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It's what they actually do, when in office, that matters, and on that basis, in most policy areas, I think Obama was better than Trump - and especially better than what I expect Trump would do if he wins a second term. My main concern would be that the Dems will re-empower the neo-cons in their ranks, although probably none are as bad as John Bolton. I have a problem with "holier than thou" moralists of all stripes, and on that scale some US leftists are up there with the evangelical Christians.
It's why, I think, they have so little influence anywhere. The US needs structural reform - taking the money and corporations out of politics, eliminating gerrymandering, rebalancing the Supreme Court, eliminating civilian guns and the the electoral college, giving senate seats to DC and Puerto Rico etc. But it is almost impossible to change much of that without constitutional amendments which will be impossible to enact against the opposition of vested interests. So barring a second revolution, my expectations are v. low, and I will settle for Biden over Trump.
Index of Frank's Diaries
The Mensheviks' main argument is the Black-Hundred danger. The first and fundamental flaw in this argument is that the Black-Hundred danger cannot be combated by Cadet tactics and a Cadet policy. The essence of this policy lies in reconciliation with tsarism, that is, with the Black-Hundred danger. The first Duma sufficiently demonstrated that the Cadets do not combat the Black-Hundred danger, but make incredibly despicable speeches about the innocence and blamelessness of the monarch, the known leader of the Black Hundreds. Therefore, by helping to elect Cadets to the Duma, the Mensheviks are not only failing to combat the Black-Hundred danger, but are hoodwinking the people, are obscuring the real significance of the Black-Hundred danger. Combating the Black-Hundred danger by helping to elect the Cadets to the Duma is like combating pogroms by means of the speech delivered by the lackey Rodichev: "It is presumption to hold the monarch responsible for the pogrom."
Of course if there is a Lenin around he currently spends all his time in flame wars( much as the historical one did).
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