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LUMPENPROLETARIAT[Saturday, 13 FEB 2021, 07:21 PST]  Speaking for myself, as a brown person, I wept for our nation this morning, reflecting on what happened in the U.S. Senate yesterday.  It appears a police state coup is happening in slow motion.  As we opined before, it’s increasingly obvious the Democrats are not going to hold Mr. Trump accountable, nor, most importantly, disqualify him from holding future office, which were he to return to office would likely mean the end of ‘democratic’ elections in the USA.  With the Supreme Court as is, we wouldn’t be surprised if we ended up in some nightmarish Gilead, as in the “Republic of Gilead,” the fictional, yet chilling, horrifying, theocratic nation in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale. If you haven’t read the novel, you can watch the series on Netflix to get a wake up call on what our future may look like, if we continue on this path, as a society, of neoliberal crises, of health, environment, policing, militarism, imperialism, materialism, and class oppression.

Mr. Trump and the deep state behind him wouldn’t stop until all opposition parties are outlawed. The moment Hitler, for example, outlawed communists was the moment of kairos, the turning point for Germany, when it made its Faustian Bargain with Hitlerian fascism. Similarly, it seems we have observed the Republican Party make Faustian Bargains with its Southern Strategy and later with religious fundamentalism (with their end-of-times apocalyptic narratives coming out of The Family and K Street, et al., and now with the QAnon/Trump loyalist/anti-establishment protest vote. This is the fringe of the Republican voter base, which they used to call the Bircher Crazies. Well, now, we have the so-called QAnon crazies. And they’re pulling on the Republican Party so far to the rightward (toward extreme neoliberalism) and upward (toward authoritarianism, instead of back down to the firm ground of libery, and libertarianism), much more than Dems are pulling lefward (toward cooperation).

So, we are trying to stay informed out here, trying to tune in to the honest and wise legal scholars, but without cable TV or costly subscriptions, on a low-income budget.  It’s not easy to stay informed and, therefore, to make informed decisions.  So, we make do.  Even when we find honest legal scholars we trust to speak on the Second Impeachment of Donald J. Trump, we remember an important fact.  The Senate is not a court of law. 

The U.S. Senate is a legislative body, a legislative body with aristocratic foundations, which are inimical to the will of the people.  It seems not enough people are aware of this.  Our government is a joke; which means we are a joke, if we don’t call out bullshit when we see it. 

Every single day since the MAGA Mania has been waving its flags in our faces and the “thin blue line” flags have been imbued with double-speak, this has been a huge wake-up call to many people for different reasons.  Every single day since Mr. Trump has been threatening to stay in power, even if he loses, with 74 million supporters behind his philosophy of hate, in part or in whole, this has been a wake-up call.  This is a philosophy of divide and conquer, like the narcissistic abuser in the family, who starts drama, just to get a kick out of the sense of power from pushing everyone’s buttons and creating conflict.  The narcissistic abuser invites you to step out of your integrity, just to sit back and enjoy watching the chaos.  And, when you do take that invitation to step out of your integrity, that’s when the abusers can start to own you, to trigger you, to push your buttons. 

Push buttons is what Mr. Trump has done with his racist, narcissistic, and xenophobic campaign.  Every single day, since all of this social distortion began, this has been a loud wake-up call.  After January 6th, the wake up call was so loud, it became screamingly obvious we all have to do something, take action, support our local peace and justice groups, support our local police accountability advocacy groups.  If we don’t have one, surely, we can find like-minded people and form one.  We must overcome weak social ties, if we are ever to expect any meaningful change in policing practices, which have too often meant abuse of police power with impunity.  And, perhaps, the most corrosive effect is on its deadening effect on society’s capacity for empathy.  People start to experience compassion fatigue.

We mean: the very institution of policing is antidemocratic because the institution of policing does not answer to the people; it answers to capital, which speaks through city and county governments, usually via either one, or both of, the corporate political parties.  As we say, the system is rigged.  Party politics is seen as too daunting for most grassroots activists, who seem more interested in focusing on their single-issue organizing without a political party to amplify the cause.

