The following article has been generously shared with our readers by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform
“The inability to predict outliers implies the inability to predict the course of history”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
“I know that history is going to be dominated by an improbable event, I just don’t know what that event will be.” ― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
Nassim Taleb is a prickly arrogant SOB who doesn’t give a crap what intellectuals, academics, and other establishment elitists think about him. He has an Ivy league MBA, but despises everything about the curriculum of Ivy League MBA programs. He has a PhD, but scorns academics and their worship of theories and models. He enjoys poking holes in the storylines of the propaganda spewing corporate media. He glories in ridiculing the predictions of captured “experts” mouthing the talking points of whichever corporate interest is paying them blood money.
I read his brilliant Black Swan book back in 2008. It was a difficult read, but there were so many gems of wisdom throughout the book, it was a powerful tome predicting the financial collapse in real time. He wrote it in 2006. He understands the world doesn’t operate the way Ivy League models say it is supposed to operate. The world is propelled by black swans, not a normal distribution of the world. He was right in 2006 and he’s right now. The paragraph below has been making the rounds in the alternate media this past week. The establishment media would never publicize it, as their job is to protect the crumbling social order.
He sees what the pseudo intellectuals, highly paid pundit monkeys, think tank pay for play sages, and other mouthpieces for the establishment have failed to see. They didn’t see the 2008 black swan coming and they fail to grasp the black swan flying into their midst today. Taleb understands unexpected events of large magnitude and consequence and their dominant role in history. Trump is an extreme outlier who will play a large role in sweeping away the existing establishment. The “experts” foisted upon the masses by the dying legacy media are clueless as to what is really happening.
“The problem with experts is that they do not know what they do not know”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
Trump’s blunt, angry, provocative, anti-establishment message has struck a chord among millions of disaffected Americans who have been ignored, abused, scorned, and shit on by the elitist establishment, banking cabal, corrupt politicians and government apparatchiks. The Deep State establishment has overstepped their bounds. Their ravenous pillaging of the national wealth through outsourcing millions of American jobs, largest mortgage control fraud in history, and outrageous gall in shifting their losing bets onto the backs of hard working Americans is about to bite them in the ass.
With real median household no higher than it was in 1988, the Wall Street criminal banks and their Madison Avenue maggot propaganda machine convinced the masses to add $2.8 trillion of consumer debt since 1988, a 500% increase. Meanwhile GDP has only gone up by 350%. The establishment has stolen the wages of the people while simultaneously enslaving them in chains of debt. TARP, ZIRP, QE, the $800 billion porkulus plan, Obamacare, non-stop social engineering, black lives matter, never ending wars, and now more jobs sacrificed at the altar of TPP, have pushed working class Americans beyond the point of no return. They are finally fighting back.
When you read Taleb’s assessment of our interconnected fragile world written in 2006, you see a mind far more advanced than the phony establishment acolytes appearing on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox on a daily basis:
“Globalization creates interlocking fragility, while reducing volatility and giving the appearance of stability. In other words it creates devastating Black Swans. We have never lived before under the threat of a global collapse. Financial Institutions have been merging into a smaller number of very large banks. Almost all banks are now interrelated. So the financial ecology is swelling into gigantic, incestuous, bureaucratic banks – when one falls, they all fall. The increased concentration among banks seems to have the effect of making financial crisis less likely, but when they happen they are more global in scale and hit us very hard. We have moved from a diversified ecology of small banks, with varied lending policies, to a more homogeneous framework of firms that all resemble one another. True, we now have fewer failures, but when they occur … I shiver at the thought.”― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
Not only did Taleb grasp what was about to happen in the immediate future, he foresaw the global black swans which have blown up the Middle East and threaten to blow up the world:
“Dictatorships that do not appear volatile, like, say, Syria or Saudi Arabia, face a larger risk of chaos than, say, Italy, as the latter has been in a state of continual political turmoil since the second war.”―Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
Taleb’s current assessment that votes for Trump and Sanders are actually votes to destroy the establishment is entirely accurate, in my opinion. One year ago, no one on the face of the earth thought either one of these men had any chance of getting even 1% support for president of the United States. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar. Jeb and Hillary were awaiting coronation as the establishment selections who would keep the status quo and continue the warfare/welfare policies of the corporate fascist surveillance state. The establishment and their paid pundits on propaganda TV were fat, content, smug and happy.
