Threat to human rights and social welfare grows as U.S. rightwing embraces Hungarian fascist Orban

Hungarian prime minister Victor Orban enjoys growing adulation among American far-right "conservatives," receiving a standing ovation after his keynote speech at the recent meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas. Social workers should be deeply alarmed. It's no secret that the U.S. conservative movement has plunged far to the right since the … Continue reading Threat to human rights and social welfare grows as U.S. rightwing embraces Hungarian fascist Orban

Welfare scandal reveals astounding hypocrisy of Mississippi officials

Major kudos to Anna Wolfe, the intrepid reporter for Mississippi Today following and narrating the still-unfolding story of massive misuse of federal TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) in Mississippi. Any Mississippi social worker not knowing the story should certainly bone up (you can do so here - https://mississippitoday.org/the-backchannel/). It affects our work whether or … Continue reading Welfare scandal reveals astounding hypocrisy of Mississippi officials

Let’s face it: American politics is pathological and steadily sliding toward fascism

The evidence pile gets higher by the day. Facing unprecedented social welfare crises - a never-ending pandemic, serial climate catastrophes, a steep decline in mental health, rampant domestic gun violence, health-impairing decayed public infrastructure, acute housing shortages and homelessness, rising rates and severity of economic inequality, mass poverty, near-poverty and unsustainable debt among working class … Continue reading Let’s face it: American politics is pathological and steadily sliding toward fascism

A tale of two Mississippians, and two opposing political futures

Public hearings of the January 6 Select Committee are demonstrating beyond all doubt that the January 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol was a violent, neo-fascist attempt to stage a coup aimed at keeping Donald Trump in office, fueled by nothing more substantial than the grand Trumpist canard of a "stolen election" (pure "bullshit," … Continue reading A tale of two Mississippians, and two opposing political futures

The “ordinariness” of American mass murder – It is indeed a mental health issue

With each instance of slaughter in places we rightfully expect to be safe and free of violence - schools, churches, grocery stores, health clinics - Second Amendment absolutists (aka the political rightwing, and notably the Trumpified Republican Party) trumpet the same unconvincing cliches - Guns don't kill people, people kill people; the best way to … Continue reading The “ordinariness” of American mass murder – It is indeed a mental health issue

Attacks on tenure unlikely to stop

Mississippi Today's Molly Minta has done excellent reporting on the latest IHL efforts to crimp tenure in Mississippi universities, i.e., injecting new and subjective performance criteria, and vesting final decision-making authority in the hands of university presidents; see - https://mississippitoday.org/2022/05/20/ihl-commissioner-tenure-changes/ and related stories. Like most faculty, I'd like to think the IHL, composed exclusively of … Continue reading Attacks on tenure unlikely to stop

We won’t win greater justice if we don’t fight for it

Social and economic justice organizers like to say, "When we fight, we win." Oh, if only that were so! In truth, there is, unfortunately, no guarantee of victory in any justice campaign - ever. The soil of human history is literally soaked and littered with the blood and bones of justice warriors who fought with … Continue reading We won’t win greater justice if we don’t fight for it

Is the globally hegemonic West, led by the U.S., becoming a death cult?

In the aftermath of the mass killing and carnage of World War I, Sigmund Freud endorsed the notion of a "death instinct," or "death drive." Under ordinary conditions of civilized existence, Freud suggested in Beyond the Pleasure Principle, the drive is either sublimated or expressed in individualized thoughts and acts of aggression or destruction aimed … Continue reading Is the globally hegemonic West, led by the U.S., becoming a death cult?

So scary, social workers! Senator Rick Scott would “rescue America” with an unbridled swing to the radical right

To be sure, no one needs a single extra thing to worry about these days. The frightful proxy-war faceoff between the US/NATO and Russia in Ukraine, and with it the escalating threat of nuclear war; the rapidly advancing climate emergency, with its relentlessly devastating worldwide consequences; the never-ending COVID pandemic and the likely probability of … Continue reading So scary, social workers! Senator Rick Scott would “rescue America” with an unbridled swing to the radical right