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three cheers for libby schaaf – ICE has no right to pick up and deport peaceful people

Last week, news organizations reported that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tipped off immigrants in Oakland about an upcoming ICE raid. I approve of this action. Why? There is no moral obligation to obey unjust law. Why is immigration restriction unjust? Immigration law does not protect people from harming each other, as do laws against theft and assault. Rather, it gives permission to the state to forcibly remove people who happen to be born in another country. It is no more moral to demand the removal of Mexicans or Canadians from our country as it is to demand the removal of Blacks or Jews from one’s neighborhood.

I know that Schaaf is in a tough position. It is easy to defer to law enforcement and the mayor of a major American city must be facing a lot of pressure to tow the anti-immigration line. But I hope that she remains steadfast in her position. I also hope that Schaaf will become a model of peaceful non-compliance with the law. I hope more city officials across the country will refuse to enforce cruel anti-immigration laws.  And maybe, one day, they will be abolished.

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Written by fabiorojas

March 5, 2018 at 5:01 am

vote for chelsea manning – anarchist for senate!

The American Conservative has an interesting article by Jason Lee Byas on the senate candidacy of Chelsea Manning. The gist is that Manning will use the senate run as an attempt to inject certain important, but unpopular, ideas into the political system:

If Chelsea Manning were to miraculously win both the Democratic primary and general election, it’s even less likely that she would be able to accomplish any of her main policy goals. Few if any other senators would sign on to immediately abolishing Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), let alone doing the same to prisons and the military. That also doesn’t matter.

What matters is that Chelsea Manning will have greater access to the public ear on those and other issues. While she hasn’t exactly been voiceless since leaving prison with over 320,000 followers on Twitter, her campaign gives her a platform from which her words can be reported by the press as those of a candidate for Senate.

And what might Manning actually propose?

If Chelsea Manning were to miraculously win both the Democratic primary and general election, it’s even less likely that she would be able to accomplish any of her main policy goals. Few if any other senators would sign on to immediately abolishing Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), let alone doing the same to prisons and the military. That also doesn’t matter.

Byas is correct in that Manning’s run is about culture and ideas, and less about tactics and policies. If her campaign acquires any traction at all, it will be a sign that people might want to curtail many of the excesses we’ve seen in recent years.

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Written by fabiorojas

January 31, 2018 at 5:33 am

recent souciant

Over at Souciant, run by my friend Charlie Bertsch, some articles of interest:

Check it out.

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Written by fabiorojas

July 13, 2017 at 4:17 am

zuckerberg 2020

There’s been talk about Mark Zuckerberg running for the Democratic nomination in 2020. I can see why. There’s a lot of good reasons to think that Zuckerberg could win the nomination:

  1. The Democratic party leadership has collapsed at the national level. The biggest names are all done: Clinton 1, Clinton 2, Obama, Kerry, Gore, Biden, Dean and Edwards. The entire crew of the 2000s/2010s is termed out, too old or, in Edwards case, ruined by scandal.
  2. The Democratic party bench is too old or too empty. Sanders is too old, Warren will be 71 if she runs in 2020. Tim Kaine is a non-entity outside Virginia. And it gets worse. Normally, Presidential contenders come from the ranks of the Senate and the Governorships. There are 48 Democratic Senators, which isn’t bad, and New Jersey’s Cory Booker seems to be the one with the most national presence. But the Governor situation is atrocious – there are only 16 Democratic governors!! And some, like Jerry Brown, are old or come from states like New York that chew up governors.
  3. The progressives are unable to take control of the Democratic party. We saw this with the failed attempt by Minnesota’s Keith Ellison to become party chair. Of course, this could change in the future, but so far the 45% of progressive Democrats have been unable to pull people away from the 55% of the party that is more DLC/Clinton oriented.
  4. Trump’s great asset was his ability to drown out other primary contenders in the media, which undermined fundraising and destroyed their campaigns. Then, Trump got lucky in that he faced the first ever Democratic nominee who felt that Wisconsin was not really a priority. A celebrity could rely on luck and media presence.

Add it altogether and it makes an outsider like Zuckerberg think seriously about being president. The leadership is weak, there is no heir-apparent, there is no bench and he’s got the intelligence, discipline, and money to do it. Not any celebrity could pull it off, but Zuckerberg might be one of them.

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Written by fabiorojas

May 9, 2017 at 2:33 am

what to expect from the upcoming pence administration

A lot of Americans are asking: What will a Pence Administration look like? He’ll be sworn in any day now,  so it is important to get ready. I’ve lived in the great state of Indiana for thirteen years and here is what I’ve learned about the 46th President:

As with any soon-to-be President, I want to give Mr. Pence the benefit of the doubt. I urge him to steer the Republican party from it’s nationalist state and reform the immigration system. Already, it’s rumored that he’ll reverse the Department of Education’s recent decision to de-fund Spanish classes and require Russian for high school seniors. That’s a good start.

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Written by fabiorojas

March 31, 2017 at 12:03 am

open thread on election 2016

What is the “sociological” take on election 2016? Use the comments. Tell us what you think! A selection of orgtheory related election posts:

Predictions:

  • Readers – HRC  53%
  • The Real Clear Politics average is shooting for 46% HRC, 44% Trump, 5% Johsnon, 2% Stein.

Tomorrow: No matter what, the GOP has a real serious problem on its hands.

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Written by fabiorojas

November 7, 2016 at 5:01 am

can hillary turn the page?

Hillary’s challenge last night was to articulate her case for why she should be the President. For me that means articulating her governing philosophy. So far — and this includes last night — she has not really done that. She has built her case almost entirely in opposition to Trump. She is right to do so of course. Trump cannot be allowed to occupy the White House. And her safest course to victory may be simply to assert that the alternative is too frightening to contemplate.

Maybe that will be enough. But I actually hold to the idea that the winning candidate for President is always the one who has a clearer view of the challenges and opportunities facing the country and articulates a viable roadmap for how to navigate them. Despite the fact that he is a clown, I am convinced that if Trump wins it will not be because people are blindly enamored of his celebrity but because they are persuaded by the governing philosophy that many of my friends on the left refuse to acknowledge he has. He has one. And so I don’t think it is enough to paint him as a mad man. His ideas need to be taken seriously and countered.

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Written by seansafford

July 29, 2016 at 8:12 pm