In its policies toward Greece, the "Troika" -- a new shorthand for the combined will of the European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund -- has actively and enthusiastically embraced Maggie Thatcher's social and political philosophy, memorably captured in her chilling assertion, "There is no such thing as society."
There's a growing bipartisan push in some states to stop issuing marriage licenses altogether in a surprisingly good, "smaller government" way. SamePageNation's "There's a Contract for That" imagines what life might look like and pokes fun at the outlandish extremes some have suggested would be possible.
Hawai'i's sugar oligarchy past left largely intact a mono-economy, today's military and corporate tourism. Economic diversification is a widely-shared policy priority, and the agrochemical industry presents as an appealing "agricultural" and "high-tech" industry alternative, purportedly also contributing millions to the economy.
In instance after instance, privatization reduces quality and fails to save money. The cost "savings" achieved through privatization -- if any -- simply involve laying off workers (and doing less) or reducing workers' wages and benefits. One apparent case in point is the privatization of the management of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Bay Area.
The key to breaking the climate and energy policy logjam in Washington, D.C., Naomi Klein contends in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is the building of a powerful social movement. Citizens can then put leaders into office who are willing to take decisive action to protect the climate.