Trump was considered an oddball billionaire reality TV star self promoter. An impartial assessment would say he was an intelligent man, brilliant marketer of himself and his brand, with a spotty record in the casino business, but generally a successful real estate mogul, with no strong political ties. There was absolutely no forewarning of a dynamic popular uprising anti-establishment presidential campaign on the horizon. Sanders has been a black sheep socialist in Congress for the last 25 years. He was the Ron Paul of the left, ignored, shunned and belittled. None of the talking heads or spokesmodels on the MSM faux news networks thought he could garner a vote, let alone challenge Queen Hillary.
I have to admit I didn’t take Trump’s candidacy seriously at first. I knew the mood of the country was darkening. I knew the economic recovery storyline was a fraud. I knew the average American was struggling to make ends meet. I knew the Wall Street criminal banks and their Federal Reserve puppets had saved themselves and their corporate cronies while throwing senior citizens and savers under the bus. I didn’t know they would rally around Trump’s bombastic anti-illegal immigration, anti-corporate trade deal, anti-establishment message in such large numbers. But they have. I was wrong.
You can only agree or disagree with Trump in a general sense, because there are no real specifics or track record to assess. Slogans and broad pronouncements don’t change how a country is governed. That is beneficial for his candidacy, as emotion and the mood of the country are driving his support. He has capitalized on the anger, disillusionment, and cynicism of the public to propel a campaign that can’t be stopped by the establishment. The linear thinkers in the establishment are dumbfounded by this staggering turn of events. Their protected, isolated, posh lives are being turned upside down. Trump is the large deviation black swan ruining their bell curve lives.
It seems the establishment is the turkey in Taleb’s revision of belief tale:
“Consider a turkey that is fed every day. Every single feeding will firm up the bird’s belief that it is the general rule of life to be fed every day by friendly members of the human race “looking out for its best interests,” as a politician would say. On the afternoon of the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, something unexpected will happen to the turkey. It will incur a revision of belief.” ― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
The plutocracy of criminal Wall Street bankers, pliant central bankers, clueless Ivy League academics, internet media moguls, billionaire corporate chieftains, bought off politicians, and their parasitic toadies live in gated compounds, fly on their luxurious Gulfstream jets, are chauffeured to their exclusive dinner parties, have heavily armed private security services, send their kids to exclusive private schools, have private doctors at their beck and call, and never feel the need to mingle with the lowly plebs. They have secretive meetings on private islands off Georgia to decide what’s best for the easily manipulated masses – control of the banking system in 1913 and stopping Trump today.
As a libertarian, much of what Trump is selling does not appeal to my view of the world and how it should function best. But it doesn’t matter what I think at this point. The country is being catapulted by emotion and a wave of anti-establishment sentiment. The establishment is thrashing about in the death throes of a corrupt multi-decade run. They will resort to violence in order to maintain their power, control, and wealth. But this time it will likely fail. Enough people are choosing an assertive leader to follow to blow this thing sky high.
Specific policies are meaningless. This dynamic is driven by pure emotion. People are voting for the enemy of their enemy. No one knows where this will lead. It will likely lead to more violence, civil chaos, economic turmoil, assassination attempts, and eventually war. One thing is certain, the establishment will fall. Some people think Trump is part of a master plan by the establishment to gain even more power. Anything is possible, but keeping the masses sedated and focused on their iGadgets seems to be a better play for the establishment. Allowing the anger and contempt for the existing social order to be unleashed through Trump’s rhetoric is not coming from the standard establishment playbook.
