On this week's episode of Economic Update, Prof. Wolff provides updates on Corbyn's victory in UK, Uber drivers unionize, state retirement systems sued for threatening pensions, hard facts about US medical insurance. Interview with Arlie Hochschild on new book Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right and why she believes "bridges" between progressives and Tea Party folks are very possible.
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I’d be glad to expand upon this theme if anyone wants to be in touch. But it’s a classic monopoly situation … rising costs and steadily lower levels of service and responsiveness to the needs of the population.
Leaving aside (for the moment) the issue of marginalizing chiropractic, naturopathic and acupuncture professionals … the competition … here’s where one can go to see where 21st century MD-style medicine is developing. Inspired in part by traditional chinese medicine’s systems thinking, two generations of MDs are well-along in the process of developing new forms of medicine reliant on individual education about the health effects of their daily habits and in particular the way the highly-industrialized diets most of us take for granted set the stage for epidemics of modern diseases set in motion by chronic low- to mid-grade inflammation … a situation 20th century style conventional medicine is structurally incapable of effectively managing. This is one (just one, but major) driver of steadily inflating health costs in the US. 20th century-style medicine long ago reached a point of diminishing returns.
I do disagree that her insight is widely understood, or at least that the insight is widely applied – we’d win more if it was. The tea party folks, and I have many in my extended family, aren’t bad people. They aren’t some other tribe, they are our tribe. We were sold a package, and told to wait in line. For a time it even worked – up to the 1960s, even bringing down the gap between historical racial groups. Then the deal was cancelled without actually telling anyone, while we continued to stand in line. Empathy is important here.
The way forward then is to offer a better deal, one which workers can understand and empathize and then get on board with. Neoliberalism and meritocracy are not that deal. I think Richard Wolff’s WSDE – true democratic-capitalism* – model gets at that alternative deal, a real ownership society. But like most great critics, Wolff has great insights, but isn’t a salesman (which makes the growth of these ideas even more impressive). We need more salesmen.
The Facebook comment I made was meant for the admins of this site, and not for you. Sorry for the confusion – it was about the Open Graph tags (an HTML reference) that are not configured correctly on this site (I’m a web developer). It makes sharing this on Facebook ugly, and would really prefer friends aren’t turned off just by seeing an big ugly graphic – I want my friend on Facebook to actually click the links. Sales and conversion are important.
We basically disagree. Clinton’s policies are monstrous, neo-con, classic neo-liberal measures to perpetuate the horrors that Richard talks about all the time. I never advocated voting for Trump. I dont believe it makes any difference who wins. Arlie talks like a pious good-doer. The teaparty was a response to decades of Democratic pandering to the wealthy and privileged. After Reagan, the Republican neo-cons gradually but surely took over the Democrat Party, as evidenced by the policies (lies and crimes) of Clinton and Obama. What is left of the Republicans is largely a husk. Obama appointed the top neo-cons to his administration, and has effectively displaced the Republican Party on the right of the political spectrum.
What Arlie discovered is useful but already widely known and understood. Her interpretation is sugary sentimentality, so typical of her ideological enclave. The fight against the right has to begin in the Democrat Party, about to coronate the most right-wing presidential candidate ever to emerge from that party. What’s more, she is a crook.
Who she might advocate voting for is of so little importance against all that insight, and in a single election cycle, it’s not worth more than a sentence or passing comment, so here’s mine. Out of the two terrible candidates our horribly disfigured political system provided us, Hillary Clinton is clearly more progressive than Trump – purity not withstanding, and yeah, that sucks.
To expand outside of pointless Clinton hatred, there are additional parties, so feel free to vote for one of them if you’d like to bolster their chances for the next round. Someone will after all have to pick up the pieces of the Republican party (Trump was never going to be a good candidate for them – and the polls are starting to reflect that). That task will be difficult to do if we allow simple fury and anger to blind us from seeing what Arlie Hochschild has explained here.
Most importantly – democracyatwork.info still does not have property configured open graph tags! It makes these links very unappealing when I share on Facebook and Twitter. It’s doubly a shame because you have clearly gone to the effort to choose a content appropriate image for your post, and it would be so dumb simple to simply set that image as the open graph image (go:image tags). Please fix!