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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.
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, 4111 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, 4111 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, 4817 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.
Saturday, January 14, 2017(39 comments)
Let's Hunt Neoliberals to Political Extinction (Part 1 of 2)
Peaceful revolutions, fought with ballots not bullets, must still overthrow oppressive political enemies. Sanders' Democratic campaign, sabotaged from the get-go by pro-Clinton neoliberals, exposed Democratic Party neoliberals as progressives' oppressive enemies. Yet Bernie hesitates to name them, fearing for party unity. Our transpartisan movement doesn't, seeking to make neoliberal the damning new political "N-word."
To Funnyman Maher, Climate-Fracking Corruption Is One Big Joke
As co-founder of Revolt Against Plutocracy and the Bernie or Bust movement our pledge spawned, I'm furious with Bill Maher. But NOT, as readers, might suspect, for his joke at our movement's expense--the best free publicity our growing movement could ever imagine. No, I'm enraged at the segment where that joke appears, which buries Clinton's corruption by money--and the climate danger it poses--beneath juvenile potty jokes.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016(8 comments)
Won't Leftists Profit from Berniacs' Desperation?
Bernie Sanders has had shocking success in rising from relative unknown to contender status. But given the staggering initial odds against him, he may have simply run out of time in his efforts to educate voters in the night-and-day difference between his revolution and Clinton's money-corrupted foot-dragging. Uniting "Berniacs" and Sanders-skeptical leftists in categorically refusing Clinton may be revolution's only hope.
Thursday, February 18, 2016(9 comments)
No Reforming Democrats: Leftist Dogma or Scientific Fact?
The harder Left, which does NOT support Bernie Sanders, is relying on virtual religious dogma to deny the legitimate possibility that Bernie CAN perform a hostile takeover of the Democratic Party. But even if one remains skeptical of that possibility (as I myself am), the Left is overlooking the ideal chance to organize Sanders supporters for political revolution Revolt Against Plutocracy now provides. Let's get leftists IN!
Saturday, February 13, 2016(12 comments)
Revolution IS Possible--by Leftists Stiffening Sanderistas' Spines
This is the follow-up to my previous, provocative piece "Can't Hillary Haters All Just Get Along?" While I've written this essay--in light of its possible historical importance--to work well as a standalone piece, I encourage readers to at least skim my previous article so as to better catch my drift in this urgent call to leftist unity based on relentless repudiation of Hillary Clinton.
Sistah Hillary's "Blackface" and Identity Dems' Blaxploitation
This piece was written in savage indignation after Hillary Clinton's sleazy Sunday debate performance, where she duly honored MLK's pigmentation while trampling his principles. Beyond calling her out, it radically critiques Democrats' abuse of identity politics to keep blacks on the party plantation so Dems can go about Job #1 of serving Mammon.
Thursday, January 14, 2016(19 comments)
Bernie Is Leftists' Divinely Appointed "Hitman"
If democracy is to survive, political activists must take out a "hit" on today's Democratic Party--the chief U.S. obstacle to much-needed political revolution. Fortunately, fate has conspired in having Bernie Sanders, wittingly or unwittingly the best potential "hitman" against today's corrupt Democrats, run for president in that party. And has conspired even more in having ham-handed Hillary Clinton and DWS abet his "hit."
Thursday, December 31, 2015(22 comments)
Bernie vs. Hillary Is Really a "Clash of Civilizations"
Clinton's propaganda machine pretends that she's an acceptable substitute for Bernie Sanders and that Sanders supporters should simply vote for her if she's nominated. That's utterly inconsistent with Bernie's view that "business as usual" (which Clinton clearly embodies) is so bad we need a political revolution. Here I try to foment that revolution by arguing that Bernie vs. Hillary is really a "clash of civilization.
Thursday, December 17, 2015(5 comments)
Whitewashing Hillary--By "Redwashing" Progressive Critics
This article attempts to coin a possibly viral new word--in fact, a potentially potent new weapon in fighting Hillary Clinton's propaganda machine. That word is "redwashing," and means the practice of smearing Clinton's progressive critics--and possibly even "disappearing" them from public view--by treating all critiques of and opposition to Hillary Clinton as originating with Republicans. Blame the act and use this term!
Friday, December 11, 2015(4 comments)
Bill Scher: Hillary's Dangerous Climate Spin Doctor
My new, deeply provocative OEN piece is a passionate rebuttal of a Common Dreams article whose spin doctoring angered and disturbed me. How? By citing a "world-changing choice" on climate between Sanders and Clinton but then sweeping away a huge body of expert evidence favoring Sanders, and even hinting the need for climate "pragmatism" favors Clinton. Perhaps my best--and most passionate--piece of political analysis.
