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Evolution or Death

Evolution or Death

John Nichols

President Donald Trump keeps signaling his determination to remake the Republican Party in the image of Steve Bannon and his circle of wild-eyed racists and xenophobes. Because the media in the United States tend to focus on personality clashes and electoral strategies rather than ideologies and the evolution of political parties, Trump’s political project is still too little-noted by the pundits and politicians, who have consistently underestimated the threat he poses.

I’m one of the last people in the world to comment on a column by John Nichols, but some of the points he raises in “Evolution or Death” bear on things that I continually try to ‘expose’ and explain to people here about this Disguised Global Capitalist Empire, which is only ‘nominally’ HQed in, and merely ‘poses’ as, our formerly promising and sometimes progressing country, PKA America — with respect to needing the continue our American “Revolution Against Empire” [Justin du Rivage] and which Nichols alludes to with his focus on what he calls a “globalization revolution” — and which I describe as requiring a people’s peaceful American Political/economic and socialist “Revolution Against Empire”.

There are, IMHO, only two states for the outcome; either Global Empire or global (small ‘d’) democracy.

Since John describes both Emperor Trump’s threat to finishing-off democracy and those who are committed to saving it as, “The evidence from the 2018 campaign is that Trump’s trajectory will be every bit as horrible as his sharpest critics imagine.” — I would consider myself one of the later.

Yes, John…

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You outlined what is to be expected in the future very aptly and the boldness that is needed by the democrat party. Majority of Americans won’t have a way to support themselves or there families which belies many social problems as I believe we all need to feel productive and contributing. There is a real social cost and that needs to be addressed.

The billionaires do not want to support any of us nor do we want them to, we want to participate in democracy and the world. The billionaires want slaves, robots and to become kings of the kingdom.

America was built on an idea, a beacon of freedom and where you could better your life and the life of your children. We are all in some way connected to that idea.

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[Continued]

I’m one of the last people in the world to comment on a column by John Nichols, but some of the points he raises in “Evolution or Death” bear on things that I continually try to ‘expose’ and explain to people here about this Disguised Global Capitalist Empire, which is only ‘nominally’ HQed in, and merely ‘poses’ as, our formerly promising and sometimes progressing country, PKA America — with respect to needing the continue our American “Revolution Against Empire” [Justin du Rivage] and which Nichols alludes to with his focus on what he calls a “globalization revolution” — and which I describe as requiring a people’s peaceful American Political/economic and socialist “Revolution Against Empire”.

There are, IMHO, only two states for the outcome; either Global Empire or global (small ‘d’) democracy.

Since John describes both Emperor Trump’s threat to finishing-off democracy and those who are committed to saving it as, “The evidence from the 2018 campaign is that Trump’s trajectory will be every bit as horrible as his sharpest critics imagine.” — I would consider myself one of the later.

Yes, John, and when you state, “it must be understood that Trump is not our condition. Rather, he is an alarming symptom of what ails our politics at a moment of dramatic change in how we organize our lives, our work, our world” — I would add the clarification, as I always do here, on other principled left, progressive, and alt-media sites (long with my commentary on the NYT, WP, et al.) that what ‘we the American people’ are facing, despite many not being ‘woke’ , that:

"It’s also critically important to the EMPIRE that you and most people don’t even see this current first and last in the history of the world of this most modern, distributed, and 21st century first (and last) Empire on earth to be both an; ‘effectively-disguised’, ‘truly-global’, ‘dual-Vichy partied’, and ‘capitalist-fueled’ EMPIRE — is like a fish ‘rotting’ from the head, only nominally HQed here, and merely ‘posing’ as, our former country.

The best diagnosis of this deeply hidden cancerous Empire is, IMHO, described quite briefly by Professor Robinson.

Only Professor Robinson’s reality cuts through this fog of bull shit
to reveal the “Crisis of Humanity” that the spawning of capitalism and
empire both create & destroy, which he so accurately and correctly
has diagnosed and revealed in his most notable ‘exposure’ of this
uniquely 21st century Disguised Global Capitalist Empire of cancer
in our world to be the following;

“The U.S. state is a key point of condensation for pressures from
dominant groups around the world to resolve problems of global
capitalism and to secure the legitimacy of the system overall.
In this regard, “U.S.” imperialism refers to the use by transnational
elites of the U.S. state apparatus to continue to attempt to expand,
defend, and stabilize the global capitalist system. We are witness less
to a “U.S.” imperialism per se than to a global capitalist imperialism.
We face an EMPIRE OF GLOBAL CAPITAL, headquartered, for evident
historical reasons, in Washington.” [Caps added]

Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity, 2014 Robinson, William Cambridge University Press.

I would also add to John’s correct concern that Emperor Trump is ‘only’ a “symptom”, as Morris Berman in his fabulously revealing “Dark Ages America, The Final Phase of Empire” quoted:

Zygmunt Bauman hauntingly puts it, “In the case of an ailing social order, the absence of an adequate diagnosis…is a crucial, perhaps decisive, part of the disease.”13

Berman, Morris. Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire (p. 22). W. W. Norton & Company. Kindle Edition.

