LUMPENPROLETARIAT—This election is a disaster. Facebook has now banned the Trump loyalist slogan, “Stop The Steal.” Presumably, the idea is to protect Biden’s victory. Instead, the effect will be to rein
force the belief among the loyalists that they’re being cheated. Censorship never helps. Censoring the loyalists will only further erode the First Amendment. Next time, Facebook will censor other political slogans. If we condone censorship against one, we injure all. The answer to unwise speech is more wise speech, not censorship.
Now is a time for learning about how best to deal with malignant narcissists.
People of color & the poor have harbored & internalized excessive shame, such that it’s rendered us defenseless.
Meanwhile, white supremacists have been shame deficient, sin-verguenzas.
Here’s what people have been saying today about the Events of January 6th and more. Well, I hope to write about what America has been saying, what I’ve been hearing, what people have been thinking, and adding any relevant personal perspectives. But I am not a leisure class American; I am a working class American. So, my time is limited, as is my cognitive capacity. I am not the smartest, or the dumbest. But I always aim to be the hardest worker I can be. For now, these are my notes, which will serve my future scholarship. If they help you help America be better, good. If not, I always appreciate constructive criticism.
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Free speech radio notebook:
05:00 – 0600 PST, Rising Up >[TW] On the events of January 6th.
05:00 PST, Something’s Hapening >TW 6th Tom Hartmann(rerun). Free speech. Make your voice heard. Call congress they’ll transfer you to any representative. Call all 3 of your members, 202.224-3121. 0510 thought police. Recall 1996 clinton telecom act led to megamergers. ‘Thaddeus, section 3’ 0520, its also what happened in the ’60s when j edgar hoover decided to take out martin Luther King, said Tom Hartman, former SDSer. TH read the article of impeachment against Trump. 0526, TW, on the standown. 0527, next caller, official statement said the 6th was a ‘First Amendment protest’. Hans Morgenthau book on balance of power tw ryan mcarthy et al are inside, cf military times, army times, et al 0538, tw, ted cruz uses meyers briggs tests on his followers . 0542, r d wolff (jan 7?) Robert reich (11JAN21)
0600, KPFK Stephanie Miller Show, FBI agent Frank, who’s doing the media rounds
0600 wpfw tw iran Venezuela sanctions, alliance of nations under siege by US imperialism
0600 KPFA DN!
06:00 PST, WBAI > 06:13 PST, medical psychiatrist will discuss his observations of Trump. 0627 PST, narcissistic abuser traits ‘70,000 physicians felt Trump was a threat’, warned via NY Times article. Broad categories of behavior, such as grandiosity, problems with reality testing, narcissistic spectra, psychotic, pathological liar. This article was not intended to be a diagnosis. But, evidently, it was dismissed without further inquiry on those fallacious grounds.
0700 KPFA > 0715, dems need 17 repubs. But dems ain’t never been able to persuade that many dems to do something they didn’t already want to do. BET: phone call transcript, ‘it was AntiFa. I was there’. 07:57 PST, BET talks to guest Felicia Ankofer(sp?) (Public Health Advocates) on various topics, incl. “recall effort” against Gov. Gavin Newsom. 0801, News. Later, more on the 6th.
07:00 PST, WPFW > Crossroads with Roach Brown, 0727, re: Sundiata Acoli, Prison Squire # 39794-066 FCI Cumberland Maryland. Don’t put anything in your letter to him because he never receives those. White envelope, white blank paper (no lines), write in black. Letter will be read by prison officials. ‘If you’re worried about the government, they already know who you are.’ They have a file. But we get to control, barring abuses of power, what goes in that file. So, you have freedom of speech, just watch what you say because the fascist deep state is looking for any excuse to persecute dissent.
07:00 PST, WBAI > 07:30 PST > Green Street Radio with Doug and Patti Wood. > 07:45 PST, overuse of glyphosate, biodiversity impacts, eg, monarch butterflies. Toxis residues are being found in honey.
07:00 PST, KPFK > Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod > 07:53 PST, Marjorie Cohn(sp?) on the events of January 6th…
08:00 PST, KPFK > Democracy Now!
0800 – 08:30 PST, WPFW > News [TW] citing experts
0800 PST > 0830 > WBAI TW
1044 TW wbai Leonard Lopate Show
1102, wbai > health, covid
11:00 PST, WPFW > 11:10, talk; woman (guest).
1100 > kpfa > 1120, Kris Welch vs Andrew Baicevich.
1100 > wpfw > 1122, talk. Youth program. Black History Month program. 1141, arts program and venue.
1300 wbai > DN! [TW] 6th > pretty good summary of neoliberalism 13:30, [TW]
13:00 PST, WPFW > Cuban-style music
13:00 PST, KPFK > emotions, mindfulness, gratitude, “Woody”, loss, “He’s in a better place.” Michael.
