Socially liberal; fiscally conservative

Apologies for disappearing, but a car accident put me out of action for a while. All I could do was leave an occasional comment at Rodger’s blog.

Before I get going on my topic for today, I note that the European Council is threatening to impose fines on the governments of Spain and Portugal if those governments do not further increase their austerity.

The European Council is now making the following demands…

[1] The Spanish government must enact another 10 billion euros in tax hikes and spending cuts.

[2] The Spanish government must surrender total economic control to the EU.

[3] The Spanish government must send quarterly reports on austerity measures to the European Commission. Failure to send these reports every three months will result in ever-higher fines and ever-tighter controls from Brussels.

In response to threats of EU fines, Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos announced on Tuesday (21 July 2016) a rise in corporate taxation, which will be passed on to workers in the form of salary cuts.

In Spain and Portugal, all politicians (all of them) favor more austerity for the masses, and more obedience to EU dictates, since all politicians are directly or indirectly on the EU payroll.

This includes politicians with the faux-leftist Podemos coalition in Spain, along with politicians in the anti-socialist “Socialist” Party.

In Portugal the faux-leftist “Left Bloc” is allied with the faux-Communist “Communist” Party. All of them favor more austerity, and more control by the EU.

All of them.

The “Left Bloc” in Portugal wants the government to hold a referendum on whether the Portuguese government should submit to the EU’s latest demands. This fake referendum will allow the the “Left Bloc” blame austerity on the other parties.

The French government’s budget deficit is far larger than the Spanish or Portuguese governments’, but the EU tyrants are not threatening to fine the French government. Reason: France is not a peripheral nation like Greece, Spain, or Portugal.

The blame for all this lies not with the bankers or politicians, but with the peasants who refuse to dump the euro that is killing them.

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Change of topic…

Socially liberal; fiscally conservative

I intended to write about this a couple of weeks ago, but a car accident knocked me out of action for a while. Let me start by paraphrasing a Counterpunch article.

A corporate liberal is someone who supports anything progressive that does not challenge corporate power. The corporate liberal fights for progressive identity politics such as feminism, gay rights, and reproductive rights. He supports African-American protests against police brutality, unless the protests threaten the corporate establishment. (It was Bill Clinton who initiated the prison industrial complex that incarcerates huge numbers of minorities.)

Hillary is a corporate liberal. She claims to oppose racism and so on, while she supports the capitalist greed that worsens racism and other social frictions. Hillary is a liberal on social issues like “gay rights,” but she is fanatically right-wing when it comes to war, Wall Street, Israel, and financial inequality.

In fact, all politicians today are either right-wing fanatics, or corporate liberals.

The problem is that many average people are the same. They call themselves “social liberals and fiscal conservatives,” meaning they care about things like racism and “gay rights,” but they largely ignore the things that maintain the gap between the rich and the rest. Things like war, austerity, neo-liberalism, or “free trade” treaties.

Idiots

These people are useful idiots for the rich and the bankers. By focusing on equality between races, genders, and so on, they distract from the most important equality of all, which is financial equality.

Back to the Counterpunch article…

We are expected to support whatever Democrats do, because Democrats are supposedly better than Republicans. We must support Democrats even if this means a deteriorating quality of life for all identity groups. Even if it means lower incomes, higher unemployment, bigger personal debts, fewer jobs, less social support, more inequality, more incarceration, more suicide, more alcoholism, more drug abuse, more stress, more violence, more crime, more war, and more unhappiness.

Indeed.

Hillary will privatize Medicare and Social Security. She will ram through the TPP. She will nuke Iran if she can get away with it. She will start new wars, and perhaps start World War III with Russia.

Still, we must vote for Hillary in order to defeat the Republican (Trump) — even though Trump opposes the TPP, opposes the privatization of Medicare and Social Security, and opposes war with Russia. (Trump is a buffoon, while Hillary is a psychopath.)

Hillary will increase every social ill in America today. Nonetheless we must vote for Hillary because Trump said he wants to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border (which already exists).

border wall

In order to help refugees, we must vote for Democrats like Obama, who has deported more refugees than any previous president did.

Since Democrats are always the “lesser evil,” Democrats always get away with perpetrating the greater evil.