So, grassroots organizers work to build their own institutions to meet unmet needs in the community, such as copwatching, pioneered by the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the Brown Berets, but especially by the original copwatchers, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, back in the 1960s and ’70s.  For better or worse, and maybe not by choice, but the political party form, nevertheless, is usually overlooked by grassroots organizers, or seen as futile, and a barren place for advancement of a left politics, even as part of an overarching consciousness.

I meditated and showered and listened to some Fela and did some pushups and some pullups and moved some weight and got the blood pumping. A good way to clear the mind is to get the blood pumping.  So, we did.  And then we got out in the streets to wake the folk up through non-violent direct action.

I’m not being hyperbolic when I say: We must hold Mr. Trump accountable and disqualify him from holding future office to avoid a wannabe dictator from maturing into a real dictator.  Remember:  Mr. Obama has already suspended the writ of habeas corpus, which means indefinite detention, which means any one of us can be detained indefinitely without due process, without a trial, just automatic prison forever for reasons we are unable to challenge.  Simply ask the poor souls being tortured at the illegally-occupied Guantánamo, where U.S. militaristic bullying has commandeered the site for the needs of U.S. imperialism.  Some of us protested, demonstrated, took action to raise awareness about the proto-fascist nature of Mr. Obama’s ostensibly anti-terrorism motivations for hacking away at our Constitutional rights.  But his winning smile and the overwhelming need for representation, even at the cost of neoliberalism, gave Mr. Obama all the cover he needed to further the ongoing ruling class project of oligarchy.

Other Americans are celebrating that Mr. Trump is going to beat his caseHe’s going to get away with it.  Like one of the Trump loyalists said in a viral video after the Capitol Building had been trashed, Dude, we won the day! It’s over!” 

It’s over, he said.

But there are similar, but more prophetic, words we heard at the outset of the Occupy Wall Street movement back in 2012.

The culture wars are over. Everyone lost.

US Day of Rage

Perhaps, the Trump loyalist’s declaration of the end of history was the end of the end of history.  Or maybe this was a historical echo, almost a decade later.  Now, Middle America Trump loyalists were getting the memo the Occupy Wall Street folks were conveying a decade ago.  We’re all fucked!  Neoliberalism won! 

But the slogan seemed too bleak, maybe, however honest.  How do we cry fire in a crowded theater?  What if the theater is really burning?  What if the audience is in some sort of trance?  I revised last night’s blog post.  And I added a song from my childhood by New Edition, which reminded me of more innocent times.  Sunny days, everybody loves them. Tell me, baby, can you stand the rain?  And I shed a tear for my country, in solitude, and in the knowledge that my country hates me, and other brown people, like me, with too much melanin, or too much intellect, or too much autonomy.  If your skin is too dark or your words are too honest, you may be targeted as a threat by the status quo. Then, you will know the hate, which hated you before you knew it hated you, before you knew it existed.  But that’s not everyone.  It’s just a fraction.  But a fraction of a number is a big number.  And, if you start to think about it, that’s a lot of hate.  So, you try not to think about it.  But then you can’t help but empathize with the suffering of others, with the suffering of those, who have been abused, brutalized, or murdered by police with impunity. Empathy is a central feature of so many of our spiritual traditions, that it is simply too difficult to deny.  And, as well it should, when the abused is us.

But things aren’t so simple.  Reality isn’t so black and white.  Reality is a mental construct, which may or may not conform to the world outside of our solipsisms.  The gray area, the grayzone, is where we’ll find common ground. We find ourselves, often, at police accountability demonstrations, in solidarity with multiple families, black and white, whose families have faced destruction by the killing of their loved ones by police, who, somehow, roam free.  How is this possible?  How can killers roam the streets freely, when evidence of their crimes exist for all to see?  What is wrong with this picture?  And this picture is the status quo.  We need to wake the folk up.

