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Ezra Klein
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Ezra Klein Feb 13
Come for the Howard Schultz analysis, stay for the Batman comic:
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Ezra Klein Feb 13
Howard Schultz, for all his stated concern about political representation, isn’t talking about the way money distorts representative democracy. What he is doing is embodying the way money distorts representative democracy.
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
Howard Schultz's agenda is basically Chuck Schumer's agenda, plus an overriding belief that Howard Schultz should be president. From both his policy speech and town hall, he doesn't disagree with the median House Democrat on much aside from his own ambitions.
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
"How can you a spoil a system that is already broken" is a sentence that makes sense until you think about it for literally two seconds, and then it doesn't. If Schultz wanted to "fix" the two-party system, he'd be funding ballot initiatives to pass proportional representation.
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
Schultz frames the villain as political parties, but political parties are far more responsive to voters than the problem that Schultz embodies, but doesn’t discuss: money.
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
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Anyway, as the kids say, read the whole thing.
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
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But if Schultz believes *his own* diagnosis of America’s problems, he’s flirting with a strategy that has a good chance of making everything worse.
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
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There's a lot a public-spirited billionaire could do to improve politics, and address the specific problems Schultz is worried about. He could fund efforts to pass proportional representation across the country, for instance.
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
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And taking the billionaire’s express lane into presidential politics, just a few years after Donald Trump did the same thing, would be further proof to Americans that they live in an unrepresentative oligarchy.
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
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Governing as a “centrist independent” free of party would generate gridlock and conflict in a system that is organized around political parties. Schultz has no theory of Congress or legislating that makes sense. He just has a theory of himself.
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
Replying to @ezraklein
Running as a third-party candidate in a first-past-the-post election system is likelier to reinforce the two-party duopoly, and the dangers of third parties, then to open America to multiparty democracy.
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
Howard Schultz's presidential campaign is based on three ideas, and they're all wrong.
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
Tonight, CNN will host a live town hall with Howard Schultz. Why is Schultz, a political newcomer who "had the worst numbers of any potential candidate tested" in CNN’s own poll, getting such red-carpet treatment? The answer, of course, is money.
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
If you're not following , you should be.
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Sarah Kliff Feb 12
European countries and Canada all have universal health coverage. They also have private health insurance. A deep dive from me into how private coverage works abroad.
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
Create your own wealth tax!
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
"Capping all prison sentences at no more than 20 years. It may sound like an extreme, even dangerous, proposal, but there’s good reason to believe it would help reduce the prison population without making America any less safe."
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Sean Carroll Feb 12
The situation for very poor people worldwide is, on average, improving. It's still quite bad, and there's a long way to go. (Two sentences that are completely compatible with each other, truly.)
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
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It's easy to imagine lots of Democrats saying mean things about Wall Street on the campaign trail then getting into office and mostly ignoring them to focus on health care and pre-k. I doubt that will happen with Warren. And Wall Street doubts that will happen with Warren.
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Ezra Klein Feb 12
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And you know what? They may be right to. A lot of Democrats are critical of Wall Street, but they don't really care about it. Warren does. Her politics are built atop a critique of Wall Street, and the over-financialization of the economy.
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