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Glenn Beck as 'The Music Man,' Playing on the Fears of Parents

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

On Tuesday, July 22, Glenn Beck spoke from some 700 movie screens to Americans who paid admission to hear him attack the "Common Core."

Corporate System v. The American People: How the Supreme Court Is Stealing Our Birthright

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The corporate system -- which seems increasingly unmoored from any values other than power and profit -- is working systematically to shift power and wealth from average Americans to itself, i.e. to the mightiest and richest powers in our society.

The War on Democracy: SCOTUS Weighs In

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The Republican plutocratic agenda couldn't work without millions of dollars in unrestricted conservative funding. Thanks to the Republican majority in the Supreme Court, all the barriers against big money and guarantees of political fairness are being dismantled.

Building the New Populism

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Although Americans are concerned about lots of issues -- the minimum wage, decent jobs, healthcare, education, and protection of the environment, to name only a few -- what they crave is a reassertion of fundamental American values: fairness, justice, and equal opportunity for all.

Envy and Jealousy? Gag Me With a Silver Spoon

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Michael Winship

The argument goes that instead of being jealous, we all should be working in harmony together to create jobs and opportunity. Problem is, the deeply rich talk about building the economy but do almost nothing about it.

The Middle Class Is Totally Hosed

Arthur Fox | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Arthur Fox

What most of us fail to recognize is that the gulf between the very rich and the rest of us will almost certainly continue to get worse, a lot worse! Most importantly, it may be too late to do much about it.

Money Can't Buy Votes

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Right-wing billionaires threw a hissy fit in recent weeks. The 99 percent are persecuting them, the wealthy ones whined. That whole Occupy Wall Street thing hurt their feelings, conservative 1 percenters pouted.

Too Often, American Justice Is Injustice

Michael Shammas | Posted 04.14.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Our state of affairs goes against a pinnacle of American justice, equality before law, facilitating everything from war crimes, to torture, to domestic spying, to a predatory, ravenous Wall Street that feeds on the middle class with impunity.

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 ...

The Great American Class War

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Why are record numbers of Americans on food stamps? Because record numbers of Americans are in poverty. Why are people falling through the cracks? Because there are cracks to fall through.

Imagine Democracy

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

"We the People." How many of us have really thought through the implications of these three words? Can people today even imagine a government that is on the side of We the People, instead of being rigged to benefit the already-wealthy and crush the hopes and efforts of the rest of us?

The Filibusters Aren't Stopping -- What Are You Going to Do About It?

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Senate Democrats, there have been over 400 filibusters. What are you going to do about it? We the People want to know. We thought we had elections. We thought things were decided and the country could finally move forward.

Myerson's Newest Model: 'Tax Poor Workers to Subsidize Rich Bankers'

William K. Black | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business
William K. Black

The reader may wonder whether Roger Myerson is making an effort at irony. No. Our family rule that it is impossible to compete with unintentional self-parody is once again vindicated.

Plutocracy's Toll on America

Michael Brenner | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Does this sort of perverse pride go before the fall? No sign of that happening yet. Plutocracy in America is more likely to be our destiny.

The Triumph of Plutocracy

Michael Brenner | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Does this sort of perverse pride go before the fall? No sign of that happening yet. Plutocracy in America is more likely to be our destiny.

Plutocracy in America

Michael Brenner | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The United States today qualifies as a plutocracy -- on a number of grounds. Let's look at some striking bits of evidence.

Surprising Studies Find DC Does What Wealthiest Want, Majority Opposes

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Amazingly, the priorities of the 1 percent match up with the priorities of our political class, while the priorities and needs of the vast majority of us are ignored.

BuyPartisan Consensus: ExxonMobil Donates $260,000 to Obama Inauguration

Steve Horn | Posted 03.23.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Critics say it's more of the same out of an Obama Administration that in the first term had a cozy relationship with corporate patrons.

Call It Corruption, Not Ideology

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Dave Johnson

This week the president of the United States held a press conference with the DC elite press corps. They had the opportunity to ask the president what our government is doing about the nation's most serious problems.

So Can We Focus on Jobs NOW?

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

Congress and the media paid homage to the agenda of the billionaires and Wall Street, with the manufactured "fiscal cliff" PR campaign frenzy that just ended. So now can we get back to the country's priorities? Can we talk about jobs now?

Chrystia Freeland: "A Clash Between Plutocracy and Democracy"

92nd Street Y | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

In the second part of our three part interview, Thomson Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland spoke with us about the 2012 election and Mitt Romney...

Chrystia Freeland: On the Self Tax and Democratic Government

92nd Street Y | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

Thomson Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland recently spoke with us about her new book, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the ...

Five Plutocracy-Busting Ideas From America's Progressive Past

Sam Pizzigati | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Sam Pizzigati

Between 1900 and the 1950s, average Americans beat down plutocrats every bit as dominant as ours. Most Americans today, unfortunately, have no inkling that this huge transformation ever took place.

From a Democracy to a Plutocracy: Why This Democrat Despises Barack Obama

Eric Zuesse | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Unlike Mitt Romney and his plutocratic financial backers, Barack Obama does this sort of thing only because he respects plutocrats, not because he is one. He won't gain financially by turning this nation into a banana republic.

Career Day: A Lesson Seniors Will Never Forget

Judy Frankel | Posted 01.15.2013 | Education
Judy Frankel

"What is that sucking sound?" I asked a classroom of seniors at San Pedro High School in California. I had been invited to speak for their Career Day, Making a Difference In Our Youth. Upon the wall I showed a picture of a vacuum cleaner. A few giggles erupted through the room.