The American left in its public persona, is generally more conservative than its cousins across the Pond.
This is a truism of Anglo politics generally.
The average Canadian conservative is to the left of the average American liberal or Progressive.
Privately and among the public minority the differences narrow but our focus here is with the public face of the American left.
It is delusional and trapped in a private neurosis manifesting as a dangerous group-think dominated by a kind of psychological dissonance.
The dissonance takes the form of, on the one hand, expressing correctly the differences between their champion, Bernie Sanders, his opponents (from slightly less Progressive Elizabeth Warren, more centrist Buttigieg, to the Wall Street liberals like Biden, Obama and were capitalists get used to it, Pelosi, let alone oligarchs like Bloomberg) detailing the Sanders-Progressive agenda (universal healthcare, massive improvements in housing, jobs, wages, and the essential creation of a sustainable economy to save the environment) and the other being how to square the circle – if as they correctly say, the system is corrupt, and that corruption manifests in the opposition to Sanders’ agenda, how exactly will he implement his plans?
Asking this and related questions is universally met by rage and accusations of being at best a neo-liberal supporter of Buttigieg, Biden, or at worst, a neo-fascist supporter of Trump.
This is sometimes followed or occurs simultaneously with patronizing rhetorical pats on the head and a tone of explanation that conveys the idea you’re some sort of fool who just needs the facts spelled out and then you will see the light.
This knee jerk rage response is consistent among both the keyboard warriors and the professional chattering class at left leaning or truly left media platforms.
And the source of the response?
They know it’s true and as with the narcissism of small differences, they rage rather than take action.
To be clear, as we have posted previously, we agree, housing is a right, as are food, education and healthcare.
In other words, FDR’s Four Freedoms.
We agree the system is corrupt.
We agree the liberals are now and always have been beholden to Wall Street and consistently believe capitalism just needs a fresh coat of paint and a few tweaks under the hood to work.
We also agree that capitalism is incompatible with saving the environment.
The problem is that the left refuses to admit either publically or to its own cadres that getting from here to there will require a revolution in which people are going to die.
As we’ve said before we don’t advocate violence any more than we advocate earthquakes but we’re aware they occur.
And we also believe that a peaceful revolution is possible but the anti-revolutionary forces will respond as they always do, with violence.
History may or may not be, as a certain Irish jazz mystic said, all thud and blunder, but we’re pretty certain it is a trap.
During the 2016 campaign with its, they shoot horses don’t they vibe common to all such scenes, Sanders was asked by a haircut pretending to be a journalist, just how he would get the gerrymandered corrupt whorehouse on Capitol Hill to enact his agenda.
For a split second Sanders was almost honest and almost said he’d call on his followers to surround the House and the Senate.
But he blinked and returned to boilerplate.
Sanders is not an idiot – per se – and knows the ugly truth.
Change is impossible without placing your body and a million more on the gears of the machine.
But say that to the public and you’re dead.
And so we get a dissonance of dithering and hemming and hawing; of passive aggressive meh and counter-productive rage and honesty and half-truths and a kind of stumbling bumbling that succeeds because it offers “revolution” without the effort and by effort we mean risk and by risk we mean danger.
This is similar to the (anti) style of Jeremy Corbyn.
The Labour manifesto was mostly on point and in many respects both obvious in its necessary applications and essential vis the environment and how the nuts and bolts of sustainability are directly linked to transformation in the capitalist system.
Taxing the oligarchs, banking reform, property rights reform, education, healthcare, housing, food, and so on must be changed or everyone dies.
It’s that straight forward.
But at the same time, Corbyn kept rhetorically blowing his own head off over a set of issues ranging from denying the rancid anti-Semitism of the British left, the sadomasochism of his chief lieutenants like Seamus Milne, infighting with his shadow cabinet and his inability to project two qualities Boris doesn’t have – honesty and integrity.
Sanders in contrast is more honest, has more charisma, more integrity and passion.
But he’s also not being completely honest and he’s attached himself to Linda Sarsour who will prove to be a political albatross around his neck.
One could grant the premise that her connection to people like Louis Farrakhan and her anti-Semitic diatribes are only policy differences but this misses the point – even if that’s true, that’s not how the establishment media and the Trumpists will play it and for the 2 to 3 percent who you need to switch in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania (the jackasses who voted for Obama then switched to Trump) it’s crucial.
Sanders has fucked himself bigly in the manner of Corbyn.*
While we do not grant the premise the fact is, Trump is going to bang Sanders like a drum on that point and it doesn’t matter that Trump is a bigot.
People who were stupid enough to vote for him can be divided roughly into two categories:
Those who are bigots and those who aren’t but voted for someone who is.
Jon Stewart, in full liberal hypocrisy mode tried to split the difference as if it weren’t a distinction without a difference.
Speaking to the now disgraced Charlie Rose he said he had friends that he loved who voted for Trump because they were terrified and couldn’t pay their insurance premiums.
In other words: Yes, Mussolini was a mass murderer but he made insurance available – in exchange for messy things like freedom.
Or as a noted stand up put it: there are many who don’t know they are fascists but will discover it when the time comes.
The idea that logic and facts matter to those people is sickening.
They are atavists and fools who looked at Trump and said not only do we not care that he’s a bigot, and that his bigotry may get people killed but, he looks smart enough to help us out against this rancid system.
Precisely because of all of that the idea that you can convince those people with anything other than red meat is dead on arrival.
These are people about whom Obama, in a rare moment of honesty, said were, clinging to god, guns and bitterness.
And so back to the left.
Consider the following:
Below is a link to the self-righteous Kyle Kulinski in which he claims Saint Bernie has dismantled Mayor Pete’s “BS” about healthcare.
