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" I could have found other aging radicals like me to write for North Star who 
would have met with your approval but I have another agenda."
First, I, for one am glad to see Michael's post. It is one of the great aspects 
of the North Star that there are activists, whom we were once very much like, 
willing simply to say what they need to say and say it forcefully without 
Second, I see Michael's points as more of a call to arms rather than a call to 
cuss. I believe he is dead on to call out the timidity of the liberals but ,as 
is patently clear from some the "claptrap" denouncing his post here, it is not 
only bourgeois liberals but "aging radicals" (sic in some cases) who seem think 
that we will win the struggle for liberation from capitalism with well-chosen 
verbiage and erudite logic, the "sophisticated" turn of phrase. Claptrap 
indeed. What Michael, in my view, is saying is that the gloves need to come 
off, both in our styles of debate, but also in the streets. What do you think? 
That we're going to "challenge" the "alt-right" with well-chosen demands and 
inspiring speeches? That the masses are just going to step in line once we stop 
"maligning" and "organize"? Organize what? Good informational picket lines and 
orderly marches? Organize whom? Nice liberals who want to "disagree but not be 
disagreeable" and "workers" in union jackets behind their lo
 cal banners? Do you really believe that is what a struggle for power is 
actually going to look like? More important, do you really believe that we did 
"back when" is going work now? With young people on the bring of lunacy in 
Black and Brown communities under jackboots of police occupations, with young 
women who now believe that they are threatened with sexual abuse and harassment 
without seeming impunity? With immigrant workers and their families feeling 
under threat of deportation; as the most desirable outcome in the face of right 
wing and police--and governmental--complicity? Or how about all us "aging 
radicals" along with our generations under the threat of poverty and misery as 
the social contract for the elderly and the infirm is shredded before our eyes?
Do you really believe that it will take all of us being "nice" and get along 
with each other to show that we are the "better people"?

I for one am with Michael and his generation. We Need To Fight and We Need To 
Fight Dirty and Mean and By Any Means Necessary.

But, please, by all means, continue with lovely turns of phrases and "strong 
economic analyses" demonstrating (sic) how much better educated you are than 
the monsters baring their teeth in front of us.
Perhaps you will create enough of a distraction so that the actual organized 
masses, led by the Michaels and Brandys, the Black Lives youth and the Dream 
Defenders can come behind or flank them. With swords drawn.

The "siempre" in La Victoria is about Amandla, not "speaking truth to power"

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