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This is an extremely thoughtful article about the underlying political dynamics which shape the debates over health care in the US, and it's helping me understand many things going on in our country today; as the author says, "When it seems like people are voting against their interests, I have probably failed to understand their interests."

His key point is this: "[T]he bulk of needy white voters are not interested in the public safety net. They want to restore their access to an older safety net, one much more generous, dignified, and stable than the public system – the one most well-employed voters still enjoy."

That is, the US has had a social safety net for a very long time, a very generous one, publicly funded through various tax subsidies, and giving people a sense of having earned those things as well, through individual work. But unlike most countries' safety nets, the American net was never intended to cover everybody – a fact which is ultimately tied to the fact that America never viewed itself as a single polity, but rather as a collection of racial polities whose natural relationship was hierarchical. That is, what we had in the US was "white socialism" – and this is what many people want back, although they don't realize exactly what it was.

Very worth reading and thinking about.


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Evidence from Romania's abortion ban:
"Maternal mortality took a nosedive and over 9,000 women died while Ceausescu was in power. Their deaths were attributed to complications resulting from obtaining unsafe and illegal abortions."

The hundreds of thousands of orphans that resulted was another huge tragedy.

Making abortion illegal does not stop abortions, it just stops safe abortions.

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"What we see here is the most powerful man in the world blatantly telegraphing his intention to use national misfortune to grab even more power. And the question becomes, who will stop him?"

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The conservative case for climate action: introduce a carbon tax, pay dividends back to families, and remove regulations rendered unnecessary by the carbon tax. Makes sense to me!

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Mr. Bannon has long argued that Americans, whether they know it or not, are in a war with radical Islam, describing it in sweeping, almost apocalyptic terms. His view appears to be shared by Mr. Trump and his national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, as well as several lower-ranking officials.

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