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I think the Democrats are awesome... and they are getting awesomer. A dawning of consciousness is occuring. Young and old alike in the party are realizing that maybe our traditional (pre-Bill Clinton), new deal, anti-war, pro-education platform is back with a vengeance. By LEADING WITH GUSTO, not by hedging bets and pussy-footing around. That's what the French economist Thomas Pickety is inferring when he wrote in a 174 page paper (with charts!) that Democrats will win more votes this November by confidently "moving left."

I also think that Democrats have been moving to a more progressive platform since Bush Jr. screwed up the Middle East (and produced thousands of dead US soldiers and hundreds of thousands of others deaths, displacement, refugees, etc.), and royally trounced our economy. History has proven what a disaster conservative positions on a lot of things have been: rolling back bank regulations like the Glass-Steagel Act (gee thanks, Bill C.), the environment, extreme incarceration policies (wtf Bill!), the persecution of African Americans and LGTBQ Americans, the nightmarish plunge into the Middle East after a phony case for WMDs...

What is clear to many, including Picketty, is that a younger group of Democrats (and disaffected independents) are HUNGRY for change and are REALLY UPSET about their dreams of a better life being dashed due to deep structural changes in the system which are pushing all the wealth up to the top tiers of society. Meanwhile the older, career Democrats are doing some of the right things (finally), but are emotionally behind the bulk of the Democrats.

The point is this:

We will win a lot more friggin' VOTES if the older and younger Democrats can find common ground and work together. This means the younger Dems learn about the mechanics of the ground game, and the established Dems show some EMPATHY for left-leaning, champing-at-the-bit majority. I've seen local Dem meetings explode in membership and I've seen the die-hards Dems welcome the new blood – but with anxiety instead of joy. The establishment needs to let go of the Bill Clinton era restraint (and I'm referring ONLY to the man who killed the Glass-Steagel act and supported laws that abusively pushed hundreds of thousands of African Americans into prisons) and start moving in more concert with this new, internet-savvy generation like the Parkland students and Black Lives Matter.

I think, frankly, we're almost there.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Thu Mar 29, 2018, 11:13 AM (19 replies)

Why Piketty is right to recommend that Democrats "go left" to win votes:

French Economist, Thomas Pickety, says Democrats will win more votes if they address economic inequality and other traditional Democratic concerns about workers. A Pro Publica article underscores how messed up the economy is for average Americans:


Today, we are reporting that over the past five years IBM has been removing older U.S. employees from their jobs, replacing some with younger, less experienced, lower-paid American workers and moving many other jobs overseas.

We’ve got documentation and details — most of which are the direct result of a questionnaire filled out by over 1,100 former IBMers
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Mar 27, 2018, 10:25 PM (10 replies)

Famous French economist, Thomas Piketty, says "go left" and Democrats will win more voters

Even Bill Clinton would agree... ("It's the Economy Stupid" ), Democrats have to address the economic divide to increase voter turnout. Article about Piketty's deeply researched paper (174 pages with charts) in RawStory:


The author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a New York Times best-seller and the most-bought book in the history of Harvard University Press, has published a paper that uses exit polling data to argue that embracing economic populism would power the left toward huge electoral wins.

Piketty’s conclusion is that moving the Democratic party further to the left, at least when it comes to economics, would help it win. That’s because it would help them bring back alienated working-class and uneducated voters who either don’t vote now, or who are brought into the Republican fold through the party’s nativism and social conservatism.

Piketty’s analysis squares with what commentators from outlets like Salon, who employed the strident H.A. Goodman during the 2016 primary, have been preaching for awhile....

The future, then, would have a Democratic Party where “lower class voters” of all stripes, including lower education and lower income voters, support them while upper and middle class people formed the Republican party...

“If you look at the patterns of where gains are being made and who is creating the foundation for those gains, it’s the same: An energized Democratic base is linking arms with disaffected suburban voters,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the Times. “The president’s conduct has basically given voters this permission slip to go against the Republicans.”
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Mar 27, 2018, 05:28 PM (32 replies)

Q: What do we do after the BLUE WAVE?


Q: How do we flip the economic pyramid?

A: We return to the New Deal, which worked amazingly well. We get serious about a progressive tax – which means tax the upper brackets a lot more and the lower brackets less. THEN we (smartly) allocate funds for physical and intellectual infrastructure – roads, schools, and environmental protections. We create the conditions for a robust PEOPLE's ECONOMY. Cultivate a healthy emergent system. It's really a traditional and highly effective idea with new biological theories to support it. See E.O. Wilson on emergent systems.

Q: What's a people's economy?

A: It's not one where corporations get all the concessions and tax breaks and everyone else gets crumbs and have to compete against those propped up behemoths. In a people's economy small business has leverage again – and "small" includes both a small family restaurant or plumbing outfit all the way down to an individual getting a state-funded nursing degree or electrician's license.

Return America to the Americans! Thank ALL progressive Democrats for reminding us that we abandoned what was once working in this country: the New Deal.

Same old? Hell yeah! It worked! Let's get ready to do it again – but better, with many lessons learned since the 1930s about INCLUDING women, the LGBTQ community, and all ethnicities and religious (and non-religious) persuasions.