Emperor Trump is just a “symptom” of the deeply disguised “disease” (really cancerous tumor) of this Disguised Global Capitalist EMPIRE.

The diagnostic evidence is clear — whether we look at the cancerous geopolitical potential for nuclear war “Death”, environmental “Death” (from the faux-creation of “surplus value” by the UHNWIs of the global ruling-elites which is created only by the massive dumping of ‘negativase externality costs’, which net to exactly ZERO), or, as John notes of “racism”, and all of the other ‘big tools’ of Empire as I have oft defined below:

"Fighter pilots have a saying that, “speed is life”. But, for all the rest of us, “inclusiveness is life” — and tribalism is death by the oldest lie of empire.

Racism is another deadly old lie of empire, as is aggressively fundamentalist religion.

Nationalism is a somewhat newer lie of empire, proving particularly deadly in the 20th century.

While, economic ideology is the newest, and current, lie of empire (which is causing our economic and environmental collapse).

But all the lies and deceptions of “empire-thinking” lead ineluctably to the very same grave — so choose your empire poison, stupidly. Or choose your inclusiveness, wisely."

We as Americans are the responsible people and the only people in the world who need to acknowledge and act on this basis to fire a; loud, public, sustained, ‘in the streets’, but totally non-violent “Shout (not shot) heard round the world” in order to ignite a peaceful people’s continuation and completion of America’s Political/economic and social “Revolution Against Empire” [Justin du Rivage] with the initial goal of perfecting, over time, and possibly achieving an inclusive equality of ‘we the people’ under consent of the governed of, by and for the people — as opposed to accepting, or quietly acceding to the exclusive rule of Emperors, Empire, or “Empire-thinking”, whether by deceit, disguise, or force of arms or capital.

“We can’t be an EMPIRE”

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Sorry to rain on your accolades and acolytes for the Democratic Party, John; but the Democratic Party died a long time ago, at least since all but two Democratic senators, voted to murder 58,000 American soldiers in Vietnam and by some estimates over 2 million Vietnamese!

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“More than 93 percent of the stock is owned by the top 20 percent of households.”

What if we measured the people’s happiness with a Gross National Happiness Index instead of a rising DOW?

“Economists tell us that the concentration of power in the hands of a billionaire class, and the monopolization of wealth by trillion-dollar tech corporations, is bad for business and worse for humanity.”

“Socio-economic democracy is a model economic system in which there is a guaranteed minimum income for all as well as a maximum allowable personal wealth limit, with both the lower bound on personal material poverty and the upper bound on personal material wealth set and adjusted democratically.”

Robley E. George

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Eco-socialist, important to emphasize.

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Be brave enough to vote only for greens or virtual greens in a standard party.

No green or virtual greens? Write in None of the Above.

Be brave.

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Amplification.

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While it is true that the current wave of funny-dementalist “christian” theocracy as exemplified by Betsy DeVos and her ilk is especially dangerous, every religion I can think of is based on the five-letter F-word “FRAUD” and resorts to the other five-letter F-word “FORCE” when resisted.

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Dubious statements like “Ten years into an automation revolution” and “robots could eliminate half of existing jobs in the next two decades” and “UBI the only answer to job losses” are a crock of corporate BS. The leading technology threatening to displace the most jobs is self-driving car or autonomous vehicles. It’s a lie, a fraud, a ruse meant to distract the public from actual solutions to traffic havoc, fuel/energy consumption and emissions and related costs of living. John Nichols is as much a gullible sap to believe this shiny corporate lie.
(Make America Gullible Again)

The basic flaws of self-driving cars are simple enough: Their technological hurdles are plainly unsurmountable, thus they will never be completely safe. They won’t decrease traffic congestion, fuel/energy consumption nor emissions sufficient to prevent worst harm from catastrophic climate change. They are most unlikely to reduce travel-related cost of living. They won’t take full advantage of the benefits EVs offer, and the technology is supported for all the wrong reasons; to bust transit operator and teamster unions; to give freeway planners an excuse to predict worsening traffic can be managed with reckless tailgating; to maintain most profitable but least resilient regional utility grids despite how decentralized EV+PV household power systems are proven very complementary.

The most telling aspect of autonomous vehicle folly is eliminating ownership whereupon all cars are kept in central garage locations and dispatched on demand. Never mind that in a grid failure, every household with an EV in the garage gains a backup power supply. Never mind any emergency where a car is needed immediately, not one that may arrive too late. Self-driving car tech completely denies those safety features and pretends “mass tailgating” won’t produce horrific multi-car pileups. Self-driving tech in many ways puts safety dead last.

A household EV offers the means to more closely monitor and reduce energy consumption overall, both for driving and household use. Rooftop PV solar arrays are thee perfect match to EV battery packs. A household EV is an incentive to drive less, whereby more trips become possible without having to drive, whereby local economies grow and alternate modes of travel - mass transit, walking and bicycling - all more energy efficient than EVs alone - may serve more travel needs.

