Nathan R. Jessup

Jed Brandt: "Communism Is The Answer To Our Problems"

In America, communism, Corruption, freedom, living free, Obama, Socialism, Tea Party on March 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm

In this video Jed Brandt refers to Communism and Socialism as the answer to America’s problems.  Brandt, a self-proclaimed Communist, spends six minutes here defining his America and how to get there; what he says may horrify you.

Who is Jed Brandt?

(Source: Wikipedia)

Raised in West Virginia, Brandt relocated to Chicago. He was a founder of Youth Against Apathy, a high-school network with communists, anarchists and bohemian youth from across Northern Illinois.

At age 15, he was tried on felony charges of aggravated battery (on a police officer) after “unarresting” someone from a squad of riot police in front of Chicago’s main military recruiting station on the eve of a threatened US invasion of Nicaragua. Hospitalized in the arrest with multiple contusions. He was exonerated when the bite mark allegedly delivered by Brandt on the arresting officer’s hand did not match his slightly crooked teeth.[citation needed]

In 1996, Brandt, along with student leaders from across the city, formed the Student Liberation Action Movement. He was the editor of the radical CUNY-wide tabloid Spheric, and then the Hunter College Envoy, founded by the editor of the National Guardian, James Aronson. Both newspapers received awards from the Campus Alternative Journalism Project for reporting and graphic design.

Jed was also briefly a member of the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade, where he burned an American flag of the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago, an act he said was in solidarity with all humanity and for “a world without borders.”

Brandt was a staff illustrator for Vibe Magazine, and has done publication design and reporting for LeftTurn, Political Affairs, Monthly Review online, and numerous other publications. His first investigative article was written on the police torture case involving Chicago’s then-Commander of Detectives John Burge, for the now-defunct Revolutionary Worker newspaper.

Brandt studied philosophy and history at the City University of New York, Hunter College, with an emphasis on legal and social systems theory. He is currently in Kathmandu, Nepal, reporting on the Himalayan revolution.

Unfortunately, Jed Brandt, the Communist threat to America, and the Socialist agenda are all very real threats facing our precious nation.  Exposing a radicals like Brandt is the first step in preservation. Oh, one last thing: is it coincidence that his radical ideas came from Chicago?

UPDATE: Read my comments on Brandt’s website HERE.

UPDATE: The site is certainly Communist (I was censored):

onehundredflowers said

March 5, 2010 at 3:01 pm

[Moderator’s note]: Generally we do not debate with those who express pro-capitalist viewpoints. On the possibility there might be a fruitful exchange of ideas, we let this one proceed, but at this point it’s becoming a counter-productive diversion from the purpose of this website.

Any future comments that follow from Nathan R. Jessup’s comments will be put on moderation.

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  1. I’m always impressed with Jed’s clarity and passion. And he is right that the world needs radical change, not more imperialism and capitalism.

  2. Clarity and passion have nothing to do with principle. I am interested to know what kind of “radical change” you feel America needs.

    • GOD BLESS YOU, and thank you for you service.
      You are right it is Priciples that count. I think most people want the same things. Freedom to choose, where the live, where they go to church, or the choice of not going to church. They want the choice to choose. It is a very simple Priciple. It’s called the “Principle of Freedom” the Freedom to choose. If these Progressive, Socialist, Liberal, Communist, Marxist, Nazi, or what ever they want to call themselves would choose this principle, the world would be much better off.
      The problem is, man is iheirently evil. It’s in mans nature to be evil. People that aren’t grounded in Principles of Freedom, want to tell other people what rights they have. I believe the founding fathers of the greatest country in the history of the world when they said:
      “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
      I believe that everyones rights come from God, not just people that live in the United States, but in everyone on the face of the earth. It’s people like Barack Obama that thinks he can tell us what rights we have and don’t have, and tell us how we can excersize those rights.
      Well God Bless You,
      and again
      Thank you.

  3. Unfortunately, Jed Brandt, the Communist threat to America, and the Socialist agenda are all very real threats facing our precious nation

    I wish you were right. I wish that socialists like myself were actually a threat to the current social and economic order here in America.

    It’s too bad we’re not. The the mortgage bomb that exploded in 2008 is a perfect example of how redistributing too much money upwards to the ruling class destablizes the economy. American needs socialism and quickly.

    But let me ask you a question. Why is Glenn Beck digging up a completely marginal left wing radical like Jed and using him as a bogeyman?

    Today, we got the answer.

    Politico dug up a memo circulated for the benefit of the RNC’s inner circle on how they’re going to raise funds over the next few years.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/33866.html

    Do you notice how little the elite of the Republican party respects its rank and file? Do you notice how they’re laughing at you.


    The presentation was delivered by RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart to top donors and fundraisers at a party retreat in Boca Grande, Florida on February 18, a source at the gathering said.

    In neat PowerPoint pages, it lifts the curtain on the often-cynical terms of political marketing, displaying an air of disdain for the party’s donors that is usually confined to the barroom conversations of political operatives.

    The presentation explains the Republican fundraising in simple terms.

    “What can you sell when you do not have the White House, the House, or the Senate…?” it asks.

    The answer: “Save the country from trending toward Socialism!”

    So Jed, who really does look a bit like Satan in that video, is being used as a bogeyman to make you wet your pants.

    Do you really scare that easily? Are you really that easy to manipulate? I certainly hope not.

