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  1. Jim
    November 10, 2013

    Excellent thoughts – I’d add another question to the list of problems that progressives have with magnitudes – it’s the scale of deficit spending needed to sort them out.

    Few progressives believe in anything other than the weak deficit thesis – that we’ll have to pay back the ‘debt’ sooner than later. So few progressives have the political resources to argue for large scale public-good policy spending. And even fewer political resources to want to begin the political debate that their timidity must lead to – how are we going to prioritise these competing demands for health, welfare and employment?

    The Democrats and social democratic Labour parties across the world have all backed off dealing with the true magnitude of the problem left behind by years of low public spending because they lack political economy ‘money in the bank’ with their voters – most have so long compromised with neoliberal economics that they are unable to mount a political platform of big public policy spending built on good economics.

    What we are left with is weasel references to public good values when these are now almost politically defunct.


    • Joe Firestone
      November 12, 2013

      Couldn’t agree more!

  2. Brian
    November 11, 2013

    I honestly believe many of the “left” (of course this covers a huge swath of people and includes media and us normal folk) simply aren’t that “left” or just are hooked on mainstream center right thought.
    OR in the case of healthcare, they need to stand by their Prez and his one major “achievement”

    Great article by the way

    • Joe Firestone
      November 12, 2013

      I believe that too, Brian. Lots of “Democrats” have just changed parties because they didn’t like the Republicans’ social agenda. Otherwise, they’re Reagan Republicans. I think the President falls into this category.

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