Sunday, December 6, 2015(10 comments)
Climate Judge Hansen "Profiles" Clinton's Democrat Criminals
World-renowned climatologist James Hansen has just described adopting the U.S. policy of long-term commitment to fracking as "screwing your children and grandchildren." Yet Democrats' presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton endorses precisely such a policy, having pushed hard for global fracking as Secretary of State. So doesn't that make the legions of Democratic politicians who've endorsed her "climate criminals"?
Sunday, November 29, 2015(4 comments)
Wake Up Zombie, Kick Up a Big Stink!
If climate catastrophe leaves a civilization for historians to write in, they may someday lament how the world's biggest news story was irresponsibly flubbed by mainstream's willed failure to connect the dots: Hillary's Clinton's political machine is foisting on us a candidate provably unqualified, by policies and character, to address our planet's climate emergency. Fearing that, I try to "be the media" in this 3-part series. Series: Climate's Deadliest HIDDEN Enemy: The Clinton Political Machine (2 Articles, 3999 views)
Sanders Correctly Rattles Sabers--at the Climate Change Enemy
If climate catastrophe leaves a civilization for historians to write in, they may someday lament how the world's biggest news story was irresponsibly flubbed by mainstream's willed failure to connect the dots: Hillary's Clinton's political machine is foisting on us a candidate provably unqualified, by policies and character, to address our planet's climate emergency. Fearing that, I try to "be the media" in this 3-part series.
Monday, August 10, 2015(17 comments)
"Exploiting" Bernie to Dynamite Democrats' Fault Lines
If leftists want political power anytime soon, their best bet is to support Bernie Sanders. But NOT uncritically, and NOT in the conventional way of voting for the Democratic nominee should Bernie lose the nomination. CounterPunch editors Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank wrote pooh-poohing Bernie's candidacy based on thinking "inside the Bernie box." They generously let me rebut them with two pieces at CP. Here's piece #2.
Monday, August 10, 2015(2 comments)
We're NOT Sandernistas: Reinventing the Wheels of Bernie's Bandwagon
If leftists want political power anytime soon, their best bet is to support Bernie Sanders. But NOT uncritically, and NOT in the conventional way of voting for the Democratic nominee should Bernie lose the nomination. CounterPunch editors Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank wrote pooh-poohing Bernie's candidacy based on thinking "inside the Bernie box." They generously let me rebut them with two pieces at CP. Here's the first.
Saturday, July 11, 2015(18 comments)
Petition Implores Warren Wing: "Show Us the Bernie"
Bernie Sanders probably needs endorsement by Elizabeth Warren and Congressional progressives to win the Democratic presidential nomination. Despite Bernie's staggering superiority in progressive 'street creds' to Hillary Clinton, endorsements have been nonexistent, suggesting intimidation by Dems' corporatist leadership. Our "Show Us the Bernie" campaign, focused on a forceful new petition, seeks to turn the tables.
Sunday, June 28, 2015(17 comments)
"Madam Predator": Will Bernie's Sheep Morph into Hillary's Wolves?
Hillary Clinton is a proven supporter of PREDATORY plutocratic interests, be they military, surveillance, financial, or fossil fuel. Should Bernie Sanders lose the Democratic nomination to Clinton, many of his supporters will, by behaving "sheepishly," will knowingly succumb to perhaps the biggest bait-and-switch in human history: sheep electing wolves. Backing Sanders' campaign with Hedges-style moral revolt can stop that.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015(67 comments)
Revolt Against Plutocracy: Grassroots Revolution Isn't Just BS
Bernie Sanders has called for political revolution--HERE IT IS. Identifying the same enemy Bernie does, we call it "Revolt Against Plutocracy." Bernie's revolution (not really his but OURS--& long overdue) will perhaps surprise him, since we DON'T identify "his" revolution with his campaign, which we leave him free to conduct brilliantly, while we (for reasons we explain in detail here) take the revolution into our own hands.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015(80 comments)
Bernie's No Sheepdog--Provided His Supporters Aren't Sheep
Supporters of Bernie Sanders' presidential run as a Democrat are probably insufficiently aware of the very real danger he could be made Hillary Clinton's "sheepdog," handing her progressive rhetoric and underserved votes from disgruntled progressives who loyally support him. To stave this off, Sanders progressives who grasp the need for political revolution--which Clinton's as fit to bring as Marie Antoinette--must ORGANIZE.