Buttigieg, as most readers will probably know, advocates what he calls Healthcare for all – who want it.
The idea as such, is that telling people they have to take government healthcare wont go over with a lot of Americans who, Buttigieg is smart enough not to define as paranoid, neo-John Birch-esque loons.
Recall that when Obama offered a limited reform of healthcare people, ginned up by Limbaugh et al, showed up at town hall meetings with guns because they actually believed Obama was either Stalin or Hitler or both but by god no one was going to take their rights away.
These are the goons threatening violence if Trump is removed from power.
These are the people who actually enjoy watching Fox and listening to Alex Jones or his pals.
It’s not an unreasonable view by Buttigieg however “vanilla” it tastes.
Per Kulinski and Sanders however, it’s bunk because, as Sanders says, it leaves in place the for profit manipulators who run private insurance at the expense of human lives and rights.
And that’s true.
We repeat: That’s true.
The problem for Sanders and his cadre (a group that includes but is not limited to, TYT, Sam Seder, et al and about whom we have offered multiple posts) is that Buttigieg’s also correct and secondly, there’s something far more important: As Buttigieg’s plan is to Sander’s critique, so to is Sander’s critique to the rest of American capitalism.
Sanders wants to eliminate student debt.
That’s a legitimate idea.
However he has no plan to nationalize the banks, the hedge funds, or the debt market.
Which leaves in place the for profit manipulators who, faced with losing hundreds of billions if student debt is eliminated, will race for the nearest exit, create a debt crisis elsewhere and turn a profit from their manipulation(s) of the market – which in turn will paralyze Sanders politically.
This is because Sanders is an old if well intentioned fool, and a limp “socialist” who appeals to the limp “woke” keyboard warriors who think “revolutions” can be voted into power and that even if we’re living in an Orwellian corporate dictatorship, all that’s required is electing a righteous dude with the Bill of Rights in one hand and the complete works of Chomsky in the other.
After all, like a villain in a Scooby Doo cartoon, the oligarchs would have gotten away with it if not for those pesky kids, their dog and…look! It’s old man Sanders from the abandoned saw mill!**
*For a look at the nexus of anti-Semitism, media manipulation and Corbyn’s defective personality see the link here and read the specifically the notes at the end of the post regarding Tom Holland, et al.
For a look at Kulinski:
**We’re aware that the trope of the unmasked old man from the (abandoned saw mill, arcade, cemetery, etc) is always the bad guy but the image worked too well not to use.
Exactly as predicted, the establishment media is using Sarsour et al, and the Sandernistas are heading for the denial bunker as the paint by numbers Kulinski shows here:
And another thoughtful consideration here:
And so the drumbeat continues. Below is a link to a misses the point but sticks the bs landing all the same piece in The Guardian.
Falling for the trap being set by the right wing the article, its author, The Guardian and the left are coughing up exactly the material that the right will use to sink Sanders.
In this version it’s claiming on the one hand that as Bernie is a Jew, with a backstory or origin story that includes family on the run from the Nazis, he can’t be an an anti-Semite while on the other, it reduces Israel to a “brutal apartheid regime.”
Which is not true, decontextualizes the facts, amputates the Arabs from their own history of fascism, and fits of mass violence as well as systemic misogyny and a brutal anti-modernism, and of course attaches Sanders to Linda Sarsour who in turn is attached to Louis Farrakhan, who routinely compares Jews to cockroaches.
The left, as exemplified by the article and its talking points believes that they are engaged in a fight about facts because to combat “Trump” you must present the facts.
Except it’s an argument about perception and it’s being waged against people who don’t give a fuck about facts or understand them.
And at the same time crucial facts employed in defense of Sanders are wrong or wobbly, or both.
Sanders is politically dead.
A victim of political self-harm and a circular firing squad.
See the toxin here:
The delusional habits of the left seem to have no bottom.
Below is a link to another Kulinski video that is both hilarious and depressing in its delusions about what went wrong for Corbyn and Labour and the rot at the heart of the left.
The first pathology on display is the idea that because there was an (illegitimate) referendum any subsequent referendums are unacceptable because they would be tyrannical dismissals of “the will of the people.”
Versus one assumes, measures on ballots, appearing every year until enough people are persuaded to vote for them or a candidate who runs for a national or local office, over and over again.
The second bit of toxic left nonsense is that Brexit is better than the EU.
As if the tribal instability of Europe does not pose a terminal threat to the continent and the world.
Versus the idea that arguing for better procedures for immigration and staying in the EU is better than Brexit, that Brexit is suicidal, piratical and a potential catastrophe.
Then there’s no discussion of how Corbyn is a drip of tepid water from a rusty tap.
But of course half the video is devoted to the lie that Labour has no problem with anti-Semitism.
It is, per Kulinski, a smear cooked up by cynical operatives and right wing goons.
Yes, Kulinski admits, Corbyn et al didn’t push back but had they, the big lie would have been revealed and defeated.
Therefore, every senior British politician, and authors like john Le Carre, were either cynical anti-Labour punks (despite so many of them being members of Labour) or fools who succumb to the lies of the Tories.
Pointing out the Kulinski is a non entity, and has a small audience misses the point.
Platforms with far larger viewers have exactly the same view.
TYT, Majority Report, and a host of others all believe both Labour and the American left are not anti-Semitic, and that their criticism of Zionism are not racist.
Except of course they are.
If Bernie Sanders is the Democratic nominee, Trump will win.
See the blueprint for self-harm here:
Here’s a solid look at Sanders as he visits the LA Times’ Editorial Board to discuss his views.
Take note of how at approximately 2:30 he says his plans will require “a combination of the private sector and the government…”
When Buttigieg’s says that he’s a “centrist sell out.”
When Bernie says it he’s cool and it’s Yuuuge.