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Ragging on America?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Politicians love to tell us rags-to-riches stories. Democrats do; Republicans do. Independents probably do, too. Our president has one. So does our first lady. These tales ostensibly emphasize the American dream, and indeed they do -- but what of the generation in rags?

The Official Art of Capitalist Society

William M. O'Barr | Posted 11.12.2012 | Media
William M. O'Barr

One effort at defining advertising -- this modern phenomenon that is so much a part of contemporary life -- stands above all others. The British social theorist Raymond Williams dubbed it the official art of capitalist society. In doing so, he located it in time, place, and history.

Africa and the Chinese Invasion: Some Nuts and Bolts in the Craft Sector

Atim Oton | Posted 09.10.2012 | Black Voices
Atim Oton

Africa needs China's help to develop but I am still a strong believer in Africans doing it themselves. We are a continent of grand bargains. As nations that are about 50 years old, we are still too young to figure it out. In time, we will.

Socialism Can Be Fast And Comfortable

Rick Steves | Posted 11.06.2012 | Travel
Rick Steves

If you've never traveled beyond the U.S., I think you'd have a hard time imagining a society not built around automobiles.

The Basic Care and Feeding of a Social Animal

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

I suspect those who ever lived under the brutal oppression of truly socialistic regimes must find the denigration of a Democratic administration's efforts to preserve some strands in a social safety net as "socialism" objectionable at best, appalling at worst.

Anti-Obama Tea Partier: Health Care Law Is 'Cancer That Feeds On Itself'

Patch.com | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics

As promised members of the Rochester 912 Project, Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC and other groups staged a rally and march to voice their oppositi...

This $4,000 Caviar Has Socialist Roots

Posted 08.10.2012 | Business

Caviar may be the food of kings, but one brand of $4,000-per-jar caviar found in New York City restaurants has its roots in socialism. Kibbutz Dan...

My Lunch with Adam Smith

Floyd Elliot | Posted 09.30.2012 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

When I got to the car, I saw a tidy red envelope on my windshield: a ticket. I checked: I still had half an hour on the parking time I'd bought. Freakin' Adam Smith.

Economic Success Isn't a Zero-Sum Game, Just Ask Canada

Nicholas Carroll | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics
Nicholas Carroll

If capitalism builds wealth, why are Canadians wealthier than we are?

Is Barack Obama a Radical Socialist, a Pro-Business Sell-Out, Both, or Neither?

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

History reveals that business groups and their political and academic allies always issue dire warnings about the awful disasters that will befall us if government protects consumers, workers, seniors, children, the disabled, and the environment. As we've seen time and time again, they are usually "crying wolf."

Will President Obama Denounce the Subversion of Leftist Jewish Summer Camps?

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Thank goodness for Tucker Carlson's The Daily Caller for shedding light on the ugly reality of socialism in Obama's America, still thriving in leftist Jewish summer camps.

Chinese Economic Debate Heats Up as Growth Cools Down

Julian Baird Gewirtz | Posted 09.17.2012 | World
Julian Baird Gewirtz

China's growth is widely expected to slow further in the second half of 2012. As it does, the new and old guards of China's leadership will be hard-pressed to reassure the Chinese public that their way remains the best way.

Canadians Now Richer Than You

Bloomberg View | Stephen Marche | Posted 07.17.2012 | Business

Bloomberg View: On July 1, Canada Day, Canadians awoke to a startling, if pleasant, piece of news: For the first time in recent history, the averag...

The Body Politic

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The best defenses of the human body reside largely, and often inextricably, with the body politic. Public health is for the public -- and is best advanced by the collective efforts of the public.

Why Exactly Does Romney Want Fewer Firefighters, Police and Teachers?

Bob Cesca | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Mitt Romney operates under the false assumption that government is like a business. This drives his distaste for spending federal money on our most crucial public servants. He said so, and he needs to be asked why. A lot.

Zombies and Mayans and Socialists, Oh My!

Tony Phillips | Posted 08.04.2012 | Comedy
Tony Phillips

Invest in duct tape, night vision goggles and stores of non-perishable foodstuffs. Instruct your children in the science of zombie slaying (it takes a head shot). Distrust your neighbors. Hoard firearms. Get with the times or the times will get you.

Capitalist Revolution: Forget the Deficit and Learn From Europe

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.18.2012 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Before we go wild with our deficit-cutting scythe, let's make sure that we are not hacking away at our own feet in the process.

Applied Classics: François Hollande and the Socialists of Golden-Age Athens

Lex Paulson | Posted 07.11.2012 | World
Lex Paulson

The French president-elect might find an interesting lesson on socialist leadership in the far distance of fifth-century B.C. Europe, and specifically from the two men who dominated left-wing politics in the twilight of Athens' golden age.

Fixing Gross Inequality Is Not Socialism

Curtis Roosevelt | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Curtis Roosevelt

Democrats are again in an excellent position to take a risk like FDR took with the New Deal. They might give themselves some identity other than that of modest centrists, constantly worried about offending one constituency or another.

West Sounds Off On 'Openly Socialist Individual'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) sounded off on the weekend's European elections, in which voters in Greece and France rejected politicians pushing austerity ...

A Tale of Two Elections

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.07.2012 | World
Robert Kuttner

Watching the jubilation at the Place de la Bastille last night, where the Socialist candidate Francois Hollande was declared the next President of France precisely at 8:00 p.m., followed by delirious chants of "Sarkozy, c'est fini!" I couldn't help thinking of Grant Park, November 2008.

Vive La France "Hollandaise"?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 07.06.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

However one cuts it, Messr. Hollande faces the same hard choices as does his defeated predecessor. Does he impose crushing new taxes on the wealthy or does he impose new taxes on everyone to help achieve revenue targets needed to help offset France's deficit?

The Answer Isn't Socialism; It's Capitalism That Better Spreads the Benefits of the Productivity Revolution

Robert Reich | Posted 07.06.2012 | Business
Robert Reich

We don't need socialism. We need a capitalism that works for the vast majority. The productivity revolution should be making our lives better -- not poorer and more insecure. And it will do that when we have the political will to spread its benefits.

Obama Ridicules GOP Senate Candidate: 'What Are You Talking About?!'

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama ridiculed a Republican Senate candidate on Wednesday for saying that the United States has "stage three cancer of socialism" be...

Interview: Mariela Castro Espin Opens a Window Into Today's Cuba

Brian Kahn | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Brian Kahn

Mariela Castro Espin is a leader in Cuba's struggle to achieve equal rights for its LGBT people. In this interview, Mariela answers probing questions: the politics of advocating gay rights in Cuba, criticism of Soviet-style socialism, and her critique of capitalism.