NICK BEAMS—The strength, however, of the economic data produced by Oxfam, forms a stark contrast to its prescriptions for dealing with such extreme levels of social inequality. These centre on the development of what it calls a “human economy,” built on different principles from what it calls a “growth economy.” The “human economy” would provide health care, education and gender equality, and create the best conditions for shared wealth. Oxfam, however, has been making such proposals for the past eight years, issuing warnings and calling for a policy switch. But to no avail. Every year the situation worsens, as Oxfam itself acknowledges, and at an accelerating rate. The scourge of social inequality cannot be ended through futile appeals, made to the very powers that preside over the current system, to change course. They are no more capable of that, than the ancien regime in France, prior to the revolution of 1789, or the czarist autocracy in Russia, before 1917.
CULTURE & CRITICISM
- ABOMINATIONSCAPITALISM & SOCIALISMCAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST SYSTEMIC POVERTYCULTURE & CRITICISMEXTREME WEALTHPLUTOCRATIC POWERPLUTOCRATSPOLITICAL ECONOMY
- CLASS ANALYSISCULTURE & CRITICISMCULTURE & HISTORY
MOSES FARROW—It was important to my mother to project to the world a picture of a happy blended household of both biological and adopted children, but this was far from the truth. I’m sure my mother had good intentions in adopting children with disabilities from the direst of circumstances, but the reality inside our walls was very different. It pains me to recall instances in which I witnessed siblings, some blind or physically disabled, dragged down a flight of stairs to be thrown into a bedroom or a closet, then having the door locked from the outside. She even shut my brother Thaddeus, paraplegic from polio, in an outdoor shed overnight as punishment for a minor transgression.
- ABOMINATIONSCRIMINALS & DISINFORMERSCULTURE & CRITICISMCULTURE & HISTORYIMPERIAL WHORESIMPERIALISMIMPERIALIST FRONTS
In this episode, Lee Camp makes (plenty) of fun of the final Senate report on Russiagate, an example of grand self-serving chicanery, which came p with nothing but is being hailed as “proof” that the Russians are everywhere.
- CULTURAL SAVAGERYCULTURE & COMEDYCULTURE & CRITICISMCULTURE & HISTORYVIRTUALUNIVVITAL
STEVE ALMOND—In a 1906 address at Carnegie Hall entitled “Taxes and Morals,” Mark Twain lambasted plutocrats who advertised their piety while lying about their incomes. “I know all those people,” Twain noted. “I have friendly, social, and criminal relations with the whole lot of them.” He said that word—criminal—knowing that many of these folks were seated in the gallery before him. Twain had this to say about the patriotism of his day: “The Patriot did not know just how or when or where he got his opinions, neither did he care, so long as he was with what seemed the majority—which was the main thing, the safe thing, the comfortable thing.”
- ANTIFASCISTSANTIWARCULTURE & CRITICISMCULTURE & HISTORYGERMANYHEROIC HISTORYHISTORYRUSSIA DESK
GAITHER STEWART—I read German writing and the archives of STASI, State Security, or Staatssicherheit about Field-Marshal Paulus. And I pondered the act of crossover from one ideology to another. Crossover for him would have meant changing from everything he had yet experienced in his military and family life to a new morality. Crossover points unwaveringly at transformation. Transformation is more than mere change, a different matter altogether. Though change makes us uneasy and anxious, we are still capable of returning to our original state. Even the change from a familiar place to another may make us feel uneasy. For we have lost a point of reference, a sense of belonging. That sensation of loss triggers our nostalgias. That loss can become a black hole in our existence. So though I feel sorry for the Field-Marshal, I still have not decided what I believe moved Friedrich Paulus.