Pyrrhus of Epirus
The Greek general Pyrrhus of Epirus was famous because his victories were won at such a heavy cost that they ended up being of no value to him and his cause. Trump seems to be winning victories, but his means of attaining success are destroying the value of the Republican nomination as 40% of the GOP voters vow to never to back him.
The Trump campaign is claiming that the fascist billionaire’s 60% wins in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island now make him the inevitable winner of the Republican presidential nomination in Cleveland in mid July. Of course, a large majority of the Pennsylvania delegates are unbound and can vote for whomever they like, which may not be Trump. But the larger reality is that, even if Trump does take the Republican nomination, this prize will be devalued by 40% or more when he takes it in his hands.
Just as the primary campaigns in the five Northeastern states were winding down, USA Today and Suffolk University published their poll to this effect:
‘While 60 percent of Republican primary and caucus voters will support the eventual Republican nominee if their candidate is not chosen, according to a Suffolk University/USA Today national poll of likely election voters, a majority of Donald Trump supporters said they would vote for the businessman if he were to lose the nomination and run as a third-party candidate. Forty percent of Republicans whose favored candidate is not nominated said they will vote for the Democratic nominee, seriously consider a third-party candidate, stay home on Election Day in November, or are undecided.’
Trump’s efforts to take the presidency may therefore turn out to be a labor of Sisyphus. Tonight, the fascist billionaire’s victory speech started off in a very subdued manner, suggesting that he had been truly chastened by the advice on conduct and deportment dispensed by the infamous “Torturers’ Lobby” principal Paul Manafort. But when the time came to make a genteel exit, Trump found himself hypnotized as usual by the television cameras, and proceeded to ramble on for forty minutes. Once again displaying his telltale megalomaniac streak, Trump returned, not once, not twice, but three times to the question of why he had failed to get more than 37% of the Republican primary vote until he reached New York last week, and the five other Northeast states tonight. The reason, explained Trump, was that in the earlier phases of the campaign he was dealing with 17 opponents, and therefore the sheer number of adversaries kept him below the 50% mark. Maybe Trump had been needled at the Time 100 Gala by some fellow plutocrat asking why he had a 40% ceiling for so much of the campaign. As it was, Trump returned about an hour late from the Time 100 Gala to give his victory speech at Trump Tower. He obviously preferred an extra hour of hobnobbing with the elite to thanking the dupes who volunteered and voted for him.
Trump made a number of references to foreign policy questions, which he has obviously been cramming for with a view to his long-awaited serious foreign policy address, which he will give tomorrow here in Washington. Trump had originally scheduled the speech for a small room in the National Press Club, but the event has now been moved to the noon hour at the Mayflower Hotel, where a bigger crowd can be accommodated.
The Tax Wall Street Party calls on all persons of good will who can be present starting at 11AM to join our protest against Trump at the Mayflower, which is located on Connecticut Avenue just north of the Farragut North Metro stop.
On the Democratic side, Mrs. Clinton easily won Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. The race in Connecticut was much closer, and Bernie Sanders won in Rhode Island. Bernie was damaged by a report appearing in the New York Times claiming that, in case Tuesday’s results were bad, the campaign would “re-assess” the entire effort. This was the kind of the innuendo designed to reduce Bernie’s followers to despair, and to increase the chances that they would not vote at all. This calculated article was not invented out of thin air, but derived from remarks made by Sanders campaign official Tad Devine in an interview. As readers of this Daily Briefing know, Tad Devine is a defeatist in the tradition of Mondale, Dukakis, and Kerry, who has more than once tried to influence Sanders towards passivity and quietism. Sanders should fire Tad Devine immediately to prevent defeatist thinking from taking over his entire campaign.
Bernie’s wife Jane Sanders vehemently denied any suggestion that such a reassessment was planned, or that it could lead to capitulation to the outrageous behind the scenes demands of Hillary Clinton that Sanders either drop out of the race entirely, or run a totally bland and anodyne campaign along the lines of Thomas E. Dewey in 1948. Bernie has also repeated his pledge that he will keep fighting all the way through California, and Washington DC in early June.
Here is the tendentious piece from the New York Times:
Updated 4:00 p.m. | PHILADELPHIA — Senator Bernie Sanders and his campaign advisers plan to reassess where his candidacy stands after five states vote on Tuesday, though he is adamant that he will remain in the race until the Democratic convention this summer. As Mr. Sanders spent the morning happily greeting voters across Philadelphia, his senior campaign strategist said the senator understood the challenges ahead and would talk with his staff on Wednesday to decide how his bid will continue. Polls show Mr. Sanders trailing Hillary Clinton in at least four of the five states voting on Tuesday — Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Still, Mr. Sanders, who visited those states and the fifth state, Delaware, is not preparing to drop out of the race but will look into how to adjust how he talks about his prospects. “If we are sitting here and there’s no sort of mathematical way to do it, we will be upfront about that,” Tad Devine, Mr. Sanders’s senior strategist, said in an interview. “If we have a really good day, we are going to continue to talk about winning most of the pledged delegates because we will be on a path toward it. If we don’t get enough today to make it clear that we can do it by the end, it’s going to be hard to talk about it. That’s not going to be a credible path. Instead, we will talk about what we intend to do between now and the end and how we can get there.”’
Bernie must keep fighting.
In addition to his reality TV appearances, his books, and now his political campaign, Donald Trump has also appeared as a clinical specimen in the pages of textbooks in the field of psychology, and abnormal psychology at that. Among these are Abnormal Behavior in the 21st Century and Personality Disorders and Older Adults: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment. Psychological professionals have labeled Trump as a narcissist, and also a sadist.
Just as these personality disorders are acted out by Trump in the cultural matrix and idiom of north Queens. Trump’s internalized audience often appears to be the fictional character Archie Bunker of the sitcom series “All In the Family,” which was broadcast on CBS between 1971 and 1983. In this series, Bunker is a philistine and a bigot from Flushing, just north of Trump’s home neighborhood in Jamaica.
As biographer Michael D’Antonio notes:
‘With the exception of his frequent references to his own Ivy League education, Trump “almost always favored a stubbornly anti-intellectual type of common sense that played to the grievances of the kind of white men represented by the TV character Archie Bunker, who, like Trump, came from Queens and offered his opinions with chin-jutting pride.’
Trump stands out for his well-documented and often-proclaimed inability to look inside himself and examine his own behavior and his own motives. Indeed, his unending stream of consciousness monologue, mixed with endless insults and ranting, seems to represent a psychological defense mechanism to allow him not to face the tormented inner child who was neglected by his parents and then shipped off to military school.
Trump has often boasted of his exploits in the psychological manipulation of people around him – and these now include millions of voters. Trump speaks of this process as if it were akin to hypnotism, and often boasts of “the aura of knowledge” which has allowed him to dupe so many.
Otto Friedrich of Time Magazine recalled ‘Trump as he confessed that he possessed something like a con man’s talent for persuasion. “I can sit down with the most sophisticated people in the arts in New York and get along fabulously with them. If I want to, I can convince them that I know as much about something as they do, and I don’t.” Asked how he managed this trick, Trump said, “It’s a feeling, an aura that you create.” In another bit of reflection Trump revealed himself to be defended, even against self-evaluation: “When you start studying yourself too deeply, you start seeing things that maybe you don’t want to see. And if there’s a rhyme and reason, people can figure you out, and once they can figure you out, you’re in big trouble.”’
Some Americans are finally figuring him out. The others should ask themselves if Trump is using his talent as a con man on them.
When asked about introspection and self-awareness by a biographer, Trump replied vehemently that he wanted no part of it:
“No, I don’t want to think about it! I don’t like to analyze myself because I might not like what I see. I don’t like to analyze myself. I don’t like to think too much about the past – other than to learn. The only thing I like about the past is to learn from it, because if you make a mistake, you want to learn from it. Now, I’d much rather learn from other people making mistakes. I read a lot. I read a lot of stories about success and failure, because it’s much cheaper to learn from other people’s mistakes than your own. I can tell you of many, many mistakes that people made, and that’s much better than if I make those mistakes. So the thing I like about the past is you can learn from people’s mistakes and also learn from people’s triumphs.’
After completing a substantial biography of Trump, author Michael D’Antonio summed up his experience in these words:
“A linguist or psychologist could write at length on Trump’s conversational style. After the briefest reflection, he slams the door on introspection and turns immediately to consider other people and their failures. The mention of books leads him to discuss his own book and its sales and then the corresponding success of his TV show.’
