The Insanity of Our Food Policy

Joseph Stiglitz the New York Times American food policy has long been rife with head-scratching illogic. We spend billions every year on farm subsidies, many of which help wealthy commercial operations to plant more crops than we need. The glut depresses world crop prices, harming farmers in developing countries. Meanwhile,...

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“Poor People Do Not Deserve to Have Children”

Mijin Cha Policy Shop / Demos Blog http://www.demos.org/blog/10/31/13/poor-people-do-not-deserve-have-children I received a phone call Thursday from someone who had seen Demos’ Vice President,Heather McGhee, on MSNBC talking about why people need food stamps. The caller stated, “People who are poor do not deserve to have children. I’ve seen these people with 1,2,...

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Rich People Just Care Less

Turning a blind eye. Giving someone the cold shoulder. Looking down on people. Seeing right through them. These metaphors for condescending or dismissive behavior are more than just descriptive. They suggest, to a surprisingly accurate extent, the social distance between those with greater power and those with less — a...

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Recovery Hype: American Capitalism’s Weapon of Mass Distraction

Richard Wolff The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/27/recovery-hype-capitalism-weapon From President Obama on down, defenders of the status quo insist that the US economyhas “recovered” or “is recovering“. Some actually see the world that way. They inhabit, imagine they inhabit, or plan to soon inhabit the world of the infamous top 1%. Others simply seek...

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10 Ways America Has Come to Resemble a Banana Republic

Alex Henderson AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/economy/10-ways-america-has-come-resemble-banana-republic?paging=off In the post-New Deal America of the 1950s and ’60s, the idea of the United States becoming a banana republic would have seemed absurd to most Americans. Problems and all, the U.S. had a lot going for it: a robust middle-class, an abundance of jobs that...

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