Bernie 2020 - Lemmings Off A Cliff

If you want to know why Bernie isn't going to win in 2020, read on. If you're someone who childishly puts fingers in their ears and says "lalala I can't hear you", then move along. If you're still here, your next bet is probably to trash my intentions, so you're probably thinking "this guy is just a radical Marxist or a Green". Well, I'm not. I want Bernie to win. I just know he won't, and I think you're all delusional for thinking he will. Sorry.   One aspect of this delusional thinking is the belief that the DNC is obligated to run a fair primary, or at least a suppression of the belief that they aren't obligated. Berners seem to implicitly believe that the rules that apply to general elections also apply to primary elections. Well, those rules don't apply, and the DNC testified as much to avoid getting sued after what happened in 2016. A DNC lawyer said in court that the primary is a formality and they can decide the process in a "back room" over "cigars" if they want to. Even when progressives acknowledge this inevitability, they seem to sideline it. If you're familiar with MMT, you know about economists like Paul Krugman who say "we always knew that's how things worked" and yet they never act on that knowledge. Well, it's the same with Berners. The formality and foregone conclusion of the primary may be in the back of their minds, nagging at them, but it doesn't factor into their thinking.   Given this, what do you think is going to happen in 2020 with Bernie Sanders? I know some of you think he'll be so amazingly popular that the rigging won't be enough to stop him. To that I say, are you kidding me? Do you really think the race won't be close enough to rig? Don't you think the media have enough influence over the public to at least do that? They will spend a year talking glowingly about Kamala or Beto while largely ignoring or deriding Bernie. It will be close enough to rig, but, if their rigging somehow isn't enough to carry a neoliberal to victory, it will be close enough to force a second ballot at the Convention. At that point, super-delegates will pick the neoliberal. That's the contingency plan they put into their "DNC reforms". Finally, if all else fails, Tom Perez can say Bernie Sanders violated the "DNC loyalty oath" that he has been forced to sign. Then, he's out for not upholding the "values" of the party. That will upset the base a lot, but do you really think they wouldn't do it to stop a Democratic socialist from winning? Remember who these people are. They would rather lose to Trump than allow a progressive to win.   Furthermore, the DNC loyalty oath is leverage that will be used to muzzle Bernie throughout the primary process. He won't be able to bring up Kamala's corruption or Booker's pharma con or Biden's voting record or Beto's fakery. The mainstream media's narrative about the purity of these corrupt candidates will be upheld. There will be no email scandals this time around. The DNC will hold this loyalty oath over Bernie and threaten him with expulsion throughout. If it looks like Bernie might win, they can use any bogus reason they want to expel Bernie, at any time during the process.   In other words, Bernie will not win because the apparatus that was there in 2016 is still there now. Debbie was replaced with her male clone, Tom Perez. The power of the super-delegates was reduced, but what's to stop the media polling them and adding their votes to the results again? Nothing. That was the real, tangible effect they had in 2016 - to make it appear as if Hillary was winning big. The DNC has removed or weakened some modes of rigging, and brought in others, like the loyalty oath. Furthermore, there won't be exit polls this time. Caucuses that favor Bernie will be gone too.   The sad thing is, it's probably too late now. Progressives have been chanting Bernie 2020 ever since 2016 and have largely ignored all of the above. From what I can tell, they have wanted to relive the hope and excitement they felt in 2016 for some time. That emotional rollercoaster was too tempting not to take for another ride. They've now got their wish and we're moving full speed ahead, about to fly off the same cliff we plummeted off in 2016.   It's upsetting because we could have built a 3rd party in this time. Unfortunately, the "Dementers" who wanted us to reform the Democratic Party made sure that wasn't going to happen. They made sure we were divided. And no, we couldn't have united in the Democratic Party, not given the visceral hatred many of us had for it after 2016. The only way to unite was outside the Party. That time is gone. The time to at least reform the DNC is gone as well. It seems we're committed to careening off the same cliff as before and there's little that's left to be done. I hope Bernie wins, but I know he won't. They'll do whatever it takes, and they have the means. People will say "well what is your solution?", and to that I say "you ignored my solutions. The time to enact them has come and gone." Maybe we can all sign another Bernie or Bust pledge. Create some leverage. But, at this point, the déjà vu is getting ridiculous.  

Hey Joe, Where Ya Goin With that Poll in Your Hand?

You can say what you want about Joe Biden. In fact there is quite a bit to say, mainly because he’s 76 with a half a century in the spotlight of public service. He’s also human.  Like all of us he has strengths and weaknesses. Plenty of recorded history to pull apart or accentuate to create a political hero or villain. One thing I do like about Joe is that whatever is on his mind usually doesn't stay there. He’s not only a member, he’s a founder of Gaffaholic club for men. So I was pleased that he saved us all from having to say things about him by announcing that he is unfit for office.

