‘The Squad’ Doesn’t Exist Outside Of Social Media

The US House of Representatives has voted 368-57 to spend $40 billion on a world-threatening proxy war while ordinary Americans struggle to feed themselves and their children. All 57 “no” votes were Republicans. Every member of the small faction of progressive House Democrats popularly known as “The Squad” voted yes.

The massive proxy war bill then went to the Senate, where it was stalled with scrutiny not from progressive superstar Bernie Sanders, but from Republican Rand Paul.

This is because the left-wing Democrat is a myth, like the good billionaire or the happy open marriage. It’s not a real thing; it’s just a pleasant fairy tale people tell themselves so they don’t have to go through the psychological turmoil of acknowledging that their entire worldview is built on lies.

“I’ve avoided the term, but ‘Fraud Squad’ feels pretty apt,” journalist Aaron Maté tweeted of the House vote. “Challenging the military industrial complex is leftism 101. The Squad just voted to give it another $40 billion via the Ukraine proxy war. So, insofar as they claim to be a leftist contingent, how are they not a fraud?”

The best assessment I’ve ever read about the clique of House Democrats comprised of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman comes from Columbia University’s Anthony Zenkus, who made the following observation:

“The Squad doesn’t exist. They have never used their power as a bloc to push for votes on progressive legislation or to block regressive legislation. They are not protesting on the Capitol steps or outside the White House. They are a media creation and a brand who won’t disrupt status quo.”

That’s it right there. “The Squad” has no real existence outside of the media, particularly social media. It’s a glorified online PR campaign for the Democratic Party, one which only came about because the party’s gerontocratic leaders are too senile to use Twitter and Instagram.

They don’t actually use their supposed “sisterhood” to push progressive agendas as a bloc like third parties and left-wing factions often do in other countries with parliamentary systems, they just generate viral tweets and cute Instagram photos while marching right along with the machinery of a globe-spanning empire.

And lately they can’t even do that right.

When you’ve got braindead Republicans like Marjorie Taylor Greene scoring easy Twitter dunks on Squad members for pouring money into a horrific proxy war while Americans worry about paying their bills and obtaining formula for their babies, it’s safe to say that you’ve failed at your PR campaign, and that you have ceded what would normally be progressive ground to the far right.

Normally a brash and confrontational tweet by Marjorie Taylor Greene would have AOC Incorporated instantly scrambling to come up with a retweet-friendly retort that trends on Twitter all day fueled by US partisan culture war frenzy. But Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t tweeted anything for days. Getting embarrassed by Greene is like getting your ass kicked by a quadriplegic. Getting outflanked on the left by Greene is like getting your ass kicked by a quadriplegic who is wearing a blindfold.

“The Squad”, and other so-called progressive Democrats like Bernie Sanders and Ro Khanna, are not here to oppose the oligarchic empire that is crushing people to death at home and abroad. They are here to let people feel like there’s some opposition to that empire. They exist to legitimize the Democratic Party as a valid path toward change, when in reality it exists to obstruct change at all cost.

The elites who rule our world consider the operation of the empire too important to be left to the democratic impulses of the common riff raff who inhabit the nation that empire is built around. So they give them something to play with, something that lets them feel like they’ve got some degree of control, something that lets them feel like they’re participating. That’s what the Democratic Party is. It’s the unplugged remote control you gave your kid brother so he’d stop nagging to play video games with you.

“The Squad” exists solely to reinforce and legitimize that illusion. To let people feel like maybe their video game controller is plugged in after all. Oh hey, I think the guy just moved left when I moved the joystick maybe? This is awesome, I’m good at this game!

The US doesn’t have political parties, it has perception management operations disguised as political parties. An elephant and a donkey fight in a puppet show and the crowd cheers for one or the other while thieves pick their pockets. And when people start to notice their wallets are missing, they’re told they can stop the pickpocketing by cheering louder for their favorite puppet.

That’s all they are doing with the whole “progressive Democrat” song and dance. Americans will be told at the midterm elections in November and the presidential elections in 2024 that their vote matters and this is the most important election of their lives, even after they just watched nothing meaningful change when Republicans ran things and when Democrats ran things, after being told the same thing both times. It’s just a shiny sideshow distraction to keep you from realizing that your damn controller is unplugged so you won’t stand up to your oppressors in a more meaningful and confrontational way.

