Thomas Frank; It’s the healthcare system, stupid
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A curious fact that is repeated often in those books: the Populists were not opponents of science or learning. On the contrary: Populists produced homages to technology and scholarship and education that were so earnest and ornate that they are embarrassing to read today. They thought their own ideas about regulation and the welfare state were in full alignment with the scientific advances of the late 19th century.
At the same time, the Pops fought endlessly with the business and academic elites of their day — experts who regarded the established order as the work of God. Populists regarded all special privilege with suspicion, including the prestige that props up the professional class. A clear illustration of this theme can be seen in the famous Garden of Eden sculpture garden in Lucas, Kansas, which was built as a primer on Populist/socialist principles. One of its focal points is a rendering of ‘Labour crucified’ and the people who can be seen torturing the working man to death are society’s honoured professionals: banker, lawyer, doctor, preacher.
The Populist way of looking at things was radically democratic: the people came first. The correct role of experts, the original Populists thought, was to serve and inform the people as they went about their lives as citizens of a democracy.
The original Populist movement didn’t have much to say about healthcare policy. In the 1890s, American medicine had not yet hardened into the supremely costly bureaucratic labyrinth we know today. But as the price of medicine grew out of reach in the decades that followed, farmers and unions and charities proposed all kinds of alternative, more democratic arrangements, and always with the same aim: to make healthcare an affordable part of life for ordinary, working-class people.
Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction
August 3, 2020 at 2:04 PM #343290ThouArtThatParticipant
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Thomas Frank has a new book that traces the history of populism.
He recently spoke with Paul Jay about the book and how much the 1% despise the 99%.
It is worthwhile listening to understand why the 1% will probably never acquiesce to policies like M4All.
The link below takes one to the three part audio interview.
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
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"The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it."
- George Orwell
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
"Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information."
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"A riot is the language of the unheard."
- Martin Luther King
August 3, 2020 at 8:23 PM #343323Two way streetParticipant
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Bruce Lee of the City University of New York (CUNY) Public School of Health estimated that if 20% of the U.S. population contracts the virus, the one-year post-hospitalization costs would be at least $50 billion, before factoring in longer-term care for lingering health problems. Without a vaccine, if 80% of the population became infected, that cost would balloon to $204 billion.
Some countries hit hard by the new coronavirus – including the United States, Britain and Italy – are considering whether these long-term effects can be considered a “post-COVID syndrome,” according to Reuters interviews with about a dozen doctors and health economists. snip/read more personal story at the the web site
2020-2024 Campaign Season: We the People are in the fight for our lives and livelihoods.
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