Thursday, July 09, 2015

The Five Stages of Leftism

                                                               When No Means Yes

1. Denial


I don't believe it. This can't be real. I just spoke with/saw him/her/they/it and he/she/they/it looked so good. The doctors, and doctorates, were optimistic. He/she/it/they promised. Ignore the papers, ignore the press. Put cotton in your ears. Don't say another word, I'm not listening.


2. Anger


Son-of-a-bitch. Bastard. Fuck me. How could he/she/they/it do something like that? Traitor(s). Coward(s). It's all the fault of those damn ________ (fill in the blank: possible choices-- bankers, Stalinists, Stalinists and bankers, Trotskyists, anarchists, black bloc, PhDs, professors, Americans, Germans, German-Americans, German-American Stalinist PhD banker professors).


3. Bargaining


Look, slow down. Maybe it isn't all that bad. OK, we agree to the terms, the banks reopen, the money returns, we get some debt reduction, then maybe the economy recovers, and when it recovers we push through certain legislation to modify the program.


4. Depression


Jesus, this is just terrible. And so sudden. You know what, I give up. I just give up. I can't even get interested in movies any longer. We worked so hard. We had so much going for us. All that effort. That big turnout. That humungous vote. I just don't know if I have it in me to go on any longer. I'm going back to school. I'm going back to teaching. I'm going back to on-line gambling.


5. Acceptance


Yes, it's bad. Yes it hurts. What can you do? We fought the good fight. So we lost. These things happen. We were never really that strong. Things just didn't work out, this time. But look, life goes on. There's my family and my friends, and my teaching. And on-line gambling. And we'll be wiser for the experience. We won't make the same mistakes again. There will be other opportunities in the future, and we'll do it right. Look how popular Podemos is in Spain. I feel better already. Spain, that's the ticket. Yeah, in a couple of weeks, I'll be ready to get right back into it and start stumping for Podemos. Hit me, dealer. Blackjack!!


July 9, 2015


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Friday, July 10, 2015


And now......


And now, the struggle in Greece becomes much more difficult, and much more dangerous. The bankruptcy of the "old parties"-- PASOK and New Democracy, and the demoralization of the poor, the workers, the pensioners, those working in community medical clinics in order to try and maintain some social welfare, by Syriza's capitulation will lead to an upsurge by the worst of the right, by the fascists.


All the forces of repression are looking forward to a Golden Dawn. The forces of repression have been handed an opportunity that only Syriza, in its abject incompetence, its "game-playing" could create.


That, dear comrades, is exactly why I have been so stridently critical of Syriza and its leftist cheerleaders.


July 10, 2015


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