I want to go back to Corey Robin’s incredible take on austerity politics in the Democratic Party, through the lens of how Republicans once embraced, and then abandoned it. The fact that you can draw a line in inverse proportion between what party embraces austerity and what party has the dominant position in the politics of the age should tell you what you need to know about its importance. By and large, we saw a liberal era in the 1950s and 1960s (regardless of what party actually ruled) followed by a conservative era in the 1980s that stretches to this day. And the factor of austerity politics plays a big role in that.
|By: David Dayen Friday August 31, 2012 9:39 am|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday April 17, 2012 6:15 am|
Dayen’s news roundup from April 16, 2012, with stories about ALEC, White House lobbyists, Too-Big-To-Fail, mortgage settlement enforcement, GSA, humble Mitt, World Bank, Saez and Piketty, Corey Robin, Allen West and Silvio’s stripping nuns!
|By: masaccio Sunday February 26, 2012 10:45 am|
Republicans command. Democrats writhe in fear.
|By: Rick Perlstein Saturday February 25, 2012 1:59 pm|
Cory Robin and I go way back. We were in a political discussion together where the hot topic was the WTO protests in Seattle—the “Occupy” movement of 1998. Since then, I’ve always been a deep admirer of his essays; if he’s saved his emails from the intervening fifteen years, I’m sure he’d find a bunch from me praising his various pieces from the London Review of Books when they came out. I was thrilled to learn he was collecting his pieces into a book. I was even more thrilled when I read it and saw how he was able to link them together into a coherent argument which—well, read my blurb on the book…
|By: masaccio Sunday January 15, 2012 10:30 am|
Mitt Romney is a winner in a party of losers.
|By: masaccio Sunday January 8, 2012 10:30 am|
Given his steady support of Mitch McConnell, it’s a fair guess that Lamar Alexander truly believes that democrats and the people they claim to represent are not entitled to govern. Or, as Corey Robin puts it: “Submission is their first duty, agency, the prerogative of the elite.”