A Thank You to Lambert and Corrente
Thank you for being here, for exposing all of the Obamacare clusterfucks, the need for Medicare for All, and for bringing the anger and populism to MMT while fighting the deficit terrorists in the Obama administration. I have also tried to bring the anger and populism to MMT along with advocating for MMT policies and accepting nothing less. We need to get angrier and out of our little academic corner to combat Obama’s neoliberalism and his sycophants. They vomit his deficit terrorist police state apologist BS up onto the veal pen pseudo “progressive” blogosphere daily, and then we are all stuck with the smell.
You know this well from reading my writing at Daily Kos, where I have established a decent following as well as a decent number of haters, which comes with the territory. My blog home is at Voices on the Square which has been around for about a year now and it will take more time for it to catch fire, but it’s a good blog. Since I am finally registered here at Corrente after all this time, I feel guilty for not participating as much as I should here and elsewhere. I remember I first wanted to post here after I got a response from Bruce A. Dixon of Black Agenda Report in one of my health care diaries back when Open Left was still around.
He mentioned I should check this place out, and so I did. That was truly an honor as well as a ringing endorsement for this site. Now that I am registered here, it sucks that I can’t spend as much time on the Internet as I have over the past few years because of personal issues. I apologize for the length of this piece, but I feel the need to write this to explain my situation and as sort of an introduction to everyone here not familiar with me or my work. And in the process, I’ll tell you a little bit about myself; you see, unlike the great work of people like letsgetitdone and others who write at NEP, I am not an academic.
I went to art school and had dreams of being an animator when I graduated in 2006. You might have seen some of my work; before the Obama DHS and FBI helped crush Occupy, I was generally inspired again and illustrated a number of pieces for Occupy Wall Street and Anonymous. For instance, this piece was chosen for a cover of a book about Occupy Wall Street.
Unfortunately, my artwork hasn’t exactly been financially lucrative. This is in contrast with what they tell young artists full of hope when their talent is recognized. They say, “You’re going to be a rich and famous artist someday.” Needless to say, real life doesn’t always work out that way. I don’t know how much of it involves my terrible social skills and being an introvert since I was a little kid or if it’s the overall effect of the Rubinite job market after the housing bust. Regardless, it all came crashing down in 2008, and my career never started besides a few freelance projects here and there.
Things just haven’t worked out for me, financially. So I studied MMT and other things in my down time as well as getting involved, caring, and paying close attention to what went on around me from 2007 on. That is, instead of staying in my own little world as I always have before then. I knew nothing about economics or why the crash happened, but I found it fascinating so I became obsessed with it. So I started reading William K. Black, James K. Galbraith(whom is responsible for my MMT conversion after I read the Predator State) and Dean Baker to get a sense of what and why all the so called experts got it wrong.
From then on, I expanded my reading to Yves Smith, L. Randall Wray, Warren Mosler, Bill Mitchell, Stephanie Kelton, and others to get a clear picture of what happened. So though I am still a novice, I basically know what happened and have a sense of how our fiscal and monetary system functions together. I know about control fraud. I know Obama sold us out and now know that was probably his plan all along.
He hired the same Rubinites who caused the crash into his cabinet (after saying we can’t have the same people the Clintons hired) thus created the new Goldman Sachs Treasury. I never trusted him, but I gave him some leeway in the general election (I was an Edwards supporter as he had some of the right messages about confronting power despite what happened) and that was a mistake. So here we are. We see there is not a lot of difference between the George W. Bush sycophants in 2004 and the Obama sycophants now.
The Obama sycophants have really tarnished my view of humanity. That doesn’t help my motivation as I see the seconds of my life ticking away as I rattle their cages at the Great Orange Satan wasting these moments of my life arguing with them. Not that they really have arguments, because they don’t, just OFA talking points and propaganda. It’s a dilemma because one has to fight for the right ideas in the public sphere to try to have the most influence, even though most of the partisan warriors in that sphere suck.
Yet one also wonders if it is really worth the time sucked away fighting in that arena; one that is rigged against the truly principled and truly informed. I have never met a larger more unprincipled group of nitwits all willing to go all Joe McCarthy against anyone who speaks ill of their leader even if that said leader goes beyond George Bush’s national security state and his global war on terror (criticizing this is called “racism”). These neoliberal and neoconservative policies are acceptable to them now, which would make us have to stand in awe of how principled the Republican soccer Moms of 2004 are in comparison. You know the score. So after spending a couple more years wading around in the big dirty orange pool full of Obot fools, I have come to a crossroads.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of good people on Daily Kos, which I would say make up about less than half, but we are outnumbered. Moderation has now unequivocally skewed towards the idiot half. I have made some headway there in the past few years putting MMT related diaries on the rec list, but there is now a downward spiral. The Obama fanboys and fangirls are allowed to troll with impunity while citing nothing. Citations to back up one’s thesis or antithesis are a standard practice on serious blogs who want real synthesis like this one (they say they prefer citations on kos, yet they coddle those who never cite anything because they secretly prefer the larger unthinking Obama cult to run the site. The establishment likes this, and Daily Kos wants to keep establishment ties), which makes any genuine effort to put forth a message or educate the public about MMT and how we are being terrorized by the deficit terrorist in chief and his lackeys in Congress that much harder.
Therefore, I just have to figure out if what I am doing is really worth it, and as of now, I don’t think it really is on a personal level. Sadly that goes to blogging in general. I was ultimately happier before I became so obsessed with it, and things are not looking up for me personally because of all the time minus the money, so that is the real reason. These problems partly come from being a boomerang kid in his 30s forced to live at home in this shitty economy. That being said, I know I am not alone. However, that doesn’t mean my father is happy about it, which is an understatement. He is set in his ways with regard to me pulling myself up by my boot straps, and he is unreachable. I have failed him and I have failed myself, in his eyes, so I have to deal with that. I can’t spend much time writing diaries online because of this conflict. On top of that, I guess I am also sort of having a mid life crisis.
This piece sounds heavily narcissistic and I don’t mean for it to, but because I have the honor of being approved to post at Corrente, I feel the need to share why I have not been participating as much as I should, and in all venues, not just this one. I won’t leave blogging completely, but real life has collided with my inspiration to write, and it has hampered the process a lot, lately. Unfortunately, it’s not something I can escape anymore. So though I will be around, it won’t be as much as I have been before when it comes to blogging in general.
I’ll probably comment more than write diaries for these reasons, but only these reasons. After all, this place, along with Naked Capitalism, and New Economic Perspectives are all in the echelon of blogs and do inspire me a lot. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy reading everyone who posts here, especially when Lambert righteously lays something out there and it’s exactly what I am thinking in my head. So to all who post here, keep up the good work.
I will hopefully be in a better place where I can participate more, sooner rather than later. Thank you, once again, for accepting priceman at Corrente. I will be around from time to time; hopefully more often in the future.