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To Defeat Nationalism, Europe Needs A 'New Deal'

Yanis Varoufakis | Posted 01.25.2017 | Home
Yanis Varoufakis

LONDON (Project Syndicate) ― “I don’t care about what it will cost. We took our country back!” This is the proud message heard throughout Engl...

Who Killed The Middle Class?

Harlan Green | Posted 01.17.2017 | Politics
Harlan Green

It's becoming clear that our Middle Class--the midsection of U.S. earners and consumers--has shrunk alarmingly. And this is the main reason for the po...

Why The Years of Slow Growth?

Harlan Green | Posted 01.05.2017 | Business
Harlan Green

Pundits have decried it. Donald Trump has criticized the 'lousy' U.S. economy in many of his Tweets, and economists have lamented the 2.4 percent GDP...

Election Rage Shows Why America Needs A New Social Contract To Ensure The Economy Works For All

The Conversation US | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

The recent U.S. election exposed two major intersecting fault lines in America that, if left unchecked, could soon produce an era of social and economic upheaval unlike any in our history.

Is Hillary Clinton The New FDR?

Harlan Green | Posted 10.29.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Why is Hillary Clinton so well-qualified? President Roosevelt had a history of public service, first as Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1926, then New York Governor, before serving as our President from 1933-46.

The 2016 Presidential Race: Dr. Strangelove? Or Queen Jezebel?

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

This is a bizarre time in U.S. presidential politics. American voters are faced with an unsavory choice between two presidential candidates, neither of whom would be viable if the other party offered a credible alternative.

Boy, Could We Use Fiorello La Guardia Now

Michael Winship | Posted 10.04.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

Like our present Republican presidential candidate, La Guardia was supremely self-confident and brash, a real publicity hound who chased fire engines and conducted city orchestras. He loved strutting his stuff on the airwaves. But the similarities end there.

No More Inflation?

Harlan Green | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

San Francisco Fed President John Williams has said something that most central bankers won't say. He believes the current low inflation, low growth e...

Hillary Clinton, The Supreme Court And A Progressive Future

David Morris | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
David Morris

Many of us disagree with Hillary Clinton on a number of issues, in some cases intensely. But there is one overarching reason we should be vigorously supporting her election: The future of the Supreme Court is at stake.

The Real Economy Trumps Repubs' Dark Ages

Harlan Green | Posted 07.25.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Marketwatch's Jeff Bartash is just one of our economic journalists busting the Donald's 'Disstopian' views (Maureen Dowd's term, not mine). Our econ...

What's A Freedom-Loving American To Do In November?

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The coming presidential election could cause a liberty lover to commit ritual seppuku. A left-wing corporatist and friend of influence-peddlers will face off against an unprincipled populist who supports big government and carries protectionist and anti-immigration banners.

When Owning Gold Was Illegal in America: And Why It Could Be Again

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

(source) In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president of the United States by promising to end the Great Depression, which had driven the na...

What Happened to Our Economy?

Harlan Green | Posted 06.07.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

The major debate during this campaign season seems to be over the economy. Who has it benefited and who was left behind? Sanders says we aren't spending enough to create more jobs, and Trump wants to build walls to keep any more jobs from leaving the U.S.

Phasing Forward: 'Captain America: Civil War' Proves a Smashing Departure in Marvel's Big Novel for the Big Screen

William Bradley | Posted 05.27.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Captain America: Civil War is proving to be a massive popular hit around the world. And it's doing it by imaginatively knitting together elements from the dozen earlier films in the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe in ways far more reminiscent of classic long-form television.

The New Enlightenment

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

What remains endlessly hinted at about the 2016 presidential race, but not fully articulated, is that something enormous -- bigger than politics, bigger than America itself, perhaps -- is trembling and kicking just below the surface, struggling to emerge.

Who Opposes Overtime Pay Increase, Really?

Harlan Green | Posted 04.22.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

That's a no-brainer--Republicans, of course. Who else would oppose updating the safeguards against working more than 40 hours without overtime pay, p...

Raising the Wage -- For Now and Our Future

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

When President Franklin Roosevelt brought the federal minimum wage into its infancy, California's had already graduated from college and was in the workforce. California's century-old enactment of a minimum wage was sound policy. We simply honor our past by investing in our future.

Trumpismo! and American Fascism

Steven Conn | Posted 03.20.2017 | Politics
Steven Conn

Serious people are now using the "f word" - fascist - to describe the Donald Trump phenomenon.

Politics and the Golden Rule

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.11.2017 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"What I'm not trying to do is just pass legislation. I'm trying to change the face of American politics."

History Lesson: Bernie Sanders is no 'Communist,' and 'Democratic Socialists' are as American as Apple Pie.

Kenneth D. Ackerman | Posted 03.05.2017 | Politics
Kenneth D. Ackerman

Bernie Sanders' version of Democratic Socialism fits easily in this long moderate tradition. Those who try to stigmatize him by shouting "Communist!" are engaging in scare tactics and nothing more. Sanders is no communist, and in America, we have all been socialists for years.

Clinton, Sanders And the Changing Face of the Democratic Party

The Conversation US | Posted 02.09.2017 | Politics
The Conversation US

Last week's debate in New Hampshire between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over who is the "real progressive" said a lot about how they and the Democratic Party have changed over the past half-century.

Wanted: A New 'New Deal' for the American Working Class

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

Fewer and fewer working Americans it seems, including many homeowners, are facing the future feeling confident and ready for retirement. There is good reason for such anxiety owing to multiple factors.

Clinton/Krugman Defend 'Hardheaded Realism'... and Plutocracy

Les Leopold | Posted 01.22.2017 | Politics
Les Leopold

If Bernie continues to gain support it's precisely because voters understand that the choice is clear -- accept the reality of plutocracy and beg for crumbs --- or fight to tear it down.

Why Has it Taken so Long To Grow This Economy?

Harlan Green | Posted 01.12.2017 | Business
Harlan Green

Nobelist Joseph Stiglitz has been loudest among economists in decrying the lack of concern over such a poor recovery from the Great Recession. (Lest we forget is in terms of GDP growth even worse than the Great Depression.)

Donald Trump's Secret Is Not Bigotry or Hatred, It's Love

David Paul | Posted 01.08.2017 | Politics
David Paul

Trump gives voice to their deep anger, and also, at some level, their shame. They made a bad deal, and Trump is touting himself as a deal man who will change that. No one else in the Republican Party -- even as they fight to replace him -- will acknowledge the things Trump will acknowledge.