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Eskaver on Twitter: "Max Blumenthal comes out against the Green Party for  being anti-COVID! Sadly for him, the People's Party hasn't shared his  anti-vaxx stance. All that's left is the GOP and

Verso’s Most Prominent Red-Browner.

Verso (New Left Review) author Max Blumenthal unites with far-right on Coronavirus.

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in the New York Times, Daily BeastGuardianHuffington PostSalonAl Jazeera English and many other publications. He is Senior Editor of AlterNet’s Grayzone Project and the author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, which won the 2014 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Notable Book Award, the New York Times bestseller Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, and The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza. His documentaries and on-the-ground reports have been seen by millions.”

New Left Review Editorial Meeting.

Tariq Ali.

“My Dog’s got Coronavirus.”

“How does he Smell?”

“He can’t as Imperialist Big Pharma have got to him.”

Boom Boom.

All is not going well with Blooming Max Blumenthal and his conspi site the Grayzone.

May be a Twitter screenshot of 2 people and text that says "Benjamin Norton @BenjaminNorton 6h After 5 years, have left The Grayzone. am proud of the journalism there, but we're going in different directions. did will be continuing my journalism at a new outlet, @Multipolarista, with articles, videos, and podcasts, in English and Spanish: ODUC POLAR PLO tube. Introducing Multipolarista New independent medi... new ndependentindependentnewsoutletdocu"

UK: Anti-vax marches—a warning from the right

Socialist Worker.

Anti-vax marches in London, and across Britain, last weekend tried to lure those NHS workers angry at mandatory vaccines.

Tens of thousands of people marched against vaccines in central London on Saturday—and they were joined by hundreds more in other towns and cities across Britain.

The demonstrations built on ­previous protests by the ­conspiracy-driven movement that has consistently mobilised large numbers of people.

But now the movement’s ­organisers hope to latch on to health workers that face losing their jobs for being unvaccinated.

As with previous demonstrations, the march on Saturday brought together people representing a ­spectrum of anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination ideas.

It includes an element of people frustrated or hit hard by lockdowns, including small business owners and some workers. It also included people sceptical or unconvinced about the safety and ­effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine—and those who believe it is some sort of conspiracy.

In both cases, the trajectory was to the right.

Far from a fringe element, those pushing “harder” conspiratorial ideas, often rooted in antisemitism, are at the core. 

And although the ­demonstrations are not a fascist movement, they are places where a variety far right groups are tolerated and even welcomed.

The most significant ­difference on Saturday’s march was the organised presence of some health workers.

A group called NHS 100k ­organised a large feeder march of people in specially-produced blue hoodies. Most appeared to be genuine health workers and their ­families or supporters.

Many carried homemade ­placards demanding freedom of choice and informed consent, and emphasising the threat to jobs and the NHS, rather than advancing conspiracy theories.

Some even declared they’d had the vaccine themselves, but were against it being imposed on others.

But the main march’s ­organisers used the health workers to give the movement a stronger sense of respectability and legitimacy. They encouraged those in blue hoodies to lead the demonstration chanting, “Save our jobs.” 

The “harder” element among the marchers linked vaccine mandates to their own conspiracy theories.

And the NHS100k website, where the health workers on the march bought their blue hoodies, casts doubt on the effectiveness of the vaccine and promotes false anti-mask “research.”

It provides a model email to send to trade unions demanding to know what they are doing to oppose ­vaccine mandates. And it encourages its ­supporters to join the right wing English Workers Union, which is run by the leader of the far right English Democrats party.

Clearly, the right hopes to build on frustration and disillusion among some health workers at the major unions for failing to oppose sackings of unvaccinated health workers.

Look at the state of this man:

Corbyn can piss off with his brother, say we.

