“We should ask ourselves, our communities, and our government: if a business can’t pay a living wage, should it be a business? If it’s too expensive for businesses to provide healthcare for their workers, maybe we need to decouple it from employment? If childcare is a market failure, but we need childcare for the economy to work, how can the government build that infrastructure? If the pay you provide workers doesn’t allow them to live in the community, what needs to change? Collectively, we should be thinking of different funding models, different ownership scenarios, and different growth imperatives. Failure to do so is simply resigning ourselves to another round of this rigged game.”-Anne Helen Peterson, “The ‘Capitalism is Broken’ Economy.” annehelen.substack.com. April 21, 2021.
Might be prudent to also ask about the entire lifecycle of what we are doing. Does the above look normal to you?
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The embedded pic is a clear embodiment of the military-industrial[-corporate] complex at work. But for many Americans — politicians and citizens alike — it’s an untouchable third rail. The U.S. is also a major arms exporter to foreign countries. Priorities have been skewed since at least WWII, if not since the advent of capitalism.
It’s an untouchable third rail because someone wants it that way. Nobody wants someone else eating their lunch.
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