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The Tide Is Turning on Single Payer, With or Without Bernie Sanders

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Obamacare, was such a huge favor to the insurance companies that Republicans can’t outdo it, they can only make it a little meaner. Liz Warren is telling Democrats that Medicare For All is the issue to campaign on for 2018. But where is Bernie Sanders? Why hasn’t he introduced his long promised Medicare For All bill in the senate? What’s he waiting for? More Democratic unity?

#BlackLivesMatter Introduces a New Visa Debit Card, and Revives the Toxic Old Myths of Black Capitalism

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The old myths that African Americans are poor because we don't spend wisely invest or save enough have been demolished many times. Black unemployment and poverty are core features of US capitalism and can’t be cured by black banking or shopping with black businesses. So why has #BlackLivesMatter teamed up with shady black bankers to introduce a #BlackLivesMatter debit card in a campaign that boosts the fake economics of black capitalism?

EZ Pass -- Tip of the Road Privatization Vacuum Cleaner

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Since EZ Pass has made toll collection possible without stopping traffic. The Obama administration increased the number of interstate highways where toll lanes are allowed, and the Trump administration is expected to rely even more heavily on borrowing from the rich for infrastructure projects rather than taxing them.

Roland Martin: That Hustla Ova There Tryna Sell Us School Privatization

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Roland Martin pretends to be a journalist. But what does a guy do when the one percent won't pay for an informed public? Roland is a hustla for hire, and he's found a dependable set of clients. Roland is all about blackening up and selling us the destruction and privatization of public schools, which is what both elite Democrats and Republicans want. Journalists tell the truth without fear or favor. Hustlas do what they're paid to do, and the charter school sugar daddies pay well.

Cory Booker, Corporate Hooker: The Perfect Establishment Opposition to Donald Trump

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

After losing the White House to the most unpopular president in history, Democrats have lots to say, but even more to avoid saying, lest they expose themselves as every bit as much corporate tools as their Republican foes. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is their ideal spokesperson, a cynical, photogenic and utterly dependable corporate whore who can be counted on to keep the anti-Trump rabble safely inside the Democrats' big stinky tent.

Mocking, Marching, Stopping the Hate and Dumping Trump Are Not Enough

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Mocking, protesting and ridiculing Big Cheeto before and after inauguration will be big fun. But storms of ridicule did not drive Ronald Reagan or Dubya from office. Mockery that only undermines the legitimacy of evil persons rather than the capitalist system makes us nothing more than the warm up for Corey Booker or whoever Democrats nominate next. Left messages, memes and hashtags need to eviscerate Trump but also to educate people.

Who Owns the Movement, and Where Are They Taking It?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

As funders of the nonprofit industrial complex, the one percent of one percenters literally own what most of us call the movement. Last summer the “Ford Foundation and anonymous donors” pledged to invest $100 million to “strengthen the next generation of social justice leaders… in what many call the Movement for Black Lives.” Do we want to go where the owners of this movement are taking us? Is there any other destination or way to ride?

Grand Theft Electoral: Aborted Recount Effort Shows US Elections Are Broken, Recount-Proof and Audit-Proof

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Before judges and state officials aborted it, the attempted recount initiated by Green Party candidate Jill Stein revealed and confirmed specific patterns of widespread interstate electoral tampering in the presidential election just past that zero in on black and brown communities. The craven need of Hillary and the Dems to blame the Russians for their loss proves that they own the current broken and rigged US electoral system just as much Republicans.

Are Jill Stein and the Green Party Being Played By Democrats? Will the Recount Split the Green Party?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Are Jill Stein and the Greens carrying sludge for Democrats? Doesn’t the failure to seek recounts in any state Hillary won prove she and the Greens are being played? Is there a difference between the ways Republicans and Democrats steal elections? Didn’t the Green Party itself refuse to endorse the recount? And what’s this about alleging “foreign operators” being responsible for electoral fraud? Surely Greens don’t believe that nonsense.

So Why is the Green Party's Jill Stein Filing For Recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania?

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Is the Green Party's Jill Stein jumping into bed with Hillary and the Democrats in her call for recounts in PA, WI and MI?  Or are Greens trying to lead the movement for voting rights, for fair elections tht count every vote, and to protect Green candidates in local races from having their elections stolen out from under them, often by Democrats?

