Glenn nails it down pretty well in this. He’s not quite where I am but he’s moving along.
Glenn nails it down pretty well in this. He’s not quite where I am but he’s moving along.
Alexandria strikes me as a generally well-intentioned person who just can’t shake the partisanship and the SJWism. As I have said before, in order to be fully competitive, the Left needs to do five things: 1) recognize neoliberals as the primary enemy; 2) forget Democratic Party loyalty; 3) forget the SJWism and pathological right-wingophobia; and 4) put anti-imperialism, anti-statism, and class struggle above cultural politics; 5) turn their back on “progressive” worship of the public adminstration state and become anarchists (and not just “anarcho-progressives”).
Yep. During the period between the 1970s and 1990, liberal and left opinion decides that backwater peasants with their retrograde social views were the “real enemy” rather than the actual ruling class, and Donald Trump is what they got in response. A billionaire carnival barker marshaled the populist-right, capitalized on the class issues, and took the game away from the Left.
Krystal and Saagar give updates on coronavirus case numbers, share the number of reported deaths from Wuhan, and discuss a trial on a promising therapeutic medication for Covid-19 patients.
High fever=truth serum, apparently.
I never expected much from Sanders but he keeps getting lamer all the time. Did Ron Paul ever say, “Oh, we gotta vote for McCain or Romney ‘coz Obama is just so bad, man?” Hell, no.
I’m glad to see some leftist commentators calling him out on this.
Krystal and Saagar discuss a report from The Intercept that exposes AOC challenger, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera’s campaign finance funds from prominent Wall Street executives, bankers.
Saagar Enjeti discusses the media’s coverups for Joe Biden over Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation and Hunter Biden’s China dealings.
Not bad, Krystal. Not bad.
I have the unusual distinction of being friends or least (I hope) cordially acquainted with all four of these guys. I commend all of them for being willing to participate in something like this.
Tom Woods has been doing some good coverage of the present state of medical martial law this week. Check out some of these programs along with the comments from his e-newsletter posted below.
By Tom Woods
It would be nice if people could be honest and say: we really don’t understand a lot of what’s going on with this virus.
Whenever you point out anomalies, there’s always a quick and cartoonish answer — why, this country adopted more lockdown measures than that one!
I like all of the divisiveness and partisanship we see in politics and the media nowadays. It shows the system is fracturing.
If nothing else, hopefully, the Left will realize they need less wimpy leaders.
I have to respect Kulinski’s ability to avoid pathological right-wingophobia and the “vote blue, no matter who” nonsense. But, regrettably, most liberals, progressives, leftists, social democrats, socialists, and even many anarchists (shame) will fail to follow his example.
One of the best things about Trump is that he presents the state as it ought to be presented. When he speaks, he sounds like a mafia boss ordering a hit, which is exactly how the state ought to be portrayed. The chattering class/wine and cheese crowd crapola about Trump bringing a lack of dignity to the presidency is dead wrong. The state is the mafia writ large. The Trump administration somewhat resembles what a John Gotti administration might have been like. Refreshing.
By Seung Min Kim, Josh Dawsey, and Brady Dennis
President Trump’s inaccurate assertion that he has “total” authority to reopen a nation shuttered by the coronavirus is igniting a fresh challenge from governors scrambling to manage their states and highlighting a Republican Party reluctant to defy a president who has relished pushing the boundaries of executive power.
The president’s claim, first conveyed in a tweet Monday morning and underscored at a White House news conference and subsequent social media posts, caught his aides off guard and prompted them to study whether Trump would have such authority in a time of emergency like the ongoing pandemic.
Theoretically, both Russia and China (the Eastern wings of the International Five Families) are societies that meet most of the characteristics of what Westerners think of as “fascism.” Both exhibit chauvinistic nationalism, authoritarian statism, “crony capitalism,” wide class divisions, patriarchy, racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia. Neither one is particularly eco-friendly nor is either one especially enamored of Pride Marches.
