First some good news? Bringing manufacturing back home to the U.S. – onshoring, re-shoring or near-shoring – is happening at a greater clip.
“The construction of new manufacturing facilities in the US soared 116% over the past year, dwarfing the 10% gain on all building projects combined, according to Dodge Construction Network. There are massive chip factories going up in Phoenix: Intel is building two just outside the city; Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing is constructing one in it. And aluminum and steel plants are being erected all across the south…” reports Bloomberg.
(Mexico has also become a popular choice – as it should be, since Mexican plants use gobs of US-made parts and vice versa. Moreover, turning Mexico into a middle-class nation – already far along! – should be one of USA’s very top priorities.)
==What does Putin want? ==
Those wondering “what Putin wants” are making it too complicated. Try for Context. Across 6000 years, 99% of our ancestors languished in dullard, insipid feudal societies, ruled by delusional lordly-owner castes. And that’s across all nations, races and continents.
Faced with such huge difference in outcomes, neighboring despots and feudalist rivals always concoct the same zero-sum rationalization:
“Those decadent, soft (Athenians, Florentines, Americans, etc.) got their pleasures, toys, inventions, wealth & indulgences by trading away what’s important – grit, endurance, courage… manhood.”
That concocted contempt for ‘decadent and effeminate’ yankees dripped in the song “Yankee Doodle”… till it was disproved at Monmouth, at Cowpens and at Yorktown. It was recited by Confederates vs. city northerners, till Gettysburg and Appomattox. Nazis repeated it till Bastogne. It was Soviet doctrine. It remains chanted in palaces and conspiring basements in all of today’s autocratic nations.
And it is the central catechism repeated – now with ever increasing desperation – by Vladimir Putin, especially since he succeeded so well for a while at exploiting our distractability, e.g. imposing Brexit and Trump and disinfo-tsunamis on the West and taking over US conservatism. Hence, Vlad was shocked when NATO finally said “enough” and stood firm.
Alas, like all psychopaths, he cannot re-evaluate a masturbatory delusion, even in the face of overwhelming disproof. He is so sure that Biden and the West will fold, any day now, that he will spend Russian youths like kopeks, betting on the same delusional and repeatedly-disproved incantation, over and over again.
OMG. Lately several of my longstanding tactical suggestions have apparently gained a little traction! I have no idea if anyone listened… or else some others simply thought up the same things. But Biden’s speech at Independence Hall – while disappointing in its incompleteness and missed opportunities – at least threw down the gage and said ‘we see you now!’ to the Risen Confederacy.
And others are trying hard for new tactics! Robert Reich is great and you must watch this short video! Alas, I am always saddened when I see such a bright guy just barely miss a key point. Not only are Red State legislatures bound and determined to cheat and repress voting, with likely support from the Roberts Court. The entire argument put forward by John Roberts – that those state legislatures have sovereignty – is based on the notion that those legislatures were elected by those states’ citizens. And in gerrymandered states that is simply not true. They are not legitimate and all else devolves from that.
(Ever since the left stoopidly murdered Al Franken (politically), Reich is just about the only alpha paladin we have, alas.)
Or take this example. “Thousands of Democrats changed their voter registration in Lauren Boebert’s district ahead of the primary.” Damn straight! Let em howl! Their gerrymandering cheats did this. ‘For the last few years, Colorado’s “open primary” system has allowed unaffiliated voters to participate in either party’s primary elections. That means voters like Hallenborg can weigh in on Boebert’s primary run — without actually joining the Republican Party.’
This is straight out of Polemical Judo.
As the Rank Choice voting reforms – like the one that scotched Sarah Palin’s comeback – are straight outta sci fi fandom!
== Finally some judo vs Gerrymander cheating? ==
Again, the greatest betrayal of democracy and fairness perpetrated by the Oligarchy Party – gerrymandering – has been given cover under lame, atom-thin rationalizations by Chief Justice John Roberts. In fact, there are ways to neutralize the Roberts Doctrine. Methods that have never been broached or even considered by our paladins fighting for fairness and justice… not even Lawrence Lessig. Again, I offered a number of agile maneuvers in Polemical Judo. And the one that’s most pertinent to gerrymandering still awaits even minimal discussion or refutation.
It would very likely work! Or at least force John Roberts back to the drawing board, begging the Federalist Society for another rationalization for treason. See “The Minimal Overlap Solution to Gerrymandering.”
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