politics

It's like watching the film over and over again

I have even begun to forget where I came in. Depending on how old you are this might make sense to you. When I was a kid they ran movies over and over and you could come in at any point in the film. It was a long time until we evolved into the present mode.

So that means that people my age can identify with the news and political theater in a different way than those too young to have experienced this.

Don't Take the Bait

When is a trap not a trap?
Don M. posted an essay exhorting folks to get off their ass and Do something peaceful(paraphrased all to hell), and has issues with some(okay, My) responses, and another today requesting clarification.
Always happy to oblige(HAH!), I'm gonna give it a go in the interests of furthering dialogue.

A complex world view makes our present situation more comprehensible

This may seem like a contradiction, but once you accept that comprehension depends on being able to approach the real world with your own world view it is actually very clear. Complex systems defy classical logic especially in the realm of causality.

My state of awareness hurts

Those of you who have read my writings know that I do not write for effect. I write to put down thoughts that have become "ripe" and need to be exposed. I also write to expose my thoughts to others in order that I do not stray too far from reality.

I have been writing less and less since Trump was elected. That is partly because I have a mixed set of reactions and don't want to sound too incoherent. Politics in this country is theater and bad theater at best.

Forget Everything Else. What Matters Is That Neoliberalism Failed

Seven months after the election people are still debating why Trump beat Hillary.
While there are plenty of factors involved, the primary reason why Hillary lost was an event that happened nine years ago - the failure of the global neoliberal economic system.

The fundamentals of political energy

The first law of thermodynamics states that, simply put, energy cannot be created or destroyed; energy can only be transferred or change form.

Over these past decades, and even so far as throughout the past century, our political energy has come in many forms; however, some of those forms have been suppressed and ultimately converted to other forms of energy.

How to win a Grotesque

First off, relax if you don't know what a Grotesque is. A Grotesque is a chess puzzle wherein White fights with a much smaller force against a much larger and well positioned force. Usually it's an "End-game" problem, after much of the battle has already been fought and the White player is fully expected to lose.

Fareed Zakaria Rattled By The Left

Fareed Zakaria was a good analyst at the old Newsweek, but not so good on tv. I don't watch his show, but decided to see what he was going to talk about yesterday. He started with a rant about the left, for their attack on him after he expressed support for Trump's bombing spree. I don't know if any of you were involved, it looked like you got under his skin.

Today is a dark day in human history.

A very empty and sick man has been given power to enough to ensure the extinction of our species. An entire Nation allowed him to have this power. Many in that Nation are foolish enough to excuse themselves because they did not vote for him. It is this level of lack of understanding that made him president.

The role of empathy in human thought. How did we evolve separate value systems?

The human mind is not as flexible as we might like to think. The most obvious place to see this is in the political sphere. Knee jerk responses to frames are the norm, not the exception. The most common place to see this is in the mass media. Political propagandists have known this for centuries.

Dazed and Numb

How much more can we endure?

That should perhaps be the ultimate question that is cemented into America's conscious, and yet it is nothing but a fleeting thought.

As Trump continues with his evisceration of the government, attacking Meals on Wheels to dump 50 extra billion into our corpulent defense budget, we would hope that there would be more concern, more outrage. And yet, the current reality also fixates on the numbing agent of outrage itself.

OMG, The Horror, The Horror

I was initially surprised to see that some voting for the DNC chair feared that Ellison would "push the party too far to the left". "You're kidding, he's mainstream", thought I. Then, the part of my mind that has been a close observer of and sometime participant in history for about 60 years remembered. "Were'nt the self-styled liberals, nearly all of them mainstream Democrats, the folks constantly sushing everybody on the left throughout the late fifties and the sixties?

People Don't Like Hard Questions (or How Feminism is Killing the Left))

I expect a lot from the authors and posters here. I expect that you're informed on the issues of the day. I expect your stories to be true when portrayed as true, to the very best of your abilities. It is expecting a lot perhaps, but I've seen a sliver of your souls. And I'm comforted. For I am certain that you expect a lot of yourselves also. You hold yourselves to high standards here. Standards of intellectual honesty and compassion, among other nobler qualities.

Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Trump, Brexit and the Crisis of Liberalism

We need to understand what the liberals already know but are unwilling to admit publicly; liberalism is in a deep crisis. The liberal wing of the ruling class has caught itself on the horns of a dilemma.

On the one hand, the Liberals serve the interests of capitalism, in that sense the shift from Keynesian Liberalism to Neoliberalism comes about due to the economic crisis following the demise of Keynesianism due to stagflation in the 1970s.

I'm More Than My Identity

This election cycle has brought forth the destructive nature of Identity Politics. Instead of Democrats looking at how their morally-compromised, ethically-challenged, corrupt, hawkish, neoliberal candidate lost, they instead have turned towards it is the racist's faults, the misogynist's fault, the white, working class' fault.

Purity: A Thought Experiment

As the Democrats dissect the carcass of their failed 2016 election against Donald Trump, many contenders are being brought forward for their horrendous campaign. Of course, many of these ideas are misplaced, misguided, or just outright wrong; however, throughout the campaign and even after, there was a category of lines used against progressives.

Stop being so pure

You purists just need to get behind Hillary

Purity

Just a few of the many facets to the recent Standing Rock delay

I have written much about the drastic changes we need to make if we are to survive our self- made crisis. There is no need to point these things out to the water protectors at Standing Rock. I only wonder if the rest of us really understand this.
Today there was a pause in construction announced. This is a victory for all people on the planet. It has significance in many ways. Surely the protection of the water is the obvious one.

Dissecting 435: The Need for Change

The 2016 election saw Donald Trump win against Hillary Clinton with an unexpected victory, with Trump scoring 306 Electoral College votes compared to Clinton's 232. With that victory however, comes the dissenting cries as Clinton won the popular vote by roughly 2 million votes. This has sparked a wide number of debates, ranging from the issues of democracy, the need to scrap the Electoral College, overturning the Electoral College, illegitimate wins, and more.

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