    • Stanley, with all due respect you’re an idiot. (I Sorry, I Sorry)

      Have you ever wondered why this country became the most powerful country in the world in less than 100 years(pre WW I). The reason is The United States of America was formed by the people writing a constitution that gives certain powers to the govenment (Article I section 8)it tells the govenment what it can do. All other govenments in history were Monarch, Emperors, Kings and Queen, Dictators, etc that told the people what rights the could have and how those rights would be controlled by the government. For example the USSR constitution gives the people the right to healthcare, vacation, housing, retirement, etc. How did that work out for the people?
      Housing for example…The USSR gave you land to use (not own)and you were required to use it and take care of it the way they tell you to or you lose your your right to the land.

      “The the mortgage bomb that exploded in 2008 is a perfect example of how redistributing too much money upwards to the ruling class destablizes the economy. American needs socialism and quickly.”

      This quote of yours is completey wrong.

      “redistributing too much money upwards ”
      Money wasn’t redistributed. Barney Frank who controlled the Fredie Mac, and fanne Mae (by the way you probalbly don’t know where these names come from either)forced the banks to loan money to people at starter rates that would adjust upwards in five years. This allowed the price of homes to skyrocket. Let me give you an example:
      $200k @ 6% 30yr fixed = $1199.10 payment per month
      $400k @ 1% 30yr fixed = $1286.56 payment per month
      Difference = $ 87.46 per month

      The federal government manipulated the housing market by forcing banks to loan money at low interest rates (1%) that allowed Home builders to raise the price of a $200k home to $400k at only an $87.46 per month increase in the payment. Of course the $400k loan would adjust in 5 years to the normal rate of 6%. The buyers thought that this was OK since the price of home were going up so fast they would sell them before that for a sizeable profit.
      It works like a pyrimid scheme. When you run out of players the last people holding the houses will lose.
      When they ran out of people that could afford to purchase the homes the housing buble burst, and the people still owning the houses can’t afford the new payment of:
      $400k @ 6% = $2398.20 per month, and the houses went into forclosure. If Barney Frank (the government) would have stayed out of it, and let the FREE MARKET work the Builders would have had to sell their houses for $200k not $400k. And people wouldn’t be losing their homes, the banks wouldn’t have to be bailed out, and Bush wouldn’t have had to bail out the auto industry.
      Ask yourself:
      Why are builders now selling homes for half the price they were 5 years ago?
      If they can sell them for half the price today and make a profit why did the charge so much 5 years ago?
      I was the government interfering with the Free Market that caused the colapse. That’s why the government needs to stay out of the Free Market.
      Google “Cloward and Piven Stradegy” and learn how the Progressives were going to cause a meltdown of our economic system by overloading the system with unsustainable obligations to bankrupt it.
      We are on the brink of losing our rights. That’s why Jed Brandt is scary

  4. I think this is the answer to Our Problems:

    http://www.opiar.com

    See the problems from different perspectives

  5. Stanley, with all due respect you’re an idiot. (I Sorry, I Sorry)

    Any good street preacher knows that he gets most of his converts from hecklers because hecklers are engaged and passionate about what they’re heckling. You are, on at least some level, interested in socialism.

    Have you ever wondered why this country became the most powerful country in the world in less than 100 years(pre WW I). The reason is The United States of America was formed by the people writing a constitution that gives certain powers to the govenment (Article I section 8)it tells the govenment what it can do.

    This is a very odd reading of history, that economic and political power comes from the idea of having a constitution. I’m sorry but I’m a bit more materialistic than you are. The United States has a large land mass, a lot of natural resources, and was isolated from the wars in Europe by an ocean. China, a pretty authoritarian place, is currently the second most powerful county in the world and gaining fast.

    All other govenments in history were Monarch, Emperors, Kings and Queen, Dictators, etc that told the people what rights the could have and how those rights would be controlled by the government.

    That would be news to the French, who chopped their king’s head off in 1793 and shortly thereafter wrote a constitution.

    For example the USSR constitution gives the people the right to healthcare, vacation, housing, retirement, etc. How did that work out for the people?

    Once again, I’ll have to be a crude materialist. The life expectancy of the typical Russian under Communism was 10 years longer than it is now under capitalism.

    I was the government interfering with the Free Market that caused the colapse.

    And you would be wrong. The housing bubble was inflated shortly after Bush’s tax cut in 2001. Bush’s tax cut redestributed enough money up the social ladder to create a surplus at the top. That money had to go somewhere. It went into a complex scheme of lending money to people to buy houses with sub prime loans.

    That’s why the government needs to stay out of the Free Market.

    The Internet you’re typing on is a government project. In fact, most of what the Pentagon does is conduct research that is then turned over to private companies, who then profit off of what you and I pay in tax money. But go ahead and name me one capitalist country that hasn’t had some government involvement in the economy.

    We are on the brink of losing our rights.

    I agree. “We” lost them under Bush. And Obama is legitimizing what Bush did.

    That’s why Jed Brandt is scary

    Why? Because he talks about breaking up the USA. Rick Perry (the current governer of Texas) talks about the same thing, about Texas suceeding from the union.

  6. I believe that everyones rights come from God, not just people that live in the United States, but in everyone on the face of the earth.

    Yes. That’s what an 18th century deist like Thomas Jefferson or Maxmillian Robespierre believed. But the “creater” they were referring to wasn’t the Judeo Christian one.

    Since Glenn Beck likes to talk about Thomas Paine, I invite you to read Paine’s book “The Age of Reason”.

    Here’s what Paine says:

    It is incumbent on every man who reverences the character of the Creator, and who wishes to lessen the catalogue of artificial miseries, and remove the cause that has sown persecutions thick among mankind, to expel all ideas of a revealed religion as a dangerous heresy, and an impious fraud. What is it that we have learned from this pretended thing called revealed religion? Nothing that is useful to man, and every thing that is disbonourable to his Maker. What is it the Bible teaches us?–repine, cruelty, and murder. What is it the Testament teaches us?–to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married; and the belief of this debauchery is called faith.