It seems the people are finally beginning to heed Howard Beale’s plea in the 1974 movie Network:
All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad.
You’ve gotta say, “I’m a human being, goddammit! My life has value!”
So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell,
“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!!”
We now can plainly see the left wing and neo-con wing of the establishment Party both have the same agenda. These faux believers in free speech are doing their utmost to shut down Trump’s right to free speech. They believe in speech they can control. They believe in pre-approved establishment speech designed to manipulate, mold, and form the opinions of the masses. They are using every dirty trick in their bags to derail Trump. I think they will fail, as the mood of the country grows angrier by the day. Taleb’s assessment about the establishment is accurate. His warning below should also provide some perspective on where we are going. The tens of millions of Americans who have been screwed by the establishment are gathering together behind Trump. Will he lead the country in the right direction? Going it alone against the establishment has failed. It looks like we are going to find out what happens when enough people bind together to destroy the establishment. It’s going to be a wild ride. Prepare yourself and your loved ones.
“Alas, one cannot assert authority by accepting one’s own fallibility. Simply, people need to be blinded by knowledge-we are made to follow leaders who can gather people together because the advantages of being in groups trump the disadvantages of being alone. It has been more profitable for us to bind together in the wrong direction than to be alone in the right one. Those who have followed the assertive idiot rather than the introspective wise person have passed us some of their genes. This is apparent from a social pathology: psychopaths rally followers.”― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
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I’m on the front lines here in California, but it’s a target-rich environment to be sure.
I figure I’ll last about 25 seconds once it starts.
Me too. I’m rural so cal so it’s nothing like the bay area but it’s clear for all to see.
“We Now Can Plainly See the Left Wing and Neo-con Wing Both Have The Same Agenda”
I’ve been beating people over the head with this concept for over years. There’s a few here that still don’t get it.
“There’s a few here that still don’t get it.”
Your correct. Of all the places where proof is shown that the right and left are in unison there are still those on this BB chasing the Dem v Rep circle.
Amazing how people who follow this board consider themselves to be “awake”, but as soon as a challenge to the establishment comes along, they rally ’round their masters.
yes the fing idiots go back to the polls and vote for another one, nothing running is fit for a vote, americans are too stupid to have a country let the illegals have it.
I don’t recall being given a choice or ‘vote’ in what you are discussing ‘out of ignorance’. Was that an issue which was voted upon and passed by us stupid people there, umm, Einstein? Or was it the feds running it up our asses again …stupid.
They’re conditioned. Old habits die hard.
A Cockroach in any Color or Cloth is still a Cockroach.
It may very well be front lines USA when it all comes down???
I have no idea how it’s going to all fall into place so I enjoy each moment as they come too me…
The literal tension in the air is getting thicker by the day…
They gotta kill Trump because he’s not with the program. Trump may very well fail if elected but when TPTB impotently direct their venom his way, I give a chuckle and then get back to tending my chickens…
Soros whining into the mike is one poor excuse for an egg sucking beeaaacccchh…
Thats the only real reason i want to see EVERYTHING come unglued, to watch these wealthy assholes who think they have some special place on this ball turned to heaps of rotting flesh like everyone else who has no clue
Gonna suck when their “security detail” won’t open the bunker. New ‘elites’ will emerge.
Ain’t life a hoot???
It most certainly appear that the next “impressive” act of aggression against us is going to be the unopposed deployment and ignition of a rather large EMP …sending us back to The Stone Age. But that’s ok. I did really well (in a past life) smack in the middle of The Stone Age. Beware the Mastodons!
it’s a nice thought but given they control the media and the voting machines clinton will be a shoe in and this revolution will fade into history frustrated without having really started
just coming out from under yur rock eh?
California to many states is called the lost cause state .
