vicious circle of growing inequality, ultranationalist isolationism, and strategic climate denial that is now being deployed tactically by the rich to protect themselves (somewhat in vain) from impending doom.

….I would call neoliberalism; an explosion in inequality; and a systematic effort at climate denial. (18) These three forces reflected what Latour calls “a single historical situation: it is as though a significant segment of the ruling classes (known today rather too loosely as ‘the elites’) had concluded that the earth no longer had room enough for them and for everyone else.” (1) This was the culmination of centuries of exploitation and domination of Continental Europe over its neighbors, colonies, and the Global South. It has produced a breakdown of trust and shared social life. The result is that we are now at the brink of the precipice—if, that is, we have not already gone over it. The election and policies of Donald Trump are the culmination, or final realization of the endpoint of this history.

The state cannot save us. Politics cannot save us. What is needed to reconnect to the earth, to what sustains us. This is incredibly hard to do. Give up plastic? New transportation system? The past sneaked up behind us and led to the current situation from which new collectives of people, new diplomacy between humans and non humans, are required.

Here is the link to the book review

BRUNO LATOUR ON TRUTH AND PRAXIS

BRUNO LATOUR ON TRUTH AND PRAXIS

polarbear4

We can do politics as a way of reconnecting to the earth, even. It does seem that we can do more than one thing here.

And yes, reconnecting to the earth does take a lot of energy, some of the time.

humphrey

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

There needs to be a repeal of the “Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012” and let squatters take possession of those vacant residences as was previously legal.

humphrey

humphrey

Don midwest
Don midwest
humphrey

humphrey

Here is one of them!

humphrey

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OzoneTom
OzoneTom

What ever happened to not speaking ill of fellow Democrats?

humphrey

humphrey

Benny

Heh heh

polarbear4

Benny

humphrey

orlbucfan

Netanyaboob was driven out of the PM position once before for corruption. He’s no more dangerous now than he was then. It’s the Israeli people who are the ? mark.

humphrey

humphrey

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zerlina_Maxwell

Maxwell worked as a field organizer for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, and was Director of Progressive Media for the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign. She is now Director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM, and hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM, “Signal Boost.” In September 2017, Maxwell interviewed Hillary Clinton for a SiriusXM Progress Town Hall.

humphrey

magsview

Sanders supporters and others who value truth (vs. propaganda) need to be Bernie’s fact checking team.

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/03/bernie-sanders-chicago-speech-brooklyn-college-2020

With the Chicago skyline around him, Bernie Sanders will on Sunday conclude his two-part presidential campaign launch by emphasizing the role of race and racial discrimination in American society.

His audience is expected to hear about the senator’s civil rights activism at the University of Chicago in the 1960s and his arrest during a South Side protest against public-school segregation. The anecdotes, those advising Sanders hope, will allow him to connect with voters and help distinguish him in a diverse Democratic field.

“This is the origin story of a political revolutionary,” Shaun King, a writer and activist, said as he introduced Sanders at a kick-off event in Brooklyn on Saturday.

jcitybone

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/03/bernie-sanders-chicago-speech-university-activism-core-ypsl

In January 1962, with protests demanding equal treatment for African-Americans sweeping the country, Chicago saw its first civil rights sit-in. Thirty-three students, most of them white, marched across the gothic campus of the University of Chicago and into the administration building where, on the fifth floor, they began an occupation outside the office of President George W. Beadle. The students, members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), were demanding the university end its policy of housing segregation.

For thirteen days, the students stayed night and day in the hallway next to Beadle’s office until an interim agreement was reached. And throughout the sit-in, the CORE members were led by their president, Bernie Sanders.

Sanders hasn’t always openly touted his time as a racial justice organizer while a student in Chicago. It took the 2016 unearthing of photographs and video showing a young Sanders being arrested while protesting racial discrimination in public education for this history to become a topic of discussion during his last presidential campaign.

But Sanders’s time as a student and activist in Chicago was critical to his intellectual development and shaping his worldview, particularly the centering of conflict with the powerful as a guiding political principle. Through his involvement in racial justice and socialist organizing, Sanders began to define the political commitments that continue to animate his 2020 presidential campaign, which lands in Chicago for a mass rally today.

