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  • Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says President Donald Trump is a "national emergency."
  • Lessig made the comment on MSNBC on Sunday, just after Trump entertained the idea of declaring a national emergency to secure border wall funds.
  • Related: Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

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Jon Street, Campus Reform

Jan 07, 2019 | Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig said Sunday that President Donald Trump is a "national emergency." 

Lessig's comments came on the heels of Trump saying that he "may declare a national emergency" if Congress does not act to appropriate enough money for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Some congressional Democrats raised legality questions after Trump made the comment. Lessig was not pleased by the statement, either. 

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Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate. Lawrence Lessig, the Guardian

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No reading of our constitution would ever uphold the view that a president can stop the functioning of government, to insist upon a program unsupported by the public.
 

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Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

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 / ‘The president ran on a promise to build a wall paid for by Mexico.’ Photograph: UPI/Barcroft Images

No reading of our constitution would ever uphold the view that a president can stop the functioning of government, to insist upon a program unsupported by the public.

Lawrence Lessig, the Guardian

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Friday 4 January 2019 | t feels quaint – maybe a bit absurd – to remark the fact that Donald Trump has no constitutionally moral justification for his demand that Congress fund the building of a wall on the Mexican border. Such an argument feels absurd when made against this president. Yet it should not be insignificant to Congress.

The president ran on a promise to build a wall “paid for by Mexico”. No majority of Americans has ever voted to support that idea. But that idea is not the notion that is now shutting down the government. A wall paid for by taxpayers is. That wall certainly was a central issue in the 2018 midterm elections. Overwhelmingly, the public rejected it as well. Thus has the president earned public support for neither version of his Mexican wall. Yet he is using his veto power to demand that Americans pay for a wall before he will allow the government to reopen.

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L Furman professor of law and leadership at Harvard Law School and the director of the Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

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The Trump Tax Cut: Even Worse Than You’ve Heard

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 / President Trump in a meeting with governors and members of Congress about tax cuts in April 2018. Credit Doug Mills/the New York Times

Skeptical reporting has still been too favorable.

Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

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Jan. 1, 2019 | The 2017 tax cut has received pretty bad press, and rightly so. Its proponents made big promises about soaring investment and wages, and also assured everyone that it would pay for itself; none of that has happened.

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Neoliberalism And The Rationalization Of Corporate Tyranny


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  • The lesson is that if we want to make things better, we need to spread compassion and generosity throughout our daily lives. Even more important is the creation of a mass movement that seeks to overthrow corporate capitalism, and then create a society which protects the planet while ensuring that every person has a safe and comfortable life.
  • Related: Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

Rainer Shea‬, Medium

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Dec 26, 2018 | In his critique of Barack Obama, the author Chris Wright writes that “As a Marxist, I’m not very interested in the psychology of the powerful. I don’t think it matters much, and it tends to be pretty uniform and predictable anyway: self-overestimation, self-justification, moral rationalizations for every horrendous decision made, brutal callousness to human suffering beneath (at best) a veneer of concern, energies directed to machinations for increased power, cowardly accommodation to the path of least political resistance, a collective insularity of the golden-boy culture gilded with sycophants, etc.”

This is why to understand the pathologies behind our paradigm of militarism, institutional racism, and extreme inequality, we should focus not so much on the attitudes of the elites but on the ideology that they use to advance their agenda.

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Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems, George Monbiot, Guardian

Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative?


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