Beware: Exploding Politics. We have a system that incentivizes polarization and prevents hybrid solutions.|By Thomas L. Friedman

Tom Friedman laments the loss of bipartisanship: “The G.O.P. fell into the grip of a coalition of far-right media and money people who have created a closed loop of incentives for bad behavior and never getting to hybrid: Deny climate change. Spurn immigration reform. Shut down the Congress. Block Obamacare (even though it was based on an idea first implemented by a Republican governor). Do so, and you get rewarded by Fox TV and the G.O.P. cash machine. Stray from those principles, and you get purged.

That purging eventually produced a collection of G.O.P. presidential candidates who, when they gathered on stage for their first debate, resembled nothing more than the “Star Wars” bar scene at the Mos Eisley Cantina on the remote planet of Tatooine — that assortment of alien species, each more bizarre than the last, from a “galaxy far, far away.” ”

We have a system that incentivizes polarization and prevents hybrid solutions.|By Thomas L. Friedman
David Lindsay
I made the following comment at the NYT: 
Thank you Tom Friedman for this piece, and your praise of Barack Obama and the importance of bipartisanship to face climate change, immigration, globalization and rapid technological change. I agree with the NY Times in supporting Hillary Clinton, and I agree with the sixteen points mentioned in their endorsement of her. I admire and enjoy Bernie Sanders. I do feel the Bern. But my answer to that lovely bumper sticker is, Bipartisans for Hillary. Democrats, deliver us from ideologues and fascists.


Bernie Sanders Tops His Rivals in Use of Outside Money – By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE,The New York Times

“Mr. Sander’s unlikely rise to super PAC pre-eminence is, in part, the story of an unusual alignment of strategies by different outside groups, including Republican ones eager to bloody Mrs. Clinton and lift Mr. Sanders, whom conservatives believe will be easier to defeat in a general election. While the nurses’ super PAC is the biggest left-leaning outside spender in the Democratic primary, conservative organizations have also spent at least $4.3 million attacking Mrs. Clinton in recent months.One recent online ad from the Republican super PAC American Crossroads has assailed Mrs. Clinton for her Wall Street speaking fees — echoing an argument Mr. Sanders often makes against her. Another conservative group, Ending Spending, bankrolled by the Wyoming billionaire Joe Ricketts, has begun a $600,000 campaign in Iowa highlighting Mr. Sanders’s promises to raise taxes on the rich and provide free public college tuition, calling him “too liberal for Iowa.” But the ad’s language and imagery, including a contented-looking superrich couple hugging in front of a mansion and expensive cars, has led some Democrats to believe it is actually meant to bolster Mr. Sanders.”

Source: Bernie Sanders Tops His Rivals in Use of Outside Money – The New York Times

Plutocrats and Prejudice – by Paul Krugman, The New York Times

“To oversimplify a bit — but only, I think, a bit — the Sanders view is that money is the root of all evil. Or more specifically, the corrupting influence of big money, of the 1 percent and the corporate elite, is the overarching source of the political ugliness we see all around us.The Clinton view, on the other hand, seems to be that money is the root of some evil, maybe a lot of evil, but it isn’t the whole story. Instead, racism, sexism and other forms of prejudice are powerful forces in their own right. This may not seem like a very big difference — both candidates oppose prejudice, both want to reduce economic inequality. But it matters for political strategy.”

Source: Plutocrats and Prejudice – The New York Times