Politics, n. strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH
The secret of a demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so that they believe they are as clever as he is.
When I was a boy I was told that anybody can become President; I’m beginning to believe it.
The articles, by others, which I list here all appeared in Counter Punch in January 2016. My reactions to these articles were written in 2015, and are listed further down. I like Bernie Sanders.
January 21, 2016
Purple Map Could be Bernie’s Map
by Leticia Cortez
[Cortez gives a straightforward description of why “working” Americans (the masses of “proles”, and the grunts of the “outer party”) have a liking for Bernie and don’t trust Hillary: she is a tool of Wall Street and the for-profit prison industry (slavery!), and Bernie is opposed to both. It’s very clear why the bloated parasites want to divert public attention from Bernie (and are failing as Rall shows).]
January 20, 2016
Bernie Sanders and the Failure of Propaganda
by Ted Rall
[Rall clicks off all the times/events/aspects of how the public is largely ignoring the minders of the public mind as regards Bernie: the failure of apparatchik propaganda. Sanders is the choice of the working (struggling) people of America, except for the angst-ridden knuckle-headed pasty-faced bigots grieving over their loss of relevancy to American life, the chumps Trump is conning to feed his gargantuan narcissism.]
January 19, 2016
With the Specter of Clinton Looming: Rethinking Bernie
by Andrew Levine
[A self-important academic political expert windbag takes forever to say he missed the bus regarding Bernie. But it is remotely possible all his early criticisms and negative anticipations about Bernie could turn out to occur, he wistfully concedes. An example of being blinded by Hillary-phobia within an opaque ego-bubble.]
Also, Dave Lindorff and John V. Walsh have written on Bernie, in CP on the 19th. But, I don’t pay attention to them. Between the 4th and 19th of January 2016 there were a few other articles of complaint, using Bernie to express the dislikes, disapprovals and negative anticipations of the authors. I didn’t find insight in any of these.
January 4, 2016
Bernie Sanders vs. the Corporatocracy
by Richard W. Behan
[Behan clearly explains the whole point of the Bernie Sanders campaign, and the popular political movement it is growing. “It’s the economy, stupid.”]
January 1, 2016
Bernie vs. Hillary: the Real “Clash of Civilizations”?
by Patrick Walker
[Walker describes how Hillary Clinton is the candidate of the climate-destroying corporatocracy, and Bernie is politically America’s best hope for “climate justice.”]
My answers to the above articles were written in 2015:
on Bernie (first two-and-a-half),
and Trump (last one-and-a-half).
Bernie Versus The Con Job
11 December 2015
[On voting: Bernie (the people’s choice) versus Hillary (plutocracy’s choice).]
Between Slavery and Socialism in America Today
10 November 2015
[The economic reality (99% vs. 1%), and why Bernie matters.]
Populist Dimorphism: Trump and Sanders
17 August 2015
[The failure of elite propaganda, inevitable given a chronically failed economy for “us.”]
The Trump Surge and the American Psyche
24 July 2015
[The delights of bigots’ liberation.]