The status quo stares back at you with bewilderment and confusion when you join with other like minded individuals on a busy intersection in the city to demonstrate and to raise awareness about crimes against humanity by local police agencies.  As you stand there, or march, holding a picket sign, like a shaman used to interrupt the usual framing of perception of reality of a neolithic tribe or village, your act of protest or civil disobedience, of direct action, in the face of the mundane, disrupts the usual perceptual framing of reality of the passersby.  Corporate news and uninformed views construct a false reality among our neighbors.  Then, the families on the streets, demanding justice and accountability for the killing of their loved ones, of their family members by killer cops, who roam free, shatter that false reality, by personally reporting to people in public what local TV stations refuse to investigate.  Local TV may show up for a photo-op.  But, too often, the reports are shallow and lack investigate depth and follow-up.

If we see something, we say something, because it takes a village. But we also need our local media, including TV, to invest in investigate journalism and adversarial journalism. But that’s also why the corporate media block independent journalists and citizen journalists from the corporate TV and radio airwaves. That’s why citizen journalism and independent media arose in the first place, to fill the void left by the vacuousness of corporate news and information and culture. We want grassroots culture and independent news and information.  That’s why your author joined Abby Martin and company at Media Roots and went on RT TV International to get our message of the 99% out to the world, the people’s message, circa 2012, to let the world know that not all Americans are asleep, to let them know there are allies of good will in the United States, who refuse to drink the kool-aid. We encourage you all to, likewise, express yourselves.

Waiting For The Miracle” by Leonard Cohen, 1992.

I shed a tear for the way our nation is sliding into fascism, and because I wanted to just let it out and avoid despair.  I suspect my lament is not unique.  I know my family, my friends, my people are out there, in solidarity, working their way through self-education toward correct political action.

I don’t know if the personal is political. But we know we are drowning in bullshit. And we are aiming to avoid all forms of deception, especially self-deception. And this is my outlet, which I hope will become our outlet.

Cool It Now” by New Edition

The problems we had, as working class brown kids, mainly involved getting along with other brown and black kids, who were, like us, mostly working class.  But, like Dr. Marx observed with the lumpenproletariat, the lumpen have no class consciousness.  At first, all we can see are the petty symptoms of our class oppression, which manifest themselves in the daily irritations of unmet needs.  A hard world makes hard people, with little flexibility or patience for the other.  And then Colors and gang culture went viral in the late 1980s among the lumpen.

But the racism, which we saw Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his allies confront, was never extinguished.  That’s the sad fact, which the sieges across the nation on January 6th represent.  You can kill a dreamer; but you can’t kill a dreamYou can kill a human being; but you can’t kill humanity.  Humanity is lost to hubris, to vanity, to false pride.  Humanity is lost to harmful choices.  It’s difficult to admit when we’re wrong.  So, we must support each other in justice to harmonize perspectives and together perceive reality correctly, as we commune, in community.  We must comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.  And that means finding like-minded people outside, to take back the public square, and wake the folk up! 

If your hometown news isn’t reporting the injustices in your community, make some news of your own through exercising your First Amendment rights of public assembly, through the freedom of speech and freedom of the press.  When local news fail the people, we, the people, take to the streets to get the message out.  We, the people, recognize our Constitutional rights to engage in non-violent direct action and civil disobedience, if we so choose to express moral outrage at socioeconomic injustice. 

This is the very heart of freedom of speech, the right to dissent, and to advocate for a political perspective, especially one which liberates rather than subjugates.  But, today, as the specter of Mr. Trump and his loyalists haunt the Biden/Harris administration, freedom of speech is under assault.  Even free speech radio KPFA, last week, had bourgeois liberals talking about “the limits of free speech” and placing restrictions on extremist speech and conspiracy theory or QAnon content.  Liberals everywhere are parroting this Democrat Party line about being tough on the Trump mob to deprogram them from their backward ways.  Such is the mood among white liberals under their President Biden.  There is a sense of power over Mr. Trump, his loyalists, and the Republican Party, which is illusory.  Democrats are underestimating Mr. Trump at their own peril, and at ours because we will have to live through the consequences of a wannabe dictator being emboldened yet again.  But, beyond the problems which Mr. Trump portends for us all, which are many, he is only a symptom.  We must not forget Mr. Trump did not act alone.  And his campaign to conquer America didn’t begin in 2020, or even 2016.  Behind Mr. Trump are powerful institutions, such as the Republican Party and Wall Street and, evidently to a certain extent, the military-industrial complex (MIC).

