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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Journalism vs. Propaganga Sloganeering.

This great piece by George Packer is at least as enlightening as it is depressing in telling the story of the maddeningly  irrational beliefs of lower-middle class Americans who cling to the Republican Party and their completely bankrupt (literally, at times) slogans about building a better America. The problem is the article weighs in at over 7,000 words and the mouth-breathers have the attention span fit only for a one line slogan. Here is a teaser from the article.

“…societies with lower levels of social mobility. As America has grown less economically equal, a citizen’s ability to move upward has fallen behind that of citizens in other Western democracies. We are no longer the country where anyone can become anything.

Inequality saps the economy by draining the buying power of Americans whose incomes have stagnated, forcing them to rely on debt to fund education, housing, and health care. At the top, it creates deep pools of wealth that have nowhere productive to go, leading to asset bubbles in capital markets bearing little or no relation to the health of the over-all economy.”

I can't imagine anyone in America disagreeing with the Bernie Sanders piece in the NYT...other than Wall Street bankers. Or this:For the Wealthiest, a Private Tax System That Saves Them Billions.

2 comments:

  1. As power has shifted rightward across the entire political spectrum, due primarily to powerful (moneyed) interests and individuals both elite Democratic and Republicans leaders (influence peddlers), especially since the rise of Bill Clinton and the DNC, along with the corporate conservative media (m) shift, it's easier for populists (nativists, nationalists, racists) like Trump to pluck the economically and intellectually poor of both parties because all Americans are more conservative when it comes to the types of solutions they will accept regarding the issues (Packer's "supply-side" solutions). In other words, neoliberalism (along with militarism) has become normalized post (Bill) Clinton. So, while I guess I mostly agree with Packer's history, I disagree with some of his analysis. Specifically, the rightward may eventually implode the Republican party, but the gross realignment across the spectrum will remain intact. Whether the Republican establishment candidates make overtures to their "sensible" followers or the Republican populists gin up their "wackos," their appeals hit home with more Americans than for Democrats who make similar leftist appeals. That means that some split and realignment within the Republican party will no doubt attract the likes of powerful Democrats because it's an effective way to garner large swaths of the electorate to win future elections whatever the reformers call themselves -- Reformocons Republicans, Third Way Centrists, or Right-wing Democrats. *If Hillary Rodham Clinton was a man, this election would already be over.

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  2. The Key To The GOP Race: The Diploma Divide
    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-key-to-the-gop-race-the-diploma-divide/

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