Tag Archives: New Deal

Managing the Decline

  We are witnessing the first presidential campaign since the Great Depression that directly challenges the essential features of the US economy. All the controversy over social issues and immigration is just so much distraction from the bi-partisan economic policies … Continue reading

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Kindness is a Revolutionary Act

  The Frankenstein candidacy of Donald Trump has been brought to life by neoliberal economic policies pursued by Republicans and Democrats alike. To be sure, Trump’s rise is predicated on his appeal to racial resentments and xenophobia. Normally this racism … Continue reading

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Collaborators

The Great Depression so discredited capitalism that it created space for the New Deal reforms implemented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Many of these policies, influenced by economist John Maynard Keynes, involved massive government intervention in the economic affairs of … Continue reading

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Termites

Movement conservatives should be viewed as termites gnawing away at the structure of the commonwealth. Like an unscrupulous exterminator, who surreptitiously introduced the termites initially then shows up to rid them, conservatives then benefit from this destruction. Since Reagan, conservatives have … Continue reading

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Major Major’s father

  The latest Sagebrush rebels remind me of Major Major’s father, a fictional character in Joseph Heller’s classic novel Catch–22. “Major Major’s father was a sober God-fearing man whose idea of a good joke was to lie about his age. He … Continue reading

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Two to Tango

  We face a perfect storm of corruption in America, where corporations and the government conspire against we the people. The ongoing campaign to be the next US president is a bright and shiny 2-year reality TV show that changes … Continue reading

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Wedgie

To accomplish their economic agenda conservatives have historically used race, crime, abortion, and gay marriage as divisive wedge issues. It’s the same today. Indeed, government at every level is under attack by the forces of organized wealth and their political enablers who … Continue reading

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Public Diplomacy

Neoliberalism and neoconservatism are not an accident of history. They are the ideological components of a sophisticated and largely successful counterattack on the New Deal, that commenced within seconds of the signing of the progressive legislation by President Franklin D. … Continue reading

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All-American Oligarchy

Deconstructing “free-market” economic ideology is why I started blogging. It was hard to miss that economic ideology was being employed much like religious dogma in an effort to justify conservative neo-feudal policies. These neo-feudal policies, best exemplified by the bi-partisan push … Continue reading

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The Empire Strikes Back–Continued…

The recent election was quite illuminating in understanding neo-feudalism. There’s always been a tension inherent in the vision of America democracy.   On one hand are the Jeffersonians who see democracy as the natural trajectory. On the other hand, are the … Continue reading

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