Tag: Social values

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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Martin Wolf: Why Economists Failed as “Experts”—and How to Make Them Matter Again

Yves here. Even though Martin Wolf’s post makes many important observations, I feel the need to take issue with his conclusion. Economists have been and continue to be enormously successful as experts. PhDs in economics make roughly twice as much as those in other social sciences. Economists are the only social scientists to have a […]

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The 2020 Democrats of the ‘Anti-Green New Deal Coalition’

By Kendra Chamberlain, a freelance journalist overing renewable energy technology and smart infrastructure. Originally published at DeSmog Blog Follow her on twitter @KendraRC976 Support for the ambitious Green New Deal proposal has uncovered widening rifts within the Democratic Party as presidential candidates begin fleshing out their 2020 platforms. To date, the Green New Deal resolution […]

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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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Can Shareholder Activism Tame the Financial System?

Yves here. I should provide a longer introduction, but I am forced to be brief. This piece provides an excellent overview of the history of shareholder activism and the orientations of some of the major types of institutional investors. However, based on what I have seen at CalPERS, one of the leading advocates of ESG […]

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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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Is the Opioid Overdose Crisis a Story of Supply or Demand? Depends Where You Look

By Shannon Monnat, an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Lerner Chair of Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website Over the past two decades deaths from opioids and other drugs have grown to be a major U.S. health problem, but fatal overdose rates are much […]

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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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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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How Howard Thurman Met Gandhi and Brought Nonviolence to the Civil Rights Movement

By Walter E. Fluker, Professor of Ethical Leadership, Boston University. Originally published at The Conversation Director Martin Doblmeier’s new documentary, “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story,”is scheduled for release on public television in February. Thurman played an important role in the civil rights struggle as a key mentor tomanyleadersof the movement, including Martin […]

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Brexit’s Primitive Passions Could Bring Havoc to Ireland – and Far Beyond

Yves here. The UK pres has been so full of baseless rumors, like that the EU would “offer” a Brexit extension, that it seemed clear that the notion of reopening the Good Friday Agreement, particularly with so little time left on the Brexit clock, was daft. However, given how many Brexit unicorns are still wandering […]

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How Teacher Strikes Are Exposing the Corrupt Charter School Agenda

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 […]

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France’s Great Debate

Yves here. Wowsers, does Macron not know basic French history? The last time a ruler asked la toute France for its opinion about the problems of the day, the situation developed not necessarily to his advantage. From Wikipedia: The Cahiers de doléances (or simply Cahiers as they were often known) were the lists of grievances […]

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