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Lynn Parramore
Dr. Lynn Parramore, an author, cultural theorist, producer, and media consultant, is founding editor of New Deal 2.0, a signature project of the Roosevelt Institute. She is also co-founder, which highlights news, cultural analysis, and entertainment around the economic downturn, and founding editor of, the largest database of first-hand travel reviews on the Web. Her work has appeared in the LA Times, Newsweek, the Miami Herald, Forbes Traveler, the New York Daily News, Mother Jones, The Nation, and USA Today. She acted as media consultant to Harvey Gantt in his campaign for U.S. Senate, 1996. Dr. Parramore’s first book of cultural history, Reading the Sphinx, was recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a notable scholarly book for 2009. She holds a doctorate in English from New York University, where she received a teaching fellowship and taught essay writing and cultural theory.

Entries by Lynn Parramore

The Real Story Behind the Detroit Pension Fight and What it Means to America's Future

(23) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 9:20 AM

When the city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in July 2013, America sucked in a collective gasp. This was the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history by the amount of debt ($18 to $20 billion), and Detroit was the largest city ever to officially go bust.

A few...

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5 Things Women Should Know About Eliot Spitzer

(411) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 2:54 PM

As a life-long feminist, I’ve often been struck by the lack of insight in the political realm into a simple fact: So-called “women’s issues” are everyone’s issues.

When women have access to reproductive healthcare, when they are supported in the workplace, when they can enjoy a dignified retirement, when they are...

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How Big Finance Crushes Innovation and Holds Back Our Economy

(16) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 10:25 AM

Author's note: This post is based on papers presented and remarks made during a *conference panel I moderated featuring  William Lazonick of U Mass-Lowell, Jan Kregel of the Levy Institute and Damon Silvers of the AFL-CIO.

Whatever happened to innovation in America? President Obama told us that our future depends on...

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Fiduciary Duty to Cheat? Famed Short Seller Jim Chanos Reveals the Perverse New Mindset of Financial Fraudsters

(3) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 12:31 PM

Hustlers. Cheaters. Crooks. American business has always had them, and sometimes they've been punished. But today, those who cheat and put the rest of us at risk are often getting off scot-free. The recent admission of Attorney General Eric Holder that systemically dangerous megabanks may escape prosecution because of their...

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Jamie Dimon's Ultra-American Rise and Fall: The Great Gatsby Meets Moby Dick

(18) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 10:21 AM

They called him a hero. The most esteemed banker of his time. The captain who could steer the ship while others foundered. The handsome, charismatic CEO of JP Morgan Chase, he of the silver hair and golden tongue, beloved by presidents and praised by pundits.

Now the truth is out,...

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5 New Reasons to Visit New Orleans

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 8:59 AM

Funky and fascinating New Orleans has seen its share of hard times. After Katrina’s destruction in 2005, may wondered how -- or if -- the city could ever recover. Whole neighborhoods were wiped out and much of the city was submerged. The cost in human life (1,800 killed by the...

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An Inconvenient Truth About Lincoln (That You Won't Hear from Hollywood)

(368) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 11:41 AM

Over this Thanksgiving week, you may find yourself in a movie theater watching Steven Spielberg’s treatment of Abraham Lincoln and the battle to pass the 13th Amerndment, which abolished slavery once and for all. There’s much to be said for Lincoln: marvelous acting, less mythologizing than usual, and a...

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Another Right-Wing Phony Embroiled in Sex Scandal -- Why Does Sexual Hypocrisy Flourish on the Right?

(548) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 4:08 PM

Forty years ago, conservatives awakened to the fact that their agenda was getting little traction in American public life. So they hatched a plan to turn things around. Pooling their considerable financial resources, they would invest in the marketplace of ideas and fund books, professors, journalists -- anything to promote,...

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Why the Pundits are Wrong About the Debate

(437) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 10:22 AM

Today you will not be able to swing a dead cat without hitting laments about Obama's awful performance in last night's presidential debate and assessments that Romney is back in the race.

