Amidst discussion about wealth inequality and race issues, I really wanna hammer into younger Gen Zers minds about how awful Ronald Reagan was
I feel like we all got propaganda’d in school on how great he was just because of basic charisma and for the fact that he made some dopey speech at the berlin wall, but looking back he was just pure fucking evil:
He caused so many problems that we’re all dealing with today- and problems that made Zoomers become “Doomers”:
He made explicit pleas to segregationists and klansmen when talking about states rights, endangering the lives of POC in the process
he KILLED unions, working class people lost bargaining power against the rich and lost livable wages, starting the end of the middle class, we never recovered
His trickle down economics killed any chance of real progressive tax on the rich & ensured that trillions would go to the rich for *generations*
He demonized the shit out of black people, he literally never saw them as human, especially those that were homeless and struggling with addictions (a problem he made much, much worse)
He *knew* about the AIDS crisis and for the longest time, did *nothing*, he sat by and intentionally let so many Black, Hispanic, Indigenous & Queer people die horrible deaths, with no remorse. The community is still grappling with the effect of that to this very day
All of us are angry about how Rich people are putting down poor people during this Gamestop-Robinhood fiasco, it’s good to remember when that started to get real popular...when people say “Ronald Reagan was the devil”, they’re not fucking around.
Liberals/progressives make the best anti-leftist/anti-revolutionary propaganda through film and series, because instead of them portraying a leftist as this obvious, unambiguous evil, they will humanize them. They do this by portraying them as well intentioned, or partly, at least, and show other likable qualities we can admire or empathize with, but then call them "misguided," "naive," and "dangerous," and say that their means don't justify the ends. The latter being something they successfully do usually by having a charismatic leftist leader slowly reveal themselves to be recklessly sacrificial, or bloodthirsty and egotistical. Their point being to try to convey revolution as something derived ultimately from fanaticism or militant tribalism, and to try to push that reform is the middle ground between complacency and revolution; and that we should stick with the devil we know: capitalism, and try to reform it. All so we can keep this ongoing cycle of capitalism regulating and deregulating itself, with endless war, and endless exploitation, until the very rich rule over a completely dystopian Earth that is no longer even habitable for the majority of us.
Why do people keep talking about forming a socialist political party in the US and running presidential candidates as if that hasn’t been tried nonstop for as long as socialism has existed and isn’t being tried by like 5 different parties literally right now
It. Doesn’t. Work. It’s a waste of time, energy, and money that could be used to actually help people instead of lose elections
Your idea isn’t unique. You’re not better or smarter than them. It will end up the exact same way, so just join a mutual aid group already instead
Response for when the far-right pick a fight by spewing ignorant divisive bollocks, then claim that they're being 'bullied', or 'cancelled', or 'oppressed' or 'silenced' when other people argue back or criticise them for said bollocks.
While the race is still undecided, a Biden win is increasingly likely, but I suspect, and worry that people are going to become complacent in the new reality of a Biden presidency, just because he’s not Trump/GOP
While that’s true, we still have to be on guard, because the reality is:
white supremacists/trump supporters aren’t going away
We still have *crippling* wealth inequality while monopolies increase their hold over America and the world, while unions are mortally wounded
We still have a health care system that bankrupts and kills more people than it saves
Police brutality still exists and is still murderous, while xenophobia is still alive and deadly as well
Climate change is still real and fossil fuel companies are still too powerful
These things aren’t going away automatically with a Biden presidency.
No complacency, no more being polite to our enemies that side with fascists and giant corporations, fight back harder, larger, and more organized, don’t give up.