On July 1, 2016, the Pentagon will announce a lifting of the ban on trans people serving openly in the US military. While this has been hailed as a victory for trans rights, it's hard to imagine anything further from the truth. Like the debate over gay marriage, this insincere public spectacle will serve as cover for continuation of the same devastating militaristic foreign policy.
Steven Hill is the author of Expand Social Security Now: How to Ensure Americans Get the Retirement They Deserve. In this interview, Hill explains why Social Security's critics are wrong: Social Security does not need to be trimmed -- it should be expanded. He calls for a doubling of the retirement monthly benefit and shows how to pay for it. (Hint: Tax fairness = retirement security = economic stability).
Establishment politicians and billionaires are counting on demoralization and a falloff of political activism after November. But a return to "politics as usual" isn't inevitable. History suggests a very different possibility, and Bernie Sanders' campaign has highlighted the need to continue fighting long after the election. Just as the Sanders campaign didn't arise in a vacuum, there's no reason to expect it will leave a vacuum behind it.