**By Caitlin Johnstone


6 Replies to “‘The Squad’ Doesn’t Exist Outside Of Social Media”

  1. A Light Sister

    Not sure what the point is of all this partisan negativity, when all our high-plane sources endlessly urge us to rise into ONENESS.

    They declare that we empower anything we pour our attention into – so we best be very conscious of where we focus. Clearly, politics is the very essence of Duality!

    Caitlin writes of “the myth [of the] good billionaire…” (Wonder who that might include??) She understands that “the oligarchic empire…is crushing people to death at home and abroad” – a great insight to develop further! Much more fruitful than harping on a few individuals from Team Blue, especially when more of the wealthiest folks in American politics – and their donors – are from Team Red.

  2. Harriet

    Trump was not supposed to be president in the first place. The Cabal and Deep State wanted H. Clinton and there was a misunderstanding and they accidentally fixed the election to have Trump win. That’s why he didn’t win the 2020 election as the Cabal and DS didn’t want him.
    When Obama was president he knew about the Cabal/DS and tried to work around them, tried to get things done in spite of them. That the Republicans were the NO Party and their goal was to get Obama out and not let him be successful in any endeavor didn’t help matters or the US. Biden learned a lot about the Cabal/DS during his vice presidency. He and all presidents knew that if they went against the wishes of the Cabal/DS too often he/they and their families would be killed. So Biden tries to help the country knowing he has the NO Party, ‘far right’ citizens, and the cabal/DS against him.
    You know the Cabal/DS can kill our president in an instant so why are you so angry with Biden when he is trying to do his job with all of these barriers and the constant stress and worry for not only himself but also for our country? He’s the last person to cozy up to the cabal/DS. He is trying behind the scenes with our cocreators to get out from under that threat for everyone.
    Have compassion for every leader who has fear and resorted to power and greed and compliance with the cabal/DS. They had no choice. If you were elected and you have integrity, and the Cabal/DS tells you what to do “or else” are you going to crumble, go along with them, and reap the rewards of power and riches, or are you going to desist and watch your family get killed and know you will be next? That is why so many capable, smart, intelligent leaders do not run for office.

    It’s good now that the Cabal/DS is losing power. Now we can elect leaders who can get things done that the country needs like jobs, education, free health care for all, houses for all, etc. Because our leaders will not be under the Cabal/DS threat.

    And in case you are wondering. I felt compassion for Trump too and will always. He was up against all the same barriers.

    Another thing, a government that uses socialism is not fascist or communist or nazi. That is a lie politicians are telling you. Our country uses social practices all the time. Medicare, Medicaid, Title 19, aid for the poor, FEMA, food stamps, payments during covid, etc. The happiest countries in the world have a more socialistic government with also democracy and capitalism. That is exactly what we want, to be a happy country. The politicians/cabal/industry leaders tell you otherwise because they want to keep things the way they are, the rich getting richer and more powerful and the poor getting poorer and less powerful. Look at your own life and the lives of those around you. Do you think our society is better off than 1950? It’s absolutely not. I lived in the 50’s. It’s the opposite. Yes, 1950 had its racial problems and it’s poor but it was improving and it had a wonderful future to look forward too. Since then the politicians, industry leaders and the Cabal/DS turned everything against us. We are sick, miserable, poor, powerless and full of fear, anger and despair. This is the new age now and it will become completely socialistic but with something wonderful, we will also be rich. YES RICH. It will take time, but before you die the whole world will be wealthy and happy. Forget what the politicians say, they are lieing when they say socialism is bad. The happiest countries in the world utilize socialism much more than we do and they take care of their people, the sick, poor, uneducated, homeless, elderly, etc. That’s why they’re happy. They can vote, make money and still know they will be cared for if they run in to problems and difficulties.

    Open your eyes to the better. Ask any person in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway if they would change their capital, democratic, social culture to what we have? What do you think they will say?


    The politicians will tell you it will fail. But it won’t. This is the NEW GOLDEN AGE now. It is destined. So what if our leaders make mistakes. We will vote them out and move to prosperity.

  3. Harriet

    Another judgemental, prejudice, negative article. Yuk. I could not read it, all that negativity!

  4. John

    I am going to swear! no harm is meant to any person who reads these words it is purely the energy i wish to transmit here it is.
    America wake the fuck up……

  5. Argent

    Caitlin has written a lo of good stuff on narrative control. She also gives complete authorization to reprint her material – with or without source. I am happy and grateful to see her work show up here.