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Social Contract
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In Good We Trust
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.06.2011 |Politics
Read More: Social Contract, Congressional Dysfunction, The Public Good, Economic Inequality, Gang of Six, God We Trust, Congress U.S. Motto, Warren Buffett, Common Good Politics, Howard Schultz Politics, U.S. Motto Legislation, Politics News
We are at a pivot point. To save the United States as we have known it, we need to put things in the proper balance and perspective. We need to reaffirm our trust in good as well as God.
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Live or Die: Do We Care Anymore?
John Geyman | Posted 12.12.2011 | Business
Read More: Single Payer, National Health Care, Social Contract, Class Warfare, M.D., John Geyman, Employer-Sponsored-Health-Care​, Business News
We have had about a 75-year experiment with employer-sponsored health insurance, but its track record is one of continued decline over the last 30 years.
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Friday Talking Points -- Class Warfare? Hardly.
Chris Weigant | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Read More: Elizabeth Warren, Warfare, President Obama, Jobs, Poll, Larry Flynt, Obama, Democratic, Tax the Rich, It Came Out of the Sky, Republican, Pistols at Dawn, Social Contract, Unemployment, Flynt, Booed Soldier, Cpr, Midotw, Most Disappointing Democrat of the Week, Pitchforks and Torches, Paul Krugman, American Jobs Act, Rick Perry, Most Impressive Democrat of the Week, Million Bucks, Mainstream, House, Cbo, Congress, Ccr, Middle Class Warrior, Democrats, Barack Obama, Rick Horowitz, Campaign Obama, Mddotw, Support the Troops, Airport, Gay Soldier, Deficit Cutting Plan, Harry Reid, Jeff Merkley, Friday Talking Points, Class Warfare, Republican Debate, Phil Roe, Senate, Politics News
As was entirely predictable, once Obama stood up for taxing the rich folk a wee bit more, the Republicans fired back with what they think is the biggest weapon in their arsenal: screaming "Class warfare!"
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Defending Trade Unions as Labor Day Approaches
David Coates | Posted 10.29.2011 | Politics
Read More: Germany, Wages, Social Contract, Unemployment, Labor Day, Trade Unions, Politics News
In the right-wing litany, trade unions stand accused of causing unemployment by inflating wages and of blocking productivity growth and investment. The claims would be laughable were they not so dangerous.
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After the Debt Ceiling, What's Next?
Francine Hardaway | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics
Read More: Social Security, Debt, Social Contract, Congress, United States, Republicans, Credit Rating, Federal Government of the United States, Politics News
Few people are concerned about the elderly, the poor, and the sick. Rather, this debt deal, like everything else, is driven by fear of disturbing the Asian markets. We are worrying about the downgrade, not the citizens
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Perfect, Mr. President: Not Just the Speech, But the Timing and Strategy.
Paul Abrams | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Read More: President's Speech, Social Contract, Collective Actions, President Obama, Ryan Budget, Debt Ceiling, Laissez-Faire, Politics News
President Obama's speech hit all the right notes. He provided a background and context for the debt challenge. And he laid the blame for this challenge squarely where it belongs.
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Cutting Workers' Pay and Benefits Doesn't Help Economic Recovery
Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.05.2011 | Business
Read More: Economic Recovery, Social Contract, Social Investment, Precarious Employment, Income Inequality, Contingent Workers, Lesser America, Wealth Transfer, Jobs, Business News
We are told we can't afford social investments. Sure we can. To me, social investment often out-performs what I could do as an individual.
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What Is the Arab Third Estate?
Uriel Abulof | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Read More: 1848, End of History, What Is the Third Estate, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Locke, Egypt Riots, Napoleon Bonaparte, Egypt Internet, Clash of Civilizations, Egyptian Revolution, Spring of Nations, Tunisia Protests, Egypt Revolution, The People Want to Bring Down the Regime, Tahrir Square, Thomas Hobbes, Nationalism, The Middle East, Social Contract, Ethnicity, Failed States, Abbé Sieyès, French Revolution, World News
For two long centuries, the Arab Middle East has struggled to meet the challenge of modernity, a task exacerbated by the lingering, and increasing, dissonance between the glorious past and the shameful present.
