Brent Pruitt :: Artist
2 days ago

#HenryKissinger !!!

I haven't felt this good since #reagan

#meme #grimreaper #Kissinger

grim reaper meme" Kissinger! i have't felt this good since reagan
Bob the Traveler
6 days ago

OTD in 1986, Oliver North finished 5 days of shredding documents to cover up US President Ronald #Reagan's #IranContra affair, selling arms to Iran to fund a civil war in Central America #cybersecurity

Bob the Traveler
6 days ago

OTD in 1986, Oliver North finished 5 days of shredding documents to cover up US President Ronald #Reagan's #IranContra affair, selling missiles to Iran in exchange for hostages, with proceeds funding a civil war in Central America

6 days ago

Today in Labor History November 25, 1947: The "Hollywood Ten" were blacklisted by Hollywood movie studios for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). The blacklist lasted for 13 years, when Dalton Trumbo, a former Communist Party, was finally credited as the screenwriter of the films “Exodus” and “Spartacus.” Some of the stars accused of having Communist ties included Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Katharine Hepburn and Fredric March. In 1941, Walt Disney blamed "Communist agitation" for the cartoonists and animators' strike. In 1945, Gerald L. K. Smith, founder of the fascist America First Party, began giving speeches attacking the "alien minded Russian Jews in Hollywood." Ronald Reagan, who was president of the actor’s union, testified before HUAC that a clique within the union was using "communist-like tactics." His first wife, actress Jane Wyman, blamed his allegations against friends and colleagues as a factor leading to their divorce.

#WorkingClass #LaborHistory #communism #fascism #union #anticommunism #huac #FreeSpeech #RedScare #hollywood #sagaftra #reagan #antisemitism #wga

Protestors carrying picket signs in support of Dalton Trumbo and the Hollywood 10, and opposing the anti-communist witch hunt.
Bob the Traveler
1 week ago

OTD in 1985, US President Ronald #Reagan's administration transferred 18 Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Iran in exchange for hostages, with proceeds funding a civil war in Central America #IranContra

Bob the Traveler
1 week ago

OTD in 1986, Oliver North began day 4 of shredding documents to cover up US President Ronald #Reagan's #IranContra affair, selling missiles to Iran in exchange for hostages, with proceeds funding a civil war in Central America

Bob the Traveler
1 week ago

OTD in 1986, Oliver North began day 3 of shredding documents to cover up US President Ronald #Reagan's #IranContra affair, selling missiles to Iran in exchange for hostages, with proceeds funding a civil war in Central America

1 week ago

@copter_chief Part of the #Neoliberal #Reagan, #DemocraticParty supported, revolution, IMO.

Bob the Traveler
1 week ago

OTD in 1986, Oliver North began day 2 of shredding documents to cover up US President Ronald #Reagan's #IranContra affair, selling missiles to Iran in exchange for hostages, with proceeds funding a civil war in Central America

Bob the Traveler
1 week ago

OTD in 1986, Oliver North began shredding and hiding documents to cover up US President Ronald #Reagan's #IranContra affair, selling missiles to Iran in exchange for hostages, with proceeds funding a civil war in Central America

Excerpt from Heather Cox Richardson's Letters from an American, 20 Nov:

"Trump’s open swing toward authoritarianism should be disqualifying even for Republicans—can you imagine Ronald Reagan talking this way?"

I say: Hmmm, what if someone used AI to make phony Ronald Reagan videos that use Trump's words?

“2024 is our final battle. With you at my side, we will demolish the Deep State, we will expel the warmongers from our government, we will drive out the globalists, we will cast out the Communists, Marxists, and Fascists, we will throw off the sick political class that hates our Country, we will rout the Fake News Media, we will evict Joe Biden from the White House, and we will FINISH THE JOB ONCE AND FOR ALL!”

How would people respond to that?

Would some people see how much the Republican party has changed since Reagan?


2 weeks ago
The saturation bombing of Beirut in the summer of 1982 was met with widespread international condemnation and pointed criticism from the United States. Among the critics was Ronald Reagan, who wrote in his diary in late July about the US’s support for a UN ceasefire vote (15-0) and the deployment of UN observers on the scene: “Israel will scream about the latter but so be it. The slaughter must stop.” In another diary entry from August 12, 1982, Reagan wrote: 

Met with the news the Israelis delivered the most devastating bomb & artillery attack on W. Beirut lasting 14 hours. Habib cabled —desperate—has basic agreement from all parties but can't arrange details of P.L.O. withdrawal because of the barrage. King Fahd called
barrage. King Fahd called begging me to do something. | told him I was calling P.M. Begin immediately. And | did—I was angry—I told him it had to stop or our entire future relationship was endangered. | used the word holocaust deliberately & said the symbol of his war was becoming a picture of a 7 month old baby with its arms blown off. He told me he had ordered the bombing stopped—I asked about the artillery fire. He claimed the PL.O. had started that & Israeli forces had taken casualties. End of call. Twenty mins. later he called to tell me he'd ordered an end to the barrage and pled for our continued friendship. 

