What does the health care debate reveal about us, and our future?

Summary:  Today we have a glance at the debate about one of the most important domestic public policy debates of our time, repeated in every generation since 1945, that illuminates the moral and intellectual nature of America at this point in time. The photo below captures it perfectly, the aggressive ignorance resulting from generations of … Continue reading What does the health care debate reveal about us, and our future?

Affordable Care Act down the mindshaft: asking what it reveals about us

Summary:  Why do Americans oppose the the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) while supporting so many of its provisions? What does this tell us about America? Today Chet Richards “asks the mineshaft”  for answers. It's a community exercise, from the German Gemeinschaft (see Wikipedia).  Please post your views in the comments! . Contents The oddity of … Continue reading Affordable Care Act down the mindshaft: asking what it reveals about us

More death throes of the Constitution. Nothing remains in the ruins but politics.

Summary:  As the Constitution nears the time for its Last Rites, its enemies become bolder.  Reports of blows to the Constitution, even de facto repeal of specific provisions, become unremarkable blips in the daily news.  But some blows are larger than others. June 2012 might be a historic month for the Second Republic, worth marking … Continue reading More death throes of the Constitution. Nothing remains in the ruins but politics.

About the political significance of the conservatives’ health care propaganda

The new legislation, when it emerges from the Congressional sausage machine, will be an incoherent mess.  Then come the administrative revisions, court challenges, and remedial legislation.  Nonetheless this bill is a step in the massive reforms needed to contain the unaffordable growth of medical costs as the boomers retire -- and to close the large gap in cost-effectiveness between our system and those … Continue reading About the political significance of the conservatives’ health care propaganda

A note about practical propaganda

Summary:  A brief note foreshadowing the next post. Propaganda has become a powerful tool used by both Left and Right to shape American's views about the world.  Slowly we recognize this.  Republicans do so by their adoption of it as a primary policy tool, as seen in the health care debate.  Political commentators do so … Continue reading A note about practical propaganda