Dec 24, 2020Liked by Yasha Levine

"'The masses' do not rebel in instinctive response to hard times and exploitation because they have been culturally organized by their societies not to rebel." And Jimmy Dore is at least trying to pull them in that direction. I really don't think he is cynical about the #ForcetheVote project. I guess comedians may be cynical by nature, but I do believe he is making a good faith effort to out the Democratic Party as shills for their donors. It's true this may not result in #MedicareforAll, but it might help us figure out how to get it. Healthcare is a popular issue and might be the wedge that gets issue-based campaigns on the radar. I understand Jimmy also supports the Movement for a Peoples Party. Having worked on Nadar's presidential campaigns and witnessed the wrecking balls deployed by the Democrats, I'm leary but will see what happens with that. I'm also an independent socialist and have the old pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will thing. Thanks, Yasha.

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Yasha, Abby Martin was praising you and your work on her brother's MAME politics livestream. She mentioned these last few paragraphs on this article. Just thought you would like to know. I do my best to share your work.

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Dec 25, 2020Liked by Yasha Levine

Yasha, I'm trying to popularize the concept of expropriation and start a movement against the oligarchy. https://truthout.org/articles/expropriate-stan-kroenke/ Simply put, we're absolutely doomed if we don't do this. Well, more than we already are.

The ruling class has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people in broad daylight through brutal neglect. What the Hell are we waiting for, aside from the climate apocalypse?

I'm an organizer by desperate necessity trying to do everything you demand the nascent left does...and you've ignored my calls for help. You won't even read my short article outlining my declaration, intended purpose. I've talked to you on Twitter several times and you never give me the time of day.

Now I know that capitalism robs us all of time to help our fellow man, but I'm not asking you to translate War and Peace into Gothic. I just want you to hear my plea for what I plan on doing and offer some damn encouragement and emotional support.

And if you can't do that, politely tell me you don't have the emotional energy. I'd leave you alone, promise.

I have been trying to do this for years and I'm at my wit's end. It's traumatizing for me to reach out for help because this evil country tortures people with autism into alienation that is hard to fathom for anyone who doesn't suffer from it.

So please, please read my 800-word article and DM me on Twitter when you have. https://twitter.com/SteveTSchmidt

I'm begging you to hear me out.

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Somebody using their popular social media platform to push for something good? Yeah, totally lame. Somebody making money while educating and inspiring people? Also bogus. I subscribe ($$) to your Substack because you are usually very insightful (and self-aware). I don't know what this article is, but I'm going to give you a pass because none of us get it right 100% of the time. The #ForcetheVote movement is a simple straightforward way to try to get something the citizens of the U.S. desperately need. That's it. It's not hard to understand and it seems to me a lot of grown-ass adults are working way too hard to miss the point.

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re: "Select a membership level."

Basic question: aside from the internet marketing crap, how is that actually different than what people did 25 or 50 years ago when they bought newspapers and magazines, in some cases in radical-left bookstores, that published authors they were interested in?

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re: political donations to AOC

(not sure what this means, how much was from big tech.)

80% small donations < $200

lots of retirees, university people, google+amazon employees, public employees...


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The USA is a Hegelian-idealist project, the most recent chapter is coming to some kind of horrible close (similar to the temporary doom brought by the industrial revolution), but it will be revived and reformulated over a generation or so. But probably not by Russian immigrants.

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