Da funk

THE BIG IDEA: Americans, collectively, appear to be in a deep funk about the future.

by James Hohmann – Daily 202 Washington Post – Mar 22, 2019

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When adults are asked to think about what the United States will be like in 2050, they see the country declining in stature on the world stage, […]

Rural America has a problem

Politically, rural America is increasingly a world apart – McGarvey & Paul Krugman – for The New York Times

Things clump together; the periphery cannot hold.

As you read this, Democratic presidential hopefuls are crisscrossing Iowa, trying to assure farmers that they share their concerns. Commentators are publishing opinion pieces […]

Obstruction in the Senate

 

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Mar. 18th, 2019

The House sent two bits of proposed legislation to the Senate for consideration: one was HR1, and the other was a joint resolution regarding the public release of the Mueller Report. In both cases, Republican leaders in the Senate have refused to allow consideration or […]

Democracy in exile.

Progressive Picks

At the forefront of public intellectuals, Henry Giroux writes a scintillating book, American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism,that connects the dots between historical fascism and the age of Trump. Giroux urges that the resistance not falter, and that the democracy in exile vigorously challenge the current order. The following excerpt […]

On belief

be·lieve /bəˈlēv/

verb1. to accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of, or hold (something) as an opinion, think or suppose

The definition of belief makes no reference to objective truth, physical proof, or plausible reality. With that in mind, let’s list some of the beliefs held by a select number of Americans.

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Labor theory of value revisited

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet about workers being paid ‘less than the value they create’ is essentially a restatement of Marx’s Labour Theory of Value — here’s why that’s interesting

Jim Edwards via Business Insider – Mar. 10, 2019, 5:00 AM Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Ivanka Trump on Twitter for not understanding how wages […]

Lost in TrumpWorld

War in the Shadows (of You Know Who) By Andrew Bacevich The news, however defined, always contains a fair amount of pap. Since Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency, however, the trivia quotient in the average American’s daily newsfeed has grown like so many toadstools in a compost heap, overshadowing or crowding out matters […]

#makingGeorgiaspecial

According to today’s AJC the Georgia Legislature continues to prove it’s fealty to a tiny portion of the electorate combined with its opposition to anything of value for the majority of citizens. Cases in point:

a) https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/georgia-governor-backs-heartbeat-bill-restricting-abortions/DWJjCBBYaqlQOvZM98VJxL/

b) https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/georgia-senate-approves-state-takeover-atlanta-airport/cdmw3h2DkbEuIXugpNWZ8M/

c) https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-education/georgia-senate-approves-tim-tebow-act-for-home-schooled-students/368Yd1QO46hIGFVjwtkDpL/

Combined with the horror show coming from D.C., and State legislative bodies in Utah, […]

Glenn Greenwald on the Ilhan “controversy”

Glenn Greenwald explains the “controversy” ************************************************* “This is all so ridiculous. It’s all based upon this demand that we indulge what everybody knows is an utter and complete fiction, which is that we’re allowed to talk about the power of the NRA in Washington, we’re allowed to talk about the power of the Saudis […]

FYI: Bankruptcy

Continuing the exposition on the perfidy of many of our socio-economic “sacred cows” – this one is about bankruptcy

by Richard @ Flexible Reality: Mar. 3rd, 2019

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The Federal bankruptcy law was first passed in 1841-43, and amended several times since then. The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 was […]

The psychology of social class – excerpts

The psychology of social class: How socioeconomic status impacts thought, feelings, and behavior by Antony S. R. Manstead https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5901394/

Abstract Drawing on recent research on the psychology of social class, I argue that the material conditions in which people grow up and live have a lasting impact on their personal and social identities and that […]

Socioeconomic status determinants and adaptation – (full article)

The British Journal of Social Psychology Br J Soc Psychol. 2018 Apr; 57(2): 267–291. Published online 2018 Feb 28. doi: 10.1111/bjso.12251 PMCID: PMC5901394 PMID: 29492984 The psychology of social class: How socioeconomic status impacts thought, feelings, and behaviour Antony S. R. Manstead 1 Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer Go […]