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LUMPENPROLETARIAT[Sunday, 17 APR 2022]  Here are some of today’s media notes to help us track and make sense of this plandemic dystopia we all find ourselves living through in the 2020s.  (Please see below, after this commentary and after today’s salient observations, for samples of today’s news cycle.)  To avoid what cognitive scientist Prof. John Vervaeke calls modal confusion (c. 11:00), to avoid parasitic processing and negative feedback loops, to help us overcome perspectival clashes, we differentiate the having mode from the being mode. So, we might invoke sati, or deep remembering. Meditation helps. The most common and simplest form of meditation is listening to music. The arts and the humanities help us preserve our humanity, help us return to the being mode, when we, otherwise, may get stuck in the having mode, whether having lots of material things or social status or ideas.

Run The Jewels (RTJ), yola, and Swedish House Mafia/The Weeknd delivered excellent sets on various stages throughout the 2022 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.  Yesterday (Saturday), standout performances included girl in red.  It’s important to interact with different types of consciousnesses, hence music festivals, despite contradictions of art-for-profit versus art-for-art’s-sake.  “Shout out to Mr. Checkpoint. Always film the police.” Killer Mike offered, before launching into a blistering performance of “Walking In the Snow”.  When other artists were fretting about the lumpenproletarians stealing copies of their music online, RTJ was basically giving it away online, all the while creating value whilst building value and building stock.

Meanwhile, the American power elite continue to wage class warfare from above against the working class, as they continue with their controlled demolition of the economy (accelerated by the police state lockdowns), the erasure of human rights, and their collusion with the global power elite in cultivating the totalitarian impulse.  All of this is happening within the context of global institutions superseding the power of nation states.  (cf. Lynn Fries, Pat Mooney, et al.  Lynn Fries had an excellent evidence-based video over an hour in length, I think, from circa mid-2020, which discussed the technocratic institutions and global institutions, which are superseding the power of nation states.  I was unable to find the video on theAnalysis.news YouTube Channel.  In fact, the channel seems to have deleted all their 2020 content, if the content wasn’t deleted by YouTube. Here’s a similar Lynn Fries article, with a video included:  “The 2021 Corporate Bamboozle On World Food Systems” by Yves Smith, naked capitalism, 19 JUN 2021.)

Other salient observations:

  • Lewis Lapham: Can America Survive the Rule of a Stupified Plutocracy“?” by New Economic Thinking, 24 OCT 2018.
  • Coachella 2022: Everything that happened on Saturday of Weekend 1 — with Billie Eilish, fashion and more” by Vanessa Franko, The Press-Enterprise, 17 APR 2022.
  • This War Is A Propaganda Campaign Wrapped In A Psyop: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix” by Caitlin Johnstone, CaitlinJohnstone.com, 17 APR 2022.

@LumpenProles, last modified/edited/updated on 19 APR 2022 at 00:33 PDT.


[Notes will be modified/edited/updated as time and labor constraints allow.  Working class solidarity. ✊🏽✊🏼✊🏿✊]

(08:00 PDT)

Liberals MELTDOWN over Noam Chomsky | Liberals are so UNSERIOUS” by Revolutionary Blackout [via YouTube], 17 APR 2022.


[Livestream] “Coachella 2022 LIVE Channel 1 US” by Coachella [via YouTube], 15 APR 2022.

[Livestream] “Coachella 2022 LIVE Channel 2 US” by Coachella [via YouTube], 15 APR 2022.

[Livestream] “Coachella 2022 LIVE Channel 2 US” by Coachella [via YouTube], 15 APR 2022.

LIVESTREAM > Coachella > Rebroadcast of performances from Saturday of 2022 Weekend 1 > girl in red

NOTES:  (13:54 PDT)  ‘I was told specifically don’t stage dive because there’s not enough people.  Fuck it.  Let’s try it.  …  I don’t want to see any phones!  …  Thank you, Coachella!’  [cf. “Coachella 2022: girl in red braves the desert dust, wind to deliver electric set” by Ema Sasic, Palm Springs Desert Sun [via Yahoo!], 16 APR 2022.

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 1, Coachella stage (main stage), (Sunday, 16:15 PDT) > Surf Curse

NOTES:  first-time listen.  the drummer for Surf Curse is the frontman singer/guitarist for the Current Joys band, which played yesterday in the Gobi tent (Saturday, circa 16:35 PDT).  in fact, others in the band, if not all, played yesterday.  just the frontman switched to guitar.  here he’s on drums and vocals.

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 2, Outdoor theater, (Sunday, 16:15 PDT) > yola

NOTES:  … |  (16:24 PDT) British accent, speaking voice.  ‘How you doing out there?  This is ‘Dancing In Tears’!”  “Dancing In Tears”  (R&B, neosoul)  crack musicianship, world-class vocalist.  backdrop, neon lights: Yola (large letters)   STAND FOR MYSELF (individualistic self-empowerment? new album title)

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 3, Outdoor theater, (Sunday, 16:15 PDT) > Emotional Oranges

NOTES:  first-time listen.  R&B, pop, from Los Angeles.

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 2, Outdoor theater, (Sunday, 16:55 PDT) > Banda MS

NOTES:  ‘banda makes her dance’.  i never really cared for any banda music recorded after 1985.  i’ve never cared for the bombastic self-indulgence.  conviviality is one thing, but this…

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 3, Outdoor theater, (Sunday, 17:00 PDT) > Channel Tres

NOTES:  first-time listen. vogue hip-hop?