    Google it and read it. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine.

    It’s people like Barack Obama that thinks he can tell us what rights we have and don’t have, and tell us how we can excersize those rights.

    You’ll really have to be more specific.

  7. I must thank your site for the publicity:
    “Unfortunately, Jed Brandt, the Communist threat to America, and the Socialist agenda are all very real threats facing our precious nation. Exposing a radicals like Brandt is the first step in preservation. Oh, one last thing: is it coincidence that his radical ideas came from Chicago?”

    You’re probably exaggerating but I would love to believe this. I prefer it to the usual treatment of the left, socialist and communist, by just pretending we don’t exist at all.
    You folks love to talk about freedom and the dangers of loosing it. I’ve lived in this country my whole life and I’d like to know what it is I’m free to do. Certainly not use drugs, since Reagan ran a war on drugs. We have more people in prisons doing more time than in any other country. Doesn’t this contradict the idea of a “free country?” We only have two political parties to choose from. We can lose our jobs from expressing ourselves on the internet. I’m not against freedom, I just don’t see much of it left here in the US since Reagan turned our country to the right. I would not be a communist if I really believed I would end up with less freedom than I have now.

  8. Sadly. You are correct here.

    So this is a censored site? My site (http://the-raw-deal.com) is moderated, not censored. I have never refused to publish a comment, never controlled those who wish to present counter arguments, and never refused to debate anyone based on ideology. If you are afraid what might be uncovered, just come out and say that. Furthermore, moderation is generally reserved for those who wish to make personal attacks or say hurtful things (clearly, I have done neither). While this type of control is indicative of Communism, it’s rarely successful in the pursuit of truth. As this comment will most likely not be published due to censorship (but you never know), I would like to thank you for the brief discourse.

    One of my comments was put in moderaton. A well reasoned rebutttal to one of your comments by “C” was simply deleted. I receieved an e-mail warning me not to respond to another regular commenter.

    While I understand the need for moderation on any weblog, there was an intentional effort on Kasams to kill on ongoing debate that included both sides of the “is capitalism or socialism the better system”. And, as such, I will no longer participate in that site.

    My apologies.

    • Stanley, your reply was posted, along with me–now. I think they were just pending moderator review. I think this exchange is potentially productive and may yields mutually beneficial insights into each others respective world outlooks. I hope both of you will continue the thread on Kasama, as well.

      -G

  9. By any means necessary; I guess I wasn’t alone. Truth catches up to us all, they will have their day of reckoning.

    • By the way you didn’t answer the question? Why did the United States of America become the most powerful Nation on the face of the earth in 100 years? After all we surpassed all other nations that had been on the earth for thousands of years. we went ot europe and defeated communism, and Nazism. We defeated the USSR without firing a shot by outsmarting them, because their people were not excited about being under communism.

      “We” didn’t defeat Stalinism in Eastern Europe. The Polish working class did (and without guns, I might add).

      The reason the USA became more powerful than the USSR is pretty simple. The Russians lost 20 million people defeating Hitler. America sat on the sidelines until 1944. Nations never fully recover from the kind of war the Russians fought from 1939 to 1945. Iraq, believe it or not, was as forested as a lot of the Pacific Northwest a few hundred years before Christ and was still a pretty lush place until the Mongols destroyed their irrigation system in the 14th Century.

      And if your idea that the American Constitution made the country powerful, then how do you explain the fact that Japan, which only started industrializing in 1850, and which has less natural resources and a centrally controlled economy, became the second most powerful nation in the world up until they hit their own financial catasphrophe in 1890. We had our own reckoning in 2008.

      If you like communism then why are you still living here? Why not move to china, or cuba, or Venezuela. Im sure they could use a good communist loving Idiot.

      Why do I have to move to China? The computer I’m typing on was made in China. China owns mosts of America’s debt. Everything you buy at Walmart comes from China.

      FWIW, you’re proving Jed Brandt’s point here when you imply that communists have no rights to express their views in America. I could just as easily say that “libertarians” should all move to a place with no government, like Somalia. Those guns you’re stockpiling might just be of some use there.

      I could actually see myself moving to Ecuador, btw, which is run by a socialist But not on your urging.

      • OH IS SEE YOU THINK WE SHOULD HAVE GONE TO WAR EARLIER IN WWII. I THOUGHT YOU GUY WERE AGAINST WAR. GERMANY DIDN’T ATTACK US, THEY ATTACKED OUR FRIENDS. YOU WOULD BE LIKE THOSE SECURITY GAURDS ON THE VIDEO THE OTHER DAY THAT JUST STOOD AROUND AND WATCHED A WOMEN GET HER HEAD STOMPED ON.
        FWIW, you’re proving Jed Brandt’s point here when you imply that communists have no rights to express their views in America.
        IT SEEMS TO ME THAT NOT ONLY JED IS EXPRESSING HIS VIEWS SO ARE YOU, AND YOU ARE BOTH COMMMUNIST. WHY NOT GO TO CUBA AND SEE IF YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH TELLING CASTRO THAT HE IS AND IDIOT? BARACK OBAMA IS AN IDIOT, HE IS THE WORST PRESIDENT THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD. AND HE HAS DONE MORE HARM TO THE BLACK PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY THAN ANY OTHER POLITICIAN. I DON’T CARE THAT BARACK IS BLACK, BUT SINCE HE IS BLACK HE IS SETTING AN EXAMPLE TO PEOPLE THAT VOTED FOR HIM BECAUSE HE IS BLACK. EVERYBODY KEEPS SAYING ‘HE JUST DOESN’T GET IT’ THEY SAY HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING. YES HE DOES, HE GETS IT AND HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT HE IS DOING. HE IS IN THE PROCESS OF OVERTHROWING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND THAT IS WHY YOU LOVE HIM SO MUCH. YOU SEE I DON’T WANT TO LIVE IN A COMMUNIST COUNTRY I LOVE THIS COUNTY JUST THE WAY IT IS. IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT “LEAVE” AND TAKE A THE REST OF THOSE THAT BELEIVE THE WAY YOU DO WITH YOU

    • Nope. You weren’t.

