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Patrick Walker is co-founder of Revolt Against Plutocracy (RAP) and the Bernie or Bust movement it spawned. Before that, he cut his activist teeth with the anti-fracking and Occupy Scranton PA movements.
No longer with RAP, he actively seeks collaborators to build a Bernie or Bust successor movement--one dedicated to fighting neoliberals of both parties (but especially neoliberal Democrats) under Trump.
A happily if belatedly married man, Patrick resides with his wife, stepdaughter, and three beloved Sheltie dogs in Williamsville, NY.
How the Rats Revolt: "Ratting Out" Democrats' Electoral Extortion
This article, part of a two-part series, involves fresh thinking--perhaps revolutionary thinking--on a perennial problem for the left. Namely, how to approach the problem of lesser-evil voting. If the "Rats' Revolt" suggested by Ralph Nader and and embraced by Chris Hedges is willing to embrace my revolt strategy, our movement could be the sword that severs the divisive and paralyzing lesser-evil voting dilemma. Series: Slashing the Gordian Knot of Lesser-Evil Voting (2 Articles, 2286 views)
Monday, July 30, 2018(18 comments)
Climate Genocide: Why the Poor People's Campaign Should Demand Trump's Impeachment
Probably the most important activist piece I've written: one calling for the Poor People's Campaign to use its movement clout to demand Donald Trump's impeachment. And for a better reason than anyone else has offered: for his planned climate genocide--above all, his planned racist, classist genocide of poor people of color. Unlike Russiagate, impeaching Trump for climate genocide will deter Pence from ecocidal policies.
Today's Poor People's Campaign: Too Important Not to Criticize
The current revival of Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign is by light-years the most important movement in American politics--the first prospect for a REAL resistance attacking the corrupt system that gave us Trump. But to succeed, it's crucial that today's PPC stay true to the radical, truthtelling heritage of Dr. King. Bruce Dixon of Black Agenda Report recently published an important critique of PPC; I continue it.
Russiagate: Democrats' Giant Middle Finger to Climate Justice
Other articles have rightly called out Russiagate as a lying narrative, a cover story for Democrats excusing electoral losses and dodging reform, and a diversion from vastly more important issues. This unique piece does more: it pinpoints Russiagate as the foremost enemy of the climate justice narrative. Further, it argues that all stakeholders in climate justice must unite to overthrow a lie that menaces human survival.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017(8 comments)
Weaponized Truth: The Indispensable Movement's Key to Success
An article I didn't planned to write, this eloquent defense of the Indispensable Movement's "verbal revolution" against critics is perhaps my most potent ever. Fans of political satire--and of the Kama Sutra--will especially relish my delicious political usage of the euphemism "mouth Congress."
It's Party Time on the Titanic--and Screw the Slobs in Steerage
An article of staggering ambition, this piece seeks to provoke creation of a movement that could literally save civilization. How? By making the policy corruption of our two major parties by Wall Street and "War Street" interests--a policy course that amounts to "partying on the Titanic"--the central focus of our political discourse.
Monday, June 19, 2017(15 comments)
Climate Judases: Three Ways Democrats Betray Humanity
This is Part 2 of my two-part series "Fighting the McResistance--for Climate's Sake," in which I argue that leaving Democrats' astroturf "McResistance" in charge of the anti-Trump resistance movement will be a CATASTROPHE for our climate. While Part 2 is written to be understood on its own, readers will grasp it even better if acquainted with the "Good Cop as Judas" argument I made in Part 1. Series: Fighting the McResistance--for Climate's Sake (2 Articles, 4150 views)
Saturday, June 10, 2017(9 comments)
Fighting the McResistance: Exposing Democrats' "Good Cop" as Judas
In this two-part series, "Fighting the McResistance--for Climate's Sake," I make the compelling argument that Democrats' shallow, astroturf "McResistance" to Trump must be overthrown by a grassroots, anti-duopoly, Occupy-style movement. Namely, that the likely alternative is climate Armageddon. In this Part 1 piece, I argue that Democrats' patented ploy of playing Good Cop to Republicans' Bad Cop amounts to playing Judas. Series: Fighting the McResistance--for Climate's Sake (2 Articles, 4150 views)
Third Parties' Only Hope: A New Anti-Duopoly Occupy
This is Part 1 of a hard-hitting two-part series arguing that the REAL resistance to Donald Trump must take the form of a new anti-duopoly Occupy movement. Here, I argue that political third parties have a unique opportunity to become viable--but that their doing so depends on an Occupy-style movement proclaiming the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of BOTH major parties. Part 2 will explain HOW we can launch Occupy 2.0. Series: The REAL Trump Resistance: An Anti-Duopoly Occupy (2 Articles, 4863 views)
Progressive or Bust's Provocative Meme Assaults Liberals' Hypocrisy
The Progressive or Bust movement recently published a provocative, thought-provoking new meme--one that compares progressives' treatment by neoliberals in the Democratic Party to the double standard racist whites used against whites in the Jim Crow South. Unsurprisingly, because the meme so forcefully challenges their worldview, Democratic Party liberals were quick to brand it inappropriate and racist. Here's my response.
Sunday, February 5, 2017(15 comments)
Let's EVOLVE from the Duopoly's Neoliberal Swamp
In a recent popular OEN article, "Let's Hunt Neoliberals to Political Extinction," I sketched a potential successor to the headline-making Bernie or Bust movement I co-founded. The proposed transpartisan movement, touted as "Bernie or Bust on steroids," would GENERALIZE the BoB strategy from Bernie vs. Hillary to progressives vs. neoliberals. Well, the Progressive or Bust successor is now REAL, and I proudly unveil it here.
Monday, January 16, 2017(18 comments)
Let's Hunt Neoliberals to Political Extinction (Part 2 of 2)
Peaceful revolutions, fought with ballots not bullets, most still overthrow oppressive political enemies. In Part 2 of my popular OEN article, I explain the necessity, for successful political revolution, of building a transpartisan movement based on identifying neoliberal Democrats as those enemies, naming specific Democrat neoliberals, and refusing to vote for either them or the cowardly politicians who enable them.