But, the Democrat Party, in their ostensible zeal for justice, to right the wrongs of January 6th, to, in Senator Raskin’s own words show that Mr. Trump was “singularly responsible”, narrowed their case down to a single article of impeachment upon a single actor, when the reality was far more complex.  Mr. Trump has been a toxic leader, who must be held accountable. But so are other institutions, such as the Republican Party and the Democrat Party, or the two-party dictatorship. The Democrats, under Pelosi’s leadership, have decided to rush the entire impeachment process, under the ostensible assumption that they were never going to persuade enough Republicans to vote for a conviction, nor a disqualification from holding future office. 

We missed the last few hours of the session. So, we’re not sure what happened as far as the legalities of the impeachment and disqualification.  But we’ll continue chronicling the first 100 days of Mr. Biden’s presidency. We have watched, or listened to, the entire Second Impeachment Trial of Donald J. Trump this past week, with the exception of the last few hours today. And suffice it to say, RT and Richard Medhurst have reported Mr. Trump is now free to run again. And, even if he doesn’t run again, and move us closer to a new fascist nightmare, then another more competent fascist might come along and take us all the way to a dystopian hell. This seems very serious, friends. What say you?

Is this our penance for not paying attention, when we could have paid attention, for not having taken action, when we could have taken action. Many of us are too caught up in our own personal issues to think of others. Some of us do have concerns about domestic policy and domestic problems, like killer cops and killer viruses and killer vaccines. But the ones, who are also thinking about the rest of the world, beyond the American Bubble, are pointing out how China’s economy has just eclipsed the American economy, as we flounder in coronavirus confusion and ‘racial’ animus.

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Well, here we are, looking to prevent a race war, looking to prevent killer cops from killing with impunity, looking to prevent excessive police budgets and emaciated social program funding, looking to prevent mass unemployment and emaciated jobs programs. So, we do want to get ahead of these crises. We do want to work together.

So, we have kept notes on each day of the impeachment as well as notes on the events of January 6th. It is our intention, dear reader, to publish these writings from a left, working class perspective into a book capturing a bottom-up perspective on the pressing issues facing working class people of color and all oppressed and low-income people. We hope to include interviews and documentation of the democratic spirit of working class resistance to what Dr. King called the three evils of society: racism, militarism, and materialism (i.e., capitalism).

It was clear immediately that we need to assemble the people’s narrative of events since COVID-19, since the lockdowns, since the business losses, since the foreclosures, since the evictions, since the deportations, since the events of January 6th. It’s clear the state will fabricate a false narrative, as it does when it interferes with the dominant media outlets to massage the minds of the masses, especially the corporate media. The best indicator of future behavior is past behavior. And what does U.S. history teach us?

@LumpenProles, 23:59 PST

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You Don’t Know Me by Armand Van Helden

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“Rest My Chemistry” by Interpol

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“Team” by Krewella [1]

I don’t give a fuck, if you ain’t on my team…

Krewella

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Healthy Punk by Chastity Belt

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real talk. topic: “Ella Baker” to the Civil Rights movement, overall.  She’s one of the people, who said to young people: You have a voice.”  […]  ‘Music or art wasn’t something to just observe or hang on a wall, but it was to be experienced. There was call-and-response, wedding songs, protest songs, etc. Music had a function.’ ‘Sweet Honey and the Rock’ […]  ‘When we started out’ […] 08:18 PST, ‘But, as the group started to evolve’ […] ‘around ’77 and ’78’ they started learning about accessibility rights in California’ […] 0819, “But I think we started out with that consciousness.”  […] Carol Maylard(sp?)  […]  Host:  “I say culture is a weapon.” ‘And, right now, we need your music to help fight the good fight.’

