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America Is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People. Photo Credit: Shutterstock This post originally appeared on the blog of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.

America Is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People

You’ve probably heard the news that the celebrated post-WW II beating heart of America known as the middle class has gone from “burdened,” to “squeezed” to “dying.” But you might have heard less about what exactly is emerging in its place. In a new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, Peter Temin, professor emeritus of economics at MIT, draws a portrait of the new reality in a way that is frighteningly, indelibly clear: America is not one country anymore. It is becoming two, each with vastly different resources, expectations and fates. Two roads diverged In one of these countries live members of what Temin calls the “FTE sector” (named for finance, technology and electronics, the industries that largely support its growth).

We-are-witnessing-first-global-alliance-far-right-parties-1930s?akid=15432.2542277. Photo Credit: Ernest Morales / Flickr Political parties on the far right are today enjoying a surge of support and access to government power that they have not experienced since their heyday in the 1930s.


This phenomenon is particularly striking in Europe, where massive migration, sluggish economic growth, and terrorism have stirred up zealous nationalism and Islamophobia. In France, the National Front―founded in 1972 by former Nazi collaborators and other right-wingers employing anti-Semitic and racist appeals―has tried to soften its image somewhat under the recent leadership of Marine Le Pen. Nevertheless, Le Pen’s current campaign for the French presidency, in which she is one of two leading candidates, includes speeches delivered against a screen filled with immigrants committing crimes, jihadists plotting savage attacks, and European Union (EU) bureaucrats destroying French jobs, while she assails multiculturalism and promises to “restore order.”

Hate Speech International. The Europeans and the Americans differ on how they distinguish between hate speech and free speech.

Hate Speech International

Nenad Zivanovski José Clemente Orozco, El demagogo, 1946. In the Mexican public domain. Any discussion of the relationship between freedom of expression and hate speech in a democracy raises a series of polemical questions: Are the two in conflict? Does the right to free expression include the right to offend? The American right to freedom of expression is expansive, and is often extended to include hate speech. Assad’s far-right Europe corps? Um, Why Is No One Talking About Trump Wanting to Reorganize the Government? I get that we're all tied up in discussing the scrap of tax forms that were leaked by someone who is totally not Donald Trump (wink), the Republican health care plan that is like Stupidity fucked Cruelty who then gave birth to it, the skeevy as hell China deals being done by, apparently, everybody associated with Family Trump, and, just today, the president's promise to, and I think this is a quote, "Fuck the climate like it's the asshole of a hundred-ruble whore in Moscow.

Um, Why Is No One Talking About Trump Wanting to Reorganize the Government?

" But one other thing has gone down this week that perhaps bears a word or two. Like a gathering of albino weasels, Trump had his first cabinet meeting on Monday. He made some fairly incoherent remarks that were filled with the now-expected array of lies, like that Democrats are holding up the confirmation of the final four cabinet posts when, you know, they're not. It’s Time for a Bluexit. Some folks here in self-supporting America like to believe that there must be a way to bring you back to your senses and to restore rational government, if not liberal ideals, sometime in the foreseeable future.

It’s Time for a Bluexit

Everyone seems to have an answer for how to do this. Every day another earnest little homily finds its way to me over my internet transom: “Think locally, act globally,” or “Make art and fight the power,” or the old Joe Hill standby—“Don’t mourn. Organize.” To which I say: Don’t organize. Pack. Not literally, of course. Truth is, you red states just haven’t been pulling your weight. Louise Mensch: the former British MP who scooped US media on Trump's Russian ties. In the journalistic race to get to the bottom of one of the most closely guarded secrets in Washington – the investigation into the Trump team’s contacts with Moscow – one of the biggest scoops came from an unexpected source: the British former MP and novelist Louise Mensch.

Louise Mensch: the former British MP who scooped US media on Trump's Russian ties

Mensch has lived in New York since resigning as the Conservative MP for Corby in 2012 so that she could spend more time with her children and her American husband, Peter, the manager of the heavy metal band Metallica. Now 45, the woman born Louise Bagshawe in London who once dominated the chick-lit bestseller lists in the UK has reinvented herself once more: working as an executive for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp by day, and probing Donald Trump’s Moscow connections by night.

At the time, the story did not cause much of a ripple. It was published on Heat Street, a libertarian-leaning website run by News Corp, and an unknown quantity in journalism. “I didn’t want to be subject to an editing process,”she said. President Trump's Russia Connections Will Be Exposed. The lines of conflict are now clear and precisely defined.

President Trump's Russia Connections Will Be Exposed

The combatants are both experienced and well-heeled enough to engage in prolonged hostilities, with no quarter given and none taken. The Washington Post and The New York Times are clearly in an old-fashioned newspaper war with each other over the story of Russian influence in American politics, and specifically Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election and in the now-listing hulk of an administration that the election produced.

And we are all the better for the battle that's raging. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below On Tuesday night, it was the Times' turn to fire a broadside. Hey Bernie Supporters — Stop Forcing Democrats to Agree to the Lie that the Primary Was Rigged. By Sasha Stone and Ryan Adams Recently, Tom Perez felt compelled to go along with (but later retracted) the lie that the Democratic primary was “rigged” against Bernie Sanders.

