The Primary: The Impression Left Upon Reading The Comments on D-Kos

I thought of looking at this as if I never have seen this site before and if I was  blindly looking for information on the Democratic Party Primary. I would say both main candidates have  major if not insurmountable flaws. That neither really is worth investing time in. It is rare to see comments  where…

“Getting things done” in Washington

An increasingly frequent refrain appearing in the media casts the democratic primary as a Manichean struggle between Sanders’ unrealistic goals and the staid pragmatism of Clinton.  Clinton, we are told, can “get things done,” while Sanders’ pie in the sky thinking leads nowhere. I can understand the doubt that Sanders’ ambitious platform is achievable with…

World Economy and Austerity: Davos. Be Prepared For Another Crash?

There is plenty of doom and gloom at Davos and it could be we are due for another cyclical piece of devastation. Harvard professor Kenneth Rogoff said the fear in the markets stems from a dawning realisation that the Chinese authorities are not magicians after all, and that this time the Fed may stand back…

What did you expect?

With the establishment marginalized on the right by the Cruz  or Trump crisis where do you think they will turn? By the establishment I mean, the serious money, the superPacs, dark money, corporations and their propaganda arm the corporate media. We can all put corporate logos on most of congress, so they don’t really count;…

Clinton Backs Down From Health Care Fight For Second Time in Her Career

For the second time in her career, Hillary Clinton has signaled retreat on her signature issue, health care. During the Democratic debate, Clinton said she wouldn’t fight for the type of single-payer system she once supported because she’s afraid of what might happen during a contentious debate. Now, there are things we can do to improve it,…

Trump Is A Buffoon, A Demagogue and A Wazzock

Sometimes one has to agree with British Members Of Parliament Donald Trump was branded a racist demagogue, a buffoon and a “wazzock” in the British parliament as MPs debated whether to ban the Republican presidential candidate from coming to the UK. A series of MPs attacked Trump for his views on Muslims, women, disabled people,…

Utter Madness

This is not the politics of envy, this is utter madness Runaway inequality has created a world where 62 people own as much as the poorest half of the world's population, according to an Oxfam report published today ahead of the annual gathering of the world's financial and political elites in Davos. This number has…

You Have To Protest For What You Believe In

If the first words out of you mouth are You have to be a realist It is not possible in the current political climate You would not have made a good Suffragette Civil Rights campaigner But then again you must be realistic it’s the only way to win Really I don’t believe that for one…

20 Years An Expat “I just don't get it anymore”

It has been longer than that if you include my school years [St George’s Edinburgh, it would be 26] but 20 years a full time expat split between the UK and France, so over half my life. The reason I bring this up? I think that it is really this election cycle that has driven…

Dear People of Michigan: We Told You So

This blog originally appeared on Up North Progressive Can we revoke Directive 4 on The Nerd yet? Back in 2011, when an unknown, nerdy former chairman of the board of a former computer giant called Gateway was sworn in as governor of the state of Michigan, his plans for the state set off alarm bells…

Clinton's Lie Shows She's Afraid of Losing Her Strongest Supporters

Why would Hillary Clinton risk lying when lack of honesty and conviction is her biggest perceived weakness among voters? Looking at who she’s lying to answers the question. Hillary Clinton claimed in Iowa: “His plan would take Medicare and Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act health-care insurance and private employer…

Never Forget. 2003 State of the Union.

We must never forget that a President exploited the tragedy of 9/11 to spread fear, lies and war in his State of the Union address. Remembering is the only way to keep it from happening again. Thankfully, Obama has resisted the urge to use his platform to push for a large scale war and I hope…

Dear Mr Trump: Europe's Article 10 and Freedom of Expression

Sorry fellahs, but the precedent has been already set In its statement on Wednesday, the Trump Organisation said the UK would “create a dangerous precedent and send a terrible message to the world that the United Kingdom opposes free speech and has no interest in attracting inward investment” if Mr Trump was barred from the…

Please Can We Drop The Misuse Of Militia

They are not: Full Definition of militia 1 a :  a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency b :  a body of citizens organized for military service 2 :  the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military…