Capitalists and conservatives 2019

This video essay from Tucker Carlson has been getting some attention: Death to My Hometown: How a Hedge Fund Baron Is Destroying Middle America. Here’s something from yesterday on “How ‘Vulture Capitalists’ Get Rich By Destroying American Jobs.”

Conservatives worried about the economic collapse of small-town America, the shrinking middle class, and the epidemic of deaths from overdose will need to balance those concerns with others. After all, no one is a mono-dimensional stereotype. According to his page on Wikipedia the businessman Paul Singer gives generously to advance LGBTQ rights; he opposes higher taxes; and he’s been active in Republican party politics.

We need to be careful about maligning financial capitalism. It’s the public-spirited businessman who makes it possible for our Republican lawmakers to get and keep their positions without the support of unsavory special interests. If the town of Sidney, Nebraska is suffering a little short-term pain from the forces of creative destruction that have made American what it is today, maybe a philanthropic businessman like Paul Singer could be approached for a grant. A few thousand dollars to the local library might fund an innovative story hour for the local children, for example.

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“One of the arguments against hate-speech laws is that once the state starts dividing expression into “allowed” and “prohibited,” the “prohibited” category tends to grow…” Yeah. If we’re having pie, we’re all having pie.

Negative-Yielding Debt Hits Record $15 Trillion on Trade Woes.” Seen here.

“Data-mining reveals that 80% of books published 1924-63 never had their copyrights renewed and are now in the public domain.” Someone right now is wondering how to make it illegal to tell people something is in the public domain. Maybe they can use hate speech laws.

Cory Booker gets it

Merely open borders oppress those who are more distant from the border. If we really want the world’s tired and poor, we must go get them; to Juarez at first; but soon our planes must fly all around the world to the tiredest and poorest, load them up, and bring them to America!

Since it’s a critical issue of social justice, none of the other Democratic candidates can afford to let Senator Booker get to the left of them. Senator Booker has gone to Mexico. Senator Harris can go to Guatemala; Sanders to, say, Namibia. To stay competitive, Elizabeth Warren will need to go to Yemen. The rest of the pack will have to scramble for the tired and poor from Chad, or the Central African Republic.

But, is the donor base prepared to pay for all these flights? Maybe not yet, but give it a few more months and I bet people will be prepared to send all the candidates, to Chad or anywhere else.