Montana Dems replace plagiarist Senate candidate with… a socialist?

posted at 8:41 am on August 25, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

As we reported on August 16th, Montana Democrats had s quick meeting to replace John Walsh as their Senate candidate after revelations that he had plagiarized his master’s degree work. They selected Amanda Curtis, a Montana state representative. Noah followed that up with some revelations that Curtis was on record with some statements which were pretty far left, even by the standards of coastal Democrats.

Curtis mocks gun ownership, religion, family values, concern over the $17.6 trillion national debt, and self-identifies as an anarchist. Montana most certainly has a historic blue streak, but Curtis is a candidate so openly left-wing that she would have trouble winning a statewide race – much less the Democratic Party’s nomination — in even traditionally blue states.

If some recent revelations prove true, the items that Noah highlighted are small potatoes to Curtis. American Commitment has dug up some interesting Facebook information which purports to show Curtis at a funeral with members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Rep. Curtis was nominated for the United Stated Senate by the Montana Democratic Party on August 16, 2014. Less than two weeks earlier, on August 4, she tagged herself in this photograph featuring IWW banners and identifying Curtis as an FW, or “Fellow Worker,” the term used in IWW for group members:

Her husband Kevin Curtis is the Butte delegate to the IWW’s statewide group, known as Two Rivers General Membership Branch. The telephone number listed for Mr. Curtis in his role with IWW is the same number Rep. Curtis lists as her primary contact for legislative constituents.

The mission statement for the Two Rivers General Membership Branch of IWW (of which Kevin Curtis is a leader and Amanda Curtis is a member) is:

The Two Rivers General Membership Branch consists of members of the Industrial Workers of the World, a.k.a. Wobblies, from across the state of Montana (Missoula, Hamilton, Butte, and Billings). We are working to organize the people of Montana into the One Big Union to end wage slavery and eventually end the capitalist system.

There’s even more information at the link, and while it will take some more verification, the photo certainly looks legit.

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If this all pans out, it may turn out that Montana Democrats made an even bigger mistake than Noah originally estimated. If this is the replacement you had in mind, maybe you should have stuck with the plagiarist.


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Wankers of the world unite.

Walter L. Newton on August 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

What planet have you been living on, Jazz?

There is no such thing as a Democrat anymore that ISN’T A SOCIALIST!

Which is why they are dying off even where they used to dominate state and local government in Red States like Kentucky and West Virginia, people are catching on that the local democrat=DC democrat (which stands to reason, that’s where the DC types have to come from!)

ConstantineXI on August 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Something big must be going on… Jazz replaces both Ed and Noah? Dang late, too. {grumble, grumble, curmudgeon, curmudgeon, curmudgeon}

ExpressoBold on August 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Aren’t there enough crazy liberal hags.

crosshugger on August 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM

That video of her that was sent around did sound insane….to us. To your typical Dem, I doubt any of it seemed unusual or out of the mainstream.

Doughboy on August 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Aren’t there enough crazy liberal hags.

crosshugger on August 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM

She can join Debbies Little Kooks.

Walter L. Newton on August 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Something big must be going on… Jazz replaces both Ed and Noah? Dang late, too. {grumble, grumble, curmudgeon, curmudgeon, curmudgeon}

ExpressoBold on August 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Ed’s at the State Fair.

ConstantineXI on August 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

I guess the biggest surprise here is that Curtis is married. I had her pegged as a bitter loner who names her cats after notable leftists.

Happy Nomad on August 25, 2014 at 8:48 AM

When you’ve give up on the election when the candidate who you think has a chance of winning via a stealth campaign has to drop out, why not let your true feeling flow and nominate a candidate who’ll unapologeticly say what many Democrats in Montana are really thinking?

