Antifa: A Look at the Anti-Fascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets   Recently updated !

Democracy Now has a very important two part piece. Antifa: A Look at the Anti-Fascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets and Part 2 || Antifa: A Look at the Anti-Fascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets.

President Trump is facing widespread criticism for his latest comments on the deadly white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Speaking at Trump Tower on Tuesday, Trump said the violence was in part caused by what he called the “alt-left.” President Trump’s comment were widely decried. Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney wrote on Twitter, “No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.” We look at one of the groups who confronted the white supremacists in the streets: the anti-fascists known as antifa. We speak to Mark Bray, author of the new book, “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.”

Until the events in Charlottesville, the group Antifa was barely on my radar. Even I fell for some of the corporate press and Trump insinuations about the organization. There is nothing like hearing it explained by an authority on the subject.

When I posted the first part of the interview on my Facebook page, I made the following introduction:

This is the kind of discussion of Anti-Fa that we need to hear. The only part I disagree with is the need to use any tactic that is needed to stop fascism. I still hope that tactics that comport with our Constitution will be enough. We should stick to protecting civil liberties as long as we possibly can.

Remember that the First Amendment simply says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

It protects the right “peaceably to assemble”. It does not protect the right to violently assemble. There is a vast difference between these two.

After listening to the second part, I am not nearly so sure of myself. I think it requires a deeper analysis than I have given before I can support or disparage any of their tactics. Perhaps we all need to read the new book, “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.” According to Amazon, the book will be shipped only after September 12, 2017. You can pre-order the Kindle version or the physical book now.

August 17, 2017 12:25 AM

I have been receiving push back from some quarters about Antifa. The claim is that there are numerous YouTube video that show what Antifa means by approving “use any tactic that is needed to stop fascism”. The claim is that if I see some of what they have done, I won’t approve of some of those actions.

I haven’t found a suitable example video yet, so I cannot form an opinion yet on whether or not I approve of actions that Antifa has taken in the USA. I’ll have to do more research, but I did want to acknowledge that I heard the feedback and did not dismiss it out of hand.

August 17, 2017 6:12 PM

I was told to do a Google search on “Tim Pool Antifa” to see videos of some of the things that have been reported about Antifa. I can’t decide which video to show on this blog, so I’ll let you look at the search results (at the previous link) and decide for yourself. It’s not looking too good for Antifa.

GOP and Democrats Push Trump on Tax Reform In The Wrong Direction

The Real News Network has the article GOP and Democrats Push Trump on Tax Reform. You can watch the video and/or read the transcript at their web site above.

Former financial regulator Bill Black says the Democrats’ demands are the result of bad economics and bad politics, while Trump’s vision is “the type of thing that comes from ingesting too much peyote”

I am glad Bill Black doesn’t get tired of explaining this because the best way to fight misinformation is to tell the truth over and over again. There are major aspects of the Democratic and Republican tax “plans” that make absolutely no economic sense. If we keep doing these things, our economy will never recover.

As citizens of this country, why would we want plans that make our situation worse? If our leaders have the incentive to propose plans that hurt the bottom 99%, we in the bottom 99% should at least stop encouraging them to harm us.

China-Like Wages Now Part Of U.S. Employment Boom

Forbes has the article China-Like Wages Now Part Of U.S. Employment Boom.

“The impact of globalization and in, particular, the entry of China into the WTO in 2002 increased the global labor supply markedly,” he says. “Excess supply of Chinese labor and the stream of low cost Chinese goods into the world economy was a boon for global consumers and contributed to disinflationary price pressures, which some central banks said was the result of their successful inflation-targeting policies,” he says, in a jab to central bankers.

This has not come as a surprise to me since 2002.

I have been predicting for probably 40 years or more that the USA has no God given right to a higher standard of living than other countries in the world. My prediction was that the standard of living in other parts of the world would rise some, and the standard of living in the USA would fall some. Policy could impact the sizes of these rises and falls, but the trend toward equalization could not be stopped peacefully.

The policies we could have adopted could have made both the rich and the poor share in the adjustment, but nothing like that has happened. The rich are still getting ahead of other parts of the world, whereas only the workers are suffering the adjustment. I don’t know if that turn of events can be fixed peacefully.

I don’t think even the rich in this country can stave off forever some adjustment in standard of living. After all, an over payed executive in the USA can be replaced by a much cheaper executive from other countries in the world. It is already happening.

Angry China warns US on North Korea: back off and talk or risk disaster

The Duran has the article Angry China warns US on North Korea: back off and talk or risk disaster.

The People’s Daily then goes on to point out that it is US intransigence – specifically the US’s failure to abide by the agreements it reached with Pyongyang in the 1990s, and its refusal to negotiate with North Korea since then – which have brought the present situation about

It is fact that the DPRK missile and nuclear programs stalled during bilateral and multilateral talks, but multiplied over the past nine years since the six-party talks came to grinding halt, during which the United States sought to pressure and sanction Pyongyang.

Isn’t it ironic that we can only hear the other side of the story from Chinese and Russian media? We used to think that the Chinese and Soviet citizens were hampered by lack of access to truthful news. Now it seems that we are the ones who are being played the fools.

At least we have the internet until the corporate media gain control over it.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Statement on North Korea’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Test

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has the post Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Statement on North Korea’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Test.

“The North Korean regime witnessed the regime change wars the U.S. led in Libya and Iraq and what we’re now doing in Syria, and fear they will become like Gadhafi who, after giving up his nuclear weapons program, was deposed by the United States.

