The DeX-Files: News & Notes On Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Bad” Poll Numbers

"As "moderates" (which they definitely aren't), centrist, neoliberal Democrats portray themselves as their party's safety valve against anti-corporate extremism. Never mind their record of supporting one disastrous fiscal or foreign policy initiative after another."

Kanye West And The Double Hustle

Kanye West is a small player in a sprawling, decades old play that’s seldom seen for what it truly is. The Double Hustle’s features are 1) real and genuine oppression; 2) mass, mostly justified grievances; 3) white hot media fascination; 4) obsession with celebrities who use their “platforms” to speak on behalf of the movement; 5) black politicians following instead of leading; 6) the inevitable wane and disappointment; and, lastly, 7) "non-commensurate victory conditions," when “winning” for black people has a higher bar and a higher cost than it does for any other groups with which we claim solidarity.

Project LinX 10/01/2018 — Wheels Within Wheels

Today: Low productivity, trade war, no money control, Hume this!, YubiKey, Neoliberalism is dying, benefits torch wages, Mises!, curse you Western philosophy!, and a child abuse contrarian. Come get some.

Barr And Bee

An assumption that’s supposed to raise a right-leaning culture warrior’s hackles is that because Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC, Samantha Bee should necessarily have been fired by TBS. Any serious analysis of this claim was unnecessary for those who bought into it. Clearly it’s a stupid non-argument.

“Black Privilege” And The Twilight Of The Negro Whisperer

The Negro whisper benefits from convincing black people and reassuring white people that "the system" is running exactly as it should. That exceptional blacks did it on their own while poor and struggling blacks are where they are because of bad choices. Therefore, politics becomes essentially personal and entrepreneurial, the means by which we change individual behavior and thought to fit the logic of the marketplace. It’s not about changing how society is organized and distributes public goods.

Syria Is A Black Box

Black boxes have inputs and outputs, but the connections among them and the rules that govern how causes become effects are purposely opaque so that consent can be manufactured and propaganda can be accepted without evidence. A few thoughts on how black a box Syria is:

Meryl vs. MAGA

"Clinton’s failure and the blizzard of excuses for it has allowed The Democratic Party to: 1) double-down on the its weak and fractured message; 2) smear Trump and play up the demonization of Russia; 3) ostracize those not down with the Obama/Clinton message; 4) pay lip service to the progressive/Bernie Sanders wing of the party while simultaneously undermining it; and 5) court Wall Street and Silicon Valley for millions as the rest of us stoke the culture war with talk about various genders, binary bathrooms, disabled journalists, illegitimate presidents, and whether black millionaires are getting enough Oscars."