Saturday, August 08, 2020

The "lesser evil"?

For decades now the periodic crises of capitalism has been to make the rich richer and life more precarious, unjust, and brutal for everyone else.

The gladiatorial class war fails to sustain workers in terms of pay, benefits, or participation in the human community, and has left the U.S. with the highest suicide rate and shortest life expectancy in the so-called developed world. 

One percent of the U.S. population owns nearly half of the national wealth. 

The existing healthcare system in the U.S. is the most expensive amongst rich countries with the worst health outcomes. Medical costs normalized by GDP have consistently been nearly twice as high in the U.S. as in Britain. Obamacare has been in place since 2013, seven years, with no demonstrable change in this relationship. Additionally, for twice the money we get half the benefit. U.S. healthcare outcomes are near or at the bottom amongst rich countries.

It wasn’t the radical right that defeated Medicare For All. It was the Democratic Party which exists to undermine and destroy programs in the public interest because the rich gain power and wealth when everyone else loses it. Whatever the personal sentiments of politicians like Sanders or Warren regarding social justice, bipartisan support for capitalism renders them irrelevant.

 It wasn’t Republicans who prevented a Federal Job Guarantee and the Green New Deal, the large-scale program to fix environmental problems, from being put in front of voters in the presidential election. It was the Democrats who did, all the while claiming that they support economic, racial and gender justice.

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