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The Rise of the Private Police

Amelia Pollard The American Prospect
In South Africa, private security companies have eclipsed the police force, threatening the state’s democratic authority and replicating apartheid-era racial inequality. Is the U.S. next?

A Private Government in Honduras Moves Forward

Beth Geglia and Andrea Nuila NACLA
Hondurans are facing a sudden onslaught of these new jurisdictions, Economic Development and Employment Zones (ZEDEs), which international promoters refer to as “charter cities,” “startup cities,” or “free private cities.”

Under Biden, We’ll Still Need to Protect Social Security

Sasha Abramsky Truthout
blank social security card Biden has, at times, seemed sympathetic to Republican arguments to increase the age of retirement as a way to keep Social Security solvent and to modify how benefits are calculated adjusting for inflation -- maybe resulting in lower benefits.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Exposes Fatal Health Inequities

Meredeth Turshen and Annie Thébaud-Mony Monthly Review
Over the past four decades, however, government health policies have reduced health services to commodities and objects of speculative investment.

Higher Education In America Being Built On Mountains Of Debt

Mary Green Swig, Steven L. Swig, David A. Bergeron and Richard "RJ" Eskow BigNewsNetwork
student in empty classroom It is time to recognize that the cruel experiment in financing higher education through student loans has failed. Inescapable debt is a major driver of social collapse. It has made the racial wealth gap worse and weakened the entire economy...
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