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> On Feb 14, 2020, at 8:21 PM, John Reimann via Marxism 
> <marxism@lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
> 
> When I first heard about it, I had thought that the whole dance between
> Trump and Barr was carefully choreographed. But then, reading further and
> realizing that such a scheme would be too subtle for Trump's lizard brain,
> I changed my view.

There’s no doubt that what’s happening is complex, but this line from John’s 
linked piece is hard to take seriously:

"Trump’s lizard brain must have started to get the feeling that he was moving 
towards a situation similar to that of Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s play of 
that name.” 

So Trump’s “lizard brain” can’t handle the kind of political machination that 
would be involved in a corrupt conspiracy with Barr, but he’s somehow motivated 
by an instinctive familiarity with the dilemma faced by Shakespeare’s Julius 
Caesar? I’m not sure John has really thought this line of reasoning through 
very carefully. I think there’s a fundamental misjudgment here about what Trump 
is and is not good at; I think it should be considered beyond question that 
he’s pretty good at orchestrating criminal conspiracy. Still, I confess I’d 
love to see an interviewer ask him for his take on the play.

But there’s also this:

“Meanwhile, socialists and real working class fighters should be explaining and 
agitating for working class independence and for organizing out in the streets 
to fight this onslaught of capitalism driven mad in the person of Trump… and 
whoever follows him.” 

Organizing them to do what? And how do you plan to pay for it? 
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