Trump can be regarded as the leading edge of “an epidemic of narcissism and its component parts, which include grandiosity and self-loathing. Taken together, these feelings produce both the insatiable desire to be seen as a winner and dread of being regarded as a loser.’
Trump does qualifies as a broken soul who feels compelled to defend himself at all points against insults or challenges through massive retaliation and in infinite conflict. Any foreign power or non-state actor which has grasped the psychological problems which are indicated here would have a good chance of manipulating Trump into a desired behavior, especially if that were a flight forward into aggression. The preliminary diagnosis would have to be that Trump is mentally far too weak and labile to ever occupy the presidency. Control over the thermonuclear button is an awesome responsibility, one which far exceeds the capacity of Trump’s limited cognitive powers and impaired emotional intelligence.
- Michael D’Antonio, Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success (New York: Saint Martin’s Press, 2015), p. 336.
- D’Antonio, p. 193.
- D”Antonio, p. 152.
- D’Antonio, p. 340.
- D’Antonio, p. 340-341.
- D’Antonio, p. 340-341.
Trump = Nazi Poster Makes Big Splash at Cesar Chavez Parade in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – April 23, 2016 This day marked the twenty-third anniversary of the death of Cesar Chavez. The Tax Wall Street Party paid homage to the famous National Farm Workers Association (later United Farm Workers) founder, labor leader, and civil rights activist by participating in the annual parade held in San Francisco’s Mission District neighborhood.
The “Trump = Nazi” poster was an instant hit and very popular with parade onlookers. Many photos were taken of the poster. A local performer, Bobby The Clown, displayed the poster in a parade automobile. The TWSP members passed out hundreds of leaflets containing TWSP’s economic program. The TWSP members in the San Francisco Bay Area also look forward to leading efforts in a major protest against Trump at the upcoming California GOP Statewide Convention, where Trump is expected to speak. Members will be joined by approximately three thousand anti-Trump protesters at the convention.
Tax Wall Street Party activists also intervened at a presidential town hall given by GOP candidate John Kasich in Rockville, Maryland.
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World Crisis Radio
With a Report from Thierry Meyssan in Damascus, Syria
April 23, 2016
President Mobutu Sese Seko, the bloody handed, CIA-backed dictator of Zaire meets with President Nixon in 1973. US support for Mobutu over several decades was maintained with the help of the Black, Manafort, Stone, Kelly, and Atwater lobbying firm, otherwise known as the “Torturers’ Lobby.” This network has now taken over the Trump campaign.
Old Hickory’s Destruction of the Second Bank of the United States Sabotaged US Economic Growth and Opened the Door to the Financial Panics of 1837 and 1857, Putting the United States on a Path to Sectionalism and Civil War; Jackson’s Great Opponent Was Henry Clay of Kentucky, Supporter of the American System of Political Economy
Jackson was a monetarist and precious metals fetishist like many libertarians of the current age. This 1837 cartoon by E.W. Clay shows contemporary awareness that Jackson’s Specie Circular, which specified that all payments to the federal government for public lands had to be in gold or silver, had popped the land bubble but had also caused the worst depression in the history of the young country. Like Jackson, libertarians generally advocate a deflationary crash as the best policy under any circumstances, because they think it will make their money worth more.
The Tax Wall Street Party welcomes the decisions by the US Treasury to remove Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill, to keep Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, and to feature Harriet Tubman on the $20 note. We hope to provide more historical context for these figures now and in the weeks ahead, and today we will focus on the highly destructive economic policies of Jackson.
Not surprisingly Donald Trump has protested the removal of Jackson. “Andrew Jackson had a great history. I think it’s very rough when you take someone off the bill,” said Trump. Jackson is an exponent of the same demagogic cultural populism which Trump practices today.
Another group protesting are the Austrian School libertarians. Their hero is Andrew Jackson, whose hare-brained meddling caused the devastating Panic of 1837 and shut down US economic development, putting the country firmly on course for the Civil War two decades later.
Jackson started as a protégé of arch-traitor Aaron Burr, and took part in Burr’s abortive Western Conspiracy to set up an anti-American kingdom in the Mississippi basin. As president, Jackson was a tool of the British and Swiss banks, whether he knew it or not. His right-hand man Martin Van Buren of New York knew it.
To understand the crimes of Jackson, it is necessary to see his actions in the context of the economic and financial policy fights of the 1820s and 1830s. The following are excerpts from Webster G. Tarpley, Surviving the Cataclysm (Joshua Tree CA: Progressive Press, 1999-2009).
Before Jackson: John Marshall and Henry Clay Launch a Time of National Progress Based on the American System
The War of 1812 ushered in a period of resurgent nationalism, marked also by the first landmark decisions of Chief Justice John Marshall of the Supreme Court. The most prominent of the War Hawks was Henry Clay, from the western state of Kentucky, the best available spokesman and political operative of a group of American System supporters which included Mathew Carey, the Philadelphia economist and publicist. Clay was also acquainted with Friedrich List, whom he met in Washington in 1825 when the latter was visiting there with the Marquis Gilbert de Lafayette. Clay’s program; as laid out for example in his unsuccessful Presidential campaign of 1824, he called the “American System,” a phrase borrowed from Alexander Hamilton. The American System was Clay’s programmatic platform in the election contest. The adversary of the American System he referred to as “the foreign policy.”
Andrew Jackson’s Great Adversary: Henry Clay’s American System
Clay’s program was designed to become the platform of a new political party that would be national in scope and nationalist in character. This party turned out to be the Whig party, which achieved only limited success in its mission of nation-building. Clay was determined to fight sectionalism by re-establishing the pre-eminence of the national economic interest, also in order to build the country’s military strength. This meant the institution of a strongly protective tariff, of the type that Hamilton had recommended but been unable to obtain. “There is a remedy,” said Clay, “and that remedy consists in modifying our foreign policy and in adopting a genuine American system. We must naturalize the arts in our country, and we must naturalize them by the only means which the wisdom of nations has yet discovered to be effectual – by adequate protection against the overwhelming influence of foreigners.”
Clay also demanded a vigorous policy of new road and canal building to link up regional markets and reduce the costs of transportation of goods. As he knew as a congressman from Kentucky, the frontier had now advanced to the trans-Appalachian west, beyond the mountains, and transportation was an urgent issue, although it had been neglected by Jefferson and Madison. Clay favored the creation of an inter-American development block, joining with the newly independent republics of former Spanish and Portuguese America. In this, he strongly supported the Monroe Doctrine, and agitated for the immediate recognition of the new states as they acquired their independence. As the Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams, Clay intended to use a conference of Latin American states held in Panama in 1826 as a vehicle for these plans, but this was not successful, and he was later disappointed by Bolivar’s lust for power at any price. Clay exhorted his fellow citizens to support the revolt against colonialism in Ibero-America: “Let us break these commercial and political fetters; let us no longer watch the nod of any European politician; let us become the real and true Americans, and place ourselves at the head of the American system.” Clay at one time proposed the building of a Pan-American highway, a road that would link all the Americas in defiance of British sea power.
Clay, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, was later instrumental in obtaining the approval of the bill re-creating the Bank of the United States. Here he was aided by John C. Calhoun of South Carolina, a War Hawk who later degenerated and turned pro-states’ rights over the slavery issue. The second BUS was set up in 1816, with a twenty year charter. This time the capital of the bank was made 35 million dollars, which made it the largest corporation in the world, with one fifth of the stock being bought by the government. The Bank survived an initial round of British financial warfare and went on to become even more successful than the first BUS.
The BUS did a number of things which may seem elementary today, but which were absolutely indispensable and often uncertain. The lack of a relatively stable form of cash money in adequate supply and acceptable all over the country was a necessity, but often very little cash money was available. The only alternative to the BUS were the state banks, which were often totally unstable and corrupt. Import-export financing for trade with Europe was also provided by the BUS. Of tremendous importance was the ability of the BUS to stand as a shield or buffer between the US banks on the one hand, and the Bank of England and other European institutions on the other. If the British had the ability to suck all the liquid cash out of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, the US economy could be collapsed in a few weeks, resulting in a colossal depression. This is what happened in 1837. But as long as the BUS existed, this form of British economic-strategic warfare had little chance of being effective.
