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Friday, March 20, 2020
Sending checks to individual Americans may have its role, but it is a secondary role to sending money directly to governors and mayors without another day's delay. (Photo: John Williams/flickr/cc) Jeffrey D. Sachs
Congress Should Immediately Give $100 Billion to Cities and States to Fight Coronavirus
Now is the time to act to fight the epidemic itself and to save as many lives as possible.
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"We live in a world where irony has overtaken reality," writes Momen. "Now that we are facing a serious emergency with the coronavirus outbreak, the wall seems ridiculous as a defense against any perceived or real threats." (Photo: Tricia Cortez) Mehnaaz Momen
Hate in the Time of Coronavirus: A Real Emergency at the Border
The septuagenarians in the famous novel are afflicted with love, an intense passion as tumultuous as an epidemic. Do we happen to have any septuagenarian leader who can change the language of hate to compassion?
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Why is there so little tangible concern about the brutal "collateral damage" caused by Trump's economic sanctions? Photo: Justin Podur) Alexander Main
Trump's Deadly Sanctions Power Should Be Reined In
US presidents should not have the power to unilaterally wage economic warfare against civilian populations.
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Each of us is only as healthy as the least-healthy among us. (Photo: jerry dohnal/flickr/cc) Robert Reich
The Kind of Coronavirus Response Package We Need
Trickle-down economics and trickle-down public health are deeply flawed.
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Thursday, March 19, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump is flanked by Vice President Mike Pence while speaking during a news briefing on the latest development of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House March 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Chuck Idelson
Frontline Nurses Condemn Trump's Racism and Cruelty Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
"As nurses, we know that kindness and humanitarian compassion are at the core of healing, they are also at the heart of public health and safety."
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President Donald Trump holds a press conference announcing Vice President Mike Pence will lead the effort combating the spread of the coronavirus in Washington, D.C. on February 26, 2020. (Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Eileen Appelbaum, Dean Baker
Trump Stimulus Plan: Still Getting Everything Wrong
The president appears not to know what he's doing.
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"When the coronavirus struck in 2020," the authors write, "the human responses were at first chaotic and insufficient, but soon became increasingly coherent and even dramatically different." (Image: iStock/sv_sunny) Hazel Henderson, Fritjof Capra
A Pandemic in Retrospect—Looking Back on the Coronavirus From 2050
What will we say at that point, after we have finally learned what we so desperately needed to know?
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With thousands of commandos operating —with little visibility—in scores of countries on any given day, it’s little wonder that discipline has eroded to a point where the command could neither fully gloss over nor cover it up. (Photo: AFP / Getty Images) Nick Turse
America’s Commandos Deployed to 141 Countries
What did they do and where did they do it?
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It is no coincidence that as Trump insists on calling this pandemic the “Chinese virus,” immigration raids have also been ramped up in some American cities, including one of the larges, Los Angeles. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Eladio Bobadilla
COVID-19 and Trump's Racist Rhetoric
The stakes are too high to allow ourselves and our governments to squander our collective energies and resources on racism and xenophobia.
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Just as all of us are, of necessity, isolated from each other, we are all participants, via our creative empathy, in this shift in human consciousness. (Photo: Bart/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
Creative Empathy in a Pandemic
We are one planet—one people. This isn’t idealism; it’s the most pragmatic social organizing principle possible.
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Nurses protest to oppose what they call the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) weak response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic, March 11, 2020 outside the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images) Paul Engler
Coronavirus Is a Historic Trigger Event—and It Needs a Movement to Respond
Even in times of social distancing, building a collective, social response to the pandemic is our only salvation.
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Demand for airline travel has collapsed. (Photo: Getty Images) Dean Baker
Any Corporate Bailouts Should Wipe Out Shareholders First
Companies taking taxpayer money should have to limit CEO pay.
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A 19th-century engraving imagining William Shakespeare's family life. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) Louis Fantasia
Shakespeare Got Through It. We Will, Too.
Creative people will not only survive, they will create.
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Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders bump elbows before the Democratic debat hosted by CNN on Sunday, March 15, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Norman Solomon
What the Coronavirus Emergency Has to Do with Biden vs. Sanders
Biden merely wants to patch up some of the holes, while Sanders wants to build strong structures on truly democratic foundations.
