I disagreed with Obama. But what Trump has done makes those differences insignificant. – The Washington Post
As it was with George W. Bush and every other president who preceded him, Barack Obama made policy decisions I found troubling. Obama once described the driving principle of his foreign policy as little more than “don’t do stupid s—.” That reflexive reaction to Bush’s military adventurism led to U.S.
I think the article title might be a little harsh but still I tend to agree. I think Beto O’Rourke is surely the beneficiary of the “bright shiny object” condition. There isn’t as “much there there” as I would like to see.
Let me draw your attention to the most horrifying paragraphs of this Vanity Fair profile of Beto O’Rourke, the Texas congressman who announced his presidential campaign Thursday morning: O’Rourke is careful to pay homage to progressive icons, crediting Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren with advancing the national conversation on health care and consumer protections, but sells himself as something slightly different: a youthful uniter, willing to listen and learn from the most recalcitrant right-wing voters and work with Republicans.
With virtually every day that has passed since the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which killed a hundred and fifty-seven people, more disturbing news has emerged.
Socialism Isn’t the Enemy—Corruption Is, According to Noam Chomsky, James Galbraith, Richard D. Woolf, and Anat Admati – Pacific Standard
These days it seems you can’t talk about socialism without being required to talk also about Venezuela-largely because certain people on the right bring up the failures of Venezuela every time the word “socialism” appears. Right-wing pundits claim incessantly that socialist policies are to blame for the terrible conditions that Venezuelans are now living through.
Anand Giridharadas’ book:
Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World:
This week, Forbes magazine reported that 21-year-old Kylie Jenner was the youngest “self-made billionaire” ever ― as she has pulled in at least $1 billion from her successful makeup company Kylie Cosmetics. Jenner took pains to say that she’d started her company with her own money ― earned through modeling.
“They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!,” announced Donald Trump in the summer of 2016. Before long, Trump was calling himself that, after appearing at a rally with Nigel Farage, one of its champions. The association with Brexit burnished Trump’s self-styled (and utterly fabricated) reputation as a soothsayer.
What follows is the text of a FaceBook meme I see floating around from time to time attributed to DividedWeFall.com (DividedWeFall.online)…
The government owns most of the major industries. This is an extreme position that seems to fail.
Corporate Socialism (our current system):
The government mostly benefits wealthy corporations. Most major industries are privatly owned (capitalism), but still receive massive handouts, bailouts and other benefits at the expense of the tax payer. It is driven by corporations ability to influence the laws with large amounts of money that results in legislation that favors their abilities to make even larger amounts of money. In this system the wealthy become more wealthy at the expense of the lower classes. This is essentially a Plutocracy (ruled by the wealthy)
The government mostly benefits the citizens. Most major industries are privatly owned (capitalism), but they have to stand on their own without handouts from the government. The tax burden previously funnel to the wealthy corporations is used to improve the lives of citizens instead. This enables the government to help fund improvements to public services such as Police, Firemen Libraries, Roads an Interstates, Eeducation and Healthcare. The system is driven by people working together and lifting each other up. In this system the middle class thrives and poverty decreases. This system is more Democratic (ruled by the people) than our current system.
We’re now well under a year away from the Iowa caucuses, and an unusually – perhaps uniquely – large Democratic field is forming to compete for the opportunity to face Donald J. Trump in 2020. It is highly appropriate that before the festivities intensify, multiple voice are being raised to remember the wolf at the door before engaging in any intramural fisticuffs.
The national debt is ballooning, surpassing $22 trillion. Conservatives and progressives alike, are aghast at the number and different political parties will use this number to different ends, but all will say the debt is immoral and that we are leaving our kids with an untenable fiscal situation.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win” — Gandhi’s aphorism neatly describes the trajectory to date of Modern Monetary Theory, the latest incarnation of “chartalism,” which holds that money comes into existence through government spending, and is taken out of circulation when the government taxes it…