Dear Self-Proclaimed “Progressives”: as Apologists for the Neocon-Neoliberal Empire, You Are as Evil as the Empire You’ve Enabled

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Sorry, pal, you’re evil. Self-righteous indignation counts for nothing in the strict accounting of real progressivism.

Dear Self-Proclaimed “Progressive”: I love you, man, but it has become necessary to intervene in your self-destruction. Your ideological blinders and apologies for the Establishment’s Neocon-Neoliberal Empire are not just destroying your credibility, they’re destroying the nation and everywhere the Empire intervenes.

While you squandered your political capital defending zero-cost causes like “safe spaces on college campuses,” the Empire was busy killing, maiming and making refugees of women and children in Syria. President Obama and his Neocon crew (former Secretary Hillary Clinton included) aren’t fools; they rely on drones and proxy armies to do their dirty work.

Neoliberalism is the Establishment’s core ideology, and by supporting Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, you furthered, defended and rationalized the Empire’s neoliberal expansion and exploitation. Neoliberalism’s Big Lie is transforming everything into a market makes everyone richer.

The dirty little secret of Neoliberalism is that the markets it creates are rigged in favor of Elitist cronies. If you can set aside your “progressive” blinders for a moment (Bill and Barack could do no wrong for 16 long years of neoliberal exploitation), you might learn that the Presidents and party you supported ushered in the era of neoliberal pillage as public-private partnerships, Philanthro-Capitalism, and rigged markets that enriched the elitist Establishment you defend at the expense of the bottom 95% non-elites.

You defended “higher education,” which was simply a code word for stripmining the bottom 95% via student loans to pay outrageous salaries for under-assistant deans of student affairs and fund lavish expansion projects.

You embraced the Corporate Media’s absurd “fake news” witch-hunt, when the biggest purveyors of fake news/Imperial Propaganda are the “liberal” media you unhesitatingly believe with all your heart because it reinforces your sense of moral superiority. Never mind that the mainstream “liberal” media is owned by corporations that are in bed with the Establishment and the Empire.

You were silent when your “progressive” president engaged in a global Murder, Inc., and your former secretary of state bragged “we came, we saw, he died.” Your sputtering excuses for Imperial over-reach, extra-judicial murder and the destruction and displacement of entire populations is a travesty of a mockery of a sham of real Progressivism.

Wake up, Self-Proclaimed “Progressives”: you’re apologists for an Evil Empire. Your devotion to the Democratic Establishment that has mastered the art of bleating politically correct speech acts while destroying entire nations renders you the classic useful idiots, on par with those who defended Stalinism and the Soviet Gulag because “it was the right thing to do.”

While you devote your energy to “resisting” Trump in completely empty gestures, you did nothing to resist the imprisonment of tens of thousands of young men of all ethnicities in America’s War on Drugs Gulag.

While you championed your fake-Progressive presidents and party, wealth and wage inequality soared. Did you not mind because you and your household benefited from neoliberal skimming and scamming?

How many of your self-proclaimed “progressive” peers are in the 5% who came to do good and stayed to do well?

You have the luxury of supporting ObamaCare because somebody else is paying the bills. It may be a corporation, the state, a government agency, a university, a foundation or the taxpayer, but your support of neoliberal skims and scams doesn’t cost you anything.

You are a hypocrite because you only engage in causes that don’t cost you anything. Prove to us that you’ve been questioned or arrested by the F.B.I. for political action against the Empire, and you will have earned credibility. If you don’t have any skin in real resistance, then your support of politically correct speech acts is cost-free and therefore meaningless.

I am sorry to be the one to tell you, but your unquestioning support of a neoliberal- neocon president, party and candidate makes you as evil as the empire you support, via your silence, rationalizations and absurdly empty gestures in favor of cost-free political correctness.

You have surrendered principled action in favor of a self-righteous belief that indignation makes you better then everyone else. Sorry, pal, you’re evil. Self-righteous indignation counts for nothing in the strict accounting of real progressivism.

Your claim to moral superiority based on indignation makes you the moral equivalent of the “conservative” married preacher who is sleeping with the church secretary and skimming church funds. His claim to moral superiority is based on indignation, too.

By supporting a corrupt, self-serving elitist Empire of privilege and power, you are an enemy, witting or unwitting, of truth, justice, self-determination and liberty.

If you want to become a real Progressive, it has to cost you. You will have to abandon the Establishment you belong to, the party you support and the cheap veneer of self-congratulatory fake-progressivism you project.

You will have to throw yourself on the gears of the stripmining, protecting-the-privileged autocratic war machine you have supported by your silence and your rationalizations. To quote Mario Savio’s famous extemporaneous speech during Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement:

“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus — and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it — that unless you’re free the machine will be prevented from working at all!”

Memo to Self-Proclaimed “Progressives”: “safe places” on campus don’t count.

