Saagar Enjeti rails against the coronavirus relief bill House Democrats proposed that appeals SALT deductions and fails to keep Americans on payroll, but includes funding for female-owned marijuana companies and bailouts for debt collectors, lobbyists.
Rising is by far the best the “mainstream media” has to offer, which is why I post so much of their material here, but this guy’s critique of Rising, echoing Kim Iversen, for not being nearly radical enough is spot on. A real test of a media outlet’s actual oppositional credentials is the degree to which they are willing to criticize Israel. Notice that Tucker Carlson NEVER criticizes Israel. To my knowledge, Rising has never done a single segment that was critical of Israel.
The same pattern the US Left has followed since the 1970s.
A relevant observation from the comments section:
“I never drank the AOC kool aid. 90% of the interest in her derives from the fact that she’s a young woman of color and she’s from NYC, which we’re still supposed to believe is the center of the universe. If she had the same politics but were a white male from South Dakota, hardly anybody would know or care about her.”
The populist insurgency that I have been predicting for 20 years is finally brewing. Read these two articles (here and here) I wrote back in the early 2000s and compare them with what is going on today. Some of the fringe stuff I was discussing back then is now normal.
For decades, I have thought that as the Republicans’ demographic base continues to shrink, and as the WASP working to middle classes continued to decline socioeconomically, that the GOP would reinvent itself (at least rhetorically) as a right-wing populist party (which would mean moving to the left of neoliberals on economic issues and becoming more like France’s National Front, for example). I have also predicted that neoliberal Democrats would essentially become the ruling class party, and face an insurgency from the left as well. We’ve already gotten a taste of that, of course, but the coronavirus crisis seems to be dramatically escalating the process. The Republicans have now shifted to the left of the DNC/neoliberals on class issues. Biden, Pelosi, etc. are the “new conservatives.”