      People on both sides were censored in order to kill the debate.

      And on a larger scale, this is exactly what the Republicans and Democrats are doing to both their “bases”.

      Republicans: Vote for us or the Democrats will take away your guns and Bibles.

      Democrats: Vote for Obama and his health care mandates or a horde of teabaggers are going to ride out of the hills and string you up in the nearest tree.

      Fear and isolation are control. Both the left and right do it.

  10. Stanley W. Rogouski,
    I take it back you are an Idiot!!!!
    Don’t respond back unless you can back up what you say with facts. If you notice I said before WWI since Teddy Rosevelt the progressives have been using people like you to to spread their rhetoric without any facts. You make a lot of acusations hear without any evidence. I told you to read the constitution. And you are right The french people got fed up with their KING and cut his head off. You have the freedom to do what ever you want as long as you don’t infringe on freedoms of others. That’s why I can’t shut you up and you can’t shut me up. But Anarchy doesn’ work either because, without any laws it would be a society of “The strong survive” you would be able to destroy the weaker without and consequences So there has to be some laws, and the laws are agreed on by the majorit of people by voting. If you don’t vote then I guess you don’t get a say in the laws. And If you want to use Drugs, then all you have to do is put your freedom to work and start a petition to have your drug of choice legalized.
    But those laws would have to be done on a state level because the United States Government wasn’t given those powers. Again read the constitution.(Article I section 8). And you might want to read the first 10 ammendments also. If you do decide to read them, read them carefully because you will see that the tell the United States Government what they can’t do. Like pass laws abridging our rights to free speech. It doesn’t give us our rights. It PROTECTS THE RIGHTS DECLARED IN THE “DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE” ELEVEN YEARS PRIOR IN 1776. And by the way it was the French that sent us the Statue of Liberty, congratulating us on our freedom. Maybe that why the chopped off the Kings head.
    You’re not just an Idiot. You’re and IGNORANT IDIOT. By the way you might want to look up the definition of Ignorant, so you can understand what it is I think you are. Read the 5000 year leap, it is written very simple so I sure even you will be able to understand it. Then you won’t be quite as ignorant.
    By the way you didn’t answer the question? Why did the United States of America become the most powerful Nation on the face of the earth in 100 years? After all we surpassed all other nations that had been on the earth for thousands of years. we went ot europe and defeated communism, and Nazism. We defeated the USSR without firing a shot by outsmarting them, because their people were not excited about being under communism. If you don’t like America you have the freedom to move somewhere else. If you like communism then why are you still living here? Why not move to china, or cuba, or Venezuela. Im sure they could use a good communist loving Idiot.

  11. became the second most powerful nation in the world up until they hit their own financial catasphrophe in 1890.

    That’s 1990.

    To be honest, your argment that government interference in the market or the type of constitution a coutry has determines military and economic power has so many examples in history proving it wrong it’s difficult to know where begin.

    1.) The northen states beat the south in the Civil War because the north used a tariff to protect itself while it industrialized.

    2.) The “Asian Tigers” developed economically at a breakneak pace through 1997 because, once again, they used tarrifs and protectionism.

    3.) The British Empire was protectionist up util Peal revoked the Corn Laws.

    And so on and so on.

  12. OH IS SEE YOU THINK WE SHOULD HAVE GONE TO WAR EARLIER IN WWII. I THOUGHT YOU GUY WERE AGAINST WAR. GERMANY DIDN’T ATTACK US, THEY ATTACKED OUR FRIENDS

    Dude. Easy on the caps. The United States was at war with Germany in December of 1941. “We” opened up a second front in 1944. “We” stood by and watched Europe and Russia destroy themselves, then moved in in 1944 to keep the Russians from marching to the English Channel. It was great for the American economy.

    Roosevelt should have allowed American arms and money to go to Spain in 1936. He was afraid of the Catholic vote in Boston.

    WHY NOT GO TO CUBA AND SEE IF YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH TELLING CASTRO THAT HE IS AND IDIOT?

    Or go to Israel to protest home demolition in Gaza?

    18 people died during the martial law in Poland in the 1980s. 500,000 died in Bill Clinton’s blockade on Iraq.

    . HE IS IN THE PROCESS OF OVERTHROWING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

    Then why do I have to go to Cuba. Why don’t I just sit back, have a beer, and wait for America to go communist?

    Enough. I’ll debate you on this all day but I wish you’d use more paragaphs and less caps.

    • A little history lesson for my Ignorant friend

      “Dude. Easy on the caps. The United States was at war with Germany in December of 1941. “We” opened up a second front in 1944. “We” stood by and watched Europe and Russia destroy themselves, then moved in in 1944 to keep the Russians from marching to the English Channel. It was great for the American economy.”

