The voters want economic progressivism and social conservatism. The donor plutocracy wants fiscal conservatism and social liberalism (the opposite). The plutocrats use the Republicans to advance their economic agenda and they use the Democrats to advance their social agenda, creating the illusion that people have a choice. Of course, in fact we have a bicephalous tyrant that governs according to the Golden Rule: Them that’s got the gold make the rules.
That’s being charitable to the donor plutocracy. Wokeism is a bastardized form of social progressivism and corporatist easy money crony capitalism is a bastardized version of fiscal conservatism. The voters don’t even get a clean version of what they don’t want. What’s one benjamin when the donor class will fill your trunk with cash if you dance to their tune, though?
The DNC didn’t take Bernie Sanders out at the knees because of his social progressivism. He is less enthralled by Wokeism than the average Democrat pol. It’s his support for a $15 an hour federal minimum wage law and a government jobs guarantee program that are deemed intolerable. That, and his unreliability on funding the war machine. Donald Trump successfully ran on a paleoconservative platform yet his biggest legislative accomplishment was a corporate tax cut. He came in criticizing the Fed for keeping rates too low; he’ll go out criticizing the Fed for keeping rates too high.
Where there is a broad consensus is the idea that corporatism has run amok in the system, whereby a master plumber or an owner of a modest HVAC business who make above the top tax bracket bear the tax burden of being “the rich” to be looted by the system (not to mention bearing the vagaries of the market forces), but large, increasingly transnational firms benefit enormously from subsidies and tax breaks originating from tax laws and policies crafted by an army of lobbyists. Indeed, both the right and the left condemn the fact that many large businesses – such as banking and financial services giants as well as insurance companies and union-dominated Detroit automakers (okay, maybe not so much the automakers) – are now deemed “too big to fail” and successfully have managed to “privatized profits and socialize risks/costs.” An outstanding example of his phenomenon was TARP through which executives of failing firms gave themselves millions in bonuses while the firms were rescued by the public money – in the mean time, over 800,000 homeowners lost their homes through foreclosure.
So middle (and middle class) America is not demanding that successful neighborhood business owners and well-paid wage slaves* be taxed even more highly, so that the former can benefit at the expense of the latter (which is really an amazingly selfless phenomenon, to the credit of ordinary Americans) – they simply want corporatist abuses and raiding of the public money to stop. In other words, they want Wall Street and Silicon Valley to pay more to keep up the country, not their dentist neighbor with a bigger house.
It’s not just that the banking and financial services giants are implicitly protected on account of being too big to fail and explicitly protected by the FDIC, it’s that they get the ‘product’ they sell–money–preferentially given to them at cost from the machinations of the TreasureFed and then they lend it out at interest to the public. Ron Paul never stopped being right that as long as the Federal Reserve sits at the center of the global financial system, nothing can fundamentally change.
Twinkie again, this time on something the actuarial tables make obvious but hadn’t crossed this writer’s mind until hie pointed it out, to be stored in the Knowledge is Good Faber file:
There are OCO (overseas contingency operations) deaths and non-OCO deaths (from accidents, self-inflicted wounds, and illnesses). Since 2006, 74% of military deaths have been non-OCO deaths, 93% of which occurred in the U.S. During the same period about 2,000 military personnel died in Afghanistan and 2200 in Iraq, of whom 81-84% were from hostile action. In contrast, over 13,000 died from non-OCO causes, of which nearly 2,000 were from vehicle accidents. In other words, military personnel are far more likely to die from ordinary causes stateside than they are likely to die from combat overseas (one of the main reasons for this is that combat is usually borne by a tiny sliver of high-tempo, high-readiness combat units and its personnel in the US military which has a GIGANTIC logistical and administrative tail).
Pithy profundity from nebulafox:
The fetishization of those who look differently is a great way of blocking those who think differently.
The invaluable vulpine also offers a triple check on optics, morality, and pragmatism:
The Nazis were the biggest, most destructive losers in history. They achieved the absolute opposite of everything they set out to achieve. Communism brought to the heart of Europe. Independent Jewish state. Old Mitteleuropa, killed for good. Divided, impotent Germany, with tens of millions of people dead and lands that had been German for over 1000 years lost forever. Why the hell would you want to imitate that, from a purely practical perspective as much as a moral one?
If you take the vaccine and I don’t, you are supposedly protected and I’m not. Where is your harm if I don’t take the vaccine?
Where is informed consent in the vaccine push for everyone to get vaccinated?
Why are the vaccine takers so eager to force everyone to be vaccinated if the vaccine they accepted is protecting them?
As Michelle Malkin has documented here, many members of the corporate media are eager to boost Big Pharma’s efforts to secure another lucrative income stream–er, enthusiastically support efforts to keep us safe from a virus so deadly the vast majority of us need a test to know if we’ve contracted it.