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Thank you for drawing attention to this outrageous hypocrisy. At a time when the fossil fuel industry is being compared to Big Tobacco - because of their insidious influence on public health and public policy, not their investment returns - it is unacceptable to even float a trial balloon about returning to tobacco. Perhaps as you suggest, desperate investment professionals are counting on the public being forgetful about tobacco's impact, or blaming the victims of tobacco addiction, or being willfully ignorant about the reckless hyping of tobacco to underage youth outside the United States. Weren't the negative returns on tobacco established by the settlement with state attorneys general?
Thanks for this great analysis. Just like Detroit, Greece is being forced to sell off its national assets, such as its ports, in the name of "fiscal responsibility." This is part of the experiment to see how far the anti-democratic forces of hyper-capitalism can take this austerity experiment to enrich themselves.
Thank you for connecting all these dots. Kudos to the pension participants who refuse to play along while their investments in guns undermine the society in which they will, or are, hoping to enjoy a well-earned retirement.
What a great piece to reflect on for MLK Day! Thank you for reminding us that MLK & Mandela were human beings, not superheroes. That makes what the did even more impressive, and gives some hope to the rest of us.
This is a great piece. Thank you for doing this in-depth reporting!
Thanks for pausing to reflect on these important victories, Jay. It is easy to be so focused on staving off the next wave of attempts to deprive Americans of decent living standards that we forget to recognize our successes. Now we need to make sure that the constituencies you listed hold the president accountable for his actions. The election is over, and "the other guy is so much more awful" is no longer a reason to accept mediocrity.
I really resisted reading this book because the premise is so disgusting, but when I did read it, I think it is a very good dystopian vision of the path we are on. In addition to the Katniss character, the Peeta character is fascinating when he says that he hopes the struggle for survival will not change who he is. Will our identity as a nation and as individuals survive this struggle?
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