By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Readers, I had to get my arms around the Meltdown and Spectre bugs in the time that I usually write Water Cooler. So I must beg your indulgence for an open thread. –lambert
Of course, there’s Oprah, neoliberal galaxy brain. Holy moley, her boomlet hasn’t popped yet! But in a world where Trump can be President, everything is permitted…
I’ve also had the vague sense recently that the news flow — I ingest enormous amounts of content daily, like a baleen whale scooping up krill — has changed in some way with the new year. I feel that the volume of gaslighting and chicanery slash bezzlement and general madness and genuine stories of interest that never make it into Pravda on the Potomac and Izvestia and the Hudson has not changed, but I feel that an additional enormous volume of ideas to be tracked has been added. For example, Jared Bernstein engages with the MMT community, generating a series of exchanges I really ought to have mastered in detail. For example, DSA discussions of strategy and tactics, ditto. For example, new thoughts on concentration and anti-trust, ditto. For example, neoliberal epidemics and embodiment. If we imagine the news as a Christmas tree — bear with me, here — there are just as many lights and decorative baubles (and actual, edible gingerbread cookies with frosting) as before, but there are also many, many more presents under the tree. Readers, do you have the same sense? More interesting ideas than ever to track? If so (or even if not so), what are some of the ideas you are tracking?
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