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Right now, Americans are being offered a choice between a democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders, who champions health care as a right because it is a common good, and a Democratic party boss, Joe Biden, who champions the business lobbies he depends on for funding and his political success.  (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Jonathan Cook
A Lesson Coronavirus Is About to Teach the World
Coronavirus will bring into focus the depraved inefficiency of this system—the model of profit-driven health care, of market forces that look out for the short-term interests of business, not the long-term interests of us all.
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By summer, millions will likely be laid off, or not hired when they otherwise would have been. (Photo: Shutterstock) Heidi Shierholz
Increase in Unemployment Insurance Claims Is a Preview of the Coming Recession
Large fiscal stimulus is needed.
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National guard troops put together sandwiches for coronavirus-affected residents in New Rochelle, New York. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Abdul El-Sayed
Coronavirus Is Exploiting an Underlying Condition: Our Epidemic of Insecurity
As hosts to the pathogen, we Americans are uniquely susceptible because of lack of health coverage, precarious jobs and skewed economics.
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This reckless disregard for the real-world lessons being taught by the virus was by no means confined to the Post. (Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images) Jim Naureckas
To Defeat Coronavirus, Media Need to Look at Real-World Examples, Not Play ‘Simulitis’
The price of not stopping the coronavirus, it turns out, is too great for any nation to pay; that’s the lesson the real world is teaching us, and one we have to heed.
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Once white supremacy began crumbling and white privilege began to wane, poor and working-class whites were left with a question of where, precisely, they fit into American society. (Photo: κύριαsity/flickr/cc) Keri Leigh Merritt
Deaths of Despair and the Psychological Wages of Whiteness
Racism and policies supported by a majority of poor and working-class white voters can kill them.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
This uncontacted indigenous group in the Brazilian Amazon is clearly hostile to the helicopter hovering overhead. Photo credit: TravelingMan on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND. Sue Branford
Spreading the Word of God and Coronavirus: Outrage Over Evangelical Group Trying to Contact Isolated Amazon Tribes Amid Pandemic
As the coronavirus spreads around the globe—with more than 300 known cases already in Brazil and members of President Bolsonaro's staff infected—an evangelical Christian organization has purchased a helicopter with plans to contact and convert isolated indigenous groups in the remote Western Amazon.
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In deeply unequal societies like our own, a wealthy few can exploit such catastrophes to make themselves even wealthier. (Photo: Shutterstock) Sam Pizzigati, Sarah Anderson
Coronavirus and the 'Shock Doctrine'
Powerful interests used the Great Recession to hardwire more inequality into our system. This time, let’s do the opposite.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden greets guests during a campaign stop at the RiverCenter on October 16, 2019 in Davenport, Iowa. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Kenneth Peres
A Biden-Trump Election Is a Win-Win for Wall Street and a Loss for Our Democracy
So what can be done at this point?
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The Federal Reserve Building. (Photo: Public domain) Ralph Nader
The Federal Reserve Dictatorship Runs Amok Against Savers
No real explanations by the Fed; it just dictates. It is a government of its own inside our government—the epitome of corporate socialism.
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All measures to fight the coronavirus should automatically continue until the economy no longer needs them. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Elise Gould, Heidi Shierholz
Though Crucial First Step, Senate Coronavirus Bill Only Fraction of What's Urgently Needed
The bill has some glaring exclusions.
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MetroCard and ticket vending machines, and handrails, will be disinfected daily. (Photo: Patrick Cashin / MTA New York City Transit, Wikimedia Commons) Jeremy Brecher
In Coronavirus Fight, Workers Are Forging an Emergency Green New Deal
If government won’t mobilize the people to fight for our lives and health, healthcare workers can take the lead.
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(L-R) Gail Boudreaux, CEO of Anthem, US Vice President Mike Pence, US President Donald Trump, David Wichmann, CEO of UnitedHealth Group, and others listen to an attendee speak to the press after a meeting about the coronavirus, COVID-19 with members of the insurance industry in the Roosevelt Room of the White House March 10, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images) Wendell Potter
Coronavirus Pandemic Reveals Just How Devastating the Greed of For-Profit Insurance Industry Has Become
Remember: For-profit insurers are in the business to make a profit. Period.
