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Cancer Patient Disrupts TPP Negotiations

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Submitted by metamars on

And? Is this being covered in the main stream media? If not, it's mostly a waste of time. The idea that the TPP negotiators are shameable is laughable. Hence, what is the strategy, here?

Oh, right, American "activists" sometimes use the word "strategy", but evidence of it is lacking. In their minds, it's synonymous with "actions", with the participants high-fiving themselves about what a marvelous thing they've done.

Would it not be a better strategy, with more main stream media potential (not that that's an optimal over-all strategy; their "regression to the mean" must obey the constraints of their plutocratic masters) to target the US Presidential candidates? In fact, I think it's probably a smarter strategy to preferentially target the 2 known anti-TPP candidates, Trump and Sanders. (Not sure if there are others; if so, only 1 or 2, surely.).

Imagine if a '#CancerPatientLivesMatter-KillTPP' member takes the microphone from Sanders. That might put a significant dent in the awful level of TPP ignorance. Also, while Trump has come out strongly against TPP, based on what I've read on Trump-friendly alternative media, he's not making that big a fuss about it. In view of the TPP "free flow of labor", as blabbed by Japanese PM Shinzo Abe (essentially a form of unrestricted immigration, at least from within TPP signatory nations), and the fact that being strongly anti-illegal-immigration is a "hy-u-u-u-u-u-g-e" part of Trump's popularity, that's not very bright on his campaign's part.

Now, if they can push Trump and Sanders more in an anti-TPP direction, that could shift the rhetoric (probably insincere) of all the other candidates in that direction, also. That would constitute a form of free publicity, leading to further education of the public.

Given how utterly clueless most "activists" who take on the plutocracy are, at least in the US, I expect them to keep on with their "strategy" of trying to shame the shameless.

Even educating the public about TPP, alone, is not a promising strategy, given the fact that the US government is "owned" by the plutocrats. The public should be organizing to maximize their voting political muscle, so that no incumbent Congress critter can smugly expect that just sweet talking voters will suffice to allow them to continue with a re-election rate of around 90% (like in the last US Congressional elections).

I have posted design artifacts for a program that would facilitate developing that sort of political muscle, but it's been essentially ignored, at least so far.

Not good. Ralph Nader has spoken of a "gravitational pull" of endless corporate/plutocratic lobbying and $campaign cash$. Without systemic remedies, by the public, to counteract those (negative voting blocs which leverage essentially free social networking, positive voting blocs which also leverage essentially free social networking, and systematic person-to-person education which bypasses the controlled mainstream media), why should we expect the plutocracy not to continue to win?

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

Not good. Ralph Nader has spoken of a "gravitational pull" of endless corporate/plutocratic lobbying and $campaign cash$. Without systemic remedies, by the public, to counteract those (negative voting blocs which leverage essentially free social networking, positive voting blocs which also leverage essentially free social networking, and systematic person-to-person education which bypasses the controlled mainstream media), why should we expect the plutocracy not to continue to win?
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Indeed, why should we?
I see no reason at all...

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Submitted by metamars on

This diary is posted in the hope that, sooner or later, 'activists' will turn into shrewd activists (minus the scary quotes) and actually take enough political power to make a difference.

That means going beyond symbolic, feel-good, accomplish nothing actions.

I certainly don't mean to suggest that 'activists' are incapable of doing a respectable job, sufficient to make a difference. (Though I typically feel that way; but my stubborn desire for change, plus the fact that there's nothing all that hard to understand about my strategic viewpoint, trumps my pessimism.)

As TPP agreement has now been reached, I was inspired to send another email out to a potential supporter of my Voter's Revenge project, viz., Michael Hudson. I expect to send out more such requests during the week, plus post some new code.

I may also hit up some angel investors to see if they would be interested in developing and hosting VR as a business.

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

...says it is hopeless. And not a few talking heads agree; Chris Hedges being one.
Twelve plus years away gives one (me), a very different view. I'm a control freak as regards my life; I am not property, a nationalist, or a slave to ideology; but rather a freeman who will not follow.
I understand passion for the fight, but one must recognize when it's lost and take appropriate action; mine was to leave two weeks before my 58th birthday with $400 to my name and work overseas....
I'll not return regardless the outcome.
Cheers