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.

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The AXis 12/15/18: Aristocracy Vs. Meritocracy

The conditions for such staggering national power and prosperity were so naturally in place for “The Thirty Glorious Years” from 1946 to 1975 that it’s worth wondering if a bunch of chimps could’ve replaced the old American aristocracy and achieved similar success. (OK—let’s say a bunch of chimps and John von Neumann, probably the smartest man in the world at that time.)

“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.

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."

The Geopolitics Of John Podesta’s Idiocy

A more “open-ended” narrative that political operatives and the media have a more difficult time managing is that the “Russia, WikiLeaks, and the Election of 2016” story is itself a small part of a larger narrative about America’s particular historical moment.