Resilience: the one word progressives need in the face of Trump, Covid and more–Robert Reich

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    • #452826
      eridani
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      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/31/resilience-progressives-trump-covid-biden-climate

      But bear with me. I’ve learned a few things in my half-century in and around politics, and my many years teaching young people. One is that things often look worse than they really are. The media (including social media) sells subscriptions and advertising with stories that generate anger and disappointment. The same goes for the views of pundits and commentators. Pessimists always appear wiser than optimists.

      Another thing I’ve learned is that expectations for a new president and administration are always much higher than they can possibly deliver. Our political system was designed to make it difficult to get much done, at least in the short run. So the elation that comes with the election of someone we admire almost inevitably gives way to disappointment.

      A third thing: in addition to normal political constraints, positive social change comes painfully slowly. It can take years, decades, sometimes a century or longer for a society to become more inclusive, more just, more democratic, more aware of its shortcomings and more determined to remedy them. And such positive changes are often punctuated by lurches backward. I believe in progress because I’ve seen so much of it in my lifetime, but I’m also aware of the regressive forces that constantly threaten it. The lesson here is tenacity – playing the long game.

      Which brings me back to resilience. We have been through a difficult time. We wanted and expected it to be over: challenges overcome, perpetrators brought to justice, pandemic ended, nation healed, climate saved, politics transformed. But none of it is over. The larger goals we are fighting for continue to elude us. Yet we must continue the fight. If we allow ourselves to fall into fatalism, or wallow in disappointment, or become resigned to what is rather than what should be, we will lose the long game. The greatest enemy of positive social change is cynicism about what can be changed.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

    • #452830
      jbnw
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      “Another thing I’ve learned is that expectations for a new president and administration are always much higher than they can possibly deliver.”

      Nope. Not expectations – campaign promises, with very few resulting policy changes. True, out of Afghanistan, but in a globally embarassing way.

      Yes, Congress writes the laws, but Biden is responsible for the Code of Federal Regulations, which implements them through government agencies.

      And if he wanted to change the law, he could fight for those changes. Have seen very, very little of that.

      If he wanted to change much, he could. If.

    • #452839
      djean111
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      Because they got nothin’ and they don’t intend for us to get anything.

      What a lot of verbiage to boil down to vote for the blue no matter who – Hope and Change!!!!!

      Favorite paragraph –

      Another thing I’ve learned is that expectations for a new president and administration are always much higher than they can possibly deliver. Our political system was designed to make it difficult to get much done, at least in the short run. So the elation that comes with the election of someone we admire almost inevitably gives way to disappointment.

      Hey, Biden promised no changes, and that is what Biden is delivering.  Our political system is designed to not get anything for the PEOPLE done, in the short term or long term.  But the banks, corporations, Wall Street, the MIC?  Trillions can be summoned up pretty fucking quickly.  And yeah, let me know when someone admirable is elected.  Still fucking waiting, and the only people disappointed are the ones who pitifully still believe campaign pandering.  Neither the Dems nor the GOP want the nation to be “healed”.  That would certainly be inconvenient for them.  Divide and lie is their modus operandi.  The end of the rainbow will always be just after the next election, for the Dems, and the GOP just goes ahead and gets rid of the rainbow.  The wizard is just a corrupt  politician run by corporations.

      Campaign season has begun, and the only thing I am curious about is which corporate shills will be on the Dem ticket, and what equally frightening grim reapers will be on the GOP ticket.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

      "black flag" is an inadvertent mash-up of black ops and false flag. . I think it is accurate, and I will keep it. Thanks to those who pointed it out!

      • #452862
        Populist Prole
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        But you nailed iit.This yet another tedious screed that says "vote blue no matter who", though I suspected as much when I saw the author.

        • #452964
          winter is coming
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          Looks like the 2022/2024 Dem campaign strategy is going to be “Trump bad!”  You can see it even in the VA governor’s race, which is being touted as some sort of Biden/Trump showdown.  Guess what?  It’s entirely possible that McAuliffe could lose simply because he has all the charisma of cold oatmeal.