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During the COVID-19 coronavirus emergency, tourists on the quay of the port of Naples are checked with a thermo scanner by Civil Protection personnel, dressed in overalls and masks to protect themselves. (Photo: Marco Cantile/LightRocket via Getty Images) John Buell
Disaster Capitalism and the Real Culprit in the Italian Covid-19 Catastrophe
Klein showed how corporate elites worldwide have repeatedly and brutally used "the public’s disorientation following a collective shock—wars, coups, terrorist attacks, market crashes or natural disasters—to push through radical pro-corporate measures."
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Sara Nelson, the dynamic president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, has made a powerful case for direct payroll subsidies to the employees who keep our airline industry passengers flying and safe, everyone from flight attendants and pilots to security screeners and wheelchair attendants. Sarah Anderson
How to Make the Airline Bailout Work for Workers, Not Just CEOs
The government should provide direct wage subsidies to airline workers while restricting CEO pay to no more than 50 times median wages.
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Protester’s sign decries sanctions, “a silent war” (Photo: Campaign for Peace and Democracy, 2013) Kathy Kelly
Stop Tightening the Thumb Screws, A Humanitarian Message
We need to jointly confront the coronavirus while constructing a humane future for the world without wasting time or resources on the continuation of brutal wars.
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They aren’t testing a handful of people who might be positive. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Mike Pappas
On the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Doctor’s View
The virus is exposing inadequacies in health systems all over the world, especially the U.S.’s abysmal health infrastructure. Health workers on the ground continue to provide care during the pandemic despite the severe lack of resources and dangers to their personal health.
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Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
12 Ways the US Invasion of Iraq Lives On in Infamy
The most serious consequences of the disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq confirm what millions of people around the world warned about 17 years ago.
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Though few remember it today, exactly 100 years ago, this country’s media was laboring under the kind of official censorship that would undoubtedly thrill both Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo. (Photo: Tuan Mark/Getty Images) Adam Hochschild
When "Fake News" Was Banned: An America Trump Might Have Loved
Our country under censorship.
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Rich or poor, Americans already spend more on medicine than any other people in the world. (Photo: Elvert Barnes/flickr/cc) Josue De Luna Navarro
If You Think Coronavirus Profiteering Is Bad, Wait Till the Climate Heats Up
From testing for coronavirus to treating the health impacts of climate change, universal healthcare and publicly owned medicine production are critical components for adapting to the coming crisis.
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More war is never a good answer, and it makes even less sense at this time. (Photo:  Erich Ferdinand/flickr/cc) Kevin Martin
Social Distancing? Peace and Social Justice Demand More Coming Together, Not More Distancing
Let's get all US troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, make peace with Iran, and address the real threats to human security like pandemics and the climate crisis.
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Once the current crisis has passed, we will need a thorough diagnosis of just why the U.S. economy and society was so fragile to this shock. (Photo: Shutterstock) Josh Bivens
Coronavirus Shock Will Likely Claim 3 Million Jobs By Summer
Policy is needed now to curb further losses.
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Ensuring access to water as a human right is crucial, especially given the number of localities across the United States grappling with privatized water during a public health emergency. (Photo: uusc4all/flickr/cc) Negin Owliaei
The Detroit Organizers Long Demanding Water Justice
As cities and states grapple with the spread of coronavirus, activists remind government why water is a human right and not a commodity.
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A Syrian refugee woman puts a face mask on a boy as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, in al-Wazzani area, in southern Lebanon on March 14, 2020 (Photo: Ali Hashisho/Reuters) Edna Bonhomme
Coronavirus, Colonization, and Capitalism
What the global outbreak reminds us about inequality.
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When the playing field is so wildly tilted to start with, loss is hardly indicative of being out of touch with voters’ preferences. (Photo: Marc Nozell/cc/flickr) Julie Hollar
Who Wants a Revolution? No One Who Owns a Major Corporate Media Outlet
The pundits appear willfully ignorant of their own role in shaping electability narratives.
