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|How economic populism can reprogram the conservative brain
Neuroscience is one of the world's most exciting fields, challenging the ways we think about ourselves and our personalities. Our political behavior is no exception. Some of the latest findings ...
|The future of unemployment
GE has a cute little ad called "The future of work" praising their advances in 3D printing automation : We'll gloss over the fact that no one in the copyediting process caught the misuse of "beg ...
|You haven't seen me in a while. Here's why.
Hey fellow Kossacks, It's been a pleasure being part of this extraordinary community for almost ten years now. I started writing here in 2005, amassing hundreds of diaries before I started writing ...
|We ignore people who don't vote. We stop caring about you. So vote.
It's that day again. If you're obsessive enough about politics to be reading this, you should probably already be registered to vote by mail (assuming you live in a state that allows it.) But if you'...
|This is what legislative courage on gun control looks like. Action, not just sympathy
We hear it after every mass shooting: politicians on both sides of the aisle intoning their deepest condolences to the victims and their families. We hear a lot about thoughts and prayers and ...
|No matter the murderous motive, the common denominator is always the gun
Yesterday a deeply disturbed man committed an unspeakable crime in Isla Vista. He was motivated by the worst forms of misogyny, sexual entitlement, racism, and privileged narcissism, and engaged in ...
|Climate change denialism is a tribal marker for old white Republican males
Gallup is out with a new poll on climate change . It turns out that while climate denialism spiked in 2010, acceptance of climate science has increased such that only 1 in 4 Americans are climate ...
|Note to Jim DeMint: Ending slavery was a Big Government police action
Jim DeMint, noted professor of history and respected race relations theorist, puts out his theory on the end of slavery : "Well the reason that the slaves were eventually freed was the Constitution,
|Alternatively, Democrats could give midterm voters something to believe in
President Obama, on Democratic difficulties in midterm elections : President Obama complained Thursday that Democrats “get clobbered” in midterm elections, blaming a “toxic” atmosphere in ...
|Dear Third Way: Economic Populism Works. Especially in tough districts.
Markos Moulitsas and the execrable Third Way are in a minor media tussle at the moment. Markos correctly pointed out that in both the House and Senate, the Democratic caucus has shifted ...
|The Left doesn't just need better tactics. It needs a return to better ideas.
Adolph Reed has made a recent splash with his essay in Harper's Magazine and subsequent interview with Bill Moyers . His thesis essentially states that the Left spends too much of its time ...
|Americans: we love paying more for less
Now that Comcast is apparently going to be merging with Time Warner, net neutrality is dead, and vertical integration is all the rage, it's worth remembering the glorious benefit Americans are ...
|Republicans do not understand what it means to be human
Republicans are very upset that people who are working just to hold onto health insurance might be willing to quit the labor force because the Affordable Care Act will allow them to. The notion that ...
|The survival of the human race depends on fate of KeystoneXL and fracking
One of the frustrations of being a climate activist is that far too many people simply do not understand the stakes. Climate issues are often forced through an "environmentalist" lens, wherein ...
|The Right can't handle the reality of the 21st century economy
One of the biggest differences between a neoliberal and a progressive is whether they talk about our current economic difficulty as a somewhat-larger-than-normal downturn that will soon correct ...
|More goodies for the asset class
Danny Vinik notes in Business Insider that most federal housing subsidies are going to those with household incomes over $100K, while a whopping $34 billion in subsidies are going to household over $...
|Republican answers for a young urban Latino
Joe Scarborough, speaking at the Reagan Library : “We’ve got to make sure that we nominate a candidate like Reagan who believes that freedom and less taxes and less regulations and more ...
|Democrats shouldn't be crowing about the unemployment rate
There's a growing political phenomenon out there of Democrats saying nice things about the economy because unemployment seems to be going down somewhat. That's a big mistake. Americans who aren't ...
|The choices conservatives face on inequality
Conservative hack Glenn Reynolds has a column in USA Today in which he attacks the President's focus on income inequality, with the usual bleating about government dependency and what not. Mickey ...
|The glorious, dystopian future envisioned by our libertarian masters
I've written often before about how much of the war between the American left and right is essentially the building of sand castles in the face of the oncoming tide of globalization, deskilling and ...
|Would this cosmic message fly today?
