Last week Bill Maher wrote a “New Rule” piece for the Huffington Post. The New Rule this time around? Not everything in America needs to make a profit.
Maher argues that “The United States always defined capitalism, but it didn’t used to define us,” and cites prisons, war, and health care as “services and institutions [once considered] so vital to our nation that they were exempt from market pressures.”
Maher concludes this way: “And if medicine is for profit, and war, and the news, and the penal system, my question is: what’s wrong with firemen? Why don’t they charge? They must be commies. Oh my God! That explains the red trucks!”
David Doody is the founding editor of InDigest Magazine and the Blog Editor at Guernica.