The Constitutionality of the Second BUS was affirmed by Chief Justice Marshall in the 1819 opinion in the case of McCulloch vs. Maryland. Clay was also a partisan of a standing army and a powerful navy. His main points were a national bank, a protective tariff and internal improvements, meaning infrastructure. As he told the House after returning from a trip abroad, the lessons of his trip “were lessons that satisfied me that national independence was only to be maintained by national resistance against foreign encroachments, by cherishing the interests of the people, and giving the whole physical power of the country an interest in the preservation of the nation.” He urged the House to “commence the great work, too long delayed, of internal improvement.” He desired to see a “chain of turnpike roads and canals from Passamoquoddy to New Orleans; and other similar roads intersecting the mountains, to facilitate intercourse between all parts of the country, and to bind and connect us together.” He spoke out for the protection of domestic manufacturing, “not so much for the sake of the manufacturers themselves, as for the general interest.” “We should thus have our wants supplied when foreign resources are cut off; and we should also lay the basis of a system of taxation, to be resorted to when the revenue from imports is stopped by war,” argued Clay.
The Whig program was summed up by Pennsylvania Senator Andrew Stewart: “The true policy of this country… was to make New England instead of Old England, the great theatre of our manufactures. They had the capital and their population had become sufficiently dense to justify its employment in this way. We will thus create in our own country an ample market for the consumption of the cotton and the sugar of the south, and the wool and flour of the middle and western states, which no longer found a market abroad. It will make the great sections of our confederacy mutually dependent on each other. It will bind and unite them together by the strong ties of interest and intercourse, combining all the elements of national prosperity – agriculture, manufactures, commerce. These, with a good system of internal communications, would render our prosperity perfect, and our Union indissoluble.” This constituted what was properly and emphatically called the ‘American system of policy.’“
The Protective Tariff
Support for these views was strong enough to permit the passage, in the aftermath of the war of 1812, of the first truly protective tariff, the tariff of 1816. This inaugurated a tendency for further protectionism that lasted until 1833, in the midst of the Jackson years. 1816 thus emerges as a watershed year, with the Second BUS and a protective tariff levy going through in the same year. The twenty years after 1816 were accordingly ones of unprecedented growth. This was the case also because of the Presidency of John Quincy Adams, a strong pro-development dirigist who defeated Clay for the Presidency in the contested election of 1824. Clay, as we have seen, became Quincy Adams’ Secretary of State. In Adams’ inaugural address, he stunned the crabbed Jeffersonian states’ rights exegetes of the Constitution by announcing that “the great object of the institution of civil government is the improvement of those who are parties to the social compact”, and enumerated the impressive powers that the Constitution afforded to do just that, going on to say that “if these powers may be effectually brought into action by laws promoting the improvement of agriculture, commerce, and manufactures, the cultivation of the mechanic and the elegant arts, the advancement of literature, and the progress of the sciences, ornamental and profound, than to refrain from exercising them for the benefit of the people themselves would be to hide in the earth the talent committed to our charge – would be treachery to the most sacred of trusts.” Adams recommended a national university, astronomical observatories, and a whole array of scientific enterprises. He ridiculed the narrow-minded sectionalism of most opportunist politicians, asking if they were “palsied by the will of their constituents.” Adams here was out far in advance of Clay, who did not have the same personal authority of independent intellectual accomplishments.
Adams pressed hard for internal improvements, instructing the army engineers to survey prospective transportation routes. Under Adam’s leadership the Congress regularly voted substantial financial aid to interstate roads and canals. The prime improvement carried out by the federal government itself was the Cumberland Road, or National Road, from Cumberland, Maryland to Jefferson City, Missouri, although only Vandalia, Illinois had been reached when the project collapsed in the panic of 1837. This turned out to be the only wholly-owned federal project of this type in the pre-Jackson period. Adams’ term in office was the height of the canal-building epoch, highlighted by the 1825 Erie Canal from the Hudson River in New York State to Lake Erie, which radically cut the time and cost for shipments to the west, since the Great Lakes were linked up with the Atlantic. The Erie was later supplemented by the Pennsylvania Canal, and other canals.
Another Target for Jackson: Friedrich List and His American Political Economy
It was during the term of Adams that the newly naturalized American Friedrich List published his 1827 Outlines of American Political Economy in Philadelphia, addressing the book to Charles Ingersoll, vice president of the Pennsylvania Society. List was against those who wished to limit the role of the central government: “… it is questioned whether government has the right to restrict individual industry in order to bring to harmony the three component parts of national industry and, secondly, it is questioned whether government does well or has it in its power to produce this harmony by laws and restrictions. Government, sir, not only has the right, but it is its duty, to promote every thing which may increase the wealth and power of the nation, if this object cannot be effected by individuals. So it is its duty to guard commerce by a navy, because merchants cannot protect themselves; so it is its duty to protect the carrying trade by navigation laws, because carrying trade supports naval power, as naval power protects carrying trade; so the shipping interest and commerce must be supported by breakwaters – agriculture and every other industry by turnpikes, bridges, canals and railroads – inventions by patent laws – so manufactures must be raised by protective duties, if foreign capital and skill prevent individuals from undertaking them.” Some pages on, List draws up his celebrated contrast of the British system with the American system: Continue reading Good Riddance, Andrew Jackson! – The Expunging of this Catastrophic President from All US Currency Is Long Overdue »
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In the history of National Socialism, the events of June-July 1934 are often referred to as the Night of the Long Knives, or Operation Hummingbird. Having seized power, Hitler was anxious to eliminate the more radical and uncontrollable elements in his Nazi movement, especially those who were demanding a second revolution which would put storm troopers and guttersnipes not just in the parliament, but in the boardrooms of corporations and banks, and in the upper echelons of the military. Hitler’s SS and Gestapo security forces simply machine-gunned and otherwise assassinated significant numbers of the radicals, and also of reformist bourgeois politicians. Hitler was seeking to make his movement more acceptable and palatable to the existing ruling circles.
Something not so different has been happening in the Trump campaign. Here the clique around Corey Lewandowsky and Stuart Jolly, often consisting of individuals connected to the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity tea party operation, had led the way in Trump’s early victories operating under the slogan “Let Trump be Trump.” But, with various powerbrokers demanding that Trump cease his raving and obscene rhetoric, and act more like a plausible president, Trump has chosen to dump his original clique of advisors, while bringing in the sinister Paul Manafort, who has been associated with the wormy underside of many Republican campaigns over the years.
Since the corrupt Washington lobbyist Manafort has seized power inside the Trump campaign, the explosive internal contradictions of Trumpism have come more and more clearly into focus. The entire demagogy of the Trump presidential campaign focuses on a violent polemic against Washington lobbyists, the influence they buy among elected officials, and the predatory foreign interests which they serve. But, with Manafort now obviously exercising great power – including over the fascist billionaire and the style of his speeches – we can see that the Trump campaign is dominated by precisely the kind of person Trump is supposed to be fighting. Obviously, the stupidity and gullibility of Trump’s duped followers are of gigantic proportions, but this does not mean that they are infinite. Somewhere, somehow, a day of reckoning is approaching for the colossal fraud which is Trump. After all, as Lincoln said: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
The Trump campaign is now dominated on the inside by Paul Manafort, an unsavory type who looks like he just stepped out of one of the less successful Godfather movies. Manafort’s television persona sets him apart as one of the most impudent liars of our time. His professional background centers on the Washington lobbying firm of Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly, which flourished between 1980 and 1994, when it is said to have been acquired by another firm. The principals were Charles R. Black Jr., Paul J. Manafort, Roger J. Stone, Peter G. Kelly, plus George H.W. Bush’s election adviser Lee Atwater, who came from the brutally racist tradition of racist-Dixiecrat Senator Strom Thurmond, whom Atwater had served. Atwater, like Roger Stone, had been a protégé of Watergate felon Donald Segretti of Nixon’s infamous 1972 Committee to Reelect the President (CREEP), where Karl Rove, the election guru of George W Bush, also worked.
Trump’s campaign is thus the Night of the Living Dead on K Street in Washington, as half a century of dirty Republican insiders come out of their power alley offices and demand an infusion of the economic blood of the nation.
Manafort runs the Trump campaign from the inside. An equally integral part of the Trump effort, but operating at arm’s length distance with a claim of plausible deniability is the veteran provocateur Roger Stone, who handles relations with the scurrilous media cartel Trump is assembling around the Drudge Report, The Savage Nation, Breitbart, the National Enquirer, and WorldNetDaily, plus assorted libertarian fear porn and conspiracy theory operations.
Roger Stone poses today as an opponent of the “Establishment,” but in 1996, he was enough of an insider to be given the job of top adviser to the Dole for President Campaign. He was forced to quit when Dole concluded that Stone and his wife had placed a lurid ad in a publication targeting extramarital swingers.
