“…the odds…are that the long-term unemployed will be cut off, thanks to a perfect marriage of callousness—a complete lack of empathy for the unfortunate—with bad economics. But then, hasn’t that been the story of just about everything lately?”—Paul Krugman, at the New York Times
'These are poor people. They mostly represent families making less than $20,000 per year. And yet in many cases, they greet the news that they're completely excluded from access to health care with weary acceptance...'
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Too many people on the Left think nonpartisan social movements can pressure elected officials to “do the right thing..." but we need to build a political structure that guarantees our politicians will be directly responsible to grassroots political activists...
Leftists who don’t think we need to organize elector- ally, who think that we can “change the world without taking power,” are taking the laissez-faire, anti-statist impulses of neoliberalism more seriously than neoliberals.
Our love for college football is being converted to cash in a big way. As traditions are sold out and billions of dollars are traded on the students’ backs...
…it is hard not to feel like you’re abetting a fraud. It may be too late to save college football, but perhaps the lessons from its corruption might help us rescue other critical social institutions before they are sold off for spare parts.
“Madiba has gone. What remains now of our dreams of freedom…What happened to our ethical imagination? Where did our revolution go? But let us not forget that it is a human being taking leave…A lawyer. A strategist, for sure, but a man of principle. A charmer…A humanist. A chief. A visionary. A king. We need, first of all, to bow our heads and be silent. To be proud that we could be part of those who lived at a time when Nelson Rolihlahla (“he who shakes the branches”) Mandela still walked the earth…luckily he was too old and weak to realize what his party had been turned into! Of course, he had been a politician as well. He had tasted power, he allowed himself to be manipulated, he looked the other way when his comrades started indulging in an orgy of greed, he could be arrogant…let time do the sorting out…Let us…make as if we don’t notice the vultures tearing one another apart for the strips of moral authority still to be torn from the deceased one, for the money to be made from one man’s long life of struggle on behalf of all of us. And let us spare a thought for this old warrior who made us believe, however briefly, that we are capable of living up to the good in us…He honoured us. Hamba kahle, Nkos’…”—Breyten Breytenbach