Neo-liberals

Neo-liberalism is the political philosophy of the ruling establishment around the world. Our book, Bernie or Bust: Pioneers of Electoral Revolt, offers a critical analysis of neo-liberalism in the United States. Neo-liberalism, we note on pp. 204-205, “has permeated and transformed international institutions, non-governmental organizations and even to the roots of society and everyday culture.” Too many Americans have no or very little understanding of this political philosophy which is why we encourage progressives to obtain and #ShareThisBook with other citizens, especially Democrats planning to support Joe Biden. It includes exercises to evaluate candidates using 14 characteristics of neo-liberalism, and it was written as a comprehensive, how-to guide for peaceful revolution in a 2-party system. A more academic understanding of neo-liberalism titled “How Neoliberalism Reinvented Democracy” is presented in an interview format.

In  “Top Five Things That Simply Aren’t Going To Fly Anymore So Just Stop It,” author Kathy Padden replies to number 4 top thing, “If Bernie doesn’t get the Democratic nomination, I’ll vote for whoever does, because TRUMP!,” with “If you’ll vote for a neo-liberal corporatist because you’re afraid of the Awful Orange Anus, do NOT call yourself a Progressive.” Predatory, neo-liberal, imperial capitalism is the disease Americans are rejecting; Trump is a symptom. He was, in the 2016 election, unfortunately the only realistic option to reckless warmonger and neo-liberal Hillary Clinton. Only progressives, not conservatives, not libertarians and clearly not the neo-liberal “centrists” themselves, offer a cure to this particularly predatory stage of capitalism.

This web page is an attempt to list the neo-liberal, corporate-friendly candidates for President in 2020 and to expose their records. Candidates lie, so pay mind what they have done, not what they say as a candidate.

Former Vice-President Joe Biden:

Biden exemplifies a disastrous approach of jettisoning progressive principles and failing to provide a progressive populist alternative to right-wing populism. That’s the history of 2016. It should not be repeated.” ~Norman Soloman

