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@12 and @15 So, are you our there party building in non-Seattle, non-CA? Because this change you think is going to happen isn't going to happen magically as "Disaster Socialism", no matter how much you fantasize about why people didn't vote for Clinton being ready for "real" leftism.
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I don't think Trump or Bannon give a shit about weed. They are going after anything that gives them an opportunity to put Federal law enforcement on the ground in communities and justify increasing the number of those Federal law enforcement boots under their control. They want to be busting down doors in WA, CA, OR, and CO - and any other place showing "resistance" to their rule. They don't care how they justify it, other than it has to fit the executive branch forces they control. Immigration, drugs, whatever...
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@54 Sure neoliberalism has fucked over the workers in Indiana, but because they are ignorant of socialist or Marxist analysis of what has caused them to be fucked over, it has been possible to convince many of them that it is in fact socialism that has fucked them over - to even convince significant numbers of rank and file that Clinton and Obama are socialists!
C'mon man. Union membership and representation has fallen by half since 1989, and fallen almost 6% between 2014 and 2015 alone, coinciding with the "right to work" law passed by the legislators who Hoosiers put in place to represent them. If the approach of you and Sawant were correct, the Democratic Party being "virtually nonexistant" in Indiana, as you say, would create a vacuum into which the socialist workers you suggest are so strong there would be stepping in to fill the void. But they aren't, because, like I said, their thinking is not grounded in socialist principles or understanding. And I'm talking about lacking conscious grasp the most basic concepts - not the more utopian no borders stuff you've laid on the table today.
"Disaster Socialism" isn't going to triumph, because there is no critical mass of engaged constructive experienced socialists to step into the void. Meanwhile, I find the suffering and collateral damage to flesh and blood people, positive functioning institutions, and the environment waaaaaay too much of a price to pay in order to indulge Sawant's fantasies. If she hadn't abandoned practical constructive political activity in favor of whatever the fuck she is doing now, there might at least be some basis, maybe, for discussion about how much suffering of "other people" is acceptable or unavoidable in the process of making things better.