The Wages of Compromise

Oh happy day! It’s mission-accomplished time in Iraq (again), the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has evaporated into history, landmark financial reform and health care reform legislation has passed, the economy is recovering, and we’ll be out of Afghanistan by next year. What more could we want? Well, for starters, how about a glimpse of reality. 

These claims are so absurd, they don’t even make for convincing satire. The real irony is that much of what passes for progressive mainstream media endorses this kind of surreal propaganda. The so-called alternative progressive media, if not embracing the lies outright, is willing to play the usual “better than nothing” game of self delusion. Look what we’ve accomplished! What a great first step!

Take the financial “reform” bill. We’ll probably be hearing a lot from progressives about the whistleblower provisions in this bill. This legislation was crafted by corporate lobbyists and works largely to the benefit of their clients. But watch as progressive apologists focus on an anomaly in the bill which provides anonymity to whistleblowers and stipulates a bounty be paid for information leading to successful prosecutions. What a tasty morsel to assuage the hunger of the starving masses! The assumption is, anonymous rewards for whistleblowers will encourage more people to come forward. In addition, costly bounties, on top of fines for malfeasance, will miraculously transform corporate behavior. 

Even if one is deluded enough to believe the SEC will enforce this provision in the bill in any substantive manner, since when have financial penalties ever changed corporate behavior? Such fines are chump change to the multinationals. They aren’t deterrents to corporate crime, only additional line items to be included in future budget projections. In recent years, BP has paid more than $730 million in fines. This hasn’t prevented them from continuing to destroy our environment, killing dozens of people in the process, while at the same time posting huge profits. 

Progressives have become well accustomed to compromising their core values to achieve meaningless victories. They cite minuscule gains as justification for their participation in a system which repeatedly disenfranchises them. In this way, they become willing partners in the advancement of the corporate agenda. The financial reform bill, like all legislation, is written by. and for, corporations. But let’s rally ´round some deceptively positive item in the bill so we can maintain the illusion of progress. What rubbish!

In 2008, in exchange for lame promises to end the war in Iraq, a vast majority of the anti-war movement not only endorsed, but campaigned for and enthusiastically promoted a pro-war candidate. As a result, Barack Obama came into office with a mandate to escalate the war in Afghanistan and expand it into Pakistan. The primary goal of the anti-war movement was sacrificed to the lunatic notion that “half a loaf is better than none.” As it turns out, we’re not even getting half a slice. Surprise, surprise!

As our consumer economy digests itself and passes the poor, working poor and fading middle class like a bowel movement into the toilet of destitution, we seem unable to raise more than a whimper from progressives. They remain happily ensconced in steerage on board the ship of state as the power elite in the ballroom overhead raise a toast to U.S. Empire and perpetual war. The so-called liberal opposition has become nothing more than a subculture of this failed system of class warfare we mistakenly call democracy. 

The bloated and obscene military industrial complex indiscriminately kills and maims innocents around the world in order to maintain its capitalist hegemony. Meanwhile, our rogue partner, Israel, inflames the Middle East with its rapacious ethnocentric colonial objectives. The ongoing brutal racism and ethnic cleansing in Palestine is blatant. It takes a monumental effort on the part of progressives to ignore the horrors being unleashed on the Palestinian people using our tax dollars. But ignore it they do. They wouldn’t want to alienate the Israel Lobby. That might jeopardize progressives’ political objectives. So they forget about justice and agree not to talk about the Zionist bull in the human-rights china shop.

Many alternative news sites rarely mention Israel or Palestinian human rights. Perhaps the thinking is, if you can’t find something positive to say, why say anything at all? Have you been to lately? How about These two progressive-except-for-Palestine sites have joined forces in their mission to promote what they perceive to be a progressive agenda, for everyone but Palestinians. You would think the Israel Lobby has no impact on world affairs at all if these were your only sources of information. 

As for the “liberal” mainstream media, you can probably count on one hand the number of times Rachel Maddow has used the ‘P’ word since her ascent to the corporate media throne. What about Keith Olberman? If you catalog his coverage of Palestine over the last seven years, it would make for a very short list. These progressive icons have a strict “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy when it comes to Israel. 

But the blue ribbon for hypocrisy concerning Palestine goes to Thom Hartmann, the intellectual darling of progressive talk radio. His pro-Zionist mindset establishes a new standard for willful denial. Israel’s barbaric attack in 2009 on the one-and-a-half million defenseless civilians imprisoned in Gaza  resulted in the deaths of more than 1400 people, 350 of them children under the age of fifteen. On his radio program, Hartmann pointed out that this was hardly what one would call a massacre. If those had been Israeli children murdered, he may have taken a slightly different position on the matter.

When criticized for their blind support of Barack “Killer-Drone” Obama, progressives produce such absurd rejoinders as, “What would you have had us do, elect John McCain?” The real question in 2008, and in 2004 as well, should have been, “Why are we working to elect a pro-war corporatist?” 

Embracing honest logic is difficult for many progressives. They prefer to cling to their religion of “hope and change” and suffer the wages of compromise, unwilling to face the simple truth. The system has diverted the energy and resources of the Left from our main objectives. We have become pawns within this self-perpetuating, parasitic corporatocracy. Our voices have been co-opted to facilitate its Orwellian existence. 

Uh-oh. Conundrum. You mean to say that reasoned dialogue won’t save us; the status quo can’t be amended and made to conform to our naive expectations; we can’t work from within to excise the cancerous tumor that is our government? Everyone begins to wring their hands and wipe sweat from their brows (using facial tissue made from recycled paper, of course). Minds close, eyes glaze over. The collective hard drive of the Left crashes and everyone is stunned into silence. The screen flashes the ominous error message, “What Now? What Now?” 

Hey, I know. Let’s head off to the polls in the next election and vote against the most terrible option. That should solve the problem. Let’s continue marching in lockstep right over the lesser-of-two-evils cliff into oblivion. Let’s give pro-war corporatists the keys to the national treasury and watch in dismay as they transfer it into the pockets of the power elite while continuing to wage senseless wars against people all over the planet. Let’s empower yet another gang of lying, sociopathic stewards of empire and hope they don’t wreak more havoc than the previous bunch. There’s a plan we haven’t tried before!

If this madness appears to be a hopeless, downward spiral into totalitarianism and despair, that’s because it is. We are taking the same action over and over again, expecting different results. Insanity has replaced rationality.

It may seem like there are few options available to us. Certainly there are none at all if we continue to push that familiar boulder up the hill, only to watch it roll back down again. But if we can buck up and face reality, retire the usual song and dance routine which is getting us nowhere, then this will allow alternative strategies to develop. Once we disengage from the status quo, stop sacrificing our principles and resources in pursuit of pointless compromise, the passionate minds of the Left will come up with different approaches. We just need to establish a few simple guidelines to keep us on course.

First, compromise is for deciding what color to paint the bathroom. While common ground may be a great place to debate acceptable means to an end, if that common ground is in a pool of someone else’s blood, we must refuse to go there. Our objectives must be non-negotiable. They should not include the occasional splatter of the blood of innocents. Politics may be the art of the possible, but advocacy for human rights should be absolute. We cannot tolerate “some” inhumanity, nor sacrifice justice for the sake of achieving a resolution. 

Second, reconciliation is an objective, not a strategy. Anger is not violence; being non-violent doesn’t require us to be passive or even peaceful.The penchant many on the Left have for “respectful dialogue” is admirable. But it’s time to get over it and get angry. We are in a very small boat on rough seas. If some posturing fools stand up, threatening to capsize the boat, there isn’t much point in having a polite discussion with them. The only rational response is to tell them, “Sit down before you drown us all!” Say it loudly, and impolitely if need be, to make yourself heard above the noise of the threatening storm. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself in the water having a less-than-mutually-respectful dialogue with hungry sharks.

