I think the message we’re respectfully sending to the DNC is fucking try us with Bloomberg and watch us burn this shit to the ground and look back at the embering ashes of the Democratic Party and smile because what was done was necessary.— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) February 16, 2020
Let me make something clear: when we say burn the Democratic Party down we me collectively organizing to refuse our vote. You cannot force us to vote for an oligarch. Let the cookie crumble however it may.— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) February 17, 2020
And yet you all are acting like the most offensive thing imaginable is if we don’t participate in your meticulously crafted games.— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) February 17, 2020
We do not have to participate if an oligarch who circumvented democracy because he didn’t want to pay $3.56 billion in taxes seizes the party.
At some point we say enough and we’re not playing anymore.— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) February 17, 2020
You want us to believe this game is fair, your better stop rigging it.
What we’re offering is not even a revolution. It’s nothing more than most countries already have.— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) February 17, 2020
But that’s our final offer. You can’t force us to participate in this rigged game forever. Eventually, we just strike.
Nothing remotely like what Mike Bloomberg is doing has ever been seen in US politics – nothing in the same universe. And the threat and danger it (and he) poses to US democracy is equally without comparison.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 18, 2020
It’s a menace beyond what words can describe: https://t.co/tmFzlpBKzr
Imagine the hysterical conservative reaction if one dared to suggest the creation of public libraries today.— Heraclitean Fire (@ubermensch11111) February 18, 2020
“For free? Are you serious?”
“What are you, a communist?”
“How are you going to pay for that?”
“Libraries will turn the country into VUVAZELA” https://t.co/1qI8uxGc4f
Benjamin Dixon makes more sense to me on this than a lot of people who are on our side. I’m starting to think that the Right is wrong about immigration.
It turns out that immigration isn’t the single most important issue facing the country. It isn’t the issue that ultimately determines all other issues by changing the racial and cultural demographics of the country. The 2016 election was about immigration and literally nothing changed. Donald Trump is running in 2020 on increasing legal immigration.
The most important issue facing the country is that neoliberalism has created a breed of Jewish oligarchs like Michael Bloomberg and Sheldon Adelson who are rich and powerful enough to buy almost any policy they want. We can’t do anything about immigration or trade or foreign policy or political correctness or tech censorship because these oligarchs have bought the policies. We only get lip service, tweets and token gestures. Criminal justice reform magically got done in the lame duck session of Congress after the 2018 midterms because the oligarchs bought the politicians. Israel has been on an unprecedented winning streak because Sheldon Adelson bought Trump. The oligarchs bought the Trump presidency and have gotten the policies they wanted from it.
“The idea of Michael Bloomberg becoming the Democratic presidential nominee should be too absurd to even consider seriously. For one thing, he is a conservative who openly believes that the poor should be ruled over by the super-rich and is trying to buy the nomination outright. He has a history of saying monstrously offensive things about women and transgender people, and oversaw an infamous racist police regime that terrorized Black and Hispanic New Yorkers. If he did somehow manage to spend his way to the nomination, bypassing the democratic process, it would be such an outrage—and so demoralizing to the Democratic base—that it would guarantee Trump’s reelection. If the choice were between two sexist billionaires who hate the poor, how many young people would drag themselves to the polls to support “our side’s” billionaire? It would permanently disillusion an entire generation and vindicate every cynical theory of politics as a domain where money rules absolutely.
But, troublingly, Michael Bloomberg’s candidacy has not entirely been laughed out of the room. A number of prominent Democratic officials, liberal intellectuals, and celebrities have endorsed him, including San Francisco mayor London Breed, Illinois congressman Bobby Rush, Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs, Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo, TV’s Judge Judy, and singer John Mellencamp. Henry Louis Gates promoted Michael Bloomberg, and Evicted author Matthew Desmond effusively praised Bloomberg’s housing plan (without officially endorsing him). Some of this seems a little strange—why is a sociologist known for studying evictions boosting the guy responsible for the New York homelessness crisis? Why are dozens of liberal elected officials suddenly stumping for a Republican billionaire? …
Bloomberg reserved his sympathy for bankers. As mayor, he gave Goldman Sachs more than a billion dollars in tax breaks to build a headquarters in New York. Later he said Occupy Wall Street was unfairly targeting financial industry workers who were “struggling to get by.” After all, he said, “This is our industry. We’d appreciate it if someone recognized that this is our tax base.” He was scathing about the Obama administration’s effort to regulate banks after the financial crisis, calling fines “outrageous” and suggesting that Wall Street insiders, rather than Congress, should be writing the laws, and has supported cutting the corporate tax rate. He called raising taxes on the rich “about as dumb a policy as I can think of,” making his usual case that rich people give us everything, describing Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax as “mean.” Bloomberg can be comically out of touch with working people; when the city was crippled by a blizzard he suggested residents use the free time to take in a Broadway show. …”
Chumps vote on the basis of resentment over social issues like political correctness, immigration and abortion. We can vote on the basis of those things for the next fifty years and none of our electoral victories will matter at all as long as the policies are sold to the donor class. The culture and policies that we have now reflect the tastes and interests of the oligarchy. Nelson Peltz got his tax cuts. Sheldon Adelson got Jerusalem. Big Ag got more guest workers.
What did the chumps get? They got banned from the internet in return for their loyalty. Some ended up getting thrown in prison or sued into oblivion. They voted on the basis of immigration, but the oligarchy bought our immigration policy. Donald Trump couldn’t even resist raising the caps on guest worker programs. He redefined M.A.G.A. as Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Apple to celebrate how each of those corporations is worth over a trillion dollars now.