  1. I think playing Joe Biden’s racist hits would be appropriate at this point.,” Richard Armande Mills, Thread Reader, 2 years ago.
  2. The Case Against Joe Biden,” Walker Bragman, Paste Magazine, January 10, 2018
  3.  Biden’s donors, Open Secrets
  4. Joe Biden, the Hawk, Branko Marcetic, Jacobin, August 2, 2018
  5. Joe Biden, Neoliberal,” BRANKO MARCETIC, Jacobin, August 7, 2018
  6. Joe Biden: ‘Paul Ryan Was Correct’ When He Tried to Cut Social Security and Medicare,” Tom Cahill, Grit Post, January 2, 2019
  7. No Joe!,” Andrew Cockburn, Harpers, March 2019
  8. Joe Biden on the Relaunch Pad: He’s Worse Than You Thought,” Norman Soloman, Reader Supported News, March 11, 2019
  9. Will Black Voters Still Love Biden When They Remember Who He Was?,” By Eric Levitz, New York Magazine, March 12, 2019
  10. Millennials Are the Most Indebted Generation. They Can Thank Joe Biden,” Mark Provost, Truthout, March 21, 2019
  11. Another Giant Self-Own for Joe Biden, Paul Blest, Splinter, March 28, 2019
  12. An Awkward Kiss Changed How I Saw Joe Biden,” Lucy Flores, The Cut, March 30, 2019
  13. When Joe Biden Voted to Let States Overturn Roe v. Wade,” Lisa Lerer, New York Times, March 31, 2019
  14. Joe Biden Is a Link to the Past—and Not In a Good Way,” Paul Waldman, Common Dreams, April 1, 2019
  15. Connecticut woman says then-Vice President Joe Biden touched her inappropriately at a Greenwich fundraiser in 2009,” NEIL VIGDOR, Hartford Courant, APR 01, 2019
  16. Joe Biden Isn’t the Answer,” Rebecca Traister, The Cut, April 1, 2019
  17. Joe Biden’s 2020 Ukrainian nightmare: A closed probe is revived,” JOHN SOLOMON, The Hill, April 1, 2019
  18. Biden Might Be Humphrey,” PAUL HEIDEMAN, Jacobin, April 2, 2019
  19. Joe Biden Is Not Helping,” Jamil Smith, Rolling Stone, April 10, 2019
  20. Joe Biden Unmasked,” Tangerine Bolen, Truthdig, April 16, 2019
  21. Union-Busting Lawyer to Host Biden’s 1st Fundraiser Thursday,” Mike Elk, Payday Report, April 24, 2019
  22. Joe Biden: Puffery vs. Reality,” Norman Solomon, Reader Supported News, April 24, 2019
  23. There Is No Room in the Democratic Field for Joe Biden,” Charles Pierce, Reader Supported News, April 24, 2019
  24. Joe Biden Is a Fraud, Plain and Simple,” Norman Solomon, Truthdig, April 24, 2019
  25. Joe Biden Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen,’ Branko Marcetic, Jacobin, April 25, 2019
  26. Good Luck, Joe Biden! You’ll Need It,” Joan Walsh, The Nation, April 25, 2019
  27. ‘I am a gaffe machine’: a history of Joe Biden’s biggest blunders,” ,TheGuardian,April25,2019
  28. From Crime Bill to Iraq War Vote, Biden’s Legislative History Under Scrutiny as He Enters Race,” Democracy Now, April 25, 2019
  29. Joe Biden Is Running to Be the Nominee of a Party That Has in Many Ways Left Him Behind, HANNAH LEVINTOVA, Mother Jones, April 25, 2019
  30. History Shows Joe Biden 3.0 Is a Bad Idea,”William Rivers Pitt, Truthout, April 26, 2019
  31. Joe Biden is the Best Republican in the Race,” Mattias Lehman, Medium, April 26, 2019
  32. Joe Biden: An Imperial Corporatist Wrapped in the Bloody Flag of Charlottesville, Paul Street, CounterPunch, April 26, 2019
  33. Joe Biden Is Who We Thought He Was,” Jacob Sugarman, Truthdig, April 26, 2019
  34. Biden Says He’s the Workers’ Candidate, But He Has Worked To Cut Medicare and Social Security, BRANKO MARCETIC, In These Times, April 26, 2019
  35. Joe Biden is the Hillary Clinton of 2020 – and it won’t end well this time either,” Arwa Mahdawi, The Guardian, April 26, 2019
  36. The Biggest Threat to Biden’s Candidacy Isn’t the Left, It’s Biden Himself,” Frank Rich, New York Magazine, April 27, 2019
  37. Anita Hill Eviscerates Joe Biden’s “Apology” in Scathing Interview,” Alison Durkee, Vanity Fair, April 27, 2019
  38. Comcast-Owned MSNBC in the Tank for Joe Biden’s Presidential Run,” Justin Anderson, FAIR, April 28, 2019
  39. NO Biden – Some of the Reasons Why NOT Biden,” William Boardman, Reader Supported News, April 28, 2019
  40. What Joe Biden Hasn’t Owned Up to About Anita Hill,” Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, April 29, 2019
  41. Scrutiny into Biden’s Record Should Include Obama Era Foreign Policies, JEREMY KUZMAROV, CounterPunch, April 29, 2019
  42. Whoa there Democrats – Joe Biden isn’t as electable as you think,” Richard Wolfe, The Guardian, April 29, 2019
  43. BIDEN SLURS HIS WAY THROUGH FIRST SPEECH AS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE [MONTAGE],” Tom Elliot, Grabie News, April 29, 2019
  44. Clinton-era politics refuses to die. Joe Biden is its zombie that staggers on,” Hamilton Nolan, The Guardian, April 30, 2019
  45. Joe Biden Wants Everyone to Lower Their Expectations,” EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE, The Atlantic,
  46. Biden Sides With Trump, Bolton, and Pompeo in Backing Coup Effort in Venezuela,” Jon Queally, Common Dreams, May 1, 2019
  47. My Letter From Joe Biden,” Scott Ridder, Truthdig, May 1, 2019
  48. Joe Biden Wants Us to Forget His Past. We Won’t,” Cornel West and Adolph L. Reed Jr., Reader Supported News, May 2, 2019
  49. Joe Biden Is Railing Against Hedge Fund Managers, But He Has a Long History of Courting Them,” BRANKO MARCETIC, In These Times, May 2, 2019
  50. Roaming Charges: Biden in Plain Sight,” Jeffrey St. Clair, CounterPunch May 3, 2019
  51. Bernie and Biden: A foreign policy analysis,” REESE ERLICH 48 hills, MAY 3, 2019
  52. Can Bernie Sanders Make Joe Biden’s Anti-Labor Trade Record Matter?” Bernie Sanders, New York Magazine, May 4, 2019