Manafort is also the former business partner of Rick Davis, who ran the McCain for president campaign in 2008. Manafort was already such a radical outsider that he was scheduled to manage the 2008 GOP convention for McCain – the same job that Manafort has for Trump today! But Manafort was fired from this job by McCain, who was concerned about Manafort’s business as lobbyist for the corrupt circles of Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovich, the oligarch ousted by the CIA in February 2014.
As for Charles Black, this veteran GOP hack was McCain’s main advisor in 2008, and is currently running the Kasich campaign.
Nixon, Reagan, Bush 41, Dole, Bush 43, McCain, Kasich, Saudi princes, Ukrainian oligarchs, K Street lobbyists – somehow the notion of anti-Establishment insurgent does not fit into this resume for any of the Manafort-Stone gang. If we recall Roger Stone’s claim that he organized the Brooks Brothers riot which stopped the Florida vote recount on November 22, 2000 and thus kept George W. Bush’s presidential hopes alive, it looks like the lobbying firm Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly is as Establishment as it gets for Republicans. So a group of aging hacks tries to seize power on the coattails of a fascist demagogue who conjures up a following of crazed but enthusiastic dupes.
But it gets worse and worse.
Manafort has been described in published accounts as the kingpin of the “torturers’ lobby,” meaning that he operated as a public-relations flank and lobbyist for some of the world’s most infamous human rights violators of recent decades. Among his clients were the CIA’s Angolan butcher Jonas Savimbi, the Saudi dark ages monarchy, plus corrupt French and Ukrainian politicians. Just the kind of people who are anxious to Make America Great Again! As The Daily Beast writes:
‘Over the course of a long lobbying career in D.C., top Trump aide Paul Manafort and his firm made a fortune fronting for a group of clients once referred to as the “torturers’ lobby.” So when Manafort accused opponent Ted Cruz of using “Gestapo tactics” to court Republican delegates on Meet the Press this past Sunday — it’s something he may have quite a bit of experience with firsthand. But over the years, they made millions by representing a rogue’s gallery of clients far away from D.C.’s genteel corridors of power: dictators, guerilla groups, and despots with no regard for human rights—including one man responsible for mass amputations, and another who oversaw state-sanctioned rape. One such client was Jonas Savimbi, who led a guerilla army trying to wrest control of the Angolan government from Marxists during the country’s brutal civil war. Savimbi hired Manafort’s lobbying firm to help him get financial support from the U.S. government for his guerilla army, UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola). Spy Magazine reported that his firm received $600,000 one year as compensation for his work for Angolan rebel leader, Jonas Savimbi. The Daily Beast reported that Manafort’s work for the Saudis netted him $250,000 for six months of work in 1984. A Justice Department form filed in 2008 from a subcontractor to Manafort’s firm said the PR work alone on behalf of Ukraine’s government was paid at $35,000 a month. In 2013, Manafort surfaced in a French influence-peddling scandal involving Edouard Balladur, who was prime minister in the mid-1990s. Manafort acknowledged in a Virginia court that he was paid by an adviser to the Saudi royal court more than $200,000 for advice he provided on security issues. That adviser in turn funneled the profits of an arms sale back into Balladur’s political campaign.’
Manafort is not just any lobbyist. He specialized in foreign clients who were willing to pay $250,000 or more to retain his services. Some of his prominent clients were foreign dictators, often backed by the CIA, whose human rights atrocities had generated problems with US and Western public opinion. One of Manafort’s assignments was to burnish the public image of Pakistan and in particular of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), one of the key players in the Great Game of international terrorism. In the process, Manafort and the firm became implicated in operations which, according to court papers, a federal prosecutor described as a “false flag operation” and a “scam”:
‘The Kashmiri American Council was a “scam” that amounted to a “false flag operation that Mr. Fai was operating on behalf of the ISI,” Gordon D. Kromberg, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted the case, said in March 2012 at Fai’s sentencing hearing in federal court. While posing as a U.S.-based nonprofit funded by American donors sympathetic to the plight of Kashmiris, it was actually bankrolled by the ISI in order to deflect public attention “away from the involvement of Pakistan in sponsoring terrorism in Kashmir and elsewhere,” Kromberg said. Fai, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and tax fraud charges, was then sentenced to two years in federal prison.
Lobbying records filed with the secretary of the Senate show that Manafort’s lobbying firm, Black, Manafort, Stone & Kelly, was paid $700,000 by the Kashmiri American Council between 1990 and 1995. This was among more than $4 million that federal prosecutors alleged came from the ISI; Fai collected the money over 20 years from “straw” American donors who were being reimbursed from secret accounts in Pakistan. (The funds were in some cases delivered to Fai in brown paper bags stuffed with cash — and then the donors reimbursed with wire transfers from ISI operatives, according to an FBI affidavit.)
Manafort, who handled the Kashmiri account for his firm, was never charged in the case and Kromberg told Yahoo News that what knowledge, if any, he had of the secret source of money from his client was not part of the Justice Department’s investigation. (While registering with Congress as a domestic lobbyist for the Kashmiri American Council, Manafort never registered with the U.S. Justice Department as a foreign agent of Pakistan, as he would have been required to do if he was aware of the ISI funding of his client.)
But a former senior Pakistani official, who asked not to be identified, told Yahoo News that there was never any doubt on Pakistan’s part that Manafort knew of his government’s role in backing the Kashmiri council. The former official said that during a trip from Islamabad in 1994 he met with Manafort and Fai in Manafort’s office in Alexandria, Va., “to review strategy and plans” for the council. Manafort, at the meeting, presented plans to influence members of Congress to back Pakistan’s case for a plebiscite for Kashmir (the largest portion of which has been part of India since 1947), he said. (Internal budget documents later obtained by the FBI show plans by the council to spend $80,000 to $100,000 a year on campaign contributions to members of Congress.) “There is no way Manafort didn’t know that Pakistan was involved with” the council, the former official said, although he added: “Some things are not explicitly stated.”’
Will Trump’s gullible and duped supporters rally round Manafort, whose friend Roger Stone is already a darling of the post-Paul libertarians who have gone over to Trump?
‘Manafort, for his part, appears to have expanded his business connections in Pakistan. In 2013 he acknowledged to French investigators that, in 1994, he had received $86,000 from two arms dealers involved in the sale of French attack submarines to Pakistan’s navy. The payments were part of an arrangement to compensate Manafort for political advice and polling he provided to French presidential candidate Édouard Balladur….’
Bloomberg adds an example of Manafort’s domestic corruption:
‘In 1989, Manafort was hauled before Congress for a classic example of Washington double-dealing. His firm received a $326,000 fee for securing for a client a $43 million Department of Housing and Urban Development subsidy for a block of low-income apartments in Seabrook, New Jersey. Manafort then purchased a 20 percent stake in the Seabrook subdivision that was to receive the federal subsidy for which he lobbied. When a Republican congressman remarked that the whole deal was sleazy, Manafort replied: “We worked the system as it existed. I don’t think we did anything illegal or improper.” [Trump’s own favorite excuse for corruption.] Documents uncovered in 2014 from a lawsuit brought about by former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko show that Manafort attempted to set up a real-estate partnership with Dmitry Firtash, a notorious Ukrainian businessman who financed the party of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and who is wanted by the FBI on bribery and corruption charges.’
Many of these activities reek of CIA operations and influence. Trump needs to tell his backers whether he has turned his campaign over to a bunch of predatory spooks. Saudi Arabia has long been a great focus of agency interests. Mobutu and Savimbi were clients, assets, and pawns of the CIA for many years:
‘Savimbi’s U.S.-based supporters ultimately proved successful in convincing the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to channel covert weapons and recruit guerrillas for Savimbi’s war against Angola’s Marxist government, which greatly intensified and prolonged the conflict. During a visit to Washington, D.C. in 1986, Reagan invited Savimbi to meet with him at the White House. Following the meeting, Reagan spoke of UNITA winning “a victory that electrifies the world.”’
Trump’s horrible fascination with the more extreme forms of torture has long appeared puzzling to some, but we can now see that’s Trump’s social milieu has one of its economic pillars in the defense of torture and torturers.
Many are wondering whether the invincible international trade negotiator Trump has promised to appoint to re-negotiate all trade deals is in fact Manafort. Manafort might well show up as Trump’s US Trade Representative, or else as Secretary of Commerce – a job which in recent years has increasingly been used to reward party hacks. Manafort’s conflicts of interest may be the greatest in recent memory.
