We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lapp√©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Assembly-Line Medicine

from International Health Workers for People over Profit. 
...capitalism is not about quality care. Its priority is to make profit and control the subsequent damage in the cheapest way possible. The hospital industry opposes staff-to-patient ratios because they interfere with the ability of managers to cut costs and, in the private sector, to raise profits.