Written by Andrew Coates

January 26, 2022 at 7:53 am

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  1. Max Blumenthal and Jimmy Dore are desperate to legitamise themselves as leftists as socialists, “delivering the vote” of their undiscriminating followers forged in a conspiracist/populist front held together by the anti-Imperialism of fools and uninformed “socialist” rhetoric about DSA/Green types like AOC or Bernie Sanders. Of course they are not anti-vax, just anti-mandate but they probably both love Daniel Ortega and Joe Rogan…

    American Dream

    January 26, 2022 at 10:41 am

  2. Off tangent perhaps, but as Piers’s younger brother features here, worth mentioning in Skwawkies indignant complaint that both Keir and Angela Raynor ‘were hiding from the righteous anger of the masses’ from yesterday’s NEC meeting which discussed the absolute boys suspension from the PLP. (https://skwawkbox.org/2022/01/25/starmer-rayner-not-at-nec-meeting-that-will-decide-corbyn-motion-union-candidate-funding-retrospective-punishment/) I thought TV news reached Liverpool L24, but it seems not. For the record, AR was leading for Labour on the ‘urgent question’ over the police inquiry into partygate, whilst KS had to lead for Labour on the Ukraine. I’d have mentioned this to M Walker BTL, but I’m blocked for some reason.

    `David Walsh

    January 26, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    • We had a CLP meeting last night . It was entirely devoted to this:

      Stephen Kinnock Joe Jervis. Renaissance’ that aims to help the party “make a serious effort to reconnect” with voters it has lost rather than “retreat to its comfort zone and drift to irrelevance”. The meeting
      about this report https://labour-renaissance.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Renaissance-Report-Reconnecting-Labour-with-its-former-voters-18.10.21.pdf

      It was a serious good humoured debate.

      Kinnock and Joe Jervis got some stick for going on about ‘British workers’, and somebody, I think you can imagine who, compared them to Blue Labour and anti-cosmopolitans.

      Corbyn’s latest was not mentioned.

      Andrew Coates

      January 26, 2022 at 2:29 pm

      • Our branch is tonight. Judged by te last one, there is still anger that this membership system lash-up is allowing all kind of problems for our hard pressed ward secretary, not least the ability for an anti-vaxxer former member (‘former’via a flounced resignation0 and who dallies with the far right on social media to try and slip back in under the radar. I don’t think the member for Islington North will feature that much, if at all.

        `David Walsh

        January 26, 2022 at 2:53 pm

  3. It amazes me that Max Blumenthal is described as “left wing” and his Greyzone conspiracy site is regularly cited as a reliable source of information by, amongst others, the Morning Star.

    Jim Denham

    January 26, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    • Blumenthal’s The Management of Savagery was my best book of 2019. Essential reading for anti-imperialists.

      Arwyn Thomas

      January 27, 2022 at 1:06 pm

      • I dreamed the Max Blumenthal taught me about the anti-Imperialism of Fools last night. There were no torture prisons in Syria, no dead and indeed, no refugees since there was nothing to run from. The Uyghurs faced no oppression, no internment- all was happy and good. In Nicaragua, we danced with Daniel and Rosario because Covid did not exist! I was waltzing on to friendly dictators and torturers the world over when the alarm rang…

        American Dream

        January 27, 2022 at 4:07 pm

  4. “Corbyn can piss off with his brother, say we”

    While the article Socialist Worker have just published is quite good on the big Anti Vax marches at the weekend it published an article a week ago basically supporting Corbyn’s line against the Vax Mandates for health workers so typically zero consistency there.
    What is doesn’t do is indicate that it will order the two “United Fronts” it set up and controls (UAF and SUTR) to counter demonstrate against future Anti Vax marches. The very act of doing this will solidify the Anti Vax marches as right wing in the Public mind. All we have is articles in little read Left wing newspapers. That won’t cut it. The SWP have dined out on the 1970s ANL for decades and hectored the rest of the Left on the correct way to fight incipient fascism. It seems today it is forgetting these lessons.

    IainF

    January 26, 2022 at 5:14 pm

  5. Covid surveillance report

    In the context of very high vaccine coverage in the population, even with a highly effective vaccine, it is expected that a large proportion of cases, hospitalisations and deaths would occur in vaccinated individuals, simply because a larger proportion of the population are vaccinated than unvaccinated and no vaccine is 100% effective.
    This is especially true because vaccination has been prioritised in individuals who are more susceptible or more at risk of severe disease. Individuals in risk groups may also be more at risk of hospitalisation or death due to non-COVID-19 causes, and thus may be hospitalised or die with COVID-19 rather than because of COVID-19.

    Doug

    January 30, 2022 at 1:06 pm


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