The paradoxical and frustrating nature of progress

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  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Jan. 8, 2018 10:13 a.m.

    We have made progress in many ways over the past several decades. But watch for the Republicans to continue their efforts to reverse progress and take us back to the "good old days," which were never that good in reality. In economics, they're taking us back to the 1920s. In healthcare, they're taking us back to the days of millions more uninsured and millions facing bankruptcy. In environmental matters, they're taking us back to more pollution, which will adversely affect health, and purely political denial of climate science, which may take us back 125,000 years, the last time the earth was this warm. In terms of gun control, they want to take us back to the Wild West. In terms of honesty, I'm not sure there has ever been a period to match what we're seeing out of the White House and Congress today.

  • JWL Seattle, WA
    Jan. 8, 2018 7:32 a.m.

    Samuelson says: "None of this should be taken as an argument to do nothing about the nation's social ills..." Fellow WA Post writer Jennifer Rubin writes: "We’re playing with fire, counting on the ability of others to restrain him [Trump] from, say, launching a nuclear war and, nearly as bad, jettisoning our representative democracy. Vice President Pence, the Cabinet and Congress have a moral and constitutional obligation to bring this to a stop."

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2018 12:20 a.m.

    So here's a question for Robert Samuelson. Why with all of the technology we have, and with all of the presumably "labor saving" technology we have, is the working class no more secure now than it was 100 years ago. This is the major paradox of our time. Marx has an answer in "Capital," but since Samuelson is unlikely to go there I wonder what his answer might be.