As Sanders told the Vermont Vanguard in 1981 of his experience in Chicago, “That was probably the major period of intellectual ferment in my life.”

magsview

I hope there’s a good turnout in Chicago too. DSA in Chicago seems quite strong for ex.

humphrey

humphrey

jcitybone

magsview

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/432354-warren-takes-aim-at-pence-hes-not-a-decent-man

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) reportedly said Saturday that she does not believe Vice President Pence is a decent man.

“I’m sorry. I followed Pence’s history on LGBTQ Americans, and I don’t think that is a decent position,” Warren said, according to Iowa Starting Line. “I disagree.”

Asked if she thinks Pence is a “decent” man, Warren said “no.”

The Massachusetts senator, who launched her 2020 presidential campaign earlier this year, made her opinions known just days after former Vice President Joe Biden faced scrutiny for calling Pence a “decent guy.”

Biden made the comments in reference to Pence at a Forum in Global Leadership at the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Thursday. The remark quickly led to backlash, with actress and former New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon (D) asking Biden to “consider how this falls on the ears of our community.”

bernin
bernin

Bernie spoke at Selma today. It was a good speech, I like how he honored Jesse Jackson. There’s probably a better video out there, but it’s at 4:12 of this Facebook video.

This reporter gets it in a way most media pundits don’t — that a lot of why Bernie didn’t do well in southern states in 2016 was more about long-time loyalty to Hillary & the Clintons rather than a dislike for Bernie and his platform. And the polls show this, with Bernie’s extremely high favorability rating across demographic groups. I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people in 2020.

magsview

Thanks Bernin’.

Benny

Thanks for the link to the speech. The tweets I saw looked as though Bernie and Hillary had some tension during that handshake; I saw a smile and a hello, then Bernie, like Booker before him, needed to move on to his next scheduled event–which will be in Chicago. It’s been snowing in IL today, so I would imagine it will be a hassle getting to town.

bernin
bernin

Exactly, Bernie had a big genuine smile on his face while he shook Hillary’s hand, who was also smiling. But the click-bait media need to drum up some ridiculous fake outrage to drive social media clicks & traffic.

humphrey

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humphrey

WOW They take protests seriously in France.

humphrey

polarbear4

It’s truly awful.

humphrey

humphrey

Lily Adams

Communications Director for @KamalaHarris. Alum of @HillaryClinton, @timkaine, @ted_strickland, @thedemocrats. From beautiful Austin, TX.

magsview

So cool to hear Nina inspiring the kids.

magsview

A follow-up to how we, Bernie supporters and those who prefer the truth, need to be Bernie’s fact checkers.

After comedian Steve Hofstetter mentioned voting for Bernie Sanders in 2016 primary, a heckler called out that Bernie didn’t even get a job until he was 40 yrs old. So Steve pulled out his phone to get on google:

A longer piece at upworthy.com, but that site is lousy with ad stuff & almost took down my computer.

This comedian absolutely shredded a heckler who got mad at him for supporting Bernie Sanders.

https://www.upworthy.com/this-comedian-absolutely-shredded-a-heckler-who-got-mad-at-him-for-supporting-bernie-sanders

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

That’s some @bernierapidresponse right there!

Facts are more effective than insults.

magsview

Let’s share this one with Nancy Pelosi!

magsview

polarbear4

Seems like more groups are stepping up. I hope BNC remains competitive.

magsview

magsview

My fave pic from yesterday (so many to choose from!) may have been this one:

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Benny

Saturday Afternoon Fever!

humphrey

polarbear4

humphrey

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Don midwest
Don midwest

greenwald
has been tweeting about this

sorry for those who lost their sure thing – they must be so sad

humphrey

magsview

One more pic I really liked. Bernie even made the toddler happy! (Kids know)

That pic and many more here.

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polarbear4

Deleted.

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

What does she care? The networks will cover for her.

polarbear4

As you may have guessed, I am not working right now. One of the people I work for lost their job. It may be temporary.

I’ve a lot to do. :0)

magsview

Good Luck with everything polarbear!! ((HUG))

polarbear4

🙏👍🏼🦜

Don midwest
Don midwest

same. good luck

polarbear4

thx, Don. 🦜🌹🦜

polarbear4

He’s not on Twitter, yet. In Chicago.

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