Black Agenda Report for January 18, 2017: Revoking John Lewis’s Hero Status, The Obama Legacy, No Tears For John Lewis”

18 January 2017 — Black Agenda Report

Is It Time To Revoke John Lewis’s Lifetime Civil Rights Hero Pass?

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

John Lewis was a hero 52 years ago. What’s he doing nowadays with his Lifetime Civil Rights Hero pass? He’s a 14 term Atlanta congressman with nary a word to say on gentrification or the privatization of schools, roads, nature and the commons. He’s a pacifist with a US Navy ship named after him who votes for the NSA, Pentagon budgets, and re-arming apartheid Israel. Now his sainthood is useful again. But to whom and for what? Continue reading this...

Black Agenda Radio for 16 January 2017

16 January 2017 — Black Agenda Report

Black Agenda Radio for Week of January 16, 2017

The Democrats: Serving the One Percent, Blaming the Russians

When Capitalism Gets Sick, the Democrats Get Mean
Political Prisoners Under Pressure in Indiana

 

Black Agenda Report for January 15, 2017: Dumping Trump Is Not Enough, Americans Lose Their Minds Over Russia, Corey Booker’s Sordid History:

15 January 2017 — Black Agenda Report

Mocking, Marching, Stopping the Hate and Dumping Trump Are Not Enough

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Mocking, protesting and ridiculing Big Cheeto before and after inauguration will be big fun. But storms of ridicule did not drive Ronald Reagan or Dubya from office. Mockery that only undermines the legitimacy of evil persons rather than the capitalist system makes us nothing more than the warm up for Corey Booker or whoever Democrats nominate next. Left messages, memes and hashtags need to eviscerate Trump but also to educate people.

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Black Agenda Report for January 11, 2017: Who Owns The Movement, Dems For War Left For Peace, Contradiction in the Time of Trump

12 January 2017 — Black Agenda Report

Who Owns the Movement, and Where Are They Taking It?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon As funders of the nonprofit industrial complex, the one percent of one percenters literally own what most of us call the movement. Last summer the “Ford Foundation and anonymous donors” pledged to invest $100 million to “strengthen the next generation of social justice leaders… in what many call the Movement for Black Lives.” Do we want to go where the owners of this movement are taking us? Is there any other destination or way to ride?

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Black Agenda Report for January 3, 2017: Locating Fascism At Home, Obama’s Gift To Trump

3 January 2017 — Black Agenda Report

Locating Fascism on the Home Map

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

In decadence and decline, the U,S. has produced two strong strains of fascism that now vie for supremacy. The First Black President, now outgoing, represents the “cosmopolitan, global obsessed” variety of fascist. Donald Trump hails from an older fascist strain, “crude and petty, too ugly for global prime time.” At this stage in history, the two corporate parties seem incapable of producing anything other than fascists of one kind or the other Continue reading this...

Black Agenda Report Report for Dec 22, 2016: Grand Theft Electoral, Dem and Repub Paths to Fascism, Syria, Russia & US Desperation

22 December 2016 — Black Agenda Report

Grand Theft Electoral: Aborted Recount Effort Shows US Elections Are Broken, Recount-Proof and Audit-Proof

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Before judges and state officials aborted it, the attempted recount initiated by Green Party candidate Jill Stein revealed and confirmed specific patterns of widespread interstate electoral tampering in the presidential election just past that zero in on black and brown communities. The craven need of Hillary and the Dems to blame the Russians for their loss proves that they own the current broken and rigged US electoral system just as much Republicans. Continue reading this...

Black Agenda Report 14 December 2016: Democrats Blame the Russians, Human Rights in the South, Lessons From Standing Rock

14 December 2016 — Black Agenda Report

Corporate Democrats Stir Up War Fever Against Russia to Turn Election

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The orchestrators of the anti-Russian war hysteria “have shown over the past several weeks that they are willing, and even eager, to bring down the whole edifice of U.S. social and political ‘checks and balances’ — freedom of speech and other civil liberties — to sustain the momentum of their neoliberal offensive in the world.” White Republicans stole the election, as usual, not Russians. Corporate Democrats want to steal the Bill of Rights. Continue reading this...

