'There Is Another Kind of Violence, A Violence of Institutions'

As we've reflected on the events of the past week, one of my colleagues came across this speech made by Robert F. Kennedy at the Cleveland City Club on April 5, 1968. She encountered it on a recently published blog post and, at first, didn't realize that it was nearly 40 years old. Many of us have been remembering the events of 1968 and feeling an uncomfortable familiarity over the course of the past few days. Continue reading

Three Lessons From ‘Failed’ Mueller Inquiry

left never had a dog in this race. This was always an in-house squabble
between different wings of the establishment. Late-stage capitalism is
in terminal crisis, and the biggest problem facing our corporate elites
is how to emerge from this crisis with their power intact. One wing
wants to make sure the pig’s face remains painted, the other is happy
simply getting its snout deeper into the trough while the food lasts.

Stores closing include CVS, Office Depot, Walmart in 2019

The staggering rate of store closures that has rocked the
retail industry over the past couple of years is expected to continue in
2019, with roughly the same level of closures expected this year.
Retailers closed a record 102 million square feet of store space in
2017, then smashed that record in 2018 by closing another 155 million
square feet, according to estimates by the commercial real-estate firm
CoStar Group.

UVA Medical Center has sued former patients for over $106 million in medical debts

Heather Waldron and John Hawley are losing their
four-bedroom house in the hills above Blacksburg, Va. A teenage
daughter, one of their five children, sold her clothes for spending
money. They worried about paying the electric bill. Financial disaster,
they say, contributed to their divorce, finalized in April. Their
money problems began when the University of Virginia Health System
pursued the couple with a lawsuit and a lien on their home to recoup
$164,000 in charges for Waldron’s emergency surgery in 2017

Key Medical Supplies Exported From U.S. to Foreign Buyers

While much of the world moved swiftly to lock down crucial
medical supplies used to treat the coronavirus, the U.S. dithered,
maintaining business as normal and allowing large shipments of
American-made respirators and ventilators to be sold to foreign buyers.

Big companies are paying shareholders dividends and laying off thousands of workers

Since the coronavirus pandemic was declared, Caterpillar has suspended
operations at two plants and a foundry, Levi Strauss has closed stores,
and toolmaker Stanley Black & Decker is planning layoffs and
furlough. While thousands of their workers are filing for unemployment benefits,
these companies rewarded their shareholders with more than $700 million
in cash dividends