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From the New York Times opinion page:

The Second Defeat of Bernie Sanders
In a revolutionary summer, he may be losing the battle for the future of the left.

By Ross Douthat
Opinion Columnist, June 23, 2020

… Throughout his career, Sanders has stood for the proposition that left-wing politics lost its way after the 1970s by letting what should be its central purpose — the class struggle, the rectification of economic inequality, the war against the “millionaires and billionaires” — be obscured by cultural battles and displaced by a pro-business, pro-Wall Street economic program. …

Now … Rather than Medicare for All and taxing plutocrats, the rallying cry is racial justice and defunding the police. Instead of finding its nemeses in corporate suites, the intersectional revolution finds them on antique pedestals and atop the cultural establishment.

And so far, as my colleague Sydney Ember noted last week, this revolution has been more unifying than Sanders’s version — uniting the Democratic establishment that once closed ranks against him, earning support from just about every major corporate and cultural institution, sending anti-racism titles skyrocketing up the best-seller list, even bringing Mitt Romney into the streets as a marcher and inducing Donald Trump to make grudging noises about police reform.

Ember quotes the law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, the theorist of intersectionality, marveling at the change: “You basically have a moment where every corporation worth its salt is saying something about structural racism and anti-blackness, and that stuff is even outdistancing what candidates in the Democratic Party were actually saying.”

… Rather, it’s that anti-racism as a cultural curriculum, a rhetoric of re-education, is relatively easy to fold into the mechanisms of managerialism, under the tutelage of the human resources department. The idea that you need to retrain your employees so that they can work together without microaggressing isn’t Marxism, cultural or otherwise; it’s just a novel form of Fordism, with white-fragility gurus in place of efficiency experts.

Floydism is the new Fordism.

If every corporation in America and Western Europe has to waste time on Let’s Talk About My Hair training run by aggrieved black ladies, then no corporation falls behind any other. Sure, maybe some firm in Gdansk gets a leg up, but the Poles can be dealt with.

In our cultural institutions, too, the official enthusiasm for the current radical mood is suggestive of the revolution’s limits. The tumult and protest is obviously a threat to certain people’s jobs: The revolutionaries need scapegoats, examples, wrongthinkers to cast out pour encourager les autres, superannuated figures to retire with prejudice. But they aren’t out to dissolve Harvard or break up Google or close The New York Times; they’re out to rule these institutions, with more enlightenment than the old guard but the same fundamental powers. And many of the changes the protesters seek are ones that the establishment can happily accommodate: I can promise that few powerful people will feel particularly threatened if the purge of Confederate monuments widens and some statues of pre-World War II presidents and Franciscan missionaries come crashing down as well. (Though renaming Yale might be another matter …) …

The destiny of liberalism, for some time now, has looked like handshake agreements among corporate, academic and media power centers, with progressive rhetoric deployed either reassuringly or threateningly, depending on what’s required to keep discontented factions within the elite in line. The promise of the Sanders campaign was that the insights of the older left, on class solidarity above all, could alter this depressing future and make the newer left something more than a handmaiden of oligarchy, a diversifier of late capitalism’s corporate boards.

 
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  1. It also provides an excuse to replace gentile white men in positions of power with diverse puppets

  2. IHTG says:

    A lesson of the past few years:

    1) Contact between different races and ethnicities can be intensely traumatizing to both sides, and the effects of this trauma can be unpredictable.

    2) This sort of psychological trauma is the stuff from which new religions, creeds and folkways are born.

  3. tyrone says:

    Don’t look behind you Ross ,black hair is gaining on you.

    • Replies: @Prester John
  4. The guy is not wrong at all. This is the way you implement the hard-core leftism. It’s been done before. Bernie Sanders wanted to do it the nice way. Real Communists don’t play nice.

    The front lines of this struggle within Corporate America will be the HR Ladies (see also Part 2 and Part 3). Yes, you will be “under the tutelage of the human resources department.” Tutelage is the new tyranny.

    • Agree: Coemgen
  5. Sure, maybe some firm in Gdansk gets a leg up, but the Poles can be dealt with.

    Devo had a solution for the Poles:

  6. Dumbo says:

    I am at a point where I would like to boycott all of these Big Corporations, but how? They own things you don’t even know.

