Caitlin J on the Democrats

7 Mar

Caitlin Johnstone today:

Democrats cannot wait for the midterms so they can lose and go back to letting the Republicans play the bad cop.

    • This is who the Democrats are. It’s who they always will be. They let you have your Bernies and AOCs to create the illusion that progressives can win if they just vote a little harder, but the corporate elites will always have enough of a congressional majority to kill progress. Don’t let them spin this as some sort of freakish anomaly, as the result of not having the right kind of Democrats in office. This is the only way the Democratic Party will ever operate. It’s not broken, it’s working exactly as it’s meant to.
    • Left-wing Democrats who give the party the illusion of legitimacy are just as destructive as the right-wing Democrats who do the party’s actual dirty work. They’re simply different parts of the same corrupt vehicle, each as essential to its operation as the other.1
    • If you’d just been staring at a screen watching the movements of troops, weapons and money you would have no idea the US officially underwent a change of leadership in January.
    • “A second Trump term would’ve been worse” is (A) not a valid defense of Biden and (B) unfalsifiable so logically fallacious. Bleating that phrase is an admission that your position is garbage.
    • If you owed $2000 to any of the thugs running the Biden administration, and took this long to pay, they’d have broken both your kneecaps already.
    • Sick of that fake Hollywood movie trope where Americans have lots of fun and free time and don’t live in an apocalyptic failed state? Coming up next on CBS, the uplifting story of a little girl kicked in the head by government, and the small town that raised money to buy her a helmet.
    • They’ve got us paying for our own oppression. We pay cable and Netflix bills and buy movie tickets to be propagandized by Hollywood. We buy their surveillance systems and bring them into our homes. It’s like Trump’s “We’ll build the wall and Mexico’s gonna pay for it”, only real, and way more large-scale. We’re so far gone.
    • The best unintentionally hilarious people are those who present themselves as anti-establishment free thinkers yet swallow every CIA/CNN narrative they’re fed about China with zero gag reflex.
    • The idea that China or Russia pose a threat to you is so transparently absurd that the only way to make you believe it would be to propagandize you. And if you do believe it, that’s exactly what has happened.
    • Leak publishers, investigative journalists and unbought media help spread awareness of predatory power dynamics, which gives predators less room to operate. It mows the tallgrass of the information ecosystem so the lions have a much harder time sneaking up on their prey.
    • The most destructive force on our planet is human unconsciousness of the realities of large-scale human power dynamics, and unconsciousness of our own inner dynamics. The most compassionate desire you can have for the world is for the expansion of consciousness.
    • The most noble intention you can have for the world is therefore for everyone to become aware of the truth. The truth within, and the truth without, whatever that might be. If this happened, all our collective problems would vanish. Disharmony and full consciousness can’t coexist.
    • In moments of personal transcendence we see clearly that it doesn’t have to be this way, that collective sanity is possible, that we can build a healthy world. Then we come down and condescending knowitalls explain to us that we are wrong, and, for some bizarre reason, we believe them.


  1. Caitlin’s observations on the role of Left Democrats applies also to the Labour Left, which historically has always served to revive the Party image after each betrayal.

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