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Henry Giroux | A New American Revolution: Can We Break Out of Our Nation’s Culture of Cruelty?

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  • Fighting back against the right’s politics of exclusion can be a path toward rebuilding American democracy.
  • It is about a culture of cruelty that is buttressed by a moral coma.
  • Related: There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

Henry Giroux, Rise Up Times / Salon / Moyers & Company

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Demonstration%20for%20Single-Payer%20Health%20Care_0.jpg  July 11, 2017 | The health care reform bills proposed by Republicans in the House and Senate have generated heated discussions across a vast ideological and political spectrum. On the right, senators such as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have endorsed a new level of cruelty — one that has a long history among the radical right — by arguing that the current Senate bill does not cut enough social services and provisions for the poor, children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups and needs to be even more friendly to corporate interests by providing massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Among right-wing pundits, the message is similar. For instance, Fox News commentator Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, in a discussion about the Senate bill, stated without apparent irony that rising public concerns over the suffering, misery and death that would result from this policy bordered on “hysteria” since “we are all going to die anyway.” Montgomery’s ignorance about the relationship between access to health care and lower mortality rates is about more than ignorance. It is about a culture of cruelty that is buttressed by a moral coma.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University.

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There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care, Geoff Coventry, Other Words 

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  • A fully privatized system can never adequately provision the nation.
  • Related: Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family."


 

Special Report | New Economic Perspectives: Universal Basic Income Needed, Not Our Charity

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  • Part 1: Universal Basic Income Needed to Break 'Addiction to Economic Growth Killing Us'
    • Anthropologist Jason Hickel presents basic income as part of strategy of "planned de-growth," which will "increase human well-being and happiness while reducing our economic footprint."
  • Part 2: The Poor Need a Guaranteed Income, Not Our Charity
    • Community gardens, cooking classes, and food banks may make us feel good, but they don’t solve the problem of food insecurity.
  • Related: Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part I

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Part 1: Universal Basic Income Needed to Break 'Addiction to Economic Growth Killing Us'

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Anthropologist Jason Hickel presents basic income as part of strategy of "planned de-growth," which will "increase human well-being and happiness while reducing our economic footprint."

Andrea Germano, Common Dreams
 
Friday, August 11, 2017 | As some tech giants throw their weight behind the idea of a universal basic income, one anthropologist says it's a key component of a strategy to break the "addiction to economic growth [that] is killing us" and the planet.

Offering his views this week on BBC's "Viewsnight," Jason Hickel, an anthropologist at the London School of Economics and author of books including The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, says "we can't have infinite growth on a finite planet."

That argument—which others have made as well—should be clear by evidence of the "climate change, deforestation, and rapid rates of extinction" taking hold, he says.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: The Poor Need a Guaranteed Income, Not Our Charity

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Community gardens, cooking classes, and food banks may make us feel good, but they don’t solve the problem of food insecurity.

Colleen Kimmett, The Walrus

Jul. 6, 2017 | utritionist and food-security expert Valerie Tarasuk recalls the meeting, early on in a five-year-long research project, when she and her fellow researchers reached the point of mind-numbing exhaustion that made civil discourse nearly impossible. It had become clear to them that the way Canadians talked about the prevalence of hunger—mostly framed in terms of food bank use—was missing the point. They needed some way to communicate the severity of the problem as they saw it. But would the public pay any attention to a purely descriptive report based on data gleaned from the “bowels of Stats Canada”?

The answer, it turned out, was yes.

Colleen Kimmett is a writer based in Montreal. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Al Jazeera America, and The Development Set.

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Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part I, Maya Lehmann, Daily Work 

  • Like me, I hope this poem will make you think more deeply about the strengths of, and challenges faced by, people experiencing poverty.
  • Fake Labor News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the Poor, Week Ending August 5, 2017

There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

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  • A fully privatized system can never adequately provision the nation.
  • Related: Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family."

Geoff Coventry, Other Words 

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July 19, 2017 | The Republicans have big plans for health care in this country: to eliminate coverage for millions of Americans while delivering a big tax cut to the rich.

As someone who stands to benefit from that tax cut, let me just say: I don’t need it, and I don’t want it. No tax cut is worth excluding millions of Americans from the health services they need.

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Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family." Trump Resistance Movement (TRM), act.tv

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Rep Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) Town Hall

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Ralph Nader | Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide?

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How Big Pharma Created the Heroin Epidemic

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July 27, 2017 | Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or for that rising fatality toll? Turning away from such warnings may reduce immediate tension or anxiety, but only weakens the public awareness and distracts us from addressing the great challenges of our time, such as calamitous climate change, pandemics, and the rise of a host of other self-inflicted disasters.

Here are some warnings about rising and looming risks.

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1. The opioid epidemic is here now, and poised to become further exacerbated. It is the US’s deadliest drug overdose crisis ever, taking over 1000 lives a week. Even that figure is underestimated, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These fatalities, many of them affecting people in the prime of their life, stem from legally prescribed drugs taken to relieve chronic pain. Tragically ironic!

Congress is figuring out how to budget for many billions of dollars to combat this toll – much greater than the deaths by traffic crashes or AIDS. Republican and Democratic state officials are suing the drug companies for excessive, misleading promotion for profit. Still, the awful toll keeps rising.

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His latest book is The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future. Other recent books include, The Seventeen Traditions: Lessons from an American Childhood, Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together to Win, and "Only The Super-Rich Can Save Us" (a novel). 

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Mining Truth launches campaign to highlight financial risk from PolyMet

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  • Mining Truth launches campaign to highlight financial risk from PolyMet
  • $934 million damage deposit is needed to protect taxpayers
  • Sulfide mining pollution would forever change Minnesota, including the Boundary Waters, Lake Superior, and our economy. 

The Mining Truth coalition, Mining Truth

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http://www.miningtruth.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Screen-Shot-2015-06-16-at-10.10.13-AM.png07/20/2017 | The Mining Truth coalition launched a public information campaign this week with a goal of ensuring Minnesota taxpayers are protected as permit applications are considered for PolyMet’s proposed sulfide mine in northern Minnesota. Billboards near the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources headquarters in St. Paul and along I-35 highlight the $934 million damage deposit experts say is needed to cover cleanup costs.

“PolyMet’s own permit application says polluted water from the site will require expensive treatment for decades, if not centuries, after this proposed mine closes” said Kathryn Hoffman, Executive Director of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. “Unless Minnesota insists on a bankruptcy-proof, upfront damage deposit, taxpayers could be left with a huge cleanup bill.”

Mining Truth is a coalition of Conservation Minnesota, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy formed in 2012 to provide a resource for Minnesotans to get facts about how sulfide mining and its potential impacts differ from iron mining.

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Gutting EPA’s Budget And Staff Would Endanger The Health Of Millions Of Americans

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  • President Trump promised to “promote clean air and clean water” during his recent speech before Congress, but he reportedly plans to dramatically cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget.
  • Related: The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement

Elliott Negin, Union of Concerned Scientists / Huffington Post 

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Is that right, Mr. President? Then why is your administration proposing to slash as much as 25 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s current budget and cut its staff by 20 percent? That would cripple environmental safeguards, jeopardize public health, and put future generations at risk.

Elliott Negin, Contributor, Huffington Post; Senior Writer, Union of Concerned Scientists

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The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement, Susan Matthews, Slate <>

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  • Will America finally realize that we are no longer the world leader we think we are?
  • Donald Trump is the only world leader who isn’t sure if climate change is real. 
  • Related: 4 Pathways to Our Climate Future—Which Will We Choose?

 

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