    • Agree: Charon, Old and Grumpy, Thea
    • Replies: @Barnard
    , @Thea
    , @Pop Warner
  7. The Corporatists and the Left are objective allies. The objectives are the elimination of the nation state and traditional beliefs and institutions which underpin it and ever increasing non-white immigration.
    The Corporatists’ aim is to further reduce wages and maximise their profits, regardless of the consequences. Traditional values are an obstruction , hence the promotion of the Globohomo agenda. Promotion of BLM is used to undercut what’s left of working class solidarity. Ultimately, the Corporatists want a world in which the only laws the Corporations obey are ones made by themselves, not the state.
    The Left know that immigrants nearly all vote for the party of welfare, themselves. Import enough of them, they reason, and they will have a supermajority and they will be power forever.
    2 small groups of white ( in nearly all cases ) people are pursuing policies which are against the vital interests of white people generally and the continuance of the state itself.
    The actual endgame is also obvious, though not to the 2 groups themselves. Tax revenue will continue to decline, due to offshoring and moving money to tax havens and other avoidance schemes. Yet immigration will require ever more money for welfare. Economic collapse impends.
    On the Left, once the immigrant groups achieve sufficient mass, they will throw out their white mentors and vote for their own parties. This is already happening in Holland, for example. A Turkish Islamist party, which advocates Sharia Law in Holland, has 2 MPs. More will follow.
    Violent conflict seems inevitable.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  8. Stogumber says:

    The Forbes 400 may win again. But the Jewish political and intellectual class not so much. Take the replacement of Engel by Bowman.
    Jews lost their position as representants of the “working class”, after the working class was enabled more and more represent itself; thereafter Jews saved their position by inventing Cultural Marxism and finding new groups to represent. But these groups may become able to represent themselves as well.

  9. Floydism is the new Fordism.

    That’s a clever insight, and it’s about half true. Both Floydism and Fordism are universalist and ecumenical, but Fordism promoted productivity and efficiency. Floydism promotes the opposite, or worse: racial vituperation, violence, anarchy.

    If every corporation in America and Western Europe has to waste time on Let’s Talk About My Hair training run by aggrieved black ladies, then no corporation falls behind any other.

    Trying to remember how well China’s Cultural Revolution served China’s advancement … I seem to recall something about millions of deaths, lives ruins, fortunes wasted … so probably not a net positive.

    Sure, maybe some firm in Gdansk gets a leg up, but the Poles can be dealt with.

    I’ve heard there may be competitors in places less easy to deal with than Gdansk.

  10. Here’s a novel concept, major intellects: if you want to fight racism, how about having blacks not go on a berserk rampage of burning, looting, killing and monument vandalism every time something upsets them, which is exactly what a racist would predict blacks will do.

    • Agree: HammerJack
    • Replies: @nokangaroos
    , @fnn
    , @El Dato
  11. Altai [AKA "Altai_2"] says:

    And Bernie would have won in 2016 and would in 2020. The coalition Trump managed to create consisted of the traditional Republican voter base plus defectors from key states hit hard by de-industrialisation who were desperate for any economic populism. The shift of those key states gave Trump an enormous electoral college victory that meant he didn’t even need to win Florida to have still won handily. Trump’s success is purely down to his being given a monopoly of these issues. They can take that away, even only slightly and he gets in assured trouble instead of this insane destabilising madness they’re doing to try to oust him. (Though his agenda succeeds)

    The failure of imagination among the Clinton campaign led to them abandoning those areas despite Bill’s warnings of flagging loyalty caused ironically by the very third-way Reaganesque policies he ushered into the Democrat platform along with all the new Chiacgo school boys (And compromised ‘left wing’ economists who sing the praises of globalisation) filling up the ranks of the Dems economist brain trust.

    The colour revolution against Trump is the same as it is for any democratically-elected leader or dictator they want to remove. They play up all the negatives but ultimately want to remove him for his popular policies because countries standing up for their interests are inconvenient. So they remove leader for X faults and then put in a guy who has X faults but none of the popular policies. What’s novel is that the country standing up for it’s interests is the United States of America. Trump is Maduro to them, but does he realise it?

