The most obvious example of what you’re talking out might be the way the media treats Sean Spicer, now that he’s been canned.
Oh yeah, we saw that immediately with anyone — if they quit the Trump administration, not out of any sense of honor or duty to the country, probably just because they couldn’t stand the fucking guy. Look at Rex Tillerson. This is a guy who ran Exxon, which was his own petro-state doing god knows what. Here’s another example of the problem with liberalism, and what I mean is that it exists to compromise with itself in service of a capitalist consensus.
There’s a lot of momentum and a lot of energy right now on sort of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party for Medicare for All, which is a DSA campaign that we have talked about and supported on the show. I think what you’re seeing is there is a lot of energy behind the idea that now is the time; we need to start making real demands about what kind of healthcare system we want in this country, in order to basically say, “We cannot have a decent healthcare system in this country that is based on private insurance and markets.”
So, what does the major Democratic think tank, the Center for American Progress, do? Well, they come up with their own plan called Medicare for All Plus Extra, or something like that. That tends to slice it ever so thin, you know? Just keep slicing it, just keep making it give a little bit — just enough so they can still keep their donors happy, but not enough to deliver the thing that people voting for them or people who are ostensibly liberal in this country actually want, which is some form of single-payer healthcare system. Whether it’s possible or not, I have no idea … The people in charge of the Democratic Party have contempt for the left because they know the left has nowhere to go. And as such, they are never going to produce anything that is remotely like a decent or livable solution, politically, for anyone in this country.
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You and I are from similar backgrounds, but I’m from the Midwest. I’m from the Rust Belt, northern Ohio. I graduated from college and there was no economy. It simply didn’t exist there. In that area, when it comes to single-payer healthcare, while a lot of people that I personally know who voted for Donald Trump may have an ideological opposition to it, if you go over the policy itself with them, they would benefit from it and they can rationally see that. You talk on the show many times about the “mythical swing voters.” I think a lot of the far-left policies are more attractive to these potential swing voters than more centrist-left policies are.
Oh, absolutely. Single-payer healthcare or Medicare for All, no matter what you call it, it’s broadly popular if polling is to be believed. It’s something like 60 or 70 percent approval in every major poll that’s been done on this issue.
Here’s another example: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her surprise victory in the Democratic Primary, and that’s led to a lot of clucking and speculation. What we’ve noticed, or at least what I have noticed, is that the right-wing media does a better job covering the left than the liberal media does. And I don’t mean to say this is intentional on their part, but when, for instance, “Fox & Friends” and The Daily Caller describe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, they say, “Can you believe it?” Like, “She wants free healthcare, and free education and free housing. She wants to pay for this by taxing the rich, can you believe it?” Of course, they’re doing that because, to their loyal audience, that is read as evil and frightening.
You don’t see that same kind of coverage on MSNBC or CNN or The New York Times, because I think what the liberal media’s job is to do, when it comes to anything that is to their left or more radical, is to obscure the difference between the more radical policy. I’m not even saying what Ocasio-Cortez is asking for, or [that] her politics are particularly radical, but they are certainly to the left of the Democratic Party consensus. They once said, “Talk about it in a way to obscure the difference,” because they know, unlike the Fox viewer who can hear all that and then have the correct response and go, “Oh my god, that is so scary, this is evil, this is Communism,” they know that their viewership might hear that same thing and think, “Hmm, that actually sounds like a pretty good deal.” So, they are about diffusing that energy. They all really want the same thing. “Trust us. We all want the same thing, if you just keep voting for us. We want the same things you do, trust us. Your call is important to us.” That’s how I see liberalism as it relates to the Democratic Party, currently.