My reply to Stephen54321 at truthdig

Thank you for your comment. At least know that I was alive and well when the Weather Underground and the Symbionese Liberation Army had the spotlight. But please don’t forget the shared hysteria mongering of respectable bourgeois pundits and intellectuals, when The Black Panthers ‘invaded’ the California state capitol!

‘Student Radicals’ and ‘The Panthers’ were the start of Reagan’s war on ‘Radicals’ heavily garnished with respectable white racism: in ’76 by ‘Welfare Queens Driving Cadillacs’ and in ’80 the notorious Neshoba County Fair speech that opened his ’80 campaign: ‘I believe in States Rights‘! He metaphorically spit on the graves of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner.
The Second American Civil War is here and now! Except that now we have an unapologetic Fascist Trump, not the carefully stage managed Reaganite version. And an utterly corrupt Republican Party- where is the Party of Lincoln? And the New Democrats led by Mrs. Clinton and her coterie of Corporatists, that defines the Politics of the Present. Yet this new Civil War is episodic in nature, Ferguson and Charlottesville were its latest flashpoints. The very cause of the current revolutionary moments is inescapable: the number and frequency of police executions of black folks, that is all pervasive!

What does ‘freedom’ mean in the present political context? You don’t have an answer, neither does Mr. Hedges, in his latest political sermonizing, that cultivates self-congratulation and abject political conformity, in the name of the myth of an ersatz civic peace.

Not to belabor the point, see my comments here:





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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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