America Might Not Deserve Trump, But Dems and Hillary Deserved To Lose

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

President Donald Trump? How did such a thing happen? A competent and purposeful Clinton campaign should have beaten Donald Trump. How did Hillary Clinton and one-percenter Democrats snatch defeat from the jaws of certain victory?

Hundreds of Cops Divert and Foil Thousands of Protesters Outside NY Presidential Debate

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

While inside the debate moderator Lester Holt failed to ask questions about joblessness, medical care, student loans, police murder or mass incarceration, New York police outside the debate showed the world how to suppress free speech with a soft hand, diverting more than two thousand protesters into "free speech zones" long lines and checkpoints and spaces artfully designed to prevent groups from concentrating in one place or finding each other.

Why Ajamu Baraka? Why Vice President? And Why the Green Party?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

What does the Green Party nomination of longtime Black Agenda Report contributing editor Ajamu Baraka for Vice President mean for the Green Party and the 2016 presidential election?  Is he just a black face on the ticket, or is it really time to begin organizing in black and brown communities outside the matrix of the bankrupt black and brown misleadership class? 

Sanders Didn’t Lose the Black Vote: He Never Had It, and Never Asked Why

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

On the issues, Bernie Sanders should have won the black vote. But presidential politics isn’t just about issues, it’s about entrenched alliances and relations of power. Without understanding why the most left wing constituency in the US delivers its vote reliably to the most right wing interests in the Democratic party, Bernie wasn’t even knocking on the door of the black vote. He was knocking on the wall, unable to find the door.

Made Man in a Blue Vest: Deray McKesson Is Debutante At Aspen One-Percenters Coming Out Party

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Deray McKesson, a Teach For America trojan horse who inserted himself into the Black Lives Matter Movement was one of the panelists at the Aspen Institutes's annual “ideas festival,” a social event where one percenters showcase their current crop of “thought leaders.” For the dude in the blue vest it was a kind of debutante ball, one of the official coming out parties that mark him as one of corporate America's made men.

Democrats in Denial: The Peoples Summit

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The “Peoples Summit” in Chicago might have been a chance for Berniecrats to compare experiences and insights. But summit organizers, afraid to even call themselves Democrats knew they couldn't trust rank and file activists to stick to the script. Instead of hearing activists, they tried to herd them, preaching and exhorting attendees from keynotes and the front of the room to unite and hold their noses if need be for the lesser evil.

We Won't Be New Orleans or Detroit: Stopping the Bipartisan Drive To Privatize Education in Georgia

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

They did it in New Orleans thanks to Katrina – closed over a hundred public schools and fired thousands to create the nation's first and highly profitable all-charter school district, an educational failure but a neoliberal social engineering masterpiece. They did it to Detroit without a hurricane. Is Georgia next, and your city or state after that?

Seats on the 2016 Democratic Platform Committee Are NOT a "Political Revolution"

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The Sanders campaign named Cornel West, and 4 others to the Democratic party 2016 platform committee. But platform promises to Democratic voters have always been worthless. Bill Clinton's 1992 platform promised inner city job programs, reinvestment of military spending and much else. Obama's 2008 platform pledged relief to homeowners in the foreclosure crisis and more. The 2016 platform committee is a dead end for the "political revolution" leveraging the credibility of Brother West behind empty pledges neither the platform committee nor Democratic voters can enforce, promises which Hillary Clinton has no intention of keeping.

Obama Chugs Flint Water, Dodges Federal Responsibility, Delivers Another Cynical Lecture to Black Folks

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

President Obama's self-described “stunt”, chugging a glass of Flint water, assuring residents of its safety, and claiming he might have ingested lead himself as a child were a deeply cynical deployment of his blackness to divert attention from federal responsibility for the mass poisonings and coverups.

Obama Chugs Flint Water, Dodges Federal Responsibility, Delivers Another Cynical Lecture to Black Folks

Bernie to Deliver Captive Constituencies to the Democratic Convention

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Bernie will take his campaign all the way to the convention. We called him a sheepdog back in May 2015, and he's filling exactly that role, enticing the Dems' captive constituencies back into the trunk of the party one more time, where their votes will count but not their demands.  The issues that made supporters "feel the Bern" will be ignored. That's what it means to be a captive constituency.

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