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Fusionism & The Conservative Future | The American Conservative
True conservative has been largely impotent against the long march of big box liberalism and is now coughing up blood.
society  culture  poltics 
10 weeks ago by mario.d
Marx after communism
As a system of government, communism is dead or dying. As a system of ideas, its future looks secure.And anti-globalists have inherited more from Marx Note the self-righteous anger, the violent rhetoric, the willing resort to actual violence (in response to the “violence” of the other side), the demonisation of big business, the division of the world into exploiters and victims, the contempt for piecemeal reform, the zeal for activism, the impatience with democracy, the disdain for liberal “rights” and “freedoms”, the suspicion of compromise, the presumption of hypocrisy (or childish naivety) in arguments that defend the market order.Anti-globalism has been aptly described as a secular religion. So is Marxism: a creed complete with prophet, sacred texts and the promise of a heaven shrouded in mystery. Marx was not a scientist, as he claimed. He founded a faith. The economic and political systems he inspired are dead or dying. But his religion is a broad church, and lives on.
Marxism  philosophies  thinkers  economics  poltics  Economist 
august 2017 by thomas.kochi
Trump and his allies are desperate. With desperation comes cruelty. - Vox
Why are conservatives like Mike Lee and Rand Paul accepting such a weak repeal bill? Desperation. Because Mitch McConnell has rigged together a chaotic process where the goal is to pass something, anything, the potential for better policies that make every faction of the Republican Party happier and aren’t nearly as disastrous for the country is foreclosed. Those policies take careful work. Skinny repeal isn’t careful at all. It was written on a lunch break. It’s desperate. And desperation lets people do things they’d never do otherwise.

Republicans could save more money than skinny repeal saves, repeal more taxes than it repeals, and do more to further their stated goals on health care, without leading 16 million people to lose coverage and millions more to pay greater premiums. But they haven’t, out of sheer panic, desperation, and need to do something, anything. And that frantic rush has, once again, led to policies with a great human cost.
mikelee  randpaul  ahca  gop  libertarian  conservative  poltics 
july 2017 by sampenrose
Stop patronizing the working class | The Outline
What out-of-touch columnists consider bona-fide symbols of working-class authenticity are often just the hallmarks of well-off white suburbanites with bad taste.
poltics  economics  society 
july 2017 by agfa8x
The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked | Technology | The Guardian
“The capacity for this science to be used to manipulate emotions is very well established. This is military-funded technology that has been harnessed by a global plutocracy and is being used to sway elections in ways that people can’t even see, don’t even realise is happening to them,”
data  poltics  postthis 
may 2017 by soelo
Are Trump voters ruining America for all of us?: Tom Nichols
Those of us who criticized Trump voters for their angry populism were often told during and after the election not to condescend to our fellow citizens, and to respect their choices. This is fair. In a democracy, every vote counts equally and the president won an impressive and legitimate electoral victory.

Even so, the unwillingness of so many of his supporters to hold him to even a minimal standard of accountability means that a certain amount of condescension from the rest of us is unavoidable.

In every election, we must respect the value of each vote. We are never required, however, to assume that each vote was cast with equal probity or intelligence.
trumpadministration  electorate  poltics  americawhatwentwrong 
april 2017 by sampenrose
The Urgency of Ethnic Nationalism - The New York Times
the final round of an election that includes a viable white nationalist isn’t a time to hash out the future of progressive politics. It’s a time to defeat racism.

A version of this dilemma also applies to the political center. Apolitical institutions have to decide whether they will treat ethno-centrists like Trump and Le Pen differently from other politicians. These institutions are right to resist becoming part of “the opposition,” because society needs nonpartisan institutions. But they also have to avoid compromising their mission.
davidleonhardt  trumpadministration  racism  awesome  poltics  centrism 
april 2017 by sampenrose
Exclusive - Tomi Lahren Extended Interview-The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - Video Clip | Comedy Central
Tomi Lahren talks about serving as a millennial voice for conservatism on her online series "Tomi."
2016  interview  altright  poltics 
march 2017 by hay
Facebook's fake news problem, explained
“Facebook's fake news problem, explained” #poltics #media #tech #news #journalism…
tech  media  news  poltics  journalism  from instapaper
december 2016 by JonClodfelter
Observations on the Day After
Optimism isn't principally an analysis of present reality. It's an ethic. It is not based on denial or rosy thinking. It is a moral posture toward the world we find ourselves in.
movingforward  joshmarshall  awesome  morality  ethics  poltics 
december 2016 by sampenrose
Everything mattered: lessons from 2016's bizarre presidential election - Vox
[awesome what does it all mean piece from DR] it’s clear Democrats need to focus on doing identity politics right, rather than waiting for demographics to do the work for them. That means developing identities that cut across demographic barriers, sensitive to difference but rooted in inclusive values and broad-based economic prosperity. (Again, read Bouie.)

The way to do that is not primarily with “messaging” but with institution building, from the ground up. Democrats have to get into communities across the country, in every state, and organize people around a common vision, not just once every four years but continually, the kind of work unions and churches used to do (and still do, though not in the places or at the scale necessary).

Third, when it comes to writing about politics, I’m going to make an effort to do less prognosticating and more first-order analysis.
davidroberts  trump  2016  movingforward  poltics  race  racism  americawhatwentwrong 
november 2016 by sampenrose

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