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"Under [[Jimmy Carter|Carter]] the [[Foreign policy of the United States|US]] largely gave up the practice of helping [[rightwing]] regimes to make war on their own liberals. Under [[Ronald Reagan|Reagan]], especially if [[Henry Kissinger|Kissinger]] makes a comeback, that sordid brand of ''[[Realpolitik]]'' might well be resumed." --''[[Glued to the Box]]'' by Clive James "Under [[Jimmy Carter|Carter]] the [[Foreign policy of the United States|US]] largely gave up the practice of helping [[rightwing]] regimes to make war on their own liberals. Under [[Ronald Reagan|Reagan]], especially if [[Henry Kissinger|Kissinger]] makes a comeback, that sordid brand of ''[[Realpolitik]]'' might well be resumed." --''[[Glued to the Box]]'' by Clive James
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-The scale of [[Coronavirus pandemic|the plague]] is surprising, indeed shocking, but not its appearance. Nor the fact that [[2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States|the U.S.]] has the worst record in [[COVID-19 pandemic in the United States#Government responses|responding]] to the [[Health crisis|crisis]]. [...] [[Market]] signals were clear: There’s no [[profit]] in [[Crisis management#Preparation and prevention|preventing]] a future [[catastrophe]]. [...] The government could have stepped in, but that’s barred by reigning doctrine: "Government is the problem," Reagan told us with his sunny smile, meaning that decision-making has to be handed over even more fully to the business world, which is devoted to private profit and is free from influence by those who might be concerned with the [[common good]]. The years that followed injected a dose of [[neoliberal]] brutality to the unconstrained capitalist order and the twisted form of markets it constructs. [...] The neoliberal version of capitalism has been in force since Reagan and [[Margaret Thatcher]], beginning shortly before. There should be no need to detail its grim consequences. Reagan's [[The rich get richer and the poor get poorer|generosity to]] the [[Ultra high-net-worth individual|super-rich]] is of direct relevance today as another [[bailout]] is in progress. Reagan quickly lifted the ban on [[tax haven]]s and other devices to shift the [[Tax incidence|tax burden]] to the public, and also authorized [[Share repurchase|stock buybacks]] — a device to [[Asset price inflation|inflate]] [[stock value]]s and enrich [[corporate]] [[Senior management|management]] and the very [[wealthy]] (who own most of the stock) while undermining the [[productive capacity]] of the enterprise."--[[Noam Chomsky]], in an interview with C.J. Polychroniou, ''[https://truthout.org/articles/chomsky-ventilator-shortage-exposes-the-cruelty-of-neoliberal-capitalism/ Chomsky: Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism]'' (April 1, 2020), ''[[Truthout]]''+"When America found itself having a hard time facing the future, they looked for people like [[John Wayne]]. But since John Wayne was no longer available, they settled for [[Ronald Reagan]]."--[[B-movie (song)|"B-movie"]] (1981) by Gil Scott-Heron
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 +"Would we take [[Walter Mondale|Fritz]] without [[Jimmy Carter|Grits]]? We'd take [[Fritz the Cat]]. Would we take [[Jesse Jackson]]? Hell, we'd take [[Michael Jackson]]!"--"[[Re-Ron]]" (1984) by Gil Scott-Heron
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 +"The scale of [[Coronavirus pandemic|the plague]] is surprising, indeed shocking, but not its appearance. Nor the fact that [[2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States|the U.S.]] has the worst record in [[COVID-19 pandemic in the United States#Government responses|responding]] to the [[Health crisis|crisis]]. [...] [[Market]] signals were clear: There’s no [[profit]] in [[Crisis management#Preparation and prevention|preventing]] a future [[catastrophe]]. [...] The government could have stepped in, but that’s barred by reigning doctrine: "[[Government is the problem]]," Reagan told us with his sunny smile, meaning that decision-making has to be handed over even more fully to the business world, which is devoted to private profit and is free from influence by those who might be concerned with the [[common good]]. The years that followed injected a dose of [[neoliberal]] brutality to the unconstrained capitalist order and the twisted form of markets it constructs. [...] The neoliberal version of capitalism has been in force since Reagan and [[Margaret Thatcher]], beginning shortly before. There should be no need to detail its grim consequences. Reagan's [[The rich get richer and the poor get poorer|generosity to]] the [[Ultra high-net-worth individual|super-rich]] is of direct relevance today as another [[bailout]] is in progress. Reagan quickly lifted the ban on [[tax haven]]s and other devices to shift the [[Tax incidence|tax burden]] to the public, and also authorized [[Share repurchase|stock buybacks]] — a device to [[Asset price inflation|inflate]] [[stock value]]s and enrich [[corporate]] [[Senior management|management]] and the very [[wealthy]] (who own most of the stock) while undermining the [[productive capacity]] of the enterprise."--[[Noam Chomsky]], in an interview with C.J. Polychroniou, ''[https://truthout.org/articles/chomsky-ventilator-shortage-exposes-the-cruelty-of-neoliberal-capitalism/ Chomsky: Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism]'' (April 1, 2020), ''[[Truthout]]''

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"Under Carter the US largely gave up the practice of helping rightwing regimes to make war on their own liberals. Under Reagan, especially if Kissinger makes a comeback, that sordid brand of Realpolitik might well be resumed." --Glued to the Box by Clive James


"When America found itself having a hard time facing the future, they looked for people like John Wayne. But since John Wayne was no longer available, they settled for Ronald Reagan."--"B-movie" (1981) by Gil Scott-Heron


"Would we take Fritz without Grits? We'd take Fritz the Cat. Would we take Jesse Jackson? Hell, we'd take Michael Jackson!"--"Re-Ron" (1984) by Gil Scott-Heron


"The scale of the plague is surprising, indeed shocking, but not its appearance. Nor the fact that the U.S. has the worst record in responding to the crisis. [...] Market signals were clear: There’s no profit in preventing a future catastrophe. [...] The government could have stepped in, but that’s barred by reigning doctrine: "Government is the problem," Reagan told us with his sunny smile, meaning that decision-making has to be handed over even more fully to the business world, which is devoted to private profit and is free from influence by those who might be concerned with the common good. The years that followed injected a dose of neoliberal brutality to the unconstrained capitalist order and the twisted form of markets it constructs. [...] The neoliberal version of capitalism has been in force since Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, beginning shortly before. There should be no need to detail its grim consequences. Reagan's generosity to the super-rich is of direct relevance today as another bailout is in progress. Reagan quickly lifted the ban on tax havens and other devices to shift the tax burden to the public, and also authorized stock buybacks — a device to inflate stock values and enrich corporate management and the very wealthy (who own most of the stock) while undermining the productive capacity of the enterprise."--Noam Chomsky, in an interview with C.J. Polychroniou, Chomsky: Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism (April 1, 2020), Truthout


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Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989), the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975) and, prior to that, a radio, film and television actor.

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