Tag: Social policy

Can Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Be Trusted To Turn Facebook into a “Privacy-Focused Communications Platform?”

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Facebook CEO and squillionaire Mark Zuckerberg recently announced (in a Facebook post, naturally) that Facebook will become a “a privacy-focused communications platform.” He writes: As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today’s open platforms. Privacy gives […]

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Of Course We Can Pay for a Green New Deal, but We Can’t Escape Hard Choices

Yves here. This post on the Green New Deal highlights an issue that hasn’t come close to getting the attention it warrants: the operational and organizational demands. However, it’s odd that the author does not consider revenue sharing, a program launched by that great American socialist Richard Nixon. Nixon believed that the federal government was […]

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A Way-Too-Early Handicapping of the 2020 Presidential Race

By Thomas Neuburger. Originally published at DownWithTyranny! [embedded content]A cigarette, martini, a staircase and Bette Davis — the 2020 election in a nutshell There are two groups of candidates in the Democratic candidate field. The first group contains people like Bernie Sanders. The second group contains all other candidates whom corporate Democratic power brokers will […]

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Economic Consequences of the U.S. Convict Labor System

By Michael Poyker, Postdoctoral Researcher, Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website hile labor coercion in agricultural and preindustrial economies is well-studied, few papers address the effects of coercive institutions in an industrial setting (Naidu and Yuchtman, 2013). The most common form of labor coercion in […]

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Charter School Cap Efforts Gain Momentum

By Matthew Gardner Kelly, Assistant Professor of Education, Pennsylvania State University. Originally published at The Conversation From California to Wisconsin, efforts to stop charter school growth are gaining momentum. In the April 2019 mayoral election in Chicago, both candidates say they want to halt charter school expansion. Financial issues lie at the core of these […]

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#MeToo Whistleblowing Is Upending Century-Old Legal Precedent Demanding Loyalty to the Boss

Yves here. I have to confess that I didn’t know that legal protection for whistleblowers is a relatively new development. By Elizabeth C. Tippett, Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Oregon. Originally published at The Conversation When was the last time you agreed to keep a secret? Perhaps it was a personal confidence shared […]

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France, Inequality, the Yellow Vests, and the Social Elevator

Lambert: I’m not sure that a “social elevator” is the metaphor I find most appealing for redistribution. How about one of those little folding stepladders that you see in kitchens? By Laurence Boone, Chief Economist, OECD, and Antoine Goujard, Senior Economist, OECD.Originally published at VoxEU. The ‘yellow vest’ demonstrations in France appear, at least in […]

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The Debate Over Tactics In the Modern Left: Radical Opposition or Strategic Inclusive Engagement?

Yves here. This post brings up a classic issue about tactics for achieving change that readers often debate in comments. So it is useful to have an opportunity to focus on this question. By Thomas Neuburger. Originally published at DownWithTyranny World CO2 emissions are growing, not falling. What will the children say? (source) Modern America is […]

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The Rapid Victory of the West Virginia Teacher Strike Shows What Happens When Progressives Join the Fight Against School Privatization

Yves here. After years of lagging pay and demonization (when teachers are held in high esteem in virtually all of the rest of the world), the West Virginia strike is yet another successful step towards improving teacher working conditions. By Jeff Bryant, a writing fellow and chief correspondent for Our Schools, a project of the […]

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Nomi Prins: Survival of the Richest, The March of Inequality

Yves here. Keep in mind that historically, the levelers of inequality have been war, financial crises, protracted battles by workers to get better incomes and workplace protections, and, of course, revolutions. By Nomi Prins, a former Wall Street executive, whose latest book is Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World (Nation Books). She is also […]

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The Yellow Vest Phenomenon and the Radical Right

Yves here. While imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the gilet jaunes may not be so happy to have right wing yellow vest copy-cats. By Rob May, who is currently completing a PhD. on the radical right at Sheffield Hallam University. His work focuses on British fascism’s links and influences with overseas counterparts. He […]

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How Stupid Do They Think We Are? – Plutocrats Using Logical Fallacies to Defend the Health Care Status Quo

By Roy Poses, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University, and the President of FIRM – the Foundation for Integrity and Responsibility in Medicine. Originally published at Health Care Renewal In the early 21st century, the debate about health care reform in the US ramped up.  The result ultimately was the Patient Protection […]

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Who Is Really A Socialist?

Yves here. Although this post does a very helpful job of parsing out the critical ideas that travelers under the “socialist” banner may hold, a shortcoming is how Rosser treats the idea of “ownership” of production. The original Marxist construct developed when businessmen owned mills and workshops directly, as in they owned productive assets. This […]

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And Now This Message From Some Very Rich People: ‘Please Raise Our Taxes

Yves here. IMHO, the bigger deal in this tax proposal is closing the carried interest loophole, which would trim the sails of private equity and hedge fund barons. It’s also striking to see the factually-challenged, knee-jerk reaction from Cuomo on raising taxes on the rich. When I was a young thing in New York, the […]

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How Neoliberalism Is Normalising Hostility

Yves here. Even though this post paints with very bright colors, I imagine most readers will agree with the argument it makes about the destructive social impact of neoliberalism. Some additional points to consider: Neoliberalism puts markets above all else. In this paradigm, you are supposed to uproot yourself if work dries up where you […]

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AOC and Ed Markey Introduce Green New Deal Resolution (and Let’s Remember It’s a DEAL)

De l’audace, encore de l’audace, toujours de l’audace! –General George Patton, quoting Georges Danton By Lambert Strether of Corrente From the Boston Herald: “Ed Markey pairs with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Green New Deal,” as they introduce “H. RES. 109: Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal,” together. This is […]

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Servaas Storm: The Bogus Paper That Gutted Workers’ Rights

By Servaas Storm, Senior Lecturer of Economics, Delft University of Technology, an economist who works on macroeconomics, technological progress, income distribution, economic growth, finance, development and structural change, and climate change. Originally published at The Institute for New Economic Thinking website For years, governments in India and much of the developing world have followed the advice […]

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Charter Schools Are Pushing Public Education to the Breaking Poin

By Jeff Bryant, a writing fellow and chief correspondent for Our Schools, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is a communications consultant, freelance writer, advocacy journalist, and director of the Education Opportunity Network, a strategy and messaging center for progressive education policy. His award-winning commentary and reporting routinely appear in prominent online news outlets, […]

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The Real Reason Stock Buybacks Are a Problem

Yves here. Even though this article on stock buybacks by Steve Roth, cross posted below after this lenghty introduction, makes an important central point, I believe it is missing the forest for the trees. Roth acts as if stock buybacks are merely an alternative to dividends (or investing or paying workers more). It’s far worse […]

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Take One Leave One – A New Way to Help the Homeless

Yves here. The “Take One Leave One” idea is an improved stopgap for helping the homeless. And I suspect most people will give more when they feel they are giving something concrete, like a meal or some clothes. But the article is correct to stress the need for larger-scale solutions. By Stefan Simanowitz, who works […]

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