Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang in conversation
Over at Breaking Points I saw this:
First off, the Williamson-Yang exchange isn't a debate. Secondly, I think Krystal and Saagar are leaning too heavily upon history here. And they're leaning on a version of history that leaves some important stuff out. To say the Bryan candidacies led to Woodrow Wilson is not a good thing -- Wilson resegregated the White House. At any rate, the current moment is unique in history. Our moment reveals a party duopoly completely beholden to a super-rich few and completely incapable of responding effectively to the situation at hand, which devolves into crisis more deeply with each year's climate disasters.
They are, however, right to criticize Yang's agenda, though they are somewhat vague about what its big concern is. Here's the big concern. If you look at the Forward Party's web page, you can see that there's something in there about "human-centered capitalism." The problem is that there is really no such thing. Capitalism is about manipulating "value" to turn a profit. Ultimately, this principle leads to the capitalism we have now: the elites buy a Congress, who directs the Federal Reserve to print money and hand it to them (this is diplomatically called "a loan"), and lo-and-behold profit. Capitalism, then, means there must be profit, even if society has reached a historical nexus that that has become completely unprofitable.
"Human-centered economy" might be better. Why not? The President could declare an emergency and save some humans. But it's understandable why it's this way. Yang is a capitalist. His program, then, appears as a sort of "necessary stage." How could smashing the duopoly be bad?
Perhaps it's not important. The duopoly makes increasingly obvious fools of us all. Go ahead! Offer your plan for saving the Democratic Party from certain defeat in 2022 and 2024. Let me guess. Some god will descend from the sky and make it possible for an aging and increasingly senile President who has reneged on all his major promises to win a second term while saving Congress from its abysmal poll numbers. Earth is not going to save the Democrats from being the pointless Whig Party of 2024 -- perhaps outer space will do the trick.
At any rate, here's the conversation between Yang and Williamson:
"There is going to be a revolution." -- Marianne Williamson
Both of these people are worth a hearing because they've both tossed aside the rationalization of "OMIGOD WE'VE GOT TO SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATS BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS ARE SO MUCH WORSE." Oh, sure, they don't quite get to the problem of "chances" -- as long as we spend all of our time calculating chances, we aren't out there improving them. "Never tell me the odds" is what Han Solo said. But they do pretty well, portraying important facts about the political system for those who are discovering them as if such discoveries were the dawning of a new day when many of us feel that this discussion is something that also would have made sense had it been conducted several years ago. May it all amount to something!