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I guess we’re like a year into Trump’s presidency and people are still attacking his character like we didn’t all know he was a narcissistic asshole probably forty years ago or something. Which is fine, but believe it or not, political cartoonists were lampooning him and his ah, shall we say, more corrupt characteristics and habits, about ten years before I was born, probably; failing that, at least as long as I’ve been alive. So none of this is revelatory, despite the army of reporters who can’t stop jawing off about him like they’re the first people on earth to come up with their insights; I grew up reading some of those cartoons, and hated the man well before I properly knew who he was, let alone before he was a reality TV craze. Looks like that hatred was well founded even if I wasn’t an adult at the time with more developed adult critical thinking capacities.

It also looks like America in general lacks developed adult critical thinking capacities, because he’s our President. He ran on an anti-corruption platform, and won, in large part because our society is kinda corrupt across the board and rotten. The irony here is that he’s an avatar of American corruption in the flesh. I don’t buy the “fake news” argument; anyone watching TV news is not going to be informed, regardless of whether you pick MSNBC or Fox or CNN; TV news is corporate owned (and likewise, modified as per the demands of money), in addition to being a really bad medium for conveying an accurate worldview (You’ve got one hour to explain everything that happened in the world today without fudging any details or creating any misconceptions in the public. Best of luck.) to the democratic/still pretending to be democratic population of the globe. Blaming Russian whatever on whatever your favorite social media outlet (By the way, is social media a great way to stay informed?) is really just an obnoxious way of side-stepping the obvious: the Democrats ran Hillary Clinton when they could’ve run Bernie Sanders. She’s widely hated, for good reason. Big surprise that Trump was able to (barely) weasel his way into office with that lineup. The aforementioned side-stepping- a dramatic example of avoiding responsibility for something that’s, say, your own fault- is, by the way, ethically unsound (corrupt) thinking. Get used to the fact that this isn’t going to resolve itself overnight, or if the Democrats win every election coming up in the next few years; we’ve got deep systemic problems to unravel here. Our current “choice” in leadership isn’t the issue; there is no leadership to choose from, and the people in office aren’t leading, they’re doing things for their handlers- you know, the people we all have to casually admit bought them by funding their elections.

The sad truth is if people are ignorant, they need to hit the books, not the television and the newsstands. Don’t run around trying to fix tabloids and yellow journalism when education is completely and utterly broken. You learn the way the world is and works by reading up on it, and reading fairly academic stuff at that, and then you stay up to date with the news when the media aren’t playing with yellow journalist tactics to increase revenues. You probably don’t have time for that if you’re working three minimum wage jobs to barely make rent and feed the kids all while praying to every God and Goddess that ever was that your car won’t break down, because that’d make you homeless. But, again, we go back to the miracle of capitalism and how it certainly doesn’t breed corruption, or situations where plenty of people have to work three jobs to break even and plenty of other people can’t even find work and the folks on top of the pyramid mysteriously continue to get richer and richer til they’re like Gods themselves. I can’t wait til I can buy little brass statues of Elon Musk.

I hate to break this to you, but just as everyone who voted for Trump was a shill or a racist or a theocrat or worse, we really do have a fundamentally corrupted society, and until we find some way to fix the system, things are only going to get worse. Everything is for sale right now- not just products on the market, but every political office and increasingly every desperate slob on Earth who’s looking for honest employment (It doesn’t exist anymore, by the way). Expect plenty of bad things to come along as a result.

If I had to I’d loosely define corruption (here’s a dictionary definition or two, if you’re curious) as setting any and all ethics aside in the name of doing what you want instead, usually for reasons of unmitigated greed or other unsavory things; that’s the real unspoken issue of our day. We haven’t got ethics anymore, besides effectively feudal loyalty to corporate and wealthy overlords. Do we want to change that for a retreat into democracy and human rights, or do we want to see a rehash of feudalism with terrifying computer and weapons technology in the hands of the powerful?

Because it’s definitely looking like we’re all going to be serfs again before long. Expect the neofeudal paradise to manifest literally if we refuse to address radical issues in favor of things like sports team tribalism in politics.

On Leaving the Left

This isn’t much of a post, but it’s basically here for anyone who wants a good and short synopsis of my political views. Let’s get down to it.

I don’t know about you, but after a lifetime of radical left to left-liberal views, I can’t in good conscience call myself a member of the political left in the USA anymore. It’s gone insane. I suspect something like COINTELPRO poisoned our collective minds, but as it goes with such things, there is no proof of that whatsoever anywhere; you wouldn’t be able to find it without running a Snowden style assault on the security state anyway, assuming it’s there, so it’s not worth worrying about. What we were before the Obama years died and got replaced with something monstrously authoritarian, lockstep, and eerily devoid of critical thinking capacities.

I really don’t know what happened, or how it happened, but it happened fast. Liberals (and everyone left of them) got demonized fast by this new iteration of the old Progressive movement. It’s like a political religion now. I’m not one of them, and frankly, I hate the movement. It’s okay with neoliberalism and genocidal foreign policy (like the War on Terror), not to mention the anti-Russian Red Scare 2.0 (let’s have a war!), while not giving a shit about blanket surveillance, and all those things are pretty much unforgivable actions and policies that need to be ended immediately to me. Until we’re rid of them we really shouldn’t be working on much else in my opinion. I have no idea how it’s progress to keep waging a global eternal war, to kick off a new cold war, and to pursue laissez-faire capitalism til we’re all feudal serfs again, all while dutifully recording everyone’s pornography viewing habits, but apparently we have Uber and computer cell phones so it’s all good. A movement that’s okay with those things doesn’t have the brains or ethics to take on someone like Donald Trump, and it shows; he’s in office (the Presidency, no less) despite non-stop scandal.

If you want to know what my views are, they are strictly party independent, and about 95% of them line up with the Green Party and Jill Stein’s views; I’m not a total pacifist, and I don’t think gun control is an important issue- any way the policy goes there is fine with me. So I wouldn’t call myself anti-war dogmatically, but at the same time- hey, I’m way more opposed to our current adventures and attempted adventures than your average holier-than-thou Progressive is. I’m a little green, a little libertarian, a little socialist, and if that’s too many contradictions for you to handle and your head’s about to pop off your shoulders as a result that’s too bad.