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Except that the economic boom hasn't gone bust.  GDP growth has averaged 2% p.a. even allowing for the savage drop in 2009. It is economic inequality which has grown strongly and yet the US has elected a plutocrat who glories in screwing the little guy. How stupid is that? And I'm not convinced the GOP will be trounced in the Mid-terms or that Trump won't win re-election if he wants it. More likely the USA will double down on its mistake, as will the Brexiteers, and there is little sign of an effective mass resistance movement to stop it.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 06:12:14 PM EST
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My thoughts have always floundered, not that Trump could win (there were signs ahead), but how he could win with such support of Republican voters. Despite every bit of damaging information about Drumpf, they came out to vote, including the evangelicals.

The only somewhat coherent construct I can think of is that it's all about hating the guts of the other guy more - and about wanting to see them lose: primordial tribal hatred. Which the Republicans reap from fanning flames of hate - it's become larger than just a business model. And the internet and its social media oligopoly are the perfect tools for it, which the Trump campaign strategically exploited.

Who knows, in a few decades, after strict protocols have been put into place to tamper anonymous internet trolling and mass spamming, we'll even thank the Russians for beginning to use the internet so openly to subvert and disrupt democracies.

by Bjinse on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 09:10:50 PM EST
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We're talking about the polity that re elected W. What I find most striking is that everyone sort of assumed that Trump's unique public grossness would make this election different. It wasn't. There was no mass exodus of suburbanites and white women from the GOP, most everyone voted along the old tribal lines.

On the Russian troll front: Quite irrespective of the question, where, between the actual 911 and the Iraqi WMDs they lie on the threat-delusion axis, the result of the Russian panic seems obvious: most internet communications already go over two internet behemoths. Now arbitrary denial of service gets legitimized. And if we go back at the prime examples of Russian interference from he first report, pushing BLM and anti - fracking activists, it is not difficult to see who will bear the brunt of this.

by generic on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 10:54:46 PM EST
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Little of that GDP is happening in a way that benefits any but the 1%, and part of it doesn't exist at all.  It's possible to book GDP in the US even though the production is elsewhere, which doesn't help US workers much.  Also, a big chunk is FIRE (financial, insurance, and real estate), which is totally bogus and does nothing but exacerbate inequality.
by rifek on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 01:22:10 AM EST
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GDP is worthless when it comes to the real situation in people's lives.  To wit, GDP increases and increases in productivity have been captured by the 1%:

"The economy is improving" is the standard neo-liberal BS cover for ever-increasing economic domination of the 99% by the 1%.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 04:15:55 PM EST
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