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It Can Get So Much Worse

Democracy, human rights, and rule of law are losing globally. But if Trump wins reelection, the game may be up.


By Adam Weinstein

March 5, 2020

Back in the summer of 2016, an old ex-colleague and editor at Esquire reached out with an invitation for me to participate in covering what, then, was still a novel angle on the rise of Donald Trump: his political counterparts in other countries. I liked the idea of spotlighting the globe’s other power-hungry, arch-right demagogues. As a participant in the Panama Papers investigation that spring and a reporter on the periphery of the Trump-Russia story that summer, I’d begun to get a feel for the underworld of ideologues, corrupt governments, and black markets that propped many of these scapegoating stooges and their handlers. Michael Idov, the Soviet-born writer, had lived in that underworld. And so we collaborated on a package that would introduce readers on a morning commute to the world’s Putins, yes, but also its Modis, Dutertes, and Orbans.

Dubbed “The Trump Bump,” the package was set to print after he lost the election, to remind readers that while Trump might have been a brief, clownish eruption on the American body politic’s rump, he belonged to—and fed—an ominous global pattern. “These regressions have followed a remarkably similar path from country to country,” Idov wrote in his introductory essay. “And by the time you realize what it has cost you, it is too late.”

We filed by Halloween. The morning of November 9, after the U.S. election was called for Trump, I emailed my friend, the piece’s editor. “Hate to ask, but what will this do to the piece?”

“Holy hell, this is dark,” he replied, three hours later. “We’re still figuring out how to best proceed with the results from a big-picture perspective. That said, I’d argue this package is even more important today than it was yesterday.”

https://newrepublic.com/article/156759/can-get-much-worse?utm_content=bufferd7ac6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


NEVER TRUMP 2020

Rev. Jesse Jackson endorses Bernie Sanders

Civil rights activist and former Democratic presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson endorsed Bernie Sanders on Sunday.

Why it matters: Jackson's endorsement is the kind of boost Sanders needs as he looks to slow the momentum of Joe Biden, whose surge in South Carolina and on Super Tuesday was driven largely by black voters.

What they're saying: In a statement Sunday, Jackson listed 13 reasons why he's supporting Sanders, including the senator's support for national voting rights, a civil rights commission, a wealth tax, funding for HBCUs, a two-state solution for Palestine and Israel and a single-payer health care system.

https://www.axios.com/jesse-jackson-endorses-bernie-sanders-85cc42b9-3224-4fb6-b368-6c3eae52e0a8.html

Coronavirus Matters, the Stock Market Doesn't, and Thinking It Does May Literally Kill Us

( Our country is very sick )


Jon Schwarz

March 6 2020, 12:38 p.m.

If you’ve been spending any time online or watching cable TV, you’ve gotten the message that humanity now faces two grave threats — a novel coronavirus and the crashing stock market — of roughly equal importance.

Yesterday CNBC’s Rick Santelli went further, staking out the position that stocks losing value is actually more terrifying than millions of deaths. “Maybe we’d be just better off if we gave it to everybody,” Santelli sagely explained. That way, lots of people would expire quickly, thereby removing the uncertainty that’s been plaguing investors.

It’s easy to criticize Santelli, but he was just taking the logic of America’s obsession with the stock market a few steps further than normal. For decades, whenever we’ve faced a choice between the reality of human beings and little numbers on a screen, we’ve always gone with the little numbers.

https://theintercept.com/2020/03/06/coronavirus-covid-19-stock-market-economy/

State Rep. Summer Lee says she will endorse Bernie Sanders

Insisting that the only way to bring real change to marginalized communities is by building a "movement" on the ground, state Rep. Summer Lee is endorsing Bernie Sanders for president.

Ms. Lee, whose own success in grass-roots organizing led to her ousting a longtime incumbent from the legislature two years ago, said she's backing the independent Vermont senator for the Democratic nomination because he will bring people into the electorate who may have never engaged with the system before.

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/03/06/Bernie-Sanders-endorsement-state-Rep-Summer-Lee/stories/202003060102

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II:TheDemocrats @DNC : Change the next debate to be abt systemic racism

https://twitter.com/RevDrBarber/status/1235229355992850432

Jeffrey S Stein @JStein_WaPo The contrast on health care in a Sanders-Biden race would be very stark

https://twitter.com/JStein_WaPo/status/1234833962347966466

Robert Reich @RBReich Bottom line: Dem Party is overwhelmingly progressive.

https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1235230813618180096

More than a third of U.S. healthcare costs go to bureaucracy

(Reuters Health) - U.S. insurers and providers spent more than $800 billion in 2017 on administration, or nearly $2,500 per person - more than four times the per-capita administrative costs in Canada’s single-payer system, a new study finds.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-costs-administration/more-than-a-third-of-u-s-healthcare-costs-go-to-bureaucracy-idUSKBN1Z5261


Medicare for All

I love Elizabeth Warren.

Always will.

The core of the Democratic Party will never trust him. Damn right.

Watch 'Black Lives Matter' co-founder endorse Sanders and Warren

The eyes of the political world are on South Carolina, where over half of the Democratic primary voters are black. ‘Black Lives Matter’ Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors joins Ari Melber making a dual endorsement, backing Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren for president. Cullors also believes “old guard” Biden should take “a step back for new leadership,” adding his views are from “and old establishment.”


Feb. 24, 2020


https://www.msnbc.com/the-beat-with-ari/watch/watch-black-lives-matter-co-founder-endorse-sanders-and-warren-79370309527?cid=sm_npd_ms_fb_ma


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