• One Hundred Ways to Change the Subject: Plutocratic Fallacies in the Service of Fast-Food Exploitation

    By Jeffrey Nall, Truthout | News Analysis

    Fast food against unions(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)As fast-food workers demand a fair share of the profits they create, the industry, its supporters and assorted critics of the movement have responded by lobbing red herrings, from the contention that workers should find new work if they don't like their current working conditions to the threat that "robots will replace you." Others charge that workers don't deserve a living wage because their job doesn't require a college education. A Facebook meme posted by Sarah Palin in response to last fall's Fight for 15 protests pictures US soldiers in combat, accompanied by the text: "We get paid less than minimum wage and you're demanding 15 bucks an hour to slap a burger on a bun." These common appeals are part of a tapestry of "plutocratic fallacies" used to justify exploitive wages and foster irrational division among low-wage workers.

  • Protecting Abortion Clinics - Without a Buffer Zone

    Protecting Abortion Clinics - Without a Buffer Zone

    By Katie Klabusich, Truthout | News Analysis

    The Supreme Court's decision striking down the Massachusetts 35-foot abortion clinic buffer zone is barely in the rearview mirror, but the effects are being felt around the country. While Governor Deval Patrick dealt with the decision by quickly signing new legislation in an attempt to provide protections in the small space left by McCullen, some municipalities facing challenges of their own have chosen not to put newly passed laws into effect. This atmosphere of uncertainty has made advocating for buffer ordinances tough as cities and states have to weigh benefits against the cost of potential lawsuits.

  • Art After War

    Art After War

    By Stacy Bannerman, Truthout | News Analysis

    The arts are moving center stage as providers brace for the coming tidal wave of war-related post-traumatic stress disorders in troops and veterans, especially those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. For some who've seen war, the arts - including music, creative writing, dance, drama and painting - offer relief from depression and anxiety where traditional treatments, such as talk therapy and medication, may not have succeeded. Art therapy is based on the idea that the creative process of art making is healing and life enhancing, and is a form of nonverbal communication of thoughts and feelings.