Economic Populist

Let's see some optimism around here, eh?

This diary is of course a response to a previous diary, which was on the Rec List at Kos when I woke up Thursday morning. "What happened to the energy of hope here at DailyKos?" AntonBursch said Thursday morning. Of course, there was the follow-up diary on Saturday -- but that one didn't seem to add much to the first one.

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What do the Important People think of the (possible) end of capitalism?

(crossposted at Firedoglake)

A lot of what I'm getting over the Internet these days is an attitude that, because I'm asking questions, this means that I have some sort of attitude that they don't like. Let me suggest an alternative option, one more suitable to Internet dialogue. Maybe I just don't know the answer, and you can educate me with your opinions?

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From the weblog of Harry Shutt: Capitalism's Terminal Debauch

Capitalism's terminal debauch

(republished with permission of the author)

As the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) drags on, the inability or unwillingness of the ruling global elite to recognise or address its true causes appears ever more surreal, not to say terrifying. The sense of impotence and ideological bankruptcy among political leaders is manifested almost daily – as in President Hollande's attempt on 9 June to convince his Japanese hosts that the Eurozone crisis is “over” and in Britain's opposition Labour party simultaneously embracing the governing Coalition's policy of austerity and welfare cuts even as the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies projects that this strategy will preclude any relief from public spending cuts and tax rises until at least 2020.

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Economic Populist: A Long View on the Third Party Debate

A Voices on the Square Exclusive

This essay is prompted by an exchange between two commentators at Agent Orange, aka "The Great Orange Satan", a part of the Democratic party establishment that emerged from the online activism of the Bush Years to play its current role as volunteer activist campaign recruitment site and protective buffer against more radical policy advocates infecting the activist base of the safe "Veal Pen" of co-opted, "moderate progressive" organizations.

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'Fixing' Social Security in One Step: Fix the Economy.

So, the Serious People in The Village, run clear across the ideological spectrum from hard right to center right, are telling us that even if we do not like the Social Security benefit cuts that they propose ...

... and among the Serious People the only difference is how deep they want to cut benefits and whether they want to cover up the fact that they are cutting benefits under verbiage that they would prefer to be opaque but which is all too transparent ...

... but we have to do it because otherwise the trust fund will be exhausted in the late 2030's.

Is this from a correctly functioning crystal ball? They talk as if it is, but at the same time there is no secret that these are simply projections. These projections are projecting forward from the way we are running our economy at present. So change the rules of the game, we change the projection.

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