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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 wields his pen and his activist network to wage holy war for climate justice. Hoping to help build a counterculture of revolt, he also writes quirky, highly literate song lyrics for the rising indie band God's Comics. A happily married man for over 10 years, Patrick has lost his beloved wife Ginger to colon cancer. He resides with his ineffably charming Sheltie dog Jasmine in East Amherst, NY.

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Second Amendment Rally Against Gun Control, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Tyrant Trump Is the 2nd Amendment's Covert Hell-Spawned Enemy A controversial piece, proportionate in daring to the threat of fascism facing us. I argue that if the 2nd Amendment has ANY (dubiously) claimed value as a tyranny deterrent, CONDITIONALLY threatening to assassinate Trump must be legally protected free speech. Which puts Trump supporters in a horrid bind, since to defend "2A", they must also defend anti-Trump speech they hate. Making Trump a big covert danger to the 2A cause!
Series: Tracts for Our Times (9 Articles, 11884 views)
There's No Way All My Outrage will Fit on this SIgn., From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Announcing Biden's Worst Nightmare: the "Justified Outrage" Movement The exciting climax of my "Tracts for Our Times" series--naming the mysterious movement I've been sketching all along and unraveling the mystery of such a SEEMINGLY bizarre strategy as "vulgar satyagraha."
Joe Biden Is God's Chosen Instrument--for Revolt!, From InText
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Joe Biden Is God's Chosen--Target for Revolt! Just as the nineteenth century Oxford Movement--above all Catholic saint John Henry Newman--composed the influential, historically important religious "Tracts for Our Times," I now feel I (without having planned it) am doing the same thing politically. Though short, this particular tract is deeply important, since it plumbs the depths of my motivating political faith.
Series: Tracts for Our Times (9 Articles, 11884 views)
Shithole Election 2020: It's Fascism or Extortion, From InText
(61 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 10, 2020
"Shithole Election 2020": Choosing the Lesser Tyranny This article details--and justifies--the type of no-holds-barred rhetoric needed to resist Joe Biden AFTER voting for him. But what's more, in making the arguments justifying that rhetoric, it's probably--starting with its title--the most brutally honest analysis of the 2020 U.S. election you'll ever read.
Series: Tracts for Our Times (9 Articles, 11884 views)
Glenn Greenwald: URGENT Report on U.S. Social Unraveling, From InText
(34 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Greenwald's Bombshell, the GND, and Democrat Extortion I wrote this UNPLANNED piece in a hurry, seeking to exploit the timeliness of Glenn Greenwald's brilliant reporting on a new U.S. "pandemic"--one of suicidal despair. Here I take Greenwald's insight one step further, explaining how he unwittingly makes the best imaginable case for a peaceful Green New Deal.
Series: Tracts for Our Times (9 Articles, 11884 views)
Satyagraha--Escaping movement silos to gain united POWER, From Uploaded
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 26, 2020
The Staff of Satyagraha: A Movement of Movements An exercise in "visionary radical realism," this piece lays out a bold, unprecedented sketch for how America's major movements can escape their "issue silos" and unite in a common effort to effectively press their demands. It justifies their need for such a common truth-telling "satyagraha" movement by their facing the common enemy of a relentless political and media propaganda machine shielding Biden and Democrats.
Series: Tracts for Our Times (9 Articles, 11884 views)
Mahatma Gandhi — and his
(23 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 20, 2020
The New Satyagraha: Progressives' Leverage under LOTE As the theoretical explanation and justification for what resistance under Biden MUST look like to succeed, this is probably my most important piece. It might seem really "outside the box," but given the stakes (saving civilization) and the long odds (successfully pressuring Democrats AFTER electing them), it seems just what the doctor (Dr. King, a deep admirer of Gandhi?) ordered.
Series: Tracts for Our Times (9 Articles, 11884 views)
LOTE Antagonists Greenwald and Chomsky, From InText
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 14, 2020
Facing Glenn Greenwald's Daunting Challenge: Leverage under LOTE A timely follow-up to my last piece explaining the HUGE advantages of branding Biden "the lesser of two ENEMIES," this article explains why we must split the difference on LOTE voting between Glenn Greenwald and Noam Chomsky, voting for Biden but making up the leverage lost by yielding our votes with unprecedented "fighting words."
Series: Tracts for Our Times (9 Articles, 11884 views)
Joe Biden, the
(34 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 11, 2020
"Lesser of Two ENEMIES" Perfectly Describes Biden I try to solve a conundrum Glenn Greenwald poses in response to Noam Chomsky. Namely, how do we vote for lesser-evil Democrats while derailing their smug ploy to EXTORT our votes by merely "not being Trump"?
Series: Tracts for Our Times (9 Articles, 11884 views)
Trump as the (More-Selfish) Hitler, From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Democrats' "Resistance" Has Sabotaged Proper HATRED of Trump Years ago, my OEN article, "Frankly, Koch Brothers Deserve the Death Penalty", resonated deeply with readers and became by far my most popular OEN piece. Now--in VASTLY more desperate political circumstances--I've written an oh-so-timely piece that I feel, in my soul-of-souls, deserves an even better fate. PLEASE read this purposely apocalyptic call to arms, SHARE it widely, and vote accordingly!
