Jots with dots 1/27/15

Chait Stains: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/not-a-very-pc-thing-to-say.html

Liberal speech codes are giving Chait some anxiety. Pull quotes:

“Political correctness is a style of politics in which the more radical members of the left attempt to regulate political discourse by defining opposing views as bigoted and illegitimate.”

“But political correctness is not a rigorous commitment to social equality so much as a system of left-wing ideological repression.”

“While politically less threatening than conservatism (the far right still commands far more power in American life), the p.c. left is actually more philosophically threatening. It is an undemocratic creed.”

If the tea party or the Kochs are the ‘far right’, then it’s fair to say the PC left is quite a bit more undemocratic than either. Other thing is, I don’t see that well-reasoned, contemplative voices have a lot of cache in “liberalism” either. They are being shouted down. Other thing is, assertions of bigotry are often lying smears.

So what’s the serious American political spectrum?

PC left — labor – liberals – squishy Dems – center — squishy republicans –Libertarians –tea partiers — Religious right

I actually am quite capable of sneering at the fundies but I just don’t think they are that malevolent / threatening these days.

Demographics http://www.startribune.com/local/blogs/289846801.html Figure though, if Minnesota is to become desolate and peopleless, it’s because of the weather. Global warming is going to nip the weather problem in the bud.

I’m not for it: http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/289819271.html Not sure any DFLers are either. Seems awful steep. And very regressive by the way, it will wreak havoc on the states newly managed gini coefficient. But hey, having screwed it up, that’s justification for another top rate tax hike eh? Give that keeps on giving.

You can wonder whether Republicans are sincere : http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120855/republicans-blame-obama-income-inequality-ignoring-recession But I don’t think it’s unfair to ‘blame’ him at all. On taxes he’s strictly played between the 40 yard lines and QE benefits rich people and institutions first, makes assets inflate.

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