reading some james boggs this afternoon and struck by this passage from "toward a new concept of citizenship"
"Today as a result of developments over the last two hundred years, the concrete questions we face are completely different from and infinitely more complex than those faced by the men and women who made the first American Revolution."
"But the fundamental decision remains the same — to believe in the inherent power of human beings to begin afresh, to put public good over private interests, and to become active participants in the ideological and practical struggles necessary to rid ourselves..."
"...of an economic and political system that reduces us to subjects so that as active citizens, together, we can create a better society for ourselves and our posterity."

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17 Jul
if you explicitly align your company with the worst MAGA chuds then you should not be surprised when a) those people wear your clothes and b) the larger public starts to associate you with things like a violent attempt to overturn the election.…
one thing i will note is that this is as good a description of the core Trump base as you’ll find. note the understanding that “blue collar” is a type of work and not a class position.
I mean, if you run a decently profitable contracting business then yeah, you do “blue collar” work and probably can afford a tricked out F-150. You can be “blue collar” and also a small-time capitalist.
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15 Jul
if nothing else, there should be term limits on the supreme court, if not the entire federal judiciary. even by the loose standards of U.S democracy, untenable to have people with this much power serve this long without any check from the public…
it should also offend our democratic sensibilities that through these appointments, a president can shape public policy and national life for *decades* after he leaves office (or dies!) and there’s nothing the citizenry can do about it.
the federalist papers were broadsheets in a furious political campaign to ratify the constitution. they are valuable for what they are, but let’s stop treating them like the final word on our institutions.
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@chrislhayes his political opponents brought it up constantly!
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@chrislhayes *1802 letter published in a federalist newspaper
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this is an extremely credulous take on republican wishcasting
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