You Felt the Bern, Now Feel the Finger!, From FlickrPhotos
(71 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 6, 2020
"You Felt the Bern, Now Feel the Finger": Vote Biden 2020 Here's a novel, passionate case for lesser-evil voting you won't read anywhere else. Taking seriously the premise that today's U.S. is a failed state--with the disgusting electoral "choice" facing us as evidence--it draws the logical conclusion that we must choose the president under whom it will be safest to revolt. So, we must "choke back our vomit" and vote for Biden, recruiting for revolt via unfeigned, vocal disgust.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Hijacking the Impeachment Debate--for Climate's Sake Unusual--in that it's content consists largely of an action proposal originally intended for United Church of Christ climate activists and an e-mail I sent to Noam Chomsky--this article is an urgent call for climate activists to hijack the current debate over Trump's impeachment. A debate where Democrats' chosen impeachment charge is a subtle form of propaganda trivializing both ecocide and humanity's climate emergency.
Russiagate: Both rape drug and act of rape, From Uploaded
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 16, 2019
Exploiting Russiagate Coma, Democrats Raped Climate Movement A ringing wake-up call to a climate movement rendered comatose by the conventional corporate media propaganda story of Russiagate, this piece identifies with greater insight than any other I know the immense harm Democrats' Russiagate narrative has done the climate movement. Unless the climate movement becomes as outraged as if Democrats had RAPED it, little hope remains for the US climate movement achieving anything useful.
U.S. flag hung upside down: climate activists' fitting expression of patriotism under Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 22, 2019
The Bipartisan BIG LIE: Trump's Climate Genocide Is Normal This piece highlights a shocking truth: that US citizens live daily in the presence of a "big lie" as outrageous and dangerous as any told by Hitler and Goebbels. Namely, that Trump's assault on an imperiled climate is normal policy we can pass over in silence rather than an unprecedented crime against humanity. Unlike the Nazis' "big lie," this one is perpetrated by deafening bipartisan silence and not constant repetition.
Mature values and a youthful middle finger--just what we need now!, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 14, 2019
Green New Deal "Climate Kids" Should Hijack the Impeachment Conversation Forged in the fire--sharpened by heated arguments with critics of my climate impeachment scheme--this piece is my comprehensive strategic case explaining why impeaching Trump for his climate crimes may be the key to saving the Green New Deal, and thereby civilization itself. All fans of the GND--especially heroic young climate activists--have a vital interest in reading my passionate arguments here.
The road to a Green New Deal runs over Trump's impeached body., From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 10, 2019
Seriously Want a Green New Deal? Demand Trump's Climate-Based Impeachment Forcefully following up my controversial piece arguing for Trump's impeachment for climate terrorism, I here launch a bigger discussion: the crucial political advantages impeaching Trump for his beyond-criminal offers Green New Deal movement activists. I focus here on one incontestable advantage: willingness to impeach Trump for climate terrorism is an almost infallible CURRENT litmus test for serious GND support.
Denial Is Not A Policy--No, It's Climate Terrorism, From FlickrPhotos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 2, 2019
Climate Terrorism: The Politically Farsighted Way to Impeach Trump This article makes a highly original--and, needless to say, controversial--case not just for impeaching Trump, but for impeaching him on grounds of climate terrorism. While I can only hope against hope my piece will make as revolutionary a splash, my best analogy here is Thomas Paine's "Common Sense," whose timely, sensible ideas--amidst oligarch-controlled public opinion--seemed unthinkable heresy until he laid out the case.
Joe Biden's Failure On Climate Change Joe Biden is going centrist on climate change. Cenk Uygur, Ramesh Srinivasan, and Brooke Thomas, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. MORE TYT: ..., From YouTubeVideos
(37 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Climate Enemy Biden: The Extinction Rebellion's Top Recruiter This piece analyzes Joe Biden's presidential candidacy from a highly original angle: the extreme menace he poses to the Green New Deal and effective climate action. And perhaps the greater menace is not Biden's own deeply inadequate climate policy, but the considerable danger of him losing to climate terrorist Donald Trump. Indeed, the climate peril of Biden's nomination is the best reason to join Extinction Rebellion NOW.
Tulsi and Bernie; Two GND champions BoB 2.0 loves, From InText
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 13, 2019
Announcing Bernie or Bust 2.0: Electoral Warriors for the Green New Deal While classified as an op-ed because of its heavy opinion component, this important article is also NEWS. The original Bernie or Bust, which provoked the hostile attention of major establishment critics like Bill Maher and Paul Krugman (and coverage in Rolling Stone), was clearly newsworthy. Its timely revival--to save the Green New Deal from dangerous establishment enemies like Joe Biden--should be front-page news.
Nicola's Maduro Viva! US Hands off Venezuela!!, From FlickrPhotos
(40 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 16, 2019
Venezuelan Coup Democrats Vomit on Green New Deal Connecting important dots, this timely piece argues that no Democrats supporting Trump's indefensible, imperialist coup should be considered sincere supporters of a Green New Deal. And that two of our time's most important movements--Sunrise and the Poor People's Campaign--will fatally undermine their credibility and missions by not denouncing the Venezuelan coup, leaving planet-saving leftists no viable path forward.

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