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Jeff Faux latest books are The Servant Economy and the Global Class War.

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Progressive Pundits' Panic: Sanders Actually Means It!

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 10:52 AM

For the past several weeks, big guns from Hillary Clinton's policy-wonk hit squad have been firing away at Bernie Sanders' proposals for faster, fairer growth. Promoting themselves as defenders of "responsible arithmetic," four former chief economic advisers to Clinton and Obama published an open letter slamming University of Massachusetts professor...

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ISIS War: The Case For 'Cut-and-Run'

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 9:59 AM

In the Post-Paris debate on what the U.S. should now do in Iraq and Syria, there is one important option missing: leave.

Despite some testy rhetoric, most of the President's critics are urging him to do more of what he is already doing: aerial bombing, arms and money to presumed...

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Collateral Damage in Afghanistan: America's Soul

(34) Comments | Posted October 17, 2015 | 11:12 AM

On the night of October 3, 2015 an American attack helicopter bombed and strafed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. At least 22 medical staff and patients, including three children, were killed. Twenty-four are still missing. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights suggested it might be a...

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Bernie Sanders: A Moment of Truth for Democrats

(946) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 11:36 AM

The politicians, plutocrats and pundits of the Democratic Party establishment have no answer to Bernie Sanders' blistering critique of their failure to defend the interests of the voters who have kept them in power. Neither have they a substantive case against his policy agenda, which would shift government from working...

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Breaking News: The Rich Discover Inequality

(284) Comments | Posted August 15, 2015 | 11:30 AM

After forty years of rising income and wealth inequality, some of America's rich seem worried that maybe things have gone too far. In a recent New York Times Op Ed (August 9), for example, Peter Georgescu, CEO emeritus of the multinational public relations firm, Young and Rubicon, wrote that he...

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Why Republicans Oppose the Iran Agreement: Follow the Money

(203) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 1:12 PM

By any sensible measure, our country's highest foreign policy priority is halting the spread of nuclear weapons.

Given our size and military might, we Americans are safe from outside invasion for as far into the future as anyone can possible see. But we are clearly vulnerable to terrorist attacks....

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This Greek Tragedy Could Be Europe's As Well

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2015 | 1:46 PM

However the Greeks vote on Sunday, they are likely to be in for another round of suffering. If they support their government by voting "no" (probably the wiser vote), it is likely to force Greece to abandon the euro for its own currency. The cost of living and inflation will...

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TPP Panic: Playing the China Card

(25) Comments | Posted June 13, 2015 | 2:48 PM

Stung by the sudden derailment in the House of Representatives of the rush to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership, the Washington establishment has wasted no time in warning us of the menace of a rising China, should the trade deal not be put back on track next week.

Echoing previous...

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Why Are We in the Middle East?

(127) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 2:29 PM

To placate their pique at his effort to get a non-proliferation agreement with Iran, Barack Obama met last Thursday at Camp David with Saudi royals and leaders of the other five feudal dictatorships of the Persian Gulf. He reaffirmed the United States "ironclad" commitment to their security and promised even...

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TPP: Obama's Folly

(46) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 2:21 PM

Barack Obama's petulant criticism last Friday of Democrats who do not support his proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership reminds me of the old tongue-in-cheek advice to young lawyers: "If the facts are on your side, pound the facts. If the law is on your side, pound the law. If neither is on...

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CIA Torture? Washington Is 'Shocked! Shocked!'

(26) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 9:35 AM

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's torture of its detainees reminded Americans about some ugly things done in their name. But little will change because the our governing class has no intention of ending the senseless War on Terror that makes such atrocities inevitable.

Half of Washington...

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Whack-A-Mole: Our Strategy for Permanent War

(5) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 11:01 AM

After Barack Obama announced his high-risk military campaign in the Middle East, some commentators raised the question of why -- given the decade of quagmire in Afghanistan and Iraq -- was there no exit strategy? The answer by now is obvious: There will be no exit.

The president says...

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How US Aid to Central America's Rich Drives Its Poor to Our Borders

(6) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Over the last several months, tens of thousands of children have crossed our southern border in a desperate attempt to escape the violence, hunger and chaos that now engulf a large part of Central America.

The children -- traveling alone or in packs led by professional smugglers -- have overwhelmed...

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America Without Unions

(49) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 3:42 PM

The recent defeat of its effort to unionize workers at Volkwagen's Chattanooga, Tenn., factory was a crushing blow to the United Auto Workers, and a setback to the embattled U.S. labor movement, which could have used the morale boost of a high-profile victory.

It was also a big loss for...

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NAFTA and the Narcos: What You Won't Hear at Obama's Meeting in Mexico

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 10:08 AM

When Barack Obama meets his Mexican and Canadian counterparts in Toluca, Mexico on February 19, you can expect to hear all three insist that the now 20-year-old North America Free Trade Agreement has been an economic success.

The facts tell a different story: lost American jobs and lower wages,...

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NAFTA, Twenty Years After: A Disaster

(51) Comments | Posted January 1, 2014 | 11:00 AM

New Year's Day, 2014, marks the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Agreement created a common market for goods, services and investment capital with Canada and Mexico. And it opened the door through which American workers were shoved, unprepared, into a brutal global competition for...

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Giving Thanks for Small Things: A Little Light in the Dark Corridors of Power

(26) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 11:09 AM

The deeper you are in the inner sanctums of power, the slower you are to get disturbing news from the rest of the world. So, I suppose it should be no surprise that it has taken so long for a prominent member of the American policy elite to suggest openly...

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Socialized Medicine: The Horror Movie

(652) Comments | Posted September 29, 2013 | 1:09 PM

The core argument of the hysterical Republican diatribe against Obamacare is that it will push Americans down a slippery slope into the nightmare of, gasp, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE! The phrase regularly trips from the lips of GOP reactionaries. Here's Texas Senator Ted Cruz in his recent 22-hour speech: "Socialized medicine is...

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Best for Obama: Lose Syria Vote

(6) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 11:19 AM

On the merits, Barack Obama has already lost the Congress on his proposal to intervene in the Syrian Civil War. What's left is an argument on the politics. The White House's message to Democrats is that rejection will doom the rest of the Obama presidency and make defeat for the...

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Americans Are War-Weary, But Washington Is Not

(79) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 2:26 PM

Barack Obama's arguments for pushing the United States into the Syrian Civil war make little sense to most Americans.

It seems clear that poison gas was used in Syria on August 21. Not so clear is who used it, and whether Assad issued the order. This point is crucial....

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