When America sent a reconnaissance spacecraft called Voyager out into great beyond in 1977, knowing that it would one day leave our solar system never to return, our scientists gave thought to the ...
|The Dow hit another record high. So where are all the jobs?
The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit another record high yesterday , closing at a nosebleed-worthy 15,680.35. This isn't exactly a surprise, given that corporate profits are at or near record highs ...
|Where did the Republican political acumen go?
It's hard to describe to political activists who cut their teeth during the Obama era just how intimidating Republicans were during the early 2000s. Conservatives had forced or persuaded a ...
|And then the machines came for the doctors and lawyers
You remember IBM's Watson, the Jeopardy champion computer program? It diagnoses cancer now, and better than doctors do . Read this, and think about what it means for public policy and the future of ...
|Adam Nagourney gets it dead wrong in California
Adam Nagourney is already famous as the New York Times journalist always eager to write "Democrats in disarray" stories. But of all of the slanted stories he has written over the years, this one ...
|The fact-free laziness of centrism
Reading about the Bircher war on the institutional Republican Party , it's easy to see how an average reader would want to embrace "centrism":
|Reminder: balancing the budget doesn't help the economy
As we begin to engage in another round of deficit hysteria, it's helpful to remember that the notion that balancing the budget will help the economy is possibly the most widespread and most harmful ...
|The incredible hubris of Grover Norquist
From one perspective, Grover Norquist's little victory lap yesterday is understandable . After all, government funding has dropped to near Ryan budget levels due to sequestration, and it appears ...
|What evolutionary biology can teach us about gun control
How do we know right from wrong? It should be an easy question, but it's harder than it looks. Is it doing the greatest good for the greatest number as John Stuart Mill would argue , or is it simply ...
|Limited strikes accomplish none of our stated objectives in Syria
Watching the Senate hearing on authorizing use of military force in Syria, I was constantly frustrated by the lack of logical clarity in most of the arguments being made. There are two key ...
|The world has failed Syria
As America stands on the precipice of yet another war, it's worth remembering how we got to this point. The list of imperialist actions and domestic reactions goes back hundreds of years, and many ...
|Passing laws doesn't make a President great. Passing GOOD laws does
When asked why I spend so much time writing on a blog, one of my first responses is that political opinion journalism shouldn't be left to opinion journalists, especially those closest to powerful ...
|David Brooks is a racist creep
It's amazing that in July of 2013, the New York Times would allow these words to appear on its public editorial column, courtesy one David Brooks: Islamists might be determined enough to run ...
|A surprising 1950s PSA about income inequality can teach us a lot
While doing some research on income inequality, I came across this little-noticed 1955 PSA on income inequality in America . It was produced by the "National Education Program," an institution ...
|Dramatically increase Congressional oversight of NSA
With pundits quickly staking out sides in the "hero or villain" debate over Edward Snowden, it should be clear to all but the most ardent authoritarians or partisan Administration defenders that the ...
|We can choose that workers not die in horrific mass accidents
Matt Yglesias caused a lot of justified moral outrage yesterday when he suggested that weak Bangladeshi regulations leading to mass deaths were economically justifiable in the open labor marketplace.
|Parody Has Died
Words fail : Obama Called Their Bluff: Republicans Admit They Are Too Scared to Cut Social Security No so-called Democrat should be able to write those words without drowning in unintended self-...
|The technocrats are incompetent.
