Centrism Is Dead, Which Means Centrists Are Zombies

"Particularly for younger voters for whom the appeal of capitalism is declining, "socialism" (as I've written in "What Young Voters Want When They Want Socialism") is short-hand for a less rigged and rapacious, more restrained and fair type of market economy than the brand that ascended with 80s-era Reaganism and Thatcherism and crashed with the 2008 Financial Crisis. In this light, critiques of 40 years of neoliberalism are serious challenges to centrists like Hickenlooper, Bennet, and Delaney. It’s the last conversation they want to have because they don’t even know how to have it now that Trumpism has slaughtered their sacred cows."

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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."

The Billionaire Bean Roaster Cometh: Howard Schultz, Centrism, And Why Democrats Are Going Bonkers

Perhaps Howard Schultz and today’s Democratic Party are symptoms of the same condition. Both the billionaire and the party with a lot of billionaires want to restore an era, a politics, and a political culture that seem increasingly foreign with each new tweet from the White House.

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.

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."