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Warren rocks

She means what she says, her politics are born of a genuine anger at the way people are victimized by the financial sector, she's incredibly smart and well-learned about financial fraud, she understands demand-side economics, and she responds to political attacks instead of pretending she is above them.

Despite America's well-demonstrated misogyny, I am convinced that she would be the best at navigating the intricacies of political and economic messaging, dealing with the legislative branch, negotiating from positions of strength, and seeing through the schemes of the elite to continue their stranglehold on the wealth of this country.

In short, she is the best in the current field to actually be president. We'll see what the campaign brings.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Apr 1, 2019, 01:12 PM (7 replies)

"Barr claims that Mueller said" is an important construct now, as opposed to "Mueller said"

our media are so fucking gullible, and seem to line up to have their mouths shat in while the Trumpsters claim it is chocolate ice cream.

The next time I hear one of the talking heads say "Mueller said" or "Mueller concluded" about this stupid "summary" from a lackey who has helped at least one other administration skate by a huge impeachment scandal, I think my head will explode. Like in Scanners.

_Barr_ claims that Mueller said. _Barr_ claims that Mueller said. Repeat it. Make them use it.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Mar 26, 2019, 11:49 AM (10 replies)

Got to sing "The Wild Rover"

for St. Pats this year. A rollicking tune
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Sun Mar 17, 2019, 06:54 PM (1 replies)

It kills me that in 2019

a Democratic politician can't point out that having laws that require a pledge not to join an economic boycott of another country is

A) unconstitutional and
B) against the ethos of the country, where protest, speech, and voting with your dollars are common

And she can't point out that human rights abuses can't be spoken of (depending on who the two parties, abused and abuser, are).

I mean, what the hell. Regardless of her gender, color, or religion. These are bedrock positions for this party.

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Fri Mar 8, 2019, 09:52 AM (13 replies)

If you'll vote for Sanders if he's the nominee, then he is EXACTLY the same as every other candidate

so you can shut up about his party affiliation.

You will vote for one candidate. You will not vote for any of the others.

You will probably have lots of reasons to vote for one or the other of them. And if the label is completely disqualifying for you, then great, you've eliminated one out of the dozens of candidates. Based on what I think is the dumbest reason possible, but hey, to each their own.

THE ONLY time that Sander's label matters is if you won't vote for him if he's the candidate. That's a de facto vote for Rump.

SO, if you are making a big deal about Sander's party, that means that you will vote for Rump over the nominee if it is Sanders. That's the only reason to even mention it.

If Sanders not being officially in the party bothers Democrats so much

then they won't vote for him in the primaries.

See? The problem solves itself.

Can somebody explain the rationale for Amy Klobuchar?

People seem to be quite excited about her run, but I don't associate her with any particular policy or outlook or messaging or anything that I recognize as a compelling rationale to get excited about her. Obviously that's my own ignorance - but can someone pinpoint their rationale for supporting her? Thanks in advance.

Medicare for all versus the current situation

obviously originally about the UK and the NHS, but relatable

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Feb 18, 2019, 02:32 PM (1 replies)

Parasitic Ideas and the Endarkenment make us the victims of our own successful civilization

I've been thinking a lot lately about ideas which are parasitic. Parasitic ideas are ones that are inherently anti-civilization, but they can only take root where a successful society has made their absurdity almost invisible.

Like the parasitic idea of anti-vaccine mania. Through thousands of years, our understanding of disease has slowly increased, slowly slowly, through painstaking work and careful documentation. We only figured out the germ theory of diseases about 150 years ago. And then, in the 20th century, we took all of that information and began devising ways to manage our immune systems to the point where horrible, life-threatening and -altering diseases were averted and almost wiped out. Suddenly, childhood was rid of a ton of the misery and death and fear and suffering that had always attended it.

And then naive people were born into this relative utopia, grew up without suffering through measles, whooping cough, polio, etc. looked around and decided that they weren't going to have their children vaccinated. This is an idea borne of ignorance - of not having any visceral feeling for either what vaccines can help us avoid, or how well they have worked.

The same thing with Libertarians, who seem to have been born into this wonderful society we have, built on the sweat and cooperation and taxes of millions before them (and also slave labor), opened their kitten-like eyes and decided that they didn't have to participate. "I want to live like a parasite in this infrastructure which is already all around me and for which I have no clue how hard it was to create, how long it took to develop, and which I haven't taken a minute to think about how much I value." They live with the naive fantasy that they don't have to pay taxes, and everything will just continue to be great, tra-la, because they are ignorant fools.

Trickle Down Economics also falls into this category. The societies of the 60s and 70s, having a thriving middle class built up by progressive taxation, strong labor policy, and a social safety net, were charmed into thinking that everything was going to be OK, even as the rich and powerful dismantled all three of those things. With no regard for the massive fight and sacrifice labor leaders put in to getting us there, we allowed the very basis for our pretty great society to be attacked and start to crumble.

"Voter Fraud" is another one. We have democratic elections where more people's votes count than ever before, thanks to all of the people who fought to expand the franchise - to women, to minorities, to younger people. But the rich and powerful don't like democracy, because their greedy ideas can be voted down. So, while committing election fraud with one hand to subvert the will of the people, they scream about non-existent voter fraud with the other. And people ignorantly let them take our rights away.

Every victory that we achieve as a species, as a society, can be taken away from us when that victory (and the struggles behind it) fade from the popular memory. We are, as species, remarkably easy to con into throwing away our advantages in fits of naive ignorance.

Other parasitic ideas:

killing off Social Security, because the problem of old people in dire poverty doesn't seem to be around anymore.

killing the EPA, because the air and water seem clean enough and regulations interfere with profits


I leave it as an exercise of the reader to reflect on which groups of voters are most susceptible to Parasitic Ideas.

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Feb 18, 2019, 11:10 AM (23 replies)

Let's REBUILD the American Middle Class with POLICY

Creating the American middle class was the result of policy decisions, mostly implemented by Democrats, that deliberately increased the flow of money to the lower part of the economic ladder.

Money going to the poorer people gets spent. It makes them customers. Suddenly, it creates a market for what poorer people want, and supply follows.

Getting money into the hands of poorer people happened by

* Supporting Labor Unions, to give them power to negotiate with capital
* Increasing minimum wage, to reward work
* Social Security, aid to widows and orphans
* Unemployment insurance
* Disability
* Food Stamps
* Overtime rules

The GOP has been working to slash all of these things for forty years, and is largely succeeding. Supporting these Robin Hood policies ensures a healthy economy, participation in the economy by the most people, creates markets, etc.

The way back to economic sanity runs through strengthening and increasing these policies. Let's work towards them together.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Feb 12, 2019, 01:33 PM (14 replies)
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