Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from June 2012

Another liberal tech company doing work for conservatives

June 28th, 2012 · Comments Off

Updated below NationBuilder is an online campaigning tool kit, providing clients with the ability to do online advocacy, email supporters, raise money and integrate social media. NationBuilder was founded by a group of progressive and Democratic technologists with campaign and grassroots non-profit organizing experience in the Netroots. It’s not particularly different from other online tool [...]

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Tags: Progressive Infrastructure · Technology

An accurate use of the word “cynicism” in politics

June 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

Matt Taibbi, in a highly enjoyable Q&A with the Village Voice about Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72, makes the rare move of accurately using the word “cynicism” to describe its appearance in American politics: I think a lot of what Occupy is is disappointed idealism. A lot of the [...]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Barack Obama · Democrats

Those non-populist Democrats

June 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

Jonathan Martin of Politico asks: What the hell ever happened to populism in the Democratic Party? It was never there in the first place, at least not since the DLC grabbed control of the party in the 1980s. Bill Clinton was no populist. Al Gore was no populist. John Kerry was no populist (though at [...]

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Tags: Democrats

Celebrating Nonsense

June 25th, 2012 · Comments Off

Charles Pierce on today’s Supreme Court rulings and the larger American zeitgeist: We live in the unreality of the moment now. We have tolerated — nay, celebrated — nonsense in our public life for so many years that we are now both its victims and its accomplices. We have detached ourselves from the duties of [...]

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Tags: Congress · Judiciary

Dread

June 25th, 2012 · Comments Off

Paul Krugman: The fundamentals of the world economy aren’t, in themselves, all that scary; it’s the almost universal abdication of responsibility that fills me, and many other economists, with a growing sense of dread.

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Tags: Economy

Matt Taibbi & Yves Smith Talk Bankster Corruption

June 25th, 2012 · Comments Off

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Tags: Economy · Rule of Law

“Simply Aren’t Interested”

June 21st, 2012 · Comments Off

David Dayen: The regulators simply aren’t interested in bringing real relief to homeowners and allocating the losses from the housing collapse in any kind of equitable fashion. Yep.

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Tags: Economy

Occupy Homes Is Winning

June 21st, 2012 · Comments Off

My dear friend and co-collaborator on Occupy Our Homes, Han Shan, has a great op-ed in Alternet, titled, “Occupy Homes Wins Crucial Victories for Struggling Homeowners Against Big Banks.” The whole thing is worth reading, as it’s a good reflection on how we are winning and forcing banks to negotiate with homeowners. The PSA above [...]

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Tags: Economy

Change.org drops Rhee, Stand for Children

June 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Updated below Great news – last night Ryan Grim of Huffington Post reported that Change.org is dropping union busting groups Students First and Stand for Children. I posted a version of my post from yesterday afternoon on Change.org & union busting on AMERICAblog, after the decision was announced and evolved it into more of a [...]

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Tags: Labor · Progressive Infrastructure

Change.org & Union Busting

June 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I want to follow up on John Aravosis’s excellent post on Change.org’s work for conservative clients. I think John nails a lot of the reasons why Change working for conservatives is deeply problematic, but it’s worth getting into the specifics of what Change is doing and why it is relevant. As a disclaimer, because I [...]

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Tags: Labor · Progressive Infrastructure