Forty years later, such a call would be considered treasonous. Instead of calming the waters, in the past several weeks the White House, Brussels, and 10 Downing Street have performed selective gestures of grief and doubled down on their refusals to rein in Israel’s actions.
2 weeks ago

Forward into the past! Some November #cartoons from '83, '93, '03, and '13 this week: (Trigger warning: more #stereotypes... #reagan #police #thanksgiving )

“Oh, those are for acting—One’s for my shock at Jerry Ford for saying ‘Governor Reagan couldn’t start a war; President Reagan could,’ and the other’s for my indignation at Jimmy Carter for saying | had a habit of calling for military force all the time...
Kathy E. Gill 🇺🇦
2 weeks ago

What would #Reagan say to #Trump? This is what he said in his final speech as president, 19 Jan 1989.

“If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.”


If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.

Harriett #Tubman was born in 1822, over four years before Thomas #Jefferson died in 1826. Tubman died in 1913, when Ronald #Reagan was two years and one month old. Tubman lived during both Jefferson's and Reagan's lifetimes.

That's just nuts to me.

It's like the fact that a #samurai could have sent a fax to Abraham #Lincoln. I'm sure you've all read that one. #history

2 weeks ago

I remember hearing about Ronald #Reagan using astrologers for decision making. #Trump was relying on information from a "headless time travelling entity" from #sidneypowell

Dark Kassandra
2 weeks ago

#Ronald #Reagan
#we #the #people tell the #government what to do, not the other way around

Bob the Traveler
3 weeks ago

OTD in 1986, US President Ronald #Reagan appeared on TV to explain the #IranContra affair, administration selling missiles to Iran in exchange for hostages, with proceeds funding a civil war in Central America

3 weeks ago

@burningbird @GottaLaff

One would hope but, going forward, what behavior will that generate in them? Not acceptance and movement left, #reagan removed that as a possibility for them back in the 80's. History suggests that they'll double down, continue working to bring #Gilead into existence and also continue to try to bring the #rapture.

Cory Doctorow
4 weeks ago

There's a cheat-code in US #antitrustm it's been increasingly used since the #Reagan administration, when the "#ConsumerWelfare" theory ("#monopolies are fine, so long as the lower prices") shoved aside the long-established idea that antitrust law existed to prevent monopolies from forming *at all*.


If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:


Hieronymus Bosch's painting The Conjurer. The head of the conjurer has been replaced with Jeff Bezos's grinning head. There's an Amazon logo on his table, and another overhead. Every hand visible in the image has had numerous extra fingers painstakingly manually added to it in the hopes of goading a moralizing scold into complaining that this image is AI generated so that I can make fun of them.

Doc Searls (modified)

CC BY 2.0
Bob the Traveler
1 month ago

OTD in 1986, the Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa exposed the #IranContra arrangement, US President Ronald #Reagan's administration selling missiles to Iran in exchange for hostages, with proceeds funding a civil war in Central America

1 month ago

Because he believes that we're approaching the #Rapture and that everyone who called him on his lifelong hateful bullshit are about to be punished.
Literally the whole #Conservative strategy since #reagan

Giacomo Stiffan :verified:
1 month ago

Nell'ultimo carteggio di Jefferson ci siamo occupati dell'eredità di un Presidente divenuto il feticcio dei conservatori americani: Ronald #Reagan.

Nel mio articolo mi sono occupato di Donald #Trump, colui che più di tutti sta cercando di intestarsi l'eredità politica di Reagan. Per scopi elettorali, più che per una reale somiglianza. A tal proposito, c'è un aspetto che fa capire quanto questo paragone sia pretestuoso: la #politica sull'#immigrazione.


Bob the Traveler
1 month ago

OTD in 1986, US President Ronald #Reagan's administration transferred 500 TOW anti-tank missiles to Iran in exchange for hostages, with proceeds funding a civil war in Central America in which about 50,000 died #IranContra

1 month ago

#FDA is planning a major reorganization of the Office of Regulatory Affairs, precipitated by the #Reagan-Udall Foundation report that suggested the 2022 powdered infant formula was due in part to the design of the Agency. The shortage was caused by the shuttering of one Abbott plant in Michigan.
This will impact #pharmaceuticals too.

