Sunday, July 5, 2020
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Monday, June 29, 2020
“The best,” in this case, would be voters gearing up grudgingly to vote for Joe Biden; “the worst” would be supporters of Donald Trump.
The conventional wisdom is right or rather it would be right if instead of lamenting the absence of conviction among the best, it focused instead on their absence of enthusiasm.
Biden supporters are not lacking in conviction when the issue is sending Trump and his miscreant underlings packing. However, few, if any, of them are gung-ho for Joe. How could they be? There is no there to enthuse over.--AL
Andrew Levine is such a good writer and thinker I find it amazing. I still think Kamala Harris will be our new prez by 2022.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
For some time now, but maybe since the Kennedy administration (which ended in a hail of voter-suppressed gunfire), I have been thinking that one of the biggest problems with American democracy is the presidency itself, the idea that the chief magistrate of the country should be one person elected every four years by a few swing voters in Ohio, North Carolina, or Florida.
What good can be said of an office that regularly is awarded to the likes of Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, and George W. Bush, and that this year, for its finalists, has Donald Trump and Joe Biden, men who otherwise would not be eligible to coach Little League teams or lead Scout troops (pussy grabbers and hair sniffers need not apply).--MS
I like a lot, not all, of the thinking in this essay. It's somewhat outside the box and something similar ought to be the focus of a new constitutional convention, which I think is key to fixing this holy mess.
Could it happen without more massive repression and violence against our citizens, while deriving a new consensus?
There's always risk; ask the ghosts of our first revolutionaries.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Trump is a product and sign of U.S. capitalism’s exhaustion. The long, cozy governmental alternation between GOP and Democrats after the trauma of the 1930s Great Depression had achieved its purpose. It had undone FDR’s redistribution of wealth from the top to the middle and the bottom. It had “fixed” that problem by reversing the redistribution of wealth and income. The ideological cover for that “fix” was bipartisan demonization of domestic socialism combined with bipartisan pursuit of Cold War with the USSR. The major GOP vs. Democratic Party dispute concerned the modes and extents of governmental support for private capitalism (as in Keynes vs. Friedman, etc.). That minor squabble got raised to the status of “the major issue” for politicians, journalists, and academics to debate because they caved to the taboo on debates over capitalism vs. socialism.--RDW
It's not us versus the GOP. It's us versus the Democrats and the GOP. Driving that point through the thick skulls of some people is a formidable challenge. Because there is no real choice among candidates that might appeal to the left, we're given the "no option" election as usual.
It's fairly clear that Biden knows his role among the D-side's pols, AKA, the party's power-elite. If he beats Trump in the GE his purpose will have been rendered. If he can beat Trump, which is the wager of the century, his handlers (he's not capable of a coherent thought himself) will enact the soft coup.
Biden, all in on the strategy, will have served his purpose.
Soon thereafter, he will resign for health reasons and his VEEP choice will take over. Given the times, and not logic, I'm guessing Kamala Harris.
All of this is predicated on Biden's supposed electability, of course. Is that part of the miasma even real?
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Body-cameras and street documentation have not slowed the use of violence among those sworn to serve and protect.
That is because the police themselves are protected by a higher authority--an institutionalized, radicalized and acculturated sense of power given them by governing elites, i.e., the caretakers of the wealthy.
Will that change very soon? Of course not.
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
A Cold Brees is blowing through the sports world today after a white NFL quarterback, who is a multimillionaire many times over, says something really stupid and irrelevant to the situation at hand in the U.S. today--race relations.
To Drew Brees it's all about the flag. At least one of his teammates with the New Orleans Saints has spoken out. Other sports pros around the country have also questioned his statement.
And of course everyone has a right to an opinion; it's just that some speech is recklessly degenerate and misbegotten--and plainly stupid.
The guy attended Purdue University. I wonder if he ever cracked a U.S. History book?
Maybe he's brain damaged. We can't rule it out. It is after all football, and he's played the game for many years.
Here is a relevant piece I wrote several years ago. If your concern is optics, Colin Kaepernick looks really good right now.