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Monday, January 30, 2017

Sanders, Corbyn, Hamon

We now have strong showings by socialist politicians in France, as well as in the U.S. and Britain.  From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beno%C3%AEt_Hamon

Hamon announced his intention to seek the French presidency in August 2016. Critical of the social-liberal politics conducted by Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls, he represents the left-wing and politically green side of the Socialist Party during this primary. Hamon is considered an admirer of United States Senator Bernie Sanders.
He wants to rethink society and its relation to work by giving a basic income to all French citizens, believing that the availability of work will decrease due to automation. He supports a 35 hour workweek, and less if a worker chooses in exchange for state compensation, and supports the legalization of cannabis and euthanasia. He also argues for huge investments in renewable energy, aiming for renewable sources to provide 50% of French energy by 2025, and wants to protect the "common goods" (water, air, biodiversity) in the Constitution. Hamon is also very critical of the neoliberal "myth of infinite economic growth", which he blames for "destroying the planet" and argues is a "quasi-religion" among politicians. "There is an urgency to change now our way to produce and consume. [...] We can negotiate with bankers, but we can't negotiate with the planet."
While Hamon's project is seen as credible and coherent about the future evolution of society by some commentators,[10] it is seen by others as utopian.
Polling in January 2017 showed that his support had tripled and put him into serious contention.

The center will have a hard time holding.  On the right, we have Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, and Marine Le Pen.

Here are some of the major mistakes made by the U.S. center in recent years:
  1. Iraq War
    - Syria (indirectly supported Al Qaeda type rebels)
    - Ukraine (cold war mentality has backfired)
  2. Taking ownership of economy after Republican obstruction
    => Trump victory
  3. Budget / fiscal stance
    - top economists flat out wrong
The Democrats should turn around on these three points.  This will win back the Sanders faction and unify the party.

  1. Few people care strongly about the deficit (and those that do are misguided).
  2. The economy is weak when considering pay and benefits, including social benefits provided by other nations.
  3. A good relationship with a strong Russia is in the U.S. best interests.  Al Qaeda in Syria has devastated European politics by generating a flood of refugees.  Obama and Clinton differed on this.  


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