The neoliberals who own the Democratic Party (Soros, Inc.) love China because they love access to cheap prison and/or serf labor. The New Class urbanites love cheap Chinese electronic consumer products. And the “Left” loves China because they are non-Caucasians and theoretically practice socialism or communism (actually, they are something closer to Confucians or Legalists within the context of Chinese traditions).
The right-wing plutocrats who own the Republican Party (Adelson, Inc.) hate China because China’s state-owned industries are competitors to their own industries. The post-bourgeois proletarian constituents of the Republicans hate the Chinese because they regard Western capitalist access to Chinese labor as a threat to their class interests. And the nationalist Republicans hate the Chinese as seemingly exotic aliens.
The neoliberals hate Russia because Russia is a nationalistic regime that functions as the primary military and political obstacle to the neoliberals’ dream of a unipolar world order run by the American Empire under the cover of transnational institutions like the United Nations. The New Class urbanites and the “Left” hate the Russians because they are a conservative, traditional, Caucasian, Christian society that resists Western liberalism. And it is precisely for this reason that many on the far-right are increasingly enamored with Russia.
Of course, the neocons (like Bill Kristol) and their allies (like John Bolton) combine all of these hatreds into one in their fervor to wage war on the entire world at the same time (as even Trump acknowledged).
Historically, whenever societies have experienced either an economic downturn or an epidemic of a disease, people have started looking for scapegoats to blame for the problem. In ancient societies, a literal human sacrifice might result. Right now, the US is experiencing both an economic downturn and an epidemic. Trump’s well-established anti-Chinese rhetoric provides him with the perfect opportunity to utilize Sinophobia as a political vehicle. Already anti-Chinese sentiment is rising.
“The Chinese gave us coronavirus!” “The Chinese were building a bioweapon!” “The Chinese stole our surgical masks!” “The Chinese lied about the number of coronavirus victims!” “The Chinese stole our jobs!” “The Chinese destroyed our economy!”
Whether any of this is true or not is beside the point if people think and act as if it is true. Already, harassment and even hate crimes against Asian-Americans are increasing (which is intensified by the fact that many Americans don’t know the difference between Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, Vietnamese, etc.)
All of this now provides Trump with the opportunity to present himself as the “anti-China” candidate while slamming Biden as a Chinese puppet (ironically, the same way liberal and left opinion have slammed Trump as a Russian puppet over the past few years).
The Russian puppet vs. the Chinese puppet in 2020.
Saagar Enjeti blasts the media’s coverage of the Trump campaign ad that calls out Biden as being far too soft on the Chinese regime.
The Voice of the Ruling Class covers for its anointed candidate.
I don’t really agree with the “silent majority” victimology or right-wing ressentiment found in a lot of “populist-right” circles, but this article is a pretty good summary of the state of political affairs in the US today.
By Robert Merry
The American Conservative
We know what kind of threat the coronavirus poses to the health of America and the world. We know it will ravage the global economy and unleash widespread financial hardship. We are seeing the social disruption it creates and can discern prospects for much higher levels of disruption in the future.
What we have perhaps not sufficiently contemplated is COVID-19’s capacity to upend the political status quo in America. This kind of scourge often generates political turmoil, and turmoil often unravels the status quo of a society or polity. This is particularly true when the status quo already is under severe strain, as the American status quo has been for years.
What is the American status quo? It is the nation and its perceived global mission crafted after the end of the Cold War by America’s newly emergent meritocratic elite. In international relations, the fundamental tenets of this vision were the intrinsic virtue of America’s “benign” hegemony, globalism, free trade, a commitment to spreading democracy around the world, and an abiding faith in the country’s ability to salve the hurts and wounds of humanity.
In domestic terms, the status quo has been characterized by relatively porous borders, the financialization of the U.S. economy, deindustrialization, anti-nationalism, a liberal political hegemony on social and cultural issues enforced through political correctness, and an oligarchy of bigness–Wall Street’s big finance, Washington’s big government, big corporations throughout the country, big labor representing increasingly well-off public employees, and self-aggrandizing state and local governments.