IHL aims for “traditional operations” in fall; do students and employees need better representation?

May 21, 2020 A just-out press release from the Institutions of Higher Learning ("college board") indicates that the eight Mississippi schools in the system will restart "traditional operations" in the fall.  No doubt the college board, like governors and governing bodies nationwide (and globally), is struggling to balance economic and safety concerns in a radically unstable … Continue reading IHL aims for “traditional operations” in fall; do students and employees need better representation?

COVID-19 Is A Nightmare, But A Bigger Breakdown Looms

May 18, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic dominates the news.  How could it not?  Millions of infections, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and deaths, highly stressed health care facilities and medical caregivers, lock downs and myriad restrictive public health orders, business closures and historically unprecedented levels of unemployment and financial disruption, trillions of dollars in questionable … Continue reading COVID-19 Is A Nightmare, But A Bigger Breakdown Looms

Worker warriors expected to die in big numbers to open up the economy

May 6, 2020 President Trump and a motley collection of supporters, many of them other so-called Republican "leaders," are dropping all pretense of prioritizing public health generally, and workers' lives specifically, calling for the rapid "reopening" of America, whatever the cost in sickness and death. With the Covid-19 pandemic still in full swing, and indeed … Continue reading Worker warriors expected to die in big numbers to open up the economy

“Normal,” already? Are these people kidding anyone but themselves?

May 2, 2020 - We all know that correlation does not imply causality.  But let's consider adding 2 + 2 here. For the most part having shown surprising willingness to let data and health experts guide his response to the Covid-19 crisis, Gov. Reeves on Monday nonetheless started the economic "reopening" process in Mississippi, shifting … Continue reading “Normal,” already? Are these people kidding anyone but themselves?

Time to pull the plug on Trump’s daily misinformation on Covid-19

April 24, 2020 Could it be that the Coronavirus destroys brain cells in some people, even if they're not infected?  If so, it might help to explain how top Republicans - notably President Trump and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell - persist in saying incredibly dumb and dangerous things about how to deal with the … Continue reading Time to pull the plug on Trump’s daily misinformation on Covid-19

The Mississippi economy is collapsing; can budget cuts be far behind?

"Shelter-in-place" in response to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis remains, literally, the order of the day in Mississippi.  As a result, the economy is in free fall, with unemployment skyrocketing and tax revenue plummeting. In the past, far less severe economic conditions have prompted steep budget cuts to public agencies, including universities.  Can we expect anything … Continue reading The Mississippi economy is collapsing; can budget cuts be far behind?

Is the “most powerful nation in the world” in fact a failed state?

Our current situation in the U.S. – an uncontrolled pandemic, an economy in collapse, overwhelmed medical and governmental systems, a frightened public rapidly losing what little faith in political leadership it has left, miles-long lines of people desperate for the most basic material relief, food – this is the stuff of apocalyptic fiction. Of course … Continue reading Is the “most powerful nation in the world” in fact a failed state?

Thinking past the mess we’re in, to what might be

April 1, 2020 - It's tough to think beyond the massive Covid-19 crisis to anything other than "getting back to normal."   But workers  - and most notably U.S. social workers, who should be (but sadly aren't) closely allied to the working class - don't want "normal." Normal is gross disparities in wealth; normal is tax … Continue reading Thinking past the mess we’re in, to what might be