Summary: As US politics becomes a cacophony of lies and nonsense (now descending into street violence), we need to know that it can be better. This post reminds us of Saul Alinsky's famous "Rules for Radicals", which will work for any political movement. "Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from … Continue reading Our Right & Left have lost their way. Saul Alinsky points to a better politics.
Summary: Here one of the Left's top political analysts sketches out a path forward for the Democratic Policy after its well-deserved defeats during the past decade. While tactically sound, he ignores the two weaknesses that prevent the reform of America. "The Life of the Party: 7 Truths for Democrats" By Robert Reich. At his … Continue reading Robert Reich’s program to save the Left after a decade of defeats
Summary: We have hundreds of ideas for small reforms of America, but few for radical reform of the capitalist system that runs it. As a demonstration of this problem, Wolfgang Streeck gives a profound critique of capitalism and Adam Tooze one of the most powerful essays I have seen in a long time. This is part … Continue reading Wolfgang Streeck explains how to reform capitalism for a better 21st century
Summary: As we start a New Year and end this series about resolutions, here is a summary of American politics as I see them. It points the way to reform and a better future, if we are willing to pay the price. Time has disproved most of Marx’s economics, but it has validated much … Continue reading A picture of America, showing a path to political reform
Summary: Make 2017 a big year in American history, the year its engines of reform roared into action. Here are some suggestions about ways you can help. “Nietzsche said the newspaper had replaced the prayer in the life of the modern bourgeois, meaning that the busy, the cheap, the ephemeral, had usurped all that remained … Continue reading Resolve to begin the reform of America in 2017!
Summary: Campaign 2016 has taught us invaluable lessons, as we choose between a clown and a Clinton -- a servant of the 1% (sponsored by Goldman). It's a fitting marker for their victory. But we do not yet see the hidden struggle that brought the 1% back to power, and cannot yet see how to … Continue reading The 1% won a counter-revolution while we played
Summary: Campaign 2016 has sparked hopes of political reform in America, restoring aspects of America that we've lost. But our image of American history is false, because much of what we love existed only for two generations (from the New Deal to the 1970s). Understanding this makes real reform possible. Jefferson Cowie's new book is … Continue reading Much of what we love about America was true only for a moment