Politics Is Leverage And Cowardice Commands None; Black Power On Nat’l Black Voter Day
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Rentier capitalism and its identity politics is failing ⚠️
"This is such an important election we are unwilling to give workers any concessions at all."
How urgent of an election is it.
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I think this attitude of giving someone something in good faith and trusting them to automatically give you something in return without either of you speaking the words is a kind of social behavior seen in rich people. I once had a friend who came from a very wealthy family but she herself was poor. Whenever she would get any money at all, she'd spend it like she was wealthy and she would buy all kinds of stuff for her friends, seemingly just because she wanted to do so. Then, we'd all eventually pretty much run out of money and she'd have long been out of money and so she'd try to say that we needed to buy her things because she had no money and, after all, she had bought us this or that at the beginning of the month. Now if everyone in the situation was rich, there would be this periodic trade back and forth and you might not like the tactic, but you could fall into that kind of behavior pattern if you wanted to be that person's friend and, after all, they'd probably help you out if you were in a real pinch for some reason. This doesn't work between poor people because poor people don't have any extra money at all. Usually the money runs out before the month does and, as nice as you'd like to be to this friend who bought you something at the beginning of the month, you can't afford to do it, plus they never made any agreement with you that if they bought something for you now that you'd agree to buy something for them later. Poor people can't make that promise, especially when they don't know what they are going to have to buy for the person later. My friend, for the life of her could not understand that this didn't work in poverty even though she was in poverty
The point is that I think something similar is happening amongst elites, not only because they are rich, but because they are powerful, so they trade in both money and power. With us, they are trying to trade in power because they want us to do this favor of voting for them and giving them the power with a mostly-unspoken promise that they'll do us a favor later. They do this to each other too. How many times have we heard the story that Democrats agreed to something in a compromise because the Republicans gave them their word that they'd get to it later? Do they ever get to it later? When it comes to the people, if you vote for one of these elite rich people and think you're getting something later, you're sadly mistaken. You didn't have money and all you had was power a person's amount of power in society. You were poor and you gave the last you had to a politician now in obvious hope that they must do something for you later since you've given them all you had. Anyone who gets a vote they haven't earned has stolen the power of the person who cast that vote.
Not voting for Jim Crow Joe no reparations no vote B1.
Where and how did we lose this fundamental lesson of wielding power? On Bill Maher’s show in 2004 Bill and Michael Moore were literally on their knees begging Ralph Nader not to rerun that year when a fellow guest, Kim Campbell, a former PM of Canada implored Nader to put forward a set of conditions that Kerry would have to agree to in order that Nader could lobby his base to buy into Dem support. Instead weak-kneed Bernie tries to sell us on the committees whose tepid concessions that Biden people are nonetheless undermining left and right – he should have Biden’s people in a panic threatening to let the Bernie Bro’s to sit it out because of it. But no, he just wants to be liked instead of feared…
I get the sense that JY has said this for the last month.
The same messages.
He isn't wrong.
Howie Hawkins, Alyson Kennedy, Don Blankenship, Steve Saylor, Kanye West, Jo Jorgensen, Mark Charles, Joseph Kishore, and Gloria la Rivas are also presidential candidates. There's no excuse for Trump or Biden.
How can you make a video about political leverage and the importance of it, and then advocate class politics to black people which has historically left black people on the bottom of the totem pole in almost every objective measure? All politics is identity politics and black people need to wise up about that and quit this ineffective intersectional Kumbaya political game we've been playing for the last 50 years… a game that will most likely end up in our genocide when it concludes. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for allying with progressives, but only if there is mutual gain in our politics. It seems everyone gets to benefit off of the struggles of black people more than black people, and when we advocate for something that will be transformative for our group specifically, like Reparations, we essentially get the All Lives Matter version of political diatribe in the form of "class politics" by so called progressives who seem to be progressive in every other aspect except for when it specifically benefits black American Descendants of slaves. Fuck that. You want leverage… well how's this for you. As a black man, I pledge to not vote for Democrats in the general election ever again, and in some cases I'll even vote Republican just to ensure the Dems lose until they get serious about reparations for #ADOS people. Everyone else is playing the identity game, whether it be whites, Hispanics, immigrants, black women, women in general, lgbtq, native Americans etc. Black people, particularly black men need to do the same if we expect to survive in this goddamn country, and I'm perfectly fine with letting this place burn until we get what we want. If this place is utterly destroyed before then because of Trump, then so be it. It wasn't worth saving to begin with if black people are to be a perpetual bottom class. Mark my words. Black men will be the first to leave the Democratic party in mass, because we gain the least from liberal advancement and suffer the worst affects of anti-black racism that many seem to not give a shit about beyond using our deaths or images as symbols to affect change for everyone else except black men.
I happen to watch BET tonight…they really are pushing the black voter day thing:-/
I'm voting GREEN PARTY.
Bernie ran not one, but two "class based" campaigns. He just couldn't grow his base. Meanwhile, another black man being murdered by yet another "bad ?brought waves of protest across the country. Race trumps class, always.
So Jamarl, what do you recommend…call the Biden campaign in my state and tell them what I want Biden to do for my vote or call Bernie Sanders senate office and tell the person who answers the phone to relay to the senator I worked hard to elect him president and now I want him to grow a spine and televise a message to Biden on behalf of me and others like me who believed in him, to include some of the policies you ran on if he expects our vote or I will vote green party.?
LMFAO!!!! “If.you are.a.progressive.democrat, funny! “
don't get it sounds like a circular argument lefty vs Black; identity vs class; Black Power = voting democratic to remove Trump or Black Power vs. whatever! will check back and re listen
At some point we are going to have to point out that both parties are trying to gentrify the electorate and low turnout is not a bug but a feature of that strategy. We should have done that from the outset but better late than never.
So we should prove them right and become monolithic but for our benefit.