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The Fed can close banks to quarantine financial crises but the US can’t close workplaces because the nation’s social insurance system depends on people going to work. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Robert Reich
Coronavirus Outbreak Proves There Is No Public Health System in the US
There is no public health system in the US, in short, because the richest nation in the world has no capacity to protect the public as a whole, apart from national defense.
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"Whatever the outcome," writes Butigan, "the experience of this current pandemic is likely a rehearsal for the summoning of global resolve to, once and for all, tackle the series of grave 'epidemics' that are mutating and growing all around us." (Photo: Nes/iStock/Getty) Ken Butigan
Love and Nonviolence in the Time of Coronavirus
The stark choice for a nonviolent future is here.
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The U.S. prison system is one of deplorable living conditions, disregard for human life, and perpetual punishment. And given Assange’s health, he will be lucky to receive adequate care. (Photo: Claire Doherty/In Pictures via Getty Images) Jeffrey Sterling
I Reject Using My Unjust Conviction Against Julian Assange
Given the long history of the U.S. government’s pursuit of Assange and the obvious political nature of his potential prosecution, I fear there will be nothing reasonable with regard to any sentence to be imposed.
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The current crisis exists," writes McWilliams, "because businesses fear that other businesses with whom they are dealing every day will run out of cash. This fear is infectious." (Photo: Tim Mossholder / artistGNDphotographer / Getty Images) David McWilliams
Central Banks Must Give Everyone Free Money. Right Now.
Is it free? Yes. Is it one-off? Yes. Can it be done? Absolutely! To stem economic fears unleash by coronavirus, now is the time to act.
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Monday, March 16, 2020
The fear and dysfunction associated with the coronavirus pandemic are unspeakably horrible, but they could spur the U.S. to once and for all eliminate the for-profit infection that sickens our health care system. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Fran Quigley
The Coronavirus Shows It is Time to Remove the For-Profit Infection from U.S. Health Care
We have allowed the profit motive to drive our U.S. health care system, and it has driven us straight into a ditch.
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Sandra Fulton
Senate Leadership Is Pushing Through a Dangerous Surveillance Bill as Americans Are Focused on Covid-19
If McConnell's push through the Senate succeeds, it would renew the government’s power to warrantlessly acquire billions of data points on every person in the United States. These are terrifying powers to hand to President Trump.
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 U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) makes a statement at the U.S. Capitol March 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. Speaker Pelosi spoke on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that the House will vote later on. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Eileen Appelbaum
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What's Included and Who Got Left Out
While the bill deseves to be signed by Trump as soon as it hits his desk, would it have been better if the Democrats in the House had passed a more robust piece of legislation?
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The Uber phone app is shown as cars drive by in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Warner / CC 2.0) Shannon Liss-Riordan
Coronavirus Bill Includes Sick Leave, But Not for Gig Workers
Leaving out this growing and critical category of workers will only exacerbate the risk of Covid-19 for all of us.
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, President Donald Trump and U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. (Photo: Getty Images) Leonardo Flores
'Maximum-Pressure March': US Hybrid War on Venezuela Heats Up
This is not the first time that the Trump administration has amplified its regime change efforts in response to negotiations between the Venezuelan government and the opposition.
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The heads of Walmart, Walgreens, Target, and CVS, with a combined 2019 net income of $20 billion, stepped forward to proclaim that they would each do their part in this emergency.  (Photo: The White House) Derrick Z. Jackson
Coronavirus Pandemic: Science Sidelined in Trump Rose Garden Fiasco
Without scientific evidence to rally the American people, the White House was reduced to showcasing corporate cheerleaders.
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Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Bernie Sanders participate in the fifth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on November 20, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Deepa Kumar, Patrick Barrett
What Role Did Sexism Play in Warren's Failed Presidential Bid?
Sexism no doubt played a role in limiting Warren's chances for the nomination, but her failure to win broader support is more significantly attributable to other key factors.
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Looking out for one another will continue to be key. (Photo: Hinterhaus Productions/Stone Collection via Getty Images) Jonathan Kanter, Adam Kuczynski
Social Distancing Comes With Social Side Effects—Here’s How to Stay Connected
Building a foundation of healthy coping, maintaining awareness of the side effects of our necessary societal changes, and staying connected to our values and to each other, are imperative.
