Monday’s news links – Jan. 11, 2021

This is the America that Black people know Cori Bush

Feds say police found a pickup truck full of bombs and guns near Capitol insurrection as wide-ranging investigation unfurls CNN

Social scientist on failed pro-Trump coup: ‘People are mistaking ridiculous with not serious’ AlterNet

If anyone is still asking if it’s fair to classify Wednesday’s attack at the Capitol as an attempted coup, the short answer is yes. But Atlantic magazine contributor Zeynep Tufekci, who has lived through four coups in Turkey, told NPR the public needs to focus less on how to classify what happened and start paying attention to just how close rioters came to achieving their goal. …

“These are attempts to steal an election.” Tufekci said there are a lot of ridiculous coup attempts around the world that fail “the first time or the second time, or the third time and then they succeed.” GOP legislators voting to throw out legitimate votes even after an attempted coup, “that should scare us,” Tufekci said.

Rioters crossed a line in storming the Capitol and so did 65% of Republican legislators who voted to throw out legitimate votes. … “There’s no reason to assume the next time will be similarly ridiculous or incompetant because this time was very serious.”

Surprise, Surprise: Off-Duty Cops From All Over the Country Were in D.C. During Capitol Coup Attempt The Root

Philadelphia Police detective subject of Internal Affairs investigation for allegedly attending D.C. rally Inquirer

CEO arrested for breaching the US Capitol during Trump-fueled insurrection CNN

A day before Capitol attack, pro-Trump crowd stormed meeting, threatened officials in rural California LATimes

The Insurrection is Happening at State Capitols Orinoco Tribune

  • The New York Times reports that the phrase “Storm the Capitol” was mentioned 100,000 times in various online forums in the month preceding Jan. 6, according to media firm Zignal Labs.
  • One anonymous activist tells the Washington Post that she grew so alarmed about the specific threats she was reading on Parler, Telegram, the website TheDonald, and elsewhere that she called the FBI’s tip line on Dec. 28. “I told them, ‘Look, they’re planning to kill members of Congress and they’re openly discussing bringing guns over state lines.’”

Indigenous Peoples

Trail of Tears wasn’t isolated incident Indian Country Today

Germany

Scuffles in Berlin as left remembers murdered communist icons DW

ASSA 2021: part two – the radical answers Michael Roberts

Hudson argued that Marx had a vision that capitalism will eventually create the objective conditions for a transition to socialism. Instead, in the last 50 years finance capital has blocked that vision with a form of ‘neo-feudalism’ represented by monopolies extracting ‘rents’ and bankers extracting interest and capital gains. And now the main enemy of workers was not the capitalist owners of industrial companies, but rentier capitalists who exploit us through mortgages, loan rates, housing rents etc. And now it was rising debt that was the cause of capitalist crises and not the falling rate of profit of productive capital. This was where David Harvey and Hyman Minsky had taken us forward from Marx.

I disagree. This classic financialization’ thesis by Hudson has many holes, in my opinion. First, modern capitalism can hardly be described as ‘neo-feudalism’ because feudalism was never a mode of production based on monopoly rents or usury. Under feudalism, the surplus created by the serfs and peasants was appropriated by landed aristocracy directly from the produce of the land. Commercial and financial activity was an adjunct, not the dominant activity of feudalism.

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