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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Bernie Sanders Is Wrong To Condemn Global Free Trade

George Orwell once remarked, in his essay on Kipling, that "all left-wing parties in the highly industrialized countries are at bottom a sham." His point when he wrote that in the 1940's was that the standard of living in the European imperialist countries, including the working class within them, depended on exploiting the "coolies" in the colonies.
But seventy years later, the colonies are independent countries and global free trade has greatly benefited the former "coolies," except for the poorest 5% globally, as Jordan Weissmann argues in Slate magazine. It's the working class and lower middle class in the former imperialist nations and the United States that have suffered, and Sanders focuses on them when he claims falsely that global free trade benefits only the very richest people worldwide.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Brexit: Goodforthejews or Badforthejews?

  1. Goodforthejews: On the one hand, the European Union is anti-Israel, so fuck 'em.
  2. Badforthejews: On the other hand, the biggest beneficiary of a breakup of the European Union is Russia. While Putin is not openly hostile to Israel or anti-Semitic within Russia, he is closely allied with Iran and the Assad regime in Syria, which are Israel's mortal enemies. So fuck 'em. All of 'em, and the horse the rode in on.
  3. Goodforthejews: New effort to get rid of Hezbollah and Hamas lovin' Jeremy Corbyn.
  4. Badforthejews: Farewell to Israel-friendly David Cameron.
  5. Badforthejews: Brexit will lead to Scottish independence. The Scottish Nats are virulently anti-Israel, so fuck 'em.
  6. Sinn Fein is now making noises about trying to detach Northern Ireland from Britain and unite with the Republic of Ireland. The Republic is violently anti-Israel, and the IRA (Sinn Fein's secret identity) were comrades-in-arms of the PLO. So fuck 'em. All of 'em, the horse the rode in on, and the horse's ancient forebears.
  7. Badforthejews: Britain is generally the least hostile to Israel of any European country except Germany, so anything that generally weakens it, as this will surely do, is Badforthejews.
Verdict: Oy. Oy Gevalt.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A Question for the Gun Nuts

The gun nuts have been telling us for years that we must not restrict access to even the most powerful military-grade firearms, because they are our last line of defense against a potential dictatorship. Said gun nuts are now planning to vote, in droves, for Donald Trump, the biggest threat to become a dictator in U.S. history.
As everybody knows, Trump is threatening to tear up such essential parts of the Bill of Rights as the First Amendment, guaranteeing freedom of religion and freedom of the press, by persecuting Muslim Americans and rewriting the libel laws so he can put media that are critical of him out of business; the Fifth and Sixth Amendments, by ordering the execution, without due process of law or trial, of the family members of alleged terrorists; and the Eighth Amendment, barring cruel and unusual punishments, by torturing terrorism suspects.