Tip 33: Playing Dirty: What’s Driving Republicans?

According to political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, for a political party to accept losing and continue to support America’s political system as-is in the face of uncertainty about the party’s future, two conditions must hold.  One, its supporters must feel secure about losing today; that ruinous consequences will not be unleashed tomorrow; and […]

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Tip 32 What Motivates Losers?  Why Do They Risk So Much?

Republicans fear by sticking to conventional political rules, they’ll lose even more.  Economically, they’ve already lost much.  According to Levitsky and Ziblatt, authors of Why Democracies Die, this sort of “do or die” strategy is a threat to democratic stability. How so?  Economics provides the underlying clue.  Their congressional voting districts, rural and ex-urban, are […]

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Tip 31: Naming Winners and Losers in the Economic-Culture Wars

The Great Recession defined a tipping point, politically and economically.  Brookings notes that between 2008 and 2018, the economic performance of congressional districts labeled “Blue” diverged at a breathtaking pace from those labeled “Red,” given America’s fast-paced “winner-take-most” society. Intuitively, one expects economic scarcity to drive working-class voters in the direction of social and economic […]

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TIP 30: If You’re Not Laissez-Faire Capitalist, You’ve GOT TO BE Socialist! July 30, 2019

Really?  Only one or the other?  Just TWO choices, both extreme? Yup.  Extreme ideologues on either side agree; there’s no middle.  Just laissez-faire on one far-side and Karl Marx-style socialism on the other. To the contrary, at www.capitalismincrisis.org we spell out clearly how a vital middle is hiding in plain sight.  It’s a middle just […]

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TIP 28: America The “Pretty Good”, July 7, 2019

American Exceptionalism.  That’s the head-in-the-sand term used by Trump Republicans to justify Independence Day intransigence.  We’re an exceptional country they claim, because of their values; their stuff.  Because they say, America honors free markets and laissez-faire social policy. Granted, our nation has been exceptional in many important ways.  But where are we now?  Has their […]

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Tip 26: Capitalism is Failing, June 9, 2019

These words, from center-left Brookings scholar Richard Reeves.  Among experts, he’s far from alone regarding concern, even pessimism. Why so? Do you remember the Great American Dream?  It used to be the notion that each generation would live better than any generation that had gone before.  But it now appears to be in intensive care. […]

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