is listed as pneumonia, or hepatitis, or diabetes, or heart disease..
Just like everybody else..
We all have to work hard to maintain our web of support in the atomised state that America has become. God forbid, we might grow to DEPEND on EACH OTHER. Sharing is considered subversive, Communist, it seems.
There are a lot of ways in which we could save money -IF we had universal healthcare. But those same technologies become perversely evil and predatory under our current system of your-money-or-your-life commercial healthcare.
For example, new knowledge on genetics could make it possible to treat people based on their genetics..
Under the current system, what will happen is that people's genetics will make them uninsurable, which will quickly mean unemployable.
And with jobs becoming increasingly scarcer, unemployable will mean marginalized. I wouldn't be surprised if many people who are currently middle class end up very angry when they realize that their "Americanness" doesnt entitle them to employment as businesses downsize and outsize..
lets not forget the EXTREME BRUTALITY of the Japanese troops in Nanjing in 1937, killing by some accounts 300,000 civilans in just a few days in an orgy of killing that even shocked.. no, even terrified their allies the Nazis who were there..
I'm serious. If you don't follow, do a search on the phrase "Unit 731".
The amnesty we agreed to for Japanese war criminals we agreed to in the wake of the Japanese surrender was a huge mistake.. Now the tortured cries of the 'comfort women' for compensation are referred coldly.. to us..
The man was really articulate. They sound as fresh today as they did then. Thats why the right still hates him.
They are doing everything to cover this fact up, but its obvious to me that his taking the New Deal to the people in 1934 saved this country from the chaos of a bloody revolution.
Thats why I always say that the Democratic Party represents the voice of balance and moderation, the center, not the left at all.
Democracy makes both social justice and capitalism palatable. Its intrinsically based on balancing needs, on compromise, not giving either side everything that might be expected under their respective extreme examples..
And thats what gives democratic government legitimacy.
If we ditch the social contract, we jettison our legitimacy as well.
But I do think we DESPERATELY need MASSIVE campaign finance reform.. NOW, while there is an initiative behind us. We are VERY close to money being able to buy votes, and without a STRONG push to disconnect corporate money from vote buying we are doomed..