14:00 – 15:00 PST, WBAI > (rerun) Brent Michael Phillips on health
14:00 – 15:00 PST, WPFW > Live at Five, live music in-studio
14:00 PST, KPFK > Feminist Magazine with Women’s Collective, Operation Period, “western savior complex”, “menstrual equity”, “menstrual freedom”, Scotland case study. They also related feminist topics to the events of January 6th. Author Jane Ward, PhD (The Tragedy of Heterosexuality) said feminist concepts are now understood as real, eg women being manipulated toward sex, then being “slut-shamed”, if receptive. But when the concepts were seen as valid, men picked them up, but to sell lothario coaching.
14:00 PST, KPFA > the written word
15:00 PST, KPFK > [TW] talk, on the events of January 6th and the state of the nation. ‘On Dec 26, Trump basically nullified a Civil Rights Act.’
15:00 PST, KPFA > Rising Up with Sonali Kolhatkar. [TW] On the events of January 6th. 1530, guest Melissa Figueroa (PhD candidate), ‘the fact that accountability for the insurrection attempt is being debated in Congress is the very definition of privilege.’ It’s also an indication of the collusion between Dems and Repubs, the two-party dictatorship.
15:35 PST, WBAI [NYC] > Radio Gag[TW] 1546, ‘They’re at war with the word ‘liberal’.’ Indeed, but not just the center, the entire left.
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LUMPENPROLETARIAT—On Wednesday, American and other international fascists attempted to permanently subvert American democracy. Some did so wittingly, others unwittingly. Some died in battle, or protest, sacrificing their lives for what they believed in, putting their bodies way out there, in front of the American state. Some were innocent bystanders of the political violence on our American streets. We can safely say the great majority of the participants, or belligerents, the Trump loyalists would position themselves in the upper-right quadrant of a basic political compass test, which is where most American voters position themselves these days. This is America.
Various polls show a divided nation, with more than half of Republican voters approving of the loyalists’ so-called ‘storming‘ of Capitol Hill. Of course, the term storming, which is being widely used to describe the loyalists breach of the Capitol Building complex will likely prove hyperbolic, as video and eyewitness evidence comes to light about the various instances of Capitol Hill police providing comfort and aid to the antidemocratic loyalists attempting to invalidate the election through “trial by combat“, to quote fascist partisan Rudy Giuliani.
The right-wing character of our two-party system, or two-party dictatorship, provides indicators of what the mass demonstration of tens of thousands of Trump loyalists outside the Capitol Building complex represented. Additionally, we cannot deny the massive show of white privilege, which the events of January 6th represent, a powerful symbol to the nation’s psyche, a cause for celebration for some, a cause for terror for others. A line has been drawn in the sand, those Trump flags and “thin blue line” flags will take on a whole new meaning after this. Some Americans are joining the wave of defection from Trump’s fascist project, under cover of the fleeing herd, now that Trump has exposed himself as treasonous and seditious. The ones, who stay on Team Trump must be denounced as fascist partisans. Negotiation with fascists, racists, and other narcissistic abusers is futile. They only become more emboldened, until they seize totalitarian domination.
Sure, the motley alliance, which haunted the Capitol on Wednesday will tell you they want to save America or save democracy, not usher in fascism. Some will, but not all. Most have some misguided fears of socialism, as do far too many Americans to this day, as a result of the disinformation and misinformation campaigns of the Red Scares, McCarthyism, and the Cold War, all of which were just foils for anti-labor, pro-capitalist, pro-imperialist, pro-corporate agendas. Other loyalists seem to have internalized the deep-set fear, which the ruling class appropriately harbors, of losing their petit bourgeois economic privileges. How many Americans, who understand neoliberalism, racism, and imperialism are harmful, never speak out for fear of losing their comfortable little piece of the evil empire?
We heard soundbites of the loyalists’ rhetoric, but not unfiltered or un-sanitized. It’s very diverse. Most of the right-wing groups I’ve encountered online and via social media seem to be anti-Black Lives Matter, for some reason. Sometimes, there are thinly-veiled and not-so-thinly-veiled declarations of racist sentiments. We saw some of the slogans on the news, the white supremacist paraphernalia, the Confederate flags, and whatnot. The various elements of this fascist alliance pushing to keep Trump in power are diverse. Pacifica Radio broadcast undercover audio recorded of some loyalists speaking freely at the D.C. actions Wednesday. It was interesting because those individuals reflected disaffection with Democrat Party corruption. They sounded nothing like fascists. They just sounded like run-of-the-mill liberals with basic human values. Feeling they have no choice in the two-party system, and feeling disaffected by Democrat Party corruption, they’ve turned to “the other side of the aisle”. Former Obama voters switched parties to vote for Trump. Clearly, such voters were seeking solace in the Republican Party, evidently unaware they were hopping out of the frying pan and into the fryer. Many Americans, like the seemingly well-meaning loyalists recorded by Pacifica Radio, think they only have two political choices. We, Americans, forgot how to think outside the box, it seems.
The loose-knit antidemocratic alliance of January 6th only succeeded in temporarily subverting ‘democracy’, in the sense that the Trump loyalists obstructed the counting of the electoral college votes, or rather the ceremonial acceptance of the previously double-checked and verified vote counts. To be clear, however, we’re not defending the electoral college. In fact, we support the national popular vote interstate compact.  But, electoral politics is only one more lever of power, which citizens must leverage to further their collective interests. It cannot be the only lever of power the American working class relies on, however.
