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OleWar
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Broken, a Primer on American political disorder

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You have to subscribe, or go get the magazine at your local book store/ news stand, but the arguments in the full article is one of the best I have read.

Garfinkle ties six topics, Globalization/Automation, Political/Institutional, Corruption/Plutocracy.

Garfinkle argues that changes in the ratio of labor and capital inputs in the American political economy thanks to globalization and automation have advantaged the political power of capital which has disrupted the foundation of our politics, and made obsolete inherited ideological/explanatory templates. At the same time political institutions have lost both effectiveness and legitimacy due to interest groups, rentier politics, and a top heavy unbalanced Federal system. Combine this with the plutocracy that develops through blatant corruption, forces ideological groups to falsely diagnose the problem and create "solutions" which are either more harmful or reinforce the systemic problems.


Zach
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re: Broken, a Primer on American political disorder
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rentier politics,

Are you sure that rentier is a real word?


LSURussian
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re: Broken, a Primer on American political disorder
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Are you sure that rentier is a real word?

Sure it is.

I have some rentiers' for some property I own...










:rimshot:


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OleWar
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re: Broken, a Primer on American political disorder


Zach
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re: Broken, a Primer on American political disorder
Oh, that's just French for renter.


OleWar
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re: Broken, a Primer on American political disorder
I guess since in English- renter can either be the tenant, or the owner.


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