08:00 kpft, Classic Country Rewind > […] 08:23 PST, sounds like a young Dolly, “Heaven help me when I say, I think I’m givin’ in…”  Nah, this ain’t Dolly.  Hmm.  Reminds me of Lee Ann Womack. But it can’t be, this sounds vintage.  Let’s look this up…

“Heaven’s Just a Sin Away” by The Kendalls

I would have never guessed this.  What a brilliant recording. Enjoy.

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“Love Is a Long Hard Road” by The Kendells [0830]

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A Little Bit of Love” by New Edition

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Direct video feed live from the U.S. Senate

Day 5

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(c. 13:30) Judy Woodruff introduced the broadcast and provided an introductory overview.

(c. 17:15) Proceedings begin. Senator Raskin (Dem., Maryland)

(c. 21:00) Michael Van Der Veen, Attorney for Mr. Trump.

(c. 24:45) Senator Raskin (Democrat, Maryland)

(c. 27:00) Michael Van Der Veen, Attorney for Mr. Trump.  […] (c. 30:40) Chair, call to order (kinda later, after other Senators laughed at Mr. Van Der Veen’s hyperbolic tone.

(c. 33:00) Chair, reminds senators not to use language, which is not conducive to civil discourse. It seems he’s scolding the laughter.

(c. 35:00)  Judy Woodruff summary:  20 minutes in; they’re voting on the impeachment now.  Also, there was a controversy regarding Jaime Herrera Buetler(sp?), who issued a statement regarding Kevin McCarthy, who tried to get Trump to call it off. Trump responded, ‘Well, I guess they [i.e., the Trump loyalists] care more about the election than you do.’  […]  17:42, Dems wanna deposition Beutler. Van Der Veen: ‘That’s unnecessary.’  […]  ‘Lisa DeJordan(sp?)’, reporting from the Capitol Building. […] 1745, reading affirmative votes.  […] “Lindsey Graham changed his vote to “Aye” at the last minute.   (c. 44:00) ‘Points of order are not allowed.,’ said the Chair to Van Der Veen.

(c. 48:00) JW: ‘The call for subpoena was broader than just Beutler(sp?).  ‘Lisa DeJordan(sp?): ‘If memory serves, first the vote is on the question of subpoena, generally. Then, if warranted, they will vote on who to subpoena.’

(c. 52:00) Judy Woodruff invites two guests to join the broadcast:  Melody Barnes (Univ. of Virginia) & John Hart (Republican Strategist, Former Communication) | Barnes, c. 57:00 [TW]  | (c. 59:00) Yamiche Salcinde(sp?) (White House Correspondent), conflict of interest due to GOP members meeting with Trump. Also, it seems Graham voted for impeachment, so he could speak as a witness for the defense (i.e., to defend Trump), “so, that he could have the ability to recall this motion about witnesses later on.”

(c. 1:02:00) Lisa Desjardin (White House Correspondent) on the voting protocol for calling witnesses. ‘First, Senate votes on whether or not to subpoena, generally. Then, they vote on specifics. Section 7B, of the Senate Resolution. (c. 1:04:00)  Also, Lisa Desjardin confirmed that it has become clear that Senator Lindsay Graham changed  his vote to “aye”, for impeachment, so he could speak as a witness for the defense (i.e., to defend Trump), “so, that he could have the ability to recall this motion about witnesses later on,” to ask the Senate to close the matter of witnesses. ‘We see Senators do this in closed meetings, when they want to bring it back up. And, now, he has that ability.’  […] Judy Woodruff […] (c. 1:09:50) Melody Barnes […]  (c. 1:11:50) ‘their objective is to persuade the Republicans’ We note, other observers disagree.  They say Pelosi rushed this because she ‘knew’ they wouldn’t be able to convince any of the Republicans defending Trump.

