The Bail Out: AMERICAN KRISTALLNACHT


Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING



The Bush/Paulson Economic Bail Out Proposal is an American Kristallnacht in the making.

So posits a DKos diarist named Mr. Tek.

And before anyone starts screaming about Godwin's Law and the Jewish persecution of Kristallnacht... THIS IS ABOUT ECONOMICS. As was Kristallnacht, as Tek's essay explains.

I have taken the liberty of editing Tek's piece for spelling, grammar, syntax and punctuation, and emphasising elements of the essay I feel are important to the historical parallel. I've also reproduced only that part of the essay I believe relevant to the argument.

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One of my favorite teachers has died

Today I receive sad news that one of my favorite teachers in high school had passed away.  Paul Carlson was a good man, one of those in the education field that showed such spirit for the job, that one could not help getting infected with it.

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One of my favorite teachers has died

Today I receive sad news that one of my favorite teachers in high school had passed away. Paul Carlson was a good man, one of those in the education field that showed such spirit for the job, that one could not help getting infected with it.

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The conservative era and the Schelsinger thesis


Chris Bowers posed a striking historical theory at Open Left this week: compared to Europe and Canada, the US has been a basically progressive country for most of its history, and the past 30-40 years of conservative dominance is a historical abnormality.  He also suggests three causes of this conservative dominance: the Cold War and its resulting military-industrial complex, high rates of religiosity, and the American apartheid state.  The election of Obama, so goes the theory, will seriously chip away at the apartheid state, and will thus help chip away at the era of conservative dominance.


Bowers's theory directly conflicts with the Schlesinger thesis, which argues that throughout its history, the US has cycled back and forth between eras of conservative and progressive dominance which have lasted about 20 years each.  While I think Chris makes some good points, I think he overlooks some important considerations. At the end of the day I'm more convinced by the Schlesinger thesis.

Follow me over the flip for my reasoning, and for some thoughts about what the Schlesinger thesis means for progressives...

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This is what pride feels like

Barack Obama has just begun to speak to an audience of 75,000 Americans in Denver. Some spinners, sheisters, and hucksters like to claim< that this is the coronation of the Messiah by his thousands of adoring worshipers. I beg to differ. Those people are nothing more than empty cynics. When Americans come together, when we coalesce, when we seek a better future, and when we respond to a politician who believes in those same ideals, we are not establishing a new religion; we are following in the footsteps of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay,and George Washington. We are looking to a better future, and we are coming together and, as one nation, indivisible, we are making it happen.

The facts are these. Fifty years ago, a black man in America could not eat in the same diners as a white man - he had to walk around back and pick up his dinner by the dumpster. He could not use the same clean restrooms and water fountains - he had to seek out the dirty, roach-infested stalls and broken plumbing. He could not send his daughter to the same public schools; he had to make her walk three miles across town to the shack with outdated text books and untrained teachers. He could not walk down the street and admire the clouds; he had to walk down the street and look behind every corner, afraid of a lynching. This was not the occasional inconvenience: It. Was. Life. Every moment, of every day.

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