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.
Money is the root of all political evil and it keeps our government from being of the people and for the people.
Anonymous corporate donations are not helping this country.
Defenders of the status quo argue the companies are simply exercising their right to free speech; critics contend that such speech, when anonymous, does immense harm to the democratic process.
Corporate donations aren’t necessarily in shareholders best interest either.
For example, in 2010 Target, a company that supports gay rights and has openly gay employees, donated $150,000 to a Minnesota organization called MN Forward, which advocates pro-business tax and economic development policies. But MN Forward ran TV ads supporting a candidate for governor who sought a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. When news about the donation came to light, the company faced an employee backlash and a boycott from consumers that ultimately resulted in a personal apology from Gregg Steinhafel, Target’s chief executive, and the formation of a committee to review the company’s political spending.
Why Dark Money Is Bad Business http://nyti.ms/1qaCYaq
For meaningful climate change reduction we need to rethink our capitalist philosophy of continual growthand.population expansion.
For instance, the idea that we can “green” a capitalist economy without radically rethinking the basic premises at the heart of neoliberal economic theory is truly an example of misplaced politics. The system is premised upon a model of endless growth, competition, private property and consumer citizenship, all of which combine to produce a terribly exploitative, oppressive and violent structure that has come to infuse all aspects of everyday life.
we’re now seeing a system of government that responds to environmental degradation by protecting the interests of the corporate sector ahead of civil society. The government is now a corporate actor that works with the private sector to privatize our shared resources.
Our Crime Against the Planet, and Ourselves http://nyti.ms/24YUApq
In his favor, it cannot be said that Trump has a stranglehold on political stupidity.
The Know-Nothing Tide http://nyti.ms/1rOFgxn
It’s time that we recognize the true cost of labor. If it takes overtime to get goods and services to market then workers should be fairly compensated for it.
These changes in the labor laws are a good start to limiting the profiteering corporations enjoy at the expense of their labor. Workers must share in the fruits of their labor.
Making Overtime Fair Again http://nyti.ms/250ZCBM
Eh! What’s that ya say sonny?
Speak up! It’s harder for old folks ta hear ya.
Disproving Beliefs About the Economy and Aging http://nyti.ms/24Qbs1E
Sometimes things really are simple. Automatic voter registration works and has a great benefit to our political process.
Any politician worth his oath of office should be embracing this system, with its promise of a healthy increase in voter participation. But Republican strategists continue their push to suppress voting (knowing that bigger voter turnouts tend to favor the Democrats), citing the repeatedly disproved claim of widespread voter fraud.
States Prove That Voter Registration at the D.M.V. Works http://nyti.ms/1WwjSK0
When will we recognize that corporate finance of politics is at the root of our political problems?
Convention spending is part and parcel of the creeping corporate buyout of America’s political system. In a year marked by voter anger at a political class out of touch with struggling Americans, one might expect both Republicans and Democrats to rein it in.
After Conventions, a Debt to Donors http://nyti.ms/24JZPJx