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Action and Counter-Action

Action and Counter-Action

By Dennis Loo (10/9/17)

New material added about 10 am 10/10/17 PT

Trump believes that simply saying certain things and doing certain things will result in what he wants being done – but it’s not so simple. This is irrespective of any mental imbalance he might, and probably does, have.

I am going to talk about this as if he is completely in charge of his senses. I know that there are lots of reasons to think he is suffering from early dementia and various personality disorders, but what is more to the point, Trump is not alone in confounding saying and doing, and over-simplifying the reaction to that. And I am not just talking about his followers.

He believes, for example, that by declaring that “disrespect” for the flag, opposition to white supremacy, and hostility towards (or just suspicion of) law enforcement can be ended by fiat: such as during a pep rally when he speaks to loyalists, when he tweets it out, or when he signs an Executive Order.

He declares it so, so it is. Trump said that as soon as he became President, "safety will be restored."

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Trump Tweets Against Athletes: It Backfires

Trump Tweets Against Athletes: It Backfires

By Dennis Loo (9/24/17)

For eight months, Trump has been president. The longer he stays in office, the more he says what he really believes, the more people he alienates. It isn’t just when he shoots his mouth off; it’s also what he does.

Now he has pissed off not just NBA and NFL players and fans – even a MLB player - he has annoyed one of the most conservative groups in society: NFL owners! How clumsy do you have to be that in one speech, to alienate NFL owners? Said Trump on Friday in Alabama at a speech:

"Wouldn’t you love to see one of the NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say 'Get that son of a b---- off the field right now? He’s fired! Fired!’”

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Trump and Pence: What Is and Isn’t

Trump and Pence: What Is and Isn’t

By Dennis Loo (9/14/17)

In a talk delivered to a Party working group in summer of 2017, entitled The Problem, the Solution, and the Challenges Before Us, was published online as of August 31, 2017. I am glad that in that speech Bob Avakian expands on the relationship he sees between the NO! campaign and socialist revolution. I previously did not see how he was making that connection based on the other two pieces by him that revcom.us has been recommending. You can see my earlier commentary on those here.

I cite extensively from Avakian’s new words and others, with my remarks interspersed, because you need to see the evidence yourself. This is a rather long article, but as you get into this, you will probably see why.

Let me say at the outset: I still don’t see how Avakian gets from the NO! campaign to its contributing to revolution in this new speech, except insofar as more people will be gathered together to oppose the Trump/Pence regime in November, 2017, (a date they are now aiming for) and so in the general sense that is a good thing and perhaps contributes in a way to that aim. But it is based on a wrong premise and true scientists (of society) do not want that.

Avakian’s mode of argumentation in regard to the NO! campaign is flawed. It is not with pleasure that I say that because I think that if there’s to be revolution in this country, the RCP is the only presently organized force working towards that. The stakes here are exceedingly high. Even for those who do not yet think a socialist revolution is called for or possible, at least growing numbers of people realize that capitalism and imperialism pose an extremely serious danger to this planet (consider the hurricanes and extreme weather patterns that accompany global warming!) and something dramatic and radical must be done.

The reader will make up their own mind and hopefully my interpretation will do some good. Even if you disagree with me thoroughly, the effort reading this will be well worth your time.

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Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12