SchwartzReport: Screw the Childen, Keep the Prisoners

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

I think we can safely and accurately say that the people of the United States, collectively, while they may care about their own children, or the children of their friends, do not care for children in general. We also have the highest level of food stress with 17 million children going hungry at least part of the year.

Child homelessness in U.S. reaches historic high at 2.5 million

I began writing about what I see as the new American slavery in 2011 (see The New American Slavery). This trend is made up of several parts, prison privatization, all the industries that suckle at the teat of the American Gulag, and the indentured exploitation of prisoners. And it just keeps getting more and more disgusting and blatantly what it is.

California Tells Court It Can’t Release Inmates Early Because It Would Lose Cheap Prison Labor

 

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Nov 19

Berto Jongman: It’s Official — US an Oligarchy Controlled by 42 People

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Six related headlines.

Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy (TalkingPointsMemo)

Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters.

Russia Declares US An Oligarchy, Warns Constitutional Republic Is Dead (WhatDoesItMean)

What this past week’s US election shows, however, the MoFA in this report says, are that all of the Republican and Democratic Party candidates for office (Federal and State) were funded by just forty-two people who were responsible for nearly a third of Super PAC monies raised, and only 666,773 wealthy individuals out of a nation having a population of over 319 million.

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Nov 8

SchwartzReport: Political Corruption = Child Poverty

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

I think this is an excellent essay on the state of voting and voters in the election coming up. I find political ads offensive, ads in general come to that and mute the sound, maybe you do the same. But I have come to realize the truth in John Cassidy’s essay. Some very significant fraction of Americans has just tuned out or, perversely, just votes a party ticket without understanding the truth about the candidates or the issues. That is the only explanation I can see for the continuing voting that occurs in Red value states, even though the policies they are voting for are horribly damaging to their lives. This also explains I think how people like Louie Gohmert or Steve King, or Ted Cruz remain in office.

The Empty Elections of 2014

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Oct 31

Jean Lievens: Kate Raworth on Inequality at Root

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Want to Solve Climate Change? Tackle Inequality

What will it take to get into the doughnut? Tackling inequality is key – and that means addressing resource inequalities in both consumption and production. Here’s why, in three messages.

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Oct 29