Commentary By Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu A toxic strand of a political ideology Most people would consider radical libertarianism and communism polar opposites: The first glorifies personal freedom. The second would obliterate it. Yet the ideologies are simply mirror images. Both attempt to answer the same questions, and fail to do so in similar ways.
Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower
Many minimum-wage workers can’t even afford a modest one-bedroom apartment, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual report. The national housing wage for a modest one-bedroom apartment is $17.90, while the federal minimum wage is $7.25. A low-income worker earning the federal minimum wage would need 2.5 jobs to afford a one-bedroom apartment.
There is so much pseudoscience being spread around nowadays, and sometimes it can be hard to spot, especially for those who don’t have a background in science. A lot of it is based on a small amount of truth and by people who you may think you can trust, so it can be difficult to differentiate from good, truthful science.
One billion dollars is a huge amount of money. Indeed: One billion dollars is such a huge amount of money, that there has recently emerged a whole sub-genre of images specifically designed to help us get our heads around how huge it is.
From the article the (the emphasis is mine).
…both parties have courted and favored America’s super-rich, over and against the interests of the rest of the country. [for decades now in fact-JJH]
Sure, there are differences. Republican politicians will defend any lowlife whose bank book is big enough, from payday lenders to Wall Street CEOs. Democrats, by contrast, court nicer, more progressive-seeming elements of the super-rich. Harvey Weinstein, for instance.
During Bill Clinton’s presidency, when incomes were elevated by an epic stock market bubble, this contradiction could be tolerated, even celebrated. But it is not tenable after the joint debacles of the 2008 financial crisis and the foreclosure-infested recovery. One vision has to win out. Democrats can either be the party of the people or they can be the party of what more refined elements of the upper class deign to bestow upon the people. They cannot be both.
Since early summer, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have been drawing huge crowds to their rallies, dominating the televised debates, and setting fundraising records with support exclusively from small donors. Most importantly, their surging popularity stems from their plans to dramatically expand the federal government, paid for in large part through a wealth tax.
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When he says: —”The reason that the 5 to 10 percent do well in AA actually doesn’t have to do with the 12 steps themselves; it has to do with the camaraderie. It’s a supportive organization with people who are on the whole kind to you, and it gives you a structure. Some people can make a lot of use of that. And to its credit, AA describes itself as a brotherhood rather than a treatment.
So as you can imagine, a few people given that kind of setting are able to change their behavior at least temporarily, maybe permanently. But most people can’t deal with their addiction, which is deeply driven, by just being in a brotherhood.”—
In my case I think that is exactly what worked for me being in the group I was in and from traveling around to visit and talk with other groups I am pretty sure had I not landed where I did the results would have been very different. I needed an alternative social structure to live within which wasn’t centered around or attached to drinking and drugs and that was what I got. But there are so many others where that is just not adequate as a solution and some of the AA thinking does more damage than good.
Some More Reading On Alternatives To AA….
The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry
by Lance Dodes (Author), Zachary Dodes (Author)
Right-wing terror is a feature of daily life in present-day America. Ostensibly spontaneous violence incubates in the same ideological ecosystem as organized reactionary political associations. Robert Bowers, the man arrested for a rampage that killed seven at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, was seemingly steeped in the ultra-right’s internal online debates, blaming Jews and Muslims for what he sees as the “certain extinction” toward which Americans and “Western Civilization” are supposedly headed.
John Pavlovitz, Christian pastor, never ceases to amaze me with how clearly he can illustrate the problems around us. This is John Pavlovitz at his best. I can think of a couple of people I really think NEED to read this and I am thinking really hard about whether to tag them or post this on their timeline but lament that I don’t know if it would do any good for them.
I need you to clarify something for me, MAGA friend. I’ve seen all your incendiary social media posts about the border crossers. I’ve come across the fictional statistics about their supposed crime and alleged violence, that you so willingly repost. I’ve read Donald Trump’s rambling, all-caps, alarmists tweets.
My own aneckdotal observation is 97% of all the people who are okay voicing thier opposition, often very extreme, to Marx and Engels have never ever read Marx and Engels and really have no solid basis for their thinking other than that is the way they were brought up to think.
Many conservatives have a loose relationship with facts. The right-wing denial of what most people think of as accepted reality starts with political issues: As recently as 2016, 45 percent of Republicans still believed that the Affordable Care Act included “death panels” (it doesn’t).