Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for January 21st through January 27th:
- Confessions of a Former Libertarian: My Personal, Psychological and Intellectual Epiphany – I was a Buddhist concerned with world suffering — and I could no longer reconcile my humanity with my ideology.
- Op-Ed Columnist: Paranoia of the Plutocrats – Extreme inequality, it turns out, creates a class of insecure but powerful people who are alarmingly detached from reality.
- Editorial: A Formula for Repelling Women Voters – The Republican obsession with undermining Roe V. Wade won’t build the party.
- Hypocrisy on Privacy and The Pill – Birth control and data mining used to be things they believed in, now both are Big Government plots to be stopped.
- Meet 330 Lawmakers Who Made 2013 “A Terrible Year for Women’s Health” – In all, lawmakers in 22 states enacted 70 new provisions that curbed reproductive rights—that's more new abortion restrictions than there were in any year but 2011. Earlier this month, the Guttmacher Institute, a think tank that supports abortion rights, reported that more new restrictions have passed in the last three years than in the entire previous decade.
- President Obama Does Many Things Well but Being a Socialist is Not One of Them – I get that the President has said stuff that rubbed some rich folks the wrong way, but as Paul says, he’s awfully mild relative to say, FDR. But in both economics and Buddhism, we’re taught to look at what actually happened. That should pretty quickly lead you to conclude that if Obama is a socialist, he’s the worst socialist ever.
- Red State vs. Blue State | Thom Hartmann – News & info from the #1 progressive radio show – In almost every category, Americans are better off living in a Blue state. Republicans love to say that lower taxes, less regulation, and pro-business policies benefit Americans, but this report proves that people are suffering in states that adopt those principles.
- How We Got Economic Inequality and Why the President Needs to Talk About It – On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama is going to give his fifth state of the union address about cash. The president is likely to call for policies that will help working people, like an increase in the minimum wage and the extension of unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed workers.
But what will his larger message be?
- Justin Bieber benefits from double standard, while Richard Sherman is smeared as a ‘thug’ – Calling Justin Bieber a thug does not make the racial insults hurled at Richard Sherman any more palatable, so let’s stop with that half-hearted campaign.
- Op-Ed Columnist: The Undeserving Rich – Why you can’t lump the plutocrats in with the upper middle class.