      On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. The invasion led to World War II and the United Kingdom and France to declare war on Germany, in accordance with the agreement that they had with Poland

      On December 7, 1941, while German armies were freezing before Moscow, Japan suddenly pushed the United States into the struggle by attacking the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Four days later Hitler declared war on the United States. President Roosevelt called on Congress for immediate and massive expansion of the armed forces. Twenty years of neglect and indifference, however, could not be overcome in a few days.

      “It was great for the American economy.”
      Here’s how many Americans died so we could have an great economy.I thought you liberals didn’t like war?? Kind of a hypocrit aren’t you. You and your buddies are cowards. You don’t deserve the freedom these people died for. As Benjamin Franklin said,

      “They who can give up essential liberty(FREEDOM) to obtain a little temporary security deserve neither liberty nor safety.

      Most sources say that the American casualties were the following: 406,000 killed (including 6,000 merchant marine civilians;) 600,000 Wounded; 5,600 American civilians where killed in this war, mostly of them Merchant Marine Sailors that died in convoy wars, and ammo accidents.


      HE IS IN THE PROCESS OF OVERTHROWING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

      Then why do I have to go to Cuba. Why don’t I just sit back, have a beer, and wait for America to go communist? ”

      If your beloved Obama gets his way you won’t. But this would be the first time that the freedom loving people of the United States kick the crap out of Communist, and we will do it again!!

      Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn

      The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

      The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.

      We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

      I believe that you have all the freedom you want. If you want healthcare Why should other people pay for it?

      If you want to sit on your ass and collect welfare. Why should other people pay for it?

      I you want to sit on you porch and drink beer and not work. Why should other people pay for it?

      If I choose to better myself throug education and work hard to get a good paying career, Why should the government take my money and give it to others?

      If you are dependent on me for your security and prosperty, would that give me control over you?

      This is what socialism and commuism do.
      Go to the following web site and watch the videos maybe you will understand the Constitution. I’ll bet that you don’t understand what the purpose of the constitution is. Schools haven’t taught what the constitution actually says in Decades? And then when you are finished watching them, if you can dispute what is taught with facts not just your own opinions, then respond back.

      It’s the National Center on Constitutional Studies

      http://www.adlar.com/nccs/

      • To to get off the subject, but the National Center on Constitutional Studies NCCS) is hardly a reputable organization. I guess for some on the far right, it is, but we should know where they are coming from..

        I skipped to the last talk on Manifest Destiny, which as we all learned was the doctrine that justified further U.S. expansionism by saying that this was “God’s will.’ It was rather accurately described I must say–only it appears that they are actually upholding that outlook as a true and good thing! I guess under this view genocide is OK if ‘god is on your side?” Come to think of it Ronald Regan in one of his speeches alluded to something very similar. Its an ugly, and sick outlook but one that fits in with a narrative that actually upholds such evil as genocide. Heck, it even was the inspiration for Hitler.

        Anyway, back to the NCCS, they made some waves when they were able to get the state of California to use one of their history books as a fund raiser for the observance of the bicentennial of the United States Constitution some years back. The only thing is that it was from the point of view of the white slave owner of the south, i.e. quite racist, with white slave owner as the victim. This understandably caused some embarrassment for CA. The NY Times ran as story about it here: http://www.nytimes.com/1987/02/16/us/bicentennial-panel-in-california-assailed-over-racist-textbook.html I think it exposes the extremist reactionary nature of this group.

        Btw, the founder of the NCCS is none other than Cleon Skousen, once founder of the John Birch Society in Utah, and former aide to J. Edgar Hoover, but perhaps most notably for today, as this article describes, “the man who changed Glenn Beck’s life. Cleon Skousen was a right-wing crank whom even conservatives despised. Then Beck discovered him.” Read this article: http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/09/16/beck_skousen/index.html

        Propaganda doesn’t work too well when you understand it is propaganda. Then we can listening to it and gain greater understanding.

        -G

    • HE IS IN THE PROCESS OF OVERTHROWING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

      Then why do I have to go to Cuba. Why don’t I just sit back, have a beer, and wait for America to go communist? ”

      If your beloved Obama gets his way you won’t. But this would be the first time that the freedom loving people of the United States kick the crap out of Communist, and we will do it again!!

      One other this is why the founders made sure the Govenment knew they were not going to mess with our rights to bear arms. So if people like you were to ever try to take our freedoms away we would have weapons to fight with. The polically Correct in this country, like to passify you my making you think that we only want them for hunting.

      “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

      by the way is this a right given by the constitution or is it the people telling the government that they were creating that they could ot make laws to take away arms?

      How many rights does the Bill of Rights give us?

      I will be suprised if you know.

  13. Note.

    Here’s what I asked the owner of the Kasama site.

    And it’s my final word on the censorship on that site.

    If you want my advice, apologize to the right wingers (and the people on the left you deleted), open up a thread where right and left can debate. And let it run from there.

    I understand the need for moderation on any weblog, but nothing Greg or Nathan Jessup was doing remotely qualifies as trolling or spamming.

  14. I can honestly say that I have deleted only one set of comments on my own site, Otto’s War Room, because the writer resorted to personal insults. I personally don’t mind rightwingers leaving comments on my site as long as they don’t mind sharp criticism. I don’t even care if you call me an idiot as long as you don’t mind me calling you one. It’s fun to use those insults but they really don’t help build your case much.

  15. So if people like you were to ever try to take our freedoms away we would have weapons to fight with. The polically Correct in this country, like to passify you my making you think that we only want them for hunting.

    People like me? Ah my friend, rest assured, I have no desire to take your guns away. If you look at the history of gun control in America, you’d see that it was Ronald Reagan, in 1968, who passed the first real draconian gun control laws. Want to know why? He wanted to keep guns out of the hands of the Black Panthers. Ever since then, the War on Drugs has effectively kept a big chunk of the black population from buying guns.

