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if you or someone you know, especially people only really hearing much about Bernie Sanders for the first time because he's no longer campaigning and it's now safe for corporate & establishment media to talk about him, are upset at the prospect of an uninspiring representative of entrenched financial power being the Democratic nominee meant to face down the racist, hateful, fascist president of the +

+ racist, hateful, fascist Republican party that can only maintain power by exploiting and increasing the unequal and unfair aspects of a system never designed to give people much power over their government in the first place...

...if you don't make more trouble for the rich and powerful now than you ever have, they're going to keep denying us any choice beyond gross oligarchy.

Defund your local police department.

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Put money and effort into the most radical movements you can find, even if you personally would be satisfied with health care and a coherent candidate for president. There are local solidarity networks and anti-colonial revolutionary movements and workers everywhere literally fighting for their lives in the COVID-19 crisis to support.

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Stocks went up despite no material improvements in the economy— indeed, stocks went up precisely because the rich people who own them and their representatives believe Sanders stepping down means it's less likely there will be any material improvement in most of our lives, and the share of what we produce that goes to people who own capital will remain obscenely outsized. Prove them wrong and maybe you'll get health care; smash inequality entirely and maybe we'll get freedom and justice.

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And let's keep talking and working together. So much is possible but it takes collective action, and one first step can be knowing what steps people will take together.

agaric.coop/blog/election-firs

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@mlncn sadly the market may be correct. It seems like it’s sinking in to investors that the vast majority of the stimulus money is going to Wall Street, and they’ve already priced in all the death.

@middlepath oh yeah i'm not questioning (or much caring) if they're right that the government creating trillions of dollars and giving it to Wall Street banks will keep the outsize returns going.

But the real economy (with plenty of markets for goods and services) is not the stock market or derivatives markets and all the ways rich people currently funnel money to themselves.

And when i say 'prove them wrong' it's figuring out how to cut off that flow through radical movements!

@mlncn 🙌 you are preaching to the choir my friend!

At this point, if you aren’t radicalized, you aren’t paying attention

@middlepath

Amen!

But i'm pretty light on he tactics. (Organizer workers! Organize renters! Organize everybody! Organize the organizers!)

One angle i'm interested in that i haven't seen much attention paid to is that even the umpteenth derivative usually ties to something in the real world, so theoretically there could be a lot of leverage attacking that— fighting back against the financialization of housing seems a key thing now, but there must be other opportunities.

cc @HongPong

@mlncn @HongPong The only leverage people have is their wallets. The whole thing breaks down quickly if people aren’t spending their money.

So that tells me the only real way to affect change is by a coordinated strike:

- immediately stop paying all rents
- immediately stop paying all credit cards, loans, mortgages
- full work stoppage on all ‘essential services’

#RentStrike #CreditStrike #GeneralStrike

@mlncn @HongPong obviously this is a huge risk without at least a couple champions within the current system - progressive politicians, celebrities, etc

But if this could somehow happen, the impact would be vast and immediate

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