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The ignored topics in the presidential debates

Some issues, like drone strikes and incarceration levels, will not rate a mention during the three presidential debates this month. EPA/Rick Wilking

There are some important topics that are likely to be ignored in the series of three presidential debates this month, but that do deserve attention:

American drone attacks: “Democrats spent several days at their convention two weeks ago wildly cheering and chanting whenever President Obama’s use of violence and force was heralded. They’re celebrating a leader who is terrorizing several parts of the Muslim world, repeatedly killing children, targeting rescuers and mourners, and entrenching the authority to exert the most extreme powers in full secrecy and without any accountability - all while he increases, not decreases, the likelihood of future attacks.”

Incarceration: “America imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation on earth by far, including countries with far greater populations. As the New York Times reported in April 2008: the United States has less than 5% of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners.”

Inequality:

James Galbraith.
Timothy Noah.
Joseph Stiglitz.
Chris Hedges.