"Ian Rankin once explained to an interviewer (the head of the Indian Communist Party!) that crime fiction is a way of talking about social inequality. Ron Jacobs applies that same maxim to the Sixties... in his wonderfully noir trilogy of those exhilarating and troubled times. And what Rankin does for Edinburgh, Jacobs amply illuminates for the Movement. Much much more than ripping yarns (though they are that too), from a master who's been there, done that, and lived to tell a tale or two."

--Ramsey Kanaan, Publisher PM Press/noir enthusiast

Friday, September 4, 2015

Bernie Sanders’ Vision: As Myopic as Every Other Candidate or Not?



The Portland Alliance said...

Absolute nonsense. Bernie Sanders is no progressive, unless you want to redefine the term.

"You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Bernie refuses to discuss war, peace, civil right or the Middle East. This is not OK.

“If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
― Malcolm X

"Bernie has baggage. He supports a trillion dollar boondoggle, the F-35 fighter/bomber, which cannot even match the performance of the previous bomber costing 80% less. (The definition of profiteering.) He is also supportive of drone strikes which are known to kill an average of fifty innocents per strike. He condones illegal settlement-building and attacks on Gaza by the IDF."


“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

"Bernie Sanders, George Bush, Barack Obama, Dick Cheney, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronnie Reagan, Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the Millionaires Club agree on continued aggression abroad to enhance the corporate bottom line."

Supporting the status quo is the OPPOSITE of progressive. His positions on Gaza, U. S. Wars of Choice and munitions profiteering are right-leaning conservative options for maintaining the status quo. This is not acceptable.


jron said...

YOu misunderstand the term. Historically, progressive began in the late 19th century/early 20th century. Teddy Roosevelt actually ran on a Progressive ticket in the early 1900s. It continued to mean someone who believed in capitalism, but blamed individual capitalists for its transgressions. It occasionally opposed US wars, but more often supported them. Progressive means reforming the capitalist system, not ending it. Perhaps the most "socialist" of any candidate calling themselves progressive was Henry Wallace inn the 1948 election. Bernie is not as antiwar as Wallace was, nor is he as prowar as Teddy Roosevelt was. Progressive is not anti-capitalist or even anti-imperialist, not even in today's diluted meaning of the word. Maybe you want to call yourself radical.

The Portland Alliance said...

I absolutely understand the term progressive. Progressive means not accepting the status quo of endless wars for profit and moving this nation forward by ending the export of terror, munitions and war. We can replace this economic base with the export of knowledge, technonlogy and peace.

Bernie Sanders is a tired old conservative who clings to wars for profit instead of standing firm and securing the peace. We will never be able to repair our infrastructure, provide universal health care, fix our schools or create jobs at home until we stop spending trillions, killing millions, creating new enemies and making this nation and the globe less secure.

Accepting wars for profit as our economic base is radical and this is why I oppose it. The far right and far left have met. Any fool who supports Bernie the tool is doing exactly what the mean, right wing spin machine has been begging for. But we have better choices and it is time to use common sense.

Bernie is a phony. He has a real record. It is found in the congressional record. Regardless of what he says, we know what he does. He votes to support American and Israeli aggression. He also votes for reductions in civil liberties, dozens of unnecessary wars of choice and is a proactive supporter of military profiteering costing trillions and killing millions. In spite of his famous bad temper, he can be charismatic and talks a good game about economic change and equity, but that is not how he votes. He is a tired old conservative who believes that wars for profit are a reasonable and necessary part of our economic base. He is wrong. And if he were president, we would suffer for it and the Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama agenda of preemptive aggression would continue unabated.