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The Underdogma of Elizabeth Warren

Lauren Windsor | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

At American Family Voices, we are doing a series to feature the speeches of bold progressive leaders, but with a twist. I add graphics like stylized portraits, charts and animations -- if you are familiar with VH1′s "Pop-Up Video," it is essentially pop-up video for politicos.

Look Mom! I'm Insured! 10 Observations on Obamacare

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

Because of my income, I also wanted to compare Obamacare to the open market. Having read a lot of teeth-gnashing by people who felt cheated on both sides of the equation, I thought it was the responsible thing to do.

In Defense of Public Higher Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.24.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

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

Boiling It Down: The Benefits of Outsourcing

Harold Nonken | Posted 02.26.2014 | Comedy
Harold Nonken

Newspaper reports have disclosed that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs have recently moved to Minnesota.

Jon Ward

We 'Should Be Expected To Love People,' Says Conservative Leader Who Hosted Dalai Lama

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "'I write articles for The Huffington Post.' That's so boring!" Arthur Brooks exclaims. Brooks, the head of the American Enterprise ...

America's Downton Abbey Economy

Terry Connelly | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

We too are facing changing times but for the moment, like Lord Grantham, our top one percent is fighting hard to hold on to the 'old ways' that have brought them over 80 percent of the economic benefits generated by our economy over the past decade.

Fixing the Economy Through Collective Bargaining

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The reality is that there are fewer rich people in the US then many would have you believe and regardless of effort the majority of those that make it big already had a seat reserved by their parents before they got there.

Surprise, Surprise! A&E Suspends Its Suspension of Phil Robertson

Brian Joyce | Posted 03.02.2014 | Media
Brian Joyce

When A&E suspended Phil Robertson, it chose profits over Phil Robertson. When A&E reinstated Phil Robertson, it chose profits over gay people. The network never cared about gay people, and it never cared about Phil Robertson.

Pope Francis's Erroneous Economic Pontifications

Benjamin Powell | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business
Benjamin Powell

Pope Francis doesn't have any divine knowledge of how a market economy operates. This Christmas season he and other theologians should stick to what they know best - the Holy Scripture and moral exhortation.

The Bottom Line of Classical Economics: The Missing 20 Percent

Bill Shireman | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Bill Shireman

Classic economics presents a simplistic view of how companies operate.

Employers vs. Free Markets: Why the U.S. Needs a Minimum Wage Hike

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

The essence of free markets is competition and this applies equally to wages as to prices. In theory the system is fair, but in practice, a handful of major players set the wage level for smaller competitors as well.

The Cause of Public Good in Peril: Free-Market Deceptions and the Breakdown of the Collective Consciousness

Edward Kubow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Edward Kubow

Civilization is a joint project that requires as much heavy lifting on the part of government as it does leadership of the market. Its greatness is neither going to be defined by the size and power of its corporate entities and how well governments balance ledgers nor by the hoarding of wealth by a few.

What In-Vogue Libertarians Are Missing

Thomas White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Thomas White

If you're a true libertarian, own it. But be prepared to be questioned vigorously about the role government has played in your life and your successes, and be prepared to defend decreased literacy and increased poverty, increased labor abuses and a vanishing social safety net.

A Culture of Impunity -- for Whom?

Carl Pope | Posted 11.30.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

We cheerfully allow domineering corporations, which are not in fact living human beings, the kind of bailout that outrages us when we reward flesh-and-blood tyrants with the same privilege -- impunity for the damages they cause to others.

The Myth of the 'Free Market' and How to Make the Economy Work for Us

Robert Reich | Posted 11.16.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

One of the most deceptive ideas continuously sounded by the Right is that the "free market" is natural and inevitable, existing outside and beyond government. So whatever inequality or insecurity it generates is beyond our control.

Does the Free Market Corrode Moral Character?

Victor Udoewa | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business
Victor Udoewa

I actually do not know what system would be better, though I am willing to work with others to create one. Perhaps, a possible solution is more subtle than a change of systems. One of the communal moral corrosions that I see all around will help explain this -- a lack of satisfaction.

Don't Let Entrepreneurs Become a Casualty of the Immigration Impasse

Iain Murray | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business
Iain Murray

It is not a stretch to say that immigrants are essential to America's entrepreneurial culture. Yet our immigration system makes no allowance for entrepreneurs.

Is Economics a Science?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Because economics both poses as a hard science and fails to generate reliable predictions, establishing economic facts is an elusive exercise. Battling statistical analyses come to opposite conclusions on the impact of fiscal stimulus, changes in tax rates, wage mandates, regulations, and so on. Into this void steps money and power, such that today we find ourselves with think tanks staffed by economists who provide their clients with the answers they seek. And since those with the deepest pockets can buy the results that best serve their goals, it is increasingly difficult to generate the wealth of evidence needed to offset market failures, inequities, and even existential threats.

WATCH: CNBC Host Wonders If Pope Is Against Economic Freedom

Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion

Larry Kudlow, advocate of free-market capitalism and CNBC host, isn't sure that Pope Francis really understands economic freedom. In a segment on h...

An Anchored Ship

Kátia Abreu | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Kátia Abreu

When do we allow for ideology above economic reasons, of the market and competitiveness, anchoring a large Brazilian trade ship at the port of small regional claims?

Reaganism, Capitalism and Sheilaism

Marty Kaplan | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Thanks to generations of hagiographic Republican politicians, and the press's lazy confusion of partisan mythmaking with historical facts, the retroactive meaning of Reaganism has come to include the triumph of religious faith over secular humanism, family values over hippie hedonism, the market over the state.

Bob Inglis: Conservatives Have a Climate Solution

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

"Conservatives have the answer. We just need to raise our hands." This statement is from Bob Inglis, former representative of South Carolina's 4th Di...

7 Important Examples Of How Markets Can Fail

The Fiscal Times | Mark Thoma | Posted 06.20.2013 | Business

Fiscal Times: Many people on the political right believe that free markets are the solution to most any problem. For example, Senator Pat Roberts (...

It Takes Government to Create Markets: Alex Marshall's The Surprising Design of Market Economies

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 08.14.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Conventional economics wittingly or unwittingly provides cover for the One Percent, by professing that "the market" operates benevolently on its own. Alex Marshall gives us an entertaining, thoughtful, and well-written antidote to this dangerous abstraction.

A Step Forward for the GOP With Young People

Karin Agness | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Karin Agness

From a Republican perspective, there seems to be a disconnect between the impact of Democratic policies on the lives of young people and which political party young people favor. Looking forward, the question is can Republicans make that connection? If so, how?