Archives for May 2018
A mother picks up her 4-year-old son from a Head Start program in Boston, Massachusetts
The bill would expand conservatorship laws, to take away the rights of gravely disabled homeless individuals and allow local governments to step in. Above: A man sleeps on a discarded sofa outside a building on Myrtle Street in the Tenderloin.
An example of a successful public health campaign: U.S. Office of War Information employees received free inoculations against smallpox, as well as diphtheria and typhoid, in Washington in 1943.
My research suggests that what Loïc Wacquant observes in the USA as the ‘normalization of social insecurity’ is also evident on this side of the Atlantic.
Tinyiko Gwambe (above), a University of Pretoria fourth year social work student needs only a specialised car to finish her studies and help inspire other disabled people.
The Democratic Party, which helped build our system of inverted totalitarianism, is once again held up by many on the left as the savior. Yet the party steadfastly refuses to address the social inequality that led to the election of Trump and the insurgency by Bernie Sanders. It is deaf, dumb and blind to the very real economic suffering that plagues over half the country. It will not fight to pay workers a living wage. It will not defy the pharmaceutical and insurance industries to provide Medicare for all. It will not curb the voracious appetite of the military that is disemboweling the country and promoting the prosecution of futile and costly foreign wars. It will not restore our lost civil liberties, including the right to privacy, freedom from government surveillance, and due process. It will not get corporate and dark money out of politics. It will not demilitarize our police and reform a prison system that has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners although the United States has only 5 percent of the world’s population.