Curtis is either following the Walter Mondale route in the 1984 presidential election, when he campaigned on raising taxes, or she’s going the Wedny Davis route, and spouting lines that will endear her to the bi-coastal liberals who control the Democratic Party, even as those lines lose ground in flyover country due to how the guy in the White House is managing to foul things up following similar policies.

jon1979 on August 25, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Democrat=socialist=communist=Marxist=idiot, and that about covers it.

rplat on August 25, 2014 at 8:53 AM

You people keep trying to use “socialist” and “communist” as an insulting epithet. Yes, we – the so-called “Left” – do want all humans to live and play on an equal playing field, even if that means we need to bring a few spoiled and greedy folks down a few pegs. Do you actually believe it’s fair for one man to eat steak while another man starves?

Let’s face reality, some people in this world were fortunate enough to be born with a natural yearning to work for extended periods and an ingrained ability to restrain their need for immediate gratification, but many on our planet are not so fortunate. Is it fair for the first group to automatically receive more than the other group?

Do chance victims born with the absence of a natural desire for labor, or an innate inclination to less productive behaviors, deserve to be punished…for life?

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Curtis is a candidate so openly left-wing that she would have trouble winning a statewide race – much less the Democratic Party’s nomination — in even traditionally blue states.

????????

rik on August 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

What if she actually wins? Low info voters and all that.

djl130 on August 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

If this all pans out, it may turn out that Montana Democrats made an even bigger mistake than Noah originally estimated.

Why would the Demorats nomination of a Socialist be a mistake?

For them, I mean.

True to its roots, DSA [Democratic Socialists of America] seeks to increase its political influence not by establishing its own political party but rather by working closely with the Democratic Party to promote leftist agendas. “Like our friends and allies in the feminist, labor, civil rights, religious, and community organizing movements, many of us have been active in the Democratic Party,” says DSA. “We work with those movements to strengthen the party’s left wing, represented by the Congressional Progressive Caucus…. Maybe sometime in the future … an alternative national party will be viable. For now, we will continue to support progressives who have a real chance at winning elections, which usually means left-wing Democrats.”

Akzed on August 25, 2014 at 9:01 AM

The telephone number listed for Mr. Curtis in his role with IWW is the same number Rep. Curtis lists as her primary contact for legislative constituents.

Not only does that sound radically leftist, it sounds illegal.

Dusty on August 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Do chance victims born with the absence of a natural desire for labor, or an innate inclination to less productive behaviors, deserve to be punished…for life? Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

They deserve to be punished by life.

Akzed on August 25, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Ok Montana Republicans, if you can’t scorch this Dem, turn in your cards and let the Tea Party take over.

itsspideyman on August 25, 2014 at 9:03 AM

You people keep trying to use “socialist” and “communist” as an insulting epithet. Yes, we – the so-called “Left” – do want all humans to live and play on an equal playing field, even if that means we need to bring a few spoiled and greedy folks down a few pegssteal what other folks have worked hard for. Do you actually believe it’s fair for one man , who’s work for what he hasto eat steak while another man starves?

Let’s face reality, some people in this world were fortunate enough to be born with a natural yearning to work for extended periods and an ingrained ability to restrain their need for immediate gratification, but many on our planet are not so fortunateinclined to do that. Is it fair for the first group to automatically receive more than the other group?

Do chance victims born with the absence of a natural desire for labor, or an innate inclination to less productive behaviorsinto a culture that champions living off government dole or no inclination to be productive, deserve to be punished…for life?

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

When you can be truthful, maybe we can talk. I fixed that for you. Try being honest ofr once.

Walter L. Newton on August 25, 2014 at 9:05 AM

You people keep trying to use “socialist” and “communist” as an insulting epithet. Yes, we – the so-called “Left” – do want all humans to live and play on an equal playing field, even if that means we need to bring a few spoiled and greedy folks down a few pegs. Do you actually believe it’s fair for one man to eat steak while another man starves?

Let’s face reality, some people in this world were fortunate enough to be born with a natural yearning to work for extended periods and an ingrained ability to restrain their need for immediate gratification, but many on our planet are not so fortunate. Is it fair for the first group to automatically receive more than the other group?

Do chance victims born with the absence of a natural desire for labor, or an innate inclination to less productive behaviors, deserve to be punished…for life?

