It’s worth remembering that xenophobic violence erupted in the former East against “Auslander,” just a year after the Mauerfall.
Jacobin magazine is down in the mouth over the collapse of East Germany. I understand their disappointment. When the wall was transgressed, those East Germans headed straight to Kaufhaus des Westens. Total neolibs even after 40 years of the best socialist education in the Soviet bloc! Amazing!
The Stasi was why Ossis couldn’t have nice things.
Gregor Gysi would have been a brilliant replacement for Honecker.
Putin went from busting kneecaps in a decrepit Friedrichshain dungeon to bombing civilians in Aleppo as Russia’s Eternal President.
Re Elizabeth Warren: Ordinary people won’t read policy papers. Soundbites recycled through repetitive stump speeches drill home the gist of the matter.
The key for Democrats is to reach low information voters in swing states, who were once the backbone of Republican Party support.
I recall the day Beauregard Sessions quaked in the presence of a “wise Latina.”
All Bern talks about these days is extinguishing billionaires.
AOC has to be careful not to damage her brand by associating with a losing campaign.
Modi’s boot is pressing on the neck of India’s judiciary.
Beshear is no AOC or Sanders. Can’t imagine there will any champagne uncorked at the offices of the Justice Democrats or in yurts of the Sunrisers.
The so-called progressive wing of the Democratic Party will view a Beshear victory as a repudiation of their ideology and, therefore, as a defeat.
Trump trends higher in counties with high meth and oxy addiction.
Most damaging to the faith-healers who touched Trump: their souls are saturated with sin.
Re the changing of the guard at One Police Plaza: It’s always a big deal when a street gang changes leadership.
Roger Stone is the forgotten capo of the Trump Crime Family.
Bern marched with Dr King and broke rocks with Mandela.
Bern doesn’t care about the math. He just wants to come off as one angry populist, more angry, and hence, more progressive, than Warren.
Regarding Bern’s M4A plan … to quote Marx (from the 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte): “There the phrase went beyond the content.”
It’s one thing when Shep went off on Trump. But when Ed Henry flips, one knows Trump has lost Fox News.
I can’t believe people still believe in “age appropriateness” for consenting adults. Must be the New Puritanism.
Populism is why we can’t have nice things.
Donald Trump has shifted his domicile from New York City to Florida.
It’s as if a Superfund site just moved south.
The move does lay the groundwork for post-Presidency criminality. Mob often retired to Florida.
Trump is echt Queens, though. Everything about him says ash heap.
The good news: Rudy ain’t going’ nowheres.
Bern’s relaunch with AOC went unnoticed due to the sturm over Tulsi’s twitter beef with HRC.
Bern will never be the Democratic nominee, so Joe Manchin will never have to vote against him anyway.
With the tragedy of Deadspin following so close on the heels of the demise of Splinternews, we are nearer to reaching the crisis of which Marx wrote.
I’m surprised Bern isn’t fundraising off the suffering of Deadspin ex-staff. $2.70
A teacher in North Carolina is under fire for separating students by religion.
What I want to know is where did the rational students sit?
Impeachment is like Christmas Day for news networks.
Paula White’s criminality precedes her.
A cat is a loaded weapon.
Candy corn is the resistance of Halloween treats.
Susan Sontag is the last, quality “public intellectual” the US has produced.
3% of socialists for neolib Buttigieg. What would Rosa Luxemburg think?!
Splinter News was shut down. A quick history of corporate overlords shutting down historic entities:
East India Company 1600-1874
One Splinter writer, Emma Roller, did her “proudest work” for “vulture capitalists goons.”
The Splinter writers occupy a “contradictory class location”: neither prole nor owner of capital. (See E O Wright + a nod to Jeet Heer).
2 years is about the average life-span of a leftwing publication. It’s odd to hear its writers blame private equity ownership now when they accepted their paychecks for two years without a peep of disdain for neolib financing.
And, to be honest, it was surprising to learn AOC paid neolib prices for a posh haircut.
