The Collapse of the Great American Scam Economy of the 2010s

by Alex Knepper There has been renewed talk of the hypocrisy of the Republican Party with regard to its relationship toward so-called 'socialism.' The general thrust of Republican rhetoric in recent decades tends toward a loose definition of socialism being something like: 'When the government does something.' Yet whenever crisis, which is intrinsic to capitalism, … Continue reading The Collapse of the Great American Scam Economy of the 2010s

Super Tuesday 2020: What to Look for As the Results Come In

by Alex Knepper Apparently the center-left has learned something from the Trump 2016 trainwreck after all. After the Nevada caucuses, it looked as though the Democrats were headed down the same path as the Republicans in 2016, whereby a hopelessly divided center-left was unable to coalesce around a single candidate in time to stop a … Continue reading Super Tuesday 2020: What to Look for As the Results Come In

Why Bernie? Why Now? Our New ‘Time for Choosing’

by Alex Knepper That the center-left is hopelessly divided in the 2020 presidential primary -- which has become something of my catchphrase for the unfolding shape of the contest -- is not an accident. The center-left is tired, ideologically and intellectually exhausted, fully accommodated to Reaganism -- and cannot prevent recurring outbreaks of fascism-lite a … Continue reading Why Bernie? Why Now? Our New ‘Time for Choosing’

The Center-Left’s Very Big Mess — and Its Potential Savior

by Alex Knepper Right now, no candidate in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination has a plausible path to winning a majority of delegates. Assuming the clear winner of a plurality vote is the person to beat going into a brokered convention, however, it's unquestionably Bernie Sanders's shoes you'd like to be in -- … Continue reading The Center-Left’s Very Big Mess — and Its Potential Savior

Dear America: Please Take the Keys Away From Iowa’s Political Drunks

by Alex Knepper After investing nine figures of money, tens of thousands of hours of time, and endless resources of party talent, organization, and attention, the 2020 Democratic Iowa caucus is in Fyre Fest-style shambles, everyone is seething with anger, and the event is on track to turn out to have been a gigantic waste … Continue reading Dear America: Please Take the Keys Away From Iowa’s Political Drunks

What Does Elizabeth Warren Think She’s Doing?

by Alex Knepper Elizabeth Warren wants to win. She wants the nomination; she doesn't want 'a progressive' to get the nomination; she's in it to win it, and she intends to put everything on the table before conceding. Given the new standards for the age of presidential contenders, this might not be her last national … Continue reading What Does Elizabeth Warren Think She’s Doing?