At times NobodyisFlyingthePlane will be a diatribe about the current state of affairs in the US and the world at large, at other times it will be an evidentiary discussion of the problem, and most of the time it will just be a collection of links I wanted to share.
The idea that philanthropy is the answer to funding social improvements is one that will only make things worse.
Wrapped in a pretty name philanthropies are special interests. Sure, they do tons of good, but they are not democratic by nature. In the worst cases they represnt the will of ine individual, who gets to the societal ills which get fixed. This is not a feasible long term solution to society’s need for more equitable distribution of resources.
We would not suggest turning down the billions and all the good which can be accomplished. We do suggest that charitable giving not be seen as an alternative to democratic selection of how to help those in need.
most of these donors have the best of intentions. But make no mistake: Their influence is growing in tandem with their largess, shifting power away from democratic institutions.
As Government Retrenches, Philanthropy Booms https://nyti.ms/2tHYvtE
The only thing which can save America? Mass deportations of non-imigrants.
Let’s get rid of all the American citizens who are not pulling their weight.
Bottom line: So-called real Americans are screwing up America. Maybe they should leave, so that we can replace them with new and better ones: newcomers who are more appreciative of what the United States has to offer, more ambitious for themselves and their children, and more willing to sacrifice for the future. In other words, just the kind of people we used to be — when “we” had just come off the boat.
Only Mass Deportation Can Save America https://nyti.ms/2txxj0K
If these results are not a clear manifestation of a failed political strategy, I don’t know what is. For the sake of our country and the world, the Democratic Party, in a very fundamental way, must change direction. It has got to open its doors wide to working people and young people. It must become less dependent on wealthy contributors, and it must make clear to the working families of this country that, in these difficult times, it is prepared to stand up and fight for their rights. Without hesitation, it must take on the powerful corporate interests that dominate the economic and political life of the country.
A vast majority of Americans understand that our current economic model is a dismal failure. Who can honestly defend the current grotesque level of inequality in which the top 1 percent owns more than the bottom 90 percent? Who thinks it’s right that, despite a significant increase in worker productivity, millions of Americans need two or three jobs to survive, while 52 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent?
fight for an economy and a government that work for all, not just the 1 percent.
Democrats must support a progressive tax system that demands that the very wealthy, Wall Street and large corporations begin paying their fair share of taxes.
Bernie Sanders: How Democrats Can Stop Losing Elections https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/opinion/bernie-sanders-how-democrats-can-stop-losing-elections.html
Drafting bills like the new healthcare bill in secret mean two things. Republicans know it’s wrong and they wish to obscure the involvement of special interests.
As they draft legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republican leaders are aiming to transform large sections of the American health care system without a single hearing on their bill and without a formal, open drafting session.
That has created an air of distrust and concern — on and off Capitol Hill, with Democrats but also with Republicans.
Secrecy Surrounding Senate Health Bill Raises Alarms in Both Parties https://nyti.ms/2trgrbM
Besides the climate peril the President has put us in, pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord is a big step toward ceding global leadership to the Chinese.
Trump and his friends are just so stupid and greedy it never ceases to boggle the mind. They just don’t get that we lead by positive example not by military and capitalist might.
Sad. The harm Trump and the GOP are doing will be felt for a long time.
Sadder. Trump’s Russian influence peddling distracts from the greater threat he has exposed us to.
Trump Hands the Chinese a Gift: The Chance for Global Leadership https://nyti.ms/2rwIWHo
Another example of businesses constraining the market place to the detriment of employees.
Workers bound by noncompetes cannot rely on outside offers and free-market competition to fairly value their talents.
Smart leaders treat departing employees as alums, rather than sour exes in a divorce.
Companies with little turnover risk becoming stagnant and myopic. In fact, relying on noncompetes rather than active recruitment and retention creates a market for lemons — a business will end up with employees who stay despite their unhappiness.
Companies Compete but Won’t Let Their Workers Do the Same https://nyti.ms/2pK1zGU
We make this point all the time. It’s what’s essentially wrong with the arguments that come from Thomas Friedman and the World is Flat crowd.
Education does not work for everyone and it can’t be our only solution to inequality.
Some people just can’t be educated out of their circumstances. Humanity is beset with a capability gap which only evolution can undue. We need better solutions if we’re going to make the world a more equitable and just place.
If we really want to address issues of inequality and economic insecurity, there are a lot of other policies that we have to pursue besides or at least in addition to education policies, and that part of the debate has been totally lost. Raising the minimum wage, or providing a guaranteed income, which the last time we talked seriously about that was in the late 1960’s, increasing workers’ bargaining power, making tax policies more progressive—things like that are going to be much more effective at addressing inequality and economic security than education policies.
So we have this strange situation where we’re trying to address educational inequality while economic inequality is expanding in ways that make educational inequality even worse.