Here's a story about Neoliberalism & Andrew Yang, already getting support in his bid to head America's largest city from "progressives" Kyle Kulinski & Krystal Ball:

Andrew Yang's non-profit, Venture for America, promised to create 100,000 jobs in struggling cities by 2025. 1/
In 2011, the Obama Administration named Yang a "Champion for Change."

This was telling. Venture for America had just started & hadn't created a single job. It was all PR driven by Yang & the Elite, financial-world circle VFA already occupied. 2/
Obama's support for VFA points to his overall approach to governance: Nods toward fully-privatized efforts to create jobs with support from Wall Street stalwarts.

This coming 3 years after the financial crisis. 3/
Yang's Venture for America had a specific formula: Take recent graduates from elite colleges, connect them to billionaires in cities like Cleveland & Detroit and use "entrepreneurship" and hype to create jobs.

Do you see a problem here? 4/
The people involved had little connection to these communities. The billionaires were bleeding them dry & the Ivy Leaguers largely came from somewhere else. Extreme wealth mixed with decisions from academic Elites were part of why these cities were declining in the 1st place. 5/ Image
A quick look at Venture for America's current board & advisors explains why they went with this approach: It's filled with bankers, wealth managers, private equity executives, corporate executives...& there's over 100 of them! 6/
Not only did Venture for America fail to create anything close to the promised numbers of jobs but the jobs it DID create eventually departed to splashier cities, including Los Angeles & San Francisco. Hardly places dying for more billionaire-backed entrepreneurs. 7/
Per a Vox piece from 2019:

"people close to [Yang] say that the Phillips Exeter- and Columbia-educated lawyer has a special touch with the megarich...he managed to secure a personal introduction to UBS chairman Bob McCann, which led to a $150,000 donation from the giant." 8/
Venture for America's webpage touts companies created under its banner. Diamond Hook, a branding company, operates out of offices in 2 cities:

Los Angeles. And Manhattan. 9/
Yang left Venture for America in 2019 during the midst of his presidential run. At this point, Venture for America had created fewer than 4,000 jobs.

Yang & Obama's legacy? More branding companies operating out of cosmopolitan locales. 10/
But that's not where the story ends. You'd think a failed venture reliant on billionaire support wouldn't lead to presidential runs. But it did. And now Yang's running to be mayor of a city with more people than Lebanon. 11/ Image
While running for president, Yang produced no substantive housing plan. Instead, he promised to relax zoning restrictions & empower private development for "micro-apartments" and "communal living." 12/
He supported cutting 20% of the federal workforce because public sector pensions were too expensive & he wanted the American government to run more like tech monopolies. He cited Apple & Amazon as examples.

This is pure Neoliberal logic going back to the Atari Democrats. 13/ Image
In Yang, you have a mayoral candidate who doesn't believe in government. His plans for mayor now include reinstating the SALT deduction, a tax that disproportionately benefits affluent homeowners. That's a strange priority for a "progressive" to have. 14/ Image
Yang also promises to bring tech jobs & entrepreneurship to New York, relying on private capital to turn the 5 boroughs into Silicon Valley.

This isn't "progressive." It's a recipe for MORE gentrification in a city that hardly lacks for it. 15/ Image
Yang will dress his policies up with nods to poverty and the UBI; it's subsistence crumbs for an ideology that overwhelmingly favors STEM graduates and the investment class that profits off both "innovation" and public subsidies when said innovation crashes. 16/
"Progressives" like Ball & Kulinski are showing how ingrained Neoliberalism is in the American consciousness. Yang embodies the Obama years, where affluent technocrats got rich repackaging 80's-era ideals for the Internet Age while the working class further crashed & burned. 17/
Yang offers post-ideological rhetoric ("Not left, not right but forward!"), meaningless labels ("Human Centered Capitalism!") and dodges ("I'm not anti-Charter Schools I'm pro Good Schools!"). Obama but more favorable to geeks. 18/
Yang flatters the affluent by avoiding class conflict. He seduces the struggling with the promise of a UBI.

