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Radical hope in difficult times

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, anthropology professor | December 12, 2016

Difficult times Whether we like it or not, we are the new minority, knocked off our blocks, trounced, but not — at least not yet — silenced. Nicolas Kristof (New York Times, December 11 2016) described universities echoing with “primal howls of discontent.” and classes cancelled so that students could weep about their fears of  … Continue reading »

The conundrum of corporation and nation

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | March 10, 2015

The U.S. economy is picking up steam but most Americans aren’t feeling it. By contrast, most European economies are still in bad shape, but most Europeans are doing relatively well. What’s behind this? Two big facts. First, American corporations exert far more political influence in the United States than their counterparts exert in their own … Continue reading »

The Republican weapon of mass cynicism

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | September 16, 2011

According to the latest ABC New/Washington Post poll, 77 percent of Americans say they “feel things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track” in this country. That’s the highest percentage since January, 2009. No surprise. The economy is almost as rotten now as it was two years ago. And, yes, this poses a … Continue reading »