One Step Up and Two Steps Back

One step up … Mary Beth Quirk: “California Goes Gangbusters Against Abusive Lending, Passes Sweeping Foreclosure-Protection Law” Hey, rest of the country that isn’t California! This is how you do it: California legislators went ahead and approved a sweeping bill on Monday that is basically a homeowner bill of rights, including ending abusive practices by [Read More…]

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‘Libertarianism is [not] a philosophy of individual freedom’

At Crooked Timber, Chris Bertram, Corey Robin and Alex Gourevitch have collaborated on a post for the ages: “Let It Bleed: Libertarianism and the Workplace.” Here is their thesis, succinctly stated in the first paragraph: Libertarianism is a philosophy of individual freedom. Or so its adherents claim. But with their single-minded defense of the rights [Read More…]

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‘The Cult of the Individual and the Idolatry of Greed’

Michael Bird is a very conservative evangelical theology professor. He’s theologically conservative in the tradition of evangelical orthodoxy and, like many evangelicals, he’s very politically conservative on social issues, opposing, he says, “same-sex marriage, euthanasia, and abortion, etc.” But Michael Bird is not an American. He teaches in Australia and formerly lived in the UK. [Read More…]

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‘When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous’

When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous, but dismay to evildoers. — Proverbs 21:15 Dave Weigel: “How We Found Out” “The mandate is constitutional! It was upheld! Roberts went for the swing vote! Yes! Oh my God! The individual mandate survives as a tax!” Did you work on passing the bill? [Read More…]

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Empathy is always one possible option

Chief Justice John Roberts suffers from a chronic, pre-existing medical condition of precisely the sort that would have made it impossible, before the Affordable Care Act, for him to purchase insurance in the private sector. Some right-wing commentators think this influenced Roberts’ decision upholding the ACA. But they don’t imagine that this might have influenced [Read More…]

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Churches praise health care law, lobby groups condemn it

David Gibson of Religion News Service has an interesting round-up: “Religious groups react to Supreme Court health care ruling.” Here’s the break-down: Hallelujah, Amen!: National Council of Churches, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the Rabbinical Assembly, Hadassah, Sojourners, Faith in Public Life, Network, Catholic Health Association, National [Read More…]

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What really happens to real people really matters

In his article on the cruel idea of “Health Care as a Privilege,” Jonathan Chait mentioned a spate of pre-court-decision stories: … showing in human terms what sort of conditions we would be perpetuating in the event that five Republican Supreme Court Justices, or a potential Republican-run government next year, partially or completely nullify the [Read More…]

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‘A victory for people all over this country’

President Barack Obama: Earlier today, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act — the name of the health care reform we passed two years ago. In doing so, they’ve reaffirmed a fundamental principle that here in America — in the wealthiest nation on Earth — no illness or accident should lead [Read More…]

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