The UK Votes to Leave the EU: Draw the Appropriate Conclusions
By Dennis Loo (6/24/16)
As almost everyone who reads or listens to the news knows, the UK voted yesterday to leave the European Union (EU). The pound is taking a pounding. PM John Cameron was caught by surprise, thinking when he scheduled this referendum on the EU that he wouldn’t face a populist revolt.
All across the world political elites see their neoliberalist policies increasingly unpopular as the injustice and unfairness of them become clearer and clearer to anyone outside the top 5% income and asset bracket of the people. It’s even clear to those inside the top tier, but most of them are happy about it rather than alarmed.
If you consider Trump’s popularity and you add in Bernie Sanders’ falling short of beating Hillary Clinton by only some 1.5 million primary voters in total, you have two candidates, one the GOP’s putative nominee, the other an almost nominee, but both of them only nominally affiliated with their respective parties.
Assuming the GOP’s fractured leadership fails to block Trump at the GOP Convention, we will have two official nominees who both have higher unfavorability ratings than anyone who has ever run for the American Presidency.
“Respectable” Fascists v. Overt Fascists: the GOP and Trump
By Dennis Loo (6/12//16)
Everyone who’s been paying any attention at all to the GOP’s leadership and major donors’ divided reaction to Trump’s unconcealed racism, sexism, anti-immigrant and all-around general belligerent idiocies knows that the GOP leadership is trying desperately to put daylight between Trump and themselves.
It’s no secret, however, to anyone older than a child, that the GOP, even without Trump, is known for its racism, sexism, anti-immigrant, homophobia, and xenophobia. The GOP is famous for its contempt for due process, its saber rattling and love of violence.
So what is animating the GOP’s antipathy for their standard bearer? It’s not Trump’s bigotry but that he isn’t being coy or coded in his language. “No one,” as Trump can be easily imagined to say, “is as good as I am in being a bigot. No one is more of a xenophobe, no one is as contemptuous of women, hostile to minorities and immigrants and more of a Christian fascist and anti-civil liberties person than I am!” He’s taking the GOP “respectable” fascism et al and letting it all hang out, revealing nakedly how odious those views are.
New Ball vs. Old Ball: Warriors Go 3-1 on the Cavs
By Dennis Loo (6/11/16)
The Cleveland Cavaliers are taking a lot of heat for their third and fourth quarter woes in last night's Game Four of the NBA Finals against the Warriors, but it's not really their fault.
When you're tired - which is what the Warriors will do to you - you make mistakes, lose focus, and revert to old habits.
Unless you come out more aggressive than the defending NBA Champions and establish a big lead on them, and the Warriors in turn have their worst game of the season (see Game 3), you can't beat the math of 3-pointers vs. 2-pointers. The Warriors' ability to switch on just about everybody in defense and their Game 4 aggressiveness, relentless ball movement, and spreading the floor with made threes from multiple players (Curry, Thompson, Green, Iguodala, Barnes, even Speights in some games), and the spark that Varejao has consistently given them off the bench, along with Shaun Livingstone providing point duties and reliable twos, cannot be beat unless you have the best game of your season (see Game 3) and the Warriors are far off their best.
This site aims to accomplish two related goals. First, it complements Dennis Loo's book Globalization and the Demolition of Society so that people reading the book can get more deeply into it. (See navigation bar above, labeled "GDS Book Annotations"). We believe that his book is a landmark, providing a solid foundation for politics of a new path. Taking such a path is critical to humanity and the planet's future. As his book's dust jacket states:
[F]ree market fundamentalism - also known as neoliberalism - makes us not more secure or prosperous: it tears the social fabric and undermines security, leading inevitably to disasters on the individual, regional, and global levels.
Neoliberalism is based on the mantra that market forces should run everything. It aims to eliminate job and income security, the social safety net (including welfare and other social guarantees), unions, pensions, public services, and the governmental regulation of corporations. It consequently undermines the basis for people to voluntarily cooperate with authority as almost everyone is increasingly left by themselves to face gargantuan private interests, with governmental and corporate authority ever more indifferent to the public’s welfare.
Those in charge of our collective fates in government and business personify a heartless system based on profit and plunder. They have been relentlessly instituting profoundly immoral and unjust policies even while they insist that they are doing the opposite. We, on the other hand, stand for and are fighting for a radically different system and set of values than this.
Second, in order to get at the truth and because the ways in which humanity's historic striving for understanding and its capacity to wonder and imagine are very rich and diverse, we seek to reflect that richness and diversity on our site. See "About Us" on navigation bar. We intend to be engaging and compelling, as the best investigative journalism and art are, and relentlessly scientific, rigorous, and direct, as those who cherish the truth are. We believe that we can be both accessible and sophisticated. As Loo lays out in his book,
Defeating the empire is not something that occurs only on the literal battlefield. It is also something that is determined throughout the continuum of battles over many issues, including: ideas; philosophy; forms of organization and leadership in economy, politics, and other realms; ways of arguing; ways of responding to and respecting empirical data; interest in truth as opposed to expedience; how people and the environment should be treated; the nature of relations among people (e.g., between women and men, different races and ethnicities, rich and poor countries, etc.); ways of responding to criticism and ideas that are not your own; ways of handling one’s own errors and those of others; and more, all the way up through how warfare is carried out. The contrast between the methods and goals of the neoliberals and those of us who seek an entirely different world is stark. (Globalization and the Demolition of Society, Pp. 326-7)