Recently Noted

Curated books, articles, documentaries, podcasts and other material from the current press and academia about American Delusions

Robert Reich
Recently Noted – Robert Reich: how we got into this mess and how we get out of it
December 29, 2017

Reich’s latest cartoon does a good job of describing the changes in the US economy, weaker on the underlying political…

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Recently Noted – A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America by Ed Pilkington
December 27, 2017

At a time when the Republicans are transferring income and wealth to the rich and corporations over 40 million Americans…

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Recently Noted: World Inequality Report 2018 – findings and policies
December 14, 2017

Inequality in wealth and income is a continuing global crisis. The World Inequality Report 2018 defines the problem based on…

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Cost of War – $5.6 trillion for US wars 2001-2017
December 12, 2017

Cost of War – $5.6 trillion for US wars 2001-2017 The Watson Institute at Brown University has just released an…

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Thanksgiving – a bit of a corrective history telling and turkey adaptation
November 22, 2017

Corrective History The NYTimes posted a bit of Turkey Day corrective history: “Most Everything You Learned About Thanksgiving Is Wrong” By MAYA…

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Recently Noted – women in prison in the US – more on mass incarceration
November 21, 2017

The Prison Policy Initiative has released a new study “Women’s Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2017”. In a pattern that…

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Recently Noted – “What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer”
November 7, 2017

The NY Times published an interesting article by Max Fisher and Josh Keller, “What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons…

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Recently Noted – “Millions of professional drivers will be replaced…..” – NBC News
November 6, 2017

Otto Budweiser beer delivery The shape of jobs in the US and around the world it’s changing rapidly. On 11/5/2017 NBC…

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Recently Noted: The Environment under Trump – from National Geographic
November 5, 2017

The National Geographic has a running list of the Trump regime’s efforts to save the environment for capitalism. A Running…

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Recently Noted – John Oliver and Monopoly Capitalism
September 26, 2017

Capitalism, Monopoly, Oligopoly and John Oliver Capitalism does a number of things very well. Concentrating power, wealth and income is…

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Recently Noted – 1930s Redlining and Segregation Today
August 29, 2017

More evidence that today’s segregated America didn’t just happen out of individual choices and preferences. The 1930s redlining of neighborhoods…

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Recently Noted – maternal mortality in America
August 18, 2017

The US has the worst maternal mortality rate by far of any developed country in the world.

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Recently Noted – “Making Affirmative Action White Again”
August 13, 2017

Ira Katznelson (see my earlier post “Affirmative Action for Whites – began in the 1930s”) wrote a brief opinion piece…

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Recently Noted – about racism
August 2, 2017

New Trump focus on race reminds us, “All of the liberal praise for civil rights has produced no results over…

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Recently Noted – about healthcare
July 30, 2017

Recent NYTimes article broadly acknowledges what every other developed country has recognized for decades, healthcare is not a good candidate…

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Recently Noted – about the American Empire
July 28, 2017

A report about an amendment to the defense budget that would end the 2001 AUMF (Authorization for the Use of…

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Recently Noted – about healthcare – international comparisons
July 17, 2017

Mirror, Mirror 2017:International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care from Commonwealth Fund.

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Recently Noted – about free market capitalism – is capitalism the real problem?
July 14, 2017

Capitalism is driven by a single internal logic that requires the transformation of people and nature into commodities to produce…

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Recently Noted – about healthcare
June 21, 2017

from the New York Times an article that covers some earlier history of the US healthcare industry. How Did Health…

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Recently Noted – free-market capitalism
June 17, 2017

Companies must externalize as many costs as possible in free-market capitalism. Without adequate government protections you will end up with…

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Recently Noted – in free-market capitalism and US economy
June 7, 2017

Giving tax breaks to the rich and corporations has been basic to every Republican since Hoover. President Reagan piled on…

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Recently Noted – about racism
May 12, 2017

An enormous entitlement in the tax code props up home prices — and overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy and the upper…

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  1. Department of Defense, “Estimated Cost to Each Taxpayer for the Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.” July 2017, of_Wars_to_Per_Taxpayer July_2017.pdf
  2. page 32 of the Watson report
  3. Wikipedia provides an extensive, exhaustive even, list of estimates: