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Occupy the Farm': The Movie

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

Over a year ago, after a lengthy conversation, I agreed to an interview with Todd Darling on the condition that he not use my remarks to glorify the Gill Tract occupiers. I was convinced that the Occupy the Farm movement was emblematic of a deep crisis of governance at our public universities.

The Case for Privatizing Unemployment Insurance

Kevin Price | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Kevin Price

A new GOP majority will be looking for creative policy proposals to differentiate themselves from President Obama. After years of being called a "do ...

The High Price of For-Profit Education and Jeb Bush

Donald Cohen | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Donald Cohen

Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education has been a long-time booster of K12 Inc.'s expansion, education and business model.

Captive Customers: Outsourcing Prison Services Is Ruining Lives and Bilking Taxpayers

Donald Cohen | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Introducing for-profit companies into America's criminal justice system has been a bad deal for governments across the country.

Why Performance Incentives And Public Schools Don't Mix

Peter Greene | Posted 12.17.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Performance incentives for public service always -- always -- involve substituting the values of the few for the values of everybody. Imagine if, for instance, we paid fire fighters on sliding scale, based on how many of which type fires they put out at a certain speed.

Inmates Dying After Governor Rick Scott Outsources Prison Health Care

Mary Bottari | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Between 2008 and 2013, Corizon Health -- the country's largest prison health care provider -- was sued 660 times for malpractice. But Governor Rick Scott's administration failed to take note of this history when it awarded Corizon a $1.2 billion contract in 2011.

David Brancaccio Lets Us Down

David Morris | Posted 11.09.2014 | Media
David Morris

Tens of thousands of precedents exist public ownership and they are indeed interesting. But a listener to Brancaccio could not be faulted for coming away with the impression that public enterprises are few and far between.

Cement

John Feffer | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
John Feffer

Fyodor Gladkov published his novel Cement in 1925. One of the first examples of socialist realism, it depicted the post-revolutionary construction of the Soviet Union from the point of view of a cement factory.

This November We Can Reclaim Local Authority Over the Internet

David Morris | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
David Morris

It's true that some public networks have had significant financial losses, although it is usually bondholders, not taxpayers who feel the pain. But compared to the track record of private telecoms, public sector management looks like a paragon of financial probity.

What If Governments Were More Like Tech Startups? How to Grow a City in Honduras

Zach Weissmueller | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Zach Weissmueller

How do you fix a system that's so broken and corrupt that the citizens living under it go to lengths such as jumping aboard a freight train nicknamed "The Beast" with their children just to escape it?

We Must Protect Taxpayers in Public-Private Partnerships

Donald Cohen | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Public-private partnerships use private capital from investors to finance public infrastructure projects. But using P3s has proven to be difficult and even counterproductive when adequate care isn't taken to protect the public interest and include equity considerations and standards.

The Public School Counterinsurgency Field Manual

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Their means may not be military, but across this great land, insurgent extremists are at work attacking public institutions and undermining the citizenry's confidence in the same. Our public schools are on the front lines.

Raising Wages: States and Cities Can Follow Obama's Lead on Tackling Inequality

Donald Cohen | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Donald Cohen

Recent research shows that private corporations have sought to cash in on the services and infrastructure that working Americans rely on every day, while slashing wages and benefits in the process.

The Long Con: How Conservative Ideology Became a Con

Lisa Longo | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Does anyone actually still believe the words "trickle-down theory" have any valid meaning? Is anyone buying into this fiction that increasing the minimum wage would ruin our economy but multi-million dollar executive salaries don't increase prices at all?

John Boehner Still Thinks Privatizing Veterans' Health Care Is A Good Idea

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner called for the privatization of the Department of Veterans Affairs decades ago, and he still thinks it's a good idea today....

'School Choice' -- As Long as Your Child Doesn't Have a Disability

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

In a voucher system, disabled students are not always given true choice, as no choice exists if private schools refuse disabled students' needed services.

On Defining Moments, Honesty and Looking Behind the Curtain: How Philly School Families Are Fighting Back

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Hillary Linardopoulos

It's a disheartening and messy time in Philadelphia's school system. Some days I wake up and wonder if things will ever get better -- will we ever be able to look our children in the eyes and tell them that every school is equipped with the resources they need to get a quality education?

To Save the Internet We Need to Own the Means of Distribution

David Morris | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
David Morris

With the announcement by the FCC that cable and telephone companies will be allowed to prioritize access to their customers only one option remains th...

Dave Jamieson

How The Postal Service Could Give Its Jobs Away To Staples

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business

ELMWOOD PARK, Ill. -- On a recent Saturday morning, 500 protesters poured out of a parade of school buses, signs and megaphones in hand, and tried the...

'Privatization' Is Not 'Privacy'

Peter M. Shane | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

America's cultural turn toward a glorification of the private and a denigration of the public has coexisted with what quite obviously is a deterioration in privacy. As individuals, we have dramatically less capacity than in earlier decades to control information about even the most personal aspects of our lives.

An Open Letter to Public School Teachers: We Apologize

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 06.07.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Your profession has been vilified, scapegoated, mined for profit, and deprofessionalized. On behalf of graduates of public schools, parents of children in public schools, those who value public education and teachers unions, we apologize.

In Defense of Public Higher Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.24.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Given the pervasiveness of privatization, we need to ask some difficult questions about its human costs.

The Evidence Is in: Taxpayers Need Protections

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

As cities and states look for creative ways to solve budget shortfalls, predatory private companies always seem to pop up claiming to have the perfect answer.

Richard M. Daley, Director of the Day

Dean Baker | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

During his tenure as mayor, Daley consistently failed to make the required contribution to the city's pension funds. As a result, according to his successor Rahm Emanuel, the city is on the brink of bankruptcy.

Gerrymandering, ALEC and the Red Tide That Is Stealing Your Vote

Lisa Longo | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

How many times a day do you catch yourself thinking, "What the hell is happening here?" We have gone from the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Br...