As it is, our electoral system is broken because it doesn’t reflect the will of the people. Most people reject the American two-party dictatorship and its corporate worship. We understand we must abolish the electoral college, get ranked-choice voting, and open televised, widely-distributed debates, which are open to more than just the political parties, who are funded by giant corporations. We know we must abolish the Senate, as it was never intended to help the American working class, only the ruling class. In the meantime, we can self-educate for correct political action. In the short-run, we can vote. In the long-run, we must find like-minded individuals, who share our collective values, and build solidarity, build relationships, and contribute to the movements for socioeconomic justice.
Democracy, as they say, is not a spectator sport. We, who dissent, must be out in the streets demonstrating our dissent. If that means respecting masking and social distancing norms during global pandemics, so be it. But we must exercise our Constitutional rights, especially our First Amendment rights in the streets to let the world know exactly what we’re thinking and feeling right now. We cannot let this lockdown become a permanent fascist state. We respect science. But we reject fascism.
Tell your own story. Control your own narrative. Don’t let the corporate media gaslight America. We expect that from corporate media, so we read critically, parsing through deceptive propaganda for clues of reality. But, we also have to be careful with independent and reader-supporter, listener-supported, and viewer-supported media. Institutions, such as NPR, Pacifica Radio, The Intercept are better than corporate media. But there boards of directors have been infiltrated by antidemocratic types, who censor diverse perspectives and funnel people into the two-party dictatorship via the Democrat or Republican Party.
Consider NPR’s reporting on the events of January 6, 2021 at the Capitol Building complex in D.C. NPR reported, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee held a news conference.
Contee said 56 officers were injured, describing “a lot of valiant fighting” to perform their duties despite facing tear gas and other hazards. One officer, he said, was “snatched into a crowd,” where he was beaten and tazed repeatedly.
Bowser blamed the violence on Trump, calling him an “unhinged president” who has peddled baseless conspiracy theories.
Bowser and other Democrats called for the top security officials at the Capitol to resign. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund handed in his resignation, effective next week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he requested and received the immediate resignation of Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger.
When Bowser was asked about the breakdown of the Capitol Police’s security effort, she didn’t mince words.
“Obviously, it was a failure, or you would not have had police lines breached and people enter the Capitol building by breaking windows,” she said, “and terrorizing the people, the members of Congress who were doing a very sacred constitutional requirement of their jobs. So clearly, there was failure there.”
Wait, “she didn’t mince words”, NPR? Come on! Give us a break. We all know that’s bullshit. The Capitol Police enabled the loyalists. And we also know that almost 75% of cops endorsed Trump. NPR didn’t mention any of that. And, if NPR, doesn’t mention it in their analysis, we know the corporate spin will be even worse. This is evil gaslighting because on TV we all saw how Capitol Hill police enabled the vandals and trespassers to abuse the Capitol Building complex and disrupt the congressional proceedings. All over YouTube and social media there are videos and pictures of cops taking selfies with the loyalists, even opening doors, and guiding them through the labyrinth of hallways to find the Senators and Representatives, afraid of being attacked by the armed loyalists. As various observers and sources reported on Pacifica Radio (see below), the loyalists ultimately left out of sheer boredom, after milling around the Capitol building complex for hours. The loyalists were simply given a pass to run roughshod all over the place. Of course, this is a stark contrast to how antiwar protestors, such as Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin, and others are routinely arrested when they protest or disrupt Congress. If a gaslighting narrative is what we get from NPR, we already know the corporate narrative will be even more fallacious, insidious, and evil.
Trump boasted that his loyalists came “from around the world”. If we look closer, we find most of the Trump loyalists in D.C. on Wednesday were not from the D.C. area, which is known to have its predominantly black population. No, the Trump loyalists mostly came from out of state in expensive, lifted trucks, in rowdy caravans, or by plane, and staying in nice hotels, tailgating, having a blast. This all suggests, as at least one observer emphasized on Wednesday: This was not the poor and disaffected white America coming in to Washington on Wednesday, this was better-off petit bourgeoisloyalists, imported from out of state and “from around the world.” YouTuber Lasse Burholt is one example of a right-wing Trump loyalist with links to right-wing Nordic politics, which we’ve discussed. He proudly boasts how he’s connecting American white nationalists to ‘the motherland’, as it were.
As various observers have noted, the Trump loyalists and would-be fascist types, “want a civil war.” People of color and other people of conscience will have to demonstrate a clear rejection of such toxic politics and, yet, show great restraint and discipline to not be provoked by racists and fascists. When dealing with pathological narcissistic abuse, dialogue is simply not possible, not even in the public square. At that point, the grey rock method is advisable. Thus, it was ideal, as Antifa members reported, that antifascists and antiracists felt it was too dangerous to attend the events of January 6, 2021 to attempt any kind of counter demonstrations. That only provides narcissistic supply to narcissistic abusers. So, the antifascists and antiracists decided to sit this one out, to not confront the loyalists on Wednesday. Also, various Black Lives Matter advocates and others sympathetic to their cause, simply shook their heads, laughing, saying this wasn’t their fight.
