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Gilded Age

The Parties of No

Kevin Waite | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Kevin Waite

Long before today's Republicans made obstruction their raison d'etre, Gilded Age Democrats turned "No" into a political rallying cry, and, in the process, rolled back some of the era's most important social reforms.

Bar Harbor's Bounty, Natural and Man-Made: A Bus Drive and a Walk on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 09.27.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

The whole indented coastline with its layered pink granite cliffs and isles is the result of Mother Nature's efforts as a sculptress when she tempered the region with the onslaughts and retreats, the grindings and tearings of the last ice age.

Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP

Michael Winship | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

No, this is not some Game of Thrones spinoff. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the official 2014 platform of the Republican Party of Texas, 40 pages of unrestrained, right-wing bluster.

Gilded Newport: Monuments to America's Fortunes

Duane Wells | Posted 09.06.2014 | Travel
Duane Wells

Newport, Rhode Island has long been one of the most fashionable escapes for America's über wealthy.

Michael Calderone

Muckraking Journalists Needed Now More Than Ever As Inequality Gap Grows

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- As opulent mansions sprouted up on the Upper East Side in the late 19th century, reporter Jacob Riis journeyed through the slums downtown,...

Paul Blumenthal

How The 0.01 Percent Underwrites, And Undermines, Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just four days after being named Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate in August 2012, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made a pilgrimage ...

Howard Fineman

A New Gilded Age Threatens The State Of Our Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The numbers are shocking -- assuming that we still have the capacity for shock -- and they will form the backdrop for President Barack O...

Bob Greene Ignores the Socialist Origins of the Pledge of Allegiance

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

When we recite the Pledge of Allegiance, we should remind ourselves that it was written by a socialist who believed that "liberty and justice for all" meant more equality and a stronger democracy.

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.

The Way It Was, the One Percent, and What's Changed?

Dan Agin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dan Agin

In the year 1890 we had no TV and radio, nothing but newspapers, and the newspapers noted that year that more than half of America's vast wealth was owned by only 1 percent of the population. Sound familiar?

The Republican Government Shutdown Repeats 1995 But Couldn't Come at a Worse Time

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The 2013 Republican shutdown of the United States government could be far more damaging to the country than the previous GOP-led crusade that used extortion as a tactic to try to force the hand of a Democratic president.

Aaron Sorkin, George Clooney, Al Jazeera America and the Future of News

Brent Budowsky | Posted 10.23.2013 | Media
Brent Budowsky

To continue the discussion about the future of news from my recent column "Citizen Bezos": Al Jazeera America is now on air with promises to offer in-...

Adirondacks Camp Returning To Gilded Age Glory

AP | MICHAEL HILL | Posted 08.13.2013 | Travel

NEWCOMB, N.Y. -- Camp Santanoni will never again be a private refuge for the mega-rich to enjoy the Adirondacks in rustic opulence, but after two deca...

Like a Bad Cough: Why Austerity Economics Lingers

Steven Conn | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Steven Conn

Despite the disgrace in which the case for austerity economics now resides, it is unlikely that politicians and policy-makers, either in Europe or in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, will change course anytime soon.

WATCH: Corporate Gold on the Fiscal Cliff

Bill Moyers | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Big Money, as Krugman writes in his book, buys Big Influence. And that's why the financiers of Wall Street never truly experience regime change -- their cash brings both political parties to heel.

Gregory Beyer

The Gilded Age: Lesser Figures Of The Enlightenment

HuffingtonPost.com | Gregory Beyer | Posted 11.30.2012 | Comedy

(Illustrated by Christoph Hitz) This story originally appeared in Huffington, in the iTunes App store....

Gregory Beyer

The Gilded Age: Culture Wars Couples

HuffingtonPost.com | Gregory Beyer | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

(Illustrations by Christoph Hitz) This originally appeared in Huffington, in the iTunes App store....

Mitt's Antoinette Problem

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Mitt Romney and Marie Antoinette stand for the adoration of the privileged few who prosper from great nations and a condescension toward the many who make great nations, whom Romney should salute and not insult.

Bain of Our Existence.com

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 10.21.2012 | Business
Robert L. Borosage

The Republican convention, with its high-tech stage and Hollywood directors, will try to remake Mitt Romney once more, reintroducing him as a family man of faith, charitable, good-hearted, experienced in business and government, ready to put America back on track. Romney is of, by and for the very Gilded Age capitalism that generated extreme inequality, rising poverty and a declining middle class even before it blew up the economy. He will change his views on social issues to fit the prevailing winds, and remake his image with each rising sun. But on economic issues he is the man from Bain. Want more of what we've had? He is your man.

An Inconvenient Truth: The Pollution of American Consciousness

Sepehr Zomorodi | Posted 08.08.2012 | Teen
Sepehr Zomorodi

Even some of the greatest minds of science stand behind the theory of Social Darwinism. Remarkably, what is often overlooked is the tactic used by the "strong" in order to "survive."

Activists Breathe New Life Into May Day

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Unlike the rest of the world's democracies, the United States doesn't use the metric system, doesn't require employers to provide workers with paid vacations, hasn't abolished the death penalty, and doesn't celebrate May Day as an official national holiday.

Happy 150th Birthday, Edith Wharton!

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.23.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

January 24 is her 150th birthday, and I don't know how Wharton would have felt about my novel, but for me, it's been one of the most exhilarating collaborations of my career.

Hollywood Occupying Hope

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.14.2012 | Home
Brent Budowsky

Find me a few stars of stage, screen and song with the principle and courage that Frank Sinatra showed when he stood up for his brother Sammy Davis Jr. in the 1950's and you can change the world and help end this cold season of hardship and discontent.

Alexander Eichler

One Percenters' Income Skyrocketed In Last Three Decades

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- America's 99 percent are not just imagining it. The gap between the incomes of the rich and poor in this new Gilded Age is strikingly br...

Boob! Why Don't You Buck Like Thunder?

Susie Bright | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Susie Bright

If I were president, I would not be making a speech about jobs. This is Superman time: Lights, Camera, Shut-up, Action. I'd do something or die trying.