Much to think about in this article and the links in the article----looking forward to the comments and I suspect there will be many.
“Another four years of Trump may literally lead us to the stage where the survival of organized human society is deeply imperiled,” Chomsky says in the clip.It doesn’t matter how I feel. It doesn’t matter whether you like Biden or not. That’s your personal feelings, irrelevant, nobody cares about that. What they care about is what happens to the world”"
The first thing that jumped out at me was Noam Chomsky’s comment about nobody caring about your “personal feelings” ----that they are IRRELEVANT.
Wow . . just wow. What an utterly stupid thing for a supposedly bright man to say.
The problem with neoliberalism, trump, way too many democrats is lack of empathy. Empathy is caring about how others feel. Having compassion is caring how others feel. He is telling us that is silly, irrelevant and it’s ok to NOT care about other’s feelings. Basically he is telling us to “win”, we must put that feeling crap aside!
Re: “not liking Biden”. How simplistic is he trying to reduce this to?
FFS: I am not simply saying “gosh, I don’t like Joe Biden” therefore I’m not going to vote for him." It is much deeper than that.
Saying this I believe is a big mistake and one I find deeply troubling.
What many progressives (including myself) have been fighting for most of our lives—-literally on the ground fighting for-----are others: victims of abuse or the natural world.
So to tell us who hesitate or refuse to vote for Biden that we are not thinking of others is beyond offensive.
Then there is this:
Would you rather-----
Protest Net Zero Carbon Emissions standards by 2030
Protest Authoritarian Fascism from which we may never recover
Here is another----wow, just wow----offensive statement to those of us who have been doing everything in our power to fight for a habitable planet.
We will never recover from the carbon we have emitted and the habitat we have destroyed.
When ecosystems collapse as they are all over the world, it leaves us open to fascist leaders. Biden, Obama, Clinton brought us here.
Lastly I am going to pull a few excerpts from the link in the article “FAQ” and put in bold what I want to respond to. They have a list of responses for those who don’t want to vote for Biden including the following:
(full disclosure: I do agree there are differences between Dems and trump)
THERE’S NO REAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JOE BIDEN AND DONALD TRUMP
We strongly disagree. For every undocumented family seeking asylum, for every woman seeking access to reproductive healthcare, for every young person fighting to avert climate catastrophe, for every parent afraid of gun violence at their children’s school, for every working class family hoping for some relief from the medical and economic fallout of the coronavirus, life will be very different under a Biden presidency than under four more years of Trump.
And crucially, Biden is moveable. We’ve already shown that with mass pressure, we can push him to support more progressive policies.
My response to the above is: WHO IS THIS “MOVEABLE BIDEN”? (sorry, I had to shout!) When this group says “Biden is moveable” who is really moveable? Biden doesn’t know what the hell he is doing.
You can’t just tell us “Biden is moveable” when we KNOW that others are calling the shots. Who are they talking about? They need to make that clear.
Yet another statement that I find deeply offensive and troubling.
They go on to respond to those who ask:
ISN’T A VOTE FOR BIDEN A VOTE AGAINST YOUR PROGRESSIVE VALUES?
Our values are firmly grounded in improving the material well-being of actual people, particularly marginalized people. It is clear that for poor and working class people, for people of color, for LGBTQIA+ people, for immigrants, for refugees, for students, and for people with disabilities, life will be far harder under a Trump administration than a Biden administration. In this way, voting for Biden in swing states in order to defeat Trump is a reflection, not a contravention, of our values. Voting is fundamentally a strategic act, and we are pursuing the strategy most likely to protect vulnerable people from four more years of bigotry, exploitation, and repression. And we will be ready and organized on day one to hold a Biden administration accountable.
Ok . . our vote is just “strategy”.
What the hell is the strategy?
You really think being “ready on day one” is enough?
If you are going to be “ready on day one” then how can we vote for this “strategy” with our “strategic voting” if we don’t know specifically what it is?
Who are the leaders?
What is the plan other than to dismiss feelings and tell us to vote “strategically” when there is no strategy of substance presented?