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Is the Democratic Party Relevant Anymore?

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Many Democrats examining what happened in the 2014 midterms are asking, "What did the voters want?" But the right question is why only 36.4 percent of potential voters bothered to register and vote? Obviously Democrats did not give those voters a good enough reason to take the trouble. Is the Democratic Party relevant anymore?

The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

This week I point to the changing skyline of Manhattan as the physical embodiment of how money and power impact the lives and neighborhoods of everyday people.

What's Wrong With the Constitution?

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Steven Shiffrin

If Alexander Hamilton were here, he would tell us that this is the way it should be. The Constitution is designed to prevent the people from having their way. It is a fundamentally undemocratic document designed to prevent change.

Why Democrats Lost Big in the 2014 Midterm Elections

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Elections are moving targets. Nonetheless, absent dramatic irregularities in the election context, polls focused on high visibility races are usually robust predictive tools. Obviously, this was not the case in this year's midterm elections.

Shame On Us! (Giving Still More Power to Such a Party)

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Shame on us, the American People. Giving more power to a Republican Party that has has been blatantly indifferent to the good of the nation. Never i...

Do Minimum Wage Increases Benefit the Middle Class?

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
Timothy J. Barnett

This is not to argue against minimum wage increases as much as to argue that this remedy must not be substituted for reforms at deeper levels.

Why You Shouldn't Be 'Optimistic' About Corporate 'Tax Reform'

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

"Reform" is lobbyist-speak for opening up the floodgates, hanging the flags out, lighting the savings accounts on fire, letting dozens of blackbirds fly out of the pie, letting the horses out of the barn and generally fleecing the citizenry.

The Federal Reserve's Artful Compassion for Households in 'Sobering' Condition

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Timothy J. Barnett

Glaringly absent in the Fed's policy platform is a commitment to a fair architecture for capitalism that equitably distributes the fruits of enterprise by providing incentives for ethically pricing each person's contributions to the sustainable public good.

Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' Reveals Everything Wrong With Our Current Political Class

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.21.2014 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

By exploring the lives and times of the Roosevelts, ER Burns shows that in our not-so-distant past the governing institutions of this country were actually responsive to the needs and desires of working-class Americans.

What Warren Buffett Should Say To The Koch Brothers

Andy Schmookler | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Andy Schmookler

If the United States continues down the road toward becoming a nation in which the few rule, manipulate, and exploit the many, how many good and humane causes will do well?

Where Is the Moral Outrage? A Sign of the Weakness of Liberal America

Andy Schmookler | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

If one viewed a time-lapse film of American civilization in all its dimensions unfolding over the past 15 years or so, one would see terrible damage being done.

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

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.27.2014 | 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 09.13.2014 | 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 08.22.2014 | 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.