Does anyone think this means tested Rube Goldberg Social Security slicing machine is actually supposed to work ? The White House, fighting back against liberal critics who say he’s giving away ...
|The Grand Bargain is bad negotiating. It's bad eleventh dimensional chess, too
The two main arguments in defense of the President's new chained CPI Grand Bargain proposal seem to be that: 1) the Grand Bargain is dead on arrival, anyway, so it doesn't matter except as a way to ...
|Climate activists must become economic activists, and vice versa
President Obama headlined a fundraiser yesterday at the home of billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer, the same person giving heart attacks to corporate Democrats and pliant media across the ...
|Why the neoliberal consensus doesn't work
There is a comfortable conventional wisdom among elites today, one that exists not only in Washington but seemingly across the developed world. The expected norm for so-called "serious thinkers" is ...
|Deficits are the new Iraq
I mentioned a few days ago that the failure to prosecute the crime of the century in defrauding the world to invade Iraq is a moral stain that will never fully wash out of the fabric of society ...
|Mitt Romney, just the latest throwaway politician of the Right
Much has been made of Mitt Romney's cold reception among conservatives just a few months after being their standardbearer for the presidency. The usual reasons given are that Romney was too liberal ...
|How to survive the next nine years of hell
It should be obvious by now that the Republican Party and the American conservative movement at large is incapable of introspection. Greg Sargent makes that perfectly clear in his examination of the ...
|Three big problems. One simple solution.
No need to pay attention to this . I'm sure everything will be fine. The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped dramatically in 2012, making it very unlikely that global warming ...
|Whose fault is the growing student loan securities bubble?
It's not quite as big as the housing bubble, the causes are somewhat different, and it's less likely to collapse. But still, the parallels between the housing bubble and the growing student loan ...
|Deficits Don't Cause Unemployment: An Economics Lesson for Marco Rubio
It's hard to overestimate just how foolish is Marco Rubio's assertion that the deficit causes higher unemployment . Those with basic macroeconomic literacy already understand this , but it's a ...
|Conservatives refuse to pay their own bills
When conservatives inevitably attempt to extract concessions from Democrats in exchange for raising the debt ceiling, it will almost certainly be portrayed in the traditional press as a case of ...
|We're Screwed Through 2022
Many of my friends on the left seem to be hanging their hats on the possibility of overwhelming negative public sentiment against Republicans winning Democrats back the House Majority in 2014. That ...
|A Nihilist Ideological Cult That Cannot be Reckoned With
The House GOP has spent most of the day proving my thesis that the modern Republican Party is less a group of hard-nosed brilliant negotiators on behalf of the wealthy than a group of radical ...
|No matter what Obama does, Republicans won't care and won't fold
Much of the progressive consensus around the fiscal cliff deal seems to be that the deal itself isn't so bad on its face, but that the long-term negotiating consequences of the agreement are ...
|There's no point in negotiating with nihilists
Let's recap: after the Republican Party took the country hostage by threatening the full faith and credit of the United States last year, the sitting President of the United States with an allied ...
|Lindsay Graham's Nesting Dolls of Lies
Senator Lindsay Graham , the same one being stupidly celebrated by some liberals for sticking it to Grover Norquist, makes a statement of breathtaking dishonesty: “I think we’re going over the ...
|Climate change: a disaster that isn't just about poorer countries
One of the most problematic aspects of the climate change debate is the way it has been framed even by some climate activists as a social welfare issue for poor nations. Consider this lede from a ...
|We don't really count as "people" to Peggy Noonan
Peggy Noonan's now-famous column predicting a Romney win has been widely mocked as the musings of an ignoramus unwilling to admit obvious polling data--the dying gasp of a political crowd that ...
|Did they really think only old white men would hear the dogwhistles?
The political world is still reeling from the stunning revelation that Mitt Romney and his advisers had no idea they were going to lose until the returns came in. It turns out that Romney's push ...
|No, we're determined to stop you.
I have to admit: one of my favorite things to do after winning an election or political battle is to read the comments from the other side. This is a common tendency, I suppose, and not an admirable ...
|Save these wingnut election predictions for mockery tomorrow
On the day before election day, it's important to set down for the record in one place the electoral projections of the great rightwing pundits du jour for eternal memory. This should be done in the ...
|Mentions of the deficit: 72. Mentions of climate change: 0.
