Revolutionary and State Violence: The Chickens Always Come Home to Roost

The political system is corrupt to the extreme. Its disdain for democracy is profound. A caretaker’s observation at a cemetery on the Greek island of Mykonos comes to mind, while he looked back while closing the cemetery gate one summer long ago: “kaput.” His observation sort of says it all about the political, economic, and social systems much of the world lives under now: It’s all gone kaput!

The system is kaput (except for the elite, who in any case will also suffer the consequences of climate change and climate disasters) and it was obvious in the duplicity and utter disdain for the truth as witnessed in the April 2008 presidential primary debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Snippets of that debate were included in a three-part interview that aired in November 2016 with former Weatherman and Professor William Ayers on the Real News Network (“RAI With Former Weatherman Bill Ayers”).

Ayers became the object of intense scrutiny during the 2008 election season when news surfaced about his support for Obama, their work on a foundation in Chicago, and the fact that Ayers had been a member of the radical group, the Weathermen (a.k.a. the Weather Underground), during the Vietnam War era.

Obama quickly put his relationship with Ayers in perspective while calling the acts of the Weathermen “despicable.”  Not satisfied with that condemnation, Clinton doubled down on Ayers and the group, stating, “What they did was set bombs… and people…

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