That's why the Dem establishment gave us all that thumb-scaling for a candidate (whom, to be clear, I hope will win) who can barely string together a sentence, has a terrible policy track-record, and an endless trove of hairsniffing and other creepery.
Whatever else that candidate has done in his long and undistinguished career, he has certainly delivered on policies that help the donor class without regard to the cost in human thriving. They called him The Senator for MBNA for a reason.
When the rival party's candidate is especially horrible, ousting him acts as an offset unto itself: that is, the worse Trump is for human thriving, the worse the Dems' candidate can be for human thriving, too. The GOP candidate may scare the Dem base into voting AGAINST him.
And FOR policies that are tilted towards the Dems' donor class - who are also all-in on climate nihilism, impunity for finance crimes, destruction of organized labor, and monopolies everywhere.
All the race- and gender-based cruelty is just an offset, the price of admission for securing the right to commit corporate murder for profit.
Now, of course, this calculus cuts both ways, and is practiced with equal cynicism by Dem power-brokers.
But ACB will ALSO help make forced pregnancy the law of the land, and return to bigots the right to practice cruel, gratuitous discrimination against queer and brown people. She's an ideal nominee for getting slugs to vote for salt.
The plutes who are funneling hundreds of millions in dark money to the campaign to seat her before the election aren't opening their wallets to ban abortion or undo marriage equality: they're all in for pollution and workplace maiming and finance crime impunity.
She's all in on total impunity for polluters, workplace maimers, and price-gougers. If a bankster steals your house or farm in a couple years, if you are crippled by a piece of poorly maintained workplace machinery, or if you die of dioxin poisoning, it'll be thanks to ACB.
The equilibrium, then, is to fuck over voters enough to please the donor class, but not so much that they grow discouraged and stay home, or, worse, switch sides. AKA: the 2016 election.
This isn't a static calculus, though. You can offset fucking-over-the-base measures by throwing them red meat. That's Amy Coney Barrett all over: her SCOTUS career will deliver a terrible harrowing to the GOP base's lives.
My theory of US political equilibrium: both parties would like to please their donors, partly because it gives them the finance to win elections, and partly because individual party apparats want fat lobbyist or think-tank gigs after a stint in government.
But the donor class's goals are all antithetical to human thriving: eking out a few basis points of growth in the fortunes of monopolists or their shareholder is only possible by making millions of already hard-done-by voters worse off.
Which is why I laughed aloud and then wept a little when I happened upon this nugget today: Oct 14 is World Standards Day, according to the IEC, ISO and ITU.
But not according to ANSI, which observes World Standards WEEK, Oct 19-23, along with NIST.
In fact, as far as I can tell, today may be the 20th anniversary of my first foray into standards-based fuckery!
Twenty years of standards-body meetings has given me a healthy respect for the good work of standardization, and a deep and abiding trauma from standards processes that go awry due to greed, personal hubris, or dysfunctional personalities.
A century and a half on, the muddle still isn't resolved (though there's finally real progress in the form of tearing up and replacing thousands of kilometers of rail) (yowch).
My whole career in tech, first as a founder, and then as an activist, has been spent fighting fuckery in standards orgs, as giant companies seek to enshrine a permanent advantage, at public expense, by subverting standardizaiton.
Standardization is an amazing and terrible thing. Standards are easy to appreciate when they benefit you, and when standards aren't present, things get pretty awful, both immediately and enduringly.
Think of Australia's "mixed gauge muddle" - a continent-wide standardization fail in which rail gauges abruptly shift, meaning that cargo and passengers have to be transferred from one car/engine to another.
🤦♀️ are you kidding me?
IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day on 2020-10-14, but ANSI celebrates the same day a week later.
I only just found out about this
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