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Sanders is absolutely right that the current public-health crisis, and its economic aftershocks, expose the great vulnerability of our unequal, increasingly unjust society. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Ruth Conniff
The Democrats’ Coronavirus Divide
Sanders is right about the need for radical change; Biden offers a woman VP and a return to ‘normalcy.’
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Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders bump elbows before the Democratic debat hosted by CNN on Sunday, March 15, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Jeff Cohen
Socialists for Biden and the Power of Corporate Media
While behind in the race for delegates, Bernie Sanders' policy agenda—from Medicare for All to big tax increases on the wealthy—is remarkably popular with Democratic primary voters.
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Sunday, March 15, 2020
6:03 PM, Thursday: Traffic merging onto Interstate 90 during rush hour on Thursday. Seattle streets and interstates are quieter and less packed. David Gutman
Seattle in the Age of Coronavirus: Not Quite Empty, but Eerie
Seattle is not empty. But it is eerie. There are cars on the road. But there is no traffic. Restaurants are open. But there are few customers. Planes are flying out of Sea-Tac, ferries are sailing...
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Empty toilet paper shelves in an Australian supermarket after panic buying due to the Coronavirus Simon Springer
Toilet Paper Wars and the Shithouse of Capitalism
The run on toilet paper has brought the failings of capitalism front and center to the bathroom of every house across Australia, a trend that has now spread to other countries. We are witnessing, in...
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A sign held at the March for Science in San Francisco, California, on April 22, 2017. Hank Edson
The Anti-Science Movement in the Democratic Party
1. “Garbage In, Garbage Out” Software programmers have a saying about their enterprise that expresses the core of all scientific enterprise. The saying is “Garbage In, Garbage Out,” and it refers to...
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Forgo the tests and teach the curriculum. Steven Singer
Public Schools Can Recover from the COVID-19 Quarantine by Skipping High Stakes Tests
'Skip the tests.'
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The "Zenith Five" in court Jan Zuckerman
I Committed Civil Disobedience by Blocking Oil Trains in Portland, Oregon — and Won
A few weeks ago, I showed the world that I am not a criminal, despite having been arrested and charged with first-degree criminal trespass. In a five to one vote, a Multnomah County, Oregon, jury...
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Trump and his supporters want that wall to prevent all these privileges—individual, communal, national —from leaking out. It’s the architectural equivalent of a gun. As with guns, the sense of safety and security is almost entirely illusory. (Photo: Shutterstock) Robert Reich
Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
Robert Reich wrote this piece for the New Yorker magazine’s issue of November 30, 1998: It used to be that people who owned a lot of things could protect themselves and their things by erecting...
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Empty shelves are visible at a Target retail store in Contra Costa County, San Ramon, California, as residents purchase all available stock of toilet paper, paper towels, canned goods, hand sanitizer and other essential items during an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, March 12, 2020. Randall Amster
The New Abnormal
This is a moment, to be sure. There aren’t many of this magnitude over the course of a lifetime, and the effects can linger for decades after the immediate emergency passes. Whatever shape the...
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Saturday, March 14, 2020
Barn raising in Lansing (now North York City Centre). Toronto, Canada.Ca 1900-1919 Richard Heinberg
Coronavirus, Economic Networks, and Social Fabric
Connections will be strained in the coming weeks—some of them interpersonal and local, some economic and global. It’s up to us to nourish the connections that are most essential, while finding backups for those that can no longer be relied on.
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Sanders Says Coronavirus A Red Flag for Current Dysfunctional and Wasteful Healthcare System Ralph Nader
Trump Minimizing and Sugarcoating Coronavirus Perils; Bernie Must Continue Campaign
Bernie needs to continue his campaign to the Party’s convention. Just like Jesse Jackson did in 1984 and Ronald Reagan did in 1976.
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Connaught Laboratories: Service to the Empire Linda McQuaig
The Public Lab That Could Have Helped Fight COVID-19 Pandemic
Canada once had a publicly owned pharmaceutical company that could have made a difference in the current coronavirus crisis — except that we sold it. Connaught Labs was a superstar in global medicine...
