Insurance, art, architecture, civil liberties, auto safety, think tanks, peace, free thinkers, political candidates, marijuana, his alma mater Princeton University — these and other varied interests drove the inquiring career of the late Peter Lewis, chairman of the board of Progressive Insurance, who passed away at age 80 last month.
By Stephen Gowans, What’s Left
Reading Paul Krugman’s New York Times column today, A Permanent Slump?, I couldn’t help but get the feeling that the IMF, Larry Summers and Paul Krugman, had belatedly discovered an idea that Paul Sweezy, a Marxist economist who died in 2004, had elaborated on decades ago, namely that stagnation is the normal state of contemporary capitalist economies.
An Economic Cancer: The Top 1% Earns More Than the Bottom 50%
STEVEN JONAS MD, Senior Editor
Recently, Senator Bernie Sanders published the followingdata set on his website:
In America today, the top 1 percent owns 38 percent of our country’s financial wealth. The bottom 60 percent owns 2.3 percent. The increasing wealth inequality in the United States has become the great moral issue of our time.
A Fiscal Revolution?
by TOM GILL
France is in revolt over tax. In recent weeks the protagonists have ranged from drivers of heavy goods vehicles, wealthy cereal farmers, and even the equestrian lobby . And, almost everybody in the depressed north western region of Brittany, it seems.
By Adam Minster
A single strand of burned-out Christmas tree lights weighs almost nothing in the hand. But a hay-bale-sized block? That weighs around 2,200 pounds, according to Raymond Li, the fresh-faced but steely general manager of Yong Chang Processing, a scrap-metal processor in the southern Chinese town of Shijiao.
By Justin Raimondo, Antiwar
Rather than ending the war, the Obama-Karzai pact institutionalizes it, making the occupation of Afghanistan a permanent feature of US military operations in the region. It even maps out a place for this new US colony in the annual budget, and there is no time limit on any of this: “2024 and beyond.” From this quagmire there is to be no extrication — that, in short, is the sum total of our great “victory” in Afghanistan.
Tikkun’s Editor’s Note:
Please be aware that “the Israel Lobby” is not equivalent to “American Jews.” As MJ Rosenberg notes, most American Jews are far more progressive than the organizations that officially speak for them (because most American Jews are not affiliated with those organizations). The Israel Lobby gets much of its strength from a minority of American Jews who back their positions with lots of money, and by the Christian Zionists.
By Chris Hedges
The powers that be are rapidly losing credibility and legitimacy. The corporate state is now lashing out like a wounded animal. Hacker Jeremy Hammond’s sentencing for 10 years is the latest sign.
NEW YORK—I was in federal court here Friday for the sentencing of Jeremy Hammond to 10 years in prison for hacking into the computers of a private security firm that works on behalf of the government, including the Department of Homeland Security, and corporations such as Dow Chemical. In 2011 Hammond, now 28, released to the website WikiLeaks and Rolling Stone and other publications some 3 million emails from the Texas-based company Strategic Forecasting Inc., or Stratfor. The sentence was one of the longest in U.S. history for hacking and the maximum the judge could impose under a plea agreement in the case. It was wildly disproportionate to the crime—an act of nonviolent civil disobedience that championed the public good by exposing abuses of power by the government and a security firm. But the excessive sentence was the point.
|November 18, 2013|
|American corporations, the lament goes, aren’t manufacturing much in the way of broad prosperity any more. True enough. They’re too busy manufacturing legions of power-suited millionaires.But Americans are starting to push back against that manufacturing of inequality, on a variety of fronts. Want to help? You can get going by making a few choice clicks to support requiring corporations to annually disclose the gap between what they pay their CEOs and what they pay their most typical workers.The Securities and Exchange Commission is now accepting comment on proposednew federal regulations that would mandate this pay ratio disclosure, and nearly 50,000 Americans have so far chimed in. You can join them, via online campaigns that labor and other public interest groups are now mounting.Need some inspiration to join the fray? Just take a look at the landmark battle for corporate pay equity that young activists are waging in Switzerland. We have that Alpine story — and much more — in this week’s Too Much.|
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BACKGROUNDER OF THE CONTROVERSIAL LAW FROM A HISTORIC-POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE
By Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
In the fall of 1993, President and Mrs. (as she was then know, before she became brand “Hillary”) Clinton were gearing up for the introduction of what became known as “The Clinton Health Plan” to Congress. At the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, held in Washington, DC in November that year, a session was held looking for volunteers to speak on behalf of the plan at community meetings to be held the following year. I had a long background in what we used to call “health care delivery systems analysis.” And so I went along to that first session, really a tryout. Each participant was asked to give a brief presentation on the problems facing the US health care system and how they thought that the Clinton Health Plan could help to ameliorate them. I was pleased that I was chosen to participate and invited to come to Washington a couple of weeks later to begin training. I was dismayed, however, when, with no further discussion and certainly no interview for the job, I was asked to become a trainer myself.
BY MICHAEL PARENTI
Posted in 2013 | The Michael Parenti Website
The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—in which Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famed “I Have a Dream” speech—has recently won renewed attention from various print and electronic media in the United States. But the more attention given to King’s extraordinary speech, the less we seem to know about King himself, the less aware we are about the serious challenges he was presenting, challenges that remain urgent and ignored to this very day.