There are things in place to control people .Most all major freeway and roads have been chosen to stop people flow in case of an event especially Los Angeles due to the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains .It is a choke point as well as is Bakersfield .The same goes for Hwy 5, Hwy 395, Hwy 101 and Hwy 99 .Effectively the South can be cut off from the valley in matter of several hours .The same can be said of the North .Hwy 101 north, Hwy 5 North ,Hwy 80, Hwy 50,Hwy 395 North, Hwy 80 . In less than one day California can be locked down and if your in the bigger City’s or Central Valley or local foothill communities your going nowhere .When your offered the brown turd or the purple turd and you have to choose one in the end your still stuck with a turd . Both the left and the right have you in there grasp and you the individual is left thinking you actually have a choice .The illusion of freedom is a dream .Did you know that passports in roman times was a way to let the authority’s know you paid your taxes in roman times ? It is being revised today as the same format as back then .If you owe money or taxes your going no were !
There are tens of millions of Americans, who – given the opportunity – would gleefully turn Washington DC, Chicago, New York City, and every other US leftist ‘utopian paradise’ city into radioactive craters, and not lose any sleep over doing it.
I have been advocating what you have stated, for years.
Brilliant minds think alike.
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
The knowledge of the sheeple has been increased to the lies, cover ups, and corruptions of the majority of politicians.
All are partakers or guilty by association.
Bern and trumpster are seen as “last ditch efforts”, by the well informed, to oust the scoundrels.
AC, many nights I dream that I’m pushing that big read button. Many mornings I wake up happier.
Count me in
Gleefully watch Americans die because they politically disagree with them?
They would be frightening individuals, not human beings. That was the mindset the US fought in WWII.
A seventh grade teacher of mine started the day with a quote. I remember one of them.
“Although I may disagree with what you say I’ll fight to the death your right to say it”.
The people they want to nuke have invited you to dinner, tied you down, given you a Glossectomy, then kindly ask you when to stop as they slice your body apart bit by bit and serve it to their friends then cut out your liver for desert. They when they are all done they send the bill to your family and if they dont pay it have them arrested and prosecuted.
Id like to nuke them too. But that is really too quick for these people. They deserve a slow and pain full demise just as they have given millions of people in this country.
Kevin, you’ve apparently not met the people who’d be the targets of said ‘nuking’.
They’re the same ones who will fight to the death AGAINST your right to state your mind. They are the very antithesis to what America used to be about, and are diametrically opposed to what your 7th grade teacher had to say.
State a conservative point of view in one of these cities you’re so devoutly defending, and after you get out of the hospital, tell me again why anyone should care if they went ‘poof’.
Kevin, I remember the quote you speak of.
I’d say that WAS America!
We, (Americans) may well see the advent/creation of those craters. Which continent have you picked out to move to in that event?
“over 8 years”
It does not matter by whom – the establishment (Repub & Demo) and the ‘Fundamental Change of America’ MUST be stopped!! The Donald is the ONLY one funding his own Campaign! – all others are beholden to big business, big, pharma, military / industrial complex, big banks, wall street, et al.
I have no understanding how a person of even moderate intelligence could consider a vote for the lying, thief and likely federal prisoner – Hillary!
John Kasich took $700, 000 from george soros recently
Got a link to that. I would like to pass that on.
Never mind, got it. Thanks for the tip
Conjecture about chance.
Great read. Spot ON. But, it’s ‘beckon call’ not ‘beck and call’. As in, to ‘beckon’ to someone. Or, to ‘call for’ someone. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
You are absolutely incorrect.
“Beck” is a word, and is used correctly in the above article, as demonstrated by a sample phrase in the entry for “beck” in “The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary” (which I have on my desk at this very moment).
I thought I was the only person in the universe that knew that. I never correct anyone saying “beck and call”, because it wasn’t worth taking the time to explain.
It is beck and call.
Archivist is right–beck is short for beckon:
Beck | Define Beck at Dictionary.com
a nod, wave, or other gesture or signal. 2. at someone’s beck and call, ready to obey someone’s orders instantly; subject to someone’s slightest whim. Word Origin. C14: short for becnen to beckon.
