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The "Unnecessariat" and the rise of Trumpism.
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(05-15-2019, 02:08 AM)Kinser79 Wrote:
(05-13-2019, 11:28 PM)pbrower2a Wrote:
(05-13-2019, 10:28 PM)inser79 Wrote: Yawn  More Muh Russia nonsense.  Funny you Blues were all about Russia when it was communist.  I'm not impressed with Mr. Horn's sources.  Or the Dallas Gazette either which for all I know is just an other dying Democrat rag.  And accusations are just that.  If someone has evidence bring it to court or they are doing nothing but slandering.  And there is a lot of slander--or perhaps in this case libel going on and it is coming from the left.

The reference was to the Dallas Morning News, one of the most conservative large-circulation newspapers of a giant American city. Printed newspapers and magazines everywhere may be a dying technology as mews on newsprint becomes more costly than news through other means. I think also of brick-and-mortar stores for anything other than groceries, motor fuel, greeting cards, lottery tickets, liquor, and cancerweed products.

As for Russia --the Soviet Union was becoming more economically and technologically backward in contrast to the West, but many of us liberals thought glasnost and perestroika good ideas for modernizing the Soviet Union politically and technologically. But that short window of time, when the Soviet Union was making baby steps toward markets and general openness, did not last. Russia got a taste of democracy -- but that is over. Russia is run by oligarchs and has a single-party system as rigid as that of China. It is now right-wingers who especially love Russia.

I find that retail itself is pretty much dying in the traditional sense.  Also I'm not convinced that this newspaper is "conservative" because you say it is.  I have a subscription to a paper too.  I find it necessary from time to time to line my cats' litter boxes and the Orlando Sentinel does a very good job in that regard, it also provides free wrapping paper for gifts, is good for cleaning windows and can be used to wipe one's ass in a pinch.  The trick is to not use the shiny paper--that shit is worthless for those practical applications.

I don't see many people starting small businesses other than ethnic restaurants and food stores catering to the fast-growing Latino population where I live. Retailing is the sort of work that one does if one does not want to do real work or develop any skills on the job, and it pays accordingly. The retail sector might attract talented people in a recession, but the talented people in such work ordinarily leave before they can shake things up. Otherwise I remember it around 1980 -- full of young women who said things like "I don't want to be a secretary" -- and within six months they were in secretarial school or young men who came to the conclusion thaqt they would do far better doing car repairs.

Besides, most people have all the stuff that they need. Manufacturing serves the needs of either population growth or the replacement of obsolete or broken stuff. Heck, I have gotten some good bone china -- cheap -- at Goodwill. Apparently the kids didn't want their parents' old stuff, but it was better than what I had or had broken when it falls onto a tile floor.

Quote:As for getting news...I have other sources.

Names?


Quote:Having been to Russia, it is still far to the left of the US in many regards (and yes I've been there recently).  Glastnost and Peristroika were a backward attempt to modernize Russia.  Gorbachev if he was serious about preserving the Union should have focused on the economy first and then liberalized politically when and where necessary like Deng did in China, and like Kim seems to be attempting to do in the DPRK.


Laos and Vietnam never really constructed or attempted to construct socialism, their system is communist in name only and mostly a relic of the Cold War anyway and their economies are quite liberal if their politics are not.

Putin has not fully destroyed the legacy of socialism. Here is what happened when a country destroyed the legacy of the Soviet era and replaced it with nothing:





The tongue-in-cheek guide calls a wall full of election posters the "Wall of Crooks", identifying some of them as people who took the tax revenues and the receipts of foreign trade and went off to the South of France, where they have mansions. He accuses the Communists of being just as crooked. My guess is that Chisinau, Moldova is a city with no civic identity in a country with nearly thirty years of bad leadership. Maybe the economic system is not everything.

China is in no way liberal, and it is arguable that socialism ill fit a nation as entrepreneurial in habit as the Chinese. Laos is poor because it is isolated and has few resources. Vietnam is much like China in its heritage. North Korean leadership is simply mad. From what I have seen of video of South Korea -- I have seen the future, and it works (unless the mad leadership of North Korea chooses to nuke it into ruin). North Korea occasionally sends infiltrators to South Korea, and those infiltrators usually get caught for wearing the wrong sorts of clothes and for for linguistic shibboleths such as the Korean word for "comrade". South Korean officials can reputedly crack the infiltrator one day after the arrest. The second day is a guided tour of a South Korean supermarket.

Quote:I'm using liberal in the 19th century sense and not the retarded way the American Left has hijacked that word for their own purposes.

Words with political charge slowly evolve in meaning. What was liberal or progressive in 1850 (like abolition of slavery or the franchise to women) is often taken for granted. Politics evolves after the politicians solve problems.

Quote:As for the Right liking Russia now...there is much to like about Putin's Russia.  Starting with it is stable, and well run, and that he's been actively promoting both Russian Culture and Russian Orthodoxy (which is only a real problem for the evangelicals who have a thing about anything remotely like Catholicism)

Have I said that I have any problem with either Russian culture or with the Russian Orthodox Church? My problem is with Russia is with its political heritage.

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Quote:Makes me wonder if Muh Russia-Gate is a matter of projection again.

If only it were not true.

It isn't.  The Mueller report was a big giant nothing burger and Rachel Meddow who did nothing but promote Muh Russia-Gate for two years has egg on her face.  Maybe you need glasses so that you can see it.  Want me to google an optometrist for you?
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How would you know? I have read the first part of the report. As for glasses, I had my eyes checked in November, and I have glasses from then.
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.


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I wonder if things are any better in the other former Soviet Republics, most of which were also in Europe. He said they were better.

Didn't Moldova want to rejoin Russia, or Russia claim it?
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(05-15-2019, 02:47 AM)pbrower2a Wrote: (Stuff)

You really are completely clueless aren't you.  Did you even read my previous post?  I doubt it.

As for my news sources..you wouldn't like them.  Lets just say I listen to people from Alex Jones to Rachel Meddow.  The truth is somewhere between those two extremes.  

I also watch the meme magic flow on the internets.  To understand why Daddy is president one has to understand the flow of meme magic.  Without that: one is a blind man, in a dark room, looking for a black cat that isn't there and proclaiming that they found it.





For the record Tim Pool is somewhere in center-left territory.
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(05-15-2019, 06:38 PM)Eric the Green Wrote: I wonder if things are any better in the other former Soviet Republics, most of which were also in Europe. He said they were better.

Didn't Moldova want to rejoin Russia, or Russia claim it?

More likely Romania, which held it between 1921 and 1940. Romania is by contrast an economic and political success story. The average salary in Moldova is equivalent to 298 euros in contrast to 996 euros in Romania as of 2018. Ouch!
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.


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(05-16-2019, 03:14 AM)Kinser79 Wrote: … I also watch the meme magic flow on the internets.  To understand why Daddy is president one has to understand the flow of meme magic.  Without that: one is a blind man, in a dark room, looking for a black cat that isn't there and proclaiming that they found it.

Meme magic is an oxymoron. Memes only have power over those fully invested in them, which makes the 'magic' part a non sequitur. FWIW, a very large part of Trump's nominal base is already bailing on him as a candidate for 2020, because he finally added one too many insults to the pile of inflicted injuries. They've had enough.
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Indeed -- there is no higher truth than objective reality. Memes are tawdry substitutes for objective reality.
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.


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