Protests growing for J20 in DC. Anarchists, Marxists, normals

Anarchists will be in DC for the Inauguration as well as ANSWER (Marxist, although careful to hide it), Woman’s March (resolutely non-violent), and many more.

Some of the protesting groups that will be in DC are barely speaking to each other, so all you alt-right hysterics squealing about how we work in concert and are funded by Soros are comically inaccurate. I mean, the anarchist / Marxist split is the oldest and most implacable rupture on the hard left.

It does appear the various protests will be huge and Trump has the lowest positive ratings ever, by far, for an incoming president. That means he is highly vulnerable so the protests need to be unending, coming from multiple directions, and targeted.

He will fall.

From an anarchist site:

Above all, when we resist Trump and all politicians on January 20, whether in DC or in our own communities, we’re not just fighting to shut down business as usual. We’re fighting to define what it will mean to be against Trump in the years to come. Will our energy be diverted into rallying support for Democrats or raising money for nonprofits? Or will we build towards a world beyond all parties and politicians? Can our opposition to Trump transcend single issues and undermine the legitimacy of capitalism and the state altogether?

On January 20, we will take to the streets. But what we do in the months and years beyond the inauguration will determine the nature of resistance the world that made Trump possible.”

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Jared Kushner used his populism as a campaign strategy

Jared Kushner had populist leanings and mistrusted the monied class he was born into. This was long before the Trump campaign. Kushner played a major role in developing strategy and tactics for the Trump campaign, using his populist leanings to help elect Trump. Meanwhile, Hillary tried to attract moderate suburban Republicans and was almost completely tone-deaf to populist concerns. Sanders OTOH, is a left-wing populist.

Members of the monied class and the privileged can and do find fault with their class. FDR sure did. As president he said “I welcome their hatred,” referring to the elite NYC banker class who loathed him. Considering Kushner’s populism predated the Trump campaign, I’ll assume his beliefs are sincere. And his populism helped elect Trump. I’m not comparing him to FDR, only saying he had a message many Americans wanted to hear.

Ross Barkan worked at The Observer when Kushner ran it. He says:

“When Kushner traveled with Trump across America, he would develop a disdain for the Manhattan elite he belonged to, believing they could not understand the frustrations of everyday people. As strange as this may sound to come from Kushner — his father is a New Jersey real estate magnate and he is worth many millions — I heard the sentiment through our editor-in-chief before Trump was even on the political radar.”

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As opposition to Trump grows, Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals are relevant

Bring continual pressure. Never stop fighting. Turn negatives into positives. Always have a constructive alternative.

From Alinsky:
The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign. It should be remembered not only that the action is in the reaction but that action is itself the consequence of reaction and of reaction to the reaction, ad infinitum. The pressure produces the reaction, and constant pressure sustains action.
The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside
This is based on the principle that every positive has its negative. We have already seen the conversion of the negative into the positive, in Mahatma Gandhi’s development of the tactic of passive resistance.
One corporation we organized against responded to the continuous application of pressure by burglarizing my home, and then using the keys taken in the burglary to burglarize the offices of the Industrial Areas Foundation where I work. The panic in this corporation was clear from the nature of the burglaries, for nothing was taken in either burglary to make it seem that the thieves were interested in ordinary loot—they took only the records that applied to the corporation. Even the most amateurish burglar would have had more sense than to do what the private detective agency hired by that corporation did. The police departments in California and Chicago agreed that “the corporation might just as well have left its fingerprints all over the place.”
In a fight almost anything goes. It almost reaches the point where you stop to apologize if a chance blow lands above the belt. When a corporation bungles like the one that burglarized my home and office, my visible public reaction is shock, horror, and moral outrage. In this case, we let it be known that sooner or later it would be confronted with this crime as well as with a whole series of other derelictions, before a United States Senate Subcommittee Investigation. Once sworn in, with congressional immunity, we would make these actions public. This threat, plus the fact that an attempt on my life had been made in Southern California, had the corporation on a spot where it would be publicly suspect in the event of assassination. At one point I found myself in a thirty-room motel in which every other room was occupied by their security men. This became another devil in the closet to haunt this corporation and to keep the pressure on.


The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
You cannot risk being trapped by the enemy in his sudden agreement with your demand and saying “You’re right—we don’t know what to do about this issue. Now you tell us.”
This is crucial. We need detailed plans and demands. If not, we get sandbagged when they say, what do you want.”
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Escalating cyber war: Living in a cyberpunk novel

Obama’s tepid response to the DNC hack and to Russia trying to influence the election may lead others, particularly China, to assume they can hack into U.S. systems without much blowback. All of this is complicated by the very nature of cyberspace. A huge DDOS attack against a US company coming from servers in China using Russian hacker software does not necessarily mean the attack came from China or Russia. It could have come from anywhere.

Fake news, distorted news, bot armies, humans being paid to swarm and attack opponents on social media – these are increasingly part of cyberspace, and what they do impacts non-cyberspace too.

The attacks we’ve seen so far are probably trivial compared to the attacks to come.

It was recently reported by cyber-security expert Bruce Schneier that someone is “learning how to take down the Internet,” which essentially means that a nation-state is “testing the ability to manipulate Internet addresses and routes, seeing how long it takes the defenders to respond, and so on. Someone is extensively testing the core defensive capabilities of the companies that provide critical Internet services.” According to Schneier, the evidence “suggests China,” but it has not been established beyond doubt, due to possible disguise used by the state involved in that probing.

To be clear, the implications of the DNC hack transcend the bilateral relations of Russia and the US, and may include other actors who monitor the situation and evaluate their future actions vis-à-vis the US. This suggests that China is aware that the DNC hack was not accompanied by a real response on the US’s part. That observation may result in China examining the boundaries of what it can get away with in cyberspace.

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The Steakhouse at Circus Circus. High end food, low end venue

We had dinner last night at The Steak House at Circus Circus. High end, old school steak house with  excellent waiters and food. The “petite” steaks were at least a pound each!

Circus Circus itself was built in 1963 is aging, not well-maintained, has signs in parking lots and hotels saying warning warning danger danger, watch your valuables and lock up everything. It also has Adventuredome, with short circus acts and a bazillion video and arcade games, plus the steak house, which is one of the best in Vegas.

It’s so low-end the doors to the main lobby don’t open automatically, was paid for long ago, sits on the north end of The Strip on a whopping 63 acres, and judging from the crowds last night, still makes steady money.

Contrast the warning signs at Circus Circus to a high-end place like Wynn, which has no such signs. However, anyone attempting to break into a car or do any kind of violence at Wynn will almost certainly be confronted with armed ex-military security.

Whatever you want in Vegas is here. $40 a night rooms? No problem. $10,000 a night rooms? Step right up.

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