Prison labour and the 13th Amendment

26 May, 2016 // 0 Comments

The 13th Amendment allows the United States to sentence people to ‘involuntary servitude’ for the ‘commission of a crime,’ effectively licensing states to enslave their citizens. Aside from being unjust, this is contributing to growing incarceration rates.

Talk of a renter’s tax credit is distracting pablum

25 May, 2016 // 0 Comments

While homeowners have long been able to claim tax credits related to property maintenance and mortgage expenses, renters haven’t had the same privilege. Proposals for extension of a similar tax credit sound appealing, but are really just distracting from larger structural inequality.

Sorry, but good media doesn’t come cheap

24 May, 2016 // 0 Comments

Not all that long ago, if you wanted to read a magazine or a newspaper, you had to subscribe to it or pay a one-time fee for an issue — the New York Times looks particularly interesting so you grab a copy, you enjoy reading The New Yorker, so ...

Book review: The Serpent King, by Jeff Zentner

22 May, 2016 // 0 Comments

Disclosure: This review is based upon a copy of the book provided by the publisher. No other consideration was offered. Jeff Zentner’s The Serpent King is an absolutely fantastic book and one of my leading contenders for best book of 2016 ...

Child actors of colour deserve better

21 May, 2016 // 0 Comments

I didn’t watch the 2016 Oscars, for a number of reasons, not least of which is that I feel increasingly disconnected from what the mainstream Hollywood establishment wants to celebrate and what I enjoy viewing. The event has been criticised ...

Women of the fields

20 May, 2016 // 0 Comments

Consumers play a vital role in industry reforms in a variety of settings — they’re the ones with the power to push for change, as seen for just one example in the arena of food labeling. It’s consumers who demanded ...

When is GOP obstructionism going to stop?

18 May, 2016 // 0 Comments

With the death of Antonin Scalia, President Obama was left with one final opportunity to create a lasting legacy, because appointing a Supreme Court justice is one of the most powerful and important things a president can do — it’s going to ...

Inaccessibility at the polls

17 May, 2016 // 0 Comments

Unsurprisingly, I have been doing rather a lot of coverage on the elections this year, with a particular focus on the disability vote, from a number of different angles. I’ve looked at disability as a voting block, issues that matter to many ...
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