The worst aspects of the U.S.'s undemocratic "democracy" is summed up in a single illustrative situation. A New York Times article posted today begins as follows: "Joe Manchin, the powerful West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate energy panel and earned half a million dollars last year from coal production, is preparing to remake President … Continue reading Senator Joe Manchin’s outsized power subverts “our democracy” no less than Trumpublicans
At its best, public policy-making is a fundamentally rational process, essentially a version of the practical problem-solving process at the heart of all forms of social work practice. While details may vary, the core elements of the process are universally familiar: a problem is perceived and defined; next the problem is assessed, or analyzed; based … Continue reading Is rational incremental policy-making dead? It sure looks like, leaving traditional social work policy practice in the lurch.
"This" civilization is the one built on an industrial foundation. By the most generous measure, it's scarcely 500 years old, and it's really only in the second half of that period that the techno-capitalist organization of society and economy picked up steam - a time span of wondrous, accelerating, almost magical achievement and transformation of … Continue reading This civilization is finished. We need a new global community compatible with social work values and commitments.
The title question is one I hope to explore in a series of posts over the course of the fall term. I'm sure there are colleagues across the country and around the world pondering precisely this question, though I suspect that at present their numbers remain far too few in comparison to the enormity and … Continue reading Shock upon shock upon shock – What are the implications for social work?
The American political hard right is accustomed to denying any reality it doesn't like - denial of unpleasant historical truths like slavery and the slaughter of native peoples; denial of unfavorable election outcomes like Trump's defeats (twice in the popular vote, once in the grossly undemocratic electoral college); denial of failed neoliberal market economics and … Continue reading Never a viable option, denialism is really on the ropes these days
Braving the onslaught of the latest COVID surge, the Mississippi Health Disparities Conference 2021 successfully pulled off a full-day of presentations yesterday at the Mississippi Coliseum complex in Biloxi. Attendees were required to mask more-or-less continuously, and as far as I could tell, compliance was excellent. Kudus to the undaunted organizers, colleagues at USM who … Continue reading “Dance for the Health of It” makes its conference debut
Two top Mississippi leaders made news this week. The first is Congressman Bennie Thompson, the only Democrat - and the only African American - in the Mississippi delegation. Thompson is chairing the House select committee's investigation of the January 6 pro-Trump assault on the U.S. Capitol, and kicked off the committee's first public session on … Continue reading Two pictures of Mississippi leadership in this week’s news; which should social workers prefer?
What, if anything, can social workers do to halt America's evident descent into a culture of death and despair? I realize that invoking language of "death and despair" may strike some as more than a little hyperbolic, but consider: The COVID pandemic continues to rage across the globe, and indeed the dominant and highly communicable … Continue reading The growing U.S. culture of death; what can social workers do?
Accumulating scientific evidence indicates the extensive physical, mental, and community health benefits of social (partner and group) dancing. Personal physical and psychological benefits - especially for older people - include, but are far from limited to, enhanced balance, flexibility, coordination, cognitive acuity, mood, level of life satisfaction, and civic and social engagement and communication skills. … Continue reading “Dance for the Health of It” relaunches
It is abundantly clear - and becomes clearer by the day - that a deeply dysfunctional politics is incapable of addressing the cascading crises confronting the U.S. and the global community. Trump may be gone (or at least out of office), but the degraded politics that produced Trump (and may well produce something worse than … Continue reading We need three things to salvage a decent future