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It looks like that Macron is sort of trying to resurrect the Third Way in France, although he had a cup of coffee in the Hollande administration I think that as far as the Socialist Party, and Labour in the UK the Third Way forces pretty much have egg on their face/have been beaten down. On this side of the pond it’s never been clear to me what the Lib Dems actually stand for, but maybe they’ll try and dig it up from the grave in the UK…

Bernie I pretty much thought was the de facto leader of the Democrats after the election. I don’t really think Ellison has risen because he’s a black Muslim… I think that he’s an issues-oriented guy not just gotten to where he is because he fits the quota for identities (and even goes beyond!) that is so chic in the Obama/Clinton corporatist/identity politics-based Democratic Party — it takes me a long time to believe in anybody I pretty much think they are all waiting to insert the knife, lol, into back, but anyway Ellison was “Bernie’s man” for DNC although he didn’t get that (chair) they did establish a new position for him. And so I think that actually showed something… Even if at the same time it did show that perhaps it’s too much to say Bernie is the de facto leader we really never should have expected the old guard to just shrivel up (like that Wizard of Oz witch, lol) they still are going to have something to say about social democracy (which I think Bernie actually represents whatever he says that he represents, the Bolivarian Revolution for instance is a better example of democratic socialism IMO) overtaking “Wall Street’s second party”! (Like we are still seeing Shill out there still representing herself as if she is some kind of leader.) But anyway, I view these developments as overall positive even if the Obamabot/Clintonista forces may have won (in the past), and may still yet have a few more battles to prevail in.

Francois Hollande the Prime Minister of France has recently faced an internal revolt, as well as revelations of his former partner that this “socialist man” in fact hates the poor. A situation such as this, I think, absolutely begs the question of who are the current leaders in the world that are socialist or even social democratic? The forces of capital and reaction are “riding high”, and the power of the people, and the forces of economic fairness seem to notably ineffectual/slim. I look at it as that things are being rolled back just about everywhere. I can’t follow every prime minister or president in every country, but a good sign of a real progressive is that they’d be getting slandered in our MSM, though haha.

I think Sweden currently has a right-of-center government and a “progressive” government is predicted to win their next election. I did not believe that Chavez would be as progressive as he was before he became president as an example. There were a number of “populists” prior to him who came into office  in Latin America and “dutifully” followed the Washington Consensus. (The “third world” or Global South is kind of a whole ‘nother “ball of wax”, though, altogether than the “developed” West. I’m not saying that condescendingly it’s just as an absolute fact.) I think through the attacks of our government as well as the opposition in Venezuela that had a lot to do with Chavez becoming more radicalized. Manuel Zelaya said that the intransigence of the oligarchs in his country radicalized him while he was in office. I don’t believe the rhetoric of any politician, we have to wait and see on any politician, prime minister, or president who is coming into office on what s/he will actually do/follow through with. The proof “will be in the pudding”, as they say, if the maxim of power corrupts absolutely will hold true, or if an individual can seize upon his or her better angels and come through for the folks — who have sent this “representative of the people” to a particular nation’s capital.

At a recent anti-austerity rally in DC, Howard Dean’s brother Jim Dean, took it to the New Democratic right-of-center presidents. Dean pronounced that the era of triangulation is over! Referring to Bill Clinton’s notorious practice of positioning himself halfway between congressional Republicans, and congressional Democrats in order to advance his own views. This was actually a maleficent and wholly disreputable strategy, concocted by the ne’er-do-well and former Fox (Faux News) contributor, and so-called political aficionado — who had advised Bill Clinton — Dick Morris.

This is a marvelous statement by Jim Dean, taking aim — dead center — at the now defunct, and profoundly regressionary Democratic Leadership Council! Whose ignoble goal was essentially to make the Democratic Party a libertarian party (economically), but support alternative lifestyle choices, and social measures that would rankle the Christian right. Some, if not all, of both the former, and the latter are good, but the agenda of infusing Chicago School economics into the party of William Jennings Bryan, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon Baines Johnson just seems — in this humble observer’s opinion — absolutely ridiculous/absurd!

Still as Clinton attacked (and ended) welfare; Obama is taking a knife to/shivving the social safety net today! The Democratic Leadership Council actually has folded — there is a thinktank that remains loyal to many of its deeply malevolent ideals — but IMO it folded (sadly), because of the great success that it had achieved! Its existence had became superfluous, and so thusly it was simply no longer necessary to the “cause”. Anyways, it had achieved its ignominious goals of having purveyors, and indeed a plethora of profferers of its disreputable designs: in the Congress, in the White House, and in the Senate.

With Bill Clinton and now Barack Obama we; unequivocally, have some mainly plutocratic, oligarchical interests having (virtually an entire) stranglehold over the Democrats! Jim Dean’s recent declaration is rather heartening, and so let us vigorously hope that Obama has extended his vacuous charisma too far this time. And moreover, let us hope that this latest ill-begotten effort, will sink his approval — even amongst his most loyal diehards — with Herculean strength/appeal!

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