Green New Deal

Bad Emergencies, Good Emergencies, and the Shock Doctrine

Politically aware people (and even a slim majority in Congress) are justifiably against Trump's assault on the Constitution over the Mexican Wall. However, Trump's veto will hold because the vote against the emergency declaration was a bare majority instead of a unanimous rejection of this blatantly dictatorial move.

It's Time

I've lost all patience with moderates, centrists, incrementalists and mainstream establishment democrats who think the status quo is not so bad, just needs a little tweaking around the edges. They'd be satisfied just getting rid of Trump – which is fine as far as that goes, it just doesn't go nearly far enough.

Letters And Politics: a green New deal

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To fight climate change, we need another stimulus package, a green stimulus package.
Government spending to generate jobs is a strategy pioneered in Depression America. The President called it the New Deal. Now the United Nations wants governments to spend on green jobs to combat climate change.

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Constipation of Imagination

You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Back to Methuselah, act I, Selected Plays with Prefaces, vol. 2, p. 7 (1949). The serpent says these words to Eve.

Robert F. Kennedy used a similar quotation as a theme of his 1968 campaign: “Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not.”

This is your politics on Media Drugs (new title)

Its my opinion that national politics has become hallucinogenic. The corporate media and the political elites do not discuss reality, but rather discuss manufactured nonsense. TPTB have realized that their fake liberal shtick just isn't playing in Peoria anymore. After Obama, people are "not going to get fooled again" by the likes of Harris or Booker or Biden. So, it seems that they decided to make democracy completely irrelevant by making the national political discourse insane.

Ocasio-Cortez's green new deal is a union busting, contracts for kickbacks, socialize the risk privatize the profits scam.

On her website she states the plan must “include additional measures such as universal health care programs and any others as the select committee may deem appropriate to promote economic security, labor market flexibility and entrepreneurism …”.

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Perhaps it is the time of year, but I'm feeling a growing awareness...an awakening. After all, next Friday is the solstice and the days will begin to grow here in the Northern hemisphere. But the hope I'm feeling comes from young people and those willing to hit the streets to urge a fundamental change. The Climate Summit COP24 took place this week. Many people are objecting to the corporate influence and are trying to jettison the overlords influence in a climate strategy. Young Greta Thunberg was inspiring. So is the Sunrise movement in our country, and extinction rebellion in the UK. Then there's the yellow vest movement spreading in the EU and around the world. There's a new movement - Progressive International

The time has come for progressives to form a grassroots movement for global justice: to mobilize workers, women and the disenfranchised all around the world behind a shared vision of democracy, prosperity, sustainability, and solidarity.

There's a new fairly progressive president in Mexico, AMLO. And though Brazil has declined to host the next COP meeting, Costa Rica has stepped up to host and set an example!

Costa Rica has a plan to go fossil-free beginning next year, becoming the first decarbonized economy in the world. Costa Rica already generates more than 90 percent of its electricity using renewable energy. In 2017, it went 300 days on clean energy alone.

(I believe Bhutan has already gone carbon negative)