"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Oct 25, 2011

Massachusetts Delenda Est

“...'I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do. … I support what they do,' Ms. Warren said of Occupy Wall Street..."

That's some mighty exaggerated ego, Madame Candidate.

Then again, the same candidate, on Iran:

 “...'Our number one responsibility is to protect Americans from terrorism, that’s our job, so being tough on terrorism is enormously important,' said Warren yesterday at a campaign stop in Gloucester...We should take nothing off the table, but the facts are still emerging,' the Senate candidate said when asked if she would support military action against Iran..."

And on OWS, earlier this fall:

When asked about the OWS protesters, Warren answered (question begins at approx. 50:00):

"Everyone has to follow the law. That has to be the starting place. But no one understands better what the frustration is right now. The people on Wall Street broke this country and they did it one lousy mortgage at a time. It happened more than three years ago and there still has been no basic accountability and no real effort to fix it. That’s why I want to run for the United States Senate. That’s what I want to do to change the system.”


So...plus ça change plus c'est la même chose, and shit, eh?

(h/t commenter Frederick, chez IOZ- and Ian Welsh, for the earlier Warren quote on OWS)


Pharrell said...

Yeah! Now this is the Jack Crow I like! I was starting to wonder where he had gone.

After a few too many posts containing bland deconstructions of various notions, I'm glad to see you swinging against the centrist meritocracy (that's the Crow I like best).

And yes, if there is anything I loathe, it is Harvard meritocrats with "vanguard" syndrome, refusing to realize that the "intellectual roots" of this movement were laid by the people who actually had the spine to go into the streets, get arrested, and get pepper spray their eyes.

For fuck's sake, the idea of people claiming to have laid the "intellectual roots" for this ignores the fact that you don't need more than an 8th grade education to see that corporations are wedded to a radical nihilism that has no respect for any human value.

Soma said...

Agreed; I think if anything this is a movement not of intelligence but of courage, the courage to stand and challenge our puppeteers with no strings attached.

I do wonder when they will drop the tear gas, or employ the sonic devices. The collective watchdogs are starting to stand alongside these heroic civilians, but there is always a spider lurking.

Luckily we sometimes unconsciously eat spiders, so I hear.

davidly said...

If I may editorialize a comment from this comments section: Your deconstructions - insofar as they are - are anything but bland.

Frankly, I think you complete a hat-trick with this one (all three coming in as many days).

joonsae said...

Never trust anyone who lusts for power, no matter their credentials.

Jack Crow said...

Warren, like most of her predecessors, would have us believe it's not that she wants the position of power, it's just that the other guy cannot be trusted with it.

Randal Graves said...

Everyone has to follow the law? Sheesh, the top get to mimic Rob Halford, why can't everyone else?

Jack Crow said...

Rob Halford. Heh. "Breaking the law, breaking the law..."

Soma said...

Singing that song is always cathartic when you're in city holding.

...though I've only tested it once.