Saw a trump sign vandalized looked like it was kicked through and spray painted. make America great if you can. Hahahaha. That’s a monumental challenge trying to get losers to work. Trumps been hitting the pipe to think he can pull this off. I like him but people around here not hearing it they are all a bunch of libs even the working folks. They like Bernie but will be loyal to the party and vote Hillary if she wins the primary. All the talk radio stations around here are very liberal on matters. The people around here are being fed one big shit sandwich and they love it mmmmm. Republicans never win around here. Demoncrats always say republicans will cut programs. They know what they are doing no jobs so your not gonna vote for cuts to programs you’d be stupid. A huge population has only known gov support programs. America will never be great again put a fork in it its done. The establishment will rule forever. If trump somehow wins he will fall in line or be taken out by the evil establishment. Voting makes no difference
I hope to write in a year or two and explain that you were wrong. But, I know, it sure feels like you are correct sometimes. I wrote a post on a forum the other day that went something like, “Dammit Donald Trump! My give a crap was broke then you come along and give it a full jolt and its alive and well! If you let us down, we’ll be going way down!”
LET ME INTERRUPT IF I MAY: I THANK YOU KINDLY IN ADVANCE.
Everybody who is a ‘frequent-flyer’ of this forum are who I direct this next statement at, as well as the ‘passers-by’ who pass-by here every now and again, and again …
Y’all are speaking (nearly) all the right words and are promoting excellent points and views, but everyone is failing to realize, or consider (at this moment), that The USA is “just one nation of SEVERAL NATIONS that NATO, “The Majestic 12 (or however many there are these days) and other globalists/elitists have found it necessary to annihilate us white folk, globally. Knocking The Establishment off balance would/could be done as simply as everyone not going to work, truckers not moving merchandise, stores not opening on a national scale for about three months. That would amount to to whole lot of lost dollars and that’s the only language the establishment understands. So, THAT would certainly get their attention …yet so would a civil war and their eventual hangings …and I am SURE they have pondered the possibilities as well. (I prefer the latter …but being a veteran I’m prolly a bit ‘off’ anyway). 🙂
This is GLOBAL and in no way confined to The USA, yet many are not incorporating this into their thoughts? I don’t get it…
Equorial is correct.
You see Europe going down the toilet, and don’t see precursor to America? You think all this decay and degeneration is a ‘mistake’? Come on. FDR said if it happens in politics it was supposed to happen. We think these college educated pukes are all stupid? There are only two choices, stupid or evil, guess which is truth? Read 1984 again… its always and forever about one thing, and one thing only; Power.
The Kabuki Dance in the Theater of the damned.
Trump is the hero required for the Fourth turning.
We don’t need to send a ‘message’ to DC, we need shock and awe.
We don’t need to bring the Country to a standstill or to instigate a civil war. That would only hurt the American people and give the PTB the excuse to initiate Marshall Law. We just need to make citizen’s arrests of the so called “elites” who are behind the scene causing all this grief. We don’t need to hang them. They have built some fine prisons that will make excellent lodgings for them for the next fifty years or so.
Publish ‘black lists’, then, ask for volunteers… after the first one is grabbed, the same result will apply; Marshal law.
Marshal law almost happened in 2008, in fact, that was the excuse used to initiate TARP to restore the banks(curiously, with ‘legislation’ that was already in the ‘can’).
There is only one effective way to reset the system. Kill the suits. All of ’em.
If Mr. Trump doesn’t get elected there will be civil war, if he does get elected, there will be civil war.
To paraphrase Hosea, what happens when you add ignorance to apathy? Answer; pathetic.
What happens when hope dies? Answer: Rage.
You could choose to sit it out, here in the wilderness and learn how to feed yourself, teach your children how to be a better person…
So that; The forests will echo with laughter.
