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New Populism

Is the 'New Populism' Real?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Is the New Populism real? It exists as potentiality in the hearts and minds of the American people. It exists in the moral outrage which millions of people feel toward the injustice in our economic data, our cultural prejudices, and the unjust laws which remain on our books. It exists in our history and in our values.

Look Out, Wall Street, The New Populism Is Coming

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The public's mood, despite years of attempts by most Republicans and many Democrats to placate them, is distinctly populist. And much of that populist sentiment is directed toward the financial institutions which have so badly damaged our economy.

The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment's Nightmare)

Robert Reich | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

More Americans than ever believe the economy is rigged in favor of Wall Street and big business and their enablers in Washington. We're five years into a so-called recovery that's been a bonanza for the rich but a bust for the middle class. "The game is rigged and the American people know that. They get it right down to their toes," says Senator Elizabeth Warren. Which is fueling a new populism on both the left and the right. While still far apart, neo-populists on both sides are bending toward one another and against the establishment. And it's not only the rhetoric that's converging. Populists on the right and left are also coming together around core principles.

The Big Fix: How Congress Rigs the Rules

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

This week, the House Ways and Means Committee is poised to demonstrate exactly how the rules get rigged. Beginning on Tuesday, the committee will mark up a series of bills on corporate tax breaks -- known as "extenders" because they have been extended regularly every year or two for over a decade.

Obama's State of the Union: Give America a Raise

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The president went through a long laundry list of proposals and actions, intent on demonstrating that this could be a "year of action," with or without the Congress. But the most telling parts of the speech were not the proposals but the framing.