NEOLIBERAL HEALTH CARE: “Why Congress Allows Big Pharma to Rip Us Off” / The Ring of Fire / Farron Cousins ☮


In addition to paying outrageous prices for health insurance, Americans are also being squeezed when it comes time to pay for their prescriptions. Drug prices in the U.S. are higher than almost anywhere else in the world, and this wasn’t done by accident. Big Pharma has bought and paid for our elected officials, and they’re allowed to do whatever they want as a result.

Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this with attorney Michael Burg.

AUTHORITARIANISM: “The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter” Politico / Matthew MacWilliams ☮

If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated?

You’d be wrong.

In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and it’s not race, income or education levels: It’s authoritarianism.

That’s right, Trump’s electoral strength—and his staying power—have been buoyed, above all, by Americans with authoritarian inclinations. And because of the prevalence of authoritarians in the American electorate, among Democrats as well as Republicans, it’s very possible that Trump’s fan base will continue to grow.

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