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 1, Coachella Stage (main stage) (Sunday, 17:05 PDT) > Run The Jewels

NOTES:  probably my most anticipated set of all Coachella 2022 artists. | … 1725 ‘bon fire’ … | ‘No matter what the temperature is, it’s a cooooold world.’ “Always film the cops.”  1733. | ‘Don’t forget, Jesus was killed by the state.’   1737

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 3 (Sunday, 17:45 PDT) > Kim Petras

NOTES:  first-time listen.  …  (18:00 PDT)  neo-HI-NRG  “techno,” is how Kim Petras described during a backstage/lounge interview, by Coachella livestream host Veronica, the Pinoy sister, or Joe Kay (the Pinoy-looking or

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 3, Mojave Tent (Sunday) > Fred again…

NOTES:  feel-good knob-twisters with self-empowerment vocal samples, including lockdown laments.

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 2 (19:05  PDT) > Vince Staples

NOTES:  first-time listen.  hip-hop.  lukewarm audience.  relaxing music?  sleepy music?  not a very engaging performance?  you don’t have to take my word for it…

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 3 (19:15 PDT) > Duck Sauce

NOTES:  knob-twisters.  disco. retro. house.

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 1 (19:45 PDT) > Maggie Rogers

NOTES:  first-time listen.  live band.  adult contemporary.  brassiere opponent?  (cf. singer’s sheer ‘wife-beater‘ tummy shirt sans brassiere)  collective pearl-clutching across Babylon…

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 1, Gobi Stage, (Sunday, 20:00 PDT) > Chicano Batman

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 2(?) (20:15 PDT) > Ali Gatie

NOTES:  first-time listen.  sappy love songs by an Iraqi-Canadian dude. (also pop/rock)  it seems some areas of society are in affirmative action mode; so, sappy love songs are now ‘in’ at Coachella?  wasn’t Coachella about alternative music once?  perhaps, the ‘curators’/investors couldn’t find an edgier Western Asian to round out Coachella’s 2022 United Colors of Benetton approach to curating this year’s line-up. 

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 1 (20:30 PDT) > Karol G

NOTES:  first-time listen.  blue wigs everywhere.  reggaeton. twerking.  neo-cumbias.  also the acoustic banda numbers.  actually, not a first-time listen due to having heard the reggaeton ‘mas gasolina’ hit song through osmosis…

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 2, Mojave Tent (20:50 PDT) > Dave

NOTES:  first-time listen.   hip-hop.  ‘I’m Dave; and I’m from London.’  adult contemporary.  Dave from London also plays piano/keyboards and guitar.

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 1(?) (21:30 PDT) > Doja Cat

NOTES:  this is a popular entertainer.  an uncle of mine, a Doja Cat fan, introduced me to her music last summer.  when I was a kid, I never questioned 2 Live Crew or the ‘hoochie’ aesthetic…  today, I wonder if…

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 1, Coachella Stage (main stage) (22:30 PDT) > Swedish House Mafia/The Weeknd

NOTES:   this singer is popular.  (dramatic and conflicted lyrics.)  and he’s been around for a while now.  notably, he kept commenting throughout his set things like, ‘I love you Coachella!’, ‘Do you know how much I love you, Coachella?’, and things like, ‘Coachella, you know I will always have your back ‘cos you have my back.’  the fans, of course, took it personal and rejoiced in ecstacy.  my reading of it was more like dog-whistling to the Coachella gods in the hopes of more quick paychecks.  reportedly, Kanye West cancelled his scheduled performances at Coachella.   so, The Weeknd was more than happy to pick up the lucrative day labor.

LIVESTREAM > Coachella, Channel 3, Gobi Tent (23:30 PDT) > Belly

NOTES:  hip-hop.  “I’m not wearing a mask anymore.  I’m sick of it.”  |  ‘I haven’t been on stage in four years.  I promise you; this is the best night on stage of my life.’

N.B.:  The embedded link in the word fragment “LUMPE” in the heading above is to a Wikipedia link, which used to feature a better definition than the one displayed circa 18 FEB 2022.  Here is the introductory paragraphs, before it is further edited or corrupted:

Lumpenproletariat (/ˌlʌmpənproʊlɪˈtɛəriət/) refers – primarily in Marxist theory – to the underclass devoid of class consciousness.[1] Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels coined the word in the 1840s and used it to refer to the unthinking lower strata of society exploited by reactionary and counter-revolutionary forces, particularly in the context of the revolutions of 1848. They dismissed the revolutionary potential of the Lumpenproletariat and contrasted it with the proletariat.

The Social Democratic Party of Germany made wide use of the term by the turn of the century. Vladimir Lenin (1870–1924) and Leon Trotsky (1879–1940) followed Marx’s arguments and dismissed the revolutionary potential of the group, while Mao Zedong (1893–1976) argued that proper leadership could utilize it. The word Lumpenproletariat, popularized in the West by Frantz Fanon‘s The Wretched of the Earth in the 1960s, has been adopted as a sociological term. However, what some consider to be its vagueness and its history as a term of abuse has led to some criticism. Some radical groups, most notably the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords, have sought to mobilize the Lumpenproletariat.

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