- “Stone served as a senior consultant to Bob Dole’s 1996 campaign for President, but that assignment ended in a characteristic conflagration. The National Enquirer, in a story headlined “Top Dole Aide Caught in Group-Sex Ring,” reported that the Stones had apparently run personal ads in a magazine called Local Swing Fever and on a Web site that had been set up with Nydia’s credit card.” See http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2008/06/02/the-dirty-trickster
Tax Wall Street Party Chair Daniela Walls Urges Bernie Sanders to Fight All the Way to Democratic Convention and Be Ready to Step in if Hillary Is Felled by Scandals; Sanders Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver Says Bernie Has No Plans to Drop Out; Trump Wins in New York
During the last several days, Hillary Clinton has voiced her hope that the New York primary will give her a decisive victory and allow her to “wrap up the nomination” of the Democratic Party. What Hillary is expressing is her great desire to shut down the Democratic primary process, put an end to debates, silence her opponent, and begin the cynical political maneuver she has long been preparing.
Hillary’s emerging posture is that of a sharp right turn designed to pick up shards of the Republican Party, in particular white suburban Republicans living close to large cities who are recoiling from such figures as Trump and Cruz. These are relatively more affluent and better educated than the classic Trump petty bourgeois fanatics. Hillary’s calculation is that these center-right Republicans can be a huge windfall for her, and can more than compensate her for the possible loss of a great many Bernie Sanders voters. At the same time, the black voters Hillary relied on to win her the primaries in the southern states back at the time of Super Tuesday are being pushed into the background, since their presence might disturb the white centrist Republicans Hillary and Bill are now busy courting.
TWSP Chairwoman Daniela Walls has issued the following statement:
‘The Tax Wall Street Party urges Bernie Sanders to continue his campaign all the way to the Democratic National Convention in July. If he quits, he will be dragged along in the wake of Hillary’s imminent right turn, which will reverse every verbal concession she has made to his issues over the entire campaign thus far. The Democratic presidential debates must go on, so as to do justice to specific western issues of interest to voters in California, Oregon, and Washington. Unpredictable political events are always possible. Hillary has always been vulnerable to scandals, and her indictment is always possible on issues of her illegal email server and her illegal conflicts of interest with the Clinton Foundation. Maybe a second installment of the Panama Papers will bring her down, since her campaign chairman John Podesta and his brother have already been revealed as illegal unregistered lobbyists for Sperbank of Russia. Bernie has to stay in the field and keep fighting.’
Sanders considered it important to drag Hillary to the left on a number of economic issues. But the promises of an incorrigible cynic like Hillary are written in water. Hillary’s breathtaking right turn will cancel every concession to Bernie’s program.
Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver told Steve Kornacki of MSNBC tonight that Sanders will go all the way to the Philadelphia convention and attempt to convince superdelegates to vote for Bernie.
Hillary’s battle in New York has been complicated by the mistrust and suspicion with which many voters view her, even in a state where she was twice elected to the US Senate. Bernie’s rallies were much bigger and more enthusiastic:
“There’s this perception that the people want Sanders but the party wants Clinton,” said David Birdsell, dean of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs in Manhattan.’
Early reports showed Kasich and Cruz leading in at least one Congressional district each in Manhattan, showing a danger for Trump: unless he gets over 50% in each Congressional district, he loses delegates in those districts. This has become a decisive issue, since Cruz and Kasich have both given up hope of winning on the first ballot of the Republican convention and are mounting a second ballot (or subsequent ballot) strategy. They want to block Trump on the first ballot, and then watch his delegates fall apart in an orgy of revulsion, resentment, and buyer’s remorse. As for Trump, his weakness as a candidate forces him to seek a first ballot victory at all costs.
Even a few delegates can be decisive, as Trump has learned to his sorrow in recent weeks. Even a sweeping victory is flawed if he does not attain 50% in every congressional district. Cruz is expected to lose the Acela corridor states next Tuesday, but hopes to retain many unbound Pennsylvania and Indiana delegates. According to Politico:
‘Trump, with the GOP primary now a war of attrition with Ted Cruz for every single delegate, is hoping to take no fewer than 85 of the 95 delegates at play. If he comes close to that, Cruz will likely be mathematically eliminated from being able to clinch the nomination outright. But because Trump must take 50 percent of the vote in every congressional district in order to sweep the three delegates that are up for grabs in each, he, too, has little margin for error as he fights to reach the 1,237-delegate threshold to deliver him the nomination on the first ballot. Trump has spent much of the week leading up to Tuesday’s primary attempting to harden his support in the few regions where it is relatively soft, namely in central New York around Syracuse, where he rallied supporters Saturday.
… Sam Nunberg, who worked as Trump’s political director until last summer, when he was fired, and now supports Cruz [says]: “I have the utmost respect for Paul Manafort, but it’s too little, too late. The Titanic isn’t sinking, it’s already sunk.”’
Manafort, who now has the upper hand among the contending cliques at Trump’s court, replied:
‘“This whole discussion of how many delegates Donald Trump has is without value. If we get 1,090 or 1,150 or whatever by the end of this, we’re going to find the other 100 or 150 [delegates] we need,” said a strategist inside Trump’s operation. “We’ll go pickpocket them. At the end of all of this, Donald Trump is going to come into Cleveland with 1,237 and the party is just going to have to deal with it.”’
Voters will be very interested to see how Trump, Manafort, & Co. will attempt to “pickpocket” delegates in Cleveland.
Tax Wall Street Party intervening against Trump in Buffalo, NY (top) and in San Diego, CA (below)
Don’t believe #Trump’s big talk about #trade #protectionism when his favorite daughter gets rich w/ #runawayshop
Pure contempt for US jobs and workers from #Predatory #Trump family-#Ivanka has sweated labor in #RunawayShops!!
On the eve of the important New York State primary, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a nationwide statistical tie, 50% to 48%. Bernie supporters should draw encouragement from this result, and KEEP FIGHTING. Bernie’s prospects in New York and some other states may be uncertain, but the series of Western states which will hold their primaries and caucuses during the month of May could prove very difficult terrain for Hillary.
Above all, people of good will need to keep exposing the fascism of Trump, and are invited to make use of the excellent posters the Tax Wall Street Party has produced for this purpose. You can download the printer ready protest package including posters and leaflets on the home page here: http://twsp.us. Please send us pictures of yourselves at the protests and we will make sure that your efforts get the publicity they deserve.
Paul Revere’s ride
April 18 and April 19 at mark the anniversary of Paul Revere’s ride, and of the battles of Lexington and Concord. The unsavory Borders-Language-Culture gang now supporting Trump is showing very little interest in the great patriotic moments of American history, probably because their outlook is so deeply anti-American. If you want to honor the American Revolution, the way to do so is to Stop Trump.
“Battle of Lexington”
– British troops fire on colonists, who had gathered at Lexington to stop them from going on to Concord to destroy a colonial supply depot. Major Pitcairn, the British officer on horseback, had ordered the colonists to disarm and disperse. As they began to do so, a single shot was fired, which led to an exchange of fire between a British platoon and the colonial militia. Eight militiamen were killed and ten wounded before Pitcairn regained control of his troops. Thus the American Revolution started, with “the shot heard round the world.”
In the historical long view, the most likely legacy of the Trump agitation is a fractured and broken Republican Party, so thoroughly crippled as to be unable to mount future attempts to seize power in Washington. This will be good for the United States, since the Republican Party has been a deadly albatross around the neck of the nation for many years. The extinction of the Republican Party as a national party remains the number one agenda item when it comes to implementing programs for national recovery and national economic reconstruction.
An interesting scenario for the demise of the GOP comes from Adam Clymer, the former Washington correspondent of the New York Times. Clymer’s topic:
‘Does about the Republican Party have a future? Or is the Party founded in 1856 no longer Grand, just Old, falling apart, on its way to dissolution?’
Clymer’s analysis considers three alternative outcomes for the Republican Cleveland convention: the Republicans could nominate Trump, or they might reject Trump and choose another candidate, such as Cruz, or they might reject both Trump and Cruz, installing a figure such as Speaker Paul Ryan, Governor Mitt Romney, for some other politician who had not been a candidate so far in 2016.
Naturally, we are always reading these scenarios with a view to determining how the greatest possible institutional destruction might be inflicted on the GOP.
