Archive for March 8th, 2011

The Widening Gap

Revealing graph on economic disparity: http://voxnova2.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/inequality-p25_averagehouseholdincom.png

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The late Neil Postman, on technology and change: http://www.danielmitsui.com/hieronymus/

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The establishment Right has long railed against “the politics of envy” and “the politics of resentment”. As it seems this means any attempt to right economic injustice, I have often pictured Dives muttering  “The politics of envy” as he made his way past Lazarus.

But lately the Right does not hesitate to sow its own politics of envy and resentment. I refer to the attempts in Wisconsin, Ohio, and elsewhere by Republican governors to curb union power and specifically the right to collective bargaining. “Look”, they say to non-union employees, “Those union members have paid sick leave, rights in the work place, and (gasp!) pensions!”

But polls indicate that the ploy is falling flat. Other workers may envy the advantages of union membership, but rather than resent it they are beginning to wonder why they, too, cannot have such things, which were once common in the workplace. Unions are the only thing standing between untrammeled capital- or in the case of public sector employees, government management- and the workers, particularly in an age when wages are eroding and the middle class is in danger.

The attempt of the Right to demonize workers is backfiring. People know that firemen and policemen and janitors and teachers are not fat cats; are just honest workers trying to feed their families. The attack on labor has in fact invigorated the labor movement.

Let us all, union member or not, stand in solidarity with labor unions in this hour of strife.

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Well Why Not?

Canadian Anglicans consider offering communion to the unbaptized:  http://life.nationalpost.com/2011/03/07/anglicans-to-consider-opening-communion-to-unbaptized/

In a related development, American Episcopalians have proposed admitting dogs and cats to communion, saying that anything else is mere speciesism.

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While Wall Street is booming and more and more millionaires emerge, life gets tougher for the poor, as food prices go through the roof:  http://www.cnewa.org/default.aspx?ID=1441&pagetypeID=8&sitecode=HQ&pageno=1

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In the Wake of War

The children of Iraq, from The American Conservative: http://www.amconmag.com/blog/children-of-war/

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