The truth is, you are an embarrassment to real progressives. You should be ashamed of your empty claims to the high moral ground. If you are incapable of feeling ashamed for your self-congratulatory self-righteousness, then you are truly lost.

Look, I know you want to “do the right thing.” You want to encourage and support truth, justice, self-determination and liberty. To follow your better instincts, you’re going to have to admit that you’ve been conned, and that you’ve been a loyal passive puppet of an Evil Empire.

The “right thing to do” is to recognize the Neocon-Neoliberal Empire as the enemy of truth, justice, self-determination and liberty and withdraw your consent. If you still don’t get it, maybe these essays will help:

Moral panic over fake news hides the real enemy – the digital giants

America was a ‘stan’ long before Trump Paul Krugman et al conveniently forget that corruption, cronyism and contempt for the rule of law long predated Trump.

Authoritarian Neoliberalism and the Myth of Free Markets

We need to pull together, not self-divide into ever more fractious camps. The oldest and most successful Imperial strategy is divide and conquer. Don’t fall for it.

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  • tonye

    We Deplorables have a lot more in common with “progressives” than with the NeoCon-NeoLiberal Establishment.

    A world where the Gov works for its citizens, does not spy on its citizens and does not engage on globalist hegemony is The World we Deplorables are working for.

    Once we get the financies and overall direction of the country in order (no Neocons, no NeoLiberals, no Fascists, no Globalists, no Wall Streeters, no Soros…) then we can afford to tweak it a bit with some progressive ideas (which are likely to cost a pretty penny…).

    • Lewie Paine

      “I wonder how many men in America would know that Communism, Socialism, New Deal Progressivism, Fascism, Nazism, are merely so-many trade-names for Collectivist Statism, like the trade names for toothpastes which are all exactly alike except for the flavoring.”
      ― Albert Jay Nock

      America’s particular brand of authoritarian collectivism is New Deal Progressivism. It’s been the established ideology in America for the past 100 years. It’s based on the idea that government can solve all social problems especially if government has full control over every aspect of one’s life. (This is a totalitarian ideology.)

      The one party has two wings. The neo-liberals (the left-wing) are formally known as the Democrats while the neo-conservatives (the right-wing) are known are the Republicans. The 2 wings bicker over control of the purse and so-called ‘wedge issues’ (generally which freedoms to be extended or rescinded) but there is no question concerning their ultimate motive – empire.

      Individual freedoms must be sacrificed to the collective. The State will become total. But make no mistake, it stands in direct contrast to a free society and personal liberty.

      • tonye

        The neo-conservatives are not Progressives. They are globalists and crony-capitalist totalitarians.

        It is true though that the neo-liberals are fascists.

        The neo-cons are to the neo-libs what the German Industrialists were to the Nazis. An establishment created to satisfy the needs and wants of both, at the expense of the freedom of German citizens.

      • lowtolerance

        Neoliberalism is nothing more than with laissez faire economic liberalism. Starting with Reagan, we’ve seen more than enough neoliberal “republicans” mixed in with the left and the damage they’ve done should be no mystery to anyone by now. Joe Sixpack can’t wrap his brain around it yet, but economic neoliberalism the reason Trump was elected. We also have plenty of neocons on the left. We almost just made one our president.

        In other words, enough about the parties. Look to the deep state, there you will find the true enemy.

        • Lewie Paine

          Neo-liberalism is nothing more than crony capitalism, or state capitalism. Classical liberalism favors free market transactions as a free society requires a free market. That means free from state intervention. How can a market based on voluntary interactions between consenting Individuals have any relationship to the authoritarian state?

          • lowtolerance

            Because the “market based on voluntary interactions” has been/is infected with the crony capitalists you mentioned, currenltly looking a lot like fascists. Ref: Citizens United. So the authoritarian state, doing the bidding of the global business elite, breaks all sound economic principles in pursuit of the one-world exploitative economy and calls it “free trade” because main st. residents know no better, but that’s yet another story.

  • Be A Freeman

    Unity, not division while restoring justice to our nation

  • Tonyandoc

    Until we get widespread general agreement on a replacement for the nationstate structure, the return to an updated form of feudalism -this time global – will continue unabated.
    As of now, there is not even widespread acceptance that the nationstate concept has failed. Soon its going to be too late to do anything about it. So our efforts should be directed at planning how to convert neo-feudalism into a better world order.
    Trying to make a silk purse out of the present sow’s ear system has little to recommend it. Ranting against it has even less of a payoff.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    Of course, behind closed doors in Washington, the neo-cons, neo-liberals and self proclaimed progressives are little more than offense, defense, and special teams playing for the same team-the corporate globalists who control the world. Let’s not pretend that there’s any real difference between these groups. At least within the halls of the politically elite.

    • lowtolerance

      precisely