Dems may make trust busting a core part of their platform. Schumer and Pelosi leading this? Wait…what?
Long overdue this plan would strengthen regulations designed to protect the public from monopolies and market domination by big tech companies.
Placing new standards on the consolidation of corporate power, giving new tools to regulators to confirm and review mergers, and creating a new consumer competition advocate to tackle “anti-competitive behavior.”
Some of the potential dilemmas facing NobodyisDrivingtheCar.
The most interesting of which is can we really trust car companies to do a good job on the tech before they throw it out there? Keep in mind the same business model and caliber of people who brought us the VW diesel swindle will be flipping the switch on autopilot!
Would You Buy a Self-Driving Future From These Guys? https://nyti.ms/2z7MpNf
It’s time stop punishing the poor by throwing them in jail for inability to pay fines.
The system of fines and penalties exacerbates the downward spiral of poverty. Municipalities in need of funding must go elsewhere to get it.
Ending Cash-Register Justice https://nyti.ms/2kX2RgN
A good look at the complexity driving the changes to party allegiance. The voters who went to Trump against their own best interest did so out of fear of the changing landscape. That fear is focused on race and immigration manifested from an underlying economic insecurity. Dems attempts to obliquely address the economic concerns gets easily beaten by the Right’s overt pledges to assuage racial and immigration fears.
When Trump stands up in front of his audience at rallies during the campaign and tells them he’s going to give them their country back, Trump is having a conversation about race. Our response is that we are going to raise the minimum wage — we are having a conversation about economics. We are playing checkers while Trump is playing chess. And he continues to do so as he focuses on things like Black N.F.L. players taking a knee. Until Democrats can inoculate against some of the heightened angst, most prominently found among blue collar whites, about the changing face of America, they will struggle to compete for white non-college voters.
Democrats Are Playing Checkers While Trump Is Playing Chess https://nyti.ms/2kJkIYL
It’s time for the U.S. to get out of the war business. It’s time to reevaluate our goal, our commitments, our strategies, and our success record.
It’s time to have Congress weigh in as a step toward oversight and reduction.
America’s Forever Wars https://nyti.ms/2zvavlg
A good look at the complexity of the potential breakdown in democracy here and abroad.
What makes the United States so distinctive? One reason may be that in recent years U.S. democracy has become appallingly dysfunctional. It suffers from 1) virtual paralysis at the top, as exemplified by the willingness of Congress to shut down the federal government, regardless of the damage to the country’s credit, after failing to get its way via normal procedures in a budget standoff with the White House; 2) massive increases in income inequality — greater than those found in any other established democracy, with most of the population’s real income declining during the past few decades despite substantial economic growth; and 3) the disproportionate and growing political influence of billionaires, as money plays a greater role in U.S. politics than in almost any other democracy.
Democracy Can Plant the Seeds of Its Own Destruction https://nyti.ms/2l0cJq8
A look at some of the mechanisms that create our distinctions between like people and ‘others’.
It’s common in this country to look down the socio-economic ladder and blame people beneath us for their circumstances while we look up the ladder and lionize the wealthy as better, worthy, and more deserving. Until we overcome this prejudice against the poor we’re not going to come up with solutuons which actually do long term good.
Research consistently finds that Americans exhibit a disturbing level of antipathy towards those on the economic margins. in the case of people living in poverty, it creates manmade barriers to the social inclusion and economic mobility of vulnerable people and communities.
Othering uses bonds of shared identity to deny empathy and a sense of belonging to others. It gives elites and dominant groups an excuse to see social problems as distant pathologies, rather than soluble crises affecting people who are like them.
if we continue to see these brothers and sisters of ours as people who do not really belong in our country, we are not likely to support policies that actually lift them up into economic self-sufficiency.
the equal dignity of all people. And that entails a deliberate, conscious effort to bridge the growing physical, cultural, and emotional gaps that increasingly set low-income people apart as something other than the rest of America.
We are a nation comprised of people with huge variation in our racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds—and in our current economic status. But there are many things we share, and not least among them is the fact that almost everyone is descended from people whose families experienced poverty and marginalization. We respect our ancestors by recognizing and claiming today’s poor people as our brothers and sisters, and by rebuilding a society and an economy capable of creating greater justice for everyone.