We live in the opposite….an area so Republican, I’ve said they could run the Devil complete with horns/pitchfork as a Republican, and he would get elected.
Guess we’ll see how close I was to right if The Donald gets the nomination…..ahahahaaaaaaaa. I’ll be waiting to see the voting numbers compared to the lame ass RINO’s we’ve been offered in the past.
It does not make one damned bit of difference who gets elected as our next POTUS. The reason is that we, speaking of The Nation, are about to become engaged within an extremely large war against every major power extant upon the face of this earth …except for our allies (hopefully).
I still fully believe the media is working overtime to keep the sheeples minds filled with bs about election infighting and forget about Jade Helm 15, forget about being without a border for far longer than can be justified (the reason the border was dropped was two-fold, and so IN YOUR FACE that it is ridiculous, and yet these same “politicians” seek the highest offices in the land. Why is nobody ‘madder than hell” that NATO is madder than hell that we are still armed, and so THEY feel THEY have the power to take it upon themselves to do something about it. (Amazing, isn’t it)?
People are allowing themselves to be drawn away from “the matters at hand THAT COUNT”. AGAIN, there is a growing number of patriots who “can see” the potential for a “no election” scenario, prearranged and meant to infuriate we, the people. Meant to denude us of all Constitutional Rights by unconstitutional means, yet justified “for the good of the many.”
Keep on harping about the election until you realize there won’t be one, due to an unfortunate, but necessary, set of complications. Look at matters within the USA from a different viewpoint. (That of a foreigner whose family was killed by a ‘wild’ American missile, not meant to kill them but did). HE doesn’t want to see ANYBODY get into the presidency with an iota of a chance of changing the country to one that just might “come back onto her feet” (that there is a mighty-tall order). “He” was created by ALL of the terrorism nations in the world, to include The USA funding huge amounts of cash and weapons and guns and bullets and jets and sneakers and toyotas and, well, everything they’ve needed. Now they are readied to go at it again, and have far more behind them this time, thus we can expect far more complex attacks of greater magnitudes (cuz the idea is to kill us all, and not 10 at a time).
America is “smattered” with Sleeper Cells “stem-to-stern”, and you’d be hard put to find anyone who would argue that one with ya. THEY are about everywhere. They have determined precisely what targets are primary, must go structures. (Buildings OR people OR ‘companies’ …or even other ‘gangs’). THERE WILL BE NO LAW ON THE STREET …(considering the source, I take it very seriously that there is going to be extremely serious times-ahead, for a very long time).
Don’t be duped yet again …all around the globe are those who seek war with us, yet our media will only transmit tidbits regarding the elections (which ain’t gonna happen …and why can’t everyone ‘see’ it)? (sob..)
Now you can’t even voice your displeasure with the establishment on a bumper sticker for fear of being labeled a terrorist, or so I read. No wonder the public is not standing up for our free speech rights in public. Free speech zones, that would be the entirety of our nation.
I don’t believe God. I do however realize that Christian values keep victimization and turmoil in this country to a much lowe rate. We have lost that. I yearn for those days when I was young growing up in the late sixties and early seventies. Keep your powder dry. It’s going to be an interesting year. And I Don’t mean that in a nice way. I’ve been stockpiling my heart med as I’m sure every pharmacy will be looted as soon as the street goons are allowed to do so.
I have a feeling that all of this crap the “establishment” is throwing at Trump could actually be the spark that ignites the revolution. I wonder what Trump would say to that statement?
It’s going to be huge
…”going to be huge”? My word man, it’s already global! Need it engulf the solar system to become something to become wary of? 🙂
I can’t comprehend how Obama could go to Cuba and promise them jobs,internet,education and health care. There are 94 million Americans out of the work force,that’s basically 1/3 and dropping with all the department stores and restaurants closing. Really and who will be paying for this? Is Obama going to be charitable with his own money? What will all the unemployed or older Americans say when Obama or god help us Hillary say sorry we don’t have any money for Americans because we gave it all to illegal aliens, muslim refugees and Cuba along with all your jobs.
