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The US government and its lackey allies are torturing a journalist for telling the truth. This amounts to a full confession on their part that you are living in a totalitarian empire. They are telling you exactly what kind of world you live in, and exactly what role they play in it. A society is only as free as its most inconvenient political dissident. Free Assange to free yourself.
It's really weird how getting money out of politics isn't a bigger agenda than it is. It should be bigger than healthcare or any other issue, and everyone across the political spectrum agrees it's important except the rich and their puppets. That's something tangible to push for.
If a tree falls in the woods, and no one's around to hear it, is it still Susan Sarandon's fault?
~ Old liberal koan
I will not be authoring any essays about impeachment because it's an impotent political side show and much too boring to write about.
All Democrats know these impeachment shenanigans will never result in his removal from office, regardless of what they pretend. Trump's "opposition" only ever attacks him in ways they know won't actually hurt him. It's like pro wrestling.
May 2019: Progressives get to choose between Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard and Marianne Williamson.
September 2019: Progressives get to choose between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
May 2020: Progressives get to choose between Elizabeth Warren and f*ck you.
The Democratic presidential primary will be rigged by the DNC and the mass media; in fact this is happening already. I talk about the candidates and the race a lot not because I believe the DNC has real primaries, but because the dance the narrative managers need to do to ensure an establishment nominee keeps exposing them.
Ninety-nine percent of political arguments and activism are happening inside lines that have been set by the narrative-dominating, Overton window-shrinking plutocratic class and their underlings. If you want to fight a real fight, you need to color outside those lines.
The US Department of State was originally intended to be a peace/diplomacy-focused counterpart to the Department of War (later falsely renamed the "Department of Defense"), but what actually ended up happening was the creation of two war departments.
Putting someone on a pedestal is just guaranteeing that you'll have to knock them off it one day. It's actually a rather violent thing to do to somebody, if you think about it. Best to skip it entirely.
Don't take life advice from people who are miserable. Don't take career advice from people whose careers aren't where you want to be. Don't take creative advice from people who don't create things. Don't take foreign policy advice from people who supported the Iraq invasion.