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

He’s not serious, right? Where’s the sarc tag?

loubkk on August 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

You people keep trying to use “socialist” and “communist” as an insulting epithet. Yes, we – the so-called “Left” – do want all humans to live and play on an equal playing field, even if that means we need to bring a few spoiled and greedy folks down a few pegs. Do you actually believe it’s fair for one man to eat steak while another man starves?

Let’s face reality, some people in this world were fortunate enough to be born with a natural yearning to work for extended periods and an ingrained ability to restrain their need for immediate gratification, but many on our planet are not so fortunate. Is it fair for the first group to automatically receive more than the other group?

Do chance victims born with the absence of a natural desire for labor, or an innate inclination to less productive behaviors, deserve to be punished…for life?

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Are you fcuking high or do you actually believe the BS you just wrote?

Doomsday on August 25, 2014 at 9:11 AM

I had her pegged as a bitter loner who names her cats after notable leftists.

Happy Nomad on August 25, 2014 at 8:48 AM

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I’m howling over here! LOL That was hilarious! My sides be hurtin’….!!!!

ExpressoBold on August 25, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Lib, I’m speechless, except for, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaha…..

vnvet on August 25, 2014 at 9:11 AM

[crosshugger on August 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM]

Definitely not a hag, but most definitely a lamia, probably a harpy, maybe a shrew, too.

Dusty on August 25, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Ed’s at the State Fair.

ConstantineXI on August 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

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Is he being auctioned off or standing for conformation?
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Just kidding…. take it easy.

ExpressoBold on August 25, 2014 at 9:13 AM

They selected Amanda Curtis, a Montana state representative.

but Curtis is a candidate so openly left-wing that she would have trouble winning a statewide race – much less the Democratic Party’s nomination — in even traditionally blue states.

That’s Pulitzer material right there.

Bishop on August 25, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Curtis is a candidate so openly left-wing that she would have trouble winning a statewide race the Democratic Party’s nomination – much less a statewide race the Democratic Party’s nomination — in even traditionally blue states.

FIFY

rik on August 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Frank is just toying with you.

celtic warrior on August 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Click bait troll. Works every time.

Walter L. Newton on August 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

I think that the Dems know they can’t win and decided they have nothing to lose by letting it all hang out.

AtTheRubicon on August 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Akzed on August 25, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Agreed.

One Nancy Pelosi would be a mistake.
One Barack Obama would be a mistake.
One Elizabeth Warren would be a mistake.

This is deliberate.

Skywise on August 25, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Whenever these freaks talk about getting rid of certain systems they always have difficulty explaining what comes after.

I understand that it would be pretty cool to have a Star Trek world where there is no currency and everyone supposedly gets what they need, but even in that world someone has to do the dirty jobs.

Bishop on August 25, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Bishop on August 25, 2014 at 9:16 AM

I thought that Frank Lib was a sock puppet of Bishop but here they are in the same thread so I guess that can’t be. Right?

Vince on August 25, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Do chance victims born with the absence of a natural desire for labor, or an innate inclination to less productive behaviors, deserve to be punished…for life?

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

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You know, I can get behind that…. I mean, why should I have to work like a Hebrew slave just because I wasn’t born with the wealth of the Kennedys or the slimy ethics and morals of a George Soros (Schwartz György)? I’m actually feeling it… you know, the envy and anger that… oppression brings. Wow, I’m actually crying for me… for once… wait, I gotta get my hanky….

ExpressoBold on August 25, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

I think you forgot the sarc tag.

F X Muldoon on August 25, 2014 at 9:23 AM

When you can be truthful, maybe we can talk. I fixed that for you. Try being honest ofr once.

Walter L. Newton on August 25, 2014 at 9:05 AM

He’s not serious, right? Where’s the sarc tag?

loubkk on August 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Are you fcuking high or do you actually believe the BS you just wrote?

Doomsday on August 25, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Frank writes satire, guys. Calm down and enjoy it.

Athanasius on August 25, 2014 at 9:25 AM

You people keep trying to use “socialist” and “communist” as an insulting epithet. Yes, we – the so-called “Left” – do want all humans to live and play on an equal playing field, even if that means we need to bring a few spoiled and greedy folks down a few pegs. Do you actually believe it’s fair for one man to eat steak while another man starves?

