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Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy: Issue #36

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Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy


September-November 2018 Issue 36

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By Lewis Wickes Hine

From the Archives: Capitalism  (Issue #22)

By Tad Beckman

This piece may well be shocking.  For it is based on a rejection of an orthodox view about capitalism.  Capitalists and Conservative defenders of capitalism assume a form of capitalism in which there is no moral burden on Capitalists, no moral responsibility for the well-being of those in the community who join in the productive process by selling their labor.  However, we have reached a point in our political discourse in which that assumption can be called into question.

From the Archives: Reforming Our Version of Capitalism – Is It Possible?  (Issue #19)

by Bob Gerecke

Have we reached the tipping point where corporations and the wealthy have acquired permanent power, where we are helpless to make changes in our economic system for the common good?


1) Racism and Intolerance (IL)
2)  Whose Job are We Imagining Being Lost? (MR)

Incels, Vigilante Gender Violence, and Social Stratification

By Rebecca Álvarez

Here an expert on the topic takes up the issue of the Incels:  of what has produced this group of misogynist young men in this country at this time.  To read her explanation produces more than understanding of this particular issue:  it reveals much about the broader condition we find ourselves in at present.

A Citizen’s 2nd Amendment Fantasy

By Merrill Ring 

The aim here is to produce an argument that the 2nd amendment is not operative in the modern world and that hence it does not establish the right of American citizens to own weapons.  It does not follow that there is no such right but that if there is it is not the 2nd amendment that provides it.

A Retrospective of the First 18 months of the Trump Administration

By Andy Winnick

A comprehensive review of what has happened to the U.S. (including developments elsewhere) so far under the Trump Administration.)  It includes an account of what the major threats are that are not being properly addressed by this Administration.  And it does not include any mention of the Mueller investigations.

Tell Your Doctor to Prescribe This

By Juan Matute

This reviews the practices of Big Pharma, focusing especially on the TV ads for medicines that we all know so well.  It (and other practices also) wastes money that could be much better spent on lowering costs to the consumer.  Again, a market dominated by Big Players needs to be regulated by the government in order that we have an economy that functions for the benefit of the consumer..

Learning About Bigotry

By Charles Bayer

These things happened: it is worth recounting them.  But just think what the two black kids in the stories could say if they were asked to remember.  Would what happened to Charles be only vaguely remembered as just one item in a much longer list?

How to See Nevada’s Politics

By Nancy McFarland

Given huge growth of population, Nevada has shifted from being a red state to not quite yet really progressive.  This piece is a very clear account of where Nevada politics is in the upcoming election:  tilting progressive.

A Sea of Plastic

By John Grula

Plastic is a basic ingredient of our lives today.  But the use of it, not thought through by industry or by humans, is a spectacular contaminant of the natural world.  Unlike global warming, which political ostriches can say is a natural phenomenon, there is obviously nothing natural about plastic garbage.  (By the way, the National Geographic piece mentioned here is very good and very graphic.)

Affordable Universal Health Care Proposal

In 2008, just as Obama was being elected to serve his first term as President, TAIPD produced a health care proposal and, shortly after the November election, we sent it off to the President-elect for his consideration. It was known that health care reform was going to be one of his major aims and so we hoped to have some influence on what he would propose.

The proposal has been the most popular work that we have done – over 30,000 reads have been logged in on the proposal on our web site.

In view of its popularity and in view of the fact that health care reform will be a major theme in the election this fall, we are moving the proposal (and the cover letter we used to send it to Obama) out of the archives and back onto the home page of our web site.

As our site is currently undergoing, significant revision, the proposal will be put up for now at least via a link to a separate page.

Please check out what we have had to say a decade ago.

Barbara Aswad: Mother, Social Justice Advocate, Professor

Barbara Aswad, professor emeritus of anthropology at Wayne State University and tireless advocate for immigrants and low-income Americans, died on November 30, 2017 after a brief illness. She was 80 years old.

Submission Guidelines

Having developed far enough to expand our ‘stable’ of writers to those not on the TAIPD board or connected thereto and so to ask others to submit appropriate material for publication here, it is important to develop and explain guidelines.

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