While it is easy to recognize the links between poverty in West Africa and the spread of the Ebola virus, there has been little focus on the root causes of the region's impoverishment itself. Along with the world's deepest poverty, West Africa is in the running for the region with the highest deforestation rate in the world. Some researchers have drawn clear links between the outbreak of the disease and the resource exploitation that plagues the region.
George Lakoff talks about his latest effort to convince progressives to "frame" their political language and appeals based on deep-seated and active values. These are positions and actions that most of the public supports, but absent appropriate "framing" often vote their fears instead of progressive beliefs. It is necessary to ground a nurturing politics for the common good and core values in language and a moral foundation that appeals - rhetorically and emotionally - to the better selves of voters.
At age 73, Jesse Jackson is still pushing to level the playing field and create a society of equal opportunity for all Americans. Rainbow/PUSH, under Jackson's leadership, is firing a rock from a slingshot at the Goliath of entrenched and embedded elite interests of American finance and government. The reach of PUSH seems to extend in vastly different directions, but it is always slamming into the slithering wall of discrimination and obstruction.