The American Nightmare: Today’s Reality but Not Forever

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*+-he America described in my article, “The American Dream: A Dream Deferred but Not Forever” is not the America of this piece. This post is about another America. In this America the citizenry believes that health care is a right for those who can afford to pay for it. In this America, even if the […]

As Feds Abandon Cities, Corporate Clout Grows

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*+-Randy Shaw: The federal government’s slashing of funding for urban America has made all cities more dependent on corporate investment than at any time since the 1930’s, raising new challenges for urban progressives.

Stories We Will Still Have to Write in 2012

*+-Walter and Rosemary Brasch: We really want to be able to write columns about Americans who take care of each other, about leaders who concentrate upon fixing the social problems. But we know that’s only an ethereal ideal.

Uncle Sam Making Wrong Choices

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*+-Norman Solomon: Only government has the capacity to provide economic remedies for social distress of this magnitude. But government is failing.

The Case Against Medical Marijuana

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*+-Kevin Sabet: But smoked marijuana is not medicine, and it is not based on science. Anyone living with smoked medical marijuana in their state knows that it has turned into a sad joke.

A Jubilee for Student Debt?

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*+-Ellen Brown: Eliminating, reducing, or deferring student loan debt will free up the budgets of millions of students, allowing them to spend more on goods and services, increasing demand and creating jobs, and adding to tax revenues.

Dorothy Day, Radicalism, and Present-Day Politics

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*+-Walter Moss: Dorothy Day’s work and legacy serve as a gentle reminder to politicians and those of us among the “chattering classes,” that what matters most is not what we say or how we or others label us, but how we contribute to the common good.

Race and Anti-Obama ‘Hysteria’

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*+-Berry Craig: The hysteria about Obama, although some of it may be related to philosophical objections to central authority, is largely rooted in race.