Kurz entschlossen ließ US-Präsident Reagan am 25. Oktober 1983 tausende Soldaten auf der Karibikinsel landen. Es lag ein offizielles Hilfebegehren vor, doch ebenso sehr ging es um etwas anderes.#Bishop #Maurice #KalterKrieg #Coard #Bernard #Reagan #Ronald1911-2004 #Grenada
US-Invasion 1983: Ronald Reagan und die Landung auf Grenada
Bob the Traveler
1 month ago

Joan Quigley, who died OTD in 2014, provided #astrology advice to the #Reagan White House from 1981 through 1988, her guidance was used to schedule summits and foreign trips

Bob the Traveler
1 month ago

Joan Quigley, who died OTD in 2014, provided #astrology advice to the #Reagan White House from 1981 through 1988, her guidance was used to schedule summits and foreign trips

Bob the Traveler
1 month ago

Joan Quigley, who died OTD in 2014, provided #astrology advice to the #Reagan White House from 1981 through 1988, her guidance was used to schedule summits and foreign trips

Bob the Traveler
1 month ago

Joan Quigley, who died OTD in 2014, provided #astrology advice to the #Reagan White House from 1981 through 1988, her guidance was used to schedule summits and foreign trips

Der schlimmste Tag für die US-Marines seit Iwojima: Am 23. Oktober 1983 sprengte ein radikal-islamistischer Selbstmordattentäter das US-Quartier der UN-Friedenstruppe in Beirut. 241 US-Soldaten starben. Die Gruppe der Täter ist noch heute aktiv.#Terrorismus #Beirut #Reagan #Ronald1911-2004 #Hisbollah
Attentat in Beirut 1983: Für Marines der schlimmste Tag seit Iwojima
1 month ago

Today in Labor History October 20, 1980: As a presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan wrote a letter to PATCO President Robert Poli promising that if the union endorsed him, he would “take whatever steps necessary to provide air traffic controllers with the most modern equipment available and to adjust staff levels and work days so that they are commensurate with achieving a maximum degree of public safety.” The union naively endorsed Reagan and, within a few short months, President Reagan fired the air traffic controllers for engaging in an illegal walkout over staffing levels and working conditions.On August 3, 1981: U.S. federal air traffic controllers began a nationwide strike after their union, PATCO, rejected the government's final contract offer. Most of the 13,000 strikers ignored orders to go back to work and were fired on August 5 by President Reagan for participating in an illegal work stoppage. Reagan's action, and the inability of the labor movement to respond to the crisis, led to the rapid downhill spiral of union power and membership. For example, in the years immediately after the PACTO strike, other major employers chose to fire striking workers and replace them with scabs (e.g., Phelps Dodge, 1983; Hormel, 1985-1986; and International Paper, 1987). In 1970, there were 380 major strikes. In 1999, there were only 17. And in 2010, there were only 11. However, there was a 50% increase in workers going on strike between 2021 and 2022. And more than double the number of workers have gone on strike in 2023 compared with 2022, with 2 more months to go.

#WorkingClass #LaborHistory #union #strike #patco #AirTrafficControllers #reagan #UnionBusting #PhelpsDodge #Hormel #solidarity #StrikeWave

PATCO strike, with workers holding a large banner that reads: “Support the PATCO strikers. Stop Reagan’s union busting. Source: Georgia State University Library PATCO archives
1 month ago

The #Persian Empire was handed to #Khomeini in exchange for #UnitedStates #hostages

All the #world conflicts since 1981 follow.

This error must be corrected.


Ruhollah Khomeini

Lorraine Lee
1 month ago
What President #Biden should be doing is reversing #Reaganomics. Unfortunately he's treating the current (according to the media, anyway) #LaborShortage, which I regard as a feature, as an antifeature, and is instructing the Fed to extinguish this rare burst of opportunity. #Reagan confronted the real problem of "#stagflation" (#inflation and #unemployment together) by very firmly prioritizing inflation fighting over unemployment fighting, and I will NEVER forgive him for that. Ever since the Bill "government is the problem" #Clinton wing took over the #DemocraticParty the working class has no allies in Washington (except the #progressive "rump" faction of the Democratic caucuses). But I'm optimistic for the future. 1932 to 1980 was 48 years. I figure we're in for a good strong #PendulumSwing by #2028, and I'm here for it!
2 months ago

@5klp471 @jeffowski

You've identified a key date in #capitalism and how it begins to benefit #politics more than people and government becomes a reality TV show.

All downhill from #reagan

Big surprise here. The whole idea of a ‘trickle’ is ridiculous!

‘50 years of tax cuts for the rich failed to trickle down’

#TaxCuts for the wealthy have long drawn support from conservative lawmakers and economists who argue that such measures will "trickle down" and eventually boost jobs and incomes for everyone else. But a new study from the London School of Economics says 50 years of such tax cuts have only helped one group — the rich”

#reagan #billionaires

Text Shot: Per capita gross domestic product and unemployment rates were nearly identical after five years in countries that slashed taxes on the rich and in those that didn't, the study found. 