The President scored an obvious win over the Mitt Romney in the third Presidential debate. Hopefully the few remaining undecideds will see the difference between a proven leader and a conniving ...
|What if Obama had done what Romney is doing?
A brief thought experiment today: What if President Obama had spent an entire year campaigning on a $5 trillion stimulus program comprised entirely of government spending? What if that spending ...
|Three reasons Romney LOST tonight's debate
The pundits and a majority of uncommitted voters have spoken: according to them, Mitt Romney won the wonky yet substanceless snoozefest that was the first Presidential debate of 2012. We are told ...
|The Village Fix is In on Cutting Medicare
Careful watchers of Hardball yesterday should have picked up on something remarkable and terrifying from Howard Fineman . Listen closely starting at the 2-minute mark:
|Is it the media, or that which shall not be named?
There's an interesting story out today showing a dramatic increase in the number of Americans who don't want their children marrying a member of the opposite political party : A pair of surveys ...
|Mitt Romney's culture of lying for the Lord
One of Mitt Romney's problems is the fact that he believes in a pre-Youtube ethic of being able to say things to one audience that he wouldn't say to another. Now, one could argue that that's ...
|Redistribution for me but not for thee
Mitt Romney's 47% "gaffe" has started exposing the obvious fact that there are a bunch of working class white folks out there who don't have any problem with socialism for them --just as long as it ...
|"Mitt Romney just insulted me and treated me like I'm nothing."
Digby noted earlier that Romney's derogatory statements about the "47%" may hurt him substantially by lowering his support among the demographics he most needs to win the election, especially ...
|Why the jobs numbers won't affect the election
There's been a great deal of kvetching--or morbid celebrating, depending on one's side of American political aisle--about the supposedly dramatic impact that jobs and unemployment will have on the ...
|The Party needs taking over
Digby linked yesterday to Dan Froomkin's article on Jeff Faux's incredibly important book about the new servant economy. The key bit is here:
|Don't Get Mad. Get Even.
I have to admit that I have nothing to say about the goings on at the GOP's big fluffy convention. That's because I haven't seen any part of it or read much about it. Last night I just finished ...
|A memorial to the possibility of great things
Neil Armstrong passed away yesterday . I'm twelve years too young to have been on Earth at the time that Neil took those fateful footsteps on our Moon. And long after I'm little more than dust and ...
|An apology to conservatives on climate change
Dear conservatives, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize deeply on behalf of climate science. I'm sorry that your worldview is deeply inconvenienced by the harsh realities involved. ...
|I need your help. Please.
As many of my fellow Kossacks know, I've been around these parts for a long time, advancing the progressive cause online as best I can. These days I've been a little less active at the Great Orange ...
The "Curiosity" rover/lab landed on Mars last night, pulling off a nerve wracking and difficult landing stunt. It was a project over a decade in the making that will yield invaluable scientific ...
|The Big Lie--and the Big Gamble
Scott Brown, slagging Elizabeth Warren and President Obama for daring to suggest that business owners actually pay taxes to pay for the society that makes their success possible, reiterates the big ...
|Politicizing the tragedy
This post by Digby today bears repeating: We aren't shocked anymore when children are killed. It's become a normal part of American life. The taboo has shifted from horror at the shootings to ...
|The key to fixing the economy: it's not what you think
With each new banking and finance scandal threatening to sequentially topple the world's economy, it is increasingly difficult for many to understand why nations do not take more action against ...
|Nation states will destroy the world
In the wake of my posts about liberalism and human nature , many commentators from Greenwald to Stoller to lesser lights have accused me of being a ...
|Why bipartisanship is dead
Much derision has already been piled on Sally Quinn’s laughable essay decrying the diminished influence of the Georgetown cocktail party circuit as the reason for the decline of bipartisanship in ...
|Conservatives: reckless gamblers giving you life planning advice
One of the most remarkably asinine things you'll hear conservatives say during this economic crisis is that the answer to youth unemployment and student debt is for more young people to start their ...
|The terrible civility of centrist concern trolls
Being immersed in politics can be a difficult thing. It can be very easy to fall into the trap of believing that the ends justify the means, particularly when so much is at stake. Politicians can ...
