Posts Tagged ‘Presidential Election’


We put up our 1,000th post about three weeks ago. Since then, we’ve been looking through everything we’ve posted, and have been putting up “best of” lists in our most popular categories.

This is the ninth of our first-1,000 “best of” lists. We’ve already posted the Science Fiction, HumorMusicInterviews, AtheismEconomics, Science/Skepticism, and Addictions lists, and will shortly be putting up our final “best of”: Religion.

Here, we’ve folded three categories (Anarchism, Libertarianism, and Politics) into this post because of the relative paucity of posts on Anarchism and Libertarianism. We hope you’ll enjoy at least some of these posts.

Anarchism

Libertarianism

Politics


Most Americans dislike or detest Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. So, most voters in this presidential cycle will be voting against the candidate they find more odious.

Unfortunately, there is no “none of the above” or “hell no!” option, so those who vote against Trump by voting for Clinton will be voting for something, and vice versa. What will they be voting in favor of? Let’s take the candidates in alphabetical order.

CLINTON

  • Continued government secrecy
  • Continued mass surveillance of American citizens
  • Continued persecution of whistleblowers
  • Continued domination of government by big-money interests
  • Continued massive U.S. military spending, accounting for nearly half the world’s total
  • Continued U.S. support for authoritarian, brutal Islamist regimes in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Turkey, and other Middle East states
  • Continued U.S. support for the murderous oppression of the Palestinians by the Israelis
  • Continued gross disparities in the distribution of wealth and income in the U.S.; no meaningful measures to address them
  • Continued (after the election) support for corporate friendly “free trade” treaties
  • Continuation of the “war on drugs” and mass incarceration of its victims
  • Continuation of mass deportation; no meaningful immigration reform (even if Clinton wants it)
  • Selection of conventional center-right Supreme Court nominees
  • Plenty of rhetoric, but inadequate action on climate change
  • Continuation of corporate profiteering in, and domination of, the healthcare field–at best, a few bandaid measures
  • Support for reproductive rights
  • Support for LGBT rights
  • Continued stockpiling of enough nuclear weapons to end human civilization
  • Placing the presidency in the hands of a member of the top 1%
  • Placing the nuclear button in the hands of a proven warmonger
  • Continuation of politics as usual

TRUMP

  • Continued government secrecy
  • Continued mass surveillance of American citizens
  • Continued persecution of whistleblowers
  • Continued domination of government by big-money interests
  • Continued massive U.S. military spending, accounting for nearly half the world’s total
  • Continued U.S. support for authoritarian, brutal Islamist regimes in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Turkey, and other Middle East states (probably)
  • Continued U.S. support for the murderous oppression of the Palestinians by the Israelis
  • Continued gross disparities in the distribution of wealth and income in the U.S.; no meaningful measures to address them; probably measures to aggravate them
  • Continued (after the election) support for corporate-friendly “free trade” treaties
  • Continuation of the “war on drugs” and mass incarceration of its victims
  • Continuation of mass deportation; possible measures to make the situation much worse
  • Selection of batshit crazy, goose-stepping Supreme Court nominees
  • No action on climate change–nothing to threaten oil industry profits
  • Continuation of corporate profiteering in, and domination of, the healthcare field–possible actions to make the situation even worse
  • Attacks on reproductive rights (by Trump, maybe; by his supporters, yes)
  • Attacks on LGBT rights (by Trump, maybe; by his supporters, yes)
  • Continued stockpiling of enough nuclear weapons to end human civilization
  • Placing the presidency in the hands of a member of the top 1%
  • Placing the nuclear button in the hands of a narcissistic demagogue and possible mad man
  • Continuation of politics as even worse than usual

Vote for either of these candidates, and this is what you’re voting for.

On November 8th ya pays yer money and ya takes yer chances. The quadrennial “lesser of two evils” game of extortion is on. Ballots and barf bags to the right at your friendly neighborhood polling place.


“Choosing between Trump or Clinton is like picking between cholera or gonorrhea.”

–Julian Assange, interview broadcast on Democracy Now August 8, 2016