The unemployed are politically invisible. They don’t make major campaign donations. They don’t lobby Congress. There’s no National Association of Unemployed People.

Robert Reich.

But the unemployed can join the Wobblies (unless they are already part of a Union that prohibits this). I mean, Reich’s point (only the wealthy and otherwise already powerful have access to political change and the mechanisms of Washington) still stands, but I just figured we all already knew that. 



New Political Scene Podcast: Hendrik Hertzberg, Peter J. Boyer, and Ryan Lizza on Obama’s tax deal

One analyst states “The Left is supposed to have a systemic analysis of how things work and yet there’s no comprehension of that on the Left.” He then goes on to poo-poo “moral posturing” and principles. Another analyst agrees and says “We’re just in this moment right now” indicating that the so-called whiners can “go on Rachel Maddow and bitch and moan and whine and weep” (I suppose this condescension is all very New Yorker of them). Of course god-forbid one should fight for one’s principles. Maybe because of how the system works it’s a rarity that we see anything like it, but if anyone else has watched Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Mary Landrieu today in their impassioned opposition to the plan, they may have been reminded. A salient point the Senators harped on: Who is it, exactly, insisting on the tax cuts to the ultra-wealthy? Which Republicans (or Democrats, as the case may be) would like to go on record, attach their name and face to defending tax cuts for those who haven’t felt the sting of the recession at all? The systemic analysis of the Left right now is that we wish to break through this system that insists on bullshit deals like this, the systemic analysis of the Left is that, yes, we are in a moment where we must push reality and the actual lives of human beings over politics (rather than continuing the system of politics that repeatedly ransoms the lives of human beings), the systemic analysis of the left is that certain principles are principles for a reason (y’know, like those in the Bill of Rights, just as example).

Not passing the bill would be, according to this panel,”utter suicide for the political class,” but knowing what we know of the political class doesn’t this make it the second best reason that the bill should not pass?