Tag: Social values

Grenfell Tower Fire: Third-Year Anniversary (Non-)Progress Report

By Lambert Strether of CorrenteJune 14 was the third anniversay of the Grenfell Tower fire, when flammable ACM (Aluminium Composite Material) “cladding” that covered the outside of the building was accidentally set ablaze, and took the whole building with it, causing 72 deaths: Naked Capitalism has been following the Grenfell Tower fire story for three […]

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Unsung Heroines: Who Cares for the Carers?

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, who was Assistant Director-General for Economic and Social Development, Food and Agriculture Organization, and who received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. Originally published by the InterPress Service Even before Covid-19, the world was facing a care crisis. The plight of […]

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There’s a Crisis in U.S. Capitalism

By Richard D. Wolff, Professor of economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a visiting professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, in New York. Wolff’s weekly show, “Economic Update,” is syndicated by more than 100 radio stations and goes to 55 million TV receivers via Free […]

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The Day Is Dawning On a Four-Day Work Week

Lambert: More time to do other, more important stuff… By Karen Foster, Associate Professor, Sociology and Social Anthropology and Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Rural Futures for Atlantic Canada, Dalhousie University. Originally published at The Conversation. Like any crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to rethink how we do things. As we near the […]

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A Window into the Hearts and Minds of Billionaire Donors

Yves here. It is disappointing but far from surprising that this piece on billionaire giving has all the objectivity of an authorized biography. First, there’s no consideration of self interest beyond image burnishing and ego gratification. But one of the world’s most famous donors seeks explicit commercial quid pro quos from some of his potential […]

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A Window into the Hearts and Minds of Billionaire Donors

Yves here. It is disappointing but far from surprising that this piece on billionaire giving has all the objectivity of an authorized biography. First, there’s no consideration of self interest beyond image burnishing and ego gratification. But one of the world’s most famous donors seeks explicit commercial quid pro quos from some of his potential […]

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Liz Theoharis: Organizing the Rich or the Poor? Which America Will Be Ours After the Pandemic?

Yves here. The poor keep getting ground further down as income inequality widens. It used to be that even well off people were grounded in communities and therefore would have some exposure to them. Now the wealth and even the upper middle class live at such a remove from the lower orders that it’s easier […]

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Why Americans Are Tiring of Social Distancing and Hand-Washing – 2 Behavioral Scientists Explain

Yves here. I have to confess to slipping on some of my Covid-19 discipline, such as cleaning the touched car surfaces with alcohol every time I drive (my mother’s aides use it every day and they don’t wear gloves) and wiping down handles and light switches 2x daily (but I rationalize that with more recent […]

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Why Americans Are Tiring of Social Distancing and Hand-Washing – 2 Behavioral Scientists Explain

Yves here. I have to confess to slipping on some of my Covid-19 discipline, such as cleaning the touched car surfaces with alcohol every time I drive (my mother’s aides use it every day and they don’t wear gloves) and wiping down handles and light switches 2x daily (but I rationalize that with more recent […]

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Riot or Resistance? How Media Frames Unrest in Minneapolis Will Shape Public’s View of Protest

Yves here. Good to see actual data that shows the considerable difference between how the press treated the pink pussyhats, versus both people of color and whites protesting police violence against blacks. But the media isn’t the only part of the problem. Recall that when Black Lives Matter die-ins were becoming popular and getting media […]

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Death, Suicides, And The Pandemic Economy

Yves here.I recall seeing articles reporting that suicides have risen due to Covid-19, with experts in the field saying the individuals killing themselves seem more determined than is normally the case, since many attempts are cries for help or impulsive. However, this post indicates that the data isn’t consistent with these reports, which were both […]

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Yes, You Can Drink the Water: Clean and Safe Public Water Supplies. Microplastics, A Plea for a Modest Post Coronavirus Priority

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.eats to the world beyond the coronavirus pandeomic.   Jared Diamond had a piece in today’s FT riffing on four existential threats that  loom over the  the world once the coronavirus pandemic, is contained.  […]

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U.S. Declares a Vaccine War on the World

By Prabir Purkayastha, the founding editor of Newsclick.in, a digital media platform and an activist for science and the Free Software movement. Produced in partnership by Newsclick and Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute Donald Trump launched a new vaccine war in May, but not against the virus. It was against the world. […]

