Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Politics and Inequality

Shirley Cereseto, in her little-known 1982 article, "Capitalism, Socialism, and Inequality," published in the Insurgent Sociologist 11(2): 5-38, is the most comprehensive study of quality of life under capitalism and socialism. She finds that poverty and misery among peoples of the “third world” are not caused by the reasons given by capitalist propagandists (backwardness and/or overpopulation), but rather result from the laws of motion inherent in the capitalist mode of production.


Or read about political economies and quality of life. Or Is Democracy Good for Our Health?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Who is worth what and who gets bailedout?

There is a study showing that cleaners at a hospital provide more value to society than bankers. I don't think there has ever been much doubt to that. Read the article and listen to the interview.

Cleaners worth more than bankers.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Politics of Health Inequities

A very important article that talks about health from the political perspective and also clarifies some what health means. The Politics of Health Inequities.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Politics of Health

It seems like we need a politics of health. We approach environment, sexism, racism, jobs, and so much more in a very fragmented way. All of these things impact health. People profit and people die because of these issues. So let's pull them together and move forward!!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Health Insurance Debate

We keep calling what we see in congress as a health care debate. True health care would be the societal policies and expectactions that would provide everyone an honest opportunity to live a health and long life. Only corporations are supported in that way.

What we have is a health insurance debate to attempt to provide access to illness treatement services. Changing the health of the country in the future will depend on preventing illness through policy. Medical services providers do very little prevention work.

If we want changes in health we'll need to change power dynamics. We'll need political parties that support family friendly wages, educational for all, and health coverage for all as a given!