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Max J. Castro

Dying for business

Dying for business

Numbers make clear the perversity of a policy proposed by the Trump administration that will cripple the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Here’s just one example: In 1970, 38 workers died daily at work. By 2015, that number had dropped to 13, a decrease of almost two-thirds.

Economic inequality & environmental destruction: Capitalism reverts to its normal state

Economic inequality & environmental destruction: Capitalism reverts to its normal state

Watching Trump as he rolls out policy after policy, one might conclude he has studied Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ closely and then done exactly the opposite of the book’s every insight, analysis, and recommendation.

Out of control: Trump’s travels and troubles

Out of control: Trump’s travels and troubles

On his first foreign trip, President Trump was a caricature of himself and his country: the Ugly American on steroids. He is not a deviation in the Republican long march to the right; he is the sum and the embodiment of the evil perpetrated by the GOP’s race toward the moral black hole of absolute social injustice.

Greed versus Gaia

Greed versus Gaia

In Greek mythology, Gaia is the personification of the Earth. Today, Mother Earth Gaia is in big trouble. It has deadly enemies. Greed, first and foremost. That and the fake science that tries to obscure truth in the service of greed. And the odds for Gaia are lot worse since the Trump regime came to power.

Dark times: Savage capitalism unleashed

Dark times: Savage capitalism unleashed

Stories in The New York Times and Miami Herald paints a portrait of a thoroughly corporate-controlled society characterized by breathtaking inequality in which cruelty is standard operating procedure, a systemic feature and not just the product of the misdeeds of bad people.

Vive la France!

Vive la France!

In the presidential election in France this Sunday, by almost 2 to 1, voters emphatically rejected the politics of ultra-right, xenophobic nationalism. Emmanuel Macron, virtually unknown to the world and even to the French people as late as a year ago, beat Marie Le Pen, the candidate of the ultra-right National Front party

Trump’s killer budget

Trump’s killer budget

This is, literally, a killer budget. It toys with human lives. It amounts to a counterrevolution the GOP has been carrying out for decades. A class war from above, which has succeeded in making America by far the most unequal society on the planet, perhaps the most unequal in modern history.

Culture in Republican crosshairs

Culture in Republican crosshairs

Through their words and their work, artists, actors, and writers have been speaking out ever more loudly against Donald Trump, from the start of his campaign to today. The fight between the Republicans and the creative community goes back a long way.

The punitive society

The punitive society

The image of the United States as a cruel and punitive society is not the one the overwhelming majority of Americans have of their country. But it is an accurate one. Americans delude themselves when they believe blindly in their own unique benevolence as a people and a country.

The coming letdown

The coming letdown

Donald Trump came to power propelled by the massive support of the white working class and the votes of a large slice of middle class whites including, astonishingly, college-educated white women. It is these voters who are in for a big surprise and a bigger disappointment.

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