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Ben Alpers 1h
Replying to @LDBurnett
It really is like a bad 1990s academic novel written by some sixty-something white dude.
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Ben Alpers 2h
Replying to @LDBurnett
First I heard of this. I'm now in the middle of it. This is the point where my own WTF meter got pinned: "Shuman told him she had another surprise for him, but she needed his computer password. He complied; he’d given Shuman the password to his devices and accounts before."
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Ben Alpers 2h
Without federal decriminalization, states can only go so far. The only way to entirely leave it up to the states is not to make it illegal under federal law.
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Ben Alpers 2h
What's funny about this is that cannabis decriminalization is a truly bipartisan issue among voters these days. Biden might manage to win the nomination and even the presidency, but it will be despite the fact that he is wildly out-of-touch with (not just Dem) politics today.
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Ben Alpers 3h
No. It's the House Democratic leadership that gives him that power.
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Ben Alpers 3h
Journalism: How Not To Do It (An Ongoing Series from National Public Radio)
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Ben Alpers 3h
This is the actual effect of the Electoral College. The ways that it advantages small states are less important than the impact of winner-take-all allocation of electors. Only purple states count and big ones more than small ones.
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Ben Alpers 6h
What says. Trump has governed as he campaigned. largely misreported how he was campaigning during 2016 and is now writing puzzled pieces comparing their fantasy version of Trump in 2016 to something like actual Trump in 2019.
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Ben Alpers 13h
Replying to @TenuredRadical
The $64k question is: how much distance is there between commonly understood libertarian beliefs and what self-described libertarians actually believe?
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Ben Alpers 13h
Replying to @zunguzungu
I agree entirely with that distinction between organization and populace. But our low turnout elections often better reflect the first than the second.
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Ben Alpers 13h
Replying to @zunguzungu
You got me there! As an adoptive Oklahoman, I am a firm believer in the value of local knowledge in understanding a place.
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Ben Alpers 13h
Replying to @zunguzungu
That's an interesting question. I tend to think that answers to questions about "sincerity" or "authenticity" in politics are less concrete than we like to think they are. To put it another way: all of our beliefs about our own beliefs are more questionable than we like to think.
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Ben Alpers 13h
Replying to @zunguzungu
You lost me on West Virginia. Sanders could have beaten Trump in MI, WI, PA, FL, or NC (these states are tossups...he could also have done worse than Clinton...who knows?). No national Democrat could win WV. And the kind of "Democrat" who does well there is Joe Manchin.
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Ben Alpers 14h
Replying to @zunguzungu
But when it comes to actual policies, much less separates the Kochs from the Hawleys (on economics and race) than is often said to separate them. 2/2
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Ben Alpers 14h
Replying to @zunguzungu
I agree with this mainly insofar as Hawley's racism is closer to the surface than the Kochs' is. Leading with blather about "cosmopolitanism" is more appealing to a larger group of voters than is leading with blather about economic liberty. 1/
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Ben Alpers 14h
⁩ has the goods on what NatC'ism is all about.
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Ben Alpers 14h
Replying to @zunguzungu
Agreed. But the question is: will their (inevitably) not delivering on those economic promises drive their voters away? My bet is that it won't. Their voters are far more invested in the racist explanation than in the supposed economic consequences of it.
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Ben Alpers 14h
Replying to @zunguzungu
Let me take the opportunity to suggest that we start referring to self-described "National Conservatives" like Hawley as NatCees (or, if you prefer, NatCs).
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Ben Alpers 14h
Replying to @zunguzungu
But populist, class-based appeals are simply not what get them voting for the GOP. The racism is the cake, not merely the icing. Any apparent anti-capitalism/anti-neoliberalism in the message is largely decorative. 5/5
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