Beware of hypocrites, con men, chronic liars, xenophobes, homophobes, and misanthropes who clean the outside of the cup and leave the inside filthy, who wear long robes and race for the front seats, who see the speck in others’ eyes and not the log in their own eyes, and threaten critics with jail time and mercilessly slander opponents!
40 million citizens were made unemployed from the COVID pandemic. With two tax heists of $8 trillion enriching corporations and millionaire-families, Trump doubled the national deficit to over a trillion! Trump has no jobs policy, no immigration policy, no tax policy, no education policy, no health care policy, no housing policy, no environmental or climate change policy. He pocketed nearly a billion from his three bankrupt Atlantic City casinos in 1995! How long can we endure this greed, narcissism, incompetence, criminality, and demagoguery?
Trump is a one-man constitutional crisis and a clear and present danger to the nation and the world!
Economic recovery happens through redistribution and public investment.
The rulers and the elites are often immobilized by neoliberal myths, e.g. the self-healing market, CEOs as job creators and workers as cost factors, financial markets returning to equilibrium, and the benign quality of speculation. Cities and communities are overtaken by revenue shortfalls. Ghost towns arise with socialism for the rich and the merciless market for everyone else!
Market distortions include tax havens, micro-second betting, stock buybacks, and insider trading and show that neoliberalism benefits the few and not the many. The neoliberal model leads to exploding profits and stagnating investments. When a foul-mouthed president decries taxes as for fools, the future becomes blurry. Can schools and roads be rebuilt with magic thinking? What happens to the beautiful words about equality and equal opportunities when only the propertied have enforceable rights?
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Because of fear of COVID-19 pandemic, the US-Canada border has been closed by Canada for months. The US must flatten the curve, end the rise of new infections, and become more human and social so O Canada will reopen the border. Long a source of hope, the US has become a “source of vulnerability” and must change its ways to be welcomed by other countries than Mongolia!
The Good News is that the DHHS (the US Dept of Health and Human Services) has prohibited evictions from Sept 1 to Jan 1. The Democrats under Sen. Sherrod Brown urge a more robust $100 billion Rent Assistance Act.
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Kierkegaard encourages us: we are infinite and finite, temporal and eternal. Without humility, there is no sense of wonder (Kierkegaard).
The future could be open and dynamic rather than closed and static! Unlike a chair, an idea can be shared by a whole people. The old gives way to the new as the snow gives way to the spring (Rilke).
The swan that floats and doesn’t sink represents the intransitory in the transitory (Heidegger).
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I am when you are! We must be wounded to be healed (Dorothee Soelle). A leap of faith over 70,000 fathoms of water is necessary, Kierkegaard said, to realize our full identity!
The shutdown economy is the result of profit worship, of a contradictory economic system that thinks the market is self-healing and creates living wage jobs, that pretends all problems are exogenous and not endogenous, that normalizes speculation and financial products, and calls all other countries “cheaters.”
In truth, the poor need a strong state. In truth, the propertied are not the only ones with enforceable rights. An active state would create affordable apartments and living wage jobs for the rising generation. An active state would be committed to public investment and to a future-friendly economy, not to crony capitalism indifferent to the rights of nature.
A reminder from NOAM CHOMSKY: “How you feel about Biden doesn’t matter. We have to get rid of Trump”