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Class Warfare

America's Crusade Against Its Public School Children

Frank Breslin | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

A specter is haunting America - the privatization of its public schools, and Big Money has entered into an unholy alliance to aid and abet it. Multi-billionaire philanthropists and others are making common cause to hasten the destruction of public schools.

How Wall Street Still Gets Its Way in Washington, DC

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

The Boston Globe about Wall Street's secretly purchased influence in Washington, D.C. was somewhat mistitled as being about the "struggle for the Democratic Party's Soul." It's also about how Wall Street's virtually unlimited cash secretly influences the key debates as well as the policy outcomes in the nation's capital.

What Warren Buffett Should Say To The Koch Brothers

Andy Schmookler | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Andy Schmookler

If the United States continues down the road toward becoming a nation in which the few rule, manipulate, and exploit the many, how many good and humane causes will do well?

When Your Mother Makes You The Enemy

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 10.07.2014 | Fifty
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

I'm going through scribbled notes and old emails I'd crammed into a file. They're a journal of sorts, spontaneous scenes written on the backs of envelopes, emails I sent and the ones I didn't.

Liberation or Consolidation? Queers at a Crossroads

Jeff Ordower | Posted 10.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeff Ordower

As lesbians and gays we are on the precipice of what could be called our largest wins ever. I am just struggling to understand both how and why we were able to divorce LGBT equality from a larger conversation about feminism, race and class in society.

The Republicans' Minimum Wage Class Warfare

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The rise of the U.S. was very much tied to innovation and creation. This conservative propensity of arguing for antiquated occupations to save menial jobs instead of embracing the sort of change that made the U.S. the world power it is today is dangerous.

Detroit Water Crisis: The Dangers of Putting Profits Before People

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 09.16.2014 | Detroit
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

We celebrate this year, 50 years since the signing of a Civil Rights bill that gave Blacks access to public accommodations that were segregated by race. Now, 50 years later we are marching to maintain public services that are human rights, but being segregated by class.

This Is Why You'll Never Achieve The American Dream

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 07.14.2014 | Comedy

Sorry, America. Not everyone gets a third date with Beyoncé. The "American Dream" tells us that if you just work hard enough, you can achieve any...

Words Rich People Use That Poor People Don't

Gina Barreca | Posted 08.25.2014 | Comedy
Gina Barreca

There are lots of terms underprivileged tots don't know as well as their upper-class counterparts and I'm not sure reading to them will truly close the gap. How about giving their parents more access to well-paying, stable jobs?

Class Warfare: The 2014 Election

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Rather than focus on jobs, the 1 percent are attempting to turn the 2014 election into a referendum on President Obama.

Preserving the 'Working Class' Identity

Joseph A. McCartin | Posted 06.29.2014 | DC
Joseph A. McCartin

Many Americans don't like to acknowledge the existence of a working class. In such an environment, the preservation of working class identity and labor culture requires conscious, intentional effort.

Pity the Poor Exorbitantly-Paid CEOs

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 06.21.2014 | Business
Robert J. Elisberg

Being paid exorbitant bonuses for failing is the problem. Not that people who succeed didn't help the needy enough.

Envy and Jealousy? Gag Me With a Silver Spoon

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Michael Winship

The argument goes that instead of being jealous, we all should be working in harmony together to create jobs and opportunity. Problem is, the deeply rich talk about building the economy but do almost nothing about it.

Anti-Gentrification? Build Community

Yvahn Martin | Posted 05.11.2014 | Black Voices
Yvahn Martin

Where there is no goodwill, the dialogue cannot begin, and there is only polite silence masking anger and distrust.

Luxury CEO: 'Wealthy' 99 Percent Should Stop Whining

CNBC | Robert Frank | Posted 02.12.2014 | Business

CNBC Bud Konheim has a message for all of the 99 percenters: You're luckier than you think. Konheim, CEO and co-founder of luxury-fashion compan...

It's Class Warfare, Stupid!

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Republicans have begun their campaign to regain the Senate in the 2014-midterm elections. So far, they've emphasized negative ads about Obamacare. If this tactic falters, the GOP will fall back on the same lies they used in the 2012 presidential election.

Hillary and Pope Francis

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

By mobilizing the nation's leading thinkers, Clinton could tap the spirit of Francis to propel the next great era of shared American prosperity.

Why the Republicans' Old Divide-and-Conquer Strategy -- Setting Working Class Against the Poor -- Is Backfiring

Robert Reich | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

For almost 40 years Republicans have pursued a divide-and-conquer strategy intended to convince working-class whites that the poor were their enemies. The big news is it's starting to backfire.

How the Republicans Impounded 'Class War'

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you've heard the phrase "class war" in twenty-first-century America, the odds are that it's been a curse spat from the mouths of Republican warriors castigating Democrats for engaging in high crimes and misdemeanors like trying to tax the rich.

The Great American Class War

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Why are record numbers of Americans on food stamps? Because record numbers of Americans are in poverty. Why are people falling through the cracks? Because there are cracks to fall through.

Pension Theft: Class War Goes to the Next Stage

Dean Baker | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

In the past two days we've seen a federal judge rule that Detroit can go bankrupt, putting its workers' pensions in jeopardy, and we have seen Illinois' legislature vote for substantial cuts in its retirees' pensions. Undoubtedly these two actions are just the tip of the iceberg.

Spying You Into Submission -- And Poverty

Justine Valinotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Justine Valinotti

We have seen examples, both in fiction and real life, of what happens when transparency is expected from one class (or the mass) of people while those who expect, and enforce that transparency, reserve for themselves the right to be opaque.

Don't Call It a 'Shutdown'

Carl Gibson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

This is simply another shot fired across the bow from the GOP's sinking ship in the class war they're waging on America's most vulnerable.

Who Does How Much Homework: A Response to The Atlantic

Anna Leahy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Anna Leahy

Too much homework is a problem, and the fast-approaching Common Core State Standards will probably make that situation worse. But there exist bigger problems in this world, too, and these overarching problems are not unrelated to who's doing how much homework.

Class Warfare

Camille Rivera | Posted 11.19.2013 | New York
Camille Rivera

Don't be fooled when Bloomberg and Lhota talk about class warfare. The 1 percent has been at war with the rest of us for a long time -- and it's time the middle class fought back.