Third, and most important of all, stop voting! It only enables the status quo. What is this obsession we have with participating in a system which excludes the values and principles we believe in? If the menu consists of nothing but poisonous food, refuse to sit down at the table. The corporatocracy will never offer us candidates for national office who represent progressive values. Name any President and most members of Congress over the last 100 years. These are people who have participated in the slaughter of millions of innocent men, women and children around the globe. Their legacy belongs on trial in the Hague. Why do we continue to champion their fetid Empire, for any reason, under any circumstances? 

Unyielding commitment to the principles of human rights and social justice would provide the incentive we need to abandon this cycle of capitulation and instigate a true social revolution. Once we disengage from this inhumane paradigm, no longer lend our voices to its perpetuation, a world of possibilities will be open to us. It’s not as if we would be abandoning a program of proven success. The only thing we know for certain is what doesn’t work. 

In the last national election, roughly 130 million people showed up at the polls. Are you enjoying Bush’s third term yet? How many of those people hold progressive views? What would happen on election day if even as few as two percent of that 130 million showed up in Washington D.C. and cast a real vote for change. Imagine, millions of unarmed, non-violent people (too many to shoot, too many to arrest) converging on the heart of darkness to silence it, permanently.

Chaos you say? Anarchy? “OMB (oh my Buddha), what will we do now? With its head removed, this misbegotten leviathan, this bloodthirsty purveyor of terror, death and destruction, will cease to function.”

Hmmm… need we say more?

Until we refuse to endorse the criminality of our Empire, refuse to participate in our own deception, refuse to give our power to maniacs, the Left will continue to be an anachronism which pays lip service to progressive ideals. Isn’t it time we tried something new?

Joe Mowrey is an anti-war activist and an advocate for Palestinian rights. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his spouse and their three radical canines as well as the fifteen-year old anarchist cat, Mackabee who now has an antithetical feline roommate, Misha, the Velvet Fog. He can be reached at: Read other articles by Joe.

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  1. hayate said on August 16th, 2010 at 8:24am #

    Compromise is the zionist word for progress. Decent article.

  2. teafoe2 said on August 16th, 2010 at 10:30am #

    a great article IMHO, except I have some questions about the last part, the prescriptions for action.

    It’s a great vision, millions showing up in DC demanding Throw the Bastards Out. Ever since MLKjr & Resurrection City many including yrs trly have been asking: ” how can we pull it off again? How can we get back to the Alternate Reality we once managed to create?”

    There have been several serious attempts to get the March On Washington ball rolling in recent years: the Million Man March, the ILWU Local Ten’s Million Worker March, a convocation launched by Cindy Sheehan and friends.

    Of course everybody has seen TV reruns of MacArthur dealing with the Bonus Marchers. Is there doubt that Obama could find a general willing and able to apply an updated higher-tech version of the same method?

    It would take a lot of coordination to have even one million protesters arrive in downtown DC simultaneously. If the action started like most protest demos, people would start filtering in early in the day, the crowd would gradually swell until one or two PM at the earliest. Sometimes the crowd-count peak isn’t reached until 3 or 4pm.

    I would anticipate, if really large numbers were expected, and it was likely that many would become “unruly”, that the Security Organs would go into action as soon as it looked like any “congregating” was taking place, doing their best to “make an example” of earlybirds in hopes later arrivers would be thereby deterred.

    Don’t misunderstand me: I firmly believe that it’s essential to mount the largest possible mass protests in “the nation’s capital”. “Go for it.”

    But I see serious obstacles in the way of pulling off a convocation massive enough to actually result in “regime change”. Maybe the problems I’ve outlined can be overcome, I hope so. At the very least they are things that need to be considered.

    The other point where my view diverges from Joe’s is concerned with “Don’t vote, it only encourages them”. I’m fond of that slogan, really has a ring to it.

    But participation in the electoral arena affords opportunities for radical ideas and information to be made available to a wider public than pays attention to such things when no election is coming up. At least in theory.

    The problem is that few of those moved to participate in electoral politics are careful enough not to perpetuate the illusion that the kind of qualitative real change needed can be achieved by “working within the system”.

    Which is the problem I have with the Green Party. It seems too much tied to the same assumptions as Dumbo Party “progressives”.

    I could continue about these matters for quite a while, but let me cut it short here and just thank & applaud Joe Mowrey for articulating so much so clearly and vividly.

  3. teafoe2 said on August 16th, 2010 at 10:35am #

    Forgot to mention: what do you think the chances are that the next time there’s a really massive assembling of progressive activists in DC, that it will be confronted by a mass assembly of Teabaggers waving signs saying stuff like “Go Home Commie”?

  4. Don Hawkins said on August 16th, 2010 at 11:00am #

    Third, and most important of all, stop voting! It only enables the status quo.

    What would happen on election day if even as few as two percent of that 130 million showed up in Washington D.C. and cast a real vote for change. Imagine, millions of unarmed, non-violent people (too many to shoot, too many to arrest) converging on the heart of darkness to silence it, permanently. Joe Mowrey

    Joe by golly you may have just done it. That is a brilliant idea it could just work. Ok how to get started go to Washington on election day don’t vote converging on the heart of darkness to silence it. Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler you did. I will be e-mailing you Joe.

  5. Deadbeat said on August 16th, 2010 at 11:42am #

    But the blue ribbon for hypocrisy concerning Palestine goes to Thom Hartmann, the intellectual darling of progressive talk radio. His pro-Zionist mindset establishes a new standard for willful denial.

    Thom Hartmann’s hypocrisy for Israel …
    Part 1

    Part 2

    Lots of money to be made on the Left shilling for American Zionism. It’s good work if you can find it during a recession. I’m looking through my college course book so I too can retrain to become a professional leftist ™. Apparently this is still a growth field and has been so for the past 40 years. The prospects look especially good since now that Zionists are in control of American institutions. Opportunities are quite abundant.

  6. Gary S. Corseri said on August 16th, 2010 at 1:19pm #

    Bravo, Joe! No-holds-barred, no-punches-pulled writing that aims for the glass jaw of the Empire and scores a knock-out with that just-say-no DON’T VOTE idea.

    And if the a-holes in the rocky boat won’t sit down when we tell them they’re threatening everyone’s life–don’t just protest, but knock them over with our oars!

    Time to pull out all the stops. Cataclysm is here. This is what it looks like. BP oil spill is what it smells like.

    Back in 04 I wrote a piece called “The Six Best Reasons Not To Vote.” (Maybe archived here at DV.) Most or all still apply now. The thing to stress is it’s NOT VOTING–WITH CONSCIENCE! Or, CONSCIENTIOUSLY NOT VOTING! I don’t want the pro-active vote of conscience NOT TO VOTE spun as some kind of apathy. We need to be very clear about this. We need a wide-spread REJECTIONIST movement that let’s the world know loud and clear the masses can no longer tolerate this triumphalist, imperialist B.S. We need an ORGANIZATION that protests the elections, protests all the media sham, pulls the plug on the fraudulent media if need be, boycotts the products of the corporate state, etc.

    We’ve got an army of unemployed and we can put the people in the streets now. The masses are angry and confused–and that can be explosive. Any real leadership that emerges is going to be in danger–a la M.L.K., J.F.K., etc. It’s going to take a lot of courage and a lot of truth-searching and truth-telling. An unraveling.

