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Environmentalists Should Support Health Care Reform -- Here's Why.

Erich Pica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erich Pica

The links between protecting the environment and improving our nation's health are clear; environmental issues are health issues. Take, for example, the problem the U.S. faces with asthma.

Let's Do Everything Like Health Care

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Goldberg

I'm so convinced that the private market will make everything better that I think we should do it across the board. Let's start with firecare. Why should I pay for firecare services for people who are dumb enough to start fires?

Untouchable Fundamental Disagreements in the Health Care Reform Debate

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Republicans desperately oppose this clearly socialistic health care reform proposal, but have avoided presenting a free-market based solution, which actually could solve our crisis.

'The End Of The Free Market': Why America Must Defend The Free Market Economy (VIDEO)

Ian Bremmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ian Bremmer

Breaking News: This is not free market capitalism's finest hour.

The End of the Free Market as We Know It?

Devin Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Devin Stewart

While the phrase "The End of the Free Market" may capture public anxiety in America today, Bremmer should have called his book "The End of State Capitalism"—he bets that free markets will win the "war" with statists.

It's Not a Tax on Soda and Pizza, It's "Honest Accounting"

Richard Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard Greene

I have news for all the free market Republicans and Libertarians, it is a tax if we don't add 18% to the cost of pizza and soda, and not a tax if we do.


John O'Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John O'Kane

As Obama's first year in office wraps we have to wonder how he squandered such a great opportunity to produce real "change," the theme that inspired his campaign.

'Freedom' and Faux Populism

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

Really when freedom is invoked by the GOP it means liberty for corporations. It's big government getting out of the way so big business can step up.

Just the Facts, Ma'am

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While important I refuse to call this meeting a "summit," since Democratic and Republican politicians squabbling simply does not reach the heights of two nuclear powers tensely sitting down to talk about missiles.

The Proselytizers: Wall Street Executives and Televangelists

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Judith Ellis

Goldman Sachs executives are sounding more and more like televangelists who say things like "We are doing the work of the ministry" and "Give and it shall be given unto you."

Layoffs Are Bad for Business and the Economy

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

An article by Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer in the February 15 issue of Newsweek makes a compelling, well-researched case that layoffs and downsi...

One Free Market System for Wall Street, Another Free Market System for Main Street

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

Rather than defending the outsized paychecks of Dimon, Blankfein, and the rest of Wall Street as part of the free market system, the President needs to demand that Wall Street help homeowners on Main Street.

Obama Is No FDR, We're No Mass Movement

Les Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Les Leopold

Obama has made his share of blunders. But his statement that we "don't begrudge" the high salaries on Wall Street is about the dumbest thing he's ever said.

Weekly Audit: Attack of the Imaginary Budget Demons

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Zach Carter, Media Consortium Blogger On Feb. 1, President Barack Obama unveiled his 2011 budget proposal. While conservative pundits reacted with ...

Raj Patel: The Value Of Nothing, Part 1 (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

Raj Patel, food activist, scholar, and author of two important books: Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and his new boo...

Shadow Elite: Did The Supreme Court Just Trash Democracy and the Free Market?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Janine R. Wedel

Far from sounding the bells of freedom, the Supreme Court has further imperiled government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Bankers and Their Lies: Are We Really That Stupid?

Martin Luz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Martin Luz

The central pillar of this narrative is the idea that the recession was no one's fault. These things just happen. No one was "personally" responsible.

'Invisible Hands': The Dangerous Power of Business

Kim Phillips-Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kim Phillips-Fein

"Invisible Hands" is about how they were able to grow their ranks over time, so that today business interests are able to exercise immense power regardless of which political party is in the White House.

Stephen Colbert Author Interview: Raj Patel On The Perils Of Free Market Economy (VIDEO)

Comedy Central | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Raj Patel, author of the new book "The Value of Nothing," spoke to Stephen Colbert last night about the hidden costs behind almost everything we consu...

Lessons For US Economic Policy From The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

Newsweek | Michael Hirsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The abrupt and miserable end of the socialist experiment--it all happened so fast, with East Germany getting absorbed into West Germany on Oct. 3, 199...

Economists are Irrational!

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Jim Taylor

Given what has happened to our economy in the last decade, it's hard to believe that any of the "freshwater," "efficient market" economists still have jobs, much less, credibility in how the economy actually works.

Bush: 'I Went Against My Free-Market Instincts'

George's Bottom Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"I went against my free-market instincts." That's what former President Bush said today in explaining why he signed off on the bailout for Wall Stree...

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.

For The Shadow Elite Failure Often Guarantees Future Rewards

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Janine R. Wedel

Today's power brokers are still at the top of their game because they are said to "have the credentials." No matter that they are the credentials of a shadowy elite--and of failure.

Individualism Run Amok

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

I was surprised to read the other day that in some cultures if you are asked 'how are you?' the answer never begins with the pronoun 'I' but rather with a 'we' as in 'we are fine or not fine'.