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jcitybone

https://jacobinmag.com/2019/05/bernie-politico-antisemitism-democratic-socialist-millionaire-net-worth

The real question is not what Bernie possesses but who his political program serves. The top 1 percent? In 2017, the very year of his peak royalties fortune, Sanders voted against the Trump tax cut giveaway, 85 percent of which went to the 1 percent.

Advocating economic justice despite possessing substantial wealth is not hypocrisy — the name for that is integrity. Hypocrisy is when a news outlet that routinely promotes the fiction that everyone can be a millionaire slams someone for becoming one.

Bernie’s financial balance sheet was determined by his politics — not the other way round. His financial windfall was an accidental side effect of movement-building, reaped by someone who has never shown any sign of being motivated primarily by individual gain. (Demagogues and fraudsters of that sort have been known to enter into politics.)

Accordingly, we should tally Bernie’s wealth in its moral and political dimensions, not by bank accounts and real estate. He does have many millions: the millions who would achieve health care under his Medicare for All policy, the millions whose Social Security he would protect, the millions of veterans whose benefits he has defended, the millions of students whose college education he would make free, the millions of supporters who have attended his rallies, knocked on doors, stood in caucuses, bought Our Revolution, talked to their relatives, made phone calls, and taken other small measures in their lives to use his message as a means to push for economic equality and democracy against the tendencies of contemporary capitalism that seem only to enrich the 1 percent at the expense of all others.

Those are Bernie’s millions.

polarbear4

I long for the day that these news sources gain ascendacy. Thanks

humphrey

Once again North Korea comes up with an accurate character assessment.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/27/north-korea-bolton-warmonger-1345029

North Korea calls Bolton a ‘defective human product’.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Monday called U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton a “warmonger” and “defective human product” after he called the North’s recent tests of short-range missile a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

In the statement carried by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, the North Korean spokesman said that the North was rightfully exercising its rights for self-defense with the launches.

“Demanding us to ban all launches using ballistic technology regardless of range is same with asking us to relinquish our rights for self-defense,” the spokesman said. “Bolton should not be called a security adviser who works to secure security, but an adviser for security destruction who destroys peace and security. It’s not that strange that crooked sound will always come out the mouth of a man who is structurally flawed, and it’s best that this defective human product goes away as soon as possible.”

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jcitybone

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/05/bidens-early-campaign-doesnt-involve-much-campaigning.html

So what’s Biden doing instead? Advisers say he’s working on “vital but less public activities,” including “fundraising, one-on-one calls, policy development, and the building of a campaign infrastructure.” He’s also attending private fundraisers. Last week, he attended two but didn’t hold any public events, according U.S. News and World Report.

Those tasks are keeping him so busy that in the coming weeks he’ll miss MoveOn’s Big Ideas forum, the California Democratic Party convention, the Iowa Democratic Party dinner, and South Carolina’s Black Economic Alliance presidential forum. Any TV town halls coming up? Nope.

There could, of course, be more to this strategy. Biden has, in his first month on the campaign trail, managed to avoid any major gaffes — no small achievement for a guy with his reputation. As the Times reported earlier this month, the gaffe avoidance is partially because Biden is closely guarded by aides at his events and he’s leaned away from allowing voters to directly ask him questions.

Another potential upside, as Democratic strategist Rebecca Katz told the Post, is that hiding from voters will allow them to continue to idealize Biden, be it as the affable “Uncle Joe,” the Trans Am–washing Onion parody, or the Obama buddy. “The more people see him live in 2019, the more they realize he might not be the guy they remember from 2008,” Katz said.

But there are potential downsides here too. Among them are the risk that voters on the ground in Iowa and New Hampshire won’t get to know Biden like they’re getting to know Warren, Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Beto O’Rourke. Another is that the nickname Donald Trump has been workshopping for Biden might actually stick.

polarbear4

What’s most surprising isn’t that politicians start wars to consolidate their own power, but that the people don’t always simply assume that leaders choose war for that reason. Of course, the main calculation for politicians when making decisions is whether or not those decisions will help tighten their grip on the levers of society. From prime ministers to dictators, anyone who doesn’t think about that first and foremost will be, evolutionarily speaking, selected against, and quickly find themselves outside the palace walls.

That’s why we need a Memorial Day, I believe, and so does seemingly every country on earth. At Arlington and at all the world’s solemn military cemeteries you can witness the endless ocean of young men and women who have been shot, gassed, incinerated, ripped limb from limb, shredded, driven to suicide. In the best of situations they died because of talented warmongers in other countries. In the worst it’s because we ourselves were so weak that we handed over power to killers who were delighted to see us die if it gave them a three week bump in their Gallup approval rating. We have to draw a veil of consecration across all of it, because looking at it directly is unbearable

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