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Digest for July 17th through July 18th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for July 17th through July 18th:

  • Dr. Judith Rodin: The Post-Social Contract Generation – Almost half of America's youngest workers believe the nation's best days may have come and gone.
  • American inequality highlighted by 30-year gap in life expectancy – Americas, World – The Independent – Despite an almost cult-like devotion to the belief that unfettered free enterprise is the best way to lift Americans out of poverty, the report points to a rigged system that does little to lessen inequalities.
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The Idiocy of Deregulation – Okay, markets are really useful in many places; but the ideological propaganda that weakening regulation on powerful economic actors will help consumers has been proven wrong time and again– the recent subprime mortgage meltdown only being one example.
  • Top 10 Religions You Never Knew Existed – The List Universe – eligion has existed since man’s first thought, and this list probably illustrates that it is unlikely to go away anytime soon. So here is a list of 10 religions that you (probably) never knew existed.
  • A Straight Shooter – The big day at last! I can own a handgun in D.C. But am I ready? Where does my mind have to be to acquire such a thing? Why do I feel somewhat queasy about the whole process? What do I need to know about the mind-set of the responsible gun owner?
  • Martin Bosworth: Reverse Robin Hood: Stealing From the Poor to Give to the Rich – I think the economic collapse we're seeing now has stirred something in the somnolent American consciousness. A realization that for true capitalism to work, there has to be a balance of free enterprise and accountable oversight.
  • Truthdig – Reports – ‘Centrists’ Running the Asylum – So, the undebatable evidence tells us precisely where the center of public opinion is. Yet when a presidential candidate moves away from the center, we are told he is moving toward it. What gives?
  • The Do-It-Yourself Economy | AlterNet – The axis of this evil isn't really globalization, it's privatization. Consider all the major jobs that have now become part of our personal portfolio.
  • Obama as Sex Symbol – Enter Barack Obama, loosening up on the basketball court between campaign stops–"Swish." If politically he now appears to be not substantively different from any other neoliberal, as a sex symbol he is the new man. New, most plainly, because in his mingled blood those born since 1980 or so can see their future lovers and children, if they don't already see themselves.
  • Straight Talk About Gay Adoption « Obalesque – Why doesn’t he come out and say that like most Americans of his ancient generation, he’s acutely uncomfortable around “queers” and wants them to fade back into the shadows, if not die off, and hopes that Real Red Meat Rock Ribbed Americans respect him for his outspokenness and vote his ass into the White House?

4 Comments

  1. The UK Independent article is a disgrace. Life expectancy differentials are almost entirely explained by differential homicide rates (is the war on drugs a “market failure” or a “government failure”?) and by the pesky fact that the U.S. is the only nation that counts premature babies who die in neonatal care as live births — EVERY OTHER NATION counts those as stillbirths and simply removes them from the count (i.e., the U.S. is, statistically speaking, punished for taking heroic neonatal efforts).

    As for the other metrics, remind me again who, for example, runs 99% of education in this country: the greedy capitalists or the selfless politicians and their noble bureaucrats? Is it the greedy capitalists or the noble government that seizes one-eighth of the working poor’s paychecks — week after week for an entire working career — to fund a high-risk, low return, totally unvested entitlement scheme?

    Etc.

  2. I’ve actually heard of Falun Gong, the Unification Church and Jainism. (See, college was good for something.) Jain mythology was something I found rather fascinating and I’ll admit I find the level of self-sacrifice they exhibit noble, though excessive.

  3. As for the other metrics, remind me again who, for example, runs 99% of education in this country: the greedy capitalists or the selfless politicians and their noble bureaucrats? Is it the greedy capitalists or the noble government that seizes one-eighth of the working poor’s paychecks — week after week for an entire working career — to fund a high-risk, low return, totally unvested entitlement scheme?

  4. Thanks for the link. Or pingback. Whatever it’s called.

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