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Conservative Certitude Is Frightening!

Marvin Meadors | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Facts matter. The media has to quit making false equivalencies between a Democratic party that relies on facts and reason and accepts the Enlightenment and a Republican party that relies on emotion and a rejection of reality.

In Defense of Big Government... and Capitalism

Dina Badie | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Dina Badie

"Big government" is a toxic term. It has become shorthand for waste, debt, big brother, and corruption rolled into a neat, yet nefarious, package. But when it comes to the function of government, bigger can be better. And bigger can strengthen capitalism.


Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Jeb Bush could wind up being America's next president. That's a statement that my fingers would actually refuse to type for several other Republicans, just because attempting to substitute "Donald Trump" or "Carly Fiorina" in that sentence would be so downright laughable.

What's Behind the Hostility Toward Government?

Jon Wisman | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Jon Wisman

As ever more Republican politicians show interest in capturing their party's nomination for the presidency, they spar to outdo each other in depicting government as incompetent, corrupt, or even as the enemy.

More Local, Less Government

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

It's time that we do a better job recognizing that our veterans return to their neighborhoods, families and friends. We cannot isolate any of their challenges with the mistaken thinking that government solutions are readily available.

MEvangelicals: Faith in the Rand Scheme of Things

Russ Pierson | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics
Russ Pierson

Reagan-era conservatism is a far cry removed from the Ayn Rand-infused Libertarian ideals the MEvangelicals often flirt with these days.

What to Do About Single Parenthood

Barbara R. Bergmann | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Barbara R. Bergmann

This means that a large segment of American children lead deprived and difficult lives, and their numbers are increasing. This is by no means a problem restricted to the minority community.

Force Big Government to Kill Big Carbon

Christian Parenti | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Christian Parenti

Consider this: The federal government could, without any new laws, significantly restrict both the supply of, and demand for, fossil fuels. Only the state has the power to euthanize the fossil fuel industry. If the climate movement is serious about controlling Big Carbon it needs to get serious about Big Government.

Recovery of the Rich, By the Rich, For the Rich -- Recession for Everyone Else

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Officially, the recession ended five years ago. But there's something the financial newscasters don't tell you: Unless you're rich, those numbers don't apply to you.

Study Shows Big Government Makes People Happy, 'Free Markets' Don't

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Forget about feeling "like a room without a roof," or whatever that "Happy" song says. If you want to know "what happiness is to you," try living in a social democracy.

They're Blowing It Again

Robert Slayton | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

The Republicans have a grand opportunity to woo a vital constituency, valued both because of their numbers as well as their potential as contributors. But the Grand Old Party is blowing it badly. Once again.

Poverty and the GOP's Redefining of Christian Values

Thomas White | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Thomas White

It's not against the law to worship a free market, compassionless, capitalist society or to pretend that charity is a reasonable substitute for social services. But it is backwards. And it's wrong to worship this fantasy and try to persuade others that it's tantamount to the Christian God written about in the Bible.

Reagan Remembered: The Failed Legacy of Our First Corporate Politician

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Reagan's economic legacy is one of failure, but in another way it could be argued that he was genuinely transformative: as the first celebrity politician for the modern corporate state.

Private Sector Training Initiatives Lead to Increased Profits

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 01.08.2014 | Business
Molly Alexander Darden

We have a three-pronged problem here in the United States, and it's up to you and me to solve it.

Wilson the Worst

Jeff Taylor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jeff Taylor

Blessed with a fine education and considerable talent, Wilson generally used his powers for evil rather than good. It's fitting that Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize, while true peacemakers of their generation, men like Tolstoy and Bryan, were snubbed.

Keep Your Mitts Off the Internet

Robert Miraldi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Robert Miraldi

A newspaper, a magazine and a cable wire coming into your house are all owned by private entrepreneurs. And the First Amendment guarantees that the government can't tell private people how they can speak.

Three Solutions to the Oligarchy Problem

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Zephyr Teachout

If we want a society of smaller and medium-sized firms, we can have it -- there are no constitutional constraints. We need a strong antitrust regime and stronger antitrust laws, and the capacity to enforce those laws located in people who aren't tied into the oligopoly.

Big Government Kills Religion

Nigel Barber | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Why is religion in decline in countries where ordinary people enjoy a better standard of living? It seems that there is less fear and uncertainty in people's daily lives. Consequently there is less need for religion to help people cope with the feeling that they have little control over their lives.

Going Beyond the President's Manufacturing Strategy

David Coates | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
David Coates

We need active industrial and social policy on an ambitious scale if we are ever to put this economy back onto the high-investment, high-wage growth trajectory from which the Reagan years took us away.

President Obama Slays GOP Myth of "Evil" Big Government

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

FDR didn't panic in the face of the GOP's paint of him as an architect of evil government. He stayed the course, remained true to his populist faith, turned the tables back on his foes, and dared them to move the country forward not backward. Obama appears willing to do the same.

Jason Cherkis

Marco Rubio's Personal Finances Don't Match His Rhetoric | Jason Cherkis | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Addressing the nation on Tuesday night, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio came with a simple message. "More government isn't going ...

Not Worried About Big Brother or Big Government

John Pavley | Posted 03.28.2013 | Technology
John Pavley

I personally do not believe the U.S. Government is controlled by shadowy figures lurking behind a smoke smoke screen of faux democracy. If anything, the political and social events of the last few years are evidence that no one is ultimately "in control" and that every player is each equally frustrated.

Obama's Other Message: Times Change and Government Changes With Them

Jeff Madrick | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Jeff Madrick

To say government must be small is nonsense. Government must be the size necessary to make a society and economy work, and that is not fixed -- nor could it possibly have been known by farmers in the late 1700s.

Government Has Our Back -- And We Should Be Thankful

Allan Brawley | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business
Allan Brawley

Those who rant against Big Government interference in the supposedly free market workings of the capitalist system are either delusional or cynically self-serving.

Which Candidate Is the Better Investment?

Bill Folman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bill Folman

For those of you who are attracted to Mitt Romney's business background, I think it is useful to view the choice between Obama and Romney as a choice between two very different business strategies. Which candidate is the better investment?