Tip 36: Death and Despair: Where’s America’s Hopefulness?

The Great Recession has also become the Great Divider, not unlike the Civil War.  Now as then, America’s new great divide splits along a fault line pitting big losers against big winners, politically and economically.  Such is the root cause of America’s cultural warfare.  Tragically, many who call themselves winners are what capitalismincrisis.org names as […]

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Tip 35: New York Times Op-ed, October 18, 2019

By The Editorial Board The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom. The Crisis of the Republican Party The G.O.P. will not be able to postpone a reckoning on Donald Trump’s presidency for much longer. In the summer of […]

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Tip 34: Faith. Family. Firearms.

They’re protected by God and Guns. See what Blues need to know about the Republican “base” in Donald Trump’s world. Check out this plaintive, reactionary message from Christian country singer Josh Thompson. Economic numbers speak for themselves. In ex-urban and rural congressional districts, workers are older, whiter, less educated and more male than in Blue […]

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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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