Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Michael Moore Can't Make Good Propaganda Anymore - The Daily Beast

Michael Moore Can't Make Good Propaganda Anymore - The Daily Beast: "Moore’s veneration of Italy—which forms the bulk of the film’s case for European economic practices over American ones—is telling. Along with other spendthrift Mediterranean states, Italy has essentially been a laboratory for the exact same statist structural economic policies Moore (along with a certain septuagenarian presidential candidate widely supported by people too young to know any better) has advocated across his three-decade long career. Inflexible labor markets, intransigent and powerful unions, titanic social spending, confiscatory taxes: these policies engender economic stagnation wherever they’re implemented. Carried out by successive governments over many years, socialist clientelism is largely responsible for the swelling, long-term unemployed European underclass, which is voicing its frustration by supporting the very right-wing populists Moore claims to oppose."

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Hill Fire and Damnation - WSJ

Hill Fire and Damnation - WSJ: "Lessin is paraphrasing; Mrs. Clinton has not, as far as we know, used the word “uterus” on the campaign trail. But her appeals to female solidarity have left little else to the imagination. In last week’s debate, she interrupted her opponent to say: “Honestly, Sen. Sanders is the only person who I think would characterize me, a woman running to be the first woman president, as exemplifying the establishment.”

We thought that was ridiculous. Later we wondered why she didn’t go all in and describe her Goldman Sachs speaking fees as “675,000 cracks in the glass ceiling.” But then, we would scoff—we’re male, and men constitute less than half the voting-age population. If Mrs. Clinton can lock down the female vote, she can’t possibly lose.

Yet Mrs. Clinton’s I-am-woman message is getting a poor reception from women, at least from young ones. An MSNBC report from New Hampshire, noted by the Washington Free Beacon, features a couple of 20-something female Democrats who took offense at the debate declaration."

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