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How NAFTA Lost Democrats the South

Yves here. Most political analysts forget that the South once had a lot of manufacturing jobs in the textile and furniture industries. In keeping, I helped a Japanese billionaire buy some cotton spinning mills in North Carolina in the late 1980s. This article describes how the pro-business New Democrats sent a wrecking ball through those industries via Nafta and other trade deal, and with them, lost the support of lower income whites. By Gavin Wright, William Robertson Coe Professor of...

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Brexit: Snake Eyes

It is hard to fathom how the EU and UK can extricate themselves from the Brexit mess that Boris Johnson has engineered, particularly given that EU leaders had lots of antipathy for Johnson even before he became Prime Minister. They seem more inclined to throw him an anchor rather than a bone. For those of you who tuned out of this melodrama and missed the latest episode, the land border in Ireland was the Achilles heel of Brexit. The Good Friday Agreement is a tricky set of compromises and...

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Trump’s Eviction Moratorium Opens the Door for Medicare for All by Executive Order

Yves here. The idea of Medicare for All as an emergency program (which would hopefully become normalized) via executive order is wonderfully appealing. But I thought all spending had to be approved by Congress…while the Trump eviction freeze does not increase Federal outlays, but simply imposes costs on landlords. Even assuming there was a way to square that circle, the executive order would make it a temporary program…and I wonder about the administrative ramifications. A lot of doctors...

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Political HHS Appointees Demand Authority to Rewrite CDC Reports

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.Politico recently published an exclusive report, based on its own investigation, Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19: The health department’s politically appointed communications aides have demanded the right to review and seek changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly scientific reports charting the...

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NIH ‘Very Concerned’ About Serious Side Effect in Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

Jerri-Lynn here. This is a really important piece, focusing on the legitimacy of COVI-19 vaccine trials. The writers seem to talk around the key point: that AstraZeneca not sharing the data is a bad sign. So please bear that point in mind as you read. I post this on the same day am also linking to an article questioning whether political pressure is distorting trials for the Russian COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Readers won’t be surprised to find that political pressure may be brought to bear...

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We Lost Because We Weren’t Big Enough (the Left in the UK and the US)

By Jeremy Gilbert, Professor of Cultural and Political Theory, and a writer, researcher and activist based at the University of East London. Originally published at Open Democracy. In the UK, the book-length post-mortems of the Corbyn moment are starting to be trailed. My own analysis was published online in January. In the US, the analytical dissection of the Bernie Sanders movement is well under way. No doubt everyone who was even tangentially involved in the Corbyn and Sanders projects has...

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The Bahrain-Israel Mutual Recognition

Yves here. I have to admit to not following the relations among the Gulf States since the press fixates on the Iran-Saudi Arabia sparring. So I hope readers will provide their views on this assessment of the Israel mutual recognition pacts. By Barkley Rosser, Professor of Economics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Originally published at EconoSpeak This freshly announced mutual recognition follows the one between the UAE and Israel, which set a new pattern, with Bahrain...

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Topsoil Degradation, Soil Erosion, and Soil Governance (Global or Otherwise)

By Lambert Strether of Corrente I wish I could be doing a cheerful perambulation through soil taxonomies (again), but today I want to focus, at a high level, on two escalating problems with soil: The degradation of our (the world’s) topsoil, important because that’s where grow our food, at least so far; and the loss of soil as such, due to erosion (we just looked at the effects of erosion on river systems in considering sediment). The press seems to have addressed topsoil first, a couple of...

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Fox News Shares the Blame for Trump’s Deranged, Ruinous Presidency

Fox News Shares the Blame for Trump’s Deranged, Ruinous PresidencyA new book details how the president and his state media partners cash in on their symbiotic relationship while driving the country toward disaster.Bruce Bartlett, TNR. September 7, 2020 Throughout history, presidents have singled out particular reporters for special access. Franklin Roosevelt often favored The New York Times’ Arthur Krock with inside information. John F. Kennedy’s close personal relationship with Washington...

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Climate Crisis and Population Growth Will Displace 1 Billion over Next 30 Years

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Yesterday was one of those days that I learned far more from the commentariat in their comments on my post about climate change and the Oregon wildfire crisis than I conveyed in my text, More than 500,000 People in Oregon Flee Wildfires. A half a million people have been displaced so far by the wildfire crisis in Oregon alone. Now, one thing the...

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