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Fri Sep 20, 2019, 07:06 AM

Column: What's behind Elizabeth Warren's rise? It's the logic, stupid



As Warren never fails to remind her crowds, every worker wants better pay, more humane workplaces, better hours. Only the zillionaire Gulfstream set benefits when workers make unfair wages, or work long hours in lousy conditions.

Warren has built a sturdy logic into her campaign. Not just a “message.” Not a “narrative.” Actual logic, from the days before Reaganomics argued that 2+2=3. (The ‘80s were when, as Warren says of the Gilded Age, “business owners got richer, politicians got more powerful, and working people paid the price.“) By contrast, here’s the Warren axiom: If you work for wages or a salary, you’ll benefit from collective bargaining and higher taxes on the rich.

It’s self-evident. And damn, it is gratifying to hear simple truth from a presidential campaign.

At a time when Bernie Sanders is, with few details, caterwauling about revolution, and Joe Biden is turning to incoherent sentimentalism, logic is a breath of fresh air. And this is especially oxygen-rich air since it also comes in the midst of President Trump’s hysteria and emotionalism, which is suffocating to anyone who still remembers how to reason.

I love the last sentence particularly. Anyone who still remembers how to reason is indeed suffocating under Trump.

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BeyondGeography Sep 2019 #1
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Fri Sep 20, 2019, 07:12 AM

1. It's a very good column

I can’t believe the writer used the term “schoolmarmish” though. WTH?

But she does get to a key part of Warren’s appeal. What’s even more amazing than how “simple truth” cuts through is how rare it is to hear it from politicians. EW is a truth bomb with incredible depth.

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Mon Sep 23, 2019, 01:59 PM

3. Exactly. She respects her audience.

She doesn't condescend to them like so many Republicans do. People can tell when they're being treated like the equal of an extremely intelligent person.

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