Posts Tagged politics

Neoliberalism was the Grounding for the Sacrifice of Flint to Capital, yet Obama Thinks Neoliberalism will Save Flint

The poverty of thought in American policy making bears some similarity to the meager budgets of public water utilities. With the sacrifice zone of Flint present in the public consciousness, where cuts to indispensable public services were the cost of corporate tax cuts, the Obama administration is positioning private capital as the solution to the […]

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Is Bernie Sanders a Single-Issue Candidate? Populism, Hillary Clinton, and the Balance of Class Forces

Hillary Clinton’s newest line of attack on Bernie Sanders exposes a flaw of populist politics, the ability to characterize a platform of simplistic Manichean problem and solution sets as reducible to a singular problem and solution, that is, to frame the campaign as being single issue. In an important sense this is an unfair characterization […]

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It Matters that Bernie Sanders is Not Actually a “Democratic Socialist”

In a speech today Bernie Sanders articulated his vision of democratic socialism for the empire: “the wealthiest people and the largest corporations must pay their fair share of taxes”, that “democratic socialism means that we must create an economy that works for all, not just the very wealthy”. That these are the tenants of mainstream […]

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A Word or Two on Soundbites and Myth at the Third Republican Debate

Fact-checking last night’s Republican debate would be fruitless, these sophists spoke of American myth, reaffirming old lore and telling new fables. It is a testament to the burning desire of the American people for collectivistic pursuit of shared prosperity that we are so vulnerable to the manipulations of nationalistic demagoguery even when it takes a […]

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On Hillary Clinton’s Comments During her Meeting with Black Lives Matter Activists

Last week Hillary Clinton spoke with Daunasia Yancey and Julius Jones of Black Lives Matter after a town hall meeting, from which Yancey and Jones were prevented from entering by Clinton’s security. Video from the encounter is now available and it must be seen — Clinton is in politician mode but with her usual lack […]

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A Non-Review & A Critique of Critiques of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me

How does one “review” an essay on being black? One cannot. To do so implies that there is something fictitious, something fabricated, that can and ought to be altered in the recollections of a man trying to convey black-embodiment to any who will listen. And yet there have been many critiques of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ recently […]

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One Reason to Support Bernie Sanders for President

Neighbor, The media keeps us misinformed and distracted from political policies that profoundly affect our lives, while using opinion polls to control public opinion rather than measure it. Bernie Sanders is breaking through these structures of thought-control for one simple reason: he is describing the reality that Americans across the country are seeing – underemployment, […]

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