“The primary cause of the decadence of contemporary thought evidently lies in the fact that spectacular discourse leaves no room for reply; while logic was only constructed through dialogue.” Guy Debord~Comments on the Society of the Spectacle~1988
Empty Talk~No Substance
Well I suffered through some of the analyses from Joe Biden’s empty speech last night as he accepted the DNC’s nomination to run against Donald Trump for President in November later this year. There weren’t any progressive ideas even allowed on the convention’s floor. A virtual convention without floors does that ya know. AOC was invited by Bernie Sanders just to second his nomination in a 60 second talk. She wasn’t invited by the DNC, At All! Same goes for any progressive like Ilhan Omar, Ro Khanna, Rashida Tlaib, for example. Which begs the question why they are even allowed to be State Representatives. My reasoning: to give progressives — which are just social democrats, not socialists — hope and to garner their vote for the overarching policy of; not Trump. They fill the modern equivalent of the village’s useful idiot. The only appeal I could see in some recaps of last night’s vapid speech from Joe was an appeal to affluent (fake) liberals, those of whom still have a decent job with decent benefits that didn’t or won’t lose it all in the coming months due the the SARS-CoV-II, COVID-19 disease,(hence, c-virus) pandemic.
So what about the 25 million Americans that are teetering on the brink this week? The unemployed. They don’t have 9 months should Joe even win. All I’ve heard this week is; not Trump. The regular worker wasn’t singled out in specific ways that benefit them. Just soul with a heaping of bullshit, rotten coleslaw, and, not Trump.
I suspect that trump will continue to call these right centrist corporatists ‘radical’. Ha! I’m a radical left. I’m left of any party that I’ve checked into and that includes the Socialist Equality Party which are Trotskyists. Old school socialism. I’m Neo-Marxist. No top-down government; which hasn’t been tried as far as I can tell. So I’m staying home this year.
Gasp, moan. “Why not Trump”? Because with few instances I see little difference. Trump peels back the curtain a bit, and exposes a bit of the ugly business of unfettered industrial capitalism. Oil will still be extracted and burned regardless of who’s in office. Corporations will continue to consolidate, banks will get stronger, energy policy won’t change in time to save civilization in time to avoid a complete collapse. So getting it home, or to start sooner, may allow the few remaining people to survive the coming cataclysm.
So here’s a few of the most cogent reasons for me not voting. 1) Both candidates are working for imperial interests, not the people. That means a war machine will plunder the treasury for the foreseeable future; war will be a constant factor in human affairs. I’m sick of war and imperialism. It’s the #2 driver of human extinction. 2) Any action on social reforms are non existent from either party. SS and Medicare/Medicaid will continue to be under attack from both parties. 3) Nothing remotely adequate has been proposed to address the existential threat of global poisoning/over population/warming/climate crisis, by anyone. All I see are pep rallies for the establishment from both sides of the same imperialist, corporatist, coin. So I’m done.
We aren’t even listened to. Sure there may be a few photo ops with people that are forgotten about as soon as the next hand is..fist-bumped in solidarity of nothingless meaning. I have a cancer return that is more pressing than giving a shit about candidates that don’t give a shit about what I think. So Trump or Biden they are both terrible choices. The proverbial bar lowers each go-around. So I’m done. Oh, and one last item. My conscience will be clear knowing I didn’t vote in a person that will surely kill folks, both here and abroad, in war, economic sanctions, and crack-downs at home when cops are still given free rein over life and death of ‘the people they’re supposed to serve and protect.
My lung cancer has returned. I have an appointment with a radiation specialist next month. So my finite days are numbered even more. I’ll continue to do my thing. Read, write scathing critiques, listen to good tunes, coddle my fat kitty, and watch movies and TV at night on my streaming services. Life is still good. I never needed bourgeois accoutrements. Well I did want a Dodge Challenger with a hemi, or a Ferrari. But I consider that excess now that Earth doesn’t need so even if I won a million dollars I’d go for a small Prius. Maybe a bit better and bigger apartment. So what? There’s people that own 4–5 homes that stay empty for most of the year. I’d give most of that money away to animal groups, like the ASPCA which I support today. Animals don’t have other services like people do to help them live decent lives, they need me, and others that care about things that matter. Like life, love, and kindness. Stay safe all. Peace, The Ol’ Hippy