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
There is a way for energy companies to thrive in the renewable era. This Dutch company is repositioning itself as an energy service provider. They don’t sell kilowatts. They sell kws + services for consumers.
Eneco has sought to provide new services to customers — and, in doing so, to enter new sectors, like the charging of electric vehicles and the repair of solar panels.
“What we are trying to do is switch from selling a pure commodity to selling energy as a service.”
For instance, Eneco owns Jedlix, an electric vehicle charging unit, which has partnerships with Tesla and BMW and allows car owners to recharge their vehicles inexpensively when there are large supplies of renewable energy on the grid. Jedlix sometimes even pays them to do so.
Dutch Utility Bets Its Future on an Unusual Strategy: Selling Less Power https://nyti.ms/2vLHK4L
This fella is on to something. Let poor families help themselves to determine solutions.
We’re trying to elevate this concept of “no service.” We’d like to take the money that programs would normally spend on social workers and instead make it available as scholarships or investments or loans. That would parallel the kinds of benefits that we give to the rich because society thinks they create the jobs.
When Families Lead Themselves Out of Poverty https://nyti.ms/2uXDlIa
Simple and well put. Ignored at all of our expense.
what makes America America is that it is built around an idea: the idea that all men are created equal, and are entitled to basic human rights. Take away that idea and we’re just a giant version of a two-bit autocracy.
Real Americans understand that our nation is built around values, not the “blood and soil” of the marchers’ chants; what makes you an American is your attempt to live up to those values, not the place or race your ancestors came from.
When the President Is Un-American https://nyti.ms/2vwdjPD
So much of what besets the imaginations of Americans as catastrophic is merely distraction. The would be Tyrant-in-Chief is certainly not good for the country, but he is mostly distraction.
Tyrannophobia, the belief that the overwhelmingly important political issue is the threat to our liberal freedoms and institutions, has always been a powerful force in the United States. As history has shown, however, its tendency to redirect our attention from underlying social and economic problems has often been the real source of danger. It is easier to believe that democracy is under siege than to acknowledge that democracy put Mr. Trump in power — and only more economic fairness and solidarity can keep populists like him out.
If there is one lesson from the 20th century worth learning, it is that an exclusive focus on the defense of liberal fundamentals against a supposed totalitarian peril often exacerbates the social and international conflicts it seeks to resolve. This approach to politics threatens to widen the already yawning gulf between liberal groups and their opponents, while distracting from the deeply rooted forces that have been fueling right-wing populist politics, notably economic inequalities and status resentments.
The anti-communist politics in the United States of the early 1950s were rooted in assumptions that had much in common with those of anti-Trumpism today. There was, it was claimed, a serious risk to liberal democracy from American subversion within, in alliance with the Russians without, peddling seductive untruths. Other goals — like the creation of a more just and equal society — had to take second place to the country’s military posture.
Trump Isn’t a Threat to Our Democracy. Hysteria Is. https://nyti.ms/2uNrV9E
This is an interesting take down of the Atlantic piece on conspiracy theories. It’s a difficult time for trusting media following an explosion of truthiness. This is a good reminder that well intentioned pieces in reputable journals can still mislead by omission.
[The Atlantic’s list of conspiracies] omits the two most pernicious and consequential conspiracy theories of modern times: that Saddam Hussein had a hand in 9/11 and that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction. Fake Moon landings and healing crystals may be easier to deride, but their actual effect on politics, globally and domestically, is thus far (thankfully) fairly trivial.
This is most definitely NobodyisFlyingthePlane. We know that the President and other elected leaders aren’t flying the plane. This writer makes the case that the bureaucracies behind our national security often take the stick.
It’s the sort of thing that we really all know, but we don’t act or vote that way.
Of course, we know there are exceptions. Cheney and Armey took the stick when they headed the plane into the 2nd Iraq war.
The presidency itself is not a top-down institution, as many people in the public believe, headed by a president who gives orders and causes the bureaucracy to click its heels and salute. National security policy actually bubbles up from within the bureaucracy. Many of the more controversial policies, from the mining of Nicaragua’s harbors to the NSA surveillance program, originated within the bureaucracy. John Kerry was not exaggerating when he said that some of those programs are “on autopilot.”
Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change. – The Boston Globe