This correct reading of the political moment by the antifascists and antiracists was a blessing. If the loyalists were looking for a street fight to provoke BLM and Antifa, knowing they have the state on their side, as right-wingers, it would have been a bloody disaster for antifascists and BLM activists. It seems the loyalists miscalculated. They showed up to the ‘street fight’, but had to go it alone. It seems this was a failed set-up. The loyalists, it seems, are being manipulated by their various figureheads, such as the Q-Anon Shaman and sundry YouTubers, such as Lasse Burholt. There are tons of right-wing media influencers, many of whom are stark-raving mad. We must listen to them. Many of the loyalists are reasonable with valid complaints about corruption in the Democrat Party. Unfortunately, their faith in Trump will leave them disappointed because the evidence shows Trump is antidemocratic, anti-working class, and has insulted our troops on dozens of occasions. Sadly, Trump is a narcissistic abuser to his codependent loyalists. Reality is not what it seems when gaslighting and narcissistic abuse is involved, as it always is in Trump’s World.
On their way out, Trump loyalists said this was only a dress rehearsal for the 20th, according to eyewitnesses. One is reminded of the German Beer Hall Putsch. Hitler failed, but wasn’t taken seriously. Then, he wrote Mein Kampf in prison and became more influential. The rest is history, or infamy, as one observer noted today. We must not repeat such mistakes of the past. Let us self-educate for correct political action.
Here’s what other people are saying today on free speech radio, as channeled by Pacifica Radio (what’s left of it, after being captured by despotic liberal bosses). Download the Pacifica Radio app for easy access to livestream audio feeds.
05:00 PST, WBAI > Democracy Now! [TW] “DC needs to be a state.” (c. 21:00) [TW] This guy says what I was thinking yesterday.
Corey Bush called it “terrorist” attack. She sounds righteously indignant. Let’s hope she doesn’t become a sad inversion of Joseph McCarthy. Recall Alan Nairn’s warnings to liberals on Democracy Now! yesterday.
05:39 PST, KPFA > Rising Up with Sonali [TW]
05:00 PST, kpfk, bai, wpfw > dn sumulcast
0550, DN!, [TW] police state smashes on covid data whistle-blower. Boss Desantis forged/changed data to show lower than actual covid stats! Bujacek was right, but inversely. Stats were being deflated, not inflated.
0600 wpfw Climate Friday
0600 WBAI > a health testimonial
06:00 PST, KPFK > [TW] wacky liberal lady rants about impeaching Trump. “He is a national security threat.”
0743, KPFA tw
0800 tw all. KPFK > Democracy Now!KPFA > Sabrina Jacobs. WPFW [TW] Community Watch(?).
08:00 PST, WBAI > Driving Forces > [TW] Synopsis: COVID-19 & incarceration, for-profit prisons. Topics: “On the January 7, 2021 episode of Driving Forces on WBAI 99.5 FM, hosts Celeste Katz Marston and Jeff Simmons discussed the pandemic and the latest news on how COVID – 19 continues to impact incarcerated people.”
08:53 PST, WBAI, meditation tutorial
c. 08:00 – 09:00 PST, WPFW [TW] “They want civil war,” said host. “This us the puss coming out,” said woman caller, (c. 0:40) [TW]
09:00 PST, KPFA > Democracy Now! WPFW, jazz segue. 0956, still jazz music
09:00 PST, KPFK > The Michael Slate Show > [TW] Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) on the events of January 6th.
09:32 PST, WPFW > music chat
10:43 PST, WPFW > Africa
10:44 PST, WBAI > [TW] > On the loyalists, racists, et al, Talia Lavin [TW] my journey into white supremacist
11:00 PST, wbai > neurodiversity speaks
WPFW > jazz
11:24 PST, WBAI > [Tw] (rerun from yesterday) “6 million was not enough” 11:26 PST
11:28 PST, KPFA [Berkeley, CA] Voices of the Middle East
11:49 PST, WPFW > Elected House Rep. Mary Miller quoted Hitler [TW]
12:00 PST, WPFW > music
12:12 PST, KPFA > [TW] “It’sGoingDown.org” > loyalists “disturbing” “massive over reach” on the part of the right. 12:32, “the culture wars”
12:43 PST, Margaret Prescott(sp?), woman on the loyalists
1244, wpfw > music DJ commentary on social media, “we’re commenting, but not doing” “Don’t trade commenting and posting for…” real work cf diane macavey
1249, bai TW
1300, tw Project Censored peter dale Scott 9/11 historiography 2. Going Remote: Flattening Education (?)
1301, kpfk the window of tolerance of arousal socal new agey stuff
1303, bai tw audio of loyalists!!
13:55 PST, WBAI > News Headlines [TW]
13:58 PST, KPFK > Inner Vision(?), health show?