Hey Bernie Supporters — Stop Forcing Democrats to Agree to the Lie that the Primary Was Rigged.

For many die-hard Berners, the only possible explanation for Sanders’ failure to win the nomination is the myth that the system had been “rigged” to steal The Precious from him. For the umpteenth time, let’s please try to dispel this unfounded notion, okay? Mike Flynn, the Logan Act, and Russia's Influence on the United States - The Atlantic. Stop talking about the Logan Act.

Mike Flynn, the Logan Act, and Russia's Influence on the United States - The Atlantic

It was not the violation of this antique and ignored piece of anti-Jacobin legislation that has touched off the biggest foreign-policy scandal since Watergate. Nobody would care if an incoming national security adviser had confidential conversations with an ambassador of a hostile foreign government before Inauguration Day, if it were believed that the conversations served a legitimate and disinterested public purpose. But that is exactly what is doubted in this case. Mike Flynn might be done – but Trump's nightmare has just begun. Cast your mind back to four months ago, when Donald Trump was just a long-shot candidate with a hot-headed adviser by the name of Michael Flynn.

Mike Flynn might be done – but Trump's nightmare has just begun

It was the homestretch of the presidential election and national security wasn’t some side issue, mentioned in passing. Trump promised he would be a tough national security president with the toughest national security team. In fact, one of his favorite arguments was that Hillary Clinton couldn’t be trusted with the country’s national security because, he claimed, she couldn’t be trusted with her private email server.

It sounded ridiculous at the time. But after a month of this gonzo president, our memories are already fading. Nine young children killed: The full details of botched US raid in Yemen - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Relatives of people killed in the raid gather in one of the decimated houses. Photo by Nasser al Sane Planned for months, it was decided over dinner. The raid on a village in rural Yemen reportedly aimed to capture or kill one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists and deliver a stinging blow to al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP), a militant network the US had been trying to dismantle for more than a decade.

The collection of small brick houses in Yemen’s dusty central region was home to civilian families as well as militants and was heavily-guarded, meaning a precise, well-practiced operation was paramount. Trump’s two-year presidency. Good news: In two years, we’ll have a new president. Bad news: If we make it that long. My “good” prediction is based on the Law of the Pendulum. Enough Americans, including most independent voters, will be so ready to shed Donald Trump and his little shop of horrors that the 2018 midterm elections are all but certain to be a landslide — no, make that a mudslide — sweep of the House and Senate. If Republicans took both houses in a groundswell of the people’s rejection of Obamacare, Democrats will take them back in a tsunami of protest. Once ensconced, it would take a Democratic majority approximately 30 seconds to begin impeachment proceedings selecting from an accumulating pile of lies, overreach and just plain sloppiness.

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The first is a speech he gave via Skype in 2014 to a conference inside the Vatican, where he called on “the church militant” to fight against the “new barbarity” of “jihadist Islamic fascism,” and praised the Tea Party movement as the leading edge of a “center-right revolt” against crony capitalists and the “party of Davos.” “There is a major war brewing, a war that is already global,” he declared in the speech, the transcript of which was helpfully published by Buzzfeed. As their titles suggest, most of these films are hymns to the Republican idols of Reagan, Palin, and the Tea Party, or attacks on the left.

New Poll Shows How Embarrassingly Ignorant Trump Supporters are About Facts. What do Trump voters think of his performance so far? Since Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th US president on January 20, his actions have sparked global protests and concern. His executive order to halt all refugee entries for 120 days, suspend admission of Syrian refugees indefinitely and block for three months most travellers from the Muslim-majority nations of Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen sparked a legal battle and nationwide demonstrations. He signed many other executive orders, including reinstating the "Mexico City Policy", which prohibits federal funding for international non-governmental organisations that provide or talk about abortions.

He signalled his intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, and decreed that for every regulation the executive branch proposes, two others must be repealed. He threatened to withhold funding from so-called sanctuary cities that don't cooperate with immigration enforcement. And that's not all. Data shows a downward demographic spiral for Republicans. Ken Miller Crunch Network Contributor Ken Miller is an investor, writer and advisor to several technology companies and venture capital firms. Previously he was an executive at PayPal and Intuit, and early advisor to Square.

These Conservative Christians Are Opposed to Trump—and Suffering the Consequences - The Atlantic. Earlier this month, Jonathan Martin jotted off a sad tweet. Historian Richard Evans says Trump’s America isn’t exactly like the Third Reich—but it’s too close for comfort. Torsten Silz/Getty Images. A Newsweek reporter is suing the federal government to learn how it vetted Trump's advisers for security clearances — Quartz. As Donald Trump lunches with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, reportedly to talk about the future of global trade, it’s worth assessing whether or not the new US president will really attempt to renegotiate an important trade pact closer to home: the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the US, Canada, and Mexico.

NAFTA, since it already governs a significant share of economic activity, matters much more than Trump’s decision to officially pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a not-yet-sealed deal that looked unlikely to come into force regardless of who won the US election. The Two Kinds of Trump Voters. The complete list of all 33 false things Donald Trump has said as president so far. U.S. Directly From Steve Bannon's Breitbart: The Connection Between the Alt-Right, Trump & Russia.

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