  53. Joe Biden claims he was a staunch liberal in the Senate. He wasn’t,” John Kruzel, Politifact, May 6, 2019
  54. Joe Biden Won’t Blame the Republicans for Trump. That Should Disqualify Him,” Mehdi Hasan, The Intercept, May 6, 2019
  55. ‘THIS IS DO-OR-DIE’: JOE BIDEN’S ‘ELECTABILITY’ ARGUMENT IS HOW DEMOCRATS LOSE ELECTIONS,” PETER HAMBY, Vanity Fair, May 7, 2019
  56. Let’s Not Rewrite History to Defend Joe Biden’s Record of Dog-Whistle Politics,” Kevin Gosztola & Brian Sonenstein, Truthout, May 7, 2019
  57. Joe Biden Wants Us to Forget His Past. We Won’t, Adolph Reed and Cornel West, Black Agenda Report, May 8, 2019
  58. Joe Biden Likes Republicans So Much Because He’s So Much Like Them,” Norman Solomon, Reader Supported News, May 8, 2019
  59. Biden Says Trump Is an ‘Aberration’ From the GOP. He’s Wrong,” William Rivers Pitt, Truthout, May 8, 2019
  60. Joe Biden Doesn’t Deserve Your Nostalgia,” Conor Lynch, Truthdig, May 9, 2019
  61. Exclusive: Presidential hopeful Biden looking for ‘middle ground’ climate policy,” Valerie Volcovici, Reuters, May 10, 2019
  62. A Biden Presidency Would Be a ‘Death Sentence,’ Climate Activists Warn,”  Geoff Dembicki, Vice, May 10, 2019
  63. JOE BIDEN’S UNION SCHTICK IS ALL PERFORMANCE. HIS POLLSTER JUST SIGNED UP TO LOBBY AGAINST LABOR FOR TRUMP’S NAFTA 2.0,” David Dayen, The Intercept, May 10, 2019
  64. Video Shows Joe Biden Once Railed Against ‘Illegals,’ Called For 700-Mile Border Fence,” Amy Russo, HuffPost, May 11, 2019
  65. Joe Biden Is Stuck in the Past When It Comes to Climate Change,” Bill McKibben, Reader Supported News, May 12, 2019
  66. Biden’s Climate Policy Sounds a Lot Like Obama’s,” Mike Ludwig, Truthout, May 12, 2019
  67. Joe Biden Is Wrong. Businesses Will—and Want to—Pay for Medicare for All,” Richard Master, Fortune, May 15, 2019
  68. Joe Biden’s Big Money Problem,” Ryan Cooper, Reader Supported News, May 16, 2019
  69. Joe Biden’s Conflict of Interest on Ukraine,” Lev Golinkin, The Nation, May 16, 2019
  70. Grabby Joe and the Problem of Environmental Decline,” Bob Urie, CounterPunch, May 17, 2019
  71. Does Anyone Actually Want Joe Biden to Be President?” Jill Filipovic, New York Times, May 17, 2019
  72. Will Democratic Party Elites Dictate Its Primaries Again?” Barbara G. Ellis, Truthout, May 18, 2019
  73. The insidious message behind Joe Biden’s call for ‘unity,’ ” Peter Birkenhead, The Week, May 20, 2019
  74. The Weapons Industry Lobbyist Advising Joe Biden,” NAOMI LACHANCE, In These Times, May 20, 2019
  75. Joe Biden Is Not the Pragmatic Choice for 2020,” Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig, May 23, 2019
  76. How Joe Biden’s Policies Made the Opioid Crisis Harder to Treat,” Zachary Siegel, Politico, May 23, 2019
  77. Will Biden’s dog whistles for racism catch up with him?” Norman Solomon, Nation of Change, May 24, 2019
  78. Joe Biden Is Not the Pragmatic Choice for 2020,” Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig, May 24, 2019
  79. How Joe Biden worked with and praised a longtime opponent of civil rights,” Andrew Kaczynski, Nathan McDermott and Paul LeBlanc, CNN, May 28, 2019
  80. Campaign 2020: Why Joe Biden is the Least Electable Democrat,” Ted Rall, Rall.com, May 28, 2019
  81. Imperial Joe: Biden Trades Bread and Circuses for War,” David Underhill, CounterPunch, May 30, 2019.
  82. Sanders Leads Top 2020 Contenders on Greenpeace Climate Scorecard While Biden Places Dead Last,” Jake Johnson, Common Dream, May 30, 2019
  83. Creepy Uncle Joe Returns, Despite Wife’s Promise,” NTK staff, NTK Network, May 30, 2019.
  84. The Joe Biden That MSNBC Won’t Show You,” Norman Soloman, Readers Supported News, June 1, 2019.
  85. Joe Biden Can Run, But He Can’t Hide Forever,” Norman Soloman, Truthdig, June 3, 2019.
  86. 10 Democratic Candidates Support Fracking Ban. Biden Stays Mum,” Mike Ludwig, Truthout, June 4, 2019.
  87. Why Joe Biden was afraid to face California’s Democratic Party,” Norman Solomon, Nation of Change, June 4, 2019.
  88. Joe Biden’s Climate Plan Falls Woefully Short,” Eoin Higgins, Truthdig, June 4, 2019.
  89. Biden campaign confirms he supports Hyde Amendment,” MORGAN GSTALTER, The Hill, June 5, 2019.
  90. Accused of Plagiarism, Biden Campaign Admits Lifting ‘Carbon Capture’ Section of Climate Plan From Fossil Fuel-Backed Group,” Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, June 5, 2019.
  91. Why We Need to Talk About Biden’s Support of the Hyde Amendment,” Kelly Hayes, Truthout, June 5, 2019.
  92. When Joe Biden Collaborated With Segregationists,” Jonathan Kozol, The Nation, June 6, 2019.
  93. Joe Biden Owes America an Apology Tour,” Norman Soloman, Truthdig, June 6, 2019.
  94. “‘A Quarter-Measure at Best’: Despite New Stance on Hyde, Say Critics, Biden No Progressive on Reproductive Rights,” Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, June 7, 2019.
  95. ” ‘Bravo… Now Do the Iraq War’: After Hyde Reversal, 2020 Candidate Seth Moulton Reminds Biden of Other Position He May Want to Retract,” Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, June 7, 2019.
  96. Joe Biden is a candidate of the oligarchy. Democratic primary voters will see through him,” Saritha Prabhu, USA TODAY Opinion,
  97. Joe Biden Worked to Undermine the Affordable Care Act’s Coverage of Contraception,” Ryan Grim, The Intercept, June 9, 2019.
  98. Pennsylvania swing voters blame Biden for feeding into the racism that erupted at Charlottesville,” Travis Gettys, Alternet, June 11, 2019.
  99. Biden Can Run for President, But He Can’t Hide From His Record,” , Truthout, June 12, 2019.

