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Reflections on tragedy

I just read that three students from the University California at Berkeley were among the injured in the terror attack yesterday. One UC student is still missing. Students from around the world convened in Nice for a three-week seminar on how to rise to the top as high-tech entrepreneurs. The video below capture some of the intensity that is present in this conclave of today's best and brightest. Yet, is the world they envision really going to be a better place? And for whom? Read more about Reflections on tragedy

jeffroby's picture

Wings over Philadelphia

“The art of war is to gain time when your strength is inferior.”
— Napoleon

Our strength is inferior? I already hear the cries of “Blasphemy!” But if blasphemy it be, so be it.

To put it most simply, we in the Sanders movement are up against a Democratic Party Establishment backed by Wall Street, funded by corporate America, entrenched in the corridors of power. Their bullshit is blasted out night and day from every nook and cranny.

Are we therefore powerless? Far from it. We have had an astonishingly effective grassroots campaign organization. But a campaign organization is a very fragile and unwieldy beast. It is designed to (obviously) run electoral campaigns. It is not designed for doing much else. Read more about Wings over Philadelphia

Rangoon78's picture

Class war

As police gear up to employ drones and bombs against suspects in America without due process, we need to broaden our rage beyond race and realize they're there as a tool of the oppressors. And all of us on the bottom need to push back if anything is to change.

As Northern cities grew and filled with mostly immigrant wage workers who were physically and socially separated from the ruling class, the wealthy elite who ran the various municipal governments hired hundreds and then thousands of armed men to impose order on the new working class neighborhoods

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Among the lesser known factoids of history is that there was actually a guy named Confucius and he wasn't trapped inside a Fortune Cookie factory.

Now we could argue about specific principles (not much into the whole ancestor worship thing myself) but my main point is that you can make a very compelling case that he is the inventor of the Professional State Bureaucracy. In it's simplest form this seems like an obviously good idea. Instead of giving power to make stuff work to a big scary guy with a club because they are big and scary and have a club, why not give it to a guy who has demonstrated some competence making stuff work?

There is a problem with this concept in operation that China struggled with again and again. Instead of measuring actual competence and holding people accountable for their performance (which back in the day involved looking at your still twitching, blood gushing body from an unusual perspective) the Professional State Bureaucracy substituted rote memorization of approved texts in prestigious academies and nepotism. Read more about Confucianism

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Any way we can stop denigrating Ralph Nader as a scapegoat for the epic failures of centrist democrats?

[If Ralph Nader hadn't written 'Unsafe at any Speed,' thus becoming the most effective consumer advocate ever] "…there would have been no protracted recount spectacle and no Supreme Court involvement."

And if Rosa Parks just sat in the back of the goddamn bus… Read more about Any way we can stop denigrating Ralph Nader as a scapegoat for the epic failures of centrist democrats?

ek hornbeck's picture

So define 'Liberal' for me.

You see to me 'Liberal' means socially progressive and non-discriminatory, someone who's in favor of economic equality and the Labor movement, someone who believes in democracy and accountability to the electorate, a person who values courage and accuracy in reporting.

'Liberalism' is not putting your faith in buildings full of faceless technocrats of no particular merit, expertise, or success who got their jobs because of accident of birth, pedigree of schooling, or both. Read more about So define 'Liberal' for me.

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Kick Down, Kiss Up has Limits. Maybe

The dynamic that created the Brexit vote is also at work in the US. That shouldn't be a shock. It is what drove both the Trump phenomenon (fascist anti-immigrant xenophobia), and what drove the Sanders campaign (rejection of neo-liberal, status quo, financial globalization).

Ian Welsh has probably best described Brexit, in a series of posts. Not just that one.

Since 1976 a lot of Britons who do not live in London (or not the nicer parts) have been doing very badly. The economy is trash if you aren’t connected to the various London money spigots because Britain insisted on de-industrializing. So, we have a very large number of people who have done very badly for 40 years. They were given an opportunity to vote against the status quo, and they did so. Read more about Kick Down, Kiss Up has Limits. Maybe

Rangoon78's picture

American "progressives" don't mince words about where their allegiance lies

If a bunch of nostalgic/resentful/racist oldsters vote Britain out of the EU, they'll be forcing their bitterness on a generation that doesn't want it. The truth is that Brexit will barely affect older voters either way: they mostly don't work and they mostly have only local friendships.

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Wherein I attempt to define neoliberalism

Neoliberalism's goal is the formation of a supranational corporate totalitarian system, with an espoused "intense faith in the spontaneous responses of the market"1 to better the lot of the common man. Machiavellian in their conspicuous doling out of crumbs to wage slaves who are expressly excluded from any linkage of their needs/labors to the fruit of their labors. Its evangelists extol the virtues of entrepreneurship as the only vehicle for individuals to become participants in the upside of Neoliberal capitalism. Read more about Wherein I attempt to define neoliberalism

DCblogger's picture

Preparing to reinstate the draft

Senate passes defense bill including women in draft

This tells me three things, enlistment is down, they are planning to reinstate the draft, they are planning a major new war and the current enlistment is not sufficient. We need to call for the immediate disbandment of the Selective Service. No one should be called to register for a possible draft. Read more about Preparing to reinstate the draft

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Why does James Comey have a job?

Obama Should Demand FBI Director James Comey’s Resignation Today

Comey is all about entrapment, and can't solve any crimes he did not organize.

Also Comey has done squat to stop GamerGate. Read more about Why does James Comey have a job?

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Right Wing Background Check

This is the only assault weapon instant background check Republicans might consider. The top row left box or two will get a clear pass. Read more about Right Wing Background Check

DCblogger's picture

Single Payer off the DNC platform table

email from HealthcareNOW:

The DNC strikes again!

The Democratic National Committee announced that in an effort to make "this year’s platform process the most representative and inclusive in history", they would be holding public hearings, accepting written, video, and in-person testimony to the platform drafters.

But as it turns out, these hearings aren't so "public". The DNC is hand-picking testimony beforehand, and at the D.C. hearing yesterday, single payer was iced out.

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Congratulations, Mrs. Clinton

This is not a political post, it is not an endorsement, and it is not an invitation for the discussion of policy.

It is an acknowledgement of an achievement and a note of gratitude for making it easier for the woman who come after you to dream big, work hard, and define their role in the world for themselves.

Thank you. Read more about Congratulations, Mrs. Clinton


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