Yes; yes, I do. The proletariat isn’t going to oppress itself, y’know.
And after working for decades since adolescence, both more days, more hours, and at much harder tasks than your average comrade: I believe that I’ve earned my steak. And others have not.

Enjoy your cold gruel, FrankLib.

orangemtl on August 25, 2014 at 9:25 AM

You people keep trying to use “socialist” and “communist” as an insulting epithet. Yes, we – the so-called “Left” – do want all humans to live and play on an equal playing field, even if that means we need to bring a few spoiled and greedy folks down a few pegs. Do you actually believe it’s fair for one man to eat steak while another man starves?

Let’s face reality, some people in this world were fortunate enough to be born with a natural yearning to work for extended periods and an ingrained ability to restrain their need for immediate gratification, but many on our planet are not so fortunate. Is it fair for the first group to automatically receive more than the other group?

Do chance victims born with the absence of a natural desire for labor, or an innate inclination to less productive behaviors, deserve to be punished…for life?

[Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM]

How stupid can you be to forget your initial argument by the time you get to your concluding rhetorical question, after only one intervening paragraph?

The playing field is level. Your victims, by your own definition, refuse to play.

Dusty on August 25, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Why would anyone assume this was a mistake on their part?

BKeyser on August 25, 2014 at 9:27 AM

The playing field is level.

Dusty on August 25, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Just to clarify, equal, level, same damn thing.

Dusty on August 25, 2014 at 9:29 AM

You people keep trying to use “socialist” and “communist” as an insulting epithet…

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Where we want to see humor or sarcasm, there is stark truth in Frank’s statement. Our WWII fathers would have used the belt on us if we declared we were “socialists” or “communists”. The Teacher’s Unions, community organizers and the media-assisted PC crowd have effectively molded many of our children into useless, bleeding-heart socialists and I’m not laughing.

Fallon on August 25, 2014 at 9:34 AM

I thought that Frank Lib was a sock puppet of Bishop but here they are in the same thread so I guess that can’t be. Right?

Vince on August 25, 2014 at 9:19 AM

I assure you, we are not the same person. I actually have sympathy for the lesser humans below me.

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Do chance victims born with the absence of a natural desire for labor, or an innate inclination to less productive behaviors, deserve to be punished…for life?

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

funny stuff Frank, you ought to contribute to the Onion

DanMan on August 25, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Who else would they pick? It’s all they got because it’s what they are.

lakeman on August 25, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Frank Lib wins the ideological Turing test; he convinced many of us!

Buck Farky on August 25, 2014 at 9:49 AM

FrankLib is a send-up of Leftist platitudes, he’s yanking all your chains and that’s why he’s one of the best posters here at HA.

A wobblie running for public office is hilarious. These chodes continue to talk about “worker revolutions” and “violent overthrow of the Capitalist machinery.” They are basically just cosplayers or living history re-enactors playing dress-up of late 19th/early 20th century revolutionists. It’d be like Germans dressing up as Prussian Junkers or something.

TarasBulbous on August 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Yeah, I’m with Constantine on this. The Democrats are likely clueless as to what the problem with her is and would be.

Nice satire there, Frank Lib. It’s a little bit on the nose, I’d say!

Andy in Colorado on August 25, 2014 at 9:51 AM

One Nancy Pelosi would be a mistake.
One Barack Obama would be a mistake.
One Elizabeth Warren would be a mistake.
This is deliberate.
Skywise on August 25, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Once is happenstance.

Twice is coincidence.

The third time is enemy action.

Akzed on August 25, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Are you fcuking high or do you actually believe the BS you just wrote? Doomsday on August 25, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Neither. Buy a program.

Akzed on August 25, 2014 at 10:13 AM

FrankLib is a send-up of Leftist platitudes, he’s yanking all your chains and that’s why he’s one of the best posters here at HA. TarasBulbous on August 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM

It took me a while to catch on but yeah, gots to love me some Frank Lib!

