I really don’t mean to be a pest about this but we are still trapped on a planet where people without functioning empathy centers are waving literal armageddon weapons around in the name of a made-up concept called unipolarism. We should probably put a stop to that.
If you see two separate mainstream political parties, it looks like one is the lesser evil. If you see two oligarchic sock puppets held by the same oligarchy, it looks like they’re both being used to bully you into consenting to an entire system which isn’t designed to serve you.
If you see the latter, what is the correct response? What is the correct response to someone saying you must beg them to punch you with their left hand or they’ll punch you a bit harder with their right? Is it to beg for the left fist? Or is it to knock your abuser the fuck out?
When the oligarchy tells you “Vote for my left party or my right party will take away your civil rights”, the correct response is not bowing to its demands, nor voting right-wing out of spite, nor even merely voting third party. The only correct response is to tear down the oligarchy.
Democrats: Here’s a half-dead piece of beltway flotsam held together by nothing but Aricept and crazy glue who’s been pushing for wars, austerity and the erosion of civil liberties since before most of you were born.
Progressives: I bet we can move him to the left.
Q: What is the Republican Party?
A: An organization which assures Americans of conservative sensibilities that the status quo is working fine.
Q: What is the Democratic Party?
A: An organization which assures Americans of liberal sensibilities that the status quo is working fine.
Establishment liberalism is just a bunch of people reassuring each other that you can change absolutely nothing and still feel self-righteous about it.
We’re hurtling toward multiple armageddon-level events on multiple fronts in the near term and people are still like “We can vote strategically and begin organizing a gradual progressive takeover in the Democratic Party beginning at the local level so that after 30-40 years…”
US presidents who say the troops are coming home soon should be taken as seriously as people who say Jesus is coming back any minute now.