For decades, the Republican Party faced every disaster with a doctrine it called a “shock doctrine.” When a disaster strikes, people feel fear and confusion. They focus on dealing with emergencies in daily life, such as boiling ice for drinking water. They have less time to engage in politics and a reduced ability to protect their rights. […]
Large-scale shocks – natural disasters, economic collapse, and terrorist attacks – become ideal moments for smuggling Unpopular Free Market Policies That tends to enrich the elites at everyone’s expense. Crucially, the trauma principle is not about resolving the underlying drivers of crises: it is about using those crises to overcome your wish-list even if that exacerbates the crisis. […]
Mr. Abbott is opposed to the policy plan which, so far, is mainly on paper. In a crisis, ideas matter – he knows it. He also knows that the Green New Deal, which promises to create millions of union jobs, build shock-resistant green energy infrastructure, transit and affordable housing, is very appealing. This is especially true now, as much of Texas is plagued by intertwining crises of unemployment, homelessness, racial injustice, crumbling public services and extreme weather. […]
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“The good can be radical; evil can never be radical, it can be extreme, because it has no demonic depth or dimension yet – and that is its horror – it can spread like fungi over the surface of the earth and waste the entire world. Evil comes. Of failure to think. “
~~ Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1961)
On this date in the Daily Kos in 2004McCain-Feingold legacy
Campaign finance reform. This was the ultimate political contradiction. While Republicans were three times ahead in collecting donations from hard dollar donations, Democrats were equal in unorganized donations of soft dollars.
Still, the Democrats voted for it, and they are caught between their support for good government and their addiction to soft dollars. Meanwhile, the Republican Party, which appears to have had the biggest gains, fought it with teeth and nails.
Now, the big Ds (DNC, DCCC, and DSCC) face huge financial disparities versus their cash flowing Republican counterparts. Bush will get double or triple what our Democratic candidate gets. So by winning and pressing the good government, the Democrats lost, right?