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On Banning Words Related to Public Health

When politicians instruct senior public health bureaucrats to ban language used in developing policies this opens the door for change management which creates opportunities to introduce new approaches into the business process. Peter Drucker (1909-2005), the famous management guru, made … Continue reading

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Opportunities Lost: Create Your Own Truth

Neoliberalism rose to prominence by representing the subsequent crisis of the 1970s as a crisis of Keynesianism, against which the neoliberal project could be advanced as the return to the natural order of market society. The introduction of trickle-down economics … Continue reading

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Collective Bargaining and the Service Industry

Neoliberal fiscal austerity policies decrease public expenditure through cuts to central and local government budgets, welfare services and benefits, and privatization of public resources resulting in job losses. While unemployment is not exclusive to the homeless, it is a common … Continue reading

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On Identity Politics, Poor Governance and Health Inequities

Neoliberals reject actions of the New Dealers to apply their brand of Keynesian, interventionist political economy. In a regime faithful to neoliberal tenants, governance must be carried out within the constraints of the doctrine of limited government and self-regulating markets. … Continue reading

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Today’s Social Fantasy

A fantasy is something produced by the imagination that might possibly be accomplished, although the chances of its fulfillment are quite remote. Illusions, in contrast, are based on false beliefs, and it is their lack of fruition in the face … Continue reading

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The Trickle-down Effect

Milton Friedman (1912-2006), Nobel Prize winning economist from University of Chicago, popularized free market economy. Friedman’s explanation of economics emphasized that the laissez-faire economic system helps poor people by the trickle-down effect, which economic growth flows down from the top … Continue reading

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Removing Barriers to Good Health

In 1986 a World Health Organization (WHO) statement stated that in order to reach a state of health “an individual or group must be able to realize aspirations and satisfy needs, and to change or cope with the environment.” Health … Continue reading

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On Self-actualization

Georg Hegel (1770-1831), philosopher and historian, had to decide what to retain and what to jettison of the French Enlightenment tradition that had permeated German culture. From the Enlightenment he chose freedom of action, not just freedom of thought. The … Continue reading

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