Trump’s next wife will come from Turkey.
Neolib Obama defended the Kurds. Trump “the Peacemaker” does not.
Purity politics is for religionists. I don’t know why an intelligent person like Warren feels a need to indulge in it.
USWNT win the World Cup.
It was brilliant to schedule the Gold Cup Final on the same day as the World Cup in France. It illustrates the gap between the American men and women. If anything, it shows the American men should be paid less than the American women.
Neoliberalism and the establishment media hold back the US men’s team.
Cory Booker is more sorry that he’s polling at 1%-3%
Booker just realized he can no longer ride Harris’ coattails on the busing issue. He’s likely more disturbed by the fact that his poll numbers remain as low as they were before he chimed in.
I love Bern’s email blasts, full of desperate pleading and seething with resentment. I think he and his team know his revolution is quixotic, and that his nomination hopes lack any basis in political reality.
Tsipras was schooled by Merkel and played by Varoufakis. Now he’s out of power.
Pelosi has been chewing up and spitting out political newbies like AOC for years.
AOC is a Perónista. Go figure.
The only thing missing from Trump’s militaristic Fourth of July was Leni Riefenstahl.
Jerry Falwell Jr is a convenience store Christian.
The Boston Tea Party would be labeled fascist by today’s right and neoliberal/cultural appropriationist by today’s left.
Re Harris and Biden:
Busing (federally mandated or not) isn’t one that will flip the Senate or win Ohio, PA, and Wisconsin for Democrats. I can’t think of anyone who even talks about busing anymore. It is juicy journalistic clickbait though.
Integration (which is the point of busing) was deemed illegitimate during the rise of multiculturalism and the emphasis on difference in the 1980s/90s. It seems to be an odd issue to revive just for the sake of sticking it to Biden.
Busing has no political relevance today unless one of the Dems is pushing it (and I believe none of them are).
The problem for Harris is that Booker is riding her coattails on this issue and won’t let it die (even if Harris moves on from it).
However, Booker isn’t getting a bounce in poll numbers from his kerfuffle with Biden (his campaign barely has a pulse). Probably needs to shift tactics and targets.
Since Biden’s “bipartisanship” led to this dispute, one should note that it is a dead virtue because (1) right-wingers are no longer in the Democratic Party (see Robert Byrd, segregationist) and (2) it was easier to be bipartisan in the era of earmarks (which the GOP controlled Senate has banned under the influence of the House “Freedom Caucus”).
Jacobin Magazine says AOC is August Bebel 2.0.
Electoral college math suggests the election will be won or lost in Wisconsin, Michigan, PA, and Ohio, not Queens, NY.
Most NY Times pundits don’t do research and rely on projection and innuendo. One sees it in Stephens, Brooks, Bouie, and Dowd (to name a few).
Bern is all about symbolic violence against Democrats. Then he cries about Democrats being against him.
Sanders sees his chance to win the nomination slipping, so he’s going scorched earth again on the Democratic Party.
Bern believes the torch has been passed to him by Dr King. He’s desperate to be nominated.
Bern will argue that Warren is just another neoliberal centrist that his revolution is meant to smash.
When HRC launched her campaign in 2015 quoting FDR, she was labeled a neoliberal by Bernistans. So it is ironic that he’s claiming the New Deal for socialism.
Political liberalism is the core of democratic socialism: rule of law, equality, rights, etc. Dem Soc varies from political liberalism in that it brings liberal values to bear on labor conditions and relations. There’s no socialism without liberalism.
AOC and Cheney continue to double down on stupid (just like Trump).
I always wonder how McConnell shaves his dewlap.
So many people bring naive realist expectations to a fictional TV drama (HBO’s Chernobyl). Literary theory needs to be taught in high schools.
The white Ford Bronco chase was the best live television in history. Everyone was on pins and needles, waiting to see if OJ would blow his brains out in front of a mass audience.
Many male pundits believe they are smarter and better at politics than Pelosi.