If Trump gets the nomination, Clymer imagines the following outcomes:
‘The upside is avoiding the Cleveland “riot” Trump cheerfully predicted. Nominating him might entice some of his supporters into lasting loyalty to the Republican Party, if there is one. Focusing party resources and Koch Brothers money on other races just might save the Senate majority. But remember, embattled candidates like Ohio’s Senator Rob Portman have to decide whether endorsing Trump or staying silent will cost them more of the votes they don’t have to spare. The downside starts with a 2016 defeat of Goldwater/McGovern dimensions. Nominating the man who opened his campaign by labeling Mexican immigrants as “rapists” would etch in stone the party’s current image as anti-Latino, scorning the fastest growing demographic in the electorate. Trump’s misogyny would intensify the party’s long-standing problems with women voters. With some polls suggesting that a third of Republicans would not vote for him, the stay-at-home contingent will defeat Governors, Senators and Representatives. The damage would be worst in swing states or districts where office-holders don’t always regard “compromise” as a profanity. But this could well be a “wave” election (like 1994).’
A wave election in the swing states and battleground states could of course put an end to the current Republican majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. It had usually been calculated that the House of Representatives would be hopelessly under the Republican yoke until some future redistricting could reverse the excesses of gerrymandering carried out at the beginning of the present decade. But, thanks to Trump, there is now a real chance for the Republican wacko birds to be ousted from the majority.
In addition, governors will be elected in 2016 in Delaware, Indiana, Missouri Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. Republican governors in several of those states are doubtless already running scared.
Under the Trump as Republican nominee scenario, every Republican candidate down to the level of dogcatcher can expect to spend September and October being confronted by the news media with the latest piece of rhetorical insanity from Trump.
The second possibility considered by Clymer is the defeat of Trump, followed by the nomination of Cruz. But Cruz is merely a fascist of a slightly different color, with policy positions which are sometimes about as horrifying as Trump’s. Clymer comments:
‘… choice two does have disadvantages. The first risk is the “riot” at the convention that Trump has cheerfully predicted/threatened (and which he might be unable to prevent if he wanted). This happens if Trump is denied for anyone. Cruz would almost certainly suffer a defeat about as bad as Trump’s, with equivalent collateral damage across the party as thousands of moderates and Trump loyalists stayed home. The depth of Cruz’ potential defeat is not yet obvious because he and his views are not as well-known as Trump’s. But they will be. Either Democrat would exploit that record. Shutting down the government is not widely considered a qualification to run it, and hard right policy on issues like abortion and same sex marriage has no relation to twenty-first century national opinion.’
The third choice discussed by Clymer is the joint downfall of both Trump and Cruz at the Cleveland convention, with the Republicans turning to a new champion or white knight. Clymer thinks this approach might avoid or at least diminish GOP losses in the down-ballot:
‘The pros of choice three: Rejecting two implausible presidents. Maybe, just maybe, avoid a landslide that sweeps many other Republicans to defeat, too.’
But here also the negative outcomes are also massive, and include a greater danger of convention chaos than the two previous options:
‘The cons: The risk of landslide defeat remains still very strong. Trouble at the convention would likely be even worse since Cruz backers could join Trump’s in resentment at being cheated. Then what would get them to vote in November? If they don’t, down-ballot losses would be devastating. Trump would surely make things worse by attacking threatened Republican candidates whom he considered part of the conspiracy that chose Galahad. This approach would also fix on the Republican brand an indelible label of backroom deals that infuriates backers of Trump (and of Bernie Sanders, too). If it does not win the White House, and perhaps even if somehow it does, this maneuver would drive the final wedge between the establishment and the hard right.
The most remarkable thing about these three scenario options is that they all converge on the destruction of the Republican Party as a national political force over the short to medium-term ahead. We hope this proves to be accurate.
Clymer tells us that he has been discussing GOP collapse scenarios with leading figures of that party over the recent time. He suggests that the various modes of GOP collapse have been subjected to a robust debate among these prominent figures:
‘Few prominent Republicans want to talk, for quotation or without, about a formal split of the party into two or more. But it is on their minds and they discuss it among each other.’
The Tax Wall Street Party regards the Republican Party as a toxic liability, a crushing burden of backwardness, sabotage and misrule which the United States can no longer afford to bear if this nation is to survive the 21st century. We call on all persons of good will to do everything possible to secure the political extinction of this noxious entity. In Tuesday’s primary election in New York State, this includes voting in favor of Bernie Sanders, while doing everything possible to Stop Trump.
Momentum of Recent Weeks Is All with Vermont Senator, with Thursday’s Debate His Best Effort Yet; Clinton Cartel in Sharp Right Turn Seeking White Suburban Republican Voters Repelled by Trump and Cruz; Elderly Shocked by Hillary’s Cynical Refusal to Secure Solvency of Social Security by Making High Earners Pay Up; Trump Still in Delirium Over His Own Colorado Fumbles; Tax Wall Street Party Urges New York Voters to Support Bernie, Stop Trump
World Crisis Radio
April 16, 2016
Under Current Arrangement, Income Over $118,500 Is Not Taxable, Thus Favoring Hillary’s Plutocratic Donors; Hillary Evades Question, Opening Door to Benefit Cuts; Bernie Mocks Hillary’s Hollow Claim She “Called Out” Wall Street, Again Demands to See Her Goldman Sachs Speeches; Hillary Thinks Bernie’s Botched Interview with Daily News Is the Equivalent of Her Vote for the Catastrophic Iraq War; Bernie Offers Reasoned Defense of Palestinian Rights
Photos in today’s edition show the Tax Wall Street Party participation in the anti-Trump protests near Grand Central Station on Thursday evening.
Welcome to #TaxWallStreetParty #Livetweet of #CNN #BernieSanders-#HillaryClinton #Brooklyn debate-#FeelTheBern-Will #Bernie seek #KnockOut?
#Bernie was pessimistic on winning & fearful of damaging #Hillary so he pulled punches on email #Server to dodge #FOIA and #Goldman speeches
This may be last debate, so #Bernie must use it for #Knockout #Punch that will expose #Hillary as #WallStreet puppet & #Warmonger #TWSP
Don’t look now, but #SloppyDon #Trump’s slipshod campaign may be heading for another #delegate disaster in #Georgia!
At start of debate #Hillary silently closes her eyes in prayer to #Moloch #Baal and Pluto gods if money and get favorite #Pantheon
#Bernie starts off poorly with all process points and not one single mass reaction economic demand important for the lives of voters
#Bernie if this harridan is qualified you have little rational for run-you need a knockout punch-#Hillary’s strident arrogance grates us
#Hillary seething with aggressivity as she argues #Pessimism-And #Obama is disappointment and #DoddFrank is pathetic as regulations
#Bernie needs to show that #Hillary dragged #Obama into #Libya war, now wants #Syria #NoFly zone and #terrorist safe zone Obama opposes
#WallStreet money center banks are huge factor of systemic #Instability-Better to ban #CreditDefaultSwaps & #CollateralizedDebtObligations
When did #Hillary ever do anything to rough up #WallStreet-“She called them out” is indeed pathetic and she never provides details #TWSP
#Hillary’s secret speeches to #GoldmanSachs and #Verizon and her arrogant refusal to make them public are good reason to reject her #TWSP
#Verizon slams #Bernie-They must accept #CollectiveBargaining and #Union contract-#Bernie hits big #Obama backer #Immelt of #GE –
#Wolf must demand to know what happened to the 200k new jobs #Hillary promised upstate #NewYork when she ran for senate in 2000-No delivery!
#Hillary’s vile bile is poisoning her chances to win presidency-Her character is too odious for #Millennials-Fed law can do Gradual phase-in
#Bernie more aggressive but has not mastered art of direct confrontational challenge to do something specific while he has her on stage-
#Bernie must demand that she do something specific-Support $15 federal minimum wage now or publish the #GoldmanSachs speeches etc #TWSP
Exchange on oppressive and vindictive #Clinton #CrimeBill shows #Hillary venom once again but also reminds us that #Bernie voted for it too
When #Hillary says her entire adult life does that include 1964 when she supported #ArchReactionary #BarryGoldwater of #GOP?
#Bernie’s chances to land a knockout punch are slipping away-She must be confronted and forced to capitulate on an issue of mass importance-
#Hillary supports #Fracking which is an antiquated no future technology & suicidal blind alley for the US economy in a world of fusion power
#Bernie-Good to prevent #Fracking on US public lands but a carbon tax is an onerous regressive tax and destructive to US
#Hillary bootlegs in short notes of #Russophobia as reason to promote #Fracking-Reminding all she is an inveterate #Warmonger
#Bernie is finally trying a direct challenge but he is using the very controversial carbon tax as the vehicle-a measure harming families!