    Times of greatest danger are times of greatest opportunity, as we have all heard. Let’s start with the mid-terms, and work our way up to 2012. Let’s keep these ideas current and light some fires!

  7. teafoe2 said on August 16th, 2010 at 6:03pm #

    Gary: ” boycotts the products of the corporate state, etc. ”

    That sounds a lot like Chomsky’s snowjob as he tries to derail the BDS campaign.

    How are grassroots non-affluent people supposed to “boycott products of the corporate state, etc.”?

    You mean stop eating? Start living outside? Start walking the ten miles to work?

    I think the prospects for BDS and maybe some other selective boycotts are pretty good, but asking grassroots “Americans” to boycott America? Seems farfetched to me.

  8. Don Hawkins said on August 16th, 2010 at 7:15pm #

    You mean stop eating? Start living outside? Start walking the ten miles to work?
    The Pakistani government says up to 20 million people have now been affected by the monsoon floods.
    At least 1,500 people are known to died

    “Up to 3.5 million children are at high risk of deadly water-borne diseases, such as watery diarrhoea and dysentery,” Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), is quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

    “What concerns us the most is water and health. Clean water is essential to prevent deadly water-borne diseases. Water during the flood has been contaminated badly,” he added.

    The World Health Organization was also preparing to assist tens of thousands of people in case of cholera, although the government has not notified the UN of any confirmed cases, he added.

    He estimated the number at risk from such diseases was six million. BBC

    This could destabilize Pakistani and most reports now saying biblical proportions for the floods and in the States will we see biblical proportions drought, flooding, extreme weather that could destabilize the U.S.? You mean stop eating? Start living outside? Start walking ten miles to find food? The only question is when as we are now seeing 15,788 year storms on Earth and just maybe go back a bit further like 2 million years. If we are going to try the time is probably now. Seem farfetched teafor2? Just the storms and flooding here in the States does the media go back to see how people are doing how’s Nashville these day’s. How long to fix just the glass in Atlanta after the tornado? How long before LA has a little water problem? I could keep witting for an hour and the big plan is………………..?

  9. hayate said on August 16th, 2010 at 8:18pm #

    Buy locally produced items, when you can, and avoid the rest. By buy local, I mean from those in your town/county/local region, from those not known to be fascists, either zio or the regular sort. Instead of eating at a chain, try your local mom and pop joint, they’re better, usually, anyway.It basically means support the decent local businesses and try to avoid buying from the big bois. I live in a small town, and I’m surprised how many people practice this, whether they are left or right, or even politically inclined at all.

  10. Don Hawkins said on August 17th, 2010 at 3:07am #

    Soomro and other farmers across the country like him won’t be able harvest their crops for up to a year now. “Some 90% of the land is under water,” he says. “The rice crop is gone. I don’t have any wheat seed left, because that’s under water.” Usually, he would grow wheat during the winter. “Then there’s also equipment damage.” The Soomro lands employ some 3,000 people and the village of Rahimabad is home to a further 7,000 people who indirectly depend on the land. In previous years, the crops would suffer because of Pakistan’s chronic water shortages. The heat would cause much of the water to evaporate before it reached the roots. Other crops like sugar cane couldn’t be attempted because they drain too much water. The irony is that it may now take months for that very same land to dry. Time

    And in the coming years and not just Pakistan the fight for survival will become harder. In the greatest nation on Earth the fight is weather to super size those fries is it. Talk on the cell phone or tweet until your fingers fall off. One way to go. I see now the so called leaders are tweeting and Newt said today or Palin just said you see that on CNN now. It does appear our government is dysfunctional business in so many way’s dysfunctional and yet we keep listening to dysfunctional thinking. Old Glenn Beck yesterday for his 829 get together in Washington on his show held up a check for 25 thousand dollars someone had sent him and this is after he said we need to get back to God then he put I think 8 penny’s for all to see and cried again such a clever human. Then he said somebody only had 8 penny’s but it doesn’t matter 25 thousand or 8 penny’s. I wonder if Beck watch’s the inspirational channel or is there a play book for this sort of thing. The dysfunctional leading the dysfunctional of course the greatest minds in human history don’t think there dysfunctional that’s just the way the world work’s it will always work that way, oh really. Don’t forget to sign up for the new’s letter or here’s a good web site dysfunctional dot com all the rage.

  11. teafoe2 said on August 17th, 2010 at 11:46am #

    Blah blah blah. Look Don, none of the stuff you describe so vividly and poetically is news to me. I’m interested in finding a way to get people to start doing something about it.

    Richard Oxman came on here with a scheme he was all excited about. Turned out it was all hot air.

    Gary Corseri and Joe Mowrey are both guys I like and admire, and I hate to be the one to throw cold water on things, but the more I think about this idea of mobilizing a mass march on DC, the more I see problems likely to arise.

    It seems the target date is Tuesday November 2, the date of the upcoming congressional elections. Doesn’t seem like a lot of time to promote & organize something on the scale projected, but hey, if the idea was to catch fire, who knows?

    I think one of the first things to do is check the ANSWER & UNAC calendars, see what these established demonstration-mounters are projecting this fall. See what’s in the works already. And do check with Cindy Sheehan.

    I think I’ve seen a target date in October for some large scale protests in major cities, but I’d have to check.

    But suppose that ANSWER/UNAC et al agreed to drop whatever else they’ve been planning, and throw their energy, resources and skills behind a “multimillion march on DC” on Election Day.

    The first thing the honchocracy will do, soon as it looks even barely possible that a lot of activists may converge on DC on Nov 2, is apply for permits for all the best spots. ANSWER will reserve spots, UNAC will reserve other spots, CodePink will reserve still others.

    They’ll try as a coalition to get a podium and soundsystem set up on the Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

    If they can pull that off, they’ll start arguing with each other over who gets mic time when. What demands/content will be on the official Event Flyer/Poster. What will be on the main banner at the head of the big March, who will get to be in the front rank.

    So it looks to me that my friends Joe & Gary will have some fancy manuevering to do as they essay to weave their way through the minefield ahead of them.

    Well, good luck to them. Who knows, “Assume Nothing”, maybe they’ve got a snowball ballooning already and have been to busy to revisit DV.

    Hoping for the best, but not holding my breath.


  12. Joe Mowrey said on August 17th, 2010 at 12:09pm #

    Hold on guys. Permits? Logistics? What, are you kidding? What I proposed in the way of millions showing up in D.C.probably ain’t a gonna happen in our lifetime anyway. Americans have had their heritage of revolution bleed out of them by 200 years of consumerism and complacency. The only way something like this would work is if it arose out of a spontaneous “aha” moment for our culture. Oh, Right, that’ll happen.

    My intention was to present a metaphorical challenge to the existing paradigm. Let go of all the failed strategies so that new ones can foment. I wanted to point out that there are enough of us right now to insist on change if we first insist on maintaining our core values. Maybe out of that process an “aha” moment could emerge. Perhaps millions would convene on the centers of power and take them down. But it wouldn’t involve applying for a permit, for Buddha’s sake!

    The point of my article was that neither that nor any other kind of change is going to take place until we let go of our illusions about current strategies. ANSWER/UNAC, UFPJ and the like are as much a part of the problem as our Congress, not a part of any solution. Quit joining things. That should have been my fourth guideline.

  13. Max Shields said on August 17th, 2010 at 12:30pm #

    As Gary said, you nailed it Joe.

  14. teafoe2 said on August 17th, 2010 at 12:43pm #

    So you weren’t serious. I was sort of hoping there was a speck of reality in there somewhere.