    Go to the following web site and watch the videos maybe you will understand the Constitution.

    I think I’ll pass on your video. If you have a specific point to make about the American Constitution. Make it and I’ll respond.

    But let me ask you a question. Do you think that a non-violent drug possession offense should keep you from exercising your rights under the Second Amendment.

    Good job on the paragraphs and the lack of caps, btw.

    Oh, and if you want to make an interesting comparison, let’s talk about the fall of what you would call communism and I’d call state capitalism back in the 1980s.

    The Polish working class overthrew communism without firing a shot. The Black Panthers brandished their guns all over California and wound up losing.

    Guns can serve a purpose. But as a substitute penis or a way of making a revolution, they leave a lot to be desired.

  16. Most sources say that the American casualties were the following: 406,000 killed (including 6,000 merchant marine civilians;) 600,000 Wounded; 5,600 American civilians where killed in this war, mostly of them Merchant Marine Sailors that died in convoy wars, and ammo accidents.

    Twice that many Russians died at the Battle of Stalingrad alone

    Here’s how many Americans died so we could have an great economy.I thought you liberals didn’t like war??

    I don’t. I’m giving you an explanation of why the United States emerged as the greatest power after WWII.

    BTW, I thought you conservatives hated Communism. If Roosevelt and Churchill had opened up a second front in 1942 instead of 1944, the American and British army would have been in control of all of Eastern Europe when Hitler fell, they decided instead to let Stalin do all the heavy lifting against Hitler and settle for control of Europe west of Prague.

    Communism and the valor of the Russian people beat Nazism. American air power helped but it wasn’t the decisive factor. In fact, the defeat of Hitler was probably the greatest accomplishment of the Soviet Union, and since America has bee falsely trying to claim credit for it ever since, that testifies to how much they value it.

  17. HE IS IN THE PROCESS OF OVERTHROWING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    I’m going to be offline for awhile so I’ll get back to you tomorrow but I can’t resist a final comment.

    You seem to see your country as an ideolgy, a constitution, a set of beliefs, the right to own a gun.

    I don’t see a lot of concrete “love of country” in your posts. I don’t see a place, a river, a set of mountains, a backyard, or a community.

    That’s probably why you find it so difficult to believe that anybody without a particular set of right wing beliefs wouldn’t want to traipse off to Cuba. I also get the feeling that you could be as happy in Singapore or Dubai as you are in, wherever it is you live.

    There’s a reason the Russian people were able to beat Hitler, the Iraqi resistence was able to fight the US military to a draw, or the Communists in China (unlike the nationalists) were willing to fight the Japanese. They had a sense of place, of something they wanted to defend.

    I don’t see that in you. In fact, through all your bluster, I don’t think you have a genuinely patriotic bone in your body.

  18. Idiots like Jed Brandt need to ran out of this country. These people are the problem of this country. We can thank these progressive idiots for the IRS and the tyranny in this country since 1913. We would be better off with the mafia running the country….at least we can shoot back. It is time for all Communists, Marxists, and Nazis to be removed from this country once and for all. This guy is dumber than mud…… and just plain evil!

  19. Nathan; Kasama has a short but demonstrably sectarian history and they are best described as pseudo-leftist’s rather than anything that has a direct connection to any serious Marxist analysis.

    Calling themselves communist is the easiest thing in the world but it hardly makes it so. If someone calls themselves Jesus Christ then people just nod and accept that one is dealing with a loon, but you seem to take these people seriously. Have a closer look at them.

    The more you dig into their ideas the more you discover that they are left in form, but right in essence. Hell, they won’t even debate honestly with open communists that disagree with them, so don’t expect an honest approach to seeking truth from facts. If you want to stay on the right side of their ‘moderation’ be a little more clever in exposing the contradictions in their various positions. They ARE about censoring people, because their view of the world is quite indefensible, as is Everett Bennett Jr’s.

    This lot came out of the RCP (USA) cult split of a few years back. They mostly proclaim themselves influenced by the Maoist tradition of struggle, but if you look closely they actually reject the fundamental positions that Mao was on about.

    They are just not radical democrats, and one cannot be a communist without being a democrat first. If you dig into their stand on WW2 you will see just how loopy this bunch of ‘communists’ really are. Most of them hold to the incredibly isolated Trotskyist foolishness re WW2. (That of opposing proletarian involvement in the united front against German Nazism,Italian fascism and Japanese militarism)

    They oppose any unity with the U.S. ruling class either then or now. In their eyes U.S. imperialism can never be united with because it must by their definition always be up to no good.

    Thus they are unable to make sense of issues like international action to deal with piracy as but one classic example. So proletarian sailors crewing large ships get literally no support from these ‘defenders’ of the working class, as the workers go about their honourable jobs while the pirates get support…go figure.

    They didn’t support the liberation of the Iraqi peoples’, so observe their ongoing silence now while the Al Qaeda and Baathist fascists blow people up for daring to vote for political representation! These people claim to be internationalists yet they wouldn’t even stand with the people of Kuwait when the Baathists tried to simply annex the whole country back in 1991.

    They hold to really twisted analysis that can’t explain any change in U.S. policies at all. Thus they conclude that the U.S. war to prevent democratic elections in Vietnam is the same policy as the U.S. war to enable elections in Iraq. Truly weird.

    My comments in the following thread is what got me banned, and I am an open communist.

    http://mikeely.wordpress.com/2008/12/16/1000-shoes-for-bush/

    As you can see looking back two years – how dare I be correct in my analysis. Presumably they want a society where the privileged are free to assault people without being charged let alone convicted. Truly disturbing stuff.

