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    Al From Says Double Down on Third Way

    Don’t be fooled. Populism won’t help Democrats win again
    Al From
    The Guardian

    Conventional wisdom among many pundits and Democratic strategists is that to win over more of them, we need to offer a populist agenda – associated with senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren – that rails against the wealthy. This thinking would also relegate the growth-oriented New Democrat-Third Way agenda associated with President Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, which I played an active part in promoting, to the scrapheap of history.

    I disagree. In fact, I believe the opposite is true.

    Our first priority must be the revival of the American dream by fostering broad-based economic growth. At its best, the Democratic party is the party of upward mobility, and growing the economy is the prerequisite for expanding opportunity.

    Simply put, redistribution doesn’t work if there is nothing to redistribute. This economic growth can only be generated by a robust private sector, generating high-skill, high-wage jobs and programs that equip every American with the opportunities and skills that he or she needs to get ahead.


    Some bad ideas refuse to die.


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  • HeartoftheMidwest (127 posts)
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    1. Please read the Comments section, as opposed to the article.

    From gets his ass handed to him ( rightly so! )

    • Enthusiast (6537 posts)
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      6. Those are some great comments.

      There are no viable arguments against the comments because there are none. It’s amazing that Al From has the nerve to even write this garbage. He should be in hiding.

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
    • mrdmk (265 posts)
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      16. Yes, the comments are great! The populace is more informed than

      Money, Power and Media entities want.

      If I were Al From I would be thinking why did I publish such a stupid piece, but he is not me…

  • Enthusiast (6537 posts)
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    2. Al From destroyed the Democratic Party.

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
  • N2Doc (2743 posts)
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    3. 'nothing to redistribute'



    "But nothing ever changes unless there's some pain" - Tears For Fears "Goodnight Song"
    • Punxsutawney (770 posts)
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      8. Looks like plenty to redistribute there

      To neoliberals, everyone and everything are disposable. -  Chris Hedges
  • Two way street (1641 posts)
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    4. Is Al From a kissing cousin of Ronald Reagan? They do think alike.

    Liberty - The American Revolution
    • frylock (1175 posts)
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      14. Ass kissing.

  • Fasttense (1008 posts)
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    5. I've come to the conclusion that third way democrats gave us

    Trump. If not for the 3rd way stupidity, Trump wouldn’t have had a chance.  Thanks Al for Tump.

    • Salemcourt (183 posts)
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      9. Hear, Hear!

      Those who voted for Clinton over Sanders – voted for Trump.

  • Punxsutawney (770 posts)
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    7. It's hard to be polite when Al From is mentioned

    But I’ll try and not say what I really think of him.

    But plainly he is still shilling for the .01%. This fool won’t admit that there has been economic growth, it’s just that the benefits have all accrued to the top. It’s him saying  “TINA” (There Is No Alternative) to the Third Way and Globalization. Why he isn’t a rethug is beyond me.

    There’s plenty to redistribute, and it does work if done in thoughtful and productive ways.  But if we keep going down this road, redistribution is coming whether he likes it or not, and it’s likely to be ugly.

    I have a very nice chart that shows this clearly, but unfortunately can’t get it to post.

    To neoliberals, everyone and everything are disposable. -  Chris Hedges
  • Populist Prole (401 posts)
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    10. Hell, more like quadrupling down

    The population has come down the ladder of abstraction ( finally ) and those mooks continued to scamper up it.

    Now they are having to fame this in such an abstract macroeconomic sense that only the pointiest of pointy heads think it makes sense.

  • closeupready (646 posts)
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    11. "A losing strategy is a winning one even if Democrats lose!"?

    Are people really that stupid to buy that shit?

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    • MistaP (4093 posts)
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      13. that was DWS's motto 2010-4: "our campaign was PERFECT! how is it OUR

      fault of the voters didn’t respond? pearls before swine!”

      http://www.salon.com/2016/11/09/the-hillary-clinton-campaign-intentionally-created-donald-trump-with-its-pied-piper-strategy/ (Third Way = Bell Curve)
  • TRex (1805 posts)
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    12. He talks like a normal human being until the 3rd paragraph

    After that it is all bullshit, pie in the sky garbage we’ve all heard before. Al can go fuck himself with all his money, he is just a puppet for paymasters that give ZERO shits about the working class.

    Of course the elitest millionaire confuses anger with desperation. I guess they will understand when ENOUGH people reach that desperation point. Forgotten middle class…what a fucking joke. Hey Al STFU and sitdown, you are a clueless fuckwad and obsolete.


    I never promised you a rose garden.
  • NuttyFluffers (1772 posts)
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    15. that's OK, America is fully ready to kill off another party once again.

    sounds like the Democrats decided to cut in line before the Republicans. and the nation will happily oblige their assisted suicide.

    you are expendable, Democrats. try us again. please, i dare you. no one owes allegiance to a party or politicianno one.

  • pa28 (114 posts)
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    17. That particular line of BS sounded great in 1997.

    Now we’ve seen the disastrous results in political and economic terms. Maybe Al should visit an unemployed factory worker in some gutted community in Ohio or Michigan. I’m sure they’d understand if he explained it to them in person.

    I would prefer not to.
  • FugitiveBirdie (1266 posts)
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    18. We Are Nearing Full Employment.

    The Gig Economy is at capacity.

    Yet people are not making enough to pay federal taxes.

    The ultra rich are using every trick in the book to avoid paying more taxes and are expecting a tax cut under Trump.

    So Al Frum?

    Where is the extra income for upward mobility you are talking about?

  • Colors of the Rainbow (996 posts)
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    19. Al From needs to fuck off

    He is a ratfucker through and through.