Black Agenda Report for December 8, 2016: More on the Stein Recount, Capitalist Propaganda IS Fake News, Black Fear in the Age of Trump

8 December 2016 — Black Agenda Report

Are Jill Stein and the Green Party Being Played By Democrats? Will the Recount Split the Green Party?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Are Jill Stein and the Greens carrying sludge for Democrats? Doesn’t the failure to seek recounts in any state Hillary won prove she and the Greens are being played? Is there a difference between the ways Republicans and Democrats steal elections? Didn’t the Green Party itself refuse to endorse the recount? And what’s this about alleging “foreign operators” being responsible for electoral fraud? Surely Greens don’t believe that nonsense.

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Fascism with a Democratic Party Face By Glen Ford

30 November 2016 — Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

BAR and 12 other leftwing web sites have been put on a hit list publicized by the Washington Post. Fascists of the Democratic kind are responsible. “Had Clinton won the election, she would have begun a campaign of repression against the Left along the same national security lines as the Washington Post article, with that paper probably leading the propaganda charge.” Donald Trump isn’t the only fascist to worry about.

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Black Agenda Report for November 30, 2016

30 November 2016 — Black Agenda Report

Fascism with a Democratic Party Face

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Fascism Last Stage of Capitalism
BAR and 12 other leftwing web sites have been put on a hit list publicized by the Washington Post. Fascists of the Democratic kind are responsible. “Had Clinton won the election, she would have begun a campaign of repression against the Left along the same national security lines as the Washington Post article, with that paper probably leading the propaganda charge.” Donald Trump isn’t the only fascist to worry about. Continue reading this...

Black Agenda Report for November 22, 2016: Another High Place, Another Empty Black Face, How Not to Protest Trump

23 November 2016 — Black Agenda Report

Obama’s Musings on False Narratives and Fake Stories

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford So-called “fake news” has Obama shook up – probably because he and other presidents want to keep their monopoly on false narratives. “The ruling class, which Obama so faithfully serves, has lost control of the social and political narrative, without which it cannot ‘protect’ its wealth, privilege and power. It is a crisis of legitimacy, rooted in the crisis of capitalism, itself.”

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Black Agenda Radio for Week of Nov 21, 2016

22 November 2016 — Black Agenda Report

Green Party: Part of the Solution
No World War, But Plenty of Domestic Oppression
Saving Mumia and Others from a Curable Disease
U.S. Election Ran on “Fear” and “Betrayal”
Torture, Anyone?

 

 

Black Agenda Report for Nov 16, 2016: None of Them Have Ever Been My President, Single Payer, Obama’s Hollow Legacy

16 November 2016 — Black Agenda Report

None of Them Have Ever Been My President

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Tens of thousands have demonstrated against the election of Donald Trump. Some are activists, continuing the struggle. Others are Democrats that are just “mad.” “The Black movement against police terror didn’t need a Donald Trump waiting in the vestibule of the White House to get “mad.” For those who fear Trump’s “fascism,” the threat level “depends on how he uses the arsenal of repressive tools bequeathed to him by the Obama administration.” Continue reading this...

Black Agenda Radio for November 14, 2016

15 November 2016 — Black Agenda Report

Cornel West: Class Becoming “Much More Central”

“We are witnessing the end of the neoliberal era,” said Dr. Cornel West, the nation’s most prominent Black public intellectual, assessing the import of last week’s election. West backed Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries, then endorsed the Green Party’s presidential ticket. The election “did not go left-populist, following Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein,” he said. Instead, “it went rightwing-fascist. But the neoliberal era is coming to a close and the neoliberal establishment is being exposed. The issues of class now are becoming much more central.”

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