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Let’s Fight for Universal Childcare

/ Saryah Mitchell sits with her mother, Teisa Gay, at a rally calling for increased childcare subsidies, in Sacramento, California, on May 6, 2015. (AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli)

It’s good for the economy and consistent with our values. / The Nation Editor's Note: Each week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the Read the full text of Katrina’s column here.

Katrina vanden Heuvel, the Nation

February 26, 2019 | A few weeks ago, Nation columnist Katha Pollitt wrote a compelling New York Times piece endorsing “day care for all.” Noting that childcare is “one of the biggest costs a family faces,” often surpassing even college tuition, Pollitt argued that a lack of affordable childcare is a problem on par with challenges that receive far more attention from leading progressives. “So why isn’t it on the front burner of the revitalized left?” she asked.

The question turned out to be prescient. Last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) unveiled her proposal for universal childcare in the United States. While other candidates have discussed the need for affordable childcare—and it was one of Hillary Clinton’s priorities in 2016—Warren’s plan is clearly the most ambitious proposal to date. It would establish a network of federally funded, locally run childcare centers across the nation. Enrollment would be completely free for millions of children and affordable for all, with the total cost per family capped at 7 percent of a family’s income, no matter the number of kids. The centers would be staffed by qualified care providers, who would be paid similarly to teachers. Access would be guaranteed, but families with the means to choose other options would be free to do so. And it would be fully paid for with revenue from the wealth tax Warren has called for on households with a net worth greater than $50 million.

Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of the Nation.

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What America Has Done To its Young People is Appalling ~ James Ostrowski. Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic


  • some of the problems young people face are caused by dysfunctional family situations and our failing education system.
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When Chimamanda Met Hillary: A Tale of How Liberals Cosy Up to Power

 / Hillary Clinton and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at PEN America’s World Voices Festival. Adichie will be interviewing Michelle Obama in December., Karsten Moran/New York Times / Redux / eyevine

Nigerian American novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s interview of Hillary Clinton is another example of writers embraced by the establishment who not only fail to confront the colossal violence inflicted by theWest; but often hail and endorse it.

Fatima Bhutto, the Guardian / Portside Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Facebook.

November 27, 2018 | In April, at an event called Resist and Reimagine, PEN America invited Hillary Clinton to deliver the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture. The former secretary of state, chosen by America’s pre-eminent literary organization for her “human rights accomplishments”, engaged in a Q&A afterwards with Nigerian American novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Admirers of Adichie’s writings may have hoped that she would hold Clinton to account for her ruinous human rights record: her vociferous support for all the wars the United States has fought since 2001, costing almost $5tn, according to a recent report from Brown University, and causing the death of more than a third of a million people in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. During Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, the United States expanded its disastrous war on terror in Africa, most notably in Libya, Mali and Somalia. But Adichie wasn’t expressing her own anguish at this despoiling of several African countries as she sat down with the former presidential candidate and said: “When I said hello to Mrs Clinton backstage, I had to try very hard not to get emotional.”

Fatima Bhutto is the author of several books. Her novel The Runaways comes in the the UK in March 2019.

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The Price of Empire ~ Umair Haque*Nu0RaDq1QceANFf7oU_QDQ.jpeg

  • But violence and greed and cruelty cannot lead anyone anymore to prosperity in the 21st century. There is nobody left to colonize and exploit left but yourself, your very own society, in a world which is out of easy frontiers and helpless peoples.
  • The price of empire is a nation's soul.

Robert Gore, Eudaimonia / Straight Line Logic

January 19, 2019 | It’s a striking fact of today’s world that the two rich societies in shocking, swift, sharp decline are America and Britain. Nowhere else in the world, for example, are real income, life expectancy, happiness, and trust all plummeting, apart from maybe Venezuela (No, “but at least we’re not Venezuela!” is not the bar to aim for, my friends.) Their downfall is, of course, a self-inflicted catastrophe. But the interesting question is: why? And what does it tell us about what it takes to prosper and thrive in the 21st century, which is something that America and Britain clearly aren’t doing, and maybe aren’t capable of doing?

Here’s an equally curious observation. America and Britain aren’t just any countries. They are the former hegemons of the world’s most powerful empires. Britain, until the first half of the 20th century, and America, picking up where Britain left off. Is this just a strange cosmic coincidence — that it is the two greatest empires of the most recent past who are the ones seemingly most incapable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century? There aren’t coincidences that great, my friends. Such tides of history always whisper lessons to be learned. What is this one trying to urgently teach us?*lI5-avJvcBbQDmA2.jpeg / Umair Haque, author and one of the world's leading thinkers, is the Director of the London-based Havas Media Lab and heads Bubblegeneration, a strategy lab that helps discover strategic innovation.

Robert Gore is a featured writer on The Savvy Street, and,  although he engages in political commentary, he enthusiastically shuns politics.

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It's Time for Journalism to Stand Up to Trump

  • Part 1: Trump Is Running Against The Media. Why Does The Media Keep Helping Him?
  • The press should know the name of this game by now.
  • Part 2: It’s Time for Journalism to Stand for Something.
  • Because journalism couldn’t afford to make enemies, it gave up its moral compass. 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Part 1: Trump Is Running Against The Media. Why Does The Media Keep Helping Him?,556 / Donald J. Trump talks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on November 4, 2018 in Washington, DC.Oliver Contreras/CNP/ZUMA

The press should know the name of this game by now.

Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones

November 6, 2018 | The “magazine” was mostly laughable with its bad cartoons and red accent fonts that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a fifth-grade Halloween party flyer. But it was also a perfect metaphor for the 2018 election, and the fight that we’re in for the next two years.

The 40-page hunk of glossy paper was campaign literature for Devin Nunes, the Republican congressman now best known for using the House probe of Russian election interference to peddle conspiracy theories about an FBI plot against Donald Trump. Thanks to that notoriety, Nunes—who in 2016 was reelected with 68 percent of the vote—has faced an unusually strong challenge this year. But the campaign he chose to run was not really against the Democrat, Andrew Janz. It was against the hometown newspaper.

Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones.

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Part 2: It’s Time for Journalism to Stand for Something.,555 / Mother Jones illustration; Alex Brandon/AP; Getty

Because journalism couldn’t afford to make enemies, it gave up its moral compass. 

Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones

September 19, 2018 | There are moments when you can tell what they will feel like in retrospect: hitting bottom, a dam cracking. Between Michael Cohen’s guilty plea, Paul Manafort’s conviction, a cascade of semi-mutinous signals from inside the White House, and a slew of polls and election results showing the extraordinary civic energy building for the midterms, the last month had that quality.

Fairness and accuracy are not served by pretending to have no point of view. They are served by acknowledging where you’re coming from and then being rigorous about following the facts where they lead.

It felt like truth breaking, if briefly, through the miasma of lies. Like confirmation that the institutions of democracy cannot be bent at will by an authoritarian impulse, or fully paralyzed by its enablers.

Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones.

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