The flier I found at the coffeeshop that day had a vacant air about it, like it came out of nowhere, and it would leave no trace or clue as to where it had emanated from; this was done deliberately
It had the desolate air of a now forgotten bookshop that used to reside in the Coventry neighborhood of Cleveland Heights, Ohio...
and I'm probably wasting my time writing about this but it's always good to learn, and to have patterns you've observed validated
Can I ask?
What do you hope to accomplish?
Are you going to replace Trump with Paul Ryan, the guy who would be next in line if you got rid of both Trump and Pence somehow?
Are you going to have a coup and install Hillary Clinton?
Seriously? These people would be better?
Like, what's your objective?
A communist takeover???
I didn't know who the majority of the individuals listed here were, but I should have known who was the instigator of these shenanigans
(Oh my god, it is ALWAYS THE SAME)
Twenty years ago! Ringing my hands!
So I looked these individuals up, and they are Revolutionary Communist Party goons and leftist "intellectuals", the kind who are too arrogant and a bit too overconfident about their black-and-white vision of the world
Andy Zee- spokeperson for the Revolutionary Communist Party
PZ Myers - a liberal scientist who eschews alternative medicine
Carl Dix - Founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party
Jeremy Scahill - a founder of the Intercept, a publication I am semi-okay with and I do like a few of their journalists, even though the publication sometimes dabbles in problematic waters and Julian Assange did just say they withheld some documents from Snowden from public purview hmmm
Imam Ayub Abdul - Baki - an imam
Rev. Doris Johnson - okay okay I'm bored
In Cleveland, when I was a left-wing activist (that's all I'll claim because I was never an anarchist or anything like that), the Revolutionary Communist Party was the running joke of the community
They had a tendency to take over other people's events, their leader Bob Avakian was nowhere to be found, and their propaganda was unnervingly empty and vacant
What is fascism?
People who don't want you to know they are truly fascists will defer to definitions from Mussolini, or will insist that if it doesn't look like Hitler, it's not fascism, and how dare you use that word? You don't have the privilege!
The essence of fascism, and I think we all agree ( because why else did it creep into the general lexicon in more casual terms "don't be such a fascist!") is a strict nonconformity that is severely punished if you were to deviate from it
( I think Mussolini would agree)
So, people in political circles, do have a tendency to strict adherence to certain ideals
Do you believe enough? Are you thinking correctly?
The same attitudes appear in leftist circles, a very notorious example being the Weather Underground, which was a splinter group of the Students for a Democratic Society from the sixties/seventies, and it was nothing but a clique of the popular kids blowing stuff up (and if you watch the documentary that was made about them several years ago, you get a skewed view of the organization and you don't get to realize how truly hierarchical and elitist the organization was).
I had this experience myself when I was an "activist"
I wasn't from the right "school" ( all the cool activist kids hailed from Kent State, those poor kids having died to give them street cred)
I wasn't from a working class family, but from an immigrant family whose parents rose from poverty to an upper middle class existence ( but that is lost on other middle class kids who work so hard at being working class poseurs)
And if we had discussions at the Food Not Bombs that weren't political, the fascist in charge ( who once unironically told me that "anarchism is believing anything you want") would yell at us until the conversation would steer back to the official dogma
(while fascist in charge went into another room to watch football)
I had another experience with another totalitarian anarchist who swiped a pamphlet from my hand without allowing me to read it for myself ( yeah, maybe it was right wing propaganda, but god damn it, I have a right to figure that out for myself, and not be condescended to by an asshole)
And who before "looking out for me" went around pretending to know the members of the Africa family at the Mumia Abu Jamal protest we were attending (and I tell you, Ramona Africa looked very surprised)
this was also a fellow, like the one aforementioned, who was "the real thing", and he could look down upon you and judge you and decide that you simply weren't worthy enough
I couldn't get into the clique mentality, and while I was pretty active in the activist community ( I went to every demonstration, did all the activities, and even had my own political radio show at the local college radio station), people were surprised when I didn't become a member of the local anarchist collective
Oh my god
That?! anarchist collective? The one run by those assholes?
those pieces of shit I would have to fight IF THEY won the revolution????
Everything I find, is a popularity contest
And the road to hell is paved with good intentions
So the combination of my general skepticism of Trump hysteria ( because i don't believe Trump to be any worse than George W Bush or Slick Willy Clinton) and my long-time disenchantment with leftist protest politics make me weary of political fliers like this one
And political events like this one
And political "enthusiasm" like this one
And doing the investigation into it just led me back into history repeating itself useless self again
And threatening its fascism at every turn
( and I will retain my definition of fascism, because it's correct)
Moly Bdenum wishes she was as vicious as Fluorine on the Periodic Table of Elements