from spring break.
War on Drugs
- A form of moral panic framing drugs as the cause of a bad phenomenon
- Nixon declared the War on Drugs in a desperate attempt to hold onto power; arose out of the tumult of domestic unrest of the 60’s, era of hyper-conformity via capitalism and consumerism
- Drugs became the scapegoat for all social unrest
Etymological connection between word for drug and scapegoat
- Pharmakos (scapegoat) vs. pharmakon (drug)
- In literary theory, the presence of a scapegoat presupposes the presence of a tyranny (or tyrannical impulse)
- i.e. Nazi Germany: Hitler (tyrant) and Jewish people (scapegoat)
A growing number of economists have become convinced that a comprehensive child care system is not only a worthwhile investment, but also an essential one. James Heckman, the Nobel-winning economist, has calculated that, in the best early childhood programs, every dollar that society invests yields between $7 and $12 in benefits. When children grow up to become productive members of the workforce, they feed more money into the economy and pay more taxes. They also cost the state less—for trips to the E.R., special education, incarceration, unemployment benefits, and other expenses that have been linked to inadequate nurturing in the earliest years of life.
The lack of quality, affordable day care is arguably the most significant barrier to full equality for women in the workplace. It makes it more likely that children born in poverty will remain there. That’s why other developed countries made child care a collective responsibility long ago.