Freedom, Money & Control

By: Monday July 21, 2014 7:15 pm

Money is violence

Our system of money visits violence on people. Economic sanctions are an obvious example:


Over Easy: …one more thing

By: Friday November 29, 2013 4:50 pm

I hope those of us who are not struggling to feed ourselves and our families during the holidays can manage a small contribution to help those who are.

Hungry American Batkids Appeal to Make-A-Wish for Canned Goods

By: Monday November 18, 2013 3:01 pm

In a country that has so much, albeit so unequally distributed, we should not have to think in terms of paying for Batkid, or paying for other kids who are hungry. And if those hungry kids could contact Make-A-Wish, most of them would ask for something to eat, not for a trip to Disney or a day-long superhero fantasy.

We can afford to feed them all. We just don’t want to.

FDL Movie Night: “Bonsai People, The Vision of Muhammad Yunus”

By: Monday October 1, 2012 5:00 pm

Muhammad Yunus is visionary economist and Noble Peace Prize winner who believes in the essential goodness of humanity. Stepping down from the ivory tower of academia, Yunus visited the poorest villages of Bangladesh in 1976 and made a personal loan of $27 to 42 women in the village so they could build and sell bamboo furniture. The loan was paid back with interest, and the women took out a larger loan. Thus microfinance was born. In the past 30 years, microcredit has spread to every continent and has benefited over 100 million people. Yunus’ Grameen Bank (literally “village bank”) has loaned money to 1 out of 1,000 people on earth, at 98% repayment rate.

In Bonsai People, The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, Holly Mosher follows the founding of a Grameen Bank branch and several of the women aided by loans.

Report: 18 Million Americans Cannot Find Enough Food

By: Friday September 7, 2012 1:10 pm

The Clintonian response to this would be that a rising tide lifts all boats. Grow the economy and you reduce poverty. That’s how it worked in the 1990s. And that’s true to an extent. But the moral crime of rampant hunger, along with rampant inequality (which skyrocketed in the 1990s, by the way), shouldn’t be predicated on what kind of economy we have. There’s no time where it’s “appropriate” for mass hunger.

They emaciated it

By: Monday August 27, 2012 1:30 am

As Republicans assemble this week and proclaim how they alone have built things — in a place the government built, in a convention delayed because of warnings from the government — it is fitting that we see the fruit of all that individualism’s ruggedness.

The Actual Problem With Income and Debt Has Nothing to Do With Wall Street Bonuses

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 7:10 pm

An article in Bloomberg describes the adjustments Wall Street denizens are having to make because their average bonuses are down 14 percent this year. Meanwhile, in the real world, one in five people didn’t have enough money to feed themselves in 2011. I know I don’t see a report in Bloomberg about this every other week, but I have to believe it has a bit more news value than whether the investment banker can afford his second home.

NYT Food Writer Mark Bittman on Hunger Strike to Protest Cuts in Programs for Poor, Hungry

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 7:40 am

We’re spending an average of $55 million a day to bomb Libyans while, as Bittman says, people here are going to bed hungry.

Win the Future? Win Our Children’s Food, Shelter, Safety First

By: Thursday January 27, 2011 5:00 pm

Given the avoidance of the economic crisis and its impact on American families in this week’s State of the Union speech, isn’t “winning the future” just a corporate branding exercise to differentiate America Inc. from India Ltd. and China Corp.?

Angry Mom Torqued: Heartless Rush Limbaugh’s Piggish “Let Them Dumpster Dive”

By: Saturday June 19, 2010 7:30 am

For some twisted reason, this pompous, fleshy, sheltered windbag Rush Limbaugh is allowed to pontificate to the American public over their own publicly-owned airwaves, persuading them that hungry children are simply too lazy to go to the nearest refrigerator to get food, or unmotivated to dive into a dumpster for their next meal.

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