    My first comments at Kasama were on the following thread where I presented a detailed demolition of Chomsky’s position on Iraq.

    http://mikeely.wordpress.com/2008/04/01/video-noam-chomsky-asks-what-about-the-iraqi/#comments

    If you read the thread you will see how a communist mounts a challenge to the anti-Iraq war stance and ends up contentedly in a united front with your good self (I presume you are a supporter of the liberation of the Iraqi people)and GWB etc.

    The following is the thread where I destroyed Mike Ely’s credibility over the issue of oil, and his silly notion that the ruling classes of newly emerging independent countries would be looking around for new masters. Note how they go quiet and never concede anything or even answer an uncomfortable direct question. These people could never convince working people anywhere that their politics are open, honest, and above board. They are only able to talk comfortably to themselves. That’s not unusual across the political spectrum either!

    They hold to some pretty ordinary conservative views on the environment see http://mikeely.wordpress.com/2008/11/15/jensen-getting-off-the-road-to-extinction/

    Again are totally hostile to an orthodox Marxist position in favour of economic development as argued by myself and people like Gangbox in that thread.

    Have a look at the carry on, of the likes of Nando in the following thread.

    http://mikeely.wordpress.com/2008/10/14/the-worlds-under-attack-what-are-we-going-to-do/

    This is the really poisonous style of ‘debating’ by only letting one side speak. Arthur belted them in this thread.

    These people are as mad as a room full of Alice’s Hatter’s but for goodness sakes don’t for a moment think that’s somehow or in someway related to their self declared Marxism. Best to take people as you find them and go from there just as our forbears in WW2 did.

    Here is another thread showing how what is now widely considered to be left-wing is just old right-wing views served up in new clothing.

    http://mikeely.wordpress.com/2008/10/14/the-worlds-under-attack-what-are-we-going-to-do/

    As you can see their views are as night from day opposed to what I would call a reasonably orthodox (yet now-days almost unknown) Marxist position.

    I argued against their Afghanistan nonsense in the following thread.

    http://mikeely.wordpress.com/2008/12/14/awtw-the-taleban-resurgent/

    And last but not least these two threads might surprise you.
    http://mikeely.wordpress.com/2008/09/02/war-criminal-john-mccain-and-the-real-heroes/

    http://mikeely.wordpress.com/2008/08/16/no-comment-on-john-mccain-quote/#comment-6043

    The world is quite a complicated place and sometimes the left becomes right and the right becomes left so we had better develop complicated mind’s to deal with it.

    Anyway take a moment today to reflect on those purple stained fingers and always do proper honour to those that enabled this revolution in the heart of the swamp that is the ME.

    regards patrickm

    PS Stanley glad to see you calling them on their sectarian and deceitful censorship. Also please pay particular note to my 6,000 word demolition of Chomsky because your positions are collateral damage of the arguments put forward there.

  20. I think your spaminator ate my comment. It probably had too many links, sorry about that. Could someone dig it out? Couldn’t find your email

  21. Idiots like Jed Brandt need to ran out of this country. These people are the problem of this country. We can thank these progressive idiots for the IRS and the tyranny in this country since 1913. We would be better off with the mafia running the country….at least we can shoot back. It is time for all Communists, Marxists, and Nazis to be removed from this country once and for all.

    Exactly. This is precisely what Jed was saying about Glenn Beck, that he thinks that people who express certain opinions should be “run out of the country.”

    Thanks for being honest about it.

    But Everett, getting rid of Jed or me or anybody else on the left isn’t going free you from the responsibility to pay your taxes. If you put every Marxist in a concentration camp tomorrow, the IRS would still be around. If you gassed every progressive, there would still be a war to fight in the Middle East. There would still be banks to bail out and bonuses to pay. All of that stuff costs money.

    There is, however, a way that you can get rid of the IRS, and I would encourage you to do it. Stop paying your taxes.

  22. Idiots like Jed Brandt need to ran out of this country. These people are the problem of this country. We can thank these progressive idiots for the IRS and the tyranny in this country since 1913. We would be better off with the mafia running the country….at least we can shoot back. It is time for all Communists, Marxists, and Nazis to be removed from this country once and for all.

    And, once again, this is a concept that would be utterly foreign in another culture, that “patriotism” and the “right” to live in the country of your birth DEMANDS that you subscribe to a certain set of beliefs.

    An Italian, for example, is an Italian. Whether he’s a Catholic or a member of the Communist party, he remains an Italian.

    I tend to believe similar things about myself, that I was born and raised here in the United States, as were my parents, grandparents, and all but one of my great grandparents. My identity as an “American” doesn’t particularly depend on how I vote or the books I read.

    To be quite honest, “patria as ideology” is a strange concept to me and perhaps reflects some alienation on your part from your own country. You have no concept of what it really means to be an American so for you it comes down to “how you vote”.

    So, for example, Glenn Beck (who takes money from a foreiger named Rupert Murdoch in order to divide Americans against one another) is a patriot because he expresses a certain kind of politics. Jed Brandt, who simply acknowledges the reality that people like Beck (and yourself) are helping along, is a traitor.

    But what it does is prove that Marx was correct about how capitalism works. All that’s solid melts into air. There is no “American” and there are no “Americans.” There are people who believe the approved of things (dictated to you by Rupert Murdoch) and people who don’t.