Akzed on August 25, 2014 at 10:14 AM

The media is oblivious this, and is pumping her up as a credible candidate.

lol.

Tom C on August 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM

But no Democrat is really a Socialist, don’tcha know.

WannabeAnglican on August 25, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Do chance victims born with the absence of a natural desire for labor, or an innate inclination to less productive behaviors, deserve to be punished…for life?

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

I think I just threw up in my mouth. This thought process is why NAMBLA is exactly three-and-a-half years from mainstream acceptance.

JoseQuinones on August 25, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Libs/Socialists/Dems – six of one, half dozen of the other. They ain’t right in the head.

“Wage Slavery.” You just gotta shake your head. In the Utopian system that was the USSR the State determined your wage and your job, but that’s not slavery. Having the ability to quit one job and get another IS slavery according to The Left.

What can you do with people this far gone?

307wolverine on August 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Part of the problem is that to Democrats, these people *don’t* sound insane. Quit expecting them to think like normal people.

Midas on August 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Conservatives are what the Republicans used to be. Republicans are what the Democrats used to be. The Democrat party has been hijacked by marxist dictators and Chicago gangsters.

crankyoldlady on August 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Why would this be a problem for the Democrats? That you imperial capitalist running dogs don’t know what is good for you is pretty much a staple of the DNC these days.

It is like Midas just posted. These people have no clue as to how bad they look. So it is completely normal, if not necessary, to plug for an ideology that belongs on the scrap heap of history.

tkc882 on August 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM

What if she actually wins? Low info voters and all that.

djl130 on August 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

yeah, if Ted Turner can get all his bison registered in time and they vote the straight D ticket, probably could happen.

txdoc on August 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM

To further make your day, she’s a high school math teacher. I can’t understand them wanting to do away with capitalism since that is what funds their pension plan. Maybe they think unions will provide better retirement plans. She has hit the ground running, tho, and has her staff in place and has been getting a lot of donations from in state unlike that mean R who gets all his money from somewhere else. Daines meanwhile, is running his campaign telling us what he would do for MT and the country instead of what do to us. He’s in the lead, but she does give the loons someone to vote for.

Kissmygrits on August 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM

People like that prolly didn’t want anyone from a War College to run as their candidate, especially not someone who faked his thesis.

Fleuries on August 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I don’t know what the big deal is. There is no difference between a democrat and a communist. The Democratic Party is the Communist Party in amerika.

earlgrey on August 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM

djl 130:

Rasmussen: Daines +20, 55/35.

Last poll before Walsh dropped out: Daines +16, 56/40

NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!!!

conservative hispanic on August 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

A Wobbly?

When does she start with the, “You have nothing to lose but your brains electing me”, stuff?

formwiz on August 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM

This isn’t a liberal mistake.

It is Progressivism on full display.

Inch by inch, take the county toward socialistic purity.

In this case, the “inch” is in Montana.

If we mistake it as a liberal mistake, then we have misidentified the enemy.

Carnac on August 25, 2014 at 11:43 AM

I assure you, we are not the same person. I actually have sympathy for the lesser humans below me.

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Frank please tell us who “the lesser humans below” you are? You’re a POS who talks about “equality”, but you don’t even comprehend the meaning of the word. Typical leftist moron.

Doomsday on August 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Do chance victims born with the absence of a natural desire for labor, or an innate inclination to less productive behaviors, deserve to be punished…for life?

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Ummm…yeah probably. Next question.

ironmarshal on August 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM

They selected Amanda Curtis, a Montana state representative.

but Curtis is a candidate so openly left-wing that she would have trouble winning a statewide race – much less the Democratic Party’s nomination — in even traditionally blue states.

That’s Pulitzer material right there.

Bishop on August 25, 2014 at 9:16 AM

I see what you are saying but shr really didn’t win a race, she ran unopposed in Union Butt(e).

https://mobile.twitter.com/DonnyFerguson/status/502241200385298432

MontanaMmmm on August 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Montanan Democrats Nominate Utopia

The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his “natural superiors”, and has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous “cash payment”. It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom — Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation.

