commented on This Week on the Blabbermouth Podcast: WTF Is a "Neoliberal"?
It depends on your ideology. If you believe that multinational corporations will act in the best interest of regular people as long as they're unregulated by the state, then you'd probably like neoliberalism a whole bunch. Same goes if you believe that union power needs to be limited or eliminated, or if you think welfare programs should be extremely limited, if not entirely cut, or if you have no issue with domestically consumed goods being manufactured via wage slavery abroad. Contemporary Democrats and Republicans broadly share this ideology, with a few exceptions.
The interview was oddly framed, though. The professor gave a great explanation, which seemed to justify the "insult" usage in a left context, yet the framing seemed to suggest otherwise. Either way, the interview was quality and I hope more of that stuff shows up around here.
David Harvey, the author of A Brief History of Neoliberalism, has a solid interview on the topic here - Neoliberalism Is a Political Project
commented on Hey Bernie Bros, "Revolution" Is Not the Best Way to Structure a Political Movement
What a fucked up year. Before 2016, would anyone have imagined that an "alternative" weekly would regularly attack an anti-corporate, anti-racist, anti-War-on-Drugs, pro-gay rights, pro-womens rights, pro-union political movement? Could anyone have imagined spend so much time cheering the antithetical policies of a Wall Street sponsored candidate?
As others have already mentioned, the Sanders campaign didn't have the steady, produced feel of the Clinton campaign because real people were involved at the local level, not seasoned PR professionals. And the whole "disorganized" smear? Let's turn to that revolutionary haven, The New York Times, for a completely biased explanation of its origin:
Released Emails Suggest the D.N.C. Derid…
Then, there's this: "The Sanders diehards always emphasized revolution and righteousness, which made a lot of people familiar with their history books (cf. the Reign of Terror in France, Cuba after 1960, the Iran after 1979, Egypt after Arab Spring, etc., etc.) skeptical."
That is probably the most ignorant sentence I've ever read on this blog. I doubt that we'll be gifted with anything so beautiful, but I nonetheless await Frizzelle's attempt - hell, anyone's attempt - to draw together that roulette of disparate events in a cogent critique of the Sanders campaign.
commented on Who's Leading Jill Stein In Texas Polls? Deez Nuts.
I'm beginning to wonder if this place is staffed by closeted, shame-riddled Jill Stein supporters.
It's okay to reject a terrible set of candidates. Just because you're different, just because the people around you think with fear and not their intellect, doesn't mean you should live a lie.
We live in a safe state with an expected margin of victory of ~20% in favor of Clinton, and we have a 1.7% chance of tipping the election - less than Stein's support in Texas, in fact.
So say it with me, Stranger writers. It's okay, we can vote for Stein and everything will be fine. Just breathe and say it with me. It's okay, we can vote for Stein and everything will be fine.
commented on It Would Be Helpful If We Stopped Lying About How Much Hillary Clinton Lies
@33 It's fine if you believe that she's the only rational choice, but that isn't the argument being made here. The point is that you do not need to engage in doublethink to support Clinton, much like you've attempted to demonstrate in your comment. That seems to be the point that honest Clinton supporters are trying to make as well.
I just wonder how far The Stranger is willing to carry water for a candidate that, realistically speaking, doesn't care about the people that read their publication. Actively lie? Well, they're already done that throughout the primary season - read anything by Matt Baume. Attempt to break and shame anyone engaged in an independent movement to reduce the influence of corporate politics? Look no further than Dan Savage.
A few years ago I was getting drinks with a person that regularly publishes here, and they half-jokingly said, "Yeah, I know they're kind of a propaganda outlet, but at least they're my kind of propaganda outlet."
Now they're the DNC's propaganda outlet, and they're not even getting paid for it.
commented on The Green Party Responds to Dan Savage, Says He's "Dead Wrong"
First, this was a beautiful response from the Green Party.
Second, the ease with which a liberal like Dan Savage (or an adderall-and-Red Bull pounding rage-poster like Venomlash) will engage in whitewashing to fabricate a point is astounding. I'm sure every person of color who has run for office as a third party candidate feels really respected as a human being when they hear that they're just a pasty white, lazy, racist, privileged fool with no empathy.
The reality is this: Your vote for President is meaningless if you live in a safe state. Democrats don't give a fuck about you; Republicans don't give a fuck about you. They roll out a non-binding party platform to placate their base (that's you, Dan!), and then they do what they please for the next four years, believing that there won't be any consequences for their actions from that docile, frightened base. Which, for the most part, is true. When they do experience some sort of backlash, they get to create a 3rd party scapegoat, like Nader, and shame and bully those voters out of supporting a humanistic candidate, or building an alternative party.
Dan and the other fanatical centrists in the media have an incredibly important role in this process. They are the bullies. They aim to hurt you and shame you and isolate you for believing that something better is possible. Saying a third party candidate should be murdered, and describing that murder, is Trump-level psychological abuse.
After reading The Stranger these last few weeks, I'm proud to say I'm supporting, donating to, and campaigning for Jill Stein. She provides leverage to the Sanders wing of the Democratic party, which, if the reports of Hillary's highly qualified, eminently rational, Presidential mind are true, will force greater concessions should Stein continue to poll around 5-10%. Once Hillary is elected and ignores those concessions in favor of her corporate agenda, like the rest of the Democratic party, the Sanders wing and Brand New Congress will have quite a bit more to run on during the midterms. And if Hillary by some miracle does keep to her word, all the better.
Voting for Stein also helps the Green Party qualify for ballot access (something that costs an absurd amount of money), matching Federal funding, and introduces the party and its ideology to a larger voter base. Creating a genuine political movement representative of the people is too complex an idea for a bully, Dan. At least you and Trump have that in common.
commented on Dan Savage on Jill Stein: Just No.
@ #19, 21, 30 - Do your arms ever get tired from lifting all those heavy goalposts?
In addition to that, #59 is absolutely right about the chicken/egg problem with elections. Does anyone honestly believe that it'll just take some good ol' fashioned elbow grease to get multiple Green Party officials elected to congress and state governments? It's funny that all these anti-3rd party people can lament voter suppression at the hands of the Republican party, can go on and on about our terribly corrupt electoral finance system handing all these victories to Koch-sponsored candidates, and then turn around and blame the victims of that system for not trying hard enough to get elected as part of a 3rd party. A lack of self-awareness is not exclusive to Republicans, it seems.
As for this whole, "Nader gave us BUSH!!!111!1! DERRR!!!" nonsense, it seems like no one at The Stranger has bothered to fact check. The truthiness of that statement is through the roof, but more registered Democrats voted for Bush than for Nader - approximately 308,000 to 34,000, actually. So no, people, Nader didn't cost us shit. If anyone can be blamed for the Democrats failure to win in 2000, it's the Democrats.
So far we've been voting for the lesser of two evils. It's been working out great.