Democrat presidents oversaw the USA’s entry into World War I and II, plus the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Kosovo War, the destruction of Libya, and the proxy war on Syria. Nonetheless we must vote for Democrats because Republicans are “pro-war.”

A Democrat (Bill Clinton) gave us NAFTA, and he repealed laws such as Glass-Steagall. Nonetheless we must vote for Democrats because Republicans are “pro-corporation.”

The point here is that too many people get caught up in identity politics (e.g. “gay rights”) while they ignore class warfare. They are social liberals, but fiscal conservatives, meaning they echo the lie that the U.S. government is “bankrupt,” and should have a balanced budget.

Wall Street uses this lie to reduce the masses to debt slaves. And the masses eagerly put their heads into the noose…

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Rich people are fiscal conservatives and social liberals, meaning they support any development in society long as it doesn’t challenge their control of society. For example, David Koch of the Koch brothers says, “I’m a conservative on economic matters and I’m a social liberal.”

For Koch, this is camouflage. By condemning racism, he distracts public attention from his racist actions, such as his support for privatized prisons that seek more profits by incarcerating more people of color.

Put another way, in Western societies what matters is not what you do, but what you say. You are praised for doing racist things like supporting austerity, charter schools, and privately owned prisons. But you are condemned for saying racist things. You are praised for supporting the extermination of millions of Muslims. But you can’t say that all Muslims are evil (unless you are a Jew). This is why the fanatically anti-progressive Hillary is considered a “progressive.” It is why Trump is considered a racist bigot even though, in practice, he is far less racist than is Hillary.

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acceptable

Again, it’s okay to do racist things, like destroy Libya and Syria, but not to say racist things. This is true not only in the corporate media outlets, but in society at large. Trump is a “racist” because of what he says. Hilary only does racist things, like supporting institutionalized racism, and the mass extermination of Muslims.

institutionalized

Establishment Republicans hate Trump because he blew their cover. Trump said racist things. Because of Trump, Republicans now realize that if they want to continue promoting economic inequality, then Republicans must say socially liberal things, like Democrats do. Republicans must become socially liberal and fiscally conservative. Just as there are “New Democrats” (who support financial inequality) there must be “New Republicans.”

Reince Priebus

Current drug policies in the United States perpetuate a permanent black and brown underclass of underpaid, disenfranchised, disempowered servants, sentenced to do shit work at low wages for their entire lives. And let’s not forget the slave labor provided by prisons. Hillary supports all this, but she is not a “racist,” since she doesn’t say racist things.

Hillary’s neoliberalism means more privatized prisons, whose profits depend on an ever-increasing number of Black inmates.

But Hillary is not a “racist,” since she doesn’t say racist things. She only promotes and advances racism.

Neoliberalism means more monopolies, more pollution, and more abuses of workers. “Free trade” lets corporations move overseas where they can hire non-white children to toil 16 hours a day in unsafe and unsanitary mines and sweatshops. This is Hillary’s “non-racism.”

The point, again, is that rich people and their puppets (like Hillary and Obama) do racist things, but they avoid saying racist things in public. They are social liberals and fiscal conservatives, meaning they  want less government spending on the “welfare state,” and more on the warfare state.

The essence of Libertarianism (in practice anyway) is to support all progressive movements except those that promote financial equality. The Koch brothers call themselves Libertarians. They want liberty for themselves and a police / surveillance state for you.

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for President, calls himself “socially liberal, and fiscally conservative.” He wants a balanced federal budget. That is, he wants to reduce federal spending on programs that help average people.

Genuine equality means economic equality. What does it profit a man if he is allowed to eat at an integrated lunch counter, but he is paid so little that he cannot buy lunch? Social rights mean nothing without economic rights alongside them.

Looked at another way, you cannot claim to support any form of equality until you support all forms of equality.

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5 Responses to Socially liberal; fiscally conservative

  1. netbacker says:

    Sorry to hear about your accident. Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery.
    Take care.

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  2. Kent Bernard says:

    Have you considered rewriting this article? Many of the “opinions” are presented as facts and were misleading and unfounded assumptions.

