Tag Archives: Public good

A struggle to save Europe’s soul from privatization

A struggle to save Europe’s soul from privatization
When news of the Greek debt crisis first broke in 2010, a number of German tabloids called on the country to pawn its cultural and natural heritage to pay off its debts. “Sell your islands, you bankrupt Greeks!” ran a headline of the ever tasteless Bild. “And sell the Acropolis too!” With the bailout of May 2010 in the making, the populist editors of the right-wing magazine, apparently oblivious to the historical sensitivities around the ... Read more

How to Pay for a Free, Non-Racist Higher Education

How to Pay for a Free, Non-Racist Higher Education
Corinthian Colleges is going out of business, and other for-profit rip-offs will follow. However, “The very existence of Corinthian, Phoenix, Ashford and the other gangster institutions proves beyond doubt that the vast bulk of the existing U.S. educational establishment is not serving” Black and poor people. Yes, America needs free higher education, but the excluded classes also need a new system that is not hostile to their very presence. Read more

This Generation of Med Students Wants a Truly Just Healthcare System for All

This Generation of Med Students Wants a Truly Just Healthcare System for All
Medical students are acutely aware of the continuing barriers to health care that our patients face, and I can tell you – based on firsthand experience – that my fellow students are not about to give up the quest for truly universal, comprehensive care that’s readily accessible to everyone. Their convictions owe a great deal to the late Chicago Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, who fought tirelessly on behalf of the powerless and downtrodden. In ... Read more