I'm sick of doing three jobs. The pyramid must, and WILL be flipped.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sat Mar 24, 2018, 12:31 AM (27 replies)

MIT prof: We're now 3rd World.

Elizabeth Warren, Robert Reich, Bernie Sanders, Warren Buffet and Hilllary are ALL right. And it was said succinctly by Bill Cinton: "It's the economy stupid."

AND ACCORDING TO AN MIT ECONOMIST (see link below) THIS IS NOT A RADICAL FRINGE IDEA: Structurally we're already a "3rd World" Country and Democrats need to address the "common good" and gross economic inequality. Speaking for myself, but I know others are already there:

Democrats are for the common good, not a minority of well-to-do economic elites. This means a strong, effective infrastructure for a PEOPLE'S economy. Increase money for education and roads, decrease loopholes for the rich.

AND AFTER THAT SINKS IN: Stop scapegoating women, African Americans, immigrants, the press, even the environment. The real problem is extreme economic inequality which affects EVERYBODY.

Link to article: https://www.themaven.net/theintellectualist/news/study-by-mit-economist-u-s-has-regressed-to-a-third-world-nation-for-most-of-its-citizens-Sb5A5HZ1rUiXavZapos30g
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sat Mar 10, 2018, 02:08 PM (2 replies)


The wave of Democratic activism is intensifying. It's like a fire, a blue fire.

Long live the BLUEFIRE! May it grow in resolve and depth.... and produce votes, cultural change and the building of new democratic institutions, apps, businesses, language and systems.

And may it be shared across generations and discussed – gasp! – over dinner (as we did tonight with two sets of parents and four children between us).
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sun Mar 4, 2018, 02:38 AM (1 replies)

Blue VOTEFIRE: Rebooting the 50 State Solution and FDR

Democrats are STARVING for a 50 state BLUE VOTEFIRE and FDR-type progress.

See Dailykos: https://m.dailykos.com/stories/1745590

Enough with paying millions to pricey consultants and wasting millions on television ads.

1) Give people a reason to vote by forcefully supporting FDR’s legacy and pushing health care for all, Medicare and Social Security untouched, without any apologies. Oh, and tax the snot out of the billionaires for good measure.

2) Contact every single eligible voter and let them know Democrats will fight for them against the Oligarchs and their Russian puppet-masters.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Fri Mar 2, 2018, 01:57 AM (1 replies)

Ivanka's dirty secret in Panama

Ivanka is a prop in one hell of a sordid, international con. This report in Think Progress is astounding. The Trumps are more corrupt than I fully realized. Their oily ways are Biblical in scale:


The president’s and his daughter’s Panamanian construct, Trump Ocean Beach, was once described by Ivanka as her family’s “largest project in all of the Americas.”

In a report published last week, Global Witness details how the building to which Trump leased his name helped launder “proceeds from Colombian cartels’ narcotics trafficking.” And as Global Witness found, Donald Trump himself “was one of the beneficiaries” of such laundering practices. Information available from a bonds sales prospectus revealed that the Trump Organization would see revenue from every unit sold at Trump Ocean Club.

Even if Trump and Ivanka were somehow unaware that the building served as a spigot for laundering cartel cash, it would have been difficult to miss the signs that Trump Ocean Club — set up during the years that Panama came into its own as an offshore haven — was being used for money laundering on a massive scale.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Thu Mar 1, 2018, 01:25 AM (8 replies)

My new term for Republicans and "conservatives":


They certainly aren't conservatives (since they don't actually conserve anything – i.e. national parks and traditional New Deal legislation). And recent psychological profiles of so-called "conservatives" shows that such folks are distinguished by fear and simplistic thinking.

Yes, it sounds like sci fi, but we have entered a kind of Twilight Zone where none of the old labels are working. These people, these fanatical fearoids, support extremist positions on assault rifles, tax policies serving only multimillionaires, and believe Jesus condones sexual assault and white supremacy. "Reactionary" is not accurate enough a term. Until someone finds me a better term I'm sticking with fanatical fearoid.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed Feb 28, 2018, 06:09 PM (1 replies)

Professor amazed: today's "conservatives" aren't actually conservative.

Jeffrey P. Kimball, Miami University professor emeritus, has finally articulated what has been needling me for years. So-called "conservatives" should be conserving the New Deal, national parks, polite manners, and other longstanding US traditions. They aren't, in fact, conserving much of anything – especially under the current Russian puppet despoiling the Whitehouse. Referring to dictionary definitions of conservative, Kimball states in Raw Story:

These definitions are unhelpful and misleading. Self-proclaimed political and social conservatives are not necessarily inclined to support or maintain the “traditional” social order – that is, long-standing majority views, conditions, institutions, or legislation. These include government regulation of corporations, banks, and Wall Street, progressive income taxes, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education, civil rights, voting rights, environmental regulations, and public-lands conservation. Self-identified conservatives also oppose other traditional institutions, practices, and measures, such as the United Nations, international standards for the treatment of prisoners of war, labor unions, collective bargaining, fair labor standards, and, for some, public fluoridation of water. The measures conservatives oppose were legislated, created, or practiced 50 to 100 or more years ago.

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Tue Feb 27, 2018, 01:02 AM (6 replies)
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