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Sunday Night time Owls. Naomi Klein: Why Texas Republicans concern the Inexperienced New Deal

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For many years, the G.O.P. has met each catastrophe with a credo I’ve described as “the shock doctrine.” When catastrophe strikes, persons are frightened and dislocated. They deal with dealing with the emergencies of every day life, like boiling snow for consuming water. They’ve much less time to interact in politics and a decreased capability to guard their rights. […]

Massive-scale shocks — pure disasters, financial collapse, terrorist assaults — change into ultimate moments to smuggle in unpopular free-market policies that have a tendency to complement elites at everybody else’s expense. Crucially, the shock doctrine isn’t about fixing underlying drivers of crises: It’s about exploiting these crises to ram via your want record even when it exacerbates the disaster. […]

Mr. Abbott is railing in opposition to a coverage plan that, as of now, exists totally on paper. In a disaster, concepts matter—he is aware of this. He additionally is aware of that the Inexperienced New Deal, which guarantees to create tens of millions of union jobs constructing out shock-resilient inexperienced vitality infrastructure, transit and inexpensive housing, is extraordinarily interesting. That is very true now, as so many Texans undergo beneath the overlapping crises of unemployment, houselessness, racial injustice, crumbling public providers and excessive climate. […]

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“Good could be radical; evil can by no means be radical, it could solely be excessive, for it possesses neither depth nor any demonic dimension yet–and that is its horror–it can unfold like a fungus over the floor of the earth and lay waste the whole world. Evil comes from a failure to suppose.”
          ~~Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil  (1961)

BLAST FROM THE PAST

On this date at Day by day Kos in 2004—The legacy of McCain-Feingold:

Marketing campaign Finance Reform. It was the final word political paradox. Whereas Republicans held a 3x fundraising lead from hard-dollar donations, Democrats had parity in unregulated soft-dollar donations.

But Democrats voted for it, trapped between their help for good authorities and their habit to gentle {dollars}. In the meantime, the GOP, who apparently had essentially the most to achieve, fought it tooth and nail.

Now, the large Ds (DNC, DCCC, and DSCC) face enormous cash disparities vis a vis their cash-flush GOP counterparts. Bush could have two to 3 instances as a lot cash as our Democratic nominee. So by profitable, and by pushing good authorities, Democrats misplaced, proper?

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