U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Monday urged the adoption of a minimum global corporate income tax, an effort to at least partially offset any disadvantages that might arise from the Biden administration’s proposed increase in the U.S. corporate tax rate.https://apnews.com/article/janet-yellen-minimum-global-corporate-income-tax-0a839a4705566a8b9f8bd5411bfe62d5
According to the CDC, the leading cause of accidental death in the US in 2017 was drug overdose, which killed over 61,000 people. Car crashes killed less than 38,000 that year. If you include suicide, death by drug overdose accounted for over 70,000 deaths in 2017. Drugs are the greatest killer in the US.https://wisqars-viz.cdc.gov:8006/explore-data/homeAccording to ourworldindata.org, the US has the largest share of it's population suffering an illicit drug use disorder (addiction) compared to all other countries. 3.45% of the US has an illicit drug addiction. The next highest country is UAE at 2.92%. The UK has only 1.66% of its population suffering illicit drug addiction. According to the same source, the US substantially leads the world in amphetamine overdose deaths and in cocaine deaths. The largest group affected by addiction by far is between 15 to 29 year olds, our youth. Drugs are a greater problem for the US than for any other country in the world.https://ourworldindata.org/illicit-drug-useIf people do not have access to illicit drugs, then illicit drugs cannot kill people. Therefore, all illicit drugs should be banned in the US.
"The CDC came scarily close to adopting a plan that would, according to its own models, have killed thousands of Americans.""The attack on philosophically liberal principles has by now migrated from leafy college campuses to the most important and powerful organizations in the country."-Yascha Mounkhttps://www.persuasion.community/p/why-im-losing-trust-in-the-institutions
Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial. Powerful protests for racial and social justice are leading to overdue demands for police reform, along with wider calls for greater equality and inclusion across our society, not least in higher education, journalism, philanthropy, and the arts. But this needed reckoning has also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity. As we applaud the first development, we also raise our voices against the second. The forces of illiberalism are gaining strength throughout the world and have a powerful ally in Donald Trump, who represents a real threat to democracy. But resistance must not be allowed to harden into its own brand of dogma or coercion—which right-wing demagogues are already exploiting. The democratic inclusion we want can be achieved only if we speak out against the intolerant climate that has set in on all sides.The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted. While we have come to expect this on the radical right, censoriousness is also spreading more widely in our culture: an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty. We uphold the value of robust and even caustic counter-speech from all quarters. But it is now all too common to hear calls for swift and severe retribution in response to perceived transgressions of speech and thought. More troubling still, institutional leaders, in a spirit of panicked damage control, are delivering hasty and disproportionate punishments instead of considered reforms. Editors are fired for running controversial pieces; books are withdrawn for alleged inauthenticity; journalists are barred from writing on certain topics; professors are investigated for quoting works of literature in class; a researcher is fired for circulating a peer-reviewed academic study; and the heads of organizations are ousted for what are sometimes just clumsy mistakes. Whatever the arguments around each particular incident, the result has been to steadily narrow the boundaries of what can be said without the threat of reprisal. We are already paying the price in greater risk aversion among writers, artists, and journalists who fear for their livelihoods if they depart from the consensus, or even lack sufficient zeal in agreement.This stifling atmosphere will ultimately harm the most vital causes of our time. The restriction of debate, whether by a repressive government or an intolerant society, invariably hurts those who lack power and makes everyone less capable of democratic participation. The way to defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument, and persuasion, not by trying to silence or wish them away. We refuse any false choice between justice and freedom, which cannot exist without each other. As writers we need a culture that leaves us room for experimentation, risk taking, and even mistakes. We need to preserve the possibility of good-faith disagreement without dire professional consequences. If we won’t defend the very thing on which our work depends, we shouldn’t expect the public or the state to defend it for us.https://harpers.org/a-letter-on-justice-and-open-debate/
In November, Californians will vote on whether to remove from the State Constitution the following:"The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting"This part of the State Constitution effectively band affirmative action.
From the Journal of Electoral Studies:We find that some non-citizens participate in U.S. elections, and that this participation has been large enough to change meaningful election outcomes including Electoral College votes, and Congressional elections. Non-citizen votes likely gave Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261379414000973
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."It is not uncommon for conservatives to take this amendment to mean that powers not delegated to the Federal Government are reserved for the States unless the Constitution prohibits them. While that is true and often ignored, no one wants to talk about that last part, "or to the people". What is reserved for the people themselves? What is not prohibited to the States, nor delegated to the US, but nonetheless a Right of the People?
“The list of white supremacy characteristics includes: perfectionism, a sense of urgency, defensiveness, valuing quantity over quality, worship of the written word, belief in only one right way, paternalism, either/or thinking, power hoarding, fear of open conflict, individualism, belief that I'm the only one (who can do this 'right'), the belief that progress is bigger and more, a belief in objectivity, and claiming a right to comfort.”This list can be found at Dismantling Racism, Countering White Supremacy, and the Historical Commission of Texas (.gov).http://www.dismantlingracism.org/white-supremacy-culture.htmlhttps://www.thc.texas.gov/public/upload/preserve/museums/files/White_Supremacy_Culture.pdfhttp://www.cwsworkshop.org/PARC_site_B/dr-culture.html
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