Monthly Archives: February 2018

I’d read John Kerry

Of all the officials involved with the endless war in the Middle East, I’d love to hear what John Kerry has to say. ┬áHe’s the one guy who, because of his formative experience during the Vietnam war, should have some inkling about why the US is bogged down spending lives and money for decades in a cause that thas nothing to do with the defense of the country.

He should write a book, like Robert McNamara did, that explains what everyone was thinking. ┬áMaybe it’s too soon, but I’d read that book.

American politics has never been normal, and now they never will | New Republic

https://newrepublic.com/article/146915/american-politics-has-never-been-normal

A short history of politics in the US. TL;DR: the US has been here before. The civility of the period 1870-1970 is not where we are heading, we are going back to politics as war, and thinking that a Democratic majority in the Congress will return us to reasonableness is naive.

What replaces neoliberalism

https://www.opendemocracy.net/neweconomics/neoliberalism-destroyed-social-mobility-together-must-rebuild/

Interesting fact-oid: the Bank of England says that, of the average 3-4% growth in GDP worldwide over the past 30 years, negative 0.2% can be attributed to technology. It’s all outsourcing (“new sources of labour”) and better education. Meanwhile, regression of the middle class has been masked by debt.

Time for a change