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The Wall Street giants whose reckless and even criminal behavior ushered in the 2008 crisis ended up, after the dust settled, even bigger and more powerful than before the crisis began. Sarah Anderson, Sam Pizzigati
Does the Coronavirus Crisis Have to End with a Wealthier Wealthy?
This time around, let’s use the power of the public purse to reduce inequality.
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Trump & Fox News' Sean Hannity Mike Lofgren
How Authoritarianism Short-Circuits the Lizard Brain
The GOP’s slavish groveling overrides – for once – its basic instinct for fear and panic.
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Friday, March 13, 2020
It is vital to understand the generational divide both to address America's glaring crises and to peer ahead to the future of American politics. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
The Generational Divide Between Biden and Sanders
Bernie Sanders' revolution has fallen short of its electoral aspirations not because of Sanders' concepts—some of which is supported by voters in both parties—but because Sanders has faced the generational divide in voting behavior.
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Medicare for All, paid family leave, universal child care, a robust social safety net. These things are not a wish list. They are essentials. (Photo: United Workers / flickr / cc) Liz Watson
Coronavirus Prevention That Works For Working People
It should not take a terrifying national emergency for us to wake up to the realization that we all pay the price when we treat people like they don’t matter.
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Journalist Reese Erlich, working at his home office, dressed in protective gear while under quarantine following a recent trip to Iran and a runny nose that followed. (Photo: Courtesy of the author) Reese Erlich
On My Stint in Coronavirus Quarantine
Am I the next Typhoid Mary?
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CODEPINK protests outside the Treasury Department. (Photo: Medea Benjamin) Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold
To Help Stem Coronavirus, Lift Sanctions on Iran
Among those in Iran who have been unable to get critical medications have been patients with leukemia, epidermolysis bullosa, epilepsy, and chronic eye injuries from exposure to chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war. Now coronavirus is added to that list.
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In Kansas, home to Koch Industries, AFP is still making the fight against expanded Medicaid a legislative priority. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Don Wiener, Arn Pearson
Despite Coronavirus Threat, Americans for Prosperity Still Leads Fight Against Medicaid Expansion
Coronavirus or not, AFP’s opposition to health care for the poor and working poor remains resolute.
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Union workers are more likely to be able to stay home and seek medical care, which will help strengthen their communities by being less likely to spread the virus. (Photo: Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun) Elise Gould
Union Workers Are More Likely to Have Paid Sick Days and Health Insurance
COVID-19 sheds light on inequalities among the poorest and least-empowered workers.
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Washington Post photo (3/4/20) of voting lines in Houston on Super Tuesday. Julie Hollar
Elite Media Dismiss Voter Suppression on Grounds That It’s 'Complicated'
It’s charitable that the affluent aren’t complaining about standing in line for hours (as no one should face obstacles to vote)—but they’re also typically not worried about getting fired or missing a paycheck for doing so.
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The Iraqi parliament voted to require the prime minister to expel US troops from Iraq, but Trump refuses to leave. (Photo: Screenshot) Juan Cole
As Trump Stumbles in War on Coronavirus at Home, He Bombs Shiites in Shiite-Ruled Iraq
The Trump administration is now more or less forcibly occupying Iraq against the will of its elected representatives, and is waging a low intensity war on a section of the Iraqi military with which the US is supposed to be allied.
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Thursday, March 12, 2020
A view of the sculpture—Good Defeats Evi—on the UN Headquarters grounds, presented to the UN by the Soviet Union on the occasion of the Organization’s 45th anniversary. (Photo: UN Photo/Manuel Elias) Alice Slater
The Virus of Nuclear Proliferation
Rather than addressing the promising path forward provided by the new Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to finally ban the bomb, the U.S. launched a new initiative.
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We live in a dangerous and paradoxical world. (Photo: Banaras Khan/AFP via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
War, Profit and the Coronavirus
If the possibility of a global pandemic is real, how could anyone question the urgency of government investment in the development of a vaccine and then making it universally available?
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Stephen Miller’s evil fingerprints were all over Trump’s vile address to the nation on Wednesday evening. It’s not a "foreign virus"—it’s a human virus. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Zoltán Grossman
Washing Our Hands of Trump and Powerlessness
Community resilience that emerges in response to the coronavirus crisis may become models to overcome the innate crisis of social isolation under capitalism.
