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Conservative Men Are Obsessed With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Science Tells Us Why.

Conservative Men Are Obsessed With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Science Tells Us Why.

Conservatives’ bizarre, escalating obsession with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) reached a new level this week when The Daily Caller published fake revenge porn of the new congresswoman. “Here’s The Photo Some People Described As A Nude Selfie Of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” the Caller’s original headline read, before it was changed and the site posted a “we regret the error” message on Twitter.

Since 1982, America’s Three Wealthiest Families Have Grown 6,000% Richer – The Intellectualist

Since 1982, America’s Three Wealthiest Families Have Grown 6,000% Richer – The Intellectualist

America’s three wealthiest families have seen their wealth grow nearly 6,000 percent in just one generation, according to a recent report, while median household wealth since 1982 went down 3 percent.

Episode 20 – Mark Blyth on The Consequences of Neoliberalism by Pineal Express

I have been listening to talks by Mark Blyth ( Wikipedia) all this weekend and he is changing my mind about a lot of things. I find myself thinking NeoLiberalism is more and more dangerous and destructive than I had ever thought before.

Mark Blyth is a professor of Political Economy at Brown University. His research sheds light on phenomena including wealth inequality, generational difference in political economics, austerity, and neoliberalism.

Since reading his comprehensive book “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea” we had been wanting to chat with Mark Blyth about how we arrived at our current political and economic moment, and what lies ahead.

Mark spoke to us about several issues close to our hearts like neoliberalism versus populism, the decline of centrist politics, tax policy, unions, health care, and why it’s important not to downplay the economic component of some voters’ anti-immigration attitudes, or else the right will continue to sway such voters.

Given that we are based in the decreasingly populated, post-industrial, and opioid ravaged Broome County, NY, these issues are personal for us, so we’re more than happy that Mark was willing to unpack the relevant structural considerations for us.

More coal plants shut down in Trump’s first two years than in Obama’s entire first term – ThinkProgress

More coal plants shut down in Trump’s first two years than in Obama’s entire first term

The last time U.S. coal consumption was this low, Jimmy Carter was president. Despite campaigning on a pledge to save the dirtiest of fossil fuels, President Donald Trump has presided over a faster rate of coal plant retirements in his first two years than President Barack Obama saw in his entire first term.

Why working-class Americans vote against their own best interests – YouTube

Published in 2013…

A two-minute excerpt from a General Motors video is a classic example of how easy it is to con American citizens into voting for the wrong politicians. By totally misrepresenting how working-class living standards improved, conservatives have convinced workers that government is the enemy, and they should rely on corporate good will to treat them fairly.


• Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 – Wikipedia


628-year-old fake news: Scientists prove Turin Shroud not genuine (again) | The Independent

Scientists prove Turin Shroud not genuine (again)

The Turin Shroud is a fake. That is the verdict of Catholic Bishop Pierre d’Arcis who has written to tell the Pope it was “a clever sleight of hand” by someone “falsely declaring this was the actual shroud in which Jesus was enfolded in the tomb to attract the multitude so that money might cunningly be wrung from them”.

Corey Robin via Facebook alerted me to this great essay on “the Trump as fascist thesis”

Corey Robin via Facebook alerted me to this great essay on “the Trump as fascist thesis”…


 

Dylan Riley: What Is Trump?. New Left Review 114, November-December 2018.

The pitfalls of bad historical analogizing laid bare in ubiquitous attempts to pin a ‘fascist’ label on the 45th president. Instead, Riley argues, Trump is better grasped as an incoherent amalgam of Weberian forms of rule-ramshackle patrimonialism, weak charisma-operating like a foreign body inserted into America’s capitalist-bureaucratic state.

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