Wbai > On The Ground
1359, wbai > next sat., working class heroes radio > marsial morales[sp?) and detainees fighting for their rights
1400, wbai > Women Fight Back with Rachel…
14:01 PST, WPFW > weird music
14:03 PST, KPFA > Terra Verde, environmental justice program; community radio announcement. Dr. Robert H. from Santa Barbara is the interview guest, who uses econometrics to explore the relationships between humans and the environment. He discussed his work in Chile, Indonesia (oil sector), Brazil (soy sector), and around the world. On the “convergence of neoliberal economics”, “monoculture plantations”, and more.
14:07 PST, KPFK [L.A.] > music, theater, and arts
14:09 PST, [TW] WBAI > So much of this is “theater.” On NPR, some cop was gaslighting the public saying the police did nothing wrong… nPR podcast, The Take-Away, one speaker said… 14:25, cops ‘they were monitoring right-wing chats, like Gab? and (?), said A.N.S.W.E.R. anti-war activist veteran, who contrasted how antiwar activists were corralled and abused. “What happened was by design.”
14:28 PST, WPFW > artist profile/interview about arts, music, culture chat… “What I was searching for was myself.”
14:30 PST, KPFA > Education Today > Betsy Davos has resigned, replaced by a “centrist”… “However, I am concerned…” because of “standardized testing”… Mr. Cardona needs to hear kids are being set up to fail, if they expect to manage all the proposed standardized testing… Guest discussed “teaching dialectics”… [TW]
14:34 PST, KPFK > interview, woman host interviewed a woman about child care and day care…
14:35 PST, WBAI > audio of Netanyahu. On Trump and his loyalists, plus attempts by loyalists to enter the Georgia capitol. [TW] “To say, ‘This is not who we are’ is wishful thinking, at best, and complicit, at worst.” Anna Dickinson, guest.
15:00 – 15:30 PST, WBAI > News [TW]
c. 15:00 – 15:30 PST, WPFW > [TW] imperialism, Iran-Contra history, William Barr, Elliot Abrams, Trump, coup attempt in Venezuela, Iran may be next…
c. 15:00 – 15:30 PST, KPFA > relevant analysis on Trump and his loyalists. N.B.: Per terrestrial radio. Pacifica Radio app feed not streaming KPFA, just as KPFT and WORT haven’t been working for works, either.
15:18 PST, KPFK > relevant analysis on Trump and his loyalists
15:45 PST, KPFK > [TW] Gary “G-Spot” Baca interview with a veterano…
c. 15:30 PST, WBAI > 15:50 PST, music. 15:55 PST, cheesy, easy-listening jazz interpretation of “My Funny Valentine”. Why not play the Chet Baker version? Or Miles Davis? This aesthetically offends me, I shouldn’t say.
16:00 – 17:00 PST, KPFA > 1. News Headlines 2. Hard Knock Radio: Carl Dix (RCP) 16:15 PST, woman gives eyewitness testimony of Trump loyalists’ flag-burning, experiencing abuses at the hands of cops. (c. 0:40) Anita Johnson interviewed guest on urban economics, microeconomics, and providing available grant money to small businesses, started by San Mateo County.
16:00 – 17:00 PST, WBAI > On attorney Michael…; standing up to power; movement for justice for Puerto Rico, “on the grounds of violations of the Geneva Accords”, “the U.N. Charter”, and “the Constitution”… 16:29 PST, “Bill Kunstler”, “Tom Wicker, New York Times”, Attaca prison…
16:00 PST, WPFW > jazz music
16:00- 17:00 PST, KPFK > Rising Up with Sonali [TW] > On the events of January 6th… Jennifer Howard, author of Clutter
17:00 PST, KPFK > The Jimmy Dore Show > Interview with “Nome Chumsky”
17:00 PST, WBAI > talk radio >
17:00 PST, WPFW > Robin’s Place > female jazz music DJ played music artists “to entertain you”; female jazz singer, classic recording.
17:07 PST, KPFA > [TW] Flashpoints > 1. Greg Palast 2. On the events of January 6th, 2021Kevin Pena hosts panel, Medea Benjamin; Panel begins by defining the left, what it means to each of the panelists. Ajamu Baraka; Dr. Buhttar(sp?), et al [TW]. 17:17 PST, Ajamu Baraka; 17:18 PST, Dr. Shahid Bhutar(sp?) 17:32 PST, Medea Benjamin, “I’m not particularly interested in defining ‘the left’.” 17:40 PST, short break, then talk about: What does “real democracy” mean anymore, when big corporations are calling the shots?
18:00 PST, KPFA > KPFA Evening News [TW]
18:50 PST, WBAI > music
18:55 PST, WPFW > music, blues
19:00 PST, KPFK > Soul Rebel Radio > culture, East L.A.
Facebook user Miri Jara shared the following image:
My reply to Mia Jara (09 JAN 2021, 05:06 PST:
Miri Jana, you highlight a very important part of his rhetoric of incitement and building up his Brownshirts base (i.e., Sturmabteilung).
The words “You’re very special” may seem silly to passive observers or his political opponents. But beware.
The “special” rhetoric is insidiously designed to speak to the alienated mentality of disaffected Trump loyalists.
Also, Trump’s dialectical dance with his racist, chauvinist, and fascist base is changing him just as much as it’s changing them. The mob he has unleashed is becoming more emboldened.
