Out and Gone on the Left Coast

Conflict is abuse, harm is heteroglossic, and other phantasmagoria from an Oakland Sunday…

Some “good” bourgeois families build their strength at the expense of others, especially others in need or who don’t have a family. It’s inherent to the construction of the bourgeois classes. The family says “no” to others in order to enhance their own status. The family puts its own privileges first, positioning the rest of the world as a threat to their time and resources, or even their double standard. -Sarah Schulman
 

From a neighbor’s radio:

The so-called Mexican Mayans are taking over our neighborhoods, killing our children…if we don’t stand up and destroy these degenerate killers…the Egyptian pyramids were a complete astrological, civilizational, and cosmogonic project, whereas the Mayan race was incapable of building anything but a collapsed epigone, a stubby plagiarism, a calendar that petered out into a false New Age prophecy, an apocalypse for suckers and white drug addicts…As opposed to the Greeks and the Jews, who were Black civilizations, the Mayans and the Muslims have a perverse design on Africa and on our children.

Then an astrophysicist was interviewed…
 

Overheard on the way to the Oakland Book Festival:

That dude from Chapo Trap House had a good point…

Do you mean his masculinist, neo-fascist fantasies of a bodybuilding, Julius Evola-reading left, lording over right-wing keyboard warriors, Fox News cucks, who are too “gelatinous,” replacing what he views as an effeminate antifa, who can’t throw a good punch, or however he described it? His boasting about bar fights and his T levels?

Do you mean his whiteknighting of Chelsea Manning in order to self-advertise the macho violence of a wannabe leftist Based Stickman Twitter celeb? Do you mean his apocalyptic ruminations of a coming race war, his petty-bourgeois Guevarist delusions, his Mad Max self-image, of being the good white supremacist patriarch, the good killer, the agent of eugenic catharsis? Do you mean his third-rate Bukowski schtick, or his third-rate centrist-Orientalist pundit schtick (if only Jimmy Carter hadn’t stirred up that hornet’s nest, the Islamic race in its post-Ottoman torpor, its narcotic sleep through history, and given us a full employment bill, he could have been the greatest president since FDR)? Do you mean his soon-to-be-rolled-out PR flack for his sociopathic buddies’ latest mercenary campaign in the slums of Caracas, you know under the banner of true Chicago School-style Marxism, Twitter name Adorno _Analingus69, passing out Captagon, preaching to the benighted lumpenproletariat at gunpoint about Chavista anti-Semitism, the perils of narco-terrorist racial degeneration in the revolution, the sad necessity of U.S. Special Forces for now, the urgency of defending the Enlightenment, how it’s racist against rich Manchester Jewish capitalists to exclude Engels from the communist firmament, how we have to send dick pics to Neera Tanden as radical praxis, how HGH can purify you of beta-ness just as Hitler with his fanatical pharmacopoeia of methamphetamines and testosterone injections…?

No, I didn’t mean that.

What did you mean?

What I mean is we need to develop strong reflexes, we need to fight back, on the streets or with Gramsci…We need autonomia and community self defense…

What do you mean fight back?

We’re not defending ourselves, we’re losing.

So maybe the white guys in Portland lost? What’s so bad about that? These dudes gave their lives and you want more from them, more than their martyrdom, you want better MMA skills…

Yeah, why not?

Lovelle Mixon was the most effective resistance fighter in a decade, and yet no Crapo Fash House or Gestapo Out House stans talk about him. They do like that Fred Hampton quote about black capitalism though.

Who’s Lovelle Mixon?…
 

At the Oakland Book Festival the lines were surreal, like the lines for an artisanal Portland donut shop or a Portland homeless shelter…

The Judith Butler/Angela Davis was especially mobbed. The unsilent majority seemed to be there more for Butler than Davis. A white crust punk girl asked why everyone was in line. We’re here for Judith Butler, someone volunteered. Judith Butler? Fuck that white hack. She’s a scam…

At the same time as the Butler-Davis talk, there was a talk about disability. The night before, it there’d been no accessibility at the gala event. One of the speakers pulled out before the festival and called on Butler-Davis to boycott. Then it turned out that the disability talk only had one non-professional ASL translator (usually you need at least two) and everything erupted into chaos. It was like that scene out of Memories of Underdevelopment where the entire crowd turned against the panel, demanding the suicide of the bourgeoisie, demanding an end to the charade. The organizer of the book festival showed up and started to talk about how difficult it was for her, how she had to attend to Angela fucking Davis, as if Angela Davis had stringent demands for kombucha-vodka cocktails in her Burning Man tent. People left the event and tried to enter the Butler-Davis talk. It wasn’t handicapped accessible, which made things worse. There were demands that Angela Davis and Judith Butler leave their own talk, and address disability politics, but, for whatever reason, that never happened.
 

Crossing Broadway:

A woman was yelling at another woman, with some kind of obvious muscular dystrophy, in an electric wheelchair: There are people who can’t even walk out here, you fucking bitch, and you’re riding around in a fucking wheelchair…
 

“Recently the Israeli press reported on a group of Indians from Peru who had converted to Judaism and moved to Israel, where they were relocated on what was once Palestinian land. Nachson Ben-Haim (formerly Pedro Mendosa) said he had no problem with that. ‘You cannot conquer what has in any case belonged to you since the time of the patriarch, Abraham.’ Ben-Haim said he was looking forward to joining the Israeli army to defend the country. Ben-Haim and his coreligionists had moved to Israel with the agreement of the Jewish community in Peru, which did not want them because of the Indians’ low socioeconomic status.”

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