09:00 PST, PBS > […] Judy Woodruff:  ‘Let’s see if they have an agreement.’  > PBS News Hour > 09:50 PST, Senator Raskin. ‘Trump claimed it was AntiFa. He was refuted. Then, Trump chided, I guess they’re more worried about that than the election.’  Then, Raski. ‘submitted the statements into evidence.’  […] Leah confirmed there are no further motions.’  Next, pursuant to “Secion 8 of resolution 47′, as agreed to by Schumer and McConnell.’ […] ‘therefore […] 09:55 PST, Raskin: ‘Trump inflamed even more against Pence. Trump also refused requests to call off the riots.’  “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.” […]  ‘Further decisive evidence of his intent”it reflects that they have no defense.’ […] 10:05 PST, [TW] Raskin is summarizing a pretty compelling case, in our view.  What are we missing?  One thing is the role of the Republican Party and other interests behind him.  What is the role of the military-industrial complex in all of this.  Why did the military broadcast that stand-down letter?  What was going on behind the scenes, which necessitated that stand-down letter?  Also, senators expressed concern that the insurrectionists may have made it in; also concerns about the very different future for America.  Why would such a fear exist, unless some Senators have concerns about the loyalty of the U.S. military-industrial complex to the U.S. Constitution?  What is the relevance of scholars, such as Dr. Peter Phillips and Dr. Peter Dale Scott?  Let’s discuss. It seems very relevant, salient, and important to us. […] 10:12 PST

10:00 PST, PBS (livestream) > 10:40 PST, Judy Woodruff, ‘for 2nd time Something Mike Lee objected to something said Sen Cicilline said about what Mike Lee would have known.’  [TW] ‘Usually, there would be a point of order. But here, this not a typical congressional session.  So, the usual Robert’s Rules of Order do not apply here.  But the dramatic right-winger howled, anyhow. […] 10:43 PST, Judy Woodruff has been speaking with analyst “Norm” for […] 1046, ‘were waiting for the confirmation of Merrick Garland’ […]  ‘they also made the calculation that they wouldn’t change any votes.’ Indeed, we learned previously that was Pelosi’s strategy from the outset.’ […] 1049, ‘Yamiche’ [TW] on the decision to not call witnesses’ […] ‘The Trump team is very confident,’ as  it’s been looking since yesterday. […] 10:54 PST, Senator Madeline Deane. ‘over many months’ incited. We disagree.  It was done over the course of years, not months.  It can be argued it goes back as far as the Central Park Five.  Mr. Trump is not only a menace to society, he is a clear and present danger to our hopes for participatory democracy.  […]  10:59, Trump clips: ‘You don’t concede, when there’s fraud.’  That’s true. That’s what many of us also thought back in 2000. […] 11:01 PST, ‘Trump’s behavior was different.’  […]  ‘There were detailed reports of attack plans, confirmed by the FBI.’ […] 11:02, “Here’s a short clip [montage].”  […] 1120, sounds like the Eritrean […] 1139, Van Der Veen:  ‘Incitement is a moment in time.’  If so, then abusers, such as reactive narcissistic abusers, like Trump, can get away with mass manipulation in concert with the right-wing mediasphere.  […] 1139, audience of Senators laughed out loud at VDV. […] 1145, RECESS.  Judy Woodruff narrates an update of recent U.S. history. ‘Sherylinn Ifill naacp | stuart , author it was all a lie | George Packer author, the unwinding > 1147, begin discussion. ‘What happened that brought us to Trump?’  […] 1148, ‘What has happened to small towns? People were looking for a villain.’ | Ifill: ‘the abandonment of Reconstruction’, the signing of the ‘Southern Manifesto’ has now gone nationwide’ | 3rd guest: ‘It is about race. It’s the politics of white grievance’ 1158 ‘The Republican Party has become “authoritarian” and “antidemocratic”

12:00 PST, PBS > PBS News Hour | Man presents a video exposé, a brief history of Mr. Trump’s political career. […] 1217, interview with Darryl Johnson(sp?) ‘white supremacy was ushered into the capitol.’ […] “Mike Brown” […] Next speaker, lady.

