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Progressive Democracy: Quarterly

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Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy

 

April-June 2014 - Issue #21

From the Editor

The Return of Progressive Democracy

Letter Concerning the Forum on the Affordable Care Act

Appreciation for The American Institute for Progressive Democracy

Report on the TAIPD Forum: The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare): How Will It Affect You?


Gar Byrum

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, one should treat a sickness as if a fire started in your neighborhood and the fire brigade is sent in to put it out.. The Affordable Care Act is a step forward in the effort to put out the fire of illness by having more of our fellow citizens insured.
On October 13,
The American Institute for Progressive Democracy held a public forum on the ACA. For a report what was learned about the Act read on.

Report On TAIPD Water Conference

Ivan Light

A huge success. 

CREATING FUNDAMENTALIST POLITICS: FUNDAMENTALIST RELIGION

Charles Bayer

The conception of god among liberal Christians (and others) is not at all that of fundamentalist Christians (and others) – and therein are political differences.

PROVERBS AND FOOD STAMPS

Merrill Ring

A New Label:  CINOs

BOOK REVIEW

Merrill Ring

Regionalists on the Left: Radical Voices from the American West- Edited by Michael Steiner (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013)

TWO CHEERS FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Merrill Ring

It is a royal pain to have to listen to the massive propaganda campaign against the ACA.  Here is the short defense of the Act.

MUSLIM FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES

Barbara Aswad

We tend to imagine the lives of others being just like ours with a few small variations. So many of us, however, do not realize how different and yet similar the lives of some of our fellow Americans are.  Professor Aswad, an anthropologist and expert on Muslim women both in the Middle East and in the United States, sets out to show how those differences in being an American play out among Muslim families in this country.

VIOLENCE AND ENERGY GENERATION

Bob Gerecke

Will global warming produce a Hobbesian war of all against all?

TO FRACK OR NOT TO FRACK?

John Grula

The goods and the bads of fracking: and what needs to be done now

ON BEING ADDICTED TO YOUR OWN WELFARE

Merrill Ring

Why does the right talk as if Social Security and other safety net programs are addictions?  

RESTRUCTURING THE ECONOMY

Bob Gerecke

To change our economic system so that it works for the public good, we need to get rid of the political power of the wealthy but there is a chicken and egg difficulty in doing that.

LESSONS IN LIBERTY (Part 2)

Merrill Ring

As human beings, as natural and social creatures, complete freedom to pursue our own desires is impossible and undesirable anyway.  Given that freedom functions as the norm, what limits on freedom are justifiable?

SOVIET SOCIALISM AND AMERICAN CAPITALISM

Bob Gerecke

There is a family likeness between the Soviet version of socialism and the American version of capitalism.

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