    • Agree: Gabe Ruth
  12. @Kent Nationalist

    You have to unite against it.
    You have to translate that unity into cutting it off from financial support
    You have to make them really feel it
    And you’ll have a hard time doing that if you give them ammunition that this is about the leadership prospects of “white gentile men” – because part of the engine of power here is every last person’s instinctive knowledge that any and all opposition is so easily cast as white supremacism.

    • Replies: @bomag
  13. Bugg says:

    After the initial COVID dip, Amazon, Apple and Netflix are all waaaayyy up. People are staying inside glued to their devices, consuming,shopping. If you wanted to design a crisis that’s byproducts would benefit internet content providers and sellers and put their outside the home competitors on their last legs or worse, this all might be it. People are being conditioned to stay home. Every day we get news of another famous retailer, restaurant or movie theater company going out of business.

    • Replies: @Big Dick Bandit
  14. Jack D says:

    If every corporation in America and Western Europe has to waste time on Let’s Talk About My Hair training run by aggrieved black ladies, then no corporation falls behind any other. Sure, maybe some firm in Gdansk gets a leg up, but the Poles can be dealt with.

    You and Douhat have opposite POVs on this. According to Douhat, the diversity training GIVES your corporation a leg up, because now they can work together without microaggressing each other (or more particularly so that the white male employees won’t microagress the others, especially the blacks). I tend to doubt this, but that’s his pitch – diversity training just helps to keep the profit machine oiled.

  15. peterike says:

    I think Douthat is being too clever by half, and he’s underestimating how many true believers are all up and down our Fortune 500 corporations, up to and including the CEOs.

    Floydism isn’t a kind of double-bankshot agenda. It’s just the agenda.

  16. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    The poles can be dealt with….

    Hurricane Steve reveals his true intentions.

  17. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    No. All that shit comes outa legal.

    They are like, when the diversity rackets shake you down next time, you show the arbitrators this shit and they get cold feet.

    Its a protection racket.

    Whats astounding is our titular leaders are so easily cowed.

    These are not the August men of will whose statues we are tearing down anymore.

    Only Trump was like, Fuck me ? I say fuck you latawndre !

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  18. @Jack D

    I think they did research showing that it makes people more racist. But then, perhaps creating a climate of terror around social interaction is more salient here, although I don’t see how that would make anything more productive.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  19. @Jack D

    More like the diversity training profit center, because all those currently training will be bought out by Diversity Training Inc..

  20. We need to find a way to impose a tax on the corporate HR training. Better still: special taxes on the organizations that provide the training.

  21. Barnard says:
    @Dumbo

    VDare published a list a few weeks ago someone had compiled of every major corporation that had made a black lives matter statement. I doubt it was a complete list and it was very long, impossible to boycott all of them.

  22. Not so fast. Some of the more ambitious radicals are starting to connect the two fake notions, ‘racial justice’ and ‘economic justice’ i.e. probably something like old-style socialism or at least extreme welfare-statism. Let’s check back in a few years and see if Douthat’s assessment is borne out; I’m skeptical.

  23. Art Deco says:

    According to Douhat, the diversity training GIVES your corporation a leg up, because now they can work together without microaggressing each other (or more particularly so that the white male employees won’t microagress the others, especially the blacks).

    As far as I’m aware, Douthat has not in the last 18 years had a job where he had to co-operate with anyone but his editor. They used to have online panel discussions when he was at The Atlantic, but the participants in these had quite similar backgrounds and three of them had been enrolled at the same college at the same time; the one oddity was pampered pet TN Coates. Pretty sure his wife (whom he met in school) is a telecommuter as well.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  24. anon[270] • Disclaimer says:

    Gee, so tribalism wins out over class? Who would have thought that? It’s only been going on for 60 – 70 years with varying levels of intensity. This latest iteration may not be the most intense, either. But the special and precious Blank Slate must not be disturbed in any way. Any Chihuahua can be taught to run very fast just by keeping it around greyhounds all day, it must be true because fairness!

    Jack D

    According to Douhat, the diversity training GIVES your corporation a leg up, because now they can work together without microaggressing each other (or more particularly so that the white male employees won’t microagress the others, especially the blacks).

