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9.3.18

University of Richmond Research Professor Stephen Nash (Grand Canyon for Sale: Public Lands Versus Private Interests in the Era of Climate Change) will be speaking at the Cambridge Forum (Boston) on Wednesday September 19th at 7 PM.  The session is open to the public.

Nash reports:  “The gates have opened for miners, drillers, loggers, grazers, and other industries that benefit from an even richer deal and fewer restrictions as they plunder federal public lands — privatizing what should be publicly owned wealth.  The largest beneficiaries of hugely subsidized grazing, mining, and oil and gas extraction include multi-millionaires and billionaires like the Koch brothers, who are on Forbes’ list of the ten wealthiest people on the planet.  For just the 2016 election, they donated $150 million to political candidates who oppose government regulation that might inhibit their investments, and the damage they cause on public land.”

Steve has been an impressive guest on several radio programs this year.  Recently, he did a taped interview for the nationally syndicated Writer’s Voice which will be broadcast in September.

 

8.15.18

UC, Davis Professor Fred L. Block (Capitalism) published an excellent essay in the Washington Post (8.15.18).  How Conservatives Made Socialism Attractive advances several interesting points including the following:

“In the wake of primary victories by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, two avowed socialists are likely to win House races in November. That, along with a new poll that shows Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than capitalism, has pundits and politicians raising alarm bells…

…In claiming these labels, politicians are obscuring rather than illuminating the essential political divides of 2018. The problem is that both “capitalism” and “socialism” — familiar relics of the Cold War — are misunderstood today. Modern definitions distort their actual meanings and disconnect us from our nation’s history of democratic reforms…

…The right won the rhetorical battle, and market principles have triumphed over the reform tradition. But economically, the citizenry has lost. The economy is now less productive because giant corporations can make bigger profits without bothering to make better products. Today, the fastest route to a stronger economy runs through those “socialists” who want to reduce inequality, constrain the power of corporations and provide people with greater access to quality health care, higher education and affordable housing.”

Here is a link to the full article: https://goo.gl/4PLa5o

 

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