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Making Business Succeed
Stan Sorscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Read More: Fair Trade, Lesser America, Social Contract, Middle Class, Globalization, Make Business Succeed, Free Trade, Gilded Age, National Industrial Policy, Civil Society, Industrial Policy, Bill Moyers, Winner-Take-All Politics, Business News
To get into balance, we need to restore the social contract -- the deal that public resources are rightly used to promote business, and in exchange, businesses recognize a duty to shared prosperity.
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When Government Fails: Grade F for Education
George T. Haley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Read More: Oecd, Apprenticeships, Waiting for Superman, Labor, Education, Social Contract, Us-Competitiveness, US Education, Germany, Training, University of Texas, Finland, U.S. Manufacturing, Canada, Manufacturing Jobs, American Manufacturing, Education News
Our governments have a responsibility to educate our children with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to society, and to compete successfully against global peers and competitors.
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It's Time to Grow Up
Ben Tripp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Read More: Politics, Americans, Tea Party, Economy, Libertarians, Selfishness, Sacrifice, Depression, Social Contract, Responsibility, Tax Dollars, Media, Social Spending, Childhood, Capitalism, Libertarian, Patriotism, Wealth, Wpa, Corporate Greed, Politics News
We can call it libertarianism, patriotism, conservatism, or anything we want, but the truth is this: an ideology of selfishness has gripped the nation.
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American Workers: Laid Off On Labor Day
Peter G. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Read More: Taxes, Social Contract, Unemployment, Unemployment Rate, Labor Day, Impact News, Labor Day 2010, Middle Class, Unemployment Crisis, Top 1 Percent, Iraq, Rich, Bush, Impact News
Today we celebrate Labor Day but we don't celebrate labor. We're quickly dividing the country into rich and poor and shrinking the middle class. It's a formula for national disaster.
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Tax Cuts Are Theft
Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Read More: Infrastructure, Social Contract, Taxes, Politics News
Conservatives like to say that taxes are theft. In fact it is tax cuts that are theft because they break a long-standing contract: The American Social Contract.
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Invest in America's Future
Stan Sorscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Read More: Clawbacks, Social Contract, Public Subsidies, Industrial Policy, Economic Development, Trickle Down Economics, Business News
We all want to create jobs and encourage economic recovery. We now have over 30 years of experience with trickle-down policies. What has worked, and what needs change?
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Chimpanzees Prefer Fair Play To Reaping An Unjust Reward
Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Read More: Social Contract, Frans De Waal, Derivatives, Peter Kropotkin, Darwinism, Psychology, Subprime Mortgages, Cognitive Science, Chimpanzee, Primates, Charles Darwin, Subprime Mortgage Crisis, Evolution, Social Darwinism, Fairness, Monkeys, Andrew Carnegie, Healthy Living News
Fairness is the basis of the social contract. As citizens we expect that when we contribute our fair share we should receive our just reward. When s...
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Philanthropy and the Economic Crisis
Georgia Levenson Keohane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Read More: Lloyd Blankfein, Social Welfare, Harlen Childrens Zone, Poverty, Social Contract, Tiger Foundation, Philanthropy, Economic Crisis, Non-Profits, Charitable Giving, Pri, Stimulus, Rockefeller Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Peter Singer, Ford Foundation, Bonus, Economic Recession, Heron Foundation, Julian Robertson, Strategic Philanthropy, Blue Ridge Foundation, Giving, Safety Net, Basic Needs, Socially-Useless, Foundations, Alesina, Glaeser, Impact News
This week and next I am a guest blogger at The Center for Effective Philanthropy. My posts address philanthropy and the economic crisis, and include ...
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Unconscionable Policies, Dangerous Politics
Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Read More: Provider Rights, HIV and AIDS, Conscience Clauses, Social Contract, Patient Rights, Health, Reproductive Rights, Health Care Reform, Politics News
It's one thing for private practitioners to decide not to offer certain services, birth control, for example. It's another to use tax dollars to impose religious principals that deny a specific service.
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The Post-Social Contract Generation
Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Read More: Labor, Youth, Economics, Work, Judith Rodin, Economic Security, Generation Y, Millennials, Time, Social Contract, Rockefeller Foundation, Politics News
Almost half of America's youngest workers believe the nation's best days may have come and gone. This is Generation Y, the nation's largest age group, and increasingly its most pessimistic.
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