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Free Market Ideology

The Waterloo of Market Fundamentalism

Ian Fletcher | Posted 11.17.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Trump's election represents a lot of things, but one thing that doesn't seem to have been quite noticed as much as it should be is this: it is the Bat...

Zika, Pandemics, And The Market Model: Till Death Do Us Part?

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Bernard Starr

Zika Virus by Everyone agrees that the Zika virus poses a threat, not only to pregnant women, but possibly to everyone. The virus at...

Free Markets Ideology Is Making Society Sick

The Alternative Banking Group of OWS | Posted 10.30.2016 | Politics
The Alternative Banking Group of OWS

Free market ideology has so pervaded our culture that we aren't even aware of it. It is incorporated in the very language we use to discuss anything vaguely economic.

Why 68 Million of Us Will Soon Be Uninsured if Supreme Court Agrees With D.C. Think Tank

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

At least four million Americans will rejoin the ranks of the uninsured -- and consequently lose access to affordable health care -- if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of Obamacare in a case that hinges on the interpretation of a single sentence in the law.

Nobody Really Believes in Free Markets

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Keith M. Parsons

Greater goods therefore sometimes trump property rights. Everyone knows this. Nobody really believes in free markets. Why, then, can be wrong with regulating the means that may be used to maximize profit?

An Educator's Lament: Part III -- Stakes of Our Educational Demise

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

Inadequately educated citizens see the world in black and white, settle for sound bites rather than discourse, fail to distinguish information from disinformation, and succumb to manipulation by clever attack ads and faux news.

Pope Francis and Shareholders United in Priorities

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

An increased congruence between the moral, ethical and legal foundations of corporations, especially in the financial services sector, is essential If they are to be refunded to serve the social purposes and human needs for which they were chartered.

Ayn Rand and Modern Politics

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
David Sloan Wilson

Ayn Rand created a system of thought that is just like religious fundamentalism in portraying a world without tradeoffs. This begins to explain her enduring appeal.

The United States of Europe -- A Failure GOP Candidates Would Love to Emulate in the U.S.

Eugene Linden | Posted 02.01.2012 | World
Eugene Linden

Although the EU is only slightly smaller than the U.S. in GDP, it is a libertarian's dream in terms of the limitations on its governing policies.

Mold, Cancer, Viruses and... Walmart?

Kevin Welner | Posted 07.09.2011 | Education
Kevin Welner

In the end, I fear that students will indeed continue to be losers as our public schools are turned over to private corporations.

Hey, Free Marketeers, the Burden of Proof Is on You

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip Goldberg

Here's my modest proposal: corporate big shots should create a self-policing body with real teeth. After all, many professions have organizations that hold their members accountable.

The Orphan Of The American Political Spectrum

Patrick Maines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Maines

Were one to design a political philosophy calculated to appeal to large numbers of "conservatives" and "liberals," it might look very much like contemporary libertarianism.

Echoes of a Distant Crash

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Eighty years ago this week, an enormous sound emanated from lower Manhattan and began to spread in waves across the nation and, eventually, the world.

How to Think

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

One of our political parties now embraces that what one believes is more important than what one knows, and is where critical thought has been banished and"facts" are founded in belief.

Not Yet Endangered: The Big-Bellied, Tiny-Brained, Common American Sap/Sucker

Philip Slater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Slater

The common American Sap/Sucker is such a fervent believer in free market ideology that he tends to trust implicitly anyone who espouses the same doctrine.

The Lure of Keynesianism

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

The way out of our crisis is to limit further the influence of government over the economy, so that even if someone could afford to buy political influence, there would be very little to sell.

Obama's Herculean Challenge

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

Obama will fail if he tries anything "inside the box." The only way he's going to pull us out of this multifaceted manure pile is by being open to big bold ideas and then taking Herculean steps.

McCain's Education Plan is Scary as Hell

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

Reforming America's inadequate public school system--a crucial priority for our country's future-- should not be undertaken with a failed ideology. Th...

"Free Market?" R.I.P. and Good Riddance!

Warren Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Warren Goldstein

Not only are there no "free markets" on Wall Street--there never have been. There have only been institutions and markets receiving varying degrees of protection from the mass of American citizens.

Letter to My Son

Bill Budinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bill Budinger

Can Americans rise above their immediate self interest and do what needs to be done?

The Economic Shock: An Interview With Naomi Klein on the Current Crisis

Wajahat Ali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wajahat Ali

"There are a lot of things the taxpayers have a right to ask of Wall Street in exchange for these bailouts." (Klein)