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Moderates Are a Ruling-Class Fiction

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Hillary's still beating the mushed-pulp I think was dead horse. She says it's ironic that Julian Assange is the only foreigner Trump might welcome to America. It's more ironic that she thinks a breach of national cyber-security is cause to extradite him. ('Lock him up?') If she thinks his chicanery tipped the election, when her own chicanery put her running, that's ironic, too.

Doesn't matter. Even if Hillary rigged the primaries, dollars rigged it better. 40% of 2016 campaign funds came from the .001%. For perspective, Russia spent about $100,000 on facebook ads. She spent almost $50million. Had she not, Bernie might have won, so ironically, she spent it electing Donald Trump.

Speaking of irony, Freedom House has released its 2019 Annual Report. [i] Freedom House is a US Government-funded NGO, began in 1941 to coax war-sentiment. Later, it was to counter Communism, supporting things like the Marshal Plan, but also the Vietnam War.

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Hitler and Stalin had taught America, because we loved freedom so much, we should build the most undemocratic and repressive force in history to protect it. In Freedom House' case, by conflating 'freedom' and 'liberal-democracy'. Which amounts to US-Imperial apologia.

Now freedom/ democracy is a sinking ship. The reports cover-photo is of riot police swarming rain-soaked Caracas, while the last off the Titanic serenades freedom on his violin. (Who in that starving, naked inferno -if you believe the news- still owns a violin?)

According to the report, freedom of expression has declined globally for 13 straight years. The US and its European allies are at fault. In part because they've slipped themselves, and in doing, have stopped exporting 'freedom' with as much gusto as they did in the selfless days of 'Enduring Freedom' and its like.

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[However, the report does take time off from gloom to praise the burgeoning freedom in (drum roll") Equator! How did FH know Assange wouldn't have to stay locked in their embassy bathroom forever? -Wish Donald Rumsfeld was here to laud the 'humanity'.]

In their words, "Democracy needs defending, and as traditional champions like the US stumble, it's felt around the world."

Stumble? Already we needed an electoral college and 'super-delegates' to protect (d)emocracy from (D)emocracy and freedom from stumbling over its own feet. Do we need a .001% to protect us from the .001%, too?

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when you have .001% of the population calling the shots, whether the downward-mobile part to the Left or Right is the wrong question. But if it's the one you're asking, then you're not holding the center, you're upholding the .001%.

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Why do they call the shots?

Because we don't know how to vote?

Submitted on Thursday, Apr 18, 2019 at 2:28:36 PM

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Or because we don't get to vote. The DNC chose to back Hillary not Bernie, behind closed doors. Recall how quick the two parties closed ranks to exclude Ralph Nader?

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In both cases we were still able to vote and did not.

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Well, I agree with you in part. Between Bush and Gore, the court (unlawfully) decided and we accepted when we probably should have had a general strike instead. I think the evidence is strong that the DNC stuck us with Hillary instead of Bernie, despite voter appeal. I think Trump is by far the worst thing we've seen. But I oppose Hillary, too. Feels like in this country both parties vote against the enemy instead of for someone they trust and believe in. To me that seems like a particularly uninspiring take on democracy.

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