But the analysis discovered one major change: The incomes of the rich grew much faster in countries where tax rates were lowered. Instead of trickling down to the middle class, tax cuts for the rich may not accomplish much more than help the rich keep more of their riches and exacerbate income inequality, the research indicates.
Reagan sucks


#Zionism was not considered a mainstream political ideology until it became normalized during... wait for it... the #Reagan and #Bush administrations (1980-1992).

by the time Clinton was elected, it was impossible for an American politician to even suggest why zionism and the whole concept of an engineered ethnostate are more than wrong. they're fascist.

it's why i will forever post this Einstein & Arendt 1948 letter about #Israel #Palestine #fascism & #zionism :

Bob the Traveler
2 months ago

Oliver North, born OTD in 1943, ran Ronald #Reagan's Iran-Contra operation, selling arms to Iran to raise money to fund a civil war in Nicaragua in which about 50,000 people were killed #history

In my ongoing series newly entitled “Evil Piece of Shit Ronald Reagan Was Wrong About Everything”

TIL Reagan recorded a spoken word album in 1961 called “Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine” in which he
* warns that subsidized medicine would curtail Americans' freedom
* encourages his listeners to join a letter-writing campaign to Congress with the message, "We do not want socialized medicine"
* lobbies on behalf of the American Medical Association against congressional bills that were the precursors to establishment of Medicare, a social insurance system for American seniors

Despite Reagan's paranoid disinformation campaign, Congress passed the Social Security Amendments in 1965, establishing Medicare (health insurance for persons 65+) and Medicaid (health insurance for persons with limited income) funded by state and federal sources via a tax on the earnings of employees, matched by contributions by employers.

Medicare and Medicaid WERE WELL RECEIVED, and enrolled 20 million in their first 3 years.
These programs reduced the percent of uninsured from about 24% in 1963 to 14% in 1967.

Guess what?
* The US did not morph into a communist country.
* The US still does not have universal health care.
* Nearly 30 million Americans remain uninsured.
* Private health insurance profiteering remains the #2 cause of personal bankruptcy in the US.

So tell me again, Reagan, how we should fear “government interference” over our ability to receive life-saving health care, you evil piece of shit.

#Healthcare #HealthcareIsAHumanRight #RonaldReagan #Reagan #ReaganWasWrongAboutEverything #USPol #USPolitics #SinglePayerNow #HealthcareIsAHumanRight

Data source:

Line graph from JAMA article: I added title “Popular US “Socialized Medicine” Programs Begin in 1965, Uninsured Rate Drops 10%.” Y axis is Uninsured population %. Range is zero to 25%. X axis is years 1960 to 2015. Graph shows uninsured rate drops precipitously from just under 25% to just under 15% between 1963 and 1967, and remains around 15% until 2010, when the Afforable Care Act was passed and it drops further to below 10%. I superimposed an image of Reagan's head with an arrow pointing to 1961 with the comment “Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine” Album Drops in 1961.
Message doesn’t age well.”
Zhi Zhu 🕸️
2 months ago

"After the cultural upheavals of the 1960s, #Republicans could win elections through the backlash politics of Richard #Nixon or Ronald #Reagan or the demagoguery of 1988′s “Willie Horton ad.” They then turned to tactics like #VoterSuppression or extreme #gerrymandering as their electorate shrunk.

In 2024, the right sees #dictatorship as its final “Hail Mary” pass. And it just might work."

#Trump #RedCaesar #GOP #Politics #USPol #USA #News #NoPaywall

Text from article:
The Guardian’s Wilson noted that Anton, in an essay decrying the power of elite, liberal-minded “experts,” wrote that “the United States peaked around 1965.” What was that year’s landmark event? The passage of the Voting Rights Act, which empowered Black voters and led to the election of thousands of African American office holders.

After the cultural upheavals of the 1960s, Republicans could win elections through the backlash politics of Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan or the demagoguery of 1988′s “Willie Horton ad.” They then turned to tactics like voter suppression or extreme gerrymandering as their electorate shrunk. In 2024, the right sees dictatorship as its final “Hail Mary” pass. And it just might work.

To Fix Democracy, First Figure Out What’s Broken | The New Yorker
wait what
If Margaret #Thatcher and Ronald #Reagan, elected more than once by wide margins, are not democratic leaders, then no one is. Praising the people who agree with you is the easy part of democratic government. The hard part is building a superintending architecture that wins the consent even of those you hate.

