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Will the BP Fiasco Change U.S. Politics? Don't Bet on It

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John McQuaid

The odds are that this spill won't actually be that big of a historical moment. I'm not a cynic, but there's something extraordinarily resilient about Americans' collective indifference to holding people and organizations accountable.

Hey, Free Marketeers, the Burden of Proof Is on You

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip Goldberg

Here's my modest proposal: corporate big shots should create a self-policing body with real teeth. After all, many professions have organizations that hold their members accountable.

Weighing Risk, and Justice

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

With high production comes high risk. High risk ventures such as gulf drilling in the U.S. are licensed by the government. It's time the government sets some minimum requirements to avoid catastrophes.

The Power Of Political Myth

Ian Bremmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ian Bremmer

Over the course of my book tour, I've gotten a thousand different kinds of questions. But there are two recurring themes in some of them that I want t...

Friday Talking Points [126] -- We'd Like Our Gulf Back

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The mainstream media, led by the intrepid White House press corps, closely followed by the inside-the-Beltway punditocracy, has declared what must hap...

How Much Would You Pay For Your Next Breath Of Oxygen? When Capitalism Fails

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Phil began grilling me, "the US economy should rely on pure free market capitalism for everything. Anything involving the government is wasteful and ...

Haiti vs. Chile: The Earthquake Olympics

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

Why did Chile suffer so much less than Haiti -- democracy? Capitalism? Divine intervention? The real real reasons for the disparity between the effects of the two quakes are considerably more prosaic.

Free Trade Doesn't Work by Ian Fletcher: A Brief Review

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Stephen Herrington

Ian Fletcher, just as relentlessly as its defenders extol free trade, explores the paths to breaking the institutionalizing of it, and finding alternatives for balancing it.

The Free Market Subterfuge

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

They are the free marketeers, those who advocate that corporations should be free-to- cheat-and-harm and-do-whatever-the-hell-they- want. They are t...

How Free-Marketers Came to Rule

Roya Wolverson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Roya Wolverson

In the United States, where bankers continue to rule the Obama administration's economic team, the idea of government teaming up with business to drive long-term innovation and growth is still struggling to gain attention.

Have We Really Come To 'The End Of The Free Market'?

Ian Bremmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ian Bremmer

When you write a book called The End of the Free Market, you can be pretty sure what the first question is going to be: "Do you really believe we're seeing the end of the free market? Really?"

Why Libertarians are a Danger to the Economy

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ben Cohen

The debate between Libertarians and the economic Left should have ended after the spectacular collapse of the deregulated financial sector.

Environmentalists Should Support Health Care Reform -- Here's Why.

Erich Pica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erich Pica

The links between protecting the environment and improving our nation's health are clear; environmental issues are health issues. Take, for example, the problem the U.S. faces with asthma.

Let's Do Everything Like Health Care

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Goldberg

I'm so convinced that the private market will make everything better that I think we should do it across the board. Let's start with firecare. Why should I pay for firecare services for people who are dumb enough to start fires?

Untouchable Fundamental Disagreements in the Health Care Reform Debate

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Republicans desperately oppose this clearly socialistic health care reform proposal, but have avoided presenting a free-market based solution, which actually could solve our crisis.

'The End Of The Free Market': Why America Must Defend The Free Market Economy (VIDEO)

Ian Bremmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ian Bremmer

Breaking News: This is not free market capitalism's finest hour.

The End of the Free Market as We Know It?

Devin Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Devin Stewart

While the phrase "The End of the Free Market" may capture public anxiety in America today, Bremmer should have called his book "The End of State Capitalism"—he bets that free markets will win the "war" with statists.

It's Not a Tax on Soda and Pizza, It's "Honest Accounting"

Richard Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard Greene

I have news for all the free market Republicans and Libertarians, it is a tax if we don't add 18% to the cost of pizza and soda, and not a tax if we do.

Ideallergy

John O'Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John O'Kane

As Obama's first year in office wraps we have to wonder how he squandered such a great opportunity to produce real "change," the theme that inspired his campaign.

'Freedom' and Faux Populism

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

Really when freedom is invoked by the GOP it means liberty for corporations. It's big government getting out of the way so big business can step up.

Just the Facts, Ma'am

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While important I refuse to call this meeting a "summit," since Democratic and Republican politicians squabbling simply does not reach the heights of two nuclear powers tensely sitting down to talk about missiles.

The Proselytizers: Wall Street Executives and Televangelists

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Judith Ellis

Goldman Sachs executives are sounding more and more like televangelists who say things like "We are doing the work of the ministry" and "Give and it shall be given unto you."

Layoffs Are Bad for Business and the Economy

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

An article by Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer in the February 15 issue of Newsweek makes a compelling, well-researched case that layoffs and downsi...

One Free Market System for Wall Street, Another Free Market System for Main Street

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

Rather than defending the outsized paychecks of Dimon, Blankfein, and the rest of Wall Street as part of the free market system, the President needs to demand that Wall Street help homeowners on Main Street.

Obama Is No FDR, We're No Mass Movement

Les Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Les Leopold

Obama has made his share of blunders. But his statement that we "don't begrudge" the high salaries on Wall Street is about the dumbest thing he's ever said.