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For all of the songs and proclamations in the '60s I never saw actual revolution as a possibility. It was more just acting out anger, which is too easily dealt with by authoritarian forces - as we saw. To be successful we need to be more focused on the political arena and more concerned with practical accomplishment and boring detail. We will see how well this goes over 2017, by 2018 we need to be ready.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Feb 13th, 2017 at 04:49:16 PM EST
To be successful we need to be more focused on the political arena ...

I suspect by the next election cycle the political arena will be shut down ... the Repubs will game the system in all "Red" states and try to pick off the purples. That's why I'm backing the "California ... let's blow this popcicle stand" movement before it's too late.  The Calexit movement is useless ... wrong people asking the rest of the loser continent if we MAY leave.  It's like a kid moving out of the parent's home ... do it already, don't ask permission,  life will be a little more difficult for a while but you won't be constrained by bullshit. California will finally wake up to the fact that the Fed. Govt. is now the enemy. It wants CA subjugated. What's that old saying, "Better to die on your feet than live on your knees"?  That's what's coming ... look at N. Carolina.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon Feb 13th, 2017 at 06:43:52 PM EST
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Bourgois ppl always as for permission to change allegiance from the class to which they owe allegiance. and aspiration, read: prosperity.

That's how stupid the "middle-class" is. Those who identify with economic structures erected by celebrities will ally themselves with the barriers to equity that trap them in rhetorical, puritan, and indefensible prison defending capitalism; until the "rent is too damn high".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Feb 19th, 2017 at 09:34:33 PM EST
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I will forever defend your right to confuse the crap out of me in my diaries. Speak on.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Feb 19th, 2017 at 09:43:39 PM EST
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The Origins of the Overclass
The wealthy have always used many methods to accumulate wealth, but it was not until the mid-1970s that these methods coalesced into a superbly organized, cohesive and efficient machine. After 1975, it became greater than the sum of its parts, a smooth flowing organization of advocacy groups, lobbyists, think tanks, conservative foundations, and PR firms that hurtled the richest 1 percent into the stratosphere.

The origins of this machine, interestingly enough, can be traced back to the CIA. This is not to say the machine is a formal CIA operation, complete with code name and signed documents. (Although such evidence may yet surface -- and previously unthinkable domestic operations such as MK-ULTRA, CHAOS and MOCKINGBIRD show this to be a distinct possibility.) But what we do know already indicts the CIA strongly enough. Its principle creators were Irving Kristol, Paul Weyrich, William Simon, Richard Mellon Scaife, Frank Shakespeare, William F. Buckley, Jr., the Rockefeller family, and more. Almost all the machine's creators had CIA backgrounds.

by das monde on Tue Feb 14th, 2017 at 01:00:41 AM EST
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Interesting ... you might have a kindred spirit in Arthur Gilroy over at Booman.  He frequently comments on the CIA.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Tue Feb 14th, 2017 at 06:48:13 AM EST
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Ok, I noticed him.

Elitism and Intelligence are closely tied both ways:

Considering the importance and all-consuming nature of the work I was doing at the Agency; considering the missionary zeal, sense of elitism and marvelous camaraderie among my colleagues there [...] -- considering all of this, one can see how easy it would have been for me to drop out of that world and immerse myself exclusively in the cloak-and-dagger life. And some of my colleagues at the Agency did just that. Socially as well as professionally they cliqued together, forming a sealed fraternity. They ate together at their own special favorite restaurants; they partied almost only among themselves; their families drifted to each other, so their defenses did not always have to be up. In this way they increasingly separated themselves from the ordinary world and developed a rather skewed view of the world. Their own dedicated double life became the proper norm, and they looked down on the life of the rest of citizenry. And out of this grew what was later named -- and condemned -- as the "cult" of intelligence, an inbred, distorted elitist view of intelligence that held above the normal processes of society, with its own rationale and justification, beyond the restraints of the Constitution, which applied to everything and everyone else.

"Honorable Men: My Life in the CIA" (1978, pg 86-87) -- William Colby, CIA Director 1973-1976

by das monde on Tue Feb 14th, 2017 at 12:38:28 PM EST
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The CIA doesn't need to have it as one of it's actual operations.  There is enough cross-pollination just from the class structure.  The US State Department and intelligence communities (and the military officer class for that matter) have always been the playgrounds of Ivy Leaguers and southern equivalents, with an influx of Mormon water-carriers over the last 40 years.  When I took a shot at the Foreign Service 35+ years ago, I was brought in for a look because they saw my degree from Utah State and thought I was LDS.  I'm not, and my Michigan law degree just wasn't Ivy (a fact that never ceases to drive Wolverine alums up a tree).  "It's a fine school, but it just isn't one of OUR schools, old boy.  I'm sure you understand.  The door is that way."
by rifek on Wed Feb 15th, 2017 at 02:19:21 AM EST
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So you want a red badge, because you got dinged?

I grew up in MI and am a Bo-wolverine through and through. My dad was MI gov't, a black republican,criminal justice. CIA and FBI were still recruiting at Yale when I was there thirty years ago with Kearny, Booz, McKinsey, &tc. In fact one of my roomates, an immigrant, a Canadian trustafarian with Russian language skills got hired.

I didn't apply at all. So. Where's my 4-point up-vote for economic and political oppression by the man, punk?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Feb 19th, 2017 at 08:58:22 PM EST
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Where's my 4-point up-vote for economic and political oppression by the man, punk?

Now now, let's watch the language.  Where do you think you are ... the Booman Tribune? 😂 😝

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Feb 19th, 2017 at 09:22:47 PM EST
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"Punk"?   Whatever.
by rifek on Wed Feb 22nd, 2017 at 06:30:20 AM EST
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John and Allen Dulles: "founding fathers" of the corporate culture of US intelligence agencies including the FBI that inexplicably (if MSM commentary is to be trusted) are meddling with and interfering in impunity of the the office of the POTUS.

Here is timely opposition to manufactured consent to "national security" courage, impunity, and heroic acts: secretive meddling and interference is a good thing.

The most historically interesting element of this moment is the rarity of seeing the CIA operating, in real time, not in its usual historical role as a covert arm of the presidency (which Congressman Otis Pike argued was its primary function), but as the sort of rogue elephant that Senator Frank Church and others long ago claimed it is.

The CIA as Kingslayer

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 19th, 2017 at 07:59:51 PM EST
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Am I to understand then that Black Panther Party in CA, in particular, was not a revolutionary movement to subvert status quo with guns, independendent press, and breakfast? A generation decimated by US intelligence services??  Let me remind you.

How easily by contrast bourgeois "resistance" will be appeased. Low interest rates. Low taxes. Hillary for Mayor.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 19th, 2017 at 08:30:35 PM EST
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