Today is Mother's Day, the day when we stop to reflect and give thanks to those who gave us birth for their patience and sacrifice in bringing us into this world, and (hopefully) for caring for us ...
|Oxy Petroleum Chairman: "They say they're the 99%. But 99% of what I'm not sure."
Today I had the privilege of being a shareholder proxy (together with fellow bloggers Dante Atkins, RL Miller and Karoli) at Occidental Petroleum's shareholder meeting today at a lavish Santa Monica ...
|The cold truth about Obama and FDR
Reacting to Wall Street's delusional rage against the President which I highlighted earlier , diarist David Mizner asks the pertinent question : why doesn't the President ...
|The awful logic of Edward Conard
Yesterday Digby highlighted the atrocious moral ethic of financier and Romney backer Edward Conard. There are many simple and empathy-based emotional arguments to be made against Conard's worldview, ...
|Little tolerance for sociopaths like Virginia Foxx
Representative Virginia Foxx, chair of the House Subcommittee on higher education, went on G. Gordon Liddy's radio show to say this :
|Partisanship IS democracy
Timm Herdt, journalist for the Ventura County Star , writes a paean to centrism that perfectly epitomizes the flawed thinking of the church of High Broderism, of which so many journalists are ...
|The Blue Dogs are Rebranding Themselves
Oh how cute! The Blue Dogs are starting to realize that their brand might be getting a little tarnished, so they're remaking themselves. Behold: The " Blue Dog Research Forum " is now... Center ...
|Romney's Big Lie
It's not news that Mitt Romney lies constantly , about big things and little things alike. But the biggest lies, the most nefarious, are the lies of narrative. They're the lies that Mitt Romney and ...
|Rand Paul, cartoon villain
United States Senator Rand Paul : Instead of punishing them, you should want to encourage them. I would think you would want to say to the oil companies, “What obstacles are there to you making ...
|Beware the New Breed of High Broderist Politician
It's hard to say which has been more harmful to the body politic in this country: the extremist tilt of conservative Republicans, or the crowd of aloof both-sides-do-it anti-partisans who give them ...
|Some modest proposals for Arizona lawmakers
Now that the Arizona House of Representatives has passed (and the Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee has endorsed) a making it easier to fire employees who use birth control for dirty, dirty sex ...
|Meet "Democrat" Jason Hodge...
I've been dismissively accused in various progressive quarters of being a "Democratic Party operative" because I'm vice chair of a local county central committee and serve as one of a few hundred ...
|Limbaugh's Bullshit "Apology"
Rush Limbaugh has " apologized ": "For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of ...
|There Never Was a "Rational" Conservatism
One of the themes that liberals and so-called moderates alike often discuss is the decline of modern conservatism into base extremism. William F. Buckley is often cited as the historical paragon of "...
|This is What Terrifies Conservatives
That the conservative base and establishment have gone off an ideological cliff isn't in question. The only question at hand is why, whether anyone but a few media moguls is really in control of it, ...
|The White House Tacks Hard Right on Gas Prices. It Won't Help.
I don't know whose votes the White House thinks it's going to win with this strategy : President Obama will move aggressively this week to deflect blame for rising gas prices. Republicans are ...
|Spending vs. Deficit Reduction is a False Choice
A part of me dies every time I see supposedly objective journalism that gets basic facts as wrong as this from the New York Times : Obama Budget Bets Other Concerns Will Trump the Deficit ...
|Four gutless Dems kill single-payer in California
If the drama of the first two years of the Obama presidency is any indication, it's obvious that single-payer healthcare won't be coming at a national level any time soon. Fortunately, however, ...
|Mitt Romney, Uncreative Destructor
Mitt Romney had a fascinating take on the foreclosure mess today. Dave Dayen has ...
|New Gingrich, the Great Racial Uniter
Fresh off his win in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich gave a redder than red, raw meat speech to the conservative base full of allusions to "Saul Alinsky radicals," "anti-religious bigots" and, of ...
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