Cory Doctorow
2 months ago

(Also, the fact that Flickr has one-click download of all the hi-rez versions of every image in a photoset is another way that it stands out as a remnant of the #OldGoodWeb, not so much a superannuated relic as an #ElegantWeaponOfAMoreCivilizedAge):

Speaking of strikes: there are strikes! Everygoddamnedwhere! After 40 years in a #Reagan-induced coma, #labor is back, baby.


The Oligarchic Revolution Unfolds:

James Buchanan’s ideas began to have huge impact, especially in America and in Britain.

In his home country, the economist was deeply involved in efforts to #cut #taxes on the wealthy in 1970s and 1980s and he advised proponents of #Reagan Revolution in their quest to unleash markets and posit government as the “problem” rather than the “solution.”

The Koch-funded Virginia school coached scholars, lawyers, politicians, and business people to apply stark right-wing perspectives on everything from #deficits to #taxes to school #privatization.

In Britain, Buchanan’s work helped to inspire the public sector reforms of Margaret #Thatcher and her political progeny.

MacLean illustrates that in South America, Buchanan was able to first truly set his ideas in motion by helping a bare-knuckles #dictatorship ensure the permanence of much of the radical transformation it inflicted on a country that had been a beacon of social progress. The historian emphasizes that Buchanan’s role in the disastrous #Pinochet government of Chile has been underestimated partly because unlike Milton Friedman, who advertised his activities, Buchanan had the shrewdness to keep his involvement quiet.

With his guidance, the Chilean #military #junta deployed public choice economics in the creation of a new #constitution, which required #balanced #budgets and thereby prevented the government from spending to meet public needs. #Supermajorities would be required for any changes of substance, leaving the public little recourse to challenge programs like the #privatization of social security.

The dictator’s human rights #abuses and #pillage of the country’s resources did not seem to bother Buchanan, MacLean argues, so long as the wealthy got their way.
#Despotism may be the only organizational alternative to the political structure that we observe,” the economist had written in "The Limits of Liberty".

If you have been wondering about the end result of the Virginia school philosophy, well, the economist helpfully spelled it out...

Gravy Train to Oligarchy:

Historian Nancy MacLean explains that Virginia’s white elite and the pro-corporate president of the University of Virginia, Colgate #Darden, who had married into the #DuPont family, found James #Buchanan’s ideas to be spot on.

In nurturing a new intelligentsia to commit to his values, Buchanan stated that he needed a “#gravy #train,” and with backers like Charles #Koch and conservative foundations like the #Scaife Family Charitable Trusts, others hopped aboard.

#Money, Buchanan knew, can be a persuasive tool in academia. His circle of influence began to widen.

MacLean observes that the #Virginia #school, as Buchanan’s brand of economic and political thinking is known, is a kind of cousin to the better-known, market-oriented #Chicago and #Austrian schools — proponents of all three were members of the #Mont #Pelerin #Society, an international neoliberal organization which included Milton #Friedman and Friedrich #Hayek.

But the Virginia school’s focus and career missions were distinct. In an interview with the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), MacLean described Friedman and Buchanan as yin and yang:
“Friedman was this genial, personable character who loved to be in the limelight and made a sunny case for the free market and the freedom to choose and so forth.
"Buchanan was the dark side of this: he thought, ok, fine, they can make a case for the free market, but everybody knows that free markets have externalities and other problems. So he wanted to keep people from believing that government could be the alternative to those problems.”

The Virginia school also differs from other economic schools in a marked reliance on #abstract #theory rather than #mathematics or empirical #evidence.

That a Nobel Prize was awarded in 1986 to an economist who so determinedly bucked the academic trends of his day was nothing short of stunning, MacLean observes. But, then, it was the peak of the #Reagan era, an administration several Buchanan students joined.

Buchanan’s school focused on *public choice theory*, later adding constitutional economics and the new field of law and economics to its core research and advocacy.

The economist saw that his vision would never come to fruition by focusing on *who rules. It was much better to focus on the rules themselves, and that required a “#constitutional #revolution.”

2 months ago

Today in Labor History September 21, 1976: Chilean national Orlando Letelier was assassinated in Washington, D.C. by agents of the Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional (DINA), Pinochet’s secret police. An American, Ronni Moffitt, was also killed. The CIA was aware of the plans and knew of Pinochet’s involvement in the assassinations. Letelier had been a member of the government of Salvador Allende and was living in exile in the U.S. Immediately following the CIA-orchestrated coup that murdered Allende and placed Pinochet in power, Letelier was the first high-ranking Allende cabinet minister to be arrested. He spent over a year in various concentration camps, where he was repeatedly tortured. When he made it to the U.S., he worked for the Institute for Policy Studies. He wrote several articles critical of the Chicago Boys, the South American economists trained at the University of Chicago by Milton Friedman who went on to take on positions in their home countries’ governments, including Chile’s dictatorship, where they promoted free market policies and influenced leaders like Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

#WorkingClass #LaborHistory #chile #pinochet #allende #socialism #dictatorship #torture #ConcentrationCamps #reagan #thatcher #fbi #cia #imperialism

Letelier (in the middle) with Salvador Allende. By Revista Argentina Lea -, Public Domain,
Death by Lambda
2 months ago

There's nothing I love more than doing free research for strangers on the internet...

