Autocracy

No one explains the Republican attack on Democracy other than Ali Velshi, who uses his immigrant story to get the message through. Ali Velshi knocks it out of the park. GOP trying to kill Democracy. See full episodes here. Georgia rushed through a voter suppression bill this week. President Biden and just about all...

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  • March 27, 2021

As many here know I am a Democratic Socialist and a long time Bernie supporter. I listened to Biden today and was impressed as he sounded like a democrat of old, i.e. what present day republicans would term as a screaming raving socialist. I was happy with my vote for...

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  • March 25, 2021

I’m reminded these days of the classic Monty Python “Election Night Special” sketch. In the sketch, three political parties — the Sensible Party, the Silly Party, and the Slightly Silly Party — vie (along with the independent “very silly” candidate) for various offices. There are a lot of great moments in...

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  • February 1, 2021

Dr. Dean Baker sheds important light on the COVID-19 vaccine economics. Fox News backtrack voter machines, & autocrat Trump exposed. Dr. Dean Baker articulates an unfortunate truth. x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Topics:...

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  • December 21, 2020

Anand Giridharadas said it, had Trump been a smart autocrat; he would have proven how easy America could've become an autocracy. Anand Giridharadas: A smart autocrat Trump isn't x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Anand Giridharadas is a preeminent spokesperson on an economic system and government unwilling to solve...

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  • December 20, 2020

Stories do have consequences, and following Trump’s American Carnage, truth will out in the larger American narrative. This James Fallows essay is worth reading, made important by the trial balloon of making Andrew Cuomo the AG nominee. For Biden personally, as president, the best thing he can do for most of...

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  • December 13, 2020

Donald Trump did not start the meteoric lying to the American people. Ali Velshi points out it was modus operandi for the Republican Party. Ali Velshi strikes again x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Ali Velshi struck a hole-in-one once again. I stand corrected. He scored two holes-in-one with...

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  • December 12, 2020

This post in the Anticapitalist Chat supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx This covers chapters 15 and 16. Chapter 15 describes more closely the production process and its relation of technology (to power as machinery and as social relation) Chapter 16 begins a discussion of...

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  • November 12, 2020

Masha Gessen writes this article in the New Yorker Magyar divides the autocrat’s journey into three stages: autocratic attempt, autocratic breakthrough, and autocratic consolidation. The attempt is a period when autocracy is still preventable, or reversible, by electoral means. When it is no longer possible to reverse autocracy peacefully, the...

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  • November 12, 2020

Back in 1787, as the Constitutional Convention ended, a woman came up to Ben Franklin and asked him what we got. He replied, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.” After this election, it looks like we can’t. It doesn’t matter whether Biden wins (as is looking more likely,...

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  • November 4, 2020

In less than 90 years, we’ve gone from “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” to “the only thing we have is fear itself.” FDR’s first inaugural address, in 1933 at the depth of the Great Depression, contained one of the all-time great lines in American history....

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  • August 25, 2020

There’s squandering decency and then there’s squandering democracy. Trump moves the US toward a post-Soviet satellite autocracy, currently in a HR reign of terror against impeachment witnesses. Expect a Senate subpoena for the whistleblower. (Thread) Mafia States Each of Trump's outrageous actions push us one step closer to what Hungarian...

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  • February 8, 2020

There are 11 Democrats still standing in the breach between democracy and autocracy in America. Last night President Trump’s deliverance of the State of the Union subjected us to another cavalcade of lies and showmanship. The uncontrolled immorality of President Donald Trump was on full display, from awarding the Medal...

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  • February 5, 2020

Nixonian reasons return, amplified by an argument massaged by Alan Dershowitz to legitimate efforts like the Watergate break-in. x “They compounded the dangerous argument they made that no quid pro quo is too much, and they compounded it by saying if what you want is targeting your rival, it's even...

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  • January 30, 2020

The NewYorker’s Susan Glasser finds a single word to describe the Trump era that really isn’t about underpants gnomes, even if it applies to most Trumpian policies, such as they are. There must be one of those long German words for all that soul-sickening worry, right? Some tortured mouthful of...

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  • December 30, 2019

So many stunts, and so little GOP improvement in discourse aside from bullying, and disinformation regarding process. But yet it was informative about how little some representatives prepare for such hearings. And there were distortions and lies. Four legal scholars were witnesses, and the argument for impeachment because much clearer atop the...

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  • December 4, 2019

I used to think a million monkeys banging on typewriters could come up with better economic policies than Donald Trump. Then I figured one monkey with a stylus and a can of Play-Doh could do the job. Now I think if a monkey ate a box of typewriter ribbons, waited a...

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  • September 23, 2018
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