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polarbear4

Go Jimmy.

polarbear4

This is old, but it shocked even me. Matt Taibbi exposes some articles where the political class pundits are saying we need LESS democracy–that basically the trouble is us dumb voters–really! Saying we need more elites deciding things in back rooms. OhMyGod.

In Response to Trump, Another Dangerous Movement Appears

Just a tiny bit:

Rauch compares “outsiders” and “amateurs” to viruses that get into the body, and describes the institutions that failed to prevent the likes of Trump from being nominated as being like the national immune system. Revolt against party insiders is therefore comparable to “abusing and attacking your own immune system.”

polarbear4

Long interview with Stephen Cohen, the expert on Russia, from a Caitlin article.

polarbear4

The Rebirth of the Liberal Class

“Genuinely people-serving politics is making a comeback.”

Haven’t read the whole thing yet, but it looks good, by Rainer over at newslogue (Caitlin’s old home).

I’m off to work.

Don midwest

Article references Chris Hedges’ 2010 book “Death of the Liberal Class”

Read that years ago and found it insightful

One thing I remember is that Fred Smith, the founder and CEO of FecEx got a rider on a US Senate bill that they didn’t have to unionize. And Fred Smith was one of Obama’s hero CEO’s.

After Obama won the 2012 election, Chris published another article days after the election. I posted it on TOP/DK and people were pissed. How dare you say this after the wonderful victory of Obama

The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing. It is a useless appendage to the corporate state. It exists not to make possible incremental or piecemeal reform, as it originally did in a functional capitalist democracy; instead it has devolved into an instrument of personal vanity, burnishing the hollow morality of its adherents. Liberals, by voting for Barack Obama, betrayed the core values they use to define themselves—the rule of law, the safeguarding of civil liberties, the protection of unions, the preservation of social welfare programs, environmental accords, financial regulation, a defiance of unjust war and torture, and the abolition of drone wars. The liberal class clung desperately during the long nightmare of this political campaign to one or two issues, such as protecting a woman’s right to choose and gender equality, to justify its complicity in a monstrous evil. This moral fragmentation—using an isolated act of justice to define one’s self while ignoring the vast corporate assault on the nation and the ecosystem along with the pre-emptive violence of the imperial state—is moral and political capitulation. It fails to confront the evil we have become.

Easy to see why they didn’t like to hear that.

And for me, and many I know, it took the 2016 elections to truly understand what Clinton’s had done and Obama fighting to the end for TPP showed his true colors.

Once Again—Death of the Liberal Class

It was published on Nov 11, 2012.

polarbear4

i was fooled. remember TIME mag had a cover of Obama as FDR? I actually believed it, and I’m pretty seasoned, as they say. 😉

magsview

magsview

This is the graphic DeMoro was responding to:

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humphrey

It would be interesting to see who is involved in that particular group. It would be quite revealing.

magsview

Centrist Democrats are now the great defenders of social justice? Please.

A really good one by Ryan Cooper!

The left half of the American political spectrum is in the middle of a big fight between the left and the center-left, which will surely get more intense as the midterms approach. Much of the battle, writes Franklin Foer in a very long piece at The Atlantic, will be between economic issues and social justice ones: “Two of the party’s largest concerns — race and class — reside in an increasing state of tension, a tension that will grow as the party turns toward the next presidential election.”

This way of framing things is utterly mistaken, both on the history and on the policy merits. There is no trade-off between race — or any other social justice issue — and class. This is an idea the center-left invented to beat back the leftist challenge to their dominance of the Democratic Party.

To see why, let’s review some history.

Preach it brother!

Now, of course the left, like any political faction, has its problems with race, gender, and so on. But in terms of history, theory, and practice, it has been the left that has fought most consistently in favor of social justice, and the center-left which has not. Actual leftist organizations, like the Democratic Socialists of America, have stringent policies to ensure adequate representation and good treatment of women and minorities, both at the chapter and national level. It’s a live issue, but they are unquestionably doing better than the Democratic Party.

But fundamentally, when it comes to actually making America a more decent place, there is no getting around the desperate need for strong class policy. Don’t let center-left dissembling obscure this truth.

humphrey

It is certainly worth a try. That is if we are still around by then.

polarbear4

I like this South Korean president.

humphrey

Not quite the way to get someone’s attention. LOL

magsview

For the next time a Hillary diehard attacks Jill Stein!

Democrats are still obsessed with Jill Stein. They should start obsessing over nonvoters instead.

here’s another number, one that ought to change your perspective: 87,810. That’s how many Michigan voters showed up to the polls, cast ballots, and declined to vote for a presidential candidate at all.

That compares to 49,840 such “undervotes” in 2012. It was a veritable phenomenon last year — people stood in line and performed their civic duty, but simply abstained from marking a preference for commander in chief. An analysis published by The Washington Post tallied 1.7 million undervotes in 33 states. The number was up in most states, they concluded, by an average of 2.5 times as much as in 2012.

humphrey

At least they are consistent Assholes!

magsview

So, Kushner ‘relayed Israeli demands’, eh?

Who will relay Palestinian “demands” to Israel? Anyone?
#ThingsIdLikeToSeeSomeDay

humphrey

This will never make the news.

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