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A profound political question is suddenly on the table: Must the country continue to give precedence to private financial gain and market determinism over human lives and broad public values?
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A recent survey in Wisconsin found that only 6 percent of citizens believe their elected representatives serve the public interest.
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Americans cannot teach democracy to the world until they restore their own.
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Animal-rights advocates remind us of this admonition: The ways in which people treat animals will be reflected in how people relate to one another.
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As the world's finest democracy, we do not do guillotines. But there are other less bloody rituals of humiliation, designed to reassure the populace that order is restored, the Republic cleansed.
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Children born today have a fifty-fifty chance of living to 100.
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Conceivably, we could be witnessing the start of a break from the era of US-led globalization in which Washington preached unfettered trade to the rest of the world.
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Everyone's values are defined by what they will tolerate when it is done to others.
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Folks in the bottom half of the economy are already squeezed hard. They will be bloodied and bankrupt if economic policy inadvertently induces a recession.
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If US per capita income continues to grow at a rate of 1.5 percent a year, the country will have plenty of money to finance comfortable retirements and high-quality healthcare for all citizens, including those at the bottom of the wage ladder.
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If we have wealth, it will be protected from inflation and possibly even enhanced in value.
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If you think about it, Washington's overwhelming power in the world is founded on death, the awesome arsenal for killing people.
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In 1900 Americans on average lived for only 49 years and most working people died still on the job.
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In the deregulated realm of US banking and finance, crime does occasionally pay for its foul deeds, not in prison time but by making modest rebates to the victims.
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In the nature of American capitalism, consumers are in a weak position and have very little actual leverage over the content of what they buy or how it is produced (aside perhaps from feeling personally guilty about destructive consequences).
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In this country you can say aloud or publish just about anything you like.
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Leaks and whispers are a daily routine of news-gathering in Washington.
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Nevertheless, I resist cynicism and continue to believe in the possibilities for genuine democracy.
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Nevertheless, McDonald's has taken on what American politics lacks the nerve to confront: the dangerous practices of agribusiness in producing chicken, beef and pork - that is, the food McDonald's sells to families.
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Obviously, people with low or even moderate incomes could not afford such savings rates, and even diligent savings from their low wages would not be enough to pay for either retirement or healthcare.
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Pension-fund wealth is thus being mobilized as financial leverage to break up the narrow-minded thinking of finance capital and to confront the antisocial behavior of corporations.
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Picking stocks for themselves has left many employees, perhaps as many as 40-45 percent, without an adequate nest egg for retirement.
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The burnt odor in Washington is from the disintegrating authority of the governing classes.
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The Democrats should concentrate instead on how to spend money - lots of it - in smart, socially useful ways that help struggling wage earners.
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The do-it-yourself version of pensions is a flop, as many Americans have painfully learned.
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The economy is not governed with the bottom half in mind.
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The far more threatening problem is elsewhere - shrinking pensions, collapsed personal savings and soaring costs for health insurance.
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The global economy has largely disappeared from political discussions in recent months as national leaders preoccupied themselves with warmaking.
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The point is, the political reporters are the ones who no longer understand the ritual they are covering. They keep searching for political meanings in the tepid events when a convention is now essentially a human drama and only that.
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The regime of globalization promotes an unfettered marketplace as the dynamic instrument organizing international relations.
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The storm-driven collapse of New Orleans immediately wiped out nearly 300,000 jobs, a number likely to grow much larger as more people find their way to the unemployment office.
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The threat to globalization is not the wasted American dollars but Washington's readiness to mix US commercial interests with its self-appointed role as global protector.
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The ways in which people treat animals will be reflected in how people relate to one another.
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While Washington focused obsessively on war with Iraq, it seemed to forget for the moment that the global economy remains wounded and groaning.
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