    Let me ask you a serious question: do you consider the BDS campaign to be another “failed strategy”?

  15. Don Hawkins said on August 17th, 2010 at 1:21pm #

    The more I see problems likely to arise. Yes but to vote does nothing except send us all deeper down the drain. Of course we will hear don’t vote have you ever heard of a dictatorship? The United States the way it is run is not a dictatorship but a form of madness insanity to the second power. Oh you will just help the Republicans not to sure of that as many Republicans are this very minute down sizing is that spelled right sizing looks funny. Last time I checked we are out of time if my kid’s and there kid’s can live on a planet that can support life. We need to get there attention and fast send a message and just maybe we could have people to vote for who’s heart is not made of straw and a brain made of stone, vividly and poetically. The part I always’ remember is these so called leaders maybe ten years ago still thought they were ok I don’t think that’s the case anymore. Reality is starting to overtake there illusion that worked for them so well after reading how to win friends and influence people and Atlas Shrugged. Do the little God’s know the train is coming down the track most do but as we see the addiction is strong and to destroy a planet a rather rare planet well I guess in there mind it’s just better that way. In 2012 or for that matter this November the illusion, bullshit will be in high gear the elections is not about people but only a few people it’s a game they play help’s them get up in the morning and of course the media will cover all of it like it’s real and important to us all. We will hear the American people don’t want that. These few do they know there nut’s oh yes they sure do and we the people keep telling them it’s ok we will still buy your little plastic things and vote for you we know your nut’s but I guess it’s just the system it’s just better that way must be. In 2012 who will be the choice Newt or somebody of like mind and maybe Hillary I hear South America is nice this time of year and so far does it really matter who runs I mean the biggest problem the human race as ever seen is upon us and we get a fund for off shore drilling safety. One million to start Capital don’t vote election day one voice the truth the knowledge and in 2012 James Hansen for President I’ll bet he would chose some wise advisors and after a speech from him yes people will go oh crap and just maybe slow the strangeness spreading though out the land. Maybe out of that process an “aha” moment could emerge. Thanks Joe I was spelling aha wrong one word much simpler. It’s going to get ruff tomorrow is only a few years out better to try our choice.

  16. Deadbeat said on August 17th, 2010 at 1:47pm #

    TF2 writes …

    Gary: ” boycotts the products of the corporate state, etc. ”
    That sounds a lot like Chomsky’s snowjob as he tries to derail the BDS campaign.

    Thanks for expressing these sentiments. I recall going to a WalMart boycott meeting around the time the anti-Walmart movie came out. The folks at the meeting were affluent who lived in an area that didn’t have a Walmart they have a Whole Foods.

    I sat through the anti-Walmart movie as it was informative but I walked out during the discussion because I this Liberal audience was intolerant to what I brought up.

    The Walmart they wanted to protest is in a predominately working class mix-raced area with a sizable percentage of Hispanic folks. Which meant they shopped at Walmart out of economic need. Walmart is really the only store capable of fulfilling their consumption with prices low enough that fit their meager budgets.

    These more affluent folks who wanted to protest Walmart didn’t even consider protesting the nearby Whole Foods which itself is a corporate behemoth that unfairly pays its workers. But these affluent folks shop there as as usual I got the same kind of Chomskyite backlash for pointing out this contradiction. “That not on the agenda” was the most polite response.

    Alas yet another example of the problems of alignment with bourgeois and “professional” Left.

    IMO the person who seemed to benefit the most from this anti-Walmart “movement” was Robert Greenwald who produced the movie. Ever notice that folks making movies “informing” us about the “problems of society” become out and out celebrities. It seems like they want to repeat the success of Michael Moore and in these time it looks like an excellent opportunity and a “growth” sector.

    I don’t know but it gives me the impression that people should film their way out of this “recession”.

  17. teafoe2 said on August 17th, 2010 at 2:09pm #

    tnx BD:) “don’t applaud, just throw camcorders”.

    F**K “metaphorical”. Gimme suthn real, compared to ?

    Let me see some of these Creative Writing hobbyists put their keyboards where their prose is: only takes a second to visit the Olympia Coop Petition site & add your name.

    Then follow the link to the main BDS site & sign up there too. Once you’ve done that much, you can come back here on DV and fantasize to your hearts content.

    If you wanta be REALLY creative, you can explain why you agree with DB, Hayate, Jeff Blankfort, Idrees & others that Chomsky is wrong when he says BDS is “hypocritical” and we are right. S**t, even Media Benjamin is signed on.

    Lemme know ASAP so I can be the first to congratulate yawl:)

  18. teafoe2 said on August 17th, 2010 at 2:30pm #

  19. teafoe2 said on August 17th, 2010 at 2:31pm #

  20. Joe Mowrey said on August 17th, 2010 at 3:02pm #

    BDS is a viable and excellent strategy. It is already having an effect. And if my “metaphorical” comment bent anybody sideways, I’m still open to the concept of flooding the heart of the darkness. Why not? As a metaphor for any number of other possible actions, it’s a good one. That’s only one of a myriad of possibilities that can become available once we embrace the concept of letting go of tired old paradigms. Most aren’t actually going to happen though. That’s just the truth of our situation. But we still have to put forth the ideas. One or more of them can’t ever happen if we don’t suggest them.

    Whew! Touchy group!

  21. mebosa.ritchie said on August 17th, 2010 at 3:21pm #

    joe,you are a hypocrite
    if you want to boycott israel,stop using
    your computer with an intel chip made in israel
    your mobile phone with israeli technology
    your drugs produced in israel

  22. teafoe2 said on August 17th, 2010 at 3:24pm #


    And thanks for you expression of support for BDS!

    Do keep on brainstorming, who knows what may be lurking in the collective subconscious.

    One thing I think would help here on DV would be more information about how people can support BDS via their individual consumer choices.

    It is important to let your bank know that if you find they are cozy with Izzy you’ll be opening an account elsewhere. Banks are a real key element, as they were in the boycott of Apartheid So. Africa.

  23. Don Hawkins said on August 17th, 2010 at 3:32pm #

    The truth Joe and I went to the Sites teafor2 posted it will help and for me I try and stay focused on climate change and just on the off chance it is happening one human race and most other life forms ending event is enough for my little bit bigger brain to handle. Just on the off chance the Mid East is in big trouble water nature of the beast.

    Just a month ago, the world seemed awash in wheat, with more than 1 billion bushels sitting in storage across the United States. Farmers were braced for prices to go bust. Export markets were ever harder to crack — in part because Russia had toiled so effectively to deal its wheat to the Middle East.
    In Egypt, for example, the government had agreed to huge purchases from Russia. The Cairo government gives the grain to millers for heavily subsidized bread to feed the country’s poor and middle class — making it both a lucrative and reliable market.

    Russia had risen to the world’s third-largest wheat exporter behind the U.S. and Canada, often undercutting prices for U.S. wheat by as much as 25 percent to nearby regions in the Middle East.

    Then early this month word began to spread, like the fires outside Moscow, of Russia’s drought. A full third, perhaps more, of the country’s wheat crop had been lost to lack of rain and the most severe summer temperatures since the reign of Alexander II. Crops in Ukraine and Kazakhstan were all but lost as well. Kansas City Star

  24. teafoe2 said on August 17th, 2010 at 4:08pm #

    Don, I know you are deeply concerned about our species’ predicament. A lot of what you write I would have found very moving… if I hadn’t been moved long ago. If I hadn’t already been pushed to the edge of insanity. And yes probably over it sometimes.

