Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Washington lawyer Susan Simpson listens to it, so you don't have to: https://twitter.com/TheViewFromLL2/status/1221169013654478850.
Also, over at Daily Kos, David Neiwert on the primacy of racism over economic considerations in voter behavior: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/1/25/1913829/-Why-Sanders-insistence-on-seeking-an-economic-solution-to-racism-is-built-on-hollow-mythology
Reiterating my take on Sanders and racism: Sanders does speak of racism, but obliquely, in the context of 1930s Germany, where economics was a factor. The only candidate to have spoken of racism directly was Hillary Clinton, in her "Two Baskets" speech, and she was blasted for it. While racism was preexisting, the massive economic losses of the crash of 2008 were used to help raise the demon, but I do not believe that ameliorating them will lay it. One cannot unsow the wind.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Give the southern states to African-Americans as part of reparations. – https://twitter.com/RavenOnthill/status/1220153092471001088?s=20
The Democratic Party, for all its faults, has people with consciences. As we are seeing right now on display in the Senate, the Republican Party does not. Doesn't make the Democrats great, but makes them reachable. That's better than the fascists running the Republican Party. – https://twitter.com/RavenOnthill/status/1220107784634503168?s=20
Monday, January 20, 2020
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Sometimes racism is used as a tool to create customary disparities of wealth - a class system. Again, obvious. Look at the segregated South. Were most white people rich there? No. So all this machinery of oppression and racism was deployed to oppress not only blacks, but most whites, and to get the poor whites to oppress the even poorer blacks. LBJ knew: ‟If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you.” This is also obviously historically true.
Immiseration fuels fascism. Hitler would have had a much harder struggle without the great depression. One cannot, however, unsow the wind. We need methods of creating peace and justice within our societies and no candidate is talking very much about this. (Except for Marianne Williamson, and she was otherwise a dangerous crank.) It is, in fact, nearly impossible to even speak of it; Hillary Clinton was roundly lambasted for bringing up ‟deplorables.” It is like talking about slavery in the pre-Civil War USA. Everyone knew it was a problem, knew it was the problem, but there was no way to discuss it.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
I'm a poor straight white man. Why should I support your party's class warfare schemes when come the revolution I will be shoved to the bottom of the intersectional dung heap? – @AndrewStallard8 on TwitterBecause Trump and the Republican leadership have the utmost contempt for you and will take everything you have left.
Look it up. Trump routinely stiffed people like you.
If you're willing to be in the middle, not at the top or the bottom, we have a place for you.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
(There, got that done. As to the politics…)
I've been thinking over how the USA might best respond, if de-escalation is the goal. These are first thoughts based on very little research:
- To begin with, stand our ground. The Iraqi Sunnis do not want to be part of Iran in all but name. I wonder if most of the Iraqi Shia do.
- Iran is not likely to attack Israel with missiles; they know the Israelis will respond with overwhelming force. Hezbollah might undertake terrorist acts. I don't know if Iran is willing to target Dubai.
- If a counterattack is to be mounted, it would be best to target the Iranian missile bases, but it must be a well-planned one; no bases can be left functional.
Do I think Donald Trump is likely to do the sensible thing? Nah. I think he will either escalate, or cower.
And a long loud series of raspberryish croaks to all the armchair warriors who were certain Iran would not respond, and another one to all the US politicians who didn’t grasp that Trump’s assassination of Soleimani was a de facto declaration of war.
Sunday, January 5, 2020
- Soleimani was more of a general than a terrorist. He was a hero to many Iranians. He is now a martyr.
- Many Americans writing about this war assume that Iran can do no harm to the United States. In this they are wrong.
- Many Americans are believe that this war will end at the discretion of the United States. This is false.
- The next US President will inherit a war. Any domestic policy agenda will be subordinated to the need to, at least, defend the USA.
Friday, January 3, 2020
"But some king who just passed decent little laws and read books and tried to look intelligent…‘Oh,’ they say, ‘oh, he was all right, a bit wet, not what I'd call a proper king.’ That's people for you.” – Terry Pratchett, Interesting Times
- The assassination of Qassem Suleimani is a de facto declaration of war on Iran.
- Trump does not understand Iran well enough to know who to target, so who told him to target Qassem Suleimani?
- The Senate now faces a choice: impeach Donald Trump or abdicate its constitutional authority to declare war to the Presidency.
- The House now may impeach Donald Trump for declaring war without the consent of the Senate.
- “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and I discussed the decisive defensive action @realDonaldTrump employed in Baghdad to protect American lives. I emphasized that de-escalation is the United States’ principal goal.” – Secretary of State Pompeo, tweet.
- People are talking about preventing war with Iran. It's too late. There is going to be a response, probably not a conventional military response, but something brutal. At best, we can prevent escalation.
- It is not clear to me that any peace with Iran can be remade. It may be Trump has entangled us in war for years to come.