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It's sort of not difficult to understand where Trump's support is coming from. In China there're genuine supporters of the regime who are willing to defend the worst atrocities. In the US media landscape a partisan can easily filter out any information that's not compatible with his pre-existing belief system
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Democracy most likely will not survive something as catastrophic as climate change. Paradoxically, democracy may need a strong leader to muscle through strong climate policy to survive. (Michael Bloomberg, maybe?)
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US relative power is definitely declining. The world needs more multi-lateralism and cooperation and dialog, instead of confrontation and competition. That said, the cause of democracy and human rights and economic equity is still a good cause, but should not be promoted by raw force.
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My guess is that Marxism did not survive because it was not easy to be co-opted by the ruling class to serve their interests, solidify their control, unlike the traditional religions like Christianity, Islam or Confucianism. Marxism's very essence is a revolutionary ideology aimed to eradicate all power hierarchy and establish absolute egalitarianism. As soon as a formally Marxist society develops rigid hierarchy, it becomes self contradictory and loses its vitality.
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Unions are more viable in racially homogeneous and smaller countries like Germany and Japan, probably less viable in US. US need a more flexible and light-weight approach to achieve more equitable distribution of income e.g. by promoting a different corporate culture, moving away from share-holder centered to stake holder centered. The media can publish a list of employee fairness index of all major US companies. Public shaming of the worst offenders can go a long way to promote better practices. Public companies should be required by law to publish CEO employee compensation ratios. Top executive compensation should be transparent to all. Liberal politicians can do well by promoting these ideas forcefully and publicly, I think. Otherwise, they're just in donors' pockets, no different from the Republicans. In a way, Trump is enforcing his views by public shaming e.g. his recent twitter bashing of Boeing. The tactic might be OK for the media and the congress, but not appropriate for a president. Democrats in congress can surely learn from his successes.
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If that's right, perhaps Elisabeth Warren will have better luck in 2016? She is the arch-anti wall street politician. We need less financial industry and more real industry. Manufacturing is so crucial to national interest and has to be revived.
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I think Noah is wrong. The government is critical in picking the right industry for long term investment. As far as I can see, the right industries for the future are: 1. Clean energy. A massive push to switch from fossil energy into clean energy can sustain US employment for a generation maybe? 2. Health care, child care, elderly care 3. Education 4. Entertainment, leisure 5. Local sustainable/organic farming I think Alexander Hamilton would agree with me that government is crucial in economic development. Unfortunately, the republicans are determined to focus on industries of the past, such as fossil fuel industry.
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Krugman more or less blames media, FBI, Russia entirely for Hillary's loss, which I think is wrong. As Tim said, Dems have long ceased to be the party of the working class, at least in public opinion, for legitimate reasons. Besides, a lot voters are tired of stale faces and stale ideas. They yearn something new, especially the voters in deep economic trouble. Maybe it's time to try some old fashioned mercantilism, protectionism? America first is an appealing idea, in this age of mindless globalization.
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The keys of the election were race, immigration and trade. Trump won on these points. What dems can do is to de-emphasize multiculturalism, racial equality, political correctness etc. Instead, emphasize economic equality and security, for all working class. Lincoln billed the civil war as a war to preserve the union, to gain wide support, instead of war to free slaves. Of course, the slaves were freed when the union won the war. Dems can benefit from a similar strategy
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