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If "Driving while Black" almost amounts to a crime, then doing almost anything while rich is absolvable.

I'm sorry Frank, but this has always been true. It's pretty much true everywhere.

It's actually a sign of hope that we now notice it. That white people think it's terrible that all these bad things are happening to people whom we share space with. That white people men notice.

I know that seems perverse but black people have been murdered almost routinely by white people for hundreds of years, not for any reason but just because they could and they felt like it. And no white people seemed to care, let alone put it in the papers or on TV. Hell, what do you think Rosa Parks and MLK were really marching about? Water fountains and bus seats were the freaking least of it. Did you think that everything was fine since the Civil War? Or since Eisenhower ended Jim Crow? You know better

But now it's headline news. Now, it's a problem in DC. They might not want to solve it, but it ain't going away. Cos the arc of history bends towards justice. Visibility is improvement.

It's a sign of hope that the behaviour of Harvey Weinstein is now seen as an unacceptable excess rather than business as usual. Visibility is improvement.

Trump is the last gasp of an old guard. Just as the NRA has (probably) over-reached itself, the oligarchy have over-reached.

There comes a point where they revel in it too much, where it is not merely enough to win, they must rub everybdoy else's noses in the excrement they create. This is that time.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 09:46:55 PM EST
It is that time too here, in the UK. The local elections will demonstrate that, sometime in the last few months, the tide has changed. The tories are facing wipe-out in London (usual caveats about polls apply) with other bd results in Tory heartlands promised, which, if it happens, will probably result in a no-confidence vote against Mrs May.

At which point I think the Tories have to resign and a General Election ensues cos there is no replacement that will be acceptable.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 09:47:08 PM EST
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Now the topic of new general elections is breached, what are your thoughts about a party like Renew?
by Bjinse on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 09:54:11 PM EST
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Inspired by Macron??? They can go f... themselves. We've had 40 years of unbroken Conservative government thanks to the Tories and the Balirites. We don't need more Blairite centrist bullshit-mongers. That's what the Lib-Dems are for now.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 10:11:59 PM EST
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FPTP doesn't work for multiple parties. In past times centrist parties have hurt Labour, but that is very unlikely now simply because the current Labour party has over half a million members.

Their ability to work the streets will overwhelm centrist parties who are usually the well funded creations of wealthy people playing at politics. They might be able to get some has-been and eager young things grouped together for a charming photo-op on College green in Westminster, but when it comes to putting people on the ground around the country, they'll come up very very short.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 10:16:50 PM EST
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It could be helpful to learn from the experiences of the most vocal, most visibly oppressed "minority" groups in the history of western civilization how, when, and why the doctrines of Enlightenment is the sham of pathological violence that has failed everyone but guardians of that canon that rule the majority of a society's members. One tries.

In this long struggle some people have undertaken to condemn institutional barriers to peaceful existence among people, "Trumpism" is undifferentiable in terms or effect than liberalisms, conservatisms, corporatism, fascism, republicanism, and capitalism. The next change of label will neither alter the essential practices of dominating human relations and goals nor distribute wealth, profit, and material goods so many recognizes as grotesque "income inequality" between people

of every race, ethnicity, creed, sex, gender, religion, or color

"Anglo Disease" or "White Supremacy" is an attitude toward the world that is antithetical to human instincts and, in fact, the successful reproduction of the species. It is an attitude taught by a few people and nurtured by to many people who cannot help but believe their survival depends on their obedience to conspicuous figures of proper, lawful violence.

Accordingly, "black" is a political identity that serves many rhetorical purposes, mostly warnings.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 11:15:18 PM EST
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Capitalism as Obstacle to Equality and Democracy: the US Story
Because capitalism tends toward deepening inequality and can defeat reversals by keeping them temporary, it is capitalism that must be overcome to solve its inherent inequality problem.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 05:52:28 PM EST
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