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A Bernie foreign policy would make the world a far better place. (Photo: Bernie Sanders/Facebook) Steve Striffler, Thomas J. Adams
Everything Is Impossible Until It Happens—US Foreign Policy as Bernie’s Next Frontier
Sanders represents a foreign policy where the US does not lead by throwing around its military and economic might to the misfortune of Americans and others across the globe, but works in collaboration to create a more democratic and just world.
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By law, Native American tribes are sovereign and have the right to government-to-government consultation before federal agencies make major decisions that impact tribal members. (Photo: SOPA Images/Getty Images) Raúl M. Grijalva
Trump’s Border Wall Isn’t Just an Assault on Native Americans, It’s an Assault on American History
Native American history is often misrepresented as something alien to real American culture. In fact, it’s profoundly central to American culture, and to the history of the land we all now call home.
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I have proposed a constitutional amendment creating a permanent Presidential Election Review Board designed to resolve presidential election disputes. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc)  Alan Hirsch
Is America Prepared For A Presidential Election Crisis?
If we are smart, we will take appropriate measures before the next crisis.
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What happens when serious trouble builds requiring something other than the ability of central banks to combat it with more cheap money? The answer could be a massive, even historic, stock market crash. (Photo: Scott Beale on Flickr) Nomi Prins
The Fed, the Virus, and Inequality
A global Dr. Frankenstein at work.
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Scientists must be at the table to help slow the spread of coronavirus, and they should be able to share what they know without being subject to political control. (Photo: Shutterstock) Michael Halpern
White House Removes Public Health Experts from Coronavirus Discussions
Every day without full transparency means we are less prepared and more vulnerable.
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As long as Trump is in charge, praying for miracles might be the best we can hope for. (Photo: Shutterstock) Mitchell Zimmerman
Who’s Ready to Die for Trump’s Ego?
Putting politics ahead of science is a prescription for disaster when you face a pandemic.
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Looks like we’re going to have to rely on ourselves to get out of this disaster. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Michael Winship
Trump's Brand Is Chaos
"Stupidity has a knack of getting its way."
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020
When Sanders speaks in moral absolutes and refuses to compromise on core values, they respond with contempt at his inflexibility because they feel remorse over their own moral flexibility. (Photo: Dan Froomkin
Elite Political Journalists Are Eager to Kick Bernie Sanders on His Way Out the Door
They don’t hate him because their corporate masters tell them to. They hate him because he is a walking, breathing, sometimes yelling reproof of the sacrifices they have had to make to succeed in their chosen profession.
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The fact that MBS lifted the driving ban and simultaneously put in prison those who had campaigned and suffered for such reforms makes clear his actual motive: to silence dissent and prevent these women’s voices from being heard. (Photo: @noconversion/Twitter) Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold
Saudi’s Brave Women Pull Back the Curtain on Crown Prince MBS
How can the world’s leaders pretend that it is acceptable to meet in a country that imprisons and tortures peaceful women activists and bombs civilians in Yemen?
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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 09, 2020 in New York City watch as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 2,000 points. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Christian Parenti, Dante Dallavalle
Wall Street Is High on Government Supply
For more than a decade, the US government has been taking over ever larger portions of the financial system to prop up shaky markets. It hasn’t worked. We need a real socialization of finance — for the majority, not the banks.
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A man taking precautions amid the coronavirus outbreak walks past the New York Stock Exchange. (Photo: Mark Lennihan / AP) Ellen Brown
The Fed’s Baffling Response to the Coronavirus Explained
The next time the country’s largest banks become insolvent, rather than bailing banks out, Congress should nationalize them.
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Travelers at the Atlanta airport wearing facemasks during the coronavirus crisis. (Photo: Chad Davis) Neil deMause
Reading About Coronavirus Without Scaring Yourself Too Much (or Too Little)
Reading up on the new coronavirus can feel like a rabbit hole of conflicting reports.
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Being better than the worst is not good enough in a time of climate emergency. (Photo: Mike Mozart/Flickr/cc) Kelly Trout
The Loopholes Lurking in BP’s New Climate Aims
It’s time for BP and all oil companies to stop hiding behind net-zero rhetoric and commit to immediate action on the scale of the crisis we’re in.
