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Free-Market Conservatives Are Just Wrong

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

Conservative free-market conservative ideologues manage to make a bad thing out of paying American workers good wages and benefits.

Firefighting in the 1800's: A Corrupt, Bloated, Private For-Profit Industry

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

Less government is not always good. The private sector is not always first-rate. And free market capitalism does not cure all.

The "Loan Arrangers" Will Not Ride Again

Rep. Barney Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Barney Frank

We will prove that the best thing you can do for capitalism is to have rules that give investors the confidence to get back into the system, that protect the great majority of decent people from abuses.

The Yes Men Fix The World One Prank at a Time

Liza Weisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Liza Weisberg

In their new HBO documentary The Yes Men Fix the World, the eponymous pranksters take aim at unapologetic free market profiteers.

Health Care Reform is Very, Very Good to You

Alan Rosenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Rosenblatt

It is essential for government to play a role in health care. Market forces alone are simply not up to the task of ensuring good health for the nation while containing costs.

Manufacturing and the Limits of Comparative Advantage

Ralph Gomory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ralph Gomory

Vague talk about future innovations, a post-industrial society, or an explosion of services exports is not the stuff on which to bet the prosperity of a nation.

Why Have We Abandoned Markets?

Michael Pento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Pento

It astonishes me to see how quickly this country has embraced a socialist mentality and how readily it has accepted the belief that the source of our problems was an unfettered free market.

An Ad Script for Teddy Kennedy on Healthcare Reform

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In the debate about healthcare reform, why are the loudest voices in the room the ones who seemingly are against all reform? Where are the champions ...

Nobelist Krugman Attacks "Junk Economics"

Joseph Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph Romm

The opponents of climate action believe in the limitless power of the free market to do everything -- everything, that is, except avoiding catastrophic global warming.

How Teddy Roosevelt Ended Unfettered Football and Saved the Game

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Cenk Uygur

In order for capitalism to thrive -- like the other great American tradition, football -- it has to be regulated and sensible rules have to be put into place.

How Bush Ruined the Free Market

Donnie Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donnie Fowler

No one since the era of slavery has done more damage to the free market than George W. Bush.

AIG Anger and the Free Market Myth

Charles A. Clarkson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Charles A. Clarkson

What do the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and the "free market" have in common? None of them exist.

Blue Dog Democrats and Republican Triangulation

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

We must not allow the Blue Dogs to slow down President Obama's momentum or water down the sweeping reforms the nation needs in these trying economic times.

Libertarian Experiment in Iceland Fails

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

Economists are already using Iceland as a textbook case of how to ruin a nation's economy. As Paul Krugman notes, there is an "almost eerie correlation between conservative praise two or three years ago and economic disaster today."

Conservatives, Liberals, and Freedom

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

Reading the Huffington Post or watching Fox News, one could conclude that liberals versus conservatives is the pivotal political division of our times. One could not be more wrong.

Stand Up For Ayn Rand: Fall Fashions For Free Markets

David Rees | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
David Rees

As our free market comes under deadly assault by the Socialists and the Trotskyists in the White House, I'm proposing we hold a big fashion show and give all the money to the free market. Who's with me?

Obama's Economic Paradox: Can You Have "Bailout" and "Stimulus" at the Same Time?

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

Perhaps the centerpiece of the current bill (at least for people's pockets in the short-term) is an actual weekly paycheck bump to the tune of about eight bucks.

The Reality Behind Real Estate

Michael Pento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Pento

The Obama team feels it is better to artificially prop up home prices at an unsustainable level rather than have them retreat to a price that can be supported by the free market.

Toll Roads Are Paved With Bad Intentions

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

Back in the days when the market was a kind of secular god, we were told private businesses did everything better than the state. But something happened on the road to privatopia.

Transparency, Justice and Clarity in the Economic Crisis

David Calhoun Mendelsohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Calhoun Mendelsohn

Why are the banks not fulfilling their end of the understanding that if US taxpayers provide the blank check, they will open the liquidity tap so that the economy can operate?

Should Americans Start Saving, or Stop?

Scott Malcomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Scott Malcomson

The deeper problem is not consumers' dependence on credit but the American economy's dependence on consumer over-confidence.

The 'Market' Isn't So Wise After All

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Thomas Frank

By and large the free-market medicine men seem determined to learn nothing from this awful year. Instead they repeat their incantations and retreat deeper into their dogma.

Laissez-Faire Capitalism Should Be as Dead as Soviet Communism

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Arianna Huffington

It's time to drive the final nail into the coffin of laissez faire capitalism. If not, the Dr. Frankensteins of the right will surely try to revive the monster and send it marauding through our economy once again.

Should The World's Reserve Currency Yield Zero Percent

Michael Pento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Pento

We must grow the economy by empowering the private sector. I would have hoped by now we learned that inflation doesn't solve anything.

Will Barack Obama Commit Industrial Policy?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama may soon find that he is committing a big sin against one of the major premises of the reigning ideology, and will create a head-on collision with one of the cherished dogmas of market fundamentalism -- "free trade."