Trying to get a person to do some repair work. It was part of a job offer which indirectly implicates my own prospects. They wanted to meet me by asking me to attend the march here locally which was totally co-opted by old-left red-flag waving types (aka ANSWER). This was after Occu~ failed to converge on our city as promised. Basically because the traveling Occu~ encampment hasn't materialized. Now... I love & tolerate old-lefties as much as anyone else -- the friend I was meeting is an old Trot -- but not when they decide to co-opt an Occu~march, even if it's May Day. Hell, it wouldn't have been tolerated by other branches of the left in the old days, either... back when May 1 was the day of labor, not just for the institutionalized hard-left. It's not like other branches of the political spectrum are allowed to co-opt marches in that fashion. So much for strength of the movement deriving from resistance to co-optation. (I did meet a bunch of nice folks at the non-blood red section of the march though.) So then after feeling like a biscuit walking behind a bunch of red-flag waving cancer Answer coalition marchers, my friend naturally ditched me. (no offense to anyone, I just don't think people of a preexisting organized partisan group should attempt to "get out in front" of the movement.) Fortunately another friend I got in touch with is a great guy and perfect for the construction job I was trying to set up -- when he's um, up for it.*cough* *cough*
Oh, was that an implication?
The person originally scheduled to do the work with me, and all of my plans were built around working with him, had a minor freakout a month ago and broke off contact with me, accusing me of showing him insufficient resepct, rendering communications dysfunctional since everypony either talks to him or me -- which is why I've not been too active this past month.
7. That's the problem, "professional leftists" trying to drag the movement back into irrelevancy
Edited on Tue May-08-12 06:55 AM by Leopolds Ghost
I make a distinction between left libertarians and the hard left.
Left libertarians are currently experiencing irrelevancy and trying to become more relevant. Some of them, anyhoof. Others apply to this criticism even moreso.
The hard left has been irrelevant for a long time and takes great pains to distance itself further from the popular consciousness. Hell, the problem with the US hard left is that they lost the ability or desire to appeal to the actual masses they claim to represent.
Its a series of politically correct front groups that pretend to speak for the "Global South" so they can justify why no one in this country likes them and their constant attempts to undermine and "work from within" established groups that spout a different message in public -- meaning their overall aims are to get political influence so they can sell out people they disagree with, just like the sellout "socialist" parties in Europe. Authoritarian state socialism is not much different from technocratic machine capitalism, just different ponies in charge.
The guy I know who's a commie is an old-school hippie from SDS/SNCC.
At least some of them are good people, left libertarians in fact, and totally unlike the cancer ANSWER coalition... Learned from their mistakes because they pulled the same sh*t in the 70s when the antiwar movement fell apart.
I'm a radical populist but I wouldn't call myself a leftist. We need a new movement in this country.
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