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Class Warfare

Envy and Jealousy? Gag Me With a Silver Spoon

Michael Winship | Posted 03.25.2014 | 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 03.11.2014 | 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.

McConnell Rival Criticizes 'Class Warfare' Against The Wealthy As 'Silly'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

Kentucky conservative Matt Bevin said anger toward Wall Street since the financial crisis five years ago is "class warfare." “Have you ever been ...

How the Richest 1 Percent Control the 99 Percent in Elysium, and in America

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

In accepting the gross income inequality, obscene wealth gap, inexcusable corporate excesses, and blatant political corruption that we do today, we are already laying the groundwork for a real-world Elysium.

4 Ways GOP Governors Wage Class War

Carl Gibson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Carl Gibson

The cruel process of depriving state governments of necessary funds to reward the corporate elite is nothing but class war. The class warrior governors who took office in 2010 like Walker, Snyder and Corbett are all up for re-election next year.

Why People in Power Cast Themselves as 'War' Casualties

Lori Day | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Lori Day

The people attacking others and their rights are always the ones awash in power, clinging to it, choking it off for others. Anyone else trying to get their fair share? They are not "waging war." They are doing everything they can, from a place of significantly less power, to stand up for themselves.

Unite the Classes, March on the Lobbyists

Carl Gibson | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Carl Gibson

We have to learn to set aside our pet issues like gun control and abortion, which are only used by the media and the politicians to keep people divided.

Susan Patton and the Divorce Class War

Amira Young | Posted 06.09.2013 | Divorce
Amira Young

Susan Patton set up a class war with her piece: Princeton graduates vs. the rest of the world. In truth, the class war in divorce and marriage isn't in the university you attend. It's in the company you keep and where you want to go in your life.

Continuing the Class Discussion

Walker Bristol | Posted 05.10.2013 | Religion
Walker Bristol

In the wake of my piece last week, "The New Atheist Movement Should Care About Poverty," a variety of commentators -- some a part of the movement, some unaffiliated atheists and agnostics, some religious -- have weighed in. Naturally, I wanted to keep the discussion going.

Digital Exclusion in the Chicago Public Schools

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.03.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Technology is great when it is used to connect people, but can be detrimental when used for its own sake. It's even more dangerous when it is used to exclude people who already feel ignored.

Of Longshoremen, Investment Bankers and Class Warfare

David Macaray | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
David Macaray

So if money is continuing to gravitate toward businesses, not only in generous amounts, but in record amounts, why are we opposed to the middle-class sharing in that largess? Aren't working folks, as much as Corporate America, entitled to a larger slice of the pie?

The Enduring Radicalism of Les Miserables

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Nathan Newman

The real measure of the radicalism of Les Miserables is not in the character of the heroes or the evils visited upon them, but in that of the movie's villain, Inspector Javert. 

Austerity and the Consolidation of Elite Power

Aaron Pacitti | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics
Aaron Pacitti

Economic policymakers in Europe and the United States argue that slashing government budget deficits will spur economic growth, even in the midst of a global slump.

Postal: It's Not (Really) About the Guns

Daniel Luzer | Posted 02.22.2013 | Crime
Daniel Luzer

Much like slave rebellions, mass shootings aren't rational acts, but personal mutinies against a society that doesn't make sense, a culture in which people feel alienated and alone.