Former Representative Beto O’Rouke:

  1. # 1 recipient of Oil and Gas donations in the House, Open Secrets
  2. Beto O’Rourke frequently voted for Republican legislation, analysis reveals,” David Sirota, The Guardian, Dec. 20, 2018
  3. Beto O’Rourke Should Not Run for President,” BRANKO MARCETIC, Jacobin, Dec. 3, 2018
  4. Beto, we hardly knew ye: O’Rourke’s political record might not be what progressives expect,” Norman Soloman, Salon, Dec. 19, 2018
  5. Who Is Beto O’Rourke?” by Renato Flores, Left Voice, Nov. 12, 2018
  6. Beto O’Rourke’s voting record is more conservative than the average Democrat’s,” Matthew Yglesias, Vox, Dec. 21, 2018
  7. Beto’s excellent adventure drips with white male privilege,” Nia-Malika Henderson, CNN, January 19, 2019
  8. Reinventing Beto: How a GOP Accessory Became a Top Democratic Contender for President,” Norman Soloman, Reader Supported News, March 21, 2019
  9. Beto O’Rourke in 2012 said the US had an ‘extravagant government’ that needed ‘significant’ spending cuts,” Andrew Kaczynski and Paul LeBlanc, CNN, March 19, 2019
  10. Beto O’Rourke, the (center) right choice in 2020?” Derek Royden, Nation of Change,
  11. We Can Do Way Better Than These Guys,” Luke Savage, Jacobin, May 13, 2019
  12. 10 Democratic candidates would ban fracking. Here are the others who won’t,” Alexandra Jacobo, NationofChange,
  13. Swamp Watch from The Next Revolution:

