Friday, June 24, 2016 at 01:36AM
This is terrible news for the global economy.
Other nations in the current EU may vote to go it alone leaving the EU on very shaky ground.
But for the strongest economies in Europe - Germany and France this may increase their clout in the world economy - it will certainly make Germany and Frankfurt, not London and England the center of the European financial world.
This appears to me like a descent into pre-WW I Europe.
Winners - US, Germany and Russia. Losers - England and the rest of the EU. The fact that The Donald is happy tells me all I need to know how bad this is... It merely gives him the ability to play nations he wants to do business with off each other, like corporate America does to the states.
He will now have a new tag line for his "vulture capitalist" campaign - "I can make even better deals" now!
This vote also may be an index of the anger of the average person against the bureaucratic bungling of the EU from its base in Brussels and those who manipulated us into the Great Recession - an anger that will come back to haunt those who voted to secede...
It is also clearly an anti-immigrant vote whose rationale good old fashioned "racism" has no bearing in fact. The South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern and Euro immigrants in Britain are not the problem, quite the contrary - their hard work has made London one of the great cities of the world.
But this is a cautionary tale for us in the US.
If angry self-absorbed voters don't vote because they see Hillary and Trump as equally dubious - we too will go down this rabbit's hole to authoritarianism. If you don't think this can happen here then you are horribly ignorant of history. Pluralistic democracy is a fragile system which can be swept away by political and economic tsunamis.
Given the gridlock in DC and the no-knowings in the GOP we are headed in this direction!
This is clearly the end of the post-WW II order fashioned by Bretton Woods, the Marshall Plan, the UN. It will clearly empower those who seek to devolve power via separatist politics in Europe - Scotland, Ireland, Spain et al. which mirrors the anarchic tendencies across the globe.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
W B Yeats, 1920
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 11:13PM
"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all"
Mario Savio - U Cal-Berkley, Free Speech Movement, Dec. 2, 1964
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 08:47AM
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 08:01AM
Wall Street has an unambiguous message for Hillary Clinton: Don't pick Elizabeth Warren as your VP, Politico's Ben White says.
Editor's Note: I have one word for Wall Street but it's unprintable...
As far as Hillary's VP choice - she has many excellent options but I like Elizabeth Warren precisely because it will scare the self-indulgent greed mongers on the Street who caused the Great Recession. Whether Hill and Liz like each other is irrelevant - JFK and LBJ didn't like each other but Bobby told John LBJ was the right pick and it was. Politics is not the art of the "deal" but the possible...
A VP pick is not about likeability it's about demographics. Next to The Bern who has "burned" his chances to a VP pick Warren would assure Hillary the millennial vote. As to whether Warren is ready to step in as POTUS - she's had more experience than JFK ever did before being elected. She's also certifiably smart, a true progressive and will do what a VP needs to do - in this case driving The Donald nuts.