The Paris Commune

Closing Thought–28May20

On this day in 1871 French troops were dispersed to put an end to the workers control of Paris….

Brought to an end was the popular uprising known as the Paris Commune…..

The Paris Commune is often said to be the first example of working people taking power. For this reason it is a highly significant event, even though it is ignored in the French history curriculum. On March 18 1871, after France was defeated by Prussia in the Franco-Prussian war, the French government sent troops into Paris to try and take back the Parisian National Guard’s cannon before the people got hold of it. Much to the dismay of the French government, the citizens of Paris had got hold of them, and wouldn’t give them up. The soldiers refused to fire on their own people and instead turned their weapons on their officers.

The PNG held free elections and the citizens of Paris elected a council made up mostly of Jacobins and Republicans (though there were a few anarchists and socialists as well). The council declared that Paris was an independent commune and that France should be a confederation of communes. Inside the Commune, all elected council members were instantly recallable, paid an average wage and had equal status to other commune members.

https://libcom.org/history/1871-the-paris-commune

A more subdued description of the event…..

The Paris Commune was a popular-led democratic government that ruled Paris from March 18 to May 28, 1871. Inspired by the Marxist politics and revolutionary goals of the International Workingmen’s Organization (also known as the First International), workers of Paris united to overthrow the existing French regime which had failed to protect the city from Prussian siege, and formed the first truly democratic government in the city and in all of France. The elected council of the Commune passed socialist policies and oversaw city functions for just over two months, until the French army retook the city for the French government, slaughtering tens of thousands of working-class Parisians in order to do so.

https://www.thoughtco.com/paris-commune-4147849

On May 21, 1871, the army stormed the city and slaughtered tens of thousands of Parisians, including women and children, in the name of retaking the city for the Third Republic. Members of the Commune and the National Guard fought back, but by the 28th of May, the army had defeated the National Guard and the Commune was no more.

This is a special day and a special time mostly for anarchists and socialists….it was a success and the brutal response ended the experiment.

As always I try to help all understand even those that do little reading so…..a shirt video will help explain the event…..

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What Kinda System Is This?

From the start of this pandemic I have been saying that this system is rigged and sick and needs to change for the good of the people of this nation…

Again we have 2.1 million new unemployment claims and 100,000 deaths from this virus and yet the markets rise above 25,000…..what makes the market so excited?

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange was reopened on Tuesday morning for the first time since March 23. Among those present to celebrate the ringing of the opening bell was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who abandoned the somber demeanor of his daily coronavirus updates and shared elbow bumps with Wall Street investors. For the next six-and-a-half hours, the financial community continued its celebration of the pandemic’s bull market.

When the trading floor was closed down in March, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down to 18,000. It has since risen approximately 40 percent. Flush with trillions of dollars of bailout money provided by the CARES Act, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose yet another 530 points, an increase of 2.2 percent over its close last Friday.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/pers-m27.html

Is it the deaths (100,000+) that makes the markets optimistic?  Maybe it is the unemployed (40 million)…..or maybe the markets know that they are well protected…..(my bet is on the later)……

It is time to re-think this bullshit system for one that is good for everyone….one that gives all a fair chance to succeed.

And also when Congress can profit through insider trading the system is rigged in favor of those with the cash…..

The Justice Department has closed insider trading investigations into three senators who sold off stocks following early briefings on the coronavirus, aides told NBC News.

A spokesman for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., confirmed that she had been informed that the Justice Department had dropped an inquiry into her trades and called the allegations “politically motivated.”

“Today’s clear exoneration by the Department of Justice affirms what Senator Loeffler has said all along — she did nothing wrong. This was a politically-motivated attack shamelessly promoted by the fake news media and her political opponents. Senator Loeffler will continue to focus her full attention on delivering results for Georgians,” said the spokesman, Stephen Lawson.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/justice-department-drops-insider-trading-probes-three-senators-n1215196

I was hoping but I knew deep down the Barr and the DoJ would let this ride and protect the spineless slugs in Congress from prosecution….if you are part of the GOP and Trump’s minions you can do as you like with no retribution for bad acting…..

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“lego ergo scribo”

Trump/Twitter Saga Continues

Yesterday I wrote about the back and forth between Trump and Twitter…..to the point that Trump has threatened to close down social media….especially Twitter…..

But read my thoughts for yourself……https://lobotero.com/2020/05/27/closing-thought-27may20/

But as I closed the post with….the saga continues and now the rest of the story from Donald the Orange……

President Trump’s feud with Twitter continues. The latest: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Wednesday night that the POTUS will soon sign an executive order aimed at social media companies, the AP reports. White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah said the move would come Thursday, but neither offered further details on what exactly it would entail. Politico explains that tech companies are concerned Trump will target a 1996 statute protecting them from lawsuits; conservatives have increasingly accused the companies of abusing that protection, which has so far afforded them broad leeway to censor material they deem objectionable. Trump, who is upset Twitter flagged two of his tweets about mail-in ballots and voter fraud with a fact-check warning, and other Republicans have accused social media companies of left-wing bias.

Such companies “are curators of user experiences, i.e. the man behind the curtain for everything we can see or hear,” an administration official tells Politico anonymously. Trump had threatened “big action” against them earlier Wednesday, and on Wednesday night added, “Big Tech is doing everything in their very considerable power to CENSOR in advance of the 2020 Election. If that happens, we no longer have our freedom. I will never let it happen! They tried hard in 2016, and lost. Now they are going absolutely CRAZY. Stay Tuned!!!” Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg seemed to agree with Trump on at least one thing, saying that social media companies “shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online.” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hit right back: “We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally,” he tweeted. “This does not make us an ‘arbiter of truth.’ Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves.”