    Douthat seems intelligent enough to have read Putnam’s book Bowling Alone and thus understand that diversity isn’t a strength, despite 1990’s political speeches. But he is a token, a mascot-like-person who must peddle some version of the Narrative to keep his job. Nobody should expect him to ever even hint at a hatefact like “genes influence behavior”.

    Han Chinese companies have their own problems, but they won’t be wasting people’s time with diversity struggle sessions so at least some of their companies will be more productive than US competitors. That should work out well for everyone!

  25. Anonymous[365] • Disclaimer says:

    To any of you who were mystified why some of us were gonna vote for Yang, tedu valse. It’s hard to credibly complain about this stuff if you always vote a straight Republican ticket.

  26. Don’t forget, when those Woke Corporate Proxy Ballots come this year, vote NO on ALL corporate officers. And get your friends to do the same.

  27. Now … Rather than Medicare for All and taxing plutocrats, the rallying cry is racial justice and defunding the police.

    More power in the latter. Power, and nothing else, is what the Left has always been about.

    • Agree: sayless
  28. “…few powerful people will feel particularly threatened ”

    “Few?” Try “none.” Otherwise, good piece by Douthat and a reminder of who’s REALLY pulling the strings.

  29. @tyrone

    Am giving Tucker Carlson ’till December before he is eighty-sixed. And a few more articles like this one from Ross will merit him a pink slip from the Gray Hag.

  30. @Achmed E. Newman

    He quotes that Crenshaw woman, who used the word “re-education”.

    Zounds! Methinks I’ve seen that word before.

  31. Thea says:
    @Dumbo

    Lie back and think of England.

  32. If every corporation in America and Western Europe has to waste time on Let’s Talk About My Hair training run by aggrieved black ladies,

    I had to attend diversity training yesterday for work. The black lady who ran it was actually rather jolly rather than aggrieved, but she really did talk about her hair — for about 5 minutes out of an hour-long session.

  33. “aggrieved black ladies”

    The Mysterian’s use of bio-weapons is two pronged: COVID-19 and BLV (Black Lady Virus). COVID-19 clings to surfaces, waiting for your touch. It travels far and wide in droplets, looking for a way into one of your face holes. It is sneaky. BLV is easier to detect given its size and sound signature. BLV’s incubation period is instantaneous. Both viruses are heavily promoted by the corporate media.

  34. @Officious intermeddler

    Was she able to relate the exact number of fictitious white people that she imagined touching her hair over the years?

  35. “(Though renaming Yale might be another matter …)”

    Pace Ann Coulter, there is no need to change the name Yale; just change its referent to the inventor of the pin-tumbler lock,
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_Yale_Jr.
    (although Linus Yale’s complexion is a bit too Fair & Lovely).

  36. @Achmed E. Newman

    “Bernie Sanders wanted to do it the nice way.”

    Bernie’s recent embrace of cultural Marxism alienated his white working class supporters. He’s a moral coward. And a putz.

  37. Old Prude says:
    @Officious intermeddler

    Over the last two days I repeatedly lied to my HR department that all my employees had watched the mandatory Anti-harassment/ white men are creeps video. I’ll be damned if I’m going to subject my people to that crap.

    • Replies: @sayless
  38. @Officious intermeddler

    Officious, she talked about her hair because she could see that you were obsessed with it. So, a jolly black lady, (there must be a microagression in that discription, Aunt Jemima comes to mind) told you and your co-workers what you have to do and think to avoid being racists. Are there ever talks were a white person gets to tell blacks what they should do to be more acceptable?

    • Replies: @Jack D
  39. Jack D says:
    @Art Deco

    Pretty sure that he doesn’t live in a Diverse neighborhood either. The kind where they have block parties that end in shootings. Nor does he (I’m guessing) send his kids to a Diverse school (the kind with metal detectors).

    The nostrums of the Left are always for deplorables, not for Good Whites. The Woke are already woke and don’t need some black lady to explain to them that you should never touch a black person’s hair or have any kind of loop shaped object in your cubicle.

    And Good Whites live in lily white neighborhoods “Because of the Schools”. It’s not that they want to escape the chaos and crime that results when blacks live in your neighborhood. They are Doing it For the Children.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Art Deco
  40. Jack D says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    Here, this is a picture of a Conversation about Race in Current Year America. The white guy is free to talk back. You can see that they have not bound and gagged him (yet).

