through the eye of the Times
(and other journalistic sources)
articles
When Higher Education Doesn’t Deliver on Its Promise.  Medical-Assistant Programs: A Case Study  ( The New York Times Oct 4, 2014)

Hollywood's Vaccine Wars: L.A.’s "Entitled" Westsiders Behind City’s Epidemic  (The Hollywood Reporter, September 10, 2014)

UPDATE—Even After Dallas, Hospitals Still Lagging in Preparation for U.S. Ebola Patients
National Nurses United Press Release, 10/6/14
These two articles expose the dialectic between capitalist institutions and the set of organisms (n=7.243 × 109) referred to as homo sapiens.  Marxists, liberals, and neoliberals all conceive of this  organism as a given.  What these two articles demonstrate is the transformational impact on the organism of capitalist institutions working through the consumer market.  The first article indicates that the corporate leadership of Silicon Valley, coming to realize, in a limited way, the negative cognitive developmental consequences of their economic activity, seek to protect their own children from these consequences. Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent (New York Times 9-10-14)

Common Core, in 9-Year-Old Eyes (New York Times JUNE 14, 2014)
The second article is about the negative physiological and psychological effects of the alimentary stimulus industry.  Although some within the industry became alarmed at the calamitous effects of this financial-organizational engine of addiction, they were easily overruled by Wall Street.

The mass consumer market overall is devoted to stimulating desire, a process that profoundly undermines the process of cognitive development.  (Note that there are other markets: capital goods markets; intermediate goods--springs, bearings, etc.--markets; insurance markets, etc.)
The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food (New York Times, February 20, 2013)
from "Congress hears outcry from business lobby on debt ceiling and deficit," by Jia Lynn Yang and Dan Eggen, Washington Post,  July 12, 2011

A sprawling coalition of Wall Street and Main Street business leaders sent an unmistakable message to lawmakers Tuesday: Enough squabbling. Get the debt ceiling raised.

The message, sent in a letter [n=400+] to President Obama and every member of Congress, puts pressure on GOP lawmakers, who have staked out an uncompromising stance against raising taxes in the partisan wrangling over the country’s borrowing limit.

Republicans rely heavily on corporations for political support and have regularly cited the opinions of these “job creators” in their opposition to new tax revenue. Many of the House GOP freshmen most opposed to a compromise were swept into office with the help of financial support from groups behind the letter.

But the business community, which has largely kept quiet on the issue until now, does not uniformly share the Republican orthodoxy on taxes, according to some lobbyists who helped craft the statement.
 . . . .

"The developments underscore the increasingly awkward marriage between corporate leaders and the ambitious House GOP freshman class, which has joined the business lobby in opposing Obama’s health-care law and financial regulations but has shown no sign of budging on the debt ceiling."

Lobbying groups for Wall Street — a sector that would take a direct and devastating hit if the debt ceiling is not raised — have largely avoided public statements on the issue. That is in contrast to their vehement campaigning against parts of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory bill, including the limits on the fees they can charge merchants for debit transactions.

Wall Street lobbyists and other business groups preferred private meetings with GOP members to educate them on the consequences of a default. Several lobbyists also met Monday afternoon with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner to repeat their concerns.
the Debt Ceiling Crisis (July 2011)


1.  Financial elite supports raising debt ceiling


A Mobilization in Washington by Wall Street, by Eric Dash and Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times, July 30, 2011

re. above See letter signed by 14 elite bankers (Financial Services Forum)



2.  U.S. Chamber of Commerce/Business Roundable Letter to Congress and the President

Congress hears outcry from business lobby on debt ceiling and deficit, by Jia Lynn Yang and Dan Eggen, Washington Post,  July 12, 2011

letter [n=400+]

Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill, by Alan Schwarz, NYT (June 9

In Their Own Words: ‘Study Drugs’  by Alan Schwarz, NYT (June 9, updated June 13, 2012)

At Stuyvesant, Allegations of Widespread Cheating, by ANNE BARNARD and ERIC P. NEWCOMER June 26, 2012, NYT

At Top City Schools, Lack of Diversity Persists
By JENNIFER MEDINA  February 5, 2010,  NYT
This story provides a window onto the social and psychological disintegration among the severely white (severely, really, merely, and nearly, defined elsewhere). The Immigrant Advantage, by Anand Giridharadas, New York Times, May 24, 2014