Unless we belong to the counter-productive school of reality denial, disease, climate chaos, and war, along with all its horrific effects (we will leave aside, for the moment, political and economic crises, spawning a mounting volume of social unrest) compel an ever-increasing share of our attention. "Stability" is nowhere in sight, "disruption" and "breakdown" appear … Continue reading How should social workers respond to today’s existential triple threat?
Famous investor Warren Buffett nailed it years ago: "There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning," The rich were already winning big when Buffett made this remark in 2006, and since then economic inequality and the political power differential that makes it possible have only … Continue reading Worker power may be our only hope of stopping the slide toward fascism
President Biden's relatively restrained decision on student debt forgiveness is evoking predictable howls from rightwing and austerity promoting critics. So far, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's condemnation of Biden's executive action as "student debt socialism" is my favorite. It's pretty much just what you'd expect from a top leader in a party committed to minority … Continue reading “Student debt socialism” – yes!
This week roughly 2000 mental health workers struck Kaiser Permanente, highlighting gross understaffing and inadequate care for patients. The striking workers include therapists of various stripes - psychologists, addiction counselors, and social workers among them. All are members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) - https://nuhw.org/, a California leader in agitating for a … Continue reading California social workers join mental health strike; we should all pay attention
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
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
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
We can thank the Supreme Court for unambiguously pointing out the direction it plans to take the nation - no reproductive rights; no gun control (no matter the frequency of mass shootings); no capacity of the EPA (an arm of an overreaching "administrative state") to curtail power plants' greenhouse gas emissions (no matter the horrors … Continue reading SCOTUS is on a revanchist tear
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
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