    Of course he would lose his job if he spoke up, but we all know that the First Amendment does not apply to private corporations so it’s entirely legal to fire someone for being a “racist”. In fact it is praiseworthy to do so.

    What is really amazing is the confidence of the Left that there will be no backlash to this. They have the confidence that they have won (despite the Orange Man in the White House) and can get away with this shit forever without having to pay a price. That the white guy will accept his humiliation meekly. They understand that Muslims will strike back if they feel humiliation but white people will just bend over and take it. We shall see.

  41. Art Deco says:
    @Jack D

    He’s from somewhere around New Haven and his wife from somewhere around Danbury. I think he and his wife live near his mother-in-law, who’s a real estate agent. His family-of-origin is eccentric compared to most of its type and some of his strand of thought is derived from that, but he doesn’t have much heart. For years, he’s always seemed to be apologizing for what he’s advocating. He also works for the Sulzbergers, so he has to do demeaning things like pretend to take Christine Blasey seriously.

    He’s also clueless or willing to take a publisher’s advance to appear clueless. He and a fellow named Salam put out a book in 2008 advising the GOP how to win working class votes, a subject in which he had and has zero background.

  42. @Dumbo

    Grow and make everything you can. What you can’t make yourself buy locally from people you know and trust. Reject the bread and circuses meant to keep you fat, happy, and distracted. This means no more sportsball or pedowood. It won’t be easy, but true boycotts never are.

  43. fnn says:
    @Henry Canaday

    If you’ve seen the George Floyd video 800 million times, you’d get the impression this sort of thing happens 800 million times. So that's why they show it 800 million times.— Jim Goad (@jimgoad) June 20, 2020

    Meaning blacks are just the cannon fodder. This is really a ruling class crackdown on the Goyim who voted for what Trump ran on in 2016: economic nationalism, anti-interventionism and immigration control. After they’re finished with Trump, no one will dare run on those issues again.

  44. @Achmed E. Newman

    The guy is not wrong at all. This is the way you implement the hard-core leftism.

    I don’t know. I guess it depends what counts as “hard core leftism” these days. Douthat’s point seems to be that corporate interests have co-opted the leftist revolution by channeling it into the cultural tormenting of regular white people, rather than anything that might cost them money.

    Now … Rather than Medicare for All and taxing plutocrats, the rallying cry is racial justice and defunding the police.

    I can’t decide which is worse: A real, tangible revolution — i.e., appropriation of property and a leveling socialism. Or this toxic cultural war, which doesn’t necessarily cost whites a lot of money but is designed to humiliate and gas light them into believing (or pretending to believe), a doctrine of lies about black virtue and white racism.

    • Replies: @Gabe Ruth
  45. Dunnyveg says:

    What Douthat forgets is that liberals like Dick Armey coopted the Tea Party movement. My guess is that just as these liberal scoundrels destroyed the Tea Party movement, liberals will similarly destroy this movement too, whatever name it goes by.

    Actually, along with policy concerning this Chinese virus, these riots are an act of desperation on the part of the Democrats’ coalition. Liberals instinctively understand that when Americans are given a choice, liberals don’t stand a chance.

    The blacks rioting, looting, and committing mayhem were encouraged to do so by the white liberal masters of their party. Even if Biden weren’t going senile, he’d be a mediocre candidate who would generates little enthusiasm by anybody other than his puppet masters. So, even though neither the McMichael case or the Floyd case would be legally actionable in a sane world, liberals made both that way in order to instill in blacks a siege mentality. Unfortunately, unlike whites, it is very easy to convince blacks to misbehave. This is why these blacks start and stop their misbehavior on cue.

    What was unexpected was that whites would join in on their side. Remember the “Bernie bros”? Though the liberal media has put them down the memory hole, they still exist. Sanders was the anti-establishment insurgency of non-elite white Democrats the same way Trump was for Republicans. The difference? We Americans won while non-elite white Democrats have lost twice. Non-elite white Democrats not only allowed themselves to become a despised minority in their own party; they celebrated it. So, now these foolish people can only get their way illegally, with what we call violence and mayhem, and they call “revolution”.

