LUMPENPROLETARIAT—[Tuesday, January 26, 2021] We are still in the dangerous throes of the first 100 days of Biden’s presidency. Liberals were “very hopeful” and looking forward to all of the great things President Biden can do. But other Americans held no such hopes. They knew a different, less virtuous Joseph Biden, the embattled neoliberal with a checkered past, who is poised to advance the Israeli Zionist project of dispossession and genocide against Palestine, a Joe Biden, who advanced the super-predator narrative against black and brown youth to further an evil police state repression agenda targeting low-income communities.
Meanwhile, the smaller, but more organized side of America, the whiter side of America, rejects the Biden presidency completely. America’s right-wing, or right side of the political spectrum, is represented by the Republican Party, who has increasingly embraced the language of divide-and-conquer, of racism, of pitting MAGA discontents against BLM demonstrations against institutional, historical, and structural racism, which undisputed scholars and academics, such as Dr. Keeanga Yamatta Taylor, Dr. Michelle Alexander, and others have articulated for years. If we don’t mention the Republican Party very much around here, it’s because those of us on the left—the real left, not the Democrat Party’s, and the Republican Party’s fake narrative where they misuse the term “left” by applying it to the Democrat partisans, who are clearly centrist, center-right, or even right-wing, NOT left—we already know the Republican Party is pure evil. It’s the Democrat Party, which still gets away with their clandestine evil behaviors, policies, and cartel agenda.
That’s why we focus on them because they are a false opposition party. That’s why we love Jimmy Dore, because he picked up on what Ralph Nader and many of us have been saying for years: The system is rigged. It’s a two-party dictatorship. If you can’t see that, our problems are much bigger than Mr. Trump or Mr. Biden.
Never mind analyzing Biden’s first hundred days, simply his first ten, or his previous hundred, or thousand, give us all the information we need to make an informed estimate about what to expect from the Democrat Party in the next two to four years. Great American patriots, like Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, already tried to warn us about the false support, which comes from the Democrat Party in the struggle for freedom on the part of people of color and poor, working class people. We did not listen. And the Democrat Party has betrayed working people every time, just like the Republican Party.
The voices from the past ring more and more true today, from Malcolm X to MLK, from Alexa O’Brien and allies at US Day of Rage to Take Back the Square and Occupy Wall Street to Oscar Grant and Black Lives Matter. There are lessons we keep missing, or we keep forgetting. We must take back the public square, the agora. The streets belong to the people, not to the cops, the politicians, nor the CEOs.
Dr. Martin Luther King, “Beyond Vietnam“, also referred to as the Riverside Church speech, is an anti–Vietnam War and pro–social justice speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1967, exactly one year before he was assassinated.
(c. 42:00) ‘A true revolution of values’
(c. 44:00) ‘to see individual capitalists’
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(c. 46:41) “We must not engage in a negative anti-communism, but rather in a positive thrust for democracy.”
“and so I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor, and attack it as such.”
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04:42 PST, “Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler PEPPER-SPRAYS man after being confronted for ‘not wearing mask’ at local pub, audio recording captured, 26 Jan, 2021 05:35“
Meanwhile, workers/farmers in India rise up against neoliberalism…
Chaos as Indian farmers enter Delhi’s Red Fort, clash with police
Clashes erupt as thousands of farmers hold ‘tractor rally’ on India’s Republic Day to demand repeal of new farm laws. (Al Jazeera, 26 JAN 2021)
Feeling unrepresented by the state of India, and “[d]efying elaborate security arrangements in place for the Republic Day military parade, the protesters entered the Red Fort, where the predominantly Sikh farmers also installed a religious flag.” Tens of thousands of Indian farmers stormed the “Mughal-era Red Fort complex in the national capital to demand the repeal of new farm laws, with the protest turning violent and resulting in at least one death.”
The government of India seems to be choosing the same dark behaviors as the United States when it comes to dealing with the working classes with unmet needs. In California, we hear thousands, or tens of thousands, of proletarians have camped out in India’s capitol to protest changes to commodity pricing policies, which will hurt farmers/workers. Al Jazeera has reported: “The massive protests have also forced the shutting down of several metro stations, while internet services were suspended in many areas of the capital and its adjoining areas.” But, we the people of conscience and good faith fail to see the need to subvert the will of the people, who only seek a seat at the bargaining table, who only seek to bargain in good faith for the well-being of their livelihoods and their families.
