Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

September 29, 2011

Tom Morello on Bill Maher show

Filed under: financial crisis — louisproyect @ 12:16 am

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  1. Shit quality. What kind of an petty-bourgeois asshole records from their TV on a iPhone?

    Comment by Marcell Rodden — September 29, 2011 @ 12:40 am

  2. Some years ago I attended a lecture by Prof. Franklin Zimring (who is at UC Berkeley, Law Faculty) on capital punishment in the U.S. This was a subject of his research. What he found, and illustrated with numerical data, was that U.S. states that were traditional lynching states (between 1865-1964, from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Acts [of 1964, 1965 & 1968]) were the states with the most vigorous and frequent application of the death penalty. Knowing that this penalty is much more likely to fall on dark-skinned males from economically disadvantaged origins, regardless of the circumstances of the crime, Zimring’s research showed that the death penalty is simply legalized lynching. Zimring showed numerical data for lynchings per state, and such quantified histories correlated quite well with contemporary practice regarding the death penalty. Places like Georgia, Alabama and Texas had high scores then and now, while many of the northern states ranked low, then and now. One walked out of Zimring’s lecture realizing that only the means had changed, not the ends. What had been ad hoc, public outbursts of communal cruelty focused onto a racially depreciated sacrificial victim, had become a regulated process carried out slowly and methodically away from public view in government facilities, focused onto a often racially depreciated sometimes criminally culpable sacrificial victim. Lynching “civilized”. It makes you realize that a similar process of “civilizing” the overt racist attitudes of the 19th century has occurred, and this new (still current) hypocrisy that cloaks the unchanging racist American mind(s) is what Malcolm X so brilliantly (and fatally?) exposed.

    Comment by Manuel Garcia, Jr. — September 29, 2011 @ 8:07 am

  3. I live in the death penalty state of Connecticut.

    A vicious dog in my county with a history of attacking people and was ordered to be destroyed and then an appeals judge overturned the order and now the dog gets a second chance and can now attack others.

    My point is that many people showed to protest the dog’s plight but yet we hear nothing about the death penalty and there was zero coverage not even a snippet on my local news about the Troy Davis execution in Georgia.

    As can be expected in my ultra bourgeois state, people put more value on a vicious dog that should’ve been destroyed for public safety than a man who was executed with a high probability that he did not commit the crime he was accused of.

    When society puts more value on an animal’s life than a man, it is a society that’s devoid of justice and moral ethic.

    Comment by Deborah Jeffries — September 29, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

  4. I am so tired of fake marxists, leftists whatever you want to call them (like CPUSA as one of the many examples) who don’t get what it’s really about.

    It’s about the class struggle, the inequality, the treatment of the elderly, disabled and poor and the government system that allows the inequality to continue.

    The mission is calling attention to the inequality and struggles and move to revolutionize and reform the system to a proletarian state where all class divisions are abolished altogether.

    A classless and truly equal society.

    Once the main mission is accomplished, then other issues like global warming can be addressed.

    We have bigger issues to tacke in this flawed country of ours.

    Comment by Deborah Jeffries — September 29, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

  5. Big conversation on various news outlets about electric cars and how good it is for the environment and how expensive they are.

    Such an important topic when there are many homeless, hungry and unemployed Americans who can’t afford them.

    Hello, anybody home?

    Does anyone in the American media actually live in the reality the rest of us do?

    Comment by Deborah Jeffries — September 30, 2011 @ 2:32 am

  6. I’m not saying that going green is bad, it just shouldn’t be number one on a marxist’s priority list.

    I do find it laughable that our so called green conscious president caved into Republican demands on smog regulation as I pointed out in a previous post.

    I pointed it out to show what a flip flopping leftist he is or claims to be.

    Smog regulation is not paramount to me. The class struggle is.

    The left needs to change their focus if they expect growth in numbers.

    Comment by Deborah Jeffries — September 30, 2011 @ 4:40 am

  7. Has anyone here ever watched Bill Maher’s pro-Israeli rants on his show? This so-called liberal talking head turns into an irrational red-neck when it comes to unquestioned support for the state of Israel. Just listen to his silly attack on Betty Thomas over her ‘get the hell out of Palestine” comments.

    Comment by Observer — September 30, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

  8. These hollywood types like Bill Maher, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow are under the misguided notion that they are journalists with a leftist perspective.

    They are no more journalists than are Sean Penn or Angelina Jolie.

    I wish they all would put their money where their mouths are and speak out against the class struggle instead of pushing an agenda with less importance.

    Bill Maher is among that group and they’re full of crap.

    One Hollywood guy I do respect is Michael Moore (God I know I’ll get flak for this ha ha).

    I like him because his documentaries like Roger and Me and Capitalism: A Love Story show the hardships working class Americans face against the corporate greed machine dictators of the ruling class.

    He also has backed up and joined in with the protesters on Wall Street.

    Like him or not, everyone has a right to their opinion about him but I have to say I think he really does support the proletariat struggle in America.

    Comment by Deborah Jeffries — September 30, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

  9. It would be a cold day in hell when I spent one second watching Bill Maher,
    this socialist Marxist bufoon. With his radical views he belongs in an asylum.

    Comment by Paul Muys — October 9, 2011 @ 11:50 pm


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