economy, free-market ideology

Monopoly and Facebook – as told by Facebook’s co-founder

Facebook logo
May 9, 2019
It’s Time to Break Up Facebook, by Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook is very thorough in describing the current monopoly behavior of Facebook, the deleterious effects on competition and vigor in the economy of monopolies, and a great introduction to the history of anti-trust movements and legislation in the US.
empire

US Empire and Jimmy Carter – five years of peace during our entire history

April 19, 2019
Prompted by President Jimmy Carter, here is a list, self-described to “not pretend to be definitive or absolutely complete.”, of some of our adventures to bring democratic values to others in need.
justice/jails, video-movies-podcasts

Recently Noted – more John Oliver on American justice – or not

April 13, 2019
Once again we return to our comedians for information about what is going on in the world. This time more on the fraud that is our judicial system.
economy, free-market ideology, politics, video-movies-podcasts

Recently Noted – Robert Reich: Socialism for the Rich, Capitalism for the Rest – a new video presentation

April 8, 2019
Robert Reich provides us with an accessible, brief analysis of why the rich and corporations are feasting while the rest of us experience the rigors, oppression, and discipline of the capitalist marketplace. Only a bit over 4 minutes long.
family, inequality, justice/jails, racism, video-movies-podcasts

Evicted – the book and the exhibition

evicted press photo
April 3, 2019
Eviction from home is a regular feature of life for the poor and working class, more so for black and brown people. The civil justice system works with the same imbalance of power as the criminal system. Based on the book Evicted by Matthew Desmond.
economy, free-market ideology, healthcare, video-movies-podcasts

Recently Noted – Sugar In Our Diet – the John Oliver Analysis

March 18, 2019
In our continuing effort to find varied sources to illustrate the power of marketing and the costs of unregulated capitalism we return to John Oliver’s show Last Week Tonight for his segment on sugar in food. The food industry continues to put sugar in nearly every processed food and fights efforts to reveal how much of this dangerous additive is in each bite.
project blog

Adult Learning Models

March 14, 2019
If one is interested in helping people develop new understandings of how their society works the question of how adults learn and engage is critical. Clearly standard pedagogical approaches are inappropriate because our readers are adults not the ages typical for K-12 and college instruction. Further, standard pedagogy is top-down and largely devoted to supporting current cultural, political and economic regimes. So, I have been digging into adult learning models. Beginning with Knowles 1970s and —>> read more –>>

Footnotes

  1. Knowles, M. (1975) Self-directed learning: A guide for learners and teachers, New York: Cambridge Books. p.18
  2. O'Sullivan, E. (1999) Transformative Learning: Educational vision for the 21st century. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press Inc.
  3. Transformative Learning in Practice: Insights from Community, Workplace and Education, Jossey-Bass Inc 2009
inequality, women

The State of Women around the World – International Women’s Day 3/8/2019

From NYTimes - Bangladeshi women on Internaitonal Women’s Day
March 8, 2019
Discrimination Against Women Continues – Lots of Outright Oppression Too In the NYTimes today is an article, “Why International Women’s Day Isn’t Going Away – For all the progress women have made, they are still a long way from true equality.”  by Iliana Magra. Here are a few data points from the article: 200 million That’s the minimum number of women and girls on the planet who have undergone female genital mutilation, the United Nations says. —>> read more –>>
economy, free-market ideology, video-movies-podcasts

Recently Noted – Robert Reich video ”The Monopolization of America”

The Monopolization of America video by Robert Reich
March 7, 2019
We have written earlier (for example our article The Monopolization of America) about the increasing concentration of market power    In the hands of just a few corporations. This is a phenomenon occurring  throughout the US economy (really more broadly across the globe). Here is an 11 minute review of the history and current state of monopolies in our economy.
politics

The Moral Bankruptcy of the Republican Party

February 19, 2019
AmericanDelusions does not generally comment on the day-to-day political scene. But, the behavior of the Republican Party in recent years has become so toxic to our country that we pause to take note.
justice/jails

Recently Noted – more unequal justice – lots of it….

