Monday Morning Reads – June 4

Happy Monday, everyone!

  • President Trump’s trade policies could unravel decades of precedence. The world thinks he’s blowing trade up, but Trump and his team believe they’re saving the rules-based trading system.
  • Speaking of tariffs, Congressman Karen Handel broke with President Trump and announced her opposition to his tariffs on steel and aluminum.
  • Here is a brief history of Pride in Atlanta. Happy Pride Month!
  • Stacey Abrams released a poll last week showing her leading both Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp.
  • Summer is here. The sun is out and the days are long, so why not enjoy the great outdoors with a book. Here is a summer reading guide.
  • Speaking of books, I finished Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup yesterday. It’s a great book to jump-start your summer reading. Bonus! It chronicles an ongoing situation. Once you finish Bad Blood, just google “Theranos” a couple times a week.
  • The world believed Arkady Babchenko, a fierce Putin critic, was dead. But the next day he showed up to a press conference alive. Now we’re left with a huge question. How did Ukraine pull it off?
  • You can purchase Ben Affleck’s Savannah private estate for $9 million.

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atlindy
atlindy

It wasn’t that long ago, during the George W. Bush era, that many progressives and Democrats hated those trade deals too i.e. NAFTA, WTO for China, TPP etc. I recall Howard Dean, John Kerry and company wanting to replace “free trade” with “fair trade” under the guise that the existing trade agreements were bad for American union and hourly workers by driving down wages, amounted to a form of neo-colonialism for countries that weren’t equal partners with the western powers, favored private global corporations over state and collectively owned enterprises and were horrible for the environment. I seem to remember… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

You generalize too much. There is no such thing as “the progressives”. If you want to know where someone is on an issue, you will need to do a better job of identifying them.

atlindy
atlindy

Generalized speech is common on Internet forums, which are not expected to have the same level of rigor as an academic forum. And I did take pains to point out that there is a diversity of opinion on the free trade issue on the left just as there is on the right. I merely painted with broad brushes, just as many Democrats do in their depiction of conservative voters. I am absolutely certain that were we to review your own comment history, we would find the same and even worse with respect to Trump, Tea Party, libertarian, NRA, social conservative… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Brevity is your friend.

atlindy
atlindy

Fine. Briefly describe where the fair trade agenda is today. To jog your memory:
https://www.thenation.com/article/trade-fight-edwards-vs-kerry/

The Eiger
The Eiger

That’s funny coming from you.

Benevolus
Benevolus

OK professor, I would like to engage, but I am not even sure what you are asking. Or if you are asking anything.
Can we have more detail on this statement then: “The left has already abandoned Clinton’s positions on law enforcement”
Who is “the left”, and what Clinton positions are you referring to?

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

I seem to remember those Seattle protests being during the tail end of Clinton years, but I get where your’e going with your thesis. One thing I’d lean on heavily as having influenced both parties shift towards open trade is the internet. Prior to HW Bush, there wasn’t an internet. Honestly we wouldn’t even be having this debate on this blog back in 1988 because there wasn’t the forum for such discussion. As the internet became ubiquitous worldwide, it opened up the free exchange of ideas, goods, and services internationally and setting up false barriers through tarrifs is counterproductive to… Read more »

atlindy
atlindy

Yeah the WTO debacle in Seattle was in 1999 but back then their views were very fringe. By the mid-2000s, however, a large segment of the Democratic Party, including several leaders in Congress and presidential candidates, had moved away from free trade to some degree, alleging that it depressed wages, moved formerly union jobs overseas and lacked environmental protections, and others stated that it was bad for the economic and political sovereignty of developing countries. I am not going to claim that it was ever the #1 economic issue i.e. akin to healthcare or the minimum wage or that it… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Having worked on TPP and T-TIP, the biggest point of divergence between the Obama Administration and “the left” centered on intellectual property provisions and the impact of US-favored IP regimes on access to medicines and access to knowledge in developing nations. Specifically, the Bernie Sanders’ wing felt that the IP chapter of TPP was designed to benefit major U.S. corporations, particularly drug companies, film companies, and US manufacturers through longer patent and copyright terms, more restrictive rules regarding the production of generic drugs and compulsory licensing, and stronger trade secret protection that would give greater deference to U.S. companies manufacturing… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Too late…Zzzzzz

Will Durant
Will Durant

LDIG is back?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Did y’all hear about the bus?
Everyone knows about the bus.
Perhaps you’ve heard the fuss
On your local TV show?
Right, so there is this bus.
That’s right, a great big bus.
And like a summer attempt to schuss,
That bus broke down on the road.
I know you know about the bus!
Oh, don’t cover up the bus!
No, we really must discuss.
Bad judgement that it showed.
Utterly contemptible and detestable approach to running a campaign
Sadly I fear, clowns like Seth Weathers will remain.

Ellynn
Ellynn

The ‘Affleck Estate” is not in Savannah. It’s not even in Chatham county. Ot next store in Bryan County. It’s a good 1 drive to a Richboro rural area east of I 95 of the North Newport River In a hurricane wind debris zone. It was used more often for hunting by Ben’s brother Casey and their friends.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I am putting “changing recollections” alongside “alternative facts” in the political spin Hall of Fame. Also in there is “Depends upon your definition of ‘is'”.

Noway2016
Noway2016

My Monday Morning Maggot Meme!
“Crime cannot be tolerated…” Ra’as Al Ghul
https://www.google.com/amp/amp.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article212474004.html

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

More Maggots getting MAGA’d. I love the smell of Freedom in the morning. Right Noway?
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/06/04/west-pullman-child-homicide-investigation-11-year-old-boy/

Noway2016
Noway2016
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I see you’ve been huffing paint again.

atlindy
atlindy

This would be more effective were it written by a left-liberal instead of an obvious right winger but it is still food for thought.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2018/05/31/number-one-in-poverty-california-isnt-our-most-progressive-state-its-our-most-racist-one/#119af9275cd9

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

This is easily one of the dumbest things I’ve read this week (granted, it’s only Monday).

Ellynn
Ellynn

I’m not going to say the name of this pair of brothers since I got sent to the corner by Charlie the only time I ever did when I pointed out the ironic stuidity of their PAC running ads about a bill that would hurt blueberry farmers (including their own blueberry farms) – This is good read.

https://www.axios.com/koch-network-to-launch-multi-million-dollar-campaign-for-free-trade-4feb3600-f865-44ed-bf21-d8fb7efbdab6.html

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Related story on said individual donating $500k to Paul Ryan after the GOP tax bill passed:
http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/370037-charles-koch-donated-500k-to-ryan-days-after-gop-tax-plan-passed

Noway2016
Noway2016

Suspiciously like The Hag receiving donations from all manner of cretins during her tenure as SecState!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

No one is talking to you.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Promises, promises, Drew!

Ellynn
Ellynn

You two can stop playing whataboutism any time now.