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Moral Justifications

Cognitive linguist and author George Lakoff has observed that all politics are moral. Moral reasons are always available after the fact. Decisions are made with a different rubric — profit, power, control, comfort — and then moral arguments are developed to justify said decisions. Indeed, some of the most blatant violations against humanity have had moral arguments made for them:


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Branko Marcetic is a Jacobin staff writer and the author of Yesterday’s Man: The Case Against Joe Biden. We discuss how Joe Biden has empowered Republicans at every turn, often even taking the reins for a right-wing agenda, a record that may become a serious liability in the 2020 general election.

In Yesterday’s Man: A Case Against Joe Biden, you make the case that Joe Biden has been a key architect of the Democratic Party’s rightward evolution, accelerating the end of the liberal New Deal order and aiding the political takeover of the radical right. …


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Class Contradictions

After the Great Recession of 2008, underlying class conflicts in American society, ever-present like a dormant volcano, exploded on the political life of the country. The words ‘billionaires,’ ‘wealth and income inequality,’ and ‘strikes’ started to become more common. Freshly agitated communities began taking action. And today, the number of strikes has been the highest since the 1980s.

From Occupy Wall Street to the rise of Bernie Sanders to national prominence as a champion of the working class in 2015, American politics has once again been jolted into an arena of battle and reconciliation between the ruling class and workers. …


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AP

The Two-Headed Monster

The October 2018 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report issued grave warnings of dire consequences if we are not able to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 C within 12 years. The authors of this explosive report elaborated that unprecedented and sweeping changes are required to meet this target, which is feasible if the most aggressive interpretation of the Paris Climate Agreement is utilized. Since the publication of this report, warnings from international bodies, including the UN, have only become more alarming.

Amidst the global movements to combat climate change, yet another threat to organized human existence has been underreported. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, in its 2019 Doomsday Clock report addressed to “leaders and citizens of the world,”…


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Firstly, thank you to all readers for your support, your curiosity, and willingness to share these articles — sparking wonderful discussions and promoting ideas that we care about deeply.

I would like to kick-off an interview series that probes deeper into the specifics of various industries and professional work under capitalism. On one hand, robust leftist discussions regarding policy, power, international affairs abound; and it is indeed great to see these discussions.

However, I think there is a deficiency in dissecting the economic sphere from the perspective of the labor that makes it churn.

If you feel like you have an industry-specific perspective to share, please see below. We are sourcing leftist insights from people working in any industry. …


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AP

US Healthcare is Wealthcare

The 2018 midterm election exit polls showed that voters ranked healthcare as the top issue of concern. This poll only reflected a broader, decades-long desire of the American public to implement a humane, rational and efficient healthcare system in the country. Hardly surprising given that the population has lived under the barbarism of an international scandal of a medical system that profiteers off of pain, disease, and distress.

As a 2017 Commonwealth Fund report showed, the US healthcare system ranks dead last in performance amongst wealthy countries, with twice the per capita costs. …


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CBS News

Part I here

Motivation

Much has happened in the Democratic primaries since we circulated our Stop Sanders memo in March. This memo is to provide an update and emphasize the urgent threat that is Sanders and his democratic socialist movement in the United States.

Bernie Sanders is redefining the purpose of politics in the United States. We would like to preserve politics as a domain to conduct business, protect our class interests, material comfort, international engagements and pursue ambitions of dominion. However, Sanders is reconfiguring the bounds of imagination within the American public, that is quickly seeing politics as a tool to achieve broader goals of a cooperative, democratic human society. …


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“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter with a half-million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. …


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MPR News

Housing Insecurity and Homelessness

The U.S business press that reflects wealthy interests is increasingly sounding the alarm on the distressed state of housing and homelessness in American cities. These are important details for investors, business interests and city planners. More than half a million unsheltered human beings, public health concerns, unsanitary communities, open-air drug use and carpets of used needles must be factored in before investment decisions or business plans are made. Further, the cost of living also influences payroll projections and budgeting for business managers. It is important to keep the business community informed of these risks, inconveniences and eyesores. …


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Unbearable Immorality

Negatively mirroring moral actions worldwide are ghastly acts of immorality. Description of such immorality can only be through incomplete summary: routine war-crimes by the U.S empire, kidnapping and caging children at the southern U.S border in violation of asylum laws, enslaving prisoners for virtually free labor for corporations, syphoning capital to the ultra-wealthy from the rest in a systematic kleptocracy, obliterating educational and self-fulfilment opportunities for underprivileged citizens, and reducing the media to a privatized megaphone to justify these violations against humanity.

Openly immoral elites, their supporters and their actions heavily animate political discourse. Trump in the U.S, Jair Bolosnaro in Brazil, and Mohammad Bin Salman’s brutal and despotic regime in Saudi Arabia all produce justified indignation worldwide. …

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