Age of Discord II
October 30, 2020 2:22 AM Subscribe
Welcome To The 'Turbulent Twenties' - "We predicted political upheaval in America in the 2020s. This is why it's here and what we can do to temper it."[1,2] (via)
American politics has fallen into a pattern that is characteristic of many developing countries, where one portion of the elite seeks to win support from the working classes not by sharing the wealth or by expanding public services and making sacrifices to increase the common good, but by persuading the working classes that they are beset by enemies who hate them (liberal elites, minorities, illegal immigrants) and want to take away what little they have. This pattern builds polarization and distrust and is strongly associated with civil conflict, violence and democratic decline...also btw...
How can Americans end our current Age of Discord? What we need is a new social contract that will enable us to get past extreme polarization to find consensus, tip the shares of economic growth back toward workers and improve government funding for public health, education and infrastructure.
...two historical cases where countries teetered on the brink of calamity but managed to pull back and forge a new path to progress. [Lord Grey's Reform campaign in the UK and FDR's New Deal in the US] The formula in both cases was clear and simple. First, the leader who was trying to preserve the past social order despite economic change and growing violence was replaced by a new leader who was willing to undertake much-needed reforms. Second, while the new leader leveraged his support to force opponents to give in to the necessary changes, there was no radical revolution; violence was eschewed and reforms were carried out within the existing institutional framework.
Third, the reforms were pragmatic. Various solutions were tried, and the new leaders sought to build broad support for reforms, recognizing that national strength depended on forging majority support for change, rather than forcing through measures that would provide narrow factional or ideologically-driven victories. The bottom line in both cases was that adapting to new social and technological realities required having the wealthy endure some sacrifices while the opportunities and fortunes of ordinary working people were supported and strengthened; the result was to raise each nation to unprecedented wealth and power.
- The dirty secret of capitalism -- and a new way forward - "Rising inequality and growing political instability are the direct result of decades of bad economic theory, says entrepreneur Nick Hanauer. In a visionary talk, he dismantles the mantra that 'greed is good' -- an idea he describes as not only morally corrosive, but also scientifically wrong -- and lays out a new theory of economics powered by reciprocity and cooperation."[3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13]
- @Edourdoo: "The Ottoman Empire has frequently been blamed for its indiscriminate cruelty, a charge that has validity for its final phases. But perhaps its biggest fault was that it did not provide sufficient outlets for internal reform that could have allowed gradualistic political change."
- Of Course They Would: On Kim Stanley Robinson's The Ministry for the Future - "The Ministry of the title is a subsidiary body of the United Nations, tasked 'to advocate for the world's future generations of citizens, whose rights, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, are as valid as our own' and further 'charged with defending all living creatures present and future who cannot speak for themselves, by promoting their legal standing and physical protection.'"
- @jdcmedlock: "Wages for housework is a long time left demand. It's a good idea but doesn't conflict with our need to also guarantee childcare for people who want to work."[16,17,18,19]
- Voting Rights and Voting Modernization - "You can run your sword through the GOP on this one. At best, 20% of the country is willing to declare openly it's against democracy. The proposition is ridiculously simple: The Democratic Party is going to war to modernize voting, and expand voting rights, and any court that gets in its way will be subject to expansion, from SCOTUS on down. Many things are hard. This isn't."
- @BrankoMilan: "These are six systemic inequalities in liberal/meritocratic capitalism. 1. Increasing aggregate share of capital in national income; 2. High concentrations of capital ownership; 2a. Higher rate of return on the assets of the rich; 3. Association of high-capital and high-labor incomes in the same individuals (homoploutia); 4. High homogamy (assortative mating); 5. High control of the political process by the rich (movement toward plutocracy); 6. Greater transmission of income and wealth across generations."
Under a President Biden, “if his life doesn’t feel different,” she points to a cab driver whizzing by our table, “if their life doesn’t feel different,” she gestures to people walking by the beauty shop and Bengali Halal Grocery, “if these people’s lives don’t actually feel different”—now she is giving a stump speech over her omelet—“we’re done. You know how many Trumps there are in waiting?”No One Fights QAnon Like the Global Army of K-Pop Superfans - "BTS stans built the trolling blueprint for 4chan types, and they've proven they can disrupt it."[20,21]
She is tired of incremental change, of “bullshit little 10 percent tax cuts,” she says. “I think, honestly, a lot of my dissent within the Democratic party comes from my lived experience. It’s not just that we can be better, it’s that we have to be better. We’re not good enough right now.”
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