Why didn't Obama come out swinging? Why was he so dull? Where was his energy? It's a...

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The Secret of the Sauce: What Democrats Need to Know About North Carolina's Kick-Ass Populism

(28) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Stretching past scrubby pines and open fields where tobacco once grew, Highway 70 East guides you to a low-slung, red-roofed building where the scent of smoldering oakwood hangs thickly in the air. You have reached Wilber's, the High Church of old-school barbecue, where whole hogs are slow-cooked over...

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4 Unexpected Southern Coastal Retreats That Won't Break the Bank

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 6:57 AM

If you're ready to shake off those work shackles and switch into relaxation gear, there are a few overlooked spots along the southern coasts awaiting your discovery. I grew up in North Carolina, and I've had a lifetime to search for getaways that meet my criteria of beauteousness and off-the-beaten-path...

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Capitalism's Dirty Secret: Corporations Don't Create Good Jobs Anymore, They Destroy Them

(139) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 10:57 AM

Co-authored by William Lazonick and Ken Jacobson

Corporations are not working for the 99 percent. But this wasn’t always the case. In a special five-part series, William Lazonick, professor at UMass, president of the Academic-Industry Research Network, and a leading expert on the business corporation, along with journalist Ken Jacobson...

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Will the Mitt/Newt Slugfest Boost the Occupy Movement?

(65) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 5:17 AM

The Occupy movement brought key issues like economic inequality, Wall Street greed, and political corruption to the table. And we may have the GOP frontrunners to thank for keeping them there. Here’s a look at how the Battle of Newt and Mitt can help keep the OWS flame alive...


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Mr. Davidson's Planet: NPR/NYT Guru Adam Davidson's Discredited Economic Principles

(8) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 10:52 AM

You’d be hard-pressed to find a discipline that shapes our world more than economics, and yet none has weaker foundations or more misguided evangelists. The rise of economic guru du jour Adam Davidson, the co-founder of NPR’s “Planet Money” and columnist for the New York Times Magazine, is perhaps one...

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Vampire Squid Watch: Four Scary Economic Trends for 2012

(74) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 7:19 AM

Having been seen to twitch -- ever so slightly -- in the 2011 tidal wave of global protests, the vampire squid is stirring in its evil lair. Reports of sucking noises and new tentacles sprouting in every direction tell us that the global financial monster is poised to steal yet...

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Et Tu, Obama? Talk of Social Security Cuts Triggers Widespread Outrage

(21) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 4:20 PM

Last night, rumors began flying that the president would offer cuts to Social Security as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling. The administration is now trying to stem the tide of outrage, suggesting that the President merely wants to "strengthen" Social Security. Never...

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Conversation with Jeff Madrick, Author of Age of Greed (Part Two)

(3) Comments | Posted June 1, 2011 | 2:52 PM

In the second part of his interview with ND20 Editor Lynn Parramore, Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Jeff Madrick talks about the core message of his new book, Age of Greed, and what happens now that our economic myths have been shattered. If you're in the New York...

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Conversation With Jeff Madrick, Author of Age of Greed (Part One)

(2) Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 4:15 PM

Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0.

Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Jeff Madrick recently sat down with ND20 Editor Lynn Parramore to discuss his latest book, Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present, which hits stands today....

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Conversation With Thomas Ferguson: How Political Money Drives Deadlock

(8) Comments | Posted April 12, 2011 | 11:07 AM

Lynn Parramore caught up with Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Thomas Ferguson at the annual INET conference in Bretton Woods. Ferguson, father of the Investment Theory of Politics, explains why polarization has completely gripped Washington -- and why the New Deal is getting rolled back in the...

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Dear GOP, Get Your Hands Off My Body

(673) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 1:53 PM

Recognizing Women's History Month, New Deal 2.0 tells the surprising story of how women became citizens -- and how their economic lives have evolved along with their rights. Lynn Parramore writes a letter to the GOP asking why it has made her body a battleground.


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