His politics are hollow and lead to a further consolidation of wealth in high places with enough thrown at the bottom to avoid revolt.

His politics are poison. 19/19 Image

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14 Jan
Yang ran for president on cutting 20% of the federal workforce. His housing plan encouraged the private development of micro-apartments. His non-profit united elite college graduates with billionaires to create jobs. It failed.

Make sure his mayoral campaign does as well.
And to "progressives" who think Yang is some populist outsider: He took a job on CNN & endorsed Biden. He's a Neoliberal opportunist who pretends to stand for whatever will whip up a crowd and commits to nothing except the advancement of his own career.

New York deserves better.
Lol, Yang wants to reinstate the SALT deduction, which disproportionately benefits affluent homeowners.

There you go. He'll drone on about "a people's economy" but he's aiming his pitch right at gentrifiers.
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13 Jan
Power's "humane & principled engagement":
-Hawking for regime change in Libya
-Arming al-Qaeda in Syria & demanding an invasion
-Explicitly demanding striking Syria *without* Congressional approval
-Supporting arming the Saudis in the Yemeni genocide
-Supporting NATO expansion
Power supports deploying troops to every corner of the world to solve every perceived problem. The results of regime change & the ethics behind invading sovereign states hasn't changed her mind.

USAID is an arm of U.S. Intelligence. Her "humanitarian" rhetoric is a bleak con.
Take note of those who praise this nomination or Samantha Power in general. They're telling you exactly what they believe & it's not laudable.
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13 Jan
So, as @MattBruenig points out:

Not only does this not even come close to shrinking the racial wealth gap (which, uh...is not something Booker & Pressley should be casually lying about) but the plan itself is means tested & won't activate itself for another 18 years. 1/
And the fact that it only benefits strivers in a position to buy homes or go to college means it will disproportionately benefit the budding professional class. If you get a working class job & just need help paying your bills, what? Are you SOL?
The Cult of Higher Education & Entrepreneurship is an under-remarked upon strain of Neoliberalism. It ignores that there are only so many professional & entrepreneurial jobs available at any given time.

What's paramount is creating better conditions in *working class* jobs. 3/
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12 Jan
Will impeaching Trump change anything? I don't think so.

I wouldn't be surprised to see pockets of violence as well as protests or mobs that inevitably get out of hand. 1/
The idea that electing Biden would put even a pause to the tensions in this country seriously underestimates how many problems people like Biden help create.

Which doesn't mean Trump winning would be better, just that we've created conditions that produce only bad options. 2/
That's something technocratic liberals don't understand (or pretend not to). They think you can "fix" these problems with quick laws & censorship. You can't.

There WERE terrorists in the Middle East & doing nothing would lead to innocent deaths.

But invading was far worse. 3/
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12 Jan
This short documentary on Afghanistan from @AbbyMartin & @EmpireFiles is one of the best foreign policy works out there. Please share widely; The Iraq invasion is largely regarded as a disaster but Afghanistan remains misunderstood in far too many corners:
Propaganda pieces like CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR portrayed U.S. support for the Mujahideen as worthwhile aid to "freedom fighters" undermined only by our abandoning them with time.

The Mujahideen were repressive extremists & we aided them strictly to undermine the Soviet Union.
Aaron Sorkin's script was praised by Reagan-era officials for showing how America defeated the Soviets. Left unsaid: the Soviets were on the side of the existing government committed to literacy programs & ending forced child marriages.

It messes with the Official Narrative. Image
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Daniel Bessner's point about liberalism being a greater threat to democracy than the far-right is about power & hegemony.

Since the affluent media class is a beneficiary of this liberalism, they see any repudiation of it, left & right, as the real danger to democracy.
This dynamic is why Anne Applebaum decries "Populism," lumping together left & right versions of it because she assumes both threaten the technocratic liberalism that elevates her even as she represents Elite interests & advances destructive foreign policy.
Neocons are liberals. Dubya, Bill Kristol, David Frum. We miss this reality because we associate "liberalism" with the Democratic Party. But liberalism's about free trade, global capital flows, Imperial foreign policy, expanding International institutions & corporations...
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