Yes, hourly wages are down, and that absolutely needs to change and #strikes are absolutely the way to do that. As well as affecting #climateChange policies, but by and large the economy is doing better under #Biden (as it has done under every #democrat president since #Reagan).

Best regards!

Cory Doctorow
2 months ago

The Biden administration is a mix of appointees from the party's left #Sanders/#Warren wing, and the #corporatist, "#ThirdWay" wing associated with #Clinton and #Obama, which has been ascendant since the #Reagan years. The #neoliberal wing presided over #NAFTA, the #ForeclosureCrisis, #CharterSchools and the bailout for the bankers - but not the people.


Cory Doctorow
3 months ago

The art of finding out what's true or prudent didn't die with the #Reagan Revolution (or the discount Canadian version, the #Mulroney Malaise). The truth is knowable. Doing stuff is possible. Things don't have to be on fire.


The dumbest conservative op-eds put something they don't like next to 1980s communism or Nazi Germany and just... leave the two things next to each other as if they've made an argument.

Today the idiot who made this lame move was the son of Ronald Reagan.

As a public service to remedial conservatives, I demonstrated what making an argument that something is authoritarian with fascist overtones actually looks like. #trans #transgender #news #journalism #reagan

3 months ago

I have multiple students named 'Reagan' (first name), this is the first year that's happened.

Seeing that name a bunch is a little triggering for me tbh.

(obv. not the students' fault, they're delightful)

#USPolitics #USNames #kidsNames #names #Reagan

3 months ago

#Thatcher or #Reagan never once wavered in their support of Pinochet (even long after the regime fell and records and trials had made their exactions public knowledge)… And many US economists still hail Friedman as one of the most brilliant mind of the 20th century and an overall great guy, nevermind the whole "working for fascists" thing.

It is estimated that #Pinochet's regime secretly murdered at least 3,000 people, and imprisoned and tortured many times that figure.



Cory Doctorow
3 months ago

Abruzzo has taken a series of muscular, bold moves to protect American workers, turning the tide in the #ClassWar that the #OnePercent has waged on workers since the #Reagan administration. For example, #Abruzzo is working to turn #WorkerMisclassification - the fiction that an employee is a small business contracting with their boss, a staple of the #GigEconomy - into an #UnfairLaborPractice:


Cory Doctorow
3 months ago

The past forty years have seen the rise and rise of a right wing politics that started out extreme (think of #Reagan and #Thatcher's support for #Pinochet's death-squads) and only got worse. Liberals and leftists forged an uneasy alliance, with liberals in the lead (literally, in Canada, where today, #JustinTrudeau's #LiberalParty governs in partnership with the nominally left #NDP).


3 months ago

#OTD Sept 1, 1981
Alternative Tentacles Records releases the compilation album “Let Them Eat Jellybeans”

The Reagan years were a target rich environment for political bands. I mean, the guy was clearly a fascist, along with Thatcher.

Sometimes the only solace I could find amidst the cruelty and greed of 80s American culture was listening to defiant political tunes from bands like DKs, Crass, and MDC.

And compilations were how many of us discovered new bands. One album and you could sample the best of many different bands, and then go from there, buying more of the bands you liked. This is what this comp did for me, along with several others.

Includes the original (and best) version of Bad Brains’ “Pay To Cum”, and a version of “Nazi Punks Fuck Off!” that’s different from the version on their album “In God We Trust, Inc.”

#Punk #compilation #Reagan #80s #music

3 months ago

@gratefuldread Trump was a big fan of reversing the canal deal, and disagreed with William F. Buckley. It drew the lines between the Right wing and Neanderthals.
The Neanderthals won. #Reagan

Evil Bunny Pottymouth
3 months ago


Bonzo warned us that Reagan was an idiot. #Bonzo #Reagan

"I’ve never heard anyone in the aviation world say that the 'Reagan administration' had 'replaced' the striking controllers. He fired them, and it’s worth stating that fact clearly."

Bie it noted that the New York Times will stand on its head, chew gum, and dance all at once if Republican managers tell it to accomplish that feat.

And it will show no shame at all for its disgraceful performance.

#Reagan #NewYorkTimes #Republicans #MediaFail #airlines

James Fallows focuses on a recent New York Times article reporting that airline close calls are more frequent than we realize.