Sunday, May 10, 2015(13 comments)
Warren Spinelessly Coddles Clinton, Distances Sanders
Principled and backboned in direct confrontations with Wall Street, Liz Warren and Democrats' Warren wing turn spineless jellyfish about criticizing or pressuring Wall Street heartthrob Hillary Clinton. It's so bad, you'd swear the rumored "Clinton mafia" had threatened to rub out Warren's grandkids. Progressives MUST take notice--and show zero tolerance for Warren's unprincipled coddling of Clinton and coldness to Sanders.
Thursday, April 30, 2015(25 comments)
Bernie Excites Progressive Passion; Hillary, Our Vomit Reflex
The 2016 Democratic presidential race is not a normal one, and should not be treated as such. Any election pitting Bernie Sanders against Hillary Clinton is a WATERSHED one, and Democrats ignore that fact at their extreme peril. But the watershed value of Bernie's candidacy will be realized only if progressives ORGANIZE around the common ground of passion for what Bernie--and sheer disgust for what Hillary--represents.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015(1 comments)
Hillary's "Whatever You Say, Say Nothing" Political Speech
In a political era laden with ironies, perhaps the biggest is Hillary Clinton's political speech being largely financed by HEDGE funds. While her "populist" words on money in politics were a textbook case of lawyerly hedging, her craven failure to reject TPP--while feigning concern--was an act of "gallantly chickening out" worthy of Monty Python's Brave Sir Robin. "Whatever You Say, Say Nothing" political speech at its best!
Liz Declines Presidency, Officially Joins Ruling Hypocrisy
On the "Today" show, Elizabeth Warren made it clearer than ever she has no intention of running for president. More importantly, she made it clear she doesn't DESERVE to be president, by using that interview to carry water for Hillary Clinton--a Democratic "Bilderberg," bound hand and foot to global plutocrats, who PRETENDS to favor Warren's economic populism. This article offers effective punishment for Warren's hypocrisy.
Monday, March 23, 2015(16 comments)
Hillary Sings Pop: "Talked to Stiglitz for Nothing (I Want My TPP)"
How does Hillary Clinton deserve credit with progressives for consulting Nobel laureate progressive economist Joseph Stiglitz--when she secretly adores the REGRESSIVE Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Stiglitz himself authoritatively denounces? Inquiring minds want to know. And activist ones want to stop her from getting away with. This article should please both.
Friday, February 27, 2015(32 comments)
Liz Should Make Hillary Pay Tribute--like Denouncing TPP
With great power comes great responsibility. Like, in Liz Warren's case, the responsibility to use her enormous political leverage to defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership. As in, say, making Hillary Clinton's denouncing the TPP the price of her continuing support. Though largely humorous, this article is dead serious in its plea for readers to contact Warren and pressure her to "exact TPP tribute" from Clinton.
Monday, February 16, 2015(134 comments)
Progressive Hammer: We'd Rather Be a Hammer than Hillary's Nail
Facing grim prospects from a Clinton presidency, ALL progressives should fear that Democrats' Warren wing is a "paper tiger," impotent in the face of party control by Clinton and her oligarch donors. If Warren (like her colleague Bernie Sanders) really wants backing by a movement capable of standing up to Dems' corporatists, that movement must show utter ferocity toward Clinton. Thus the Progressive Hammer campaign.
Sunday, February 8, 2015(21 comments)
In 2014 Elections, Dems Weren't Punished Enough
Any good progressive knows that when Americans elect today's Republicans, it's a national exercise in self-punishment. And of course, Democrats--especially "centrist" ones--are only too glad to tell us that. This article challenges those centrists--and Andrew Schmookler's recent popular OEN piece--asserting that rather than wringing hands over electoral losses, Dems should be searching souls over HOW evil their party now is.
Monday, February 2, 2015(6 comments)
Will Warren Play Useful Idiot for Frack-Queen Clinton?
This article is vehicle for an URGENT MoveOn petition, found at the end. For busy activists seeking just an "executive summary" of why you should sign, read the first boldface section. But if you're seeking the best analysis I've seen of Liz Warren's standing among Democrats, please read the rest. It strongly argues why, without potent popular pressure, historians will vilify Warren as Clinton's useful idiot.
Friday, January 23, 2015(9 comments)
After Obama's Phony SOTU, Let's Force Warren to Prove She's REAL
This article is vehicle for an URGENT petition, sponsored by Pitchforks Against Plutocracy. After the arrant phoniness of Obama's State of the Union address, we must test whether there's ANYTHING worth supporting about Democrats; if there is, it lies in Democrats' Warren wing. If Warren won't stop supporting Hillary Clinton, we'll KNOW Democrats are phony and must seek other means than Dems for resisting "Republofascism."
Saturday, January 17, 2015(23 comments)
Can't Warren Read the "Dubyas" on Clinton's Wall?