But, at the level of individual psychology, each Trump loyalist has to have bought into the cult of personality, or at least become complicit. With Trump, though, you get narcissistic abuse.
Meredith Miller (Inner Integration), an expert in recovery and healing from narc abuse, describes narc abuse as a cycle of love-bombing (idealization phase) and narcissistic discard (devaluation phase).
The narc abuser preys on low self-esteem, self-love deficiency, and codependence. Trump loyalists are, for the moment, codependent with Trump. They got a fix of Trump’s external validation. But they also got the narcissistic discard in Trump’s “hostage video” asking his loyalists to go home.
So, now, the codependents will be back for more. They even said this was only a dress rehearsal for the 20th, and that they’ll be back more heavily armed.
“The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact will guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Compact ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election. The Compact is a state-based approach that preserves the Electoral College, state control of elections, and the power of the states to control how the President is elected.
The National Popular Vote bill has been enacted by 16 jurisdictions possessing 196 electoral votes, including 4 small states (DE, HI, RI, VT), 8 medium-sized states (CO, CT, MD, MA, NJ, NM, OR, WA), 3 big states (CA, IL, NY), and the District of Columbia. The bill will take effect when enacted by states with 74 more electoral votes. The bill has passed at least one chamber in 9 additional states with 88 more electoral votes (AR, AZ, ME, MI, MN, NC, NV, OK, VA). A total of 3,408 state legislators from all 50 states have endorsed it.”
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[8 JAN 2021]
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All of the Americans, who were shocked or surprised by Wednesday’s actions by Trump loyalists in Washington D.C. and in other locations across the nation, ought to read Dr. Peter Dale Scott’s deep history of the United States, particularly The Road to 9/11 and The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack On American Democracy. It’s important that Americans understand exactly who is in charge. For a powerful summary of Trump’s presidency, cf. “American Mythology: The Presidency of Donald Trump”, a seven-part podcast series by the Intercepted podcast, narrated by Jeremy Scahill.
Here’s what free speech radio, as channeled by Pacifica Radio, are saying today, Thursday, 7 JAN 2021, in the aftermath of yesterday’s protest actions, disturbances, rebellion, putsch, insurrection, or terrorist actions, depending on one’s perspective. Download the Pacifica Radio app for easy access to free speech radio stations across the nation: KPFA (Berkeley, CA); WBAI (NYC); KPFK (L.A.); WPFW (D.C.); KPFT (Houston)
07:00 PST, KPFA > UpFront [TW] explored some interesting questions: “Violent white mob storms US Capitol, incited by Trump politics, social media, law enforcement; Plus: Crisis deepening at California’s unemployment office, we answer listener questions with Daniela Urban with the Center for Workers’ Rights.”
2-hour UpFront broadcast summary:
0:08 – Trump incites violent white mob at the US Capitol, one day after Georgia Democratic victory tips Senate to Democrat majority
Steve Phillips (@StevePtweets) is the founder of Democracy in Color, he’s host of the podcast “Democracy in Color with Steve Phillips,” and author of the book Brown Is the New White.
0:34 – Unemployment call-in
Daniela Urban is Executive Director of the Center for Workers’ Rights and special counsel to Legal Aid At Work (@LegalAidAtWork).
1:08 – Pro-Trump mob storms the Capitol – what were the signs?
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07:00, KPFK > Sojourner Truth > sobering coverage of 6 JAN Trump Loyalist actions in DC and across the nation. News Headlines. Cops taking selfies with pro-Trump/anti-democracy protestors. Expert panelists discuss on Sojourner Truth.
07:00, WBAI & WPFW > common broadcast, speakers were describing details of a woman shot by Capitol Hill police and past history of their brutality. By contrast, yesterday, said one speaker, Capitol Hill police were holding doors open for the protestors, some of whom were flying Confederate flags. One woman earlier today (Thursday), perhaps a prof on DN, said not even during the Civil War, did the South manage to fly the Confederate flag in the White House. But yesterday they did.
FBI is sending out tweets, asking for help in identifying yesterday’s protesters. One speaker questioned whether America can ever have a police force, which is not linked to white supremacist ideology. “There is no equal protection under the law.”
07:15 PST, KPFA: One speaker reported that Capitol Hill police refused to hold a press conference to answer for enabling the disruption, disorder, and violence, as Trump loyalists marched into the Capitol building.
The KPFA guest was making interesting points. But UpFront host Brian Edwards-Tiekert changed the subject to the Georgia election. Oh, well. Georgia is an important topic, as the state has been flipped and has elected its first black senator. So, too, perhaps, is horse-race commentary about the rigged two-party system, or two-party dictatorship. But, somehow, the broader issue of American fascism seems more urgent. I dunno. That’s just me.
07:22 PST, KPFK > Experts interviewed Maurice Cook(sp?) and Zahara Simmons(sp?) react to yesterday’s actions in DC. Then, host also wants to get their take on the Georgia Senate election.