[T]he worker therefore only feels himself outside his work, and in his work feels outside himself. He feels at home when he is not working and when he is working he does not feel at home. His labour is therefore not voluntary, but coerced, it is forced labour… Its alien character emerges clearly in the fact that as soon as no physical or other compulsion exists, labour is shunned like the plague.

As a result, therefore, man (the worker) only feels himself freely active in his animal functions – eating, drinking, and procreating, or at most in his dwelling and in dressing-up, etc.; and in his human functions, he no longer feels himself to be anything but an animal. What is animal becomes human and what is human becomes animal.

Hegel was the first state the relation between freedom and necessity correctly. To him, freedom is the recognition of necessity. “Necessity is blind only in so far as it is not understood .” Freedom does not consist in an imaginary independence from natural laws, but in the knowledge of these laws and in the possibility which is thus given of systematically making them work towards definite ends…Freedom therefore consists in command over ourselves and over external nature, a command founded on knowledge of natural necessity; it is therefore necessarily a product of historical development.

Communism as the positive transcendence of private property as human self-estrangement, and therefore as the real appropriation of the human essence by and for man; communism therefore as the complete return of man to himself as a social (i.e., human) being – a return accomplished consciously and embracing the entire wealth of previous development. This communism, as fully developed naturalism, equals humanism, and as fully developed humanism equals naturalism; it is the genuine resolution of the conflict between man and nature and between man and man – the true resolution of the strife between existence and essence, between objectification and self-confirmation, between freedom and necessity, between the individual and the species. Communism is the riddle of history solved, and it knows itself to be this solution.

The realm of freedom actually begins only where labour which is determined by necessity and mundane considerations ceases; thus in the very nature of things it lies beyond the sphere of actual material production. Just as the savage must wrestle with Nature to satisfy his wants, to maintain and reproduce life, so must civilised man, and he must do so in all social formations and under all possible modes of production. With his development this realm of physical necessity expands as a result of his wants; but, at the same time, the forces of production which satisfy these wants also increase. Freedom in this field can only consist in socialised man, the associated producers, rationally regulating their interchange with Nature, bringing it under their common control, instead of being ruled by it as by the blind forces of Nature; and achieving this with the least expenditure of energy and under conditions most favourable to, and worthy of, their human nature. But it nonetheless still remains a realm of necessity. Beyond it begins that development of human energy which is an end in itself, the true realm of freedom, which, however, can blossom forth only with this realm of necessity as its basis.

In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving
subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and
therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life’s prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly — only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!

For as soon as the distribution of labour comes into being, each man has a particular, exclusive sphere of activity, which is forced upon him and from which he cannot escape. He is a hunter, a fisherman, a herdsman, or a critical critic, and must remain so if he does not want to lose his means of livelihood; while in communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, herdsman or critic.’

- Karl Marx

Resist We Much on August 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

About ten years ago, our kids had some of their HS buddies hanging out at the house. One boy had a (real) guitar, and favored the group with one of the old Wobbly protest songs (don’t remember now which one). He seemed taken aback when we old geezers promptly discoursed on the IWW, its aims and methods, to the other kids, who didn’t have a clue.
At the time, the thought that at least some of the rising generation had latched onto that tired old socialist rhetoric seemed amusing.
Now, not so much.

Per Wiki, just for fun:

One Wobbly characteristic since their inception has been a penchant for song. To counteract management sending in the Salvation Army band to cover up the Wobbly speakers, Joe Hill wrote parodies of Christian hymns so that union members could sing along with the Salvation Army band, but with their own purposes. For example, “In the Sweet By and By” became “There’ll Be Pie in the Sky When You Die (That’s a Lie)”. From that start in exigency, Wobbly song writing became common because they “articulated the frustrations, hostilities, and humor of the homeless and the dispossessed.”[51] The IWW collected its official songs in the Little Red Songbook and continues to update this book to the present time. In the 1960s, the American folk music revival in the United States brought a renewed interest in the songs of Joe Hill and other Wobblies, and seminal folk revival figures such as Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie had a pro-Wobbly tone, while some were members of the IWW. Among the protest songs in the book are “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum” (this song was never popular among members*), “Union Maid”, and “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night”. Perhaps the best known IWW song is “Solidarity Forever”.

