There are perhaps no three words more jarring to liberals than “President Donald Trump.” The GOP front-runner and presumptive nominee has undoubtedly made enemies with his nativist rhetoric and bellicose persona. That said, now...
Monthly Archive: April 2016
Unemployment? Yes, 2 or 3 percent of the working-age population has dropped out of the labor force, but the headline unemployment rate is 5 percent. Wages? They’ve been stagnant since the turn of the century, but the average family still makes close to $70,000, more than nearly any other country in the world. Health care? Our system is a mess, but 90 percent of the country has insurance coverage. Dissatisfaction with the system? According to Gallup, even among those with incomes under $30,000, only 27 percent are dissatisfied with their personal lives.
Like it or not, you don’t build a revolution on top of an economy like this. Period. If you want to get anything done, you’re going to have to do it the old-fashioned way: through the slow boring of hard wood.
Why do I care about this? Because if you want to make a difference in this country, you need to be prepared for a very long, very frustrating slog. You have to buy off interest groups, compromise your ideals, and settle for half loaves—all the things that Bernie disdains as part of the corrupt mainstream establishment. In place of this he promises his followers we can get everything we want via a revolution that’s never going to happen. And when that revolution inevitably fails, where do all his impressionable young followers go? Do they join up with the corrupt establishment and commit themselves to the slow boring of hard wood? Or do they give up?
I sat down for an online interview with Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, presidential candidate for the Socialist Party USA, to discuss the state of his campaign and how the left should approach the right.
Yet another guy who didn’t invent the game! And why anyone thinks he did.
Up until a few centuries ago, almost everybody worked in agriculture. That left an affluent upper class free to loaf around, live off their private assets, and wage war – all hobbies that don’t...
Vanessa Feltz: Do you still maintain that they [Shah’s remarks] were not [antisemitic]? Ken Livingstone: No. She’s a deep critic of Israel and its policies. Her remarks were over the top. But she’s not...
Burt Likko reacts to Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech, 140 characters at a time.
“A judge in New York City has sentenced former NYPD officer Peter Liang, who was convicted of manslaughter and official misconduct last month in the 2014 fatal shooting of Akai Gurley, to five years’ probation and 800 hours of community service.
Justice Danny Chun also reduced the manslaughter conviction to criminally negligent homicide, NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang reports, adding that prosecutors say they will appeal that decision.”