A profound political question is suddenly on the table: Must the country continue to give precedence to private financial gain and market determinism over human lives and broad public values?
The do-it-yourself version of pensions is a flop, as many Americans have painfully learned.
Everyone's values are defined by what they will tolerate when it is done to others.
The regime of globalization promotes an unfettered marketplace as the dynamic instrument organizing international relations.
The threat to globalization is not the wasted American dollars but Washington's readiness to mix US commercial interests with its self-appointed role as global protector.
Obviously, people with low or even moderate incomes could not afford such savings rates, and even diligent savings from their low wages would not be enough to pay for either retirement or healthcare.
If we have wealth, it will be protected from inflation and possibly even enhanced in value.
Folks in the bottom half of the economy are already squeezed hard. They will be bloodied and bankrupt if economic policy inadvertently induces a recession.
Leaks and whispers are a daily routine of news-gathering in Washington.
In the deregulated realm of US banking and finance, crime does occasionally pay for its foul deeds, not in prison time but by making modest rebates to the victims.
Americans cannot teach democracy to the world until they restore their own.
The burnt odor in Washington is from the disintegrating authority of the governing classes.
The ways in which people treat animals will be reflected in how people relate to one another.
If US per capita income continues to grow at a rate of 1.5 percent a year, the country will have plenty of money to finance comfortable retirements and high-quality healthcare for all citizens, including those at the bottom of the wage ladder.
Animal-rights advocates remind us of this admonition: The ways in which people treat animals will be reflected in how people relate to one another.
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