The Myth Of A ‘Skills Gap’ And Our Phony ‘Education Crisis’

By: Monday March 31, 2014 11:33 am

Ask a neoliberal why trickle down economics is not working in America and there are a few standard excuses offered. The excuses range from the fringier “inner city people are lazy” to the boilerplate “government is distorting markets” to the more establishment friendly “it’s a lack of education.” Let’s put racial dog whistles and reactionary ideology aside for a second and focus on the last excuse, education.

 

Book Review: Capitalism and Climate Change

By: Sunday March 9, 2014 4:00 pm

At this time in history a movement to forestall climate change catastrophe is being organized. Yet one can at the same time read into the situation signs that the movement itself is already inadequate to the task of marshaling support for climate mitigation. Public opinion reveals this inadequacy as much as anything else:

Muslim Leaders Issue Fatwah Against Critter Killers

By: Saturday March 8, 2014 11:30 am

The World Wildlife Fund released a statement in support of the declared religious prohibition of hunting endangered species, calling the world’s first religious law protecting threatened wild creatures “a positive step forward,” which “provides a spiritual aspect and raises moral awareness which will help us in our work to protect and save the remaining wildlife in the country such as the critically endangered tigers and rhinos.”

Sabet Sounding Like Carrie Nation – instead of caring for our nation

By: Saturday February 8, 2014 10:30 am

As America steps confidently and comfortably into the post-prohibition era there are some who have apprehended the consequential demise of the cultural custodian/law enforcement industry that blossomed over more than eighty years of cannabis prohibition. While cannabis-ists and capitalists have celebrated the bold step that Colorado has taken to allow adults to consume cannabis for recreational use, prohibitionists are sounding the alarm that America is doomed.

Inequality: A Tale of Two Pyramids

By: Sunday January 26, 2014 5:10 pm

This pyramid appeared in the Washington Post. Looking at it I was reminded of another pyramid in a classic poster from the 19th century, which could be a “poetic” rendering of the graph from the Post.

After SNAP Cuts, More New York City Residents Appearing at Emergency Food Programs

By: Saturday January 25, 2014 4:00 pm

There was an increase of people at emergency food programs in New York City due to the Nov. 1 Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program cuts, according to a latest research brief from the Food Bank of New York City.

As the brief mentions, this took place as the number of soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City fell by 25 percent under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg during 2007 to 2012. Meanwhile, Congress decided to let five billion dollars in SNAP benefits expire, which were extended under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, expire on Nov. 1, leaving the 47 million Americans relying on SNAP $121 (for a household of one) to $396 (for a household of four) short.

Another Plea for Postcapitalism: Richard Smith in Truthout

By: Friday January 17, 2014 6:40 pm

The next individual to step forward to promote postcapitalism is an economic historian, Richard Smith. His piece in Wednesday’s Truthout is called “Beyond Growth or Beyond Capitalism?” The question for Smith is a simple one: how is the world economy to avoid creating the conditions for catastrophic global warming? The answer is also a simple one.

When The Pope Says ‘Maternal Tenderness’ He Ain’t Thinking Hillary

By: Saturday January 4, 2014 5:08 pm

The people’s pope ventured again into precarious doctrinal waters when he recently made comments suggesting that he believes that human ‘fundamentalism’ has been a barrier to advancement. The pope shared his analysis with 120 priests who are the leaders of Catholic religious orders in a meeting in Switzerland this past November.

A Nation Fails Its Youth When Millions Go to College Presidents, Not Students

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 11:15 am

A recent report by The Chronicle for Higher Education has found 42 private college presidents made over $1 million in executive pay, up from last year’s figure of 36 millionaire presidents. The list was based on 2011 federal tax data from institutions receiving endowments.

The Pathology of the Rich: An interview With Chris Hedges

By: Saturday December 7, 2013 2:52 pm

The one area though that Hedges does not go into well in this interview, and his previous pieces, is that of the Bourgeoisie capitalists. The management class and engineers and doctors and lawyers and business men and college professors who not only support, but quite often praise the elite oligarchs. Like groupies. In some ways they are even more morally bankrupt and hideous.

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