Here’s How Hillary Clinton Measures Up On Bill De Blasio’s 13-Point Progressive Litmus Test

I identify as a progressive, which for me means that I would like to see our society focus less on the illusion of wealth and power and more on the dignity of living as the productive and creative people that we are when opportunitiy and possibility exist within our grasp. When I think back to what Thomas Picketty stated in his book “Capital in the 21st century”; the post World War II era being an aberration in the larger historical context of our monetized civilization, it hurts me to the core of my being; to think that a large, successful, innovative, productive and creative swath of middle class was simply a product of a series of disastrous events is such a sad commentary on all of us. Moreover to absorb the indignity that this period only lasted thirty years before being systematically undone layer by layer; the unions diminshed, globalization, preeminence of the shareholder, tax reform, privatization of the public commons, deregulation of the finance industry and voila forty years later we are back to the largest state of income inequality since the 1920’s, it boggles my mind that we didn’t see it coming, it almost seems as if we were asleep at the wheel. I believe that what is at the heart of the matter is, if we look at the words of our candidates and politicians such as Hillary Clinton she likes the words “hard choices” and even though I am using her words out of context here, her words are definitely apropos, the way of it nowadays ia a product of choices. Elizabeth Warren uses the words “rigged” and “game” and when we look at the present day economic landscape she chose her words wisely, the power brokers in D.C and not necessarily the politicians, played their game and rigged the outcomes very well in their favor. I wish that more people would see that the economic field of study is not one that deserves to be labeled as a hard science, the economists are best grouped with the social science experts because economics is mostly about human behavior; greed and every other human emotion can’t be quantfiable. Human beings can’t be put into an equation and therefore you cannot accurately predict economic behavior and market behavior. However what we can count on, now that we have the luxury of hindsight, is that everyone takes away a lesson and what happened during the forty years after the greatest middle class had ever been born, is that those who had lost their former glories quietly learned their own lessons and patiently applied their newly formed insights with an endgame in sight. It reminds me of chess and we the people have to remember to stay fully engaged throughout the game because if we are not willing to stay a few moves ahead, then  we are condemned to remain simple pawns in this economic game of chess.

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