  23. This is a test to see if I can now commment and a reminder that my first comment seems to have been automatically treated as spam. As I have been assured via email that I am welcome to comment, can the previous comment be dug out and put up? Or ought I submit the comment again? That’s if this test gets through.

    regards patrickm

  24. Stanley; you say ‘a foreigner named Rupert Murdoch’ when actually this Australian born media mogul is now a US citizen! Lift your game, his background is irrelevant; go global; after all the bourgeoisie have for decades if not centuries been cosmopolitan, and thats after the lead of the European aristocracy. Churchill for example was half American and Rupert has (I think)a Chinese born wife. He is clearly a cosmopolitan person and in this we ought esteem him as a fine role model.

    Jed and the dishonest censoring types like Mike Ely that run Kasama are pretty well stuck in a time warped view of the world that resembles a pre-WW2 Trotskyite view of the world.

    The world of WW2 vintage was an incredibly racist, sexist and for the working classes extremely ill educated world and obviously societies like the US and Australia have changed profoundly since that lifetime ago.

    Indeed much more than just the modern industrialized world has been profoundly changed from the mighty struggles of the likes of Rosa Parks etc etc of the US. The whole globe has been changed profoundly by the revolutionary input from that most advanced of industrial societies.

    The mighty struggles for freedom and personal liberation have been reproduced & reflected back again and again across the globe from Liverpool to Sydney and though youth culture and the radical explosion of the sixties may now seem passe to us it’s still exploding through societies that still have religious leaders hanging sixteen year old girls for essentially being uppity and offending their sense of personal morality! It’s still developing in revolting societies that yet excuse ‘honor’ killings and that kill communists and other atheists alongside our gay brothers and sisters. Naturally we communists unite and fight back.

    The international struggle against these fascists provides ample scope for very broadly uniting and thus Stanley we find ourselves here on this site.

    The earlier revolution (and that’s what it was) continues to work it’s wondrous influence but it does so now with the magnifying power of the internet.

    Reactionaries the world over are beside themselves and lashing out wildly; observe the useless slaughter of the 26 Iraqi’s as they defied the fascists and voted for their own political representation. This represents 1 in a million casualties and demonstrates in it’s utter futility that they have lost and that the Iraqi peoples have moved into the new political era of bourgeois democracy.

    In the sixties the civil rights struggles spread from the US to the second class whites in the sectarian society of Northern Ireland and a generation of struggle against remnant imperialist divide and rule policies unfolded. But as this struggle for civil rights unfolded it became quite obvious that the policies were no longer of any value to the leading elements of British capitalism. The policies were only useful for old style imperialism the imperialism that was dying a slow but certain death.

    The Suez war demonstrated a doddery enfeebled European imperialism for all the world to see, yet US imperialism was still blinded by it’s own self thought Promethean power. Its ruling classes illusions were not yet shattered by the Vietnamese war for national liberation.

    It’s ruling elite, despite the belting handed to them in Korea by the Mao sent Chinese ‘Volunteers’, were still deluded by their shiny weapons as they roamed the world imposing rotten to the core policies as the mighty superpower were still generally honored by the masses for the efforts of their people in WW2. That’s not the case now even though they are now once again on the side of the angels in the Middle East!

    When the generally racist and sexist US troops stormed ashore at Normandy they had every religion and none and had came from all over the planet (not unlike Australians). We are now nearly seventy years later and clearly we are global peoples trying to work out what is to be done in our era. Blaming Rupert for being born Australian is just dopey.

    Stanley you and I find ourselves here at this site because something is wrong on the Kasama site where Mike, Nando, redflags etc are busy demonstrating exactly what sectarianism is all about.

    On the censored Kasama thread Troy said March 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    …wanted to point out something: Jed condemns the American working class as living off the rest of the world’s poor and says that he’s not interested in helping meet the needs of the American working class.

    Then he says that America should have health care reform and that this is possible and will better the lives of Americans.

    Are these two things contradictory?’

    The answer is yes of course they are! So despite all the squirming that Luis V then went through 2 comments later proletarians won’t buy it.

    The problem is a fundamental flaw in the theory that the ‘anti-imperialist’ forces are stuck with. This is best displayed by the concrete example of Iraq.

    Your theory is junk and led you to be on the wrong side. The Iraqi people are clearly victorious. The US led COW enabled this victory.

    What are you going to do about this error?

  25. Nathan you said ‘The site is certainly Communist (I was censored):’. I don’t think this bunch of apologists for leaving Baathists in power, even when they invaded Kuwait as long ago as 1991, have any legitimate claim on the title of communist. Why don’t you just treat these people as the right-wing loonies that they are?

    Left-wing form is all that remains when one examines the concrete policy positions that they hold too.

    Why accept their barking mad self definition! If there is a class of political thinking that started on one side of the spectrum and gradually over the generations shifted to the other end of the spectrum then why not face up to it? IMV here is a clear cut case where left has become right!

    Its the easiest thing in the world to just let Jed and Mike expose their poison by demonstrating how they actually behave. But that doesn’t take us very far. Because the ‘real world’ where the masses of people seek things like proof and evidence and who need to be convinced about issues are not taking such sectarians seriously. Why ought we?

    Both you and I cheer on the Iraqi masses as they actually make the world a better place. Can’t we also cheer on the Nepalese comrades who are also struggling for democracy?

    As for advanced industrialized countries, best we look at the issue of mass unemployment and economics generally because there are systemic issues that are looming larger by the year and the mainstream theories seem to be rapidly exhausting themselves and politically trashing all who champion a ‘return’ to any former glory days.

  26. […] Dr. J was about a recent article from Townhall.com.  As many of you know, I have followed the story of Jed Brandt the Communist.  For those of you who don’t know, Brandt was recently featured on the Glenn […]

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