Tagged: populism

Four moods

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.

Everything’s not lost

Jacobin magazine is already attempting to cushion the inevitable disappointment of Berniebros/brosettes with a quote from Eugene Debs:

“It is infinitely better to vote for freedom and fail than to vote for slavery and succeed.” – Eugene Debs

The “losing is winning” mentality is Debs making a virtue of necessity.

After the rude welcome Trump received at a UFC event in NYC, Dana White will receive a tweetful of hate from the Big Bonespur.

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Warren and Sanders lack a heavyweight in economics to legitimate their half statements about paying for M4A.

This is doubtless because they are riding the wave of anti-expertise ressentiment of the current populist moment.

The otherwise intelligent Dave Weigel recently referred to Clinton’s “gaffe” re coal miners in West Virginia.

Clinton’s gaffe?

Preliminary figures for 2018 show 80,778 people were employed by mine operators and contractors. That’s a record low, and about a thousand fewer than were employed by coal in the last year of the Obama administration.

Coal miners are dinosaurs.

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As a student of the “Critique of the Gotha Program,” Bernie knows the proles must use the state to smash the bourgeoisie. Marx’s hostility to Bakunin followed from this. Likewise, Bern as no affinity with anarchism. Hence, no blathering about the deep state from his quarter.

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Buttigieg’s plan for a plethora of “national service” programs, which would also function as a pre-requisite for future employment, sounds like the model for an American Stakhanovite.

Service is for knechts, serfs, and butlers in Merchant-Ivory films.

Let’s not make Deadspin out to be the NY Times or any other serious journalistic venture.

Your savior

It’s telling that Trump has to hold his Rolling Nuremberg Rallies in deep red states which he should have no problem holding.

The Biden-Ukraine conspiracy theory came from Ken Vogel and friends at the NY Times.

33 years ago Rudy was as mob connected as he is today.

I don’t want Manafort or Flynn to have the right to vote.

Militant secularism (as per William Barr), also known as Enlightenment and cultural progress.

An evangelical christian is born every minute. – P T Barnum.

The biggest flaw in mainstream economics is the model of rational action, which, ironically, is shared by Marxist economics.

Today’s progressives are, unfortunately, populists.

Ryan Lizza is the new Mark Halperin.

Rick Perry is proof that eyeglasses don’t make one smarter.

Ramble on

Libertarianism is the political boutique tendency.

Only naive EFF types thought the “web” could ever be non-toxic.

Elisabeth Moss needs to come under more scrutiny.

Bernie was one of the few New Left who didn’t break with the CCCP. He did march with Dr King, though.

Xenophobia and garden variety cultural ressentiment: the elixir of populism.

The question is whether populist outrage, as channeled by Sanders, is a winning strategy? Didn’t work for him in 2016 and it’s not working for him so far for 2020.

Bern’s anger-based politics has him in danger of slipping behind Warren.

D’Souza is another example of why it isn’t good to give felons the franchise. (see Flynn, Manafort, Limbaugh).

Für uns, gibts nicht.

Straight on

Kirstjen Nielsen’s very particular set of skills are likely to be in high demand abroad (N Korea, Turkey, Brazil, and the Philippines).

After GoT, TV will be greatly diminished, like the Elves after the destruction of the Ring of Power.

Populism is an absence of shame.

Authenticity is an identity-policing notion.

Better educated journalists might bring more seriousness to the profession.

As the kids say, white privilege won’t save Assange this time.

Offrande charnelle

Those who are put off by so-called “difficult” reading material are likely put off by other challenges in life. They settle for the facile comforts of easily digested pablum and shun the sublime pleasure of mastering aesthetic complexity.

It’s interesting that people blame books for their own intellectual deficiencies.

An affirmative embrace of inferiority is present in the judgment that a difficult book must be “pretentious.”

Savonarola, Cola di Rienzo, Mussolini, and now Salvini. Once again, in a moment of profound weakness, Italy has chosen fascism.

The bone spurs which kept Donald Trump out of the Vietnam War have prevented him from attending a ceremony in the rain at the Belleau cemetery.

Hwylio mewn cyfog

Western democracies have been around for two centuries. There’s no revolutionary force in existence of any sufficient weight, whether progressive or regressive (i.e., today’s gutter populism), to suggests there’s a threat of their demise on the near or distant horizon.

The endless stream of “end of this or that” columns (e.g., the end of liberalism, the end of neoliberalism, the end of the elite, the end of the state, the end of globalization, etc.) is a shopworn brand of political prognostication. It does show, however, the futility of ideology critique in the era of late capitalism and the worldwide culture industry (as per Adorno), whether immanent or transcendental.

The critical question is whether today’s forces of regression (e.g., Brexiteers in the UK, Deplorables in the US) are strong enough to undo all democratic institutions without facing significant resistance from the forces of enlightenment and reason.