Jamarl Thomas on the People’s Summit, Bernie, and Other Important Topics (2 Videos)

Jamarl Thomas (a really bright guy who went to check it out) finally got around to make up his mind about the People’s Summit which at the start didn’t sit quite right with him. He also adds some other sharp thoughts, especially about Bernie Sanders’ role in our politics (to which I would add that Bernie might be doing what Richard Wolff suggested: namely prove that he has tried everything to save and reform the “Democratic” Party before turning his back on it when the attempt eventually has failed visible to all). This speech is really long, and has stretches that are rambling or recursive. But it is worth spending the time listening, maybe while you cook and do house chores or such. (1:20 hours)

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Two days ago, Jamarl added another evaluation of the People’s Summit, concluding that there is a serious co-opting attempt, but that the visitors seem to have successfully resisted, so far. Also, he feels this kind of summit should be more action oriented like hammer out a political agenda (29 min):

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I might add that the slippery slope I wrote about last time is something to truly be wary of. People don’t necessarily get corrupted by it and the corporate money that sloshes around on it. They can become co-opted even with their best intentions intact, simply by being forced into compromises, restricted by the mechanics of private campaign financing, and such. To overcome these old co-opting weapons, I kind of agree with Debbie the Sane Progressive that we need to alter our mindset, consciously stop doing what hasn’t worked before, keep our sights on a bold vision for the future, and get creative about new ways of doing things (for instance create our own alternative media, run political campaigns heavily relying on grassroots volunteers (canvassing, distributing yard signs…) rather than money-sucking TV ads, etc.).

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Video Weekend 6/17/2017: The People’s Summit (Pitchforks or Sheepdogging?)

This article is intended to give those among us who (like me) could or would not attend this year’s “People’s Summit” a chance to get a feel for how things went and also hear and consider both approving and critical voices across a wide range of positions.

Earlier this week, I produced a first report on the 2nd annual People’s Summit in Chicago. In hindsight, it may have been a little too favorable. I soon found out it was a bit controversial. Video bloggers who attended have admitted to mixed feelings and been rather late, maybe hesitant, reporting about their experience. From what I have been able to gather, many or most of the event’s visitors were largely the kinds of wonderful folks who put their energies into ousting our establishment and fighting for a better world. They created an uplifting mood. On the other hand, there have also been signs of co-opting attempts from the organizational top by our false friends in the “Democratic” Party leadership and their various cronies. At least some of the organizers may merit skepticism, and some of the panelists really do. There seemed to be a deliberate attempt to shape the conversation towards working within our party duopoly, a.k.a. the two-party tyranny, a.k.a. our two-armed corporate party which exists purely to obstruct the will of the people.

Here are some of the ominous signs: Jill Stein wasn’t allowed to participate. And Kshama Sawant, who did slip in last year and is a real fighter for working Americans, was not permitted participation this year. These are both bad omens. Even back in 2016, at the first summit, there apparently were signs that the summit is a “Democratic Party” establishment effort to get berners and any other kind of progressives in line behind the “Democratic” Party and the undemocratically nominated Hillary Clinton. Quote from the source: “The claim to non-partisanship is a fraud, since most of those participating are Democrats (though, on the web site, no speakers are identified with their party affiliation).” Another quote worth posting here comes from Working Families Party’s (WFP) Joe Dinkin who commented this year: “One of the failures of the neoliberal imagination is the instinctive belief that the more moderate proposal is always the more popular one. When people say we have to pursue the possible and not the aspirational, that’s often cover for them not having the same aspirations.”

If you wish, you can read a thorough critique here. Or, if you don’t have time to read, you can listen to this reading and commentary of that same article:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “People’s Summit Confirms Democrats Have Learned Nothing”)

So, while the summit was well polished to look like the real thing on the surface, even having some progressive speakers mixed in, speakers promoting a true alternative to our establishment-run system of gross economic and political unevenness that is — and even though progressive minds like Jimmy Dore, Tim Black, and Jamarl Thomas were drawn to the event as observers — it is beginning to look more than just a little like one of those talk the talk but walk the opposite walk kind of scams with which we have been controlled from above for a long time. Buyer beware!

Now, people can go to such events to find more allies who think like themselves (say, Draft-Berners who wish to bring down and replace the “Democratic Party” with a true people’s party). It may be well worthwhile. Just be wary of establishment-picked panelists and their brainwashing attempts and the overall sheepdogging work done in co-opted and astroturfed events and institutions all over the country. Time will show if the People’s Summit will devolve into yet another co-opting mission by the power elite, or if the attending grassroots forces will prevail in it — or if they will have to create their own summit or convention to advance true change.

Here now are various notable videos from the summit which I was able to gather:

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I was hesitant to include this video for reasons which would take too much time to explain. But at least one person makes a good point, and this video helps to flesh out the diversity present at the summit (the next ones will be richer):

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Jimmy Dore speaks in this one. Nuff said. 😉

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And another. Woohoo!

