Post has shared content
"The key point is that Democrats… were they to find three neurons to scrape together… might do well to study the Contract With America. Learn from the past. Shake off habits that don’t work.

Alas, this list of “suggestions” that I wrote for the incoming Obama Administration - in 2009 - never got a glance from anyone in political power. Any one of them might have made a difference… and I have new ones! And zero hope that anyone will listen to sapient ideas."
Seriously. Had the same amount of tax cut gone to targeted uses -- R&D, actual capital productive capacity, infrastructure or bona fide new jobs -- this might have been stimulative. As is? It is more Supply Side voodoo. A raid on the middle class that will widen steep wealth disparities, further plummet money velocity and send us plunging into debt.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2018/03/politics-vs-policy-vs-reality-and.html
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
Politics as a Platform:

Pol Sci 101: [but] local vote needs to be enthusiastically organized (+ better incentives for participants). Biggest picture is reforming 17th Amendment. Anything short is ... well ... THIS.

Perhaps [conceptually] combine Brigade, Kickstarter, campaign (candidate + network of influencers), small tax break + incentives, Buycott, + CRAIGSLIST design w/ blockchain (specifically Monero), Google Maps (OpenStreetMap if you're using CL as a model - just pointing out obvious redundancies). Everywhere you go, everything you do (it's gonna be a bit Orwellian but in a good way; see Monero + its gotta be seamless) you vote with each transaction and interaction.

There's a technological start for ya. Needs social implementation.

Did you get the picture yet I'm painting you a portrait (I'm not even into this song right now, in case you're paying any attention, it's just appropriate.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1_EDno-44M
Add a comment...

Trump's address to a Joint session of Congress was enticing/phenomenal. Governor Steve Beshear's (staging - I couldn't even listen) rebuttal sucked.

Trump's managed to mobilize more citizens one month in, on both sides, to give more than a single fuck about politics than any president since JFK (and citizens HAD to give AF because ... the Cuban Missile Crisis).
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
A Dilemma for Humanity: Stark Inequality or Total War

"He goes so far as to state that “only all-out thermonuclear war might fundamentally reset the existing distribution of resources.” If history is anything to go by, he writes, “peaceful policy reform may well prove unequal to the growing challenges ahead.”"
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
Ian Bremmer: Europe, as a Construct, Is 'Failing'

See also: https://twitter.com/i/moments/805879718264324096
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
EXCLUSIVE Leaked Audio Of Obama & Trump's Phone Calls
Add a comment...

I highly recommend reading this tweet storm by @matthewstoller.

"This tweet storm is going to be about why people have such a hard time understanding Trump. It's because they don't understand Obama."

https://twitter.com/i/moments/805107497849782272
Add a comment...

Post has shared content
"They also renewed demands to reform ICANN. A logical enough demand, on the face of it, after Snowden’s revelations revealed deeply flawed oversight systems over America’s spies. But the problem with dismantling ICANN is that it could lead to an increase in the control allowed to individual states not only over their own internet space — which they have already — but over the entire world wide web. In other words, Russia could block someone it doesn’t like in Germany by invoking an anti-terror clause and shutting down opponents’ domain name server, or DNS, the basic address book of the internet. Without a DNS, web pages become unfindable and effectively disappear."
In one of the most important, post-election must-reads, this article sheds light on why arch conservatives like Pat Buchanan and the World Congress of Families are gushing and rushing to proclaim Vladimir Putin as the true leader of their world movement.

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2014/02/putins-masterplan/
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
"All three loyal readers of Spoiler Alerts will scoff at the possibility of a competent Trump administration, but it’s worth mulling over. Trump has spent the past year and a half defying most political experts and winning the greatest natural experiment in American political history."
Add a comment...

Post has shared content
"The College was designed exactly for a moment like this, when sages elected by the population of each state should protect us from unqualified demagogues. I describe how a billionaire could do a simple thing - this week - to help that happen. http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/11/might-some-zillionaire-save-us.html"
HClinton's growing lead in the national popular vote, which is now more than two million, or 1.5 percent of all ballots cast, far exceeds any majority margin for an Electoral loser and calls into question: (1) whether there should be a manual recount of paper ballots in Michigan and Wisconsin, where Republican administrators chose voting machines with proved hacking flaws, made by companies owned by GOP activists.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/us/politics/vote-count-hillary-clinton-trump.html

(2) Whether folks should sign on to the online fundraiser run by Jill Stein's Green Party, pushing for such a recount. The most vigorous such drive... yet also a blatant play by/for the Greens.
https://jillstein.nationbuilder.com/recount

(3) Whether any billionaire has the guts to do what I recently called for - issue a PRIZE for any henchman to come forward with evidence of such fraud. A big prize! What could it hurt?
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/11/might-some-zillionaire-save-us.html

(4) What happens if investigations later prove such fraud happened? Including meddling by foreign powers?

(5) I had been a defender of the Electoral College, calling for reform, not abolishment. But I am fed up. The College was designed exactly for a moment like this, when sages elected by the population of each state should protect us from unqualified demagogues. I describe how a billionaire could do a simple thing - this week - to help that happen. http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/11/might-some-zillionaire-save-us.html

(6) It was behooved upon GW Bush, in 2000, to say: "I know a majority of Americans didn't want me, so I will offer compromises and even appoint some people who will do what the people clearly wanted." Bush didn't do that, and may his entire corrupt clan sit in shame for it. Yes, and the shame, knowing that their own party did not even mention them, at the RNC this august.*

But Trump's margin - the majority of his fellow citizens who voted zealously against him - is far more vast. The fact that he has made no such outreach is proof of what kind of man he is.
Indeed, DT's biggest crime - so far - is making his appointments from the standard list of Bushite factotums. So much for the Trump "Revolution."

-
*But Trump's margin - the majority of his fellow citizens who voted zealously against him - is far more vast. The fact that he has made no such outreach is proof of what kind of man he is.
Add a comment...
Wait while more posts are being loaded