Let’s tune in to free speech media and see what’s going on out there today. Will U.S. workers fight for their First Amendment rights? Or will this prolonged plandemic plus the American illness of historical amnesia conspire to erase the First Amendment?
06:00 PST, WPFW > [TP] real talk. music. 06:10 TP. 0611 [TP] Press TV. Guest: Daniel Lazar(sp?). 25K troops occupy DC with checkpoints like Middle East. Liberal host lady deflected Naftep(sp?) guy’s radical critique. Liberal guy Daniel Lazar(sp?) sounded blasé, detached. > 06:28 PST, real talk. clip [TW]. Hip hop song, female-sounding, cover of Nice & Smooth, “Sometimes I rhyme slow….”
06:00 PST, KPFT > 06:30 PST, Rising Up with Sonali Kolhatkar > […] liberals are now coming to terms with Trump escaping indictment, no will among Dems.
06:00 PST, KPFK > The Stephanie Miller Show > liberal perspectives with a bourgeois sense of humor. banter about how pleased they all are now that Mr. Trump has been banned from Twitter. The social media atmosphere feels so much fresher and pleasant now, they said in joyous unison, like frivolous socialites. […] They seemed oblivious to the Orwellian 1984 playbook being played out before our eyes. They definitely need to subscribe to The Grayzone. Things aren’t so black and white. Biden is not a savior of the working class, only of the ruling class. We must realize we need political diversity. We need a diversity of political parties, which can compete against the corporate political power of the Democrat and Republican parties. Both parties have lost all legitimacy long ago, when they betrayed the American working people for the enrichment and the benefit of a small class of wealthy, ruling class elites. Meanwhile, working class wages have stagnated since the 1970s. The American neoliberal project has failed working people everywhere. It is time we realize the fact that Biden will only put a friendlier face, like President Obama did, on the U.S./NATO neoliberal project than the Republican Party does. The Republican Party abuses the working classes overtly, unashamed of their toxic behaviors. The 45th president was a most extreme example, as the political right-wing of this country continually work hard to push the political center further and further to the right. And what philosophy is to the right of white supremacy? The philosophy of white nationalism is to the right of white supremacy. White supremacy involves exploitation. White nationalism involves racial purity, extermination, and genocide. So, we see the reality clearly that the Republican Party has been a toxic force upon our nation for a long time. A key moment in its sinister twist and turns of political machinations came when the Republican Party adopted the so-called Southern Strategy. When adopting dog-whistle politics to appeal to bigoted and racist white southern voters to cobble together a voting base, then the dog whistle became a bullhorn. By 2015, Mr. Trump saw that he could hijack white privilege, white supremacism, white nationalism, and white rage into his name-brand recognition. (See “American Mythology: The Presidency of Donald Trump”, The Intercepted Podcast.) Mr. Trump knew, or rather hoped, he could turn all that hijacked white rage into political power. The Republican Party made a Faustian bargain with the Trump brand. They lost control of their useful idiot. Worse, the Republican Party lost control of their rabid base long ago. Right-wing media, and particularly right-wing podcasts, have been fomenting all manner of hateful speech and ideologies. Freedom of speech is essential to public discourse. We must not delude ourselves into thinking that one group can decide for the rest of society who deserves the First Amendment right of free speech, and who doesn’t. Nobody has the right to tell us what speech is good for us, or bad for us. We will decide what is good for us, or bad for us, not any self-designated authority. We reject the entire framing of reality, which validates a paternalistic authoritarian state.
