The Crisis of American Healthcare

man in hospitalTo say that the American healthcare system is criminally expensive and convoluted would be an understatement. The problems with US healthcare are wide-ranging but the fundamental problem is simple: it is a for-profit system, not a healthcare system.

Science and its Discontents

The Thinker blog“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

This Biblical promise is fulfilled by science. Humanity has accomplished incredible things and has done so on the basis of great advances in scientific knowledge and technology, made possible by the enormous expansion of the productive forces. People have walked on the moon, probes have been sent to Mars, spacecraft have penetrated the outer reaches of our solar system. From the theory of evolution to the tremendous power of nuclear fission and fusion, science has allowed us to shape the world around us and accomplish feats that go far beyond the wildest dreams of our ancestors. There is a grandeur to science that far outshines all age-old superstitions, and promises wonders beyond imagination if only we take the time and trouble to study and develop it further.

Mission to Mars: Alienation and Utopia

marsexplorationLuke Wilson looks at the Mars One project, which aims to send a group of humans on a one-way trip to the Red Planet. Far from being a reflection of optimism in society, this reality TV show exploration is an expression of the alienation and pessimism felt by most in this period of senile capitalist decay.

The Crisis of Cosmology

cosmologymeta500Since the dawn of civilization, humans have questioned the workings of the natural world around them and their own place in the Universe. Through a long process of investigation over millennia, mankind has built up an understanding of Nature and the wider cosmos. Each successive generation has expanded the horizon of our knowledge and in the process extended the boundary of the known Universe. From Ptolemy and Copernicus and through to the modern day, at every stage scientific discoveries have refined and redefined our picture of the Cosmos and our place within it.

The Role of the State in the Space Race

antaresOn June 23, 1905, Orville Wright became the first person to successfully fly a powered aircraft. Just 56 years later, in April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space, when Vostok 1 made a successful orbit of the Earth. Flight, and later space travel, were viewed as an indication of humanity’s progress and ability to overcome even the most enormous of obstacles, in this case, the Earth’s gravitational pull. But the recent explosion of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket on October 28, and the explosion of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo just a few days later seem to highlight the primary obstacle in the way of humanity’s development today: the private ownership of the means of production.