    As for the party’s white liberal masters, they last thing they want is to do away with the police who assist in protecting their property. But at the same time, they don’t want to alienate the “Bernie bro’s” for fear they will stay home–or worse, vote for Trump. So, the liberal elites are in a real fix. These are the wages of the poison they worship as “diversity”.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  46. bomag says:
    @SimplePseudonymicHandle

    And you’ll have a hard time doing that if you give them ammunition that this is about the leadership prospects of “white gentile men”

    But that’s what a good chunk of this is about. Not clear how you triangulate away.

    The left happily shouts their mission statement: “anybody but a straight White male.”

  47. El Dato says:
    @Henry Canaday

    These are just pre-reparations for the upcoming **real** reparations. Get repared, I mean prepared!

  48. Anonymous[418] • Disclaimer says:
    @Verymuchalive

    It’s not just because of low wages that corporations support mass immigration. Immigrants generate more value added then back home because of greater economic efficiency of the first-world economies they move to. That increases global consumer demand, and thus global GDP.

    It doesn’t matter to them that low-skill immigration reduces the target country’s GDP per capita. Nor does it matter if the money they spend comes from the target country’s taxpayers. They’re getting a subsidy.

    We need to bring up this argument more often. It’s very basic in the econ of immigration literature, but rarely discussed in a critical way in the public square. It also helps overcome arguments based on job loss and wages where “there’ no evidence of it,” because all the money for research on immigration is from open immigration foundations, etc. They dare not research questions where the answers might not be to their liking.

    What little organized opposition there is, winds up on the top of the Google search results for their name, with a link to their SPLC hate group status.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  49. This has been obvious for at least 30 years now. The mainstream right protects the economic interests of the white business class, while making cultural concessions to the left. End result, relatively low taxes for corporations and white collar professionals, and increasing levels of political correctness being imposed on white society as a whole. The burden of this policy of appeasement falls primarily on working and lower middle class whites. We have to accept the cultural humiliation, without getting the economic benefits experienced by upper-middle class whites.

    Meanwhile class blind, post modern educated left-wing liberals see that rich white males are still rich, and black and brown people are relatively poor, and therefore wonder what ordinary white males are complaining about.

  50. The movie “Network” released in 1976 and predicting an alliance between big corporations and leftist radicals seems more prescient with each passing year.

  51. MEH 0910 says:

  52. Gabe Ruth says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    TFW you fall for your enemy’s frame. Would Bernie cost the average white person anything? I’m not a huge fan, but I’d take his plans over the typical Republican approach. Think BLM’s ascension will only be felt by corporate serfs enduring tedious struggle sessions to remain employed? I hope I’m wrong, but it looks to me like anarcho-tyranny is just settling in, and the only way it stops is civil war resulting in ethnostate or extinction of every badwhite in the country.

  53. @Bugg

    you’re not wrong, but in fairness these were trends that already were well on their way. Brick+Mortar retail has been dying for a decade.

    the good news: Higher Education is also being put under tremendous stress! Scott Galloway has written some good stuff about this but basically, everybody has woken up to the fact that $70k a semester is really just being lit on fire unless you go to a tippytippy top tier school, and even then, you’re just paying for the brand.

  54. Art Deco says:
    @Dunnyveg

    What Douthat forgets is that liberals like Dick Armey coopted the Tea Party movement. My guess is that just as these liberal scoundrels destroyed the Tea Party movement, liberals will similarly destroy this movement too, whatever name it goes by.

    That’s a bizarre description of Armey. That aside, Armey left Congress in 2003. He was in later years the non-executive chairman of FreedomWorks but left the organization in 2012 after disputes with the staff.

