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Obama's Weimar Republic

An excellent analysis of where we are and a partial explanation of how we got there, for those who still think that Obama is a progressive.

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Submitted by Alexa on

The counterweight to 21st century fascism must be a coordinated fight-back by the global working class.

The only real solution to the crisis of global capitalism is a massive redistribution of wealth and power - downward towards the poor majority of humanity.

And the only way such redistribution can come about is through mass transnational struggle from below.

Can't say that I disagree with him, but do we have collective amnesia?

OWS didn't "fizzle out." It was systematically dismantled by brute force--led mostly by Democratic Party mayors.

So, how do we form and sustain this movement?

And does Professor Robinson seriously believe that any other Dem politician would govern any differently? If so, who does he have in mind?

******Not trying to pick up Alcuin, but articles like this do rile me a bit, because they never seem to actually address the "how." It's sort of like taking the pains to provide a detailed recipe, and then leaving out the actual baking instructions regarding the baking time and temperature. ;-)

Alexa

“If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

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Submitted by Alfa Zog on

I encourage Correntians to read about Andrew Bacevich, author of "The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism" and an occasional colmnist at TomDispatch.com . On the forces of the status quo supporting the Pentagon budget, he wrote a piece for TomDispatch, reprinted (with Comments) at the Huffington Post: Bacevich's article
Bacevich was interviewed about his book "The Limits of Power" on Bill Moyers conversation in 2008.
Howard Zinn in interview with the host of a program on books that "he was optimistic in the long run". Zinn also said that small acts of resistance can make a difference: Howard Zinn interview.
alfa

Submitted by Alcuin on

No offense here, Alexa! I agree with you that the how is not addressed, but I think it is important to know who the enemy is before sallying forth. So much time and energy is wasted chasing ghosts from the past. Ron Suskind quoted Karl Rove as saying, ""That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do." I think Robinson illustrates this truism. If we understand the dynamic, which Robinson helps us to do, we can then create a response. My take on it is that we need to focus on community and a gift economy. Trying to beat capital at its own game is an exercise in futility. Realizing the extent of the rot helps us turn our backs on it and create a world of our own making, not one that is defined by the "other".

The important thing is to never stop questioning. - Albert Einstein

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Submitted by Alexa on

N/T

Alexa

“If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

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Submitted by MontanaMaven on

I want to read up more on the ones that were formed by workers in the late 19th and early 20th century. Seems like these and a gift society would shift the dynamic, as you say. How to get rid of usury (the bankers) seems to always be the ultimate question.

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
Groucho Marx

Submitted by Alcuin on

For anyone interested in Robinson's ideas, he has made a number of his scholarly publications available on his website. These usually aren't available, as the academic journals they are published in are gatekeepers that restrict access. Kudos to Robinson for making them available to mere mortals.

The important thing is to never stop questioning. - Albert Einstein