If Cuba is no longer the bad guy then the “Feet Wet” policy of political asylum is no longer valid.
Oops…….Feet Dry…..touch US shores and your here.
Well hell ….WHOEVER IS THE LAST TO LEAVE AMERICA PLEASE TURN OFF THE LIGHT OR EXTINGUISH THE CANDLE.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
Vote Trump. He’s our man. Yes we can can.
Oh yeah, Trump is gonna fix everything all right. How in the Hell does a casino, of all things, LOSE MONEY? Easy, ask Trump, he’s the only one who ever made that particular brand of magic happen, and now he’s gonna be the ” hero” of the fourth turning? I’ll bet on one of hcks crazy scenarios happening before Trump ever leading a nation anywhere but down the toilet.
all americans have ever done is talk cheap sh*t while getting screwed at the same time
I think we are all tired of the status quo and would like to see some change.
I keep saying the Demo are also sick of it all. Sanders is an outlier too. The DNC has stacked the deck… blatantly. The RNC has a stacked deck and is talking more openly about it. Looks like the US hates the D/R corporate machine.
Am I glad to live to see it? Maybe. Past time, of course, but scary. It will not be an easy time.
Europeans are ready to throw their oppressors off too. Arab Spring hasn’t fared well, but the anger is there. China? Most likely ready to blow. Russia? Less so.
Tptb are in for a rude awakening.
My primary isn’t until June 7. Long time out.
The DARK Act failed in the Senate. Both my Democratic Senators voted against it. Across the board Republicans voted for no GMO labeling. Okay with me if Monsanto goes down in the mess. Time to replace the D/R corporate machine.
I am a Libertarian.
Anyone who thinks Trump is not part of the establishment and one of theirs is truly blind.
A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.
Trump is the sugar that is hiding the poison that is the PTB behind his every move.
A vote for Trump is a vote for the PTB.
Not only do I agree 100% with your assessment, I’ll give you extra credit for being the first reference I’ve ever read here of Mary Poppins!
There is no “left wing” of the establishment party, Jim. As Gore Vidal said decades ago, we have one political party with two right wings. They vary, somewhat, on cultural issues, but they are two FAR-RIGHT-WING PARTIES. The left barely exists at all, and certainly has no political power or even visibility — with the recent exception of Bernie. Even Bernie is not really left, by global standards. He is a moderate centrist who is perceived as “left” just because he happens to be to the left of the far-right crazies (HRC, Cruz, Trump).
what you say is true. We are at right_ultra right_theocrats. Most “social programs, like foodstamps, were put in as farm subsidies. Obama are was designed in a Republican think tank as an insurance company subsidy, as we’re national laws requiring auto insurance… when the rational answer was to insure your own vehicle. Double insurance premiums, you pay for your own and for the other guy. Everyone has to pay twice. Sweet deal for insurance companies, eh?
The folks that scream abortion, birth control, marriage, and so on, are theocratic at heart. It’s a slippery slope. They usually scream sharia law!!!!!- but that is just projecting, because we have a good dose of homegrown sharia law. Generally, I watch my own behavior and let others talk to God directly. Hobby Lobby wouldn’t countenance birth control in its insurance, owns stock in birth control companies. It also pays for viagra, et al. Which is often used in infidelity by older men. Theocracy… governor of Alabamer is a cheater while touting theocracy.
Jack boot right, jack boot left, jack boot theocracy. Ted Cruz, thankfully is not qualified to run for President is a Dominionist… jack boot theocracy… with whatever is left of us after Goldman Sachs takes their blood.
Trumper requires a level of personal obeisance unheard of since Stalin. I am voting Daisy Duck for President and putting my money on citizen rights groups fighting the oligarchy.
The Establishment will declare their “candidate” the winner. It’s what the people do afterwards that counts.