08:00 PST, WPFW > [TP] talk, expert. “the Goldwater rule” diminished the ability to call out presidential candidates or presidents for psychological questions or concerns. Expert says the rule will be overturned. 08:15 […]
08:00 PST, WBAI > […] 08:15 PST, talk, InquiryCommission.org re: copwatch. Other activism, water, etc.[…] urban economics baltimore urban apartheid […] 08:55 PST, “That was Clearing the Fog with Margaret Flowers
08:00 PST, KPFT [Houston] > 08:17 PST, music, country rockabilly
08:00 PST, KPFK > […] 08:24 PST, upfront news > covid outbreak at santa rita county jail 0836 …
09:00 PST, WBAI > The Gary Null Show > [TP] real talk. 09:05 PST, pomegranate. “functional foods”, home-grown foods. Complete proteins growable at home: sorghum, milet. […] > 09:25 PST, [TP] China’s horrifying social credit system vs human rights? […] > 09:35 PST, interview with Danny […] 09:44 PST, website: Vaccine Nation
09:00 KPFK > Something’s Happening B […] 09:45 PST, The Tom Hartman Show >
09:00 PST, KPFA > Democracy Now! > [TP]
10:00 PST, KPFT > Jazz Latino > Gato Barbieri […] 10:47 PST, Buena Vista Social Club […]
10:00 PST, KPFA [Berkeley] & KPFK [L.A.] > Letters and Politics > […] 10:35 PST, [TP] […] Professor: “conference committees have disappeared” […] on how the legislative process has degraded from the old “regular order” to all sorts of filibustering and obstructionism, getting ever closer to simply permanently bypassing conference committees to simply have backroom deals. 10:46, ‘history of the filibuster rule’
10:00 PST, KPFT-HD2 [Houston] > music […] 10:47 PST, “Fell On Black Days” by Soundgarden […]
10:00 PST, WBAI > […] 10:50 PST, talk, politics, corruption, banks, “Epstein”, “Russian intelligence”, “KGB fronts”, “Moscow”, “Saint Petersburg”, ‘the rooms were bugged’, etc, author of How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump. [TP] Leonard Lopate at Large. 10:54 PST, […]
11:00 PST, WBAI > talk, health. “a dense energy field” “resonance and harmonics” “energy, medicine, and cancer”
11:00 PST, KPFA > The Talkies > prof rebecca gordon author the rubble of empire ‘our job has been to midwife a softer landing to this empire, rather than a crash,’ she said, in a defeatist, perhaps, liberal type of sentiment. Bourgeois? Tom Dispatch lady. New book, The House That Torture Built. So, yes, Kris, ‘racism and empire are intertwined at the root’. RG teaches at SF State, no wonder she’s pretty cool. She brought up youth activism, which is more than we can say for Kris w. 1132, next segment…
11:00 PST, KPFK > Global Village > music. […] Mad Professor remixing Dap Tones guitarist. Hmm, let’s see…Thomas Brennick? 11:43 PST, fonky ass downtempo version of the classic disco-funk jam, ‘The Way I Feel About You-woo!’, who sang the original? Evelyn “Champaign” King, maybe?
11:00 PST, KPFT > […] 11:47 PST, music, Cuban-sounding.
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12:00 PST, KPFA > Against the Grain > [TP] Sasha Lilley. AIDS activist lady on how to adapt and broaden COVID-1984 activism in a time when activism is socially distanced and whatnot. The whole vibe of this conversation seems to operate under the assumption of, like: Oh, no, how will people of conscience respond to social ills, since we can’t organize nor mobilize to assemble publicly to demonstrate dissent? Meanwhile, most of the east coast conversations all encouraged activists to organize and mobile protest actions, wearing masks and and socially distancing, of course, but being out in the streets. Activists, like Sunsara Taylor, et al, have pointed to BLM demonstrations resulting in virtually no covid spread, compared with MAGA rallies, which have proven to be super-spreader events. It seems the Bay Area types take a more defeatist approach to activism, already discouraging mobilization before the state even lifts a finger to discourage public demonstrations of dissent. Another glaring blind spot is the question of “race”/ethnicity. The guest offered some food for thought, but seemed to discourage direct action.
13:00 PST, WBAI [NYC] > Democracy Now! > […] trans-gender people fight for their rights to join the evil U.S. empire military; and also get called out for not calling out US imperialism and militarism by others on their left.
