It’s a bit weird that Donald Trump assumes he has any credibility whatsoever to assure anyone that a recession isn’t coming. After all, this is the same man who keeps fact checkers busy at an unprecedented rate, a man who revivifies the old dictum that you can tell a politician is lying by the fact his (it’s a really old dictum, so yes, ‘his’) lips are moving. Read more →
So when y’all done praising Sanders on his call to cut aid to Israel if they don’t allow congresswomen in— will y’all address that Israel’s apartheid didn’t begin with Netanyahu & the *actual* viability of a “two-state solution,” or…? #Bernie2020
Tamanisha John has it largely right. The main difficulty is when we declare the end of “the actual viability of a ‘two-state solution’” Binyamin Netanyahu has been prime minister since 2009; as late as 2013, Ben Birnbaum argued that a two-state solution was still possible, but becoming less rather than more likely.
Fig. 1. U.S. State Department map of the occupied territories, with areas available to Palestinians in white, apparently dating to the Obama administration, via the New Yorker, fair use.
I suspect John’s argument depends on a rather distressing map like the one John Kerry showed Barack Obama (figure 1), that shows how much land has been taken away from the Palestinians: Taken as “facts on the ground,” Israeli settlements and other land expropriations indeed present a formidable obstacle to a “two-state solution.” It hardly matters now as Netanyahu’s government seemingly rules out such a solution.
While perhaps not so prominent, the Israeli hypocrisy we see now is longstanding and raises questions about the idea that a peace could ever have been politically possible given the political constraints on both sides. Birnbaum’s argument depends largely on that counterfactual. That’s something we can never know. And in this case, Netanyahu’s government renders the counterfactual irrelevant and Sanders’ tweet myopic.
I have to think that Sanders is attempting to appear less “too far to the left.” But he really can’t help himself by making incoherent and largely indefensible claims.
Max Weber, “Class, Status, Party,” in Social Theory: The Multicultural and Classic Readings, ed. Charles Lemert, 4th ed. (Boulder, CO: Westview, 2010), 119-129.↩
Some shit, like fucking video recordings from the time around Jeffrey Epstein’s death should not be hard for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to lay hands on. Instead, five days following his demise, CNN lists among open questions, “What does surveillance video show, which cameras were operational and do the logs of inmate checks match the video that exists?” Read more →
So I was reasonably satisfied that Jeffrey Epstein’s death was suicide and expecting to let the matter drop. This isn’t the kind of thing I normally pay much attention to but the possibility that this was murder to cover up the misdeeds of his fellow elites brought it to the edge of my area of interest.Read more →
The narrative has changed. It is no longer about a long “expansion” (not so much when you count externalized costs, but, you know, that would require the rich to pay for what they steal so we can’t count those) as it is about multiple causes for worry and whether or not we are in fact already in a recession.Read more →
Riane Eisler, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2007).↩
The fundamentals remain the same. As I wrote earlier,
As a hard Brexit looms (nothing has changed here—it is still the legal default), as Boris Johnson’s government keeps pedaling its bicycle at a brick wall, and as plotters plot to prevent it but lack a certain path to do so, there was a suggestion that a “humble petition” might be passed by Parliament asking the Queen to travel to Brussels to ask for an extension to the Brexit deadline. “Earlier this week, John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, threatened to send the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to Buckingham Palace ‘in a cab’ taxi to tell the Queen that the Opposition would be Labour is ‘taking over’ if Mr Johnson were to lose a no-confidence vote but refused to resign.” (Would he bow? Inquiring minds want to know.) It appears Her Majesty isn’t interested.
But opposition to the seemingly all-but-certain hard Brexit is beginning to form up, if a bit late. “The House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow,” who previously achieved notoriety for blocking Theresa May’s third attempt to bring her deal up for a vote, “has said he will ‘fight with every breath in my body’ to stop Boris Johnson from proroguing parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit without the consent of MPs.” though that is still exactly what will happen unless Parliament actually gets its shit together.Read more →
California is having a hard time developing an ethnic studies curriculum for both high schools and the California State University system. That does not make it “propaganda.” That does not delegitimize it. Though it’s apparent that’s what you’ll hear.Read more →
It’s probably unjustifiable, but I think the vitriol he has directed at migrants has been the hardest thing for me to deal with about Donald Trump.
Maybe it’s that migrants were a focus of my dissertation. I don’t know; to bracket it as such, even understanding migrants’ plights to the extent that I do, seems an inadequate explanation. I’m not sure that it is even the concentration camp issue, if I’m to be completely honest, because that’s one in a series of outrages (remember, for example, when we earlier learned of parent-child separations?) that runs longer. But Trump’s xenophobia somehow consistently strikes closer to home than any of the many other manifestations of Trump’s hatred. Read more →
There really isn’t much new in Gordon Brown’s warning that Brexit may break up the United Kingdom and London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s call for a national unity government to stop a hard Brexit. Such a panic was foreseeable as the consequences of this insanity sink in. Read more →