Legal Aid
February 15, 2019
Louisiana provides a grievous example of unequal access to equal justice. According to a study by the American Bar Association Louisiana has only 363 legal aid attorneys where the case load requires 1,461.
education, healthcare, inequality, politics

Roosevelt’s 1944 Second Bill of Rights – a good starting point today

FDR
February 14, 2019
Roosevelt’s 1944 State of the Union called for a second bill of rights, an economic bill of rights, that resonates loudly today.
inequality, justice/jails, recently noted

Recently Noted – John Thompson and Justice – Prosecution With No Recourse

Justice - statue with scales
January 26, 2019
It is not often that one can make a judgement that is nearly absolute in its accuracy. Most things in life are complicated, complicated by circumstance, money, class, family, just plain errors in judgement, execution, and on… But, when it comes to the American justice system you come face to face with a system that is a gigantic fraud. This is as close to an absolute truth as one is ever likely find in our —>> read more –>>
project blog

Rethinking AmericanDelusions

Baby shouting to her friend
January 15, 2019
Recent conversations about AmericanDelusions (AD) has brought me around to new thinking about the organizing principles of AD and how to make the content more useful and accessible. What are the underlying ideas of American life? So, exactly what do I mean by referring to “delusions”? As noted in the introductory essay “American Delusions“: Every society creates delusions, myths and stories to explain where it came from and how it works. These are so engrained —>> read more –>>

Footnotes

  1. Harari, Yuval N. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, 2018.
political system, politics, video-movies-podcasts

Political Inequality – the other inequality

Boss Tweed on controlling nominating process
January 15, 2019
There has been focus on wealth and income inequality for years. It is a pressing problem for more than 80% of the US population. But there is an other inequality, political inequality, that is at the heart of the more talked about inequality. In 2013 Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig provided us with a delightful introduction to how political inequality works – We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim (length 18’14”) in which he —>> read more –>>

Footnotes

  1. Gilens, Martin, and Benjamin I Page. “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens.” Perspect. Polit. Perspectives on Politics 12, no. 03 (2014): 564–81.
education, free-market ideology

Recently Noted – PhDs on Food Stamps – Labor in US Higher Ed

December 24, 2018
Adjunct teachers are paid so poorly that many qualify for food stamps. Meanwhile students across the country are underwriting ever higher tuition through debt.
economy, women

Women Continue To Face A Big Pay Gap – and on into the future

lower pay on the dollar
December 18, 2018
“Women are almost half of the workforce. They are the sole or co-breadwinner in half of American families with children. They receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. In 2017, female full-time, year-round workers made only 80.5 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent.”
empire

American Wars – The Secrets of Vietnam and Afghanistan

December 6, 2018
The recent movie The Post (about the Washington Post newspaper and its involvement with the Pentagon Papers – see below) poses interesting reminders of the power of the US government to rain death on countries that fall under our imperial domain and simultaneously keep the American people in the dark or asleep. Iconic image of “pacification” campaign during Vietnam War In the case of the Vietnam War (1950 – 1975)1 it took Daniel Ellsberg’s theft —>> read more –>>

Footnotes

  1. American "advisors" joined the French in 1950. The US government paid for most of the French military effort until their ignominious defeat at Dien Bin Phu in 1953 led to their withdrawal and the Geneva Accords of 1954
healthcare

Medicare for All – Cheaper and Better

Medicare For All
December 3, 2018
“We therefore estimate that Medicare for All could reduce U.S. Health Consumption Expenditures by about 9.6 percent while also providing decent health care coverage for all U.S. residents” The Medicare for All movement gained some new support from a study released last week. The research report, “Economic Analysis of Medicare for All”,1 provides an analysis of the lower costs and improved healthcare outcomes to be expected from the implementation of Medicare for All. Here is —>> read more –>>

Footnotes

  1. Robert Pollin, James Heintz, Peter Arno, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Michael Ash “PERI - Economic Analysis of Medicare for All.” 11/30/2018 page 1 -  Accessed December 3, 2018. https://www.peri.umass.edu/component/k2/item/1127-economic-analysis-of-medicare-for-all.