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Senate adjourned until 16 FEB 2021.

“BREAKING: Trump Acquited” by Richard Medhurst, 13 FEB 2021.

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Can’t Get You Out of My Head (2021) – Part 1: Bloodshed On Wolf Mountain” by Adam Curtis Documentary, 13 FEB 2021.

‘How did we become so divided in Britain?’ asked British filmmaker and narrator, Adam Curtis. His question and narration sounds like it could be referring to the current plight of the USA, Australia, or England, or France, or just about any so-called Western nation. The story is almost the same in each nation. Imperial and colonial ambitions in the early 20th century, along with central banker corruption, coupled with inevitable immigration to the motherland by people of color from the colonies, such as India. The arrival of brown and black people to the white motherlands exposed the myth told to the colonized, which was that they were not colonized people, living in colonized, open-air prisons, but that they were extensions of the empire. But all they found was hatred, humiliation, discrimination, narcissistic abuse, and apartheid. We could even say the same for American blacks, who felt betrayed by American segregation/apartheid, upon returning from war. Even trial by fire was not open to people of color. Having risked life and limb, people of color report feeling wronged for being denied respect and equal rights and citizenship after risking and sacrificing just as much, if not more, than their white counterparts.

(c. 11:00) Next, Adam Curtis takes us to China to see what was going on there at the time, mid-20th century. We find, Jiang Qing, a narcissistic social climber Chinese actor lady, who was fiercely ambitious to be “the top”, according to one primary source, an archival interview of a professional woman. She was accused of ingratiating herself with men to get the best parts. But some men complained about her behavior and ambition. But, by all accounts, she was fiercely determined to be free from male domination. Adam Curtis seems to juxtapose her feminism with her fate in isolation, ‘surrounded by monkeys’, and eventually in a sanatorium, or ‘looney bin’. Curtis glides over two elements, which cast Mao in a negative light: the famines and the fate of Mao’s wives. But this is unfair to the history and to the audience. On Pacifica Radio, we have heard various interviews with American scholars and experts, including from Americans, who lived in China during the Cultural Revolution, which is so difficult to understand from the outside by western eyes. We recall the film, The Red Violin; and the audience empathizes with the Red Violin, being threatened by the evils of communism. But the audience is never allowed to consider, perhaps, there may also be evils of capitalism. After Dr. King suggested as much, he was soon assassinated. Suffice it to say, that famines occur due to crop failures. And this topic cannot be glossed over without distorting the actual history. But, perhaps, leaving a few distortions, which cast Mao and communism in a bad light, is the only way Curtis can get these aired on the BBC? Are these even

But, she seems to become a trophy wife for the morally dubious Mao Zedong, who seems to have traded up wives, at least once or twice. Luo Yixiu was the first wife Mao divorced, according to Edgar Snow. (cf. Snow, E. Red Star Over China. New York City: Grove Press. (1961) [1937])

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Everybody Knows” by Leonard Cohen, 1988.

“Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op 4” interpreted by Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 1974.

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[1] Your author had this song burned into his head, when he started up with a new gym membership, after coming back from Kansas City (UMKC) quite malnutritioned and, then, becoming skinny fat whilst working in sales. This song reminds me of being super weak and out of shape, but determined to gain some strength and power and a better shape, burn fat and build muscle. Sidebar: The simplistic view is weight loss. But this overlooks muscle. We never want to lose muscle because it usually means less dense bones. Musculature seems to reflect a robustness of all physiological systems. A more sophisticated view is to think of body recomposition. We change the variables of muscle and fat, preserving or increasing muscle, whilst keeping body fat percentage within certain ranges for men and women.

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