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#1

Fast Track Down

Lori Wallach

The Fast Track trade authority package was rejected Friday because two years of effort by a vast corporate coalition, the White House and GOP leaders -- and weeks of deals swapped for yes votes -- could not assuage a majority in the House of Representatives facing constituents' concerns that more of the same trade policy would kill more jobs, push down wages and open a Pandora's box of other damaging consequences.


#2

Let's drive a stake in its heart.

And let's keep this coalition together for future campaigns, dare i say even a candidate, one day?


#3

This is a rare, very clear, concise, detailed explanation of what happened in those frantic Congressional hours last week.

I hope I am not the only one passing the link around to others.

The Senate vote led the Senate Democrats to tar their own nest.

At least the split in the House was significant enough to stall the measures.

How it comes out is important; what we do between here and there, and beyond, is far more important. We cannot allow bipartisan sleaze to continue destroying our government.

It is also clear that were she in the Presidency, Hillary would be doing exactly what he is doing: selling the office's services and our public servants to the highest bidders.


#4

Boy, that "Progressive Victory" was short-lived because the
neo-progressive-lite, alt media, etc. did not attack the EMPIRE behind
the 'symptom problem' of global warming ---- they only addressed the
symptom, and not the hidden disease --- which is the Disguised Global
Crony-Capitalist EMPIRE.

First the disease of EMPIRE must be adequately diagnosed and 'exposed' to be effectively confronted:

As Zygmunt Bauman hauntingly puts it, “In the case of an ailing social
order, the absence of an adequate diagnosis…is a crucial, perhaps
decisive, part of the disease.”

Berman, Morris (2011-02-07). Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire (p. 22). Norton. Kindle Edition.

It is the hidden cancer of EMPIRE and not the broad, diverse, and divisive
subordinate 'issues' and superficial 'symptom problems' like global
warming, expanding wars, Wall Street looting, domistic tyranny, spying,
torture, et al. that must be diagnosed, understood (as Robinson so
clearly explains below) that must be the real target of the really
confused leftish camp:

"The U.S. state is a key point of
condensation for pressures from dominant groups around the world to
resolve problems of global capitalism and to secure the legitimacy of
the system overall. In this regard, “U.S.” imperialism refers to the use
by transnational elites of the U.S. state apparatus to continue to
attempt to expand, defend, and stabilize the global capitalist system.
We are witness less to a “U.S.” imperialism per se than to a global
capitalist imperialism. We face an EMPIRE of global capital,
headquartered, for evident historical reasons, in Washington."

Robinson,
William I. (2014-07-31). Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity
(p. 122). Cambridge University Press. Kindle Edition.