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Leave No Millionaire Behind

Thomas Jefferson warned us that we could be free or ignorant, but not both. We have not taken that warning to heart. We have not had a serious national debate about the Bush administration's policies because the mass media have treated politics -- as well as economic and social policy -- as entertainment: a combination of hype and palliative. The political and economic life of the country has been reduced to little more that a struggle for partisan power, the results not unlike the score of a football game: BUSH WINS AGAIN or SENATE DEMS BEATEN. There seems to be no sense of higher good, no question of national purpose, no hope for critical judgment. Hype has impoverished our political debate, undermining the very idea that public discourse can be educational and edifying -- or that national public policy can grow out of reflective discussion and shared political values. We have sought simplistic answers to complex problems without even beginning to comprehend our loss. [source]

"Life Beyond the areas of mothering and charity also seems to be governed by the ways of the "manhood agenda." Nevertheless giftgiving can be restored to our thinking about those broader areas. For example profit itself can be seen as a gift from the poor to the rich because itis constituted of surplus value, that part of the value of work not covered by the worker's salary." -Genevieve Vaughan, from "36 Steps Toward a Gift Economy" [further info]


Meanwhile, CNNFN has a story up asking "Do teachers have it easy?" asking if that job is overpaid. I must have missed the one they did on CEOs.

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