Can't Warren read the "Dubyas" on Hillary's wall? Like, say, waging war, warming the planet, coddling Wall Street, and sabotaging Warren? If Warren, full knowing Hillary's history and donors, can't play rational prophet and read the sinister wall prophecy Hillary's moving finger is tracing, a united movement of activists must jump in and read it for her. As if reading her the riot act--with a stern pledge to reject Hillary.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015(3 comments)
Dr. Pitchfork: Or How I Learned to Stop Losing and Love Voter Extortion
Fans of the classic dark comedy Dr. Strangelove know it concerned learning to stop worrying and love the bomb--as in A- or H-bomb. Arguing from an original, extended analogy with economics, I here conclude that to reform our rigged "duopoly" market, we must learn to love the "nuclear bomb" of political extortion, as launched by a minority--albeit sizable--of "movement of movements" voters. Thereby improving policy "supply."
Monday, January 5, 2015(15 comments)
The "Mengele Act": How TPP Fast Tracks Political Mass Castration
No lover of democracy can hate the Trans-Pacific Partnership enough. While the reasons to detest TPP--and above all TPP fast track--are abundant, no prior article has captured its full loathsomeness by pinpointing its deep political significance. Nothing short, that is, of rapidly streamlining the slow, ongoing political castration of the U.S. public. Metaphorically speaking, a project worthy of Dr. Mengele.
Monday, December 29, 2014(120 comments)
Will Progressives Look a Gift Pope in the Mouth?
Pope Francis, with an upcoming encyclical on climate change, is a godsend to progressives and climate activists alike. And his shift in the Catholic Church's moral emphasis toward the "social gospel" dovetails splendidly with Democrats' "Warren wing" shift away from identity politics and back to the economic justice emphasis of the New Deal. Savvy progressives must now seek to mend fences with Francis's HUGE flock.
Monday, December 22, 2014(16 comments)
Pitchforks against Plutocracy: Needed Radicalism for the Mainstream
As a preliminary to building the Pitchforks against Plutocracy movement I've been sketching, I here offer a list of 16 talking points about the prospective movement. They're best seen as a rhetorical strategy to radicalize a rather "white bread" mainstream about the political EMERGENCY our nation--and world--are facing. An emergency caused, at its root, by plutocratic rule.
Saturday, December 13, 2014(7 comments)
Pitchforks against Plutocracy: CONSCIOUSLY Waging the Class War to Win
Here it is, folks: my FULL rationale for building a peaceful but aggressive "Pitchforks against Plutocracy" movement--a COMPREHENSIVE quest to win the class war, whose uniqueness lies in pursuing REALISTIC "brainiac" electoral strategies (and protest and civil disobedience at need). A group smart and flexible enough to draw inspiration from BOTH anti-Christian democrat Thomas Paine AND genius Christian democrat Blaise Pascal.
Friday, December 5, 2014(15 comments)
Blue or Green Pitchforks?--It's All Up to Liz Warren
An IMPORTANT article, sketching the prospect of a populist "Pitchfork Movement" that brings plutocracy to its knees. But above all, this article sketches that movement's relationship to Liz Warren, provisionally trusting her to live up to the high cause she's publicly embraced, but ready in a heartbeat to cast her off as a Judas if her only role is to save Democrats' undeserved credibility.
Monday, December 1, 2014(9 comments)
Leftists, Awake! Warren's Our WEDGE to "Permanent Revolution"
As a potential first woman president preaching a subversive economic message, Elizabeth Warren offers a historic opportunity to the Left--perhaps our wedge to fomenting "permanent revolution." Since economics is the key to everything, this is a case of trusting NOT the messenger, but the latent subversiveness of the message. If Leftists fail to seize this historic opportunity, we richly deserve our "Born to Lose" tattoo.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014(6 comments)
"Bold Progressive" Masochists Kiss Hillary's Shiny Boot
Though focusing on a question of political principle, this article is, in its own way, a striking piece of INVESTIGATIVE journalism. Written in reaction to an e-mail from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (aka "Bold Progressives"), it exposes the masochistic contradiction at the core of "progressive" politics: proclaiming marital fidelity to Liz Warren's principles, while secretly enthralled to "dominatrix" Clinton.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014(59 comments)
Rejecting Clinton for Warren Is Climate's ONLY Hope
With this article, I officially drop my push for Sanders as president in favor of Elizabeth Warren, who's now dropped hints she might run. While Bernie remains as deserving as ever, any political realist knows that Warren, as Democrats' rising superstar--and potential first woman president to boot--is far more electable. This article logically argues why Naomi Klein's followers URGENTLY need to demand Warren's candidacy.