Debate Conclusion

This is the first debate I watched. Biden won, hands down. Nobody came close. Bernie is fading. Everybody else is a joke. Caveat: Klobuchar did fine but nobody knows her, unfortunately.

And it’s not that Biden won because he’s so amazing. He stood 10 feet above everybody else on that stage because they are all bit players with no ideas that anybody but a very well-to-do, sheltered, extremely fortunate person can like. They are all rich folk candidates, that’s the problem.

2 thoughts on “Debate Conclusion”

  1. (Usual disclaimer, I’m Australian so my comments are Australian meddling in the American election, etc.)

    I haven’t watched any of these debates but I am glad to read your take, because otherwise I don’t think I would hear anything positive about Biden. Mostly I watch Ben Shapiro and various Youtube progressives – The Young Turks and various lesser figures – and for all their differences, they all agree that Biden is the candidate of retired liberal boomers and that eventually he’s going to have a mega-gaffe which definitively ends his time in the race.

    It’s also something of a novelty to hear a negative assessment of Andrew Yang. What had previously struck me about Yang is just that he is from outside the usual spectrum of political choices. The main debate within the Democrats still seems to be liberal establishment vs progressive radicals, with the latter currently winning. But Yang has the science-fictional air of Silicon Valley entrepreneur around him, with his “freedom dividend” for every citizen, warnings of AI, and long list of proposals for dealing with problems that no one else even talks about.

    I have to respect him for taking a cautionary attitude towards AI, as opposed to just saying “learn to code” and “wonderful technology is on the way”. And to some extent, guaranteed basic income is on a continuum with the ordinary welfare state – in the sense that when you try to make the proposal concrete, you find that you’re talking about a lot of familiar things, like tax rebates and support payments. Nonetheless, it clearly could also become a money-making scheme for the tech companies, just as emission trading was potentially a bonanza for Wall Street.

    I am also interested by the future for the Tulsi Gabbard campaign. As things stand, it seems she can claim correctly that big tech tried (in its sly deniable way) to sabotage her rise in a previous debate, and that she wasn’t on the stage this time because of DNC corruption (hiding behind opaque qualification rules). So she now has increased credibility as an opponent of the system, if you’re into the sort of thing.


    1. I didn’t expect to say anything positive about Biden myself. But he really stood out as being more coherent and reasonable than others.

      I’m thinking I’ll vote for Tulsi in the primary if she makes it that far. At least, she’s strongly anti-interventionist and she dinged the tiresome Kamala Harris very well.

      If she doesn’t make it that far.. I don’t even think I’ll vote. I’m currently not seeing anybody acceptable to me.


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