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On “The Socialism of Bernie Sanders

Have you ever considered that Trump was lying during his campaign on everything except immigration? He governed as a far right republican since he got elected. His only campaign promise he followed on was xenophobia and racism.

On “From Fox News: Bernie Sanders projected to win Nevada caucuses

Vox goes into some hard data on whether Bernie Sanders is electable or not.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/2/25/21152538/bernie-sanders-electability-president-moderates-data

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It's all hands on deck in the battle against emergent fascism and Klobuchar isn't the one that is going to mobilize the levy en mass. Rank and file Democratic voters like Bernie Sanders just fine. many of them see him as second preference. With his plurality support and the fact that other voters prefer him over others, it would be a mistake not to nominate him.

And yes, Klobuchar literally offers nothing. Very few people across the political spectrum vote based on competent administration of existing policies, programs, and laws. I want every bit of damage that Trump, Sessions, Barr, and company did to the immigration system reversed at least.

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I’m not saying I agree with this assessment, I’m just pointing it out. I find Sanders promises less troubling than Klobuchar’s gleeful delight in offering nothing.

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We all know that the Republicans would accuse every Democratic candidate of being a Godless Marxist Socialist out to destroy God, Mom, and Apple Pie with LGBT sex and universal healthcare. The issue with Bernie Sanders is that the Republicans have all sorts of footage of him saying stuff like this rather than just a mere accusation.

So you have Bernie Sanders saying that the Cuban Revolution wasn't all bad or him standing with Sandinistas or honeymooning in the Soviet Union. We don't know how the general electorate will take to this once these start getting wide spread play. Sanders sceptics believe that these will all play very badly with many Americans, costing Sanders the election. His fans see them as nothing burgers because the Cold War is over.

At least based on social media, lots of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers are not fond of Sander's Cold War politics. Libertarians seem to think he is an un-reconstructed Leninist. An immigration lawyer I know thinks that we can't win Florida because of Sanders comments on the Cuban Revolution.

Sanders mildly unapologetic leftism and belief that the United States done some things wrong during the Cold War is causing a lot of people to be nervous about the general election.

On “Ryan Adams, Fandom, and Tolerating Bad Behavior

I'm not sure if you can have a structure for confession, penance, and reconciliation in a diverse society with tens or hundreds of millions of people. It assumes general agreement over what needs to be confessed to and what is fine, acceptable behavior, what is appropriate penance, and what reconciliation should look like. When ever we have a conversation about sexual harassment, we always end up in an enormous fight over what is and what is not sexual harassment. Should it be broadly or narrowly defined? Does context matter or does it not matter? Things get progressively more complicated from there.

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Humans have been tolerating bad behavior in artists for a lot longer than rock existed. It probably goes back all the way to the Renaissance if not earlier. There is a school of thought that believes that bad behavior is something like a tax society needs to accept because artists can't be conventional people ruled by conventional morality. The art world likes to advance this model a lot.

On “From Fox News: Bernie Sanders projected to win Nevada caucuses

How does Senator No have anything to unite the Democratic Party?

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The parties don't have complete control over the electoral system. We only have two parties because the political system creates some really high entry barriers for new parties and because new parties tend to go about entering it in a very ineffective manner. They focus too much on one particular office, the Presidency, and don't go for lesser Federal offices let alone state or local offices. Both the Greens and Libertarians engage in behavior that at best seems really unprofessional to the average voter and at worse really weird. They are more like fan conventions than political parties. Slate once reported on the Libertarian convention and it caused the more serious Libertarians that I know to remark "put on suit, put on a suit." The Greens are still nothing more than a coffee house debating society with a hippie new-age vibe.

As for party discipline. The Republicans have a lot of party discipline. One comment about the current political crisis is that we are having it because the Republicans are acting as a parliamentary party in a Presidential system. The Democratic Party becomes the non-Republican Party and include too many factions to have much party discipline.

On “Ryan Adams, Fandom, and Tolerating Bad Behavior

I think the stance, and it might have merit, is that we need to take a hard stance against high profile people who engage in sexual harassment and assault in order to really stamp it out. So if your favorite artist has engaged or is even rumored to have engaged in bad behavior, you need to stop listening to them, watching them, or reading their books in order to make this firm stance possible. Hit them where it hurts. Now, defining what bad behavior is might not be immediate obvious when you aren't dealign with a clear cut case of sexual assault or sexual harassment though. That's where the problem lies.

On “The Market is Eating Capitalism

People generally like stability in their lives. They want to wake up and have Tuesday be more or less the same day as Monday assuming Monday wasn't a bad day. The problem with the more doctrinaire laissez-faire advocates is that an entirely free market at least feels incredibly unstable to most people regardless of whether it is stable or not. Laissez-faire was described as creative destruction by one its' advocates for a reason. The destruction part isn't so nice if you are on the receiving end of it though.

So even if laissez-faire is theoretically the best form of economy possible, the number.of humans that have the personality to handle it is rather on the low side. That some, not all but some, laissez-faire advocates take a sort of social darwinistic delight in seeing people who fail under laissez-faire doesn't help there case. In a Facebook conservation regarding tenure, one of the commentators remarked that tenure was bad because it makes professors lazy. People should always be online so they remain rough, active, and competitive. I think that for many people extreme laissez-faire has that sort of attraction. They believe themselves to be tough enough to handle it and don't want a system that they see beneficial to the weak. It's sink or swim to them.

