Friday, July 05, 2013

Professional Left Podcast #187

"...why didn’t the Irishman fall on the dog? Why warn't the dog app'inted.  For a very good reason -- the dog would a seen him a-coming and stood from under!  A dog can’t be depended on to carry out a special providence. You couldn't hit a dog with an Irishman..."

--  Mark Twain

Da' money goes here:


Anonymous said...

I find your characterization of people who see many significant similarities between the two major parties simplistic, straw-manish and offensive. It is possible to see significant similarities between the two major parties w/o being a libertarian or living in an Ivory Tower or being dismissive of other peoples concerns or suffering.

It seems to me you are demonizing and striping nuance from those who see significant similarities between the two major parties.

For the record, I want:
Major Wall Street reform
Massive fiscal stimulus
A government jobs program
A top marginal tax rate of 70ish %
An non-globilization industrial policy
A smaller military
The dismantling of the surveillance state
Fewer American initiated wars
An expansion of the Civil Rights Act
Government out of the doctor/patient relationship
An end of US support for Israel
Government sponsored research into green energy
Medicare for all
Separation of Church and State

I could go on but you should have some idea of where I sit on the political spectrum. I'm clearly not a libertarian.

While Democrats are clearly more attached to reality than Republicans and some Democrats sometimes support some of the things that I support, Democrats do obstruct very large chunks of my agenda. Simply stated, Republicans are not the only party that actively obstruct my agenda. Knowing this does not make me a Randite, indifferent to human suffering or an Ivory Tower idealist.

If you disagree, if you think that Democrats do not obstruct the agenda I outlined above, explain why.

Maybe you think the Democratic Party is the lesser of two evils (I sure do). If this is your position, say so. And please, stop the name calling.

jim said...

If Egypt's interim government lives up to its announced agenda, it'll wind up going further left than the US or UK.

Perhaps in terms of both functionalism & ethics "objectivity" is a less important journalistic benchmark than "reality-compliant" - note that in some contexts the former can defeat & negate the latter.

MYSTERY MEAT FACTOR: As we age, our subjective perception of time contracts because time units seem to shrink relative to our cumulative experience. The effects of this on a society where most politicians are elderly is probably non-trivial.

Anonymous said...

Oh... I have to correct Driftglass....

"... People waving their genitals around has nothing to do with the Bible. ... At all!"


"Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt. For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses." (Ezekiel 23: 19-21)