Most people prefer safety and security first (see Maslow’s hierarchy of needs) over everything else. I don’t think the response of either Democrats or Republicans to COVID-19 has been optimal (to say the least). What people want is public health safety with economic compensation.
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti react to the recent ABC News townhall President Trump participated in, receiving both backlash and criticism from many of the voters present.
After the election, look for a crackdown on protestors. If Trump wins, the claim will be that the feds are fighting left-wing terrorism and ordinary crime. If Biden wins, the claim will be that the feds are fighting right-wing terrorism and “hate.” The goal will be to make the ruling party appear successful at restoring order, whoever the ruling party is, while eliminating any actual dissent from the status quo.
By Erica Caines
After weeks of a panic-driven insistence that we can vote out fascismby self-proclaimed leftists, mainstream media has taken it up a notch with terminology like “Trump’s America.” In using that term, what both leftists and liberals are engaging in, besides fear-mongering, is a misguided and ahistorical approach to electoral politics and US politics, in general.
By attributing fascism and the conditions of an overzealous militarized police force solely to Donald Trump, we ignore the trajectory of how we have arrived at a Trump presidency. Furthermore, an obsessive fixation on Trump and not the system, at large, makes us complicit in the work of encouraging fascism.
Fuck the Fire Department? In some “anti-fascist” circles, I’ve heard firefighters referred to as fire pigs, EMTs as medical pigs, school lunch supervisors as lunch pigs, etc.
By Alexa Ashwell & Rachel Aragon
BALTIMORE (WBFF) – A reported assault on two Baltimore City firefighters is contributing to the nationwide, rising concern over attacks on first responders. According to the department, the firefighters were assaulted while responding to a reported fire on Eastern Avenue in southeast Baltimore Sunday night. Officials say a man threw glass bottles at the crew as they attempted to enter the home. It’s an unfortunate, yet not surprising incident to former Baltimore City Commissioner Ed Norris. “I think there’s been an effort to demonize the police in this country, and these are firefighters,” said Norris. Norris then pointed out one of the most recent attacks on law enforcement, the two California deputies who were shot in an ambush. Police have also recent victims of violence during unrest in Seattle and Chicago.
Peter McWilliams’ classic from the early 90s. McWilliams himself later became a casualty of the state. The primary cause of police misconduct, mass incarceration, and related issues is overcriminalization, not lack of police “training,” lack of social worker cops, private prisons, or even racism in some abstract sense. All of these things are symptoms, not causes. The main weakness of this book is that is focusing mostly on “morals” related laws like drugs and prostitution, and not overcriminalization generally, which extends into a huge range of areas.
Titania McGrath gets her rightful place on the Woke table at a bookstore that is anxious to prove its social justice bonafides! Tim and Lydia laugh their way through an absurd moment in virtue signaling gone wrong.
A system of permanent one-party dominance within a formally democratic state is more likely than an actual coup from the left or right. Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party held power for 71 years in a formal multi-party democracy, and Sweden’s Social Democrats held power for 44 years.
Opinion has been sharply divided about Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who killed two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in what many say was an act of self-defense. In this episode I’m joined by Kristan Harris, the man whose footage from that night has become the standard footage used in the mainstream media
Maybe you think that way about the past three years: the corrupt self-dealing, the fusillade of lies and ignorance, the corporate handover of the regulatory state, the authoritarian repression. The oncoming election may provide you with a crack of hope for America to reverse what many consider a grave mistake.
But while Election Day will signal the end of a campaign, it’s not the end of Donald Trump’s term in office.
The conventional media and much of the dissident milieu are focused on Trump’s Nixonian authoritarianism because is Trump is both the President and the bane of dominant ruling class sectors, but other dangers lurk in the form of millenarian progressivism and neocon opportunism. What seems to be going on is an effort by the neocons to manipulate the Left as a tool to be weaponized against Trumpism.
By Angelo Codevilla
The Independent Institute
The Americans who confess other people’s racism absolve themselves inexpensively by a moral mechanism common to humanity: the more I profess to hate evil, the more I showcase my own goodness. Such confessions, however, have a particular history of tragedy in Christian civilization. Again and again over the centuries, persons who have imagined themselves cleansed by ritual confessions have believed themselves elevated above the rest of humanity and, hence, entitled to oppress or even annihilate those around them. Today’s self-purifiers, arms outstretched in supine submission, who then countenance violence against persons, property, and cultural symbols, are mostly unwitting protagonists in yet another chapter of a hoary history.
The former UK ambassador in Washington, Kim Darroch, has warned of a “genuine risk” of violence in the aftermath of a close-run US election in November.
Darroch noted that although Joe Biden is maintaining a significant lead nationwide, the margins in some battleground states are shrinking, and he suggested pollsters could be systematically undercounting Donald Trump supporters.
“I’m not sure the pollsters really know how to count Trump voters,” Darroch said in an interview.
He pointed to the recent violence in Portland, Oregon, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the wake of police shooting of unarmed Black Americans, and the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, a fervent police supporter facing homicide charges after a shooting incident in Kenosha that left two people dead and a third seriously injured. Rittenhouse has since been hailed as a vigilante hero by the far right.