On “About Last Night: Democratic Debate Live From Las Vegas

One of Donald Trump's assets when running for the Republican nomination in 2015 was authenticity. His base looked at him and knew he was a real deal authoritarian bastard rather than a pretend authoritarian bastard like the other Republicans. That's why he inspires more loyalty than other Republicans.

Establishment types do not appreciate how popular authenticity is because it comes across as unprofessional to them or they have different ideas of what constitutes authenticity. To a Democratic insider, somebody like Klobuchar or Bloomberg comes as authentic because they have their stuff together in a nice organized corporate polished way.

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Plus, most polls show that rank and file not online Democratic candidates like Bernie Sanders and really everybody else just fine. The entire cult following of each candidate online isn't really reflective of political reality.

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I really don't think that Bernie Sanders is going to make Corbyn's performance look like a first place finish at Le Mans. We aren't going to have a McGovern or even Mondale style wipeout. The country is less white and more polorized than it was in 1972 or 1984 and Trump much more hated than Nixon and Reagan.

My guess is that every Democratic candidate would win the popular vote and the issue is whether they can get enough electoral college votes. I've seen polling on LGM that all Democratic candidates are doing well in Michigan and Pennsylvania compared to Trump but all are losing in Wisconsin. Even the moderates like Klobuchar and Buttigieg are losing Wisconsin very handily in this poll. So that is both good and worrying at the same time. There isn't a big middle available anymore to fight over. The issue is can you get your base out and have the other base stay home. There isn't a magical Democratic candidate that can thread the needle and unite all factions. Not even Warren despite what her fans say. Klobuchar and Buttigieg piss off the liberals too much.

On “Gone With the Wind: The Great American Feminist Novel

Nearly every modern adaptation of an old novel needs to modernize it in some way. First, few modern audiences are going to be able to totally relate to a work from the past because the past is a different country. Everything would be too alien for people to grasp. Very few people would want to see something buried deep in 19th century New England Anglo-Protestantism. Plus, many of Little Women's modern fans already give it a late 20th/early 21st century political gloss so why not.go there anyway.

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No, because she does it in a folk rock style rather than a hip-hop style. By using white musical tastes, the song becomes more universal. There isn't inherently anything African-American in Fast Cars, you can easily see a white person or Hispanic person writing that song. Therefore, it passes muster by the Committee of Public Safety.

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There is a school of thought that states we shouldn’t forgive the misogynistic literature of the past because they did things differently though. It’s growing in popularity these days. Part of the entire cancel culture. GWTW is just way too racist and pro-slavery to get a pass. I don’t think many feminists want to see it as even slightly feminist because of that. It’s just the literature equivalent of toxic waste because of that. The racist nature of the book consumers all other qualities.

On “Very Stable Genius Predictions

I think people are really concerned about messy democracy in the fight against incipient fascism. Everybody has their idea on who is best to beat Trump and people want a savior to rally around. That messy democracy might not produce somebody so great is causing panic attacks.

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It’s a great party if you can an invite I guess.

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I like this. Most people don't like exciting politicals or exciting sex. They believe they want both but tend to get rather scarred, angry, frustrated, bewildered, and unsatisfied when they happen. There are only a few people that can handle exciting politics or exciting sex.

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For most of them yes, but Joe Walsh recently saw the light and said that he'd rather have a socialist in the White House than Donald Trump and is going to campaign for Democratic politicains.

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I'm agreeing with Saul here. The only thing this shows is that there is a disconnect between the online African-American intelligentsia and the ordinary African-American voters. Its sort of how the average Democratic voter has different political instincts than the online Democratic voter, who favors Warren or Sanders over everybody else.

The majority of African-Americans probably believe quite a bit of American political mythology and might not be entirely behind the 1619 Project's political thesis about slavery and structural racism being the most important fascets in American life.

On “About Last Night: Leaving New Hampshire Edition

I don't think that Klobucher is offering any of that and she doesn't seem to have what I see as general election appeal. Her charisma is nothing.

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The best you can say about Klobuchar is that she is being honest about what can be accomplished within the constraints of American politics. The problem is that she seems to like this way too much. I was less enthused about Warren than others, mainly because I think too many of her supporters adopted a Saint Warren of Arc stance that they accuse Sanders supporters of having, rightly, without realizing it.

I agree with you on Bloomberg. He is the only one taking Trump on directly at this point. This strategy might work for him. It shows him as supremely confident he will win the nomination and be the one that takes Trump down. He is basically running as anti-Trump. A billionaire that will get things done, loves immigrants, etc.

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Out of all the people who are running for the Democratic nominee, Klobuchar is the person whose appeal I understand the least. She is literally the no candidate. Her policy offerings are literally nothing beyond competent administration. She is everything that Sanders supporters accused Clinton of being bout entirely accurate.Not only that but she seems to take delight in her "I offer you nothing and we can't have nice things" stance. Its like reliving Bill Clinton's politics but with pessimism rather than optimism.

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