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Poverty and Inequality: Caused by Government Favoritism

The major cause of much poverty and extreme inequality is government favoritism to special interests, such as corporate subsidies and other government-granted privileges, which distort the entire economy. That results in higher prices for products and services, and less job creation, so that with more unemployed people chasing fewer jobs, wages are  also bid down…

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Land and Market Power

As described in Mason Gaffney’s essay below, the current system of land markets is very distorted, which distorts the rest of the entire economy, resulting in job shortages, lower wages, homelessness, less affordable housing, less affordable products and services, and unnecessary poverty for many. Since every product and service requires inputs of natural resources and…

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Healthcare Reform

Our healthcare system is fragmented and costly. We need to adopt a sustainable consumer-based system responsive to the diverse needs of patients, but this requires looking beyond today’s partisan politics. Healthcare costs are rising due to laws that favor special interests and restrict people’s choices, and also because of the kinds of taxes that fall…

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Immigration

The Democratic Party has recognized the benefits of diversity and the contributions immigrants make to American society.  The goal should be to promote just policies that reward the entrepreneurial spirit of immigrants while acknowledging the hardship many have endured due to repressive regimes and poverty. To address immigration reform in a more humane and practical…

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The Proper Role of Police

Over the past decade, we have seen a decline in trust of law enforcement in certain communities, especially in minority communities. A society needs a way to defend and uphold all people’s rights including protecting people against murder, injury, robbery, vandalism, or fraud, whether committed by individuals or organizations. However, Author Alex Vitale argues that…