Author Archives: David Green

The Economic and Political Context of Student Debt

Alan Collinge, author of “The Student Loan Scam: The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History and How We Can Fight Back,” recently spoke to students at Lincoln Hall on the UI campus. His argument is detailed, persuasive, and heartbreaking; it … Continue reading

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Consumer Debt’s Central Role in Finance-led Capitalism and Class Warfare-An Organizing Opportunity

“For at least five thousand years, popular movements have tended to center on struggles over debt—this was true long before capitalism even existed. There is a reason for this. Debt is the most efficient means ever created to take relations … Continue reading

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Understanding the Phoney Debt Crisis: Intergenerational Myths and Economic Realities

Understanding the Phony Debt Crisis: Inter-generational Myths and Economic Realities David Green (davidgreen50@gmail.com)lives in Urbana. He regularly contributes to News from Neptune, both on UPTV and WEFT-FM. Before discussing the inter-generational mythology that pertains to the phony debt crisis, three … Continue reading

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Racial Disparities Reflect Laws and Policies

In her recently published book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander connects the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow to the mass incarceration of African-American males. “The American penal system … Continue reading

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Football Game Flyover on 9-11 Promotes War

A recent internet-driven furor in response to my letter protesting an outburst of militarism at a University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) football game on September 11th has prompted the following reflections on freedom of speech, militarism and war, and the responsibilities … Continue reading

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Human Services in Hard Times: State Budget Deficits Threaten the Most Vulnerable Among Us

Government-funded human services are defined in specific terms in relation to statelevel administrative structures and the state’s annual budget. These services do not technically include significant portions of the budget devoted to health care and education. Human services—thus narrowly defined— … Continue reading

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