California Could Become the First US State to Offer Universal Health Care 

California is considering creating the first government-funded, universal healthcare system in the US for state residents. The proposal, which lawmakers will begin debating on Tuesday, would adopt a single-payer healthcare system that would replace the need for private insurance plans.

Source: California Could Become the First US State to Offer Universal Health Care | Portside

How the US Government Segregated America 

For many years, I worked in Boston public housing with teams of residents, community organizations, public housing staff and other professors on reducing and removing the many asthma triggers that caused the highest rates of asthma and asthma attacks in the city.  Living and working in the heart of the city neighborhoods, I was keenly aware of the apartheid nature of public and residential housing (black Roxbury, white South Boston, white gentrification overtaking Boston’s mixed-income interracial neighborhoods, and white suburbs)

Source: How the US Government Segregated America | Portside

  How Europe and the US Wasted the Opportunity Presented by the Covid and Climate Crises

The Covid crisis, looking back, created a de facto revolutionary moment as a whole society shut down and opened a strange window of opportunity. It seemed like Nature had had enough and opened a window of opportunity: creating a path to a postcapitalist society, a society in which the destruction of nature was the business of business. Yet it was also the moment of the fascists, and with Trump the path to undermine democracy and foment genocide attempted a stealth counterrevolution. The moment passed and the genocidal implications of capitalist economic restart darkened the social scene once again.
That moment however did point to what is necessary and will come again, stronger and stronger.

The silver lining in the gloomy cloud of the pandemic was the opportunity it gave the West to mend its ways. During 2020, rays of light shone through. The European Union was forced to contemplate a fiscal union. Then, it helped remove Donald Trump from the White House. And a global Green New Deal suddenly appeared less far-fetched. Then 2021 came along and drew the blackout curtains.

Source: Opinion | How Europe and the US Wasted the Opportunity Presented by the Covid and Climate Crises | Yanis Varoufakis

 DMNC model as a tool to set reference points

Our model of democratic market neo-communism aspires to a genuine realization in real-time but at the same time or short of that it is very useful as an independent standard: in the debates over China and/or the US a kind of partisan propaganda effect emerges on both sides. And the US might well expose the hypocrisy and malevolent hypocrisy of the Chinese global surge, but to play one off against the other doesn’t work: here the modeling tool we call DMNC is useful to break through the duality of equally flawed opposites. Almost all political systems can be measured against the implicit reference points in the model: democracy/authority, a Commons, the status of property, markets to socialist markets (next to the different market socialism), etc… The diatribe against China is convincing but we have no real alternative in the US despite the emerging challenge on the score of democracy.
This book is useful but might induce as per the genre a failure to see the false duality: there is no global leader anymore, and none can bear up to a real standard, granting that both sides could care less about their ‘ideals’… Our DMNC model can mediate two opposing failures, granting that the US et al. do hold up a standard of rights and liberties, where China is aggressively against freedom as democracy, human rights, etc…

Source: Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World – Kindle edition  – 1848+: The End(s) of History