“Socialism” vs. “capitalism” is a false dichotomy

We need go-go capitalism to afford a generous welfare state, and people won’t support go-go capitalism without a safety net. “Socialists” and Republicans forget different parts of this lesson.

“Socialism” vs. “capitalism” is a false dichotomy

“We need go-go capitalism to afford a generous welfare state, and people won’t support go-go capitalism without a safety net. “Socialists” and Republicans forget different parts of this lesson.”

Marxists are actually opposed to social insurance systems because they _require capitalism_ to exist and to function. They are funded by taxes on wages, they provision goods and services created by wage labor. This is why actual Marxists and Anarcho-Communists are angry at Democratic Socialists and Liberals, who would keep capitalism, which the Marxists consider to be in a death spiral.

The pernicious myth of “open borders”

This idea, while fun to think about and, in my view, at least somewhat attractive as a kind of aspirational future vision of the world, obviously does not have any mainstream adherents in practical American politics. But the Trump administration suggests that the open borders lobby is, in fact, massive and powerful and that essentially all critics of its approach to immigration policy are open borders fanatics.

via The pernicious myth of “open borders”

Right-wing prof Niall Ferguson plotted to get dirt on a liberal student

The latest campus free speech controversy has a twist: It involves a conservative professor conspiring with students, in emails that sound like they were written by comic book villains, to dig up dirt on a progressive undergraduate.

(via Right-wing prof Niall Ferguson plotted to get dirt on a liberal student – Vox)

Paid protestors! Campus indoctrination! Right wing social justice warriors are out of control.

Trump’s memo response to Mueller’s interview subpoena is tyrannical

This is a particularly extreme version of the “unitary executive” doctrine that conservative legal scholars sometimes appeal to (especially when there’s a Republican president), drawing on the notion that the executive branch of government — including the federal police agencies and federal prosecutors — are a single entity personified by the president.
But to push that logic into this terrain would not only give the president carte blanche to persecute his enemies but essentially vitiate the idea that there are any enforceable laws at all.

(via Trump’s memo response to Mueller’s interview subpoena is tyrannical – Vox)

This isn’t new. This came up during Bush43.

Study: overhyped media narratives about America’s fading white majority fuel anxiety

The very same census report projects that as far out as 2060, 68.5 percent of the population will be white. It’s just that a reasonably large share of the white population will be partially descended from Latin American immigrants. A further 6.2 percent of the population will belong to “two or more races,” with a large share of those likely identifying at least in part as white. The difference here is between an exclusive and inclusive definition of whiteness.

via Study: overhyped media narratives about America’s fading white majority fuel anxiety

There was a time when those who were Irish, Italian and Slavic were not considered white. This is in keeping with American traditions in letting people be white over time.

There’s no good alternative to building more homes in expensive cities

the fact of the matter is that everyone earns higher wages in affluent cities, for basically the same reason that everyone from Mexican day laborers to Indian computer programmers can greatly increase their earnings by immigrating to the United States — places matter. The problem is that for a lot of people, it’s too expensive to make the move.

via There’s no good alternative to building more homes in expensive cities

TL; DR: The Blue State model works.

The real problem with the New York Times op-ed page: it’s not honest about US conservatism

A lot of people believe to this day that the Tea Party uprising and the subsequent eight years of hysterical, unremitting, norm-violating opposition to Barack Obama was about small-government philosophy and a devotion to low taxes and less regulation, and had nothing to do with social backlash against a black, cosmopolitan, urban law professor and his diverse, rising coalition.
But that kind of credulity can only stretch so far, and Donald Trump has stretched it to the snapping point. He abandoned the Very Serious conservative script entirely and the right ate it up. He pledged not to cut Social Security or Medicare, condemned free trade, and insulted the military and intelligence services, and they ate it up. He is a thrice divorced, self-admitted sexual predator wallowing in the kind of material ostentation that gives David Brooks nightmares, and they ate it up.

via The real problem with the New York Times op-ed page: it’s not honest about US conservatism

David Roberts in VOX does a great job explaining how Trumpism is conservatism. This is a must read.