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Here are two more good videos on the subject:

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Debbie, the Sane Progressive, who I see as our most sensitive problem-and-scam detector, argues that the People’s Summit was a DemEnter event. Whether ultimately this is true or not, or whether it can still be turned around in the future or not, I definitely wanted to share her video with you, to underscore the point that fighting for change, but working with (or inside of) established institutions, places us on a slippery slope, where – time and again – throughout history good people have ended up standing with the bad people and established power they originally set out to fight:

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Last, but not least, a recorded, long, audio-only, call-in live show dealing with this summit and related topics:

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Progressive In-Fighting Boiling Down (Hopefully): Jordan Chariton and Tim Black Make Up

I’d been suggesting and hoping for Jordan Chariton to apologize for when he blew a fuse and accused other independent journalists for being hucksters and enemies of positive change (I hope I don’t mix something in here that came from other places), and recently he did (sort of), namely to Tim Black. I wish he would have gone a little further and to everyone else and criticized himself for fueling in-fighting among people who should stick together in our necessary fight against the establishment and for a better future. Anyway, here is the video (perhaps it took the spirit shared by many visitors to the People’s Summit to prompt this):

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Cool! Now let’s get back to the real fight! 🙂

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America Moving in on the Crooks: Primaring Corrupt Politicians

Young Americans who won’t take it anymore… Now, while I like the prospect of a new party to crush the corrupted Dems and bounce the even longer corrupted GOP, and while I have my doubts about the long-term success of “Democratic” Party take-over and the ability of outfits like the Justice Democrats to resist the temptations from the establishment, this young new politician still represents to me the rise of Young America which wants a future that is bright, not dark:

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We Americans Don’t Fight Alone – Don’t Wake Up Alone

People are waking up in other countries, as well:

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Naturally, the fight won’t finish overnight. So, Jeremy Corbyn didn’t become Prime Minister this round any more than Bernie Sanders became president last year. Still, I find it heartening that people everywhere are beginning to wake up and stand up against their corrupt system. It will take more time to wake up those who are still slumbering with their heads in the sand believing the B.S. the manipulators at the top are raining on us.

It is telling when the tears come and the voice chokes at the moment we wake up (as in the linked video above). All the pain accumulated throughout life in our warped, twisted, rigged societal system finally break out, and the passion and hope for a fair, sustainable, and equitable world — so long repressed because we felt there was no chance that the good of our inner values could ever trounce the iron grip of money and greed in high places.

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The People’s Summit

Have you heard of The People’s Summit? It’s a pretty new thing with much work still to do, and it apparently was started by America’s nurses. Bless their formidable hearts, working all their working days in a healthcare system warped by profit-making greed, fighting each day for us in such a warped system when we are sick! And, then, when the corporate-funded, corrupt DNC installed their godmother Hillary over a heretofore little-known man whose win of the primaries they obfuscated with massive electoral fraud and theft, these nurses organized the first ever People’s Summit to give us all a means by which to try and continue the Bernie campaign’s momentum, keep from falling apart into a gazillion of splinter groups withering away in isolation from each other, and enter the long game of changing our country, and perhaps even the world, to what they both should be.  Continue reading

You Shouldn’t Have Blind Love for a Destructive Person — Not Even in Politics

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All meaningful discourse dies when supporters of a politician react with duplicitous smear attacks, egregious insults, and high-handed derision against anyone who suggests that their worshiped candidate may not be the second coming of Christ — worse when they do so without even taking a glance at the facts or the reasoning presented in the critique. Those supporters should take a moment to go deep into themselves and recall the principles of decency and integrity which they presumably were once taught in their childhood. After all, what does it suggest about the integrity of said politician when said politician’s supporters fail to show the slightest decency and integrity themselves? How can you assume the moral high ground when you do not even manage to mind your manners?  Continue reading

Hillary Would Have Been WORSE For Us Than Trump

Let’s be honest. The “Democratic” and Republican Party are not extremes of one another! They are almost identical! No true alternatives, at all. And the same goes for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Yes, you read correctly. They all screw us (the American working class people) to enrich themselves and their wealthy cronies. And, there is at least one very critically reason why Hillary would have been actually worse than Trump!

Jamarl Thomas, an unusually smart video blogger who I rate highly, gave a very sharp analysis arguing that the confused ones among us should stop, once and for all, to perpetuate the canard that Hillary would have been better than Trump in the Oval Office. In fact, the exact opposite is true! The very sensible argumentation comes from someone situated on what we, in America, traditionally consider the political “left,” a term which in the past was synonymous with the “Democratic” Party, but today is anything but that. Listen or read (or do both). It’s well worth it.

Here is the video, and below it my own summary and commentary:

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Ultimate Analysis of the DNC Lawsuit against the DNC’s Election Cheating

In the corporate mass media, we get manipulation of our minds like when they sow lots of doubt about known facts. For example, when after a long media black-out Newsweek finally wrote about the DNC lawsuit, it kept painting the facts of the rigged 2016 primaries as mere “beliefs.” It’s like writing some people believe it’s snowing. All you have to do is look out of the window and see for yourself. It’s not a belief whether it’s snowing or not.   Continue reading

Truthout Needs Our Help – And So Do Other Independent Media

Truthout is an important source of information in a media landscape that is mostly corporate and therefore (by necessity) lying. Their fund drive is taking overlong. Perhaps too many of us have been funding political campaigns too much to fund our independent media, forgetting that without independent media we wouldn’t even know of viable anti-establishment candidates or what the establishment is doing to us. Here is a salient quote from Truthout’s latest donations request:   Continue reading