Populist Wave, On and On and On ..., Truth, Jane Sanders, Trump’s Not For Pandering, Obama’s World View

What I’m listening to.

Toccata per Spinettina e Violino

A long time brewing.

Project Syndicate -- The Politics of Anger

Perhaps the only surprising thing about the populist backlash that has overwhelmed the politics of many advanced democracies is that it has taken so long. 

Trump’s import.

Quote - “The Republican Party’s likely presidential candidate is a racist, misogynistic xenophobe. Many Americans and others – not to mention Republican leaders – may be horrified, but Donald Trump has merely brought to the US a political style developed in Europe and perfected in Russia.” -- Donald Berlusconi



The problems of public enquires -- Maxwellisation.

London Review of Books -- Blame Robert Maxwell
Public inquiries are an ancient institution. 

Definition : Maxwellisation



This is the process, named after a legal battle involving the disgraced media mogul Robert Maxwell, whereby those criticised in the first draft of a report are given an opportunity to respond. 


This is the process designed to prolong important public enquiry in order to lessen the interest of the public, create a smokescreen of irrelevance, and virtually guarantee that the guilty are left untouched.

Quote -- “In the legal regulation of journalists, a balance must be struck between the rights of individuals in the public eye and our interest in being informed of matters of public importance. A world with no defamation is probably a world with less information. How much defamation should we tolerate as the price of having more information? “


Truth -- when journalists get it wrong.

The Atlantic -- Truth: A Terrible, Terrible Movie About Journalism

James Vanderbilt's directorial debut gets almost everything wrong about its putative subject.

Truth -- when TV journalism died, Dan sees it differently.

Rachel Maddow - Dan Rather hits faithless CBS, looking back on Bush service

Dan Rather, president of News and Guts media, talks with Rachel Maddow about the portrayal of his role in the reporting of the scandal surrounding George W. Bush's Air National Guard service in the new movie, "Truth."

(ed’s note -- Attack the small things to hide the big things.)

The other Democratic Presidential candidate’s spouse.

Washington Post -- For Jane Sanders, a more visible role on the presidential campaign trail

It was after midnight when she finally arrived at the hotel here after a couple of delayed flights. But before heading upstairs to reunite with her husband, who had just won a stunning upset in the Michigan primary, Jane Sanders made her way to a television crew set up for a live shot from the lobby.

Hmmmm ...

Financial Times -- Trump breaks with Republican orthodoxy on Israel

Jewish voters could play important role in Florida and Ohio races.

Exiting the Middle East and leaving nasty allies behind.

The Atlantic -- The Obama Doctrine

The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world.


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Twin Virtues: Inequality of Outcomes & Equality of Opportunity©

Twin Virtues

Ultimately, the most successful societies find the balance between the twin virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity.

The new politics must marry the twin virtues of unequal outcomes and equality of opportunity.

When too few get too much everybody loses.

Feminism is about women living their lives on their own terms, marshalling the resources of the society to make that possible, and men embracing this as vital to a successful society and their own liberation.

Can it be that striving for equality of opportunity however imperfect the process not only benefits the individual but also creates benefits for the society that are unintended but wonderful?

Economics must be a 'moral enterprise' as much as politics claims to be. Economic outcomes need to be framed in terms of right and wrong not just efficiency if only because these often align in surprising ways that are good for society and the economy.

My vision of Canada is that any Canadian child from a family of limited circumstance can expect to have a chance at lifetime of unlimited opportunities.

Free trade is a wonderful thing. Time and time again economists have proven that free trade creates enormous wealth for each country 'on the whole'. Historians have shown that free trade is usually associated with rising political, social and cultural liberty. The perennial problem is that free trade always creates tremendous disruption for thousands even millions of individuals often concentrated in one geography, and where the state is idle, not investing in best in class instruments of social justice, free trade can be a permanent ticket out of the middle class, down, not up.

Tax policy should be founded on the principle of generating steady tax revenues sufficient to maximise environmentally sustainable economic growth in order to fund fair government.

Public policy should be designed to decrease inequality before the law and increase equality of opportunity.

Capitalism is not the problem; the problem is what we do with capitalism.

Content is always more difficult to argue than conspiracy.

Let the state regulate and the market operate (most things).

Welfare strategies are best designed as a hand up, not as a hand out.

Political debate should not be fact free fighting.

Explanation lasts longer than eloquence.

Always favour empowerment over dependency.

The most enduring public figures are embraced for the causes they fought for and not the concept of themselves they hoped others would remember them by.

Find your voice and don't be the echo of somebody else.

It is possible to operate on two different levels: the practical, cautious and conservative; and the realm of ideas, open, free, and radical.