This is one of the points I try to make. Kim Jong-Un is not acting like he is crazy. He sees how we behave in the rest of the world. He notices that the only countries we show any deference to are the ones with nuclear weapons. Our behavior is what makes countries want nuclear weapons.

President Carter Just Gave Trump Urgent Advice On His North Korean Warmongering

The Washington Journal has the article President Carter Just Gave Trump Urgent Advice On His North Korean Warmongering.

“During all these visits, the North Koreans emphasized that they wanted peaceful relations with the United States and their neighbors, but were convinced that we planned a preemptive military strike against their country. They wanted a peace treaty (especially with America) to replace the ceasefire agreement that had existed since the end of the Korean War in 1953, and to end the economic sanctions that had been very damaging to them during that long interim period….”

These comments from Jimmy Carter add a lot of information that seems to have been lost to the collective memories of our political “leaders” and the corporate press. Very few regular citizens seem to be aware of this information. Many of the people who did once know of this have had the information erased from their memories by the propaganda of our corporate press.

NBC news thinks that airing the SNL parody “Weekend Update” is fake news. They just don’t want to get it. It is not that obvious comedy is fake news. Fake news is what the apparent serious corporate press tries to tell us that we know isn’t true. So their labeling SNL as fake news is itself fake news.

What Is A Little Country Like North Korea To Do?

I wonder how far ahead Trump and Kim Jong Un think in their game of chicken?

Looking at Saddam Hussein’s experience, he got himself trapped in a snare of his own making. He needed countries around him to believe he had WMD to keep them at bay. He needed the USA to realize he didn’t have them so that we wouldn’t need to stop him with shock and awe. The world and Kim Jong Un saw how that worked out for Hussein.

If the USA decided to do something like that or worse to North Korea, Kim Jong Un might not have a chance to retaliate. The Soviet Union and the USA faced a situation like that during the cold war against each other. The ultimate deterrent turned out to be what was called a Dooms Day Machine. Such a machine would retaliate against an attacker without the need for human intervention.

In Kim Jong Un’s situation, the only real threat he could make is to tell us he has a Dooms Day Machine. This machine would automatically respond if he is ever attacked. He would have (nuclear) explosives already planted in a number of the world’s major cities. These explosives would detonate automatically if North Korea is ever attacked.

I am sure my idea is not one that has never been imagined by our military or North Korea’s military. If Trump keeps escalating in response to North Korea’s escalating, the Dooms Day Machine may be the last resort. Surely the best minds in the two countries can come up with an alternative that won’t destroy us all.

Gauis Publius: There Is No “Political Center” in Modern America

Naked Capitalism has the article Gauis Publius: There Is No “Political Center” in Modern America.

Has anything changed recently with the introduction of the Democrat’s “Better Deal” campaign? Richard Eskow convincingly argues no. It may be time to admit that the reason we have Republicans in power — in a majority of states as well as the federal government — owes less to Vladimir Putin than it does to mainstream Democrats themselves.

Americans have not much ability to “fix” Vladimir Putin. Do American have the ability to “fix” the Democratic Party, to cure it of its need to pursue money instead of voters? Perhaps, but not if the Party doesn’t want to be fixed.

This is why I get so perturbed by people who want to make Russia the focus of what we have to fix. We can stop Russia from doing everything some people believe it is doing, and our problems still won’t get fixed. Since Russia is telling us some truths about ouor country, our problems may actually get worse if we put a stop to evrything that Russia is doing.

For a long time, I have believed that Capitalism was forced to exhibit some humanitarian terndencies in order to compete against the threat of Communism (USSR and China). Now that the threat of Communism is almost non-existent, there is nothing to put a human face on Capitalism. It is not that I want Communism back, but we should face facts about the benefits of the competition of ideas when Communism existed as a threat. What are we going to do now to spur competition in ideas?

Concrete Material Benefits: “Better Deal” vs. “People’s Platform”

Naked Capitalism has the article Concrete Material Benefits: “Better Deal” vs. “People’s Platform”.

If you wonder what could have been proposed that is better than what the Democratic Party “leaders” proposed, then this article puts forth many ideas. I’ll cut to the chase, and go right to the conclusion.

For myself, I believe that a platform that delivers universal concrete material benefits, especially to the working class, is the way forward for a Democratic Party, or whatever party succeeds it, if Democrats go in another direction. Considerations of justice and electoral politics aside, a key form of collective brain damage inflicted over the last forty years by neoliberals of both parties is the belief that government can’t deliver benefits effectively. (Granted, neoliberals went out of their way to sabotage government’s ability to do just that, so the belief has a basis in reality.) I believe the remedy for that brain damage is, unsurprisingly, government that delivers benefits effectively (which is why #MedicareForAll is an important wedge issue, but adopting the simplest and most rugged form of single payer is also important, as opposed to some Swiss Watch-like program with lots of complications and dials and moon phases and such). A government that delivers benefits effectively is also a prerequisite for many other policies, chief among them dealing with climate change.

No more neoliberal shit for me.

Google Is Not What It Seems

WikiLeaks has an important article by Julian Assange – Google Is Not What It Seems.

If the future of the internet is to be Google, that should be of serious concern to people all over the world—in Latin America, East and Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, the former Soviet Union, and even in Europe—for whom the internet embodies the promise of an alternative to US cultural, economic, and strategic hegemony.71

A “don’t be evil” empire is still an empire.

The details in this article provide what was for me an astounding revelation of how widespread and invasive are the tentacles of Google.

Google’s political bias had already become apparent to me, but I had had no idea of these details.