When the truth threatens our fantasies, we're quick to disassociate, and it enforces the truths we are told. Small misgivings or even misunderstandings are blown up, twisted to prove their side right, while major problems are hidden. When you are already braced for a war to defend an idea, anyone speaking against it will be hushed and painted as a traitor.
You must be diligent in order to get the message out about #MMT
Just as Move On and the Tea Party, in spite of yelling angrily at each other across the ideological divide, both lead us to the same voting booth that is owned lock, stock and barrel by big money and the two mainstream parties, so all fashion statements from avant-garde to proletarian to conformist lead to the same place: the feeding of the capitalist maw.
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While we may disagree and probably are a little rough around the edges, we're also fiercely loyal, dedicated, and driven. We are a family. A family of people who learned to work, to strive, to dream, and to succeed or fail together. A family of people who answered a call.
I have a desire to improve the world by seeking better solutions to its problems, to create equity and agency among all human beings outside of ideology, and to do so ceaselessly without yielding my own analysis. This desire makes me not only glad to accept the label of progressive, but to proudly claim that I am in actuality a Real Progressive.
Thoughts on the sanctification of Martin Luther King
I woke today with an inner rage that can only come from experience and knowledge. This winter, hundreds of thousands of Americans will be on the streets homeless, without food, shelter or heat. Families will break up from financial distress. Kids will be dealing with life insecurities, bullies who capitalize on weakness and observers will judge "misbehavior" versus dig deeper for the real root causes. 45,000 suicides from joblessness will occur and many more will unsuccessfully try to take their lives in despair. Millions will suffer from food insecurity or poor nutrition because of financial destitution, austerity and Calvinism. Millions will die from pollution and the environmental destruction from contaminated drinking water. Airborne illnesses from air pollution will kill or severely damage their lungs as well. Hundreds of thousands of minorities, vulnerable from years of systemic and envrionmental racism will die attempting to survive by living in alternative economies from unregulated prostitution to slinging drugs and gang related violence. Many women will suffer the effects of rape and be forced to self-medicate, have unsafe, unregulated procedures and even commit suicide from a lack of available, affordable services. Millions of individuals suffering from mental illness will go untreated, commit suicide, commit murders, destroy families and end up in jail as opposed to a medical facility... All because the people are more worried about the tone of activists sharing the econonic truths to fix all of the above... tone policing. And ultimately because of austerity. Cutting federal spending. Tax cuts for the rich and not Medicare for All, student loan forgiveness, free college for all, a Federal Job Guarantee, Green Energy and an overall dereliction of duty to serve the people by our "elected representatives". Voters are easily distracted and politicians gleeful of our short memories. #LearnMMT #FuckAusterity #GetSmart #RiggedElections #ShortSightedness #DNC #TaxScamBill
MMT, aka Modern Monetary Theory, however poorly the name works for you, is not a system that has to be implemented someday. It is a perfectly accurate description of how our currency works. It is a myth-busting destroyer of propaganda and myths. The establishment and the activist alike speak in lies from the tablecloth... MMT destroys those arguments by shining a light on the functional realities.
Recently, the Green Party of Tennessee posted this and also the first reply (timestamped 12:38 PM) to a comment by Sylvia Saadati on that post. My message below is a critical reply to the main text of this comment, excluding the final portion about AMI. It breaks that paragraph up into its component statements for purposes of a more systematic critique. My conclusion is: whether private or public, neither a Fed bank, nor the Fed’s Board of Governors, can deny the sovereign will of Congress as it is being implemented by the Treasury. It must create the necessary reserves in the Treasury spending account, whenever Congress mandates spending requiring those reserves, and Treasury pushes the right buttons to force the Fed to create them in its spending account.
One of the big buzzwords tossed around these days is identity politics. Something I’ve noticed is that these words essentially have two meanings and thus it can be an issue if someone discusses the topic while using one meaning but someone else is approaching it from the other side.