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Nine Reasons Our Foreign Policy Makes Us Look Like Complete Hypocrites

Carl Gibson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Before we start sending off troops to bring all the wonderful things we love about America to the rest of the world, maybe we should tend to our own affairs first. Let's take the log out of our own eye before we talk about the speck in the eye of other countries.

Need for a Paradigm Switch in Econ 101

John Komlos | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
John Komlos

Presumably those who dared to disagree with Greenspan's ideology that bubbles were nothing to worry about and that markets worked perfectly well without government supervision became outcasts.

Ideas in Search of a Movement: Thomas Piketty, Jacob Riis and Economic Inequality

Steven Conn | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Right now Thomas Piketty's book, and all the others that have exposed, analyzed and offered prescriptions for our economic inequality, are powerful ideas in search of a movement. Income equality is not like the weather. Rather than just complaining about it, we can actually do something to make it better.

Piketty in Elysium

John Feffer | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Hollywood projects our dreams and fears. In the past our cinematic apocalypses have reflected our obsessions with nuclear holocaust and environmental degradation. We're certainly still worried about those fates -- along with pandemics and zombies -- but gross inequality now competes for our attention.

Our Climate Moment

Peter Neill | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

This may be our climate moment, the point when American public opinion might be turned toward full understanding of the climate change implication for the future. But how do we make it so?

Matt Sledge

Jurors Regret That Protester Faces 7 Years In Jail After Allegedly Being Grabbed By Cop

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

Several jurors who helped convict Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan of assaulting a police officer are regretful after learning she may be ...

Occupy Movement's Role In Propelling The Income Equality Agenda

AP | MEGHAN BARR | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Glimmers of Occupy Wall Street will surface this week in a smattering of cities as activists join rallies for workers' rights, as th...

Charles Koch Wonders Why People Don't Appreciate Him. Really.

David Paul | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
David Paul

As much as Koch imagines himself a herald of liberty and a "free society," his politics have been just one more uninspiring assault on the poor and the middle class. And that is Koch's Achilles heal.

"FedUp" Activists Identify the Source of Economic Pain -- The Federal Reserve

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Jerry Ashton

For the first time since the '30s, the 99 percent stood up and pointed out the real culprits -- Wall Street and the politicians they own. People listened, they heard, and began to believe.

Chomsky on McCutcheon: 'Let's Forget Any Pretense of Being a Democratic Society'

Abel Collins | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Abel Collins

Imagine David and Charles Koch or George Soros stepping into any political race and directly showering their pet candidate with however much money it will take them to win. The result would be an assortment of politicians utterly enthralled by the ultra wealthy

The Winter of Occupy's Discontent

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.17.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

By evening's end, it became apparent that what had started out as a wake was evolving more into an awakening. Occupy had made a difference, and is making that difference.

Should Occupy Have Cut Off Its Right Hand?

Nathan Schneider | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Nathan Schneider

The existence of certain obnoxious quarters of the right in Occupy was occasionally a problem for the movement, but the right's presence was also a sign of Occupy's promise.

A Valentine to the 99 Percent

Mary Dimino | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Mary Dimino

"We are the 99 percent," has been The Occupy movement's famous rallying cry. A unifying slogan, indeed. Not since the Great Stock Market crash of 192...

Hard Work

Robert Slayton | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Do the rich "work hard"? Quite often, yes, they work very hard. But if that's the basis for apportioning wealth, what about the tens of millions of Americans who perform arduous labors every working day, yet earn middle class wages or worse?

The Inequality Debate Heats Up!

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

This debate has played out over the ages in numerous venues. The Bible is filled with warnings about the dangers of wealth and the responsibility to take care of the widow, the orphan and the stranger in the community.

'We Are Not Afraid': The Holy Spirit and the Life of Pete Seeger

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Pete Seeger, 94, folk singer and peace and justice advocate has died, but the spirit of what his life and his music meant lives on. Americans have been less afraid of each other, and of speaking the truth to power, because he lived and sang and marched.

Philanthropy as an Asset Class

Jeremy Balkin | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Balkin

Perhaps if the wealthy started thinking about how they give in the same vein as how they invest, we would make major inroads and solve big problems.

Walmart Sells 'Occupy Wall Street' Posters Online

Grant Stern | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
Grant Stern

In an ironic turn, Walmart.com -- the online wing of America's largest retailer -- decided that questioning corporate values sells.

What Poetry Can Do: Brenda Hillman & Geoffrey G. O'Brien

Dean Rader | Posted 02.09.2014 | San Francisco
Dean Rader

Will these books affect public policy? Will either poet be invited on The Daily Show? Will either book become a talking point on Daily Kos? Probably not. But, that's okay. There are any number of ways to change the world.

Is the Pope an Occupier?

Dave Pruett | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
Dave Pruett

Pope Francis' recent encyclical is sending shock waves around the world. In addition to exhortations to the faithful, Evangelii Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel") packs a scathing critique of "unbridled" capitalism and consumerism.

Occupy's Rolling Jubilee Keeps Rolling -- and the Band Plays On

Jerry Ashton | Posted 02.03.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Occupy Wall Street's "Strike Debt" (SD) working group and its "Rolling Jubilee" (RJ) operation is partying like the music will never end. And, if the...

The Ownership Revolution

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

"There is a new movement that doesn't know it's a movement," said Todd Johnson, according to Marjorie Kelly in her book, Owning Our Future. In the c...

Democrats Should Heed Churchill's Maxim and 'Deserve Victory!'

Jim Gonzalez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Jim Gonzalez

In order to "deserve victory" Democrats must demonstrate they have the political will, and the discipline, to fix our nation's economic problems; and to create real job opportunities for millions of low and middle class young adults.

Reflecting on Rescuing Stranded Starfish and Abolishing Medical Debt

Jerry Ashton | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

What was it like to open up a letter announcing that the burden of a large medical debt had been taken away? "I was dumbfounded," replies Terrance Lavalle, referring to a letter he received in November from Occupy Wall Street's working group, "The Rolling Jubilee."

Occupy Wall Street at Age Two: Memorialized in Documentaries, but Not Buried

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.22.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Producer/videographer Michael Perlman's just-released film, The 99%: Occupy Everywhere, narrated by Lou Reed, is not only an eye-opener, it is a heart-opener.