The Systems View, Part I – The Environment and Corporations

A recent edition of the S.F. Chronicle contained a story on pensions that mentions social security “reform” and a book review on the possibility of environmental collapse. On the surface, they seem entirely separate. But an examination of the deeper system impacts shows that the issues are inextricably interwoven — and the social security “reform” is really social security deform.

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Government Can Be Good for Your Health

You’re a red-blooded, self-reliant, independent American. You don’t want government intruding into your life, and I don’t blame you. But there’s something you need to know: You want socialized medicine — not for the diseases it can cure, but for the millions of premature deaths it can prevent.

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Food Labels, Corporations, and the Media

The food industry clearly has too much power in Washington. It took 10 years before the FDA finally got the industry to list trans fats on food labels. That law takes effect in 2006. In the meantime, millions of people have suffered obesity, disease, and death — even though the science has been known for more than 40 years. Unfortunately, the labeling law is too weak — which reflects the power of the food industry in Washington.

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Corporations – The Good News

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, “Corporations are like a chainsaw. They’re a powerful tool, but if you don’t control them, they’ll rip your leg off.” Most of the articles on this site spend their time ripping corporations — but only because they’ve gotten out of control. This article redresses the balance somewhat, and tells what’s good about corporations.

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