Friday, September 17, 2021

How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1 Percent and Bust the Rest

While the White House thinks a trade deal will help the U.S. contain China’s power and influence, it will actually make global corporations in the U.S. even more powerful and influential than they've already become. The rich keep getting richer.

‘Pornography Is What the End of the World Looks Like’

“When you fight porn you fight global capitalism.” With the rise of pornography, there has also been an explosion in sex-related violence. But as porn becomes more accessible, are we blinded by self-destructive fantasy?

Four Numbers to Make Us Fighting Mad. And One Way to Fight.

A national Permanent Fund might be the most brilliant solution to upward wealth redistribution. Outlined by Peter Barnes, it was modeled after the popular and successful Alaska Permanent Fund because shouldn't we all benefit from our nation's steadily rising productivity.

Middle East Reacts to Murder of 3 Muslim-American Students in North Carolina

Middle Easterners are calling the murders a "crime against humanity” and blame Islamophobia for the recent tragedy in North Carolina. Is a hostile environment forming against American Muslims in the U.S.?

A Corporate Apostate

Not only did Mark Bertolini, corporate chief of the health insurance giant Aetna, increase the company's lowest wage to $16 an hour and improve health benefits, he publicly revealed that these increases aren’t as financially painful as other corporate conglomerates claim.

When You’ve Lost Bernie Sanders: How Netanyahu Destroyed the Israel Lobby

Sen. Bernie Sanders will not attend the March 3 speech from Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Congress. Is his announcement a turning point in the domestic politics of Mideast policy?

The Flame of Intolerance Still Flickers in Alabama

Inequality, racism and segregation persist with remarkable tenacity in Alabama. The state will "continually have to confront its resistance to comply with the Constitution and respect the dignity and aspirations of all people.”

A Farewell to Arms? Not on Your Life!

"In non-medical cases, firearms may soon cause more death than motor vehicle accidents." Guns have long been a leading cause of non-medical deaths throughout the U.S.— far more more than any other developing country. It's the scary reality.

Aetna Lifts the National Standard for ‘Competitive Wages’

One rare CEO is increasing up to one-third of his employees' pay as well as adjusting its company health plan so lower-income workers can get the same health coverage. Aetna set a new national standard for competitive wages.

Back to the Nineteenth Century

The argument that the growth of on-demand jobs are less predictable and secure for workers is similar to the “freedom of contract” argument, which took place in the late nineteenth century. Are we heading back in time?