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The Political Education Newsletter

June 26, 2019

Published on our Blog

A Socialist Approach to Mental Health and Well-Being: Medicare for All and Beyond

Andy H provides a historical background on mental health movements in the US and the lessons that can be learned from past movements to be integrated into a future one that would create just, equitable mental health services for all. 

Delinking Innovation and Access: Decommodification of Lifesaving Medicines

Karry M and Chris Noble (from Right Care Alliance) discuss how to decommodify lifesaving drugs, from the R&D pipeline to the market, and put patients over profits.

 

Articles from the Web

The World's Most Annoying Man

Harvard Professor Steven Pinker markets a world image that is rose colored, optimistic, and grounded in false axioms, dubious assumptions and misleading statistics. In this piece, Nathan J. Robinson of Current Affairs picks apart the best-selling Pinker worldview.

Jeff Bezos's Corporate Takeover of Our Lives

Amazon is a player in hundreds of industries worldwide, with its sights set on many more. This detailed article by David Dayen goes into the far reaching consequences of Amazon's commercial empire, from its effects on the small business owners it claims to help, to its massive data collection apparatus and worker mistreatment. Dayen also summarizes the economic policies that have allowed Amazon to reach this level.

Previewing the Democratic Debates: Every Flavor of NBC, Trusting Corporate Media on Climate

Julie Hollar from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) provides a preview of the upcoming democratic primary debates on June 26th and 27th. She explains what you should and shouldn't expect from the debate moderators and details about the candidates that have curiously been ignored by the media leading up to the debates.

A Podcast to Listen to

Season of the Bitch Ep. 85: Ecosocialism Pt. 2

Season of the Bitch talks about the impending climate crisis, its consequences and how to organize to fight back against it with DSA ecosocialist comrades Thea, Sus and Angela.

Bad Take of the Week

Fact-checking AOC on Amazon's 'starvation wages'

In this piece, CNN’s Cristina Alesci takes AOC down a notch by pointing out that Jeff Bezos actually has acquired his wealth through the value of Amazon stocks, rather than the cheap labor Amazon uses. Because those two aren’t related at all, why would you think that?

     

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