Dean Baker for Truthout: The automation story is likely attractive to many people since it pins the blame for inequality on the natural development of technology.
The US has rarely taken back health benefits once they have been bestowed. These historical precedents can provide insights for the current debate.
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Tom Engelhardt, cofounder of the American Empire Project and author of The United States of Fear as well as The End of Victory Culture, runs The Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His latest book, coauthored with Nick Turse, is Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050.