deathsFrom review of Anne Case and Angus Deaton’s ‘Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism’ (2020): “Couple the staggering cost of health care in the U.S. with the erosion of other key pillars of the traditional safety net — traditional old-age pensions and meager unemployment insurance — and you may despair, as well.  ‘Deaths of Despair’ was released last month as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. Its analysis seems both timely and dated, as millions of people suddenly find themselves out of work, facing a dread disease and struggling to navigate a broken health care system.”


boggsFrom review of Carl Boggs’ ‘Fascism Old and New: American Politics at the  Crossroads’(2018): “[Carl] Boggs credits Trump with unleashing a multitude of dark social forces in American society, tapping a certain ethno-nationalism that encourages stereotyping, hate speech and targeting. But Trump — despite the strong passions he arouses — may not really matter all that much. Certain tendencies are now so institutionalized, so thoroughly entrenched in American public life, that the leadership factor as such is bound to be less decisive than generally believed, Boggs writes.”

BergerFrom review of Henry W. Berger’s ‘St. Louis & Empire: 250 Years of Imperial Quest & Urban Crisis’ (2015): Past attempts to address poverty, racial segregation and inequality, and troubled public education have had, at best, limited success and, in many cases, made things worse. Far more extensive attention and far greater corrective action is required, he writes. The focus should … be on people, not real estate. High-ticket enterprises such as stadiums, convention centers, and condo buildings do not a city make.’”



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