“U.S. General Manipulates Media to Push for War with Iran“, by The Grayzone. Red Lines host, Anya Parampil, interviewed investigative journalist Gareth Porter about his recent article in The Grayzone, which explores the role CENTCOM chief General Kenneth McKenzie played in escalating tensions with Iran in the final days of the Trump administration.
14:00 PST, KPFT > music, hip hop, electronic
14:00 PST, KPFT [HD2] > Sojourner Truth > […] Deedee Rossi(sp?) on the farmers/workers protest demonstration in India, they’ve been camped out for over a month, protesting legislation changes, which threaten to remove harvest price protections. The policy changes threaten the stability of the commodity markets for the farmers’ crops. In California, actions have been held in solidarity with the farmers in India. […] > next guest, Ethel Branch(sp?) on covid impacts on Native American communities, especially the few remaining elders, who still speak “the old Navajo” tongue. […] 14:45, “how to continue the legacy of Navajo country…” […]
14:00 PST, WPFW > […] 14:46 PST, talk, Jerry Paris, Robin Smith, Sierra Shine, et al. “I”m Kimberly Washington.” Live at Five. Live music, in-studio. acoustic guitar, drum machine, R&B male vocal.
14:00 PST, KPFA > […] 14:49 PST, talk, the old boo-zhee lady, who always closes with the catch phrase, “Until next time, go easy. And, if you can’t go easy, go as easy as you can.” I can’t remember her name; and I haven’t the time to look it up right now.
15:00 PST, KPFA > Rising Up with Sonali Kolhatkar > Prof. Lawrence Lessig(sp?), ‘Trump will likely walk away from impeachment, avoiding an indictment because the Democrat Party needs to secure 100% of the Democrat votes plus 17 Republican votes.’ The best indicator of future behavior is past behavior. When we look at the historical record, we find that the Democrat Party often lends votes to the Republican Party to pass policies and legislation, which were originated by the Republican Party. But that courtesy is rarely, of ever, reciprocated. In fact, the Republican Party devotes most of its energies into obstructing and undermining any legislation, which is proposed by the Democrat Party. And the Democrat Party appears to put up little to no opposition to the political maneuvering and machinations of the Republican Party. As Americans, we must realize that we must end the political stranglehold, which the two-party system has on our democratic system. A political cartel of two political “parties”, which collude to block alternative political parties from ballot access does not create, nor allow, political diversity. > 15:30 PST, Prof. Young, author of book on US immigration history, which began with xenophobic policies against Chinese immigrants. “due process” […] “this puts immigrants in an even more vulnerable position” “indefinite detention” ‘Many times, the detention centers are actually penitentiaries. So, the distinction is lost on the detained immigrants.’ […] 15:40 PST, it’s disappointing to listen to Sonali Kolhatkar conduct this interview right now. The guest, author, mentioned how— 15:41, emergency broadcast signal. 15:42, back to the broadcast. —indefinite detention today “strikes at the heart of due process”, a crucial issue threatening all of us at this very moment. Yet, Sonali Kolhatkar did not probe the issue further. She did not ask any probing questions. Learning the answers to these questions may provide clues to people of good will, actively working in the struggle for freedom. But, instead, Kolhatkar changed the subject by removing the discussion away from the framing set by the author, set squarely on concerns today. Kolhatkar moved the discussion to the removed past. This is a pattern, which we observe among the bourgeois broadcasters on Pacifica Radio, such as Kolhatkar, Mitch Jeserich, etc. It’s very subtle. Kolhatkar is willing to engage activists and activism topics, but only if it avoids any critical analysis of the Democrat Party. 15:50 PST, […]
15:00 PST, KPFK > Voices From the Frontline >
15:00 PST, WPFW > […] 15:52 PST, Sierra Shine, music, original + sample
15:00 PST, WBAI > […] 15:55 PST, talk, activism, Julian Assange [TP] ‘Find out where the rallies are. Participate. Get involved.’ “I’m Randy Credico.”
