Bernie crying like a little bitch.
This image of Bernie Sanders from a late 1960’s Chicago protest has been put out there recently, and it is meant to big up Bernie’s credentials as a heroic resistance fighter. This is what passes for “resistance” in the United States. I’ve seen so many demonstrators resisting arrest by futilely struggling to get free, or by going limp, when the cops snatch them. It seems to be a twisted badge of honor among petty bourgeois liberals or ultra-left radicals to scream and cry and make a big fucking scene when they get arrested. I say have some dignity for Christ sake! I think more stoicism is called for in this situation. It doesn’t do any good for movement-building or for your own personal well-being to resist arrest and antagonize the police.
Is this image really inspiring to the masses? Is it going to encourage people to rise up and join the movement? I think not . . . and I think that’s the entire point.
Imperial logic I: External crises distract from internal ones
Empires with internal problems tend to create external crises to distract the public opinion and unite their political and economical ruling class in a fictitious nationalistic fervor. The current United States policy of overt regime change in Venezuela, backed entirely by its NATO vassals, follows an evergreen imperial playbook of creating new crises to obscure failures and divisions.
In addition to the administration’s overall incompetence, the legal investigations through the Mueller inquiry, and the failure to deliver to its MAGA sycophants their big wall, it has passed unnoticed, and it will never be admitted by US officials or media that the US imperial wars in Afghanistan and Syria are in fact lost. Assad will remain in power, and the US administration has publicly admitted that it was negotiating with the Taliban. The temptation for the empire’s ideologues is too strong not to follow the precept: when you have lost a war, you declare victory and you leave. And next time around, you try to pick a weaker target.
Continued at News Junkie Post