fladem commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dean Baker, Getting Back To Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People
As I see it, something changed profoundly in 2000. The 2001 recovery was jobless,and labor’s share of income broke a 40 year range.
It is simply impossible to avoid the conclusion that the free trade agreement with China was one of the decisive economic events of the last 30 years. Frankly I think people like Jared Bernstein and Robert Reich have deliberately evaded a central truth: they knew that free trade was going to clobber wages for the bottom 50% and so they talk a bunch of nonsense about worker retraining and a better safety net – as if that is a substitute for a decent paying job.
They do not know how to get back to an economy where wages are decent – and even though I have graduate training in economics I am not sure I know either.
Am I mad? Yes. I have seen friends have their jobs outsourced, and wages steadily decline in the face of globalization.
I am mad at Robert Reich – who parades around like a progressive while showing up at outsourcing conventions. I am mad at liberal economists who either failed to predict or who deliberately pretended that side agreements in trade deals made a damn an bit of difference.
I think back to grad school – and how all my profs were so confident about free trade. I know the theory.
The theory was wrong.
fladem commented on the blog post Guilty! UN Report on Syria Does Not Say What John Kerry Says It Said
Sorry – pretty wrong. If the victim died by a gun, and only the defendant has the type of gun that was used, it is reasonable to conclude that the defendant pulled the trigger.
Is it conclusive – maybe not, but any first year law student knows you could make the argument.
In real court of law (I have been a prosecutor and a defense attorney)
Objection over ruled – this is a question for the jury to decide.
The US data is here: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/violent-crime/murder Two comments: 1. The US murder rate has been fallen dramatically since the early 90′s. By some estimate it is near 100 year lows. Other large countries have also seen declines (France, Germany). I doubt 1 American in 10 is aware of how much crime is fallen. 2. The [...]
I think these suggestions that we are in a totalitarian state are ludicrous, but I will say this (as a former Prosecutor): If you recorded the calls of every class A felon you would stop a hell of a lot more than 50 crimes. But that wouldn’t change the fact that it would be completely [...]
fladem commented on the blog post US Sending Envoys to Egypt, “Sizing Up” ElBaradei for Post-Mubarak Role
David, I don’t post here much, but your work on this has been outstanding.
It stands in stark contrast to the silence on the FP at DKOS.