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For the upcoming holiday season, we came up with the idea to re-post some of the more interesting/provocative/brilliant front page pieces from OpenLeft's history.

There are so many great posts to choose from! So let's join in the fun:

For my part, although Bowers' superbly petulant and yet deeply "progressive" I Am Why Single-Payer Hasn't Passed was a strong contender, I would have to give Bower's "Changing of the Guard" first prize:

There should be a major cultural shift in the party, where the southern Dems and Liebercrat elite will be largely replaced by rising creative class types. Obama has all the markers of a creative class background, from his community organizing, to his Unitarianism, to being an academic, to living in Hyde Park to shopping at Whole Foods and drinking PBR. These will be the type of people running the Democratic Party now, and it will be a big cultural shift from the white working class focus of earlier decades. Given the demographics of the blogosphere, in all likelihood, this is a socioeconomic and cultural demographic into which you fit. Culturally, the Democratic Party will feel pretty normal to netroots types. It will consistently send out cultural signals designed to appeal primarily to the creative class instead of rich donors and the white working class.

I don't know about you, but this was the post that told me I had no place in the "progressive" Democratic party. Of course, I'm sure Bowers would regard that as an advantage. Kudos to Bowers for calling his shot on the party split!

Readers, those of you who still have accounts at Open Left, do feel free to log in and help out with your own nominations!

UPDATE More Bowers goodness:

[S]o much for congratulating progressives on accomplishing something almost unheard of in recent American political media: making the public debate over a major piece of legislation between the left-wing and the center, rather than between the center-right and the extreme right-wing

A "progressive" access blogger and single payer censor claims he's on the left? Oh, puh-leeze. If you want some inkling of what a left would look like, read the econoblogs, like Naked Capitalism here or here. At least they've got some notion of political economy, where all Bowers has going for him is an ever-receding horizon of process dodgery.

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Submitted by Valhalla on

and female Clinton supporters were repeatedly accused of playing "identity politics." Here Bowers hits every id factor except calling Obama daddy.

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Submitted by a little night ... on

for doing this, so I don't have to. (I'm still finishing the semester.)

Gah, what a concept.

[I'm going to spend the next few weeks thinking about finance as a feminist issue, for real. Something weighing too much on my mind.

(P.S. Lambert, would it ruffle any feathers if I post some Sunday Book Reviews?)]

Submitted by lambert on

Please do (and I know the former reviewer has RL issues, though perhaps if they return you could work together, like the games reviewers do...).

I could be wrong on this, duh!, but the phrase "patriarchal rent" popped into my mind as a link between the macro and the household economies. See here and here and also here. Well-known concept in political economy, just not on the blogs.

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Submitted by a little night ... on

Honestly, one of the things that holds me back from writing about finance as a feminist issue is thinking that it's so obvious...

But obviousness does not hold people back. Frackitall.

Submitted by lambert on

If it were, we'd have the analytical tools and the talking points and be hammering them.

But we don't. Not least because the 1% who run things are masters of obfuscation.

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Submitted by madamab on

And they're scared shitless that someone will state the obvious and will gain traction, because then they won't be in charge no more. And what will happen then to their villa on Anse Chastenet?

ALNM - I look forward to your post with great anticipation. :-)

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Submitted by S Brennan on

Bowers is just trying to get a better job through his "Monica moment"commentary.

The only difference between the two is Bowers keeps parading around in that "blue stained dress"...hoping against hope that it will rekindle the president's interest.

Any girl of below average IQ would realize that she had been had, chuck the stained dress and find a new boy friend. Like some bimbo, Bowers doesn't have the smarts to ditch the dress.

You wouldn't look to "Monica" for political insight, why even bother with Bowers? Besides, his writing has always been incoherent