855: Work Tomorrow Shows

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Arundhati Roy: “Left intellectuals, in the writing about identity and justice and development, they just act as if caste doesn’t exist. Where actually it’s the engine that drives Indian society. And it’s not merely an economic engine, it’s a social and a cultural and a religious practice. And, sadly, it’s practiced by all of society.”

Writer Arundhati Roy explains how caste and capitalism turned democracy against Indians, and Indians against themselves, then highlights the revolutionary struggles of B.R. Ambedkar and G.N. Saibaba.

Arundhati will be reading from Capitalism: A Ghost Story and Field Notes on Democracy during the Socialism 2015 conference next week in Chicago.

Arundhati Roy is a writer and political activist.


 

Trudy Lieberman: “We are replacing a crisis of un-insurance with a crisis of under-insurance, and we’re going to find people with very high deductables and very high cost-sharing as the years go on, because we haven’t controlled the underlying cost of care.”

Journalist Trudy Lieberman breaks down the key failures of the Affordable Care Act – from a failure to control healthcare costs to serious gaps in coverage and funding – and explains why Obamacare is an obstacle, not a starting point, for universal healthcare.

Trudy wrote the Harper’s report on Obamacare, Wrong Prescription?

Trudy Lieberman is a health journalist and lead writer for the Columbia Journalism Review’s Second Opinion blog.

 


 

Saqib Bhatti: “The entire narrative has been shaped around the fact that you have to file bankruptcy, that it’s inevitable, and the only way to get out of the problems we have. And really the biggest issue with that it lets a whole class of people off the hook – the people who aren’t paying their fair share.”

Municipal finance analyst Saqib Bhatti debunks the economic logic of Detroit’s austerity playbook, explains why bankruptcy solves the problems of creditors, not citizens, and makes the case that Chicago, Detroit and municipalities beyond need to raise taxes on the rich, not strip-mine themselves of capital.

Saqib wrote the feature Why Chicago Won’t Go Bankrupt—And Detroit Didn’t Have To for In These Times.

Saqib Bhatti is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and the Director of the ReFund America Project.

 


 

Sarah Anderson: “Earlier this week he was acting like a hired gun for corporate lobby groups on this trade issue, then the rest of the week he was lighting up the White House in rainbow colors to celebrate gay marriage and singing Amazing Grace at the funeral in Charleston. It’s just so puzzling why he invested so much in winning these trade votes, really selling out his entire base.”

Policy analyst Sarah Anderson explains how the looming Trans-Pacific Partnership opens the door to a future of stronger patent laws, reduced labor and environmental protections, and more powerful global corporations.

Sarah recently posted the Institute for Policy Studies articles Six Ways TPP Opponents Have Won—Even as Fast Track Advances and Why JFK Wouldn’t Recognize Today’s Free Trade Deals.

Sarah Anderson is the Director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.

 


 

Rhiannon Colvin: “I’m much happier than many of my friends who work in banks and have loads of money, because they don’t have time, and they don’t have freedom, and they don’t have ownership, and they don’t have control. I think we need to bring in a new narrative around fulfillment and what we’re doing it all for.”

Youth labor advocate Rhiannon Colvin lays out an alternate future of employment, where cooperatives return democracy to the workplace, and new social structures emerge from neoliberalism’s wreckage.

Rhiannon’s writing Crisis as opportunity: re-imagining the future of work appears as a chapter in the book Resist! Against a Precarious Future.

Rhiannon Colvin is founder of AltGen, an organization that helps young people start workers cooperatives.


 

Jeff Dorchen: “If things keep going like this, the next thing you know we might see an end to the harassment, assault and murder of unarmed Black people. I hear there’s little to none of that in Sweden.”

Jeff Dorchen infiltrated Tel Aviv University’s IDEAS entertainment/tech conference, but he really wants to talk about gay marriage, identity and and hope.

According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.

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