Central Banks Versus the People | The Nation

Income inequality should be the primary issue of our time except that our climate is the only issue that matters.

The post–Great Recession economic “recovery” was largely reserved for the few who could participate in the rising financial markets of those years, not the majority who continued to work longer hours, sometimes at multiple jobs, to stay afloat. In other words, the good times have left out so many people, like those struggling to keep even a few hundred dollars in their bank accounts to cover an emergency or the 80 percent of American workers who live paycheck to paycheck.

Source: Central Banks Versus the People | The Nation

The Marxist Pop-Culture Theorist Who Influenced a Generation | The Nation

I love (not) Rob Arcand’s little snipe “blogging (then a thriving practice in 2003)”. I have never heard of any of these folk and I was fairly connected to blogging back then. I mean, I remember when Steve Gillard was white and Digby was a man (thank you driftglass). So, bite me, Rob Arcand, thanks for reminding me how unhip I have always been…

Started in 2003, k-punk began as a low-stakes way for Fisher to return to what he loved about writing after finishing a PhD [sic]at the University of Warwick; unlike the rote, and sometimes draconian, demands of academia, blogging (then a thriving practice in 2003) fostered an intimate community of like-minded readers for Fisher, including well-known experimental musicians like Kode9, Tim Hecker, Holly Herndon, and the Caretaker. “In near real time, k-punk wrote about a world in flux, and continues to demonstrate how with artful wit, compassion, and a lot of good music, we might be able to invent a better one for each other,” Herndon recently shared with Crack magazine. “We are all still catching up to [Fisher’s] vision.”

Source: The Marxist Pop-Culture Theorist Who Influenced a Generation | The Nation

Eighteen Years Ago…

On this day in 1999, I joined a substantial number of people in starting a blog. Then mine was called ‘blivet’. blivet was on EditThisPage though many were using other hosts and software such as Blogger. This was long before whatever has been proclaimed as ‘The Start of Blogging’ like ‘War Blogs’, ‘Mommy Blogs’, etc. It was a longer form, prior to the idea that you could use 144 characters to communicate something besides a grocery list.

Happy 18th anniversary to all the bloggers there at the start and the friends I made then. I will not attempt a listing as I will forget someone and feel horrible.

Here’s to 18 more!

Why I’m Not a Democrat – BillMoyers.com

I read this through twice for some quotable phrases and can only observe that this article is full of them. By all means, enjoy reading this!

Economist Bruce Bartlett is a man of fierce intellectual independence — and courage, too. Telling the truth about Republican economic policies during the George W. Bush presidency got him fired as a senior fellow at a conservative think tank and brought to an end his long career as an esteemed GOP “insider.” Continue reading

Source: Why I’m Not a Democrat – BillMoyers.com