A big problem is overworked air-traffic controllers, a problem stemming from Reagan's firing of thousands of those folks, an event the Times chooses — curiously — to call Reagan's "replacing" of them.

Fallows writes,

#Reagan #NewYorkTimes #Republicans #MediaFail #airlines

@Mary625 @leftfieldfarm I'm sorry too. But we were wearing our big boy & big girl pants when we chose to let that happen. Nobody said we had to elect neo-liberal oligarch-facilitators, but like do many others, that's what we did.
The price is now being paid w the short-sighted turn to fascism. Ugh.

#cdnpoli #Reagan #fascism #oligarchs

Corentin Sellin
3 months ago

D. #Trump dit s'inspirer de #Reagan en 1980 pour refuser le premier débat des #primaires US, car lui aussi était l'hyper favori du scrutin. Juste mais c'est oublier que précisément Reagan perd les caucus d'Iowa face à son futur VP Bush et ne se récupère qu'in extremis au NH... 2/

Cory Doctorow
3 months ago

#BillClinton was the most successful of these corporate raiders, delivering the parts of the #ReaganRevolution that #Reagan himself could never have managed: dismantling tariffs and bank regulations, passing the crime bill and welfare "reform." He came within a whisper of (partially) privatizing #SocialSecurity.


4 months ago

@Bugaboo @TruthSandwich @barney

IMO, it started with the rotten-to-the-core apples #Nixon and #Agnew + the most successful #Reagan.

#TFG just took egocentricity + pettiness nxt level.
Too much credit for #DonaldDumb.

The disease, however, started in the 1930s and then wasn't eradicated: the #US Nazi movement, #AmericaFirst and the fact that the sedition trial against 25 members of congress ended in bedlam b/c the judge died. Hardly anyone was ever held legally accountable. No denazification

An excellent essay by Robert Reich about how Ayn Rand's attack on the idea of the common good has become, from Reagan to Trump, the foundation of "conservative" politics in the US, and how this philosophy undermines the very basis of American democracy with its notion of the common good.

#AynRand #Trump #Reagan #Republicans #CommonGood

4 months ago

It's depressing to read that 70% of the tattooed primitives who now constitute the American populace believe in #angels. The Founders did all they could to free us from the Divine Right of Kings, but #Reagan established a US embassy at the monastery in Rome inhabited by a thousand celibate old men. (No, a thousand old men does not constitute a country.) Now the #SCOTUS is an arm of the Vatican. What next, the POTUS getting the blessing of the Vicar of Christ?

5 months ago


Ronald Reagan said strike, then when he was president fired Air Traffic Controllers for want to strike. Reagan was just one more Republican asshole.

#GOP #Republcians #Reagan #Unions #strike

Cory Doctorow
5 months ago

A quick refresher. In 2017, Khan - then a law student - published #AmazonsAntitrustParadox in the *#YaleLawJournal*. It was a brilliant, blistering analysis showing how the #Reagan-era theory of antitrust (which celebrates monopolies as "efficient") had failed on its own terms, using Amazon as Exhibit A of the ways in which post-Reagan antitrust had left Americans vulnerable to corporate abuse:


Dave Johnson
5 months ago

Since Reagan/Thatcher and the neoliberal "markets over democracy" propaganda campaign a massive, massive, massive amount of wealth has been transferred from the public to a few wealthy people.

It is time to transfer it back.

#neoliberalism #Reagan #Thatcher

Cory Doctorow
6 months ago

*Left Behind* gets a fascinating review by #RubyRayDaily in *#PublicBooks*, where it is contrasted with *Partisans: The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s* by @pastpunditry:

Both books grapple with how the end of the #ColdWar and the #Reagan era transformed both US parties. In Hemmer's telling, Reagan wasn't the "dawn of the free-market conservative," but rather, the "late summer" of that brand of conservativism.


Jennifer McMurray
8 months ago

Growing up, during the #Reagan, #Bush, and #Clinton presidencies, I was taught that we were living in an enlightened society.

We are actually living in a repeat of the excesses of the #GildedAge. The #poor are again suffering for the #rich.

This was exacerbated by Reagan and Bush with their #TrickleDownEconomics born from flawed reasoning. The rich will NEVER redistribute their wealth.

The question is if and when we'll ever see a repeat of the #ProgressiveEra. I hope I see it in my lifetime.

Cory Doctorow
8 months ago

It's been 40 years since #Reagan took antitrust out behind the Lincoln Monument and shot it in the guts, and America has turned into the kind of aristocratic #kleptocracy that Sherman railed against, where "great families" control the nation's wealth and politics and even its #SupremeCourt judges:


8 months ago

@GottaLaff @Dahlialith Please remember who placed #ClarenceThomas on #SCOTUS - #GeorgeBush - after the retirement of #ThurgoodMarshall. The #LongGame begun by #Reagan, actively implemented by #GHWBush, #GeorgeWBush and #Trump #orchestrated by the #FederalistSociety brought us to this #crescendo - is American now an #oligarchy?