On #Libya #Hillary was biggest #Warmonger in #Obama inner circle and she ignored dangers of failed state and #ISIS growth-#HumaAbadeen
#Hillary dragged #Obama into #Libya debacle based on advice from her body woman #HumaAbedeen her liaison with #MoslemBrotherhood #Ikhwan rep
#Hillary is full of criminal energy in #Syria where she advocates #NoFlyZone meaning weeks of bombing of airfields air defense, arming muj
A vote for #Warmonger #Hillary is a vote for a sure general war in #MiddleEast and possibly a world war fought with nuclear weapons -No go
#Hillary says “We will look for missions for #NATO”-She does indeed restlessly seek wars to prove that she is not the proverbial weak woman
For #MidleEast US should join with #Russia to impose a 2-state solution on 1967 borders with #MarshallPlan for economic development for all
#Hillary repeats the discredited lie about #Arafat turning down great peace deal at last #CampDavid talks-She identifies emotionally v #Gaza
#Hillary’s description of #Gaza situation a lie-Gaza has been totally isolated and cut off by #IDF destroying #economy & helping #Hamas grow
#Hillary’s argument v universal single payer #Medicare for all is totally dishonest-#Wolf tries challenge on lifting #SocialSecurity tax cap
#Bernie finally half-attempts confrontation on lifting #SocialSecurity payroll tax cap but she evades by claiming she has always been for it
#Bernie finally tries confrontation on mass traction economic demand ie lifting the SS payroll tax cap to save system and increase benefits
#Wolf and other #CNN news hounds should sit down and shut up-They are annoying the viewers with constant interruptions that help #Hillary
Outcome on raising cap on #SocialSecurity payroll tax is that #Hillary weasels out if it and re-asserts her pre-existing position-Need KO
#Hillary reaches acme of hypocrisy calling for party unity after her lies distortions & evasion-Also that she’s happy to see youth for him
#Bernie needed to follow up on #SocialSecurity payroll tax issue but instead goes with list of issues letting her off the hook-no 200k jobs
Conclusion: #Bernie has no killer instinct and so far cannot deliver a knockout-But he came close on #SocialSecurity payroll. Tax cap #TWSP
People of #NewYorkCity say no to #Trump #Fascism at 42nd street demo against #GOP $1,000 a plate dinner #GrandHyatt
#TaxWallStreetParty takes the fight against #Trump #Fascism to #GrandCentral Terminal in mid-#Manhattan #StopTrump!
#TWSP continues rich #US history of being anti Fascist #HateFreeNY
#TaxWallStreetParty exposes #Trump #Fascism near #NY #GOP #Plutocrat dinner at #Donald’s #GrandHyatt-#StopTrump !!
#HateFreeNY help us to #StopTrump! Fascism has no place in the United States! #Trump #NYPrimary @TaxWallStParty
#TaxWallStreetParty at #HateFreeNY demo in front of #GrandCentralTerminal-#Trump #Cruz #Kasich at #GOP $$$ dinner
Over Seven Centuries Ago: On December 23, 1310 Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII of Luxemburg Joined with Dante Alighieri in Milan to Start the Process Leading to the Modern State: Why Civil War Is More Inconvenient Than Paying Taxes to the IRS – Despite What the Neo-Feudal Oligarch Trump and the Anti-State Libertarians May Say
Henry VII of Luxemburg
At tax time each spring, libertarian and other reactionary demagogues are fond of pointing out the monetary costs of a full-service modern state. In times of economic breakdown, these costs, especially in the form of income taxes and other taxes, can loom large. In such moments, it makes sense to evaluate the alternative costs of a situation of feudalism, which was then and remains today the concrete alternative.
The late Middle Ages were a time of severe social breakdown, starting with the Black Plague in the mid-1300s. The Hundred Years’ War between France and England was a devastating blow to European civilization in general. In England, this was followed by a civil war between feudal-oligarchical factions called the Wars of the Roses.
Fortunately, a pilot project capable of leading humanity out of the late medieval breakdown crisis had been launched in Italy around 1310. This occurred thanks to the cooperation of the Holy Roman (German) Emperor Henry VII of Luxemburg and the poet Dante Alighieri in sponsoring the Visconti family as the new rulers of the key northern Italian city of Milan, then the richest city in western Europe. A little later, Francesco Petrarca, another famous poet, worked for the Visconti as a diplomat. The result of this work over several generations was ultimately the most important political innovation of the past 2,000 years: the modern state.
Neo-feudalism is the principle asserted by Trump and his fellow billionaires, like the Koch brothers, George Soros, the Mercer family who back Ted Cruz, Sheldon Adelson, and many others. They believe that a multi-billionaire and his retinue of political, economic, and military interests should be able to impose his will on the central government of modern nations. Trump expresses this idea in the most extreme form, advocating in practice that a multi-billionaire should control a private army of militias, security forces, KKK, white supremacists, survivalists, anti-government fanatics, and others. You can see this in Ukraine with the various oligarchs, and you can see it in the oligarch Trump.
But the problem with feudalism and neo-feudalism has always been the unavoidable tendency of these factions to engage in private war among each other. European feudalism broke down and collapsed most of all due to the incessant private warfare of medieval barons – people with mentalities similar to Trump’s.
Thanks to the Visconti dynasty, a political form beginning to resemble the modern state emerged in Milan in the years just before 1400 under Giangaleazzo Visconti.
Today, some Trump fanatics have raved that attempts to prevent a seizure of power by the fascist Trump will lead to civil war. But civil war in the service of a neo-feudal oligarch like Trump would be the worst possible outcome. Only the insane could advocate such an outcome, but unfortunately more than a few insane people are around today. Civilization and human progress must be defended against such people. One indispensable weapon is the Wall Street Sales Tax, which can shift the tax burden off the backs of the middle class and working class, and back onto the super-rich where it belongs.
Dante With Greyhound Above Florence, James Dromgole Linton,1899
Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
Originally posted on:
December 23, 2010
Henry VII’s most vocal political supporter and advocate was the Florentine exile Dante Alighieri, by all odds the greatest man of the second millennium AD. Dante’s immediate goal was to end the fratricidal party strife between the Guelf (pro-papal) and Ghibelline (pro-imperial) factions by restoring imperial guidance to the northern Italian city states, which had been gripped by growing anarchy and incipient civil war since the death of Frederick II of Hohenstaufen and the end of his southern Italian kingdom 60 years earlier. One of the victims of this anarchy had been Dante himself, who was driven out of Florence in 1303 by the ascendant Black Guelf party, acting with the encouragement of the simonist pope, Boniface VIII.
Dante’s Divine Comedy, the first sustained poetic effort in Italian and the first masterpiece in a modern language, was written as an ideological handbook and justification for Henry VII’s Italian expedition and the restoration of a balance between pope and emperor in northern and central Italy. In Canto I of the Inferno, when Dante is lost in the dark wood of error, his guide Vergil foretells the coming of “il veltro” — a greyhound who will destroy the wolf of avarice, the source of all depraved desires, thought by some to represent the banking power, especially its Venetian aspect. The greyhound is a figure for Henry VII. The entire “Divine Comedy” is full of references and prophecies about Henry VII, too many to be enumerated here.
In Milan, Henry VII’s modest retinue of a few thousand troops were awaited by the hostile but politically decrepit Guelf regime of the Torriani family, who had driven the Ghibelline opposition out of the city. Henry VII’s general policy was that political exiles should be allowed to return to their homes, and in the case of Milan this included Matteo Visconti and his followers, who had originally come from the Pavia area, between Milan and the Po River. Before long, the Ghibelline Matteo Visconti had ousted the Torriani family from power and established one of the most important family regimes in all of European history.
After being crowned King of Lombardy in the church of St. Ambrose in Milan on January 6, 1310, Henry VII attempted to reconcile the factions of other northern Italian cities. Ghibelline cities like Verona, Pisa, Arezzo, Modena, and Mantua welcomed Henry, but the more numerous Guelf rulers soon formed a league to resist him, including by waging war. The prime mover of this rebellion was Guelf Florence, controlled by Dante’s mortal enemies, the Black Guelfs. Henry VII, despite his inadequate forces, responded by besieging Florence, albeit unsuccessfully.
