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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.

Price Transparency Won't Work

Deane Waldman | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Deane Waldman

"Price transparency" drags out into the open a number, price or charge, that has no real meaning in healthcare. In other activities, the price is what the consumer pays to the seller.

Capitalism: Republicans and Regulations

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

Despite their claims to the contrary, regulations and restrictions are a staple of the Republican agenda, and they always will be as long as the Republicans and their friends are the ones who benefit in the end. Just follow the very clear money trail.

What's Wrong With Fast Food Workers Earning a Living Wage?

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The goal of $15 per hour is likely a pipe dream. But with around $8.5 billion in income, $3.5 billion in dividend payments, and another $67 million in executive compensation (2012), it seems McDonald's can afford to increase wages some.

Weary U.S. Workers Are Still Experiencing Hard Times

James P. Hoffa | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Labor Day is seen as a day of rest for many hardworking Americans. But for a growing set of U.S. workers, there is no break from trying to earn enough to support their families. Despite a dip in unemployment during the past few years, low pay continues to plague many employees while their corporate bosses rake in record profits.

Market Forces Should Regulate Smoking

Benjamin Powell | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Benjamin Powell

Restaurants and bars in Lubbock, Texas have become the most recent target of anti-smoking zealots pushing their prohibitionist agenda. These activists fail to appreciate how respecting the freedom of property owners to determine their own policy, coupled with market forces, already achieves efficient regulation.

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?

What Show in Development Would Make You Subscribe to Sarah Palin's Awesome New Cable Channel?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 10.01.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Fear not! Governor Quit is never far from spewing new ideas. And we have proof. We were fortunate enough to get a sneak peek at the Palin Channel's development slate.

Water: The Price Is Wrong

Benjamin Powell | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business
Benjamin Powell

As summer heats up, droughts across the nation are causing municipalities to restrict water usage. My town of Lubbock, Texas, is no exception.

Top Cardinal Slams Free Market System: 'This Economy Kills'

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Taking direct aim at libertarian policies promoted by many American conservatives, the Honduran cardinal who is one of Pope Francis...

Deceptive minimum wage rhetoric won't help working poor

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.28.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Over the past year there have been many discussions surrounding the minimum wage, and whether now is the time to raise it. Fast food workers went on s...

How Would You Live On the Minimum Wage?

Terry Connelly | Posted 07.12.2014 | San Francisco
Terry Connelly

This post starts with a question because the answer could determine how you might vote in Congress (or for Congress) on the proposition that the curre...

Has Putin Been Manipulating Energy Prices?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The crafting of Putin's new Euro-Asian vision -- in effect a new "Greater Russia" assembled from the remnants of the old Soviet Union in Central Asia and Europe -- has been greased by a pipeline delivery system under the Kremlin's control.

The Underdogma of Elizabeth Warren

Lauren Windsor | Posted 06.11.2014 | 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 05.31.2014 | 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 05.24.2014 | 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 04.27.2014 | 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.