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New York Rent Strikes During the 1918 “Spanish” Influenza

Yves here. The fight over rent, and more generally, who bears the cost of catastrophic economic damage, shows how little has changed from a century ago to now. But it is also important not to lose sight of the differences. One aspect of the Spanish flu versus our coronavirus is that we are taking a […]

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The Economics and Politics of Social Democracy: A Reconsideration

Yves here. This history of the decline of social democracy comes from a vantage that might strike readers as novel: that of economic policy and how that played out in politics. By Servaas Storm, Senior Lecturer of Economics, Delft University of Technology. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website Social democracy, the […]

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Because Culture Matters, There Is No One-Size-Fits-All Exit Strategy from Covid-19 Lockdowns

Yves here. A few days ago, we ran a post on how different the Covid-19 infection rates were in two neighboring Queens communities, Flushing, which has a large Chinese population, and Corona, which is strongly Hispanic. One reader pointed out that the Latin culture likely played a role, with hugging, backslapping, and physical closeness in […]

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Waiting for “Rooseveltian Relief”: An Oversimplified Framework for the Employment Situation

I’ve always loved the term “Employment Situation,” from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, because employment is indeed so often a “situation.” Like now, where the unemployment numbers are Great Depression-level (and probably undercounted, because of methodological issues at BLS and technical issues at the state level). Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says “the reported numbers are probably […]

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In Quest of the May Day Strikes

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Sometimes when frustrated, I recall the famous New Yorker article by an author who thought he had a story about a bird in the woods, said to be extinct. But maybe not! So he found the local who thought they’d heard the bird’s distinctive, booming call, bought some yellow waders, […]

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Harmoniously Denied: The Wider Implications of China’s Censorship on COVID-19

Yves here. This discussion of Chinese censorship about Covid-19, including the author’s own experience, is useful not simply for the insights into the workings of the Chinese system, but also for the similarities and differences to censorship in the West. Specifically, the author observes that formerly top-down censorship has become part of the “collective mentality”. […]

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The Price of Meat

Meatpacking plants have become the new front where workers are fighting management over Covid-19 risk. But unlike medical professionals, who in theory can be hazmat suited up so as to greatly reduce exposure to contagion but aren’t due to the lack of PPE, you can rest assured that level of safety precaution will never happen […]

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Inequality and the Coronavirus: Destroying American Society From the Top Down

Yves here. A point we fell compelled to add every time the topic of inequality and health arises: highly unequal societies impose a health cost even on the very rich. If you slip from your economic perch, you lose many if not all of your social ties. You are no longer able to afford the […]

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Mutual Aid Volunteers Are Mobilizing to Help the Most Vulnerable Communities to Deal With Coronavirus

By April M. Short, an editor, journalist and documentary editor and producer. She is a writing fellow at Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Previously, she served as a managing editor at AlterNet as well as an award-winning senior staff writer for Santa Cruz, California’s weekly newspaper. Her work has been […]

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#DemExit Now: How the Democratic Party Cheated Bernie Sanders Out of the Nomination

By Anis Shivani, whose recent political books include Why Did Trump Win?, Confronting American Fascism, and A Radical Human Rights Solution to the Immigration Problem. He is the author of many critically-acclaimed books of fiction, poetry, and criticism, including, most recently, A History of the Cat in Nine Chapters or Less  Forcing the March 17 […]

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The New Fault Lines in a Post-Globalized World

Yves here. It would be better if I were wrong, but I have doubts about this scenario. It appears to assume some orderliness in the responses to the coronavirus, both in terms of businesses and governments cooperating. I don’t see this as possible in the US. Not only is there an absence of public spiritedness, […]

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Somebody Needs to Tell Chuck Schumer that the Entire Working Class Is “Heroic,” Not Just “Essential Workers”

By Lambert Strether of Corrente This was going to be a very short post, because I thought that if I tried to write a longer post, I’d stroke out, Schumer ticks me off so much. But now it’s going to be slightly longer, because Schumer’s concept blew up after I started to write the post: […]

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The Coming Battle for the COVID-19 Narrative

Yves here. It would be welcome, and overdue, if COVID-19 were to wreak as much havoc with the “markets uber alles” as it has with with people’s lives. But if the elites can patch things together so as to suit them, we may instead see an even nastier version of the counter-revolution. Crises tend to […]

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