La Fleur is one of my favorite commenters, and she actually has a coherent politics, unlike a lot of my younger commenters. Unfortunately, she has been reading what I call the Doomsday Crash sites. These sites are very scary, but they are all coming from a freemarketeer, neoliberal, Rightwing populist POV. All that aside, I happen to think that they are wrong on their diagnosis as well as their cure. These people, like most rightwing populists, rail against “elites,” but either have a funny view of who these elites are (Nancy Pelosi, Big Government, Fannie Mae, Barack Obama) or they propose solutions that would make the elites themselves jump for joy. In general, their diagnosis of the problems as well as solutions to the economic mess are the same as what the elites themselves peddle. Yet rightwing populists bash these elites while promoting their agenda. Whatever. Obviously, intelligent folks might wish to know about some good progressive alternatives. Ian Walsh is one. Doug Henwood’s Left Business Observer is another. On Counterpunch, check out Mike Whitney, Micheal Hudson, Mark Weisbrot, Dean Baker, Dave Lindorff and Paul Craig Roberts at the very least. Walsh is particularly good these days.
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