For many years, the G.O.P. has met each catastrophe with a credo I’ve described as “the shock doctrine.” When catastrophe strikes, persons are frightened and dislocated. They concentrate on dealing with the emergencies of day by day life, like boiling snow for consuming water. They’ve much less time to interact in politics and a diminished capability to guard their rights. […]

Massive-scale shocks — pure disasters, financial collapse, terrorist assaults — grow to be splendid moments to smuggle in unpopular free-market policies that have a tendency to complement elites at everybody else’s expense. Crucially, the shock doctrine shouldn’t be about fixing underlying drivers of crises: It’s about exploiting these crises to ram by way of your want record even when it exacerbates the disaster. […]

Mr. Abbott is railing towards a coverage plan that, as of now, exists totally on paper. In a disaster, concepts matter—he is aware of this. He additionally is aware of that the Inexperienced New Deal, which guarantees to create tens of millions of union jobs constructing out shock-resilient inexperienced power infrastructure, transit and reasonably priced housing, is extraordinarily interesting. That is very true now, as so many Texans endure below the overlapping crises of unemployment, houselessness, racial injustice, crumbling public providers and excessive climate. […]






“Good could be radical; evil can by no means be radical, it may possibly solely be excessive, for it possesses neither depth nor any demonic dimension yet–and that is its horror–it can unfold like a fungus over the floor of the earth and lay waste the complete world. Evil comes from a failure to assume.”
          ~~Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil  (1961)


On this date at Day by day Kos in 2004—The legacy of McCain-Feingold:

Marketing campaign Finance Reform. It was the last word political paradox. Whereas Republicans held a 3x fundraising lead from hard-dollar donations, Democrats had parity in unregulated soft-dollar donations.

But Democrats voted for it, trapped between their help for good authorities and their dependancy to gentle {dollars}. In the meantime, the GOP, who apparently had essentially the most to achieve, fought it tooth and nail.

Now, the large Ds (DNC, DCCC, and DSCC) face large cash disparities vis a vis their cash-flush GOP counterparts. Bush could have two to a few instances as a lot cash as our Democratic nominee. So by profitable, and by pushing good authorities, Democrats misplaced, proper?