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Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy #35

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Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy

 

March - May 2018 Issue 34

"Children picking cotton, circa 1912. Children picking cotton, circa 1912. Photo Credit: Library of Congress

Date Created: 1907 - 1933 (Approximate)

By Lewis Wickes Hine

FROM THE EDITOR

We are in the midst of (at last) creating a new version of our web site. It will be much better than what we are presently using. But it is not finished yet.

So I will have this new issue of Progressive Democracy posted on a somewhat corrupted version of our existing site – corrupted in the transition to the new site, shifting material from the current site to the new.

As a consequence, I have no idea how the issue will be displayed. I have been told that certain things will be missing: no pictures, no italics….

NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

Norman Clark is a British economist (now retired) who has taught at several British universities, has been head of a university in Kenya, has worked for NGO’s and advised governments around the world.

David Depew, a philosopher by training, has recently retired from the University of Iowa.

Bob Gerecke (BG), a retired financial administrator, is a frequent contributor to Progressive Democracy making highly original suggestions about how things might be done differently in our economy and lives.

From the Archives (Issue #12): Why the Constitution Did Not Prevent the Military Industrial Complex

By Ivan Light

The Constitution was intended to prevent a standing army. It failed miserably. Progressives must seek a return to the framers’ intentions. (Ye Gods!)

Brexit: What’s this fine mess you’ve gotten us into? (Apologies to Laurel and Hardy)

By Norman Clark

The British voted to leave the European Union: the British Government and the EU are currently attempting to negotiate the divorce settlement. How do things now stand in those dealings? And after all what was the cause of the breakup. A British economist addresses both of those issues here.

Same Old Shuck: Night Thoughts of an Aging Liberal

By David Depew

Will we be able to break through the mental blinkers that prevent us from seeing what where we are and what we need to do?

So scary are the consequences of a collapse of white privilege that many Americans have flocked to a political platform that supports and translates violence against the defenseless as strength. These people are not so much angry as terrified, with the kind of terror that makes knees tremble. (Toni Morrison, The New Yorker, Nov. 21, 2016, 54.)

Inequality: Not Gender but Sexual

By Merrill Ring

There are those who hold that there is a type of inequality not yet recognized in political discourse: sexual activity. Should unequal sexual opportunity become a cause for progressives? Should sexual activity be thought of as a marketplace good which needs to be regulated by government action?

The Gerrymander: A Thriving Species

By Henryka Maslowski

A mathematician looks at the gerrymander, its techniques and its prospects.

What species should be endangered but is not? Although seven out of ten Americans would be happy to see it go extinct, it may have protection in high places. And if all else fails, it is capable of evolving.

Homelessness and Mental Illness Go Hand in Hand

By John Grula and Luis Santilena

So very many of the so very many homeless people are on the streets because mental health facilties and programs have disappeared. Simply building more housing will not solve the problem of the homeless mentally ill.

PITHY POLEMICS

In Economic Matters, Who Gets to Vote (BG)

Every enterprise consists of people who do the work and the tools they use
to do it. The people who do the work are the employees. Those who
provide the tools (supplies, equipment and space) are called
"capitalists" and are considered owners of the enterprise; they get to
vote on the decisions or to select those who vote. Those who do the
work aren't considered owners and don't have a vote. This inequality is
enforced by the courts and, if necessary, by physical force using police
and troops.

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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