In Cantos 8 and 9 of the Inferno, Dante and Vergil are for a time prevented from passing through the walls that surround the lower hell or City of Dis by the largest and most aggressive assembly of demons the two wayfarers ever encountered in the underworld. This is a pandemonium of pagan and other monsters, featuring Alecto, Tisiphone, and Megaera, the three furies of Greek lore, plus the severed head of the Gorgon Medusa, which these infernal guards intend to use to turn Dante into stone. The demonic resistance cannot be put down by human reason as represented by Vergil, who must wait for an angel or heavenly messenger to quell the rebellion against the divine will, which wants Dante to see the lower hell and tell the world what he has seen. This is followed by an admonition to the reader to look below the surface meaning to understand the allegorical message Dante sought to impart. According to Pietrobono and some of the better commentators, the walls of lower hell are to be understood as a metaphor for the walls of Florence during Henry’s siege of that city, with the Black Guelfs as recalcitrant demons. Hell is a city much like Florence under the Black Guelfs, says Dante.
In addition to devoting so much of the Divine Comedy to Henry VII, Dante also wrote about his hopes for the new emperor in three of his few extant Latin letters. Letter V, probably written in the fall of 1310, proclaims the coming of Henry VII as the new Moses and bridegroom of long-suffering Italy. Letter VI is an emphatic prophecy of ruin for Henry VII’s enemies, who will see their cities destroyed as punishment for their resistance, despite their contemptible fortifications (ridiculo cuiquam vallo). Letter VII exhorts Henry VII to stop wasting time with the rebellions fomented in Brescia and other cities, and to strike directly at the heart of the insurrection by launching a new attack on Florence, the stinking vixen of the Arno. Finally, Dante’s treatise on politics and government, De Monarchia, is a theoretical expression of the idea that the temporal rule of the emperor is superior to the political authority of the Roman pope, who needs to focus on spiritual matters.
Henry VII of Luxemburg died in August of 1313, just as he was preparing a new attack on Florence. He is likely to have been poisoned by political adversaries.
Dante’s detractors have never tired of deriding the failure of his attempt to restore civic peace in northern and central Italy with the help of a revivified Holy Roman Empire. But this ignores the two political powers that Henry VII helped to establish. One was Verona under the Scala family; Cangrande della Scala was one of Dante’s benefactors in exile, and for a time seemed likely to dominate northern Italy, perhaps including Venice. The other imperial vicars who became prominent were the Visconti.
By the end of 1313, the Visconti state controlled not just Milan, but also Lombard towns like Piacenza, Lodi, Bobbio, and Novara. In 1314, they added Como, Bergamo, and Tortona. In 1315, Pavia and Cremona were conquered, while Alessandria invited them in to escape the repressive rule of the French-backed Anjou overlords. In 1316, Parma and Vercelli joined the Visconti state. As the leading scholarly study of Henry VII by William M. Bowsky concludes, the Visconti power “owed its start, both militarily and legally, to Henry of Luxemburg.”
Giangaleazzo Visconti, c. 1400: Architect of the First Prototype of the Modern State
It was a somewhat later Milanese ruler of this line, Giangaleazzo Visconti, who in the years around 1400 created a large northern Italian state which must be considered as the first prototype of the modern state. Giangaleazzo’s state included most of northern Italy, with the key exceptions of Venice and Tuscany. He ruled Verona, Cremona, Brescia, Belluno, Pieve di Cadore, Feltre, Pavia, Novara, Como, Lodi, Vercelli, Alba, Asti, Pontremoli, Tortona, Alessandria, Valenza, Piacenza, Parma, Reggio Emilia, Vicenza, and Vigevano. Another year and Florence would have appeared on the list, and shortly thereafter, probably Venice, making the Kingdom of Italy a viable reality.
Milan was traditionally the richest city in western Europe, and its only serious competitor for first place in Europe as a whole was Constantinople. Giangaleazzo’s political method featured two aspects which have remained indispensable to the modern state. The first was an economic recovery program favoring the middle class: when Giangaleazzo seized control of Milan, he implemented a tax amnesty, cancelling the debts owed by citizens to the tax collector. This would be the modern equivalent of a debt moratorium or cancellation.
View of a canal section in Binasco, Italy, 9 miles southwest of Milan, originally dating back to the era of Giangaleazzo Visconti, precursor of the modern state.
Giangaleazzo’s other hallmark was the building of modern infrastructure. For Milan, that meant efforts to further develop the very advanced system of canals in and around Milan, and reaching down to the Po, Adda, and other rivers — the navigli, many of which still exist, covered over with more recent constructions. Some canals dated back to Roman times, while others had been built in the thirteenth century and later. These canals enabled Giangaleazzo to ship in and make rapid progress on the Milanese Duomo, the most ambitious late Gothic cathedral in Europe, and to build the striking Charterhouse of Pavia (Certosa di Pavia), a Carthusian monastery. Leonardo da Vinci later worked on these canals, which featured the first modern lock system in the world.
Giangaleazzo Visconti in 1386 started work on the Milan cathedral (Duomo).
Milan was also the European leader in key areas of advanced technology, especially in steel and other metallurgy. The Milanese arms and armor industry was in demand from both England and France, the antagonists in the Hundred Years War of 1337-1453.
By 1402 Giangaleazzo was thus well on his way to accomplishing the single most important thing needed to consolidate the gains of the Italian renaissance — unifying northern and central Italy into a powerful national state capable of preventing the country from becoming a battlefield between France and Spain, as happened in the years after 1494, with the most tragic consequences. But in 1402, just as Giangaleazzo was about to add Florence and Tuscany to his emerging nation, he died in September 1402 under mysterious circumstances, just like Henry VII in 1313 and Dante in 1321.
After 1402, Giangaleazzo’s new state quickly fell apart, but was largely re-assembled by his second oldest son, Filippo Maria Visconti. After Filippo Maria, the Milanese state passed under the control of Francesco Sforza, a military leader who had married Filippo Maria’s daughter. In this latter form it was closely studied and imitated by King Louis XI of France, who successfully created the world’s first modern state, no longer a prototype, during his reign of 1461-1483.
The importance and positive potential of the Visconti has been obscured for generations of readers by the profoundly misleading work of the late historian Hans Baron, who could only regard the Visconti as tyrants and precursors of Mussolini and Hitler — a total distortion. For Baron, the positive forces were the sleazy pols of the Florentine Guelf Party and their spokesmen, oligarchs who refused to write in Italian and reverted to Latin, lest the plebs gain insight into their statecraft and swindles. Francesco Petrarca, Dante’s successor in the effort of promote a renaissance out of the shipwreck of late medieval Europe, did not agree with the pedantic Baron: Petrarch thought highly enough of the Visconti to go to work for them as a diplomat for five years during the 1350s.
The Holy Roman Empire (Sacro Romano Impero, or Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation) was the direct descendant of the empire assembled by Charlemagne around 800 AD. It was an amalgam of much of central Europe, including Germany, Bohemia, Holland and the Low Countries, northern and central Italy, and some adjacent areas. Holy Roman Emperors like Henry VII were chosen by an electoral college of seven members, including the King of Bohemia, the archbishops of Cologne, Mainz, and Trier, plus the rulers of Saxony, the Palatinate along the Rhine, and Brandenburg-Prussia. The newly elected emperor was immediately declared King of the Romans, but he then was supposed to go to Italy to be crowned with the iron crown of Lombardy in Monza near Milan. He was then supposed to go on to Rome to be crowned as Holy Roman Emperor by the pope. This was the traditional itinerary which Henry VII was following, even as he tried to restore imperial authority south of the Alps. Matters were complicated by the fact that the pope in 1310 was the Gascon Clement V, a puppet of Philip the Fair of France (whom Dante called “the French disease”); Clement V lived in Avignon, and never came to Rome. Henry VII was crowned by a cardinal in St. John Lateran, which was controlled by the Ghibelline Colonna family, rather than in St. Peter’s, which was behind the lines of the Guelf Orsini clan.
From Thomas Carlyle and Francesco De Sanctis to the quackademics of today, modern oligarchs have mocked and reviled Dante’s efforts to restore legality to northern and central Italy with the help of Henry VII. The lesson of the story is that Dante failed in the narrow sense of restoring the empire, but succeeded in the larger project launching a process leading to the modern state, and with it modern civilization. Success does not always come in the form we expect, but we must welcome progress nevertheless.
Today, with the modern state under assault by nihilists, anarchists, fascists, and barbarians of the extreme left and the reactionary right, proponents of civilization and culture need to recommit themselves to the indispensable institution of the modern state, and to the world-historical geniuses and heroes, starting with Dante, who have worked to create it.