07:25, KPFK > on two-tiered justice system re: DC actions wedn. Pre-planning? Adelle Stan, et al yesterday commented that there’s no way the Trump loyalists could have navigated their way through the underground labyrinth of hallways without assistance or having been enabled. KPFK guest also said she’d “been to the Capitol many times” and said “it’s very hard to get into the Capitol.” She noted that members of Congress were considering siding with Trump to stop the electoral vote count yesterday.
KPFK > Sojourner Truth > mobs of Trump loyalists, even kids, on the streets with pro-Trump paraphernalia. Personally, I saw the same thing, as I looked out my front window after dinner last night. The kids were riding by taunting and calling out pro-Trump slogans, as they rode down the middle of the street on their bicycles. That’s definitely Brown Shirt behavior, as various observers noted yesterday.
Many experts agree there is a double standard…. So, now what? INTERPOL? International Court?
07:35 PST, WBAI & WPFW: An eye-witness recounted his experience observing the quasi-stand-down response by the Capitol Hill police. “I don’t have no idea why they didn’t stop it, with the only exception that they didn’t care to stop it.” On TV last night, I saw that the Trump loyalists did not “storm the Capitol”, as many have narrated. The Trump loyalists were strolling in, sparse in number, in the halls of the Capitol building, as a single cop backed up some stairs, as the Trump loyalists advanced slowly, merrily. The looks on the faces of most Trump loyalists was glee because they knew they were being enabled. The video evidence basically shows the Capitol police led the Trump loyalists straight to the congressional floor.
07:40 PST, WBAI & WPFW, One speaker made salient points…
Protestors or terrorists? Yesterday, Sunsara Taylor or a colleague made an excellent argument that there’s no moral equivalence between, say, the Proud Boys and the Black Panthers march on the Sacramento Capitol building.
0745, KPFK > ‘Dr. Pinel Joseph, ‘law enforcement is not the friend of black people.’ Then, one man called in and said that the calls for a bipartisan solution to the problem of the Trump loyalists’ antidemocratic attacks must involve concessions from the right, “not the left”, as the Dems “have been kowtowing all along. The next man to call in said that America is “being set up for a race war.” “You’re being gaslighted”, he urged.
Call congress switchboard…
08:00 PST, WBAI > Code Pink Radio: (1) [TW] On Congressional moves regarding the 2021 NDAA (2) Activist youth females speak… (3) [TW] On NDAA, guy from Code Pink, I think. He mentioned his Substack blog, Rethinking Security, maybe…
09:00 PST, WBAI > Gary Null [TW] > interesting COVID-19 information
One vaccine has “nanoparticles”, Null discussed the details. Null also discussed a bill in NY, which could mandate covid vaccines, to the point of coming to your house or apartment. Also, the vaccines still require the vaccinated individuals to mask and social distance. Yet, many people think vaccines will free them from the masking and social distancing.
Null cited Catherine Austin Fitts about “the Great Reset”. (Cf. Unpacking Mr. Global.) Small businesses will be decimated, smashed. Big business will further consolidate. Someone yesterday commented that many prisoners are being released, which is good for them and the families waiting at home. But it will also mean an even more depressed job market. Where’s Dr. Kelton’s, and MMT”s job guarantee programme when you need it, right?
10:15 PST, WBAI > Caller “Sanaan”, a man, boldly raised the obvious historical parallel, which many of us are afraid to mention. The storming of the Reichstag in Germany and also the Proud Boys being reminiscent of the Brown Shirts. Gary Null minced no words earlier during his broadcast. But, of course, Pacifica, et al have “banned” him.
11:00 PST, KPFA > The Talkies [TW]. Kristina Aanestad spoke with s doctor about the science of the new covid variant and the realities our medical system and society can expect in the near future, and what to do about it.
11:35 PST, WBAI > Gary Null > interesting health and science info, building the immune system, a very relevant topic in a time of covid.
11:40 PST, WPFW [TW]
12:00 PST, [TW] KPFA News Headlines. Then, Behind the News with Doug Henwood. Viju Krishnan on farmer’s strikes. 2. Unionizing Google
12:10 PST, KPFK is playing interesting music, a bit new agey-sounding. This is typical of KPFK and the stressed out nature of life in SoCal or something. That’s the impression I get.
12:19 WPFW (DC): sultry jazz music; they must be really stressed out over there, too
12:20 PST, WBAI, [TW] Resistance Radio: relevant analysis on Trump loyalists… John Mouse(sp?) and Ariel Pink joined Trump loyalists. “It was an alliance…”
13:00 PST, Meanwhile, KPFA was broadcasting their usual sleepy edition of Cover to Cover with Richard Wolinsky. Well, I can’t lie some episodes of CTC do hook me in. Today’s topic seems to be about Italian films, John Houseman’s play of Native Son. And they did mention the CIA and film noir. So, that’s cool.
13:00 PST, WBAI > DN! News Headlines > 13:18 PST, up next > Sunsara Taylor, “Insurrection Response Special”, ‘a fascism mob broke through and raided […] and it was spearheaded by the man in the White House. There’s no way around it.’
