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Globalism's Broken Promises: How the Financialization of the Economy Went Astray

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 02.13.2017 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Financial elites and their economic defenders continue to advocate for globalism, central bank sponsored inflation, and the financialization of the wo...

Unpacking The Inaugural Address Of Donald J. Trump

David Coates | Posted 01.24.2017 | Politics
David Coates

The Trump Inaugural Address last Friday was so full of Kellyanne Conway-type "alternative facts" that the bulk of the intellectual energy subsequentl...

Global Growth: Democratic Capitalism's Coming Waterloo

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Eras in which population growth furthered the public good are behind us.

Social Media Builds Walls, Not Bridges

Rajiv Vinnakota | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics
Rajiv Vinnakota

People have never been more connected than they are today. The internet, social media networks, and other technologies allow us to instantly send mess...

Ari Fleischer's Perfect GOP Vote-Getting Ploy: Slam The 'Biased' News Media

Larry Light | Posted 11.29.2016 | Media
Larry Light

Fleischer forecasts "a clash" coming between the new administration and the White House press corps, which he depicts as a smug, entitled bunch of liberal miscreants who are out to get poor Donald Trump.

The Real Reason for Trump: Social Capital

Rajiv Vinnakota | Posted 11.14.2016 | Politics
Rajiv Vinnakota

With President-Elect Donald Trump's remarkable victory, the anti-establishment message sent by American voters has been emphatically delivered. This e...

Public Attention and Winning a Presidential Nomination

Dr. Colin Swearingen | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Dr. Colin Swearingen

Co-authored by Dr. Elizabeth Stiles, Associate Professor of Political Science at John Carroll University. Donald Trump's GOP primary victory took man...

Fact-Check This: Arrogance of Elites Helps Drive the Trump Phenomenon

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.22.2017 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Our elite class loves to explain to laid-off workers why their woes are their own fault. They don't have a college degree. They should have started their own companies. They're on drugs. They're too fat or lazy or dim to quickly adapt. Trump beckons... "There will be so many jobs." "It will be beautiful."

Inclusive Institutions Key for Economic Growth

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 03.21.2017 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

The key to a nation's prosperity or failure is institutions, rather than culture, education or geography. But institutions come in different flavours,...

Beyond Influence: Rethinking Elites in the Brave New World

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.01.2016 | Home
St. Gallen Symposium

Aldous Huxley was fascinated with elites. In his novel Brave New World (1931) he creates a society of Alphas ruling over Betas, Deltas, Gammas and Epsilons in a caste system state order. The rules of society are simple.

Open Season on the Elites: Bernie Sanders Is Leading the Charge

Rich Rubino | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernard Sanders is drawing overflow crowds. He is garnering support at the grassroots level, and is raising "eye-popping" amounts of cash from small donors. Some of his enthusiastic adherents seem to believe there is no God but Bernie Sanders.

A More Fitting Name for the Budget Deal: WTF Politics

Anthony Flaccavento | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Anthony Flaccavento

The Democratic Party, as a political institution, has for all intents and purposes sold out working people, the poor struggling to improve their lot and the middle class.

War, Liberalism, Trust in Government: The Many Casualties of LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

The Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the war. "We don't know what happened," National Security Adviser Walter W. Rostow told the president after Congress passed the resolution, "but it had the desired result."

Prisoners of Poverty: A Flip Side of Pakistan

Mariam Khan | Posted 04.13.2014 | Home
Mariam Khan

Struck with one of the highest inflation rates in the world along with scarce job opportunities, extreme levels of poverty and an endless wave of terrorism that has blanketed the city, residents of Karachi, the industrial hub of Pakistan are certainly going through turbulent times.

Chris Hayes: "Cursed With An Overclass Convinced They Are All Scrappy Underdogs"

92nd Street Y | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

MSNBC host Chris Hayes joined former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer on June 21, 2013 at 92Y to discuss all things politics. In this clip, Hayes detai...

Three Critical Days in the Struggle for Land Reform in India

Alnoor Ladha | Posted 06.10.2013 | Home
Alnoor Ladha

The government of India made a remarkable promise on October 11 last year. It was bold and broad, and it has the potential to strike a fundamental blow at the plague of landlessness and poverty that blights millions of Indians.

Syria and the Triumph of Crackpot Realism

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Michael S. Lofgren

In its refined form, crackpot realism wears the camouflage of idealism: military invasions are really aimed at humanitarian rescue, spreading democracy, or peacekeeping.

We Look Out for Our Own

Gautam Mukunda | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Gautam Mukunda

The elites who control our most significant societal institutions can devote their full attention to helping the institution do its job as well as possible, or they can succumb to the temptation to use their power to divert the surplus generated by the institutions they control to benefit themselves.

A Breed Apart: Why Our Elites Are So Disconnected

Rakesh Khurana | Posted 01.07.2013 | Business
Rakesh Khurana

A homogenous and self-perpetuating elite is a bad thing for any society, and particularly for the United States. Alone among nations the U.S. envisions itself as the place where citizens can and should rise as far as their combination of talents and hard work can take them.

The Great Populist Wave

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

At this moment, in our land, it is time for the true champions of the 99 percent to launch the largest voter registration, mobilization and turnout campaign in the history of freedom.

Limbaugh: Liberals Want to Control Your Food!

Kristin Wartman | Posted 05.08.2012 | Home
Kristin Wartman

Limbaugh's a little late to the game on this one, the term food justice is hardly news and he joins an already long line of conservatives who criticize any attempt to reign in Big Food.

Poll: Democrats Win on Ideas, Lose on Identity

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

What Democrats, the party of ordinary Americans, need to do is re-connect with ordinary Americans. This happens on the level of identity, not ideas.

Egypt's Mobilization of the Last Minute

Jeffrey Winters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeffrey Winters

The Philippines, Indonesia, and Egypt have taught us that last minute mobilizations can achieve spectacular results. But they are no substitute for the long, difficult work of organizing grassroots movements.

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...

America's Elites Further Separate Themselves From Everyone Else

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Poverty is at a fifteen year high and inequality at an all-time high. And yet it has become a more-than-respectable mainstream view that we're too far in debt to spend more money. This version of respectability is deeply informed by class.