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Biden, the Emcee at the Billionaires’ Ball

Biden, the emcee at the Billionaires’ Ball

The Lords of Capital use periods of crisis to devour the less-rich and reshape the political economy to their further advantage, so that the Joe Bidens of the world jump higher and come quicker when summoned.

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Corporate Democrats Want to Run Against Trump-like Republicans Forever

Corporate Democrats want to run against Trump-like Republicans forever

Whoever wins the Electoral College, race-based politics will continue to allow the corporate rulers to ignore public demands for relief from the Race to the Bottom and endless war.

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"You can't have capitalism without racism." Source: Peter James Hudson on “The African Origins of Racial Capitalism.”

You can’t understand capitalism without race

The centrality of race in the devilment of capitalism continues to be resisted by “the sort of hardline, orthodox folks who only look at class, alongside the sort of liberals and so-called racial multiculturals who have the misconception that race no longer matters,” said Charisse Burden-Stelly, professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Carleton College.

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks during a news conference unveiling policing reform and and equal justice legislation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, June 8, 2020. Democratic lawmakers released a broad police overhaul bill hoping to turn the energy of the nationwide Black Lives Matter demonstrations into concrete legal changes that could make it easier to prosecute police abuse and misconduct. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Black Caucus and the dictatorship of (White) capital

Black politics does not exist in the Democratic Party, because the duopoly system serves only the corporate rulers.

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Who is the Most Dangerous Fascist?

Who is the most dangerous fascist?

Most American leftists are incoherent on the term fascism, and Democrats have utterly destroyed the word’s meaning.

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Don’t Let the Democratic Party Bury the Movement

Don’t let the Democratic Party bury the movement

The Black movement will be asphyxiated by the ubiquitous fingers of the Democratic Party if it does not build independent nexuses of people’s power.

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Protest and Power

Protest and power

Building People’s Power is the vital arena of struggle under late stage capitalism, when the “system” is not only objectively failing, but the people know it is coming apart at the seams.

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Yes, Defund the Cops – And Put Them Under Community Control

Yes, defund the cops–and put them under community control

Community control of the police means empowering the people to shape and oversee the mechanisms of their own security and end forever the armed occupation of our communities by hostile forces.

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Community Control of the Police – and a Whole Lot More

Community control of the police – and a whole lot more

Abolition of the police begins with community control, in which community representatives not only hire, fire and oversee the cops, but decide the nature of the policing that is necessary and acceptable.

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The Movement Gets BIG – and Its Enemies Reveal Themselves / Photo: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

The Movement gets BIG–and its enemies reveal themselves

When things seem like they’re coming apart, we need to ask: for whom? it may be that things are finally coming together. 

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The Blue Plague and Black Death

The blue plague and black death

George Floyd’s death by Blue Plague in Minneapolis was widely condemned by the same parties that have encouraged and funded the spread of the fatal contagion.

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Leftists Jump the Corporate Democratic Ship, Leaving Sanders Behind

Leftists jump the Corporate Democratic ship, leaving Sanders behind

History may record that the corporate duopoly dike was finally broken in the Time of Plague, with the defection of Bernie’s former sheep from the Democratic Party.

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Resistance Growing to Covid-Capitalism

Resistance growing to covid-capitalism

Covid-19 has laid bare a fundamental truth: that capitalist healthcare is a contradiction in terms, since capital–like the killer virus–cares for nothing but reproducing itself.

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Late-Stage Imperial Omni-Crisis- Death by Virus and Internal Contradictions

Late-stage imperial omni-crisis: Death by virus and internal contradictions

“The system…is failing. Let’s admit it,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on March 14 at a White House briefing.

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Das Kapital, Marx

Marx’s “Capital” as a literary experience

Columbia University PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature Tiana Reid finds that her students benefit from reading volume one of Karl Marx’s “Capital.” “There are so many literary wsys to read it, which I don’t think blunt the more radical political reading,” said Reid, who conducts research in Black Studies, Marxism and feminism. 

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Bloomberg Wants to Swallow the Democrats and Spit Out the Sandernistas Glen Ford, BAR executive editor 20 Feb 2020

Bloomberg wants to swallow the Democrats and spit out the Sandernistas

If, somehow, Bernie Sanders is allowed to win the nomination, Michael Bloomberg and other plutocrats will have created a Democratic Party machinery purpose-built to defy Sanders–as nominee, and even as president.

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Bloomberg Becoming Oligarch-in-Chief of Democratic Party

Bloomberg becoming Oligarch-in-Chief of Democratic Party

If Sanders wins the nomination, Michael Bloomberg and his filthy rich brethren are already preparing to fund and erect an alternative structure of dependable corporate governance.

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Shaky Joe Biden, Billionaire Bloomberg, and the Global Race to the Bottom

Shaky Joe Biden, Billionaire Bloomberg, and the global race to the bottom

Bloomberg has put himself and his fortune into the contest to rally his (ruling) classmates to the task of shoring up corporate control of the Party if Sanders seizes the top spot.

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MLK and the Black Misleadership Class

MLK and the Black Misleadership Class

Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday is the greatest sheer spectacle of hypocrisy and historical duplicity of the year, as Black misleaders take center stage to claim his mandate and mission on behalf of a corporate party.

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