Thanks in large part to elites’ egregious mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent recession, gross domestic product (GDP) is way, way, way down for the second quarter of 2020. As we look at all the crises that beset us, it should be more than apparent that a revolution is in order.
The lede in a New York Times story is,
A series of strident new protests over police misconduct rattled cities across the country over the weekend, creating a new dilemma for state and local leaders who had succeeded in easing some of the turbulence in their streets until a showdown over the use of federal agents in Oregon stirred fresh outrage.”
Which is to say that Donald Trump has ruined politicians’ plans to allow Black Lives Matter protests to fizzle out with merely token changes: Read more
See update for July 31, 2020, at end of post
The Wall Street Journal worries that the failure of schools to reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic might affect people’s abilities to return to work and the following economic effects are, of course, a large part of the reason that the Trump administration desperately wants schools to reopen. There is a sense as well that kids don’t learn as well through online instruction. Read more
For those alive at the time, one of the very curious aspects of the Cold War was an ideological fixation on “Moscow” as the source of all evil—so-called “communism,” but really authoritarian socialism—in the world. This rhetoric ignored differences between, for examples, Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union, and, at least in later years, China and Vietnam.
See updates for July 22, 2020, and for July 29, 2020, at bottom of post
There is an irony in that, for me, Black Lives Matters protests had virtually disappeared from public discourse. “Nonviolent,” they posed no threat, therefore policymakers faced no pressure to enact change. They had become irrelevant. Read more
Barack Obama was first inaugurated as I was getting towards the end of my Masters program and as I began the public speaking class I was teaching that day, I hadn’t had a chance to check. So I asked my class, had Obama in fact been inaugurated? Read more
The sample isn’t even remotely random. Peter Daou’s followers on Twitter, and therefore most of the respondents, are Bernie Sanders’ supporters who will be reluctant to, if they do at all, vote for Joe Biden in November. This is a snowball sample beginning from within that group: Read more
You can have no idea just how traumatized I am about money until you have seen me at tax time.
H&R Block managed to reduce my alleged gross income of over $68,000 to a taxable income of less than $14,000 (these amounts come from the profit and loss statement the tax preparer created). Most of the difference is in mileage and commissions, the latter being a part I never even see: Uber and Lyft deduct those before paying me. This brought my amount due to just barely within the amount I managed to accumulate, even with a late tax due date. Read more
So my mom writes, “I’m extremely wary of the Brookings Institute — but is this by and large a good analysis?” And she links to an article. Read more
Of course, the assholes driving a national, and apparently international, spike in COVID-19 cases (figure 1) are only part of the problem.
Fig. 1. Cartoon, apparently by Peter Schrank, via the Telegraph, July 6, 2020, fair use. Read more