Antisemitism was also represented among the Trump loyalists, as some were wearing shirts with 6MNE or something, which is a slogan saying the ‘six million Jews killed by Nazis was not enough’. Also, one elected rep in the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Trump loyalists, got on mic, and quoted Hitler. The congresswoman said Hitler was right about one thing: If you get the youth, you can be victorious.
13:25 PST, meanwhile WPFW must be super-stressed out over here. They playin’ a whack ass soft jazzy version of The Delfonics’ classic, “La La Means I Love You”. I dunno. I can’t lie. They played some good jazz after that. But WBAI has their finger on the pulse. Let’s go back to Sunsara Taylor.
13:27 PST, WBAI > Sunsara Taylor takes live call ins [TW]
13:55 PST, WBAI > News Headlines: only about a dozen arrests. [Sunsara Taylor, et al reported earlier on Pacifica Radio that, by contrast, about 14,000 anti-Trump, pro-BLM protestors in the summer of 2020.]
14:00 PST/17:00 EST, Driving Forces, relevant analysis
14:00 PST, WPFW > relevant analysis (health care)
14:00, KPFA > Caroline Casey(?), coyote lady(?) > environmental focus, testimony from Native Americans on destruction of arctic by oil profiteers
c. 14:20 PST, interesting interview with Casey Layman, author of How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
14:27, KPFA > Caroline Casey(?), coyote lady(?) > environmental focus, testimony from Native Americans on destruction of arctic by oil profiteers
1427,WBAI, covid, vaccines, and prison populations
15:00 PST, WBAI > News Headlines [TW] Rep. Lindsey Graham, “Yesterday, they could have killed us all.” But no mention of police opening doors and ‘standing down’.
16:30 PST, WBAI > The Jimmy Dore Show > [TW] relevant analysis, cites Greenwald. Dore said, a more competent dictator will lead the fascist mob next time’.
16:40 PST, WPFW [DC] > jazz music, straight ahead jazz
16:45 PST, KPFA [Berkeley, CA] > Hard Knock Radio > [TW] a chilling audio collage of news footage clips, corporate news reporting, and violent mayhem in the streets. Chilling chanting, “USA!! USA!! USA!!”, nationalism, white nationalism, and white supremacist vibes. 16:48 PST, “This Is America” by Childish Gambino, very apros po.
KPFA > Hard Knock Radio > upon closer listen, maybe it was an updated remix version of “This Is America”. 16:52 PST, from death row, a communique from political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal addressed the plight of prisoners, such as “Maroon”, who are at risk of “death by incarceration.” Mumia’s call was recorded by Noelle Hanrahan for Prison Radio. 16:56 PST, another very apros po musical selection, “My Petition” by Jill Scott.
17:00 PST, WPFW [DC] > more jazz music, slow tempo (sax, vihes, horns, upright bass, drums, piano)
17:00 PST, KPFA > [TW] Flashpoints > audio of Trump speech, “My only goal was to defend the integrity of the vote.” Sorry, but that’s bullshit because the entire electoral vote recount was baseless, and should never have even taken place, as many expert observers commented yesterday. Trump closed with, ‘Our journey is only beginning.’
17:05 PST, Flashpoints > Host, Dennis Bernstein spoke with Prof. Francis Boyle (Univ. of Chicago Law), a noted human rights lawyer. “We have a seditious conspiracy going on here. […] And, so, we have to take this very seriously.” Boyle said, ‘Congress should have been in emergency session all day. Instead, they went on recess until January 20th.’ Wow.
Prof. Boyle: ‘We have a prima facia case for sedition by Trump, et al,, coordinated by Holly and Cruz, et al. But we need more investigation on that to confirm the co-conspirators. But there was no security at all. It was like a 9/11 stand-down scenario. Democrats are just as feckless as the liberal Germans after the burning of the Reichstag.’
Next Flashpoints guest addressed the ongoing prison hunger strikes in America. He also described various abuses and inhumane conditions in Alabama prisons, citing a letter of plea from a prisoner published on the SF Bayview Newspaper recently. “We have historical dialectical materialism. There is no rule of law.” ‘The evidence on the ground,’ he said,’is telling us we’re in trouble.’
17:50 PST, KPFK > [TW] Background Briefing. At the end, Ian Masters reported an upcoming LSB meeting. Pacifica Radio bosses, said Masters, have been running roughshod over KPFK and are trying to ouster or “fire” Sonali Kolhatkar (Rising Up) and him.
18:00 PST, KPFA Evening News [TW]
18:15 PST, WBAI > music, theater, and the arts in a time of covid, white supremacy, and fascism.
18:19 PST, WPFW [DC] > more jazz; no breaking special programming on fascism in DC
18:25 PST, KPFA Evening News [TW], BET clip on Trump loyalists, “Bellingcat” (cf. Grayzone coverage of Bellingcat)
19:00 PST, KPFA > Apex Express > on “the racist internment policy” against the Japanese in the USA during WWII.
19:00 PST, KPFK [L.A.] > retrospective focusing on indigenous activist Carey Dan, Mary Dan, et al., Western Shoshone Project, nuclear waste on Yucca Mountain.
19:00 PST, WBAI [NYC] > on the tradition of folk music and Joan Baez