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COVID-19’s incubation period could be as long as 14 days, and little is known about how long it could take to recover once symptoms take hold. (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images) Elise Gould
Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, the Workers Who Need Paid Sick Days the Most Have the Least
Many of the 73% of workers with access to paid sick days will not have enough days banked to be able to take off for the course of the illness to take care of themselves or a family member.
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We are at the threshold of irreversible and irrevocable global changes that will jeopardize civilization," writes Orr. "No one in previous generations could say that with the authenticity and urgency with which we assuredly can." Key questions remain. How will we respond? And will it be in time? (Image: Ms Tech/Getty) David Orr
Politics and Consequences: From Climate Emergency to Coronavirus
After a forty-year waged on both science and government, the dangers that face us now are no surprise at all.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Democratic Presidential Candidate, speaks to thousands of supporters during a rally at the Boston Common on Saturday, February 29, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Norman Solomon
'In a Dark Time, the Eye Begins to See': The 2020 Bernie Campaign Represents a Fight That Must Continue
Corporate media and corporate Democrats want the Bernie 2020 campaign—and the grassroots energy behind it—to melt away. That's not going to happen.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Global financial markets have lost nearly $10 trillion in wealth. Miles Mogulescu
The Coronavirus Is A Wake-Up Call For Climate Change
If the world can do this for one virus, it can begin to do this for the even more catastrophic — and predictable — danger of climate change.
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Our imminent coronavirus and economic crises won’t respond to trickle-down economics. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) Robert Reich
How We Should Respond to the National Coronavirus Emergency
Congress must immediately enact an emergency $400 billion.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rev. Jesse Jackson greet the crowd during a campaign rally in Calder Plaza on March 08, 2020 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Michigan holds its primary election on Tuesday March 10. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Jesse Jackson
I Support Bernie Sanders Because He Is Only Candidate Who Inspires a New Generation
Sanders will beat Trump by summoning America to a new day, not by calling for a return to yesterday
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If Warren refuses to endorse Sanders, and if her supporters vote for Biden, then this was never about winning feminist reforms, let alone dismantling patriarchy. It was about advancing the political career of one woman over the lives of the many. (Photo: Bridgett Bennett/AFP via Getty Images) Diana Sierra Becerra
If You Support Women and Feminism, Back Bernie Sanders
Many are urging Warren to endorse Sanders because his platform is feminist and because he has the best chance to defeat Trump.
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St. Martin de Porres homeless shelter client Randy Armstrong says the coronavirus “sucks.” There are 212 mats at St. Martin de Porres shelter for men like Armstrong over the age of 50. He’s shoved his mat against the wall for more space. (Photo: Alan Berner / The Seattle Times) Bill Quigley
Six Quick—But Very Important—Points About Coronavirus and Poverty in the US
The most vulnerable among us simply do not have the same options as the most privileged.
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"I like Sanders myself, but (other) people just won’t vote for a socialist." (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Tom Gallagher
Boomer, Hold Thy Tongue
If you fall into the category of voters who generally agree with Sanders on the issues but fear that he can’t be elected, then please, at the least, stop acting as an echo chamber for the supposed irrational fears of your peers.
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Could a draft lead to fewer conflicts? And the answer to that is: possibly, but not certainly. (Photo: Reuters/file) Nan Levinson
Would a Draft Matter?
The nature of the military that fights America’s forever wars.
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Our current broken health system is far from painless for everybody, and quoting job numbers that are misleading without further context only muddies the waters in the debate surrounding M4A. (Photo: Screenshot) Josh Bivens
Even HBO’s John Oliver Didn’t Provide the full Context on "Medicare for All" and Jobs
Many studies project that providing health insurance to currently uninsured and underinsured people will substantially boost demand for health care services, which in turn will boost demand for health care workers.
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Those who don’t have a lot of money in the stock market should view its ups and downs as you would any other spectator sport. It doesn’t have a lot to do with you. (Photo: Screenshot) Dean Baker
Coronavirus Is a Reason to Worry About the Economy—the Stock Market Plunge Is Not
If the coronavirus becomes very widespread, we could see enormous economic impacts.
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