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Nevada Democratic Party, why you so crazy complicated?

Tonight is the voting to be on the Clark County (Vegas) Central Committee. If you show up, you can probably get elected, as it has hundreds of members. However, as always, the rules and procedures seem hand-crafted with special care to create the maximum amount of chaos and dissension.

We were at the Clark County Nominating Convention where the Bernie contingent exploited obscure rules and won, causing some Clintonistas to storm out. They retaliated by exploiting the same rules at the state convention, where a chair was raised in anger but not actually thrown. It was such a train wreck it made national headlines. Hey, our state motto is “Battle Born.” Gotta live up to that.

Feast your eye of this hot mess of procedures. (Pro tip: The closed meeting will almost certainly not be over at 7 PM because it won’t start at 6:15. No word yet on whether Bernies and Clitonistas will be locked outside in the same parking lot, presumably sniping at each other. Have I mentioned this is a state where if you can fog a mirror you can carry a gun legally?)

“Doors will open at 5:30 PM, with a 6:15 start time for the meeting, however the meeting will be a members only closed session until approximately 7:00.

Members of the Nevada Progressive Coalition will be set up in the parking lot with coffee and doughnuts to sustain us.”

The fiendish Women’s March pink hat conspiracy

Reading conservatives hunting for the gigantic conspiracy they just know must be behind the Women’s March is comical. Hey buttercups, take off your tinfoil hats. It really was spontaneous and viral. And no one was in charge.

But if you want to continue thinking Soros et al were behind it, then please, just keep doing it. That way you’ll never see the next protest coming until it happens.

I’ve actually seen some dimbulbs say it must be a conspiracy because where did all those pink hats magically come from? Here’s a clue, it’s called “knitting.”

PS My wife knitted at least two, and still NO CHECK from Soros.

Yesterday was a sea change

Hey lefties, how about we put an end to dire pronouncements about how screwed we are and instead realize that yesterday was quite astonishing. Millions of mostly first-time protesters filled the streets in opposition to Trump. WaPo and NYT said pointblank that Trump and his comically inept Ministry of Truth mouthpieces were lying about inauguration crowd size. I’d say this is a sea change.

Let’s use this opportunity to engage with, listen to, and help these new protesters learn to organize even better. Because if we want to topple Trump, we will need broad-based support of middle America. Don’t say this can’t happen, because this is exactly how Nixon was forced from office. He resigned because he lost so much support he could no longer govern. A better attitude is to adopt what Queen Victoria said, “”We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.”

So let’s put an end to deeply ponderous, learned articles, pontificating based on arcane knowledge of leftie history that show how clever the author is, how we are screwed and all is woe. Because we aren’t screwed. Not at all. Such articles are counter-productive, lefter-than-thou, and often pointlessly irrelevant.

You don’t think the Women’s March protesters are properly militant because they don’t adhere to whatever your silly sect says? How about instead you just get out of the way so actual change can occur? Or better yet, work to make it happen. Because it can.

Trump just highlights the problem of centralized power

Anarchist site Crimethinc says the real problem with Trump is the problem with governments in general, too much centralized power. When the president is someone low-key like Obama, the problems of too much power in one place are less obvious than when a loose cannon like Trump takes power.

Crimethinc has a useful guide to J20 (and beyond) protesting, with smart thoughts about Blocs, black and otherwise. Smashing a Starbucks window for freedom is indeed pointless. However the direct action tactics of a Bloc have succeeded in the past, primarily because the target was focused.

The Problem
…is that anyone could wield so much power in the first place. A man like Donald Trump could never be so dangerous if government and the market didn’t concentrate power in the hands of a ruling class.

Putting another party in power won’t fix this. All the faith invested in Obama’s promises of Hope and Change just legitimized the government long enough for a more ruthless tyrant to take the reins. All the taxes paid by hopeful citizens just put more bullets in the guns of the police that will go on profiling, imprisoning, deporting, and murdering people under Donald Trump.

We have to stop ceding our strength to these institutions. Instead, let’s build networks to meet our needs directly and defend ourselves against everyone who wants to rule us. The only way to freedom and equality is through self-determination, mutual aid, and collective resistance.

On the inept Black Bloc today and how blocs like the Boston Tea Party did succeed

You may have heard of the notorious Black Bloc, a venerable, if not doddering, anarchist tradition in which a mass of direct action enthusiasts gather, all wearing black clothing and masks, and engage in some level of illegal activity. This tactic has won some famous victories in the past couple decades, and failed utterly more times than anyone can count, too. The specific cultural characteristics that are associated with the Black Bloc tactic today can make it easy to overlook the long history of the Bloc tactic and the wide variety of applications for which it can be used. The Boston Tea Party, for example, was a perfect example of a Bloc at work: the participants organized secretly, wore matching disguises (though their choice to costume themselves as “Indians” wasn’t exactly politically correct), and engaged in a mass act of provocative property destruction; presumably their strategies for communication and mutual defense weren’t much different from those used by the famous Black Blocs that, a couple hundred years later, attacked similarly noxious coffee corporations in Seattle. Those who practice direct action would do well to keep in mind the wide range of scenarios in which a version of the Bloc approach can be useful.

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