    After discussing & pondering this mess for many years, usually while participating in one oppositional “tired paradigm” or another, I gradually acquired enough information about who is running the show and how they got themselves in a position to do so that I’m no longer mystified about what’s going on.

    The social context in which we survive supports a vast mechanism of Social Control. It can be conceptualized as having the shape of a pyramid, with a very narrow sharp point at the top, gradually widening down through several Intermediate Strata until flattening out at the very bottom level occupied by “illegal aliens” and “welfare recipients”, persons convicted of possessing Controlled Substances, etc.

    If you’ve ever had a bright idea for something that you think would benefit the community where you live, you know that before you can do anything of a community-wide scope, you have to get the go-ahead from your local Movers & Shakers. cf. the classic “Community Power Structure” by sociologist Floyd Hunter.

    The wider the impact of what you want to do, the higher up the civil society Civic Chain of Command you have to go to obtain the necessary permission to proceed.

    Well, I’ll have to finish this later. Do check out the book, it’s a good one.

    To be cont:

  25. hayate said on August 17th, 2010 at 7:36pm #

    mebosa.ritchie said on August 17th, 2010 at 3:21pm

    That’s old school ziotrolling, you need to upgrade. Go to:

    There you wil find the latest slogans to spam site with when you have no specifically prepared talking points for the subject matter. Being nice guy, I checked it out for you and the slogan you should be using is:

    “Holocaust! Antisemitism! Bagels!”

    I wouldn’t want to see you lose your job for using obsolete slogans.

  26. teafoe2 said on August 17th, 2010 at 7:37pm #

    Don, this isn’t the promised continuation of the above explanation. Actually it’s a sort of a fossil, an artifact left over from a previous era I happened to stumble on. I think it may help to put some of the other stuff I’ve been posting in context? Anyway here it is, from about late 2004:

    “I’m moved to try to describe the overall problem as I perceive it from here in Reagan Country.

    I know, as I type these words, they aren’t really ready for prime time; they’re shaky, one-sided, full of gaps & holes. But if I delay expressing them until they’re polished into unassailable condition they’ll probably be obsolete. Hopefully others will be able to find something that can be improved enough to serve the purpose in time to make at least a small difference.

    One imperative is to escape from the Single Issue Politics trap. A lot of these issues are created for the purpose of distracting us from what we need to focus on. A form of divide & rule. We have to get away from all the bandaid solutions, the piecemeal reform crumbs from the capitalist table. We have to see all the many struggles as part of an overall planetary-scale,species-wide struggle. The first principle of Dialectics is Totality.

    Yes, when somebody has his foot on your neck, that is YOUR main problem,until you manage to remove same. If somebody has you locked up, your first imperative is to get out, by any means available. But if you yourself manage to escape either predicament, you leave all the others still locked up, still being stepped on.

    This relates to the problem we face when we try to educate people to withdraw support from the Tweedlocrat party. The handling of “transitional demands” in a manner so as to optimize people’s transition from demanding particular reforms to demanding an overall change of system, structures,culture and ideologically implanted habits of mind is an enormously challenging process.

    But an analysis of this particular problem would take me away from the main pt I was aiming to make: we “leftists”, we “conscious elements”, need to stop focussing our organizing efforts mainly on single issues, no matter how vital, and start working to create organizations or networks or social groups or “parties” — pick your own label — which are focused on trying to take power away from those who now have it, and on disabling the mechanisms/processes which have supported such power concentrations. (If you want people to make a transition from single issue politics, you need to offer something to transition TO.)

    If you find such a “party” or other organization/network etc in existence already, one that meets all your needs, standards & requirements — by all means join it, join in its efforts. If you are already a member of a “vanguard formation” or something similar, try to “coalition” as broadly as possible with others who realize that we need more than a change of this or that policy, this or that politician.

    (We need more than a “regime change” — we need a change of SYSTEM, and a wholesale “termination” of the personnel who staffed the upper echelons of the old system — not just the retainers & flak catchers, but the owners of capital. We need to totally disrupt not only the governmental machinery, but all the structures of so-called “civil society” which support the present way of doing things and the present masters of the social universe.)

    We are faced with the power of an Imperial State with global reach. We used to talk about a “system of states” — but now we have to try to analyze the Actually Existing State System. A lot of brilliant work has been done, extrapolating the necessary logical structure of the capitalist state from the requirements of the capitalist accumulation process. But what has not been done is to apply the insights offered by Althusser and others to the concrete, empirical, flesh & blood/steel & electricity reality we see before us, to the instrumentalities wielded by the Ashcrofts, Powells, Joint Chiefs etc., and by those who rank above them in the Imperialist setup, those who like John D III & Laurence Rockefeller list their occupation as”philanthropist”:)

    (Actually there are only two really sovereign states in existence today: theone primarily based in the USA, with its various branches, satellites & jrpartners; and the PRC. The European imperialists have ambitions toward sovereignty; they dream of it and have nightmares about it. But they can’t yet freely make use of the degree of coercive power they have at their disposal, because the USA-based state retains the power to veto anything they want to do. This of course is another discussion.)

    We do need to end the preoccupation with disputes left over from past eras.Of course we must study all these eras, just as we study Thucydides & Ibn Khaldun, Cicero and AJP Taylor. But this is part of one’s basic education,not a form of class struggle, of political activity. That is, unless some proposition becomes the fulcrum of a realtime struggle over something of importance in the now and here.

    I like to tease members of traditional “leninist” (sic) parties, label them stuff like “The marchus-lemmingist vainguard of the looking glass” etc. But I’m not totally down on these groups — I see them as very valuable in the present circumstances. As long as they don’t succeed in seizing any statepower they can use to coerce me, I’m fine with them. They often make major contributions; unfortunately they just as often make blunders & sow confusion…

    At some pt I’ll try to offer an assessment of the plusses & minusses on the WWP/ANSWER/FPA scorecard (and maybe even get around to an evaluation of the post-Berlin Wall CPUSA; even maybe theCC-DS & the ISO.But nobody’s perfect, so for now it’s “let a hundred vanguards bloom”:)
    Remember, the above is a fossil. Done movedd on some since them days…

  27. teafoe2 said on August 17th, 2010 at 7:48pm #

    Fossil #2: Friday, July 02, 2004

    1984 plus Twenty
    I haven’t been much of a blogger so far, have I.

    I’m going to try to be more conscientious about putting something on here for folks to read.

    The fundamental epistemological problem cannot be solved by means of logical argument. Buddhism has the best arguments, but what does that prove?

    Philosophical idealism is nonsense: if you even begin to accept that approach, you wind up either in Soto Zen or in total inconsistency, aka “bad faith”.

    The only other possibility is Materialism, i.e. Marxism.

    You pays yer money & you takes yer choice: you can follow Krishnamurti’s advice: “Don’t THEEEENNK A-bow tiT, LOOOO Kah tit!” — or you can try to understand the reality of which you are a part via the exercise of your capacity for creating interesting strings of words which appear in your stream of ideation.

    It comes down to a choice between the Boddhisatva & the Tiger — or maybe the mole is a more fitting totemic symbol.

    Having made a decision to open the door marked “El Topo” (see it if you haven’t, gr8 flik;^)I invite the reader to watch The Dharma sink slowly in the west, and to become my companion as I explore the realm of Objective Reality.

    (Oh damn, that sounds like Karl Popper. Sorry, just a coincidence — no relation.)

    At this pt I’m ready to jump to the chase. But for the benefit of those who may be wondering how I got to where I’m going next, starting from now & here, allow me to drop a cpl names: Kuhn, Lakatos, Ignatiev.

