Category: Social Policy

David Swanson: Letter From Happy Town

It’s hard to know whether to be pleased each time the place I live, Charlottesville, Va., is named the happiest city in the United States

Mark Evans: How Rejecting Psychopathology is Counter-Productive to Critical Psychiatry

All who are not lunatics are agreed about certain things.  That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than a slave.  Many people desire these things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer.  These people Read more…

Bill Roberts: A Different Cancer Story

Mike Marqusee shows us in The Price of Experience: Writings on Living with Cancer, it is not necessary, or even healthy, to accept the enforced isolation of most treatment regimens

Joe Emersberger: When will the UN pay for its crimes in Haiti? When will anyone?

Since 2010 the UN has been dodging responsibility for a cholera outbreak that has killed 8,500 Haitians and sickened more than 700,000

Maryn McKenna: Coalition Asks for Global Action on Antibiotics

“Individual Actions Are Doomed to Failure”

Ewan Robertson: Social Programs Expanded in Venezuela

The Venezuelan government has initiated its policy of expanding social programs in the country’s most deprived areas in a bid to eradicate extreme poverty

Manning Marable: A Humane Society is Possible Through Struggle

An interview  with Manning Marable on “Being Left.” Socialism lost its way largely when it became decoupled from the processes of democracy. My vision of a just society is one that is democratic, that allows people’s voices to be heard, where the people actually govern.”

Justin Podur: Haiti’s New Dictatorship

Review by Stephen Roblin. Podur’s insightful and concise overview of Haiti’s recent history is an important work of revisionist scholarship that contains valuable lessons, particularly for outsiders who want to contribute constructively to the ongoing struggle for freedom and dignity in Haiti.

Bryce Covert: Why We Still Don’t See Working Men as Fathers

Once fathers begin acting more like parents, male bosses may begin leaving work early to get to school plays and co-workers may be less grumpy when someone takes time off to care for a sick kid

Thalif Deen: EU Aims to Scuttle Treaty on Human Rights Abuses

The study provides an indication of the degree of influence that corporate actors exert and their ability, in cooperation with some powerful U.N. member states, to prevent international binding rules for TNCs at the United Nations

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