    Trump is President and he is literally Executing or “DOING” everything your article ASSumed Hillary would do. Is this what the Trump supporter expected? Do they understand the impact to them the average person? To the country, the World? Are you brave enough to critique yourself against today’s FACTS?

    AND PLEASE, LEAVE OUT THE MSM BULLSHIT! News shows on Fox and MSM present facts as they get them governed by ethics. The “opinion” “editorial” shows and writers are just like you, giving there opinion. When opinion is pass as facts, that is FRAUD! FOX treads that line daily. Crys of “fake news” is propaganda to undermine 1A by instilling distrust in the minds of the public. Without trust, there no Democracy, no Democracy equals Dictator…Game Over!
    (TIMOTHY SNYDER – A GUIDE TO MAINTAINING DEMOCRACY IN “ON TYRANNY”Authoritarian=KillsTruth&Trust=NoDemocracy https://t.co/gQocspHmLC)

    10 months and so much unwarranted destruction to the Nation and our Constitution. With no plans to unite the country or to measure his actions to build support for re-election, indicates he does plan to need another election. BannonMillerPreibus “reassigned” to execute plan to elect a complicit Congress that will give Trump Totalitarian Autocracy that he will pass to his family which why they are there.

    The hacking was done by Israli Military Hackers w knowledge of Bibi and Russia, to get Kompromat on DNC & RNC leaders and Congress for blackmail and intimidation. Also helped by Ruddy G’s Cyber security Firm and NYFBI friends.
    (“Israel: NewCyberSuperPower”
    https://t.co/88xX5gbewE via @VICE)

    We see action and words of racism and doing the will of Corporations and Council Of Foreign Relations.

    Taking action to circumvent Constitution and Pillars of Govt by attacks on Judicial, Congress, and Media, to intimidate & impose all three to be complicit effectively creating Totalitarian Govt. Normalizing intimidation, abusive language, racisim, deceit, conspiracy, distrust in Govt.

    Executive Orders directing cuts/deregulation of Education, EPA, and Banking that will directly impact low income White and Minority areas. Immigration policy that affects Americans as much as Foreigners. To ppl out means you lock Americans in. Do you want to surveilled and live behind a wall like USSR. a

    Attacks 1A Free Press toward StateRunMedia. Can you trust only one source of news information that is feed direct from WH? That’s China NoKo Russia and Unconstitutional.

    Trump “Lead through Intimidation” comes from a book and style popular in the ’80s. Over time many top manager consultants and businesses determined that it is flawed and not sustainable. Employees and Business Partner build resentment, distrust, and apathy at all levels. Companies or organizations are destroyed from within by resentful employees or from outside by resentful partners that exploit weakness and secrets or sabotage deals. Trumps behavior intimidation and fear bullying will create such resentment among his inner circle,staff, and co-equal beaches that someone will turn on him. His Narcissism will convince him that he is President by is own doing and not that of his Finacial backers (Mercer), Coucil of Foreign Relations, and Global Leaders. The Military will turn as well because will claim to one of them beyond title InC and they& public will tire of his creating another Vietnam ISIS war despite the $$$.

    He should read the JFK,Bin Laden,Gaddafi files closely.

    This time, try being a fair & balanced example to Liberal writters and just a “me too” “jump in the propaganda train” writer.

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  3. Kent Bernard says:

    Institutional Racisim Prison Industrial Complex was not a Liberal thing. It was the sophisticated evolution born out the end of Jim Crow and the end of the Cold War.

    Propelled by Republicans and maintained both parties under theory of being effective until, overtime, the socio economic impacts were measured and validated as diaproptionately impacting Minority and poor people by criminalizing these groups, removing them from society and thereby cancelling there right to vote and generating revenue.

    It perpetuats stereotypes of poor White and Minorities as deadbeat fathers, fatherless families, Black On Black crime, creating extreme hurdles for future generations to get an education and break a cycle of crime, reduce population, maintain welfare state, maintain race identity divide.

    ALEC Laws are written bybCopr lobbyist and adopted Rep Congress to promote Corp Interestest in the Prison Complex, Drug Policy, Crimial Jusice Policy, Gun Laws, &Trade.

    See documentary “13th” on Netflix. https://youtu.be/V66F3WU2CKk

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