    The pt being that the concept of Science, of Knowledge, is fairly problematic itself: “When I was young, I did eagerly frequent/Doctor and Saint, and heard great argument… but evermore came out by/the same door where in I went.”*

    Neither Politics nor its “extension by other means”, Warfare, is reducible to a Science — but the more science you know, the better you will be prepared to compete in either arena.

    Whenever somebody says to me: “Scientific Socialism”, my first reaction is the same as when somebody says “I love you, brother” — I check to make sure I have my wallet.

    Next I ask the somebody: “Okay, what IS this ‘science’?”

    Typically, people who use such expressions will try to give you “the short answer” out of their Vanguard Party Catechism, & then try to “move on” — but don’t let them get away with it.

    At the very least, familiarize yourself with the California Evidence Code, and apply its principles to what this “somebody” is trying to sell you. Better yet, I have a very good link to a site called Occam’s Razor — just axe me & I’ll send it to you. I’ll eventually post it here somewhere.

    I’ll have to see if Perry Weddle’s little book “Critical Thinking” is still available. It’s an unknown classic, like Lee O’Brien’s book. & “Gracian’s Manual”:)

    * “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”, trans by Edw. Fitzgerald.

    Okay, so much for Freshman Orientation.

    Let us now “hic salta” & jump right to it:


    Everything is everything.

    The first concept, that is the first word we will use to refer to a reality which really cannot, strickly speaking, be described aquaductly by any combination or series of words or other symbolic entities, is This.

    But as soon as we begin to consider the possible usefulness of the word This, we have taken our attention away from the reality itself, that which we decided to symbolize with our little word*. And of course the This we decided to designate in this manner is no longer the this which exists at this present moment.

    *of course the word reality is just an alternative way of saying the same thing.

    Volumes have been devoted to these verbal tangles.

    “In The Beginning was the Word”… which even then was a lie.

    Let me apply Gordoism & cut to what I started out to say: TOTALITY.

    As the acupuncturist said to the patient who wondered why the doc put a needle in his toe to relieve his migraine: “Body all connected”.

    If you want to analyze a System, you have to start from the whole system, not from some part of it. The entire Elephant, not the ears or the trunk or the legs etc.

    People who set out to be Agents of Social Change, but never widen their perspective beyond some particular fraction of reality, may enjoy great success for a time — but usually wind up in the Dempsey-Dumpsey of history.

    One divides into Two, and not the other way around. Does that sound cryptic?

    Keep practicing your Yang Style Pushing Hands with a good friend, if possible with your Lover, & it will eventually become obvious.

    Once you have firmly grasped the truth that This is a Unity, one which includes Everything (incl. all that which is not a Thing), it becomes possible, for the purpose of analysis, to isolate various parts or aspects of the Totality, for more detailed consideration.

    For instance, it is possible to posit The Social Realm, the existence & doings of Homo Sapiens Sapiens, as the object of study — as long as one never forgets that the division between Tis Human & Tain’t Human is a totally arbitrary one we impose via our word-systems, & does not exist in nature. Something like the US-Mexico border…

    (I’m kidding — they’ll stop you at their border & put you in jail, if you don’t look right to them; been there, done that.)

    So if we decide to isolate, observe, & consider Human Society, we notice that it — if a bunch of organisms endowed with the same subjectivity we ourselves demand others respect, can be called an “it” — is at one & the same time both Singular & Plural, and that it is never the same from one Now to the next.

    We see that it changes, that it is constantly developing. Considered as a Totality, (thus justifying our use of the term “it”) it is in flux. It is more a Process than a static structure. Shit is happening all the time.

    And that’s enough for today.

    Glad you enjoyed the sermon, come again next Sunday.

    I know, all this is ABC. But I believe it is vitally important to get the first lessons in the book down, before moving on to the fancier stuff. Fundamentals.
    ///end Fossil #2

  28. teafoe2 said on August 17th, 2010 at 7:56pm #

    The Tricktatorship of the Protoliterate
    Friday, June 04, 2004

    Of all the key concepts in the Marxist “canon”, the one known as “the dictatorship of the proletariat” may be the most problematic. Apart from the problems involved in explaining the concept to the rank & file/grassroots, and the ease with which the phrase is ‘spun’ by ruling class punditutes, the actual content of the concept is inherently problematic: how can an enormous mass of people organize themselves to exercise a dictatorship over a minority defined as members of an enemy class, without delegating power to a minority of the proletariat, which will tend to use said power to elevate itself and wind up exploiting/oppressing the rest of the majority class?

    Power corrupts.

    cf Robert Michels “The Iron Law of Oligarchy”, Eric Hoffer “The True Believer”.

    ///end fossil record

  29. teafoe2 said on August 17th, 2010 at 8:53pm #

    Don, back in realtime,

    I’m going to try to take up where I left off before I so rudely interrupted myself and wound up chasing the Parable of the Rabbit. No, not “Rabbi”, rabbit.

    Power. Some humans have it, some don’t. Some have great piles of it, others a few scraps, others none at all.

    Over my life time I have observed fewer and fewer folks have been accumulating more and more of it, to the point where right now a very small tightly knit bunch of well-dressed gangsters can A) veto anything they don’t like or don’t understand; B) terminate with extreme prejudice anybody who so much as annoys them; C) blow you, your relatives, neighbors, and anybody who looks like you to hell if you really pose a problem for them.

    There are a couple of hitches in the “perfect setup” these gangsters have put in place. One is that they have to keep a host of lower & middle level flunkeys happily busting their asses to carry out the orders said gangsters have issued.

    In practice, this means keeping all the customary bureaucratic charades & “democratic” facades in place, at least to the degree necessary in order to continue to present a plausible Spectacle.

    The Spectacle-consuming public is accustomed, really indoctrinated, to accept certain symbols and symbolic behaviors as manifesting Authority. (you did get my earlier reference to “the famous experiment? Yes?)

    Professional military officers, by the time they get commissioned, have been subjected to particularly intense indoctrination. They have been Conditioned in such a way that they obey orders from persons of superior rank without question, even at the risk of their lives or even predictable sacrifice of same.

    The unfolding of the peculiar history of the USA has determined that those who become charged with directing the US State’s monopoly of violence are accustomed to doing so in a context which includes the US Congress, a President, VP & Cabinet, lots of big stone buildings full of bureacrats, a nine-member Supine Coot, I mean Court, a lot of nice lawns and flagpoles, bugleboys tooting Retreat as Old Glory is hauled down in the amber twilight, and Yankee Snarr Drummers keeping everybody in step: “Guy Don Bar, hey Guy Don Bar! Warr the HELL YEW GOAN, guy don bar?”

    Don’t worry, lots more where that came from.
    EZ Don, ketch yawl ‘uego:)

  30. Don Hawkins said on August 18th, 2010 at 4:16am #

    Teafor2 yes it’s true and when the window between reality and unreality breaks and the glass begins to fly then what? For some here in the States that window has already broken play’s out in different way’s gangs, drug’s for many just giving up been there I have but am a fighter. Did I embrace the system hell no a little no way around it but stayed as far from it as possible still do. For me dirt, the trees, clouds, the Sun and beyond I always’ remember I don’t forget no I don’t. To embrace the system it seems to me you must live a lie I feel the truth is a much better way to go. The humdrum world of the system is mindless and very easy to beat if you know don’t forget. I try and find good in everyone and at the same time find myself saying your ok your ok. I have drug dealers come in my shop and a tuff bunch sort of let’s just say we have an understanding I’ll play but no gun’s. What you said about your local Movers & Shakers. cf. the classic “Community Power Structure” is correct I worked for a city in utilities what I worked in was shit in more way’s than one. The shit when cutting into a pipe or down in a hole didn’t bother me but the shit from the people I worked with was nut’s. The power structure I guess that’s what it is started in city hall and trickled down to make a long story short is was the hate pure and simple I stayed about a year and embraced the door bye bye. Then I thought about it and go up the chain to the top of the hill must be the same no it is the same very easy to see hate. Embrace the system I think not. It’s early I need another cup of coffee and see if I can come up with ideas on how to get that whole don’t get out the vote going so my kid’s and there kid’s can have a planet that supports life and just maybe have a chance to look at the dirt the Sun the clouds a fighting chance as either way it’s going to get ruff better to know and for those who have embraced the system and think milk comes from the store or don’t know which way to turn a nut when changing the brakes oh well.

