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This Modern World: Twelfth Dimensional Chess

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Jul 15, 2019, 06:19 PM (9 replies)

People write time travel fiction about stopping a country from spiraling into fascism

That's how important it is considered to be. It is such a terrible thing, with such horrifying consequences, that we actually debate the morality of time travel and murdering baby hitler (or pregnant hitler's mom). That is the kind of lengths that people imagine they might go to to prevent this kind of thing from happening.

And here we are, on the brink of it happening in the "home of the brave", and no one with any power in this country will lift a finger to stop it. It's my belief that there already are graves in the deserts around the camps, that the genocide has started. Not to mention the rape, child trafficking, slavery. Probably worse things.

Can't we - at least - exercise the smallest piece of congressional oversight, now, while we still have a congress, and nominal oversight power, and the power to investigate and impeach? Am I asking too much?

I'd hate to get to the point where we are wishing we had time machines.

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Jul 15, 2019, 08:50 AM (2 replies)

McDonald's workers and Sanders

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Fri Jul 12, 2019, 07:38 PM (7 replies)

I wonder if "we had the power to stop Trump" will be a comforting memory

or whether we will as a party regret not using that power when we had it.

Unused power is effectively the same as not having any power.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Thu Jul 11, 2019, 04:18 PM (14 replies)

Everyone please keep calling them concentration camps. Not only is it true,

but it drives evil people crazy.

If you must discuss it, tell people we will stop calling them concentration camps when the GOP stops saying "Democrat politician".
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Jun 24, 2019, 08:33 AM (66 replies)

The Optics of Weakness and Bringing a Rope to a Sword Fight

As I consider my situation, a private citizen who would like to combat and discourage the rise of fascism in my country, and the tools that I have at hand, including my fellow citizens who are also not fans of fascism, there is one weapon in my arsenal that consistently lets me down. It is sword-shaped, but has the consistency of an over-boiled noodle. Fighting fascism is completely impossible with it. And it is the national leaders and the political elite in my country who (theoretically) wield a lot of power but are either on board with fascism or are too afraid to fight it.

Is there any situation in which our nominally anti-fascist political elite would present themselves as STRONG rather than WEAK? Every response to the proto-fascism in this country is marked by weakness, by capitulation, by caution, by inaction. Can we not fashion an action that would both fight fascism and also appear STRONG to our benighted citizenry? It doesn't take much. It doesn't even require actual strength, just the appearance of strength.

Can't we muster a show of strength in our dedication to not become the Fourth Reich that signals to our people that fighting fascism is worth it? Or did that die after WWII?
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Wed Jun 19, 2019, 11:13 AM (6 replies)

Here's why "We Shouldn't Impeach Because Trump won't be Removed by the Senate" isn't even an excuse

The US Senate has NEVER removed a president that has been impeached. NEVER. NOT ONCE.

They have had two opportunities, once with Andrew Johnson, and once with Bill Clinton. Johnson was a racist clown, and Clinton's impeachment looks more ridiculous every year. So, we already know that the Senate is inclined to keep racist clowns around.

Impeachment really has nothing to do with removal from office. The fact that the threat of impeachment caused another scoundrel to step down before it happened is a historical outlier. We already know that Trump has no shame and wouldn't step down in similar circumstances. So, impeachment (without removal) is the thing we are after - especially highly publicized hearings and discovery during the investigation which are the things that truly hurt Nixon.

Can't we, for once, really hurt Donald Trump? Can't someone, somewhere, in this entire country grab this moronic, traitorous fascist by the neck and give him a good shake (metaphorically, of course). Just once?

"He won't be removed" is a certainty. That has NEVER happened, and is obviously not what the act of impeachment is about.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Wed Jun 19, 2019, 11:06 AM (47 replies)

How is it possible for a state to make something illegal in another jusidiction?

I've been hearing about this Georgia law that would make it illegal for women (presumably residents of Georgia) to have abortion procedures in other states. Just how the hell does that work?

It would be like punishing people who go to Europe and have a drink before they are 21. Or punishing people who go to Amsterdam and smoke hemp. It's not illegal there - so if I'm doing it there, how does the state have a right to punish me for doing something _legal_.

Is this just plainly an illegal law on its face, or am I missing something?
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Thu May 16, 2019, 07:25 AM (42 replies)

Shed a few tears, won't you, for Wall Street financiers who can't figure out the primary

"Wall Street Democrats Are Absolutely Freaking Out About Their 2020 Candidates"


“There’s tremendous fear,” said one banker who was there. The candidates who had long cultivated relationships with Wall Street — such as Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand — were struggling to gain traction and had grown more hostile to finance as their party had, too. Joe Biden, leading in early polls, had a comforting history in the Obama White House and a reputation as an Establishment Democrat but had never, until a few months ago, maintained any meaningful relationship with Wall Street, hadn’t even announced his candidacy yet, and struck many bankers as a dubious bet to beat Donald Trump. Nearly everyone else in the field, the financiers felt, was being pulled leftward by Bernie Sanders (the preposterously well-funded contender they considered too crazy to even imagine in the White House) and Elizabeth Warren (less crazy, Democrats on Wall Street think, and way more competent). “She would torture them,” one banker told me. “Warren strikes fear in their hearts,” explained a New York executive close to banking leaders from both parties — so much fear that such investors often speak of the U.S. senator from Massachusetts, a former law professor and consumer advocate, as a co-front-runner with Sanders. “How do we come up with an alternative?” asked one person at the dinner.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Mon Apr 29, 2019, 02:28 PM (4 replies)

The "cure" for Bernie Sanders is better Democratic policies

There is a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth here on DU that Sanders is doing very well in the polls.

To that I say, take heart - Sanders (and also the other candidate with big poll numbers, Biden) gets a big boost from early name recognition. His numbers will inevitably drop as other candidates become better known to the electorate (Biden will have an even bigger drop, because not only is he a pretty bad campaigner, he is also a soft touch with the Republican party and the big banks).


if you really want to beat Sanders, please encourage your candidate of choice to adopt better (anti-corporatist, anti-crony, pro-people, pro-labor, pro-economic equity) policies.

It isn't some magic wand Sanders is waving. He's not popular because of his party affiliation (or lack of one). He's popular because he adopts policies that tell the rich and the elite and the comfortable in the status quo that some changes need to be made. America needs a raise.

America is desperate for a non-status quo leader. So, if you are worried about Sanders winning the democratic nomination, please tell your candidates that they need to get on board for change, not all of which will make their donors ecstatic.

My preferred candidate (and she was in 2016, as well) already is way on board for change.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Wed Apr 24, 2019, 02:42 PM (11 replies)
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