*Hit a little too close to the truth, I suspect.

The Wiki article had a lot about the violence perpetrated by the Wobblies to overthrow “wage slavery”, but not much on what they aimed to replace it with — couldn’t confess to supporting outright slavery with themselves in charge, and that’s the only real option. All attempts at communal employment on (quasi-) democratic principles have failed miserably, unless limited to a very small, cohesive group.

AesopFan on August 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM

If this is the replacement you had in mind, maybe you should have stuck with the plagiarist.

I don’t think the MT Democratic party really had a replacement in mind when Walsh bailed. They were up against the deadline for him to withdraw, and couldn’t wait. (The teachers’ union leadership may have had her in mind, and nobody else with any organizational capability had any better ideas.) As near as I can tell, she came out of nowhere. The Ds rolled the dice and she’s what they got.

She’ll do pretty well in Missoula and Butte, and some parts of other towns like Helena, but lose by a significant margin statewide.

acasilaco on August 25, 2014 at 12:23 PM

there are no more decent american dems–they are commie socialists who want to create a utopia and rid us of our wealth(we are already much poorer under obama)-utopia is a fantasy invention that can never be done by sinful men most of which want to control the actions of other men–what a waste

jstan442 on August 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM

djl 130:

Rasmussen: Daines +20, 55/35.

Last poll before Walsh dropped out: Daines +16, 56/40

NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!!!

conservative hispanic on August 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Just curious, do you live in the Bitterroot?

MontanaMmmm on August 25, 2014 at 12:32 PM

acasilaco on August 25, 2014 at 12:23 PM

I would like to see a match up of the D delegates who voted and if they were mostly union…because they made them sign their ballots. Easy to see why she would win as the teachers union was her main proponent. You wouldn’t want to cross your union …Now WOULD you!

MontanaMmmm on August 25, 2014 at 12:39 PM

The GOP has a habit of throwing away winnable seats, but I don’t think even they can lose the Montana seat now.

cat_owner on August 25, 2014 at 1:13 PM

We should all welcome Senator Daines to Washington. It isn’t always this easy.

Steve Z on August 25, 2014 at 1:22 PM

I assure you, we are not the same person. I actually have sympathy for the lesser humans below me.

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM

This just sound elitist enough to be a leader in the Dem party. Just listen to him you stupid flyover country rednecks!

Dawnsblood on August 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

American Commitment has dug up some interesting Facebook information

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RadClown on August 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Their turn

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Montana Dems replace plagiarist Senate candidate with… a socialist?

Sure, why the hell not.

“An MRE in every pot!”

LIB

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 25, 2014 at 4:34 PM

I actually have sympathy for the lesser humans below me.

Frank Lib on August 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM

You almost had me, right up until you said this.

All leftists think everyone else is beneath them.

No leftist would ever admit it.

runawayyyy on August 25, 2014 at 4:55 PM

MontanaMmmmmm:

Gallatin Valley. East of the Bitterroots, but I can see them from here on a clear day. BTW, we had our first snow Saturday night. Where are you in MT?

conservative hispanic on August 25, 2014 at 6:15 PM

I would remind everyone that this is Montana. Montana elected Jeannette Rankin to the House twice, twenty-four years apart, so she could vote against entering WWI and WWII. With that kind of fly-up-the-creek precedent, who would find Amanda Curtis surprising?

wagnert in atlanta on August 25, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Rep. Steve Daines is the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Montana.

Here is a link to Steve Daines’ campaign website.

http://www.stevedaines.com/about/

If you like what you see on Steve Daines’ campaign website, do whatever you can to support his campaign.

Let’s help Steve Daines win this Senate seat!

wren on August 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Should be easy enough to defeat and I W on’t W ork leftist.

One pin Rodney…

notalemon on August 25, 2014 at 10:39 PM