Obama leading 1.5/1, i.e. 50% on McCain

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An Obama New Deal

i.e. a door out of the merdique Age of …, is at hand’s take:

1.  most recent Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll.

It shows Obama leading by 12 percentage points — 49% to 37% — in a head-to-head contest, and by 15 points — 48% to 33% — in a four-way race, that includes Barr and Nader. Seems the Republicans aren’t crazy about McCain. The Clintonian camp (demagogically cultivated by McCain) is definitely, quickly converging on Obama — only 11% of Clinton supporters would vote the Republican candidate.

2. Naomi Klein has a strong recommendation, in order to get an Obama New Deal, from the Obama succes that is apparently emerging.Obama’s Chicago Boys .

NAOMI KLEIN: Before Obama can transform the economy, he has some housecleaning to do. Too many Chicago’s Friedmanites in his backyard.

3. The Nation, the Institute for Policy Studies and http://extremeinequality.org,  call for a creative competition: propose a standard name for the 1980-2008 epoch, that an Obama New Deal is called to close forever. Last major ages were:

a) The Great Depression, 1929-39

b) The Great Compression: Economic Miracles (1945-80), Keynesian policies, rise of middle classes, Kaleckian income and wealth equalitarian RE-distribution

c)  (Great) X  Age (1980-2008):  globalisation and world Rentiers Elite, drastic COUNTER – distribution in their favour; consequent hysteresis (1990s), then methastatsis (now) of over-accumulation, in a régime of deflation  (Aglietta- Berrebi, Beitel, Chesnais, Fabius Maximus). An implosion and proletarisation of middle classes, an expropriation and repression of creative classes (Florida, Harvey).

Early name proposals already include: 2nd gilded age, 2nd great transformation (my proposal), epoch of deconstruction, Fall of Rome part 2, great bubble age, great disconnect (harley shaiken, berkeley), great divergence (paul krugman), great divide, great repression (economic and political),  the new confederacy (according to a Comment by blueCedars, the confederacy won Civil War in 1980 and established work slavery), Reaganomics age of wealth inequality, Twin Peaks (my proposal too: a peak of N. Atlantic civilisation, and  world Humboldt Peak for hydrocarbures).

REFERENCES

   Michel Aglietta and Laurent Berrebi (2007), Désordres dans le capitalisme mondiale. Paris: Odile Jacob. 

  Karl Beitel (2008), The Subprime Debacle. Monthly Review, May: “other crises await, and the ability of the central bank indefinitely to defer the underlying problem of overaccumulation is far from guaranteed”.

   François Chesnais (2008, Jan.), Fin d’un cycle. Sur la portée et le cheminement de la crise financière. Carré Rouge – La Brèche,  1: 17-31. 

   Fabius Maximus (2008), Consequences Of A Long, Deep Recession – Parts I, II, III. http://fabiusmaximus.wordpress.com/2008/06/18/consequences-1/  -2, -3. June 18-20.

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