We all know how that worked out: the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, years of stagnant wages, the growth of insecure work, and a sharp increase in economic inequality.

The notion that the politics of Clinton and Blair led to any of those issues is indefensible, to say the least.

AWARE the left has in the past been too accomodating to the right to its own detriment, neither McManus nor Ocasio-Cortez have little interest in bipartisanship, which they regard as a barrier to their goals.

Generally speaking, a Parliamentary system is friendlier to nonbipartisanship than the US system. AOC hasn’t realized this yet. The US system is designed to prevent radical shifts in political priorities; when there is substantial disagreement on policy in the US, the government goes into deadlock until consensus is reached.

Better still, it puts their opponents on the defensive. This they have in common with Donald Trump.

Quite true.

T IS is a sign of the success of the strategies and tactics of both McManus and Ocasio-Cortez in reframing progressive politics that conservatives have pulled out all stops to bring them down.

I can’t speak for McManus, but AOC is, for all her notoriety, a backbencher without any actual power.

Putting aside the elements of sexism behind these attacks, particularly those on Ocasio-Cortez, what this shows is that conservatives sense a real threat being posed by this way of doing politics. They are frustrated that neither woman wants to play by the “rules” they set, so they resort to attacking the individual.

Hm. Like Trump, it’s probably more due to the fact that she knows how to go around the normal supply chain of information.

But it’s worth remembering the old adage that one swallow does not make a summer. It would be premature to declare a major resurgence of the left.

Quite right. AOC will, eventually (although she’s dodged the questions so far) have to explain where the money for her ideas will come from. A 70% tax on incomes over $10M takes in virtually no money, compared to the cost of her suggested projects.

It’s also much easier to be radical voice in opposition, throwing rocks from the outside; much harder the closer the proximity to real power. The reality is that implementing significant change — as opposed to just talking about it — is a slow, hard grind.

Exactly.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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