15:00 PST, KPFT [HD2] > 15:57 PST, music, electronic
15:00 PST, KPFT > […] 15:58 PST, Generation Radio > music
16:00 PST, KPFA > KPFA News Headlines > Davey D interview with Jay Quan(sp?), The Foundation, Hip Hop Historian. Davey D opened by asking about the rise of socially conscious hip hop, R&B/Soul, then its decline. […]
16:00 PST, WPFW [DC] & WBAI [NYC] > We Only Want the World […] 16:20 PST, Sunsara Taylor, “sexual slavery” Ruchira Gupta. Coco Das. ‘~3 million children are sold into slavery, as young as nine’ ‘UN has said it’s the second largest form of organized crime in the world, surpassing illegal drug trafficking. Drugs you can only use once. Humans you can keep using repeatedly, said Ruchira Gupta. […] Ruchira Gupta: ‘for these reasons, I call it exploitation, not sex work.’ 16:29, ‘What is being purchased is domination as much as the sex.’
16:00 PST, KPFK > […] 16:30 PST, Elliot Young, author of Alien Nation, ‘provided expert testimony in over 200 cases’. On immigration and immigrant detection centers.
17:00 PST, WPFW > 17:29 PST, talk, arts, culture, music.
17:00 PST, WBAI > […] 17:31 PST, talk, labor [TP] “union-busting” tactics […]
17:00 PST, KPFT [HD2] “Stephen Rothchild” “a government contract tied to data” “social impact bonds” gearing up for “austerity”, “techno fascism” [TP] POLICE STATE: “This is a raciized endeavor.” ‘But, ultimately, they’re after all of us.’ […] 17:47 PST
17:00 PST, KPFT [Houston] > […] 17:48 PST, DACA, law, immigration.
17:00 PST, KPFK > […] critique of current corporate media climate, ‘they’re gonna be tempted to give Trump-in-exile “more attention as he rails from the outside” with “his poisom”, said Prof. Mark Feldstein(sp?). Julian Assange. [TP] ‘Assange acted as a publisher. Trump, Biden are trying a backdoor clause.
17:00 PST, KPFA > […] 17:58, Dennis Bernstein.
18:00 – 19:00 PST, KPFA [Berkeley] & KPFK [L.A.] (simulcast) > The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays > All but 5 voted to dismiss impeachment charge of incitement. Rand Paul made a point of order… Schumer said, no… […] 18:15 PST, […]
18:00 PST, WPFW > […] 18:43 PST, music, R&B
18:00 PST, WBAI > The Count > […] 18:46 PST, talk, law, call-ins. “All this habeas corpus is turning us into […]”
19:00 PST, KPFA > La Raza Chronicles > Host: Julieta Cusnir(sp?), topic: migration. Guest One: Marcos Cruz (Int’l Migrants), Guatemalan immigrant. Guest Two: Greg Landau.
19:00 PST, KPFK > Beautiful Struggle > Line-up: [TP] Trudy Goodwin (Black Panther Party; Black Lives Matter). 2. Baba AK confounder of Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. 3. Brother Lumumba (Brooklyn). […] “It’s because we see ourselves in a state if urgency. I won’t say emergency.” ‘But those of us, who don’t have white privilege… [TP] 19:05 PST, We Keep Us Safe with Patrice Colours(sp?). Demands: impeach, convict, etc.
19:00 PST, KPFT [Houston] > hablar, en español, politica de Trump > musica: ‘El presidente mas honesto’ -Jose ‘Tres Banderas’ de Ecuador. 19:25 PST, […]
19:00 PST, KPFT [HD2] > The Thomas Jefferson Hour […] 19:28 PST, interview with military type, lol. Some bloke pretending to be Thomas Jefferson.
“Yannis Varoufakis: From an Economics Without Capitalism to Markets Without Capitalism” by DiEM25, 26 JAN 2020.
Remarks from opening speaker: (c. 3:26) “Neoclassical economics is only one way of doing economics. Other schools of thought [or theory] can no longer be marginalized.” Indeed. The word is finally getting out. Shout it with all of your might from the highest mountaintops. Neoclassical is only one way, among many. And it is a way of doing economics, which has proven itself a failure over and over again with each economic downturn, bust, crash, and crisis. It is time to introduce democracy to the workplace.
“Richard Wolff: A Bold Economic Plan Can Prevent Another Trump” by Jacobin, 26 JAN 2021.
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