So lets do some History ?


#261

Anthony Kiedis is right. So, what is the actual solution if you are Liberal leaning? This truth is not enough for me to vote Republican.


#262

We need to be clearer that neoliberalism and being a member of the “left” are two completely different things. The Democratic party is now openly a neoliberal party i.e. one that is corporate first and foremost and trying to maintain the status quo with its wealthy donors and influential families. While also pandering to generally “liberal” social beliefs about equality and identity politics which is really all they openly sell themselves on anymore. Most of the politicians aren’t that in favor of increased financial regulation, public insurance, a progressive immigration policy or anything that the actual left has moved towards. BUT…I think the party is about to reach a breaking point and will have to acquiesce to the more progressive wing. Trump was the breaking point for the traditional ways of doing things in both parties. That’s clear in the GOP already, but I think we’ll start to see that with the Dems as well. If they can’t simply rail against Trump anymore, what will they stand for?


#263

Honestly though, nothing going on right now in Washington is political. Trump’s only agenda is to get as much attention and adulation as he can. The people who laud his “I don’t give a fuck” attitude will, I’m afraid, find out that that attitude extends to them when the chips are down. There is so much wrong with this guy, but the most worrisome thing is his massive ego. I wonder how far he will go to keep himself in the White House. I don’t think it is a laughing matter, to be honest. He is quite capable of being your country’s Putin.


#264

In Huellebecq’s Submission, his central character is a professor with a specialization in Huysmans. Here’s some of his ruminations:

“I was about as political as a bath towel. No doubt it was my loss. To be fair, when I was young, the elections could not have been less interesting; the mediocrity of the “political offerings” was almost surprising. A center-left candidate would be elected, serve either one or two terms, depending on how charismatic he was, then for obscure reasons he would fail to complete a third. When people got tired of that candidate, and the center-left in general, we’d witness the phenomenon of democratic change, and the voters would install a candidate of the center-right, also for one or two terms, depending on his personal appeal. Western nations took pride in this system, though it amounted to little more than a power-sharing deal between two rival gangs, and they would even go to war to impose it on nations that failed to share their enthusiasm.”


#265

I didn’t know you were a Huellebecq fan. Thought it was just me and joost who talked about him. Hard to keep track of him, but always look forward to his next book.


#266

so who has a bbq?


#267

The reality is that both parties stand for corporatism, lax financial regulation and generally unchecked free market capitalism more than anything else. That being said, there are still important policy differences between the two that most obviously affect POC and the poor in this country as well as the environment. At the end of the day, I’m swayed into voting for the slightly left of center candidate because I know these basic realities.

The real effects of the current administration won’t be fully known for years, but I’m willing to venture that our standing in the world, our environment, women’s reproductive health and the living conditions of the poor and working class have been complicated if not marginally to markedly down graded. Lost in all the resistance BS and Trump’s odious behavior is the fact that real people’s lives are altered.


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#269

Yep, that just about sums it up.
Trump is a moron.


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#272

For a country that only knows propaganda from their state controlled media, well, I think making a film like this for mass N. Korean consumption is actually VERY saavy.

If you’re going over to a vegetarian’s potluck, you’d probably bring hummus, right?


#273

True. I thought it was a very clever tacting, making this fake trailer. It’s what N. Korea does often and share with its people. Probably a very good chance of them putting this out on the tele.


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#276

Exactly who is America supposed to dominate in space? Did I miss something?


#277

For real tho, what Democrat candidate even has a shot at dethroning Donald?


#278

elizabeth warren


#279

Kaine? Biden?


#280

He’s already given her the linguistic kill shot of “Pocahontas.” She seems like a phony now to people who don’t read (which is a large part of the electorate).

Kaine is good, but did you see him in the debates with Pence? He had the temperament of a Pomeranian in heat. Needlessly aggressive, annoying.

Biden: We’ve literally run out of options if this is a suggestion.