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it's a type, this mild-mannered mushy expedience-pusher that fakes left then tracks right, following with a semi-bashful 'who, me?' disingenuity, as in 'really, i really did suck the lifeblood out of the real left by pretending to be in the fold?, o surely not, i am but a humble fonctionnaire toiling in the vineyard of adaptive politics.'

these borgs are not betrayed by strong egos or fierily fanatic glitters of megalomania a la chavez, they are without marked individual presumption, their function is sheerly dummy one, their strength and use to the system is to siphon votes from the real left by co-opting their language and aspirations, then either diluting them beyond even homeopathic recognition, and/or actually reversing real social progress by obsequiously, dedicatedly serving the continued rule of the 1%, always blaming  external circumstances for having made them compromise their supposed values.

the list is long of these mutants, but the biggest examples are clinton, obama, miliband, hollande and letta, all brilliant in their own way at acting the amiably milquetoast modern liberal, a nice soft sheepskin to cover the predator-enabling.

blair started off in this vein but the iraq war revealed the appalling view of a man unhinging his being from his rationalisations on world tv, step by gruesome step... a metamorphosis more horrible than any dreamed up by kafka as his smile became a leer, his eyes swivelled in abrupt, brutal rotations and his voice gabbled on ever more unctuously insincere as he amped up the hysterical mendacity.

miliband and hollande are entirely charisma free, utterly disposable, totally unremarkable stooges, noteworthy only for their botlike streamlined blandness, their extreme plasticity, and their impeccably fastidious mediocrity, dark agendas camouflaged with a veneer of meekness, peas in a pod really...

 

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Jul 6th, 2013 at 08:07:01 PM EST
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blair started off in this vein but the iraq war revealed the appalling view of a man unhinging his being from his rationalisations on world tv, step by gruesome step... a metamorphosis more horrible than any dreamed up by kafka as his smile became a leer, his eyes swivelled in abrupt, brutal rotations and his voice gabbled on ever more unctuously insincere as he amped up the hysterical mendacity.

You have a way with language melo... this is the kind of text that, in a sane world, ought to get the writer institutionalized. In the world of which this is descriptive, sadly it is reality that is in need of white-coat attention...

by mustakissa on Sun Jul 7th, 2013 at 04:56:24 AM EST
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well, 'institutionalised' can have more than one meaning, lol.

being institutionalised, quite simply, didn't help anyone or anything.

blair makes me feel awful to contemplate, it was like watching goethe's Faust unfold in hdtv, every day he is not on the screen,(bush too), is an answer to a prayer... blair was worse, though less scary as bush never had much of a talent for self-analysis, what you saw was wot yer got. blair was like watching surgery with no anesthesia.

now for berlusconi!


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Jul 7th, 2013 at 09:44:50 AM EST
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Obama is an improved 'Third Way' leader - just as duplicitous as to who he serves but effective over a wider audience in his deceptions. Add to that the confounding 'pass' he gets from so many on account of the racism in the reaction of so much of the South towards him and he becomes, most likely, the most effective Third Way leader ever - for those whom he truly serves.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jul 7th, 2013 at 12:03:52 PM EST
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I'll argue that the record on Obama is a lot more mixed than that, but that's not the discussion I'd like to have here.

What I want to point out is that as a third-way leader, Obama got power in an incredibly dangerous way.  He didn't take power through advertising and consultants, he did it by mobilizing a massive volunteer army, and teaching them the basics of political organizing and campaigning.

Yeah, not everyone stays in the game.  Yeah, a lot of people get disillusioned.  But there are still more people with democratic experience than before, there are still more people participating in the system than before, and those who do feel like they got burned are going to be a heck of a lot harder to fool with bullshit third-way nonsense the next time.  

by Zwackus on Sun Jul 7th, 2013 at 06:31:50 PM EST
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