Uncovering the fracture and the dislocations of this system, proposing changes and actively interfering is the optimistic side. The collective repression of problems is carried out to a spectacular extent. The welfare state and democracy cannot be separated.
So much good happens by way of our tax dollars. We pay for emergency services that can keep us and our love ones safe, secure and healthy. We pay for our military which is there to protect the nation and guard against attack, invasion and military aggression against our nation and they also help out in emergency situations. We have social safety nets set up that ensure people still have the ability to get on their feet when and if they fall.
Elinor Ostrom was well-known in 2009 when she was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize for economics. In her analysis of "governance of the commons," she put in question the past economic model that common goods can only be managed successfully by the market or the state. For Ostrom, research and knowledge thrive best when used and developed in common.
At the University of Wisconsin and the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, bioterror scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health in Washington DC have been inflicting pain on ferrets as they developed highly contagious new strains of flu. Public exposure of their work has caused a moratorium. The week of July 30, these Frankensteins will meet to discuss their extralegal and highly lethal work.
The U.S. heat wave is slowly shaking the foundations of American politics. It may take years for the deep rumble to evolve into an above ground, institution-shattering earthquake, but U.S. society has changed for good.