    To be cont:

  31. Don Hawkins said on August 18th, 2010 at 6:18am #

    This November the hate has already started. The players in the game are playing for the people all the people no they are playing against one another and we the people are the pawns in the game. The American people don’t want that of course we are told first what we want or don’t want. Mindless talk on all the channels those electrons as Hannity throws the little football and say’s good one. Don’t get out the vote and what an amazing site to see election day a million or more people in front of the Capital one voice some speech’s on the truth some music new people and that lady Susan Boyle tomorrow tomorrow it’s only a day away. I guess Glenn Beck preaching to his followers did you sign up for my new’s letter my book no new tax’s the Earth is just fine and he would be right on that one you don’t need health care buy my book is the best we can do. Mindless as we all go down the drain in not such slow motion. Let’s don’t just pick on old Glenn as mindless will be coming at us hard and heavy from all sides. Oh that’s not true the greatest minds in human history with great wisdom and knowledge much book learnin and so well dressed and so full of shit and very sure if Huxley and Orwell could watch would say did you read my book. We were off a little but not by much seems warm today.

  32. Don Hawkins said on August 18th, 2010 at 6:54am #

    Heavy rains have lashed several counties in Longnan city since last week, triggering landslides, Xinhua said.
    While more than 6,000 homes have collapsed, flooding has also cut off electricity and damaged roads. Press Trust Of India
    When is enough enough as here in the States any plans in place for what is already to late to stop slow?

    The GOP blueprint for winning control of the House is rapidly coming into focus, with the National Republican Congressional Committee readying a $22 million TV ad blitz aimed at a handful of powerful, long-serving incumbents and several dozen of the most junior members of the Democratic majority.

    Oh goody a $22 million TV ad blitz to keep us all in that prison for the mind and color me crazy but should we not this very second be fighting what’s coming kind of like a war? No we have a $22 million TV ad blitz to keep us all in dreamland how’s that orange chicken now oh great ones? Get out the vote blitz time.

  33. Don Hawkins said on August 18th, 2010 at 7:12am #

    From the beginning of preparedness in 1939 through the peak of war production in 1944, American leaders recognized that the stakes were too high to permit the war economy to grow in an unfettered, laissez-faire manner. American manufacturers, for instance, could not be trusted to stop producing consumer goods and to start producing materiel for the war effort. To organize the growing economy and to ensure that it produced the goods needed for war, the federal government spawned an array of mobilization agencies which not only often purchased goods (or arranged their purchase by the Army and Navy), but which in practice closely directed those goods’ manufacture and heavily influenced the operation of private companies and whole industries. eh dot net

    We are out of time are we going to try or not?

  34. mebosa.ritchie said on August 18th, 2010 at 11:04am #

    for teafoe 2 and all the other jew haters

    Israel’s success in the technology sector is no secret. Over the years, the country has become a key research and development center for multinational companies such as Motorola and Intel, had a role in revolutionizing the way we use the Web and conduct business on it, and kept our computers and browsers secure.

    More than 3,000 start-ups have been launched in Israel and in 2009 $1.12 billion in capital was raised by 447 Israeli high-tech companies.

    The quantity and successes of Israel’s startups have earned the country the nickname startup nation. While most of the attention is focused on its contributions to cleantech, biotech and green tech (Israel created drip-irrigation), perhaps no sector has had more of an impact than its Web sector.

    Most well known for developing instant messaging, which AOL bought and turned into AIM, and for the shopping comparison site which eBay purchased, the web sector has gained new traction in recent years. In 2009 alone, the sector received 22 percent of VC funding and saw three companies sweep the TechCrunch50 awards. In May 2010, Israel’s Soluto, an anti-frustration software that boosts PC efficiency, won TechCrunch Disrupt.

    In the book Startup Nation, authors Dan Senor and Saul Singer attribute Israel’s success to the diversity and education of Israeli immigrants, the “chutzpah” of Israelis, and the mandatory military experience after high school, among other factors.

    Yaron Samid, an entrepreneur and founder of TechAviv Angels, a group that connects successful Israeli entrepreneurs and investors in the Internet and mobile sectors, thinks the military experience and the culture it creates are the biggest contributing factors to the country’s success in this sector: “In the army, these young soldiers are being told what they can and can’t do. When they get out of it, they realize they are now in control and can determine their own destiny.

    “The army has instilled upon an entire generation a spirit that is conducive for building a Web startup. You have very smart guys coming out of it who want freedom and don’t want to join a big tech company. They have found it in developing Web applications with little cost,” Samid asserts.

    Low costs and numerous successes have attracted investors such as Jeff Pulver. A former pioneer in Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and current Internet angel investor, Pulver maintains strong ties to the sector in Israel and frequently visits the country to meet with local web startups because “what sector of the Internet space hasn’t been touched by Israeli innovation?”

    This situation is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. According to Daniel Cohen, partner at Gemini Israel Ventures, while historically Israel’s biggest contributions have been and instant messaging technology, “In the future, Israel will dominate certain niches, such as gaming and advertising, and as the market focus shifts away from the US, Israel can produce a big mainstream winner in Europe or Asia.”

  35. teafoe2 said on August 18th, 2010 at 11:29am #

    Thank you retchy, we could retitle your PR rap: “Why BDS is more important than ever”.

    Did Walt & Mearsheimer pay you to post this? It reads like a blurb for their book:)

  36. teafoe2 said on August 18th, 2010 at 12:34pm #


    I need to be out running some errands but your posts set off reactions in my head. They resonate, but do not satisfy. Talking about the things you talk about may be helpful to some I guess, but it’s been so long since I’ve been in that kind of a headspace I may have gotten out of touch with where Normal Americans are at. “May”? I’m sure I have, no doubt about it.

    But I don’t perceive you as a “Normal American”. In fact I think you’re starting to get weird enough to actually hang out & have a conversation:)

    I’m focussed now on the BDS campaign. Have to confess, didn’t really get it at first. BDS didn’t really come into focus for me until the attack on the Mavi Marmara and the murder of the American Citizen unarmed civilian.

    Which put the whole pro-Israel Consensus which Normal Americans absorb with their mother’s milk into question.

    It is no longer possible for the ZPC Thought Police to smear anyone who expresses concern over Isreali crimes as some kind of Nazi crackpot. It is now possible to go before an official mainstream governmental/quasi-governmental or civil society body, like a city council, a local Human Rts commish, the Elders of a church, a union executive board, a Central Labor Council, an academic senate, etc etc, and present a resolution calling for boycott of and divestment from the State of Israel and extensions of it until it meets certain demands.