Sounds like someone that wants to control the narrative and the news to me…..

What more can be said….other than….The Saga Continues…..

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“lego ergo scribo”

Biden Vs Trump–2020

We are about 6 months from the actual voting (however that will be accomplished) for the next president of the United States……will it be Donald the Orange or that upstart Biden?

Let me begin with Biden…..only about 50% of Dems think Biden is the best choice….

Just 55% of Democrats think Joe Biden is their strongest 2020 White House candidate to run against President Trump, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

“The numbers suggest the Democratic candidate has some serious work to do shoring up his base in advance of the general election,” Rasmussen said. “That’s a decent place to be, but not great. It’s possible the pandemic has slowed the process of uniting Democrats behind their presumptive nominee. It also helps explain the lack of enthusiasm for Biden found in many general election polls.”

Biden became the party’s presumptive presidential nominee weeks before the coronavirus sidelined the entire 2020 campaign cycle. Biden after a slow start won big in South Carolina, then on Super Tuesday – first winnowing a large field, then knocking off then-frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/polling/party-divided-just-55-democrats-say-biden-strongest-candidate-run-against

Really?

IST has been saying that since he, Biden, announced his candidacy…..but what do we know?

Yes I am a progressive….well a bit more Left than that but the tag will do….and if for some reason Biden losses to his opponent in November….do NOT blame us progressives….

The corporate conservatives who control the Democratic Party are suffering from cheaters’ remorse.

The DNC and their media allies (NPR, CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Vox, etc.) subverted the will of primary voters, undermining initial frontrunner Bernie Sanders in order to install the worst candidate of the 20 centrists in the campaign.

Now the power brokers are worried that the befuddled Biden, whom they touted as the Most Electable Against Donald Trump, will lose to him. Rather than take responsibility for their idiocy and force Biden to pull out of a race for which he is obviously physically and mentally unprepared, the corporatist sellouts are preemptively blaming the progressives who warned them about this exact scenario.

If Trump Wins Again, Don’t Blame Progressives

But let us say that Trump loses in November….there are some that feel it is nothing to worry about….

elections analyst Nathaniel Rakich argues that if President Trump loses the election in 2020, he’ll be the GOP’s nominee again in 2024.

How scary is that?

Here is a thought for you to chew on for awhile…..

Can the GOP and its evil minion Trump cancel an election?

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will be permitted to hand-pick the state’s next Supreme Court Justice after that same high court ruled last week that a special election set for Tuesday could be canceled.

Kemp and his Secretary of State, Brad Raffensberger, moved to cancel voting in the state earlier this year after state Supreme Court Justice Keith Blackwell announced he would step down after his six-year term expires at the end of 2020. 

Taking the matter of who should succeed Blackwell into his own hands will allow Kemp, a Republican, to appoint another right-wing judge to serve on the highest court in the state for at least two years. Like the U.S. Supreme Court, the nine-member Georgia Supreme Court—though most of its member recused themselves from ruling on this case—enjoys a Republican majority.

Both the Democratic and Republican former lawmakers who were running for the seat—John Barrow and Beth Beskin—filed lawsuits to have the election reinstated, but the state Supreme Court sided with Kemp last week in a 6-2 vote. 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/19/think-trump-and-republicans-wouldnt-try-cancel-election-look-what-gop-georgia-just

Donald the Orange is already saying the election is rigged…and we have not even got the Dem candidate yet…..

In a series of increasingly frenzied statements, mostly on Twitter, President Donald Trump has denounced efforts to encourage mail-in rather than in-person voting—a response by many state governments to the coronavirus crisis—as a Democratic Party conspiracy to steal the 2020 presidential election.

He tweeted Tuesday, in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to send every registered voter in the state a mail-in ballot, “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed.”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/elec-m27.html

I agree with the thought…”Not having an election is rigging an election”.

Thoughts?

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“lego ergo scribo”

Trump Extends EO 13303

This is a Bush era Executive Order that Trump has extended…..what is 13303?

Originally it was to help oil companies in Iraq in 2003….the lie is that the Extension order claims Iraq’s instability an ‘unusual and extraordinary threat’ ……

President Trump has issued a statement extending the May 22, 2003 National Emergency created by President Bush on the situation in Iraq. Trump’s statement cited the “unusual and extraordinary threat” posed by Iraqi instability.

The Bush emergency, Executive Order 13303, was meant to facilitate Iraqi reconstruction in theory. In practice, it gave US oil companies blanket immunity from lawsuits related to selling Iraqi oil.

This was criticized as Bush’s attempt to facilitate the US taking Iraqi oil after the invasion and occupation. That’s very on-brand for Trump too, so 17 years later he is just going to kick the state of emergency down the road.

Iraqi instability certainly means a very different thing in 2020 than it did in 2003, and trying to encourage Iraqi oil investment makes a lot less sense now than it did then. With the US pushing Iraq and other nations to cut oil production to shore up prices, its highly unlikely any company wants to invest heavily in Iraq, even if they get legal immunity.

(antiwar.com)

Back in 2007 I wrote about how the Iraqi people were being screwed by the oil companies and the Bush admin…..https://lobotero.com/2007/03/11/who-gets-iraqs-oil/

Now as then it is always about the Iraqi oil and the total screwing the people are getting….

Let Iraq handle their oil for themselves…..the money should go into the treasury and not the pockets of Big Oil….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”