More Justice, More Peace: Your Letters
February 09, 2007
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A Better Brand Of Justice
Do you not understand that your American so-called system of justice has spoken? No one can expect true justice from a system where government prosecutors make their fame and fortune on winning cases. Why don't you copy the much older and much more fair British justice system where prosecutors neither win nor lose; they just present the case!
Following Feingold's Lead
Dear Senator Feingold,
Dr. E.F. Milone
I would venture to say that one of the main reasons people do not challenge market fundamentalism is that it hasn't been a part of the national conversation—that is, we haven't discussed the problem as market fundamentalism. We all understand that the mantra of deregulation shouted constantly by big business, which has been supported by massive deregulation of industry by the Bush administration, has done nothing but ill for the American people. Competition has not fluorished under deregulation, the main argument for deregulation touted by big biz, and the rise in publicly held companies has shifted the emphasis away from the customer/consumer to the shareholder. This means the good deal for the consumer has disappeared for the profit of the shareholder. Coupled with this stripping away of concern for the consumer is the return to the huge robber-baron monopolies of the late 19th century that negate competition, again due to deregulation and cronies in the Bush administration who promote the huge mergers that are occurring at an increasing rate.
It's great we have a term to rally around now—market fundamentalism—but you'll have to spread the word and make it a part of the national vocabulary if you really want Americans to rally behind it as a focus for change that will affect the decisions of our legislators.
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Castro's Dark Side
Re: Castro's Legacy
New Orleans Needs Kucinich
This article "Rebuild New Orleans Rebuild America" sounds like what presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich is advocating: a "New WPA" sort of thing. The congressman from Ohio got it right on Iraq, and he's got it right on rebuilding our country with the money otherwise spent on war and killing. Too bad the media has already decided he won't be the next president. They're going out of their way to ignore him. Soon they will be making fun of him. But if you listen honestly to his policy positions and eschew the personality popularity parade, you might have to admit he has it right on a lot of things.