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Great Depression

Obama: Follow the Philosophical Footsteps of Abraham

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Lincoln's preservation of the union would not have been possible without his economic reform. It is the philosophy at the base of those achievements that must be the prototype for change in America now.

Brazil Rebounds With Bossa Beat

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

In Brazil as in the US, culture plays a big role in how nations survive the slump. Known for beaches, beauties, rain forest and laid back music, Brazil's national motto is "Order and Progress."

Living and Dying American

Stephen Herrington | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephen Herrington

Back then a typical Republican was to the left of the Clintons. Nixon was a transition. It took Reagan to really define the world in which we now live, in which merit is no longer of value.

What's The Party Line?

Liz Neumark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Liz Neumark

It is a strange new world. I have been through several recessions and nothing even comes close to the vibe we are feeling today.

The Great Depression, Part IV

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

New Deal doubters cannot dispute the numbers and the overwhelming accomplishments of this era, so they focus instead on the few incomplete successes.

The New Deal Redux

June Hopkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
June Hopkins

The PWA was Wall Street; the WPA was Main Street. The PWA served to stimulate business; the WPA employed Americans. Both served to boost the economy and rebuild the nation's infrastructure.

Montana Food Efforts a Good Model for Hard Times

Rose Hayden-Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rose Hayden-Smith

Local food systems -- including farm-to-institution programs -- can mean real money for local farmers, local food processors and local/state economies.

The Great Depression Pt. III

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Whether or not the increase in government spending as a percent of GDP is good or bad is a judgment call and is an issue that is still hotly debated today. In my opinion it was warranted.

The Great Depression, Pt. II

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In 1934 and 1936, the GOP made many of the same arguments against the New Deal that the right-wing echo chamber is parroting now. The electorate's verdict was overwhelming.

2008: What Will We Tell The Children?

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

Pull up a chair and settle in while I spin a yarn about 2008. The story actually begins 20 years into the future (visualize a clock advancing rapidly...

2009: A Time for Real Economic Change

Mike Garibaldi-Frick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Garibaldi-Frick

America's anger and ingenious will is stoked and a new, more open administration is coming to power looking for innovative, far-reaching ideas.

Fox News: "Historians Pretty Much Agree" That FDR Prolonged the Great Depression

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Sirota

If the right wants to try to stop a serious economic recovery package by trying to vilify one of the most popular policy programs in American history, then I'll say what George Bush once said: Bring it on.

Stimulate the Arts

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Feffer

At this time of economic crisis, we need to think creatively. And to support creative thinkers. We need to devote a portion of the economic stimulus package to the arts -- an Arts Stimulus Plan.

Toyota Republicans Should Cut Their Own Pay

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Clearly the allegiance of the Republicans who opposed the loan to save GM and Chrysler is not with the US, which would lose 900,000 jobs if just GM closed, and more than 2.1 million if the Big Three did.

We Need Action

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louise Mirrer

Make no mistake: those famous black-and-white photographs of breadlines and Dust Bowl migrants have been vividly brought back to life by CNN and Fox.

Economic Recovery -- Five Lessons from the Depression

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Tepper Marlin

The Washington Consensus is that whatever measures are needed to ensure economic recovery should be taken. This is especially true of the incoming te...

Thomas B. Edsall

Journey Into The Unknown: How The Bailout Trend Is Upending Politics | Thomas B. Edsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While Republicans and Democrats argue over whether the 2008 election signals the dawn of a new political era, the ground is changing under both partie...

Republicans Bring Socialism to America

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Let the record show that it was George W. Bush, the rich Texas Republican, who brought socialism to America, so don't blame it on that community organizer who made it into the White House.

Let Big Oil Bail Out the Auto Industry

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robbie Gennet

Seems like such a simple solution, doesn't it? After all, who has influenced the US Auto Industry (USAI) to keep MPG low and fight CAFE standards? Why...

End the Recession! Now!

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

Today Fortune editor Geoff Colvin looks at four potential repositories for blame in our ongoing saga of doom. They're a credible group of whipping boys, from Greenspan to Clinton to the collapse of regulation.

Holiday Food Faux Pas -- And How to Avoid Them

Laura Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Laura Weiss

While over-the-top foods may be out this year, there are some simple culinary steps you can take to avoid striking the wrong note during the upcoming holidays.

Crisis of Confidence

Alan Schram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan Schram

Seeing the news headlines, clearly people are frightened.The issue we are faced with today is shortage of confidence, not shortage of capital.

Fat Cows and Thin Cows

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Javier Sierra

President-Elect Barack Obama owes his title not only to quite possibly the best presidential campaign in history, but also to the Latino vote. More than two thirds of us voted for him.

Daniel Gross: Why All Those Great Depression Analogies Are Wrong

Slate | Daniel Gross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It's difficult to avoid the comparisons between the current sad state of financial affairs and the Great Depression. "This is not like 1987 or 1998 or...

Depression 2009: What Would It Look Like?

The Boston Globe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

We are separated from the 1930s by decades of profound economic, technological, and political change, and a modern landscape of scarcity would reflect...