You need a new party like you need another hole in your head.

Jimmy Dore is reporting a third party is forming in the United States. Another one? How many do you need?

Forming yet another party is a waste of time and just further splintering of resources by the left.

Instead of forming another party, all the parties that presently exist anywhere in the vicinity of the left should unite into one party. Now, I know this isn’t going to happen in a million years, but if the left were a pareconish left — as I have long argued it should be — it would be easy.

All the existing political parties — whether left or right — are top-down organizations with a typical corporate structure. So none of them can unite with any of the others, because who would be the boss? Who would control the money? It would be a never-ending fight.

But pareconish organizations could easily coalesce. Since everyone in a pareconish organization would be working a balanced job complex and be remunerated only for effort, if two pareconish structures merged into one, you’d just re-divvy up the tasks into balanced jobs. There’d be no fight over power because pareconish organizations are truly horizontal.

Again, I know this is never going to happen. The human race will literally go extinct before the extant left will even acknowledge the existence of participatory economics, much less implement it. But in theory, it’s easy and eminently doable.

But forming a 58th party — excuse me, third party — is an exercise that will go nowhere. There’s no reason theoretically to think it will work, and nothing in practice suggests my theory is anything other than correct.

Shocker: Elite liberals still hate the working class.

Everybody remembers Hillary calling the American working class “deplorables.” And everyone who is a deplorable understands that attitude among elite liberals hasn’t changed at all in the last four years (except maybe to have gotten worse).

So here’s more of it:

The fate of college football could become a microcosm of the broader American political divide. Coaches like Mullet Mike Gundy will insist on trying to play. Administrators will struggle to justify shutting down campuses to everyone but the football team.

“Mullet” Mike Gundy? (Gundy’s the football coach at Oklahoma State.) Now, Pro Football Talk is a very good website. It’s lightweight and uncluttered — very easy to read. But its owner, Mike Florio (who also wrote this article), and everyone who works for him, is a virtue-signalling liberal.

They refuse to call Washington’s NFL team the “Redskins.” You can argue Redskins is an offensive name, and I won’t disagree with you. Of course it is. However, (a) it is currently the name of the team, and (b) that doesn’t stop PFT from making money off of covering them.

Sarcasm: But since Florio et. al. don’t call the team the Redskins, that means the money they’re making isn’t blood money.

So here we have liberals who are wont to engage in costless virtue signalling, who then turn around and expose their deep hatred of the American working class.

That’s exactly what calling him “Mullet Mike Gundy” reflects. That attitude of elite liberals is no small part of why Donald Trump is in the White House.

Despite all his considerable and numerous flaws, had Bernie been the Democrat nominee, I’d have voted for him in the general (I voted for him in the 2016 and 2020 primaries). However, I supported Trump in the 2016 general, and people like Florio are no small part of the reason why it will be very easy for me to do so again and vote for him in 2020.

I hate elite liberals and corporate Democrats with heat of a thousand suns.

AOC is already running for president.

AOC is doing damage control. I expect a huge chunk of the left to fall for it.

In addition to what I’ve already said, remember, Jimmy Dore gave her her first big exposure to a national audience. She said she’d come back if she won. Instead, she refused to return his emails, and lauds the odious Pelosi as “Mama Bear.”

For years, H.R. 676 was the “gold standard” single-payer Medicare for All bill. Pelosi turned H.R. 676 into the “I love NATO” act, and AOC voted for it.

The oleaginous Hillary-sycophant Neera Tanden is now praising AOC as someone who exhibits “leadership.”

Everything about her screams Obama 2.0,1 except female and Latina. But so many people need something, or someone, to believe in, and they have gravitated to her.

Those who can not remember history… Or, fool me once…

Parecon as Winning Strategy

Bernie has dropped out.  Soon he will be campaigning for Biden.  It’s easy to say Bernie should have been more aggressive with Biden, and while in a vacuum I don’t disagree, the reality is that if this is who Bernie was, no one would have ever heard of him.  He certainly would have never made it to the U.S. Senate.

Independent thinkers are generally filtered out before they can make it to positions of power:

Most people are not liars. They can’t tolerate too much cognitive dissidence. I don’t want to deny that there are outright liars, just brazen propagandists. You can find them in journalism and in the academic professions as well. But I don’t think that’s the norm. The norm is obedience, adoption of uncritical attitudes, taking the easy path of self-deception. I think there’s also a selective process in the academic professions and journalism. That is, people who are independent minded and cannot be trusted to be obedient don’t make it, by and large. [emphasis added] They’re often filtered out along the way.

Here, Chomsky is talking about journalists and academics, but the point generalizes.  You can be a mouthy right winger and rise to levels of great power.  But mouthy lefties are rendered invisible — if they’re not unemployed and sleeping under bridges.

Many on the left are presently confused and bordering on despair.  They don’t know where the left goes from here.  I have long argued the left should become a threatening good example by remaking itself into a pareconish left.  That would, however, require the almost-entirely-coordinator-class left to honestly assess its class privileges in meaningful ways — something that it has been loath to do for at least 30 years.

Einstein said, “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”  I argue for parecon as winning strategy because not only is the current strategy of everyone on the left running their own successful small businesses and hoping that will magically translate into social change not working, frankly it’s the obvious next stage in thinking that needs to occur before anything will be won in the Western world.

The alternative is probably hard fascism.

AOC runs over left, backs up, runs over them again. Left still loves her.

Jimmy Dore has a new piece on AOC which is of course very good.  But her selling out could be seen far earlier.

Pelosi was re-elected speaker on January 3, 2019 — with AOC’s vote.  In that same month the Justice Democrats, who sponsored AOC’s successful primary challenge in New York’s 14th congressional district against incumbent Joe Crowley, published a video with AOC where says (at the 5:00 mark) the following:

If you’re a one-term Congress member, so what?  You can make ten years’ worth of change in one term if you’re not afraid.

But apparently AOC was afraid not to vote for Pelosi for speaker.  Had she voted no, that might have sent a message that she meant business.  But she never did.  At the time, virtually the entire left was unanimous in defending AOC, saying she had no choice but to vote yes — despite the fact that fifteen other Democrats managed not to vote yes on Pelosi.  And to this day, other than Dore, virtually the entire left still defends AOC. 

Anyone who’s a recovering alcoholic knows the first step is to admit you have a problem.  The left needs to start seeing the world the way it is — not the way they want it to be.