    • Replies: @Dunnyveg
  55. @Anonymous

    Since 1970, the % of GDP earned by the top 1% has increased and in the last 25 years has done so very sharply.
    Offshoring has enabled the oligarchs to pay for labour and other costs at 3rd World prices and sell at 1st World prices. Massive public and private debt and the continuance of the Dollar as the world’s reserve currency have enabled demand to continue to grow, although long term this must be unsustainable.
    Aside from some reinvestment, the oligarchs have been able to pocket the difference between 3rd World costs and labour and 1st World costs and labour. The question of GDP growth is largely irrelevant when most of the growth is being captured by a very small minority.
    Obviously, offshored jobs must be returned to the US and other 1st World economies. If they’re not, these countries will quickly cease to be 1st World countries.
    Just as important, there has got to be an asset tax on the oligarchs’ ill-gotten gains. I think a 50% tax on assets over $10 million, payable over 10 years, is entirely reasonable.Of course, many may think it too low. If serious criminality can be proven, complete confiscation may be in order

  56. Dunnyveg says:
    @Art Deco

    That’s a bizarre description of Armey. That aside, Armey left Congress in 2003. He was in later years the non-executive chairman of FreedomWorks but left the organization in 2012 after disputes with the staff.

    How so? The fact is that Dick Armey is every bit as liberal as Romney, ¡Jeb!, or any of the rest of the liberal Republican scoundrels’ gallery. The fact is that Dick Armey worshiped at the altar of the unholy liberal trinity of open borders, free trade, and PC. From Wikipedia’s entry on him:

    As a free-market economist influenced by the ideas of Milton Friedman, Armey favored relatively open immigration and advocated for free trade.

    How about Obamacare, of which Armey was a direct forefather? Again from Wikipedia:

    In 1999, Armey sponsored the Fair Care for the Uninsured Act, something that would later be proposed by Mark Kennedy after Armey left Congress. It proposed using tax credits to offset the cost of health insurance, allowing individuals to go outside the workplace to obtain private health coverage directly from an insurance company, and the creation of a “safety net” for the uninsured. The law never made it through Congress, but some of these concepts did make it into the Massachusetts health care reform of 2006 and from there into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010.

    In case you didn’t notice, “Freedomworks” was part of the Tea Parties. Do you really think Armey was a passive actor in this movement that said and did nothing? That he suffered in silence? What makes you think that Americans weren’t fighting against everything Armey believes in? It sounds as if what you consider to be “bizarre” is what the rest of us would call the truth. Or are you another liberal scoundrel hoping I hadn’t done my homework so you could gloss over the truth?

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  57. sayless says:
    @Jack D

    Diversity training is a major aggression and implied insult against everyone forced to undergo it.

    About thirty years ago some company was organizing a sensitivity training for men in the office to learn how to behave around women. A black Jehovah’s Witness in the office simply refused to attend, saying that he already knew how to treat women. Women who worked with him attested that yes, he knew how to treat women. I recall that he didn’t have to attend. But that was then.

    How about a companion session for all the Diversity, entitled “Don’t Be So Damn Sensitive”?

  58. sayless says:
    @Old Prude

    Good for you, Old Prude; did you get your story straight with all your people before you talked with HR?

  59. Art Deco says:
    @Dunnyveg

    The fact is that Dick Armey is every bit as liberal as Romney,

    The term ‘fact’ does not mean what you fancy it means.

  60. dvorak says:

    If every corporation in America and Western Europe has to waste time on Let’s Talk About My Hair training run by aggrieved black ladies

    Those live training events are very ’90s. Today they might make sense only for senior execs, they can have Malcolm Gladwell talk about race and innovation or something at the 5-star retreat.

    Today, required online training works for everyone: Race consultants get paid, CEO gets credit, and office shmoes can click through the training without paying attention.

  61. Yngvar says:

    “Efficiency experts” aren’t apostles for Fordism but Taylorism.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  62. @Yngvar

    You’re absolutely right , Mr Yngvar. Frederick Taylor was the devisor of Scientific Management ( often not as scientific as it should be.) Although obsolete before WWII, it still has influence to this day.

    It was even influential in the early Soviet Union.

    As scientific management was believed to epitomize American efficiency,[29] Joseph Stalin even claimed that “the combination of the Russian revolutionary sweep with American efficiency is the essence of Leninism.”[30]

    Fordism is a term for the system of mass production and mass consumption in advanced industrial countries. Apparently, it is mainly used by American Marxists, which is probably why I have never heard of it until Mr Steve brought it up.
    I did study Sociology in an ancient British University some decades ago and certainly learnt about Taylorism and Scientific Management – and the disputes over their validity. But Fordism, I heard not a word. Hopefully, it will be consigned to the history books like phrenology and other concepts.

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