Sunday Evening Owls. Naomi Klein: Why Texas Republicans worry 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, individuals are frightened and dislocated. They give attention to dealing with the emergencies of each day life, like boiling snow for ingesting 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 — grow to be best moments to smuggle in unpopular free-market policies that have a tendency to counterpoint elites at everybody else’s expense. Crucially, the shock doctrine is just not about fixing underlying drivers of crises: It’s about exploiting these crises to ram by your want listing even when it exacerbates the disaster. […]

Mr. Abbott is railing towards 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 power infrastructure, transit and reasonably priced housing, is extraordinarily interesting. That is very true now, as so many Texans endure below the overlapping crises of unemployment, houselessness, racial injustice, crumbling public companies and excessive climate. […]

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“Good could be radical; evil can by no means be radical, it could possibly 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 complete world. Evil comes from a failure to assume.”
          ~~Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil  (1961)

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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 assist for good authorities and their habit to smooth {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 large cash disparities vis a vis their cash-flush GOP counterparts. Bush may have two to a few occasions as a lot cash as our Democratic nominee. So by profitable, and by pushing good authorities, Democrats misplaced, proper?