on peasant revolts and vote-forcing

An emailer calls political comedian Jimmy Dore, who recently campaigned on YouTube to "force" a Congressional vote on universal healthcare, a "showboat" and I don't agree. Disgust at the Democratic Party shilling for moneyed interests drives Dore's ranting more than the desire for more followers -- if he wanted those he could just bash Trump. Dore's flaw is an overuse of superlatives when he starts ranting, calling something the worst when it's just bad. And his #forcethevote initiative during a pandemic was a good idea, even though that particular inflection point (Pelosi's election as Speaker) has passed.

Political theorist Benjamin Studebaker makes a good case for Dore here. Another writer, Yasha Levine, gives more qualified support. Levine believes Dore and like-minded commenters put too much faith in the federal government to solve problems. "They really think they can meaningfully impact change on a federal level," he writes, "despite the fact that beyond their popular podcasts and YouTube channels and their pitiful collection of Congressional seats, there is no organized political movement to back them or their policies up."

Studebaker, in a later post, makes a similar point, expanding it cover populist movements on both the left and right. Compared to real threats to oligarchic power in the US in the 1930s, he believes, the riots of the past six months have been closer to the peasant revolts of the more distant past. "When the peasants go to war, they never win. They are never well-organized enough, and their weapons and training are always far too inferior to give them any chance at all. Despite this, peasant revolts can go on for a long time and cause a lot of devastation. But there is never really any danger of the rebels taking the state and holding it."

about that "riot"

Who defiles the sacred Capitol more, red state tourists allowed by police to roam the halls, yelling uncouthly, or Schumer, Pelosi, McConnell, et al, who sell their offices every day to the highest corporate bidders? (It's a rhetorical question.)

Update: Of course putting riot in scare quotes makes light of what we will be hearing described as an insurrection or coup for the rest of our natural lives.

No, sorry, violent insurrection, according to Wall Street on Parade, a left-leaning finance site, which heats up the rhetoric even further by declaring it "the worst battle in the U.S. Capitol building since the British attempted to burn the place down in 1814 (during the War of 1812)."

C.J. Hopkins has given up trying to cool down the rhetoric and joins his progressive friends in a full-throated 30 Minutes Hate against Trump and all the small town moms and pops who voted for him:

Oh, yes, you really did it this time! You stormed the goddamned US Capitol. You and your racist, Russia-backed army of bison-hat wearing half-naked actors have meddled with the primal forces of GloboCap [Global Capitalism], and now, by God, you will atone! No, do not try to minimize your crimes. You entered a building without permission! The building where America simulates democracy! You walked around in there waving silly flags! You went into the Chamber, into people’s offices! One of you actually put his filthy populist feet up on Pelosi’s desk … ON HER DESK! This aggression will not stand!

Update 2: The Grayzone offers some background on Capitol invader John Sullivan, who videotaped the Ashli Babbit shooting and can be seen on the tape running around the building yelling encouragement to the Trumpists. Was he a Trumpist himself? A BLM activist? (BLM says no.) A police plant? Answering such questions might be helpful, rather than immediately demonizing small town Trump supporters as domestic terrorists (which the DC elite are busy doing).

Update 3: Bernard, Moon of Alabama: "The anti-Trump campaign, from Russiagate to Ukrainegate to this "insurrection" nonsense, has likely done more damage to the U.S. than Trump managed to do during his four years in office. The hostility the Democrats have shown will create a huge backlash. Do they really believe that can suppress 74 million Trump voters?"

Update 4: In 1967 the Black Panther Party entered the State Assembly Chamber in Sacramento, CA, carrying guns. No one was injured but the protest stirred up a similar panic among the haute bourgeois. The difference is, now, the people freaking out and heating up the rhetoric are the wealthy DC elite rather than California Republicans. Hat tip to PR for fact-checking me on which public building got invaded. It wasn't the US Capitol, as I had written, duh.

"squad" votes for the heinous pelosi

Yves Smith didn't say if a specific topic caused her to turn off comments on her blog Naked Capitalism (which has a lively and informative comments section).
"I am tired of adjudicating extended off topic discussions (aka 'thread-jacking'), regular Making Shit Up, conspiracy theories, and threats of bodily harm," was all she said.
Possibly it was arguments about political comedian Jimmy Dore's #ForceTheVote initiative. He's been demanding from his YouTube pulpit that so-called progressive House Democrats withhold their vote from the odious Nancy Pelosi in her race for House Speaker. That should be a given; she's one of the most hated politicians in America. Dore wanted AOC and the rest of the squad to use their speakership vote to force a House-wide floor vote on Medicare for All. This would have the effect bringing the issue to the fore in the midst of The Pandemic, to make representatives affirmatively declare yes or no on the issue, rather than offer vague promises and postpone consideration. The idea isn't to actually win, but to start making moves in that direction, as opposed to doing nothing.
Dore was much discussed on Naked Capitalism's last big commentfest before the shutoff. Yves Smith intervened a couple of times to declare Dore a "troll" and a political "latecomer." She's wrong about both; he's a refreshing voice on the left, and has been courageous in critizing Bernie and AOC for their spinelessness in the face of "corporate Democrat" control. Sadly the moment has passed -- the Squad voted for Pelosi this week. Maybe NC comments can come back on now.

Update, Jan 11, 2021: Naked Capitalism is re-enabling comments. Yves Smith mentioned only one issue as a cause for the holiday (there were doubtless others):

An example of the sort of discussion that has degraded the comments section: the bizarre talking point that Sanders was a “sheepdog,” which was repeatedly injected into the comments section despite the lack of news hooks in Links or current articles. Technically, this was a classic example of yet another Policies violation called “thread jacking.” We should have expunged those comments and moderated or blacklisted offenders.

You can legitimately criticize Sanders for how he conducted his campaign, and in particular, his decision to suspend it after the weekend of the long knives. But the notion that Sanders was campaigning to do Team Dem a big favor never had any factual foundation, consistent with the inability of proponents to provide one.

These discussion were not only a rancorous waste of space, they sucked attention and energy away from productive post mortem analysis. Understanding why Sanders failed and assessing what if anything he could have been done to change the outcome would be helpful to future campaigns. But instead we witnessed repetitive, seemingly unending, unsubstantiated accusations. And this argument could never go anywhere because the charge presumed that Sanders had been consciously operating in bad faith from the very outset. Strong claims require strong evidence, yet there was none.

neera my god to thee

Taibbi, Dore, and probably others have noted that Sleepy Joe's appointment of Clinton apparatchik Neera Tanden to the Office of Management and Budget sticks it in the eye of Bernie Sanders and his supporters.

Tanden was an early (pre-2016) Russiagater, behind-the-scenes foulmouth (saying she'd like to "kick the shit out of [Lawrence Lessig] on Twitter"), and shares Trump's position that taking Libya's oil as payment for the US-led bombing would be a grand idea.
Another reason it was so important to Vote Biden.