    It’s not as easy now to just deny those who present such a resolution a hearing. Which means that all over the country a lot of people who heretofore have never been exposed to anything but the usual hasbrat PR will be exposed to the facts. This process enables an end run around the MSM gatekeepers. Most of the people who staff these boards, commissions, councils etc are people who are accustomed to thinking of themselves and presenting themselves to the public as “Reasonable and Prudent Persons” (to use the language of the CA Mining Code:).

    In the current ideological situation, “conjuncture” if you will, in the wake of Izzy’s atrocities during the attack on Gaza, the attack on the Flotilla, the civilian deaths, especially the murder of an American Citizen, in the once solid ideological Iron Wall of the Zionist Consensus a Weak Point has appeared.

    The demand for BDS is the spearhead poised to exploit this Weak Point, to break through the wall of Izzy bullshit and raise hell in the ranks of all the Liberal and “progressive” phonies who’ve kept the public hypnotized to the extent that an Obama, or an Obama supporter seems plausible as a “friend of the people”.

    So what is needed now is to observe the principle “Concentration of Forces”. Unite all who can be united, including Media Benjamin, and concentrate on driving BDS deep into this Weak Point.

    This process will lead to the exposure of the ZPC. Discussion of the ZPC and how it managed to hijack the US political process will lead to discussion of the whole system. Voices that it has been possible to ignore up to now will become the center of public attention.

    At least that’s the strategic vision. If you see flaws in it, pipe up.

    Nothing is guaranteed in advance, but nothing else has worked, and as Joe M. & Gary C. explained, none of the “usual paradigms” look very promising.

    So BDS looks to me like our best shot. Let’s Go For It!

  37. Deadbeat said on August 18th, 2010 at 1:06pm #

    TF2 writes …

    This process will lead to the exposure of the ZPC. Discussion of the ZPC and how it managed to hijack the US political process will lead to discussion of the whole system. Voices that it has been possible to ignore up to now will become the center of public attention.

    At least that’s the strategic vision. If you see flaws in it, pipe up.

    Absolutely stop on! Confronting Zionism is the opening to confronting the entire system. BDS is an excellent opening which is why IMO you see Chomsky trying hard to close that it. I always felt that Zionism could be challenged as a race issue and why I had hoped that the Left would ally with people of color as they are the most sensitive to race issues and would stand up and speak out against it. This is why the pro-Israel faction desperately fight against making that association.

    But what Israel did to the Mavi Marmara and the murder of the American Citizen cannot be swept under the rug and really agitated many. Which is why the bought and paid for president and congress are making all kinds of excuses.

    I totally agree with TF2 that BDS is a strategic opening that must be exploited.

  38. Don Hawkins said on August 18th, 2010 at 1:33pm #

    This came to me from far far away,

    From the beginning of preparedness in 2011 , American leaders recognized that the stakes were too high to permit the change over from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy to grow in an unfettered, laissez-faire manner. American manufacturers, for instance, could not be trusted to stop producing consumer goods and to start producing materiel for the change over.

    To organize the slowdown of the economies Worldwide and to ensure that it produced the goods needed for the changeover , the federal government spawned an array of mobilization agencies which not only often purchased goods (or arranged their purchase) , but which in practice closely directed those goods’ manufacture and heavily influenced the operation of private companies and whole industries. On going talks with China and India were spawned with agreement’s to share all research working together was for the first time achieved.

    Solution therefore required a rising fee on oil, gas and coal – a carbon fee collected from fossil fuel companies at the domestic mine or port of entry. All funds collected were distributed to the public on a per capita basis to allow lifestyle adjustments and spur clean energy innovations. As the fee increased, fossil fuels were phased out, replaced by carbon-free energy and efficiency. Farming practices Worldwide began to change and those that needed help got help. Did we all live happily ever after no but it was a start and America for the fist time began to lose weight.

  39. mebosa.ritchie said on August 18th, 2010 at 2:52pm #

    well,BDS really seems to be working well
    keep it up guys,and the sad mary,of course

    Israeli economic growth unexpectedly accelerated to an annualized 4.7 percent in the second quarter, its fastest pace in more than two years, as exports and consumer spending increased.

    The expansion rate rose from a revised 3.6 percent in the first quarter, the Jerusalem-based Central Bureau of Statistics said today on its website. The median forecast of six economists surveyed by Bloomberg was for growth of 2.9 percent. The statistics bureau reported on July 18 that the economy grew a preliminary 3.4 percent in the first three months.

    “This is really an economy running on all pistons,” said Jonathan Katz, a Jerusalem-based economist for HSBC Holdings Plc, who forecast 3.7 percent growth. “Down the road, the Bank of Israel will have to increase interest rates. This is clear to them, clear to everyone, and the pace may surprise many.”

    The Israeli economy’s rebound from the global financial crisis has been powered by exports, which make up almost half of gross domestic product. Sales abroad, excluding ships, aircraft and polished diamonds, increased in July to $3.8 billion, the most in two years, the statistics bureau said on Aug. 12.

  40. mary said on August 18th, 2010 at 3:32pm #

    Not sad but ROTFLOL!

    The Internet Killed Israeli PR
    Gaza flotilla video mashup

    I always liked that song Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles.

    Very sad earlier when I was reading about this Palestinian village in the Jordan valley being razed to the ground twice to enable a settlement to be enlarged.

    Situation in Jordan Valley becoming critical.

    This Brighton Palestine group is very active. See the link to the demo at a local supermarket selling Israel goods.

    Another Brighton group have recently been acquitted after breaking into the premises of a company making weaponry that was used to kill the people of Gaza in Cast Lead.

    Hurrah for the Judge –
    In his summing up, Judge George Bathurst-Norman suggested to the jury that “you may well think that hell on earth would not be an understatement of what the Gazans suffered in that time”.

    Goodnight and sweet dreams Mebosa.

  41. mebosa.ritchie said on August 19th, 2010 at 9:01am #

    i’m glad you like buggles. leader of buggles was trevor horn,a good zionist.
    produced a version of oseh shalom with the uk chief rabbi and lots of other zionists all singing the praise of israel,the jewish state.
    check it out on you tube–it’s very moving and well produced by trevor.
    i suspect the israeli government is trembling at the damage being done by the brighton palestine group.
    i’m certainly concerned but sleep easy at night
    sorry you’re sad mary
    try some teva pharmaceuticals anti-depressants; they’ll make you better

  42. mary said on August 19th, 2010 at 9:12am #

    Never take drugs esp not Israeli made ones. Teva – isn’t that the company with a dodgy chairman Hurvitz who was had up for tax evasion of $18m?
    Of course it is. (

    In your earlier list of Israeli technological achievements, you missed out on:
    manufacturing fake passports
    carrying out extrajudicial killings in foreign countries eg Dubai
    carrying out organ transplants using stolen organs

    What did happen about those NY Rabbis?

    And here’s something for you in case you want to enlarge your repertoire –
    Lessons in Israel on how to edit Wikipedia. See ‘we are so few and they are so many’….. Ah diddums. No mention of Hasbara, Megaphone, Israel Project etc etc

  43. mebosa.ritchie said on August 19th, 2010 at 3:21pm #

    more on teva,another israeli success story

    Company Overview
    Legacy of leadership
    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is a global pharmaceutical company specializing in the development, production and marketing of generic and proprietary branded pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Teva is among the top 15 pharmaceutical companies and among the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the world.

    With more than a century of experience in the healthcare industry, the Company enjoys a firmly established international presence, operating through a carefully tailored network of worldwide subsidiaries. Headquartered in Israel, above 80% of Teva’s sales, which totaled US$13.9 billion in 2009, are in North America and Europe. Teva has over 35,000 employees worldwide and production facilities in Israel, North America, Europe and Latin America.