Huck Gutman

Huck Gutman, a professor at the University of Vermont, was formerly Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

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Monday, October 25, 2004
America's Momentous Polls
The past several months have been a remarkable time for an observer of politics in America. There has been much, much, on which to comment, much to analyze. A war in Iraq has become a swamp from which there is no exit and only bottomless muck ahead; new tax breaks for multinational corporations are passed at the very moment when Americans are deeply worried about the loss of a huge number of jobs through offshoring; an economy that was once the world's "locomotive" is stuck with flat growth rates and huge pitfalls ahead.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Soldiers on Hire - Part 2
Private Military Firms (PMFs) allow placing many of the costs of the Iraq occupation "off budget." In the USA, as in all democracies, funding for government activities is ultimately in the hands of the people, through their elected representatives in legislative bodies.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Soldiers on Hire
During the era of colonial expansion, trading entities such as the Dutch and English East Indies Companies operated as near sovereign powers, commanding armies and navies larger than those in Europe... These firms dominated in non-European areas considered beyond the accepted boundaries of the sovereign system, such as the Indian subcontinent, where local capabilities were weak and transnational companies the most efficiently organized units.- Peter W Singer
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Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Outsourcing in the Developing and Developed World
For a good number of years, India has invested heavily in education, in what economists call human infrastructure. There are, at the present moment, large numbers of Indian engineers, architects, computer programmers, scientists, mathematicians and students of management. Thus, India has major resources in intellectual capital; nor is this an accident, since it's a direct result of decisions made regarding support for education in general and higher education in particular.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004
The Contest has Just Begun
Is the USA about to enter a time of significant political change? Since the presidential campaign has moved to center stage, that question hovers in the air.
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Thursday, October 23, 2003
History, Justice, Surprise: A Story
HISTORY is writ small as well as large. What follows is a story of injustice and the fight for justice. At times it ventures on to the great stage of American history. At times its focus is on the small realm each of us inhabits as we move through our daily lives. Civil rights and Selma
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Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Life in a Fantasy World
Fantasy beckons as an easy way to make choices since in its orbit reality is of little or no account. The consequences, however, can be exceedingly painful. Consider George W. Bush, his counselors and his administration. Having all too easily slipped into a world of fantasy in two areas of great import, they are now discovering the consequences.
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Monday, September 29, 2003
A Riveting American Drama
With a presidential election 13 months away, President George W Bush is facing large difficulties. The problems facing the USA and its citizenry are momentous; taken in their entirety, they suggest that the USA's power and affluence may well have peaked, crested, in the last decade of the 20th century. And, to a public accustomed to living in a nation which is not only a superpower but also the globe's most dynamic economic engine, this is unwelcome news.
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Wednesday, July 09, 2003
Supreme Court Issues Watershed Decision on Gay Rights
IN a stunning decision, the US Supreme Court struck down laws against homosexual practices. On 26 June 2003, it emphatically and unequivocally reversed an earlier decision by declaring that a Texas law forbidding homosexual sex was unconstitutional because homosexuals had a right to exist free of criminal penalties against their behavior.
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Saturday, June 28, 2003
On Science, War, and the Prevalence of Lies
THE USA in many ways has a laudable history. Among the high points in its development was the establishment of the oldest written constitution in the world, a document that established a vibrant and enduring democracy, made freedom of speech, assembly and religion sacrosanct. It showed the capacity for self-criticism and the will to change: it corrected some of its more egregious political features, fighting a civil war to eliminate chattel slavery and amending its constitution to extend suffrage to women.
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