Cory Doctorow
8 months ago

This model-first pretense of neutrality is a key component of #neoliberalism, which saw a vast ballooning of economists in government service - #FDR employed 5,000 economists, while #Reagan relied on 16,000 of them. As the jargon and methods of economics crowded out the language of politics, this ideology-that-insisted-it-wasn't got a name: #economism.


8 months ago

#NYTimes article confirms 3rd stolen U.S. presidential election by #Republicans in 43ys

#Reagan sabotaged #JimmyCarter reelection w/ #JohnMcConnally assist

#GeorgeW stole frm #AlGore > #JebBush assist

#TFG stole frm #Hilary > #Putin assist

Abt 1 steal every 1/2 generation or every 14.33yrs.

So #Democrats would’ve shaped #policy at least 12 more yrs > w/ 28% more influence at natl-global scale if no cheating by the despicables. Significant.

#BenBarnes #Politics #America

43yr Secret of Sabotage: mission to subvert Carter revealed
John Refior
8 months ago

"Mr. Barnes identified four living people he said he had confided in over the years: Mark K. Updegrove, president of the LBJ Foundation; Tom Johnson, a former aide to Lyndon Johnson who later became publisher of the LA Times and president of CNN; Larry Temple, a former aide to Mr. Connally and Lyndon Johnson; and H.W. Brands, a University of Texas historian.

"All four confirmed in recent days that Mr. Barnes shared the story with them years ago"
#uspolitics #JimmyCarter #Reagan #POTUS

Text of NYTimes article:
It was 1980 and Jimmy Carter was in the White House, bedeviled by a hostage crisis in Iran that had paralyzed his presidency and hampered his effort to win a second term. Mr. Carter’s best chance for victory was to free the 52 Americans held captive before Election Day. That was something that Mr. Barnes said his mentor was determined to prevent.
His mentor was John B. Connally Jr., a titan of American politics and former Texas governor who had served three presidents and just lost his own bid for the White House. A former Democrat, Mr. Connally had sought the Republican nomination in 1980 only to be swamped by former Gov. Ronald Reagan of California. Now Mr. Connally resolved to help Mr. Reagan beat Mr. Carter and in the process, Mr. Barnes said, make his own case for becoming secretary of state or defense in a new administration.
What happened next Mr. Barnes has largely kept secret for nearly 43 years. Mr. Connally, he said, took him to one Middle Eastern capital after another that summer, meeting with a host of regional leaders to deliver a blunt message to be passed to Iran: Don’t release the hostages before the election. Mr. Reagan will win and give you a better deal.
Then shortly after returning home, Mr. Barnes said, Mr. Connally reported to William J. Casey, the chairman of Mr. Reagan’s campaign and later director of the Central Intelligence Agency, briefing him about the trip in an airport lounge.
Yusuf Toropov
8 months ago


I FUCKING KNEW IT. Everyone said I was paranoid and unbalanced at the time, and okay, I was and am paranoid and unbalanced, but I FUCKING KNEW IT.

#Reagan #Carter #HostageCrisis #Treason


Pauline von Hellermann
8 months ago

Given #Carter’s genuine commitment to tackling the #ClimateCrisis and everything that #Reagan’s victory unleashed on the world - four decades of #Neoliberalism and all the misery this has brought, plus total stalling on #ClimateAction and #emissions rising more rapidly than ever - I’ve long thought of the 1980 elections as a pivotal, tragic historical moment. The more we know about behind the scene manoeuvring ensuring Carter lost, the better

Dave Johnson
9 months ago

When Reagan was president they SAID they were causing deficits -ON PURPOSE- as a strategy. They called it "strategic deficis."

- Cut taxes to create deficits.
Scare the public about deficits.

- Force cuts in spending on things govt does to make people's lives better.

-Make people unhappy about government not working, to get votes.

-Use their power to cut taxes even more.

-Scare the public about deficits.

#Reagan #deficits #democracy #taxes

9 months ago


Honestly, I don't feel like America had a true #left to speak of between #Reagan and when the #internet became widespread.

Can you remember how easily political debate could be shut down just by saying an idea was communist?

Cory Doctorow
9 months ago

The collapse of competition in the US airline industry is the result of a deliberate policy, the "#ConsumerWelfare" theory of #antitrust, which says that #monopolies are "efficient" and good for the public. It's a theory that took root under #Reagan, and was reaffirmed and expanded by every president, R or D, since.