          Every minute Dems spend chanting “Trump bad!” is a minute they don’t have to talk about what the Dems would like to do for voters, which is probably why it’s a popular strategy with candidates.  Unfortunately, it’s also a minute they can’t talk about what the Dems would like to do for voters, which is not a popular strategy with potential voters.  It looks very much like the Dems are hoping to run on the Build Bullshit Better plan plus fear of Trump.  By 2024, it’s likely people will realized that the current infrastructure plan is more sound than substance, and it’s likely to be even weaker when it’s finally signed.  Saying “look how much we’ve done for you!” is nowhere near as compelling as voters actually feeling how much has been done for them.

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      closeupready
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      I’m sorry to sound like a broken record on that, but I will never ever look to Robert Reich for guidance on political wisdom.

      To make that worse, he has never admitted publicly that his support for NAFTA was a mistake. In fact, I don’t believe he’s ever said anything about it since it passed.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

      • #452853
        retired liberal
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        That’s what I keep seeing around here from a few. The fact is, nobody is ever 100% correct about everything all the time. Nobody.
        Some slack need to be cut. Things change. New information is learned. Some people are more correct in the long run than others. Yet the undercarriage of the bus is a crowded, equal opportunity space for one and all. No wonder nothing worthwhile get done anymore. We are too busy stuffing people under the bus.
        After all, this is supposed to be Left-wing, leftist, progressive, liberal, reasonably tolerant, or some such, web site, isn’t it? It is one thing to be critical, but another to be condemning.

        We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
        The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
        Don't forget that the S in IoT stands for Security.
        Beware of geeks bearing GIFs.

        • #452857
          closeupready
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          And what’s more, he says he threw his support behind it because of the promise of all the training that displaced workers would get – something that never happened.

          Finally, when you are wrong about something in such a public way, it’s customary among civilized people to apologize to those who were harmed by your mistake. Something he never did.

          You can listen to him all you like.

          I will never stop distrusting Robert Reich.

          The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

          • #452860
            Voltairine
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            Trump putting stop to TPP and withdrawing from NAFTA doesn’t mean you should trust Trump on other issues.

            Aloha!

            • #452898
              closeupready
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              People like Trump and Reich are sometimes correct about … stuff. Sometimes they are wrong.

              With Reich, he’d be nothing without Bill Clinton. Thus, Reich will NEVER publicly say anything bad about the Clintons, because the Clintons know everybody who is anybody and could probably end his career with a couple phone calls (or something like that).

              In addition, his lucrative post-Labor Secretary career as a heavily favored mainstream media heavy rotation pundit on economics and UC-Berkley professor fundamentally relies upon his dependability as a neoliberal defender. So again, he can NEVER attack the flawed economic policies that have destroyed the American middle class; instead, he prescribes 2 aspirins, bedrest and whatever other kinds of voodoo he needs to at least to give the perception that “I feel your pain.”

              The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

        • #452864
          djean111
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          This is just not a vote for the blue no matter who, no matter what, site  Looks to me like there is just some additional commentary on Reich.  Also, this has never been a site that follows the political instructions of anybody, including Bernie Sanders.

          Some people here may indeed VFTBNMW, but I sincerely doubt whether it will be because anyone tells them to do that, against their own instincts.  The “Bernie says”, “Reich says”, “Chomsky says” thing stopped working a while ago.

          America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

          Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

          "black flag" is an inadvertent mash-up of black ops and false flag. . I think it is accurate, and I will keep it. Thanks to those who pointed it out!

    • #452859
      salemcourt
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      A sometimes reasonable guy who succumbed to Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    • #452861
      Earthartist
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      Reich is nothing more then a neoliberal tool who has nothing to say which means the US media loves him.  What I find hilarious is that the r pukes do not seem to have any difficulty getting their agenda through when they are in office or when the democrats are in office.  Let’s see. Elections are now a farce. War on anyone goes through the president only, torture is cool, droning is cool,  spending all our taxes on the pentagon cool. No health care, no infrastructure, no holding any one accountable ever except the poor! Russia gate china gate Irangate all good. Doing nothing about the climate.  Hmmmm I guess we just have one party, the oligarch

      Earthartist

    • #453077
      Ohio Barbarian
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      It looks to me like Reich is preaching more incrementalism: Be patient, baby steps, we can only do what the system allows, that sort of garbage. Of course, he already has good health care, education, housing, and retirement for he and his. Most people who take him seriously forget that. If they remembered, they wouldn’t take him so seriously.

      He’s in the top 10% at least. Maintaining the status quo that works for him is his goal.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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