Saturday, June 4, 2011

Coulds, Part II

I realized that I'd written, in the context of a reply to John Cole, a not-bad list of coulds. I've updated them slightly, but I think they stand up pretty well.
  • Get out there & start talking up Keynsianism. Remind people of Hoover’s failure in 1930, and FDR’s budget balancing in 1937. Criticize the investment banks for gross malfeasance, the mortgage banks for fraud, and the health insurance companies for price-gouging.
  • Get out there & start talking environmentalism. Start talking science. Start talking jobs. Start talking union. Start talking women’s rights. Start talking freedom and equality—remember those?
  • Investigate the Koch brothers and the De Vos family. Investigate ALEC. Investigate the State Policy Network.
  • Stop lying to the public. Stop telling people it’s really OK when no way it is. Stop making deals with the devil.

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