Morning Ed: Politics {2017.03.19.Su}

James Bloodworth argues that we should be wear of prolier-than-thou politics. {Via Roland Dodds}

When politicians want it bad enough, they can indeed be bipartisan.

Musa al-Gharbi is worried about the Democrats’ current demographic crisis. Meh. “Past performance is no guarantee of future results” was true in 2015 and is true now. Related: Is the Post-Millennial generation (Gen Z) taking a hard right?

Jay Cobb (aka JayFromBrooklyn) investigates why Trump officials aren’t coming clean about their meetings with Russians.

Thomas Massie has come to realize that a lot of his fans didn’t like his libertarianism so much as the crazy.

Trolls International (Macedonia Branch) maybe didn’t just work for Trump, but Bernie Sanders too.

Emmett Rensin wants you to give political violence a chance. Freddie, rather brutally, begs to differ.

California is making a play for frustrated EPA staff.


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10 thoughts on “Morning Ed: Politics {2017.03.19.Su}

  1. Demographic Crisis: This seems to be more of a geographical issue than anything else and it is something that has been talked about since 2004 if not before. Maybe since 2000. Democratic candidates for the House and the Senate receive more votes than Republicans but still end up a minority because of gerry-mandering.

    Gen Z: I will point out that this piece was written by a far-right conservative and contained a bit of hoping it is true. I am not really into tattoos or piercings and very few people can doubt my left-wing bonafides. Likewise, there are also of people who are right-wing with tattoos and piercings. So that part of the essay seemed more pearl-clutchy than anything else. That being said, generations can shift and then you have to be more micro. My parents are boomers. Steven Bannon is a boomer. But my parents were born in 1946 and 1947 and remembered the Civil Rights Movement and seeing Freedom Riders and Black Southerners get the shit kicked out of them for peacefully protesting for civil rights. They were also old enough to remember the Summer of Love and the awfulness of the Vietnam War. Steve Bannon was too young for that and joined the Navy after the Vietnam War ended and the last helicopter left Saigon. So I wonder if you have to look more closely than a big generational cohort. Plus I suspect you will see the same things happening accelerate in Generation Z. Minorities and educated professionals will stay on the left or go further left. Other groups will stay on the right.

    Crazy vote: There is probably a group that likes to vote for that I think he is still looking too hard for a way for libertarianism to win.

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    • This seems to be more of a geographical issue than anything else…

      Interesting Politico piece here about the Democratic Party in the West. (In November, the NE urban corridor produced 104 EC votes for Clinton; the West produced 98.) The Trump Administration has been proposing a number of policy changes that are unpopular in the West, even among western Republicans.

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  2. I hope Emmett Rensin has some salve for that well deserved rhetorical ass whupping Freddie handed out.

    I mean hell, what has political non-violence done for us lately, I mean besides civil rights, gay rights, womens rights, the death of dozens of once common racisms, civil society and general peacefulness what exactly has political non-violence done for us???

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  3. Further to Freddie’s point, if the current residents of Appalachia decide to pick up their rifles and march on the mining companies or if the residents of Chicago’s South Side or East New York in Brooklyn decide to march on their local precinct, is Emmet Rensin be there with them?

    Here’s another question, perhaps more important: if he were there with him, would he be of any use?

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