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Digest for November 26th through December 3rd

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 26th through December 3rd:

  • The Accidental Truth in the RNC’s Latest Race Gaffe – A tweet about Rosa Parks ‘ending racism’ reveals a shameful truth about the GOP: Equality has never been the party’s fight and likely never will be.
  • $2,229.11 for Three Stitches? Behold the Wonder of the Free Market. – And let's be clear about this: what conservatives are arguing for is the maintenance of the status quo that gives us the $2,229.11 hospital charge for putting in three stitches. It was their devotion to the primacy of market freedom in health care that put us where we are now. When the government doesn't work properly, by, say, making a terrible website that took months to fix, the answer is to make it work better. Because we don't have to wonder whether the alternative is worse. We've been living it.
  • Black females should have the right to wear an afro | Deborah Douglas – Vanessa VanDyke was threatened with expulsion from school for her hairstyle. It's another sad example of white beauty norms.
  • The Banksters are getting off easy… – The banksters could be forced to pay tens of billions of dollars more in settlements for crashing our economy. But, these fees are just a small fraction of the price that American taxpayers paid for the economic collapse.
  • The Elan Gale internet hoax sums up all that is rotten about our online lives – When I was a teenager, I thought it would be great to be an adult and be surrounded by people who weren't mean to each other all day. Enter stage left: the world wide web.
  • Intelligence-led policing aka “Pre-crime” – Say what you will about Goldman Sachs — and you could say a lot — but its CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, recently boiled down one of America’s most complex problems into a perfectly simple and quotable line. Repeat after Lloyd, folks: "This country does a great job of creating wealth, but not a great [job] of distributing it.”
  • It’s High Time to Drug Test Our Lawmakers – Tenacity can be an admirable trait in a leader – except when it's stupid.
  • Bayard Rustin and the Audacity of Hope – President Obama's posthumous award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin on November 20, 2013, marked overdue recognition of Rustin's extraordinary contributions to the civil rights movement. On another level, Rustin's strategic vision has prophetic relevance for our time. It embodies the "audacity of hope" that we can build a deeper and more vibrant democracy.

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