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Monday, June 27, 2016

Jared Bernstein: From the joint dept. of: capitalism is remarkable, and we are a very sick society [feedly]

From the joint dept. of: capitalism is remarkable, and we are a very sick society
http://jaredbernsteinblog.com/from-the-joint-dept-of-capitalism-is-remarkable-and-we-are-a-very-sick-society/


Today's NYT mag has a piece about how the proliferation of mass shootings made the term "active shooter" part of our lexicon.

The piece begins by featuring a manufacturer of bullet proof office furniture. For five years, Ballistic Furniture Systems has been developing "bullet-­resistant panels that could be fitted inside chairs, cubicles and doors."

There is no other economic/political system I know of that is unable (really, unwilling) to take action against gun violence–and to be clear, mass shootings account for a tiny fraction of US gun deaths–while simultaneously developing all sorts of new ways to make money off of it.

I can just hear the pitch: "We offer competitive salaries, a great benefit package, and complete bullet-proof protection should an active shooter show up!"

BTW, just to close this loop of dark irony, the article notes that "Among the many contractors that now offer active-shooter training is G4S, the global ­security firm that employed one Omar Mateen."

Sorry to get dramatic and maudlin, but I'm increasingly compelled to apologize to my children for the world that "grownups" are leaving to them.


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