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Where the 99% Get Their Power

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The demonstrations now spreading virally from Wall Street immediately strike a chord: we all know that neither our economy nor our government is working for the benefit of the 99 percent.

Not Above the Law: Revoking Massey Energy's Charter

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 11.23.2011 | Green
Sarah van Gelder

On Friday, two public interest groups asked the attorney general of Delaware to revoke the charter of Massey Energy, a company they call a criminal enterprise.

Jobs: What Will It Take?

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

If we want a real recovery, we need to rebuild our battered local and regional economies, reclaim our national wealth, and create ways of life that can thrive in today's era of limits.

Smart Women; Deaf Men

Marcia Meier | Posted 11.03.2011 | Politics
Marcia Meier

Today's guest post is by Lois Phillips, Ph.D., who writes that things really haven't changed much for women when it comes to being heard by men in pow...

Say 'Corporatization,' Not 'Privatization'

Ken Allen | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Ken Allen

We may say that functions are moved to the "private sector," but they are almost invariably taken over by corporations. It is not truly a "private sector" to which they are moved, but the corporate sector.

Why Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

Dr. Robert Aziz | Posted 10.07.2011 | Politics
Dr. Robert Aziz

By way of power you corrupt; by way of power you are corrupted. By way of absolute power you absolutely corrupt; by way of absolute power you become absolutely corrupted.

Paul Blumenthal

Reform Groups: Investigate Mystery Pro-Romney Donation | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reform groups filed an official complaint and request for investigation on Friday against the company that gave a $1 million donation to...

The Real Crime: Concentration of Power

Ralph Gomory | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
Ralph Gomory

The problem today is not the tyranny of government, but rather the concentration of money, and hence power, in Wall Street and in the largest corporations. And it is clear that enough money can buy political power.

GE: "Imagination at Work" in Building the Corporate State

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.30.2011 | Business
Miles Mogulescu

GE, America's largest corporation, provides the classic example of how the modern corporate state operates.

ALEC: The Behind the Scenes Player in the States' Fight Against the Middle Class

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

One of the most influential organization which connects state legislators with corporate money and corporate think tanks to influence pro-corporate, anti-union state legislation is the secretive American Legislative Exchange Council.

Buy a TV Ad, Get a Tax Cut! The New Economy of Political Spending

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

In the House Republican budget proposal, large corporations that participated in the 2010 election are not being asked to give up a single tax loophole. This is not what American voters signed up for in 2010.

On Wisconsin and America

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The remaining union stronghold in the U.S. economy is the public sector. If Wisconsin, followed by other states, manages to undermine unionization in the public sector, it's not just public sector workers who will be worse off.

Dear Glenn Beck: It's Not Conspiracy. It's Courage.

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

Glenn Beck has made a startling discovery. People are working together to make change!

Wisconsin: First Stop in an American Uprising?

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The uprising that swept Tunisia, Egypt, and parts of Europe is showing signs of blossoming across the United States. In Wisconsin, public employees an...

Fighting Against Corporate Mentality

Stuart Connelly | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stuart Connelly

I resent the corporate mentality that posits customers must give up certain rights before receiving the benefit of transacting business.

The White House Hoists White Flag of Surrender

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

What is most astonishing is the spin that that the president has been really hard on business in the first two years of his Administration, and now he's pulling back. You have to be kidding.

The Bully(ing) Pulpit

James Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Block

The society that invented and then perfected the soft sell has shifted its marketing strategy. No more smiling faces! No more Mr. Nice Guy! The old w...

A Time for Action -- Not Servility

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Cohen

It's a time for new activism -- built upon one of the great achievements of the last decade: the rise of independent media.

Bernie Madoff To Replace Elizabeth Warren (Snark Alert)

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

I just got off the phone with a reporter who wanted my thoughts on the appointment of Bruce Reed as Joe Biden's chief of staff. My first though, sarca...

Scalia et al Make Up Corporate Constitutional Rights

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

The Supreme Court has divined new rights to corporations not found in the Constitution -- rights that run precisely counter to the idea of guarding against concentrated power.

10 Most Hopeful Stories of 2010

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

It was a tough year, but events from 2010 contain the seeds of transformation. None of the following stories is enough on its own to change the momentum, but each story points to a piece of the solution.

Leadership Without Legitimacy: Will the Indian Media Get Its Act Together?

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

This years, the dissemination of the country's biggest corruption story of the year was managed not but by the Indian media, but by country's citizens -- through the Internet.

Why We Need Whistleblowers In India

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

Just as America faces the aftermath of Wikileaks, halfway across the globe, in a slightly altered scenario, another of the world's largest democracies...

Escaping the Small Government Trap

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Faced with myriad difficult issues, the American electorate in November turned to candidates who promised to miniaturize the size of government. This ...

Stupid Politics From a Smart Administration

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The Democratic Party lost its spine the moment it decided to cash in on corporate political money. If we don't reverse Citizens United and get the money out of our political system, progressive causes don't stand a chance.