A Federally Guaranteed Job in the Hour of Kale

In recent years, there has been a growing affection for what was once a relatively obscure form of vegetable matter in the United States. This green leafy plant is the new super-food that will cure cancer, extend your life indefinitely, increase your libido, and even raise your IQ! This green baby, brassica oleracea, known as kale, has hit the airwaves hotter than Popeye’s love tryst with spinach and has thoroughly relegated broccoli, soybeans, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts and many other contenders to 3rd string status, benched indefinitely.

Apolitical Descriptive Currency Analysis is Anything but Flamboyant…… in response to John Tamny

There have been quite a few hit pieces written on MMT aka Modern Monetary Theory in recent months. I assume much of this has to do with the meteoric rise of freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and her connection to MMT economists such as Stephanie Kelton and Pavlina Tcherneva. There are people amongst us that have either a philosophical or opportunistic need to stop the momentum that MMT has picked up in recent years. I recently read a truly egregious article by John Tamny published the 27th of January in Forbes titled, The Flamboyant Absurdity of 'Modern Monetary Theory'.

MMT Is No Joke - The Joke is How It’s Used

Bloomberg published an article by Michael Strain (director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank) on January 17 entitled "Modern Monetary Theory is a Joke That's Not Funny." As a convert from the "tax-and-spend" theory to MMT (Modern Monetary Theory), I believe there are some major misunderstandings in this article that deserve correction and deeper examination.

Real Progressives Behind the Scenes

We have had meetings now for months, and every week we would report progress and occasionally mention the bigger picture.  This time I asked each member to flip it around and make their focus the bigger picture.

But what can I actually do about election justice?

Cheerleading progressive favorites isn't enough to save the world, and neither is proclaiming that the system is hopelessly corrupt. Here are some things we can actually do and spread the word about to pave the way for better candidates and better policy in the future.

#NewDealOrNoDeal

A comprehensive but time sensitive solution to head off oligarchy and plainly resolve the absurdity regarding the heinous Citizens United/ McCutcheon decisions. It's a viable plan to repair our campaign finance issues so we can get necessary representation, then resolve our economy so we can use it.

Why Modern Monetary Theory is a Serious Idea for a Serious Time: A Response to James Pethokoukis

Understanding how our economic system really operates can give us insight into how we turned ideas into a prosperous reality in the past, and how we can do so again in the future.  MMT is an area of economic study which looks at the overall economy rather than particular segments of the economy.  MMT has been in the news lately, having been thrust into the limelight by the 2016 U.S. Presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders, and the recent election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Congress.  MMT is now being criticized by economic pundits, particularly from conservative think tanks.  This commentary is a rebuttal to one such article.

Free Assange, Free My Job

Italian investigative journalist, Paolo Barnard, begins protesting for Julian Assange's freedom in front of the embassy of Ecuador, in London. On his website, we can read:

Italian Yellow Vests wants MMT

The movement of the Yellow Vests in Italy has officially adopted an MMT program.

Understanding MMT is Easier Than You Think

It's not 'advanced economics', it's 'realistic economics'.

Our Hearts Are Full

Too full for the powerful, not enough for the downtrodden.

The Name 'Progressive' - Its Proponents, Would-Be Usurpers, & Wannabe Exploiters

An examination of the several camps calling themselves "Progressive" in the US today, with a discussion of the hsitory involved in how they came to be and the distinctions between them.

A Federal Jobs Guarantee is Crucial For Progressive Policies

Having a FJG waiting in the wings for people who are impacted by any of these disruptions in our economy, however well-intended, is crucial.

They Are Competition, Not Opposition

Republicans and Democrats aren't actually fighting each other, they are fighting for the same dollars!

We Want Rakes

To clean up the mess created in Washington by Austerity.

The 40 Year Slide

For 40 plus years, the neoliberal era has reigned. During that time, people have had little by way of resistance from the lies, deceit and self imposed prisons of ineffectual domestic governance and austerity. The lies were baked into the school system, newspapers, sit coms, political debates even cartoons took the ideas of neoliberalism into the hearts and minds of our children...the people.

The Abuse of Ruth

Liberals shouldn't force a justice to do the job they should do themselves.

Managed Expectations

Remember when Martin Luther King Jr. urged the disenfranchised, 15% of the population, to relax and leave their aspirations for equality in the hands of the Democratic party leaders?  Remember the speech he gave at Hunter College on Human Rights day? Remember the line, “Let my people go, but only a few at a time because covering all at once is too idealistic and impractical? Neither does anyone else. It was all or nothing and it was already 178 years overdue.