Benjamin T. Awesome – Defeating Neoliberalism
A great many pieces have been written by a great many great writers about how neoliberalism is the biggest thorn in the side of the left, but there has been a comparative dearth of discussion about how to address this sinister entity. Luckily for these myriad authors, they are already solving the problem just by identifying it.
For those unfamiliar with neoliberalism or how the left embracing it is the equivalent of human beings playing with nuclear waste, we should be certain that words do not get conflated or confused in identifying this problem. First, what is the left, exactly? For that, I am comfortable turning to the first two sentences in the Wikipedia entry for left-wing politics:
Left-wing politics supports social equality and egalitarianism, often in opposition to social hierarchy and social inequality. It typically involves a concern for those in society whom its adherents perceive as disadvantaged relative to others (prioritarianism), as well as a belief that there are unjustified inequalities that need to be reduced or abolished (by advocating for social justice).
A new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll was conducted to determine which possible contenders for the 2020 presidential Democratic nomination were viewed favorably by Democrats. The survey asked about 19 what it called “possible contenders to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.” The list surprisingly didn’t include 2016 runner-up Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders didn’t deny the possibility of running again in 2020 but called such questions “too early to talk about.” According to Politico, Jeff Weaver, Sanders’s 2016 campaign manager stated that “the door is wide open.”
Polls have shown that Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in the United States. Sanders polls higher than Joe Biden and is viewed favorably by 80 percent of Democrats. However, news organizations have reported that Joe Biden is the top Democratic favorite as a result of this survey.
Raven Payne and Andre Roberge – Democrats and the DNC are Still Terrible
Without a doubt, there haven’t been too many red-letter days for the Democratic Party since their 2016 losses. Losses which resulted in Republicans taking control of both chambers of Congress, Governorships, State Legislatures, and the White House. And just when it looked like it couldn’t possibly get any worse for the Democrats… enter Single Payer getting shelved in California, Jeh Johnson, Jon Ossoff, and the AHCA. In fact, this week might just be the week the Dem Party reached full meltdown.
After their fourth straight special election loss, unfavorable revelations in the Russian interference investigation, and culminating with the GOP making public a heinous healthcare bill that will strip millions of their coverage, a bill that sparked protests outside of Mitch McConnell’s office and ended with Capitol police dragging disabled protesters out of their wheelchairs and placing them under arrest…is there anything about the Democratic Party and DNC that is redeemable?
Nathaniel Owen – In Defense of Human Beings
When people ask me what my favorite animal is, I’ll often surprise them by saying Homo sapiens, human beings.
After all, I’m a human, my partner is a human, my family and (most of) my best friends are human. So I have a personal stake in human beings and their well-being, but we’re also just fascinating animals! Humans have an incredible capacity for logical and imaginative thought no other life-form can match. Humans are uniquely altruistic and creative among animals.