Senator Cory Booker:

  1. CORY BOOKER JOINS SENATE REPUBLICANS TO KILL MEASURE TO IMPORT CHEAPER MEDICINE FROM CANADA,” Zaid Jilani and David Dayen, The Intercept, January 12, 2017
  2. Why leftists don’t trust Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Deval Patrick,” Ryan Cooper, The Week, August 3, 2017
  3. Kamala Harris Offers No New Hope,” Jason Rhode, Paste, August 3, 2017
  4.  Booker’s donors, Open Secrets
  5. Surrogate for Obama Denounces Anti-Romney Ad,

Senator Kamela Harris:

  1. U.S. judges see ‘epidemic’ of prosecutorial misconduct in state,” MAURA DOLAN, LA Times, JAN 31, 2015
  2. Why leftists don’t trust Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Deval Patrick,” Ryan Cooper, The Week, August 3, 2017
  3. Is Kamala Harris the Centrist We Need?” Nick Pemberton, CounterPunch, March 21, 2019
  4.  Harris’ donors, Open Secrets
  5. The Human Costs Of Kamala Harris’ War On Truancy,” Molly Redden, HuffPost, March 27, 2019

Senator Kirsten Gillinbrand:

  1. Gillinbrand’s donors, Open Secrets
  2. 10 Democratic candidates would ban fracking. Here are the others who won’t,” Alexandra Jacobo, NationofChange,

Mayor Pete Buttigieg

  1. Show Us the Money,” Meagan Day, Jacobin, April, 4, 2019
  2. Pete Buttigieg Governed South Bend Like a Republican,” Benjamin Studebaker, April 5, 2019
  3. Let a Studebaker Tell You What’s Wrong With the Mayor of South Bend, Benjamin Studebaker, April 5, 2019
  4. ALL ABOUT PETE: Only accept politicians who have proved they actually care about people other than themselves,”
  5. After City Incentives, South Bend Real Estate Executives Donate to Mayor Pete’s Presidential Campaign,”
  6. Rising Democratic star Pete Buttigieg enlists Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton fundraisers to build his 2020 campaign war chest,” Brian Schwartz, CNBC, April 17, 2019
  7. The ‘weird parallels’ between Vice President Mike Pence and presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg,” MAUREEN GROPPE, USA Today, April 21, 2019
  8. K Street gets behind Mayor Pete Buttigieg” Kate Ackley, Roll Call, April 22, 2019
  9.  “Pete Buttigieg is No Progressive, But Cable News Wants You to Believe Otherwise,” Mike Figueredo, Humanist Report, April 13, 2019
  10. We Can Do Way Better Than These Guys,” Luke Savage, Jacobin, May 13, 2019
  11.  Rebel HQ’s Emma Vigeland, The Young Turks, April 17, 2019
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