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Lawrence Badendyck

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  • Why the White Working Class Rebelled: Neoliberalism is Killing Them (Literally)
    • Lawrence Badendyck 11/09/2016 at 8:30 am

      I can remember when the LBJ a dministration brokered the movement of garment manufacturing to LA supposedly to bolster LA against communism.
      Your piece is excellent. It would be useful to have an account of all the ways the government encouraged firms to move abroad.

  • Top Signs Pope Francis is an Honest Conservative
    • Lawrence Badendyck 09/27/2015 at 10:24 pm

      Comment on American conservatism and fascism is worth more attention. In fact it warrants an essay in itself. In 1908 Jack London published THE IRON HEEL, the first anti-fascist novel years before Mussoline initiated the movement. A few years ago progressives were discussing the possibility of fascism appearing in the US. What needed to be said was that at least the elements have always been here. Hitler admired the US for the fascist
      models he found here. The nazis even drew directly upon
      the propaganda techniques pioneered in the Wilson administration, going so far as to use , with appropriate changes actual prowar posters.
      We need to put American fascism into our analytic discourse. Fascism is as American as apple pie.

  • How Iran won Bush's Iraq War
    • Left out of Van Buren's account is an explanation of why Iran's rise would be entirely negative. What is Iran's end game. They do not intend to occupy their neighbors. What do they want? Would they gain by endlesss chaos? Presumably their bottom line is a fair deal for their Shiite
      brethern-which they have not had till now.
      Also left out is a prescription for what the Obama administration should do. But on the whole a good historical summary.

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