We know he is on the left, but why? And how left is left anyhow?
- Slavoj Žižek is perhaps the world's best known Marxist.
- He has frequently argued for the replacement of capitalism with a new system.
- His suggestions for what we do about capitalism are milder than you'd think though.
From the Revolutionary War, to Rosa Parks and #MeToo, whistleblowing and civil disobedience are in America's DNA.
- The first U.S. whistleblower protection law was passed unanimously in 1778 in response to the misconduct of Navy Commodore Esek Hopkins.
- Whistleblowing and civil disobedience are tools of discourse that keep elites honest and protect democracy.
- The difference? Whistleblowers are insiders who expose improper conduct to the authorities or to the press. Civil disobedience starts with outsiders whose actions slowly gain popular support, which then catalyzes change.
Over the weekend, Pete Buttigieg warned of the dangers of white national terrorism. Officials in El Paso agree.
- At a conference in Las Vegas, Pete Buttigieg said white national terrorism is being condoned at the highest levels of the American government.
- Officials in El Paso are treating the recent mass shooting as a case of domestic terrorism.
- Voices ranging from the NY Times Editorial Board to conservative author David French are calling for white nationalists to be labelled terrorists.
Mass protests alone are never enough.
What does it take to overthrow a dictator? Reflecting on this question in exile, Leon Trotsky wrote in History of the Russian Revolution (1930):
There is no doubt that the fate of every revolution at a certain point is decided by a break in the disposition of the army … Thus in the streets and squares, by the bridges, at the barrack gates, is waged a ceaseless struggle – now dramatic, now unnoticeable – but always a desperate struggle, for the heart of the soldier.
Immigrants add way more to the American economy than they take.
- Andrew Yang said immigrants are being scapegoated for racist reasons during the last presidential debate.
- 45 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children, making a $6.1 trillion economic impact.
- Even undocumented immigrants pay an estimated $11.6 billion a year in taxes, overturning the myth that they're "takers."