Trump and close to half the population of this country are criminal cretins. If they are successful in the midterms then the rest of us are going to be faced with coming up with a new strategy to remove them before they reset the rules to make it impossible. First step: Democrats need to quit coming to a gunfight with a rubber knife.

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Self driving cars have only one hurdle to overcome and that is human drivers not obeying the traffic laws. Other than that, just as in everything from surgery to machining, robots have proven to be more accurate and cost efficient than human bungling.

Independent green socialists among the half of us who boycott elections can register as nonpartisan. Now we are poised to be part of the monkey wrench gang and write in None of the Above by the tens of millions.

Of course that won’t be counted. Even so; We will know what our solidarity did.

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Self-driving car tech can provide most its promised safety features at tech level 3 ‘driver assist’ but at level 5 ‘driverless’ it loses the proven safety feature of a driver’s attention to road conditions and ability to maneuver to avoid accidents. Why engineer entirely self-driving cars but lose human capability? Answer: It’s another infamous automobile-related business interest deal designed to keep motorists busily driving everywhere never mind the impact. There will be NO autonomous vehicles; only autonomous people. And by ‘autonomous’ I mean ‘programmed’ people parroting corporate propaganda. Your defense is the typical, common, corporate line. Oh, you heard it on the radio and TV and the interweb too, so it must be so! Wheee! How about you give thought to the credible sceptic view? No? Can’t think for yourself? Can’t think outside the corporate box?
I’m so glad Elon Musk lost his position of authority.

Indeed. Climate change alone is setting the timetable for our salvation, and that timetable is impressively short. We’re down to crap or get off the pot for an entire species flirting with its evolutionary dead end (if e’re going to be speaking of evolution at all, it should be in these terms).

Oddly enough, the use of “evolution” in social theory hasn’t really kept pace in the popular press. The frontrunning hypothesis for the mechanism of evolution is something known as “punctuated equilibrium”. It posits a steady state of sameness until a major upheaval of rapid change alters the evolutionary course. Imagine a flat line over time dotted with a series of large spikes.

This supports the idea that what evolution actually is is a time series of smaller revolutions in structure.

And we need one of those now. And our odds are long. Really, really long. There are a lot of lefties that are pretty much giving up now as the prognosis for the pace of climate change becomes more and more sped up.

If we’re going to fight at all, we need to leave it out on the field. Today.

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The Nov elections is not going to usher in very many progressives because the Establishment Democrats rigged the primaries. Our NM congressional primary was rigged & we ended up w a vacant candidate brainwashed by Arena PAC to talk, talk, talk & say nothing.

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Find a great leader like Gandhi. Gandhi’s non-violent revolution worked in India to kick the British out and if America had a great leader like Gandhi, even though he or she would probably be assassinated like Gandhi, once he or she became an perceived threat and an anathema to the power of the political, elite… I do not see any other options.

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For someone heralding a life-and-death situation, Nichols reads as awfully vague.

Does “racists and xenophobes” really sound like a remake for the Republican Party? Maybe it’s the “wild eyes” thing.

Perhaps more seriously, the “breakthrough politics” in the Democratic Party are questionable at best. Nichols does not bother to address any of the related questions.

  • Why does Ocasio-Cortez endorse Cuomo (though at least Cuomo does not endorse her, which would be scarier yet)?
  • Why do these candidates in general endorse an all-blue no matter who strategy?
  • Why does the supposedly progressive Gillum campaign in solidarity with conservative corporatist Democrats?
  • What contravening indication do we have to suggest that such candidates may not campaign left and govern right, as did Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, in the now-overused Democratic Trojan-horse maneuver?

I do not mean to dismiss Nichols, nor, still less, recent Democratic candidates for local office who have made promising statements, albeit inconsistently. But at this point, this is way too much rah-rah and not enough reasons why.

As I ask myself why Nichols and others like him will almost certainly once again back away from evolution and revolution when the struggle gathers, even somewhat, towards a point. What I get, as a best guess, is that Nichols and many others do not understand or do not appreciate the radical nature of politely blue-suited, non-wild-eyed corporatist racism and most especially class-ism.

We have for a good while now been treated to Trump’s painful tirades. They are not necessarily more deadly than Obama’s polite and careful non-explanations, nor than Bush’s doofus fratboy schtick. Actions on the ground have been consistent between administrations and between parties, far more so than between many other divisions.

Some of Nichols’ gestures seem to be directed the right way, sort of. The parties do need to evolve, though the real “evolve or die” onus is on the society at large, not on the Democrats or the Republicans as such. Certainly a party that did evolve would sweep popular support before it, but the odious nature of each, in the sense of odious debt, protects the other.

So Nichols does not begin to bother himself with how the party bosses get taken down, though that clearly must be a step in any such evolution–most transparently for the Democrats, who have done far less in that direction, but also for the Republicans, who have so little representation for their efforts.

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Gandhis–if I may invent a hypothetical plural–nust evolve. They find themselves and create themselves within some certain context of social unrest.

We need to coalesce a network wherein people understand that they have some mutuality, that they can stand with some chance that their neighbors or comrades have their backs.

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